Browsing: Artist Spotlight

Acclaimed actress/singer Rebecca Holden and legendary blues/soul singer Jerome Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine joined forces in 2019 to record a cover of “I Believe,” the spiritual song written  by Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl and Al Stillman that became a huge hit for Frankie Laine in 1953. The cover from Holden and Little Anthony has since been given a visual makeover as a tribute to families and the medical professionals on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. For Holden, best known over the years for her many television roles on hit series including General Hospital…

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“Pilot Light” is a new song from singer/songwriter Jann Klose, who premiered a very special music video for the track in early May. Filmed in isolation by Klose and his band mates, the video is dedicated to Klose’s manager, Gary Salzman, who passed away in late March due to complications related to COVID-19. Said Jann Klose of Salzman, who made significant contributions to the careers of stars like Annie Lennox, David Guetta, Cher, Everything But the Girl and many more: “Pilot Light” is one of those songs that took on a whole new meaning even for myself when it was…

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We’re closer to hearing new music from the Immediate Family — Danny Kortchmar (guitar and vocals), Waddy Wachtel (guitar and vocals), Leland Sklar (bass), Russ Kunkel (drums) and Steve Postell (guitar and vocals) — an ensemble of five seriously accomplished musicians working together as a band. The song is called “Cruel Twist,” and was announced this week. It will be premiered on June 12 as the first single from the group since signing with Quarto Valley Records. The quintet of seasoned music industry veterans has been working on an as-yet untitled studio album that, when released, will be the group’s…

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Mindi Abair, renowned saxophonist/vocalist/author who served as the featured sax player on American Idol for two seasons among many other accomplishments, recently premiered a peppy new music video for her song, “Seven Day Fool.” For the clip, Abair sought the help of her fans on social media, asking them to submit videos of whatever they’ve been doing to have fun at home during COVID-19 quarantine: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-z29KuAVmC/ A select few of those fan submissions made it into the music video, a lively production that was premiered on April 14: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRPQNE5RWhU Abair was kind enough to donate some of her time hosting…

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In early March, singer/songwriter Rob Bonfiglio was approached by Kevin Wachs, CEO of Earthly Body (and president/publisher of RockCellarMagazine.com), with the idea of writing a song for their Hemp Seed Hand Wash about the healing properties of hands and how important they are, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. “I ruminated on it for a week or so, and then the song was born,” said Bonfiglio, who is also the musical director for pop band Wilson Phillips and a member of the Brian Wilson Band. “The lyrics grew from little snapshots of the functionality of hands in general to a…

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We all need a pick-me-up right now. Whether the coronavirus pandemic has hit you hard or not, the vibe surrounding pretty much everything is … uneasy. Concerts and the music industry have screeched to a halt, sports are on a lengthy break, there’s no flour or toilet paper at the supermarket, and so on. It can be easy to feel bogged down and confused, but it’s important to remember things will get better. That’s the tone of “Let’s Get Through This,” an uplifting new song from Joey Sykes that’s all about getting us back on track. The song’s music video,…

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There’s a time and place for levity among the harsh realities of a global pandemic, and it inspired particularly entertaining bit of music from Steve Porcaro of Toto (among many other acts) and writer/lyricist David Kamp in the form of “The Covid Kid,” an homage to Steely Dan. This timely project stemmed from the stark reality that there was not a pre-existing Steely Dan song with the title “The Covid Kid.” https://twitter.com/MrKamp/status/1252630666296152064 The song premiered last week. Its corresponding music video was featured in Rock Cellar Productions’ All Together Now! LA fundraising online concert event on April 25, which has…

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