The Star Prairie Project Releases Latest Coronavirus Inspired Single ‘Home of Hope’


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Written as a mental health endeavour to cope with lockdown, ‘Home of Hope’ is the latest single to come from recording band The Star Prairie Project. Feeling overwhelmed by news stories filled with stress and anxiety, ‘Home of Hope’ is meant to act as an uplifting counter narrative, focused on keeping optimistic during this difficult time. Once again teaming up with LA producer and vocalist Rudiger (All American Rejects, Kinks‘Home of Hope’ is an upbeat Americana ballad.
 
‘The Star Prairie Project’ is a recording project set up by Nolen R. Chew Jr, a songwriter from Star Prairie Wisconsin, where the band take their name from. Collaborating with musicians from all over the world to bring his songs to life, The Star Prairie Project is solely a recording project and have been releasing music since 2018.
 
‘Home of Hope’ available on all major platforms

 

The Star Prairie Project Releases Latest Coronavirus Inspired Single ‘Home of Hope’

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Get Some Peace Of Mind From The Ghostly Beard


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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the Ghostly Beard and perhaps it’s times like these, in isolation, that inspire us to share, write about and explore what we’re doing and who we are.

It seems there are many of us are feeling vulnerable, lost and question what life is all about and those who come and go, but we all deserve some peace of mind. 

Ghostly Beards latest song, ‘Peace Of Mind’ is exactly that. The lyrics reflected by the times in one’s life which don’t seem to be improving, hoping the warmth of the sun shining on your face will make it right. 

Artists, singer, songwriters, soul searching to find themselves in normal times just to reach out and find someone who is willing to just listen and Ghostly Beard isn’t alone on this one. 

I know in recent studies taken place in Australia, the most vulnerable to low mood and depression are those in the arts industry, and in these horrid times of isolation and quarantine, daily news on the lonely topic of Covid 19, we can’t deny, is having a huge impact on us all. 

‘Peace Of Mind’ is a song obviously written from the heart and one in which I take my hat off too. It’s a song of questions and hope in amongst the darkness and a reminder, that we are not alone. Good one Ghost! 

‘Peace Of Mind’ is released today 15th April

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LINKS TO GHOSTLY BEARD

Website: https://ghostlybeard.com/home

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ghostlybeard/

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Bandcamp: https://ghostlybeard.bandcamp.com/

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Female Fronted Rock Queens, High Grass Smashing New Single, Tonight


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Female Fronted Rock Queens, High Grass Smashing New Single, Tonight

After forming in Cuba, now based in Los Angeles, alt-rock outfit High Grass write ambitious and frank songs about relationships and day to day life with darker, more introspective undertones. Inspired to empower the next generation, their latest single ‘Tonight’  hopes to motivate people to be true to themselves and to always follow their dreams.

Originally from Moscow, Russia, High Grass’ front woman Kristina Miranda moved to Cuba in 2010, joining forces with Marciel in 2012, where High Grasswas born. With Cuba being an isolated country, with hardly any internet until 2015, there was a time that Rock and Roll music was banned and could only be found in the underground scene. Despite limited resources, High Grass recorded their music in their bedroom’s. Rock is still known in Cuba for its rebel expression, which is why High Grass create music to bring attention to the struggles that people experience living there.

 

It wasn’t long before they started making quite a name for themselves over in Cuba, collecting nominations for The Best Rock Band of Cuba at the “Cuerda Viva” and performing at Havana World Music Festival (2015). It was in that period that High Grass captured the attention of multi-Grammy producer Jacquire King and talented artist, Christian Paschall (Maren Morris’ drummer) who were the first influential figures in the industry to grasp the potential in the band. Since then, High Grass have collaborated with them on several future releases.

 

When speaking more on ‘Tonight’, High Grass’ lead vocalist Kristina explained 

“We wrote the song “Tonight” back in Cuba in 2012. This song is about finding your path and being true to yourself. It was inspired by my decision to move from Moscow to Havana, where Marciel and I met and started the band. It was hard to leave my family and friends, but this decision has totally changed my life. I have no idea what it would be like if I hadn’t made this choice, and believe it is essential to follow your instincts to find yourself”.

 

High Grass are currently nearing the official release of their EP, which will contain 5 tracks, written and recorded by the band back in Cuba.

Female Fronted Rock Queens, High Grass Smashing New Single, Tonight

LINKS TO HIGH GRASS

Website: https://www.highgrass.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/highgrassband/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/highgrassband

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/high-grass-band/tonight-2/s-yrGEs

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5WQhfcpi8jH6sevBsX6qZi?si=sJFltOzzRmexld5JpNV44A

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Rip Roaring Rocking New Single, Another Sun from Graces Collide


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IRip Roaring Rocking New Single, Another Sun from Graces Collide

Brighton riff monsters Graces Collide recently released the second single from their debut album No Tomorrow – which gets its own release on Friday April 10th. Another Sun features Nikki Smash from The Rocket Dolls on extra vocal duty and has been setting the radio airwaves alight all over the world for the past few weeks Graces Collide are a powerful melodic riff laden rock monster hailing from the heart of Brighton, UK.

“Another Sun is the idea of pulling away from someone who once lit up your world, but slowly they turned into a dying star. The song goes through the emotions of trying to escape the pull of this black hole in search of a new horizon” says Graces Collide frontman Danny Wenham.

Smash says “When the lads asked me to spit some vocals on it, I couldn’t say no. After touring the UK a few times with Graces Collide, this was my favourite to hear live. It was meant to be!” “To be able to have immortalised a song featuring Nikki Smash who I respect so much as a musician and a great friend is the kind of blessing only music gives you!” adds bassist Jurgan Hamblin.

Graces Collide are:
Danny Wenham – Vocals & Lead Guitar
Jurgan Hamblin – Bass
Will Hamblin – Rhythm Guitars
Drums – Currently Vacant
Graces Collide Debut Album ‘NO TOMORROW’ is released tomorrow, April 10th

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GracesCollideMusic

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gracescollide/

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Activist Kika Angelic Releases Debut Indie Pop Single ‘Where Are You Jeff?’


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Activist Kika Angelic Releases Debut Indie Pop Single ‘Where Are You Jeff?’

A victim of cruel cyberbullying, Kika Angelic has utilised the powerful tool of music with the hopes of reaching Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon. Kika Angelic, a former Amazon seller, now turned activist, is travelling the world to bring her story into the public eye. Originally from Slovakia, her debut single is influenced by Europop and features an undeniably catchy chorus. Despite not coming from a musical background, ‘Where are you Jeff?’ displays Kika Angelic‘s powerful vocal ability and shares her message across a wider platform. Rockers Gaspar Sanz New Song Inspired by Cheryl the 

‘Where are you Jeff?’ is now available across all major platforms.

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Activist Kika Angelic Releases Debut Indie Pop Single ‘Where Are You Jeff?’

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kikaangelic/

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Indie Rockers Gaspar Sanz New Song Inspired by Cheryl the Cat


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Indie Rockers Gaspar Sanz New Song Inspired by Cheryl the Cat

‘Cheryl’ is the first single for 2020 from Sydney indie-rockers Gaspar Sanz. Known for their energy and infectious sense of play, the band’s newest song draws inspiration from an unlikely source.

“This song was inspired by a cat called Cheryl who used to live with Jimmy (singer) and Sammy (drummer). Cheryl was a stray who was living on the roof of our other flatmate’s previous residence and after a period of time, he ended up adopting her. She was very old and had a litany of health issues, but was a beautiful and gentle old soul, who had clearly seen some shit. The meows that are featured in the song are from Cheryl herself. Jimmy followed her around the apartment with a microphone for about half an hour to capture them.”

Despite the simplicity of the song’s namesake, the lyrics delve deeper, exploring the parables between human relationships and those we have with feline companions.

“Cats are extremely complicated and difficult. Loving anyone, in any capacity, is never unconditional or uncomplicated, it requires constant attention and comprise, much like a relationship with a feline.”

 

‘Cheryl’ was recorded at Golden Retriever Studios in Marrickville with producer Oscar Dawson.

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Cannon’s Conversations is Perfect Concoction of Organic Meets Digital


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Cannon’s Conversations is Perfect Concoction of Organic Meets Digital

Cannon is a 21-year-old independent artist from South Carolina who blends strong hip/hop and R&B influences with an organic sound he developed at open mic nights with an old acoustic guitar.
 
“Conversations” is about ignoring our personal issues for the sake of feeling like we don’t have them. It’s easier to turn to quick tricks to feel better or ignore feeling bad entirely than to really consider and engage with how we feel. There’s a really important difference between talking and having a conversation, whether it’s with ourselves or with others—and this song is emphasizing that difference. It’s easy to talk, but it’s hard to really engage with something enough to actually have a conversation. “Conversations” shows someone not engaging — they tell themselves they’re trying but they’re not really. They’re lying

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Morgan Joanel Shares a Slice of Seductive Alt-Pop with New Single ‘Disappear’


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Alternative Pop Artist

Fuelled by self-belief and a passion that itself is fuelled by talent and hard work, Morgan Joanel is steadily building a creative empire that spans beyond her native art-form of music into visual and wearable art. An unbridled spirit, Morgan has been a creative force for the last decade Australia-wide and beyond, recently returning to her hometown of Perth to create her latest music release. Whilst her ride from independent to major label artist and back again has been a rollercoaster of big dreams and stifled creativity, the highs and lows have only strengthened her resolve and lifted her game to a world-class standard. Specialising in seductive alt-pop songs, this energy abounds on Morgan’s latest single,  Disappear – marking the highest point of her storied music career.

 

Blessed with a smoky, honey-toned voice, Morgan’s music has always had an alluring quality, highlighted especially in her evocative live performances where live looping of layered harmonies, beats and guitars showcase her musical abilities. From a creatively frustrating experience signed to the world’s largest major label to the freedom and artistic limitlessness of her own independence, Morgan is merging both music and art into a multi-dimensional vision. The concept: a 5 track EP with visual artworks to expand on the music; was funded entirely by her widespread fanbase through a hugely successful Kickstarter.

Whether singing, songwriting, or creating artworks; her natural curiosity and strong worth ethic has always been at the centre of Morgan’s successes, and indeed her happiness. If the excellent standard of her work can be attributed to anything, it is this. Sometimes though, it is a bolt of lightning sent and received without effort or intervention. Lead single Disappear, as the perfect example, was written in 15 minutes… coming completely naturally as if to say the song wrote itself. Ending a bout of writer’s block, Disappear came just days before Morgan was scheduled to enter the studio, and was a much welcome sign of good things to come.

 

From traversing the USA working with Grammy-nominated producers, to hunkering down in Perth’s Blackbird Studios with the esteemed team of Adrian Breakspear (Gang Of Youths) and Dave Parkin (Tired Lion, Abbe May) Morgan has experienced more of the music industry than most. Building on her live sound of intricate loops and rich husky vocal hooks, Disappear is undoubtedly the right move for Morgan as she proves herself the talent so many others have heralded her to be.

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Morgan Joanel Shares a Slice of Seductive Alt-Pop with New Single ‘Disappear’

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/morganjoanel

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/morganjoanel/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilaxfNNtjRU

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/morganjoanel/disappear-1

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Alternative Rock Three Piece Seven Spies Release Debut Single


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Alternative Rock Three Piece Seven Spies Release Debut Single

Formed in London by childhood friends, Seven Spies are a three-piece band looking to infiltrate the ears of the world. Consisting of David Blomiley (vocals, guitar, piano), Olly Brown (drums, backing vocals) and an ever-rotating bassist taking form of old band members and musical friends, you can expect to witness a healthy dose of melodic riffs and anthemic choruses.   

 

Seven Spies fuses the best of rock bands such as Muse and Radiohead, while highlighting vocals reminiscent of Jeff Buckley and Bjork. Billie Eilish’s use of intimate multi-tracking also makes an appearance throughout their music, along with the big riffs and fuzzy guitars of Rage Against the Machine and Jack White. This amalgam of diverse artists and influences, allows Seven Spies to carve out a pocket of sound that is entirely their own. 

 

Their highly anticipated debut single “Chameleon” narrates the different faces, personas and behaviour we put on to negotiate our daily lives in different situations and the pressure people place on themselves to hide their struggles and internal demons to the outside world. Sonically the chorus shows a defiance against these pressures, external and internal, saying in the end they won’t overwhelm or control who or how we want to be. Blomiley confides, “The subject of the songs seems to be stuff that has been bubbling away inside of me for a while that I need to get out. I find song writing massively therapeutic in a way.”

 

Self-produced by Blomiley and Brown in their bedroom studio and mastered by John Davis (The Killers, Lana del Rey, Royal Blood, Lewis Capaldi, Gorillaz) at Metropolis Studios, “Chameleon” delivers an intimate, yet polished result. Featuring gritty, raucous guitars, tenacious melodies and textured harmonies, showcasing Blomiley’s impressive vocals, “Chameleon” is an energetic release, bursting with both conviction and charisma.  

 

With the hope their music may connect with listeners, allowing them to make their own relationship and associations, regardless of the intention or creation, Seven Spies are unleashing their explosive sound.

Alternative Rock Three Piece Seven Spies Release Debut Single

LINKS TO SEVEN SPIES

Twitter: https://twitter.com/seven_spies

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sevenspiesmusic/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seven.spies

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5cotyhYxJdu0caJG909xxI

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Remarkable Indie Pop New Music and Live Stream from Gaudion


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Remarkable Indie Pop New Music and Live Stream from Gaudion

Newcomer Gaudion has today announced his clever, indie pop single TV Shows, a wistful reflection upon love and loss written during a period of deep change and development for the artist, out now.  Gaudion has also revealed a sweet, adventurous video to accompany the track, directed by Guido Pezz. 

In light of COVID-19, Gaudion is unable to perform regular gigs – so to celebrate the release of TV Shows he has announced two YouTube/Instagram live stream performances on

April 2 at 7.30PM AEST, and

April 30 at 7.30PM AEST.

TV Shows is one for fans of guitar pop and brilliant Australian songwriting.  Evocative of Dean Lewis, Ziggy Alberts, and Ben Howard, TV Shows would feel at home on the soundtrack for a coming of age romantic film, or perhaps it’s that track that you’ll play over and over on your next summer roadtrip. 

Catchy and affecting, this song features Gaudion’s lovely vocal performance front and centre.  Speaking on the inspiration behind the track, Gaudion explains,

“TV Shows is a small part of my life.  I began writing the tune when I was working on a small farm in a rural area in Canada’s Saskatchewan.  In this place I was turbulent.  I never knew what I wanted to do.  So I taught myself to play guitar and sing inside a grain silo every day after work.  I was also going through a difficult stage of adolesence; through this song I was aiming to express my current feelings with music.  Every time I’d think of the things I was going through I’d write a little bit more of the song.  It’s not the first song I ever wrote, and definitely not the last, but it holds a long journey of my emotions, my memories and my thoughts.

 

The film clip for TV Shows is open to interpretation, allowing the audience to incorporate their own meaning into the clip, which is a very special feeling.  The video follows the story of a couple who part, while Gaudion watches on on a television set.   The performance is serene, indicating a sense of acceptance of life’s inherent challenges and curveballs.  Speaking on the clip, Gaudion enthuses, “The music video for TV Shows has been one of the funnest journeys ever.  Guido Pezz is a fantastic director, new mate of mine and creative genius.  It’s literally a video of me watching TV Shows which follow the emotions of the music.  I’m very happy with the process, the beautiful actors we worked with and laughs we had along the way.”

 

Although disappointed that he won’t be able to perform in person for the foreseeable future, Gaudion is excited to present two intimate performances via livestream, as he says,  “All we have seen happen to the world over the past months due to COVID-19 has been devastating.  In our industry, all shows have been cancelled, jobs have been lost and artists are genuinely scared of the carryover effects that this virus will have.  I feel the need to keep moving forward and I’m also in a position to brighten peoples’ days through sharing my music, so I feel very fortunate.  I am excited to be performing two Youtube livestream performances to celebrate the release of this song.”

 

Talented in more ways than one, Gaudion is a keen carpenter, and even made his own guitar, as he says,

I love building and creating things with my hands, I find it very rewarding and exciting.  A few years back I built an acoustic guitar from scratch. She’s a medium sized dreadnaught made from Tasmanian blackwood (back and sides), sitka spruce (top), mahogany (neck) and Indian rosewood (features). Her name is Grace, and I play her every day!  Everything happens for a reason, and after building this guitar I became a lot more interested in playing.”

 

GAUDION ‘TV SHOWS’ LIVESTREAM PERFORMANCES

 

THURS APR 2 | YOUTUBE / INSTAGRAM LIVESTREAM | 7:30PM AEST

https://youtu.be/O3-W0QRGtr4 | IGTV @gaudion_music

 

THURS APR 30 | YOUTUBE / INSTAGRAM LIVESTREAM | 7:30PM AEST

https://youtu.be/gaDdbb4y9Ns  | IGTV @gaudion_music

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New Jazz Album from Frances Madden Assures Us a Beautiful World


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Frances Madden – ‘Beautiful World’

New Jazz Album from Frances Madden Assures Us a Beautiful World

Frances Madden is an Australian jazz vocalist who’s built her audience from live shows as well as releases and will continue to do so if ‘Beautiful World’ is anything to go by.

With eight of the 10 tracks produced by ARIA award winner and music director of other great Australian artists such as John Farnham and Olivia Newton John, Chong Lim, this album is yet another refreshing album that can change any low mood into putting a spring in your step, even in these times of isolation.

This album contains a variety of jazz assorted tracks from the up-tempo titled track ‘Beautiful World’ which paints some beautiful pictures upon listening to the lyrics, I could very easily hear this placed in movies such as La La Land.

‘Side By Side’, Frances shows off her well controlled vocal as she cruises with ease, much like flowing melted chocolate, indicating her enchanting vocal ability isn’t limited; Frances could sing any genre.

The production is spacious and bright, allowing you to hear every beautiful instrument and BV’s. And how about that piano in ‘The Tango Never Lies’!

Frances’s jazz rendition of ‘I Go to Rio’, originally made famous by none other than our other Aussie crooner, Peter Allan, is a swinging ditty that would make Mr Allan proud.

A purely magical album that will have you feeling on top of this beautiful world, even in these trying times.

This album will have you to believe that we will, once again, have a beautiful world.

 

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Blue Child Collective Releases Golden New Single


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Recently crowned West Australian Music’s Best Regional Act for 2019, Margaret River’s conscious roots collab Blue Child Collective has powered into 2020 with their mesmerising new single  Golden .

Following on from the group’s third documentary The Art Of Sound last November and a solid cycle of touring for album  Wake Up to the Sound that included widespread airplay, Golden is the first taste from their fifth long player due out later this year.

Written on a Mt Maunganui sunrise while on tour in New Zealand, Golden sees Blue Child Collective exploring new sounds, blending elements of indie-folk and roots to produce a track in a similar vein to Crosses by Jose Gonzalez and Bon Iver’s Holocene. Featuring a solid percussion bed, baritone vocals and a group singalong of “Harmony with everything, harmony, we all can sing in.”, it’s arguably BCC at their finest.

With WA and New Zealand dates to kick off live activity, band leader and director of The West Australian Guitar Festival Dan White elaborates ” I’m really excited for the year ahead; it feels like all the work we’ve been putting into touring to connect with our audience and the huge focus we’ve put on content creation in order to continue delivering quality and quantity to those fans over the last five years is coming together. There’s plenty in the pipeline for 2020.”

Plug in, connect and get involved: Blue Child Collective is more than a band, but a movement which is fast becoming a major catalyst for positive change on a global scale towards a ‘Culture Of Connection’.

Blue Child Collective Releases Golden New Single

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Genre-Bending Funky Groove from Strangely Enough is Long Time Coming


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Strangely Enough are returning in their genre-bending fashion, comprised of soaring vocals, polyrhythmic synths, rubbery funk bass-lines and solid grooves. 

‘Long Time Coming’  is the third single from Strangely Enough and is the first taste of the band’s debut EP, set to be released in the coming months.

The band’s previous singles, ‘Change’ and ‘Graceville’ have seen support from MTV AustraliaTriple JHappy MagScenestrAAA Backstage and community radio across Australia.

Now, this new, lively track opens with glistening keys accentuating the upbeat as Greg Olley’s powerful vocal range gently propels the song forward before dropping into a downtempo, funk groove.

The layers of skanking guitar, funkalicious bass-lines, thumping drum-fills and the myriad of electronic tones work together to emphasize every down and up-beat. Olley’s graciously-sweet vocal tones and erupting cries have room to soar above the vibing beats and electronic-funk, collectively making it a compelling, body moving tune.

Olley explains the meaning behind the single:

“‘Long Time Coming’ is about how we define ourselves with a series of snapshots of our lives. A graduation, a wedding, a holiday; this is sometimes how we construct an idea of who we are or used to be. Sometimes though these snapshots hide that we are constantly on the move, passing on to something else and yet still the same person.”

For the release of the single, Strangely Enough were going to be performing MelbourneBrisbaneBallarat and the Gold Coast in April – these have now bee postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Genre-Bending Funky Groove from Strangely Enough is Long Time Coming

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Crystal Ignite Releases Supercharged Fusion of Rock Electronica


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Crystal Ignite makes music supercharged with kinetic emotion. Meshing together the parallel universes of analogue and digital, the Melbourne singer sweeps through the decades, building stadium-sized rock laced with pulsating electronica and deep, heavy grooves. Her debut album Infinite Alchemy (due out later this year) is a lyrical and musical barrage – focused, purposeful and uninhibited – that tells her story in alternating waves of shadow and illumination. Led by searing first single  Black Mamba, it’s as real and honest as music gets.

A true survivor, Crystal has risen from an extreme, life-altering childhood to become the artist she is today: honest, bare-all and fearless. Infinite Alchemy is a both a testament to the adversity she has overcome, and a victory over it. Slicing through the music like shards of broken glass, Crystal’s lyrics are pure bloodletting catharsis. The very moniker of Ignite is symbolic of her ascension from darkness to light, which she has funnelled into Infinite Alchemy. Every part of her love, her aggression, her regret and her optimism have been poured into the album like molten rock.

“The sounds blend light and dark, masculine and feminine, Yin and Yang,” she explains. “Its all about the magic of cosmic alchemy, and acknowledging shadow, which ultimately sees you end up rising higher and creating more light.” 

This echoes throughout Infinite Alchemy, which broadcasts a clear message that Ignite and many other artists know all too well: that a strong and powerful woman will always be a threat to some. Much like its reptilian namesake, the making of single Black Mamba has been a process of shedding skin – of growing beyond the past and into the present.t’s as real and honest as music gets.

Although deeply personal, the album is not just Crystal’s manifesto but a message to all those seeking to find their inner strength: you are the Black Mamba, if you choose to be. Beyond any of her musical achievements, this is Crystal Ignite’s inextinguishable power. She is a warrior.

 

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Crystal Ignite Releases Supercharged Fusion of Rock Electronica

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Living Faith Worship Group Releases Single ‘Holy Are You Lord’


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Christian Music

Written to capture the essence of feeling close to God, ‘Holy are You Lord’ is the latest release from Australian Living Faith Worship. With the aim of sharing how to usher in the tangible presence of the Holy Spirit, Living Faith Worship express a prophetic voice that music and faith enable. With reverent harmonies and a powerful vocal delivery from Cody Samuels, ‘Holy are You Lord’ encapsulates both the power and tenderness of their faith and love for God.

 Living Faith Worship are part of the Living Faith Community Church in Perth, Australia, who have over 700 churches around the world. They were established in 2017 to bring a new prophetic voice to the global church, spreading their message through their music. Cody Samuels, a worship leader in the community, wrote ‘Holy are You Lord’ as a collaborative effort with other members of his community. 

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Living Faith Worship Group Releases Single ‘Holy Are You Lord’

LINKS TO LIVING FAITH WORSHIP

Website: https://www.lfcc.org.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LFCCPerth/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1q07GalacwtRUxNWVYGL5v?si=Q3rm1ehATgSiHDCI-e2oOQ

Living Faith Worship Group Releases Single ‘Holy Are You Lord’

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Impressive New Soul Music from Amanda St John Will Turn Heads


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Soul Singer Indie Artist

Irish songstress AMANDA ST JOHN releases 2nd studio album The Muscle Shoals Sessions, recorded in the world famous FAME Studios, (USA).

“If Dusty Springfield were alive, she’d say ‘that’s my girl’!”

(Grammy winning US producer Jon Tiven)

In May 2018 Amanda became the 1st independent Irish artist in history to record in FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Following in the footsteps of her musical heroes Aretha Franklin & Etta James she took a huge leap of faith (and financial risk) to record her 2nd studio album in this legendary studio.      

Talking about the experience, Amanda reports      

It is was a dream come true for me and my band members (Paul Tierney and Producer Michael Mormecha) to get the opportunity to record in FAME along with “swampers” bass player David Hood (Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Percy Sledge, Paul Simon, Alicia Keys etc) and piano/keys/hammond player Clayton Ivey (Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Joss Stone, The Supremes etc).   

More about Amanda: 

Amanda St John is a soulful singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland. She is a mainstay on the Irish radio, festival and gig circuit and has been described as a “Head-turning vocalist with serious song writing prowess………a sensational artist” (Visit Dublin). She has worked with artists like Brian Kennedy, Eddi Reader, Mary Coughlan, Gareth Dunlop, Ciaran Gribbin (of INXS) and Jon Tiven (Grammy winning Nashville writer/producer whose CV has included BB King, Van Morrison and The Rolling Stones etc…).

Gaining substantial media interest in Ireland and the UK including extensive airplay on the BBC and RTE as well as reviews in Hot Press Magazine & The Irish Times.

Amanda is known for her passionate and powerful live performances and is fast establishing herself as one of Ireland’s leading vocalists. With live sessions with ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris and Gaby Roslin on BBC Radio London, various other live performances/interviews across BBC regional’s, U105, Downtown/Cool FM, UTV Live Television etc, as well as many festival slots and tours of the UK, Ireland and the USA (which included the prestigious Folk Alliance Festival and a private event for the US President) under her belt, the future is looking very bright indeed for this talented musician. Her debut album “Grow”; was launched in May 2016 at the prestigious Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast and has received rave reviews and worldwide airplay including a national advert campaign for The Rio Olympics for the title track ‘Grow’.

On Arvo Party Mix – ‘Made Myself a Name’ is an upbeat song about the struggles of trying to make it as a singer. I wanted a quirkier, more 70’s Tom Waits vibe on this one and thought a remix might be a good option to make it stand stronger as a single. I’m a big fan of collaborating and had wanted to work with Arvo Party for a while so thought it would be a good opportunity to see what he could bring to this track. I totally love what he’s done with it, he’s brought the song to a whole new level!

Impressive New Soul Music from Amanda St John Will Turn Heads

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Gothic Urban Blues New High Calibre Album from Harry Stafford


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Blues Indie Artist
Photo by Richard Davisc

Manchester-based indie music stalwart Harry Staffordpresents his new album ‘Gothic Urban Blues’ viaBlack Lagoon Records, previewed by singles ‘She Just Blew Me Away’ and ‘Painted Ocean’, a smokey, barroom piano-blues lament that is “a message that riffs on a sublime ‘painted’ ocean, which, while once was a heaving beautiful living thing, is now a dump!” says Harry Stafford.

This is an album about the Metropolis, the naked city, the urban sprawl and the need to get back to the ripped back streets when you’re far away. If there are a million stories in the naked city, here are a few to keep you warm.

Mixed and engineered by Ding Archer (The Fall, PJ Harvey) at his 6Db Studio in Salford, this album was co-produced by Archer and Harry Stafford and was Inspired by the musings of such jazz and blues stalwarts as Mose Allison and Hoagy Carmichael.

Harry Stafford is best known as founder, guitarist and vocalist of post-punk gothic rockers Inca Babies. His band Guitar Shaped Hammers includes drummer Rob Haynes (The Membranes, Inca Babies), trumpeter Kevin Davy (Lamb, Cymande), guitarist Andy Mills, and Vincent O’Brien on Weisseborn slide guitar.

Formed in the early 1980s, Inca Babies released four albums and multiple singles and Peel sessions. Much of his musical career has been spent with Inca Babies, playing across Europe and the world but in 2015, after 35 years with Inca Babies, Stafford decided to release untamed solo material that echoes his love of blues piano and barroom ballads.

The new album ‘Gothic Urban Blues’ and debut solo album ‘Guitar Shaped Hammers’ (2017), are the inevitable result, reflecting a multitude of ideas around a driving yet lilting punk-piano blues. The idea was for Stafford to leave his noisy electric guitar behind – abandoning everything he held and cherished – to make some new music with a piano and a head full of ideas.

The new album features a more defined sound of a band finding its stride. The band is here forth called Guitar Shaped Hammers to reflect this cohesion of musical unity – with more guitars from Vincent O’Brien, and an additional layered sonic blast from Nick Brown (The Membranes). With intense percussion from Rob Haynes and a truly masterful trumpet contribution from jazz supremo Kevin Davy, the result is very much the soundtrack of a basement radio station stumbling across a new genre they’ve tagged Gothic Urban Blues.

“It was important to reassemble these musicians again as there was a lot of ground we hadn’t covered. I had about fourteen songs and selected ten to be on the record. They were songs I had been playing around the bars of Manchester in order to hone into a neat arrangement,” says Harry Stafford.

“I rehearsed with Rob and Vincent and we laid down a foundation, allowing Nick and Kevin to add their unique elements. Their parts were there to compete and yet complement each other. Kevin is a hugely in-demand jazz musician, who graces the funk of Cymande and the smooth grooves of Lamb, not to mention his jazz workshops in London. I wanted Kevin to radiate his love of Miles Davis and send a wave of goosebumps and steely soul through the spine of this sound. Nick, with a guitar born of jagged punk and sinister drones, was to create a brittle edge to balance the beauty.”

The ‘Gothic Urban Blues’ LP is now available everywhere, including iTunes and Spotify. It is also available for pre-order on vinyl and CD via the artist’s Bandcamp (the physical release will occur closer to summer). The launch performance by Harry Stafford and Guitar Shaped Hammers will be announced at a later date.

CREDITS 
Harry Stafford: Piano, keys, guitar and vocals
Rob Haynes: Drums, percussion
Vincent O’Brien: Slide guitar, lap blues slide and guitar
Nick Brown: bass and guitar
Kevin Davy: Horns
Written by Harry Stafford
Mixed and engineered by Ding Archer at 6Db Studio
Produced by Ding Archer and Harry Stafford
Mastered by Stephan at Oxygene Music
Released by Black Lagoon Records through Cargo UK BLRCD/LP0054

Gothic Urban Blues New High Calibre Album from Harry Stafford

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Dorah Jacson Releases Heartfelt New Single “LURKING”


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Indie Artist

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21 year old Dorah Jacson (a.k.a Kayla Smart) is quite the mellifluous soul, and a talented songwriter to add, possessing a heartfelt yet whimsical writing style. She delivers songbird like vocals, accompanied by driving guitar licks, all forming her own dark and dreamy stylings of indie, pop, and alt-rock. Following the release of her debut single “Away” in February 2019, Dorah Jacson quickly gained rave reviews from Triple J presenterswas featured on Home & Hosed, added to Unearthed rotation, and given the opportunity to open at the Big Pineapple Music Festival on the main stage. Dorah Jacson has since released the single “Sinking”, and played her first headline show at Solbar Maroochydore to an amazing response. Dorah kicks off 2020 with the first single “Lurking” from her forthcoming EP set to be released on March 6th.

Produced, mixed, and engineered by Nicholas Wilson at Rockinghorse Studios in Byron Bay, “Lurking” was written within half an hour, with Dorah explaining the track “is for anyone that’s had someone get in their space when they are not welcome. Most people will think straight to physical kinds of harassment, but online harassment through messaging is where this song came from for me. It’s been real scary seeing a lot of people thinking they can say whatever they like to whoever they like online, so I’m hoping this song can raise more awareness on the issue. One of those incidents happened one day and I just blurted out what was on my mind over this chord progression I came up with.”

The Sunshine Coast local started off by playing solo around the area, gaining a loyal following through her captivating performances before her first single had even been released. Now with a band behind her, featuring Erin Ellis on lead guitar & vocals, Lachlan Pearson on bass, and Nick Keogh-Peel on drums, Dorah Jacson has been able to take her performance to the next level.  This raw emotion and passion that shines through in the live set has recently led to a great performance at Brisbane’s Mountain Goat Valley Crawl

Dorah Jacson Releases Heartfelt New Single “LURKING”

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Rock Guitar Wunderkind Sammy Boller’s Debut Album, Kingdom Of The Sun


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Guitarist

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A former music student at the University of Michigan, Sammy catapulted onto the national radar in 2012, when Joe Satriani selected him as a winner in Guitar Center’s “Master Satriani” competition. Now, an internationally-acclaimed player, Boller has amassed a large and loyal online following, and he earns his living as a full-time musician. Prior to embarking on his solo career, Sammy played guitar for the band, Citizen Zero (Wind-Up Records/Concord Music Group). Their State Of Mind LP notched multiple radio singles, including the debut release “Go (Let Me Save You)”, which cracked the Top 15 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart. Sammy’s exceptional playing and his sophisticated songwriting shined throughout Citizen Zero’s impressive 11-song offering.

 

“Sammy Boller, at a young age, has already developed a unique approach to playing, with power and inventiveness well beyond your expectations of a typical instrumentalist. An exciting blend of musical styles and the tension in his music puts him in a position to become a guitar hero for a new generation” Dave Friedman – Friedman Amplifiers


Outside of his own live touring schedule, Sammy also spends time on the road riding shotgun with world-renowned amplifier wizard Dave Friedman (Friedman Amplification). Friedman tapped Boller, a loyal BE-100 devotee, to be one of the young guns representing and promoting his esteemed line of amplifiers, pedals and guitars. The two regularly embark on runs through the States and Europe to sponsor clinics and gear demonstrations. In addition to his support role with Friedman, Boller is also a contributing columnist for Guitar World Magazine. His online column (“Secrets of Shred With Sammy Boller”) has a loyal monthly following, regularly racking up view counts in the tens of thousands.

When asked to describe his influences and approach, Sammy says, “My guitar playing has always been about plugging into an amp and blowing the walls down. I grew up wanting to be Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads, but over time I’ve found my own dark and aggressive style. These days, my dream as a musician is to make people feel as connected to the cosmos as I feel when I play the guitar. I’d love nothing more than that.”

 

Featured on GuitarWorld.com, Ultimate-Guitar.com and Guitarplayer.com

Tracklist:

Kingdom of the Sun
Sunrise/Sunset
Cloak of Light
Iolite
For Madmen Only
Dark Night of the Soul
Illusions
The Empress
Mirror of the Heart
Temple of Time
Awakening From The Daydream

All songs composed by Sammy Boller
Produced by Steve Lehane
Mixed by David Bendeth
Album art by Karen Lynch

Rock Guitar Wunderkind Sammy Boller’s Debut Album, Kingdom Of The Sun

LINKS TO SAMMY BOLLER

Website: https://www.sammyboller.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sammy-Boller-121227427076/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sammyboller

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sammyboller/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBaNpyUUFiNj8uDsTAYgOHg

Rock Guitar Wunderkind Sammy Boller’s Debut Album, Kingdom Of The Sun

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Come Alive with New Indie Power Pop from Aspy Jones


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Indie Pop Artist

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Aspy Jones releases his new single ‘Come Alive’ recorded in Brisbane by James North Productions.

 ‘Come Alive’ is a power pop song with a very serious message. “Come Alive was written about women who I see, spending their lives trying to make other people happy but not thinking about their own happiness”, says Aspy,  “I am surrounded by strong, independent women and it saddens me when I see other women who are not in control of their own lives and their future is in the power of someone or something else. I wrote this song to encourage them to be the person they want to be and I hope they find the strength to do that” 

 

Twenty-two-year-old Aspy Jones was shocked that his debut EP ‘Tantamount’, was such a success. It was funded by the Regional Arts Fund and three of the tracks released reached the top of the Triple J Unearthed Charts.

 

Aspy has been entertaining crowds at venues and festivals across Queensland including the Gympie Music Muster, Rockhampton River Festival, Rush Festival, Hervey Bay Seafood Festival, Peregian Originals, Hot 91 Fire in the Sky and was even showcased at the Sunshine Coast Music Industry Conference, Turn Up.

 

Aspy Jones did not have the easiest of childhoods and was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at 8 years old. “Finding a place in the world is not easy for people with autism”, says Aspy, “And I was embarrassed for a long time, but now I think my different ability helps my creativity as a songwriter”.

 

Aspy’s unique character, great sense of humour and personality always spills out into his lyrics. “Song writing is my life, I write songs to try and entertain, encourage or just to connect with people. I always feel really happy when someone says they relate to my lyrics”, says Aspy, “I also love messing around with the words and making them fit, it’s like a verbal game of Tetris”.

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Come Alive with New Indie Power Pop from Aspy Jones

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