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from: Holmdel, NJ
Genre: Rock


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Performances by Brynne Calleran, Granian (Kill the Alarm), Elza and Derek James. Taped live in Rockland County, NY.

Granian Biography
Garen Gueyikian- Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Various professional musicians from NYC, LA, Chicago

He'd been anointed by Spin as the hottest unsigned artist on the planet. He'd racked up more than 25,000 sales with no label muscle. He's hit number one on He'd drawn from a kaleidoscope of influences to create a passion-drenched, personal style that had brought him bookings up and down the East Coast and as far west as California.

But something wasn't right.

And so, in 2003, Garen Gueyikian, a.k.a. Granian, stepped out on his own. He got himself centered. He recorded a solo album, Live Sessions, in a studio filled with thirty fortunate fans and hundreds of flickering candles. It is a riveting document -- but still something was missing.

Which leads to On My Own Two Feet, an astonishing CD performed by Granian backed by musicians who are fully connected to his songs. His journey hasn't been long, but with this release he blends all that he's experienced into a perfect reflection of who this artist is and, more important, what he is soon to become.

Break it down: The singing is unforgettable -- always musical but urgent and raw. The lyrics suggest a passage through pain to a place of strength, though whether they address issues of love or something bigger is open to discussion. ("I spent too much time on my knees for you Consider yourself set free," he rages on "Mark My Words.") Instrumentally, these tracks are uncanny; driven by Granian's ferociously percussive guitar and celebrated drummer Nir Z's (John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Genesis) propulsive rhythm, they drop sharp hooks like anchors into a sea of turbulent emotion.

"My true colors came out with this album," says the Holmdel, New Jersey native. "On My Own Two Feet is exactly what I was hearing in my head: more in your face than anything I'd done before. That's because I let it brew for quite a while. I played each song by myself for a long time. My goal was to have the songs ready and sounding great on their own, so that when I went into pre-production and arranged them, they were fully formed and ready to go."

"As I started playing solo acoustic in 2003, I wanted to write these songs and keep working on them until they were ready to record. It was just as important to find the right musicians. And when that time came I wanted to work with professionals, with hard-hitting players who understood what I was going for."

"I didn't meet these guys until the day we started recording," he explains. "That was the beauty of it: to get together with great musicians, play them my songs, and then have them run with that. And it worked brilliantly. There was one song I played for Nir Z once, then I played it again and talked about what I wanted, and then he got behind his drums and threw it down perfectly the first time he played it, which was also the third time he heard it. All the guys were like that. They totally got it."

That's the key: these players were Granian throughout each take -- Granian, that is, as an ongoing musical story, not just the one guy who came up with the name as a framework for all his musical endeavors. Whether hammering out acoustic guitar riffs on solo gigs, fronting a group whose roots go back to their first appearance in 1996, or road-mapping accents in the studio alone with Nir Z, Garen Gueyikian stands at the center of this whirlwind, all of it identified by that name.

Granian's sessions with producer Mike Shimshack led first to a five-song EP, My Voice, which previewed the full album. Fans responded eagerly, buying nearly the entire pressing and turning the disc into a collector's item within months. With On My Own Two Feet Granian now fulfills a promise made not just on the EP but in the music he has written and performed as far back as those dorm-room recitals.

"I know who I am now more so than ever before," he insists. "That's what I want to put out on songs like 'On My Own,' 'My Voice,' and 'Vigil.' I'm finding my own place in this world and doing what I feel is right. That's what's going on in my head right now. That's what I'm about. That's why I call this On My Own Two Feet."

And that's why this album gives meaning to the most compelling word emerging in music today: Granian.
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