Scruffy Pearls

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Scruffy Pearls is an NYC based band consisting of 6 members. Carly Brooke (vocals), RJ Gatsby (keys), Adam Abresch (trumpet) are from Long Island, Billy Pearson (e.guitar) is from Hudson Valley, NY; Renee Hikari (drums) from Queens, and Parker McAllister (bass) from Brooklyn.

Carly and Bob are high school sweethearts and have been together for 13 years. Carly and Renee met playing in another band, and when one of their gigs was canceled at the last minute, the girls decided to go over to Carly and Bob’s apartment to jam. After hearing a few of the couple’s original tunes, Renee fell in love with the songs and invited her boyfriend Billy to jam as well. In a small living room in Astoria Queens, the band was born. For a year, Scruffy Pearls played shows with just the 4 members, and later on, added Adam and Parker to complete the Scruffy family.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

The name Scruffy Pearls refers to how “scruffy” the boys are and how “pearly” the girls are, but also, Carly’s last name is Pearlstein so we wanted to incorporate Pearls in someway. We’ve been actively playing shows in NYC for almost 3 years. This past summer, we opened for Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and toured all over Colorado. We have our self-titled EP, “Scruffy Pearls” on Spotify, Itunes, Pandora Radio, etc., and we’re currently working on recording some new songs!

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

We call our genre Soul-Rock. Each of us come from very different musical backgrounds, but what ties us together is that we all love a good groove and catchy hooks. We want to make people sway, smile and dance when we play. “Good Things” was born out of a cool riff Bob started to play, and we all just jammed on it and started building parts. Carly came up with uplifting lyrics that related to her ups and downs as a TV/Film actress, which ended up being relatable to just about anyone! In our music video, we are all stuck with another job, when we’d rather be playing our music. It’s pretty biographical, but the message is to never stop doing what you love, and keep going because Good Things come to those who keep believing.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

To keep this short since we have a big family, I’ll give you some fun facts about each member of our band!

Carly is a TV/film actress and she studied musical theatre in college. She just worked on the new Ed Burns film “Summertime.”

Bob plays piano, guitar, ukulele, and harmonica, and he constantly feels the urge to learn any new instrument he feels will help shape the songs. His favorite songwriter is Randy Newman.

Billy is a classical guitar virtuoso but brings the rock edge to our sound. He also brings a positive outlook to every show, rehearsal and idea.

Renee keeps the whole band on track. Literally! She comes up with strong grooves for every song inspired by her vast music history knowledge.

Parker gets flown all over the world to play gigs. He is extremely tasteful in his choices and has a production mindset when it comes to creating his parts.

Adam comes up with killer trumpet lines for our songs. He sees tons of live music and always comes to rehearsals with music we should check out for inspiration.

“Good Things” was produced by Cass Dillon, and we worked with a great crew from Hand Me Down Films for the music video- directed by Zach Griffen, and cinematography by Scott Jeschke.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

We all definitely have our different inspirations but some of our current songs have been inspired by what happens in our life, the ups and downs, and our relationships. Sometimes we’re inspired by the places we visit, or even a movie or a fictional world.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

We look forward to growing our Scruffy Fam with our fans. We are currently recording some new songs and we’re hoping to release some of them by next Spring/Summer so stay tuned! In the meantime, the dancefloor is always open to our friends for our shows, so make sure you track us by putting in your email at http://www.bandsintown.com/ScruffyPearls

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

This summer, we toured all over Colorado and had the chance to open for Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. They are such a great band and everyone in that band was so nice. We fell in love with Colorado and the people there- hope to go back soon!

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

From each of us, we named one artist each:  Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Led Zepplin, Prince, and Fleetwood Mac.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

www.scruffypearls.com

https://www.facebook.com/scruffypearls/

https://www.instagram.com/scruffypearls/

https://twitter.com/scruffypearls

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

https://open.spotify.com/artist/6iPR3q0fenhFLWLOtxERyN

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/scruffy-pearls/1158314201

https://www.amazon.com/Scruffy-Pearls/dp/B01M320K5N

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Kolade Olamide

I am a poet , writer, beat maker, chef, songwriter, web designer, music promoter,digital marketer, blogger and director.

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