Velvet Echo is the production duo of Mike McClellan and Stephen Newman. Longtime friends and collaborators, they formed their own studio while finishing college. They played and performed with multiple bands, all the while honing their skills as producers and engineers. Their friends would ask them to record and produce them, which would lead to meeting new musicians meeting talent they wanted to work with. During this time their love and appreciation for multiple styles of music deepened, which encourage them to branch out in their own writing. This created a snowball effect which lead to them moving away from running a recording studio and focusing on producing. Mike and Steve enjoy talking about music, movies, and spending time playing old video games.
Velvet Echo has produced music for ESPN, The NBA, MTV, the Today Show, as well as created promotional music for Major League Baseball, the NFL, The Olympic Games, Amazon.com. They produced releases for Amy Whitcomb of NBC's "The Voice" and "The Sing Off."
Growing up in the Emerald City, John Lane was exposed to the diverse genres of music that hail from Seattle. His vocally driven acoustic music is highly reminiscent of the many indie folk bands that populate the Pacific Northwest. A true artist in every sense of the word, John feels most comfortable on stage performing and sharing his stories for his many fans. When he’s not touring the western part of the U.S. or even parts of China, John spends his time writing and recording new music.