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Mike Ruocco



STYLE: Melodic Rock/AOR/Pop

PROFILE: Baltimore, MD bred Michael Ruocco is a singer, songwriter. Inspired by the likes of Def Leppard to get up on stage, he started his first band, PLUNGE, at age 12 with school friends. The band took their budding career seriously and grew into one of the busiest cover/original bands in the mid-atlantic music scene. PLUNGE first signed to European and Japanese labels before releasing their album “Hometown Hero” independently in the USA. Shortly after “Hometown Hero” came out, Mike was invited to join another hometown act, SR-71 – recently signed to RCA Records. He joined the band as a bassist/background vocalist while maintaining work with PLUNGE in his time off. In 2004 Mike returned to PLUNGE and the band signed with Union Entertainment Group (Nickleback, Hinder, Candlebox) manager John Greenberg.

They shortly thereafter signed a deal with Columbia Records. Mike then began co-writing with different artists and producers such as Stacy Jones, SR-71 singer Mitch Allan, Holly Knight, Jack Blades, Jani Lane, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, John Corabi and many others. His collaborations with Aerosmith Producer/Co-writer Marti Frederiksen created a lasting musical bond. Changes at Columbia Records prevented their debut album from ever being made. Their move to EMI Records was made through Chairman David Munns himself. Mike and Frederiksen began work on “Superhuman” in 2006. Upon its completion in 2007, Cinder Road was born. They toured with Kiss and Chris Daughtry, among others. In 2009 Mike was signed to a publishing deal at Bug Music in LA where he works as a staff songwriter. With Producer/Song Writer Scott Stevens (Formerly of The Exies) he recorded the follow up album entitled “Damage Control” with his CINDER ROAD cohorts and it was released in Japan only in 2010. The band embarked on a Sold-Out tour of Japan in support of Michael Jackson Guitarist “Orianthi” in December 2010.

As he prepares to release his new record and tour, Ruocco hopes his album reflects a new way of thinking in the music industry, one that looks both to the past and the future. “It’s a different musical climate out there,” he says. “I’m hoping there’s a return to the idea that rock’n’roll can be about great songs, thought-out lyrics and real passion.”

The Rise. The Ride. The Risk. [2012]

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