Showing posts with label Reggae. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Reggae. Show all posts

1/28/2021

Reggae Legends Chalwa Brings Their Annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash to the Online Platform Stageit – February 6, 2021

Reggae power house, Chalwa, brings their Annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash to the online platform Stageit! Take a Front Row Seat inside NewRootz Studio for a full set of Marley on February 6, 2021 at 8:30pm Eastern Time and be an interactive part of the studio masterpiece! Chalwa and J Ferris of NewRootz bring you weekly Reggae Sunday broadcasts on Stageit, with multi-camera views, full studio audio and psychedelic overlays. Their prime-time Bob Marley Birthday Celebration is not a show you want to miss!

Tickets are on sale now at stageit.com/chalwa

Jamaican Roots bud a hybrid strain of Appalachian Mountain Reggae in the Ancient Blue Mountains of Western North Carolina. CHALWA combines Earthly meditations and high grade vibrations for one-of-a-kind shows bred to heal the Nations. Their high energy always gets the diverse crowd dancing and groovin’ to the message. With 50 shows a year on Sunday afternoons at Highland Brewing Company alone, Chalwa continues to build an ever growing base of believers wherever they go. Welcome to the tribe!

After hitting the scene in 2006, Chalwa toured throughout the southeastern US and Jamaica. They have shared the stage with reggae greats such as: Steel Pulse, Midnite, Groundation, The Meditations, Bambu Station, SOJA, Pato Banton, and many more. Chalwa released their first CD in 2009 and were voted one of the top World Music, Reggae bands by the ASHEVILLE entertainment paper the MountainXress in 2010. Over the past 10 years Chalwa continued to cultivate and grow both their sound and current lineup. Their latest Album, “NewRootz” (2020), has gotten the attention of listeners across the globe as they continue to surf the resonant frequencies. Their most recent 2020 Single releases, "Questions" and “What's it Gonna Be?” set the tone for the arsenal of online shows and releases cued up for 2021.

Never miss a beat at ChalwaRoots.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

10/09/2020

Robin Trower, Maxi Priest and Livingstone Brown Release Their Joint Album ‘United State of Mind’

Released digitally on all platforms on October 9th is a fantastic album that brings together three very different UK music legends: Robin Trower, Maxi Priest and Livingstone Brown: ‘United State of Mind’ (released on Manhaton Records). Three artists with distinctive, trademark sounds and styles that dovetail and fuse together, creating an excellent whole that’s full of atmosphere, allure and a whole lotta soul.

Virtuoso rock guitarist Robin Trower found fame with Procul Harum, then went on to lead his very own power trio: The Robin Trower Band. His album ‘Bridge of Sighs’ has sold millions of copies worldwide. Classic Rock Review described Robin as a “guitar player of unparalleled influence,” particularly for the passion and soul of his playing, as well as his virtuosity, all of which have inspired countless young guitarists to take up the instrument.

“USM was one of the first pieces of music that I came up with for Maxi,” reflects guitarist Robin Trower, “as soon as he heard it, Maxi had the lyric idea of ‘On a lonely highway’ and everything started to fall into place from there. I think it is one of the best tracks I’ve been involved in. Working on the album with Livi and Maxi was a complete joy from beginning to end.”

Maxi Priest is an iconic British reggae vocalist, with Jamaican heritage, who’s best known for singing reggae with added R&B flavour, creating that potent blend called reggae fusion. Maxi was a pioneer in the genre and is acknowledged as one of the most successful reggae fusion acts of all time.

Livingstone Brown, meanwhile, is a talented producer/mix engineer and musician. As a session and touring musician during the 80s and 90s, Livingstone worked, separately, with Robin Trower and Maxi Priest; not to mention in his long career other high-calibre artists such as Ed Sheeran, The Waterboys, Tina Turner, Bryan Ferry, Kylie Minogue, De La Soul, ABC and Bill Withers —to name but an impressive several.

“From the opening title track, it’s one of those releases that catches you and never lets go” - Pete Clack, Blues In Britain

Watch United State Of Mind Official Lyric Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inmAsdcDzXE&feature=youtu.be&mc_cid=00c76e83ff&mc_eid=1c96dcd56d

Maxi, Robin and Livi’s distinct talents proved a winning combo: in songwriting, in performance and in production, and thus the trio’s chemistry and collaboration led to ‘United State of Mind’: an album on which you’ll find Maxi's trademark smooth as silk, mesmerising vocals, Robin Trower's soulful, passionate guitarwork, and Livingstone’s catalyst flair and Midas Touch.

What brought this remarkable trio together was a chance meeting at Livingstone Brown's studio in Brixton in the UK, caused by what Livingstone calls “a diary malfunction.”

Maxi Priest puts it this way: “Three different minds coming together trying to create a unification that we can give as a gift to the world. We wanted to come together to do something positive. I’m overwhelmed and proud of this album. It’s all live instrumentation — fully organic music. This album is for music lovers: all genres.”

The end product — ‘United State of Mind’ — is an outstanding album, rich in commercial appeal, that’s beguiling, seductive and so smooth that it’s virtually frictionless. Also, full of verve and virtuosity that’s not only going to appeal to fans of the trio’s solo work, in reggae, rock and beyond, but is bound to delight many more besides. Definitely one to check out!

Click here to Download/Stream the album: https://ffm.to/usomalbum?mc_cid=00c76e83ff&mc_eid=1c96dcd56d

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5/13/2020

Reggae Legends Chalwa Release New Single "Cool Mountains" From Upcoming Album 'NewRootz'


For the past 15 years, Chalwa has been sending out Positive Earthly Vibrations from the Mountains of Western North Carolina, and now the WORLD has finally found out what our friends in the “cool mountains” have known all along! “Cool Mountains” is the first Single off Chalwa‘s upcoming album, “NewRootz”, set to drop June 21, 2020. This album is a compilation of Chalwa’s most popular songs written over the past decade, now recorded with the current lineup at New Rootz Studio with J Ferris at the master command console. “NewRootz” is truly the band’s new foundation.

“Cool Mountains” represents Chalwa’s unique Mountain Reggae sound and their love for their beautiful home in Western NC. Chalwa fuses music from the Blue Mountains of Jamaica with the Blue Mountains of Appalachia.

Watch the video:


Chalwa plans to release 2 additional singles and a 2nd album this Summer with more of their newest hits!

This 8 piece Mountain Reggae band out of Asheville, NC represents a community giving thanks for life, one love and the continual growth of Music, Mind and Spirit.

Sharing a connection with the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, Chalwa draws from the ancient roots of the Appalachia to grow and spread their musical mediation and positive vibrations. Their high energy shows are one of a kind and always get the diverse crowd dancing and groovin’ to the message. With 50 shows a year on Sunday afternoons at Highland Brewing alone, Chalwa draws an ever growing crowd wherever they go. Welcome to the tribe!

The band consists of a diverse, all-star line-up of local musicians from bands such as the Asheville Horns, Hope Massive, Josh Phillips Folk Festival, Biodesiel, and the Everydays. After hitting the scene in 2006, Chalwa toured throughout the southeast US and Jamaica. The band has shared the stage with reggae greats such as: Steel Pulse, Midnite, Groundation, The Meditations, Bambu Station, SOJA, Pato Banton, and many more. Chalwa released it’s first CD in 2009 and was voted one of the top World Music, Reggae bands by the ASHEVILLE entertainment paper the MountainXress in 2010.

Members: 

Dennis Berndt: Lead Vocals, Guitar
Dusty Brown: Bass
Nethali Percival: Percussion, Vibes
Timothy Marsh: Guitar, Vocals
Bernard Carmen: Keys, Vocals
Joshua Lyn: Drums
Jason Hazinski: Saxophone
Evan Ackerman - Guitar
Jay Ferris | NewRootz Studio: Master Engineer

For more information: 
https://www.chalwaroots.com/
https://chalwaroots.com/map

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

3/22/2019

The Neville Staple Band Release New Single "Put Away Your Knives"


Check out this amazing song, “Put Away Your Knives”, by the Neville Staple Band, with its 2Tone influenced punky ska and reggae mix, along with the on-point lyrics that focus on the current knife crime problem sweeping the Nation!

The Legendary Neville Staple (ex The Specials, Fun Boy Three, Special Beat, Judge Roughneck and more) and wife, Sugary Staple (who recently co-wrote the highly acclaimed ‘Rude Rebel’s Album with Neville), both collaborated with Dandy Livingstone, another legendary ska figure and originator of Rudy, A Message To You, to produce this lyrical and musical cry to the young people involved in knife crime. This follows the fatal stabbing, just 6 months ago, of Neville’s 21-year-old grandson Fidel Glasgow. The killer has still not been caught.

Neville has said, “We are dedicating the song to my grandson Fidel and to everyone else out there, who has been affected by violent crimes. It’s time we take back some control and teach the youth right from wrong, and the consequences of their actions. This song is highlighting the pain and the anger being caused to the families too. It asks the youths to just stop, think and put down the knives! Even while we were in the studio recording this, my wife Sugary and I became very emotional. It hurts bad when you lose someone so young in the family, but it’s even harder when you know that someone took their life early. No one said we were all ready to have Fidel taken away from us. I shed a tear on stage every time we make a dedication to him and to my daughter Melanie, so Sugary takes over and speaks out for me to the crowd. Then I get angry at just how easily the youth find it now, to carry weapons around. They seem to have no thoughts for who they are really hurting, including themselves. It is us, all the generations above them that must step in now and help fix this mess. This disregard for life! No one else is going to sort it out!”

“We had some violent crime when I was a young guy, but not like this. And we feared consequence. We messed about a bit then you grow up and make some better purpose for yourself.”

Sugary said, “We talk to young offenders and go to some schools and chat about the seriousness of violent crimes and talk about ways of staying away from it. Some were even young parents themselves! I asked if they would want their child to know that they cut someone or even killed someone. What kind of a role model is that! I have said over and over again, if you don’t feel safe going to that place without carrying a weapon, then don’t go to that place. Just don’t go! It can’t be a good place to hang out anyway, if weapons are needed. And if you feel pressured into carrying a knife or any other sh**, talk to somebody you trust. If this is not your parents, then maybe a cool cousin, a great uncle or auntie, a grandparent or even a friend. This includes those who are groomed into that life. I also call upon all the ‘good’ young people out there, to join forces in saying #PutAwayYourKnives to other friends who are carrying. Why not make it a cool thing to share that message and separate yourselves from the negatives.”

“I say it is all our responsibility. Everyone please look out for each other. Look out for the young people around you. Check them. See if they need guidance or support in going the right way. My stepdaughter Melanie has lost her only son. Her life as a mother has been destroyed. Many others have been through similar pain. Step up people, this is all our problem. Don’t wait for it to hit your family”

Neville and Sugary decided to also use the song to support the great work of Victim Support, to promote their services and encourage more support and donations, for what Victim Support do for families affected by knife crime. Diana Fawcett, Chief Officer of independent charity Victim Support said:

“Working closely with victims and bereaved families we know just how destructive these shocking crimes are for everyone impacted. We’re really pleased to be working with the renowned Neville Staple and his wife Sugary Staple to help raise awareness of the issue and raise vital funds to allow us, as an independent charity, to continue our work.

“Families and communities are being devastated by knife crime and it is so important that we all come together to tackle this - organisations, government agencies and all communities.”

Please download “Put Away Your Knives”, today. Starring Neville Staple, Legendary front man of The Specials, Fun Boy Three, 2Tone and Special Beat, also known as The Original Rude Boy, and who now celebrates 40 years of his successful music career, with a variety of awards which include: MOJO, NME, Gold, Silver & Platinum discs – along with his award winning wife Sugary Staple, who spearheaded the Skamouth weekends and has been acting, singing and running events for over 30 years, along with the top drawer Neville Staple Band of top music professionals who have worked with top selling artists, as well as written material of their own.

Stream the single here: http://open.spotify.com/album/1GquX9iGNuaFbMQ7TWUFe1
Buy the download here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/put-away-your-knives-feat-sugary-staple-dandy-livingstone/1456682714?ls=1
Watch the video here:


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3/12/2019

Bay Area Reggae Band HIGHEST INTENTION Sets Worldwide Release of their Highly Anticipated Debut Album UNIVERSAL LIGHT


San Francisco, CA – HIGHEST INTENTION is a vintage Roots Reggae Revival band that hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Their sound is locally grounded and globally appealing, bringing to mind artists like Sublime, 311, and even Bob Marley. Their highly anticipated debut album UNIVERSAL LIGHT will release March 22, 2019 worldwide in stores and online. This stunning debut is a solid release that honors the tradition of Jamaican Roots music while also forging its own brand of progressive Reggae for the new millennium.

UNIVERSAL LIGHT features guest producer Ces-One (J-Boog) and guest musicians Raleigh Neal (Michael Franti), Paul Wolstencroft (Slightly Stoopid), Toho Saunders (President Brown), and many more. Lead singer Karim Israel (Arise Roots) features on the song “Morning Light,” and KBong (Stick Figure) laid down piano on a tune! Describing the first single and title track of the album, Kristy Rose of Top Shelf Reggae says, “Blending traditional reggae sounds with jazzy elements, “Universal Light” is so much more than a song – it's a social statement.” Additional singles “Sky” and “Fat One” will be releasing to radio ahead of the album’s release.

Formed in 2012 by guitar player and singer Ben “Down” Lowe, HIGHEST INTENTION has performed alongside countless Reggae greats and established themselves as a local favorite, conveying a message of love and unity with a clean and fundamentally modern Roots Reggae sound. HIGHEST INTENTION plays to wildly enthusiastic audiences in clubs, concert halls, and festivals up and down the West Coast, including the world-famous Mavericks Challenge surf competition, the Bay Area Vibez Festival, and has performed with artists including Damian MarleyFishbone, and Native Elements, to name a few.

Ben Lowe says, “The idea behind Highest Intention is to make music that can heal people and make them feel better, and that’s the highest intention for music I can think of. Our music aims to be clean, natural, fluid and graceful.” Highest Intention combines unique and thoughtful songwriting with heavy one drop beats, deep intoxicating bass lines, live horns, and vintage dub style effects featuring sound man Aaron Dahl (M.I.A., Wiz Khalifa), who is arguably the only true apprentice to dub legend Scientist aka Hopeton Brown. The band name “Highest Intention” was conceived by Judah at the Black Spot in Santa Cruz, CA.

Ben Lowe has had many of his own songs broadcast nationally on ABC Television and on shows such as The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and has produced Reggae music for numerous TV networks including BravoABC, and MTV. As a singer and guitar player, he credits the Stepping Razor, Peter Tosh, Culture, and Burning Spear as musical influences, and has backed some of Jamaica’s best-known artists – including Cornell Campbell and Andrew Tosh. Ben Lowe originally founded the hit underground Reggae band Free Energy while attending UC Santa Cruz, and during his tenure with the band he shared the stage with the likes of Steel PulseMorgan Heritage, the Marley Brothers, and Culture, to name just a few.

Highest Intention is on the rise with a loyal and steadily-growing fan base, elevating how people feel, spreading positivity, and bringing good vibes with their music. They will be touring their debut full length album in 2019.

“We are extremely proud of the team that came together for Highest Intention. This project has brought new local talent together with internationally touring pros.”


For more information about HIGHEST INTENTION please visit: www.highestintentionband.com

To pre-order UNIVERSAL LIGHT on digital services please visit: smarturl.it/HighestIntention

To pre-order UNIVERSAL LIGHT on Bandcamp please visit: highestintention.bandcamp.com

For Booking inquiries please contact: highestintention@gmail.com

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James of Glass Onyon PR: (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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2/03/2017

Original Rude Boy Neville Staple Returns As JUDGE ROUGHNECK On His Brand New Studio Album!


Los Angeles, CA - Return Of Judge Roughneck is the brand new album from the legendary Specials & Fun Boy Three founding member, Neville Staple. The album features brilliant new re-workings of classic Jamaican cuts, some brand new material, and a few gems from Neville’s past.

Neville Staple recreates his famous Judge Roughneck character, first seen as part of the “Stupid Marriage” song from the Specials debut album on 2Tone Records. Be prepared for a super ride through classic Jamaican early reggae tunes, ska stomping rhythms and new tracks that fit perfectly with echoes of 2Tone and Bluebeat mixed with Trojan music styles. Part 2 of the album, a full set of bonus Dub remixes, takes you on a dub journey with atmospheric vibes, toasting fun and twisted song versions.

A special video release of the lead track “Return of Judge Roughneck” will premiere on Vive Le Rock’s website to coincide with the official album release date of February 17, 2017 release. Shot by Lee Cogswell and Daniel Thompson (production storyline & casting by Christine Sugary Staple, also featured), at various locations in the 2Tone City of Coventry in the UK’s West Midlands, including the heritage building of the historic ‘Coventry County Court’ (now a restaurant called the Establishment), where Neville was sentenced to borstal during his youth. Further locations include Coventry University’s Moot Room, the local Council Chambers, St Mary’s Guildhall and the Belgrade Theatre. Expect a fun ska dance video filled with Judge Roughneck’s take on the World of politicians, bankers and bullies, along with dancing barristers and cocky jailbirds.

Check out a preview of the video here:


The album features the Neville Staple Band musicians, guest musicians including former Geraldine Fibbers and The Jayhawks violinist Jessy Greene, and Neville’s wife Christine Sugary Staple, who co-produced the album with Neville and Tom Lowry (Planet Studios), with additional mastering work by Mike Bennett. Return Of Judge Roughneck will be available on both CD and in a special limited edition 2LP vinyl package!

Track List:
1. Return Of Judge Roughneck
2. Bangarang
3. Down My Street
4. Lunatics
5. Crime Don't Pay
6. Gang Fever
7. Politician Man
8. Maga Dog
9. Run
10. Be Happy
11. Sweet Sensation
12. Enjoy Yourself (Ragtime Lounge Mix feat. Jessy Greene)
13. Maga Dub
14. Crime Dub
15. Roadblock (Slam Door Dub Mix by Ed Rome)
16. Dub Fever
17. Jah Baddis Dubplate
18. Dub Street
19. Bang Bang
20. Dub Crazy feat. Jessy Greene
21. Legal Dub

Buy the CD here:
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5/16/2016

Reggae Icon Rocker-T to Release New 19-track Album The Return of the Tru Ganjaman, Featuring Many Special Guests, on June 17th, 2016


Oakland, CA – Brooklyn-born Reggae pioneer Rocker-T announces the release of his newest album, The Return of the Tru Ganjaman, featuring Reggae Legends Mykal Rose (Black Uhuru), Prezident Brown and UK Reggae Superstar Gappy Ranks. The new album showcases some great original songs, along with some inspired remixes of some older songs from some well-known producers. The 19-track release (16 songs on the CD and 3 bonus tracks on the digital album) is put out through Luvinnit Productions, Rocker-T’s own independent record label, on June 17th, 2016. The album has many other amazing guest features including Mr. Williamz, Skip Wicked (Indubious), Mama-T, Ras Indio, and Jah Wave, and spans many genres while staying rooted in the conscious Dancehall reggae that Rocker-T is known for.

This full-length album comes on the heels of Rocker-T releasing Tru Ganjaman: The Remixes on April 20th, 2016, which has been receiving rave reviews and international airplay since its release. Throughout his 30-year career, Rocker-T has always been on the cutting edge of the worldwide movement to decriminalize cannabis, personified in his groundbreaking, award-winning 1996 anthem Tru Ganjaman. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the song’s release, Luvinnit Productions commissioned and released Tru Ganjaman: The Remixes, featuring 23 remixes of this iconic track from a variety of well-known producers. The compilation includes Reggae, Hip Hop, Dub and various EDM sub genres including Dubstep and Dance. Amongst the amazing producers featured on the release are the legendary Sidney Mills (longtime producer of KRS1/Boogie Down Productions and Steel Pulse), Neil Perch (of Zion Train), Ras G, Sub Atomic Soundsystem, Roommate, and 6BLOCC.

The song Tru Ganjaman has millions of plays across various YouTube channels and is notably recognized as Rocker-T performs all around the world. His extensive catalog includes the album Give Thanks on Electra Records with his band Skadanks, 7 full-length albums including Nicer By the Hour, If Yu Luv, Show Ya Luv, More Luv, Hold On Strong, Alphabet City, and a two-volume release titled Hurban Warrior Of Peace: Part Roots featuring Gappy Ranks, Rankin’ Joe and Terry Ganzie, and Hurban Warrior Of Peace: Part Konkrete featuring KRS1, Cutty Ranks and Marlon Asher. He has also released dozens of singles and a handful of EPs, including the Luv is the Foundation EP featuring Joan Baez.

The Return of the Tru Ganjaman features collaborations with many well-known and developing artists, and was created at Luvinnit Productions Studios in Oakland, California. The album is mainly produced by Luvinnit Productions, Royal Order Music and Dynasty Records.

Rocker-T has maintained his youthful exuberance, energy, and sound quality both onstage and off throughout his 30-year career with a spiritual and holistic lifestyle, and a grand love of life and music. He has been a huge influence on every music scene he has been involved in, leading the way for such artists as Matisyahu, Alborosie, Josh Heinrichs, Skillinjah and groups like Soja and Fortunate Youth, from a time when American born artists were not performing Hip Hop, Roots or Dancehall in a West Indian Patois. A man whose life seems to have been created for music, Rocker-T is a pulsating force with much energy and love to share with the world.

Rocker-T will perform at festivals and shows throughout 2016 in North America and Europe to promote the album’s release. Check out Rocker-T’s social media sites for updated show information.
For Bookings or more Rocker-T info visit http://rocker-t.com/

To listen to or purchase Tru Ganjaman: The Remixes on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tru-ganjaman-the-remixes/id1102985271

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2/25/2016

WMMW seeks Female Artists for CD & Live Performance Opportunity

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WMMW is seeking submissions for a compilation CD.  The purpose of this CD is to both promote female artists and to accompany 3-4 runway exhibitions at the Southern Women’s Show April 2016.  The SWS of Nashville attracts an audience upwards of 30,000 women of all ages over 4 days.
The theme of the runway shows will focus on empowering women.  Songs do not have to speak directly to this but should support the idea.  Artists are asked to submit 1-2 up tempo songs for consideration.  (No covers, you must own the rights to your material.)  All artists will be asked to sign a release as the CD will be sold to cover costs of advertising at the WMMW promo booth.
Musicians are also encouraged to submit an application if interested in performing live at this event.  All contributing musicians will receive a working pass and are encouraged to be a part of Meet & Greet Sessions.  
Rock on!
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9/16/2014

Legendary Narada Michael Walden Produces Conscious Songstress Christina Holmes Debut Album 'Peace, Love, and C. Holmes' Due For Release October 14, 2014


Narragansett, RI – In June 2013, Christina Holmes, a singer/songwriter originally from New Jersey, now based in Rhode Island, was presented with the opportunity to record her debut album with multi-platinum producer Narada Michael Walden after he heard some of her demos and was blown away by her raw talent. Walden has produced music royalty like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Aretha Franklin, and worked with world-class musicians like Sting, Carlos Santana and Lenny Kravitz. He bonded not only with her talent, but also with the message her music represents. Soon after Christina flew to California to begin working with Narada at his legendary Tarpan Studios.

Christina was a little nervous heading in to the studio knowing how talented and successful Narada was, but he made her feel at home. Before the two started recording they both sat down and grooved together musically. With Narada on drums and Christina on vocals and guitar, they jammed together for hours. Everything was so effortless that they could tell right away they were meant to work together. Christina began to record with Narada throughout the summer of 2013 and into early 2014, and during that time she wrote and recorded 21 songs. In July of 2014, Narada offered Christina a record deal with his newly founded label, Tarpan Records. Christina signed and is now releasing her debut album, Peace, Love, and C. Holmes on October 14th, 2014. The album contains 16 amazing original compositions featuring many amazing guest performers. All of the Vocals, most of the Guitars, and even some of the drum tracks were performed by Christina.

After a few years of playing everywhere from open mics, bars, and smaller local venues to busking on the street, she thought it was time to try something bigger. She came across an ad for auditions to be on “Amateur Night at the Apollo” and knew it was the perfect opportunity to finally show what she could do. She auditioned and on the spot was asked to play at their next show. On June 6th, 2012 Christina took the stage at the legendary Apollo Theater, and the audience response was overwhelming. Christina says “It was an absolute honor to be able to play on that stage, and I couldn't believe it when I received a standing ovation.”

That day truly changed Christina’s life and made her 100% confident in herself. She went on to book a small east coast tour, put out original music on YouTube, joined Musicians on Call and continued to plow forward doing what she loved. Christina Holmes now has a fan base that is growing every day, and has had the opportunity to play legendary venues such as Eddie's Attic in Atlanta, The Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago, and The Middle East in Boston.

Christina’s new album is titled Peace, Love, and C. Holmes… because it's a little bit of peace, a little bit of love, and a whole lot of C. Holmes. She has always been passionate about music and enthusiastic about helping people, so why not put the two together? Her main goal has always been to spread her music to anyone who is willing to listen, with the hope of changing his or her day for the better.

Christina says “Music is healing in so many ways and I want to bring positivity to the world through my music. I have seen firsthand, while working with Musicians on Call, how powerful music can be for a person’s life. People spend too much time focusing on the negative and the hatred in life, and I want to be able to shed some light in the world. My music is not only how I express how I feel, but it’s also been my way of being able to bring out the best of the people who listen.”

Christina plans to tour in support her new album with a half dozen “CD Release” events on both the east and west coast of the USA. She will perform in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as well as showcasing in Northern California around the album’s release date.

Visit Christina’s Website or Social Media pages for sound samples or more information about this release and future tour dates and promotions at www.christinaholmesmusic.com

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For Radio Inquiries contact Brandon Day at Tinderbox Music at 612-375-1113 brandon@tinderboxmusic.com

5/29/2014

Third World, One Of The Biggest Crossover Successes In Reggae Music, Returns With A Salute To The Hits Of Our Time!


Under The Magic Sun, An Incredible New Studio Album Featuring Superb And Inventive Versions Of Pop/Rock Classics To See Release June 10th On Cleopatra Records!

Los Angeles, CA – "Strictly a reggae band, no. Definitely a reggae band, yes." So said Bunny Rugs about his band, the legendary Third World. While the band formed in 1973, and developed during the golden era of Jamaican roots reggae, they were never myopic in their musical vision. Third World have also incorporated folk-pop, hard rock, bossa nova, rap, light pop-jazz, doo-wop and calypso into their songs over the years. Their style has been described as reggae fusion. Under The Magic Sun contains Third World’s interpretations of classic hit songs such as Bread’s “Everything I Own,” REO Speedwagon’s “I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore,” CCR’s “Have You Ever Seen The Rain,” and more. Also included are new versions of the band’s own previous hits “96 Degrees” “Try Jah Love” & “Now That We Found Love.”

In their own words now about this project, let’s turn to the members of Third World.

Richard Daley
"We are very passionate about livicating this album to our dear brother Bunny Rugs who we lost in early 2014. He was recording with us during the beginning of the project but took ill midstream. We know he would be proud of this collection of Billboard Classics. This is the first album we have ever recorded that features 4 different lead vocalists in the group - Bunny Rugs, AJ Brown, Cat Coore and Maurice Gregory all share lead vocals on the project."

Cat Coore
"The Under the Magic Sun project is by far the most interesting project I personally and Third World collectively have done for many years. Revisiting these great songs was a pleasure and an honor and I sincerely believe we will be successful with this Cleopatra Records project. "

Maurice Gregory
"This Cleopatra album is a monster. Not only am I a musician, singer and producer on the project but I'm a fan of the Under the Magic Sun album. Taking these classics and putting that twist and the Third World feel to it was exciting and refreshing...it gives these tracks a new perspective.”

AJ Brown
"Working on Under The Magic Sun was a treat for me. It's always a challenge to take a song that is already a certified hit, reinterpret it and give it a different twist that revitalizes the song to the point where it has the potential to become a hit again. I particularly liked the selection of hit songs and enjoyed infusing my own vocal interpretations. It was more of a joy than a challenge working on this project. I believe the group has met and even surpassed expectations."

1. Put A Little Love In Your Heart
2. I Can’t Fight This Feeling
3. My Love
4. I Go Crazy
5. Have You Ever Seen The Rain
6. The Best Of My Love
7. Everything I Own
8. Into The Night
9. Inner City Blues
10. Walking In Rhythm
11. Try Jah Love cd only bonus track
12. Livication
13. 96 Degrees
14. Now That We Found Love

To pre-order the CD at Amazon, visit:  http://georiot.co/Ahi
To pre-order the digital version on iTunes, visit:  http://georiot.co/RJa

Third World U.S. Tour 2014

Jul 03 - Brooklyn, NY - International African Arts Festival
Jul 04 - Chicago, IL - International Festival of Life
Jul 12 - Largo, MD - Blvd at the Capital Center
Jul 17 - Newark, NJ - NJPAC
Jul 26 - Wilmington, DE - 20th Annual Peoples' Festival For Peace Tribute To
Jul 29 - Fairfax, CA - 19 Broadway Bar and Night Club
Jul 30 - Santa Cruz, CA - Moe's Alley
Jul 31 - Fresno, CA - Fulton 55
Aug 02 - Garberville, CA - Reggae on the RIver
Aug 03 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Aug 05 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
Aug 06 - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brewing Company
Aug 07 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant and Music Club
Aug 08 - Hermosa Beach, CA - Saint Rocke
Aug 09 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
Aug 10 - Agoura Hills, CA - The Canyon Club
Aug 12 - Eugene, OR - Studio 44
Aug 13 - Portland, OR - Alhambra Theatre
Aug 14 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
Aug 15 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
Aug 16 - Calgary, Canada - Calgary Reggae Festival
Aug 20 - Edgartown, MA - Flatbread
Aug 21 - Wakefield, RI - The Ocean Mist
Aug 22 - Woodstock, NY - Bearsville Theater
Aug 23 - Woodbury, CT - Star Waves Organic Music Fest
Aug 24 - Amagansett, NY - Stephen Talkhouse

Press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158
glassonyonpr@gmail.com

CLEOPATRA RECORDS, Inc.
11041 Santa Monica Blvd # 703
Los Angeles CA 90025
www.CleopatraRecords.com

4/29/2014

Legendary Vocalist For The Specials, Neville Staple, Premieres Gritty New Video From His Forthcoming New Album!


Los Angeles, CA - The Original Rude Boy returns! Neville Staple, charismatic vocalist/toaster for one of the most celebrated 2 Tone ska bands ever, The Specials, reclaims his place in the spotlight with a triumphant new album to be released on Cleopatra Records on May 13. Entitled Ska Crazy!, the album features phenomenal cover versions of ska/reggae classics by Prince Buster (“Time Longer Than Rope”), The Slickers (“Johnny Too Bad”), and Max Romeo (“Wet Dream”) plus brand new compositions including “Rude Boy Returns,” “Girl,” and the gritty single “Roadblock,” which will make its worldwide debut in a professionally shot music video that premieres on the syndicated music/pop culture webzine Something Else! this coming Monday, April 28.

From the cinematic opening scenes of urban decay filmed in Neville’s hometown Coventry, England, the video bristles with tension as the song’s melodic hook, a killer horn-guitar combo riff, pulsates over shots of graffiti walls and CCTV cameras, like the title sequence to a lost season of The Wire. The dramatic plot of the video, a drug deal that erupts in violence, unfolds as Neville and fellow toaster Daddy Woody act as a Greek chorus warning against youthful hubris. Director Joseph Wallace comments, “I wanted to film a video that approached the subject of street crime seriously, yet still very much retaining the relaxed mood and chilled tone of the music. I wanted Neville walking through Coventry’s cold, empty streets at night singing to the camera as though almost preaching his message; weaving in and out of the narrative itself and blurring the line between performance and social issues.” The video was produced by Rawline Entertainment.

Catch the video premiere here: http://somethingelsereviews.com/2014/04/29/exclusive-video-premiere-neville-staple-roadblock-from-ska-crazy-2014

Staple enthuses about the album, “I am so pleased and proud to have put this album together as it includes some old time classic favourites, which I grew up with and which I have added some ‘original rudeboy’ flavour to. My current band are brilliant and they put a lot of time into creating that authentic Jamaican sound with me, that you will hear in the tracks, as well as helping me with the creation of brand new material. You will also hear a lot of vocals from my wife Christine and my good friend and Jamaican DJ artist, Daddy Woody. I hope you all love it as much as I do and I’m dedicating the album to Jerry Dammers and my cousin Alvin who helped me on the way to a career in music.”

To pre-order the CD or vinyl on Amazon: http://georiot.co/3u10

To pre-order the digital album on iTunes: http://georiot.co/21ea

For the latest information on Staple, visit: https://www.facebook.com/NevilleStapleBand

Press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158
glassonyonpr@gmail.com

CLEOPATRA RECORDS, Inc.
11041 Santa Monica Blvd #703
Los Angeles CA 90025
www.CleopatraRecords.com

1/13/2009

Benon and Vamposs Release Eclectic Indie CD I Know

Kampala, Uganda-January 13, 2009- Benon and Vamposs are among Uganda’s most celebrated recording artist and have a good chance of expanding that reach with their recent release I Know...READ MORE...

1/04/2009

Benon and Vamposs-I Know


It is not a frequent event to have the opportunity to listen, enjoy, and then review a unique band from Uganda. The duo Benon & Vamposs are stars in Uganda, a literal hit machine there with the potential to spread their wings and take off with the right representation on much larger scale. I Know is a 14-track treat filled with reggae, R and B, hip-hop and some sweet pop around the edges for extra polish. This is eclectic music and anyone that has a penchant for world music and preferably an open mind to discover something entirely...more...

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