Featured Artist: Adam Marsland
Adam Marsland is an American singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the leader of '90s power pop band Cockeyed Ghost and later for extensive touring and sideman work. He was born in Greene, New York.
Described in SPIN magazine as "a high-energy cross between Brian Wilson, Paul Stanley, and Elton John,” Adam Marsland's pop adventurism and uncanny versatility has earned him one of the more prolific, unusual and intriguing music journeys of the last 20 years. Listeners confronting Marsland's kaleidescopic music and atypical career path for the first time all say exactly the same thing: "How have I never heard of this guy?"
A talented singer, arranger, performer, multi-instrumentalist and "one of the most gifted songwriters to come out of the west coast in a long time" (Time Out-NY), Marsland has pulled off rock, punk, baroque pop, soul and alt-country through the course of eleven albums and 25 tours. When his label collapsed on the week of the release of his band's third CD, he went totally underground, touring alone for 2 1/2 years straight and selling thousands of albums out of the back of a 1994 Toyota Tercel. Returning to L.A., he assembled a jaw-droppingly skilled band featuring a bonafide soul legend who amassed an astounding repertoire of 500 songs and performed complex multi-set tributes to the Beach Boys, Elton John, '70s soul and John Cale. After pulling off a career-defining thematic double album followed immediately by a punk-flavored effort recorded in one day, Marsland then moved on to a third musical stage as a successful session musician and producer. As of 2014, he is now maintaining a simultaneous career as a songwriter, bandleader, session musician AND producer, and has returned to touring not just in the U.S., but all across the world, with a new album poised to at last break this perennially overlooked artist out of cult status.
Adam is still dabbling in music and currently traveling throughout SE Asia.
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