CIRCUS MIND Gets Funky and Showcase Their Rock and Jazz Grooves on the New Album JOY MACHINE – Single and Music Video for the Title Track Drops Friday 5/7!

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For Immediate Release – New York, NY – CIRCUS MIND is a New York-based rock outfit and the brainchild of ringleader Mark Rechler. The band is entering their twentieth year and are soon to release their third album JOY MACHINE, a fresh explosion of sounds and flavors of the ’70s rock era with a modern twist. Like a three-ring circus, the band can slide seamlessly between rock, funk, and swampy N’awlins grooves, all while referencing some of the best bands of that era with infectious hooks that get stuck in your ear hole. JOY MACHINE releases May 21, 2021, and also features Nels Cline, Marc Ribot, Ivan Neville, Walter Wolfman Washington, Scott Metzger, and more.

The first JOY MACHINE single “Are You Ready?” features guest guitar phenom Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and had an official music video release. Both the song and video are a funky rock throwback that has roots in P-Funk, Sly Stone, and other ’70s rock and soul vibes, all flavors that CIRCUS MIND wears on its sleeve as a badge of honor, from the writing to the production. The title track “Joy Machine” features Scott Metzger (JRAD) and releases as a single on May 7 with a special music video premiere. CIRCUS MIND will then gather together in New Orleans with some amazing NoLa musicians including Big Sam to celebrate the JOY MACHINE album release on May 21 with a raucous party and live performance!

Now You’re Ready!!!! Here is the Official Music Video for the first single from the upcoming Circus Mind album “Joy Machine”

Directed by George Panagakos of 525 Media

Lyrics by Mark Rechler

Music by Mark Rechler and Chris Crosby

Produced and Engineered by Chris Fasulo

The production of JOY MACHINE began in August of 2019, but it was the Covid-19 pandemic that really set the stage for the record. While some bands took to the internet airwaves to stream performances, Rechler locked down in the studio. “Suddenly we had a ton of time on our hands and we knew we wanted to come out of this with a full album,” says Mark. “I was a man possessed and started writing like a madman!” The band started working remotely but quickly masked up and got down to business. “In a weird way, the pandemic also opened doors for us to find such amazing guests who were not out on tour and were looking to keep busy.”

The previous CIRCUS MIND release Silver Flower was voted Best Indie Album of 2006 by Newsday and put a modern take on influences such as Traffic, Steely Dan, Little Feat, and Mott the Hoople while mixing in NoLa vibe influences like Dr. John, The Meters, and The Neville Brothers. The last CIRCUS MIND single “Jazzfest Time” was released one year ago as an ode to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and featured Ivan Neville andBig Sam. CIRCUS MIND is quite versatile and has opened for national acts (Toots & The Maytals, The Neville Brothers, The Radiators) and had many notable guests sit in on their recordings and live performances (Soulive, Rebirth Brass Band, Cyril Neville).

CIRCUS MIND’s members are diverse in their influences as well as their playing. Lead vocalist, songwriter, keyboardist, and bandleader Mark Rechler plays in multiple bands (such as Falling Water), and has played, toured, and recorded with members of The Meters, The Neville Brothers, The Radiators, Soulive, The Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Ivan Neville, and more. Spending five years in New Orleans studying music and architecture helped influence his style and direction, and he always keeps his focus on the hook to keep his listeners wanting more and humming his tunes all day.

Bassist Chris Crosby has a serious case of spider-fingers and can solo as beautifully as any guitarist. A funkster from a family of highly respected musicians, Chris has also studied with Oteil Burbridge of The Allman Brothers Band and Dead & Company. Currently, he has also been busy playing in his brother’s Jason Crosby Band and with New York rock quartet Feverseed.

Guitarist David Berg is rooted in jazz, reggae, and bluegrass. He has toured with Dark Star Orchestra and has played multiple shows with Garth Hudson (The Band). Dave’s fluid rock style keeps CIRCUS MIND in a constant snake-like flow.

Drummer Dan Roth has been banging on things since he was a tyke, and he can’t seem to stop. He’s addicted to crosswords, motor coordination, and avocados.

With over 30 album credits to his name, percussionist Steve Finkelstein has worked with pop icons from Ray Charles and Mariah Carey as well as jam band giants including members of the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, and Tower of Power. Steve is also an original member and current member of the Funk Filharmonik.

To purchase or stream the new CIRCUS MIND album JOY MACHINE please visit:

https://smarturl.it/CircusMindJoyMachine

To purchase or stream the new single “ARE YOU READY?” please visit:

https://smarturl.it/CMAreYouReady

For more information about the band and the New Orleans Release Party on May 21 please visit:

www.circusmindband.com

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

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

For Digital Marketing please contact Jerome Forney of Independent Distribution Collective:

jerome@independentdistro.com

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Portugese Review: ANNICIA BANKS “UP FRONT” – Available Now!

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Click here to read at Via Nocturna!

Up Front has warm Caribbean rhythms in an interesting fusion between reggae and funk.”

-Via Nocturna

Congratulations to Annicia Banks and Raw Vue Music for the featured listing of the new “Up Front EP” on iTunes, and for making it to #7 on TOP ALBUMS!

“With a convincingly powerful and very supple and full-bodied voice, the protagonist presents her mixture of reggae with some soul elements. Always happy music, with this irresistible Caribbean flair and the classic swaying reggae rhythm, so wonderfully lascivious and danceable. This is music for the soul and the outer extremities. The addition of soul to “Love Has Found Its Way” also gives the song a pop-oriented orientation and fully justifies the release as a single.”

RockTimes

“Her new UP FRONT EP is also her first! It’s a shocking revelation when considering the power, quality and aesthetics of her voice. Annicia Banks showcases a treasure trove of talent with the release of this long-anticipated solo effort on the Raw Vue Music label. A vital release that certainly addresses issues of under-representation of women Reggae vocalists.

The first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown song “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser, is such a steaming version that you want to keep it on the deck for several rewinds. Annicia paying respect to the original version, soars vocally in her own way, gliding over some great harmonies on the latter part of the song. The version would have made Dennis proud and it’s certainly the best one I have ever heard of this classic Reggae song.

Annica Banks is not only stunningly impressive as a vocalist, she also shines with some great songwriting, particularly on the powerfully rootsy song ‘Hush.’ She actually sings from the soul over a considerable vocal range and does it naturally, no gimmicks, no auto-tune. We look forward to a full-blown LP out later this year.”

-UKVibe.org

Translated from Dutch: “Not only does she keep the reggae fire burning, she also tries to give the genre a contemporary twist. We get a good example of this with opening track ‘Jamaica Forever,’ where King Kohai sneaks into the song rapping. In successor ‘It’s You’ Banks sounds more like a soul artist, albeit on a reggae beat. The mix of soul and reggae comes to the fore even more clearly in successor ‘Love Has Found It’s Way.’ Traditional reggae is the groove on which ‘Hush’ floats. A little later she pulls out all the stops vocally in closing track ‘Restore My Soul.’

Annicia Banks has all the trumps to give reggae a new glow. She has the right feeling to write her own songs, views the genre with an ‘open mind’ and above all she is blessed with a wonderful voice. One to discover!”

-KeysAndChords.com

“This breezy, beautiful, uplifting new 7-track EP opens with the sumptuous bounce and flow of ‘Jamaica Forever’ (feat. King Kobai) and backs that up seamlessly with the gentle hipsway of ‘It’s You’ and then the joyous, Reggae-lite, Caribbean hipsway of the first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit ‘Love Has Found Its Way’ (featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser) is brought forth.

Next up is the one-two, foot-tappin’ beats of ‘Hush’ and that’s backed by the summer breeze of ‘It’s Too Late,’ with the EP rounding out on the beautifully crafted ‘Free, Free, Free’ (feat. Bob Andy), closing on the alluringly melodious ‘Restore My Soul.’

-Exclusive Magazine

“Singing her songs of freedom, Kingstonian queen of dancehall stands up to be counted. Annicia Banks spent a lot of time on-stage to guarantee the success of the results of her visit to the studio whence the islander emerged with six originals and one cover which are bound to firmly establish this artiste on the scene.”

-Let It Rock, DMME.net

“Annicia Banks, who has made a name for herself in the reggae music world, is about to release her professional solo debut. The EP is called Up Front, and the songs gathered on the recording are both personal and heartfelt, showcasing carefully curated covers of classic tunes and new songs from artists she used to tour the world with. The debut single is Banks’ version of “Love Has Found Its Way,” a cover song of the Dennis Emmanuel Brown classic.”

-John Soltes, Hollywood Soapbox

“Annicia showcases her amazing voice with a nice mixture of soul and reggae with such other tracks as Jamaica ForeverHushRestore My Soul and so much more.  This album also features an amazing performance, great songwriting talent and a superb recording.  This is an album you need to add to your reggae library.”

-Oasis Entertainment Blog

“Delightful in it’s difference, this is a smoking set that announces the arrival of a talent that’s been hiding in plain sight for way too long. Simply smoking.”

-Midwest Record Entertainment Blog

The UP FRONT EP will release in stores and online March 5, 2021. The first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “LOVE HAS FOUND ITS WAY” featuring original saxophonist DEAN FRASER, is available now!

For Immediate Release – New York, NY – ANNICIA BANKS is a reggae singer-songwriter from Kingston, Jamaica. She has toured the Caribbean, United States, Asia, Africa, and Europe, using the dulcet tones of her voice to provide background support for internationally acclaimed reggae artists Judy Mowatt (of I-Threes fame), Bunny Wailer (original member of The Wailers), Sister Carol, and the legendary “Crown Prince of Reggae” Dennis Emmanuel Brown. ANNICIA BANKS will finally seize the spotlight with the release of her debut solo UP FRONT EP in stores and online March 5, 2021. The EP will introduce her own original songs, including a collaboration with the late and legendary Bob Andy, and as the first single a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser is available now.

With influences including Bob Marley, Bob Andy, Judy Mowatt, Aretha Franklin, and The Clark Sisters, ANNICIA BANKS has provided background harmonies at countless recording sessions. She can be heard supporting a who’s who list of reggae greats on a variety of classic tracks, including her cover versions of “Thank You Lord” by Curtis Mayfield and “This Love” by The Joy-Tones, which has become a staple at Jamaican parties to this day. Her all-female Light Of Love trio with Sharon Tucker and Joy Tulloch has performed all across Jamaica, thrilling audiences with the sound of their euphonious voices at numerous concerts and shows. She was also one of the lead singers for the 12 Tribes of Israel band.

ANNICIA BANKS showcases a treasure trove of talent with the release of her long-anticipated solo effort UP FRONT EP on the Raw Vue Music label. Raw Vue is an independent label based in New York that supports emerging and established artists via recorded music, publishing, artist management, strategic brand development, and beyond. They were quick to recognize the Raw talent of ANNICIA BANKS and are proud to put out this debut release!

Currently residing in Massachusetts, ANNICIA BANKS is also a mother, singer-songwriter, and world-class chef with a passion for driving long distances. Her favorite saying is “one day at a time,” and she exemplifies the sincere meaning of “patience surpasses learning.” The second of seven children born to Kenneth Banks and Vera Barrett in Kingston, Jamaica, at the age of eight she participated in school plays and talent shows while attending Holy Trinity Secondary School, which piqued her interest in singing. During her teenage years she participated in talent shows all across the island, where she was continually recognized by several top people in the music industry.

The UP FRONT EP will release in stores and online March 5, 2021. The first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser, is available now.

For more information about ANNICIA BANKS and UP FRONT EP please visit:

www.RawVueMusic.com

To order UP FRONT EP on digital services please visit: 

https://smarturl.it/AnniciaBanksUpFront

To order the “Love Has Found Its Way” single on digital services please visit: 

https://smarturl.it/AnniciaBanksLHFIW

To order UP FRONT EP on Bandcamp please visit:

https://anniciabanksmusic.bandcamp.com/album/up-front

For Booking inquiries please contact:

booking@rawvuemusic.com

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

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

For Reggae Press, Radio and Interview inquiries please contact King I-Vier:

kingivier@gmail.com

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

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CIRCUS MIND Gets Funky and Showcase Their Rock and Jazz Grooves on the New Album JOY MACHINE

Click here to listen!

For Immediate Release – New York, NY – CIRCUS MIND is a New York-based rock outfit and the brainchild of ringleader Mark Rechler. The band is entering their twentieth year and are soon to release their third album JOY MACHINE, a fresh explosion of sounds and flavors of the ’70s rock era with a modern twist. Like a three-ring circus, the band can slide seamlessly between rock, funk, and swampy N’awlins grooves, all while referencing some of the best bands of that era with infectious hooks that get stuck in your ear hole. JOY MACHINE releases May 21, 2021, and also features Nels Cline, Marc Ribot, Ivan Neville, Walter Wolfman Washington, Scott Metzger, and more.

The first JOY MACHINE single “Are You Ready?” features guest guitar phenom Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and had an official music video release. Both the song and video are a funky rock throwback that has roots in P-Funk, Sly Stone, and other ’70s rock and soul vibes, all flavors that CIRCUS MIND wears on its sleeve as a badge of honor, from the writing to the production. The title track “Joy Machine” features Scott Metzger (JRAD) and releases as a single on May 7 with a special music video premiere. CIRCUS MIND will then gather together in New Orleans with some amazing NoLa musicians including Big Sam to celebrate the JOY MACHINE album release on May 21 with a raucous party and live performance!

Now You’re Ready!!!! Here is the Official Music Video for the first single from the upcoming Circus Mind album “Joy Machine”

Directed by George Panagakos of 525 Media

Lyrics by Mark Rechler

Music by Mark Rechler and Chris Crosby

Produced and Engineered by Chris Fasulo

The production of JOY MACHINE began in August of 2019, but it was the Covid-19 pandemic that really set the stage for the record. While some bands took to the internet airwaves to stream performances, Rechler locked down in the studio. “Suddenly we had a ton of time on our hands and we knew we wanted to come out of this with a full album,” says Mark. “I was a man possessed and started writing like a madman!” The band started working remotely but quickly masked up and got down to business. “In a weird way, the pandemic also opened doors for us to find such amazing guests who were not out on tour and were looking to keep busy.”

The previous CIRCUS MIND release Silver Flower was voted Best Indie Album of 2006 by Newsday and put a modern take on influences such as Traffic, Steely Dan, Little Feat, and Mott the Hoople while mixing in NoLa vibe influences like Dr. John, The Meters, and The Neville Brothers. The last CIRCUS MIND single “Jazzfest Time” was released one year ago as an ode to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and featured Ivan Neville andBig Sam. CIRCUS MIND is quite versatile and has opened for national acts (Toots & The Maytals, The Neville Brothers, The Radiators) and had many notable guests sit in on their recordings and live performances (Soulive, Rebirth Brass Band, Cyril Neville).

CIRCUS MIND’s members are diverse in their influences as well as their playing. Lead vocalist, songwriter, keyboardist, and bandleader Mark Rechler plays in multiple bands (such as Falling Water), and has played, toured, and recorded with members of The Meters, The Neville Brothers, The Radiators, Soulive, The Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Ivan Neville, and more. Spending five years in New Orleans studying music and architecture helped influence his style and direction, and he always keeps his focus on the hook to keep his listeners wanting more and humming his tunes all day.

Bassist Chris Crosby has a serious case of spider-fingers and can solo as beautifully as any guitarist. A funkster from a family of highly respected musicians, Chris has also studied with Oteil Burbridge of The Allman Brothers Band and Dead & Company. Currently, he has also been busy playing in his brother’s Jason Crosby Band and with New York rock quartet Feverseed.

Guitarist David Berg is rooted in jazz, reggae, and bluegrass. He has toured with Dark Star Orchestra and has played multiple shows with Garth Hudson (The Band). Dave’s fluid rock style keeps CIRCUS MIND in a constant snake-like flow.

Drummer Dan Roth has been banging on things since he was a tyke, and he can’t seem to stop. He’s addicted to crosswords, motor coordination, and avocados.

With over 30 album credits to his name, percussionist Steve Finkelstein has worked with pop icons from Ray Charles and Mariah Carey as well as jam band giants including members of the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, and Tower of Power. Steve is also an original member and current member of the Funk Filharmonik.

To purchase or stream the new CIRCUS MIND album JOY MACHINE please visit:

https://smarturl.it/CircusMindJoyMachine

To purchase or stream the new single “ARE YOU READY?” please visit:

https://smarturl.it/CMAreYouReady

For more information about the band and the New Orleans Release Party on May 21 please visit:

www.circusmindband.com

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

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

For Digital Marketing please contact Jerome Forney of Independent Distribution Collective:

jerome@independentdistro.com

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Germany Review: ANNICIA BANKS “UP FRONT” – Available Now!

Click here to listen!

Click here to read at RockTimes!

“With a convincingly powerful and very supple and full-bodied voice, the protagonist presents her mixture of reggae with some soul elements. Always happy music, with this irresistible Caribbean flair and the classic swaying reggae rhythm, so wonderfully lascivious and danceable. This is music for the soul and the outer extremities. The addition of soul to “Love Has Found Its Way” also gives the song a pop-oriented orientation and fully justifies the release as a single.”

RockTimes

Congratulations to Annicia Banks and Raw Vue Music for the featured listing of the new “Up Front EP” on iTunes, and for making it to #7 on TOP ALBUMS!

“Her new UP FRONT EP is also her first! It’s a shocking revelation when considering the power, quality and aesthetics of her voice. Annicia Banks showcases a treasure trove of talent with the release of this long-anticipated solo effort on the Raw Vue Music label. A vital release that certainly addresses issues of under-representation of women Reggae vocalists.

The first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown song “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser, is such a steaming version that you want to keep it on the deck for several rewinds. Annicia paying respect to the original version, soars vocally in her own way, gliding over some great harmonies on the latter part of the song. The version would have made Dennis proud and it’s certainly the best one I have ever heard of this classic Reggae song.

Annica Banks is not only stunningly impressive as a vocalist, she also shines with some great songwriting, particularly on the powerfully rootsy song ‘Hush.’ She actually sings from the soul over a considerable vocal range and does it naturally, no gimmicks, no auto-tune. We look forward to a full-blown LP out later this year.”

-UKVibe.org

Translated from Dutch: “Not only does she keep the reggae fire burning, she also tries to give the genre a contemporary twist. We get a good example of this with opening track ‘Jamaica Forever,’ where King Kohai sneaks into the song rapping. In successor ‘It’s You’ Banks sounds more like a soul artist, albeit on a reggae beat. The mix of soul and reggae comes to the fore even more clearly in successor ‘Love Has Found It’s Way.’ Traditional reggae is the groove on which ‘Hush’ floats. A little later she pulls out all the stops vocally in closing track ‘Restore My Soul.’

Annicia Banks has all the trumps to give reggae a new glow. She has the right feeling to write her own songs, views the genre with an ‘open mind’ and above all she is blessed with a wonderful voice. One to discover!”

-KeysAndChords.com

“This breezy, beautiful, uplifting new 7-track EP opens with the sumptuous bounce and flow of ‘Jamaica Forever’ (feat. King Kobai) and backs that up seamlessly with the gentle hipsway of ‘It’s You’ and then the joyous, Reggae-lite, Caribbean hipsway of the first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit ‘Love Has Found Its Way’ (featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser) is brought forth.

Next up is the one-two, foot-tappin’ beats of ‘Hush’ and that’s backed by the summer breeze of ‘It’s Too Late,’ with the EP rounding out on the beautifully crafted ‘Free, Free, Free’ (feat. Bob Andy), closing on the alluringly melodious ‘Restore My Soul.’

-Exclusive Magazine

“Singing her songs of freedom, Kingstonian queen of dancehall stands up to be counted. Annicia Banks spent a lot of time on-stage to guarantee the success of the results of her visit to the studio whence the islander emerged with six originals and one cover which are bound to firmly establish this artiste on the scene.”

-Let It Rock, DMME.net

“Annicia Banks, who has made a name for herself in the reggae music world, is about to release her professional solo debut. The EP is called Up Front, and the songs gathered on the recording are both personal and heartfelt, showcasing carefully curated covers of classic tunes and new songs from artists she used to tour the world with. The debut single is Banks’ version of “Love Has Found Its Way,” a cover song of the Dennis Emmanuel Brown classic.”

-John Soltes, Hollywood Soapbox

“Annicia showcases her amazing voice with a nice mixture of soul and reggae with such other tracks as Jamaica ForeverHushRestore My Soul and so much more.  This album also features an amazing performance, great songwriting talent and a superb recording.  This is an album you need to add to your reggae library.”

-Oasis Entertainment Blog

“Delightful in it’s difference, this is a smoking set that announces the arrival of a talent that’s been hiding in plain sight for way too long. Simply smoking.”

-Midwest Record Entertainment Blog

The UP FRONT EP will release in stores and online March 5, 2021. The first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “LOVE HAS FOUND ITS WAY” featuring original saxophonist DEAN FRASER, is available now!

For Immediate Release – New York, NY – ANNICIA BANKS is a reggae singer-songwriter from Kingston, Jamaica. She has toured the Caribbean, United States, Asia, Africa, and Europe, using the dulcet tones of her voice to provide background support for internationally acclaimed reggae artists Judy Mowatt (of I-Threes fame), Bunny Wailer (original member of The Wailers), Sister Carol, and the legendary “Crown Prince of Reggae” Dennis Emmanuel Brown. ANNICIA BANKS will finally seize the spotlight with the release of her debut solo UP FRONT EP in stores and online March 5, 2021. The EP will introduce her own original songs, including a collaboration with the late and legendary Bob Andy, and as the first single a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser is available now.

With influences including Bob Marley, Bob Andy, Judy Mowatt, Aretha Franklin, and The Clark Sisters, ANNICIA BANKS has provided background harmonies at countless recording sessions. She can be heard supporting a who’s who list of reggae greats on a variety of classic tracks, including her cover versions of “Thank You Lord” by Curtis Mayfield and “This Love” by The Joy-Tones, which has become a staple at Jamaican parties to this day. Her all-female Light Of Love trio with Sharon Tucker and Joy Tulloch has performed all across Jamaica, thrilling audiences with the sound of their euphonious voices at numerous concerts and shows. She was also one of the lead singers for the 12 Tribes of Israel band.

ANNICIA BANKS showcases a treasure trove of talent with the release of her long-anticipated solo effort UP FRONT EP on the Raw Vue Music label. Raw Vue is an independent label based in New York that supports emerging and established artists via recorded music, publishing, artist management, strategic brand development, and beyond. They were quick to recognize the Raw talent of ANNICIA BANKS and are proud to put out this debut release!

Currently residing in Massachusetts, ANNICIA BANKS is also a mother, singer-songwriter, and world-class chef with a passion for driving long distances. Her favorite saying is “one day at a time,” and she exemplifies the sincere meaning of “patience surpasses learning.” The second of seven children born to Kenneth Banks and Vera Barrett in Kingston, Jamaica, at the age of eight she participated in school plays and talent shows while attending Holy Trinity Secondary School, which piqued her interest in singing. During her teenage years she participated in talent shows all across the island, where she was continually recognized by several top people in the music industry.

The UP FRONT EP will release in stores and online March 5, 2021. The first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser, is available now.

For more information about ANNICIA BANKS and UP FRONT EP please visit:

www.RawVueMusic.com

To order UP FRONT EP on digital services please visit: 

https://smarturl.it/AnniciaBanksUpFront

To order the “Love Has Found Its Way” single on digital services please visit: 

https://smarturl.it/AnniciaBanksLHFIW

To order UP FRONT EP on Bandcamp please visit:

https://anniciabanksmusic.bandcamp.com/album/up-front

For Booking inquiries please contact:

booking@rawvuemusic.com

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

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

For Reggae Press, Radio and Interview inquiries please contact King I-Vier:

kingivier@gmail.com

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

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Hollywood Soapbox Interview: ANNICIA BANKS “UP FRONT” – Available Now!

Click here to listen!

Click here to read the interview!

“Annicia Banks, who has made a name for herself in the reggae music world, is about to release her professional solo debut. The EP is called Up Front, and the songs gathered on the recording are both personal and heartfelt, showcasing carefully curated covers of classic tunes and new songs from artists she used to tour the world with. The debut single is Banks’ version of “Love Has Found Its Way,” a cover song of the Dennis Emmanuel Brown classic.”

-John Soltes, Hollywood Soapbox

Click here to read the interview!

Congratulations to Annicia Banks and Raw Vue Music for the featured listing of the new “Up Front EP” on iTunes, and for making it to #7 on TOP ALBUMS!

“Annicia showcases her amazing voice with a nice mixture of soul and reggae with such other tracks as Jamaica ForeverHushRestore My Soul and so much more.  This album also features an amazing performance, great songwriting talent and a superb recording.  This is an album you need to add to your reggae library.”

-Oasis Entertainment Blog

“Delightful in it’s difference, this is a smoking set that announces the arrival of a talent that’s been hiding in plain sight for way too long. Simply smoking.”

-Midwest Record Entertainment Blog

The UP FRONT EP will release in stores and online March 5, 2021. The first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “LOVE HAS FOUND ITS WAY” featuring original saxophonist DEAN FRASER, is available now!

For Immediate Release – New York, NY – ANNICIA BANKS is a reggae singer-songwriter from Kingston, Jamaica. She has toured the Caribbean, United States, Asia, Africa, and Europe, using the dulcet tones of her voice to provide background support for internationally acclaimed reggae artists Judy Mowatt (of I-Threes fame), Bunny Wailer (original member of The Wailers), Sister Carol, and the legendary “Crown Prince of Reggae” Dennis Emmanuel Brown. ANNICIA BANKS will finally seize the spotlight with the release of her debut solo UP FRONT EP in stores and online March 5, 2021. The EP will introduce her own original songs, including a collaboration with the late and legendary Bob Andy, and as the first single a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser is available now.

With influences including Bob Marley, Bob Andy, Judy Mowatt, Aretha Franklin, and The Clark Sisters, ANNICIA BANKS has provided background harmonies at countless recording sessions. She can be heard supporting a who’s who list of reggae greats on a variety of classic tracks, including her cover versions of “Thank You Lord” by Curtis Mayfield and “This Love” by The Joy-Tones, which has become a staple at Jamaican parties to this day. Her all-female Light Of Love trio with Sharon Tucker and Joy Tulloch has performed all across Jamaica, thrilling audiences with the sound of their euphonious voices at numerous concerts and shows. She was also one of the lead singers for the 12 Tribes of Israel band.

ANNICIA BANKS showcases a treasure trove of talent with the release of her long-anticipated solo effort UP FRONT EP on the Raw Vue Music label. Raw Vue is an independent label based in New York that supports emerging and established artists via recorded music, publishing, artist management, strategic brand development, and beyond. They were quick to recognize the Raw talent of ANNICIA BANKS and are proud to put out this debut release!

Currently residing in Massachusetts, ANNICIA BANKS is also a mother, singer-songwriter, and world-class chef with a passion for driving long distances. Her favorite saying is “one day at a time,” and she exemplifies the sincere meaning of “patience surpasses learning.” The second of seven children born to Kenneth Banks and Vera Barrett in Kingston, Jamaica, at the age of eight she participated in school plays and talent shows while attending Holy Trinity Secondary School, which piqued her interest in singing. During her teenage years she participated in talent shows all across the island, where she was continually recognized by several top people in the music industry.

The UP FRONT EP will release in stores and online March 5, 2021. The first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser, is available now.

For more information about ANNICIA BANKS and UP FRONT EP please visit:

www.RawVueMusic.com

To order UP FRONT EP on digital services please visit: 

https://smarturl.it/AnniciaBanksUpFront

To order the “Love Has Found Its Way” single on digital services please visit: 

https://smarturl.it/AnniciaBanksLHFIW

To order UP FRONT EP on Bandcamp please visit:

https://anniciabanksmusic.bandcamp.com/album/up-front

For Booking inquiries please contact:

booking@rawvuemusic.com

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

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

For Reggae Press, Radio and Interview inquiries please contact King I-Vier:

kingivier@gmail.com

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

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CIRCUS MIND Showcase Their ’70s Rock, Funk, and Jazz Grooves on the New Single “ARE YOU READY?” From Their Upcoming Album JOY MACHINE – Debuted at #26 on JamBands.com Charts!

Click here to listen!

The new CIRCUS MIND single “ARE YOU READY? featuring Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer” debuted at #26 on the JamBands.com Charts!

The official new video for the CIRCUS MIND single “ARE YOU READY? featuring Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer” was featured on LiveForLiveMusic.com the day of its release!

Now Your Ready!!!! Here is the Official Music Video for the first single from the upcoming Circus Mind album “Joy Machine”

Directed by George Panagakos of 525 Media

Lyrics by Mark Rechler

Music by Mark Rechler and Chris Crosby

Produced and Engineered by Chris Fasulo

Circus Mind:

Mark Rechler – Keys

Chris Crosby – Bass

Dave Berg – Guitar

Dan Roth – Drums

Steve Finkelstein – Percussion

feat: Brandon “Taz” Niederauer

For Immediate Release – New York, NY – CIRCUS MIND is a New York-based rock outfit and the brainchild of ringleader Mark Rechler. The band is entering their twentieth year and are soon to release their third album JOY MACHINE, a delightful mashup of the retro sounds of ’70s rock and funk with N’awlins swamp rock mixed with late-Beatles pop. The first JOY MACHINE single “ARE YOU READY?” features guest guitar phenom Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and will release online February 26 ahead of an official video release and Fat Friday Virtual Event on March 5, 2021. “ARE YOU READY?” is a funky rock throwback that has roots in P-Funk, Sly Stone, and other ’70s rock and soul vibes, all flavors that CIRCUS MIND wears on its sleeve as a badge of honor, from the writing to the production. The JOY MACHINE album will release on May 21, 2021, and also features Walter Wolfman Washington, Scott Metzger, Ivan Neville, Big Sam, Marc Ribot, and more special guests.

CIRCUS MIND has many faces, and the band is able to daringly swing from jazzy grooves to reggae roots then shoot out of a canon into rock without missing a beat. Their last release “Silver Flower” was voted Best Indie Album of 2006 by Newsday and put a modern take on influences such as Traffic, Steely Dan, Little Feat, and Mott the Hoople while mixing in NoLa vibe influences like Dr. John, The Meters and The Neville Brothers. The last CIRCUS MIND single “Jazzfest Time” was released one year ago as an ode to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. CIRCUS MIND is quite versatile and has opened for national acts (Toots & The Maytals, The Neville Brothers, The Radiators) and had many notable guests sit in on their recordings and live performances (Soulive, Rebirth Brass Band, Cyril Neville).

CIRCUS MIND’s members are diverse in their influences as well as their playing. Lead vocalist, songwriter, keyboardist, and bandleader Mark Rechler plays in multiple bands (such as Falling Water), and has played, toured, and recorded with members of The Meters, The Neville Brothers, The Radiators, Soulive, The Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Ivan Neville, and more. Spending five years in New Orleans studying music and architecture helped influence his style and direction, and he always keeps his focus on the hook to keep his listeners salivating and wanting more.

Bassist Chris Crosby has a serious case of spider-fingers and can solo as beautifully as any guitarist. A funkster from a family of highly respected musicians, Chris has also studied with Oteil Burbridge of The Allman Brothers Band and The Dead. Currently, he has also been busy playing in his brother’s Jason Crosby Band and New York rock quartet Feverseed. Guitarist David Berg is rooted in jazz, reggae, and bluegrass. He has toured with Dark Star Orchestra and has played multiple shows with Garth Hudson (The Band). Dave’s fluid rock style keeps CIRCUS MIND in a constant snake-like flow.

Drummer Dan Roth has been banging on things since he was a tyke, and he can’t seem to stop. He’s addicted to crosswords, motor coordination, and avocados. With over 30 album credits to his name, percussionist Steve Finkelstein has worked with pop icons from Ray Charles and Mariah Carey as well as jam band giants including members of the Dead, Allman’s, and Neville’s, and Tower of Power. Steve is also an original member and current member of the Funk Filharmonik.

The CIRCUS MIND single “ARE YOU READY?” will release online February 26, ahead of an official video release and Fat Friday Virtual Event on March 5, and the JOY MACHINE album release on May 21, 2021.

To purchase or stream the new single “ARE YOU READY?” please visit:

https://smarturl.it/CMAreYouReady

For more information including tour dates or booking inquiries please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/CircusMindMusic/

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

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

For Digital Marketing please contact Jerome Forney of Independent Distribution Collective:

jerome@independentdistro.com

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UK VIBE Review: ANNICIA BANKS “UP FRONT” – Available Now!

Click here to listen!

Click here to read at UK VIBE!

“Her new UP FRONT EP is also her first! It’s a shocking revelation when considering the power, quality and aesthetics of her voice. Annicia Banks showcases a treasure trove of talent with the release of this long-anticipated solo effort on the Raw Vue Music label. A vital release that certainly addresses issues of under-representation of women Reggae vocalists.

The first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown song “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser, is such a steaming version that you want to keep it on the deck for several rewinds. Annicia paying respect to the original version, soars vocally in her own way, gliding over some great harmonies on the latter part of the song. The version would have made Dennis proud and it’s certainly the best one I have ever heard of this classic Reggae song.

Annica Banks is not only stunningly impressive as a vocalist, she also shines with some great songwriting, particularly on the powerfully rootsy song ‘Hush.’ She actually sings from the soul over a considerable vocal range and does it naturally, no gimmicks, no auto-tune. We look forward to a full-blown LP out later this year.”

-UKVibe.org

Congratulations to Annicia Banks and Raw Vue Music for the featured listing of the new “Up Front EP” on iTunes, and for making it to #7 on TOP ALBUMS!

Translated from Dutch: “Not only does she keep the reggae fire burning, she also tries to give the genre a contemporary twist. We get a good example of this with opening track ‘Jamaica Forever,’ where King Kohai sneaks into the song rapping. In successor ‘It’s You’ Banks sounds more like a soul artist, albeit on a reggae beat. The mix of soul and reggae comes to the fore even more clearly in successor ‘Love Has Found It’s Way.’ Traditional reggae is the groove on which ‘Hush’ floats. A little later she pulls out all the stops vocally in closing track ‘Restore My Soul.’

Annicia Banks has all the trumps to give reggae a new glow. She has the right feeling to write her own songs, views the genre with an ‘open mind’ and above all she is blessed with a wonderful voice. One to discover!”

-KeysAndChords.com

“This breezy, beautiful, uplifting new 7-track EP opens with the sumptuous bounce and flow of ‘Jamaica Forever’ (feat. King Kobai) and backs that up seamlessly with the gentle hipsway of ‘It’s You’ and then the joyous, Reggae-lite, Caribbean hipsway of the first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit ‘Love Has Found Its Way’ (featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser) is brought forth.

Next up is the one-two, foot-tappin’ beats of ‘Hush’ and that’s backed by the summer breeze of ‘It’s Too Late,’ with the EP rounding out on the beautifully crafted ‘Free, Free, Free’ (feat. Bob Andy), closing on the alluringly melodious ‘Restore My Soul.’

-Exclusive Magazine

“Singing her songs of freedom, Kingstonian queen of dancehall stands up to be counted. Annicia Banks spent a lot of time on-stage to guarantee the success of the results of her visit to the studio whence the islander emerged with six originals and one cover which are bound to firmly establish this artiste on the scene.”

-Let It Rock, DMME.net

“Annicia Banks, who has made a name for herself in the reggae music world, is about to release her professional solo debut. The EP is called Up Front, and the songs gathered on the recording are both personal and heartfelt, showcasing carefully curated covers of classic tunes and new songs from artists she used to tour the world with. The debut single is Banks’ version of “Love Has Found Its Way,” a cover song of the Dennis Emmanuel Brown classic.”

-John Soltes, Hollywood Soapbox

“Annicia showcases her amazing voice with a nice mixture of soul and reggae with such other tracks as Jamaica ForeverHushRestore My Soul and so much more.  This album also features an amazing performance, great songwriting talent and a superb recording.  This is an album you need to add to your reggae library.”

-Oasis Entertainment Blog

“Delightful in it’s difference, this is a smoking set that announces the arrival of a talent that’s been hiding in plain sight for way too long. Simply smoking.”

-Midwest Record Entertainment Blog

The UP FRONT EP will release in stores and online March 5, 2021. The first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “LOVE HAS FOUND ITS WAY” featuring original saxophonist DEAN FRASER, is available now!

For Immediate Release – New York, NY – ANNICIA BANKS is a reggae singer-songwriter from Kingston, Jamaica. She has toured the Caribbean, United States, Asia, Africa, and Europe, using the dulcet tones of her voice to provide background support for internationally acclaimed reggae artists Judy Mowatt (of I-Threes fame), Bunny Wailer (original member of The Wailers), Sister Carol, and the legendary “Crown Prince of Reggae” Dennis Emmanuel Brown. ANNICIA BANKS will finally seize the spotlight with the release of her debut solo UP FRONT EP in stores and online March 5, 2021. The EP will introduce her own original songs, including a collaboration with the late and legendary Bob Andy, and as the first single a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser is available now.

With influences including Bob Marley, Bob Andy, Judy Mowatt, Aretha Franklin, and The Clark Sisters, ANNICIA BANKS has provided background harmonies at countless recording sessions. She can be heard supporting a who’s who list of reggae greats on a variety of classic tracks, including her cover versions of “Thank You Lord” by Curtis Mayfield and “This Love” by The Joy-Tones, which has become a staple at Jamaican parties to this day. Her all-female Light Of Love trio with Sharon Tucker and Joy Tulloch has performed all across Jamaica, thrilling audiences with the sound of their euphonious voices at numerous concerts and shows. She was also one of the lead singers for the 12 Tribes of Israel band.

ANNICIA BANKS showcases a treasure trove of talent with the release of her long-anticipated solo effort UP FRONT EP on the Raw Vue Music label. Raw Vue is an independent label based in New York that supports emerging and established artists via recorded music, publishing, artist management, strategic brand development, and beyond. They were quick to recognize the Raw talent of ANNICIA BANKS and are proud to put out this debut release!

Currently residing in Massachusetts, ANNICIA BANKS is also a mother, singer-songwriter, and world-class chef with a passion for driving long distances. Her favorite saying is “one day at a time,” and she exemplifies the sincere meaning of “patience surpasses learning.” The second of seven children born to Kenneth Banks and Vera Barrett in Kingston, Jamaica, at the age of eight she participated in school plays and talent shows while attending Holy Trinity Secondary School, which piqued her interest in singing. During her teenage years she participated in talent shows all across the island, where she was continually recognized by several top people in the music industry.

The UP FRONT EP will release in stores and online March 5, 2021. The first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser, is available now.

For more information about ANNICIA BANKS and UP FRONT EP please visit:

www.RawVueMusic.com

To order UP FRONT EP on digital services please visit: 

https://smarturl.it/AnniciaBanksUpFront

To order the “Love Has Found Its Way” single on digital services please visit: 

https://smarturl.it/AnniciaBanksLHFIW

To order UP FRONT EP on Bandcamp please visit:

https://anniciabanksmusic.bandcamp.com/album/up-front

For Booking inquiries please contact:

booking@rawvuemusic.com

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

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

For Reggae Press, Radio and Interview inquiries please contact King I-Vier:

kingivier@gmail.com

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

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Beligum Review: ANNICIA BANKS “UP FRONT” – Available Now!

Click here to listen!

Click here to read at KeysAndChords.com!

Translated from Dutch: “Not only does she keep the reggae fire burning, she also tries to give the genre a contemporary twist. We get a good example of this with opening track ‘Jamaica Forever,’ where King Kohai sneaks into the song rapping. In successor ‘It’s You’ Banks sounds more like a soul artist, albeit on a reggae beat. The mix of soul and reggae comes to the fore even more clearly in successor ‘Love Has Found It’s Way.’ Traditional reggae is the groove on which ‘Hush’ floats. A little later she pulls out all the stops vocally in closing track ‘Restore My Soul.’

Annicia Banks has all the trumps to give reggae a new glow. She has the right feeling to write her own songs, views the genre with an ‘open mind’ and above all she is blessed with a wonderful voice. One to discover!”

-KeysAndChords.com

Congratulations to Annicia Banks and Raw Vue Music for the featured listing of the new “Up Front EP” on iTunes, and for making it to #7 on TOP ALBUMS!

“This breezy, beautiful, uplifting new 7-track EP opens with the sumptuous bounce and flow of ‘Jamaica Forever’ (feat. King Kobai) and backs that up seamlessly with the gentle hipsway of ‘It’s You’ and then the joyous, Reggae-lite, Caribbean hipsway of the first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit ‘Love Has Found Its Way’ (featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser) is brought forth.

Next up is the one-two, foot-tappin’ beats of ‘Hush’ and that’s backed by the summer breeze of ‘It’s Too Late,’ with the EP rounding out on the beautifully crafted ‘Free, Free, Free’ (feat. Bob Andy), closing on the alluringly melodious ‘Restore My Soul.’

-Exclusive Magazine

“Singing her songs of freedom, Kingstonian queen of dancehall stands up to be counted. Annicia Banks spent a lot of time on-stage to guarantee the success of the results of her visit to the studio whence the islander emerged with six originals and one cover which are bound to firmly establish this artiste on the scene.”

-Let It Rock, DMME.net

“Annicia Banks, who has made a name for herself in the reggae music world, is about to release her professional solo debut. The EP is called Up Front, and the songs gathered on the recording are both personal and heartfelt, showcasing carefully curated covers of classic tunes and new songs from artists she used to tour the world with. The debut single is Banks’ version of “Love Has Found Its Way,” a cover song of the Dennis Emmanuel Brown classic.”

-John Soltes, Hollywood Soapbox

“Annicia showcases her amazing voice with a nice mixture of soul and reggae with such other tracks as Jamaica ForeverHushRestore My Soul and so much more.  This album also features an amazing performance, great songwriting talent and a superb recording.  This is an album you need to add to your reggae library.”

-Oasis Entertainment Blog

“Delightful in it’s difference, this is a smoking set that announces the arrival of a talent that’s been hiding in plain sight for way too long. Simply smoking.”

-Midwest Record Entertainment Blog

The UP FRONT EP will release in stores and online March 5, 2021. The first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “LOVE HAS FOUND ITS WAY” featuring original saxophonist DEAN FRASER, is available now!

For Immediate Release – New York, NY – ANNICIA BANKS is a reggae singer-songwriter from Kingston, Jamaica. She has toured the Caribbean, United States, Asia, Africa, and Europe, using the dulcet tones of her voice to provide background support for internationally acclaimed reggae artists Judy Mowatt (of I-Threes fame), Bunny Wailer (original member of The Wailers), Sister Carol, and the legendary “Crown Prince of Reggae” Dennis Emmanuel Brown. ANNICIA BANKS will finally seize the spotlight with the release of her debut solo UP FRONT EP in stores and online March 5, 2021. The EP will introduce her own original songs, including a collaboration with the late and legendary Bob Andy, and as the first single a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser is available now.

With influences including Bob Marley, Bob Andy, Judy Mowatt, Aretha Franklin, and The Clark Sisters, ANNICIA BANKS has provided background harmonies at countless recording sessions. She can be heard supporting a who’s who list of reggae greats on a variety of classic tracks, including her cover versions of “Thank You Lord” by Curtis Mayfield and “This Love” by The Joy-Tones, which has become a staple at Jamaican parties to this day. Her all-female Light Of Love trio with Sharon Tucker and Joy Tulloch has performed all across Jamaica, thrilling audiences with the sound of their euphonious voices at numerous concerts and shows. She was also one of the lead singers for the 12 Tribes of Israel band.

ANNICIA BANKS showcases a treasure trove of talent with the release of her long-anticipated solo effort UP FRONT EP on the Raw Vue Music label. Raw Vue is an independent label based in New York that supports emerging and established artists via recorded music, publishing, artist management, strategic brand development, and beyond. They were quick to recognize the Raw talent of ANNICIA BANKS and are proud to put out this debut release!

Currently residing in Massachusetts, ANNICIA BANKS is also a mother, singer-songwriter, and world-class chef with a passion for driving long distances. Her favorite saying is “one day at a time,” and she exemplifies the sincere meaning of “patience surpasses learning.” The second of seven children born to Kenneth Banks and Vera Barrett in Kingston, Jamaica, at the age of eight she participated in school plays and talent shows while attending Holy Trinity Secondary School, which piqued her interest in singing. During her teenage years she participated in talent shows all across the island, where she was continually recognized by several top people in the music industry.

The UP FRONT EP will release in stores and online March 5, 2021. The first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser, is available now.

For more information about ANNICIA BANKS and UP FRONT EP please visit:

www.RawVueMusic.com

To order UP FRONT EP on digital services please visit: 

https://smarturl.it/AnniciaBanksUpFront

To order the “Love Has Found Its Way” single on digital services please visit: 

https://smarturl.it/AnniciaBanksLHFIW

To order UP FRONT EP on Bandcamp please visit:

https://anniciabanksmusic.bandcamp.com/album/up-front

For Booking inquiries please contact:

booking@rawvuemusic.com

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

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

For Reggae Press, Radio and Interview inquiries please contact King I-Vier:

kingivier@gmail.com

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

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CIRCUS MIND Showcase Their ’70s Rock, Funk, and Jazz Grooves on the New Single “ARE YOU READY?” From Their Upcoming Album JOY MACHINE – Debuted at #26 on JamBands.com Charts!

Click here to listen!

The new CIRCUS MIND single “ARE YOU READY? featuring Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer” debuted at #26 on the JamBands.com Charts!

The official new video for the CIRCUS MIND single “ARE YOU READY? featuring Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer” was featured on LiveForLiveMusic.com the day of its release!

Now Your Ready!!!! Here is the Official Music Video for the first single from the upcoming Circus Mind album “Joy Machine”

Directed by George Panagakos of 525 Media

Lyrics by Mark Rechler

Music by Mark Rechler and Chris Crosby

Produced and Engineered by Chris Fasulo

Circus Mind:

Mark Rechler – Keys

Chris Crosby – Bass

Dave Berg – Guitar

Dan Roth – Drums

Steve Finkelstein – Percussion

feat: Brandon “Taz” Niederauer

For Immediate Release – New York, NY – CIRCUS MIND is a New York-based rock outfit and the brainchild of ringleader Mark Rechler. The band is entering their twentieth year and are soon to release their third album JOY MACHINE, a delightful mashup of the retro sounds of ’70s rock and funk with N’awlins swamp rock mixed with late-Beatles pop. The first JOY MACHINE single “ARE YOU READY?” features guest guitar phenom Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and will release online February 26 ahead of an official video release and Fat Friday Virtual Event on March 5, 2021. “ARE YOU READY?” is a funky rock throwback that has roots in P-Funk, Sly Stone, and other ’70s rock and soul vibes, all flavors that CIRCUS MIND wears on its sleeve as a badge of honor, from the writing to the production. The JOY MACHINE album will release on May 21, 2021, and also features Walter Wolfman Washington, Scott Metzger, Ivan Neville, Big Sam, Marc Ribot, and more special guests.

CIRCUS MIND has many faces, and the band is able to daringly swing from jazzy grooves to reggae roots then shoot out of a canon into rock without missing a beat. Their last release “Silver Flower” was voted Best Indie Album of 2006 by Newsday and put a modern take on influences such as Traffic, Steely Dan, Little Feat, and Mott the Hoople while mixing in NoLa vibe influences like Dr. John, The Meters and The Neville Brothers. The last CIRCUS MIND single “Jazzfest Time” was released one year ago as an ode to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. CIRCUS MIND is quite versatile and has opened for national acts (Toots & The Maytals, The Neville Brothers, The Radiators) and had many notable guests sit in on their recordings and live performances (Soulive, Rebirth Brass Band, Cyril Neville).

CIRCUS MIND’s members are diverse in their influences as well as their playing. Lead vocalist, songwriter, keyboardist, and bandleader Mark Rechler plays in multiple bands (such as Falling Water), and has played, toured, and recorded with members of The Meters, The Neville Brothers, The Radiators, Soulive, The Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Ivan Neville, and more. Spending five years in New Orleans studying music and architecture helped influence his style and direction, and he always keeps his focus on the hook to keep his listeners salivating and wanting more.

Bassist Chris Crosby has a serious case of spider-fingers and can solo as beautifully as any guitarist. A funkster from a family of highly respected musicians, Chris has also studied with Oteil Burbridge of The Allman Brothers Band and The Dead. Currently, he has also been busy playing in his brother’s Jason Crosby Band and New York rock quartet Feverseed. Guitarist David Berg is rooted in jazz, reggae, and bluegrass. He has toured with Dark Star Orchestra and has played multiple shows with Garth Hudson (The Band). Dave’s fluid rock style keeps CIRCUS MIND in a constant snake-like flow.

Drummer Dan Roth has been banging on things since he was a tyke, and he can’t seem to stop. He’s addicted to crosswords, motor coordination, and avocados. With over 30 album credits to his name, percussionist Steve Finkelstein has worked with pop icons from Ray Charles and Mariah Carey as well as jam band giants including members of the Dead, Allman’s, and Neville’s, and Tower of Power. Steve is also an original member and current member of the Funk Filharmonik.

The CIRCUS MIND single “ARE YOU READY?” will release online February 26, ahead of an official video release and Fat Friday Virtual Event on March 5, and the JOY MACHINE album release on May 21, 2021.

To purchase or stream the new single “ARE YOU READY?” please visit:

https://smarturl.it/CMAreYouReady

For more information including tour dates or booking inquiries please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/CircusMindMusic/

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

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

For Digital Marketing please contact Jerome Forney of Independent Distribution Collective:

jerome@independentdistro.com

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Hollywood Soapbox Interview: ANNICIA BANKS “UP FRONT” – Available Now!

Click here to listen!

Click here to read the interview!

“Annicia Banks, who has made a name for herself in the reggae music world, is about to release her professional solo debut. The EP is called Up Front, and the songs gathered on the recording are both personal and heartfelt, showcasing carefully curated covers of classic tunes and new songs from artists she used to tour the world with. The debut single is Banks’ version of “Love Has Found Its Way,” a cover song of the Dennis Emmanuel Brown classic.”

-John Soltes, Hollywood Soapbox

Click here to read the interview!

Congratulations to Annicia Banks and Raw Vue Music for the featured listing of the new “Up Front EP” on iTunes, and for making it to #7 on TOP ALBUMS!

“Annicia showcases her amazing voice with a nice mixture of soul and reggae with such other tracks as Jamaica ForeverHushRestore My Soul and so much more.  This album also features an amazing performance, great songwriting talent and a superb recording.  This is an album you need to add to your reggae library.”

-Oasis Entertainment Blog

“Delightful in it’s difference, this is a smoking set that announces the arrival of a talent that’s been hiding in plain sight for way too long. Simply smoking.”

-Midwest Record Entertainment Blog

The UP FRONT EP will release in stores and online March 5, 2021. The first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “LOVE HAS FOUND ITS WAY” featuring original saxophonist DEAN FRASER, is available now!

For Immediate Release – New York, NY – ANNICIA BANKS is a reggae singer-songwriter from Kingston, Jamaica. She has toured the Caribbean, United States, Asia, Africa, and Europe, using the dulcet tones of her voice to provide background support for internationally acclaimed reggae artists Judy Mowatt (of I-Threes fame), Bunny Wailer (original member of The Wailers), Sister Carol, and the legendary “Crown Prince of Reggae” Dennis Emmanuel Brown. ANNICIA BANKS will finally seize the spotlight with the release of her debut solo UP FRONT EP in stores and online March 5, 2021. The EP will introduce her own original songs, including a collaboration with the late and legendary Bob Andy, and as the first single a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser is available now.

With influences including Bob Marley, Bob Andy, Judy Mowatt, Aretha Franklin, and The Clark Sisters, ANNICIA BANKS has provided background harmonies at countless recording sessions. She can be heard supporting a who’s who list of reggae greats on a variety of classic tracks, including her cover versions of “Thank You Lord” by Curtis Mayfield and “This Love” by The Joy-Tones, which has become a staple at Jamaican parties to this day. Her all-female Light Of Love trio with Sharon Tucker and Joy Tulloch has performed all across Jamaica, thrilling audiences with the sound of their euphonious voices at numerous concerts and shows. She was also one of the lead singers for the 12 Tribes of Israel band.

ANNICIA BANKS showcases a treasure trove of talent with the release of her long-anticipated solo effort UP FRONT EP on the Raw Vue Music label. Raw Vue is an independent label based in New York that supports emerging and established artists via recorded music, publishing, artist management, strategic brand development, and beyond. They were quick to recognize the Raw talent of ANNICIA BANKS and are proud to put out this debut release!

Currently residing in Massachusetts, ANNICIA BANKS is also a mother, singer-songwriter, and world-class chef with a passion for driving long distances. Her favorite saying is “one day at a time,” and she exemplifies the sincere meaning of “patience surpasses learning.” The second of seven children born to Kenneth Banks and Vera Barrett in Kingston, Jamaica, at the age of eight she participated in school plays and talent shows while attending Holy Trinity Secondary School, which piqued her interest in singing. During her teenage years she participated in talent shows all across the island, where she was continually recognized by several top people in the music industry.

The UP FRONT EP will release in stores and online March 5, 2021. The first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser, is available now.

For more information about ANNICIA BANKS and UP FRONT EP please visit:

www.RawVueMusic.com

To order UP FRONT EP on digital services please visit: 

https://smarturl.it/AnniciaBanksUpFront

To order the “Love Has Found Its Way” single on digital services please visit: 

https://smarturl.it/AnniciaBanksLHFIW

To order UP FRONT EP on Bandcamp please visit:

https://anniciabanksmusic.bandcamp.com/album/up-front

For Booking inquiries please contact:

booking@rawvuemusic.com

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

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

For Reggae Press, Radio and Interview inquiries please contact King I-Vier:

kingivier@gmail.com

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

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