Matt Hires's debut F-Stop/Atlantic release, Take Us to the Start, fuses the intimacy of the great singer/songwriters with indelible pop/rock hooks and propulsive rhythms. The result is a mesmerizing collection of songs that are immediately enchanting, while becoming more deeply rewarding with each listen.
Produced by Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles), Take Us to the Start is filled with delights, most notably Hires's voice, an instrument striking in its warmth, expressiveness, and ability to convey a multitude of emotions within a single song. From the first notes of "Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song," Hires's vocals envelop the listener, creating an intimate, captivating realm.
With his rich tenor voice, distinctive looks, and endearingly innocent charm, Jason Castro won over millions of viewers as a contestant on the seventh season of American Idol, parlaying his substantial singer-songwriter appeal into a third-place runner-up finish. He may not have won the competition, but the 22-year-old Texan earned himself a devoted fan base eager to hear what he would do once freed to perform his own songs. Those folks will get their chance with the release of Castro's self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records.
Raised in Hollywood, Caitlin Crosby developed a passion for writing songs about the world and human nature that she hopes will challenge and inspire her listeners. She is featured as a songwriter for the worldwide Levi's jeans ad campaign. She has written and recorded with Grammy Award–winning producer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Robin Thicke, Plain White T's, Brian Wilson, William Fitzximmons, Curtis Peoples, Josh Hoge, Ty Stevens, and Track & Field (who produced Nelly Furtado's first two albums) and is currently recording with producer Marshall Altman. Crosby is also a prominent actress, appearing on many hit TV shows and filming a lead role in the upcoming Danny DeVito movie, House Broken.