Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Dramatic New Solo Piano Album Represents Several "Firsts" For Award-Winning Artist Fiona Joy And Cookie Marenco’s Blue Coast Music Group

Elegant and soulful, contemporary and classical, all of these elements are part of Fiona Joy's solo piano performances on Signature - Solo. Fiona Joy's name is known to many thanks to her award-winning recordings, and yet Signature - Solo is her first solo piano release. In another first, it is also the initial release for Tiny Island Music, a new label created by Cookie Marenco as a division of her Blue Coast Music Group, a music company that caters to customers seeking a higher-quality audio experience. Signature – Solo, produced by Cookie Marenco, is immediately available for purchase in a variety of physical and digital formats at http://tinyislandmusic.bandcamp.com/

Tiny Island Music was created for music fans wanting top performances as Fiona Joy has given on Signature – Solo and a better audio experience that is more accessible to the mainstream. Marenco shares insights on Fiona Joy's music, and the inspiration to release it in more "mainstream" formats such as CD and mp3 through Tiny Island Music. "Fiona's music is a cross between George Winston's simple melodies and Ludovico Einaudi's musical sophistication. Her masterful performances are the perfect music to showcase the kind of clarity double DSD audio brings to the home listener; Fiona's fans needed a way to have a CD, mp3s and access to internet radio, and we deliver that through Tiny Island Music."

The artist and producer met several years ago when Fiona Joy signed to Blue Coast Records for high-fidelity recordings, as Marenco has partnered with Sony Music to deliver hi-resolution music to discerning audiophile consumers. Signature - Solo was originally recorded for an audiophile experience to be released via Blue Coast Records. Tracked live to analog tape and mixed to Double DSD Digital by Marenco, every nuance is captured as Fiona performs on an impeccably-restored 1885 Steinway piano. The CD and mp3s being released on Tiny Island Music have been optimized for mainstream fans who will also appreciate the high-quality aspects of these recordings without having to purchase upgraded playback devices.

For those wanting the full audiophile experience and have the gear to enjoy Fiona's music, Signature - Solo Audiophile Edition is available on SACD from Blue Coast Records. High Resolution Downloads in DSD128, DSD64, 192 WAV/FLAC or 96 WAV/FLAC are available at Downloads NOW!

Early reviewers are in favor of what they're hearing. Writer Lawrence Devoe (Blu-rayDefinition) wrote, "I heard echoes of George Winston in some of the tracks like 'Ceremony', and reminiscences of Michael Nyman's minimalist piano works in 'Fair Not', but Fiona Joy really brings her own voice that will take listeners deep into the heart of her contemporary music. The alternative version of 'Once Upon Impossible', an ethereal voice-piano duet, lets us see the other side of the artist."

In fact, the aforementioned duet presents another "first" that will please Fiona Joy's fans, as she makes her vocal debut on the song "Once Upon Impossible (Duet)." Also, a poignantly simple original version of the popular song "Grace" appears on the album; earlier this year, a remixed version of the song was part of a Grammy®-winning album.

Concert reviewer Michael Diamond, who attended Fiona Joy's 2014 Throckmorton Theatre concert in San Francisco where she first performed "Grace" and other pieces from Signature – Solo, commented "What I appreciated most was being able to listen and watch Fiona at the piano. The passion and elegance in her performance was breathtaking, as her flawless technique combined with pure emotional expression."

Taking a break from demanding rehearsals for her upcoming tour in China, Fiona Joy says that – in contrast to her last and somewhat more existential album 600 Years in a Moment – creating Signature – Solo with Marenco was a more inward journey, an exploration of maintaining magic in our lives, even when life itself gets in the way.

The Australia-based pianist/composer/producer and, now, vocalist adds "I hope that with all of these fantastic audio formats, every fan will be reached, and you will hear my feelings in these songs; they are dedicated to saving that small place in everyone's heart, the place where fairytales linger, and where we find the strength to meet our reality...with grace."

Signature - Solo Track List:
1. Ceremony [3:37]
2. Grace [5:43]
3. Fair Not [4:00]
4. Once Upon Impossible (Solo Piano) [3:28]
5. Calling Earth [3:49]
6. Invisible Train [3:27]
7. Signature [2:38]
8. Once Upon Impossible (Duet) [4:22]
9. From The Mist [4:55]
10. Little Star [4:35]

For more info on Radio Promotion or airplay copies, please contact Ed Bonk at lazzpromotions(at)rogers(dot)com.

Contact Beth Ann Hilton, The B Company, with media, licensing or partnership requests: bethhilton(at)thebcompany(dot)com or via (310) 560-8390.

For Retail Purchase of MP3s, visit TinyIslandMusic.BandCamp.com or iTunes.
For Retail Purchase of physical CDs, go to TinyIslandMusic.com, FionaJoy.com, or Amazon.
For Sales and Distribution info, contact the person appropriate to your territory:
Wholesale Distribution USA by CPI Distribution, claypinc@cs.com, ph: 440-333-2208
Wholesale Distribution outside of USA: Blue Coast Music Group, support@bluecoastmusic.com, ph: 650-595-8475



The J.O.B. Scores 3rd Song On Top 40 Charts

A local Richmond rock band, 'The J.O.B.' has had their third song rise into Top 40 territory on radio spin charts in the USA (FMQB AC40 3/12/15). The song is titled RED EYE and is currently in rotation on 130+ radio stations nationwide. The number of FM stations adding RED EYE has steadily increased since the song first appeared on the national charts. A folk influenced, alternative rock song about second chances, RED EYE entered the Top 200 at #156 in November 2014. The single RED EYE was released with an accompanying music video.

Formed in 2008, The J.O.B. is currently recording their 5th studio album. Two singles from previous albums also achieved Top 40 status, "Messenger" for 5 weeks in 2012 and "Feel" for 26 weeks in 2012-2013.

"We're very excited to see people connecting with RED EYE," said Jim O'Ferrell, the band's co-founder and frontman. "If you have it cranked up in your car, it's one of those happy, high energy songs that will make you want to push the gas pedal down and feel the wind, " he said.

When asked about the song's inspiration, Jason Crawford (lead guitar) said, "We wanted to make a song that showcased our classic rock influences while still staying true to our contemporary sound... the other side of the coin."

The J.O.B. was formed originally as The Jim O'Ferrell Band by O'Ferrell and Crawford when O'Ferrell returned from the War in Iraq in 2008. Initially intended as a vehicle from which to record the powerful songs Jim had written between missions during the war, the band has evolved into a compelling alternative rock band with a prolific song portfolio. Their music has a genuine alternative rock sound with bluesy undertones and an Americana pulse to which everyone can connect and enjoy. Rounding out this four-piece group are Len DuPilka on the fretless electric bass and Eric Bandy on the drummer's throne.

At home in Virginia, The J.O.B. performs all over the region with plans for a national tour later this year. Their SHOW information is on the band's official website at http://www.thejoband.com. Their music is available on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and other online music services. LIKE The J.O.B. on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/thejoband and watch the RED EYE music video at http://youtu.be/aTmyz7fPwHs. Look for their new album, "Portraits" which will drop in Spring 2015. - MSJ



DJ Anjelo and Astoria's newest hot-spot Baroque were the perfect match last SaturdayBaroque

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ytellmagazine: Fans Save Fifth Harmony From The Chopping Block

Fifth Harmony fans save Sledgehammer from the Chopping Block. Radio charts and playlists highlight the hottest records in a span of time with the listeners. Radio listeners and fans are the juries when it comes to how hits are made. The TMFC Radio Station is a media outlet that caters to their listening audience.

The radio station plays music in the Pop, Adult Contemporary and Indie Pop music genres. It compiles music charts, based on the listening ratings. The TMFC radio station adds music to the playlist every week from artists on big record labels down to independent artists.

Fifth Harmony is a group of talented, lovely ladies that can sing and dance. The program director of TMFC listened to a sweet synth-pop song entitled "Sledgehammer" by Fifth Harmony and added the song to the playlist a few weeks ago. This lovely song had serious radio appeal, gaining strong ratings from listeners at first. However, the listeners' ratings dropped a little on this song.

Read more at http://bit.ly/1CarVBJ


Meresha - 1st Ever World Music Premier On The #1 Social Media Startup Tsu April 7

Alien-loving vegan singer, musician, composer, producer and performer Meresha to become first artist to launch an EP on brand new, innovative, social media startup - tsu.co

Haven't heard of Meresha? You soon will, if she achieves her proclaimed goal of taking over the world. She promises, though, to be a benevolent leader…

Like a younger (female) Prince, Meresha composes and performs her own eclectic mix of provocative music. It's as if a more accessible Björk was reborn and was influenced by electro-pop stars James Blake and Disclosure or legends like Robert Plant and Freddie Mercury.

Her new EP is "New Revolution". Lead song "New Revolution" is a fast-moving dance number, epitomizing Meresha herself. It starts "It's a new revolution, we're bringing back the past" Meresha brings back the past not only through the use of vintage synths which help deliver her sound, but also through a return to real musicians composing and performing their own music.

Meresha is also part of a New Revolution in social media. Her EP will be the first ever World Premier music on the number 1 social media start-up tsu on April 7, one full week before public launch. As a prominent musician on tsu.co, she is giving away cash and other prizes every day for the 30 days before her EP launch, which you can see at tsu.co/Meresha.

tsu pays 90% of earned revenues to its already 3 million users. Some musicians have already earned royalties of even $100 per day, just from being social. Compared to the royalties musicians get from streaming services and other sources, it's a nice bonus. It's a New Revolution, bringing back the times when artists were compensated for their content, unlike sites like Facebook where artists have to pay to get their posts distributed to all of their fans.

Other songs on the EP include "Lemonade City" and the dreamy "You".

"Check Check we're looking for signs of UFOs. Might be hiding somewhere here. We don't know."

Watch out.



The Bicycle Music Company To Release Brenton Wood's Oogum Boogum Exclusively For Record Store Day 2015

The Bicycle Music Company is proud to announce the release of Brenton Wood - Oogum Boogum on stunning white vinyl, exclusively for Record Store Day – April 18th, 2015. Originally released in 1967, Oogum Boogum would transform Brenton into one of Los Angeles' most enduring classic soul icons and produce the evergreen songs "Gimme Little Sign" and "The Oogum Boogum Song". Brenton's studio albums were recently digitally reissued by The Bicycle Music Company (distributed by Concord Music Group) and this Record Store Day release will mark the first official Brenton Wood vinyl pressing in over 20 years.

"I'm amazed at 'Gimme Little Sign', how it just means so much to everybody. And I can't forget about 'The Oogum Boogum Song' either, because both of those songs are like spirit up-lifters. They make people feel good about themselves." - Brenton Wood

The white vinyl edition of Oogum Boogum will be sold in limited quantities, available only at participating Record Store Day retailers.

"The Oogum Boogum Song" Lyric Video

Oogum Boogum
Track Listing
1. I Think You've Got Your Fools Mixed Up
2. A Little Bit Of Love
3. Best Thing I Ever Had
4. Runnin' Wild
5. Take A Chance
6. The Oogum Boogum Song
7. Gimme Little Sign
8. Psychotic Reaction
9. I'm The One Who Knows
10. Come Here Girl
11. Birdman
12. I Like The Way You Love Me

Brenton Wood Official Site: http://brentonwood.net
Facebook: facebook.com/therealbrentonwood
Twitter: twitter.com/brentonwood
YouTube: youtube.com/user/BicycleMusicCompany
Instagram: instagram.com/therealbrentonwood
Campaign Hashtag: #RSD15 #OogumBoogum

For more information on Brenton Wood, please contact Leah Price at Concord Music Group: leah.price@concordmusicgroup.com or 310 385 4234.

For media inquiries concerning Record Store Day and Record Store Day Black Friday please contact Perry Serpa at Good Cop Public Relations. Phone: 917 660-4137 or email: perry@goodcoppr.com.

For a list of participating Record Store Day vendors, please go to www.recordstoreday.com.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Country Summer Announces The Fender Contender Challenge

Producers of Country Summer, Northern California's biggest country music festival June 5-7 at Sonoma County Event Center, have announced the Fender Contender Challenge, a worldwide talent competition to open the show on June 5.

In partnership with the world's leading musical instrument manufacturer, the Fender Contender Challenge is a great opportunity for the fans' favorite country music act to open the show and make it big on the Montgomery Village Stage, Country Summer's main stage.

Is your country music act ready for a big break? The challenge is open to all country music acts over age 18. Submissions, including a recorded performance no longer than 5 minutes in length, must be received no later than March 31, 2015. Visit www.countrysummer.com for the entry form and guidelines.

The Country Summer judging panel will select the Top 10 qualifiers. From April 2 through April 15, 2015, the public will be invited to vote for their favorite band narrowing the Top 10 to the Final 4. A second round of voting will be from April 16 through April 29, 2015 to select the grand prize winner. The winner will be announced on May 1, 2015.

In addition to recognition as a Country Summer superstar opening the show, the grand prize winner will receive $5,000.

"We encourage aspiring country music acts from around the globe to participate," Country Summer Executive Producer Alan Jacoby, said. "With the help of our fans who will determine the winner, we're looking to discover country music's next big break-out star.”

To date, Country Summer presented by Lithia RAM of Santa Rosa, has announced 13 of 14 entertainers. Country Summer 2015 headliners include Jake Owen on June 5, The Band Perry on June 6 and Brantley Gilbert on June 7.

In addition to the headliners, the June 5 lineup includes Gary Allan, Chris Young and Parmalee; June 6 includes Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann, Frankie Ballard and The Swon Brothers; and June 7 includes Trace Adkins, Easton Corbin and Cassadee Pope.

Daily tickets start from $69 for general admission, $99 for reserved seats. A limited number of discount three-day packages are available.

To purchase tickets, visit www.countrysummer.com or call 800.514.3849 to order by phone.

Event sponsors include Lithia RAM of Santa Rosa, Bud Light, Montgomery Village, Les Schwab Tire Centers of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, Leese-Fitch Wines, Jack Daniel's, River Rock Casino, Fender, Creams, the City of Santa Rosa, American AgCredit, Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Froggy 92.9.


Legendary Stax Guitarist Steve Cropper And Rock Newcomer Matt Miller Make Beautiful Music Together

Cleveland, Ohio may be the "rock and roll capital of the world," but Matt Miller, Cleveland’s newest rock export, has been making beautiful music with Memphis legend and renowned Stax guitarist, Steve Cropper.

Cropper plays guitar on Miller’s re-make of the 1967 classic, "The Hunter," previously recorded by Albert King, Ike & Tina Turner and Led Zeppelin. Additionally, Miller and Cropper co-wrote (with producer, Eddie Gore) two new songs, "Remember Us," and "Last Ride" for Miller’s debut album.

"It was a huge honor to work with Steve," says Miller. "I'll never forget the first encounter. Imagine waiting in a studio anticipating that at any second someone you've always aspired to is about to walk through that door. It was all nerves for me up until that point, but once we sat down with our guitars, we just let the music flow. It was as incredible experience that I'll always reminisce upon. Play it, Steve!"

Cropper’s legendary reputation began with his years as the guitarist of the infamous Stax Records house band, Booker T. & the MG’s, playing behind Memphis’ own musical royalty, artists like Sam & Dave, Johnny Taylor, Rufus Thomas and the inimitable Otis Redding. He later appeared in the classic film, "The Blues Brothers" and toured as a member of the Blues Brothers band. He is considered one of the world’s greatest guitarists, and was named by Mojo Magazine as the second-best guitarist ever, with only Jimi Hendrix beating him in the rankings.

Miller, who recently celebrated his 21st birthday, discovered his love for music in high school with the formation of his alternative rock band Shred Rot in 2010. "We captured pure raw energy, he states about the power trio that emerged from the Cleveland School of Rock. "We just got on stage and gave it our all. Sometimes music can get a message across better than words can, and we wanted to be the ones to deliver that message."

After the band broke up, Miller still wanted to "deliver that message," and moved forward as a solo artist. "The solo experience has helped me grow as an artist, evolve as a songwriter, and develop my artistry."

"Writing with Steve Cropper has been an unforgettable learning experience," continues Miller. "I’m learning about the craft of songwriting – from a legendary songwriter, and I’m learning about the industry from musicians who have navigated it for years. All of this has had a huge influence on me. It is monumental to have someone like Steve Cropper to look up to!"

Cameras were rolling during the extraordinary sessions and a trio of short clips have been released with commentary from Miller, Cropper and Gore which can be viewed here:

For more on Miller, visit www.mattmillerband.com and social sites:


Geoff Westen's "I'm Not Crazy" Goes To Radio

"I'm Not Crazy," the eponymous first single from Geoff Westen's April 7 release on Disturbing Music is going for adds on March 17.

On INC, Geoff continues to follow his own musical muse, fearlessly traversing the line between PowerPop and PowerPunk. INC (the single) is one of the 10 songs (plus 2 alternative mixes) that make up his joyful pop-rock album. And it's definitive Westen - featuring his highly stylized Punkish Pop tracks.

Westen's songs are drawn from observations made over the course of the eccentric, yet sophisticated life of the career artist and performer. Both reviewers and fans alike have responded to Westen's instinctive feel, traditional songwriting chops, catchy melodies and memorable hooks.

Westen's first two songs albums anointed him a Power Pop artist supreme. The Pigs--OINK! and Vidiots - Tune In!! showcased his dark humor and sarcasm, and affirmed his position as a hardpop specialist. Three other CDs recorded under the pseudonym, Digital Activity, explore instrumental territory, creating a Rock Ambient hybrid on his albums, BIRTH, ACTIVATE and his Xmas anthology, XMAS VOL. 1.

Contact: biz@disturbingmusic.com for broadcast quality files.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Style Fashion Week, The Official Fashion Week Of Los Angeles Launches Its 10th Season With Nikki Lund & A Star Studded Lineup

As we kick off the official LA Fashion Week with another round of unforgettable performances, diverse cultures of the world and continue to bring in international commerce.We are excited to announce our partnership with Nicolas G Perez, an agent with the Covina Valley office of New York Life, a Fortune 100 company that is one of the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States and one of the largest life insurers in the world and the American Heart Association. Together we will bring a superior level of class, entertainment and community impact unrivaled by any other. The series of Style shows continues to be the highlight of Fashion Week with international designers and celebrity attendance and garners millions impressions from local, national and international media. Since 2009 Style Fashion Week has been premiering world-renowned collection during Los Angeles, New York and Dubai Fashion Week. This Style show presents a world-renowned collection of masterpieces crafted by designers, including Nikki Lund, Andre Soriano, Coco Johnson, Ophelia Song, Kinsman Swim, Latrodectus Lingerie, Nancy Vuu, Daiki Shimizu, R Michelle, Antti Asplund and Ashton Michael all benefiting the American Heart Association.

As Style Fashion Week is full of surprises, Opening night will debut an incredible collaboration our very own runway: Nikki Lund of Nikki Rich has teamed up with Larry Rudolph, manager to Miley Cyrus and Brittany Spears to unveil their Fall Winter 2015 Collection.

Day two of Los Angeles Fashion Week, March 19th 2015, 8pm, the City of Los Angeles and Style Fashion Week LA will showcase amazing international designer Ophelia Song and following Coco Johnson, Kinsman Swim and Latrosdectus Lingerie. Of course, closing the night with a cause with GO RED For Women - Celebrity Red Dress Fashion Show in its aim to raise awareness and support the fight against heart disease in women. We would love to have your support in this exclusive event as a supporter for this cause. In New York, celebrities including Barbara Eden, Thalia, La La Anthony, Donna Mills, Jenette McCurdy, Zendaya Coleman, Alexa Ray Joel, Fifth Harmony, Hoda Kotb, Laverne Cox, Kristin Cavallari, Ciara, and others have graced the runway for Go Red in pieces designed by Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan, Monique Lhuillier, Carmen Marc Valvo.

Continuing the excitement of Style Fashion Week, on March 20th Ashton Michael will be opening the night with his new collection that he describes as "if you can imagine Sporty Spice and and Rocky Balboa had a transgender love child who was fascinated by TRON". Sam Sarapong and Boy London will be closing Friday night with their “Mr. Fashion” tour, incorporating music, fashion and skateboarding into Style Fashion Week.

After the shows we will have celebrity performances for a great cause as Pop/Rock chanteuse, Christine Storm promotes awareness through her charity, JAM FOR JOY which raises money for anti-bullying and at risk youth programs.

With influences from cosmopolitan cities worldwide and on the red carpets, Andre Soriano brings ICONS: A tribute to womanhood -- celebrating the evolution of femininity of this planet; She who makes a difference through her story, a true icon to the runway on Saturday, March 21st 2015, 7pm. Saturday night we also have Nancy Vuu, Daiki Shimizu, R- Michelle and Quynh Paris hitting the runways with their latest collections.

Closing night of Style Fashion Week will be presented by Frontiers Magazine and curated by their VP of Operations Tristan Schukraft. Headlining designers include Andrew Christian and Antti Asplund.

For Press & Media inquires please contact Tiffany Gaines of SS Music Group at bookingchristinestorm@yahoo.com