Salty Moses

Salty Moses

 

An upbeat song about a topic impacting nearly every living organism on Earth. Great Country flavor mixed with a lot of truth – and even a dash of political sarcasm. A highly unique voice carries the melody – a voice you will want to hear again and again – as unique as Adam Levine’s and Ed Sheeran’s.

 

I wrote this song during 2016 and had it professionally recorded in April 2017 before the Trump Administration backed out of the Paris agreement – thus making the song somewhat prophetic.  I have studied the Climate Change issue a great deal, and have been trained to be a speaker/presenter by the Climate Reality Project.

 

My goal in writing the song was to bring about an awareness of the Climate Change issue – hopefully encouraging conversations about it, and acceptance of the scientific findings.  As Neal deGrasse Tyson stated – this is “Objective” science at this point – meaning it is true whether we believe it or not.

 

Climate Change is both a concern and an opportunity at the same time.  Similar to the industrial revolution, climate change is creating an energy revolution – and fossil fuels are being phased out in favor of renewable energy. This is projected to create a lot of jobs as there is so much to do – and it makes economic sense.  It is now cheaper to fix the problem than to continue doing business as usual.

 

Fossil fuels no longer have a monopoly on transportation – electric cars and fuel cells are here and are becoming more popular.  Utilities are no longer monopolies – individuals and businesses can generate their own power with solar panels.  Changes in agriculture are turning agricultural practices that have been used for 150 years, upside down.  Large agricultural chemical manufacturers are racing to figure out ways to support the changes that are taking place.

 

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Ashlynne Vince

Ashlynne Vince

 

Ashlynne Vince is exploding on the Canadian Country Scene as an emerging Canadian Country Artist dividing her time between Nashville, TN and her hometown of Welland, ON. After several years, as a young artist working in the music industry, things are falling nicely into place with her first release, Stupid Love, to Canadian Country Radio, released in the Fall of 2016! And her second National Release, No Boys Allowed, was released in January of 2017. Ashlynne’s third single, Take Cover, is currently on Canadian Country Radio stations all across Canada.

Her original written music first gained recognition from the 2011 Niagara Music Awards as Ashlynne Vince was awarded the winner for Rising Star of the Year at a young age of 13. In 2013 and 2014 Ashlynne made several trips to Nashville to record her debut self-written album Tidal Wave at the legendary CMT Studios. There she worked with studio engineer Rebekah Long (Cole Swindle, Stella Parton, Randy Houser) who went onto a position at The Tracking Room in the heart of Nashville’s Music Row. Rebekah invited Ashlynne (who was still in high-school at the time) to complete an internship in 2015 with her, and learn the engineering side of music to further her knowledge in the music industry and as an artist.

 

In 2015, while in Canada, Ashlynne had the honour of opening at a Hamilton, ON show for Canadian Idol runner up Jayden Bixby for a charity event for the Canadian National Autism Foundation. She also opened for runner up of Britain’s Got Talent Aliki at the Scotiabank Centre in Niagara Falls, ON to a sold out crowd. When in Nashville, Ashlynne performs on rotation at the famous Tootsies Wild Orchid Lounge, Rippy’s and Honky Tonk Central mentoring under some of the most entertaining and successful musicians in North America. She also makes occasional guest appearances on the General Jackson Riverboat Cruise, The Bluebird Cafe, Legends, The Stage, and The Palace, while in Nashville.

 

One of the highlights during the 2016 Festival Season in Ontario, was being chosen as a Spotlight Artist at the Trackside Music Festival joining the stage with Florida Georgia Line, Randy Houser, Brett Kissel, and Jess Moskaluke to name a few.

 

Ashlynne has started 2017 off on a high note as she was handpicked by Brett Kissel (CCMA Male Vocalist of the Year) to open on his Ice, Snow, and 30 Below Tour. She will be headlining  in July at the Billy Barker Days Festival in Quesnel BC as part of her No Boys Allowed tour which includes a radio tour in BC.

 

A proud member of the CCMA, CMAO, Grammys, Junos, Nashville Songwriters Association, SOCAN, ASCAP, and AFM – Ashlynne is deeply rooted in the Canadian Country scene.
Ashlynne has moved to Nashville and is a regular performer at Tootsies Wild Orchid Lounge, along with the sister bars, Rippy’s and Honky Tonk Central. If you are downtown on Lower Broadway, chances are, you will have the opportunity to hear Ashlynne perform.

 

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Tom Raley

Tom Raley

 

Tom Raley is a long time musician at heart, born and raised in Tennessee. His music is a collection of moods related to his life. He has played in many bands throughout the years; Briartown Boys, Shady Grove, Blues Review, Sudden Change and others. He has opened shows for many popular artists. He is a song writer at heart and wrote his first song at the age of 10. His music fits into many genres; Blues, Country, Rock, Jazz, folk and he plays each perfectly. This album is the second solo album which he has released since finishing his career as an Engineering Manager building Nuclear Plants. It is his dream and he is determined to make it with his music. He plays a variety of instruments but guitar is his favorite. He performs all parts on this album including the vocals. It definitely showcases his talent as a singer/songwriter/ musician.

 

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Old Crow Medicine Show

 

OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW – VOLUNTEER

 

RELEASED: APRIL 20, 2018

 

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Old Crow Medicine Show release their new studio album, Volunteer, via Columbia Records Nashville/Sony Music Australia. The album was recorded at the historic RCA Studio A and produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson).

 

Old Crow Medicine Show visited Australia in 2017 for their Blonde On Blonde (Live) world tour and performed sold out shows in Sydney and Melbourne.

 

Electric guitar will be heard on this traditional string outfit’s album for the first time since their 2004, when David Rawlings played a Telecaster on ‘Wagon Wheel.’

 

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  1. Flicker & Shine
  2. A World Away
  3. Child of the Mississippi
  4. Dixie Avenue
  5. Look Away
  6. Shout Mountain Music
  7. The Good Stuff
  8. Old Hickory
  9. Homecoming Party

10.Elzick’s Farewell

  1. Whirlwind

Jason Aldean

 

JASON ALDEAN

 

REARVIEW TOWN

 

RELEASED: APRIL 13, 2018

 

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Two-time, reigning and current ACM “Entertainer of the Year” nominee Jason Aldean today releases his hard-charging and ferociously confident eighth studio album REARVIEW TOWN. Joining forces with longtime producer Michael Knox, the risks and their rewards electrify the 15 new tracks snaking between stadium-sized guitar anthems, heartfelt country minimalism and hip-hop swagger.

 

 

 

“It’s about putting things behind you…things that have held you down…and looking ahead,” said Aldean of REARVIEW TOWN’s title track.

 

When you look at my career and the personal experiences I’ve gone through, it really seemed like a fitting title for this record and it’s one of the best songs I’ve ever recorded. It was important to me to pick songs that have substance to them, I’m more conscious of that these days.”

 

Long a maestro of up-tempo stompers, Aldean kicks off REARVIEW TOWN with ‘Dirt to Dust’ and ‘Set It Off,’ an epic one-two punch of dirty guitars and undeniable hooks with razor-sharp production. Heading for traditional Country on the standout lost love lament ‘Drowns the Whiskey’ featuring Miranda Lambert, the track is remarkably understated in its arrangement, but it’s saturated in well-worn emotions. On ‘Better At Being Who I Am,’ Aldean lends a nuanced, knowing delivery to the breakup tale.

 

Occasionally like on the enthusiastically-received Top 10 and climbing lead single, ‘You Make It Easy,’ he even finds himself channeling the blues. But for all its sonic diversity, REARVIEW TOWN is indelibly cohesive. It’s Aldean’s lifelong love of country — country music and country life – that ties it all together.

Barley Station

 

Barley Station
Somewhere deep in the heart of the Midwest United States, is a well-polished gem known to the music industry as Barley Station. From it first inception in mid-2011, the band has written, produced, and launched three albums ‘After All’ (2012), and ‘Damaged Goods’ (2013), and ‘Back There Somewhere’ (2017) along with dozens of other singles after and in between and has toured regions of the US. With the release of their third full-length album ‘Back There Somewhere’, the band continues to expand onto the music scene in bigger ways.

 

Barley Station is an independent recording artist with a #1 song on the Euro Indie Charts. (17 weeks at #1 and broke the record for most weeks at #1). The single, Younger Summer Memories, is currently climbing U.S. Indie and Mainstream Charts such as National Radio Hits, New Music Weekly, IMN, and FMQB and has reached Top 10 already in AC40, Top40, and Hot 100.

 

The same song, “Younger Summer Memories” also won a spot in the Radio Airplay sponsored Summer Songs 2017 contest and was added in rotation on Jango Radio’s Independent Summer 2017 Playlist.

 

The mellifluous sounds of Barley Station can be detected not only in their intricately written lyrics, but also in their sound with layers of real, organic harmonies, driving rhythms, and contagious melodies. Although the band pulls a distinctive Alternative vibe, in terms of genre, most reviewers, fans, and radio claim that the Barley Station signature is a genre crossover blend of Americana, Country, Pop, Folk, and even Rock/Alternative which is authentic and original.

 

Barley Station’s music from their catalog of three albums and multiple singles are continually being added to Spotify playlists, and have been well received by their fans internationally. No strangers to radio, their songs have been in the top 40 since first release in 2012 and spent four consecutive months (including two months in the top 10) on the APD Global Radio Indicator Charts Top 40. The album has appeared on the Roots Music Charts, and on the CMJ reporting stations that added songs into rotation, those songs broke through the top 30 by the second week.

They have positive press feedback from a myriad of credible publications, radio, and television media platforms (see media section below).

 

 

History

The band is comprised of its original members, both all-around musicians, singers, and prolific songwriters in their own rights. Chief frontman and Producer, Randy Wayne Belt (vocals, bass), and chief funnyman, Brian Kious (vocals, guitar), have credentials aside from their music which only adds to their unique blend as a band. Randy’s background in acting, writing, and musical theater in conjunction with Brian’s similar penchant for writing results in cleverly written lyrics and ballads that manage to borough into the hearts of their fans. There is not one song in their extensive library which hasn’t garnered a response from fans that feel ‘connected’ to their music.

 

Although the band is presently situated outside the St. Louis, Missouri metro area, their eclectic range of talent was cultivated in their originating roots and by being in the crossroads of many forms of music. Brian Kious’s adventurous and lively songwriting skills come from growing up in his native Texas and then Missouri. Randy Wayne Belt, originally from St. Louis, has cultivated his artistic edge through musical theater and acting. Randy has also picked up the pen, not only as a songwriter, but also as a music journalist and is also contributing writer for Starlight Music Chronicles Magazine. His work has also been published in American Pride Magazine, Indie Habit, and A.V.A. Live Radio.

 

The kinship between these forces goes back to the early 2000’s when Randy and Brian, originally fronting another band, chose to venture out on their own and from 2011 to present day, create music under the Barley Station name.

 

 

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Some of the newest music has appeared on multiple compilation Albums through Bongo Boy Records (Bongo Boy Records Asia) and are being actively marketed to Asia via Music Dish China and Bongo Boy Records with distribution and promotions in Asia (Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, mainland China and more). The band also has dedicated pages on platforms and services in China.

 

 

After All (February 2012)
Going back further, the band’s debut album ‘After All’ hit the ground running and was immediately picked up by radio nationally and internationally and the band gained valuable experience in interviews and TV and Radio in-house appearances. The group toured the central and eastern United States to support “After All” with astounding live performances which broadened and strengthened their fan base further. This album began the reputation for mixing, blending, and crossing genres.

 

 

Damaged Goods (June 2013)
With the same blending and mixing of genres and with more of a penchant for music as art, singles from their album, ‘Damaged Goods’ have received heavy rotation in radio and have been well received by their fans internationally. The video for the song “Younger Summer Memories” from that album has been featured on the Bongo Boy Rock n’ Roll TV Show series episode 1057 which has exclusive national airtime to over 15 million viewers in the USA on 9 major cable companies. (NBCUniversalComcast, FiOS, CableVision, Time Warner, RCN, ATT Uverse, Verizon FiOS, Charter Communications, Suddenlink) GO INDIE TV ROKU Channel in Canada, The UK and The USA to name a few).

 

 

 

Singles & Covers (2014 – 2016)
From 2014 to 2017, singles like ‘Just Begun’, ‘Like Destiny’, ‘Double Star’, and ‘I’ve Got News’, transition the band from their earlier recordings to a more cultivated Barley Station sound without compromising consistency and quality. Additional covers of ‘When the Stars Go Blue’ (Ryan Adams), and ‘Treacherous'(Taylor Swift) have also released throughout 2016 and have been well accepted among their loyal fan base.

 

 

Back There Somewhere (2017)
The band recently released a new full-length album titled ‘Back There Somewhere’ on September 14, 2017 and already, radio in North and South America and Europe have begun anticipating its arrival by getting ready to launch interviews and special features in support while still supporting the last two albums. In late 2017, a French remake and re-translation of the song “Warm Embraces” was released titled Baisers volés (Stolen Kisses) and is currently in rotation in French and European radio.

 

To cap off 2017 with a bang, the band released a Christmas song titled “Hear The Christmas Call” and is currently working on their fourth album with plans for a late 2018 release. In the meantime, a cover version of Madonna’s 1984 Top 10 Billboard Hit “Borderline” was released on March 20, 2018.

 

This version is a bit of rock and pop more akin to Madonna’s version from the 2010 Sticky and Sweet Tour and has a male lead vocal with a female guest vocalist adding leading harmonies to give the song new texture and dimension.

 

 

Awards
In 2013, Barley Station were nominated for “Best Country Artist” and “Best Folk Artist” for AIMA (Artists In Music). Awards followed by their nomination in 2014 for “Best Country Artist” and “Best Composer/Songwriter” also at AIMA. The band was a contestant in the 2013 Texaco Country Showdown and has been interviewed internationally by numerous radio and magazine publications, including an extensive interview with the Entertainment Vine. The band has also been featured and performed live on FOX 2 News, and The Dave Glover Show on 97.1 FM in their home base area of St. Louis, MO.

Throughout 2015 they won ‘Best Video’ award for ‘Younger Summer Memories’, and multiple ‘Best Song’ awards from the Akademia Music Awards for ‘10 Nights’ and ‘Younger Summer Memories’.

 

In 2017, Barley Station was submitted for nomination for the Americana Music Awards in the ‘Best Song’ and ‘Best Artist’ categories.

 

 

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“This group always brings top drawer tunage”
– Music Is Truth (Station), Indie Music People

 

 

“Barley Station is a rare breed of band that successfully combines all of your favorite genres into a unique sound of their own.”
– Jan Ostegard, Entertainment Vine

 

 

“They blend alternative country and rootsy folk-rock into a style that has all the pop appeal of the classic Jayhawks records, but remains earthy and resolutely unpolished. It’s a win / win for me, and I’m sure they’d appeal to both No Depression readers and fans of first generation country rock”
– Leicester Bangs (UK)

 

 

“Barley Station has an addictive “twang” about their music that, honestly, I never knew I liked. In fact, I had to make a new category in the Genre section for Country just for them.”
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“it’s clear that this is a band that is going in a consistent, forward direction and show no signs of stopping. “Double Star” is brilliant in its Immaculate Conception, composition, and imagery that is evoked when listening but it is also just a small piece of the pie when you consider the capacity and the quality of music that the band has already produced and recorded.”
-CA Marshall in Starlight Music Chronicles Magazine

 

 

 

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ARTIST NAME: The James Carratt Project

 

SONG TITLE: Jackson Street Pub

 

ALBUM TITLE: Volume One

 

RELEASE DATE: October 17 2017

 

GENRE: Country / Rock

 

 

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Discuss your composition and melody.

The song is based in the key of C Major and uses a simplistic classic country melody.

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State the name of your producer and elaborate on the song.

The song was self-produced by James Carratt the writer.

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Discuss the lyrics of the song.

The song was written during a very rough time in my marriage.  Essentially, the lyrics take me back to my college days where my wife and I had met.

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Elaborate on your music career.

I’ve been playing since I was young.  I’ve played almost every genre with the exception of jazz and polka.  Rock, Classic Rock, Country, Classic Country, Rap, and etc.  I started out with influences like Van Halen, Metallica, Led Zep and the old classic rock bands.  I was not big into country but appreciated it none the less.  Eventually, country evolved to be something more of an 80’s rock sound with a southern voice on the mic.  As music changed I found myself listening more and more to the country stations.  From there we started taking trips to Nashville, playing clubs like Tootsies, the Cadillac Ranch and other bars all along the strip.  My good friend, Jamie Campbell was the lead singer at that time and eventually life just caught up and I retreated back to my home to write music.

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Brief us on how you are reaching fans with your music.

I find that allowing other musicians to sing and play my material is the easiest way to get my music to be heard.  Other musicians throughout the country, but mostly in my own community are starting to play and listen to the music that I wrote.  Sure, I’ve allowed others to record the tracks in my studio, but at the end of the day, it’s my song being shared across their band pages and web sites.

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Discuss your motive behind making music.

At 50 years old I’ve given up on the dream of becoming the iconic rock star from my youth.  However, as I began this project I realized that a lot of local musicians really enjoyed the writing.  I found that I can reach more people by simply allowing others to record my music which resulted in an album featuring 47 musicians on a project of over 60 different people.

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Discuss your lyrics and songwriting.

Songwriting for me comes from the heart and what I’m feeling inside.  It’s almost therapeutic.  My wife and I struggled for years and I almost lost my marriage as a result.  This was when most of the songs for the last record were written and recorded.  Appears I’m not alone when it comes to this.  Adele has three albums that reference her break up.  She has since moved on but she had written so much material from this emotional heartbreak the songs are still there. I have to say I also have about three albums worth of material that cover the subject, however I’m glad to say I’m finding myself able to finally write about other subjects.

 

Many of my songs are impromptu.  I’ll get an idea, record the rift and loop the track.  I’ll scat around a bit, but the lyrics being to flow pretty quickly.  I do use a cookie cutter approach many times.  I know where the hook is coming and at that point I copy and paste the rest of the song together and start writing the remainder of the song.

 

The best material usually takes less time to write.  One of my best compositions, “Fall in Love Again” and “Pictures On My Page” were both written in under 10 minutes…

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Elaborate on your work and achievement so far in your music career.

Winning Rockstar Radio’s 2017 best country song from an unsigned artist had to be the pinnacle.  Next week we find out whether we have secured album of the year for the Rockford Area Musicians Industry (RAMI).  Again another huge accomplishment for a guy in his 50’s who never thought this could happen.

 

I’ve been approached by record executives including David Ross of Reviver Records who found that our unique approach to making music was at least interesting enough to talk about.  It was an amazing moment to be speaking to the president of a top 20 Billboard record company to say the least.

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Tell us your opinion on using rhymes dictionary or writing software to develop lyrics.

I think that these are great tools for beginning song writers.  I often found myself using rhyme dictionaries early on.  However, the more and more that you write the better and better you become as a writer.  Even Paul McCartney once said he didn’t like any of his songs until after he had written 100 songs.  It takes time.  It takes passion.  I’ve written almost a 100 songs and most of them are garbage and sit inside my hard drive never to be heard by anyone.  However, there are a couple of gems inside there.  Over time a writer will find he no longer needs these tools and write from the heart.

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Discuss the music industry.

The music industry has changed by leaps and bounds since the 80’s and 90’s.  Record Companies are not making what they used to and as a result the business model has evolved and continues to evolve.  Artists have to grasp and understand these changes if they are to be heard.  Right now, there is simply so much information.  Between all the social media websites and band promotional websites it’s hard to get yourself heard.  It was at that point I decided to take a unique approach of simply letting others sing and record my material.  In return I would produce and release the material on VINYL and on all the digital platforms on their behalf.  Almost like a label myself but slightly different.  Slowly, we are starting to turn the “Big Machine” called the music industry.

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Elaborate on how you prepare yourself for a recording session.

I have a small studio in my basement where I recorded almost the entire album.  However, my main source of income, an insurance adjuster, the office is also in my home.  When I get an idea that is overwhelming I simply track immediately, the songs are typically written in only a few minutes.

 

I am very limited vocally.  I’ll listen back to the track.  I’ll ask other people what they think.  If there is a green light to move forward with recording I start vetting the players for the song.  It’s a process of finding the best singer for the track.  Sometimes, a song will go through 2-3 singers before landing that special someone who gives it life.

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Brief us on your preference in terms of tempo as in up-tempo, mid-tempo or slow tempo.

I like to write mid tempo… it’s easier to get the lyrics out.

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Discuss your shows or live performance.

47 musicians on one record.  Really hard to get them all on stage.  We simply took a handful of musicians of the record and formed a core group.  Periodically we do invite all the singers on stage for special events, typically however; we stick with 3-4 singers off the album performing all the songs.

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Send a message across to your fans and supporters.

I can only say that this project would not have been accomplished without the amazing musicians and their fans.  With them we would not have garnished the amazing support we have had from radio, press and media around the world.

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Discuss the story line of the song.

The story is essentially about my remembrance of a time from my past when my wife and I met.  Those days when you meet someone for the first time and fall madly in love.  Jackson Street Pub is that place for me.  All the memories and all the good times wrapped up in one song.

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Tell us what makes this song unique from others.

It holds a classic country sound with a unique approach to the drum production.

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Tell us the theme of most of your compositions.

They vary.  Honestly, because I’m bringing in different musicians and different singers the theme continually changes.  I may start the song off with a classic country vibe, but after the musicians arrive to record I start to hear something different.  I like to allow these changes and allow the musicians to take chances and change the approach to the song.  It’s still my song, and still my chord structure but the approach that each musician has always intrigued me.  Several tracks were recorded 2-3 times with different musicians before I was happy with the track.  Yet, each time it was recorded, even with the same exact chord structure the tone and approach continued to change.

 

I think this what makes the project so unique to the listener.  As they comb track by track not one song sounds the same.  All the tracks are written by the same guy, yet the approach to the material and the theme changes from track to track.

Natalie Jean and Levi Moore

 

ARTIST NAME: Natalie Jean and Levi Moore

SONG TITLE: The Letting Go

ALBUM TITLE: The Letting Go

RELEASE DATE: February 14th, 2018

GENRE: Country/Americana

 

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Natalie Jean is an award winning, multi-nominated singer/ songwriter performer. She is also a Voting Member in the Recording Academy (GRAMMYS). Natalie Jean is a versatile performer and singer. She sings many genres, such as Jazz Pop, R&B, Blues, and Dance. She can also sing in French, Spanish, English, and Creole. Natalie Jean is mostly influenced by artist such as Lena Horne, Celine Dion, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Ella Fitzgerald. She has performed at many venues in the MD/DC. She also has performed in LA, New York, Nashville, and North Carolina. She also appeared on WPFW, a Jazz station in Washington DC. She has been nominated over 60 times for her music and has won many awards. Most recently, Natalie Jean was the Gold Medal Winner in the 2017 Global Music Awards for Female Pop Vocalist for her song “L’Amour a L’Infini. In the 2017 American Songwriting Awards, her song “Red Room-The Remix” won in the Dance category. World Artist of The Year (Multiple Languages) winner in the 2017 Josie Music Awards, Bronze Medal Winner for her World Album “Haiti Mwen Renmenw”in the 2017 Gobal Music Awards, and Best World Song “La Pe” – in the Clouzine International Music Awards. Also, her song “Red Room – The Remix and Se Kanaval are a finalist in the 2017 UK Songwriting Contest. Her song Lan Nuit No Tounin Lougarou is a Semi-Finalist in the 2017 UK Songwriting Contest. Most recently, her song “Smoking Ke Fan” was a finalist in the 2018 International Acoustic Music Awards, “The Letting Go” nominated in the 2018 Atlas Elite Entertainment Music Awards for best country song, and “The Letting Go” Best Americana Song in the 2018 Clouzine International Music Award, and a Silver Medal in The Global Music Awards for Country Song. She was also nominated in the 2017 OWMR Music Awards for Best World/Global Fusion Album and People’s Choice.  She has released five albums thus far. The first released in 2013 a pop/jazz album, called “Obsession,” second released in 2014, a Jazz album called “Natalie Jean,” and a French Pop/Dance album called “Lecons D’Amour,” released in 2015. Her 4th album “Unafraid,” was released on July 8th, 2016. Her new album “Haiti Mwen Renmenw” was released on July 14th, 2017.

 

 

Tell us your view on old and new school music in terms of preference.

I love old school music better. I like artists like Nina Simone and Janis Joplin. I believe that the old school music was more about how it made the audience feel, than trying to be the biggest star. I find that with today’s music, artists are trying to be more of stars, than creating music that will actually make the audience feel. I create music so that the audience can relate to something. I create so that there is a deeper understanding and so that someone’s soul can be moved.
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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

My most memorable day as an artist would be performing at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN for the 2016 Josie Music Awards. I was able to perform my French song “Mon Ange” (which is one of my favorites to perform). I also won two awards that night, which made it an even greater night.

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Natalie Jean is a very rare kind of vocalist.  Winning recognition across the most diverse of musical genres and quite comfortable performing in English, French and Creole. Levi Moore is an upcoming talented Country artist.  In exciting news, Natalie Jean and Levi Moore have recently dropped their new single “The Letting Go,” and fans old and new couldn’t be happier.

 

February 14, 2018

Natalie Jean and Levi Moore are excited to announce the much-anticipated release of their Country single, titled, ‘The Letting Go.’ The song is a co-write between Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean.

Produced by Alexi Von Guggenberg, is readily available for purchase nationwide at the iTunes Store, Amazon.com, Google Play, and various digital online stores.

 

“Music aside for a second, the songwriting is where things get personal – where things connect in a more intimate and communicable sort of way. Natalie Jean’s smooth and gentle voice offers up the first verse – a certain delicacy that contrasts effectively with the thick drum line and the somewhat manic or anticipating guitar part. Her voice falls into the mix like another instrument, brightening things up, enhancing the ambiance. It’s only really when you get to the satisfying resolve of the hook that the lyrics really start to take shape in your mind. The second and third times you listen you pick up on way more about the sentiment and the underlying ideas. It’s an inspiring song, learning to move forwards is important – to get over and get on with things. The song hits with impact, it’s powerful, and this concept is well represented.”

 

“The set-up of one voice for the first verse and another for the second is not all that common in modern music. It works best when there’s a noticeable contrast, a clear cut set of differences that lay out the two leading characters and their sides of the story or their input. Levi Moore’s voice adds a gorgeous new dynamic to an already enjoyable and calming piece of music and writing. The two artists together offer so much passion and skill that their performances are mesmerising. The detail throughout this entire release is beautiful; it’s a carefully crafted single that has been so well captured that you can listen on repeat and not get tired of the unfolding mightiness and magic.”

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“The song binds a beautiful tale of unforgettable love and the strength it bores into the mind and soul of a human body. This track flows over a logical explanation of feelings and relationship which is sure to inspire many young hearts. The audio quality of the song is quite high with keen attention given to making the song enjoyable for the audience.”

 

“Brilliantly penned down by Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean, this track, ‘The Letting Go’ is truly a masterpiece by Natalie Jean and Levi Moore. With so much talent and passion merging on a single platform, this track is already a memorandum in the world of amusing harmony.”

– Skope Magazine – Natalie Parker

 

Natalie Jean is an award winning singer/songwriter performer and a dynamic artist who grew up loving music.  She enjoyed singing with her Haitian father, Guy Robert Jean – who was also an artist. She writes for many genres, which would include Jazz, R&B, Dance, Pop, Country, Rap, Heavy Metal, Contemporary, etc. She can also sing in French and Spanish.

From 2014-2018, Natalie Jean’s songs have received over 60 nominations and several wins, including the American Tracks Music Awards,  Artists in Music Awards, LA Music Awards, The Indie Music Channel Awards, The Indees, American Songwriting Awards, Hollywood Music and Media Awards, The International Music and Entertainment Association, Australian Independent Music Awards, the Akademia Music Awards Josie Music Awards, International Music Video Underground, International Songwriting Competition, Australian Songwriting Contest, Global Music Awards, Libera Music Awards, Wammies, World Wide Music Contest, Hollywood Songwriting Contest, and UK Songwriting Contest.  She was named one of the Top Five Vocalists in the Singer Universe Vocalist of the Month for June 2014. Most recently she was awarded the Gold Medal in the Global Music Awards for Female Pop Vocalist, for one of the songs currently on the album, titled “L’Amour a L’Infini, which is a co-write with Lyssabelle. Also, she won Best Dance Song, in the American Songwriting Awards for her song, “Red Room – The Remix”. She also won Best World Artist (Multiple Languages) in the 2017 Josie Music Awards. As well as being a Finalist in the 2018 International Acoustic Music Awards in the Folk Category for her song “Smoking Ke Fan,” which was written by Natalie and her father.

 

Inspired by Lena Horne, Celine Dion, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone,  and Ella Fitzgerald, her beautiful voice and melodies will surely leave you wanting for more!

 

 

 

Levi Moore, is a country singer/songwriter out of Savannah, GA. He writes what he feels and sings from the heart; influenced early on by the great songwriters of lore, like Gordon Lightfoot and Jim Croce.

While having always craved the presence of music, he began creating music late, teaching himself to play guitar in the second half of my five-year college career, using music as a balance between football practice and midterm exams. Having been a storyteller and writer since elementary school, songwriting was a natural progression.

 

After 3 years, he left the oilfield to become a full-time musician, moving to Savannah, GA and plunging headlong into the coastal fray. After having been nominated for Male Vocalist of The Year in Modern Country at the 2017 Josie Music Awards, He is diligently working, gigging throughout the week, writing more than ever, and preparing to cut and release the first album this winter.

 

Michael Peloso is a New Jersey-based lyricist/songwriter who writes undeniably touching, honest lyrics with a sense of simplicity that are uniquely all his own. Other primary influences include Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Carole King, James Taylor, Natalie Merchant, Hall & Oates, Jude Cole, Ed Roland and Darius Rucker…Just to name a few of many. Michael collaborated with Natalie Jean. “Please Don’t”, a Josie Award nominated R&B track was released in 2016, and is a featured single on Natalie’s “Unafraid” album. The duo released “Alive” on June 30, 2017. “Lost & Found” is scheduled to be released this fall.
Most recently, “The Letting Go” won for best Americana Song in the Clouzine International Music Awards and is nominated in the Atlas Elite Entertainment Music Awards for Best Country Single.

 

 

Be sure to check their live in upcoming shows near you.

 

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Tell us how you protect your singing voice.

I try to drink a lot of water and tea. I am also an aerobics instructor. So, I try to keep warm as much as possible.

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Tell us the major reason you are into music.

I come from a musical family. My father, Guy R. Jean, is a famous Haitian singer. My aunt Sandra Jean was part of the first all-female band in Haiti, called Riske. Growing up, I knew I wanted to do something with music. The main reason I am in music, is I like the way it makes other people feel. I like the fact that I am able to make a difference in someone else’s life.

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Discuss creativity and originality in music.

I think that in the current music industry, one must be creative, original, and versatile. It is not enough to want to be like an artist that you admire. You must bring something new to the plate. I love original music. I love the fact that someone has taken the time to create something out of the box and/or something that is real. I am not a fan of over produced material. I like it raw and natural. In order to stick out in this music business, you have to be original and show them something that has not been done before.

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Tell us your plans pertaining music.

I plan on promoting my latest the single “The Letting Go” with Levi Moore. I have performed on a couple of other artists’ albums. So, I will be helping to promote those. I am gigging. Hoping to release some more singles.

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Tell us the secret of success.

I believe the secret to success is to be true to who you are as an artist. I think that is extremely important. One big important lesson to remember is that music is subjective. One group may like a song, and another may not. The goal is to believe in yourself and go with your gut. Don’t let anyone try to change you.

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Tell us how you become a musician.

I was going through some personal experiences, while living in NYC, and it prompted me to write poetry. It prompted me to start writing songs about my experiences. I sent a demo out to a couple of places. Tate Music Publishing contacted me and they helped me with my first CD, “Obsession”. Working with Tate didn’t pan out, so I started researching on how to submit music on the internet and was able to make a lot of progress with my music.

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Tell us what makes you happy and sad on this project.

I was happy about being able to work with my co-writer Michael Peloso. He is an amazing lyricist. I was also happy to be working with the amazing Levi Moore. He is an up and coming Country artist. The sad part about working on a project is all of the promoting that you have to do. It is a lot of work. I find that the Country/Americana genre is a hard one to tackle. Country has changed in regards to its sound over the decades. So, it was interesting to see where the song was being placed.

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Tell us your point of view on rape and sexual harassment, and how to eradicate it.

Wow. I think both men and women need to be strong. Sexual harassment is something that I believe everyone goes through. I think that we should not tolerate it and if it happens, it definitely should be reported. Rape is about power and taking away power from the victim. I think that we should all be careful in situations that we put ourselves in and we should report the rape immediately when it happens.

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List the people that assisted in making this song.

Michael Peloso is the co-writer, Levi Moore is my duet partner, and Alexi Vom Guggenberg is my music producer.

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Tell us how you get financial support to run your music career.

I do everything myself. I work two jobs. Last year, I was able to get a Grant from Maryland State Arts Council, which really helped a lot.

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Tell us the genre of your music and the reason you went for this genre.

I actually do many genres. From Pop, Dance, World, R&B, Contemporary, Blues, Jazz, etc… I decided to go for Country, because it best suited what I wanted to accomplish with the duet. Also, because I wanted to go for a genre that was best suited for Levi Moore.

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Tell us if you prefer to write your own songs or you prefer to write with professional songwriters.

I do prefer to write my own songs. There is something really intimate about writing your own experiences on paper.

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Tell us if you prefer to produce your songs or you prefer to work with reputable producers.

Alexi Von Guggenberg has produced my last four albums. He is awesome. So, I would prefer to work with reputable producers.

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Tell us the story behind this song.

I wanted to do a duet. So, I contacted Michel Pelsoso and asked if we could write a song together. Then, I proceeded to ask Levi Moore, if he would sing it with me. The song is basically about letting go of the past and be able to move toward the future.

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Tell us your favourite brand of microphone.

My favorite brand of microphone to use would be the Sennheiser. It brings out the best sound for my voice.

Natalie Jean

 

Natalie Jean is an award winning, multi-nominated singer/ songwriter performer. She is also a Voting Member in the Recording Academy (GRAMMYS). Natalie Jean is a versatile performer and singer. She sings many genres, such as Jazz Pop, R&B, Blues, and Dance. She can also sing in French, Spanish, English, and Creole. Natalie Jean is mostly influenced by artist such as Lena Horne, Celine Dion, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Ella Fitzgerald. She has performed at many venues in the MD/DC. She also has performed in LA, New York, Nashville, and North Carolina. She also appeared on WPFW, a Jazz station in Washington DC. She has been nominated over 60 times for her music and has won many awards. Most recently, Natalie Jean was the Gold Medal Winner in the 2017 Global Music Awards for Female Pop Vocalist for her song “L’Amour a L’Infini. In the 2017 American Songwriting Awards, her song “Red Room-The Remix” won in the Dance category. World Artist of The Year (Multiple Languages) winner in the 2017 Josie Music Awards, Bronze Medal Winner for her World Album “Haiti Mwen Renmenw”in the 2017 Gobal Music Awards, and Best World Song “La Pe” – in the Clouzine International Music Awards. Also, her song “Red Room – The Remix and Se Kanaval are a finalist in the 2017 UK Songwriting Contest. Her song Lan Nuit No Tounin Lougarou is a Semi-Finalist in the 2017 UK Songwriting Contest. Most recently, her song “Smoking Ke Fan” was a finalist in the 2018 International Acoustic Music Awards, “The Letting Go” nominated in the 2018 Atlas Elite Entertainment Music Awards for best country song, and “The Letting Go” Best Americana Song in the 2018 Clouzine International Music Award. Also she is nominated in the 2017 OWMR Music Awards for Best World/Global Fusion Album and People’s Choice.  She has released five albums thus far. The first released in 2013 a pop/jazz album, called “Obsession,” second released in 2014, a Jazz album called “Natalie Jean,” and a French Pop/Dance album called “Lecons D’Amour,” released in 2015. Her 4th album “Unafraid,” was released on July 8th, 2016. Her new album “Haiti Mwen Renmenw” was released on July 14th, 2017.

 

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