Saturday, December 2, 2017

Rick Vines All Stars Travel To SPACE! Mon Dec 4th!

Rick Vines is bringing his All Star Band and some very special musical guests to SPACE in Evanston on Monday Dec 4th for a unique album pre-release concert.

Expect some surprises and some magic!

"Getting all of these amazing musicians together in one of the best venues in the city is really a dream come true! They are all so incredibly busy that Monday night was the only night I could wrangle them all together!"

The show features two sets of music, one from Chicago area all-stars (Steve Dawson, Brad Cole, Emily White, Robinlee Garber, Natalie Gaza, and more) performing their favorite Vines compositions and a second set with the All Star Band (Chris Siebold, Gerald Dowd, Tad Santos, and Dave Gordon) performing songs off of the album.

A portion of every ticket sale goes to benefit Variety Club Children's Charity.

The event is a twin celebration of Vines' impending release of his album "So Happy" and his 60th birthday.

It will be a party!
Cake will be served.



Friday, December 1, 2017

Cinq Music Acquires T.I. Catalog

Cinq Music, a technology-driven record label, music distribution and rights-management company, has acquired multi-Grammy winning rapper T.I.'s catalog from Warner Music Group as part of its Parlophone Label Group divestment program. The announcement was made by Cinq Music co-founder and President Barry Daffurn. T.I.'s signing marks the first step in Cinq acquiring artist rights since receiving $20mm in Series B funding earlier this year.

The acquisition of the T.I. catalog is Cinq's first acquisition since being recently infused with $20 million in Series B funding. "Through artists like T.I, we're showing Cinq is a company that artists of all sizes can rely on to maximize the value of their intellectual property," says Daffurn. Albums to be re-released under Cinq Music include T.I.'s Trap Muzik, Urban Legend, King, No Mercy, and Paper Trail, among others.

T.I. is a three-time Grammy award winning rapper, actor, and entrepreneur from Atlanta, Georgia. He has released nine studio albums, seven of which have reached the top five on the US Billboard 200 chart. He has also released numerous successful singles, including the hits "Bring Em Out", "Whatever You Like", "Live Your Life" (featuring Rihanna), "Dead and Gone" (featuring Justin Timberlake), "Ball" (featuring Lil Wayne) and "No Mediocre" (featuring Iggy Azalea). T.I. has also had a successful acting career, staring in movies such as Marvel's "Ant-Man", "American Gangster", "Get Hard", "Identity Thief" alongside Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, "Entourage", "ATL", and "Sleepless" alongside Oscar winner Jamie Foxx.

About Cinq:
Cinq Music is a technology-driven record label, music distribution, and rights management company. Cinq's repertoire includes multiple Grammy wins, dozens of RIAA certifications, numerous number one Latin Urban and Tropical Billboard singles, and was nominated for Latin Rhythm Label of The Year at the 2016 Latin Billboards.


Monday, November 27, 2017

The Phoenix Keeps Rising!

Continuing to draw from hard hitting life experiences to breathe raw and personal emotion into her universal mission of social advocacy, Kristen Speller calls for love to triumph over judgment on "Addiction," her poignant and provocative new single, due for digital release October 19.

Penned from a place of pain in the wake of the passing of her friend David Ness from heroin addiction, the explosive song finds the singer-songwriter and multi-faceted humanitarian and anti-domestic violence advocate covering all manner of addictions that people suffer – and the pain and confusion of not knowing where to turn for help.

By sharing the reality that addiction of any kind is part of the human condition, Kristen facilitates a dialogue that helps people understand that compassion is needed where stigma too often reigns. Tragically, Ness asked her to write the song to save his life several years before he died in 2014. With the opioid crisis officially being declared a national emergency earlier this year, "Addiction" is a much-needed song addressing one of the key social issues of our time.

The lead single from Kristen's upcoming full-length album Entering Taunton, due in 2018, "Addiction" follows in the impactful tradition of Kristen's previous popular and critically-acclaimed musical salvos of social consciousness. "Bruised," the song which launched the singer's career and helped establish her freedom as a domestic abuse survivor, was the first single from her debut album Misguided Dignity – which made the first round Grammy ballot in four key categories: Best New Artist, Best Rock Song ("Bruised"), Best Pop Vocal Performance ("Love IS") and Best Instrumental Arrangement with Vocal ("Bruised"). "Bruised" also was a Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) finalist for Playing the Stage – Live Performance.

With her autobiographical follow-up single "Phoenix Rising Up," Speller made history as the first Cape Verdean American Female Rock Musician as a dulcimer player in the Best Rock Song category on the first Grammy ballot. The song's impact was massive, earning her an Akademia Award for Best Rock Song 2016, and an Akademia Award nomination for Artist of the Year 2017, in addition to being both a winner and finalist at the Global Peace Song Awards.

Kristen received critical acclaim across the board. Mario Hemsley and Victor Allen of Pax Stereo TV say, "I love Kristen Speller. To bring you talent like hers, to our radio station on Pax Stereo TV is a delight. She is a singer, songwriter, producer with sound that is distinct. We have never heard anyone that sounds like her. A talent to be reckoned with." Cheryl Scott of KCAL-FM adds, "I am so happy to bring you Kristen Speller. Her singing live is like, wow, wow, wow! I've never heard a song like 'Bruised and her lyrics I've never heard from by an artist." Andy Olson of Radio Free Phoenix says, "Kristen Speller is an authentic artist, singer/songwriter, with a voice. There is a reason why I played her right after the Rolling Stones here at Radio Free Phoenix."

"Part of the inspiration for 'Addiction' was the conversations I had with people who had asked about David," Kristen says. "I thought about the wide range of addictions that all human beings are subject to, and the fact that there's not a huge conversation surrounding that. I didn't like the fact that people were judging David, just as I wouldn't want people judging me for being a food and sugar addict. Instead of addiction being a societal norm, I think prevention should be a societal given. I feel like a lot of people can relate to the song and that it could be a catalyst to start the larger conversation."

Titled for her hometown in Massachusetts where she wrote the bulk of the album during her mother's final months, Entering Taunton is, Kristen says, "a love letter to her that captures all of the emotions I went through being home with her for those four months and the grief process I went through in the wake off her passing." Two of the tracks are acapella, including "Oh," which progresses like a letter from Kristen to herself about finding ways to navigate out of the stages of grief. Typical of her innovative creativity, Kristen uses a blow dryer as an instrument on the song to illustrate all the warm and cold feelings she went through during this process.

Kristen's music is a prominent part of her multi-faceted work as a humanitarian, an important part of her life that she shares with her husband, co-producer and business partner Marvin Speller. In 2015, she was designated the Haven Hills Betty Fisher Legacy Humanitarian of the Year for her contributions with music to the domestic violence community. After Marvin helped her escape her domestic abuse situation and brought her out of hiding in 2011, she sought the help of the Haven Hills outreach program in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, and has given back in many ways (including musical advocacy) ever since. In 2016, Kristen was awarded the key to the city of Taunton from Mayor Thomas Hoye, for her efforts within music for Domestic Violence and helping to contribute to global peace with "Phoenix Rising Up."

Kristen and Marvin Speller's social advocacy extends to their extra-musical entrepreneurial activities with their company Doubledown, LLC, including the creation of a special faux leather makeup bag with the logo, "Starts with Foundation." She is currently working on fulfilling her dream of starting her own makeup line. "As a survivor of Domestic Violence, my makeup bag was my quintessential survivor kit," Kristen says. "I had to cover up my wounds, therefore this bag was my lifeline. It was so appropriate to start with a makeup bag to represent my journey as a survivor, makeup aficionado and makeup artist in the DV Community. The foundation swatch on the makeup bag was taken by me; it is my swatch. Our logo for the bag 'starts with foundation' was created by us, because when you're applying makeup, everything starts with foundation. A good life starts with a good foundation. And when you escape DV, freedom is the foundation. And, yes, I have a song called 'Freedom' too!"

"Addiction" is available as a single on iTunes, CDBaby, and on select streaming sites. For more information and all links, visit the artist's website at

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A New Era Of Country Heart And Soul With Kelby Costner

Hailing from Lincolnton, North Carolina, country music welcomes one of its freshest faces with Kelby Costner. Blended with a collection of musical influences like Travis Tritt, Eric Church, and Travis Meadows, Kelby's old soul and deep-rooted spirit will take you back to the traditional days of country music with his profound and honest lyrics.

At an early age, he began taking guitar lessons until his teacher moved away and he had forgotten almost everything he had learned. It was not until after high school that with dedication and persistence that he relearned how to play guitar. A relentless writer and seasoned live performer, he knows how to captivate an audience instantly, filling every dusty corner of the room.

Kelby's latest single 'Hold On' is a honest tale of waiting for true love and showcases his powerful, soulful vocals. Costner drafted Australian Producer Ben Watts to head up the production on the single and upcoming album. Watts has worked produced other Nashville artists such as Dustin Huff, Morgan Lynsey and Terra Bella. Kelby is currently busy writing, honing his craft and entertaining crowds across the Southeast and on lower Broadway in downtown Nashville. "Hold On" is available on iTunes and digital streaming platforms.



Sunday, November 26, 2017

Blachawk Records Artist Ace Drucci Releases New Single "Put That Thang On Me" In Stores

Ace Drucci a Hip Hop artist/producer releases his new single "Put That Thang On Me" on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other digital stores today. This new single features new artist Xora Lou and Aliz and is now in FM radio rotation on 98.7 The Beat a station in West Virginia. Blachawk Records, Drucci's label, has released the single under its new distribution deal with legendary Tuff Gong International, a label widely known from being created by music icon Bob Marley.

About Ace Drucci:
Ace Drucci is an artist/producer from Washington, DC whose roots begun as a musician in various bands throughout the DC Metro area at age 15. Ace Drucci has worked as a producer on songs with 2 Chainz, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo, Lil Scrappy to name a few and has received a gold record for his debut single ‘Down To Ride'. Ace Drucci's music has over 6 million streams on Spotify, Deezer, Tidal & Apple Music, Over 1500 BDS & 200 Mediabase FM radio spins. Ace Drucci is also a verified artist on Spotify and is currently performing in various venues in the south-east region.

About Tuff Gong International:
Tuff Gong International was founded by Jamaican Superstar Bob Marley in 1965. Bob was affectionately call "The Gong", and Tuff you had to be to survive in the music business in Jamaica. Tuff Gong was originally based on Orange Street before moving to 56 Hope Road, which is now the home of the Bob Marley Museum, The Bob Marley Theatre, The Queen of Sheba Restaurant and Things from Africa Boutique.

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