Monte Pittman to release The Power of Three 1/21/14
The Power of Three
Metal Blade Records
Release date: 21 January 2014
A year after Monte Pittman (guitars & vocals), Kane Ritchotte (drums), and Max Whipple (bass) boarded a plane to Copenhagen, Denmark to begin recordingThe Power of Three—the upcoming full-length album from award winning, chart topping guitarist Monte Pittman—the album is finally ready for the world to hear and has been set for release in North America on January 21, 2014 through Metal Blade Records. The Power of Three showcases Monte’s return to his metal roots and saw the band teaming up with none other than Flemming Rasmussen, famous for Metallica’s seminal album ‘Master Of Puppets’, who produced the album with mastering duties being handled by Alan Douches at West West Side Mastering. The Power Of Three, which is hard and heavy and follows on from Monte’s highly successful, critically acclaimed second album ‘Pain, Love & Destiny’, which reached number one in both the rock and pop charts.
Artist Cam Rackam created the artwork for the cover of The Power of Three. The piece features a portrait of Charon, the ferryman of Hades who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead. This represents Monte's musical journey from what he has done before and where he is now with The Power of Three and beyond. The iTunes single and first track released to fans from the album, ‘A Dark Horse’, features artwork created by Gustav Klimt (used with kind permission) titled 'The Golden Knight (Life Is A Struggle)'. It is a textured, symbolic painting which tells a similar story as the music does.
Monte Pittman History:
Born and raised in Longview, TX, Monte Pittman made the decision at 24 to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a professional musician, leaving his family, friends, and his band Myra Mains behind. Upon arrival in LA, he made ends meet by working at a local music store until realizing he was better at teaching than selling, so he left to start providing guitar lessons.
As fate would have it, his third student would end up being British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, who had just received a guitar from his then girlfriend, Madonna. Soon after, Monte was introduced to the iconic performer and became her guitar teacher as well, and a month later, Monte was invited to join Madonna on stage at the David Letterman Show to promote her album, Music.
After being invited to joinMadonna on stage at the David Letterman Show,Monte has since played guitar on all of Madonna's live tours and albums, starting with the 2001 Drowned World Tour, and shares writing credits on some of her songs. Monte has also played guitar for the metal band Prong, which he is credited with co-writing songs on Scorpio Rising and Power of the Damager to which he also added backing vocals and bass. He also played guitar on Prong's live album 100% Live.
In November 2009, Monte released his debut acoustic solo album, The Deepest Dark. Almost a year after its release, a special bonus version of The Deepest Dark was released and immediately reached the No. 1 spot on the Best-Selling Acoustic Albums list at CD-Baby.com. It was also No. 9 in the Top 10 Best-Selling CDs for the fall of 2010. In 2011, Monte launched a Kickstarter campaign for his second album, Pain, Love & Destiny. It raised a staggering $65,500, making him the top rock musician to raise the most money on the crowd-funding platform at that time; Monte met his initial goal of $5,000 in under 24 hours. The album was released later that year and within its first week made it to No. 1 Rock Album, No. 1 Pop Album, and made it onto the Top 10 Albums chart on CD Baby. In addition, it cracked the iTunes Top 200.
Monteperformed at the 2012 Super Bowl with Madonna and toured around the world on the MDNA Tour. He also performed at the 2012 Artists In Music Awards where he was given an award for Best Solo Artist in addition to being nominated in four other categories. Monte has also been honored with a Career Achievement Award from the Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards. The Los Angeles Music Awards nominated him for Best Male Singer/Songwriter and Best Modern Rock Album for Pain, Love, & Destiny.
In November of 2012, M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 1 was released. It's a stripped down acoustic EP marking the beginning of Monte and Flemming Rasmussen's working relationship.
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