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||Santa Rosa, CA
Trent Yaconelli: Lead vocals/GuitarZach Hammer: Lead guitar/VocalsJason McGrath: BassBenjie Kushins: Keys & PercussionJed Friesen: Drums
About the ArtistRecent accomplishments:
- Shared the stage with Train, Rocco DeLuca, Dishwalla, Sister Hazel, The Gin Blossoms, Cracker and Guster.
- Song "Be Still" included on 104.5 KFOG's Local Scene 5 CD.
- Song "Be Still" #1 Podcast first week of April '08 according to the Podsafe Network tracking
- Song "Fall Apart" placed on ABC show KYLE XY for 2009 season
- Semi-finalist at Rolling Rocks National Band Search Competition '07
- Showcasing artist at the Promonade Music & Film Festival '07
- Has performed at the following fine venues:
House of Blues- LA
The Independent- SF
Red Devil Lounge- SF
The Rockit Room- SF
The Showbox- Seattle
The Aladdin Theater- Portland
The Blvd- Spokane
Dream Catcher @ Viejas- Alpine
Wells Fargo Center- Santa Rosa
Last Day Saloon-Santa Rosa
among many others.
“’Raise the Sun’ is an album of love, hope, and reaching for something bigger than oneself,” says lead singer and songwriter Trent Yaconelli. “I grew up believing the best kind of music was more than something to dance to. It was something that could change someone’s perspective, change someone’s life, bring people together or change the world. That’s what this collection of songs is about, and that’s what this band is about.”
In a small California town, in a small bar like many across the country, Five A.M. took the stage to once again prove themselves in front of a crowd who knew nothing of them or their music. As the sound swelled up and began to win over fans one by one, it poured out into the street until it reached a tired business man on his way home. Compelled by what he heard, he soon found himself in the club taking in the music. This chance encounter would be the first step of many, and he would quickly become a friend and energized supporter of the band, providing them funding akin to a record label. Thus began the year long adventure that became “Raise the Sun.” Recorded in Vancouver and San Francisco, Five A.M.'s third full length album teams the band with Grammy nominated producer Jeff Dawson (Daniel Powter's "Bad Day") and Grammy winning mixer Mike Fraser (Aerosmith, Hinder, AC/DC, Rush).
Their angel investor had only just begun his crusade for Five A.M. He was so moved by the album’s first track, “Still in Love With You”, he wrote and produced a short film around it, featuring Ice T, Eddie Furlong, and Rumer Willis. It’s a powerful mini movie that speaks to the violence and atrocities humans inflict on each other, and aims to promote peace - a message perfectly keeping with the soul of the band.
Incredibly, “Raise the Sun” marks the third time Five A.M. fans have helped the band realize their music. In 2003, Five A.M. fans raised $21,000 to fund the groups’ debut album, “Degrees of Falling.” For their second outing “This Morphine Life,” they were literally pushed into the studio by the president of a recording college, who happened to hear them playing live for a campus webcast.
It’s this unique combination of energy and passion, both in their music and message, that compels listeners to Five A.M., and keeps them on the road playing over 70 dates per year throughout the western states. The band’s intense live energy has brought them into the league of national acts. Now, armed with the radio ready promise of “Raise the Sun” and the support of industry veterans, Five A.M. has stepped up to the plate, looking to make the same impact on a national level.
Minimum stage dimentions 10X15
February 2009 Modern Rock
February 2009 Alt. Rock
January 2009 Modern Rock
December 2008 Rock
November 2008 Modern Rock
October 2008 Contemporary/Soft Rock
September 2008 Contemporary/Soft Rock
October 2008 Judging Excellence
by “Five A.M. have reached a creative zenith on Raise the Sun and I am sure they will garner plenty of attention from listeners and press alike.”
by “Full of solid hooks and thoughtful lyrics, there's no logical reason why Raise the Sun shouldn't splash onto radio play lists across the country. “
“This album might make Five A.M. the next big band out of Northern California.”
“I definitely like it [Raise the Sun] a lot. The production is outstanding, the songs have some nice hooks, and Trent’s voice is awesome.”
“I love the direction and production the band has taken with Dawson/Fraser. The production is finer detailed than ever, the sounds are excellent and the songs as terrific as ever. This latest...
Raise The Sun CD review
by Five A.M.'s fans believe in them. All three of Five A.M.'s CDs have been funded or otherwise sponsored by fans. It's one thing to plunk down money for a band's CD, and another altogether to put up...