Bo Napoleon – Here Comes The Sun

#1 Reggae – Spotify, #1 Tropical – Spotify, #1 Island Roots – Spotify, #4 PlayMPE – Downloads, #5 PlayMPE – Streams, #1 Chile – iTunes, #7 Best Of Pop 2020 – Spotify, #11 Kuwait – iTunes
Born and raised in Carson, California to Hawaiian parents, Bo Napoleon followed in his father’s footsteps as a singer songwriter. His success as a writer came when he wrote two hit singles for Common Kings, Wade In The Water, and, Alcoholic, which lead to a Grammy nomination for Reggae Album Of The Year. Subsequent to his success with Common Kings, Bo released his first single, Another Rainbow, which crossed over to Top 40 radio. Two more singles followed, Born and Raised, and, Rastaman. Napoleon’s biggest hit to date was, If That’s Okay, which was a commercial success and again crossed over to Top 40 radio. After sold out tours and with the onset of Covid-19, Bo released, Here Comes The Sun. When asked what his motivation was, he replied, “I’ve been missing my friends and family and wanted to make them something special, a fresh take on one of my favorites. It gives me a feeling of optimism and it’s a feeling I’d like to spread.”
Produced By Jonnie “Most” Davis (P!nk, Santigold, American Authors, Outkast)
Mixed by Tony Maserati (Jason Mraz, Shawn Mendez, Beyonce, Selena Gomez)

Hamish Anderson – Morning Light

“Morning Light,” the newest single from Australia’s Hamish Anderson, is a first for the “Singer/Songwriter and Guitar Hero” (Billboard.com 2018) in many ways.

It was remotely produced while Hamish was in lockdown in Melbourne, Australia. His band, Lauren Stockner (Bass), Matt Musty (Drums, Grace Potter) along with soulful Backing Vocals by Jessica Childress, and producer David Davis were in Los Angeles, CA.

This single has a positive tone and really brings Hamish’s own feelings front and center. He wrote this going prior to 2020; but while the world was evolving, this song not only resonated with his audience, but also became an acoustic mantra during all his shows. He’s excited to have an electric version of it to share.

Lastly, “Morning Light” is a first time collaboration for Hamish in that it was co-produced by Hamish and David Davis (Miguel, The War on Drugs, Lauren Ruth Ward). As a result, it is dripping with 70s style rocknroll swagger, building from a driving guitar & drum beat to boldly distorted T Rex meets Rolling Stones tones.

With “Morning Light” Hamish Anderson comes into his own as not only a co-producer; but also tapping into the zeitgeist of the new framework for us all.

“‘Morning Light’ came to me when I was on my first European tour in 2018. I remember I was lying in the back of the van with the sun shining on me when the lyrics and melody just popped into my head. I had been thinking about all sorts of hard times that everyone has to endure — and how much of it actually turns out okay. I wanted to capture that feeling of hope that a new day can bring by reminding myself that things will get better – and that these everyday moments really do shine through, if you pay attention.” – Hamish Anderson

JOHN HIATT WITH THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND – LEFTOVER FEELINGS

John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band will release Leftover Feelings on May 21st via New West Records. The 11-song set was produced by Jerry Douglas and recorded at Historic RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tenn. A meeting of two American music giants in a legendary setting, Leftover Feelings is neither a bluegrass album nor a return to Hiatt’s 1980s days with slide guitar greats Ry Cooder and Sonny Landreth. There’s no drummer, yet these grooves are deep and true. And while the up-tempo songs are, as ever, filled with delightful internal rhyme and sly aggression, The Jerry Douglas Band’s empathetic musicianship nudges Hiatt to performances that are startlingly vulnerable.

The collaboration follows Hiatt’s 2018 studio album The Eclipse Sessions. Receiving widespread critical acclaim, The New York Times said “Hiatt still writes, as evidenced by his latest release, The Eclipse Sessions, a collection of timeless tunes that show his unassuming mastery,” while Guitar Player called him “…an artist on par with American greats such as Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, and Bruce Springsteen.” Jerry Douglas is a Dobro master who reinvented the instrument and is responsible for bringing it to popular presence in modern times. The Jerry Douglas Band’s 2017 studio album What If was nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” category with Rolling Stone saying, “Even after 14 Grammys, Jerry Douglas is still exploring unlikely musical pairings…”

Historic RCA Studio B was one of the cradles of the “Nashville Sound” in the 1950s and 60s. A sophisticated style characterized by background vocals and strings, the Nashville Sound and Studio B played major roles in establishing Nashville’s identity as an international recording center. Hitmakers in Studio B included Country Music Hall of Fame members Eddy Arnold, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, and more. Songs recorded within its walls span decades, genres and emotions, with Presley’s forlorn “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” and Parton’s autobiographical “Coat of Many Colors” among them.

Built when Hiatt was five years old, Studio B was designed for music to be made in real time by musicians listening to each other and reacting in the emotional moment. That’s what happened here: Five players on the studio floor, making decisions on instinct rather than calculation. “I was immediately taken back to 1970, when I got to Nashville,” said Hiatt upon entering the studio. A half-century ago, Hiatt lived in a ratty, $15-a-week room on Nashville’s 16th Avenue, less than a mile away from RCA and Columbia studios that were the heartbeat of what had come to be known as “Music Row.” “You can’t not be aware of the records that were made there…Elvis, the Everly Brothers, Waylon Jennings doing ‘Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line’ (which is referenced in the new song “The Music is Hot”). But that history wasn’t intimidating, because it’s such a comfortable place to make music.”

John Hiatt’s lyrics and melodies have graced more than 20 studio albums, have been recorded by Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, B.B. King & Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Iggy Pop, and scores of others, and have earned him a place in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, A BMI Troubadour award, and a lifetime achievement in songwriting designation from the Americana Music Association. Jerry Douglas has performed on more than 1,500 albums by artists including Ray Charles, George Jones, Alison Krauss, Earl Scruggs, and James Taylor, and none of those works sound a bit like the new and masterful Leftover Feelings.

Eric Church – Heart

Country star and reigning CMA Entertainer Of The Year has today released his latest album ‘Heart’. Through April, Church will release all three volumes of a new project that he’s called ‘Heart & Soul’. ‘Heart’, the first album in the series, is out today with another album called ‘Soul’ arriving next week (April 23). Next Tuesday, Church will also release a six-song vinyl EP called ‘&’ that’ll only be available to members of the Church Choir, Church’s fan club.

“I’ve always been intrigued when a song is born in a writer room – there is a magic that happens there,” shares Church of the unique process that went into making this project. “I wanted to put that in the studio form. So, every day, we would write a song in the morning and we would record the song that night. Doing it that way allowed for the songwriters to get involved in the studio process and the musicians to be involved in the creative process. You felt a little bit like you were secretly doing something that was special, and you knew it… You started going, ‘hmm, wait ’til the world finds out about this.”

The final result of that inclusive process is a three-part, 24-song collection from the man Stereogum praises as “the most consistently interesting star in the Nashville ecosystem” which features an elite list of songwriters who joined the secluded marathon writing and recording sessions. Part of the recording process for the project anchored solely by Church, with no features, were his longtime producer Jay Joyce and backing vocalist Joanna Cotten, as well as his touring band.

“The interesting thing about this process is that Jay kept asking me the last three or four days, ‘Are we done?’ and at that time I didn’t know what the project was,” notes Church. “I kept saying ‘God, this is going to be really hard. There’s a lot here. Is this a double album? And if it’s a double album, how do we leave out these five or six songs?’ I am the hardest critic on making sure every song deserves to be on the record, and I beat this thing to death going ‘this can’t be that good.’ But, it was just a special, special time and a special, special project that I think will be among our best.”

Joel Fletcher & Kennyon Brown – Changes

Multi-platinum selling artist Joel Fletcher has joined forces once again with New Zealand-born, US-based, R&B heavyweight Kennyon Brown to deliver ‘Changes’, a vibey dance floor anthem intertwined with nostalgic, high vibration beats. ‘Changes’ follows on from the pair’s previous collab ‘Vibe’ which hit 2 million streams, plus blasted into the top 20 on Shazam in Sydney.

” Kenny and I started this one right after ‘Vibe’,” explains Joel. “We spoke about doing a re-make of something and funnily enough he suggested a re-make of one of my favourite songs of all time ‘Midas Touch’ which also is one of his favourites. We worked on it for a couple of months until we got it right; Kenny added an original second verse and absolutely smashed it. Normally after I finish a song I don’t listen to it all that much as I’ve heard it 100 times during the creating process, but with this one I have had it on repeat every day after finishing it, so I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do.”

Kennyon adds, “Me and Joel had finished Vibe but even prior to it being fully mixed and mastered, we were already talking about the next song (Changes). I told him lets flip an old song and make it a more pop record and i sent him ‘Midas Touch’ not realising he loved that song just as much as i did. So there we went, and did our thing with this. I did maybe 2-3 different ideas until we finally got there and we knew THIS was the one! Excited for the world to hear this!”

Off the back of their last collaboration ‘Vibe’, which has already gained over 2 million streams, it’s safe to say that this duo doesn’t play games when it comes to creating some seriously catchy bangers.

Joel Fletcher was synonymous with the global phenomenon of bounce from its inception, leading the charge with his #2 ARIA Singles Chart, 4 x platinum hit ‘Swing’ featuring Savage , and his platinum hit ‘Bring It Back’ with Will Sparks. His recent collaborations and releases have seen success in DJ circles with support from Robin Schulz, Will Sparks, Martin Jensen, David Guetta and Tigerlily amongst many others.

Kennyon Brown’s breakthrough single ‘All On Me’ garnered significant attention with radio additions to Australia’s The Edge and New Zealand’s Mai FM, plus over 1 million views of the music video in the first month. This continual rise has seen Kennyon Brown receive continual success in both streaming and touring, selling out shows in Australia, New Zealand and the US and performing at festivals around the world.

Together Joel Fletcher and Kennyon Brown are a guaranteed slam dunk when it comes to creating club favourites and ‘Changes’ is yet another buzzer beater from the teams at Hussle and FutureNow.

Prince – Welcome 2 America

The Prince Estate and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment Australia, are honoured to announce the July 30th release of the enigmatic 2010 Prince album WELCOME 2 AMERICA – a powerful creative statement that documents Prince’s concerns, hopes and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation and a renewed fight for racial justice.

Throughout the powerful song, Prince delivers a searing, spoken-word soliloquy set to music about golden parachutes, the superficial nature of social media, reality TV-fuelled celebrity culture and corporate monopolies in the music industry, ultimately concluding that America is the “Land of the free / home of the slave.”

Shortly after completing the WELCOME 2 AMERICA album, Prince embarked on a unique tour of the same name that included multiple performances in several U.S. cities, capped off by the historic “21 Nite Stand” at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The Deluxe Edition of WELCOME 2 AMERICA includes the complete studio vault album on both CD and black vinyl (accompanied with a hi-res digital download) plus a never-before-released full concert video of Prince’s April 28, 2011 show at The Forum, presented in 1080p HD with stereo, 5.1 surround and Dolby Atmos audio.

All vinyl editions will have music on three sides with a collectible etching on the fourth side. WELCOME 2 AMERICA features some of Prince’s only studio collaborations with bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, drummer Chris Coleman and GRAMMY-nominated engineer Jason Agel, with additional contributions from New Power Generation singers Shelby J., Liv Warfield and Elisa Fiorillo and keyboardist Morris Hayes, who Prince also recruited to co-produce several tracks on the album.

The live concert video features Prince performing with his 2011-era lineup of the New Power Generation, including Shelby J., Liv Warfield, Elisa Fiorillo and Morris Hayes, additional keyboardists Renato Neto and Cassandra O’Neal, bassist Ida Nielsen, drummer John Blackwell and dancers Maya and Nandy McClean (The Twinz). Captured midway through his marathon “21 Nite Stand” at The Forum in Inglewood, California, this performance documents the spontaneity and incendiary energy of that historic portion of the Welcome 2 America Tour – an audio-visual testament to the proclamation he made at the launch of the tour in October, 2010, stating “Bring friends, bring Ur children, and bring foot spray, because… it’s gonna B funky.” The performance features a cameo by recent GRAMMY-winner Ledisi and covers of Bob Dylan’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’ and Roxy Music’s ‘More Than This’ alongside Prince favourites including ’17 Days’, ‘Controversy’, ‘1999’ and ‘Purple Rain’.

The release of WELCOME 2 AMERICA builds upon the partnership between The Prince Estate and Sony Music Entertainment that started in August of 2018. At that time, Sony began globally distributing the works of Prince released from 1995-2010, broadening its scope in January 2021 when the deal was expanded to include U.S. distribution on twelve non-soundtrack catalogue albums featuring iconic music recorded by The Artist between 1978-1996.

David James – Don’t Mind If I Do

Canadian country artist David James unveils his first release of the year with ‘Don’t Mind If I Do’, available today via MDM Recordings Inc./ABC MUSIC. The perfect pairing to an ice-cold cocktail; James is a whiz behind the bar; ‘Don’t Mind If I Do’ offers up an uptempo soundtrack, with punchy vocals, a dose of traditional twang and feel good, tongue-in-cheek lyricism that is sure to shake off the winter blues.

“We had an absolute blast recording this one, and it totally shines through,” shares James. “We’ve all got a side that’s a little wild, a little reckless and maybe even a little ridiculous at times, and this song is about being all of those things, and still being loved just as you are. It captures a refreshing feeling; an exciting and joyous energy, and is the MOST fun. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it!

ABOUT DAVID JAMES: Following his 2014 signing with MDM Recordings Inc., David James has consistently delivered. The 2016 release of his debut EP Songs About A Girl” garnered the Manitoba native two CCMA Award nominations including a nod in the ‘Rising Star’ category, his debut performance at the highly celebrated Boots and Hearts Music Festival, and a Canadian Radio Music Award nomination for ‘Best New Group or Solo Artist: Country’. His 2017 sophomore album Downtown Kids, spawned James’ first and second Top 15 hits and most successful singles to date with ‘Sun Set On It’ and the title-track earworm, and he was nominated for four Manitoba Country Music Association Awards including ‘Male Artist of the Year’. In 2018, James dropped ‘Cars, Girls, & The Radio’ and hit the road in 2019 as the featured guest on Aaron Pritchett’s “Out On The Town” tour, stopping in over 50 cities across Canada before wrapping in the fall of that same year. ‘All The Time’, released in the summer of 2019 became James’ fastest climbing song at radio to date, boasting over 2.2 million collective streams. The companion video debuted on CMT in the U.S. as part of their ‘Next Up Now Program’, and later that year James was awarded ‘Male Artist of the Year” at the MCMA Awards. His EP If I Were You was delivered in spring 2020 and in September, he partnered with Genevieve Fisher to reimagine the track ‘Then There’s You’, transforming his solo recording into a smooth duet that highlights both artists’ sparkling vocals. James has spent the last few months working on new music, set to kick-off the next chapter of his career with the April release of ‘Don’t Mind If I Do’.

Alan Jackson – Where Have You Gone

Country superstar Alan Jackson will release his first album of all new music in six years this spring – Where Have You Gone arrives Friday, May 14.

Packed with 21 performances, Where Have You Gone is Jackson’s 16th studio album – his 25th in a storied career that includes two Christmas albums, two gospel albums, three Greatest Hits collections, a bluegrass album, and one boxed set.

Jackson – a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame – penned 15 of the album’s songs, including the title track. Keith Stegall, his longtime producer, once again plays that role on Where Have You Gone.

“It’s a little harder country than even I’ve done in the past,” Jackson admits. “And it’s funny, I was driving and listening to the final mixes Keith sent me, and I started to tear up. I was surprised to get so overly emotional, but I just love this kind of music.”

“This kind of music” on Where Have You Gone runs the gamut of what embodies true country music. “When I write, I visualize back home and growing up,” the Country Music Hall of Fame member says. “Real country songs are life and love and heartache, drinking and Mama and having a good time…but it’s the sounds of the instruments, too. The steel and acoustic guitar, the fiddle – those things have a sound and a tone…and getting that right, the way those things make you feel, that’s country, too.”

“Alan’s taken his experiences over the last six years and implemented his poet’s perspective to weave together a masterful love letter to country music,” says UMG Nashville President Cindy Mabe. “This is Alan’s story but it’s also the story of country music. This music love letter was written about the most universal experiences in life, almost exclusively with Alan’s own pen, and it’s once again a reminder of what a one-of-a-kind creator he truly is.”

Led by the self-penned title track, Where Have You Gone is highlighted by such songs as the poignant and thoughtful “Things That Matter” and the heartache-filled “Way Down in My Whiskey.” Never one to shy away from reflecting real life in his music, “You’ll Always Be My Baby” and “I Do” were written for his daughters’ weddings…while “Where Her Heart Has Always Been” was written for his mother’s funeral and includes a recording of her reading from The Bible. There’s also plenty of fun to be had on barnburners like “Livin’ On Empty,” “Back” and “Beer:10.” And, in the spirit of the album’s overall sound, “That’s the Way Loves Goes (A Tribute to Merle Haggard)” is a bonus track. Watch the lyric video for “Where Have You Gone” HERE.

ABOUT ALAN JACKSON:

A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and an inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Alan Jackson’s membership among music’s all-time greats is part of a long line of career-defining accolades that include three CMA Entertainer of the Year honors, 30 years of membership in the Grand Ole Opry , a Billboard ranking as one of the Top 10 Country Artists of All-Time, induction to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Heritage Award as the most-performed country songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years.

The man from rural Newnan, GA has sold nearly 60-million albums worldwide, ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time (rock, pop and country). He has released more than 60 singles – registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboardchart-toppers). He has earned more than 150 major music industry awards – including 19 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards.

Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music. He’s also the man behind one of Nashville’s most-popular tourist stops, AJ’s Good Time Bar, a four-story honky-tonk in the heart of downtown featuring daily live music and a rooftop view of Music City.

Gary Kemp – Ahead of the Game

First single from the upcoming album ‘INSOLO’ (out June 18) is the second solo album by Spandau Ballet songwriter and Saucerful Of Secrets guitarist and co-lead vocalist, Gary Kemp.
As the songwriter & guitarist in one of the most iconic bands of the 80’s, Spandau Ballet, Gary became one of the most commercially successful writers of the decade. During their career Spandau notched up 23 hit singles and spent a combined total of more than 500 weeks in the UK charts, achieving over 25 million album sales worldwide.
Gary is also an accomplished stage and screen actor with critical & commercial success in films such as The Krays, The Bodyguard and the BBC TV comedy The Kemps.
As a member of Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets Gary performs early Pink Floyd material the world over to huge acclaim. His co-front man in the band, Guy Pratt, is also his presenting partner on the Apple #1 podcast The Rockonteurs.
Twenty-five years on from his solo debut ‘Little Bruises’ Gary has written and produced an album that focuses on two dominant themes: the paradox of solitude in an urban landscape, and his growing obsession with life seen through a rear-view mirror and how the past infects our present.