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Canada Review: Unknown Hero “In My Head”

19 Mar

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For more information about UNKNOWN HERO and the IN MY HEAD release, please visit the Unknown Hero website and social media pages via www.unknownheromusic.com.

 

To pre-order IN MY HEAD from iTunes please visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-my-head/id1274692222 or http://smarturl.it/unknownhero

 

To pre-order IN MY HEAD from Bandcamp please visit https://unknownhero.bandcamp.com/

 

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NEW RELEASE ALERT: Unknown Hero “In My Head” OUT TODAY

13 Oct

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UNKNOWN HERO is a musical creator on a mission. He combines his extensive musical talents, which include composition, production, keyboards, and voice, with his lifelong love of animation, heroes, and their stories to offer unique and inclusive musical and visual experiences. His debut album IN MY HEAD is being released TODAY in stores and online worldwide through his own label Unknown Hero Music.

Growing up a fan of comics, anime, film, and video games, UNKNOWN HERO was disturbed by widespread lack of broad representation. He was particularly dismayed that comic-lovers were offered almost no heroes of color to look up to. Using innovative combinations of music, visual imagery, and story, UNKNOWN HERO has set out to right this representational wrong. Inspired since childhood by comics and Japanese animation, and more recently by musical artists who connect music with animated characters (The Gorrilaz, Kanye West’s “Heartless” and 2NE1’s “I Hate You”), he creates musical and visual worlds that invite music and story lovers of all ages, genders, and hues to engage in visionary fantasy. With IN MY HEAD, UNKNOWN HERO offers fans the first glimpse of one such world, rich with possibilities for further development.

Each track on IN MY HEAD has a place in a dystopian drama unfolding in the year 2125 on the Planet Altarz, where Lord Kraven and the UNKNOWN HERO are moving toward a showdown. Years before, Lord Kraven abolished any practice or mention of music. But recently he has learned that a mysterious figure known only as the UNKNOWN HERO has been depositing strange music-generating devices around the city. A growing band of rebels are plotting ways to support his apparent mission: to give music back to the people. The cast of characters in this musical space odyssey include a middle-aged, newly rebellious DJ Go Ji; her son and conflicted Kraven-protector Ken Ji; a half-human, half-Altarian Bounty Hunter; and mystical warrior, secret songstress, and New Revolt member Z’oa.

IN MY HEAD is an electronic album that blends elements of Downtempo, Trap, Dubstep, Rock, Funk, R&B, and Hip-Hop. Its wide variety of tracks, many of which blur genre boundaries, offer fresh takes on familiar elements. In the soulful and compelling “Ask Me,” UNKNOWN HERO expertly intertwines Dubstep and Trap beats, horns, choral background textures, and chopped vocal samples, all behind lead vocals reminiscent of R&B, Pop, and Soul. On “Hero Beware,” he creates an up-tempo Dance track that is both relatable and new, weaving together layers of EDM/Techno and Trap beats, modulated Dubstep baselines, and choral vocal elements. IN MY HEAD also offers mood-suggestive instrumental tracks such as the Hip-Hop inspired “Hero’s Groove,” and the smooth, downtempo “Going for a Ride.” Also on the album are more traditional Pop or R&B influenced songs, such as the 808-heavy “Be Alright” and “Close My Door,” which features rich vocal harmonies and piano melodies. The album is sprinkled with UNKNOWN HERO’s signature soulful vocal samples.

Music, story elements, and characters from the planet Altarz are currently available at http://www.unknownheromusic.com, and UNKNOWN HERO will develop new musical, narrative, visual, and video content to be released over the coming year. Beyond Altarz, UNKNOWN HERO will continue to develop new music and stories, so fans can look forward to more dynamic, broadly representational, and engaging content for years to come.

UNKNOWN HERO has a long musical history and has collaborated with many great artists. Having grown up as his San Francisco neighborhood beat-maker (using Roland 626 and 505 drum machines with Casio and Korg keyboards, all mixed down on a Roland 4-track mixer), his music has always been a creative outlet. Over the years, he has created tracks and back beats for countless rappers, vocalists, and burgeoning music makers. He collaborated with producer/engineer Dave Beigel, and later continued independently, professionally producing music for a wide range of independent local artists who were looking for alternatives to large, commercial studios. Recently he produced Bay Area Artist Reform and has provided music for other artists, including the highly-esteemed avant-garde choreographer Erika Chong Shuch.

As a young rapper and beat maker, UNKNOWN HERO performed around the Bay Area, including at San Francisco’s iconic DNA Lounge. While performing with Dave Biegel, he was spotted and recruited to join the group Mystery Tramps, with whom he worked on a remix of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” currently available through Hot Trax. Inspired by iconic vocalists like Seal, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder, UNKNOWN HERO began to explore and develop his expertise weaving together rich vocals with instrumental melodies, expanding from beat-maker to songwriter, and developing the signature elements that continue to be a through-line amongst his eclectic catalog. More recently, UNKNOWN HERO teamed up with the late Dwayne Calizo, a local legend, vocalist, and vocal coach, to develop his range and expand his vocal repertoire.

For more information about UNKNOWN HERO and the IN MY HEAD release, please visit the Unknown Hero website and social media pages via http://www.unknownheromusic.com.

To order IN MY HEAD from iTunes please visit http://smarturl.it/unknownhero

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For more information about UNKNOWN HERO and the IN MY HEAD release, please visit the Unknown Hero website and social media pages via http://www.unknownheromusic.com.

To order IN MY HEAD from Bandcamp please visit https://unknownhero.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’

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! 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

RELEASED TODAY: “Not Out Of Time” by SF Band, Birdseed! ORDER IT TODAY!

4 Aug

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Bird Records is proud to present the NOT OUT OF TIME EP, a 10” limited edition vinyl and digital release from BIRDSEED, an American rock band formed in 2012 that has been attracting large numbers of Gen X and Gen Y fans with their classic Fleetwood Mac-meets-Wilco sound. This new release is now available worldwide online and in stores, and features some amazing players and solid, compelling songs that are the manifestation of many hours of hard work and drive. With an interesting backstory of ordinary moms and dads chasing a teenage dream, BIRDSEED was formed while their children were studying together at the Bird School of Music in San Francisco, CA. Their songs address adult angst, lost loves, perseverance through pain, and the transcendent power of music.

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

“WAKE UP” by Jennifer Saran RELEASED TODAY!

7 Jul

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JENNIFER SARAN 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.

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.

Order 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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