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Shrinking Violets

by Geoff Byrd

Think Maroon 5, Gavin DeGraw, Elton John, The Beatles, and John Mayer all thrown into a bowl and mixed together. "Geoff is a star on the rise." ~Tamara Coniff, executive editor, Billboard "One of the best I've ever heard" -Derek Sivers, CEO CDBaby Robin
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1. Shrinking Violets
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2. Silver Plated
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3. Before Kings
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4. Parasol
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5. Will You
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6. That's How It Goes
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7. Plasti-Queens
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8. Elusive Butterfly
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9. Frozen
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10. I'm in Love
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11. Wait for Me
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12. I Will Be There
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Album Notes
Recently Played shows with:

Jem, American Hi-Fi, the Calling, Hall and Oates, John Waite, Kansas, Howie Day, Los Lonely Boys, Ingram Hill, Jurassic 5, Hall & Oates & Stevie Wonder.

The single, "Before Kings" is playing on 20 radio stations across the country and is currently on the HOT AC radio charts at #48 in the nation.

Brit pop and soul come together on a record where melody is still King! Soaring vocals fly over a landscape of swirling layers underneath that both soothe and challenge the listener. The lyrics cover everything from being in love with a person you hate, to plastic surgery, to guilt and regret. Sarcasm and humor are sprinkled in and yet tempered by true romance. You won't want to skip a song in the tradition of a Beatles record, and there are so many instrumental and vocal hooks, you won't be able to take it out of your car! Great driving music that is both sexy and adventurous.

"Geoff Byrd is a Goldmine! And the band is tighter than a condom!" -Isaac Hayes
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"I guarantee this is the last time you'll ever have the opportunity to see Geoff Byrd playing such a small venue for New Year's Eve because all signs point to stardom for this local darling. He is already getting national airplay, and Geoff is garnering magazine covers and signed a lucrative record deal. Portlander Geoff Byrd is gaining national recognition for his song "Silver Plated." This is a valuable chance to see this developing pop icon. See him while he's still small and say you knew him when!" -Oregonian
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"Geoff Byrd's record, "Shrinking Violets" mixed "down south" in Los Angeles by the recently relocated Portland, Oregon wunderkind Steve Sundholm (Geoff Byrd, Lowcraft), these tracks literally storm the castle, displaying desperate yet unshakeable confidence, shotgun wed to worldclass songcraft. Now cometh the roar...these songs bespeak a firebrand urgency and intensity- and they display sheer creative range that most bands are either too timid or too unskilled to ever, ever, EVER attempt." -Daylight Assassin
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"Geoff is a star on the rise. He's talented, hardworking and his extraordinary vocal range delivers a fine mix of funk and soul." -Tamara Allegra Conniff/Executive Editor/Billboard
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"Geoff has everything going for him. He's got immense talent, good looks, a superstar personality and most important of all for us radio folks, a great song, "Silver Plated." It's a perfect fit for Hot AC. I'm sold on Geoff Byrd! -Alisa Hashimoto, Music Director, “Star" -KPLZ Seattle.
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"We all listened to the song and it is one of the best to come out of the Northwest in a long time! Best of success!" -Kent Phillips, Program Director, “Star" KPLZ Seattle.
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"Geoff's sound is exactly what this format needs! Fresh, unique and most of all, memorable. Geoff Byrd is the next superstar at the Hot A/C format!" -Dan Persigehl Program Director, KRSK "The Buzz," Portland~
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"Geoff Byrd is truly a breath of fresh air but at the same time reminiscent of the glory days of the best pop and soul. He covers the entire spectrum of what it takes to be a great artist - infectious melodies, pop in it's finest and most basic form, vocal deliveries from the heart, and a tornado of soul especially when seen live. Geoff was an absolute Star!" -Jon Pleeter, CAA
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"GarageBand.com receives daily submissions from 120,000 bands, and every song gets rated by randomly-assigned members from our community of 450,000 listeners. Out of hundreds of thousands of songs, a few good songs rise up the charts because hundreds of listeners have consistently given them high ratings. It's rare that GarageBand.com sees an artist with such outstanding ratings as Geoff Byrd. Out of a deluge of submissions by hundreds of thousands of musicians, Geoff's music has consistently risen to the top because hundreds of randomly-assigned GarageBand.com listeners have consistenly given it high ratings. Geoff Byrd has not just one, but three songs in the top 10 of GarageBand.com's "Pop" or "Pop/Rock" charts, an exceptional accomplishment for any artist." -Ali Partovi, CEO, GarageBand.com
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"If good looks and a little bit of talent are all you need to make it big in pop music, then Portland recording artist Geoff Byrd is one step away from his own platinum paradise. Standing well over six feet tall, with chiseled good looks and a face that screams both boy next door and rebel without a cause, Byrd is a looker, but like his record, there´s a lot more substance inside this indie rocker once you make your way passed the sugary sweet exterior. He´s zealous, warm and sincere; rarities in the often fake and fickle world of the music industry." -LA Independent
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"I JUST LISTENED TO THE NEW GEOFF BYRD CD, AND I THINK HE IS THE BEST NEW SINGER SONGWRITER I HAVE HEARD IN A LONG TIME!!!" -RUSS REGAN (former president of Motown Records, signed Elton John, named the Beach Boys, responsible for over 1 BILLION records sold and countless hits!)
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"Geoff Byrd is one BIG-sounding indie artist, complete with quality songwriting and impressive vocals. He has a sound any Major Label would be proud to market." -Paul Loggins (CEO, Loggins Promotion / Editor-Publisher, New Music Weekly)
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"We're really picky about what goes on the front page. We get about 75 new albums a day coming in here now, (about 30,000 total), and yours is one of the best I've ever heard." -Derek Sivers, CDBaby President/CEO
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"From the moment this tall, lanky lead singer opened his mouth and started to sing, I knew he was a "hit waiting to happen"...any lead singer that can stop me in my tracks when I'm headin' out the door has gotta have some serious 'magic' that borders on 'spooky'..which is exactly what you need to get to the top of the mountain that "is" rock n roll" -Benny Mardones, (singer/songwriter, hit song, "into the night," 6 million records sold)
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"Geoff Byrd is incredible... he's an unscratched multi-million dollar lottery ticket... one of the best songwriters/singers/producers I've heard, and he's also a great guy. 3 million sold in the next year. Remember who said it first!" -Ced Moore, CEO American Skye Records/Aspen Agency, record producer/songwriter (Usher, 2pac, 112, Nivea) {Over 15 million sold}
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"Geoff Byrd is the real deal. "He is Elton John, the Beatles and the Bee Gees all wrapped up into one charismatic package. He will soon be his own institution in this business mark my words!" -Norman Ratner, (#1 Hit Producer, Co-Founder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, millions sold)~
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"Geoff Byrd has real talent, I get in 200 tapes a day and this guy stuck out immediately, he needs to be all over the radio...great songwriting and great vocals!" -David Moody, (multiple Grammy Award winning producer)
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"Geoff's got a great sound and if there's more where that came from, he's more than likely to be one of 2005's Newest Star's!" -James Baker, MD, KIOI/STAR 1013 San Francisco
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"Geoff Byrd is a Class act! Music that finds a friendly ear appealing to all generations. Geoff's lyrics are unforgettable, his music is unstoppable, his style: timeless. Geoff's music is time passages of his life experiences that we all can relate to. His music is refreshing, unique and instantly liked! We are extremely picky about who we play on our radio station. Without a second thought and within a blink of an eye, we knew Geoff Byrd had to played daily on our station. His CD "Shrinking Violets" is a must have for any music lover. Soon, you too will be singing every word of every song. It's that GOOD!" -Doug "Dougo" Sims, Manager/On-air Personality/host of Rising Star 103.7 KESC, Oklahoma
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"Soulful pop songs from an up-and-coming singer who has earned comparisons to John Mayer. Based on his melodic falsetto alone, we can say this may not be enough of a compliment." -The Oregonian
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"A solo performer with expert backup and producer (Steve Sundholm), Byrd has a terrific pop voice that's well suited to his material, which aims for mainstream radio. "Silver Plated" is a straightforward, mid-tempo cut that's flawlessly mounted. "Elusive Butterfly" shows Byrd's voice can easily take flight when necessary." -Music Connection
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"I once heard that Rivers Cuomo from Weezer carries around a three-ring binder full of spreadsheets and diagrams - dissections of songs - which he studies in an effort to uncover the formula for the perfect pop song. I get the feeling that Portland's Geoff Byrd may have gotten his hands on this binder and added the crucial missing ingredient that Rivers Cuomo will probably always be too off-beat to ever provide - mass accessibility. The pop purity is flawless and the production and performances are top-notch. All this release needs is a little marketing money and Carson Daly's televised approval. In fact, if these songs aren't all over the radio within six months, someone somewhere did something horribly wrong. Mark my words." -Pomn.com
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"Byrd has a genuine gift for melody. Byrd comes with impeccable influences (Beatles, Elvis Costello, Bee Gees, Prince and Al Green), which helps to explain his tuneful songwriting. It doesn't hurt that Byrd has a fine band backing him. Steve Sundholm's crisp but never-too-slick production showcases these tight, pop-rock confections to their greatest advantage. Byrd seems very much his own man, one who excels in the kind of tuneful pop-rock songs that would be Top 40 material in a better world." -Goldmine Magazine
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"appropriately described as john mayer with more conviction and a heck of a lot more guts, or perhaps coldplay on too much caffeine. this album doesn't beat around the bush when it comes to instantly grabbing, mind-filling pop rock with a three dimentional presence to encompass both light and dark. while the production and texturing sparkles, this isn't your overly-glossed pop candy; it comes with many tastes and satisfies a full palate...first sweet, then buttery with body and finally goes down with a creamy satisfaction. definitely a mood lifter!" -CDBaby (Geoff Byrd "Candy Shell" is a CDBABY TOPSELLER)
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"Not many ballads make it into the rotation of Popbang Radio, mainly because power pop means energy! But in this case, Geoff Byrd has made an exceptional ballad reminiscent of the best stuff by Eric Carmen, Kyle Vincent and ELO. Wonderfly sung and perfectly produced, "Frozen" is just one of many strong tracks on the excellent "Candy Shell". Do not let this artist slip by your ears." -Popbang.com
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"Geoff Byrd (and his stalwart backing band) are destined for very big things. His songs are memorable; the arrangements are tight as a drum. Geoff is an evocative vocalist gifted with a facile instrument, availed of a remarkable vocal range and depth of emotion. Success seems not so much a possibility for this talented young man, as a certainty." -Two Louies Magazine
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"The right measures of pure talent, hard work and confidence have given Geoff Byrd an appointment with destiny and he will not be denied. The music is completely engaging & friendly and they make one believe that it's all so easy. Geoff Byrd's lyrics never waste a word and his vocal deliveries are always in sync with the superb artists playing with him." -Clickspin.com
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"Byrd has a versatile voice, including a fine falsetto, and he crafts catchy choruses."-The Portland Mercury
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"Geoff Byrd's music sounds like summertime. The lighthearted pop and breathy vocals found on "Shrinking Violets," his mainstream debut album, provide the ideal accompaniment to lazy days at the beach and Saturday afternoon lounging. A radio-friendly mix of John Mayer, Ben Folds and E, Byrd and his back-up band deftly perform their catchy melodies with practiced ease." -Siren Song Magazine
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"Imagine a mix between Jellyfish, a young and horny Elton John and Ben Folds and you're there... and what a voice he has! Melodic madness... I just love it. A big bravo to Geoff, splendid work!" -Melodic.net
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"I have to admit -- I LOVE this guy!!!! What's his name again?? My God, he is going to be HUGE!!! What a voice - expressive, sexy, elastic -- I could go on and on. I dragged my husband Ben in to hear this and he said, 'Who the hell is that!?' and "who is writing these great songs and getting these great people" -Producer, "Toddworld" The Learning Channel
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"Geoff Byrd is the first unsigned artist to be given air time on The Buzz, Portland´s 105.1. The song "Silver Plated is off his latest release "Shrinking Violets"(reviewed in this issue) After winning the local Gimme The Mike contest, one of the judges, Sheryl Stewart, on air personality and Music Director at The Buzz, was so impressed by Geoff´s talent she took his CD directly to her Program Director, Dan Persigehl. They then asked him to perform at a Buzz event with the Calling and Howie Day and the rest is history. There is a candy coated future For Byrd, he recently signed with booking agency Creative Artist Agency (CAA) generating interest from major labels. Signing Byrd was an unconventional move for CAA, which books tours for national acts including Maroon 5 and rarely takes on artists without major label support. Byrd said that he is excited about his band´s future with CAA. "They just get it, they get us," he said." -West Coast Performer
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"Geoff Byrd is the first pop star truly born on the internet! 472,600 Internet listeners can't be wrong!" -Garageband.com
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"Local guitar popper Geoff Byrd sings elegantly and in key over catchy pop-rock jams, backed by an extraordinarily tight band!"-Willamatte Week
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"One of my favorite artists." -Bill Wadhams, (Animotion, hit single "Obsession")~
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"One of the most talented singer/songwriters I have heard! I mean this guy is a star!" -Phil Ehart, founding member of Kansas~ (30 million records sold)
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"From the moment this tall, lanky lead singer opened his mouth and started to sing, I knew he was a "hit waiting to happen"...any lead singer that can stop me in my tracks when I'm headin' out the door has gotta have some serious 'magic' that borders on 'spooky'..which is exactly what you need to get to the top of the mountain that "is" rock n roll" -Benny Mardones, (singer/songwriter, hit song, "into the night," 6 million records (old)
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"One independent artist who seems to be making headway on his own is Portland, OR singer/songwriter Geoff Byrd. Labels are knocking, and the buzz is spreading through the radio community. Sheryl Stewart, music director at KRSK, "The Buzz" in Portland, OR explains: 'we suggested that Geoff add more guitars to "Silver Plated" and the next day, we had a new mix in our hands. We put it on the air, and it instantly became one of our most requested songs. We've since had Geoff open up for The Calling at our Cheap Date show. He and his band are on par with any national band out there!"-Radio and Records
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Geoff Byrd has appeared in: Radio and Records (feature article), The Cover of Billboard Magazine (Nov. 20th issue), West Coast Performer, Goldmine Magazine, Music Connection, MTV news, Forbes, MSN News, CNN, The Oregonian, Willamatte Week, The Portland Mercury, The LA Independent, The LA Daily News, CNET News, Garageband.com front page, CDBaby, front page, Starpolish.com (front page), MSN.com (front page feature with picture 20 million hits), Yahoo news (feature story), All Access Music ("Silver Plated" pick hit by Alisa Hashimoto/KPLZ), Amazon.com,
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TV Shows that have featured Geoff Byrd and his music" Channel 8 KGW (prime time show "Gimme The Mike"....grand prize winner, 2004 Chevy Trailblazer), AM Northwest KATU Channel 2, KGW, Channel 8 news, PDXPosed (CNW, Channel 14, Comcast), Cable entertainment show (Orange County), America's Next Top Model (Twice featured "Elusive Butterfly"), ESPN 2's "Offshore Adventures (Two songs "I'm In Love" and "Tale of the Rain and the Moon," MTV's "America or Busted" ("I'm In Love"), Toddworld TLC/Discovery, BBC, ABC Australia, 2 full songs written by the folks that wrote the music for Kim-Possible and sung by Geoff Byrd, "Friend is a Friend" and "The Right Thing"...Smokey Robinson sang the title track on the sound-track. Both of these songs will be on the sound-track as well. Featured in "The Originals Tour" TV pilot. 3 time grammy award winner, Jimmie Haskell did the string arrangment on "Parasol" and "Shrinking Violets" that include some amazing virtuoso playing by world class players. Jimmie arranged strings on the Sheryl Crow Globe Sessions as well as the classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water." The musicianship on the record sparkles and producer Steve Sundholm will soon be a household name!

Geoff recently got back from a 50 city radio tour and is now climbing with his single "Before Kings"the charts on Hot AC radio currently in the 40s and playing on 20 major radio stations and hundreds of internet radio stations. His song also went to #1 on radiowave monitor (which tracks spins on the internet). The first time an unsigned artist had ever gone into the top 10 in the history of keeping track of internet spins. Geoff Byrd was named artist of the year by Live 365, has had 4 songs in the top 10 at Garageband.com and is sponsored by Elixir strings, Conrad Amps, MSN music, Microsoft, Motorola, Chipotle, and many others. You can find more information, including pictures, shows and which radio stations he is being spun on at: www.geoffbyrd.com

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jill zutty

without a doubt grammy material!!!!!!
geoff byrd proves he is genius with his flawless cd shrinking violets!
geoff is one of the most incredible gifted and talented singer songwriters of all times!!! his beautiful voice, awesome lyrics and outstanding melodies just grab you and you are hooked!!!
geoff's music should be heard on all the radio stations throughout the world!!! his music is without a doubt grammy material!!!!
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Charlon

Just let it play and play and play . . . .
I need more than five stars for this CD.
If you are looking for music that you can take to heart -this is it. This is a phenomenally talented band. Geoff's voice is perfect and the instumentals are amazing. The only time I take "Shrinking Violets" out of my car is to bring it in the house. The song lyrics are edgy, contemplative, fun and meaningful. A bit of everything that somehow just flows together. It is a CD for anyone that loves music! Something for everyone. So get it, put it in and just let it play, Baby!
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J.J.

Shrinking Violets - - > ALBUM OF THE YEAR!!!!
Shrinking Violets is a fantastic tour-de-force from Geoff Byrd, featuring some of the most entertaining music I've ever heard. There's not a clunker among these tunes, which reach deep into your being and wrap themselves around your soul. Byrd is a talented singer/composer; among my favorites tunes on this disc are Parasol, Will You, Before Kings, Elusive Butterfly, Frozen, I'm In Love, and the title song. The range of emotions expressed in these songs is truly remarkable. You can find a song to play (or sing!), no matter if you're jazzed or mellow; look no further. This guy is going to be a HUGE star.
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Stacie Behrmann

Perfectly impressive!
It is RARE to find a CD that you can actually say you love every song. SHRINKING VIOLETS is a RARE gem indeed!!
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S Long

exceeded my expectations
after seeing Geoff in Vegas, I had to order this CD.
Also, as I live in Canada, it is not available in stores...yet.
I absolutely love Parosol, it is my favorite, largely due to the lyrics which I can totally relate to...
Before Kings is great, as is Silver Plated, but Plasti-Queens is a fun song!
I can't wait for Geoff to become the star he is destined to be.. and hopefully see him here in Canada soon.
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Michael C

A fun, sexy roller-coaster ride! You'll love it!
Geoff Byrd's CD is like cheating on a diet...you feel guilty for not having the willpower to say no, and it is just SO good! I think Geoff makes music fun, fresh and sexy again! No angry rants here, this sets the mood...it brings back the best of soul, pop and rock and roll, all with a modern snap! This is music that was made for one reason, to get close to your woman and dance, baby! Its all about the groove! I was fortunate to see Geoff and the band live and let me tell you, #1) A lot of beautiful women dancing in front of the stage and 2) this guy rocks better than anybody out there today! This band definately has what it takes! Buy the CD, love the CD, then go see Geoff Byrd live...and take a date! You'll thank me in the morning!
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Danielle

Musical Ecstasy!!! Heaven captured on cd!!!!
Better than a vacation in the Bahamas! From high-energy music of That's How It Goes and Elusive Butterfly that starts every day on a right note to the sensitive and haunting vocals of Frozen, Geoff Byrd and The Sentinels totally deliver!!! Every song is a hit!!!! By far, the best cd that's come out in years!!! These guys are right up there with Aerosmith, Elton John, The Beatles - all of the greats!! Definitely destined to be musical legends!! It doesn't matter what type of music you listen to, this cd fits in with ANY collection!!
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Jorie

Pure.
I absolutely LOVE this CD. It's like good old fashioned POP music with a new flare that gives it an edge. It's a refreshing change from what most artist are doing these days, a great mix of sounds and ideas that is easy to listen to without being boring. There are some very catchy tunes that have already made it to my favorites list.
Parasol is at the top! Check out his website geoffbyrd.com for a listening sample of what's on the CD then come back here and BUY IT!!!
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The Celtic Wizard

Shrinking Violets is a mainstream contender....a pure gem.
When I heard Geoff play live acoustic versions of four songs from Shrinking Violets in concert, I knew there was a magic in the melodies and a special quality in the voice behind them. This was confirmed when hearing a full band supporting the tunes on this gem of a CD. Shrinking Violets is a serious contender against any mainstream releases.....bar none.
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Michele K

Discovered Talent
Got to see Geoff while he was touring with H&O last month. What can I say? He is young, talented and with a unique awesome sound. I have not stopped playing this cd since I bought it. Looking forward to many more new cds to come...
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