Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bundesvision Song Contest 2011

Bundesvision Song Contest 2011 - sieben Universal Künstler im Rennen
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Bundesvision Song Contest 2011 – sieben Universal Künstler im Rennen
Beim diesjährigen Bundesvision Song Contest, der am 29. September in Köln stattfinden wird, treten wieder einmal bekannte Bands gegen interessante Newcomer für ihre jeweiligen Bundesländer an. Im letzten Jahr konnte der Universal-Künstler Unheilig mit dem Song „Unter deiner Flagge“ die begehrte Trophäe mit nach Hause nehmen.

Bei der diesjährigen siebten Auflage des von Stefan Raab konzipierten Showevents stellt Universal fast die Hälfte der teilnehmenden Künstler. Die sieben Universal-Teilnehmer werden kurz in alphabetischer Reihenfolge vorgestellt:

Für Bayern tritt der Ausnahme-Künstler Andreas Bourani an, der sich mit seiner ersten Single „Nur in meinem Kopf“ direkt auf Platz 16 der Verkaufscharts katapultierte. Das Debüt-Album „Staub und Fantasie“, das am 10. Juni veröffentlicht wurde, hat dem Augsburger bereits jetzt viel Aufsehen beschert, darauf findet sich auch der Song „Eisberg“ mit dem er den Sieg nach Bayern holen will.

Songpoet Bosse wird mit dem Liebeslied „Frankfurt Oder“ Niedersachsen beim Bundesvision Song Contest vertreten. Auf der dritten Single aus seinem aktuellen Album „Wartesaal“ wird Bosse gesanglich unterstützt von Silly-Sängerin Anna Loos.

Das Bundesland Brandenburg wird von Sängerin Doreen vertreten, vielen noch als Bandmitglied von Nu Pagadi oder auch als begleitende Sängerin und Freundin von Rapper Sido bekannt. Auch Doreen wird in diesem Jahr ihr Solo-Debüt veröffentlichen, das den Titel „Vorsicht zerbrechlich“ tragen wird, darauf wird sich auch ihr Teilnehmer-Song „Wie konntest du nur?“ finden.

Die Band Flimmerfrühstück wird mit der gefühlvollen Jazzpopnummer „Tu`s Nicht Ohne Liebe“ für ihr Bundesland Sachsen-Anhalt antreten. Das Debütalbum wird im September veröffentlicht werden.

Glasperlenspiel sind Carolin Niemczyk und Daniel Grunenberg und wollen mit ihrem Auftritt beim BuViSoCo zeigen, dass Baden-Württemberg nicht mehr nur für Spätzle und Maultaschen, sondern auch für coole Popmusik mit elektronischen Einflüssen steht. Das Singer-/ Songwriter-Duo, die seit gut acht Jahren zusammen Musik machen, performen ihre erste Single „Echt“ aus dem Debüt-Album „Beweg Dich mit mir“.

Mit ihnen hat damals alles begonnen: JULI ist die erste Band, die jemals beim Bundesvision Song Contest gewinnen konnte. Mit „Du lügst so schön“ treten sie in diesem Jahr erneut für Hessen an. Die mittlerweile vierte Single-Auskopplung aus ihrem aktuellen Album „In Love“ ist ein typischer JULI-Song – tragisch schöne Melancholie gepaart mit einer wunderbaren Melodie.

Einer der heißesten Newcomer 2011 wird Sachsen vertreten: Kraftklub. Neben unzähligen Festivalauftritten arbeitet die Band aus Chemnitz, die 2010 den New Music Award verliehen bekam, momentan an ihrem ersten Album, das im Herbst dieses Jahres veröffentlicht wird. Im Wettbewerb werden Kraftklub ihre erste Single „Berlin“ spielen.


Baden-Württemberg - Glasperlenspiel
Bayern - Andreas Bourani
Brandenburg - Doreen
Hessen - Juli
Niedersachsen - Bosse feat. Anna Loos
Sachsen - Kraftklub
Sachsen-Anhalt - Flimmerfrühstück

16.06.2011: CD Veröffentlichung / News / TV Hinweise / Konzerttermine / Videos Deutschland

Brooke Fraser: Album: Flags

Brooke Fraser

Album: Flags
VÖ: 01.07.2011

Ihr Einstieg in Deutschland war ein Einstieg nach Maß: Gleich mit ihrer ersten hierzulande veröffentlichten Single „Something In The Water“ bewies die Neuseeländerin Brooke Fraser, dass ihr überragender Erfolg in der Heimat alles andere als ein Zufallsprodukt ist. Die Single stieg unmittelbar in die deutschen Top Ten ein! Am 01. Juli erscheint das Album „Flags“, eine einzigartige, verträumt-schwebende Popsammlung, die Brooke Frasers unnachahmliche Sopranstimme, sommerlich-schwirrende Melodien und ihre ganz besondere Vorliebe für das Geschichtenerzählen demonstriert. Ab dem 08. Juli wird darüber hinaus der Radio-Mix der zweiten Single-Auskopplung aus dem Album „Flags“ im MPN verfügbar sein: Der Über-Ohrwurm „Betty“ liefert mit seinem leichten Snap-Beat die perfekte klangliche Untermalung für den Sommer 2011 und hebt Brooke Fraser in die Top-Liga der Solokünstlerinnen und Song-Schreiberinnen.
Brooke Fraser wird ihr Album „Flags“ live in Deutschland im September 2011 präsentieren:
15.09.          Baden-Baden       SWR 3 New Pop Festival
16.09.          Frankfurt                Batschkapp
17.09.          Nürnberg                Hirsch
20.09.          München                Ampere
22.09.          Köln                      Kulturkirche
24.09.          Hamburg                Reeperbahn Festival
01.10.          Berlin                     Postbahnhof
02.10.          Bochum                 Zeche
Linkin Park: Album: A Thousand Suns +

Linkin Park

Album: A Thousand Suns +
VÖ: 17.06.2011

A Thousand Suns +" (Album/Bonus LiveDVD/MP3 Live-Audio-Download) am 17.06. & Transformers Titelsong am 10.06.!  Die frisch gekürte „bestverkaufende Band des Jahrzehnts“ gibt schon wieder Vollgas und schickt sich an, den über 50 Millionen Einheiten, die sie in den letzten Jahren absetzen konnte, schon bald noch ein paar weitere hinzuzufügen: Am 17. Juni veröffentlichen die Chart-Könige LINKIN PARK, die mit ihrem alles überstrahlenden vierten Album A Thousand Suns vergangenes Jahr in sage und schreibe 32 Ländern (u. a. in den USA, Österreich, der Schweiz und natürlich in Deutschland, wo sie unlängst auch den ECHO als beste Rockband erhielten) auf die Pole Position der Album-Charts stürmten, eine limitierte CD/DVD-Tour-Edition. Diese enthält neben besagtem Opus Magnum einen Konzertmitschnitt ihres Gigs vor der Kulisse des berühmten Puerta de Alcalá Monuments im Herzen Madrids, zu dem am 7. November 2010 unglaubliche 60.000 Menschen strömten, auf DVD, deren 16 fantastische Live-Tracks einmal mehr eindrucksvoll belegen, warum LINKIN PARK zu einer der größten und erfolgreichsten Rockbands der Gegenwart aufgestiegen sind. Neben Album und Live-DVD enthält die exklusive Tour-Edition zudem eine Download-Card, mit der man alle Songs des Live-Spektakels als MP3 herunterladen kann. 
Metronomy: Single: The Bay

Metronomy

Single: The Bay
VÖ: 29.07.2011

Frisch von ihrem aktuellen Sommerhit-Dance-Indie-Album THE ENGLISH RIVIERA erfreuen uns METRONOMY nun mit ihrer nächste Singleauskopplung THE BAY.
Joseph Mount, der geniale Kopf von METRONOMY bezeichnet THE BAY als den crazy coolen Titel-Song seiner Heimat an der englischen Riviera. „Slighty funny disco songs like that are very popular there“ sagt Mount. Generell dreht sich auf dem neuen Album so einiges um Mounts Heimat:  Die Idee zu THE ENGLISH RIVIERA basiert auf jenem südwestlichen Küstenstreifen Englands, an dem er aufwuchs. „Ich habe einfach fantasiert, dass diese Gegend ein innovativer Ort von Musik und Jugendkultur ist – was natürlich ganz und gar nicht der Fall ist“, erklärt er. „Ich habe mir aber vorgestellt, dass dieser Teil Englands eine spezielle Form der Musik hervorbringt, den Devon-Sound, ähnlich der Westküsten-Studiomusik der 1970er. Dass, wenn du dorthin gingst und die geografische Landschaft im Kopf hattest, du letzten Endes diese reflektierst, introspektive Musik machen würdest. Ich habe einfach nur eine Phantasie darüber geschrieben, dass Devon ein cooler Ort ist.“ THE ENGLISH RIVIERA ist ein erstklassiges, schamloses Popalbum, ein prachtvoller Silberling voller träger Sonnenuntergangs-Funk-Songs, das METRONOMY von einer völlig anderen Seite zeigt als auf den zwei Vorgängeralben. Mount ist zufrieden mit dem Weg, den METRONOMY eingeschlagen haben, obwohl er natürlich darauf bedacht ist, die Dinge auch beim nächsten Mal frisch zu halten. „Ich habe bestimmt kein Interesse daran, das Gleiche noch mal zu machen. Ich mag das Zeug, das sich verändert“, sagt er. Mit THE BAY zeigen uns METRONOMY nicht nur was auf was die hippe Crowd in Südengland tanzt, sondern liefert auch uns einen absolut tanzbaren Lieblingssong. “This isn’t Paris. This isn’t London. It’s not Berlin. It’s not Hong Kong. Not Tokyo.” Das ist THE ENGLISH RIVIERA. Das ist THE BAY. Das ist METRONOMY at it’s best.
Colonel Reyel: Single: Celui (English version)

Colonel Reyel

Single: Celui (English version)
VÖ: 01.07.2011

Gratis-Kurzurlaub in der Karibik gefällig? Sehr gern, wenn auch nur für knackig-knappe dreieinhalb Minuten, die es dafür aber in sich haben. Was Sie während des aufregenden Shorttrips erwartet? Azurblaues Wasser, sich im Wind wiegende Palmen, weiße Traumstrände bis zum Horizont, ein wirklicher Bilderbuch-Sonnenuntergang und natürlich eine heiß lodernde Amour Fou; eine verhängnisvolle Affäre mit dem momentan angesagtesten Rapper des französischsprachigen Raumes: COLONEL REYEL!
Bekannt geworden durch seine rasend schnell zum Kult avancierte Band Septentrional Crew startete der aus Paris stammende Ausnahmeperformer und Dancefloor-Filler Remi Ranguin alias COLONEL REYEL im Jahre 2008 unter großem Aufsehen seine steile Solokarriere - mit seiner Mega-Erfolgssingle „Celui“ setzt der einstimmig erkorene und vielfach ausgezeichnete „Soldat der Liebe“ nun auch zum großen Sprung aufs europäische Festland an!
New Boyz: Single: Backseat

New Boyz

Single: Backseat
VÖ: 12.08.2011

Rücksitz, Baby! Bitte weit zurücklehnen und die Fensterscheiben herunter kurbeln bzw. das Dachverdeck bis zum Anschlag aufreißen; eventuelle „No smoking“-Schilder sowie Anschnallgurte können ruhig vernachlässigt werden. Hier kommt der Sound des Sommerz: Tiefer gelegte Schlitten, Bling Bling, Bada Bing und verklunkerte Basecapz, blitzende Grillz und nackte Haut. Viel nackte Haut sogar. Cruising-Time mit den US-HipHop-Shootingstarz von den New Boyz, die mit „Backseat (feat. The Cataracs & Dev)“ den ersten Vorboten ihres zweiten Albums „Too Cool To Care“ startklar machen!
Schon mit ihrem 2009er Debüt „Skinny Jeanz And A Mic“ und den Singlez „You`re A Jerk“ & „Tie Me Down“ haben die aus Los Angelez stammenden Highschool-Kumpelz Ben J und Legacy erfolgreich ihr Revier abgesteckt - mit dem brandneuen Killer-Track „Backseat“ laden die New Boyz die versammelte Damenwelt ein zu ihrer ganz privaten VIP-Limousinenparty. Zusammen mit Rap-Kollegin Dev und der berüchtigten Caratacs-Crew lassen die beiden zertifizierten Rücksitzrocker nicht das Geringste anbrennen und ziehen ganz getreu ihrem Opening-Motto „No bras!“ sämtliche West Coast-Register, die einen HipHop-TÜV geprüften Dancefloorfiller der Baureihe New Boyz auszeichnen. „I met a group of girls in a Escalade. They came with you and left with me...“ Nuff said, Ladiez und Gentlemen.
Taking Back Sunday: Album: Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday

Album: Taking Back Sunday
VÖ: 24.06.2011

TAKING BACK SUNDAY VERÖFFENTLICHEN AM 24.JUNI IHR NEUES ALBUM! “Faith (When I let You Down)” - Die erste Single der wiedervereinten New Yorker Band.
Die selbst-betitelte Veröffentlichung des neuen Albums markiert die Rückkehr zum Original Line-Up ihres Debüt-Albums „Tell All Your Friends“ aus dem Jahr 2002. Sänger Adam Lazzara, Gitarrist Eddie Reyes, Schlagzeuger Mark O’Connell  sind nun wiedervereint mit den beiden Bandmitgliedern Jon Nolan (Sänger/Gitarrist) und  Shaun Cooper (Bass), die die Band 2003 verlassen hatten! Das Debütalbum „Tell All Your Friends“ verkaufte sich weltweit über 1 Million Mal, brachte die Hymne „Cute without „E“ (Cut from the Team)“ hervor und etablierte  Taking Back Sunday als eine der einflussreichsten Bands ihrer Generation.  Das neue Album „Taking Back Sunday” wurde mit Produzenten Eric Valentine (Queens Of The Stone Age, All American Rejects) in Los Angeles aufgenommen und ist das fünfte Album der New Yorker Band. Die New Yorker Band veröffentlichte bereits vier Alben,  drei davon erreichten in U.S. Gold-Status.  Fans können auf der Website der Band www.takingbacksunday.comeine Special Edition des Albums vorbestellen. Darin enthalten sind neben dem Album eine zweite Bonus-CD mit sechs zusätzlichen Demo-Songs und der sofortigen Download-Option von “El Paso”. Desweiteren beinhaltet das von der Band signierte Fan-Paket elf 1’x1‘ Kunst-Poster, jedes davon wurde von einem Song des Albums inspiriert. Auf der Rückseite jedes Posters ist zudem der jeweilige Songtext gedruckt - handschriftlich von Sänger Adam notiert. 
The Wombats: Single: 1996

The Wombats

Single: 1996
VÖ: 29.07.2011

Mit ihren zwei größten Airplay-Hits “Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)” & “Techno Fan” übertrumpfte die Band alle ihre bisherigen Erfolge in Deutschland und enterte mit “Techno Fan” sogar Platz 1 in den Jugend Airplay Charts! Am 29. Juli 2011 erscheint die neue Single “1996”. Dies ist die dritte Auskopplung aus dem hochgelobten Erfolgsalbum “This Modern Glitch”, welches in UK auf Platz 3 in die Charts einstieg.In den nächsten Monaten wird die mitreißende Live-Band endlich auch wieder in
Deutschland zu sehen sein.
Festival- und Tourdaten
17.06.2011 Neuhausen Ob Eck - Southside Festival
19.06.2011 Scheeßel - Hurricane Festival
12.08.2011 Rees-Haldern - Haldern Pop Festival
23.11.2011 Berlin - Astra Kulturhaus
25.11.2011 Hamburg - Große Freiheit 36
26.11.2011 München - Backstage
30.11.2011 Köln - Palladium
Weitere Infos gibt es unter:
http://www.thewombats.co.uk
Warner Music Group

Steel Guitar News

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I do not sell these guitars new, but I sell several other brands new.  I am telling you this about this great little guitar after spending nearly fifty years playing it professionally under some severe conditions.  I have owned serial number 1554D since the early seventies.  It has been in eight countries, been on over 3000 recording sessions and been responsible for my entire professional career in steel guitar.

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Sara Hickman’s New Project Best of Times To Feature Willie Nelson, Robert Earl Keen, Rhett Miller and More

Sara Hickman’s New Project Best of Times To Feature Willie Nelson, Robert Earl Keen, Rhett Miller and More 
Texas Luminaries Pay Tribute to Hickman With New 38-Track Compilation to Benefit Theatre Action Project (TAP) 
Available August 23, 2011
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Amy BlackNashville, Tenn. - With an unwavering dedication to increased awareness and funding for arts education and a passion for art and the creative process, Sara Hickman provides a unique and powerful voice for women, her generation and the value and importance of the arts in school. It is no wonder more than 30 Texas music legends including Willie Nelson, Rhett Miller, Shawn Colvin, Robert Earl Keen and dozens more have come together to both pay tribute and add to her philanthropic endeavors with The Best of Times.  Sales of this compilation CD, available nationwide August 23, 2011, will benefit Theatre Action Project (TAP), a non-profit that brings art, music and theatre to Central Texas schools.
The 38-track double disc project was inspired by a recent slash in arts funding by Texas State Legislature. “I wanted to utilize my position as the Official State Musician of Texas to promote families being creative together,” says Hickman. “Many times this starts with children bringing home ideas they learn at school.” 
The compilation CD was created to raise funds for TAP and help the organization take the arts and theatre back into the schools. Hickman goes on to say, “I knew thousands and thousands of Texas children were missing out on what art, music, theater, dance and writing can bring to their lives.”  Hickman’s goal is to raise $250,000 for TAP and share her story with Texas state legislature on Arts Day in an effort to have arts funding fully reinstate in Texas schools. 
For more information visit www.sarahickman.com.

BURNS & POE JOIN ONTOURAGE MANAGEMENT

“INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR” BURNS & POE
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Powerhouse Alliance Adds Momentum To Dynamic Duo’s Marquee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 15, 2011)--
Blue Steel Records’ gravel and grace duo, Burns & Poe, named Music Row magazine’s “Independent Artist of the Year” (2010) has signed on for management with Ontourage Management Group (OMG). OMG will exclusively manage the pair’s day-to-day activity as well as spearhead potential sponsorships, special appearances and future recording plans. The alliance with OMG comes next in line of major milestones for Keith Burns and Michelle Poe who made their entry in the country music scene official as a classic country pairing in 2009.

In that short period of time, Keith and Michelle entered into relationships with, and have enjoyed the support of, a variety sponsors including Taylor Guitars, Peavey Bass and Dan Post Boots.

Their latest single, entitled “Second Chance” (Keith Burns/Michelle Poe/Tom Stipe) is currently at radio with video airplay on television screens across the country and online (including CMT.com, GACtv.com, Roughstock.com and YouTube). The cut is their third release from the pair’s double-disc, self-titled debut album, released last month.

“This is a piece of the puzzle that’s been missing for a long time; we are thrilled to be working with Tony Conway and the OMG team,” said the two.

A vocal compliment noted by a variety of media outlets, Burns & Poe possess an unparalleled combination of superlative writing augmented with a sound patented by Michelle Poe’s melodious, buttery vocals and Keith Burns’ gritty, soulful tenor tone. Receiving high praise from Country Weekly, the magazine notes: “the duo exemplifies the magic male-female duos of yesteryear…pairs like George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. Keith Burns and Michelle Poe are a duo for the country music masses.”

Ontourage Management founder, Tony Conway is a highly respected 35-year veteran in talent representation and management. He has represented the “who’s who” within the country music entertainment industry and helped navigate the careers of entertainment’s finest including George Strait, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Lorrie Morgan, Martina McBride, The Dixie Chicks, Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean, to name a few. After a 33-year tenure as President and co-owner of Buddy Lee Attractions, Inc., Conway, opened his management company in 2009.

For more information on Ontourage Management Group, please visit www.conwayent.com.

To find out more about Burns & Poe visit http www.burnsandpoe.com.

Interview EMMA6

Ch.L.: German Music has many new fans in Europe, who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who's never seen or heard you before.

EMMA6: We are EMMA6 (spoken “EmmaSix”), a German rock trio. The Members are the brothers Peter (24, vocals, guitars) and Henrik Trevisan (21, drums, vocals) and their best friend Dominik Republik (22, bass, moog synthesizer). We would describe our music as handmade mixture of pop, rock and indie with German lyrics.

Ch.L.: How was the last year for you? What were the highlights?

EMMA6: The last year was probably the most exciting in band history. We got our deal with Universal Music, recorded the debut album, released it, played the first sold out concerts. The step between the point that was 1 ½ years ago and now is huge.

Ch.L.: How did you choose the title for the CD, is there a story behind it?

EMMA6: Our debut album is called “Soundtrack für dieses Jahr” (“soundtrack for this year”). It contains 12 songs, one for each month.

Ch.L.: Do you write the songs yourself and if not, how do you go about finding the songs for the your CD?

EMMA6: Yes, we do write ourselves. Afterwards, we often do the fine tuning together with our producers.

Ch.L.: Please tell us about the songs on your album.

EMMA6: The good thing about debut albums is that they are often more than a moment snap-shot. It's the same with our first record. It contains songs that belong to the first ones we ever wrote about 5 years ago. On the other hand, there are songs we just finished while recording the album last year.

Ch.L.: Your current single is being played by radio. What do you thing is special about this song that makes people what to hear it?

EMMA6: The reason we made “Paradiso” our first single is that it represents the sound of EMMA6 very well. In addition, the verses only consist of single catchwords that build the story.

Ch.L.: What will your next single be?

EMMA6: The next single which will be released in July/August will be a track called “Leuchtfeuer”. It's a ballad with acoustic guitar and typical rockdrums in the end. But basically there is an electronic drumbeat and a few synthesizers which makes it sound quite special and modern.

Ch.L.: What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

EMMA6: All songs.

Ch.L.: What's your favorite song among all the songs you've recorded and what's the story behind it?

EMMA6: We love the last songs of our record called “Wie immer”. It breaks out of the form at the end and changes from a pop song into some kind of psychedelic jam.

Ch.L.: How much creative control do you have over your music?

EMMA6: 100%. Otherwise, we could not be as passionate about it.

Ch.L.: Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

EMMA6: We like to tell the story that a big fan tried to stagedive into the crowd while the crowd moved to the side and left a gap right where he intended to land on the crowd's hands. Fortunately, he wasn't hurt badly.

Ch.L.: Who do you look up musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

EMMA6: As a band, we don't have one special idol. Our music is a mixture of our personal influences that base on both German and international music.

Ch.L.: What do you think about today's German Music versus its roots and where do you see it going in the future?

EMMA6: It's positive to see that in the last ten years, the German music scene brought forward a lot of young new bands that do their own thing. Nevertheless, the German music branch could do a lot more for german bands.

Ch.L.: In your opinion, what is the biggest difference between „traditional“ and „new“ German music?

EMMA6: We think that “new” german music is more influenced by international artists and styles. “Traditional” German music becomes more and more oldfashioned, which sometimes is a pity.

Ch.L.: As an artist you have to do so many different things such as recording, touring, doing interviews etc. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

EMMA6: In the end it's the touring which we like most. Of course, doing interviews, recording in the studio and so on is a lot of fun and interesting but you don't get the emotions and the feedback that you obviously get when playing in front of people and that's what it makes it so great.

Ch.L.: Are you doing anything to take German music beyond it's courrent borders or are you happy where it is?

EMMA6: Yes, we care a lot about our lyrics and try to make it as special as possible, using wordplay and phrases that haven't been there yet.

Ch.L.: What was your big break that got you into the music business?

EMMA6: We had the luck to become friends with Mark Tavassol, bass play of the famous German band “Wir sind Helden”. He became a fan, supported us and co-produced our record.

Ch.L.: Before you became a star, where your friends and family supportive or was it a struggle?

EMMA6: They always supported us. We were between 16 and 19 when the band started, therefore it was important for us to get a lot of encouragement by our families and friends.

Ch.L.: What inspired you to become an artist?

EMMA6: It was a quite natural development. When we first held an instrument in our hands, we knew that that is what we have to do. Since then, it has become even more passionate.

Ch.L.: What drives you?

EMMA6: The love for music and the reactions we get from our audience.

Ch.L.: What's unique about you that differentiates you from other artists?

EMMA6: It's hard to answer this question, some other people should do. But if we have to answer, it's our lyrics and the trio-sound that does not often exist in Germany.

Ch.L.: What has been your greatest challenge in music business?

EMMA6: It's still going on. Namely the try to establish ourselves in the German music scene.

Ch.L.: What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you're proud of?

EMMA6: Mostly the live moments. We love to be on stage and these are the greatest memories for us. Furthermore, we were very proud when our debut album entered the German Top 40 charts in the first week.

Ch.L.: Who's your biggest critic, yourself or others?

EMMA6: We ourselves and the closest people around us. It's very important to have these people who tell you honestly what they think about you and your music.

Ch.L.: Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

EMMA6: Not at the moment.

Ch.L.: What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

EMMA6: An energetic, passionate show every night. The live thing is where we come from and why we make music.

Ch.L.: When you're on tour, do you have time to play tourist?

EMMA6: Actually we don't. There are often interviews before the show and then there's soundcheck and other things to do. And if you have the time to walk around you don't know anything about the city you are in and just go into a shopping mall. It's definitely very rarely that we do play tourist.

Ch.L.: Many music fans today get their information about artists via the internet. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

EMMA6: Of course we have a website (www.emma6.de) and facebook- and myspace-accounts (www.facebook.com/emma6musik / www.myspace.com/emma6music). You find music, photos, videos, daily information about what's going on, diary entries and all that stuff.

Ch.L.: What's your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?

EMMA6: Definitely “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve.

Ch.L.: Fans are always hungry for good road stories. Do you have one you can tell?

EMMA6: In September, we are going on a big tour through Germany. Afterwards, we'll hopefully be able to tell you lots of stories.

Ch.L.: Describe what a perfect day is like for you.

EMMA6: You should listen to our debut single “Paradiso”. It describes exactly that.

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )
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Interview with Jackie Arredondo

Interview with Jackie Arredondo

Ch.L.: Country Music has many new fans in Europe, who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who'se never seen or heard you before.



J.A.: A NEW SOUND AND COUNTRY STYLE WHICH I HOPE THEY LIKE



Ch.L.: What's your latest CD and how's it doing?

J.A.: INSANE, IT’S DOING GREAT! JUST FINISHED ANOTHER RADIO TOUR AND THE FEEDBACK HAS BEEN FABULOUS

Ch.L.: How did you choose the title for the CD, is there a story behind it?

J.A.: WE DECIDED TO CALL IT THE SAME AS THE SONG  “INSANE“

Ch.L.: Do you write the songs yourself and if not, how do you go about finding the songs for the your CD?

J.A.: I DO WRITE BUT I DECIDED TO ALLOW OTHER TALENTS IN ON THIS MATERIAL, MY TEAM USUALLY APPROACHES SONGWRITERS FOR SONGS AND WE SELECT FROM ALL WE RECEIVE WHAT THE BEST MATERIAL IS.

Ch.L.: What do you think is specail about your single that makes people want to hear it?

J.A.:  ITS CATCHY, HAPPY KINDA LOVE  SONG

Ch.L.: What will your next single be?

J.A.:  MY RECORD COMPANY HAS NOT DECIDED YET.  I JUST FINISHED RECORDING MY NEXT EP WITH SONGS WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY THAT GREAT SONGWRITER AS IS BRIAN WHITE AND THE SELECTION WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT SINCE ALL THE SONGS ARE EXTRAORDINARY.

Ch.L.: What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

J.A.:  I LOVE ALL KIND OF TEMPOS, I THINK AN ALBUM SHOULD HAVE A VARIETY OF ENERGIES TO BRAKE THE MONOTONY AND GIVE MORE VERSATILITY TO THE ARTIST AND THAT’S WHAT I TRY TO DO.

Ch.L.: What's your favorite song among all the songs you've recorded and what's the story behind it?

J.A.: I THINK THE FAVORITES ALWAYS REMAIN ON THE LAST SONGS ONE RECORDS SO I HAVE TO SAY SOME OF MY FAVORITES ARE THE LATEST ONES THAT HAVE NOT YET BEEN RELEASED THAT I RECORDED WITH BRIAN WHITE

Ch.L.: Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

J.A.:  “SOMEONE LIKE YOU“ IS A VERY SPECIAL SONG BECAUSE I HAVE HAD NUMEROUS CORRESPONDENCE THROUGH MY WEB SITES ON HOW MUCH IT HAS BEEN DEDICATED ON THE FANS WEDDING DAY OR ANNIVERSARY EVEN A MOTHER DEDICATED IT TO HER NEWBORN. SO I WOULD SAY THIS SONG IMPACTED A LOT OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD.

Ch.L.: Who do you look up musiccally and how deep do your musical roots run?

J.A.: RASCAL FLATTS I WOULD SAY IS MY F AVORITE.  BEING A VOCAL COACH MYSELF I CAN APPRECIATE TECHNIQUE, SPECIALLY WHEN ITS SO WELL EXECUTED TOGETHER WITH EMOTION.  MY DREAM IS TO COLLABORATE WITH THESE GUYS SOMEDAY.

Ch.L.: What do you think about today's Country Music versus its roots and where do you see it going in the future?

J.A.:  COUNTRY MUSIC TO ME WILL NEVER LOSE ITS ESSENCE AND ITS PURITY WHEN IT COMES TO LYRICS AND MELODY CREATING STORIES FULL OF EMOTIONS.  THAT WAS THEN AND ITS STILL NOW AND I DO BELIEVE IT WILL REMAIN THAT WAY FOR A LONG LONG TIME TO COME.

Ch.L.: If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

J.A.:  I WOULD LIKE TO SEE LESS FUSIONS AND MORE ORIGINALITY IN OTHER GENRE’S LIKE POP AND RNB.

Ch.L.: As an artist you have to do so many different things such as recording, touring, doing interviews etc. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

J.A.:  I AM A PEOPLE PERSON, I LOVE RADIO TOURS BUT PERFORMING AND GIVING IT ALL ON THE STAGE MUST BE MY VERY FAVORITE.

Ch.L.: Before you became a star, where your friends and family supportive or was it a struggle?

J.A.:  MY FAMILY WAS VERY SUPPORTIVE.
                                              
Ch.L.: What inspired you to become an artist?

J.A.:  MY PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS WHERE ACTORS, SO MY PLAYGROUND WAS ALWAYS A THEATER STAGE.  I BEGAN ACTING WHEN I WAS 4 SO MY LOVE FOR PERFORMING WAS BORN THEN.

Ch.L.: What drives you?

J.A.:  GOD

Ch.L.: What's unique about you that differentiates you from other artists?

J.A.:   I GUESS I DONT HAVE YOUR TIPICAL COUNTRY VOICE AND THAT CATCHES THE ATTENTION OF ALOT OF PEOPLE

Ch.L.: What has been your greatest challenge in music business?

J.A.:  MAKING THE TRANSITION FROM REALITY VOCAL INSTRUCTOR TO BECOMING A COUNTRY RECORDING ARTIST

Ch.L.: What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you're proud of?

J.A.:  WHEN I WAS INSTRUCTING REALITY VOCAL COMPETITIONS IT WAS OVERWHELMING TO KNOW I HAD TAKEN MY WORK OF IN BETWEEN 4 WALLS TO 53 COUNTRIES.  RECEIVING CORRESPONDENCE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ASKING FOR HELP ON THEIR SINGING WAS VERY GRATIFYING FOR ME. ALSO COACHING, CEDELLA MARLEY (BOB MARLEY’S DAUGHTER) AND TOMMY MOTTOLA’S WIFE THALIA, AND OF COURSE WORKING WITH EMILIO ESTEFAN WAS ICING TO THE CAKE.

Ch.L.: Who's your biggest critic, yourself or others?

J.A.: ME

Ch.L.: When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

J.A.: I RIDE HORSES

Ch.L.: What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

J.A.:  A LOT OF ENERGY BUT WHEN WE BRING IT DOWN, WELL, A LOT OF EMOTION

Ch.L.: What's the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

J.A.:  THAT  I TOUCHED THEIR HEART WITH MY VOICE

Ch.L.: What's your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?

J.A.:  HERE COMES GOODBYE FROM RASCAL FLATTS

Ch.L.. What message would you like to send your European fans?

J.A.:  I WILL BE COMING TO YOU VERY SOON AND I HOPE THAT I CAN TOUCH YOUR HEARTS MY VOICE AS WELL

Ch.L.: Fans are always hungry for good road stories. Do you have one you can tell?

J.A.: WHILE TRAVELING THROUGH THE BACK ROADS OF TENNESSEE, OUR CAR BROKE DOWN AND A FAMILY WITH A HUGE RV SAW US WITH OUR INSTRUMENTS ON THE ROAD.  THEY STOPPED AND ASKED IF WE NEEDED HELP SO WE TOLD THEM WE WERE ON A RADIO TOUR AND NEEDED TO GET TO THE NEXT RADIO STATION AND COULD NOT BE LATE SINCE THEY WERE INTERVIEWING ME FOR THE FIRST TIME.  WE OFFERED TO PAY FOR THE GAS IF THEY WOULD GIVE US A LIFT BUT THEY SAID I COULD PAY THEM SINGING THE WAY THROUGH INSTEAD, AND SO WE DID.

Ch.L.: Describe what a perfect day is like for you.

J.A.:  HAVING HOT CHOCOLATE ON A SNOWY DAY NEXT TO THE FIREPLACE IN A MOUNTAIN TOP CABIN WITHOUT MEANS OF COMMUNICATION.


Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )
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'SHOW ME THE MUSIC!' JUNE 17TH

SPRINGFIELD, MO SAYS 'SHOW ME THE MUSIC!'
SHOW ME MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL OPENS THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 17TH

  Springfield, MO – In just two days Springfield, MO will play host to the first-ever Show Me Music and Arts festival, a three-day extravaganza featuring some of today’s top musical acts including Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Train, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, One Republic, Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, REO Speedwagon, Sawyer Brown, Joe Nichols, David Nail, Gloriana, Steve Holy, Love & Theft, The McClymonts, The Cleverlys and more.

Additional attractions throughout the festival include cooking demonstrations in the Chef Pavilion by Food Network chefs Robert Irvine (‘Dinner: Impossible’), Aaron McCargo Jr. (‘Big Daddy’s House’), Ellie Krieger (‘Healthy Appetite’), stand-up comedy in the Comedy Tent Stage featuring ‘Last Comic Standing’ winner Jon Reep, and HBO and Comedy Central stars Jamie Kaler, Jimmy Shubert, Patti Vasquez, Steve Rannazzisi, John Caponera, and over 40 arts and crafts vendors from around the country.

Don’t forget to stop by the Show Me Saloon and Stage, the largest outdoor honky-tonk in the state of Missouri, serving your favorite beverages and featuring 15 national and regional acts including Candy Coburn, Louie Michael, Tommy Gallagher Band, Randy Burk and the Prisoners, Mark Chapman, Corybel Country, Liz Moriondo, Big Smith, Machine Gun Symphony, Jason Plummer and more!

In response to the recent tornado destruction through the community of Joplin, MO, Show Me Music Fest has joined with the United Way of the Ozarks to raise funds for long-term recovery for the community, and will be holding both a live auction and silent auction during the festival, with all proceeds going towards relief efforts. A bucket brigade of volunteers will also be on-site collecting donations and encouraging everyone to “Buck UP for Joplin”. Additional charities supported by Show Me Music Fest include Bridges for Youth, Isabel’s House, Protect.org, Developmental Center of the Ozarks, Cox Health Foundation, Ambassadors for Children, Boys and Girls Town, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, and Walk for Wishes.

Show Me Music Fest has something for everyone - amazing music, attractions, and entertainment,with weekend passes available at the great price of only $139! For those looking for a VIP experience, VIP packages are also available and include VIP parking, VIP seating with air conditioning, a private bar area, snacks, games, and VIP restrooms. Individual day-passes are also available for purchase at the following prices: Friday - $39, Saturday - $59, Sunday - $65.

With 350 acres of camping and parking with 24 hour security, spend the entire weekend on-site with one of our multiple camping options available starting at the low price of $70. To reserve your camping spot today, or for additional information, please visit www.showmemusicfest.com.

To purchase your tickets now, please call 1-877-4flytix (1-877-435-9849), visit us in person at the Show Me Music Fest Box Office or any Springfield, MO PFI Western Store, or go online to www.showmemusicfest.com or www.ticketfly.com

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