North Star Media’s urban pop duo, EPOCH FAILURE (pronounced “epic failure”), have beat extreme poverty and hard times in their lives. Now Billy Joe Marrero and Nick Young are poised to win the hearts of America with their extraordinary tribute to one of the most beloved rock tracks of all time.
As Bon Jovi’s SLIPPERY WHEN WET prepares to celebrate its 30th Anniversary, EPOCH FAILURE decided to put their own unique spin on the album’s best known, smash hit “Livin’ On A Prayer.” They made a lyric video to spotlight their adaptation of the track’s verses and uploaded it to YouTube. Their video was discovered online by Matt Bongiovi, who then sent it to his brother -Jon Bon Jovi.
The video was quickly posted on BonJovi.com and the band’s Twitter and Facebook – an endorsement from Bon Jovi to be sure. Legendary co-writer Desmond Child also shared the video across his social networks, and forwarded it to co-writer Richie Sambora. In a joint statement of praise, Jon Bon Jovi and Desmond Child have said, "The powerful new version of 'Livin' On A Prayer' by EPOCH FAILURE retells the intimate story of Tommy and Gina, set in an urgent urban landscape. It captures the song's timeless message, lifting the banner of hope and faith for a whole new generation of working class heroes. EPOCH FAILURE is a winner.” After hearing the new interpretation, Sambora added, "I love it... Killer!"
North Star Media’s John Sepetys adds, "Ultimately, I knew we were treading on sacred ground here. I told the guys that if we were gonna take a run at this, it had to be something special. It went through multiple rewrites, and I sent them back to the lab several times. But when all was said and done, I was confident they nailed it." The duo was honored by the endorsement from Bon Jovi. "It all happened so fast,” said Nick Young. “Matt Bongiovi reached out to us right after he saw our video. Then, two hours later, there we were on all of Bon Jovi's websites. We were blown away. So honored…and so thrilled."
Check out the video right HERE.