NEWS / De metalband Metallica heeft bekendgemaakt dat er binnenkort een live-album verschijnt van een concert in Le Bataclan in Parijs op 11 juni 2003. De opbrengsten gaan naar de slachtoffers van de aanslagen in Parijs.
De plaat is vanaf 16 april verkrijgbaar, meldt AFP.
Het album bevat negen nummers die de band ten gehore heeft gebracht in de concertzaal Le Bataclan. De meesten daarvan komen van de plaat St. Anger, die in datzelfde jaar werd uitgebracht.
Metallica hoopt met de opbrengsten ervoor te zorgen dat overlevenden van de aanslagen van afgelopen november geholpen kunnen worden. Ook nabestaanden worden via het initiatief Give for France ondersteund.
NEWS / De Amerikaanse countryzanger Sonny James is afgelopen maandag op 87-jarige leeftijd overleden.
Hij overleed na een kort ziekbed, meldt zijn officiële website.
De muzikant scoorde in de Verenigde Staten zestien nummer 1-singles, verspreid over een periode van 20 jaar. Zijn grootste hit is Young Love. Daarnaast waren Here Comes Honey Again, Need You en Empty Arms bekende nummers van de zanger.
James was de eerste countryzanger die een eigen ster kreeg op de Hollywood Walk of Fame.
NEWS / John Peel is de legendarische radio-dj die vanaf 1967 tot aan zijn dood in 2004 programma’s maakte bij de BBC. Een voorvechter van ‘alternatieve’ muziek, van punk tot Hip-hop tot eigentijdse electronica. Hij stond aan de basis van het succes van onder meer Radiohead, Underworld en David Bowie.
Zijn indrukwekkende nalatenschap is nu prachtig ontsloten met het online John Peel Archive http://www.johnpeelarchive.com/. Zijn radioshows, zijn ‘Peel Sessions’ en belangrijkst van allemaal, zijn platen kun je nu doorstruinen én beluisteren.(Bron: De Wereld Draait Door, Vara.nl)
NEWS / De nieuwe supergroup Allegiance Of Rock is a collaboration of Gus G (Firewind, Ozzy) aan de gitaar, John Leven (Europe) op bas, Anders Johansson (Hammerfall, Yngwie Malmsteen) op drum & Mats Leven (Candlemass, Gus G) aan zang. Deze erg getalenteerd viertal zal zich voor het eerst verenigen om te spelen op het Stockholm Rocks Festival op 7 maart 2016 in Zweden. De band zal er zowel als nieuwe nummers brengen ui hun eigen repertoire en meer…
NEWS / German rock legends Scorpions will be touring the US beginning May 2016. In fall 2015 Cleopatra Records released on Blue-ray the Scorpions FOREVER AND A DAY fully authorized documentary spanning 50 years (!) of Germany's long running rock band. After 50 years on stages all around the world, Germany's Scorpions decided it was time to embark on one last tour. This fully authorized documentary follows the hard rockers from their beginnings as young music fans to the present day. The band reflects on their fans, their long-time crew and each other. FOREVER AND A DAY is the portrait of a life long journey. In German with English subtitles.
As the film shows, during the 2011-2012 tour, the band members were so energized by the response from fans that they decided to scrap their retirement plans. Founding Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker says that if you watch FOREVER AND A DAY, you can see the veteran rockers come to the realization that they weren't ready to call it quits.
“Director Katja von Garnier's in-depth look at Germany's largest musical export is fascinating and eye opening for both the hard rock initiated and/or classic rock music fans in general.” - Night Flight
“Along with their spotlight years and older material, including their humble beginnings and humorous anecdotes, there's the farewell concert snippets and behind-the-scenes looks... An in-depth documentary.” - Geeks Of Doom
“The tour shots are all cool as is the on-stage performance footage, but what really intrigued me is the culture journey the band takes.” - Ink 19
“A solidly entertaining, highly accessible rock documentary.” - Libertas Film Magazine
To purchase Scorpions FOREVER AND A DAY Blu-ray:
NEWS / The saxophonist's fifth album, due March 4, will have an exclusive world premiere on February 27;dynamic first single, "D-Luxe," explodes onto radio playlists.
DENVER (24 February 2016): Whether it's with a devastating jazz-funk workout, nasty R&B groove, bellowing gospel soul call or an emotionally-intense melody, saxman Darren Rahn is hitting and hitting hard on "Sonic Boom," his fifth album and first for Woodward Avenue Records, which is releasing the recording March 4. Responsible for crafting 25 No. 1 singles, Rahn, who produced and wrote all nine originals on the ten tracker, is virtually guaranteed to add to that total with the combustible new set on which he trades blows with chart-toppers Rick Braun, Jonathan Fritzen and Julian Vaughn as well as Rico Wint (vocals) and Robin Eubanks (trombone). The multiple GRAMMYR nominee's new offering is already off to a powerful start with radio programmers making the lush, horn-ignited "D-Luxe" the No. 1 most-added single on the Billboard BDS chart.
Undaunted by his successes as a solo artist as well as a producer, songwriter and engineer behind some of the biggest instrumental hits by marquee artists over the past decade, Rahn changed his approach on "Sonic Boom" in an effort to elevate his sound, technique and unique artistic expression. On previous releases, he orated through tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, but elected to play tenor exclusively on the forthcoming album to define a singular voice. The record plays and is paced like a live show with each song having a cold ending as opposed to a studio fade. Rahn's production sounds live and warm, aided in part by his decision to use only real drums, another first. His melody-rich material comes straight from the heart sounding grand and luminous, packing a wallop with potent hooks that are passionately performed. The outing also serves as a showcase for Rahn's proficiency as a multi-instrumentalist - the sax player also plays piano, keyboards, Hammond organ, vocals, EWI and synth programming on "Sonic Boom." He makes it a family affair by inviting his brother, Jason Rahn, to play trumpet, flugelhorn and guitar and coaxes his wife, Priscilla, to play flute on the lone cover, a rapturous "Rock With You." Guitarist Allen Hinds and bassist Mel Brown maintain constant presences on the disc while several drummers (Anthony Steele, Tarell Martin and Anthony Jones) pound out the beats. Vaughn fills in admirably for the late bassist Wayman Tisdale on "Losing You," a moving musical tribute penned by Rahn for his frequent collaborator and departed friend.
"The idea behind 'Sonic Boom' is about real music - inspired music – created with real musicians playing real instruments and presented in a way that plays much like a live set. I wanted to condense my personality down to the very core to concisely express the essence of who I am as an artist. Drawing from the assorted musical styles that form my musical personality and saxophone playing - jazz, funk, R&B, soul, pop, rock, gospel and fusion – I wanted 'Sonic Boom' to reflect the diversity of my musical influences and history while at the same time flowing and working as a cohesive collection. In an era when music is often created by taking shortcuts, it was my desire to use the finest analog and digital studio equipment and state-of-the-art techniques while gathering as many of the best studio session players as possible. I wanted to create something that would provide the listener with a truly amazing listening experience, sounding full, warm, punchy, luxurious and exciting. My hope is that people will genuinely be impacted by the music, that it will bring joy and encouragement," said Rahn about "Sonic Boom," which will premiere in its entirety on Saturday, February 27 at 10am PT/1pm ET on the SmoothJazz.com site.
The British Columbia native who calls Denver home issued his solo debut, "Soulful," in 2004. That same year, Rahn produced Tisdale's No. 1 signature smash "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now." He hit full stride as an artist and producer in 2009 when his "Talk of the Town" reigned supreme at No. 1 on the Billboard chart at about the same time he produced No. 1 hits for Dave Koz, Eric Darius and Tim Bowman. During one particular period of chart domination, he occupied the top three spots and later had four singles in the top 10 simultaneously. Rahn earned GRAMMYR nominations for his work on a pair of Koz albums ("Hello Tomorrow" and "Summer Horns"). His meticulously-constructed sonicscapes have made his deft touch highly sought after, affording him the opportunity to work with Bob James, Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown, Jonathan Butler, Najee, Toby Keith, Jeffrey Osborne, Phil Perry, Nick Colionne and Lebron as well as Fritzen and Vaughn. For more information, please visit www.DarrenRahn.com or www.WoodwardAvenueRecords.com.
The songs contained on "Sonic Boom" are:
"Losing You" (For Wayman)
"Rock With You"
"Promises" (For Priscilla)
(Bron GreatScott PR)
NEWS / A prepubescent King of Pop, singing a love song to a rat; a Southern rap trio, paying tribute to the trials and tribulations of being in "the game"; a Canadian chart-topping superstar crooning hard enough to shatter glass chandeliers; a Portland, Oregon indie troubadour gently singing his way through an acoustic ditty. Look back at the Best Song Oscars of the last four-plus decades, and you'll find an oddball mix of pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, old-school showtunes, old-fashioned showstoppers and a few unclassifiable gems. We've grabbed 20 of our favorite Academy Award broadcast performances and ranked them from good to jaw-droppingly great. You think it's hard out there for a pimp? Try choosing between Adele, Bjork, Springsteen and "Everything Is Awesome" for your top slot.
20. Irene Cara, 'What a Feeling' (1983)
The Cuban-American actress became famous for her role as Coco Hernandez in the 1980 film Fame, but it was "Flashdance … What a Feeling," co-written with Keith Forsey and disco legend Giorgio Moroder, that marked the pinnacle of her career. The title song for the movie that ripped a thousand sweatshirts became a hit for Cara and cemented her status as an Eighties pop diva, winning her an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe, and later reaching Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1983. What a feeling indeed. JP
19. Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, 'Endless Love' (1982)
Question: What do you get when you pair the smooth-as-silk singer from the Commodores with the diva di tutti divas of the Supremes? Answer: A duo who can successfully sell what may be the single schmaltziest song of the Eighties. Descending from dual staircases, Lionel and Diana stare soulfully into each others' eyes and coo about how no one else will do; by the time they're trading lung-bursting declarations, their faces mere inches away, the heat on stage is palpable. Judging from this performance, you'd think the tune was called Endless Lust. DF
18. Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warren, 'Up Where We Belong' (1983)
Bring on the military procession! Lest you had forgotten that this nominated song was the theme to An Officer and a Gentleman, a host of dancers in dress white start doing drills on stage before a single note is sung. So far, so very cheesy — then Jennifer Warren starts singing angelically, Joe Cocker adds his addled rasp to the mix, and the beauty-and-the-beast mojo for this hit genuinely finds its groove. The only thing that would have made this better was if Louis Gossett Jr. came out and made them both do 100 push-ups. DF
17. Madonna, 'Sooner of Later' (1991)
This was Dick Tracy-era Madonna, in all her Marilyn-inspired bombshell beauty. Since host Billy Crystal introduced the Queen of Pop as "the NC-17 portion of our really big show" for her glittery burlesque number, people may have expected more than a simple strip tease. But Madge kept it classy, vamping through her number, tossing off her fur boa while channeling Old Hollywood. She did manage to offend some of the conservatives in the audience, however, by ad-libbing the lyric "talk to me General Schwarzkopf," referencing the current U.S. invasion of Kuwait. JP
16. Lou Rawls and Melba Moore, 'Take My Breath Away' (1987)
Back in the days when nominated songs weren't always regularly performed by the musicians who made them famous, Berlin's synth-tastic standout from the Top Gun soundtrack was given one hell of a makeover. Lou Rawls and Melba Moore joined forces to cover it during the broadcast, and after an iffy start in which the two singers were nearly lost in a web of lasers, these legendary performers showed the film industry how it's done. Making a meal of every note, this short duet elevated an enjoyably cheesy love theme into a number that soared higher than even Maverick himself would ever dare to fly. DE
15. Celine Dion, 'My Heart Will Go On' (1998)
Amid a heavenly orchestra decked out in white tuxedos and enough dry ice to blanket an ocean liner's poop deck, Canada's reigning songbird gave her all to the "Love Theme from Titanic" and reminded audiences why this was one of the biggest hit singles of all time. Like the blockbuster itself, Dion's ode to romantic endurance and perpetually beating cardiovascular organs was inescapable by the time the Oscars rolled around, but that treacly power-ballad you were sick of hearing eveywhere turns into something triumphant on stage. Listen as she goes into that final go-for-broke stretch: Dion is hitting those notes so hard that you swear she could knock down a cruise ship all by herself. DF
14. U2, 'Hands That Built America' (2003)
The band's original song for Martin Scorsese's epic Gangs of New York may have lost to Eminem's "Lose Yourself" that year, but it was a big win for Irish-Americans, with presenter Colin Farrell stating that it "honors new Americans who left Ireland in search of a better life, willing to fight for it at any expense." The live performance was a moving rock & roll tribute that included projected footage of immigrants entering Ellis Island while Bono crooned "Hallelujah" over and over again. JP
13. Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson, 'Dreamgirls' Medley (2007)
The Queen B herself joined her Dreamgirls costars Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose and Keith Robinson for an incendiary medley of hits from the movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical: "Love You I Do," Listen" and "Patience." (All three were nominated for Best Song; none of them took home the gold.) A rumored feud between the former Destiny's Child frontwoman and the nominated actress didn't stop them from shimmying next to each other as they ripped into this trio of tunes. Hudson would win the Best Supporting Actress award; Beyoncé, of course, was never heard from again. JP
12. Elton John, 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' (1995)
Only Elton John could take a song about cartoon lions fucking and turn it into a power ballad for the ages — the simple but spectacular rendition he delivered at the 1995 Oscars was a reminder of why he's one of a kind. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" became a kitschy earworm as soon as The Lion King hit theaters, but a quick listen to this note-perfect performance is enough to remind you that the track is even bigger than the movie itself. Watching John sit at the piano and fill every inch of the cavernous auditorium with his studio-ready vocals, it's clear that this Disney tune will always belong to the man who sang it. DE
11. Glen & Marketa, 'Falling Slowly' (2007)
Even when the whole world was watching, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglová sang as if they were the only two people in the room. Undoubtedly the most intimate musical performance that's ever graced the Oscar stage, this showstopper is what happens when you get an earnest 37-year-old rocker and his 19-year-old girlfriend to belt out the mega-ballad inspired by their relationship. He sat on a stool, she tucked herself behind a piano, and the two of them sneaked looks at each other on the downbeats as they bared their hearts for an audience of millions. The moment was so transporting that you quickly forgot how incongruous it was for Hollywood's biggest night — until Jack Nicholson sauntered up to the microphone to announce the next category. DE
10. Adele, 'Skyfall' (2013)
"This is the end ... hold your breath, and count to 10." Adele had already taken home a Golden Globe and Grammy for the film's opening number, by the time she graced the Oscars' stage, crooning that opening line in a glittery dress as elegant as the song itself. By the time she unleashes that climactic "Sky-faaaaaa-AAAAALLL," the British singer had entered the Pantheon of Bond-Theme Belters; you half-expected Shirley Bassey to walk onstage and high-five her. JP
9. Three 6 Mafia and Taraji P. Henson, 'Hard Out Here for a Pimp' (2006)
There are the traditional, understated renditions of Best Song nominees — and then there was the raucous live performance that Southern rappers Three 6 Mafia provided for their Hustle & Flow breakout hit. Future Empire MVP Taraji P. Henson sang the chorus, including the modified line "a whole lot of 'witches' talkin' shit"; a slew of extras dancing in a fake living-room set; and enough strobe lights to cause coast-to-coast grand mal seizures. The song was an infectious trap-music highlight of the evening; even Queen Latifah gave her own brief rendition at the podium when she presented the group with the Best Song award. JP
8. Bjork, 'I’ve Seen It All' (2001)
For three glorious minutes in March 2001, the whole planet paused to watch Björk perform a song about a nearly blind woman accepting that she'll never be able to save her sight. Swanning around the stage with the same commitment that scared Academy voters away from nominating her for Best Actress, the Icelandic chanteuse delivered a singular rendition of Dancer in the Dark's signature tune, as small and alone in the spotlight as her character was in the world. The song may be called "I've Seen It All," but most Oscar attendees and television viewers had never seen anything like it. DE
7. Isaac Hayes, 'Theme from Shaft' (1972)
It starts with a funky-as-hell high-hat and metronomic hip-shaking, and only gets groovier from there — once those interpretive dancers start doing the chicken-walk as the wah-wah pedal riff kicks in, you know there's something brewing right around the corner. Then ... wait, is that Isaac Hayes in a chain-mail shirt, playing the keyboards? Daaaaamn right. The Oscars have never shied away from serious spectacle du Velveeta (remember that Rob Lowe/Snow White debacle?), but this blend of time-capsule showbiz goofiness and hot buttered soul is the perfect combination of sweet and salty. This would have ranked higher were it not lip-synced. DF
6. Michael Jackson, 'Ben' (1973)
Check out that 13-year-old with the killer afro and that dope red sweater vest: Yes, that's really the future King of Pop singing that sweet, sad song about the rat who got away. As "one-fifth of the Jackson Five," per presenter Charlton Heston's introduction, Michael Jackson could be a dynamic performer; the fact that he could mesmerize you all by his lonesome, and by showing his tender side via an ode to his a horror film's titular killer vermin, was something altogether unique. It may have been past his bed time, as Heston joked, but this rendition suggested that the young Mr. Jackson was indeed capable of solo career — a tiny hint of the power ballads and pop-chart juggernauts to come. DF
5. Tegan and Sara and the Lonely Island, 'Everything is Awesome' (2015)
Arguably the single most optimistic movie-theme song ever written, this sonic equivalent of a sugar high — written and sung by lesbian Canadian duo Tegan and Sara — could have brought down the house on its own. But they pulled out all the stops for this showstopping live performance: Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island cohorts rapping the lyrics while dressed in powder blue tuxedos; Will Arnett rocking out as Batman with Questlove; DayGlo construction workers and campy cowboy extras handing out Lego Oscar statuettes to the audience (including a smiley Oprah). Future generations will study this as the ne plus ultra of poptastic pastiche spectacles; it was, in a word, awesome. JP
4. John Legend and Common, 'Glory' (2015)
Holy shit, John Legend can sing. Of course, the music star's incredible pipes are hardly the only reason why this performance of Selma's stirring anthem injected a rare feeling of urgency into Hollywood's most self-congratulatory spectacle. It's the rare case where the Oscars' staging helped make something special — as Common rapped to the audience, a largely black crowd gathered behind him in front of a mock-up of Alabama's Edmund Pettus Bridge and chanted the song's title as a refrain. Even a consummate pro like Legend couldn’t keep his voice from cracking with emotion. DE
3. Robin Williams, 'Blame Canada' (1999)
Thanks to one of the most unlikely nominations in the history of the Academy Awards, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut's foul-mouthed ode to our neighbors to the North would be performed live for a crowd of millions — the question was, what to do with the repeated uses of the word "fuck"? Luckily, a galloping chorus gasped whenever Robin Williams hit the curse word (with the comedian strategically turning and mouthing the phrase). He did yelp "and that bitch Ann Murray, too!" with glee, however, while surrounded by a dance line of scantily clad women dressed as mounties. When the song lost to Phil Collins' "You'll Be in My Heart," Trey Parker and Matt Stone later parodied the singer in a South Park episode the following year (and an Oscar eventually gets stuck up Collins' butt). JP
2. Elliott Smith, 'Miss Misery' (1997)
Late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith was never much for the spotlight, and watching him croon in front of the entire world feels like shining a flashlight through a ghost. Performing the acoustic stunner that Gus Van Sant commissioned him to write for the closing credits of Good Will Hunting, Smith warbles through the verses with the same bittersweet resolve that his voice brings to the film's touching final moments. His evident (though admirably well-contained) nerves highlight the song's beautiful fragility, and the moment has come to serve as a wonderful remembrance of this tragic muscian — not even the Oscars could prevent Smith from being himself. DE
1. Bruce Springsteen, 'Streets of Philadelphia' (1994)
Nobody on Earth is more comfortable singing for large crowds than Bruce Springsteen, and he took to the Oscar stage with the same steely confidence that he's always brought to every other arena-sized venue on the planet. Still, The Boss was palpably vulnerable as he quivered behind the microphone on that March night in 1994, digging deep to deliver this soul-stirring elegy to the victims of the AIDS epidemic. Captured in a delicate close-up that slowly zooms tighter on Springsteen. DE (Bron: Rolling Stone)
NEWS / Het Brugse Cactus Festival schrijft de Amerikaanse band Calexico bij op de affiche van de 35ste editie. De organisatie gaf vrijdag nog vier namen prijs: The Cinematic Orchestra, Laura Mvula, Chronix en het Belgische Flying Horseman. Het festival vindt dit jaar plaats van 8 tot 10 juli in het Brugse Minnewaterpark. Het programma van Cactus Festival raakt aardig gevuld met de vijf nieuwe namen. De opvallendste naam is het Amerikaanse Calexico. Met Calexico heeft Cactus een band beet die de lijnen aftast van country en western, gemixt met een feestelijke mariachitoets. Zij spelen op vrijdag 8 juli in het Minnewaterpark.
Het Britse Laura Mvula speelt daags erna. Dan staat ook Flying Horseman op het programma. Opvallend, Flying Horseman is amper de tweede Belgische naam op de affiche van het festival. Op de slotdag staan nog het Britse The Cinematic Orchestra en het Jamaicaanse Chronixx geprogrammeerd.
Eerder kondigde Cactus al zijn headliners aan. Dat zijn Damien Rice, Wilco, en het Franse Air, dat het festival afsluit op 10 juli. (Bron: Het Belang Van Limburg)
NEWS / Zangeres Adele is met vier prijzen de grote winnaar van de Brit Awards. Ze won de prijs voor de beste vrouwelijke soloartiest, de beste single (‘Hello’) en het beste album (‘25’) en kaapte ook de Global Succes Award weg. Die laatste prijs werd uitgereikt door de Britse astronaut Tim Peake in het internationaal ruimtestation ISS. David Bowie won postuum de Brit Icon Award.
“Mijn kind gaat mij zo cool vinden”, zei de 27-jarige geëmotioneerde zangeres tijdens de prijsuitreiking woensdag. In haar bedankingsspeech sprak ze bovendien haar steun uit voor de Amerikaanse zangeres Kesha, die haar producer voor de rechter had gesleept voor misbruik en seksueel misbruik, maar die rechtszaak verloor.
Niet alleen Adele viel woensdag in de prijzen. Zo ging de award voor beste mannelijke soloartiest naar James Bay, werd Coldplay bekroond tot beste band en was ‘Drag me down’ van One Direction de beste muziekvideo. De leden van Coldplay, die al voor de vierde keer de prijs voor de beste band kregen, droegen hun award op aan “alle jonge muzikanten in de vluchtelingenkampen overal ter wereld”.
Brit Award voor Bowie
Ook niet-Britse artiesten worden tijdens de Brit Awards gelauwerd: Justin Bieber (Canada) werd de beste internationale mannelijke artiest, Björk (IJsland) de beste internationale vrouwelijke artiest en Tame Impala (Australië) de beste internationale band.
Tijdens de uitreiking werd ook ode gebracht aan David Bowie, die vorige maand overleed op 69-jarige leeftijd. Hij won postuum de Brit Icon Award, die in ontvangst werd genomen door zijn goede vriend Gary Oldman. “David, je was sterfelijk, maar je potentieel was bovenmenselijk en je ongelooflijke muziek blijft voortbestaan. We houden van je en bedanken je”, zei de acteur. Daarop zong de Nieuw-Zeelandse zangeres Lorde, samen met Bowies band, het nummer ‘Life on Mars’. (Bron: Het Belang Van Limburg)
Produced By the Legendary Narada Michael Walden, released Worldwide on February 22nd, 2016 on Tarpan Records
NEWS / Jennifer Saran is a North American alt-pop/adult contemporary artist, songwriter and vocalist based in Hong Kong. The first single from her upcoming album Walk With Me is “Rise Up Time,” available digitally worldwide with its release on February 5th, 2016. Her new album was created with the legendary producer Narada Michael Walden, and is being released through his label Tarpan Records.
In tandem with the single’s release there is an original animated music video for Rise Up Time, which will be seen on both online and broadcast outlets. This video features original animation created by Jojo Ramos (Warner Brothers Animator) in Los Angeles, CA. The video's concept was conceived by Jennifer Saran and brought to life in this wonderful depiction geared toward both children and adults alike. The single is currently played on dozens of radio stations and is being added to more every week.
Jennifer Saran’s upcoming album is a contemporary mix of brand new originals penned by herself and Narada, many of which revolve around the central themes of love and family and positive messages. Musically the album spans ballads to up-tempo grooves, while also including some swing and gospel influences.
Narada enlisted some amazing musicians and performers for his band on Walk With Me including: Frank Martin (Sting, Angela Bofil, John Handy Band, Tuck & Patti, Jose’ Neto, Airto & Flora, & Trudie’s Rainforest Band) on Keyboards, Angeline Saris (Ernest Ranglin, Zepparella) on Bass and Vocals, Matthew Charles Heulitt (Zigaboo Modaliste) and Jose’ Neto on Guitars. Additional Backing Vocals on this album include vocalists Nate Soul Sanger and Cornell Carter. All of the strings were arranged and conducted by Minna Choi of Magik*Magik Orchestra.
Jennifer Saran, aka Jennifer Hill, was born in Washington DC to a Canadian mother and American father. It was at the local Episcopal Church while at school in Villars, Switzerland, where she first realized how much she loved to sing, performing Handel's Messiah a cappella. Jennifer went on to attend high school in Alexandria, Egypt, where she performed in school plays and learned to speak Arabic. She then attended The American University in Cairo, earning a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. Throughout her years growing up in Egypt she and her friends always followed the local Egyptian live bands that performed American and British pop music, dreaming one day of being a singer.
She went through a long dry spell away from music – raising children, working in various corporate roles, singing in the shower or car, rarely having any time to go out dancing. She was moved to Philippines for an international corporate role for 2 years, followed by Singapore for another 2 years, and then to Hong Kong where she has lived for the past 24 years.
Her new full-length album Walk With Me was recorded and produced entirely at Tarpan Studios in San Rafael, California, by legendary producer Narada Michael Walden and will be released in late April of 2016. Narada has produced music royalty like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Aretha Franklin. With Narada’s music and Jennifer’s lyrics and vocals, they have created a tremendous debut album that is sure to captivate a worldwide audience.
For Music Samples or to order Rise Up Time visit: https://tarpanrecords.bandcamp.com/track/rise-up-time
To purchase the single on iTunes please visit: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rise-up-time-single/id1080453262
To view the video for Rise Up Time, please check out Jennifer’s YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/FSi2C6e-KUo
Check out Jennifer’s website for more information: http://www.jennifersaran.com
For more information on Tarpan Records or any of its releases check out: www.tarpanrecords.com
NEWS / Odegand 2012. An Pierlé blaast in het kader van haar toenmalige “Stadscomponistenschap” het stof uit de pijpen van het orgel in de Gentse Sint-Jakobskerk. De ideeën beginnen te borrelen...
De songs voor het tweeluik ‘Strange Days / Strange Ways’ zijn dan al klaar en het orgelidee moet nog rijpen. Een tournee langs kerken eind 2013 is een logische eerste stap.
Tijdens die tournee werkt An aan de soundtrack van Jaco Van Dormael’s ‘Le Tout Nouveau Testament’ (onlangs nog goed voor een ‘Magritte du Cinema’ Award voor Beste Soundtrack) en maakt ze samen met cineaste Nathalie Teirlinck en (jazzrock enfant terrible) Fulco Ottervanger (De Beren Gieren, Stadt), de bekroonde kindervoorstelling ‘Slumberland’.
Maar het orgel laat haar niet los...
Het resultaat: ‘Arches’; een verzameling songs gebouwd rond kerkorgel, drumcomputer en hemelse harmonieën. Het album, als vanouds in een productie van Koen Gisen, legt vlotjes een brug tussen atmosferische anachronistische ambient met hints naar de renaissance en avant garde en 80’s pop. Passioneel en sensueel, krachtig en ontroerend en verrassend aanstekelijk.
‘Arches’ is het eerste deel van het tweeluik ‘Arches / Cluster’ (deel 2 verschijnt na de zomer) en verschijnt op 22 april.
An Pierlé presenteert het nieuwe album op 12 mei in de Dominicaanse Kerk in Brussel in het kader van Les Nuits Botanique. Live wordt ze bijgestaan door zangeressen en toetsenistes Loesje Maieu (Flying Horseman, Blackie & The Oohoos) en Kaat Hellings, de klassiek geschoolde organist Karel De Wilde die haar stem met kennis van de authentieke klassieke orgelmuziek ondersteunt en vaste begeleider en producer Koen Gisen op gitaar, percussie en basklarinet.
1. Feel For The Child
2. Certain Days
4. Birds Love Wires
5. The Road Is Burning
6. There Is No Time
7. Dragon JM
8. Changing Tides
NEWS / De 32ste concertreeks van Night Of The Proms zal op 12 november in de Ethias Arena van Hasselt eindigen. Het is de eerste keer dat het jaarlijkse muziekfeest zal plaatsvinden in Limburg.
Op donderdag 10 en vrijdag 11 november start Night Of The Proms in het Antwerps Sportpaleis, op zaterdag trekt het muziekspektakel met een identieke show naar de Ethias Arena, een zaal die plaats biedt voor zo’n 22.000 mensen.
“Dit is fantastisch voor de Ethias Arena”, laat Tom Vandeput, voorzitter van de Grenslandhallen, weten. “Dit is nog maar eens een bewijs dat er hard wordt gewerkt aan een stevige programmering.”
De organisatie heeft nog geen enkele artiest aangekondigd, maar op de 32ste editie van Night Of The Proms zullen internationale popartiesten en klassieke toptalenten optreden, begeleid door symfonisch orkest Il Novecento. (Bron: HBVL)
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NEWS / Selah Sue zal deze zomer opnieuw te zien zijn op Couleur Café. De Leuvense soulzangeres zal er op de eerste dag van het driedaagse muziekfestival optreden, zo meldt de organisatie. Morgen start de ticketverkoop en worden zeventien nieuwe namen bekendgemaakt.
Eerder kondigde het muziekfestival, dat al aan zijn 27ste editie toe is, ook al de komst aan van Black Box Revelation, GrandGeorges, Woodie Smalls, Raging Fyah, Inna Modja, Ghinzu, Chronixx, Goran Bregovic en Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band.
Het festival op de site van Tour & Taxis vindt dit jaar plaats van 1 tot en met 3 juli . (Bron: De Morgen)
NEWS / Slash is reportedly working on new music for Guns N' Roses after the group's classic line-up recently announced they will reunite this year.
The reunited classic line-up of the band - featuring Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan - will headline Coachella Festival in California this April, as well as a pair of warm-up shows and a gig in Mexico.
The band's former publicist, Arlett Vereecke, has now told Classic Rock that guitarist Slash has been in the studio working on new Guns N' Roses material>
"I know they’re doing some recording," Vereecke reportedly said. "They’re definitely doing something there in the studio. Axl hasn’t been there, but Slash is definitely in there and it’s not for anyone else."
The band's former manager Alan Niven also claimed that bassist Duff McKagan and rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin have been recording music, potentially for the projecy.
Niven said: "Duff and Izzy were in the studio before Christmas doing stuff. At a casual glance I think they’ve got at least a couple of tracks down."
Slash originally left Guns N' Roses in 1996, with McKagan departing the following year. The guitarist recently said that he has reconciled with Rose after the pair "dispelled some of that negative stuff".
De Londonse Progressieve, Psychedelische rockers Messenger tekende onlangs bij Inside Out Music voor de release van het te verwachten ‘Threnodies’ album op 22 april 2016. Met trots kondigen ze nu hun eerste track ‘Balearic Blue’ aan hetwelke u hier kan beluisteren.
Ze hebben het volgende te zeggen over dit nummer: “We're very excited to present a preview track from our forthcoming album ‘Threnodies’ as well as the cover artwork. The artwork and layout were created by Colombian, Berlin-based artist Daniel Correa Mejia. We were mesmerised by his paintings and decided that his work fits perfectly with our music. ‘Balearic Blue’ is more along the lines of our previous release ‘Illusory Blues’, so expect something different for the next track. We're very much looking forward to performing some of these new songs on our forthcoming tour with the Von Hertzen Brothers and HRH Prog in March"
Aan dit nieuwe album is ook een toernee gekoppeld same met de Finse rock band Von Hertzen Brothers tijdens de UK tour in maart. Verder staan ze ook op de affiche van het Hard Rock Hell Prog in maart & het Stone Free Festival in London’s O2 Arena.
De vijfkoppige band brachten hun debuutalbum ‘Illusory Blues’ uit in 2014 waarmee ze de limelight award van de Progressive Music Awards in hetzelfde jaar in de wacht sleepten. Ze werden ook genomineerd als Best New Band tijdens de Classic Rock Awards het jaar nadien. Q Magazine noemde hun debuut "Een intrigerende en indrukwekkende eerste album" en The Guardian stelde dat het album het superzware zwarte gat tussen prog en folk opvult.
featuring Atreyu’s Brandon Saller, Tekent bij Search & Destroy/Spinefarm Records
Hell or Highwater, de rock band Atreyu’s Brandon Saller, tekent een contract bij Search & Destroy/Spinefarm Records. Ze brengen het nieuwe album ‘Vista’ uit via dit label in 2016.
Saller is alvast enthousiast: "We're so incredibly excited to be a part of the Spinefarm/Search & Destroy family. We've been crafting this album for two years and can't wait to share it with the world,"
Bekijk de teaser video hier
Hell or Highwaterhebben al meerdere bezettingswissels doorgemaakt maar overleefde dit sterker dan ooit en zijn nu klaar om aan dit nieuwe hoofdstuk te beginnen.
Sinds hun oprichting werd Hell or Highwater al vergeleken met bands als Foo Fighters & Muse, dankzij hun talent om onvergetelijke en opzwepende rocksongs bij elkaar te schrijven.
Hell or Highwater heeft hun plekje in de live scene verovert door hun deelname aan het jaarlijkse Uproar gebeuren in 2013 en als support van Stone Sour, The Used & Avenged Sevenfold. Frontman M. Shadows verleende trouwens ook zijn medewerking als zanger ‘go Alone’ .
Hell or High-water liet vorig jaar nog van zich horen met nieuw songmateriaal en een video voor “resurfaced last "I'll Be Waiting," Dewelke je hier kan bekijken.
NEWS / Tom Waits has lent his voice and soul to a stunning collection of performances celebrating legendary gospel bluesman Blind Willie Johnson.
‘God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson’ is out through Alligator Records on 26th February and features two contributions by Tom, 'The Soul of a Man' and 'John The Revelator,' both originally recorded by Johnson in 1930.
A stunning collection of artists and performances celebrate the timeless music of legendary gospel bluesman Blind Willie Johnson. From Derek Trucks’ and Susan Tedeschi’s reverent reading of 'Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning' to 'Lucinda Williams’ slide guitar-fueled lament in ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine,' from Luther Dickinson’s spirited take on 'Bye And Bye I’m Going To See The King' (with The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band) to Tom Waits’ virtual embodiment of Johnson himself on 'The Soul Of A Man' and 'John The Revelator', this record is packed with incomparable recordings that speak as much to the greatness of the performers as they do the enduring legacy of Blind Willie Johnson. (Bron: Music-News)
NEWS / Singer Kesha broke down in tears after a judge dismissed a preliminary injunction she was seeking to end her contract with record label bosses at Sony on Friday (19Feb16).
The Tik Tok hitmaker filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against her one-time mentor and producer Dr. Luke in October, 2014, accusing him of subjecting her to years of sexual, physical, verbal and emotional abuse. She even went as far as to claim his actions led to her 60-day stint in the Timberline Knolls rehab clinic in Illinois two years ago.
Dr. Luke, real name Lukasz Gottwald, hit back with his own countersuit for defamation and extortion, alleging the singer and her mother, Pebe Sebert, had threatened to go public with various stories about his alleged inappropriate behaviour unless he released her from the management contract she signed with him when she was 18.
The 28-year-old asked to be released from the deal with Dr. Luke, claiming she was unable to continue with her music career, because she is prohibited from working with another label, adding executives at Sony will not promote her music if she pairs up with another producer.
However, a judge dismissed her argument on Friday (19Feb16), ruling she is able to work with another producer under Sony.
"You're asking the court to decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry," New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich said during her ruling in Manhattan Supreme Court.
On Thursday (18Feb16), Dr. Luke and bosses at the record label asked for the sexual assault suit to be dismissed, but the judge delayed her decision.
Kesha was greeted by a throng of fans as she arrived at the courthouse on Friday morning. Many held placards and chanted "Free Kesha Now! Free Kesha Now!" as she prepared for her day in court.
One sobbing fans the singer comforted on the courthouse steps told Kesha, "You don't deserve this at all. It's unfair." (Bron: Music-News)
NEWS / Sir Mick Jagger has great memories from the '70s, but doesn't want to be back there.
The Rolling Stones legend has been a rock'n'roll star since the early '60s and epitomised what is was to be a frontman during his band's heyday.
At 72 Mick still wows adoring crowds with the Stones, selling out stadiums across the world. However, he's also trying his hand at producing with new TV show Vinyl. While Mick insists the hedonistic '70s-set record label drama isn't based on his own life, many are guessing some elements may be from personal experience.
"Nostalgia is a funny word," Mick told America's Esquire. "That means you wistfully, rather regretfully, wish you were there. And that's not what I think when I think about (the '70s). I just think about some funny stories."
Mick's son James takes a starring role in the show, which also features Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde and Juno Temple.
James plays wannabe rock star Kip Stevens, and his resemblance to prancing Mick is uncanny. The role wasn't offered to him on a plate though, and he had to go through the audition process like the rest of the cast.
"I had to audition on tape, then I came to New York to audition," James explained. "And then I had to do what I think was just the d**khead test: I had to go sit down with Marty (Martin Scorsese, director) for a half hour, and if I was a massive k**b, then he would've said, 'No, I'm not working with that guy.'"
James doesn't mince his words when it comes to his dad's gargantuan level of fame, and he is happy to play the part of rock offspring.
"I don't really give a f**k if someone's a really big Rolling Stones fan and they're being weird toward me," he stated. "I'm very proud of my dad and his achievements, and if someone wants to take a photo of me 'cause I'm his son, I don't give a f**k. It doesn't make me feel like a genius, but I'm more than happy to play that role." (Bron: Music-News)
NEWS / Sam Smith will be keeping fans waiting for new material while he attempts to discover "the core" of his musical message.
The 23-year-old British singer shot to superstardom in 2014 with the release of his debut album In the Lonely Hour, an offering that earned him four Grammy Awards and the chance to record a coveted Bond theme, which scored the star a Golden Globe trophy and an Oscar nomination.
Achieving tremendous success so quickly has transformed Sam and he is now trying to find ways to express his new perspective on life in songs he's writing for his second album.
"Obviously, the Oscars have changed stuff a little bit, because I was meant to just have the entire year off," he tells Deadline. "I’ve learned some stuff about myself in the past few months, and the truth is, I can’t take time off.
"The day after New Years Eve, even though I was insanely hungover, I just went straight into the studio. But I haven’t got a plan to release anything as of yet, and I don’t think I want to release anything for a bit. I just want the music to be right, so at the moment I’m just trying to get back to a comfortable place, and actually, the last few days I’ve had a massive breakthrough with a few songs.
"I’m just trying to get to the bones, to the core of what I want to say in this next record," he adds. "That’s my plan."
Sam does not want to be tainted by fame or the allures of Hollywood, so in attempt to keep things as normal as possible, the star has committed to simplifying his daily affairs in the upcoming weeks and spending more time with loved ones.
"I’m trying to live as well a little bit, and I think next month I’m going to force myself to just stay at home and see my mum and dad and my sisters, because I feel like I’ve missed out on their lives a bit the last few years, so that’s my plan," he said. "When I go to these big events (like the Oscars) it’s amazing, but you know, this year for me is my time to just pretend like all of that never happened and then walk back into it." (Bron: Music-News)