Scott Krokoff
Winner of the Summer of 2010 Gary Allen's Best Song in the World with Holy Fire   
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Scott Krokoff is an independent singer-songwriter from
Queens, New York, and a former tax lawyer who took the
bold step to pursue his lifelong dream to be a musician.
To make manifest his desire to leave his past behind and
go for his dream, Scott called his debut CD, A Better Life,
which features a diverse array of folk, pop and rock songs.
Largely influenced by 60's and 70's artists, Scott alternately
plays mellow and energetic folk-rock in a pop voice, or what
you get when you mix Paul Simon and Lindsay Buckingham.
It is mellow and folky on one hand, yet rhythmic and
energetic on the other with a pop-rock aspect to it.  

Back in his college days at Binghamton University, Scott
began his music career as a singer and songwriter in a
band called Equinox, which later became a frequent
performer in the New York City scene during the 1990’s.
However, like many others before him who tried to take the
However, like many others before him who tried to take the responsible and practical route, Scott completed law school while
he was still a member of Equinox and began a promising career as a tax attorney with some of New York City’s largest and
most prestigious firms. Scott never gave up his dream and in February 2008 resigned from his full-time law position to more
seriously pursue a music career.

Scott’s CD, A Better Life, had a solid debut on the college radio circuit during the summer and fall of 2009, receiving airplay
on over 130 radio stations, and has been well received on internet radio stations like Jango. More recently, in August 2010,
Scott’s song “A Better Life” was featured on The Today Show in connection with one of the segments on the NY Yankees Hope
Week initiative. In addition, in October 2010, Gary Allen (drummer from The Charlie Daniels Band and JJ Cale) selected Scott’s
song “Holy Fire” as the winner of his Best New Song In The World competition on Sonicbids. Gary will be promoting the song in
the coming months on TennesseeConcerts.com and in his Music City Beat newsletter. Back in February 2009, “A Better Life”
placed Runner-Up in Mike Pinder's (one of the founders of The Moody Blues) SONGWARS songwriting competition, also
featured on Sonicbids.

Scott’s home base is in NYC where he has played at venues such as The Bitter End, Bar 4, The Living Room/Googie’s
Lounge, Pianos, Bar East and 169 Bar as he continues to cultivate his local fan base. He has played outside the NYC area as
well, appearing at VT’s famous Higher Ground, the 14th annual Millenium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA, and the 3rd
annual Cape May Singer-Songwriter Conference in Cape May, NJ. He also had the pleasure of playing in the Bluebird Cafe-
sponsored Singer-Songwriter Tent at the 1st annual Country Throwdown at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in May 2010. He
made his international debut in Belgium in August 2010 at a concert hosted by one of his biggest fans who discovered Scott’s
music on Jango.  In October 2010, Scott will be playing at the Dewey Beach Music Conference in DE and will showcase at the
Artist Management Conference (AMCON) in NY.

Jessica Kostek of MuzikReviews.com concluded that “[o]verall, A Better Life is a wonderful CD that will leave listeners full of
anticipation for Krokoff’s second release.” Annie Reuter of You Sing, I Write, noted that A Better Life "can be easily kept on
repeat all day long" and that "many of his songs could be easily heard on the radio." She also remarked that "after giving A
Better Life a close listen I’m glad Krokoff quit his day job to pursue his passion." Colin Meeks of Indie Launchpad concluded
that A Better Life "is one of those albums, that you listen to and in the blink of an eye it’s over. This is a trait that marks a fine
album." People of all ages have found his music appealing, relating to his music not only because of the terrific rhythm and
energy each song possesses but because he represents the desire we each have to dream big and live life to the fullest.


Instrumentation
Scott Krokoff - primary instrument is the acoustic guitar.  When playing acoustic I occasionally add harmonica, and usually I am
also accompanied by Evan Closser on piano/keys.  When playing with a backup band, I am usually accompanied by bass,
drums and piano.


Discography
Scott's debut CD, A Better Life, was released toward the end of 2007.  Produced, engineered and mixed by long-time studio
veteran Bob Stander at VuDu Studios, and mastered by Gene Paul of DB Plus, A Better Life contains 13 radio-friendly tracks
featuring catchy, energetic acoustic rhythms spanning the genres of folk, pop and rock. Scott is backed on the album by
several notable musicians including former Wings drummer Steve Holley (also known for his work with Dar Williams),
keyboardist Paul Errico (known for his work with Steve Forbert), legendary jazz saxophonist Mario Cruz (who has toured with
the likes of Jaco Pastorius and Bruce Springsteen), pedal steel virtuoso John Widgren, veteran drummer Shawn Murray
Drummer with The Mink DeVille Band and Willy DeVille Band for 17 years, percussionist/vocalist John Michel and
guitarist/vocalist Mark Newman (a well known singer-songwriter in his own right).

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A Review from Gary Allen

Scott Krokoff is an artist that could make me turn my radio off of talk radio and listen to music again. A former tax lawyer
turned minstrel from Queens New York he left the spread sheets behind for lead sheets. Scott is hard to review because
he is so praised, I come up short on adjectives from the start.

Scotts' been compared to Paul Simon and Lindsey Buckingham. After hanging and recording with Russ Kunkle, I also hear
some Jackson Brown influence, another clever musical explorer. The latest CD A Better Life has 13 tracks, a lucky number
for Scott. It covers several genres and is listener friendly for fans of rock, folk and pop.

A Better Life fits Scott perfectly. Deeply reflective lyrics and natural sense of melody make him one of the most radio ready
singer/songwriters I have ever had submit to my latest Sonicbids International Competition; a poster boy for catchy
introspection. The melodies and harmonies are angelic and the musicianship is top shelf with a nice pop rock mojo. Former
Wings drummer Steve Holley (also known for his work with Dar Williams), is one of the many notable players on this CD.) I
mention the drummer because it's my review (see the rest of the contributors in the discography) and drummers stick together.
Get it?!

A Better Life is a brilliantly conceived and executed album that is uplifting and contagious. Scott is one of my personal
favorites that I will be listening to after the dust settles in my song shootout. Holy Fire is the tune that won my contest and was
immediately loaded into my favorites. The steel guitar is a great touch and masterfully executed. I like the theme, we are all
connected and that's why the two of us may shine. A positive message in troubled times. Money may not buy you love but it
can buy you this CD, and you will love it.

Maybe you would consider taking Garfunkle out on the road as Simon at times has disrespected the dude. Krokoff and
Garfunkle? Get back to me on that if you could. I do what I can :) Congratulations on being number one my friend. I love to say
the competition in my contest is stiffer than Al Gore, because it's true! You're going to Disneyland, (with the Grizwalds) I kid
Scott...

Gary Allen (The Charlie Daniels Band/JJ Cale/Stonewall Jackson)

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Congratulations to Scott Krokoff