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SOUTH OF EDEN
Mitch Malloy and Casey Thompson both made their own separate ways to Nashville, TN, a common destination for so many talented small town kids looking to chase a musical dream. What is less common is witnessing how their simple meeting at a Nashville club turned out to be a perfect fit, and how the spontaneous combustion from two perfectly matched talents deciding to share their dream resulted in the formation of Nashville's hottest new indie duo, South of Eden.
Mitch landed in Nashville by way of New York City. Having grown up in the rural town of Dickinson, North Dakota, Mitch’s voice was recognized early on as the stand out sound of his school and church choir. It made sense that following his high school graduation, Mitch would choose to study music at the Cornish Institute of Allied Arts in Seattle. Mitch’s strong desire to sing and perform soon led him to buy a VW bus and head East where he soon become a part of the New York music scene. Being a country boy he made his home in New Jersey – keeping the small-town feel of home while having easy access to New York City and the music business he longed to learn.
After a few years of paying his dues, Mitch met successful manager, Richard Sanders, who secured a recording deal for Mitch with RCA/BMG. Mitch released two albums and scored three Top-Twenty hits. It was during this time that Mitch’s lifelong passion for songwriting lead him to Nashville to write with some of the industry’s best: Dennis Morgan, Mike Reid and Mac McAnally, to name a few. Nashville immediately felt like home to Mitch who quickly began strategizing his move.
Once in Nashville, Mitch continued to develop writing relationships with talents that included: Gary Burr, Victoria Shaw, Monte Powell, and Jim Weatherly. But his vocal skills were still sought – from international labels to the third incarnation of VanHalen. Mitch was tempted by the possibility of fronting such a legendary group and went so far as to accept an invitation from Eddie VanHalen to record a series of demos with the band – who could pass up that opportunity? However, Nashville offered him a bigger dream – writing, performing, and producing Country music.
Casey Thompson also had to pull up the small town roots of Marion, Ohio, to chase her dream of making it as a performing artist. Another stand out in school productions, Casey's parents recognized their 9-year-old's talent and supported her efforts with after school activities such as voice, piano, ballet, jazz and drama class. Casey's love of Country music, and her dedication to hard work led to opening for over fifty different acts such as Joey Dee and the Starlighters, Highway 101, The Vogues, The Diamonds, The Shangri-Las, and Lacy J. Dalton by the time she was in high school. The day after her high school graduation, Casey moved to Branson, Missouri to perform as a lead singer at the Osmond Family Theater.
After two years in several Branson theaters and a stint as a lead singer for Holland America Cruise Lines, Casey entered a reality contest sponsored by the NBC “Today” show entitled, “Today’s Next Superstar.” Casey found herself handpicked by NBC producers and Warner Brothers Music as one of only seven contestants to compete for the title of America’s next singing sensation. Casey placed third in the competition, but still found herself with national press exposure and the chance to work with talents like musical director Jim Brickman and Grammy award-winning producer Guy Roche.
Casey juggled offers from the Los Angeles management company G2k. She was also offered the lead role in the national tour of "Fame" and spent some time in Los Angeles producing demos which caught the interest of CURB Records. But, as with Mitch, her love of Nashville and country music still called the loudest. Casey accepted an opportunity to spend a summer headlining at The American Music Theater in Lancaster, PA, where she saved up money for her move to Nashville.
Today, Mitch Malloy and Casey Thompson are chasing their dream together as South of Eden. And from the overwhelming reactions they are getting from both fans and the industry, it’s already a dream come true. Their live performances introduce you to a vocal blend that is difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins. The stories they tell in song are immediately relatable to the Country audience – stories grown from small town lives and dreams.
South of Eden is currently working hard in the studio to finish their debut album. However, they make time to play shows as often as possible. And their draw of fans is growing fast. One notable performance was during NSAI’s Tin Pan South when Mitch’s co-writers, Victoria Shaw, Gary Burr, and Mark Hudson, invited them to play and they brought the house down. The industry elite have described their acoustic performance as “a religious experience.”
You will never find Mitch or Casey far from South of Eden. Mitch is feverishly producing and mixing the album, although he takes an occasional studio break to collaborate with his songwriting posse which also includes #1 songwriter Phil O’Donnell. Phil joined South of Eden in the studio as co-producer on a couple of tracks for the duo. And Casey is busy creating all the visual images. An exceptional designer and new technology guru, she is constantly designing and monitoring the social media outlets and creating merchandise. If talent, hard work and perseverance truly pays off, these two will be topping the Country charts in no time.
Summer 2010 will officially launch South of Eden into the Country music market with the debut single, Love Made A Liar (Out Of Me). This award-winning, up-tempo song was written by Mitch, Victoria Shaw and Stephen McClintock and won the International Songwriting Competition’s award for Country Song.
Country, Country, Rock
Management: D Quesenberry, SOEBIZ@gmail.com
drums / acoustic guitar / electric guitar / guitsteel / percussion / steel guitar / tambourine / vocals