CSS Music Says: “No Jive, You Get Five” Royalty Free Tracks vs One from Competitors

CSS Music adds new pricing tier to its "You Pick 'Em Plan" letting end users preview, select and download music from any where on its website.

Dare to Compare music libraries for Quality, Selection and Service”

— Mike Fuller, Managing Director

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, December 10, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — CSS Music has expanded its “You Pick ‘em Plan” by adding an additional pricing tier that allows music licensees to select and download 5 tunes from anywhere on the firm’s website, www.cssmusic.com. The cost of this new tier is $65. Downloads can be taken at any time and do not expire as with some subscription plans.

CSSMusic.com visitors can use any of 4 search systems including the latest in fingerprint music identification technology “Exact-a-Track” that allows searching by comparing sound recording waveforms. This is similar in some respects to Google’s Content ID music recognition system.

Other search tools available are curated “Hot Genre” Playlists and Single and Multiple Keyword searching by style and genre. Once suitable selections have been identified, users can use the CSS Music free Playlist Utility to organize their music by project, scene, genre, etc. Playlists can be e-mailed to clients or associates. Downloads can be executed in 5 popular file formats.

CSS Music Managing Director, Mike Fuller, says “our new ‘You Pick ‘em Plan’ tier at $65 for 5 tracks costs about the same as one track from competitive libraries. As I like to say, ‘No Jive, You Get Five’. 5 tracks from any where on our site. And perhaps equally important, the CSS Standard License provides one of the biggest bundles of rights of any royalty free music library. Dare to Compare music libraries for Quality, Selection and Service”.

There are 4 other pricing tiers in the CSS “You Pick ‘em Plan” 10, 50, 100 and 500 downloads. Also available is a Rollover Download Subscription Plan. Tunes also can be downloaded on a single track basis or end users can take advantage of an earned discount plan that automatically kicks in. Entire Albums can also be downloaded in 3 file formats including master quality non-compressed .aif format as well as Apple Lossless and mp3 320.

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Heavy Metal Legends BAD NEWS! Release 32nd Anniversary Box Set & more

The Comic Strip Presents…BAD NEWS! Featuring Nigel Planer, Adrian Edmondson & Rik Mayall

ASHEVILLE, NC, USA, December 8, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — VIM, DEN, COLIN and SPIDER are BAD NEWS!

The Comic Strip Presents… BAD NEWS! Four hairy muisos with a dream to be the next Motorhead. Sure they have musical differences – all great bands do. But with Colin's PA ,Vim's old transit van and the entire back line stacked on HP, what could possibly go wrong ?…. Chart success, adoring fans and excess all areas, it can only be GOOD News surely! Then the unexpected happens.

BAD NEWS get picked by Channel 4 television for a fly on the wall documentary about a metal band's quest to make the big time. The film when first broadcast caused immediate outrage not just with metal fans who thought it was “far too heavy”, but the band got condemned by the music press who declared them: “the worst thing since Shawaddywaddy” or as one smart arse critic wrote “this isn't Metal, it's Heavy Lead”.

The documentary ends with the band in a sprawling fist fight and falling apart as they head for obscurity. That riveting film of BAD NEWS is what you actually have now in your grubby weed stained fingers …yeah? But it wasn't all bad news. . Sharkey Mcyntyre the scrap dealer turned pop promoter using the old dictum that “there's no such thing as bad news” immediately invited the band to play at the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donnington along with some of their heroes including Motorhead.

Suddenly there's a part two of the Bad News story and when EMI decide to sign the band. Channel 4 also embark on a second film MORE BAD NEWS (even longer than the first!) charting their rise to fame as they record two albums with the legendary axe man Brian May who actually lets them murder the Queen classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” – it's all laid out here in front of you – followed by a national tour ending with a final live concert at Hammersmith Odeon (also included).

SO! You got your BAD NEWS t-shirt and patch, your picture filled tour programme – Now get yourself a greasy hot dog a plastic pint of lager; roll yourself a huge spliff and sit back and enjoy…. Are you ready?! Coz here they come! “The worst band in the world” On Film! On CD! On Bootleg! And live here on stage Ladies and Gentlemen!


For more information: www.pledgemusic.com/badnews

Both CD reissues of “Bad News” and “Bootleg” are expanded with extra tracks. In the case of “Bootleg” it has a bonus CD and features the bands performance at Castle Donnington and Hammersmith Odeon.

This is the first in series of deluxe box sets for all the Comic Strip Presents films.

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Guitar Legend Scott Henderson Offers 10-Week Guitar Course

ASHEVILLE, NC, USA, December 7, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Legendary guitarist Scott Henderson will take you through the basic steps to improvisation and general organization on the guitar. Over 10 weeks, you’ll learn to use scales and their modes, chord tones, rhythmic ideas, motifs, and chord voicings, all with the focus on musicianship and artistry.

Hi Friends,

I’m happy to announce that I’m teaching an online class at Musicians Institute. Stig Mathisen, head of the guitar department, help me put this course together which we’re really proud of. This is how it works:

It’s a 10-week course which starts every January, April, July, and October. You get 10 videos which are uploaded weekly, and remain active for a year after the 10-week course is over. You also get an online session with me every Tuesday afternoon at 12PM Pacific Time. You can text me questions about that week’s video, or whatever’s on your mind, and see me talking, playing, and giving musical examples over backing tracks. These online lectures are also available for one year after the 10-week course is over.

The course starts with very basic information and moves pretty quickly, up to advanced jazz concepts. The program works because the material is explained very clearly, and as I mentioned, the videos and lectures remain active for a year.

If you’re a guitarist who doesn’t want to attend a school for logistic or financial reasons, but wants to improve your knowledge of guitar, this course could be just what you’re looking for. I’d also add that the course is not designed to be just a study of technical information, but rather a study of how to turn that information into musical ideas, with the emphasis on phrasing, tone, and artistry.


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Born in 1954, Scott Henderson grew up in an era where blues-rock was at it's peak. His formative musical years took place in South Florida where he played the clubs with various bands, playing everything from Led Zeppelin to James Brown. As he was learning his instrument, Henderson was influenced by Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore, and his favorite blues guitarist Albert King.

Even though Henderson claims to be more of a blues-rock player, it was the influence of jazz that led him to the style of playing and composing that he is now famous for.

Scott studied arranging and composition at Florida Atlantic University, then moved to Los Angeles in 1980. He toured and recorded with Chick Corea's Elektric Band, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, and was pleased to get the opportunity to work for four years with one of his favorite musicians, Weather Report's Joe Zawinul. He recorded two albums with the Zawinul Syndicate, “The Immigrants” and “Black Water”. Henderson formed the legendary band Tribal Tech in 1984 with bassist Gary Willis, and recorded ten critically acclaimed albums. The most recent recording is “Tribal Tech X” released in March 2012.

In 1991, Scott was named by Guitar World as the #1 Jazz Guitarist, and in January 1992, he was named #1 Jazz Guitarist in Guitar Player's Annual Reader's Poll. His first solo blues album “Dog Party”, a welcome retreat to his musical roots, won best blues album of 1994 in Guitar Player Magazine. His next solo albums “Tore Down House” and “Well to the Bone” paired Henderson with legendary vocalist Thelma Houston. “Vibe Station”, Henderson's latest and most accomplished work as a leader, is an instrumental trio record featuring Travis Carlton on bass and Alan Hertz on drums. The trio has toured extensively throughout the world in over 50 countries, playing music from the solo albums as well as some of Henderson's music recorded by Tribal Tech.

Scott has also released two albums with “Vital Tech Tones”, a trio collaboration with bassist Victor Wooten and former Journey drummer Steve Smith. In 2009 he began touring worldwide with the HBC Trio, featuring bassist Jeff Berlin and drummer Dennis Chambers. Their first record “HBC” was released in October 2012.

As is often the case with a musician of Scott's caliber, the demand is great that he share his knowledge with the current generation of guitarists. He is on the faculty at Musician's Institute in Hollywood, where his Open Counseling sessions are some of MI's most popular. Scott has also written columns for Guitar Player Magazine and many other guitar publications.

Alfred Publishing has released Henderson's instructional DVD entitled “Scott Henderson – Jazz Rock Mastery”, and his first transcription book “The Scott Henderson Guitar Book”. His other two transcription books, “The Best Of Scott Henderson” and “Scott Henderson – Blues Guitar Collection” are available through Hal Leonard Publishing, as well as his instructional book “Jazz Guitar Chord System”, a revolutionary way for students to study the pluralities of jazz harmony.

For more information: https://www.scotthenderson.net/

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Oscar Winner Jamie Foxx, Streetballer "Sik Wit It" and Hoops Prodigy Jaliyah Manuel Compete in Celebrity Basketball Jam

Multiple award-winner Jamie Foxx created The Foxxhole, an uncensored comedy channel on Sirius XM. Currently, Foxx returns to Fox network’s “Beat Shazam” and stars in “Robin Hood.” Foxx will play in the Celebrity Basketball Jam on Dec. 8 at the Expo Center.

Robin “Sik Wit It” Kennedy, Jr. is an international veteran streetballer and all-around performer on the court. He brings his skills to the Roll Out Show team at the Celebrity Basketball Jam on Dec. 8 at the Expo Center in Los Angeles.

Eight-year-old Jaliyah Manuel, from New Orleans, Louisiana, will bring her shooting and dribbling skills to the Heritage Music Group team at the Celebrity Basketball Jam on Dec. 8 at the Expo Center.

Award-winning Ricky Bell is an American singer best known as one of the founding members of R&B/pop group “New Edition,” and the lead singer of “Bell Biv DeVoe.” Bell will be one of the coaches at the Celebrity Basketball Jam on Dec. 8 at the Expo Center.

The Celebrity Basketball Jam features star-studded players on December 8 at the Expo Center in Los Angeles.

The Roll Out Show, Q4 Sports and HMG present the 1st Annual Celebrity Basketball Jam to benefit A Friend's House Foundation at the Expo Center on December 8

Collaborating with The Roll-Out Show and HMG Group is an amazing start to giving back to the L.A. community, proceeds from this event benefits kids who are serviced by My Friend's House Foundation.”

— Quintin 'Q' Williams, Co-Founder and Chief Global Designer

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, December 6, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Roll Out Show, Q4 Sports and HMG present the first annual "Celebrity Basketball Jam and Foxxhole Reunion," on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. The star-studded basketball competition, powered by Q4 Sports, features a showdown between "Team HMG" and "Team Roll Out Show." The confirmed celebrity line up includes Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx, 8-year-old basketball sensation Jaliyah Manuel dubbed as “the next Steph Curry” by fans, worldwide streetballer Robin "The Real Sik Wit it," Kennedy, Jr., Rashid “Seven and Sum Change” Byrd," one of the best shot blockers in the world, NFL Hall of Famer Terrell Owens, Actor Omar Gooding (Family Time), Actor/Singer Darius McCary, Comic Pierre, reality TV star Laura Govan (Basketball Wives), and more.

Team HMG Coaches – Awarding-winning entertainer Ricky Bell (Bell Biv DeVoe and New Edition) and Actor/Comedian Flex Alexander (ONE ON ONE). Team Roll Out Show Coaches – Speedy, Steven Russell (Troop) and Assistant Coach (Blu Mitchell). The event includes the long-awaited Foxxhole Reunion of Speedy, Zo Williams, Johnny Mack, Lewis Dix and TDP. Hosted by The Roll Out Show/Roll Out Studios, the laughs are sure to be endless. "There will be an opportunity to win up to $500 in the shootout games," said Speedy, the host and one of the executive producers of "The Roll Out Show."

The afternoon of fun will benefit My Friend's House Foundation with the distribution of shoes to the disadvantaged and homeless in downtown Los Angeles.

"Q4's collaboration with The Roll-Out Show and HMG Group is the start of something amazing. Being that we are a Los Angeles, performance-based footwear company, we are always looking for opportunities to give back to the local community," said Quintin ‘Q’ Williams, Q4 Sports global design officer and co-founder. "All the proceeds from our celebrity game will be distributed to local kids in need of shoes to remain active and fit with the help of My Friend's House Foundation, a Los Angeles-based organization."

My Friend's House Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that services the needs of men, women, children and seniors in the L.A. community.

“We’ve designed and developed a brand and product that speaks directly to the serious, fierce baller who wants a high-quality basketball shoe that looks cool and performs even better,” said Williams. The teams competing in the celebrity game will be wearing Q4s.

The new, privately held company’s DNA is built around the four principal pillars of any game – Team, Passion, Commitment, and Focus.

Contact:Media and Talent Submissions, contact Platinum Star PR attn: Marie Lemelle put in subject line: Celebrity Basketball Jam to info@platinumstarpr.com and 213-276-7827. Media check-in at noon. Red carpet from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

About Q4Sports:
Q4 Sports, headquartered in Los Angeles, is a fresh force in global sporting goods industry committed to designing footwear that is the ultimate blend of technology, style and performance. When it’s time to close out the game, Q4 is as obsessed with an athlete’s performance as they are, because Q4 knows how much every second counts. To learn more about Q4 Sports go to www.Q4sports.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Roll Out Show with Speedy N Friends:

Comedian Speedy teamed up with veteran radio host, professional musician, and friend Nikki Pam Baker aka "Scrambled Eggs & Pam" to launch The Roll Out Show as a daily podcast from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in their own studio in the San Fernando Valley. Speedy and Industry Insider Pam are the executive producers and regular hosts of the "on-the-air live" show the features comedians that have graced Speedy's shows in the past, highlights the journey of Speedy's career and how he paved the way for comics locally and around the world. Michelle Holden-Caldwell is the Producer of the Roll Out Show and the Roll Out Studio Manager. Marie Lemelle is the show's publicist and talent booker. The show guests include actors, entertainers, celebrities, book authors, business owners and more.

Roll Out Show is home to a revolving door of guest co-hosts such as, Actress Tangie Ambrose, Missterray from Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, Engineers and Co-hosts Sky Holsey and Nic Caldwell, DJ Ron C, Mark Howard, Blu Mitchell, TDP, Jay Alexander, Audra Lachelle, Comedy Writer Johnny Mack, JT Turner who adds to the fun and joins in on reporting about hot topics, sports, politics, gossip, and more. Speedy and Pam's impressive history of shows at the Foxxhole, Sirius XM, Reach Around Radio and now The Roll Out Show is sure to take the internet radio network to another level as the #1 visual radio network on air.

About Heritage Music Group (HMG):

Originally founded and entirely self-funded by Jovan Dawkins in 2010 as Impact Music Group, Heritage Music Group (HMG) evolved into a dynamic publishing company with a critical mission – preserve and create great music, support songwriters and producers by providing them with the tools and resources necessary for monetizing their music and vision, plus incubate great minds and ideas across all platforms.

Jovan Dawkins and HMG impacted the industry immediately by taking home 5 Grammys in 2018. As word of HMG’s success spread, Jovan recognized the need to add several new dimensions to the original HMG footprint. With the addition of Production, Studio, Tech, Marketing, and Purpose/Cause divisions to HMG’s suite of services and platforms, HMG has become the ultimate destination for projects, brands, and artists ready to outwork the competition and create meaningful change across the board.

About My Friend's House Foundation:
My Friend's House Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit humanitarian service organization. Its mission is to provide life-sustaining staples that include food, clothing, toiletries and encouragement to the homeless and economically disadvantaged, regardless of race, or religious beliefs. We also provide programs that encourage clients to become self-sufficient and live healthy lives, We respond to the needs of men, women, children and seniors in Los Angeles.

Marie Lemelle
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Behind the scenes footage of 8-year-old basketball prodigy Jaliyah Manuel

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Oliver Richman, New Music Release

Oliver Richman, New Holiday Release

Oliver Richman

A Newly Released Music Video of the Same Song, Recorded and Filmed By Oliver When he Was 10 Years Old, Accompanies the 2018 Recording

‘I Can See’ is a song of hope and optimism. In a world full of challenge, it is inspiring and empowering to remember to look for the good even while acknowledging some of the pain of the truth.”

— Lisa Dawn Miller, Producer

LOS ANGELES , CA, U.S.A., December 6, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Keeping the spirit alive of his iconic grandfather, famed songwriter Ron Miller, 18-year-old actor/singer Oliver Richman (https://oliverrichman.com/) releases a powerful, piano-only ballad entitled "I Can See." Oliver is the first artist to release the track written by his late grandfather when it was discovered after Miller’s passing in 2007. The new recording is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and YouTube.

Oliver previously recorded the song as a child in 2010 and filmed a music video for its release, however the video was held and only recently edited as part of a college send-off to Oliver from his mother, producer/singer/songwriter Lisa Dawn Miller (https://lisadawnmiller.com/), who produced both recordings and the music video. The video is now available on Oliver’s website and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/TXvwJUL6J0s.

“As part of my goal to get all of the unknown works of my father out there for the whole world to hear, I’m so grateful to have the extraordinary talents of my son, who knows how to interpret my father’s powerful, meaningful and profound lyrics with depth and sensitivity,” Lisa Miller said.

“‘I Can See’ is a song of hope and optimism. In a world full of challenge, it is inspiring and empowering to remember to look for the good even while acknowledging some of the pain of the truth. It was my father’s message to me and it is my message to my son, who sang this song as an innocent child full of hope and excitement about the future and who sings it now as young college student wanting to utilize his talents to go out there and change the world in the most positive ways,” Miller continued.

Just in time for the holidays, Oliver also recently released a beautiful rendition of the late Miller's holiday classic, "Someday at Christmas," originally recorded by Stevie Wonder in 1967. The song is also available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and YouTube. “Someday at Christmas” and “I Can See” are the first two releases from the younger Miller’s new record label, LDM Music.

Oliver's grandfather and Lisa's father, Ron Miller, penned standards such as, "For Once in My Life," "Touch Me in the Morning," "A Place in the Sun,” "Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday," "Heaven Help Us All," "I've Never Been to Me," "If I Could,” “Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas Time” (co-written by Oliver’s maternal grandmother, Aurora Miller), and many more.

Oliver was personally invited by Stevie Wonder when he was just 10 years old to perform the hit “One Little Christmas Tree” at the Nokia Theatre (now the Microsoft Theater) for Wonder's annual House Full of Toys benefit concert, where Oliver received a standing ovation from more than 7,500 people. Oliver is now a freshman at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Oliver’s prior releases include takes on his grandfather’s classics, “For Once in My Life – Special 50th Anniversary Edition,” “Heaven Help Us All,” “Will I Still Be Me,” and “Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas Time.” He also released many other songs including several penned by his mother, “You and I,” “Rise” “Believe,” “Today” and “The Diagramming Club.”

Lisa has written and/or produced other holiday recordings for the Miller-family catalogue such as “A Miracle,” "A Christmas Truce," We'll Always Have Christmas Eve," "A New Year" and “Celebrate Me Home.” She also recently launched LDM Publishing (https://ldmpublishing.com/) and is currently developing a new musical about the life of her father entitled, “For Once in My Life."

At 9 years old, Oliver released, “Defying Gravity,” his first music video. He first appeared in the critically-acclaimed show, “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show” as “Young Frank Sinatra” at age 10. At 13 years old, he released a piano-only ballad of Bruno Mars’ “Count on Me.”

For the latest on Oliver, visit https://oliverrichman.com/ and follow him on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oliverrichman/,) Twitter (@OliverRichman1) and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV4MZJ9nyozdmKigSrCz9jQ).

Chrissy Mrowczynski
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Oliver Richman, “I Can See”

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Church of Scientology Choir Delights Downtown Clearwater

The Church of Scientology choir performing Holiday sing-alongs at the Scientology Information Center

The Holiday Season is a wonderful time of year and people love to celebrate it with the songs they grew up with and love.”

— Anette Jonsson, the Church of Scientology’s choir director

CLEARWATER, FL, US, December 6, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — On December 1st, the Church of Scientology Choir donned Victorian-style attire and took to downtown Clearwater’s Cleveland street to sing Holiday favorite sing-alongs and Holiday cheer. Along the way, families joined to listen and children participated in the performances with bells and hand held percussion instruments.

The choir’s final destination was Downtown’s Century-Old Historic Clearwater Building, now housing the Scientology Information Center.

The audience took videos of the choir and children playing the instruments, capturing the experience.

“The Holiday Season is a wonderful time of year and people love to celebrate it with the songs they grew up with and love,” said Anette Jonsson, the Church of Scientology’s choir director. “We see how much these performances mean to the community and we love to bring that joy to people.”

On December 7th, the Scientology Information Center will host a Holiday Concert with Ms. Joanie Sigal from Broadway and Beyond. She will perform an eclectic mix of favorites including Broadway, romantic ballads, pop, blues and a selection of holiday favorites.

To learn more about the Scientology Information Center and future events please contact Amber Skjelset at (727) 467-6966 or email amber@cos.flag.org.

The Scientology Information Center:

The Scientology Information Center, located in the Historic Clearwater Building in downtown Clearwater, opened on July 11, 2015, and currently houses a gallery of audiovisual displays with some 400 videos. The Center is open to all and provides a self-guided tour showing basic Scientology beliefs, Churches around the world, ongoing social programs and the life of L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology’s founder. The Center offers tours to the broad public and civic leaders; holds concerts, theatrical performances and receptions for the community; and opens up the use of its conference room to social, civic and non-profit groups. For more information on Scientology, visit www.scientology.org or the Scientology Network on DirecTV channel 320, or streaming at www.scientology.tv or apps at appleTV, fireTV and ROKU.

Pat Harney
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Release party Dec. 21st, 2018 at Pickwick's Pub-Woodland Hills, CA.

Drewin is a hardworking, passionate, creative soul whose positivity in this song and video are obvious! A great message of how to help those in need, offered with love.”

— DON GRIERSON, Former Sr. Vp. A&R Epic Records

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, December 6, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Drewin Young is an American musician, singer and songwriter born in Northridge, California. His heartfelt single and music video “Share The Gift” is officially available via Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify and YouTube on December 20, 2018. Stream and share the music video by clicking here.

The release party (open to the public) for the single and video is December 21st, 9pm at Pickwick’s Pub (2010 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364).

Drewin attended the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and earned his degree in Film Studies in 2004. While enrolled there, Young was schooled in the art of the film industry by Desperately Seeking Susan Producer Sarah Pillsbury and studied music supervision via Four Rooms director Allison Anders.

Drewin’s film Express Lane won Best Music Video Award at the International Student Film Festival, Hollywood. He also went on to win two more awards for his next short music film The Irish Cowboy at Moondance International Film Festival & Backlot Film Festival. The Irish Cowboy is the accompanying digital b-side to “Sharing The Gift” and will also available on Dec. 20th.

“Share The Gift” is a song about “love and charity” says, Young. “My wish is that the song and video will inspire others to help and share with others in need this holiday season. We shot the video in various locations throughout Mexico, and seeing the happy faces and voices when we brought them gifts will warm your hearts as it did mine. It’s important to help others not only during the holiday season, but all year long. There are so many people hurting in the world, and whatever we can do to bring some sunshine into those in need, is a good thing for our world,” says Drewin Young.

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Quino Mcwhinney, John D. Marquez, and James Mcwhinney. Photo by: Elena Rojas

Known worldwide for their hit ‘Baby I Love Your Way’, the band returns with a single to create awareness of the problems suffered by immigrants in the U.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, December 4, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Big Mountain, the reggae band internationally known for its reggae remake of Peter Frampton’s “Ooh Baby, I Love Your Way”, is making big news in 2018. The song that the whole world fell in love in 1994 and was part of the soundtrack for the hit movie 'Reality Bites', starring Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke, recently landed another big movie placement with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

“Ooh Baby I Love Your Way” has proven to be one of the most successful reggae releases in history, currently exceeding 3 million streams per month on Spotify and keeping Big Mountain busy touring the world year-round.

The band culminated their tour by crafting a new track that reinvigorates the band’s roots in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and its commitment to using art as a tool for social justice. “Deportation Nation” is a dark and fierce roots reggae rebuke to the Trump administration’s immigration and border enforcement policy and a broader history of border militarization. It features the spoken word performance of Dr. John D. Márquez, an acclaimed author and professor of Ethnic Studies and Latinx Studies at Northwestern University. Márquez is a veteran activist against border militarization, police brutality, mass incarceration, and other injustices. He and Big Mountain frontman, Quino McWhinney, met in the mid 1990s as members of a grassroots organization that was addressing human rights abuses at the border. They have been artistic interlocutors ever since. As Quino explains, “We wanted to demonstrate to our undocumented immigrant sisters and brothers that the band Big Mountain stands in solidarity with their plight. We believe that all people have a right to travel far and wide to fulfill their dreams, especially when it comes to bettering their lives and the lives of their families”.

With recent performances on LATV bilingual format television, Univision, and Telemundo’s Accesso Total, the music industry is finally becoming aware that Big Mountain vocalists, brothers Quino and James McWhinney, are Americans of Mexican heritage with strong ties to the histories, peoples, and cultures of Latin America. Their maternal grandfather, Onesimo Arias, immigrated to the United States and settled in the Coachella Valley in 1918. Onesimo was a migrant farm worker whose hard work led him to become a commercial farming leader. He also happened to be a skilled violinist and leader of many conjuntos, folkloric groups of northern Mexico. Accompanied by brothers Palemon on tololoche (stand-up bass) and Gabriel on Bajo Sexto (guitar), Onesimo’s conjuntos played corridos and standards that entertained, educated, and inspired Mexican farmworker communities. Quino and James are proud to further the Arias family’s legacy as artists and builders of community.

The themes and sounds of Mexican and Chicano culture have thus pulsated across Big Mountain’s foundation and story. In 1992 the band pioneered reggae in Spanish with the song “Llena mi Vida”, the Spanish version of “Touch My Light”, the reggae love ballad that would finish top 5 for airplay in Los Angeles city area. A radio disc jockey in El Centro, California spliced together a half Spanish, half English version and Spanglish reggae was born and soon being broadcast to big watt radio stations all over the southwestern United States. On Big Mountain's following album, Unity, the song 'Un Sensual Amor' landed within the top 10 hits in Spain in 1994.

Growing up in San Diego and considering their family’s history, Quino and James were inherently attuned to the plight of Mexican immigrants. They witnessed, first hand, the steady militarization of the U.S. and Mexico border which had a profound effect on how they envisioned their role and work as musicians. Immigration, identity, and racial harmony are thus central themes across Big Mountain’s catalog. “Deportation Nation” is but their latest addition to this body of work.

The bands breakout album Unity, which featured the platinum single “Ooh Baby I Love Your Way,” also contained the roots rocker “Bordertown” with its defiant chorus, “Stolen Land, a nation built on slavery. A poor example of democracy”. The song is a favorite among fans worldwide and is a testament to Big Mountain’s sincere commitment to cross border issues everywhere. As James simply explains "the political system is so stuck on oppressing… and Big Mountain is all about fighting against that".

The 'Deportation Nation' music video was released on October 26th of this year. It was filmed by the border wall that separates Mexico from the U.S. The video was directed by award-winning Colombian filmmaker Juan Zapata, who’s currently in final stages of postproduction of a documentary on the band to be released in a few days.

Since their comeback, the band has already led the Rototom Reggae Festival in Valencia, Spain, One Love Festival in New Zealand, Pol'and'Rock Festival and Colombo Music Festival in Sri Lanka.

Please enjoy the song and video ‘Baby I Love Your Way'.

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Across The Board Band Wins Award For Best Rock Song And Receives Nomination For 40th Annual Covenant Awards

Across The Board

Across The Board

Sonic Boom

The Canadian rock band is a 2018 Radio Music Awards winner and Canadian Gospel Music Association Covenant Award Nominee.

I've been exposed to gospel music my entire life and it plays a huge role in my songwriting and the lyrical messages that I try to bring to our music.”

— Jacqueline Auguste, Frontwoman of Across The Board

TORONTO, ON, CANADA, December 4, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Canadian rock band Across The Board wins Best Rock Song at the 2018 Radio Music Awards for their single, Sonic Boom.

Powered by Indie Music Channel, the Radio Music Awards recognizes independent singers and bands from around the world who have achieved the outstanding accomplishment of receiving terrestrial, satellite, and/or internet radio airplay for their music, in spite of not being signed to a major record label.

Across The Board is also up for a Covenant Award, with their album Sonic Boom nominated for Pop / Rock Album of The Year at the 40th Annual Covenant Awards. Presented by GMA Canada, the Covenant Awards is Canada’s national awards for the Canadian gospel music industry. The 40th annual awards are scheduled to be presented on January 24, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta.

“Having grown up in rural Alberta, I've been exposed to gospel music my entire life and it plays a huge role in my songwriting and the lyrical messages that I try to bring to our music," comments Jacqueline Auguste, frontwoman and principal songwriter of Across The Board.

With over 500 YouTube videos, three albums and sold-out shows across the country, Across The Board has gained a global following. The recipient of several independent music awards and nominations including two gold medal Global Music Awards, four Josie Music Award nominations, and an Indie Music Hall of Fame award, Across The Board has immense online and terrestrial radio airplay, even reaching #4 on the Canadian iTunes Rock Charts with the title track of their album, Sonic Boom.

The 2018 Radio Music Award is Across The Board's fifth award win, with their Covenant Award nomination as their fifth award nomination to date.

Across The Board is an award-winning Canadian rock band from Toronto, Ontario. Formed in 2013, Across The Board quickly gained popularity with their YouTube cover series Pick Up and Play (now with over 500 videos on YouTube), imprinting their unique and innovative musical style and videography on both contemporary and classic rock songs while featuring other local artists as guests. Across The Board includes founding members Jacqueline Auguste (lead vocals/lead guitar) and Andy Ramjatten (guitar/percussion), with supporting members Martin Heller (keyboards), Ryan Sousa (drums), Ben Healey (guitar), Tasha Henry and Shezelle Weekes (backing vocals). Across The Board’s debut album, Jane On Fire, was released in 2016 to critical acclaim with their second record and EP, Amends, following in 2017. 2018 brought along their third record and album, Sonic Boom. Sonic Boom has achieved two gold medal Global Music Awards, while also receiving nominations for four Josie Music Awards. Across The Board is a recipient of the Indie Music Hall of Fame and the title track off Sonic Boom reached #4 on the Canadian iTunes Rock Charts in September 2018.


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Southern Halo’s Spirit of Giving Continues

Natalia, Christina & Hannah Morris Credit: Rory Doyle

Sister Trio To Brighten Lives Of Hospitalized Children This Holiday Season
With Performances & Visits In Tennessee, Mississippi

PLEASANT VIEW, TN, UNITED STATES, December 4, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — – Southern Halo’s sweet spirit of giving continues with performances and visits to hospitalized children this month. On December 6, the trio will visit Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt for the annual “River of Hope Radiothon,” hosted by 107.5 The River and broadcast from Seacrest Studios at the Hospital. December 13, they will be in Jackson, MS at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital.

These appearances mark a repeat outreach by Southern Halo on behalf of both organizations. In 2016, the band performed and rode in the 63rd Annual Piedmont Natural Gas Nashville Christmas Parade to help raise funds for Vanderbilt and joined the Mississippi National Guard to sing Christmas carols and visit with Santa at Batson’s. “We are thrilled to be going back and sharing the spirit of the season with these kids,” notes Natalia Morris, the group’s principal songwriter. “Our mom always told us that the best gift is the one you give,” says 19-year-old drummer Christina. “And we get back way more than we give,” chimes in Hannah, the youngest member at 18 and the group’s bass player.
The giving spirit is one the trio embraces: they’ve just completed a round of shows for High School Nation Tour which supports arts education in public high schools, and guested on the Backstage Pass Series, an educational endeavor targeting grade schoolers, at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi.

Southern Halo has also been visiting radio stations around the country to promote their current single, “I Think Too Much,” from their album, JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIES. Their hard work is paying off and the track is moving rapidly up both the MusicRow CountryBreakOut (currently @ #48) and Billboard Indicator (currently @ #50 ) charts. Over the past few weeks, the sisters have visited stations in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. They headlined the inaugural Front Porch Music Series show at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi last month. The band will hit the road for more promotional visits the week of December 10 before taking off to celebrate the holidays from December 17 – December 30.

“This has been a busy year for us,” notes Natalia. “We’ve been on the road constantly, and while we love it and are so grateful to our fans, it will be nice to just chill out, spend some time with the family, and keep up our holiday traditions.” The Morris family’s customs include decorating their fresh-cut Christmas tree (this year an 18-foot Douglas Fir) with a multitude of handmade ornaments, baking chocolate chip, sugar, and chocolate lava cookies, and watching Christmas movies, including “Elf” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

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