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IDC is so excited about the new single from Cindy Blackman Santana!

15 Aug

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Cindy Blackman Santana is a virtuoso drummer whose artistry spans the realms of jazz and rock. As a bandleader and as a musician, Cindy is a sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries and exploring movement and change. She is as known for the nuances and colors she brings to her beats and fills as she is for the sheer power of her soulful playing. “Some drummers act, some react. Some keep time, others create it. Cindy Blackman Santana is among the few who can,” writes Mike Zwerin of the International Herald Tribune.

Her recording career began in the late ’80s, and she has released albums with an acoustic ensemble—the Cindy Blackman Quartet—as well as with her electric outfit. One she cites as among her favorites is 2000’s Works On Canvas. “I like where the band was at that point, our sound was becoming really cohesive,” she says. The review in Jazz Times noted that the album “proceeds like an impressionistic suite in which she not only functions as the main rhythmic engine of the music, but also a magnificent colorist…Works on Canvas is an amazing portrait of one of this generation’s most colorful drummers.”

Cindy is currently featured on the Santana/Isley Brothers release Power of Peace, featuring the song “I Remember” which she wrote and sings. In 2016, she connected with fellow drummer and world-class producer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin) and together the two have been working on new material. Cindy Blackman Santana will release the new single titled “Fun Party Splash” on Narada Michael Walden’s Tarpan Records in the summer of 2017, and continues to build a body of work and artistic legacy that make her one of the finest drummers, and recording artists of this or any generation.

For more information, please visit Cindy’s website at: www.cindyblackmansantana.com

IDC is honored to be working with legendary artist Ronnie Spector, and legendary producer Narada Michael Walden!

11 Aug

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Iconic Singer RONNIE SPECTOR Partners with Legendary Producer NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN for the New Ronnie and the Ronettes Single “LOVE POWER”

Iconic singer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee RONNIE SPECTOR along with her RONETTES, partner with the legendary producer Narada Michael Walden, to create the brand-new single “LOVE POWER”. The first new Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes recording in decades, the single will be released through Walden’s Tarpan Records in association with Spector’s Bad Girl Sounds this August 18, 2017, worldwide on all digital platforms.

The story of Ronnie and Narada goes back to the early 1980s. The two met and talked about the possibility of working together, exchanging calls and speaking a few times, but it wasn’t until Narada (and Preston Glass) penned the track Tonight You’re Mine, Baby,” performed by Ronnie for the film “Just One Of The Guys” in 1985, that they finally worked together.

Fast forward to 2017, and the two have now reunited to create an anthemic single just in time for the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. The single, aptly titled “LOVE POWER,” features Spector on lead vocals with her group The Ronettes, together with the world class production of Narada Michael Walden. “LOVE POWER” is reminiscent of many of the hits Walden has created in the past for other female icons like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Aretha Franklin.

The heart, soul and passion of female Rock & Roll in the 1960’s, Ronnie Spector—as lead singer of the ultimate girl group, The Ronettes—recorded a long string of classic pop hits: powerful, poignant teen anthems like the Grammy Award-winning “Walking in the Rain,” “Do I Love You,” “Baby I Love You,” “The Best Part of Breaking Up,” “I Can Hear Music,” and the international Number One smash “Be My Baby.” In fact, last month, Billboard Magazine ranked “Be My Baby” as their Number One Greatest Girl Group Song of All-Time.

Among a handful of the most innovative, original and influential artists of our time, Narada Michael Walden’s stature as an authentic musical renaissance man is a matter of record. Producing hits for Artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin (including the platinum “Freeway of Love”), Steve Winwood, Ray Charles, Sting, Elton John, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Mariah Carey, Barbara Streisand, Lionel Ritchie, Lisa Fischer, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, Gladys Knight, and The Temptations, the EMMY and multi-GRAMMY winner (Producer, Album and Song of The Year) has been at the helm of hit music that spans decades.

Narada started his storied career as a drummer, with John McLaughlin and Mahavishnu Orchestra. Narada’s music flows freely from pop, rock and soul, to the rarified realms of jazz, fusion and world music. With Jeff Beck, Narada wrote and played drums on the seminal album “Wired” that earned them both their first Gold Album. Walden was an integral part of introducing Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey to millions of fans worldwide, producing and writing their breakthrough hits. Billboard Magazine honored him as one of the Top Ten Producers of all time.

The new “LOVE POWER” collaboration features a song written by Teddy Vann many years ago, with initial tracking done at Walden’s Tarpan Studios in San Rafael, California. The Ronettes’ background vocals were recorded at John Kilgore Sound and Recording in Manhattan. Spector recorded all the lead vocals during a visit to Tarpan Studios in early June 2017, and the track was mixed by Narada and Tarpan lead engineer Jim Reitzel. Cover art for the single was created by David Calderley at Graphic Therapy in New York.

“LOVE POWER” is an anthem for a new era of music and the next generation, while reaching the heart and soul of generations past. This single will uplift and inspire anyone who hears it.

To Pre-Order LOVE POWER on iTunes please visit:  http://smarturl.it/lovepower

For more information on Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes please visit her website at: http://www.ronniespector.com/

For more information on Narada Michael Walden please visit: http://www.naradamichaelwalden.com/

For Narada Interview Requests please contact: Michael Jensen & Erin Cook / Jensen Communications MJ@jensencom.com Erin@jensencom.com Phone 626-585-9575

For Ronnie Interview Requests please contact: Seth Cohen at Seth Cohen PR sethcohenpr@earthlink.net 917-969-2019

Rootstime.be Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up” (translated)

2 Aug

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“The roots of singer-songwriter Jennifer Saran are in North America, but she has been living in Hong Kong for over 25 years since her marriage. Two years ago, she debuted in the music world with a Christmas album and in the middle of last year we could welcome her first official studio album “Walk With Me”. These albums are mainly socially engaged and engage in a variety of charities that they also support financially. As a result, she comes into contact with a few big names from the world of music, art and politics. She sees social commitment as a kind of mission to help her to a better world.

The American top producer Narada Michael Walden took care of Jennifer Saran’s musical activities and compiled songs for her album “Walk With Me” and also took on the role of producer. Also for her new “Wake Up” CD, the close collaboration with him continued, and the recording of the 15 tracks took place in the Tarpan Studios of Narada Michael Walden in San Rafael, California.

For the recording of the album title track “Wake Up”, Jennifer Saran could count on the musical support of guitar legend Carlos Santana and the South African formation ‘Ladysmith Black Mambazo’. The proceeds from the sale of this single go in full to the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, an organization around the South African archbishop and Nobel laureate winner of human rights and combating the suppression of all the weak in the world.

Most of the songs on this album belong to the smoothly heard alternative pop genre. Nine of these songs were composed by Jennifer Saran and Narada Michael Walden, and next to a version of the traditional “Aad Guray”, this singer also brings five covers of songs that are close to her for some reason.

While George Micheal died last year on Christmas day, Saran creates a tribute and brings her own version of his hit “Jesus To A Child”. Also soul-classic “Me And Mrs. Jones “of the singer Billy Paul, who died in April 2016, receives a personalized dress and the ‘Mrs. Jones ‘was appropriately amended to’ Mr. Jones’. Patti Page was an American singer of traditional pop songs who sold more than 100 million albums in her long career. Jennifer Saran selected her song “Old Cape Cod” from 1957 for a tasteful cover version on this album.

In addition, there is also a musical tribute to two artists who Jennifer Saran admires for their successful career and who wants to put them on the record by releasing one of their biggest hits. From American soul and R & B singer Bill Withers, she selected “Lean On Me”, one of his best-known songs, and the present-day 95-year-old singer and actress Doris Day is blown with a cover of her song “My Love And Devotion “, a song she sang in 1952 for her movie” Lullaby Of Broadway “.

Jennifer ‘Hill’ Saran is a single mother of three children after her husband Kuldeep Saran’s death, but she also wants to be a mother for all disadvantaged children in the world. She is committed to creating a better world and doing so with enormous dynamism and positivism; Features that are also found in her music and in her songs. Such a lady deserves our full support in achieving her noble goals and the promotion of her latest, very beautiful record can be seen as a small contribution of ‘Rootstime’.”

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WAKE UP was released July 7th, 2017.
Order or preview the album now on iTunes http://smarturl.it/wakeuplp
 
More information about JENNIFER SARAN or WAKE UP can be found at:

 

Watch The “Wake Up” Music Video

 https://youtu.be/WAzK3mAlmrA

The Aquarian Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up”

31 Jul

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“Singer/songwriter Jennifer Saran doesn’t rap, she sings in a most delectable way, always in service to the song. The title track of her self-released Wake Up features Ladysmith Black Mambazo and some guitarist named Santana as produced by Narada Michael Walden. It’s a clarion call for the enlightened. Saran is based in Hong Kong and has the kind of eclectic musical worldview to the point where she takes George Michael’s “Jesus To A Child”—with Walden on drums—and wraps it in the gauzy haze of four violins, two violas, cello and flute with her voice emanating out from within the middle. Similarly, when she tackles the Billy Paul hit “Me And Mrs. Jones,” changing the gender and leaking body fluids all over the mix, one can feel the danger of falling in love with someone when you’re already married to someone else. Most impressive, though, is her complete overhaul of the 1957 Patti Page hit “Old Cape Cod” and the 1952 Doris Day hit “My Love And Devotion” which sent me scurrying to YouTube to hear the originals. Her “Lean On Me” does Bill Withers proud and her originals beg to be interpreted in other genres. Welcome to the big stage, Jennifer Saran! You deserve it.”

By Mike Greenblatt at www.theaquarian.com

WAKE UP was released July 7th, 2017.
Order or preview the album now on iTunes http://smarturl.it/wakeuplp
 
More information about JENNIFER SARAN or WAKE UP can be found at:

 

Watch The “Wake Up” Music Video

 https://youtu.be/WAzK3mAlmrA

Fatea Records Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up”

26 Jul

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“This is indeed a rare jewel.”

“Jennifer Saran is an American born Hong Kong based singer songwriter of whom I knew nothing prior to the receipt of this latest album to review. I am certain that this is more my loss than hers. One of her aims in life, through both her music and charitable work, would seem to be to make the world we live in a better place. She is involved with a number of charities and the proceeds from the title track, “Wake Up” will go to the Desmond Tutu Foundation in South Africa.

The “Wake Up” album is a bit of a jewel for music lovers, containing a mix of almost every genre of music with the exception of opera. In addition to Jennifer’s amazing voice, it includes the Ladysmith Black Mambazo choir from South Africa and the renowned guitarist Carlos Santana. One thing that really struck me about Jennifer’s vocals is the clarity of her diction. No need here to rush off to find the sleeve notes to understand what she is singing about.

The album contains a mix of new songs written by Jennifer either alone or in collaboration with others and a number of tribute songs to other artists. All produced by Narada Michael Walden in California.

The tribute songs make for an unusual contribution to this production. A couple are fairly predictable, Bill Withers (Lean On Me) and Billy Paul (Me and Mr Jones.) The others, much less so! George Michael’s “Jesus To A Child” is quite superb and emphasises the quality of Jennifer’s voice. It also demonstrates what a talent the world of music lost with the death of George. Two of the other renditions came as a bit of a shock to this listener. Patti Page’s “Old Cape Cod” and Doris Day’s “My Love and Devotion” are not tracks that you would expect to hear on a CD issued in 2017. They are both however quite wonderful and the producer has done an incredible job of making the songs sound like they had been recorded at the relevant period in time, demonstrating total respect for the original artist and musicians! “Old Cape Cod” reminds me of music from a Busby Berkeley film although it never appeared in one. It just has that sound and feel to it and even includes vocal backing that is reminiscent of The Andrews Sisters.

There are a few real gems in the self-penned songs too. The title track “Wake Up” is a very uplifting song despite its very harsh warning about the state of our planet. Rather unusually for a protest song, it is played with a real beat and the backing of the choir. It works for me though and makes me listen to the words far more than some of the dirges I have heard in the past which try to make a point. “I Will Always be Your Home” is a line that all parents will have, at one point, told their children. A delightfully slow and very thought provoking track! “Really” sounds as though it has come straight from the local disco and “Grace is the Champion” is an excellent example of modern alt pop.

Jennifer is a lady who really cares about life and has produced an album to match her passion. I can honestly say that I like every track on this album. Some more than others but the same can be said of almost every album ever issued. One track will lift you up, the next will make you think about your life and that of others less fortunate. This is indeed a rare jewel. A lady who would make a wonderful dinner guest and is a very accomplished singer songwriter to be admired and taken notice of!”

www.fatea-records.co.uk

WAKE UP was released July 7th, 2017.
Order or preview the album now on iTunes http://smarturl.it/wakeuplp
 
More information about JENNIFER SARAN or WAKE UP can be found at:

 

Watch The “Wake Up” Music Video

 https://youtu.be/WAzK3mAlmrA

World Music Central Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up”

17 Jul

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“Although Wake Up features celebrated South African ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Carlos Santana as guests, this new album by singer-songwriter Jennifer Saran is a pop effort, seeking a mass audience. It includes familiar songs, has sing along pop hooks and dance beats. The album wants to bring awareness to inequality and poverty throughout the globe.

The highlight of the album is Saran’s interplay with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Wake Up includes covers of pop hits by Patty Page, Doris Day, Bill Withers, and George Michael.

Funds from Jennifer Saran’s musical projects go to various entities, including the Kuldeep Saran Memorial Trust, the Hong Kong Women’s Choir and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in South Africa.”

 

Watch The “Wake Up” Music Video

 https://youtu.be/WAzK3mAlmrA

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WAKE UP was released July 7th, 2017.
Order or preview the album now on iTunes http://smarturl.it/wakeuplp
 
More information about JENNIFER SARAN or WAKE UP can be found at:

Femail Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up”

13 Jul

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“To say the very least, Jennifer Saran is a prolific artist. After releasing her debut holiday-themed album Merry Christmas, You Are Loved in 2015, followed shortly thereafter by Walk With Me in 2016, Saran is now finalizing her new 15-track album Wake Up. A mix of alt-pop and adult contemporary covers and originals produced by the legendary Narada Michael Walden at his Tarpan Studios in San Rafael, CA, Wake Up features guest appearances by multiple Grammy-winning guitar legend Carlos Santana and South African Grammy-winning male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Wake Up will release in stores & online worldwide on July 7th, 2017.

Jennifer Sara is a North American artist, songwriter, and vocalist based in Hong Kong. In 2016, Jennifer teamed up with Narada Michael Walden (they obviously love working together) and Ladysmith Black Mambazo to create her new album’s titular single ‘Wake Up.” Also, making a special guest appearance on the track is multiple Grammy-winning legend Carlos Santana. This stunning collaboration is a heartfelt appeal to recognize and address worldwide inequality and impoverishment, a cause incredibly important to each of these amazing artists involved. Jennifer travelled to South Africa to record with Ladysmith and to film scenes for the song’s music video, released with the single on November 11, 2016.

Wake Up features Jennifer’s versions of classic hits from artists such as Patty Page, Doris Day, Bill Withers, and George Michael, each of whom holds a special place in her heart. Jennifer’s original songs and conscious messages have resonated with fans and media alike, and her music has been released to many great reviews and widespread radio exposure around the world, including interviews on syndicated radio stations in the US and the UK. The ‘Wake Up” single was reviewed or mentioned in magazines and websites including Songwriting Magazine, Women Talking, and Clare Balding conducted a wonderful in-depth interview with Jennifer on BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday. The ‘Wake Up” music video aired on over 100 broadcast video outlets in the past several months across the US, including rotation on California Music Channel, PC Music Pool, and The Sound Chamber, reaching millions of viewers. On social media, the video has had almost 100,000 views across Facebook and YouTube.

Jennifer Saran, aka Jennifer Hill, was born in Washington DC to a Canadian mother and American father. Years later she stumbled upon a women’s choir with the American Women’s Association (AWA) in Hong Kong in 1992, which she joined as a Mezzo (second soprano/first alto). She and members of that choir broke away in 1997 and formed The Hong Kong Women’s Choir, where the group performed to raise money for local charities. Under the brand name -NOVA,’ and with an additional a cappella subgroup named -Grace Notes,’ the choir’s aim was to perform more contemporary music and raise money for the disadvantaged in Hong Kong.

THKWC has performed for multiple events over the last 20 years, including charity functions and public performances, and while many wonderful local and international women have joined and departed over the years, Jennifer is the sole remaining founding member. This year is the Choir’s 20th anniversary, to be celebrated at Hong Kong’s historically famous Western Market.

In 2007, Jennifer also established a memorial trust in the name of her late husband, Kuldeep Saran, at the time of his death. She is involved in many charitable efforts, including The Kuldeep Saran Memorial Trust, whose objective is to support the education and well-being of disadvantaged children in Hong Kong, through education programs, and a -bricks and mortar’ renovation to a local Hong Kong school that educates minority children.

KSMT Ventures, which manages donations from other organizations that fund charitable projects, one of which is AnEW, Arts and Education for Women, a Christian-Action program supporting refugee women and asylum seekers in Hong Kong.

Proceeds from her musical endeavors will go to the Kuldeep Saran Memorial Trust and the Hong Kong Women’s Choir, for the educational support of disadvantaged children. Proceeds from the single, ‘Wake Up” will go to the Desmond Tutu foundation in South Africa.

Jennifer is the mother of 3 children, Paul, Phillip, and Anjali. She continues to write new songs and travels the world, trying to uplift and engage, educate and empower, our future generations.”

www.femail.com.au

WAKE UP was released July 7th, 2017.
Order or preview the album now on iTunes http://smarturl.it/wakeuplp
 
More information about JENNIFER SARAN or WAKE UP can be found at:

 

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