Hey gang, I’m happy and thankful to say that the writing and recording process has been moving along better than expected on my first official full solo offering. Half the album’s gone on to the mixing stage. It’s akin to sending your kids off to college. An absolute degree of separation anxiety going on there but I know I’m in the best of hands, that is the hands of Steve Mandile I’m very thankful to have collaborated with a couple of Steve Augeri Band alumni Adam Holland and Craig Pullman on a handful of songs, one to two with Neal and Jon and remainder, a few ambitious and left of center than one might expect from yours truly. I’lll leave it at that. Wishing you all a great safe and healthy day and I’ll be back with any and all updates when I have something to share. – Steve Augeri
The Passing of Country Music Star – Hal Ketchum With great sadness and grief we announce that Hal passed away peacefully last night at home due to complications of Dementia. May his music live on forever in your hearts and bring you peace. Andrea – Official Website: HERE
Today sees global superstar Ellie Goulding release a new holiday EP titled ‘Songbook for Christmas’, featuring a collection of previously released festive holiday tracks and winter favourites, out now via Polydor Records. To Purchase: HERE
The six-track EP consists of several seasonal favourites from throughout Ellie’s illustrious career so far; from the 2010 John Lewis Christmas cover of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ to ‘The Writer’ off Ellie’s debut album ‘Lights’, which also celebrated its tenth anniversary earlier this year. Amazon Music’s version of the EP will exclusively feature Ellie’s UK #1 Amazon Original cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’. See the full track list below.
Talking about the EP, Ellie said “I’m excited to release Songbook for Christmas, a compilation of my favourite festive holiday tracks and winter favourites – these releases span across various releases and different stages of my career, so it’s really nice to have them together on an EP for my fans to enjoy. This year’s been challenging for so many, but I hope this EP can bring some festive cheer and some comfort this Christmas.”
‘Songbook For Christmas’ Tracklist O Holy Night Your Song Vincent How Long Will I Love You Explosions The Writer
‘Songbook For Christmas’ Track list (Amazon Music version) River (Amazon Original) O Holy Night Your Song Vincent How Long Will I Love You Explosions The Writer
Following his unexpected death last month, the family of Tony Lewis, lead singer, and bassist of the 1980s rock band The Outfield and successful solo artist and producer, has posthumously released his new EP, More Than I Dared. Additionally, they’ve shared the official music video for the lead single “Gonna Make You Love Me” as a tribute to Tony. PRESS HERE to watch and check out the first look with SPIN. 100% of net proceeds from the initial release of More Than I Dared will be donated to MusiCares, an organization Lewis was very fond of, as he always wanted to support his fellow musicians; PRESS HERE for more info or to donate directly in his memory.
MORE THAN I DARED TRACK LISTING:
1. Gonna Make You Love Me 2. One By One 3. My World 4. I Feel Alive 5. Then There Was You 6. I’m Falling
Amazon Music today announced its kickoff to the holiday season with a slate of brand-new holiday content for listeners, including new exclusive music from chart-topping artists, hundreds of holiday playlists and stations, and much more. Starting today, Amazon Music listeners around the world can hear new, Amazon Original holiday songs from artists including Justin Bieber and his rendition of Brenda Lee’s classic holiday song, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree;” Mary J. Blige today releases her own version of WHAM’s “Last Christmas;” Carrie Underwood and her new, original composition titled “Favorite Time of Year,” which now appears as a bonus track on Amazon Music for her new album, My Gift; UK sensation Jess Glynne shares her take on Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas;” and José Feliciano will soon release a reimagined version of his song “Feliz Navidad,” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the crossover hit.
“I Can’t Go On Living Without You” has been unveiled to celebrate the release of Elton John’s Jewel Box, released today via UMC / EMI. Multiple GRAMMY winner Mark ‘Spike’ Stent (Shawn Mendes, Selena Gomez, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber) has given the unreleased 1968 mix – one of the many gems of Jewel Box – a 2020 polish in time to celebrate one of the most eagerly awaited releases of the year.
Now it’s time to hear the Elton original for the first time. ‘I Can’t Go On Living Without You’ is three fabulous minutes of the zingy easy listening pop of the day, with a catchy chorus and a memorable hook.
The track is accompanied by a new lyric video from Ladybug Studios where, like the track itself, the song’s swingin’ 60s vintage will be given a fresh and contemporary twist. It features images of Elton and Bernie from the period.
Jewel Box is available now as deluxe 8CD and 9LP box sets, standalone 4LP, 3LP and 2LP breakouts. On streaming services we’re celebrating its wealth of rarities, deep cuts and B-sides via a series of regular three-song batches, culminating with the complete ‘Jewel Box’ appearing, in full, in March for Elton’s 75th birthday.
22-year-old singer, songwriter, actress, model and activist Paris Jackson releases her first full-length album, wilted [Republic Records].
Co-written and produced by Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull with engineering and instrumentation by Manchester Orchestra’s Robert McDowell, these eleven tracks stitch together a multi-dimensional pastiche of hurt, healing, loss, and love carried by hazy vocalizations and a patchwork of earthy alternative folk.
The lead single from the album, “let down,” recently debuted to widespread critical applause from Rolling Stone, USA Today, Idolator, Spin, Entertainment Weekly, and more. E! Online described it as “sumptuous alt-folk fantasy,” and Refinery29 called it “a feather-soft but haunting melody about the horror of a broken heart.” People summed it up best, “Paris Jackson is blazing her own path in the music industry.” In just two weeks, the single has amassed nearly 1.5 Million combined global streams, propelled by the stunning music video, which was executive produced by Eli Roth and directed by Meredith Alloway.
Other stand outs from the album include “eyelids” which pairs stark piano with powerful lyrics as she urges, “tear my heart out, so the feel of that memory is gone…now i don’t know your name,” offset by Hull’s understated vocals.
Following an in-depth interview with the Associated Press, Paris features on the latest digital cover for FAULT Magazine released today. Next up, she will guest on NPR’s Weekend Edition, Sunday Nov 15th.
Platinum-selling country music group BlackHawk returns to the scene with a two-disc greatest hits project titled Just About Right: Live From Atlanta. The new album, recorded live acoustically from Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, Georgia, will drop Friday, November 13th via BFD / Audium Nashville / The Orchard.
Known for their smooth, brother-like harmonies, BlackHawk was originally made up of trio Henry Paul (lead vocals, mandolin, acoustic guitar), Dave Robbins (harmony vocals, keyboard) and the late Van Stephenson (harmony vocals, electric guitar).
Recording Just About Right gave Paul and Robbins the chance to reunite with their original backing band from the 90s, performing again alongside Bobby Huff (percussion) and Dale Oliver (lead guitar). Paul explains that this reunion “made for a very memorable musical moment. Many of the songs we chose were personal favorites from our early records spanning nearly a decade.” Fans will recognize top hits including “Goodbye Says It All,” “Every Once in a While,” “I Sure Can Smell the Rain,” “That’s Just About Right” and 18 more of the band’s applauded tracks.
“Making a live BlackHawk acoustic recording takes me back to when Henry, Van, and I started writing and singing together as a trio,” says Dave Robbins. “It’s representative of BlackHawk in its purist form, having old friends join us on stage and tried-and-true fans makes everything ‘just about right’ on that special night in Atlanta.”
“Having this music that’s so special to us performed by the people that helped create it sets this double live album apart from anything we’ve recorded and released,” Paul continues. “I especially love the acoustic nature of this collection because it casts these songs in the true spirit in which they were written.”
Just About Right: Live From Atlanta Track Listing: Disc 1 1. Down in Flames (M. Clark, J. Stevens) 2. Goodbye Says It All (C. Black, B. Fischer, J. McRae) 3. Every Once in a While (H. Paul, D. Robbins, V. Stephenson) 4. Love Like This (P. Bunch, M. Kennedy, P. Rose) 5. Let Em’ Whirl (H. Paul. V. Stephenson, G. Jennings) 6. Almost a Memory Now (D. Robbins, V. Stephenson, D. Oliver) 7. Wichita (D. Robbins, T. Robbins, T. Gates) 8. I’m Not Strong Enough to Say No (R. Lange) 9. Ships of Heaven (V. Stephenson) 10. Ain’t No Yesterday (W. Aldridge, M. Narmore) 11. Always Have, Always Will (D. Robbins)
Disc 2 1. Days of America (H. Paul, D. Robbins, L. Miller) 2. Dances With Her Shadow (H. Paul, D. Robbins, V. Stephenson, D. Oliver) 3. Bluest Eyes in Texas (D. Robbins, V. Stephenson, T. DuBois) 4. Spirit Dancer (H. Paul, D Robbins, J. Peterick) 5. There You Have It (S. Bogard, R. Giles) 6. Brothers of the Southland (H. Paul, D. Robbins, J. Peterick) 7. One More Heartache (H. Paul, D. Robbins, V. Stephenson) 8. I Sure Can Smell the Rain (W. Aldridge, J. Jarrard) 9. That’s Just About Right (J. Black) 10. Postmarked Birmingham (P. Vasser, D. Sampson) 11. Big Guitar (H. Paul, H. Gross)
Produced by Henry Paul & Dave Robbins Mixed by Travis Hearheart Recorded at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia
PERFECT LOVE TRACK LIST: 1. Move 2. Nobody Like You 3. We All Need Jesus 4. Who Am I 5. Let Me Love You 6. If Not For Christ 7. Have Your Way 8. Love Sweet Love 9. Surrender (my Heart Is Yours) 10. Perfect Love 11. O How Great
For as long as he can remember, music has been an integral part of Lincoln Brewster’s life. By age two, he was using broken drumsticks to keep time at his mom’s band rehearsals. At age five, he was playing the mandolin for tourists in a port town in Alaska. And by age nine, he had picked up the electric guitar. But music wasn’t just a fun hobby for a bright kid. It was a refuge for Lincoln and his mom in a home plagued by substance abuse and domestic violence.
By his mid-teens, the family had reached a tipping point and Lincoln watched as his mother went through a painful divorce that forced the family to relocate to California. Though he was torn from his hometown and friends, he once again found hope in music. He continued to hone his guitar skills, recording a demo that caught the attention of music industry insider and former “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson. That led to an invitation for Lincoln, then age 19, to tour with legendary rocker Steve Perry. Lincoln, who had accepted Christ before beginning work with Perry, eventually walked away from mainstream music, taking a job at his local church. That change in trajectory would lead to ministry opportunities he could never have imagined, including a recording career with Integrity Music and his current role as a senior pastor at Bayside Church near Sacramento, California.
Years after leaving behind his rock star dreams, this husband and father once again finds himself sharing music with capacity crowds at concerts and festivals, this time leading them in worship with songs like “There Is Power,” “Made New,” “Today Is The Day,” “Let The Praises Ring” and “No One Like Our God.” His songs have been featured on 10 albums including his latest, God Of The Impossible, a reminder that God is bigger than anything we face and nothing can separate us from His love. It is a theme that echoes throughout Lincoln’s life: from a childhood overshadowed by abuse, to a life filled with forgiveness and a ministry that has inspired believers around the globe.