December 20, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO — Comprising of female singer/rapper Jj and pure sounding vocalist Byron J, Seminole County is located in a Central Florida county where the band gets it's name. The duo will perform the National Anthem and the halftime show, where Budd Thacker #72, a Seminole High School graduate, and brother to the singer/rapper plans to show his skills as defensive lineman. The last game performance in Cally was when Budd captured the eyes of sportsfans and FSU recruiters with his performance on the field in the 2005 Cali-Bowl. Seminole County, are just back from a 4 week tour in Europe, where the band was proclaimed; "album of the month" by Radio Dalux in the Netherlands, the duo head to NYC on the 18th to perform at the Cutting Room, co-owned by former Sex & the City star Chris Noth, frequented by stars like Whoopi Goldberg, Ethan Hawke and many others: www.thecuttingroomnyc.com
Then onward to San Francisco to spend Christmas with traveling family. "It is just important to have the family together. says the young rapper," "no matter where we celebrate, it is all about family at Christmas. and besides I love football". Jj, as she calls herself, graduated also from Seminole HS where she was no stranger to the game playing her freshman and sophomore year with a great deal of skill and recognition. The duo are not strangers to the Bay area, performing at Boys & Girls Club, event was by special invitation of Mayor Willie Brown, www.africamix.com 2003, and most recently opening for the Backstreet Boys "Never Gone" tour last fall, where they massed many new fans Byron J, also a Florida resident from Milton, Florida plans to spend a few short days at home before he meets the Thacker's in San Francisco for the event. "Even with our schedule I have to get home to sing at my mom's church, says Byron."
Seminole County were part of the 6 finalists for the statewide Grammy Showcase in Miami, Fl, November 29th. , "the best of the best were invited so it is winning just to be part of such a world-reknown and organizational event" NARAS recognized us for our music and that we are honored".
The duo sound remarkably like Linkin Park crossed with Evanescence with a hint of Garbage's Shirley Manson attitude. The mixture works well on their 10-track self titled album, with Jj spurting out her vocals in clipped tones over guitar riffs during the verses, then reverting to Linkin Park styled harmonies during the evitable choruses. Highly commercialized and geared towards fans of Linkin Park and Evanescence without the strong gothic tendencies, this young act are certainly a very modern and "right now" sort of band. The rap influenced groove of 'Let 'Em Know' will appeal to hip-hop fans with slight electronic tinges heightening up the sound density. The short named Jj (with emphasis on lower cased second "j") has a specific vocal style and uses it without diversifying her range or tone too much. For the listeners third track 'Playin' Me' has Jj attempting straight forward singing which turns out lovely and not used enough. Byron J duets on the song and his commanding voice works well as does all his vocal contributions across the whole album. Seminole County have found a style that suits them and stick with it, though added piano touches enliven the song, showing stronger Evanescence comparisons. 'Better Than Me' continues the tight formula guitar chords and vocals dominant in the mix. Other instruments aren't so clearly defined, instead focusing on the duo trading off some assessable vocal harmonies. 'Life In Me' introduces acoustic guitar, offering some lightness - it's a good move as it offers some diversity to the pattern of similar sounding songs. One of the album's highlights, 'Life In Me' approaches ballad status and stays sincere. American radio will find difficulty distinguishing between pop, rock and hip-hop influences, thus they bring their rare talent abroad where it will be appreciated and welcome. Music quality stays consistent throughout, no track weaker than the other. Probably the most quintessential track is 'Let 'Em Know' with its hip-hop beat and Jj's head-strong female attitude coming through. Watch out Missy and Lil Kim, you have a competitor in the midst. The most impressive in dynamics and showcasing the duo's best attributes is 'Playin' Me' as it strays from the clipped rap vocals into pure melodic singing with professionalism. Overall, it's a promising release from a young band with potential to develop away from their obvious influences into something more unique and musically developed. The music production is highly polished and sounds great on loud speakers.