Mecca

Mon
28
Nov

MECCA - 3 (Showcase)

Artist: 
3
Produced By: 
Shannon Forrest
Running Time: 
34
Release Date: 
2016
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
AOR
 
OUT NOW!! Regular Edition CD Now Shipping LIMITED EDITION FIRST PRESSING SOLD OUT
 
MelodicRock Records is proud and excited to announce a partnership with MECCA to release their monumental new album Mecca 3.
 
Records like this don't come along very often. At least not in 2016 they don't.
But this is one for the ages. Mecca will now find themselves sitting alongside genre classics from Toto, Mr. Mister, Survivor, Giant and Journey to name a few.
 
Recorded over the last 3 years in Nashville, this is a record that would have topped AOR charts back in the day. Make no mistake - this is a classic.
 
 

OUT NOW!

MECCA - "3" CD $15 + $5 Shipping
 

 

MRR's Andrew McNeice: "Joe has been a friend of mine since 1996 and I've seen him develop into one of the most reliable and mature songwriters in this game. On Mecca III he takes everything that came before as a launching pad for what must come next and Mecca III delivers. This is a monster record that is layers deep in rich textures that remain fresh to my ears even after first receiving the original writers' demos some 3 years ago.

I'm so proud of my friend and I'm honoured to be given the chance to bring this exceptional album to the world. The instrumentation is nothing short of world class, the production is analogue all the way - you can hear it in every crisp, clear note. And the vocals are quite simply the most stunning and emotion filled tones that I have ever heard from Joe. I simply cannot wait to hear fan reactions to this album. It's a masterpiece."

 
Joe Vana is equally as excited to finally reveal his masterpiece to the world. "Mecca III, here we are! I wanted to take all I had learned from the amazing list of players involved in Mecca up to this point...from Shannon Forrest to Pat Mastelotto...David Hungate to Tony Levin...Mike Aquino to Christian Wolff and my son Joey...and the production I learned over many years working closely with Jim Peterik on his songs as well as Mecca 1.
But...I wanted even more...I wanted A TRUE Audiophile record...not a pro-tooled, over edited mess of 100 takes edited into one...and the groove less, lifeless carcass that playing to the grid creates, the ruination of vibe, groove and soul in music.
I hope everyone digs the record....it's 8 tracks because that's all I needed to tell the story I wanted to convey...lyrically the record flows...All are separate but continuous chapters...vocally the songs even feel different as I move through different phases of my life."
 
And what does Toto's Steve Lukather think about it? "Killer new music! Great songs! Great playing from everyone...and Joe's vocals are better than ever! Smooth, real and soulful. I love the 'surprise modulations' that are now his style which make this a great listen for fans of his and the entire genre of melodic rock music. Creative arrangements throughout and I love the synth/keyboard work. David Hungate is amazing as is Shannon Forrest on drums and production. Great sounds + killer guitars all over it! Can't say what is my fave yet cause I love all of it. Summing it up in 3 words...Well f-ing done!" Luke - 2016.
 
The album was produced by new Toto drummer Shannon Forrest (Tim McGraw, Michael McDonald, Kenny Rogers, Don Henley), Associate Produced by Joey Vana and Recorded at Off The Grid Studios, Nashville Tennessee.
 
Alongside drummer Shannon Forrest, featured on the album are some of Nashville's very finest musicians:
Tim Akers - B3 and Piano (Rascal Flatts, Amy Grant, Kid Rock, Alabama); Toto's legendary bass man David Hungate; plus David Browning (Katy Perry, Amy Grant, Hollywood Heroes).
 
MECCA III is:
Joe Vana - Lead Vocals
Shannon Forrest - Drums and Percussion
David Hungate - Bass
Tim Akers - B3 and Piano, Background Vocals and Duet on "Believe"
David Browning - Synths
Joey Vana - Guitars
Mark Baldwin - Guitar
 
With:
Sol Philcox-Littlefield - Additional Guitars
Ethan Forrest - Additional Guitars
Rudy Chmelik - Additional Percussion on "Believe"
Bill Syniar - Vibe
 
All Lyrics and Melodies written by: Joe Vana
Except Track 8: Akers, Vana; Track 7 - Richard Page
 

 

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Wed
28
Sep

Mecca - "Take My Hand" (Album '3' Out October 14)

 
 
MelodicRock Records is proud and excited to announce a partnership with MECCA to release their monumental new album Mecca 3.
 
Records like this don’t come along very often. At least not in 2016 they don’t.
But this is one for the ages. Mecca will now find themselves sitting alongside genre classics from Toto, Mr. Mister, Survivor, Giant and Journey to name a few. 
 
Recorded over the last 3 years in Nashville, this is a record that would have topped AOR charts back in the day. Make no mistake – this is a classic. 
 
Featuring Toto's DAVID HUNGATE on his last rock record!
 
Featuring Toto drummer SHANNON FORREST who also produces.
 
All analogue production, just like the 80s.
Artist: 
 
Thu
15
Sep

MECCA '3' Preorder Now

Artist: 
 
MelodicRock Records is proud and excited to announce a partnership with MECCA to release their monumental new album Mecca 3 on October 14.
 
Records like this don't come along very often. At least not in 2016 they don't.
But this is one for the ages. Mecca will now find themselves sitting alongside genre classics from Toto, Mr. Mister, Survivor, Giant and Journey to name a few.
 
Recorded over the last 3 years in Nashville, this is a record that would have topped AOR charts back in the day. Make no mistake - this is a classic.
 

OUT NOW!

MECCA - "3" Limited Edition CD $15 + $5 Shipping
First Pressing CD; Exclusively Available From MRR; LP Style Spot UV Varnish on Disc and each disc individually numbered 1-1000

 

MECCA - "3" CD+LP $59
Ltd Ed CD + Limited Edition LP (includes shipping)
 
 
MECCA - "3" CD + Tshirt $49
Ltd Ed CD + Limited Edition Tshirt (includes shipping)

 
 
MECCA - "3" Ltd Ed LP $39 (includes shipping)
 

MECCA - "3" FAN PACK $89 (includes shipping)
Ltd Ed CD & LP plus Mecca 3 Tshirt
 
 

MRR's Andrew McNeice: "Joe has been a friend of mine since 1996 and I've seen him develop into one of the most reliable and mature songwriters in this game. On Mecca III he takes everything that came before as a launching pad for what must come next and Mecca III delivers. This is a monster record that is layers deep in rich textures that remain fresh to my ears even after first receiving the original writers' demos some 3 years ago.

I'm so proud of my friend and I'm honoured to be given the chance to bring this exceptional album to the world. The instrumentation is nothing short of world class, the production is analogue all the way - you can hear it in every crisp, clear note. And the vocals are quite simply the most stunning and emotion filled tones that I have ever heard from Joe. I simply cannot wait to hear fan reactions to this album. It's a masterpiece."

 
Joe Vana is equally as excited to finally reveal his masterpiece to the world. "Mecca III, here we are! I wanted to take all I had learned from the amazing list of players involved in Mecca up to this point...from Shannon Forrest to Pat Mastelotto...David Hungate to Tony Levin...Mike Aquino to Christian Wolff and my son Joey...and the production I learned over many years working closely with Jim Peterik on his songs as well as Mecca 1.
But...I wanted even more...I wanted A TRUE Audiophile record...not a pro-tooled, over edited mess of 100 takes edited into one...and the groove less, lifeless carcass that playing to the grid creates, the ruination of vibe, groove and soul in music.
I hope everyone digs the record....it's 8 tracks because that's all I needed to tell the story I wanted to convey...lyrically the record flows...All are separate but continuous chapters...vocally the songs even feel different as I move through different phases of my life."
 
And what does Toto's Steve Lukather think about it? "Killer new music! Great songs! Great playing from everyone...and Joe's vocals are better than ever! Smooth, real and soulful. I love the 'surprise modulations' that are now his style which make this a great listen for fans of his and the entire genre of melodic rock music. Creative arrangements throughout and I love the synth/keyboard work. David Hungate is amazing as is Shannon Forrest on drums and production. Great sounds + killer guitars all over it! Can't say what is my fave yet cause I love all of it. Summing it up in 3 words...Well f-ing done!" Luke - 2016.
 
The album was produced by new Toto drummer Shannon Forrest (Tim McGraw, Michael McDonald, Kenny Rogers, Don Henley), Associate Produced by Joey Vana and Recorded at Off The Grid Studios, Nashville Tennessee.
 
Alongside drummer Shannon Forrest, featured on the album are some of Nashville's very finest musicians:
Tim Akers - B3 and Piano (Rascal Flatts, Amy Grant, Kid Rock, Alabama); Toto's legendary bass man David Hungate; plus David Browning (Katy Perry, Amy Grant, Hollywood Heroes).
 
MECCA III is:
Joe Vana - Lead Vocals
Shannon Forrest - Drums and Percussion
David Hungate - Bass
Tim Akers - B3 and Piano, Background Vocals and Duet on "Believe"
David Browning - Synths
Joey Vana - Guitars
Mark Baldwin - Guitar
 
With:
Sol Philcox-Littlefield - Additional Guitars
Ethan Forrest - Additional Guitars
Rudy Chmelik - Additional Percussion on "Believe"
Bill Syniar - Vibe
 
All Lyrics and Melodies written by: Joe Vana
Except Track 8: Akers, Vana; Track 7 - Richard Page
 
Mecca 3 will be released worldwide via MelodicRock Records October 14 with 4 different options:
 
1 - Standard CD (available via Cargo Distribution)
2 - Limited Edition Numbered CD featuring special effects print on disc (pre-order soon via MelodicRock.com)
3 - Fan Pack 1 - Limited Edition CD (as above) with Mecca III Tshirt (pre-order soon via MelodicRock.com)
4 - Fan Pack 2 - Limited Edition CD (as above), Limited (150 ONLY) Vinyl LP, plus Mecca III Tshirt (pre-order soon via MelodicRock.com)
 

 

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Mon
12
Sep

Mecca - "Gone" (Album '3' Out October 14)

Records like this don’t come along very often. At least not in 2016 they don’t.
But this is one for the ages. MECCA will now find themselves sitting alongside genre classics from Toto, Mr. Mister, Survivor, Giant and Journey to name a few.
 
Recorded over the last 3 years in Nashville, this is a record that would have topped AOR charts back in the day. Make no mistake – this is a classic.
 
Featuring Toto's DAVID HUNGATE on his last rock record!
 
Featuring Toto drummer SHANNON FORREST who also produces.
 
All analogue production, just like the 80s.
Artist: 
 
Mon
01
Aug

MECCA Set October 14 For Analogue Masterpiece

Artist: 
 
MelodicRock Records is proud and excited to announce a partnership with MECCA to release their monumental new album Mecca 3 on October 14.
 
Records like this don't come along very often. At least not in 2016 they don't.
But this is one for the ages. Mecca will now find themselves sitting alongside genre classics from Toto, Mr. Mister, Survivor, Giant and Journey to name a few.
 
Recorded over the last 3 years in Nashville, this is a record that would have topped AOR charts back in the day. Make no mistake - this is a classic.
 
 
MRR's Andrew McNeice: "Joe has been a friend of mine since 1996 and I've seen him develop into one of the most reliable and mature songwriters in this game. On Mecca III he takes everything that came before as a launching pad for what must come next and Mecca III delivers. This is a monster record that is layers deep in rich textures that remain fresh to my ears even after first receiving the original writers' demos some 3 years ago.
I'm so proud of my friend and I'm honoured to be given the chance to bring this exceptional album to the world. The instrumentation is nothing short of world class, the production is analogue all the way - you can hear it in every crisp, clear note. And the vocals are quite simply the most stunning and emotion filled tones that I have ever heard from Joe. I simply cannot wait to hear fan reactions to this album. It's a masterpiece."
 
Joe Vana is equally as excited to finally reveal his masterpiece to the world. "Mecca III, here we are! I wanted to take all I had learned from the amazing list of players involved in Mecca up to this point...from Shannon Forrest to Pat Mastelotto...David Hungate to Tony Levin...Mike Aquino to Christian Wolff and my son Joey...and the production I learned over many years working closely with Jim Peterik on his songs as well as Mecca 1.
But...I wanted even more...I wanted A TRUE Audiophile record...not a pro-tooled, over edited mess of 100 takes edited into one...and the groove less, lifeless carcass that playing to the grid creates, the ruination of vibe, groove and soul in music.
I hope everyone digs the record....it's 8 tracks because that's all I needed to tell the story I wanted to convey...lyrically the record flows...All are separate but continuous chapters...vocally the songs even feel different as I move through different phases of my life."
 
And what does Toto's Steve Lukather think about it? "Killer new music! Great songs! Great playing from everyone...and Joe's vocals are better than ever! Smooth, real and soulful. I love the 'surprise modulations' that are now his style which make this a great listen for fans of his and the entire genre of melodic rock music. Creative arrangements throughout and I love the synth/keyboard work. David Hungate is amazing as is Shannon Forrest on drums and production. Great sounds + killer guitars all over it! Can't say what is my fave yet cause I love all of it. Summing it up in 3 words...Well f-ing done!" Luke - 2016.
 
The album was produced by new Toto drummer Shannon Forrest (Tim McGraw, Michael McDonald, Kenny Rogers, Don Henley), Associate Produced by Joey Vana and Recorded at Off The Grid Studios, Nashville Tennessee.
 
Alongside drummer Shannon Forrest, featured on the album are some of Nashville's very finest musicians:
Tim Akers - B3 and Piano (Rascal Flatts, Amy Grant, Kid Rock, Alabama); Toto's legendary bass man David Hungate; plus David Browning (Katy Perry, Amy Grant, Hollywood Heroes).
 
MECCA III is:
Joe Vana - Lead Vocals
Shannon Forrest - Drums and Percussion
David Hungate - Bass
Tim Akers - B3 and Piano, Background Vocals and Duet on "Believe"
David Browning - Synths
Joey Vana - Guitars
Mark Baldwin - Guitar
 
With:
Sol Philcox-Littlefield - Additional Guitars
Ethan Forrest - Additional Guitars
Rudy Chmelik - Additional Percussion on "Believe"
Bill Syniar - Vibe
 
All Lyrics and Melodies written by: Joe Vana
Except Track 8: Akers, Vana; Track 7 - Richard Page
 
Mecca 3 will be released worldwide via MelodicRock Records October 14 with 4 different options:
 
1 - Standard CD (available via Cargo Distribution)
2 - Limited Edition Numbered CD featuring special effects print on disc (pre-order soon via MelodicRock.com)
3 - Fan Pack 1 - Limited Edition CD (as above) with Mecca III Tshirt (pre-order soon via MelodicRock.com)
4 - Fan Pack 2 - Limited Edition CD (as above), Limited (150 ONLY) Vinyl LP, plus Mecca III Tshirt (pre-order soon via MelodicRock.com)
 
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Tue
23
Sep

MELODICROCKFEST 4 - Start & Set Times Updated - Mecca Withdraw

Here are all the set times for MelodicRockFest 4 - now just UNDER TWO WEEKS AWAY!!!
 
Tickets avalable now for just $20/day - www.melodicrockfest.com
Tickets purchased now will be held at the venue for collection or buy at the door on the days.
 
There has unfortunately been one last forced change to the lineup, with Mecca & Kevin Chalfant forced to withdraw.
 
After a long series of conversations with my great buddy, Mecca's Joe Vana, he confirms the news: 
Joe: "After my surgery three weeks ago I noticed the horse voice I had was not getting better....after consulting two different specialist they determined this can be normal when intubated...and could do long term damage to my chords if I push it too early...so after discussing it intently with Andrew we decided it was best if I cancel our appearance at MRF4....

I have been heavily involved with Andrew on a bunch of different fronts helping him prepare for MRF4, and will continue....I just unfortunately cannot perform...my one gig a year and I can't do it....not happy and disappointed doesn't even do justice to how I feel...."

Mecca in my mind is irreplaceable but after careful consideration, there is one young hot band that can at least step in at the last minute and I think very much impress folks.
That band is Eighty Six Happiness - featuring Joey Vana, son of Joe and part of MRF3's Mecca lineup.
These guys are going to join the Melodicrock Records family, and I believe in their material and ability 100%, so please show them some love.

The Saturday lineup will be tweaked slightly to run as detailed below:

 
The event details are as follows:
 
- Thursday - Dinner 7:00 (Gold/Green VIPs)
   - HEAT Acoustic 8:00

- Friday - Doors 12:30
   - 7th heaven
     10:30 - Close
   - Stan Bush
     9:00-10:15 (75)
   - Work Of Art
     7:40-8:45 (65)
   - Adriangale
     6:25-7:25 (60)
   - Johnny Lima
     5:20-6:10 (50)
   - Grand Design
     4:15-5:05 (50)
   - Maxx Explosion
     3:15-4:00 (45)
   - Madman's Lullaby
     2:15-3:00 (45)
   - Radio Sun
     1:15-2:00 (45)

- Friday Green Room (ALL VIPs)
    - Adriangale Acoustic
      12:00-12:30 (Doors 11:30)

 
SATURDAY:
   - HEAT
      11:00pm - Close
   - Mitch Malloy
      9:30-10:40 (70)
   - Heaven's Edge
      8:00-9:10 (70)
   - Guardian
      6:40-7:40 (60)
   - Tango Down
      5:25-6.25 (60)
   - Paul Laine
      4:00-5:10 (70)
   - Eighty Six Happiness
      3:00-3:40 (45)
   - Bombay Black
     2:00-2:45 (45)
   - House Of Shakira
     1:00-1:45 (45)
   - Talon
     12:00-12:45 (45)
GA Doors 11:30

- Sunday VIP Acoustic (ALL VIPs)
    - Talon
     12:00-12:30
    - Gary Moon
     12:40-1:10
    - Work Of Art
     1:30-2:00
    - Jim Peterik Book Signing
     2:00-3:00

 

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Fri
22
Aug

KEVIN CHALFANT Joins MECCA for 'Mecca III' and MRF4

Artist: 
We’ve got one more small adjustment to the MelodicRockFest 4 lineup to make.
 
Due to a scheduling conflict not in place at the time of arranging the MRF event, Jimi Jamison is now not able to attend to join Joe Vana and Mecca on stage.
Jimi was awesome at MRF3 and this is disappointing news, but Survivor now kick off European dates within days of Jimi’s planned MRF appearance.
 
So how do we compensate for this? How about calling up the one, the only, the fabulous Mr. Kevin Chalfant?!!
 
Here’s what Joe Vana has to say:
 
“Kevin is joining Mecca for the new Mecca 3 album and MRF. We will be doing some material from The Storm, Kev's solo material and new Mecca as well as a few old Mecca Standbys.
The band will start rehearsing when Shannon Forrest and David Hungate get done with TOTO's tour of the USA.
This will be a once in a lifetime production as we have the whole band there....LIVE...for ONE night ONLY!!!”
 
 

 
 

 

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Fri
01
Aug

STEVE LUKATHER Talks Up TOTO Live & Upcoming Album

Artist: 
TOTO guitarist Steve Lukather has given a couple of interviews in recent days, discussing new TOTO shows and the upcoming record due in early 2015.
 
In one for Sound & Vision (www.soundandvision.com/content/steve-lukather-sq-and-second-coming-toto), Luke gives  atantaising update: 
 
Lukather: "The record we're making is real hi-fi. It has that big, obnoxious production that people who love our music are really going to love: big harmonies, big synths, big guitars, big grooves, great virtuouso musicianship, and classic Toto melodies. Everybody sings on the record. It's very fresh-sounding."
 
And for Something Else Reviews (somethingelsereviews.com/2014/07/31/it-invigorates-the-whole-band-steve-lukather-praises-joseph-williams-ahead-of-big-u-s-tour/), Luke priases the vocal efforts of vocalist Joseph Williams.
 
Toto's US tour kicks off tomorrow night in Grand Ronde, OR and continues through September 7. Full dates at: www.totoofficial.com/events
 
This leg of the tour features drummer Shannon Forrest and orignal Toto bassist David Hungate (both of whom will appear live with Mecca at MelodicRockFest 4 in October (www.melodicrockfest.com)

 

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Tue
22
Jul

MELODICROCK FEST 4 - $20 TICKETS ON SALE NOW


TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
JUST $20 PER DAY!

 

FRIDAY

$20.00 (Doors at 2.00pm)

SATURDAY

$20.00 (Doors at 11.30am)


(Late Nite Set)

 

$20.00 (Doors at 2.00pm)

 

 

$20.00 (Doors at 11.30am)

 

 

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