The Blue News is an unsigned rock band from Indiana whose songs have been licensed two dozen times for television, Netflix series, video games and film. Songs by The Blue News are streamed thousands of times each month by fans around the world and the music reached over 1 million streams in October of 2019. The Blue News was formed in late 2005 by James Orn (vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and producer) from Terre Haute, Indiana. By 2006 the first album - Blue News - was released by Statue Records in Hollywood, California. The label offered a record release deal after their A&R heard songs on a previous solo album. Rather than release as a solo artist, James formed a band to record for a new album and play live shows. The music received national exposure in the US by 2007 when two songs written and self-released by Orn were chosen to be licensed for national television. The songs 'Love’s So Strong' and 'Next Time' (by The Blue News Project) were selected for the TV series Road Trip Nation airing on PBS. The band has released four more studio albums since the 2006 debut: "The Signs" by The Blue News Project (2007), "Strange Light" by Blue News (2008), "Wartime Songs" by The Blue News (2011) and the acoustic album "Naked" by The Blue News (2019).
Band Members (2020):
James Orn - Guitar and Vocals
Dustin Richardson - Drums and Percussion
Jeff Winchester - Drums and Percussion
Neil Beatty - Drums and Percussion
Christ Niece - Guitar and Vocals
John Black - Bass and Guitar
Bill Gregory - Bass and Guitar
In 2011 The Blue News recorded with studio guru Jim Devito and had the opportunity to work with producer Sylvia Massey on the album "Wartime Songs". Massey worked alongside producer Rick Rubin recording artists such as Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and more. Two songs from the album (Just a Game and Hitman Blues) were used in the video games Rock Band 3 and Rock Band Blitz. The song 'Two Lovers' off the Wartime Songs album was chosen by band members of Sublime to be included on a compilation CD called Fresh Cuts Vol. 7. 50,000 free promotional CDs were distributed nationally in Guitar Center stores.
In 2013, the song 'Come Back Home' was used in the film 'Force Of Execution' starring Steven Segal and Ving Rhames. In 2016 the song "Just A Game" was used in an official web trailer for the film 'Demolition' starring Jake Gyllenhaal, four songs were used in the popular video game Rebel Galaxy, and the song "Running Back To You" was placed in the Netflix series Bloodline (S02E03). From 2016-2019 the number of plays online grew exponentially and The Blue News reached over 1 million combined plays on Spotify and YouTube in October of 2019.