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Secondhand Serenade - Over the last few years, the music industry has evolved in a way which allows the common man with extraordinary talents, to rise above the sea of similarity, and stand on his own as the voice of a generation. A generation that is fueled by heart, emotion, passion and determination.
And that man has come to surface as Secondhand Serenade.
Born into a family of musicians, John Vesely has taken the gift he was instilled with, and shaped it into his own. But it wasn't until he picked up the acoustic guitar that he finally found his true calling. Once he began writing his own material, John scraped up the money for 8 days of studio time and went in to record the 10-track album, known as Awake in the summer of 2005. Armed with a superior vocal range, a mind blowing sense of harmony and heart wrenching lyrics, he was able to walk away with an acoustic album that would prove to be the groundwork for the start of his career. When it came time to chose a name, he decided to go with Secondhand Serenade in an attempt to stay away from the typical singer/songwriter image.
In just a few months time, Secondhand Serenade would shoot to the #1 position of all unsigned bands on the widely popular site. Simultaneously, he would become the only unsigned act to have a CD in the top 100 alternative albums on itunes. While that seemed exciting enough, he also released a few demos on Yahoo! Launch, which would soon claim the #1 position as well, on the Adult Alternative station. This time, he was not beating out other unsigned acts, he was competing with the cream of the crop, and winning.
As 2006 began to wind down, John's career was in full swing as he stepped to the next level. Having made the rounds to major labels in New York and Los Angeles, a deal was eventually signed with Glassnote Records, a brand new label started by respected industry veteran, Daniel Glass. As Glassnote's first official artist, the team immediately went to work mapping out the next year for Secondhand Serenade, along with the help of Warner/Independent Label Group.
2007 now looks to be an eventful year as well. With 2 new songs added to Awake, Glassnote/ILG released the album to retail on February 6th. MTV quickly jumped on board and filmed a 3 minute news package on him called "You Hear It First." In addition, a video was shot with Frank Borin (director for Red Hot Chili Peppers, Good Charlotte, Eminem) for the song "Vulnerable," a fan favorite. It was quickly added to MTV's "Big 10" and "Discover & Download" series. This year will also provide Secondhand Serenade an opportunity to see his fans from all over the country. Having recently played SXSW, and a co-headlining tour with Monty Are I, numerous other tours are currently taking shape, including a support slot on Hawthorne Heights run of the U.S. John anticipates giving his audience from coast to coast, a firsthand experience. He will also see the studio again soon as another release is being planned for later in the year. Stay tuned - Secondhand Serenade is invading the hearts, minds and airwaves of the world.