Cheyanna

Chey Acuna

Indie rock with layered guitars, keyboards and drums, somewhat on the dark side.

Cheyanna is the third release from indie rock artist Chey Acuna (pronounced Shy A-coon-ya). Co-produced with guitarist/engineer Robi Banerji (Rolling Stones, U2), the album chronicles her reaction to life's unexpected twists and turns. With a dark, rock sound that could be described as alternative with goth overtones, Chey explores the contradictions of human nature. Banerji's chiming guitars are complemented by multi-layered keyboards provided by Dave Schulz (Berlin, Goo Goo Dolls), overlaid over Rob Taylor's rock-solid drumbeat. The tone of the album is both reflective and personal. As she explains, "When I write it's because someone or something has affected me emotionally--when I feel something, I write."

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Moment of Darkness

Chey Acuna

Goth-tinged alternative rock, passionate and socially aware. Low sensual vocals, textural keyboards, edgy guitar and tribal drums.

Chey Acuna

Chey Acuna injects her personal brand of alternative rock with unique style. Her provocative lyrics and low, sensual voice give her material a drive and sensitivity rare in much of today's music. Dark tonalities, interwoven melodies and spatial arrangements provide the backdrop for the descriptive lyrics of the songs.

Chey's latest release "Moment of Darkness," features goth-tinged vocals, tribal drums, ethereal keyboards, and edgy guitar. She co-produced the CD with veteran backup vocalist Rosemary Butler (Jackson Browne, James Taylor). One of the songs was featured in the opening movie trailer for the 2003 Dances With Films independent film festival, screening before an audience of over 7,000 people. Other musicians she has worked with include Jeff Scott Soto (Soul Sirkus), Scott Warren (Warrant), Brie Howard (Robert Palmer), and Larry Antonino (Tom Hank's film "That Thing You Do!"). She was recently honored to be part of the 100 voice choir on Neil Young's "Living With War" cd.

Chey's songwriting skills have been recognized by an Honorable Mention in the Billboard Song Contest, and also by a Fourth Place and four Honorable Mentions in the American Song Festival. Her formidable talents and presence on the local club scene have been acknowledged in articles in several Los Angeles trade publications including The LA Weekly and The Music Connection, who wrote, "Vocalist Chey Acuna knocks out each song with artistic abandon," and "Chey is possessed with voice that cuts through the track like a knife."

In addition to songwriting and recording, Chey has been actively involved in filmmaking, incorporating the strong visual imagery of her lyrics to the screen. She produced and directed the music video to her song "Hologram" which premiered on MTV and received airplay in Washington state, Boston, and in New York as part of the New Music Seminar. "Hologram" was also included in the music video compilation program Underground USA which into distribution in Europe and overseas in 39 countries.

Chey Acuna's unique blend of music, video and compelling lyrics make her material something special. There is no doubt that she will continue to explore new directions and produce a distinctive and alluring style of music.

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