Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Downie Streahl

Musik Radio Promotions
presents
Downie Streahl



Genre:  pop, country pop, adult contemporary
Location:  United States
Label:  Indie
Website:  Click Here
Songwriter/Publisher
Downie Streahl - ASCAP

Downie Streahl has been singing her entire life.  Her passion for music and singing has taken her through formal music training throughout her education and professional career singing classical, pop and jazz.   Downie often jokes, "I came out hitting a high "C".   Having taught music in K-12, she is also a well-resected music and vocal coach both in the USA and Japan.     Her albums and music are playing internationally around the globe, as well as winning awards in many countries.  Downie has gained critical acclaim with her performances in places as varied as Tokyo, Japan and in Las Vegas with Grammy winning singer, Crystal Gayle.

 Her singles "Now", "Unavailable" and "Run Away With You" from her latest upcoming album "Are You Ready" have all charted in many territories around the world.

  "Downie Streahl is one of the best singers and songwriters working along the margins of the modern music scene."  Vent Magazine - Lydia Hillenburg

"Downie Streahl is consistently redefining what vocal and songwriting excellence means in the modern indie country pop scene.   Gas House Radio - Shannon Cowden

"Run Away With You" is an important musical work that solidifies her standing a sone of the best indie singer/songwriters working today". Band Blurb - Lance Wright

"This is a performer who can transform any material into musical art." Indie Music Review - Joshua Stryde  

"Her attentiveness as a singer remains one of her finest attributes...."  Skopemag.com - Jason Hillenburg

Sarantos

Musik Radio Promotions
presents
Sarantos


Genre
Adult Contemporary, Pop, Easy Listening, Rock

Location
United States

Label
Unsigned

Website
Click Here

Songwriter/Publisher
Sarantos
2017 is year #4 as Sarantos keeps working hard continuing to release a new song, music video and book chapter every month. In three years, he has released 6 albums with 85 original tracks as well as 3 fiction/fantasy books that parallel the songs!

The CDs continue to expand on his unique signature style but with an eclectic mix of edgy experimentation! Fans and fellow musicians marvel at his humble down-to-earth demeanor, his dedication to his mission and the wealth of free content that continues to drop every month along with his contributions to charity! His journey started in 2014. He has tackled almost every genre imaginable. Fans continue to interact directly with Sarantos while enjoying regular surprises such as a Christmas album, solo and full instrumentals, bonus covers, a steady stream of witty radio interviews and much more. Fans always wonder what’s next.

Sarantos unique sound has been best described by industry insiders as "an emotionally powerful vocal style masterfully united with music that is a fusion of classic 80s rock blended with modern soft rock and pop music!"

Since 2014, Sarantos has won over 36 awards with Akademia LA Music,

Beat 100 while also being nominated for the International Music & Entertainments Awards,

Hollywood Music In Media, and the Hollywood Songwriting Awards.

Even without ever using a studio, label, ad agency or radio promoters (though they keep trying to get him to sign up), his songs “Dreamer” & “What If I Never See You Again” have spent many months in the top 200 on the majors list in the US for radio airplay according to the Digital Radio Tracker Top 200 charts. On the independent charts, Sarantos has hit the top 10.  Dreamer was even picked up on the BBC worldwide in 2016! In 2017, Sarantos finally started using a professional music studio and the difference is palpable!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

David Earl Lewis



Artist Biography
Born in Texas City, Texas. Grew up in Monahans, Texas. Came to Tarzana, California in 1971 at the age of eighteen.

1st release 1975 “The Loneliest Cowboy” by David Lewis.
Recorded at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood.
Produced by: Ed Hansen for Edge Records in Hollywood.
Hollywood Reporter article 1974: “Edge Inks Lewis”

Album released by Charles Koppelman through the Entertainment Company, New York City, on Tiger Lilly records: “Molly and Me” David Lewis, 1976
Produced by Charles Blocker (Eagles “On the Border”) The Eagles' greatest hits were dedicated to Charles Blocker.

Graduate of Soundmasters Institute of Audio Engineering, Beverly Hills.

Stage manager for John Stewart (“Music Into Gold” tour RSO)

Vocals by: David Lewis, Roy Howell EP.
Recorded at Ardent Studio, Memphis, Tennessee.
Memphis Tribune article: David Lewis and David Lee Roth.

Other publications: Daily Variety and Herald Examiner.
David Lewis lost recordings: with Stone Ponies, UCLA String Section, arranged by Jim Ed Norman.

“Love is Coming Around” and “Working Man” with J.D. Souther band, produced by Josh Leo of th Jimmy Buffet band.
Vocals by : David Lewis

Greatest moments of my life, working with Jim Guercio, producer of “Chicago”, being in the studio with The Eagles, talking with Bobby Lamb, jamming with Neil Young at Wally Heider Studios in Hollywood, being stage manager and close with John Stewart and Chris Welan and working with David Geffen and The Eagles “Desperado” album.

For more information, please contact David Earl @ 818.800.9471

Monday, May 29, 2017

John Michael Hersey

Singer/Songwriter John Michael Hersey’s new album Personal Belongings



NEW YORK, NY – March 2017 Hersey releases PERSONAL BELONGINGS, an artful array of rock, pop, blues, folk and country.

John Michael Hersey is a singer/songwriter known for his sophisticated yet accessible melding of rock, pop, folk, blues and country. Hersey is first and foremost a storyteller, one who happens to play a mean guitar.

In March 2017 Hersey released Personal Belongings, an artful array of rock, pop, blues, folk and country.
On this album he runs the seasoned adult alternative singer/songwriter gamut: From the confessional pop/rock of “Get Through,“ and “All My Life;” the folk autobiography of “Gig in the Street,” the soulful blues of “When It Rains,” “Hole in the My Heart” and “La Dolce Blues;” the poignant doo-wop of “Trying Times;” the straight ahead rockers “Junior” and “A Little Lovin’;” the tender ballad “Lady of the Day;” the country two-step “The Beaten Path;” and the Irish folk-flavored “Reachin’.”

Hersey wrote, produced, sang and played the guitar. The album was co-produced and recorded by Rich Gaglia at Psych Music in New York City. Bob Desjardins played bass, John DiGiulio drums and percussion, Jim Wacker keyboards and Jonathan Finkelman lead guitar.

Hersey has released six other albums of original material: Soup Du Jour (1999), Whirligig (2003), Mr. Lucky [with Speedo and the Cadillacs] (2004), How Am I Here? (2007), Adirondack (2014) and You Got to Me (2016).

Hersey grew up in the 1970s in the small town of Franklinville, NJ where he idolized The Beatles. He and his pre-teen friends would pretend to be the Fab Four, playing the records at full volume, using brooms for guitars and coffee cans for drums. As a teen, Hersey formed a Top Forty band called Shale that played local high school dances and college parties.

In the 1980s, he moved to New York City where he eventually got a job playing the guitar with the legendary doo-wop group The Cadillacs. Several years later he wrote and produced an album for them, Mr. Lucky. In the 1990s, he performed in the clubs of NYC and wrote songs about his life there. One such song, on the album Soup Du Jour, is Miles Away. It features the high lonesome harmonica playing of William Gallison and poignantly describes the alienation and loneliness one can feel in the big city. Also featured on this album were the core members of Hersey’s band: Bob DesJardins on bass, John Digiulio on drums and Jim Wacker on Keyboards.

In the 2000s, Hersey began to strut his stuff as a guitarist, forging his own brand of blues on Heartbreak 101 from the album Whirligig and Running from the Blues from How Am I Here? At the end of the decade, Hersey’s life story entered a dark phase. He got himself into some serious trouble and ended up being a guest of the state of New York for a year. He has since righted himself and wrote about his prison experience on Adirondack. 

folkwords.com review tells the tale: “Having spent time becoming familiar with the harder side of fortune, John Michael Hersey surely writes some strong words, with powerful tunes to carry those words. The folk rock and folk ballad songs on his album ADIRONDACK' relate a journey through tough times laying down feelings in song. It’s raw, hard, observant and thought provoking.”
His song Sittin’ Pretty from that album is about how he returned home to New York City a changed and grateful man.

In 2016, Hersey released You Got to Me. Here’s what beachsloth.com had to say about the album.
“Delivered with true spirit is the impassioned work of John Michael Hersey’s “You Got To Me”. John Michael Hersey’s vocals serve as the heart of the album as his expressive lyricism works wonders. Carefully crafting an intricate narrative over the course of the album John Michael Hersey explores the concept of relationships and the many complications they often run into.

Opening the album off on a high note is the loose and gentle spirit of “You Saved My Life”. With a level of restraint, the song has a slightly jazzy feeling to it as it slowly unfurls.

John Michael Hersey’s “You Got To Me” offers a timeless take on pop music.”

Hersey runs the seasoned adult alternative singer/songwriter gamut: From the confessional pop/rock of “Get Through,“ and “All My Life;” the folk autobiography of “Gig in the Street,” the soulful blues of “When It Rains,” “Hole in the My Heart” and “La Dolce Blues;” the poignant doo-wop of “Trying Times;” the straight ahead rockers “Junior” and “A Little Lovin’;” the tender ballad “Lady of the Day;” the country two-step “The Beaten Path;” and the Irish folk-flavored “Reachin’.”

Hersey has released six other albums of original material: Soup Du Jour (1999), Whirligig (2003), Mr. Lucky [with Speedo and the Cadillacs] (2004), How Am I Here? (2007), Adirondack (2014) [“raw, hard, observant and thought provoking” folkwords.com], and You Got to Me, [“a timeless take on pop music" beachsloth.com].

Hersey wrote, produced, sang and played the guitar. The album was co-produced and recorded by Rich Gaglia at Psych Music in New York City. Bob Desjardins played bass, John DiGiulio drums and percussion, Jim Wacker keyboards and Jonathan Finkelman lead guitar.


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Kimberly Bibb Marrs



"Black and White Rag"
acoustic fiddle
Kimberly Bibb-Marrs
NITE*SKY International

Kimberly Bibb Marrs and her husband, Larry Marrs are the owners of Marrs studio in Nashville and sing and produce beautiful music for anyone that is interested in a full production song or a complete album. 

Both of them have been in the music business for years, either on stage, personal appearances with top name artist. They are dedicated to making a quality product. Kimberly with her soft southern accent brings a country song to life as no other. She is also won many awards for her skills in playing the fiddle. 

Larry is a man who has mastered several instruments and sings backup on many of Kimberly's songs. He also has a smooth approach to singing. Between the pair, a good clean sound is the end result. Take a listen and you will enjoy what you hear.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Ed Maly


Basic Band Info
Ed Maly
Middle Chile Goes Wild
2017
edmaly2001@yahoo.com
blues/rock
BMI (USA)
Independent Label
Geographic
Sugar Land
U.S.A.
No
 
Band Description
Creative blues-rock captured on analog tape!

Weee! It’s finally finished! This latest labor of love from Hot Texas Tunes, Middle Child Goes Wild, has 12 new original songs, and four copy tunes. Thank you, Billy Stull, for the concept, song arrangement, and mastering!

I’ve always been fascinated by birth order and the things we let control us as seen in the opening track, “Middle Child”. There are two drummers on this cut. Greg Partyka played acoustic drums on the analog tracks, and then Mike Snelling added a layer over that using his electric kit when the tracks were moved over to Pro Tools.

Eric Demmer’s saxophone playing sets the mood for “Honky Tonk” as we pay tribute to all the bars and clubs and wonderful people who go every weekend to help keep this music alive!

At heart, every man has a little boy in him just dying to “Do Something Crazy” and then explain it away with something like this!

“Rocket Ball” is dedicated to the idea that someday, someway, Houston will finally have a winning team again, and as of right now, it’s looking pretty good for the Houston Rockets! Those 3-point shots are falling right every night!

“Death Rattler Growl” pushes the lyrical envelop a little, but I like the attitude of the old man in the last verse, “Don’t cry at my grave – it’s just nature’s way – for me to meet the angel – who watched me by day.”

Keith Cannon’s version of “Can’t Always Get What You Want” always goes over well at the live shows. Keith recreates it here with help from Eric Demmer on saxophone, Larry Scott on slide, and Scott Graham on piano.

“Mo Money” is a (sort of) true story. I had a dream that the guys in the band and I drove to Vegas to see about playing a few gigs, and while there, we won $7,000, then doubled the bet, but lost it all! I suppose the dream was just a subliminal reminder that gambling in Vegas would bring better odds for us than playing music. However, in the dream, as in real life, we’re having way too much fun to care, either way! Keyboard-man, John Blau, provides the perfect opening voice and keys for this one!

The idea for the song, “Why Don’t You”, came after hearing a jealous man yell at his wife across the room at the bar one night, “Why Don’t You Love Me Like You Used To!” Wow, I thought…now, there’s a song!
“The Black Widow” is a fictitious tune written to warn all about the existence of these 2-legged creatures, who at the very least, deserve to be exposed in song! 

On one of my many trips to Austin for their songwriters’ symposium a few years back, I heard a young fiddle prodigy named Ruby Jane Smith. She was only fifteen back then, but she played country fiddle like a seasoned pro. Her mom managed her, and she toured for years as “The Ruby Jane Show”. I wrote this song back then and forgot all about it until recently when I heard she had switched styles completely and started a new band called Ruby and the Reckless.

One of the happiest tunes we play live is “Jambalaya” with Don Irby on vocals. People always love that song. Don does a great job on it here, and John Blau adds his “squeeze-box” accordion keys for just the right Cajun touch to make it dance!

If money is the root of all evil, then misguided love runs a close second in this fictitious soap-opera called “Money and Love”.

Looking back over my life, it seems like music has always been my anchor, getting me through the highs and lows in life. For me, the definition of “lucky” is to have a tolerant wife, a strong live band, and a host of local guys who do killer overdubs in the studio as needed! As the song says, I am, indeed, a very “Lucky Guy”.
Made famous by Bo Diddley, “Can’t Judge a Book” is one of the many Willie Dixon tunes that is always a favorite to play live.

I’ve always loved the Jimmy Barnes’ version of “She’s Looking Good” (by Roger Collins), as well as Wilson Pickett’s, but I think our version here is unique, too, thanks to Eric Demmer, whose saxophone playing blew the lights out at the studio!

“Rock You Crazy” is the promise all good garage rock bands make to their audiences. That is, we just want the listener to “turn it up”, and dance with reckless abandonment! Or, if not that, then at least escape into the music and enjoy being lost to the world for a while because that’s how it was for us while recording it! -Ed Maly

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jenn Beaupre


Artist: Jenn Beaupre
Title: Reach Out
Label: Indie
Release Date: April 2017
Genre(s): AC / Easy / Pop

Focus Tracks:
1. Angel Who's Lost (AC / Easy)
2. Sunburn (Pop)
(Rickie Lee Jones / Van Morrison style)
3. Socks (AC / Easy)

Norah Jones is actually a timely and appropriate comparison, as Beaupré recently worked with members of Jones’ band while recording her latest CD, Reach Out, in NYC. 

She even met Jones while recording “Reach Out” at Sear Sound. 

Though she counts the late soul-folk artist Eva Cassidy as one of her main influences, modern artists like Alicia Keys, Emili Sande, and Adele also inspire her song writing. 

Beaupré was a finalist on Canadian Idol, and performed at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. She has opened for the Moscow Ballet on a national tour, as well as picking up notice by winning Calgary Stampede’s annual Talent Search (also awarded to Paul Brandt, MBF); and was runner up nationally. 

Most recently (2016), Beaupré drew attention from talent producers at Cirque du Soleil.

While Beaupré does have a variety of cover songs on her YouTube channel to showcase her vocal and piano talents, her original music has been primarily soulful, heartfelt personal songs – very much piano driven along the lines of contemporaries like Sarah McLachlan and Norah Jones. 


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