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NEW JERSEY ROCKS; INNER SOUL STYLE

INNER SOUL “SEIZE THE DAY”  CD SINGLE
ORC RECORDS - RELEASED AUGUST, 1998

      This week’s review brings us to East Rutherford, NJ, home of the Meadowlands Sports Complex. And Home of one of  NJ’s most promising bands, Inner Soul. I listened to their debut CD single entitled, “Seize The Day”, and was quite impressed with what I heard. 

     The title track leads off the 3 song offering.  “Seize The Day” is an up-tempo pop flavored rocker driven by the tight rhythm section of Ray Powers (bassist and co-founder) and Steven D. Riker (drummer). I knew the words to the chorus by song’s end, always a sign of a hit.

     “Together Tonight” was the second track.  This could easily have been a single in its own right as opposed to the B-side status it bears. The melody is extremely catchy and you can’t help but hum along.  Guitarist and co-founder, Jeff Michaels, leads the way on this with brilliant fretwork .

     The third track, “Forever”,  is listed as a bonus track.  Ironically, this is arguably the best of the three.  This time, it is lead vocalist, Jeanine Tolve who shines with an emotional delivery of sentiment, commitment and good old-fashioned boy-meets-girl, hopeless- romantic puppy love.  Rock stations throughout the state have already picked “Forever” as their choice cut, as it’s receiving airplay as we speak.  Talk of its use in an upcoming cable sitcom is also in the works.                 

     Overall, I was treated to  well-written compositions that “play for the song” instead of excess “guitar shredding” and jamming with reckless abandon.  Song time was radio-friendly, though “Forever”, flirting with the five-minute mark, could probably benefit from a three minute edit for the sake of  pop/mainstream airplay.       

 The production, (produced by Powers and Michaels), was slick yet unpretentious.  Oh, did I mention that “Forever” is  a  Billboard Songwriting Award winner?  Or that “Forever” is only one of three songs that have won the prestigious mark for Inner Soul thus far?   

       If  “Seize The Day” is just a preview of  what’s to come, then Inner Soul’s full length debut CD (tentatively titled “Amazing Grace”) should be a wild success.  

T. Carroll Baxter, freelance music writer.

 


Musician Award Letter


July, 1996

Jet Management
P.O. Box 7481
East Rutherford, NJ. 07073

Dear Ms. Tolve:
   Congratulations INNER SOUL has been selected as a semifinalist in the 1996 MUSICIAN Magazine Best Unsigned Band Competition. Recognized as a unique and outstanding performance, Your tape was chosen from thousands of entries, and will now go on to the final round of judging by Jimmy Jam, Stone Gossard, Steve Winwood, Juliana Hatfield, Adrian Belew, Pat Metheny, and Matthew Sweet.

Check out page 93 of the September issue of MUSICIAN magazine for your mention as a semifinalist, we expect finalists to be announced in the October issue. Again, congratulations from all of us at MUSICIAN magazine. Keep up the good work!

Sincerely,

The B.U.B. Crew


Billboard Song Contest


July, 1996

Jet Management
P.O. Box 7481
East Rutherford, NJ. 07073

Dear Ms. Tolve:
    Congratulations to Jeff Michaels and Ray Powers! Enclosed you will find Certificates of Achievement for your entry in the Seventh Annual Billboard Song Contest. These honorable mention awards are given to those songs rated in the top twelve (12%) percent in the overall standings. The songs were "Forever" and "Don't fade away" Again, congratulations and we wish you continued success.

Sincerely,

   John Babcock, Jr., President
   API Publication Group

 


Quotes


"INNER SOUL is one band worth putting your money on, Remember good tunes, Well written songs and melodies you can remember without having to put the record back on? In this band you have it!!"

John Aflalt - FEEDBACK MAGAZINE

"INNER SOUL is a rock band that has the material and talent to be a huge success, They have a mass appeal effect in the rock industry!!"

IQ DEMO REVIEW

 

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