A City Alive

About Band

Members: Benjamin Picker (Lead Vocal, Guitar, Keys), Mike Howard (Vocal & Lead Guitar), Nate Lenz (Vocal & Guitar), Aaron Williams (Drums & Bass)

A City Alive was formed in Appleton, WI in 2008 by Benjamin Picker, a recent music major graduate from UW Oshkosh. Through playing music in area churches he met Mike Howard, Aaron Williams, and Nate Lenz and A City Alive was born. The goal was to effectively create a unique sonic landscape that echoes the ghosts of the past, and also paves the way for what is to come. Layers of guitars, driving rhythms, and lush orchestral arrangements have help define A City Alive musically. The name "A City Alive" was born from the band's interest in New York City during the early 1900s. An author once deemed the growing, thriving community as "The Living City." A City Alive feels called to be a part of a community that is seen from around the world, a city that is always alive and active in it's pursuit of positive hope and change.

The first move was to record a self produced 10 song album entitled the "A City Alive LP" which immediately caught the attention of industry professionals. Soon the band was playing all over the region, playing colleges and major festivals such as Cornerstone, Power of One, and Lifest, touring with Bob Lenz of Life Promotions, licensing their music for a nationally released film series, and securing opening slots for Stellar Kart, Sidewalk Prophets, BarlowGirl, VOTA, Rapture Ruckus, and more.

The 10 song sophomore project, "The Sound of Nothing," was produced by Benjamin Kasica of Skillet. Independently released on Oct 2, 2010 the project is now fueling A City Alive's momentum even more. Rocker single "Make You Move" has elevated the band's success to the next level as booking requests, website hits, and downloads continue to grow exponentially each week. Says Kasica, “A City Alive is a rad up-and-coming pop rock band from WI! With a variety of piano driven to guitar led songs, they're a band that will please a wide range of listeners. Keep your ear out for their singles 'Still Time' and 'Make You Move'.”

With a radio promotional campaign on the horizon, in the short time since the album release A City Alive is already enjoying international radio play in the UK and Canada in addition to US stations. Stay tuned to A City Alive news as they continue to add shows, fans, and gain exposure.

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