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Straight out of the 80’s and into the new millennium, Steven Garcia’s music can be described as 80’s rock star on steroids with a modern twist. In his 2014 single, “Bright Idea”, Steven generates a fast paced tempo that doesn't stop until the song ends. With a heavy guitar sound and a hard driven beat, Steven’s radio friendly vocals shine through. A Texas boy who grew up in Corpus Christi, Steven started playing guitar at the age of 14. “Playing guitar was just something I always wanted to do. I became obsessed with it.” Unable to release his grip from the guitar, Steven moved to Houston in 1994. ”I didn't want to leave Corpus but there was just so much opportunity in Houston”, said Steven. “I was able to play music full-time for a living.” Steven has been touring and making music ever since. Soon after moving to Houston, Steven formed his band, The Rachels. As the main song writer in the group, The Rachels musical style relied heavily on Steven’s personal influence of a loud guitar sound. Although, some of his music is surprisingly eclectic. “I love all types of music”, said Steven. “Any music from any generation that catches my ear, I will listen to”. This open-mindedness enables him to create not just 80’s inspired rock but music in very different genres such as reggae, ska, country and pop. His diversity enables him to work with different producers and song writers, including Paula Deanda producer Steve Aguirre and writing two years for Clay Walker’s publishing company. During his time with The Rachels, they released four original CDs: Buy American (1999), World of Dreams (2001), St Elmo Sessions (2003), and No Love Here (2006). Steven and The Rachels grew accustomed to playing four to five nights a week. They developed a loyal Houston following with a reputation as a party band that could cover any song request. “Some nights we wouldn't even have a set list. We would just ask the crowd what they wanted to hear and play whatever they yelled out.” This branded them as a virtual jukebox in high demand with Houston bar owners and booking agents. It led to the opportunity to tour Japan. “Playing over seas, I got to perform for the armed forces which was a great honor. But it also helped me realize that anywhere people want to hear me play I’d be more than willing to go.” In 2008, “I Can’t Complain”, from their World of Dreams CD, was placed in the soundtrack and motion picture Noble Things. In 2012, Steven stepped out on his own to record with Love Sick Dog Publishing as a solo artist. “Sometimes you just need a change.” The collaboration produced the songs “Will You or Won’t You” and “Quasimodo”. With the January 2012 iTunes release of “Will You or Won’t You”, Steven was quickly given the Song of the Week (February 19 - 25) from the London indie rock magazine Jamsphere. Soon after, he was heard all over the world through internet radio air play. Steven was also hand picked by Dodge as one of the top 500 indie bands on Reverbnation in their "Inspired by You" contest in 2012. In 2013 and 2014, he was selected to compete in the Hard Rock Café Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands. In the Summer of 2014, Steven was chosen to pen the title track for the motion picture Bright Ideas. Director Ronn Head said,”I was familiar with his past work so I knew he was capable of creating a song we could use for the film. I just didn't know it was going to be that great and be just perfect for the film.” The “Bright Idea” single will be released on iTunes in the fall of 2014. Any way you look at it, the future looks bright for Steven Garcia and the Bright Ideas movie. Currently, Steven is performing in Houston acoustically or with a full band four to five nights a week. “I’m happy doing what I want for a living, which is playing my music for people. I wouldn't have it any other way.”
Just stopping by again to give you the latest news.
We are playing some "newer" venues at Masones Louetta in Cypress, The Pub Fountains in Stafford, Bombshells in Webster and of course Rookie's Sports Bar (Home away from home) in the Woodlands. So, stop by for a listen and drink!
We would also like to thank Rockersdive.com and Lonely Oak Radio for their recent support in airplay for us!
We would also like to thank Talent Cast from the Netherlands for putting us in their song of the week contest in May. So, please stop by and vote for us. (If you stop by and vote, you can then tell anybody you were in the Netherlands this weekend!) Voting ends Next Tuesday.
We would also like you to stop by TRS Radio at the following links and share, like, comment and re-tweet to help us gain airplay on their station. The link is below and we need about 10 comments to be on their Top 10 Indie Artist Countdown. (I think it would be funny if you put negative comments because they said that we need 10 comments but they didn't say if the comments needed to be positive. Ha!)
Anyway stop by the following links and vote, share, like, re-tweet, favorite or leave a comment (remember positive or negative).
Stop by to vote at www.talentcast.nl Retweet and Favorite https://twitter.com/DjMidLife06/status/466618934326992896
Share, "Like", and Comment (-or+) https://www.facebook.com/TheRendezvousRadioShowWithCrisAndAlysia/posts/705126622859249
And on a funny note, we received a Crowd Review for our song called Quasimodo. The reviews are from random listeners and comments were "all over the map". (We listed the review in the e-mail only so make sure to sign up for e-mail updates) One listener called us a "Male Taylor Swift". One listener said the lyrics were "bland and generic" while another said that the lyrics were "a stroke of brilliance". Some listeners like the double time picking and some didn't. And most listeners called it "Country". So it just goes to show different people have different opinions, but you just have to be yourself. So, be true to yourselves and do what you love!
With that said, I want leave you with a few of jokes from the late comic Mitch Hedberg.
"Y'know, you can't please all the people all the time... and last night, all those people were at my show."
"I played in a death metal band. People either loved us or they hated us....or they thought we were OK."
You know they call corn-on-the-cob "corn-on-the-cob" right? But that's how it comes out of the ground, man. They should call that "corn." They should call every other version "corn-off-the-cob." It's not like if you cut off my arm you would call my arm "Mitch." But then reattach it and call it "Mitch-all-together!"
Thanks again for all your Support! -Steven
Just dropping by again to say a very big Thank You to everyone who voted for us in the Hard Rock Rising contest. Even though we received the top amount of votes (In Houston) for the first round and qualified to compete in the next round, our schedule prevented us from competing in the live performance. Subsequently we were disqualified, but we would like so much to Thank each and everyone of you for your continued support. We would also like to ask you to continue to support local artist in any way you can. So please stop by https://www.facebook.com/hardrock?sk=app_205164529573076&app_data and vote for any band you feel deserves to move on to the next round. (unfortunately it just won't be us) Anyway, vote and get a free download from the band or bands you vote for. (We will throw our support to our Hometown Girls Vanilla Sugar, of course) Again, please support your local independent Artist.
Hi, Just dropping by to give you the latest news. We have been picked to compete in The 2014 Hard Rock Cafe Global Battle of the Bands. This is the second year in a row we have been picked and we are honored that The Hard Rock Cafe has given us this opportunity. But we do need your support! Please stop by to vote by clicking the link or below. You can vote for us by downloading a song. (You may already have the song "Will You or Won't You" but please stop by and download it to show your support.)
Voting starts today and continues until February 17, 2014. After voting online, you can 'Check In" with your smartphone at a participating Hard Rock Cafe, before voting ends on February 17, you can triple your vote to show more support for us to win this year's competition. When you check-in you'll also be entered into a sweepstakes for an all expense paid trip for two to Hard Rock's all inclusive luxury resort in Cancun, Mexico.
So, stop by and vote and you just might find yourself in Mexico!
Thanks again for all your love and support! -Steven.
P.S Please stop by facebook.com/stevegarcia21or twitter @stevegarcia21 and say hello!
Just dropping by to give you the latest news. We have been picked to compete in the Fiat Band Prix contest! They say that they are looking for the next big thing in music (and they better not be talking about my weight!). I know what you are thinking, "Steve, didn't Dodge say the same thing about you?" Yes, they did. We were also picked by Dodge to compete in a similar contest a year or so ago, but we didn't place.(Awww, poor baby.)
But this time, with your help, hopefully things can turn out differently. Please stop by facebook.com/stevegarcia21or twitter @stevegarcia21 on November 5th to find the link
(Hint, it's this one. It's just not active yet.) https://www.facebook.com/fiatusa/app_598451080214134
You can vote for us by downloading a free song at the Fiat Facebook page which will help us win prizes from FIAT like a Reverb Pro package, cash for new equipment, or even an appearance on VH1!
So please stop by and vote on Nov 5th! Also we be debuting new original material on Tuesday at Mak's Place on Louetta. It's going to be great fun!
Thanks again for your love and support, -Steven
Just stopping by to give you the lastest updates. We will be on HD1Radio from the UK tomorrow July 4th at 10:00am Central and again on Monday at 12:00pm Central. www.hd1radio.com Please stop by for a listen and tell DJ Dangerous Hello! Also,Please stop by and vote for us to be on the Warp Tour sponsored by Ernie Ball and Vans. We are also no longer playing at Nico's on Fridays. We got fired for playing too loud...a rock band getting fired for playing too loud? That has to be a first. Anyway we will now be at Beach Bums on Wednesdays, On The Rox on the first Friday of every month, and as always we will be at Rookies on Thursdays and Saturdays. You can keep track on of our schedule on Reverbnation.com/stevegarcia or facebook.com/stevegarcia21 for any changes or additional dates. Please stop by and post a comment on facebook or tweet at us @stevegarcia21. We'd love to hear from you! We are also working on new music and hopefully a new release soon. Thanks again for your love and support of our music! -Steven
So they say nothing good is free...What? Well, this is your opportunity to find out if this is true! We are bringing back free downloads! Yes, free... for nada...gratis! So, download our music and if you don't like it then return it for a full refund...oh wait it's free. Stop by reverbnation.com/stevegarcia or facebook.com/stevegarcia21 and download some free music. Also, we are celebrating the 10 year anniversary release of The Rachels CD "St Emlo Sessions". (Sorry, no free downloads for that one) Stop by itunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/st.-elmo-sessions/id485544129 and have a listen. Your comments and support is always appreciated! -Steven
Ok, I know what you are thinking! You are probably thinking,"Steven, you cheapskate! Why don't you give away more free stuff." Well, here is your chance to get a free CD, that's right a free CD...gratis! We are having a video/photo contest! Come to our show and take a picture or video of us performing and post it on facebook.com/stevegarcia21 or tweet at me @stevegarcia21. There will be two winners: One for best photo and one for best video. So get your camera phones out! Here are the rules: 1) You must take a video of us performing a song or take a picture of us on stage or with you off stage. (pictures of you with us on stage are not allow unless I get intoxicated and forget the rules) 2)You must post the video on facebook.com/stevegarcia21 and send me a message stating you are entering the contest or you can tweet at me @stevegarcia21 and send me a DM stating you are entering the contest. 3)You must like the facebook.com/stevegarcia21 page or follow me on twitter to enter. If you are not following me on twitter you can't DM me to say that you are entered in the contest. I will follow back. 4)The video and/or picture must be taken April 6, 2013 - April 13,2013 and posted by April 14, 2013 5)You are done! *There are a couple of restrictions: 1)The picture/video must be in good taste and must not violate any rules on facebook and twitter. (I was already temporary suspended on twitter this year and I don't need two strikes) 2)Any picture/video must not contain any nudity or be of you and/or us committing a crime. (If so, we reserve the right to disqualify you from the contest. And we reserve the right to view the naked picture/video of you at our pleasure and/or blackmail you when the time is right.) Here what the winners get! 1) A pat on the back for a job well done! (Ladies, you have the option of a pat on the shoulder or the lower region. Guys, this option does not apply to you. Although you can opt for a fist bump.) 2) A free CD! No shipping or handling! (shipping peanuts or bumble wrap may or may not be included.) So, post your pictures/videos and you might get free stuff! P.S. Free downloads returning soon! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007FY0OWI/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2/180-4846843-6424930?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_r=1D87XYARDG73W1JSF1RR&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=1532201582&pf_rd_i=B007G4MR72
To celebrate our 300th like on Facebook, we are now offering free downloads on our Reverbnation page. Yes, free! So, don't be a Xerxes downer and help us celebrate by sharing our page and telling your friends. We will be giving free downloads until "The world knows that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many, and before this battle is over, even a god-king can bleed" or until the end of February...whichever comes first. Also, we would like to thank everyone for voting for Us in the Globle Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands. Even though we did not make it to the next round (maybe we are more like sparta than we think), your hard work and help in voting is much appreicated. We would also like to thank Cyphreinc for putting us on his UK Podcast 37 this month. So please stop by and say Cheers to our good friend across the pond at http://www.cyphreinc.co.uk/podcast037/ We will also be on a web cast in Sweden this next month. We will post details to come so please kept an ear out for that. We are also now #2 on the Reverbnation Rock Chart for Spring, TX. On the latest The Rachels news, we are still planning a return with the re-release of World Of Dreams and hopefully new material and dates in 2013. You can follow news for The Rachels at http://www.reverbnation.com/therachels#!/rachelslive https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Rachels/274717572574747 http://www.youtube.com/user/rachelslive Until then you can get the latest news on these links http://www.reverbnation.com/stevegarcia https://www.facebook.com/Stevegarcia21 http://www.twitter.com/SteveGarcia21 "In the end, a Spartan's true strength is the warrior next to them. So give respect and honor to them, and it will be returned to you." Thanks again for all your warrior support on our musical journey. -Steven
As we close this 2012 year, I got to thinking how short our time actually is here on Earth. And I got to thinking about the Mayan calendar and how the world was supposed to end on December 21, 2012. And I think I figured out why their calendar ends on December 21. The conversation probably went something like this: 1st stone craving calendar guy: Hey, Johnny. 2nd stone carving calendar guy: What? I'm busy. 1st stone craving calendar guy: We are carving the beginning of December 2012 and we are almost up to 2013. 2nd stone carving calendar guy: And? 1st stone craving calendar guy: Don't you think that's far enough? I mean, we'll never see 2013. Why should we keep going? It's not going to effect us. And besides carving a stone calendar isn't the easiest job in the World. 2nd stone carving calendar guy: You know, I think you are right! First one to 21 wins! 1st stone craving calendar guy: I'd sure like to see the face on the people in 2012! And that's probably how it happened. Some of life's mysteries probably have the simplest of meanings. It made me realize how precious time is and how everyone who supports us on our musical journey took time out to do something for us that they didn't have to do. So we would like to give a personal Thank You to You and everyone who supported us throughout this wonderful 2012 year. For everyone on facebook who liked our page at https://www.facebook.com/Stevegarcia21, a huge "Like You" and thank you! It's not easy getting "liked" out in the cold hard world wide web but you took the time to like our page. To everyone who is following us on twitter at @Stevegarcia21. Thank you! We will continue to follow you as well and hope to hear from you, favorite you and retweet you in 2013. To everyone on Reverbnation, thank you for "friending" us and listening. You have continued to make us #1 on the Reverbnation Pop Charts for my hometown of Corpus Christi, TX. We would also like to thank the following: Tony and Don at Hoss the Boss. Thanks for picking us for one of the top songs of February 2012. Our friend "accross the Pond", Cyphreinc, that's for having us on your Podcast http://www.cyphreinc.co.uk/podcast027/ John Basso, Thanks for giving us a spotlight on Tunecast! To everyone at Dodge, Thank you for picking us as one of the top 500 bands on Reverbnation! Thank you to C.C. and Jenny Jen Jen for all your support a Hotshotbands.com. Thank you to Jamsphere in the UK for making us the song of the week http://jamsphere.com/songoftheweek/song-of-the-week-steve-garcia-will-you-or-wont-you To Rob from Crunch radio, Thanks for the airplay! http://crunchradio.com/ Thanks to Rookies Sports Bar, Nico's, and Beach Bums Bar and Grill for all the late night shows, fun, laughs, and drinks! There are so many more people to thank that are not listed. But for everyone of you unsung heroes, I did not forget you and your hard work is truly appreciated! 2012 has been a great year but 2013 promises to be even bigger and better with more music and a few surprises! Thank you again and we hope to see and hear from you again in 2013! Sincerely, Steven Garcia