OnlineRock Records Signs the Gregory Paul
album entitled “Spirit and Decibels” will be released this
SAN CARLOS, Calif., April 16, 2002 – OnlineRock
and its newly launched label, OnlineRock Records, have just
inked a deal with the Gregory Paul Group to release their
next album. The signing marks a significant alliance between
one of the largest music communities assembled on the Web
and one of America’s finest up-and-coming bands.
OnlineRock Records uses the OnlineRock web site – a portal
for musicians and music enthusiasts - to scour the world for
new talent. Thousands of bands currently use the site and
OnlineRock receives demo packages daily from bands seeking
representation. Out of the submitted demos, the company was
in search of the first band to be signed by OnlineRock Records.
"The Gregory Paul Group is the type of band that every
label would dream of working with," said Steven Beck,
founder and president of OnlineRock. “Their extensive touring
experience, prolific songwriting, and their fresh sound make
them stand out among the thousands of bands we had the opportunity
to consider. They are 100 percent dedicated to producing great
music and they understand the hard work required to be successful
in this business.”
Billboard Magazine describes the Gregory Paul Group, hailing
from Rochester, New York, as “a hybrid of atmospheric ambience
and powerful acoustics.” The group’s lineup showcases Gregory
Paul on vocals and guitar, Aaron Boucher on drums, and Tony
Wensel on bass. Since 1998 they have played extensively throughout
the northeast United States including opening spots for The
Moody Blues, Foreigner, Blue Oyster Cult, Matthew Sweet, G
Love & Special Sauce, and the Crash Test Dummies.
"OnlineRock along with Steven Beck are risk takers and
pioneers in the music industry. We need thousands more like
them in this business to breathe some life into it and to
keep it thriving,” says Linda Fullerton, manager of the Gregory
Paul Group and president of the Rochester Music Coalition.
“They truly understand the need for artists to retain their
independence and encourage their creativity."
“The music business is rapidly changing and evolving,” said
Gregory Paul. “Major labels are no longer the standard by
which to measure the value of popular music,” said Gregory
Paul. “The Web has catalyzed a diverse and independent arts
counter-culture and OnlineRock represents the future of the
music business within this growing movement.”
“We understand the potential of the Web as a worldwide marketplace
where we can promote our music to those looking for a new
sound,” said Aaron Boucher. “OnlineRock supports us as artists
and gives us the freedom to be who we are. We look forward
to a long and lasting relationship.”
“We live in a technology-crazed era where making your music
accessible on the Internet is just as crucial as playing live
or appearing in major publications,” said Tony Wensel. “Our
partnership with OnlineRock Records is a natural progression
for our band and we are all very excited about the forthcoming
OnlineRock plans to release the group’s new album, entitled
“Spirit and Decibels,” in the early summer of 2002. The CD
will be available from the OnlineRock Web site, at the group’s
live performances, and also at music stores around the country.
In support of the new album, the Gregory Paul Group will continue
to tour. For a complete list of upcoming shows, please see
the group’s Web site at http://www.gregpaul.com.
Additional information, as well as the group’s previous album,
can be found at http://www.onlinerock.com/gregorypaul.
is an online music community providing bands and musicians with
tools and services to promote, distribute and sell their music
online. The site provides free Web building and hosting services,
bulletin boards, and editorial content of interest to musicians
and music enthusiasts alike. Over 5,000 bands are currently
promoting their music at OnlineRock. OnlineRock Records, the
label launched by OnlineRock earlier this year, aims to empower
musicians by providing them with the tools and the resources
needed to produce and promote their music. Founded in 1999,
the company is based in San Carlos, Calif.
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