MORNINGSTAR PRESS KIT
ABOUT THE BAND
Morningstar is a hard rock/metal band drawing influences from thrash metal, classic rock and modern rock. When you put all of this together it creates the unique and powerful symphonic melodic metal sound, that is, Morningstar.
To understand the fantasy and non-fiction, the driving beats, the grit and beauty, that is Morningstar today, is to understand the musicians.
Brandon grew up with a passion for music instilled by his father who had a rock band in the 80’s, Off The Wall. In his teenage years he started taking the guitar more seriously, teaching himself how to play along with his favorite classic rock and metal songs and jamming with his brother who played drums.
From as early as she can remember, Amber wrote and performed songs; it was an outlet for energy and emotion. Inspired by the feeling of freedom that rock-n-roll music elicited, being a musician and performer was the most natural feeling she can remember. When her brother Dave was born, she dreamt that someday, he would become her bandmate and together they would travel the world and rock n roll all night. Growing up, Amber wrote lyrics and practiced singing along to cassette tapes and CDs for hours at a time in her room. Her introduction to metal happened when she was 10 years old and found an abandoned Metallica cassette tape at the park… and from there the seed was planted. Growing up she encouraged her brother to learn an instrument so they could “have a band and travel the world someday.”
In fifth grade, Dave was invited to learn an instrument and join the school band. He really wanted to learn the drums, however, the band didn’t need any more drummers, so his band teacher Mr. Marquardt made him a deal: if Dave played the saxophone for 2 years, then he would be allowed to learn drums. Reluctant, Dave took the deal. Two years later he wanted to learn drums, but the band still needed him as a sax player… frustrated, Dave gave up and quit the band program. A few years later at the age of 15 he started teaching himself drums in the band practice rooms. One day Mr. Marquardt overheard Dave drumming and realized he was a natural, in addition to seeing Dave’s dedication to learning the instrument, so he invited him to re-join the band, as a drummer. As a freshman in high-school Dave joined the band for the first time as a drummer and quickly advanced into a leader drummer role. To this day Dave is grateful for Mr. Marquardt’s guidance in those early years.
In 2008 Brandon placed an ad in a newspaper that he was looking for a singer for his rock band. Amber responded to that ad, and from there the rest is history.
Morningstar has been building upon that foundation that started in 2008, with several bandmates coming and going along the way, and different iterations of what has now become and will remain, Morningstar.
Today, the band writes about fantasy, and dreams, and sometimes non-fiction, and real-life pain and tragedy, with the desire of creating connection with others, so that even those who have suffered, will not be alone. Their lyrics, passion, and style comes from a desire to create a shared experience through music.
In 2018 the band was honored as a finalist for the Madison Area Music Awards Hard Rock Band of the year and their song Eternal, was nominated as Hard Rock song of the year. They were also chosen as finalists for the MAMAs Breakthrough Artist of the Year. In 2019 they are again finalists for Hard Rock Band and Hard Rock Song of the year.
Morningstar thanks you for giving our art a chance! We look forward to hearing from you or meeting you soon! We are Morningstar.
Amber, Brandon & Dave
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