Jeremy William Smith wasn’t one of those kids who sang into a hairbrush in front of the mirror dreaming of being a famous pop star. “I never planned on being a singer,” he says. “My mom made me take piano lessons when I was in first grade and at first I hated it. But then I just fell in love with it and it’s been a constant thing in my life ever since.” Thank goodness for persistent parents. Jeremy is now the frontman and chief songwriting force behind Days Difference, a young quartet from Virginia Beach, VA, who are gearing up to release their self-titled debut album — a breezy collection of pop gems that showcases the melody-minded songwriting, expressive vocals, and dynamic piano sound of 21-year-old Jeremy. Jeremy formed Days Difference in May 2004 with his 23-year-old brother Jonathan on drums and another set of brothers, 22-year-old Micah and 23-year-old Jeremiah Ricks, who play bass and guitar, respectively. The siblings met when Jeremy and Jonathan filled in for a no-show pianist and drummer at a high school concert that Micah and Jeremiah were performing. “We jammed it out onstage and the chemistry and connection we had together was incredible,” Jeremy recalls. “We knew it was special and that we had to do something together.” Fully committed to giving the band a shot by May of 2006, Days Difference spent several years honing their propulsive pop sound by opening for artists such as Paramore, Lifehouse, Third Eye Blind, Jack’s Mannequin, and Yellowcard when those artists came through Virginia Beach. In 2007, they released an independent album, Numbers, then embarked on a nationwide tour, in which everything that could have gone wrong did: a tire on their trailer fell off, a show was canceled when the promoter got hit by a car, Jonathan got a concussion playing soccer, Micah broke his collarbone playing football, and they received a $500 parking ticket to top it all off. “I never really believed the whole ‘earn your keep’ thing, but we’ve really paid our dues,” Jeremy says. The tour may have been grueling, but “it taught us a lot,” Jeremy says. “We really grew as a band and as friends. We had some tough times, but we never doubted ourselves.” You can hear that confidence and camaraderie in the songs on their debut album, an all-killer, no filler set that brims with fresh-faced enthusiasm and the wide-ranging talent of this young group of musicians. To help bring out their best, the band’s team enlisted several veteran co-writers and producers, including Wayne Wilkins (Beyoncé, Natasha Bedingfield), Andrew Frampton (Natasha Bedingfield, Kylie Minogue), Stefanie Ridel Fair (Fergie, Pussycat Dolls), Michael Smidi Smith (Pussycat Dolls, Tupac), and Tim Myers, former bassist for OneRepublic. Myers and Jeremy co-wrote four key tracks “Radio Song,” the touching ballad “Imperfections,” and the radio-ready “Falling Into You” and “Magnetized.” The first single “Are You Happy?” produced and co-written by Jimmy Harry and Jeremy Smith hits radio in early September. “From the second we worked together, Tim and I saw eye to eye on everything, including the way the melodies and lyrics were supposed to sound,” Jeremy says. “It’s almost as if he were my musical twin, but better. As far as co-writing, I just wanted to create the best songs possible. Great songs make great bands, and if you don’t have great songs, then there’s really no point in releasing an album. We wanted to make an album of hit singles — with great lyrics, great melodies, and great hooks. If you strike that chord with every song, people will connect with you better.” Certainly the folks at Universal Motown saw the potential in Days Difference and their ability to connect with a wide audience. The band signed to the label a mere 24 hours after playing a well-attended industry showcase in June 2008. Disney has also climbed aboard, casting Jeremy, Jonathan, Micah, and Jeremiah as members of Miley Cyrus’s backing band in the big-screen version of Hannah Montana: The Movie, which hits theaters in April. Jeremy, for one, can’t wait to get things going. “I’m excited to go around the country and meet people and play for them,” he says. “I love music and I figure that when you love something and you’re able to share it with others, it’s inspiring. As a band, we want to have a positive effect on people and influence them in a good way. What better way than to pursue your dreams and do what you really love?” In 2009, Days Difference spent the summer touring with the Plain White T’s, All Time low, We the Kings, and Cartel. They ended the year playing with Owl City. “We really had a blast sharing the stage with such great acts and honestly, touring is our passion. We want to be in front of as many people as we can for as many nights as possible,” says drummer Jonathan Smith. The beginning of 2010 has already included several shows with Selena Gomez and a sold out Popcon show with Justin Bieber. This spring they are touring with Jordin Sparks and Kate Voegele. Their first single “Sunrise” is at radio now.
Days Difference was released Fall 2009 on Universal Motown Records.
You can see them at:
25.May.2010 13:00 Private Event TBA, VA
03.Jun.2010 20:00 Starland Ballroom w/ Jordin Sparks & Kate Voegele Sayreville, NJ
04.Jun.2010 20:00 Northern Lights w/ Jordin Sparks & Kate Voegele Clifton Park, NY
08.Jun.2010 20:00 Palace Theater w/ Jordin Sparks & Kate Voegele Greensburg, PA
10.Jun.2010 20:00 Nokia Theatre w/ Jordin Sparks & Kate Voegele New York, NY
11.Jun.2010 20:00 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom w/ Jordin Sparks & Kate Voegele Hampton, NH
12.Jun.2010 19:00 Webster Hall w/ Jordin Sparks & Kate Voegele Hartford, Connecticu, US
13.Jun.2010 20:00 House of Blues Boston w/ Jordin Sparks & Kate Voegele Boston, MA
15.Jun.2010 20:00 20th Century w/ Jordin Sparks Cincinnati, OH
16.Jun.2010 20:00 Royal Oak Music Hall w/ Jordin Sparks Detroit, MI
17.Jun.2010 20:00 House of Blues w/ Jordin Sparks Cleveland, OH
19.Jun.2010 20:00 The Norva w/ Jordin Sparks Norfolk, VA
20.Jun.2010 20:00 The Filmore w/ Jordin Sparks Charlotte, NC
22.Jun.2010 20:00 Revoluion w/ Jordin Sparks Fort Lauderdale, FL
23.Jun.2010 20:00 House of Blues w/ Jordin Sparks Orlando, FL
28.Jun.2010 20:00 House of Blues w/ Jordin Sparks Houston, TX
29.Jun.2010 20:00 House of Blues w/ Jordin Sparks Dallas, TX
01.Jul.2010 20:00 Marquee w/ Jordin Sparks Tempe, AZ
02.Jul.2010 20:00 The Grove of Anaheim w/ Jordin Sparks Anaheim, CA
03.Jul.2010 20:00 Knitting Factory w/ Jordin Sparks Reno, NV
05.Jul.2010 20:00 The Showbox at the Market w/ Jordin Sparks Seattle, WA
06.Jul.2010 20:00 Roseland Theater w/ Jordin Sparks Portland, OR
08.Jul.2010 20:00 House of Blues w/ Jordin Sparks San Diego, CA
09.Jul.2010 20:00 Club Nokia w/ Jordin Sparks Los Angeles, CA
10.Jul.2010 20:00 The Regency Ballroom w/ Jordin Sparks San Francisco, CA
12.Jul.2010 20:00 Ogden Theater w/ Jordin Sparks Denver, CO
14.Jul.2010 20:00 Beaumont Club w/ Jordin Sparks Kansas City, MO
16.Jul.2010 20:00 First Avenue w/ Jordin Sparks Minneapolis, MN
17.Jul.2010 20:00 House of Blues w/ Jordin Sparks Chicago, IL
18.Jul.2010 20:00 TLA (Theatre of the Living Arts) w/ Jordin Sparks Philadelphia, PA
DAYS DIFFERENCE will be joining All Time Low on a short U.S. tour starting July 9th in Richmond, VA. The pop rock quartet recently signed with Universal Motown who fell for the band’s infectious material which has listeners comparing them to the likes of The Fray and Something Corporate. Originally formed in 2004, Days Difference spent several years honing their propulsive pop sound by opening for artists such as Paramore, Lifehouse, Third Eye Blind, Jack’s Mannequin, and Yellowcard when those artists came through Virginia Beach. In 2007, they released an independent album, Numbers, then embarked on a nationwide tour, in which everything that could have gone wrong did: a tire on their trailer fell off, a show was canceled when the promoter got hit by a car, Jonathan got a concussion playing soccer, Micah broke his collarbone playing football, they received a $500 parking ticket, and to top it all off, the owner of the club where the band were to play one of their final dates died on the day of the show. “I never really believed the whole ‘earn your keep’ thing, but we’ve really paid our dues,” Jeremy says. The tour may have been grueling, but “it taught us a lot,” Jeremy says. “We really grew as a band and as friends. We had some tough times, but we never doubted ourselves.” You can hear that confidence and camaraderie in the songs on their debut album, an all-killer, no filler set that brims with fresh-faced enthusiasm and the wide-ranging talent of this young group of musicians. To help bring out their best, the band’s team enlisted the talents of several veteran co-writers and producers, including Wayne Wilkins (Beyoncé, Natasha Bedingfield), Andrew Frampton (Natasha Bedingfield, Kylie Minogue), Stefanie Ridel Fair (Fergie, Pussycat Dolls), Michael Smidi Smith (Pussycat Dolls, Tupac), and Tim Myers, former bassist for OneRepublic. Myers and Jeremy co-wrote four key tracks: the irresistible first single “Radio Song,” the touching ballad “Imperfections,” and the radio-ready “Falling Into You” and “Magnetized.”
The band just released “Radio Song,” their first single since being signed which they’ll be filming a video for later this week.
Days Difference will be released in fall 2009 on Universal Motown Records.
Tour dates w/ All Time Low and We The Kings
7/09 – Richmond, VA @ The National
7/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
7/11 – Towson, MD @ Towson Center
7/12 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
7/13 – Wantagh, NY @ The Bay Stage (Jones Beach)
7/15 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
7/16 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
7/17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Riverplex Ampitheater
7/18 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Café
British singer Natasha Bedingfield has gotten married in Malibu. People Magazine reports the pop songstress wed California businessman Matthew Robinson in a 30-minute outdoor ceremony overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Saturday. About 150 guests watched Bedingfield walk down the aisle in a Vera Wang dress beside the chateau at the Church Estates Vineyards. Bedingfield’s albums include “Unwritten,” “N.B.” and “Pocketful of Sunshine.”
Natasha took the US by storm last year with the first British chart topping hit by a female in almost twenty years. Vanity Fair singled her out as the spearhead of a new Britpop invasion; she became one of the faces of Gap (alongside Mia Farrow and Common); she was invited by her hero Prince to jam with him at a private party; Bono enlisted her for his (RED) campaign; and her song Unwritten proved to be the most played song on mainstream American radio in 2006.
She blasted her way up the British charts in 2004 with her typically outspoken take on the lifestyles of independent young women. So her return to action this year may come as something of a surprise…
“I want to make music that matches who I am. My first album was about independence and opportunism. I’m still very independent and I find it hard to let go of that freedom, but I’m in a different place now. Natasha Bedingfield’s sophomore album N.B. is very much reflective of this ‘different place’ that she is in now, proving that affairs of the heart, although difficult, make for excellent song-writing material. Each track on the album explores a varying stage of the ‘relationship’ story, and the issues, experiences, and processes that come with these stages: from the lonely place of never feeling like you will fit with anyone (Soulmate), through the flirting, dancing stage where you feel you might (How Do You Do?), to the moment at which the game playing ends and open honesty prevails (Say It Again). Never one to mouth empty platitudes or re-hash well-worn clichés, Natasha’s gift for creating pop music that does not sacrifice intelligence on the altar of universal appeal prevails throughout.
Recorded in Los Angeles, Natasha Bedingfield has co-written and co-produced N.B., working with a stellar team of talent including Mike Elizondo of Eminem/Dre/50 Cent fame, Adam Levine (Maroon 5), Greg Kurstin (Beck, Lily Allen), previous collaborators Steve Kipner, Andrew Frampton, Wayne Wilkins, Danielle Brisebois and Wayne Rodrigues and long time Madonna collaborator Pat Leonard.
The first cut to be taken from N.B. is forthcoming single I Wanna Have Your Babies, due to be accompanied by a colourful and entertaining video from Dave Meyers (Pink, Missy Elliot, Outkast). Lyrically I Wanna have Your Babies touches on a female’s fight to reign in their natural disposition to ‘rush into things’ in an effort to find that elusive ‘one’, that potential father to their children. Musically it is distinctly ‘Natasha Bedingfield’ – the voice to melt radios, the beats that drop either side of the Atlantic, the arrangements that are undeniably quirky, but still, somehow, work.