Ian Franklin’s New CD Release Step By Step is a Bay Area Homecoming

Step By Step CoverAcclaimed Recording Artist Sets New Course After Decade of Musical Evolution to Begin Anew

March 8, 2011 – San Francisco, CA – Singer/songwriter Ian Franklin is proud to announce the release of his debut 6-song EP, Step by Step along with two CD release parties schedule for Sunday, April 10, 2011, 7:30 p.m., at Aubergine After Dark in Sebastopol, and Thursday, May 12, 2011, 8:00 p.m., at San Francisco’s Red Devil Lounge. The new CD for the Santa Rosa native comes as a career high at the end of a near-decade of non-stop, whirlwind and frenetic coast-to-coast musical endeavors and evolution that have both educated and matured the young artist into a multi-faceted musical road warriorepreneur.
The epic journey, from graduating the Berklee College of Music with Bachelor Degrees in both Music Therapy and Songwriting; forming, recording and performing with the lauded Boston-based jazz-funk/groove-rock band Infinite Frequency; touring the United States and California several times over and then establishing his San Francisco-based Music Therapy practice, Step by Step is Ian’s homecoming, ready again to carry him aloft.The diversity of Step by Step carries over from Ian’s previous project, winners of the Boston Regional Global Battle Of The Bands; Infinite Frequency. Infinite Frequency, who went on to compete in the national Global Battle of the Bands Finals at the Key Club in Los Angeles, was described by WhisperinandHollerin.comas “fusing modern rock with jazz, funk, and ’70s soul” while displaying “melodicism and top-notch playing… (that) will have people having flashbacks when musicianship, not just style, played an essential ingredient in rock & roll.” And regarding lead singer Ian Franklin himself, he “owns a solid voice of his own, high and filled with life.”The Santa Barbara News-Press recently described Ian as, “… a rare petal — his group songs rock, led by guitar riffs that show the influence of both the Police and Tool. And his high voice can be reminiscent of Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze.”

High praise indeed and with Step by Step, Ian hopes to generate much more of the same enthusiasm. Franklin’s songs pull from his creative imagination, are often fueled by personal experiences and promote awareness about issues that he believes deserve attention or they simply provide joy and help relieve the stress of daily life. Promising diversely-inspired tunes influenced by a fusion of roots-rock, funk, jazz, blues and folk into a new genre he refers to as “Eclectic Pop-Rock,” Step by Step is the clear and defining next chapter in the musical growth and maturity of this exceptionally gifted singer/songwriter.

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Baby I Got Your Fix
3:18
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Step by Step
3:48
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Dont’ Do Me Like That
3:26
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Step by Step was recorded at Spliggityfidge Studios, Emeryville, and Petting Zoo Studios, North Oakland with final mixing being completed at Petting Zoo Studios in late 2010. Surrounding himself with musicians of equal talent, Ian Franklin’s band consists of former Frog Brigade and Groundation drummer; Paul Spina and former New Monsoon bassist; Ben Bernstein.Throughout the 90’s, Ian performed with many award-winning Sonoma County-based bands, honing his skills in the fusion rock-funk/hip-hop; Gollum, the Zappa-meets-Faith No More-infused; Cory’s Slug, and the instrumental ambient/tribal-rock outfit; Wish. His first-ever recorded solo project was in 2001 when Ian teamed up Frank ‘Side-Burns’ Sanders to record his live acoustic EP, Finley Swims.Constantly performing and creating, Ian, being the son of a Reichian therapist, and coming from a family of healers, is a private practice Board-Certified Music Therapist and Music Teacher who specializes in Geriatrics, Special Needs, Mental Health and Pediatrics. He maintains offices in Santa Rosa, San Francisco, the East Bay, and he works with clients throughout the Bay Area, as far south as San Jose.

About his passion for being a Music Therapist, Ian stated in the Santa Barbara News-Press, “It takes music to a whole new level… it’s selfless. Usually music is all about your art, but in music therapy, it’s all to do with the client. All my expectations go out the window.”

To arrange interviews or request a copy of Step By Step for review, please contact Christopher Buttner at 415-233-7350 or email: chris@prthatrocks.com

For Digital Distribution enquiries, please contact Jerome Forney at IDCDigital via email at Jerome@independentdistro.com

For radio enquiries please contact Ian Franklin at telephone: 707-480-7658 or via email at info@ianfranklinmusic.com – For more information visit Ian Franklin at www.ianfranklinmusic.com

For US distribution enquiries, please contact Steffen Franz or Ben Lang at Independent Distribution Collective, telephone: 415-292-7007 or via e-mail at sales@independentdistro.com

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