MP3 Stone Cat - Happy
Energetic Uplifiting "Feel-Good" Contemporary Pop-Rock, with amazingly powerful Female Vocals ... vibrant, youthful and stunning.
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POP: Today''s Top 40, ROCK: Modern Rock
With a driving rhythm section, convincing vocals, and a
powerful arrangement which all bear resemblance to any
popular song, Stone Cat''s "Happy," is one of the most
unique, creative, touching singles to come out in a very
long time. Stone Cat displays cutting edge musicianship
along with an unmistaken spark of originality. Singer
Niki Henzl''s beautiful voice delivers the message
of "Happy" very convincingly with intense emotional
power. "Happy" is utterly convincing, confident, and
brimming over with energy; if you listen closely, you can
hear clever background vocals that send shivers through
your soul. Unlike some of the more forward-thinking pop-
rock artists, Stone Cat delivers the entire package with
the best feel-good moments of our era into one almost
frighteningly catchy single. Aside from the band''s own
youthful energy, the most modern thing about the song
might be the message itself, "I know what makes me happy,"
is viable and universally appealing. Whether "Happy" is
on the creative cutting edge, or just an extreme example
of what universal music is supposed to sound like, is up
for debate (and may even depend on your mood). Either
way, the song is impossible to ignore.
Stone Cat was formed in October of 2002 and released their
first demo in March of 2003. The groups
persistence and incredibly supportive fan base has led to
their first commercial release.
Mark Johnson and Jeff Seymore, long-time friends, decided
to form Stone Cat while "on the road" touring with
a small label act. Unhappy with the conditions of this
group (amateur songwriting, over-inflated ego''s, etc.),
Mark and Jeff formed what they thought to be the ultimate
musical experiment to fulfill their innermost love for
music. "The only way we could truly express ourselves
musically and be happy at the same time, was to break
free of those chains and start writing from our souls....
which is exactly what we''ve done and what we are
doing," says Mark Johnson (Band Leader). "You cannot
express yourself if you are bound by corporate chains.
It''s been one of life''s greatest lessons."
Having spent over a year and a half writing and
performing, Stone Cat has grown into a creative musical
machine firing on all cylinders. Niki''s rich vocals have
ripened in both strength and maturity, as have Mark''s
exuberant song arrangements and guitar parts. Binding
these elements is bassist Jeff Seymore and drummer
Chad Dalton, the propulsive rhythm section.... the
energetic driving force behind Stone Cat.
"Happy," the long-awaited release, stands as a great leap
forward for one of today''s most compelling
contemporary rock songs. Where many songs reflect an
artist''s new existence - with songs telling us of life on
the road, love, or loss, Stone Cat spins clever "feel-
good" stories, creating a powerful uplifting spirit for the
Stone Cat''s youthful vibrant energy and fresh contemporary
songwriting skills are attributes that are propelling
them into a very successful music career.
(ST LOUIS, MO) With a voice reminiscent of such vocal
heavyweights as Jessica Simpson, Gwen Stefani, Jewel, and
Janis Joplin, 24 year old Niki Henzl is a vocalist out of
the top drawer. Her voice draws you in with its beauty
and versatility and refuses to let you go until the song
is over ... but even then you still want more. Many
listeners have acknowledged Niki as an original, gifted
vocalist among a very select few. Her power is immense
and very captivating to say the least. A listen to their
long-awaited debut CD single, "Happy," confirms this
beyond any doubt. In a musical era overwhelmed by
manufactured acts, self-reflective intellectual so-called
rock bands and flesh-baring females, Stone Cat is a very
welcome breath of fresh air.
The other part of Stone Cat, Mark Johnson, is responsible
for writing the music, most of the lyrics, production,
playing the guitar and singing back-up vocals. His
incredible music ability is on display throughout the
entire CD with particular highlights being his big guitar
on the acoustic version of "Happy," and his overall
musical production of the CD.
Don''t forget the driving force propelling the rhythm
section of Stone Cat, bassist Jeff Seymore and drummer
Chad Dalton form a very powerful combination. Both
demonstrate professional musicianship along with a spark
of energy that inspires Stone Cat''s charismatic, uplifting
The excellent debut single not only demonstrates the song-
writing and musical ability of an exceptional team, in the
process it files the flag for independent music in the mid-
west and proves that if you put your mind to something -
anything is possible. This is a CD worthy of being in any
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Music Idiom: Contemporary Pop Rock
Latest Release: "Happy"
Members: Niki Henzl ~ Lead Vocals
Mark Johnson ~ Lead Guitar & Back- up Vocals
Jeff Seymore ~ Bass Guitar
Chad Dalton ~ Drums
Record Label: Stone Cat Records
Management: Stone Cat Management
Publishing: Stone Cat Publishing
Producer: Mark Johnson
Co-Producer(s): Jim Callahan and Stone Cat
Points of Note: Much of Stone Cat''s Music centers on "feel-good" themes and uplifiting sounds that make the listener happy.
Additional Data: Currently promoting new release.
Contact: Mark Johnson 618-288-1993