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Friday, May 15, 2015

How Technology that Broke Music Industry is Empowering Independent Music Creators

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MIAMI, May 15, 2015  -- The Internet, which, many claim, has all but destroyed the music industry, has enabled music of countless independent artists to flourish. Online-based music production studio, GoranGrooves, has seized the opportunity to break physical borders by helping music makers from around the globe record, produce and mix their craft. Founded by session drummer / producer / audio engineer Goran Rista, they have been bringing world-class sound quality to singers/ songwriters, musicians and producers alike for the last 7 years.

What started as a modest personal recording setup in Rista's bedroom in order to work on his own musical ideas, grew into a whole range of music production services aimed at independent music community around the world. Rista recalls: "When computers, software and recording equipment finally become capable and affordable, it was the beginning of a renaissance period for me. I soon realized that there had to be many folks out there who didn't have access to or could not afford professional session drummers. Nobody should HAVE to use substitutes for real drums! They would have greatly benefited from my skills as a drummer and engineer, but we would have never crossed paths in everyday life."
It was this mission that led Rista to turn to the online world in order to reach those in need of real drums, making their own music.
Since those modest beginnings, Rista has converted part of his home into professional recording studio, also fulfilling the needs of Miami's local music scene.
GoranGrooves now encompasses a number of services necessary to bring music ideas into professionally-produced releases. Guitars, basses, keyboards and horns are recorded by a small group of hand-picked, self-sufficient session musicians, while Rista also takes care of production and professional audio mixing.
In the past, recording and releasing music needed large recording studios equipped with expensive gear requiring big budgets reserved for those signed with major record labels. These days anybody can begin making music from home on a very modest budget.
However, while there are a plethora of digital audio tools and virtual instruments available, the difference that experienced session musicians, producers and audio engineers can bring to a music project can't be emphasized enough. Any music project can greatly benefit by utilizing help from music production professionals.
Unfortunately, local access to highly skilled music production professionals may not be possible everywhere. That's where GoranGrooves come in. Their clientele comes from all parts of the world with the same need: to record high quality music on a budget. While doing their own pre-productions, independent artists now have online access to highest quality professionals that can push their projects to another level.
Rista is confident that independently produced and released music often sounds superior to that of current major label releases. He explains:
"Major record labels are directly responsible for constantly- deteriorating sound quality of music due to their senseless, ill-informed loudness war for the past 3 decades. We don't follow their hyper-compression trend. Thanks to technology breakthroughs by Apple, Spotify and others who are now automatically lowering the playback volume of those squashed, distorted and ultra-loud releases, dynamic music such as what we produce, stands head and shoulders above them with clarity, depth, punch and warmth."
"The future belongs to independent artists with entrepreneurial skills willing to evolve and take advantage of technology while connecting directly with their followers."
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Jimmy Needham Releases Lyric Video for Spoken Word Fan-Favorite "The Story"

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(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) -- Jimmy Needham fans are finding plenty to be thankful for this month, starting with the May 4th release of his seventh studio album, Vice & Virtue (Platinum Pop Records). The cinematic music video for the title track was released during street week, followed by the just-released lyric video for spoken word fan-favorite, "The Story."

Needham describes "The Story" as the Gospel in five minutes.

The Story was the first track I wrote for Vice & Virtue, says Needham. I actually wrote it as a piece for a friend's wedding. I've always loved slam poetry and have historically ended my albums with a spoken word track. This was the first time that we incorporated music into it. The music helped to really make it a piece of art I've never tried before. 

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The Recording Academy statement on the passing of B.B. King

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Friday, May 15, 2015

The name B.B King has been synonymous with the blues for more than 50 years. A 15-time GRAMMY winner and 1987 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, B.B. pioneered the electric blues as we know it today, and his prolific career has left an indelible mark on music and our culture. Undoubtedly one of the most influential and hardest working musicians of our time, his remarkable legacy will continue to inspire many generations to come. We have lost a true American treasure, and our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans around the world who have been entertained by his magnificent work.

Neil Portnow
President of the Recording Academy
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The Thrill Is Gone: King of the Blues B.B King has passed away

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The man who gave us blues, blues, and nuthin' but the blues for over six decades has passed away.

Mississippi born, Riley B. King, known as blues titan B.B. King, a name synonymous with the genre, died peacefully while sleeping in his Las Vegas home on Thursday night.  His attorney, Brent Bryson confirmed his death. King was 89.

On Facebook, Claudette King, the daughter of the legendary blues man left a simple statement on behalf of their family acknowledging his passing:

"It is with great sadness that we relay on that Blues legend BB King has died in Las Vegas at the age of 89.

The Family thanks you in advance for your condolences during this very delicate time and asks that all respect their privacy.

Please remember him in your heart."

~Claudette "The Bluz Queen" King

In a way, fans are mourning two losses today--King, the master of a signature one note ripping style of playing, and  Lucille -- a "talking" guitar.

A member of both the Blues Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Mr. King will be best remembered  for a style of guitar plucking that gave his "Lucille" (originally a Gibson acoustic guitar), her own voice and him a place among the "music gods."   Their inseparable music marriage  lasted  over 60 years.
Lucille was named after a woman two men fought over in an Arkansas bar that caught on fire during the ruckus.  As the oft told story goes, two people died that night, but his guitar, for which he'd paid only $30 at the time, was found the following day having survived through the ashes.   King started playing electric guitar shortly thereafter and switched guitars over the years, but kept the spirit of Lucille alive by keeping the same name, sound and story.

The way King wrapped Lucille in the cradle of his arm as he played was just one sign of a special connection he felt toward the  instrument.  In his concerts he told stories of how Lucille saved his life on many different occasions. The distant look in his eyes and facial contortions when his vibrating fingers massaged electric coos, squalls and lusty vibrations out  of her were other signs. 

"I'm very crazy about Lucille," said King during a performance of the song by the same name.   "Lucille took me from the plantation.  Or you might say, brought me fame."

An extension of his emotions, he said Lucile sometimes spoke for him.

Like his playing, King was also respected for his blistered vocals, that were equally embraced from the deep country South to Chicago where his blues also took root.  Before becoming a famed blues singer/songwriter  King once said he wanted to sing gospel (or "spirituals.") It was in the U.S. Army he dropped spirituals and started singing the blues, but traces of the church remained through the rumbling, grumbling and  spiritual babble  he afixed to the ends of phrases.

B.B. and Lucille were like a  couple that never seemed to quarrel. For King,  Lucille represented more than  part of an act.  She was the personification of an ever-faithful female companion who eased his aching heart.

In classic tunes such as "The Thrill Is Gone" and "The Blues is Alright," King would sing and wail, then Lucille would respond in total agreement, touching the souls of listeners around the world. In many recordings Lucille started the conversation, seeming to allow the artist to release his deepest hang-ups whether about love, lust of life.   His perpetual sidekick, the guitar was always designed with a  sleek black finish and gold accents.    Together they accumulated copious high honors, winning  the first of 15 Grammy Awards for the "The Thrill  is Gone" in 1970.

Eric Clapton and  various other artists called King an inspiration in their careers.

Clapton, who recorded the album "Riding with the King" with the late artist, lamented this great loss to the world of blues music with a 1:08-long video on Facebook:

"I just want to express my sadness and to say thank you to my dear friend B. B. King.  .  .

In a few words Clapton recognized the significance of the passing of an icon who contributed his life to sharing a breed of music that is also dying.

"There's not much to say because there are not a lot left to play it in the pure way B.B. did."  Clapton  recommends those who are not familiar with "The King's" music purchase the album "B.B. King Live at the Regal," which was his introduction to King's music and music aficionados consider as one of the best live recordings ever done.

While no specific details about the official cause of Mr. King's death were  released it has been widely reported that he was in poor health.

On May 1 King announced to fans he was under hospice care in his Las Vegas home on Facebook, following news that he had been rushed to the hospital multiple times in April.

King suffered from diabetes and appeared in commercials for the American Diabetes Association over the years.

The illness sometimes interfered with his ability to perform like the blues master he was.  Just last year there were signs that diabetes was taking a toll on his health as he apologized to fans in St. Louis for a poor performance.  His rep later told TMZ King had forgotten to take his diabetes meds that day.

Funeral details will be posted when they become available.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

TRAILER: "Jem and The Hologram"s Movie

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Universal Pictures ahs turned "Jem and the Holgrams" into an action movie. The Twitterverse is not reacting to it favorably. "Jem and the Holograms," stars Aubrey Peeples, Aurora Perrineau, Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko, Juliette Lewis, Ryan Guzman and Molly Ringwald, and will be in theaters on Oct. 23, 2015. Take a look a the trailer below.

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TUNE-IN ALERT: Rudy Rush brings the laughs in new one hour comedy spcial for BOUNCE TV'S "Off the Chain", plus Rodney Perry to headline tour

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Los Angeles, CA -- May 12, 2015 -- Comedian Rudy Rush will headline his very own one-hour special as part of Bounce TV's popular, family-friendly original comedy series "Off The Chain." "Off The Chain: Rudy Rush" premieres on Monday, May 18 at 9/8pm CT. "Off The Chain" features some of the most hilarious African-American comedians on the stand-up scene. For season three, Bounce TV turns over the microphone to one comic per show, expanding to an hour-long format.   As a result of its success, Bounce TV recently announced that "Off The Chain" has been renewed for a fourth season, set to debut in 2016. 

A veteran of the professional comedy circuit, Rudy Rush has experienced a wide spectrum of the entertainment business, from touring colleges and clubs to becoming the youngest host of the longest-running African-American syndicated show, Showtime at the Apollo. Rudy parlayed his Apollo notoriety into major projects with Dave Chappelle and Martin Lawrence, while also appearing on shows such as Def Comedy Jam, Jamie Foxx's Laff-A-Palooza and Premium Blend.


Rudy has been featured in his own half-hour special on Comedy Central and was the comedic force on the long-running, nationally syndicated radio show, The Doug Banks Morning Show.

Discussing everything from relationships and dealing with children to the trials of aging, Rudy Rush is leaving nothing untouched during his hour-long hilarious turn at the OTC microphone.

Tune in for OFF THE CHAIN with Rudy Rush Monday, May 18 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. 


Off The Chain series host Rodney Perry will headline all of the Off The Chain Live! performances. Perry is a popular comedian who has opened for such top comics as George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer and Steve Harvey. Before becoming host of Off The Chain, he served as the co-host of The Mo'Nique Show on BET, host of the Who's Got Jokes series and also starred in Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family.

Comedians Lav Luv and Kiana Dancie will perform as part of the tour with Luv serving as MC for all shows. Luv beat out over 200 fellow comedians to win Bill Bellamy's "Who Got Jokes" series in 2008 and went on to tour with such top comedians as Jamie Foxx, Chris Tucker and Bellamy. Dancie was also featured in Bill Bellamy's "Who's Got Jokes?" show and appeared in season two of Off The Chain. She has shared the stage with the Oscar®-winning comedic actress Mo'Nique, Rodney Perry, Sheryl Underwood, Earthquake, Katt Williams and many other comedy greats. Two local comics from each city will also appear on the bill.

The comedians will do local media interviews as well as visit and appear on local Bounce TV affiliates as part of the tour.

Upcoming Dates on the Off The Chain Live! Tour 2015 schedule:

June 3 - Birmingham, AL Stardome
June 6 - Atlanta, GA Karma Bistro
June 18 - Jacksonville, FL Comedy Club of Jacksonville
June 19 - Savannah, GA Odyssey
June 21 -  Tallahassee, FL Top Flight
June 25-27 -  Chicago, IL Jokes & Notes
June 28 - Detroit, MI Masonic Temple
July 2 -  Syracuse, NY Funnybone
July 3 - Rochester, NY Comedy Factory
July 15 - Philadelphia, PA Warmdaddy's
July 16 - Washington, DC Martini's
July 17-18 - Baltimore, MD Comedy Factory
July 30 - Memphis, TN Chuckles
July 31, Aug. 1 - Chattanooga, TN Comedy Catch
Aug. 2 - Nashville, TN Zanies
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Martial arts trainer and worship leader sings and fights for Jesus

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(FORT WAYNE, IN) -- Just a year after releasing his critically heralded national debut Awakening Hearts, worship artist Mike Lee returns June 16th with his brand new studio release, All I Need. Produced by Cody Norris, Scott Cash and Ed Cash (whose Dove Award-winning collaborations include Chris Tomlin, David Crowder and Kari Jobe), the new EP is a more stripped-down collection than his band-driven debut, providing a glimpse into his artistic, personal and spiritual growth.

All I Need captures a tumultuous time for Lee, who spent the last year balancing touring and leading worship at his home church in Fort Wayne, Indiana with his job as a mixed martial arts trainer, in addition to newfound fatherhood and a life-changing diagnosis for his own father.

Last May we released the first project, but I wrote the title track for this EP, All I Need, the same week, explains Lee. I'm not a believer in coincidence. The same day my first album came out, my dad started chemotherapy for stage four lung cancer. There I was about to start this whole new journey with music, sitting next to my father who was being strapped up with needles, and I'm just going alright Lord, what are you doing?

Lees wife was also pregnant with their second son. Balancing work, music, an ailing father and a baby to be, the simple but poignant chorus of All I Need Is You sung straight to the Lord provided both the peace he so desperately needed and became the catalyst for his upcoming EP.

So often Im looking at the Word and writing with an audience or a congregation in mind, but this was one of those times when I wrote without thinking about what anyone else would hear, says Lee. I had so much going on that the only way I could think to communicate was to sing to the Lord. As a thread through the whole of this season, it is fitting that God as all we need would be the central theme of this collection.

As Lee prepares for the release of the songs that were born from a year of trials, he finds himself with a plethora of things to celebrate, from overwhelmingly supportive friends and fans on Kickstarter who successfully backed the upcoming EP, to the re-diagnosis of his dad down to stage three cancer, to a healthy new addition to the family. Now eight months old, baby Stetson joins three year-old big brother Preston, both of whom join Lee and his wife Michelle on the road.

And the road is where theyre headed, as Lee will be joining the Creation Festival Tour this spring and summer, performing before 100,000 Christian music fans. Lee has previously shared stages with the likes of Sidewalk Prophets, Audrey Assad, Love and the Outcome, Leeland and The Digital Age, amongst others.

Lee will be juggling the touring with his other passion - a mixed martial arts gym he co-owns with his brothers aptly named Lee Brothers Submission Academy.

Its not like my involvement in training fighters influences how I lead worship, or my worship leading influences how I train fighters, but I believe the Lord has put a passion inside of me that is not simply exercised by one or the other, explain Lee. Theres a certain way I can impact somebody when Im coaching them in fighting that I cant do when Im making music, and there are specific things that I can only do with music. I don't hesitate to preach the gospel when I train fighters. My guys know where I stand. My brothers and I are just people who love the Lord, and so we run a gym founded on the love and brotherhood that we've found in Him
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Brady gets suspended over "Deflate Gate" controversy

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DEFLATE GATE SOLUTION? An independent investigator concluded Tom Brady, the star quarterback of the Superbowl winning New England Patriots was likely aware that staff deflated footballs. Brady has been suspended for the first four games of the coming season. The league also announced the Patriots were fined $1 million and will lose their 2016 first-round draft pick and 2017 fourth-round draft pick.

Some people are crying foul against the NFL for levying  "excessive" punishment for a practice that has gone on quietly in the sport for years.   The remedy for the "Deflate Gate" scandal is not sufficient.  The NFL is letting  Brady off too easy.  He only got suspended for 4 games (which will start in the 2015 season).  BRADY MAKES $40 million a year individually so the amount the team was fined was a splash in the pan. 

The punishment is not sufficient for a player who tarnished the game. Cheating is not kosher. Fans don't know how long this has been going on!  The NFL should strip the entire team of the Superbowl win and Brady should not be able to return to the field for at least another year. 

Brady said he plans to respond to the decision, likely to appeal it.
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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (May 11, 2015) — Music's Biggest Night®, the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, returns to Los Angeles' STAPLES Center on Monday, Feb 15, 2016 and will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The eligibility year for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards is Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2015.

GRAMMY Week — a weeklong series of cultural events culminating with Music's Biggest Night — will again feature celebrations of music, education and philanthropy, including the Entertainment Law Initiative® luncheon, the Producers & Engineers Wing® event, the annual MusiCares® Person of the Year tribute, the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception, and Clive Davis and The Recording Academy's Pre-GRAMMY Gala, among other events.

The GRAMMY Awards telecast is one of television's major broadcast events, ranking as one of the highest-rated and most-watched specials. This year’s 57th GRAMMYs® drew 27 million viewers and generated 20.9 million show-related Tweets globally, making it the most talked about award show. A combined viewership of more than 40 million in the U.S. alone tuned in for the 57th telecast, “A Very GRAMMY Christmas,” and the star-studded "Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute."

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