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(I've Got You) Covered
written by J.Tobias & M.Behring
The Way Down
written by J. Vidal
7MJ Demo Mash Up
recorded live

Next Adventures

February 14th, 2014

Starting March 1, Jake, Melissa, Scott, Al & Marv will be boarding the Ruby Princess to become the musical smorgasbord known as the New Deal Band performing there until July 22. Come cruise with the band to exotic destinations like Grand Turk, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Ft. Lauderdale, or cross the Atlantic Ocean and take in culture and history on Western European adventures to the UK, Ireland, Norway, and more.

Check out itineraries and destinations for the Ruby Princess here on princesscruises.com

Jake Tobias

Jake Tobias

Detroit Singer Interviewed on The Deans List

February 9th, 2014

Check out the interview with Melissa Behring, singer from Detroit, Michigan. A staple performer on board Princess Cruises over the past three years with her husband, Jake Tobias and three other talented musicians, Scott Vernier, Al Boudreau and Marvin Walker. They perform in the cruise ship’s party band called New Deal and are at sea over 40 weeks a year.

In this conversation with Dean La Douceur of the Deans List, Melissa speaks candidly about the music business, expectations, opportunities and plans for the future.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onthedeanslist/2014/02/05/melissa-behring

Melissa Behring

Melissa Behring

Real Detroit Weekly

August 10th, 2013

Thanks to our friend, Robert Del Valle and the fine editors at Real Detroit Weekly for giving 7 Million Jigawatts a nod in this weeks Stage & Canvas section.

“Before They Sail …

Several years ago, this column started an annual tradition of sorts by singling out a local band or entertainer for some well-deserved and belated attention. Readers of Stage & Canvas will probably recall that 7 Million Jigawatts was one of the first combos to be accorded this honor – and there have been quite a few polite requests since then for an update. Well, here it is. Melissa Behring and Jake Tobias are two Royal Oak musicians still going strong playing guitar and singing covers and original works. “We are actually putting our heads together and working on a new album,” Behring announced recently, “and it looks as if we’re going to be setting sail again in a few weeks. The Princess Cruise Line evidently wants us back after performing on their ships for forty-four weeks in 2012, so we’ll soon be on board the Emerald Princess for five months. At sea, we’re a different band called The New Deal with a different line up of veteran musicians. We’re lucky to have Scott Vernier from Mt. Clemens on keyboards and vocals and we have Clint Sabon on drums and Joey Vegas on bass. Clint has been seen most recently playing in popular country artist David Shelby’s band and Joey has a band called Downtown Vegas. However, I’m very happy to say that 7 Million Jigawatts will be ashore and downriver on 8/10 at Buster’s Place in Trenton. We consider it a good luck charm when our fans see us before we hit the ocean waves, so please spread the word!” Consider the word duly promulgated. Oh, and set your compass, dear reader, for 5784 W. Jefferson.”

7 Million Jigawatts “Last Show Before They Go”

July 30th, 2013

Saturday August 10th at 9:30 in Trenton at Buster’s Place.

Melissa Behring & Jake Tobias are two musicians from Royal Oakstill going strong playing guitar & singing a bit of both covers and originals. We are actually putting our heads together and working on a new album.

Princess Cruises has been treating us right. They keept us performing on their ships for 44 weeks in 2012. We will be out on the Emerald Princess next for 5 months. At sea, we are a different band (The New Deal) with a different supporting line up of veteran cruise line musicians. We are lucky to have Scott Vernier, from Mt. Clemens, on keyboards and vocals on both land and sea.

In the rhythm section of the 7MJ band on land, we have Clint Sabon on Drums and Joey Vegas on bass. Most recently, Clint has been seen playing in popular country artist, David Shelby’s band and Joey has a band called Downtown Vegas.

7 Million Jigawatts
Saturday August 10 9:30
Buster’s Place
5784 W Jefferson Ave
Trenton, MI

Hot August Nights

July 22nd, 2013

On August 3, the Guiness Book of World Recods descends on Northern Michigan. That’s right folks, if you drive a Mini Cooper and can make it up to the Mackinac Bridge, the connecting point for the 5 miles between the Lower and Upper Penninsula’s where Lake Huron and Michigan meet, you too can become a part of the largest parade of Mini’s ever assembled.

The Mackinac Bridge "Mighty Mac"

“New world record attempt Aug. 3 at Mackinac Bridge

June 11, 2013 — The Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) will join MINI of Grand Rapids and owners of Mini Cooper automobiles from all over the country as they rally and attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest parade of MINIs. The MINI rally will take place on Saturday, Aug. 3, and will culminate with a mass crossing of the Mackinac Bridge, the world’s third-longest suspension bridge.
“We gladly support this attempt at a new world record highlighting Michigan’s iconic Mackinac Bridge,” said MBA Administrator Bob Sweeney. “We will do whatever we can to make their crossing safe, secure, and memorable – as they attempt to break the Guinness World Record.”

The current world record for the most Mini Coopers in a parade is 1,450. The MBA and event planners encourage all MINI owners to use social media and other methods to spread the word. More information is available online on the MINI of Grand Rapids Facebook page: www.facebook.com/events/521093454613906/.

Contact: Bob Felt, MDOT Office of Communications,
feltb@michigan.gov
989-731-5090
Agency: Transportation

It just so happens that 7 Million Jigawatt’s own, Melissa Behring and Jake Tobias own a Mini Cooper. Little Lolita is going to have a chance to help break a Guiness World Record for the Largest Parade of MINI Cars at MINI on the Mack. It’s acutally a record for the most Mini’s on a suspension bridge, but who needs to get technical.

Little Lolita

Little Lolita

Blessings

July 12th, 2013

Last minute blessings rock! Just got a call to play the Ironwood Grill in Plymouth, MI tonight. We start at 10:30. This is an acoustic performance featuring Melissa Behring on vocals, Jake Tobias on guitar and vocals and Scott David Vernier on keys and vocals. This trio has been rocking it out on Princess Cruises ships with a 5 piece band for the past couple years. Collectively they have a pretty amazing and wide repertoire. Expect to hear some new songs by bands like Bruno Mars, FUN., P!NK, along side favorites by Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Rick Springfield, and Journey.

The Ironwood Grill has a fun sporty environment with great big windows right near the art in the park festivities, so stop on in when the vendors outside close down. Happy Friday everyone!

7MJ Acoustic
Ironwood Grill
840 West Ann Arbor Trail
Plymouth, MI
10:30 – 2am

Love the Hometown Crowd

July 9th, 2013

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported our performances last week at Silky’s in Dearborn, the Royal Oak Brewery in Royal Oak and Independence Day Festival in Clarkston. Each one of these performances had a special reunion with some of  our Detroit area friends. Being gone so much last year, we really didn’t have enough time to see everyone. This string of July holiday shows really provided a great opportunity to have fun, play some music and socialize. What more are holidays for?

Superstar

Superstar

We have one more performance in Michigan on August 10 before Jake, Scott and I head back out to the seas on the Emerald Princess.

4th of July Independence Festival

June 25th, 2013
7MJ 4th of July 2013 Independence Day Festival Clarkston Michigan

7MJ 4th of July 2013 Independence Day Festival Clarkston Michigan

7 Million Jigawatts rocks Fourth of July!

Independence Day Festival with Fireworks, a Carnival & a Monkey! (Well, maybe not a monkey.)

Clintonwood Park
6000 Clarkston Road
Clarkston, MI

4-7 pm

*****This is a family friendly event*****

http://www.independencefest.org/

It’s our Nation’s birthday and you can celebrate it close to home. This year we have added carnival rides and other attractions! You can purchase tasty goodies on-site, including many of your carnival favorites, shop over 60 local crafters and watch some awesome live entertainment.

Fun for the entire family, plus part of this local home-town tradition is spending time with your neighbors as well!
Bring lawn chairs and blankets for your comfort and enjoy one of the best parts of our community, Clintonwood Park.
Stay thru the evening and enjoy the expanded fireworks display!

www.7millionjigawatts.com

Celebrate summer in beautiful Michigan with three evenings of dance and party music as performed by 7 Million Jigawatts (7MJ). For the past two and a half years, the members of 7MJ have been performing on board various Princess cruise ships touring Australia, New Zealand, the Panama Canal, Alaska, Hawaii, California & Mexican coasts for Princess Cruises. Their uniquely original sound caught the eye of Ford Motor Company back in 2010 when they featured the 7MJ song, “I’ve Got You Covered” in their 2010 Mustang online advertising campaign. In 2009, they had a very successful release of their first original CD “Taking Flight”, which is available online at ITunes, Last FM, Digstation, and CD Baby.

Home Sweet Home

June 10th, 2013

Royal Oak MI – 7 Million Jigawatts announces three 2013 performances in Michigan! Don’t miss the chance to hear Melissa Behring and Jake Tobias bring their special brand of Rock & Soul Music to Michigan as they return home after spending the past 9 months on tour performing for Princess Cruises.

Celebrate summer in beautiful Michigan with three evenings of dance and party music as performed by 7 Million Jigawatts (7MJ).  For the past two and a half years, the members of 7MJ have been performing on board various Princess cruise ships touring Australia, New Zealand, the Panama Canal, Alaska, Hawaii, California & Mexican coasts for Princess Cruises. Their uniquely original sound caught the eye of Ford Motor Company back in 2010 when they featured the 7MJ song, “I’ve Got You Covered” in their 2010 Mustang online advertising campaign. In 2009, they had a very successful release of their first original CD “Taking Flight”, which is available online at ITunes, Last FM, Digstation, and CD Baby.

7 Million Jigawatts

7 Million Jigawatts

Featured vocalist in the 7MJ line up is Melissa Behring. Upon graduation from Alpena High School she studied voice performance at Central Michigan University and relocated to Metro-Detroit. Behring is now enjoying an exciting career performing for Princess Cruises and working on the next 7MJ original album.

Jake Tobias began playing guitar at age 9, and was teaching in the local music store by the time he was 14. As a 17 year-old high school student, local bands were sneaking this minor into Detroit clubs to perform with the local bands. In addition to degrees in Music and Engineering from University of Michigan, Jake’s eclectic career has seen him on stage with many Detroit and national acts, including The Contours, Martha Reeves and Lesli Gore.

Supporting Melissa and Jake in 7 Million Jigawatts will be their good friends and 7MJ Alumni, Clint Sabon on drums, Scott David Vernier on the keyboards and Joey Vegas on the bass.

Scott David Vernier’s been gettin’ funky on the keys for quite some time, this mostly self taught player has been seen on stage opening for Gretchen Wilson and Tower of Power. For the last couple years, he has been touring with Jake & Melissa in the New Deal band for Princess Cruises. Scott Vernier has also appeared on the Fox2 Morning Show and played with Dal Bouey and The Dream.

Clint Sabon, the band leader for Nine, the popular Chicago Tribute band and teaches drums at A&R Music in Southgate. Best known in 7MJ as the rapping drummer for performing hits by Vanilla Ice and Busta Move. He played drums on the Sinister Santa Sampler released in 2005. Clint played drums for 7 Million Jigawatts from 2003-2007.

Joey Vegas has been playing bass with several popular Detroit area bands. When 7MJ is in Michigan, Joey has been our go to guy holding down the bottom end.

Saturday, June 29 @ 9:30 PM

Rockin’ Michigan Summertime!

Silky’s
21931 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI

Wednesday, July 3 @ 8 PM

Rockin’ the Beer Garden!

Royal Oak Brewery
215 East Fourth St
Royal Oak, MI

Thursday, July 4 @ 4PM – 7PM

Independence Day Festival 2013*

Clintonwood Park
6000 Clarkston Road
Clarkston, MI
*This is a family friendly event*

For more information on 7 Million Jigawatts visit www.7millionjigawatts.com or call 248.586.9693.

For more information on Princess Cruises, visit www.princess.com.

Joining the Sapphire Princess

February 26th, 2013
New Deal Joins Sapphire Princess

New Deal Joins Sapphire Princess