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Singer/Songwriter Jennifer Saran to Release New Album ‘Wake Up’

14 Jun

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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 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. 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.
Pre-Order or preview the album now on iTunes http://smarturl.it/wakeuplp
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Oregon Reggae Legends Indubious to Release New Full Length Album ‘From Zero’

12 Jun

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The story of INDUBIOUS is not for the faint of heart. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, INDUBIOUS was forged in the fires of pain and destruction. Evton and Skip, brothers and bandmates born with Cystic Fibrosis and convinced by doctors of their impending death from an early age, have emerged as a powerful force for change and the future of conscious music. Their new album FROM ZERO, which releases in stores and online worldwide July 1, 2017, features legendary guest artists including Dancehall icon Sizzla, Vaughn Benjamin (formally of Midnite and Akae Beka), and Reggae/R&B singer Zahira Soul. FROM ZERO is a mix of conscious Dancehall and Roots Reggae with top level production. All songs were written, produced, and engineered by INDUBIOUS, and released on their own label Righteous Sound Productions.

Based out of Southern Oregon, INDUBIOUS has released three albums over the past few years, including Wake The Lion which was produced by EDM/Dub/Reggae pioneer Gaudi. FROM ZERO was produced and recorded entirely by Evton and Skip, and it shows amazing growth in terms of their sound and production, while keeping focus on their reggae roots. The new album spans genres including Dancehall, Roots Reggae, Electronica, and even Alt-Pop, while highlighting the conscious and uplifting messages the band has become known for.

INDUBIOUS has performed worldwide on international tours and at many prestigious festivals including Wakarusa, Gathering Of The Vibes, Reggae On The River, Sulafest in India, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, California Roots Festival, Beloved, Britt Festivals, The Oregon Country Faire, Reggae In The Hills, Northwest World Reggae Festival, Earthdance, Gaia Festival, plus club and concert hall tours from Seattle to San Diego. They have shared the stage and toured with many influential names such as Black Uhuru, Matisyahu, Blondie, Michael Franti, Stephen Marley, Rebelution, Junior Reid, and Pato Banton, to name a few.

Armed with impressive instrumental skill, powerful harmonies, and an electrifying stage presence, INDUBIOUS is destined to change the face of music. They have developed a steadily rising reputation as ambassadors of the West Coast Reggae movement. Leaving audiences stunned and amazed whilst shattering any preconceived notions of genre and style, they recruit fans from all walks of life, affectionately called “Indubians.” Their only choice has always been mind over matter, and time has proven that their unbending positive outlook, combined with an inspiring message of love and hope, has not only helped them overcome personal hardship (Evton received a double lung transplant in 2011 resulting in a full recovery), but catapulted their music onto the world stage with an unstoppable momentum.

The widely acclaimed INDUBIOUS album Wake The Lion received featured placement on Beatport, iTunes, Amazon, and numerous media outlets. Indubious’ unique sound was brought vibrantly to the surface by the legendary composer/producer Gaudi, showcasing Wake The Lion as a textural journey into the world of Rootstronica. Lush synths, deep bass, and visionary lyricism encompass the entire record, blurring the lines between roots, dub, dancehall, and heavy dance psychedelia. Vibrationally rich and musically brilliant, the album champions a revolutionary sound and pushes the boundaries of reggae music.

The band and their legion of fans have adopted the motto “Live Indubiously,” which means living life without doubt or fear, and with faith in the fact that we are all here for a reason. “Our gift is music,” says Indubious, “and our mission is to reconnect the people of the world with rightful living. We wish to speak the truth in an effort to inspire others to do the same, to raise the positive vibrations of our planet, and to help others express the true loving nature within us all.”

INDUBIOUS can be found playing shows throughout the summer and fall of 2017. They will be performing songs from FROM ZERO, as well as past hits and fan favorites. They continue to write and record, and plan to release plenty of new music over the next several months.

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To pre-order FROM ZERO on iTunes please visit http://smarturl.it/fromzero

For more information about FROM ZERO or upcoming tour dates, please visit the INDUBIOUS website and social media pages via http://www.indubiousmusic.com/

For Booking inquiries please email booking@indubiousmusic.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

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Internationally Acclaimed R&B Artist CORNELL “CC” CARTER To Release VINDICATED SOUL, A Remarkable Set Of Soul Covers With A Classic CC Original Remix

3 May

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For Immediate Release – San Francisco, CA – CORNELL “CC” CARTER will release his new album VINDICATED SOUL in stores and online worldwide on May 19, 2017. CC has been gracing stages and entertaining thousands of fans with his signature sound around the world for many years, and this new seven-song album is a tribute to the classic Soul and R&B music he grew up with. CC is known for his phenomenal stage presence, his high-powered audience engagement, and his extraordinary and dynamic vocal skills. His strong love for music developed when he was a young man growing up in a San Francisco home chock full of Jazz, Blues, Funk, Soul, and Gospel, which drove CC to create a musical gumbo made from ingredients from each of these strong influences.

CC says, “VINDICATED SOUL is the soundtrack of my life, which is why these songs were chosen.” The Intro track that kicks things off is a dedication to the genius of Curtis Mayfield’s “Super Fly” soundtrack, followed by the Marvin Gaye classic “All the Way Around,” written by the legendary Leon Ware. “Brothers Gonna Work It Out” and “I Choose You,” by Willie Hutch from the soundtrack of the 1973 film The Mack, are two songs that had an impact on CC at an early age. “Next to You” is a song by the group Chapter 8, which many do not realize was the backup band for the renowned Anita Baker, and CC picked Al Green’s “Look What You Done for Me” because “it is a history lesson of what Soul really is.” This remarkable collection of covers includes a classic remix of the CC original track, “Where Do We Go” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NNT7rrkE-k). Digital copies of the album will also feature the bonus track “Zoom (Fly Away Mix).”

VINDICATED SOUL was recorded at various studios in San Francisco and mastered at Trakworx. World-class players featured on the album include Melecio Magdaluyo (Pete Escovedo Orchestra – Saxophone), Niecey Robinson (Legends of Soul – Background Vocals), Ernest McKone (UK – Bass and Keys), and Kirk “KC” Crumpler (Drums, Bass, Keys). All songs were recorded with live instruments, not an easy task, but essential for the authentic sound they were able to produce.

CC was most inspired to do this album by his family, which he has always regarded his most important asset. “My Mom was the key,” says CC. “She used music to bond us, and I’m making sure I carry the torch that was handed to me.” CC received big advice from his musical brother Narada Michael Walden, who shared with him that the key to covering a great song is to “Stay true to it because of its greatness!”

CC’s first album Let’s Go Back, recorded in 1996, has recently become a classic R&B collector’s item exclusively in Japan. Following the release of his internationally acclaimed 2016 release In The Moment, CC received the UK Bright Star Award for Best Male Artist of 2016, and has gone on to put out several remixes which have received great acclaim in the US and Europe. Radio and media support for CC has come from some major players, and stations that have supported CC with High Rotation include Jazz FMMi SoulBBC RadioStarpoint Radio (UK Soul Charts)Solar Radio, Delite, Soulpower, JFS, Soultrain, Unity, Soundfusion, Time Radio, and Teerex Radio in Canada. Steve Ripley and the Soulfood Music PR team has been a major asset for his introduction and success in the UK and Europe.

CC has had many once in a lifetime musical experiences to draw from, but two of the highest points of his career so far has been sharing the stage as an opening act for the late great Godfather of Soul, James Brown, and the legendary Ray Charles. In addition to his various headline performances, CC has also opened for other household name brand artists such as The WhispersThe TemptationsNatalie Cole, and Kool and The Gang. As part of Narada Michael Walden’s all-star band, which performs at various NMW Foundation events, CC has shared the stage with other renowned world-class artists such as Neil Schon (Journey) and Dionne Warwick.

Throughout the years, CC has appeared on many albums, and he continues to be one of the most in-demand session vocalists in the San Francisco Bay Area. CC was honored to perform with world-renowned, multi-Platinum Guitarist Carlos Santana, providing background vocals on two tracks that appear on Santana IV, a reunion album released in 2016. His experience and professionalism have made him an A-list background vocalist for Tarpan Studios, appearing on tracks from Grammy and Emmy Award Winning Producer Narada Michael Walden’s new album EVOLUTIONJennifer Saran’s new albums Merry Christmas, You Are Loved and Walk With Me, and the Jordan Hurwitz album LOVESICK., all released in 2016.

-Posted on Keys and Chords 

For more information about VINDICATED SOUL or upcoming tour dates, please visit CC’s website and social media pages via http://www.cc2000music.com

To pre-order VINDICATED SOUL, please visit CC’s Bandcamp page:
https://cc2000music.bandcamp.com/

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

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Mark Duda Press Release Featured on The Rocktologist in Anticipation for His Upcoming Album, “Month of Sundays”

20 Mar

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Mark Duda is an artist and musician from New York City’s East Village who sings, plays guitar, and writes great original rock and punk songs. Over his storied career, he has worked with a who’s who of New York’s rock and roll royalty, and he has helped carry the torch for bands and artists such as the New York Dolls, Dead Boys, and Johnny Thunders into the 21st Century.

Duda’s new solo release, “Month of Sundays“, which releases in stores and online worldwide on April 14, 2017, pairs him with the legendary rhythm section of Thommy Price and Kenny Aaronson (Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Billy Idol), along with guitarist Jimi K. Bones (Blondie, Skin n’ Bones). New Yorkers Arno Hecht (Rolling Stones, Dion) and Bobby Rondinelli (Blue Oyster Cult, Black Sabbath, Rainbow) make guest appearances on the record, as does the Godfather of Punk Guitar, Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys).

Month of Sundays showcases a certain departure from the hard, classic rock that Mark Duda’s other bands (The Handful, Mad City Rockers) are known for. Instead, this is a melodic and tuneful blend of storytelling and traditional rock and punk that is full of New York City swagger. The album is as much a tribute to the music and club scenes of ‘70s and ‘80s Lower Manhattan as it is a representation of some of the very current sounds and energy that can be found in the “Big Apple.”

Mark Duda is in top form on Month of Sundays, performing songs that seamlessly blend traditional rock with elements of punk and doo wop. “This is the album I always wanted to make,” Mark says, “with the songs my bands couldn’t or wouldn’t do, played by musicians who truly understood where the material was coming from. This new album is really a love letter to the East Village. A message in a bottle, washed up on the banks of the East River.”

Before recording Month of Sundays, Mark Duda gained wide recognition as the frontman for New York hard rockers, The Handful. The Handful have released four full-length albums since 2004, including Sons of Downtown in 2015. This album marked the first collaboration between Mark and Cheetah Chrome, where Cheetah played on three tracks and mixed the album. Other releases with The Handful include Second Hand Smoke, Palmistry, and Wooden Indian on which Mark wrote, sang, and played guitar.

Sons of Downtown features Mark in a duet with Cherie Currie of Runaways fame, and guitar work by rock icon Pat Travers. Mark is also the lead vocalist for Rome, Italy-based band Mad City Rockers, who released the album Black Celebration in 2009.

Mark continues to write and record for himself and with other groups. Plans are in the works for Tri-State record release parties in support of the Month of Sundays release, while also continuing to write and record The Handful’s follow-up to Sons of Downtown.

Month of Sundays includes brand new songs that are sure to make a fan of anyone who loves good old rock and punk, and who are looking for something new to add to their rotation.

-www.therocktologist.com

To pre-order Month of Sundays please visit Mark’s Bandcamp page:
https://markduda.bandcamp.com/

For more information about Month of Sundays or upcoming tour dates, please visit Mark’s website and social media pages via www.markdudamusic.com

For Booking inquiries please email booking@markdudamusic.com

NYC Singer/Songwriter Mark Duda To Release Debut Album Month Of Sundays Feat. Members Of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, BOC & The Dead Boys

14 Mar

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New York, NY – Mark Duda is an artist and musician from New York City’s East Village who sings, plays guitar, and writes great original rock and punk songs. Over his storied career, he has worked with a who’s who of New York’s rock and roll royalty, and he has helped carry the torch for bands and artists such as the New York Dolls, Dead Boys, and Johnny Thunders into the 21st Century.

Duda’s new solo release, Month of Sundays, which releases in stores and online worldwide on April 14, 2017, pairs him with the legendary rhythm section of Thommy Price and Kenny Aaronson (Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Billy Idol), along with guitarist Jimi K. Bones (Blondie, Skin n’ Bones). New Yorkers Arno Hecht (Rolling Stones, Dion) and Bobby Rondinelli (Blue Oyster Cult, Black Sabbath, Rainbow) make guest appearances on the record, as does the Godfather of Punk Guitar, Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys).

Month of Sundays showcases a certain departure from the hard, classic rock that Mark Duda’s other bands (The Handful, Mad City Rockers) are known for. Instead, this is a melodic and tuneful blend of storytelling and traditional rock and punk that is full of New York City swagger. The album is as much a tribute to the music and club scenes of ‘70s and ‘80s Lower Manhattan as it is a representation of some of the very current sounds and energy that can be found in the “Big Apple.”

Mark Duda is in top form on Month of Sundays, performing songs that seamlessly blend traditional rock with elements of punk and doo wop. “This is the album I always wanted to make,” Mark says, “with the songs my bands couldn’t or wouldn’t do, played by musicians who truly understood where the material was coming from. This new album is really a love letter to the East Village. A message in a bottle, washed up on the banks of the East River.”

Before recording Month of Sundays, Mark Duda gained wide recognition as the frontman for New York hard rockers, The Handful. The Handful have released four full-length albums since 2004, including Sons of Downtown in 2015. This album marked the first collaboration between Mark and Cheetah Chrome, where Cheetah played on three tracks and mixed the album. Other releases with The Handful include Second Hand Smoke, Palmistry, and Wooden Indian on which Mark wrote, sang, and played guitar.

Sons of Downtown features Mark in a duet with Cherie Currie of Runaways fame, and guitar work by rock icon Pat Travers. Mark is also the lead vocalist for Rome, Italy-based band Mad City Rockers, who released the album Black Celebration in 2009.

Mark continues to write and record for himself and with other groups. Plans are in the works for Tri-State record release parties in support of the Month of Sundays release, while also continuing to write and record The Handful’s follow-up to Sons of Downtown.

Month of Sundays includes brand new songs that are sure to make a fan of anyone who loves good old rock and punk, and who are looking for something new to add to their rotation.

-http://mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=196715

To pre-order Month of Sundays please visit Mark’s Bandcamp page:
https://markduda.bandcamp.com/

For more information about Month of Sundays or upcoming tour dates, please visit Mark’s website and social media pages via http://www.markdudamusic.com

For Booking inquiries please email booking@markdudamusic.com

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

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

BroadwayWorld.com Features J-Bella’s Press Release in Anticipation of Her New Album, “All For Nothin”

28 Feb

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All For Nothin to Release In Stores and Online March 24, 2017

For more information about J-Bella please visit: http://www.j-bellamusic.com

For Booking information please email info@Three2GoMusic.com

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

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

Please visit BroadwayWorld.com for the full release.

 

E-Life 7 Featuring Michael Pennick and Many Special Guests to Release Debut Album Miked Up, Including Past and Present Members of The Exoutics, this Spring 2017

27 Feb

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Three 2 Go Music introduces E-Life 7 Featuring Michael Pennick (EL7) and their debut album Miked Up. EL7 unites some of Western NY’s finest musicians on this release, including Michael Pennick on bass, Rodney Spears & Charlie Crymes Jr. on keyboards, guitarist Ron Walker, and drummer and percussionist Tim Webb. Special appearances by Ken Whitman (tenor sax), Walter Kemp IIIVan Taylor (keyboards), Joey Diggs and Dee Osbourne (vocals) round out this stellar new 12-track album that spans Jazz, Soul, and R&B, all with a sound that remains unique to EL7. Miked Up will be released worldwide both physically and digitally by Three 2 Go Music on March 24, 2017.

EL7 is the brainchild of Ron Walker and Mike Pennick, both long time members of Buffalo Music Hall of Fame R&B recording artists The Exoutics. While contemplating their musical future longtime friends Ron and Mike decided it was time to explore their Jazz alter egos and discover what lies beneath the tender ballads and funky R&B grooves they had been writing for years. EL7 acknowledges the musical and spiritual influence of past and present members of The Exoutics, and after a brief discussion, it was agreed that their next project would highlight the talent of bassist Mike Pennick. Eventually, this led to the formation of EL7.

With extraordinary creativity and collaboration, the group conceived of and recorded Miked Up. Rodney’s unique keyboard accents are a perfect complement to the keyboard foundations played by Charlie. Tim’s intricate drum touch reinforces the rhythmic, melodic bass lines and spicy guitar licks. When blended together, what a unique sound! The project took several interesting twists and turns along the way, and each member shared creative ideas and opinions to help shape this outstanding release.

The resulting album captures the flavor and passion of each musician, and audiences will enjoy and appreciate this special blend of Jazz and R&B. Miked Upcovers the gamut of emotions, from the rhythm shifting jazz funk of “Chaos,” to the fun-filled, upbeat, and playful “Sunday Night.” The remake of Stevie Wonder’s “That Girl” and the intimate revelations of “Inner Beauty” and “Before the Storm” make this CD a pleasure to listen to, sure to appeal to the most demanding pallet. Enjoy Life, 7 days a week.

Established in 1996, Three 2 Go Music is dedicated to developing promising music talent in Western NY. As a partner of Three 2 Go Music Alliance and with over 100 years of combined music business experience, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame members Van Taylor, Michael Pennick, and Ron Walker are quietly positioning Three 2 Go Music for success. “We believe Western NY has great talent, and we want that talent to shine.”

-bassmusicianmagazine.com

Miked Up to Release Worldwide on March 24, 2017

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For more information about E-Life 7 please visit:  www.e-life7.net

For Booking information please email info@Three2GoMusic.com

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

For Digital Marketing contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective:

jerome@independentdistro.com

 

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