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Sweet Honey releases first ever a cappella holiday single "Silent Night"

 

Grammy Award-nominated and globally revered a cappella ensemble, SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK have released an inspired version of the classic Christmas carol, "SILENT NIGHT," their first commercial holiday single ever on CDBaby.com. Sweet Honey will be debuting the song live on their current run of seasonal performances this month entitled, SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK: CELEBRATING THE HOLYDAYS. Their holiday run will also cap the year-long celebration of their 40th Anniversary which finishes at the end of this year.

The group rushed in to the studio to record last week after hearing a new arrangement of the popular Christmas carol that was written by Carol Maillard, one of its founding members. "It's a favorite of our Holydays program," explained Maillard, "We feel it evokes a lush and peaceful sentiment, encouraging us all to remember the reason for the season. During these trying times, when we are challenged on every front, we hope this song will bring a sense of calm and hope to all who listen," she added.

 


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Silent Night on CDBaby.


"Silent Night" is performed by the ensemble's core members, Louise Robinson, Carol Maillard, Nitanju Bolade Casel and Aisha Kahlil. Nitanju Bolade Casel produced the song, which was recorded, mixed and mastered at Airshow Studios, Takoma Park, MD by Chief Engineer Charlie Pilzer. The single was released by Sweet Honey's independently owned record label, SHE-ROCKS 5, Inc. It is currently only available digitally on CDBaby.com, but can be purchased on most other digital online music stores starting December 15th.

The lyrics for original version of "Silent Night" ("Stille Nacht") were written by a young Austrian priest, Father Joseph Mohr in 1816. The melody was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, and it was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, a village on the Salzachriver in Austria. In 1859, the Episcopal priest John Freeman Young, then serving at Trinity Church in New York city , published the English translation that is most frequently sung today. The carol has been translated into about 140 languages.

For a list of the remaining CELEBRATING THE HOLYDAYS shows on Sweet Honey's performance schedule go to www.sweethoneyintherock.org.

 

Rising Music Artist, Roxanna, Premieres “Here With Me” Music Video Featuring James Scott

Rising Music Artist, Roxanna, Premieres “Here With Me” Music Video Featuring James Scott

 

The highly anticipated music video for Roxanna’s hit single, “Here With Me” is available now. The sultry love ballad is a true story stemming from her parents’ unceasing love and the prequel to her breakout single, “Unforgotten.” The song features Grammy award winning trumpeter, Chris Botti, and the video will star Soap heartthrob, James Scott as the leading man. This is the 2nd single off of Roxanna’s debut album, Exotica, a soulful testimony to the trials and tribulations of love, forgiveness, and healing.

 

“Here With Me,” is a narration of Roxanna’s parents’ relationship, in addition to her own experiences with falling in love. When they first met, Roxanna’s father presented her mother with rose and a beautiful poetry book. When her mother passed away, Roxanna inherited the poetry book and the first bookmarked page she opened was the song “Here With Me.” With a few alterations and the help of Chris Botti, this beautiful creation was born. Roxanna is thrilled to be sharing this meaningful project with the world, “I knew I wanted something classy and romantic and James Scott was the perfect fit. We then brought in director, Samuel Gonzales Jr. who was really able to bring life to my vision.”

 

“Here With Me” is releasing on the heels of her wildly successful 90 minute Public Television special, ROXANNA: EXOTICA LIVE, which premiered Saturday, November 15th in the Detroit metro area, Central and Western Canada. The segment was taped at the Cathedral-like venue, Vibiana, in Los Angeles and guest stars Jon Secada.

Her hope for people who watch the video is that they understand it is a narration of honest, true love.

 

About Roxanna:
From an early age, Iranian-born singer/songwriter Roxanna knew that music was a far-reaching instrument of strength and hope. Originally turning to music as an escape from childhood-strife, Roxanna’s ultimate musical journey was fueled by a quest for serenity, hope for healing, and overcoming love’s deepest heartbreaks.

 

Settling in Toronto in the 1980s, Roxanna enrolled at Winston Churchill Collegiate where the budding star’s passion for music deepened as she focused on music classes and joined choir. Following undergraduate school, Roxanna’s philanthropic personality led her to attend nursing school at Seneca College where she earned her RN degree.

 

Over the course of her nursing career, Roxanna’s life changing experiences with her patients, along with her unwavering passion for music, empowered Roxanna to seek more. “I knew my music could be useful in this world. Pursuing my dream as a singer was the happiest moment in my life,” she adds. At last, the Canadian-based sensation caught her big break after contacting legendary producer, Mark Portmann and performing Christina Aguilera’s “Lift Me Up.”

 

Solidifying and incessant bond, the sultry songstress has now teamed up with Portmann for her debut album, Exotica, on which she infuses the influences of pop royalty, like Aguilera, with a sensual Spanish-flare as heard by Julio Iglesias. Seeking to bring “passion back to contemporary music,” Roxanna’s aspiration to share music’s unquestioned power of healing, intertwined with her undaunted ability to sing from the heart prove to be a prevalent theme of passion and raw realness.

 

Exotica is highlighted by Roxanna’s hit Latin-infused single, “Unforgotten,” as well as love ballads “Close Your Eyes” and “Hello.” Eager to share her journey with the world, the flourishing songbird says, “I can’t wait to share my songs as a testament that time has a way of healing everything. When you find the strength to make a change, love and forgiveness and healing are around the corner.”

 

Confident that she has found her calling, Roxanna continues to captivate the hearts, bodies, and souls of industry megastars and everyday music-lovers alike. Whether it’s nurturing a broken heart or fostering empowerment, her music and her story remain a genuine testimony of truth.

 


For more information, please visit:
roxannamusic.com
@roxannamusic

 
   

LIVING LEGEND BUNNY SIGLER RELEASES REMIX OF HOLIDAY SINGLE “LITTLE DRUMMER BOY” NOVEMBER 10

LIVING LEGEND BUNNY SIGLER RELEASES REMIX OF HOLIDAY SINGLE “LITTLE DRUMMER BOY” NOVEMBER 10

 


HOLIDAY ALBUM “WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE AT CHRISTMAS TIME” AVAILABLE NOW


STREAM “LITTLE DRUMMER BOY” (REMIX) ON SOUNDCLOUD

 


(Los Angeles, CA): Living legend Walter "Bunny" Sigler continues to share songs that prove his passion for music goes well beyond his beloved soul songs. Bunny’s songwriting for tracks like Instant Funk's "I Got My Mind Made Up", Patti Labelle's "Somebody Loves You Baby", The Whispers' "Bingo", Jackie Moore's "Sweet Charlie Babe" and The O'Jays "Sunshine" are what put him on the musical map. Not only is Bunny skilled with the pen, but he is also a world-renowned singer bringing his warm, powerhouse vocals to the holiday season. His holiday album, When You're In Love At Christmas Time, showcases Sigler's musical gift to make any song jingle with a commanding soulful flare.

 

This soul-stirring album features twelve classic Christmas tracks like "Ave Maria", "White Christmas" and the single, "Little Drummer Boy" with a brand new remix premiering this month online. One of Bunny’s favorite holiday tunes, "Little Drummer Boy" showcases his laid-back and soulful sound. Bunny's rendition brings to mind an oversized chair, a roaring fire and eggnog in hand. Sigler knows how to set the scene musically for a great Christmas holiday celebration.

 

"O Holy Night", another popular track, finds Sigler delivering his signature vocal style on the sacred song. "I've been singing 'O Holy Night' all my life", Sigler says. "I knew that if I ever planned to record a Christmas song, it would be 'O Holy Night,'" he shares. Each song is perfectly executed and sure to have all its listeners in the holiday spirit.

 

This Philadelphia native began his singing career in churches all over the metropolitan area with songs like "O Lord My God" and "The Lord's Prayer". When You’re In Love At Christmas Time shows that it's more than just the music that captivates his heart; it's a testimony of his relationship with Jesus Christ. "I'm in this for real," says Sigler. "Although I've sung urban music, I never stopped singing sacred music. For me, it's all about ministry."

 

Bunny Sigler is a rare breed of pure talent. His the holiday album When You're In Love At Christmas Time will be penned as a timeless Christmas classic and it will certainly be a repeat album for many seasons to come.

 

For more information, check out Bunny Sigler at:

http://www.bunzmusicandrecords.com/

http://www.facebook.com/BunnySigler

http://www.twitter.com/BunnySigler

http://www.youtube.com/user/MrBunnySigler

 
   

BILLBOARD CHARTING SINGER-SONGWRITER MARGO REY RELEASES SPANISH VERSION OF “THIS HOLIDAY NIGHT”

BILLBOARD CHARTING SINGER-SONGWRITER MARGO REY RELEASES SPANISH VERSION OF “THIS HOLIDAY NIGHT”

THIS HOLIDAY NIGHT EP AND “ES NAVIDAD” AVAILABLE NOW

 

 

STREAM ON SOUNDCLOUD

 

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – November 13, 2014 – Seven-time Billboard charting singer/songwriter Margo Rey has re-released her Christmas EP, This Holiday Night including the original title track along with unforgettable classics, “Toy Land” and “Silent Night”. Rey will also be releasing “Es Navidad,” a Spanish version of “This Holiday Night.” After her most recent single “Colours”, an emotional and inspirational song about overcoming obstacles, Rey returns with this holiday release just in time for the season.

 

Born in Acapulco, Mexico, Rey puts a unique, Latin touch to this 2014 single of “This Holiday Night” – a Top 5 Holiday classic that has continued to dominate and have major chart success on AC radio. Following her album release of Habit and successfully battling breast cancer for a second time in 2013, Margo never stopped pursuing her music. Margo Rey recently became the National Ambassador for non-profit organization Brides Against Breast Cancer providing her top 20 Billboard charting song, “Let The Rain”, co-written by legendary John Oates as their theme song.

The Indie Music Digest says, “Her musical/vocal style is cut from the cloth of Celine Dion, Bonnie Raitt and Shania Twain.” – but I will add she can go toe to toe with any of them vocally.

 

Working in the music business since she was only eleven years old, Margo continues to provide an array of her signature rich vocals with smooth tunes and funky beats with every release.

 

 

For additional information on Margo Rey:

http://www.margorey.com

https://www.facebook.com/MargoReyMusic

http://twitter.com/MargoRey

 
   

SINGER-SONGWRITER JOSEPH EID SET TO RELEASE WARM AND HEARTFELT VERSION OF “BLUE CHRISTMAS” WITH NEW VIDEO AND SINGLE NOVEMBER 4

SINGER-SONGWRITER JOSEPH EID SET TO RELEASE WARM AND HEARTFELT VERSION OF “BLUE CHRISTMAS” WITH NEW VIDEO AND SINGLE NOVEMBER 4

 

 

NEW VIDEO RELEASE OF THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS SONG COINCIDES WITH GUITARIST/VOCALIST’S LATEST SINGLE, ‘SOMETHING REAL’, FROM DEBUT ALBUM, ‘HUMAN’.

 

Los Angeles, CA (November 4, 2014) A special Christmas combo from Joseph Eid featuring a cover version of the famous Elvis Presley Christmas hit, “Blue Christmas”, and Eid’s recent new video and single, “Something Real”, is going for adds on radio and set for this season's holiday promotions starting November 10th. Americana-Folk Singer/Songwriter Joseph Eid released his debut full studio album Human in November 2013 and contains the first single, ‘Ready Now.” Eid has been garnering considerable buzz with his music and recently named as one of the 100 Hottest Live Unsigned Artists of 2012 and 2013 by Music Connection Magazine.

 

Even though, as a legendary and well known Christmas song, “Blue Christmas” has been covered by many outstanding musicians, Eid’s emotional and heartfelt singing style and his refreshing and delicate finger picking guitar sound give a brand new translation to this Christmas hit. As a folk singer/songwriter, Eid knows how to take the best advantage of the pure and clear acoustic sound of a guitar to express his inner world and passion. This version of “Blue Christmas” combined this feature with his emotional and soft male vocal, and the gentle piano fill-ins are like the red cherry on a sundae, making the whole song feels like a warm breeze in the Holiday season. Eid’s release includes not only the sound recording of this song but also a new music video, which will provide new fans and holiday music lovers a musical classic remake as well as a visual into Eid’s world.

 

“Human,” has been a big breakthrough with professing his craft as a professional musician. Sound of Confusion commented, “Human is a real journey with some touches of magic, all delivered with a charm and craftsmanship that rewards with each play." The album seamlessly blends sharp, melodic pop lyricism with traditional folk sensibilities evoking folk troubadours both past and present. It overall has a peaceful and soothing feeling, while every song is a strong and passionate self-expression from the artist. The delicate and emotional guitar work and intricate but relatable lyrics has become Eid’s trademark.

 

The second song from Eid being serviced to radio and media/video outlets is his latest single “Something Real” from his debut album “Human”. Eid recently released a music video of “Something Real,” which is based on a personal experience that also happens to be universal with communication via technology and social media. A visually simple yet emotionally complex music video, “Something Real,” is meant as a commentary on our constant need to be plugged in and how this has changed the way we communicate as well as taken away the value and the weight of words and human connection. This idea is demonstrated in the video as Eid sings to and tries to connect with lifeless, robotic people. The twist at the end of the video illustrates that no one is immune to the digital disease – including Eid.

 
   

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