Patrick Dune and The DesertHearts
Ten-time nominee and award-winning singer, songwriter, retro-guitarist, recording artist and producer, Patrick Dune is fueled by his long love of music, faith and self-salvation. Dune is excited about his upcoming new release in spring 2018. His expressive vocal approach and trademark Rickenbacker and acoustic textured open chord guitar styles play off of the strong emotional landscapes of his song writing. Dune’s songs reach out and target his audience with many different emotional states as he approaches a new blend and style with a refreshing commercial rock sound that boldly sets him apart.
From his small hometown of Pickering, Ontario Canada, Dune caught his first break with his original band “The Keep” when they released their first self-produced EP’s “Time is a Luxury” and Don’t Wish Your Life Away” and were nominated and awarded best new artist. Being recognized for a new refreshing commercial sound, a short time later “The Keep” were signed to ACE Records and A&M Management and toured regularly in the 80’s and 90’s with many well-known Canadian acts such as Bryan Adams, Blue Rodeo, Platinum Blonde and Cory Hart.
In the late 90’s, with a great string of accomplishments under his belt, Dune decided to disband “The Keep” to venture into the recording studio, writing songs and jingles for publishers and independent films. Dune is best known for his successful song writing jingle for Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto “First to Care First to Share” as well as numerous other successful song writing credits.
Dune found continued success in the release of numerous produced recording projects, successful co-writes, session playing and independent studio projects. In 2004 he released his first solo EP “Let Love Reign” that was voted #1 on the independent radio charts in the US and UK. In 2010 Dune won two songwriting awards after recording “We’re All In” and “Just another Incubation Day” for Microsoft Corporation’s worldwide marketing campaigns. Dune was also requested to front a new corporate band for Microsoft called “ShuttDown” that started his path back to the stage touring across the US and Canada.
Dune also continued to write and expand his original material with the intention of launching his solo career. The release of his first solo record “Middle Ground” was a surprising success and was written and inspired around his own life, and it earned him 5 nominations. The album’s creation was based on real-life experiences of love, life, following your dreams and finding true happiness. “This record has a lot of very positive vibes and illustrates that in a musical picture” says Dune, and it expands the contrast between old and new styles with stripped down Rickenbacker guitars laying down deep moving tones that provide that refreshing rocking sound with a kick. Dune continues to innovate his music with that raw, uncompromising and relentless energy that fans discover and love in his live shows. In 2012 Dune decided to re-locate to Denver, Colorado to pursue his music and open his new Recording studio “DuneTunes Recording” and to start work on his 2nd follow up record. With a chance meeting Dune met guitarist JP Pakalenka and quickly discovered the musical chemistry they had together and formed the band Patrick Dune and The DesertHearts.
Like so many others, JP loved the images of The Beatles with their hair, boots, outfits and screaming fans, growing up as a boy in Chicago. He was hooked on the guitar from that time on. He eventually moved to Boise, ID with his family, and graduated from high school while playing in many seasoned bands in that area. This convinced him that hitting the road to play music was exactly what he wanted to do with his life. It was during this time, while playing with one of the better known local bands, he gained the attention of a booking agent that put him on the road performing with a very popular traveling band “Shadow” from Seattle. He toured most parts of the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Canada. JP found himself based out of Los Angeles at this point. Shadow was signed to Cannon Records & Films in 1980, where they also had the opportunity to star in and perform the soundtrack for the movie “New Year’s Evil.”
Several years later, after playing with local blues bands from L.A., he was recruited to join the band “Jane” which eventually would be named “Balls of Fire”. This was the band that Peter Criss, formerly of the band KISS, founded upon his departure from that legendary rock band. The band brought JP much deserved national and international publicity.
After many years, JP left the L.A. music scene and moved to Denver, CO where he met other accomplished, local musicians with similar musical tastes. One band that saw a lot of stage time in this market was “Losing Juliet.” JP has also spent many hours in the studio offering his guitar skills to other projects and artists in the area. With a chance meeting in a local music store, JP and Patrick Dune eventually met each other. They soon jammed and instantly discovered a unique, musical chemistry that led to the forming of Patrick Dune and The DesertHearts.
Patrick Dune TV/Film/Radio Credits and awards:
- Mount Sinai Hospital – Composer (Radio/TV) First To Care First To Share
- Weirdsville – Composer (Film) – Forever Be
- Hills Have Eyes 2 – Composer (song on hold for Film) Lost Soul Union
- Toronto Independent Music Awards CD – 2007 and 2008 – 2 Songs nominated
- Rogers Cable Music Productions – Composer – Various musical Projects
- Weekend To End Breast Cancer – Canadian National Campaign
- Three Small Words – Children with Disabilities song award 2010
- Microsoft Corp. – “We’re All In How About You” Award– 2010
- Microsoft Corp. – “It’s Just Another Incubation Day” Award – 2010
- Microsoft Corp. – Documentary songs. Awards 2011
- 5 Nominated record “Middle Ground” 2013
- Nominated singles “Thrill of the Ride”, “Breckenridge Paradise” and “Middle Ground” 2013/2014
- Nominated for best single, best Songwriter of the year 2015
- Award “Colorado Rock Awards” for “Best Original Band Performance”
- KHUS Radio Live Stream Interview Nov-24th 2017 to Release New Single “MARIA”
- Patrick Dune and The Deserthearts voted one of Denver’s top bands on the Denver Music “A” List