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Tod Hughes

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Musik Radio Promotions presents Tod Hughes

Singer Songwriter, Americana, Folk, Rock, Country


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Tod Hughes Quotes and Reviews


“Hughes clearly establishes himself as an important new talent.”

Skope Magazine

“they certainly serve notice of Tod Hughes’ songwriting skills”


“We need more simple albums. On his debut EP Changin’ Gears, Tod Hughes dispenses with eardrum busting production, elaborate song structures, and strident theatricality. He presents listeners with six straightforward songs written about subjects drawn from everyday life and musically tailored along similar lines. The Canadian based singer/songwriter’s gifts are real. He has discernment enough to pull back on the reins enough to entertain audiences instead of letting his self-indulgence fly, but he has a talent for twisting and uncovering illuminating turns of phrase. “

Vents Magazine

“There is a higher intelligence presiding over these songs, but it informs the artistry; it’s the hand behind the curtain. “

‘there’s a refreshing amount of humor throughout the album”


Tod Hughes hails from Calgary, Canada where he lives with his family.  Tod writes real music that comes from the heart, stories of love, hurt, happiness, fear, disappointment and fun.  A message of hope is thread through the stories, which are at times very serious and other times a bit tongue in cheek.  The toe tapping melodies and memorable choruses will stick in your mind for days after hearing them.  They are told with truth and respect.

“Drinking Coffee in a Hipster Place” is the first single to be released from Tod’s new album “Time Slow Down”.  This is Tod’s first full length album, and is a follow up to his debut EP, “Changing Gears”.  One song on the first album, “Brad’s Song”, (which was written for Tod’s brother who passed away after battling cancer and paralysis), went to number 2 on radio charts in Louisiana, and the album charted in the US and enjoyed significant radio play worldwide.  The album was also picked up for TV by the Discovery Channel, NASCAR Station and others.

The new album continues with the theme of real music, played by real people with little in the way of digital interference.  The musicians on the new album are the regular folks that play live with Tod.

Tod has his own unique style of performing and writing and he draws inspiration from the honesty of songs written by the great storytellers of our time, men like Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, JJ Cale, Neil Young and Leonard Cohen.  Tod loves to have fun and to share these stories live, and along with his band puts on a high energy, compelling live show, which resonates with folks of all ages.

Nashaat Salman

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Nashaat Salman

Jazz, Electronica, Dance


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Nashaat Salman is a film and multimedia music composer, instrumentalist and orchestrator. Salman’s career spans over two decades and he has composed music for a few programs for Radio, Television and other multimedia projects. His Universal Melodies project was launched in 2015 with the release of the first (Universal Melodies Vol.1)EP album

Music doesn’t have to be your primary job in order to be your life’s passion. Nashaat Salman works through his days as an engineer and business manager in Zurich, Switzerland. When he’s not pursuing his professional endeavors is when his musical side emerges and he puts his skills as a composer, arranger, and performer to their full use.

Nashaat Salman’s music is also fueled by a drive to make music that can be heard, felt, and appreciated across continents and cultures
In accordance with his views, Nashaat doesn’t classify his songs by genre or himself by a specific musical identity. His music blends elements of Eastern and Western influence with electronica and orchestral themes, depending on what suits the song. There’s no escaping the label of world music, but Nashaat distinguishes himself within the genre by staying true to his vision of blending cultures and making his music as cross-cultural as possible.

Although his musical career has spanned the course of two decades, resulting in numerous compositions for radio, television, and other projects, 2015 is a very important year for Nashaat. In July of 2015 he launches his first EP in what will be a long-running, multi-volume project entitled, Universal Melodies. As the name implies, this project will be a culmination of his musical work and world vision, bringing an experience to listeners that transcends genres and cultures.

One world, one cultural blend, and one main goal of bringing happiness to everyone. This is the vision behind Nashaat Salman’s compositions. Whether he’s writing the score to a film scene or constructing an instrumental passage for his Universal Melodies project, Nashaat is thinking about a global community and making something that can reach and affect everyone.

Burak Yeter with Delaney Jane

Please enable images to see artist photoBurak Yeter’s first collaboration with Delaney Jane, “Reckless” is highly anticipated to be released the first week of 2016.

Burak Yeter is turning a new page fulfilling his new concept with his new album entitled, New World. His first single is being brought to life with the very talented Delaney Jane.

The Official Music Video to the single “Reckless” has been filmed and produced in the Butterfly Valley of Antalya, Turkey and the Greek Islands. During that time four different remixes were made with this single by Ricky Mears, Lucas & Steve, Mango Ibiza.

At the age of 22, Yeter came into recognition by winning Burn & MTV Dance Heat DJ Contest 2004. He performed at MTV Dance Floor Chart Party in Malta as a result. The same year, he came second in Miller Master Dj Contest, earning himself a respectable place in EDM scene.

Yeter’s debut album, For Action was released under the record label DSM in 2005. The album is his first solo DJ album to be released worldwide.

In 2007 his second album, For Message Vol 2 was released in support of raising awareness of global warming.

Yeter signed a contract with the world renown audio company Pioneer in 2008, and opened DJ schools in Amsterdam, Istanbul and Los Angeles, giving professional education. Burak Yeter, is the CEO of Connection Records DJ School and has developed nearly 2000 certified students to this day.At the age of 22, Yeter came into recognition by winning Burn & MTV Dance Heat DJ Contest 2004. He performed at MTV Dance Floor Chart Party in Malta as a result. The same year, he came second in Miller Master Dj Contest, earning himself a respectable place in EDM scene.

French Circus Drops Elephant Act After Abusive Past Emerges But Film That Used Mistreated Elephant Gets Academy Award Nomination

January 20, 2016, LOS ANGELES, CA – In a dramatic move, Circus Bouglione in France has dropped elephant trainer Lars Holscher following protests and negative publicity after Animal Defenders International’s (ADI) undercover video revealed Holscher’s abuse of elephants during his Great Britain tour a few years ago.

ADI’s hidden cameras filmed Holscher’s act in 2009, when he was touring in the Great British Circus with three elephants, Vana Mana, Sonja and Delhi. ADI exposed a staggering level of casual violence, including elephants hit in the face with a metal elephant hook, broom, brush, and pitchfork, and a worker cruelly twisting an elephant’s tail. The elephants are seen and heard on screen afraid, retreating and crying out. Holscher himself was seen striking the elephants with a metal bar, using a small concealed hook to control the elephants during performances, forcing a lame elephant to continue performing and overseeing the chaining of the elephants for 11 hours a day – while the circus claimed they were never chained.

Holscher fled the UK, but has since appeared in at least seven European countries and even supplied an elephant to one of this year’s Academy Award nominees.

Jan Creamer, ADI President: “By their nature, circus acts are able to change location easily and often change the names of acts and the animals they use. We have been shocked with the lack of background scrutiny that circuses and filmmakers employ when hiring animal acts. With ADI’s Watch List we work to ensure that trainers and suppliers can’t escape their abusive history.”

While Holscher was touring with Cirkus Scott in Sweden, Vana Mana (then known as Ghandi) joined the set of the Felix Herngren comedy ‘The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared.’ Co-produced by Buena Vista International Sweden, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company Nordic, the film has been nominated for a 2016 Academy Award for Makeup and Hairstyling.

When Cirkus Scott became aware of the abuse Vana Mana and her companion Sonja (known as Baby) endured, they announced they would stop using wild animals altogether, after 76 years of doing so.

This ADI footage was already in the public domain along with a damning report by experts, including Professor Donald Broom, MA, PhD, ScD Emeritus Professor of Animal Welfare Science, Cambridge University; Samantha Lindley, BVSc. MRCVS, Edinburgh University, veterinary expert, behaviorist; Dr Joyce Poole, expert in elephant welfare and communication; and Simon JR Adams, BSc, BVMS, MRCVS, zoo & wildlife veterinarian. Still, Holscher continued to use the elephants.

At the time, Dr Mel Richardson, a renowned wild animal vet with 40 years experience with captive elephants, noted: “Sonja, Vana Mana, and Delhi are being caused unnecessary suffering…. the day-to-day existence of these elephants is a living hell….. LH Hölscher is not using the bull hook [ankus] as a guide to communicate his desire for the elephant to move up or move back or stand still (steady). He is using it as a club to beat the animal. He is inserting the hook into the ear and on the ear flaps to torment the poor animal with maximum effect for the least effort on his part.”

In the United States, Have Trunk Will Travel became America’s most notorious elephant act supplier after an ADI undercover investigation in California revealed staff beating, hooking, and electric shocking the elephants to force them to perform tricks. The company had supplied Hollywood films including Water for Elephants, Zookeeper, and Operation Dumbo Drop.

Most facilities in California have severed links with the company, including fairs and zoos that employed Have Trunk Will Travel to give rides, but last year the company trekked elephants across the country to Southwick’s Zoo in Massachusetts.

Jan Creamer said, “These trainers use such abusive techniques because the elephants never forget, trainers then rely on seemingly harmless gestures in public to control animals who know all too well what will happen if they disobey. This is a national problem because these acts move from state to state with ease. ADI’s Watch List will provide a valuable resource for people wishing to challenge the claims of discredited trainers but we really need the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act to be reintroduced to Congress to eliminate this suffering.”

The Lars Holscher video is the first ADI Watch List video, with more to be released.


Please enable images to see artist photoWildflower- An Alternative Indie/Rock band with a free-spirited 70’s freedom vibe.

A group of six like-minded individuals came together in 2015 to share their musical talents and formed the group, Wildflower. The spark and musical connection was immediate and in less than a year, the group had recorded their first album, “At the Station.” The name, “Wildflower,” was a nickname of lead singer Tiffany’s since childhood and seemed to be a fitting name for the group. To enjoy life and spread their music and love in the direction the wind blows, as does that of a Wildflower.

Tiffany Petrossi, Singer-Songwriter, had written some new music and was eager to share it with a band. Tiffany, Dan and Dee Moe had collaborated on her last, self-titled album, “Caravan,” in 2006-7. Dan’s steady and malleable beat, along with Dee Moe’s melodic but rhythmic bass lines was a perfect fit. Alecia, Paige and Robert came aboard to bring a balance, layers and depth to the music. Paige’s expressive violin, Alecia’s interpretive keys, and Robert’s jam band guitar lead sound help to grow the seed that was planted when they first all jammed together.

The theme of, “At the Station,” is that of transition. We find the characters in the songs searching for direction, getting lost and finding their way. Catching a, “Glimpse,” of what could be. Choosing the path of love and letting their passions and compassion for others help them out of the, “Rabbit Hole,” join the “Caravan of love,” and find themselves at, “The Rainbow Ground.”

Peace~ Wildflower

Twyla Tharp Dance Celebrates 50 Years at Wharton Center – Nov. 3

East Lansing, MichiganOctober 30, 2015 – Praised as “Nonstop, fierce, bravura” and “Deli vered with mind – boggling stamina” by The New York Times , TWYLA THARP DANCE returns to Wharton Center to celebrate their 50th anniversary. TWYLA THARP DANCE , part of the Dance Series , will be featured on Tuesday, November 3 , 2015 in the Cobb Great Hall . Tic kets are available at the official source to purchase Wharton Center tickets online, , at the Auto – Owners Insurance Ticket Office, or by calling 1 – 800 – WHARTON.

John Zorn , an American avant – garde composer, provides the vibrant introductory Fanfare for each act of the “50 th Anniversary in Dance” performance. The first act features Preludes and Fugues , which radiates with Tharp’s generous spirit and humani ty. The dance is set to J.S. Bach’s Well – Tempered Clavier . The wild and raucous humor th at Tharp locates in the jazz of Steve Bernstein and MSU alumnus Henry Butler runs rampant through Yowzie , featured in the second act of the show. Put simply by Ms. Tharp, “ Preludes and Fugues is the world as it ought to be, Yowzie as it is. The Fanfares ce lebrate both.”

With their immaculate technique and joy, Twyla Tharp’s fierce band of dancers brings the choreography to life. In each premiere, Tharp turns her decades of experience – dances for Hollywood films, television, and the Broadway stage – into l iving proof that time is her partner as she continues to deepen and expand the singular imagination which makes her one of the century’s most treasured artists.

An insight preview will be occuring before the performance at 6:45 p.m and an after chat will directly follow the performance .

T.J. Martell Foundation Celebrates 40th Anniversary – Oct. 15

New York, New York October 12, 2015 – An All-Rock Star line up has been announced for the The T.J. Martell Foundation 40th Anniversary New York Honors Gala to be held at Cipriani on Wall Street on Thursday, October 15, 2015. In addition to this year’s honorees the event will be hosted by original MTV VJ’s Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman and Alan Hunter. Legendary rock superstars Alice Cooper, Foreigner and REO Speedwagon, TRAIN’S Pat Monahan and new pop artist Grace will be among those attending the event which is themed “Top 40” to coincide with the Foundation’s 40th Anniversary. Superstar maker and music industry icon Clive Davis will also attend. Red Carpet arrivals begin at 6pm. Media requested to reserve spot on red carpet in advance with press contact noted below.

The 40th Anniversary Honors Gala will honor John Amato, Co-President of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, Bruce Bozzi Sr., Co-Founder and Co-Owner of the Palm Restaurants and Palm Restaurant Group, Wally Ganzi, Co-Founder and Co-Owner of the Palm Restaurants and Palm Restaurant Group, Janice Min, Co-President and Chief Creative Officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, Dinesh Paliwal, Chairman, President and CEO of HARMAN International and John Varvatos, Chairman of John Varvatos and President and CEO of John Varvatos Records. In recognition of further research and medical treatments the Foundation will also announce the newly created Clive Davis Research Fellow Award, an annual grant bestowed upon a young investigator whose dedication has made innovative strides and extensive research in cancer and AIDS. Red carpet begins at 6pm est.

About the t.J. Martell Foundation:

The T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. The Foundation, headquartered in New York, is a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 1975 by music industry executive Tony Martell and his colleagues in loving memory of his son T.J., who died of leukemia. The Foundation has provided more than $270 million dollars for research that supports top hospitals in the United States.

“American St. Nick” Touches Hearts – Oct. 23

‘Springville, UtahOctober 23, 2015 – “American St. Nick” tells the remarkable TRUE story of a handful of American soldiers who, during the chaos of war, help bring Christmas back a small Luxembourg town and unknowingly create a holiday tradition that continues to this very day.

While the GIs called it a Christmas party, the people of Wiltz considered it a celebration of their St. Nicholas Day, a holiday that precedes Christmas but was outlawed under Nazi rule. One of the soldiers even borrowed the mass robes of the local priest, dressed as St. Nicholas, and rode through town in a Jeep, greeting the children and passing out presents. Ten days after the celebration, German forces overran Wiltz during the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, Wiltz was rebuilt and the town began the tradition of the American St. Nicholas as they re-enacted the original procession that took place during the war. Years later, the original American St. Nicholas was able to return to Wiltz to meet those that he had inspired during the war and participate in their continued Christmas celebrations. “American St. Nick” is a thrilling and heart-warming holiday classic that will amaze, entertain and delight.


“One more memorable and inspiring story from the greatest generation — Soldiers who put down their weapons and brought Christmas to a beleaguered town and its kids. It will touch your heart and make you proud.” – Tom Brokaw

“Better than any Christmas fable, this is a remarkable true story that I can’t believe I didn’t know: American soldiers putting down their guns in the heat of WWII battle to offer a sliver of light and holiday hope. An uplifting must-read.” – Willie Geist, NBC’s TODAY and MSNBC’s Morning Joe

“On December 5, 1944, against the bleak backdrop of World War II, a group of American GIs unleashed the strongest weapon in their arsenal: humanity. Peter Lion recaptures the magic of Santa to transcend even the darkest of times. The children of Wiltz, Luxembourg, never forgot their American St. Nick. And now neither will you.” – Meredith Vieira, Journalist and TV Talk Show Host

“This story is one of the most heartwarming of World War II. Expertly written, “American St. Nick” captures the bond that exists to this day between American soldiers and those they liberated in Europe during WWII. The story goes to show that humanity and compassion does have a place in war and that one act of kindness can last centuries.” – Tim Gray, Chairman, The World War II Foundation

About the Author

Peter Lion is a seven-time EMMY winning producer and director. He graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 1983 with a BA in Journalism and double minors in English and Communications.

“American St. Nick” is available for purchase and review.

Peter is available for interviews.

October Cookbooks Released – Oct. 12

Springville, UtahOctober 12, 2015 – Cedar Fort Publishing & Media announces the release of its October cookbook titles. This collection of cookbooks makes cooking for all types of lifestyles easy and enjoyable.

“Real Food Real Kitchens: New York Cookbook” by Craig Chapman is about Chapman pursuing his passion: telling the real stories of real food and the people and cultures that bring a dish to life. Based on his popular Create TV series, these recipes take you behind the scenes and into the kitchens of chefs who are using food to change the world.

“Kitchen Meets Girl: 30 Easy Meals for the Reluctant Cooks” by Ashley Whitmore shares how, contrary to what you might think, making your own food doesn’t have to be stressful, and sometimes it’s even faster than takeout. New cooks can improve their confidence and culinary skills while preparing the healthy, tasty dishes presented in this book. With a little help from popular blogger Ashley Whitmore, anyone — absolutely anyone — can be successful in the kitchen!

“Party Style: Kids’ Parties from Baby to Sweet 16” by Gemma Lynn Touchstone helps readers make memories their children will treasure forever. Touchstone knows how to make children’s celebrations memorable. And with her help, you’ll want to find any excuse to party! Packed with easy and elegant DIY craft ideas, cool themes, and must-read entertaining tips, this book shows you how to party in style.

“Air Fryer Cookbook: In the Kitchen” by Allison Waggoner teaches you how to use an air fryer to fry, bake, grill, and steam foods without the added calories and mess of traditional cooking methods. This book includes recipes that will work with every size and style of air fryer, and you can also prepare them with induction air cooking. Perfect for beginners and pros alike, this book will inspire you to cook healthy, balanced meals you and your whole family will love.

Each of these titles is available in bookstores and/or from online retailers.