Blue Avengers

Blue Avengers

BandPopJazz

Husband and wife team take a fresh approach to music combining their past lives in NYC and London to create a unique blend of blues, jazz and rock. Their music reaches all audiences, young and old. It brings you out of your head, into your heart and onto your feet.

Biography

"Yeah they have "blue" in the name, but there's a whole lotta soul going on here..." Bob and Alana each bring a unique style to their music, creating a soulful, sophisticated yet playful sound. Alana’s worldliness and theatrical background bring a richness to her song delivery, an authenticity to her phrasing, and an innate smooth, sultry presence to the band's sound. Bob is a funk and blues player by nature. This talent combined with his creativity and business savvy provide a solid foundation for the band.

Their influences include Steely Dan, Larry Carlton, Carole King, Led Zepplin, Beatles, Kate Bush, Steve Cropper, Eurythmics and Solomon Burke.

Their story:
Lead singer, Alana Miller began dabbling in the arts as a child. She played the role of Cinderella at the age of 11 in community theater, and painted a moon and sun on her wall by 14, somewhat to her mother’s dismay. She loved writing poetry, eventually adding melodies to her words. Her inspirations came from walking the city streets of Rochester, NY where she was born and later its countryside. It wasn’t until her college years that she began working with a band. Her study abroad in England inspired Alana to put her talents in action. After returning to the states, she joined musicians to create the Caste. It soon became one of Rochester’s top club bands. After one year of local success, they headed for the big apple.

Alana will never forget her first gig in NYC. On the way to the Bitter End music club, the cab-driver dubbed her as ‘fresh’. It took several years of pounding the pavement to understand what the cabbie had meant. Life in the big apple was taking its toll. Her band went through the usual changes of members and style. They performed all over the city at venues like Lion's Den, Atlantis and West End Gate. But after 10 years of playing the role of starving artist, she decided it was time to focus on having a family of her own. This took on a whole new direction for Alana, namely the Middle East. Starting a family in Asia was a far cry from the dear New York State she was familiar with. Three years later, she returned to home with her beautiful son. Being a single mother had a new set of challenges, so music was set aside temporarily.

Then she met Bob.

Bob Miller was inspired to launch his career when living abroad in England, as well. He landed a sweet gig as a session guitarist in London in the late seventies. But when offered a record deal as a singer, he passed it by. (Why, Bob, why?) When he wasn’t in the studio, he was gigging at pubs. As fate may have it, the members of Bob’s first band reunited in 2005 to record his first CD, In From the Cold. George Petit, producer, Walker Recordings and Matt Becker, Indie artist never left the music scene.

After four years in London, Bob returned to the States and attended the Berklee School of Music. He then decided to move his professional direction to the business world, eventually becoming president of software company, The Rochester Group. He even spent his free time at Watkins Glen and other tracks across North America as a race car driver. But music and his guitar collection were beckoning.

That’s when he met Alana.

When Bob and Alana met, they were both business professionals. They both had young children, and shared a passion and destiny in music. Today, they are happily married, live in a big house, have 2 creative kids and a studio in their basement, and have just finished writing and recording their 2nd CD.

Bob & Alana are joined by Chris Northington on bass, Chris Ott on keys, and Kristen Shiner McGuire on drums.

For more information including member bios, upcoming gigs, press coverage and to listen to tracks off their CDs, Chasing Rainbows In The Dark, and In From The Cold, visit www.blueavengers.com.

Lyrics

Corporate Refugee

Written By: Bob Miller

He always did what he was told
You were always playing while your dinner got cold
Chasing rainbows in the dark
Looking for a diamond in the yard, a fire in a spark
The ugly duckling, you never quite belong
He knows all the answers, you hear your own song
He became a banker, turning greed into gold
Say a prayer for the corporate refugee
Sees you every day, being what you want to be
That moment he made his first kill
Sold his soul for a two dollar bill
Every wife waiting by the door
He cam home every night, added up the score
Always coming out ahead
Looking out for the little guy and leaving him for dead
Every ex wife, another bill to pay
Behind the window dressing, life in disarray
He lost his wife and kids, but he was gonna win the war
Say a prayer for the corporate refugee
Sees you every day, being what you want to be
That moment he made his first kill
Sold his soul for a two dollar bill
Making money hand over fist
Till they right sized the band, and he was on the list
Now he works out of his home
Charging by the hour for the people he’s known
Watching from across the street
Sometimes his life looks pretty sweet
Until you think about the life you would have missed
Say a prayer for the corporate refugee
Sees you every day, being what you want to be

Winds of Love

Written By: Alana Miller

Ride the winds of love
Let them carry you away
Fly as free as a bird in the spring
Ride the winds of love
Let love show you the way
Fly away on the winds of love
I was thinkin’ how hard life can be
I was lookin’ at the world around me
Everyone trying to break free
From broken hearts and memories
I remember when I trusted life
Had a man who called me his wife
Woke up one morning and discovered the lies
That led to our good byes
Ride the winds of love
Let them carry you away
Fly as free as a bird in the spring
Ride the winds of love
Let love show you the way
Fly away on the winds of love
I been walkin’ the city streets day and night
I been thinkin’ how everything will be all right
If the boys on the corner would put an end to their fight
And look past black and white
Gotta let go gotta get away
Got to get ready for a brand new day
Gonna open my heart to a love affair
Got my soul to bear
Ride the winds of love
Let them carry you away
Fly as free as a bird in the spring
Ride the winds of love
Let love show you the way
Fly away on the winds of love
I’ve been diggin’ deep under my skin
I’ve been tryin’ so hard to win
All along in my song and through thick and thin
All I had to do was let love in
Spread my wings and ride the wind
Let me show you how to begin
Ride the winds of love
Let them carry you away
Fly as free as a bird in the spring
Ride the winds of love
Let love show you the way
Fly away on the winds of love
Ride the winds of love
Let them carry you away
Fly as free as a bird in the spring
Ride the winds of love
Let love show you the way
Fly away on the winds of love
Fly away on the winds of love
Fly away on the winds of love

Gone Like a Bad Dream

Written By: Bob Miller

Gone Like A Bad Dream

Just like a little boy with an attitude
You’re always advertising yourself
You’re making big ideas from platitudes

You’re so hot when you’re preaching to the choir
I almost forgot that you’re all smoke and no fire

You’re clouding the skies, and burning my eyes
But I know once you’ve stolen the scene
You’ll be gone like a bad dream
Gone like a bad dream

Thank God my time with you is history
I can’t remember your opening line
Was I head priestess of your ministry

Who knows how many of us played in your show
Plots and counterplots were strictly need to know

From opening night, til we turned out the lights
And most of the time in between
You were gone like a bad dream
Gone like a bad dream

Stale memories can sound so sweet
Echoing through spacious time
But we all have some old friends we just don’t wanna meet
Baby you know you’re one of mine

Now that we’re strangers you’re no mystery
You wear your vanity on your sleeve
You’re just as lovable as you used to be

But I’m not reverberating I just feel tired
You sound ingratiating and uninspired

You’re clouding the skies, and burning my eyes
But I know once you’ve stolen the scene
You’ll be gone like a bad dream
Gone like a bad dream

Bright Red Feathers

Written By: Alana C. Miller

There you go in your bright red feathers
Perching on a branch way up in the sky
Where you going baby
Won’t you wait just a minute
Before you go flying
Way up high

Remember me when you climb up that tree
Remember me the one you left behind
There you go spreading your bright red feathers
Good-bye

All alone once again
Searching for my friend
Pretending he’s just gone for awhile
Hoping he’ll return
With lessons learned
Here I am waiting like a child

Remember me when you climb up that tree
Remember me the one you left behind
There you go spreading your bright red feathers
Why

When you make it to the top
And you think
You’ve got it all
Your branch might break
What’s it gonna take
Who’s gonna catch you when you fall

Remember me when you climb up that tree
Remember me the one you left behind
There you go spreading your bright red feathers
Was it just a lie

Remember me when you climb up that tree
Remember me the one you left behind
There you go spreading your bright red feathers
I guess this is good-bye

Discography

Chasing Rainbows in the Dark is a soulful collection of originals. In it, Blue Avengers create a reflective “soundtrack of their lives”. The CD's release is April 2008. Gone Like a Bad Dream and Winds of Love among other tracks are on the radio within the first week of its release.

Their first CD, In From The Cold, was recorded in NYC and released in 2005. It is an eclectic mix of covers, some more traditional like "Summertime" and "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," and some more contemporary, including a soulful version of Sheryl Crows' "My Favorite Mistake.” The CD is available at selected stores and online at CDbaby.com, Amazon.com, iTunes and Rapsody.

The following songs are played on independent stations such as Northcoast Radio WJZR 105.9FM Rochester, NY and Radio Sinaai 105.5 FM Belgium: I Just Wanna Make Love to You, You Got Me Hummin, Time of Our Lives, Stormy Monday, Precious Precious and Unchain My Heart.

Set List

A Woman Of The World ~~ Laura Nyro
Ain't That Peculiar ~~ Marvin Gaye
Dahlia's Getting Married ~~ Blue Avengers Original
Bitter With The Sweet ~~ Carole King
Bright Red Feathers ~~ Blue Avengers Original
Can't Stand The Rain ~~ Ann Peebles
Corporate Refugee ~~ Blue Avengers Original
Don't Mess Up A Good Thing ~~ Fontella Bass/Bobby McClure
Easy Street ~~ Blue Avengers Original
Feed The Flame ~~ Blue Avengers Original
Fool For Love ~~ Blue Avengers Original
Gone Like A Bad Dream ~~ Blue Avengers Original
I Can't Hear You No More ~~ Carole King
I Feel The Earth Move ~~ Carole King
I Just Wanna Make Love To You ~~ Muddy Waters
In From The Cold ~~ Blue Avengers Original
Love Makes A Woman ~~