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Cliche

by Michael Bly

All the fun style of Dave Matthews or Jason Mraz with the heart of Bruce Springsteen or U2 and a hip-hop influenced lyrical style Michael calls "Hip-pop-rock".
Genre: Pop: Today's Top 40
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1. If You Only Knew
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2. Cliche
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3. Why
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4. Radio Ready
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5. Drunk Dial
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6. With You
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7. Angel
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8. I Do
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9. Love Songs
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10. Faith In Love
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11. Colorblind
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12. War No More
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13. The Music In Me
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14. I Do (Live Acoustic)
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15. Drunk Dial / Hope (Live Acoustic)
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16. War No More (Live Acoustic)
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17. Chiara (Live Acoustic)
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Album Notes
MICHAEL BLY - ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Have you ever had a bad day at work - so bad that you were ready to quit? Tell your boss to "take this job and shove it"? Did you consider all it would require? The pay cut. Going back to school, learning a new trade or even just the chance that, after all that hard work and effort, things wouldn't even be any better than they were before. Like most of us, you probably said "screw it", stayed where you were and just "sucked it up", right? Not Michael Bly.

Michael was born in Buffalo, N.Y. where he completed College and Law School, passed the NY State Bar exam and took a job at a huge firm in Manhattan. He was making more money than he had ever dreamed and had everything most of us think we want when we start out in a career. But something was missing. As he says in his usual explanation of so much feeling in just one word; "I was unfulfilled."

So, after countless hours of study, over a hundred thousand dollars of investment, and more than 3 years practicing law, Michael did it - he quit. "I had the worst Monday of my life (with plenty of competition for that title) and decided there wasn't going to be another". Of course many of us would love to do this but are faced with the problem of what to do next. This was never a problem for Michael.

From years of playing guitar and singing in various contexts since he was 9, Michael always knew where he belonged - on stage. He says; "you always know the right thing to do, the tough part is doing it." It's been a strange route to take toward becoming a pop-rock recording artist but, at 29, Michael says that in some ways he feels as though it might have been the best one. "My experience in areas of life where few musicians walk leads to somewhat different conceptualizations in songwriting. Bringing something novel to an art is what art is all about"

Indeed, the title track to his debut CD, produced by Berklee grads Dave Devonshire, Craig Clemons and Kevin Myers (U2, Dave Matthews) and engineered by Pat Woodward (Matchbox 20, Maroon 5) at New York City's world famous studio "The Hit Factory", is called Cliché because the inspiration for the writing and the energy in the amazing live performance comes from the idea that each of us should find something unique that we can share with each other and never let our lives become "just another Cliché".

Michael is a literary wordsmith in carefully crafting his lyrics, "the only good thing I took from law school", he jokes. He cites diverse inspirations from Bruce Springsteen to Run DMC, and Dave Matthews to U2. The CD tracks are just as diverse. Songs like "Drunk Dial" - the hilarious ode to that 4am phone call we've all made will leave you rolling, while songs like "War No More" - a unique and timely consideration of the last resort of war - will provoke the thought it deserves.

Cliché has plenty of the love songs you expect from a pop artist including the energetic expose of life with the one you really want - "With You" - and the gorgeous ballad to honor a woman who can never be honored enough - "Angel".

But what really moves Michael in living and writing is also what makes him so unique among today's pop artists - amazing life experience. He says that he feels like he's been "born again...given a second chance to do what I was meant to do with my life." He's also kept a solid perspective on it all and never lost sight of the fact that many people still haven't gotten to share this enthusiasm. He remembers what that was like and wants, more than anything, to inspire people to "find themselves" and only live the lives in which they really believe.

In addition to the title track "Cliché", songs like "Hope" - a perspective song, that can only be written by someone who's seen a few different sides of what the world can do, "Why" - a calling out to those who dream but don't pursue, and "The Music in Me" - the longest track on the CD and worth every minute. Michael explains; "[I]t's the story of how I changed my life and it's meant to change yours." If you don't reflect on what you do and what you want to do after hearing this song, you didn't listen.

When asked about the interestingly varied themes throughout his work, Michael explains; "I write only what I really feel. I'm honestly every bit as passionate about partying fun as I am about the deeply thoughtful poetry of life. Above all, I believe in moving people with music. Whether it's moving them to love, see the world and their own possibilities in it differently or just moving them to party, as long as I moved them I've lived my dream and done my job - and the two should never be mutually exclusive.

Like the great artists he cites above and newer artists like Eminem, John Mayer, Jay-Z and Jason Mraz - whom he cites as everyday inspiration - Michael's words and performances can be just as fun as they can be socially conscious, inspirational and deeply connecting. But what's never lost in any of it is that all of it is just plain good and above everything, it's anything but Cliché.

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KYLE "KEGGER"

Free Bird
Michael is man, heres to many drunk wednesday nights, thankss for all the times playing free bird, being on stage with you is sweet. cheers
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Malificent1843

Awesome!
He reminds me of John Melloncamp in the way that he has educated opinions on life and not shy about expressing them, as well as having a great sense of humor. And I can dance to it!!
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D.C. Mangomaniac

Eclectic homage to pop, alternative, and retro that creates a great sound.
Bly's debut delivers. Each of the 17 tracks is unique as Michael demonstrates sophisticated and eclectic song-writing skills and thought-provoking lyrics. The songs variously draw inspiration from classic rock, alternative, rockabilly, and big-band artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, the Stray Cats, and the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Yet all of the songs have a certain originality that makes for an enjoyable modern sound. I recommend this CD completely.
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Miller

Loved it!
The kid can sing. Defiantly an up coming star.
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