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Darling Parade Releases First Single from Highly-Anticipated, Debut Full-Length Album Battle Scars & Broken Hearts
“Ghost” Now Available on iTunes Album Launches April 2, 2013
Formed in early 2007 against the humble backdrop of fields and farmhouses, Darling Parade came to fruition after lead vocalist Kristin Kearns asked Nate McCoy and his previous group to play a local show in southern Illinois. She was only 15 at the time, but even then, had a way of captivating an audience. After adding drummer Casey Conrad via Craigslist and bassist Dustin McCoy, the group was complete.
After a self-titled EP, and 2010’s What You Want, 2011 brought the release of the band’s 3rd EP, Until We Say It’s Over, and landed the band the #8 spot onBillboard’s Next Big Sound chart. The first single “Never Wrong” received airplay on both MTVu and VH1. It also included, “Remember,” featuring guest vocals by Anberlin frontman, Stephen Christian.
Riding on the success of Until We Say It’s Over in the spring of 2012, Darling Parade landed their first national tour with NBC’s “The Voice” winner Cassadee Pope (Hey Monday) and set out to make their mark across the country. The band quickly followed up with a national headlining tour, and then headed home to regroup.
Shortly after returning home, they knew it was time to do something they had not yet attempted—record a full-length album. Lacking the funds to embark on such an endeavor, the fans stepped up in a huge way, fully backing a Kickstarter effort to raise $16,000 to fund the recording of the new album.
Darling Parade went through several life-changing situations throughout the course of a few years, as bands do from time to time. The group, along with their long-time producer and friend, Jon King (Augustana, Throwing Gravity, 3 Pill Morning), retreated to a remote cabin in Western Ky., to clear their minds and make sense of the chaos. Out of that adversity, Battle Scars & Broken Hearts was born. Written entirely over a period of only a few weeks, it represents a snapshot in time of the band coming to terms with some of their weakest moments and finding the will to rise above them.
“The whole album has a common theme of overcoming struggle,” says Kearns.
“It’s really about realizing that no one has control over your life but you, and moving past negativity.”
The next four months were spent working day in and day out in the studio. “We really took a different approach with this album, we took the time to explore every tone, and took a lot of chances” says McCoy.
The band made huge strides forward musically as well, melding all of their influences to create a sound that’s infectious, refreshing and all their own. In-your-face guitars and relentless drumming dominate the album, while Kristin’s thunder in a bottle voice can only be described as a beautifully controlled chaos.
Partnering with King’s Nashville based label, Page 2 Music, Battle Scars & Broken Hearts will be released world-wide April 2, 2013.
SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN: LEGENDARY KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND CELEBRATE 40 YEARS OF MAKING BOOTIES SHAKE
MIAMI, Fl. (January 30, 2013) – Put on your “Boogie Shoes” and prepare to “Get Down Tonight” with Harry Wayne Casey ‘KC’ and the band that created some of the world’s most beloved dance songs. Formed in 1973, KC & the Sunshine Band celebrate 40 years of making music – the result of which gave voice to a generation, helped define an entire culture and continues to make an impact today.
KC’s story is a musically rich one. From his two year plus internship with TK Records in Miami where he learned each facet of the music industry from the ground up to his imaginative musical creations which included mixing Caribbean Junkanoo instruments with the music of Motown he had grown up with. The resulting sound from the accomplished singer/songwriter was a unique, infectious one and it grabbed the hearts and minds of the American public compelling them to get out of their seats and hit the dance floor.
KC & the Sunshine Band has earned lifetime worldwide album sales well past the 100 million mark and secured #1 hit smashes with “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Get Down Tonight,” and “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” as well as numerous signature songs like “I’m Your Boogie Man,” “Boogie Shoes,” “Keep It Comin’ Love,” “Please Don’t Go” and more. Their music has been featured on hundreds of movies, TV shows and advertising campaigns.
“In 40 years and in my wildest dreams I never imagined that I would still be doing what I love doing, and that is making and performing my music for you,” says KC. “I am so grateful and thankful for the continued support and belief in KC & The Sunshine Band from all of our fans new and old and those who have not admitted it yet.”
This celebratory year finds KC & the Sunshine Band on tour both across the country and internationally. He’ll cook with Paula Deen, be featured on the award-winning television show “Unsung,” and receive a prestigious award from the Florida Association of Broadcasters.
Look for new music from KC & the Sunshine Band in March.
To learn more about KC & The Sunshine Band and to find more details about its upcoming tour dates, visit www.heykcsb.com.
KC & The Sunshine Band is booked by William Morris Endeavor.
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JEFFREY OSBORNE RELEASES A TIME FOR LOVE WITH A MULTI-CITY PROMOTIONAL TOUR INCLUDING CENTRIC SPECIAL, TELEVISION APPEARANCES AND ONE-HOUR RADIO SHOW
SETS SAIL ON SOUL TRAIN CRUISE FEBRUARY 17th
Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Patty Loveless, Jo Dee Messina, Ronnie Milsap, Restless Heart and Many More To Set Sail On the Inaugural COUNTRY MUSIC CRUISE
7-Day Luxury Voyage Runs January 19-26, 2014
From Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Maarten and Half Moon Cay
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (January 24, 2013) — The very first Country Music Cruise will launch in early 2014 and sail through the Caribbean with an incredible group of superstars and much-loved fan favorites onboard including Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Patty Loveless, Jo Dee Messina, Ronnie Milsap, and Restless Heart with television personality Lorraine Crook hosting the entire journey. The vacation of a lifetime for country music fans, the cruise will hold intimate concerts every day, exclusive events not available anywhere else, activities, comedians, world class dining, deluxe accommodations, and much more for seven luxurious days aboard Holland America’s MS Eurodam. All concert tickets, activities and meals are included, with further information available at www.CountryMusicCruise.com.
The stars scheduled to perform on the 2014 Country Music Cruise have an astounding 350 hit singles between them, with nearly 90 #1 hits. In addition to the headlining concerts, clubs on the ship will host performances by even more artists such as Andy Griggs, Wade Hayes, Ty Herndon, Jamie O’Neal, The Warren Brothers, Bryan White and others. Chuck Mead from BR549 will be playing daily poolside. Amidst the music, guests will be invited to a beach party on their very own private island, line dancing events, cooking exhibitions, wine tasting, songwriter workshops, spirited trivia contests, exclusive screenings of country music films and documentaries, games and more. The ship will also dock in several ports, where guests can explore the majestic beauty and vibrant culture of Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Philipsburg (Saint Maarten), and Half Moon Cay (Bahamas). Not only will the voyage give fans the rare opportunity to see so many of their favorite singers all in one location, it all takes place among breathtaking ocean and island vistas on one of the most magnificent ships at sea.
“Country music fans are in for something really special,” says Vince Gill. “Not only will they get to experience a luxurious ocean cruise, but they can enjoy exclusive concerts by country music’s iconic superstars. The cruise is destined to become a vacation destination in the years to come.” “I couldn’t be more excited about performing on the Country Music Cruise and being a part of a vacation that my fans will never forget,” adds Kenny Rogers.
“This will be the Country Music party of a lifetime. Real stars, real music and real friends, both old and new” said Mike Jason, Senior Vice President Retail, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life. ”We have produced over 35 full ship charter music cruises and ‘Country Music’ is a perfect genre for an exciting and overall cruise experience,” said Michael Lazaroff, Executive Director of Entertainment Cruise Productions. The programming and entertainment opportunities for the Country Music Cruise are unparalleled. It will be so much fun.”
Cabins are available now at www.CountryMusicCruise.com or by calling (toll free) 1-855-332-6868. Early reservation Country Music Cruise fan rates start at just $1,925 per person and include all meals, concerts, entertainment and on-board activities.
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About Entertainment Cruise Productions Holdings, LLC
Entertainment Cruise Productions Holdings LLC is a joint venture between Entertainment Cruise Productions and Direct Holdings Global LLC. Direct Holdings Global, most notably associated with the success of the Time Life brand, is a multi-channel marketer, distributor, and leader in entertainment and lifestyle direct-to-consumer marketing.
“GOD BLESS THE USA” CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY & ITS ENDURING MARK ON AMERICAN CULTURE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 23, 2013) – From times of great national tragedy to times of joyous patriotic celebration, the words of “God Bless the USA” have stood as one of our country’s most beloved anthems and the cornerstone song of those that best encompass pride in America. So much so, that CBS.com called the song, “the most recognizable patriotic song in the country.”
Written by Grammy Award winning country star Lee Greenwood in 1983, the iconic song marks its 30th anniversary this year. Its life to date includes the distinction of being the only song of any genre to skyrocket up the sales charts multiple times since its original release in 1984. Radio stations and fans alike returned to the song in 1991 during the Gulf War, in 2001 following 9/11, in 2003 during the war in Iraq, and in 2009 following Hurricane Katrina.
“God Bless the USA” had a resurgence in 2011, when Beyoncé recorded the song offering proceeds of the download to benefit the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund. That same year, it was the winning song on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and performed on “American Idol.”
Greenwood wrote “God Bless the USA” in response to the hurt and anger he felt following the downing of a Korean jet on a flight from New York to Seoul with 269 passengers aboard, including 63 Americans. Russian authorities shot the plane from the sky, killing all aboard because “they thought the airliner was on a spy mission.”
“I saw the senseless strike as a personal attack against our countrymen and it moved me to put pen to paper,” says Greenwood. “The song came so easily, it nearly wrote itself.”
The song hit an emotional chord with the American populace as well and “God Bless the USA” was named “Song of the Year” in 1985 at the CMA Awards.
“After 9/11, it was a song of unity and rebuilding and after Hurricane Katrina, it was a song for life and hope. It just makes me really proud that I’ve done something for the country and for my family. It’s my family’s heritage,” Greenwood told AOL’s The Boot.
Announced Tour Dates Include:
February 8, 2013 – Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry
March 2, 2013 – Rocky Mount, NC
March 10, 2013 – Washington, D.C. – Constitution Hall
May 25, 2013 – Gulfport, MS
June 30, 2013 – Milner, GA
July 3 – Hot Springs, AK
July 6 – Williams Bay, WI
July 20, 2013 – Columbus OH
Throughout his expansive career, international country music star Lee Greenwood has earned multiple CMA and ACM Awards as well as a Grammy Award. His discography includes twenty-two studio albums, seven compilation albums and thirty-eight singles including hits like “Ring On Her Finger, Time On Her Hands,” “Dixie Road,” and “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” among numerous others. He’s been honored with the prestigious National Patriot’s Award, presented by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and entertained troops on more than 30 USO Tours. In November 2008, President George W. Bush appointed Greenwood to a six-year term as a council member on the National Endowment for the Arts. The California native wrote his second book in 2012, a collection of inspirational essays titled “Does God Still Bless the USA; A Plea for a Better America” (Tate Publishing). His latest project, a seven song EP, I Want to Be In Your World, features more songs penned by Greenwood as well as him on saxophone. Lee and his wife, Kimberly, a former Miss Tennessee, currently reside in Nashville and have two sons.
For more information on Lee Greenwood, visit www.LeeGreenwood.com
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The newest addition to the Lynyrd Skynyrd’s lineup, Johnny Colt, has posted a report on the band’s involvement in the Red, White and Blue Inaugural Ball last night in Washington, D.C.
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Long Island Country Songstress LISA MATASSA Brings Vibrant Country/Pop Sound To Patchogue Theatre For The Performing Arts On January 30
Entertainer Who Enchants Millions Via YouTube & Country Radio To Open For Lee Brice
Nashville, TN (January 14, 2013) – Long Island Country Songstress Lisa Matassa relishes performing live. She has been entertaining fans since she was in her teens, first as a Dance Music artist and now as an in-demand Country vocalist with hit videos and a new EP, SOMEBODY’S BABY. On Wednesday, January 30, the stage-savvy performer will bring her vibrant Country/Pop sound and her dynamic band to Patchogue Theatre For The Performing Arts (71 E. Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772) stage as opener for Lee Brice at 8 p.m. For more information about the AEG Live / WJVC presented show, call (631)207-1300 or log on towww.patchoguetheatre.com.
Operatically trained as a child with a resonantly pop voice, Lisa recorded two Top-10 Dance singles before she was 20. The songs were hits in the U.S. and abroad, earning her slots on the marquee with acts Taylor Dayne, Brenda K. Starr, TKA and others. Her years of stage experience show; she’s a natural performer who over the last few years has opened shows for Dierks Bentley, Leann Rimes, Eric Church, Ronnie Dunn, Lee Brice and Thompson Square. Lisa’s peerless vocals and unique perspective create music that incorporates traditional Country values backed by rockin’ contemporary productions that she calls “Long Island Country.” Matassa’s previous two Country albums generated hit singles (“Me Time,” “Wouldn’t You Like To Know”), and her “Me Time” video soared to # 1 on CMT.com. Her newest EP, SOMEBODY’S BABY, is receiving rave reviews, and the disc’s title track (and current single) is now moving up the Billboard/BDS Indicator Chart.
“Lisa has a vivacious spirit that comes across on her new EP. Whether it be the up tempo sheen of the title cut or the warmth exuded on ballads like her cover of ‘Heaven’ and the stirring ‘Learning As You Grow.’ She is a star on the rise.” – Chuck Dauphin, Billboard.com
“Lisa has a sexy, gritty approach to the material that infuses it with an energy that is infectious. When she sings, she has complete command of the song.” – Greg Victor, ParcBench.com
“Lisa Matassa has a voice that can croon a classic or belt out a rock and roll anthem. She’s like a female Garth Brooks, part Country star and part rock’ n’ roll queen. SOMEBODY’S BABY has it all: Bombast, sweetness, grit and heart.” – Wildy Haskell, Wildy’s World
Lisa’s current video, “Somebody’s Baby,” has already logged over 3 million YouTube views. Produced by Traci Goudie (Hunter Hayes, Merle Haggard, Patty Griffin), it was filmed in Tennessee and tells the story of Lisa’s life from childhood to marriage to motherhood via archival family footage and photographs. The video is included on this enhanced EP, which also features highlights like the self-penned sassy girls’-night-out song, “Wouldn’t You Like ToKnow,” and her rich interpretation of the holiday classic, “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire).” Recorded with the Broadway Youth Ensemble, the music video of “Chestnuts” shot to Number 1 on CMTduring 2011 (with over 600,000 views) and was featured prominently during the 2012 holidays on GAC and TCN. Collectively, Matassa has garnered an impressive 6.9 million YouTube video views.
Lisa’s appeared on many other networks and high-profile television shows, including Fox News, The Daily Buzz, Good Day New York, Young Country TV, Inside Music Row and Entertainment Circle. Other recent media coverage includes: Newsday, Billboard.com, AOL The Boot, CMA Close Up, MusicRow, Roughstock, ParcBench.com, CountryWeekly.com, Guitarist Magazine, Maverick and Country Music People.
Fans can connect with Lisa online at the following social media outlets:
www.twitter.com/lisa_matassa – 545,000 followers
Video link: Somebody’s Baby http://youtu.be/PBMzrypxspQ
Source: So Much Moore Media, Martha Moore
Nashville, TN (January 14, 2013) – Country music artist, Crystal Shawanda, has been selected to perform during the Native Nations Inaugural Ball, which takes place at The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian on the evening of the Presidential Inauguration, January 21, 2013.
This event will not only celebrate this historic civic event, but will also serve as a fundraiser for the museum in its effort to produce educational programs relevant to Tribal Nations issues.
“To Native Americans, music is everything,” says Shawanda, who is a member of the Ojibway tribe. “It’s our history, our dance, and used to remember important events. I hope that my music on this historic evening with help honor and celebrate the inauguration of the nation’s 44th President.”
Born on the Wikwemikong Native Reservation on Canada’s Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Crystal Shawanda was automatically country, joined to the land and the real stories of everyday people. Her debut album “Dawn of a New Day” was Billboard’s highest charting album by a Native American in history, and sold over 400,000 copies. In 2009, Crystal was named the Canadian Country Music Association’s Female Artist of the Year. With the release of a new studio album, entitled “Just Like You” on her newly launched record label, New Sun Records, Crystal is touring the US and Canada.
For more information on Crystal Shawanda, visit www.crystalshawanda.co
Fans of Betty White can send in special video birthday greetings to the star via The WannaBeatles Facebook page and be entered to win a personalized autographed photo of Betty White plus dinner at The WannaBeatles’ show at Puckett’s Grocery in Franklin on Friday, January 18. There is a $12.00 cover charge for the 8:30 pm show. Dinner Reservations can be made here or by calling (615) 794-5527.
The Nashville band’s new song and video, “Oh Betty! (The Betty White Song),” honors the ever-popular, 90-year-old actress (who beat them out for a GRAMMY in the “Best Spoken Word Album” category in 2012; The WannaBeatles’ Fab Fan Memories — The Beatles Bond was also nominated in the category). The video, which features The WannaBeatles as a ’60s-styled singing quartet and Evelyn Ford as a Betty White imposter, is available for viewing on YouTube. The song is available on iTunes.
The WannaBeatles worked hard to craft a tune that exudes the true spirit of what Betty White is all about. The toe-tapping, hook-driven number is reminiscent of clever, sing-along hits from the 1950s and ’60s. The star said she was “very flattered” after listening to the song.
The video was taped at the historic Palace Theater in Gallatin, Tenn. The “Oh Betty!” team included The WannaBeatles, director Vince Pinkerton, videographer Tom Terry, stage manager Larry Gregory, choreographer Brooke Bryant, and production assistant Lucy Hart. Evelyn Ford portrayed “Betty”, while Brooke Bryant and Susannah Smith White served as silver-haired Betty White dancers. Costumes and props were provided by Halloween Inc., Kim & Kit Vintage, and Get it Guru. Chuck Whiting served as project publicist, and meals were catered by The Pizza Machine.
“The Beatles are well known for putting their anecdotes into songs,” said WannaBeatles keyboardist Nathan Burbank. “We are following the sample of our mentors by telling our tale in the best way we know how. The Betty White video could be the beginning of a reality-based WannaBeatles TV show.”
ABOUT THE WANNABEATLES:
The WannaBeatles is a high energy group of four professional musicians with a passion for the songs of John, Paul, George, and Ringo – the Beatles. These are the songs we all grew up listening to. Kids today have rediscovered the music of the Beatles which proves that great music will stand the test of time. The WannaBeatles consists of Grammy award winning and talented music producers, arrangers, studio players, and singers who have “Come Together” to play the music they grew up with. Ever since their first all Beatles gig together, it was love at the first note! Since then, the WannaBeatles have developed a following of regulars who look forward to the band’s own special version of the British Invasion.
The WannaBeatles (Bryan Cumming, Nathan Burbank, Dennis Scott and David Toledo) received their first Grammy nomination in December 2011 as the producers of “Fab Fan Memories – The Beatles Bond“, a CD featuring songs, stories, recollections and fond thoughts about The Beatles from celebrities and everyday fans. The project was nominated in the “Best Spoken Word Album” category. The other nominees included Tina Fey, Betty White, and Val Kilmer. The audio book features narration by George Harrison’s older sister, Louise Harrison, with performances by The Liverpool Legends of Branson, Mo., and The WannaBeatles in Music City.