Hello listeners!

We are excited to launch a new monthly feature to the Pandora blog: The Pandora Submission Spotlight, where I’ll showcase independent artists of all backgrounds and styles who you might not have heard of and might want to hear more of in the future. Many of these bands are doing it all on their own, some are even on small independent labels. But the one thing they all have in common is that they submitted their music directly to Pandora, can be heard on their own Pandora station and countless others.

photo.jpegThe first band I am pleased to introduce is Bronze Radio Return, who has attributed a large part of their success to being on Pandora. They were added in 2009 and are currently enjoying prominence on big-name artist stations in addition to their own.

Bronze Radio Return is a Hartford, Connecticut-based indie/roots rock band who was discovered at one of their shows by producer, Doug Derryberry (Bruce Hornsby, Ben Folds Five), who then served as producer for their debut self-titled EP in 2008. Their Nashville-recorded full-length album Old Time Speaker peaked at #102 on the College Music Journal (CMJ) Top 200. They garnered even more exposure after several of the album’s songs were featured on the TV show 90210.

Their second album Shake! Shake! Shake! debuted at #4 on the Billboard NE Heatseekers Chart and peaked at #129 on the CMJ Top 200.

The band played for President Obama in 2010 at a rally in Bridgeport, Connecticut and, most recently their song “Shake, Shake, Shake” was used in two episodes of American Idol. They are a fixture on the music festival circuit and have toured the East Coast and Midwest extensively, opening for artists like Grace Potter, John Mayer, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Blues Traveler, Buddy Guy and more. As of now, all the band’s albums are still self-released.

Bronze Radio Return’s music has been described as a cross between Creedence Clearwater Revival and Dave Matthews Band, and should appeal to fans of Mumford and Sons, The Black-Keys, The Decemberists and Blind Pilot.

Interested in submitting music for consideration to Pandora? Check out our FAQ for more information on how it’s done.

Michelle S.
(Music Curator)

Oldies Curator

I dig all things ‘60s: garage punk, obscure psych, Stax and Motown soul stompers. My first CD purchases were REM’s Out of Time and Boyz II Men’s Cooleyhighharmony. I still own both! I’m pretty much immersed in music – hitting up local record shops, catching live shows at crusty dives, and DJing around town at various venues and bars.


  1. SteveJinSoCal
    June 16, 2012 at 1:03pm
    I seem to remember the days when Tim used to complain that the "biz" limited both Pandora's ability to provide both comprehensive artist coverage and geographical reach. You now have the bizarre situation where Pandora is in the position where it is turning artists away. Take the case of Janice Whaley (janicewhaley.com). Apparently this talented AND award-winning a capella artist whose music apparently "doesn't fit into Pandora's collection needs". Not sure I fully understand or should trust Pandora's "genomes" over the opinions of Curt Smith, Simon Le Bon or even ME(!) but there I was thinking it was all about the fans... So come on, take another listen to Patchwork Life and d the right thing...
  2. Gaile
    June 16, 2012 at 2:16pm
    This is a cool idea - how about featuring indie artist Janice Whaley? Her solo album Patchwork Life is incredibly unique, and her covers of The Smiths songs in "The Smiths Project" rock beyond anything I've heard in YEARS. :)
  3. Corin Haines
    June 16, 2012 at 2:53pm
    Hi Michelle These guys are great and interesting. Nice choice. I would urge you to consider the work of Janice Whaley for profiling as well. Amazing vocals and great example of someone with self belief who worked on a project (The Smiths Project) which led to her getting support from some great people like Curt Smith from Tears for Fears. She has now put out an album of original material called Patchwork Life, which I rate quite highly. Thanks Corin
  4. Tisha Maldonado
    June 16, 2012 at 3:40pm
    I love listening to my Pandora station and would love for you to include Janice Whaley to your indie artists. She has such a unique sound and would really think others who listen to Pandora would be pleasantly surprised for her vocals to be present on the station.
  5. Marie Terry
    June 16, 2012 at 4:43pm
    I can;t believe that you don't have Janice Whaley. Her vocals are amazing; mixed and blended in such a way you want to listen again and again.
  6. Keenan Patrick Pryor
    June 16, 2012 at 6:53pm
    Where is Janice Whaley? Her 6 cd box set, "The Smiths Project", is one of the greatest indie recordings of all time. Her latest recording, "Patchwork Life", proves that she can write and produce original material.
  7. Ronnie
    July 29, 2012 at 11:47am
    There is a reason artists like this are indie: They suck. Try listening to some artists that actually have some original songs.

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