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Genres You Will Love
Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock Rock: Progressive Rock Moods: Christian Moods: Mood: Intellectual Moods: Type: Live Recordings

By Location
United States - Pennsylvania

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Simon Apple

"Simon Apple brings together a rare mix of influences with great writing and classy musicianship. Running from sophisticated "progressive" rock, to appealing pop, to articulate singer-songwriter material, they are likely to surprise you with the ease in which they move seamlessly between them. While many groups may have some difficulty translating such music from the studio into live performance, Simon Apple brings all the sheen of their CDs to the stage, while also launching into great jams!” - George Graham (WVIA-FM radio host; Wilkes-Barre/Scranton).

Simon Apple is a band of world-class musicians, with radio chart acclaim, award winning CDs, and sold-out performances, that have been favorably compared to the likes of Sting, Peter Gabriel, Steely Dan, Genesis, James Taylor, Bruce Hornsby, and John Mayer, creating a sound that is uniquely “Simon Apple”.

Simon Apple's release, ‘River To The Sea’, yielded their first U.S. Top 10 single in December of 2005 - 'Hold Me [Like A Lover]’, reached #10 on the Adult Contemporary FMBQ chart. The album features Grammy-winning engineer David Leonard (Paul McCartney, Prince, Rush), and a stellar list of guest musicians, including: Tony Levin (Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, King Crimson), Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult), John Helliwell (Supertramp), Hugh McDowell (Electric Light Orchestra), Steve Rodby (Pat Metheny Group), and Dave Stahl (Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick, Jr.).

River To The Sea received critical acclaim worldwide, including 4 nominations in the 2006 Just Plain Folks Awards: Best Contemporary Song (‘Hold Me’), Best Rock Song (‘Leap Of Faith’), Best Rock Album (‘River To The Sea’), and winning Best Male Vocalist (Dan Merrill). [Nominations were selected from over 25,000 albums and 350,000 songs worldwide.]

Prior to “River”, Simon Apple released their first single, ‘It's Over’, taken from their debut CD ‘From The Toybox’. In April 1998, "It's Over” had climbed to #21 nationally on the Adult Contemporary Gavin chart. By late summer, their second single, ‘A Boy Like Me’, reached #29, and the seasonal single, ‘Scenes Of December’, hit #43.

Rounding out their current discography is a 2 CD set of pre-Toybox material, ‘Archives - Apples To Apples, Dust To Dust’, 2 live ‘Official Bootleg’ CDs released in 2005, and a 3rd live Official Bootleg released in 2013 (digital release only).

Simon Apple has been invited to perform at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia for Billy Joel three times, Elton John twice, Bruce Springsteen, Cher, Creed, Depeche Mode. They have performed to crowds of 65,000, small intimate acoustic venues, and all points in between - receiving rave reviews along the way.

Simon Apple also performs at numerous Cystic Fibrosis events, and donates a portion of every sale of River To The Sea to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - forever... until there is a cure.

Recently, excluding occasional shows, the band has been on a self-imposed quasi-hiatus – busy producing solo albums, and writing, recording, and performing in various outside projects.