05 12 / 2013
ETHEREAL VOICED SINGER, SONGWRITER AND PIANIST SHAUNA BURNS PUTS A COMPELLING FOLK-ROCK CELTIC TWIST ON SEASONAL FAVORITES WITH HER RELEASE, “A WINTER’S GATHERING”
One of the most dynamic and critically acclaimed multi-talents on today’s indie music scene, singer songwriter Shauna Burns continues on a spiritually driven musical adventure that blossomed on her breakthrough 2008 recording The Moon and The Fire Circle and continued on 2009’s Anamnesis EP.
Inviting longtime fans and newcomers alike to celebrate the holiday season, Burns describes her latest musical venture, the Celtic flavored A Winter Gathering, as a new journey for her—a collection of newfangled carols and original songs performed by her with her husband, drummer James Clark (who also co-produces) and guest performers Caroline Kemper (Celtic harp), Rick Kemper (Uilleann pipes & pennywhistle), Lindsey Springer (cello), Ryan Whyte Maloney (guitar, backing vocals) and a five piece vocal choir.
Bringing unique new elements and sounds to her trademark style, Burns offers new twists to classic songs like “Carol of the Bells,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” and “Silent Night” and includes three short original “breath point” pieces she calls “Songscapes.” She includes “White Christmas” as a tribute to her mother Joyce (who always played and sang it at holiday times when Burns was growing up) and also a compelling rendition of Clark’s favorite song “What A Wonderful World.”
The singer describes the concept this way: “Winter Star,” the first “songscape,” is the star in the East that the shepherds see in “The First Noel”; Burns sings Gaelic words that speak about this bright new presence. The star travels through the other songs starting with “Carol of the Bells,” descends to earth in “White Christmas” through fire and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” through desert. “Luma,” the second songscape, is loosely based on “Ave Maria” and represents the “light” breath. Silent Night” holds the grounding axis of the album with its everlasting melody and frequency. “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” holds the place of the strong anchor.
“The Gathering,” the third songscape, “gathers” the songs, family and friends near and leads the listener into “What a Wonderful World,” the resolution. Speaking whimsically, Burns considers the instrumental versions of “Carol of the Bells” and “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” as the end as “little cherries on top.”
The Las Vegas based singer’s blend of ethereal vocals and sweeping piano and percussion driven atmospheres launched her early singles “Pink Girl” and “Petunia” to major success in the Triple AAA radio format. “Pink Girl” was also chosen as the #1 indie single from the MAACP Radio show. Burns’ debut album Every Thought, which Smother.net declared “a newfangled fusion that will ignite a spark that will be hard to replicate,” was also selected as one of the Top CDs of 2005 by Collected Sounds, a popular taste making website celebrating independent musicians. It was chosen for “Best of the Batch” from the Music Industry News Network and featured on TowerPod.com, Indie-Music.com, Billboard, VH1, Artist Direct, AOL Music and Fox TV, among other outlets.
The Moon and the Fire Circle, a richly thematic and ultimately healing work that offered an emotional bridge between darkness and light, met with similar success. Its first single “Around You” reached #7 on the FMQB AC Chart, was one of WCH Radio’s “Top Songs for 2008” and hit #1 on “Song Vault Radio.” The collection was selected “Best of 2008” by Collected Sounds and The Promise Live. Radio Crystal Blue also chose Burns as one of the “Top Recording Artists of the Year 2008.” Conceived as an extension of the music on The Moon and the Fire Circle, Burns’ follow-up five track EP Anamnesis included songs that relate in some way to each of the five senses (including “Smell”).
Over the past few years, Burns has enchanted audiences at clubs and Borders Stores across the U.S. and in the U.K. (where she toured early in 2007) with songs from her debut and its follow-up five song EP Desert Tune, which featured songs that overflowed from the first album’s sessions. Her first tour in support of her debut was 40 dates and she embarked on a subsequent jaunt of 20 dates from coast to coast during the summer and fall of 2007. The success of The Moon and the Fire Circle—and its vibe of folk rock with Celtic influences—opened up exciting new opportunities on the festival circuit. She has performed at Renaissance Fairs in Utah and Texas; the Phoenix Faerie Festival; Green Girl Music and Arts Festival in Las Vegas; Celtic Festival in Texas; and Medieval Mayhem in Show Low, Arizona.
27 11 / 2013
AXS TV CONCERTS PRESENTS ‘HEART & FRIENDS: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS’—A ONE-HOUR EVENT ON CHRISTMAS AT 8 P.M. ET/5 P.M. PT
Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan Join
Ann and Nancy Wilson for HEART’s First-Ever Holiday Concert
LOS ANGELES, NOV. 21, 2013 – AXS TV has one more present for its audience to unwrap on Christmas night when the Network broadcasts the first-ever holiday concert by GRAMMY® Award-winning and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee HEART. HEART’s Ann and Nancy Wilson are returning to their hometown of Seattle to stage a celebration of the season, gathering a few of their friends to join them in singing holiday classics, personal favorites and some of their own hits in the one-hour broadcast, HEART & FRIENDS: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, on Wed., Dec. 25 (Christmas) at 8 p.m ET (5 p.m. PT.)
Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan from Train will join HEART for this once-in-a-lifetime concert which will be taped on Dec. 12 at the beautiful Benaroya Symphony Concert Hall in Seattle. The Wilson sisters will sing an array of holiday songs written by Joni Mitchell, Harry Nilsson, Bob Dylan and Hagar in their Christmas set as well as some of HEART’s favorite songs. Colvin, Hagar, Marx and Monahan will provide additional vocals on the tunes and/or sing duets with HEART.
HEART & FRIENDS: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS will showcase two songs recently recorded by Ann and Nancy that were released as a “double-A sided” single on iTunes. Ann has re-made the soulful Elvis Presley and Eagles hit “Please Come For Christmas” into a rhythm and blues song with Aaron Neville. As part of the concert, she will perform it as a duet with Monahan. Nancy wrote a new arrangement for the yuletide tune “All Through The Night,” a traditional Welsh folksong, with backing vocals by Marx. Marx will perform it with her at the holiday concert. To listen to Ann and Nancy’s new songs, visit http://bit.ly/HXSlgP.
“We couldn’t have passed up this wonderful opportunity to celebrate the season with two of the most talented rock ‘n roll artists ever, Ann and Nancy Wilson of HEART,” said AXS TV Founder Mark Cuban. “Having Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan join them for this holiday special makes it the perfect gift for our audience to enjoy on Christmas night.”
Ann Wilson added, “We are thrilled and delighted to be joined by our band and our friends on stage to ring in the holiday season for our fans everywhere.”
HEART & FRIENDS: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ends a prolific and award-winning year for HEART, who have been enjoying a resurgence of popularity since 2010’s Red Velvet Car which became the group’s first Top 10 album in 20 years. Many successful live shows and tours (including a 2011 tour with Def Leppard, and their 2013 Heartbreaker tour) have occurred with 2012 seeing the release of Strange Euphoria, a definitive career-spanning box set; the arrival of Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll, a best-selling autobiography; the announcement of Ann and Nancy Wilson’s HEART star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the release of Fanatic, HEART’s 14th studio album. And adding to their list of awards, HEART was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last April.
ABOUT AXS TV
Bringing music back to television, AXS TV, launched in July of 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, has created a one-of-a-kind, live television environment for entertainment and other cutting-edge trends. AXS TV delivers relevant, unpredictable and irreverent programming offering an unparalleled experience to a nationwide audience by presenting unfiltered, uncensored and uncut access to entertainers and their performances. “AXS TV Concerts,” indicative of the network’s dedication to music programming, crosses genres and international waters to deliver everything from stadium tours to club acts to tribute bands to some of the most anticipated festivals on the calendar, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Stagecoach Festival in California and the British Summer Time at Hyde Park Festival. A roster of diverse and unique talent is also a hallmark of the network with shows hosted by Dan Rather, Tom Green and Art Mann, performances by artists such as Carrie Underwood, Maroon 5 and Billy Joel as well as the top comics working the circuit on the signature “Gotham Comedy Live.” Sports programming is led by “AXS TV Fights” which produces over 40 live mixed martial arts broadcasts a year in addition to the longest running weekly MMA news show on television, “Inside MMA.” The network is available in the United States via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other TV providers. It is also distributed in Canada and the Caribbean. The network is spearheaded by a partnership including Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. For more information, visit the website, www.axs.tv; go to the Facebook page here and follow the company on Twitter, @axstv; on Instagram; Tumblr and YouTube.
27 11 / 2013
HOLIDAY ALBUM “WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE AT CHRISTMAS TIME” AVAILABLE NOW
(Los Angeles, CA): Living legend Walter “Bunny” Sigler continues to share songs that prove his passion for music goes well beyond his beloved soul songs. Bunny’s songwriting for tracks like Instant Funk’s “I Got My Mind Made Up”, Patti Labelle’s “Somebody Loves You Baby”, The Whispers’ “Bingo”, Jackie Moore’s “Sweet Charlie Babe” and The O’Jays “Sunshine” are what put him on the musical map. Not only is Bunny skilled with the pen, but he is also a world-renowned singer bringing his warm, powerhouse vocals to the holiday season. His newest album, When You’re In Love At Christmas Time, showcases Sigler’s musical gift to make any song jingle with a commanding soulful flare.
This soul-stirring album features twelve classic Christmas tracks like “Ave Maria”, “White Christmas” and the single, “Little Drummer Boy”. One of Bunny’s favorite holiday tunes, “Little Drummer Boy” showcases his laid-back and soulful sound. Bunny’s rendition brings to mind an oversized chair, a roaring fire and eggnog in hand. Sigler knows how to set the scene for Christmas.
"O Holy Night", another popular track, finds Sigler delivering his signature vocal style on the sacred song. "I’ve been singing ‘O Holy Night’ all my life", Sigler says. "I knew that if I ever planned to record a Christmas song, it would be ‘O Holy Night,’" he shares. Each song is perfectly executed and sure to have all its listeners in the holiday spirit.
This Philadelphia native began his singing career in churches all over the metropolitan area with songs like “O Lord My God” and “The Lord’s Prayer”. When You’re In Love At Christmas Time shows that it’s more than just the music that captivates his heart; it’s a testimony of his relationship with Jesus Christ. “I’m in this for real,” says Sigler. “Although I’ve sung urban music, I never stopped singing sacred music. For me, it’s all about ministry.”
Bunny Sigler is a rare breed of pure talent. His the holiday album When You’re In Love At Christmas Time will be penned as a timeless Christmas classic and it will certainly be a repeat album for many seasons to come.
For more information, check out Bunny Sigler at:
12 11 / 2013
Heart Celebrates the 2013 Yuletide Season with 2 Newly Recorded Christmas Singles, Produced by Emilio Estefan
Heart Celebrates the 2013 Yuletide Season with 2 Newly Recorded Christmas Singles, Produced by Emilio Estefan
"Please Come Home For Christmas," with Ann Wilson and Aaron Neville, and "All Through the Night," with Nancy Wilson and Richard Marx, Coming Tuesday, November 12
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Heart fans will have two new reasons to celebrate this year’s holidays with the release of "Please Come Home for Christmas" and "All Through the Night," the double A-sided digital single from sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, coming Tuesday, November 12.
Ann and Nancy decided to wrap 2013, a year marked by Heart’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with a pair of special holiday recordings, each recorded with a singer they’d always admired and wanted to work with.
Nancy, along with producer Emilio Estefan and pianist Shelly Berg, wrote a new arrangement for "All Through the Night," a traditional Welsh folksong and recorded a sublime contemporary version of the song with backing vocals by Richard Marx.
Ann made one of her own dreams come true with her duet with Aaron Neville on "Please Come Home for Christmas," a holiday rhythm & blues standard originally a hit for Charles Brown in 1961.
"I have loved Aaron Neville’s amazing, soulful voice since I was a teenager, and it is a great blessing to get this opportunity to sing a duet with him," Ann said. "He truly has a gift, and is a sweet person. It shows on this track."
The arrival of "All Through the Night" and "Please Come Home for Christmas" caps an amazing year for Heart, who’ve been enjoying a resurgence of popularity since 2010’s Red Velvet Car became the group’s first Top 10 album in 20 years. Many successful live shows and tours (including a 2011 co-headliner with Def Leppard) have ensued with 2012 seeing the release of Strange Euphoria, a definitive career-spanning box set; the arrival of Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll, a best-selling autobiography; and the announcement of Ann and Nancy Wilson’s Heart star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Released in October 2012, Fanatic, Heart’s 14th studio album became the band’s 12th to cross into the Top 25.
Heart was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Chris Cornell on April 18, 2013.
10 10 / 2013
Diva De Lai Reveals New Innovative Bob Dylan Tribute Rock Opera Album, Dylan at the Opera To Be Released October 22nd, 2013
Listen to Single Señor (Tales of Yankee Power) on Soundcloud
Diva de Lai is coming on to the new music scene as an innovative band that is looking to mix two unique styles, Rock and Opera. Dylan at the Opera is a concept album composed of original Bob Dylan songs rearranged in different rock styles with operatic vocals and represents their latest release.
Yuval Nachtom, drummer and founder of Diva de Lai, created the concept and vision for the unique sound. Together with guitarist Eyal Sucher, who arranged the album, worked as a team on the music production.
A well-rounded band, Diva de Lai is comprised of Yuval Nachtom who also holds a PhD in economics, Grammy-nominated bassist and producer Yossi Fine, Eyal Sucher, who holds a Masters degree in music, specializing in orchestra conducting, plays guitar and keyboard with mezzo-soprano and leading classical singer, Karin Shifrin as their front-woman.
Señor (Tales of Yankee Power), the first single,was written by Dylan in the 1970’s and is a dark and depressing song that at the time was not understood. Though the original is simple, the lyric-heavy folk song was perfectly translated into a dramatic rock, opera sound that Shifrin captures in the cover.
With her powerful delivery throughout the song, Shifrin executes the song’s messages on point. “Señor is about lack of hope, the rule of a tyrant, cruelty, lost love and maybe looking for an answer in a heavenly entity,” Nachtom states.
“If we imagine that Señor is the name or nick name of a woman, then one can see here a dirge for a lost love - for a woman who walked away. The color of the lyrics and the melody present a challenge and are a natural basis for hard-core opera.”
Dylan at the Opera is set to be released on October22nd with 12 tracks to look forward to. Diva de Lai kept the classic Bob Dylan while providing their own creative spin to an original concept album.
TRACK LISTING FOR DYLAN AT THE OPERA:
- Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)
- Is Your Love In Vain?
- Dear Landlord
- As I Went Out One Morning
- Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right
- North Country Blues
- If You See Her, Say Hello
- Wedding Song
- You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
- Ring Them Bells
- Let It Be Me
For more information on Diva de Lai:
09 10 / 2013
SARASOTA, FL – Brides Against Breast Cancer™ (BABC) announced today that noted singer and songwriter Margo Rey has been named volunteer ambassador for the national non-profit organization.Her hit, “Let the Rain,” a top 20 Billboard charting song, will become the theme song for a new BABC nationwide campaign.
"From my perspective as a breast cancer warrior now undergoing chemotherapy, I believe that education and personal support are just as critical as prompt medical treatment," said Margo Rey. "It is my pleasure to join Brides Against Breast Cancer to raise awareness and help ensure that no one ever has to face cancer alone.”
In her role as ambassador, Margo Rey will visit select cities where Brides Against Breast Cancer (www.bridesabc.org) holds its “Original Nationwide Tour of Gowns” bridal shows, which raise money for education, information and outreach services to cancer patients and their families. She is also looking forward to becoming a bride herself, planning a fall wedding to her partner for the last five years, famous comedian and actor Ron “Tater Salad” White.
"Margo Rey’s cancer journey will offer inspiration to so many people," said Carl Ritter, chief executive officer for the Sarasota-based nonprofit. "She will spread hope and courage to thousands of families affected by cancer in her role as Ambassador."
Rey’s alternative pop songs have captured a worldwide audience with their unforgettable melodies, groove oriented arrangements and enduring, socially conscious lyrics. Her biggest hit, “Let the Rain” – co-written with the legendary John Oates – remained on the charts for 21 weeks. Rey’s newest single, “Tempted,” is presently in the Top 40 charts and currently being played on dozens of radio stations across the United States.
A native of Mexico, Margo Rey is fluent in English and Spanish and holds good conversational skills in French and Italian. She was raised in the Dallas area, where she began performing at the age of 11. She has sung in eight languages and in many countries. A singer, songwriter and a dancer, Rey has been a vocalist in pop groups and TV commercials, and was voice-over talent in the 2008 animated movie “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” and has toured with New York City Broadway shows.
In keeping with Rey’s volunteer leadership, BABC is kicking off a new campaign this summer called simply, “I Do!” As Amy Paulishak, vice president, said, “Those two words from all our future brides describe the response we hope to hear when we ask people to support our program, from donating funds, to performing self-breast exams and helping family members and friends facing this disease.”
This year, Brides Against Breast Cancer will host more than 120 bridal shows nationwide,
and will contribute 2 million dollars to support free programs and services to help people impacted by cancer. In addition, the nonprofit will distribute thousands of breast self-examination cards.
Brides Against Breast Cancer sells all brands of new designer and gently worn wedding gowns, with an average offering of nearly 1,000 dresses at each show. Gowns are available in sizes from 0 to 24, and layaway is available. Gown prices start at $99 and range upwards to new name brand and couture gowns valued at $3,900 or more.
“Our organization makes it possible for future brides around the country to purchase wedding gowns at dramatic savings, as well as donate their own gowns,” said Paulishak. “If you have already said, ‘I do,’ and want to donate your gown, a charitable tax deduction is available.”
For more information on Brides Against Breast Cancer, visit www.bridesabc.org
or call 1-877-721-HOPE. For more information on Margo Rey, visit www.margorey.com
08 10 / 2013
Legendary Singer-Songwriter-Producer Bunny Sigler Releases New R&B Funk Flavored Single “Hero” October 8
SHARE/EMBED/STREAM Single “Hero” on Soundcloud
“…Bunny Sigler proves himself as some sort of mad scientist songwriter, who mixes together ingredients of many genres and warps them into something unique that he can call his own.” – MuzikReviews.com
Bunny Sigler, the renowned Philadelphia born artist, has prevailed to bring to us what is known as the “Philly Sound” with his brand new single “Hero,” which will be released on all major digital retail platforms and radio stations on October 8. Bunny ” Mr. Emotion” Sigler embellished the soothing sounds of funk and R&B and constructed a brilliant range of music for the past five decades. Sigler has and continues to live and breathe the soul and sound of what Philadelphia music represents. From his early years singing in supper clubs, the nickname “Mr. Emotion” came to life whenever Bunny would start tearing up with heartfelt sincere emotion during his live performances. An enthusiast and powerful soul singer at heart enables Bunny to create such grand masterpieces such as his latest single “Hero.”
Like a bottle of fine red wine, Sigler’s vocal and live performances only get better with age and time. Bunny Sigler’s new single “Hero” brings an enticing fresh sound that gravitates to every R&B lover. With a mixture of Sigler’s empowering vocals and catchy upbeat rhythms, “Hero” accelerates to become a classic work of R&B brilliance. Continuing a steady beat of music for nearly four decades in the music business, Bunny Sigler continues to drop riveting new material. “At 72 years old ” there ain’t no stoppin us now” claims Sigler, in which “Hero” is a testament to how Bunny Sigler has not lost his touch and can continue to make fresh fun spirited tunes for music fans.
Bunny “Mr. Emotion” Sigler’s work over the years is a timeless creation of what soul and R&B should be. As a four-time Grammy award winner and nominee with more than 35 million units sold, Bunny continues to awe his audience with his classic sound.
With the Philly soul sound so hot, Sigler got a chance to work with a number of acts as a writer and/or producer, including the Whispers, Ecstacy, Passion And Pain and Carl Carlton. He cut tracks for artists on Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom label, including Mayfield himself (“Trippin’ Out”), and made a duet album with Barbara Mason. In 1976, Sigler got Instant Funk an album deal with Gamble Huff’s TSOP label.
Creating several hits over the span of his career that today’s generation keep sampling, Bunny continues to write, produce and record new material. He is the co-writer of the song,
“The Ruler’s Back” which was an opening song for the Jay Z’s album, “Blueprint”. At 70 years old “there ain’t no stopping us now” claims “Sigler”…
Bunny Sigler on the web:
Official Website : http://www.bunzmusicandrecords.com
Twitter : https://twitter.com/BunnySigler
01 10 / 2013
Singer-Songwriter-Pianist Shauna Burns Reveals New Inspiring Celtic Folk Rock CD, “Violet” Set for October 22, 2013 Release
Celtic vocalist and singer-songwriter Shauna Burns is back with new music that will inspire and empower you. With her past releases in 2009 and 2011, she has taken her new music in a new direction for her fans.
“A new seed planted. Almost ready to bloom forth!” After her last album release, Burns is proud to announce her brand new album entitled Violet. The direction taken for this project is focused on women and female empowerment. Continuing with her Celtic flare, this upcoming release also follows the same structure from A Winter Gathering by having collaborations on the album performed by her and her husband, drummer/percussionist James Clark (who also co-produces), as well as Ryan Whyte Maloney on the guitar, Lindsey Springer on the cello, and Caroline Kember, Burns’ niece, on harp.
Violet is currently set for a October 22nd release with a total of 14 songs on the album. With new songs titled “Orchid” and “Portobello”, Burns has stated that this album will have a positive, uplifting spirit.
It will express the strengths that all women should carry. Burns decided to make “Violet” the main piece of the album because she feels it being a concept of being free.
“Orchid” will be a vital piece of the album as well because it showcases a deeper level of vulnerability incorporating the cello, violin, and piano. The single, "Little Song" is a sweet introduction to the album that is about the possibility of the future and giving into what a new relationship brings. “Out with the old in with the new, letting go and jumping off the cliff of adventure.”
Shauna Burns on the web:
17 9 / 2013
DEBUT EP “FORTYTWO” TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 – Original songs aren’t a dime a dozen. It may be hard to recreate such a sound from one of American music’s most famous disco diva icons, Thelma Houston. Add into the mix a 28 year old producer named JANITOR who is deeply embedded in the Los Angeles indie rock scene and you have “fortytwo” - the EP concept and the actual age difference between Houston and JANITOR and an innovative new side-project that challenges the limit of an unlikely collaboration that incorporates both contemporary and vintage sounds.
Houston is well-known to the world of Disco, R&B and Motown. One of her most notable singles during that period was “You’ve Been Doing Wrong for So Long” which secured her a Grammy nomination for a Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Houston released her third album Any Way You Like It in 1976.The first single released was her version of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes’ 1975 song “Don’t Leave Me This Way”. In February 1977 the track hit Number 1 in the U.S. on the R&B and Club Play Singles charts and in April 1977 on the Hot 100 Charts. “Don’t Leave Me This Way” won Houston the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the Grammys for 1977.
Most recently she has teamed up with JANITOR, an up-and-coming producer and multi-instrumentalist who has played on hundreds of records as a cellist and bassist for veteran bands. Together they have formed this creative relationship built on respect and friendship.
This project is a testament to how an unlikely pairing can collaborate as they formed this partnership by creating songs that truly speak about their issues. Keeping an open mind, blending genres, styles, and focusing on the emotional context is what “fortytwo,” is about and not necessarily of the mindset if it will sound more like a pop or mainstream or commercially successful music release.
Infusing electronic and R&B and indie pop music, listeners can hear almost every genre in the five-song EP as JANITOR cites his taste in everything from jazz, hip hop to powerpop. Each song is a journey that starts from dark to light – raw, uncensored, thought-provoking lyrics is what JANITOR describes as “Conscious Club” music. They are making music that has a specific idea around it. It’s also the next generation of Thelma’s sound.
“Enemy,” is the first track from the album and first planned single and instantly draws you in with its minimal production and heavy lyrics. Houston’s stellar vocals and repetitive bass are prominent on this track with lyrics such as “Are you living with the enemy? Is the enemy in your head? Can you be good to yourself? Do you forgive yourself? Can you love yourself?”
Soulful, but yet dark, listeners can instantly understand how personal this EP release comes to life. “Enemy” is an ongoing song with the track clocking in just under six minutes which leaves one wanting more and the song closes with an excerpt of JANITOR’s string section. It was the first song they wrote together.
“Colorblind,” the fourth track from the EP, is about race relations and is meant to be an inspirational piece because it touches upon a controversial subject. JANITOR infuses a pop/punk and goth tone that also elevates during the chorus with positive, uplifting lyrics.
JANITOR and Houston are both drawn from each other’s musical and life experiences as they’ve co-written each song on the release.
The “fortytwo” EP will be released September 17, 2013 on most major digital retail stores.
For more information on Thelma Houston & JANITOR:
22 8 / 2013
Atlanta-based Covenant House Along With Brides Against Breast Cancer produce a Night of Music and Comedy Event Featuring Comedian Ron White Along With 6-time Billboard Charting Singer-Songwriter Margo Rey
Event proceeds benefit Covenant House International
ATLANTA, GA – August 22, 2013 – Atlanta-based charity organization Covenant House along with Brides Against Breast Cancer will present a special night of music and comedy featuring 6-time Billboard Top 40 Singer-Songwriter Margo Rey and a special guest performance by Comedian Ron White to benefit local homeless children in the Atlanta area on Tuesday September 17 at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, GA. The show starts at 7:30 with doors opening at 7:00pm to the general public. Ron White will do a short performance to be followed by a performance by Margo Rey who currently has a top 20 Billboard hit with “Tempted.”
Singer-Songwriter Margo Rey is the National Ambassador for Brides Against Breast Cancer, an organization aimed at raising funds for education, information and outreach services to cancer patients and their families. One of her song hits, “Let The Rain,” a top 20 Billboard charting song, is the official theme song for the Brides Against Breast Cancer nationwide campaign that is currently underway. "From my perspective as a breast cancer warrior now undergoing chemotherapy, I believe that education and personal support are just as critical as prompt medical treatment," said Margo Rey. "It is my pleasure to join Brides Against Breast Cancer to raise awareness and help ensure that no one ever has to face cancer alone."
Event tickets are now available for $50 and there are a limited amount of VIP tickets available that include a meet and greet with Margo Rey and Ron White for $200. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
ABOUT MARGO REY
Margo Rey’s alternative pop songs have captured a worldwide audience with her unforgettable melodies, groove oriented arrangements and enduring, socially conscious lyrics. Her Christmas song “This Holiday Night” was the only original Christmas song to chart last year and topped out at #4. Her biggest hit, “Let the Rain,” co-written with the legendary John Oates, remained on the charts for 21 weeks. Rey’s newest single, “Tempted,” is presently on the Top 20 charts and currently being played on radio stations across the United States. For more information about Margo Rey: http://www.margorey.com
ABOUT RON WHITE:
Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White, best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon comes home to Atlanta to lend his name and time in support of these two worthy causes. White will make a special guest appearance at this show benefiting Covenant House and Brides Against Breast Cancer. White has achieved two Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, two of the top rated one-hour specials in Comedy Central history, a book that appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, and CD and DVD sales of over 10 million units. For more information about Ron White: http://www.tatersalad.com
ABOUT BRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER:
Brides Against Breast Cancer, a Sarasota, Florida-based charity organization that offers nationwide free information, programs and services to cancer patients, caregivers and family members, while connecting them with others who are undergoing a similar experience.
Brides Against Breast Cancer (BABC) is a wholly owned affiliate of the Center for Building Hope, headquartered in Sarasota, FL. The Center offers free information, programs and services to cancer patients, caregivers and family members, while connecting them with others who are undergoing a similar experience. Our goal in the coming year is to make free CBH programs and services available to anyone, anywhere through a nationwide online network of more than 100 affiliates called the Network for Building Hope. To help achieve that goal, we have just announced the “Say I DO” campaign, led by our national ambassador Singer/Songwriter Margo Rey, a breast cancer survivor, and her fiancé, Comedian Ron White.
For more information, please visit Brides Against Breast Cancer’s official website at
ABOUT COVENANT HOUSE:
Covenant House opened its doors in 2000 to provide shelter and services to Atlanta’s homeless and runaway youth. For over a decade, the organization has dedicated their services to helping young people suffering from homelessness, sexual exploitation, involved in drug-dealing, theft and other anti-social activities. More than 15,000 youth have received support from CHGA since 2000. Currently, more than 1300 homeless and at-risk youth are given support and help every year. The waiting list, at times, is dishearteningly long. Covenant House Georgia is a full partner of Covenant House International, the largest privately funded agency in the United States providing shelter and services to homeless and at-risk youth.
Covenant House Georgia is the only program of its kind in Georgia serving homeless kids every night between midnight and 8:00 AM. Five nights a week, our Outreach Van visits some of the most distressed neighborhoods of Atlanta, seeking out sexually exploited youth, drug dealers, and gang members in the hopes of saving a life. Since opening the Center on Broad Street in 2006, more than 10,000 young people have walked through the doors looking for assistance with shelter, food, clothing, education, and employment. Every day young men and women have come here in search of crisis counseling, employment, a GED diploma, or a safe place to sleep.