River Child invites us under the ‘Lone City Lights’

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A thoughtful singer songwriter based in North London, River Child is the creator of original indie-folk tunes with a soulful edge.

An ex-busker who got so much good feedback from his pavement performances he decided to take to the studio, with second single ‘Lone City Lights’ coming next.

Brilliant in its simplicity, the track marries a vocal reminiscent of Dylan with an upbeat shuffle rhythm which belies the darker lyrics, as well as mixing acoustic and jangling electric guitar to great effect. You can hear the song here:

https://soundcloud.com/river-child-music/riverchild-lone-city-lights

Looking to build on his burgeoning reputation with this single, River Child is working hard on the London scene to keep turning heads – and with top quality, accessible music like this it shouldn’t be long until more and more eyes are on him.

Produced by Ian Wallman, this is music easy on the ear but written from the heart – a soulful reminder of how affecting a simple chord/melody combination can be.

‘Lone City Lights’ is out on January 19th

Find River Child online:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/riverchildmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/child_river

Instagram: riverchildpics

Shannon K gets festive with ‘Christmas Song’

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Having already released singles ‘Just Say No’ and ‘Roll Back the Years’ this year, Shannon K is a young artist who is showing no signs of slowing. As the days grow shorter and colder there is no ignoring the fact that Christmas is approaching, and Shannon K is celebrating that with her new song.

Released on December 1st the song is a pure pop gem which once again shows off a superb vocal which is well beyond the quality you would reasonable expect from a 12 year old. The song is brilliantly arranged and perhaps her most accessible yet, full of nice festive touches with jingle bells and choirs aplenty. It all gradually builds to an excellent, feel good crescendo that’s irresistible.

You can hear it for yourself here:

https://soundcloud.com/six-strings-uk-ltd/its-christmas

Shannon K is an artist looking to follow in her father’s footsteps by creating a career in the music industry. Her father, Kumar Sanu, is a legend in Bollywood with a glittering career as a vocalist which has seen him win a total of 69 awards including 64 in his native India (from Filmfare, Zee Cine, Kishore Kumarand more) plus 5 internationally (from Sunrise Radio-London, West Indian Academy, Grammy-West Indies, Bollywood Music-U.S.A. and Radio Lotus-South Africa).

Now he is helping to guide his daughter on her own path. When she released her first single I May, Shannon K wasn’t sure whether she would continue to pursue a musical career. Since then though she’s loved the experience of making music so much that there’s been no stopping her.

 

Legendary Bollywood vocalist Kumar Sanu returns to UK with single ‘Rangleni’

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Track, produced by another member of Bollywood royalty, Pyarelal Ji, released 24.11.14

Following the release of his first album in the UK, ‘Hum Tum’, Indian singer and Bollywood legend Kumar Sanu is back with new single ‘Rangleni’.

An accessible, light Indian classical song based on traditional ragas, the song also has a huge crossover appeal for Western audiences – full of sweeping orchestration and drama similar in sound to some of the most iconic Bond themes.

The sing is released in partnership with long-time collaborator – and another household name in the world of Bollywood – Pyarelal Ji. Working as producer, he brings to the track immense experience having composed music for about 635 Hindi movies from 1963 to 1998. Impressively, 14 of the “100 Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks” compiled by Planet Bollywood were written by Pyarelal and his writing partner Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar – it’s little wonder that ‘Rangleni’ has such a cinematic touch.

Vocalist and songwriter Kumar Sanu is no stranger to success. A living legend who has performed over 20,000 songs in more than 24 languages for Bollywood movies, he has won an unprecedented collection of awards including the Filmfare Award for the Best Playback Singer in 1990, ‘91,’92, ‘93 and ’94 – a consecutive record that still stands in the Bollywood industry to this day.

With additional charity work that includes Tsunami Victims Support, Cancer Research donations and school & orphanage development programmes, Kumar Sanu was recognised by the Indian government in 2009 when he was awarded the Padma Shri award – the 4th largest civilian award it is possible to receive from the Government in India.

With all this behind him, Sanu is making no plans to slow down – single Rangleni is coming soon.

Upcoming dates:

London Hammersmith Apollo – November 22nd

 

It’s ‘Good News’ for Dr Jerry Brown & Deborah Brown with New Release

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Tracks released through own label Purpose Driven Records

Supported by Gus Redmond of Music Quest Entertainment, who work with some of the finest independent musicians to get their music heard, Deborah Brown is a superb gospel vocalist with an eye for a melody. With the help of her husband Dr Jerry Brown she is releasing ‘Good News’ on January 12th.

Engineered and mastered by Erick Labson of the Universal Music Group, with production help from Jimmy Brown of Raleigh North Carolina Production, the tracks do a great job of showcasing Deborah Brown’s excellent vocal range – you can hear a taster here:

Listen to ‘Good News’ here: www.soundcloud.com/drjerrybrown

Inspired by a life of hardship and the faith that it took to move through it to ultimate fulfilment, the music is written to do the same for those who hear it and are suffering through hard times of their own.

The songs has been a long time coming, based on life experiences and what it took to overcome them. After finding love in the deprived Bronx projects of New York, travelling the world in the army and then forming their own ministry, Jerry & Deborah Brown are now celebrating their life together in music and in film. This track is taken from the soundtrack to a full length film about their lives together, a story they hope will inspire others to keep the faith when times are tough.

Links:

www.thejerrybrown.com

https://www.facebook.com/thedrjerrybrown

https://twitter.com/drjerrybrown

http://www.youtube.com/user/jerrybrownlive

https://soundcloud.com/drjerrybrown

www.purposedrivenrecords.com

 

kINKY dOVE – Set to Take Off!

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Meet kINKY dOVE – an exciting rock n’ roll set from London and Australia.

Made up of Scott Wade, Damian ‘Virgil’ Ward, Sulene Fleming and Adam Falkner. None of these are strangers to the spotlight, with Damian’s previous band V-Capri achieving recognisable success in his home city of Perth, with 6 top-10 singles, and a no. 77 on the UK charts, and Scott recently rubbing shoulders with Ed Milliband at a garden party in London. London-based singer and writer Sulene has toured all over the UK and Europe with bands such as The New Mastersounds and The Fantastics! Sulene has also featured on dance tracks released by Freestyle Records and the Ministry of Sound. Adam has been in One eskimO for many years, as well as recording with kINKY dOVE, and he is the drummer of choice for Dido, Pete Doherty and Amy Macdonald – to name a few.

The album, kINKY dOVE – Vol 1, is made up of a diverse collection of tracks that are simmering with synthesizers and soaring vocals from Sulene, with more sultry post-rock vocals contributed by Scott, and complimented by the catchy guitar riffs from Damian. Renowned producers Chris Kimsey and Phill Brown have played a part in the sound of kINKY dOVE.

Having already gigged at the Bedford venue in London, which has played host to many other now-famous acts, kINKY dOVE are looking to expand their audience, and it certainly won’t be difficult. In just a week they managed to gain over 500 plays on a dance remix version of their song ‘A Great Ride’ – which you can listen too here: https://soundcloud.com/thebenz/a-great-ride-kinky-dovemojo-filter-reflektor-remix

The song depicts a nice break-up, unlike most songs of tortured emotion, this song (a duet) speaks of a couple still expressing love for each other, without the sexual desire. It shows how break-ups don’t always have to be acid if the journey was ‘A Great Ride’.

For another dance remix of one of kINKY dOVE’s tracks, along the lines of trance, try this puppy on Youtube…..

It’s Called Heartache – (Sky Adams RMX)    http://youtu.be/tJIxSzoYQ-g

Or on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/kinkydove/its-called-heartache-remix

Click here for the music video to their song ‘No Correlation’ – which was filmed when they performed at The Bedford: http://youtu.be/AP9jSJePqWg?list=UUe3dK0w2SfQ5iW64EZfEm2A

A classic track from the album is ‘Judgement Day. This song is about being judged for who we are and what we look like, which society starts doing to us all from the day we are born. It is also about the absurdity of drugs being criminalised, and how society does not have the guts to change the law, which, of all possible legal changes, would have the effect of taking so much crime out of our lives. The day that our politicians are brave enough to show proper leadership and courage on this matter will also be Judgement Day.

Other songs tackle issues like depression (On Your Own), unrequited love (Lust We Must) as well as ‘Fly Me Away’ – a dance track that dares to dream about everyone from everywhere coming together and dancing in unity.

The album was released on 15th October 2014, and is available to download now on all retailers!

Social Networking

www.facebook.com/kinkydove

www.soundcloud.com/kinkydove

www.reverbnation.com/kinkydove

Is Mark Ruebery the Next Big Thing?

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Usually, when people find sudden fame as a musician, the artist in question is the first to know about it. However, this was not the case for Welshman Mark Ruebery – he is an internet sensation in Indonesia, and even has his very own tribute video. Aside from that, he also has an impressive face-base made up from people all over the world.

Mark is currently living in Newport, but has recently travelled around the world on various different cruise ships, driving all the women crazy. Seriously, Mark has had ladies shamelessly flirting in front him their husbands, women passing numbers to him on napkins, a love letter from an Austrian woman, and girls comparing him to both John Lennon and a young Mick Jagger.

The album title is ‘One Night, One Chance’. Mark describes it as a moment of self realisation, pushing your own boundaries and giving up security. The inspiration came from the ending of a rocky relationship, and the sudden realisation that he could do much more than the job that he had been doing for years. It gave him a new lease of life, a positive outlook and something new to strive for. The music on the album portrays an upbeat approach to taking risks in life. In the same week his relationship ended, he quit his job, and so began the steady climb to where he is now

The first single off the album, ‘Her Smile’, is a feel good, jazzy number, which is about momentarily being consumed by a moment shared with the one you love. Spattered with jazz piano, swinging brass and complimented by his smooth vocals – it’s impossible to keep your toes from tapping when listening to this track!

‘Her Smile’ is due for release on the 19th January, and ‘One Night, One Chance’ is due for release on February 2nd. The video will be out late November but if you can’t wait, listen to the new single here: https://soundcloud.com/mark-ruebery/her-smile-full-version/s-aNy4i

It’s no surprise that Mark is about to break the music industry, he has plenty of experience! From playing guitar for Ronan Keating and Charlotte Church, to Dan Hawkins from the Darkness describing his songs as “great, uplifting tracks”, Mark has an extensive list of celebrities and producers backing his music. Nick Brine (who has worked with Oasis and The Darkness) produced his first album, he performed with the John Barrowman Band on BBC Children In Need, and Nick Raymond (who signed Take That) came to watch one of his gigs after hearing him play on Granada television:

“Your song writing is world class” – Nick Raymond (BMG / RCA Music)

“I really liked what I heard” – Muff Winwood (ex snr VP, A&R Sony Music UK).

“Mark has a really great voice”- Jeff Smith (BBC Radio 2 Head of Music)

Here are just a couple of some of the excellent reviews that Mark received for his previous album:

http://www.toxicpete.co.uk/markruebery.html

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/4788678.Newport_singer_gets_thumbs_up_from_Terry_Wogan/

Social Media

http://www.markruebery.com/

https://twitter.com/MarkRuebery/status/519836960043839488

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Ruebery/17425651260

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQJz-llDlpk

 

80s pioneers Visage play their hits as you’ve never heard them before

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FADE TO GREY SINGLE CLIP – https://soundcloud.com/the-real-visage/visage-fade-to-grey-orchestral-clip

Founders of the New Romantic movement in the 1980s, Visage, fronted by the enigmatic Steve Strange, were one of a number of bands who grew to prominence at London’s notorious Blitz Club – known as ‘the cradle of the New Romantic movement’.

Following a long hiatus, ended last year by their first album in almost 30 years, Visage are back once again with a new album this winter. A spin on the traditional ‘Greatest Hits’ album, the new LP ‘Orchestral’ sees the band performing new versions of their most loved songs backed by the likes of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Synthosynphonica Orchestra and others.

The incredible new arrangements, adding in layers of strings, woodwind, brass and percussion to give these great tracks a fresh spin, include a 7 minute orchestral version of breakthrough hit ‘Fade To Grey’ set to be the lead single.

The idea for the album was inspired by an invitation to play alongside Czech Synthosynphonica Orchestra to close the World Ski Jumping Championships in March 2014. The success of that show and the new sound they created led Steve Strange and the rest of the band to pursue it further. The result is the album ‘Orchestral’ – set for release this winter.

‘Orchestral follows the success of the 4th Visage album, ‘Hearts & Knives’, released in 2013. Following five singles from the album, the band has soared back into the public consciousness with gigs around the world, taking their sound out of the studio and onto the stage for the first time. Reaction to their live show has been phenomenal, and the band have no plans to stop what they’ve started.

And with work now beginning on a follow up album of original songs, ‘Orchestral’ is a chance to first look back on some of Visage’s greatest tracks as you’ve never heard them before.

Links:

http://www.visage.cc/index.php

https://www.facebook.com/therealvisage

https://twitter.com/therealvisage

https://soundcloud.com/the-real-visage

http://www.youtube.com/user/therealvisage