Starina and the Vel Johnsons: 'Underdog' The music of Starina and the Vel Johnsons has dark melodies and vocals, but plenty of catchy hooks. Starina's thoughtful ballads and rock tunes were inspired in part by the music of Aimee Mann. The band is fronted by Starina Catchatoorian. Their latest CD is titled Back Home.
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Starina and the Vel Johnsons: 'Underdog'

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Starina and the Vel Johnsons: 'Underdog'

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The music of Starina and the Vel Johnsons is catchy with hook-filled, yet dark melodies and vocals. Starina's thoughtful ballads and rock tunes were inspired by in part by the music of Aimee Mann.

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Starina Catchatoorian wrote her first song at the age of 9, while completing an assignment for her girl scout camp group. It was performed on a faux-wooden plastic recorder. She now considers herself more of an artist than a girl scout. Later, escaping to art school, Starina learned the art of "exposing one's soul on stage" and Camel cigarettes. Having long given up the cigarettes, she still enjoys performing on stage. Starina lives and works in Chicago