S.A.Y. - Orion
Australian Import : MRR028
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Jan Akesson (guitar, keyboards, bass, backing vocals)
Jens Westberg (drums)
|S.A.Y. is guitarist
Jan Åkesson and singer Peter Grundström, musical
partners since 1984 and teamed in StoneLake for six studio
albums from 2006-2013. Deciding to record an album with
power and finesse, but in a more commercial melodic vein,
Jan and Peter settled upon a new name for the project -
S.A.Y. The album contains 11 tracks of polished and powerful
melodic rock and features the distinctive vocals of Peter
Grundstrom and the hard edged guitar work of Jan Akesson;
which will immediately bring comparisons to TNT, Westworld
and Final FrontierTrack listing. The duo got to know each
other after performing at the same show in different bands;
Jan was lead guitar in Ravage and Peter was fronting Whitelight.
Their meeting led to the conclusion of Jans work with
Ravage and he became a new member in Whitelight in the fall
of the same year. Whitelights focus was melodic hard
rock, initially influenced by Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin
and Bad Company and then by a new wave of English,
American and Canadian bands such as Whitesnake, Van Halen,
Journey, Toto, Riot, Wrabit and Dokken. Whitelight played
many gigs and produced many demos in search of that elusive
record deal. After 3 years with Whitelight, in 1987, Jan
decided to leave the band and went his own way to spread
his wings with tougher, more guitar-oriented hard rock.
Peter stayed in Whitelight, who changed their name to Kee
Avenue. Jan went on to form new bands Why Not, Perfect Stranger
and Dr. Blue, playing many very successful gigs and making
several acclaimed recordings. Kee Avenue split up in 1991
after the bass player and the keyboard player left the band.
After this final breakup Peter went on to play and sing
with several different, mostly cover bands, though he kept
on writing songs, always looking for the right project to
showcase his talent.
In 1994 Jan decided to step back from live performance to concentrate on writing and producing songs in his new studio on the emerging digital recording platforms that would soon come to dominate the music industry. Finally, 15 years after the two first played together, Jan decided to give Peter a call, thinking that it was time for a reunion. A good meal and a few beers was the spark that lit a new beginning. Their reunion became the band StoneLake with 6 albums released to date.