On May 1, Hembot Recordings will release singer-songwriter-producer ToddO`s first EP 1234567. ToddO, hailed as an enigmatic voice by Wildy Haskell (Wildy`s World Reviews) will tour in support of the record. Dates and venues to be announced. The record will be available by free download from http://www.songsbytoddo.com with physical discs available for purchase. Additionally, iTunes and Amazon will sell the release.
Who is This? -- the first single from 1234567, will go to radio in late April. The driving acoustic and synth-based track showcases the warmth and power of ToddO`s vocals and lyrics that are deceptively simple yet powerful. It is the epitome of an eclectic musical vocabulary -- rock, indie, spirituals, even Chicago-style horns. From the driving Dave and ukulele-drenched Freedom in You and foot stomping power of Made to the anthemic Hallelujah Chorus and poignant No, No, No to the whacky Cali-pop fuzz of No More in Heaven, ToddO manages to be at once different and accessibly catchy.
Named for the number of songs on the EP, it features both of his children (RubyO on background vocals and RyanO with hand claps), drummers John Mole and Matt Arcaini and trumpet player Bill Dalo. All of the instruments including acoustic and electric guitars, bass, ukulele, keyboard, percussion and vocals were performed by ToddO. He also produced five of the tracks. (John Mole co-produced Freedom in You and Who is This?)
Nashville, Tenn mix engineer Lee Bridges (MercyMe, Paul Baloche, Tenth Avenue North, Bebo Norman, Third Day, Newsboys) mixed the 1234567 EP sessions. Hans DeKline for Sound Bites Dog mastered the tracks in Hollywood, Calif.
1234567 builds upon the three singles that ToddO has released since 2010 and yielded a development deal with former Capitol Records A&R head Loren Israel (Neon Trees, Plain white Ts, Jimmy Eat World).