Meridian Lights is the song writing team of vocalist Bradley Valentin and guitarist Yohimbe Sampson. They have completed their second release. The album is “self titled” and album features bass player Jean Shepherd and drummer Drew McClean.
Bradley and Yohimbe both grew up with heavy musical and art influences in the home. Music was part of celebrating the greatest moments of life and served as an outlet for self expression. Yohimbe, self-taught, started playing guitar as a teen and honed his skills studying the instrument and playing with various bands, one being Rap/Rock band Game Rebellion. Bradley, writing since the age of 12, has penned everything from short stories to poetry. He started singing as a teen in his mother’s church choir. “I was introduced to many different genres and I always paid attention to the vocalist.”?
After crossing paths several times while living in the Bedstuy section of Brooklyn, it all came to head at a party where Yohimbe grabbed a guitar and nobody would sing. Brad stood up, they started rocking and haven’t stopped. The band has been featured onMetro NY, MTV Iggy and The Deli Magazine to name a few, and are no strangers to the stage having played Knitting Factory, SOBs, Public Assembly, Ella Lounge, Arlene’s Grocery and various other music venues in and around New York City.
Meridian Lights defies genre with influences of rock, soul, world and electronic music. A masterful fusion of Bradley’s powerhouse vocals with Yohimbe’s feverish guitar, songs touch on trial, optimism, love and sex. Says MTV Iggy, “With their trippy, soulful, rock grooves that bang across cascading, sensual rhythms, it’s hard not to fall in love with Meridian’s do or die style. It’s Afropunk; it’s rudeboy-with-a-heart. It’s the kind of infectious, shape-shifting music that doesn’t fit all, but goes so hard that you simply can’t ignore it.”
As an adorable 10-year old, Dejen’s (Day-Jin) first job was making and selling beaded animals to fireworks spectators in hometown Madison, WI. Years later he founded ArtsApp, a digital portfolio company for college-bound musicians in 2o08. It’s an audition software that Universities and Performing Arts programs use to screen and archive video-based applicants more efficiently. ArtsApp has been in the Minnesota Cup, MinneDemo, and Project Skyway bootcamp. Dejen Tesfagiorgis had raised local angel capital and grew the company over the years until it was acquired by DecisionDesk – a larger east coast player in the same space.
Dejen is an accomplished musician and has studied saxophone under Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray and Ruben Haugen. He will be performing for the premiere of Luminata: It is our light.