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Rise On Belief

by ROB

ROBS music is Jimi Hendrix styled guitar licks, heart pounding drums, thumping bass lines mixed with Red Hot Chili Pepper and Lenny Kravitz styled vocals. This is gratifying edge of your seat rock, filled with energy, excitement and raw emotion.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Freedom
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2. Up In The Air
3:23 $0.99
3. When You Find Love
4:59 $0.99
4. When I Have You (By My Side)
4:04 $0.99
5. Take Time
4:20 $0.99
6. Peace 4 Peace Sake
4:43 $0.99
7. Rise On Belief
3:40 $0.99
8. Soulmate
3:06 $0.99
9. Ebony Beauty
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10. The Chosen One
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ROBS Biography
Album ROB (Rise on Belief recordings) debuts Top 20!!!

ROB the artist whose name is the acronym for his self titled debut CD, "Rise On Belief", an album filled with the influences of legendary rock artists Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lenny Kravitz, is currently being played on internet radio station Cracklin Radio, WNYU college radio 89.1 FM and The Upper Room 88.5FM in Connecticut. The single The Chosen One is currently be played on internet radio stations in France, United kingdom, Australia, Japan, Germany and Spain.

ROB wrote and co-produced several songs on the album, along with musician/composer Abishai Brooks. He also incorporated the musicianship of Ronnie Drayton, a guitarist who studied under Jimi Hendrix; Mario Rodriguez, a guitarist for the metal group Havoc Hate and phenomenal drummer Richie Harrison. He also commissioned mastering engineer Ted Jensen to put the finishing touches on the album. Together they helped ROB create that in your face rock groove.

The true essence of ROB'S music is captured in his exciting and mesmerizing performances. ROB has performed in the New Yorks Legendary CBGB's, The Cutting Room, S.O.B.'s, Triads, Kenny's Castaways, Mercury Lounge, Galopagos and The World Famous Apollo Theater, where he left the crowd screaming for an encore.

ROB Digs deep into his grass roots to rock you out. This is powerful music! Now, get ready to "Rise On Belief".

These are new radio stations that have added ROBs album to their playlist. They are now currenty playing freedom as the single from the album.
KTCL/Denver, Alf-
City of Glass Radio, Robert McClarren
*WKGB/Binghamton, Tim Boland
KUPD/Phoenix, Jonathan L
KFMG/Des Moines, Brian Joens
KACV/Amarillo, Lacey Dean
WRN/Syndicated, Amber Kuhl
KKUP/Cupertino, Don Campau
Mondo Blu, Paul Di Micheli
Notorious Radio, Liz cousins
Album ROB (Rise on Belief recordings) debuts Top 20!!!



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Jimmy Rae
July 6, 2010 | by Skope Staff
Rise On Belief (ROB) is ready to take the music world by storm with his hot debut album. This NYC artist mixes it up with some classic rock and hard rock grooves that will get you pumped up from start to finish. You will also hear elements of soul & funk that comes across as a solid effort & listen.
This brand new record actually debuted in the top 20 on the Independent Music Charts and the single “Freedom” debuted at 41 on the top 50 singles independent music charts. The track “Freedom” is actually a Jimi Hendrix song that ROB covered as the opening number on the CD. I would say that ROB did the classic song & artist major justice as he and his bandmates just went all out here. Some of ROB’s other musical influences include: Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Living Colour, Lenny Kravitz and Red Hot Chili Peppers. ROB’s wide range of musical tastes adds up to the BIG & DIVERSE sound that this disc displays.
I have to mention that there are some amazing musicians backing up the lead singer here that will not go unnoticed. Two aspects really stood out to me and that would be the hard rock guitar solos & riffs along with ROB’s power-punch vocals. I just loved the overall rockin’ flavor/feel that is being played and I can’t seem to get enough of it. With more rock than you can handle, it’s ironic that the title track actually exhibits more of a mellow approach. ROB & company decided to take it down a level on “Rise On Belief” leaving behind their rock goodness but just for a second. This may shock a listener to hear a completely different change of pace ¾ through the album but this did not surprise me at all. Reason being is because I get ROB and what he’s trying to do with his music, which is not to associate any titles with this artist. Keep it fresh ‘n’ eclectic always is what ROB is all about, so no other category needed.
ROB is on his way with this new record and I see a promising future ahead for this rocked out singer/performer. ROB is ready to take a bite out of the Big Apple & beyond, so get up off your seats and Rise On Belief! For more info, SKOPE out
By Jimmy Rae (
Rating: ****
Jimmy Rae - (Jul 6, 2010)

Aaron Joy

Roman Midnight Music- Rock & metal CD Reviews
Roman Midnight Music - Rock & Metal CD Reviews

Style: hard rock
Label: Rising On Belief Productions
Year: 2007
Home: New York City, New York

Members: ROB Hoagland ~ vocals
Ronnie Drayton, Mario Rodriguez ~ guitars
Richie Harrison ~ drums
Mark "Abishai" Brooks ~ bass
Laree Williams, LaJune ~ b. vocals

Glamorous is a word that comes to mind when first hearing the debut from this New York City frontman. The second word is positive message. I might be wrong on both accounts, but it's hard to deny that ROB & his band is aiming for a breakthrough into the mainstream commercial landscape & not eternal garage band status with a highly polished & intricate sound melding hard rock &funk sensibilities with a big city groove. & his songs seem to share a positive message & vibe, even in the choice of the Hendrix cover 'Freedom'. There's enough variety in his songs that it's obvious ROB doesn't want to be pidgeon-holed, albeit, if anything, he wants to be pidgeon-holed as a high energy powerhouse of an artist putting lots of ideas & enthusiasm into his music. I guess that's not too bad of a thing to be pidgeon-holed for! Further, that's probably one of his biggest assets, as at times the band over powers & draws focus away from his singing - which might be more the fault of the mixing - & one starts to wonder how much of the music is reflective of Rob Hoagland & how much is a producer's creation of what he wants ROB to be. Whose ever ideas are in the air, ROB's vocals have such energy you know he's a creative force of his own. Behind his singing out such lyrics as "I am the chosen one, I will fight .... like the sun, I bring the light" is music aiming for a big impact with a chorus & lots of guitar solos & fills. 'The Chosen One' actually reminds me a bit of KISS when they performed with a symphony. Big & bold & at times a little messy. In many ways ROB even has a very New York sound, which is something many might say doesn't exist, compared to a San Francisco, sound, until you hear ROB & know that the sound is big, textured & a little funky & a little raw. It's a mix of cultures like the city, balancing the wall between individuality & group popularity. The only thing missing from this album to make it perfect is legendary New Yorkers funkmaster T.M. Stevens or Joe Lynn Turner on backing vocals. Then it would really be big & bold & at times a little messy. ROB also wears some of his influences on his sleeve. His advertising quotes the Rolling Stones as a strong influence, alongside Kravitz, the Chili Peppers & Hendrix, but as someone whose heard every Rolling Stone album I don't know where they are in ROB's music, but I will say that the Kravitz influence is right with a bit of 80's funk made famous by the Chili's. ROB is one of those musicians who I believe probably sounds better on stage & I wouldn't mind seeing the next time he's in the area, so I can add to this review that what you hear is only part of the story & the flash & polish is as much alive onstage away from a producer's watchful eye.

Aaron Joy - Roman Midnight Music- Rock & Metal CD Reviews

Carly Doegnes
ROB Rise on Belief If Jimi Hendrix and Lenny Kravitz somehow had a love child and let the Red Hot Chili Peppers raise it, ROB would be it. These are some big names to compare a new artist to, but ROB is every bit deserving of such accolades. ROB’s debut album Rise on Belief starts out with the song “Freedom,” which has guitar stylings, and even vocals, that sound like ROB directly channeled Hendrix, and Hendrix complied. Although there is a definite reminiscence of Jimi Hendrix in ROB’s songs, there isn’t the feeling that ROB is simply trying to imitate Hendrix’s sound. It often happens that artist who can easily be compared to other artists tend to be void of a sound of their own, and instead just come across as wanting to be that artist. ROB manages to avoid falling into being just a Hendrix knock-off and have a distinct style of his own. While the instrumental aspect of ROB’s music tends towards Hendrix, ROB has a voice very similar to that of Lenny Kravitz, although with more of an edge to it. Both artists have a raw quality to their voices that adds power to their vocals, but where Kravitz’s voice tends to have some smoothness to it, ROB’s has a gravelly roughness that actually plays on the ear quite nicely. Having guitar similar to Hendrix and vocals similar to Kravitz, listeners can already expect an aural pleasure. Throw in just a dash of Red Hot Chili Peppers to both the instrumentals and vocals (particularly the styling on backing vocals), and you get the sound of ROB—a truly exceptional blend of already familiar styles that results in something new and thoroughly enjoyable to listen to. Particular standouts on the album include “Freedom,” “When I Have You (By My Side),” and “The Chosen One,” but from the first track to the last, Rise on Belief is an excellent listening experience. Everything about the music itself fits together perfectly, with heartfelt lyrics to match. Rise on Belief is definitely an album to check out. Carly Doenges - Contributor November 8, 2009 © For Questions Or Comments About This Review Send An Email To

Ernest Cooper

Mass Media Records
We love your musical style here at Mass Media Records. Your arrangements are great. We can listen to it all day long. A must have CD.

Stanley El

'I AM' greatly encouraged that positive themes are being released through familiar sounds in an extraordinary way.

Ava Kamaria

This is fresh and greatly needed in today's world of music. An orginal...hard to come by....superb vocals....fantastic harmony....awaiting new album. Keep it going!!!

Wayne Poore

Bass Player/Producer
I am truely impressed.The material on this cd contains real live music. The harmonies and lead vocals are definately on the 1. ROB keep it coming!!


Rock it with the Lights Low
BIG BIG UP, To Brother Rob. "The Chosen One" Chosen From the Sun. I WIl Fight....
All Is Peace

Robert VerunQue

This album is needed in todays world. The reason for this statement is that this Brother is the image of soul. The lyrics, the production, and the imaging, this Brother has tapped into a arena that really has not been brought forth in a long time. This is an album for anyone that love "Real Soul Music". Brother-Man, peace, blessings, and success, on your musical journey. Look forward to seeing what's next.

The House Of Earl

ROB-Rise On Belief
The entire CD is truly a master piece. I play it while creating my designs; doing housework and when I need peace in my being and world. You've got to get this CD that way you will know what it means to "RISE ON BELIEF". I will use this CD in my runway shows. Thank-you ROB
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