Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mase We Miss You (Official Video)


The video "We Miss You" by hip hop/R&B artist Mase is a well-produced, sophisticated and savvy video that is a beautiful tribute to his father who passed away. It depicts a son who has obvious material successes, and suggests that the influence of his father helped him to make the choices that allow him to live that way. In the video and track, Mase brings you into his world as he shows and tells how his father's demise all went down, and it's an emotional and touching experience. He's singing a song of remembrance and honor for the fatherly support and love that he knew and lost, asking the question "What am I supposed to do in this crazy world without you?" and issuing affirmative and heartfelt statements like "I am never gonna forget all the time you spent with me". The song should serve as an inspiration to all fathers to do what a loving one like his did – to shape the future that one has created. The music is a good accompaniment to lyrics that are gripping and never let go.

The track has a nice beat with a somewhat mysterious sound of electronic water, a nice guitar with background, and accompanying female vocals that are fantastic. "We Miss You" is a must see, must hear video and track.


Watch "We Miss You" on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RttgaFTEM6o

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Soulful Singer Cheryl Pepsii Riley Enjoys Career Resurgence, Performs On The Mo’Nique Show


Soul singer Cheryl Pepsii Riley is enjoying her day in the sun. The songstress, who achieved popularity in the late '80s with her hit release, "Thanks for My Child" has been keeping her brand alive these day performing via Tyler Perry's many blockbuster plays and movie soundtracks, her fresh and compelling independent CD release, "Let Me Be Me," and hosting a weekly talent showcase at the Village Underground in New York. Her latest play, Tyler Perry's "Madea's Big Happy Family" is currently available on DVD with interest refueled in the production by the film version's recent release in theaters.

Riley reunited with Tyler Perry and cast members from "Madea's Big Happy Family" on the set of "The Mo'Nique Show" where she delivered a titillating, show-stopping, solo performance as part of a medley of songs performed by the cast. The performance received a standing ovation! The episode airs on Tuesday, April 26 on BET at 11:00 p.m. EST/PST.

Keep up with Cheryl Pepsii Riley at http://www.CherylPepsiiRiley.com and catch her on Monday nights as she hosts her "Back in the Day, Black Velvet Painting, Blue Lights in da Basement, Musicians and Singers Jam" via webcast on http://www.TheVillageUnderground.com.

Singer Tony Adamo On SoundTraxx With Mark Stanley


Dig singer-songwriter Tony Adamo's song “Rhythm of Your Love" from his CD, WHAT IS HIP. Adamo's smooth cut has made the playlist on the popular syndicated radio show, SoundTraxx with Mark Stanley. The Lineup for "Rhythm of Your Love”:

Vocal - Tony Adamo
Drums - James Gadson
Bass - Reggie McBride
Piano - Rodney Franklin
Guitar - Jerry Stucker
Percussion - Kenneth Nash
Sax - Skip Mesquite
Trombone - Mic Gillette
Background Vocals - Sandy Griffith
Midi Programming - Jerry Stucker

Join veteran broadcaster Mark Stanley on a unique cookin' soul groove journey into Smooth Jazz, adding the ideal mix of Jazz ingredients, including R&B, Chill, House, and Soul...
www.soundtraxxwithmarkstanley.com/
http://www.strokeland.com/StrokelandJazz/TonyAdamo/WhatIsHip/WhatIsHip.htm

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Joe Hamgeri's New Breed Of Songwriting


The term "singer/songwriter" almost seems as if it's become a pejorative term. The label gets thrown around a lot these days and seemingly applies to any musician with a voice and an instrument. Joe Hamgeri is here to change all of that.

Joe's unique and refreshing approach to songwriting is the byproduct of many different influences and genres that range from rock to jazz and blues. Hamgeri doesn't always look for inspiration in convention musical structures though, many times he thinks outside of the box when writing his lyrics often times visualizing literary works. "I often think of musical situations comparable to scenes that a playwright would think up." Hamgeri's lyrical process usually starts with a solitary idea and then he continues to build off of that until he fleshes out a complete song. Never one to rush the creative process Joe takes his time with his songwriting,"Sometimes the creation of a song will span a few weeks, sometimes a few months".

If his imaginative approach to songwriting wasn't enough, Hamgeri has a firm belief that melody is an integral part of his artistry. He provides the listener with diverse and interesting melodies that seem altogether fresh compared to the tired clich├ęs of the singer/songwriter genre. Joe draws his melodic inventiveness from film composers such as Klaus Badelt and Johann Strauss. He tends to thinks of melodic statements in a linear fashion, preferring angular melodic lines that work compellingly into progressions unconventional to the standard rock/pop cannon.

A self-taught musician, [Joe] started as a poet by trade in middle school but didn't get serious about songwriting until high school when he also picked up the guitar. In college, he joined various music groups include a chorale group and jazz band. These groups had a resounding impact on the young musician, especially the chorale group, which he says "taught me quite a bit about vocal performance and expression". With his newly acquired music experiences Joe was ready to bring his special brand of music to fruition.

Surviving in the music industry today takes supreme dedication and an insatiable will to succeed. Hamgeri proved he had the right amount of both when he entered the Taylor University battle of the bands in 2007. Right before the contest began Hamgeri fell ill and didn't think he was going to be able to perform. Instead of succumbing to sickness he decided to play anyway eventually winning the contest.

Armed with a creatively diverse musical palette Hamgeri seems to be poised to take the music world by storm. The originality and unique personality he brands his music with ensures him as a beacon on the rock/pop scene for years to come. Look for Joe Hamgeri's new E.P. entitled Violet! to be released in the upcoming weeks. For more information Joe can be found via the internet at his website www.joehamgeri.com and http://www.facebook.com/joehamgeri

N'Dambi, T.K. Kirkland, Christian Keyes And Brotha Bill To Highlight "Summer Solstice Denim & White" Affair


Event promoter Kevin Rouse has been staging spectacular events around Los Angeles for the past 20 years now. Jazz filled nights, R&B performances, comedy, dancing and celebrities are the ingredients he mixes to keep his audience coming back for more. When he and his business partner, Pernell Clark, coordinated an affair at the exclusive Disney Concert Hall last Labor Day, many said it couldn't be done. The experience, a first for the Disney Concert Hall, was the "All Black Affair 2010" and proceeds benefitted the non-profit organization Brother II Brother. With almost 2000 attendees enjoying a night like never before however, Rouse sealed the deal, firmly establishing himself as Los Angeles' premier party thrower!

Rouse and Clark will recreate the magic Memorial Day Weekend, May 28, from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am, this time at the prestigious Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with Summer Solstice LA 2011 "Denim & White." Joined by a bevy of the city's top event promoters, Rouse and Clark, along with core group partners Deshawn Cabeza and Brandi White, are coordinating one of the biggest affairs Los Angeles has ever seen held at the venue. With proceeds to benefit the The Weingart Center Association (http://www.weingart.org/) which serves the homeless, the Summer Solstice will be a sea of denim and white clad party-goers reveling in two floors of entertainment. Premier event promoters such as Roland Wirt, Marc Gaspard, Mike Heath and Joe Jones are also involved in the effort.

Musical performances include the Grammy nominated neo-soul sensation N'Dambi, actor/musician William L Johnson aka Brotha Bill, comedy by T.K Kirkland and celebrity host, actor Christian Keyes from the hit stage play, "Madea Goes to Jail." Jazz ensemble Ryan Cross Experience will add to the flavor, with casino style (play) gambling, Chicago style stepping and three DJ's rocking the dance floor! The Dororthy Chandler Pavillion is located at 135 North Grand in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets start at $30.00 with VIP specials available. Additional information can be located at http://www.thelooponline.com/email/solstice2011kr.html.

"Summer Solstice LA 2011 "Denim & White" is a combined effort on the part of over 20 event promoters from around greater Los Angeles," reveals Rouse who is currently developing a reality show project centered around the good, bad and the ugly of Los Angeles event promoters. "It is a beautiful demonstration of community as we join together to raise money for a good cause, The Weingart Center for the Homeless. In addition, it is a great opportunity for professionals to get dressed up and enjoy a most memorable evening on the town. This is truly a culmination of all of our experience and talent as we continue to imprint Los Angeles with affairs that cater to grown and sexy professionals of Los Angeles and beyond. On May 28, everyone will be a celebrity in their own right!"

For tickets and additional details, contact Kevin Rouse at (213) 926-2809 and log on at http://www.thelooponline.com/email/solstice2011kr.html. Mark your calendars now, Summer Solstice LA 2011 "Denim & White"will be a legendary experience!

French Musical Darling Maty Soul Releases New Video, "In My Village"


When songstress Maty Soul released her debut single "Herbal Tea" in France, music lovers around the globe sipped on the single's deliciousness. The French music darling was serving a delectable bit of hip hop musical consciousness, sung in English, wrapped around her French dialect and tinged with reggae, R&B and folk flavor. A refreshing diversion on international music scene, fans literally took note around the world. Her debut album, "The Price of Consciousness" which dropped last September, produced by That Natural High on No Waiting In Vain Records, is an eclectic collection of warm sincerity recorded in Paris and mixed in Philadelphia and Los Angeles with selections in English and French.

Maty Soul has since been steadily making her voice heard while traveling and recording internationally. "In My Village" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d88rWOyxZes) is her latest video release from her debut album.
Shot in Kingston, Jamaica and directed by Ras Kassa (director of Nas and Damian Marley's "Land of Promise"), "In My Village" solidifies her stance as an artist with real roots. Light head-nodding reggae rhythms give way to lyrics that embrace universal one love. In the video, Maty Soul magically floats above the ground in the Jamaican countryside as she welcomes everyone 'home' to a place to stay 'in her village.'

The singer recently wrapped production on the video for her next single, a remix of "Bad Time," shooting in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Paris and Avignon. Joined by Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group's rap artist, Stalley, "Bad Time" covers more urbane territory delivering a "Wake Up" call to listeners. Directed by Alexander Boure a.k.a. Walking Bass, Maty sings, with Stalley adding to the flow with a freestyle verse.

Maty Soul was born in Paris spending half of her childhood in the south of France. She grew up listening to Miles Davis, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill and later Nina Simone and Donny Hathaway and was also influenced by artists from the hip hop generation. Living in the south of France, she often caught the train to Paris to see her favorite hip hop and soul artists. In 2006, with the launch of her MySpace page, Maty Soul opened her musical doors to the world, and she was well received. In fact, director Ras Kassa discovered her there!

Offers Maty, "My music has been my sojourn. The world outside of France has opened up to me. On a bigger scale, my travels are indicative of the common chord that music holds for us all. The states are where this music originated and it is considered the Mecca for music in the western world. I felt it was important to shoot my next video in the U.S. for that reason. Also, it's important for me as a European artist to solidify my fan base in the states. It has all been quite an adventure filled with love."

To taste Maty Soul's "Herbal Tea" and explore "The Price of Consciousness," listen in at http://matysoul.bandcamp.com/ and visit with her at myspace.com/matysoul. View "In My Village" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d88rWOyxZes.

Monday, April 25, 2011

D'Manti To Perform At The Billboard Latin Music Conference 2011 In Miami Beach


One of the most versatile singers to breakout on the scene this year is D'Manti. During the Billboard Latin Music Conference at the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami, D'Manti will take the stage at the Poolside Cocktail Reception on Tuesday, April 26th between 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Choreographed by Doriana Sanchez, D'Manti is slated perform a set that will include her debut single "Tonight," which was produced by Luny Tunes. Along with a band led by Grammy® nominated Marlow Rosado, D'Manti will deliver an exceptional production to showcase her dazzling vocals and dance moves supported by world-renowned percussionist Nate Morton and professional backup dancers. D'Manti is a "must-see" while at this year's Latin Billboard Music Conference and Awards.

WHO: D'Manti (Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Actress), Marlow Rosado (Grammy® nominated songwriter, producer pianist), Nate Morton (world-renowned percussionist) and professional dancers.

WHAT: Billboard Latin Music Conference Poolside Cocktail Reception/New Artist Showcase

WHEN: Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

WHERE: Eden Roc Renaissance Miami - Poolside
4525 Collins Avenue • Miami Beach, Florida 33140 USA

For more information and press credentials to the Billboard Latin Conference please visit: http://www.billboardevents.com/billboardevents/latin/press-info/index.jsp

For D'Manti Media Inquiries:
Jim Strzalkowski at Media Giants: jim@mediagiantsusa.com, (310) 652-2283

For D'Manti Booking Inquiries:
Dijon Aragon: dj@dmanti.com, (310) 473-6573

ABOUT D'MANTI
D'Manti personifies the terms "beauty" and "passion." Born and raised in Las Vegas, NV, her artistry includes singing, acting, songwriting, dancing, playing musical instruments and even producing. D'Manti has appeared in a variety of theatre productions, television shows and independent films internationally. Inspired by such legends as Diana Ross, Madonna, Erika Badu, Barbra Streisand and Celia Cruz, her lyrics and melodies express her love of life and her romance with all things good in the world. Performing in English and Spanish, D'Manti combines all of her theatrical showmanship into a stage show, which combines original upbeat songs, luminous vocals, magnificent costumes and spectacular choreographed routines – all with a sexy Latin and American pop fusion flair. D'Manti's debut single "Tonight" will be officially released to radio, clubs and online stores this coming May.

Please visit http://www.dmanti.com for more information.

'Tis The Season For Rock 'n' Roll With Midi Festivals


The 2011 Midi Festival will start in Beijing, the capital city that has witnessed the birth and twelve years growth of this festival, from April 30th to May 2nd. The festival will be held in Jing Langdao Park in the Mentougou district in west suburbs of Beijing. The performance list for Beijing Midi this year has created a new record, including hundreds of well-known rock bands from both China and abroad.


The legendary American hard rock band Mr. Big will make its first debut in China. Emerged in the late 80s, Mr. Big held its unique style among the hard rock bands. They not only excelled in various extremely technical fast-beat songs, but also whined with their melodic adagios. Their singles 'To Be With You' and 'Wild World' have become the must-listen introductory songs for Chinese rock 'n' roll youth. Mr. Big is sure to arouse nostalgic choruses with their performance in Beijing Midi on May 1st and Shanghai Midi on May 6th.


The ten-year-old punk band Mongol 800 is one of the best rock bands in Japan. They have inspired young people to love life and go after their dreams with their rebellious attitude. Apart from participating in Beijing and Shanghai Midi Festival this year, Mongol 800 will also be performing live with local Chinese bands at both Beijing and Shanghai's MAO Livehouses. Meanwhile, they are donating part of their ticket sales to Japanese Red Cross to help with the earthquake and tsunami relief.


Miserable Faith is often referred to as a milestone in today's modern rock scene in China. On their first debut this year on April 2nd, the band has broken the box record of rock performances in Beijing Live House with their high-quality live shows. Thus far, Miserable Faith has already played the north-western portion of their China tour, including performances in cities like Hohhot, Baotou, Yinchuan, Urumqi, Xining, Lanzhou, Xi'an, Zhengzhou and Anyang. Attesting to their massive appeal, Miserable Faith will be giving the closing performance at both Midi Festivals.


The Montreal-based rock band Your Favorite Enemies has recently played at Canadian Music Week Festival in Toronto where the band member and manager Jeff Beaulieu met up with MusicDish CEO Eric de Fontenay. This "DIY" band has managed every single aspect of its career based on their community values as they rose from their non-traditional music model since their founding in 2006. They are touring thirteen cities in China, appearing at both in Beijing (May 2nd ) and Shanghai (May 8th ) Midi festivals. Joining them will be over ten rock bands from Canada, Netherlands, German, Switzerland, Spain, Australia and Singapore.

Other participating domestic bands include established Beijing rock characters such as Liu Donghong & Sand, Nanwu, SMZB, Yaksa, Voodoo Kungfu, AK47, Brainfailure and Reflector. Some new bands are also showing. The Dancer for example is a new band founded in 2010 with familiar faces from some the biggest names in Beijing rock, including Liu Hao (Joyside), Dong Xuan (Hedgehog) and Wang Xin (Casino Demon). It should be one of the big hits among the new figures.

The festival series takes its second stop in Shanghai, the bustling metropolitan. The Shanghai Midi committee has strived to achieve their goal to "Rock Shanghai", and they are about to make it. The festival will be held from May 6th to May 8th in the Pudong Century Park in Shanghai. The Shanghai Midi will stick to the never-give-in spirit of the festival and bring a feast of performances. The Beijing band Free the Bird, formerly known as Ziyo will also join Midi in Shanghai. Other Beijing Midi performing bands that will continue to rock on in Shanghai include TOOKOO, Yaksa and Reflector. In addition, some local bands representing the hardcore force of Shanghai's rock will be making their presence felt, including Top Floor Circus, Crystal Butterfly, Cold Fairyland, Mushroom Group and MusicDish*China favorite Boys Climbing Ropes. The Shanghai festival will also feature an electric dance stage, which is sponsored by the Shanghai-based well-known electronic party label ANTIDOTE, and will its strong line-up of DJs and high-quality music.

In summer 2011, during August 4th to August 7th, the Ocean Midi Festival will be held in the Olympics Water Park in Rizhao, Shan Dong province. Rizhao, with its longest and widest beach in northern China and low pollution levels, is know as the "garden city" in China and has been rewarded the United Nations Habitat award. Apart from the rock 'n' roll stage, Rizhao Midi will also hold the largest ocean electronic party in China! Fans around China and worldwide will party throughout night and embrace the rising sun over the sea together.

The final stop of Midi is the Yangtze Midi Festival being held for the second time from October 1-4 during China's National Day on the Yangtze Shiyezhou Island in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province. Shiyezhou Island has witnessed the success of Midi last year, and will no doubt become one of the most influential spot where China's youth culture mixes with rock, as the muddy ground has become an unforgettable experience of Midi fans.

The year-round 2011 Midi Festival is run under the theme with "Love the Bears!". Midi will hold series of live activities in corporation with animal protecting organizations, and together with fans to protest against the abuse of bear bile.

More at http://china.musicdish.com/

Uptown Praise Band Selected To Open Main Worship Stage At Big Ticket Festival


Uptown Praise Band was selected by Free Spirit Ministries to open the main worship stage on June 24, 2011 at their annual mega Christian Music Festival. The festival is expected to draw over 20,000 and will feature over 100 bands on 7 stages over three days June 23-25 at Ionia State Fairgrounds, Ionia MI. Major Christian artists will include Toby Mac, Skillet, Newboys, Sanctus Real, 33 Miles, Leeland, Building 429, Phillips, Craig, and Dean, Sidewalk Prophets, Natalie Grant, The Afters, Chris Sligh, KJ-52, Me In Motion, Chris August, Icris, Kerrie Roberts, Matt Maher, Pocket Full of Rocks, Stellar Kart, Tye Tribbett, Heather Williams, Remedy Drive, Sargent Avenue and others. The band will be playing "Because You Made Me" a radio ready Christian rock ballad released by its own independent label SpiritFilled Productions. The song is an uplifting ballad about hope and faith with crystal clear vocals, beautiful soaring harmonies and strong lyrics and musical dynamics. The song is part the bands debut "Testimonials" album, available on iTunes.com, cdbaby.com and Amazon for $8.99. It is also available at over 300 Christian book stores across the country via the myMEDIA BurnBar platform. Uptown Praise Band is #1 on ReverbNation’s Christian/Gospel local charts and is hovering at the #350 spot on their National Christian/Gospel charts. In August, the band was selected to play A-stage at 2010 Unity Music Festival in Muskegon (that drew over 50,000!) and recently was chosen as a top ten finalist in Best of the Blessed competition, broadcast live on TBN TV during the 2010 Christian Music Awards hosted at Trinity Music City in Nashville, TN. Uptown Praise Band is a church band dedicated to leading their church congregation in worship every Sunday and Wednesday at inner city church Uptown Church, 1470 Lake Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 The bands desire is to reach the lost with their music and lead them to the church for healing, restoration and revival. http://www.uptownpraiseband.com

For more information contact:
Chris E. Nunez, 616-308-9334
Christian Songwriter/Producer/Artist
SpiritFilled Productions
9311 Clear Meadow Dr, Ada, MI 49301
chris@spiritfilledproductions.com
http://www.spiritfilledproductions.com