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Pop / Rock 21/09/2012

Early Radio Strength, VEVO Video Premieres, Favorable Reviews & International Successes Drive 9/25 Viper Release Of P.J. Pacifico's 'Surface'

Early Radio Strength, VEVO Video Premieres, Favorable Reviews & International Successes Drive 9/25 Viper Release Of P.J. Pacifico's 'Surface'

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Vipper Records) Early Radio Strength, Vevo Video Premieres, Favorable Reviews & International Successes Drive 9/25 Release of P.J. Pacifico's 'Surface'

"Pacifico At His Best"

Early radio strength, including a #33 placement on the nation's Top 40 Indie Chart, has preceded Viper Record's 9/25 release of P.J. Pacifico's 'Surface'. The album's first two singles, the cinematic 'Champions & Guardians' and the propulsive 'Half Wishing', have both earned VEVO video premieres, and pre-release reviews have described the album as "emotionally honest and sincere," highlighting tracks as "Pacifico at his best." In addition to this early traction in the U.S., Pacifico has become somewhat of a radio phenomenon in Holland, following his recent tour of the Netherlands. More details follow.

With influences including The Smiths, Morrissey and Del Amitri, Pacifico delivers a sure-handed nine-song pop-rock collection, using personal experiences as a spark but ultimately crafting universal tales of survival, a belief in hard work, paying your dues and forward motion. Listen to audio samples, here: His evolution as a songwriter is evident on the abovementioned singles, the reflective, winning title track 'Surface', and 'It'll Never End', a song with subtle references to mortality and to Pacifico's appreciation of life as a cancer survivor. 'Surface' also includes one inspired cover, Pacifico's modern take on Christopher Cross' seminal 'Sailing'.

Watch the video for Top 40 Hit 'Half Wishing' on Vevo:

Watch the video for 'Champions and Guardians' on Vevo:

U.S. Radio and International Bullet Points:
- Half Wishing is #33 IN THE NATION! / TOP 40 U.S. INDIE CHART / SEPT 10
- #15 National Airplay Top 50 Independent Chart - SEPT 15 - Half Wishing
- Half Wishing on the MEDIABASE add board for singles amongst Pink, No Doubt and Matchbox 20.

-'Champions & Guardians' video spent two weeks at #2 on the Pop 100 charts in Holland and is currently sitting at #5.

- NME Magazine posted the video as well in the UK:

BLOGCRITICS - by Jack Goodstein, 8/27/12 (excerpts)

NORWALK HOUR - CT - Interview
P.J. Pacifico's tour brings him homeward bound By Mike Horyczun, 9/12/12

THE RECORD-JOURNAL in CT By Jim Pasinski, 8/17/12 - CD Review

Connecticut-native Pacifico was also recently highlighted in the Westport News:

9/21 - Salt Hill Pub - Hanover, NH
9/22 - Salt Hill Pub - Lebanon, NH
9/24 - Little Pub - Ridgefield, CT
9/27 - Burlap & Bean - Newtown, PA
9/28 - Private Event - New Canaan, CT
10/1 - Barking Spider - Cleveland, OH
10/3 - Uncommon Ground (Clark) - Chicago, IL
10/4 - Uncle Slayton's - Louisville, KY
10/5 - Bluebird Cafe - Nashville, TN
10/6 - House Concert - Atlanta, GA
10/7 - Barcelona - Atlanta, GA
10/10 - Fischer's Pub - John's Island, SC
10/11 - Home Team BBQ - Charleston, SC
10/12 - Smiley's - Greenville, SC
10/13 - House Concert - Wilmington, NC
10/18 - Hedon - Zwolle, Netherlands
10/19 - Living Room Concert - Waspik, Netherlands
10/21 - Living Room Concert - Diessen, Netherlands
11/2 - Aldrich Museum - Ridgefield, CT

Over the past couple of years, Pacifico has evolved from beloved under-the-radar, CT road warrior to an internationally-respected indie to be reckoned with, praised in such media outlets as M Music & Musicians Magazine, iTunes Editorial, and scores of other print, web and television placements throughout the U.S. Reviewers have repeatedly compared him to Paul Simon, James Taylor, Matthew Sweet and others, while embracing his live performance chops and upbeat, radio-friendly songwriting.

Pacifico's acclaimed last album was a live, solo acoustic EP, offered as a free download by Viper Records ( The songs were recorded in direct response to his fans' wishes, and captured Pacifico in concert (in a church!,) unadorned and raw. Critics weighed with universal raves: the album is "a great testament to P.J.'s talents for performing live. His voice is in perfect form..." "He may sound like James Taylor, but he writes like Paul Simon — stubbornly hopeful but pulling absolutely no punches, and sometimes filled with doubt." "It is not every artist that can hold the stage on his own; P. J. Pacifico has absolutely no problem..." He performed on ABC-TV's CT STYLE in Connecticut last month:

Pacifico regularly tours the U.S., and, as mentioned above, recently made his concert debut in Belgium and the Netherlands. He was included in a GOURMET MAGAZINE article about musicians and their eating habits while on tour:

Concert Tours Get a Health Kick By Lisa Tolin 5/2/12 (excerpt below, full article via link above):
Get a further taste of 'Outlet' via this music video for the standout track, 'Lakeshore Drive': Behind-the-scenes footage and interview here, via HIP Video Spotlight: Watch the official music video for 'Heads Up':
iTunes Editorial Review
Yahoo News syndicated Pacifico's live performance and interview on ABC-TV News 'Great Day Live' in Louisville:

FOX TV News featured Pacifico during a tour stop in Birmingham:
The ABC-TV affiliate in Rochester, NY featured a lengthy interview and performance segment by Pacifico:

THE CW NETWORK/WGN-TV live performance:,0,1972376.story
Coverage of P.J. Pacifico's recent releases includes:

Technorati, syndicated via Blogcritics -
By Jack Goodstein, 5/2012
New P. J. Pacifico EP to be Available for Free Download

P.J. Pacifico loves to come home to perform
By ERIK OFGANG - 08/11/2011
BLOGTALK RADIO - iTunes Podcast - Lengthy interview segment -

Pacifico also received favorable reviews and/or previews via:
WESTPORT NEWS preview with color photo:

Louisville CD review:

MUSIC REMEDY - Single review of 'Lakeshore Drive':
STOWE TODAY - preview:

P.J. Pacifico on FOX6 News at Noon - Interview and Performance

P.J. Pacifico connects to fans through his music By Scott Gargan, June 28, 2011

Also ran here:


The love of his life inspires Pacifico's latest CD
By Karen Kovacs Dydzuhn, June 22, 2011

Also ran here:

By Jack Goodstein 5/4/11
Seattle PI:

WILDYSWORLD - 4-Star CD Review By Wildy Haskell, May 23, 2011

SomethingElseReviews - 'Sneak Peek Track'
By Nick DeRiso, May 4, 2011 Also syndicated via All About Jazz and elsewhere:

Ear Might: P.J. Pacifico Talks a New Record and an Old Habit By Dan Barry May 4, 2011,0,617014.story

MELODIC.NET Interview feature
By Rickard Holmgren, May 19, 2011

By Jim Pasinski - May 6, 2011 - JP's Music Blog

May 5, 2011

More About P.J. Pacifico
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter P.J. Pacifico's sound has been described as "a jam session between James Taylor and Matthew Sweet," with some classic rock influences thrown in for good measure. His songs feel immediately familiar and comfortable; straight from the heart and sure to get stuck in your head. Pacifico tours on a regular basis - a series of solo and full band dates; both as a headliner and as an opening act for several certified legends. has shared the stage with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sugarland, Hank Williams Jr., Levon Helm, Leon Russell, Bob Weir & Ratdog, The Wailers, The Low Anthem, Donavon Frankenreiter, Dar Williams, Guster, moe., Ryan Shaw, and Sean Kelly of The Samples. 2011's 'Outlet' was his third release, following his sophomore effort, "Always & Everywhere", and his 2005 solo debut "Well I'll Be". His trademark brand of warm, inviting, hook-filled songs, the themes of love and survival, redemption and recovery, have endeared him to a growing number of fans from coast-to-coast. He saw breakthrough success with 'Outlet', and looks to build on the growth with the strong new album, 'Surface'.

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