Joining John Mayer, Colbie Caillat, and Keane on a recent album release, Cedar Avenue should get used to such impressive company. The success surrounding this acoustic-synth rock band, fronted by husband and wife duo, Jesse and Derrin Mathews, has positioned Cedar Avenue on the brink of national, break-out success.
"Someday soon I'll do the things I been saying…" begins the title track for Cedar Avenue's debut CD. And someday soon may actually be now. After years of performing and headlining in the Twin Cities' leading clubs and venues the group got their first brush with national fame when their song "7 Years" was featured on the season finale of the ABC police drama Rookie Blue. Averaging more than 6 million viewers per episode, Rookie Blue catapulted Cedar Avenue into the homes and hearts of music enthusiasts across the nation.
It's rare that a contemporary music group can deliver tasty hooks within such a rich musical landscape on their first, totally independent, full-length release. Yet that is exactly what Cedar Avenue delivers with its 10-track debut. Veteran Twin Cities music columnist Chris Riemenschneider said this about the band's debut CD: "Cedar Avenue, a Fray- and One Republic-like, piano-laced quartet…sounds primed for radio play, with the dramatic, gorgeously sung title track and the stormy rocker 'Up North.'"
Known for their remarkable vocal performances, as well as their ability to draw widely diverse crowds of college hipsters, middle-aged women, and cheese enthusiasts, Cedar Avenue has been helping pack venues throughout the Midwest, opening for huge sold-out crowds with acts such as Augustana, A Fine Frenzy, Hanson, and Graham Colton.
And as Jesse belts in the title track, "All I need is a possibility" - that's what the group has certainly garnered with their gem-studded debut album.
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