Thursday, July 12, 2018

Brandon Bonine Announces Launch Of Much Anticipated Debut Album "WARRANTED WORRIES"

Singer-songwriter Brandon Bonine announced the release of his upcoming debut album WARRANTED WORRIES for Friday, April 27, 2018. The Roots-Rock artist's highly anticipated debut album is now available for pre-order on iTunes & Amazon beginning today.

"It's finally here! So thrilled to announce the release of my debut album WARRANTED WORRIES for April 27th," says newcomer Brandon Bonine. "This collection of songs represents my journey of where I have come from and where I am going. I hope fans will enjoy this musical ride with me."

Bonine is a protégé of iconic Grammy guitarist Pat Metheny. His soulful and raw acoustic sound often draws comparisons with John Mayer and Ed Sheeran. His jazz/blues/rock infused Americana style has similarities with the Avett Brothers.

Bonine recently released the music video for his third single, "Only With You" directed by Diego Cruz from the upcoming debut album. View the current video on Brandon Bonine's VEVO channel at It's a beautiful visual story for the sexy single – and the perfect summer song!

Brandon is establishing himself as one of Detroit's top indie jazz guitarists performing house concerts & gigs as well as building a following as a songwriter - even collaborating with YOUNG RJ of Slum Village (J Dilla, 50 Cent).

The new album WARRANTED WORRIES was recorded at Big Sky Recording Studio, and was written and produced by Brandon Bonine. The album is now available for pre-order from Midwestern Heartbreak Records via iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.

Official WARRANTED WORRIES Track Listing:
1. Warranted Worries
2. Remember My Name
3. Only With You
4. Molt
5. Love to Love
6. Valentine
7. The Way You Move
8. Heartache
9. 24

Upcoming Tour Dates – Brandon Bonine
May 5 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark – Album Release Party
May (day) - Nashville – (Venue)
May 29 – Pittsburgh, PA – (Venue)


About Brandon Bonine
Born and raised in the shadow of the Motor City, Brandon Bonine found music early on in life. Probably first hearing Teddy Pendergrass and Aaron Copland in his diaper, it was hard for him not to feel the infectious groove. First picking up the guitar at the age of 11, he spent hours learning from the jazz cats of his dad's record collection, idolizing the poster of Slash on his wall. He was rejected from music school, but that didn't stop him. Throughout college he divided his time between jazz gigs and DJing parties, often trading meals to build up his record and coffee collection. He finds inspiration from Pat Metheny, whom he's studied under, Townes Van Zandt, John Mayer, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. After college he hooked up with YOUNG RJ of Slum Village(J Dilla, 50 Cent) and began crafting his next body of work. Halfway inspired by his life events and trying to capture that feeling of driving on a dirt road after having one too many espressos. To capture the vibe he was headed for, he teamed up with RJ RICE (producer; Poe, Pet Shop Boys) and formed a band with DANA DAVIS (Aretha Franklin, Byron Cage) and CHRISTON MASON (TLC, Phillip Phillips). Go hit those like buttons and hop on the groovy train, with a little bit of good Midwestern heartbreak. Stay up to date with Brandon at

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Cinq Music Appoints Marcus Spence SVP Of A&R

Cinq Music, the data-driven indie record label and global distribution company, has appointed Marcus Spence as Senior VP of A&R at the company. The announcement was made by Cinq co-founder and President Barry Daffurn. Spence has been a key individual behind a number of notable projects in the entertainment industry, having worked with artists Timbaland, Keri Hilson, Nelly Furtado, OneRepublic, Tink and soul singer V Bozeman.

"Marcus brings a ton of creativity and fits our unique approach to the music business," says Daffurn. "Our priority right now is growth, and we will be developing new talent, and adding to our roster of iconic artists. With his amazing track record of developing so many commercially successful artists, we are very excited to have him."

"Barry and I will learn from each other," adds Spence. "I believe my experience from traditional music business operations allows me to bring a different side to Cinq. I'm here to help artists blossom, and to be that ideal partner an artist may be missing. Cinq's business model is the best I've ever studied, taking data to repurpose music in strategic and targeted fashion. We can also utilize data to expand the artist's already existing audience, and cross-brand in a way that solidifies us as a hub. This is so important to an artist's career."

Spence began his career in the film and music industry after earning a degree in Mass Communication from Norfolk State University. He quickly established himself as a creative force for branding artists of all genres. While at Mosley Music Group, Spence was involved in some of the biggest songs of the past 10 years, including "Apologize" from OneRepublic, and both "Promiscuous" and "They Way I Are" by from Nelly Furtado. He was the marketing engine behind such albums as OneRepublic's Dreaming Out Loud (selling 1.8 million worldwide), Timbaland'sTimbaland Presents Shock Value (over 4 million worldwide), Kerry Hilson's Perfect World (half a million sold), and Furtado's Loose (with 8 million sold worldwide and 14 million in singles alone). Prior to assuming his title role at the label, Marcus was the Vice President for the Interscope distributed imprint, Beat Club, where Marcus worked with the female MC Ms. Jade, marketing her record "Ching, Ching, Ching" featuring Nelly Furtado and Timbaland for use by GM and the H2 Hummer. He also launched the career of gold-selling rapper Bubba Sparxxx, whose 2003 album Deliverance is widely regarded as one of the best and most ambitious hip-hop albums of the decade. "My goal at Cinq is to have a global number one single, no question," says Spence.

About Cinq:
Cinq Music is a technology driven record label, distribution, and rights management company. Cinq's repertoire has won four Grammy awards, dozens of Gold and Platinum RIAA certifications, numerous number one chart positions on the Latin Urban and Tropical Billboard charts, and was nominated for Latin Rhythm Label of The Year at the 2016 Latin Billboards.

Friday, July 6, 2018

'Cloud Walking' With Aspiring Florida Emcee Etoc

After releasing a string of buzzing tracks on Soundcloud with over 25.000 plays in a short period of time, Orlando based rapper Etoc dropped his brand new song " Cloud Walk Kids" via his indie label Music of Etoc.

"I wrote the song 'Cloud Walk Kids' while riding shotgun in my buddies car. This song embodies a night whipping through the city having a good and fun time. I believe it's my best record so far so make sure to check it out," Etoc proudly explained.

Known for his incredible microphone skills and catchy songs, the talented Florida rhymespitter is on the rise of becoming a household name in the rap game. He is confident, bold, artistic and creative. His clever lyricism, magnetic delivery and efficient wordplay has earned him acclaim among many Hip-Hop aficionados from around the world.

Experimental and in depth is what best describes his music and authenticity is the key to Etoc's current success. Instead of boring bubble gum rap, you hear a true emcee speaking his mind. His rap style is relatable and experimental. He doesn't create cookie cutter radio songs. Instead, he concentrates on producing passionate songs from his heart and soul.

Support real Hip-Hop, support Etoc!

BWH Music Group Releases Hottest Album Of The Summer

You don't have to go the ocean to hear the best songs this summer. BWH Music Group's 'That Summer, Vol. 1, by Various Artists' features 15 songs by award-winning and internationally acclaimed independent artists in multiple genres that fans of independent music will love.

Big-league indie artists on the album include: Skinny Fresh, Coastal Club, C.K. & The Rising Tide, Frank Migliorelli and The Dirt Nappers, Ed Roman, Jeremy Parsons, Cole, Nina Amelio, Jenny Vinatieri, Erick Blu, 0 hype feat. Chris Chand, AntoineRNB, Natalie Jean and Levi Moore, Luna Keller, and The BeeKeepers.

About the Artists:

Track 1: "All I Need" - Winner of Emergenza (Switzerland), Skinny Fresh is on the rise with salient lyrics, impressive flows, diversified beats and a new interpreted, millennial-flavored boom bap that has landed him on the watch-list of several labels. Skinny Fresh was discovered by Ives Irie of Delinquent Habits. Impressed by the skill and passion of the young Swiss lyricist, Ives Irie added Skinny Fresh to the Delinquent Habits European album tour. As the opening act, Skinny Fresh won over fans around the world.

Track 2: "Make It By"- This Queen City quartet of indie surf rockers was formed in 2016 by a group of friends looking to blend indie rock and pop with a dash of surf music. The name Coastal Club was inspired by the group's best memories of spending time at the beach with friends and family. While based in landlocked Ohio, there is a longing for the coast found in their romantic beach tunes. Their fun, reminiscent sound falls somewhere between bands like Hippo Campus and Vampire Weekend. Coastal Club released their self-titled debut EP in 2017.

Track 3: "Friends" - The Huffington Post states "Flach's songs and his voice are mesmerizing. You have to listen." Driven by his fresh fusion of alt-country, indie rock and Americana, Hudson Valley, NY singer-songwriter C.K. Flach's insightful and provocative solo debut album ‘Empty Mansions' earned C.K. & The Rising Tide significant accolades, radio rotation and coveted festival slots.

Track 4: "Baby Put A Dress On" - Frank Migliorelli has garnered airplay across American radio while touring both domestically and internationally. In 2017, he was awarded honorable mention in the nationally renowned American Songwriter Magazine Competition. Frank Migliorelli and The Dirt Nappers have been hailed has "undoubtedly talented musicians who write classic, timeless songs flavored with pop, rock and roots that you'll want to listen on repeat." (Indie Spoonful)

Track 5: "Red Omen" - Ed Roman is an Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario. Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres, Ed's uniquely crafted songs have received regular rotation on more than 100 terrestrial radio stations across North America and more than 400 stations worldwide. Ed is a 2014 Artists Music Guild Award Nominee, a 2014 International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, a two-time 2015 IMEA Award nominee, a 2015 and 2016 Josie Show Awards nominee, an Akademia Awards Winner and a two-time Indie Music Channel Award winner.

Track 6: "Burn This House Down" - Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jeremy Parsons grew up soaking in the sounds of the Lone Star state's dance-hall music. Today, he tours stateside and internationally captivating audiences with his homegrown music, genuine personality, unique humor and a heart-felt love for his art. Jeremy is a Jersey Shore Film Festival nominee, a NCCC Film Festival finalist and a 2018 Josie Music Award nominee.

Track 7: "If I'm Really" - Cole is an up and coming indie-pop singer-songwriter/recording artist/performer and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, ukulele and keys). She collaborated with a stellar team to release her debut self-titled album followed by her release of "Two Faced" which was co-written with Jenn Rykert. "Two Faced" was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) and charted globally on Digital Radio Tracker. Cole is recording her 2nd album and will be releasing singles throughout 2018. She tours from Texas to Nashville and she recently traveled to Anaheim, California and performed at the Anaheim Convention Center for the 2018 NAMM Winter Show. Cole is passionate about helping others through music and donates her time to many charities,benefits and fundraisers; she visits Texas Children's Hospital often to perform for cancer patients and their families

Track 8: "Savage Love" - British Columbia, Canada based Pop recording artist Nina Amelio has achieved enormous recognition and radio success. At present, Nina is on over 60 radio stations worldwide broadcasting in the UK, USA, Italy, Australia, Slovenia, Spain and New Zealand to name a few (15 broadcasts are on FM frequency). Currently "Savage Love" has over 400,000 plays on Soundcloud and has garnished international radio rotation. Nina won Singer Universe 'Best Vocalist of the Month' and was nominated for 'Best Pop Song' at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Nina is signed with Elite Management, Arrow and Spark (Arrow Music Agency in Seattle, Nashville and Los Angeles).

Track 9: "Rainbow" - Born in Italy and raised in Spain, Jenny Vinatieri is a singer-songwriter who currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jenny is gaining recognition for her ability to write songs across many genres. She was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 Divine Tracks Contest and a semi-finalist in both the International/Unsigned Only and the USA Songwriting Competition.

Track 10: "Victorious (Ansimatik Remix) (Official Dance Anthem)" - Erick Blu is an award winning Pop music sensation. In his young and rising career, Erick has already performed in front of 20,000 people sharing the stage with American acts such as Hoobastank. He also took center stage promoting his refreshing, positive message at the World Scholars Cup in 2010 where he won Best Pop Performance. Erick is now an official member of ‘The Recording Academy' with his songs in consideration for the 60th Grammy Awards. Erick won The 2017 Akademia Music Award for his song "Took The Words' for "Best Pop Song" and an American Music Award for "Best International Song" which can be heard on his Vevo-Certified channel crossing 1million hits.

Track 11: "Ease My Mind (feat. Chris Chand)" - Rudi Jubran aka "0 hype" is a hip-hop artist from Toronto, Canada who was born and raised in Scarborough. He released his much anticipated full length, 14 track project title ‘Before You Enter' displaying his versatility and skill as an artist. With a capable range of sounds and genres, 0 hype approaches rap with a raw, steady, spoken word inspired flow breaking the current meta of the Toronto sound.

Track 12: "Let Me Live" - AntoineRNB is a singer-songwriter, rhythm and blues artist from New York. His unique contemporary, urban style was described best by Spate Magazine (the number one Hip Hop News Blog in the Country) as "the future of urban contemporary music. His style is original, soulful and funky." Antoine has received airplay on FM Radio around the country and positive press from major hip hop/ R & B magazines. AntoineRNB is signed to the Independent Record Label, TRAK TO THE FUTURE.

Track 13: "The Letting Go" - Natalie Jean is an award winning, multi-nominated singer/songwriter and performer. She sings many genres, such as Jazz Pop, R&B, Blues and Dance and can also sing in French, Spanish, English, and Creole. Natalie Jean has been nominated over 60 times for her music and has won many awards. The "Letting Go" won a Silver Medal in The Global Music Awards for Best Country Song. Most recently, "The Letting Go Music Video" received a Silver Medal in the Global Music Awards and won for Best Music Video of the Month in the Aab International Film Festival. "The Letting Go" has been nominated in the 2018 Atlas Elite Entertainment Music Awards for best country song and for "Best Americana Song" in the 2018 Clouzine International Music Awards. Natalie Jean has released five albums thus far.

Track 14: "Packing My Bags" - Luna Keller is a young singer-songwriter who has released seven singles in a short period of time to critical acclaim. In the music review blog ‘Wolf in a Suit', Luna is described as having "an exquisite and mature showcase of lyricism." National blog, Indie Brew, states, "You will find yourself returning to Luna's music over and over again."

Track 15: "What A Day"- With over 42,000 song plays, The BeeKeepers are the #1 ranked indie group in their region. Their songs have been heard on over 70 radio college stations across the United States and on 66 TV channels. The group has over 20,000 spins on digital radio. The 3 women have been described as having "gorgeously tight vocal harmonies which result in a hearing-secret-harmonies effluvium that goes beyond delightful and enters the realm of fabulous." (The Huffington Post)

About BWH Music Group:
BWH Music Group is an Independent, Collaborative Record Label where the label and artists work together to achieve common goals in recording, record releases and promotion.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Aretha Henry To Release Fourth Studio Album, Mrs. Jones

Singer-Songwriter Aretha Henry will release her fourth studio album later this year. On April 1st, she released the album's first single, "Love Language". The Camden Mississippi native announced the title of the album on her blog, Aretha Henry Daily, back in March.

The songstress became Mrs. Jones for the second time on June 1st of last year when she remarried her 1st (and only) husband, Kevin Jones. Mrs. Jones is very excited about the upcoming album, gushing about it stating "Well, I couldn't think of a title more fitting for my fourth studio album besides Mrs. Jones. Hehehe. I wanted my first three albums to describe me- like an introduction. Beautiful....Enchanted....Superhuman....Mrs. Jones. (Yes, I did that on purpose.) The title is a play on the old song, Me & Mrs. Jones, and also the phrase, Keeping up with the Joneses."
- Aretha Henry Daily

Check the artist's website for more updates!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Hybrid Studios Hosts Student Field Trip Day

On June 20th, Hybrid Studios in Santa Ana hosted a group of high school students through Vital Link team and Santiago Canyon College to discuss careers in the world of audio and video production. After being given a tour of the facility's recording studios and soundstage, students spoke with Craig "Burnie" Burns of Applebox Network and Burnie's Grip and Lighting about different career paths within the industry. They were also brought onto one of Burnie's profession grip trucks and given a recording demo in Hybrid's Studio A. Following the demo, students took part in a Q&A with Hybrid's Lead Engineer, Josh Brooks.

"It's always refreshing to bring groups of young people into the studio," said Hybrid Manager Mike Miller, "For kids looking into different career paths, we try to remove some of the mystery of what actually happens in recording studios and/or professional soundstages like Hybrid. They assume that it's all fun all the time – and it is fun – but there's a lot of hard work and dedication that comes along with that. I hope we were able to show the students both sides of that coin."

Santiago Canyon College is a State of California award-winning community college and offers a very effective Business and Career Education curriculum to their students. These students and some grads will soon be seeking entry-level or internship positions pursuant to their upcoming careers. Vital Link's mission is to help students and grads explore, discover and connect to meaningful careers by coordinating activities such as site tours to local businesses for various Orange County schools. You can visit their web site, for more information.

About Hybrid Studios
Hybrid Studios is a fully integrated multimedia production facility in Orange County, CA. Not only does Hybrid feature a state-of-the-art analog & digital recording studio; it also boasts a massive sound stage, including a pre-lit cyclorama. Equipped with the best gear and an experienced staff, Hybrid provides a variety of products and services to clients across the creative spectrum from recording, mixing and mastering to video and photography.

For more information on Hybrid Studios, please visit

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Australian DJ Duo NERVO Enter Sports Arena With Unique Volleyball Partnership

Grammy award-winning Australian DJ duo NERVO have teamed up with The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) ahead of the launch of a new global competition, the Volleyball Nations League (VNL), which will see them reaching a worldwide audience with new material and performances.

This collaboration demonstrates the FIVB's commitment to showcasing world class entertainment and putting music at the centre of the fan experience.

NERVO have recorded an exclusive track entitled ‘Worlds Collide,' which will be the official anthem of the competition and will perform to capacity crowds at both the men's and women's VNL finals, starting with the women's in Nanjing on 27th June and then at the men's final in Lille on July 8th.

The new partnership was unveiled last night (Sunday June 10th) at the Ottawa leg of the VNL tour when NERVO performed ‘Worlds Collide' for the first time during the competition.

NERVO are twin sisters Mim and Liv Nervo, the most successful female DJs in the world, having written and produced some of the biggest club tracks in recent years including collaborations with David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Kesha and Britney Spears.

This activity will form part of a packed summer of events for NERVO who are undertaking a worldwide tour, which will feature club appearances from Ibiza to Las Vegas.

Liv Nervo said, "As Australians, we're no strangers to sport but the party atmosphere of VNL matches is pretty special. The energy between the players and the fans has been at the heart of the collaboration, and we can't wait to be in Canada to add ‘Worlds Collide' to the mix."

Fernando Lima, Secretary General of the FIVB said, "Sport and music are a fantastic mix as both deal with human creativity and capacity to engage with people. Volleyball has a global fan base and The Volleyball Nations League provides a platform for great sport alongside fantastic entertainment and an unforgettable fan experience. There will be an amazing party atmosphere at all of the matches and NERVO will be a big part of that. They are great ambassadors for our sport and ‘Worlds Collide' is the perfect anthem for this competition."

Friday, June 22, 2018

VIP BET Afterparty Celebrates The New Soul Movement, BET Awards Winners & The 'Got Soul!'

The Sunday June 24 Concert at THE MINT Spotlights the 'VOCAL QUEENS & KINGS' of Urban Music & Celebrates a BET AWARDS AfterParty with a Robust Line-Up & Special Guests

Los Angeles CA - The acclaimed new music compilation series 'GOT SOUL!' celebrates the release of Volume 2 with a Special BET AWARDS Weekend AfterParty & Concert event at THE MINT entitled 'CELEBRATE THE BEST - CALI GOT SOUL!' The soulful line-up is headed by vocal 'queen' ERIN STEVENSON, a singers' singer, who has been the main backing vocalist for some of the biggest Superstars in the business for years and is passionate about her own solo career. Erin is currently singing with JENNIFER 'J-LO' LOPEZ in her spectacular Las Vegas residency drawing wide acclaim, in addition to globetrotting with mega hit producer/writer/artist PHARRELL WILLIAMS & others. She was JANET JACKSON's main singers for over seven years & is the vocalist of choice for mega-platinum icons DURAN DURAN in their Worldwide Concerts. Erin is featured on the upcoming 'GOT SOUL! 3 - New Soul Power' coming out in the fall with her amazing new song 'Don't Touch'.

Joining Ms. Stevenson is highly acclaimed European born female singing sensation HET DUTCHESS from Denmark. Dutchess boasts a soaring soul reaching vocal range and is featured on the 'GOT SOUL!' series Volumes 1 & 2, with the songs 'Broken Soul' & 'Rose Colored Glasses' respectively, from her highly anticipated album 'Journey Unfiltered'. Plus female up & coming soul star RUEPRATT from Washington DC's 'DMV' region, & will be featured on 'GOT SOUL! 3'. Special female Guest is longtime PRINCE singer MARVA KING, who backed the late great icon for many years & prior sang for STEVIE WONDER and starred in TYLER PERRY's 'Diary Of A Mad Black Woman' on stage. Marva is featured on 'GOT SOUL! 1 & 2, as well as fronts the new PRINCE spinoff group 'POWER SOUL UNLIMITED', featuring her and many of the legend's key players and singers from his iconic tours.

On the male 'Vocal Kings' side, also from the East Coast is soul belter OG BLACK 9. Having worked with the likes of legendary group JODECI & other greats, OG delivers a spine tingling vocal style that makes the listener feel the depth of his soul & passion through his music. OG is featured on 'GOT SOUL!' volumes one & two, as well as world premiering a new soon-to-be Soul classic on Volume 3 out October 19. Joining BLACK 9 is male triple threat, STONE PAXTON, an award winning Artist-Writer & Producer (TROOP, RICK JAMES' STONE CITY BAND, 2PAC & many more). Stone is featured on both 'GOT SOUL!' volumes with new songs from his forthcoming album, as well as premiering a new song on volume 3 after returning from his European 'GOT SOUL!' tour.

In addition the 'afterparty' segment of the show will feature acclaimed DJ MEECH in a set featuring a revolving cast of urban vocalists doing their singles alongside the turntablist. In addition Meech will be spotlighting the many spectacular songs on the 'GOT SOUL!' series like A HAYGAN's 'I Love It', MAHOGANY RAYE's 'With All This Love', ROBERT GEE (of legendary group LOOSE ENDS) 'All I Ever Wanted', H'ATINA's 'Take Our Time', SHAWN ATKINS 'I've Got You', EJ PULLEN's 'Makes Me Say Ohh', JASON TAYLOR's 'Love Revolution' & many more special songs from the acclaimed series. Special Guest Comedian MCs from the cast of VEGAS COMEDY UNDERGROUND TV show & special surprise guests.

'GOT SOUL! New Soul Power' volumes are part of the HOT NEW HEAT! Series, which also includes an indie POP line called 'WANNA PARTY!', a Country line called 'LOVE MY COUNTRY!', a Rock/Pop Punk line ala WARPED called 'POWERPOP BLASTS!', in addition to new lines focused on Alternative, Hard Rock, Funk & Love Songs in the '20 Hot New Hits!' format (ala the popular NOW series, but for indie artists deserving of the recognition. All the HOT NEW HEAT! lines are distributed worldwide by Orchard/SONY & ALLIANCE - the leading independent distributor in the world. Franchise creator & longtime indie innovator JAY WARSINSKE heads the series, upcoming tours & programs in-the-works exclaims "Soul Music has always been at the heart & soul of great Pop, Rock, R&B, Country, Club & contemporary hits for decades, & after so much computerized, autotuned 'assembly line music', there's a new Soul movement coming that is undeniable & unstoppable & as we say on the 'GOT SOUL!' series, it's TIME for more Real Singers, Real Players & Real Songs! - Join us on the New Soul Power movement!”

The MINT is located at 6010 W.Pico Blvd., L.A CA 90035 - Doors open at 7 for the show.
For more information go to & email:

Links : GOT SOUL! 2: iTunes: Amazon: : Hook sampler: PromoVideo: *GOT SOUL! 1: : iTunes: Amazon: promo video:

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Erik Scott Nominated As Best Producer, Contemporary Instrumental Album, In The 16th Annual Independent Music Awards

Music Resource Group (MRG) announced Erik Scott as one of the "Best Producer" Nominees in the 16th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs), for his album In The Company of Clouds. Culled from thousands of submissions worldwide, the nominees were chosen by both fans and industry panelists. The year's best self-released and indie label projects will be announced next Saturday March 31, 2018; Scott plans to attend the event at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.

Scott is a multi-faceted Artist/Composer/Producer who has been a force in Contemporary Instrumental Music since the 2008 release of his solo debut, Other Planets. His nominated album, In the Company of Clouds, has been called "transcendental" and already won both Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album honors at the Zone Music Awards.

Scott wrote and produced the album, making great use of instrumentalist friends on several tracks, and painting with beautiful gospel voices on two tracks. A consistent presence throughout is the graceful steel guitar of John Pirruccello, who is heard on his previous recordings as well. Erik plays melodic fretless, and in his own words "his fretted Frankenbass 1964 Fender, bass-generated sound fx, the keyboards, drum and percussion programs, some wee vocals, and that one mandolin."

Featuring a blend of Scott's lush, melodic fretless bass, in addition to steel guitar, gentle percussion textures and touches of choir-like vocals, IN THE COMPANY OF CLOUDS creates an ambience that is all at once earthy and ethereal. Since its release in 2016, the album has been described as "emotionally rich", "innovative" and full of "jaw-dropping" sounds; apt descriptions of an album that delivers a heart-opening range of music across nine tracks. The album is self-released by Erik Scott (, published by Hened Music, BMI, and is now available worldwide. The artist is in the midst of production on his next album, slated for release later this year.

This Saturday March 31st, the IMA winners will be promoted to millions of music fans via online & broadcast promotions, performance and distribution opportunities. Details and complete list of Nominees and Judges are available at; judges include top recording artists such as: Tom Waits, Slayer, Bakithi Kumalo, Michael W. Smith, Sepultura, Amy Lee [Evanescence] and many more.

IN THE COMPANY OF CLOUDS is available in physical and digital formats, and can be found in major online music stores and on all digital music outlets; it was a CDBaby Editor's Top Pick (

For more about Erik Scott, please visit:

Casio, Little Kids Rock And Disney/Own Star Roshon Fegan Deliver Musical Surprise To Hundreds Of Middle School Students

Casio America, Inc. teamed up with national non-profit Little Kids Rock and Disney/Own star Roshon Fegan to surprise over 500 students from Magnolia Science Academy 8-Bell in Los Angeles for Music In Our Schools Month on March 14, 2018. Billed as a "routine" school assembly, the unsuspecting students got the thrill of a lifetime when "Shake It Up", "Camp Rock" and "Greenleaf" star Roshon Fegan snuck on stage to give a live performance and gift enough Casio CT-X700 Series keyboards to give all of the school's 170 "Modern Band" music program students access to an instrument.

"Giving back to the next generation of musicians is so important to Casio," said Stephen Schmidt, Vice President of Casio's Electronic Musical Instrument Division. "Partnering with organizations like Little Kids Rock and performers like Roshon, who is a featured Casio artist, ensures that we are collectively helping to impact local communities in a positive way through music. This donation is just one way to thank young impressionable students and help them to grow into artists that continue to believe in making music and will one day hopefully give back to the next generation of musicians."

Countless studies show that kids who have access to music education in schools do better academically and socially. Little Kids Rock developed the nationally renowned Modern Band programs that reach over 650,000 students across the country and that teach kids to play culturally relevant music they already know and love, like pop, hip-hop, country, rock and R & B. Kids become proficient while playing the music that inspires them, and participation in Modern Band increases their engagement with school, learning and inclusion, while fostering critical 21st century skills like teamwork, creativity and communication.

"Little Kids Rock is grateful to receive Casio's continued support and commitment to empowering young music makers in Los Angeles and across the country," says Little Kids Rock CEO and Founder David Wish. "By supporting the Modern Band program at Magnolia Science Academy 8-Bell and donating these state-of-the art instruments, they are ensuring that these students will have access to a first-rate and entirely new type of music program in their community."

The CT-X series of keyboards features advanced specifications for serious beginners to seasoned performers and players. All models feature the new AiX Sound Source which leverages expertise that Casio accumulated in developing sound sources for its digital pianos. The AiX Sound Source allows the CT-X keyboards to faithfully reproduce the appealing sound of acoustic instruments such as guitars, drums, basses, brass, wind instruments, string ensembles and more. The CT-X series provides high-performance Digital Signal Processor (DSP) effects that combine various algorithms to realize the perfect effect for each instrument sound. The CT-X700's stunning instrument tones are perfect for beginners or advanced players that need an affordable and portable instrument.

To learn more about Casio's full portfolio of electronic musical instruments, please visit

About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit

About Little Kids Rock
Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming kids' lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. As the leader in inclusive, culturally-responsive, student-centered music education, the organization partners with public school districts to build music programs as diverse as the students being served. Little Kids Rock trains teachers to run its innovative Modern Band curriculum, and donates accompanying instruments and resources as necessary to teach popular music in a way that empowers students to experience instant achievement. What began as a single after-school guitar class has since exploded into a national movement that brings free, weekly music lessons to nearly 400,000 public school children annually through the efforts of more than 2,300 teachers in 270 school districts across 45 states. To date, Little Kids Rock has served more than 650,000 students. More info at