Instrumentation Peter Avigne - drums, vocals Francis Jaramillo - keyboards, vocals Frank Jaramillo - bass Brian Sheehan - guitar, lap steel, synthesizer, vocals Biography Simplicity, the latest offspring of the Motor City's metropolitan turnstile of hip, soulful sounds and cultural shock waves, play an amalgam of rootsy americana rock, echo space soul, and earnest neo-standards. Survivors of the same all-boys Catholic high school, Simplicity came together in 2001 with a common desire to escape the inevitable boredom and emptiness of traditional career paths. It became apparent early on that this strange mix of Yzermanesque leadership (Brian Sheehan), blue-collar work ethic (Peter Avigne), quiet confidence (Francis Jaramillo) and stoic reliability (Franklin Jaramillo), along with an exceptional songwriting talent and prodigious instrumental ability, would transform Simplicity into more than just another local rock band. Touring heavily since February 2001, Simplicity has shared the stage with the likes of Galactic, Merl Saunders, Greyboy All Stars, The Charlie Hunter Trio, Jazz Mandolin Project, Gov't Mule, Addison Groove Project, The Brothers Past, The Almighty Senators, The Slip, and the Flaming Lips. In 2002, Simplicity was honored with three Detroit Music Award nominations: 'Best Live Act', 'Best Songwriter' (Sheehan), and 'Best Instrumentalist' (Sheehan). The band released their self-titled debut album in April of 2003. 'simplicity' was nominated for 'Best Pop/Rock' recording at the 2004 DMA's. In 2004 the band released it's second album 'Life After Life', garnering them a nomination as 'Best Pop/Rock' recording at the 2005 DMA's. Simplicity was recently honored with 5 nominations for the 2007 Detroit Music Awards: Best live Performance, Best Songwriter (Brian Sheehan & Francis Jaramillo) Best Pop/Rock Instrumentalist (Sheehan) Best Pop/Rock Vocalist (Sheehan).
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