Anni Pohto Debuts New LP’s Lead Single

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Singer-songwriter Anni Pohto is giving audiences their first preview of hew new album.

Pohto debuted her new single ‘Deep‘ last month along with its companion video. The song is the lead single from her forthcoming album The Rising,’ which is due for release this year. It is expected for release this summer, with a definite release date under consideration.

The musical arrangement featured in Pohto’s single is a gentle, soulful composition. It is anchored by Pohto’s vocals, which lend themselves to comparisons to those of Alicia Keys. the production and the sound of what comes across as an antique piano adds even more warmth and richness to the arrangement.

The lyrical theme featured in Pohto’s new single is introspective, according to a statement from Pohto.

“It tells a story about facing our inner darkness, and why that is crucial in order to find joy,” she said. “Finland has been ranked the happiest country in the world three times in a row. But against expectations it’s not because Finns are overtly positive, but quite the opposite.”

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Jessie Wagner Debuts ‘My Darlin, My Dear’ Lyric Video

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Independent singer-songwriter Jessie Wagner debuted the video for her latest single last week.

Wagner debuted the lyric video for her single ‘My Darlin, My Dear‘ Oct. 2. The song is the third single from Wagner’s forthcoming album Shoes Droppin’. It follows the debut of the album’s singles ‘What You Get Is What You See‘ and ‘End of Time.’

The video places the song’s lyrics over a a subtly changing backdrop that features imagery, such as a heart made of leaves, flowers, and a blue sky filled with heart-shaped balloons. the imagery serves to illustrate the song’s easily accessible lyrical content, which focuses, clearly, on the topic of romance.

Wagner had the following to say specifically about the song’s lyrical theme.

“There’s always that guy that you know is no good for you, but you keep going back anyway,” she said. “This song is an amalgamation of the guys I wished would love me and not just keep me around for convenience.”

The song’s musical arrangement adds its own share of interest. The guitar line and keyboards give the song a soulful, bluesy/gospel type sensibility. The addition of the horns to the mix gives the song something of a vintage R&B sound. Meanwhile, Wagner’s vocal delivery style and sound here lends itself to comparisons to other well-known singers, such as Diana Ross, Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige among others.

The arrangement is very much unlike that featured in ‘End of Times,’ which crosses influences of Meghan Trainor and Gladys Knight for its presentation. That old and new school hybrid is certain to appeal to a wide range of listeners in its own right.

‘What You See is What You Get’ meanwhile combines pop and neo-folk influences for a composition that will resonate with an equally wide range of audiences.

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Shout! Factory Announces Archived McCartney Tribute Concert Coming This Spring

Shout! Factory will release a very special tribute to music legend Paul McCartney this spring.

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, March 24th.  The concert was originally recorded on February 10th, 2012.  It was part of a celebration honoring McCartney as the MusiCares® Person of the Year.  The concert featured a who’s who of the music industry including: Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Norah Jones, Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Alison Kraus & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, James Taylor, Diana Krall, Duane Eddy, Sergio Mendes, and the cast of the Broadway play “Love.”  McCartney himself even performed, pulling out hits such as ‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ ‘Junior’s Farm, ‘My Valentine,’ and a medley of tunes that included renditions of ‘Golden Slumbers,’ ‘Carry That Weight,’ and ‘The End.’  McCartney was joined by Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh (The Eagles, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band).  The concert’s set list totaled fifteen songs.

A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney will retail for MSRP of $16.98 on DVD and $21.98 on Blu-ray.  It can be pre-ordered direct from Shout! Factory’s online store for reduced prices of $14.98 (DVD) and $17.98 (Blu-ray) respectively at  Proceeds from sales of the recording will go towards providing essential support for MusiCares®, which helps those in need.

Paul McCartney is an 18-time Grammy® winner.  His career spans more than three decades and includes a multitude of songs recorded with The Beatles, Wings, and as a solo artist.  His most recent album was 2013’s New.  McCartney is a freeman of the City of Liverpool and Lead Patron of The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.  In 1995, McCartney was named Fellow of The Royal College of Music by the Prince of Wales.  And in 1996, he was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for his services to music.  He is also committed to various charities including: PETA, LIPA, One Voice, The Vegetarian Society, Nordoff Robbins, and Adopt-A-Mine-Field.

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Darian Renee’s New LP Could Be Just The Beginning

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Courtesy: Persistant Heart Media

Pop singer Darian Renee’s new EP, Only The Beginning is a rather aptly titled release.  The four-track release isn’t her first release.  And if enough young listeners hear her music, it likely will in fact be just the beginning for this young Boise, Idaho native.  Her vocals and her writing are an interesting mix of Taylor Swift and Alicia Keys.  This is exhibited right from the opening number, ‘It’s Not Me (It’s You).’  This song of a broken relationship will resonate with any teen and twenty-something female listener with its soft acoustic guitar and stronger lyrics.  The contradiction of the acoustic guitar to the more self-assured chorus of “It’s not my fault/If you’re wondering why/It’s just my heart/breaking in two/It’s not me/It’s you”

Whereas Renee comes across as relatively self-assured on the EP’s opener, the disc’s second song, ‘Darling’ seems to come from a more intimate and vulnerable place.  The gentle chromatic strains of the piano set against her equally soft vocals will deeply impact her intended listeners.  She sings, “Darling go back to bed/I’ll forget everything you said/it could be easy if you let it/Darling go back to bed/Darling go back to bed/I’ll forget everything you said/If you would get out of my head.”  This is a sentiment more than likely plenty of young women have felt at one point or another.  This ability of listeners to relate to this song is certain to make it one that will most certainly be a favorite among her intended audiences.

The EP’s remaining pair of songs, with its continued gentle acoustic sound, will entertain her listeners just as much.  It would be no surprise that with the proper support from radio programmers, she could very well be another of the next big things.  Should this come to pass, hopefully she will have something more upbeat so that she can prove this EP is in fact “only the beginning.”  Listeners can download the EP now via Bandcamp at  Fans of Darian Renee’s music can get all the latest news on her official Facebook page at

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