Ted Hovis & The Stolen Camaros

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Ted Hovis is currently performing as a solo acoustic artist and in full band format with The Stolen Camaros.

Visit the band site at www.stolencamaros.com

Soaring & unrepentant arena rock, transcendent acoustic ballads, deep and dark bass grooves - all punctuated with a hint of the blues. This is the unique sonic landscape created by the internationally acclaimed album "Let It Shine" - the second release from Washington, DC area singer, songwriter, & guitarist Ted Hovis (pron: "Hoe-viss").

A guitar driven rock album first and foremost, "Let It Shine" contains tracks that combine elements of modern rock, AAA, hard rock, blues, funk, electronic, and acoustic genres to create a sound that draws upon familiar sources yet occupies a space all its own. Listeners who have acts as diverse as U2, Kings of Leon, Jeff Buckley, The Cult, Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Pink Floyd, Massive Attack, and Eric Clapton in their music library should find a lot to like here.

"Let It Shine" was recorded with certified platinum producer Kevin Gutierrez (Twilight Soundtrack, Johnny Cash, Bret Michaels) at Assembly Line Studios with finishing touches added by mastering guru Bill Wolf to create a rich and truly world class sound quality that holds up well against most any major label release.

With a clear and powerful vocal range, Ted's abilities as a singer and songwriter are complimented by his formidable talents on electric guitar, 6 & 12 string acoustic guitar, and 5 string bass. His music instantly connects with listeners on a visceral level with its stadium sized melodies & hooks, Strat flavored guitar licks, liquid bass lines, and driving rhythms. It then draws them closer with an eloquent and minimalist lyrical style that explores themes of personal triumph, love and love denied, redemption and revenge, and the search for purity, inspiration, and truth in an increasingly complex world.

All lead vocals, guitars, and bass tracks were performed by Hovis, with Gutierrez adding contributions on drums/drum programming and keyboards. The album also features other-worldly keyboard tracks from classically trained composer and longtime colaborator Jamie Kowalski and sultry female backing vocals from Jenn Colten on two tracks.

Prior to his latest project, Ted contributed four original songs to the soundtrack for the internationally released independent film "Running Deep" from Invision Films. He also fronted a five piece band opening for acts such as Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) in support of his first solo CD "Change In Progress", which received enthusiastically positive reviews and airplay on DC101 and other radio stations across the country.

Before that, he played bass and sang backing vocals in the popular DC area modern rock trio fetiSh, recording two CDs, earning a WAMA Wammie nomination, and appearing in major festivals with national acts such as the Violent Femmes, Our Lady Peace, Goldfinger, Marvelous Three, and Local H as well as regional favorites Emmett Swimming, Everything, and the Pat McGee Band.

While still in his teens, he played lead guitar in Shoelace Soup, a funk rock quartet who once played on a bill with the legendary Gap Band.

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