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MP3 Scandelle - ELECTRONIC: Pop Crossover

Alternative Pop Rock and Dance fused with R&B from a Glam Rocker that really knows how to do it right. Killer vocals wrapped in cool tunes just for you.

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ELECTRONIC: Pop Crossover, ROCK: Glam


Always an electrifying presence, Scandelle continues to rock boundaries.
With a fearless combination of stunning visual androgyny, (Shirley Manson) and fiercely soulful, often haunting -always unforgettable singing talent, (Sylvester, Seal) Scandelle exploded onto the New York underground nightlife scene in 1989.

Quickly becoming a noted favorite at such legendary New York hotspots as The Pyramid, Jackie 60, Boy Bar, Pieces, Don''t Tell Mamma''s, Splash Bar (SBNY), Webster Hall, Limelight, Private Eyes, The Triad, Bar d''O and Don Hill''s "Squeezebox" Scandelle has gathered an aggressively loyal cult following.

Scandelle has lent his unique music and visual talent to such prestigious funding organizations as Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, GMHC Dance- A- Thon, and Wigstock 93-96. In addition, he has been featured for interviews and reviews for Paper,
The Village Voice, Windy City Times, and OCLB Blade Newsmagazine and has appeared on several cable TV shows most recently seen on "Chappelle''s Show (Comedy Central).

Scandelle has also served as talent coordinator for various NYC extravaganzas, most notably The Intrepid Parties I & II entertaining a collective 20,000 men and women aboard one of the world largest aircraft carriers.

With the release of his new self -titled EP CD, Scandelle is destined to take the world by storm. The project includes a series of songs written, performed and co-produced by Scandelle. The emotional range and dramatic singing style parlays a combination of rock. Pop, dance and R & B.

Since its release in November 2003, the EP has been picked up by 65 radio stations across the country including a two hour on air radio interview with New York City late night talk radio personality Toni Short for WBAI 99.5 FM. Notoriety from the EP has spawned a new "Dance Anthem" originating from Scandelle''s song "AFTERLIFE" remixed by legendary NY Deejay producer Twisted Dee currently climbing its way up the crossover dance record pool charts of seven of the leading Record Pools in the USA and can be heard in dance clubs from NYC to Russia.

National Radio Promotion and Publicity Campaigns are now underway. Scandelle will be showcasing for record companies and the media at large in NYC with his outstanding live band beginning in October 2004. His eagerly anticipated Scandelle LP is set to drop in February, 2005.

CDs and press kits are available for print media, television, radio, venue and music industry executives by contacting Clarence Johnson (Manager) via https://www.tradebit.com

Live Performance & CD Review
August 2004
Review by Robert Urban/https://www.tradebit.com

Here in NYC the buzz is out - and music fans everywhere are catching the appearance - or perhaps the re-appearance - of a major musical pop artist. We are as if struck by lightning. Suddenly in our midst - SCANDELLE is everywhere!
I had the pleasure of meeting Scandelle recently when he asked me to accompany him on guitar for a live show. Together we presented a special performance of his song "Speak Easy" at Jersey City Pride Festival''s 4th Annual Fundraising Party.

With sparkling stage presence & commanding vocal delivery, Scandelle held the fundraiser audience in rapt attention all thru this classic rhythm n'' blues style ballad. A consummate performer in the tradition of James Brown & Tina Turner, Scandelle slowly wove his bluesy aria from a whisper all the way to a soaring, nearly operatic grandiosity - and then back again! At several key spots in the tune he drew enthusiastic cheers of approval from the crowd.

Scandelle was born and raised in Brooklyn NY during the early sixties. Both his parents were from the Carolinas. Momma (north) Daddy (south). In his own words - "Although the home life was very turbulent - I learned the art of feminine survival from my Mom. An incredible sexy, beauty who loved her music and used it to keep her sanity and grace during a very stormy time in her life. This is where the music appreciation factor began."

Scandelle wrote all 3 songs on his new EP release, entitled simply "Scandelle". He also arranged all the vocals and co-produced the music.

I asked Scandelle how his recorded songs came together. In his own words - "SPEAK EASY was written in 1996 after the very bad break up of a two year relationship which ended in domestic violence and which I was lucky to come out of in one piece. The other two songs (AFTERLIFE and YOU''LL BE BACK) were demo music clips that I received from Music Producer Blake Althen of HF Productions out in DC. Once I received the music I further developed the tracks - writing lyrics and arranging the melodies etc."

Scandelle''s EP also includes an awesome extended remix of AFTERLIFE. The woman who remixed "Afterlife" is DJ/Producer DENISE GURNEY. She is an "Out and Proud" entertainer in her own right and working her way up the ladder as one of the few woman remixers in the world. Denise assembles her mixes/remixes in a grand fashion with fabulous clarity of sound and sumptuous, pliant sonic textures. I was immediately reminded of master-producer Trevor Horn''s work circa 1980 when analog still ruled - ala GRACE JONES & FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD. She took the original, relatively few musical parts in Afterlife and found a myriad of ways to recombine, expand upon, alter, etc. them; resulting in the creation of a monster roller-coaster ride retro-styled disco track that will surely find itself played to groovin'' throngs in giant dance clubs throughout the world for years to come. For more info on "Dee" go to her site https://www.tradebit.com

Scandelle''s clarion-call vocals - soulful, crystal clear, vibrato laden, born on long, arching phrases, consecrate him an heir apparent to the venerable throne of classic R&B, soul & disco diva singing. This is a major vocal talent - following in the footsteps of such greats as Jackie Wilson, Carol King, Grace Jones, Sylvester and the whole royal stable of operatic 70''s disco divas. Additionally, I could hear him fronting any number of classic girl, doo-wap or soul group styled efforts - ala Shangri-Las, Marvelettes, Chiffons, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Temptations, etc.

Scandelle''s connection to classic American pop singing is not accidental, it is apparently in his blood. His uncle was the late, great songwriter Otis Blackwell, composer of such hits as DON''T BE CRUEL, ALL SHOOK UP, RETURN TO SENDER (Elvis Presley), GREAT BALLS OF FIRE (Jerry Lee Lewis) and FEVER (Peggy Lee). Scandelle loves to sing the songs his uncle wrote, and I for one am eager to hear him at it - he has the perfect voice for 50''s & 60s era rock n'' roll.

Interestingly, if one didn''t know Scandelle, and simply heard his singing, it can be hard to tell if it''s a male or female voice. Timbre-wise - the instrument just goes everywhere. The term "androgenous" may come to mind
to describe it, but the term''s popular connotation of things weak or neutered does not do justice to the power of tone or deep conviction of Scandelle''s vocal delivery. I put it this way - Scandelle''s voice somehow captures the BEST of both the male and female sound - when either or both are singing their finest.

Robert Urban
URBAN PRODUCTIONS Music & Arts Reviews

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