Jeremiah Christiansen Chosen as Stereofame.com's Artist of the Month for June 2011

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Minnesota-based singer/songwriter is bringing a new twist to that classic 90s sound.

A new generation of pop/rockers is steadily laying claim to the airwaves in a resurgence of sorts that signals the coming-of-age of the 90s Seattle grunge-rock disciples. While some bands are content in rehashing the guitar heavy, classic rock-inspired sound that characterized the era, others, such as Stereofame.com’s June 2011 Artist of the Month Jeremiah Christensen is carrying the classic 90s sound into the next millennium with maturity and sincerity.

Echoing the tone of the grunge era, Christiansen’s lyrics are mostly somber and introspective. “I Feel,” one of Christiansen’s strongest tracks, documents the struggle of a tormented romantic sorting through his thoughts aloud. The guitars are upfront but not overpowering, set atop a lilting mid-tempo groove.

“I started singing and playing guitar at an early age,” Christiansen said, “but it wasn’t until a lot of the bands came out in the 90s that I started really getting interested in music.”

Melodically, Christiansen seems to take a cue from Smashing Pumpkins. Not surprisingly, the Minnesota-based singer/songwriter counts them among his influences. “Away” recalls the fuzzed-out splendor of “Mayonaise” from the Siamese Dream-era Pumpkins. But Christiansen’s smooth tenor provides a pleasant counterpoint to the often brooding and contemplative subject material.

“I mostly write about my life experiences,” he said. “When I sit down with my guitar, that’s really the only time that I feel like I can get a lot of those feelings out.”

Despite his effortless delivery, Christiansen admits to being obsessive over his lyrics.

“I don’t like to be sloppy with my lyrics,” he said. “I like to focus in on every line and make it mean something to me, at least.”

Christiansen’s strikingly personal tunes have begun to attract a following among the Stereofame community. According to Christiansen, Stereofame provides him with an opportunity to reach out to a worldwide audience, a benefit which he encourages other independent artists to take advantage of.

“You get a lot of good feedback and everybody is really friendly,” he said. “The bottom line is you get your stuff heard and that’s what we all want.”

To hear more from Jeremiah Christiansen, check out http://www.stereofame.com/jeremiahchristiansen.

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