THE ECHOES were formed in New York City in early 2000 by native Kentuckians Mark Alexander and Teresa Starr. Starr, a poet attending graduate school at Sarah Lawrence College, became the perfect voice for Alexander's insightful lyrics and plaintive melodies. Alexander, a veteran to performance since his elementary school days, had recorded and worked with a multitude of acts and artists over the years; but admitted finding a greater sense of freedom as a member of THE ECHOES. The group would begin playing in New York and its surrounding areas--eventually continuing their range along the East Coast to their homestate of Kentucky where they'd appear at numerous holiday shows, festivals, and benefits--with common venues including the Baggot Inn and CBGB in Greenwich Village, the C-Note in Alphabet City, Downtime in lower Manhattan, the Orange Bear in Tribecca, and the Turning Point in Piermont, New York.
Their first release, a limited edition EP titled THE ECHOES SOUND OFF, was released in 2001 and was followed by a series of CD singles throughout 2003 and 2004; culminating in their first full-length CD LISTEN UP... IT'S THE ECHOES released in 2005. It was ultimately the wide distribution of this CD that would earn the group a rave review from journalist Joe Viglione at allmusic.com / the All Media Guide and allow their music to reach an even greater audience through various broadcasts and podcasts. The year 2007 would see the release of NOW HEAR THIS and show the band expanding not only their repertoire, but skills as performers and recording artists. THE ECHOES have received international airplay and exposure via both the radio and internet. They have also been recognized as Featured Artist Of The Month in the United Kingdom by Songstuff.
THE ECHOES' music is available at over 2,400 retail stores worldwide and online at Amazon, CD Baby, CD Universe, New Artists Online, and The Echoes Official Website. They are available for digital download at Apple iTunes, Arvato, AudioLunchbox, Bitmunk, Choice Records, Daiki, Destra, DigiPie, DigitalKiosk, Emusic, Flip, Goodstorm, GreatIndieMusic, GroupieTunes, HearMusic, Inprodicon, Intent Media Works, Interia, Iriver Media Online, iSound, Lala, LastFM, LimeWire, Liquid Digital Media, LoudEye, Mixxer, MOD Systems, Mperia, MP3-Extension, MP3tunes, MSN Music, MusicIsHere, MusicMatch, MusicNet, MusicNow, Muze, Napster, Nareos, NewJuke, NewViewsMusic, NextRadio, Nifty, NTT, PassAlong, PayPlay, PeerImpact, PlayIndies, PureTracks, QTRnote, Rhapsody, Ruckus, RuleRadio, rVibe, SonicGarden, Sonific, Sony Connect, Spotify, Starzik, TastyAudio, Theta Music, Tradebit, TreeTunes, USEN, Verizon, Walmart, Wippit, Weed, Wrap Factory, YooPeDoo, and ZuKool. THE ECHOES name is a registered trademark.