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Ultimate Vibe Recordings Producer: Chris Standring Venturing boldly off the smooth jazz treadmill—as he did on 2010’s Blue Bolero—veteran hit-making guitarist Chris Standring applies his exquisite, warmhearted tones and vibrantly soulful sense of romance and swing to a batch of Songbook standards and the dreamy, optimism-filled original “Sunrise,” featuring the inimitable wafting trumpet cool of Randy Brecker. To add lushness and dimension, Standring tapped bassist Geoff Goscoyne to create caressing arrangements and conduct a string orchestra at Abbey Road Studios—and vocalist Kathrin Shorr to work her dusky, sensual vocal magic on “What A Wonderful World.” 

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1. “You need to create for yourself––know what you want or who you are––and that takes a lot of time to figure out in life.” – Vanessa Silberman June 2. “People feel like the way to success is to do more than everybody else. That’s just not what it is. It’s about having yourself in order. It’s about doing what you love. You have to have something in place that lets you know when you love your music and not ‘I banged out seven songs today and I’m proud of myself.’ If you knocked out seven bangers then yes be […]

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Rexx Life Raj Label: Empire Records Type of Music: Rap/R&B Management: Ari Simon – [email protected] Booking: Victoria, [email protected] Legal: Joey Seiler, [email protected] Publicity: Mikaela, [email protected]  Web: rexxliferaj.com  A&R: Nima Etminiam – Empire  Rexx Life Raj’s signing with Empire Records covers a royalty percentage––leaving Raj the majority of streaming sales income—and is a 30-song commitment with an open timeline: the perfect example of Raj’s belief in artful negotiation.  Raj began writing poetry in elementary school, recorded his own music with beats on a Casio keyboard, and was making and selling CDs by middle school. Playing offensive tackle for Boise State in […]

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Composer Web: herdisstefansdottir.com Contact: Kyrie Hood, [email protected] Most Recent: Y: The Last Man The 2021 series Y: The Last Man, about a post-apocalyptic world devoid of beings with a Y chromosome, is accompanied by a haunting, choral score that centers around the female voice and incorporates elements of western cinema music. It was written by Icelandic composer and electronic musician Herdis Stefánsdóttir, who in addition to television and film, has also composed for theater and dance. “It’s very different,” she says of composing for live performance compared to film and TV. “Dance is so free-form; the music and performance hold […]

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Famed recording artist and actress Cher has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles for declaratory relief and breach of contract. Cher claims that Sonny’s widow, Mary, and his estate are attempting to terminate her right to her share of songwriting and record royalties from Sonny and Cher songs. The performing duo Sony and Cher were very successful in the 1960s with such hits as “I Got You Babe” and “The Beat Goes On.” They began performing in 1964 and were married in 1967 (they also had a hit TV show). Mary was Sonny’s fourth wife. They divorced […]

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Introduction by Anthony DeCurtis (hardcover) $50.00  This tribute tome is packed with artwork, outtakes, memorabilia, and archival photos, an altogether eye-pleasing volume that chronicles the bands’ influence on rock music, art, design, fashion, photography, and filmmaking. New commentary from Jagger, Richards, Watts, and Wood, plus Anthony DeCurtis’ expansive essay examines the band’s history and success, and contributions by Don Was, Martin Scorsese, Anna Sui, John Varvatos, Buddy Guy and many others take on various aspects of the Stones’ impact on pop culture. A comprehensive compendium on the musical career and creative life of the “greatest rock & roll band in […]

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By Jay Jay French and Steve Farber (hardcover) $26.99 In this self-described “bizoir” (part memoir and part business primer), Twisted Business chronicles how guitarist French developed Twisted Sister into a global brand with multiple revenue streams, building it into one of the most licensed metal bands in history. French offers honest, funny, heartfelt, entertaining in-the-rock-band-trenches stories, as well as unique, hard-earned tips and advice to anyone hoping to create their own brand, re-invent themselves, grow a business or simply love what they do.

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By Harvey Kubernik and Kenneth Kubernik (hardcover) $30.00 Acclaimed journalists Harvey and Kenneth Kubernik celebrate the iconic guitarist with a multi-voice narrative that includes fascinating contributions from musicians of the time, including previously unpublished excerpts from interviews with the recording, producing, and engineering principals from Hendrix’s career, with a focus on his music. Along with stunning photos (Henry Diltz…!) and memorabilia, the book is the ultimate keepsake for Hendrix fans. The authors, who specialize in this kind of deep-dive rock & roll exploration, pull off another pleasure-filled page-turner with this one. 

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The Elevator patch library from ILIO is a brand-new add-on for Spectrasonics Omnisphere created by sound designer Michael (MIDIhead) Babbitt. The Elevator patch library is specifically designed to work with Spectrasonics Omnisphere and will not work with any other software-based synthesizer. Omnisphere is one of the most powerful software-based synthesizers ever created and is the perfect platform to unlock Elevator’s full potential as a sound design and performance tool. Many of the patches in Elevator have been designed using Michael Babbitt’s Tetra patch concept that allows you to mix and match and combine up to four different layers of sounds […]

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              Nomad Mr. Murk City 8.0 Web: nomadmrmurkcity.com Style: Hip Hop, Rap, Trap               Aveya 8.0 Web: instagram.com/aveya.music Style: Progressive Metal, Film Score               Animal Sun 8.0 Web: animalsunofficial.net Style: Alt-Rock, Indie, Pop                           Sonic Rebel 8.0 Web: sonicrebelmusic.com Style: Electronic Rock               John Salaway 8.0 Web: johnsalaway.com Style: Americana, Rock                           […]

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