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catchy pop hooks with soul singing over rough hip hop or experimental beats!
Band/artist history
Randbcrooner Quantcast Myspace Clocks at WishAFriend.com Sanchez McFollins was born April 28, 1978 in Toledo,OH. Sanchez was the last of six children born to Leontine Walters and James Alexander McFollins. Sanchez comes from a very musical background stemming all the way back from his great grandmother who was an opera singer to his grandmother who played rag-time piano and his mom who played piano too. He started playing piano at the age of 7. His mom wouldn't let him or the other 5 kids go out to play during summer break until about 2pm after being up from 6 a.m. learning the piano, Spanish, and reading the Bible. He started writing poems at the age of 9 with his first one was called "Why is this world coming to an End" and it was alot wiser than his years using words like "idiosyncracy", and he won a local poetry contest for writing it. He continued honing his writing skills through constant writing. He would also sing to anything that would come on the radio, which has lead to his distinct style in music. At the age of 15 Sanchez was in an accident at school which left him with amnesia for a month. He recovered from the amnesia but later was diagnosed with Diabetes from the stress of the whole ordeal. His depression at the thought of having to deal with this disease for the rest of his life drove him further into his learning music. He was trying to drown out this nuisance of a disease. At his mom Leontine's suggestion he went to the library and tried to further his skill level. At this time even though he loved to sing and people always commented on the raw talent of his voice, he had no formal training. And even though he had written hundreds of poems, he still hadn't written a song yet. So he got some tapes on "how to sing" and "How to write a hit song" at the library. He wrote his first song at age 17 called "Pieces of Love". Realizing there is only so much you can learn from a tape he went and took voice lessons at the "Chauffield School of Music" by Vivia Quick. He toured the local karaoke circuit getting experience singing in public and was offered a spot on a show called "Fast Track to Fame". He sang 4 songs for the show "Unchained Melody", "I Believe I can Fly" "Just Once" and took the listeners by surprise by singing a country song "Sold The Grundy County Auction". Nothing came of the show but a producer by the name of Shane Farmer was at the taping and wanted to work with him. They produced Sanchez's second song "Frozen in Time" which had a catchy guitar riff strong vocals and a hint of techno in the music. Because of diffrent directions that they wanted to take the music these 2 parted ways. Soon after this Sanchez met up with a local producer by the name of Butch who helped him write his third song "Alive". He furthered his vocal training with Jean Holden a famous Jazz singer in Toledo. After that he met up with a friend he hadn't see in a long time Jeremy Crites a musical genius who played just about every instrument and sang. Meeting up with Jeremy was an important milestone because it was around this time that Sanchez was given confidence in the melodies that he produced. Up until than Sanchez could only sing lead vocals but around this time he learned alot about harmonization and it was a different style of music than what he had previously done. This music was more rock influenced kind of like Creed or Staind. The most significant song that they wrote was "Black Sunday". Jeremy went on to lead sing for Silverspine and Sanchez split off and formed a band called Decimus. In Decimus Sanchez was still doing the same style of rock music but this is the first time where he had total control of the writing. He was for the first time working with all live instruments and multiple musicians. The most notable songs produced during this time were "Prisoner" and "Release". After that ended Sanchez worked with another local producer Toni Lee. They produced what would later be known by the people that know him as his signature song "How much". When this ended Sanchez wanted complete and total control to make the music that he was hearing in his head and to make whatever type of music he wanted to make. He didn't want to co-write he wanted to see what songs he could write alone. Up until this point he had only written one song by himself music and everything. So he went to school and took classess on Reason and Pro-tools a sort of in home studio software combination that really opened new doors to what he could do. He also furthered his vocal training with Jodi Jobuck who taught him an Italian style of singing as opposed to the German style that he had been versed in. He recorded in the midi class but later met up with Toni Braden a hip-hop artist in the class that had the recording equipment at his house. Toni rapped on the songs "If We Got Together Again", and "Faded". Toni than got married and was disinterested in doing music and gave him his recording equipment! This is where he produced the rest of his songs. Support Local Music
Your musical influences
people that I like in no paticular order are Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, Travis Tritt, Deftones, Mariah Carey, Lionel Richie, Temptations, Nickelback, John Michael Montgomery, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Usher, Staind, Shai, Jodeci, Evanesscence, Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, Martina McBride - "Broken Wing", Reba McCentire - "Fancy", Tupac, Eminem, Fall Out Boy, 112, Jagged Edge, Busta Rhymes, Wyclef, Lauran Hill, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Reuben Studdard, some Rob Zombie "singing burn throught the britches and dig through the ditches" Lol In my best Zombie impersonation lol! pretty much all music that is good no matter what genre.
What equipment do you use?
Reason 4.0 and Pro tools 7.1
Anything else?
I do my stuff myself generally but if you have a beat and you want me to sing on it as long as i can write what i sing it will be cool! always up for collaborations!