Trying to describe the music of Venice is a little like trying to describe a perfect sunset or the feeling of first love. It transcends words -- you just know it's great. But since this is a bio and part of its responsibility is to use words to convey the unconveyable, try mixing the rock & roll of 70s era Aerosmith with the folk storytelling of James Taylor, mix in some Earth, Wind & Fire funk, some Maroon 5 pop, a little Craig David R&B soul, harmonies reminiscent of the Eagles at their best, and then combine old school arrangements with modern production layered with brilliant musicianship, remarkable vocal stylings and lyrics that are intelligent and often laced with wit, and you're in the ballpark.
Whether performing as a 7-piece rock band for 50,000 festival attendees, or as an acoustic quartet for an intimate audience of 100, Venice never fails to get the crowd up and dancing with their infectious melodies and high-energy grooves, or to bring them to tears with their poignant themes and heartfelt delivery.
Venice's distinctive sound has made them a favorite of some of the biggest names in the business. To list just a few of the artists and bands they've either performed or recorded with, there's Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Elton John, Phil Collins, Sting, Melissa Etheridge, Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, Stevie Nicks, Michael McDonald, Billy Idol, Heart, Chris Isaak, the Doobie Brothers, Styx, Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, Dolly Parton, Linda Rondstadt, Kenny Loggins and Warren Zevon.
From 2010 through 2012, Venice members Kipp, Mark and Pat Lennon are currently serving as three of the four background singers on Roger Waters' world tour performing "Pink Floyd's The Wall."
Venice has been featured nationally on such television programs as "Entertainment Tonight," "Access Hollywood," "E! News Daily," CNN's "Showbiz Today," "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee," "The Jerry Lewis Telethon" and Rick Dees' "Into the Night."
To date, Venice has found their biggest success in Holland, where in 2003, the band won an Edison Award (the Dutch version of the Grammy) for Best International Artist, beating out superstars U2 and Coldplay. In that country, Venice's singles are a mainstay on radio, their tours sell out, and they've guested on countless television programs, most notably on "Two Metre Sessies," a popular prime-time program that devoted three entire half-hour episodes to the band. The subsequent "Venice - Two Metre Sessies" CD release has gone gold.