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Stormy Strong

Santa Cruz, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2004 | INDIE

Santa Cruz, California, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2004
Band Rock Alternative




"Love Your Local Band - Stormy Strong"

“My life has been extremely crazy,” Stormy Strong laughs. “I don’t know, maybe it has to do with my name!” The local rock ’n’ roll singer-songwriter associates the word “crazy” with a variety of things—from relationships to the number of near-death experiences he had as the son of a commercial fisherman. “Crazy” also perfectly describes the music video for “Jumpstart the Heart,” off his latest EP, Take Her Down, which features vintage footage of daredevils doing acrobatic tricks on the edges of skyscrapers.

“‘Jumpstart the Heart’ is just about going for it,” Strong explains. “Being on the edge of chaos is invigorating. In skiing, when you’re ready to take the challenge of going down a black diamond slope, you usually don’t get hurt badly. It’s usually amazing and scary, but you get down there. For the video, it just made sense to have people doing off-the-wall stuff.” Take Her Down also features a raucous cover of The Pixies’ “Where is My Mind?” “I’ve always been averse to doing covers,” admits Strong. “I just didn’t want to do it. Then I thought, ‘If I’m going to do a cover, I want to do one of my favorite songs of all-time.’ It’s weird because that song is kind of like a decoder. People who are on the fence about the music we make, when they hear that song live, they understand where we’re coming from and what the influences are. It’s a good ice-breaker.” Strong and his band plan to play a mixture of new and older material at The Catalyst Atrium on Friday (possibly with a surprise vocalist), but he says he’s always thinking about how to make their live shows better. “The long-term plan is to have water tanks on each side of the stage with mermaids taunting the audience,” Strong laughs. “But that’s still a ways down the line.” - Good Times

"CD Review: Stormy Strong – 'Take Her Down'"

“Stormy's voice has pure quality with a real emotion and strength to it. We think that the EP Take Her Down is inspiring and exciting.” - Sound Sphere Magazine

"Stormy's song "Jumpstart The Heart" was chosen as #1 in "Rick's Picks 2012"

Stormy's song "Jumpstart The Heart" was chosen as #1 in "Rick's Picks 2012" on 'The Best Radio You Have Never Heard' podcast (, which also included songs from Smashing Pumpkins, Regina Spektor, Arcade Fire, Rage Against - The Best Radio You Have Never Heard Podcast - Chicago

""Overall, we think that the EP is inspiring and exciting""

Forget the un-rock ‘n’ roll name, this ReverbNation-tipped kid has some serious heart. Stormy Strong’s latest EP has a much more raw and old-school feel than any of his former work, though the sound still contains all the strong feelings portrayed by past songs such as the single ‘Mexico’. This time around however, the American singer-songwriter seems to have found greater inspiration by 90s grunge bands rather than his usual style which had echoes of Jimmy Eat World-esque alt-rock.

In ‘Jumpstart The Heart’, Strong shows us how he has grown in musical talent whilst still demonstrating his lyrical aptitude that won him the Billboard World Songwriting Contest in 2008, and the Great American Songwriting Contest in the alt/rock genre in 2007. The first track of this EP has a feel of determination and excitement in it, making the older melancholic tracks like ’She’ seem just a distant memory. His signature mix of contemplative lyrics and intense harmony are still present but Strong’s combination gives us an uplifting creation.

The second track is a Pixies cover for ‘Where Is My Mind?’ – a good choice for Strong given his breadth of vocal and his choice to move away from more relaxed melodies. It’s an interesting take on such a popular track and definitely worth a good few listens. Indeed, Strong’s voice has pure quality with a real emotion and strength to it, which you feel throughout the track. Overall, we think that the EP is inspiring and exciting!
- Sound Sphere Magazine

"Stormy Strong played on KUSP's Lance's Lot"

Santa Cruzan Stormy Strong's music played along with American Idols's James Durbin on KUSP on Lance's Lot. - KUSP Radio

""reminds me of Jimmy Eat World and early Weezer.""

"reminds me of Jimmy Eat World and early Weezer."

- Braving the Storm, Circles of Concrete - Circles of Concrete

""a solid rock band with...strong hooks""

"a solid rock band with...strong hooks" - Michael Fearnow, SF Underground Music ( -

"STAGE RIGHT SECRETS Premieres STORMY STRONG “Sail Away” Music Video"

Santa Cruz, California’s favorite “saltwater” rock leviathan Stormy Strong has partnered with Stage Right Secrets for the premiere of his new music video, “Sail Away.” WATCH: “Sail Away” on STAGE RIGHT SECRETS

“”Sail Away” explores the themes of neglect and moving on, represented by the visual metaphor of an old fishing boat,” explains Stormy. “In the narrative, I struggle with images of my recent break-up as I prepare for a solo journey out to sea. With a naturalistic style and memorable imagery, “Sail Away” can be appreciated on many levels.”

To commemorate the premiere, Stormy will be taking over Stage Right Secrets’ Twitter from 11am-7pm PST, offering fans a behind the scenes look at the making of the video through photos, secret facts, and more. You can follow @StageRightS and the hashtag #SailAway to submit your questions.

Stormy has been making waves in the alternative scene since 2006, sweeping the globe atop a tsunami of salty melodic anthems. The nautical themed project formed as a mixture of two of his strongest passions: music and the seas. The son of a commercial fisherman, Stormy’s fascination with the sea started from a young age, eventually fusing with his love of music to create honest lyrics soaked in raw emotion that splice seamlessly with award winning song-writing. His songs will leave you cast adrift, melodies swimming around inside of your head long after the show is over.

Stormy is the recipient of the 2008 Billboard World Songwriting Contest award for his track “Save You,” and has worked with a slew of heavy-hitters including legendary guitarist and film scorer Lyle Workman (Sting, Frank Black, Beck), Davey Faragher (Cracker, Elvis Costello), David Bianco (Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac), and Sean Beavan (NIN, Marilyn Manson) - Vents Magazine


We’ll leave the oceanic puns for our Twitter takeover with Stormy in honor of his “Sail Away” music video premiere, but until then watch below! - Stage Right Secrets


Never Surrender (Album)

Stolen Winter's Kiss - Single
Angels Cry - Single
Holiday - Single
Lye - Single
Take Her Down - EP
Where is My Mind? - Single
Mexico - Single
Stormy Strong (self titled) - EP



Santa Cruz, CA based alternative “saltwater rock" leviathan Stormy Strong formed in 2006 and has been sweeping the globe with his Crew (4 piece band) a top a tsunami of salty melodic anthems. Unrelenting razor-sharp rock hooks sink unforgettably deep with singles “Holiday”, "Angels Cry" and “Lye”. From life at sea on "Sail Away" and loss on land in "Goodbye", to mermaids in "Holiday" and included in the live show, there is something for everyone! Stormy is the son of a California commercial fisherman and the inspiration of his own near death experiences at sea provide for honest lyrics soaked in raw emotion that splice seamlessly with award winning song-writing. His songs will leave you cast a drift, melodies swimming inside your head long after the show is over.

Stormy’s new singles have already been featured in the “What Rocks” section on the front of the iTunes Music Store and his cover of the Pixies “Where Is My Mind?” continues to net tens of thousands of fans around the world while currently receiving major U.S. terrestrial radio airplay. Stormy has worked with #1 hit record producer Chris “Von Pimpenstein” Carter (Bec & Sebastian, Mr. Rally, Christabelle) industry icon Lyle Workman (Frank Black, Sting, Todd Rundgren, Beck), Sean Beavan (Black Veil Brides, Guns N' Roses, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails), Tim Narducci (Systematic, Spiral Arms) and Chris Manning (Jellyfish). With non-stop new content flooding the internet, Stormy Strong is quickly reaching gale force intensity

He is currently performing shows with his four piece band on the West Coast including:

- Alameda County Fair July 9th 2019, 2011-2018 (8 years running)

- Santa Cruz Music Festival  2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013

- RockBar Theater August 2015

- Multiple Private Music Industry Parties 2014

- Live On Air Performances on KSCO Radio, Unbound Sound Show, & At The End of Radio 2014

- Int'l Pop Overthrow Festival SF 2013

- Summer West Coast Tour 2013 - 10 Shows

- California Lawyers for the Arts Music Business Seminar Jan 2013

- Monterey Bay Pop Festival Revival 2012

- West Coast Songwriters Convention 2011

- California Special Olympics 2011

- Left Coast Live 2010

- Over 100 shows since 2006

Stormy has won a number of accolades:

- Winner for Rock West Coast Songwriters 2017 ("Stolen Winter's Kiss" & "Angels Cry")

- Winner DiscMakers Songwriting Competition 2008 (Self Titled EP)

- Winner Indie Songwriting Competition 2008 (Self Titled EP)

- Winner Billboard World Songwriting Contest 2007 (for the song "Save You")

- Winner Great American Songwriting Contest 2007

- Winner Taxi Hollywood Road Rally awarded personally onstage by hit producer Michael Lloyd 2006

Stormy and Crew are constantly releasing new singles supported by music videos currently in production, all while consistently supporting them with constant shows and touring.


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