Royal Bliss is modern rock with equal parts beauty and tragedy. The band has already been through enough to justify their own VH1 Behind The Music episode complete with addiction, near death experiences, car crashes, and lawsuits.
Hailing from Salt Lake City, Royal Bliss gradually came together after high school when guitarist Chris Harding stumbled into a pizza parlor where frontman Neal Middleton was playing a solo gig. "I told Chris I would love to sing in a band and he invited me to jam with his band at a rehearsal" says Middleton. "That night we instantly clicked and wrote four songs." The next day Middleton dropped out of college and quit his day job to pursue the rock n roll dream.
In 2004, the band started to generate major label interest, but it all came to a halt when Middleton was seriously injured in a near fatal accident that left him paralyzed in a wheel chair. After months of rehabilitation, Middleton miraculously got back on his feet and was able to walk again; though he still has only partial feeling in his right leg. The band regrouped and decided to push forward. They headed back into the studio for some of the most grueling studio sessions they have ever encountered.
During the recording, tragedy ambushed the band again. Drummer Jake Smith flipped his car five times after leaving the studio one night and Harding sliced his face in half while skiing.
"It was crazy" states Richards. "Jake had just finished recording his drum tracks when he left the studio the night of the accident and I actually went with Chris on the skiing trip. I was skiing a different slope, so I didn't even realize that it happened until I saw him with his jaw wired shut."
After the smoke cleared, the band finally released their independent debut--the appropriately titled "After The Chaos II". Combining elements of classic rock and modern indie rock, the band received rave reviews and played shows across the U.S. Supporting artists such as Kid Rock, Maroon 5, Hinder, Three Days Grace, and Buckcherry.
After the initial release of "After The Chaos II" in 2005, The Control Group, an independent record company out of Seattle picked up the record and gave them a nationwide distribution deal. Soon after, the albums single received significant airplay on a number of stations across the U.S. triggering an explosion of requests and sales. At one point, their album was selling #1 at the Gray Whale music store chain (outselling numbers 2-5 by a combined total of nearly 8 to 1). At that time Virgin Records president Jason Flom took notice and immediately signed them to his new Capitol Music Group Label under EMI in May 2007.
That summer the band headed off to Portland, OR to record their major label debut "Life In-Between" with producer Rob Daiker. After much anticipation the album is slated for release 01/13/09 on Merovingian Music / Caroline Records under exclusive license to Capitol Records.
"Working with Rob, we were finally able to record the way we wanted" states Middleton. "Our past recordings were done in a living room and a kitchen. This time around, we all recorded in the same room and captured the feel of the band". "There were multiple strip clubs to keep our head in the game" adds Richards with a smile.
"Life In-Between" is the band's most honest and personal material to date. "All of the songs are sculpted out of life's hard lessons." says Middleton. "We went in with 30 plus songs and narrowed the record down to 12."
The elements of life lie in the process and the adventure, these songs are the result of that journey, a place where tragedy and beauty can exist side by side, where every emotion is valid and every emotion is needed. Such is the essence of Royal Bliss.
Amazing synchronized juggling by Chris Bliss, done to the sounds of The Beatles.
Sex polarity attraction and repulsion all work together to express sensuality and dynamic tension creating the pain and the bliss of life creating life.
Check the finals action from the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge, where Dusty Payne tears his way to victory at the famous Keramus in Bali. Skuff TV chats with ARIA winners of "Best Urban Release", Bliss n Eso about nailing shit & much more.
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Ron Jeremy * Julie Davis *Finding Bliss*Gen Art Fashion Week
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Behind the scenes of the Y101 television commercial shoot with the RED One camera and Nicole Giordano at Bliss Nightclub in Fresno, CA.
All News and data info. courtesy FAU and FAUSports****. Florida Atlantic Junior (2008): Hit .252 on the year, with a team high 14 doubles and 18 RBI...had a .417 slugging percentage...scored a run against North Florida...roped a double against Michigan...went 1-for-4 with a run scored vs. Stanford...had her first career RBI against N.C. State...doubled and scored two runs against Tennessee State...tripled and scored a run against Bethune-Cookman...smacked a solo homerun against Central Michigan...slapped three hits with two RBI and two runs scored against SE Missouri St. ...went 7-for-9 with three runs and two RBI in conference opening series against Western Kentucky, and drove in game winning run in series opener...series started eight-game hitting streak and five-game run scoring streak...had an RBI double and scored a run against Quinnipiac...drove in a run and had two hits against Troy...caught fire a second time with a five-game hit streak towards the end of the season...hit .429 against lefthanded pitchers...nine multiple-hit games during the year...posted a .313 batting average in Sun Belt play. Junior College (2006-07): Attended Manatee Community College...played for Meredith Headings...earned First-Team All-State honors her freshman and sophomore seasons...also earned First-Team All-Conference honors both seasons...named Third-Team All-American following her sophomore year...helped the Lancers to a Suncoast Championship and a no. 2 national ranking in 2007. Played for the Tampa Mustangs under Larry Rodriguez, Bobby Diez and Ed Croney. High School: Attended Gaither High School...played for Jim Morrisey...named First-Team All-Conference and Third-Team All-State following her junior season, where she batted .486 and was named her team's offensive Player of the Year...named First-Team All-Conference and her team's offensive Player of the Year her senior season. Personal: Psychology major...daughter of Alan and Gloria Bliss...born June 9, 1987, in Tampa, FL.
Softball player Caitlyn Bliss has been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-South Region Team. Bliss is just the fourth player in program history to be named to an All-Region team, joining Nikki Myers, Mandie Fishback and Jen Musillo. Bliss and Myers are the only two to be named the first team. The NFCA announced the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Region teams, honoring student-athletes from each of the 10 NFCA regions. The all-region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region, and all the honorees will now be eligible for selection to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America first, second or third teams. Bliss was named to the team as a designated player. She also made the All-Sun Belt first team as a designated player and was twice named Sun Belt Player of the Week. She led the Owls in batting average (.354), slugging percentage (.551), on-base percentage (.436) and tied for the team lead in RBI with 22. A full list of honorees from all 10 regions can be found at NFCA****. The NFCA Division I All-American teams will be announced on Wednesday. All news and information courtesy of FAU and FAU Sports****.
Buddha Bart ft. Bliss - Wish you were here. ( Lyrics ) like waves to the shore part of the ocean the stars high above part of the sky now i drift to you i dream of a river a water so blue wish i could live there wish you were here.. like the air that i breathe u'll always be there the wings that i need when i wanna fly now i drift to you i dream of a river a water so blue wish i could live there wïsh you were here..