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STEEL WOOL

Featuring Tim Mueller as songwriter, lead vocalist and guitar player; TR Kelley on bass and vocals, Nel Applegate on mbira, djembe, percussion and vocals, and Randy Hamme on drums, this Eugene, Oregon band moves the heart and soul with stories of truth and joy and love and loss, and catches fire with three part harmonies, the haunting mbira, inventive bass lines, danceable grooves and world beat percussion.
"STEEL WOOL takes you on a new journey through real life as they perform all-original folk-rock incorporating elements of funk, classic rock, and traditional Zimbabwean music.
From rich harmony on "My Country Fair", to the danceable drum and djembe drive on "Rainbow", to tender love songs like "All the Love in the World" (the title of their new CD), this show will get you on your feet and into your heart!"

Take a listen to "Steel Wool" at their website.



Phil Casagrande

From Starlite Records to Atlantic Records and now his own smooth compositions featuring his newest album out called Manhattan Vibe.
This producer, composer, keyboardist has worked with the likes of Jessica Cleeves from P-funk to Paula Anderson, Atlantic Records recording artist.
Working out of Casagrande Studios in New York where he was born and raised, he has played various instruments including bass, guitar and drums.
He received a Jazz degree from the Westchester Conservatory of Music at the age of 21, and had his first Billboard Charted song at the age of 25.
The Manhattan Vibe Album is currently being played nationwide. Two songs off the album has already charted. Manhattan Vibe and Tropical Breeze. Producer, arranger. keyboardist and programmer is currently working on a new Cd due out this summer.

Get a sneak peak or rather listen to Phil's new releases on his website.



Mark Gerrard



Unsigned singer/songwriter & jazz/blues pianist requires production support for 4/5 albums (written & ready to go) - I am looking for producers & musicians who are interested in my compositions & maybe up for building a core band. I am also looking to find a 'Musical Director' - a George Martin-type senior producer who would work alongside me in the studio. Such a person would ideally have an address book of musicians who would help me bring my work to life preferably including a capability to produce fully-scored orchestral arrangements.
I write on subjects few other songwriters will touch - Am an ex-lawyer passionately motivated to write by the manifest injustices which exist around us - Zimbabwe, global warming, phoney politicians, internet scammers, drone strikes, abortion & Iraq have all been recent song topics - plus many others - I have also put classic works of literature by Lord Byron & William Blake to music.
To date I have a portfolio of 137 original songs composed on piano in many eclectic styles including blues, rock, jazz, R&B, country rock & ragtime; am also interested in licensing/publishing my material as well as performing myself..:-) Currently am fortunate enough to be no 1 on the ReverbNation UK national blues chart - since July 2013.
My first songs went online in Jan 2010 & since then my 17 track playlist (recorded in a bedroom on zero budget) has produced 9 webchart number 1 songs to date on 4 different charts.

Please take a listen to an artist with emotion and a plan to bring a conscience to music and if you happen to be a producer give him a call!



Svend Undseth


Neon Jazz Connection is the third release in Neon Jazz series. The album feature the same musicians as on the first two CD's: The Neon Jazz Collection 2007 Neon Jazz Continuous 2011
We hope this firecracker of an instrumental album will delight and inspire you to take part in the energy and joy of this music. Funky rhythms, rock guitar solos, captivating ballads, inspired horns and playful arrangements characterize this collection. Enjoy the experience of diving into the multilayered detail of these intricate tracks.
Svend Undseth started his musical career in the early 1970s. He has worked within a wide spectrum of music genres. Music for film and ballet, classical flute music, multimedia, rock and folk, but the Jazz Fusion element of his music has been the underlying thread through his musical activity over the decades. His first solo album, Grenseland, was released by Polygram Nordisc in 1980 and later came Windshave with visual music in 1990.

Listen to Svend on his website.



SISTA MARYBETH


Sista Marybeth is a very successful songwriter/singer/guitarist based out of New York City. Her music is a blend of soulful R & B, jazz and pop that has been enjoyed by fans from the world over. Her interest in music began at the age of 8 and grew expedientially through the years. She studied music at The New School of the Arts in Greenwich Village and credits her powerful voice to the teachings of Don Lawrence of New York who has worked with incredible artists such as Christina Aguilera, Mick Jagger, Bon Jovi and others.
Sista Marybeth's talents are vast and versatile. In the late 80's she appeared on Star Search and has worked with greats such as Paul Simon, Belinda Carlyle and Mavis Staples of The Staples Singers. Other great accomplishments and accolades include:
  • "Schoolgirl" - a 4 woman, accapella group capturing the 1950's DooWop style and the 60's Black Soul
  • MB and the Most Valuable Brothers R & B revue in NYC
  • Blue Eyed Soul featuring all original music - Country, Folk and Blues in NYC
  • "NOOVOODOO" an original project where she teamed up with accomplished drummer, Jimmy Daniel in NYC
  • Was part of a world beat style band which fused pop and R & B with Haitian and Afro-Cuban rhythms

Her first album release was in 1995 titled "NOOVOODOO Holylands" which contained a menagerie of cultural songs that captured the body of work and soul of Sista Marybeth. Her life in New York City has had a major influence on her and has shaped who she has become today.
In 2011 Sista Marybeth released her second project "'Bout that time” with single "Love needs a fool" leading the way. This single is raw in its delivery. It's emotional, vulnerable and stripped down revealing the essence of who she truly is. Those who listen truly relate. She sings from her heart and audiences love it. Her vocals are intense and passionate and are the core of the back rhythms that created this song. It is without a doubt a master, designed to provoke thought, feel emotion and to simply enjoy what is being played out before them.
Both albums are currently available both digitally and physically and can be purchased at digital storefront.
Sista Marybeth is currently in Southern Florida working on her latest project creating beautiful music for fans to enjoy.

Come and Listen to "Sista Marybeth" at Reverbnation.


Ed Roman


In May 2011, Ed released his solo venture, Oracles and Ice Cream, and has never looked back. It is 22 tracks that are an amazing marvel of songwriting wizardry, prodigious performances and contagious energy, with the mystery and magic of a lucid, tantalizing dream. The music both traverses and convenes broad music styles into the consummate collective of penetrating rhythms and canyon-wide harmonic explorations, glazed with lyrics that are both poignant and whimsical.
Now, in 2014, with Letters from High Latitudes, Ed Roman has done it again, creating an earthy, funky and magical mix of music to seduce the listeners’ ears! An accomplished musican, Ed performs 90 percent of the instruments on his album, recording drums, bass, guitars, organ, vocals and even sitar! The sound is rounded out with help from some of the top Canadian session musicians like Dave Patel on drums (Sass Jordan) and Mike Freedman on electric guitars (Tia Brazda.) Sit back, get mellow and listen to this truly skillful musician weave a tapestry of enchantment from an eclectic fabric of musical styles.
One can never get too comfortable however, as Ed will undoubtedly prompt the listener to examine their world and stimulate them to make it better! Ed asks us everyone to glimpse the world from his vantage point, offering up his vision and sometimes helping to point out the areas that need tidying. Like the janitor of conscience, he'll frequently show the cobwebs and sweep the dirt from the corners of one’s perspective. The listener is left uplifted, invigorated and enriched by dewy new jewels of insight and permeated by a mosaic of musical mayhem. Funky, ethereal, grungy, luscious, rowdy, serene, provocative, clever, insightful and uniquely exhilarating, Ed Roman's marvelous musings drop dollops of tasteful delight through our ears to our hearts. You can't help but dance. You can't help but smile.

So for some really creative lyrics and music with a smooth flow go listen to Ed on Reverbnation.



Antony Venneri


I am a songwriter, poet, recording artist with international experience. Originally from Italy, I write both italian and english songs but prefered to write and and perform in english and so I moved to Los Angeles, New Orleans and Dublin where I lived and played live music succesfully for a long time.
My songs are deep and poetic and just like my poems can touch people hearts and souls no matter where they come from, or what their age, religion or social class are.
I receive great comments on my youtube channel www.youtube.com/kingoftheairmusic and I love all the aspects of music and I put the same amount of passion, fun and love in writing, recording and performing my songs.

Listen to Anthony on his website.



Jon MacLaren


MacLaren has been a long time musician on the east coast of the US playing for various bands and events. Last year, on a dare, he wrote a jingle for a local Cajun restaurant. It was a Zydeco tune that got rave reviews from the establishment and its patronage. That sparked the original rock/pop collection called Rodney Avenue released in June of 2012. In writing Rodney Avenue, some fifty currently unreleased songs were also written and recorded. After some soul searching, songwriting has turned out to be the most attractive part of the music for MacLaren. He calls this first collection of songs a warm up for what comes next.
What comes next you ask? MacLaren has reached out across the globe to collaborate with other artists on electronic dance songs like You've Got a Way and Country songs like You're Still Beautiful to Me as posted on Soundcloud. Other material currently in production includes Italian wedding tunes, ukulele based songs, rock, pop and house music as well as variations in between. It's going to get interesting.

McLaren's style is unique but reminescient of seventies AOR but you decide on his Soundcloud page.



Melanie Taylor


Melanie Taylor is a two-time Artists In Music Awards winning Pop/Rock Singer-Songwriter (2014 Best Pop Artist & 2013 Best Dance Artist) originally from Carlsbad, CA. Now residing in Hollywood, CA Melanie has worked with Grammy nominated producer, Christian Davis (Lil Wayne, Mark Walberg, El Debarge, and Chad Brown), Troy “R8D!O” Johnson (Eve, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Backstreet Boys, Will Smith, Solange, Kelly Rowland, 2Pac), as well as many others. Melanie’s background began strongly with musical theater, show choir, and an obsession for Michael Jackson - making her shows a mix of theatricality, raw talent, and inspiration. Melanie also placed top 40 in the Ntl. Indie Digital Radio Charts, as well as top 200 in the National Digital Pop Radio Charts. She has received two 2014 Los Angeles Music Awards nominations for Best Live Performer and Female Vocalist of the Year. Melanie will additionally go for her third music award as she will compete and perform in the 15th Annual Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival, with a nomination for Best Music Video for her single "Cease Fire" between April 3-13th, 2014.

Exciting, provocative, crisp and clean lyrics with a dynamic voice pretty much doesn't even come close to Melanie's music. Listen to her on her website.

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Emma Cairo


Born in the tiny, icy Kingdom of Denmark, Scandinavia, Emma one day decided to quit her manager job in a Copenhagen theater restaurant, pack her bags and move to Los Angeles.
Emma is a songstress with a mission.
She strives to show the world the wonders that arise when combining good ol' American country rock with Scandinavian folk/pop. Her recent release of the EP 'Southerns Songs from the North' is a result of this mission.
Emma's unique, sultry voice matches her intense charisma and stage performance. She uses it to add new dimensions to the music and to mesmerize her audience.
Her resumé is as diverse and impressive as her talent and performance style.
She has performed at an array of popular Hollywood venues as well as toured in Asia and the Middle East: She paid her dues in China, - performing six days a week, four sets a night in a smoky Beijing night club for four months straight.
She is now back in Los Angeles to write more of her alluring songs and hopes to both intrigue and inspire America with her God given talent.
With a Norwegian mother and a Danish father, it is no wonder that Emma’s stage performance is sometimes described as feisty and ardent. Her Scandinavian blood makes her "The Uncrowned Viking Princess of Country Music."

Listen to Emma's richly satisfying voice belt out her unique musical creations on her website.



Sheila E.


One of life's constants for Sheila E. comes down to a simple phrase: follow the beat. And her impeccable inner rhythm is the pulse behind a trailblazing career that still knows no bounds.
World-class drummer and percussionist whose credits read like chapters in a music history book: Ringo Starr. Marvin Gaye, Prince, Beyoncé, Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan and George Duke. Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter behind the seminal hits "The Glamorous Life" and "A Love Bizarre." A fearless multi-instrumentalist equally proficient on guitar and bass. Actress. Mentor. Philanthropist.
These career checkpoints all converge in 2014 with two new Sheila E. projects. Coming soon is the release of her first album in 13 years, the aptly titled Icon (Stiletto Flats, March 25, 2014). Then the indefatigable multi-talent will add author to her list of accomplishments with Simon & Schuster's Fall 2014 publication of her autobiography, "And the Beat Goes On."
"The idea to record another solo album was actually spawned while I was writing the autobiography," recalls Sheila E. "I realized that some of the things I was writing about should be a song. That's when I also began looking back at songs I'd written several years earlier and forgotten about, but whose themes needed to be talked about in the book. Both fed each other."
As the musical half of Sheila E.'s storied life and career, Icon pulsates from start to finish with colorful fusions of the Latin, jazz, R&B, pop, funk and rock influences that shaped her unique style. The 13-track set opens with the soaring "Butterfly," the first of four interludes that subtly yet powerfully illuminate the versatile talent behind the music. "'Butterfly' reflects part of the journey in my book," explains Sheila E., nicknamed butterfly by family friend Carlos Santana. "It's who I am as a person. I always wanted to fly, to be the first female astronaut on the moon. It's me running track, running free. That's how I play."

"If you have missed this lovely queen of Latin fusion (as I have) be sure to visit her website and be inspired all over again." -Marcus Walton, Editor, Music Arts Monthly Magazine





For most of her youth, NJ Taylor spent endless nights kept awake by a burning desire to create her own music. Today, NJ is entering the music industry as a triple threat to be reckoned with. She dances, acts and performs with a vigor and vitality that is bound to spread through headphones and live audiences alike.
At the age of four, NJ begged her mother to enroll her in violin classes, and at thirteen she began to write her own songs. Today, her music exudes talent and confidence; with the rocky attitude of Avril Lavigne combined with Rihanna's playfulness and experimentation. The flirtations with smooth R&B, punchy electronica and edgy rock create the clinical pop sound of the final product.
Drawing on contemporary pop music with an appreciation for pioneers such as ABBA, NJ incorporates an eclectic set of influences and steers them toward a melodic sound that would appeal to many. The style of each song may depend on how many cups of coffee she has had that day, but the goal to inspire her listeners remains a constant.
"I just want to make music that can speak to people and influence them," says NJ, brimming with excitement about her burgeoning career. "I hope that I can touch people through the good times and the bad times. If I can achieve to do that, than I will truly be blessed."

Bright, energetic music that makes your feet want to move. Take a listen to NJ on her website.


Jc Mason & Doug Farris


Jc and Doug are both singer/songwriters and worship leaders in Fredericksburg, Virginia area. They both bring different elements to the table, while combining their love for Christ as well as musical gifts. As you can hear in their latest single "Even Now", the vocal blend and hard hitting lyrics are what makes this duo special. Both have projects under their own names, but the thought of collaborating for future endeavors was too good to pass up. From the moment Jeff Covert, (Producer of Unfailing Love) heard Jc adding some vocal one liners to Doug's most recent project, Unfailing Love. It was a no brainer. Hitting the road together in 2014 will be exciting for this group and those that have the chance to hear them.

Hear them you may at Doug's website.




Sean McMorris



Sean McMorris started life as the left-handed "illegitimate" child of an American single mother in Paris, France. Music cast a spell early on, under the auspices of Elvis Presley, his very first idol. When offered a dollar for his rendition of "All Shook Up," five-year-old Sean balked; a few years later, he got a taste of his own medicine, when he took up singing and piano lessons with an honest-to-God nun who refused to indulge in frivolities such as McCartney's "Fool on The Hill" despite countless pleas. All these ironies might or might not have escaped him when he picked up a pair of drumsticks and learned to roll with bebop legend Kenny Clark. Once the borrowed piano in his bedroom was returned to its rightful owner, Sean turned to his mother's neglected nylon string guitar to quench his thirst for harmony.
In an effort to put more food on his plate, Sean naively relocated to the Big Apple. He landed in an East Village apartment-share, conveniently located next to housing for the deaf, which meant his newly formed band PEG could economize by rehearsing in the living room! Together, they recorded and released a self-titled independent CD long before it was trendy to do so. Finally, Sean decided to do something practical and return to college to earn a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Drumming from City College (CCNY). On campus, he had the pleasure of performing for Ron Carter and John Patitucci. This eventually led to sharing the stage with performers such as Tony Award winner Bill Irwin and Richard Lloyd of Television, who also went on to produce The Blondes, Inc.'s eponymous album.
Today, Sean lives in Queens with his family and makes a living as an English teacher (ESL). He occasionally performs around NYC as a solo singer/songwriter and drummer for the Lazy Lions. He has just released his debut album Lo & Behold, thereby fulfilling a lifelong ambition; that of joining the legion of left-handed drummers, such as Phil Collins and Don Henley, who went on to establish solo careers. Now, if only his wallet could match theirs. Here's hoping that the first person to offer him a buck way back then for his rendition of "All Shook up" is still out there somewhere. It wasn't you by any chance, was it?

Please go get "all shook up" for yourself when you listen to Sean on his website.








Nicky Will, a young hip-hop/pop singer/songwriter based in Atlanta, GA, has won the Songwriter Universe "Best Song Of The Month" Contest for March, for his song "Summer Love" (co-written by Brad Cox). This song is the title cut of his EPSummer Love, which he released independently last September (2013.
"Summer Love" is a fresh, contemporary tune which combines a energetic music track and catchy pop hooks with a descriptive rap story. The song's highlight is an infectious chorus which is easy to sing along to. Will impressively handles both singing (in the choruses) and rapping (in the verses). This recording was expertly produced by Brad Cox (who is the lead singer & songwriter of the rock band Grayson Manor) and it sounds ready for pop radio airplay.
Will grew up in Rochester (in upstate New York), where he lived until moving to Atlanta 18 months ago. He has been inspired by listening to a wide range of music artists, and his current favorites include Travie McCoy, Asher Roth, Eminem and Mos Def. Will played in punk rock band for awhile, and during high school he started to write songs, and recorded demos with his home studio equipment.
Gradually, Will learned how to produce his own recordings, and he released a self-titled, debut album. Then in 2010, he released his next album, called On A Mission. "I learned how to produce myself, and I became more comfortable with my music," Will explained. "I also started booking my shows in New York, and I went to hip-hop conventions, to network and meet people." He also was the opening act for several known artists such as the Cataracs, Donnie Klang, MC Lars and Chris Webby.
It was in the summer of 2012 that Will decided to move to Atlanta, and in the fall he met Brad Cox, who would produce "Summer Love" and the song 'Hands High" for Will's EP. "Working with Brad has been great," said Will. "He's a mentor and he's like an older brother. He's guided me and helped me make the right decisions."
Will continues to collaborate with Cox, and they've recorded a new song called "Feelin' It," which will be Will's next single. In addition, Will has been performing live shows, and he's filmed an excellent video of "Summer Love," which was directed by EJ Alvarez and produced by his company, Digital Dinosaur.
Will has been keeping busy and making good progress in Atlanta, but he also wanted to say thanks to his friends and family in New York. "I really appreciate my friends and family back in New York for supporting me and believing in me," he said.

Get your rap fix with Nicky Will on his website.



Les Rabiates

Les Rabiates, produce a crashing, driving, momently tender lyrical gloom - rock Singer / songwriter style, in which the color black is dominant: Here Cohen, Cave and Cash squat in Warhol's Factory on Velvet Underground's sofa, the latter, above all, because CaLi's voice is somewhere between Nico and Patti Smith. On this couch slouch Les Rabiates too, and they feel com- fortable here. The texts are in English and Spanish.
Of course Les Rabiates have a history. For years, Achim Gätjen has experimented with the band Swim Two Birds, which made a sort of Rabaukenjazz with literary sophistication. Even the band's name being derived from the novel by Flann O'Brien. Swim Two Birds have worked with spoken-word performers ( most recently the aforementioned Artur Becker). Meanwhile, the septet with its strong horn section is musical history. With Les Rabiates Gätjen now links partly to the rabid music of Swim Two Birds, but on the other hand also making a decisive step in a new direction, especially since there are now no more horns, but a lot of samples, analog keyboard sounds and some very succinct guitar work, and punchy drums.

Very interesting and stimulating music that makes you remember smokey coffee houses with sharp perfume pushing a perambulators through your mind. Or not. Ok listen for yourself on their website.



Glass House

With over twenty-three years of working together, David Worm and Mark Vickness have shared much more than a passion for great songwriting. From personal tragedy to the joy of raising children, through all the changes of the last two decades, these musicians have made writing songs together a constant thread, a platform on which to build not just a body of work but a lifelong friendship and a musical chemistry that infuses every song.

Over the years, David and Mark have worked with many phenomenal musicians. That trend continues on their third CD, Long Way Down. Producer/bassist Jon Evans is well-known for his years recording and touring with Tori Amos and Third Eye Blind. Two time Grammy winners, The Turtle Island String Quartet contribute their remarkable talents on two songs. Also appearing are drummers Scott Amendola (Charlie Hunter), L.A. studio ace, MB Gordy (Frank Zappa, Green Day, Bill Withers), tabla virtuoso Ty Burhoe, violinist Mads Tolling (Stanley Clarke) and vocalists Ashling Cole (Prince) and Julianna Graffagna (Kitka).
Pooling influences ranging from Sting to Peter Gabriel and Dave Matthews to Jason Mraz, Long Way Down is a tour de force of Mark's intricate, layered guitars and David's soaring, blues inflected vocals. This CD reflects the full range of Glass House Music, from the sparsely haunting solo acoustic guitar and voice rendition of Robbie Robertson's Broken Arrow, the funk string quartet intro to Turn Away to the driving, world music infused choral tapestry of Build A Bridge. Lyrics run the gamut from tender personal pathos (For Now, Thank You) to timely political and social narratives (Turn Away, Where I Belong). Widely-acclaimed YouTube videos by Glass House Music have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of fans. When the live version video of Broken Arrow was first released, it was the seventh most-viewed youtube video according to Billboard.com, beating out Christina Aguilera's "You Lost Me" and Pearl Jam's "Unthought Known."

Listen to "Glass House" on their website.






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VITNE


Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Vitne grew up a child of the beach, a lover of the sea. A dreamer.
First introduced to music as a child by violin, at a young age he discovered a natural affection for the flute, which he still plays to this day. Over the years he developed a deep appreciation for American glam (or "hair") metal as well as Japanese rock, influences that can certainly be heard and seen in his own work.
With Norway came love, and with love came renewed ambition. He fronted the Norwegian hair-metal band SEKS in 2010-2012, receiving recognition from such renowned publications as AOR Magazine and SleazeRoxx. But it came time to make a decision.
December 3rd, 2013, Vitne released his debut solo album entitled "Neon" to critical acclaim, consistently receiving ratings of 8/10 and above. To celebrate the upcoming CD re-release this year of his debut EP (original date April 2013), Vitne has re-released his single "Not Far From Shallow Water". This single includes the title track, the instrumental version, as well as an extra track not on the EP titled "Forever". In September of 2013, the music video for "Not Far From Shallow Water" (directed by Vitne) won "Best Music Video" by the Akademia Awards.

Be sure to listen to "Vitne" on his website.



Amen Alibi


Rick Couture, an award winning song writer of 30 years is the backbone of Amen Alibi playing acoustic guitar, drums, keys, backup vocals and harmonies. Recording on Ricks Indie Label Ravaka Records. Rick along with a vast array of talented musicians have brought Rick's musical compositions and ideas to audible life. Amen Alibi's live setting usually consist of Rick and any number of fellow musicians from past recording projects playing songs from the past, present and future. The release of Amen Alibi's debut album "Leap of Faith" July 4, 2013, will be followed up by a second record, "Addicted" to be released in the spring of 2014, after which Rick will be putting musicians together for the first Amen Alibi tour. Feel free to contact the Rick with any questions at any time, they would love hearing from you.

Listen to "Amen Alibi" on their website.








TRASHINME


TRASHINME was born in 2005 as a Solo Project of Musician, Filmmaker and Sportsfanatic Oli Soravia - and it still is today. Oli composes, arranges and produces everything himself. In the past years there have been produced Musicvideos and in some of them a "faked TRASHINME-Band" appears. That was simply because Oli didn`t want to appear in front of the camera all alone - so he called some friends to join the Set and asked them to act as if they were the real musicians of the individual songs. You can join those Videos on: www.vimeo.com/trashinme
In 2014, 6 years after the last album, Oli decided to release a new TRASHINME Album, called 'where to?', with a whole of 18 songs which were produced between the years 2009 and 2014.

Take a listen to "Trashinme" on their Facebook page.



Christopher Blake


Artist Christopher Blake displays his multi-talents on his latest release, Weekend Love. His skills as a singer/songwriter, instrumentalist and producer are evident throughout this collection of primarily R&B-inspired tracks. The album opens with the funk-oriented "Sunny", featuring rap artist, Yung Sarge. "Cold Hearted Woman" unveils Blake's blues side, with an atmospheric, modern edge, and "What You Do To Me" demonstrates the very essence of contemporary groove.
Yung Sarge appears again on the funky-smooth "Clothes Off", and the album closes with the anthemic "Falling in Your Arms".
This seven track album covers the spectrum from blues to jazz to R&B. However, each track carries the unmistakeable fingerprint of Christopher Blake. Singer. Producer. Artist.

Listen to this very talented musician with his smooth style of contemporary "jazz-bop-hip-hop" on his website.



Katie Knipp

Katie Knipp is a singer/songwriter who has as released four studio albums, a DVD and has played hundreds of venues throughout California. Her genre(s) of choice include blues and Americana and has performed in several formats, as a solo artist and with a band.
Katie is constantly is the public eye spreading her beautiful music with audiences worldwide. Some of her talents include her incredibility powerful voice, piano, guitar, dobro, harmonica and her innate ability to write some truly down home songs that make you smile and dance.
Katie Knipp latest release "Midnight Mind" contains a true array of songs that capture her adult contemporary sound filled with catchy melodies and masterful deliveries. One example is her single "Time". This song will leave audiences with a memorable tale and a melody they'll keep humming.
Accomplishments and accolades include:
  • Readers of The Northbay Bohemian voted her band "Number One Band in Marin County" for two consecutive years
  • Has opened for The Doobie Brothers, Tim Reynolds (The Dave Mathews Band) and Tommy Castro
  • Was backup singer for Barry Manilow

  • Labeled one of the best female musicians in Sacramento by CBS local
    Readers of The Northbay Bohemian voted her band "Number One Band in Marin County" for two consecutive years
    Has opened for The Doobie Brothers, Tim Reynolds (The Dave Mathews Band) and Tommy Castro
    Was backup singer for Barry Manilow
    Upcoming performances are:
    4/19 Harlow's, Sacramento, Ca.
    5/3 Kentucky Derby Festival, Fiddletown, Ca.
    9/27 Nor Cal Women's Music Festival, Modesto, Ca.

    You can listen to Katie or purchase her music on her website.
    Katie Knipp is currently working with RAG based out of Beverly Hills, Ca. for licensing, a record deal, publishing and/or placement opportunities. They can be reached at 323-924-5897



    Chris Bartlett


    "I believe what's kept me going strong in this industry for the last decade is my love of the live performance," says Chris Bartlett when detailing the amount of hours he puts in on stage every year. For the past 5 years Chris Bartlett has averaged over 300 shows annually and has performed in over 60 different countries. His tremendous passion for live performance and supreme work ethic has enabled him to refine a powerfully soulful and polished sound. In his music you hear heavy influences of Folk music from the 60's and 70's intertwined with the passion and rhythmic motion found in Soul and Southern Rock. After playing in a various array of multi-genre bands for the early 2000's, Chris Bartlett started playing solo acoustic shows. He enjoyed the freedom of solo performance because he could be quite daring and adventurous with his arrangements. He learned to let the songs stand on their own, and to never be afraid to try something new every time they were performed. "The biggest step that I take in becoming a better player is learning my favorite artists' songs. If I like it, I learn it. Not only has that expanded my knowledge of music as a whole, it's taught me how to write a good song."
    In an age where hit songs are built on laptops in hotel rooms and pieced together with shallow hooks and recycled gimmicks, it can seem that the true performing artist has no place in the music industry today. "To me, real music needs to be performed honestly. If the artist doesn't mean what they are performing, then no one else is going to feel it."
    When you hear a Chris Bartlett track, you will hear the energy and passion of a live performance. He believes that the best recordings in history happened before the technology allowed songs to be assimilated from dozens of substandard takes - when equipment and labor costs for studio time were high enough so that the artist had to have the hit song ready and polished before a microphone was ever brought into the picture.
    Chris Bartlett's goal in the music industry is clear: Play every show, sing every song, write every lyric, and record every album with honesty. This was most recently realized in 2014 with his sophomore full length release entitled 'Dogs in the Water,' which details his experiences as a world traveler and lone performer. Every song on this critically acclaimed collection was recorded in a single take, with the acoustic guitar and vocals being performed simultaneously. There are minimal overdubs used to add color and depth to the record, which already has a striking palate of rich storytelling and beautiful imagery.
    In 2014 Chris Bartlett will continue his tour worldwide, stopping only to take some time off during the Summer to travel and write while crossing the USA via the scenic highways and backroads. "I've been everywhere except for my own backyard - I've toured the States before, but never stopping to really look at it. I always flew by everything at 70mph in the dark. I'm looking forward to spending some time at home. I think this will be a brilliant way to spark the theme of my next collection."

    This artist has a lot to offer so go get some of the offerings for yourself on his website.












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