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October 20, 2006.
a native of
Shaker Heights, Ohio
born under a lucky star.
He is an avid painter and was
working towards a career as a
screenwriter, but he virtually hit the jackpot early
last year with a completely different art form.
never on a
musical quest to be a rock star. He wasn’t even trying to get a
record deal. As a matter of fact, he was quite
content being a writer. Although it wasn’t making him much
money, Radin was happy living in New York City and doing what he loved.
Then the proverbial light bulb went off in his head.
He decided to parlay his writing talent into
composing songs. “I have always been a music junkie,”
says Radin, who is a fan of Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith and Paul Simon
to name a
few. “I was barely getting by, because it’s expensive to live in
New York City.”
decided to hook with a friend to write and record some songs. Armed
with a guitar, his trusty pen, and a
pal’s bedroom, Radin recorded a slew of
songs in a few months. Using his connections from
screenwriting, Radin sent off
a few songs to some
The rest is literally a fairytale.
“We sent the song ‘Winter’ in to some producers and in a few weeks it was
on the show Scrubs.” The Zach Braff-anchored sitcom spawned Radin
a huge fan base. “The response was crazy,” explains Radin. “We had to
put a website together that night. The next day, it was shut down with
too much traffic.” Braff (who went to
college with Radin, but never really knew him) became a huge fan,
making sure to get more of Radin's songs on the soundtrack to his film
The Last Kiss.
The mania really set off for Radin after another
boudoir recording wound
up on one of television’s most popular shows, Grey’s Anatomy. When
the song “Closer” aired on the ratings juggernaut labels starting
calling and mailing boxes of money to Radin’s apartment. Well, not
but the bidding war had begun. “After Grey’s, my music got an
unbelievable response,” says Radin. “People from all over the world were
emailing, and asking where they could get my music.”
Radin’s rise to the major label ranks sounds meteoric,
that's because it
was. “If you would have told me five years ago that I would be here, I
would have told you that you were crazy,” says Radin.
the dust had settled from the major label scuffle, Radin landed in
Columbia Records’ corner. “I told Columbia that if they could get me an
opening slot on [Bob] Dylan’s tour, I would sign with them.”
Even though that particular perk of the deal has yet to come through, Radin is happy with his new
musical home. “Columbia let me make the record how I wanted to,”
confesses Radin. “I got to pick the producer and create the sound I
The result is Radin’s debut album, We Were Here. The
with songs of love and heartbreak in the big city,
looks like Radin’s golden ticket to
or at least a Bob Dylan tour.
“The album is just about falling in and out of love,” explains Radin. “I
had just had a bad breakup and picking up the guitar and writing songs was
the best therapy.”
The album will remind listeners of a diverse set of
influences, including the Beatles, Cat Stevens
and Nick Drake
arguably Radin’s biggest influence. The minimalist production, coupled
with Radin’s smoky-yet-not-overpowering voice, makes this album an easy,
listen. Radin's gentle
folk guitar is one of the main ingredients that
makes his songs the
ideal soundtrack fodder. It’s not the most
traditional road to stardom in the world, but it's a role
that Radin is more than willing to play.
“As long as I can pay the bills doing music, then I’ll be happy,” says
Radin. “Just as long as I don’t have to go back to waiting tables…”
Surely, with more music to come from Radin, We Were Here is only