Making it big may mean moving for local musician

Jeff Lionheart may be on the verge of making it big in the music business, and that possibility could mean that the Grand Haven native will need to relocate to a bigger city. Lionheart, whose real name is Jeff Retzlaff, has tasted success in the past few months because of a song he wrote. The single of that song, "Winter Morning,' made it to No. 3 on the Spins Tracking System music chart last spring (which charts songs played on the radio) - propelling him ahead of such illustrious stars as Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Usher and the Black Eyed Peas.
Len Painter
Jul 25, 2011


The success of that single has Lionheart and his band now performing coast to coast. The band recently returned from a performance at Whiskey A Go-Go in West Hollywood, Calif., an establishment that has hosted such big name stars as Johnny Rivers, The Doors, Guns N’ Roses and Frank Zappa.

Next month, Lionheart will travel to New York City for more engagements.

“We are on the verge of making it big,” said Lionheart, who specializes in pop rock and adult contemporary music. “We’ve got a lot of momentum.”

But now Lionheart is faced with a decision over whether to relocate to a larger market such as Los Angles or Las Vegas.

His band went with him to Los Angeles — but Lionheart said some of his band members have families, and they don’t want to travel long distances and be away for extended periods of time.

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