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Jumping In

by Michael Tiernan

The 2005 Los Angeles Music Awards "AAA" Album of the Year winner brings you acoustic guitar-driven pop-folk-rock to engage your mind and penetrate your heart.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Swim
4:12 $0.99
2. Slow Down
3:50 $0.99
3. Child On Your Floor
4:31 $0.99
4. Song I Can't Remember
4:40 $0.99
5. Born Again Contradiction
3:27 $0.99
6. Don't Hold On
3:42 $0.99
7. This One, Not That One
3:19 $0.99
8. Plasticity
3:40 $0.99
9. Pass On By
3:59 $0.99
10. The Day I Tried to Live
3:44 $0.99
11. Jumping In
5:41 $0.99
12. The Other Side of the World
4:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jumping In - Winner of the 2005 "AAA" Album of the Year, LA Music Awards
2006 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriting Finalist
2004 Male Singer Songwriter of the Year, Los Angeles Music Awards
2005 Pacific Songwriting Competition Hot Pick Artist
2005 Orange County Music Awards Nominee
2004 Billboard World Song Contest Honorable Mention in the Folk/Country Genre
2004 Call to Arts Song Contest Winner

What makes a seasoned song?
A seasoned songwriter... A cancer survivor, a world traveler, a student of languages, philosophy, religions, and at one point, a year away from being ordained a priest (gasp!), Michael's music is fully seasoned with the experiences of ten lifetimes. It is delivered and wrapped up in a unique style of acoustic guitar-centric music that has drawn comparisons that range from James Taylor to David Wilcox, from Damien Rice to Kurt Cobain, from Glen Phillips to Woody Guthrie. Tiernan's music "adheres to no boundaries; every genre is crossed as Tiernan showcases his technical skill with exceedingly intricate guitar work" (San Diego Reader).

In the spring of 2000, upon deciding to leave the seminary in Rome, Italy, Michael wasn't sure where life was leading him. He locked himself in a friend's basement armed with only a guitar, a mic, and a PC. Two weeks later, he emerged with his first 14 song album/demo, "Two Weeks (with nothing to do). Michael's feet were set firmly down the troubadour's path.

The 2003 release of his self-produced "Still Listening", proved to be an engaging acoustic album that got people in Southern California and beyond noticing. The success of "Still Listening" inspired Michael to jump into a full-time music career and he began to hit the road. Among the awards he quickly garnered, he was honored with the prestigious Los Angeles Music Award for Best Independent Male Singer/Songwriter of 2004. Michael's presence on the music scene in 2005 was greatly broadened with the release of his third album, "Jumping In". This album was recently named 2005's "AAA" Album of the Year by the Los Angeles Music Awards, and Michael has continued to expand his appeal and following in several markets, walking the line between mainstream adult alternative, modern folk, americana, and acoustic rock genres.

Along Tiernan's tour-path the past two years in numerous notable venues on the West and East Coasts, from festivals to brewpubs, coffee houses to music clubs, bookstores to old churches, audiences have been treated to Michael's passionate performances and intimate style of communication. "The down-to-earth human excitement he gets from performing music is contagious" (Jim Kloss - Whole Wheat Radio). Tiernan also gives back to the community through his participation in two major cancer-support foundations and through organizing music events to showcase up-and-coming artists in his native San Diego. Michael's newest full-length album, "Spaces" will be released nationwide on on January 28th, 2007, followed by a select city national tour in the winter and spring of the same year.



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San Diego City Beat

A highly listenable album...
Varied musical stylings, nimble guitar work, and a strong tenor combine to make for a highly listenable album.

Mary Post - WVUD FM, Maryland

Have I got a Gem for you!!
Have I got a gem for all of you out there! A few weeks ago Michael Tiernan offered up his CD, "Jumping In" for this list and I took him up on it. I'm glad he did - for me it was a very satisfying listen and I'm somewhat saddened by the fact that he is a West Coast Singer/Songwriter. If you like David LaMotte, Damien Rice, Chris Rosser with some Tom Prasado-Rao mixed in plus his very own originality you have a darn good artist. The CD had a lot of diversity throughout and was a great ride for me.

Jim Tragesar, North County Times (San Diego)

Edgy and moody, anchored solidly with beautiful melodies...
Tiernan's singing and arrangements both draw heavily on alternative rock sounds and influences. There's an almost-minor sound to many of the compositions on his new album, "Jumping In."

While edgy and moody, Tiernan's music is anchored solidly with beautiful melodies and warm harmonies. His new songs have that instant familiarity that the best tunes all seem to possess. And his voice, which seems to range from a midbaritone to a low tenor, is equally as warm.

The result of all of this is an accessible album with both pop and alternative strands that is eminently listenable and fun. It's as good as anything the major labels are issuing, offering yet another argument that the labels are becoming irrelevant to the music business.

michael james moore

songs with great depth
This has really fine songwriting...The whole cd is solid.Buy it!

Connie Amarel

I loved listening to this CD while driving - the songs are great & his voice is
This is a wonderful CD & makes great listening! I hope everyone will buy it as you'll be pleasantly surpised & glad you did!!!

Music Connection Magazine - Vol. XXIX, No. 11

A deft lyricist and memorable hooks
Tiernan's cleanly recorded disc captures the warmth of his person, whose mainstream heartfelt nature shines on "Swim". The tune's harmonies and acoustic guitar basis evokes early Neil Young. "Slow Down" is another accessible pop tune, while "Born Again Contradiction" nods toward country music witha West Coast vibe. Tiernan is a deft lyricist whose melodies unfold at their own pace, yet reward the listener with memorable hooks.