March 2014

Spectra Musique Signs a Distribution Agreement with DEP and Believe Digital Canada

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Montreal, March 18, 2014 - DEP Distribution et Believe Digital are happy to announce an agreement with the Spectra Musique record label. Commencing April 2014, the entire Spectra catalog, which includes Quebec's highest profile artists will be made available on all digital platforms by Believe Digital and will be distributed physically by DEP. The first releases under this agreement will be La symphonie rapaillée, the third chapter of Douze hommes rapaillés, available as of April 1st and the Philippe Brach album, on April 23.

Maurice Courtois, DEP President declared: "This new agreement is a key turning point for us all. We are extremely happy to join forces with L'Équipe Spectra and their talented artists".

Created six years ago, the Spectra Musique label, represents artists and projects such as Michel Rivard, Vincent Vallières, 12 hommes rapaillés, Susie Arioli, Richard Séguin, Patrice Michaud, Zachary Richard et Catherine Major.Spectra Musique has sold more than 600,000 units of its prestigious catalogue, including 114,000 copies of Vincent Vallières' Le monde tourne fort (2009) and has earned 15 nominations and 5 Felix Awards at l'ADISQ.

Proudly Canadian: Murray McLauchlan

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

There are many names that are so identifiable with Canadian treasures and Murray McLauchlan sits firmly in that list of our musical peers.

Murray McLauchlan was actually born in Renfrewshire, Scotland and when he was just five years old. At the tender age of 17 he started playing in the famous Yorkville area of Toronto, known for discovering so many talents in the coffee houses of the 1960’s era. McLauchlan had actually attended Central Tech before deciding that music was to be his life.

After playing at major music festivals, such as The Philadelphia Folk Festival, where he appeared alongside Jim Croce and John Prine, and Mariposa where he gave up half of his concert time so Joni Mitchell could play, he began to attract wider attention on the club circuit, playing such well known rooms as The Riverboat in Toronto, The Bitter End in New York, The Main Point in Philadelphia, and the famous Earl of Old Town in Chicago.

Before McLauchlan had actually recorded an album of his own, his “Child’s Song” was already well known after being recorded by American folk star Tom Rush. Live versions of his song “Honky Red” were performed by Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and Bobby Neuwirth. He received early song cuts by country music star George Hamilton IV.

Carli and Julie Kennedy Slated to Perform in Florida

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Victoria, BC’s twin phenomenon, Carli and Julie Kennedy can add the state of Florida to their busy performance schedule. With songwriting sessions in Calgary this winter, The Kennedy’s also attended Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, where they showcased seven times including an official slot with Folk Music Canada. Currently in Nashville performing and writing, Carli and Julie Kennedy will hit the US roads in a few weeks to be featured in St. Petersburg, Florida for the Third Annual Listening Room Festival, April 1 to 7th, 2014.

Selected from hundreds of submissions, Carli and Julie Kennedy are one of six featured acts awarded a performance slot at The Listening Room Festival and the only Canadians. These six acts win paying gigs with lodging, cash, prizes, one year Concerts in Your Home memberships and a showcase at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg, FL on April 6th at 6:30 pm. While concerts are held throughout the state of Florida, focus is in the Tampa Bay area. Carli and Julie Kennedy will add new fans to their high energy and magnetic performance.

Since their debut as a duo, Carli and Julie Kennedy have fascinated audiences in Canada and the US with hundreds of performance dates. Whether taking stages at house concerts, festivals, fairs, showcases or conventions, The Kennedy’s have been touted as “the next big thing in country music” (Nashville Examiner).

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Dean Miller ‘Til You Stop Getting Up

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Submitted by Don Graham

Country singer Dean Miller has the lineage and the talent, now he just needs a chance for the rest of the world to be exposed to his music. And his new CD with it’s lead single, ‘‘Til You Stop Getting Up’ is his best bet yet to accomplish this.

The son of country music legend Roger Miller, Dean has worked hard to carve out his own identity within the close knit country community. “I loved my dad and we had a great life growing up. I know I look like him and inherited some of his talent but I need to establish myself as an artist by my own merit. People think being the son of a Hall of Fame legend makes it easy. It might get you into the meeting but then they expect even more from you. OK, your Dad was a genius, what have you got?” Dean has had some success as a songwriter, “ I’ve had cuts by some major artists, Trace Adkins and Eric Church. Even have a Canadian connection. Terri Clark recorded my tune “A Little Gasoline.”

Dean was born in Los Angeles and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he got his musical start in bars and clubs around Santa Fe. He moved back to Los Angeles in the 80s and joined a band called the Sarcastic Hillbillies. Miller later moved to Nashville, Tennessee signing on as a staff songwriter for Sony/Tree Publishing.

Johnny DeMarco Living Out Our Dreams

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

Johnny DeMarco is a songwriter/performer who understands the value of a well crafted song. Be it a ballad…soundtrack or a rocker, Johnny’s powerful, melodic and anthem oriented radio-ready songs are jam packed with attitude, honesty and integrity. His intent on creating a catalogue of timeless musical works that address various and diverse themes are evident, and reach out to people from all walks of life.

Johnny’s newly-released album, “Living Out Our Dreams”, offers a distinct and diverse character to each song. With dynamic memorable melodies, moving string arrangements and soaring chorus(s) “Living Out Our Dreams” is delivered with emotion, passion and intensity and much thought is given to the importance of the lyrical content and its message. The album was recorded at The Armoury, Premier Studio and the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC and features some of Canada’s and International finest musicians.

“Living Out Your Dreams” is the opening and title track, and grabs you ‘right from the start’ sounding like Bryan Adams with fresh vocals and optimistic about love, “Sunflower” has reggae meeting rock, with a raspy vocal and answering vocals, while “Never Gonna Be Good Enough” is whimsical about love lost but still trying to let reconcile the end of the relationship; sad and sweet, while“I’ll Wait” could very well be the answer song to that one.