Where have you gone John Muir?
Mother Nature cries her weary eyes to you
It is also on featured on New Songs for Peace, which is collecting songs that express love of the environment, humanity, and self-development in the name of peace.
The acoustic guitar driven "Sierra," was inspired by the works of John Denver and John Muir. It is Vincent's plea to promote peace and caring for our planet." "I always thought Denver had used his fame in an appropriate manner," Vincent said. "And John Muir was an amazing guy who saw all this coming 130 years ago. What I wouldn't give to have a think tank of Muir, Denver, and Thoreau making our environmental choices."
Kyle Vincent's musical roots are in the catchy, melodic, and often sweetly romantic tunes that were magic to the ears of the youngest child in a politically charged family in Berkeley, California.
Kyle Vincent launched his music career in the mid-80's with an album for Mercury/Polygram Records, fronting a pop-glam band called "Candy." Just as they were gaining notoriety from high-profile national tours, record company reshuffling halted the band's progress.
Signed by MCA Records to a solo deal in 1992, Vincent recorded a stellar album of pop-rock tunes, filmed a video, toured, and promoted his album "Trust" for a full year. The album was never released. "That was a real low point," the singer remembers. "I was on a major tour with Manilow, had employed some of the best writers and producers in the business, but the label spent months arguing over how to market it. By the time they had figured out that I should be just me, the budget was shot, the tour was over, and the album went the way of the great white buffalo." Vincent may have lost the deal, but he won the hearts of many new fans that have stuck with him.
Early in 1997, Vincent's "debut" album hit the racks. Self-titled and released on Hollywood Records during an extensive tour that took the artist to over 100 radio stations and concerts across the country, the CD spawned a Billboard Top 20 Hit with its first single "Wake Me Up (When The World's Worth Waking Up For)." The song was the highest charting song for the label that year, eventually logging over 100,000 airplays. It was featured in the Garry Marshall-directed film "The Other Sister," and MTV's "Road Rules" and "Real World". Another track from the CD set the tone for a love scene on ABC's daytime drama "All My Children." Despite the strong radio support, glowing reviews, and burgeoning fan base, a record company reorganization and subsequent roster purge left Vincent on a solitary road once again.
With little hesitation in a situation that had become all too familiar, the musician went back to the studio to record his cache of new songs, formed his own label, SongTree Records, and landed major national distribution. Songs from the label's catalog have aired on "Daria" and "Undressed" (MTV), "Ed" (NBC), and are licensed to Spelling Entertainment for future productions. A single written and recorded by Vincent, "5000 Heroes," was donated as the anchor song on a 9/11 benefit CD sponsored by Lincoln, Nebraska radio station B107.3. Sales raised over $40,000 for the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund for which the singer received a commendation from co-chairs Bill Clinton and Robert Dole. Vincent has also recently signed two new artists to his label.
"Solitary Road" is the singer's third release on SongTree Records. "Vincent has obviously lived and breathed every ounce of these songs," writes John Borack of Amplifier Magazine, who has followed Vincent's career since the early days. "I applaud Vincent's growth and maturity as an artist... I am blown away by 'Solitary Road."
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