THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT: AMMONIA AVENUE Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set To Be Released March 27, 2020

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The Alan Parsons Project – Ammonia Avenue

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The Alan Parsons Project – Ammonia Avenue Pack Shot

3CD / 1 Blu Ray / 2 X 12-Inch Vinyl Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set


Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of a new re-mastered limited edition deluxe expanded boxed set of the classic album AMMONIA AVENUE by THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT.

First released in February 1984, AMMONIA AVENUE was the seventh album by THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT, the brainchild of composer, musician and manger ERIC WOOLFSON and celebrated producer and engineer ALAN PARSONS. The inspiration for the album title came from a visit Woolfson had made to the ICI Chemical plant in Billingham, England after meeting ICI chairman Sir John Harvey-Jones on a flight from New York. Upon visiting the plant, Eric Woolfson noticed a long street called Ammonia Avenue, devoid of people and trees and dominated by miles of pipes.

The album sessions featured the contribution of musicians such as Ian Bairnson (guitars), David Paton (bass), Stuart Elliott (drums) with Eric Woolfson playing keyboards and lead vocals on four of the album’s nine songs. Colin Blunstone, Chris Rainbow and Lenny Zakatek also provided lead vocals on the remaining songs. AMMONIA AVENUE would become one of the biggest selling albums for THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT, attaining gold status in many European countries and the USA. The album featured such classic compositions as DANCING ON A HIGHWIRE, SINCE THE LAST GOODBYE and the stunning title track. AMMONIA AVENUE also spawned the hit singles ‘DON’T ANSWER ME’ (a Top Ten hit throughout Europe and in the USA) and ‘PRIME TIME’.

This deluxe edition comprises 3CDs, a Blu-Ray disc (NTSC / Region Free) and vinyl edition of a new stereo mix of AMMONIA AVENUE as two 12-inch 45rpm discs (cut at ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS). The set has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes under the supervision of ALAN PARSONS and features an additional 53 bonus tracks drawn from ERIC WOOLFSON’s song-writing diaries, studio session out-takes and stunning new 5.1 surround sound & stereo mixes from the original multi-track master tapes by ALAN PARSONS plus the promotional videos of ‘DON’T ANSWER ME’ & ‘PRIME TIME’.

This stunning set also houses a lavish illustrated book with a new essay with unseen photos and features recollections from ALAN PARSONS, the WOOLFSON family and from musicians IAN BAIRNSON and DAVID PATON. It also includes a reproduction poster and a reproduction press kit folder. This deluxe edition of AMMONIA AVENUE is the definitive treatment of a special album.





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ACC GLOBAL MEDIA features Life & Wellness Coach Tamara Rohrer

ACC Global Media Spotlights Life & Wellness Coach Tamara Rohrer of Start Living Well 101 on Life Goals, Self Renewal & Wellness


ACC Global Media Spotlights Life & Wellness Coach Tamara Rohrer of Start Living Well 101 on Life Goals, Self Renewal & Wellness


Tamara Rohrer, Founder of Start Living Well 101 to be featured by ACC GLOBAL NEWS on Life Goals, Self Renewal & Wellness

With over 33 years of experience helping people from all walks of life recover from disease & injuries, Tamara Rohrer now dedicates her life to helping people worldwide achieve renewed lifelong growth”


BOSTON, MA, UNITED STATES, January 26, 2020 / — ACC GLOBAL NEWS Interview with Tamara Rohrer, Founder of Start Living Well 101 on TUESDAY, JANUARY 28TH, 2020 at 12NOON (12:00 p.m. EST., Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, MA – Practice makes perfect. In personal and professional life, it takes work to reach your goals. You may face obstacles that seem utterly impossible to overcome. Persevere. Never give up and don’t be afraid to seek the assistance of trained professionals like Certified Life Coach Tamara Rohrer.

With over 30 years of professional experience as an occupational therapist, Tamara embraced the opportunity to help others overcome their challenges and eventually went on to earn certification in life coaching. Whether she was working with her patients, channeling her artistic outlets, mastering the violin or raising money through various philanthropic efforts with the city of Boston and other international organizations; Tamara developed a deep understanding and appreciation of the work that goes into living a confident and successful life.

Focusing on a cognitive, client centered approach that is individually tailored to meet each client’s specific needs, Tamara has the knowledge and tools to help you get from where you are, to where you want and deserve to be. Incorporating the balance of mind, body and spirit, people are amazed at how effective Tamara’s sessional work truly is… and it all begins with a free assessment.

Offering sessions by Zoom video conferencing, in person and by phone, Tamara’s client base is rapidly growing through strong word-of-mouth. People of all walks of life are welcome and encouraged to reach out to Tamara for her incredible services. Clients leave her sessions unafraid, inspired and rejuvenated.

In her personal approach, Tamara creates a safe space for people to share their fears and disappointments. Tamara relates through her own experiences and provides essential support to give her clients the power to experience long lasting positive results.

“My goal is to help you re-imagine your life and let go of thoughts and behaviors that undermine you, so that a renewed and fulfilled you can emerge. With extensive experience in Life Coaching and a vast history of client success, my individualized approach will help you attain your goals,” exclaims Tamara.

Tamara Rohrer will be featured on ACC News Talk Radio on Tuesday, January 28th at 12pm EST. For more information visit, email or call 617-835-3893.

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The Commodores take the stage at Tulalip Resort Casino on May 8th

William King, Walter Orange and J.D. Nicholas of The Commodores - One of the greatest Motown and R&B / funk artists of all time.

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Tickets for The Commodores – one of the greatest Motown and R&B artists of all time – go on sale Friday, March 13th.

TULALIP, WA, 98271, January 24, 2020 / — The Commodores will bring Motown and more to the Tulalip Orca Ballroom stage on May 8th

Pop and Motown legends, the Commodores, will bring the funk to the Tulalip Resort Casino stage on Friday, May 8th. With such iconic tunes as “Machine Gun,” “Sail On,” “Nightshift” and “Brick House,” it’s easy to see and hear why they have influenced artists young and old with their classics. Blazing trails for more than five decades, they have sold 75 million albums worldwide, have seven No. 1 Singles, five No. 1 rated albums, a Grammy Award, are Inductees to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and Vocal Group Hall of Fame and won the 2018 Casino Entertainment Awards “Musical Artist of the Year.” Don’t miss your chance to be transported back in time and get your groove on with the Commodores at Tulalip Resort Casino.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 13, at 10 a.m., and can be purchased at or service charge free at the Tulalip Box Office.

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Award-winning Tulalip Resort Casino is the most distinctive gaming, dining, meeting, entertainment and shopping destination in Washington State. The AAA Four-Diamond resort’s world-class amenities have ensured its place on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold and Traveler Top 100 Resorts lists. The property includes 192,000 square feet of gaming excitement; a luxury hotel featuring 370 guest rooms and suites; 30,000 square feet of premier meeting, convention and wedding space; the full-service T Spa; and eight dining venues. It also showcases the intimate Canoes Cabaret and a 3,000-seat amphitheater. Nearby, find the Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve, Cabela’s and 130 designer names at the Seattle Premium Outlets. The Resort Casino is conveniently located between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. just off Interstate-5 at exit 200. It is an enterprise of the Tulalip Tribes. For reservations, please call 866.716.7162 or visit us at Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Pop/R&B Recording Artist Andre Akinyele Announces new Single "App Love (Digi-Love)" and Album 'Uniqlo Boy'

"App Love (Digi-Love)" explores relationships and hookups in the digital age.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, January 24, 2020 / — Andre Akinyele announces new single “App Love (Digi-Love)” – streaming now – and new album 'Uniqlo Boy' available on all music platforms scheduled for January 31, 2020.

Though it’s been over a year since we last got a full-length album from American pop/R&B futurist Andre Akinyele, ‘Uniqlo Boy’ (his fifth album) is considered an odyssey of hardcore beats, electro love songs, and dance music. Andre Akinyele is all about love and romance, but knows how to have a good time in the process. Fearlessly expressing all that he is on ‘Uniqlo Boy,’ the album brings love and romance front and center on songs such as “Streetcar,” “Take a Minute,” and “Make It Better.” On other songs, he brings the party. He states, “I have been in creative mode. Hopefully the new album will resonate with new and old Andre Akinyele fans who want to dance, party, and have a good time, but are also aware of their own love of romance.”

The pop/R&B artist released the first single "Ride or Die" at the end of last year, a track that is about dancing, partying, and having a good time in more ways than two best friends can handle. "App Love (Digi-Love)," the second single taken from the album ‘Uniqlo Boy,’ is a futuristic, dance, pop track about finding relationships or at least a decent hookup via apps. A friend explained how difficult it was finding a stable relationship or suitable hookup via dating apps. As a dare, she jokingly said, "You should write a song about it and put it on your album." Well, here it is! Stream both tracks on Spotify now.

'Uniqlo Boy' is slated for release on January 31, 2020 via Orange River Records. The album’s full tracklist appears below.

01. Ride or Die
02. Make It Better
03. Uniqlo Boy
04. Streetcar
05. Next to You
06. App Love (Digi-Love)
07. Take a Minute
08. York St.
09. I Can See Now
10. Rage Romance Revelation

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Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers — Pianist Robert Thies and Flutist Damjan Krajacic Explore New Soundscapes

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Music in the award-winning Blue Landscapes series is described as “beautiful, calming, transforming, naturally-flowing, unique, sincere, pure.” The collection includes Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers, Blue Landscapes II: Discoveries, and Blue Landscapes.

Musicians by the sea

Pianist Robert Thies and flutist Damjan Krajacic: “Blue Landscapes is inspired and grounded by our love for Earth’s beauty and all of her natural wonders.”

Robert Thies and Damjan Krajacic standing by the Pacific Ocean

Robert Thies and Damjan Krajacic in California by the Pacific Ocean; photo by Anna Webber.

A serene and meditative improvisational album inspired by love of nature and the friendship of two world-class award-winning musicians; now available worldwide.

Improvisation in music is risky, but when executed well, you can sense the breath of the music that by design is unpredictable and uniquely original.”

— Darren Blumenthal, President, Real Music

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, January 24, 2020 / — Mindfulness music leader Real Music presents Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers, the pioneering third album in the award-winning Blue Landscapes series from internationally renowned pianist Robert Thies and flutist Damjan Krajacic. The instrumental album ushers in the "new" new age by generously offering 15 improvisational tracks. Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers is scheduled for worldwide physical and digital release and available everywhere music is sold on January 24, 2020; visit myndstream for more information.

When Krajacic and Thies were introduced by a mutual friend in 2006, no one foresaw that their very different backgrounds and music pedigrees would lead to a prolific collaboration lasting over a decade and resulting in four albums. Krajacic (a native of Zagreb, Croatia) is a globetrotting performer who holds a Master of Music degree in Afro-Latin Music from CSU and has studied with jazz, Latin-jazz, and classical masters all over the world, including James Newton, while U.S.-born Thies’ strict classical music training led to a Gold Medal win in the famed Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, countless worldwide concert performances, as well as a recording career in the Film/TV industry.

What emerges when the universe aligns to support artistic curiosity? As their friendship grew, the artists found common ground in their love of music and nature, and eventually the idea of improvisation became the jumping off point for exploring an undefinable new sound that is often described as “blissful.”

“Blue Landscapes is inspired and grounded by our love for Earth’s beauty and all of her natural wonders. Whether it be the motion of the seas, the majesty of the mountains, the rhythmic flow of the rivers and streams, the migrations of her creatures, or the mysteries of the forests, all feed the imagination,” they share, adding “It is our hope that this music will take you to a quiet and reflective space.”

The music of Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers continues the tradition of the duo’s earlier collaborations, in that the album was improvised over the span of five days, except for two previously composed works — “Le Musicien” and “Goodbye.” Though the music draws from the same spacious atmosphere and feeling of the previous Blue Landscapes albums, this album continues to explore different compositional approaches, metrically and texturally. Listeners will be intrigued to discover that all the sounds on the album were acoustically created on flute and piano, often by using extended techniques not commonly associated with the instruments, such as “puttied” strings on the piano or various textures on the flute.

Music writer Jonathan Widran observed, “Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers has a few colorful outliers that stretch their artistry, most notably, ‘The Abandoned Monastery,’ which features Robert’s four-voice chord progression and an eight-bar chorale-type phrase he visualized Damjan doing; Damjan in turn recorded each voice on bass flute. Another track that sets itself apart is the hypnotic ‘Forest Path,’ whose main structure is a loop that Robert created on the piano using puttied strings. He used the sound those strings created to form a rhythmic and harmonic structure to the piece.”

Much like life, improvisation is unpredictable, and sometimes magical. Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers delivers an honest, spontaneous musical conversation capturing breathtaking moments in time. Recorded live with minimal overdubbing, the uncertainty of the process enabled the musicians to reach deep and let go, unifying with the listener both musically and spiritually. The result is intimate music that evokes uplifting visions of nature, and reinforces a feeling of connection to our planet, and to all of humanity.

Beginning their history as friends and collaborators in 2006, Krajacic and Thies released a crossover improvisatory album, Difference, which eventually led to Blue Landscapes (2012) and Blue Landscapes II: Discoveries (2016), two albums of original compositions and improvisations. Critical accolades and a couple of well-deserved awards brought the duo to the attention of Real Music.

“From the first moment I heard the tracks of Blue Landscapes III, I knew this was going to be a special record, a record Real Music would be fortunate to release,” says Darren Blumenthal, President, Real Music. “Improvisation in music is risky, but when executed well, you can sense the breath of the music that by design is unpredictable and uniquely original. I am confident the world will agree the execution here is flawless and Blue Landscapes III will forever live as an important soundscape for listeners’ own personal landscapes.”

The Global Music Awards recently honored Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers with a Silver Award; explore the past decade of reviews and accolades, as well as the artists' complete biographies on the Blue Landscapes official website.

Artist interviews and album review copies are available upon request, please see contact information below.

Track List:
Drifting (3:34)
Forest Path (6:54)
The Abandoned Monastery (5:39)
Le Musicien (3:31)
The Lighthouse (3:44)
Goodbye (6:21)
Frontiers (6:07)
Tranquility (4:22)
Take My Hand (3:46)
Infinity (6:39)
The Distant Waterfall (3:40)
Waves on the Moonlit Sea (4:24)
The Valley of Echoes (4:32)
Forgotten Memories (6:26)
Letting Go (4:38)

About Real Music: Real Music is part of the myndstream group of labels. Leading Music services company Cutting Edge recently acquired Real Music to add to its roster of record labels, marking its first acquisition in the mindfulness music space under its myndstream brand. Real Music is a well-established leader in producing, marketing and curating music for the mindful consumer; music for relaxation, meditation, sleep, focus, movement, and general health and wellness. Real Music, with its roster of world-renowned, award-winning artists, enjoys considerable label market share, occupying specific, popular mindfulness categories with dedicated fan bases and sitting atop the leading streaming playlists. myndstream is now distributed worldwide by AWAL. For more information about myndstream, visit:

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Jay Daniels Releases "Rock & Roll and Me" on Dark Lonesone Label

Jay Daniels “Rock & Roll and Me”

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“Rock & Roll and Me” Jay Daniels Dark Lonesome Records

GOODLETTSVILLE, TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES, January 23, 2020 / — For Immediate Release:
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Dark Lonesome Recording Artist Jay Daniels has released "Rock & Roll and Me" to Country and Rock Radio formats.

Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Jay Daniels brings a new sound to music lovers. Jay Daniels uses his singer/songwriter talents to meld the contrasting sounds of heavy metal with country and southern rock to create a unique, gritty sound.

Jay Daniels is a Country Blues Artist with a slash of Rock and Roll! Being a writer each song he writes tells it's own story. Raised in Mobile, Alabama he has played everything from hard rock to heavy metal. Jay began playing at the age of 16 years old playing local bars with his brothers and his bands. As an adult Jay found his own sound and brand that rocks he music world.

Currently based in Atlanta, Georgia, Jay Daniels was established in April, 2019. The brand has continued to grow with an increasing fan-base and number of followers. His video views are in the thousands and because his music stretches across the genres his fans come from all over the world.

Jay signed with Dark Lonesome, an imprint of MC1 Nashville in August 2019. His first single "Rock & Roll and Me" is raw, risky and real – this music will roar in your spirit! With an enormous fan base that stretches across across the globe, Jay Daniels is sure to be a name you won't forget! Expect great things ahead for those who love rock with a little country soul.

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Multiple GRAMMY Award Winners MARY J. BLIGE and JACKY CLARK To Release "Feel Good" Digital Single On February 7, 2020

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, USA, January 23, 2020 / — LENITA, Inc. in partnership with Nashville-based United Alliance Music Group is excited to announce the newest solo single "Feel Good," from two-time GRAMMY® Award winner Jacky Clark-Chisholm, of the legendary Clark Sisters. "Feel Good" is set to release Friday, February 7, 2020 and features the legendary GRAMMY® and Golden Globe winning and Oscar nominated singer-songwriter, actress, philanthropist and honorary Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige. The forthcoming single is the first from Jacky Clark-Chisholm's own record label and this release has been an independent effort for quite some time.

"Feel Good," which is produced by GRAMMY® Award winning producer Dominicke A. Polk also features a bonus track with multi-talented rapper and entertainer Tia P. (as seen on BET's 'The Next Big Thing") who co-wrote "Feel Good" along with emerging songwriters Tommy & J'Mel Johnson (TommyJay), Dante Bowden, David Bowden, and John Murray.

"Feel Good" is Jacky Clark Chisholm's first solo record since 2018's My Season/On My Mind EP, nearly 13 years after her debut solo album Expectancy in 2005. "Feel Good" continues to gain traction at Gospel radio and within two weeks has peaked in the Top 50 on Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart. Key supporters include WCHB (Detroit), WFMV (Columbia, SC), WHUR (Washington, D.C), WOAD (Jackson, MS), and WJNJ (Jacksonville, FL) WGRI (Cincinnati, OH).

Lifetime Television is also set to premiere the highly anticipated The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel on Saturday, April 11 at 8pm ET/PT, which is executive produced by Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, and Missy Elliott and tells the story of the highs and lows of Jacky Clark-Chisholm and her sisters who are known as the top-selling female gospel group of all time.

About Jacky Clark Chisholm:
Jacky Clark Chisholm is a solo gospel artist, business-woman, educator, evangelist, and member of multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning legendary group, The Clark Sisters. With 16 albums, millions of sales to their credit and considered pioneers of contemporary gospel music for their crossover mainstream appeal and classic performances of "Is My Living In Vain? and "You Brought the Sunshine," The Clark Sisters are the highest-selling female gospel group in history. Chisholm earned an associate of Science degree in nursing, bachelors degree in Family Life Education and is a formidable leader in business. Jacky Clark Chisholm is a former spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association, serves now as Supervisor of Women for the Dominican Republic 2nd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Church of God in Christ Inc., former National Youth Choir Coordinator of the Church of God in Christ Inc. for over 16 years, and was a motivational speaker for fundraisers such as H.O.P.E. South Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was an instructor for the American Red Cross before retiring in 2010.

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Finnish Singer in New York Releases a Debut Album with a Nordic Flair

Petra Jasmiina Portrait - Photography by Ron Retamales-Tiska

Petra Jasmiina – Photography by Ron Retamales-Tiska

Petra Jasmiina EP "Cygnet" Cover Image - Album cover by Ron Retamales-Tiska

Petra Jasmiina EP “Cygnet” – Album cover by Ron Retamales-Tiska

Petra Jasmiina Perfoming in NYC - Photography by Aleksei Postnikov

Photography by Aleksei Postnikov

Cygnet, the debut album by Petra Jasmiina, is rapidly gaining wind under its wings ever since the release on October 5th, 2019.

I stepped away from music for a few years while I was traveling and working abroad. I think I was finding myself, seeing the world, and living in the moment. But I always kept on writing.”

— Petra Jasmiina

NEW YORK CITY, NY, USA, January 23, 2020 / — Singer-songwriter Petra Jasmiina, born in Finland and based in New York City, enchants listeners with poetic storytelling, set in fresh sounds of indie pop and folk with a Nordic flair. Taking us to a unique place between a fast-paced city and a sunset by the lake, Cygnet, not unlike the story of the singer-songwriter herself, is a story of love, home, growing pains, and following your dream into the unknown.

Petra Jasmiina Haapamäki, born in Helsinki, Finland, started writing songs when she was only nine years old. Music was always her favorite thing to do, but after graduation, life took her elsewhere – to work in Spain, Greece, Turkey, and Thailand, to be exact. “I stepped away from music for a few years while I was traveling and working abroad. I think I was finding myself, seeing the world, and living in the moment. But I always kept on writing.” After some years in the sun, she found what she had been looking for.

In 2015, the 25-year-old left her friends and family to book a flight across the Atlantic. “Now that I think of it, it was the craziest thing I’ve ever done. I had no job, no apartment, and knew no-one in the city. I had barely researched visas, job permits, or apartment prices. But there have been a few of those moments in my life when logic or practicalities just don’t matter, and it’s like I had no choice. I had to do it. Realizing I needed to make music and pursue my dreams. Even with all the chaos and uncertainty that followed, the moments of clarity and determination gave me peace.”

The beginning of a new life in New York City wasn't a soft landing. Finding friends, getting an apartment, or even opening a bank account, didn't come easily. Following a dream of making music seemed very different from what we see in the movies. A few years and a handful of experiences later, she not only calls New York City her home but enjoys the exciting and ever-changing music scene of the city. This is partly thanks to Writer's Room Songwriter Series, which started as an all-original-songs' open mic, and has grown to be a respected showcase of the city's best up and coming songwriting talent. To Petra, it's felt like a safe haven, a hub to form new friendships and a doorway to a new community of songwriters and indie musicians. "We've had the pleasure of having Petra regularly perform at our series since we launched back in the summer of 2018 and are proud to see her quickly become a dynamic songwriting force. We are also grateful for her passionate support of our series, including creating our Indie NYC playlist on Spotify", says Scott Krokoff, who founded and hosts the showcase alongside Jeff Jacobs. Like Krokoff, Jacobs has been creating and performing in New York for over a decade. He's also performed with Petra on various occasions and says, "Listening to Petra takes me back to a time when songs were songs. She's a natural-born weaver of poetry and melody, and there's a sweetness to her voice that is unmistakable."

In January 2019, Petra started recording with beloved New York producer and sound engineer Craig Levy of Little Pioneer Cider House Studio in TriBeCa. “Petra was secretly my favorite new collaborator in 2019. In such a short time, she’s gone from a singer-songwriter to being a true co-producer with so many interesting ideas that match her personality perfectly. She’s a natural storyteller – besides lyrics, she wants to tell a story with the production, too, whether it’s a near theatrical choice of instruments or a Finnish word hidden in the backing vocals. It’s always something new and even strange, but there’s a meaning behind each choice.”

Cygnet, her debut album, is an excellent example of this. Hours, the first single of the album, released in September, opens with a beautifully restless guitar picking by Finnish jazz master Olli Hirvonen. The song makes us chase sunsets alongside powerful drums and ethnic chants. At the same time, catchy, pop Sheeran takes us to a dingy live music joint in the heart of the city with the strums of an old guitar and percussions created by literally sliding a beer bottle down a studio table. Possibly the most adored song on the EP, however, is Arsonists, a melancholic piano ballad with swelling violins played by Estonian entrepreneur and musician Valev Laube. The lyrics move elegantly between the secular and the poetic, something that seems to have become a bit of a staple of her writing. “Arsonists is a story about a love burned out. It is something that is both day-to-day and ordinary, and also full of metaphor and poetry. As it is the most personal of all the songs, and probably the one I’m most proud of, it has been amazing to see how people have embraced it and made it their own. That’s really what making music is about for me – a connection.” Petra says.

Even though she left Finland at the age of 19, home is and always will be a big part of Petra’s identity and music. After all, the album title, meaning a baby swan, honors the national animal of Finland while signifying a debut and a beginning. The album is for her, and exciting plans are already in place for recoding a full-length album. Petra is also a cast member and an Associate Producer of Kalevala The Musical, an upcoming Broadway production based on the Finnish National Epic. The creator of the musical, Johanna Telander says, “Petra is a welcomed, bright new voice in the world of singer-songwriters. Her honest, reflective songs are catchy and relatable with just the right amount of Nordic Twist. What she brings musically can only be matched by her intelligence, drive, and SISU.”

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Award Winning Documentary “MELODY MAKERS The Bible of Rock 'n Roll” Companion Interactive Apple Book Now Available

Melody Makers Title Screen

Melody Makers

Melody Makers Rock N Roll Trivia

Melody Makers Companion Apple Book

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ASHEVILLE, NC, USA, January 23, 2020 / — In tandem with the theatrical and home entertainment release of the film MELODY MAKERS (December 17. 2019) comes the release of the Melody Makers Companion Apple Book. An immersive experience, this interactive book takes users through the rise of Melody Maker magazine through a series of rock trivia games, photo puzzles, embedded interviews, and a photographic gallery full of Barrie Wentzell's Legends Series from his iconic rock photographic archive (1965-1975). The book is a robust partner to the film that offers viewers an added music history experience. The book was “invented” – designed, curated and created – by Canadian filmmaker, and film festival producer Leslie Ann Coles.

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MELODY MAKERS is not just another music doc. It chronicles the birth of music journalism and the world’s oldest and longest standing seminal music magazine; Melody Maker. Through a series of interviews from artists (Ian Anderson/JETHRO TULL, Eric Burdon/THE ANIMALS, Alan White, Steve Howe and Chris Squire/YES, among others) and journalists of the time, the film tells the true story of the rise and fall of the world’s most influential music publication and uncovers an era of tremendous creative freedom.

At the heart of the story is Barrie Wentzell, Chief Contributing Photographer of Melody Maker Magazine (1965-1975) and his iconic photographic archive of legendary musicians during the birth of the rock 'n roll era, who along with his journalist colleagues gained unprecedented access to bands and musicians that would go on to become the legends of rock n' roll. Wentzell's photos are the touchstone of this documentary as the photographer and others recount the many untold stories from behind the pictures. Barrie recalls a Peter Townshend telling him about an idea he had for a rock opera when Tommy was a concept. Melody Maker journalist, Chris Charlesworth recalls when the magazine tried to expand into the US market without paying off the mobsters who controlled magazine distribution in key cities such as New York, and PR Keith Altham shares an anecdotal story about a publicity stunt gone awry involving the notorious drummer, Keith Moon and a hovercraft.

Beyond the visual stories told, Melody Maker includes interviews ERIC BURDON (The Animals), IAN ANDERSON (Jethro Tull), YES (Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Alan White), DAVE COUSINS (The Strawbs), JUDY DYBLE (Fairport Convention), Nazareth (PETE AGNEW & DAN MCCAFFERTY) and SEVE ABBOTT (UK Decay); journalists CHRIS WELCH, CHRIS CHARLESWORTH, ALLAN JONES (Senior Editor UNCUT Magazine); ALAN LEWIS; and other notable subjects PETER WHITEHEAD (filmmaker Charlie My Darling), ROGER DEAN (artist), JEFF DEXTER (DJ/ Promoter), KEITH ALTHAM (PR for The Rolling Stones, The Who) and GLEN COLSON (Stiff Records) to name a few.

Leslie Ann is thrilled to launch her debut feature documentary MELODY MAKERS with the enhanced Apple Book made possible with the generous support of Telefilm Canada’s Marketing and Promotions Program. As the executive producer and director of LA Coles Fine Art Films she is currently engaged in a wide variety of works which include theatrical features, non-scripted TV, documentaries, shorts and interactive digital media. Her company is committed to producing films and cross platform projects that combine art, entertainment and social justice. Coles is a Women In the Director’s Chair alumni, and a recipient of three CTV Banff Fellowships for original series. Founder of the Female Eye Film Festival (FeFF) in 2001 to address gender parity in the film industry, she has executive-produced 46 short films directed by at risk female youth through the Young Filmmaker Development Workshop (YFDW), a program established under the auspices of the FeFF. In her capacity as Festival Director for the past 17 years, she oversees the rigorous evaluation and selection of independent films for FeFF from over 2,500 entries every year. Intimately familiar with the local and international filmmaking community since 2001 with the inaugural festival and her debut multiple-award-winning film “In The Refrigerator: Spirit of a Haunted Dancer,” Leslie Ann’s strength is her ability to creatively strategize projects and determine market potential during the development process, always with a critical understanding of a film’s milieu, be it social, cultural, or art-focused.

MELODY MAKERS will see a limited theatrical release on November 29, 2019 at the Arena CineLounge Sunset, 6464 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood CA, followed by the Apple iBook on the same day and the DVD Release on December 17, 2019.

MELODY MAKERS, English, Color, Stereo, 5.1 HD, 78 min., Canada

“A cinematic love letter to late British weekly music magazine Melody Maker — captures a vital passage in 20th century music history.” – Kim Hughes, Original Cin

“This cheerful history of the music weekly Melody Maker has enough inside dope to maintain interest.” – Adrian Mack, The Georgia Straight

“Whimsically titled Melody Makers leans heavily on Barrie Wentzell, chief photographer from 1965-1975, both for his recollections and his amazing collection of images.” – Chris Knight, The National Post

“Melody Makers is charming, informative, and highly entertaining.” – Andrew Parker, The Gate

“The narrator-less film rattles along to the extent that I couldn’t believe it was over, so enthralled was I by the anecdotes, analysis, pictures and film of such an extraordinary ten years of music.” – Martin Webb, A New Day

WINNER Best Music Documentary, 18th Bare Bones International Film Festival 2017
WINNER Best Documentary, 8th Fort Myers Film Festival 2018
WINNER Best International Documentary, 16th Garden State Film Festival 2018
WINNER Audience Choice Award, Hot Springs Women’s Film Festival 2018
WINNER Gold Award Best Documentary, Spotlight Film Festival 2018
WINNER Best International Documentary, Color Tape Film Festival 2018
WINNER Best Documentary, Meraki Film Festival 2018
WINNER Best Director, Borderlands Film Festival 2018
WINNER Best Feature Documentary, Nice IFF 2018
WINNER Best Documentary, MedFF 2019

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Vancouver Film School launches new podcast on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube

The VFS Storyteller’s Studio Podcast is now available for viewing and listening on popular streaming platforms including YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.

Vancouver Film School’s new educational podcast features useful advice from top creative professionals in the entertainment industry.

The Storyteller’s Studio Podcast will feature top industry artists, directors, writers, and thought leaders with new episodes published weekly

VANCOUVER , BRITISH COLUMBIA , CANADA , January 23, 2020 / — Announcement Highlights:

· Vancouver Film School’s new educational podcast features useful advice from top creative professionals in the entertainment industry.
· The VFS Storyteller’s Studio Podcast is now available for viewing and listening on popular streaming platforms including YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.
· To subscribe to the VFS Storyteller’s Studio podcast on the streaming platform of your choice, visit

(VANCOUVER, B.C.) January 20, 2020 – Vancouver Film School is proud to announce the launch of its new Storyteller’s Studio Podcast, now available for viewing and listening on popular streaming platforms including YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.

The VFS Storyteller's Studio Podcast features unique creative and “how-to” tips and advice from top professionals in the entertainment industry.

Learn how these standout individuals perfected their craft and became leaders in their field through in-depth interviews you won’t hear anywhere else. Whether you're an aspiring creative or simply someone who wants to be inspired, this podcast is for you.

For more details and to access and subscribe to the VFS Storyteller’s Studio podcast on the streaming platform of your choice, visit

About Vancouver Film School

In 1987, Vancouver Film School introduced the world’s first true immersion film program. Today, VFS is Canada’s premier entertainment-arts centre, offering an immersive curriculum in film, animation, video game production, VR/AR development, motion and interactive design, programming, art/production foundation, and other related programs. VFS is known for providing high-quality education in accelerated timeframes. VFS alumni are consistently credited on the most successful products in the entertainment economies.

For more information, or to schedule interviews, please contact:

Christopher Ian Bennett
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Max Harvey
Vancouver Film School
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