Hill Studio Sessions
Often described as a cross between Jamie Cullum & Sting, Nashville artist, Justin Caldwell, creates a literate, intelligent rock that connects with music-lovers tired of the over-saturated stockpile of duplicate singer-songwriters. Since 2006, Caldwell's has entertained crowds in over 30 countries, 50 colleges and numerous venues and festivals across the nation. In addition to his prolific onstage presence, Caldwell engineers and produces his own recordings; a skill developed from years of writing music for film and TV. Most recently, his original music has been featured in national ad campaigns for Nike, Visa, Honda, Tylenol, in the primetime network pilot Dear God, It's Me Traci, and the Australian film Out of Space. Paying tribute to jazz, reggae, even world music at times, Caldwell's beautifully gritty vocals and creative writing are ready for some much deserved hype in his latest independent release, "Hill Studio Sessions". He recorded this new collection of songs over five days at Hill Studios on Music Row alongside engineer/producer Brad Hill and his dynamic backing band; a trio of players who have each become a recognized staple in the Nashville independent music scene. If you have an ear for something different, something smart, music that is equal parts deep and entertaining, you might just love Caldwell's newest recording, "Hill Studio Sessions". Find out for yourself! *** For additional background on Justin Caldwell, read on*** Caldwell was born in Richardson, TX (a northern suburb of Dallas, Texas) to a professional storyteller mother and psychiatrist father. Early on, young Justin became attached to an old acoustic guitar he found laying in his parent's guest room closet, which his mother had given his father early in their marriage. With it he began writing his first songs, and still performs on stage with it today. He attended Plano East Senior High School, and where he began to entertain the idea of pursuing his love and affinity for music. He would perform weekends and during breaks from school whenever he could get a show, eventually opening for national touring acts such as All-Star United and The Supertones while in his high school band, Mulberry Street. After graduating, Justin went to college with a full scholarship to the University of Arkansas in pursuit of an architectural degree, but left after 4 semesters. He moved to New York City to tour with a professional band and during time off in the city, started writing music for film and TV. He would take whatever work he could get, often working for free and would frequent nightclubs and music bars like Bitter End and The Blue Note, to watch musicians such as Ryan Adams and Kurt Elling, artists who have influenced his own music. In 2005, Caldwell moved back to Nashville to finish with an undergraduate degree in Composition, Business and Technology at Belmont University. His experiences there would inspire him to write some of his most notable songs to date such as: "I'm Not Falling" and "Love Is Suicide". In 2006, during his last semester in school, Caldwell began recording these songs on his debut solo record "Dog and Bird". What emerged was an album that is smart, but not elitist, soulful but never simple. The record showcases an artist who strikes a balance between intelligent lyric writing and original pop-marketability appealing to people looking for something different. When you listen to "Dog and Bird", among the biggest critiques of the debut release is it's musical variety. There's a combination of styles and influences that most don't quite know how to classify; a difficulty in today's musically impatient environment where "what's hot" changes quicker than the newest social networking site. With this collection of songs, however, there's a timelessness to his voice and writing, a charm and effortlessness which other musicians struggle to achieve. He independently released "Dog and Bird" in Fall 2006, at Nashville's Mercy Lounge. The release party drew more people at a post-Labor Day event than any other show in Mercy Lounge's over 20-year history. The songs on "Dog and Bird" gave way to radio play in markets across the US and Canada, and allowed him to break into the lucrative college market.