Dean Ford is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His music could best be described as “Sour Bubblegum”, with infectious melodies, crisp production, and captivating vocals, while maintaining a “rock” edge. He has been compared to acts such as Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Neon Trees, and Justin Timberlake. Hailed as one of Maine’s best entertainers, Ford brings a live show that can be summed up in one word. Electric.
Since age 16, Ford has been proving his abilities with the release of five EPs and countless live performances. Now, at age 24, he is finally all in. His most recent EP, “CTRL” was released in March 2012. The album was recorded and co-produced by Jonathan Wyman (Rustic Overtones, Sparks The Rescue, The Other Bones). “CTRL” received a number of glowing reviews, regional air play, and was listed at number 23 on Bull Moose Music’s best selling local albums of the year 2012.
After releasing “CTRL”, Ford hasn’t slowed down. He’s since played a number of high level events, including direct support for Panic! At The Disco, Foxy Shazam, Fitz & The Tantrums, Aaron Carter, and Teddy Geiger. He has written songs for other artists, including Trey Ewald’s “Happy Now”, which was featured in Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch stores throughout the world. In October 2013, he played a sold out Prince tribute concert with Matt “Doctor” Fink (an original member of Prince & The Revolution) as keyboardist for his band.
Recently nominated as “Best Pop-Rock Act” in the Portland Phoenix, the singer is currently finishing his next album scheduled for a mid-2014 release.
Nominated by The New England Music Awards for best artist in Maine for 2014, The Band Apollo delivers a unique blend of pure rock infused with hints of soul and club-style pop. Coined as swag rock, this signature sound is attributed to frontman Jonathan Johnston's recognizable vocals, Jonathan (JTru) Truman's edgy, eclectic style of drumming, and Ben Packard's creatively subtle, yet assertive lead guitar work. The Band Apollo's distinctive sound draws influence from a variety of artists ranging from Muse, Audioslave, and Bruno Mars, to Maroon 5, Frank Ocean, and John Mayer.
Johnston and JTru have been playing music together since 2008 as the Jonathan Johnston Band. Packard joined the group in 2012 and they became known as The Band Apollo; a new name to embody their fresh approach to collaborative song-writing. The Band Apollo's debut EP was recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning Australian artist Grant Norsworthy (member of the bands Sonic Flood and Paul Colman Trio) and engineered by Darrell Lehman (sound engineer for Mute Math). This EP features "Bad Company”, the band's first single to receive airplay in Maine on 98.9 WCLZ, and “Little Red Dress”, which ranked #3 on WTOS-FM Homegrown Top Ten for 2012.
Since the release of their EP, The Band Apollo has consistently performed throughout New England, ranging from local bars and private parties to headlining college shows, outdoor festivals, and charitable events such as Maine's Walk to Stop Hunger. They have shared the stage with various notable acts, including the Pete Kilpatrick Band and Enter the Haggis. The Band Apollo has been featured on WPXT's Private Stage TV and Boston University's WTBU Left of the Dial radio show. They are currently working toward the production of their next album
One Shot Nothing was formed in 2011 by singer/songwriter Justin Chamberlain and drummer Nate Hart. After a lineup change, Brendon Bouchard joined the band on bass, rounding out the energetic rock trio.
The band is currently booking shows, and writing new material for their first full length album.
Recently nominated as "Best New Artist" by the Portland Phoenix, the band is now deep into writing and recording their next release. As Mead comments, "The music is in some ways simplified and in others more fully-realized. It's our profession of love to R&B from the electronic world."Recently nominated as "Best New Artist" by the Portland Phoenix, the band is now deep into writing and recording their next release. As Mead comments, "The music is in some ways simplified and in others more fully-realized. It's our profession of love to R&B from the electronic world."Recently nominated as "Best New Artist" by the Portland Phoenix, the band is now deep into writing and recording their next release. As Mead comments, "The music is in some ways simplified and in others more fully-realized. It's our profession of love to R&B from the electronic world."