Saturday, July 15, 2017

'Where Is Your Heart?' From Award-Winning Album 'Pop' Released By NYC-Based Young Pals Music

There are times when life events prompt us to hide behind inner walls, and then, methodically, to break out of loneliness, darkness and anxiety. That journey - and its ultimate redemption - personify the sonic triptych of "Where Is Your Heart?"

Co-written and co-produced by award-winning Ayhan Sahin with hit songwriter Bernadette O'Reilly and released by New York City-based Young Pals Music, "Where Is Your Heart?" is the unprecedented eighth single from the album "Pop."

As the song explores that internal pilgrimage to find strength on the other side, its gently cascading melody, acoustic guitars, plucky piano and rat-a-tat percussion boost the track with an inherent spirit of optimism that helps propel its missive of recovery.

In the lead vocal from Sahin, he sings, "When night goes never-ending, when winter is your heaven, why is this the story of my life?/Where is your heart, Where is your soul, Who reaches out there when you fall?/Never say never when you're down.

"Where Is Your Heart" was recorded live with renowned New York musicians Tom Gallaher on piano, Rob Preuss on keyboards, drummer Mike Sorrentino, and bassist Carras Paton, with background vocals from Jerri Bocchino & Keith Fluitt. It was mixed by Sahin and mastered by Greg Calbi of Sterling Sound.

"This single is particularly close to my heart and to Bernadette's, reflecting on a very real struggle that a dear friend endured," Sahin says. "The happy ending is that through such sadness she found strength she never knew she had."

The album project, meanwhile, "took three years of planning to find the right vocalists to go with the songs. We've been really fortunate to gather so much talent," he adds. "It's been so gratifying—and a lot of fun—to release each single and watch them find their audience in diverse and often unexpected ways."

Indeed, "Pop" is the album that keeps on giving. "Where Is Your Heart?" follows last winter's single "Hard Times," sung by multi-platinum recording artist and American Music Award Winner Randy Jones, who is beloved as The Village People's iconic cowboy.

The single before that, "Another Bad Mistake," features lead vocals from beloved disco act Anita Ward, renowned for her seminal No. 1 "Ring My Bell," which hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Disco, and Soul Singles charts in 1979.

In all, the 12-track "Pop" showcases more than a dozen diverse vocalists & musicians across a myriad of styles, including R&B & soul, dance, jazz, country and of course… pop. All songs are co-written and co-produced by Sahin. In April, "Pop" was awarded The Akademia Music Award for Best Rock Song for single "Drink."

The album is the first namesake project for award-winning Turkish-born Sahin. He founded independent label Young Pals Music in 2007, through which he has released a dozen albums over the past decade. He has worked with Olivia Newton-John, Mexican superstar & Broadway star Bianca MarroquĂ­n, Melba Moore, Phoebe Snow, Turkish superstars Sezen Aksu and Sertab Erener, Sandra Bernhard and five "American Idol" finalists.

Sahin has appeared on Univision, while his music has been featured in Billboard, The Los Angeles Times, Playbill, MTV, Yahoo! Music and on CNN and "The Wendy Williams Show."

Thursday, July 13, 2017

GrooveShine New Album - So Cal Acoustic Funk Reggae & Instrumentals

LA-based GrooveShine new album "Story Time" provides upbeat Southern California vibes. Formed by producer Mike McHugh, GrooveShine combines acoustic-based songwriting with funk, reggae, and hip hop rhythms. As a prolific songwriter, beat-maker and DJ, McHugh merged favorite genres to create a unique sound and style of musical production. GrooveShine music melds the energy of acoustic rock with hip hop production techniques and multi-influenced beats.

Instrumental versions of all songs are available for listen and download at the band's website:

Originally formed in Santa Barbara, GrooveShine embodies the Southern California beach vibe with upbeat rhythms, island grooves and acoustic guitar strums.

"Story Time" is GrooveShine's third album, focussing on McHugh's lyric-based material. Now based in Los Angeles, most of the album was recorded at GrooveShine Studio in Hermosa Beach. Drums by Zeb Dekofsky (Tribal Seeds, Barrington Levy, Sean Paul) were recorded at Studio 637 in Hermosa.

Currently, GrooveShine plays live in the South Bay and is beginning production on new material.

Influences include Sublime, Dr Dre, Led Zepplin, J Dilla, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Tribe Called Quest, James Brown and Ernest Ranglin


Betty Moon Announces Multiple Remixes For "Sound"

Multi-talented songstress Betty Moon has announced the release of three new remixes for her latest single "Sound". The track has been gaining momentum worldwide throughout May, and is strongly positioned via radio and placed throughout major retailers globally. In collaboration with Mahalo, Ganberg and Loud N' Killer, Moon carefully selected these three artists that would best interpret her sound.

Southern California has proudly been called home by Betty Moon, as 2017 marks her 5th year in Los Angeles since relocating from Toronto, Canada. Late last year, Moon carefully began planning, recording and drawing media attention to a new collection of singles, which will all be included in her upcoming album CHROME. Slated for a summer release, CHROME will be the follow-up to her successful 2016 album Pantomania.

Moon will continue to release multiple singles from CHROME paired with music videos that take the viewer down the rabbit hole of her larger-than-life style, lyrics and sound. Listen to the "Sound" (Ganberg Remix) below.

"These remixes are the real deal and super clubby, working with three of my favorite electronic artists really pushed things to new levels I didn't think were possible. Not only do these mixes give a fresh take on the track, but it opens doors for new audiences to discover my music. It's a win for everyone, and I'm thankful to get the opportunity to work together" - Betty Moon

For more information please email:

Bob Bradley

About Betty Moon:

"...You can't help but give Ms. Moon her due as a true child of the '60s who embodies that era's gung-ho spirit of sex and revolution and rock & roll...and who couldn't use a good healthy dose of that in these Skrillex times?" - LA Weekly

Betty Moon is a Toronto-born singer, songwriter, producer, and filmmaker. Known for her sultry voice, rock n' roll attitude and visionary appeal, Moon is an always-evolving tour de force. Moon's music has been featured in a variety of television shows and films including Californication, Dexter, Bounty Hunters, Walking the Dead directed by Melanie Ansley, and Last Gasp starring Robert Patrick.

Moon's first album deal was with A&M Records, and her self-titled debut LP was released while living and touring throughout Canada. She has been nominated for four CASBY Awards including Best Album of the Year, Best Single of the Year, Best Video of the Year, and Best Artist of the Year. Moon released multiple records after her debut album, which includes Doll Machine (EMI), STIR (St. Clair), Demon Flowers and multiple releases via her label Evolver Music including Rollin' Revolution, Amourphous and Pantomania.

In 2010, Moon relocated to Los Angeles and released her 5th album Rollin' Revolution, which garnered airplay on famed L.A. rock radio station KROQ. In 2013, Moon was a featured artist at the Sunset Strip Music Festival, sharing the stage with Marilyn Manson, Quiet Riot and The Offspring. She continues to be a regular performer at iconic venues such as The Roxy, Whisky a Go Go, and The Viper Room in Hollywood. Her collaboration with top music industry professionals includes Kenny Aronoff, Randy Cooke, Wes Scantlin, John Christ, Jason Sutter, Glenn Milchem, Gavin Brown and Chris Lord-Alge.

Moon's 8th studio album CHROME has been announced for a summer 2017 release.


Natalie Jean Scores 6 Nominations In The 2017 Josie Music Awards

Natalie Jean has received 6 Nominations in the 2017 Josie Music Awards. Natalie Jean has been nominated in the following categories: Pop/Contemporary Category for Artist/Group of The Year, Pop/Contemporary Category for Song of the Year with "Red Room", Music Video - Mon Ange,
R&B Soul/Song of The Year - Please Don’t
World Category - Music Different Languages, and
Best Musical Collaboration – Shine On.

Natalie Jean is an award winning singer/songwriter performer and a dynamic artist who grew up loving music. She enjoyed singing with her Haitian father - who was also an artist. She writes for many genres, which would include Jazz, R&B, Dance, Pop, Country, Rap, Heavy Metal, Contemporary, etc. She can also sing in French and Spanish. Natalie takes inspiration from her daily life and hopes to touch the lives of others through her music.

From 2014-2016, Natalie Jean’s songs have received over 50 nominations and several wins, including the Artists in Music Awards, LA Music Awards, The Indie Music Channel Awards, The Indees, American Songwriting Awards, Hollywood Music and Media Awards, The International Music and Entertainment Association, the Akademia Music Awards Josie Music Awards, International Songwriting Competition, Australian Songwriting Contest, Global Music Awards, Libera Music Awards, Wammies, World Wide Music Contest, Hollywood Songwriting Contest, International Songwriting Contest, Australian Independent Music Awards, AMG Music Awards, UBeat Music Awards and UK Songwriting Contest. She was named one of the Top Five Vocalists in the Singer Universe Vocalist of the Month for June 2014. She is also a featured artist in the book "The Artist Collection - Every Music Artist Has a Story" by the Josie Show and Country Blast Radio.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Happy Note Records Opens Its Vault For Music Licensing Initiative

Happy Note Records, based in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2006, is opening up its extensive vault of full mix recordings and atmospheric cues to music supervisors, producers and creative production professionals everywhere. Never before has the world's creative producers had such access to the talent of composer and arranger Charles Xavier, whose ear turns to building creative sonic soundscapes, created from his sound design experience working on independent feature films to composing percussive electronic grooves. The Happy Note Vault, now under the directorship of label co-founder Stephanie Xavier, offers a range of genres and cross overs: electronic; pop rock; jazz, funk soul, traditional winter holiday music and Americana social issue protest. The catalogue is originally written with publishing rights intact through Whaling City Music Publishing. The label is meeting with sync professionals from around the world at Midem, the international B2B Music Market, June 6-9 in Cannes, France.

"We know the demands and short turn around deadlines that music supervisors face daily. We felt that a personal and direct service would be beneficial to creative producers who are interested in new talent with high quality outcomes," said Stephanie Xavier, co-founder and managing director of Happy Note Records.

Music supervisors and creative producers are encouraged to work directly with Happy Note Records for full service support and access to a broader set of songs and cues. Alternatively, Happy Note Records partners with The Orchard and for licensing transactions.

About Charles Xavier - Composer, Electronic Musician and Percussionist
Charles Xavier has built multiple businesses and endeavors in the music and recording industries for the past 30 years, including an independent record label Happy Note Records. He is a voting member and a member of the San Francisco chapter for The Recording Academy, which sponsor The Grammys, a peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry.

Since Happy Note Records was established in 2006, the Xman has been performing live with regional tours in the United States. The label will continue to release new material and the extensive, unpublished material written by Charles Xavier.

Xavier is currently developing a new series of music productions, which will feature multi-media performance arts. Part of the planned series is a music-theater work titled "FROM SIRI TO BOSCO," which will be based on Charles Xavier's previous career in a real-life, post production studio. This story will personify his contribution as a member of the voice-over, creative team that produced the new version of SIRI, the world's natural language voice command for Apple mobile devices. The planned production re-imagines his work in the post studio as a technologically-infused jazz musical, envisioned as equal parts meditation, improvisation, and fantasia. The new series of hybrid performances, which will vary in its use of multimedia, music and theatrical storytelling, is named and dedicated to Xavier's Newfoundland dog companion, BOSCO.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Nick Brodeur Wins Studio Package From ReverbNation

For the third annual year, Hybrid Studios and Orange County Production House have selected a band or artist to receive free studio recording time through a ReverbNation competition. The 2017 winner is Laguna Beach's Nick Brodeur, a talented singer and guitarist who will now get his opportunity to record at Hybrid Studios under the direction of OCPH.

"Part of the mission of Hybrid Studios and Orange County Production House is to bolster the local music scene," said studio Co-founder Billy Klein, "with that in mind, we decided to pick a local artist this time around, and we believe Nick is really going to shine in studio."

Nick Brodeur was chosen from a list of nearly two thousand applicants. Previous winners of the ReverbNation competition include Los Angeles' Andy Allo and Yucaipa's Hoity Toity. Now a studio tradition, Hybrid and Orange County Production House have every intention of running the contest again in 2018.

You can catch Nick Brodeur live at the Montage in Laguna Beach on June 16th.

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.

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