A Monster Storm…An Aging Nuclear Plant… What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
The Fallout is coming. Will You Be Ready? https://youtu.be/dVSicGmoHJ0
New York, NY (April 25, 2017) – Acclaimed author Wil Mara returns with a thrilling new novel that will have you flipping pages and frantically checking Google Maps to see just how close you live to the nearest nuclear power plant! (Statistics show that more than a third of the American population lives within half a tank of gas from a live nuclear reactor…) Available Tuesday, April 25, Fallout (Tor/Macmillan Publishing) continues the novelist’s award winning streak of edge-of-your-seat disaster novels with a gripping page-turner that imagines a ruptured and rapidly leaking nuclear facility not in Russia or Japan, but smack dab in the middle of small town America. Forget your perfect storm- Mara captures lightning in the ultimate danger zone, creating a scientifically credible and entirely plausible nightmare scenario when calamitous weather triggers a full-on nuclear disaster in a bucolic Pennsylvania town, bringing unimaginable destruction that will impact generations to come.
When the twin catastrophic events collide, no amount of preparedness can protect tiny Silver Lake, PA- a town that happens to sit in the center of the strategic corridor between New York City and Washington, DC- from the fallout. It’s up to acting-mayor Sarah Redmond and her EMT husband to courageously battle the storm’s impact while saving their citizens from the aftereffects of a catastrophic radiation breach. Meanwhile, the chaos at the fatally damaged plant is being streamed live onto the internet by Marla Hollis, a local journalist who happened to be in the right place at the wrong time. Trapped at the plant, she’s determined to get the story out – and the ugly truth behind why it happened-at any cost. Their efforts galvanize the shell-shocked townspeople, who are overwhelmed by the horrific disaster. https://www.torforgeblog.com/tag/wil-mara For Wil Mara, a bestselling and multi-award winning author, researching Fallout brought the risk of a nuclear disaster occurring in the U.S. a little too close for comfort, even for him. “I always try for scientific accuracy when writing these disaster stories,” he says, “and when I was doing my homework for Fallout, I was stunned by how many near-catastrophic events are triggered by natural phenomenon.” In 2012 alone- the same year as the Fukushami nuclear disaster in Japan (triggered by a tsunami), five separate nuclear power plants in the U.S. lost power due to natural calamities such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wil Mara is a critically acclaimed, #1 best-selling author with a career that has spanned over 30 years. He began with nonfiction for school libraries, moved into children’s fiction by ghostwriting five of the popular ‘Boxcar Children Mysteries,’ then into adult fiction with his 2005 disaster thriller, Wave, which won the New Jersey Notable Book Award. His next disaster novel, The Gemini Virus, was released in October 2012 to rave reviews by critics and public alike. His most recent novel, the acclaimed Frame 232, the first of his John Hammond detective series, moves from the halls of government to the streets of Dallas, uncovering the truth about the Kennedy assassination. Most recently, he was honored by the New Jersey Center for the Book and the Library of Congress for his role in the advancement and support of the literary culture in the State of New Jersey. For more information, visit www.wilmara.com.
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New Single “Hold Me Down” Out Now- Video debuts April 7th!
Vocalist/songwriter Katrina Woolverton returns with a new EP, single, video and tour! The multi- talented powerhouse will be putting all her talents on full display live, opening for Midwest pop/rocker Jon McLaughlin during the April leg of his U.S. tour kicking off in New York City on April 14th.
On Friday, April 7th, Vevo will premiere the video for her sultry single “Hold Me Down”, directed by Nick Spanos. Preview here: http://bit.ly/2oIJHt3
The song is from her new EP Better Now (REDRED/SONY/ RED/BDG), a six-track offering showcasing the star’s gift for musical nuance, songwriting and vocal range. The EP also includes the reassuring title track “Better Now” (co-written with Grammy winner Amy Wadge who co-penned Ed Sheeran’s 2016 Grammy winning smash, “Thinking Out Loud”), “Open Hearted,” “Known Better,” “Lonely Heart,” and “Heart Beats.”
Recorded mostly in London, the EP was mixed and produced by renowned producer Mikal Blue, (One Republic, Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz, among others) with co-production by Jez Coad, Jules Wolfson and Katrina Woolverton. Mikal is a co-writer on the single “Hold Me Down,” and also engineered the EP with Jonathan Sagis.
Included in Better Now’s deft mix of contributors/songwriters alongside Blue and Wadge are Raja Kumari (Gwen Stefani, Fall Out Boy) and Jules Wolfson (co-founder of Nexus Music with more than 100 gold and platinum certifications).
On tour, Katrina will be acoustically spotlighting, with guitarist Andrew Doolittle, her new treasure trove of songs in multiple major U.S. cities on the trek, including stops in Boston (4/15), Atlanta (4/22), Philadelphia (4/28), and more (dates below). The upcoming tour and new EP mark another exciting turning point in Woolverton’s accomplished career. Since her 2011 debut with the critically acclaimed album In the Blink of an Eye, Katrina has released 4 chart topping singles, developed a social fan base of nearly a 1⁄2 million followers, and was the opener for the multi-platinum artist Meat Loaf on his “Mad Mad World Tour.”
Jon McLaughlin/Katrina Woolverton Dates:
Sat/Apr-29, Washington, DC, The Hamilton
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Fri/Apr-14, New York, NY, City Winery
Sat/Apr-15, Boston, David Friend Recital Hall Fri/Apr-21, Nashville, City Winery Sat/Apr-22, Atlanta, GA, City Winery Fri/Apr-28, Philadelphia, PA, World Café
SINGER/SONGWRITER LAURA REED TO RELEASE HEARTFELT NEW SONG “DON’T SHOOT” ON AUGUST 19 IN RESPONSE TO POLICE AND RACE-RELATED GUN VIOLENCE
NEW COMMUNITY- INSPIRED VIDEO FOR “DON’T SHOOT” OUT NOW
VIDEO FILMED IN REED’S NATIVE NORTH CAROLINA
PORTION OF PROCEEDS FOR SONG TO GO TO N.C. ORG SPIRITHOUSE ADVOCATES FOR LOW WEALTH FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY SOCIAL JUSTICE
(New York, New York; August 8, 2016) Acclaimed singer/songwriter Laura Reed www.laurareed.com has released the video for her impassioned new song “Don’t Shoot,” which will be available everywhere as a single on August 19th in response to police and race-related gun violence and the questionable use of deadly force in altercations within the black community.
The moving video for the song filmed in black and white in Laura Reed’s native Raleigh, NC, and the city of Durham, NC, features local members of the community, social activists, musicians, and other artists holding up cue card-lyrics of the poignant song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXiayndh738 Part of the clip was filmed in a rally in Durham where community members and social activists gathered to advocate community-led policing and other solutions in an effort to fully engage the issue purposefully. Laura has designated that a portion of all proceeds from “Don’t Shoot” be donated to the Durham, NC organization SpiritHouse, http://www.spirithouse-nc.org, a thriving cultural arts and organizing network that outreaches with low-wealth families and community members to uncover and uproot systemic barriers that prevent communities from gaining the resources, leverage and capacity for long- term self-sufficiency.
This is the first single from Laura since her acclaimed debut album The Awakening was released in 2014, and she commented on the motivation behind “Don’t Shoot” and the opportunity to work with such dedicated artists and community activists. “It was beautiful to have the human element in this video and song,” says Laura. “Behind the words, the faces, the stories, the smiles, the pain…all of it is part of this story and message. I have been unable to turn my head from the violence and discrimination that is plaguing not only the United States but our world. I felt compelled to do something as an artist and it starts with a song and hopefully turns into considerable donations and community activism. I really hope to inspire others to get involved, to speak out, and to look at the systematic injustice that has become the status quo. I think a lot of violence stems from apathy, we become detached….I want to plant a seed of empathy.”
“Don’t Shoot” was produced by and co-written with Will Edwards at Copperline Ranch. Will’s diverse music career spans records, television, and film and includes 41 gold and platinum albums, multiple Grammy Award winning records and five Prime Time Emmys. He says, “This is a timely message that I am proud to be part of.”
The video was directed by André Leon Gray, (also serving as the video producer and cinematographer) who has been a key figure in Raleigh’s art scene for years. The self-trained artist’s mixed-media assemblages, which have been showcased at the Nasher, NC Museum of Art, 21C, and other exhibits, are considered devastating critiques of structural racism, whitewashed history, and pop-culture myths.
Director Andre Leon Gray stated: “For Laura Reed’s “Don’t Shoot” music video, my goal was to display the humanity of those who are concerned about their safety in a world that doesn’t seem to value their lives, along with those who recognize their humanity and love and support them despite an environment of hatred that is fueled by fear.”
Laura has recently performed “Don’t Shoot” in her live show, engaging audiences to become active in their community and vote. Her most recent album The Awakening (which she recorded in Nashville) was a musical transformation for her, after earning her stripes as lead vocalist for the southeastern R&B/Soul-tinged band Laura Reed And Deep Pocket. She tabled the funk/Reggae-informed shadings for a more intimate but accessible exploration on The Awakening, but returns to a reggae-infused sound on “Don’t Shoot.”. Her years of fronting a working band, combined with her unique and empowering outlook on life served her well in crafting the cornerstone album of her career, and the socially conscious “Don’t Shoot.”
She has toured the country extensively in support of her most recent album and turned heads at noted South By Southwest performances as well as other spotlight events over the years. The in-demand performer has been joined by some stellar singers and musicians on multiple past projects, including George Clinton, Killer Mike, Karl Denson, Kendra Foster, and Jewel. She’s also shared stages with a star-studded list of artists including India.Arie, Mali Music, Miguel, Daley, Valerie June and Anthony Hamilton, among others. Laura won the 2016 Summerfest Emerging Artist Series and was nominated for two 2015 Nashville Industry Music Awards (NIMA) – Best Female R&B Performer and Best Female R&B Vocalist. She was awarded her first NIMA in 2014 for Best R&B Solo Artist.
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NORTH AMERICAN LIVE TREK INCLUDES SLATE OF KING CHARLES SOLO DATES PRECEDING AND FOLLOWING
ALLEN STONE RUN
KING CHARLES’ LATEST ALBUM ‘GAMBLE FOR A ROSE’ DRAWING RAVES
ACCLAIMED 12-TRACK EFFORT PRODUCED BY
MARCUS MUMFORD FROM MUMFORD & SONS
(New York, NY; August 15, 2015) UK singer/songwriter King Charles (Charles Costa) is gearing up for an eagerly awaited series of U.S. live dates this fall, opening for singer/songwriter Allen Stone on a much anticipated 20 city trek that kicks off on October 4 in Denver, CO.
http://smarturl.it/kingcharles King Charles has also scheduled a bonus-string of solo headlining shows prior to and following the Allen Stone dates in response to U.S. fan-demand to catch the uplifting artist in a more intimate live setting. King Charles’ second studio album, Gamble For A Rose – produced by Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons (King Charles has toured with the band) – has received acclaim both in the states and his native UK (‘Marcus Mumford’s mate sees the bigger picture on anthemic second album…’ raved Q Magazine.’) The album debuted on the new UK Americana Chart at #3.
The King Charles/Allen Stone pairing will barnstorm across the U.S. this autumn, and includes performances in Colorado Springs, CO October 5, Ridgefield, CT October 11, New York City October 16, Atlanta, GA October 22, and pulling up in Phoenix, AZ on October 29 to close out the tour. King Charles’ solo dates prior to his role as Allen Stone opener kick off on September 29 in Toronto, ON. He returns to his headlining stretch again on October 30 in Los Angeles, CA, winding down in Seattle, WA on November 6.
Charles’ completed a nationwide tour of his native England earlier in 2016 boosted by the album’s warm UK reception. His live show has been hailed for years, with UK-based Lippy Magazine recently noting: ‘King Charles has an incredibly enigmatic and captivating presence as a performer, one that demands attention…’. It was the mutual live bonds stoked with kindred spirit Marcus Mumford playing out together in their formative years, and subsequent stints on the road with Mumford & Sons that led to the acclaimed band’s frontman taking the producer reins on Gamble For A Rose. West Londoner Charles had long been a buzzed-about commodity in the UK, with the new album arriving as his second release in England, and a worthy introduction here to U.S. music fans. The hypnotic title song, “Gamble For A Rose” was the kick-off single, accompanied by a mesmerizing video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzituemkSuk
To record the album, Charles and Mumford set up a DIY musical haven in a farm in Exeter, UK, complete with mattresses propped against the walls for makeshift vocal booths. Charles has described the recording as a ‘return to the beginning, of sorts,’ and the close friends/collaborators were joined by Winston Marshall from Mumford & Sons, as well as musical guests Charlie Fink and Tom Hobden from the band Noah and the Whale.
Songs on ‘Gamble For A Rose’ include the sparkling “Loose Change For The Boatman,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-XcSoAVCYU&feature=youtu.be , Choke” – co-written with Marcus, “Carry Me Away” – which is the first song the artist ever wrote, the radio-friendly “Bright Thing,” the stirring “Tomorrow’s Fool,” and the uplifting “Lady Of The River” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLpfvp3ohyI .
Says Marcus about the making of ‘Gamble For A Rose: “I wanted him to make a record where you could hear the strength of those songs more and not just the production. We recorded in the country to get to the heart of what that kind of record was.” Charles concurs: “I think we made the album I should have made five years ago. The challenge of dogs barking and tractors roaring was a good one. I don’t think you have to be precious about making great music. And that was our goal here.”
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DARRYL ‘DMC’ McDANIELS
TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘FLAMES’
ADDRESSING ISSUE OF GUN VIOLENCE AND POLICE SHOOTINGS
INFLUENTIAL HIP HOP ICON JOINED ON IMPASSIONED SONG
BY DISTURBED BASSIST/PRODUCER JOHN MOYER AND
ROCK VOCALIST MYLES KENNEDY
POTENT LYRIC VIDEO FOR ‘FLAMES’ TO DEBUT ON CNN.com “Get Political”
(New York City, NY May 14, 2016) Legendary rap icon, 2009 Rock-N-Roll Hall Of Famer and recent 2016 Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels has often said his groundbreaking reign with RUN-DMC broke the rap/rock barrier in hopes of broadening ‘the possibilities of universal communication’; A respected cultural icon among hip hop and rock’s new vanguard, (as well as a longtime advocate for social change and meaningful community outreach), the inspiring rapper is once again deepening the national conversation.
DMC has joined forces with Disturbed bassist John Moyer and rock front man Myles Kennedy to release a probing new single “Flames,” which addresses the issue between the black community, gun violence and police shootings. The new lyric video along with in depth DMC interview will première on CNN.com’s
“Get Political” on Monday, May 16th. http://cnn.it/1XeDoKb
But as the potent lyric video released with the single also boldly illustrates, DMC also takes on the issue of black on black crime head-on in the new song. “For me, the totality of all these issues comes down to two words: unnecessary bullets,” says DMC. “We stress that in the first line of the song. ‘Unnecessary bullets, unnecessary bullets. Get your finger off the trigger there is no need to pull it.’ The most powerful statement of this record, whether we’re talking about police shooting young men in the community, or people in the community shooting each other, the profound statement of this record is all the bullets were unnecessary. Every situation that became front page news as far as the police are concerned, the factor of pulling guns out of the holsters, could have been prevented if the cops don’t pull those guns. A bad decision is only a shot away. Same thing goes for the hood, a young man killing another young man in our community by pulling a trigger. This record isn’t about taking sides. It’s about us looking to change that mindset that begins and ends with guns blazing. What we’re trying to say with ‘Flames’ is turn that rage into something that ignites a dialogue. That’s why I do not call this a protest song. We’ve had the protests – this is an ‘awareness’ record; time to sit around a table and hear everybody’s point of view.”
The theme of inclusiveness was a cornerstone of the song from the start, with bassist for the nu metal band Disturbed sending DMC a music track after a phone conversation between the two spawned the idea of joining forces to make a musical difference. Moyer produced “Flames,” with renowned rock vocalist Myles Kennedy lending his voice, as well. John Gomez, Artist Manager with UEG and longtime friend of Moyer’s introduced the two and arranged the collaboration between Moyer, Myles and DMC”.
“John (Moyer) wanted to do a record that wasn’t just anti-police,” says DMC, “but would shed light on broader issues, too. I had been waiting to write something like that so he sent me the track, and I began writing within twenty minutes. I spit some verses to him over the phone the next day, and by the next week I flew to Austin to record the song. John is a great bassist and I think that adds to his talent and vision as a producer.”
“I had wanted to make a record with a message that mattered and that covered the multiple sides of the violence issues that are dividing us,” adds Moyer, “and once I met DMC it just came together.”
DMC says he was also inspired by the song’s scalding rock threads, the sessions even reminding him of some of his first experiences with RUN-DMC and their original producer Larry Smith, who passed away in 2014. “This was well before our association with Rick Rubin. Larry was a great bassist also, and people forget how vital he was to RUN-DMC. He was always able to bring out the best in me and John does that here. It was Larry’s idea to do a ‘Rock Box,’ and ‘King Of Rock’ way before we ever did a ‘Walk This Way.’ The difference with ‘Flames,’ even though I’m rapping, is that this is a rock track I’m ‘rocking’ on while rapping.”
DMC is also wise to the notion that melding rock and rap is easier than uniting factions so divisively split by the issue of police-involved shootings of young African Americans which many attribute to racialized policing. “I know it’s complicated,” he says. “And I’ve been asked what I call the ‘Black Lives Matter’ question. This song doesn’t disrespect that viewpoint, it doesn’t disrespect the police, either. I like to say you get things done when ‘real recognizes real.’ That’s what we’ve got to do here. A community cannot be completely against the people who are there to protect you. I’m talking brothers, sisters, friends, who are policemen, participants in the community, who have a stake in resolving these issues too. And I understand people’s rage when nothing gets resolved and the same incidents happen over and over. What “Flames” proposes is to turn this frustration into a dialogue. It’s time to pull everyone from their corners and get down to solutions. It’s about getting in a room and putting all viewpoints on display, checking off every issue, police-involved fatalities and black-on-black shootings, hearing all the perspectives and saying ‘OK, is there anymore – let’s get started.’ What I’m fed up with, and I know others are too, is the cycle repeating and no one accomplishing anything.”
The song is also the first offering from an upcoming album by DMC that further explores his rock leanings. “I’ve always admired rockers like John Lennon, Neil Young, John Fogerty, so many others who used that powerful voice they had for change,” he says. “Even back in the day when RUN-DMC was active you had in-your-face artists like Public Enemy and X Clan addressing real issues that affected people in the community every day. We did it with ‘It’s Like That.’ I like the bluntness of it. “Flames” has that. Not so much controversial but telling the truth.”
DMC says his own legacy of keeping it real has even extended to his comic book empire, filling a creative void just like he did as an inspiring hip hop pioneer with his one-of-a-kind superhero arsenal, which most recently included the launch of DMC #2! He expanded the Darryl Makes Comics universe with the imprint’s second full length graphic novel, an irreverent, positively-penned street-powered super hero that in a unique way, shares some of the DNA of “Flames.” “In the comic book, the DMC character is the only super hero that’s for all people and he doesn’t want anything for it because he knows he was given this gift for that very reason. So I’m not even taking sides as a super hero,” he laughs. “It’s about saying what’s right, what’s true, and doing what’s right. When hip hop first came out it shocked the world for one reason: It was the truth.”
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ACCLAIMED SINGER/SONGWRITER INDIA.ARIE
JOINS OPRAH WINFREY FOR SUPER SOUL SESSION SERIES
Grammy Winning Artist Works For
Wellness, Purpose, And Positive Change In The Social Consciousness Movement
(New York, New York, May 08, 2016) The captivating sessions that Oprah Winfrey heralds as “Life-Transforming Talks from Spiritual Thought Leaders, Change Makers and Wisdom Teachers” will feature award winning artist India.Arie alongside Oprah, Kerry Washington, and others Sunday, Mother’s Day, May 8, in a provocative two-part conversation covering diverse inspirational ground . The show will be airing on OWN at 11amEST/ 10amCT & again at 7pmEST/6c, featuring a segment from India’s conversation. Her full episode will be also available for viewing on www.SuperSoul.tv
Super Soul Sessions is a natural fit for India.Arie, whose music helped usher in a new sound that combined folk, R&B and soul with an unwavering social conscious. India has expanded her creative pursuits to further express her true authentic self and engage wellness seekers, helping others to achieve personal empowerment through a mindful expansion of spiritual ideals, self-love, and a more purposeful life.
India.Arie has long played a leadership role for women in regard to the issue of self-love, ever since her 2001 song “Video,” became a self-acceptance anthem. Her personal philosophy and music has influenced an entirely new generation of artists, including Jonathan McReynolds, Tori Kelly and Ariana Grande, who frequently covers Arie songs and posts them online.
India started her own company, SoulBird, in 2011, as a lifestyle brand built to expand the ways she accomplishes her personal mission to spread love, healing, peace and joy to include music, books, merchandise, jewelry, apparel and live events. Bursting on the music scene at Lilith Fair in 1998, Arie was quickly signed and made her Motown debut with “Acoustic Soul” in 2001. In the 15 years that has followed, Arie has transitioned into one of the worlds’ highly acclaimed songwriters and sought after inspirational speakers, gracing the covers of Entertainment Weekly, Essence, Yoga Journal and Ebony to name a few. She has performed for 3 US Presidents, with President Clinton calling her ‘a great communicator’ and President Obama most recently commenting “One of my favorites is India.Arie. I love India.” She has had the privilege of working alongside her mentor Stevie Wonder, including sharing the stage in his history-making Songs In The Key Of Life Tour in 2015, as well as meeting with the Dalai Lama and touring the National Civil Rights Museum with him in Memphis, TN. In 2009 she was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the list goes on…
After 10 world tours, millions of records sold, numerous Image Awards, BET Awards, MTV Awards and Grammy Awards, Arie stepped away from the business to explore how to have a sustainable music career that she would enjoy. “I was open to the idea of music not being my path, says India, “but I learned it is my path IF I do it in a way aligned with my nature. Sometimes you have to step back to move forward. Coming to that realization – let alone taking that crucial first step—can be a daunting endeavor.”
With the willingness to let it all go, she returned after a 5 year hiatus with the 2013 album, SongVersation, expressing a more authentic self. She released a 5 part Essay/Book SongVersation – I Am Light, a vehicle launched to grow her message and mission, appearing on multiple television shows including a 2 part in depth interview with Oprah on her OWN’s Super Soul Sunday televising show.
She has also worked closely with Deepak Chopra, Oprah Winfrey and Gabriel Bernstein to help develop a global narrative for peace and healing through the Global Meditation for Peace event in 2014. Dr. Wayne Dyer, the internationally renowned NY Times bestselling author and speaker in the fields of self-development and spiritual growth who recently passed, had created a lecture series and was writing a book called I AM LIGHT – telling audiences he was inspired by Arie’s song of the same name. His daughter sang the song at his events and he told audiences that after hearing the song in Hawaii he realized this was his next body of work.
India.Arie has continued to expand her SongVersation format, a unique performance paradigm designed as a combination of song and conversation that she shares with her audiences worldwide through her live SongVersation performances. Arie also created an online SongVersation, which is a combination of 6 part essay series, acoustic performance videos and dialogue with her “soulbirds” through her newsletter, her website www.soulbird.com and her app Soulbird.
India’s mission “to spread love, healing, peace and joy through the power of words and music” continues to motivate and inspire, and Super Soul Sessions is a perfect vehicle to elevate that message! Be sure to watch as India.Arie shares never before-heard stories, including the inspiring story of how she turned the pain of her “traumatic childhood” into a WORTHY life – her talk is titled SongVersation: WORTHY.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 25, 2016
GIFTED SINGER/SONGWRITER KATRINA WOOLVERTON DELIVERS EMOTIONAL HIGHPOINT WITH NEW SINGLE ‘BETTER NOW’
SONG CO-WRITTEN WITH GRAMMY WINNING “Song of the Year”
ARTIST AMY WADGE AIRS THIS WEEKEND ON TRAIN FRONTMAN
PAT MONAHAN’S RADIO SHOW ‘TRAIN TRACKS’ ON SIRIUS XM’S THE PULSE!
(March 25, 2015: New York, NY) – If you like your music real and delivered by a precision vocalist who can transport authentic, bluesy balladry to a whole other level, give a listen to gifted singer/songwriter Katrina Woolverton’s new single “Better Now” (http://bit.ly/1RqCaWp) The song was co-written with Woolverton by acclaimed Grammy winning artist Amy Wadge, who co-penned Ed Sheeran’s 2016 “Song of the Year” Grammy winning hit, “Thinking Out Loud,” the first song ever to top 500 million streams. The song is available beginning March 25th across all digital retail outlets including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Spotify.
Pat Monahan, frontman for the Grammy winning group TRAIN was moved by the riveting single, and will be playing the song on his popular Sirius XM radio show ‘Train Tracks,’ heard on Sirius XM’s The Pulse. The show will be airing several times this weekend : 10pmEST on Friday, March 25th ; 1amEST, 10amEST, and 5pmEST on Saturday, March 26th : and Sunday, March 27th at 11amEST. A fan favorite, the hour show highlights new artists and songs enjoyed by the celebrated singer/songwriter. The single is scheduled to be delivered to a broad range of radio platforms in April.
“Better Now” is another enriching turn in Woolverton’s impressive musical career, a bluesy-counterpunch to her percolating summer single “Heatwave” that stakes new ground in the Adult AC clover. Delivering a penetrating vocal immersed in soul-buckling R&B, Woolverton blazes “Better Now” with the kind of knowing intensity that blends sensuality and experience; a heartfelt, lived-in expression of love and mutual understanding that places the singer in strong company of fierce female vocalists.
Woolverton says going to the UK and getting the opportunity to write songs with visceral singer/songwriter Amy Wadge bonded the duo to the idea of writing about shared experiences. “It was the second song we wrote the second day we met, and we worked in her backyard studio dubbed ‘The Wadge Lodge,’” says Katrina. “We got along so great right from the start, two sisters realizing we had certain things in common about our relationships, about the idea of knowing you’re in a better place and we went with it. Many people have told me they listen to the song and it’s like wrapping a warm blanket around you.”
Woolverton has tapped breakthrough emotional territory throughout her career. Blessed with a multi-octave range and a musical intelligence that informs each shade, Katrina was recognized early on as a unique and formidable talent. The Los Angeles native made her initial music “debut” on the popular TV show Star Search, having won the Junior Vocalist Category over the late R&B star Aaliyah. The show garnered her immediate attention from record companies and other industry tastemakers but family upheaval would dictate unforeseen challenges and a switch in life-paths for the young Katrina. The determined singer would decide to ‘table’ her singing aspirations for a while and pursue both a college and law degree – but she never stopped nurturing her musical destiny.
Now firmly in charge of her own career, Katrina’s trademark brand of illuminating pop and searing love songs can be heard on her soon-to-be-released album Long Time Coming. Setting up shop in what she calls the ‘always buzzing’ creative confines of London to record the album, she drew on an A-list roster of kindred creative spirits to help drive her musical vision. Included in Long Time Coming’s deft mix of contributors alongside Wadge is Wendy Starland (Lady Gaga, Moby, Snoop Dogg and others), Felix Howard (Amy Winehouse), and Zoe Devlin.
MARKS DARRYL “DMC” MCDANIELS 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
TO THE COMIC BOOK WORLD WITH MULTIPLE COMIC BOOK CONVENTION APPEARANCES IN COMING MONTHS INCLUDING
2015 COMIC CON IN NYC OCTOBER 9-11
(New York City, NY October 8, 2015) Fearless, forward-thinking and filling a creative void just like he did as an inspiring, groundbreaking hip hop pioneer – Darryl DMC McDaniels now wields a one-of-a-kind superhero in his arsenal, marking his one year anniversary to the comic book publishing world this month with DMC #2! The charismatic icon makes good on his promise to expand the Darryl Makes Comics universe with the imprint’s second full length graphic novel, an irreverent, positively-penned street-powered comic punch that flaunts a new breed of superhero for those that need them most.
In DMC #2 you’ll meet more heroes like LAK6, Sifu Horas and The Breaks! who ride the crest of the b-boy hero movement and bravely take on the status quo. The first graphic novel, DMC #1, garnered critical praise inside and outside the comic book realm. Set in an alternate ‘80s world inspired by the revolutionary force of hip hop, the inaugural issue debuted to rave reviews at the 2014 NYC Comic Con.
Citing comic books as a childhood passion of his even before he launched his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hip hop career, DMC created Darryl Makes Comics in 2013 with his Editor in Chief Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, Senior Editor Riggs Morales, and longtime manager Eric Blam. The passionate quartet enlisted a globe-spanning team of artists and contributors to launch the Darryl Makes Comics franchise, and feature a collection of special homage covers in celebration of DMC #2, just as they as did with the kickoff issue. The homage covers capture the graphic novel’s striking iconography and pay tribute to the comic book history DMC grew up with as a child.
DMC #2 will be prominently represented at the industry’s most highly anticipated conventions, including the 2015 NYC Comic Con October 8 – 11, Stan Lee’s Comickaze, in LA October 30-November 1, and at the UK’s Thought Bubble Festival, November 9 – 15.
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Darryl “DMC” McDaniels is the groundbreaking pioneer, icon, and founding member of the legendary rap group RUN- DMC. Already a hero to his millions of fans around the world, DMC’s accomplishments read like a laundry list of musical and cultural accolades: Grammy nominated musician, Emmy winning life story, multiplatinum recording artist, 2009 Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame inductee and rap/rock pioneer who influenced music the first time he touched a mic. DMC brought his love for comics full circle with the creation of his very own independent publishing house called Darryl Makes Comics in 2013. In 2014 the Darryl Makes Comics team released their first graphic novel, DMC #1 to global praise and critical acclaim.
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.”
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