Archives: June 2015

Crimson Chrysalis

Please enable images to see artist photoTwo years after the release of their critically acclaimed album, “Crimson passion cry”, South African Symphonic rock band Crimson Chrysalis returns with “Enraptured”. Featuring eleven original tracks and a CC-rendition of the 80’s Alice Cooper hit “Poison”, “Enraptured” may very well be the defining moment in Crimson Chrysalis’ musical career.

“Although there are various musical influences on the album, we again did not write to fit into a specific genre. We just wrote what felt and sounded good to us. When I compose the music of a song, the lyric determines where the song will go musically” (Rene van den Berg). “Enraptured” is as diverse as their debut album, but the golden Crimson Chrysalis thread still runs through it.

A central theme on the album is grace. We wanted an album title that reflects grace, not only in our lives and music, but also displays something of our infinite wonder of grace all around us. “Enraptured” seemed a natural choice, not only because it describes our own intimate relationship with the music, but with the rhythm of life as well.

The same creators that were responsible for “Crimson passion cry” created “Enraptured”. Rene still fronts the band and composes the music, while Esther Slabbert again wrote all the lyrics of the songs. “Conceptually we wrote a better album, because I knew exactly what I wanted to write” (Esther Slabbert). The production is enormous, but brilliantly engineered to a rich, velvet tapestry of sound. The powerful, wall-of-sound music Crimson Chrysalis is known for, are even bigger this time around. Enlarging their live string ensemble, and adding live brass, they managed to up their game to the next level.

The last track on the album is a cover version of the Alice Cooper hit, “Poison”. “Our management suggested that I cover a song 20-odd plus years old. It was important to us to choose something that will naturally slot into the CC sound. The idea was not to simply redo the song, but rather to CC the song completely (Rene van den Berg).

July’s Events are Making Quite a Splash

The lakeside communities of Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City are famous for their nautical flair. From crystal-blue Little Traverse Bay to sparkling inland lakes, water fun is everywhere. To top it off, there’s a calendar full of incredibly cool events, festivals and entertainment. Take a look below for a glimpse of what makes our area a Michigan treasure.
Some of the Best Michigan Beaches are Around Petoskey
Summer has arrived and it’s time to trade shoes for flip-flops and business suits for the swimming kind. Yep, it’s time to head for the beach to catch some rays and enjoy a summer vacation Pure Michigan style. While there are beautiful beaches throughout the mitten state, you won’t find many better than those in and around Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City. So if your idea of a great vacation includes great beaches, look no further than the Petoskey Area of northern Michigan.
Antiques at the Fairgrounds
July 4-5
Emmet County Fairgrounds in Petoskey
Following an $11 million renovation, Antiques at the Fairgrounds is back. More than 170 dealers from around the country will be exhibiting a huge array of antique merchandise from the smallest collectibles such as estate jewelry, to a wide range of antique furniture and everything in between: pottery, china, textiles, prints, etc.
Night of Arts Fine Art Tour
July 10
Harbor Springs
Visit the Harbor Springs area for a special evening dedicated to artists and fine art lovers! All galleries, studios and boutiques will be presenting original, one-of-a-kind, and limited edition works of art, fine jewelry and crafts during Harbor Springs’ Night of Arts. Admission is free.
Boyne Thunder
July 10-11
Lake Charlevoix in Boyne City
Boyne Thunder is a 150-mile boating poker run. This unique boating event showcases high performance boats slicing through the waters of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan.
Blissfest Music Festival
July 10-12
Festival Farm in Harbor Springs
Blissfest is a celebration of music, culture, art and community featuring diverse and innovative folk, world and roots music and dance spent over a weekend in picturesque northern Michigan.
Bay View Cottage Walk
July 14
Bay View
The Bay View Cottage Walk is an opportunity to view nine private Bay View cottages and several historic campus buildings. Other highlights include musical and theatrical presentations and lunch on the picturesque grounds of Bay View.
Art in the Park
July 18
Pennsylvania Park in Petoskey
Artists from all over the country come to Art in the Park to show off their work. From jewelry to photography, paintings to pottery and everything in between, this is the perfect place to find that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift or decorative piece.
Northern MI Flywheelers Antique Tractor-Engine and Craft Show
July 23-26
Flywheelers Show Grounds
You won’t want to miss the Antique Tractor-Engine and Craft Show presented by the Northern Michigan Flywheelers. Opening ceremonies start at 9am and the activities include a Parade of Power, 100 Doodlebug Challenge, Tractor Safari and so much more. This is a fun-filled event for the whole family.
Little Traverse Bay Ugotta Regatta
July 24-26
Harbor Springs
Sailboats from across the U.S. head to Harbor Springs each summer for sailing traditions: the Little Traverse Yacht Club Ugotta Regatta. The Regatta brings some of the best sailboat racers in the country to Little Traverse Bay. Approximately 85 sailboats will participate. The series begins with one design racing on Thursday and Friday followed by tour-of-the-bay courses on Saturday and Sunday.
Bay Harbor Arts Festival
July 25-26
Village at Bay Harbor
Each summer, the Bay Harbor Arts Festival features artists from across the country chosen for their unique talents. The festival takes place along the waterfront at the Village at Bay Harbor. Artists’ works represent a variety of fine art which includes painting, pottery, jewelry, metal works, furniture, glass, wood and fiber art. Live musical entertainment will also be a part of the festival.
Downtown Petoskey Sidewalk Sales
July 31-Aug 1
Downtown Petoskey
2015 is the 50th anniversary of Petoskey Downtown Sidewalk Sales, and the city is celebrating by offering visitors the best prices of the year on a unique variety of merchandise. The streets will be closed off to create an outdoor festival environment. Hours are 9am-9pm Friday and 9am-6pm Saturday. The farmers’ market will be open as well, and musical performances will keep everyone entertained.


Stephen Wrench and friends formerly with Lynyrd Skynyrd , Molly Hatchet

Please enable images to see artist photoStephen Wrench has worked with many artists over the years and has many friends. On this song formerly with Lynyrd Skynyrd is Artimus Pyle, Randall Hall . Also on this song is founding member of Molly Hatchet Banner Thomas.

It’s a real simple song that describes one of the world’s favorite past times “Smoking Pot” and what happens before , during and after. Just a fun song that really kicks in after 1:00

SOS to the Universe

Please enable images to see artist photo“Chronicling an odyssey across the highest mountains and darkest valleys of American music, 9 to 3 sounds like a love letter from Mathur to each of his favorite musicians.” – The Big Takeover Magazine

“Chronicling an odyssey across the highest mountains and darkest valleys of American music, 9 to 3 sounds like a love letter from Mathur to each of his favorite musicians.” – The Big Takeover Magazine

“Hooked from the first track” – Gigband

“Brilliantly catchy“ – All What’s Rock

“Truly a master” – Windsor Square

“His sound and amazing songwriting are as good as they can get” – AWR Magazine

“An amazing amount of originality, creativity and rich conventional wisdom Mathur has to offer” wrote Cyrus Rhodes of IMD about India-born and Switzerland based singer-songwriter Ajay Mathur. Melissa Arditti of Windsor Square went even further to attribute Ajay as “a talented singer/songwriter who is truly a master of his craft”. Indeed Ajay’s albums come “with a fresh sound and an entertaining vibe that makes a real connection with music fans” as Michael Rand of All What’s Rock precisely put it. ‘9 to 3′ follows Ajay Mathur’s previous successful releases of ‘A Matter of Time’ (2011) and ‘Come See Conquer’ (2013) which have enjoyed excellent reviews and acknowledgements in the international media, top-rankings on internet radio playlists, chart ranking on Americana (AMA) radio charts, four award-winning singles including ‘Communicate’ which was a finalist in the 2011 Show Me the Music song-writing contest and ‘Easy’ as a finalist in the 2012 Unsigned Only Songwriting Competition and over a million fans and listeners worldwide. Janne Zawa of Indie Artists Alliance sums it up; “It is very clear that Ajay’s talents are far beyond what anyone could have imagined, and, simply put, this guy is a pure genius of his musical craft”.

“The beauty of Mathur is Mathur himself. I believe this man feels every word he sings” wrote Jennifer Hertzler of Gigband recently about Ajay and admits “I’m hooked from the first track”. With a worldwide following and his continuous successes as an artist, Ajay’s new album ‘9 to 3’ has all the ingredients to take his career to a new level of success.

Smokey Robinson Gets His Boots On To Support America’s Military

Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Heavyweight to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award, Thanks Veterans for the Freedom to Pursue his Dreams

Boot Campaign announced today that legendary singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson joined the esteemed list of more than 400 celebrities getting their “boots on” to support the 1.4 million men and women serving in our armed forces today. In his official “boot shoot,” Robinson donned a pair of Boot Campaign signature combat boots and flashed his iconic smile for the camera. As he prepares to be honored for his prolific music career at this year’s BET Awards, Robinson is sharing his appreciation for the sacrifices service members make to keep himself and all of us free to achieve our dreams.

“I’m wearing my boots today for all our troops around the world, and especially those who have given their lives and their limbs,” Robinson said. “I feel really good about wearing my boots to give thanks to those who are protecting our nation. I’m honored.”

Boot Campaign Chief Operating Officer Joey Jones (USMC Ret.) had this to say about Robinson joining the Boot Campaign movement: “Our country has very few living legends in culture, as well as music, such as Smokey. Having him take hours of his day to come to us and put these boots on to show his personal support for our military and veteran communities was really an amazing show of patriotism and embodies what we are attempting to do at Boot Campaign.”

The BET network will present the legendary artist with a lifetime achievement award at the 15th Annual BET Awards airing June 28 at 8 p.m. P/C. With a music career spanning 50 years, Robinson is one of the most celebrated artists in music history, credited with largely influencing the development of Motown Records and penning more than 4,000 songs. His list of professional accolades is long, including Kennedy Center Honors, the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Achievement Award, the National Medal of Arts Award 2002 presented by President George W. Bush and has been inducted into both the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. Even with the distinctions and decades of adoration from fans around the world, Robinson expressed his own admiration for the men and women of our armed forces who pave the way for our pursuit of happiness.

With Robinson’s support, the Boot Campaign mission to promote patriotism, raise awareness of veterans’ issues and provide assistance for military families of all generations will reach an even greater audience and help even more deserving heroes. The music mogul’s bold display of gratitude for service members is deeply appreciated by both Boot Campaign and the military community, and is just another reason he’s one of America’s favorite icons.

About Boot Campaign Established in 2009, Boot Campaign is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to promoting patriotism for America and our military community; raising awareness of the unique challenges service members face during and post-service; and providing assistance to military personnel, past and present, and their families. Retail sales of combat boots, apparel and mission-focused merchandise, general public donations and corporate sponsorships fund programs that support military families. These efforts extend to all generations of military personnel who endure significant physical, emotional and circumstantial hardships resulting from their service and sacrifice. Visit to learn more and give back.

Mark Ruebery

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BBC Radio 2: Aled Jones with good morning Sunday – Yes Mark a beautiful song, sung beautifully

Radio Cardiff – That was brilliant!!

Radio Middlesex – I really liked that track.

Indie Music Magazine  – An absolute must listen! The hook is catchy enough to stay in your head for days.

Whisperin and Hollerin magazine  – Her Smile is sure set to be a hit.

Buzzjacks magazine –  Absolutely loving this. Just what you need on a Friday.

Music Muso magazine – its impossible to keep your toes from tapping when listening to this track

Vents Magazine  A feel good jazzy number


Mark’s life is the stage. He has been gigging since he was 12 years old. He started out with his father driving him around local small Welsh towns as he performed in workman halls and run down pubs. These experiences along with his natural talent later earned him a place at the prestigious  Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Now he performs all over the World from New York to Shanghai to packed thousand seater auditoriums. He has played at the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool and headlined at the 2010 Ryder Cup. He has played with Ronan Keating, Robbie Williams and supported Andy Fairweather Low.

Mark’s first original album ‘Because of You’ was recorded at the famous Rockfield Studios and was officially released by LPW Records Ltd. It received airplay on BBC Radio 2 and had multiple plays on BBC Radio Wales as album/single of the week.

Following on from this success, Mark is about to tour his new album ‘One Night One Chance’. This album is a throwback to his College days and his diverse musical influences. ‘One Night One Chance’ crosses over musical boundaries by combining modern Pop with classic Jazz standards to create instantly catchy upbeat songs. It also mixes R&B beats into lyrical music in the emotive writing style of the firstalbum.

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Harry Tietjen

Please enable images to see artist photoHarry Tietjen

#1 on National Airplay Top 60 Independent Chart 4/25/2015,

#1 on National Airplay Top 50 Rock Chart 4/25/2015,

#23 on National Airplay Top 50 Adult Contemporary 4/25/2015 with his first single-release “I´m Coming Home”.

Now he releases his second single “Now I´m Free”.

Harry has won several „Deutscher Rock und Poppreis” awards. Best Folkrock-Singer 2008, Best Pop-Singer 2009, Best Arrangement 2010.


Harry Tietjen

“The greatest adventure I ever experienced as a musician was back in the 80’s when I left Hamburg to go travelling with no plan as to when I would return.”

“In Morocco, I invested my money putting a band together. Here it was obvious that we could earn good money as musicians. However, after three months the money ran out before the band could really take off. Then it hit me, why not solo performances in hotel bars and at Moroccan family celebrations, after all English cover songs were all the rage.”

“I was most fascinated by the extremes in daily life. One day, singing accompanied by lively guitar in the middle of corrugated iron ghetto for enthusiastic pop fans and the next, playing piano in a luxury hotel followed by a sumptuous 4-course menu for polite society.”

“Or sometimes people would simply & politely ask me if I could play something on my guitar play whilst sitting in a cafe. The music was ever present then as it is now and with an equally strong connection. People invited me home to their families and told me their life stories”.

Harry Tietjen started making music at a very early age, playing both piano & guitar and vocals. With 17 he gave his first concerts in France and later in Switzerland, Portugal and other countries.

At 20, he and his band “Harry ‘s Gang”, won first prize in the North German singer competition.

At the beginning of the 80’s, Harry and a friend built a music club ”The Castle” in an old Art Nouveau villa near Hamburg. After 2 exciting years at the “rock and roll club” the travelling years began.

In the 90’s, Harry founded the “Come Together Studio” in Hamburg, producing bands like Inusa Dawuda, King Kurlee, Sandra King, Lightman and others

Ashley Baker

Please enable images to see artist photoAshley started her career at 15 years old with the lead female role in the independent film “The Old Livingston House” in which her first single “Summer Daze” was featured.

“Summer Daze” got picked up by IRCountry Radio Network out of Dallas and went straight to #1 on their request chart. It has since gone on to be the 3rd most requested song of all time on the network.  She then cut “Bye Bye” and “What a Day to Shake a Heartache” which caught the attention of  The Consortium Group in Nashville who have worked with such names as Billy Joel, The Judd’s, Bruce Springsteen, Jason Aldean, Thompson Square and Band Perry and were instrumental in founding Broken Bow Records.

Ashley went back into the studio and cut “Country Girls Rock” which went to #1 on Hot Country 102.9 in North Carolina, 76 Country in Branson, MO and entered the top 50 on Real Country Radio in Tokyo, Japan. Ashley’s “Country Girls Rock” was the only independent picked by All Country 99.9 Radio in France along with 15 other United States country songs for the launch show when they changed their format to country, all of the other songs were artists signed on major labels. “Country Girls Rock” hit the TOP 5 in sales in Modern Country

HIGHLIGHTS: Appeared as female lead in the film “The Old Livingston House” Single “Summer Daze” reached # 1 on IRCOUNTRY RADIO NETWORK Single “Country Girls Rock” climbed to #1 on HOT COUNTRY 102.9 and 76 COUNTRY Radio Single “Might Be Today” wins AKADEMIA MUSIC AWARD for BEST SONG Single “Country Girls Rock” reaches TOP 5 SALES on CDBABY Signed multi-year recording contract with UK based BILLBERG ENTERTAINMENT LTD

Won Episode #1 of the new TV Series “DO I HAVE A HIT SONG” with “GOD WINKS”

Musik Radio Promotions Presents Earl Parker

Please enable images to see artist photo  Earl Parker

Country, Rock, Americana, Pop, Variety

United States

Wild Bull Records

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Earl Parker / Tabitha Music PRS

“We all hit Emotional Walls from time to time, this is a song about how that happens!”

Parker’s songs receive airplay around the world from Europe to Australia, New Zealand, & Japan, and have charted in Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Ireland, & The United Kingdom. He is the author of the books Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints of Trouble, and The Subatomic Kid, he is also an award winning filmmaker whose work has been shown at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York City.