Indie phenomenon SECONDHAND SERENADE--which is acoustic singer/songwriter JOHN VESELY—has just launched a leg of special U.S. tour dates in support of the debut CD AWAKE. These shows include the “2007 Couch Tour” with Monty Are I, whereby the two acts will give a few select fans in the tour markets an added treat by visiting their home to perform a few songs, hang out and eat pizza. Fans can enter this contest at www.myspace.com/secondhandserenade by explaining why they feel the groups should come to their house. Later this spring, SECONDHAND SERENADE will join My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park and many others for New Jersey’s Bamboozle festival.
In other news, SECONDHAND SERENADE was named "MTV Discover & Download Artist" and the video for “Vulnerable”--lensed by Frank Borin (Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Dani California”)--has been added to mtvU. “Vulnerable” will also be airing on Fuse TV's OVEN FRESH next week. OVEN FRESH airs Monday through Friday at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and the audience will be able to vote for their favorite video online at http://fuse.tv/tv/ovenfresh/index.php.
SECONDHAND SERENADE was also selected to compete in Yahoo! Music’s popular “Who’s Next?” program which highlights up-and-coming artists set to make a big impact. Voting runs through March 28 at: http://music.yahoo.com/promotions/whosnext/. At the same time, JOHN is a featured on AOL Music’s “Breakers,” whereby he’s competing with 11 other new artists including Amy Winehouse, Hellogoodbye and Landon Pigg. To vote, click on http://music.aol.com/franchise/breakers-2007/morrison-landon-pigg-secondhand-serenade.
AWAKE was released by Glassnote Records on February 6 and has already moved almost 20,000 copies. JOHN’s mix of extremely heartfelt music and poetic lyrics has caused a strong reaction with fans. This underground buzz and word-of-mouth propelled him to reach and stay at the top unsigned artist position on MySpace for four months. SECONDHAND SERENADE has now reached over 18 million plays on MySpace, an incredible feat for an indie artist just now signed by a label. The Glassnote Records album--distributed through ILG (Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group)--features two additional songs not on the original album and debuted on Billboard's Heatseekers chart at No. 16.
Recently, Rolling Stone featured SECONDHAND SERENADE in the magazine’s new artist “On The Edge” section and pronounced: “equipped with an acoustic guitar silken tenor pipes, a shitload of tattoos and whole lotta sadness.” SECONDHAND also scored #3 in the magazine’s year-end reader’s poll for “Best MySpace Artist.”
SECONDHAND SERENADE is teaming with esteemed producers Butch Walker and Danny Lohner to produce his next full-length album. The new album--which will feature a full band--will be released at the end of the summer.
To see and hear SECONDHAND SERENADE, visit: www.myspace.com/secondhandserenade, www.purevolume.com/secondhandserenade.
The current tour dates are as follows:
With Monty Are I:
Tue 3/20 Los Angeles, CA Knitting Factory – Front Room
Wed 3/21 Fullerton, CA The Alley
Fri 3/23 Roseville, CA The Underground
Sat 3/24 Fresno, CA The Belmont
Sun 3/25 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Tue 3/27 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
Wed 3/28 Portland, OR Rock ‘N’ Roll Pizza
Fri 3/30 Salt Lake City, UT Avalon Theatre
Sat 3/31 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
Sat 5/5 East Rutherford, NJ Meadowlands
Sun 5/6 East Rutherford, NJ Meadowlands