universal honey

universal honey

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Biography

Universal Honey
Universal Honey was formed in 1992 by Johnny Sinclair and Leslie Stanwyck.
Sinclair & Stanwyck met in 1988 while playing in the Canadian band The Pursuit of Happiness, which achieved moderate success world wide. Sinclair played bass, was a vital member from their inception and Stanwyck sang backing vocals and played guitars. They recorded 2 albums with TPOH (both produced by Todd Rundgren), 1988's "Love Junk" and 1990's "One-Sided Story" and toured North America and Europe. During this time Sinclair and Stanwyck started a song writing partnership that ultimately lead them in a different direction than TPOH and early in 1991 the duo left the band to form their own group. They put together a pop rock band to play the songs they had written and then slugged it out touring extensively before recording their debut album "Magic Basement". The album blended many influences of them both but had a sound that was unique and fresh which introduced Stanwyck's charming vocals against a back drop of melodic yet driving guitars. The album
received rave reviews and the singles "Just Before Mary Goes" and "Upfront With You" broke out on to the airwaves with cross-over appeal by getting college, alternative and rock radio support in Canada and the U.S.

Sinclair & Stanwyck, as a new and exciting writing duo already started making headway as credible songwriters by having songs from their first album winning spots in television shows andmovies. "Just Before Mary Goes" was used in it's entirety in the opening scene in Ashley Judd and Luke Perry's movie Normal Life. Also using Universal Honey songs was the critically acclaimed movie director Denys Arcand (Love and Human Remains).

In 1996, after touring the success of "Magic Basement", The Honey's took time to go back to the studio to record their second album "Earth Moon Transit". This album produced another set of solid tracks that received glowing reviews and again received airplay in both the U.S. and Canada. The single "Any Road Back", gained them even
more recognition at radio stations across the U.S. Videos were also featured on MTV's 120 Minutes and on MuchMusic. The single "Make My Mind" was added to MTV's M2 and MuchMusic. They began touring again which included US radio festivals and then a very lengthy and effective tour across the U.S. with the Goo Goo Dolls.

Non-stop touring, traveling in a van for months on end and other hardships took their toll on all involved in the Honey's organization. After a change in management they took time to reflect, recoup and rejuvenate then started putting into words and music the very confusing and overwhelming times they had just experienced.

In 1999 Sinclair and Stanwyck recorded their third album ,the self-titled, "Universal Honey" and also tested their producing abilities. The album was a bit scattered in concept but as always contained hidden gems. The single "Hit the Ground Running" was added to MuchMoreMusic and also used in the short lived WB TV series Grosse Pointe. More and more TV spots began to materialize, Dawson's Creek used "Real World", and "Big Mistake" was used in the CBC movie "Harry's Case".

The Honey's next experimented with moods on their album "Fearless". A darker tone was set for this fourth album and they acquired the production talents of Dale Penner (Nickleback, Holly Macnarland). And now a common occurrence, more television placements . "Won't Find You" was used in Dawson's Creek and Robby Takac from the Goo Goo Dolls added his flair and remixed the track. Other tunes from this collection have been used on the Food Network cooking show "Surreal Gourmet". The single "Think you Know", received air play in pockets across North America and was on the CHUM Top 100 songs for 2002.

Not stopping for a breath, Sinclair and Stanwyck began assembling their own recording studio and in 2002, with what they had learned over the years, recorded then released their fifth album "Invincible". Several of their songs
during this time were used in the Rosanna Arquette documentary "Searching For Debra Winger" (Selma Hayek, Melanie Griffith, Jane Fonda, Sharon Stone, Gwyneth Paltrow), which premiered at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and is in regular rotation on cable channels world wide. Again the title track received moderate airplay as proof of the strength of their songwriting. "Invincible" is a more consistent album than the last few with a sincerity that's refreshing.

Still experimenting in their studio, and with the encouragement of their manager, in 2003 Sinclair and Stanwyck recorded and released a Christmas Album with 12 original tunes. The album, "Can’t Stop Thinking About Christmas", received, and is still receiving rave reviews worldwide. The album is upbeat, fun and calls upon many fellow musicians, with guest appearances from Ron Sexsmith , Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Tyler Stewart
(Barenaked Ladies) and more. Four songs from this album charted on the BDS airplay chart in

Discography

2004 - VICIOUS CIRCLES
2003 - CAN'T STOP THINKING ABOUT CHRISTMAS
2002 - INVINCIBLE
2001 - FEARLESS
1999 - s/t
1996 - EARTH MOON TRANSIT
1994 - MAGIC BASEMENT

Set List

The songs cover all of their releases, however the majority is from their latest disc,"VICIOUS CIRCLES".

Circles
Dirty Life
Was It My Imagination
Lulla-Bye
Any Road Back
Second Time Around
Invincible
Knock Them All Down
Wasn’t it You
Afraid of my heart
Unlucky
Love And Affection
Carry On
Talk To Me
Upfront w/you
Dreaming
Take The Long Way
Just Before Mary Goes
Think You Know

The band can also throw a few cover tunes into the mix. Like...
Fox On the Run
Save It For Later
and a great version of Mystery Achievement from the Pretenders first album.