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Mike Hamel / Press

“What's the hardest part of being an independent artist? The hardest part for me is sheer economics. It's really hard to stay afloat financially while pouring everything you have of your heart, soul, and wallet into a project. The casual music enthusiast tends to overlook how much is really needed to get the music they're listening to into their iPod/phone/whatever. Because the gigs and merch sales only pay so much, this usually means having to take on a day job, full-time or otherwise, and that just taxes your energy and body even more. It's sad to say that finances have such a big effect on the artistry, but it's a butterfly effect. The other side of the coin on this issue is that publicizing yourself has become easier than ever. With social media being as big as it is, you can reach a huge amount of people pretty easily. It all comes down to heart and drive. If you have those two, you can overcome any obstacle life throws at you.”

“When I asked how the lyrics resonated with him, he said, “I’ve got to remind myself everyday why I’m doing what I’m doing. It would be so easy to go back home and say, ‘You know what? This is too hard, I need more stability, more money.’ And I’m not rolling in dough or anything but I can pay my rent, I’m not living outside of my means. It all has a purpose and it’s all supported through music. I’m free.””

“Have your emotions pack their bags because they're going on a trip when you listen to Mike Hamel's latest album, "Where The Change Is". From the first note of the gritty, southern, blues-rock feel of the title track 'Where The Change Is,' I was hooked. His hauntingly powerful vocals on "Letter to a Ghost," are out of this world. Beware of "Heart Breaker" and "Never Enough," to me they carried the strongest emotional impact and therefore were my favorites. His lyrics are so damn relatable, I often caught myself reflecting upon different moments in my own life while listening. This album is the perfect storm of great songwriting, brilliant musicianship, and killer vocals. (If I could steal this guy's vocal chords I TOTALLY would!) If you're a soulless robot and/or are already dead inside, then this album isn't for you. If you appreciate real musical talent, then pick up a copy of "Where The Change Is" today. I can't wait to see what's next from Mike Hamel: Musician/Model American”

Eric "Shmonty" Ashmont - 93.3 Kddb - Arizona

““Where the Change Is” begins with the title track, and from the beginning, the exceptional production quality and booming vocals are inherently evident. This track embodies a more country rock vibe, while featuring a unique chord progression and crisp guitars. “A Decent Man” is mixed very well, and sounds a bit like Kings of Leon combined with Buckcherry. The lyrics portray interesting comparisons and metaphors, and Hamel’s large voice is ever-present throughout the track. “Heartbreaker” contains an emotionally charged verse, a great vocal storyline, and picks up smoothly while mainly staying soft and quiet. “Letter to a Ghost” is a very Nashville/Songwriter sounding track with a large focus on the lyrics. It is drop-tuned and features intelligent strumming patterns and solid vocals. "Never Enough" was a personal favorite of mine. ... Hamel did a great job with his debut offering and I wish him the best of success over the next year and for the extent of his career.”

“Best Male Vocals in Alternative Rock, week of 11Jan2010”

“I really like this. Marvelous stuff!”