North Jersey Notes: Kerri Edelman, Kosmic Daydream and ZO2,


I was recently Facebooked by a singer/songwriter named Kerri Edelman, who, in her attempt to get me to give her songs a listen, ended up writing me a novel for an email. I’m only kidding, Kerri. But hey, the email caught my attention. I have to say, homegirl can sing! I had the chance to hear the songs “Echo,” “Leave It All Behind,” “Good Bye” and my favorite track, “Another Life.” These songs were lyrically well written, and finally I was able to hear a female singer who was not trying to copy Amy Lee of Evanescence!

Toms River native, Kerri Edelman is far from your typical rocker. She’s actually a college graduate who received a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology. She currently works as a Director and Licensed Clinical Psychologist in a Maximum Security Prison. With a job description like that, she doesn’t quite fit the energetic petite singer-songwriter that I thought I was writing about, does she?

Kerri comes from a nu-metal and hard rock background, but chose a mellower route with her music. As a gifted singer, Kerri started writing lyrics, vocal melodies and songs while she attended college. In October of 2007, she contacted producer Chris Matty, through a musician’s classified ad search. Although the concept of becoming a solo artist had never crossed Kerri’s mind, it became an option to consider after a meeting with Chris. Kerri committed to collaboratively writing her full-length CD with him to produce her as a solo artist.

On her debut CD, Leave It All Behind, Kerri Edelman released music that was dynamic, thought provoking and emotionally loaded. This collection of radio friendly alternative rock songs is something that everyone should own. If you’d like to hear what I’m talking about, log onto

The gang from Kosmic Daydream recently emailed me to warn me about a new track that they’ve posted on their website, The name of the song is “Satellites in the Basement,” and in this song I feel that the band has finally learned how to utilize singer Jennifer De Los Santos’s voice the right way. The new song brought out her inner Jim Morrison, and it really worked! Give the new song a listen for yourself on or You can also catch Kosmic Daydream live this Friday night Oct. 22 at Desmond’s Tavern in NYC.

Speaking of brand new songs, the boys from ZO2 have some new music up for download for a small fee of $0.99. The new song, “A Million Pieces” is the first release since their CD, Casino Logic. ZO2 has been touring relentlessly while proudly introducing new material into their set list. “A Million Pieces” was originally recorded for Casino Logic, but wasn’t finished in time for the release. The song shows a darker and much grittier side of ZO2, while still preserving the melodic sensibilities that the band is so well known for. To download “A Million Pieces,” log onto

And finally, the guys from Blue Food will be teaming up with the guys from Thank You Scientist (which features one of my favorite singers on the scene, former Hello Eden singer Sal Marrano) for a special Halloween show at The Bitter End in NYC on Oct. 30. This should be a fun show in the heart of The Village. For more info on this special event, log onto

That’s all for now! If your band is from North Jersey, and you want some exposure, send your press kits to Arts Weekly, c/o Tim Louie P.O. Box 1140 Little Falls, NJ 07424, or you can email me at, where you can also let me know where you’re performing next. No cover bands, please! Also, check out my book, S**T Happens, available on now!

Just remember….We is all in the same boat, so every little bit of exposure counts!

NJN Concert Calendar:

10/21—Endall—Crododile Rock, Allentown, PA

10/22—Kosmic Daydream—Desmond’s Tavern, NYC

10/23—Audio Insight—Architekt Live, Butler, NJ

10/24—The O-Matics/May Or West—Crossroads, Garwood, NJ

10/24—Kindred Souls—Fair Lawn Street Fair, Fair Lawn, NJ

10/30—Atom Strange—Ace of Clubs, NYC

10/30—Moth Eater—The Trash Bar, Brooklyn, NY

10/30—Piston Driven—Ding Batz, Clifton, NJ

10/30—Blue Food/Thank You Scientist—The Bitter End, NYC

10/30—Bern and the Brights—Tierney’s Tavern, Montclair, NJ

10/30—Diablo Royale—Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ

11/5—Doubledge—The Sanctuary Fellowship, Bronx, NY

11/7—Kindred Souls—Livingston Street Fair, Livingston, NJ