Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Well-Produced Independent Music Now Available For Licensing At Music For Film And Television Website


Ventura, CA -- Music for Film and Television announces plethora of new music recently added to growing library of songs available for film and television music licensing. Well-produced independent music is ready for placement in film and television productions. Variety of genres include orchestral, jazz, piano, blues, indie rock, alt rock, pop, dance, smooth jazz, country, ambient, new age, electronic beats, hip hop instrumentals, industrial, singer songwriter, alt country, traditional, big band, rock instrumentals, punk, acoustic, and more.

New additions to the Music for Film and Television website include...

- Allan Soberman: Traditional Prayer Melodies in Beachboy/Queen style Choral
- Alex Bovicelli (AXBV): Dance, Trip hop, Downtempo, Progressive Rock
- Central Services: Upbeat Acoustic Indie Pop, Retro Rock, Singer Songwriter
- Collin Robinson: Ambient, Rock, Alt. Rock Inst
- Crying 4 Kafka: Punk Rock Heavy Alt Rock
- Dan Griffith: Celtic Instrumental, Classical, Country Rock
- Dave Klotz: Orchestral Score, Multi-Instrumental, Piano
- DJ QuestionMark: Hip Hop Funk Rock, Hip Hop Inst
- E.L. Mahon: Smooth Jazz, Orchestral Jazz, R&B Funk
- Eric Goetz: Score, Piano, String Instrumental
- James Shepard: Rock and Roll, 50s Rock, Rockabilly Blues
- Jukebox Serenade: Indie Rock, Female Vocals, Alt Rock, Power Pop
- Geoffrey Keezer: Jazz, Blues Piano, Ambient Score
- Kama Linden: Pop, Dance
- Lawrence Blatt: Acoustic Guitar New Age Jazz Inst
- Mark Allan Wolfe: Score Compositions, Rock Guitar Inst
- Mark Monwid: Electronic Beats, Score, Industrial, Ambient
- Michelle Katz: Indie Rock, Singer Songwriter, Alt Rock, Alt Country
- Midnight Moon Ensemble: New Age, World, Piano, Female Vocal
- Mike Goudreau: Traditional Jazz, Blues, Big Band
- Robin Munson: Country, Adult Contemporary Music
- Rob Johnson: Pop Rock
- Russell Chudnofsky: Ambient Guitar, Acoustic Slide Blues Inst
- Shannon Fayth: Adult Pop Contemporary Singer Songwriter Music

Music for Film and Television is a collective networking resource for film makers and musicians to combine talents through the art of placing music to film and TV. The MFTV website features an organized selection of quality independent music ready to license for television and film music usages including: scene music, background music, score compositions, source music, themes and trailers. Music is available for convenient stream and download, without any sign-ups or fees.

Located in Ventura, CA, Music for Film and Television works with Buzzard God Publishing (ASCAP) to market independent music for publishing opportunities in film music licensing and television music licensing. The official Music for Film and Television web address is

Thursday, December 24, 2009

HRI:UNArts Release: Rocked - Xmass 2009


This year's HRI:UNArts holiday message is "Focused on Progress by Bridging Unmet Needs to Untapped Resources in our communities." Please reach out to your family, friends, neighbors and front line service programs, define their unmet needs and be a part of solution oriented strategic planning and development of efforts that can help. Many times, just disclosure of a need can help those who have the resources, move them into action.

During this next year, the Humanitarian Resource Institute United Nations Arts Initiative, will be working to establish grassroots organizers to specifically target the scope of unmet needs in a community or region.... This means 3100 U.S. counties, 50 states and territories, 192 United Nations member countries. The arts community will be the source for intensive facilitation, communications initiatives, media events, and performances. More to come.

In contemplation of the years challenges ( and the motto "Work Hard, Play Hard," I arranged 7 high energy soundtracks in an album compilation entitled "Rocked" - Xmas 2009, available to radio stations on AirPlay Direct (tracks streaming online for all in continual play format).

Wishing you a blessed holiday season and happy new year,

Stephen Michael Apatow
Humanitarian Resource Institute
United Nations Arts Initiative
Twitter: unarts

"Amazing Grace" Is Renewed In Soulful Holiday Rendition On Native American Flute And Flugelhorn


San Francisco, CA - December 23, 2009 - The well-known classic "Amazing Grace" experienced a holiday makeover by visionary musicians Ann Licater and Jeff Oster. The San Francisco-based musicians collaborated to create a completely new rendition of one of the world's best-known songs. Unclassifiable as either Jazz, World, Christian or New Age music exactly, the track is finding a wide audience during its Holiday 2009 release as a 99-cent digital download exclusively on CDBaby ( ) and iTunes. (

Licater explains, "Jeff (Oster) and I were originally inspired to create this rendition of ‘Amazing Grace' for consideration in the 2009 presidential inauguration; to us the Native American flute represented the heart of the people and the Flugelhorn really conveyed the honor and heraldry of the occasion."

The song stayed in the artists' hearts and minds all year long, seeming to beckon for a Holiday release. Although the musicians are both working on producing their next albums, they felt compelled to share the song with the world this year, rather than hold it for inclusion on future albums. Hymns and holiday music traditionally receive a boost at the holidays, and at just 99 cents on, the download is priced right for sales during a recession-riddled holiday. The duo intends to employ a completely online "green marketing" approach to promoting the track, hoping fans will love it enough to pass it on to family and friends.

Jeff and Ann began their collaboration in 2007, when they noticed each other's music being reported by broadcasters worldwide. Tracks such as "Saturn Calling" (Oster's tribute to N.A.S.A.) and "Following the Call" (Licater's title track about pursuing artistic dreams) were being played back-to-back and in the same programming schedules on radio stations around the globe. When they eventually met on MySpace and discovered they both live in the San Francisco Bay Area, their real-time collaboration began.

Their curiosity prompted them to explore the question "Flugelhorn with Native American Flute…why not?" Their music styles, although divergent, have a connection of spirit through a common improvisational nature of playing. In fact, the arrangement of "Amazing Grace" emerged during improve in their initial joint concert, immediately striking them both as a meaningful musical gift.

Ever since their first meeting, they continue to perform together as guest artists at each other's concerts, such as the INAFA conference at the University of Wisconsin/Eau Claire.

Their digital release of "Amazing Grace" is being promoted to radio by KDM Promotions. Both Ann and Jeff's music is heard on NPR stations on shows like "Echoes" and "Hearts of Space," as well as on cable and internet radio stations worldwide.

About the Artists:
Ann Licater is a Native American and World Flutist. She is a former student of R. Carlos Nakai, a recording artist, featured performer at the World Flute Fest at Carnegie Hall, and a San Jose Chamber Orchestra soloist as a world flutist. She facilitates healing workshops for Kaiser Permanante Wellness Centers and holds an M.L.A. in Spirituality. Her CD "Following the Call," solo wood and clay flute music was nominated "Best Native American Album" and "Top Twelve Best Contemporary Instrumental Album" of 2007 in the NAR Lifestyle Music Awards. Ann's music is heard on NPR stations on the "Hearts of Space" syndicated show as well as on cable and radio stations world-wide.

Jeff Oster has been a Trumpet and Flugelhorn player for over 40 years. His music is described as "Miles Davis meets Enya." Jeff's albums "Released" and "True" each won "Album of the Year" by broadcasters who report their playlists to New Age Reporter in the NAR Lifestyle Music Awards. Jeff has collaborated with NASA and JPL to create music using radio transmissions of aural recordings from space. These can be heard on "Saturn Calling" from the award-winning "True" release. Oster's music is produced by Will Ackerman, GRAMMY®-winning guitarist and founder of Windham Hill Records. Jeff's music can be heard on NPR stations including "Echoes" syndicated program, as well as on cable, satellite and radio stations world-wide.

Friday, December 18, 2009

MusicDish Presents: Classic Bollywood - Demo by

Classic Bollywood - Demo by on Fairtilizer!

"A peek into this exhaustive library put together by Gaurav Dayal will give you a good representation of some of the musical styles prevalent in India.

The moods on this sample cover a broad range of emotions and situations - Celebration, Romance, Sombre and a Bridal sendoff in styles across the spectrum in the Indian musical domain. Though this package is titled "Classic Bollywood", do not assume that its use is restricted. It can be used for dance clubs, wedding parties, social gatherings or any occasion which call for an ethnic taste.

Instrumentally this demo has been arranged to a nicety. The Orchestral string section involving Indian violin and viola personify what Bollywood has incorporated for a long time in its music.Throughout this demo, the Indian Flute figures prominently. The Flute generally evokes a feeling of rustiness and this is no different for the Indian Flute. An ideal instrument for most settings, the Indian Flute adds a distinct "warm" feeling. Percussive instruments such as the Tabla provide the ideal backdrop for the various rhythmic grooves that are used on this demo. Stringed instruments such as the Sitar add an element of mysticism.

The vocals, both leads and backups have been executed with a flair and a touch that can only be described as authentic Indian. The lyrics are in Punjabi, language of the state of Punjab in Northern India. This compilation by Gaurav Dayal will please any diehard Bollywood fan or Indian music aficionado."
Review By Vijay Fernandes, MusicDish LLC

Classic Bollywood - Specifications:
3,5 GB (Total Data)
ACIDized Wave
Apple Loops/AIFF
Reason Refill
Files include Key+BPM
44.1 kHz / 24-Bit
PC/Mac Compatible
Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)

Price and Availability:
Classic Bollywood is available for instant download now for £69.95 GBP / 78,59 EUR / $100.81 USD.
You can find out more and purchase this product at:

Thursday, December 17, 2009 Releases Classic "Bollywood" Sample Pack By Bollywood Legend, Gaurav Dayal!


This beautiful Sample library was recorded on location in New Delhi, India, home of the Bollywood Film industry, by celebrated soundtrack composer, Gaurav Dayal. 'Classic Bollywood' includes extremely useful and magical music loops, percussion loops and vocal phrases for music and soundtrack producers around the world. All of the content is 100% royalty-free for use in your music releases and soundtracks with no hidden costs.

Now, for the first time, brings you the glorious and TRUE sound of Indian cinema, from classic 1960s style soundtracks to contemporary Bollywood soundtracks. Classic Bollywood features a mix of Indian melodies & Western arrangements. All composed, produced and recorded by one of the greatest composers Bollywood has ever known.

In addition to the percussion loops, this library features the exotic sounds of an Indian string orchestra (recorded live) along with lush melodic male/female solo vocals and chorus phrases. All vocals have been sung in native languages rather than just alaaps. These loops will work beautifully with any genre be it mainstream World, Pop, Hip Hop, House, Electronica, Orchestral or any other style.

Gaurav Dayal, 32, is a celebrated soundtrack composer hailing from New Delhi in India. His first record went platinum at the age of just 21 with Punjabi Pop Icon, Jasbir Jassi. Gaurav soon followed this with hits like "Gabru" for Mika and many others.

Gaurav composed the Music (Score & Songs) for movies "Say Salaam India" (2007) and "Sorry Bhai" (2008). He also has the most downloaded album, "Groove Punjab" (2008) ever to come out of India! He now runs Beatfactory Academy, India's first Professional Music Production Institute, where making music on Logic, Protools, Ableton Live , Sound Recording and Engineering techniques are taught.

Gaurav often travels to New York, producing music for music industry legends such as Jerry Wonda (Wyclef-Jean, Shakira), TAZ (Stereo Nation), Fathy Salama (Grammy Winning Arranger) and many more highly acclaimed artists. More and more international mainstream artists are now booking Gaurav for their music productions.

Aside from Bollywood Soundtracks, Gaurav has won countless awards and nominations in the "Bhangra Category" at the ETC Channel Punjabi Music Awards. Finally, he has worked with artists including K.K., Sunidhi Chauhan, Sonu Nigam, Shubha Mudgal, Kuldeep Manak, Surinder Shinda, Lehember Hussainpuri, Sardool Sikander, Jasbir Jassi, Mika, and many others.

Classic Bollywood - Specifications:

3,5 GB (Total Data)
ACIDized Wave
Apple Loops/AIFF
Reason Refill
Files include Key+BPM
44.1 kHz / 24-Bit
PC/Mac Compatible
Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)

Price and Availability:

Classic Bollywood is available for instant download now for £69.95 GBP / 78,59 EUR / $100.81 USD. You can find out more and purchase this product at:

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

GyG New Year's Eve Fiesta Grande 2010

GONZALEZ y GONZALEZ NEW YEAR’S EVE FIESTA GRANDE 2010 Live Salsa Band GRUPO LATIN VIBE DJ Charlie spinning the hottest in Latin music… Salsa, Reggaeton, Bachata and Merengue Champagne Toast at Midnight Party Hats, Favors and Noise Makers! Doors open at 8pm until 4am Regular Admission $25 $15 after 12:30am OPEN BAR (8:30pm-12:30am) $60 => Includes beer, wine, margaritas, sangria, mojitos & house liquors open bar may be purchased at the door Admission fee is included PLATINUM VIP $100 => Table for the night in our back room to view the live performances => Three course prix-fixe dinner menu => Top Shelf Open Bar (8:30pm-12:30am) at the table. Includes everything in our regular open bar plus martinis and brand-name liquors Platinum VIP tickets must be purchased in advance Admission fee is included Open Bar & Platinum VIP prices do not include tax & service charge For reservations, call 212-473-8787 21+ … proper attire required 625 Broadway (bet. Bleecker & Houston) Discount parking at Central Parking System $10 for up to 4 hours when we validate your ticket NYU Village (2 Washington Sq.)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Yuminale Releases Transitory Glow


Lovers of modern chill, downtempo and ambient music will find this work irresistible.

Harder to categorize than many of its peers, Yuminale has been described as refreshing and unique, with a sound all its own. A few more extended and complex works - reminiscent of the great days of Album-Oriented Rock (AOR) - appear throughout this latest effort, more so than in the previous releases. Yuminale is in no rush on this album, which is perfect for people who like to put on the phones and get lost for awhile.

Yuminale's previous releases - including the self-titled Yuminale and Twilight in the Opal Atrium - have won devoted fans around the world, including one Amazon music customer who dubbed the contents of these CDs "amazing music ... highly recommended."

"I have not heard anything like this music before," said Magda Capurso. "It's just beautiful. There is an ethereal quality to the music that is so serene, yet mesmerizing and unforgettable. Each track has its own feel, and takes you on a divine journey. Great for relaxing or working. Excellent to inspire creativity. This music is simply art for the senses."

Maximilian March enthused: "The tune "Been Here Before" from Twilight in the Opal Atrium is truly wonderful. I sincerely love it. Every time it comes on our MaxMarchRadio broadcasts, I stop what I’m doing to soak it in and give it my full attention. I can literally feel it sink/sync into my soul. It begins in a very unassuming way, but by the time it reaches the signature of those mystic chords, one has no choice but to surrender to it. Put simply, the track is genius."

Transitory Glow will be available at online outlets such as iTunes, CDBaby and Amazon.

Streaming and downloads are available at and

Industree Music Network Inc. Launches Revolutionary Online Music Monetization Model


Costa Mesa, CA-December 15, 2009- Industree Music Network, Inc., a new web-based company that centers around Social Music Sharing™, an innovative online music distribution and monetization platform, launches. Social Music Sharing™ combines social networking, music, and the ability for fans to share in the artists' album sales that they directly and indirectly help generate.

Social Music Sharing™ takes the most powerful component from traditional network-marketing based business models, the ability for consumers to share in the sales generated by the people they directly and indirectly invite into the network, and leaves the sign-up fees, purchase requirements, and aggressive sales tactics behind.

Industree's CVO, Brandon Beachum, says, "I strongly believe the businesses that will achieve the highest degree of success in the emerging global economy will be those that understand the powerful momentum and energy that can be generated by sharing your success with the people that help to generate it in the first place. By injecting a "share the wealth" philosophy into our unique business model at such a crucial point in time when the landscape of the music business is changing so rapidly, I believe the possibilities are absolutely endless as to where we can collectively take Industree."

Industree stands firmly by the "share the wealth" philosophy; 40-50 per cent of every album sale is shared with the fans and five per cent of every sale is donated to charity.

Industree employs an "Honor System" pricing structure, which is based on the fans' honest opinion of the music that they buy. Fans ultimately name their own price for the music that they buy, and then the person who initially invited them, as well as that person's "Roots," all share in the profits.

In addition to launching the new web-platform, Industree is releasing five artists' albums exclusively on their own label, Industree Records, including the multi-platinum selling Grammy nominee, Ryan Toby.

Industree is free for both artists and fans to join, however you must be invited by a current member in order to do so. To learn more about Industree Music Network, go to To schedule an interview with Brandon Beachum, please contact 949.836.4285 or

About Industree Music Network, Inc. Industree Music Network, Inc., was co-founded by brothers, Brandon Beachum and Ryan Beachum, in 2008. Brandon formerly worked for the Los Angeles based indie label, Pinch Hit Records. Both brothers also spent many years in various musical projects in and around the LA area. Their first-hand experiences witnessing the fans willingness to work extremely hard to help the artists that they love ultimately helped seed the idea for Social Music Sharing™ and the launch of Industree Music Network. XXXXX

Monday, December 14, 2009 Brand New Site For Emerging Artists Brand New Site For Emerging Artists. Watch the presentation:

Sounds2Buy is a professional platform for musicians whose music is available for downloading at competitive prices.

Sounds2Buy offers the possibility for signed, unsigned and independent artists to sell their music and be heard by thousands of people over the internet.

Artist/Bands can now enjoy an easy-to-use website with a great design that will help them promote themselves in the big world of music. Many genres of music will be added to our music category page, ranging from Hip Hop to Classical music. will cover a wide range of music that will cater for any types of musical taste.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Singer-Songwriter Seth Glier To Embark On "The 12 Days Of Touring" & Teams Up With The Coats For Kids Foundation For Local Coat Drives


Fresh off the heels of his successful debut album "The Trouble With People" (MPress Records), singer-songwriter Seth Glier is preparing to embark on "The 12 Days of Touring" starting in Boston, MA on Dec 30th and carrying on throughout the northeast for 12 consecutive shows; including dates at The Iron Horse Music Hall, The Rams Head Tavern, The Birchmere, & The Ark.

In the spirit of the holiday season, Glier has teamed up with the Coats for Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing new and "gently used" winter coats to every child in need. "The 12 Days of Touring" will also host as a coat drive for the Coats for Kids Foundation before every show. A representative from Coats for Kids will be set up at each show to collect coats, hats, gloves, scarves & donations and will bring all the collections to a local school system in need.

Not only will Seth be performing at venues along the east coast for this special tour, but he has also dedicated two dates Jan 3rd & Jan 9th to giving back to the community by performing for patients at the Philadelphia VA Hospital and Cleveland Children's Hospital. Glier reveals, "I have an incredibly compassionate community of fans who are so willing to give back. They have inspired me, so getting involved with the hospitals just seemed like the most natural next step to pull this all together." Seth will also be rewarding his fans for contributing with a special gift each day of the tour! Stay tuned by becoming a fan of his Facebook or following him on Twitter for all the details.

As a green (environmentally conscious) artist, Glier continues to travel in his hybrid vehicle, promotes fan carpooling, & sells organic merchandise in support of his debut album "The Trouble With People," released November 3rd on MPress Records. Get your copy here or visit

About Seth Glier:
Singer-songwriter Glier was raised on the music of Joni Mitchell, Martin Sexton, and Jeff Buckley, but he considers his brother to be his greatest influence. "My brother is autistic and non-verbal. I learned to communicate with words better once I realized how to communicate to someone without them."

Boston-based Glier is already a seasoned troubadour, having shared stages with John Mayer, Martin Sexton, Erin McKeown and James Taylor. Other notable supporters of Glier's music include acclaimed singer-songwriters Ellis Paul and Livingston Taylor. Glier's accomplishments surpass his age -- he has performed hundreds of shows, including a set for more than 25,000 people on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Livingston Taylor says "Listening to Seth's music gives me hope for what's to come. The next generation is alive and well."

Tour Dates:

Dec 30 - Club Passim (with Ellis Paul)- Cambridge, MA 7:00pm
Dec 31 - Caffe Lena – (3 shows!)- Saratoga Springs, NY - 6, 8, &10pm

2010 Jan 1 & 2 - Iron Horse Music Hall (with Livingston Taylor) - Northampton, MA - 7:00pm
Jan 3 - Philadelphia VA Hospital (Presented by WXPN) - Philadelphia, PA - 12noon
Jan 4 - Brewer's Alley - Frederick, MD - 8:00pm
Jan 5 - Rams Head On Stage (with Edwin McCain) - Annapolis, MD - 8:00pm
Jan 6 - The Birchmere (with Edwin McCain) - Alexandria, VA - 7:30pm
Jan 7 - The Purple Fiddle - Thomas, WV - 8:00pm
Jan 8 - Barking Spider Tavern - Cleveland, OH - 6:30pm
Jan 9 - Cleveland Children's Hospital - Cleveland, OH - 12noon
Jan 9 - The Kent Stage (with Livingston Taylor) - Kent, OH - 8:00pm
Jan 10 - The Ark (with Livingston Taylor) - Ann Arbor, MI - 7:30pm

For further information, or request a press pass, interview or media kit, please contact

MusicDishTV presents: Ylotana - Dance For The Snow Queen

On YouTube: Ylotana - Dance For The Snow Queen

The underlying idea of Dance for the Snow Queen is the concept of disillusionment that can occur in adult romance. The music that accompanies the piece echoes the sentiment luring you into a dark decadent world of whirling melodies and beats.

Taking music, graphic art, animation, video and literature, this multimedia group combines artistic disciplines in a way that seamlessly flows together, offering a never before seen multidimensional encounter.

Visit to get a taste of what this innovative team has to offer before they begin to take the world by storm.

Thursday, December 10, 2009 Review: Bethany & Rufus - 900 Miles


Watch the video on YouTube: Bethany & Rufus - 900 Miles (Music Video)

We are always enchanted by artists who can take an instrument out of predictable context and create a whole new way of looking at its function. This is also significant to mandolinists who seek to push the boundaries of its capabilities, and more traditional roles.

We found some great out-of-the box thinking and musical inspiration in this video from minimalists Bethany & Rufus, in their interpretation of the folk classic, Nine Hundred Miles. Bethany Yarrow, daughter of Peter Yarrow of folk legends Peter, Paul & Mary, is joined by ground-breaking cellist Rufus Cappodicia in this enthralling performance. We've enjoyed researching their other CD discography and YouTube entries.

We haven't figured out whether to label this "Techno Cello" or "Folk Trance." Nonetheless, it's terrific.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Andy Fraser's Daughter Hannah Swims With Whales For Climate Change Video


Los Angeles, CA - December 8, 2009 - Hannah Fraser, along with her sister Jasmine Fraser who both now work with their activist Rock N' Roll icon father Andy Fraser, is seen swimming with a giant whale pod in Fraser 's latest music video release "This is the Big One". The new song and video was produced to bring awareness of the urgent message of 'climate change' effecting the planet.

Rarely seen in the wild, footage in the video was captured during the filming of Hannah swimming with whales in Tonga, VAVA'U Island. "They were so incredibly graceful.. and it is such an amazing feeling when they are curious about us puny humans.. and decide to spend some time with us. It really drives home how insanely bizarre it is that anyone could kill these magnificent creatures", said Hannah.

It seems Hannah may have bigger cahones than even her hot-blooded father, when it comes to issues she believes in. She is also featured swimming with 14 foot Great White sharks during the taping of a National Geographic special on sharks expected to be released in 2010.

View the video This is the Big One at:

Andy Fraser is standing with campaigns such as, TckTckTck, Repower America, and Al Gore, to help promote the message of catastrophic climate change. In his continuing efforts to keep the climate change issue front and center, Andy Fraser is sponsoring a Climate Change Video Competition for all those concerned about our planet.

Andy Fraser has contributed the song This is the Big One, as a worldwide copyright free download, for fellow activists to upload their event videos or pictures, post on YouTube, and win prizes, including an autographed custom guitar.

For complete details of the competition visit

About Hannah Fraser:

Along with being a professional underwater mermaid model, who has been featured in stunning photos, art and films in exotic locations around the globe, Hannah Fraser is also a beauty/commercial/fashion model. Hannah's work has been featured in TV, photographic art, catalogues, documentaries, movies, catwalk, performance and artistic projects. Hannah is also an accomplished commercial photographer. Hannah's art company Flying Colours Creations produces amazing artworks ranging from fairies to cyber computer graphics which are available in a variety of products.

For more details:

About Andy Fraser:

Honored by BMI's 3 Million Play Club for crafting monster rock anthem "All Right Now," Fraser's best known around the world as legendary bassist / founding member of 70s rock band FREE, Robert Palmer's mega-hit "Every Kinda People" and songwriter / composer for artists including Rod Stewart, Chaka Khan, Paul Young, Joe Cocker, Paul Carrick, Wilson Pickett, Three Dog Night, Bob Seger, Randy Crawford, Etta James, Frankie Miller, and Ted Nugent.

Fraser is finalizing his upcoming CD "On Assignment" scheduled for release on McTrax International along with the long-awaited "Alive" concert DVD/documentary.

Find out more at:

SOURCE: McTraxMedia - Andy Fraser is available for comments and interviews by contacting Cyrene Jagger at McTrax International. Hannah Fraser is available for comments by contacting

CONTACT: Cyrene Jagger of McTrax International

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Alvaro Torres Debuts At #3 On Billboard's Latin Christian Sales Chart


NASHVILLE, TN (Dec 2009) - Big Dream Christian Music/Indie Extreme recording artist, Alvaro Torres debuted his newest album, Muy Personal, at #3 on the Billboard Latin Christian Sales Chart. Alvaro is thrilled with the initial success of his first spiritually inspired album because it is different from his previous works. CEO of Big Dream Christian Music, Jorge Tarajano, says, "We are blessed and fortunate for the overwhelming welcome and reception of Alvaro's music in the Christian Ministry."

The city of Miami, Florida, and Puerto Rico have shown their ongoing support for Alvaro. People from these areas have listened to Alvaro's music for years and share a strong personal bond with him. Alvaro's Muy Personal is reaching a new audience through the Christian industry, and unsurprisingly still adored by his huge fan base. The veteran musical artist has won awards and earned numerous Gold and Platinum records in the past, and hopes to achieve the same with this album.

After being involved in a tragic single car auto accident where one person died and all were badly injured, Alvaro realized the power of God. The incident became the inspiration for this album's title and songs because God had approached him in a "very personal" manner. Alvaro is known for his array of love songs, and is now creating songs dedicated to the love of God.

Indie Extreme, which is based in Nashville, Tenn., represents musical acts ranging from folk legend Judy Collins to hit CCM artist Matt Brouwer. The firm partners with Universal Music Christian Group/Fontana for distribution and retail marketing, along with providing various label services to independent labels.

For more information about Alvaro Torres, visit, or call Vanesa Hernaiz at (626) 324-2608. To learn more about Indie Extreme or our labels, visit, call (615) 309-1718 or (281) 890-5034, send an e-mail to or, or write the company at 1507 16th Ave S., Nashville, TN. 37212.

Monday, December 7, 2009 Brand New Site For Emerging Artists


Sounds2Buy is a professional platform for musicians whose music is available for downloading at competitive prices.

Sounds2Buy offers the possibility for signed, unsigned and independent artists to sell their music and be heard by thousands of people over the internet.

Artist/Bands can now enjoy an easy-to-use website with a great design that will help them promote themselves in the big world of music. Many genres of music will be added to our music category page, ranging from Hip Hop to Classical music. will cover a wide range of music that will cater for any types of musical taste.

We also offer the possibility for people to create their own Home-Based Business by joining our great team of Sounds2Buy Agents. By giving their promotional codes to artist and advertisers, agents will receive a commission of 25% of each completed transaction.

The agent's role will consist of recruiting Photographers, Music Managers, Image Editors, Video Makers, Music Publishers, Recording Studios, Music Shops and many more!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Ylotana - Dance For The Snow Queen


The music revolution has begun and its name is Ylotana. With a totally new and unique concept to branch from, this electro fusion band is known for its infectious grooves and ground breaking 4D entertainment hybrids.

Taking music, graphic art, animation, video and literature this multimedia group combines artistic disciplines in a way that seamlessly flows together, offering a never before seen multidimensional encounter.

With Anatoly Podkopov at the helm, it is little wonder! This savvy former businessman left behind a hugely successful company in pursuit of his musical goals, and thankfully, his gamble paid off. To date, he heads a group of talented DJ's, musicians, sound engineers, visual artists and writers who enthusiastically bring his artistic vision to life.

What is most exciting about this music/art fusion is that it not only feeds the mind, it replenishes the soul. Dance for the Snow Queen is a prime example of this enrichment, as it is one of five short storylines that embody five individual projects within Ylotana.

The underlying idea of Dance for the Snow Queen is the concept of disillusionment that can occur in adult romance. The music that accompanies the piece echoes the sentiment luring you into a dark decadent world of whirling melodies and beats.

One cannot help but get caught up in the message behind the music, indeed, the Ylotana experience could very well serve to educate as well as enthrall.

Intrigued? The pick up an Ylotana CD today. The music is exquisitely packaged in a digipack format and is also accessible via digital download through over 250 online retailers.

Visit to get a taste of what this innovative team has to offer before they begin to take the world by storm.

Bill Ortiz, Santana's Supernatural Trumpeter, Releases K-Maxx-Remixed Hip-Hop Single, Word Play Featuring Bay Area Soulstress FEMI



December 4, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Ortiz, Santana's longtime Supernatural Trumpeter, who has been receiving nothing but accolades since the July release of his debut CD, From Where I Stand, announces the release of the K-Maxx-remixed Hip-Hop single, Word Play, featuring the vocal talents of FEMI. K-Maxx, aka Ken Hopkins, is a legendary San Francisco Hip-Hop recording artist, producer, also the host of KPOO FM's wildly popular new music program "Ghetto Gumbo".

As a recording artist, K-Maxx has released several popular underground CDs during the Bay Area's 'Rap Reign' in the 90'. As producer, K-Maxx has worked with other leading Bay Area Rap and Hip-Hop artists, including Tower of Power's Lenny Williams, who recently cracked the nation's Top 30 Urban AC charts, Too $hort, Andre Nickatina, and King Tech, to name only a few.

Ortiz is quick to point out, "I've been a big fan of K-Maxx for a longtime, and I love his production skills." While K-Maxx is a gifted Hip-Hop producer, he's also a gifted multi-instrumentalist, who is as proficient on a piano, guitar, and bass as he is with a mixing desk and sampler. "K-Maxx thinks like a musician," continues Ortiz, "and he comes from classic R&B background, like I do, so we share a common music vocabulary that also includes Soul and Hip-Hop. This is what makes his production style so unique."

When Ortiz discovered that K-Maxx was playing the track Word Play from debut CD, From Where I Stand, to his "Ghetto Gumbo" audience, Ortiz states, "K-Maxx is an amazing barometer and supporter of Bay Area music and musicians and it was a complete surprise and honor to receive his recognition. It wasn't long after we got in touch and put the wheels in motion for him to produce a Hip-Hop remix of Word Play."

Word Play was remixed at San Francisco's iconic Pyramind Studios, and final mixing was a done by Steve Heithecker with Bill Ortiz and K-Maxx.

The most authoritative national music industry magazine, Music Connection, states, "Contemporary jazz trumpet greats have a run for their money now that longtime Santana sideman Ortiz enters the urban jazz scene with this chillin', artsy yet infectious, easy grooving debut." Keith Hannaleck of gives Four Stars and states, "It comes as no surprise that his solo effort From Where I Stand turns out to be first rate material." Carlos Santana states, "Bill articulates the beautiful language of jazz without losing the purity and innocence of a child. It's a wonderful experience to share music every night with him."

To receive a review copy of From Where I Stand, or the remix single, Word Play, or to see Bill Ortiz live in February 2010, when he returns to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's Joint, contact Christopher Buttner, at

For Radio enquiries please contact Adam Liebovitz at ASL Media at telephone: 949-448-9444 or via e-mail at or Brian Gerhard at Rocket Shop Promotions by email For US distribution enquiries contact Steffen Franz or Ben Lang at Independent Distribution Collective, telephone: 415 292-7007 or via e-mail at

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Paris' Legendary New Morning Welcomes The Bethany And Rufus Roots Quartet


New World/Folk/Roots group The Bethany and Rufus Roots Quartet will be performing songs from their live 12 track CD "Live À Fip" on December 8th at Paris' most reputable jazz-club, the New Morning. The quartet was invited to perform live on Radio France's Live À Fip radio series following a promotional radio spot for the Les Nuits Atypique festival. The Roots Quartet includes the duo Bethany and Rufus (Bethany Yarrow and Rufus Cappadocia), along with Fulani flutist Yacouba "Denke Denke" and Afro Haitian drummer 'Bonga' Jean-Baptiste.

Bethany And Rufus Roots Quartet
Tuesday, December 8th at 9:00 PM
7 Rue des Petites Ecuries, Paris
01 45 23 51 41

The Bethany & Rufus Roots Quartet's Live À Fip CD's strength lies not just in each artist's singular talents, but in their capacity to combine their abilities in a way that complements each member of the group to bring about a sound that is unique and groundbreaking, while incorporating concerns about global injustices, violence, and inequalities. Live À Fip is the product of a world where people and societies are interconnected, converging, and in turmoil.

"A diabolically funky bass is joined by the song of a fulani flute and the cadence of a voodoo drum, and the cello bows under an incantation of the ancestors... a revelation of Les Nuits Atypiques Festival of Langon and the love at first listen of studio 105 of Radio France, the folk duo Bethany & Rufus have transformed themselves into a post-modern quartet for an evening of spellbinding music." - MONDOMIX

About Bethany And Rufus Roots Quartet
Bethany as the daughter of legendary 60's Folk singer Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary) draws from the many songs that her father collected as part of the seminal folk movement of the 60s. Yacouba has dug deeply into the folkloric Hausa, Djerma, Peul and Songhai traditions of Niger and Bonga is the descendant of a very rich lineage of Vodou ceremonial drumming and song. Bonga has also traveled extensively through Haiti collecting and learning the different manifestations of Haitian song and folklore. Rufus has taken the cello into previously unknown realms and is noted for his collaborations in African, Arabic, and American music forms and also has a solo CD Songs for Cello on the Daqui label. Individually all of the members of the group have been instrumental in expanding the role of traditional forms in their respective musics. It is with this background that they have come together to create a sound that although based around the song forms of American traditional music reaches back to a common root that has inspired everyone involved.

To request mp3 tracks for review as well as interview requests, contact:
Eric de Fontenay

Friday, December 4, 2009

Crazy Aunt Mary's Christmas video

Both successful musicians, Michelle Holmes and Steve Pinkney have teamed up to form Crazy Aunt Mary, a Los Angeles-based modern rock and blues band that aims at always having a good time. The duo has put together a video called "A Little Bit Better This Christmas" which is sure to make you smile and get into the holiday spirit.

Watch the MusicDishTV video on YouTube

Hope might really be possible in this jazz holiday classic by Crazy Aunt Mary. Holmes (vocals, bass, and keys) and Pinkney (guitar) are sure to give a bright start to your holiday season this year. This music video was directed by Bob Kent.

For artist biographies, more music, and contact information:

WINTER 2010 CHICAGO BLUES TOUR™ 8 Clubs 10 Bands Jan. 16


Blues University® and the City of Chicago invite music fans to celebrate the vitality of the blues, from Chicago and beyond, on Saturday, January 16th. Join the Chicago Blues Tour™, a "pub crawl" event, connecting 8 of Chicago's famous lounges featuring live blues as it departs from the "hub" of the tour, Lizzie McNeill's, at 400 N. McClurg Ct. Tickets ($45) include all transportation and admission charges for a nightlong blues adventure, with 12 live blues bands performing all night long. Buses depart from Lizzie's every ten to twenty minutes from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m., and then begin shuttling between clubs until 2:00 a.m. Tickets are available through the Chicago Blues Tour website,, or by phone via Ticketweb at 866.468.3401. A limited supply of tickets may be available at the door, but advance tickets are strongly recommended, as the tour often sells out. For further information, visit the website or call the toll-free BluesLine at 866-LIVEBLUES (866-548-3258). Maps, schedules, and an FAQ are also updated frequently at the website.

The Tour continues its tradition of featuring emerging blues artists and the dynamic evolution of blues, with "young gun" guitarists Travis Feaster, Noah Wotherspoon, and Samantha Fish, who write original songs that push the idiom in new directions, from Feaster's blues-rock twist on Southern Soul, to Wotherspoon's psychedelic-glam spin on Delta rhythms and narrative. Rising guitar stars like "Chicago Blues Challenge" finalists Chainsaw Dupont and Toronzo Cannon, as well as favorites of Chicago's soul-blues underground, Super Percy and Fantastic L-Roy, and even Chicago veterans like Killer Ray Allison and Vance Kelly, infuse their blues with inventive hybrids of jazz, rock, soul, funk, and even hip-hop elements. The Tour emphasizes off-the-beaten-path, classic lounges on Chicago's south and west side blues circuits, with audiences drawn from the neighborhood, who favor entertaining variety over purity of tradition.

The Chicago BluesTour™, now entering its 20th anniversary year, is part of a slate of "Chicago Blues Weekend" events ( that are anchored by Buddy Guy's legendary annual stand at Legends. The events also include weekend "Blues Shuttles" to clubs featuring West Side Soul, South Side guitarists, Blues Women, and Chicago's famed "Blues Alley" on the North Side, as well as a visit from a traveling showcase, the Kansas City Blues Caravan, at Rosa's.

Blues University® sponsors classes and events that expand the understanding and audience for blues music. The Chicago Blues Tour™, which showcases the wide variety of modern blues talent on display in Chicago, began in 1990 as the West Side Blues Tour and has expanded in scope to include live blues venues throughout Chicago, and has helped promote blues with assistance from the Mayor's Office of Special Events since 1998. Blues U.® maintains an online archive of blues information and also launched a blues news service, BluesWire, in 2008.

Winter 2010 Chicago Blues Tour™

LIZZIE MC NEILL'S, 400 N. McCLURG, 312- 467-1992
(continuous music from 8:30 p.m.) ("Young Guns of Blues Guitar")
• WT FEASTER BAND (from Indianapolis)
• NOAH WOTHERSPOON BAND (from Cincinnati)

(continuous music from 8 p.m.)
• SAMANTHA FISH BAND featuring special guests Lewis Cowdrey & John Paul Drum
("Kansas City Blues Caravan")

(9:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.)


(8:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.)
with special guest MZ. PEACHEZ

LINDA'S PLACE 1044 W. 51ST ST., 773-373-2351
(8:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.)


THE WATER HOLE, 1400 S. WESTERN AVE., 312-243-7988
(7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.)
(continuous music from 7:30 p.m.)


(8:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.)

ROSA'S LOUNGE, 3420 ARMITAGE AVE., 773-342-0452
(continuous music from 8 p.m.)



Friday, Jan. 15

Buddy Guy appears at Legends
Buddy Guy's Legends, 754 S. Wabash
Advance Tickets required:, $40

Congress Hotel Tap, 520 S. Michigan
Advance Tickets required:, $55
departs 8:50, 9:50, 10:50 PM (returns you to Congress Hotel)
3- 1/2 hour Blues Shuttle departs from the Congress Hotel and includes admission & transport to the following shows

• Kansas City Blues Caravan at Rosa's Lounge
• West Side All-Stars at Catfish Corner
• Blues Women Showcase at Blue Chicago

Saturday, Jan. 16

Congress Hotel Tap, 520 S. Michigan
5PM to 7PM
8 blues guitarists meet and greet fans before the start of Chicago Blues Tour:

Vance Kelly, Toronzo Cannon, Noah Wotherspoon, Travis Feaster, Samantha Fish, Chainsaw Dupont, Killer Ray Allison, Lewis Cowdrey

Chicago Blues Tour: 8 CLUBS, 12 BANDS pub crawl
Advance Tickets recommended:, $45
Lizzie McNeill's, 400 N. McClurg Ct.

Sunday, Jan. 17

Gospel Brunch

House of Blues, 329 N Dearborn St.
Advance Tickets required: (312) 923–2000, $37.50, (buy 3, get one free)
10 AM

Buddy Guy appears at Legends
Buddy Guy's Legends, 754 S. Wabash
Advance Tickets required:, $40


Congress Hotel Tap, 520 S. Michigan
Advance Tickets required:, $55
departs 6:45, 8:00PM (returns you to Congress Hotel)
5- hour Blues Shuttle departs from the Congress Hotel and includes admission & transport to the following shows
• Smilin' Bobby / Elmo James Jr. at Keynote Lounge
• Killer Ray Allison at For The Good Times Lounge
• Shorty's West Side All-Stars/Willie White at Gene's Playmate Lounge


Congress Hotel Tap, 520 S. Michigan
Advance Tickets required:, $55
departs 8:50, 9:50 PM (returns you to Congress Hotel)
5- hour Blues Shuttle departs from the Congress Hotel and includes admission & transport to 3 of Chicago's premier blues clubs
• Peaches Staten / Blues divas at B.L.U.E.S.
• Charlie Love & the Silky Smooth Blues Band at Kingston Mines
• Lindsey Alexander & L.A.B.B. at Kingston Mines
• Blues Women Showcase at Blue Chicago

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Give The Gift Of Music Promotion This Season With Mi2N Music PR


As part of Mi2N's continuing efforts to make its services available to more artists/musicians, the company will begin offering the purchase of its Mi2N press release distribution services in the form of gift certificates for the upcoming holiday season. The decision to do so was quite logical, partially due to Mi2N's popularity as well as the current economic climate.

"People love giving gifts to their friends and family for the holidays, but during economically challenging times, they tend to choose gifts that are more practical than fun. By giving an Mi2N PR Gift Certificate, you can do both. We offer several PR distribution packages to choose from, so you can support your favorite artist and without breaking the bank," said Eric de Fontenay, Mi2N's Founder and CEO.

Ideal for artists and labels, as well as supporting promoters and agencies, the Mi2N Music PR service provides guaranteed press release placements through a network of newswires, eGroups, blog communities, boards and forums, as well as MP3 and video distribution. In addition to guaranteed PR placement, the packages provide exposure through the Mi2N website, and multiple other sources with target based distribution. Through Mi2N's penetration in the music industry as well as its diverse and substantial delivery network, your giftee's PR announcement will be seen by prospective fans, promoters, labels - everyone who's anyone in the music industry.

"You can be the best artist/musician in the world, but if you aren't able to get news out about your music, upcoming releases, or performances to music industry professionals, it really doesn't matter. Waiting to be discovered based on talent alone is like trying to find a needle in a haystack," de Fontenay continued. "There are lots of talented artists who know that visibility and exposure are critical to their success. It's what separates them from the rest. They have a better chance at being successful, not necessarily because they are more talented, but because they know that publicity is a need, not a luxury, and they make the investments accordingly to acquire as much exposure as possible. We're proud to play a role in making that happen."

If the person you love is a talented musician, then you probably know how hard they work on making their music the best it can be. This holiday season, you can help them to tell the world about it by giving them something they'll thank you for: a seasonal gift certificate for the Mi2N Music PR marketing service.

Mi2N gift certificates will be available for purchase beginning December 1st. Get yours at

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

MusicDish presents: Stephen Michael Apatow - Nessun Dorma

Not only is Stephen Michael Apatow the President, Founder, and Director of Research and Development of the Humanitarian Resource Institute, he is now able to credit himself as an accomplished recording artist. He is promoting his most recent track, "Nessun Dorma (None Shall Sleep)" - an aria from the Puccini opera, Turnadot. Apatow does a splendid job of conveying the emotions of Puccini's original composition and considering this piece is not an easy one to sing, his version is something to be heard. Apatow has certainly been blessed with a powerful tenor voice and "Nessun Dorma" is surely the beginning of an outlet through which this humanitarian will inspire his listeners.

Listen to the track on Fairtilizer!

Check out "Nessun Dorma" and soundtracks from the Country Goes Global album compilation through AirPlay Direct:

The Seven Essentials To Writing A Press Release

By Michele Wilson-Morris
(more articles from this author)

Working in the music industry has its perks, privileges, and pains as anyone who works in it knows. No matter what your genre is, one thing remains the same for all artists: You need to bring attention to yourself, your music, and your events. And while there are several ways to do so, few are as effective (in terms of cost or exposure) as a well written press release.

Writing a press release may prove to be a challenge to those whose focus is solely on their musical ability and efforts, but it doesn't have to be. There's an art to writing a good press release just like there's an art to making good music. In fact, a well written press release is simply you on paper. There are many tricks to the trade, and I'm going to share some of several of them with you: The Seven Essentials of Press Release Writing.

Essential #1: "Who, What, When, Where, and Why?"
A good press release must clearly convey who is doing what and when, where it's happening, and why. Your target audience is much more likely to be responsive if you included answers to all of the above. When I write press releases for Mi2N-PRESS, I never leave room for "guesswork." Plain and simple: If people have to guess about any information that should be included in the press release, then you haven't done your work.

Essential #2: "Less Is More"
When you're writing a press release and answering the what, where, when and why, remember that less is more. Not less information, but fewer words. Short, detailed sentences are best. Think about it. If you're running from one performance to another, meeting with your agent, writing lyrics or music, talking with your promoter AND trying to squeeze 3 square meals, family, and far too few hours of sleep into your the day as most of us are, then you know that time is precious. Your press release should take into account the fact people are a lot less likely to read a press release that's much longer than one page. As President Thomas Jefferson said, "The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do." And if neither of those reasons convinces you, just know this: media professionals (like most of us) are fundamentally lazy. They don't want to do any more research than they have to.

Essential #3: "The Early Bird Gets The Worm"
If you haven't grabbed your target audience's attention by the end of paragraph one, you've probably lost the opportunity to do so. People simply don't have time to wait for fluff. If they want more information than what you've given them in the first paragraph about that CD that you are releasing in January, 2010 in Europe (because you performed live on a famous radio show and were so well liked, the rest was history), then you've put out a good "hook" and now they've "taken the bait". Now you need to "real them in."

Essential #4: "Thou Shalt Not Lie"
One thing that writers and music professionals are able to do is to quickly spot a press release that has been, shall we say "highly exaggerated". It's just as important to be known for being credible than it is for making great music. Submitting a press release that contains false or misleading information is just as bad as lip syncing at your "live performance." If you don't believe me, just ask Milli Vanilli.

Essential #5: "Spice, Please"
Use audio and video links whenever possible. While press releases are most certainly a business document, that doesn't mean it has to be a boring document. Capture your reader's attention with a photograph or an audio URL. People like to be entertained. We like our food, cars, and homes to be aesthetically pleasing, and we like our press releases that way as well.

Essential #6: "Quotes: He Said, She Said...
One way to infuse life into your press release is to incorporate a quote. Find a good quote that is relevant to your press release and use it. Remember the favorable press you received by that infamous reviewer who has critiqued your CD or been to your concert and written about it favorably? Dig it out, and quote them. It's an endorsement of you and your music.

Essential #7: "In The Beginning..."
The title of your press release is especially important as it is the first thing one sees and the scale that will be used to measure their interest in actually reading your press release or moving on to the next one. A good title is as important as having an M.C. who can get the crowd fired up about you before you even hit the stage. It has to be both interesting and informative.

Obviously, a lot of work goes into writing a great press release. But it's definitely within your reach if you utilize the essentials outlined above. With online marketing being more important than ever before because of social networking sites, blogs, and countless other sources of music buzz, you have to put your best foot forward with your press release. It's your connection to your audience: conveying your brand, your music, and your story. It's also important to have it distributed to your target audience and as many appropriate sites as possible within the industry. Choose your distribution service carefully. Make sure that they have a reputation for being a trusted news source and a large enough dissemination to make it worth your investment.

Quite applicable to this topic, I'll leave you with this quote: "It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult." Seneca (3 BC - 65 AD)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Perform Live! In Front Of Jackson Thriller Exec. Chance Of A Lifetime Talent Search


Ismael records in association with world music and independent film festival/ MJD Productions and Blendzville Global presents chance of a lifetime talent search featuring Mr. TC Thompkins!, marketing & promotions executive of Michael Jackson's Thriller, Bad & Off The Wall albums and former acting vice president of marketing and promotions for Epic Records/President of Thompkins Marketing.

Pop, Gospel, R & B, Rap/ Hip Hop artist!, win! win! win! marketing & promotions, national distribution, soundscan! & radio airplay personally from Mr. TC Thompkins!. Only a limited amount of artist will be chosen for this event with only a limited amount of tickets for paying fans and public. This event will be held in the hampton roads virginia area of the 757 so sign up now!. Winners will also perform live at the red carpet world music and independent film festival in Washington DC! TC Thompkins! marketing & promotions executive of such great powerhouse recording artist as Alicia Keys!, Tyrese, Sade, Jaheim, Richard Pryor, Ghetto Boyz, Steely Dan!, Luther Vandross, The Great! Quincy Jones!, Patti La Belle, Ed Montgomery, Pastor Rudy Rasmus, Scarface, Big Mike!, Angie Stone, Teddy Riley & Guy, Earth Wind And Fire!, Nappy Roots, Wuan, Novox and many more!.

Contact and for more details. chance of a lifetime talent search!

UM2N Provides Complete PR Solution For Urban Artists And Labels


Urban Music News Network (UM2N) has followed in the footsteps of its parent Mi2N by launching a complete PR solution for today's urban artists and labels. Serving the specific needs of the Hip Hop/Rap, R&B and Soul communities, Mi2N-PRESS URBAN provides independent artists, labels and music companies with a professional press release writing service combined with UM2N's PR URBAN distribution package.

Everyone knows that the music industry isn't just about music; it's about business as well. Now, more than ever, urban artists must be able to successfully express their unique brand and convey news about upcoming performances or music release to their target audiences. As the leading music news source and major online artist marketer, Mi2N has over a decade's experience working with people on both sides of the PR sector and knows what it takes to get results.

Mi2N-PRESS URBAN includes:
* A professionally written 400-450 word press release within 2 days of your paid submission (all details must be provided) including images, URLs, a sound link, and your complete contact information
* Automatic submission of your press release to the Mi2N and UM2N newswires and express submission to over 35 Mi2N syndicated newswires
* PR URBAN distribution campaign
* A money back guarantee that your press release will be error free and delivered on time

"Online PR has proven to be one of the most effective and affordable ways for independent artists and labels to reach out to new fans and industry professionals," commented Eric de Fontenay, UM2N's Founder and Editor. "This is an especially important tool for artists in the hip hop and rap genres, as these are some of the fastest growing and most competitive sectors in the music market today. As the editor of UM2N, I've seen what a smart PR campaign can do to increase an artist's exposure"

What people are saying about Mi2N, UM2N, and Mi2N-PRESS:

"The Mi2N-PRESS URBAN service is great. The people that I worked with were very professional, yet down to earth. I am definitely going to use the service in the future and would recommend Mi2N-PRESS and UM2N to anyone in the music industry who needs exposure for a hip hop or rap artist." Eric Carwell, Llewrac Entertainment

"[Mi2N] is a trusted resource I use all the time to get information. I strongly recommend Mi2N Music PR" Robert Morrison, President, Chart Noise

"I've used Mi2N to increase exposure into my press releases for my company (WaTunes). I highly recommend that you use Mi2N for your press distribution as it is one of the most cost effective solutions out there!" Kevin Rivers, CEO

"[Mi2N PR] has been easy and effective for our a great price! We all highly recommend Mi2N PR services to everyone we know!" Kathy Douglas, Indie Extreme

"Mi2N is an essential service for PR." Chris Jones, 2SPR

About Mi2N
Mi2N (Music Industry News Network) is the largest online daily newswire serving the music industry. Since 1998, Mi2N has kept professionals worldwide informed on the latest developments shaping their sector by covering nearly every facet of the industry, from new business models and technological innovations to up-&-coming artists and emerging trends. Through its Mi2N Music PR service, it has become a leading PR resource for major and independent music companies around the world.

For more information, please contact:
Eric de Fontenay
Mi2N Founder/Editor
(718) 278-0662

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Dirt Star Walks The Indie Path Through Shenzhen, China

By Eric de Fontenay (MUsicDish LLC Founder & Publisher)
(more articles from this author)

Subsequent to my trip to Hong Kong last June for Music Matters, Dirt Star (a musician based out of Shenzhen in southern China) and I connected through Twitter. I quickly became interested in this Western expat who started from scratch as a one-man band, utilizing a modified acoustic guitar with built-in midi controller for rocking beats in sync with Ableton Live. Over time, he became a jack-of-all-trades, playing in a number of bands, including a stint as an electronic DJ, as guitarist and lead singer for an indie rock band, a street performer, an electronic jazz artist. He's even performed pop songs before live audiences of over 20,000. Dirt Star now performs in a 3-piece punk rock and has shared stages with some of the biggest names in alternative music, including the Dirty Three, Feeder, the Rheostatics, and China's biggest diva, Faye Wong.

Dirt Star recently released his latest project called "On The Street", a collection of nine electronic-garage-punk-rock songs. The English language album is a departure from his debut album, "The Score", which featured songs in both Mandarin and English.

So how did you end up in Shenzhen, China?

I'm originally from North America, but I'm an adventurer at heart, and love to discover new places. I passed though Shenzhen once on a music tour, and fell in love with the city's dynamic energy and melting pot.

Dirt Star at Beijing's best known indie venue
How important is the neighboring live Hong Kong scene for a Shenzhen-based band? How about the Beijing underground scene, home to 300 indie bands?

It's kind of two separate scenes, but there are more and more crossover opportunities -- definitely excited to see more interaction between the two cities. It's great to see how many bands are coming out of Beijing these days. I've played there in the past and it's always a lot of fun.

Is there a lot of collaboration between independent bands in major Chinese cities (Shenzhen, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai,...)?

I recently produced an album for a local singer named Liang Ying. On the album, we collaborated with a bassist in Taiwan, an accordion player from the Ukraine, and a guitarist in Beijing. We collaborated the whole time with each musician over the Internet, sharing files using, and keeping on top of the project schedule using Google Sites. Each of us uses our own personal studio setup - either Pro Tools, Nuendo, or Ableton Live. With more and more computer savvy kids in China every day, it's really going to be an area that expands exponentially.

While your first album featured a mix of Mandarin and English songs, this latest release in primarily is English. Why the English focus? Won't this make it harder to connect with your fanbase?

Actually, I think creating in multiple languages has helped me to expand my fanbase. In the future, I plan on doing a CD with both an English and a Mandarin version of each song.

Where else have you played in Asia? What most differentiates music fans in the various Asian countries you've toured?

I've played on festival stages in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Taiwan and Hong Kong. And it may sound cliche, but it's really true - fans in each place I've played share a common bond that transcends all their differences.

We've all heard of the scourge of piracy in China? How does an indie musicians such as yourself manage to survive?

Piracy is definitely bad for CD sales. On the bright side, the new music economy that we see today has allowed for a lot of musicians to get exposure that wouldn't be possible otherwise.

I really believe that if a young musician can get their act together in China, there's a great opportunity to get paid. For example, Liang Ying currently has a 30-city tour in the works. 30 cities! The big rewards are going to be found in other growing parts of the music industry, especially in live shows, licensing, creative sponsorships and touring.

MusicDishTV presents: Andy Fraser - This Is The Big One

Andy Fraser has contributed the song "This Is The Big One", as a worldwide copyright free download, for fellow activists to upload their event videos or pictures, post on YouTube, help spread message and also win prizes. Andy Fraser is sponsoring a Climate Change Video Competition for all those concerned about our planet.

Watch the Video on MusicDishTV

About Andy Fraser:
Honored by BMIs 3 Million Play Club for crafting monster rock anthem "All Right Now," Frasers best known around the world as legendary bassist / founding member of 70s rock band FREE, Robert Palmers mega-hit "Every Kinda People" and songwriter / composer for artists including Rod Stewart, Chaka Khan, Paul Young, Joe Cocker, Paul Carrick, Wilson Pickett, Three Dog Night, Bob Seger, Randy Crawford, Etta James, Frankie Miller, and Ted Nugent.

Find out more at:

Monday, November 23, 2009

Boston's Reed Waddle WINS! Fourth Annual New York Songwriters Circle Contest

New York, November 24, 2009 - Boston singer/songwriter and guitarist Reed Waddle can add another notch to his guitar strap after his Grand Prize winning performance at the New York Songwriters Circles ( fourth annual Songwriting Contest finale at the venerable Bitter End. Reed's soulful performance of his single "Piece By Piece" brought New York's music faithful to their feet and ultimately captured the votes of the blue ribbon panel of judges assembled.

"I am so thrilled to have even be selected as a finalist," said Reed Waddle. "To win such a prestigious contest is a dream come true and to be honest it really has not settled in yet, I am truly elated. I can't say enough about the New York Songwriters Circle, it is rare that you meet so many amazing musicians."

Taking home second place honors this year was another Boston-based singer/songwriter and jazz vocalist Julia Easterlin for her unique single "Go Straightaway." Clara Olman, of Nashville, TN, secured third place for her single "Song For Ruthie," which infused phrasing from renowned 20th century classical French composer Claude Debussy Claire de Lune.

"Reed's performance and the way he presented his song was clean and of a very high professional caliber," said Tina Shafer, Artistic Director for the New York Songwriters Circle and host of the contest. "He completely impressed everyone with his smooth voice and is definitely ready to breakout into the mainstream."

Serving as judges for this years competition were Grammy Award winning songwriter/producer/legendary rock performer John Oates, Grammy Award winning producer Russ Titelman, Q104.3 Jonathan Clarke and many more.

Reed will be receiving $10,000 in cash, a performance spot with Grammy Winner John Oates in Aspen, CO, a top of the line Gibson acoustic guitar, an opportunity to record with Grammy Award Winning Producer Glenn Barrett and a guest spot on Jonathan Clarke's "Out of the Box" radio show on New York's Q104.3.

Past winners of the worldwide recognized New York Songwriter's Circle annual Songwriting Contest include such notable performers as Kate Voegele, Company of Thieves and Mieka Pauley.

The magical night of original and unique music came to a conclusion when John Oates took to the brick walled stage of the Bittern End and performed his Grammy Award Winning song "She's Gone" to cap off an event that will not soon be forgotten.

Sponsors for the 2009 Songwriting Contest include: Gibson Guitars,,, Ascap , BMI, , Sesac, MorningStar Studios, Dubway Studios, 795 Records/Denise Rich Publishing, Blue Light Digital Sound and

The New York Songwriters' Circle:
For over 19 years, the New York Songwriter's Circle has been producing and directing bimonthly shows at the legendary Bitter End club, in New York City's West Village. The Circle has launched the careers of notable artists such as Norah Jones, Jesse Harris, Lisa Loeb, Vanessa Carlton, Gavin DeGraw, NYSC songwriting contest winner and regular on "One Tree Hill," Kate Voegele, Company of Thieves and Chris Barron. The circle has quickly become one of the most popular music events in Manhattan, attracting not only the best up and coming songwriting talent from around the world but also top music industry executives looking to discover "the next big thing". Currently The New York Songwriter's Circle hosts live music showcases across the country including New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles as well as an educational "Loft Series" dedicated to supporting, nurturing and empowering artists in this new age of the Music industry.

MusicDishTV: Rukas Juice - Live My Life

Michael Cornell (director) and Tracey Paleo (executive producer) team up to turn musician Kameron White's music into visual form. White is the lead singer and composer of the Los Angeles band, Rukas Juice. After hearing Rukas Juice's "Live My Life," Cornell and Paleo began to develop and create a video that would take in all the senseless chaos of the economic crisis and spit it back out with a rock-and-roll twist in this smart and witty wake-up call.

Watch "Live My Life" on YouTube

"Michael Cornell was inspired by the upbeat positive music and lyrics of "Live My Life" and the contrast of the financial crisis that gripped America suddenly in 2008 to create the music video."

"A security camera 'capture' of what's really going on when no one else is looking."

"Mr. Cornell was inspired by the Rukus Juice song, Live My Life, and how it actually related to the concept of American Freedom. He felt that connecting it visually to the TARP controversy would be an interesting way to explore what has transpired in our economy, government and society."

"…offers a light handed, free-spirited look at the collapse of American Capitalism, that is part "Alice in Wonderland" and part Oliver Stone's "Wall Street," in the rock and roll music video "Live My Life."

Check out for additional info on Rukas Juice.

MusicDishTV Partners With Music Xray For Its Music Video Service


Jess Wilson, Program Director for MusicDishTV, announced a partnership with Music Xray to offer a new promotional service to MusicDishTV Plus subscribers. Effective immediately, artists who upload a video to MusicDishTV via its premium service, MusicDishTV Plus, can now also upload a song of their choice to Music Xray free to provide even more extensive coverage.

Wilson stated, "Offering a free upload to Music Xray for MusicDishTV Plus subscribers was a logical extension of the collaboration between our sister website Mi2n and Music Xray. Our goal is to give artists the most exposure possible, and this is one very effective way to do just that." Artists can capitalize on the opportunity for exposure to hundreds of industry professionals available through Music Xray, including major and indie labels, producers, career coaches, song critiques, and contests.

MusicDishTV Plus is an upgraded stand-alone option to MusicDishTV, which delivers cutting edge music videos and recorded live performances on the leading video sharing platforms, such as YouTube and Dailymotion. MusicDishTV Plus distinguishes itself from MusicDishTV in that video submissions are expedited from what can be a 4-5 month waiting. MusicDishTV Plus also includes a professionally written video review that is distributed on over 100 music-related webpages.

The MusicDishTV Plus premium service also includes:
* postings to over 40 MusicDish LLC branded blogs & profiles
* distribution to over 35 Mi2N syndicated newswires
* features in both Mi2N and MusicDish e-Journal websites and newsletters
* targeted posting to over 75 online forums, eGroups and blogs
* increased SEO (search engine optimization) for their music brand

MusicDishTV currently has channels & profiles on the following websites:
* YouTube
* Dailymotion
* WildscreenTV
* Yahoo! Video
* myspacetv
* Facebook
* Megavideo
* Vox
* Vimeo
* Veoh
* Buzznet
* Current TV
* MusicDishTV's Blogspot
* Twitter

Begin the process to uploading one free song to Music Xray by submitting a MusicDishTV Plus order at: You will receive a promotional code with your order confirmation.

About Music Xray
New York, NY based Platinum Blue Music Intelligence Inc. (Music Xray) is leading the way in song filtering for the music industry and in enabling artists to interact directly with professionals and companies that screen songs for exposure and licensing opportunities. The company has developed, acquired and licensed technologies that uniquely position it to provide valuable services and create more efficient systems for the music business.

About MusicDish, LLC
Since 1997, MusicDish LLC has served as the bridge between the music industry and the artist. Through its extensive online presence, MusicDish provides artists with an edge over the ever-prevalent competition the music industry entails. MusicDish gives the artist the opportunity to take advantage of several different services: a creative approach to artist development and representation; online press release distribution & marketing; publications disclosing all the latest information involving the music industry; and even an indie music video channel.

MusicDish uses a personal and approachable staff, highly informative content delivery, and creative marketing strategies to give the artist the best way to approach & advance in the seemingly inaccessible - and ever changing - music industry.

Jessica Wilson
MusicDishTV Program Director
(718) 278-0662

Country Goes Global: "Nessun Dorma"


Classical music is considered the root of all music genres. Our contemplation and respect helps us appreciate music's ability to touch and carry our soul. Every artist, has a direct connection with the grassroots level and the capacity to inspire hope, healing and progress.

Medical, Veterinary, Legal and Performing Arts encompass the true meaning of "ARTS INTEGRATION INTO EDUCATION" and mission of promoting the arts as a vehicle for solution oriented strategic planning and development, on the community level, in every United Nations member country.

In the spirit of collaboration, Humanitarian Resource Institute ( developed the "Global Arts Integration Into Education Initiative," url:

Radio and television networks can access the Stephen Michael Apatow cover song "Nessun dorma" and soundtracks from the "Country Goes Global" album compilation through AirPlay Direct:

Friday, November 20, 2009

PaperCha$erz Music Releasing 1st Collaborative Global Hip Hop Mix Via Indaba Music


PaperCha$erz Music Releasing 1st Collaborative Global Hip Hop Mix via Indaba Music

Paper Cha$erz Music announces the release of it’s debut: The Paper Cha$erz Mixtape, Vol. I, the first hip-hop mixtape to be created using Indaba Music, the leading destination for online music creation. Indaba Music facilitated collaborations between independent artists and producers from the U.S., Canada, Asia, Europe, and Africa. The artists and producers collaborated with one another from across the globe using Indaba Music, and their eclectic mix styles created The Paper Cha$erz Mixtape, Vol. I.

From conscious to dirty south to backpack to political, The Paper Cha$erz Mixtape, Vol. I showcases hip-hop in all forms. The mixtape is Executive Produced by rap artist Kavawon, from Vancouver Island, BC, Canada and hip-hop producer St. Paul, from Philadelphia, PA, USA.

The album is available for free download here:

Participating Artists:

Jah I Witness(Host MC) - Petersburg, VA
DNA - Stockholm, Sweden
Sunny Tuff - Virginia Beach, VA
Dirty Uncle Herb - Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Aledelu - Rome, Italy
Versatile Stylez - Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
Nepharius - Cerratos, CA
Relik - Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Yunique D. - Cape Town, South Africa
Psych The Passenger - Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Dikk Dastardly - Camden, NJ
Doxcity - Cincinnati, OH
Allin Gator - Atlanta, GA
Evo. Freez - Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Yunique D. - Cape Town, South Africa
P. Atomz - Canton, OH
Nucleous - Phoenix, AZ
Reveal - Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Zachariah X - Philadelphia, PA
Kavawon - Nanaimo, BC, Canada
St Paul - Philadelphia, PA
Smarts - Bellflower, CA

About Indaba Music

Indaba Music ( is a collaborative platform that enables a community of over 300,000 musicians from 185 countries to create music together in online recording sessions. Members share and promote their music, learn from music legends and industry vets, compete in contests, and collaborate in online recording sessions, all using Indaba's groundbreaking platform. Past remix contests have featured Rivers Cuomo, The Alkaline Trio, Mariah Carey, John Legend and Yo-Yo Ma.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Koko Dozo Signs To Red Star Records


New York-based electro disco duo Koko Dozo announced that they signed a deal with Red Star Records, run by former New York Dolls manager, A&R/record producer Marty Thau (Suicide, The Real Kids, The Fleshtones). The label will release Koko Dozo's debut EP in March 2010.

Koko Dozo truly is music for the Space Age. It's ultra modern and it's made using the latest technology and olde skool organic matter. They're beaming up sound waves that vibrate in the key of GROOVE, dipped in the house special surreal sauce. Urban organica. Celestial demonica. Yeah...Space Is The Face.

Amy Douglas & Polarity/1 are from planet Koko Dozo. What planet are you from? They discovered Earth on Feb. 23, 2008 when Nacotheque hosted the release party for their debut, ILLEGAL SPACE ALIENS on subTEKst Recordings.

Polarity/1, multi-instrumentalist/arranger/composer/producer, makes songs without borders and beats for curved dancefloors using REAL SPACE-AGE COMPUTERS! In his laboratory cave, he grinds shards of lost cultural artifacts, barks and growls of ghosts in machines and luminescent sarcastic spaghetti. Then a pinch or two of the house special surreal spice. P/1 has four cult classic CDs of both electro-folk songs and all-instrumental electronica on subTEKst including Audioplasm, a duo project with Rubio. He also composes for film and for performances by Battery Dance Company and Quorum Ballet of Lisbon.

Out of this smoking brew flies Inter-Galactic Empress Amy Douglas who vaporizes the earwax of her victims with four and half octaves worth of nuclear acid lung power. She's a punky songwriting funkette who sharpened her teeth on earth at downtown NYC legendary music haunts and has worked numerous legends from George Clinton to the late great Illinois Jacquet. Her most recent venture was Red Hot Mama, a Hard Rock Vaudeville Show which featured wild cabaret rendi-tions of hard rock, punk & heavy metal classics. From jazz to funk to punk, there is nothing her tongue hasn't touched.