WISELY

WISELY

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Jan '05 Beck opens for Wisely Los Angeles unannounced show... July '05: Wisely returns from SOLD OUT Japanese tour w/ John Vanderslice... New CD "Parador" release in USA Jan 24, 2006... Video posted here: www.EVOCativePOP.com

Biography

MUSIC PEOPLE TALK ABOUT NEW WISELY CD "PARADOR" ::

"Parador" is a classic, quirky collection filled with sharp words and sweet hooks... straddles the divide between classic songcraft and idiosyncratic visions in this shimmering collection.
--JOAN ANDERMAN, BOSTON GLOBE

Fans of quality pop have something to sing about!  Wisely's "Parador" is charming yet mature - this consistently perfect record puts the artist's talents on full display - and that's a helluva display.
--WENDE CROWLEY, MUSIC SUPVISOR, CBS' "Cold Case"
 
"Parador" is so full of soulful vocals and endearing melodies, it makes one want to build a shrine and pray in the direction of wherever Willie may be touring.  If Paul really is dead, then I finally believe in reincarnation.  I may have to buy a new CD player - I simple can't get myself to take "Parador" out of my old one.  Pop music simply doesn't get any better than this.
--JEFF GROSS, DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION RESOURCES, WALDEN MEDIA; ARCHIVIST TO RANDY NEWMAN

"Parador" is a beautiful collection of songs and melodies that touch every part of your emotional repertoire.
--ROGER JANSEN, KMA MANAGEMENT, CHICAGO IL

A big leap forward for Wisely in terms of discplining his quirky side while still coming off as cool.
--JONATHAN DANIEL, CRUSH MANAGEMENT, NEW YORK NY

"This Is Everything" is a freaking smash.
DAN HODGES, MURRAH MUSIC, NASHVILLE TN

BIO::

Willie fronted, toured constantly and recorded with a variety of ensembles before launching his solo career in 1996 with “SHE”, on October Records (recently re-released in Japan). Produced by John Strawberry Fields, whose other credits include Andrew WK, Mandy Moore and Switchfoot, “SHE” was hailed as a pop classic by publications such as CMJ New Music Report, FMQB, and Alternative Press, with critics raving that it was a "genuine pop rock gem," and "a consistently captivating album…that could redefine Minneapolis pop."

By press time, Willie was already back in the studio, mixing “TURBOSHERBET”, a twisted, colorful departure that featured Michael Bland, Tommy Barbarella, and Brian Gallagher, much of Prince’s New Power Generation. The singles "Raincan" and "Bygones" were hitting dozens of AAA and college radio station playlists nationwide.

In the year 2000, with a host of prestigious awards chafing under his belt, including a second-place finish in the national NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) "Best of the New Bands" competition, and two Minnesota Music Academy awards (for Best Songwriter and Best Pop Album), Wisely was chosen by Spike Lee to be part of a national television campaign for IAM.COM.

In 2004, after a 60-date North American Tour including shows at CMJ & SxSW, Wisely signed with Franklin Castle Recordings and released, GO! a CD featuring the most irresistible tracks from Wisely’s earlier albums. The new album “Parador” is co-produced with Linus of Hollywood and is slated for US release on ELLA/NOT LAME RECORDINGS on January 24th 2006.

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2000, Willie has dabbled in scoring for film–- working on such disparate projects as the indie cult classic "Tromeo and Juliet", Andy Dicks short “Adcorp” and both of Warner’s "Scooby-Doo" animated features. He also DJs with his closet-busting collection of vinyl at The Standard Hotel, LA’s hip downtown outpost. All this and Willie still finds time to take the occasional offbeat acting job (look for him as the proprietor of the crack house in season one, episode one of "Six Feet Under," or as the disgruntled food worker in "Auto Focus," or doing the twist with Mike Myers in "Austin Powers in Goldmember").

Because he is married to a holistic veterinarian, Willie’s tiny basement recording studio often serves as a halfway house for everything from a lost guinea fowl to a brace of abandoned kittens, in addition to the couple’s beloved Schipperke dog. Between feeding times, Willie is currently producing albums for Andy Dick and Sandman, Montana’s Rappin’ Cowboy.

Discography

1996 "She" (October)
1997 "Turbosherbet" (October/Relativity)
2003 "Go!" (Franklin Castle)
2005 "She" (Noise McCartney) Japan
2005 "Parador" (Noise McCartney) Japan
2006 "Parador (Ella/Not Lame) US

Set List

upon request