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“Hypocritical Bill” by Chloe Goins aka Chlo-Chlo Produced by “Jammin’J” Always A Hit Productions, LLC.

 

Chloe Goins (Model turned Rapper) is one of the 50+ women who have come forward against Bill Cosby with allegations of drugging and sexually assaulting her one evening at the Playboy Mansion. She is one of three accusers who have court cases pending with trial date set. After releasing a snippet to the Bill Cosby Diss Record “Hypocritical Bill” to the media (Daily Mail Uk) – it became a viral sensation on social media outlets like “World Star Hip-Hop” where it was streamed over 300,000 plays in just two days!! Full page write ups in many Rap & Hip-Hop Magazines like “The Source”, “XXL” Etc. Reaching “Trending Topic” status with reports coming in from “ABC 20/20”, “TMZ”, “Breakfast Club”, “All Def Digital” Etc. With the Bill Cosby Retrial approaching in Nov 2017 there is still time to gain internet and traditional “Radio” exposure to help catapult the record into mainstream audience and heighten awareness of her career change into the Hip-Hop / Rap industry and earn her respect in the game as a result of this HOT RECORD!!! Major Record Labels BEWARE!!

 

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292 Twins

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With vocals fit mainly for Pop and R&B, 292 is a twin singer/songwriter duo from Louisiana. Both members, Alex Koncrete and Muzyk, traveled a good portion of their teenage lives living in parts of Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and eventually settling in Louisiana. While realizing they both could sing at an early age it wasn’t until college that they truly fell in love with music. Thus began the journey. Incorporating influences such as Drake, The Weeknd, Luke James, and Chris Brown, they formed the group 292 in 2014 but disbanded soon after as Muzyk stepped away and solely studied engineering while Alex continued writing and pursuing other solo endeavors. It wasn’t until 2017 that Alex and Muzyk decided to come back as 292 and create their single “You’re Mine,” released in December 2017.

 

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Mark Senger

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Growing up in a home where he was inspired by his father, an accomplished jazz guitarist, Mark began teaching himself to play guitar at 7 years old. His early musical influences were Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck, and U2.

 

In his late teens, Mark became a songwriter and the guitarist for The Generics. Represented by Network Entertainment, The Generics played venues throughout southeast for 6 years. During that time, the group jammed with Molly Hatchet and opened for such notable bands as Drivin n’ Cryin, Guadalcanal Diary, and Dreams So Real.

 

Now, Mark’s music resume credits include songwriter, musician, music producer and recording engineer. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA.

 

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Falling Through April

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Even though they are originally from disparate parts of the country, Charlotte, NC based Alt Rockers Falling Through April have come together to form a cohesive unit in a city that is rich in music history and has a thriving independent rock scene. Their energy is abundant in their live shows and in the music from their new album “Zodiac”, released on January 19th, 2018 through Page 2 Music. Falling Through April released first single and video “Desperate Measures” in September of 2017 and have gained significant visibility: Google Play Music’s Modern Rock radio channel and iDobi radio were early supporters and are playing the song. The video premiered @ Alternative Press and debuted @ #13 on the YouTube Alternative Hotlist playlist. The video will be featured on the Footlocker In-Store network in 1,835 stores in 23 countries starting January 1st as well as several other major brand retail outlets. “Desperate Measures” is playing in over 3800 Health Clubs worldwide, and has been added to syndicated shows like MusicMix USA and Sidewalks TV, among others. The band’s founders (Jim Siani, Dave Piontek, Taylor Foster, Dan Candia) have weathered the full gamut of hurdles as a startup since forming in 2011, ranging from exploding transmissions and ghosting vocalists to nearby celebratory gun fire landing Taylor in the hospital. When charismatic front woman Mikaela Salazar stepped into their lives in 2016, the road blocks were removed, and everyone found something to be excited about. The 4 founders found each other while playing in different bands that were a part of the Charlotte indie rock scene. The band members came to music naturally, as they all had musicians in their family: Dan came from a long line of international musicians, and his dad always played guitar when he was growing up. Dave started in music early, and in his early teens he became enamored of the Electric Bass and that became his instrument of choice. Jim knew by the age of 13 that he wanted to be a professional musician, inspired by acts like Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, and his favorite band Weezer. Taylor grew up watching his Dad play drums, so you could say they are in his family DNA. Mikaela grew up in a house that was never silent, and the desire to be involved in music was second nature. She was inspired to become a singer by strong female musical role models like Alanis Morissette and Gwen Stefani. The band has 2 previous independent releases: The “Take Flight” album in 2012; and the “Risk and Reward” Ep in 2015. In early 2017 FTA packed up and drove to Nashville, TN for several months’ long recording binge with producer and friend Jon King (Augustana, Darling Parade). The result is their new album “Zodiac”, a powerful alt-rock collection that melds influences ranging from Incubus to Halsey. The band has amassed a significant touring resume, having opened for The Pretty Reckless, Pop Evil, Adelitas Way, Flyleaf and more. They have also performed at major festivals including the Vans Warped Tour, SXSW, Florida Music Festival, Sonorous Music Festival, Dewey Beach Music Conference and Celebrate Fairfax. Their touring has garnered them endorsements from PRS and Reverend Guitars, among others. FTA’s goal is to have their music reach as many people as possible around the world and for their music to inspire and encourage listeners. Becoming a household name in the modern rock community drives them forward, and “Zodiac” promises to help them achieve that goal. A second single and video will be released in early 2018.

 

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Mike Longhelt

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Mike Longhelt is a Producer/DJ/Vocalist based out of the Washington, DC region. His work has been featured on top radio stations as well as TV networks such as the MTV, VH1, Fox Sports, ESPN, Oxygen Network and Discovery Channel.

 

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RAZZ BAND is a music collaboration of some of the finest musicians in Chicagoland, featuring original songs written by Tommy “Guitar” Balistrieri and co-arranged by Jim Johnson. From the unique combination of Rock and Jazz styles, the name RAZZ was born. With a touch of funk, soul of the blues, the force of rock, and the passion of Jazz, their original style is truly unique.

 

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Akoeba

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Akoeba is a multi-talented young African female artist (singer, songwriter, composer, and choreographer) who sings in several languages, principally in English and French. She hails from Togo and is well-versed in the socio-cultural norm of West African States. She has a University Degree in Business Accounting and Management and a BA in English Literature.

 

Akoeba started her music passion at the very tender age of 5, she was always seen singing and dancing, entertaining family members during family gatherings. At the age of 11, she and 2 other female friends formed a band named the “Hot Girls” and they performed (singing and dancing) at various school holiday parties and other kids’ venues and events. She also wrote poems and children fairy tales and stories at that age. In fact, most of her song lyrics are actually the poems she wrote when she was 11 years old. And she still uses those poems to compose her songs today!

 

Her first Album titled “The Stories” will be available on December 31st, 2018 and is a mix of various music genres such as afro pop, reggae, dancehall and world music, and talks about some episodes of her life. The album’s lead single titled “African Woman” is to be released on March 26th, 2018.

 

“African Woman” is about the African Traditional Marriage process and its focus is on the African Bride Price. In a funny way, the song points out how a very expensive Bride Price can discourage a man from marrying the woman he loves because he can’t afford to buy all the items requested by the woman’s family.

 

Akoeba is an inspiration and a source of motivation to lots of people both from her home country and others who have come across her music and story.

 

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DeLissana

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Discuss your existence.

We are sisters who were first inspired to sing and perform during our childhood when we LOVED and continually sang and performed together.  Our mom, an accomplished opera singer, her brother a doctor of music, our aunt another doctor of music, and cousins are all either musicians, singers or dancers.  It is in our blood.  Diana, a classically trained musician (a College of Wooster Grad with a Degree in Music & Vocal Performance) played the piano and accompanied Elissa’s many instrumental, vocal and dance solos. We both studied piano under the late, great concert pianist Marianne Mastics.  Our childhood living room was our very first stage as we amused ourselves for hours performing along with recordings and television variety shows.  Little did we know that through the years, and summers performing at The Cleveland Playhouse, Oberlin College Summer Opera Theatre (Elissa was accepted at the age of 9, and Diana accepted as a teen), and Cleveland Institute of Music opera productions, we’d develop our own unique interpretive style.

As life would have it, and the years passed, we never thought we would be performing professionally.  However, about 6 years ago, we sang 3 songs at a wedding, including “The Prayer”.  When we sang our last note, the entire congregation stopped the wedding ceremony by standing up and giving us a standing ovation!  After the ceremony, countless people came up to us and asked where they could purchase our CD.  Now, we were quite surprised (deer in headlights) at that request, since we thought of ourselves as simply sisters singing at a wedding.  That’s when we realized and said to ourselves, “I guess people like us! And maybe we should pursue our singing further!”  And as luck would have it, Elissa’s friend’s husband, Pablo “Chino” Nunez, (JanMar Productions, Inc.) happened to be a Grammy Award Winning music producer, musician and arranger.  When he heard that we sang, he wanted to hear us for himself.  After listening to our rendition of The Prayer on-line (which is rarely sung by 2 women), he asked us to come down to his recording studio in West Palm Beach.  He wanted to meet us and hear us live, because little did we know he was interested in producing our debut album.  So we hopped on a plane and flew down to audition for him.  We stood in front of him (about 4 feet away) in his office from 10 in the morning until about 4 in the afternoon singing practically every song we knew.  He just sat in his chair and listened, and kept telling to “sing another one!” When we sang “The Prayer”, he had tears in his eyes.  He was blown away.  He said our harmonies (since we are siblings) are unbelievably tight, and we sound like the same person.  He could not tell who was singing which part!  He was so inspired, that he wrote an arrangement of “The Prayer” just for us to record on our album.

He signed us to a record deal on the spot, but the catch was…we would have to write 5 original songs for our album.  Needless to say, the thought was a little daunting, but very exciting! So, on the plane while flying back home to Cleveland, we wrote the lyrics to “Daddy Hold My Hand”, the first track on our Album (Embrace Abrazo Abbraccio).  (The album title is the word Embrace in English, Spanish and Italian).  “Daddy Hold My Hand” (video: YouTube) is about our father who passed away at a young age.  Dad was our biggest fan, so he was a huge inspiration.  Our first public performance had our audience in tears by the time we got to the refrain.  What a feeling!

After we wrote “Daddy Hold My Hand”, the flood gates opened! We couldn’t stop writing, and Christmas Garland (“Merry Christmas” in 6 languages with 2 simultaneous melodies) was the love child of Diana.  Elissa thought, “What a great idea!”  The languages wrap around the world, just as garland wraps around a Christmas tree. Then, we decided to produce a music video, and Elissa added, “We should wear the clothes native to the countries we represent in the song: United States, Italy, Spain, Germany, Serbia and France!”  So, you will see, the video is fun and somewhat goofy, which is us being us.  We have always been goofy sisters “acting” and joking around…and that is what you will see in the video:  YouTube

After recording our album, Chino, a Grammy Board Member, felt it was worthy of submitting to The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) for a shot at a Grammy.  Lo and behold; we got nominated! We were voted onto the Grammy Pre-nomination list right out of the gate! Chino told us artists can wait well over 20 years to get on this list.  Wow.

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State your favorite genre of music and your reason.

This is a very difficult task.  We were raised primarily on classical and ethnic music.  But as we grew into teenagers, we were exposed to many different types of music, i.e., folk, rock, jazz, country, acoustic and easy listening.  We find the beauty in, and respect all of them.  That is why our album has so many different genres.  We also enjoy singing in foreign languages, as you will see on our album.  We adore music sung by artists such as Il Divo.  But we love and respect them all!

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Tell us the theme of your song.

“Daddy Hold My Hand” invokes emotion, loss, yearning for the past and nostalgia for another time with a loved one.  It also uplifts and reinforces the wonderful memories and lessons we’ve learned from that special person.  We do not know anyone who has NOT lost someone close to them.  That is why people relate to this song, and why “Daddy Hold My Hand” has been a favorite at our performances.  We see our audience members well up with tears and smiles at the same time.  Plus, it is a true story about our dad.  The theme…missing a loved one, but we can live on cherishing their memory and feeling gratitude for having them in our lives.

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Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.

Well…given our story in “Daddy Hold My Hand”, our dad was the one who told us daily, “Do you girls know how much talent you have? And how much talent is under one roof here in our home?”  He was so proud of us growing up and knowing we could do whatever we wanted.  Our mom reinforced this feeling by singing with us, and making sure we had piano, flute and dance lessons, even though our parents could not afford them.  Our parents sacrificed so much so we could pursue our dreams.  Unfortunately, our dad passed at a young age, which moved our paths in different directions until a few years ago when we started back on the path we felt was our destiny.  We also have some amazing friends who have believed in us from the start.  Even though we are a very different type of singing group, our friends and family continually tell us there is definitely an audience for us.

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Tell us your future goals.

This is our conundrum. We are always researching and looking for new opportunities and gigs, and are currently in the process of exploring the idea of performing at House Concerts as well.  We feel if we are heard by the “right” people, and if we had proper representation and/or an agent who believes in us, we would definitely find our niche and be successful.  We are fearless and will sing for anyone. We are not kids, so we are focused on our passion.  Like so many musicians, we run into roadblocks every day, but we are not giving up.  To have our original songs placed in a movie or in a television commercial or series would be a dream come true.  And a European tour is definitely on our bucket list.  We saw Il Divo’s televised concert in Spain, and were awestruck.  We looked at each other and said, “We can do that! We are good enough!”  But to be totally candid, the fact that we are mature women is a fact that most MIPs do not respond to.  HOWEVER, WE FEEL IS IT OUR STRENGTH.  It is a novel and original idea.  We will always remain true to ourselves and to who we are.  Look at Susan Boyle.  (And she does not write original music.)  If she can do it…so can we!

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Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.

Since we are mature women, we have been approached by so many fans at our concerts who tell us how inspiring it is to see performers who are not 20 years old.  They are really pleasantly surprised.  And much of our humor relates to that as well.  We do get the laughs. We also know each other so well, that we can perform a song in different rooms and still be totally synchronized.  And due to the fact that we are siblings, our blend is spot-on.  The fact that we write our own songs is always received well by our audiences as well.

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Analyze the transformations you have discovered so far in the music industry.

We believe a huge transformation is due to the internet.  Access to all types of music is only a click away.   This in itself is a great benefit.  But, the music industry requires the artist to self-promote and self-record which is very costly.  Years ago, if an artist was not educated in the industry practices and accepted procedures, (and many were not), they would/could hire an agent/manager to handle the “business end” of everything.  Currently, obtaining a producer, agent, backer, supporter, etc. is very difficult.  The primary responsibility falls on the artist for all aspects of their trade, unless they have a manager/agent to help guide their career.  In many ways this is a good thing, and in many ways it is not.  Then and now, an artist could move too quickly which could be very detrimental to their career.  Artists basically learn as they go.  But nowadays, artists have tons of information at their fingertips (literally!).

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

We love Il Divo, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, David Foster, Yani, Chicago, Doobie Brothers, Martina McBride, Trishia Yearwood, Celtic Woman, Christina Aguilera and Patsy Cline.  But this list only touches the service of the artists we cherish.  Their talent is inborn and their mastery of their craft gushes at every performance.  We are totally engrossed in their performances.  We love to sing in different languages as do many of them.  We have studied them and enjoyed their music for years.

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Give us the links to your social network and stores.

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@Delissana1 / Google Play / Facebook

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

We start with a theme or specific subject and basically write/develop a poem about it.  The music comes later. We like to write about real life and topics that everyone can relate to.  We prefer writing uplifting and “happy” songs.

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Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist.

We would revel in collaborating with other artists.  Give us a chance to sing with Il Divo and Wahoo! We have not had much opportunity to do so however, but that is definitely something we would enjoy.

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Brief us on your opinion of making music that makes people dance or making the music with a genuine message that inspires them.

Making people want to stand up and dance is rewarding and a wonderful feeling.  Our song, “Life is Good” is about Diana’s friend from Colombia, S.A. with a wonderful Latin beat and fun lyrics.  We also enjoy conveying a genuine message like “Daddy Hold My Hand”, or our other uplifting song, “Life Goes On”.

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Explain copyright.

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the government for “original works”, including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations. Copyright literally means “the right to copy” but has become the body of exclusive rights granted by law to copyright owners for protection of their work.

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Discuss the impact of a Performance Rights Organization.

PROs protect the artist(s) in that they provide intermediary services, particularly collection of royalties, between the copyright holders and any parties who want to use the artists’ copyrighted works publicly.  It is comforting for the artist to know these types of organizations exist for their protection.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

When presented with the opportunity to compose original songs, we draw on the emotion and inspiration of a particular event or topic, thought, dream, whether they are mutually shared or individually experienced.  Typically, we write the lyrics first.  Then we “live” with them for however long it takes to come up with a melody that serves as a chorus, for example.  Interestingly (and sometimes miraculously!), the verse melody seems to fall into place once the chorus is created.  Along the way we usually tweak the lyrics and melody to make the song flow.  Yet, there have been times when we compose a melody line and then write lyrics which are a good fit with the music.  The special aspect of our composing lyrics and music together as sisters allows us to draw on the help and talents of each other.  When one of us, let’s say, has a mental block (like writers sometimes get), the other often takes the lead and suggests a solution.  We then “try it on for size” to see if it works.  It’s a huge advantage for each of us to have the other to “bounce things off of” especially when we work through a snag.  As for the instrumentation, we have left a good deal of that to the imagination of our magnificent producer/arranger.  But, yes, we have thoughts about specific instruments in certain songs that suit the feelings of the songs we want to be conveyed.

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Go into detail on the recording of this song.

Recording “Daddy Hold My Hand” was probably the easiest part of the entire process.  When we heard Chino’s arrangement of “Daddy Hold My Hand” for the first time, we knew he “got it”.  He felt the lyrics and understood our story on a personal level.  We couldn’t wait to get into the studio.  And Chino remembered that we told him Diana had a toy piano when she was very young, so he incorporated the playing and sounds of a toy piano at the very end of the song.  Diana and I had sung it so many times together, that when we entered the studio, put on our headphones and began singing, it only took a few takes and it was a wrap!  What a feeling to hear the playback of your own story with Chino’s beautiful arrangement…

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Discuss your music performance.

We are siblings who love singing together and it shows.  We also have a goofy sense of humor, so we can engage our audiences and make them laugh.  When we use humor, we have our audiences’ full attention, and we know they are having fun.  Then when we start singing, our audiences cry tears of joy.  They are surprised that such beautiful music comes out of such goofy women.  They are engrossed in our song(s).  Case in point, our producer cried the first time he heard us sing “The Prayer”.  Everyone does!  Being able to touch our audiences in such diverse ways is extremely rewarding.  We want them to “feel” and experience the love and passion we feel for our music, our audience and each other.  After every performance, we are on a huge “high” for days afterward.

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State the official date of release.

Single: Christmas Garland, December 2013

Album: March 2014

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it. 

DeLissana is a combination of our names: Diana and Elissa.  “Elissa” is hidden in the middle of the word “D[eLissa]na”, and Diana is spread out from the front and at the end.  It’s like you gently placed “Elissa” on top of “Diana” and Diana got spread out a little.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Daddy Hold My Hand – About our dad, or any dad.  Daddies hold their children’s hand for many reasons: safety, comfort, direction, understanding, security, support and as a gesture of love.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

“Embrace Abrazo Abbraccio” – It is the word “Embrace” in English, Spanish and Italian.  We hope our music embraces our audiences, gives them a hug and conveys that meaning in the languages in which we sing most often.