Sweet Jam

  • Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Band: Cover Band: Tribute Hard Rock Rock

"Sweet Jam is an original rock band out of Santa Cruz, California. Their music is often described as "Heart Rock""

Sweet Jam “Heart Rock, for Your Body, Mind & Soul” Sweet Jam is an original rock band out of Santa Cruz, California. Their music is often described as "Heart Rock". With original, positive lyrics layered over rock, jazzy and dreamy chord changes. Sweet Jam strives to bring a message of hope and peace to our often chaotic and violent world. The evolution of Sweet Jam emerged when Mark McFadden began writing songs as a means of therapeutic expression after the loss of his long time partner, Nadine. Mark has been a musician since age 14 and played in many groups throughout the years, such as the popular Santa Cruz band "Wellspring" in the 1990's. On the advice of a close friend Mark met with Catherine Lewis in 2008 and found that her sweet vocal style and added beautiful recorder playing was a perfect match for his songs. They started performing together and the magic followed. The positive response to Mark and Catherine’s music was immediate and they decided to capture what was happening on their first CD entitled, 'We Are One’. ‘We Are One’ was recorded by Keith Graves in his LEROX Studio in Santa Cruz. Keith, who is also Catherine’s life partner, is a consummate musician and performing artist himself who played with some of the iconic sixties bands during the 40th and 45th Anniversary of the Summer of Love Tours such as: Jefferson Starship, Quicksilver Messenger Service, It's A Beautiful Day and Jerry Miller (Moby Grape). As well, he plays with a myriad of local bands and continues to play with Jerry Miller paired with Terry Haggerty (Sons of Champlin). As well as recording Sweet Jam's first CD, Keith also wrote and played the bass parts while co-producing the CD with Mark. The final mix and mastering was done by renowned Bay Area Rocker Kevin Cadogan, formerly of Third Eye Blind. It was released on the Global Recording Artists label in October of 2009 - www.GRAgroup.com. In the meantime, in June of 2009, Sweet Jam began working with the very talented Art Pitts on bass and vocals. Art is not only a classically trained vocalist, but a seasoned musician adding another dimension to the music and vocals. He has toured throughout the western U.S. and Alaska with a band he co-founded called, Secrets, for over 10 years. Sweet Jam has just finalized their second CD entitled, 'Familiar Faces' which will again be released through the Global Recording Artists label. Their second CD was also recorded, mixed and co-produced by Keith Graves. The artwork for the CD was created by renowned poster artist, Dennis Loren. There will be a CD release party very soon! The band is also often accompanied on stage and in the recording studio with Glenn MacPherson on lead electric guitar, as well as Jim Greiner on percussion. Both CD's have Prairie Prince (The Tubes/Todd Rundgren) contributing some drum parts and the second CD has Dale Ockerman (The Doobie Brothers/Jerry Miller) adding some incredible Hammond organ! In addition to their original songs, Sweet Jam performs many cover songs from various artists such as: The Beatles, Van Morrison, The Eagles, Blind Faith, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, It's A Beautiful Day, Alison Kraus, Janis Joplin and more! Sweet Jam is available for booking and loves performing for non-profits, festivals, wineries, weddings, farmers' markets, private parties and corporate events throughout the California Bay area -- and beyond! Sweet Jam is also featured on the Sky Sunlight Saxon (from The Seeds) tribute CD performing "Summer of Love" -http://www.skysaxon.com/SkyTributeAlbum.html. This tribute has an amazing array of accomplished musicians who contributed their talents and it will also be released through the Global Recording Artists label some time in 2014. Sweet Jam’s vision is to share their “magic” with the world. “Our intention is to bring LIGHT, LOVE, JOY and FUN into the world through music from our open hearts!” MAY THE SWEET VIBE OF SWEET JAM SPREAD LOVE & PEACE TO ALL!

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