From Alison Masson
Cold Blooded Sapphire: “I Am Sapphire” November 15th 2017.
Los Angeles, CA. – 6 December 2017 – Cold Blooded Sapphire release their debut album “I Am Sapphire” on November 15th, 2017. Cold Blooded Sapphire is a new hard rock band featuring Eliana Blanchard, Mark Matthews, Johnny Lee Middleton (Trans Siberian Orchestra/Savatage), Danny Elliott, TV Marcus, and Michael Gaudreau. With a combination of seasoned rock veterans and young, fresh talent, Cold Blooded Sapphire explores a distinctive sonic landscape of metal, hard rock, and theatre of the mind lyricism.
“I Am Sapphire” is a concept album about love, loss, pain, pleasure, perseverance, and redemption as seen through the eyes of Sapphire, the protagonist and lead vocalist. She documents her dark journey through a surreal life by declaring her humanity, accepting her mistakes, baring her scars, and opening her heart to an unforgiving world. Broken hearts, loneliness, fear, and anger permeate the dark side of her world. Faith, love, lust, joy, and fearlessness keep her alive and open to seeking peace. Some of her wounds are self inflicted and others are not.
Her narrative speaks of relentless resilience. She will rise. She will conquer. She will live in the dark.
Mark Matthews came up with the concept of Sapphire six or seven years ago. At the time, he felt the female rock audience was being underserved and marginalized by the state of popular culture. Over beers at a Mexican restaurant, Mark, Johnny Lee Middleton (TSO/Savatage), and Danny Elliott agreed to pursue this project. Over the next five years they wrote, tracked, and mixed the concept album “I Am Sapphire.”
Mark explains that “The storyline centers on Sapphire (Eliana Blanchard) and her journey through life. The successes, failures, heartbreak, and triumph she encounters along the way. Our Los Angeles-based lyricist TV Marcus, was able to perfectly capture the moment in a meaningful way.”
He continues, “The response has been overwhelming. As a band our goal is to begin to tour this upcoming summer. We’d really like to do the European festival circuit to maximize the exposure. We already have two more albums worth of material written and hope to begin production on a follow-up early next year. We hope 2018 is the year of Sapphire!”
Cold Blooded Sapphire have released three singles to date, including:
“I Am Sapphire”
“Girl Without a Face”
“Queen of Everything”
Cold Blooded Sapphire is:
Eliana Blanchard – Lead & Background Vocals
Mark Matthews – Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Background Vocals
Johnny Lee Middleton – Bass, Guitar, Iron, Bees
Michael Gaudreau – Guitar, Keyboards
Danny Elliott – Drums
TV Marcus – Words, Stunt Vocals, Darkness
On November 28th, 2017 Cold Blooded Sapphire joined Artist Promotions company MBM Music LLC.
MBM Music is a promotions company that provides independent artists a platform to be seen and heard, while assisting with necessary products, services, and fashion, in an effort to increase exposure, fan base, and income. MBM Music has created exclusive online content for their clients, promoting/sponsoring dozens of nationwide shows, and streaming live video from shows all over the world building an extensive network stretching through social media and other online outlets.
HighVolMusic is a premier Rock & Metal independent music company with over 20 years in the music and entertainment business that recruits talented Rock and Roll artists. HVM is distributed by MRI/Sony Red, Cargo Records, and Valleyarm.
Listen up the Johnny Lee Middleton Interview with Metal Babe Mayhem podcast :