Tuesday, April 25, 2017

An Underdog's Tale

Over the years of being a publicist I have had the pleasure of writing press releases and other material for some very talented artists. I have always enjoyed writing for Chicago R&B artist Brandon James. Over time his story has unveiled itself and unraveled within his music. I've had the privilege of writing this story and coordinating its delivery to fans and media. It is truly the story of a underdog who against all odds has pursued his dreams and is now watching those dreams come true. Below is a recent interview I did with the artist. Instead of changing it into a standard press release I felt it best to leave it as is.

> Tell me a brief history on your struggles in music.

"When I started out I struggled finding my sound.. I would always compare and contrast my abilities making me hesitant and insecure until one day I got over all that and allowed myself to be myself."

> Tell me a brief history of your struggles in life.

"We all have a story to tell I guess lol. But I had an absent father and a distant mother I learned quickly to motivate myself but through that I became dependent on outside relationships like my friends and teachers.It wasn't easy and I used to stress so much about my family and social life I would actually start losing my hair. Music became an escape and a focal point which ultimately saved me from a very dark place."

> Why do you or why would you consider yourself a underdog?

"I've always felt like I'm fighting for what I want bottom up. Meaning I've had to overcome being underestimated, under educated, or honestly just not liked. Struggle seems to have always been a part of my journey."

> So what exactly inspired the song "An Underdog's Tale?"

"It was an honest picture painted by song of what I felt growing up. I also wanted to provoke and honest response from those who heard it. I believe music should be honest and relate-able."

> How and where was the song recorded?

"Written at home and recorded in the studio."

> What does the song mean to you?

"It honestly means hope.It's reflective and it's inspiring to reflect on how far I've come in my personal development."

> Has your struggles in music lead you to any joy of success?

"Yes once I allowed myself to be myself I have been able to accomplish so much. Lesson one learned is to get out of my own way."

> What would you say to your fans and people in general about being the underdog?

"Being an Underdog is not necessarily a bad thing. When you fight for what you want victory is way sweeter because you don't owe anyone anything, be strong keep going."

> What are your plans in music from here


Website - http://www.branddo20music.com
You Tube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK6zbeEhLhhBH1zfHJ6tqcw
Soundcloud - https://www.soundcloud.com/branddo20/an-underdogs-tale
ITunes - https://www.itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-soul-sessions/id1103038979
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/BrandDo20/

Monday, April 24, 2017

ReAmp Recording Studios In Orange County Announces New Ownership And Grand Re-Opening Celebration On May 4

ReAmp Recording Studios has announced their sale and upcoming grand re-opening celebration of their thriving studio in Southern California. The professional recording destination remains in business daily, and has exciting plans for growth in 2017. The ReAmp team invites friends, family and local media to a special invite-only event on May 4, 2017 to kick off new ownership and expanded studio offerings.

Local entrepreneurs Sharifa Dickenson and Bobby Dorsainvil made the decision to purchase ReAmp out of their passion for music, family and desire to scale the recording studio's business to new levels. ReAmp offers a variety of recording, mixing and artist development services, and will continue to focus on providing unsigned, independent and major label clients a top tier experience at competitive pricing. ReAmp was initially owned by Krazy Bone of Bone Thugs-N- Harmony and built by Steven Perkins with the construction process being documented by Pro Audio website Gearslutz.

With strong entrepreneurial and musical backgrounds, Dorsainvil worked for many years in music production and Dickenson spent many years as a professional video producer in New York. Both also take pride in their ethnic background, being Haitian and Barbadian/Bajan respectively and keeping the pulse of Caribbean rooted music in their blood. While ReAmp is known for and proud to work with all genres of music, they are also excited to support popular Caribbean genres such as Soca, Reggae, Dance Hall and Kompa.

The grand re-opening event on May 4 will be hosted by popular Los Angeles based comedian Donald George, and musical performances have been confirmed by Sterling Jones, Joy Pond and other special guests to be announced. Champagne, wine, beer and snacks will be provided and at 5:30pm guests can arrive early for a very special ribbon cutting by the city of Tustin.

Please RSVP for the May 4 grand opening to: Press@BobBradley.info

5:00-6:00pm: Ribbon Cutting by city of Tustin (Open To Public)
6:00pm - 9:00pm: Grand Opening celebration and musical performances (Must RSVP)

ReAmp's facility is composed of master level equipment, studio acoustics and construction that rival those of prestigious Los Angeles, Nashville & New York recording locations. Since their opening in 2015 by founders Stefani Rose and award winning producer Daniel Martin, ReAmp has provided memorable service to their vast number of clients and the new founders guarantee to do the same. With the acquisition, ReAmp is proud to bring over Tyler Wirtz to head in-house engineering, production and to act as general manager for the recording facility.

The ReAmp team has also announced they will be presenting at the 2017 ASCAP Expo this April from the 13th through the 15h. Founder Daniel Martin will be presenting on the topic of making music and will be awarding a lucky winner studio time in the expo's on-site contest.


For additional information on ReAmp Studios please contact:

Bob Bradley

About ReAmp Studios:

ReAmp Studios is located in Southern California and covers over 2,000 square ft. of studio space. It is home to both state-of-art digital and vintage gear, including a rare and coveted Amek APC 1000 console that has been used to record platinum award-winning artists such as Chamillionare and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.

Whether you're looking to track scratch demos or high-quality masters, ReAmp is your studio destination. At our Tustin location, we work with all genres and can accommodate most budgets.

Our experienced studio team is composed of producers, award-winning singers, songwriting and engineers. We are dedicated to nurturing the local music scene and providing the highest quality services available, including recording, mixing, mastering and music education workshops. Everyone on our team is insanely passionate about music, and our clients thrive on our energy, creativity and integrity.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Missing Link Music Signs Lil Uzi Vert

Originally having grown up in North Philadelphia’s Francisville neighborhood, Lil Uzi Vert is the only one in his immediate musical circle that is not from Atlanta — but he couldn’t sound more at home over Wheezy’s operatic piano riffs and speaker-stretching 808 rumble. The appeal of his style is not unlike a teenaged Lil Wayne, reminiscent of his vocal tone and penchant for melody.

In the past year, Lil Uzi Vert has experienced a meteoric rise. April 2016’s "Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World" featured his biggest hit to date, and set the pace for July’s "The Perfect Luv Tape", a tightly edited project that featured “Do What I Want,” a song that was prominently featured in a Jordan brand sneaker commercial in October. During this time, he also released a collaborative EP with Gucci Mane, which included a bevy of individual singles, and notched some 33 features in the press, all while touring consistently. SoundCloud crowned him their most followed artist of 2016, and during the second week of 2017, he achieved his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, thanks to a guest verse on Migos’s “Bad and Boujee.”

And just last week Iggy Azalea released the hit single “Can’t Lose” featuring Lil Uzi Vert himself.

Missing Link Music is ecstatic about adding this new up-and-coming talent to its esteemed roster.

About Missing Link Music:

Missing Link is one of the leading independent music publishing companies offering fast, efficient and transparent licensing and royalty collection for songwriters and copyright holders. Missing Link was founded with the vision of offering the songwriter a modern music publishing and rights management solution, always striving for the most favorable rights holder terms in its agreements and licenses, all while expediting a modern worldwide royalty payment process. Missing Link places the songwriter’s needs first, whether it’s royalty collection, international administration or creative support.

Missing Link Music is proud to enter its 21st year as it continues to rapidly expand its roster of talented and commercially active songwriters and producers.

For more information check out: http://www.missinglinkmusic.com/

Friday, April 21, 2017

Atlantic Starr CD Release Party And Celebration April 22, 2017

APRIL 22, 2017 at 8:30 | Time : 8:30pm – 1:00am
Venue : Crowne Plaza White Plains
Address : Downtown 66 Hale Avenue White Plains , New York City

Come Join Atlantic Starr as they introduce their new CD "Metamorphosis" featuring a live stream up close and personal interview. The event will be hosted by WBLS 107.5 and Sirius XM Radio personality Jeff Fox!

Dance, mingle, and be a part of a Facebook live stream up close and personal interview with the group members. Get your ticket on www.atlanticstarrmusic.com

Music: http://www.mediafire.com/file/9r3mul9lj8d2etb/Atlantic_Starr_My_Best_Friend_%28_radio_edit%29_.mp3

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Killer Tracks Launches New Production Music Label - ICON With 16 New Album Releases

Killer Tracks, a premiere source for pre-cleared production music, today announces its new label ICON, featuring music for movie trailers, television promos, advertising, sports, games and other media.

The initial release includes 16 albums created and produced by award-winning composers Frederik Wiedmann and Joel Goodman, founders of independent music producer ICON Trailer Music. The collection runs the gamut from rich, melodic orchestral scores—many recorded with live orchestras—to cutting edge electronica. Also included are a large selection of alternate mixes, bonus elements and trailer toolkits. All 16 albums are available immediately for licensing in the U.S. and internationally.

"We are thrilled to represent ICON in the production music market," said Killer Tracks Director of Marketing Andrew Donahue. "Frederik and Joel are gifted, versatile composers who write music brimming with emotion and energy. Their tracks are extremely functional, and expertly crafted to work well with picture." ICON is expected to produce approximately five new albums for the collection each year.

Partnering with Killer Tracks provides ICON with access to the world market and an association with a respected, established brand. "Killer Tracks is known for quality and has been producing music at a high level for a long time," Goodman said. "It also has tremendous market share in the U.S. and abroad. We look forward to enjoying great exposure."

Founded by Wiedmann and Goodman in 2011, ICON initially focused on orchestral trailer music, but has recently been expanding beyond that niche, creatively and conceptually. "We spend a lot of time researching trends and market demands," explained Wiedmann. "We anticipate where the market is headed and are working with edgier and more contemporary styles."

ICON has also developed a reputation for high production value. Whenever possible, it records with live orchestras, choirs and musicians. It also produces music with editorial in mind, creating tracks with numerous edit points, creating alternate mixes, and providing stems and musical toolkits. "We deliver lots of components that are useful to picture editors," Goodman notes.

Wiedmann and Goodman bring broad experience in scoring for film, television, documentaries, commercials and animation. Wiedmann won an Emmy Award for the animated series All Hail King Julien. His credits also include the series Miles from Tomorrowland (Disney) and Green Lantern: The Animated Series (Cartoon Network), as well as the films Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox (Warner Bros. Animation), Hostel: Part III (Sony), Mirrors II (20th Century Fox) and Hellraiser: Revelations (Weinstein Company, Dimension Films). Goodman has more than 140 film and television credits, including the acclaimed PBS documentary series American Experience for which he wrote the main theme. He has also scored more than 30 films for HBO, notably Saving Pelican #895, for which he won an Emmy Award.

Killer Tracks will be exhibiting at NAB Show, April 22-27 in Las Vegas, Booth SL-7616.
Video Links
Making of ICON Cosmic Threat Vol 13: http://www.killertracks.com/#!/Video/ICON013.aspx

Making of ICON Dark Guardian Vol 9: http://www.killertracks.com/#!/Video/ICON009.aspx

About Killer Tracks
Killer Tracks is a global source for pre-cleared music for film, television, advertising and interactive media. With more than 2,700 active albums from 37 global libraries, the Killer Tracks catalog spans every genre and features original works from some of the music industry's most innovative composers, artists and producers. The premium catalog is continuously enhanced with exclusive recordings and new music updates. Friendly, knowledgeable support is always available through a dedicated team of music search specialists and licensing experts. When music matters, rely on the production music experts at Killer Tracks.
For more information, visit www.killertracks.com or follow @killertracks on Twitter and Instagram.

Sweetmates Present Their New EP 'Disco Turd'

LISTEN: https://youtu.be/oXOgExynq_s

Sweetmates breathe some fresh air into the industry with their new EP 'Disco Turd.' When they started creating music, Dec and Sam were inspired by genres as far apart as EDM, indie and rock which they mixed with soulful pop vibes to create a truly unique sound. This sound developed into 'Disco Turd.' The resulting EP is original, extremely enjoyable and unlike anything you've ever heard before. As off-the-wall as it is catchy, this four-track EP is addictive and will become the soundtrack to your spring.

Indie pop tracks such as 'Papa Chico's Semi Freddo' and 'Dream To Be Living,' made brilliant by Sam's distinctive, heartfelt vocals and ripping guitar hooks, are taken to another level by the pounding, euphoric dance beats Dec has infused into the EP's production. This collection of scintillating pop will have you dancing into summer.

International media are taking notice of Sweetmates' originality and quality, with ITV's 'This Morning,' being one of many television and radio stations giving the band coverage which stretches from London to LA to Sydney. Their hit I Don't Dream has been played over 600,000 times on Spotify and features in the Lionsgate motion picture Nerve (2016). One reviewer wrote that Sweetmates' music is 'not only unique but also very, very good.” The band is going where nobody has gone before and is taking a lot of fans with them.

Download 'Disco Turd' from April 1st, or pre-order on iTunes now and you will receive 'Woof' instantly. Sweetmates are throwing a 'Disco Turd' launch party at Sticky Mike's Frog Bar in Brighton on June 17th. You will not want to miss this!

Pre-order 'Disco Turd EP' on iTunes now - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/disco-turd-ep/id1194838133

Watch the official videos for 'Woof' and 'Papa Chico's Semi Freddo´ on Sweetmates' YouTube channel now - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTyBo0eNOAAvP5YOp8z4LvA

Contact Sweetmates via :
E-mail – sweetmatesofficial@gmail.com

Web - www.sweetmatesmusic.co.uk

Social media - Soundcloud.com/sweetmates

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Video For Faerie Tree By Shane Ó Fearghail

Sad Opera Entertainment and Irish singer-songwriter Shane Ó Fearghail are thrilled to announce the launch of the new video for Faerie Tree from the album They Might See Dolphins, which is available on all platforms.

Faerie Tree (https://youtu.be/cv8mTukdV8k), inspired by a weekend on the Hill of Tara in Co Meath, is a song about an ancient Irish Romance tale between Niamh and Oisín and their meeting.

In this indie ballad, Shane perfectly blends his characteristic vocal style and acoustic guitar sound in a delicate mix of lyrics in English and Irish.

"One minute you're hearing the heartfelt warblings of the singer songwriter", writes DJ Sinister Pete from Phantom FM "next they're rocking it out with the best of them and that's what makes this Dubliner stand out".

Shane Ó Fearghail (http://shaneofearghail.com) is an Irish Singer-songwriter from Dublin, now based in Vienna. His musical style fits neatly into the Irish Indie Folk box. Likened to REM, Crowded House, Rufus Wainright III and Ron Sexsmith, it is easy to see where his songwriting loyalties lie. Irish music however, is his first love.

With connection across Ireland, Austria, Germany, UK, and the US Sad Opera Entertainment promotes emerging artists on a track by track basis for media opportunities on TV, Movies, Commercials, Video Games.

Website: http://shaneofearghail.com/
Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv8mTukdV8k&t=8s

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Morsy And Never Yet Contested Present Their New Album "Formative Feedback"

The multi-cultural spirit which defines New York is encapsulated in this versatile project which combines hip-hop, RnB and house to create a compelling album. Never Yet Contested (N.Y.C.), one of the most lyrically versatile upcoming hip-hop artists in New York combines with veteran DJ and Producer, Morsy to create a truly unique album.

Whatever your personal taste in music, you can find something to dance to on "Formative Feedback". The project's global appeal is assisted by its’ range of global influences, which include Brazil's Bossa Nova style on the Raphaello Mazzei collaboration, "Nao A Solidao" , as well as the anthemic "Party in Dubai" song coming to a radio near you. Unlike any other album currently available, the tone of the album then switches to deep house with "Crystals" (featuring and co-produced by MopTop and Codes) bringing soulful vibes which demonstrates the diversity of this eclectic project. Collaborations like this have enabled Morsy the ability to work with legendary labels, such as Strictly Rhythm, Nervous Records, Jango Music and Good For You Records and performing at Coachella. Last but definitely not least, Never Yet Contested hones in on his hip-hop skill set over Morsy’s alternative club sound to combine and close the album out with their final track "Beast". Stay tuned for the debut video release of this song coming soon.

The scale of genre mixing presented on "Formative Feedback" may appear daunting to other artists, however, Morsy and Never Yet Contested pull it off spectacularly, seamlessly hopping between genres to provide a unique listening experience and craft out their own genre. Without a doubt, Morsy and Never Yet Contested are making a statement on this visceral, irresistibly catchy project.

"Formative Feedback" will be released on March 20th 2017. Pre-Orders of the album will be available on iTunes - February 20th 2017. Here's a preview

Morsy Social Links

Twitter - https://twitter.com/morsymusic
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/morsymusic
SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/morsymusic
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/morsymusic

Never Yet Contested Social Links
Never Yet Contested Official Website - https://www.neveryetcontested.com/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/neveryetcontested/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/NeverYetContest
SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/neveryetcontested
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/neveryetcontested/

Hybrid Studios and Orange County Production House Hold ReverbNation Competition

Hybrid Studios and their subsidiary production company, Orange County Production House, are holding their annual competition through ReverbNation. The winning band or artist wins two days of recording in Hybrid's Studio A with full production provided by OCPH and Producer/Engineer Joshua Brooks. The submission deadline for this year's contest ends May 4th, and a 2017 winner will be chosen by May 15th

"We always get a ton of submissions for the ReverbNation competition," said Hybrid Manager Mike Miller, "It's always hard to narrow down a winner out of so many talented local artists, but we're looking forward to working with whoever wins the grand prize this time around!"

Orange County Production House provides services such as mixing and mastering, as well as Single and EP production packages. The winner of the ReverbNation contest will be treated to the full set of services that OCPH provides at Hybrid Studios. This will be the third year that Hybrid Studios hosts the competition; past winners include independent artist, Andy Allo, and OC rock band, Hoity Toity.

To apply for the competition, visit https://www.reverbnation.com/submission/details?campaign_id=13791.

About Hybrid Studios
Hybrid Studios is a fully integrated multimedia production facility in Orange County, CA. Not only does Hybrid feature a state-of-the-art analog & digital recording studio; it also boasts a massive sound stage, including a pre-lit cyclorama. Equipped with the best gear and an experienced staff, Hybrid provides a variety of products and services to clients across the creative spectrum from recording, mixing and mastering to video and photography.

For more information on Hybrid Studios, please visit: http://www.hybridstudiosca.com/

About Orange County Production House
At Orange County Production House the goal is to foster growth within the local entertainment industry. From music and video production, to distribution and marketing, the experienced staff works alongside artists in their creative endeavors to reach a much broader audience. Not only does Orange County Production House assist in turning creative ideas into polished, finished projects; they have a strong emphasis on sharing industry knowledge and educating clients in order to set them up with a solid foundation to make an impact in the world of entertainment.

For more information on Orange County Production House, please visit: http://www.ocproductionhouse.com/

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Jazzy Gives J Hus' 'Friendly' A Fly Remix

 UK rapper Jazzy provides a female perspective to J Hus' hit 'Friendly'. In her remix she makes clear that guys who are broke, having no money or ambition should not even consider moving to her. Jazzy hopes that girls who are tired of broke guys trying to chat them up, will immediately relate to this remix, which maintains the original beat and will be a fixture in clubs and on radio.

Jazzy also uses this remix to demonstrate her singing talents, introducing soulful melodies into her rap, to emphasise that she is a boss.

Jazzy's next show is at the Grove Bar in Manchester on 25th February. A campaigner for world peace, Jazzy will address the issue in her next single P.E.A.C.E, which will be available everywhere shortly and features David Ojo and Glenn.

Find Jazzy on social media

Facebook - @jazzie.ilori

Twitter -https://twitter.com/MizzJazii3Babi3

LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/jazzy2017x/jazzy-friendly-jhus-remix

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Auditions For All Music Fest And Sustainability Conference Announced

More than 200 songwriters, artists, and bands will be selected to perform at showcase slots during of original music performances and educational workshops on Friday April 21, and Saturday April 22, 2017.

The first annual All Music Festival & Sustainability Conference will kick off with two afternoons of music business panels, sustainability panels, workshops and clinics, with night time showcases at area restaurants and other venues in historic Ambler, PA, open to the public.

The original music of both emerging and established artists, representing many popular genres will be performed back to back on Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22, beginning at 6:30 PM.

During the day, artists will have the opportunity to network and hear from music industry professionals, with a focus on sustainability for musicians for touring and income.

"Ambler is ideal for this event, and we've received tremendous support from the community to make this happen," said Rick Denzien, President of Slot One Entertainment and co-founder of the All Music Festival.

Corporate sponsors and vendors are welcome to contribute and display products and services, available to conference participants as well as the general public throughout the event. This can be done online through http://www.AllMusicFest.net or by contacting Slot One Entertainment at AMFSConference@GMail.com

"Ambler has been host to live original music artists for many years," he explained. "The Ambler Cabaret, formerly called the Tap Room, continued a live music tradition hosting bands like The Hooters, Tommy Conwel, Flaming Harry, Richard Ace & the Sons of Ace. "Hit songs including The Greatest Love of All were written in Ambler area resident songwriter, Linda Creed; Johnny Mathis used to hang out at the Tap Room, and hit songwriters in the area would tailor make song lyrics for him to sing." More recently Ambler has been host to OMG, JayReem, Christo, Lyra Project, Ronstadt Generations, Craig Bickhardt, Michael Ronstadt and hundreds of other artists.

Website: http://www.AllMusicFest.net/artists
Video: http://youtu.be/zRXffny9SWU

Allan Holdsworth Reissue Release Party & Performance April 4 In Venice, CA

Manifesto Records is presenting a special record release party for Allan Holdsworth on Tuesday, April 4, at 8:30 PM, at the Del Monte Speakeasy in the Venice Townhouse.

The Venice Townhouse is at 52 Windward Ave., in Venice.
Opening is Cameron Morgan.
This is a 21 and over show.
Admission is $20.
the venue phone is 310-392-4040.
The website is http://www.townhousevenice.com.
Tickets are available online at https://nightout.com/events/alan-holdsworth/tickets.
Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/events/503430859827506/

Allan Holdsworth has two reissue packages coming out on April 7. There is his 12 CD Box Set, THE MAN WHO CHANGED GUITAR FOREVER and a 2-CD retrospective, EIDOLON, which features songs handpicked by the maestro, himself.

Guitar innovator, jazz, and progressive rock legend Allan Holdsworth career as producer, bandleader, and lead composer is documented in this box set, and with the artist's 28-track selection of favorites in Eidolon. Both packages include extensive liner notes, and an updated 2016 interview with Holdsworth discussing each release, his history, and approach to the instrument.

From 1982 through 2003, Holdsworth recorded a dozen albums that have been lovingly put together for The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever collection. Featured on the box set are eleven remastered studio albums, starting with the 1982 studio release, Allan Holdsworth, I.O.U., and ending the archival 2003 live release, THEN!, recorded LIVE IN TOKYO in 1990. All feature additional bonus tracks added for special editions or the original Japan releases, along with the original artwork and studio credits. Also included are the Grammy-nominated ROAD GAMES, (1983), METAL FATIGUE (1985), SAND (1987), SECRETS (1989), WARDENCLYFFE TOWER (1992), HARD HAT AREA (1993), NONE TOO SOON (1996), THE SIXTEEN MEN OF TAIN (2000), and FLAT TIRE: MUSIC FOR A NON-EXISTENT MOVIE (2001).

Holdsworth has been recognized by many of the world's most accomplished and unique rock and jazz guitar virtuosos. Luminaries including Eddie Van Halen, Carlos Santana, Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Joe Satriani, Tom Morello universally expressed reverence and astonishment at Holdsworth's pioneering approach to his playing and vast vocabulary of "uncommon" chord voicings.

He further expanded the guitar's orchestral potential with a range of electronic effects, then moved on to become one of the early innovators of guitar-based synthesizer controllers. In the nearly five decades Holdsworth has been touring, collaborating, and recording, he has created an immense sonic and musical legacy.

Both THE MAN WHO CHANGED GUITAR FOREVER and EIDOLON will become precious to those who love the world's great guitarists. Fans of deeply unique, sonically rich and pristine recordings of great musicians taking their music to the next level and beyond, will also be in awe of these collections.

Allan Holdsworth online: https://www.facebook.com/allanholdsworthmusic/
Website: http://www.manifesto.com

Jabberjaw Media Network Launches New Podcast Shows

Jabberjaw Media, an independent talk and entertainment podcast network founded by Matt Carter (Emery, The BadChristian Podcast) and Mike Mowery (Outerloop Management & Records), has been paving the way for podcast platforms since their launch in November 2015. The network's unique and groundbreaking shows include Lead Singer Syndrome with frontman Shane Told of rock band Silverstein, the Modern Vinyl Podcast, Washed Up Emo, The Mike Herrera Hour, The MetalSucks Podcast, The Bad Christian Podcast, Break it Down with Matt Carter, 100 Words or Less, Peer Pleasure, and more. In its first year, Jabberjaw Media has hosted groundbreaking shows and interviews - such as John Bunch's final interview before his untimely passing on Washed Up Emo. The success of Lead Singer Syndrome has paved the path for the show's exclusive All Access Club, and the show continues to produce engaging interviews with a diverse array of lead singers with the approach of peer to peer candor. Further, the shows Break It Down with Matt Carter,Modern Vinyl, Mike Herrera Hour and Peer Pleasure are all shows that can be heard weekly on idobi Radio.

Today, Jabberjaw Media Network is thrilled to announce a massive addition of six new podcast shows covering topics from the music industry, to dating in the 21st century, and even cocktail creation. Starting tomorrow, Jabberjaw Media will welcome Kill Rock Stars' The Future of What, The Ex Man Podcasthosted by Doc Coyle, O Marks the Spotby Outerloop, The Metal Podcast with Chuck and Godless, Too Old to Date, and cocktail-focused The PourTaste Podcast. This is what co-founder Mike Mowery has to say about the addition of the new shows:

"It's a fantastic honor to be able to add new shows to the network. In the time since we launched, I've watched broader acceptance of podcasting within the music business, and the proliferation of more and more great shows. I'm excited that in this round of additions we are adding our first female host, our first podcasts not directly associated with music and our first scripted show. Our community continues to grow and we look forward to what's in store for the remainder of the year." - Mike Mowery

Jabberjaw Media was formed after founders Matt Carter and Mike Mowery saw a need for podcast hosts to strategize and find ways to build stronger audiences and share tips under one roof. They collaborated to create an entertainment-centric podcast network that enables direct communication between artists and their audience without the influence of media conglomerates or other gatekeepers. The artist-friendly network will work with its hosts in creating compelling content and encouraging free expression of thoughts, ideas, and beliefs. Jabberjaw Media exists to aggregate present podcasts and help them thrive while seeking to produce great content from interesting personalities within independent music and beyond. Jabberjaw Media shows will provide a wealth of knowledge, offer insightful stories, and thought-provoking topics. Network members and hosts not only work in the their respective industries today, but they are also genuinely passionate about the people that make up this community. As a result, the network is full of shows relevant for both fans and professionals alike.

More about The Future of What Podcast:
The music business is evolving rapidly, and can be difficult to understand - even for those who have been in it for years! These changes have had significant effects on those who love music, and everyone from creators to distributors are trying to keep up. The Future of What is an hour-long radio show and podcast that explores issues and trends in the recording industry - where it is and where it's headed. Host, Portia Sabin, president of the independent record label Kill Rock Stars cuts through the noise with music business experts to provide an authoritative look at this multi-billion dollar industry. In the last two years, The Future of What has discussed issues facing the music business for the benefit of musicians, independent artists, people working in the industry, and the general public. On joining Jabberjaw Media, Sabin says "Jabberjaw hosts a bunch of great music-related shows, and many of them are hosted by actual musicians, which makes Jabberjaw unique amongst podcasting networks. We're so excited to be joining them!"

The newest episode of The Future of What looks at musicians in podcasting and features Shane Told, frontman of rock band Silverstein and host of Lead Singer Syndrome, Hrishikesh Hirway, musician and creator of Song Exploder, and musician and podcaster Joe Pug. Catch Portia Sabin and The Future of What at upcoming events such as a panel on "The State of Indie Music" at Treefort Festival, Boise ID (March 2017), keynote interview with Robyn Hitchcock at The Recording Academy's Songwriters' Summit in Seattle, WA (April 2017), keynote speaker at Upstream Music Festival + Summit in Seattle, WA (May 2017), and a panel on "Investing in Independents(ce)," at A2IM Indie Week in New York, NY (June 2017).

Hear new episodes of The Future of What here: http://killrockstars.com/thefutureofwhat/

More about The PourTaste Podcast:
Cocktail team, Jon and Lindsay Yeager will be hosting the cocktail-focused PourTaste Podcast, which will feature Jon, along with special guests, and discuss cocktail and spirit history, methodology and trends with each 30-45 minute episode ending in a cocktail recipe. Jon will walk the guest through the concept of the recipe, offering tasting notes and seasonal variations along the way. Each podcast episode will have a 10-minute bonus in conjunction, highlighting another cocktail recipe based off each episode's theme. PourTaste officially began in 2011 after Jon Yeager held one of the opening bartender positions at the Holland House Bar & Refuge in Nashville, TN. After a year of working at this highly acclaimed, speakeasy-style cocktail bar, the Yeagers were asked to help design other menus throughout the city, train bartenders and help to provide a craft bar experience at various events. Since 2011, PourTaste has grown to become the go-to epicenter for all things cocktail. In addition to their product line, E Harlow, which focuses on handcrafted tonic and the world's only Magnolia Bitters since the Civil War, Jon and Lindsay Yeager have created cocktail, beer and wine menus for hotels, restaurants and bars while consulting for events, festivals, retail shops and brands. The Yeagers are also the creators and producers of Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival, Nashville's premier festival focusing solely on the craft of the cocktail. Their yet to be named beer-cocktail recipe book, from Skyhorse Publishing, will be released fall 2017.

Hear new episodes of The Pour Taste Podcast here: http://www.pourtaste.com/podcast/

More about The Ex Man Podcast:
Ex-God Forbid guitar player Doc Coyle talks to professionals in the music world and other creative industries about the challenges and transitions of leaving monumental ventures. This podcast is for those passionate and driven 20 & 30-somethings at a crossroads trying to figure out "What's next?" On joining Jabberjaw Media Network, Coyle states, "I couldn't be more thrilled than to announce this partnership with The Ex Man and Jabberjaw Media Network. I am a fan of and have been a guest on a few of the Jabberjaw shows like Metalsucks and 100 Words Podcast. I have to give huge thanks to Mike Mowery at Outerloop for thinking of me, and the opportunity to grow The Ex Man Podcast to a wider audience is a tremendous opportunity."

Hear new episodes of The Ex-Man Podcast here: http://www.doccoyle.net/

More about Too Old to Date Podcast:
So you're single. You've tried Tinder, Hinge, Bumble, OKCupid, JSwipe, Christian Mingle, Farmers Only, Purrsonals. Shut up, we know you have. So we wrote a show about using them to find dates. Not an advice show, a scripted show. Like on TV, but you can't watch it. You can listen to it though, and imagine that we're more attractive than we really are. You can feel comfort in knowing that you're not alone. Well, technically we're all alone. We all die alone anyway. But this show is funny! Way funnier than dying alone. Too Old To Date consists of eight-episode seasons culled from the desperately lonely minds of creators Brad Garoon & Mike Tanzillo. Keep an eye out for bonus episodes as well. They're generous like that. On joining Jabberjaw Media Network, the hosts state:

The Too Old To Date team is proud to announce that we will be joining the Jabberjaw Media Network. In just one short month since its creation, Too Old To Date has been downloaded by thousands listeners and garnered a passionate Instagram following. Too Old To Date is very excited to bring its dating world-obsessed audience to Jabberjaw."

Hear new episodes of Too Old to Date here: http://toooldtodate.com/

More about The Metal Podcast:
The Metal Podcastcontinues a long pairing of hosts Chuck Loesch and Godless (formerly of MetalSucks), delivering their take on the world of metal today. Their weekly examination of metal news headlines, topics and generally inane banter warrants tuning in, but stay for the interviews. Affectionately dubbed the "Barbara Walters of Metal" this duo has interviewed the top brass in the metal world from the old guard: Slayer, Anthrax, Metallica, Testament to the up and coming bands: Psycroptic, Black Dahlia Murder,Deafheaven, and so many more. Staying away from the typical face palming questions and trying to dig deeper into their subject showing their human side, and sometimes getting some true confessions. A truly unique podcast in the world of heavy metal. On joining Jabberjaw Media network, Chuck Loesch states:

"Now that The Metal Podcast created our own nest, being part of the Jabberjaw Network is a no brainer, bringing like-minded podcasters together to grind it out every week, we'll make millions, well, maybe not millions, but you know what I mean."

Hear new episodes of The Metal Podcast here: http://podcastmetal.com/

More about O Marks the Spot Podcast:
Mike Mowery, Lance Rowe, and Suzie Lee give behind-the-scenes looks to the happenings at Outerloop, a boutique music management firm and record label. Detailing budding ideas and how they come to fruition to moments where everything that can go wrong does go wrong, the podcast reveals what goes into the work of teams behind every band, a rare perspective for fans, musicians, and aspiring music professionals. Guests on the podcast include current clients and industry professionals.

Hear new episodes of O Marks the Spot here: http://bit.ly/olooppod

Head to JabberjawMedia.com for more information.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Robert Kramer Launches Worldwide Radio Campaign For New Power-Rock/Pop Album "Shadow Logic"

The career of midwest indie recording artist/composer Robert Kramer will be the focus of a global promotional radio campaign starting with a 4 part internet radio series to air on WMAP Radio commencing on Tues. March 14.

The special, hosted by former Howard Stern Show producer KC Armstrong, comes on the heels of Kramers' 2016 power pop/rock album release in "Shadow Logic". Also planned are a series of upcoming live performances scheduled for this summer, plus a special guest appearance to include other musical luminaries on March 19 at a private birthday tribute for friend & Comcast program director Allen Weissman.

The new album has already garnered praise from reviewers and fans alike, and represents Kramers' debut entry onto the Cashbox Adult Contemporary national airplay charts last February with the single "The Human Element" hitting #10, and an ever-growing fanbase in the US, Canada, the UK., Europe & Asia. A series of music/lyric videos has also contributed to the albums growing exposure, with the most recent single "The Rhythm of The Thing" also destined for the national airplay charts.

Also in the discussion stages is a possible collaboration with Ted Alliotta (Alliotta, Haynes & Jeremiah) to record an alternate version of "The Place They Call New Orleans", yet another single off the "Shadow Logic" album that sparked Kramers' ongoing "NOLA Tornado Relief Fund", with a $50,000.00 target to help aid victims of the recent series of devastating tornados that tore thru parts of New Orleans last month.

ABOUT ROBERT KRAMER: Composer, singer-songwriter, actor, record & music video producer and independent music activist, Robert was born in Oak Lawn, Illinois, beginning his musical training at the age of 7 on the Hammond organ. He is skilled on organ, piano, bass & 6 string acoustic & electric guitar, and is also a recording engineer, music video producer and runs an independent record label and music publishing firm.
His entire catalog of released popular rock/pop songs was recently signed to the Touchtunes Digital Jukebox System with over 60,000 locations across the US & Canada.

His musical influences include rock, pop, jazz, classical, avante garde, and symphonic music. He composes both vocal and instrumental music and has had a number of original compositions placed in film and tv.

Official Website: www.robertkramermusic.com

Friday, April 7, 2017


BET AWARDS Weekend in L.A. is the Ultimate Events for Urban Music for the Year! Hip Hop, R&B/Pop and Soul Music Artists from all over the World will be in Southern California for the Festivities. Two of the Hottest Industry Parties & Showcases for 'NEXT TO BLOW' Artists will be the 'COUNTDOWN TO BET' Pre-Party and the 'VIP BET AFTERPARTY'. Both will feature Industry Execs, Artists, Media & Special Guests celebrating Urban Music & BET Weekend in the Entertainment Capital of the World.

The 'COUNTDOWN TO BET' Event will take place Saturday June 24 on Broadway in L.A. & feature Indoor & Outdoor festivities, including a Red Carpet Media Area for Artist Interviews with TV, Radio, Magazines & Bloggers, & Celebrity Photographers photographing the featured artists. Onstage will be highly selected artists that are deemed 'NEXT TO BLOW' by the producers in Full Concert Performances for Industry Guests and Filmed for Industry viewing & Streaming Live in a Special Worldwide Broadcast. Talent scouts for a variety of TV Shows, Radio Shows, Entertainment Companies, Record Labels and Concert Tours will be checking out the Artists for exciting Industry opportunities.

The 'VIP BET AFTERPARTY' Event will take place Sunday June 25 in the Universal / N.Hollywood area and feature Live Artist Performance, a Red Carpet entrance area for Media Interviews & Photographers, & a celebration of the Award Winners and 'NEXT TO BLOW' Artists performing for Industry at the event. Invited guests include nominated Artists, Label Execs, A&R/Talent Scouts, TV-Radio Personalities & Media Outlets from across the Industry.

Artists interested in being considered for Special Performance & Industry Promotional Packages should submit audio & video links to : Talent@VIPawardShowcases.com. Industry professionals will be curating submissions & coordinating selections. Special Sponsorship opportunities for Brand Spotlights at these highly anticipated events can be connected by emailing: info@VIPawardShowcases.com. Media outlets are encouraged to call 818-505-0669 to coordinate coverage. All other info can be had by emailing info@VIPawardShowcases.com or calling 818-505-0669. Produced by VIP AWARD SHOWCASES. www.VIPawardShowcases.com.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Emma Milani Releases My Own Language Single

WHAT: Pop/Indie Singer Songwriter Emma Milani Releases New, Culturally Iconic Single: "My Own Language."
WHEN: Single to be released March 2017.
WHERE: Available for download on iTunes, Amazon and streaming on Apple Music and Spotify.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact: Marzena Calcagnini at 310-892-7880 or email: Marzenacalca@gmail.com.

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - Watching her youthful, yet strong visually and musically, recent video on YouTube, one might notice pop - with a dash of indie - singer, songwriter Emma Milani has a confidence and creative spirit far beyond her 14 years of age.

The song from which the video, "My Own Language," is created will be released Mar. 9 on iTunes, Amazon and streaming on Apple Music and Spotify.

"My Own Language" was written by the young girl, who is bilingual, and has experienced a range of cultural diversity growing up in the South Bay, California beach city of Redondo Beach and spending much of her formative years with her family in Europe, particularly in her mother's homeland of Poland.

Emma wrote the song after talking with friends about the importance of having her own language and voice, as well as being true to herself and what she'd like to accomplish in life.

"I want people to know how important music is to me and how it gives me a way to share and speak 'My Own Language,' " she says.

In the video, the beautiful young girl is surrounded by attractive friends, laughing, having fun and frolicking in the streets of Los Angeles. She's got short pigtails, a pink baseball jacket and stylishly torn jeans.

She's also playfully singing into a blue raspberry lollipop.

But, the lyrics of the song are poignant, and far beyond the pop singer's teen playful attitude: "More than what they see, there's layers and layers to me," she sings, and, "Why should I be afraid speaking my own language? Why you gotta go and make it complicated?"

The single, "My Own Language," was produced by Del Oro Music Record Producer Robert Eibach.

Eibach said he took on Emma's project because: "I saw a lot of potential in her as a recording artist."

"As I was working with her, I noticed the maturity in her abilities," he said, "She is only 14 and wrote a song that is relatable to a large audience. I'm looking forward to "My Own Language" being a break-through single for her."

In addition to her singing and songwriting abilities, Emma is recognizable to many from her acting work. She's played roles on a number of T.V. Series and has appeared on radio shows, including a recent Interview on iHeart radio.

Since she was 7 years old, Emma has studied with vocal coach Nick Cooper -- known as the "vocal coach to the stars" having worked with artists from Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez to David Douchovny and Katy Perry -- and Emma began about then at the prestigious School of Dance & Music in Redondo Beach, Calif.

Currently a freshman in high school, Emma plans to keep singing and writing music, as well as acting throughout her career. She also hopes to attend college someday, possibly at New York University.

Website: http://www.emmamilani.com


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Dominique De Beau Presents Her New Track 'All I Want'

Urban Dubz Music PR hopes that the pop charts are ready for the anthem which Dominique De Beau is about to unleash. Having spent years honing her craft, the Liverpool-based singer continues her successful solo career with this latest release, 'All I Want.' Several tracks from Dominique's debut EP,'Unforgettable' have been placed on mixtapes alongside Jason Derulo, DJ Khaled and Kid Ink tracks and on a mixtape hosted by Iggy Azalea. The track 'IT IS WHAT IT IS' recently won an Akademia award for best single.

Dominique's latest single 'All I Want', the lead track from her upcoming, second EP, places love as the sole thing missing from a seemingly paradisiacal existence, a sentiment emphasised by the beat's deep undertones and soulful melodies. The video shows Dominique in a luxurious environment, surrounded by many top of the range cars, yet lacking the individual who would complete this utopia. The song is a surefire smash hit and will become a radio fixture.

The international setting of the video, on glorious beaches shows Dominique's intent. The single will be a global hit. Urban Dubz would like to put the pop industry on notice. Wherever you are, whatever timezone you live in this song is coming to your speakers. 'All I Want' is a preview of a hit-filled EP which is available for download right now.


Dominique's social media links are

Twitter - @dominiquedebeau
Facebook - @dominiquedebeau
Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/hustleandgrindent/dominiquedebeaualliwant

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Chonkillah 'Get Out My Way'

Whenever you hear 'Chonkillaaah' at the start of a track, you know you are about to hear a smash. The London based MC returns with his latest single 'Get Out My Way,' which maintains the catchy, club-ready style of his previous releases.

The song depicts the betrayal of a man by his ex-girlfriend and best friend, with whom she has been having an affair. Faced with a situation which could push him into depression, the man responds defiantly, telling the pair to get out of his way, determined that this incident should be no more than a temporary setback, which will have no impact on his long-term life goals. This sentiment is encapsulated in Chonkillah's determined, defiant delivery and the overall upbeat tone of the song. People might expect such a song to be set to a ballad, not a club beat.

The cover art for 'Get Out My Way' shows light bursting down a road, just as Chonkillah is bursting onto the scene and constantly moving forwards.

Be ready to hear 'Get Out My Way' everywhere. Chonkillah refuses to slow down for anyone and continues to produce music which will pack dance floors, while carrying a serious theme.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Jay-D Presents His Monumental New Album 'Before I Rise'

One of the most conscientious rappers in the UK, Jay-D breaks new ground with his latest album 'Before I Rise.' While many rappers use their albums to describe a lifestyle which they live in their dreams, Jay-D's latest release discusses real issues he has faced over smooth, melodic beats which feature impressive sampling. This album is as profound as it is radio-friendly.

Jay-D has spent many years honing his craft and demonstrates his immense talent on this album. Tracks such as 'Losing My Mind' contain profound lyrics such as 'if my reflection is the villain, who's the hero.' He directly addresses difficulties with mental health, a subject which is unfortunately as overlooked as much as it is suffered in society. Jokerr collaboration 'Still Here' discusses Jay-D's struggles as he coped with relationship difficulties and bereavement at the same time, while 'Remember Me' discusses his rap success, created through sheer graft and determination. The astonishing and uncompromisingly honest assessment of his life which Jay-D offers on this album is relatable as it is imperfect, with high and low points, like everyday life. There is no glamourous veneer or exaggeration here. Everything is real. Jay-D covers topics that nobody else is willing to cover.

Jay-D makes music because he wants to make a difference to his fans lives. Above Ave's BB joins him for the album's lead single 'Pain Won't Last,' which acts as guide in overcoming adversity, making this clear. His music is designed to encourage others and has been well received. His break-out single 'Monster' was played thousands of times on Soundcloud and Lupe Fiasco collaborator Bishop G is a fan of his remarkable flow.

'Before I Rise' will be in stores on 27/2/2017. This is an album which any hip-hop head needs to add to their collection.

Connect with Jay online here

PRE-ORDER Link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/before-i-rise/id1207632985

Friday, March 31, 2017

Joe Da Pro Is Ready For Success This Summer

Atlanta Georgia's "Joe Da Pro" is ready for success this summer and he wants you to know it. Last year the artist created quite a buzz on the Atlanta scene with the release of his first mix tape "Social Rehab" hosted by Dj Noise. Now the hip hop artist is planning on making more than just a buzz with the release of his sophomore mix tape this summer. It is titled "R.A.W."

A single "The Guys" is scheduled for release on April 20th. A pre release listening session has been set up for media purposes. A private link can be provided for media and radio to listen and download per request via email at:

When asked why people should care about his music "Joe Da Pro" is quick to respond, "I can't put that in words, honestly don't care if they do. But my work ethic and determination will give them no choice but to respect everything I have going on."

He differentiates himself from other indie artist as an "artist who refuses to sell out for a quick buck with a commitment to sounding different and better than the next." As of now the forecast looks bright for this artist to have his moment in the sun this summer.





Bongo Boy Records Proudly Presents 'Stop Pushing Love Away' The Upcoming Pop Single By The Pete V Project

The Pete V Projects upcoming single 'Stop Pushing Love Away' is the follow up to the positively received 'Come On Baby (Come On Over)' which featured the vocal talents of Reece Bahia, and it continues to have world-wide radio airplay.

It's not often the music industry hides a talent like Marie Virginie Pierre who is the artist known as the "Pete V Project". 'Stop Pushing Love Away' showcases Marie's sublime vocals as well as her skills as a song-writer and producer. The song was co-produced with Paul Miles.

As with the first release, the track blends dance beats with strong melodies 'Stop Pushing Love Away' is a drum and bass infused pop track with a haunting saxophone solo delivered by the formidable Antonio Campbell.

At first listen the 'Stop Pushing Love Away' seems to be in response to the answer phone message voiced by Adam David Barker. However Marie explains that the answer phone message is supposed to be a manifestation of fears we all have of rejection and song is actually a love-song to yourself, to love yourself and to let love in.

'Stop Pushing Love Away' is being released by Bongo Boy Records on the 4th April 2017, building on the successful relationship between Bongo Boy Records and The Pete V Project.

Follow all the latest music news at Bongo Boy Universal Music Group via facebook.com
Artist Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thepetevproject
Label Web Site: https://bongoboyrecords.com/thepetevproject/
Contact: M. Grimme | Info@bongoboyrecords.com (908) 455-1576 @bongoboyrecords

Shrapnel Records To Release Count's 77's Second Record "Soul Transfusion" March 10th 2017

With roots in 70's hard rock, Count's 77 is further powered by the twin guitar team of Stoney Curtis and John Zito, the former of whom has an international following as a recording and touring blues guitarist. With musical roots as diverse as Thin Lizzy, Foghat, The Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin, Count's 77 stands poised to be one of the leaders of the new classic rock revival. Soul Transfusion is the logical step forward in this stellar hard rock band's recording career whose first record received critically acclaim internationally and established the band as one of the most promising new hard rock bands on the scene. The band recently completed their first video of their song "Summer of 77" which will be released imminently.

Danny "Count" Koker, is Count's 77's charismatic front man and was singing long before he came into international fame as the owner of Count's Kustoms, his Las Vegas-based hotrod and chopper shop which is the subject of History's hit TV show "Counting Cars" where the band was featured performing live with George Lynch.

Stoney Curtis, lead guitarist for Count's 77, has amassed an international following as a recording and touring blues guitarist, releasing a steady flow of product for the last ten years, with international airplay and CD's which consistently have made Amazon.com's blues charts. Tommy Paris, is not only the band's incredible keyboardist but he has been known internationally for nearly 25 years as the lead singer of platinum rockers Britny Fox. Rhythm and slide guitarist John Zito forged a career on the LA rock scene before bonding with Koker and Curtis. Virtuoso rock bassist Barry Barnes, having played bass in the critically acclaimed show "Rock Of Ages" and powerhouse drummer Paul Disibio form the rhythm section with strength and authority.

A lot of great things have happened for the band since their self-titled release in 2014. The band has played a series of charity shows for war veterans, drawing 5,000 to 10,000 people per event. They also performed at the Les Paul 100th Anniversary Party at the Hard Rock in Times Square with acts such as Steve Miller, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and a host of other guitar legends and they were also the house band for the all star jam that ensued post party at the Iridium. The band headlined nine Autorama shows this past year and also played numerous large bike rallies, including Sturgis' Full Throttle Saloon, The Roar On The Shore in Erie PA and Bike Fest in Piqua Ohio playing for up to 25,000 people per show. They also headlined The Big E in Eastern Massachusetts which events drew 5,000 to 15,000 and Ally Bank recently began their sponsorship of the band.

Look for Count's 77 to play a series of Autorama shows in 2017
and other venues in the USA and Canada.

Contact Shrapnel Label Group Social Media Publicist,
Scott Thomas, for more artist information, interviews, etc.

Kind Regards,
Scott Thomas

Shrapnel Records Group

Guitarz Forever Marketing & Promotions

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Legendary Musicians & Execs Form Alliance To Celebrate & Gain Respect For Funk Music Genre

New Movement Includes Monthly FUNK HOUSE Concerts in Key Western Cities, a Series of FUNK Compilation Albums Highlighting New Music, A FUNK HISTORY Channel on YouTube, & Inductions of TRAILBLAZING FUNK ARTISTS with IES FUNK HONORS at the Annual Global Music Event INDIE ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT

Dateline: Los Angeles California
818-505-0669 connect@FunkDirect.com

The genre of FUNK MUSIC has a glorious past, from JAMES BROWN to PARLIAMENT to SLY & THE FAMILY STONE, to still influencing today’s Hitmakers from RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS to BRUNO MARS to endless popular artists in Pop, Alternative Rock, Hip Hop, EDM and other popular genres. FUNK is on a resurgence to help honor the pioneering artists of the past, provide opportunities for new FUNK music being made by new and established artists, & to get FUNK respected & honored for it’s impact and influence, in a new alliance led by trailblazing musician Frank ‘Kash’ Waddy & innovative exec Jay Warsinske.

Waddy has been a key member & player with such ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAMERS as JAMES BROWN, PARLIAMENT, FUNKADELIC & BOOTSY COLLINS RUBBER BAND among many others. Warsinske is a 44 year industry veteran helping to launch such icons RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, N.W.A, AC/DC, DR. DRE, THE CLASH, 2PAC & many others over the last 5 decades. Together they have an undying passion for music & seeing artists and great music get heard and grow, especially soulful FUNKY music of all kinds! They just produced the UPTOWN FUNK GRAMMY AFTERPARTY in N.Hollywood which was a smash success & featured monster funk jams from members of such legendary FUNK bands as PARLIAMENT, FUNKADELIC, RICK JAMES’ STONE CITY BAND, JAMES BROWN, PRINCE’s Band, LAKESIDE, P-FUNK ALLSTARS & more iconic groups! The success of this event has led to making it a monthly event, called THE FUNK HOUSE, which will be held in Los Angeles, with Special Nights to be held in Oakland/Bay Area, Las Vegas, Orange County, Inland Empire & other locations to be announced. The next edition of THE FUNK HOUSE is Sunday March 26 from 6pm on at SKINNYS, 4923 Lankershim Bl, NoHo Arts District/N.Hollywood CA 91601.

The New FUNK Movement includes :

• THE FUNK HOUSE – Monthly Concerts, featuring legendary players from iconic FUNK & ROCK groups in Monster FUNK JAMS, & exciting performances by new & established FUNK & SOUL artists! For more info: www.FunkHouseVIP.com LIKE on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2l9O7XC

• FUNK U – A Series of FUNK Collections packed with great Artists & Tracks, celebrating the legacy of FUNK! New volumes every six months, Vol. 1 to be released SUMMER OF 17! For more info: www.FunkUcollection.com LIKE on Facebook: www.facebook.com/FUNK-U-179744129181002/

• FUNK History Channel – Channel on YouTube, bringing together great FUNK Videos, Artists & Tracks to celebrate the depth & legacy of FUNK, classic & new! Go to www.YouTube.com & search ‘FUNK History Channel’, subscribe, like & comment on the videos!

• FUNK DIRECT .com – The Ultimate Portal for Everything FUNK! To get Music on CD or downloads, Videos-Concerts-Documentaries on DVD, Tickets to Events, Special Merchandise, & Rare Collectible Memoribilia, Vinyl & more! Build out underway at www.FunkDirect.com – LIKE on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2mmA29E Also it’s a Committee to Support Getting FUNK Recognized as a Category at THE GRAMMYS, BET AWARDS & other platforms that recognize music talent.

• IES FUNK HONORS – Iconic FUNK Artists inducted at the Global Music & Entertainment Conference – IES : the INDIE ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT held every August in L.A., attendees from all over the World & across the country, as part of IES HONORS – planned honorees include JAMES BROWN, GEORGE CLINTON, BERNIE WORRELL, JUNIE MORRISON, LEROY ‘SUGARFOOT’ BONNER, BOOTSY COLLINS, CLYDE STUBBLEFIELD & more. To register to attend IES – the greatest Conference in the World for independent Artists, Producers, Songwriters & Execs, www.IESfest.com

For Info on ANY of the above : connect@FunkDirect.com or call 818-505-0669

Website: http://www.FunkDirect.com


Hybrid Studios Hosts HSYAT Battle Of The Bands 2017

The Irvine High School Youth Action Team held their annual Battle of the Bands competition on Friday, February 24th at Heritage Park Community Center in Irvine. Bands from across Irvine's school district competed throughout the evening to win recording time in Hybrid's Studio A, and Woodbridge High School's Sundive was chosen as the winner after playing an impressive set to close out the night.

"Sundive's original music really caught our attention," said Hybrid Manager Mike Miller, "They have a really distinct style, and we think they'll shine in studio. We're absolutely looking forward to working with them!"

The 2017 Battle of the Bands marks Hybrid's fourth time sponsoring a HSYAT youth event. The studio provides sound, lighting, and the grand prize of recording studio time for event winners.

About Hybrid Studios
Hybrid Studios is a fully integrated multimedia production facility in Orange County, CA. Not only does Hybrid feature a state-of-the-art analog & digital recording studio; it also boasts a massive sound stage, including a pre-lit cyclorama. Equipped with the best gear and an experienced staff, Hybrid provides a variety of products and services to clients across the creative spectrum from recording, mixing and mastering to video and photography.

For more information about Hybrid Studios, please visit http://www.hybridstudiosca.com/

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Gale Forces New Album "Strawberry Peak" Releases March 7th Record Release Show At El Cid Friday, February 24th

Up and coming Artist, Jade Devitt of Gale Forces will be introducing his first full length album "Strawberry Peak" on March 7th, 2017. Gale Forces is best introduced as angular melodic driven rock. Jade's background as a drummer craves syncopated rhythms. Jade sings, plays guitar, bass, synths and drums. Gale Forces is bit unpredictable in regard to rhythms and feel, while always ballasting with melody and somewhat traditional song structure. The music leans more towards the physical or aggressive.

What to look for in 2017:

Gale Forces will release the full length album "Strawberry Peak" in early 2017, as well as a music video for the song "In The Rut" directed by Mike Bruce (Noel Gallagher, Russell Brand, Mischa Barton, Zoe Bell, Timothy V. Murphy, The Dandy Warhols). Gale Forces will tour locally in Los Angeles with a national tour to follow. The album was engineered and mixed by Mark Rains (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Death Valley Girls) at his Station House Studio in Echo Park.

Mark Rains is great to work with and he has a lot of interesting vintage gear and instruments. We recorded the drums and most of the rhythm guitars for the album to 2" analog tape, so it has a throwback kind of warmth to the recording. Mark fabricated a George Martin-esque analog tape loop for the drums on the song "Clean As Snow' - Jade Devitt

Guest musicians on the album include Autry Fulbright (..Trail Of Dead/ Vanishing Life), Erik Trammel (All Souls, Black Elk), Eric Akre (Treepeople), Robbie Williamson (We Are The World, My Name) and Jonny Flaugher.

The first self titled EP released April 2014, was recorded with longtime friend and Seattle alumni Ronan Chris Murphy (King Crimson, Tony Levin) at his studio Veneto West in Santa Monica.

About Jade Devitt:
Originally from Billings, Montana Jade started playing drums when he was 15. Jade joined a local punk band called Aspirin Feast at 16 in eastern Washington state. Performing at 16 in several post hard core/punk/emo bands before moving to Seattle in 1993 to join Engine Kid. Later joining the alternative rock band Lucky Me and signing to Revolution Records (Warner Bros subsidiary). Both Seattle bands toured the US multiple times.

Jade's earlier influences were mainly punk and hardcore music (Black Flag, Minor Threat, Bad Brains and Descendents) anything that was a soundtrack for his adolescent passion for skateboarding. Also, a local hero band Diddly Squat who were a hardcore band with a ‘cow punk' slant, that featured bassist Nate Mendel of current Foo Fighters fame and drummer Erik Akre who appears on two tracks on ‘Strawberry Peak'. The music of D.C. based indie label Dischord Records (Fugazi, Dag Nasty, Rites of Spring) was part of a steady diet in his formative years. Jade's early 90's Seattle roommates Sunny Day Real Estate were a huge influence. The debut albums of both Queens of the Stone Age and Foo Fighters are core influences of Gale Forces. Both records are basically solo records, which is relatable since Jade's recordings are typically a mostly solo venture. Jade is also drawn to current bands like Battles, Tycho, Tame Impala, and TV on the Radio.

Gale Forces aim to bring a more tranquil quality to the music moving forward.
IG: galeforces

Stay tune for tour dates, music and new video 2017! Cheers!

Music: http://soundcloud.com/galeforces/clean-as-snow?in=galeforces/sets/strawberry-peak

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Singer-Songwriter Angela Predhomme Gaining Exposure, Recognition

The laid back music of Michigan artist-writer Angela Predhomme seems to be a magnet for television, film and advertising. This season on Lifetime TV's hit show "Dance Moms," her soulful ballad "Let It Fall" was recently featured in the young dance star Daviana Fletcher's performance called "Shades of Blue." This is the second song featured on "Dance Moms," which follows the ups and downs in the world of studio owner Abby Miller, dancers and parents.

Other featured placements for Predhomme's music include a popular performance by dancer JoJo Siwa on "Dance Moms" in Season 5, called "Faith Is All I Need," featuring the song "Epiphany." Predhomme also garnered major exposure in Europe for the catchy song in an ING Bank advertising campaign. Her music has also been heard in popular television shows "Switched at Birth" on Freeform (formerly ABC Family), "The Voice" on NBC, and "Pawn Stars" on The History Channel, and many more.

Predhomme's songs are reaching around the globe with over 6 million plays through various media. She explains, "I love to create music, and the ultimate fulfillment for me is for my songs to touch people's hearts and speak to them. If this music can uplift someone or make them feel, think or reflect, then I've done my job, and that feels great!"

Laid back, soulful music with pop sensibility, oftentimes with deep or emotional lyrics best defines Predhomme's musical style. Her songs are available on iTunes, Apple, Spotify, and most streaming services.

Angela Predhomme is available for in-studio interviews and performances upon request. She is happy to tell her story in hopes of helping other music creators break into film and TV licensing.

Dance Moms "Shades of Blue" (S7, E4) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwxXituxTFU
Demo reel – Angela Predhomme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNGF404uotQ
Dance Moms "Faith Is All I Need" (S5, E24) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJke4vN1sV0

Listen to Predhomme's Music:
iTunes/Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/angela-predhomme/id302070899?app=music&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5CpNjhsaN1MNhHNvbyBPRL

Website and social media:
Artist website: angelapredhomme.com
Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/angelapredhomme
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/angelapredhomme
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/angelapredhomme

Gig Performer 1.5 Makes Performing Live With Software Instruments Easier And More Musical Than Ever

With Gig Performer, Deskew Technologies established a powerful and versatile cross-platform host program that enabled keyboardists, guitarists, vocalists, and entire bands to assemble their favorite plug-ins into worry-free onstage rigs. Both virtual instrument and audio processing plug-ins alike could be patched and interconnected in any scheme the musician desired, then controlled via user-built panels that accessed key parameters via customizable "Widgets" such as knobs, faders, and switches. That patching and control panel setup is called a Rackspace. Now, Gig Performer 1.5 ups the ante with even more features that make getting through a live set as stressless as when working with hardware instruments.

Headlining these new features is predictive loading. If loading all the plug-ins for an entire set of music might ask too much of your computer's CPU and/or RAM, you can now pre-load only the plug-ins that will be needed by the next few Rackspaces in your Gig. These load in the background, so they're ready the instant you need to play the next song. Jumping randomly to Rackspaces beyond those that are preloaded might incur a slight delay (for example, if a new plug-in needs to load a large sample library), but with just a little bit of planning, transitions are absolutely seamless.

Speaking of seamless, Patch Persist is a Holy Grail among keyboardists, and Gig Performer 1.5 has it. If you switch Rackspaces, notes you've been holding down—either via a sustain pedal or your fingers on a keyboard—will not be cut off by the "patch change." Instead, they'll ring out through their natural envelope release until you lift off the keys or pedal, and new notes struck will play sounds from the new Rackspace. You can even control how long the audio "tail" from the previous Rackspace will persist.

New Widget groups empower you to command multiple parameters with a single movement of your mouse or hardware MIDI controller. This works like the "macro" knobs on many software synths, but with the advantage of letting you see how all relevant parameters are being changed at once, right from Gig Performer's panel view. Of course, you have complete control over the scaling (parameter sweep range) of any parameter, which makes it easy to implement useful musical moves such as cross-fades.

With tap tempo support, plug-ins using time-based functions such as tap delay or looping will now march to the beat you conduct via a pedal, MIDI controller, or Open Sound Control (OSC) message. Tempos specific to your current Rackspace can also co-exist alongside a "global" tempo for the entire Gig file, which is a lifesaver if your set list includes backing elements at different tempos.

Significant enhancements to OSC support include an updated template for the Lemur touch-control app on iPad — even Gig Performer's built-in guitar tuner can now show up on the Lemur display! Sticky notes lend "latch" behavior to a MIDI note-on message, with the note-off not being sent until you strike the note again; this is great for triggering and then silencing loops. An internal MIDI filter plug-in can block unwanted MIDI data from destinations you'd prefer not receive it, and the related MIDI monitor can display all MIDI messages coming into Gig Performer globally, or just those messages going from a specific MIDI-in Block to a specific destination.

Further additions include velocity layers, which can make selected MIDI-in Blocks trigger only those notes within a certain velocity range. As on a hardware synth workstation, you could trigger one sound (say, a piano, string section, or synth) playing normally, then an accent sound (say, a cymbal, orchestra hit, or EDM pitch-rise) if you dig in and play hard. Likewise, you can scale layers to output notes at specific velocities.

Main panel I/O faders are now grouped in sets of 16, which makes it easier to manage large numbers of channels you've mapped to inputs and outputs on your audio interface hardware. Changes in Widget values can be excluded from Rackspace variations, so that (for example) you don't need to worry about an abrupt jump in the volume of this or that plug-in.

Last but not least, Gig Performer 1.5 supports copy-pasting of Widgets—which saves time if you want to create multiple Widget sets for frequently-used controls such as organ drawbars or synth envelopes—and "hardens" plug-in validation so as not to crash if a problematic plug-in is encountered.

As always, Gig Performer's benefits include:
• Instant and glitch-free switching of Rackspaces (multiple plug-in setups).
• Full MIDI and Open Sound Control (OSC) support; controllable from outboard interfaces such as TouchOSC and Lemur.
• Easy transpose, split, layer, and other functions you'd expect on a synth workstation.
• Intuitive and fun user interface for creating your Rackspaces.
• Low CPU usage compared to competing live plug-in host software.
• Works on both MacOS and Windows, with VST support on both and AudioUnit support on MacOS.
• Built-in tuner.

"I haven't encountered a live-oriented host program that combines radical open-endedness with relative ease of use as effectively as Gig Performer does." – Stephen Fortner, Keyboard Magazine.

Gig Performer has an MSRP of US $249.00. Special pricing is currently available for $124.00. For more information about Gig Performer and to download a 14-day trial, please visit www.gigperformer.com

Thursday, March 23, 2017

DJ Miss Tara Presents The Video For Her New Single 'Invincible'

The remarkable new video for DJ Miss Tara's latest single, 'Invincible' depicts a combination of acrobatics and fire dancers in the representation of a character who refuses to be defeated under any circumstances.

This video complements the relentless bass of the track perfectly and again shows DJ Miss Tara's ability and versatility.

"Invincible" is the opening track of the DJ's latest project, "Let's Live!" and provides an electric introduction to the album. The phrase 'we're taking over' features heavily in this single, which seems like a statement of intent as part of an album which presents DJ Miss Tara as a tour de force in EDM and marks the Canadian out as an artist to watch this year.

The video for 'Invincible' lurches from the surreal to the incredible and back again. A character taking off a horror mask to cover another's face in blood, while surrounded by fire dancers may seem out of place in another video, yet the scene is a fitting addition to DJ Miss Tara's single. She seeks to provide viewers with a memorable, shocking experience, which entertains them in a way that conventional EDM videos simply fail to.

As the main character in the video jumps in a series of ninja-style acrobatics, it becomes clear that the DJ is determined to offer not just a new perspective of the genre, but a style of EDM which complements this high energy, high intensity manoeuvres, which would be more commonly associated with an action film than a dance music video. This video, like DJ Tara's new album, is not for the faint-hearted.

The official video for 'Invincible' and album 'Let's Live!' is out now. 2017 is certain to be a special year for DJ Miss Tara.

You can view the video here: https://youtu.be/qGL34xZHm80

KIKI LOVE IS Becoming A Legend In The Music Business.. She Has A Giant R&B Career Ahead Of Her

One of Hollywoods very own independent music awards platforms has acknowledged the singer songwriter Kiki Love and has awarded her the Best RnB SOUL Album for February 2017 this is what the Canadian Italian born HOT INDIE ARTIST 55 AND SEXY POT HAD TO SAY TODAY!!!

IT is with great pleasure to be sharing this wonderful news with you today.

This is an Honor to receive and share..

I love La la land the city of angels maker of shining bright stars ... California.. the center of the arts ..the home of Champions and the capital of dreams!!!

Illusion is a five star rated cd on amazon with top reviews by the 2017 Grammy Award winning group 'White Sun' and 2x Ms America Denise Richardson

IT is #1 on WEEKLY TOP 30 indie charts and is featured on THE Reverbnation Home page trending 3 times since it's release November 11 2016 and has received Awards from Hollywood's independent Academic platforms.

2016 Indie Music Channel Radio Awards for 'Blue Moon Sunday' best blues song ALBUM 'ILLUSION'

And 2017 February Best RnB Soul Album Akademia Music Award

I feel blessed beyond measure

God is real and HE is in control
Of it all.. I believe we have a purpose on this planet to help, to love, AND to inspire good change in us and in others.. to make this world a better place..and to spread love and peace
Thank you
Kiki love

Independent award winning artist
250 364-5678



God bless you
Kiki Love

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Chonkillah Drops His Hot New Single Medicine

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/2Vi5cP46z0k

Medicine is the electrifying new single from West London sensation Chonkillah. Drifting away from lyrical triviality, Medicine is lyrically engaging and discusses a man's deep love for a woman, who he sees a his ultimate source of happiness and as the cure for his problems. The beat is original and exhibits Chonkillah's unique, extremely catchy style. Having made music for many years, Chonkillah draws inspiration from a variety of artists, ranging from Michael Jackson, to The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, to Naughty By Nature, to Eminem and aims to break repeat buttons on many a computer with energetic music which can be listened to and enjoyed again and again. The song's hook is as difficult to forget as the song is to remove from your playlist.

Chonkillah stays true to his roots in Medicine's official video, taking in the views of London and providing some excellent shots of the city's landscape, which are interspersed by shots showing his love for the woman who is his medicine.

The song encapsulates the positive music which Chonkillah seeks to promote, spreading love around the world and getting everyone dancing. As we enter 2017, a year which is set to be marked by rising political tensions across the UK, this feel good tune, which inspires unity in the pure enjoyment of life, could be an ideal medicine for this increasingly negative and divisive political climate.

Chonkillah's Medicine is out now and available via

Apple iTunes - http://itunes.apple.com/album/id11870600983?Is=1&app=itunes

Google Play - https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=By7kqqq2neqnykdywtm3mj4imje

Tom Greer And Sarah Wade's New Jazz Duet "Say It" Releases Globally

Both Tom and Sarah have diverse musical backgrounds, with Tom focusing on education, teaching voice and composition, while Sarah honed her musical chops performing in plays, choir and as a member of the internationally successful "Sweet Adelines" vocal ensemble. Both ran in the same musical circles and both performed with the local touring band, "Broken Spoke" led by band leader - Big Mike Griffin which backed up one of country music's most successful male artists, Johnny Rodriguez, who recorded a string of number 1 country hits during his career.

After hearing Sarah perform "God Bless The Child" at the Charlie Christain International Music Festival. Tom asked Sarah to record his song "Say It" which was currently in production at the time and due to be released by Star 1 Records, an independent label in California. After the label's managing director, Laura Patterson heard both versions of the song featuring Tom's vocals with the other with Sarah's, it was suggested that the song would really shine featuring both of their vocals as a duet.

"Say It" is now in worldwide release in 140 countries and available is from over 600 download and streaming sites including iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify and, iHeart Radio. The song is currently featured on Music 1 Radio, Jazz with distribution to college and public radio stations throughout the US.

You may preview and download "Say It" directly from Star 1 Entertainment's website:


Media Contact
Star 1 Entertainment Group
(310) 241-3321

Friday, March 17, 2017

David Vaters New Solo Release

Singer, songwriter David Vaters is a maverick in the Christian, Americana, Pop Rock, Country music world. He defies any kind of easy pigeonhole. David's distinctive haunting vocals & songs relevant to todays modern life reaches deep for a soulful expression of values in a troubled world.

As a songwriter he has written over 400+ songs & is releasing today a collection of 10 songs in his first solo album "A Voice in the Wilderness Volume 1" to radio and on iTunes, Spotify & all digital platforms & at www.davidvaters.com -- all skillfully blended into a seamless flow. One fan said "Its music from the heart that hits you right between the eyes."

In a recent interview, David said, "I think what people will hear is something different but yet familiar. Different in terms of what I hope is a really honest and sincere message to everyone to wake up out of the distractions of social media, television and striving to accumulate stuff!

Vaters added, "We as human beings are flawed. Period. So as flawed human beings it is only by God's grace we can have hope that so many of us desperately need these days. I like to speak and write in a uncomplicated, compelling way that people will get it. It comes down to being relevant, real and true."

David deliberately steps into a creative and artistic relevant way crafting his style that is varied but uniquely David in Americana, Country, Pop/Rock and Christian music genera's with a collection of compelling songs with a unique sense of musical innovation.

"I feel like it's a good season regardless of what we see online & in the mass media and around the world every day," Vaters says, leaning back into the leather chair in the studio in Alabama. "After writing 400+ songs I have to say I'm pretty passionate about the songs on this album!

I am really excited about how they are going to move the listener, especially if they take the time to hear the lyrics and the recording nuances of the live off the floor players (in most cases). I'm having fun and I'm excited about this recording including the CCM timely single This Cross and It's Time and cross over songs like 8 Ways from Sunday and Running to You."

"What people are saying about David Vaters and A Voice in the Wilderness Volume One ...

"A very honest singer-songwriter album, with a Dylan-esque delivery of heartfelt lyrics to God, to family, to friends...very refreshing to hear."
Bob Farrell Grammy Award Songwriter and Producer

"What a total breath of fresh air! This record is unique and original, and full of an element seemingly missing in music in general.
It is the honest heart cry of a man birthed from the soul of David Vaters, this recording is full of songs about real life, our struggles and victories, and even the grief of saying goodbye." "It is my pleasure to recommend this collection of songs from one of the most original artist I've ever produced.
David Vest - Producer and Musician

'I encourage everyone to give this one a listen. "A Voice in the Wilderness" is a voice that calls out to everyone, and should be heard around the world!

No sound-alike here. David Vaters has been gifted with a uniquely-raw vocal style that takes a lyric and breathes life into every word.
This is heartfelt music that reaches down deep and grips the soul. Hear now a 'voice' unlike any other in Christian music today.
Myron Nash - Network TV and Movie Producer

THIS CROSS the first radio single is a double entendre talking about how there is a push to take down crosses from public spaces and also what may have been like to carry the Cross to redeem the world.

Single THIS CROSS NOW Available on Release [MPE 649711: This Cross]

David is available for media phone interviews. Please contact: Susan Harrison at davidvaters@aol.com

Visit David's website at www.davidvaters.com for more information, including mp3's & contact info.
Be sure to visit his online press kit at http://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/davidvatersmusic

Music: http://www.davidvaters.com/the-music

10 A-List Producers Re-Imagine 'Funkytown' Hit In Genres Ranging From A Cappella To Metal And More In 'The Funkytown 15'

After being featured in more than 100 movies, TV shows, TV and print advertising, and other media platforms around the world since it was an international hit in 1980, "Funkytown," the one-hit wonder, has now morphed into 15 new incarnations* on The Funkytown 15 (F15).

Audio Album Versions:

Shaped by veteran A-List industry producer-musicians like Ed Boyer (Glee, Pitch Perfect, many others), John Fields (Nick Jonas, Miley Cyrus, Switchfoot, Demi Lovato), Steve Lu: (Shakira, Christine Aguillera, others ), Aaron Alexander (numerous jazz and Klezmer groups) and others, the new versions of "Funkytown" range from A Cappella to Metal, Classical, Klezmer, Marching Band, Blues, Jazz and more* (there's even a delightful Christmas mash up).

The unusual but highly engaging collection is the brainchild of the man who wrote the original under the Lipps, Inc., moniker, Steven Greenberg. Greenberg also served as the project's Executive Producer. The innovative re-imagining of the tune from the end of the disco era has been heard on everything from The Simpsons, Contact, Oprah, Friends, ER, Shrek 2, professional sporting events like the Olympics in Italy, to car ads for Nissan Volkswagen, etc. (See The List in Media Kit -- by request).

The Funkytown 15 had a soft launch on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora and other channels late last year. It was inspired, in part, by an old collection of "Louie Louie" covers Greenberg liked from a Rhino Records compilation -- and the song's apparently endless appeal to Music Supervisors, advertising creatives and the general public, including new generations who have discovered it in different mediums.

"I wanted each genre version of 'Funkytown" to stand on its own, like each is its own work of art, and I think the producers on every version did exactly that," says Greenberg. "But the reason I wanted to create these different 'Funkytown' genres was primarily for the future."

"I thought there should be different styles of the song beyond the original disco version, so that future generations could discover it, the way that the generation that grew up with Shrek 2 was turned onto it when it was prominently featured in that popular film in 2004. That one film made it a gold record again in the digital download age," Greenberg adds. "I really like how these new tracks came out, but I don't think I'm done yet 'cuz it was so much fun -- and there are more key genres that it can be adapted to like Country, Salsa, Hip Hop, EDM, Techno and more."

"We have been actively pitching and working this amazing composition for years with much success, " notes Wendy Christiansen, Senior Vice President for Film and TV, Strategic Marketing & Sync Licensing for Warner/Chappell Music, which publishes and licenses "Funkytown." " The ongoing interest in 'Funkytown' after more than three-and-a-half decades -- and the prominent placements it's had in variety of media -- makes it even more of a singular blockbuster brand unto itself! And we look forward to creating new opportunities for many years to come."

Funkytown 15 Video Samples (Youtube Teasers and B-roll)

• Marching Band

• A Cappella

• Reggae


• CLASSICAL (string quartet)
• METAL (vocal and instrumental)
• ISLAND (steel drums and vibes)
• JAZZ (piano and alto sax)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Raquel Aurilia Announces Phoenix Tour Dates With Kenny Loggins And Michael McDonald

Scottsdale Recording Artist Raquel Aurilia announced her upcoming Phoenix tour dates today including opening for Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald at The Good Life Festival on April 8th at Encanterra Country Club, San Tan Valley, AZ. Raquel's live performances in Phoenix also include kicking off the Tempe Festival of the Arts March 31st and a Phoenix Private Event on February 25th.

"So thrilled to be opening for Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald at The Good Life Festival in Phoenix," says Raquel Aurilia. "I love performing live and I am excited to be asked to kick off the Tempe Festival of the Arts next month. It's great to be performing in my hometown for my friends, family and fans."

Singer-songwriter Raquel Aurilia has previously toured opening 25 U.S. cities for John Waite and has opened for B.B. King, Gin Blossoms, Eddie Money, Pat Benatar, Riders in the Sky. Raquel just opened for Lisa Loeb last month in L.A. She has worked with Grammy Award winning producer Tony Papa (James Brown, Willie Nelson, John Denver) and Gardner Cole (Madonna, Jodi Whatley), as well as Grammy nominated producer Billy Smiley (Bebe and Cece Winans, Vince Gill, Johnny Cash) on her "Long Way Home" album. Aurilia's music has been featured in MTV's hit series "The Hills," "The City" and "Taking the Stage." Her latest music video "Shattered" can be viewed at https://youtu.be/kcUA4D6tfgo.

Raquel's hit single "Feels Like" from her debut record, "Finding My Way," cracked the ultra-competitive R&R Top 30 AC and Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary charts at #28, and is still receiving national air play today.

Upcoming Tour Dates - Raquel Aurilia
Feb 25 - Phoenix, AZ - Private Event
March 31 - Tempe, AZ - Downtown Tempe (Mill Avenue)
April 8 - San Tan Valley, AZ-Encanterra Country Club (opening for Kenny Loggins)

Weblinks: www.RaquelAurilia.com / www.twitter.com/raquelaurilia / https://www.facebook.com/RaquelAurilia / www.instagram.com/raquelaurilia / www.about.me/raquelaurilia /

Suggested Tweet:
.@RaquelAurilia Announces Phoenix Tour Dates w/ @KennyLoggins & #MichaelMcDonald www.RaquelAurilia.com #tourlife

Dates Announced For The Hard Work Pays Off Tour 2017

Earlier this week, Team Insomniac's Chucky Workclothes and Mr. Envi' of Southern Stisles announced dates for their upcoming "Hard Work Pays Off" tour. Joining them to headline the tour will be southern hip hop legend Young Bleed, along with up & coming indie rap artist Omega, Tha Homie Jai and Syke Pachino. The tour is set to begin on April 28th, 2017 in Arcadia, Louisiana and continue throughout the month of May.

Hard Work Pays Off Tour Dates:

Apr 28th - Arcadia, LA @ Fly Ty Lounge
Apr 29th - Houston, TX @ Nate's House Party
May 3rd – Baton Rouge, LA @ DJ's Club Elite
May 5th - Birmingham, AL @ TBA
May 6th - Huntsville, AL @ Club Celebrity's
May 12th - Hattiesburg, MS @ Zo's Corner
May 13th – Biloxi, MS @ TBA
May 19th – Memphis, TN @ Kings Entertainment
May 24th – New Haven, IN @ Carl's Tavern
May 25th – Indianapolis, IN @ TBA
May 26th - Dayton, OH @ Jazz Central
May 27th – Madison, IN @ Old Market On Main
May 28th – Louisville, KY @ TBA

For more information, news and tour announcements, visit: www.chuckyworkclothes.net or www.southernstislesrecords.com

Danish Singer Songwriter & Veteran Stars Win Acoustic Music Awards

Danish Singer/Songwriter Tim Schou wins top honors at the 13th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). He has been signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing. He is the first from Denmark to ever win at IAMA. He was a member of “A Friend in London”, a Danish pop rock and rock band that represented Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. He won the Overall Grand Prize as well as the Best Male Artist at the 13th Annual IAMA.

Other notable winners include Bertie Higgins & Bellamy Brothers, who won the Best Folk Category. Bertie Higgins is known for his #1 hit "Key Largo" and Top 10 hit "Just Another Day in Paradise". Bellamy Brothers are known for their eleven #1 hits "Let Your Love Flow", "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me", "Too Much Is Not Enough" and many more.

NEeMA, featuring Emmylou Harris won the runner-up award of the Folk category. NEeMA is a folk singer from Canada. Folk legend Emmylou Harris has five #1 hits and counting.

Grace VanderWaal, America’s Got Talent’s last year’s top winner is a finalist in the Best Female Category. Her debut album hit #9 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. At 12 years old, she is the youngest finalist in the history of IAMA.

Marty Cintron, from the award winning group “No Mercy” is a finalist in the Best Male Artist Category. No Mercy is known for their #1 hit "Where Do You Go".

More details on the winners will be available in the next few days.

Here is the list of winners of the 13th Annual IAMA:

Tim Schou (DENMARK)

FIRST PRIZE: "Voyaguer" by Rob Tardik (CANADA)
RUNNER-UP: "Reflections" by Billy Rogan

FIRST PRIZE: "Turn to Gold" by Joel Ansett
RUNNER-UP: "Something" by Sophie Clark

FIRST PRIZE: "Completely Crazy" by Alec Chambers
RUNNER-UP: "Hundred Dollar Bill" by Jeremy Edwards

FIRST PRIZE: "Crossing the Bar" by Bertie Higgins & Bellamy Brothers
RUNNER-UP: "For You" by NEeMA, featuring Emmylou Harris (CANADA & USA)

FIRST PRIZE: "Drive" by The Well Pennies
RUNNER-UP: "Every day is Not the Same" by Sigrid Sørgaard Band (NORWAY)

FIRST PRIZE: "Novocaine" by Tim Schou (DENMARK)
RUNNER-UP: "When Darkness Finds You" by Josef Church (AUSTRALIA)

FIRST PRIZE: "Heartbreak Is Contagious" by Kris Angelis
RUNNER-UP: "Will You Take Me Home" by Madlyn Hall

FIRST PRIZE: "Heart That Speaks" by Jayne Sachs
RUNNER-UP: "Carolina Water" by Kassidy Lynne

ABOUT IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards)
IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) promotes the art and artistry of acoustic music performance and artistry. In its 14th year, IAMA has a proven track record of winners going on to get signed and hit the Billboard Charts. Meghan Trainor was discovered by IAMA 6 years ago and is now a global superstar with #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts with "All About That Bass" (#1 for 9 weeks) and #1 on The Billboard 200 Charts with her debut album "Title", won for a Grammy award for Best New Artist. 2nd Annual IAMA winner Zane Williams’s winning song was recorded by country music star Jason Michael Carroll, that song hit #14 on Billboard Country Charts and #99 on Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Jeff Gutt, finalist at the 9th Annual IAMA was a runner-up on X-Factor USA. Charlie Dore (known for her hit “Pilot of the Airwaves”) was the top winner in 2008. Information on winners and finalists, go to:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

David Andrew Wiebe Launches Pre-Orders For His Upcoming Book

David Andrew Wiebe is the author of the highly-acclaimed volume, The New Music Industry: Adapting, Growing, and Thriving in The Information Age, which was originally released in June of 2015.

Wiebe was determined to pass on everything he had learned from his 12 years of self-promotion experience as a musician, and decided to get it all down on paper to share with his peers.

As the founder of The Music Entrepreneur HQ – a website that supports the musical, creative, and entrepreneurial journey – Wiebe has been blogging, podcasting, and interviewing musicians, business owners, and experts for over seven years.

Wiebe is currently working on his second book, Flashes of Elation: Navigating the World as a Sensitive, Creative Soul. Flashes of Elation is a collection of essays addressing the challenges many creatives face as they look to build careers and gain a deeper understanding of themselves in an increasingly tech-oriented world.

He officially made pre-orders for his book available on September 22, 2016. Musicians and creatives will be able to claim pre-order bonuses – including the audio version and an interview with Sean Harley [Tucker] from The Spark & The Art Creativity Podcast – until June 30, 2017. The release date has yet to be announced, but Wiebe is looking to launch the book in the last half of 2017.

Musicians, entrepreneurs, and creatives are encouraged to learn more about the upcoming release at The Music Entrepreneur HQ website, where they can browse sample chapters and learn more about the scope of the project.

Today's creatives have many struggles, not the least of which is financial. Though making a living as an artist is not impossible, many have trouble seeing the road ahead. Other common challenges include motivation, boredom, disappointment, not knowing how to deal with criticism, and so on.

"Flashes of Elation" is a reference to the emotional rollercoaster ride sensitive artists are on. When things are good, they feel ecstatic, but when things are bad, they feel depressed and discouraged. The book offers illustrations, ideas, stories, and examples on how to turn this into a strength and thrive as an artist, even in the digital age.

Website: http://www.musicentrepreneurhq.com