Saturday, December 1, 2018

Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Halie Loren Has New Music Video In Production

Award winning singer/songwriter Halie Loren is in production for a new music video in collaboration with HOCA STUDIO and director Thang Ho in Atlanta, Georgia this week for her original song, "Noah", off of her latest album, "From the Wild Sky", produced by Troy Miller (Jamie Cullum, Becca Stevens, Gregory Porter).

"Noah", an emotionally poignant ballad about loss and hope, is a follow-up to her first video from the album, "How to Dismantle a Life", the buoyant and charmingly wry first single which came out to worldwide praise in Summer, 2018.

"I am so excited to be working with Thang Ho on a song that means as much to me as "Noah" does. The imagery we are creating to communicate this song's story and heart is inspiring and moving me so deeply. I have seen past works Thang and his great team have worked on, and they are truly stunning. I can't wait to see the results of this collaboration!", says Loren.

Much of the production team hail from SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design - Atlanta). Department heads for this production include Writer/Director/Producer Thang Ho, Co-Producers Hahn MJ and Awais Bashir, Director of Photography Vishvesh Bakshi, and Art Director Roxy Flores.

The full video release will be out in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, Halie Loren's musical discography is available on all streaming outlets, including Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music, and her CDs are available everywhere through JVC/Kenwood/Victor Entertainment in Asia and Justin Time Records and White Moon Productions throughout the rest of the world.

Contact Information:

Jim West, Wild West Artist Management – Ph: 514-738-9533 /

Keith Altomare, Music Marketing Management – Ph: 541-992-5399 /

Shelia Smith – PR Coordinator – Ph: 541-521-0120 /



Friday, November 30, 2018

New Zealand-based Contemporary Jazz Band GroovExpress Rumbles To #1 On Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart With 3rd CD Amsterdaam

Like the mighty locomotive train that is its namesake, 8-piece band GroovExpress, made a mighty leap from #9 to #1 on Billboard magazine's Contemporary Jazz Albums chart for the week of September 15 with its third release, Amsterdaam. The soul-jazz fusion band's latest album had only been on the charts for four weeks before landing at the top of the chart. Led by producer/composer/engineer/guitarist Mykeljon Winckel, GroovExpress has been steadily building a loyal fan base over the last six years with its previous releases and live performances. Leading with first single "Geraldine," Amsterdaam jumped over more established American acts such as Dave Koz and Boney James to claim charts top honors.

Winckel could not be more pleased or surprised. "It was wonderful news to see a life-long dream come to reality," he ecstatically states. "This is awesome and amazing news, I knew when the album was completed we achieved something special, but number #1?!"

Impeccably radio-friendly, "Geraldine" and Amsterdaam are well on their way with their missions to garner GroovExpress deeper entrenchment into the international contemporary jazz world where guitars and saxes reign supreme.

GroovExpress is Mykeljon Winckel, guitars and vocals; Ernest Semu, Rhodes, Wurlitzer and piano; Anthony Hunt, organ and clavinet; Trinidad Sanchez III, electric bass; Isaac Sanchez, drums and percussion; "The Angel City Horns" (leader Chris Tedesco, trumpet and Flugelhorn; Robert Kyle; saxophones and flute; Jim McMillen, trombone) with additional percussion by Larry Salzman.

MJ and his "down under" cohorts were as influenced by annual jazz festivals as they were Casey Kasem's weekly radio show "American Top 40." A fusion of the two was an inevitable reality – Chicago crossed with the CTI crossover jazz productions of Creed Taylor. All of this is sunnily evident in the 11 tracks of Amsterdaam which additionally includes the evocative "Oriental Journey" and "Just Before the Light," the McCartney-esque "In My Heart," one vocal tune "All Night Long," a clever mashup of Robben Ford meets Eric Clapton titled "Blues on the Outside," and the Steely Dan influenced "Thin Blue Line" (‘The Dan' being especially inspiring to Mykeljon in his 5 years of music conservatorium study).

So, if you ever wondered what's goin' down at the intersection of L.A. Express & Oblivion Express, climb aboard GroovExpress for a smooth cruisin' adventure!