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Jody Raffoul Goes Nationwide With New Album

Of the Oakland Press

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Jody Raffoul confesses that there were "some dark moments" between the time he put out his second album, "Like a Star," in 2004 and last week, when "Big Sky" became his first national release.

"Like a Star," after all, featured "Light of Day," which received an unheard-of amount of Detroit radio play for a local artist. And Raffoul followed by winning Bon Jovi's Have A Nice Gig contest, which allowed him to open for the multi-platinum group at the Palace of Auburn Hills and at Giants Stadium in New Jersey.

Despite all that, however, Raffoul still found himself slogging away at trying to get a national deal.

"Y'know, everybody goes through their trials and tribulations," notes Raffoul, 40, a native of Leamington, Ontario, who came to Detroit to launch his music career. "But the dark moments never outdid the bright moments. It was never too dark, and I just kept going.

"And the more I accepted it for what it was, the more things started to happen -- and by God, they're still going on."

These days Raffoul is buoyed by the presence of "a hell of a team" that's working with him, spearheaded by manager Tim Brack, who used to work with Kid Rock and was referred to Raffoul by Twisted Brown Trucker keyboardist Jimmie Bones. Raffoul spent nearly two years recording "Big Sky," which he produced himself, in Ann Arbor, and he mixed it in Royal Oak.

It's been released nationwide on Fontana/Universal with "Stay (with me)" as the first single, and Raffoul is hoping to stretch his Detroit area success beyond the borders of his adopted home town.

"It feels like you graduate to the next level each time," he says. "But I'm grateful to Detroit. I was able to go to a big city, and a music city at that, and make a great living. I had to play Beatles songs to do that sometimes, but there's nothing wrong with that. They're the best.

"And things could've been worse, y'know? I've never looked down on my situation here."

Jody Raffoul will sign copies of his new album, "Big Sky," and perform at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 23)at the FYE store in the Macomb Mall Shopping Center, 32233 Gratiot Ave., Roseville. Call (586) 294-2345 or visit www.shopmacombmall.com. Raffoul also performs at 7 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 25) at Fifth Avenue Billiards, 215 W. Fifth St., Royal Oak. Admission comes via the purchase of "Big Sky" at any metro Detroit FYE store. Call (248) 542-9922 or visit www.fifthavenuebilliards.com.

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