It’s kind of funny. I always used to think that once you have the awesome band, and you’re writing all the awesome music, and playing at the awesome clubs, life got easy and you were made in the shade. This is just not the case. I was wrong; so wrong. Now I am convinced this is never going to get any easier. I guess the goal is to enjoy the increasing difficulty. It seems the closer I get to what I imagined would be the perfect situation, the more I am forced out of my comfortable mold. When put to the task of writing a biography of the band, I find myself realizing that being a guitar player and songwriter only encompasses about 10% of my ever-changing job description. The truth is I am many people and do an array of jobs. The job of my dreams is nothing like I had planned. I am working harder and smarter than ever have before in my entire life. I encounter stuff I have no clue about everyday and I often forgo sleep. I could not be happier. My name is Jesse Sample. I am a founder of this group, The 7th Squeeze, along with Co-founder, Mike Friedman. We began this journey in 2007 and made some really great music together till his life took a different direction. I was left holding the remnants of the vision we had shared. I went through a few months of tough times: things were deteriorating with my girlfriend and my father was dying. I was down. I was out. And I was writing some of the best songs of my life. My life-long friend, Anthony “Bear” Campo, founding member of Black Mountain Symphony, and a cast of others helped me put The 7th Squeeze back together. I felt so good to be back at it. The band was hot. The music was sexy, young, and dangerous. We were in Boston and New York and I was chomping at the bit for more. If this were the Bible, everything up to this point would be the Old Testament. The New Testament starts with the addition of a new singer. Many witnesses will testify to how this freak accident came to be. Meet Nick Horace. Sometime near Halloween of 2009, “Bear” picked me up from my new apartment and we went to a party. I don’t remember most of the details. I was attending many parties back then and they were all kind of the same, or so it seemed. Yada, Yada… chain-smoking on the steps of the place. Then I met Nick. He had long dreads, and was tall and skinny. I had never met him before but he looked like a famous singer. Without knowing whether or not he could sing, I told him he should sing in my band. I then told Bear that this skinny, dreadlocked kid would be the new singer in my band. Nick had not agreed to this. I didn’t care. Nick looked like the singer for The 7th Squeeze. Now, check this out. Not only does Nick to turn out to be a singer but he turns out to be a good singer. About a month later, we got together and I had him sing over the music tracks that I had recorded in the studio. It was there. His voice had that ring to it and I freaked out. I started jumping around my living room and there was much high-fiving. We were in the studio the next week. Those recordings were fire. Well, not only is he a good singer but he turns out to be the best singer in the area. I am not just talking junk, here. Nick would soon be down at the Apollo in New York, cleaning up the place. I used to sing for this band and I loved doing it. I would often paint my face and dress in costumes. I am a very entertaining person. I was off pitch but I was all teeth. I will give blood onstage. I had a punk-rocker attitude crossed with the passion of an artist who only paints in red, white, and black. But once I heard Nick sing my lyrics, I heard a sound for the ages. Now, we bring fire to the stage. We are putting the finishing touches on an album that I believe will change the world of music. There is a reason why Charles Dickens novels are classics that are still meaningful and fresh today; you can read it in his prose. We aspire to be that for music. We rehearse daily and we work around the clock. When I look at my life right now, most of it revolves around my career. Hardworking and passionate people surround me. These are not just musicians. They are managers, promoters, engineers, web designers, and artists. These people are The 7th Squeeze, as well. We watch our dreams come true all the time. I’m convinced things will never get any easier. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Jesse My name is Nicholas Tremain Horace; I grew up in a small town in Texas where I learned to sing in my father’s church. I’ve been singing all my life, but when I hooked up with Jesse, it just worked; we were both in the right place at the right time. Writing songs, singing, and living what I sing soothes my heart, mind, and soul. It is our time to shine. Having you with us on the journey makes it worth the ride. Hope to see you soon. Nick.
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