Jeff Merchant
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Webpage: http://www.jeffmerchantmusic.com
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Description: A purveyor of slickly arranged orchestral indie-pop with jazz and folk undertones.
Biography: Jeff Merchant writes tunes that are undeniably charming and whimsical. His songs are carefully crafted and thought-provoking on serious subjects and of life's hardships presented in a catchy, melodic way - where the melodies, themselves, take off some of the edge. Merchant's "window rolled down" CD is one remarkably smooth listen, carrying the listener effortlessly along from auspicious start to fine finish.

This Los Angeles-based songwriter is best known as a member of the cult fave psycho-eclectic group, the Lullabies (which also features the notable and nationally renowned Stew of The Negro Problem). Their debut CD, "Lullabies' Lullaby", released in 2004, received national radio airplay, made a few top-10 lists and has even been heard in some European cafes.

Not only does Merchant's new CD have fellow Lullabies members playing on some of the tracks, it also features members of Brian Wilson's band and Stew's band, as well as Listing Ship and other distinguished Silverlake/Los Angeles musicians. And Stew produced two of the tracks on this CD.

Merchant has also played and toured in Stew's band. He fronted the quirky alt-pop L.A. band, PG-13, known for its inspired interpretation of Willy Wonka's "Pure Imagination" and he created the legendary alternative songwriter showcase known as, "Broken Mic", which held a regular residency at Spaceland in Silverlake and elsewhere. And if you go back far enough, you'll find Merchant as the funky bass player of the LA underground art scene hit psychedelic-funk band, Gutbucket.
Press Release:
Jeff Merchant doesn't write cute, sweet, happy love songs. He writes compelling, thought-provoking songs about serious subjects in a catchy, melodic way - where the melodies, themselves, take off some of the edge. A purveyor of slickly arranged orchestral indie-pop with jazz and folk undertones, Merchants, "window rolled down" CD is one remarkably smooth listen, carrying the listener effortlessly along from auspicious start to fine finish.
RIYD: Donovan, The Field Mice, Nick Drake, Belle and Sebastian.

This Los Angeles-based songwriter is best known as a member of the cult fave psycho-eclectic group, the Lullabies - which also features the notable and nationally renowned Stew & Heidi Rodewald (of The Negro Problem) and Michael Whitmore (of Listing Ship). Their debut CD, "Lullabies' Lullaby", released in 2004, received national radio airplay, made a few top-10 lists and has even been heard in some European cafes.

Not only does Merchant's new CD have fellow Lullabies members playing on some of the tracks, it also features members of Brian Wilson's band and Stew's band, as well as Listing Ship and other distinguished Silverlake/Los Angeles musicians. And Stew produced two of the tracks on this CD.

The CD has received national radio airplay on over 150 college, specialty and AAA stations - with songs in regular rotation (including medium to heavy play) and also chartingon some stations. Locally, songs from the CD were played on Los Angeles FM radio stations KCRW and KPFK and is currently expanding into various internet radio markets and podcasting. The featured songs from the CD are, "Sick of It", "Li'l Miss Riding Hood", "Landlord Song", "You Can't Save Me" and "On Sidewalks & Backyards".

"This record is catchy and will stay with you long after you turn it off."

"Merchant's a master when it comes to crafting lofty tunes with instant appeal."

Key Selling Points:
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Member of the Lullabies - a nationally known group (featuring Stew of The Negro Problem) whose 2004 CD release "Lullabies Lullaby" received critical acclaim, recognition and cult status
* CD features prominent, outstanding musicians from the Silverlake/Los Angeles music scene including members of Brian Wilson's band, Stew's band, Listing Ship and the Lullabies
* Stew (a well-known figure in the alternative-pop music scene) produced two of the tracks on this CD
* CD is getting a favorable response and very good reviews
* National Press and College & Specialty Radio campaigns handled by Team Clermont

Website:
http://jeffmerchantmusic.com

Discography:
window rolled down
the Lullabies, "Lullabies' Lullaby"
(both on True Classical CDs)