Archives: September 2014

Major Record Label Presidents And Ceos Join Recording Superstars To Judge The 2014 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

Sarah McLachlan, John Hiatt, Tom Waits, Pat Metheny, Sara Evans, Jon Secada, Bastille, Avicii, Wayne Shorter, Casting Crowns And Many More Join ISC’s Judging Panel

Deadline To Enter Extended Until November 4, 2014

September 29, 2014 – The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is now in its extended deadline period, and the deadline for entering songs is November 4, 2014. ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters, and entries are accepted online through the ISC platform and Sonicbids or through the mail. In addition, ISC will be offering some special promotions and incentives through the end of the year.

This year, ISC has expanded on the participation of music industry executives, offering the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the highest level of decision-makers in the music business. Judges include Presidents and CEOs from Republic, Atlantic, Warner Bros., Elektra, Columbia UK, Virgin UK, Sony Music Latin, Mercury UK, Wind-Up, Tommy Boy, Alligator, Blind Pig, Fat Possum, Robins Entertainment, S-Curve, and Concord Music Group. Coupled with additional high-profile industry executives and an notable group of recording artists, many of whom are currently dominating the charts – ISC offers the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the most impressive and elite panel of judges yet.

ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among the 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $30,000 in prizes. Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of popular music. Past winners have included Grammy winners, chart-topping artists, amateur songwriters, and everyone in between, including Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Andrew Bird; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; King Charles; and many more.

2014 ISC judges include:

Recording Artists

Tom Waits; Sarah McLachlan; American Authors; Pat Metheny; Sara Evans; Bastille; Casting Crowns; Avicii; Wayne Shorter; John Hiatt; Bela Fleck; Keane; DJ Snake; Robben Ford; Natasha Bedingfield; Danilo Perez; Kenny Wayne Shepherd; Martina McBride; Newsboys; Jon Secada; The Chainsmokers; Jason Isbell; Femi Kuti; Afro Celt Sound System; London Grammar; Michael W. Smith; Craig Morgan; Gerald Casale (Devo); Jean-Luc Ponty; James Cotton; Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Chayanne; J. Holiday; and more to be announced…

Industry Executives

Monte Lipman (Founder and Chairman/CEO, Republic Records); Craig Kallman (Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records); Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records); Jeff Castelaz (President, Elektra Records); Alison Donald (Co-President, Columbia Records UK); Ted Cockle (President, Virgin Records UK); Mike Smith (President, Mercury Records UK); Nir Seroussi (President, Sony Music Latin); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Rosie Lopez (President, Tommy Boy Entertainment); Glen Barros (President, Concord Music Group); Rex Rideout (VP of A&R, Motown Records); Jay Landers (Executive VP of A&R, Verve Music Group); Bryan Stewart (VP of A&R, Curb Records); Jason McArthur (VP of A&R, Provident Label Group / Sony Music Entertainment); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Latin America, Sony); Keith Naftaly (Executive VP of A&R, RCA Records); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Joseph Burney (VP of A&R, RCA Inspiration/Sony Music Entertainment); Richard Stumpf (CEO, Atlas Publishing); Steve Greenberg (CEO, S-Curve Records); Kim Buie (A&R, Thirty Tigers); Albert Schilcher (VP of Music and Music Marketing, MTV International); Gary Briggs (Senior VP of A&R/Producer, New West Records); Lori Teig (VP of Talent, VEVO); Jermaine Hall (Editor-In-Chief, Vibe Magazine); Jamie Masada (Owner, Laugh Factory); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Julie Kertes (General Manager, National Parenting Publications Awards, NAPPA); Claire S. Green (President, Parents’ Choice Foundation); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); Wende Curtis (Owner, Comedy Works); Claire S. Green (President, Parents’ Choice Foundation); Nate Dern (News Editor, Funny Or Die News); Cyndi Nelson (General Manager, ZANIES Comedy Club); Shannon O’Neill (Artistic Director, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre NY)

Please visit http://www.songwritingcompetition.com for an entry form or more details.

ISC is sponsored by: Ableton, Airplay Direct, Berklee College Of Music, Celebrity Access, D’Addario, Disc Makers, George Stein, Esq., Hammond USA, Indie Pro Mix and Final Mix, Inc., Gauge Microphones, Indie Venue Bible, Lowden Guitars, Lurssen Mastering, Slate Digital, SongU.com, The Music Business Registry, Taxi, and Thayers

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Fountaine Anthony Band

TONY KATSARAS TONY GREW UP IN SAN FRANCISCO CA LEARNED DRUMS FROM THE PLAYERS IN SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE TONY WHO IS SR.VP OF FLOYD RECORDS INC. HAS PLAYED OR JAM WITH THE LIKES OF MARY KAYE TRIO, SAMMY DAVIS JR. JOE COCKER, MARTY ROBBINS, ROGER MILLER, MINGO LEWIS,JOHN COLTRANE,DONALD O’CONNOR ECT.ECT. TONY CO WROTE VENICE BEACH AND IS EX. PRODUCER HAS BEEN IN MOVIES/TV.

Edwin J. Fountaine Jr.

Edwin has been involved in music since a very early age. Edwin Jr., was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Edwin’s father, Jazz Hall Of Fame Bassist, Edwin J. Fountaine Sr. introduced his prodigal son to the music world. By taking him to the Sunday Jazz jams at the black Musician’s Union from infancy, Edwin was immersed in sounds of the world’s greatest players.

At those jams all the greatest Black musical artists (remember, the Unions were segregated in the 1950’s) would come to blow off steam, and try out their best and craziest riffs.

Never forgetting those early experiences, Edwin started playing the Eb Tuba in grade school and advanced to the Junior Symphony before finding his true expressional instrument at 14, the Guitar. Edwin’s playing matured quickly and at the age of 16 he started his professional musical career.

Playing Guitar and singing covers was to be his Bread and Butter for many years. Lounges and Bars were his proving grounds to perfect his craft and performance skills.

One of the coolest things that Edwin had a hand in was introducing his brother Gary, (Mom always liked him best) to John Smith, leader and Guitarist of the Nu Shooz band. That introduction led to one of the biggest song/ band hits of the 1980’s “I Can’t Wait”, a veritable icon of pop music.

Edwin has been blessed to have played with some of the monsters of music, Eddie Van Halen, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Stitt, Willie Bobo, Tony Coleman (B.B. King), and a plethora of lesser known yet mind boggling musicians.

Edwin came to Los Angeles in the beginning of 2009 for two weeks, and has been there ever since. From being chosen to be one of the lead Guitarists of AGAPE church, to having his band play to 200,000 people at the 2011 Los Angeles, being Music Director, Composer, and Leader for dozens of projects before and after, L.A. has been a continual roller coaster of sounds, and the most fun you can have standing up with your clothes on.

Fountaine Anthony Band

Fountaine Anthony Band

19Th Annual Chicago Artists Month Celebrates Creatives Who Are “Crossing Borders”

Program includes more than 200 events throughout the city, 20 Featured Artists

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce the 19th Annual Chicago Artists Month (CAM), which serves to highlight the work of artists and creative professionals throughout Chicago. CAM features artists’ work from multiple artistic disciplines ranging from painting to improv to cooking to sculpture and even sewing. More than 200 events will take place throughout the month, listed at chicagoartistsmonth.org and in printed guides produced by Newcity, available via all program partners.

This year’s theme, “Crossing Borders,” focuses on Chicago artists from all corners bringing their experiences and creativity to new places. Chicago Artists Month kicks off September 27 and continues through October 31, with multiple events all over the city.

Taking place September 27 on Milwaukee Ave. between Central Park and Kimball is A Day in Avondale: A Handmade Festival. Milwaukee Avenue is imagined as a home whose various rooms feature free hands-on events by, for and about Avondale’s diverse and intertwined histories and cultures. Jorge Felix’ Sofrito is a social-performance that engages participants in food-making and conversation. Participants will chop, grind and engage in a dialogue with the artist and, hopefully, leave with a different sense of community and a little container of aromatic Sofrito.

True to the Crossing Borders theme is Trespassing: Our Voices, Our Stories in Humboldt Park on October 5. Chicago VONA (Voices of our Nation), a Chicago writers group made up of diverse writers of color (Black, Latino and Asian) including CAM featured artist Nura Maznavi, presents readings of multi-genre work, visual arts, cross-genre music, and interactive writing projects at Humboldt Park.

On October 10, the Beverly Arts Center will host Crossing Into Dream with CAM featured artist Sandra Leonard. A surrealist art and fashion show and party expresses that some of the most powerful borders are in our minds. The next day brings the first annual Beverly Art Walk.

The Antibody Corporation with featured CAM artist Holly Chernobyl presents MOIRAI, a Butoh-inspired durational performance and choreography at the CTA Logan Square Bus Terminal based on Greek mythology of the Fates. This public performance takes place October 17 and 18.

October 21 provides a chance to see all 20 CAM featured artists in one setting at Martyr’s in PechuaKucha 20×20 co-hosted by Peter Exley and Chicago Artists Month. For the past 10 years, architect Exley has convened PechaKucha Nights – informal gatherings where creative people share their ideas, works, thoughts, creativity and passions in the PK format of 20 images advancing automatically every 20 seconds

Saturdays in October, HI typ/O recruits interdisciplinary artists in Re-Mapping the Salon to respond to the city, maps, border zones to craft readings, performances and visual work along a series of walking tours on October 4: Bronzeville to Pilsen, October 11: Garfield to Logan Square, October 18: Lakeview to Uptown, and October 25: Argyle to Rogers Park.

Featured Programs

A Day in Avondale: A Handmade Festival

September 27, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Avondale

Alice

Saturdays & Sundays

September 27-November 1, 1-3 p.m.

Andersonville

Black Eutopia

October 24, 12-9 p.m.

Lawndale

Blues-Hop

October 11-12, 1 p.m.

Garfield Park

Carved, Cast, Crumpled: Sculpture All Ways

September 27

Hyde Park

Checking Boxes

October 13, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Edgewater

Chicago Printers Guild 5th Anniversary

October 18-November 26

West Town

Crossing Into Dream

October 10

Beverly

Intersections

October 17, 6-8 p.m.

Bronzeville

Juke Cry Hand Clap

October 3-5 and October 10-12

Pilsen

MOIRAI

October 17-18, 7-9 p.m.

Logan Square

PechaKucha 20×20

October 21, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Northcenter

Re-Mapping the Salon

Saturdays in October

Various locations

Sewing Forgiveness

Ongoing

Various locations

Stir Friday Night

September 27, October 4 and October 11

Lakeview

The Anger Games

October 31, 10:30 p.m.

Loop

Think-Do

October 11, 2-8 p.m.

Washington Park

Trespassing: Our Voices, Our Stories

October 5, 1-4 p.m.

Humboldt Park

Victorian Graffics / Transit Tees

October 1-31

West Town

Villarte’s 9th Annual Little Village Arts Festival

October 3-5

Little Village

Chicago Artists Month is a non-juried program featuring more than 200 events throughout October including open house/open studio tours, neighborhood art walks, informal discussions, workshops and exhibitions, featuring Chicago-based artists and arts organizations. This annual, month-long celebration explores the impact of artists throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods by highlighting their work, their studios and a wide range of exhibitions, programs and events.

For more information about Chicago Artists Month, including a comprehensive calendar and event descriptions and images, visit chicagoartistsmonth.org or get the Chicago Artists Month official program guide produced by Newcity. Program guides will also be available for free at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and via participating organizations.

Chicago Artists Month is presented as part of an ongoing collaboration between the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District. In-kind support was received from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises®, Inc., WTTW and WFMT.

Annual Michigan Tree Climbing Championship Saturday, September 27, 2014

Top professional tree climbers from all over Michigan compete to be the one to represent Michigan at the International Tree Climbing Championship being held in Tampa, Florida in March 2015. This is a unique opportunity to see professional tree climbers in action.
Learn more about the Michigan Tree Climbing Championship in the attached press release or visit the chapter website at www.asm-isa.org.
To schedule an interview or to learn more about the competition, contact Annie Kruise, Arboriculture Society of Michigan at 517-337-4999 or asm@acd.net.

Brand New Previously Unavailable Single From The Birds Of Satan

Truly gifted songwriters The Birds Of Satan have released a mind-blowing new single, Be the Bird. It

is ready for purchase on iTunes right now! Be the Bird is over seven minutes of pure rock n roll heaven & is

available to rock music fans around the world. TBOS have a knack for writing very likeable tunes.

Grab The Birds of Satan, Be the Bird.

Produced by John Lousteau at Studio 606
Mixed by Drew Hester
Taylor Hawkins- Drums, Vocals
Mick Murphy- Guitar…
Wiley Hodgden- Bass, Vocals
John Lousteau- Vocals
Chris Chaney- Keyboards
Stephen Perkins- Drums
Dave Grohl- Drums
Drew Hester- Drums
Stewart Copeland- Drums
Zak Starkey- Drums
Matt Cameron- Drums
Mark Brzezicki- Drums
Butch Vig- Drums
Kenny Aronoff- Drums

Be the Bird is the first release by The Birds of Satan since the debut of their self-titled album in April.

TBOS can be found on Facebook & Twitter.

Hungarian philosopher Agnes Heller to receive Wallenberg Medal

ANN ARBOR—Hungarian philosopher and Holocaust survivor Agnes Heller on Sept. 30 will receive the 23rd Wallenberg Medal, a humanitarian honor named after a University of Michigan alumnus who saved tens of thousands of Jews near the end of World War II.

After U-M President Mark Schlissel presents the award at 7:30 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium, Heller will hold a conversation with Scott Spector, professor of Germanic languages and literatures, history and Judaic studies.

Heller has spent her career seeking to understand the nature of ethics and morality in the modern world, and the social and political systems and institutions within which evil can flourish.

Like U-M alumnus Raoul Wallenberg, Heller has demonstrated that courage is the highest expression of civic spirit. She has witnessed regimes that have organized murder, crushed dissent and persecuted independent voices.

In 1944, as a young woman surviving in Budapest, she knew the name “Wallenberg.” Raised in a Jewish family, her father used his knowledge of German to help families emigrate from Nazi Europe. While Agnes and her mother avoided deportation, her father was sent to Auschwitz, where he died. She also lost many childhood friends in that terrible time.

Heller has said the Holocaust “exercised an immense influence on my whole life, particularly on my work,” and she believes she has “a debt to pay as a survivor.”

Her experiences during World War II led her to question the fundamental philosophical source of morality and evil in people and what kind of a world can allow horrific events like the Holocaust. She spoke out vigorously for autonomy and self-determination after the suppression of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

“My experience of the Holocaust was joined with my experience of the totalitarian regime,” she said. Both raised similar questions in what she calls her “soul search and world investigation…I had to find out what morality was all about.”

Following the defeat of the 1968 Prague Spring, she went into exile and became the Hannah Arendt Visiting Professor of Philosophy in the graduate studies program of The New School in New York. She is an influential scholar who publishes internationally acclaimed works on ethics, aesthetics, modernity and political theory.

In 2010, she was awarded Germany’s prestigious Goethe Medal.

Now retired from The New School, Heller has returned to Budapest, where she lives in a small apartment high above the Danube River. She remains fully engaged in public life, speaking out against the neo-nationalist and anti-Semitic strains that are again current there.

She actively argues against the policies of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his party, in light of their actions to strip universities of their independence and limit freedom of expression.

The current political climate in Hungary has made many university faculty members reluctant to speak out against policies implemented by the ministry of education.

Heller will be at U-M for four days, meeting with graduate and undergraduate students as well as faculty members.

A 1935 graduate of U-M’s College of Architecture, Wallenberg saved the lives of tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews when he served as a Swedish diplomat near the end of World War II.

In 1944, at the request of Jewish organizations and the American War Refugee Board, the Swedish Foreign Ministry sent Wallenberg on a rescue mission to Budapest. Over the course of six months, Wallenberg issued thousands of protective passports and placed many thousands of Jews in safe houses throughout the besieged city.

Reporting to Soviet headquarters in Budapest on Jan. 17, 1945, Wallenberg vanished into the Soviet Gulag. Although the Russians claim that Wallenberg died in 1947, the results of numerous investigations into his whereabouts remain inconclusive.

For more than 20 years, U-M has awarded its Wallenberg Medal annually to a humanitarian who has devoted his or her life in service to others.

  • Raoul Wallenberg: http://wallenberg.umich.edu/raoul-wallenberg
  • Wallenberg Medal: http://wallenberg.umich.edu

Bryce Wastney

The latest release from NZ singer/songwriter Bryce Wastney. It’s a happy song about being grateful to have a place called home. Inspired by a local hill called Gentle Annie which is just moments around the corner from Bryce’s home in Nelson, New Zealand.

It turns out that the hill was originally called Sledge Hill because the local kids used to ride sledges down it because it was steep, but was later changed to Gentle Annie due to a popular song written by a famous American songwriter called Stephen C Forster (he wrote numerous hits incl “Oh Susanah”)

Bryce finds inspiration from traveling and wrote this song while travelling home from a national tour, which resulted in a speeding ticket!

This is the 6th global radio release from Bryce Wastney via Musik & Film Records.

Bryce’s music traverses folk, country, rock and pop – always soulful whatever the genre. It’s the ideal soundtrack for the traveller and free spirit in us all.

“Wastney has a husky low vocal register and power in reserve when he opens up. He could be an Australasian Jack Johnson.” Jacob Connor – NZ Musician Magazine

Born in the sunny coastal town of Nelson, New Zealand well-travelled singer/songwriter Bryce Wastney initially pursued a career as a boat builder before toxic poisoning forced him to re-train and in the process discover a love of the acoustic guitar.

In 2010 Bryce released his debut independent album “A Perfect Day for Travel”. The album gained impressive industry reviews with six songs off the album featuring alongside songs from the iconic Cat Stevens in the multi-award winning New Zealand feature film “Last Paradise”.

In May 2013 Bryce released “Dead Man Walking” – the first recording to come from his record deal with “Musik and Film”. The single reached #2 on the New Zealand iTunes country charts off the back of an appearance on New Zealand national television show “Seven Sharp”.

In August 2013 Bryce released “You Got Me” to kick off his national New Zealand tour with internationally-renowned singer-songwriter Paul Ubana Jones. “You Got Me” charted #4 in the ECMA charts.

In November 2013 Bryce released “The Brightest Star” to coincide with a nationwide tour in Australia partnering with the World Vision sponsor a child program.

In March 2014 Bryce completed his second full-length album “Hope Mountain” and released the first single from the album “More Than A Mountain”.

In April/May 2014 Bryce hit the road touring with the award-winning band from Adelaide “The Germein Sisters”. The tours covered the East Coast of Australia where he opened for USA Grammy Award winning band, “Jars Of Clay”, followed by a national tour of NZ promoting the new album.

June 2014 Bryce released “My Music Thing” to radio, which brings the count up to 60,000 stations worldwide. It’s a beautiful song about a conversation between 2 old friends walking along a beach discussing the definition of success. A timeless classic and a testament to his consistently high calibre of songwriting.

City Of Chicago To Honor Lou Conte, Richard Hunt, Ramsey Lewis, Lois Weisberg, The Auditorium Theatre Of Roosevelt University At Inaugural Fifth Star Awards, Sept. 17 At Millennium Park

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) will honor five Chicago artists, arts advocates and cultural institutions at the inaugural Fifth Star Awards on Wednesday, September 17 at 7 p.m.: Lou Conte, Richard Hunt, Ramsey Lewis, Lois Weisberg and the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. The free live show at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph Street) will feature a diverse lineup of performances in tribute to the honorees.

Lou Conte is a dancer, choreographer and founder of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago—among the world’s top contemporary dance companies and a global cultural ambassador, celebrating its 37th season in 2014/2015. An internationally renowned sculptor, Richard Hunt has completed more public sculptures than any other artist in the United States. A Grammy®-winning jazz composer, pianist and radio personality, Ramsey Lewis has recorded over 80 albums. Lois Weisberg was Chicago’s cultural affairs commissioner for over 20 years and served as head of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events; she created the Gallery 37 job training program in the arts, Taste of Chicago, the Chicago Blues Festival and the Chicago Gospel Music Festival, among others. And the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, was the first home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Opera Company; today, the National Historic Landmark designed by the famous architectural team of Adler and Sullivan hosts more than 200 performances and events—and more than a quarter of a million visitors—every year.

“Investing in art and culture can bring economic revitalization to every one of our neighborhoods and a sense of community like no other investment can,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “The Fifth Star Awards will be a fitting tribute to all of the great artists of the City of Chicago. It will honor our past as a great hub for art and culture, while also becoming an important part of the city’s future.”

Fifth Star Awards is made possible through generous private support from Allstate Insurance Company and GCM Grosvenor—with in-kind support provided by Leo Burnett Chicago.

“Chicago’s art and cultural community makes our city unique and inspiring,” said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. “Because of the hard work and tremendous creativity of each of this year’s Fifth Star Awards recipients, millions of people get to enjoy great art, countless festivals and terrific music. Congratulations to each of this year’s winners and a huge thank you for making Chicago a destination for the arts.”

As the Fifth Star Awards creative partner, Leo Burnett created the name and designed the visual identity for this annual initiative.

“In advertising, I’m reminded every day that creativity has incredible power in this world,” said Susan Credle, Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett U.S.A. “The Fifth Star Awards are a beautiful way of recognizing creative people, places and ideas that lift this city up. Chicago without creativity simply would not be the incredible city it is today.”

Why the name “Fifth Star Awards?”

“Over the years, there have been many ideas proposed for a fifth star on Chicago’s iconic flag,” said Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of DCASE. “These ideas all share one thing in common: They represent a city always in search of new moments of growth, transformation and enlightenment. And while there are no plans to add a fifth star to our flag, we believe there is beauty and magic in the quest for one.”

Fifth Star Awards coincides with EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art (September 18–21), and EXPO ART WEEK, a citywide showcase of Chicago’s art and cultural community (September 15–21).

The full lineup of performances will be announced soon. For details, visit fifthstarawards.org and join the conversation on Facebook (Fifth Star Awards and Millennium Park) and Twitter, @fifthstar_CHI @Millennium_Park.

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

Aries Marquis

Aries Marquis

Aries Marquis

Ambitious, soulful, classy, are just a few words to describe the zealous singer-songwriter, Aries Marquis. Inspired by the legends, from Marvin Gaye, to Boyz II Men, authentic, and mature music is what Aries passionately wants to share with the world, never forgetting the path that has been paved for artist such as himself. A little over three years as a solo artist, Aries Marquis has made ground on his journey to be established as a mainstream music artist.

His mission is to create and deliver soulful, heartfelt music and performances, worldwide, in a time where many have given up on such things as real lyricism, original music, and soulful performances. In the little time as a solo artist, Aries Marquis has completed his debut album, titled, “Guaranteed”, has performed in Haiti on a humanitarian mission, (contest of 32, and won first place), performed at Southern University A&M College at a showcase, and also won first place, performed at the Independent Entertainment Summit, in Hollywood, CA, and won 2013 Breakout Artist of the Year, and has appeared many other places such as St. Louis, Lufkin, TX, New Orleans, La. etc.

His music has been played on various internet and college stations from Buffalo, NY, to Los Angeles, to Houston, TX! Aries Marquis’ music is making head way in the industry, and is being accepted by many, worldwide. To create a larger impact on the industry, Aries Marquis is now working on his EP, titled, “Imperfections” (formally named Compositions), in which he shall self promote in order to boost his fan base in preparation for his album. The work of Aries Marquis is never done, for he has songs imbedded within him in which is he is looking forward to giving to the world!

Mark Crawford Williams

Mark Crawford Williams

Mark Crawford Williams

Mark Crawford Williams is a singer songwriter currently residing in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.  He has been playing in front of live audiences up and down the eastern seaboard for over 20 years now.  As a songwriter, he has written and produced projects in several different genres from Rock to Contemporary Christian.  He released a somewhat “ bare bones acoustic” Americana LP titled “Tryin’ Man” in 2011 that eventually got the attention of Nashville producer Gary Sadker (President of Red Ridge Entertainment).

Gary was about to launch an independent record label, “Magenta Records”, and was interested in taking Mark’s music to the next level.  After hours on the phone and a “summit” in music city, they decided to produce a full length project that would be Mark’s Nashville recording debut.  “Sing A Song”, consisting of nine tracks, is fully Americana with a blend of acoustic folk, blues, and country sounds.   After years of honing his craft as a performer and a songwriter, Mark has found his voice in this music.  Mark was recently selected to perform a showcase at the prestigious “Singer Songwriter Conference” in Cape May, New Jersey and has also opened for such national acts as “Leon Russell”, “Drivin’ N Cryin’” and “Robert Earl Keen”.

You can visit his official website at http://www.markcrawfordwilliams.com .