Dolly Parton - Dumplin'

Dolly Parton – Dumplin’

 

 

 

 

 

Dolly Parton - Dumplin'

Dolly Parton – Dumplin’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolly Parton – Dumplin’

 

Dolly Parton and a host of all-star collaborators released the soundtrack to the highly anticipated Netflix film, Dumplin’.

 

Featuring exceptional guests including Sia, Elle King, Mavis Staples, Miranda Lambert, Willa Amai, Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, Macy Gray, and DOROTHY, as well as cameos by Dumplin’ stars Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston, the project was produced by GRAMMY nominee Linda Perry.

 

Dumplin’ (Macdonald) is the teenage daughter of a former beauty queen (Aniston), who signs up for her mom’s pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town. The film stars Macdonald (Bird Box, Patti Cake$) and Aniston (Upcoming Murder Mystery, Horrible Bosses, Marley and Me), in addition to Odeya Rush (Lady Bird, Goosebumps), Dove Cameron (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Liv and Maddie, Descendants), and Harold Perrineau (Claws, Lost) and is directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses).

 

Screenwriter Kristin Hahn wrote the adaptation of Julie Murphy’s No. 1 New York Times bestselling novel of the same name. Producers include A Cota Films and 50 Degrees Entertainment Presentation – Michael Costigan (American Gangster, A Bigger Splash, Brokeback Mountain, Ghost in the Shell), Hahn (The Switch, Cake), Mohamed AlRafi (Above Suspicion, Lying and Stealing), and Trish Hofmann (Gringo, Get On Up). Executive producers are Aniston and Danny Nozell.

 

Dumplin’ will release on Netflix on December 7.

 

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It’s difficult to find a country performer who has moved from her country roots to international fame more successfully than Dolly Parton. Her autobiographical single “Coat of Many Colors” shows the poverty of growing up one of 12 children on a rundown farm in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. At 12 years old, she was appearing on Knoxville television; at 13 she was recording on a small label and appearing on the Grand Ole Opry. Her 1967 hit “Dumb Blonde” (which she’s not) caught Porter Wagoner’s ear, and he hired Parton to appear on his television show, where their duet numbers became famous. By the time her “Joshua” reached number one in 1970, Parton’s fame had overshadowed her boss’, and she had struck out on her own, though she still recorded duets with him. During the mid-’70s, she established herself as a country superstar, crossing over into the pop mainstream in the early ’80s, when she smoothed out the rough edges in her music and began singing pop as well as country. In the early ’80s, she also began appearing in movies, most notably the hit 9 to 5. Though her savvy marketing, image manipulation (her big dumb blond stage persona is an act), extracurricular forays into film, and flirtations with country-pop have occasionally overshadowed her music, at her core Parton is a country gal and a tremendously gifted singer/songwriter. Among her classics are “Coat of Many Colors,” “Jolene,” “Kentucky Gambler,” “I Will Always Love You,” “But You Know I Love You,” and “Tennessee Homesick Blues,” and they give a hint as to why her contribution to bringing country music to a wide audience, not only in America but throughout the world, cannot be overestimated.

 

The fourth of 12 children, Parton was born and raised in Locust Ridge, Tennessee, just next to the Smoky Mountains National Forest. Parton’s family struggled to survive throughout her childhood, and she was often ridiculed for her poverty, yet music soothed their worries. Though her farming father did not play, her half-Cherokee mother played guitar and her grandfather, Rev. Jake Owens, was a fiddler and songwriter (his “Singing His Praise” was recorded by Kitty Wells). When she was seven, her uncle Bill Owens gave her a guitar, and within three years, she became a regular on WIVK Knoxville’s The Cas Walker Farm and Home Hour. Over the next two years, her career steadily increased, and in 1959 she made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry; the following year, she recorded her first single, “Puppy Love,” for Goldband.

 

When she was 14 years old, Parton signed to Mercury Records, but her 1962 debut for the label, “It’s Sure Gonna Hurt,” was a bomb, and the label immediately dropped her. Over the next five years, she shopped for a new contract and did indeed record a number of songs, which were later reissued through budget-line records. She continued to attend high school, playing snare drum in the marching band. After she graduated, she moved to Nashville, where she stayed with Bill Owens. Both songwriters pitched songs across Nashville with no success, and Parton began singing on demos. Early in 1965, both Parton and Owens finally found work when Fred Foster signed them to his publishing house, Combine Music; Foster subsequently signed her to Monument Records. Parton’s first records for Monument were marketed to pop audiences, and her second record, “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby,” nearly made the charts. In 1966, Bill Phillips took two of Parton’s and Owens’ songs – “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” and “The Company You Keep” – to the Top Ten, setting the stage for Parton’s breakthrough single, “Dumb Blonde.” Released early in 1967, the record climbed to number 24, followed shortly afterward by the number 17 “Something Fishy.”

 

The two hit Monument singles attracted the attention of country star Porter Wagoner, who was looking to hire a new female singer for his syndicated television show. Parton accepted the offer and began appearing on the show on September 5, 1967. Initially, Wagoner’s audience was reluctant to warm to Parton and chanted for Norma Jean, the singer she replaced, but with Wagoner’s assistance, she was accepted. Wagoner also convinced his label, RCA, to sign Parton. Since female performers were not particularly popular in the late ’60s, the label decided to protect their investment by releasing her first single as a duet with Wagoner. Their first single, “The Last Thing on My Mind,” reached the country Top Ten early in 1968, launching a six-year streak of virtually uninterrupted Top Ten singles. Parton’s first solo single, “Just Because I’m a Woman,” was released in the summer of 1968 and was a moderate hit, reaching number 17. For the remainder of the decade, none of her solo efforts – even “In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad),” which would later become a standard – were as successful as her duets. The duo was named Vocal Group of the Year in 1968 by the Country Music Association, but Parton’s solo records were continually ignored. Wagoner and Parton were both frustrated by her lack of solo success because he had a significant financial stake in her future; as of 1969, he was her co-producer and owned nearly half of the publishing company Owepar.

 

By 1970, Porter had her sing Jimmie Rodgers’ “Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8),” a gimmick that worked. The record shot to number three on the charts followed closely by her first number-one single, “Joshua.” For the next two years, she had a number of solo hits – including her signature song “Coat of Many Colors” (number four, 1971) – in addition to her duets. Though she had successful singles, none of them were blockbusters until “Jolene” reached number one in early 1974. Parton stopped traveling with Wagoner after its release, yet she continued to appear on television and sing duets with him until 1976.

 

Once she left Wagoner, Parton’s records became more eclectic and diverse, ranging from the ballad “I Will Always Love You” (number one, 1974) and the racy “The Bargain Store” (number one, 1975) to the crossover pop of “Here You Come Again” (number one, 1977) and the disco experiments of “Baby I’m Burning” (number 25 pop, 1978). From 1974 to 1980, she consistently charted in the country Top Ten, with no less than eight singles reaching number one. Parton had her own syndicated television show, Dolly, in 1976, and by the next year had gained the right to produce her own albums, which immediately resulted in diverse efforts like 1977’s New Harvest…First Gathering. In addition to her own hits during the late ’70s, many artists, from Rose Maddox and Kitty Wells to Olivia Newton-John, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt, covered her songs, and her siblings Randy and Stella received recording contracts of their own.

 

Though she was quite popular, Parton became a genuine superstar in 1977, when the Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil song “Here You Come Again” became a huge crossover hit, reaching number three on the pop charts, spending five weeks at the top of the country charts, and going gold. Its accompanying album went platinum and the follow-up, Heartbreaker, went gold. Soon, she was on the cover of country and mainstream publications alike. With the new financial windfall, a lawsuit against Wagoner – who had received a significant portion of her royalties – ensued. By the time it was settled, she regained her copyrights while Wagoner was given a nominal fee and the studio the duo shared. In the wake of the lawsuit, a delayed duet album, Making Plans, appeared in 1980; its title track hit number two on the country charts.

 

Parton’s commercial success continued to grow during 1980, as she had three number one hits in a row: the Donna Summer-written “Starting Over Again,” “Old Flames (Can’t Hold a Candle to You),” and “9 to 5.” The latter was the theme song to Parton’s acting debut, 9 to 5. Also starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, the movie became a huge success, establishing Parton as a movie star. The song became her first number one pop single as well. 9 to 5 gave Parton’s career momentum that lasted throughout the early ’80s. She began appearing in more films, including the Burt Reynolds musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) and the Sylvester Stallone comedy Rhinestone (1984). Parton’s singles continued to appear consistently in the country Top Ten: between 1981 and 1985, she had 12 Top Ten hits and half of those were number one singles. Parton continued to make inroads on the pop charts as well with a re-recorded version of “I Will Always Love You” from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas scraping the Top 50 and her Kenny Rogers duet “Islands in the Stream” (which was written by the Bee Gees and produced by Barry Gibb) spending two weeks at number one.

 

However, by 1985 many old-time fans had felt that Parton was spending too much time courting the mainstream. Most of her albums were dominated by the adult contemporary pop of songs like “Islands in the Stream,” and it had been years since she had sung straightforward country. She also continued to explore new business and entertainment ventures such as her Dollywood theme park, which opened in 1985. Despite these misgivings, she had continued to chart well until 1986, when none of her singles reached the Top Ten. RCA Records didn’t renew her contract after it expired that year, and she signed with Columbia in 1987.

 

Before she released her Columbia debut, Parton joined forces with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris to record the rootsy Trio album. Trio became a huge hit, earning both critical and popular acclaim, selling over a million copies, and peaking at number six on the pop charts; it also spawned three Top Ten country singles: “To Know Him Is to Love Him,” “Telling Me Lies,” and “Those Memories of You.” Following the success of the album, she had a weekly variety television show, Dolly, on ABC that lasted only one season. Trio also provided a perfect launching pad for her first Columbia album, 1989’s White Limozeen, which produced two number one hits in “Why’d You Come in Here Lookin’ Like That” and “Yellow Roses.”

 

Though it looked like Parton’s career had been revived, it was actually just a brief revival before contemporary country came along in the early ’90s and pushed all veteran artists out of the charts. Parton had a number one duet with Ricky Van Shelton, “Rockin’ Years,” in 1991, but after that single, she slowly crept out of the Top Ten and later the Top 40. Parton was one of the most outspoken critics of radio’s treatment of older stars. While her sales had declined, she didn’t disappear. Despite her lack of sales, Parton remained an iconic figure in country music, appearing in films (the 1991 TV movie Wild Texas Wind, 1992’s Straight Talk), selling out concerts, and releasing a series of acclaimed albums – including 1993’s Honky Tonk Angels, a collaboration with Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn – that all sold respectably. Furthermore, “I Will Always Love You” was covered in 1992 by Whitney Houston, who took it to number one on the pop charts; the single spent 14 weeks at number one, becoming the biggest pop hit of the rock & roll era (it was unseated four years later by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day”).

 

In 1994, Parton published her autobiography, My Life and Other Unfinished Business. Treasures, her 1996 album, was a praised collection of unusual covers, ranging from Merle Haggard to Neil Young. Hungry Again followed in 1998, and early the following year she reunited with Ronstadt and Harris for a second Trio collection in addition to releasing the solo The Grass Is Blue. A rootsy effort, it was well-received and prompted the release of more recordings like it on Little Sparrow in 2001 and Halos & Horns in 2002. The patriotic For God and Country appeared in 2003 and was followed by the CD and DVD Live and Well a year later. Those Were the Days from 2005 found Parton covering her favorite pop songs from the ’60s and ’70s. Backwoods Barbie, Parton’s first mainstream country album in nearly 20 years, arrived on her own Dolly Records imprint in 2008. Live from London followed in 2009. An album of all Parton-written material, Better Day, appeared from Dolly Records in 2011, the 41st studio release of her long career. Three years later, Blue Smoke was released, appearing first in Australia and New Zealand in January, then in other territories, including America, in May.

 

In 2015, Parton’s classic song “Coat of Many Colors” was adapted into a made-for-TV movie, which featured Alyvia Alyn Lind as the young Dolly Parton and Jennifer Nettles (from the group Sugarland) as her mother. Parton was a producer on the film, which became a major success in the ratings, and a Christmas-themed sequel was put into production for the 2016 holiday season. In the summer of 2016, Parton announced that she was headlining a 60-date North American concert tour, her most extensive run of shows in 25 years. The jaunt was being billed as the Pure & Simple Tour, and not coincidentally, Parton also revealed she was releasing a new album on August 2016, a set of ten original love songs also called Pure & Simple. In October 2017, Parton released her first children’s album, I Believe in You.

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Allan Craig Miller - Let's Get Gone

Allan Craig Miller – Let’s Get Gone

Allan Craig Miller – Let’s Get Gone

 

 

 

 

 

Allan Craig Miller - Let's Get Gone

Allan Craig Miller – Let’s Get Gone

 

 

 

 

Allan Craig Miller – Let’s Get Gone

 

Since the age of 5, Allan has been singing.  Allan has toured the United States, performing for fan after fan, event after event, and opened for numerous national touring artists over the years and he continues on this very day.  The experiences have been lived to the fullest, all the while, looking toward what’s yet to come.  “I have so much respect for the people in my life and the musicians I have performed with! The future is bright and God is good!!!”

 

Over the years, Allan has performed with Eric Church, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, Justin Moore, Randy Houser, living-legend Randy Travis, and one of the true icons of country music, George Jones.  “Working with George Jones on his final tour, before he passed, is a moment in my life I will never forget. We all have “Choices” in this world.  Watching him sing that song live, watching him perform that song just days before he passed, is something I will never forget.  Songs have such deep meaning, and lyrics touch people’s hearts.  I have been touched by the music of past legends and current artists, and I look forward to reaching out to people with my own music and my own voice…to touch their lives.”

 

Allan has also been on tour with The Lost Trailers, Gretchen Wilson, FGL, Lee Brice, Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols, Joe Diffie, Kellie Pickler, Phil Vassar, Bucky Covington, Confederate Railroad, Swon Bros, Danielle Bradberry, Jared Blake, Buddy Jewel, Josh Kelly, Easton Corbin, Matt Stillwell, Bomshel, Cristian Kain, Crossin Dixon, Gloriana, Pat Green, Jamey Johnson, Jeff Bates, John Conlee, Josh Gracin, Julianne Hough, Neal Mccoy, Sarah Buxton, Steel Magnolia, The Wreckers, The Trailor Choir, Bret Eldridge, Chris Young, Leann Rimes, James Otto, Trent Tomlinson, Chuck Wicks, Jason Michael Carrol, Trent Willmon, Trick Pony, Ty Herndon Keith Anderson, Chris Cagle, Billy Currington, Aaron Tippin, Edens Edge, Heidi Newfield and Craig Morgan.

 

Allan grew up listening to all forms of music…from Garth Brooks to AC/DC, from Tim McGraw to Van Halen, and everything in between.  Even during the early formative years of his learning about music, Allan was not afraid to step up as a performer.  “Performing is a talent that God gave to me!  The connection performing gives to me and the listener is something special!  We are sharing the moment together and what it means to us collectively.”

 

Indiana is Allan’s home, but the world is his office.  Allan continues to tour the world doing what he loves, making music. You will never meet a person that is more competitive, with a genuine heart for people.  “We are told to use the talents that God has given us to make the world a better place!  I will continue to do my part!!!”

 

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Maff Boothroyd – Diamond

Maff Boothroyd – Diamond

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Maff Boothroyd – Diamond

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Maff Boothroyd – Diamond

 

Maff Boothroyd is fast establishing himself as a leading figure in the electronic music world.

 

Previous releases have been supported by the likes of ApartmentSixtyThree, Conkrete Digital, Deep State, Kidology London, Heart Of House, Housesession, Maison, Mjuzieekal Digital, OneFold and Xylo Music.

 

His energy, signature style and unique ability to connect with an audience behind the decks has already resulted in international bookings in Barcelona, Brazil, Dublin, Ibiza, Thailand, and Zante.

 

Maff’s commitment and love for electronic music shine through in his production, which has led to original records and remixes seeing #1 chart positions on both Traxsource and Beatport.

 

With a ‘no holds barred’ approach, Maff is constantly pushing boundaries musically as a DJ, Producer, and Remixer to carve his own way through an increasingly competitive industry.

Whether it’s ‘Deep House’, ‘Nu/Disco’ or an undeniable chart worthy ‘Commercial House’ track, you can be sure that this talented guy is here to stay!

 

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Jeff Hartman - Sneaking Round

Jeff Hartman – Sneaking Round

Jeff Hartman – Sneaking Round

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Hartman - Sneaking Round

Jeff Hartman – Sneaking Round

 

 

 

 

Jeff Hartman – Sneaking Round

 

Jeff Hartman is a singer/songwriter who has been writing songs all of his life. He released his first album “Curtain Call” in 2010 and released the 2nd album in January 2017 entitled, “Legacy.”   His 3rd album “Under Cover” is a compilation of pop cover songs by artists like Bryan Adams, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, and many others.

 

Jeff lives with his wife Paula in Margate, NJ and is a former high school teacher and coach. He also owns a coaching company for elite athletes and performers called “The Breakthrough Coach.” His clients include entertainers, professional and collegiate athletes and coaches.

 

Jeff now devotes his time to his music and is an active member of the Recording Academy, where he is a voting member.

 

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Jerad Finck - New Kids (SEAWAVES Remix)

Jerad Finck – New Kids

Jerad Finck – New Kids (SEAWAVES Remix)

 

 

 

 

 

Jerad Finck - New Kids (SEAWAVES Remix)

Jerad Finck – New Kids (SEAWAVES Remix)

 

 

 

 

Jerad Finck – New Kids (SEAWAVES Remix)

 

Jerad Finck is a passionate singer/songwriter with a bent for emotive, heartfelt melodic pop/rock. A native of Spokane, Washington, Finck began playing music at a young age and initially studied trumpet and jazz in high school. It wasn’t until going to college that he began focusing on playing guitar and writing his own rock-oriented songs. After the release of his 2011 debut, Jerad Finck, he began touring the country, buoyed by the interest in his single “Runaway.” Along the way, he has garnered the spotlight opening for such acts as Daughtry, Edwin McCain, Ingrid Michaelson, and others. The EP Stuck in Your Riddle appeared in 2012. In 2016, Finck released his second EP, Criminal.

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Growing up in Spokane and spending his childhood summers on his family’s farm in Odessa, Washington, Jerad has been playing music his whole life – starting with trumpet and playing jazz heavily until college where he joined his first rock band. Since releasing his self-titled debut album, produced by John Seymour in 2009, he’s been on the road practically non-stop, opening for and/or touring with Daughtry, Christina Perri, Edwin McCain, Sister Hazel, DADA, Vertical Horizon, Parachute, One EskimO, Ingrid Michaelson, Matt Hires, Red Wanting Blue, Ron Pope, Cracker, Ingram Hill, Tony Lucca and many others. Jerad credits his experiences touring with the highly fan interactive Sister Hazel for helping him develop a deeper, more intimate relationship with his own audiences – both onstage and off.

 

Finck is no stranger to radio airplay. His first radio release entitled “Runaway” was the #1 independent song in the country on the Adult Contemporary chart as well as the Billboard Hot AC chart. The song became the perfect metaphor for the wild success of the track, which has propelled the tireless Spokane, WA based singer and songwriter and road warrior to new heights in his career – including collaborating and co-writing tracks on his latest upcoming full length album with top producers David Hodges (Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, Christina Perri), Steven Miller (Pink, Dave Matthews Band, Switchfoot), Andrew Williams (Five for Fighting, Jessica Simpson), and Nathan Meckel (Sara Haze, Autumn Hill). Hodges helmed “Criminal,” the infectious power-pop ballad that became Finck’s second stint at radio. The success of Criminal at radio with sales of fifteen thousand and climbing, impacting the billboard chart in HOT AC and TOP 40, landed Jerad a deal with Nashville based Distribution company Tone Tree Music. Jerad also won the 2016 USA songwriting competition grand prize (previous winners, American Authors and Megan Trainor).

 

Now Finck is set to release “New Kids”, his latest collaboration with writer-producer Denny White (The Fray, Tiesto, Usher) on September 7th. Finck will be releasing this track in support of Anti-Gun Violence charity Everytown.org.

 

The singer’s special performances include Live In The Vineyard, Hotel Carolina, SXSW, Indie Week Toronto, The Rock Boat XII, and Balcony TV. Jerad has also been featured in newspapers and magazines; including CMJ, Skope, Maverick, American Songwriter, Amplifier and Acoustic Magazine. He and his band have performed on dozens of morning TV shows on NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX, and his songs have been featured in films and TV shows on HBO, ESPN, Discovery, CBS & NBC, among others.

 

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Beth Donnelly + Doug Feller - The Prayer

Beth Donnelly – The Prayer

Beth Donnelly + Doug Feller – The Prayer

 

 

 

 

Beth Donnelly + Doug Feller - The Prayer

Beth Donnelly + Doug Feller – The Prayer

 

 

 

 

 

Beth Donnelly + Doug Feller – The Prayer

 

Husband and wife duo Beth Donnelly and Douglas Feller collaborate in concerts and recordings performing romantic original tunes.

 

They specialize in love songs from many genres including classical crossover, opera, and jazz. Performing throughout Europe and North America, they have produced three albums “That’s Amore”, “My Heart Is For You”, and recent release “Lady Be Good”.

 

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Olly Murs + Demi Lovato + Flo Rida + Rizzle Kicks + Travie McCoy - Megamix

Olly Murs – Megamix

Olly Murs + Demi Lovato + Flo Rida + Rizzle Kicks + Travie McCoy – Megamix

 

 

 

 

 

Olly Murs + Demi Lovato + Flo Rida + Rizzle Kicks + Travie McCoy - Megamix

Olly Murs + Demi Lovato + Flo Rida + Rizzle Kicks + Travie McCoy – Megamix

 

 

 

 

Olly Murs + Demi Lovato + Flo Rida + Rizzle Kicks + Travie McCoy – Megamix

 

With a cheeky young chap persona to match Robbie Williams and vocals reminiscent of original Pop Idol Will Young, former call-center worker Olly Murs was one of the success stories of the 2009 season of The X Factor, finishing as runner-up to Joe McElderry in the hotly contested finale.

 

Born in Essex in 1984, Murs showed little interest in singing while at school, focusing his attention on football, which he played for the school team and later semi-professionally for local non-league team Witham Town. In 2007, he appeared on Deal or No Deal, where he won a lowly £10, but it was his performance of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” on the sixth series of The X Factor that enabled him to show off his talents. Mentored by Simon Cowell in the live stages, he wowed judges with renditions of songs by the Beatles, Queen, and George Michael, and soon became the favorite to win the show. Despite a duet with musical hero Robbie Williams in the finale, however, Murs finished a respectable second. In 2010, he signed a six-figure record deal with Epic/Syco Music and embarked on the sold-out X Factor arena tour. After being personally invited by Williams to play at the televised charity football event Soccer Aid, Murs released his first single, the Jason Mraz-inspired “Please Don’t Let Me Go,” in August. His debut album, featuring songs written by Eg White, Scouting for Girls’ Roy Stride, and Wayne Hector, was released in 2010. The record produced three U.K. Top 20 singles, with “Thinking of Me” and “Heart on My Sleeve” racking up chart positions alongside the debut number one “Please Don’t Let Me Go.”

 

Murs took a short break from his musical career in late 2011 to present the eighth season of The Xtra Factor – a spinoff behind-the-scenes look at The X Factor – returning to the program that shot him to fame. His experience with the dynamics involved in the show and his upbeat character made him a firm favorite with the audience – as well as flirty co-presenter Caroline Flack. During the recording of each show, Murs was working on songs for his second album with writers Steve Robson (Lily Allen, James Morrison) and Claude Kelly (Kelly Clarkson, Backstreet Boys). The first single from his second record, “Heart Skips a Beat,” featuring U.K. hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks, was released in summer 2011 and swiftly became a hit. The full-length release, In Case You Didn’t Know, followed in November and secured his first U.K. number one album. The following year, Murs opened for sprightly boy band One Direction on their North American tour and re-released the “Heart Skips a Beat” single, replacing Rizzle Kicks with Philadelphia rap duo Chiddy Bang, to coincide with the shows. Also in 2012, Murs released his third studio album, Right Place Right Time, which included the single “Troublemaker,” featuring rapper Flo Rida.

 

Summer 2013 brought a number of prestigious live shows, including a support slot on Robbie Williams’ Take the Crown stadium tour, which also involved dueting with the former Take That star during the headline set. By the end of the year, Murs had also collaborated in the studio with Williams, who showed up on his Swings Both Ways album on the track “I Wanna Be Like You.” In November 2014, Murs issued Never Been Better, his fourth studio album, which included the single “Wrapped Up” with the frontman of Gym Class Heroes, Travie McCoy as a guest. In support of the album, Murs embarked on a European tour in mid-2015, with sold-out dates throughout the U.K. and Ireland. In April it was announced that Murs would return with his former Xtra Factor co-presener Caroline Flack to take over the hosting of the main X Factor show after the departure of Dermot O’Leary. Toward the end of the year, Never Been Better was given a special-edition release, adding an extra seven tracks to the original album – including the U.K. Top Ten single “Kiss Me” – and a bonus live DVD, recorded on his European tour. Murs’ fifth album, 24 Hrs, arrived in late 2016 and featured the singles “You Don’t Know Love” and “Grow Up.” 24 Hrs became his fourth consecutive effort to top the British album chart. The next year, Murs issued an acoustic version of “Unpredictable” with singer Louisa Johnson.

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Perry Michael Allen - Club House Jam

Perry Michael Allen

Perry Michael Allen – Club House Jam

 

 

 

 

 

Perry Michael Allen - Club House Jam

Perry Michael Allen – Club House Jam

 

 

 

 

Perry Michael Allen – Club House Jam

 

Perry Michael Allen was born and raised in Memphis U.S.A., the heartland of Soul. Allen’s’ musical roots run deep into the contemporary music marketplace. His father Perry Allen, an educator and Memphis’ foremost jazz radio disc-jockey, left a lasting impression on the young and talented musician.

 

During high school, Allen was awarded the unique opportunity to study the art of record making with some of Memphis’ greatest session musicians. Under the wings of master producer “Papa” Willie Mitchell and Stax hit writer David Porter (of “Soul Man” fame). Allen sharpened his songwriting and production skills and later became an artist/writer and arranger for both Stax Records and the legendary Hi Records where he worked for many years with Mitchell and soul legend Al Green, during their chart-topping careers.

 

Since then, Master Perry Michael Allen has collaborated on numerous successful and famous albums. Berklee College of Music has recognized Perry Michael Allen as a Music Production Specialist.

 

As a composer and arranger, “Session-Man” Allen has received many awards including RIAA Certified Gold and Platinum Albums and the coveted Memphis Blues Foundation “Blue Note Award”. His songs and tracks are also licensed to many movies and TV shows. Some are: “C.S.I.” -“Dr. House MD” -“JAG”, “Ally McBeal”, and for movies “Pulp Fiction”, “Munich”, Mickey Blue Eyes and many more.

 

In addition to his own records for Stax, Hi and other record companies, Allen penned three hits for Al Green; “Hanging On”, “So Good To Be Here” and “Soon As I Get Home” as well as recording and arranging for other well-knowns such as Bozz Skaggs, The Sweet Inspirations, Albert King, Wilson Pickett, Anita Ward, The Memphis Horns, Bobby Rush, The Soul Children, Syl Johnson, European groups “Wet Wet Wet”, Axelle Red and others.

 

During his first term at Stax Records, he recorded “The Sweet Inspirations”, the legendary backup singers of Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley and also recorded David Porter’s album “Sweat and Love”, accompanying Porter at the famous WattStax concert which was the subject of the groundbreaking film of the same name. He later was songwriter/arranger/vocalist with the Stax/Fantasy records group “KILO”.

 

During his early years at Hi Records Allen made many recordings with The Hi Rhythm Section and worked for years alongside Mitchell and the legend of soul Al Green co-writing, arranging and appearing with Al Green as musical director in Las Vegas, on Broadway and a host of theatres and television programs including The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Soul Train and The Midnight Special.

 

Allen also worked on projects at Fame Records (Muscle Shoals) with writer George Jackson and performed as keyboardist/ vocalist on Anita Ward’s “Ring My Bell” tour. Allen later was called to work as producer/arranger/musician for Willie Mitchells’ new record label “Waylo”. For the Waylo label, he arranged and recorded the works of Al Green (He Is The Light) “Lynn White”, “Lanier &Co.”, the European group “Wet Wet Wet” (The Memphis Sessions), David Hudson’s album “Night & Day” and others as well as his own singles “Music All The Time”, “Turn On The Music”, “Ooo Wee” and “Highway”.

 

Perry Michael arrived in Europe for the first time touring as music director and road manager for superstar and friend Al Green. Later that year, he decided to return to Europe. Since moving there he has written, produced and recorded his own work, including the CD “Deep Inside” for Irma Molto Jazz, and “On The Radio”, “Push Push Push” and other singles for Tabloid/Polygram. Working with acclaimed house producer Gianni Bini, Allen released several mixes including “Ride” and “Back To My Roots”. Also during this time, his “Simple Things” EP was the first release for his independent label Nugen Music. The single “Club House Jam” is the second and precedes the album “Tracks Vol. 1”. The Album “Now and Then” will be released in 2019.

 

Allen is now a major contributor to the revival of Soul Music in Europe where he now lives and has reunited and worked with many friends and mentors including Isaac Hayes, The Blues Brothers, Solomon Burke, Booker T., and the MGs, the late great Rufus Thomas and countless others.

 

Adding to an ongoing career Allen now offers “Session Man” courses and music production counseling to emerging artists/musicians, European music institutes and recording studios.

 

When asked why he wanted to offer his courses, Allen replied:

“I was lucky to be inspired by great artists and producers and to have them as mentors. I want to convey inspiration and knowledge to musicians and artists who feel they are “on the outside looking in”. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than the feeling that you get when someone tells you that their success is due to what they learned from you and the things you’ve been able to convey to them”.

 

– Italian Journalist – Massimilliano Buonamici.

 

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Cliff Targum - Golden Sunset

Cliff Targum – Golden Sunset

Cliff Targum – Golden Sunset

 

 

 

 

 

Cliff Targum - Golden Sunset

Cliff Targum – Golden Sunset

 

 

 

 

Cliff Targum – Golden Sunset

 

 

Artist Name: Cliff Targum

 

Song Title: Golden sunset

 

Album Title: Golden sunset

 

Release Date: November 1, 2018

 

 

 

I have been fortunate enough, in all my years, to have recorded and performed with: John Cartwright (from Harry Belafonte), Steve Reid (from Supertramp, The Rippingtons & Miles Davis), Yerachmeil Altizo (from Matisyahu), Bruce Stone, Mike Hughes, Sven Seaholm, Fred Afshar, Chris Ho and many more!!!

 

The future of music for the next up and coming generation is very important to me. I have enjoyed teaching guitar, bass, drums, and piano to hundreds of music lovers for over 25 years!!!

 

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Genre: Blend of instrumental music including Spanish guitar, smooth jazz, heavy metal and more.

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Elaborate on this album and your music career.

This album has lots of Spanish guitar and rock guitar. I use Rodriguez, Takamine and Ibanez guitars. I also love using various percussive instruments. I just love creating music. I had fun combining acoustic guitars with modern technology. I hope you enjoy. Music has always been a way for me to connect with people without using words. It really is the universal language. I have walked away from so many recording sessions with great satisfaction, not only sharing music with some of my favorite people but learning more about life in the process.

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Go into detail on why you decided to choose music as a career.

I love creating music and it is what I just love putting time into.

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Brief us on the feedback you are getting from fans on your music.

I get positive feedback and people love it, thank God.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

Indeed, I believe social networking is important for all types of musicians.

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Tell us how you record your song.

In recording a song…I first doodle around and practice on the guitar.  Then I sometimes come up with ideas I like.  Then I’ll work and develop the idea into parts with melodies and so on.  Then I’ll go to my studio and record a rough draft on the guitar with a drum beat. Then I love to layer the different parts of the song with guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, effects, and plugins and on and on.  After all the parts are recorded, then I have to edit it and I usually don’t like that part. It usually takes time and energy and I’d rather be playing…but you gotta do it.  Then, after mixing and mastering and burning it down, you have a song.

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Tell us the concept behind the instrumentation.

I’m a big fan of the guitar, so I have lots of guitar on this track.  I use my hands to clap out rhythms and I have a lovely bass part in the mix.  I enjoy using synthesizers and sound effects to help the music come to life.

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State your musical skills. 

I play the guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keys, mandolin, and ukulele.  I’d love to have a harp to mess around with.

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Tell us how long it takes to complete a song from the start.

Probably about 3-4 weeks.

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Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.

I enjoy lying down in bed in the evening and exploring and developing ideas on my guitar.

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Discuss music in full detail.

Music is such a blessing and I’m so thankful for it.  It helps in so many ways.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons. 

I love smooth jazz, Spanish guitar, rock guitar, neoclassical metal.   All these styles have areas of showcasing the guitar.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

We rehearse in garages and in music studios.  I sometimes like “rehearsing” with a band better than “performing with a band because the pressure is off and we can focus more on getting the music right.  Sometimes we create amazing magic in the rehearsal halls and it never gets recorded.  I do love rehearsing.

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State your favourite musical instruments.  

Guitar, bass, drums, percussion…

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Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance. 

It is fun to connect with the fans when I’m performing. I like seeing them up, happy and in good spirit.

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Discuss your personality in full detail.

Actually, I am shyer then I would care to be.  I think I am easy going, fun, kind, empathetic and earthy.

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Discuss your music career.

I’m very happy to be a musician.  I also have a studio where I help people with their recording projects.  I also enjoy teaching music.  I’ve met and worked with a lot of cool people.

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List your musical work.

I’ve created and produced many albums including Golden Sunset, Desert Winds, Rock Candy, Tropical Oasis. I’ve scored music for the Marina Del Ray film festival winner of 2015 in the documentary entitled: “Understanding Pain in Older Age.” I also scored some music in “Heavy metal Greg Goes to the Grammy’s.”  I have created music videos and guitar tutorials.

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

I once had a gig at “The Other Door” in North Hollywood and somehow with all the lights and people…it seemed as if magic was in the air.  I think the band was really tight and everyone was into it.  I really enjoyed that gig and I hope I have more good experiences like that.

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Share your press releases and reviews with us.  

Sam Nosrati:  “Cliff Targum is an accomplished guitarist.  One of the things he does is that he blends traditional folk hymns with modern rhythms to create a sweet fusion that actively engages the audience.  It is truly a privilege to hear Cliff’s music, especially as it is being performed.

 

Robert Richman: “Cliff Targum (the Maestro) is a consummate professional musician and he brings light into a world in desperate need for joy and great music. I would recommend him to anyone interested in working with this great professional.”

 

Howard Seibel:  “Oh my God Cliff Targum is a musical genius.  He took my song. “Hidden In The Basement” and turned it into a masterpiece.  His producing skills are top-notch, his dedication and approach are unprecedented. His attention to details are refreshing to work around. He cares about every beat, every measure until he and the client are satisfied; none of this “we’ll fix it in the mix shit”. No Cliff Targum is a true professional in every sense… I look forward to working with him in the future with many of my musical projects.  I have the utmost confidence in his abilities.”

 

Benson Simmons:  Cliff is such an amazing such a TALENTED MUSICIAN! He’s an excellent performer with top quality skills on the guitar! When he puts together a band for an occasion you can be sure that he will arrive prepared and surpass your expectations!  He’s also a fine composer. As a teacher, he is kind, compassionate and truly gifted. He’s warm and an excellent communicator. BEST IN LA!!!”

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Cliff Targum…that’s what I was named at my birth.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The song is called “Golden Sunset.”  Sunsets can be so beautiful and when naming the song, I wanted to call it something beautiful.

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

I decided to call the name of the album also “Golden Sunset.”  So it is kind of the theme song for the whole album.

Lauria - I Got Me

Lauria – I Got Me

Lauria – I Got Me

 

 

 

 

 

Lauria - I Got Me

Lauria – I Got Me

 

 

 

 

Lauria – I Got Me

 

Lauria has finally released her long-awaited second single entitled “I Got Me”. Florie-Laure “Lauria” Zadigue Dubé awoke her passion for singing when she was only two, listening to the musical “Notre Dame de Paris”. As a child, she was part of the choir of her church.  From her first year in high school, Lauria became known as ‘the singer’ of her group, spending every lunch hour in the music class. She performed on stage at her school several times, published several videos on YouTube and took singing lessons. Eventually, she crossed paths with a band in 2016 called NewDayz with whom she sang co-lead alongside her cousin performing pop/reggae fusion until they disbanded less than one year later.

 

“I’ve always wanted to be an entertainer and when I was little I thought I was a better dancer than singer. As I was growing up though, I realized nothing made me happier than singing.”

– Lauria

 

 Lauria grew up with a musician uncle and local artists from all over Montreal… regularly be coming in and out of their basement studio. “I remember growing up thinking “I can’t wait to be old enough so I can play with all this stuff!” said Lauria.

 

Currently studying at Concordia University, Lauria’s favourite times are really in the studio.

 

“I’m happiest in front of the microphone when I know we’re turning a small idea into something that will matter. Every time I leave a recording session, I feel euphoria.” – Lauria

 

“But now,” says Lauria, “I don’t think in terms of having a genre. I just do music that makes me feel alive, that makes me feel something. I’m so passionate about music because I’ve had the experience when I’ve discovered new artists or new songs, where I had to stop whatever I was doing to just let the chills of a melody take over me. I’ve had times when I had to close my eyes and just lie down because a song was so musically powerful.”

 

Lauria just wants to make sure her listeners take something… whether it makes them move on a club dance floor or smile at home while doing homework. Whether it’s her music or her lyrics, “I want potential fans to connect with me as an artist through my songs. I want to create something that’ll make others feel a tenth of what I feel during these moments when I am most inspired, no matter the genre.”

 

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