Arctic Clam heats up Red Cross CD with Journey songWritten by Evan Brune | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo-area cover band Arctic Clam was born three years ago in a sushi bar to four friends who all had a passion for music. Now, the band has contributed a cover of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” for the “Red, White & You” Red Cross benefit CD.
Nicole Khoury, lead singer for Arctic Clam and a Toledo-area criminal defense attorney, said she believes the song is perfect for a summer CD.
“It’s a great summer song,” she said. “There’s something about ‘Don’t Stop Believin’.’ It’s like, ‘My God, here I am in a cover band, and I can have 20 people or 2,500 people sing the lyrics back to me.’ It’s just a quintessential summer song. You feel good hearing it.”
Khoury, along with other band members Scott Hayes, Mick Mason and Steve Knurek, recorded their song at Firefly Studios in Toledo.
“I was shocked at how quickly we recorded it,” she said. “We were there for a couple hours. I think the hardest to get down was the drums. Once we got the drums down, everything else found its place.”
Khoury, founder of Project iAm, a local autism charity, said she believes in the power of local contributions.
“I’m a firm believer that local people should support local people,” she said. “I think any time you can get people to do one thing and financially benefit others, it’s great.”
Khoury said musicians in the Toledo area are a close-knit group. She said she especially loves playing with the other members of Arctic Clam.
“It’s what makes me happiest, playing with those guys,” she said. “I can’t imagine playing with anyone else. We’re like a family. They’re all such wonderful musicians in their own right.”