IndieWritersReview’s Music Monday! New Music Spotlight! Artists: Patrick Joseph, Zak Smith and Sue Menhart!

Hello Happy Labor Day guys! I hope you all have a wonderful day:) To help make your day even better, I have some new music for you to check out. So sit back and enjoy!


Patrick Joseph


Patrick Joseph is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist hailing from the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Joseph got his start in music performing in and out of various bands in the Pittsburgh area and collaborating with different songwriters before finally finding his own path as a solo artist at the age of twenty-one, playing acoustic gigs in and around the Pittsburgh region while writing and recording demos of his original material.
With the help of social networking sites such as Myspace and Facebook, Patrick Joseph’s self-recorded demos circulated the internet, receiving positive reviews and gaining a steady internet fan-base which inspired him to release a compilation of these demos in 2007 entitled The Basement Tapes EP. The Basement Tapes EP was distributed through indie music site where it received top-ratings from fans and is now sold out and out-of-print. “I never intended on putting those songs out there as prematurely as I did,” he explains, “But it just seemed like the right thing to do at the time. Those songs were all just sketches of my early moments as a songwriter, the first steps of exploration.”
In January 2011, Patrick Joseph was nominated for The Deli Magazine’s “Top Emerging Artists of 2011,” a fan-based voting poll that was held on their website.  Joseph finished as the runner-up vote recepient for the city of Los Angeles.

2011 offered Joseph’s Antiques multiple placements in TV and film, namely features on NBC’s “The Office,” ABC’s “Happy Endings,” CW’s “Gossip Girl,” NBC’s “Chicago Fire,” MTV’s “Friendzone,” FuseTV On Demand, and select tracks from the album featured in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival submission The Boys of Abu Ghraib starring Sean Astin.

Zack Smith
zack smith
Zak Smith, Montclair, NJ – “He’s got an amazing ability to incorporate the sounds of alternative rock with Americana to form his own signature sound… remember his name” (Gary Wien, “Are You Listening? The Top 100 Albums of 2001-2010 from New Jersey Artists).Zak, 2012 Jersey Acoustic Music Award Winner for Best Vocalist, has a traditional and gospel influenced alternative/americana sound that has come from years of listening to artists like Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, and The Temptations.

Zak has been on several successful east coast and international tours, filmed many music videos, and received coast to coast buzz and sales from his ep Haunted Feet (January 2011) and his self-titled full length (May 2012).  Zak is currently getting ready to release his upcoming album, THE PRECAMBRIAN AGE, this Fall 2013 with a number of pre-release specials and sneak previews. Stay updated by joining Zak’s e-mail list from his website, liking his facebook page, or downloading his free smartphone app.

Sue Menhart
sue menhart
I’m a singer-songwriter with a million man band (feels that way sometimes anyway.) I like to hang out with musicians on and off the stage. Sometimes I’m just by myself in the corner with my red Takamine.Really Early Years

I started singing and playing guitar when I was eight-years old, out on the plains just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. I wore out Carpenters, Beach Boys, and Barbara Streisand records. When I was 9, my parents, four brothers, two sisters, and a dog and a cat piled into a station wagon and drove to Mystic, Connecticut. I’ve been here ever since. I took guitar lessons from Ron Apicelli (who I thought was Peter Frampton), but is actually the current owner of Ron’s Guitars in Groton, CT.

I joined my first band when I was 15 (recruited after a rousing karaoke version of Don’t Stop Believing at a High School Talent Show.) This band, Majestic, was just the first of about a million rock-n-roll cover bands I would eventually participate in, rippin’ everything from Judas Priest to Donna Summer to Boston. The Toys, Casino, Two of a Kind, Fever and Witness Protection are a few of the names I can remember.

When I was 18, I gave up a full academic scholarship to the University of Hartford to go hang out with friends attending the Guitar Institute of Technology in California (see? this has always been my problem!) The problem I had there was the drinking age. I wasn’t old enough to even play in the bars! So I came home. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

In between cover bands I had a lovely daughter named Lauren, who now can truly rock on the keyboards, makes a mean YouTube video, and cracks me up constantly.

It wasn’t until I attended my first Bruce Springsteen concert that I was finally inspired to write my own stuff. I just didn’t know how to go about it. On the way home from the concert, I simply started writing on the steering wheel, and I haven’t stopped yet.

Some cool stuff has happened since I started writing.


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