Friday, November 21, 2014

International Sensation Finds Artistic Freedom and Gives Hope to Youth of a Nation

Myanmar's #1 Pop artist is now making her presence known in the United States. Ah Moon (Lung Sitt Ja Moon) grew up in the terribly poor and conflicted Burma. She found her spirit to survive in singing, playing piano, violin and acting at an early age. Through the years of brutal military rule, to now a (somewhat) democratic society, she never stopped pursuing her dream to become an international artist.

Her first project, the Me N Ma Girls, attracted scores of international press stories, and even a critically acclaimed documentary film (Nikki and the Tiger Girls). Now her focus is on her solo career. Her recently released, solo album 'Min Pay Tae A Chit," is comprised of both Burmese and English songs. In a matter of weeks, the album is selling out across the country of Myanmar. Her most recent video release, "Cheap Sunglasses" has received over 11,000 YouTube plays in a little over a week.

Ah Moon's is an affable young woman of 23 years, speaks 5 languages, and is extremely active in charity organizations. Specifically admirable are her efforts with the World Wide Orphans Foundation, support for Myanmar's Orphans, and the homeless shelters throughout her country. Ah Moon can be looked at as a true role model to the young women of Myanmar.

Gauge Introduces ECM-80 Vocal Microphone

Gauge Precision Instruments has announced the release of their new ECM-80 hand-held vocal microphone.

The ECM-80 is the perfect choice for professional singers who want the warmth, presence & clarity of a studio microphone in a reliable, hand-held stage microphone. Its smooth sound and tailored frequency response make one of the most pleasing and complimentary dynamic vocal microphones on the planet.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Eventide Announces Strategic Partnership With Yamaha

Today, Eventide announced the formation of a strategic partnership with Yamaha to develop signature effects for a future update to its recently announced flagship live sound console, the RIVAGE PM10. The Eventide H3000 Live™ plug-in will include some of the most widely used signature Eventide effects used in the live sound industry.

“We have the utmost respect for Yamaha’s deep roots in the music equipment industry. It is an honor to work with the company who is the largest manufacturer of musical instruments in the world. Their pioneering work developing some of the earliest digital consoles continues to be refined, incorporating the evolving demands for integrated workflow necessary for today’s demanding live sound productions,” noted Ray Maxwell, Eventide vice president of sales and marketing. “The marriage of classic Eventide effects with the state-of-the-art Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 console is a match made in heaven.”

“Our new flagship RIVAGE PM10 system culminates more than forty years of PM series history while heralding a new era of extraordinary sound, operation, and reliability.” commented Chihaya “Chick” Hirai, PA department manager of Yamaha Corporation. “Processing quality has always been a major strength of Yamaha digital consoles. We are excited about the new collaboration with Eventide, world renown for their legendary harmonizer® effects processors.”

About Yamaha Pro Audio
Yamaha Pro Audio is known around the globe as a provider of innovative, top-quality solutions for the sound industry. The Yamaha lineup includes a number of world-standard mixing consoles, signal processors incorporating industry-leading DSP technology, power amplifiers based on energy-efficient drive technology, and an extensive range of speakers suitable for everything from live sound to commercial installations. Visit for the latest news and information.

About Eventide
Eventide was founded in 1971 in New York City. Eventide is a leading developer and manufacturer of digital audio processing products for recording, broadcast, and live performance. Headquartered in Little Ferry, NJ, Eventide invented the H910, the first Harmonizer effects processor in 1975, followed in 1977 by the H949, the first de-glitched Harmonizer with additional delay. Visit Eventide online at

Eventide and Harmonizer are registered trademarks; H3000 LIVE is a trademark of Eventide Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2014 Eventide Inc.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Natalie Brown Releases "This Christmas" EP In Time For The Holidays

Whistling, hand claps, funk-strumming guitar, and a boppin' bass line lay the sonic stage for Natalie Brown's luminous vocals on "Wish Upon a Star", the first track of the self-released EP "This Christmas". The up-tempo jazz-inspired "Spirit of Christmas Time" follows, marrying old-school with new-school before taking the listener back to Natalie's Pop/R&B roots with the mid-tempo track "Favorite Time of Year". The EP then settles into the mellow zone with the beautifully rendered ballads "Save the Last Dance" and "This Christmas" - the latter being the title track of the EP and a tribute to Natalie's mother who lost a valiant battle with cancer in 2013.

Fans of Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Sam Smith and Morgan James will definitely find something to enjoy on this Holiday release. With musical influences ranging from Whitley Houston and Aretha Franklin, to Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight, Natalie Brown's music is described as uplifting and inspiring and fuses R&B/Pop with Adult Contemporary and a touch of 'soul'. "When the music began to play and her voice began to sing, I knew that I had to meet her, feel her energy and hear her voice in person. Natalie is alluring and sensual, warm and healing" says Grammy Award-winning R&B and soul singer-songwriter Chrisette Michele.

The "This Christmas" EP was recorded at Natalie Brown's Studio 302 in Ottawa, Ontario Canada beginning in 2013 and released on November 18th 2014 worldwide via iTunes, Amazon, and a host of other digital stores. With this latest release, Natalie is self-sufficient and (co-) runs her own independent record label, publishing company and recording studio. Preceding this EP were three full-length albums ("Let The Candle Burn", "Random Thoughts", and "The Relationship Odyssey") that contain songs that have been used extensively in Film and TV productions since 2001. Fans and media can find music for download at iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, and on Natalie's official website

Born in Canada, Natalie Brown‘s passion for music was nurtured from a young age by her involvement in theater, gospel music, creative writing and local session work as a vocalist and writer. With a substantial body of recorded work behind her in addition to this latest release, Natalie is working on a new full-length album due in 2015 and is set to hit the road on tour.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014



"Insightful Minds At Ease" official release date: Dec. 8, 2014
The first single, "Leave It Behind" available Nov. 17, 2014

London, ON- On the heels of "Damned If You Don't" (2012) James Todd once again helms lead vocal and production duties on Abandoned Souls latest release "Insightful Minds at Ease". It is a musical collaboration that showcases incredible growth, maturity, and technical prowess. James and his fellow bandmates, Derek De Kort (lead guitar), Tim Thompson (guitar/vocals) and Steve Thomas (drums/percussion/vocals) have delivered a compilation that will both satisfy hard core fans and win multitudes of new ones.

"Insightful Minds at Ease" is disk 1 of a 2-disk series, the second of which is targeted for release in mid 2015. Both are the result of some blistering song-writing and recording sessions throughout 2013 and 2014. The net outcome was a body of work that artistically lends itself to a themed multi-disc release.

Self-produced and recorded, Abandoned Souls also enlisted the talents of Brian Vollmer from Helix (Capital Records) fame to share vocal duties on one track. They also utilized the photography and digital mastery skills of Darko ( to bring the visual landscape to life. If one can imagine being trapped in a dark place and escaping that darkness with an explosion of sonic artillery, then "Insightful Minds at Ease" is an embodiment of that vision. Packed with hard hitting grooves, screaming guitars, catchy hooks, and pound-your-fist vocals and melodies, this collection of songs is a must-have for all fans new and old alike.

Abandoned Souls will be direct support for LEE AARON on Dec. 5 at Eastside Bar and Grill in London, ON for a CD pre release party. They will be showcasing music from their new album and will also have pre release copies of "Insightful Minds at Ease" available.

JTV Digital Ready To Deliver Content To YouTube Music Key

All JTV Digital clients now have the option to deliver their songs to the new service YouTube Music Key.

What is YouTube Music Key?

YouTube Music Key allows watching and listening to music videos. The service offers ad-free, audio-only playback for background listening in addition to video viewing, as well as offline listening.
When you deliver an album to this channel, it will be made available and monetized in the YouTube Music Key service.
It will also include a subscription to Google Play Music, with 30+ million songs, expert-curated playlists, and in the coming days, the ability to watch many YouTube official music videos right from the app.

How does YouTube Music Key deliveries works?

- When delivering your songs to YouTube Music Key, an “Art Track" is created (the song is associated with its artwork and delivered as a "still image" video file)
- These Art Tracks automate the creation of versions for songs that don't already have a music video
- You make money when those Art Tracks are streamed on YouTube

Connect to now and start delivering your music to YouTube Music Key

More information on YouTube Music Key:

Feminist, Acoustic-Rock Band, Taking Back Eden, To Perform First Night Northampton 2015

This year marks the 30th anniversary of First Night Northampton, the city's most popular festival of the arts. With over twenty venues spanning downtown Northampton and one-hundred outstanding performers, the Happy Valley is the place to be for New Year's eve.

Events range from a street circus to cookie decorating, face painting, opera, a guitar orchestra, and live music performances in every genre. The festival starts at noon with fireworks are at 6:15 from the roof of the city's parking garage and at 11:30, you can ring in the New Year with a countdown and ball-raising at the Hotel Northampton.

With so many performances to choose from, one band you don't want to miss is Taking Back Eden. Taking Back Eden is slotted for 3:00 P.M. at Saint John's Episcopal Church, located at 48 Elm Street, Northampton. Described as “contemporary, original, acoustic-rock with ties to folk, indie, rock, and classical music,” Taking Back Eden is fronted by Carolyn Walker on lead vocals and violin; Sylvie Abate on acoustic guitar, nylon guitar, and acoustic bass; Heather Sommerlad on violin and cello; and Christine "Tina" Abate on full kit and percussion. All four women have serious musical training and extensive credits in the regional music scene.

At an Eden show, fans may hear an acoustic ballad featuring finger-style nylon guitar, violin, and percussion; a lush blues-acoustic-rock song with soaring violin and cello leads with full drum kit; a rhythmic chant featuring all four women on percussive instruments, or an indie-folk song with folk guitar and vocal harmonies. The musical landscapes, created by Taking Back Eden's use of traditional classical and rock instrumentation, provide an expansive foundation for the band's soulful vocals and literate lyrics.

Each women in Eden is a songwriter in her own right and together they spin thoughtful lyrics that speak about the environment, women's issues, LGBT rights, animal rights, nature; and of course, love and relationships. Taking Back Eden could be called a modern day protest band as they offer up melodic, catchy songs about issues that matter. Two Taking Back Eden songs that exemplify their ability to deliver melody with meaning are "I Was Always Myself," a song about Adam and Eve, from Eve's perspective, and "Apathy" which opens with the lines "I want your heart to break like mine. I want to cure your Apathy." A city known for its cultural renaissance, diversity, and LGBT inclusion, Northampton couldn't have chosen a better band than Taking Back Eden to start the New Year celebration.

First Night Northampton Buttons may be purchased online with no fee or at area sales vendors listed at The First Night website also includes a complete schedule of events and details about each performance. Parking is free. For more information about Taking Back Eden, visit their website at

Monday, November 17, 2014

WORLD5 Release New Single "I Promise You"

"I Promise You" is an epic ballad, a catchy melody, with the earnest singing of Grammy Award winner Pat Hunt in the song's spotlight. The track is the forth single from their upcoming LP release.

"I Promise You" comes hot on the heels of their popular single track, "Heartbeat Of The World".

For the album remix of the single Heartbeat Of The World, the band is offering a celebrity talent contest worldwide for all singers, amateurs and professional levels to be part of the recording, win prizes and have their own single produced by WORLD5 bass player and 4 time Grammy Award winning producer Randy Miller. WORLD5 has dedicated this celebrity talent contest as global charitable effort. WORLD5 is dedicated to using the power of popular music to produce global positive social action thru "Heartbeat of the World" to raise money for Charities, non-profits and businesses whose programs save lives and help people in need by providing education, housing, medicine, food, clean water, emergency shelter, and other services across the globe thru

The Heartbeat of the World Music Video Contest is recognized as the phenomena of this decade as "We are the World" was for the 80s.

"A sparkling brilliant recording, plus an awesome message" - Code Zero Radio
"If you’re having a lousy day, put on this joyful pop/rock anthem by WORLD5 and I guarantee it’ll lift you right up." - Skope Magazine

Their peviously released singles , "Man Of Action", which immediately shot to the U.S. National Top 100 Airplay Chart and "Maybe there´s A Way" will be on the upcoming LP as remixed album versions.The overarching sound of the band has at its core the songwriting principles of legends such as Toto, Billy Joel, Bruce Hornsby, Genesis, Yes, The Beatles.

Listeners will immensely enjoy the eclectic sound and global influences of the 5 musicians:
Pat Hunt - lead vocals and keyboards (Katy, TX, USA), Joe Gavito - guitars (Houston, TX, USA), Steffen Goeres - guitars, trumpet, fluegelhorn (Wellington, New Zealand), Randy Miller - bass, vocals(Houston, TX, USA), Raimund Breitfeld - drums, percussion (Gothenburgh, Sweden)

"I Promise You" by WORLD5 is available online worldwide November 10, 2014.

The single "I Promise You" is distributed globally by Famous Records Corp. ( and is available at iTunes, Amazon and many other outlets for convenient purchase and download.

Senior Class Honored To Contribute Music To Aaliyah's Life Story

Ever since the 2009 release of “Pressure,” which served as Hassahn Phenomenon’s debut album, where Emilio Bucks served as the Executive Producer, the streets, industry, and everyone else have been wondering… what happened to Chicago’s dynamic duo? The answer to that question is SENIOR CLASS!

Together, Emilio Bucks and Hassahn Phenomenon have formed the Producer/Songwriter tandem, SENIOR CLASS. The name speaks for itself and the duo is ecstatic to be working together again. With one single “Finding You” already receiving spins on WGCI and other radio mediums, Senior Class has done it again with a music placement in the highly anticipated Lifetime movie, “Aaliyah – The Princess of R&B.”

The song, “Down & Up” originally appeared on the “Pressure” album and is slated to breathe again via the Original Lifetime Movie. The song is a reflective hip-hop piece that features Hassahn Phenomenon lyrical gifts while R&B crooner, Patrick Fenison provides soulful essence on the hook. Produced by Emilio Bucks, “Down & Up” is a song that truly embodies and defines what it means to be SENIOR CLASS.

Emilio and Hassahn are truly honored to be part of the project that is paying homage to the beloved Aaliyah. When asked about his feelings on the placement, Emilio said, “We are truly blessed, humbled, and privileged to play a small part in such a significant life story.”

Collectively Hassahn and Emilio have secured music placements on virtually every major network including, NBC, ABC, HBO, FOX, Spike TV and more. The duo has also secured placements via film with the most recent placement in the critically acclaimed documentary film, DEMOS. Emilio Bucks and Hassahn Phenomenon have also worked with the likes of Jodeci, Chaka Khan, Michelle Williams, The Avila Brothers, Flo-Rida, and many more. The dynamic duo is ecstatic to be working together again and will be releasing the upcoming EP, “Life Moves Pretty Fast.” The project is adult contemporary hip-hop with a Chitown essence that is scintillating enough for the grown & sexy yet edgy enough for the young & the restless.

About the Film
Lifetime’s Original Movie, “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B,” starring Alexandra Shipp (“House of Anubis”) as the beloved actress and music sensation, is set to premiere Saturday, November 15, at 8pm ET/PT.

MARCUS GRAHAM – 818-850-1580