"Step Into Now is the best new US Indie album release I've heard this year." - George Daly, CEO About Records (Former Head of A&R, BMG/Zoo, Atlantic Records, Elektra Records)
"Step Into Now blends emotion fueled pop, folk, and country for a standout album" Annie Reuter, Freelance Music Journalist
“Whoa - this is really good, sounds great.” - Jim Pugh (Robert Cray band)
"Every song on Step Into Now is a winner - a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n roll...vocals are terrific, and the instrumentation is so well done - it's all crisp, clear and very well produced...a work of art, dedication and love." Linda Yelnic (HYIM Management)
"Wow - beautiful vocal. Thoughtful lyrics. Really love your voice. Serious talent." - Suzanne Koga (india.arie, Roberta Flack)
"10 out of 10 Performance, 10 out of 10 for song." - Freddie Stone (Co-founder, guitarist Sly and the Family Stone)
MacClain & Cole spent much of 2011 and early 2012 writing and recording their new album, the Kickstarter funded, “Step Into Now.”
The eleven song “big budget” set was recorded at the historic Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco and features MacClain & Cole’s full band as well as a guest appearance by Jim Pugh from Robert Cray’s band on B3 organ.
MacClain & Cole originally formed by “accident” in 1999 in Oakland, California. The then roommates singer/songwriter Amy MacClain and drummer Jason Cole sat in their living room drinking coffee, their Saturday morning ritual. The two roomies were also band mates in the No Doubt style funk rock band Sugar Boogie, however, Jason had always wanted to learn the guitar in order to satisfy his songwriting urges. Jason was strumming (bashing!) the only two chords he knew on Amy’s old acoustic guitar when out of nowhere she began to sing, channeling full stream of conscious lyrics and melodies. Their very first song, “Noble” was born that morning and within weeks they had written a half a dozen more.
The duo performed under the name “Utah Girl” and they soon added bass, drums, violin, and female backing vocals to their live show and quickly became a popular draw on the burgeoning San Francisco Bay Area acoustic scene (getting their name almost by default by playing legendary The Hotel Utah Saloon so often.) “Utah Girl”, their self-titled first album, was released in 2001. The six-song EP contained a broken down set of poignant, heart wrenching songs of pain, isolation, and yearning with MacClain exposing deeply personal lyrics from the darkness of her childhood past.
In 2003, after constant gigging and promotion, MacClain and Cole went their separate musical ways, only to reemerge and reunite in 2009 with the prolific duo writing their strongest material to date. New songs focusing on hope, growth, love, and the desire to get the world to slow down, take a deep breath, and get back to what was real- family, community, healing, and truth. This new uplifting direction was captured on their 2011 EP, the warmly received, “Back to Love”, released under the Utah Girl moniker.
Tired of being asked what part of Utah they were from, the duo officially re-christened themselves as MacClain & Cole in March of 2012.
released July 3, 2012
Amy MacClain - Vocal, Acoustic Guitar, percussion
Jason Cole - Acoustic and electric guitars, percussion
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