MARIO FRANGOULIS Tales of Christmas

Tales of Christmas
AN INSPIRATIONAL NEW HOLIDAY ALBUM
BY ACCLAIMED MULTI-PLATINUM ARTIST
MARIO FRANGOULIS
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW

INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED VOCALIST TO OFFICIALLY RELEASE FAN-INSPIRED HOLIDAY COLLECTION ON OCTOBER 30

FANS WHO PRE-ORDER TALES OF CHRISTMAS CAN DOWNLOAD ALBUM TRACK ‘JINGLE BELLS’ ; ANOTHER INSTANT GRAT TRACK
‘CHRISTMAS MORNINGS’ TO BE OFFERED NEXT WEEK

FRANGOULIS TEAMS UP ON HOLIDAY ARTISTIC TRIUMPH WITH 6-TIME GRAMMY WINNER MAESTRO JORGE CALANDRELLI

(New York, New York, October 16, 2015) Named “Best Male Classical Crossover Artist” to kick off the decade, globally acclaimed classical vocalist Mario Frangoulis has responded to his fans’ annual plea for a holiday album with the release of a captivating holiday collection of songs, Tales Of Christmas, available for pre-order now! Set to be officially released on October 30, the 12 track album weaves together stirring classics and unique contemporary interpretations, lush orchestral pieces and thoughtful piano-voice ballads, all backed by an international ensemble enhancing Mario’s spirited vocal presence and astonishing range. Beginning today, pre-ordering fans will receive Mario’s joyful rendering of the holiday staple “Jingle Bells” as a complementary download, with another special instant gratification track from the album, the riveting song “Christmas Mornings,” to be offered next week.

Working in collaboration with 6-time Grammy winning maestro Jorge Calandrell (Placido Domingo, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga),Tales of Christmas arrives as an inspiring collection of songs that tell a true tale of what the holiday season is all about: compassion, family, courage, joy, and the power of love. Other partners on the project include the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, acknowledged as the UK’s foremost musical pioneer, and the iconic Abbey Road Studios where the album was recorded. Tales Of Christmas also delivers three incredible duets that complement the full range of Mario’s vocal capabilities: All Creatures of Our God and King featuring international artists George Perris, Julie Zorrilla and The Little Musicians Choir; world-famous soprano Sarah Brightman (the original Christine in Phantom of the Opera) on Carpe Diem, and legendary 4-time Grammy winning mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne on Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Known the world-over for his refined vocal interpretations and instinctive ability to fuse the classical and contemporary, Mario introduces flawless vocal renditions of songs that range from classics such as the above-mentioned Jingle Bells and I’ll Be Home for Christmas to Ave Maria and Panis Angelicus to Richard Marx’s Christmas Mornings (available to pre-ordering fans now as an instant grat track) and Charlie Chaplin’s masterpiece, Smile – all representing Mario’s favorite Tales of Christmas to share with his listening audiences all over the world.

A true labor of love that showcases the distinctive talents of all involved, Tales of Christmas’ creative journey began more than two years ago, with fans propelling Mario towards the idea of making a spiritual Christmas album for some time. After releasing more than 15 personal albums with 1,000,000 copies sold worldwide, (and topping the Classical Crossover charts with Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban), Frangoulis teamed up with maestro and producer Jorge Calandrelli
to embark on the artistic design of the album and create a lasting, holiday-themed album destined to cap every perennial collection.

The result of this thoughtful collaboration is a true “holiday feast” for the heart and ears, elegantly in sync with Mario’s multitude of artistic accomplishments throughout his incredible career. Frangoulis’ fans have long been aware of his diverse and far-reaching talent – from playing Marius in Les Misérables (cast by Sir Cameron Mackintosh) and Raoul in Phantom of the Opera (cast by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber) to the role of Tony in West Side Story at Milan’s Teatro a la Scala. From winning the Maria Callas and Pavarotti competitions to performing with world-renowned orchestras including the Boston Pops, Chicago Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Novaya Opera of Moscow, and the Philharmonia Orchestra of London; and from airing 3 public television specials: Sometimes I Dream (2003), Music of the Night (2009), and Mario Frangoulis Live With The Boston Pops (2013) to playing the role of Alfred Drake in the film DeLovely alongside Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd.

Mario’s accomplishments however, go way beyond acting and singing. He is known the world over for his humanitarian work and commitment to children; and in his role as Global Ambassador for the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans (www.horatioalger.org) a key sponsor of the project, Mario is donating a portion of his artist’s proceeds from Tales of Christmas to the Association’s scholarship fund for high-risk, high-potential children in the USA and Canada.
Tales of Christmas will enthrall listeners. With maestro Calandrelli’s masterful arrangements and Mario’s magnificent voice, Tales of Christmas will be a welcome, surprising, and timeless addition to everyone’s holiday music canon!

Tales of Christmas is available for pre-order now, scheduled for official release on October 30, 2015 through Sony RED and BeautifulThings Productions LTD.
The album will be available in outlets across the USA and Canada as well as online through iTunes http://apple.co/1Lwbjso and Amazon – http://amzn.to/1Lwae3P

More information visit www.mariofrangoulis.com

Media contact: Tracey Miller, Tracey Miller & Associates, Inc. 609-383-2323/ tracey@tmapublicity.com

The New York Times Magazine: The Passion of Nicki Minaj

“The world’s biggest female rap superstar has meticulously crafted her own image — and maintained it with uncompromising control.”—The New York Times Magazine

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Pop music is dominated almost exclusively by the female star — Beyoncé, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and, as always, Madonna. Engaging in a frantic, complex game — crossing over many genres to keep up with the current caldron of hip-hop, electronic music and R&B; signing sponsorship deals to make up for the lack of album sales; performing live everywhere from sheikhs’ parties to worldwide arenas — these women arethe pop business now, and they’re not feeling particularly shy about telling us that. Their primary message has become one of being the woman you actually have to be behind the scenes to succeed today: powerful, outspoken and in control.

Nicki Minaj is the world’s biggest female hip-hop star, a top pop star and the first woman to achieve success in both genres. Like Beyoncé, who performed recently in Central Park with the words ‘‘boss’’ and ‘‘hustler’’ flashing on screens behind her, along with a grainy video in which she smashed a vacuum and a sewing machine, Minaj has become expert at modeling the ways that women can wield power in the industry. But she has also drawn attention to the ways in which power can be embodied by a woman standing up for herself and speaking her own mind. Minaj’s behavior isn’t exclusive to her tracks; she also exhibits it in the national telenovela that she, like the rest of these women, to a greater or lesser degree, is running about herself, feeding the public information about her paramours, ex-paramours, peccadilloes and beefs, all of it delivered in social media’s short, sharp bursts.

Perhaps you recall the three-act revenge drama that played out on various screens last month, as Minaj faced off against two major powers: Swift, the 25-year-old golden girl who may be the richest woman in music, and who spends time wholesomely baking cookies at her TriBeCa spread with a rotating cast of B.F.F.s; and Cyrus, the ex-Disney star who, more than five years ago, was extolling the virtues of purity rings but is now America’s pre-eminent ‘‘bad girl.’’ She first recreated herself as a pornified star who wore gold grilles on her teeth and introduced the mainstream to ‘‘twerking,’’ a dance originating in black circles in the South that involves shaking your buttocks, and more recently rebranded herself a ‘‘happy hippie’’ and ‘‘genderqueer,’’ neither male nor female.

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ELIZABETH CHAN “RED & GREEN”

INSPIRED HOLIDAY MUSIC MAVEN ELIZABETH CHAN

RELEASES NEW CHRISTMAS ALBUM RED & GREEN

Currently Readying The Breakout Christmas Single ‘Christmas In The City,’ The Charismatic Chan Continues To Make The Holidays Part Of Her Own Musical Journey

With less than 80 days until Christmas, evocative singer/songwriter Elizabeth Chan is already becoming the musical star of choice to top off holiday song lovers’ annual seasonal playlist.  The New York City native has once again bridged Christmas’ exotic past with the social media age by kicking off an early announcement  of a new collection of holiday originals, penned by Chan and gift wrapped for the upcoming season a la her fourth holiday release, Red & Green (Merry Bright/RED/SONY) –on October 2.

Produced and written by Chan, the 12 song album is a collection of previously released holiday gems, and brand new offerings, including the title song, “Red & Green” augmented by anthemic chimes and Chan’s soaring voice.  The much anticipated single – “Christmas In The City,” – which holiday music aficionados taste-tested last Christmas to rave reviews and an overwhelming fan response – is already on the lists of 2015 holiday radio programmers. The popular artist fielded an overwhelming amount of requests to release it as her kickoff Christmas single for 2015. 

The video is becoming a favorite https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CZSaqJFUR4  capturing Chan’s almost mystical affection for the big apple-as-holiday setting, poignantly delivered via her impromptu snowglobe-like captures of New York’s transcendent holiday magic.  The song epitomizes the holiday season’s pull on Chan’s creative strings, and the incredible transformation she’s experienced the past few years, transitioning from her role as a respected Conde Nast executive (who openly walked away from her lucrative career in 2011) to pursue her dream of writing Christmas songs in pursuit of the all-time Christmas classic.

The release of Red & Green finds her poised to breakout across all platforms with this enchanting collection.  Already dubbed the ‘Queen of Christmas,’ she first cracked the Top Ten in 2013 on both the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart and USA Today’s Holiday Current Chart with the song “Fa La La.”  Welcomed by the media as an authentic Holiday newcomer with talent to spare – “’Fa La La,” with its ’80s New York pop vibe, is one of radio’s most-played new holiday tunes this year, right behind Kelly Clarkson’s Underneath the Tree,” raved USA Today – “She’s yet to write her own “White Christmas,” but there’s no denying the earnestness she brings to tales of holiday joy or reverie,” hailed the LA Times, Chan has sprinkled her upcoming, first full-length album with songs that not only inspire, but are destined to endure as perennial favorites for years to come.

The decision to follow her passion has become a unique calling for the tireless singer/songwriter, who in a few short years has garnered multiple award nominations and critical acclaim.

About Elizabeth Chan:

Elizabeth Chan’s story is a shining example of how pursuing one’s dreams coupled with a never-ending belief in the magic of the holidays can also inspire others.  Chan began writing songs on her own in 2011, (she would later benefit from the guidance of mega-producer Steve Lillywhite, who has worked with U2, Dave Matthews Band, Thirty Seconds To Mars, and others) with the New York City native amassing hundreds of holiday songs since she  began her incredible journey.

Chan’s passion for Holiday music and her considerable songwriting talent were featured in a Webby award nominated documentary series airing on Yahoo! Screen in 2012, produced by award winning filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold).  The prolific Chan released her debut EP Naughty and Nice (which hit Top 5 of the iTunes Holiday Chart the first week of release) featuring the catchy single  “A Christmas Song” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5r-qd_O7TE  . In 2013, “A Christmas Song” was nominated for Best Original Song by the Streamy Awards, now in its 5th year, honoring the best in online video and the creators behind it.  That same year, Elizabeth released the album Everyday Holidays that featured the single “Fa La La”, the song that gave Elizabeth her first bonafide Billboard charting hit.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm5ym3klOJI .

Chan followed up in 2014 with her EP Christmas in the City featuring the upcoming single; Her holiday popularity soaring, she also found herself in the enviable positon of having six Christmas songs playing on radio concurrently. Recognized for her passion and love for all things ‘Holiday,’ Elizabeth looks forward to the Christmas season of 2015 as an opportunity to spread her message of unconditional holiday love around the world through her music.

“I wait all year long for Christmas,” says Elizabeth, “and ‘Red & Green’ is definitely a glimpse into what life has been like for me these past few years. I can’t wait to share it with the world.”

http://www.lizchanchristmas.com

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