Greg Lato Announces Release Date For His Debut Family Music Album

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Family entertainer Greg Lato will release his new album this summer.

Lato is scheduled to release Create My Own World July 24 through GLM.  The album is Lato’s debut family music offering.

Create My Own World features musical arrangements whose influences reach as far back as the 1970s and as recent as the 2000s.  According to information provided about the record, ‘I Can’t Find My Sock,’ which is one of the album’s 12 songs, features an influence from 1970s era Badfinger/Todd Rundgren/Elton John sounds.

The noted information states the album’s title track exhibits an influence from music made popular in the 1980s, but does not specify if that means 80s rock or pop.  The album’s title brings audiences into the 21st century with its EDM-infused, the noted information additionally states.  It adds, the song ‘Hi Gene’ could be used for any movie helmed by famed director John Hughes.

Along with the musical numbers, the record also features four spoken word presentations.  As an added bonus, family entertainer Bill Harley joins Lato on ‘Two Slow Snails.’

Greg Lato has spent his career composing music through a variety of outlets.  He has composed music for film and television, and most recently co-wrote with Billy Gilman, runner up on the 11th season of NBC’s hit singing competition show The Voice.

Lato has four grown-up albums under his belt in the form of Monday Morning Breakdown (2009), Do The Best With What I Got (2010), Lato & The NeversFire Between Us (2016) and Cassetting Son (2018).

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Alexandra Kay Debuts New Single, ‘Dive Bar Dreamer’

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Country musician and reality TV star Alexandra Kay released her latest single this month.

Kay released her new single ‘Dive Bar Dreamer’ April 3.  The song is availabel to stream and download through various platforms here.  The song’s musical arrangement is a flowing ballad that is founded in its subtle guitar work, its drums and Kay’s own vocal delivery.  The song’s lyrical content is autobiographical, according to Kay, who shared the story behind the song in a video that she posted to her official YouTube channel.

Kay stressed in her video, that the song is meant to inspire listeners not to give up on anything in life, saying in part, “This song is not just for songwriters.  This song is for everybody.  If you have a dream.  If you have something that you’re reaching for that’s bigger than what you ever could have imagined, if you want more out of your life, if you keep getting knocked down, picking yourself back up, getting knocked back down again, picking yourself back up, this song is for you.  It’s about you.  It’s about your life.”

Alexandra Kay has risen to fame as a contestant on NBC’s singing competition The Voice as well as one of the stars of the Netflix series Westside.

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Website: http://www.alexandrakayofficial.com

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No Lack Of Confidence From Sarah Potenza On Her Sophomore LP

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Singer-songwriter Sarah Potenza released her new album Road To Rome last week.  The sophomore album from the former contestant on NBC’s hit karaoke contest show The Voice, it is more proof that the real winners from those competition shows are not always the people who win it all.  It shows in fact, that sometimes the real winners are the people who do not make it all the way.  The album’s musical and lyrical content collectively do plenty to prove that statement right from its outset in the form of ‘I Work For Me.’  This bluesy, soulful tune is one of many bold statements that Potenza makes throughout the course of the album and will be discussed shortly.  ‘Keep On Holding,’ which comes later in the album’s run, does just as much to display Road to Rome’s strength with its far more vulnerable approach.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Diamond’ is yet another example of why Road to Rome is such a strong new effort from Potenza.  When it is considered alongside the other two songs noted here and the rest of the album’s offerings, the whole of the album leaves no doubt that while she might not have won The Voice back in 2015, she is still a winner regardless.

Four years have passed since Sarah Potenza vied for fame and fortune on NBC’s hit karaoke competition show The Voice.  While she did not win the overall season title, Potenza still went on to success, releasing her debut album only a year after the season’s end. Now with the release of her sophomore album last week, Potenza has proven even more that sometimes, the real winners of the TV talent competitions are not those who win it all, but those who don’t take the top prize.  The album’s opener ‘I Work For Me’ is just one of the songs that serves to support that statement.  The song’s musical arrangement is a subtle, yet upbeat mix of blues and pop sensibilities that when coupled with Potenza’s soulful, gritty vocal delivery style – which can be so easily likened to the likes of Susan Tedeschi, Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt — creates a sense of so much joy.  It is a positive start to the record in itself.  The joy created through the arrangement works with the confidence clearly exhibited in the song’s lyrical content to make even more clear why this is just one of Road to Rome’s strong points.

Potenza sings in the song’s lead verse, “I work for me/Oh yes I, yes I do/I work for me/They told me I was nothing/Told me I was trash/They told me I was too young/To ever make it last/You gotta earn a living/How are you gonna pay/But I blew it all off and I did it anyway/I don’t need your jive/I got my own/I got cat eye nails and a glitter phone/When the bills roll in/I…got everything…/I work for me.”  That confidence continues in the song’s second verse as she sings, “They said that I was too much/I shouldn’t even try it/They said that I was too big/’Cause right now, I’m a giant/They told me keep on dreaming/So that’s just what I did/I’ve been collecting water from my well/Ever since I was a kid/Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will hurt me more/I turned your words into my songs and now I go to war/I don’t need no ballpoint/I can write my own joint/I’ve been signing five checks/With my blood and my sweat/I work for me.”  Potenza puts it all out there, leaving nothing to doubt. She puts right out there, her story of her having been held back and pushed down, but refusing to let the naysayers keep her down.  That clear confidence serves as a reminder that no one should let anyone be stopped from chasing their dreams.  What’s more, being that Potenza delivers this message without feeling the need to be artsy and metaphorical makes the song that much more engaging and entertaining.  When this portion of the song joins with the song’s musical arrangement, the whole of the two elements makes the song in whole, without doubt, a work that is certain to appeal to plenty of listeners.  To that end, it is a clear example of what makes Road to Rome a truly viable record from Sarah Potenza.  It is just one of the album’s high points.  ‘Keep On Holding’ is yet another of the record’s strong points.

‘Keep On Holding’ is the polar opposite of ‘I Work For Me.’ Where the album’s opener is a proud, no-nonsense work, ‘Keep On Holding’ is a far more vulnerable piece that shows a completely different side of Potenza.  The song opens with a gentle piano line that eventually is joined by a choir and drums for a composition that creates a very gospel style sound.  Again, Potenza’s vocal delivery throughout can be compared to the likes of Franklin, Tedeschi and Raitt.  At the same time, there’s a certain quality to her delivery here that also leads one to – believe it or not – compare Potenza’s style of singing to that of Gregg Allman.  It’s in that gritty delivery that she could so easily be the female counterpart to him.  The way in which her vocals grow along with the rest of the arrangement – which eventually reaches its peak almost three minutes into its nearly five-minute run time – creates so much emotion in the song.  That emotion is the core of the song’s musical arrangement, and in itself is certain to keep listeners engaged.  It is just one part of what makes the song another of the album’s strong points.  The song’s lyrical content couples with that deeply moving musical arrangement to make the song even stronger.

Potenza sings in this song’s lead verse, “I’ve been running down these roads/For decades at a time/Like a misfit runaway…the path then led me to my dream/I was wrong again/These roads go in circles/The beginning is the end/Stickers on the side board/Some bands you recognize/Some bands you never heard of/And some you idolize/And it makes you think that maybe/If they played here, too/Maybe there’s a chance/They were once like you/So keep on holding/Onto your heart/It’s a long road/Honey it’s a long shot/Keep on holding/Onto your heart/It’s a long road/But we got a good start.”  She goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, about the club in question filling up with people.  Not having liner notes to reference, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly who the guest vocalist is in this verse.  However, if one did not know any better, one would imagine it was Dolly Parton.  That could of course be completely wrong, but it sure sounds like her.  From there, Potenza returns to the song’s chorus, reminding listeners again not to give up on anything in life, even one’s dreams.  This is very similar to the theme of the album’s opener, just delivered in a different fashion, managing to keep the theme at least somewhat fresh in turn.  When that familiar message of determination is coupled with the song’s hybrid gospel/southern/blues rock arrangement, the whole transforms into a song whose mix of confidence and vulnerability makes it stand out as yet another of the album’s key entries.  It is not the last of the album’s key compositions.  ‘Diamond’ which comes a little bit earlier in the album’s run, is yet another of the LP’s strong points.

‘Diamond’ presents is a mid-tempo piece that puts on display once more, Potenza’s blues/southern rock influences, yet does so in a subtle fashion.  The song is driven in large through its drums, which almost create a feeling almost, of a heartbeat as Potenza courses through the song.  The addition of the choral element to the song along with the equally subtle bass line rounds out the song’s arrangement for a whole that creates more than its own share of entertainment and engagement.  That portion of the song is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  Its familiar lyrical message of self-confidence – which very much permeates this album overall – gives the song even more punch.

Potenza sings in this song, “Once I was a young girl/I was foolish/Foolish with my heart/I listened to it closely/When all they told me was who I was/And who I was not/I went chasing after boys/Refused to recognize/They can’t f*** with girls like me/I blamed myself/I cursed my gifts/Why did I have to be like this/I was just too young/Too young to see/I was born to be a diamond/The whole damn world’s gonna see me shining/I ain’t gonna keep on hiding/I was born to be a diamond.”  She goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “The thousands of days/And thousands of miles/I carried all those words upon my back/I let them defy me/I let my doubt blind me/But honey I’m done/I’m done f****** with all that.”  From here, Potenza returns to the song’s chorus again before reaching the song’s third verse, which follows in a fashion very similar to that of the first two verses.  Yet again, the message here leaves zero doubt as to its message.  This is someone who is fully self-assured.  It’s hardly the last display of self-assurance featured in Road to Rome.  The album’s remaining seven songs each put that self-confidence on display in their own unique fashions.  Keeping that in consideration along with the confidence exhibited in this song and the other two more directly noted works, the whole of Road to Rome can be said to be the real start to Sarah Potenza’s career, and a powerful start at that.

While it is her second full-length studio recording, Sarah Potenza’s Road to Rome can be argued to be the real start to her professional career.  That is due to the clear display of confidence exhibited from the record’s beginning to its end.  From one song to the next, Potenza is fully self-assured, and presents that confidence in various ways in each song, both musically and lyrically.  The songs featured here are just a few examples of the varied ways in which that confidence is displayed.  When they are considered alongside the record’s seven remaining songs, the whole of Road to Rome once again proves to be more proof that sometimes, the real winners of all those TV karaoke talent contests are the people who don’t win on the shows.  Road to Rome is available now.  More information on the album is available online now along with all of Sarah Potenza’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.sarahpotenza.net

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/sarahpotenza

 

 

 

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Shout! Factory Kids Announces Release Date For First ‘Kuu Kuu Harajuku’ Collection

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The first collection of Nickelodeon’s animated series Kuu Kuu Harajuku is set to be released in stores and online this summer.

The series, which features the voice talent of Gwen Stefani (No Doubt, The Voice), will see its first volume of episodes, Kuu Kuu Harajuku : Music, Baby!, released in stores and online on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.  It will feature 14 episodes from the series’ debut season.  The collection’s episodes are noted below.

Episodes Include:

Totally Teen Genie / Angel’s Flight

Music, Baby / Wanted Audience

Game Over / Phony Ponies

Hello Puppy / G, This Is Awfully Deep

Baby’s Birthday / Labor Of Love

Bad Boy and Little Girl / Yummy Bear Nado

Drums of Doom / Adventures In Housesitting

*Special Features TBD

Early shipments of the DVD will include a bonus code to download the series’ theme song while supplies last.  It can be pre-ordered online now via Amazon and ShoutFactory.com.

Kuu Kuu Harajuku follows the all-girl band HJ5 through its world of music, fashion and style.  It is Stefani’s brainchild and aimed directly at young female audiences, encouraging them to express themselves, celebrate their individuality and use their imaginations.

The series is co-created and produced by Moody Street Kids (Australia), Vision Animation (Malaysia) and Gwen Stefani.  It is commissioned by Network Ten with investment funding from Film Victoria (Australia) and MyCreative Ventures (Malaysia).

DHX Media distributes the series internationally and licensed the series to Shout! Factory.

More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now along with all of the company’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Green’s New Live BD Shows He Still Has His Own “Voice”

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Eagle Vision

CeeLo Green has become one of the most famous figures in the entertainment industry ever since joining the judges’ panel on NBC’s hit singing competition show, The Voice. As entertaining as he is on that show, many might not know or recall that before joining the ranks of The Voice, Green was a music star first. Now thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment, audiences that might have forgotten this will be reminded of his own singing talent and stage presence with the new live Blu-ray, Loberace: Live in Vegas. Green is a vocal powerhouse throughout the hour-plus performance. It’s just one aspect of the show that audiences will appreciate in taking the time to watch the whole thing. There are also some surprises throughout the show including Green’s own attempts at comedy and even a surprise guest appearance or two. Audiences also get a bonus with this new recording in a first person “interview” with Green.

CeeLo Green spends most of his time these days mentoring young hopeful singers how to better themselves in hopes of earning a lucrative record deal.  But as he shows in his new live recording, he has his own talent and stage presence.  Whether he’s belting out ‘Crazy’ or ‘Fool For You’, or getting the crowd worked up with his take on ‘Don’t Cha’ Green shows the extent of his talents relatively well throughout the show.  Green covers songs from across his career throughout the performance, even going all the way back to his days with Goodie Mob.  He shows in going so far back that he isn’t the least bit rusty.  He owns the stage when he breaks into his medley of Goodie Mob hits and even more recent songs.  At one point, he even rises above the stage on a hydraulic platform made up to look like a pulpit, lightning flashing on the big screen behind him as he sings.  Despite his stature, this one moment alone makes him appear larger than life.  It’s one of the show’s most memorable moments.  His performance alone is quite the eye opener.  But it’s not all that will keep audiences engaged throughout the show.  CeeLo brought along some special guests for his show that will have some audiences cheering.

Green’s own performance recorded in this presentation is of course the main point of interest for viewers.  But his isn’t the only performance of which audiences will take note.  Also included in the performance are surprise appearances by Boy George and some other rather familiar faces, too.  ON a side note, Green jokes in the recording’s bonus “interview” segment that he believes it was George and not an imitator on stage.  He’s obviously joking around here, knowing full well that it was in fact the real Boy George.  But this light hearted moment is one of plenty more that audiences will find make the bonus “interview” a nice bonus to the overall presentation.  Getting back on topic,   George makes his appearance early in the concert to perform a handful of his hits, including: ‘Do You Really Want To Hurt Me’, ‘It’s a Miracle’, and ‘Karma Chameleon.’  Many of CeeLo’s fans might be just as surprised to discover that Green openly praises George, stating that George was a big influence on him as a musician.  Later in the show, Green is joined by a rather well known artist for a performance of ‘Le Freak (Freak Out).  The surprise guest appearance here and in the Goodie Mob Medley will have any viewer on their feet and dancing.

The surprise guest appearances and Green’s own performance together make Green’s Vegas show quite the interesting experience to say the least.  It should be noted here that the performance overall is not appropriate for younger viewers.  So parents of younger children would do well to not have it on around them.  Getting back on track, there’s one last aspect of the overall presentation to examine here.  That aspect is the bonus “interview” segment.  Green shares his thoughts on the show, and having Boy George and others do special guest appearances among other topics.  He goes into a little bit of depth about how he came to decide on the setup for his show.  He notes how his decision on the set was the result of this generation being the ADD generation, and how he had to find a way to keep audiences’ attention.  He definitely does just that.  He shares his thoughts on much more.  But audiences will have to find out for themselves what he covers in his “interview” when they pick up this new Blu-ray recording for themselves.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at http://www.eaglerockent.com and http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Treasure Chest Entertainment Introduces New Pop Trio To The World

Destiny’s Child, TLC, and the Spice Girls are just a few of the female fronted pop acts that have given young female audiences someone to look up to for many years.  Now a new up and coming act is giving young women everywhere someone to look up to yet again.  The up-and-coming teen pop act, Girl Squad was recently signed to Warner Bros. subsidiary, Treasure Chest Entertainment. 

The group’s three members—Millie, Maddie, and Lexis—all come from different parts of the country.  Millie hails from Alabama.  She has grown up a fan of pop star Christina Aguilera (The Voice), Niki Minaj (American Idol), and John Mayer just to name a few.  She is a very talented individual.  She is a dancer and cheerleader and even participates in musical theater.

Maddie comes from San Diego, California.  She moved to L.A. with her family in 2010.  Maddie had the honor of performing our nation’s National Anthem at a Phoenix Suns game at the age of nine, and earned her first acting gig in a stage production of How The Grinch Stole Christmas.  She says that her biggest influences are:  Justin Bieber, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga.

Lexis comes from perhaps the farthest away.  She comes from far off Anchorage, Alaska.  Thanks to her performance of hits from the likes of Rihanna , Katy Perry, and Beyonce, Lexi has become a YouTube sensation in her own right.  She won her very first vocal competition at the age of ten with her take on Whitney Houston’s classic, ‘I Have Nothing.’  While she enjoyed life in Anchorage, she says that moving to L.A. was the only way she could pursue a real chance at her dream of signing professionally.  “Although Anchorage is slower than other places, life was really good there. But in order for me to fulfill my dream, I nearly begged my Mom to move us to Los Angeles so I could seize an opportunity like Girl Squad”, she said.

The girls’ first single, ‘Oh Well’ is out now.  Fans can check out the video for the song now online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a85L7tEG-8g.  There are even expectations for a new single on the way as well as a new show centered on the girls.  To get the latest on Girl Squad, fans can go online to http://www.facebook.com/GIRLSQUADWORLD and http://twitter.com/#!/GirlSquad1.

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