He is currently signed to the Dying Van Gogh record label. "Still finding myself obsessed with a quiet secret subtle and almost constant gnawing at my insides about the unbearable sadness of how impermanent everything is. Our lifetimes are short here. I remind myself that it is up to me to find meaning while I am here. I try to live my life to its fullest and even then I cannot shake the deep underlying knowing that they are all just moments lived and then soon forgotten.
Where is the meaning in that?" -Ed Hale, from The Transcendence Diaries In 2005 a one hour documentary about Ed Hale and the rock band Transcendence produced by Journey of Dreams and directed by Diane Doyle for Public Television was released. If nothing else Ed Hale is a busy man. Most notably, he is best known as the internationally recognized singer/songwriter and recording artist from the eclectic Brit Pop/ indie rock band Transcendence, who has released seven albums over the last ten years, either solo or with the group. His newest album Ballad on Third Avenue (Dying Van Gogh Records) is an eleven song acoustic singer/songwriter venture that is said to be reminiscent of Bright Eyes, Kings of Convenience, Rubber Soul era Beatles, Belle and Sebastian, and Simon and Garfunkel. Hale has been written about, reviewed, and interviewed in newspapers and magazines all over the world and has toured throughout the United States, Europe, and South America.
A darling with music critics for nearly a decade for their unique, passionate, and selfishly eccentric sound and style, Transcendence - more of a "collective" than a singular rock band strictly speaking - also happen to be a prolific outfit. The band is releasing two new albums in 2009: All Your Heroes Become Villains, and The Great Mistake, on the new Dying Van Gogh record label. The two new albums could not sound more different than each other and yet both still oddly sound like Transcendence. If that weren't enough, the band is also still putting the finishing touches to a new 24 song double-disc solo album of Hale's entitled L'ntrigue de Femme/Finding Francesca for release in late 2009. Transcendence are consistently played on over 400 college and commercial rock radio stations around the United States and have released four albums in the last six years: Their world-music meets modern rock debut Rise and Shine, which gave them their first taste of commercial success with the song Better Luck Next Time; their second album Sleep With You which though not as successful critically was a major commercial breakthrough for the band yielding three hit singles - Superhero Girl, Vicodin, and Minnie Driver - and climbing to the #24 position on the Modern Rock Charts in the US; their third album Nothing Is Cohesive - which many claim is their best - was honored as "one of the most important albums of the year" in 2005 by HellFire and featured two moderately popular hit singles - Somebody Killed the DJ and the fan favorite, Caetano, which Hale wrote as an homage to his musical idol, Brazilian superstar Caetano Veloso.
In 2008 they released the rarities album The City of Lost Children (named after the French film of the same name) in anticipation of the two new albums they are meant to release in 2009. This album featured two never before released but already classic songs by the band, the TV favorite Whenever I'm With You - made famous on the Nick and Jessica Simpson show, and the September 11th tribute song Rebuild America. Songs by Transcendence are often heard on a variety of television shows on VH1 and MTV and in many films. They are also well known for the fact that several members of the band also have successful solo careers or side projects and for their electric live performances which bring the whole group back together again more like a family reunion both for the band and fans alike. Ed Hale has also become increasingly well-known for his frank and sometimes outlandish brand of social and political activism at times showing up at anti-war rallies either sporting his trademark FUCK WAR t-shirt or dressed up as a United States Army General who walks around carrying a United States flag with the words "world we're sorry" painted on it.
Add Civilian Diplomat as his newest title. In 2008 Hale returned from a 15 day Peace Delegation to the country of Iran where he and 12 other Americans, including Rolling Stone contributing editor Robert Dreyfuss and writer Larry Beinhart, best known for his book-turned-movie Wag the Dog, were hand-picked to fly around the country to meet with leading government officials including former President Mohammad Khatami and leading religious clerics and Ayatollahs to discuss ways to improve US/Iranian relations and increase peace between the two countries. The film department at Siena College is currently creating a one hour documentary about the trip. A few months later Hale appeared at the 2008 United Nations General Assembly Meeting in New York City to attend a private conference with Iran president Moumad Ahmadinejad and leading figures of the US peace movement.
Hale is also scheduled to participate in a similar two week peace delegation trip to Israel/Palestine in 2009 with the IFPB organization. Actively involved in volunteer work when time affords, six months before Hale was in a remote village in the center of Ghana on the West Coast of Africa building houses for the native people there made of not much more than mud and clay with Habitat for Humanity. Hale filmed the entire trip and created a documentary about the experience called Going to Ghana, which can be viewed on YouTube, but soon will be able to rent or buy due to a recent deal with Warner Home Video to release his Transcendent Television series. He is currently scheduled to make a similar trip to the country of Colombia for the same mission, home building. Hale's other passion of course is writing. Known for the unyielding frankness and personal nature of his online journals, he has unofficially posted daily entries to the online blog known as the Transcendence Diaries under the name Fishy for seven years, which boasts a loyal readership of 15,000 fans and features more than two thousand pages.
Hale also just began a new guest columnist spot on the Sundance Film Channel Website regarding how "green" peace on earth really is. He is also the author of the award-winning screenplay for the road-movie The Tribe Moves to London, and just completed a new book entitled We Are the Revolution: Welcome to the Age of Personal Expression which is currently being shopped to publishing houses in New York. Domestically Hale made two trips to the post-Katrina Gulf Coast helping to rebuild homes in 2006, and locally he works with the New York Mission Society volunteering with underprivileged children from the Bronx and Harlem. He also volunteers with local a Homeless Shelter, a Food Bank, Covenant House, Big Brothers & Sisters, and is a Red Cross Disaster Relief volunteer. Two of Hale's newest projects include the non-profit website www.TuneInTurnOnHelp.org which funnels attention and monies to some of his favorite notable causes and charities, and www.PeaceWithIran.com, a website that attempts to show a different side to the people of Iran by acting as a vehicle for enlightened journalists and alternative press coverage of Iran, and exposing more Westerners to Iranian culture - similar to what he did with the country of Brazil during the Rise and Shine years when he recorded several songs in Portuguese and toured there. Hale is a member of NARAS (The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences), the performing rights organization ASCAP, the International Avatar Network, Amnesty International, International Rescue Coalition, the ACLU, United For Peace and Justice, the ANSWER Coalition, Environmental Defense Fund, Smartmeme, Greenpeace, MoveOn.org, Save the Children, Easter Seals, Christ Church United Methodist, and the Christian Children's Fund. FAST FACTS AND TRIVIA Ed Hale is currently the singer, songwriter, and guitarist in the rock group Transcendence along with other members Fernando Perdomo (Dreaming in Stereo), guitar, Roger Houdaille (Ex Norwegian), bass, Allan Gabay, keyboards, founding member Ricardo Mazzi, drums, and drummer Bill Sommer.
Transcendence has released four albums and has two new CDs being released in 2009, All Your Heroes Become Villains, and The Great Mistake. Ed Hale has released three solo albums. His newest solo album, Ballad on Third Avenue, is due out on Dying Van Gogh Records on June 18th, 2009. A new double disc, entitled L'intrigue de Femme/Finding Francesca is rumored to be released in late summer/early fall of 2009. Half of the songs on Hale's new album Ballad On Third Avenue, which is said to be the most personal and intimate collection of songs he has ever recorded, were co-written with Tyler Bejoian, notable because Bejoian is sixteen years old.
The two started collaborating before Bejoian had reached twelve years of age; their first publicly released song the controversial anti-war protest song White House Jihad. Hale evidently met the youngster because they lived in the same apartment building in Manhattan and would often get together to talk music, film, and literature. Music came naturally to Hale at an early age, and perhaps for good reason his family says, being in his blood. He is the great-nephew of the famous producer, arranger, and musical conductor Antonio Morelli, conductor and orchestra leader for the Sands Hotel's infamous Copa Room during the "Rat Pack" years of the fifties and sixties for twenty-five years. Morelli appears on more than three-hundred recorded albums by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, and Dean Martin as either producer, arranger, band leader, or musical conductor.
His former home is now a registered Historical Landmark in the State of Nevada, the Antonio Morelli House. Music may have come naturally to Hale who started playing piano at age four inspired by seeing the film Sound of Music for the first time, but one newspaper article claims that Hale got his start in music when his mother spoke with a psychic who suggested that her troubled son was very creative and recommended that she buy him a guitar in order to give him a creative outlet and keep him out of trouble. The rest as they say is history. Other articles recall the same story and corroborate the "troubled youth" history reporting that Hale was expelled from school for the first time in the first grade (a rare feat if there ever was one), and continued to be expelled throughout his school career having to attend three different high schools in the same town in order to graduate - including a stint at a military school. Hale's first real band post the EDDIE album period, Broken Spectacles - formed with childhood friend (now popular Americana singer) (Matthew Sabatella - got their name from the cover of the Yoko Ono album Season of Glass, which featured a photo of the shattered and blood-stained glasses of slain Beatle's singer John Lennon. Though Broken Spectacles never became the household name that they seemed destined to be, they did achieve a national buzz in the college radio circuit and especially in the music industry itself. The band's debut album was engineered and produced by famed producer Brendan O'Brien (Black Crowes, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen). A failed attempt by legendary drummer Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello, Hall and Oates) to produce the band's second album produced mixed results and was never completed, though Hale has stated it was one of the most important experiences in his musical career.
"I think we learned more about making music, about making good music, about what good music is, in those few months working with Jerry Marotta than in all the years before or since. His knowledge of music and how to make it actually sound good and unique and different was just way beyond what we were capable of at that time as players. But his influence has been huge on me and how I look at music. He was the first guy I ever met and worked with in person who really lives in that other world where real artists live.
Just totally transcendent beyond all the talk and bullshit of most people in the business," Hale has said. Ed Hale released his first album, Eddie, at the age of 17 on the Alarming Talent record label out of Atlanta Georgia. He was discovered while still in school by music critic-historian and talent agent Murray Silver who wrote the book Great Balls of Fire: The Jerry Lee Lewis Story. Silver produced Hale's first album entitled EDDIE. Hale's first professional live concert performance was opening for the band REM at the Fox Theatre for 5000 people.
It was after this period as a solo artist that Hale formed the group Broken Spectacles, wanting to be more than just a "pop singer," but rather be in a real rock band. After the breakup of Broken Spectacles, Hale toured the east coast as a solo artist doing pick up gigs at coffee houses eventually landing in New York City. While there he recorded 12 demos for SONY Records which were never released. Ten of those demos were eventually remixed and digitally remastered and released on the Acoustic In New York album in 2000. Several of the songs from that disc were then reworked and recorded on future albums by Hale's new group Transcendence, notably Paris and Bored. The original band name for Ed Hale's current group TRANSCENDENCE was Ed Hale and The Troubadours of Transcendence.
The group originally had eleven members and was meant to be what Hale was then calling "planet music" - a style that can loosely be heard on the band's eventual debut. Hale and drummer Ricardo Mazzi are the only two original members still in the band today. The name was shortened to Ed Hale and Transcendence for the band's debut album Rise and Shine released in 2002, and eventually shortened to simply Transcendence by the band's second album Sleep With You. The nickname ˜the Ambassador" was given to Hale by long-time friend and video gaming maven Michael Nichols due to Hale's love of travel and that he speaks five languages. Hale also sings in a variety of languages on his albums -- which adds a multi-cultural approach to creating his art that helped first garner his new band Transcendence public attention.
Hale attests that it also helps him in his travels as a volunteer, activist, and civilian diplomat. Outspoken social and political activism may also be something that came to Hale naturally. He is the nephew of Eleanor Cutri Smeal (Born 1939) one of the leading feminists in the United States of the 20th century. She was the only woman to serve as president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) two separate times, once from 1977 to 1982 and again from 1985 to 1987. She was also president of the Feminist Majority Foundation and continued to organize, publicize and promote feminist issues well into the 1990s.
A feminist activist, political analyst, lobbyist, and grassroots organizer, Smeal has appeared frequently on television and radio and testified before Congress on women’s issues over the last fifty years, and has organized numerous events around the world and given speeches on the concepts of feminism, equality, and human rights as they pertain to people in and outside of the United States. Unbeknown to most fans of his music, alongside his music career and activism, Ed Hale is also a fiercely ambitious entrepreneur and businessman who at times comes across as passionate about business and innovation as he does art. Over the years he has founded numerous multimillion dollar companies in his spare time including The Garden of Eden health food stores, which he sold to the GNC Corporation in his mid-twenties, and the international vitamin manufacturing company Ageless Foundation Laboratories which he sold to publicly-traded Naturade Inc in 2005. Obsessed with anti-aging science he developed the UltraMax-HGH line of products which can be found in health food stores all over America today and fourteen other countries. He also has his hands in real estate investment in The Hale Daniel Corporation, founded and presides over the multi-media company Transcendent Media Group - which acts as a record company that is home to artists of various musical styles from rock to Americana to hip hop, a web design firm, and a television production company which co-produces the reality show which he stars in called Transcendent Television.
He also owns a clothing line which features 36 different t-shirt designs. Hale refers to his various forays into business as a hobby and another fun way to express his creativity. His newest business venture is a company called Optum Consulting, a New York based business consulting firm with team-consultants in different cities all over the world that specializes in corporate and product branding, advertising and marketing, and integrating Web2.0 technologies. The firm helps start-ups and entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies optimize their businesses, helps them run smoother and more efficiently, bring new products to market, and in the end make more money. Hale has had his own YouTube channel called TranscendentTV since 2006 where he often videoblogs or posts new songs before they are professionally recorded and released. Ed Hale is half English and half Italian. He is a descendant of the 17th century Italian Engineer and Mathematician Niccolo Tartaglia - who developed the solution for algebraic cubic equations and is best known for his books on applied mathematics Della Nova Scientia and General Trattato di Numeri et Misure. Ed Hale currently lives in New York city.
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