MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage, located in the Meijer Fan Zone, will feature entertainment all weekend long at the Grand Prix. A complete listing of all the acts performing on the stage in 2014 will be posted in the coming days. Live performances on the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage include:
"We just felt like some sounds needed to evolve. We knew we had to shake things up creatively and go back to the drawing board, try something new," commented Lifehouse lead singer Jason Wade. "It was a liberating experience; I feel like we can take all our different musical influences and they can kind of coalesce together and live in the same space without any rules or guidelines. This album was just very in-the-moment, or should I say letting moments happen instead of forcing something and trying to manipulate it."
Jason Wade recalls the beginning of Lifehouse a dozen years ago with warm nostalgia - and a little bit of expos facto terror.
"You know, we recorded that first album (No Name Face, sold two and half million copies) and it resonated with a lot of people, and I don't even remember a lot of the shows back then because I never planned on doing that. I was just a kid in my room with my guitar and a couple of songs," Wade says. But after four more albums, a few hit singles ("Hanging By a Moment," "You and Me," "First Time," "Whatever It Takes", "Halfway Gone" and sales of more than 15 million records, Wade and company are well-adjusted and have grown into a strong, tight and perpetually ambitious concern.
"I really enjoy the creative process," he explains. "For me, I think the more I move forward, the more I'm just reminded to protect and maintain whatever it is, where it comes from that you can channel an inspired moment and bring a song that resonates with you, because I really believe that if it doesn't resonate with you as the singer, it's not going to resonate with anyone else."
Lifehouse - Wade, drummer Rick Woolstenhulme, Jr., bassist Bryce Soderberg and guitarist Ben Carey - have made earnestness and soul-searching their calling card since emerging from Los Angeles during the late 90s, first as Blyss and since 2000 as Lifehouse. "Hanging By a Moment" was Billboard magazine's 2000 Hot 100 chart Song of the Year, while the group's music has been heard in TV shows such as "Smallville," "Falcon Beach," "Grey's Anatomy," "Scrubs," "One Tree Hill," "Criminal Minds" and many others, as well as in films like "The Time Traveler's Wife." Wade also composed "From Where You Are" especially for the All State insurance company's Teen Driving Program.
Clearly the bar has been set high, both qualitatively and commercially, and Lifehouse was well aware of the stakes when it entered the studio last year to make its sixth album, Almería. What transpired was a creative adventure that surprised the band but also resulted in perhaps it’s most daring and provocative release to date.
"This whole process was completely different," Wade acknowledges. Part of that, he says, is because the band "never unplugged the touring machine," alternating between recording sessions and concerts. That kept the quartet's chops sharp and brought an energetic urgency to the playing. "It's almost like we were reverting back to being teenagers in our parents' garages, which felt really good," Wade says. "We thought we were making this cool, 70s kind of rock album."
That approach can certainly be heard on Almería. But the polished craft and keen melodic sensibility that is at the heart of Lifehouse wasn't disappearing, either. As more songs were being written, the familiar blended with the fresh to create something entirely new. "There's kind of this confluence of all of these different musical styles," Wade says.
The big turning point for Almería came one day earlier this year, when Wade "stumbled into" the first single, "Between The Raindrops." Lifehouse was hard at work on the album, but Wade happened to have some family in town and limited time to work on that particular day. Nevertheless, he "had this melody reverberating in my head." He made a short detour into the studio, "threw all these different instruments down on tape" and a half-hour later had "the bare bones of the track. It was that spark of inspiration you hear about." Working with Almería producer and cowriter Jude Cole and Jacob Kasher, Wade and Lifehouse further developed the track over the next three and a half months and honed the lyrics into a pointed and poignant dialogue that required just the right voice to dial in the message.
"Natasha Bedingfield's name got brought up," Wade remembers. "We met her five or six years ago and our paths kept crossing, so I sent her the song and she instantly had a visceral reaction to it. Within the next week she was in the studio doing vocals."
"Between The Raindrops" started yet another "surge of creative energy" that brought even more songs into Almería’s mix. Wade came up with "Nobody Listen" without a distinct melody line or lyric; he simply "went in with this blank canvas and started throwing stuff down on tape and this track just kind of came to life. I've never written like that before." "You're The One" came out of a similar process, with producer Cole helping Wade set a song atop a track he'd been working on.
"Everything was kind of backwards and unorthodox - and it was working," Wade notes. "So it was just kind of about turning your brain off and not analyzing too much and scaring away the inspiration while I was having it."
Another key track from the album, "Right Back Home" features the legendary Peter Frampton on it. Long time Lifehouse manager, producer and collaborator, Jude Cole commented on the making of the track: "I had the great pleasure of meeting Peter when I worked for Extra some years ago. We had dinner recently and I asked him to bring his old but newly found '57 Les Paul "Phoenix", (yes the one from Frampton Comes Alive!) down and be a part of the record. He completely mesmerized the room as the band and I sat and watched him perform his solo and vocal like he was onstage at the Fillmore. Together along with Jason's vocal and the band's energetic sound, I believe we captured something very special here."
With Almería finished, Wade feels that Lifehouse has crafted a "confluence" of the two approaches it took in making the album. And by doing that it's made something that sounds clearly different but not completely unfamiliar - more like a seasoned band with a renewed sense of purpose and mission, which for a group like Lifehouse is an exciting prospect indeed.
"I think that as an artist you should always be in a state of becoming but never really arriving," Wade explains. "If there's no room to grow anymore and you're known for a sound that you kind of trademarked, then you're in a box and there's nowhere to go. We just wanted to experiment and shake off any of these imaginary boundaries that we had placed in our minds. I think you have to do that to survive - not survive in a business sense, but for your own sanity and satisfaction."
In 1993 Shaggy exploded on the music scene with his debut album PURE PLEASURE. His remix of the Ska classic Oh Carolina from that album was an instant hit in England and other countries.
He released his Sophomore album BOOMBASTIC in 1995. The album went certified platinum, won a Grammy Award in 1996 for Best Reggae Album and topped the Top 40 Rhythmic charts, Hot 100, and Billboard 200.
Shaggy, along with his former manager Robert Livingston and legendary producer Sting International formed Big Yard Music Group in 1996. Big Yard has been instrumental in the careers of artists such as Brian & Tony Gold, Kiprich, Rayvon, Rik Rok, Voicemail, Richie Loop, and Christopher Martin
In 1997, Shaggy recorded his third album MIDNIGHT LOVER.
In 2000 he released his fourth album HOTSHOT which went Diamond worldwide and Platinum 6 times in the United States. Notable singles from that album included "It Wasn’t Me" and "Angel." "It Wasn’t Me" received a Grammy nomination. Single "Luv Me, Luv Me" featuring Janet Jackson was released on the Soundtrack for the movie How Stella Got Her Groove Back. The album also won best-selling album at the 2002 Juno Awards.
Michael Jackson requested that Shaggy perform at his 30th Anniversary that was held at Madison Square Gardens in 2001. At the event Michael asked, "Did you write "It Wasn’t Me" Shaggy?" SHAGGY: "Yes." MICHAEL: "That’s some S#*t I would have written."
In 2002 and 2005 Shaggy released LUCKY DAY and CLOTHES DROP respectively. LUCKY DAY went certified Gold in the US while single Strength Of A Woman made the Top 40 mainstream charts. CLOTHES DROP received a Grammy Nomination for Best Reggae Album.
Shaggy co-starred in the Action thriller "Blast" alongside Eddie Griffin and Vivica Fox in 2004.
In 2007 INTOXICATION was released and debuted at number 1 on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums chart, was nominated for Best Reggae Album at the 51st Grammy Awards and was the number 1 download on UK iTunes Reggae chart. The first single, Church Heathen, from the album won the Best Music Video at the International Reggae and World Music Awards in 2008. The second single Bonafide Girl also made its way to number 1 on music charts.
Shaggy recorded and released single "Feel The Rush" in 2008 which was used as the original anthem for the UEFA Euro Cup. The single was featured on various charts throughout Europe and India. And went certified gold in Germany.
Shaggy Foundation was developed in 2008. He hosts an annual charity event in which all proceeds are donated to the Bustamante hospital to help defray the cost of medical equipment. To date, the Shaggy Foundation has been instrumental in raising over $85 million (JMD = $1 million USD) for the hospital.
Shaggy partnered with Pan Caribbean Financial planners for their 11th annual SIGMA Corporate Run. With a 5k course that attracted 9500 runners, walker and wheelchair participants, the event raised $14 million (JMD)/$165,000 (USD) for the Bustamante Hospital.
Other fundraising efforts include a performance at "Food For The Poor" Gala in Florida which raised funds to construct homes for earthquake victims in Haiti.
Shaggy contributed a song, which was a remake of the 1974 classic "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas, for Pepsi Cola in 2008. He appeared in the television commercial alongside T-Pain and Tami Chynn.
In 2009 he recorded single "Fly High" which was used in a television commercial for Ferrero Rocher’s Ice Cream Bar, Maxi King and also appeared in the 30 second advertisement. "Fly High," was used for Ferrero’s trailer campaign on VIVA (a television network in Germany co-owned by Viacom).
Shaggy also acted as the international icon for Ultimate Ear products for brand Logitech.
Shaggy co-wrote a book and CD set entitled "Shaggy Parrot and the Reggae Band." Sales from the book and CD set benefits the Bustamante Hospital in Jamaica and Tatiana McIntosh Scholarship Fund in Florida. The book was also donated to basic schools in Jamaica to be used as part of their curriculum.
In 2011 SUMMER IN KINGSTON was released under Shaggy’s new label Ranch Entertainment, Inc.
Shaggy received a Grammy Nomination for his tenth studio album, SUMMER IN KINGSTON in 2012. Shaggy appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The George Lopez Show and The Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda promoting the album.
In September 2013, Sly & Robbie Presents Shaggy will release a collaboration album entitled, "OUT OF MANY, ONE MUSIC." On tour in 2010, Shaggy and Sly and Robbie conceived the idea and started production in 2012. Recorded in New York and Jamaica, the album features Neyo , Beres Hammond, Konshens, Taurus Riley, Coco Tea, Joe, Morgan Heritage, Tessanne Chin, Chronixx, Jimmy Cozier and Damian Marley. The first single "Fight this Feeling" with Beres Hammond was released in May 2013 and has been quickly climbing the charts. Media outlets and industry insiders have all agreed that the single is a game changer, going back to a classic reggae rock steady vibe. The second single, "You Girl", featuring Grammy Winning pop artist Ne-Yo is slated for release mid-summer 2013. "OUT OF MANY, ONE MUSIC," has already received tremendous feedback from industry tastemakers through various listening parties.