Secondhand Serenade – Awake

Secondhand Serenade - Awake

歌手姓名:Secondhand Serenade

关于如何认识Secondhand Serenade这个单人乐队在更新他们08年的专辑时有说起过
算是很惊喜的一个发现 这第一张专辑是他自己独立完成 也不是经由公司发行的
所以相比第二张专辑 编曲更简单纯粹 只有吉他和钢琴两种乐器 配合他干净嘹亮的声音
因为编曲的简单 更加能凸显他声音的清澈和高音的爆发力 编曲虽足够简单却是不属于民谣的
因为他声音中蕴藏的那种力量 仿佛昭示着他会冲出狭小的空间 让他的声音传的更远
果然 这样的爆发在第二张专辑中做了一个呈现 这样优秀的声音 这样有才华的年轻人 一定会有更光明的前景
也许是习惯了听清新的民谣小调 我总是对安静的东西更钟情 就比如这张 我就最喜欢《Your Call》
在新专辑里也有收录这首歌 编曲更复杂了 加入了一些键盘和鼓的元素 我个人更喜欢这张中的版本
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Secondhand Serenade is an American acoustic rock solo project fronted by vocalist and guitarist John Vesely. The solo project began in California, USA, in 2004. Vesely has released two studio albums to date under the name Secondhand Serenade, Awake in 2007 and A Twist in My Story in 2008. The debut album used multitrack recording to create the sound of a band using technology, while the second album took a different path, using a proper band and an orchestra to establish a more accomplished sound.


Early history and first release

John Joseph Vesely formed Secondhand Serenade in his home town of Menlo Park in California, USA, in 2004. Vesely was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area in a musical family and as the son of a professional jazz musician father, commenting that “getting into music was a natural thing” for him. He spent 8 years playing as a bassist in local bands, featuring in a number of acts ranging in style from ska and hardcore to rock and pop. After years of playing bass, he opted for an acoustic guitar and began writing his own songs when he met his wife Breanna Russell. She had wanted him to play a song and “serenading her with a bass guitar was out of the question”, he has admitted he found his “true calling” when he picked up the guitar.

The pseudonym Secondhand Serenade is a reference to the way in which his songs are ‘serenades’ sung to his wife. People around the world are merely getting to hear the songs ‘second-hand’.

In 2005, Vesely released his debut album titled Awake. It was recorded as a demo, after booking a few days at a San Francisco studio earlier in 2005, “using just an acoustic guitar and his multi-tracked vocals”.The album was promoted through the Secondhand Serenade Myspace page and by playing local shows. The CD’s were originally sold through mail order with a PayPal account by Vesely, eventually he signed up with distributor TuneCore, making Secondhand Serenade’s songs available on music portals including iTunes.

The album experienced tremendous online support, and by the end of 2006 Secondhand Serenade had received millions of plays on Myspace and had been the social-networking site’s No. 1 Independent Artist for months. Financially, he was said to be bringing in up to $20,000 a month from downloads and merchandise sales out of his home.He sold over 15,000 copies of the album on his own,and on the strength of these sales and the support, naturally, the labels came knocking. Secondhand Serenade was signed by longtime label executive Daniel Glass, on his new label Glassnote Records, which is distributed through Warners Independent Label Group. In 2006, Rolling Stone announced Secondhand Serenade as #3 in the magazine’s reader’s poll for Best Myspace Artist.

Awake re-release

In early 2007, Awake was reissued by Glassnote Records with an additional two songs. It was released on February 6 and gave Vesely his first chartings, debuting at #16 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers chart. Added success lead to it peaking at #164 on the Billboard 200, #3 on the Top Heatseekers and #19 on the Top Independent Albums chart.

In support of his first label release, Vesely was featured on MTV’s You Hear It First, AOL Music’s Breakers Yahoo! Music’s Who’s Next?and appeared on talk show Late Night with Conan O’Brien.He also played numerous shows, including tours with the likes of Hawthorne Heights and The All-American Rejects and at music festivals South By Southwest and along side My Chemical Romance and Linkin Park at Bamboozle.

Secondhand Serenade released only one song as a single from the debut album, “Vulnerable”. The song spawned a music video, which was created by Frank Borin who was responsible for the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ video for hit single “Dani California”. “Vulnerable” peaked at #83 on the Billboard Hot 100, #64 on the Pop 100 and #56 on the Hot Digital Songs charts.



1. Half Alive
2. Broken
3. Vulnerable
4. Your Call
5. Maybe
6. I Hate This Song
7. Awake
8. Let It Roll
9. The Last Song Ever
10. End

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