You know that catchy song on Channel One News you can’t get out of your head? If it has a trendy pop-rock sound with a side of soul-filled vocals, then your ears were feasting on a track by Stars Go Dim. But, then again you probably already know that since you voted for the band as the Hear It Now Artist of the Year.
If you haven’t heard of Stars Go Dim, here’s the dish: This Tulsa-based band emerged onto the music scene with the support of their MySpace fan base and their affection for posting videos. In fact, this foursome — vocalist Chris Cleveland, guitarist Joey Avalos, bassist Michael Wittig and drummer Lester Estelle — started gathering fans before they even recorded their first song.
Stars Go Dim cooked up interest in their music by making more than 13,000 friends in a few months on MySpace and documenting everything from writing songs to jam sessions. “So we came up with this idea of building fans, though from day one with no music,” bassist Michael Wittig told Tulsa Today. “We started videotaping everything. These guys would be writing songs and I’d be in their face, annoying them, taking pictures and stuff. But we were releasing that stuff constantly, so all these people were watching the whole thing evolve.”
Despite this quirky beginning, the band is quickly becoming popular in places other than MySpace. In 2007, the band opened for acts like Switchfoot and Daughtry. They also shared the stage with The All-American Rejects, Paramore and The Roots.
In addition to this appetizing menu of gigs, Stars Go Dim released their first album in October 2008 and will release their second album, Love Gone in August 2009.
Among their accolades like the Artist of the Year is also the 8th Annual Listener’s Choice Award from Country Music Television and the Nashville Songwriters Association. ”We just love to write songs that make you want to sing along,” admits Avalos.
Yet these popular and award-winning lyrics didn’t appear on the page magically. The artists created a dynamic between two fictional love-letter writers to inspire their songs from the first album. “It wasn’t until I had written twelve or so songs that we realized what we had,” says guitarist Joey Avalos. “It’s really this intricate mess of a love story that will unfold itself with our full-length album.”
Hungry for more Stars Go Dim? Be sure to check out photos of the band below!
“Hoping For Tomorrow”
“You’ve Got Me”
“Love Gone Mad”
Bass: Michael Wittig
Drums: Lester Estelle
Lead Vocals: Chris Cleveland
Guitar: Joey Avalos
Three of the four Stars Go Dim members were 2008 Grammy nominated musicians for their contribution on an outside project, Pillar.
The band spent several months on the Top 20 singles chart on AlternativeAddiction.com, which is one of the largest websites dedicated to Alternative Rock, serving the 18-24-year-old crowd.
Radio giant Clear Channel is currently streaming Stars Go Dim tracks on its New Music site.
In October 2008, lead vocalist Chris Cleveland's won Singer Universe's "Best Vocalist Of The Month" Competition for vocals on the song "Love Gone Mad."
Top Five finalist position in the popular fan-voted online Famecast contest.
Won the Country Music Television (CMT) and Nashville Songwriters Association International's (NSAI) 8th Annual Listener's Choice Award for the song "Come Around," the only non-country entry that advanced to final round. The group was voted number one out of 3,000 submissions.
SGD placed as a Semi-Finalist for the Disk Makers' Midwest 2008 Independent Music World Series (IMWS).
Their song, "Get Over It" won on the May Rock category for the Song of the Year.
They won First Prize in the pop category for the Upstate New York Songwriting Contest hosted by Blackdog Recording Studios.
Stars Go Dim also finished as a semi-finalist in the 2008 UK Songwriting Contest in the Adult Contemporary category for "Come Around." The contest is the leading international annual songwriting event that has been noticed by music community members including Sir Paul McCartney and American Idol's Simon Cowell.
The band placed as a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the Rock category for the song "Get Over It."