Edmonton, AB Canada (Top40 Charts/ MPRESS Records) - Phenom's Soaring Vocals and Sophisticated Lyrics Suggest a 21-Year Old Idealist, Wise Beyond His Years
CMJ: "Perfect vocals paired with immense instrumental talent on piano..."
Singer Seth Glier sculpts songs that seek to create an emotional connection, even as his dreams of a fragile Utopia remain unrealized, on his impressive sophomore CD, 'The Next Right Thing'.
The 21-year old phenom's distinctive falsetto has lead critics to praise him as having 'the vocal prowess of a performer with a lifetime of singing experience' and as a 'huge musical talent.' College Music Journal (CMJ) describes Glier's music as
"perfect vocals paired with immense instrumental talent on piano..." The upcoming CD, his second on MPress Records, lives up to the hype. The album draws inspiration from unlikely sources - from Michael J. Fox to organized religion, from a loved one's dementia, to witnessing a friend's shallow embrace of fame - all the while, the songs reflect Glier's maturity as a writer and his staunch idealism.
The Next Right Thing' will be released in early 2011, and will be accompanied by a major U.S. tour.
Glier's complex family relationships have long shaped his musical journey, with his brother considered to be his greatest influence. 'My brother is autistic and non-verbal. I learned to communicate with words better once I realized how to communicate to someone without them.' On the new song 'Down With This Ship', Glier chronicles a loved one's decent into dementia, and his skeptical response to financial efforts to secure a spot in the afterlife. As for the title track, Glier recalls, 'I had watched Michael J. Fox's 'Hope For An Incurable Optimist' on the A&E Channel. There was a scene where Fox (...was) talking about a utopian world of people who concerned themselves with 'doing the next right thing as oppose to the next thing right'. That quickly became a mantra as I traveled and toured.' Glier wrote the song 'First' after performing over 240 concerts in 2010: 'this one is about coming home and suddenly everything you knew for so long looks different. The fact is that the only thing that changed and was different was me.'
Glier is an environmentalist and an altruist who uses his music to make a difference. His 'green' tour last year (in support of his acclaimed CD 'The Trouble With People,') was a huge success, and featured Glier traveling from town-to-town in a hybrid vehicle, planting trees in each city he visited, promoting carpools for fans, selling merch made of organic materials, and more. He is also an advocate of performing in Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Elementary Schools, and, prior to the release of 'The Next Right Thing,' he will embark on the "Light It Up, Let It Go Tour," joining forces with Musicians On Call & local charities this Fall. Glier says, "For me, the 'Light It Up, Let It Go Tour' is about renewing and regenerating oneself. It's about letting go of the stage lights, monitor mixes, dressing rooms and tour gear, and using pure simple music to light up the people and places who need it the most.' In addition to clinic performances, Glier will host special "Light It Up" events including autism benefits & songwriting workshops. Visit www.musiciansoncall.org
More about Seth Glier:
Singer-songwriter Glier's powerful, silky voice catches you off guard, like the first time you heard Simply Red's Mick Hucknall sing 'Holding Back The Years.' The prodigious 21-year old's diverse music showcases his soaring falsetto, as well as a Cat Stevens-esque style of hushed storytelling.
Boston-based Glier was raised on the music of James Taylor, Randy Newman & Joni Mitchell. In 2010 he was invited to perform with his idol James Taylor, and shared stages with such diverse artists as Edwin McCain, Mark Knopfler, The Verve Pipe and Livingston Taylor. Edwin McCain enjoyed Seth so much that he contributed backing vocals on 'I Don't Need You' (THE NEXT RIGHT THING, 2011) and raved 'If any of you are wondering what the future of music will look like, Seth is it." Since the release of MPRESS debut 'The Trouble With People' in late 2009, singer-songwriter Seth Glier has learned a lot more about the impact of music on his community, his fans and himself. Coming into his own as writer & performer, Glier is making his name on the national scene, and has appeared as a mainstage artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and the Kerrville Folk Festival. Glier tours as a green artist, traveling in a hybrid vehicle, selling organic merchandise and encourages his fans to live green. MPress Records will be releasing 'The Next Right Thing' in early 2011.
'The greatest pop songwriting since Billy Joel' - Livingston Taylor
'If Seth isn't destined for huge super stardom then no one is' - Livingston Taylor
'Seth is a great singer, great pianist and this record has the magic beans' - Stephen Kellogg
'Talent like Seth Glier's brings out the psychic in all of us.... He's gonna be huge.' - Ellis Paul
'Seth Glier is a young writer who has already experienced many of life's travails. His musical exuberance shines through his compositions regardless of the subject matter. The songs are direct and catchy and his vocal delivery compels your attention. Seth is naturally effervescent and fearless and his gift will surely reach the wider audience it deserves." - Kevin Killen
Seth Glier On Tour
2010 - 'Light It Up, Let It Go Tour'
Nov 5th Ritual Café Des Moines, IA
Nov 7th Schubas Tavern Chicago, IL
Nov 9th The Ark (w/ Will Kimbrough) Ann Arbor, MI
Nov. 15th Blue Plate Specialon WDVX Knoxville, TN
Nov 16th The Acoustic Coffeehouse Johnson City, TN
Nov 17th Bama Theatre Tuscaloosa, AL
Nov 19th Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse (w/ Kenny White) Dallas, TX
Nov 20th Cobbleston Creek Concerts Norman, OK
Nov 27th Tupelo Music Hall (w/ Lucy Kaplansky) White River Junction, VT
Dec 3rd Rockwood Stage 2 (w/ Ellis Paul) New York, NY
Dec 4th Tin Angel (w/ Ellis Paul) Philadephia, PA
Dec 5th Coffee Works Roastery & Café Voorhees, NJ
(Benefit for Casey Umba)
Dec 9th S.P.A.C.E. (w. Lucy Kaplansky) Evanston, IL
Dec 10th The Barking Spider Tavern Cleveland, OH
Dec 16th Infinity Music Hall & Bistro Norfolk, CT
(w/ Liz Longley & Jen Loew)
Dec 31st First Night Northampton Northampton, MA
2011 - 'The Next Right Thing Tour' - *CD Release Party | ** Sold Out Show
Jan 6th Club Passim * (w/ Liz Longley) Cambridge, MA
Jan 7th **Tupelo Music Hall * (w/ Liz Longley) Londonderry, MA
Jan 8th Iron Horse Music Hall * Northampton, MA
Jan 9th WXPN 88.5 FM (Live performance & interview) Philadelphia, PA
Jan 10th Brewer's Alley * Frederick, MD
Jan 11th The Living Room (WFUV's 'Under the Radar') New York, NY
Jan 13th Tin Angel* (w/ Liz Longley) Philadelphia, PA
Jan 15th Rockwood Stage 2 * New York, NY
Jan 22nd North Star Music Café * (w/ Liz Longley) Portland, ME
Jan 27th City Winery (w/ Livingston Taylor) New York, NY
'Fresh Voices from Berklee College of Music'
Jan 29th House Concert Cleveland, OH
Feb 5th Lake Floyd House Concerts Salem, WV
Feb 6th The Purple Fiddle* Thomas, WV
Feb 9th Uncommon Ground* Chicago, IL
Feb 11th Jazz N' Java* Wilmar, MN
Feb 12th Prairie Wind Folk & Bluegrass Association * Minneapolis, MN
Feb 16-20th International Folk Alliance Memphis, TN
Mar 12 Rouse House Concert Houston, TX