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Stanaj Returns With New Single

Today, vocal powerhouse Stanaj unveils his new single “Sweat.

Get it HERE via LAVA/Republic Records.

Produced by d.a. doman, “Sweat” illustrates the artist’s progression. Not only does it highlight his passion for throwback nineties R&B and soul, but it also shines a light on his slick signature style punctuated by sky-high falsetto. The track hints at more music to come very soon from the artist.

With the single out now, Stanaj announces a string of special shows on both coasts in April. He’ll perform at The Peppermint Club in West Hollywood, CA on April 4 and at Mercury Lounge in New York, NY on April 9.

Stay tuned for more surprises and news soon.

For now, “Sweat” with Stanaj.

An insane journey brought New York-born and Los Angeles-based Albanian-American singer, songwriter, and producer Stanaj to the doorstep of superstardom. His first smash came in the form of “Romantic” (NOTD Remix), which racked up nearly 120 million Spotify streams and counting to date. Stanaj’s first two EPs—The Preview and From a Distance—hit the Top 10 of the iTunes Top Pop Albums Chart. He received the sought-after social media endorsement of Kim Kardashian West, NBA star Brandon Jennings, Drake, and Chris Brown. He canvassed the globe on tour alongside JoJo and Jessie J and shared the stage with other superstars like Dua Lipa.

Not to mention, he made his late-night television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and the night’s guest Justin Timberlake gave a coveted co-sign. 2018 saw him drop the slick and seductive “Dirty Mind” [feat. Ty Dolla $ign] and lend his voice to Gryffin’s “You Remind Me, which he performed on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! In the summertime, he hit the studio with the likes of Tommy Brown [Ariana Grande] and d.a. doman [Kodak Black, Chris Brown, Tyga] and ultimately honed his signature style as evidenced by the slick and show-stopping “Sweat.

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Ella Mai Releases New Video

Coming off of a stellar 2018, Ella Mai (10 Summers/Interscope Records) has continued her reign into the New Year. Having recently embarked on The Debut Tour in support of her self-titled album, the singer has now blessed fans with a brand-new video for “Shot Clock.” Directed by Colin Tilley, the visual showcases the starlet’s style and personality as she serves a lyrical ultimatum to her beau. Check out the video HERE.  

“Shot Clock” marks the third official single from her album, Ella Mai. The breakout 4X Platinum single, “Boo’d Up” has earned her nominations for Song of the Year and Best R&B Song at the 61st GRAMMY Awards which airs live on February 10th. She has been nominated under the category of British Breakthrough Act at next month’s The BRIT Awards and will have the chance to take home three iHeartRadio Music Awards this March. Ella Mai will also vie for Best Rnb, Hip-Hop & Grime and Rising Star at the 2019 Global Awards. The impressive vocalist has yielded much warranted success, entering 2019 atop numerous charts with her Platinum hit song, “Trip.” The single remains #1 on: Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs Chart (14 weeks), Adult R&B Songs, R&B/Hop-Hop Airplay and Urban AC Radio. In addition to her tour which runs through March, fans will have the chance to catch Ella Mai performing live at Coachella this April. 

Stefan James’s “Situation”

R&B/Soul vocalist, songwriter and producer STEFAN JAMES debuted the video for his debut single, “Situation,” exclusively via Complex today.  The single is out now via Republic Records—watch and share HERE!

Written as a reflection on the trials and tribulations of addiction, “Situation” contrasts delicate instrumentation against STEFAN’S entrancing falsetto.

Of the song, STEFAN says, “‘Situation’ is about feeling helpless after finding the one you thought you loved, a complete stranger. That type of pain brings out the worst in you. Two lost souls find each other in that same situation, feeding off the comfort and salvation in each other’s pain.”

20-year-old Stefan James’ music and lyrics pull from a life marred by tragic events, including battles with addiction and substance abuse, as well as the tragic loss of his older brother. Stefan turned to music to lead him on his road to recovery. Creating music enabled him to share this pain productively and poetically. “I’ve been there,” Stefan says, speaking to all who are dealing with depression, loss or addiction. “When you’re feeling down, just put a couple of my songs on and cry or smile. Whatever you have to do to get through that moment. You’re not alone.”

Further music from Stefan James is set to be released this fall.

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “SITUATION” HERE

LISTEN TO “SITUATION” HERE

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Shaylen Debut Single “El Dorado”

Los Angeles-based pop vocalist and songwriter Shaylen makes her debut with her single “El Dorado” out now via Republic Records.

Listen HERE now!

Inspired by the myth of Colombia’s Lost City Of Gold, Shaylen says “El Dorado” is “about a man in search of the city of gold. I am the gold.”

She continues, “Sometimes I need a reminder that I’m dope, so I wrote this song because we all need that. This song is about feeling like gold.”

Hailing from Dallas, TX, vocalist and songwriter Shaylen is both equal parts veteran and neophyte to the music industry. A former pop group member turned solo star, Shaylen became classically trained in piano and took master classes at the world renowned Septien Entertainment Group (home to other superstars like Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato); and after a short-lived stunt in a successful global touring group Shaylen found herself moving to Los Angeles to re-start her music career. While working multiple jobs and pushing out her music on social media, she began to create a sizable buzz in the industry. But it was through her songwriting and producing skills that she found her true identity, inking a publishing contract and collaborating with up and coming EDM producers on Soundcloud. Fast forward to a major deal with Republic Records, Shaylen’s debut single, “El Dorado,” is the story of a rising powerhouse who is back…for the very first time.

Madison Ryann Ward Shares Video For “Mirror”

Today, rising vocalist and songwriter Madison Ryann Ward shares the video for her debut single “Mirror”—watch and share HERERefinery29 praises the video saying, “The powerful visuals of the music video match Ward’s soulful, smooth vocals.”

“Mirror” was released earlier this spring after Ward was featured recording the track with producer Rick Rubin in his Malibu studio on Jay-Z’s episode of the hit Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman. When Letterman asks Ward about her objective in making music, she replies, “Just to be honest. And to move people in a way that they’ve never been moved before.”

Inspired by artists from many different genres, Madison Ryann Ward combines bluesy, soulful melodies with folk, rap and gospel influenced lyricism to create a classic sound that remains all her own. Having grown up in a creative family in Oklahoma, Ward was exposed to music at a young age, which would come to inform her distinct style. Gospel hymnal songs were her first experience with music as she listened to her mother play piano in the church choir until age eight. When she was twelve, her father opened a BBQ and blues joint where she spent her teenage summers waiting tables while the likes of Billie Holiday, Etta James and Bessie Smith bumped through the restaurant speakers.

However, music was not always the path Ward had in mind. Having played sports all her life, excelling in volleyball, basketball, golf and track, she decided to play collegiate volleyball at Oklahoma University and planned to play professionally overseas after graduation. But when a group of athletes heard her singing Aretha Franklin’s “Chain Of Fools” in the cafeteria and posted a clip on Twitter, the video went viral after being picked up by WorldStarHipHop. The response Ward received prompted her to consider a shift towards making music professionally. Ward took songwriting trips to Nashville, eventually moving there for a year before splitting her time between the studio in New York and Los Angeles, where she signed with management followed by a label deal with legendary producer Rick Rubin. “Mirror” sets the stage for more new music from Madison Ryann Ward in 2018.

Ari Lennox’s “Whipped Cream”

Ari Lennox’s acoustic release of “Whipped Cream” has us jumping in our seats.

The American singer and songwriter says the following, “‘Whipped Cream’ is my little baby that expresses how I feel about an ex that I’m still not over,” says Ari. Oh…the FEELS.

The song is the latest release from the Washington D.C. native who dropped her debut EP, PHO, in late 2016.

PHO showcased Lennox’s immense talent while highlighting her position as the only female and sole vocalist of her crew.

The young talent has described her music as ‘modern, relaxed, turned up soul….reminiscent of the beautiful music from the ’70’s while labeling her voice, “imperfect, but pretty.”

Listen to the acoustic music here.

Check out her official website here.

New Collaborative Album

A family of artists from the Mountain Home Music Company have come together to record and release a special album that sends a message of hope and help. COME SEE ABOUT ME: A Benefit For The IBMA Trust Fund releases Sept. 28th from the award-winning label. The 11-track concept offering, created to generate income for and awareness of the Fund, features Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Donna Ulisse, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, The Grascals, Sideline, Lonesome River Band, Balsam Range, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Love Canon and other special guests. The collection is available for pre-order now, and fans can catch a three-minute teaser in this YouTube video. Radio programmers can download the first single release, “Come See About Me,” from AirPlay Direct and fans can stream it HEREnow. To make direct donations to the Fund, click HERE.
When Doyle Lawson had the idea to develop this project for the Trust Fund,Mickey Gamble, Mountain Home president, didn’t hesitate to say yes. “The effort and resources needed weren’t really a consideration,” Gamble recalls. “We are a purpose-driven organization.”

For Lawson, who served as an Executive Producer with Gamble, knowing the end goal kept him focused on the project. While each artist produced their own songs, Lawson says, “We are all in this together, but we all bring something unique to the gathering and that’s important to remember.”

Gamble reflects, “So many folks came together in this effort to make it a reality. They gave of their time and talent freely and without question. These artists proved that the shared value of help is alive and well in our part of the world, and I will be forever grateful for that reminder.”

Artists, Songs & Track List

1 Sideline – Their Hands Made The Music (M. Brinkman)
2 Donna Ulisse – A Little Trust (D. Ulisse, R. Stanley)
3 Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – All The Good Things We Could Do (D. Ulisse, R. Long)
4 Lonesome River Band – If I Needed You (T. Van Zandt)
5 Balsam Range – We’re All In This Together (B. Husband, M. Miller)
6 Love Canon – You’ve Got A Friend In Me (R. Newman)
7 Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – We’ll Never Walk Alone (R. Swift)
8 Darin & Brooke Aldridge – Those Tears (D. Duff, L. Shaffer)
9 Chris Jones & The Night Drivers – Glimpse Of The Kingdom (C. Jones, J. Weisberger)
10 The Grascals – Help! (J. Lennon, P. McCartney)
11 The Mountain Home Family – Come See About Me (Harold L. Jenkins)

Each song was carefully selected to cement the central themes of hope, trust and faith. Firmly grounded in Bluegrass, the album is enhanced with Country, Gospel, Rock and Pop influences that provide for the unexpected. The project kicks off with “Their Hands Made The Music,” an apt scene-setter performed by Sideline. Donna Ulisse proves the power of love in the lilting “A Little Trust,” while Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and vocalist Dustin Pyrtle remind us of “All The Good Things We Could Do” if we lend a hand to friends in need. Lonesome River Band (with guest vocalist Brooke Aldridge) slows things down with a breathtaking version of Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Needed You,” which leads to the up-tempo Balsam Range counterpoint-laden “We’re All In This Together.” “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” is an impeccable cover of Randy Newman’s classic ode to friendship performed by Love Canon, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver return with a Gospel roots song, “We’ll Never Walk Alone.” Darin & Brooke Aldridge shine on the vignette of broken hearts and pain that is “Those Tears,” and Chris Jones & The Night Drivers’ “Glimpse Of The Kingdom” carves out a positive message from a song in a minor key. The Grascals, as ever irrepressible, triumph with their interpretation of The Beatles’ “Help!” and the title track (and current single), “Come See About Me,” closes the collection with an inspired ensemble cry for the weary, the frightened, the discouraged and the lost.

From stellar vocal performances to applauded musicianship, the album offers a master class in Bluegrass and the credits (which should be read carefully) are a “Who’s Who” of the genre’s best.

The Mountain Home Family will be performing a set called “The TRUST” at the Red Hat Amphitheater Stage Friday, September 28 at 4 p.m. during the IBMA 2018 World of Bluegrass in Raleigh to celebrate the release of this album and support the cause of the IBMA Trust Fund. Artists performing songs from the album include: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Balsam Range, Lonesome River Band, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Donna Ulisse, Sideline and Love Canon.

ABOUT MOUNTAIN HOME MUSIC COMPANY
Mountain Home Music Company, a division of Crossroads Label Group is a premier Bluegrass label with global distribution, representing such elite artists as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Balsam Range, The Grascals, Lonesome River Band, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, NewTown, Donna Ulisse, Gina Clowes, Kristin Scott Benson, The Cleverlys, Danny Roberts, Lawson and Williams, Sideline, The Snyder Family Band, and Unspoken Tradition. Established in 1993, Crossroads Label Group is a market leader in the Bluegrass, Americana, and Christian Music fields.

ABOUT IBMA TRUST FUND
The Bluegrass Trust Fund (officially the “IBMA Trust”) was established in 1987 to offer financial aid to Bluegrass music professionals in time of emergency need. Patterned after similar entities in the music world, the Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable institution governed by an autonomous five-person board of trustees appointed by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

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NYC-Based Band “All Types of Kinds”

Mixing A Unique Blend of Influences From Rock to Blues, Folk, and Hip-Hop – The Bands Unique Multi-Genre Approach Lends A New Perspective to Alternative Music

 

In a city often oversaturated with musicians of every genre constantly performing and creating, it takes a special group of artists to truly stand out amongst the crowd that produce a truly unique sound, and New York City’s All Types of Kinds truly live up to the namesake.

All Types of Kinds (or ATOK) plays a wide variety of music ranging from rock to pop, folk, punk, funk, hip-hop, blues, jazz, and country – even sometimes all at once. The members come from diverse backgrounds that make for an amalgamation of musical textures and vibes. Their EP, “Love Songs (Or Songs For Your Ex)” debuted on Valentine’s Day 2018 and they are currently gearing for dates all over the country.

The band consist of Ray Rubio (Guitar), Billy Conahan (Guitar), Berk 0 (Percussion), and Rocco Stroker (Guitar) – all of whom have unique musical backgrounds. Ray, 20, a multi genre artist and singer/songwriter, hails from Harlem NY and has also been on stage from young age, mainly theater productions. Ray attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2014, and since then has been performing his music in the New York Metro Area and Richmond, Virginia. Billy, 25, is a queens native whose been on the stage since his early teens as a stand-up comedian, singer/songwriter folk artist playing his own folk tunes as well as cover tunes. Berk O, singer and percussionist, is from Brooklyn and also contributes to the band’s songwriting process, while Rocco is the newest member of the band – playing bass, guitar and as an incredible vocalist. He hails from New Fairfield, Connecticut.

WATCH: All Types of Kinds – Keep In Touch (Official Music Video)

WATCH: All Types of Kinds – Colorblind (Official Music Video)

With the goal of becoming a full-time, self-sufficient, self-produced band, able to tour and create their own audio and video products on a regular basis, they plan to soon follow up their debut with a sophomore effort in late 2018. Unlike other bands who strive for major-label greatness, ATOK shys away from fitting into an industry mold, and often scoff at the idea of being referred to as a ‘boy band’.

Believers in finding a way to share their music while remaining firmly in the driver’s seat, they continue to write, practice, and enjoy playing their music for any crowd that will have them. Making friends from all over the world by busking on the NYC streets has even allowed them to meet and collaborate with like-minded musicians.

These recent “Your Big Break” contest winners who’ve been praised for their “polished precision, sweet harmony, musicianship, artistry, versatility and originality in their smart lyrics” are ready for the big time. That time is now.

To Purchase All Types of Kind’s “Love Songs (Or Songs For Your Ex)” via iTunes, VISIT: https://apple.co/2MN7W5o

LISTEN: ATOK “Love Songs” via Spotify

For More Information on All Types of Kinds, VISIT: Facebook.com/ATOKMusic

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Ari Lennox

Alternative soul singer, Ari Lennox (Dreamville/Interscope), has just whipped up a sweet and sultry single; a well-deserved treat for fans everywhere. The single is today’s Zane Lowe Beats 1 World Record and is now available on all digital platforms. Written by Lennox and produced by Elite, “Whipped Cream” finds the vocalist pining for an old beau over a laid-back melody and amid stately horns. Lennox’s riffs and lyrics take subtle yet powerful turns, making this track easy to digest while leaving it flavored with substance; just as its name alludes. Take a listen HERE.

“‘Whipped Cream’ is my little baby that expresses how I feel about an ex that I’m still not over. He’s the same n***a that I talked about in PHO,” says Ari.

“Whipped Cream” is the latest release from the Washington D.C. native who dropped her debut EP, PHO, in late 2016. PHO showcased Lennox’s immense talent while highlighting her position as the only female and sole vocalist of her crew. The young talent has described her music as “modern, relaxed, turned up soul… reminiscent of the beautiful music from the ‘70s” while labeling her voice, “imperfect, but pretty.”

Ari Lennox “Whipped Cream” Click:

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Ocean Park Standoff Releases “If You Were Mine” Music Video

Hollywood Records artist Ocean Park Standoff have released their new music video for their current single “If You Were Mine” featuring acclaimed hip-hop recording artist Lil Yachty today.  CLICK HERE to watch the new video. To date, “If You Were Mine” has accumulated 6 million overall audio streams and has charted #27 on the Hot AC and #28 on Billboard’s Adult Pop Song. Many remember OPS’s much buzzed about 2017 debut single “Good News”, which now boasts over 30 million streams online.  With “If You Were Mine”, the band continues to display their undeniable ability at creating catchy pop-tunes while fusing together multiple genres.

The band recently performed the new single on CONAN and they just returned from a multi-city nationwide tour with Plain White T’s.

Each of the artists behind Ocean Park Standoff comes from a world all their own. A self-taught producer who built his own studio in the basement as a kid, Pete Nappi constructs deeply inventive productions equally inspired by art rock and underground hip-hop. A longtime DJ known for spinning at high-profile gigs around the globe, Samantha Ronson is also a songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who matches her lyrical smarts with a sonic ingenuity rooted in her fascination with obscure vintage instruments. And as a classically trained vocalist, Ethan Thompson has revealed his refined songcraft in penning hits for major artists and performing at singer/songwriter hotspots around L.A.