Epoch Failure is a NJ urban pop duo, resulting from the collaborative efforts of singer/producer Billy Joe Marrero and rapper Nick Young. Their music is mixed and co-produced by Grammy-nominated producer Billy Hume (Lil’ Jon, Ying Yang Twins, Pitbull). 

With dozens of film/tv/ad credits already on their resume, Epoch Failure has become a force to be reckoned with in the licensing realm. A recent career highlight was when their song “Every Day Great (Dreamers)” was featured in a promotional trailer for the Lionsgate blockbuster film, WONDER. The spot aired nationwide on all major networks. Meanwhile, their debut single “Champion” remains a breakout track in the sports world.  It was played during the post-game celebration at both Super Bowl 50 (Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara) and Super Bowl LI (NRG Stadium, Houston). In similar fashion, across the pond, “Champion” provided the in-stadium soundtrack at Hampden Park in Glasgow during the 2017 Betfred Cup final. The inspiring anthem has also been featured by The NFL Network, ESPN, Fox Sports, NASCAR, WWE, NBC Sports, NY Knicks, NY Giants, Denver Broncos and the Australian Football League.  

The group’s second single was a reinvention of Bon Jovi’s legendary anthem, “Livin’ on a Prayer”.  It reached the Top 10 on Spotify’s Viral 50 USA chart, which highlights the most shared and trending tracks in the country.  The song was also featured by ESPN during their NFL Sunday Countdown programming throughout the NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl lead-up coverage.  Upon discovering the Epoch Failure version, Bon Jovi shared the song across all their major online platforms. In addition, Jon Bon Jovi and cowriter Desmond Child have offered the following joint statement of praise: 

“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!”

– Jon Bon Jovi & Desmond Child

With Epoch Failure’s 2017 “Warrior’s Hymn” EP, the big hooks and commercial sensibilities remain, but this sophomore effort surpassed their 2015 debut in both emotional intensity and lyrical maturity.  This is a collection of street anthems celebrating the bold, the broken and the believers.  The immensely well-received title track was featured on ESPN’s First Take programming, FOX’s UFC Road To The Octagon, and the English Premier League’s official Spotify playlist. In January, 2018, Footlocker began airing the video in 1300 stores, nationwide. Additionally, in-store video content provider, The Play Network, added the “Warrior’s Hymn” video to their playlist, which services high-profile retail outlets like: Nordstrom, Hot Topic, Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Steve Madden, PepBoys and more. In much the same spirit as the duo’s “Champion” single, the “Warrior’s Hymn” EP is similarly built on a foundation of heart and grit that’s derived from the firsthand struggles these two Jersey natives have endured and overcome.  As such, it’s more than just a song.  It’s a personal sonic portrait.

Billy Joe Marrero aka Billy The Kidd
Nick Young aka Nickey Knoxx

Urban Pop / Pop

Trenton, NJ

Current Location
New Jersey

Record Label
North Star Media


John Sepetys

Band / Press / Booking
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