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March 27, 2009

I had the pleasure of meeting and watching a great new band, Push Play, at the One is Greater Than None Benefit Concert, Friday night.

Push Play is an edgy pop rock band with a purpose. Their Push Play for Purpose campaign is getting national recognition as they start to make their way around the country for one cause: to help those in need. The very generous group showed their support for One Is Greater Than None, not only by giving a great performance, but by donating $4,300 to the charity.

This very talented group consists of CJ Baran, lead singer, rhythm guitarist and keyboards, Steve Scarola, lead guitarist and keyboards, Nick DeTurris, bass and Derek Ries, drummer. Push Play has just been named Best Band on Long Island by the Long Island Press. Their newly released debut album Deserted, which represents all of their own material, has reached almost 30,000 fans across the globe and they haven’t even been signed with a label yet.

The four young man (three of which are still in high school) have been together for two years. They are incredible performers, handsome and wonderful role models. Push Play has a great future in front of them! We will be watching. If you would like to learn more about Push Play, which I recommend, go to pushplaysite.com - Have You Heard

August 13, 2008

(PR) Push Play, who just signed on with Jason Morey (the manager of Miley Cyrus) as co-management with Sue Baran, the mother of lead singer CJ Baran, will be taking their teen sensation to one of the biggest stages in entertainment - The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The parade is in its 82nd edition and is the "Longest Running Show on Broadway", happening this year on Thursday November 27th, 2008, and will feature some of the hottest and most well known performers in music, film, theatre and entertainment.

Recently [moronically] dubbed the "new fab four" by Newsday, this band of fresh faced boys have also been featured in the NY Times, at the Z100 Zootopia Preshow at the Izod Center, on MTV's TRL and more.

The band has become a household name in NY, selling out Irving Plaza, Nokia Theatre and The Blender Theatre at Gramercy in the span of the last 6 months! Nationally, they've become interchangeable with names like Miley Cyrus, iCarly and The Jonas Brothers.

Thursday November 27th
Push Play @ Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Anti Music

What happens when a band from Long Island has a vision and a mother who knows how to manage? Ask Push Play who is scheduled to release their second full-length album, Found , on January 3, 2009.

The Long Island band just signed with Jason Morey, Miley Cyrus’ manager, to co-manage them along with lead singer CJ’s mom, Sue Baran. As a result the band will open for Cyrus at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Connecticut. Also, they will be the first unsigned band to perform at the 82nd Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on the Jolly Polly Pirate float, and they have a 90 second song spot with national TV coverage, Baran told In-Tune.

A new single will be released from their new album in October, and a holiday album called Dear Santa will hit iTunes on November 1, and the CD will be sold at their concerts. All CDs can be purchased at select music stores across the country or check out pushplaysite.com. - InTune Monthly

May 3, 2009 Matthew Oshinsky

Afternoon arrived at The Bamboozle with a steady drizzle, but the crowds certainly haven't thinned. Indeed, it seems much more crowded here than it did yesterday, which may be due to the presence of No Doubt. At the main stages, bands like 3oh!3 and Sum 41 are drawing crowds that extend hundreds of feet from the stage, clogging the concession stands and merchandise tables that reside in the center of the parking lot.

On one of the smaller stages off to the side of the lot, Long Island heartthrobs Push Play ran through a buoyant set, cutting edgy power chords and sharp guitar solos with song titles like "Cover Girl" and "Midnight Romeo." Here at The Bamboozle, the line separating boy band and rock band can be ever so slight.
On one of the two main stages, Sum 41 rocked an enormous crowd as the wind picked up and the plastic cups littering the ground danced with the kids. Despite its playful nature, Sum 41 proved to be one of the more rocking bands on the bill here, infusing its adolescent lyrical matter with genuine punk menace and instrumental precision. In a set that included staples such as "Makes No Difference" and the Beastie Boys-inspired punk-rap hit "Fat Lip," the band staked a claim to the legacy of pop-punk progenitors like Blink-182 and Green Day.
As darkness began to fall, some went in search of something a little less likely to rot your teeth -- and a little more likely to knock them out. The antidote was found on the State Farm stage, which has hosted a more dangerous brand of hardcore and metal this weekend. A contender for most misleading name of the festival, the Indianapolis metal-core group Gwen Stacy shredded guitars and vocal chords for a solid 30 minutes. Quick-fire eruptions of molten guitar were accompanied by double-bass beats, and head-banging was mandatory. Most of the choruses went something like this: "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGHHHH!!!!" As it turns out, Gwen Stacy is a Christian metal band, and those songs had titles like "The Path to Certainty" and "Playing God is Playing for Keeps." Damned if anyone not familiar with the band could tell. - The Star Ledger

April 29, 2008

This Saturday night, I had the chance to see this new band, Push Play, live at the Nokia Theater in Times Square. Aside from the concert being great, this is super cool because Push Play is the first unsigned band to play in the huge venue — and they're local! The band is from Long Island!

The guys started off the concert in all white suits pounding on a giant drum and their energy just got better from there. They played a cover of Rihanna's "Umbrella," which was awesome and even had a dance team perform. But the craziest thing I saw was when the lead singer told everybody to make the "Push Play sign." I had no idea what that meant (do you?), but apparently it means holding up the first two fingers of your right hand and making a horizontal triangle with the first two fingers of your left hand — like the play button on your iPod! The entire audience was doing it the whole time, how cool is that?!

But my night didn't end there! I concert hopped to see a favorite band of mine called Elbow. I've been a fan for at least the past 5 years and finally having a chance to see these UK indie rockers live was amazing! If you're a fan of Coldplay, Modest Mouse and The Killers, then I'd highly recommend you check out their new album The Seldom Seen Kid — they’re like a blend of all three bands! What an awesome concert it was! And make sure to let us know what you think of either Push Play's new album, Deserted/, or Elbow’s Seldom Seen Kid!

Amy Eisinger
Entertainment Intern - CosmoGirl

September 27, 2008
Allison Reitz

Up-and-coming teen sensations Push Play are kicking off their debut headlining tour in style. Before launching their tour on October 4, the quartet is opening for tween queen Miley Cyrus during today's performance at MGM Grand Theatre in Mashantucket, CT.

Following the supporting gig with Cyrus, the fresh-faced boys launch their Peace.Love.Push Play Tour with a party and concert at the School of Rock in South Hackensack, NJ, on October 4, and continue on the road through a December 6 performance at Reckson Plaza in Uniondale, NY. Along the way, the band has scheduled stops on October 19 at Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA, and November 23 at Abbey Pub in Chicago, IL.

According to the band's MySpace profile, additional dates will be added for North Carolina, Virginia, Nebraska and Kentucky before the end of the year. Push Play will return to the road in 2009 for a winter/spring tour that will hit the West Coast.

Push Play are just the latest development in an industry that is increasingly driven by the demands of a younger generation. Recording artists like the Jonas Brothers and Cyrus (as well as her Disney-driven persona Hannah Montana) have dominated the charts in record sales and ticket sales. Young fans drove demand so high for Cyrus's 2007 tour that the primary and secondary ticket markets came under fire when parents trying to accommodate their children's desires were left empty-handed by quick ticket sell-outs.

However, the "tween" market can be fickle at times, too. Despite having a hit Disney Channel show of her own, former child star Raven-Symoné was forced to cancel her 55-city tour when ticket sales were disappointing.

The light rock quartet Push Play seems to be on the fast-track to success, though, recently signing deals with Creative Artist Agency and Cyrus' manager, Jason Morey. The Long Island-based group could possibly follow in the footsteps of the very similar Jonas Brothers. With concentrated marketing and industry support, the Jonas Brothers shot up the record charts this year, simultaneously pioneering the way as one of the first big name acts to sign a concert deal with Live Nation.

Even before signing two big name deals, Push Play had already built a strong fan base and proven themselves in the industry. According to published reports, the boys performed to a sold-out crowd at the Fillmore at the historic Irving Plaza in New York, NY, last year. And after booking an April 26 gig at New York's Nokia Theatre in Times Square, the boy band became the only unsigned act ever to perform at the venue.

Push Play touring in support of their 2007 debut album, "Deserted," which placed on iTune's top 100 charts during the first two weeks of its release. The record is comprised entirely of original material written by the four band mates, Baran (vocal), Steve Scarola (guitar), Nick DeTurris (bass), and Derek Ries (drums). - Ticket News


1. Deserted- full length album (2008)
2. Midnight Romeo- Top 40 single (2009)
3. Found- full length album (2009)



Push Play is the musical stylings of four young men from Long Island, New York. They formed as a band while in high school, and since then they have used online marketing techniques and social networking sites to build a strong relationship with their fans that has ultimately launched their musical career.

CJ, Steve, Nick, and Derek write from experience, which allows their lyrics to translate smoothly to their generation. Each band member brings his own musical style to the songwriting process, allowing for the unique mixture of pop, rock, electronica, and hip hop that they have become recognized for. Their songs are just as eclectic as their sound, ranging from ballads to rock anthems, each just as catchy as the next.

In 2008, Push Play independently released their first full-length album, Deserted. The album was one of the top 100 albums downloaded on iTunes, and their immense fan base caught the attention of numerous record labels as well as established venues, such as Times Square's Nokia Theater, where Push Play became the first unsigned band to ever sell out a concert.

In 2009, the band signed with independent Wind Up Records and began working on their second album, Found, which was released in September of that year. Just prior to the release of Found, Push Play was invited to open for Miley Cyrus at Foxwoods Casino. The first single, Midnight Romeo, quickly went into regular rotation on Top 40 stations throughout the United States, and Push Play launched a nation-wide Midnight Romeo tour, during which they chose a lucky fan at each show to become their Midnight Juliet for the evening and be serenaded on stage.

Push Play believes in the power of their fans and will continue making new music to show their appreciation and love of both the fans and the music.

What are you waiting for? Push Play.