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Detroit Jazzman Ali Bey And His Mad Katz SocietyAnnounce Their Latest Release”Dark Matter”

Major live audio and music video recording session announced 

Recorded by Beron Gilmore (Barron Studios Houston Texas) produced by Ali Bey mixing by Chris Jordan with mastering by Chris Macek “Dark Matter” is ready to spin. Ali and Mad Katz Society’s new release is a jazz fusion EP that is currently making its way to radio. 

Ali shares, “We couldn’t be more excited about our newest release and we are looking forward to the reaction internationally.” Anthony Johnson of Iconix Management comments, “On June 29th our company will be recording and shooting both audio and live performance videos at Ego Cuisine and Music in The Woodlands Texas. The contracted production team is over the top including five time Grammy winner for sound Malcolm Harper. As soon we heard Ali’s new release we knew right then that the band should be included. This EP is right in there.”

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CMA of Texas RoundUp

CMA Of Texas Showcases Twelve Rising Artists On A Beautiful Sunday Afternoon. Veteran Radio show personalities HD Ainsworth of KBEF Radio and the marvelous Mary McCoy of KSTAR Radio handled the emcee duties without a hitchHouston TX.

On May 19th CMA of Texas held their annual up and coming artists event at The Junction Bar & Grill in Crosby Texas. Twelve aspiring artists performed for an eager, extremely friendly outdoor Sunday afternoon audience. The event served as a precursor to the association’s annual CMA of Texas Award Show to be held in The Woodlands Texas at the famous Dosey Doe Big Barn this fall.

Mary Minter, Director CMA of Texas shares, “The level of talent that was on that stage on the 19th was over the top. Our goal at CMA of Texas is to make way and make ready those talents that are capable of making it big in this industry. We not only bring audiences seasoned well known names in Americana and Country but we also introduce new, aspiring promising talent to the same audience.

That’s where the Crosby event comes in. We are able to present top talent from around the country to our board and our membership. In addition this year two well known seasoned on air personalities (HD Ainsworth of KBEF Radio and Mary McCoy of KSTAR Radio handled the emcee duties so the introductions were top shelf and added just the right amount of spice to the event.” Learn about the upcoming annual fall event at cmaoftexas.com – Country Music Association of Texas

Building A Path Forward For The Independent Artist

CMA of Texas is all about putting the artist first. Bringing good folks together for beneficial support.It just doesn’t get any better!

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HD Ainsworth heads up the emcee work so hold onto your hat this is going to be good!

The Annual Awards Ceremony
Dosey Doe’s Big Barn
The Woodlands Texas
Wednesday, October 16th, 2024

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ZAYN RELEASES NEW ALBUMROOM UNDER THE STAIRS

Multi Platinum-selling recording artist, songwriter, producer, and philanthropist ZAYN has released his highly anticipated 4th studio album, ROOM UNDER THE STAIRS, via Mercury Records.

For the past six years, ZAYN has been writing and crafting ROOM UNDER THE STAIRS at his home studio in rural PA. This album marks his most personal release to date, reflecting where he is in life, while exploring the complexities of healing, stillness, and growth. It also sees the genre-bending artist explore a new sound, leaning into his soulful vocals, live instrumentation, and poetic lyricism as a songwriter.

The release is accompanied by the official music video for “Stardust,” directed by Frank and Ivanna Borin – WATCH HERE. The visual brings the lyrics to life as we follow ZAYN on an exploration of memory and mystery guided by falling stars. Through the metaphor of a celestial being stranded on Earth, ZAYN’s journey reflects themes of identity, vulnerability, and the quest for home, ultimately ascending to join the stars.

ZAYN will make his first ever live solo performance tonight at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Tickets sold out immediately upon release. ZAYN will perform a selection of songs from ROOM UNDER THE STAIRS, with his performance following the world premiere of the Road Back To The Mic documentary. 

Additionally, ZAYN will debut his first TV performance in 8 years on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 21. He recently sat down with The Kelly Clarkson Show to chat about the new record and starred on the cover of NYLON Magazine.

Reflecting upon ROOM UNDER THE STAIRS, ZAYN says “This is my favorite album that I’ve made to date, mainly because it comes from a place of sheer honesty and vulnerability. I wanted each song to feel as if it was just me sitting beside you telling you how I feel, singing directly to you. It’s raw and stripped back and the type of music I always hoped to make.”

He continues, “Working with Dave Cobb has been an amazing experience. The way he’s elevated the music is second to none, and he has done an incredible job helping me create this record. I hope we can take listeners on some whimsical, magical journey, and that they enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.”

“I think just being where I was at that time, staying away from things and living with my own thoughts inspired me to want to write something from that place. I’ve got to put this out as a whole body of work, it’s something for myself, not even just for the world,” says ZAYN.

ROOM UNDER THE STAIRS was co-produced by ZAYN with 9x GRAMMY Award winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile). Cobb came on board after hearing the songs ZAYN had crafted, marveled by how raw and honest it was. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Cobb said “What got me about Zayn was his voice, you can hear love, loss, pain, triumph and humanity in it. Zayn has really created his own universe on this record, he really has no fear and is speaking straight from his soul.”

The album is available now on several physical formats, including four vinyl variants: a signed ‘Studio Edition’ with exclusive cover art, a first edition vinyl with a commemorative sticker, a blue limited-edition vinyl exclusive to Target, and a limited-edition color vinyl for Urban Outfitters. Additionally, it’s available on cassette and two exclusive CDs—one for Walmart and another for independent retailers.

1. Dreamin
2. What I Am
3. Grateful
4. Alienated
5. My Woman
6. How It Feels
7. Stardust
8. Gates Of Hell
9. Birds On A Cloud
10. Concrete Kisses
11. False Starts
12. The Time
13. Something In The Water
14. Shoot At Will
15. Fuchsia Sea

ABOUT ZAYN:  ZAYN is a multi-platinum selling recording artist, songwriter, producer, and philanthropist known for his skyscraping vocals and hybrid style of pop and R&B. In 2023, ZAYN released his first original music in over two years, making his highly anticipated return with the instant summer anthem, “Love Like This.” With his debut solo album, he became the first UK Male Solo artist to simultaneously chart at #1 on the UK and US album charts in the first week of release for his record-breaking album Mind of Mine. The album’s lead single, “PILLOWTALK” hit #1 in 68 countries around the world and has since been certified 5x platinum by the RIAA. The album was followed by his gold certified Icarus Falls and the critically acclaimed Nobody Is Listening. In 2022, ZAYN was invited by the Jimi Hendrix estate to create a new version of the Hendrix classic song “Angel” to honor the legend’s 80th birthday. ZAYN has garnered several accolades throughout his career including a Billboard Music Award, American Music Award, MTV VMA, and two Brit Award nominations.

In addition to his music, ZAYN continues to be a voice for positive change, most recently ZAYN wrote a public letter to the British Prime Minister advocating for expanding free school lunches program for children living in poverty in the UK. He will also star and serve as an executive music producer in the highly anticipated animation movie “10 Lives” alongside Simone Ashley, due out in 2024.

ZAYN’s highly anticipated fourth studio album, ROOM UNDER THE STAIRS, is available now.
 
 About Mercury Records
Mercury Records, the famed label originally founded by Irving Green in 1945, relaunched in 2022 as a division of Republic. Home to the next vanguard of trailblazing artists and creative pioneers, the forward-thinking music company upholds a core commitment to artist development. The dynamic roster includes Post Malone, Noah Kahan, Zayn, Chelsea Cutler, Stephen Sanchez, James Bay, Lord Huron, AJR, and Jeremy Zucker as well as emerging talents Dylan Gossett, Lyn Lapid, Ka$hdami, Foggieraw, Bryant Barnes, and Camylio. Mercury maintains strategic alliances with Nashville’s Big Loud Records (Morgan Wallen, Lily Rose), Imperial Music (Bo Burnham) and 2for2 projects (Jake Minch).

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Singer/Songwriter Ben Sefton Tackles Insecurities with Unflinching Candor and Biting Wit on “Dark Dreams”

There are things that happen in dreams, of course, that none of us would ever feel comfortable sharing in public. Singer/songwriter Ben Sefton doesn’t exactly spill all the details in his latest single “Dark Dreams,” but he bravely stares-down his insecurities and emerges with a mesmerizing new slice of lounge-folk/dark pop genius. 

Ben explains, “This is a song I started writing after a bad dream, where all of my deepest insecurities were exposed, my hopes at romance had utterly failed and my perverted longings for certain acquaintances were bizarrely explored (as in every dream I’ve ever had, I guess).”

While “Dark Dreams” will leave you unsettled (and chuckling) in equal measure, it is perhaps the perfect balance of discomfort and humor to inspire us to take a look at all the foibles we keep hidden from ourselves. It is also an exquisite piece of songcraft with shades of lounge music, vocal jazz and bossa nova — the latest example from a singer/songwriter whose versatility is outpaced only by his smoothness.  

About Ben Sefton: 

After graduating from Selkirk College’s Contemporary Music & Technology Program in 2015, Ben has spent his time crafting and fine tuning his songs. Ben’s budding love of songwriting as a teen quickly developed into an obsession, fueling the creation of 100’s of unreleased songs. Driven by his deep love of earworm pop melodies stemming from such influences as The Beach Boys, Frank Ocean and Andy Shauf as well as a passion for candid lyrical witticism and word play, Ben has effectively created a style all of his own.

In March, 2020, Ben released his debut single ‘Humans’ to great reception with the press including CBC Saskatchewan, CBC Winnipeg and numerous music websites in North America, UK, and Europe. The single was included on many pop music playlists including Universal Music owned playlists on Spotify. The video for Humans (created by the artist who did Grimes’ digital Rolling Stones cover) received close to 100,000 views and 100% thumbs up. In addition, Ben was pleased to receive, in 2020, a SK Arts Independent Artist’s recording grant.

Ben’s musical journey has benefitted from the personal instruction and advice of a few key professors and mentors at Selkirk College, a school which boasts such high-profile alumni as Kiesza and Meghan Trainor. Majoring in composition and prompted by his growing curiosity into the inner workings of harmony and song writing, Ben’s musical palate has steadily expanded.

With the help of vocal coach Laura Landsberg and backed by hours of focused guitar practice, Ben matches his ceaseless song creation with considerable vocal and instrumental prowess. Drawing on influences of virtuoso guitarists from John Mayer to Django Reinhardt and the rich vocals of Frank Sinatra and Dallas Green, Ben takes joy in constantly refining his skills and looks forward to sharing his vast catalog of songs.

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Charley Young Back In the Studio

Charley Young, the multiple award-winning music video producer and singer, has just announced she is teaming up again with audio recording engineer Fabio Arauz and producer Justin Michael Tallman at Fresco Recording Studio in Pensacola, Florida. The project “Alpha Female” will be released on the Charley Girl LLC label.

Charley shares, “Alpha Female is an empowerment anthem for women that may not feel as confident as they could regarding their place in the world. The song is quite powerful, and it’s also personal as I reveal details about my own personal journey. We are tremendously excited about its upcoming release.” 

To learn more: Charley Young (mscharleyyoung.com)

CHARLEY YOUNG (BMI/SAG-AFTRA/AEA) is a singer, songwriter, actress, writer, producer, and CEO of Charley Girl LLC based out of Whitefish, Montana. She wrote and recorded her debut EP and two subsequent singles with Grammy-award nominated producer Terence “Delivery Boy” Odige in New York City. She frequently writes and collaborates with fellow independent artists/producers in Nashville, London, and Paris.

She has produced and starred in 19 music videos, her most recent videos for “Run Away” and “Werk” winning the Best Music Video Award at the Around Films Festival International Awards in Paris and screening at the Golden State Film Festival at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly known as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre) in Hollywood, respectively. Charley has performed annually at the TCS NYC Marathon and TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour with her band.

Charley is currently working on new songs and music videos slated for release in 2024. She has just completed an original song for film/TV for Just Another Label Limited, (a UK-based label who helped popularize the dance genres of Drum & Bass, Happy Hard-core, and Jungle) with Gary J. Robinson, a prolific film and TV composer whose music has been featured in films like “Venom: Let There be Carnage” to TV shows like “Shameless” and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Charley divides her time between Montana and Florida, and frequently travels to Los Angeles and New York City. 

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THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT SHATTERS RECORDS WORLDWIDE

TAYLOR SWIFT’S THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT LANDS AS THE BIGGEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE & BIGGEST DEBUT OF HER CAREER WITH 2.610M TOTAL CONSUMPTION IN THE US AND 4M + WORLDWIDE

THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT #1 ON THE BILLBOARD 200, BILLBOARD ALBUM SALES CHART AND AROUND THE WORLD

Taylor Swift’s 11th full-length studio album, The Tortured Poets Department, shattered countless records during its first week of release. See below for the highlights.

• ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ debuts at #1 around the World: (with more to come)
    • UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, New Zealand
• ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ Breaks Record for Highest First Week US Streams for any album in history
• ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ earns biggest US sales week of Taylor Swift’s career, surpassing ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’
• ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ Breaks record for biggest vinyl sales week for any album in Nielsen era
• ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ Becomes Fastest Album to Surpass 1 Billion Global Album Streams in history
• ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ Becomes #1 Best Selling Album of the Year in under 48 hours 
• Taylor Swift becomes the only artist to have seven albums debut with over 1 million units sold in their first week
• Taylor Swift the #1 Best Selling Artist By Total Album Units in the US in 2024
• ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ breaks record for biggest first week global Spotify streams for any album in under four days of release
• Breaks her own all-time record for most single day streams for an artist catalog in global Spotify history (380 million)
• Fastest artist to 10 billion streams on Spotify in a calendar year
• Breaks record for most #1 albums on the Billboard 200 this century
• Extends record as soloist with the most weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200
• Extends record as the artist with the most weeks at #1 on the Billboard Artist 100 (106 weeks)

Spotify:
• ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ Breaks Record For Biggest Album Debut in Spotify History (314M million streams)
• ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ Breaks Record For Biggest Album Debut in US Spotify History (150 million streams)
• “Fortnight” f. Post Malone Debuts at #1 on the Global Spotify chart with 25.2 million streams. Biggest single day in history.
• ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ Song “The Tortured Poets Department” Debuts at #2 on the Global Spotify chart with 19.1 million streams. Second biggest chart debut in history, and biggest debut for a solo song.
• “Down Bad” Debuts at #3 on the Global Spotify chart with 17.4 million streams. Third biggest chart debut in history.
• Taylor Swift now holds the top 7 biggest global streaming single debuts in chart history.
• Taylor Swift breaks the all-time record for most single day streams for an artist catalog in Spotify history (380 million)
• ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ over 100 million streams in each of its first seven days of release, only album to ever achieve this
• ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ fastest album to ever reach 1 billion streams, first to do so in under a week
• “Fortnight” f. Post Malone Debuts at #1 on the US Spotify chart with over 10 million streams. Biggest single day streams in history and only song ever over 10 million.
• Taylor Swift now holds the top 10 biggest single day streaming peaks in US chart history.

Apple and iTunes:
• Four #1 hits on US iTunes from ‘The Tortured Poets Department’, all self-replacing at top spot
• “The Black Dog”
• “So High School”
• “thanK u aIMe”
• “Fortnight” f. Post Malone
• Extends record most #1 hits on US iTunes among all artists (69)
• “Fortnight” f. Post Malone peaks at #1 both US and Global Apple Music
• First song by a female artist to immediately debut at #1 in the US
• ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ biggest first day streams for a Pop album in Apple Music history

Amazon:
• ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ biggest first day global streams for any album in history, doubling her own ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’
• ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ biggest first week global streams for any album in history, surpasses her own ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’ in less than 5 days

Around the World:
• Biggest Debut Week of 2024
• Australia
• Brazil
• Canada
• Germany
• Ireland
• Mexico
• New Zealand
• Spain
• Sweden
• UK

• Taylor Swift’s Biggest Consumption Week EVER
    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Canada
    • Denmark
    • France
    • Germany
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Mexico
    • Netherlands
    • Portugal
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • UK

• Vinyl
    • Australia - Biggest vinyl week 1 in ARIA history with 27,097 units
    • Canada - biggest Canadian vinyl sales week in Soundscan/ Luminate history

• UK
    • TTPD is Taylor’s 12th consecutive #1 album in the UK
    • Taylor Swift matches Madonna as the female artist to have 12 #1 albums in the UK
    • TTPD debuts with the biggest week one sales since Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide’ in March 2017

• Australia
    • TTDP is Taylor’s 13th #1 album in a row in Australia
    • TTPD debuts with the biggest week one sales since Adele ‘25’ in 2015
    • TTDP breaks record for biggest streaming week in Australian history 
    • TTDP breaks record for most week 1 vinyl sales in Australian history
    • Taylor Swift becomes first artist to capture the entire Top 10 Singles Chart in Australian history
    • Taylor Swift breaks the record for most #1 albums by a female artist in Australian history
    • Taylor Swift breaks the record for most #1 singles by a female artist with 12 in Australian history
    • Taylor Swift replaces herself again at #1 on the albums chart.  She remains the only artist to replace themselves at #1 on the albums chart in Australian history. 
    • Taylor Swift becomes the only artist to have 7 simultaneous albums and singles in Australian history.simultaneously hold #1
    • Taylor Swift becomes to the only artist to capture the Top 16 songs on Spotify in Australian history

• Canada
    • TTPD is the Most streamed album in a single day in Canadian history
    • TTPD is the Most streamed album in a single week in Canadian history;
    • “Fortnight” (feat. Post Malone) is the most streamed song in a single day in Canadian history
    • “Fortnight” (feat. Post Malone) is the most streamed song in a single week in Canadian history
    • TTPD is the Biggest album debut of the modern streaming era
    • This is Taylor Swift’s 14th consecutive #1 album in Canada. She trails only The Beatles for most #1 albums of all-time in this country
    • This is biggest album debut in Canada since Adele’s 25 (in 2015) and the only album since to sell more than 150,000 units in the first week
    • In the last 20 years, THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT is one of only two albums to sell more than 150,000 units first week (the other is Adele’s 25)

• Germany
    • TTPD Breaks Record for the Highest First Day streams in history of Germany
    • ll Time in Germany
    • Most Streams by a Female Artist in 24 Hours in Germany

• Brazil
    • TTDP Breaks Record for Highest first week International Album consumption in history of Brazil

• New Zealand
    • TTDP is Taylor’s 14th #1 album in New Zealand
    • TTDP Breaks Record for the most #1 albums in history of New Zealand

• Ireland
    • TTDP is Taylor’s 11th #1 album in Ireland
    • TTDP Breaks Record for Highest first week Album consumption in history of Ireland

• Netherlands
    • TTPD is Taylor's 7th #1 album
    • TTPD sold more than the rest of the Top 100 charts combined
    • The #2 album in the charts (Pearl Jam - Dark Matter) stands at 6% of what TTPD sold. Such a big difference with #2 in the charts has not occurred since 1996

• Norway
    • TTDP Breaks Record for Highest first week Album consumption by a female artist in history of Norway

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Punk Mafia Presents: Radio Silence EP 


Punk Mafia Presents: Radio Silence EP on Earth Program/Virgin Music – Available 03.01.24 Punk Mafia Presents: Radio Silence EP 

Punk Mafia presents their Radio Silence EP, the first of a series, to Spotify and all the major services via Earth Program/Virgin Music. Sample the record here.

Inspired by Joy Division, The Ramones, Type O Negative, Ministry & The Deadboys, the recordings were produced by M.O.B. and R-Low, with all instruments/vocals + lyrics created by M.O.B. and mixed/mastered by R-Low. 

M.O.B. & R-Low have produced over sixty hit songs with some of the biggest bands and rappers in the world, including artists such as Patrick Stump of Falloutboy, DJ Lethal of Limp Bizkit, Fever 333, 311, Onyx, DMC of Run-DMC and death pop kings ORGY, Chali2Na of Jurassic 5 and DJ Kilmore of Incubus among others.

This initial EP consists of four tracks; entitled “Anarchy”, “Psycho”, “Rebel” and “Rock N’ Roll Disco”, with a stated plan to release an EP every two months.

Focused on turning a negative into a positive, this ambitious project contains twenty six songs recorded over a short period of time by M.O.B. in his apartment located in the very same Franklin Village, Los Angeles building as the infamous “Hillside Strangler” once resided, with M.O.B. on Guitar, bass, synth, drums/programming vocals and lyrics. 

His partner R-Low then flew in from Italy to track vocals, drums and some other overdubs and additional production on the vocals, and quickly flew back to Italy to mix and master the songs. A sign of the times, the two maestro’s have steadily built M.O.B. together remotely across the ocean from LA to Italy and back for ten years strong.

Recently, M.O.B. Left L.A. and is back in NY putting a band together to play the Punk Mafia songs live. “I was giving too much of myself to people who weren’t respecting my love, talent, or well-being. When I give my heart, I give it all and I do not tolerate bullshit or f-around. This is real life. Real music. Now isolated away from all the posers and hookers, I feel like I finally got to address my personal mental health struggles. Getting to self-produce the music was really important to me to find the sound that best describes who I am, how I feel and what has happened in my journey of truth in music. I was able to channel my traumas and heartbreak into powerful, artistic, meaningful songs that I truly feel will help others. I am not alone in my feelings. These songs address the current political crisis, Love, Hate, heartbreak and healing, and I think many people will relate.”

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Kenny Loggins Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Footloose

Fans can cut loose to Loggins’ Oscar-nominated title track with the release of an all-new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of the 1984 smash film.

This week, music legend Kenny Loggins is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the movie Footloose, the smash 1984 movie that helped to cement the singer-songwriter’s reputation as “the Soundtrack King.” To mark this milestone, Paramount Home Entertainment has remastered the film and is releasing it for the first time as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in standard and steelbook packages.

Released on February 17, 1984, Footloose was directed by the legendary filmmaker Herbert Ross (The Turning Point, Steel Magnolias) and concerned a Chicago teenager who moves to a small town and attempts to overturn its ban on dancing. The movie was an immediate hit and soon became a phenomenon, turning Kevin Bacon into a star and dominating music charts with a multi-million-selling soundtrack album that included two songs performed by Loggins: “I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man)” and, of course, the iconic title track. Both songs were written by Loggins and Dean Pitchford.

“Footloose” exploded on radio and MTV, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and in 2018 was placed in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry as being “culturally, historically or artistically significant.”

“Being a part of Footloose has been one of the biggest highlights of my life,” says Loggins. “Working with Dean Pitchford on both songs was definitely special for me. I can still remember singing some of the first lyrics to Dean in the laundry room of my house. Everything came together so organically. I’ve had a blast performing ‘Footloose’ for decades, and I still enjoy watching audiences jump out of their seats to dance every time they hear the first guitar riff.”

About Kenny Loggins

Kenny Loggins has sold more than 25 million albums and has won two Grammy Awards. In addition to his string of successful recordings, both solo and as a member of the famed duo Loggins & Messina, Loggins became the first major rock star to dedicate himself to recording music for children and families. His album Return to Pooh Corner remains the best-selling children’s album of the last 20 years. In 2016, he released his latest children’s project, the book Footloose (Moondance Press, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA), inspired by his 1985 Oscar-nominated and Grammy Award-winning “Song of the Year.”

His song “Conviction of the Heart” was hailed as the “unofficial anthem of the environmental movement” by Al Gore, when Loggins performed it on Earth Day in 1995 at The National Mall in Washington, D.C.

In 2016, he received the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award at the annual Chapin Awards hosted by WhyHunger. Later that year, The Guild of Music Supervisors honored Loggins with the organization’s first-ever Icon Award for his outstanding achievements in film, television and soundtracks.

His generous support of countless local organizations has made a lasting impact on the causes that are close to his heart. Through his work with Toys for Tots in Santa Barbara, CA, Loggins helped launch Unity Shoppe in 1988. An expansion of the Council of Christmas Cheer, which previously only existed during the holiday season, Unity Shoppe extended the program year-round so individuals could volunteer their services to help low-income families, children, the elderly, sick and disabled in Santa Barbara County. Loggins regularly lends his support to youth-based programs like Make a Wish, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and Little Kids Rock.

Loggins was honored with a Humanitarian of the Year Award from Little Kids Rock for his extensive commitment to children’s causes in 2016. In 2018, he helped re-open the original Notes for Notes (N4N) Studios at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara and United Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara County, giving over 600 kids each year access to a world of musical expression.

Loggins released At The Movies on June 12, 2021 – a Record Store Day exclusive vinyl that included some of his career-spanning soundtrack hits for the first time ever on one album, including “I’m Alright” (Caddyshack), “Footloose” (Footloose), “Danger Zone” (Top Gun) and many more.

His hit song “Danger Zone” was featured once again in Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick, which become the biggest release of 2022, earning over $1.5B globally and saw “Danger Zone” earning over 1M streams per day at its peak.

On June 14, 2022, Hachette Books published Still Alright, Loggins’ long-awaited memoir. In Still Alright, Loggins gives fans a candid and entertaining perspective on his life and career as one of the most noteworthy musicians of the 1970s and ’80s.

Throughout 2023, Loggins crisscrossed the U.S. on his sold-out “This Is It” tour celebrating his spectacularly successful six-decade career as a hit songwriter and performer. On Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, he staged the closing show of his final concert tour in grand style – in his hometown of Santa Barbara at the beloved Santa Barbara Bowl.

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MUSIC STARS SHARE FOND MEMORIES OF TOBY KEITH, WHO DIED AT AGE 62

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music singer Toby Keith has died at age 62. “Toby Keith passed peacefully last night on February 5th, surrounded by his family. He fought his fight with grace and courage,” according to a statement on his website. The “Shock’n Y’all” and “Red Solo Cup” singer had been diagnosed with stomach cancer and started treatments in fall 2021. He had surgery and received chemotherapy and radiation in the course of his cancer battle.

“Toby Keith has gone home. This is very sad news. We loved and respected him on every level and whispered many a prayer for him as he fought this illness. God must have needed a big-hearted Oklahoma singing boy for the great choir. Well, he got one. RIP Toby Keith.” – The Oak Ridge Boys

“I admire the way Toby battled this awful illness. He released new music, and he was on stage at the end. There is nothing coming along to replace people like him.” – Don McLean

“Toby Keith did things his way – amazing artist, songwriter, patriot, and man of faith. I admired him and how he rolled. He and I shared a deep love for our military, and I’m proud that he took his music to dangerous places in order to give the American spirit to those protecting freedom. I was pleased he called me the OG and was honored to work with him a few times through the years. Please join our family in praying for the Keith family. I am confident that Toby was met at the pearly gates by patriots who have gone before and is resting in the arms of Jesus.” – Lee Greenwood

“It’s heartbreaking to lose Toby Keith. I’ve always been a big fan of Toby and his music, and I’ll always treasure singing with him. Toby was a great American.” – Crystal Gayle

“Toby was the embodiment of GOD, Family, & Country… and had a way of making you stand up a little taller when singing about (or honoring) our service men and women. We are better country music artists because of the life and legacy of Toby Keith. Rest well, brother, may your music and legacy live on forever!” – Chapel Hart

“It’s always sad when hearing that one of our great talents has left for home. He was truly one of the most talented singer-songwriters ever to grace a stage. Hearing his voice and music through the years always brought a smile to my face. Kelly and I have often prayed for him since hearing of his diagnosis. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and legions of fans all over the world. R.I.P. Toby.” – T.G. Sheppard

“What a loss to our music. A great talent with a big heart. Everybody loved Toby. RIP.” – Moe Bandy

“Toby has been a great talent and image in the music business and will be respected and remembered forever.” – Janie Fricke

“Toby was a true American success story and never forgot what America stands for. He was an icon. God bless his family at this sorrowful time. R.I.P.” – T. Graham Brown

“I have always enjoyed Toby Keith’s music throughout the years. He’s always been a patriot with his continued support for our military. This one hits hard for sure!” – Johnny Lee

“I knew Toby from back in our Oklahoma nightclub days. He was the leader of the “Easy Money“ band, and I remember looking up to him as a band leader even back then. I think the thing I admired most about him is that he did things his own way and made no apologies for it! I’m told that he came out to the last show we performed in Grove, Oklahoma, but had to leave before we came off stage. I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye or tell him how much I’ve looked up to him over the years. I hope he knew. Rest in peace, my Oklahoma brother!” – Heath Wright / RICOCHET

“I didn’t know Toby, but he had so many people who loved him, and I’m very sorry to hear of his passing.” – Lacy J. Dalton

“Toby Keith was relatable to fans from all genres. This is a loss we will all feel for a long time. He fought a true fight and has been an inspiration to us all.” – Artimus Pyle

“Toby Keith was as tough as the oilfields of Oklahoma with the soul of a poet. He fought his battle with cancer with the same toughness, grace, and resolve the same way he approached his craft of songwriting. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.” – Dallas Wayne

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“The story that will forever define Toby Keith for me is very personal. My son Torre was serving his first tour in Iraq – stationed in a remote area on the outskirts of Samarra in a very volatile area. Toby came to Iraq to entertain our troops. However, after several shows, Toby said he wanted to entertain those men who were isolated. Toby was told of a small group of men in “No Man’s Land” but was strongly advised not to go there. It was too dangerous. Toby insisted. He didn’t want to endanger the lives of other musicians and entertainers, so he went alone. But for a few hours, Toby and his guitar brought a piece of America to a handful of Americans who needed a reminder that they were not forgotten. I will always love Toby Keith for the morale boost he gave my son when he needed it most. I will always remember him as a man of character.” – Tim Atwood

“It’s a sad day for country music. Toby Keith has always been a favorite of mine, from being as young as nine, hearing “Red Solo Cup” every Christmas, to growing up and becoming an even bigger fan of his listening to his cowboy songs. I also truly admired his adoration and appreciation for the military. You will be missed, sir. Raise a glass for us all up there.” – Makenzie Phipps

“As a 90s kid, Toby Keith was a lot of the soundtrack of my childhood. I sang along to many of his songs from the back seat of my mom’s car & fell in love with his spirit for the words he was singing & the people he was singing for. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family & friends as they navigate these next few weeks & months without him. He fought a good fight & will be missed!” – Paige King Johnson

“Toby Keith epitomized what real country music is all about. His heart for this country was true Red, White, and Blue.” – Joey Canyon / Canyon Star TV

“When Toby Keith died, a piece of my childhood died with him. His music has been the soundtrack of my life. Today, we lost a true icon, and he will be missed.” – Will Wesley

“Toby Keith owned the radio airwaves when I was a kid. “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” was one of his boldest moves as an artist. I love that song and appreciate him always speaking his mind.  Cancer is indiscriminate. We’ll miss him.” – Levi Riggs

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Pop Songstress Tina DeCara Set to Break Big with Empowering Anthem “Bones”

Inspiring Pop Songstress Tina DeCara Set to Break Big with Empowering Anthem “Bones”Electrifying Artist Tina DeCara’s brand new single “Bones” is now available on Spotify and all the major music services.

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Co-written by Seann Bowe, Produced by Helveeta, mixed/mastered by Vito2300 and recorded at Celia Werner Studios, “Bones” is about to break in a very big way.

New York based pop artist Tina DeCara is an unmistakable star in the making. Inspired and influenced by a wide variety of modern day artists such as Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Dave Grohl with a nod to legends including Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Michael Jackson, Tina has been regularly turning heads and commanding the attention of discerning music aficionados across the world.

With her intriguing, soulful vocals and thoughtful sing along lyrics, Tina’s music has an authenticity that has attracted enthusiastic fans from everywhere. No stranger to the game, the past few years have seen Tina appearing on several high profile features, including her collaboration with Thoreau “Illusion” which hit over 1 million streams on Spotify, and releasing several well received tunes herself like “SOLO” which hit New Music Friday in the US and the UK, and “Dreamer” which she performed at EZOO.

Recently, Tina also took a turn starring in FUSE TV’s national docu-series “Saturday Morning Fever,” as the only female singer/songwriter to showcase her talents in singing, acting and dancing on the show.

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