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.
Artistecard tool features include;
Music, bio, music, news, photos, videos, shows and contact info
HTML5 website development
Facebook, iPhone and Android apps
Website & apps which are optimized for all mobile devices
The ability to sell tickets directly to fans
A domain and webhosting while offering established artists’ the ability to use existing domains
Analytics and Search Engine Optimization
The sales of digital, physical and virtual goods providing the credit card processing (accepting all types of currency) and the pick, pack and ship globally from their centralized warehouse
Content and updates are dynamically pulled from the client console publishing across all platforms
The site is available in multiple languages
Video tutorials and online customer support
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
14 2 / 2014
Vancouver, BC ~ Paul Mercs Concerts is proud to present the following Canadian concert dates for 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Heart. Heart will be bringing their repertoire of hits back to their beloved Canada, and will be joined by special guest Jason Bonham in a sensational finale tribute to Led Zeppelin.
June 14 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
June 15 Quebec City, QC Pavillon de la Jeunesse
June 17 Oshawa, ON General Motors Centre
June 18 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
June 20 Sault Ste. Marie, ON Essar Centre
June 22 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre Theatre
June 23 Regina, SK Brandt Centre-Evraz Place
June 24 Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
June 26 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
June 28 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place
June 29 Victoria, BC Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
Ann & Nancy Wilson first met Jason Bonham, son of famed Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham when they performed “Stairway to Heaven” together at the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Led Zeppelin in December 2012. Over 6 million fans have watched the performance live online and purchased the track on iTunes.
Now, in addition to a full set of Heart classics and hits including Barracuda, Crazy on You and What About Love, fans can experience this historic pairing live when Jason Bonham sits in with Heart to close each show with a mind-blowing finale tribute to Led Zeppelin.
A new Heart DVD/CD featuring songs from their newest album, Fanatic, “Fanatic Live from Caesar’s Colosseum,” which was recorded in Windsor ON, will be released on February 25, 2014.
11 2 / 2014
GOING FOR RADIO ADDS FEBRUARY 18
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“I believe music can heal. I believe music can soothe. I believe music is the language of the heart and soul. I believe you can spin tragedy into beauty.”
(Los Angeles, CA): Canadian singer-songwriter Roxanna is a breath of fresh air emerging with a Latin flair from a cultured background, distinguishing herself from today’s contemporary artists. 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. “Close Your Eyes” provides a snippet of Roxanna’s sultry vocals and artistic style showcased through her anticipated upcoming album Exotica, a seamless, mastered mix of adult contemporary, classic pop, world, and a taste of flamenco which will be released in April.
“Close Your Eyes” takes you on a personal journey of an empathetic story, with her accompanied music video. Featuring a minimal backdrop, the direction perfectly fits with the dramatic storyline and emotional lyrics. Proving that this single can already be a classic ballad, Roxanna’s heartfelt message is strongly emphasized by the elegance of her beautiful vocals. Just from the first few bars of music, you’ll be mystified by the music inviting you to continue to listen to this story she is singing to you.
“Written by Lindy Robbins and Mark Portmann, their words really spoke to me and my previous career being a nurse, “Til your worries are melting away… and your dreams come carry you far from sorrow…I’ll be here til the sunrise… you’re stronger than you ever knew before.” It sends the same message I would tell my patients that 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 is determined to craft every song and lyric as relatable to whomever will take a listen. It was her patients and her mother who inspired her to pursue music and gave her the desire to heal people. Roxanna wants to spread love through romance songs and her stories. Relating with every lyric especially as a nurse and as a healer, it still can connect with anyone who has gone through tough times, fought back and have become a stronger people as a result of any hardships and obstacles that life has thrown at them.
“I believe “Close Your Eyes” can relate to many people who have lost loved ones or losing their hope. When people are listening to the lyrics I’d like them to know they are not alone. I wish to heal them with this song.”
With plans for a full-length debut CD release, “Exotica” will be available worldwide featuring 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,” and Lionel Richie’s 1984 smash hit, “Hello,” which will be premiering soon on smooth jazz radio stations across the United States.
04 2 / 2014
THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM’S ALL FOR THE HALL FUNDRAISER RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES ON MARCH 4
Country Music Hall of Fame Members Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Members Heart and Grammy Award-Winning Artist Jason Mraz Set to Perform at Club Nokia; Rita Wilson to Host the Event
Table Seating on Sale Now,
Balcony Tickets on Sale on Friday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m. PST
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s All for the Hall fundraiser will return to Los Angeles for the first time in nearly three years. The event, which will take place on Tuesday, March 4, at Club Nokia, will again follow a “guitar pull” format, featuring performances by Country Music Hall of Fame members Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Heart and Grammy Award-winning artist Jason Mraz. Acclaimed actress/singer/film producer Rita Wilson will host the event.
The evening offers a unique opportunity to see these acclaimed singer-songwriters interact with one another as they take turns swapping songs, stories and personal recollections. With Gill and Harris anchoring the lineup, new special guests each year ensure that the event is always one-of-a-kind; past participants include Jason Aldean, Gregg Allman, Zac Brown, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin, Levon Helm, Chris Isaak, Kris Kristofferson, Pat Monahan, Lionel Richie, Taylor Swift, Dwight Yoakam and more.
The “guitar pull” is a Nashville specialty; it originated in the homes of Nashville songwriters who gathered to try out new compositions for their peers. Nashville’s most storied guitar pulls were hosted by Johnny and June Carter Cash. The hallmarks of a great guitar pull are spontaneity and camaraderie.
The museum launched All for the Hall, its first-ever non-bricks-and-mortar fundraising campaign, in 2005. The campaign addresses the museum’s need for long-term financial security and will provide a safety net for the institution and its work. This is the seventh year the museum has taken its “annual giving” event on the road, hosting previous All for the Hall events in New York in 2007, 2008 and 2013, and in Los Angeles in 2009-11.
“California, with its rich country music history, has proven to be a supremely appropriate and welcoming location for this event,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “In fact, some of the state’s contributions to our genre are the subject of our very popular limited-engagement exhibition, The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country, whose run we’ve extended through the end of 2014. Los Angeles has always given our All for the Hall event a very warm welcome, and we look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones in March.”
Last year’s event, held at the Best Buy Theater in New York City, featured performances by Gill and Harris, Jason Aldean, Gregg Allman, Rodney Crowell, Ashley Monroe, Pat Monahan and Joan Osborne. CMT’s Jim Allen wrote that “the evening was about the inspiration of the moment….Whether it was Gill digging into ‘Ring of Fire’ in honor of Johnny Cash’s birthday (joined by Harris and Crowell) or Aldean pitching in on both Allman’s ‘Midnight Rider’ and Monahan’s Train smash ‘Drops of Jupiter,’ the artists were more concerned with following their noses than following a script.”
All for the Hall Los Angeles patrons are offered their choice of VIP tables of 10 for $25,000 or $10,000. Individual VIP tickets are available at $1,000 per seat. At these ticket levels, a cocktail reception and dinner will precede the guitar pull. A full list of VIP table and ticket levels and benefits can be found on countrymusichalloffame.org/afthla. To purchase tickets or for more information, patrons may contact Rachel Shapiro at email@example.com or telephone (615) 416-2069.
Additionally, tickets for balcony seating (for the performance only) will go on sale on Friday, January 31, at 10:00 a.m. PST. Tickets, priced at $125, $95 $65 and $49.50, plus applicable fees, can be purchased via AXS.com or from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mon. – Fri. at the STAPLES Center Box Office. The box office is located at 1111 S. Figueroa Street. Also, the Club Nokia Box Office is open for sales beginning at 5 p.m. on show days only.
All for the Hall Los Angeles is chaired by BMI President and CEO Del Bryant and produced by CAA’s Rod Essig, Vector Management’s Ken Levitan and BMI’s Jody Williams. The event is made possible by the generosity of AEG Live and Club Nokia.
About the Performers
One of the industry’s most popular and most recorded singers, superstar Vince Gill is a triple threat known for his spellbinding vocals, emotionally powerful songwriting and world-class guitar-playing. Gill achieved his big breakthrough with “When I Call Your Name,” which won the Country Music Association’s Single of the Year Award in 1990. Since then, he has won 17 more CMA honors. Gill has received 20 Grammy Awards, sold more than 26 million albums, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. He is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Additionally, he is a member of the Grammy-nominated the Time Jumpers; Rounder Records released the band’s first studio album last year. Gill’s high, pure tenor voice and unerring sense of harmony have caused dozens of artists—from Reba McEntire to Dolly Parton—to embrace him as a duet partner. Gill has established himself as one of the most successful guitarists of his generation. Combining a deep knowledge of bluegrass and classic country with the fire of ’60s rock, Gill has earned a place next to his musical heroes.
Emmylou Harris is a 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient whose career spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008, she remains an inspiration to new generations of artists. Harris’ most recent album, a collaboration with Rodney Crowell, Old Yellow Moon, was released in 2013. In addition to music, Harris is a champion of many humanitarian causes, including landmine removal and animal rescue.
The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Ann and Nancy Wilson and their band, Heart, have sold more than 35 million albums and become part of the soundtrack of American life. The band stormed the charts in the ’70s with hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda” and “Straight On,” and dominated the airwaves throughout the ’80s and early ’90s with smashes like “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “What About Love,” “Never” and more. The sisters have also achieved significant success as individuals: Ann’s hits include “Almost Paradise” from Footloose and “Surrender to Me” from Tequila Sunrise, while Nancy composed and performed the scores to a half dozen motion pictures including the award-winning films Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous. In September 2012, Ann and Nancy released their first-ever memoir (Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock and Roll).
Jason Mraz has quietly amassed a youthful, diverse and vibrant global fan-base. His critically acclaimed live performances have propelled him from the San Diego coffeehouse circuit to amphitheaters, arenas, festivals and stadiums all over the world. Among other accolades, Mraz has won two major GRAMMY® Awards, a People’s Choice award and the Hal David Songwriter Hall Of Fame Award. He is among the most gifted and beloved artists of the modern era, making pop history with his record-breaking single, “I’m Yours,” which remained on the Billboard 100 longer than any other song in history. His releases have earned platinum and multi-platinum certifications in more than 20 countries. Moreover, the San Diego-based troubadour has proven a diverse creative presence, enjoying collaborations with Zac Brown, Crosby Stills & Nash, Hunter Hayes, Travie McCoy and others. A dedicated surfer, farmer-gardener, filmmaker and photographer, Mraz is first and foremost a committed global citizen. His impassioned social activism and philanthropic efforts span wide-ranging environmental advocacy and ardent support for LGBT equality. His global activism includes participating in a rescue mission to Ghana with Free the Slaves, and an internationally broadcast live performance in Myanmar to 70,000 people to bring awareness to human trafficking with MTV Exit. Through it all, Mraz continually confirms and celebrates music’s myriad forms and miraculous power, inspiring and delighting fans around the world.
Rita Wilson is well known as an accomplished actress (Sleepless in Seattle, It’s Complicated) and film producer (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Mamma Mia!), but few may be aware that her early show biz ambitions were actually musical. Born and raised in the Hollywood Hills, Wilson harbored dreams of becoming a singer in the ’60s and ’70s after falling in love with the Beatles, the Supremes, the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and Joni Mitchell, among many others. Wilson achieved her dream in May of 2012 with the Decca Records release of her debut album, AM/FM, an intimate, elegant and beautifully sung collection of classics from the ’60s and ’70s that, taken together, make up the soundtrack to her life. She chose songs for the album that resonated with her emotionally, achieving an album that is an extremely personal endeavor. The New York Times called it a “charming, nostalgic throwback to the soft rock of Los Angeles” and Rolling Stone said Wilson “has an expressive denim and suede soprano.”
About the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.
04 2 / 2014
LAP STEEL GUITARIST MICHAEL BARRY-REC RELEASES NEW ALBUM “CONTINUUM” FEBRUARY 18 FEATURING GEORGE WINSTON ON FIRST SINGLE “SANCTUM”
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(Los Angeles): For lap steel guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Michael Barry-Rec, his third full-length release, Continuum, produced a fresh new sound that emerged from his incredible experience at Montrose Recording Studio in Richmond, Virginia.
All previous releases were drawn out over a relatively long period, while Continuum flowed organically for a surprisingly quick recording process. “Although the songs themselves came through and surfaced as life experience allowed, the studio time itself was quite focused (but) with breath! It was the environment and all involved that kept the creative doors open and the magic bouncing off the walls!” Michael recalls.
Continuum showcases Michael’s progression and limitless artistry for his love for the lap steel guitar. Seamlessly blending everything from rock, folk, Americana, and blues, with an ambient sensibility, listeners get a taste of a well-rounded album of intelligent variations. Precise melodic execution from his fine acoustic and lap steel delivery make Continuum a solid and infectious new release. Featuring special guest contributions from George Winston on lead single “Sanctum” and bassist JD Foster who has toured with Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, and Dwight Yoakam.
From intimate simplicity to soulful dynamics, this thirteen track, well-crafted, instrumental album exposes a passionate, mature artist setting his sights for the stars!