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|Birth name||Kevin Ridel|
December 6, 1969 |
|Occupations||Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist|
|Instruments||Vocals, Bass, Guitar|
|Associated acts||Avant Garde
Kevin Ridel is an American musician.
Early life and influences
A child of 80’s music, such as The Cure, The Psychedelic Furs, U2, and a slew of unmentionable heavy metal acts, Kevin has played in bands since age 14. In 1989 he moved from Connecticut to Los Angeles with his band Avant Garde (featuring Rivers Cuomo of Weezer) to pursue a career as a rock singer and songwriter. Over the past 15 years, he has created a name for himself in the Los Angeles music scene with his bands Ridel High (A&M Records), Peel (Beyond Music) and AM Radio (Elektra Records).
Career and placement
Kevin’s band AM Radio have toured the US, Canada and Japan extensively, supporting the bands Weezer, Third Eye Blind, Eve 6, Rooney, Ben Kweller and The Psychedelic Furs. Their song "I Just Wanna Be Loved" was featured on the Smallville soundtrack - Talon Mix, and also placed on an episode. Another song "Taken for a Ride" was featured on EA Sports Madden NFL 2004, placed on an episode of One Tree Hill, and used on a television trailer for FOX feature film The Girl Next Door. Another song, "Pretty Stupid", was featured on the DVD for Wonderfalls. Members of AM Radio include Rowan Robertson of DC4 (formerly of Dio, and Vast).
More recently, Kevin's music career has been concentrated overseas in Japan, with the release of AM Radio's latest album Reactive on Fiveman Army (FAEC Inc.) and his signing with Sony Music Publishing (Japan). Kevin also lent his voice to two songs on Nintendo's US release of Elite Beat Agents and sang The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" for a national Japanese television ad for Soft Bank, featuring Brad Pitt.
Since the summer of 2006, Kevin has been playing bass and singing in the praise band at LA Grace Church in Los Angeles.
|Peel by Peel
|Radioactive by AM Radio
|Emotional Rollercoaster by Ridel High
AM Radio is ; Jason Moore, Joe Higgins, Rowan Robertson, Bryce Soderberg, and Kevin Ridel.