morgan_1293652923Ryo Utasato aka Ryo Utasato -Pike is a Japanese composer and singer/songwriter with a rich body of work that runs the gamut from electronica to ambient to world to rock and beyond. Being raised by parents who were both musicians themselves, Ryo has had no shortage of inspiration and has been creating music from a very young age. Her range of talent and unique experimental style is immediately striking and listening to one of her pieces will undoubtedly transport you to another place. Her soundtracks have appeared in a variety of film and TV, and she’s worked in such genres as sci-fi, drama, horror and action. Her work was also chosen for the theme of World Heritage series.

Ryo’s incredible musical sense combined with her genuine interest in world culture has opened her mind and pushed her to experiment with different types of sounds and instruments. Her music often features a mixture of seemingly contrasting sounds which collide at different points and produce unexpectedly moving results. On top of some of the more conventional instruments which Ryo has used in her music, she has also experimented with a number of others from different parts of the world such as the duduk (Armenia), the erhu (China) and the shamisen (Japan). The expanse and tremendous scale of her music is capable of taking us from one part of the globe to another, just by closing our eyes.

More: www.reverbnation.com/ryoutasato

nickNick and The Grooves

Nick Edelstein | Blues-Rock | Atlanta, GA

 

Nick was born in Deltona, FL when it was still a small town. The street he lived on was gravel. His class was the first to attend their elementary school, built when he was 4, the same year he began piano lessons. Today Nick is a multi-instrumentalist whose lyrics portray real, down-to-earth characters struggling to find themselves in a complex world. His songs have been radio-broadcast across 3 continents and used in video games, iPhone apps, films and marriage proposals! Nick’s first studio LP, Ripple, is about perspective and metamorphosis. Each song is a window into its characters’ Life journey.Live In 2007 pits fiery guitars against tight grooves and features some of Nick’s improvisation skills. His second studio LP, Year Of The Ox speaks about The Great Recession and the Chinese zodiac, Earth Ox. For more details and exclusive content, visit yearoftheox.info

Being classically trained on the piano gave Nick a strong foundation of Music Theory and aural skills, but he didn’t find his true love until he dusted off his dad’s 1960s archtop acoustic guitar.

Writing and performing his entire life, Nick loves the Blues: “I’ve played it all, but I always come back to the Blues.” He attributes his unique vocal melodies to recanting prayers in the synagogue and reading Torah. “Melodies of ancient Hebrew prayer, with their harmonic minors and Phrygian scales, are at once beautiful and haunting and definitely impacted my sense of harmony.”

Nick’s band has opened for international Blues acts such as Devon Allman, Francine Reed, Danny “Mudcat” Dudeck, and Joe Pitts. Nick is well-versed in many genres and has played with Barry Richman, Sonny Emory Sr., and Drivin’N’Cryin’ to name a few. Since his first “gig” in 1992, Nick has entertained some major audiences such as Atlanta’s Chastain Amphitheater, Dogwood Festival, Sweet Auburn Springfest, Great Atlanta Blues Festival, Bluesfest and more! Nick has appeared on many radio and TV stations including NPR and Comcast TV, and is endorsed by Holland Guitars.

With a large catalogue of original songs, film scores, and compositions, and a repertoire that stretches well past 500 “cover” songs, Nick continues to live and breathe music. He advocates environmental protection and awareness, and is active in national organizations like JFSJ and ONE Campaign.

Nick promotes education and is experienced in private & group instruction to students of all ages!

More: www.nickedelstein.com

randomkindnessOne Second Saviour by Philip Scott Wikel

 

don’s liquor store,

a homeless woman kisses my hand

my heart swells and i’m a one second saviour

 

her husband bows as if in reverent prayer

i gave him 3 dollars on thanksgiving and

he probably drank it all but he’s still alive

so he must be eating

 

i see them and now every time

hope that the shelter opens soon and

i know it will and they’ll be warm at night

and less dirty

 

she’s red in the face

with the swelling of skindrenched

in alcohol and relentless sun

but her spirit’s intact

and she kisses my hand

i’m her one second saviour

and they’re happy to see me

world

World Cup Chillin’

Somewhere in the middle ground between the raw gritty Bob Dylan-esque vocals and classically trained piano melodies… 

 

 

 

 

…lie two unsuspecting singer/songwriter/producers. Who would have guessed that two over caffeinated and under appreciated yet painfully caucasion men could go from writing/producing contemporary pop and Christian to churning out wall thumping hip hop grooves with interwoven rap and soulful vocals. It’s been a transition they have been amazed at themselves, but a change that has been both fun and inspiring for them at this point in their careers.

World Cup brings energetic and powerful dancepop music to the table similar to current bands like LMFAO, Black Eyed Peas and Pitbull. They hope to bring their brand of party indie-rocking to a whole new level incorporating it into the sports world in soccer, football and basketball events. Already in their short collaboration as a band they have received the Top 25 Songs of Summer with Tunecore with their track ‘Two Pieces’ and have had 2 of their dancepop tracks picked up for remixes by various producers…

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amber-cd-cover-d-2Amber Ojeda is vintage with a modern flare…
Known best for her sultry and subtle vibrato, it’s her ability to lace together jazz, new soul, pop and hip hop that helped make her mark on the digital world of music. Equal parts talent and ambition, Ojeda has managed to secure music placements on networks such as ABC, Bravo, Oxygen & The Style Network. In 2010 a distribution deal was acquired with Sweet Soul Records releasing her debut Album ‘Here I Am’ in Japan.
In 2011 she landed a coveted spot on Bravo’s emerging singer songwriter competition series “Platinum Hit”. Her sophomore album “Space.bar.Love.” was released in January of 2012 and has been highlighted on numerous music blogs among the likes of Getty Images & This is Real Music. Amber has continued to receive constant airplay by independent music stations and has remained #1 on Reverbnation (San Diego pop Charts) for over a year.
For more up to date information please visit http://www.amberojeda.com

 

dead poets

Carpe Diem!

Great quotes from a Great Film

• We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer: that you are here; that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse; What will your verse be?

• When you read, don’t just consider what the author thinks, consider what you think.

• There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.

• Sucking the marrow out of life doesn’t mean choking on the bone.

• No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.

• They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? – - Carpe – - hear it? – - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.

• Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t be resigned to that. Break out! break out now is the time!

• I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, To put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die Discover that I had not lived. – Thoreau

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Split Sessions Promo

“Jennifer Logue has the bounce and brightness of the Bangles, often the voice of a Cindy Lauper cutting snappy pop folk country, and the music of Billy Joel blended with a bit of Elvis Costello, Elton John, and the Blondie side of the 80s chart sound.”

 - Mark S. Tucker – FAME

 

If the name Jennifer Logue rings a bell, it’s probably because you’ve heard her somewhere before. She’s been breaking ground in the indie scene for quite a few years and that bell is ringing even brighter with the release of her newest album, The Split Sessions.

Recorded on a plantation in Virginia, the album has a vibe that is gritty, organic, and raw, drawing comparisons to Feist, Adele, and PJ Harvey. Logue was inspired to record The Split Sessions while touring Europe to promote The Pretty EP, her first official release, which was polished and pop. Fans on the road were eager for a record that simulated the live experience, which would showcase the natural richness of Logue’s voice and place more emphasis on the songwriting.

On her return flight to the states, the young artist drafted a rough sketch of her next release. She wanted to “split” the record between her older songs and new songs penned on the road. However, all the tracks would be produced with real instruments- nothing synthetic, all natural. She launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help cover recording costs and with the help of her fans, successfully funded it. The album is now being distributed digitally through iTunes, Rhapsody, and Amazon, as well as Spotify.

Since releasing The Split Sessions, Jennifer has been receiving more buzz than ever before, opening up for Steely Dan’s Jon Herington in NYC and winning a slot to perform alongside Cee- Lo, The Black Keys, Patti Smith, Deadmau5, and many more superstar acts at Virgin Mobile Freefest. Jennifer is a testament to the magic that can be created between artists and their fans, as it was fan voting that earned her the opportunity.

“My fans keep me moving forward in more ways than one,” she says.

Jennifer followed up these gigs with two sold out shows at CMJ in New York and more recently, a string of performances at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. She was then invited to perform the first annual Madeira Film Festival in Portugal where she shared the stage with world- renowned musicians Kyle Eastwood and Phamie Gow.

She is currently in the studio working on new music as well as starring in the NYC foodie series “Best in the City.” For all the latest on Jennifer, stay tuned to her Official Website, Facebook, and Twitter. She also has her own blog, Things that Zing, which covers all that is quirky, artsy, and amusing.

Her blog: http://thingsthatzing.wordpress.com/

Music: http://www.reverbnation.com/jenniferlogue

moloMolo – Songs for the streets and roads and everything in between…

Molo is a singer and songwriter from Colombia, South America. He’s always been surrounded by music, but it wasn’t until 2006 when he decided to start recording an album . A lot of ideas from the previous years were put together and 11 songs were selected to be included in the debut album Ruta 800.

The first release by Molo is like a box full of surprises. 11-tracks fill up this album with songs for every mood, in English and Spanish, not typical for a debut album by a Colombian artist. A pleasant to hear, easy to enjoy artist. 

Molo composed the foundation for each track along with the lyrics and then worked with producer Camilo Posada (known for the sountrack of the colombian movie “Esto Huele Mal” and several jingles, documentaries and commercial music) to invite the rest of the band and start the recording process. There are 4 songs in English and 7 songs in Spanish in his debut album, influenced by British and American Pop Rock and Rock en Español.

To listen: http://www.reverbnation.com/molomusic

Sohei (Monk Warriors) EP by The Julian Day

Sohei (Monk Warriors) EP by The Julian Day

Eyes: Words and Music by Phil Wikel and The Julian Day

 

I want to spend a day in your eyes,

seek shelter from my lies

safe refuge from the wise,

I want to spend a day

in your eyes.

 

Out on the landscape of my life

there resides a burdening darkness

such a lonely

such a lonely

empty

empty stripped-down starkness

 

(CHORUS)

In your eyes I can dream

dream that I might harness

through dreams and schemes and unplanned themes

harness a corner on love.

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alisonThere’s a new sexy piano diva on the rise, and her name is Allison Gray. 

Allison Gray’s music has been classified as pop, folk, adult contemporary, soul, singer songwriter, and almost everything in between. But listeners and reviewers agree that her music is both appealing and addicting. If you look around at the crowd during her live shows, you will see fans from all walks of life spanning a 30 year age range. Her soaring melodies, dynamic vocals, and honest lyrics have garnered her an ever growing internet following, and her local fans are the most loyal you will find.

 

Like many artists, Allison came from humble beginnings. She was raised in Seattle by a single mother who encouraged her passion for the arts. Gray began studying piano at age 3 and was classically trained in ballet, opera and jazz. After singing the national anthem for the Oakland A’s she was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. She has also performed at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. Though a career in opera seemed the obvious choice, she often found more fulfillment in her songwriting. After graduating high school, she moved to California to pursue a career in mainstream music. After a string of development deals and independent record deals fell through, Allison teamed up with producer Marc Jordan in 2010 to release her debut EP Off My Mind. Listeners were quick to respond, and praised her for her original style. While drawing from her classical roots, she also took influence from timeless greats such as Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Freddie Mercury, and The Beatles. Her voice has been compared to Amy Lee, Tori Amos, Pink, Joss Stone, Natasha Beddingfield and Kelly Clarkson.

 

Gray’s music has been featured on Michael Buckley’s “What the Buck”, Lifetime, MTV, NBC, Kia Motors Advertisements, and the Canadian based reality series The Ave, which follows internet celebrity Gregory Gorqeous. Her songwriting has earned top honors in the Great American Songwriting Contest, the 100% Music Songwriting Contest, The Malibu Music Awards, and Maurice’s Small Town Sound Band Search. She has also been honored by California State Northridge as one of their artists of the year.

 

Her full length album Barricades, was released in Summer 2013.

www.theallisongray.com

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