Saturday, December 8, 2012

Dakota Moon

Dakota Moon was a pop rock, R&B, and country band from Los Angeles, California that consisted of Ray Artis, Joe Dean, Mike Malloy and singer Ty Taylor. Ray & Ty were from New York and Joe & Malloy were from California.

All four of them sang vocals, but Joe played guitar, Ray played bass and Malloy played percussion.

The quartet met at a recording session in Los Angeles for music producers Andrew Logan and Mike More. They had such chemistry, they decided to form a band.

Ray & Ty moved to Los Angeles and the band began to play regularly on the L.A. club circuit.

After Sylvia Rhone (the head of Elektra Records) spotted Dakota Moon in concert, she offered them a recording contract which they accepted.

Before making their debut album, the band toured as the opening act for Tina Turner in 1997. By the end of the year, they recorded their debut album.
In April of 1998, Dakota Moon released their self-titled debut album which didn't appear to make the Billboard 200 chart.
The first single "A Promise I Make" peaked at #69 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May of 1998, #19 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in May of 1998 and #37 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart.
The follow-up single "Another Day Goes By" peaked at #19 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in November of 1998 and #36 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart.
Dakota Moon released two more singles from the album: "She Knows" and "Your Smiling Face" which didn't appear to make the Billboard charts at all.
In 2002, Dakota Moon released their last album to date "A Place to Land" which also didn't make the Billboard 200.
The only single to chart was "Looking For a Place to Land" which peaked at #30 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in February of 2002 and #27 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart.

After that, it seems as if Dakota Moon has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from him since.

To see a fan-made video for "A Promise I Make," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2y5xh_-JFg

To see a fan-made video for "Another Day Goes By," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-7eHOiON6w

To see a fan-made video for "Looking For a Place to Land," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1XfpXep7k0

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