14 4 / 2014
“I believe the world is hungry to hear songs about love. Enough about bad romance and hate and war. Music should be easy on the ear.”
Entering into the music world with a devastating heartbreak, the incomparable Roxanna penned “Unforgotten,” a sorrowful but soulful song, threaded with hope for tomorrow. “That song was my therapy,” Roxanna notes. “It just poured out of me, and helped me believe all of this happened for a reason.”
With the introduction to Exotica, lead single “Close Your Eyes” takes you on a personal journey with its dramatic storyline and emotional lyrics, Roxanna’s heartfelt message is strongly emphasized by the elegance of her gorgeous vocals. “There is a light at the end of the tunnel, after every storm there is a rainbow, just an overall hope in the end.”
Roxanna believes, “Music should bring pleasure, it should be elegant and relaxing. It’s all about friendship, pleasure, romance, love and beauty.” Roxanna’s world of experience is translated through her passion for music and songwriting. She was born in Iran in the midst of an ongoing war with Iraq. As a child, she turned to music for balance and tranquility, religiously mimicking the English-language songs of Olivia Newton-John.
After traveling the world and experiencing both heartbreak and love, Roxanna has teamed up with the best in the industry to release Exotica, a collection of stories that are universal and inspiring.
Roxanna is determined to craft every song and lyric as relatable to whomever will take a listen with the intention to always spread love and healing through her romantic songs and stories. It was while studying to be a nurse that Roxanna witnessed first hand the healing power of music. Roxanna sang each night to a young man battling cancer. When he was released, the man’s father said to her, “My son is better because of the way you sang to him.” With that, she realized that music, like medicine is a great healer and it was then hat she realized she needed to pursue signing as a career.
For her full-length album, she contacted well-known producer Mark Portmann credited with working with Julio Iglesias, Barbra Streisand, and Christina Aguilera. It was her rendition of Aguilera’s “Lift Me Up” that convinced Portmann to bring Roxanna under his wing. And what spawned from their collaboration was Exotica, a seamless, mastered mix of adult contemporary, classic pop, and world music.
Listening through the album, you’ll be taken on a journey of love … from the first moment of flirtation to the confidence you find with everlasting love.
Featuring a string of romantic songs including new renditions of The Hollies 1972 hit song, “The Air That I Breathe,” and Lionel Richie’s 1984 smash hit, “Hello”.
14 4 / 2014
BLUEGRASS MASTER RICHARD BENNETT READIES NEW RECORD In The Wind Somewhere Drops May 27 via Lonesome Day Records
Preview two tracks from In The Wind Somewhere with these links to streaming music.
Advance hard copies of the album are available upon request.
It’s one thing for an artist to feel like his latest musical endeavor is his best, but when you’re a music veteran with a mile-long resume, decades of recording and performing experience, critical acclaim, and more recordings than one can count, it’s quite a statement to say, “This is my favorite record I’ve ever done.”
Such is the case with bluegrass star Richard Bennett of his forthcoming new release, In The Wind Somewhere, which is due May 27 via Kentucky-based Lonesome Day Records. “It just feels good,” says Bennett of his fifth solo release.
Lonesome Day Records owner Randall Deaton couldn’t agree more. “I think this is Richard’s strongest work of his career,” says Deaton. “And it was recorded in an old fashioned way where all four of the musicians sat in the same room with no headphones and just played music. Each take had to be just right because there was no going back and fixing.”
On In The Wind Somewhere, Bennett skillfully mixes his considerable traditional bluegrass chops with songs that expand and transcend the genre in an exciting contemporary fashion. “I want to let the people hear something new,” he says.
Joining the singer/songwriter/guitarist on In The Wind Somewhere are a group of stellar musicians, including Mark Schatz (Nickel Creek, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt), IMBA Mandolin Player of the Year Adam Steffey, celebrated fiddler Ron Stewart, and Sean Lane of the Grammy-nominated band Blue Highway on tenor vocals. The record was recorded at the Lonesome Day Studio Booneville, Kentucky, and mixed by Grammy Award winning engineer Brandon Bell.
The album features a graceful and affecting take on Sting’s “Fields of Gold,” a jazz-inflected solo instrumental version of the Beatles’ “Yesterday,” and a spry and swinging Appalachian mountain-flavored cover of the Marshall Tucker Band song “Fire on the Mountain.” On his version of Tom Paxton’s folk classic “The Last Thing on My Mind,” his long-time pal and acoustic guitar icon, Tony Rice, enriched Bennett’s luminous double flat-picking.
Elsewhere on the album, Bennett epitomizes the soul of old-school bluegrass on “Stronger Every Day,” harks back to the Celtic folk roots of American country, folk and mountain music on “Georgie,” renews the newgrass revolution of the 1970s on a take of folk music heroine Kate Wolf’s “Across the Great Divide,” and musically summons up the swirling forces of nature on his self-penned opening title track. The album is deliciously capped by a sublime reading of bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe’s landmark song “Wayfaring Stranger” on which Bennett and Rice engage in breathtaking guitar interplay (as they also do on the hidden track that follows, “Home Sweet Home”).
About Richard Bennett: Richard Bennett hails from Johnson City, Tennessee. A strong and versatile guitarist, he performed with his own band, Richard Bennett Band late ’70s thru late ’80s era. He joined as the lead singer and guitar player for J.D. Crowe and New South 1990 thru 1995 and is included on several of the recordings during this time, including their Grammy award winning record, Flashback. 1996 thru 1997 found him with Lou Reid and Carolina. In 1998, Richard branched out with the trio featuring Jimmy Guadreau and Mike Aldridge where he remained for four years. One of his most prominent jobs was filling in for Tony Rice in The Tony Rice Unit and The Bluegrass Album Band from the mid to late ’90s. Along the way, Richard has released four solo albums and has worked with the most esteemed acts in bluegrass and country/folk music.
About Lonesome Day Records: Randall Deaton as a family-run business started Lonesome Day Records in 2002. The name Lonesome Day Records was chosen from the title of a Bruce Springsteen song from the album The Rising. Randall grew up on a small farm in Kentucky instilled with a strong work ethic and a passion for music that has kept him rockin’ for the past 20 years. Playing in bands throughout high school and college, he earned a degree in business administration and a minor in political science while wielding a guitar and mandolin. Fifteen years ago he turned his attention towards audio engineering and converted an old church into his temple - a recording studio. That studio has since expanded and spawned Lonesome Day Records which has released top-ranking records for the likes of Ralph Stanley II, Larry Cordle, and Fred Eaglesmith among other prolific artists from bluegrass to country.
01 4 / 2014
EMERGING SINGER-SONGWRITER ROXANNA TO PERFORM PRIVATE PERFORMANCE AT THE VIBIANA CATHEDRAL IN LOS ANGELES APRIL 9
March 27, 2014 (Los Angeles, CA) Canadian singer-songwriter Roxanna will make her debut performance of her album “Exotica,” at the beautiful Vibiana Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles on April 9 with special guest and Grammy® award winning vocalist Jon Secada.
Following Roxanna’s recently released singles “Close Your Eyes” and her rendition of Lionel Richie’s 1984 smash hit, “Hello,” Roxanna will be showcasing an exclusive stunning performance backed my flamenco musicians at this private event.
Joining forces with Mark Portmann who is known for his work with artists such as Michael Buble, Barbara Streisand and world-renowned jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti who appears on the track single, “Hello.” Roxanna will make this special CD Release performance the perfect introduction for her upcoming album to be released on April 29.
As a nurse and as a healer Roxanna is determined to craft every song and lyric to be universally relatable. “Music should bring pleasure, it should be elegant and relaxing. It’s all about friendship, pleasure, romance, love and beauty.”
Last week, Roxanna’s single, “Close Your Eyes,” reached #37 on the Medabase Chart and her video for “Close Your Eyes,” was featured on the MTVu program and beat out the competition to win for most votes.
Doors for Roxanna’s private event will open at 7:00pm with a cocktail reception with the performance starting at 8:00pm.
29 3 / 2014
Blues Legend Marcia Ball and Billboard Chart Topper Margo Rey to Rock Houston’s Bayou City Art Festival in Memorial Park
(Houston, TX - March 24, 2014) - Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s challenge to cultivate a new cultural plan for Houston has been accepted by the The Art Colony Association, Producer of the Bayou City Art Festivals. This year, the organization will present a new, expanded main stage on the Bayou City Art Festival site; The 2014 unLimited Stage will host stellar acts from Blues to Adult Contemporary to Rock and Roll. The festival will run from March 28th through March 30th, and mark the biggest ever endeavor to date, with over 400 artists from 19 different art mediums presenting their work. For tickets go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bayou-city-art-festival-memorial-park-2014-tickets-8464855611
The inclusion of a larger music stage with nationally renowned musicians like blues legend Marcia Ball and billboard chart topper Margo Rey will complement the cosmopolitan offerings of the festival, which has grown in the last 43 years to be one of the top ten juried art festivals in the United States.
On Saturday, March 29th, Margo Rey will treat the festival goers to her own brand of adult contemporary music, including her hit songs “Let the Rain,” written with John Oates, and “Habit.” Preceding Margo Rey will be South Texas Bluesman Reno Perez, John Lennon Songwriting Contest Winner Shawn Pander, and violinist Omar Lopez.
Marcia Ball’s special performance on Sunday March 30th comes after a run of concerts from Hawaii to Europe. The Boston Globe described her music as “an irresistible celebratory blend of rollicking, two-fisted New Orleans piano, Louisiana swamp rock and smoldering Texas blues.” Preceding Ball is Hell Bent featuring bluesman Johnny Nicholas with 5-time Grammy winner and steel guitar Hall of Famer Cindy Cashdollar.
Closing the festival on Sunday will be The Soul Supporters featuring Barbara Lynn, the left-handed guitar player who’s song “You’ll Lose a Good Thing” was a number 1 US Billboard R&B chart hit and Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit. Her songs have been recorded by the likes of Aretha Franklin and Freddy Fender, and sampled by Moby. Barbara Lynn was awarded a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.
FRIDAY 28 MARCH
12:00pm Guillermo Serpas
1:30pm Cliff DeMarks
2:45pm Merry Miller
SATURDAY 29 MARCH
12:00pm Omar Lopez
1:30pm Shawn Pander
2:45pm Reno Perez
4:15pm Margo Rey
SUNDAY 30 MARCH
12:00pm Festival Award Announcements: Artists
ACA STEAM: Microsoft Middle School Art Competition Winners
ACA STEAM: Emerging Artists High School Public Art Exhibition Winners
12:15pm Lauren Silva
1:30pm Hell Bent featuring Johnny Nicholas and Cindy Cashdollar
2:45pm Marcia Ball
4:15pm The Soul Supporters with Barbara Lynn Joining
5:15pm Barbara Lynn
About Bayou City Art Festival:
Established in 1972, the Art Colony Association (ACA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to producing high quality art festivals and events to provide financial support to local non-profit partners. Over the past 40 years, the Art Colony Association, producer of Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park in the spring and Bayou City Art Festival Downtown in the fall, has raised more than $35 million for local non-profit programs. The Festivals are funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. Visit www.bayoucityartfestival.com for more information.
04 3 / 2014
EMERGING SINGER-SONGWRITER ROXANNA TO RELEASE ROMANTIC TAKE OF LIONEL RICHIE’S “HELLO” ON ITUNES MARCH 11
NEW SINGLE MARKS THE 3RD SINGLE RELEASE FROM FORTHCOMING FULL LENGTH DEBUT RELEASE “EXOTICA” SET FOR APRIL 15 2014
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March 4, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Canadian singer-songwriter Roxanna makes a splash departure from her recently released single “Close Your Eyes” to covering a cherished top charting pop song from Lionel Richie’s “Hello.” Roxanna showcases a stunning new approach that is contemporary yet dramatic, resurrecting a love song taking all the right risks.
Joining forces with Mark Portmann, known for working with artists such as Michael Buble and Barbara Streisand, Roxanna has produced a polished and luxurious rich sound with world-renowned trumpeter, Chris Botti. Her sultry vocals blends perfectly with Portmann’s precise piano playing and Botti’s trumpet solo.
As a nurse and as a healer Roxanna is determined to craft every song and lyric to be universally relatable. The light tone of the song is also both dramatic and heart-breaking. Roxanna expresses each lyric to the fullest and listeners will be surprised and instantly understand that she can truly empathize with the classic song.
The enticing introduction of Botti’s trumpet automatically draws you in, following being wrapped in Roxanna’s lush vocals. The song takes you on an emotional journey into a resolution with Roxanna gracefully ending the song repeating “I love you.. I love you..”
Roxanna’s debut album, “Exotica,” will be available April 15, 2014 worldwide and features a string of romantic and flamenco influenced songs including new renditions of The Hollies 1972 hit song, “The Air That I Breathe,” Julio Iglesias’ 1975 hit song “El Amor.”
20 2 / 2014
The Recording Academy®
Will Partner with Themed Cruise
Company Sixthman to Produce Music Festival at Sea
ATLANTA (Feb. 19, 2014) — Hot on the heels of the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, The Recording Academy® (internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards) and marketing and travel company Sixthman are partnering to produce the first GRAMMY® Music Festival at Sea, which will set sail Nov. 4 – 8, 2014, in conjunction with Norwegian Cruise Line, the official cruise line of The Recording Academy. Departing out of Miami on Norwegian Pearl, the GRAMMY® Festival at Sea will offer guests the opportunity to celebrate GRAMMY-winning and/or -nominated women who rock, while sailing to Grand Bahama Island and Nassau. Joining guests at sea will be Shawn Colvin, Estelle, Skylar Grey, Emmylou Harris, Heart, and Indigo Girls, with more artists to be announced throughout 2014.
In addition to all of the activities and entertainment offered aboard the GRAMMY Festival at Sea, guests will take advantage of Norwegian Pearl’s 13 bars and lounges, 19 dining experiences, outdoor pool, hot tubs, expansive spa and fitness center, and so much more. In addition, guests can test their strength on the outdoor rock climbing wall, bowl a few frames in the ship’s bowling alley, or try their luck in the Pearl Club Casino. Norwegian Pearl features a wide range of stateroom categories to fit all lifestyles and budgets, from the perfectly appointed inside staterooms to luxurious penthouse suites in the Haven.
Pre-sale signups for the GRAMMY Festival at Sea: Women Who Rock will begin Feb. 19. Guests wishing to sail onboard this exciting event can reserve their spot for as little as $200 per person for an Interior or Oceanview, and $300 per person for a balcony or suite. This highly anticipated music experience goes on sale to the general public on Feb. 28. For additional information, please visit www.grammyfestivalatsea.com.
Sixthman, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, creates festivals at sea designed to set the stage for moments that make life rock. Since 2001, they have been pioneering themed cruise experiences for bands, brands, and their fans and are proud to be celebrating their 11th year and the accomplishment of executing 56 full ship charters, hosting more than 110,000 guests for more than 500,000 days on vacations at sea with world-class artist and brand partners such as KISS, Kid Rock, John Mayer, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alabama, Train, 311, Zac Brown Band, Lyle Lovett, Barenaked Ladies, Sister Hazel, Turner Classic Movies, VH1, along with engaging festivals such as The Rock Boat and Cayamo. Inc.magazine recognized Sixthman as America’s fastest growing travel company and the 87th fastest growing company across all segments on the Inc. 500 List.
About The Recording Academy
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.
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20 2 / 2014
February 13, 2014, New York, NY…SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK, the venerable and Grammy nominated a cappella ensemble who’ve built a legacy for merging an inimitable and distinct harmonic vocal blend with a veracious commitment to activism, social justice, equality and freedom has announced the launch of the SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK - 40TH ANNIVERSARY: FORTY & FIERCE 2014 year and kicked off their premiere show at the Zellerbach Auditorium at UC Berkeley, CA.
The Berkeley performance kick-offs a West Coast run that also includes performances during Black History month at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, CA, 2/15, the Newmark Theater in Portland, 2/17, and The Triple Door in Seattle, WA, 2/18-19. The ensemble will finish up their initial run of dates with performances at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD on March 1 and as part of the popular Celebrity Series at Symphony Hall in Boston, MA on March 2.
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK has configured two different productions to honor and celebrate their 40th Anniversary throughout the year. The enhanced FORTY & FIERCE production (which is being presented at Zellerbach, Strathmore and Symphony Hall) is their most adventurous live performance presentation to date. It’s their first fully scripted show with a storyline, which is helmed by noted Director/Choreographer Dianne McIntyre. The show fuses a video projected montage of archival images of the ensemble and poignant historical moments that are woven into a scrapbook and retrospective motif that will be synced to some of the musical segments. Throughout the show each member will also share their own intimate personal stories in dialogue and perform influential songs that have highlighted their incredible journey over the past four decades.
The show will feature Sweet Honey’s core members Louise Robinson, Carol Maillard, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil and Shirley Childress (American Sign Interpreter) with special appearances by guest vocalist Navasha Daya, bassist Parker McAllister (acoustic upright and electric bass) and percussionist Samuel Turner. Musically, FORTY & FIERCE will rely on the depth of the ensemble’s varied repertoire and newly arranged medleys and arrangements of some of their classics. Audiences will also be warmed up and treated to a special pre-show presentation entitled SHE-ROCKS 5 RADIO, that will comprise an audio compilation of their most revered songs. The program is hosted by DJ Merk (Epatha Merkerson) and produced by Louise Robinson and Jordon Maillard Ware.
The more intimate format SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK - 40TH ANNIVERSARY features the core group and guest bassist Parker McAllister and incorporates some of the storyline and staging elements of the larger production. However, it will not include the same audio visual and lighting components in intimate spaces such as the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, the Newmark Theater in Portland and The Triple Door in Seattle.
"We’re extremely excited and feel blessed to have experienced and enjoyed such longevity, and we’re very thankful to all our loyal fans who have stood by us all these years," stated Sweet Honey’s Carol Maillard. "They have been the driving force that has fueled all our artistic endeavors, and we’re elated and happy to celebrate and share this special show with our fans and show them why we all feel "FORTY & FIERCE."
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK began creating its’ adventurous and diverse mixture of blues, African, jazz, gospel and R & B music as a quartet in 1973. Formed by Dr. Bernice Reagon (who retired in 2004) the ensemble’s patented sound was honed during a workshop at the D.C Black Repertory Theater Company in Washington, DC. Since that time, they have performed throughout the world, including South Africa, Africa, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, at many of the premiere venues in the United States, released 23 recordings, been featured in documentaries and amassed a distinguished list of honors, awards and accolades.
Last year they successfully launched their first ever fan based fundraising campaign with the Indie Gogo online platform. Funds derived from the campaign have been used to produce the FORTY & FIERCE show. Some of the supporters who made donations were awarded perks including being special guests of Sweet Honey at selected 40th Anniversary Shows. They also toured Europe and Australia, performed at the National Memorial Service for the late Nelson Mandela presented at the National Cathedral in Washington DC and were recipients of distinguished awards by the Search for Common Ground Organization in DC and “The Keeper Of Flame” Award” presented at the national convention and Signature Gala of the Delta Sigma Theta Society in Washington, DC.
In 2012, they performed at the unveiling ceremonies for the Martin Luther King monument on the National Mall. They also debuted their first ever orchestral collaboration, providing the lyrics for composer William Banfield’s “Symphony 10: Affirmations for a New World,” co-commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra (Christoph Eschenbach, Music Director) and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC; the Minnesota Orchestra, (Osmo Vänskä, Music Director); and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Millennium Park, Chicago, released a thought-provoking single and video, “Are We A Nation,” inspired by the controversial immigration law that was enacted in Arizona . The song captured a Gold Songwriter Award from the 27th Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and was featured on an all-star compilation, “Bordersongs,” that raised money for the No More Deaths organization, which provides water and humanitarian aid along the Arizona/Mexico border. Their latest 2-CD set, “A Tribute – Live! Jazz at Lincoln Center,” pays homage to some of the great female African-American vocalists whose songs helped shape the group, including Abbey Lincoln, Odetta, Miriam Makeba, and Nina Simone.
For more information go to: www.sweethoneyintherock.org
18 2 / 2014
LEGENDARY SINGER-SONGWRITER AND PRODUCER BUNNY SIGLER RELEASES NEW MUSIC VIDEO AND RADIO SINGLE “DO THE CALYPSO DANCE” FEBRUARY 18
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February 18, 2014 - Four-time Grammy winning producer/singer/songwriter Bunny Sigler releases a fresh new single that will excite past and present fans. Teaming up with a young Haitian producer, “Do The Calypso Dance” is a breath of fresh air that is the perfect summer-time anthem. The prolific songwriter who produced the “Philly Sound”, excites his audience with this highly anticipated new single continuously showcasing his range of songs.
Infectious and fun, Sigler takes all the right risks with this vibrant song that will catch anyone’s ear. Known to many of his fans and peers as “Mr. Emotion”, Sigler still provides his signature smooth sound and romantic lyrics all still while having fun with this record to release something so different from anything else he has released in the past.
The playful music video for “Do The Calypso Dance” is a perfect blend and partner to the single with Sigler shaking along to choreography to the shimmery single and singing along on the beach.
Bunny has been known for working with a string of acts over the years such as Curtis Mayfield, Barbara Mason, Gamble & Huff, Outkast and even Jay-Z. He continues to evolve as an artist staying in tune to what’s current in order to be a relevant songwriter to continue his long-running career in the music industry.
18 2 / 2014
GIRLS, GUNS & GLORY PERFORM SOLD-OUT SHOWS FOR ‘GOOD LUCK’ BOSTON’S MOST AWARDED BAND HEADS TO AUSTIN FOR SXSW
“The album release shows have been going great,” says singer Ward Hayden. “We just sold out the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Maine and our Boston show at the Sinclair was packed. We’re having such a good time. Our producer Eric ‘Roscoe’ Ambel even joined us onstage in Boston. It was pretty awesome to have him come rock with us. The crowd loved it too,” says singer Ward Hayden.
The foursome, which also includes Paul Dilley on electric and upright bass and piano, Josh Kiggans on drums and percussion, and Chris Hersch on lead guitar and banjo, will take their rock and roll swagger to Austin, Texas for a handful of shows during the famed South by Southwest music conference in March. So far, there are two shows set for March 12: the OPA! Coffee and Wine Bar and G&S Lounge (at midnight), and one on March 15 for the 3rd Coast Party at Giddy Ups. Updates on more shows added in Austin will be announced soon.
14 2 / 2014
ArtistEcard’s Comprehensive Marketing Platform for Artists, Bands and DJs Receives Notable Interest for Mobile Builder Program At MIDEM Conference
February 13, 2014 (Los Angeles, CA) Create/Publish/Engage/Monetize: ArtistEcard’s slogan to musicians and artists is simply that: direct and to the point. While the Internet and social media have evolved into free marketing tools for any brand, company or individual to take advantage of, there are a select few all-inclusive services that capitalize on user-friendly tools for creating an online presence and brand building catering to Artists, Bands & DJs.
The music industry has constantly evolved and artists can no longer rely on album sales alone. Promoting oneself via an online presence is what is expected and needed in order to stay relevant. Setting-up a new release, promoting tour dates or starting a campaign can be a daunting task if you do not have the necessary tools or budget. ArtistEcard aims to change all that with a one-stop / one log in marketing platform for website and EPK development, fan engagement and acquisition, the creation of apps, distribution and an e-commerce solution. All tools which are easy to utilize, with no HTML or coding skills required. The service is free with upgrades starting at eight dollars per month.
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Music, bio, music, news, photos, videos, shows and contact info
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Apps generated an estimated $26 billion in worldwide revenue in 2013, up 44% over 2012, according to Gartner. ArtistEcard Mobile Builder provides clients with the ability to create their own stunning mobile apps for iOS and Android, optimized for mobile devices. Once the user has created a profile, one simply clicks on the Mobile Builder, types in a name for the app with a description and upload an image and a logo. Clicking next, musicians and bands can choose from a number of players and colors and then designate iPhone/ Android or both for use. Once saved, the ArtistEcard Developer account(s) submits the apps to iTunes and/or Google Play for approval. The menu for the apps include; music, bio, videos, photos, shows, news, e-commerce store and more with all content dynamically pulled from the client’s dashboard and pushed to the apps in real time. Apps are included with the Pro Plan or available separately for $8 or 2 for $12. More information and how to use Artistecard’s Mobile Builder can be found at http://bit.ly/1gwmLDI.
Catering to a highly targeted clientele, ArtistEcard is the ideal marketing platform for professional musicians, solo artists, bands, record labels, producers, engineers, managers, DJs, and students focusing on promotion, brand building and fan engagement.
The Company recently attended the MIDEM Conference held annually in Cannes, France where they held a series of successful meetings with digital aggregators, distributors and information technology services. As a member of A2IM, the meetings were held in their exhibition space where the marketing platform was met with great enthusiasm. Numerous digital distributors from around the world showed a keen interest in the Mobile Builder for Apps with intentions of making them available to each respective client base. Immediate future plans are to leverage these newfound relationships into curating additional formidable global marketing B 2 B strategic partnerships.
Headquartered in Chicago, ArtistEcard is a comprehensive marketing platform providing the tools for Artists, Bands and DJs to create, publish, engage and monetize fans. The powerful software platform includes a suite of tools including: HTML5 and EPK builder; Facebook, mobile apps; integration of social media platforms; database management for direct-to-fan engagement; ecommerce store for physical, digital and virtual goods with centralized global fulfillment; world-wide digital distribution; enhanced analytics and support services. The service is free and includes a domain and webhosting while offering established artists’ the ability to use existing domains. The site is available in multiple languages with upgrades starting at $8.00 per month. ArtistEcard allows users to create all of these elements for themselves with no coding or website development skills required. For more information, visit: www.artistecard.com