December 4, 2012
AMERICAN IDOL FINALIST COLTON DIXON RELEASES HIS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM
“A MESSENGER” JANUARY 29, 2013 ON EMI-CMG/SPARROW RECORDS
Dixon Scores Two First Week #1’s in Christian & Gospel Digital Sales For Debut Single
“You Are” and “Never Gone”
(Nashville, TN)—Set to release his inspiring powerhouse debut album A Messenger on January 29, 2013 on EMI-CMG/Sparrow Records, American Idol Season 11 finalist COLTON DIXON is already a chart-topping artist via the recording’s two lead singles, “Never Gone” and “You Are”—both of which were released in the fall of 2012.
Heard by more than 360, 000 on last summer’s American Idol Live Tour across the U.S., the multi-talented singer/songwriter’s uplifting power ballad “Never Gone”—produced by multi-platinum selling production trio Red Decibel--was an immediate hit digital single, selling 21,000 units its first week and heading straight to #1 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel singles chart, Billboard’s Christian Digital Songs, and Christian/Gospel Digital Songs charts. Written after the whirlwind Idol experience, during which Colton found it easy to lose sight of his spiritual center, the track’s instant success put Colton in unique company: he and Jennifer Hudson are the only 7th place finalists in Idol history to reach #1 on a Billboard chart.
Colton’s performance of “Never Gone” on the tour marked the first time an Idol contestant has performed an original song (that he co-wrote) on the annual Idol tour.
“You Are,” Colton’s subsequent debut radio single, also hit #1 its first week on the iTunes Christian & Gospel singles chart, Billboard’s Christian Digital Songs, and Christian/Gospel Digital Songs charts. The fiery anthem was selected as USA Today’s Song of the Week upon its digital release October 30. Though Colton’s goal as an artist is more about touching people’s lives through his music than achieving impressive out of the box stats, The Hollywood Reporter reported that he is only the third American Idol alum to achieve the top position on the Christian/Gospel Digital Songs chart—following
Kris Allen’s “Live Like We’re Dying” and Carrie Underwood’s “How Great Thou Art.”
Both singles are currently available on both iTunes and Amazon.
Boldly declaring the infinite power of God in our lives, Colton penned “You Are” to lift the spirits of a close friend contemplating suicide. The singer’s healing and heartfelt lyrics are universal in their power to bring light out of darkness: “When I can’t find the words/To say how much it hurts/You are the healing in my heart…You are the light that’s in the dark … And when my circumstance leaves me with empty hands/ You are the provider of my needs…”
The power of these lyrics is one example of how Colton embodies the collection’s title concept of A Messenger, which comes from a favorite scripture about a messenger never being greater than the one who sent him. The title also comes from the name of the Christian rock band the singer fronted for several years in his late teens in his hometown of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In the years before Colton went after his dreams on American Idol, Messenger led worship at his current church (New Vision Baptist Church) while also performing original material doing various gigs around the Nashville area.
Colton describes A Messenger as “a good way for me to put things in perspective in terms of my personal faith. To make sure people realize, that while I am sharing honest emotions and experiences based on this, I’m just playing the role of messenger and putting God first.”
The collection will feature 11 pop/rock tracks that showcase the singer’s trademark balance of vocal tenderness and intensity, his energetic piano playing and, above all, a sense of hope and inspiration. Colton worked with a notable team of writers and producers which includes: Red Decibel, the team of Adam Watts, Andy Dodd and Gannin Arnold (Kelly Clarkson, Jeremy Camp, Switchfoot), who co-wrote “Never Gone,” “Shape Of Your Love” and “In and Out of Time” with Colton; mega-producer Busbee (Daughtry, P!nk, Switchfoot, Smash Mouth, Keith Urban), who co-wrote “You Are” (with Colton and Colton’s friend, Jared Martin) and the dramatic, theatrical “Noise”; renowned Nashville based songwriter Zac Maloy (Daughtry, Plain White T’s, Carrie Underwood), who penned the power anthem “I’ll Be The Light” with Colton and Dave Bassett (Shinedown), co-writer of “This Is Who I Am.”
Colton wrote “Where My Heart Goes” with top gospel writer/producer David Garcia (whose credits include former Idol contestant and fellow EMI CMG artist, Mandisa) and Ben Glover, named ASCAP’s Christian Songwriter of the Year for 2012. The stripped down, acoustic driven “Let Them See You” was written by Scotty Wilbanks, touring keyboardist of Third Day.
In support of his new EMI-CMG/Sparrow Records album, Colton will be touring as a special guest with Third Day, starting February 21, 2013.
SOUTHERN CAL BASED HUSBAND AND WIFE
DUO BRUCE AND CHRISTINA BALDWIN—
COLLECTIVELY KNOWN AS ASCENT—SHARE
THEIR ‘SECRETS OF FLIGHT’ WITH AN ECLECTIC
FULL LENGTH SET THAT IS “PART ORGANIC,
Continuing the celebration of their beautiful and creatively exciting and fruitful rock and roll love story that began nearly 15 years ago, Southern California based husband and wife duo Bruce and Christina Baldwin—collectively known to their ever-growing fan base under the artist name Ascent—share their eclectic Secrets of Flight on a new full length collection that perfectly captures their evolving aesthetic.
Fully living up to and embracing their bold tag line “Listen and be changed forever,” Ascent on these 11 tracks blends the pop sensibilities of Christina (lead vocals, lyrics) and the progressive rock and jazz influences of Bruce (acoustic and electric guitars, bass, acoustic and electronic drums,, songwriter, composer) in an expansive, genre busting wrap of acoustic beauty, electronic textures, melodic simplicity and orchestral complexity. One of the keys to the rich emotional connections the duo creates is Bruce’s ability to compose music without restraint, opening the way for insightful lyrics (by him and Christina) and unique melodic arrangements behind her poignant and emotional vocals.
Both Secrets of Flight and their previous acoustic recording Extravagant Turmoil tap into all of the emotions that define our humanity--beauty, tragedy, triumph and sorrow—with no holds barred. Their personal relationship also adds uniqueness to the way they create music together. Because they live together, they’re able to work on music anytime and have dedicated two rooms in their home for music making purposes. One is a typical band room that contains acoustic and electronic drums, a PA, guitar amp, mic stands, a vocal effect pedal and a homemade effects board they affectionately call BESSIE (“Baldwin Elite System of Synchronized Integrated Effects”).
Fortunately, as Christina points out, “Our neighbors are very kind and tolerant of our musical noise. In fact, they have commented on how great our practices are and how great a drummer Bruce is.” Ascent can find numerous extended neighbors, friends and fans all over Southern California who have heard them perform in a wide variety of settings, from coffeehouses in Orange and Los Angeles counties to such hotspot club venues like The Dakota Lounge in Santa Monica and the House of Blues in Anaheim as part of Warfest.
While the name Ascent is inspired by the fascination with birds, flight, technology and the yearning of the spirit for something more, their logo (a crow who is part organic, part mechanical) reflects the unique mix of sounds in their current approach to recording and performing. Christina adds, “The band name and the logo both reflect our part organic, part machine essence as we are part organic (my vocals) and part machine, including Bruce’s use of a HandSonic, aWave Drum, looping pedals, electronic orchestration software, etc.”
The key track that sums up their working and romantic relationship is the edgy and rumbling yet ambient pop-rocker “Adaptation,” whose lyrics—which flow like a chronicle of their individual lives and what each brought to the relationship--Christina wrote as an anniversary present to Bruce during a lean time when she couldn’t afford to buy a material gift. Four lines say it all: “We are a testament. We are sacred. We are the amorous. We are splendor.” One of the most progressive rock leaning tunes is Bruce’s clever “Talking In Circles,” which reflects on the corporate world where everybody is talking loud but saying little of value. The lilting, emotionally revealing “Indigo” is one of Christina’s shining moments, as she sings words of reality and encouragement for a friend who was diagnoses with MS several years ago. “She’s going through a difficult time, but she’s still beautiful,” the singer says. “Act of Grace” is similarly powerful, about a friend of a friend who took her own life.
“Bruce and I have been happily married since 2006, but we’ve been a couple since 1998,” Christina adds “We know each other’s passions, quirks, pain points, and needs. We nurture one another and support each other during trials and celebrate together when successes are achieved. We understand each other instinctively. We know what each other are capable of, so we push each other to achieve something even better. There is a high level of respect for what one another bring to the band.”
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TEEN POP SENSATION ALANA LEE—WHOSE DEBUT SINGLE AND
VIDEO “BUTTERFLIES” SCORED OVER
12 MILLION VIEWS ON YOUTUBE—
SET TO HEADLINE AT SUMMERFEST 25 IN
BREA, CALIFORNIA SATURDAY JUNE 2
The Orange County, California Based Artist Has Just Released
Her Third Single, “This Is Me,” To iTunes
Emerging teen pop sensation Alana Lee (www.alanaleemusic.net) may still feel some “Butterflies”—her debut single and video which snagged over 12 million views on YouTube—but she’s ready to share the stage with a batch of iconic pop music powerhouses at the upcoming 25th Summerfest in Brea, California.
Alana performs on Saturday, June 2 (the middle day of the three day weekend event) at 3 p.m. Other performers at this year’s festival include Starship, Rick Derringer, Bobby Kimball (original lead singer of Toto), Skip Martin (from Dazz Band and Kool & The Gang) and the tribute bands DSB (Journey), Bostyx (Boston and Styx) and Creedence Clearwater Revisited.
Previous Summerfest headliners include Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield, Eddie Money, The Pointer Sisters, Peter Frampton, Sugar Ray and The Commodores.
Alana has also just released “This Is Me,” her infectious third single, to iTunes. The video can be viewed at
Her previous singles include “Butterflies” and its follow-up “Synchronize.”
Alana kicked off 2012 with a coveted artist profile in the New! Discover & Uncover section of Clear Channel’s iheartradio.com, visited by millions of music seeking fans each month.
Among her latest media appearances is an interview with A Teen View. Alana is also planning to attend Rockin A Cure, a third annual fundraising event for cystic fibrosis, at The Vault Orange County in Orange, California on Saturday, May 5.
Alana recently appeared on Young Icons—a nationally syndicated television program about young people changing the world, produced by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios. The songstress also earned two 2011 Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) nominations including Best Pop Song for “Synchronize” and Best Music Video for “Butterflies.”
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GREG LONDON’S CAREER COMES FULL CIRCLE!
AFTER TWO YEARS ROCKIN’ THE RIVIERA AND LVH
IN LAS VEGAS, THE SINGER AND MASTER MUSICAL IMPRESSIONIST
HOSTS THE 2012 HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARDS (HMMA)
NOVEMBER 15 AT THE FONDA THEATRE
The Two Time Nevada Magazine “Entertainer Of The Year” (2009, 2011)
Won An HMMA In 2009 For His Recording of “Everything I Own” And
Was Nominated Two Years Later for “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself”
Fresh from conquering Reno and most recently Las Vegas, Greg London (www.gregorylondon.com) is ready to rock L.A. as the main host of the 2012 Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA), set for Thursday, November 15 at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood.
The powerhouse vocalist, recording artist and master musical impressionist is a renowned presence at the HMMAs, winning for Best Adult Contemporary Song (“Everything I Own”) in 2009 and receiving a nomination in the same category for his original tune “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself” in 2011.
“I’m very excited and honored to be asked host the HMMAs, which have been a very important part of my life and career these past few years,” says London. “The opportunity to do so truly means I have come full circle. I’ve had the opportunity to perform in London’s West End, achieve my dream of being a headliner in Vegas and now return to Los Angeles, where I can jump start my recording career after a little time away.
“What I like about being the host of the show and not simply a guest host,” he adds, “is the challenge of bringing a smoothness and seamlessness to the awards ceremony, while adding some entertainment value between awards and performances. I’m good at keeping things interesting, and that is my goal in hosting the show this year.”
London assumes his duties during a unique and exciting transitional time in his career. After two years receiving rave reviews (and designation by Nevada Magazine as “Entertainer of the Year” in 2011) for his “Impressions That Rock!” show at the Riviera and later the LVH (Las Vegas Hotel, formerly the Las Vegas Hilton), he chose not to renew his contract. Since May, the multi-talented entertainer has performed at private events everywhere from Los Angeles to Paris (he owns a castle in Bordeaux!) and headlined on The Gem and The Dawn, two crown jewels of the Norwegian Cruise Line.
As London contemplates his next big career move, he is enjoying the opportunity to headline in onboard showrooms whose ensembles include big horn sections that bring him back to his musical roots as a trumpet player.
In addition to performing a show that blends “singing as Greg” with a segment featuring his trademark musical impressions (Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, Johnny Cash, etc.), London’s “artist in residence” status with NCL includes the opportunity to do meet and greets and host talks for 40-70 fans each week. Performing for the first time in years with a brass section has inspired some new creative directions for London as a recording artist, and he is currently connecting with various arrangers and collaborators to help create a “style that’s more old school with a cutting edge—and with a hot horn section.”
London’s Las Vegas show took his former show ICONMAN and refashioned it as a dynamic culmination of his long and incredible journey, where a man in his youth hears a singular guitar and heads out on his own Hero’s Journey. The ever-developing concept (presented as “chapters” with each new imagining) was created by London and written in the classic literary format of “The Hero's Journey,” with theater director David Taylor (“Cats”) and London playwright Paul Miller. At the end of 2009 London garnered a “Best Impersonation” credit by Rolling Stone Contributing Editor David Wild, in The Huffington Post for his spot-on take of Ozzy Osbourne performing a duet with Kermit The Frog. In 2009, Greg London’s ICONMAN was voted “Best Show of Northern Nevada” by Nevada Magazine. The Asian Times London proclaimed The ICONS (the original version of the show in London) as “The West End’s First Smash of 2007.” The Sacramento Bee called it “The Show of the Year” for 2007-2008.
As a recording artist, the singer’s version of “Everything I Own” was the highest charting new artist release and highest charting release on an independent label (airplay charts) of 2009. London scored back to back Top 5 singles on the FMQB Adult Contemporary Radio Chart with covers of Bread’s “Everything I Own” and Little River Band’s “Cool Change.” London also made Music Connection Magazine’s list of Hot 100 Artists of 2009.
In 2008, he appeared in the independent film “The Dukes,” playing a member of a washed up doo-wop group that turns, comically, to a life of crime. His cohorts are Chazz Palmenteri, two time Academy Award nominee Peter Bogdanovich and renowned character actor Robert Davi (“Die Hard,” “Profiler”), who wrote, directed and co-produced the film.
“I’ve been writing a lot of new songs lately, and definitely want to start recording again and see where that takes me next,” says London. “For now, I’m happy living a great life, doing private functions and feeling like an island in the middle of the ocean, bringing joy to people I otherwise would never have had the opportunity to meet. I’m a believer in God and the Universe and have faith that everything will work out the way it is supposed to for me. I’m excited about the opportunities heading my way, beginning with hosting the HMMAs next month.”
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WORLD OF ARTS SHOWCASE ANNOUNCES EIGHT
NEW ARTIST PARTICIPANTS
The Entertainment Capital of the World Becomes A Visual
Arts Mecca With the Debut of this Event at The Wynn Las Vegas
December 20-22, 2012
Bringing to the Las Vegas Strip a long overdue celebration of the visual arts and artists, the World of Art Showcase is holding its inaugural event (www.worldofartshowcase.com) at the Wynn Las Vegas December 20-22, 2012.
WOAS is pleased to announce the addition of eight new artists to the event.
Receiving First Honors in the Portrait Society of America’s 2011 International Portrait Competition as well as certificate of excellence the previous year, former graphic designer Casey Childs (www.caseychilds.com) has received notoriety and recognition for his work nationwide and is collected both publicly and privately.
Cuban-American Cesar Santos (www.santocesar.com) studied at Miami Dade College and the New World School of the Arts before traveling to Florence, where he rained at the Angel Academy of Art under the tutelage of Michael John Angel, a student of Pietro Annigoni. He has been the recipient of numerous accolades including a first place award in a competition sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Lauri Blank’s (www.blankstudio.com) sense of “Romantic Figuratism” brings a sense of peace and reflection to the modern day world. Having appeared on numerous magazine covers, Blank in 2002 was selected as the artist for the Grammy Awards; her “Post 911” Grammy work symbolized the patriotism of a nation blended with our love of music.
Exhibited widely across the U.S. and many international exhibitions in Europe, Leon Oks (www.leonoks.com) is able to retrieve the sweetness and ignore the bitterness of his years in the Ukraine, under suffocating Soviet bureaucracy. The women in his paintings are vessels of creative power and span the range of human emotions—she is Nature, Mother, Joy, Sorrow and Struggle.
Marcelo Daldoce, who once studied and lived at the Nucleo de Arte art school in Brazil, began his career as an intern in an illustration and design studio before working in advertising agencies. For six years, he worked from his own illustration studio, Macacolandia, with three partners.
English artist Mario Parga, Executive Director of WOAS, is known equally for his virtuoso guitar music (www.marioparga.com) and his twenty five years as a painter (www.marioparga-art.com) specializing in portraiture, figurative, landscapes and still lifes in the contemporary and classical realism styles. He has painted numerous high profile portraits for private collections around the world, painted murals (including all the murals at Chingle Hall, England, build in 1260 AD, as featured on a BBC documentary), exhibited with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Pall Mall Galleries of London and had one of his Old Master copies (Bouguereau) auctioned by world renowned fine art auctioneers Bonham’s of London. Mario is a member of the Portrait Society of America.
After graduating in 2002 with a BFA in illustration from Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City native Ryan S. Brown (www.ryansbrownart.com) furthered his education by attending the Florence Academy of Art (FAA) in Italy. In addition to teaching at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art between 2004-2006 and opening up his studio to students for several years, he was the top award winner of the John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship in 2004; won a Fellowship to the Hudson River School for Landscape; and won “Best Painting of the Year” at the Florence Academy of Art in 2007 as well as the President’s Award. Ryan has recently been on the faculty of the First Annual Plein Air Conference in Las Vegas in 2012, as well as the Portrait Society of America Conference in Philadelphia in 2012.
In 2005, Southern California native Tony Pro—who received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from Cal State Northridge and studied with famed illustrator Glen Orbik, was awarded the highly coveted Best of Show award at the 14th Annual Oil Painters of America Show. That year, Pro, a signature member of the California Art Club as well as an honorary member of ACOPAL and an adjunct professor of art at Cal Lutheran University, was one of the Top Ten finalists of the Portrait Society of America show in Washington, DC.
The groundbreaking vision of David Goldstein, COO of Jerry's Artarama—the world's most loved art material supply company—the World of Art Showcase (WOAS) is very much a cause to reestablish the arts to their rightful place within society. It is an exclusive show for professional artists from across the U.S. and around the world to sell their art and make important personal connections with art buyers, collectors and galleries.
Fashioned as a harmonized presentation of the finest original contemporary paintings, the exhibition is fast establishing itself as a world class cultural event. Its primary goal is to promote the most talented contemporary painters in America, with work ranging from classical to modern.
Collectors are encouraged to view, compare and reserve favorite paintings on the World of Art Showcase online gallery, and then later at the show meet the artists/galleries who painted/represent the works and make purchases directly from them. The show is also open to potential art collectors and general visitors who may have thought about investing in art but need guidance. Goldstein and Parga see this as a completely new way of viewing and buying art, reflecting the start of a completely new age for the arts
Goldstein, a passionate art collector, and Parga, a musician, professional artist and Las Vegas resident, chose the Wynn Resort as their desired venue for WOAS for its amazing style and luxurious atmosphere as well as owner Steve Wynn's reputation as one of the world's top 10 private art collectors.
The prestigious presentation of artwork on display in the two vast ballrooms at the Wynn is the centerpiece of a multi-faceted three-day "Celebration of the Senses” that includes live music, dance, boutique bourbon, fine wines, handmade chocolates, pastries, gourmet food and culinary arts.
IT’S ANOTHER CONTEMPORARY JAZZ HOME RUN FOR
PROJECT GRAND SLAM, WHICH FOLLOWS THEIR CRITICALLY
ACCLAIMED DEBUT PLAY WITH THE JOYFULLY
MELODIC AND GROOVING ‘SPRING DANCE’
Proceeds From The Lead Single, An R&B/Jazz Cover of
“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” Go To Victims of
Child Abuse In the Wake of the Penn State and Syracuse Scandals
When is the last time a jazz ensemble named after the nefarious scheme of a James Bond villain packed such a solidly melodic and grooving punch?
Project Grand Slam, named by bassist Robert Miller after “Goldfinger”’s plan to steal gold from Fort Knox, may just be the first—and he, Gilad Ronan (saxophones, flute) and Ron Thaler (drums/percussion) are up to plenty of melodic and grooving mischief this summer on Spring Dance, their explosive new album on Cakewalk Records.
The collection’s lead single is a passionate R&B-jazz cover of The Hollies’ inspirational classic “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” sung by powerhouse New Zealand based vocalist Joye Hennessey. The track, released in late 2011, is dedicated to the victims of child abuse, relating to the recent scandals that were occurring at Penn State University and Syracuse University at the time.
The horrifying news at Penn State broke shortly after Project Grand Slam completed the recording of Spring Dance. The title “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” came from the motto of Father Flanagan’s Boys Town charity, which was created in the early 1900s to help disadvantaged and abused children.
Realizing that the song’s message of support for victims was consistent with Penn State’s healing efforts following the scandal, Miller decided to donate the proceeds from the track to young victims of sexual abuse. The track was endorsed by numerous victims rights groups and cross marketed as a paid download on the websites of many organizations dedicated to this noble cause.
“Joye did an incredible job in the song, almost like Mariah Carey doing jazz!” says Miller.
Produced by Thaler, the eclectic nine-track collection is the follow-up release to
PGS’ critically acclaimed 2008 debut Play which included the Top 20 jazz radio hit “The Captain Of Her Heart” (sung by Judie Tzuke). Five of the tracks from Play, along with the band itself, were prominently featured in an episode of the NBC TV series “Lipstick Jungle,” starring Brooke Shields. PGS did several live performances at clubs in NYC in addition to a charity show for the Ronald McDonald House.
Because original PGS member, keyboardist Haim Cotton, was unavailable to play on the album, Miller invited Mike Eckroth, longtime pianist and keyboardist for guitar legend John Scofield, and alto saxman Danny Lerman to complement the core trio. Considering that Thaler (who Miller tapped to produce Spring Dance) lives in New Zealand and Ronen resides in his native Israel, there were numerous logistical challenges to getting the band together. But after a few days of rehearsal, the new lineup of PGS convened in the studio and nailed the basic tracks in a week, with most songs done in two or three takes. After some overdubs, Justin Smith was brought in to sweeten some of the tracks with strings.
Each of the principals of Project Grand Slam brings a uniquely eclectic musical background to the mix. Robert Miller’s debut project Child’s Play (Wildcat Records) included performances by Randy Brecker, Jon Lucien and Anton Fig; his follow up Prisoners of Love was released on 32 Records, a label Miller founded with famed pop producer Joel Dorn (Roberta Flack, Bette Midler) that became famous in the late 90s for a series of “Jazz For…” compilation recordings (Jazz For a Rainy Afternoon, Jazz For The Quiet Time, etc.) featuring artists from the old Muse recording label that rose high on the Billboard Jazz charts and sold a total of over one million units. His band, The Robert Miller Group, played every major New York area club, graduating to the national festival circuit where they appeared with artists like Bruce Hornsby, Bela Fleck and Kenny Barron.
Having played on or produced more than 75 albums, Ron Thaler’s list of credits ranscend strict genre categorization: Al Di Meola, Hiram Bullock, Sarah McLachlan, Alicia Keys, Ashley Simpson, Debbie Gibson, Rob Thomas and Taj Mahal. Ron has also released three solo albums: …Works featuring Ray Anderson, Rufus Reid and Adam Rogers; Grain, spotlighting guitar great Mike Stern; and Jazzed & Confused: The Led Zep Project including DJ Logic, Dweezil Zappa, and Hendrick Meurkens.
An accomplished master woodwind multi-instrumentalist and composer, Gilad Ronen has has recorded for numerous Hollywood films such as “Anchorman” and “Raise Your Voice” and the ABC series “Eyes.” Gilad has also worked with living jazz legends Herbie Hancock, Jack De Johnette, Brian Blade, Dianne Reeves, Kenny Barron and others.
“The essence of where we are as a group and where I am personally in my life is encapsulated in the title of the album and the upbeat vibe of the title track,” says Miller, who penned five of the nine tracks. “It’s a feel good kind of piece with an uplifting melody, funky beat and elements of my jazz fusion background. We’re not a smooth jazz group and we’re not a hard bebop group. We’re all about strong melodies and great playing, and we’re fine with however listeners choose to define it. What excites me most is the way my friends who are not jazz fans per se are embracing the album.”
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR PETER STRAUB
—A MASTER OF HORROR WHOSE MOST RECENT NOVEL
‘A DARK MATTER’ WAS RELEASED IN 2010----WILL BE A GUEST
OF HONOR AT THE SEVENTH ANNUAL KILLER NASHVILLE
The Internationally Attended Conference Focusing On Crime, Mystery,
Thriller and Suspense Literature Takes Place August 23-26
At the Hutton Hotel In Downtown Nashville
Killer Nashville (www.killernashville.com), the premier conference for mystery, thriller and crime fiction authors and fans, is pleased to announce New York Times bestselling author and multiple award winning master of horror Peter Straub as one of its three guests of honor at its seventh annual event, which takes place August 23-26, 2012 at the Hutton Hotel in Downtown Nashville.
“We’re dedicated to assisting writers in developing a greater understanding of the craft of the mystery, thriller, suspense, true crime dramas and horror fiction, and Mr. Straub is renowned for setting a very high standard in many of these arenas,” says Killer Nashville founder Clay Stafford, an international bestselling author himself, who has also worked in the film industry for years as a writer, director, producer and actor.
Peter Straub is the author of more than 17 novels, several poetry and short story collections, seven novellas, and a collection of nonfiction essays. Most famous for his work in the horror genre, he has also received acclaim for his poems, literary novels, and thrillers. His numerous literary awards include including the Bram Stoker Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the International Horror Guild Award.
Straub's first novel, Marriages, was published in 1973, but it was his fifth, the national bestseller Ghost Story, that made him a household name. Stephen King called it “one of the best horror novels of the latter half of the 20th century.” And later collaborated with Straub on two fantasy novels: The Talisman and its sequel, Black House. Straub also edited H. P. Lovecraft: Tales. His most recent thriller, A Dark Matter, was released in February, 2010.
“It is very exciting to be participating in Killer Nashville, and I look forward to it very eagerly,” says Straub.
Held the fourth full weekend of every August, the event opened with 70 guests from the immediate region and has grown to attract over 500 people, including budding writers, authors, editor, publishers and fans from throughout the U.S., Canada, the UK and Italy.
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IMAGINE YOU HAVE ONE HOUR TO FIND THE ANTIDOTE OR
“ONE HOUR TO DIE: YOU HAVE ALL BEEN POISONED,”
ONE OF THE LATEST RELEASES BY CHEMICAL BURN,
THE HORROR AND GORE DIVISION OF REALITY FILMS,
WAS PRAISED BY HAUNTED MAGAZINE FOR TAKING
“THE STRANGERS” TO A COMPLETELY NEW LEVEL
You’re enjoying a fun filled gathering filled with fun and friends—when suddenly, you realize that everyone’s been poisoned! You have 60 minutes to live – or die. What will you do?
That’s the explosive premise of One Hour To Die: You Have All Been Poisoned, a powerful new 80 minute film from Chemical Burn—the horror and gore division of cutting edge multi-media powerhouse Reality Entertainment (www.reality-entertainment.com), which retails for $19.95.
Haunted Magazine praised the UK production for “taking The Strangers to a completely new level.”
Everything starts out innocently enough. A group of close friends hold a surprise birthday party for their priest in the English countryside. A fun and relaxing gathering of friends slowly exposes hidden secrets and lies resulting in some awkward moments during the affair. Opening his final birthday card, the priest is met with a deadly message: you have all been poisoned. You have one hour to die. At first laughing it off, one by one, each partygoer begins to show signs of poisoning as the rest of the group searches frantically for the anti dote in a disturbing and shocking sequence of events that will leave you speechless.
One Hour To Die explores the complexity of the human condition and the underlying darkness that we all possess, reminding us that our next door neighbor could be a serial killer. Shot in one take with a group of talented UK players, this film (starring Melanie Denholme of Lady in the Dark and Paranormal Haunting) is designed to deeply touch your psyche.
Over the past few years, the parent company of Reality Entertainment launched Chemical Burn (www.chemicalburn.org), a new film division for true life horror and gore films and other types of titles that are challenging and provocative but are beyond the scope of Reality Films’ subject matters.
Chemical Burn’s YouTube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/chemicalburndotorg) has nearly 400,000 video views to date. Like Reality, Chemical Burn releases two titles a month.
Creating works that fascinate, intrigue, scare and taunt us with invitations to enter realms and possibilities about the universe, Reality Entertainment is a world renowned producer of mind bending, cutting edge films by world class authors, researchers and experts from across the globe.
SHOWING THEIR AGE AND VAST MUSICAL
EXPERIENCE PROUDLY, THE SIX BAY AREA
GUYS WHO CLAIM ‘WE ARE THE LAST MEN ON
EARTH’ MIX FOLK, POP, AMERICANA AND
JAZZ IN THEIR QUEST FOR A ‘GIRL NAMED NEVER’
Killian MacGeraghty, frontman for the joyfully schizophrenic new band We Are The Last Men on Earth, is one of those lucky veteran musicians who’s just about done it all. The San Francisco based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, piano, drums, you name it) played Lollapalooza with one band; inspired many local groups and played the legendary Fillmore three times as frontman and “ringmaster” of the popular collective the Gun and Doll Show; was featured in Maxim, Playboy, SF Chronicle and Performer Magazine and once made the cover of Bam.
Older now, slightly wiser and more refined, yet as adventurous as ever musically, Killian and his crew of five Bay Area Stalwarts stir up an original mix of folk, pop, Americana, jazz and smooth romantic horns mantic horns on their eclectic 11 track debut Girl Named Never. As Killian, Stephen Junca (drums percussion), Bobby Todd (double bass, trumpet), Morty Okin (trumpet, flugelhorn), Johannes Mager (trombone) and Art Khu (trombone) see it, they’re a band made up of men making a cool sound (drawing from a bunch of different genres) for women. Along the way, they spill some of their dark secrets that all women should take note of as they listen to these quirky, intriguing and provocative songs.
Killian’s many years of live performances creates a built in theatricality driven by what he calls “the power of the mic.” We Are The Last Men on Earth’s regular SF haunts include Slim’s and Café du Nord. The band did a sold out show at Bottom of the Hill for their CD release party and will be headlining a party for the vinyl release of Girl Named Never at The Lost Church on July 21. While they cite joint influences like Elvis Costello, Neil Young and Todd Rundgren, the key to understanding what makes this band tick is, as reviewer Matthew Warnock wrote in his 4.5/5 star review, a “focus on strong songwriting rather than remaining within a musical box. The result is a strong record, one that will appeal to fans of many different genres of modern music.”
If the chemistry between the members of We Are The Last Men on Earth is not exactly a match made in heaven, it’s probably the most unexpected result a musician like Killian could have achieved with his quirky ad on Craigs List in 2007. It read like this: “WANTED: Romantic men with romantic instruments for romantic band. Starting up a brand new band from San Francisco. Men only need apply. Genre is opposite of rap music. Acoustic instruments only. You must play much better than I do. Please contact Killian. Thanks. (sorry girls)” It only took two hours from the time Killian placed the ad for the band to take shape. Craigs List later took the ad down for being sexist, but the glorious damage was done.
The romantic vibe isn’t always too lovey dovey, but it’s there in some form from the get go, starting with the dreamy, slightly melancholy, horn tinged opener “Sad Skinny Girls”—a tune in which Killian asks himself why he’s always attracted to a similar type, which puts him situations as uncomfortable as “wearing someone else’s underwear.” The jazzy, New Orleans styled piano and horn driven romp “Catch And Release” is all about girls who snag you before you can resist, only to let you go unceremoniously. In some ways, this is merciful; it’s a playful song, but a dark warning just the same. “Devil Inside,” the moody, ambient ballad with subdued vocals and subtle horns that closes the set, is pure confessional pop in which Killian reveals his truest, darkest heart and the creeping cynicism that leads him to declare that “I just don’t believe in love anymore.”
The band’s unique moniker reflects a rare kind of creative and personal camaraderie. “We all have gotten so close,” says Killian. “Everyone needs friends in their lives they can hang out with and just be themselves and let it go. It’s not uncommon when we get together to hear us talk like drunken sailors! The funny thing is, while we love making music together, when we hang out socially, we talk about everything but music. The important thing is how we treat each other. As for our sound, I think good things evolve when you’re honest about making music. We never set out to be original. We just try to be good.”
Talking about Girl Named Never, bassist Bobby Todd adds whimsically: “Not even love can save us—and truth is, it never could. Aww shucks, there are also some happy songs too. Every cloud has a silver lining, which kinda explains our hair color when you stop to think about it.”
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MULTI-TALENTED PERFORMER KRISTINA KORBAN
KEEPS IT IN THE HOUSE WHILE SOARING TO THE
HEAVENS WITH HER EXPLOSIVE NEW SINGLE
“FIYACRAKA”—A CO-WRITE WITH GRAMMY
NOMINATED DJ/PRODUCER DAVE AUDE
Korban, Whose Debut Dance Single “This Is Your Night” Was
A Sensation On Both Sides of the Pond and A Top 15 Hit On
The Official DJ Times Dance Chart, Recently Performed
Both Songs at the Miss Mexico Pageant
Kristina Korban’s career is exploding--literally, figuratively and musically--as the multi-talented singer, songwriter and performer follows the U.S. and U.K. success of her debut single “This Is Your Night” with a powerhouse dance track whose title says it all: “Fiyacraka.”
The soon to be released single, an infectiously soulful tune that Korban describes as the “perfect mix of emotion, attitude and playfulness,” was penned by Korban, Luciana, Nick Clow and Grammy nominated DJ/producer Dave Aude, who also produced the original mix of the track. Aude’s house music and dance resume includes everyone from U2, Korn, will.i.am and Barenaked Ladies to The Pussycat Dolls, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce.
Earlier this year, Korban rocked the dance/house music world with her debut single “This Is Your Night”—also on Dauman Music—which caused a stir on both sides of the Atlantic, rising to #15 on the commercial pop charts in the UK’s Music Week and reaching #14 on the Official DJ Times Dance Chart.
Among other accolades, “This Is Your Night” was on power rotation for Dance Factory FM 92.5, 92.7 and 99.7 in Chicago and Party 105 in Long Island.
“As a brand new emerging artist, it was exciting to see how many people responded positively and how many stations were playing the song,” says Korban. “There’s a lot of momentum now, but ‘This is Your Night’ was a remake of a 90s dance hit by Amber and I wanted to step it up by writing a fresh original song. I had the great fortune of hooking up with Dave through someone on my team and we really vibed well together in the studio. We knew the goal was to create a song that was upbeat, fun and that would be great to dance to.
“Luciana and Nick joined us and we started throwing out ideas around some cool beats that Dave came up with. As funny as it sounds, I was in the bathroom and I overheard one of them say something that sounded to me like the word ‘firecracker.’ I’m not sure they really said it, but we all agreed it was a great concept. It’s a great word to describe not only the physical object but also a personality trait and what happens sometimes when two people have amazing chemistry together. It’s a pop house track about being out, having fun and finding that special person who can ‘light me up.’ It’s like I’m this ‘Fiyacracka’ about to explode.”
Korban recently had the opportunity to perform both “This Is Your Night” and “Fiyacracka” at the Miss Mexico Pageant (an even whose winner goes on to compete for Miss Universe), which was televised throughout that country. She has also headlined several club dates in her adopted hometown of Los Angeles.
Born in Kiev, Korban moved to New York with her parents at age three and lived there seven years before returning to the Ukraine for her adolescence and teen years. While cultivating her photography skills via her favorite toy, a Polaroid camera, she was a born performer putting on shows for family gatherings from an early age, singing, dancing, acting and even doing magic shows. In the Ukraine, she was a member of two major dance groups, including Todes, which toured throughout Eastern Europe and incorporated everything from ballet to jazz and hip hop; the other, My Way, was a hip-hop upstart at the time and has since developed into a huge company. Later at Pepperdine, she participated in the University’s annual Dance In Flight production, choreographing and performing hip-hop.
Renowned for her quick wit, Hollywood glam and curious girl next door vibe, Korban’s passion for perfection and deep need for self-expression have driven her success as a recording artist, dancer, model, actress and producer.
“I’ve always been comfortable performing onstage,” she says, “and I’m really looking forward to getting out doing more live shows. My immediate musical goal is to have a #1 single and hit the Billboard charts, and I’m excited to be on the road towards that level of success. I never want to be thought of as one who spreads herself too thin, but rather a multi-faceted artist who integrates my passions and always strives to be the best at everything I do. It’s fun being so busy doing all the things I’ve ever dreamed of doing.”
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HEY LAS VEGAS--TIME TO GET FAST AND FURIOUS!
MULTI FACETED AUTOMOTIVE MECCA HOT ROD CITY, HOME
TO THE WORLD FAMOUS DEZER COLLECTION AND LAS
VEGAS CHOPPERS AND TATTOO PARLOR, CELEBRATES
ITS GRAND OPENING SATURDAY MAY 12, FROM 10-5
The Multi-Faceted Facility’s Classic Car and Motorcycle Dealership Is Run
By the “Mayor of Hot Rod City,” Steve Levesque
Car nuts, bikers, automotive adventurers and anyone in Las Vegas fascinated by unique attractions off the beaten path—5115 Dean Martin Drive, just South of Tropicana off the 15 Freeway, to be exact—are invited to the Hot Rod City Hangout, a fun for all ages open house celebrating the long-awaited grand opening of the city’s dynamic new car and motorcycle Mecca, Hot Rod City (www.hotrodcitylasvegas.com)
The event, set Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will include a drive in cool car and bike Show; beer, BBQ and bands (including XXXXX); a live broadcast on KOOL 102.3 FM; Biker Babes and Hot Rod Chicks ready to pose with your ride (bring your cameras!).
The crown jewel of Hot Rod City is The Dezer Collection (www.dezercollection.com), which since opening in early 2011, has become a dynamic must see part of the ever happening retro and custom car culture in Las Vegas. It became so popular that it quickly expanded from its initial 5,000 to a 25,000 square foot space.
A classic car and scooter collector since the 70s, Michael Dezer has accumulated hundreds of vehicles and thousands of pieces of memorabilia. He is currently nearing completion of a 200,000 square foot museum in Sunny Isles, Florida (conveniently located between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale) to showcase the original Dezer Collection, which displays over 600 of his vehicles.
The Dezer Collection of Las Vegas features some of the most popular vehicles in Dezer’s extensive collection. Many of these are film and TV icons, including the “Beverly Hillbillies” jalopy, the Mercedes from “The Hangover,” the “Back To The Future” DeLorean, KITT (the talking Trans Am from “Knight Rider,” the Harley that Arnold Schwarzenegger rode in “The Terminator” films, the Dragula (Grandpa Munster’s hot rod coffin on wheels), the “General Lee” Dodge Charger from “Dukes of Hazard,” the “Robocop” police car and tuner cars from the “Fast and the Furious” films.
Hot Rod City also houses a variety of automotive businesses, including Las Vegas Choppers & Tatoo Parlor (www.lasvegaschoppers.com), known as the best place to buy or rent a chopper and get a tattoo! The company boasts the best custom choppers in the industry and offers the only custom chopper rentals service in the city. Adventurous customers can take a Las Vegas Choppers tour on the open road with an experienced tour guide, who will show them the side of Vegas only seen in the movies. Las Vegas Choppers also builds American Custom Choppers.
Hot Rod City also has exotic and custom car/motorcycle sales & rentals, customizers, body shops, mechanics, paint shops, fabricators, car restorers, upholstery shops, etc. A limited number of spaces for automotive related businesses are currently available for lease. For further information, please contact: Jack Gedon at (702) 739- 7434.
The honorary “Mayor of Hot Rod City” is veteran entertainment publicist and marketing expert Steve Levesque, a resident of Las Vegas who is also an avid car and motorcycle aficionado and collector. Levesque also runs the Hot Rod City Classic Car Dealership. Publicity for The Dezer Collection and Hot Rod City is handled by Luck Media & Motors, a branch of his Las Vegas and Los Angeles based firm Luck Media & Marketing.