WANTED: female singer, must be at least 5'10 "Well, that could have been the classified ad put out by Pearl Barrett of the pop-rock band Considering Lily. After Pearl's tall sister left to be a full-time mom, the band was on the lookout for a replacement singer. Pearl, who's 5 feet 10 inches tall, told us, "It seems like most female singers are pretty short. I think I would look kind of funny if I was standing on stage next to a girl who was really short!" Not to worry. Along came Jeanette Herdman (the wife of Bob Herdman from Audio A), who's also a couple inches shy of 6 feet, and voila!—a perfect fit. Speaking of "fits," be sure to check out Considering Lily's latest, The Pieces Fit, released on ForeFront Records.
Dumpster The Doctor Is Out … Let's say you wrecked your knee playing soccer and need to see a physical therapist. You might think twice about visiting Grant Nelson. Sure, Grant's a fine P.T.; it's just that, well, he's not exactly known for giving his patients undivided attention. See, Grant's also the lead singer and songwriter for the Aussie rock band Dumpster. Grant says, "Sometimes I have to politely make a short exit during a treatment session with a patient to go and hum a tune into a tape player, before I forget it!"
Grant's not the only Dumpster dude to keep his day job. Bassist Stephan Langella's an architect, and drummer Bradley Garnett is finishing a degree in sociology.
Deezer|D… But the Nurse Is In Ever heard of Christian rapper Deezer-D? He recently released his debut album, Livin' Up in a Down World, on N*Soul Records. But bustin' rhymes isn't the only thing Deezer's up to these days. Since 1996, he's also been a familiar face on NBC's hit television series ER. If you're a regular Thursday-night fan, you've probably seen D as the brawny nurse Malik McGrath, lifting people onto stretchers or attempting to keep order in the ER.
Watch next week as Deezer interrupts surgery, saving an anesthetized patient from a pack of rabid ferrets. Just kidding.
Third Day Cat Man Mark Lee, guitarist for Third Day, freely admits he's got a penchant for preposterous pets. "I would love to own a bobcat," Mark says. "They look like cute little cats, but then they've got these fangs … " Well, OK, Mark. As long as you do the feeding.
Michael W Smith Mister Polyester Who's this gaudy guy? If you guessed a member of the Bee Gees, guess again. It's Michael W. Smith, goofing for guests at a '70s party. "I had three friends who did not recognize me," says Smitty.
Smith Site for more slick shots, hit www.michaelwsmith.com
The Swing's the Thing Jorge and Leigh Goyco of the ambient/trip-hop group Antidote love to "Lindy Hop." In case you haven't heard, the Lindy Hop is a swing dance that started in the 1920s and is making a huge comeback. (A popular Gap commercial features the Lindy Hop). Jorge and Leigh are so captivated, they've been hyping the Hop during their performances. "We want people all over to dance with partners," Jorge gushes. Let's hop … hope it catches on.
Lindy's Hop? Last April, Antidote released its debut CD, Fight or Flight. More than 72 years ago, Charles "Lindy" Lindbergh hopped over the ocean in the first non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic.
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