SOURCE: Growth Records

October 28, 2009 08:15 ET

Ambition Is the Name of the Game, Proves Local Band

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - October 28, 2009) - Lions Ambition is the story of today's independent artists -- inspired and innovative, and on the verge of mainstream discovery.

The three-man trio lay lyrics over a live band and traditional DJ, giving crowds a refreshing sound of hip-hop in the Pacific Northwest. Audiences should anticipate an upbeat, soulful performance from their powerful combination of beats, rhymes, acoustics and vocals, which create their hip-hop and rock infused sound.

The band has opened for popular artists such as hip-hop icon, Talib Kweli and recently captured the title at the Battle of the Tech Bands competition hosted by Xconomy, a business and technology publication.

Frankie Starr and Marlon Turner, the two lead MCs, are known to rhyme about conscious topics surrounding middle class individuals, a reflection of their upbringings and the ability for hip-hop to influence across generations, social classes and geographic borders.

"We provide new energy and inspiration to a saturated hip-hop market," says Starr.

"Our music incorporates different aspects of life in which we all go through. The song concepts are the stories of our experiences and those of friends and family," says Turner, who has lived both in the United States and Japan.

The two MCs met in high school and began producing music to compete in talent shows and MC battles as a hobby. Their involvement in music slowly faded and was revived years later when they met their lead vocalist, Richard Austria, a front man for his own 'Magoh' rock band and shared their interest in producing across genres. Together, the group created an acoustic hip-hop track that propelled them into pursuing music together more seriously. Today, they are hometown favorites.

Lions Ambition's single, "Every Time I Wake Up" has been featured on "Sunday Night Session," a program aired on KUBE 93.3FM, Seattle's top hip-hop radio station. They also received constant play on University of Washington's Rainydawg Radio as featured artists in past years.

The broader music industry is also keeping their eyes and ears open, waiting for the group's next move. Their presentation and sound has caught the attention of several recording agency scouts. In 2008 the group received rave reviews and applause from an A&R panel in Los Angeles, CA. The band continues to make strides at home while perfecting their art for the rest of the world.

"Being an independent artist feels like a second job," says Austria, the group's producer and lead vocalist. "Your work day doubles with your commitment to your music. We all respect each other and share our passion together. That's part of what makes it all worth it."

The group released their official music video for "Dreams (don't let go)" in September. The video can be found on YouTube and the group's website.

Locally, Lions Ambition can be found at Crimson C in downtown Seattle's historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, where they are the resident act, often filling the club to capacity. The band also can be found playing in local venues & Colleges such as: University of Washington, Seattle University, Nectar Lounge, Chop Suey, and El Corazon regularly.

"Seattle has a great music scene for all genres. There are some great artists that got their start in the Pacific Northwest. We know if we work hard for ourselves and play hard for our fans, we'll continue to grow and make some heads turn" said Starr.

Discography:  Fruition of A Dream EP (Growth Records) -- 2009

Lions Ambition talent:

Marlon Turner -- Lead MC
Richard Austria -- Lead Vocalist, Producer
Frankie Starr -- Lead MC
KC Jose -- Guitar/Percussion
James Lobbett -- Bass
David Bekuema -- Drums
Dj Eoscents and Dj Spam I am: Growth Records DJ's

Key Appearances:

Opening act for Talib Kweli at Quadstock XX at Seattle University
Winners of the Xconomy Battle of the Bands 2009 -- (Seattle, WA)
Seattle Fashion Week at Freemont Studios (Seattle, WA)
"Rhythm and Runway, Masquerade Ball Event" Fashion shows (Seattle, WA)
"Music for Life" University of Washington's Chi Sigma Sorority benefit show
(Seattle, WA)
Padiwang Festival at Seattle Center House, H.Y.P.E benefiting Asian/
American performers (Seattle, WA)
Music for the Masses 'Filipino Community Center' (Seattle, WA)
Asian Hip-hop Summit ( (Seattle, WA)
California Music Fest (Ventura, CA)
New Music Festival (Vancouver, BC)
Indie Week Canada 2007 (Toronto, ON Canada)
Pista sa Nayon (The largest Filipino gathering in North America,
Seattle, WA)

Links to view:

Watch Lions Ambition on YouTube,
Growth Records Recording Company,
Lions Ambition website,
Buy music at
Listen and find free music at &
Add: Lions Ambition on Facebook!

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