Friday, May 25, 2018

Plunky's "Love Makes Us Better" Video Is Cosmic Jazz-Funk


In his "Love Makes Us Better" video Plunky imagines John Coltrane or Pharaoh Sanders getting funky and spiritual and political in today's Youtube musical landscape.



Watch the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fun0F7BJvCs



"Love makes us better" is a declarative statement of belief in the power of universal love. The new song written by acclaimed saxophonist J. Plunky Branch, expresses his personal belief in love as a positive force in human nature.



It turns out the man with the horn is also a man with a vision, as Plunky directed and produced this short-form video masterwork that explores the intersection of musical romanticism and political and social idealism. The message in the video is simple: love makes us better people and a better nation.



The mood and tonality of the song's instrumental track is definitely rooted in the cosmic jazz of the 1960s and 70s. During that era, Plunky worked with Ornette Coleman, Sam Rivers, Pharaoh Sanders, Rashid Ali, Lonnie Liston Smith, Ndikho Xaba and others while leading his group, Juju. Plunky produced two albums on the innovative jazz label Strata-East Records and two albums on Black Fire Records before establishing his own N.A.M.E. Brand Records label. Over the years Plunky & Oneness (of Juju) developed an Afro-jazz funk sound by combining soulful, polyrhythmic and improvisational styles.



On "Love Makes Us Better," Plunky evokes the sentiments of past cosmic jazz saxophone masters, as his soprano soars over the rhythm section guided by Dr. Weldon Hill's grand piano motif. Hip-hop producer J. Fire Branch's beats and funky drums propel the track into today's future tense. Plunky's raw lead vocals are smoothed by angelic background singers (Charlayne Green and Kala Page) as he delivers his simple but poignant lyrics:



Love is supernatural and satisfactual/Magnificent, excellent and heaven sent

Personal love. Universal love. It's all about love

Love makes things better/Better and better

Love makes us better/Better and better



Plunky is a persistently innovative and versatile artist whose 25 albums and 450 original songs span multiple genres including, African, jazz, funk, R&B, hip-hop and reggae. He has toured extensively with his group, Plunky & Oneness (of Juju), performing in concert and at festivals with some of the biggest names in Black music, including George Clinton, Earth Wind & Fire, Patti LaBelle, LL Cool J, Lonnie Liston Smith, and so many more. Plunky recently received a 50 For 50 Award as an outstanding artist of the last 50 years from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. His songs have been on national and international charts, licensed for television, sampled, re-recorded and re-issued on numerous international compilations.



"Love Makes Us Better" will be the title song of the upcoming full-length album due out later this summer, but the song is available now as one of the tracks on "Only You," Plunky's four-song maxi-single CD which this week entered the Smoothjazz.com Top 50 Indie Chart. The "Only You" maxi single is available on itunes, amazon and all the usual online streaming services; and it can be ordered at https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/plunkyoneness8


Website: http://www.plunkyone.com

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Gar Francis Releases A New Album Titled: Gar Francis Songbook Volume One By Various Artists Doing Versions Of Songwriter Gar Francis Songs


Gar Francis Songbook Volume One by Various Artists



Album Presale: 3.9.18

Official Release Date: 3.16.18



Featuring the following Songs and Artists:

01. Baby Let's Go - Tom Vicario 2:42

02. Come On Come On - The Easy Outs 3:10

03. I Won't Cry Anymore - Genya Ravan 4:35

(Ten Wheel Drive)

04. Satisfied - Tyce Green 4:17

05. Born Dainty - Kelly Caruso 3:44

(American Idol)

06. Meet Me - Ricky Persaud Jr 4:12

07. Sweet Sunshine - The Satisfactors 3:38

08. Rush On You - Mark Lindsay 2:40

(former Lead Singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders)

09. A Spy For Love - Mia Moravis 2:32

10. A Special Girl - Jim McCarty 4:45

(The Yardbirds)

11. Ballerina Of The Bowery - Jana Peri 4:10

12. Break It Down - Anthony Krizan 4:29

(The Spin Doctors)

13. Fool For Your Love - Crab Bubbles Band 2:47

14. Make Up Your Mind - Inches From Sin 3:24

15. Shine Your Love - Kathryn Shipley 3:53

16. The Hand Of Fate We Hold - The Corridors 3:30



Album Review by The Grouch | In The Rockies



Hej America!

Today is a bit of a special day here in Grouchland. Why you ask? Well, today’s review is of an album of songs, most of which were composed solely by one of my favorite musicians, Gar Francis. For those who do not know, Gar is a wizard of musical creativity. Over the years I have heard many songs from Gar’s colossal body of work and I can honestly say I have not heard anything by Gar that I disliked. This is an album of songs composed either solely by Gar or in collaboration with other talented musicians. This album. at least in my opinion, further solidifies Gar’s position among other behind-the-scene greats such as Bob Ezrin and Mutt Lang.



Track 1 - Baby Let's Go - Tom Vicario 2:42 - This is classic Country Gar and Tom delivers a great rendition. I am a sucker for that twangy guitar. Tom’s voice fits well with this style of music. When the solo kicks in the listener is reminded that Rock and Roll is basically a fusion of African inspired soul and Country. This track reminds me of old Roy Orbison or anyone one of the first-generation rockers. All in all, this is a good song that is played flawlessly by Tom Vicario.



Track 2 - Come On Come On - The Easy Outs 3:10 - The raunchy 60s sound is alive and well in this track performed by the Easy Outs. The music grinds and the old-school licks blister as the organ adds some groove around the edges. This is a dancer’s track for sure. The vocals are spot on as the old time Rock and Roll vibe fills the air. What’s not to love, with wicked guitar licks, a funky bass, a rock-solid drummer and lyrics that state “You make a monkey crazy! Come on come on!” I really like this band!



Track 3 - I Won't Cry Anymore - Genya Ravan (of Ten Wheel Drive) - 4:35 - This is a massive blues jam that I can’t get enough of. Listen to this song and tell me you can’t feel the soul. Genya has a great voice and the backup singers just add to the magic. There is a massive amount of Motown goodness in this track. I want to give a special nod to Genya’s drummer, Bobby Chen. Amazingly, he stands out despite being behind a truly wicked guitar player and some of the most soulful vocals I have ever heard. This is without a doubt a great song.



Track 4 - Satisfied - Tyce Green 4:17 - This track is from the 80s influenced Pop-Metal Gar. The track is performed by Tyce Green and reminds me of the stuff that was popular back in the day. I am thinking of April Wine or even Billy Squire. There is enough rock here for guys to dig it and enough sensitivity in the vocals for their girlfriends to get them to come to the show. In short, this is a good song reminiscent of 1982 which, at least for me, was a very good year. This song is well executed, radio-friendly hard-pop.



Track 5 - Born Dainty - Kelly Caruso (of American Idol) - 3:44 - First things first, I dig the music. It's got an old Charlie Daniels - Skynyrd feel. As an old drummer, I have to say I really like what Keith Reil is doing. I also dig the leads Gar pulls out at the tail end of the song, and some people say Country doesn't jam! When done right, it jams indeed. Kelly has a strong voice that gets better on the chorus. She can sing and seems to have the kind of gutsy attitude that I dig.

Think of a kind of Country Gore Gore Girls and you are on the right track. This is a good song from a young woman with a strong voice and some really good players.



Track 6 - Meet Me - Ricky Persaud Jr 4:12 - It really doesn’t get much better than this. Gar is a fantastic songwriter and there are not many people who can jam as much as Ricky Persaud Jr. I have been a big fan of Ricky’s since I first heard him quite a while back. Simply put the man can do wonders on any instrument he chooses to use, including his voice. The Reggae vibe is strong, and I am brought back to a conversation I had a long time ago with a cat I knew who was playing drums in a Reggae band. He said to me “Once you go Reggae there is no going back.” Listen to this song. When I do I have to admit I have percussion envy.



Track 7 - Sweet Sunshine - The Satisfactors 3:38 - I first heard about the Satisfactors a few years ago. I dig what they do! This is a band made up of a bunch of guys who are bursting with in-your-face soul. The singer sings well. The rhythm section is rock solid, and the guitars are on fire. I dare anyone to listen to this track and not be in a better mood by the end of the song. A long time ago, when the Walkman first came out, I had a friend who would say "Here, have a little Alice. You'll feel better." Then he would give you the headphones and Billion Dollar Babies would blast through your brain. Well, here, have a little Satisfactors. You'll feel better.



Track 8 - Rush On You - Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders) - 2:40 - One word: JAM! This reminds me of something our band instructor back in Jr. High school would say. If we had managed to make some particularly soulful noise Mr. Case would look at us, grin and say in his cigarette damaged voice: Sometimes you cats can wail. Well folks, this track wails!



Track 9 - A Spy For Love - Mia Moravis 2:32 - I had no idea they were making a new James Bond film. They must be because this track is absolutely meant to be the theme song for a James Bond flick. The camp factor is over the top as Mia sultrily sings that she is a Spy For Love. The thing is that despite the intentional campiness and the omnipresent musical kitsch, the music on this track is really well played. Mia has a very good voice and the band actually makes the song groove. (I do have to wonder how many times they had to do a retake because the band was cracking up?)



Track 10 - A Special Girl - Jim McCarty (of the Yardbirds) - 4:45 - The first thing the listener notices is the melodic groove that could easily fit in the background of a cocktail party or with a bunch of young neo-hippies hanging in the park. I actually mean that as a compliment. The music does have some Adult Contemporary overtones that would make a dentist smile, but if you really listen to the track you will hear a subtle, yet smoking guitar. That guitar behind the easy-on-the-ears voice really works together to create something special that just may take a couple of listens to fully appreciate. When all is said and done, I find myself speechless and thinking “now that is one cool way to rock and roll.”



Track 11 - Ballerina Of The Bowery - Jana Peri 4:10 - I dig this song. The Bo Diddley vibe is just too cool. Man, the drummer, Kurt Reil, is laying it down! When you combine those drums with the ultra-raunchy guitar (Gar Francis) the song is mind-bending. Add in the vocals and the track goes from mind-bending to absolutely mind-blowing. This song has anthem written all over it. I dare anyone to listen to this track and not start to groove along.



Track 12 - Break It Down - Anthony Krizan (of the Spin Doctors) - 4:29 - WICKED! Good God I love well-used feedback! The blues simply does not get any raunchier or grittier than this. The cool thing about this track is that while the music is head-splitting level loud and confrontation the vocals are, believe it or not, melodic. The background vocals only add to the contrast of the out of control, fire-breathing dragon on lead guitar. Out of all of the truly fine tracks on this album, this could very well be my favorite.



Track 13 - Fool For Your Love - Crab Bubbles Band 2:47 - The heavy groove continues. There is no doubt that the Crab Bubbles Band can make some noise. The melodic verse is almost a relief from the intensity of the chorus. (Who am I kidding? It can never be too intense!) This song is so good I find myself wishing I was in this band. Excellent work!



Track 14 - Make Up Your Mind - Inches From Sin 3:24 - This song is interesting. On the one hand, it sounds so cheery, but there is a menacing machine-like sound grinding just underneath the pleasant keyboards. I am really curious, given the name of the band, is this a simple love song or do the singers have some darker nefarious purpose in mind for the person they are en-couraged to make up their mind?



Track 15 - Shine Your Love - Kathryn Shipley 3:53 - Kathryn starts out with some really nice soulful keys. I really am feeling a Band groove here. Then the vocals come in. Man, she has a great voice! The background singers definitely add to the soulful vibe. Then it dawns on me this is the stuff all the great Motown singers grew up singing. This song could be from a church service, albeit not the kind I attended as a kid. This song would fit into a church service where the people rock out. You have to listen to the piano (Eric Barfield) runs in this track. The pi-ano, with the organ in the background, the wicked guitar on the edge, the backup singers all provide an outstanding platform for Kathryn to absolutely wail! I dig it.



Track 16 - The Hand Of Fate We Hold - The Corridors 3:30 - The Corridors are a band I quite like. The prowess of their keyboard player is not to be denied. Just when the listener feels immersed in a sea of keyboard produced sound the guitar opens up with a tsunami of laser-guided precession sonic blasts that leaves the listener, well at least this listener, speechless. Over the top of this massively intense yet oddly melodic jam is a voice that is simply awe-inspiring. The man (Adi Mosko) can sing! This is a fantastic track that deserves to be listened to, frequently.



I should mention, as the name of the album is The Gar Francis Songbook Volume One by Various Artists that all of the songs with the exceptions listed below, were written by Gar

Francis.



Sweet Sunshine by Gar Francis, Bruce Ferguson & Kurt Reil

A Special Girl by Gar Francis & Jim McCarty

Bread It Down by Gar Francis & Anthony Krizan

Make Up Your Mind by Gar Francis, Robert Brewer & Karen Holloway Brewer

The Hand of Fate We Hold by Gar Francis & Richard X Heyman



The bottom line is this is a fantastic album that I am sure will be enjoyable to listen to for years to come. - The Grouch | in the Rockies



Made possible by all artists presented and Bongo Boy Records.

Produced by Gar Francis and Monique Grimme for Bongo Boy Records.

Album Design and Photography: Monique Grimme


http://bongoboyrecords.com/garfrancissongbookseries/

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

The High Definition Music Card - Bring Your Own Live Performance With You!


What if someone told you that you could now carry live-performance quality music in your pocket?



Allow me to introduce the High Definition Music Card - a thin, portable device that comes in a USB format. The device was created by Alexander Goldberg Jero, the first winner of the Surround Sound Music Award in 2002. The music card was released with Mozart's Requiem on file.



The High Definition Music Card brings the experience of hearing a live performance to our daily devices. Jero explained that using the Music Card to listen to music is analogous to watching an IMAX movie in theaters as opposed to watching the same movie on your phone.



Compatibility is also a top priority of the High Definition Music Card. It allows the users to sync music between with multiple devices such as desktops, laptops, smartphones, headphones, blu-ray players, etc.



The HD Music Card is tipped to be the newest format for music lovers around the globe, and now we just have to wait for the releasing announcement!


http://www.highdefinitionmusiccard.com

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Deadline Looms - The 23rd Annual USA Songwriting Competition


Enrollment deadline for the 23rd Annual USA Songwriting Competition is fast approaching, May 31st is the deadline to enter the competition. Songwriters and Composers vie for a chance to win a top prize of $50,000 worth of cash and merchandise such as music gear. Winning songs will be receiving radio airplay. Songwriters can enter in 15 different song categories such as: Pop, Rock/Alt, Folk, R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Instrumental, etc.



USA Songwriting Competition is sponsored by: Sony, D'Addario Strings, Recording Magazine, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion, Airplay Access, Audio-Technica, Presonus, Sonoma Wireworks, SongTrust.com, KJug Guitars, Discmakers, CDBaby, KJug Guitars, Storyblocks and Berklee College of Music.



CURRENT WINNERS

Priscilla Renea Hairston (see pictured) of Los Angeles, California has won the Overall Grand Prize and First Prize in the Pop category in the 22nd Annual USA Songwriting Competition with her song "Family Tree" along with songwriters Boots Ottstad and Ben Burgess. This is her first win in any Songwriting Competition. Her winning song "Family Tree" is a touching mid-tempo song based on a true story on Priscilla's turbulent early life.



Additionally, she co-wrote a song "Love So Soft", which was recorded by Kelly Clarkson, received a nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. The song hit #47 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.



Priscilla was signed to Capitol Records in 2009. She is also a professional songwriter, her songs she has written reads like who-who's in Pop music. Her songs were recorded by Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Fifth Harmony, Demi Lovato, Rihanna, Madonna, Selena Gomez and Chris Brown. Several of her songs have hit the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.



Her hits she wrote include co-writing the song "Timber", recorded by Pitbull, the song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 2013, certified six times Platinum, making it the biggest hit she has co-written so far in her career. Her other notable hits that she wrote or co-wrote include "Worth It", recorded by Fifth Harmony (#12 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts), "California King Bed" recorded by Pop superstar Rihanna (#37 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts).



The Overall Second Prize went to Folk songwriters Hope Schneir and Justin Schneir of Camarillo, CA with their song "Lay You Down".



The Overall Third Prize went to Aubrey Logan and Lisa Cole Bass of Bellevue, WA with her song "Pity Party". This is the fifth consecutive year that all top 3 winning songs are written by more than one songwriter.



ABOUT USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION

USA Songwriting Competition has been honoring songwriters from all over the world. Winners came from Australia, Japan, Canada, UK, Germany, Brazil, South Africa, USA, etc. Past winners have gotten recording contracts, getting their songs on film, TV as well as getting cuts with major artists. The 2013 Top winner rock band "American Authors" hit #1 on the Billboard Charts and went Double Platinum, selling over 2 million copies. The 2007 winner Air Gold hit Top 10 on the Billboard charts with his winning song 6 months after his win. The 2005 Winner of the Country category had his winning song cut by Country Superstar Faith Hill. The 2005 winner of the Pop category was signed by Interscope Records. Our 2008 winner appeared on David Letterman TV show and got signed to a record label.



This is a great opportunity for songwriters to catapult yourself to the next level. Deadline to enter is May 31st. For more information, visit: http://www.songwriting.net

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Masta Mix Records Announces The New Album A Decade In The Mix 2002-2012 From Traum

The new Album is the 2nd release from the Far Rockaway, NY rapper, and features his past material from 2002-2012 featuring Cormega, Rapper Noyd, Killa Sha and KL of Screwball. It also includes production by Traum, Ayatollah and many more.

Traum exudes an authentic essence of spitting a verse about living life in the grimy streets of Far Rockaway Queens, how one survives the struggle, and making one's dreams a reality. Bringing back the familiar flavor of fluidly spoken hip hop is what Traum does best, as he now pushes through the walls of the underground to shine in the mainstream while keeping it real and distinctive.

"A Decade In The Mix 2002-2012" will be available December 26, 2017 on iTunes and stores everywhere.

Traum founded Masta Mix Records and Masta Labs Studio "I know the game; I have the energy and execution and discipline. With my own label, I can focus on putting out good music and show my love for hip hop without waiting for a major label to notice my determination and skills." And, with that stated, Masta Mix Records has flourished into a life of its own. Masta Mix Records has become one of a few only commercially successful Indie Record Labels in the world.

This album is just to display some of my classic joints from the past accordinig to Traum.

Traum the authentic essence of spitting a verse about living life in the grimy streets and how one survives the struggle and how your dreams are now tangible are fluidly spoken by undergrounds hip hop sensation Traum. Bringing back the familiar flavor of hip hop, Traum narrates about his life growing up in the streets of New York to living a flashy lifestyle and fast money. New York, Big City of Dreams, as it’s often called, correlates perfectly with tantalizing lyrics.

Please visit www.traum247.com for more info.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Turn Up The Heat With Fortune's Worldwide Release Of "LondonPxrisTokyo"

Music link: https://youtu.be/YCUkS195I-0

Designed for the club, ready for the radio, and destined to soundtrack steamy nights around the world, "LondonPxrisTokyo" is a journey into the best of contemporary RnB. Atmospheric and fun, this is a great album for shaking off the winter blues and preparing for the sun and fun of the summer to come.

Fortune's album "LondonPxrisTokyo" sees worldwide release on February 16th, 2018. Comprised of the tracks: "Intro", "Takeaway", "Pull-Up", "Skit 2", "Can't Believe It ft. C-Mulla", "Old Flame", "Skit 3", "Family ft. Caitlin Lacey", "Wavy", and "Cost of a Fortune", "LondonPxrisTokyo" simmers with rhythmic and melodic hip-hop built with soaring RnB vocals and elements of Trap, Soul and Pop to round out the experience.

This hot new album is built around the concept of telling the story of wild journey around the world and all the sexy adventures to be found in some of the world's most iconic cities. "LondonPxrisTokyo" features the vocal talent of Television and Film icon Ian Prie from "Die Another Day", "The Dark Knight" and "Gangs of New York".

Fortune are a breath of fresh air in a landscape of formulaic and predictable music. Luca and Parmar, the friends at the center of this project are dedicated to creating their life's work out of their deep passion for music and desire to inspire people from all backgrounds around the world. Their music is influenced by artists such as: The Weeknd, John Mayer, Kanye West, Omar, Travis Scott, Krept & Konan, Mike Will Made It and Skepta. These young and inspired talents have definitely taken notes from some of the greatest in the game.

You don't want to miss the music video for lead single "Takeaway". Shot on location in Japan, this is the perfect entry point into Fortune's sexy and original aesthetic. Be sure to check out Fortune's hot concept album "LondonPxrisTokyo" which sees worldwide release on Februrary 16th!

Stay in Touch:
Website - http://thefortunemovement.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Fortunemusicmovement/
Twitter - @FortuneMusicMovement
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fortunemusicuk/
Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/officialfortunemusic
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhdR7fLzHmIWcwCeqGJxdA

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Songwriter Alfred G. Shaheen II Releases Songs For Servicemen And Women Overseas

It is hard for one to be able to imagine the separation from home and family one must feel serving our country in strange and hostile places like Afghanistan and Iraq. La Canada-Flintridge-based songwriter Alfred G. Shaheen II recently released two singles evoking the longing for home and joy of reuniting with those special in our lives.

"The Pieces of My Life" is a poignant pop ballad on how home can call us back after a long time away. With lyrics such as "In my mind I’ve gone back in time/ Where I’ve tried to find memory lane/ Lost inside is a past that’s died/ Only broken pieces remain," the song touches on the pain of separation especially felt by those serving our country. The dreamy country-pop song "A Country Lullaby" on the other hand reminds us of the joy of family, with music and lyrics that transport the listener to the transcendent beauty of drifting off to sleep to the sight of loved ones.

Said Alfred Shaheen, "While the verse and bridge of 'The Pieces of My Life' were written in 1988, the music of the chorus and the lyrics were written in 2010. Immediately after the balance of this song came to me, I remember how I was deeply struck by the thought of our servicemen and women overseas, and the effect the meaning of this song might have on them. Of course, the lyrics of 'A Country Lullaby' represent the very loved ones to whom they long to return."

In honor of our servicemen and women and their families, Alfred Shaheen will donate 25% of the profits from digital download sales and streams of "The Pieces of My Life" to various top-rated Veterans' organizations like Wounded Warriors Family Support, Southeastern Guide Dogs and Homes for Our Troops.

Uploaded to online radio service Jango in the final days of 2017, the song quickly started garnering fans, landing both songs on the platforms Top 100 PopScore. Both, the "The Pieces of My Life" and “A Country Lullaby” feature the soulful voice of Scottie Mitchell. The songs can be found on all major music services, including Spotify, iTunes and CDBaby.
https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/AlfredShaheen

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Versatile Haitian American Singer/Songwriter Natalie Jean And Country Singer Levi Moore Release New Country Single

Natalie Jean and Levi Moore are excited to announce the much-anticipated release of their Country single, titled, 'The Letting Go.' The song is a co-write between Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean.

Produced by Alexi Von Guggenberg, is readily available for purchase nationwide at the iTunes Store, Amazon.com, Google Play, and various digital online stores.

"Music aside for a second, the songwriting is where things get personal - where things connect in a more intimate and communicable sort of way. Natalie Jean's smooth and gentle voice offers up the first verse - a certain delicacy that contrasts effectively with the thick drum line and the somewhat manic or anticipating guitar part. Her voice falls into the mix like another instrument, brightening things up, enhancing the ambiance. It's only really when you get to the satisfying resolve of the hook that the lyrics really start to take shape in your mind. The second and third times you listen you pick up on way more about the sentiment and the underlying ideas. It's an inspiring song, learning to move forwards is important - to get over and get on with things. The song hits with impact, it's powerful, and this concept is well represented."

"The set-up of one voice for the first verse and another for the second is not all that common in modern music. It works best when there's a noticeable contrast, a clear cut set of differences that lay out the two leading characters and their sides of the story or their input. Levi Moore's voice adds a gorgeous new dynamic to an already enjoyable and calming piece of music and writing. The two artists together offer so much passion and skill that their performances are mesmerising. The detail throughout this entire release is beautiful, it's a carefully crafted single that has been so well captured that you can listen on repeat and not get tired of the unfolding mightiness and magic. - Stereo Stickman"

"The song binds a beautiful tale of unforgettable love and the strength it bores into the mind and soul of a human body. This track flows over a logical explanation of feelings and relationship which is sure to inspire many young hearts. The audio quality of the song is quite high with keen attention given to making the song enjoyable for the audience."

"Brilliantly penned down by Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean, this track, 禅he Letting Go' is truly a masterpiece by Natalie Jean and Levi Moore. With so much talent and passion merging on a single platform, this track is already a memorandum in the world of amusing harmony. - Skope Magazine - Natalie Parker"

Natalie Jean is an award winning singer/songwriter performer and a dynamic artist who grew up loving music. She enjoyed singing with her Haitian father, Guy Robert Jean - who was also an artist. She writes for many genres, which would include Jazz, R&B, Dance, Pop, Country, Rap, Heavy Metal, Contemporary, etc. She can also sing in French and Spanish.

From 2014-2018, Natalie Jean's songs have received over 60 nominations and several wins, including the American Tracks Music Awards, Artists in Music Awards, LA Music Awards, The Indie Music Channel Awards, The Indees, American Songwriting Awards, Hollywood Music and Media Awards, The International Music and Entertainment Association, Australian Independent Music Awards, the Akademia Music Awards Josie Music Awards, International Music Video Underground, International Songwriting Competition, Australian Songwriting Contest, Global Music Awards, Libera Music Awards, Wammies, World Wide Music Contest, Hollywood Songwriting Contest, and UK Songwriting Contest. She was named one of the Top Five Vocalists in the Singer Universe Vocalist of the Month for June 2014. Most recently she was awarded the Gold Medal in the Global Music Awards for Female Pop Vocalist, for one of the songs currently on the album, titled "L'Amour a L'Infini, which is a co-write with Lyssabelle. Also, she won Best Dance Song, in the American Songwriting Awards for her song, "Red Room - The Remix". She also won Best World Artist (Multiple Languages) in the 2017 Josie Music Awards. As well as being a Finalist in the 2018 International Acoustic Music Awards in the Folk Category for her song "Smoking Ke Fan," which was written by Natalie and her father.

Inspired by Lena Horne, Celine Dion, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Ella Fitzgerald, her beautiful voice and melodies will surely leave you wanting for more!

Levi Moore, is a country singer/songwriter out of Savannah, GA. He writes what he feels and sings from the heart, taking notes Jennings, but also influenced early on by the great songwriters of lore, like Gordon Lightfoot and Jim Croce.

While having always craved the presence of music, he began creating music late, teaching himself to play guitar in the second half of my five-year college career, using music as a balance between football practice and midterm exams. Having been a storyteller and writer since elementary school, songwriting was a natural progression.

After 3 years, he left the oilfield to become a full-time musician, moving to Savannah, GA and plunging headlong into the coastal fray. After having been nominated for Male Vocalist of The Year in Modern Country at the 2017 Josie Music Awards, He is diligently working at my craft, gigging throughout the week, writing more than ever, and preparing to cut and release my first album this winter.

Michael Peloso is a New Jersey-based lyricist/songwriter who writes undeniably touching, honest lyrics with a sense of simplicity that are uniquely all his own. Other primary influences include Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Carole King, James Taylor, Natalie Merchant, Hall & Oates, Jude Cole, Ed Roland and Darius Rucker...Just to name a few of many. Michael collaborated with Natalie Jean. "Please Don't", a Josie Award nominated R&B track was released in 2016, and is a featured single on Natalie's Unafraid album. The duo released "Alive" on June 30, 2017. "Lost & Found is scheduled to be released this fall.

Most recently, "The Letting Go" won for best Americana Song in the Clouzine International Music Awards and is nominated in the Atlas Elite Entertainment Music Awards for Best Country Single

Be sure to check their live in upcoming shows near you.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-letting-go-single/1309348312
Official Website : http://www.natalie-jean.com
Levi Moore - https://www.levimooremusic.com/
Michael Peloso - https://www.mpmpmusic.com

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Ben Dunham Partners With Award-Winning Songwriter Dave Gutter On New Single, Talkin' Down

Producer and musician Ben Dunham announced today the release of his single, "Talkin' Down," on Friday, February 16, 2018. The exclusive release party will be hosted at Sweet Melissa's, 4 Langdon Street, Montpelier, Vermont, at 9:30 p.m. The release party will feature original live music and is open to the public. More information on the venue can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/190286301552235/

Recorded at The Halo Studio in Portland, Maine, "Talkin' Down" was written by Dunham with vocal collaboration from Dave Gutter, the frontman of Rustic Overtones, a psychedelic rock band out of Portland, Maine. Dunham's partnership with Gutter began after he received a stylistic comparison to the artist during the promotion of his latest album, The Backline Collective, which was released in July of 2017.

The punchy, polished track comes in just under four minutes and captures raw, dark emotions. According to Dunham, "The single was inspired by how our thoughts and words carry more weight than we may realize and how people's personal struggles often make it easier to bring others down."

Beyond partnering with 13 artists on his first album, Dunham has worked and toured with an impressive roster of musicians, such as the hip-hop funk band Dysfunkshun, Madou Dembele, and now Dave Gutter. He hopes to keep the collaborations coming in his second album, a continuation of the Backline Collective, which will be released later in 2018.

On his partnership with Gutter, Ben said, "I have been a big fan of Dave for a long time now, so I was excited to get to partner with him on my newest single. Dave has worked with many big names like Bowie, Aaron Neville, Gramatik, and Eric Krasno. For him to take the time to work with me was incredible, and I think our hard work comes through in the single."

Dunham's single will be available on Reverb Nation https://www.reverbnation.com/bendunham

About: Ben Dunham started his music career as a teenager, playing in bars and local hotspots. Anchored by a love for the bass, Ben enjoys composing music and lyrics and has contributed to many bands throughout his career. He continues to play in several bands throughout the Green Mountains of Vermont and beyond, and knows no bounds when it comes to genre.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Get Loose With Vidorra's Standout E.P. "Full Speed Ahead My Boy"

Vidorra's latest EP "Full Speed Ahead My Boy" is the perfect slice of hip hop influenced club music to smash up the dance in 2018. Percolating with a low bass end rumble, plenty of festival-ready hooks and a forward-leaning swagger which captures the best of what urban music can be; Vidorra is a breath of fresh air and welcome addition to global landscape of youth culture. The future is bright for this talented artist!

The "Full Speed Ahead My Boy" EP features the tracks: "New Wave, Don't Be Afraid", "Full Speed", "Make It Pop (feat. Dimi Marc)", and "The City". Each of these displaying incredible creativity and a future looking sensibility which helps pull this visionary talent to the front of a crowded pack. As someone who can unite global dance and urban culture, Vidorra is an important artist with a unique story to share with the world.

Hailing from Birmingham in the United Kingdom, 18 year old artist, producer and multi instrumentalist Vidorra is an innovative creator with his finger on the pulse of what's hot. Bursting onto the scene in 2017 with debut single "M.I.A" featuring American hit singer and songwriter Mickey Shiloh, who was first signed and developed by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. Mickey would go on to write and feature on records for Wiz Khalifa, Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Lopez, gaining Vidorra immediate support from the likes of Music Week, Record of The Day, Certified UK, IX Daily, and Zero Magazine.

Not content to merely simmer in the underground, Vidorra went all in on his next project, the EP "Riches", a joint effort with LA by way of Detroit rapper Young Twaun, whose notable credits include winning the Jack Daniels competition 遷ack'n-For Beats' judged by Kid Ink, DJ Envy and Angela Yee of HOT 97's - The Breakfast Club.

In February 2017, Vidorra won Best Young Act at The Music Awards of Staffordshire and Cheshire. Vidorra was also nominated for Best Electronic Act. After landing a slot on the mainstage of Lymelight Festival in April 2017, Vidorra would focus his attention on his next single, the fiercely anticipated "Clarity", released on his own label WhatSheOrder in June 2017.

As 2018 is just beginning to get underway, Vidorra has his eyes on the prize as he continues to make the power moves necessary to reach the top. Not someone to sit back and watch, this 18 year old prodigy is doing it, and making it happen. A true inspiration for the bedroom producers everywhere, Vidorra is an exciting addition to the overly saturated and increasingly formulaic landscape of contemporary popular youth orientated music.

Check out Vidorra's future classic EP "Full Speed Ahead My Boy"!

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