We are all angels of war.
Christine Martucci would tell you as she marches triumphantly to the release of her fourth studio album Angels of War. Raised by a military father and feminist mother, Christine is no stranger to adversity. Her autobiographical EP tells tales of her struggles to find solace as a lesbian during her 10-year stint in the US Army at the height of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" period, to her battle to recover and regain sanity after an attempt to take her own life, to her spiritual awakening, and finally—to finding peace.
Christine was raised in the small town of Readington, NJ. Throughout her life she looked to music as her comfort and escape. Over the past decade, she has refined a style that marries both raw grit and tender warmth akin to Janis Joplin and Chrissie Hynde. She has cultivated a home for herself within the historic music scene of Asbury Park and her grass-roots following of loyal supporters have dubbed themselves the "Tucci Train". Christine has opened for national recording acts including Gavin DeGraw, Michelle Branch, Patty Smyth and Scandal, and Mountain.
Most recently, she teamed up with two time Grammy Award Winner Marc Swersky (Joe Cocker, Hilary Duff, Roger Daltrey) and Brielle Brown (Gedeon Luke, Jacquie Lee). Together they wrote the confessional Angels of War over a four-month period. Topping off the record are two songs co-written by renowned songwriter Charlie Midnight (James Brown, Joni Mitchell, Joe Cocker). The EP was recorded live at Shorefire Recording Studios in Long Branch, NJ and produced by Swersky. It features the musicianship of Steve Holley (Paul McCartney and The Wings) on drums, Vincent Mascolo (Tunnels to Holland), and top NYC session keyboardist Alan Markley.
At the root of Angels of War is a story of survival, resilience, and love. It's an honest portrayal of a woman who served her country and is now serving her heart.
Angels of War was released in April 2015. www.Christinemartucci.com
My life has been many things. Dull hasn’t ever been one of them
In starting a conversation with Charlie Mills, something becomes very apparent: It’s kinda difficult to define just exactly what it is that Charlie Mills actually “does.” To say he’s had an interesting life would be a bit of an understatement. “My life has been many things. Dull hasn’t ever been one of them,” says Charlie.
Over the past few decades, Charlie has been everywhere from Manhattan (selling Picasso and Warhol at galleries in SoHo), to the Meadowlands (playing drums for Skid Row, opening for childhood hero’s KISS and Ted Nugent), to Malmö, Sweden (playing drums for Twisted Sister front-man Dee Snider).
Charlie says, “I’m blessed to have had lots of opportunities come my way. They’re always exciting, they usually involve friends, and they’ve covered a broad, diverse range of interests. Everything from private fundraising for a pharmaceutical company, to operating a home remodeling business, to developing reality television content for an LA-based production company. Obviously, touring, either as a musician, tour manager, or tech. Some adventures were profitable, some not. Some are still in the works, while others are dead on the vine. But I can certainly say, every situation afforded me an opportunity to expand and grow, to meet new people, and to develop new skills. There’s never been a dull moment!”
Lately, Charlie has been going down a more introspective path, one that he has close personal ties to. “As someone in long-term recovery from substance abuse, taking altruistic action in helping others to recover has been a cornerstone of my daily life for years. In looking to provide a meaningful, fulfilling, stable life for my fiancé (FETISH owner Diane Vocaturo) and myself, I’ve been working in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility, as well as going to school to become certified in the field.” Additionally, Charlie states, “I’ve entered into a life-coaching program, designed to give me the skills needed to help those looking to improve their lives. While some of the other opportunities are still in play, my main focus is to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to help anyone, addicted or not, to gain clarity, meaning, and purpose, so that they can experience the absolute joy, excitement, and fulfillment that I find in my life every day.”
Charlie is baking to raise funds for “The New Jersey Recovery Advocates,” a grassroots, Jersey-based team committed to raising public awareness about addiction. Using advocacy through education, they are taking steps to help end the stigma that currently permeates the public’s perception of addiction, creating empathy, tolerance, and an enhanced atmosphere for those suffering to seek treatment.
Glen has appeared on recordings by Celine Dion, Meatloaf, Brian Wilson, Tenacious D and many others.
Glen Burtnik has released a number of major release solo albums in his career (gaining recognition on MTV in the late 1980s and early 1990s) and in addition to his own solo albums, Glen has written songs recorded by many artists including Randy Travis, John Waite, Jo Dee Messina, Neal Schon (Journey), Jan Hammer (Miami Vice, Mahavishnu Orchestra), Marshall Crenshaw, Patty Smyth, and Don Henley. He’s also had songs in a number of films (including Michael Bay’s blockbuster Armageddon).
Glen’s appeared on recordings by Celine Dion, Meatloaf, Brian Wilson, Tenacious D and many others. He has also appeared onstage alongside Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Sting, Paul Rodgers (Bad Company), Pat Dinizio (Smithereens), Felix Cavalieri (Rascals), Phoebe Snow, Little Steven, Debra Harry (Blondie), Denny Lane (Wings, Moody Blues), Joey Molland (Badfinger), Edgar Winter, Journey, Southside Johnny, REO Speedwagon and both Patti Smith and Patty Smyth among many others.
In the 1970s, Burtnik portrayed Paul McCartney in the Broadway show Beatlemania and, considered an expert in Beatle fan circles, has for years been presenting his annual “Beatles Bash” theatre productions (complete with orchestra, choir, Indian instrumentalists, bells, whistles and everything heard on the original recordings), as well as appearing nationally at the popular Beatlefest conventions annually throughout the year (NY, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles) and has performed with the Fab Faux. Glen has been a counselor at the Beatles Fantasy Rock Camp in Las Vegas as well.
Glen was a member of arena rock band STYX as guitarist, bassist, singer and songwriter (writing five songs on the 1990 album Edge Of The Century, co-writing all of the 2004 album Cyclorama and touring internationally with the band for 10 years).
Burtnik currently tours with The Orchestra (featuring former members of Electric Light Orchestra) and his new band, The Weeklings, have a debut album out which is getting radio airplay in a number of markets and Sirius/XM stations and includes the track “You Know What to do” was chosen as the “coolest song in the world” on Little Steven’s Underground Garage. www.glenburtnik.com
Deedee is part of a local acoustic duo called Strumberry Pie, along with Laura Catalina Johnson.
Deedee is part of a local acoustic duo called Strumberry Pie, along with Laura Catalina Johnson. "Pie" has played at local Jersey venues, such as Harry's Lobster House, The Wine Loft, Sunsets Riverfront restaurant, The Wonder Bar, and The Stone Pony among other venues.
Deedee also performs with other local artists and on her own. Her roots are in Spanish music and American popular music, having grown up in Puerto Rico. After getting into the music scene here in Jersey, she performed rock and heavy metal. Deedee plays acoustic guitar and sings. Strumberry Pie currently performs cover shows, and are now writing originals with plans to produce an EP in the near future. You can find them at www.strumberrypie.com
Mark had unprecedented access while traveling the globe with rock legends Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses, KISS, Bon Jovi, and more.
The ROCKit! Live Foundation helps nurture, inspire, and enrich the lives of young musicians through live music education offered at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. ROCKit! Live also provides professional development and music scholarships while emphasizing the importance of community charity efforts. "I am amazed at the talent and professionalism that these young rockers enthusiastically bring to the community. I am looking forward to being a part of their team, capturing true rock-stars in the making." - Mark Weiss.
Mark Weiss is an American rock 'n' roll photographer who grew up at the Jersey shore sneaking into concerts in the 70’s and selling his photos for a buck a piece. He captured and helped create the visual imagery of an entire musical decade. Mark had unprecedented access while traveling the globe with rock legends Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses, KISS, Bon Jovi, and more. Throughout his 35 year career, Mark's photographs have appeared in countless publications throughout the world. He created numerous multi-platinum album covers including Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet and Twisted Sister's Stay Hungry. Today Mark's iconic photographs are prominently displayed throughout the musical Rock Of Ages in Las Vegas. His long-awaited first book The Decade That Rocked will be released in 2016.