would appear to have been an accidental
meeting of four musicians with diverse musical
talents and backgrounds, instead was the
birth of sevenstar in 2001. Soon after forming
the group entered a makeshift bedroom-studio
to record what would become their first
songs as a band. They found the combined
chemistry and creativity made something
like they had
never done before. The resulting EP opened
doors for sevenstar and they began playing
all the tiny bars and dives, hoping someday
to shine in the finest st. louis venues.
now, almost four years later,
the quartet (still consisting of the original
four members) can rock and entertain any
crowd with ease. seven star consists of
grant essig (lead vocals, guitar), dustin
keller (guitar), jaclyn mayer (bass) and
jeremiah miller (drums). no longer confined
to the original bars and dives, seven star
has now become a well-known regional act.
having worked to the top in st. louis, the
band has performed in such local venues
as the UMB bank pavillion, the pageant and
mississippi nights. along the way they have
had the priviledge of sharing the stage
with such major label artists as gavin degraw,
chicago, sister hazel, sixpence none the
richer, luce, mike doughty (of soul coughing),
lucky boys confusion, sponge, brian vander
ark (of the verve pipe) and bleu. "great
tunes, great vocals, great energy. one of
the best bands i've seen in a long time,"
says brian vander ark (of the verve pipe).
march of 2003 brought the
release of seven star's second EP (superstar
wraparound) to much praise from peers and
professionals. the tracks were full of energy
and life, capturing the feeling of the band's
energetic live show while displaying the
growth of the band since the early "bedroom"
recordings. the self-released EP opened
the door for the band to embark upon regional
touring that would include universities,
festivals and high-profile venues such as
the metro, chicago IL, and the blue note,
allowed seven star the expereience of intense
touring, constant interaction, praise and
discipline that inevitably forced the band
back into the studio less than one year
since it's release to record new material.
"everything isn't everything,"
released october 2004, is seven star's first
full-length album. the disc consists of
eleven tracks most representative of the
band's live show and talent. "seven
star brings exceptional energy and life
to their live shows, keeping the crowd dancing
the entire time. their songwriting has become
impressive enough to place them among the
most elite rock bands in st. louis,"
tim weber, talent buyer/management, mississippi
nights, st. louis MO.
with one of the best local
websites around, seven star keeps the entertainment
going, even off stage -- the constantly
updated www.sevenstarmusic.com offers various
mp3 downloads, live show pictures, music
videos, funny videos, behind the scenes,
and of course... the cartoons. seven star
has done something unique on the web, by
creating an animated online series, starring
themselves (as themselves, as well as assorted
others) -- they create all the voices, then
draw and animate each episode themselves,
which always keeps fans coming back to see
what 2005 holds for seven
star is yet to be determined, however, the
signs of previous momentum and most currently,
member endorsements from elixir brand strings
and ampeg simply prove that seven star has
the drive and determination to launch themselves
into the national arena.
"maybe you’ve come
across seven star unexpectedly, like i did.
if so, chances are you were amazed that
a band this young, this new, this -- well,
unsigned, unhuge, and altogether deserving
to be both -- could be this good."
-- laura hamlett, playback magazine