Singer-Songwriter & Acoustic Guitarist Saul Behan-Dunne Emerges with New Single “You Keep Me Warm”

Saul Behan-DunnThere are a few styles of music that encapsulate the spirit of love and the joie de vivire that humans often experience through intersecting paths. Acoustic music however, is one of the most natural forms by which singers and songwriters fuse the human experience with sound in a completely authentic and unrefined manner. Acoustic artists have a way of expressing certain truth through sound, free from inhibitions, and void of technical saturation. Because of this, listeners are able to take more away from the listening experience, appreciating the artistry, and relating lyrical substance.

The latest release  “You Keep Me Warm” from Melbourne acoustic guitarist Chris McKenna who goes by the moniker Saul Behan-Dunne (pronounced “it’s all been done”), is a spirited gust of melodic guitar rhythms combined with an exuberant vocal and lyrical performance. The production yields a genuine love song that will echo with fans who enjoy ingenuous lyrics and uncut music. In a frank tone, he expresses raw emotion against rolling waves of guitar chords and energetic dashes of trumpet play. The tone of song bears a resemblance to the Plain White T’s song “Hey There Delilah” beckoning fans to sing along.

Saul’s vocals are burly but also charming as they are delivered with a youthful tone and carefree approach. Although his vocal performance has the vibrancy of an emerging artist, it is more than evident by the overall musicality of the song, that he has indeed been there and done that and his journey has taken him far beyond the status quo. As a songwriter, his use of metaphorical phrases effectively conveys the theme of the song to fans in a lighthearted and jovial manner. “You Keep Me Warm” is an amiable and fun-loving track that will have star-crossed lovers of all ages walking hand in hand.

Saul Behan-Dunne, known for his work with The Sigh Company has now embarked on his journey as a solo artist. Delivering a pure uncooked acoustic sound, his music is a fearless expression of emotion and life’s various shades. His sounds are manifold consisting of pop, rock, folk, and acoustic styles. Keep an eye out for the video release of “You Keep Me Warm”. In the meantime, see what’s new with Saul on Triple J Unearthed Radio.

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Marcus “M-Positive” Parker releases new chart-topping motivational smash hit “Long Time Coming”

Marcus M-Positive Parker Hip-hop, much like other styles of music functions to serve numerous purposes through its intent, lyrical content, and overall delivery. While for some it is merely a form of entertainment, for others it is an outlet to express their aversion to social constructs. Rap music, often correlated with the glorification of materialism drugs, sex, money, misogynistic views, and metaphors of violence and loathing has been unfortunately credited for many social ills and toxic messages that are sprinkled throughout the fabric of youths.  From those already impoverished to those who are highly privileged, and everyone in between, the impact of rap music is indelible. The truth is, there is another side of the art-form that considers a more positive stance when distributing lyrically relevant content to the most impressionable members of our communities.

While symphonies from the streets have earned their place among the most popular rap tracks in history, often enticing pliable minds with lucid imagery and salacious lyrics, there are a few artists who have enlisted the viral power of rap to wield the influence of positive energy and empowering messages. Best-selling author, motivational speaker, and lyricist Marcus “M-Positive” Parker is an artist that is using his music to preserve the community-oriented roots of rap where lyrics inspired and empowered. His latest release “Long Time Coming” from his album ‘Motivational Rap-Ten Years Underground’  is a pertinent observation on the direct impact that negative influences have had upon individuals struggling to find success in a world saturated with counterproductive experiences.

“Long Time Coming”,  a laid back track is delivered with unwavering truth and remarkable lyrical content. M-Positive sends a message of individuality, independent thinking, and resilience in the wake of tribulation. He clearly illustrates a well-defined purpose through each and every verse along with the resonating hook “…and all of my problems and hard times almost drove me insane but, still I had to try and maintain”. Without conforming to the commercial toxicity that has polluted airwaves over the last decades, Marcus conjures up a rare and refreshing perspective on life through the vessel of rap. With a distinct southern style beat and mellow cadence, the track will strike a chord with fans who are looking for a rousing piece of work that will uplift and motivate.

As a Texas native and certified underground artist, Marcus “M-Positive” Parker is an best-selling author, lyricist, motivational rap performer and speaker. His critically acclaimed music has been a positive force in the lives of the youth that he influences for over 10 years. Encouraging youth and teens to remain positive in the face of adversity, he has spoken and performed at numerous schools in Texas. Marcus has been featured in a multitude of publications, magazines, and on countless radio shows. His music has reached over 500,00 YouTube subscribers and the number continues to grow. Learn more about Marcus on his website www.marcusparker.com.

 

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Music with a Message: Journey with L.A. based Singer- Songwriter Breanna Kennedy

Singer-Songwriter Breanna KennedyLeaving her heart on the soundstage

One of the most powerful ways to reach a captive audience is through music. Although it is a beloved pastime, music can also bring awareness to social issues that impact our lives with such enormity that they cannot simply be ignored. What is even more spectacular is when an artist, who as a vessel is able to share with fans an intended message while utilizing their inherently, artistic gifts.  An artist that has chosen to share her personal journey with fans is L.A. based singer-songwriter Breanna Kennedy.

Breanna recently released her single “She’s Falling”, an emotional song about her sister Destiny who took her life at the very, young age of 23. The song, now available on iTunes, is powerful and elicits a profound response towards a serious issue that touches many a person regardless of social, racial, religious, and economic boundaries. Kennedy not only demonstrates her tenacity and resilience  as a young musician, but she also courageously ventures where few artists dare. Musicians of this variety reach within their own inner-workings to share with fans their personal experiences. It is these experiences that enable such musical geniuses to influence, inspire, and bring awareness to the issues that affect humankind.

Although Breanna Kennedy is a youthful 21 years old, much like singer-songwriter Adele, her sound is well beyond her years . The remarkable fact is that both artists effectively deliver deeply rooted songwriting and soulful vocals in a contemporary framework while touching fans across multiple age groups. “She’s Falling” consists of highly advanced songwriting and storytelling that is not only intensely personal, but well crafted.

The song has an acoustic feel with an Americana ambiance intertwined with Breanna’s smooth vocals. Though the lyrical content of the song is emotionally heavy, the musical accompaniment is actually scored in an uptempo manner with some dynamic transitions which work effectively to convey the overall theme of “She’s Falling”.  Breanna approached the song in such a way that it inspires listeners to have a heightened awareness while also paying tribute to her own sister, making an extremely personal connection with fans.

“She’s Falling” is a song that really hits home as it is a breathtaking snapshot into the many experiences that often influence and inspire artists along their musical walks. What is even more incredible is the fact that a young artist is willing to open up her heart and share this experience with the world. It is an act that is to be commended, respected, and most definitely appreciated.

According to the CDC, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth and young adults ages 10-24; these startling statistics absolutely cannot be ignored. Help Breanna Kennedy share her message of inspiration and awareness with the world by supporting her album project on Indiegogo.

Check out the Official Video for “She’s Falling” on YouTube

 

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Breanna Kennedy is a singer, songwriter, and actress. Often described as an “old soul” her music is an eclectic mix of indie, soul, and pop. Having been exposed to music at an early age, Breanna, who is managed by mentor Johnny Vieira, is now embarking on her solo career in Los Angeles. She has worked with world-renowned industry songwriters and producers such as Rodney Jerkins, Tony Kanal of No Doubt, Billy Steinberg, and many others.  Breanna Kennedy is the culmination of a contemporary indie artist on a mission and we are excited to see this young star shine even brighter. Looking for more information on this amazing artist?

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Brand Ambassador BellaDulce ClothingBellaDulce Clothing is looking for Brand Ambassadors to represent the boutique and their Signature clothing line for 2014. Reps will have the opportunity to earn free merchandise, promo items, and more! Learn more about the program and can apply online at: belladulceclothing.com/brandreps

Style Bloggers, Vloggers, models, and fashionistas are encouraged to apply for this amazingly fun opportunity to work with Team BD.

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Out of This World with The Hubs’ latest EP ‘Welcome to Beyond’

The Hubs The New Alternative

Across the musical soundstage there are young, new masterminds creating their own poignant moments in history. It is often impossible to categorize the sound of these new adventurers as they often extrapolate elements from multiple sound sources, influential predecessors, and new age experiences. They are a creative and rambunctious variety that are full of youthful spirit and a zest for life not seen since the early ages of rock. While stylistically the new wave of sound stays true to the conventions of alternative music; the new breed of rocker ventures far beyond the norm to establish themselves as a musical mainstay.

One youthful and energetic band that is steadily engraving their moment in history is known as The Hubs. Based in Bakersfield, California, The Hubs are set to unleash their latest EP ‘Welcome to Beyond’, a compilation of new age, and 90s inspired alternative tracks. The album features 8 noteworthy tracks that demonstrate the band’s diverse influence and musical prowess. Likened to bands such as Weezer, The Hubs delivers a progressive sound that is far beyond their years.

The EP opens with a raging guitar and drum performance called “Rocketship”, prepping listeners for an intense adventure. It is the perfect introduction to set the tone of the record which consistently delivers an unprecedented amount of masterful compositions, quality vocals, and avid songwriting. Tracks such as “Come Closer” is reminiscent of Modern English’s “I’ll Melt With You” while “Plastic Heart” feels like an early Nirvana sound illustrating the band’s skillful ability to capture the conventions of an alternative album while appealing to a newer generation.

The Hubs -Welcome to Beyond EPLyrically speaking, The Hubs are clearly experiencing an evolution. ‘Welcome to Beyond’ handles a myriad of themes and relatable topics. Although the EP consists of 8 tracks, listeners are able to get a feel for multiple experiences in one neatly packaged delivery. Tracks like “Rut” and “Beyond” are just two of the unexpected surprises included on the EP that offer a different tone and feel. Of course, we cannot give away all of the secrets tucked away in this  record, but fans will take delight in the playful and lighthearted energy that The Hubs bring.

Hailing from sunny Bakersfield, California, The Hubs’ members include Benjamin Montoya on Vocals and Rhythm Guitar, Tyler Ochart on Lead Guitar, Adam Vargas on Drums, and Alberto Torres on Bass. The band is greatly influenced by 90s alternative rock and power pop rock styles like that of world-renowned band Weezer as well as some blues rock. The band is excited to release their latest EP ‘Welcome to Beyond’, now available for streaming on SoundCloud.

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Acclaimed Guitarist & Vocalist Robert Valdes is Back with New Album ‘Return of The Rock’ -Pre-Order on iTunes

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Master of Musical Design

There are artists who sing well, and there are artists who are capable of moving fans. The difference, is that the artist who moves fans is able to artistically create an individual style that is driven by an infectious sound and rooted in stimulating lyrical content. While this master of musical design may meet the traditional conventions of a specific genre, they are always experimenting with new sounds, staying ahead of the trends, and constantly evolving as an artist. Musicians of this caliber are rare and come along once ever so often. If you are lucky enough to come across one, it is certain that their songs will leave a lasting impression. Their projects often eclipse the lines of time; creating their own evolution one song at a time.

An artist that has mastered the challenge of creating timeless music is Robert Valdes, a rock vocalist and guitarist based in San Francisco, California. Having just released his long-awaited album ‘Return of The Rock’ on iTunes, Robert is positioned to be one of the greatest acts of our time. His critically acclaimed single “Over” is an emotional journey embarked upon with absolute abandon. The song provides a gripping look into relationships in the wake of difficult decisions. Valdes delivers a powerful vocal performance intertwined within an epic music arrangement. Reminiscent of artists such as Bryan Adams, Valdes hits chords that are absolutely out of this world, further intensifying the effect of the song’s message.

The Musical Journey

As an accomplished guitarist, Valdes shares with fans his longstanding relationship with music through “Over”. In addition to romantically composed piano chords, Valdes’ guitar performance rips throughout the song with a fervor, including a solo midway through the track. It is impossible not to be moved by the emotionally charged composition blending lead and background vocals into the vivacious accompaniment. Not only does the musical score bring fans into Valdes’ distinctive sound but the songwriting in “Over” reveals an artist that has created his own movement within the progressive rock domain.

Look for the upcoming worldwide release of Robert Valdes’ album ‘Return of The Rock’ scheduled for release on March 24th, 2014. Pre-Order your copy of ‘Return of the Rock’ on iTunes.

The critically acclaimed first single, ‘Over’ is available as the instant Grat Track and can be downloaded immediately. Pre-order your copy today! For more details visit Robert’s Official Website.

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Concept Artist Marty McKay Releases “Emptiness Returns” from His Latest Project ‘Sin’s Disciple’

Marty McKay Sins Disciple

The beautiful thing about Indie Artists is their ability to step outside of the parameters of mainstream music. They are often willing to go where other artists do not dare. They are musical hybrids that think outside the box to develop unique and impressionable sounds. Because of this, these artists garner a large underground following. They have an intrinsic ability to appeal to those that have been jaded by life’s winding curves and society’s need to coat with pleasantries the often stark reality that many individuals come to know on a daily basis. These music fans are indeed living outside of the worldly realm, longing for content that resonates with their experiences, music that speaks their truth no matter how ravishing or unsightly it may be.

When we came across Zürich Concept Artist Marty McKay’s latest release “Emptiness Returns” from his upcoming album release ‘Sin’s Disciple’, we immediately took notice of his distinct quality and sound. The song is a rap-rock fusion that is reminiscent of late 90s and early 2000s styles that were embraced by both sides of the underground and mainstream spectrum. Not too many artists are able to pull off this venture successfully but, McKay has managed to create an astute and conceptually solid music experience for his fans, one that tests the boundaries of artistic expression.

Imagine if you will, melting the sounds of Evanescence with Papa Roach and Linkin Park into a cherished piece of vinyl history. “Emptiness Returns” would be the quintessential example of how to create the perfect rock-rap record with significant power. The female vocalist complements McKay’s masculine musings over weighty guitars and drums. What is most powerful, much like many of rap-rock, and, alternative artists is McKay’s lyrical content. His songwriting delivers a hard lined approach to interactions between men and women that often leave them feeling disenchanted. The fact that an artist is able to discuss real topics within their music is refreshing and courageous at best.

If you enjoyed the 1995 film Se7en ‘s rendering of the 7 Deadly Sins, you’ll find McKay’s record to deliver another Marty McKayfascinating point of view through multiple, music genres. He describes his upcoming album as a “Modern-day interpretation of the 7 Deadly Sins”. Unlike many popular rap songs however, McKay’s album excludes the use of sampling and utilizes real instruments and live accompaniment. ‘Sin’s Disciple’ is scheduled to release on March 28th. Meanwhile, purchase Marty McKay’s latest single “Emptiness Returns” now available on Bandcamp.

Known as a conceptual artist, Marty McKay is also a singer, emcee, and songwriter. He cites some of his musical influences as Public Enemy, Iced-T, and one of our all time favorites Big Daddy Kane. With a certain gift for musical expression, McKay has developed an experimental sound that continues to evolve even through his most recent undertaking as executive producer of Project 7.  We are certainly looking forward to hearing more from this groundbreaking artist. Remember to keep your ear to the streets for more sounds from Marty McKay, and his upcoming album ‘Sin’s Disciple’, coming soon on March 28th.

Find out what’s up with Marty on his Official website martymckay.com.

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