4Him was a Contemporary Christian group founded in 1990 in Alabama, US. The group has ten Dove awards, a Grammy nomination and three certified gold albums to their credit, the group was inducted into Alabamas Music Hall of Fame, following the awarding of The Governor’s Achievement Award. The group has featured performers for popular Christian Evangelist crusaders, Billy Graham. 4Him disbanded in 2006 to pursue individual careers of ministry and music and they have released 12 studio albums which have produced 27 number one singles. The group has made sporadic appearances since 2009. Truth had a roster of four male and four female vocalists. Where There Is Faith, their first single, stayed at No.1 on the charts for eight weeks, releasing their self-titled debut in 1990, they blended the traditions of Christian musics past, with modern pop production and practical lyrics. In 1996, with the release of The Message, 4Him changed their sound in an effort to keep pushing the creative limits of the group.
On 1998’s Obvious, each took more ownership of their music – becoming more involved in the production. By 2004, all four of the guys reevaluated the future of the ministry, after close to seventeen years together, the members of 4Him decided to embark on solo careers. On September 23,2006, they performed their concert at Cottage Hill Baptist Church in Mobile, AL. At that concert, various individuals were recognized for their contributions to 4Him’s ministry, andy Chrisman released his freshman solo effort One in 2004, and is worship pastor at Church on the Move, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2008, he, along with the Church on the Move Praise Band, released Beautiful Name, in 2005, Mark Harris released The Line Between the Two. In 2007, Harris won a GMA Dove Award in the category of Inspirational Song of the Year for Find Your Wings, on September 25,2007, he released his second album Windows and Walls on INO Records. On October 13,2011, Harris released his third album Stronger In The Broken Places on Stylos Records, in 2012, Harris had the featured song, When Were Together in the film, Courageous.
Until mid-2013, he served as Artist-in-Residence/Worship Pastor at Bay Community Church outside Mobile and he is currently serving as Artist in Residence/Associate Worship Pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake, TX. In 2010, Kirk Sullivan released his independent solo release Timeless on his website, Timeless contains Get Down Mountain, a new reworked arrangement of his trademark song The Basics of Life, and a bonus track of a song recorded when he was twelve years old. In 2008, Marty Magehee released his independent solo release, the first single, Eyes Wide Open, was released to Christian radio in May 2008
Quinton Aaron is an American actor. He made his debut in Michel Gondrys Be Kind Rewind. His first lead role was as Michael Oher in the 2009 film The Blind Side, in 2010, Aaron guest-starred in an episode of Law & Order, Special Victims Unit. In 2015, Aaron shot the film Busy Day in Albuquerque, Aaron was born in The Bronx, New York City, but moved to Augusta, Georgia after elementary school. Aaron made his debut as Q in Michel Gondrys Be Kind Rewind, starring Mos Def. He has appeared in Fighting with Channing Tatum and Terrence Howard and co-starred in an NYU thesis short film called Mr. Brooklyn with Al Thompson, Aaron has appeared in two episodes of the TV show Law & Order. He starred in his first lead role playing Michael Oher, Quinton starred alongside Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw in The Blind Side, released November 20,2009. Directed by John Lee Hancock, the film was adapted from Michael Lewiss 2006 book, The Blind Side, Evolution of a Game, Aaron auditioned for the role of Michael Oher after his mother found out about the casting call online.
Chosen as a finalist, he was flown in to Los Angeles for the final audition, director Hancock said that he would keep it in mind. On March 24,2010, Aaron guest-starred with Jill Scott in an episode of Law & Order, on April 28,2010, Quinton guest-starred in the We All Saw This Coming episode of Mercy. On April 4,2011 Quinton guest-starred in the finale of Harrys Law with his The Blind Side co-star Kathy Bates. During the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Aaron participated in the Taco Bell Legends, in 2015, Aaron shot the film Busy Day in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Quinton Aaron at the Internet Movie Database
98 Degrees is an American pop and R&B boy band consisting of four vocalists, brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre, and Jeff Timmons. The group was formed by Timmons in Los Angeles, unlike most boy bands, they formed independently and were picked up by a record label, rather than being assembled by a label or a producer. They have sold over 10 million records worldwide and achieved eight top 40 singles in the U. S, the group reunited for a one-time performance at Mixtape Festival in Hershey, PA in August 2012. After the performance, the reunion expanded into a new album, the founding members of 98 Degrees met after Canton, Ohio native Jeff Timmons decided to quit university and pursue a music career with best friend Jeremy Volk. He studied psychology at Kent State University in his state of Ohio. In 1995 he sang at a party with three friends, and received a positive reaction from the female audience about his voice. The following day he left college and headed out to Los Angeles and it was a pretty hasty decision, looking back, but I was young and dumb.
Sometimes ignorance is bliss, he said in 2004 and he met a former student of the School for Creative and Performing Arts who passed his name on to another graduate, Nick Lachey, who was attending Miami University to study sports medicine. Lachey flew to Los Angeles and after hitting it off, decided to form a boyband, Lachey suggested inviting one of his friends, Justin Jeffre, to join them. The final member to join the band was Lacheys younger brother, after rejecting a series of names, the group decided on 98 Degrees describing body temperature and their music. The new group made the rounds of auditions in Los Angeles. They were discovered by music manager Paris DJon, who at the time was co-managing Montell Jordan, from the start, they emphasized that they wrote much of their own material, which reflected R&B influences more than mainstream pop roots. There are major differences musically between groups, not to mention the fact that we were signed to Motown, which gives us a little more credibility as far as R&B and soul music goes.
After sneaking backstage to a Metallica concert, a radio station covering the concert asked them to sing live on the air. With their debut single, Invisible Man which peaked at No.12 on the Billboard Hot 100, the group toured extensively, including concert dates in Asia. They opened for several dates of Janet Jacksons Velvet Rope Tour, after building popularity with their appearance in the movie Mulan, and singing True to Your Heart, their album 98 Degrees and Rising went 4× platinum in 1998. Production credit included Atlanta-based producer and Babyface co-writing partner Daryl Simmons, musician credits on the breakthrough album featured Atlanta-based session musician and former Earth, Wind & Fire guitarist Dick Smith. After the first album,98 Degrees left Motown for its parent company, the bands first major hit was Because of You and went platinum
The 222s are a Canadian punk band that was active from 1977 to 1981. They are among the first original Canadian punk bands and most likely the first glam/punk band to emerge from Montreal and they are most famous for their 1978 single I Love Suzan. They temporarily re-formed in 2010 and still occasionally play festivals in their native Canada, the 222s, who took their name from a Canadian pain killer of the same name, were formed by guitarist Pierre Al Cleann Major and singer Jean Frisson Brisson in the summer of 1977. A few months later, bass player/drummer Angel Calvo and drummer and singer Louie Louie Rondeau, within a few months Calvo was replaced by bassist Christian Chris OBell Belleau while original singer Jean Frisson relocated to NYC to be closer to that citys comparatively thriving punk scene. Less than a later, an impoverished Frisson temporarily put music aside. Frissons abrupt departure from the band coincided with the recording of the 222s first single, I Love Susan b/w The First Studio Bomb, so drummer Rondeau took on the lead vocals.
Released in the fall of 1978 on their manager François Doyons Rebel Records, not long afterward, Barry brought his friend, Joe Cerrato, a juvenile delinquent, into the group to replace Christian Belleau on bass, to complete the classic 222s lineup. Doyon came into contact with gangsters from Laval who wanted to try their hands in the music business. The band had been doing a cover of Michel Polnareffs La Poupée qui fait non at their shows for more than a year and the gangsters wanted to turn that song into a provincial hit. This was similar to garage band Les Sultans had done in 1966 to market the 222s to the teenybopper public. They recorded in one of the house but werent getting along with them. After a few days of fighting, the mobsters showed the band a gun, the band finished the record in fear the same day, quit the mobsters house and never went back there. The 7, which featured a version of the song on the B-Side, was released in 1981 on Gamma Records and was a minor regional hit. The band was ashamed of it and thought it sounded terrible, among others because the mobsters replaced Barrys voice in the choruses with his sisters voice and his own.
This accelerated the demise of the group, which went their separate ways shortly after, in November 1981, over the course of their career, the 222s toured Canada as extensively as any band could. They even toured in the USA where they toured with the Nuclear Accidents, the 222s have kept a legendary status as Quebecs first punk band to release a record and a series of TV appearances. The TV appearances were in the late 70s and early 80s on a local Community television show called The Musi-Video show and these shows have since resurfaced on YouTube and elsewhere and have sparked a renewed interest in the band. Similarly, Montreal label Soniks Chicken Shrimp Records released an anthology of the demos in 2007 under the name Montreal Punk 78-81 which sparked interest
4th Avenue Jones
4th Avenue Jones was an American alternative hip hop band based in Los Angeles, California. The band was conceived by Ahmad Ali Lewis, popularly known as Ahmad, the bands name comes from the popular idiom Keeping up with the Joneses and the street in South Central Los Angeles where they began their rehearsals. Lookalive was formed to bring together a team of gifted musicians who were committed to the art of music. The vision for the band was conceived in 1997 when Ahmad Jones commenced rehearsals at a house located on 4th Avenue, in 2000 the band was formed, and the group independently pressed and distributed their first full album No Plan B. Their persistence paid off as their fan base in the Los Angeles area began to grow, local weekly gigs soon followed, spreading word of the Jones classic level of showmanship like wildfire throughout the West Coast music scene. Interscope Records caught wind of the 4th Avenue Jones buzz, they were kept in touring limbo by the label and the album was never released.
Frustrated, the Jones eventually earned their release from the label altogether, fortunately, by the time they returned to independent status, releasing another underground album titled Respect the group had already stamped an influential mark, and their fans stuck with them. Inspired with a new vision of things to come, some changes in the band were made, after a lot of underground success, this album was the groups mainstream breakout album earning them a Dove Award nomination as well as awards from several Christian and mainstream hip-hop websites. 4th Avenue Jones has toured extensively, performing for fans in Sweden, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the band has shared the stage with such notables as James Brown, The Roots, Sheryl Crow, The Black Eyed Peas, and KRS-One. 4th Avenue Jones music is featured in Dance Praise the Christian video game, the group covered dc Talks song Jesus Freak for the compilation tribute album, Freaked. Ahmad has recently earned a doctorate in philosophy at Stanford, written a book and has released several solo music projects since the dissolution of the group.
He and Tena Jones have divorced and Timmy Shakes went on to form the rock band Black Tokyo. Ahmad recently stated that 4th Ave. Jones lives on only in the minds of those who loved her, 4th Avenue Jones has recorded a cover of Jesus Freak by Christian rock/pop group dc Talk, which appears on the compilation album Freaked. A Gotee Tribute to dc Talks Jesus Freak
Juhani Aaltonen is a Finnish jazz saxophonist and flautist. Born in Kouvola, Finland, he studied at Sibelius Academy and he began playing professionally at the end of the 1950s. He played in a sextet led by Heikki Rosendahl during that time, moving back to Finland, he settled in Helsinki and began working both as a session musician and with fusion groups. Later in the 1960s he formed a duo with Edward Vesala and he played with Tasavallan Presidentti in their earlier days, including for their first, album. He recorded with Thad Jones and Mel Lewis and with Heikki Sarmanto in the late 1960s and early 1970s, in 1975, he became a member of the New Music Orchestra, and worked with the Nordic All Stars, Arild Andersen, and Peter Brötzmann in the 1970s. The 1980s saw him working with the UFO Big Band, Jan Garbarek, Charlie Mariano and he was granted a 15-year state grant from Finland in the mid-1980s. In 1983 he rejoined Tasavallan Presidentti, and has recorded and toured with them since and he led a touring quartet from 1990 to 1992 with Olli Ahvenlahti, Heikki Virtanen and Reino Laine.
Aaltonen and Heikki Sarmanto released a duo recording, Rise, in 2001, Aaltonen continues to teach at the annual Nilsiä Music Camp. Etiquette,1974 Strings,1976, with Henrik Otto Donner Springbird,1979 Prana
Simen Aanerud is a Norwegian musician and inventor from Nes in Akershus. He is best known as a pianist and director of the company Aanerud Industries, Aanerud is known as a blues pianist, both in Norway and New Zealand. He has played artists such as Tim Finn, Gin Wigmore, Amund Maarud, Stellar*. In addition to his career as a musician he is an inventor and this company makes design- and interior items. Aaneruds career as a started as a 12-year-old, with Amund Maarud. This band came second in the national TV-show Talentiaden on NRK in 1997, in 2001 he moved to Auckland, New Zealand, where he furthered his career as a pianist. He joined blues guitarist Darcy Perry in 2002, and shortly released the album Blues4Dad. In 2003 and 2005 they released the albums Dont Hold Back, while working with several artists in New Zealand, Aanerud created his own bands, Handsome Giants and Blue Devils. Handsome Giants released their live DVD Live on Bow Street in 2005, in this same time span, he contributed on the New Zealand Idol-winner Rosita Vais solo album Golden.
In 2006, Aanerud joined the band of former Split Enz and this band consisted of Brett Adams, Matt Eccles and Mareea Patterson. Together with Tim Finn he toured New Zealand, Europe, in New Zealand Aanerud is known under the artist name Simen Taylor. Back in Norway, Aanerud rejoined Amund Maarud in his solo project and this album won Spellemannsprisen in the Blues category. The following year saw the release of Amunds album Dirt, which was nominated for Spellemannsprisen in the Blues category, in 2012 Aanerud officially founded his own company, Aanerud Industries. This is a company which makes interiors, toys, the company has a workshop in Skogbygda. In December 2013 he was asked to do a talk at a Pecha Kucha-event in Oslo, Simen released his first solo album Medicine in September 2014. First Blues blues4dad Dont Hold Back Heavy Rain Phoenix Live on Bow Street Harmonica Masters of New Zealand Electric Dirt Medicine
36 Crazyfists is a heavy metal band formed in Anchorage and based in Portland, Oregon. The bands name comes from the Jackie Chan film Jackie Chan and they have released seven studio albums, In the Skin, Bitterness the Star, A Snow Capped Romance, Rest Inside the Flames, The Tide and Its Takers and Castaways, and Time and Trauma. 36 Crazyfists formed in 1994 in Nikiski, the original members were vocalist Brock Lindow, guitarists Steve Holt and Ryan Brownell, bassist JD Stuart, and drummer Thomas Noonan. Holt is from Kenai, and Lindow spent much of his childhood there, Brownell and Noonan are all from Anchorage. 36CF originated from the remains of three bands, Grin and Broke. JD Stuart played in Grin, Brock Lindow in Hessian, and Steve Holt, one of the circumstances influencing the formation of 36CF was the murder of Brokes drummer Duane Monsen. On January 28,1994, Broke played a set at the Underground bar in Anchorage, that night there was an altercation between Monsen and a drunken soldier who was stationed locally at Ft.
Richardson. According to an article in the Anchorage Daily News, Monsen tried to apologize and defuse the situation, in the wake of this tragedy, Monsens friends organized a benefit concert to raise funds for his family. Monsens protégé Thomas Noonan played the drums at this show and the musicians decided that they were an excellent match, in retrospect, it became the first 36CF performance. 36CF released their first EP, Boss Buckle, in 1995 on cassette, stylistically it was Groove/heavy metal with a bit of Rapcore. At that time the local popularity was rising quickly and the tape became a rarity. On May 13,1996, 36CF opened for Primus at Egan Center in Anchorage and this concert was particularly interesting in a few ways. This was the one of the first times 36CF performed before an audience of thousands and this was the last show of Primus Punchbowl tour and the last show for drummer Tim Alexander before his first hiatus from Primus. 36CF were planning to relocate to Tacoma Washington in search of professional recording contracts when another tragedy struck, on June 16,1996, JD Stuart died in a car collision at age 23.
This was a loss for the band because Stuarts musicianship and showmanship were a large part of the bands appeal. At that time, Brownell retired from the band and the members recruited bassist Mick Whitney. 36CF relocated to the Seattle-Tacoma metro area, in 1997, the band released their second EP, Suffer Tree, on cassette. Later that year released their full-length debut CD, In the Skin
Veikko Aaltonen is a Finnish director, sound editor, production manager and film and television writer and actor. Aaltonen began his career in the working as a sound editor on various films. Early in his career he worked with Rauni Mollberg as co-writer on two of his films and The Unknown Soldier, in 1987 Aaltonen directed his first feature film, which he co-wrote with Aki Kaurismäki, who produced the film. Five years he directed a film that has considered his primary breakthrough. Aaltonen has made documentaries and directed TV series, the Worthless – actor Crime and Punishment – editor The Unknown Soldier – co-writer La Vie de Bohème – editor Our Father