Venus Mission

Venus Mission


Intense, melodic, quirky orchestral folk rock. Funnier than Tori Amos, more band driven than Dar Williams. Layered guitar textures, strong, sultry female vocals, unique piano fronted sound.


Venus Mission, a Cincinnati-based orchestral pop five-piece, have been nominated for three 2003 Cincinnati Enquirer Cammy Awards, were named by City Beat as having one of the top local releases of 2002, and were selected in 2002 as Top-20 finalists in the WOXY 97-Exposure contest, beating out over 100 other acts for radio airplay at Miami University.

Venus Mission’s debut CD, “Midwestern Soul,” was released in February of 2002 at a restored art-deco 20th Century Theatre. The CD quickly garnered critical acclaim from both the mainstream and alternative press in the region, and found them in rotation on 89.7 WNKU radio at Northern Kentucky University.

Midwestern Soul’s 11 tracks were engineered and produced by Ric Hordinski who produced David Wilcox’s new release “Into the Mystery” as well as an earlier Wilcox album, “Turning Point.” Throughout the 1990’s, Hordinkski was the guitar genius behind the critically acclaimed band Over the Rhine (IRS, Virgin). Hordinski, who has been likened to Dan Lanois stylistically, also produces for Phil Keaggy and other national acts. His work for Venus Mission was a rare “local” effort and landed him the “Producer of the Year” award at the 2002 Cincinnati Enquirer Cammy Awards.

Venus Mission is the brainchild of vocalist/composer/pianist Andrea Rosenthal. She has been a collegiate actress, voice-over artist, attorney, non-profit development officer and is currently a concert organizer and community activist.

In summer 2002, Venus Mission opened for British folk-rock legends Lindisfarne. They headline the premier venues for original music in the Cincinnati area, lend their name to many high-profile fundraisers, and stage a thrice summerly outdoor summer music festival in Clifton. Autumn 2002 events included an appearance at National Public Radio’s national conference and showcasing at the newly minted Midpoint Music Festival.


"Midwestern Soul" released Feb 2002

Set List

4 Rock
2 Ballads
1 Novelty
2-3 mid tempo