2004 Melodic Revolution Records (MRR) was established by Nick Katona and his wife Jennifer. MRR began its journey as a free-standing brick, and mortar music store selling CDs, Vinyl, and assorted music memorabilia. The store was located in the quaint New England-style town at 34 College Street. Clinton, New York.
Nick has been in the music business in one form or another for over 40 years and continues his tradition of exploring new avenues of bringing quality music to the willing music supporter.
October 2005 saw the addition of an Art Gallery to the little shop, simply called “Revolution Gallery” to showcase the art of some wonderful untapped talent in the community. Many of the works were by seasoned artisans while others were by up-and-coming artists – some even still in high school.
Some months later a local Christian musician and MRR customer, Kevin Thompson suggested that the gallery would make a brilliant live music venue in the evening while remaining in the art gallery during the day. According to Kevin and others, the gallery had solid acoustics for live performances, two weeks later, in January 2006, Kevin and his band The Kevin Thompson Trio were the very first live act to play at MRR thus starting a new tradition with other local performers playing the small venue; Rocky Graziano, Ryan Miller, Dave Snediker and The Jellyfish (who brought down the house on their first performance) among others.
In June of 2006 the realization that the small 300 square foot room that had become a favorite local spot for kids and adults alike to listen to music was too small and was once again expanded (by an additional 400 square feet) to accommodate more fans and full bands. Quickly the space known as “Revolution Gallery” by day became known as “Live at The Revolution” at night. Over the next 2 years, MRR hosted over 200 shows and more than 600 bands and/or solo artists performed from local acts like; Scott Brown, Honor Bright, and Union Riot to national recording artists such as; Between The Trees, A Day To Remember, As Tall As Lions, Alesana, as well as some International artists; Ember Swift, Mindflow, Gustav And The Seasick Sailors and Helena Arlock just to name a few.
2006 was a busy year for activities with the launch of the live venue, creating and kicking off a music fesival and the formation of our independent record label Melodic Revolution Records. The idea behind the label and distribution was an easy transition as we were already promoting and selling music by independent musicians in our store.
The first band to be picked up was California-based Classic Rock Band “Echoes Landing” with the release of their debut CD “Closer To You” soon that was followed by Laurie Larson with her sophomore release Aquila. Change is good for growth and change was happening. Expanding once again to the internet to sell the ever-growing catalog of independent music much of which started by bands that had performed at the Revolution. This soon grew to encompass independent releases by musicians from around the globe.
Keeping with what had become tradition, MRR continued to promote live music and the arts by introducing the Clinton Art and Music Festival (CA&MF) on August 23, 2006. Nick was the Founder, the Music Director, and Organizer of the festival with some valuable help from his friends and colleagues at the Clinton Chamber of Commerce.
Nick was a Director with the Clinton Chamber of Commerce from 2004 – 2007. According to Nick, he felt the need to bring the Chamber on board to make the festival more of a community event while giving the festival some credibility. The Clinton Art and Music Festival continues to this day.
October 1st will mark our 15th year anniversary as an independent record label developed to help release and promote some of the finest up-and-coming bands in the world as well as working with veteran musicians looking for a personal touch.
MRR is becoming known around the world for the wide array of talented bands that we work with, Our goal has always been to bring the world the best new music. We are more than a record label; we are a family of musicians and individuals that work hard at working together like a well-oiled team “bringing the music listener music that inspires, and makes us think while cultivating memories” – “music that will stand the test of time”. It is through this family atmosphere that new collaborations have evolved to create rich and dynamic new music.
2009 MRR launches Power of Prog (Social Network & Online Prog Music Publication)
2019 MRR forms sub-label PeacockSunrise Records
2020 MRR launches ReZonatZ (Online Genre Free Music Publication)
2021 Nick Katona becomes Vice President and Director at RoSFest