“Songs that will overpower you. Pop rock and more hookiness.” – Tinnitist
“Shimmering rock delight full of glistening vocals” – Canadian Beats
“The electrified rock rhythm excites us from the beginning.” – Nagamag (Greece)
“A classic return with a fresh modern sound”– Jennifer Perez, Patch.com (USA)
“Surprising energy and fusion of catchy rhythms”– End Sessions (Spain)
“Very well-done pop rock full of engaging melodies”– Roadie Metal (Portugal)
1. Is This the Real Thing?
2. Made of the Storm
3. Hush a Word
4. Point of View
5. Get This On
6. We Are Two
7. Time Blindness
8. These Are the Things
9. Be the One
10. Right Frame
11. City Lights
12. Give Me A Sign
With seven albums and numerous featured tracks in movies and television under their belt, Universal Honey has been a mainstay in Canada’s music scene.
Universal Honey was formed by the platinum recording artists Johnny Sinclair and Leslie Stanwyck after playing in the Canadian band The Pursuit of Happiness (“I’m an Adult Now”/Chrysalis Records). They recorded two albums with TPOH (both produced by Todd Rundgren), Love Junk achieved Platinum and One-Sided Story achieved Gold.
During this time Sinclair and Stanwyck started a song writing partnership that has spanned across three decades, 100+ tracks and hundreds of gigs across North America. Sinclair and Stanwyck have put out an astonishing 7 albums, all as independent artists. USA Today music writer, Ken Barnes, said the UH album “Vicious Circles” contains “Straight forward melodic delights that have been in sadly short supply so far this century.”
With more than 10 singles receiving airplay and numerous song placements appearing in film and TV scores, Universal Honey even won a CASBY award as Best New Group. Professionally, they have shared the stage on major U.S. and European tours with the likes of the Goo Goo Dolls, Duran Duran, The Eurythmics and many more.
In 2003, they recorded and released a Christmas Album with 11 original tunes that still receive holiday airplay in the US, Canada, and Europe. Rock ’n Roll Hall of Famer Ronnie Spector even covered “Best Christmas Ever” for her 2010 holiday record.
Universal Honey’s “relaunch” began unfolding two years ago, with the first digital issuance of their estimable Magic Basement debut. A lush, orchestrated power pop release that reflected all of Sinclair & Stanwyck’s musical influences, with performances by some of Toronto’s finest rock talent. Magic Basement yielded the indie hit “Just Before Mary Goes,” whose popularity resonates even today, thanks to an appearance on the Girls Go Power Pop (2020) compilation on Ace Records UK and airplay on the BBC.
Also, during this time, Universal Honey found themselves creatively recharged, taking advantage of unanticipated downtime from other musical projects to start their own production house and record label, Honeytunes. Honeytunes released all 7 Universal Honey albums to streaming and digital platforms in sequential order over a 2 year span.
While celebrating Universal Honey’s past with archival performances streaming on the band’s social media platforms and webpages, Sinclair and Stanwyck were also creating new music. As a result, they released the single “Just Like U” in October 2021 which charted at #4 on the IMC (Sirius/XM).
At the beginning of 2022, Universal Honey started writing for a new album. They emersed themselves in the studio for the first quarter of the year and added musician, producer and mixer Dan Marfisi out of L.A. (Poe), who they met at a radio show in Cleveland years prior. Dan added keyboards, guitar and some other treats and finished mixing the album. The album contains 12 songs that are upbeat with a fresh modern Universal Honey sound that newcomers and old fans alike will enjoy.
2023 is a special year as Universal Honey continues to celebrate their 30th anniversary! What better way to celebrate this amazing achievement than to release a new album? Universal Honey’s new album “Dandelion” is featured in this EPK with a release date of February 10th. UH released 3 singles (“Is This the Real Thing?”, “Hush a Word” and “Made of the Storm”) leading up to the release of their full-length album “Dandelion”. “Time Blindness”, the focus track, along with the other 3 singles, have over 300k views on YouTube. Their next single “Get This On” will be released on May 19th.
Universal Honey – DANDELION
Produced by: Johnny Sinclair & Leslie Stanwyck with Dan Marfisi
Mixed by: Dan Marfisi at JonesHouse Studio, Los Angeles, California
Recorded by: Johnny Sinclair & Leslie Stanwyck at Honeytunes, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Additional Recording and Programming by: Dan Marfisi at Jones House Studio, Los Angeles, California
Mastered by: Trevor Case at Case Mastering, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Leslie Stanwyck – Vocals, Electric Guitar
Johnny Sinclair – Bass Guitar
Warren Medernach – Drums
Dan Marfisi – Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion
Production made possible with the support from Creative Saskatchewan’s Sound Recording Grant Program