Potter’s Daughter will be releasing their second full-length album “Close to Nearby” featuring legendary drummer, Simon Phillips, on September 30th, 2021! “Close to Nearby” will be available on, CD, limited-edition vinyl with accompanying Art Book, and digitally on all popular music platforms
The album features 8 tracks, 3 virtuosic instrumentals and 5 captivating vocal songs.
Album Art by Armand Cabrera
5 and 5
Seven Meets Five
All compositions Arranged and Produced by Jan-Christian Vögtlin The Artwork for the album cover was created especially for this project by the master artist, Armand Cabrera.
Simon Phillips – (drummer with Protocol, Toto, Hiromi, etc.) “It has been an absolute pleasure to play on your music. Very challenging and ever so much fun.”
Dyanne and Jan-Christian of Potter’s Daughter “The huge contribution of Simon’s playing to our music, together with the depth of his artistry and vision simply cannot be understated or exaggerated. He added a completely new dimension to each song. He is also down to earth, such a joy to work with!”
About Potter’s Daughter Potter’s Daughter was formed in NYC while Dyanne was studying classical piano performance at the Manhattan School of Music. The group performed regularly in NYC, as well as in northeastern PA. Potter’s Daughter has been featured on radio, tv, and in national and international magazines and blogs. Potter’s Daughter released their debut album, The Blind Side, in August 2018. In 2019 they released two singles; Blood and Water, featuring Annie Haslam (Renaissance) as a guest artist, and the holiday single, This Winter’s Child, which was composed for the Melodic Revolution Records (MRR) Holiday album.
In March 2020 they went on tour with Melodic Revolution Records labelmate Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, and Dark Beauty. They were also invited to participate in several online festivals, including The Uncancelled Music Festival (April), The WorldWide Prog and Rock Virtual Festival (May), and the ProgStock Presents Festival. (August).
In October 2020, Potter’s Daughter released their Covid Quarantine EP, Casually Containing Rage. (MRR) The single from the EP, We Could Be, was released as a video, directed by filmmaker Serena Kunzler.
In December 2020, Potter’s Daughter was featured in the Limelight section of Prog Magazine, and in the same edition, voted #2 in the Reader’s Poll Unsigned Band Category.
In February 2021, Potter’s Daughter enjoyed the privilege of participating in the debut release (Pyrrha’s Song) for Nick Katona’s Troubleshooting Pandora’s Box, together with drummer Jimmy Keegan.
In April 2021, Potter’s Daughter’s music video, We Could Be, has been chosen as finalist to compete in the annual American Golden Picture International Film Festival.
They are scheduled to open the prestigious music festival, Prog On the Ranch, (Florida) this October.
Words of kindness
“…just beautiful…I love your voice, and chord progressions are sublime” Jon Anderson (Yes, Jon & Vangelis, Solo)
“Onfirst hearing of Blood and Water, I was struck by its unusual and haunting melody and Dyanne’s exquisite voice. To be a part of it was truly a wonderful experience.” Annie Haslam (Renaissance, Solo)
On Feb 6, 2021, the new team at RoSfest inc. announced the return of the popular art-rock and progressive music festival; RoSfest. So in just under a month, we return with another surprise. We are beyond excited to announce that the 17th edition of RoSfest is returning to the Sarasota Opera House in beautiful Sarasota, Florida and as a special treat, we have created a small 30-second presentation.
Enjoy! John, Nick, Tony, Lisa, Octavia, and Rebecca.
Pyrrha’s Song will be the first track to be released by the new project Troubleshooting Pandora’s Box due out in mid-march. Nick Katona of Melodic Revolution Records is offering a free download of the debut song from his new project, Troubleshooting Pandora’s Box, to all contributors to Potter’s Daughter’s campaign. The debut single, Pyrrha’s Song, features Dyanne and Jan from Potter’s Daughter and Jimmy Keegan, of Pattern-Seeking Animals.
About The song Pyrrha was Pandora’s daughter, her father was the Titan Epimetheus. Pyrrha and her husband Deukalion (Deucalion) were the sole survivors of the Great Deluge. To repopulate the earth, Hermes instructed them to cast stones over their shoulder, which formed a new race of men and women. Ralph Shephard’s lyrics speak to Pyrrha’s story facing the Great Flood and her duty to repopulate the world.
About Troubleshooting Pandora’s Box? The project is an exploration into what lies behind beauty, sometimes it is evil and corrupt. These concepts will provide a lush platform for rich storytelling lending insight to our modern age with a focus on how to make our lives and world better. This is not a project by a band but instead, it comes from a collaboration of artists, whose styles, backgrounds, and interpretation through their cultural lens provide beautiful music filled with great hooks and lyrics that will resonate with each of us. Each song will be a digital-only release initially, with a full album of the best to follow in the future. Stay tuned, we have our first piece releasing shortly, full details to follow.
The concept of Troubleshooting Pandora’s Box was born over 20 years ago during the dawn of the computer age and is finally ready to be unleashed upon the world.
Join Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius on YouTube Saturday, February 27th at 3 PM EST for a chance to win free music downloads. There can only be 20, will you be one of them?
The new video features claymation with live footage from each band member from their own studio. “Cognitive Dissonance” is a collaboration with Patrick Carmichael, who has subbed on drums for the band through the years.
“Cognitive Dissonance”’s first verse deals with the confusion we go through, when elders and leaders influence us to change our minds with their negative feelings on those we care about. “We are all born innocent, free of prejudice and hatred, but our elders make us carry a heavy burden, which can last our whole lives. Hatred is taught, we are not born with it,” explains Joe. “We all see children that are terrified by friends that are their same ages, because their parents have taught them negative things about other religions, ethnicities, genders, skin colors, political ideologies….” He says prejudicial teachings “can create “cognitive dissonance” in anyone’s mind when they’re told their friends are ‘evil’ because they have different roots.”
The second verse deals with political and ideological intolerance. “There’s rising extremism, and it’s been this way for decades. People are prisoners of fake news, social media echo chamber bubbles, and politicians who reinforce conspiracy theories and retweet them to their followers. The line ‘No one can touch us now’ refers to people hiding behind their screens, spewing the deep-rooted hatred without fear of physical retaliation. Even though I wrote the song a year ago, I think it eerily speaks to recent events.”
“It’s easy to write about our high ideals and our wishes for world peace, but when you have a gun pointed to your head or your business is burning down, it’s a rude awakening about how nasty the world really is. The big collective guitar/electric violin solo at the end represents two sides screaming at each other, full of hatred, fading out screaming, never reaching an understanding or resolving anything.”
Multi-instrumentalist Randy McStine, who has subbed in Stratospheerius on guitar, bass, and drums, has played on a few of the band’s songs: “Soul Food” and “Impostor.” His voice blends with Joe’s, that “we thought it’d be cool to have him sing lead on the second version of ‘Cognitive Dissonance.’”
Joe has been called The Jimi Hendrix of the electric violin. Stratospheerius has showcased their “frenzied mélange of progressive rock, jazz fusion and funkabilly” throughout the world. Stratospheerius was a winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition the Musicians Atlas Independent Music Awards. They have been featured in Progression, Relix, Downbeat, and Jazziz, among other publications. Their last album on Melodic Revolution Records, “Guilty of Innocence,” has been widely acclaimed by critics and fans. Joe has played violin in orchestras for Bruce Springsteen, the Who, Sheryl Crow, 50 Cent, and Renaissance.
Stratospheerius is: Joe Deninzon – lead vocals/electric violin Jason Gianni – drums Michelangelo Quirinale – guitar Paul Ranieri – bass
It’s Dyanne and Jan of Potter’s Daughter, and we are starting TO RECORD OUR SECOND FULL LENGTH ALBUM!! We’re excited and ready! You have been the ones supporting us and appreciating our vision (THANK YOU!!!), so for the next 30 days, this will be the place where all of you who believe in, respect, and see our vision can support this dream and make it a reality!
Our new album will have nine-tracks; five vocal songs (two featuring beautiful and poignant lyrics by my dear friend, Ronda Dubiel)
and four instrumentals. We are arranging another movement of the Ginastera Piano Sonata, (same Sonata as Movement IV from The Blind Side), and are also arranging an awesome atonal piece composed by my dear friend and renowned composer/conductor/soprano, Julia Schwartz. (www.juliaschwartz.ch)
AND, the crazy talented artist, Armand Cabrera, will be creating ORIGINAL ART for the cover of the vinyl and CD!! Please check him out at www.armandcabrera.com!! Armand’s artwork is represented in galleries throughout the USA.
We feel it is the right time to do this now, despite Covid, so we can maintain momentum created by our features in Prog Magazine this past December and the ensuing publicity.
We know we have asked you for your help many times in the past, and we want you to know we are truly grateful for your willingness to lend us a hand. And now, we are asking you to help us again, this time, with our crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for our new album.
This crowdfunding features a very special “Scholarship” section. We are thrilled that the amazingly talented young artists, Parker Dubiel and Greyson Krisanda, have generously offered several original pieces from their portfolios to our campaign. Since they both are hoping to attend college this coming fall (to major in Art!), we have decided that the majority of the profits from the sale of their artwork during our campaign will go directly to them. This way, pledgers have the opportunity to support these extremely talented young artists as well as Potter’s Daughter!
This will be Potter’s Daughter’s third crowdfunding campaign since we began in January 2018 (we crowdfunded The Blind Side and Blood and Water). In between, we have privately funded everything we have released, and all the related expenses. We have learned so much each time, the biggest lesson being that we absolutely CANNOT do this alone. Crowdfunding is SO demanding, not just in time but emotionally as well. It’s not easy to ask your friends to give you money.
But now, especially since Covid, there are few other avenues available for independent artists to raise funds. Record companies have long ago stopped funding recording for all but the biggest and most successful artists. So, we hope that despite the difficulties we all have faced this past year, you will still be willing to share even just a small amount in exchange for some new music and some saucy rewards!
The costs of recording, producing, manufacturing, and marketing music are, well, high. Here’s how it looks: (without any provision for Jan and I)
Rehearsal + 2 days recording for one amazing Drummer (to be announced!) + travel expenses and accommodations $2800
3 days recording (2 with drummer, 1 overdubs) at SI Studios in Old Forge (YAY, TOM AND WIGGY!!!) $2000
That’s where we came up with the goal of $4800. If we should exceed the goal, it will be used for recording the vocals, mixing, mastering, manufacturing, and marketing! Lots of m’s!!
Along with the fantastic artwork, we are also thrilled to share with you exclusive recordings only for this campaign! We have piano renditions of the beautiful piece, Catherine, by Tom Kelly, and are also offering a never before released piano rendition of the Moody Blues classic, Nights in White Satin! And if you really love piano music, we are offering a never before released ALBUM of piano renditions, featuring Catherine, Nights in White Satin, plus never before released original piano compositions which we arranged for The Blind Side!
And lastly, we have some CRAZY AMAZING opportunities for those of you who are interested and able to afford a little more……?
These two gorgeous oil paintings by Armand Cabrera, “Cosmic Dancer” and “Morningstar” are being offered for sale RIGHT NOW through this campaign!
I know you are going to LOVE this new music, it is our BEST so far!!! So please, pick one of our many rewards and become part of the story!! Even if you can’t contribute, that’s ok, there are other ways to help us! Like, help us get the word out and make some noise about our campaign!!! You can also SHARE this campaign by using the Indiegogo Share tools!!!
If you do not feel comfortable pledging over our Indiegogo website, we are also happy to receive private donations. If you prefer, you are welcome to make a check out to me personally and mail it to:
Dyanne Potter Voegtlin PO Box 102 Bentonville VA 22610
Thanks again to all of you!!!! Peace, Love, and Sunshine Dyanne and Jan
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