The Calling Biography

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The Calling started out as an army of two, a binary band of brothers, and from the beginning, they never doubted that their music would touch a global audience. Today, two years after the lavish success of "Camino Palmero," the Calling's 2002 premiere album, the partnership between Alex Band and Aaron Kamin remains as vital as ever. Now, it's showtime again, as they follow up with "Two," the band's new RCA CD.

Why Two? "Obviously, because it's our second record," says singer/songwriter Alex Band, "and also to restate the fact that there are two people in the band and we write/do the music." He could have added a third reason. Throughout the album's 10 tracks, the Calling reflect on life's dual nature: hope and despair, love and loss, sense and spirit.

Written by Aaron and Alex, and co-produced by them with Mark Tanner and Clif Magness, "Two" reveals a pronounced artistic maturity. And why wouldn't it? The pair wrote the first album when they were teenagers. Now in their 20's, both have experienced much of what life has to offer- the good, the bad, and the insane- and the new album embodies it all.

"We grew up," explains guitarist/songwriter Aaron Kamin. "We mastered the tools. We're very different now, but clearly we lift each other up when it comes to the creative process." Adding immeasurably to the making of Two, music industry legend and BMG Chairman and C.E.O. Clive Davis came aboard to collaborate on several tracks. Recalls Aaron, "In the beginning, it was intimidating, because he's someone we look up to. Clive was so inspiring, he reminded us that musically anything is possible and anything can happen."

The music on "Two" bears that out.

With Aaron's versatile guitar front and center, the album's songs blend acoustic intimacy with a grand pop vision. Alex Band, one of the most distinctive and expressive young singers in music, has never sounded better. Though probing serious themes, the album is, ultimately, a rocking meditation on hope and love, starting with the inspiring and upbeat debut single, "Our Lives."

Songs like "Chasing the Sun," "If Only" and the erotically charged "Surrender" offer ironic views of love, while others, like "Somebody Out There" and "Your Hope" throw lifelines to the lost and lonely. Notes Alex, "I like making a song a little twisted and realistic, because real life does not always have a happy ending." For Aaron, a key track is "Things Will Go My Way." Says the guitarist, "That song means the most to me. The chorus is really simple, and the song is optimistic at its heart."

The same could easily be said of both Alex and Aaron, who formed a close working relationship years ago in their native Los Angeles. They met when Aaron was dating Alex's sister. Though that romance didn't last, the musical link between Alex and Aaron did. The two recorded countless demos, which they then brazenly pitched to next door neighbor Ron Fair, a top industry A&R veteran. Impressed by their potential, Fair signed them to RCA Records, but led them through a long apprenticeship-- over five years, in fact -- which forced Alex and Aaron to painstakingly perfect their art. "At the time it was a nightmare," remembers Alex, "but now we can't help seeing that there was a point to waiting to create that first record. Things happen for a reason." Adds Aaron, "Ron said to us, 'You do not want to put out your record and have it fail. Make it as bulletproof as you can because you may only have one chance."

They took that chance with "Camino Palmero" in 2002. It took a few months to catch on, but once it did, Alex and Aaron were hurled into a vortex of fame and adulation. Hit singles like "Wherever You Will Go" and "Adrienne" propelled the album past the 2 and a half million mark in global sales, while the band toured worldwide, building fan bases everywhere, from Brazil to Thailand.

The Calling's music has been featured in various films such as "Coyote Ugly", "Kate and Leopold", "Daredevil", "Sweet Home Alabama", and "Love Actually", to name a few.

They were later named Best New Act at the MTV European Music Awards, while the single "Adrienne" was voted Best New Rock Song at the Teen Choice Awards.

And last summer, Alex had an opportunity to record and perform the #1 hit single "Why Don't You and I?" with Carlos Santana, while Aaron wrote and produced songs with blues great Johnny Lang and other up and coming artists, and scored two short films, including Shaina Fewell's "Ghosts of Genius".

Both agree, after many tumultuous months on the road, it was good to get back to where they once belonged. "You fly over the city and can't see it because it's too smoggy," says Alex. "Then you say, "Good old L.A". You go back to cleaning the cat box, doing the dishes, and just being a normal human being."

Adds Aaron, "It's great being home, having that safety and security. To be in that relaxed atmosphere is the way to create and write."

That's exactly what they did, putting everything into creating the new album. "We wanted to make a better record," recalls Alex, "and step up the songwriting. The last record was written five years ago, so naturally these new songs dealt with bigger issues. A lot of bands go backwards, and we clearly didn't want to do that."

Adds Aaron: "We all want the same things in life, fear the same things in life. This album is meant to be a reminder of the commonality of peoples' emotions, dreams and hopes."

By any standard, with "Two" the Calling hit the mark.

Thanks to Brandi Refsell for submitting the biography.

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where ever you will go | Reviewer: joshua of athens greece | 9/10/12

the calling, i love your song guys,i love it.i think we have the same voice,when you hear me, when i sing where ever you will go,it is like you heard your own voice,really.but you are the original,i really admire you and for me you were the best,hoping you guys to make a tour concert here in athens.I SALUTE YOU you are a such great performer and ilove you guys, do not forget when time comes you make a concert here in ATHENS please mention my name JOSHUA and i want to join you when you sing your popular and number one song of the world WHERE EVER YOU WILL GO. GOD BLESS YOU guys.

Word of notice.... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/10/10

While I love the band too (impossible not to love Alex's voice), this biography is veeeeery outdated. The guys have disbanded, and Alex is flying solo. His album, "We've All Been There", came out a couple weeks ago.

Just an update for all the diehards :)

#1 calling fan! | Reviewer: Allison | 4/9/09

I LOVE U! I know every word to every song and I can play wherever u will go on the piano! I can't wait for the next album and I want to see u in concert soolo bad please e-mail me!!!!
-from your #1 fan

believing!!!! | Reviewer: keen rhino | 9/11/07

hey brother!!!i hope to listen more songs from you!!!keep believing,wherever you will go, things will go your way!!!!

i love you alex | Reviewer: mari | 7/22/07

aleeeeex i love you very much i love you please skype me pupsikuna_mari please i want to talk to you. i am from georgia and i love you soooo....... i kiss you

nice.. | Reviewer: cristine | 3/19/07

..two thumbs up guys!! I really love your song entitled WHEREVER YOU WILL GO..It reminds me of my past!

I love you guys! | Reviewer: Megan Q | 3/9/07

Alex and Aaron,
I've loved you guys since I first heard 'Wherever you will go' and went right out to buy the cd. I've followed your career ever since and can't wait for Alex's solo album to be released. I was extremely impressed with the Two album and still am. I hope you guys continue to make the music I've grown to love.

Wherever you will go!!!! | Reviewer: Ashwin Narayan | 10/3/04

Dear Alex and Aaron,
You are an amazing couple and are among my very favourite artists. Whenever I listen to you playing on the tape-deck, I'm some how reminded of Pearl Jam and at times Metallica. I just hope to keep hearing more good music from you guys.I'll will always remember you and love you; Wherever you will go!!!!
Luv and respect,

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