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JiveWired Blog...Published August 3rd, 2012, by Michael Canter

Imagine being invited to play a private party for one the most influential men in music, at his own, beautiful home overlooking Hollywood from the hills and in front of 30-50 of his best friends and most esteemed colleagues. You're 18 years old and your band, which consists of two of your brothers and yourself, plus two other brothers, ranges in age from 13-18. Yes, this is big time, but what makes it so incredibly amazing is that you and your band are not even remotely fazed by this.

I was lucky to have been invited to this private party thrown by Ted Cohen, Managing Partner and co-founder of TAG Strategic, and his wife Deborah at their beautiful home, playfully known as Casa Tedborah in the hills of Hollywood. Ted is a music industry veteran, and has previously served as senior management for EMI, Warner Bros. and Phillips Media. The party wasn't catered, Deborah did all the cooking and the food was incredible. Everybody brought their favorite libations. Ted decided to throw this party last minute, got on his iPad in search of a band after serving as keynote at a music conference, and Cheating Daylight raised their hands to exactly the right person at exactly the right time. Kudos too, to Allie Shaw for making it happen.

Did I mention what an incredible opportunity this was for Cheating Daylight? And I guess when Richie Sambora and Billy Corgan are already singing your praises, something like this opportunity may seem as simply part of your routine plan for music industry domination when you're a teenager. Most teenagers are playing guitar hero in their parents' basement. Cheating Daylight is playing guitar hero for Ted Cohen and his highly influential industry friends.

  • Jesse Crosson plays guitar, keys and trombone and is 18 years old.
  • Jacob Gill pays lead guitar, he is extraordinary, and is 17 years old.
  • Kyle Crosson is the lead vocalist. He's 15.
  • Connor Gill gave up guitar to play bass in this band and stands a whopping 4' 9" with or without his shirt on. He is 13 years old.
  • Jaden Crosson plays an absolutely fiery drums and really drives the band from the back. He is 13 years old.

Wow. Just wow.

And the band is terrific, and that's an easy sell. Potentially the sky is the limit. They have a great stage presence, impeccable cohesiveness and a great sound. They opened with a song called All I Know, which sounded almost very early Ramones, and finished up with a song called What We Say that was their best of the night after an audience requested encore. In between, they offered up a mix of originals with one or two covers that showed Blink 182 and All Time Low influences. The accolades for this band just keep pouring in as well. Last year they were named the Power Pop Band Of The Year at the 21st Annual Los Angeles Music Awards. To say they are on the fast track would be putting it mildly. They certainly had no reason to feel awestruck at a party of this magnitude.

Before they did their encore, lead vocalist Kyle Crosson sheepishly asked the crowd if they wanted to hear an original song or a cover song. As I was standing next to Ted, he offered this bit of wisdom to Cheating Daylight: "Play an original song, pretty soon other bands will be covering you guys!"

Truer words were never spoken.

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