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JPR Live Session: The Commonheart

The Commonheart is an 8-piece soul band from Pittsburgh. Stocked with fantastic instrumentalists and vocalists at every spot, the band flows seamlessly through rock, soul, r&b, gospel and more on their latest album Pressure.The octet is led by Clinton Clegg - a hulking presense in the studio with a seasoned voice that barks, shouts, and growls its way through the multi-faceted repertoire. Behind him, drums, guitars, organ, piano, horns and background vocalists all combine for a energetic wall of sound. In the conversation, Clegg speaks about the difficulty of bringing such a large band on the road and making a go of it, the familial-like connection of the members, and the power of posivity to be found in the music.

Throughout Pressure (Released August 16, on Jullian Records) the band's uplifting mood and lyrics take center stage.  It's the sound of a group of friends following their dreams and trying to affect positive change.  Clegg also explains how the band got involved with two different charitiy organizations: Spare Change Pittsburgh, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation

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JPR Live Sessions are recorded with Audix microphones. Located in Wilsonville, Oregon, Audix designs, engineers, and manufactures high performing, innovative products that contribute to the advancement of the professional audio industry.

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As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and interviews.