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Wellington musician Jake Stokes releases new single

Wellington musician Jake Stokes releases new single

We are pleased to announce the release of the new single, October Air, from Wellington musician Jake Stokes’ debut rock n’ roll album, Midnight. The single will be available for sale at a 2 hour set/launch party held at The Grand, Courtenay Place, Wellington on Saturday 14th December from 11pm. In January 2014, the single will be available online. Midnight, the full album, will be released and available in February.

For eighteen year old Jake this is the culmination of many years work as a Wellington busker, guitar teacher and, more recently, as a touring session musician, in order to fund his first album. Many will remember the young Jake entertaining on Wellington’s Cuba St./Manners Mall some years ago, when he was already sowing the seeds of this project. Voted Wellington’s favourite busker in a 2009 Dominion Post poll, Jake went on to become a regular feature at the Wellington Blues Club, an Associate Guitar Tutor with The Rock Institute, and a session musician touring NZ with Madsen Promotions, as well as playing local gigs with his own band. He has also set up his own record company, Apollo Music.

Midnight is a 10 track original rock album, with hints of pop and blues. It cruises seamlessly from heavy, hard hitting rock songs to moving ballads that will take you quite by surprise. Lyrics and music are all composed, written and arranged by Jake, with collaboration on three tracks. His band members have all been hand-picked for their outstanding musical abilities.

One of the most remarkable things about this album is that it is the realisation of a young musician’s determination and tenacity. There have been no talent scouts, recording contracts, promoters, producers, or music sponsors involved. Just hard work, sacrifice, rolling with the punches, supportive friends and family, and most importantly, a truck load of talent and hard work.

The gig at the Grand is a free event and everyone is welcome. Film makers for a video to promote the single will be there to capture a few crowd scenes and free CD’s will be flying, so come along and get a breath of October Air in December! The full album is due for release in February next year. Watch this space - www.facebook.com/jakestokesmusic

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