Paradise: 'More than just a place!' Manuel 'Tom' Faria, Manuel 'Mike' Costa, and Ken Cefalo perform eleven Faria originals, ranging in style from '40's swing to modern progressive rock. Each song depicts a different mood, style, and emotion. The band draws it's name from Paradise Avenue in Banta, California, where Tom and Mike grew up. Tom (keyboards, vocals) is a graduate of University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music in Stockton, California, and has taught music in Los Banos, California for the past 20 years. He is a well-known choral director, pianist, and vocalist in and around Los Banos, California. Mike (drums, percussion) also a graduate of the University of the Pacific Conservatory, holds a master's degree in percussion performance from University of Illinois, Champagne/Urbana, teaches percussion and piano at Main Street Music in Tracy; he is a highly sought after percussionist in the greater San Joaquin Delta area. Ken (guitar, bass) owns and manages Main Street Music in Tracy. He has studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and Cal State Hayward. He, too is a highly sought guitarist and bassist in the greater San Joaquin Delta area, both on stage and in the studio. The band's greatest hope is that the audience enjoys listening to the music as much as they enjoy performing it. Manuel 'Tom' Faria Keyboards and Vocals Manuel 'Mike' Costa Drums and Percussion Ken Cefalo Bass and Guitar Produced by Samuel T. York, Thomas T. Chen, M. D., and Tom Faria Executive Producer Patrick E. Serpa All songs written and arranged by Tom Faria Recorded and mastered at Studio C, Stockton, California The Songs The Styles 1 Wake up Smooth Jazz 2 All I See is You Smooth/Swing 3 Old Man Adult Contemporary 4 Paradise 70's Rock 5 Flowers in the Darkness Progressive Rock 6 Ballad of a Bridegroom Wedding Song 7 Anniversary Canon Ballad 8 Eternal Love 50's Ballad 9 Moonlight and Roses 40's Swing 10 Good old Days (No Sense) 60's/70's Pop Rock 11 Don't Let Her Walk Away Blues-Rock Here's what Vince Garcia at the internet radio station Super 70s.US in Southern California, 'I had a chance to listen and it sounds awesome. Good production too. I can arrange to give the song a spin this weekend.' Vince Garcia.
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