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Don’t miss the Simon Barrett Blog Talk Radio Interview with ACTING NATURAL

10 Oct

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“ACTING NATURAL lead singer & guitarist Eric Carnevale, bass guitarist/vocalist James David Maney, and drummer/vocalist Jesse Leonard are fueled by a mutual interest in bringing back the authenticity of raw Rock & Roll music. Their new ACTING NATURAL EP is a stunning debut that proves they have aligned their unwavering dedication to creating quality music with a signature sound. The ACTING NATURAL EP will have a worldwide digital release on September 22, 2017, followed by a physical CD release on October 20, 2017. Coinciding with the digital release, ACTING NATURAL attended the iHeartMusic Festival on September 22 in Las Vegas, NV.”

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Power Pop Trio ACTING NATURAL Featured On IHEART RADIO Ahead Of The Release Of Their New ACTING NATURAL EP

2 Oct

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NYC – ACTING NATURAL lead singer & guitarist Eric Carnevale, bass guitarist/vocalist James David Maney, and drummer/vocalist Jesse Leonard are fueled by a mutual interest in bringing back the authenticity of raw Rock & Roll music. Their new ACTING NATURAL EP is a stunning debut that proves they have aligned their unwavering dedication to creating quality music with a signature sound. The ACTING NATURAL EP will have a worldwide digital release on September 22, 2017, followed by a physical CD release on October 20, 2017. Coinciding with the digital release, ACTING NATURAL will be attending the iHeartMusic Festival on September 22 in Las Vegas, NV.

ACTING NATURAL released their first single “Pairadice” and the response was incredible, reaching #1 on the Top 5 Most Added and reached #9 on the FMQB A/C Chart. ACTING NATURAL’s unique sound is focused on passion and solid musicianship, and their inspirations range from legendary artists of the past and present, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, and The Beatles, just to name a few.

This young trio, originally from Tampa, Florida, and each a multi-instrumentalist with refreshingly down-to-earth dispositions, started their journey together at the age of just 13 years old. They began writing and recording original material not long after, instinctively creating a fresh sound with Rock & Roll roots and modern vibes. Singing three-part harmonies, their distinctive blend of music and lyrics is drawn from personal inspirations and experiences, allowing the band to be fully expressive and creative in their songwriting. The band recently re-located to New York, and they are thrilled about what the future holds.

The making of the new ACTING NATURAL EP was an exciting process for the band, who loves recording and just being in the studio atmosphere. “It’s a very magical place,” says lead singer Eric Carnevale. “We selected some songs of ours that we had recently laid down on a demo, and wanted to go in and really record them properly.” They called up their good friend / engineer Jim Morris, owner of Morrisound Recording in Tampa, FL, and got to work on the first few tracks of the EP.

The sessions were filled with memorable moments and strong efforts from the whole group. During the recording process, they ended up writing a few brand-new songs in the studio, which led to the writing and the recording being finished all within the same session. The whole project was a joint effort, with JD playing some great bass, Jesse laying down the drums, and both harmonizing with Eric on lead vocals and guitar/piano/percussion. They worked around the clock, sometimes going straight through the night and only catching a couple hours of rest between sessions. Eric says, “I’ll never forget being in the booth just finishing laying down the vocals for the bridge of a song called ‘Nicole,’ and I looked down at the time and it was 7:45AM! I said that’s it, I’m going to bed!”

Acting Natural simply means to naturally be what you are. To be Aware, Awake, Able and Alive. The band’s artistry is instinctive. With their appealing on-stage chemistry and addictive melodies, ACTING NATURAL is confident in their ability to leave an impact and connect to audiences. “We are musicians, but we are also huge fans of music. It’s our identity, it’s in our blood. Our focus is music, period,” remarks Maney.

Although the band’s primary genre is rock, their music manages to cross genres and generations, attracting people from all sides of the spectrum and any ethnicity, from kids in their early teens to adults over 60. This an extremely unique quality to an artist that is not often discovered. “Being accepted by people from many different styles and walks of life is a really beautiful thing for us. We’ve played in everything from hip hop clubs, to hardcore metal venues and have been so grateful for such a positive response across the board.

It’s a spiritual feeling really. We get to play to people. Not these people, or those people…All people. Music has so much power. If we can contribute to even the slightest bit of bringing people together, we believe that’s a whole other accomplishment on its own, bigger than anything.”

With growing notoriety on the east coast, the band has their goals set on gaining new awareness on a larger platform, while continually pushing Rock & Roll music forward as artists. “We just want to play music with no constraints and be as innovative as possible, while performing for fans that allow us to consistently create and share our music,” says Carnevale. ACTING NATURAL strives to prove that raw talent, ambition, and honesty can still prevail in today’s music industry.

The new ACTING NATURAL EP will have a worldwide digital release on September 22, 2017, followed by a physical CD release on October 20, 2017, with national radio exposure, large-scale marketing campaigns, and tours to follow. The future looks bright for this talented and committed group. Follow along with their journey on their website and social media pages.

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For more information about ACTING NATURAL, please visit their website and social media pages via http://www.actingnaturalmusic.com/

To order the ACTING NATURAL EP on iTunes please visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/acting-natural-ep/id1286849909 or http://smarturl.it/actingnatural

To order the ACTING NATURAL EP from Bandcamp please visit https://actingnatural.bandcamp.com/album/acting-natural-ep

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

STAND STRONG RELEASE PARTY TODAY IN EUGENE, OR

26 Sep

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Come and join ZAHIRA for her single release party over at HiFi Music Hall in Eugene, OR this upcoming Tuesday Night 9/26! 
 

It is going to be such a special evening… She has joined in musical union with the blessed band of bredren ‘Rising Buffalo Tribe’ and together they are bringing in most high love and big sound through their musical fusion. King Toby of Inification Movement-Roots’n’Kulcha Radio will be spinnin’ the hottest tunes, Michael Leslie will be opening up with his acoustic set and then rocking steady into Zahira & Rising Buffalo Tribe!
5 free copies of “STAND STRONG” will be gifted out to dancers & kind people during the night. Reggae songstress I-chèle and soul mama Alexis Kegel will be special guests Mmmhmmm…Bringin in that divine feminine bliss to bless up the space. Vegan treats and superfoods offered by Sarah Collins. 

NEW RELEASE: Acting Natural OUT TODAY! 

22 Sep


NYC – ACTING NATURAL lead singer & guitarist Eric Carnevale, bass guitarist/vocalist James David Maney, and drummer/vocalist Jesse Leonard are fueled by a mutual interest in bringing back the authenticity of raw Rock & Roll music. Their new ACTING NATURAL EP is a stunning debut that proves they have aligned their unwavering dedication to creating quality music with a signature sound. The ACTING NATURAL EP will have a worldwide digital release on September 22, 2017, followed by a physical CD release on October 20, 2017. Coinciding with the digital release, ACTING NATURAL will be attending the iHeartMusic Festival on September 22 in Las Vegas, NV.
ACTING NATURAL released their first single “Pairadice” and the response was incredible, reaching #1 on the Top 5 Most Added and reached #9 on the FMQB A/C Chart. ACTING NATURAL’s unique sound is focused on passion and solid musicianship, and their inspirations range from legendary artists of the past and present, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, and The Beatles, just to name a few. 
This young trio, originally from Tampa, Florida, and each a multi-instrumentalist with refreshingly down-to-earth dispositions, started their journey together at the age of just 13 years old. They began writing and recording original material not long after, instinctively creating a fresh sound with Rock & Roll roots and modern vibes. Singing three-part harmonies, their distinctive blend of music and lyrics is drawn from personal inspirations and experiences, allowing the band to be fully expressive and creative in their songwriting. The band recently re-located to New York, and they are thrilled about what the future holds.
The making of the new ACTING NATURAL EP was an exciting process for the band, who loves recording and just being in the studio atmosphere. “It’s a very magical place,” says lead singer Eric Carnevale. “We selected some songs of ours that we had recently laid down on a demo, and wanted to go in and really record them properly.” They called up their good friend / engineer Jim Morris, owner of Morrisound Recording in Tampa, FL, and got to work on the first few tracks of the EP. 
The sessions were filled with memorable moments and strong efforts from the whole group. During the recording process, they ended up writing a few brand-new songs in the studio, which led to the writing and the recording being finished all within the same session. The whole project was a joint effort, with JD playing some great bass, Jesse laying down the drums, and both harmonizing with Eric on lead vocals and guitar/piano/percussion. They worked around the clock, sometimes going straight through the night and only catching a couple hours of rest between sessions. Eric says, “I’ll never forget being in the booth just finishing laying down the vocals for the bridge of a song called ‘Nicole,’ and I looked down at the time and it was 7:45AM! I said that’s it, I’m going to bed!”
Acting Natural simply means to naturally be what you are. To be Aware, Awake, Able and Alive. The band’s artistry is instinctive. With their appealing on-stage chemistry and addictive melodies, ACTING NATURAL is confident in their ability to leave an impact and connect to audiences. “We are musicians, but we are also huge fans of music. It’s our identity, it’s in our blood. Our focus is music, period,” remarks Maney.
Although the band’s primary genre is rock, their music manages to cross genres and generations, attracting people from all sides of the spectrum and any ethnicity, from kids in their early teens to adults over 60. This an extremely unique quality to an artist that is not often discovered. “Being accepted by people from many different styles and walks of life is a really beautiful thing for us. We’ve played in everything from hip hop clubs, to hardcore metal venues and have been so grateful for such a positive response across the board. 
It’s a spiritual feeling really. We get to play to people. Not these people, or those people…All people. Music has so much power. If we can contribute to even the slightest bit of bringing people together, we believe that’s a whole other accomplishment on its own, bigger than anything.”
With growing notoriety on the east coast, the band has their goals set on gaining new awareness on a larger platform, while continually pushing Rock & Roll music forward as artists. “We just want to play music with no constraints and be as innovative as possible, while performing for fans that allow us to consistently create and share our music,” says Carnevale. ACTING NATURAL strives to prove that raw talent, ambition, and honesty can still prevail in today’s music industry.
The new ACTING NATURAL EP will have a worldwide digital release on September 22, 2017, followed by a physical CD release on October 20, 2017, with national radio exposure, large-scale marketing campaigns, and tours to follow. The future looks bright for this talented and committed group. Follow along with their journey on their website and social media pages.

For more information about ACTING NATURAL, please visit their website and social media pages via http://www.actingnaturalmusic.com/

To order the ACTING NATURAL EP on iTunes please visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/acting-natural-ep/id1286849909 or http://smarturl.it/actingnatural

To order the ACTING NATURAL EP from Bandcamp please visit https://actingnatural.bandcamp.com/album/acting-natural-ep

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

Rootstime.be Review: Birdseed “Not Out Of Time” (translated)

18 Sep

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“There is something special about this band from San Francisco. The group was formed in 2012 by parents who met each other at their children’s music school. Guitarist Mason Morfit, drummer Scott Bell and bassist George Belton were the first three band members to search for the endless list of coverable rock songs. Without thinking too much about it, they signed up for the “Battle of the Dad Bands” in the Bimbo’s 365 Club, and it was only when the date for that match came close, that the trio realized that they were nowhere without a singer. In a mood of mild panic they came to Kerry Landreth, whose voice proved to be a true discovery, and in that way, the band was able to flourish.

George Belton left the band after some time and was replaced by Lane Murchison, the founder of the Bird Music School, where the parents met. A little later, multi-instrumentalist Jamie Goodyear joined. The band got even more glory when saxophonist Peter Landreth joined the ranks. In 2015, when singer Kerry Landreth learned she had breast cancer, everything suddenly became urgent: the first two songs, “Next Trip Around The Sun” and “More Than I Needed The Truth” were recorded and were a sort of testament to her journey.  In the first song Landreth writes about mortality and fear, in the second, she summarizes that in a good relationship you should prefer happiness rather than being right. Sounds a bit swollen, maybe, but if you know that the singer was very ill, from the hospital room straight to the studio, even having to lay down on the ground at times, then you would listen to those songs differently. In early 2016, “We Can Do It” and “Not Out Of Time” were recorded in about the same painful circumstances, with the additional speciality of lyrics written by Kerry’s daughter Bebe in the song “We Can Do It.”

Beginning in 2017, there was “I Want You To Know,” a love letter from a parent to a child, where the parent knows well enough that the child will be able to catch the message only years later. The five songs have now been gathered on a 10 “vinyl record as a preview of their tour, which will be at the end of 2017.

The music itself is rock, with country accents, with pop influences. More than once you think of Fleetwood Mac, but just as well you hear the early Carole King pass by. This is a very nice recording of a band, whose members were no longer teens when they decided to start the group. Of course, that they can all play their instruments very well, but it is especially the powerful message behind the songs that suits the attention of listeners.”

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Order NOT OUT OF TIME on iTunes:

 http://smarturl.it/notoutoftime

BIRDSEED will be touring in the Fall of 2017 in support of their NOT OUT OF TIME 10” Vinyl EP, which is available worldwide online and in stores August 4, 2017.

For more information about BIRDSEED and the NOT OUT OF TIME EP, or upcoming tour dates, please visit the band’s website and social media pages via www.birdseedband.com

For more information about Bird School of Music please visit http://bird-sf.com/

To order the NOT OUT OF TIME EP, please visit the Bird Records Bandcamp page at https://birdrecordingfoundation.bandcamp.com/

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

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

Let It Rock Review: Birdseed “Not Out of Time”

13 Sep

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“Frisky rockers from Frisco tune into temporal vibe to turn all things terminal into the eternal.

What do you do when you’re in for a battle of the bands and you need a singer you don’t have? Find a kindred spirit and spread wings together! What do you do when you learn the singer has an incurable decease? Make the most of your time while those wings can hold you! That’s the atmosphere which makes this EP – available as a vinyl record and digital download as if to stress its transience for posterity – so special, and the atmosphere is as far removed from the gloom as possible.

A jolly jangle with a spring in its sunkissed step is a thread running through these five songs despite the variety of moods they demonstrate to allow the septet strut and shine, from the rousing riffs and release of the title track to “More Than I Needed The Truth” whose country inflections add sadness to the mix. The drift gets reflective in the cross-hairs of funky guitars and bubbling keyboards that carry Kerry Landreth’s voice into “Next Trip Around The Sun” where the group’s “Rumours” influences come to light, but at the same time there’s their sax-smoothed edge revealed for all to revel in, even though a piano ripple of “I Want You To Know” – a message from the vocalist to her young daughter – pours poignancy on the piece’s honeyed harmonies.

Yet, opening the doors for optimism, the choir voices of “We Can Do It” – co-written by the aforementioned 9-year-old – contradict the cocksure possibility outlined here, just because the ensemble have happened, right on time. Pick up the seeds and spread the news, then, until it’s too late.”

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Order NOT OUT OF TIME on iTunes:

 http://smarturl.it/notoutoftime

BIRDSEED will be touring in the Fall of 2017 in support of their NOT OUT OF TIME 10” Vinyl EP, which is available worldwide online and in stores August 4, 2017.

For more information about BIRDSEED and the NOT OUT OF TIME EP, or upcoming tour dates, please visit the band’s website and social media pages via www.birdseedband.com

For more information about Bird School of Music please visit http://bird-sf.com/

To order the NOT OUT OF TIME EP, please visit the Bird Records Bandcamp page at https://birdrecordingfoundation.bandcamp.com/

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

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

NEW RELEASE! Zahira’s new single “Stand Strong” is OUT TODAY!

8 Sep

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The new single serves as a powerful reminder that love is the best response to all situations, no matter how difficult. 

Reggae/Soul Songstress ZAHIRA to Release the New STAND STRONG Single Through her own Zahira Music Productions Label

It is said that all which is planted in the spring will yield a bountiful harvest in the fall, and this is truly the case with STAND STRONG, the new Single from West Coast Reggae, Soul, Pop, and R&B artist ZAHIRASTAND STRONG is an internationally inspired release, written during ZAHIRA’s travels in Peru in collaboration with Mexico-native producer Alann Ulises. The new Single serves as a powerful reminder that love is the best response to all situations, no matter how difficult. STAND STRONG will be released worldwide on all major digital services on September 8, 2017, and will be followed with a new music video, release shows, and the “Beyond Time Tour” along the West Coast in November 2017 featuring Indubious, ZAHIRA, and art by Lindy Kehoe. This Single’s cover art is a painting by visionary roots artist DiP SouLion with additional design by Digital Mirror Graphics.

ZAHIRA is a cultured renaissance woman whose pure, powerful, and resonant voice has received rave reviews from fans and critics around the world. ZAHIRA’s original music combines elements of Soul, Pop, Reggae, Hip-Hop and Electronica, with a style and tone described as a blend of vocalists such as Lauryn Hill, Madonna and Erykah Badu. Her success as an internationally known vocalist, songwriter, and musician, as well as her energetic performances, inspire others to be strong and positive. Being part indigenous, she utilizes her music to promote healing and empowerment in response to human and environmental rights.

This prolific songstress completed her first limited-edition EP in 2011. In 2013, she released the singles “Summertime” and “Easy Days,” and in the spring of 2014 ZAHIRA released Rise Up, her first full-length album. Her newest release since her winter 2016 single “Ascension,” STAND STRONG is an anthem for revolution beyond genre that is a unique concoction of Soul, Rock, and EDM, all driven by deep bass and passionate vocals. “STAND STRONG is a reminder to respond with love to all situations, especially in challenging times,” says ZAHIRA. “Its essence activates a higher perspective on life and encourages us to take responsibility for our own vibration. This song is a call to the creator to remind us to be strong even when crazy troubles get in our way. To stay balanced amongst the polarities of this dualistic world.”

No stranger to the music industry, ZAHIRA has worked with several globally renowned artists including LucianoKRS-OneBibi McGillYami BoloRed FoxIndubiousRocker-TJah Levi and Sol Seed. She has worked with producers and engineers such as Don OneVince DiLorenzoSolji HamiltonJaya Raise and Janaka. Additionally, ZAHIRA has played to crowds at several festivals and locations around the world including California, Oregon, Colorado, Florida, Canada, Israel, the Dominican Republic, Bali and Thailand, taking fans on a truly uplifting musical journey. She can be seen performing with her solo live-electronic project and with her band, or as a guest vocalist with Oregon Reggae Rootstronica group Indubious, who also featured ZAHIRA on their track “Root Down” on their album From Zero.

ZAHIRA was born and raised in Canada. She began embracing her love of music at a young age when she became a gospel choir soprano vocalist. Within a few years, her family moved to the USA where she became more focused on refining her natural talents, realizing she was bound for a career in the arts. As a teenager, she became the front-woman of Soul Union, her first band, and ever since she has pursued her career as a singer, songwriter and bandleader. Besides studying Jazz Vocals and Performance at Green Mountain College, ZAHIRA has independently trained in North Indian Classical Vocals, Sound Healing, Performance, Dance, and West African Drumming. Aside from her native English, she has written and performed songs in Hebrew, Sanskrit, Arabic, Spanish, French, Michif, and indigenous languages to share her message with the world.

Since ZAHIRA debuted in the early 2000s with jazz influenced soul and reggae material, she has undergone a metamorphosis into an experimental neo-soul, reggae, and electronic fusion artist as of 2015. Besides performing, ZAHIRA has also written songs for various films and television commercials. This devoted vocalist’s voice ranges from alto to a high soprano, and she uses it as a dynamic instrument in a rich and powerful way. Her unconventional, eclectic style and positive lyrics have made a unique and powerful impact upon her listeners. ZAHIRA radiates pure light and positive energy on stage and brings her audience on a journey beyond time and space.

“Better not run and hide from it, better take the time and just work on it.” –Zahira

 

To order STAND STRONG on iTunes please visit: http://smarturl.it/zstandstrong

For more information about STAND STRONG or upcoming tour dates, please visit ZAHIRA’s website and social media pages via http://zahiramusic.com/

For Booking inquiries please email contact@zahiramusic.com

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

For Reggae Marketing or Radio please contact King I-Vier at Independent Distribution Collective: kingivier@gmail.com

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

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