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Catching Up With The Readings
By Cindy Beth Gordon
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2006-12-04
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Artist: The Readings
Title: Everyday Life
Genre: Country
Website: www.thereadings.net

Driven and dedicated San Diego natives and fraternal twin brothers, The Readings are creating original music they hope will stand the test of time. Since relocating to Nashville, they have been fortunate enough to have songs cut by other artists, adopted for use in corporate campaigns, spun on radio, and played in television programming. They can also be seen and heard at CMT.com, where they have their own artist page.

There is no secret to their success; they love what they do. And time and experience have given them the ability and opportunity to put their ideas and life experiences into words and music. Their engaging personalities and crossover sound transcend musical genres and personal boundaries; other people see themselves in their stories. They also get a glimpse into the unique experiences that make The Readings the writers and performers they have been, and are becoming.

Inspired by the tragic loss of their mother to bone marrow cancer, their song "One of Those Days" is an inspirational message to live everyday as if you won't have another. The American Cancer Society has used the song, and their performances, to raise awareness and funds for the cause. The song always elicits a profound connection with audience members and they often receive messages through their website.

The Readings have performed for enthusiastic crowds at corporate events, festivals, and clubs, and on numerous radio and television programs. They have played the Sundance Film Festival, opened for major label recording artists, and are equally comfortable in a full band show, in front of 10,000 fans, or an intimate acoustic performance for 50. They are very proud of their first video effort, "She Brings Me Down", which is receiving rave reviews. It is viewable on their CMT.com artist page, at Google Video and You Tube, and on their website, www.thereadings.net and is on their latest CD entitled "Everyday Life."

[Cindy Beth Gordon] Hi guys. Sounds like you have some great things happening. Can you tell us what you're currently up to and some of your recent favorite projects?

The Readings Well, where do we begin ... so much happening. First and foremost, we write, a lot. The surest way to reach your goals in Nashville is to write great songs, so we're always writing and recording new tunes--that's always a priority.

[Cindy Beth Gordon] You recently released a video. Can you tell our readers about that?

The Readings Yes, we've recently released our first video project, for our song "She Brings Me Down." It's currently viewable at CMT.com on our artist page, and on our website at www.thereadings.net. The song has also been released to almost 150 radio stations around the country, so that's a bit of good news for us.

We've also been fortunate enough to have several songs adopted by national organizations to raise awareness for great causes, such as cancer research and awareness, and anti-bullying. We continue to support these organizations with access to our songs and with personal appearances ... making a real difference in people's lives through our music is very rewarding. We are creating our own book project to go along with our cancer-related song, "One of Those Days," so look for that in the future. We are also in the planning stages of a special tour associated with the cancer cause.

[Cindy Beth Gordon] Who are some of your favorite artists, bands and songwriters?

The Readings That's always a difficult question. Favorites have to include artists and writers who are completely devoted to their craft, and are uniquely gifted - and it's really not genre-specific. Current acts like: Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Phil Vassar, Train, Counting Crows, John Mayer, Jack Johnson. Historically speaking, we do have some favorites: The Eagles, Lyle Lovett, U2, Fleetwood Mac, etc. As for songwriters, our favorite songwriters are the local Nashville writers with whom we write and work--they inspire us every day.

[Cindy Beth Gordon] Who writes the music and who writes the lyrics?

The Readings We both write music and lyrics. And we both write together, and with other co-writers. There really is no formula for how we come up with any specific song. It's just an organic process, different each time. We do pride ourselves on finding something interesting to say through our music--lyrics are very important to us.

[Cindy Beth Gordon] Are you open to co-writing with other songwriters?

The Readings Absolutely. As previously stated, it's vital to what we do. We think collaboration only enhances our writing, and our musical ability as well. You can learn a lot from a talented writer and player.

[Cindy Beth Gordon] What are some of your favorite songs on your CD and why? And what was the inspiration or story behind these songs?

The Readings “She Brings Me Down”- The song we did the video for. This song is written about Chris' then 3-year old daughter, Bonnie Nicole Reading ... an amazing child, and constant source of inspiration.

“One of Those Days”: This song was inspired by our mother's courageous battle against bone marrow cancer. She was a fantastic person, mother, and friend. We miss her, but think she smiles down on us whenever we play the song.

“Wanda's Song”: This song is about the dangers of teenage bullying. We can all relate to the character in the song. And this happens to be a very timely issue right now. This is also our most musically artistic song.

“Oak Hill Baptist Church”: This song is a humorous look at the typical Sunday service...you'll have to listen to it to hear the twist. We think it's pretty effective.

[Cindy Beth Gordon] Those are great songs, I really enjoyed listening to them. What is some of the best advice you've received and from whom?

The Readings "Be persistent" (from just about everyone in the industry who has ever offered advice). "You can be what you want to be" (Our parents). "Be happy before you start this process, cuz the industry and the town can eat you alive if you're not” (this is our own advice that we pass to other aspiring artists).

[Cindy Beth Gordon] What are some things you haven't done that you'd like to do?

The Readings Professionally, we've got lots of goals. The list is probably too long to even begin. Primarily, we look forward to the possibility of making a real difference in people's lives on a grander scale than we have to this point. Music can do that. And to this point, our songs have done that for us. Oh, and one more thing ... we'd love to perform in front of crowds as big and wild as Garth Brooks did in his heyday. That would be awesome.

Personally, Eric would like to get married and have a family. And Chris looks forward to walking his daughters down the aisle someday (although after a long trial period to make sure he fully approves of the grooms-to-be ;).

[Cindy Beth Gordon] Anything else you'd like to add that we didn't cover today?

The Readings Trivia: Chris passed on a minor league baseball contract prior to moving to Nashville. Eric gave up medical school. Also, fighting cancer is an important long-term goal for us. We donate a portion of every CD sale to cancer research. People can find out more about our mission at our website: www.thereadings.net.

[Cindy Beth Gordon] Well that's all the time we have for today guys. We wish you much success with your CD Everyday Life and all of your projects!

The Readings Thanks Cindy.

To learn more about The Readings or to buy their CD, check out their website at www.thereadings.net.

Contact Info:
Danker & Danker PR
Deborah Danker, President
1301 16th Avenue South, Suite 303
Nashville, Tennessee 37212
(615) 320-7453 - office
(615) 423-5748 - mobile

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