Dick Aven’s diverse musical influences have led him to create music that is often challenging to categorize. His personal approach to song structure, flouting convention and fusing musical genres has become a personal trademark. Collaborating with James Sanger Productions, Dick’s current focus–the production and persona “The Fool I Am” has created a groundbreaking melange that is powerful, innovative and irreverent. Perhaps the most striking quality that describes Dick Aven as an artist is his rare combination of developedmusical attributes all retaining a fresh sense of wonder. He is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, lead and side-man performer, whose work encompasses orchestration, composition, improvisation and arrangement.
Using original and traditional lyrics, “The Fool I Am” draws deep from Dick Aven’s song catalog to breathe fresh life into a voice which spans hundreds of years and is sonically, architecturally and emotionally modern.
Andrew Pike is a singer-songwriter and musician located in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Andrew’s extensive catalogue of music ranges from upbeat rock and pop, to smooth classical.
His unique sound and original production has come together to create fun, catchy songs that you catch yourself humming throughout the day. Andrew Pike’s well-crafted, introspective lyrics are sure to captivate and inspire.
4 albums: Souvenirs, Strength, Forever Run and the newly released Cavalcade – available at Fred’s Record Store (198 Duckworth Street, St Johns NL – 709 753 9191) & at CD Baby and iTunes.
Andrew Pike is the recipient of 2 NL Arts & Letters Awards, and has been nominated for several MusicNL Awards.
“Twelve on Sunday is an incredible song by artist Jay Elle. Singing about his history he once shared with a girl who he deeply cares for. This single left me with many unanswered questions as a story was revealed in my ears through melody. What ever happened to the girl? For that reason is why I’m in deep hopes for a part two. A beautiful guitar playing in the background, with smooth and passionate lyrics by Jay Elle.
4 out of 5 flames is the rating I feel this single deserves. But take a listen for yourself and you be the judge.”
“In order for music to be appreciated, it first must be heard…”
For our Spring 2016 College Radio CD project we are fortunate to work with Indie Recording Artists from across the globe representing a wide variety of the Rock Genre. Through our sister sites RelaxFreeMusic.org and RMGDigital.net, we present the following artists who have come together to Crowd Source this project, as well as its distribution to Top College and Public Radio Stations across the US.
From Asia to Europe to the Americas, our Spring 2016 CD features a fine sample of Top Indie Talent from across the globe for you to enjoy. After much deliberation, we have crafted a coherent soundscape that starts with Modern and Alternative Rock, and weaves its way to some Chill Electronica. After a left turn to more Alternative, Adult Alternative and Singer Songwriter tracks, to ease you down with Americana, Blues and Adult Contemporary tracks, leaving you with an Experimental groove for your final turn.
All DJs are invited to Download and Play the following tunes in your programming. If you are a College or Public Radio DJ, check with your Music Director or Music Librarian for the physical copy. If you have any questions or need CD or Digital servicing, please contact Patrick Rule at 573-355-9799 or by e-mail at patrick (at) relaxmusicgroup.com.
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Luke is rising star in the Chicago area and has recently gained national attention with his music. He is a 20yr old alternative/pop/rock singer/songwriter who plays multiple instruments while he continues to turn heads when he performs with his band or as a solo artist. He has a unique voice and has been described as a combination of a young John Mayer and Bryan Adams with a little Gavin DeGraw.
Luke is set for 2016 new releases both (songs and videos) following up on his two releases in 2015, “Atlas” and “Atlas Unplugged”.
“Atlas” was a power pop/rock 5 song EP in which Luke teamed with renowned producer Stuart Epps. Luke then returned to the studio with producers/sound engineers Bobby Scumaci and Brad Showalter for “Atlas Unplugged” stripped down emotional acoustic renditions of tracks off “Atlas” along with additional new songs.
Luke is releasing a new single “Too Good For Me” on February 23, 2016 where Luke took the reins on producing along with writing and performing. He will release another single (TBA) followed by a full production CD later in 2016.
“There is an inspirational message in every song I write and I hope my music touches someone, somewhere and makes a positive difference in their life”.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio Dave Matelske studied piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Touring many years with different acts he found his home now in Las Vegas, NV. With many musical influences he creates a blend of old rock and new alternative/pop.
Sarantos continues releasing a new song and music video every month in 2016 as he unveils his highly anticipated 3rd album. This CD will expand on his unique signature style that merges 80s rock with modern pop rock music. Fans and fellow musicians marvel at his humble down-to-earth demeanor, his dedication to his mission and the wealth of free content that continues to drop every month!
His 1st solo album dropped on November 18th 2014 and the diversity was amazing as Sarantos tackled almost every genre imaginable ranging from pop, rock, jazz, rap and country. As a complete surprise to his fans, one week later on Black Friday Sarantos also released a Christmas album. This was a wonderful collection of 4 brand new original Christmas songs, 10 covers of Christmas classics and 9 inspirational Christmas short stories. Families will enjoy listening to this CD every Christmas season. After his sophomore album in 2015, there was again another bombshell on Black Friday as Sarantos released a solo instrumental CD along with a bonus cover for the holidays. Fans wonder if there will be another surprise waiting for them at the end of 2016??
Sarantos unique sound has been best described by industry insiders as “an emotionally powerful vocal style masterfully united with music that is a fusion of classic 80s rock blended with modern soft rock and pop music!”
Sarantos won the Akademia LA Music Awards in 2015 for Best Song (What If I Never See You Again), Best Rock Song (Easy To Believe), Best Rock Music Video (We Accept The Love We Think We Deserve), Best Singer/Songwriter Song (A Mission Of Heart, I Sing), Best Pop Song (I Sing) & Best Pop Rock Album (Not Where I Wanna Be).
Sarantos has won twelve Beat 100 song & music video awards in 2015 and 2014. Sarantos was nominated for the International Music & Entertainments Awards in 2015 for “Rock Song of the Year” and in 2014 for “Rock Song of the Year” and “Pop Album of the Year.” In 2014, he was also nominated for the Hollywood Songwriting Awards for Best Unsigned Song (Are You Sure You Can Last).
Even without ever using a professional music studio, label, ad agency or radio promoters, Sarantos song “What If I Never See You Again” was in the top 200 on the majors list in the US for radio airplay according to the Digital Radio Tracker Top 200 charts. On the independent charts, Sarantos was in the top 10. He was on both these lists for most of 2015!
A clever rhymer that hails from Maryland. Blunt but not reckless. I’m a truth teller. The world has been accustomed to ostensible perfection. Money, women, fame, drugs, cars… money. How else will you be renown? That’s just not me. My aesthetic is polar from the majority. So maybe I don’t sag or rap about “bad” females and getting money. Okay I’m not tatted up and I talk proper. Being this way I experienced significant opposition from potential producers to people who claim to know music. Since a young age I’ve been enthralled by music, especially rap. I’d make everything into a rhyme. From different renditions of music I’ve heard on the radio, to the menu in my elementary school cafeteria.
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Roberto Festari (a.k.a. Nick Festari) started to study piano at 9 years old. When he was 16, he became one of the organists of his parish. It was there that he took his first steps accompanying a talented choir during the liturgical celebrations and performances. In that period, Nick met the 2 people who would have believed in him, and together they have been writing some of the best eurobeat hits for years. In 1986 he started a cover band with some friends where he has been playing keyboards for about 2 years.
In 1987 the musicians and Live Music Studio owners Claudio Accatino & Federico Rimonti began to work with the well-known dance producer Mark Farina. Nick Festari started to cooperate with them playing some arrangements and rhythmics, progressively improving his studio work skills. In the meantime, he became a member of a band and gospel/Christian rock choir that performed in some churches and small local theaters. Furthermore, he participated in various song contests as writer, winning the last edition in 1992. In the same year, Accatino & Rimonti joined Time Records (a famous Italian dance label) and proposed to Nick to writing new melodies for the Japanese audience. Two years later, Claudio and Federico started their own label, “HI-NRG ATTACK”, where Festari was involved in writing almost 800 songs in about 20 years, also arranging and often singing these tracks behind many aliases with his own particular style.
These songs have been long appreciated by the Japanese fans and a good part of the world that love eurobeat and Italo-dance. At the end of 2012, Nick considered the chance to undertake a solo career and began to write a voice/piano pop-ballad. Once finished, he took some months to make a hard decision, and in summer 2013 he took a chance and left eurobeat, dance scenes and HI-NRG ATTACK that gave many satisfactions and professional skills to him. Now Nick Festari dives into pop-music trying to reach for a totally new audience with his own style so appreciated in his former path.
Harp Samuels is an alternative singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a unique, modern, emotional and beautiful style. Dedicated and passionate about art in all its forms, he is also a professional photographer who works in film, and has either shot or painted his own album covers and all related artwork. His debut release, Getting There, rides in on a wave of creative acclaim: the track ‘Ghost-Town’ received terrestrial radio airplay and ‘Taken by Beauty’ was featured at #14 on Grammy Award nominated producer Al Walser’s Weekly Top Twenty radio show out of Los Angeles.
Though this is his first solo EP, Harp is by no means new to the craft. He has traveled and performed internationally,
done session work for other artists and has composed music for television, having songs placed in motion pictures as well as scoring two short films. He writes, records and produces all of his own material, and is deeply involved in his own video productions, somehow finding time to collaborate with others whenever he has the opportunity. In love with travel, people, music, film and psychology, he cites influences from artists such as Damien Rice, Bon Iver, The Civil Wars and John Mayer, as well as soundtrack composers Thomas Newman and John Powell.
Beyond the music, Harp has won awards for his photography and runs photography expos all over his native Australia. Stating an obsession with beauty in all its forms, he is doing music because of the emotional and healing impact it can have: That a vulnerable and well-crafted song can offer the strength to help us endure whatever we are going through at the most difficult of times, that is truly a noble thing to want to share with the world.