Virginia Coalition

Virginia Coalition

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Rock with soul, hip-hop with hippie, R&B with bluegrass... all of these styles are in Virginia Coalition’s blood. Their collaborative song-writing style creates the textured, sometimes eccentric, and always melodic songs that have allowed Virginia Coalition to stand out.

Biography

Although the DC area has traditionally been known as a musical no-man’s land, the four members of the Virginia Coalition feel it has largely been misunderstood. DC is all about the blending of many different styles of music - layered and textured with no restrictions - It’s rock with soul, hip-hop with hippie, R&B with bluegrass… and all of these styles are in Virginia Coalition’s blood.

Virginia Coalition is made up of four friends who met in the T.C. Williams High School music program. Their school was where the inspirational fact-based movie “Remember The Titans” took place. The movie documents the integration of black and white students on the school’s football team in 1971. “By the time we got to T.C. Williams [years later] there were 75 languages and 56 different countries represented.”

Every member of the band can play almost every instrument. They sing just as well as they play and every one of them writes. Their collaborative song-writing style creates the textured, sometimes eccentric, and always melodic songs that have allowed Virginia Coalition to stand out. Jarrett Nicolay comments, “everybody writes and plays most instruments; we are never at a loss for new material,” adding, “it is also great that we can all contribute to making the songs ‘stage ready.’”

Virginia Coalition’s live show is a larger-than-life party that has helped the band garner a rabid fan base who affectionately call them “VACO.” It was also Virginia Coalition’s extraordinary live show that got them signed to New York City based label bluhammock music. Based on a tip from a friend, the founders of the label came to a show to check them out. “Then they came back a second time, then they kept coming back until we got signed. That’s pretty much how everything has happened for us.“ Ottinger said. All the success VACO has is due to people passing the word around and saying good things. Word of mouth is how they sold 60,000 records and it’s how they won the 2003 and 2004 Washington Post Reader’s Choice Award for Best Local Band.

In the spring of 2004, VACO entered the studio with acclaimed producer Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, The Replacements, Train). “Matt was great at helping fine-tune the songs,” says Nicolay, “it is pretty obvious that he has made many awesome records. His input really made the whole process easy, and made the end result something we are all extremely proud of.”

The band recently released their first live album, recorded January 6, 2006 at the 9:30 Club in DC to the satisfaction of their rapidly growing fan base. They just completed their first headlining tour out West and continue to develop and attract new fans every step of the way.

Discography

Colors of the Sound
Townburg
Rock'n'Roll Party
Ok to Go
Live at the 9:30 Club

Set List

Walk to Work
Hurricane Song
Motown
Stella
Mason Dixon
Meteor
Voyager II
Green and Grey
Likeness
Lonely Cowboy
Places People
Jerry Jermaine

When headlining, the band usually has one set of about 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours.

The band has covered:
"Africa"
"Lean on Me"
"Video Killed the Radio Star"
"We're Not Gonna Take It"