Liquid Blue

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Liquid Blue
Liquid Blue Band Photo.jpg
Liquid Blue Band
Background information
Origin San Diego, California
Genres Pop
Rock
Dance
World
Years active 1996-Present
Labels PCT Music (United States)
Deep Blue Records (Europe)
Shanghai Audio (Asia)
Associated acts Aqua Blue
Acoustic Blue
The BlueGirls
DJ Layla
Website www.liquid-blue.com
Members
Core Members 
Scott Stephens
Michael Vangerov
Nikki Green
Layla Loxa
Additional Members 
Ellis Hall III
Jenny Nowinski
Aidan Spencer
Glenn Frazier
Diana Ferrer
Kevin Cooper
Andre Howie
Past members
BC Jean
Miz Mandy
Jordan Medina
Wrekless Watson
Jessica Manning

Liquid Blue is an American indie pop rock band formed in San Diego, California in 1996 by Scott Stephens & Michael Vangerov. The group has performed in more than 500 cities in 100 countries on six continents and have been recognized as "the world's most traveled band".[1][2][3] They are more popular in parts of Asia and Europe than in their home country (USA). In 2010 the group scored their first hit in the United States with the song "Earth Passport", which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Dance Chart in October 2010. Earth Passport was recorded using nine languages including all six of the official languages of the United Nations. Liquid Blue received a Guinness World Record for "Earth Passport" for "Song Sung in the Most Languages". In 2011 the group was named "Entertainer of the Year - Ensemble" at the Event Solutions Spotlight Awards[4] held in Las Vegas on February 28. The band was "certified green" by the County of San Diego in May 2009.[5] The bands official slogan is "Music To Move You." The core unit of Stephens, Vangerov, Nikki Green and Layla Loxa have been together since 1998.

Musical Style[edit]

At the time of their initial LP release, the group’s use of Eastern Indian instruments (tabla, sitar, kanun) and scales were unique in pop music with Liquid Blue being one of the first groups to record an entire album blending East Indian music with western pop/rock. Indian influenced songs have appeared on pop albums before, most notably on The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Liquid Blue’s somewhat limited number of original compositions all contain “socially conscious” lyrics by primary songwriter Scott Stephens, a former professional Roller Derby skater with the Los Angeles Thunderbirds. Tracks from their highly acclaimed debut album, Supernova, have been included on 20 separate compilation CD’s. The album was produced by David DeVore and mixed by Joe Chiccarelli and was awarded Pop Album of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards[6][7] The album Earth Passport was released in 2010 and yielded a No. 3 Billboard dance hit.[3]

Liquid Blue in Belarus, 2008

History[edit]

Liquid Blue in Beijing, China, 2007

Liquid Blue started as a cover band in 1996. In 2002 they were awarded Best Tribute Band at the San Diego Music Awards[8] after several previous nominations. In 2003, they began writing their own material while relying on covers for most of their live shows.

The band has their greatest popularity in China, and in 2002 they played their largest show in Dalian, China for an audience of 65,000 people. In 2005, they became the first American band signed to a major Chinese record label. They played the official Beijing Olympics Kick-Off Concert in 2008.[9] The band has done 17 tours of China where they sing songs in both in Mandarin and English.[10]

The band continues to perform in the United States as well. The group has a flexible lineup of seven people, with an “A Team,” a “B Team” called Aqua Blue, and a smaller version of the group called Acoustic Blue.[3]

In April 2013 when Sammy Hagar came to San Diego he hired Liquid Blue to be his backing band and "cover" songs from his entire career, at a fundraising event.[10] Currently most Liquid Blue performances are private corporate events, fundraisers and social events.

As of 2014 Liquid Blue had performed in more than 500 cities in over 100 countries. The band has also performed in all 50 U.S. states and every "major league" city (any municipality with at least one major professional sports team) in the USA.[1]

The Hippie House[edit]

The band is also known for their colorful center of operations in the Ocean Beach area of San Diego CA, known locally as " the hippie house." The core band members live and/or work at the beachfront home which attracts visitors daily with a California native "peace garden"; a peace pole and a musically themed mural on the surrounding retaining wall. The house and studio is a certified “Green Business” by the County of San Diego.[11][12][13]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Presenter
2004 America's Best Independent Artist PCT Music
2005 America's Best Independent Artist PCT Music
2005 Hot AC Group of the Year (nominated) New Music Weekly
2006 Best Band (Runner-Up) International Music Awards
2007 Best Band (Runner-Up) International Music Awards
2009 Best Pop Album (Winner) Los Angeles Music Awards
2011 Entertainer of the Year - Ensemble (Winner) Spotlight Awards
2012 Entertainment Act of the Year (Winner) Biz Bash Readers Choice

Trivia[edit]

Ralph Nader used the Liquid Blue song “If You Gotta Ask” as his campaign theme song in the 2004 Presidential Election.

In 2002, band member Layla Loxa[14] won the World Championship[15] in Bodysurfing.

BC Jean, a former member of the band,[16] was signed to J Records (Sony Music Entertainment), by Clive Davis in 2009. She co-wrote the worldwide No. 1 hit "If I Were A Boy" for Beyoncé.

The band takes its name from a popular form of LSD used in the 1960s.

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums

Year Name Label Details
2004 Supernova Deep Blue Records Official U.S. release
2005 Supernova (Chinese Import) Shanghai Audio & Video (includes 1 additional track and excludes 4 found on the U.S. version)

EP's

Year Name Label Details
2002 Making Up Deep Blue Records

Singles

Year Name Label Details
2005 Real Deep Blue Records
2010 Earth Passport Deep Blue Records #3 Billboard Dance Chart
#12 Billboard Hot Singles

Compilation Albums Featuring Liquid Blue Tracks

Year LB Song Album Label
2004 Making Up Peace Not War Peace Not War
2004 Kashmir CD Baby Top Sellers CD Baby
2005 Rescue ABIA 2005 PCT Music
2005 Rescue Songs For a Better Planet A Better Planet
2005 If You Gotta Ask Make Love Not War Butterfly Spirit
2005 Pretend Anti-Industry Get Me Music 2005
2005 Anything Else But Child Alive Get Me Music
2005 Making Up Child Alive Get Me Music
2005 Show Me Love Care Package Artists For Humanity
2005 Real Airwaves Vol II BandRadio
2005 Real TNT Top New Talent PCT Music
2005 If You Gotta Ask Dallas Songwriters Contest Dallas Songwriters
2005 Can't Stop It Dallas Songwriters Contest Dallas Songwriters
2005 Real Dallas Songwriters Contest Dallas Songwriters
2006 Rescue Wyland's Ocean Planet Wyland Foundation[17] 2006)
2006 If You Gotta Ask Love Is The Answer Total Access Live
2006 If You Gotta Ask Songs For Cindy Musicians For Peace
2006 Arms of Love Best of the Blessed Blessed Music 2006
2006 Making Up Peacedriven Peacedriven
2006 Making Up Volume 8 Sexy Killer Records
2006 Pretend NXNE New Generation Tune Tank
2006 Real Future Hits Vol 19 New Music Weekly Records
2006 Real Asia Spring Sampler IRL Music Group
2008 If You Gotta Ask Empower 2008 I to I Ministries
2009 Real Dream On Three of Wands Productions
2010 Earth Passport Go Girls Music Fest Go Girls Music
2010 Earth Passport Empower 2010 I to I Ministries

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Worlds Most Traveled Band" 92024 Magazine. November 29, 2012
  2. ^ "Most Traveled Band Headlines Bonsallpalooza" Fallbrook Bonsall Village News. June 9, 2011
  3. ^ a b c Mendoza, Bart."‘The World’s Most Traveled Band’ cinches OB ties" San Diego Community News
  4. ^ Event-solutions.com
  5. ^ Certified Green, San Diego County.
  6. ^ Chiccarelli, Joe. [1]
  7. ^ Devore, David. [2]
  8. ^ "San Diego Music Awards"
  9. ^ "World Famous Party Band Sets Up Shop in Point Loma." Point Loma Life. May 2014. Pgs. 14-17
  10. ^ a b Varga, George. “Sammy Hagar and Liquid Blue’s La Jolla jam.” San Diego Union Tribune. Apr. 24, 2013
  11. ^ "Green Business" County of San Diego
  12. ^ Curry, Judi "More From the Widder Curry on the “Hippie House” of Sunset Cliffs" OB Rag. December 19, 2013
  13. ^ Curry, Judi "The OB Hippie House Dedicates a Peace Pole" San Diego Free Press. December 23, 2013
  14. ^ LaylaLoxa.com
  15. ^ Worldbodysurfing.org
  16. ^ Varga, George (September 10, 2010). "Starbound? Major label debut by San Diego's BC Jean out Monday" The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  17. ^ Wylandfoundation.org

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