Maine’s new rock band releases debut studio album

Southern Maine rock band The Lamplighters have just released their debut album. Mike Gerstner

BIDDEFORD – Led by an opera-trained singer, Lamplighters have released their 10-song debut recording, ‘Out Of The Woods’.

The album was written, arranged and rehearsed in Biddeford. Recorded and mixed at Acadia Recording Company in Portland (; all 10 original rock songs are now available on multiple platforms accessible through the band’s website, The band has formed during the pandemic in 2021, and describes its work as “a modern, fresh take on honest-to-goodness rock and roll. Original music that anyone can stomp their feet and nod their heads to.”

All six members participated in writing the songs. Lead singer Colin Whiteman (, a native of Cape Elizabeth, is sure to set the band apart. Whiteman returned to Maine a few years ago from New York to take a sabbatical from his career (bass-baritone) in opera. He spent his early years in southern Maine as a regular performer in community musical theater, then made the jump to opera in college. He followed intensive opera programs at Si parla, si canta in Italy and FAVA Salzburg in Austria. He studied with Jacque Trussel, earning a master’s degree with honors in music majoring in opera performance and vocal studies at Purchase College – SUNY. He played a key role in polishing the lyrics and melody lines and helping the band arrive at the final arrangements. Unlikely, Lamplighters met Whiteman after placing an ad on Craigslist.

“It was amazing to see this guy, in the span of just a year, transition into rock and roll frontman,” said Mark Robinson, who plays keyboards in Lamplighters. ” It is not so easy. Singing into a microphone and leading a rock band is a completely different discipline than projecting your voice, without a microphone, during an opera performance. On ‘Out Of The Woods’ he just nailed every song. If we hadn’t met Colin, I don’t think this band or the album exists.

The other band members are Joe Beninati from North Yarmouth on drums, Jay Wentzell from Yarmouth on guitar, Dan Rosenthal from Yarmouth on guitar, Steve Brunelle from Saco on bass and Robinson from Biddeford on keyboards and on the harmonica.

After recording and mixing, the album was finished at Pat Keane Audio Mastering (, also located in Portland.

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