Quickly signed to a development deal by Renaissance Records, they began recording their 15 song self-titled CD and were nominated Best Unsigned Band by MUSICIAN (May, 1994), while received another Outstanding Funk Band nomination by the Boston Music Awards, who heralded them as "champions of the local funk scene." The CD was released in February of 1995 and sold 400+ copies in its first week without the use of retail outlets. Within another two weeks the band had their CDs in Tower Records, Strawberries, and Newbury Comics chains.
Avatar Blue performed with Blues Traveler, Average White Band, War, and Pschefunkapus, at The House of Blues (Boston), The Roxy, Paradise, Aerosmith's Mamakin, Berkley School of Music Performance Center and many more. The band was also invited to tour for world causes like Amnesty International and the World Wildlife Foundation, both of which Avatar Blue has supported by donating concert proceeds.
The band gained attention by charting on college radio stations across the east coast. While preparing to release an EP CD by September of 1996, Avatar Blue received their third Outstanding Funk Band nomination from the Boston Music Awards, and were again nominated Best Unsigned Band by MUSICIAN (June, 1996).
|Guitar||James Bass||1992–1994||Original member.|
|Keyboards & Lead Vocals||Chris Phoenix||1992–1996||Original member.|
Mick Demopolous||1992–1994||Original member. Went on to play bass for Chucklehead.|
|Horns||Bryan Steele||1992–1996 (though sporadic)||Original member. Tenor Saxophone|
|Jim Calandrella||1992–1996||Original member. Tenor Saxophone|
|Takahiro Miyazaki||1994–1996||Tenor Saxophone|
|1992–1994||Original member. Alto Saxophone|
|Additional vocals||Deanna Dellacioppa||1992–1993||Original member.|
|Margo Thunder||1993–1996||Provided background vocals (Sporadic)|
|1994||Avatar Blue||Self Titled Debut LP CD|
|1994||"Sittin' On The Edge"||Avatar Blue|
|1994||"Tell Me Why"||Avatar Blue|
|1994||"Hip-Hop 2 the Top"||Avatar Blue|
|1994||"This is Love" ||Avatar Blue|