Nov. 4, 2010
-- Produced by Tate Music Group, the album includes 12 tracks and is currently available nationwide at the iTunes Store, CDBaby.com, or directly from TateMusicGroup.com. Progressive, powerful and passionate, the arena rock nod-to-the-80s music of Sweet Crystal is universal in its appeal and eternal in its message.
For well over 35 years, the trio of musicians that make up Sweet Crystal, Marq Speck (lead vocals and keyboards), Bill Blatter (guitars and vocals) and Steve Wieser (drums), have been at the front lines of the Michigan Christian rock scene, even before there was a definable label for this genre of modern music. Forming the band right after high school, the band spent the 80s touring clubs and arenas throughout Eastern and Midwest United States and Canada. They have opened for such acts as Bob Seger, Nazareth, Steppenwolf, Foghat, Rare Earth and Stryper.
They released the debut 6 song EP/cassette "Power-N-Glory"
on the Nightcrier Music label in 1985, produced by Henry "H-Bomb" Weck, best known as the drummer of Brownsville Station "Smokin' In The Boys Room" and gold-record producer of Blackfoot. Active touring came to a halt in the 90s with most their studio time spent in penning and recording songs for independent films, corporate events and personal music projects. In 2003, taking advantage of the internet's worldwide reach, Sweet Crystal released their sophomore project, "Still Standing."
So far, the songs have been gathering accolades and airplay from such diverse locales as the Netherlands, Germany and New Zealand. "We're pleased that there is an audience who still desires strong melodic content in the music as well as the more positive direction in the lyrics." explains Blatter in a recent interview for the Dutch rock magazine Strutter'Zine. “Marq, Steve and I have put a lot of ourselves into this and are very pleased with what we have accomplished. There's a lot to say about sticking together for almost 30 years!”
Sweet Crystal’s Electronic Press Kit, including music samples and contact information, can be accessed here: http://www.tatemusicgroup.com/epk/?id=10254
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