“Cutting Edge Music Instruction Where Young Artists Grow” is one of the headlines of The Sound Foundation website.

The Sound Foundation is a Dallas based artist development and music instruction school, which was started and currently owned by Murder FM front man, Norman Matthew. Matthew has toured the world with some of the biggest names in rock n’ roll, grew up with Alice Cooper’s kids, graced the cover of Revolver Magazine, and has been the recipient of an RIAA Award for Best Metal Performance. With all of these accolades, he has not lost touch with one of his beliefs: pay it forward. That is precisely what The Sound Foundation does with a program for the next generation of musicians. Two bands ready for the national spotlight are The Pröjekt and Heartbreak Heroes. Both are products of The Sound Foundation and produced by Norman Matthew.

Stopping short of calling the latest release from The Pröjekt a ballad, “Heroin” is a slow starting, hard hitting song that allows vocalist Ruby Sanchez’s voice to captivate you from the very beginning. At the ripe age of 16 years old, Sanchez’s smooth vocals take this song to a level all its own. The rock and metal genres are largely dominated by men, but it appears we may have a female contender on the horizon. One could easily draw parallels between the smooth and rich vocals of Ruby Sanchez and Amy Lee of Evanescence on this track.

“Necro” is a more upbeat rock tune with a quick drum beat and fast guitar licks. Sanchez’s smooth and steady delivery bring it all together. One might think a faster tempo song like this would require equally quick lyrics. This song is so well mastered with Sanchez’s delivery and tone that it simply just works. Sanchez delivers another tremendous vocal performance on this track, which will likely have you hitting repeat.

The Pröjekt lineup includes Ruby Sanchez (vocals), Dylan Sammarco (drums), and Caitland Yeoman (bass, vocals).

Heartbreak Heroes formed in 2014 with membership aging from 14-19 years. Their self-proclaimed influences include Blink 182, All American Rejects, and Fall Out Boy really and shine through in their latest release Perfect Liar. Although they are teenagers, you would not pick up on this fact by simply listening to them. Thompson’s vocals are just as polished and crisp as any veteran singer in the pop/rock genre.

Heartbreak Heroes is Alec Thompson (vocals), Alex Rivera (drums), Sean Suterland (guitar), and Aidan McCool (bass).

If you are fortunate enough to catch either The Pröjekt or Heartbreak Heroes live, you may just catch their producer and mentor on stage with a guitar slung over his shoulder jamming with them.

“Music is art, expression is freedom, begin your legacy today and leave your mark on the world” is text captured from The Sound Foundation website. While Norman Matthew has certainly made a mark in the music industry, he continues to share his knowledge and experience with the younger talents of tomorrow: paying it forward.

The Sound Foundation
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The Pröjekt
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Heartbreak Heroes
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Norman Matthew
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Images: Top РThe Pr̦jekt; Middle РHeartbreak Heroes

About The Author

I am photographer based the Metro Detroit area, but not a native Michigander.  At the age of 18 I became a mobile DJ where my passion for music became apparent.  While in college and many years thereafter, I was an on-air personality (DJ) for what's now known as Backyard Broadcasting in Sioux Falls, SD where I worked on the air for each format; Classic Rock, Adult Contemporary, Oldies, and Country. I have always had a love for photography and started my own photography business: Kent McIntire Photography. Living in MOTOWN, it only makes sense that I merge my two passions; music and photography thereby building and expanding my portfolio while trying to get my name out there.  At the same time, share my love of music and the artists with others.

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