Bleu

Thursday / October 1, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Singer/songwriter Bleu presents a clinic. A Berklee alumnus, Bleu currently lives in Los Angeles and works as an artist, professional songwriter, and producer. His third studio CD, A Watched Pot, was just released through Fontana Distribution in July 2009. He has songwriter cuts with artists like Jonas Brothers, Boys Like Girls, Kate Voegele, Hanson, Selena Gomez, Jon McLaughlin, Evan Taubenfeld, and more. He is signed on to produce and cowrite the debut CD from the recently signed NYC buzz band TV/TV this fall. Check him out online.

Bleu's third studio album has been a long journey and a story of persistence and triumph. Recorded in 2005, it is the album that all Bleu fans want to own, but almost never could. A Watched Pot was originally recorded for Aware/Columbia Records as a follow-up to Bleu's critically-aclaimed 2003 record Redhead. NPR listed Redhead as one of the Top 10 records of the year, and during that time Bleu was touring with hit acts like John Mayer, Switchfoot, and Ryan Adams and wowing crowds across the country with his unique songs and passionate performances.

Only a few weeks after the final tracks of A Watched Pot were recorded, Bleu was dropped from the label along with dozens of other acts and employees involved in Sony’s ongoing downsizing. But instead of accepting defeat, Bleu continued to play these new songs for his devoted fan base while working tirelessly to get his record released from his former label. He also took the opportunity to pursue many other creative adventures.

Moving from Boston to Los Angeles in 2006, Bleu released a side-project CD L.E.O. Alpacas Orgling (a power-pop collective with friends like Andy Sturmer of Jellyfish, Steve Gorman of the Black Crowes, and Jason Scheff of Chicago), and started the Major Labels (a power-pop band with Mike Viola and Ducky Carlisle), and LoudLion (a pop-metal homage featuring members of Rooney, the Donnas, and Bang Camaro, amongst others). L.A. also proved to be the perfect place for Bleu to pursue his burgeoning career as a professional songwriter and producer, but releasing A Watched Pot never faded from the forefront of his creative goals. He finally acquired the rights to material that Bleu describes as being at his creative heart and soul.

The here and now finds Bleu at the top of his game. In the past few years he has had numerous songs cut by top acts like the Jonas Brothers, Boys Like Girls, Hanson, Kate Veogele, Jon McLaughlin, and Evan Taubenfeld, whose first single is his adaptation of Bleu's fan-favorite (and A Watched Pot highlight track) “Boy Meets Girl.” He’s recently played shows with friends like Mike Viola and Rooney, and is booked to hit all of his major markets and then some in support of A Watched Pot.

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