George Five - Back On It

George Five – Back On It

 

 

George Five - Back On It

George Five – Back On It

 

 

George Five – Back On It

 

 

Back with his brand new single, Catalonian singer-songwriter George Five has announced the official release of his latest offering ‘Back On It’; a chicly uplifting pop track exploring the acumen of romantic connection.

 

 

After the success of his previous single ‘Portrait’, released earlier this year, George Five has arrived back on the scene just in time for the summer with his new single ‘Back On It’.

 

 

George Five is a London based singer-songwriter and a bass player. Centring his life notably around the guitar, piano, and bass, George’s collection of soulful pop music represents as a truly honest and heartfelt illustration of musicianship. Originally from Barcelona, Spain, George Five is back with a fresh new hit single, ready to share with the world.

 

 

With a unique and professional sound, George Five uses his music to channel what he has to say about life and the world around him. His groovy combination of folk-pop expresses a polished, yet relaxed tone with a personal perspective.

 

 

 

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PC VanTassel

PC VanTassel

 

PC VanTassel

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PC VanTassel

 

 

 

PC Van Tassel is an independent artist, writer, and performer.  Her paintings and drawings have been accepted in numerous juried shows, both regional and national, and are in private collections in the United States.  Van Tassel won first prize for her painting Dreams of Food at the Weehawken Gallery in New Jersey, and has been a teaching artist affiliated with the Smithy Gallery in Cooperstown, NY.  Many of her paintings and photographs celebrate the dramatic landscapes near her Catskill Mountain home.  She is an alumna of Pratt Institute, Brooklyn.

 

 

 

As a writer and performer, Van Tassel composed both lyrics and music for the songs on her recent CD HOPE AND FEAR (2017) in response to the current political situation in the United States which has spilled into the world.  Quiet Christmas CD (2016) is a collection of traditional Christmas songs uniquely arranged with only vocals and percussion.  The Last Day of Dorothy Lillian Phelps, Van Tassel’s first play, had its premiere reading at The Open Eye Theater July 15, 2015.

 

 

 

Performing in New York City at the Dramatist’s Guild, The Treehouse Theater, the Provincetown Playhouse Theater and Ripley-Grier Studios, Van Tassel has portrayed some of theater’s memorable characters.  She played Maggie Finnegan in the off-Broadway tour of Finnegan’s Farewell. In 2014, The Fenimore Art Museum commissioned her one woman performance of ‘Dorothea Lange’. She also originated ‘Susan Fenimore Cooper’s Garden Tour’ in Cooperstown.  Van Tassel has received rave reviews for performances in several one-actor shows, including:  the world premiere of Sandra Asher’s Walking Toward America (“Van Tassel’s brilliant performance is still fresh in our memories” -Ilga Vise, upon whose memoirs the play is based); Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine (“Our audience laughed, came near to tears, and were so moved by Van Tassel’s performance” -Peg Murphy, Ritz Playhouse); William Luce’s The Belle of Amherst (“every eye  was on Van Tassel’s tour de force” -Joan Arnold, Ancram Opera House); and Anne Ludlum’s Shame the Devil! (“Van Tassel won not only our minds, but our hearts”- Kitty Montgomery, critic, The Kingston Daily Freeman).  Van Tassel’s acting coach was the late Gene Lasko.  She has also directed productions of Box and Cox, an 1860’s British farce, and Moliere’s Tartuffe.

 

 

 

Through all disciplines- visual art, writing, and performing- PC Van Tassel explores color, in both light and shadow.

 

 

 

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Journey of the Heart

Paul and Friends

 

Journey of the Heart

Journey of the Heart

 

 

 

 

Paul and Friends

 

 

This is Paul and Friends’ third CD, requiring 4-5 years to produce.  It features top-notch musicians from New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana, as well as from Australia.  This CD is quite up-beat and eclectic, featuring original primarily jazz tunes, sub-categorized as jazz-rock, acoustic rock, blues, pop, easy listening, Brazilian jazz, and Christian.  Quite a potpourri, but it works.  Two gems on the album are Sammarco’s own up-beat, jazz-rock title track – the A-side single – ‘Journey of the Heart’, featuring Michael Klaus on vocals, and the B-side – ‘Bad Habits’, featuring Richard Toups.  The latter is the first US release of this high-energy Australian swing hit originally recorded by Billy Field.  Sammarco has attempted to retain the original flavor of the tune; taking William Motzing’s setting and re-arranging it.

 

 

 

‘Call Her Mellow’ and ‘Beautiful Day’ have easy-going Brazilian musical settings and feature Ben Melancon on lead vocals.

 

 

 

‘Lost and Found’ is an acoustic CSN-type story song, sung by Michael Klaus.  A cover on the CD is “Laughter in the Rain” – the Neil Sedaka tune in which Sammarco has combined the arrangements of Sedaka and Jeffrey Foskett (Brian Wilson’s touring music director) and added his own spice to the mix.

 

 

‘Yesterday’s Dream’ is a kick-butt blues tune featuring Sarah Sullivan on lead vocal and Jason Ricci (Grammy Award Winner, Johnny Winter Band) on harmonica.

 

 

‘Find Your Paradise’ is a light rock tune featuring Michael Klaus on lead vocal.  It has a bit of a dark theme, but comes out shining in the end.

 

 

Out of the Woods’ is a ying and yang instrumental featuring Roger Kimball on sax, Mark Trentecosta on guitar, and Rachel Billiott Klaus on synthesizer.

 

‘Create in Me a Clean Heart’ is a beautiful Christian hymn, featuring the enormously talented Donna Sammarco of ‘On Eagles Wings’ fame, on solo piano.

 

 

Another Christian tune is ‘The 23rd Psalm, with a Children’s Prayer’, setting the story of the 23rd Psalm (“The Lord is my Shepherd…”) as a child’s dream – sung by two choirs.

 

 

A third Christian tune is another Sammarco original, ‘The Lord, He Knows’, an acoustic tune with heavy vocal harmonies, again featuring Michael Klaus on lead vocals.

 

 

The Bonus Tracks are short vignettes excised from Paul and Friends’ earlier CD ‘Smooth Sailing’.  Here the instrumentals have been stripped from the recording to reveal the rich a capella vocal harmonies.  The tunes include ‘Have You Ever Seen…?’, ‘Drift Away’, and ‘Just One More Time’, featuring Martin Hart, Lindsay Melancon Ogle, Ben Melancon, and Paul W. Sammarco.  This thing’s a mix, but we think it came out great.  Enjoy!

 

 

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JoeyNiles

JoeyNiles – Death Has No Friends

 

 

 

JoeyNiles

JoeyNiles

 

 

 

JoeyNiles – Death Has No Friends

 

 

Share your life story with us.

I was always a shy individual.  I was raised up by a single, wonderful, hardworking mother and no real father figure.  We never really had much, but just enough to survive.  I also had a love for music, but as you can imagine, mom always said to get a job and a career that will pay me a good salary and be thankful for what I had.  She was not too keen on me pursuing music, because she felt that wouldn’t lead to anything good.  On my father’s side, there were musicians and singers of which one made a successful career as a lead singer for a Latin Band Called “El Grand Combo”, a very popular and famous Latin group.  My Uncle’s name is Charlie Aponte and now is doing a solo career of which he is doing very well.  As the years went by and I became a young adult, I start really gravitating towards Metal.  I started playing in a garage band as a bass player, and then did some wedding gigs. I really had this thing about one day doing my own music and playing it live and becoming a famous “Rock Star”… I guess many have had this dream.  However, I knew I would do something with the music industry.  I later founded an original band with a friend of which we co-wrote a few tunes.  We got a drummer and a singer, and off we went.  Playing the Trenton area scene as “Heavy Artillery”, we made great strides.  However, big heads prevailed, and when the opportunity came to get signed, everybody went crazy, LOL.  The guitar player wanted to do a Michael Bolton thing, the keyboard player wanted to go back to college, the drummer blew a fuse and went back to California, and the Singer kept singing.  The opportunity evaporated.  I was heartbroken, I gave it my all and instead of moving on, I took a different path by leaving the scene.  I believe that there is a time for everything.  Fast forward to today, I have reignited my passion for writing.  This time I call all the shots, create awesome music, touch people in a positive way and bless as many people as possible.

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Death Has No Friends – Single Release

 

The Single Release of ‘Death Has No Friends’. Its Genre is Heavy Metal, Metal and Christian Metal. Pre-Order Release Date is 6/2/2018 and the Official Date is 6/12/2018. It is being released by songwriter Joe Aponte, aka JoeyNiles. A message of love and warning.

 

 

Death Has No Friends – Single Release

Woodland Park, NJ, June 04, 2018 – The purpose behind ‘Death Has No Friends’ is to get a very important message out to those who would listen. It is not about the writer Joe Aponte aka JoeyNiles, it is about a message of love, reaching out and a warning to those who oppress and abuse others from a higher power. A reach out to those who are contemplating suicide, murder and similar atrocities. There is a higher power, and He is reaching out to all who would listen through this single. Don’t concentrate on the man, just listen to the message. The writer JoeyNiles hopes it will save lives and help to stop all these killings. Change begins in the heart.

 

This single will be available for pre-order starting on 6/2/2018 through iTunes and Google Play. It will also be available on all popular music streaming outlets.

 

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Joe Aponte, aka, JoeyNiles has played in bands since 1980’s. He has played in the original band called Heavy Artillery later called Blue Waters, was a co-writer in the band and now is writing 100% of his own material.

 

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List the names of those that have supported you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.

The only person who supported me was my wife; she never lost faith in me and is always there by my side.  Also, I thank my Heavenly Father, who opened my mind and heart back up to write music again.

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.

I find that recording in the studio is the greatest experience one could have.  There is this feeling of awesomeness you get and also butterflies. I could be playing in front of thousands and not get as nervous as I do in the studio. You just want to be able to create magic and yet, be under a lot of pressure because you know that time is money.  It’s a crazy love I guess, LOL. Sometimes, love hurts.  As far as playing in clubs, taking your gear from club to club, going through the back doors (kitchens), the pressures of setting up quickly, throw off a couple of songs, then rushing to get your equipment out, Yeah, that is an experience alright. Oh, we can’t forget to mention the battle of the bands!  Most of the times it so rigged that you have to laugh or else you’d cry, LOL.  However, it is an experience you’ll never forget.  I loved playing for the crowds that was the best part of it.

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Discuss your songwriting.

Songwriting is something you either have a talent for or not.  I have to feel something, sadness, happiness, aggressiveness, music is about expressing emotions. It’s about telling a story and getting others to feel what you’re saying.  I write with intensity, I love the power and drive of Metal.  Most importantly, I found that music knowledge is very important.  I studied on my own and I am thankful for it.  I love to write my music in the harmonic minor scale.  It is filled with possibilities and it rocks!

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Elaborate on your future projects.

I am currently working on a song called “Enemy”; again, I love drive and intensity, so you can only imagine what it will sound like. After that, I intend to continue to write killer tunes and make a statement.

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Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.

I am subscribing to a lot of music only communities, i.e., Reverbnation, I have a YouTube channel, I have MusicXray where I get a lot of fans from, I am promoting my artist Website of which I am getting a lot of visits from and subscriptions.  I am also using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

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Tell us that point in time you wanted to give up on your music career.

You live by the decisions you make.  Life isn’t fair, or at least it wasn’t for me. Having said that – I don’t make excuses. Many downs in my life, I made bad decision of which the effects lasted throughout my adult life.  I was my own worst enemy. Music had stopped for me emotionally for many years, but never really left my heart.  All that is behind me, and I have a lot of catching up to do.  I love it.

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.

When you hear a melody, rule number one, record it or lose it!  You always have to take into consideration the key of the song.  Remember, a great singer without a great song, is just a singer.  Just like an awesome car, not every color looks great on the car. Your vocals have to be comfortable and remain powerful within the key.  As I mentioned before, I love the harmonic minor key, it just brings out the creativity in me.  Additionally, I don’t like to stay within the boundaries of conventional wisdom.  I love experimenting.  I love to add accidentals to my music. For an example, towards the end of ‘Death Has No Friends’, I went from an Am to an AMaj … Obviously the accidental here is the C#. If you hear the song, the normal ear would not pick up on the complexities within the chord changes and selections.  However, there is a lot under the hood.

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Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.

It’s a headache!  How’s that?  However, it is the nature of the beast. Mechanical licensing, Publishing etc. I leave that up to organizations such as TuneCore, etc. Oh, and my lawyer… LOL.

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Tell us your favorite genre of music.

Totally, always and forever, HEAVY METAL!

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs.

The things you can’t see or touch.  It is more real than what you can physically see.  I see through my spiritual eyes… I try to bring this out into the physical via sound waves Music.

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Elaborate on this song.

‘Death Has No Friends’ – the title says a lot.  People lately are playing with fate, they are abusing others, and push every thresh hold to the max.  There are many out in society who are stressed to the max, they are committing suicide, murders, atrocities simply because they see no hope, their hearts have turned dark.  ‘Death Has No Friends’ is a song of love, outreach and warning to those who continue to abuse others.  I strongly believe that God has given me this message to share with all who would listen.

 

My mind and heart has been closed with music, and God just opened my mind and heart back with music. I am not going to preach here, I am not a preacher.  However, Death is not the final frontier, it is just the beginning.  At the other end, you are going to have someone waiting for you and that is where the rubber meets the road.  Jesus is saying, reach out to me and I will make myself real to you and heal your heart, and free you from your bondage. This is a message of love, reaching out and warning from God.

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Discuss digital distribution and streaming.

Many years ago, it was not possible to distribute your music to a wide audience without getting signed to a Record Label. Today, you can do it with TuneCore and distribute it to many digital power houses.  Through social media you can promote your music and provide links to iTunes for an example, where they can purchase your music.  You have the power of YouTube where you can really maximize your exposure with an awesome music video. Your musical success is now in the power of the people, not an AR man from a record company pushing the buttons.  The music has to speak for itself, the people will follow.  It is a longer route, for sure, but a feasible one.  Don’t get me wrong, good recording deal can speed up the process considerably but then you have to ask yourself, at the cost of what?  Are you willing to pay that cost?  You have to love what you’re playing; the rest takes care of its own.

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Tell us numerous ways that artists can boost their revenue.

200% publishing, wide distribution and big name venues… don’t forget t-shirts, hats, bags, etc.  Music is a business, and you have to respect and treat as such.  Do that and you will be happy, with little or a lot.

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Tell us your opinion on self-training and enrolling in an educational institution to study music.

Listen, music has to be in the heart.  Knowledge is essential in order to bring out the best in your creativity. I have learned that the hard way.  I look at all this talent on social media, a 15 year old playing classical, ripping leads, and amazing abilities.  If you don’t know what is under the hood, you just become a curious anomaly.  A lot of ooo, ahhh, wow… but, that’s about it. I believe reading books on theory, chord progressions, keys, composition of chords, etc. is very important.  Even with all that in your belt, you still might not write a hit song.  Having said that, it is better to have knowledge than not, and love for music than not. Rock always and enjoy what you are doing.  Don’t worry about the haters. 😉

 

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.

Knowledge, emotions, expression, and a desire to let others feel what you are feeling through sound.  Use the tool given, like tempo, signature, drops in volume, great sounding interval combinations that expresses that feeling when you hear it. Most importantly, make sure your music is well thought out.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My artist name is JoeyNiles  – that was the name that we came up with when I was in the band Heavy Artillery.  I like Middle Eastern culture, and I always found Egypt fascinating. They just said it sounds cool, JoeyNiles it is.  Joe and Niles as in the Niles River.