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Singer Songwriter Clinton Curtis To Release Sophomore Album, 2nd Avenue Ball, on March 22nd
21st Century Rock & Roll Artist Aims to Recapture Magic of Live Sound With Sophomore Recording
Critical Praise/Success For Clinton Curtis:
Holds attendance record for drawing the largest crowd to NYC downtown hotspot The Living Room.
Received most fan votes on FOX's Fearless Music TV.
(February 1st, 2011 - New York, NY) Key West by way of Jamaica indie singer songwriter Clinton Curtis will release his sophomore album 2nd Avenue Ball on March 22nd on label 27 Sound. Today, Clinton debuts his first single, which is the title track, via TopSpin. He is also pleased to announce the launch of CC Connect, his new fan-club, CC Radio, his website-based radio station, and his revamped website, www.ClintonCurtis.com .
2nd Avenue Ball comes at a pivotal time for Curtis, who was raised in Western Jamaica by parents who were deeply embedded in the local live music scene. He recently won the most votes on FOX's Fearless Music TV and set an attendance record for drawing the largest crowd to NYC downtown hotspot The Living Room. Taught by Jamaican greats such as Gregory Isaacs and Desmond Dekker at a young age, Curtis learned how to play the bass and guitar by age 10. By 18 years of age, he moved to NYC to study acting at NYU, where he ultimately set his eyes on songwriting. He began to work with producer Matt Stine and eventually signed to indie label 27 Sound.
Curtis' latest album comes on the heels of his debut Smoldering Youth, which set the stage for the sound of his widely influenced and eclectic style, which he dubs "21st century rock & roll." When creating the album, Curtis wanted to capture the "live band" energy that so often eludes musicians in a studio setting. Interestingly, the album name comes from the last track written and recorded. The track was chosen because, according to Clinton, "It really embodies the tone and spirit we were striving for which was one that conveyed the mightiness and joy of our live shows." Voicing this enthusiasm, Curtis pointed out, "If we're having this much fun cutting these tracks, people are bound to have this much fun digging them."
The title single captures that energy through the story of a mythical ballroom on NYC's 2nd Avenue, where partygoers have decided to rage on the last day of civilization rather than fearfully accept their fate. With a 60's R&B feel delivered by drummer Andrew "Komplexx" Mclean, the song charges ahead with passionate irreverence, keeping mortal toes in motion for the song's entirety. Curtis mused, "I had this image in my head of all the party people in New York heading down to the East Village in a huge, mass second-line parade to a mythical grand ballroom where the band keeps playing until the roof blows off. That's the 2nd Avenue Ball."
The title single is now available via an E4M (email for media) widget offered by Topspin. In addition to the single, Curtis is set to launch CC Connect, a VIP fan-club also powered by Topspin, as well as his own website and radio station.
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