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US Review: Sydney Brown “Love Is Stronger Than Smoke and Fire”

22 Feb

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https://oasisentertainmentblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/love-is-stronger-than-smoke-and-fire-by-sydney-brown/

 

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US Review: George St. Clair “Ballads of Captivity and Freedom”

21 Feb

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https://oasisentertainmentblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/11/ballads-of-captivity-and-freedom-by-george-st-clair/

Bay Area Rock Songstress KARNEY Reaches New Heights with Huge Sound and Powerful Lyrics on Her Fifth Full-Length Album NO MERCY

20 Feb

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For Immediate Release – San Francisco, CA – Anna Karney has been making great music for many years, performing across the US and collaborating with many talented and notable artists. She has put out several singles and EPs as a solo artist and together with her band, and will release the fifth full-length KARNEY album of original songs titled NO MERCY in stores and online March 9, 2018. Keeping her mind on social justice and positive messages, Anna Karney’s lyrical content offers a sardonic and sometimes straightforward approach to many of the issues facing people today, with a message of hope resonating throughout every song she writes.

While in the process of writing songs for her new NO MERCY release, KARNEY began revisiting earlier material and started to hear some things differently. This was partly due to alterations that happened across years of live performances, but also times had changed, and KARNEY had changed with them. Her good friend and engineer/producer Michael Rosen was also remixing the material in a new and fresh way, and they decided to just go with it. Finished songs so often lie abandoned on vinyl or in digital bits, but KARNEY has found renewed excitement and inspiration with her older works, which has also had a tremendous creative effect on her new album.

Anna Karney’s musical influences include Bob Dylan, Neil Young, John Lennon, Sheryl Crow, Chrissie Hynde, Fela Kuti, and Joni Mitchell. As an arranger, pianist, and guitarist, she has worked with artists such as George Clinton, Linda Perry, and Dennis Bovell. The KARNEY live band includes many great Bay Area musicians such as bassist Kevin White and guitarist James DePrato (both of Chuck Prophet, The Mission Express), drummer Jeff Herrera, renown trumpet player Bill Ortiz (Santana, Destiny’s Child, Tito Puente, Tony Toni Tone), and electric bassoon and tenor sax player Paul Hanson (Bela Fleck and Cirque De Soleil). Anna Karney holds down guitar, various piano, organ and strings sounds, and lead and background vocals on all songs.

For the new album NO MERCY, as well as on previous releases, KARNEY has worked with other Producers and artists in the SF Bay Area such as Producer/engineer Mark Pistel (Michael Franti, Grace Jones, Chuck Prophet, http://www.markpistel.com), Producer/Engineer Michael Rosen (Rancid, Tesla, Smashmouth, Santana, and Papa Roach, http://www.michaelsrosen.com), and Adam Munoz (Herbie Hancock, Dave Mathews, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Bell, Chester Thompson and Lyle Lovett). Songs from NO MERCY are already receiving national Radio airplay on stations across the US and internationally as well.

Anna Karney has had a diverse musical career, having spent many years composing music for computer games such as Star Wars Galaxies, Monkey Island IV, Armed and Dangerous, several SimCity titles, Metal Dungeon, Death Jr., and many more. She has also added youth choral director to her list of musical endeavors, having recently received the esteemed “Dreamcatcher” Award from the Visual and Performing Arts division of the San Francisco Unified School District for her work as a choral teacher and conductor for middle and high school students, as well as her contribution to the furthering of music education in the San Francisco public school system.

Additionally, Anna Karney has scored ballet and modern dance pieces as an artist in residence at Mills College and San Francisco State University. This includes pieces for many contemporary dance world choreographers and dancers such as Edward Valela, Anna Sokolo, San Francisco Ballet School, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Oberlin Dance Collective, Richard Gibson and The Academy of Ballet, June Watanabe, Joe Goode, Lucas Hoving, Ed Mock, Janice Garret, Melissa Fenley, and many more. She also composed her Opus 1 Chaconne Sur Sept for nationally renowned contemporary music group Earplay Ensemble.

 

 

For more information please visit Karney’s website at www.karney.org

 

To Pre-order “NO MERCY” on iTunes and Other Digital Retailers please visit:

http://smarturl.it/KarneyNoMercy

 

To Pre-order “NO MERCY” from Bandcamp please visit:

https://karney.bandcamp.com/album/no-mercy

 

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James of Glass Onyon PR at

(828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

 

For Digital Marketing please contact Jerome Forney of Independent Distribution Collective at jerome@independentdistro.com

 

For Radio inquiries please contact Peter Hay of Twin Vision Radio Promotion at TwinVision@aol.com

 

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VIDEO PREMIERE! Singer Sydney Brown Releases Official Music Video for “Love Is Stronger Than Smoke and Fire” at TheUrbanMusicScene.com

16 Feb

World Video Premiere for Love is Stronger Than Smoke and Fire by Sydney Brown to aid those in need from the California Wildfires.

One benefit of being a gifted artist is utilizing their genuine voice of concern and hope while raising funds in assisting victims through unforeseen devastation. On her just released CD single and upcoming video (shot exclusively in and around Sonoma County), “Love is Stronger Than Smoke and Fire” (Tarpan Records) – Produced by Music Legend Narada Michael Walden, California based singer/actress Sydney Brown unveils her heart towards the families and individuals who are suffering through the recent California wildfires. In essence, the song’s title states it all through these particular lyrics: “Time to get up/Going through hardship/But sticking with it/Doing our best to be strong.”

When the devastating California fires broke out in October 2017, Sydney had already been recording with Narada. Horrified by what had happened to so many people in their area, they sat down to discuss lyrics and ideas, and the song “LOVE IS STRONGER THAN SMOKE AND FIRE” was born. Then Sydney had an idea: instead of creating this song for herself, she wanted to release the single in the interest of helping the fire victims that were so close to her. She teamed up with YouCaring and The Red Cross to ensure that proceeds from the single would go directly to both the Northern and Southern California fire victims. Within 48 hours of launching Sydney’s YouCaring fundraising campaign, her initial goal of $5,000 was met. Funds are still being raised. (GOPR)

To contribute towards the proceeds of “Love is Stronger Than Smoke and Fire” for those affected by the California Wildfires, please visit youcaring.com/sydneybrownmusic.

Official Website: Sydney Brown
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Canada Review: MICHAEL TRACY “STILL GOT SOUL”

12 Feb

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International Reggae Artist I-Octane Teams up with Twice GRAMMY award-Nominated JBoog for Single and Selected Tour Dates – Now Featured on iTunes!

9 Feb

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International Reggae Artist I-Octane Teams up
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Jamaica, U.S.A (MPR Consulting) – On the heels January 13th memorable and exciting performance at renowned stage show Rebel Salute in Jamaica, International reggae star I-Octane has premiered his new single “Pretty Loud” featuring two times nominated Reggae artist J Boog, and announced that he will join him for selected California tour dates.

The latter will be in support of I-Octane’s anticipated third full length album titled “Love and Life”, which is set to release on March 30th, 2018. Albeit much earlier performances will be announced, the California leg of JBoog’s L.O.E tour will introduce reggae star I-Octane to new fans, and deliver a dose of Jamaica’s steeped vibes to San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield, Fresno, Redway and Monterey.

Speaking on the song’s inspiration, I-Octane explained “I was in the studio talking with my brethrens about how we see some beautiful women that never can keep a man, or always change men. We all know some of them that think that because they are beautiful, they should be treated a certain way. It’s like that is all they have to offer, and they come with a certain attitude and expectations from men. Of course it’s not all women, I don’t want to stereotype, but it’s plenty of them. That basically was the inspiration. That is what the song Pretty Loud is about. The idea to work with JBoog came from my manager Wendy. We were talking about him and his accomplishments in reggae on the international front, and she suggested him for the record, and yeah he delivered as expected, his voice just fit in perfect. It’s one of my favorite collaborations. I get to introduce him to my audience, and i get to know his audience.We give thanks. 

Distributed by IDC, “Pretty Loud” will be available on February 9th, is now purchasable as a pre-order smarturl.it/IoctaneJboog

As a fan of reggae music, i have long admired and actually been a fan myself of I-Octane. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great artists and now I can count him among those names. What makes it sweeter is not only our collaboration, but the fact that we will perform it together when he joins my L.O.E tour in Cali. One Love” – J Boog

AVAILABLE NOW! – SYDNEY BROWN Releases Her Debut Single “LOVE IS STRONGER THAN SMOKE AND FIRE” Produced by NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN to Benefit CA Fire Victims

9 Feb

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For Immediate Release – San Francisco, CA – SYDNEY BROWN is a Pop singer/songwriter from San Francisco, CA, and together with Bay Area legend NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN wrote and recorded the single “LOVE IS STRONGER THAN SMOKE AND FIRE” as a benefit for the victims of the 2017 California fires. Presently 16 years old, Sydney began her singing career in 2009 and has performed in over ten Broadway musicals with different local theatre companies, including her favorites Legally Blonde, West Side Story, and Sweet Charity. Sydney met Narada in 2010 and began performing with him at his Spring Fling with Strings Concert, singing a cover of the Bill Withers classic “Lean on Me” for her first solo performance.

SYDNEY BROWN began writing her own music in 2017, and is excited to release her debut single “LOVE IS STRONGER THAN SMOKE AND FIRE” on February 9, 2018. The song is co-written and produced by the iconic Grammy-winning producer NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN, who has also produced such legendary stars as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Sting, and George Michael. The single was recorded at the illustrious Tarpan Studios in San Rafael, California, and will be released in association with Walden’s Tarpan Records.

When the devastating California fires broke out in October 2017, Sydney had already been recording with Narada. Horrified by what had happened to so many people in their area, they sat down to discuss lyrics and ideas, and the song “LOVE IS STRONGER THAN SMOKE AND FIRE” was born. Then Sydney had an idea: instead of creating this song for herself, she wanted to release the single in the interest of helping the fire victims that were so close to her. She teamed up with YouCaring and The Red Cross to ensure that proceeds from the single would go directly to both the Northern and Southern California fire victims. Within 48 hours of launching Sydney’s YouCaring fundraising campaign, her initial goal of $5,000 was met. Funds are still being raised. For more information on the fundraising project, please visit youcaring.com/sydneybrownmusic.

The intense message of the lyrics and the situation has inspired the creation of a full-length music video for the song, with scenes in the video that include footage from the Sonoma, Napa, and Los Angeles fires and their aftermath. Shot exclusively in and around Sonoma County, the video will debut worldwide on February 16, 2018. See a short preview of the video at https://youtu.be/6bWg1-JHtKg.

The 2017 California fires have been devastating, and this cause has touched Sydney’s heart. Her goal is to touch the hearts of others and to ensure that all the fire victim’s lives are restored to the best of their ability. Like her father Willie Brown, former Mayor of San Francisco, Sydney believes in justice for everyone, no matter what. SYDNEY BROWN and Willie Brown will host a release event for “LOVE IS STRONGER THAN SMOKE AND FIRE” at the Golden Gate Yacht Club on February 10, 2018.

Along with her love for music, Sydney has always had a desire to be a social justice warrior. She joined the Mock Trial team when she began high school in Marin County in 2015, sparking a passion for law which has since begun to flourish. Not only has she joined the Mock Trial team, but she has also been hired for an internship with a local criminal defense attorney. As being an advocate for social justice stole her heart, she wanted to combine her music with that passion. With the release of her new single in February 2018, that dream has become a reality.

For more information about SYDNEY BROWN or future performances please visit Sydney’s website at www.sydneybrownmusic.com.

To Pre-order “LOVE IS STRONGER THAN SMOKE AND FIRE” on iTunes and Other Digital Retailers please visit http://smarturl.it/SydneyBrown.

For Press and Interview inquiries, please contact Billy James of Glass Onyon PR at (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com.

For Digital Marketing, please contact Jerome Forney of Independent Distribution Collective at jerome@independentdistro.com.

 

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