Jason Mraz Announces New Streaming Performance Details

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Pop artist Jason Mraz is scheduled to host a new streaming performance next month.

The announcement was made Monday through a press release, that Mraz will present his new performance, dubbed “Look for the Good Live!” May 20 and 21. The concert will feature performances of songs from Mraz’s latest album, Look for the Good as well as other fan favorites.

Mraz addressed the concert’s set list in a prepared statement.

“I’ve been waiting a year to perform the songs from Look For The Good,” said Mraz. “But in that time I got to re-imagine and rearrange older songs to fit the new uplifting reggae format. I’ll even be premiering 2 new songs composed during the pandemic. The setlist is wide-ranging & well-stocked. This show is especially for fans.”

Originally recorded at San Diego’s Belly Up, the concert is scheduled to stream at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT May 20 in North and South America. Audiences in the United Kingdom, Europe and Africa will get to watch the performance at 6 p.m. BST on May 21. It will stream at 6 p.m. JST in Australia and New Zealand.

Tickets are $20 each. An additional $15 charge will allow fans to take part in an “after party,” which features an intimate, acoustic performance by Mraz. Mraz will join North American fans in the chat during the “after party.”

All proceeds from the sale of Look for the Good, which was released in June 2020, have gone to various charities. That money includes his label advance used to create the album, and all royalties earned through the album’s sales. To date, the total donated from those monies is $250,000.

More information on Jason Mraz’s forthcoming streaming concert is available along with all of his latest news at:

Website: https://jasonmraz.com

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Mraz, Jade, Vale, May Collaborate On New Socially Conscious Single, Video

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Jason Mraz has partnered with Rebecca Jade, Miki Vale, and Veronica May for a new socially conscious song.

The quartet debuted the new song, ‘Bad Wolves’ Tuesday through Entertainment Tonight Canada. The song features Mraz and company performing the song in the backdrop of an affluent suburb. There is dancing, and a sign noting, “Stop killing black people.” The sign and song’s lyrics make easily know, the message in the song’s lyrical content.

Mraz discussed the video and song in a prepared statement.

“On and on throughout history, art has aided in the enlightenment and transformation of humanity,” he said. “Today, I am proud to participate with my fellow artists to help amplify the optimism and education needed to combat systemic racism in America. ‘Bad Wolves’ is more than a song. It’s a four-dimensional experience of music, poetry, visual art, and dance. It’s a virtual march for peace. A call for change – calling out injustices when we see them, while signaling the silent to wake up. It’s not political. It’s ethical.”

Jade added to Mraz’s comments, expanding specifically on the song’s lyrical theme.

“‘Bad Wolves’ is about perspective and is a rally cry for the acknowledgement of racial injustice and police brutality, while calling out the blind eye of the unaffected – in musical form,” she said.

‘Bad Wolves’ is available now to stream and download through Pacific Records here. Proceeds from the sale of the single will go to benefit the black-owned nonprofit Bay Vista. The nonprofit works to help the needs of the black community.

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Kulick Debuts ‘Talking To The Ceiling’ Lyric Video

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Independent singer-songwriter Kulick debuted the video for his latest single over the weekend.

Kulick debuted the lyric video for his single ‘Talking to the Ceiling‘ Wednesday.  The song is the second single from Kulick’s forthcoming album Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood, which is scheduled for release Oct. 16 through ENCI Records.  Its debut comes less than a month after Kulick debuted the lyric video for the album’s lead single, ‘Rope.’

The video for ‘Talking to the Ceiling’ features Kulick performing his new single through what is meant to look like closed circuit camera footage.  Considering that and the song’s lyrical content, which seems to focus on someone dealing with a lot of personal, private thoughts, the use of the CCTV setting works.

The musical arrangement featured in Kulick’s new single is unlike that of ‘Rope,’ which will appeal to fans of acts, such as Jason Mraz and Andy Grammer.  This song’s arrangement takes more of a pop rock approach, creating a sound that will appeal more to fans of acts, such as Fall Out Boy, One Republic, and The Score.

Audiences can stream and download ‘Talking To The Ceiling’ and pre-order Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood here.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

 

‘Yelling In A Quiet Neighborhood’ Track Listing:

Crawling

Rope

Just Be Friends

Waiting For You

Monster

FUN!

The Way I Am

Lonely

Talking To The Ceiling

On

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Kulick Debuts ‘Rope’ Lyric Video

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Independent singer-songwriter Kulick debuted the video for his latest single over the weekend.

Kulick debuted the lyric video for his new single ‘Rope‘ Saturday. The song is the lead single from Kulick’s forthcoming debut album Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood, which is scheduled for release Oct. 16 through ENCI Records.

The ‘Rope’ video places Kulick into a green field alongside the lyrics to his song.  The sun slowly sets in the distance while a few wispy clouds hang in the sky above.  The visual is a direct contrast to the song’s infectious musical arrangement and its familiar lyrical theme.

The song’s musical arrangement is, as noted, a catchy, infectious composition.  The mood that it sets is accompanied well through the song’s video.  It will appeal to fans of similar acts, such as Jason Mraz and Andy Grammer.

The lyrical theme is a topic to which most listeners can relate, as Kulick pointed out in a recent interview.

“”Rope” was written immediately after getting off of the US and Canada tour with Andy Black and The Faim in May 2019,” he said. “I had a tough year in my personal life, and I wasn’t ready to face it when I got home. I wrote this song with my drummer Keith Gensure, who I’ve known and played music with most of my life, and I felt safe enough to write this very personal song with him.”

“This was written when I was feeling so unsure of what to do when I got home,” added Kulick. “It was such a rollercoaster of wanting life to be the way it was before I left for tour, and some days wanting to start over. I knew something was wrong, I didn’t like who I was while I was gone, and I didn’t recognize who I was before I left. It really took a toll on the people in my life that I really love and care about, especially those closest to me, and for the rest of my life I’ll wish I handled it differently.”

Audiences can stream ‘Rope’ and pre-order Yelling In a Quiet Neighborhood here.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

‘Yelling In A Quiet Neighborhood’ Track Listing:

Crawling

Rope

Just Be Friends

Waiting For You

Monster

FUN!

The Way I Am

Lonely

Talking To The Ceiling

More information on Julick’s new single, video and album is available along with of all his latest news at:

Website: http://kulickofficial.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kulickofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/kulickofficial

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‘Create My Own World’ Is A Positive New Addition To The World Of Family Music

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Singer-songwriter Greg Lato released his debut family music album this week.  The album, Create My Own World, is a presentation that will appeal to grown-up audiences just as much as it will to younger listeners.  That is due in part to the record’s collective musical arrangements, which will be addressed shortly.  The album’s lyrical themes will appeal just as much to both noted audience groups as the record’s musical content.  The record’s sequencing puts the finishing touch to its presentation and will also be addressed later.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of Create My Own World.  All things considered, they make this record a solid family music debut for Lato.

Greg Lato’s debut family music album Create My Own World is a positive first outing for Lato within the family music world.  That is proven in part through the album’s collective musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question take listeners as far back as the 1970s and as recent as the 2000s.  The steady 2/4 dance beat of the album’s opener ‘Sprinkles’ presents a stylistic approach that will take listeners back to the days of early 90s club music.  Most notably, one could make a comparison between this song and Eiffel 65’s hit song ‘Blue’ and Scatman John’s ‘Scatman.’  It has that old school dance vibe.  By direct contrast, the arrangement at the center of ‘I Can’t Find My Sock!’ features an influence from 1970s era Badfinger, Todd Rundgren and Elton John.  The reggae arrangement at the center of ‘Try’ is easily comparable to Jason Mraz’s hit song ‘I’m Yours’ on the more modern end.  Once again here, the album’s musical content shows its wide range of influences.  It certainly isn’t the last example of that range, too.  The arrangement at the center of the album’s title track, which itself serves as the album’s midpoint, will take listeners back to the 1980s, what with its keyboard line and vocal delivery style.  This is again, something that older listeners will appreciate.  The semi-acoustic arrangement of ‘Two Slow Snails’ boasts elements of the 90s and even 2000s.  The same can be said of the album’s finale, ‘What Daddies Do (I Will Be With You).’  That song, by the way, is a work that will bring even the strongest tough guy to smiles and tears.  All things considered, the arrangements noted here and those not directly addressed combine to make the album’s musical content a strong starting point for this album’s presentation.  It is just one of the elements that make the album a success.  The record’s lyrical content adds to that appeal.

Staying on the matter of ‘What Daddies Do (I Will Be With You),’ the lyrical content at the center of this song is explained by that title.  The song tells about what not just father’s do, but daddies.  As Lato explains in the song’s opening line, “any man can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a daddy.”  Lato further writes in the song, against the gentle beat of the guitar and cajon drum, “I’ll be ther to dry your crying eyes/Whenever you’re feeling blue/Whenever you’re concerned/I’ll make the time/I can help you through/I will be with you/I will dream with you/Always talk about the old school/Yeah, that’s what daddies do.”  He adds that he will be there for his child(ren) even when they are older and “even when you are far from home/I will be with you/I’ll inspire you.”  It is a truly moving lyrical work that when coupled with its musical accompaniment, makes for such a deeply engaging and moving work.

‘Hi Gene’ is another key example of the importance of the lyrical content featured in Make My Own World.  Lato uses a story about a boy and his imaginary friend “Gene” in order to touch on the bigger picture of proper hygiene.  He goes so far as to sing in the song’s chorus, “Hi, Gene/How you been/No one else can make me feel clean again/Hi, Gene/You’re my friend/I’m gonna change my clothes/Wash my face and hands.”  The statement here is pretty obvious, yet grown-ups are the only ones who will catch this.  He even makes notes of trimming his nails, not wanting to smell like an elephant and cleaning between his toes.  This is a great way for grown-ups to approach the topic of proper hygiene with kids.  The children will enjoy the song while being influenced to take good care of themselves without even knowing it.  Lato is to be commended for taking this approach.

‘Hi Gene’ and ‘What Daddies Do (I Will Be With You)’ are just two key examples of what makes Greg Lato’s new family music album worth hearing.  They are not the album’s only key entries.  ‘Two Slow Snails’ is another important lyrical presentation in its own right.  That is because it presents a message of doing the best that we can.  This is a message that adults need to hear just as much as children.  He uses the stories of two snails, two frogs and two monkeys here.  In each case, one of each pair believed in itself while the other was not so self-confident.  In each case, Lato asked who listeners thought would do better in each pair.  Adults need this reassurance to reach for their goals at times just as much as children.  To that end, this message and the song’s musical arrangement together, make the song impacting in its own right.  Together with the other noted themes and those not noted, it becomes increasingly clear why the lyrical content displayed in this record is just as important to the album’s presentation as its musical content.

The overall content featured in Create My Own World goes a long way toward making the album appealing for listeners of all ages.  That has hopefully been proven here.  While they collectively do plenty to make the album appealing, they are only a portion of what makes the album work.  Its sequencing adds its own touch to its engagement and entertainment.  Listeners will note that the album opens on an upbeat note in ‘Sprinkles,’ but closes on a decidedly more slower note in the much more reserved ‘What Daddies Do (I Will Be With You0.’  In between the album’s energies stay relatively stable throughout, with only two slower moments in between in the form of the relaxes reggae work ‘Try’ and the introspective ‘Two Slow Snails (ft. Bill Harley).’  Other than those two moments, which serve to break up the album with their well-thought out placement, the album’s energy stas relatively stable throughout.  Because of that placement, the album ensures even more, listeners’ engagement and entertainment.  When this is considered along with the album’s overall content, the whole of the album proves to be a work that every family will welcome.

Greg Lato’s debut family music album Create My Own World is a strong start for the veteran singer-songwriter in the family music realm.  It is a work that will appeal just as much to adults as it will to children.  That is proven in part through the album’s collective musical content, which takes listeners back to the 1970s and up to the 2000s.  The album’s lyrical content will connect with grown-ups and children alike, too. The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.  All three elements are important in their own way to the whole of this record.  All things considered, they make Create My Own World a positive new offering to the family music world.

More information on Greg Lato’s upcoming album is available along with all of his latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.greglato.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/greglatomusic

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/greglatomusic

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