Jorie B. Gracen is the author of "Paul McCartney: I Saw Him Standing There" (Billboard Books) and the Webmaster of The Macca Report, the #1 most read Paul McCartney information site on the Internet. (http://themaccareport.com) Gracen is also an award winning photojournalist whose photographs have appeared in Rolling Stone, Newsweek, People, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Town and Country, Us Weekly, Miami Herald, Milwaukee Journal, Guitarist, Trouser Press, Goldmine, Publisher's Weekly, Christian Science Monitor, Liverpool Echo, TV Guide, McCalls,Teen Beat, Family Circle, GQ, Esquire, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and on Paul McCartney's "Tripping the Live Fantastic" album.
In 2007 Gracen founded Chicago's #1 indie band, The PondHawks, with co-singer/songwriter Mario Novelli. The Beatlesque band soared to the top of Music World Radio's Euro chart in February 2013 with their hit song "Drive" which remained at #1 for 11 straight weeks.
The PondHawks have released two critically acclaimed albums, "The PondHawks Have Landed" and "Dreaming Over Ireland" which received extensive airplay in the US on Triple A radio stations. Both albums are currently being played on radio stations around the world. The PondHawks have opened for such notables as Davy Jones of The Monkees, David Cassidy and Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers and have a growing fan base of over 94,000. The band performs concerts in and around the Chicago area. For more info: http://www.reverbnation.com/thepondhawks or http://www.pondhawks.com