Steve McNaughton (feat. James Stewart Keene) – Start Again

‘Start Again’ is the closing theme to award winning Australian western/period drama short film ‘Sherbrooke Down: The Road to Cataract’, featuring much-loved Australian TV soap stars Patrick O’Connor, Sophie Dillman and Tim Robards. This heartfelt and emotional song showcases a powerful vocal collaboration by Steve McNaughton and his long-term co-writer, business partner and friend, James Stewart Keene. With its uncomplicated melancholic sound and its dramatic cinematic tone, this track ventures from country into adult contemporary territory.

Australian singer/songwriter Steve McNaughton has been writing songs for over 25 years and performing with different artists and bands around Sydney for nearly as many. Steve’s first album ‘Hardly Softly Rock’ was released in 1999.

Steve came to the music industry’s attention through music festivals in Midem France and Popkomm in Germany, and radio stations in the U.S.A., Germany and New Zealand. Tracks from the album held the top spot of the Ison Live Radio International Top 50 Chart for several weeks with ‘Hold Me Tonight’ peaking at number six.

In 2000 he released an EP for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games called ‘Sydney Olympic City’. The lead track ‘Sydney You’re So Beautiful’ received airplay from visiting international television networks and overseas airplay, well after the games had finished.

Steve McNaughton’s second album ‘Storm Chaser’ and its title track of the same name, was inspired by renowned American storm chaser Scott Currens and others like him. The song is a high energy track that fully captures the fury of nature when the plains turn violent across the United States’ mid-west.

Steve’s ‘Eagles Aloft’ has now taken him fully into the contemporary country music scene. Using Nashville artists, with some Americana and country influences for inspiration, the result is a slick album of crossover country. This album features a number of co-writes with Australian and U.S. writers, the best of which seem to come from his main collaborator, James Stewart Keene.

In 2021, ‘Start Again’ (co-written with James Stewart Keene and Janssen Langlands) was finally recorded for the closing credits of short film ‘Sherbrooke Down: The Road to Cataract’.

Natalie Nicole Gilbert – Wrapped Up in a Dream Called You

Multi-award winning vocalist, songwriter, and producer Natalie Nicole Gilbert shows her musical versatility and emotional breadth in her new nostalgic album, Warm Winter (Orchard). Having released over a dozen albums of original music ranging from EDM to jazz to alt pop rock, Gilbert delves into putting her own spin on an eclectic mix of 10 iconic songs written by some of the most notable songwriters of our time, including David Foster, Joni Mitchell and Andrew Lloyd Webber. To create the album, Gilbert collaborated with a multi-faceted team of music heavyweights, including composer and violinist Andrew Joslyn, (Leslie Odom Jr., Macklemore and Lewis, Suzanne Vega), songwriter, composer, orchestrator, film scorer and multi-instrumentalist Dana Bisignano (Oprah, VH1, and Curb Your Enthusiasm), and multiple award-winning TV and film composer Jonathan Still (Dancing With The Stars, Shameless, Inside the NFL). Warm Winter hit all digital platforms on December 11, 2020.

Gilbert’s Warm Winter album consists of her unique reimaginings of 10 songs from a smorgasbord of genres. The songs range from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rendition of a centuries old Latin hymn “Pie Jesu”, to a contemporary mashup of “What Child Is This” over the melody of “We Three Kings” in “What Child of Kings”; to Gilbert’s ambitious covers of Joni Mitchell’s 1971 Christmas folk song “River”, Fleetwood Mac’s 1974 “Landslide”, David Foster’s 1990 “Grown Up Christmas List” and Harry Styles’s 2019 melancholy “Falling”. “Walking in the Air”, is from the children’s TV animated film, The Snowman, and “Wrapped Up in a Dream Called You” brings lush traditional jazz to the album.

Guest artists on the album include vocalist Lisa Ramey (NBC’s The Voice) and Grammy® Award winning vocalist/songwriter/producer Jarrett Johnson (Take 6, Michael Bublé, Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino) on “That Will Be Christmas”. Strings were provided by Andrew Joslyn who played violin and viola on 7 of the 10 tracks, along with Eli Weinberger (Manahem Pressler, Macklemore and Lewis) on cello. Jonathan Still provided the piano and arrangement of “What Child Of Kings”, and Dana Bisignano provided piano on four of the tracks. Warren Pettey adds a soulful jazz piano in “Falling”, “Grown Up Christmas List” and “Landslide”. “Wrapped Up in a Dream Called You” features Steve Rice (who also co-wrote the song) on piano and Jay Thomas on the tenor sax solo, joined by Devan Stovall on drums and Cary Black on bass.

The album was co-produced by Gilbert and Latin Grammy-nominated recording engineer, DJ and remixer Robert Eibach, who mixed and engineered the album. He also provided the beats and all instrumentation on “That Will Be Christmas”.

Curl up with a warm cup of cocoa and listen to Warm Winter, the latest winter-themed album by Natalie Nicole Gilbert.

MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST

LA-based Natalie Nicole Gilbert comes from a musical family heritage with a pianist mother who played with Liberace, a vocalist sister into love songs from every era, a brother in a rock band, and a father whose tech engineer mind led him to work for Lockheed Martin. Gilbert’s career has included collaborations with a number of film composers and musicians of a wide array of genres ranging from EDM to classic jazz to alt pop rock.

Today, Gilbert is a voting member of the Recording Academy with 14 solo albums and an additional seventeen singles to her credit. In addition to her music, she has more than 10 years in broadcast radio as a radio host and voiceover talent, and has done national commercials for McDonalds, Cadillac, Quiznos, and other well-known brands. She built her home recording studio in 2005 when it was still a relatively new practice, and continues to produce and co-produce her own music. Gilbert is also a session vocalist for the Dublin Studio Hub, and film and TV composer with Music + Pictures, whose credits include Law and Order, The Office, and many others worldwide. She brings her extensive knowledge of what is radio-ready and what is easiest to license for film & TV to her own acoustic and electric songs.

AMARI & Lowkie – Survive

AMARI Is a female dj – producer with some previous successes. Going out went over 2 million streams. AMARI always makes lyrics with a message. This time it is about survive. In may 2021 she was diagnosed with cancer, that sadly already spread. She is fighting to get well again, to survive. To write a new chapter in her book. AMARI always thought she needed people to survive, but she came to the conclusion that you don’t need other people to survive. You need a positive mindset. And you need to live your life to the fullest. That is why the song goes ‘ I need you to survive, don’t need you to survive’ . Thinking you need other people to be happy. But all you need is making first yourself happy. With this song she worked together with LOWKIE a Canadian artist. They met each other through this rough time. All that resulted in this amazing song that will hit you with his message and nice dance beats.

Organ feat. Samali – Done

Samali and incognito producer Organ release “Done” on Effective Records.

Effective Records is one of the biggest indie labels haling from Russia, Moscow and is the only label in Russia/CIS and East Europe with a Grammy award (for Imanbek’s remix of “Roses”).

“Done” is already playing on radio in 50 cities and receives approx. 300,000 online streams per week.

Daze Gates – Goose

“Goose” is a laid-back and self-reflective piece of sonic escapism, with thick pulses of synth bass layered with lush, bubbling and percolating pads, glassy FM synthesis and thoroughly driven home by an uptempo groove that tugs you into the unknown.

“Goose” was composed and produced by Daze Gates in Glasgow, mixed by Ben Evolo in Amsterdam, mastered by Jon Astley / Close to the Edge in London

Dr Jaymz – Tidal Wave

Using his musical talents and lyrical gifts, Dr Jaymz, an EDM (electronic dance music) artist from Boston has released a new single – ‘Tidal Wave,’ to combat a growing crisis plaguing the United States – opioid addiction and overdose deaths. The Centers for Disease Control says drug overdose deaths spiked nearly 30% this year, with other countries following a similar trend. It’s a bleak milestone, and this grim data is even more concerning after overdose deaths were on the decline since 2018.

Dr Jaymz is different from any other EDM artist. As the world’s first missionary to become an EDM artist, his goal is to transform lives through music. From the narrative lyrics, to the sizzling dance music and character-driven video, his new single is showing people that drugs aren’t the only way, and there is a hope that can break every chain and addiction – the living water. Dr Jaymz says, “My desire behind this song was to create a dope electronic dance beat with an uplifting drop and lyrics that inspire hope, which is especially important in today’s crisis-stricken world.” In other words, Tidal Wave is more than a song, it’s a message of hope for all those who feel trapped in a world of addiction and depression. Its message will inspire listeners to look beyond their current situation and be awakened to new life in Christ – the living water.

This is a message that can relate to all of your audience. There are times when everyone feels lost without hope. As data shows, many people turn to drugs and other outlets to numb their pain. The opioid epidemic needs unique and exceptional ways to reach people. Tidal Wave is a different way to reach members of your audience who feel tempted by drugs or trapped by addiction.

Benny Allen – Sing A Song For Me

Award-winning singer-songwriter Benny Allen has done it again, racking up another No. 1 single with ‘Sing A Song For Me’, out now. Released September 3, ‘Sing A Song For Me’ hit No. 1 on the iTunes Country Songs Chart and No. 10 on the All Genre Songs Chart.

Describing it as a song for those who can’t write love songs, Benny was inspired to write the song after chatting with friends about how people fall in love if they can’t write a love song.

“I’m in the very fortunate position where I can do that,” Benny said. “For the people who can’t write the love song – this one’s for you and maybe people can play it to the person that they’re trying to sort things out with.”

Benny said the song was about people who were trying to make a relationship work because they still cared about the other person and they still want the other person to think about them, so ‘sing a song for me’. “I’m a storyteller, so I just want people to hear the story,” he said. “I’ve always been really happy with this song and having now recorded it and hearing the way that it’s all come together, I’m really proud of it.”

With Michael Carpenter again in the production seat, Benny recorded the piano and vocals at home near Melbourne, with Michael adding the rest of the instruments in his studio in Sydney with Madi Hodder on backing vocals.

“I’d been playing it like a folk song on guitar and was going to record it that way, and I only sat down on the piano two days before I was going to send it to Michael and I was still unsure of where I was going to go with it, so I sent both guitar and piano versions,” Benny said. “When Michael said we could do it one of two ways and said piano power ballad, that’s when I knew that that’s what I’d been trying to achieve with it.”

JD Reynolds – Whatever

#WHATEVER ‘IT’ is, it IS JD Reynolds!

“Whatever” is this year’s perfect summer song from Aussie Singer-Songwriter, JD Reynolds.”

“Whatever” is a swaggering celebration of girls-night-out, sisterhood-is-powerful solidarity.”
– Cowboys & Indians

“Look out Country Music video world… JD Reynolds has left her mark! WHATEVER… Just in time for going back out on the town. Outtakes… worth the wait.”
– The Hollywood Times

“JD Reynolds released her unapologetic, vivacious single “WHATEVER,” which is filled with a lot of sass and attitude. The listener can recall Shania Twain meets Gretchen Wilson.”
– Markos Papadatos, Digital Journal

“JD Reynolds lays it on the line with a ‘no muss no fuss’ performance in her new video for “Whatever”!”
– Guitar Girl Magazine

Country singer/songwriter JD Reynolds sets the scene for a carefree, feel-good time with the release of her hot new single, “WHATEVER “. This girl-power anthem features Reynolds and her girl gang headed for a night out, enjoying each other’s company because it’s simply all they need. Playful and powerful, “WHATEVER” is the perfect tune to add to every girls-night-out playlist. The music video shows JD’s “WHATEVER” attitude, dancing on tables and ignoring all country boy temptation. “WHATEVER” signifies that the only approval needed is your own!

The “WHATEVER” music video was exclusively premiered by Country Rebel and is available to download and stream on all digital services now.

“WHATEVER is the attitude of 2021. Go out, do WHATEVER you like, wear WHATEVER you like, say WHATEVER you like, and don’t give a dang about WHATEVER anyone thinks of you. Let’s go!” shares Reynolds.

About JD Reynolds:
A true singer, a real songwriter, a neoteric producer, an incredible dancer, and a striking performer, all wrapped up in a stunning package, and yet, her down-to-earth country girl charm is what makes this extraordinary artist so real. JD’s sound is fresh originality for country music. “My entire album came to me like a bolt of lightning, the JD sound, my sound, respecting country music roots yet having my own next level twist”. As an up-and-coming producer, JD teamed up with Grammy-nominated seasoned producer Braddon Williams, credits include Beyoncé, Snoop Dogg, The Script, and Kelly Clarkson. Together, Braddon and JD have produced what country music insiders have nicknamed “The Jagged Little Pill of the Country”.