featured-artists

Featured Music Artists

George Hendrickson:

I started writing at 17 when someone played me a song,she had written?,and I asked; “Is that legal/ok to do? Just make ’em up on your own?” Wow [Light bulb] So,I began.
I formed a band called “The Works” with my brother Charles, and played the clubs, NYC, upstate NY, with some songs I’d written, snuck in there at times,, and realized I could write tunes pretty easily…Next recorded a 4 song EP, “Extraordinary Dream” one of my first originals, with help from Chris Ambrosino of the now”Blue Ribbon” based in Va., who was our drummer, and pretty much art director, great guy, very artistic. Then, things started to take off,, A dreamlike series of events followed. Through a friend, we started meeting people in the music biz in NYC, in particular at SNL, about 1994. One of which was the man himself now Sir Paul McCartney, and his wife Linda, backstage, and had a chat ?! Surreal– Just hat do you say?
Linda was really fantastic,[and from upstate NY], so we hit it off right away, then Paul joined us. Heady, heady stuff. In the following weeks, it just kept getting bigger, and bigger, the names go on, and on,, Sting, Chris Rock, Mike Meyers, Dan Ackroyd,, so many more…We were still playing NYC,and upstate NY, working the day job, and received a call one day saying that our management in NYC, had just received a fax from the UK, with a record deal, for a 4 song EP?! [We had not been shopping our songs there, so it still remains a pleasant mystery..Then a really “Extraordinary Dream” night at SNL;, Walking talking with Paul Simon about my first record deal?! It was peculiar, in that i was not a huge fan growing up really,and remembered a very vivid dream i’d had at age 12 or so, of meeting this man? Oh my.. The ” Extraordinary Dream! [Must be aliens]. Simultaneous to all this, we were featured in Billboard magazine with more than one “Critic’s Choice” designations by Sirius radio’s Larry Flick. and featured on the show “Rock over London” With Graham Dean, played in over 18 countries. Extraordinary Dream” was featured in between U2, and Elton John. Wow—!Signed with “Neat Records” released in the UK,on the radio in England/Wales/Ireland, etc..
Then the phone calls started. I was still working 12 hr shifts in the hospital still and it was difficult trying to explain where I’d been the night before, without coming off as arrogant…But it was happening very fast and had to pinch myself at times. Another Billboard review followed,,All good,,, More calls…[3-4 reviews total],and went onto high rotation at Boston College?!!! “Then the parties,, meeting my idols, and many others,,, Surreal..to this day…Then life interrupted. Stress, good or bad, still stress.,and mine was not the healthiest adaptation [Prescription drugs] , from a doctor whose main interest was seeing all the latest photos of the stars each visit. Also,the people we knew around us, [not all], just wanted to know “What did the lawyer say?” I believe we stayed fundamentally the same, but the world around us changed for sure.Families,, money,, nerves intervened,, I had to let it go for a time…Things were moving so very fast.Fast forward– I began to run. Flat out, a Forrest Gump, dumb run..as far as it would take me.. Thousands of miles to date. I’m understanding these days what all that was about, and grateful I’ve come out the other side pretty much intact..[And if I pissed anybody off along the way, I’m truly sorry. First time I’d been through something so big..] As time went on, and I struggled with addiction,I continued to write, resume my day job, still with my eye on knowing it could be done..Still.
Recordings from a tiny 4 track,, then to a bigger studio in in Minisink ,NY ,with Mike Matheson,all around great energy..then a studio in the UK, with a song “Give” [Modest,by my standards writing] produced by Stuart Epps of Elton John,,George Harrison, Led Zeppelin, fame,,and many other huge acts..Reminiscent, of the energy I’d felt in the early days, Hold on to your britches time once again? Staying healthy, and alert this time.. So, that, in a nutshell, has been my “Extraordinary Dream” that came to life, really. Nowadays,I am still determined to write the next Bigger Better song,so please stay tuned. I may write a book in the future,as I’ve covered about 1/2 of what i’d experienced. The story is not over yet, i’m just warming up. Please enjoy and share.

Luanne Hunt:

Multi-award-winning, critically-acclaimed country/folk music recording artist Luanne Hunt delivers her haunting and compelling new tune with crossover appeal, “The Night He Came to Town.” The Dave Ward-penned tune features a fiddle performance by Christian Ward, one of Nashville’s most sought-after studio and touring musicians. Electric guitar is courtesy of Joe Eiffert, who has backed country music legends and Hall of Fame recording artists, such as Patsy Montana, Billy Walker, Rose Maddox and Johnny Paycheck.

The song is a follow-up to Hunt’s No. 1 smash single, “Lighting In A Bottle.”

“‘The Night He Came to Town’ is an intoxicating weave of sonic splendor,” said Dave Franklin, music critic for Dancing About Architecture blog. “This is the sound of the modern age being fashioned out of traditional strands. Forget about revolution. Evolution is where it’s at.”

Throughout her illustrious career, the award-winning, Grammy-balloted recording artist has built an impressive list of accomplishments, including scoring numerous No. 1 hits on independent country music charts around the world.

She is best known for her chart-topping single, “Christmas Without You,” (a.k.a. “Patsy Cline’s Lost Christmas Song”), which was recently named by Sweden’s largest daily newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, one of the Top 25 Christmas Songs of All-time.

Hunt’s additional accomplishments include being inducted into the Independent Superstars Hall of Fame, winning six American Songwriting Awards, two World Songwriting Awards and three CD of the Year Awards from the National Traditional Country Music Association. She is currently up for two 2019 Josie Music Awards for her 2018 CD “Backroads, Bottles & Blues,” as well as the lead track from the project, “The Rhythm.”

Links:

www.luannehunt.com

www.facebook.com/luannehuntindiecountrystar

www.twitter.com/luannehunt

www.instagram.com/luannehunt

Cathy Varna:

Cathy Varna was born in Paris under the sign of the Aquarius in a music-loving family (grandfather singer and musician, Mother pianist), she studied singing, classical and modern jazz dance, piano, but lived until 2007 in Belgium where she has acquired an important scenic experience

Cathy is a strong willed artist, an amazing and multi talented performer who enchants and surprises us with both her own original repertoire and covers of well known French and international songs. Cathy Varna, is a singer-songwriter-lyricist-producer and Publisher, She’s an exceptional interpreter with many facets, silver medalist of the French Grand Prix of Humanity of UNESCO (Paris) 2017, takes us into a mystical,spiritual and romantic universe, in the harmony of great feelings, beautiful melodies, in universal love and the peace. A voice typified in the bass and sensitivity …

Where are you from ?

I am Born in Paris under the sign of the Aquarius in a music-loving family (grandfather singer and musician, Mother pianist), I studied singing, classical and modern jazz dance, piano, but lived until 2007 in Brussel (Belgium) where, I has acquired an important scenic experience.

What were your first musical influences?

My first musical influences are:
The French and International (pop) variety, American Black Music, Music-Hall, American Musical Comedies, Classical Music and Opera.
My reference artists are:
Whitney Houston, Liza Minnelli, Dalida, Barbra Streisand, Edith Piaf, Nicole Croisille, Ginette Reno, Céline Dion . But also: Maria Callas, Barbara Hendricks, Julia Miguenes-Johnson.

What inspires you to create music?

My music and my songs are born of my emotions, of my moments of personal or universal suffering, of my moments of joy, of sadness in my inner life.
My works are made to give dream, to bring peace and happiness to human souls.
There is never violence in my lyrics and musical works.
A song is the harmony of sounds and words to express human feelings.
I seldom decide on a musical or lexical theme, but it imposes itself on me.

Do you play live or are you strictly a studio musician?

I am above all an artist of stage more than 30 years of scenic experience including a dozen years as a studio artist (choirs + lead vocals). I was born for the “live”
Singer in various orchestras, Leader of “revue” in the show “Merveilleux” at the Théâtre du Trocadéro in Liège ( Blegium) , récitals in many legendary piano-bars, such as the “Black Bottom” in Brussels, I have also made many first parts of famous French, Belgian, Flams and Neederlands artists.
Since my arrival in south of France (2008) , I has performed in the following venues:
the prestigious ‘Alhambra’ in Paris’, Theatre de la Mer’ in Golfe-Juan, ‘Espace Miramar’ in Cannes, ‘Palm Beach Cannes Casino’, ‘Casino Rhul’ in Nice, ‘Theatre de la Licorne’, ‘Gala Cannes Cercle Azurea’, ‘Gala Cannes France Israel’ ‘Theatre Edwige Feuillere’ in Vesoul, At the Nice Airport Business Center, Casino Terrazur Polygone Riviera, … not to mention mine many concerts and privates parties in Europe.

What is your opinion of the music industry today?

The music industry loses its originality, its truth, its simplicity through sounds machines repetitive and similar, that forget the creative powers of ‘man …
And we all too often forget the musical rules of so-called “classical” music and the lexical rules of the language of words.
Money killed “The Art”.

What projects are you currently working on?

I am in permanent creation:
Songs, Albums, Film Soundtracks, Poetry Book, Film Scenario, Filming of Video Clips for Italian Television …
Make my debut as an actress…

Yajur Madan:

Yajur is a man on a mission, starting his musical journey right from the age of 4 when he started singing and learning to play several instruments.Today, at 17 Yajur is a Singer-Songwriter with a self-released album and another one in the works! Yajur’s first album, ‘Freckles’ was widely appreciated not just by his small yet loyal fan base, but also several media outlets several parts of the world. With no label support, as an independent artist, Yajur’s debut album was streamed in the US, Singapore, India, UK and several other countries. Yajur is highly influenced by the amazing works of Hozier, Ed Sheeran, Queen and hopes to honour elements of their music in his. Yajur is currently working on his second album and hopes to release it successfully to a wider audience before finishing high school!

WORLD5:

WORLD5 started with five close friends who are professional musicians.Although life and personal projects put them in different locations around the globe, they kept alive the desires of making music together. Realizing that very long distances separate them physically but not musically, they used the power of the World Wide Web to shorten the physical distance. They recorded their first album “Global Experience”, released on Island Def Jam Digital over 3 continents together, founding members were Raimund Breitfeld, Steffen Goeres, Don Bruner, Stephan Goessl and Roland Childs.Grammy Award winners Pat Hunt and Randy Miller, who produced the bands first album, joined the band replacing Don Bruner and Roland Childs December 2012.June 2013 brought the departure of saxophonist Stephan Goessl and the arrival of Texan guitarist Joe Gavito. 2016, Album Nr. 2 “Heartbeat Of The World” was released on Spectra Music Group. The album became one of the Top 200 Pop album releases in 2016. Competitors were among others Adele.

WORLD5 has a new line up. Joining Raimund, Steffen and Joe are Swedish bass player Jimmy Olsson and as the lead singer, from San Francisco, California, Lou Evans. Jimmy has performed with some of the most popular groups in Sweden, such as Nynningen, Nationalteatern and Björn Afzelius Band. Lou has been showcased with outstanding talents such as LeAnn Rimes, Lorrie Morgan, America, Carrie Underwood, Bo Bice, Waylon Payne, James McCartney (Son of Paul McCartney), Todd Rundgren, Gregory Page, Billy Galewood (aka Bushwalla, co-songwriter of Jason Mraz), Toca Rivera (Jason Mraz percussionist/background vocalist), and Con Brio.

Lou Evans: lead vocals, guitars

Joe Gavito: guitars, keyboards, vocals

Steffen Goeres: guitars, trumpet

Jimmy Olsson: bass

Raimund Breitfeld: drums, percussion

Record Label : Spectra Music Group

http://www.world5music.com

https://www.facebook.com/World5band

http://twitter.com/world5music

http://www.youtube.com/user/World5music

http://soundcloud.com/world5music

LASTEDEN:

Electronic project LastEDEN founded by Kirill Kotlobay in 2003, although the music as sound producer he began to write early, performing as keyboardist in the composition of the electropop group “Electronics”. There have never been any other participants in the LastEDEN project. Initially, LastEDEN’s music consisted only of lyrical and slow Chillout and ambient tracks, hence the name of the project “last paradise (last eden)”, talking about something calm and serene. But years Kirill Kotlobay realized that he was constricted by any one style and project LastEDEN actually became a multi-format. In the composition there have already been numerous releases of the project is not only chill out music, trip hop, dance tracks, pop music and even rock, although in each of the tracks you can find a mix of several genres and directions. To date, the project LastEDEN 10 full albums and many singles and releases with other musicians and vocalists.

Q: Where are you from?
A: I’m from Russia, Moscow city;
Q: Who were some of your early musical influences?
A: The strongest musical influence on me was made by Depeche Mode, it is also possible to distinguish such performers as Enigma, Moby, A-Ha, George Michael, Mylene Farmer and some others.
Q: What inspires you to create music?
A: Many different factors affect my inspiration, it’s movies, music, design, travel and just good or sad weather on the street.
Q: Do you play live or are you strictly a studio musician?
A: Although in recent times I has become more performing in various clubs as a DJ.
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: Now I’m doing a Remix for my friend and a good musician from Canada – Jean-Francois Laprise. I plan to record a brand new album this year 2019. I have previously released 10 albums and many singles.

Flanders:

After many years of playing the drums for various bands and musicians in and around Los Angeles, Adam decided it was time to learn how to play more than 3 chords on the guitar and see if he could write on his own. After completing a few songs, he enlisted some of his friends to help bring 4 of them to life. His first song Smile is not only his first release, but also the first song he actually fully completed as a songwriter.


The Silvers:

The Silvers are: Mick, Drew, Tom and Glenn. In three years they have released three 14 song LPs and three 6-8 song EPs. Additionally, they released five Christmas original songs and a series animated videos on YouTube. To join the fun just search “Silvers Surf City”.