Throwin’ Rocks at the Moon
New York, NY (Vocus) July 30, 2009
Newcomer Rachel Millman steps boldly into the music arena with her first single, "Throwin’ Rocks at the Moon", from her debut CD, "If I Believe". A strong mid-tempo melodic ballad about missing someone once you let them go, the recording features an outstanding performance from Millman, who is supported by an all-star cast of musicians.
A classic melodic pop/rock song with intensely romantic and poetic lyrics, "Throwin’ Rocks at the Moon" highlights Millman’s crisp three-octave range and her powerful and compelling command as a singer. Her enchanting vocals, along with the song’s arrangement and production, are cinematic in scope while keeping the power-pop sound connected with Top 40 radio. The sexy and smoky back-up vocals from Sal Nastasi, whose band Ready In 10 is featured on the record, create a playful and sensual twist on the girl leaves boy story. She is the one who walked away from the relationship and is now lamenting over her decision after he willingly and naively showed her his version of life through “rose colored glasses.” When Millman’s and Nastasi’s voices are featured on the final chorus with minimal instrumentation, the essence of the recording reaches an impact that defines the record’s intimacy.
The parallels to the song and Millman’s career are uncanny. She has been singing since she was born twenty-three years ago in Springfield, New Jersey. From the chorus as a freshman in high school to the lead by the time she was a senior, performing in musicals was the backdrop for her passion to sing. Now, with a college degree in communications under her belt from Penn State, an eye opening audition for American Idol and her song “Waiting for Someday” being featured in the up and coming feature film “Secret at Arrow Lake,” Rachel Millman is taking matters into her own hands. Millman’s company, Gila Enterprises, is releasing her five-song EP entitled "If I Believe" to radio on August 10th, and that’s a big step for Millman considering she almost gave up her dreams of having a professional singing career.
Becoming a professional singer in today’s pop market can be very challenging as new talent must rely on his or her own resources to get noticed by the music industry. Long gone are the days when labels were willing to invest the time and money needed to nurture a budding artist’s career. Millman is counting on her distinct and beautiful voice, a powerful and captivating song, and the collaboration of talent from an impressive list of music industry veterans to help lead the way.
The same writing team that wrote last year’s debut single “Say It Again” from Hollywood Records’ Marie Digby wrote Throwin’ Rocks at the Moon: Jim Dyke, Marc Nelkin and Eric Sanicola. Featured on the recording along with Ready In 10 is Juno Award winning pianist D.D. Jackson - who plays both piano and Hammond organ on the record. The Section Quartet provided the string arrangement and performances, and is best known for their album Strung Out on OK Computer: A Tribute to Radiohead, “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera and “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt. Singer/songwriter Denise Marsa produced the single.
Along with the full band mix and an acoustic mix of "Throwin’ Rocks at the Moon", "If I Believe" also features three songs produced by Brian Reeves from California’s Jungle Room Studios. “If I Believe,” “Hold On To Me” and “Waiting for Someday” were co-written by Reeves, Michelle Mangione and Joy Bonner.
With an all-star cast, a song destined to be a classic and a voice that touches a nerve of hope and resilience, Rachel Millman is carving out her place in pop music with her debut release, "If I Believe". For more on Millman, visit http://www.rachelmillman.com and http://www.myspace.com/rachelmillman.
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