Music and Recording Industry
Keyboardist Kevin Toney to Perform Sizzling Summer ‘California Concerts’ in August with Jazz Trio The Kevin Toney 3
LOS ANGELES, Calif., Aug. 2, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Keyboard wizard Kevin Toney is about to kick the temperature up in August several more degrees with a series of exciting “California Concerts.” With the July 24 release of his classical jazz concept album “New American Suite” by his new trio, The Kevin Toney 3, the acclaimed pianist will be showcased at The Ultimate Jazz Festival in Ontario, Calif. on August 5, followed at the end of the month by the official CD launch party/concert at Vitello’s in Studio City.
With compositions such as “Spacious Skies,” “E Pluribus Unum” and a dynamic new arrangement of Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” Toney’s “New American Suite” is a richly inspired salute to the new forward thinking spirit of America that blends traditional acoustic jazz trio music with the compositional expanse of classical movements. The Kevin Toney 3 features Michael Bradford on bass and Chris Coleman on drums.
“These performances represent the new (KT3) and the vintage (Blackbyrds) and is the culmination of my journey in music!” says Kevin Toney.
Concert Dates for The Kevin Toney 3:
August 5: Ontario, Calif. / Kevin Toney 3 – Ultimate Jazz Festival.
August 25: Los Angeles, Calif. / Kevin Toney 3 – CD Release Event at Vitello’s.
Kevin Toney first came to prominence as a founding member of the pioneering `70s soul-jazz band The Blackbyrds, a group assembled under jazz legend and educator Dr. Donald Byrd that enjoyed major hits that include the Grammy(R)-nominated “Walking in Rhythm,” “Rock Creek Park” and “Soft and Easy.” Toney has reassembled saxophonist Allan Barnes and guitarist Orville Saunders and fleshed them out with others including daughter Dominique Toney on lead vocals and second keyboards.
The Blackbyrds will be sharing the opening night of the Long Beach Jazz Festival with The Isley Brothers on Friday August 10, followed by a Saturday/Sunday stand at Yoshi’s in Oakland on August 11-12, and an encore engagement at Morongo Casino (near Palm Springs) on Friday, August 17.
Concert Dates for The Blackbyrds:
August 10: Long Beach, Calif. / The Blackbyrds – Long Beach Jazz Festival.
August 11 & 12: Oakland, Calif. / The Blackbyrds – Yoshi’s.
August 17: Palm Springs, Calif. / The Blackbyrds – Morongo Casino.
Kevin Toney 3 – “The New American Suite” CD in Stores Now!
More information online: http://www.kevintoney.com/
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Racial Profiling, Trayvon Martin Death Inspires New Single by Word-Soul Artist LadyBoss-Amanishakhete
PORTLAND, Ore., May 1, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Trayvon Martin murder may have grabbed national headlines over the course of 45 days, but it appears to have died down despite racial profiling and stand-your-ground, taunting black males daily. This travesty amid today’s hate-based politics inspires the release of LadyBoss-Amanishakhete’s (A-ma-ni-sha-kete) new single: “Murder 2012.”
LadyBoss, who recently added the name “Amanishakhete” to her stage persona, says that “Murder 2012″ is bold with music and lyrics guaranteed to stir up a variety of emotions. Boss explains that while recording her vocals for the song, she felt enraged as well as sadness.
“This song could be considered controversial and may even anger people,” says Boss. “But the truth I speak through my lyrics need to be at the top of everyone’s mind,” Boss adds.
LadyBoss produced “Murder 2012″ in cooperation with Portland Hip Hop Artist Anuff who composed the music. Anuff also composed the music and co-wrote the lyrics for Boss’s 2011 album “Epiphany of Lady,” currently being sold online at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon.com, Amazon MP3, Last.fm and other major online retailers. As of May 1, Murder 2012 will also be downloadable from CD Baby (http://cdbaby.com/cd/ladybossamanishakhete) and soon at iTunes and other online retailers.
“People should definitely buy a copy as a reminder of Trayvon and all the issues that have come up,” says Hip Hop Artist Anuff. “Murder 2012 will cause you to think.”
To hear “Murder 2012″ visit: CD Baby, Indie Charts, IMRadio or Jango Radio. You can also hear “Murder 2012″ at http://www.Ladyboss-neosoul.me . Later this month visit the Ms. Lenora Channel on YouTube to view the “Murder 2012″ video.
About LadyBoss LLC:
Established in 2011, LadyBoss LLC is a limited liability company that represents the LadyBoss-Amanishakhete (A-ma-ni-sha-kete) brand. LadyBoss added the stage persona Amanishakhete, a name that is synonymous with the Nubian Queen Amanishakheto – which means motherhood of beauty and love – who ruled Nubia from 10 BC to 1 AD. Queen Amanishakheto was known as a great warrior and woman of great wealth.
LadyBoss, who sees herself as a warrior for humanity, recently redefined the term Boss (for herself) to mean ruler of oneself rather than in the traditional sense. Essentially, LadyBoss-Amanishakhete defines her name to mean “ruler of oneself through beauty and love.” Such is the mission of LadyBoss LLC which is to “Inspire humanity through the heart and soul of a woman.”
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LOS ANGELES, Calif., May 1, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Proving once again that country musicians find songs in many places, Sandra Piller (www.sandrapiller.com) reached back to a nineteen sixty-seven album by legendary rock band, The Doors, recording a new version of their hit, “Love Me Two Times.”
Appearing originally on the “Strange Days” album, the composition was written by all four members of The Doors, Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and John Densmore. Piller’s version joins other recordings of the song, including interpretations by Aerosmith, Joan Jett, and George Winston.
In discussing why she selected the tune, Piller explained, “I really enjoy it when a song has a strong storytelling aspect,” she said, “plus, there is passion in the song and I relate to that.”
Piller’s record label, Shady Hill Records, had not planned on doing a video to accompany the new recording, but that didn’t stop Piller’s fan club, which stepped forward to make one. The club, which calls itself The Wild Bunch, created the video and made it available on YouTube.
In the song’s lyrics, the singer repeats the refrain, “I’m going away,” which prompted the video makers to feature numerous sequences of travel, including planes, trains, buses, taxis, trucks, and even walking. While the story of the song does not specify the reason for leaving, members of The Doors said the song was about a soldier or sailor with his girlfriend on his last day before leaving to go overseas to war.
This is the fourth fan-produced video for Piller, and joins two official videos for songs from her most recent album, “Days Like These.” The song and her albums are now available on iTunes and the Shady Hill Records site (www.shadyhillrecords.com).
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Sandra Piller is heard on a new country version of “Love Me Two Times,” a song by legendary rock band The Doors. A video for the song has been created by Piller’s fan club.
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MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., April 25, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Environmental education nonprofit Grades of Green has announced its annual awards and green fundraising evening, VERTE, will be held at the LEED Gold-certified Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, Calif. on April 27th from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. The evening will feature singer/songwriter, Gregory Alan Isakov, sharing his lyrical hit, “3am,” featured on the hit series “Brothers and Sisters.”
VERTE, which translates to green in many languages, was created to recognize environmental champions who have grown a local program in just two years to reach over 66,000 students in over 100 schools across 19 states, Canada and Australia. The event, now in its second year, will also raise money and awareness for Grades of Green’s vision to make environmental protection second nature in young minds.
Environmental advocate and former educator, Ranae DeSantis, will be honored for her unwavering support of Grades of Green and the environment. Grades of Green will also honor Wells Fargo for bringing Grades of Green’s program to numerous inner-city schools and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County for sponsoring a Trash Free Lunch Challenge that will result in 10,000 bags of trash being diverted from landfills annually.
JD Roth, executive producer of ABC Daytime’s “The Revolution,” as well as long-running television series “The Biggest Loser” and “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” will host the evening’s festivities. Grades of Green students and educators will provide live demonstrations at “Eco-Stations” that highlight Grades of Green key programs, such as In-Class Composting, Trash Free Lunches, and Walk to School Wednesdays, and will explain how guests can take Grades of Green’s free and easy to use templates to bring to their own schools.
“The impact Grades of Green has had on our school is profound,” stated Dawnyell Goolsby, principal of Warren Lane Elementary. “Since launching Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch activity, our school has reduced the number of lunch time trash bags from eight to four. Its educational activities are also teaching our students how to compost, which will reduce the number of trash bags even more!”
For more information on the event, or to purchase a ticket, go to https://gradesofgreen.ejoinme.org/?tabid=339232 .
About Grades of Green:
Grades of Green is an international nonprofit 501(c)3 that provides parents, students and educators with free instruction on its website. Anyone wanting to implement sustainability programs can register their school online – at no cost – to get tips and measure their success on reducing trash, emissions, harmful classroom chemicals, plus dozens of other ways to help the environment. Grades of Green has been honored with many awards, including the U.S. EPA’s prestigious Environmental Award. The nonprofit is growing rapidly, with over 66,000 students enrolled across 19 states and Canada and Australia, including many low-income schools.
Additionally, Grades of Green recently partnered with Republic Services to provide environmental education on recycling and composting to nearly 1,100 schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District. Grades of Green’s goal is simple – to enroll thousands of schools with millions of kids- all caring for the environment and collectively making a difference.
For more information, please go to http://www.gradesofgreen.org .
LOS ANGELES, Calif., April 9, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Whether you call it publicity, media relations or hype, everybody needs it and John Scott G has been providing it for a decade. “Just by visiting the Internet, you have been influenced by our work,” states the head of G-Man Marketing (www.gmanmarketing.com). “We create and publish media announcements, press alerts, video messaging, social networking communication, and what I call ghost marketing.”
The concept of “ghost marketing” is not new, G admits. “In addition to books I’ve ghost-written, some of my most effective work has been behind-the-scenes, writing or contributing to articles or in disseminating items for others to post. Clients, especially artists, don’t have time to continually look for these opportunities online, but it’s one of the things we do. It’s time-consuming, but there’s a definite payoff if you keep at it.”
Current clients of G-Man Marketing include Shady Hill Records’ country artist Sandra Piller. “This is a terrific account because of the variety of great songs Sandra performs,” G states. “She works with writer/producer Jane Bach (hits with Reba McEntire and Jo Dee Messina among others) and there are videos of Sandra doing songs by The Doors and Fleetwood Mac. Her cool country version of ‘Love Me Two Times’ is a trip!”
Within the past year, G has worked with Larisa Stow, Robin Hood Music, Golosio Publishing, Goodnight Kiss Music, Anisound Mixing/Mastering, FookMovie, Phil Hatten Design, Carnyville, Bella Swan Bass Society (BSBS), and Paula Franceschi. “We’re starting on a Christian music video for ‘Amazed by the Light that is You,’ a new area for us.”
The sounds of BSBS are in a series of humorous commercials airing during the Sheena Metal programs on the LATalkRadio network. The spots are for non-existent products called “Androyx,” like an Androyx energy drink and an Androyx phone (“Forget 3G, 4G or 5G, Androyx offers 157G!”).
G and G-Man Marketing have created work for Verizon Wireless, Goodyear, Auto Club, General Dynamics, Shakey’s Pizza, Toyota of Orange, and more. In addition, G collaborated with Doug Colosio, Scott Joss and Merle Haggard to write “Bad Actor,” a song on Haggard’s “I Am What I Am” album.
“I love spreading the word for music, products, speeches, and events,” G says. “This work is exciting and gratifying, which makes it fulfilling to start every day!”
Learn more at: http://www.gmanmarketing.com .
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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. and LONDON, U.K., Feb. 25, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP.com) president Tess Taylor leads a delegation of creative music executives from New York to London this week for meetings to create new opportunities for music whose uses contribute to the national economies of the United States, the United Kingdom and world culture.
While in London the group will be featured at four music acquisition sessions for global brand and advertising campaigns, and meet with music organizations and government agencies, including the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), the Association of Independent Music (AIM) and the Music Publisher’s Association (MPA), which work to promote and strengthen the protection of Intellectual property rights.
NARIP brings music supervisors from two leading multi-national advertising agencies, Ryan Fitch (Music Producer for Saatchi & Saatchi North America) and Jessica Dierauer (Executive Producer of Music and Creative Content for Young & Rubicam), to London to conduct a series of educational programs for the British music industry. These programs create an opportunity to develop relationships and encourage the use of British music in American national and global advertising campaigns.
Last year’s London sessions with Hollywood music supervisors Andrea von Foerster (Grey’s Anatomy, Chronicle, 500 Days of Summer) and Chris Mollere (Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars) sold out.
Seeking Music For Global Advertising Campaigns:
Fitch and Dierauer actively seek music for current advertising campaigns, and music publishers, record company executives, personal managers and others will present to them in London for consideration. Such music placements generate licensing fees and public performance royalties to their creators and owners, stimulate CD and digital sales, increase consumer awareness and media interest, and can provide an important vehicle for developing new artists to recognition and success.
“We have created a new access point that wasn’t available before,” says Tess Taylor President of NARIP and creator of its Music Supervisor Sessions. “Our sessions have sold out in four cities and yielded multiple placements for participants including in the #1 box office film Chronicle, True Blood, Dexter, Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23! and more.”
Two of NARIP’s Music Supervisor Sessions in London next week are SOLD OUT, more dates added:
- Feb 27 with Fitch – JUST ADDED;
- Feb 27 with Dierauer – JUST ADDED;
- Feb 28 with Dierauer – SOLD OUT;
- Fen 28 with Fitch – SOLD OUT.
“British music has always enthralled me,” says Fitch. “From Led Zeppelin and the Who to Dubstep, I always try to be aware of new music trends from the Mother Country before they become mainstream here in the States. I look forward to meeting people in London who can help me discover new sounds for my projects!”
“England has always been a musical goldmine,” says Dierauer. “The best bands hail from there, and I always keep my ear open to what’s going on across the pond. Current favorites include Metronomy, PJ Harvey, SBTRKT, Summer Camp, Still Corners and WU LYF.”
NARIP promotes education, career advancement and good will among record executives. Based in Los Angeles, NARIP has chapters in New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, Phoenix, Houston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and London, and reaches 100,000+ people in the music industries globally.
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