PETE EVICK ~ Rock Recording Artist Special Guest On 10/17/2022
Pete Evick is an award-winning musician / producer / songwriter / author who has spent the last 19 years touring the world as the music director and guitar player for rock icon and reality tv star Bret Michaels. Evick has spent his entire life as a career musician, hitting the road in 1990 (his senior year in Highschool) and never looking back.
Throughout the 90s and beyond Pete has had success with his own bands SOME ODD REASON and EVICK, releasing 4 albums between the two. Years of touring in support of those albums has brought Pete a huge support team that has carried over into the modern world of social media.
Once joining Bret Michaels band, Evick co-wrote and produced the hit single “Go That Far” - the theme song for Viacom’s highest rated television show Rock of Love. The song was then featured in the wildly popular video game Guitar Hero 3 and spent seventeen weeks on the number 1 spot on VH1’s video count down. Pete also produced and co-wrote three of Bret Michaels’ solo albums. All three charted in the Billboard Top 40.
Evick has also won awards for his contribution to both Paramore and Shinedown’s live records - ‘Last Riot!’ and ‘Sounds of Madness (Deluxe Edition),’ respectively, where he is credited as Pro Tools editor.
Pete’s music and production has also been heard on several tv shows over the years, including Rock of Love, Life as I Know It, Rock My RV, Penguins of Madagascar and the Mrs. Universe Pageant.
Aside from his association with Bret Michaels over the past two decades, Evick has also shared the stage and lent his hand as musical director to artists as diverse as Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, and Sammy Hagar. “Dee invited us to be the entertainment at his annual charity bike run where he joined us on stage for a set of Twisted Sister songs two years in a row and Mark opened for Bret Michaels as a solo artist twice and used us as his backing band. Then, Sammy and Bret played a private party in Las Vegas and I was appointed music director to rehearse his band with the Poison songs we played.”
In 2015 Evick wrote the award-winning book "The Moments That Make Us” which has maintained a huge 5 star rating on Amazon and won him the Virginia Author of the year award for that year.
Evick recently recorded two new singles – the first new music from Pete with his own band in nearly a decade - the brand-new song, “My Best Days” and a cover version of the 80’s pop classic, “99 Red Balloons” in protest to the war in the Ukraine. “My Best Days” was written to be an inspiration to those who feel as if they have already lived their prime. There is always more to come, no matter how old or what adversity, there is always something better on the way. ““99 Red Balloons” was a very emotional song to me,” Pete reveals. Growing up in the 80’s dealing with the fear of the Cold War. In light of the current Ukraine situation, I re-recorded it to bring awareness to a horrible state of affairs.”
Right out of the gate, “99 Red Balloons”, both the song and video, have received such strong praise across the globe that Pete can’t help hope that it raises awareness to the tragedy happing currently in the Ukraine. “It was a great honor to receive the attention that this song did right out of the gates, even charting as high as number 27 on the UK Heritage charts alongside legends such as The Scorpions, Simple Minds and UB40,” Evick boasts.