Altered Stage Releases Third Album Written And Performed By Chicago-Area Business Executives

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Chicago executives leave the boardroom and enter the studio to record their original music. Altered Stage Vol. III is the third album released by Altered Stage, Chicago's only private club for recreational musicians.

Altered Stage, the only private club for recreational musicians of all skill levels, has released its third studio recording through its Altered Records label. The full-length album, Volume III, features seven original songs written by Chicago-area business and science professionals. Altered Stage has previously released two albums: Be and Expressions. All three releases are available on most major digital music store sites, and channels such as iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

“Our third album is another example of how our members leave their day jobs behind and, with the support of our instructors, are achieving their musical goals such as creating their own music,” said Jeff Bergau, founder of Altered Stage. “It showcases some of the talented people who make Altered Stage such a unique and dynamic community. All seven original tracks were case studies in collaboration between Altered Stage members, and reflect the diversity, creativity and courage that defines Altered Stage. We’re proud to make this music available for the world to experience.”

Located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, Altered Stage is a unique private club that gives a complete and perpetual music experience to recreational musicians of all skill levels. The company’s goal is to create and foster a vibrant community of like-minded individuals who share a passion for making music and enhancing their personal and professional creativity. The club provides ongoing music instruction, holds regular jam sessions, monthly gigs at known Chicago venues such as Reggie’s Music Joint, and works with members to write and publish music.

“So many times, in my life, I've picked up my guitar and had visions of one day sharing my music with the world,” said Tom Jackson, a Chicago-based financial executive, who participated in the recording sessions. “I always wanted to write music but always found some lame excuse not to do it. Then, Altered Stage came along. I now had a drum instructor that helped me find my rhythm; I had a guitar instructor that could pick up a bass and fill in my riffs. I now had reasons to get it done. So, we got it done. Now, I have a few songs for the world to hear - songs I wrote and on which I sang and played guitar and drums. My songs. Pretty freaking awesome!”

Altered Stage Vol. III List of Tracks and Artists:
1.    Inevitable by Shiv Trisal
2.    Dark by David Klumpp
3.    Francine by David Klumpp
4.    Black Ghost by Imaginary Man Band
5.    Life Between Life by Terminal Bleed
6.    Wet That Whistle by Tom Jackson
7.    Ten Feet Tall by Tom Jackson

Lead Guitar Instructor Jason Steele, who coordinates Altered Stage’s recording sessions, adds, “This is my favorite part of the ‘rock star’ experience we provide to our members. We work with our members to compose their own original works and handle all aspects of the production and publishing processes. We also assist in recording their favorite cover tunes and take care of the licensing associated with use of the cover song.”

About Altered Stage
Located at 657 W. Lake Street, Altered Stage is a private club for recreational musicians of all skill levels — from absolute beginner to advanced players. The club offers guitar, bass, drum, keyboard, and vocal lessons to adults. Yet, Altered Stage is more than just music lessons: it’s a journey tailored to each member’s musical aspirations. It’s a dynamic community of people who love music and want to learn and play with others. Visit or call 312-953-ROCK (7625) for more information.

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