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Simonz, Kelly, Blind Faith – Sign Of The Times



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2. Still 




Kelly Simonz (all vocals and instruments) 




Produced by: Kelly Simonz 


Engineered by: Kelly Simonz 


Mixed by : Kelly Simonz 


Mastered by: Kelly Simonz 

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Japan’s very own guitar hero/singer Kelly Simonz is heavily influenced by Yngwie Malmsteen but his songwriting is much more melodic and varied. This album contains everything from a piano ballad, acoustic guitars, melodic hard rock to full blast shred and even a live track. European version contains 3 exclusive bonus tracks. The album has also been remixed for the European release. A neoclassical masterpiece. Singer, guitaist and composer Kelly Simonz lives in Japan where he has released two very successful albums of which this is the second. Sign of the Times is a celebration of melodic neoclassical hard rock. Kelly started playing the guitar at the age of 14, influenced by Akira Takasaki and Yngwie Malmsteen. A year after that date, Kelly already showcased his increasing abilities in the band where he played covers from these artists. At 17, his band passed the audition and got to perform as the opening act at the Loudness concert at Kobe Bunka Hall. When he became 18, he started focusing on his songwriting to be a worldwide artist. In 1989 he joined M.I. and taking the G.I.T. course in the U.S. He was not interested in the G.I.T. and it was quite difficult to find him in the class. He, however, graduated with high scores. In 1990 he began working as a session player in the U.S. and at the same time, he formed a band to get a recording deal. In 1992 he moved to the East Coast continuing the activities as a session player. One of his band mates started calling him Kelly which finally became his official name as an artist. In 1994 he returned to Japan after his brother had had a tragic accident. He decided at that time to start his solo career and started planning the 1st independent album. In 1998, he released Sign Of The Times in Japan which received a tremendous reaction especially from such fans who usually did not listen to the music created by domestic musicians. This record took a 3rd position in the monthly hit chart of Burrn magazine and actually sold 6,000 copies without any special promotion activity. It held a 4th position in the yearly hit chart of Burrn magazine, and that has never previously been achieved by an independent artist. In 1999, he released Silent Scream through Roadrunner in Japan and the rocord took a 1st position in the monthly hit chart of Burrn magazine. In 2000 he formed a band with 1st class Japanese musician, bass – Keisuke Nishimoto and drums – Tetsuya Hoshiyama.

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