Singers/Songwriters Sarah & Mélissa Fontaine are certainly no strangers to small sold out clubs. During the last five years, they developed a strong following performing in the west country of their native France. Their unique style reflects an influence of Melodic and Classic rock by bands that range from The Eagles to Yngwie Malmsteem, Giant, Dakota,Toto and Survivor.
In a chance meeting with Frédéric Slama of AOR fame (who played with members of Toto, FM, Chicago, Dakota among many others) their careers, and their new band « Chasing Violets » took an exciting turn and they decided to record their first English CD “Outside Heaven” produced by Frédéric Slama.
« Chasing Violets » reflects Sarah & Mélissa’s passion for AOR music: Melodic rock with a touch of sensuality. « Chasing Violets » is the answer to their dreams - Two female lead singers fronting the band with the best Aor musicians in the world. “Outside Heaven” is sure to become an instant AOR classic, following in the footsteps of other Aor great’s Robin Beck, Fiona and Heart.
Produced by Frédéric Slama and co-arranged by the legendary Tommy Denander (Alice Cooper, Paul Stanley from Kiss, Toto, Jimi Jamieson etc.) with the help of Paul Sabu (Only Child, Shania Twain), David Diggs (Quincy Jones, Richie Furay), Christian Tolle (CTP, Cooper Inc.), and various top arrangers including Frédéric Slama of AOR fame, “Outside Heaven” is a pure stroke of genius taking Aor music to a new level of perfection.
With “ Outside Heaven”, Chasing Violets delivers a first class melodic rock album, with a twist of Journey, Toto and Heart, which will certainly be among the finest releases of the year !