BEEJAE

BEEJAE

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WE LIVE 2 PLAY SXSW! Ivy Rock is straight-forward Rock that is influenced by all the 'firsts'... the pioneers... Such as The Beatles, Dylan, The Who, Nirvana, Green Day, Shins. It's roots-based songs and energetic drive can only be described as Rock. 'Ivy' like 'Ivy League' Schools... the greats

Biography

At just 23 years old, Beejae has had much success with many accomplishments as in Independent Rock Artist… without the help of a booking, tour, or general manager. These include, but are not limited to, college radio success, commercial radio airplay, awards for his songwriting, sold out shows in several cities, and a new album that is sure to take everyone by storm.

Nearly 500 shows, 5 studio releases, and a decade of performing live later, Beejae has grown into a unique, memorable musician with songs that leave you feeling like you already know them the first time you hear them. From the first note on the album, the first live introduction, or the first time you meet him and he looks at you… you know what he wants to do is important. And you know he is determined enough to not stop until it happens.

Before his first solo outing at 18 years old, where the press called him “Raw and emotional” (Pulp), “Can stand-alone with his unique style” (City Paper), and “bound to turn the heads of more than a few skeptics” (PPG), Beejae had already tasted success. At ten years old, Beejae formed his first band, Alternada, that played covers at parties and rented centers. At 13, when he wrote his first original composition “Coming Back”, Beejae won the Pennsylvania Young Literary Award for the lyrics. Playing at a public convention, Beejae played ‘Labeled’ to protest racism and bigotry of all kinds, and at 14 won an award for that song from Youth Against Hate.

While Beejae was off to a good start, his first two bands folded, and at 16 he started a hard rock band, DEADLock. The first single “Already Dead” made it on to commercial radio in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and New York, and the young band finding the little theatres and bars that were booking them packed, to a point where police would show up and turn people away at the Beehive Theatre or at Cool Pepper’s. It became a tradition in a DEADLock show for fans to take a poll as to when the club would start turning people away. It was usually before the band took the stage. But as with most high school bands, other members had other priorities, and Beejae pursued a solo career for the first time.

Receiving great reviews and a reputation wasn’t enough for Beejae… he was craving to be back in a band, and was going through much turmoil in his personal life. This is when The Peace was formed… a band that would be described as a cross between Zeppelin and Nirvana in the press for the next 2 years.

However, with the added oddity of their first show being sold out to 1250 people, and local radio asking for a single from ‘the singer of DEADLock’s new band’, Beejae wanted some time to himself in order to ensure success. Everyone decided that the band was rehearsed enough so far for their first sixty-minute headlining set, and could resume rehearsals a couple of weeks before the September event.

So late in the summer of 2002, Beejae packed his car full, “with as much as it could fit,” Beejae recalls, and drove ‘north’. No one knows exactly where he spent the next six weeks, but he will admit to living out of his car and came home after running out of money. On his current 2007, Beejae sings about this for the first time in the country-inspired “Eye for an Eye”.

In one month’s time after his return, The Peace took the stage at ‘M’ in Pittsburgth in front of a reported 1261 people, but not before Beejae went ‘missing’ before the show. Colin Wirick, the bands former equipment manager, recalls: “No one could find Beejae the entire evening of the gig after soundcheck. “Five minutes before the set was to begin, they found him… and he only said ‘I’m ready… I just finished.’ I asked him what he finished, and he said he wanted to personally thank every person for coming…so he had gone through and literally thanked everyone one by one so they knew he meant it. He also watched the opening acts from the audience while everyone else played rockstar and hid backstage.”

Though The Peace ended in 2005, they released 2 CDs, each selling thousands of copies locally, with Beejae the primary songwriter on each album. According to Beejae, the band split because the other members became too involved in their drugs and booze to put the music first. Still, he picked up two more songwriting awards during his time fronting the band. One in 2003 for “Tell Me Again” from Yesterday’s Been Buried, and one in 2004 for “Kennedy”, on Silver, both from Pittsburgh Underground Online.

Beejae has also done a lot for the Pittsburgh scene, including starting Rock United in 2001, an annual festival that features all Pittsburgh bands based on their songwriting and performance, rather than their draw. The credibility of the bands’ musical abilities is what sells the festivals, and so the artists are able to network their fanbases together. Rock Untied 5, 2006’s festival, was even radio-station sponsored by 105.9 The X.

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Lyrics

Truth

Written By: Beejae Ainsworth

So you want the truth?
I'll give it to you alright?
I'm at a loss for words

I think you want it all
I think you want it all right.
But you're not the only one.

IS IT ONLY IN MY HEAD
THAT I'M THIS DEPENDANT?
IS IT ONLY IN MY HEAD
THAT I'M SO HELPLESS?
IS IT ONLY IN MY HEAD?

And so my fantasies
Play out like nightmares
So I'm afraid to sleep

And all i wanna hear
I wanna hear it's all right
Because, hey, I play for keeps

IS IT ONLY IN MY HEAD
THAT I'M THIS DEPENDANT?
IS IT ONLY IN MY HEAD
THAT I'M THIS HELPLESS?
IS IT ONLY IN MY HEAD
THAT I'M THIS WORTHLESS?
IS IT ONLY IN MY HEAD
THAT I'M THIS USELESS?
IS IT ONLY IN MY HEAD?

And all I wanna see
I wanna see it all right
But, hey,
I PLAY FOR KEEPS

Tongue Tied

Written By: Beejae Ainsworth

HEY THERE
SCARED ONE
HOLD ON CAUSE THIS HAS JUST BEGUN
I DON’T
CARE WHERE
WE GO
AS LONG AS WE GET THERE
MELTED, CUT AND DRY
WITH ALL BIASED ASIDE
YOU ARE PERFECTLY
EVERYTHING I NEED

DANCE SWIVAL AND SHAKE
THE MEMORIES THAT WE MAKE
IT HAD BEEN ON MY MIND
THE THINGS I’D LEFT BEHIND
BUT YOU LEFT ME TONGUE TIED

HEY THERE
STRONG ONE
I DONT KNOW WHAT THIS WILL BECOME
STAY ME
STAY YOU
I KNOW THAT WE’LL WALK RIGHT THROUGH

DANCE SWIVAL AND SHAKE
THE MOMORIES THAT WE MAKE
IT HAD BEEN ON MY MIND
THE THINGS I’D LEFT BEHIND
BUT YOU LEFT ME TONGUE TIED
THROUGH THE YEARS
THROUGH THE TEARS
I NEVER LAUGHED TILL YOU CARED
I WILL SING
WILL PROCLAIM
WITH THE LOVE THAT IS IN MY VEINS

DANCE SWIVAL AND SHAKE
THE MEMORY THAT WE MAKE
HAD BEEN ON MY MIND
THINGS I’D LEFT BEHIND
BUT YOU LEFT ME TONGUE TIED
YEAH
YOU LEFT ME TONGUE TIED
YEAH
YOU LEFT ME TONGUE TIED
YEAH
YOU LEFT ME TONGUE TIED
YEAH

Echoes

Written By: Beejae Ainsworth

I hope my memory haunts your dreams
I hope my name echoes in your screams
I hope you’re unhappy with everything now

I hope you never get this far
God knows you don’t know who you are
I hope you’re unhappy with your life now

Are You Lonely Tonight?
ARE YOU STILL THINKING THAT YOU WERE RIGHT?
YOU WERE NEVER WILLING TO FIGHT FOR US

I hope your tears rain on this ground
I hope your lost soul won’t be found
I hope you’re unhappy all around, now…

Are You Lonely Tonight?
ARE YOU STILL THINKING THAT YOU WERE RIGHT?
YOU WERE NEVER WILLING TO FIGHT FOR US

Are you lonely?
I hope you’re lonely.

I hope you never reach your dreams
I hope my name echoes all of our screams
I hope you’re unhappy, always, now.

Are You Lonely Tonight?
ARE YOU STILL THINKING THAT YOU WERE RIGHT?
YOU WERE NEVER WILLING TO FIGHT FOR US

Discography

BEEJAE SOLO:

LPs:
It Was What It Was... (2007) [Full Band Studio Album]
Damage (2005) [Acoustic and Live Outakes 2-CDs]

SINGLES:
Tongue Tied/Echoes (2006)

BEEJAE (Fronting Other Bands)

THE SHOW
(2006-Present) [No release until 2008]

THE PEACE
Silver (2004)
Yesterday's Been Buried (2003)

DEADLock
Part Time Sanity (2001)
DL (2000)

LiViD:
Rise of Decay (1999)

Melodic Noise:
Tie of U (1998)

Alternada:
Alties (1997)

Set List

Our last setlist is below as an example. The typical setlist is sixty minutes with one or two covers and one or two new songs, the rest being from the album. Half the time, when we have the priviledge of doing an encore, it's either the current song on rotation regionally or Keep On Rocking In The Free World.

ALRIGHT
THE TRUTH
YOUTH
GREENER
FUCK CALIFORNIA
TAKE THIS GUN
LIKE A ROLLING STONE
EYE FOR AN EYE
ROCK & ROLL IN HEAVEN
PEOPLE LIKE YOU
TONGUE TIED
ECHOES
MY BOTTLE
FAKE AT BEST
SHAKESPEARE

Encore:
HATE CRIMES
KEEP ON ROCKING IN THE FREE WORLD