Friday, October 21, 2011

Soul's Cookin' With Tony Adamo And Mike Clark

A new conception in soulin' and groove time was born when legendary drummer Mike Clark, co-leader of the Headhunters, formerly (Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters) took one step and beyond by bringing in guitarist/composer/arranger, Steve Homan and jazz, funk organist/arranger, Delbert Bump for session work on Tony Adamo's new CD. Their recording session solidified the soul cookin' groove that is now the foundation for Adamo's new funk music. Bump and Homan have previously recorded with Mike Clark on his CARNIVAL OF SOUL CD. Clark has also brought in high voltage funksters with some heavy souln' in the form of Rob Dixon and Gary Mielke, the co-producers of the Headhunters new PLATINUM CD. Super percussionist and long time Headhunter band member, Bill Summers, laid down his percussion tracks at an earlier recording session with Clark, Dixon and Gary Mielke. Mike Clark will oversee Adamo's recording session starting on October 19, 2011 at the Static Shack Recording, Indianapolis, IN.

Associate Artists:
Tower of Power Horns: Stephen "Doc" Kupka, Mic Gillette, Skip Mesquite, Tom Politzer
The Headhunters: Mike Clark, Paul Jackson, BlackByrd McKnight, Rob Dixon, Gary Mielke, Bill Summers, Richie Goods
Jazz Greats: Eddie Henderson, Ernie Watts, Steve Gadd, James Gadson, Kenneth Nash, Neil Larsen, Freddie Washington

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Multitalented And Multilingual Soul/RnB/Blue’s Artist Avana's Best Kept Secret Is Now Out

Shawn Keyz of Parlay Desert Multimedia announced the release of Avana’s track “Patron” from her new album The Best Kept Secret. Boasting 11 tracks of finger popping grooves about real life, “Patron” is available at major online retailers and iTunes. The Best Kept Secret is also available in a CD format from CD Baby. The Best Kept Secret is Avana’s third album. She debuted with It’z On in 2004, which she followed up with her sophomore album, Oopz Uh Oh…” the same year. Christie said, “The difference between Avana and other artists is that she has a very unique voice – one that’s soulful, pleasing to listen to, and vocally refreshing. And she can do much more than just sing – she’s an entertainer as well. There’s a tremendous difference between the two.”

“Patron” is 3 minutes and 28 seconds of fresh, funky, bluesy dance music with attitude that is in a class by itself. The track is a fun mid-tempo dance track about one of America’s popular drinks and a girl’s night out, celebrating life, and drinking Patron. Avana takes you on a refreshingly innovative RnB, soul, and blues blended voyage that will have you out of work mode and ready to “get your Patron on” in no time, Her unique voice is perfectly suited to this style of music, which defies classification by one genre. Avana’s sassy and sophisticated vocal performance is well complemented by the music, which you won’t be able to resist if you like getting your groove on. In short, “Patron” takes you where you want to go and it keeps you there. It’s perfect for hitting the club, just chilling, or hanging with the ladies (and/or gents). “Patron” delivers both musically and lyrically as Avana proclaims in the chorus: “Give me my lime and my salt/Patron in my glass/Let’s get this party started/I came to dance/Play some blues/Turn it up/Desert blues/Turn it up.” So, turn it up with “Patron” and you won’t be disappointed.

With all the elements of a marquee vocalist, Avana has delivered breathtaking and body chilling performances both domestically and internationally. Fans in Hilton Head, Atlanta, Japan, Spain, China and Taiwan have enjoyed her shows. Singing in three languages, Avana is a true favorite in the entertainment capital of “Las Vegas”. Also known as the “Georgia Peach,” Avana has been fortunate to have achieved some incredible credits to her name. She has been a vocal duet partner for Michael Henderson and performed background vocals for Billy Paul, Phil Perry, Johnny Gill, and even The Supremes in Spain, just to mention a few. She has given stellar performances as the opening act for Rolls Royce, Ray Charles, Ollie Woodson, Al Green, and was the featured lead vocalist for the BB King All-star Band.


Contact: Shawn Keyz Parlay Desert Multimedia T: (702) 583-5659 E:

Analogue Master - D.W. Fearn Heads To AES

The acknowledged master of analogue signal processing - D.W. Fearn - head to the 2011 AES Convention in New York next week (October 21-23) at Jacob Javitz Center in New York.

Exhibiting a range of their outstanding and world-renowned analogue signal processors, along with listening stations so you can judge for yourself just how sonically amazing the D.W Fearn range is, you can find D.W. Fearn on booth 242 in the Main Hall.

For more information on AES, please visit for show times and access.

For more on D.W. Fearn, please visit

Media contact Kevin Fetterplace at Mojo Working

Monday, October 17, 2011

RocketHub And CIRAA Partner To Bring Crowdfunding To Independent Recording Artists In Canada

TORONTO, CANADA, (October 11, 2011) — RocketHub, the community where artists launch, fund, and fly their projects, has unveiled its partnership with The Canadian Independent Recording Artists' Association (CIRAA), Canada's only national non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to Canadian independent recording artists.

"CIRAA and RocketHub are both about helping independent artists find new and creative ways to navigate the current do-it-yourself music industry model," said CIRAA President Gregg Terrence. "RocketHub's crowdfunding portal is an important contributor to the independent music scene, and their sponsorship of the Groundbreaker Grant program is a meaningful investment in our collective efforts to help artists build sustainable careers and develop stronger connections with their fans."

CIRAA has launched the micro-grant program for Canadian Independent Artists. The program distributes $2,600 each month to Canadian independent artists in the form of twenty-five $100 "micro-grants," rewarding them specifically for live performances. The CIRAA Groundbreaker Grant is generously supported by XM Satellite Radio, Bandzoogle, as well as now RocketHub.

As part of the micro-grant rollout, RocketHub will empower CIRAA members to seamlessly launch crowdfunding campaigns via RocketHub’s global fundraising platform. RocketHub is proud to empower Canadian artists with the ability to supplement their income and grants with innovative crowdfunding.

RocketHub Co-Founder and CEO, Brian Meece says: “RocketHub continues to search for new ways to empower artists and their fans across the world. The CIRAA partnership is the next step in this international rollout. We’re excited to welcome the community of CIRAA artists into the RocketHub ecosystem.”

As part of the roll-out, CIRAA has graciously agreed to share their custom crowdfunding tutorial with the world:

Canadian Independent Recording Artists’ Association (CIRAA)
CIRAA is Canada's only national non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to Canadian independent recording artists. With over 6,500 members across Canada, their mandate is focused on advocacy, education and member services. CIRAA’s educational audio series, The New Indie, features interviews with music industry experts discussing the new realities facing today’s independent recording artists.

RocketHub utilizes the power of crowdfunding to build a vibrant community. The company has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, American Songwriter, Variety, NPR, The Economist, CNN, Billboard, Washington Post, etc. while helping thousands of artists, entrepreneurs, and organizations raise funds and awareness for their projects. RocketHub is the fastest growing crowdfunding community and is the first platform to provide next step opportunities for artists and entrepreneurs - including brand sponsorships, live performances & showcases, placement in film & television, media connections & introductions, etc. RocketHub is a community for Creatives, by Creatives, that innovates and develops new ways to create value for its users. RocketHub goes beyond crowdfunding and is the foundation of the New Creative Economy.