Back of the Trax features stories, explanations and an in-depth look behind-the-scenes at the original music writing & recording process of independent artists including Breaking 12 and host Ron Valenzia's own stories from his personal musical path.
Breaking 12 is a positive charged mixture of contemporary rock alternative music, with an edge of 80's and 90's pop/rock influences. This is a "turn up the radio, roll your windows down and cruise" kind of CD that will take you on a fun filled journey.
Breaking 12 consists of two creative and talented members from the Baltimore area, Aileen Stauffer and Ron Valenzia. Aileen and Ron have known each other for 12 years. As teachers, they started writing music simply as a summer hobby, but quickly began to realize their potential, and now have taken their creative talents one step further. Their first original CD, self titled Breaking 12, is a positively charged mixture of contemporary rock alternative music, with an edge of 80's and 90's pop/rock influences. This is a "turn up the radio, roll your windows down and cruise" kind of CD that will take you on a fun filled journey. This first CD is one of hopefully many CD’s to come for Breaking 12. They have tons of material and it was difficult to select only 12 songs to feature on this CD. Breaking 12 has broken out, and you definitely don't want to miss this one!
Hail to the Queen is a "wicked awesome" rock and roll song with an edgy current and classic rock sound.
The single Hail to the Queen is Breaking 12's first release since our debut album released in March of 2015. Breaking 12 has a unique style and sound influenced by the 80's rock, 90's alternative and today's contemporary sound.
Until We Get It Right is a rock ballad reminiscence of a mix of the '80s, 90's rock influences with a contemporary sound.
Until We Get It Right is a song about relationships that find unexpected obstacles but are able to hold on to the vision and hope for the future. This singer-songwriter style narrative is accompanied by an 80s and 90s rock feel of Green Day and Toad the Wet Sprocket ballads. Cover Art Credit: Chrissy Smith Photography
Innocence is a pop alternative rock song reflective of the '90s with current influences.
This new release, Innocence, is a 90's style pop alternative song with dark undertones and deep meaning. In the style of Bush and Toad the Wet Sprocket, it takes on a cool vocal style with 90's alternative rock instrumentation.
Ron Valenzia is a songwriter and performer from Baltimore, Maryland. He has toured and recorded for much of the last few years as a keyboardist, guitarist, and drummer with Breaking 12. Currently, Ron has stepped out on his own with his newest originals as the sole instrumental and vocalist on this track.
The Letter Box CD is a synth-rock and pop CD written and recorded in the late '80s and early '90s. The music is reminiscent of its time with powerful and sleek production with edgy and rangy vocals by Mary Croom and Ron Valenzia.
The Letter Box CD is a synth-rock and pop CD written and recorded in the late '80s and early '90s. The music is reminiscent of its time with powerful and sleek production with edgy and rangy vocals by Mary Croom and Ron Valenzia. Initially released in 1995, was a combined effort of a group of musical friends. Songwriters Kurt Froberg and Ron Valenzia collaborated on many tracks for the Letter Box CD. Ricky Jay, Miles Croom, and Dave Kelly were prominently featured on Guitar and Jimmy Knoud on Bass. Musician and producer extraordinaire Frank Starchak assisted with just about everything from extra bass lines to coffee!!
The CD opens with an attention-grabbing vocal intro while easing into a strong keyboard riff to take us through an uplifting combination of melody and words in Miracle in Disguise.
Everything Changes is a more thought-provoking title written and sung by Ron Valenzia. The title suggests it all, especially how relationships can change over time.
Track 3 is one of the more powerful tracks. Written by Kurt Froberg and Ron Valenzia, this powerful rock ballad with a stormy guitar solo will have you on the edge as Mary Croom sings Mayday. This song is the story of a love that can never leave the shore because of the predetermined dreams and destination of one's heart that cannot be changed.
Melanie is a powerful reminder of love lost and the attempt to get it back.
The power punch drum part in Far and Away will keep you hanging on as the deep storyline sung by Mary Croom transports you.
Many thanks go out to the contributors for this CD project. Time and love well spent!!
Uniting passionate, angelic vocals with powerfully fitting and moving soundscapes, The Spirits of Christmas CD creates an atmosphere of holiday music, that has both dignity and meaning.
Uniting passionate, angelic vocals with powerfully fitting and moving soundscapes, The Spirits of Christmas CD creates an atmosphere of holiday music, that has both dignity and meaning. It’s instruments are full of dark and light emotion, majesty, mystery and spirit, which help evoke love, pain and imagination that comes with the Christmas season. The Spirits of Christmas brings music that is both haunting and beautiful, making it a perfect Christmas piece to combine the elements of Christmas past with present. It’s solemn and spirited originality creates the perfect background music to a cozy candlelit room full of the love and spirit of Christmas.
What is the Christmas Spirit?
Is it found in gifts, lights and trees? Maybe it’s the warmth of a winter fire, or hearing church bells or sleigh bells ringing, seeing the white falling snow or simply spending time with loved ones celebrating and cherishing good times past and present.
Breaking 12 embraces the holidays by sharing a first of its kind Christmas album entitled The Spirits of Christmas. This CD is a contemporary Christmas CD that combines the traditional sounds of the Christmas music we all know and love, with a creative and original twist to take you on a much deeper journey of life, love and the holidays. The Spirits of Christmas delivers originals and familiar songs which are made fresh with new and exciting arrangements that help to bridge the past with the present. The originals will lead the listener through all of the ‘spirits” and emotions that are tied to the Christmas season. So, no matter where you find your Christmas Spirit this year, make sure that Breaking 12 comes along for the journey!
Sky Stories is an instrumental musical journey of dramatic epic rock anthems for video or movie soundtracks.
Sky Stories is a Piano and Guitar driven soundtrack that takes the listener on a visual journey as you listen. These instrumental epic style anthems will inspire a story line with many emotions.
Back of the Room is a Powerful Symphonic pop/rock song that you could easily imagine on any movie soundtrack.
Back of the Room s a positively charged mixture of contemporary rock with a symphonic sound. This is a reflective uptempo song that will take you on a journey.
Fly Away is a positively charged pop/rock "happy" song with summertime feel. This song will take you away from the office and land you on the beach or it will motivate you to do so.
Breaking 12 music is a positively charged mixture of contemporary rock alternative music, with an edge of 80's and 90's pop/rock influences. This is a "turn up the radio, roll your windows down and cruise" kind of band that will take you on a fun filled journey and inspire.