Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Hollar Records' 39 Stripes has been selected from amongst hundreds of bands as one of the 12 winners of the 2010 Tijuana Flats "Rock Out With Your Guac Out" Music Contest. The band's songs will be featured on the restaurant's award-winning website (tijuanaflats.com) for the entire month of October, 2010.
Two singles from the forthcoming album "Beyond Broken" (releasing nationally October 26th) are currently out for adds at Christian radio. "Mustard Seed" is a straight-ahead, energetic rocker in the vein of Pillar, and "My Desire" is a fully-orchestrated soft-rock ballad full of excellent hooks and an essential message based on the band's desire to be a true reflection of Jesus Christ in all they do. Expect exciting things from this hard-rock outfit based out of Tampa, FL.
For more information on the upcoming release, visit 39Stripes.com or CLGDistribution.com.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
LeRae Records and CLG Distribution have announced the recent release of En Sound Music Award nominee Jack Yates' debut solo CD, The Journal of Jack Yates. Yates kicked things off last week with a performance at the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) in Cincinnati, Ohio.
A gifted singer/songwriter and worship leader, as well as the former lead singer of 3-time Stellar Award nominated Gospel group James Grear & Company, Yates is taking the Gospel industry by storm with his solo debut. At last week's GMWA Gospel Announcer's Guild Showcase, he shared songs from the project, which has already earned him an En Sound Music Award nomination for Best Urban Artist, Male.
During his stint as lead singer and staff songwriter with the renowned James Grear & Company, Yates toured and recorded extensively, garnering national acclaim for his clear, melodic voice on songs like "Don't Give Up," "Set Me Free" and "Peace Be Still." He received rave reviews in both the Gospel and mainstream markets for his lead vocals on the remake of The Youngbloods' classic "Get Together" from the 70s. But perhaps his work with the famous duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis while performing on "The Prince of Egypt" and "The Emperor's New Groove" soundtracks has brought him the most recognition.
All of his travels and accolades have led him back to Gospel music, and sharing the Gospel of Christ. "Following the voice of God is essential," says Yates.
Co-produced by Yates (James Grear & Company) and Pharis "June Bug" Evans, Jr. (Yolanda Adams, Stevie Wonder), the music of The Journal of Jack Yates runs the musical gamut from jazz to R&B to rock. Yates' own journal entries provide the lyrics for many of the songs on the new project, which features Yates' contemporary Gospel originals interspersed with his inspiring spoken word journal readings and Christian standards.
"Jack Yates is a phenomenal singer, songwriter and performer, and label owner Rev. Wilfred Moore has vast industry knowledge and a full complement of key relationships within the industry," comments CLG Distribution President David C. Coleman. "These two elements combine to create a potent partnership, indeed. We are very excited to be a part of this growth process which, we believe, will result in the development of another household name in the Gospel community."
"I'm excited to be part of the CLG family and am very confident that their distribution network will enhance our ability to expose Jack Yates and LeRae Records to the Christian and General Marketplace," says LeRae Records President, Rev. Wilfred Moore.
Jack Yates' The Journal of Jack Yates is available on LeRae Records, and distributed through CLG Distribution. For more information on Jack Yates' The Journal of Jack Yates, visit leraerecords.com or clgdistribution.com.
LeRae Records is a Las Vegas-based independent record label specializing in Inspirational, Gospel and Cool Jazz music. Dedicated to providing quality entertainment through the medium of recorded music and video, LeRae Records spreads the message of hope and love from the entertainment capital of the world. For more information on LeRae Records, visit leraerecords.com.
Nashville, Tennessee-based CLG Distiribution, a division of Chrematizo Label Group, is an independent distributor of Christian music, video, books and other Christ-centered product to the Christian and General marketplace. The company was founded in 2004 with the primary goal of providing a professional yet accessible conduit to a broad spectrum of retail channels for independent Christian artists and labels. For more information on CLG Distiribution, visit clgdistribution.com.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
New Zealand-born singer and songwriter Brooke Fraser will release her third album, Flags, on October 12 on Wood and Bone Records. The new record was recorded in Los Angeles at EastWest Studios and was produced by the artist. A full U.S. tour has been finalized for November and December, where she’ll perform in legendary venues such as The Parish in Austin, Highline Ballroom in NYC and the El Rey in Los Angeles.
Flags is a dreamy, alternative-pop collection that showcases her agile soprano, lilting melodies, and knack for telling her stories through the lives of vibrant characters on songs like “Betty,” (co-written with Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman and Ben West of Detroit indie duo The Real Efforts of Real People), “Crows and Locusts,” “Jack Kerouac,” and “Ice on Her Lashes.” “I’ve never used as many characters or as much narrative in my songwriting as I have on this record,” Fraser says. “On my previous albums [2003’s What To Do With Daylight and 2008’s Albertine], I was singing completely as myself, which is why I think I got so burnt out from touring. Albertine was inspired by incredibly significant events and people and every time I’d sing I’d go back to that moment where my heart was ripped open. So singing such heavy songs nearly every night for three years took a toll. On Flags, it’s still me speaking, but it’s me speaking through the voices of different characters and their stories. It’s more survivable.” The album also features a co-written duet with Aqualung’s Matt Hales, titled “Who Are We Fooling?”
In 2002, when she was 18, Fraser signed with Sony Music and moved to Auckland where she played regularly at local venues while she wrote the songs that would appear on her debut album, What To Do With Daylight. That album, released in New Zealand in 2003, debuted at No. 1 and achieved gold status the same week. It eventually went eight times platinum, selling more than 120,000 copies in New Zealand alone, and remained in the Top 10 on the album charts for more than a year. The album spawned five Top 20 singles and made Fraser a star in her home country, leading to 2004 tours of Australia and New Zealand with John Mayer and David Bowie.
In 2005, Brooke took a trip to Rwanda, 11 years after a genocide that claimed the lives of nearly one million people. During the journey, she met and befriended a number of Rwandans who entrusted their stories to her, including an orphan named Albertine, the namesake of her second album, which was released in the U.S. in May 2008. After being featured on the iTunes homepage as an “Editor’s Choice” selection, Albertine entered the Billboard Top 100 chart and climbed to No. 5 on the digital retailer’s U.S. album chart. Fraser toured the States that fall, winning over audiences with her dry wit and warm stage presence.
BROOKE FRASER U.S. TOUR DATES
Nov 9 - Houston, TX - House of Blues Bronze Peacock
Nov 10 - Austin, TX - The Parish
Nov 12 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues – Cambridge Room
Nov 13 - Birmingham, AL - WorkPlay Theatre
Nov 14 - Nashville, TN - Belcourt Theatre
Nov 15 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
Nov 17 - Vienna, VA - Jammin Java Music Club & Café
Nov 18 - Washington, DC - DC9
Nov 19 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
Nov 20 - Boston. MA - Café 939 at Berklee
Nov 21 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live
Nov 23 - Toronto, ONT - The Mod Club Theatre
Nov 24 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
Dec 2 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
Dec 5 - San Francisco, CA - Café Du Nord
Dec 7 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Dec 8 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
Dec 9 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Top 1o Digital Tracks - July, 2010
1. Dangerous Prayer - Kathleen Carnali
2. Fall Over Me - Jon Bauer
3. Highest Praise - Kathleen Carnali
4. I'm Just Gonna Praise - Kathleen Carnali
5. Rejoice Always - 3D Remedy
6. Just Another Day - Kathleen Carnali
7. Light of Another World - Jon Bauer
8. Carry Me - Kathleen Carnali
9. Forevermore - Jon Bauer
10. More Popular Than Christ - Kathleen Carnali
Top 10 Digital Albums - July, 2010
1. Kurtis Blow & The Trinity - Father, Son & Holy Ghost
2. 3D Remedy - The GREAT-I-AM
3. S.O.C.O.M. - Kingdom Music
4. BreatheDeep - Different
5. Jason Lovins Band - Good Morning Glory
6. A Road Less Traveled - Rescue
7. Rezurrected Muzic Presents: Tha Circus
8. Sara Renner - Joy
9. Sara Renner - All For Love
10. Words In Windows - Balloons