Showing posts with label Featured Tracks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Featured Tracks. Show all posts


Featured Track-Sample The Cat-The Weather

Sample The Cat is a 3-piece American band from Berkshire County, Massachusetts, featuring the powerful soul vocalist Kendrah Bellevue, melodic rock guitarist Steve Dalton at lead and the prodigious Bryan Brophy on keys. Their latest release is a hauntingly beautiful track titled "The Weather." 

The music is a step away from the fusion of jazz, funk, and soul that they perform so well. They are gradually getting enough tracks together, all original, to release a full album.

The timing of this release is perfect for those feeling "The Weather." Not everyone is jolly this time of year, and the last two years have been challenging. The music speaks the truth and lifts your soul.

"The Weather" is a beautiful tapestry of sound and voice to bring the message home with conviction. Sample The Cat wants those suffering to know they are not alone. Music like this soothes you and gives you inner peace and a reprieve from the crazy world around us. As Kendrah sings from her heart and feels the song, her voice's strength and emotion permeate the equally outstanding music accompanying her.

So stop for a few minutes, listen to the words and music, and give in the spirit of humanity to help others less fortunate.

The track speaks volumes for those suffering from depression and the "Winter Blues." They ask you to donate anything you can here in support of mental health.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck 

December 10, 2021

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Featured Track: Love Ghost-Quiet Voices

Love Ghost is back with their second track feature on Rate The Tracks. 

"Quiet Voices" is not so quiet really. The artwork is most certainly dark and demented, and the music is a good match to what they are trying to convey in the song.

I think what the message is here is that the "quiet" voices can be just as effective and dangerous as the ones that scream.

They pull out all the stops and make this a real alternative rock-punk juggernaut. The seemingly quiet voices from the lead singer turn into a more convincing and powerful one to go along with the crashing rhythm section and in your face guitar lines.

"Quiet Voices" is like an early morning wake-up call and a warning as to what is to come if you don't pay attention. They really do get your attention on this track in every way possible!

 Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

Love Ghost Website:

Love Ghost is an alternative rock band from Los Angeles. While young in age (two of them are seniors in high school), these musicians have a genuine and developed grunge rock sound. Their sound has been compared to Alice in Chains and Smashing Pumpkins, amongst other throwback rock greats...READ MORE...


Featured Track: Children of Aleppo-By James Alexander Featuring Úyanga Bold

"Children of Aleppo" was developed for the Original Soundtrack, Alternative, World and New Age genres according the artist James Alexander.

The song is dedicated to those that cannot speak for themselves. It is a message to man from the heavens.

The music is texutred with many colors and a beautiful atmosphere that reaches your soul instantaneously. It is prolific instrumental music meant to have an impact on the listener. Once you understand what the track is about then it really hits home.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

More About James Alexander

My Music Tells My Story 

James Alexander is an American composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician & poet of Indian origin. He considers A.R Rahman as his musical guru. At an early age, he was deeply influenced by the music of ARR in films like Roja, Bombay, Duet, Rangeela and Taal...READ MORE...


Featured Track: Shauna Burns-Scarborough Fair

Shauna Burns' new single is one of the most famous tracks ever recorded and Simon and Garfunkel was one of the most prolific folk-pop duos of all time. They had a ton of hits and one of them was "Scarborough Fair." 

Shauna gives the classic tune her own treatment with a Celtic folk flavor.  Her music can be haunting and this version certainly brings the song new life and puts an entirely different spin on the original.

This is further proof that indie artists like Shauna Burns can be original and interesting, even when doing a cover.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

More About Shauna Burns:

Burns had developed her captivating vocal and playing style while growing up in Miami, Florida where she was inspired by her mother’s love for the piano and groundbreaking pop/rock artists like Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos. After releasing four studio albums and countless singles, Burns has hit FMQB AC Charts, was one of WCH Radio’s “Top Songs of the Year” and hit #1 on “Song Vault Radio.” The Moon and the Fire Circle album was selected as “Best of 2008” by Collected Sounds and The Promise Live. Shauna Burns continues to capture audiences across the globe with her heartwarming music. Her profound lyrics and piano driven sound has built her reputation in the Celtic music world and has also allowed her to tour extensively through the U.S. and U.K.


Featured Track: Amilia K Spicer - Lightning

Amilia K Spicer's music hits you like a hurricane and strikes you like a bolt of  "Lightning." 

Her strong and sensuous vocal style draws you in and latches on. She dangles the carrot of temptation with strong words and images in her video and stream for the new single. 

If you like to sail away with the music Amilia has the power to get you there.

The combination of folk, roots rock and Americana is a vital combination and her voice will win you over in seconds!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

More About Amilia:

It may be her haunting, husky voice that first grabs a listener, the way it glides over melodies like smoke, but it’s the songwriting that Spicer really wants you to hear.  It fuses together the different places she calls home:

Raised in rural Pennyslvania, currently residing in California, spending half the year in Austin, the topography covers languid farm landscapes, red dirt Americana, and an occasional turn down a dark alley with flickering neon...READ MORE...


Featured Track: Ashley J- Trapped

Ashley J feels "Trapped" and the whole world is going to know it once they hear the latest single.

She is back again for all you lovers of fast moving and energetic dance grooves.

Ashley's powerful and emotive vocals move with the pulsating beats and if you listen long enough so will your body.

Check out "Trapped" and get ready for your blood to get pumping!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

More About Ashley:
At first glance, Ashley J exudes a vivacious and seductive youthful energy that’s wrapped in her free-flowing blonde locks, natural good looks and voluptuous body frame. However, beneath her eye-pleasing visual facade, she has a fascinatingly diverse background, artistically and musically and packs a wallop of a voice that fuses an infectious blend of vocal dexterity, moods and range ...READ MORE...


Featured Track: Elle Casazza-Too Bad

Elle Casazza has new release out titled Proof. Not to use a pun on words but I could not resist it. Her single and video "Too Bad," streamed here, is "proof" she has what it takes to play in the big leagues.

Her voice has a warmth and clarity that belongs on your favorite summer time radio station.

"Too Bad" is a great bouncy pop tune with a reggae beat to keep things moving nice and steady. You get the bonus of dancing along with her and the girls in the video. Your choice of course...

 Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

More About Elle:

Elle Casazza diversifies the pop scene with her own refreshing and authentic blend of jazz, soul, funk and pop rhythms that are seamlessly crafted into her songs. Elle’s commanding vocals, defying songwriting and versatile approach produces infectious and timeless music that garners fans worldwide...READ MORE...


Featured Track: Nancy Shoop-Wu-Rainbow Road

Nancy Shoop-Wu recently released her new recording Rainbow Road. The title track is featured here to give you a taste of the excellence she commands on the violin.

The track is a tapestry of colors and atmospheres one can only deliver if they are surrounded by a beautiful environment. In this case it is so because Nancy is located in Hawaii.

It's as if she becomes one with mother earth and her instrument opens the door to the "Rainbow Road." Have a listen and find the beauty and peace within one beautiful song. Stream the track and watch the video.

Read My Full Review of the Album.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

More About Nancy Shoop-Wu:

Known for her soulful and expressive playing, violinist and singer/songwriter Nancy Shoop-Wu blends her classical training as a symphony violinist with the impressionistic magic of the Islands of Hawaii. From the moment she set foot in the Aloha State, Nancy found herself under the islands' magical spell. The result was a burst of creativity for the consummate musician as she blended her love of New Age and Classical music, combining them with the musical culture of her new home, to craft beautiful music with appeal across a variety of spectrum's...READ MORE...


Featured Track: Doug Hammer-The Spirit of America

Doug Hammer has a new album coming out titled Americana. It could not have arrived any sooner. "The Spirit of America" would make a great movie soundtrack on how we came to be.

This music just gave me chills. It is all instrumental with high energy and a lot of hope wrapped into it. 

Thank you Doug Hammer for the music and your belief in the American Flag and what it stands for.

One small step for man and one giant leap for like this helps to make that journey a bit easier. 

Music can inspire and heal and that is exactly what this instrumental did for me! America is changing and evolving every day, strap in and get ready for a ride!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

More About Doug Hammer:

Multi-award winning pianist, composer and producer Doug Hammer has been involved with music since the age of three and began piano lessons at the age of six. He was educated in contemporary, jazz and classical styles of music.

A scholarship graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Doug's musical world continued to flourish, gaining experience in everything from record production to orchestration and arranging. After Berklee, he opened his own project studio and production company, Dreamworld Productions. His studio and skills have served the needs of many, working on projects for film, web, TV, radio and corporations. He has produced countless artists in a diversity of styles...READ MORE...


Featured Track: Karen Olson and Crispin Barrymore-Inner Wanderings

Karen Olson's latest release is A Hero's Journey created with Crispin Barrymore on the piano and sampled sounds.  A Hero's Journey. It contains 11 tracks of new age/classical influenced instrumentals. We are featuring her choice track  titled "Inner Wanderings."

The track suggests the human condition and what we find when we look inside for the truth. Karen's music is recognized on the world stage because of the expertise she commands with the viola.

It's not any easy task taking one instrument and making it a lead in a track or an entire album. This is a major accomplishment for any artist and particularly those that choose stringed instruments.

Karen's viola leads you down a path to push aside the feelings and emotions that are superficial. Her music will invite you to focus on your own "Inner Wanderings." - Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

More About Karen Olson: 

Karen Olson is an internationally recognized violist, recording artist and composer. She combines her unique background as a musician, Reiki master, and intuitive holistic healer, by providing interactive, fun and inspiring concerts and programs.

Karen’s music has been called “jazzical”: classically oriented jazz fusion that has New Age and World Music influences...READ MORE...


Featured Track: Erik Scott-Seven Veils

Erik Scott is one of the worlds most talented bass players. He has many years of solid experience that has coalesced in his solo work over the last several years.

Scott is a rocker turned new age instrumental artist superb! On the new release In The Company of Clouds he provides listeners with some tasty instrumental treats featuring his fluid and groove filled bass playing.

Our focus track is the beautiful and mesmerizing "Seven Veils." Scott takes the listener on a cosmic journey through the stars and heaven itself with relaxing and superior tones that emanate from his instrument.

Give it a listen now and see if you agree!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

More About Erik Scott:

Best known for his work with Alice Cooper, Sonia Dada, and Flo & Eddie, "Erik "Eski" Scott has a recording career that stretches back to 1969, making albums with Northern Illinois groups "Food" and "Jambalaya". It was in 1974 he met and played bass with Zappa cohorts and Turtles members Flo and Eddie, and would later record and tour with Alice Cooper. He was a founding member and worked fifteen years with Sonia Dada. He also made recordings with Pops and Mavis Staples, Kim Carnes, and many other artists over a forty year career, a love affair and devotion which spans until present day where we find him playing some truly zoned out, interstellar bass on his solo record Other Planets and the latest release In The Company of Clouds.


Featured Track: The Ann Wilson Thing – Don’t Give Up (Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush cover)

The Ann Wilson Thing #2 was released on August 12th. The second installment of classic rock covers takes some of the best songs you have heard over the years and gives it that Ann Wilson stamp. 

Her name is synonymous in the world of rock and she continues to record quality music with Heart and her solo work is exemplary as well.

"Don't Give Up" is a classic tune from Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush however as the track begins she lets the crowd now she will be covering both parts which is not difficult for a Gemini.

It is a heartfelt effort that is given its due by Ms. Wilson and it goes without saying that the musicianship is excellent as well. I can say that I have always enjoyed her music and this is yet another one to add to the list.

Turn it up and enjoy!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

More About Ann Wilson:

As a songwriter and lyricist, she has created a truly impressive body of work ("Crazy on You," "Barracuda," "Magic Man," "Dog & Butterfly," "Straight On", "Even it Up," "Mistral Wind," and many, many more). However, her greatest gift, and first "calling" is singing. Her voice is considered to be among the best ever, with its vast range, amazing power and sheer musicality. It has inspired legions of great singers, across every genre of music. Witness the number of times "Alone" has been performed on American Idol! READ MORE...


Featured Track: Candice Night-Once In A Garden

Candice Night is well known for her role as the lead singer for Blackmore's Night however she has also carved out a very successful solo career as well.

With Starlight Starbright she dedicated the album to her own children and the songs serve as a magical journey of a child. It is the second video release from the album.  

This song was composed  by her daughter Autumn when she was just two years old. Candice heard her singing to her dolls and recorded the song. Autumn appears in the video with Candice.

Candice is living the dream and indicates that on her website and it is very apparent in her songs on the new release.

"Once In A Garden" shows children frolicking outside and loving life. Nobody could have put the feelings of a mother into proper perspective better than Candice. This is a beautifully done track featuring one of the most compelling voices in music.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

More About Candice:

Did you have a  dream?

I did...I'll tell you a child I always dreamed of being a singer. I had a vivid imagination and it was easy for me to transport myself to a simpler, more magical time. I took acting and singing lessons from the age of 4 and became involved in modeling, commerical work and little theater productions. As a teen music was my great escape. I knew I had to be around music for my career so I went to work at a radio station and as chance would have it met my husband.  It was 1989. He was in Deep Purple and challenged our radio station to a charity soccer match.

He took me on the road with him in 1993 and when he needed a singer for his Difficult To Cure Solo, asked me to be his voice.

He then reformed Rainbow and needed a lyricist. I co-wrote 4 songs on the Stranger In Us All cd and won my first of many gold records and awards.

In our downtime we wrote music that was a release from the stress of the world. A place of fantasy, of star filled skies, castles on hillsides and honor and chivalry. Breathing new life into melodies from the 12th to 15 hundreds we added new lyrics and instrumentation. This musical escape became our band: Blackmore's Night. We have performed in this incarnation for 18 years releasing cds almost yearly.

We tour castles with an 8 piece band and play a wide variety of music from Renaissance to Rock to Folk to ballads and instrumentals. We wear garb from another time and encourage our audience to do the same to be a part of the journey.

I have also released a solo cd entitled: Reflections and we do a lot of work with animal charities worldwide.

And, yes, I am living my dream....