Michael Gaines, based in LA, and half of the songwriting team MarilynMusic, spent a couple of weeks in late November at MarilynMusic's Manhattan studio, 'The Vertical Room', writing new songs with partner Casey Conrad. They wrote and produced three new tracks: "Chinatown," "If You're Leaving," and "Don't Be Afraid," all to be released in 2011.
The track "Chinatown," featuring popular New York City singer/songwriter Dorie Colangelo. It's a funky mid-tempo, ironic homage to China's new position in the world and how we in America have always viewed Chinatown as a quaint hamlet. The real Chinatown, of course, is in China, and the track reflects China's meteoric rise as a superpower and how America is dealing, or not dealing with this new reality. Conrad commented, "We worked with Dorie in May on the the tracks 'To The Party,' and 'Loves Not the Same After You.' She's an extremely talented artist with a compelling voice who consistently gives us exactly the results we want, and once again, she delivered."
MarilynMusic is very excited to be working with Wallace Gary, a top New York session singer/artist and performer who has recorded jingles for numerous companies such as Heineken and Sprite and presently sings backup for such greats as Ashford & Simpson, and Chaka Kahn. Wallace is the artist on the new R&B track "If You're Leaving," which speaks of a guy breaking up with his girl and trying to keep up a strong front while turning the page on the relationship. He's essentially telling her, "If you're leaving, leave now."
The rock tune "Don't Be Afraid" features singer/songwriter Luther Russell who has had several successful solo records, and also previously formed and headed the band The Freewheelers. Russell gives his usual strong performance on this mid tempo rock track about a guy reassuring his girl that what happened in the past to her with another guy, won't happen with him. She doesn't ever have to be afraid again.
MarilynMusic is the partnership of musicians/composers Michael Gaines and Casey Conrad. Gaines and Conrad created MarilynMusic to combine their knowledge and love of a broad range of musical genres with the tastes of today's pop audience, to create new music. The prolific team has numerous tracks in many genres with new material constantly being written and produced. Gaines and Conrad collaborate on every aspect of the music from the writing to the finished product.
MarilynMusic released their debut EP Pure Rock in May 2010 - a whirlwind tour through rock and roll history. Each song offers a different timbre and seems to draw influence from a different place. In September 2010, they also released the track "Black Wave Coming," a heartfelt testament to the tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. With sounds ranging from the Beatles to Coldplay, all of these tracks are unique and definitely pure rock.
Eric de Fontenay