Simon Apple

Simon Apple

BandRockAdult Contemporary

This is an extraordinary, awe-inspiring album - I was literally blown right out of my seat. The band has certainly created an unexpected work of art and their music deserves to be a household name. - Joshua Turner (Progressive World - Madison, Wisconsin; USA)

Biography


"Simon Apple brings together a rare mix of influences with great writing and classy musicianship. Running from sophisticated "progressive" rock, to appealing pop, to articulate singer-songwriter material, they are likely to surprise you with the ease in which they move seamlessly between them. While many groups may have some difficulty translating such music from the studio into live performance, Simon Apple brings all the sheen of their CDs to the stage, while also launching into great jams!" - George Graham (WVIA- FM radio host; Wilkes-Barre/Scranton).

Simon Apple is a band of world-class musicians, with radio chart acclaim, award winning CDs, and sold-out performances, that have been favorably compared to the likes of Sting, Peter Gabriel, Steely Dan, Genesis, Dave Matthews Band, Bruce Hornsby, and John Mayer, creating a sound that is uniquely "Simon Apple".

Simon Apple's latest release, ‘River To The Sea’, yielded their first U.S. Top 10 single in December of 2005 - 'Hold Me [Like A Lover]’, reached #10 on the Adult Contemporary FMQB chart. The album features Grammy-winning engineer David Leonard (Paul McCartney, Prince, Rush), and a stellar list of guest musicians, including: Tony Levin (Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, King Crimson), Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult), John Helliwell (Supertramp), Hugh McDowell (Electric Light Orchestra), Steve Rodby (Pat Metheny Group), and Dave Stahl (Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick, Jr.).

River To The Sea has received critical acclaim worldwide, including 4 nominations in the 2006 Just Plain Folks Awards: Best Contemporary Song (‘Hold Me’), Best Rock Song (‘Leap Of Faith’), Best Rock Album (‘River To The Sea’), and winning Best Male Vocalist (Dan Merrill). [Nominations were selected from over 25,000 albums and 350,000 songs worldwide.]

Rooted in the Philadelphia area, co-founders Jeff Miller and Buzz Saylor, invited Portland, Maine, singer/songwriter, Dan Merrill, to join the band prior to River To The Sea, with intentions of writing material that combined their favorite elements of pop, rock, and jazz, coupled with positive, hopeful, spiritual, thought-provoking, and sometimes humorous messages.

Prior to Merrill, Simon Apple released their first single, ‘It's Over’, taken from their debut CD ‘From The Toybox’. In April 1998, "It's Over" climbed to #21 nationally on the Adult Contemporary Gavin chart. By late summer, their second single, ‘A Boy Like Me’, reached #29, and the seasonal single, ‘Scenes Of December’, hit #43. Rounding out their current discography is a 2 CD set of pre-Toybox material, ‘Archives’, and 2 live ‘Official Bootleg’ CDs released in 2005.

Simon Apple has been invited to perform at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia for Billy Joel three times, Elton John twice, Bruce Springsteen, Cher, Creed, Depeche Mode. They have performed to crowds of 65,000, in small intimate acoustic venues, and all points in between - receiving rave reviews along the way.

Simon Apple also performs at numerous Cystic Fibrosis events, and donates a portion of every sale of River To The Sea to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - forever... until there is a cure.

Discography

Streaming Audio:
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Discography:
*From The Toybox (1997)
*Archives: Apples To Apples, Dust To Dust ... (2000-
2 CD set, Remastered in 2005)
*River To The Sea (2004)
*River To The Sea Bonus Tracks (2004 - 2 CD set)
*Official bootleg #1 (2005 - live, Allentown, PA.)
*Official bootleg #2 (2005 - live, Reading, PA. )
Compilation:
*CPR Volume 2 (2004 - Christian Progressive Rock)

Set List

Sets are 45 min. to 1.5 hours. May play more depending on type of event.