Gretchen Keskeys Returns with Sophomore Album ‘Pure Hope’


Just one year after the release of her debut album, singer-songwriter Gretchen Keskeys is back with her sophomore release, “Pure Hope” (Creative Soul Records) – available May 26, 2017 at all major digital outlets including iTunes.

Christian music fans quickly embraced Keskeys, who CCM Magazine Contributing Editor Andy Argyrakis said “may very well possess the most magnificent voice since Sandi Patty.” Keskeys spent the last year performing at events and women’s conferences nationwide, openly sharing her songs alongside an inspirational testimony detailing her miraculous deliverance from anxiety and depression.

From the outside, Keskeys would not appear to be the ideal candidate for crippling anxiety and depression. Her parents were the authors of the best-selling self-help book “I’m OK – You’re OK,” while her father was named by LIFE Magazine as “the father of pop psychology.” But it was her faith that proved to be the ultimate answer to paralyzing fear and insecurity.

Since the release of her debut album, Keskeys has connected with listeners from literally every walk of life, from fellow Christians at various stages in their faith, to those of any belief background struggling with addictions, some recovering from suffering abuse and others trying to get back on their feet following a season of homelessness. Keskeys’ own personal struggles have provided her with the unique ability to resonate with a vast audience facing unlimited circumstances. But she’s also quick to credit some of her previous experiences in the media and entertainment industries as giving her the proper tools to communicate to such a wide variety of people. Whether it was her earliest opportunities as a page at NBC, landing roles on a primetime special, several soap operas, writing for the nightly news,studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse or receiving her Screen Actors Guild card, the multitude of experiences forged a lifelong commitment to preparation and professionalism, and later provided inspiration for her as an artist.

“I think my favorite thing about writing the news was the ‘kickers,’ which is the last story of the newscast and one where you often get to have fun with plays on words,” she recalls. “I loved using my creativity writing those stories and I find songwriting has similarities searching for just the right word in the right spot to create the best story! In between acting and being an artist, I mostly missed expressing myself, but now in my music and worship leading, I have found that again and it brings me such joy to share my deepest heart for who Christ is, what He has done, what He is doing and what He promises to do. I am truly fulfilled.”

Produced by Eric Copeland for Creative Soul Records and mixed by GRAMMY winner Ronnie Brookshire (Michael McDonald, CeCe Winans, Michael W. Smith, Sandi Patty), Keskey’s enlisted an all-star list of Nashville’s finest session players to bring her new songs to life. And while early indications are that “Pure Hope” will be well-received, Keskeys’ remains more focused on a higher purpose… “My greatest thrill is for these songs to be heard, enjoyed and to help people find hope in the Lord. A lot of the messages I receive and answer come from people who are really struggling, and oh how I understand. But I also know that everything people are needing and looking for is found in Christ! I just love ministering, connecting and sharing that hope!”

Link:

http://www.gretchenkeskeys.com

Source- Nashville Publicity Group

Grande Royale releases their third single “R’N’R Business”


Grande Royale is a rock’n’roll band from Jönköping, Sweden, who find their roots in the early 70’s rock scene of Detroit and the 90’s rock scene in Scandinavia, mixed up with some vintage pop. The music is straight forward rock’n’roll packed with electric guitars, melodic vocals and thundering bass lines.

Grande Royale releases their third single “R’N’R Business” from upcoming album ‘Breaking News’ to be released by the Sign Records on 25th of August. The bands new album is recorded with Nicke Andersson from the Helicopters and Imperial State Electric at the Honk Palace. A timeless sound and simple rock n roll songwriting makes “R’N’R Business” into a radio friendly feelgood rock n roll anthem. The riff works as gasoline for the song filled with screaming guitar solos and a catchy chorus that makes it stick. “R’N’R Business” is released on all digital platforms and as a video, filmed and edited by Nicke Sjöstedt. The band will tour mainland Europe in September.

With the release of “R’N’R Business” pre-order for the album is announced. The album is released on CD and Vinyl and as a bundle including t-shirt and patch. A limited run of 400 red vinyls is available through Freight Train.

Grande Royale “R’N’R Business” Official Video

Source- The Sign Records

Swimming Tapes share new track, “Queen’s Parade”

(Photo Credit: Euan Allardyce)


London-based indie band Swimming Tapes share new track “Queen’s Parade” via DIY Mag. The track was produced by Adam Jaffrey (Palace, Gengahr, Leif Erikson). Stay tuned for more details on the new EP which will feature the single, to be announced soon. The band have announced a number of UK tour dates, including stops at The Great Escape and Dot To Dot Festivals, and a headline show at The Lexington– full dates listed below.

The now London-based five piece arrived in 2016 with a self released demo track, ‘Souvenirs’, which quickly won them acclaim from the blogging world. Follow up tracks ‘Set The Fire’ and ‘Cameos’ saw them reach the top spot on the Hype Machine chart, earned the band their first play from BBC Radio 1, and tipped them well over 1 million track streams on Spotify. Swimming Tapes rounded off the year with the release of their debut EP, named after their first single ‘Souvenirs’, on burgeoning London indie label Hand In Hive, and have firmly cemented themselves as ones to watch for 2017.

“Queen’s Parade” is available digitally now via B3SCI Records (US) and Hand In Hive Records (UK).

Swimming Tapes – “Queen’s Parade” Track- https://soundcloud.com/swimmingtapes/queens-parade

Swimming Tapes are Robbie Reid (guitar + vocals), Louis Price (guitar + vocals), Jason Hawthorne (guitar), Paddy Conn (bass), and Andrew Evans (drums).

TOUR DATES
05.17 – Thousand Island – London
05.18 – The Great Escape (The Line of Best Fit Showcase) – Brighton
05.26 – Dot To Dot Festival – Manchester
05.27 – Dot To Dot Festival – Bristol
05.28 – Dot To Dot Festival – Nottingham
09.20 – The Lexington, London

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Swedish Pop Sensation Peg Parnevik’s Single “Don’t Tell Ma”


Pop sensation Peg Parnevik catapulted into the Swedish music business in early spring 2016, and practically overnight. A year later, the young and promising Peg has a roster full of achievements including her debut single ”Ain’t No Saint” (23 million streams), a Swedish-Grammy nomination, as well as an extensive national tour last summer. Peg was also awarded the prestigious Swedish P3 Radio Price in the category ”Rookie of the Year 2017”,” and is currently active with the release of her new single “Don’t Tell Ma.”

Not only has the Sweden born and American raised 21-year-old caught millions of people’s interest, she has also become a role model for young people struggling with body image, bullying, and the pressure of being young in today’s society. With her honest approach, Peg’s lovable character has earned her thousands of dedicated fans whom she is looking forward to meet on her second upcoming summer tour. She will be joined by a three woman band, a girl gang of sorts, and put on a show that is sure to amaze.

Peg Parnevik’s honesty shines through in her playful and exceptional new single “Don’t Tell Ma,” written by herself and the Swedish producer duo Cold. CTY. “Don’t Tell Ma” was released by The Kennel and Sony Music Sweden and set the tone for summer 2017.

With several international observances, Peg is ready to focus on the markets outside of the borders of Sweden. “Don’t Tell Ma” is the starting pistol leading up to an EP that will be released during the summer tour.

Source- The Kennel/Sony Music

Rainy Milo Shares Video for “Swimming On Me”


View Video Here.

“I’m so excited to share the first video from my new project ”I Knew I Had A Heart (Because I Felt It Breaking)” says Rainy. “When I was writing the treatment for the video I knew I wanted a visual that represented the reflection of a relationship gone wrong that is in the lyrics of the song and also the feelings of loneliness but knowing sometimes you have to go solo for the best.”

“This is my first project release since I was 17 and I’m so excited for my listeners to hear my growth musically. I see every project as a representation of moments in time for me and this EP is simply me documenting where I had been at the past couple of years, and is the opening chapter to my sophomore album out later this year.’

When asked about the single ‘Swimming On Me’, Milo spoke about where the unique song title and theme developed from; ‘”Swimming On Me” is one of the most “in my feelings” moments I think I’ve ever allowed myself to be on a track. I have so much love for this song for that reason, even though the foundation of the song itself was built on contempt and a very particular type of pain. One that I’m sure many people who hear this track will have felt before.”

6 tracks of hyper-modern jazz-influenced RnB, the EP is released, as ever, on Rainy’s own Limey Records.

At the beginning of March 2017 she was featured in the new Ad Campaign for LONDUNN + MISSGUIDED by super model Jourdan Dunn. Watch the ‘Introducing’ ad here featuring Rainy and you can also hear her sing part of her hit ‘Bout You.

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Hannah Kerr’s Debut Album Overflow


Youth For Tomorrow Announces Hannah Kerr as 1st Ambassador for Jodi McQueen Therapeutic Music & Arts Center and “YFT Heart Beats” Campaign

Nashville, Tennessee (April 2017) —- The debut album from Black River Christian singer/songwriter Hannah Kerr, Overflow, is now available at retail and continues to be offered at digital music outlets. At the same time, Kerr’s single “Radiate” hits No. 25 this week with 35 stations reporting airplay. Produced by Mark Miller (Casting Crowns, Sawyer Brown), Overflow highlights Kerr’s songwriting on seven of the 11 songs on the project, including her current single “Radiate.” Co-written with her brother, Josh, who has had two No. 1 country hits with the GRAMMY nominated Kelsea Ballerini, along with Jordan Reynolds.

“I’m so excited for the release of Overflow!,” exclaims Kerr. “This album is a product of the last three years of my life and the way God has moved and shaped me through them. I’m praying that the truth and love that He’s poured into me will overflow into the hearts of all who listen, and that lives will be impacted for the better.”

Another important announcement was made with Kerr being named the 1st Ambassador spokesperson for Youth For Tomorrow’s (YTF) new awareness and fundraising campaign, “YFT HeartBeats,” promoting the importance and impact of music and arts therapy.

Youth For Tomorrow, was founded in 1986 by legendary NFL Coach and NASCAR Team Owner, Joe Gibbs, and is based within the outskirts of the Nation’s Capital region in Bristow, Virginia. YFT provides five residential programs as a safe haven for at-risk teens whose lives are in crisis. In addition, the Behavioral Health programs provide children of all ages and families life changing therapeutic care for the overburdened child and family care systems. Last year Youth For Tomorrow served over 8,200 children, youth and families including veterans and members of the military.

“I feel so passionate about the work that Youth For Tomorrow is doing in the lives of young people, and I’m honored to be the first ambassador for this incredible organization,” says Kerr. “Youth For Tomorrow provides a place of growth, hope, and healing to teenagers who feel like they have nowhere to turn. I’m excited to be a part of reminding the young people who come to YFT that they are loved dearly by the Creator and that He has plans to give them hope as a future.”

http://www.hannahkerrmusic.com

Overflow Track Listing

01. Warrior – (Tami Hinesh/Alyssa Bonagura)
02. Undivided – (Hannah Kerr/Jon Newell/Scott Krippayne/Ron Robinson)
03. Radiate* – (Hannah Kerr/Josh Kerr/Jordan Reynolds)
04. Never Leave Your Side – (Hannah Kerr/Meredith Andrews/Jacob Sooter)
05. Your Love Defends Me- (Hannah Kerr/Matt Maher)
06. Overflow – (Hannah Kerr/Lindsey Sweat/Jonathan Smith)
07. I Stand Here- (Lindsey Sweat/Kipp Williams)
08. Lifeline – (Joel Houston/Melodie Wagner/Michael Fatkin/Renee Sieff)
09. Love I Leave – (Hannah Kerr/Josh Kerr/Tony Wood)
10. Mercy Won – (Lindsey Sweat/Justin Morgan)
11. Be Still and Know, Featuring Mark Hall – (Hannah Kerr/Jonathan Newell/Chad Cates)

*all songs produced by Mark A. Miller except for track 3, which was produced by Josh Kerr and Jordan Reynolds

Source- Bozeman Media

Hannah Aldridge Shares Video For New Single, “No Heart Left Behind”


New album “Gold Rush” out in the UK on June 16 via Rootsy Music

July UK tour dates announced

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About new album “Gold Rush”

In literature and in songwriting, the American South is where writers go to face their fears. Hannah Aldridge doesn’t just dip her pen into the well of the South, the Muscle Shoals native embodies it. With every song, she’s facing down demons of a life once lived from substance abuse to failed relationships and scars from the lashes of the bible belt.

“Gold Rush” is Hannah Aldridge’s second album, a follow up to her 2014 debut “Razor Wire.” While that album launched her career, drew the attention of music writers and sent her touring across the world, “Gold Rush” shows a more mature and introspective artist with more life experience – and music experience – under her belt.

The honesty Hannah Aldridge crafts into each track is off-set by her stubborn, maybe defiant, nature, which gives her music a hopeful silver lining.

“I start writing with ‘this is how I’m feeling and I need to talk about it.’ Doing that helps me sort out my own thoughts on it. My music is an introspective look at the things that happened in my life. It’s me trying to sort through and put feelings into words,” she said.

Hannah Aldridge is the daughter of Muscle Shoals legend Walt Aldridge. An Alabama Music Hall of Famer, Walt Aldridge is a prolific and decorated songwriter of countless Number One and Top Ten hits recorded by the likes of Lou Reed, Reba McEntire, Travis Tritt, Earl Thomas Conley, Ricky Van Shelton, Ronnie Milsap, and Conway Twitty.

Mixing her personal life and the sounds of her hometown, Hannah Aldridge’s new album also draws in influences from across the rock genre. Working with people with one foot in country music and one foot in rock, Hannah Aldridge makes a fresh kind of Southern Rock styled by Southern Gothic storytelling. You can hear it in “Gold Rush”’s ode to burning out, or in the yearning of “Burning Down Birmingham”, and anthem-for-the-lonely “No Heart Left Behind” – a track that is shot-through with wild riffs.

Recorded at Creative Workshop in Nashville, Hannah Aldridge worked with Muscle Shoals writers such as Mark Naramore, Tosha Hill, Matt Johnson and Brad Crisler and artists such as Andrew Combs, Ashley McBryde, Don Gallardo, Ryan Beaver, and Sadler Vaden on “Gold Rush.” She teamed up with Jordan Dean and M. Allen Parker, who were instrumental in working on her new album, and finally finishing by calling on her Dad, Walt Aldridge, to master the record. In total, Hannah Aldridge compiled a team of distinct talents to work with her. With their help, Hannah Aldridge has put together a progressive, creative and memorable body of work.

“It’s about being self-destructive,” Aldridge said of her new album. “That is the underlying tone. The album goes back to when I was younger, and after touching on that, to now. In ‘Aftermath,’ the very first line is: ‘I was born in a crossfire.’ It starts from day one.”

Hannah Aldridge tours the UK in July

July 05 – The Musician, Leicester, UK
July 07 – Bank Corner, Stoke on Trent, UK
July 09 – Blues Bar, Harrogate, UK
July 10 – The Greys, Brighton, UK
July 12 – Green Note, Camden, UK
July 14 – Community Centre, Horncastle, UK
July 16 – Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham, UK
July 21 – The Ent Shed, The Gordon Arms, Bedford, UK
July 26 – The Argyll Hotel, Glasgow, UK
July 27 – The Tollbooth, Stirling, UK
July 28 – Whem Inn, Aberfeldy, UK
July 31 – The Caledonia, Liverpool, UK

http://www.hannah-aldridge.com

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Sugarchild “Nothing” Single


90s Indie darlings Sugarchild are back with an album of dark, sparkling and utterly contemporary rock songs. The new album Dangerous sees the band delivering on its early promise with themes and tunes for the current age. Dangerous is set to shock and awe with epic guitars and vocals that switch between sweet and menacing.

Sugarchild’s prestigious history dates back to when the band were teenagers in the 1990s. A staple live act of the time, Sugarchild supported Jebediah’s national ‘Animal’ Tour, as well as Pollyanna, Effigy, The Rosemary Beads and many more. The band played at Fremantle’s Millennium concert to 20,000 people. They have received airplay on Triple J, RTRFM, RRR and independent radio around Australia, and been profiled in Rolling Stone and national street press.

In 2016, Sugarchild enlisted drummer Tim Jewell, formerly of Humbug, to record an album with Dave Parkin at Blackbird Studios. Dangerous showcases a band finally delivering on its early potential. With themes running the gamut of the zombie apocalypse, suicide in faraway places, the love-rush of parenthood and racism in Australian society, Dangerous is truly an album for our time, delivered by a band who have waited 20 years to make their masterpiece.

Lead single, ‘Nothing’, is about finding yourself in a situation where you may not feel ready for the adversity that you face, but there is no choice but to step up and take on the challenge. It’s about being ready to fight regardless of the outcomes – “I won’t be bleeding for nothing.” Essentially, it’s a song about finding your own strength even when you haven’t got it.

Singer and songwriter Katie Attwell described channeling the character Rick Grimes from the dark post-zombie apocalypse TV drama, The Walking Dead. “He’s a character I love to embody. As a woman in a patriarchal society, a feeling of absolute power is something I don’t get to experience in my day to day life.”

‘Nothing’ is a punchy, throbbing rock song that takes no prisoners! Driven by fuzzed up phat bass, with fierce guitars and big riffs, this song has a rolling energy. The strong vocals give weight to the solid musicianship and drive the theme of the song home: “We won’t be bleeding for nothing, we won’t be pleading for nothing.”

For Fans Of: Jezabels | New Order | REM | Hole | Bruce Springsteen | The Killers

Nothing by SUGARCHILD is available in digital stores now.

Links:

http://www.facebook.com/sugarchildtheband

Source- The A&R Department

Jimmy Sisco’s 3 Song Acoustic EP Series


Recently released was Jimmy Sisco’s contribution to the 3 Song Acoustic EP series. As the singer/ guitarist/ songwriter for ABSOLVED and Platoon 1107, Jimmy has released some of the biggest, most aggressive music on Thumper Punk Records. For his 3 Song Acoustic EP, the music is delicate, balanced and soulful, with one track of 70s era folk and two readings of Old Testament scripture over ambient backgrounds. The first song “Son of the Wind” was written by country-western artist Jim Sisco, Sr., in 1970, and recorded by his son Jimmy in the days prior to his father’s death from cancer. Recorded from the most sincere and loving place in one’s heart, Son of the Wind is a tribute to a son’s love for his father.

Chapters One and Two of The Book of Haggai were recited from the King James Version. These songs present experimental ambient soundscapes below the sounds of Biblical text recitation. This is not Holy Scripture set to music…this is music set to Holy Scripture.

Track listing:

1. Son of the Wind
2. The Book of Haggai: Chapter One
3. The Book of Haggai: Chapter Two

Available as limited edition 7″ vinyl from the TPR webstore (http://thumperpunkrecords.storenvy.com) and for digital download on iTunes, AmazonMP3, and from all the usual suspects. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jimmy Sisco.

The 3 Song Acoustic series features a monthly EP release from legends, friends and artists involved with the JCHC scene.

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Tami, “The Sugar Shack” Single


“My hope is that everyone can find their own strength and listen to their voice.” – Tami

Indeed. With her debut album, Velvet & Steel, Tami brings experience, strength and grace to a body of work that exemplifies woman empowerment. “This album is a journey. A journey of my soul,” says Tami.

A vulnerable masterpiece that is the result of a complex, adventurous and a fulfilling range of life experiences, taking you on a passage of soulful songs, nodding towards great eras and artists. She is a power- ful voice packed in a small feminine package that speaks to a broad range of generations.

When renowned songwriting legend, Bobby Braddock (who has penned 13 number one songs throughout his career) and Tami began to select songs, she insisted that none of the songs should have a message about “being a victim.”

That passion resulted in the heralding anthem, “Strong Woman”, written by Brad- dock, opens the album. A song that encompasses Tami’s powerful message with funky, rock conviction. The track sets the tone for an album that speak to today’s cultural and global topics.

As a single mother, survivor of domestic abuse in a short marriage, cancer and witnessing the human condition first hand through world travel and personal experience gives Tami a humble perspective. “I try to speak with grace, always,” Tami says. “There are so many issues right now that are so important – not only women’s rights, but human rights all together. I know who I am and can speak strongly.”

The first single,“The Sugar Shack” – is a call for love to return, not through tears but with confidence as the lyrics states,

“She ain’t as tasty as my sugar.” As an addition to the single, Award-winning dance music producer, Tracy Young, delivers a driving remix sure to be a sweet summer 2017 dance-floor hit.

The path to love is not always conventional as evident on in the tongue and cheek track, “Ready to be Rescued.”

Written by Deborah Allen and her co-writers Rafe Van Hoy/Kenny Greenberg, the message is clear that its a woman’s place sometimes in making the moves and saying, “Come get me—on my terms.”

Tami’s music is an expression of stepping into life’s learning experiences. Whether on the legendary Jimmy Reed’s “Honest I Do,” Joe Bonamassa’s “Bridge to Better Days” or The Cure’s “Love Song” she taps into the diverse influences and the relevant messages that made her the artist she is today.

Tami grew up in a small northwestern town in Oklahoma. There was no shortage of music growing up in her home. Her father had a collection of over 5,000 records, which she eventually inherited. While her father gave her the gift of music it was her mother that was her adviser, trusted friend, philosopher, and always encouraged her to follow her dreams.

Packing a suitcase of dreams, Tami moved to Nashville where her music journey began and was em- braced by some of music row’s top producers and songwriters.

In 2010, she and her husband seized a business opportunity with a move to the Far East. The move proved life changing by learning to live, communicate and survive in cold Northern China. She fell in love with the Asian culture and people. It was there she explored her passion for jazz. She quickly became the “American Jazz Singer” performing at the last emperors hotel in a room rich with leather chairs, smoke and bourbon.

Eventually a club owner spotted her and opened up a club especially for her named, Jazz Spot. Upon vacationing in the neighboring country, Tami discovered the lively Blues and Soul club, ‘Oodie’s Place’ on the beautiful island of Koh-Chang-Thailand.

“It was there, where I started looking at my life, the impact on how far I had come. physically and emotionally. I realized my strength and that I really had this strength all along. I finally understood that I could do anything. Love myself and be intertwined in the music which I loved. The music that could make a hu- man connection even with people who don’t speak the same language.”

A special moment on the album comes with ”Fly On” – an uplifting gift written by her son, Saxon. Tami sings it to him and for others as a inspiring reminder to never quit and keep pushing onward and shine through your inner strength.

The album concludes with “Maybe Someday.” The hopeful anthem about loving and accepting each other that was written 50 years ago and remains just as, if not more so, poignant today.

“We must remember we are able to have a voice in today’s world. Sometimes it seems like it’s dwindling back, but we have to keep that passion going and to keep having the conversation. I’m proud to be able to do that because there was a time when we couldn’t. We need to notice love and how others live their lives—if they’re suffering or are in pain,”

Tami says. “I want to matter. I want to make my existence worthwhile,” Tami says.

“My goal is to create awareness of humanity with love, kindness and human rights. Hopefully I can use my voice to do that.”

-Tami

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