Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Killer Tracks Delivers The Music For A NASA Moon Video

Killer Tracks, a Universal Publishing Production Music Company, supplied the otherworldly soundscape for a new video from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission that reveals Earth's nearest neighbor as it's never been seen before. Titled Tour of the Moon in 4K, the video features breathtaking flybys of more than a half dozen sites on the Moon's surface produced from data gathered by LRO and set to the ethereal rhythm of Never Looking Back, a track from the Killer Tracks library composed by Frederik Wiedmann and Joel Goodman.

The video presents incredibly detailed renderings of the structure and features of the Moon's exterior, including the Orientale Basin, a nearly 600-mile wide impact crater formed 3.8 billion years ago. The reason the imagery looks so real, according to David Ladd, the producer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, is it's a full 3D model of the Moon built entirely from actual LRO data, rather than being just an artistic approximation. Ernest T. Wright, a science data visualizer at NASA, constructed the lunar imagery from several data sets. "That's why this video is so fascinating and awe-inspiring," Ladd says. "We are getting a look at the lunar surface and information about what is under it in an all-new way."

Ladd searched the Killer Track library for music for the piece and says that Never Looking Back reflected the same sense of "awe" provoked by the videos. "The choice of music can make or break a project," he observes. "It can engage the audience or turn them away."

Never Looking Back was written and produced by Wiedmann and Goodman earlier this year for their trailer music company ICON, which licenses its music through Killer Tracks. Wiedmann, who won an Emmy Award for his score for the animated series All Hail King Julien, describes the track as electronic ambient and notes that it features unusual instrumentation. The theme is carried by a guitarviol, a handmade hybrid of a guitar and a violin, played with a bow. "It has a modern sound and epic feel that evokes mystery and a curiosity for the unknown," he says.

NASA released Tour of the Moon in 4K on its websites and social media platforms. It's topped 2 million views on NASA's YouTube page and has been featured on CNN, Space.com, Thrillist.com, EarthSky.org, Mashable.com, BGR.com and TheSun.co.uk, among other sites. "It will also be used at science conferences, in schools, museums and at public outreach events," notes Ladd. "It's meant to educate, inform and inspire. We not only want to share and explain science information, but we hope to encourage others to engage in scientific pursuits and arouse a passion for exploring our universe."

Composer Joel Goodman says that when he and Wiedmann were working on Never Looking Back, they had no idea it would be employed by NASA, but adds they are delighted to be part of the unique project. "When we compose music, we often don't know how it will be used; we start with an idea and see where it takes us," he says. "We're often surprised by how others interpret our work. That's one of the great things about music."

About Killer Tracks
Killer Tracks is an industry leader in production music and a global source for pre-cleared music for film, television, advertising and interactive media. With more than 3,100 active albums from 40 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.

Friday, September 28, 2018

John Keenan Taking It To The Next Level

John Keenan Returns Ready To Take It All To The Next Level - Late Bloomer Releasing Oct 12th.

With that good-good rhythmic & melodic signature flow & stylistic sound that can't be duplicated - rapper John Keenan is back to revitalize Rap with fresh energy & big hooks on his fourth self-produced Hip-Hop album Late Bloomer. Representing his best music to-date, the young mogul has surrounded himself with talent to bring the new songs on Late Bloomer to life, including impressive guest-stars like Empress and Venessa Mendez, to the mixing & mastering provided by the legendary Robert Rebeck.

Leaving no stone unturned when it comes to the attention to detail and high-quality sound of John's latest material, he flexes his innate charisma & charm on the mic over stunning mixes of music that fuse Rap, Hip-Hop, R&B, and Pop into one irresistible experience designed to be turned all the way up. Ready to take his career to the next level & turn Late Bloomer into the frontrunner on charts & playlists around the globe, Keenan's got a whole set of wild videos coming out to support his innovative cuts & reach an entirely new audience of fans out there looking for the ultimate in entertainment. Officially released on October 12th, 2018 - John Keenan might be a Late Bloomer, but it's clear that his time has truly arrived through the incredible amount of heart & soul he's put into every beat & every bar of his latest record.

http://www.johnkeenanonline.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGSpueEtvg4

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Royale - Playground (Single)


Royale has a brand new Hip Hop release, "Playground" on Casanova Records that is sure to be a Fall/Winter hit in 2018.



Maryland, Casanova Records ® recording artist, Royale ®, released his new single, entitled "PLAYGROUND". The single produced by Royale from Casanova Records ® . Royale is not new to emceeing, Royale’s history dates back to 1999 with the release of feature on the group Lost Factor album. "Who U Roll Wit-… (C.A.S.A.N.O.V.A.)", NO L’S, WORKIN', ATTRACTIVE, WIN, BILLBOARD, and AVENUE.



"Playground" (single) is a captivating bouncy tune about being the underdog to becoming the highlight. It's a bouncy, happy, carefree, cool and ambitious song with a cool, cocky, dance party and club theme. The song was mixed by Isaac Breslau and mastered by 3x Grammy Award winner Pete Novak. Executive Producer by Ed Afonso.



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94,211 Votes - It's A Hit!

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42,020 Votes - It's OK

347 Votes - I'm Not Sure

318 Votes - It's Not My Style



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Check out the single at http://smarturl.it/RoyalePlayground

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Make A Wish With Catherine Duc's 'Stargazing' Remix Of Ben Hobbs' 'Blind To You'

BEN HOBBS is a South London singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer whose sound been compared to Chris Martin meets Sting with nu-80s sensibilities. He is influenced by great pop artists including David Bowie, The Police, The Weeknd and CHVRCHES.

Ben has received coverage from notable media outlets such as Billboard, USA Today and BULLETT and has been featured on Spotify's New Music Friday playlists with over 6 million Spotify plays. He has toured with Alex Clare and will be supporting Bright Light Bright Light.

The original version of 'Blind to You' is a modern take on 80s pop with catchy hooks and lush arrangements and harmonies. Catherine Duc's 'Stargazing' Remix takes the song into the EDM realm with club-friendly Future Bass vibes in the style of The Chainsmokers, Marshmello and Flume.

Catherine is a GRAMMY nominated composer, multi-instrumentalist and remixer who has remixed songs for The Corrs, XYLØ and Paloma Rush.

The remix was mastered GRAMMY nominated engineer Gene Grimaldi who has mastered songs for artists such as Lady Gaga and Lana del Rey.

ARTIST WEBSITES
Ben Hobbs: http://www.BenHobbs.co.uk
Catherine Duc: http://www.CatherineDuc.com
http://open.spotify.com/album/7BMy6v4hVq89aCe6QWJ0b2

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Asian Pop Queen Celest Releases Debut English Single/Video "I Got Him"

First taste for North American & European pop music fans of "Most Captivating Voice in Singapore"

Career highlights so far include:

- Over 65 million streams on Chinese music services
- 20+ international film & television projects
- Voted one of the "Top 100 most beautiful women in the world"
- Has appeared on the cover of dozens of magazines worldwide (Vogue, Elle)

The video, directed by Phil Kluba (Justin Nozuka, MONOWHALES, Command Sisters), was filmed in Ontario's Kawartha Lakes region, and aims to capture the waning days of summer, complete with jet-skis, male swimsuit models, and a watergun fight.

The song was co-written and produced in Toronto by Omar Martinez (Justin Bieber), co-produced with Max Roach (Shawn Hook, Kardinal Offishall, Serena Ryder), mixed by Chris Anderson (Justin Bieber, The Backstreet Boys, Selena Gomez), and mastered by two-time Grammy winner Robert Hadley (Journey, Nine Inch Nails, Ray Charles, Dixie Chicks).

Celest says:

"The confidence of a woman is fun & full of vitality. Loving yourself brings Love ❤️"

Bio:

Born on Christmas Day, Singapore-born, Toronto-based Celest (張玉華) is a singer, songwriter, supermodel and actress. From singing for Singapore during the Beijing 2008 Olympic opening ceremonies, to television and film projects in Taiwan & China, to a NYC girl group managed by punk impresario Malcolm McLaren, to gracing the cover of dozens of magazines worldwide, Celest's globe-spanning career is an ongoing story of what can be created by a mix of hard work, talent and a harmonious balance of inner and outer beauty.

Released via ArtistHQ / Believe.

For media inquiries/downloads please contact:
Kun (Eric) Xiong [熊堃]
work@celestchong.com

http://celestmusic.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSIxvLV0nwk

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Listen: Darquise Explores The Art Of The Beak Up In His Debut Single "I Say One"

Afrobeats meets Calypso, Pop, R&B and Hip-Hop in the genre blurring I Say One, the lead single for Singer/Rapper Darquise's his EP "A Date With Lucy"

The love song, transverses a desperate need for a lovers commitment, finally saying goodbye, searching for new love, expression of the failures of the relationship and reconciliation.

Produce by Flashbeats(Alex Isaak), whose credits include Trey Song and Chris Brown, I Say One, is heavily influenced by an afro-carribean theme but the Singer/Rapper mixes it up with light pop vocals, R&B harmonies and a comparable rap.

I Say One was first released in 2016 but the singer found it difficult, though he had management at the time, managing his career, grad school and dealing with management issues. It was decided that all music would be pulled and postponed for this and other business reasons.

A video was still released for I Say One.

I Say One was re-released official on April 4th to all platforms.

Darquise born, Jack Lee Darquisé Henmy IV, is a singer, songwriter, rapper, producer originating from Houston, TX currently residing on the Treasure Coast, Fort Pierce, Florida.

https://www.facebook.com/darquise
http://audiomack.com/song/darquis/i-say-one-1

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Cinq Music Partners With Janet Jackson For First Independent Release On Her Rhythm Nation Records

Global icon Janet Jackson has partnered with Indie distributor, label and publisher Cinq Music for a recording and distribution agreement through her label Rhythm Nation Records for her recently announced new single, "Made For Now" featuring Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee. At 12am on Friday, August 17, the "Made For Now" video will debut on Janet's You Tube page and later that morning she and Daddy Yankee will appear on MTV's "TRL AM" at 8:00 a.m. EST to discuss the project. The announcement was made by Janet, her brother Randy, who is her partner at Rhythm Nation Records, GoDigital Media Group and Cinq Chairman Jason Peterson alongside Cinq co-founder and President Barry Daffurn.

"Janet is a singular talent, a pop culture icon, incredibly innovative and socially conscious, a true music superstar," says Daffurn. "Her career is a highlight reel of an artist pushing the boundaries of pop music. Together, we'll leverage Cinq's data-driven toolbox, global presence, and best-in-class capabilities in Latin and Urban music to connect with and grow her worldwide fan base."

The "Made For Now" video is an ambitious multi-million dollar Dave Meyers-directed music video for the song recently shot in Brooklyn, NY. ,Meyers has collaborated with Jackson extensively, including previous videos "All For You," "No Sleep," and "Dammn Baby" as well videos for other megastars including Kendrick Lamar and SZA ("All the Stars"), Ariana Grande ("God is A Woman") and Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug ("Havana").The "Made For Now" video is produced by Peterson, along with Nathan Scherrer and Justin Diener from Freenjoy (productions for Beyoncé, Drake and Kendrick Lamar). Additional songs and videos are also scheduled for release later this year.

Janet Jackson is one of the most influential entertainers of the modern era. Her music has won her 6 GRAMMY® Awards, 2 Emmy Nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a nomination for an Academy Award along with dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards. She has received accolades as an actress as well including the NAACP Best Supporting Actor award. Janet is a published author, dancer, businessperson, philanthropist and one of the biggest-selling artists in popular music history. With sales of over 160 million records worldwide, Janet Jackson stands as one of the best-selling artists of all time with a string of hits that have left an indelible impression on pop culture. Her music and artistry has opened doors through which other top artists have followed, many acknowledging her impact on their musical perceptions. She is currently touring this summer as part of an extension of her outstanding and in-demand State of the World Tour with stops remaining in Raleigh, NC (Aug. 1), Charlotte, NC (Aug. 3), Miami (Aug 5), Tampa (Aug. 7), Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey (Aug. 10), and Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco (Aug. 12).

About Cinq:
Cinq Music is a technology driven distributor, record label and rights management company. Cinq's repertoire has won four Grammy awards, dozens of Gold and Platinum RIAA certifications, numerous number one chart positions on the Latin Urban and Tropical Billboard charts and was nominated for Latin Rhythm Label of The Year at the 2016 Latin Billboards. http://www.cinqmusic.com . Cinq Music is a GoDigital Media Group company http://www.godigitalmg.com

http://www.cinqmusic.com

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Rick Vines Debut Release "So Happy!"


"It gives me the strength to say... what do you know about it anyway" -­‐Rick Vines, "Secrets"



Songwriter Rick Vines strives for energy. He lives for the energy of the song, evoked by its meaning and its story. He cherishes the undefined, unpredictable beauty when people join together to create a moment, timeless in sound. And with his debut record So Happy, he realizes into tangible form his own energy poured forth into a

selection of ten songs that speak the truth.



He set out to make a record with wide appeal, not necessarily demanding of the listener's full attention. But should one choose to tune in and listen closely, one would find meaning and significance in the melody and lyrics. In this respect, So Happy succeeds.



The ten track album is clean and polished, but not so much as to dehumanize the sound. Recorded at IV Labs studio in Chicago (notable output from IV includes jam rock Umphrey's McGee, soul singer Cole DeGenova, and hip-­‐hop band Sidewalk Chalk) the record treats themes diverse and far-reaching, from self-referential social criticism and light-­‐hearted mocking to deeply personal stories of loss, faith, love and redemption. This range also expressed in the multiplicity of genres that appear here is juxtaposed with a consistent sonic palette, giving the record a cohesive and listenable character.



The record begins with the title track "So Happy," featuring Bassist Tadd Santos' driving bass line, pop style handclaps and a vocal performance reminiscent of an uplifting REM tune. But the happy go lucky sound masks the lyrical content, a commentary on selfie culture. The way we present ourselves on social media isolates us from one another, and even ourselves. How much time do we spend staring at smiling faces, erroneously assuming that the grass is really greener? How often do we tailor our own images so that someone else assumes the same? Examining the twisted hypocrisy of consumer culture, Vines accompanies this theme of isolation with "Giant Can Of Beans," employing this contrast of sonic style and lyrics: the sound is whimsical with washes of guitar and keyboard accompanied by melodic interjections from lead guitar. Still we keep "our doors locked tight." Vines uses his experience to craft a way of looking at the world, both thankful for the comforts of house and home while critical of the effacement that comes with that life.



To create So Happy Vines was joined by an all star cast of studio musicians with considerable accomplishments in their own right. Each gets time to shine. Guitarist Chris Siebold stands out on the Allman Brothers styled blues rock track treatment of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" where his thick tone and searing licks cut through the driving rhythm beds filled out with the Hammond B3 organ. His more sophisticated side shows up on the jazz ballad "Nights Like This," evoking Jim Hall or Barney Kessel with a classic archtop guitar sound alongside pianist Dave Gordon's chordal support. Drummer Gerald Dowd (holding a longtime post with prolific country singer-­‐songwriter Robbie Fulks) is heard in full force on the classic rock tune "D'Lila."



All of these elements are seamlessly woven under the direction of producer Anne Heaton. Vines reached out to Anne with his catalog of work in 2016. She weighed in on song and studio selection, as well as arranging, tracking, and even composing and performing original vocal parts. "In my heart of hearts I'm a collaborator," she says of her style, which often gives "more leeway to explore and break rules." Her presence is powerful on the lush vocal arrangements at the end of "I Can't Breathe," Vines' tribute to the tragedy of Eric Garner's choking death at the hands of New York City police officers. From the perspective of Garner, Vines sings "tell my wife and kids, I'm doing it for them." With a wife and child of his own (whose struggles and stories appear in the semi-autobiographical "Making My Way") Garner's death strikes close to home.



This debut record brings a heavy dose of disillusionment and self-deprecation, tempered by humor and hopefulness.



At times the record is sincere, personal, and deeply sensitive. Other times it is acerbic and incisive. Perhaps it is the force of years that allows for this double‐edged introspection. But this music can speak to song lovers anywhere, of any age. Some will nod in understanding or shake their heads in commiseration. Others may learn or be called to think about the world differently. Some may just sway back and forth while doing the dishes. "So Happy" is vital and important for all these contexts,


http://www.heymanrecords.com

http://bit.ly/2n2VwuE

Friday, August 17, 2018

IES 18 Explodes With WARPED Kevin Lyman’s 1st Appearance After 24 Year Run


WARPED Creator KEVIN LYMAN made IES - the INDIE SUMMIT, His FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE Since Final WARPED TOUR Show, & Receives 'TRAILBLAZER' AWARD, Along with MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON, & 3 days of SUCCESS Panels-Workshops By Industry Leaders highlight a vital INDIE SUMMIT-I E S 18



Dateline : Los Angeles / N.Hollywood CA



The seventh annual IES - the INDIE ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT wrapped up another successful global Music & Entertainment conference Sunday evening August 12 in L.A. - in the entertainment capital of the World. Among the many highlights of the action packed 3-day summit of Music - Movies-TV - Touring & Tech, were WARPED creator KEVIN LYMAN making the INDIE SUMMIT as his first public appearance after wrapping the final show of the 24 year run as the 'world's biggest & longest running traveling alternative festival in the World'. The WARPED TOUR is historic in it's legacy in helping launch more current Superstars than any other tour or platform in history, including EMINEM, BLINK-182, KATY PERRY, TWENTYONE PILOTS, PANIC AT THE DISCO, BEBE REXHA, ALL TIME LOW, FALL OUT BOY, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, WEEZER, THE USED, NEW FOUND GLORY, PARAMORE & countless others! Kevin has been a longtime friend & supporter of IES founder/creator & 40 year industry innovator JAY WARSINSKE & was quick to jump on the opportunity to make the INDIE SUMMIT his first public appearance since getting home from the last ever show of the 24 year legendary WARPED TOUR run. The appearance was at the final day of IES 18 at the SONGWRITING SCHOOL of Los Angeles (with previous days at THE FEDERAL & the AMP Complex, NoHo Arts district, adj. Television Academy, Arts Institute, among others).



IES Founder/Creator gave LYMAN the 'IES TRAILBLAZER OF THE DECADE' Award for his quarter century of developing stars on WARPED, as he announced the imminent forthcoming announcement of the start of the giant WARPED FESTIVAL & his professorship in cutting edge entertainment courses at USC. "Kevin has blazed a trail like no other", Warsinske stated, "in creating the ultimate platform for New Music Discovery & incubator in creating arena & festival headliners like no other!" Kevin returned the compliment "The WARPED brand continues, as strong as ever, we're about to announce our first Festival for our 25th Anniversary next year!Jay you have built with the INDIE SUMMIT, a place like no other that aspiring artists, managers & entrepreneurs can learn from the best, make new connections & mentors, & gain inspiration to take on the World in their own unique way! The music business is very hard & complex & things like IES give you a roadmap & blueprint to see how fellow creative talent & entrepreneurs are winning these days in more & more creative indie ways! We look forward to all coming to the INDIE SUMMIT for many years to come!"



IES HONORS also inducted MEGADETH & reunited three members of the earth shaking & influential debut 'KILLING IS MY BUSINESS, & BUSINESS IS GOOD' album; founding member DAVID ELLEFSON, founding guitarist CHRIS POLAND & 'KILLING' TOUR guitarist MIKE ALBERT. ELLEFSON was presented the 'TRAILBLAZER OF THE YEAR' Award for starting his successful Indie Label EMP, re-activating COMBAT (who originally put out MEGADETH & 'KILLING', among other greats), started his Management company, indie Booking Agency, & Coffee company, in addition to touring the World & headlining festivals & arenas with the mighty MEGADETH! "The IES Honor is huge to me", Ellefson states, "Jay I wanna thank you for all you're doing there with IES & keeping everybody informed & excited about getting out there & going for it, these are the building blocks of your future. Jay you've built an incredible opportunity here with the INDIE SUMMIT to really teach people all the things that myself & others have experienced that can help you get ahead, kinda walk a mile in our shoes & great to have a community to bring people together so you never go it alone, so encourage you all to get out there with a great opportunity like IES & go for all you can be!".



IES HONORS also inducted this year the iconic powerhouse band AC/DC from Australia, Canadian Hall of famers THE GUESS WHO ('American Woman' & over 12 other Top 10 classics), & the alltime biggest selling & most influential hard rock band of all time LED ZEPPELIN, with induction by John 'Bonzo' Bonham's sister, soul sensation Deborah Bonham (on Tour with Jeff Beck & Paul Rodgers). IES 18 kicked off with the induction of MICHAEL JACKSON, widely regarded as the greatest entertainer in history, with a star studded & key player induction for the 'King Of Pop', including legendary bass player NATHAN EAST (who played on Michael's hits & those by ERIC CLAPTON, PHIL COLLINS, STEVIE WONDER, TOTO, GEORGE HARRISON, DAFT PUNK, HERBIE HANCOCK & hundreds of others), QUINCY JONES' main engineers MATT FORGER, BRUCE SWEDIEN, ANDRE CROUCH's main man ROBERTO NORIEGA, Michael's duet partner & writer of 'Man In The Mirror' SIEDAH GARRETT & Michael's iconic Publishing company exec & current SESAC VP JAMES LEACH.



IES 18 ran over 24 major Success oriented panels, Workshops & Keynotes with many of the industry's leading hitmakers, Managers, Producers, Social Media gurus, top Music Video creators, Branding execs, Label heads, Metadata experts, Film-TV Music Supervisors, Film Makers, Concert Promoters, Festival Owners, Booking Agents, Tour organizers, Marketing directors, Publishers, PR / Publicists and many other top execs and creators. Artists & Careers connected to these illustrious speakers include DR. DRE, LED ZEPPELIN, 2PAC, QUINCY JONES, JEFF BECK, TECH N9NE, MICHAEL JACKSON, BRUNO MARS, OZZY OSBOURNE, TIESTO, KISS, GWEN STEFANI, THE BEACH BOYS, SCOTT STORCH, MACKLEMORE, BOB MARLEY, EAZY-E, BAD CO., WHITESNAKE, EMINEM, AC/DC, PAUL RODGERS, BONE THUGS 'n HARMONY, NO DOUBT, RUN-DMC, METALLICA, RANDY JACKSON, ICE CUBE, FREE, RANDY RHOADS, NIPSEY HUSSLE, WARRANT, BLINK-182, PARAMORE, THE CLASH, SLY & THE FAMILY STONE, KENDRICK LAMAR, ELTON JOHN, DAFT PUNK, MADONNA, BODYCOUNT, JES, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, SEAN KINGSTON, HEART, BLACK EYED PEAS, STEVE AOKI, NEIL YOUNG, NIRVANA & many more. Attendees came from over 12 countries and all parts of the US. The eighth annual IES - Indie Entertainment Summit is set for August 9-11, 2019 to close out the decade & leading the indie creative movement Worldwide in the 2020's. IES is 'The Greatest Weekend of the Year to Move Your Creative Career Forward!'. Those serious about their careers inquire now.



For more info : 818-505-9537 info@IESfest.com


http://www.IESfest.com

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

indieOn Connects Music To The Blockchain And Creates Better Experiences For Artists And Music Fans


indieOn Inc.(indieOn™) is excited to announce the release of its music currency NDI to bring blockchain technology to the music sharing economy. Using a consensus platform allowing indieOn App subscribers to listen and vote on music selections in return for NDI tokens. indieOn is confident of creating a "music miner" who listens more and grow their Token value.



The indieOn protocol is based on a decentralize ecosystem and revolutionize the music sharing economy industry. Chain of custody and smart wallets solve critical problems for musicians in marketing, managing and monetizing their creative talent.



The global music sharing industry commands a market size of nearly $14 billion as of 2017. The industry continues to grow; however, persistent problems remain for musicians and listeners alike. indieOn’s protocols intend to resolve the following four major pain points:



* Protection of musician identity and rights

* Token reward system for frequent users known as "music miners" who listen and vote on music

* Immersive and more intimate entertainment experience for listeners

* Higher levels of remuneration and faster payout for musicians.



Blockchain provides the foundation of a genuine peer-to-peer sharing economy by providing a trusted transaction platform with no intermediaries. Using blockchain technology to run a sharing-economy ecosystem means no central authority is needed.



IndieOn has these interlocking components:



1. A digital platform for artists to market, manage and monetize creative content, media, and merchandise.

2. A music token (NDI) allowing participants to store value and make purchases in the indieOn App.

3. A truly intimate experience for listeners, viewers, and purchasers of artist’s creative content.

4. A consensus platform creating music miners who listen, vote, are rewarded.

5. Revenue generation and licensing agreements with numerous industry advertisers.



Dr. Micah Hale Managing Partner of indieOn commented, "indieOn is positioned to disrupt the music sharing economy by working with existing partners in the industry and growing the ecosystem by inviting industry partners and other businesses to join. This innovative approach in building a sharing economy ecosystem will make indieOn a leading provider in this growing space."



The company also announced that Phoenix Arizona based Black Dog Venture Partners has been retained as a strategic advisor.



Music fans, artists and labels can learn more and download the indieOn app by visiting indieon.com Follow indieOn on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Melvin Riley Of Ready For The World Celebrates 35 Years In The Music Business And The Re-launch Of His Solo Career And New Billing Title


Balladeer, songwriter, producer and musician, Melvin Riley will mark his success with a celebration around the world that will mark his era as a legend within the entertainment industry and being one of the most influential songwriters of our time for Multi-Platinum Ready For The World. Riley Co-founded the Flint, MI band in 1982. Melvin was honored when the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame requested personal memorabilia to be showcased in their artist showcase.



Melvin Riley, original Lead Singer of 'Ready for the World' is known for writing and bringing the house down with his sensual, smooth slow jams while delivering hooks on a slow song that fans will remember for generations to come. What the music industry and fans never knew is that Melvin wrote, produced and performed all vocals and instruments on hit songs such as "Love You Down", "Gently", "Can He Do It Like This", "Who's Is It" just to name a few. Riley produced, wrote and sang 'Tonight', 'Slide Over', 'Deep Inside Your Love', 'Ceramic Girl', 'Can He Do It Like This', 'My Girly', just to name a few and take you down memory lane.



The year will not only be a celebration for Melvin Riley's success, but the re-launch of his solo career and new show billing title. It will mark the 35th Anniversary when Melvin wrote the catchy lyrics and music for "Oh Sheila". Drummer Gerald Valentine put the funky drums on the #1 pop/rock & R&B Hit "Oh Sheila". We often wondered who was Sheila so now we will give fans the opportunity to meet Sheila. That's right if you bare the legal first name Sheila you can enter the "Oh Sheila" contest. The grand prize winner of the selected city will receive two (2) front row tickets, (1) Night Hotel accommodations and attend a private meet and greet with Melvin Riley. To enter go to https://www.facebook.com/officialmelvinriley



Booking available now under the title Melvin Riley & Ready for The World, alongside original band members Gerald Valentine and John Eaton and a few new faces to give you a show stopping performance. The title billing for all shows; Melvin Riley & Ready for The World. Promoters can also book Melvin Riley in the round as he prepares to launch new music and continue his solo career. He will perform his solo songs and Ready for The World Classics.



Melvin continued to deliver when he launched his solo sides with album Ghetto Love. The balladeer graced the microphone with chart topping hits like 'Who's It', 'What Makes A Man'" and 'Servin It'. Riley, followed up with his signature sound with album Bedroom Stories and hits like "You Complete Me" and Scream, Shout (featuring Jamie Foxx). His creative side continued to shine as he wrote and produced the Top Ten R&B hit for 4 By Four "Come Over". Melvin worked with Rod Temperton to create yet another musical masterpiece "I Just Wanna Be Loved" on the sound track for the movie Running Scared starring Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines. He wrote the song 36 lovers for the movie Beverly Hills Cops starring Eddie Murphy along with band mate John Eaton and engineer Gary Spaniola. 2018 get ready for more of Melvin Riley.


http://www.melvinriley.net

http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=203003

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Triplets Bringing Their Jersey Roots To Country Music

Triple Addiction

August 16, 2018 - Classic rock n' roll band fused with country and blues sets the tone when they open up for country music sensation Billy Currington on August 16, 2018 at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park NJ.



Triple Addiction is a band of are triplet brothers and their best friend. The band has had the opportunity to play all over from the New Jersey Balloon Festival to playing at the Highline Ballroom in NYC. Getting the chance to open up for bands like 3 Doors Down and R.E.O Speed Wagon has been such a rewarding experience.


"We released a self-titled EP January of 2016 and have never looked back. We have gotten such a great response from all of our fans for all the hard work we put into it, that it has only motivated us more to record new music". Right now we are in the process of recording our first full length album that will be rock blended with country and blues featuring some ballads as well.



Other upcoming shows:

August 11th Vets Summer Fest - Hope NJ

August 16th Billy Currington - Stone Pony Asbury Park NJ

August 31st Fire Co. Fair

September 2nd Don Jamieson BBQ at Brighton Bar - Long Branch NJ

September 8 - Bella Music Fest - Red Bank NJ

October 27th Scout Fest - Mercer County Park


http://www.tripleaddiction.com

http://soundcloud.com/triple-addiction/triple-addiction-remind-me

Friday, July 27, 2018

Pace Pictures Posts Live Video Series For Benedict Cork


Pace Pictures provided post-production services for a remarkable series of live videos by breakout artist Benedict Cork. The five videos were recorded at Red Gate Recorders in Eagle Rock, California and are being released individually, one per month, in support of Benedict's debut EP The Piano Tapes. The videos were finished in Pace Pictures' DI theater with colorist Jason Knutzen applying the final 4K grade.



The novel approach of releasing five videos in sequence over a period of months was conceived by Benedict's manager Aubrey Wright as a way of organically building an audience for the 24-year-old singer/songwriter. "It's our way of showing the world who Benedict is as a composer, pianist and vocalist," explains Wright. "It seems everyone today is focused on putting out as much content as quickly as possible. We are taking a step back and producing high quality content in a measured way so that people can better appreciate his uniqueness as an artist." The videos were directed by Matt Edwards.



With its wood floors and bookcases stacked with vinyl albums, Red Rock Recording provides a warm and intimate backdrop for Benedict's heartfelt, lyrical music. Ghost, the first video in the series, is an emotionally raw ballad about a relationship on the brink. "All of the videos are very raw and real with few cuts," notes cinematographer Josh Figgs, owner of LA-based production company Compass Coalition. "Some are just one take. They are meant to feel live."



Pace Pictures provided dailies processing, media management, editorial conforming, final color grading and deliverables. During grading sessions, Knutzen worked with Figgs to give each video an individualized look. "A lot of the aesthetic came from how Josh lit them," recalls Knutzen. "In the theatre, we concentrated more on bringing out a style as it related to the music itself. We listened to the soundtrack while grading the videos and let the music drive the look."



"We shot everything RedCode raw, which results in very robust, malleable files," adds Figgs. "That gave us the most latitude in post-production to manipulate what I shot. I had a look in mind for the room and we able to hone in on that look, dial in on the mood and feel, and capture as closely as possible the look and vibe of the room."



The videos were finished in 4K so that they could be released to Spotify, YouTube and other venues at high resolution. "We held a screening session for Benedict in the theater," recalls Knutzen. "It was great to be able to showcase the finished work for the artist with the best possible sound and projected in 4K on a big screen. Doing the color in the theater was a great way to refine the look of these videos."



Benedict Cork

Website: http://www.benedictcork.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/benedictcork

Instagram: http://instagram.com/benedictcork

Facebook: http://facebook.com/benedictcork

YouTube: http://youtube.com/user/benedictcork



About Pace Pictures

Pace Pictures is a full-service sound and picture finishing facility. It offers a range of post services including color grading, editorial finishing, visual effects, titling, sound design, sound mixing, media management and related services, available individually, or as turnkey solutions. The company employees a team of highly-skilled artists and technicians who are passionate about television and cinema, and dedicated to making every project the best that it can be.


http://www.pacepictures.com

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Gulf Coast Group Johnny John & The Schemin' Dreamers Release Debut Powerhouse AOR EP


The new release, Let There Be Drums! from brand new Gulf Coast recording project Johnny John and the Schemin' Dreamers proudly goes against the music trends of modernity.



The brainchild of drummer Johnny Harrelson, featuring Florida guitarist Joe Pizzolato, bassist Adrian Howland, keyboardist Cody Collum and veteran Organist Red Young (Eric Burdon, Linda Ronstadt, Freddy Fender); Engineered by Rick Hirsch (Wet Willie, Greg Allman, Bonnie Bramlett), Mixed and Mastered by Jack Miele (Blues Traveler, John Oates); Let There Be Drums! is an exhibition of progressive musicianship.



Fans of Gary Moore, Cozy Powell, Frank Marino, and Jeff Beck will certainly enjoy this record.



The burning question for such a release is why? Drummer-Producer Johnny Harrelson states that:



"Initially I wanted to put something out that said this kind of music is still viable and worth doing. I wanted this to be a testament to the musicianship of the era.



Yet, there are many other reasons too. It was worth letting everyone know that there are some good young players here on the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast. We were very privileged to have Rick Hirsch agree to engineer it. His insights from the era we touched on were primary. He is a primary source! We were very excited to work with him.



I also wanted to reach an under-served audience. We still hear songs like Led Boots on the radio; so there are still folks out there who like this music. This release has a lot to with the reverence and respect for the guys who made this music famous. If a few guys in their 20s and 30s can bring it to a grassroots audience, so much the better. That's how things get started. We need more musicians making music like this.



Most importantly, this is my first release and I wanted to begin with what I know best. Playing the drums."





Let There Be Drums! is available on all music platforms and on 10" vinyl.


https://johnnyjohnmusic.com

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyJ9HQxmKlByDD0ZQAbdVqF46jg-CvYPd

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Carys - A Different Kind Of Normal - Debut CD Release


Carys is a singer songwriter with an enthusiastic and evocative stage presence displaying a natural charm that has won her many admirers, not only within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. Her first solo album 'A Different Kind Of Normal' certainly reflects that, with its roots firmly in folk, but also dipping into rock, pop and even a little electronica.



The title describes Carys perfectly, because she has Asperger syndrome, and she realised a long time ago that her mind has a unique way of producing some interesting songs. So it's no surprise that 'A Different Kind Of Normal' is chocabloc full of varied and thought provoking lyrics and musical ideas covering several genres, but imbued with the unique musical and vocal style of Carys.



Most of the tracks on 'A Different Kind Of Normal' are self penned and the album features numerous guest musicians including Rick Kemp, Mike Briggs and Triangle, with David Wright adding his input on rhythms, bass, keys/synths and strings.



Carys is a unique talent, beautifully interpreting her songs with a creative verve and enthusiasm that is sure to enchant, entrance and entertain in equal measure.



More information about Carys and her music, including soundbites for the album 'A Different Kind Of Normal', can be found on the admusicshop website.



Also, please vist Carys on www.carysmusic.com or on facebook.



http://www.admusicshop.com/product/a-different-knd-of-normal/

http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=203053

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Brandon Bonine Announces Launch Of Much Anticipated Debut Album "WARRANTED WORRIES"

Singer-songwriter Brandon Bonine announced the release of his upcoming debut album WARRANTED WORRIES for Friday, April 27, 2018. The Roots-Rock artist's highly anticipated debut album is now available for pre-order on iTunes & Amazon beginning today.

"It's finally here! So thrilled to announce the release of my debut album WARRANTED WORRIES for April 27th," says newcomer Brandon Bonine. "This collection of songs represents my journey of where I have come from and where I am going. I hope fans will enjoy this musical ride with me."

Bonine is a protégé of iconic Grammy guitarist Pat Metheny. His soulful and raw acoustic sound often draws comparisons with John Mayer and Ed Sheeran. His jazz/blues/rock infused Americana style has similarities with the Avett Brothers.

Bonine recently released the music video for his third single, "Only With You" directed by Diego Cruz from the upcoming debut album. View the current video on Brandon Bonine's VEVO channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4flDB4vT-Y It's a beautiful visual story for the sexy single – and the perfect summer song!

Brandon is establishing himself as one of Detroit's top indie jazz guitarists performing house concerts & gigs as well as building a following as a songwriter - even collaborating with YOUNG RJ of Slum Village (J Dilla, 50 Cent).

The new album WARRANTED WORRIES was recorded at Big Sky Recording Studio, and was written and produced by Brandon Bonine. The album is now available for pre-order from Midwestern Heartbreak Records via iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.

Official WARRANTED WORRIES Track Listing:
1. Warranted Worries
2. Remember My Name
3. Only With You
4. Molt
5. Love to Love
6. Valentine
7. The Way You Move
8. Heartache
9. 24

Upcoming Tour Dates – Brandon Bonine
May 5 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark – Album Release Party
May (day) - Nashville – (Venue)
May 29 – Pittsburgh, PA – (Venue)

Weblinks: www.BrandonBonine.com/ www.facebook.com/brandonbonine/
www.twitter.com/brandonbonine/ www.instagram.com/theofficialbrandonbonine/
www.soundcloud.com/brandonbonine

About Brandon Bonine
Born and raised in the shadow of the Motor City, Brandon Bonine found music early on in life. Probably first hearing Teddy Pendergrass and Aaron Copland in his diaper, it was hard for him not to feel the infectious groove. First picking up the guitar at the age of 11, he spent hours learning from the jazz cats of his dad's record collection, idolizing the poster of Slash on his wall. He was rejected from music school, but that didn't stop him. Throughout college he divided his time between jazz gigs and DJing parties, often trading meals to build up his record and coffee collection. He finds inspiration from Pat Metheny, whom he's studied under, Townes Van Zandt, John Mayer, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. After college he hooked up with YOUNG RJ of Slum Village(J Dilla, 50 Cent) and began crafting his next body of work. Halfway inspired by his life events and trying to capture that feeling of driving on a dirt road after having one too many espressos. To capture the vibe he was headed for, he teamed up with RJ RICE (producer; Poe, Pet Shop Boys) and formed a band with DANA DAVIS (Aretha Franklin, Byron Cage) and CHRISTON MASON (TLC, Phillip Phillips). Go hit those like buttons and hop on the groovy train, with a little bit of good Midwestern heartbreak. Stay up to date with Brandon at BrandonBonine.com

http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=203071

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Cinq Music Appoints Marcus Spence SVP Of A&R

Cinq Music, the data-driven indie record label and global distribution company, has appointed Marcus Spence as Senior VP of A&R at the company. The announcement was made by Cinq co-founder and President Barry Daffurn. Spence has been a key individual behind a number of notable projects in the entertainment industry, having worked with artists Timbaland, Keri Hilson, Nelly Furtado, OneRepublic, Tink and soul singer V Bozeman.

"Marcus brings a ton of creativity and fits our unique approach to the music business," says Daffurn. "Our priority right now is growth, and we will be developing new talent, and adding to our roster of iconic artists. With his amazing track record of developing so many commercially successful artists, we are very excited to have him."

"Barry and I will learn from each other," adds Spence. "I believe my experience from traditional music business operations allows me to bring a different side to Cinq. I'm here to help artists blossom, and to be that ideal partner an artist may be missing. Cinq's business model is the best I've ever studied, taking data to repurpose music in strategic and targeted fashion. We can also utilize data to expand the artist's already existing audience, and cross-brand in a way that solidifies us as a hub. This is so important to an artist's career."

Spence began his career in the film and music industry after earning a degree in Mass Communication from Norfolk State University. He quickly established himself as a creative force for branding artists of all genres. While at Mosley Music Group, Spence was involved in some of the biggest songs of the past 10 years, including "Apologize" from OneRepublic, and both "Promiscuous" and "They Way I Are" by from Nelly Furtado. He was the marketing engine behind such albums as OneRepublic's Dreaming Out Loud (selling 1.8 million worldwide), Timbaland'sTimbaland Presents Shock Value (over 4 million worldwide), Kerry Hilson's Perfect World (half a million sold), and Furtado's Loose (with 8 million sold worldwide and 14 million in singles alone). Prior to assuming his title role at the label, Marcus was the Vice President for the Interscope distributed imprint, Beat Club, where Marcus worked with the female MC Ms. Jade, marketing her record "Ching, Ching, Ching" featuring Nelly Furtado and Timbaland for use by GM and the H2 Hummer. He also launched the career of gold-selling rapper Bubba Sparxxx, whose 2003 album Deliverance is widely regarded as one of the best and most ambitious hip-hop albums of the decade. "My goal at Cinq is to have a global number one single, no question," says Spence.

About Cinq:
Cinq Music is a technology driven record label, distribution, and rights management company. Cinq's repertoire has won four Grammy awards, dozens of Gold and Platinum RIAA certifications, numerous number one chart positions on the Latin Urban and Tropical Billboard charts, and was nominated for Latin Rhythm Label of The Year at the 2016 Latin Billboards.

http://www.cinqmusic.com

Friday, July 6, 2018

'Cloud Walking' With Aspiring Florida Emcee Etoc

After releasing a string of buzzing tracks on Soundcloud with over 25.000 plays in a short period of time, Orlando based rapper Etoc dropped his brand new song " Cloud Walk Kids" via his indie label Music of Etoc.

"I wrote the song 'Cloud Walk Kids' while riding shotgun in my buddies car. This song embodies a night whipping through the city having a good and fun time. I believe it's my best record so far so make sure to check it out," Etoc proudly explained.

Known for his incredible microphone skills and catchy songs, the talented Florida rhymespitter is on the rise of becoming a household name in the rap game. He is confident, bold, artistic and creative. His clever lyricism, magnetic delivery and efficient wordplay has earned him acclaim among many Hip-Hop aficionados from around the world.

Experimental and in depth is what best describes his music and authenticity is the key to Etoc's current success. Instead of boring bubble gum rap, you hear a true emcee speaking his mind. His rap style is relatable and experimental. He doesn't create cookie cutter radio songs. Instead, he concentrates on producing passionate songs from his heart and soul.

Support real Hip-Hop, support Etoc!

http://www.yo-pr.com
https://soundcloud.com/etocmusic/cloud-walk-kids

BWH Music Group Releases Hottest Album Of The Summer

You don't have to go the ocean to hear the best songs this summer. BWH Music Group's 'That Summer, Vol. 1, by Various Artists' features 15 songs by award-winning and internationally acclaimed independent artists in multiple genres that fans of independent music will love.

Big-league indie artists on the album include: Skinny Fresh, Coastal Club, C.K. & The Rising Tide, Frank Migliorelli and The Dirt Nappers, Ed Roman, Jeremy Parsons, Cole, Nina Amelio, Jenny Vinatieri, Erick Blu, 0 hype feat. Chris Chand, AntoineRNB, Natalie Jean and Levi Moore, Luna Keller, and The BeeKeepers.

About the Artists:

Track 1: "All I Need" - Winner of Emergenza (Switzerland), Skinny Fresh is on the rise with salient lyrics, impressive flows, diversified beats and a new interpreted, millennial-flavored boom bap that has landed him on the watch-list of several labels. Skinny Fresh was discovered by Ives Irie of Delinquent Habits. Impressed by the skill and passion of the young Swiss lyricist, Ives Irie added Skinny Fresh to the Delinquent Habits European album tour. As the opening act, Skinny Fresh won over fans around the world.

Track 2: "Make It By"- This Queen City quartet of indie surf rockers was formed in 2016 by a group of friends looking to blend indie rock and pop with a dash of surf music. The name Coastal Club was inspired by the group's best memories of spending time at the beach with friends and family. While based in landlocked Ohio, there is a longing for the coast found in their romantic beach tunes. Their fun, reminiscent sound falls somewhere between bands like Hippo Campus and Vampire Weekend. Coastal Club released their self-titled debut EP in 2017.

Track 3: "Friends" - The Huffington Post states "Flach's songs and his voice are mesmerizing. You have to listen." Driven by his fresh fusion of alt-country, indie rock and Americana, Hudson Valley, NY singer-songwriter C.K. Flach's insightful and provocative solo debut album ‘Empty Mansions' earned C.K. & The Rising Tide significant accolades, radio rotation and coveted festival slots.

Track 4: "Baby Put A Dress On" - Frank Migliorelli has garnered airplay across American radio while touring both domestically and internationally. In 2017, he was awarded honorable mention in the nationally renowned American Songwriter Magazine Competition. Frank Migliorelli and The Dirt Nappers have been hailed has "undoubtedly talented musicians who write classic, timeless songs flavored with pop, rock and roots that you'll want to listen on repeat." (Indie Spoonful)

Track 5: "Red Omen" - Ed Roman is an Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario. Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres, Ed's uniquely crafted songs have received regular rotation on more than 100 terrestrial radio stations across North America and more than 400 stations worldwide. Ed is a 2014 Artists Music Guild Award Nominee, a 2014 International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, a two-time 2015 IMEA Award nominee, a 2015 and 2016 Josie Show Awards nominee, an Akademia Awards Winner and a two-time Indie Music Channel Award winner.

Track 6: "Burn This House Down" - Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jeremy Parsons grew up soaking in the sounds of the Lone Star state's dance-hall music. Today, he tours stateside and internationally captivating audiences with his homegrown music, genuine personality, unique humor and a heart-felt love for his art. Jeremy is a Jersey Shore Film Festival nominee, a NCCC Film Festival finalist and a 2018 Josie Music Award nominee.

Track 7: "If I'm Really" - Cole is an up and coming indie-pop singer-songwriter/recording artist/performer and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, ukulele and keys). She collaborated with a stellar team to release her debut self-titled album followed by her release of "Two Faced" which was co-written with Jenn Rykert. "Two Faced" was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) and charted globally on Digital Radio Tracker. Cole is recording her 2nd album and will be releasing singles throughout 2018. She tours from Texas to Nashville and she recently traveled to Anaheim, California and performed at the Anaheim Convention Center for the 2018 NAMM Winter Show. Cole is passionate about helping others through music and donates her time to many charities,benefits and fundraisers; she visits Texas Children's Hospital often to perform for cancer patients and their families

Track 8: "Savage Love" - British Columbia, Canada based Pop recording artist Nina Amelio has achieved enormous recognition and radio success. At present, Nina is on over 60 radio stations worldwide broadcasting in the UK, USA, Italy, Australia, Slovenia, Spain and New Zealand to name a few (15 broadcasts are on FM frequency). Currently "Savage Love" has over 400,000 plays on Soundcloud and has garnished international radio rotation. Nina won Singer Universe 'Best Vocalist of the Month' and was nominated for 'Best Pop Song' at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Nina is signed with Elite Management, Arrow and Spark (Arrow Music Agency in Seattle, Nashville and Los Angeles).

Track 9: "Rainbow" - Born in Italy and raised in Spain, Jenny Vinatieri is a singer-songwriter who currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jenny is gaining recognition for her ability to write songs across many genres. She was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 Divine Tracks Contest and a semi-finalist in both the International/Unsigned Only and the USA Songwriting Competition.

Track 10: "Victorious (Ansimatik Remix) (Official Dance Anthem)" - Erick Blu is an award winning Pop music sensation. In his young and rising career, Erick has already performed in front of 20,000 people sharing the stage with American acts such as Hoobastank. He also took center stage promoting his refreshing, positive message at the World Scholars Cup in 2010 where he won Best Pop Performance. Erick is now an official member of ‘The Recording Academy' with his songs in consideration for the 60th Grammy Awards. Erick won The 2017 Akademia Music Award for his song "Took The Words' for "Best Pop Song" and an American Music Award for "Best International Song" which can be heard on his Vevo-Certified channel crossing 1million hits.

Track 11: "Ease My Mind (feat. Chris Chand)" - Rudi Jubran aka "0 hype" is a hip-hop artist from Toronto, Canada who was born and raised in Scarborough. He released his much anticipated full length, 14 track project title ‘Before You Enter' displaying his versatility and skill as an artist. With a capable range of sounds and genres, 0 hype approaches rap with a raw, steady, spoken word inspired flow breaking the current meta of the Toronto sound.

Track 12: "Let Me Live" - AntoineRNB is a singer-songwriter, rhythm and blues artist from New York. His unique contemporary, urban style was described best by Spate Magazine (the number one Hip Hop News Blog in the Country) as "the future of urban contemporary music. His style is original, soulful and funky." Antoine has received airplay on FM Radio around the country and positive press from major hip hop/ R & B magazines. AntoineRNB is signed to the Independent Record Label, TRAK TO THE FUTURE.

Track 13: "The Letting Go" - Natalie Jean is an award winning, multi-nominated singer/songwriter and performer. She sings many genres, such as Jazz Pop, R&B, Blues and Dance and can also sing in French, Spanish, English, and Creole. Natalie Jean has been nominated over 60 times for her music and has won many awards. The "Letting Go" won a Silver Medal in The Global Music Awards for Best Country Song. Most recently, "The Letting Go Music Video" received a Silver Medal in the Global Music Awards and won for Best Music Video of the Month in the Aab International Film Festival. "The Letting Go" has been nominated in the 2018 Atlas Elite Entertainment Music Awards for best country song and for "Best Americana Song" in the 2018 Clouzine International Music Awards. Natalie Jean has released five albums thus far.

Track 14: "Packing My Bags" - Luna Keller is a young singer-songwriter who has released seven singles in a short period of time to critical acclaim. In the music review blog ‘Wolf in a Suit', Luna is described as having "an exquisite and mature showcase of lyricism." National blog, Indie Brew, states, "You will find yourself returning to Luna's music over and over again."

Track 15: "What A Day"- With over 42,000 song plays, The BeeKeepers are the #1 ranked indie group in their region. Their songs have been heard on over 70 radio college stations across the United States and on 66 TV channels. The group has over 20,000 spins on digital radio. The 3 women have been described as having "gorgeously tight vocal harmonies which result in a hearing-secret-harmonies effluvium that goes beyond delightful and enters the realm of fabulous." (The Huffington Post)

About BWH Music Group:
BWH Music Group is an Independent, Collaborative Record Label where the label and artists work together to achieve common goals in recording, record releases and promotion.

http://www.bwhmusicgroup.com/releases

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Aretha Henry To Release Fourth Studio Album, Mrs. Jones

Singer-Songwriter Aretha Henry will release her fourth studio album later this year. On April 1st, she released the album's first single, "Love Language". The Camden Mississippi native announced the title of the album on her blog, Aretha Henry Daily, back in March.

The songstress became Mrs. Jones for the second time on June 1st of last year when she remarried her 1st (and only) husband, Kevin Jones. Mrs. Jones is very excited about the upcoming album, gushing about it stating "Well, I couldn't think of a title more fitting for my fourth studio album besides Mrs. Jones. Hehehe. I wanted my first three albums to describe me- like an introduction. Beautiful....Enchanted....Superhuman....Mrs. Jones. (Yes, I did that on purpose.) The title is a play on the old song, Me & Mrs. Jones, and also the phrase, Keeping up with the Joneses."
- Aretha Henry Daily

Check the artist's website for more updates! http://www.arethahenry.com

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Hybrid Studios Hosts Student Field Trip Day

On June 20th, Hybrid Studios in Santa Ana hosted a group of high school students through Vital Link team and Santiago Canyon College to discuss careers in the world of audio and video production. After being given a tour of the facility's recording studios and soundstage, students spoke with Craig "Burnie" Burns of Applebox Network and Burnie's Grip and Lighting about different career paths within the industry. They were also brought onto one of Burnie's profession grip trucks and given a recording demo in Hybrid's Studio A. Following the demo, students took part in a Q&A with Hybrid's Lead Engineer, Josh Brooks.

"It's always refreshing to bring groups of young people into the studio," said Hybrid Manager Mike Miller, "For kids looking into different career paths, we try to remove some of the mystery of what actually happens in recording studios and/or professional soundstages like Hybrid. They assume that it's all fun all the time – and it is fun – but there's a lot of hard work and dedication that comes along with that. I hope we were able to show the students both sides of that coin."

Santiago Canyon College is a State of California award-winning community college and offers a very effective Business and Career Education curriculum to their students. These students and some grads will soon be seeking entry-level or internship positions pursuant to their upcoming careers. Vital Link's mission is to help students and grads explore, discover and connect to meaningful careers by coordinating activities such as site tours to local businesses for various Orange County schools. You can visit their web site, www.vitallinkoc.org for more information.

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 https://www.hybridstudiosca.com

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Australian DJ Duo NERVO Enter Sports Arena With Unique Volleyball Partnership

Grammy award-winning Australian DJ duo NERVO have teamed up with The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) ahead of the launch of a new global competition, the Volleyball Nations League (VNL), which will see them reaching a worldwide audience with new material and performances.

This collaboration demonstrates the FIVB's commitment to showcasing world class entertainment and putting music at the centre of the fan experience.

NERVO have recorded an exclusive track entitled ‘Worlds Collide,' which will be the official anthem of the competition and will perform to capacity crowds at both the men's and women's VNL finals, starting with the women's in Nanjing on 27th June and then at the men's final in Lille on July 8th.

The new partnership was unveiled last night (Sunday June 10th) at the Ottawa leg of the VNL tour when NERVO performed ‘Worlds Collide' for the first time during the competition.

NERVO are twin sisters Mim and Liv Nervo, the most successful female DJs in the world, having written and produced some of the biggest club tracks in recent years including collaborations with David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Kesha and Britney Spears.

This activity will form part of a packed summer of events for NERVO who are undertaking a worldwide tour, which will feature club appearances from Ibiza to Las Vegas.

Liv Nervo said, "As Australians, we're no strangers to sport but the party atmosphere of VNL matches is pretty special. The energy between the players and the fans has been at the heart of the collaboration, and we can't wait to be in Canada to add ‘Worlds Collide' to the mix."

Fernando Lima, Secretary General of the FIVB said, "Sport and music are a fantastic mix as both deal with human creativity and capacity to engage with people. Volleyball has a global fan base and The Volleyball Nations League provides a platform for great sport alongside fantastic entertainment and an unforgettable fan experience. There will be an amazing party atmosphere at all of the matches and NERVO will be a big part of that. They are great ambassadors for our sport and ‘Worlds Collide' is the perfect anthem for this competition."

Friday, June 22, 2018

VIP BET Afterparty Celebrates The New Soul Movement, BET Awards Winners & The 'Got Soul!'

The Sunday June 24 Concert at THE MINT Spotlights the 'VOCAL QUEENS & KINGS' of Urban Music & Celebrates a BET AWARDS AfterParty with a Robust Line-Up & Special Guests

Los Angeles CA - The acclaimed new music compilation series 'GOT SOUL!' celebrates the release of Volume 2 with a Special BET AWARDS Weekend AfterParty & Concert event at THE MINT entitled 'CELEBRATE THE BEST - CALI GOT SOUL!' The soulful line-up is headed by vocal 'queen' ERIN STEVENSON, a singers' singer, who has been the main backing vocalist for some of the biggest Superstars in the business for years and is passionate about her own solo career. Erin is currently singing with JENNIFER 'J-LO' LOPEZ in her spectacular Las Vegas residency drawing wide acclaim, in addition to globetrotting with mega hit producer/writer/artist PHARRELL WILLIAMS & others. She was JANET JACKSON's main singers for over seven years & is the vocalist of choice for mega-platinum icons DURAN DURAN in their Worldwide Concerts. Erin is featured on the upcoming 'GOT SOUL! 3 - New Soul Power' coming out in the fall with her amazing new song 'Don't Touch'.

Joining Ms. Stevenson is highly acclaimed European born female singing sensation HET DUTCHESS from Denmark. Dutchess boasts a soaring soul reaching vocal range and is featured on the 'GOT SOUL!' series Volumes 1 & 2, with the songs 'Broken Soul' & 'Rose Colored Glasses' respectively, from her highly anticipated album 'Journey Unfiltered'. Plus female up & coming soul star RUEPRATT from Washington DC's 'DMV' region, & will be featured on 'GOT SOUL! 3'. Special female Guest is longtime PRINCE singer MARVA KING, who backed the late great icon for many years & prior sang for STEVIE WONDER and starred in TYLER PERRY's 'Diary Of A Mad Black Woman' on stage. Marva is featured on 'GOT SOUL! 1 & 2, as well as fronts the new PRINCE spinoff group 'POWER SOUL UNLIMITED', featuring her and many of the legend's key players and singers from his iconic tours.

On the male 'Vocal Kings' side, also from the East Coast is soul belter OG BLACK 9. Having worked with the likes of legendary group JODECI & other greats, OG delivers a spine tingling vocal style that makes the listener feel the depth of his soul & passion through his music. OG is featured on 'GOT SOUL!' volumes one & two, as well as world premiering a new soon-to-be Soul classic on Volume 3 out October 19. Joining BLACK 9 is male triple threat, STONE PAXTON, an award winning Artist-Writer & Producer (TROOP, RICK JAMES' STONE CITY BAND, 2PAC & many more). Stone is featured on both 'GOT SOUL!' volumes with new songs from his forthcoming album, as well as premiering a new song on volume 3 after returning from his European 'GOT SOUL!' tour.

In addition the 'afterparty' segment of the show will feature acclaimed DJ MEECH in a set featuring a revolving cast of urban vocalists doing their singles alongside the turntablist. In addition Meech will be spotlighting the many spectacular songs on the 'GOT SOUL!' series like A HAYGAN's 'I Love It', MAHOGANY RAYE's 'With All This Love', ROBERT GEE (of legendary group LOOSE ENDS) 'All I Ever Wanted', H'ATINA's 'Take Our Time', SHAWN ATKINS 'I've Got You', EJ PULLEN's 'Makes Me Say Ohh', JASON TAYLOR's 'Love Revolution' & many more special songs from the acclaimed series. Special Guest Comedian MCs from the cast of VEGAS COMEDY UNDERGROUND TV show & special surprise guests.

'GOT SOUL! New Soul Power' volumes are part of the HOT NEW HEAT! Series, which also includes an indie POP line called 'WANNA PARTY!', a Country line called 'LOVE MY COUNTRY!', a Rock/Pop Punk line ala WARPED called 'POWERPOP BLASTS!', in addition to new lines focused on Alternative, Hard Rock, Funk & Love Songs in the '20 Hot New Hits!' format (ala the popular NOW series, but for indie artists deserving of the recognition. All the HOT NEW HEAT! lines are distributed worldwide by Orchard/SONY & ALLIANCE - the leading independent distributor in the world. Franchise creator & longtime indie innovator JAY WARSINSKE heads the series, upcoming tours & programs in-the-works exclaims "Soul Music has always been at the heart & soul of great Pop, Rock, R&B, Country, Club & contemporary hits for decades, & after so much computerized, autotuned 'assembly line music', there's a new Soul movement coming that is undeniable & unstoppable & as we say on the 'GOT SOUL!' series, it's TIME for more Real Singers, Real Players & Real Songs! - Join us on the New Soul Power movement!”

The MINT is located at 6010 W.Pico Blvd., L.A CA 90035 - Doors open at 7 for the show.
For more information go to www.NewSoulPower.com & email: connect@NewSoulPower.com

Links : GOT SOUL! 2: iTunes: https://apple.co/2x1ZwTE Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LdGcVX : https://amzn.to/2KSpgF4 Hook sampler: https://bit.ly/2J1PFC5 PromoVideo: https://youtu.be/9q2hBDqAIRk *GOT SOUL! 1: : iTunes: http://apple.co/2hozyCZ Amazon: http://amzn.to/2hQFTEf promo video: http://bit.ly/2htc77Y

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Erik Scott Nominated As Best Producer, Contemporary Instrumental Album, In The 16th Annual Independent Music Awards

Music Resource Group (MRG) announced Erik Scott as one of the "Best Producer" Nominees in the 16th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs), for his album In The Company of Clouds. Culled from thousands of submissions worldwide, the nominees were chosen by both fans and industry panelists. The year's best self-released and indie label projects will be announced next Saturday March 31, 2018; Scott plans to attend the event at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.

Scott is a multi-faceted Artist/Composer/Producer who has been a force in Contemporary Instrumental Music since the 2008 release of his solo debut, Other Planets. His nominated album, In the Company of Clouds, has been called "transcendental" and already won both Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album honors at the Zone Music Awards.

Scott wrote and produced the album, making great use of instrumentalist friends on several tracks, and painting with beautiful gospel voices on two tracks. A consistent presence throughout is the graceful steel guitar of John Pirruccello, who is heard on his previous recordings as well. Erik plays melodic fretless, and in his own words "his fretted Frankenbass 1964 Fender, bass-generated sound fx, the keyboards, drum and percussion programs, some wee vocals, and that one mandolin."

Featuring a blend of Scott's lush, melodic fretless bass, in addition to steel guitar, gentle percussion textures and touches of choir-like vocals, IN THE COMPANY OF CLOUDS creates an ambience that is all at once earthy and ethereal. Since its release in 2016, the album has been described as "emotionally rich", "innovative" and full of "jaw-dropping" sounds; apt descriptions of an album that delivers a heart-opening range of music across nine tracks. The album is self-released by Erik Scott (www.erikscottbass.com), published by Hened Music, BMI, and is now available worldwide. The artist is in the midst of production on his next album, slated for release later this year.

This Saturday March 31st, the IMA winners will be promoted to millions of music fans via online & broadcast promotions, performance and distribution opportunities. Details and complete list of Nominees and Judges are available at www.IndependentMusicAwards.com; judges include top recording artists such as: Tom Waits, Slayer, Bakithi Kumalo, Michael W. Smith, Sepultura, Amy Lee [Evanescence] and many more.

IN THE COMPANY OF CLOUDS is available in physical and digital formats, and can be found in major online music stores and on all digital music outlets; it was a CDBaby Editor's Top Pick (http://cdbaby.com/cd/erikscott8).

For more about Erik Scott, please visit:
Website: http://www.erikscottbass.com
Bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Scott
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erik.scott
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCn7CmRk92o

http://soundcloud.com/erik-scott-2/m1-women-of-avalon-re-mp3-1
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Casio, Little Kids Rock And Disney/Own Star Roshon Fegan Deliver Musical Surprise To Hundreds Of Middle School Students

Casio America, Inc. teamed up with national non-profit Little Kids Rock and Disney/Own star Roshon Fegan to surprise over 500 students from Magnolia Science Academy 8-Bell in Los Angeles for Music In Our Schools Month on March 14, 2018. Billed as a "routine" school assembly, the unsuspecting students got the thrill of a lifetime when "Shake It Up", "Camp Rock" and "Greenleaf" star Roshon Fegan snuck on stage to give a live performance and gift enough Casio CT-X700 Series keyboards to give all of the school's 170 "Modern Band" music program students access to an instrument.

"Giving back to the next generation of musicians is so important to Casio," said Stephen Schmidt, Vice President of Casio's Electronic Musical Instrument Division. "Partnering with organizations like Little Kids Rock and performers like Roshon, who is a featured Casio artist, ensures that we are collectively helping to impact local communities in a positive way through music. This donation is just one way to thank young impressionable students and help them to grow into artists that continue to believe in making music and will one day hopefully give back to the next generation of musicians."

Countless studies show that kids who have access to music education in schools do better academically and socially. Little Kids Rock developed the nationally renowned Modern Band programs that reach over 650,000 students across the country and that teach kids to play culturally relevant music they already know and love, like pop, hip-hop, country, rock and R & B. Kids become proficient while playing the music that inspires them, and participation in Modern Band increases their engagement with school, learning and inclusion, while fostering critical 21st century skills like teamwork, creativity and communication.

"Little Kids Rock is grateful to receive Casio's continued support and commitment to empowering young music makers in Los Angeles and across the country," says Little Kids Rock CEO and Founder David Wish. "By supporting the Modern Band program at Magnolia Science Academy 8-Bell and donating these state-of-the art instruments, they are ensuring that these students will have access to a first-rate and entirely new type of music program in their community."

The CT-X series of keyboards features advanced specifications for serious beginners to seasoned performers and players. All models feature the new AiX Sound Source which leverages expertise that Casio accumulated in developing sound sources for its digital pianos. The AiX Sound Source allows the CT-X keyboards to faithfully reproduce the appealing sound of acoustic instruments such as guitars, drums, basses, brass, wind instruments, string ensembles and more. The CT-X series provides high-performance Digital Signal Processor (DSP) effects that combine various algorithms to realize the perfect effect for each instrument sound. The CT-X700's stunning instrument tones are perfect for beginners or advanced players that need an affordable and portable instrument.

To learn more about Casio's full portfolio of electronic musical instruments, please visit www.casiomusicgear.com.

About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit casio.com/home.

About Little Kids Rock
Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming kids' lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. As the leader in inclusive, culturally-responsive, student-centered music education, the organization partners with public school districts to build music programs as diverse as the students being served. Little Kids Rock trains teachers to run its innovative Modern Band curriculum, and donates accompanying instruments and resources as necessary to teach popular music in a way that empowers students to experience instant achievement. What began as a single after-school guitar class has since exploded into a national movement that brings free, weekly music lessons to nearly 400,000 public school children annually through the efforts of more than 2,300 teachers in 270 school districts across 45 states. To date, Little Kids Rock has served more than 650,000 students. More info at www.littlekidsrock.org.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Brandon Bonine Releasing New Single "Only With You" In Anticipation Of Debut Album Launch

Singer-songwriter Brandon Bonine announced the release of his upcoming new single "Only with You" for Tuesday, March 20th. This is the troubadour’s third single in anticipation of his much talked about upcoming debut album WARRANTED WORRIES coming this Spring.

“I’m super excited about my release of ‘Only with You’,” says newcomer Brandon Bonine. “I wanted to create the perfect summer song for 2018, something everyone could groove to, and we have it. This is the perfect track to tease my debut album and what is to come!”

Brandon’s soulful and raw acoustic sound often draws comparisons with John Mayer. He has studied under Pat Metheny, and proudly finds musical inspiration from Townes Van Zandt, John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughn – as well as Metheny. His jazz/blues/rock infused Americana style has similarities with the Avett Brothers.

The music video for Brandon’s first single Remember My Name (directed by Diego Cruz of Detroit) from the upcoming debut album was recently nominated for Country Music Video of the Year at the Midwestern Music Video Awards and best Male Indie Music Video by LA Music Critic. Brandon worked with well-known Director Diego Cruz again on the new music video for Only with You creating a beautiful visual story for the sexy song.

Brandon is establishing himself as one of Detroit’s top indie jazz guitarists performing house concerts & gigs as well as building a following as a songwriter - even collaborating with YOUNG RJ of Slum Village (J Dilla, 50 Cent).

The new single “Only with You” was recorded at Big Sky Recording Studio, and was written and produced by Brandon Bonine. The new single will be available March 20th from Midwestern Heartbreak Records via iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.

Upcoming Tour Dates – Brandon Bonine
May 5 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark – Album Release Party

Weblinks: www.BrandonBonine.com/ www.facebook.com/brandonbonine/
www.twitter.com/brandonbonine/ www.instagram.com/theofficialbrandonbonine/
www.soundcloud.com/brandonbonine

About Brandon Bonine
Born and raised in the shadow of the Motor City, Brandon Bonine found music early on in life. Probably first hearing Teddy Pendergrass and Aaron Copland in his diaper, it was hard for him not to feel the infectious groove. First picking up the guitar at the age of 11, he spent hours learning from the jazz cats of his dad’s record collection, idolizing the poster of Slash on his wall. He was rejected from music school, but that didn’t stop him. Throughout college he divided his time between jazz gigs and DJing parties, often trading meals to build up his record and coffee collection. He finds inspiration from Pat Metheny, whom he’s studied under, Townes Van Zandt, John Mayer, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. After college he hooked up with YOUNG RJ of Slum Village(J Dilla, 50 Cent) and began crafting his next body of work. Halfway inspired by his life events and trying to capture that feeling of driving on a dirt road after having one too many espressos. To capture the vibe he was headed for, he teamed up with RJ RICE (producer; Poe, Pet Shop Boys) and formed a band with DANA DAVIS (Aretha Franklin, Byron Cage) and CHRISTON MASON (TLC, Phillip Phillips). Go hit those like buttons and hop on the groovy train, with a little bit of good Midwestern heartbreak. Stay up to date with Brandon at BrandonBonine.com

https://soundcloud.com/brandonbonine/only-with-you-30-second-teaser/s-qTDWP
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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Plunky Releases - "Only You" Smooth Groove/Afro-Mellow EP

The storied history of Afro-jazz funk legends Plunky & Oneness continues with a new album, "Eclecticism," to be released June 13 of this year. As a prelude to the new album, Plunky is releasing "Only You," a four-song maxi-single of Afro-mellow smooth grooves on March 13. While his maxi-single focuses on mellow vibes, the four tracks still showcase the variety and versatility Plunky and his group have shown for more than 40 years and 25 albums. Newness and innovation are on full display on this EP as Plunky and his son, J. Fire Branch, have produced a collection of personal songs with multiple layers of beats, sounds and meanings.

Listen to samples of the "Only You" 4-song Maxi Single, click here:
https://soundcloud.com/plunky-1-1/only-you-4-song-sampler

Here's how Plunky himself describes the songs on the EP/Maxi-single:

"The title tune, "Only You," is a smooth groove song about your one and only love. The tenor sax lead implies that it is a man speaking to his lover, but female background vocals make it clear that it is just as likely that a woman might sing it to hers. Every listener can hope that if they asked their lover "who makes you happy," the answer would be, "Only You." This song is my nod to Najee, Gerald Albright, Boney James, Kim Waters and all the smooth jazz saxophonists who make it mellow and funky at the same time.

"Love Makes Us Better" is about universal love. The modal piano vamp on the track hearkens back to the openness of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" and Pharaoh Sanders' "Karma;" but this new song combines sequencing with live instruments, vocals and soprano sax. The song was produced using modern hip-hop/R&B sampling techniques, instrumental improvisation and lyrics to create a nu-cosmic jazz.

"The instrumental track, "Word of Mouth," could have been titled "Oral History" or "Speaking in Tongues." This is truly a new music construct, using voices as percussion instruments and overdubbed saxophones as a rhythm section. This is special, acoustic Nu-Afro-beat music; mellow and danceable.

"The introspective song, "Dream Safari," uses a new age soundscape and a smooth Afro-jazz groove to create a vehicle for a tenor sax excursion into dream land. The song is cinematic, expansive and intimate. A safari is an expedition and this is a soundtrack for a quest for wisdom, peace and love…

"These are songs for this season, and with these songs I am intimating a subtle African and cosmopolitan aesthetic, an understated and diverse Afropolitan jazz-funk music."

"Only You" 4-Song sampler video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ypX2piavBM&feature=youtu.be

Musicians: J. Plunky Branch – sax, vocals; J. Fire Branch – electronic percussion, tracks; Charlayne "Chyp" Green – vocals; P. Muzi Branch – bass; J. L. Harris – keyboards; Carl Lester El – guitars; Chris Beasley – guitar; Kala Page – background vocals; Abdou Muhammed – Djembe drum; Al Dokes – tracks production

The "Only You" four-song EP is available from www.cdbaby.com and on all usual download sites.
Plunky & Oneness is available for touring dates, festivals, concerts, seminars and club dates.
Contact Plunky at plunkyb@aol.com. Website: www.plunkyone.com

Listen to samples of the "Only You" 4-song Maxi Single, click here:
https://soundcloud.com/plunky-1-1/only-you-4-song-sampler

"Only You" 4-Song sampler video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ypX2piavBM&feature=youtu.be

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Raquel Aurilia To Host A Fan Appreciation Party In Nashville During CMA Fest Week

Singer-songwriter Raquel Aurilia announced today she will be hosting a fan appreciation party in Nashville during CMA Fest week. Raquel will perform live and celebrate with fans during the lunch hour at The Stillery on Thursday, June 7th at 12noon. The fan event is part of the Renegade Radio Nashville & Music Update Central Fan Appreciation Party Showcase.

The event is free and music fans are encouraged to show up for photo ops, meet & greet, giveaways - plus a live music performance showcase by Raquel Aurilia.
The Stillery is located in downtown Nashville just off Broadway at 113 2nd Ave N.

"I am thrilled to be hosting this wonderful fan appreciation party in Nashville," says Raquel Aurilia. "It's a fantastic opportunity to celebrate music with the fans while they're in town for the CMA Fest week."

Raquel's latest single, "Pretty Roses" was recorded in Nashville where she also filmed the music video. Aurilia co-wrote "Pretty Roses" with songwriter Jennifer Adan, known for co-writing Blake Shelton's #1 hit "She Wouldn't Be Gone," Jonathan Hamby, keyboard player for country superstar, Carrie Underwood, and critically acclaimed producer, Michael Lattanzi, whose clientele ranges from rock legends Aerosmith to public figures like Paris Hilton.

Singer-songwriter Raquel Aurilia is currently touring. Aurilia has toured opening 25 U.S. cities for John Waite - including an upcoming concert scheduled January 19 in Phoenix, AZ. Aurilia has opened for B.B. King, Gin Blossoms, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Lisa Loeb, Eddie Money, Pat Benatar, and Riders in the Sky. Aurilia 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) in Nashville. Aurilia's music has been featured in MTV's hit series "The Hills," "The City" and "Taking the Stage."

Upcoming Event
June 7 - Nashville - The Stillery 12pm (Fan Appreciation Party during CMA Fest)

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

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Friday, June 1, 2018

AdShare To Help Globalize Xelon Entertainment

AdShare, the leading monetization service for music, film, television and sports rights holders, continues its international growth with the addition of Xelon Entertainment, Australia's premier digital music distributor. AdShare will help Xelon maximize its Australian music scene to the world, notably electronic dance music. This marks AdShare's first foray into both Australia and New Zealand. AdShare is already active in the US, Asia, Russia and India, with representation and offices in sixteen countries worldwide.

"Dance music is massive across the world," says AdShare Vice President of Sales Steve Scott. "Double digital growth for the music, clubs and festivals. We're excited about expanding into Australia with Xelon, one of the best digital music distributors to be found anywhere."

"It's about expanding our global operations," says Xelon's Marketing and Distribution Manager (N. America) Jon Lemmon, "AdShare gives us another opportunity to globalize all our artists."

Representing over 150 labels both domestic and worldwide, Xelon has become an invaluable asset to the Australian music scene.The distribution company has overseen the growth and expansion of numerous Australian artists, many of whom have worked with Xelon from the start. Headquartered in Melbourne, Xelon is known for its expertise in the dance music sphere.

About AdShare:
AdShare is the leading social media monetization service for music, film, television, and sports rights-holders. It brings together a technology oriented multi-disciplinary approach to monetizing fan engagement online.

AdShare's offerings include providing full service YouTube monetization and for existing YouTube Partners, the most robust and effective Optimization service on the market – generating substantial new revenue for its clients.

http://www.adshare.tv
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

2018 Summer Additions Come To Hybrid Studios


Orange County recording studios and soundstage, Hybrid Studios, has brought in a few new additions ahead of Summer 2018. A brand new Atomic Instrument SSL power supply has been brought into to power Studio A's SSL 4064G+ console. According to their website, "Atomic Instrument was created to fill the growing demand for reliable, efficient, power supplies for large format recording consoles. It's a power supply that uses about half the energy, lowers the noise floor (up to 13dBu), vastly improves reliability, and noticeably improves sound quality." This state-of-the-art power supply is quickly becoming an industry staple, currently being used by Bob Clearmountain, Tom Lord-Alge, and Avatar Studios.



"Installing the new power supply was easy, except for pulling out the old, heavy supplies," said Hybrid Studios Co-founder Billy Klein, "Calibrating the Atomic was incredibly easy, whereas the old supplies were really difficult and dangerous, since it required sticking a trim tool into a 240v PCB. Immediately we were able to tell a difference in the noise floor, with the Atomic sounding much cleaner. With the old supplies, we had constant temperature issues in our power supply rack, but since switching over to Atomic, the temperature has stayed constant in the mid 70's. It's been a huge improvement over the old units that required much more air conditioning. All in all, we're very happy with the switch and would highly recommend these supplies to anyone."



Hybrid Studios is also auditioning a brand new stereo pair of Adam Audio's S5Hs in Studio A. Featuring a more detailed top end compared to the S3As that are normally in the room, the impressive three-way speaker set will be available for use through the end of June 2018. The S5Hs feature two 10-inch Extended Linear Excursion (ELE) bass drivers and a ribbon tweeter. Mid-range frequencies are handled by ADAM Audio's new hybrid DCH, an innovative 4-inch MF driver, and the stable, wide-ranging dispersion offed by the speakers allows for multiple people to work in the loudspeakers' sweet spot simultaneously, as is necessary in control room as large as ours.



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 https://www.hybridstudiosca.com

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Plunky's "Love Makes Us Better" Video Is Cosmic Jazz-Funk


In his "Love Makes Us Better" video Plunky imagines John Coltrane or Pharaoh Sanders getting funky and spiritual and political in today's Youtube musical landscape.



Watch the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fun0F7BJvCs



"Love makes us better" is a declarative statement of belief in the power of universal love. The new song written by acclaimed saxophonist J. Plunky Branch, expresses his personal belief in love as a positive force in human nature.



It turns out the man with the horn is also a man with a vision, as Plunky directed and produced this short-form video masterwork that explores the intersection of musical romanticism and political and social idealism. The message in the video is simple: love makes us better people and a better nation.



The mood and tonality of the song's instrumental track is definitely rooted in the cosmic jazz of the 1960s and 70s. During that era, Plunky worked with Ornette Coleman, Sam Rivers, Pharaoh Sanders, Rashid Ali, Lonnie Liston Smith, Ndikho Xaba and others while leading his group, Juju. Plunky produced two albums on the innovative jazz label Strata-East Records and two albums on Black Fire Records before establishing his own N.A.M.E. Brand Records label. Over the years Plunky & Oneness (of Juju) developed an Afro-jazz funk sound by combining soulful, polyrhythmic and improvisational styles.



On "Love Makes Us Better," Plunky evokes the sentiments of past cosmic jazz saxophone masters, as his soprano soars over the rhythm section guided by Dr. Weldon Hill's grand piano motif. Hip-hop producer J. Fire Branch's beats and funky drums propel the track into today's future tense. Plunky's raw lead vocals are smoothed by angelic background singers (Charlayne Green and Kala Page) as he delivers his simple but poignant lyrics:



Love is supernatural and satisfactual/Magnificent, excellent and heaven sent

Personal love. Universal love. It's all about love

Love makes things better/Better and better

Love makes us better/Better and better



Plunky is a persistently innovative and versatile artist whose 25 albums and 450 original songs span multiple genres including, African, jazz, funk, R&B, hip-hop and reggae. He has toured extensively with his group, Plunky & Oneness (of Juju), performing in concert and at festivals with some of the biggest names in Black music, including George Clinton, Earth Wind & Fire, Patti LaBelle, LL Cool J, Lonnie Liston Smith, and so many more. Plunky recently received a 50 For 50 Award as an outstanding artist of the last 50 years from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. His songs have been on national and international charts, licensed for television, sampled, re-recorded and re-issued on numerous international compilations.



"Love Makes Us Better" will be the title song of the upcoming full-length album due out later this summer, but the song is available now as one of the tracks on "Only You," Plunky's four-song maxi-single CD which this week entered the Smoothjazz.com Top 50 Indie Chart. The "Only You" maxi single is available on itunes, amazon and all the usual online streaming services; and it can be ordered at https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/plunkyoneness8


Website: http://www.plunkyone.com

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