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Ridgefield, NJ, United States, 2006/07/31 - “Secrets and Lies” receives honorable mention in Berklee College of Music associated contest; number one choice among students for college appearance - ByronZanos.com.
Award-winning songwriter Bryon Zanos’ song “Secrets and Lies” received an Honorable Mention in the 2006 We Are Listening Singer/Songwriter Awards in association with the Berklee College of Music. According to the We Are Listening website, the awards “are aimed at inspiring true industry exposure, education, and creativity.”
This accolade adds to Zanos’ already impressive list of achievements. ”Secrets and Lies” previously won an Honorable Mention in the Billboard World Song Contest and was a finalist in the 2005 International Song Competition. In addition, his song “Pandora’s Box” won Silver Medal in the Pop category of the 22nd Annual Mid Atlantic Songwriting Contest. Earlier this year, Zanos showcased at the 2005 NACA (National Association for Campus Activities) Mid Atlantic Festival and was selected out of hundreds of entrants to perform as part of the 6 Points Music Festival. He just received word that he was selected for M.E.A.N.Y. (Musicians and Emerging Artists New York) Fest 2006.
Not only has Zanos impressed music industry judges with his songwriting and performance skills, but he has caught the attention of music fans as well. Students at Bucknell University selected Zanos as their number one choice to play their Late Night Music Series, where he will perform on August 25th. Zanos is currently booking dates at colleges throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Upcoming club dates include Caffe Vivaldi in New York City on September 13th and a return engagement at Staten Island Mall’s Fashion Jam on September 16th.
Music lovers can get a taste of Zanos’ acoustic performances by viewing the video for his new song “Still in a Fight” on MySpace, YouTube, and his website. The video was directed by Marc Birnbach and shot on location at Bennett Studios in Englewood, NJ, where Zanos recorded his debut CD Somewhere in the Middle.
Zanos’ lifelong love of music began in his parents’ living room, listening to his father’s opera collection. As a kid, Zanos had a more classical bent, with his first instrument being the piano. That all changed though, when he bought his first album: Guns ‘N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction. “It was like a bowl of Lucky Charms after eating oatmeal my whole life,” Zanos says.
Zanos’ wit permeates his music. With lyrics like “You bought ’Happiness for Dummies’ and you/you think you’re gonna teach me something” (“Pandora’s Box”), “You want everything to come the easy way/…money without all the working/weight loss on pasta and chips” (“Better Days”), “Pack your bags/looks like we’re going on a guilt trip again” (“Sleeping Sally”) and “Everyday life version 4.0/tech support is no help at all/answers in the next hot reality show – or in the drug that keeps grandfather’s love tall” (21st Century Boy), it’s hard not to laugh (as well as sing) along. However, other songs on Somewhere In The Middle, such as “Blind Today”, show a softer, more vulnerable side, and when Zanos sings “I never knew a foot so good to fit your shoes” in the aptly-named “Sweet Melancholy,” listeners are bound to be touched.