Wayne Warner's songwriting is distinctive, timeless, and loves to flirt with many different genres. The former Atlantic Records artist, best know for his 2006 hit, "Turbo Twang," Warner has been joined on his records by some of the most established country artists of the eighties and nineties, as well as a pop icon, and a current superstar. From Bryan White and Mark Collie, to Bonnie Tyler and Taylor Swift, his peers have come to hold Warner in great esteem as an "artists' artist". His hooks, so fresh, so powerful, that Warner has been deemed as a genius by many in the field, receiving praise from the likes of Billboard and Music City News. His appearance is as interestingly unique as his sound, and he speaks in overtones that only a well crafted artist could. And yet, in many ways, Warner is almost a well kept secret.
And now, the secret is out... MTS Management Group is happy to announce the radio release of Wayne Warner's new single, "Wasted" (B-Venturous/MTS). MTS will handle secondary and international radio promotion for the song. "Wasted" is available for radio download via Airplay Access. Mp3s can also be requested directly from MTS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We're so excited to be working with such an incredible talent," said Michael Stover, head of MTS Management Group. "Wayne has a one-of-a-kind sound and approach, that is instantly recognizable in this usually cookie-cutter world. I know radio will welcome Wayne back to their airwaves. Let's all get 'Wasted!"
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Singer-songwriter and music industry executive Tommy Page, best known for his No. 1 single “I’ll Be Your Everything," was found dead Friday, March 3, 2017. The cause of death was unclear at press time, but according to reports from several friends, it was an apparent suicide. He was 46.
Page started his career as a recording artist for Sire Records -- as he told it, he was working as a coat-checker at the New York nightclub Nell's and gave his demo to label head Seymour Stein -- and topped the Billboard Hot 100 with his single, "I'll Be Your Everything" in April 1990. The song was written by Page, along with Jordan Knight and Danny Wood of Page's tourmates New Kids on the Block. The group's Donnie Wahlberg, along with Knight, also had a hand in producing the track.
Page later returned to NYU's Stern School of Business to pursue his career as a music executive. He recorded nine studio albums and continued to tour throughout his career.
"My whole life I dreamed of having a No. 1 record, ever since I could remember getting into music. I wanted to be on top of the Billboard charts," Page remembered in 2011.
Page later joined Warner Bros./Reprise Records, where he served as an A&R executive and vice president of top 40 promotion. During that time, he helped shape the careers of many successful artists, including Michael Buble, Alanis Morissette, Josh Groban, David Foster and Green Day.
The Edmonton Jazz Society and the Yardbird Suite are pleased to host the official release of a new duet album featuring the late and legendary jazz singer, Clarence “Big” Miller and Canadian jazz icon, Tommy Banks on piano.
The new release, Legacy, was produced by Edmonton native George Blondheim. Blondheim is recognized internationally as a multi-award winning composer, producer and pianist.
The nine never-before heard songs were originally recorded in August 1989 at Edmonton’s Beta Sound Recorders. With Big’s untimely passing in 1992, the recordings remained stored away on a hard drive. Now, almost 30 years later, Legacy is being released by Chronograph Records in conjunction with the Yardbird Suite’s 60th Anniversary celebrations, with proceeds in support of the educational programs of the Edmonton Jazz Society and Yardbird Suite.
Those who remember Big will now be able to hear that terrific voice, warm personality and unique delivery once again. A new audience of jazz lovers will appreciate his beautiful tone and timeless style. Big and Tommy began working together in the 1970s and travelled across Canada performing in many musical settings including duo concerts and CBC broadcasts. This rare moment in studio was intended as a demo session working toward an album, but fate intervened and Big and Tommy were never able to make the final recording Blondheim envisioned.
Coquitlam, B.C. alternative pop artist Cassandra Maze, has released her new single "Wait", via iTunes and Spotify. Co-written by Maze and Tanner Aguiar and produced by Ryan Worsley (Dear Rouge, Van Damsel), "Wait" features Maze's powerful vocals and energetic sound, while showcasing her growth as an artist in the alternative pop world.
"They say good things come to those who wait, but when it comes to chasing your dreams, waiting doesn't exactly give you legs. The new single touches upon that fine balance between the consistent hard work and the patience that is required to achieve one's personal and most sought-after goals," says Maze. "By blending a dance-able groove with some gutsy rock 'n' roll intensity, we intended to make "Wait" the ultimate catharsis."
With a heart-pumping, gritty entrance, "Wait" transitions to an anthem-like chorus with Maze's sultry voice reminding listeners of the importance of having the drive to achieve their goals. With lyrics like "wake up and go to sleep, I live to push repeat" and "they tell me to hold on, they tell me to be patient while I try to move but the feeling is latent," "Wait" encourages individuals to step outside their comfort zones and daily routines. By waiting too long, you can miss those experiences which are right in front of you.
Sonny Geraci, the Cleveland-born pop singer who scored national hits as lead singer of The Outsiders in the 1960s and Climax in the 1970s passed away on February 5, 2017. He was 69, and had been in ill health since suffering a brain aneurysm in 2012.
Geraci, a graduate of John Adams High School, became lead singer of The Starfires in 1964. The band, founded by guitarist and songwriter Tom King soon changed its name to The Outsiders and put four singles on the U.S. pop charts during the late 1960s, including "Time Won't Let Me," "Girl in Love," "Help Me Girl" and "Respectable (What Kind of Girl Is This)," a remake of the Isley Brothers tune.
Geraci left the band in 1970, striking out on his own and eventually forming the band Climax with Walter Nims, who had been a member of both the Starfires and The Outsiders. That group later scored a Top 3 single with "Precious and Few," written by Nims. Climax disbanded in 1975.
Geraci left the music business in the early 1980s, but tried a comeback, under the pseudonym Peter Emmett, in 1983, releasing an unsuccessful album on MCA.
Later, he played the oldies circuit, performed for a time with the Grass Roots and toured from 2007-2012 as Sonny Geraci and the Outsiders.
The new video for the album's second single "Ten Thousand Floors" is premiering today via the band's Facebook page. The video is led by a strong narrative with the story told through the eyes of the video's protagonist and chronicles her struggle with escaping addiction. The band describes the video in terms of the human struggle, " Ten Thousand Floors is about the way we respond to being pushed and pulled by the things in our lives. This video is a story about the way we fall, and the way we pick ourselves up. " Shot at the legendary Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg and directed and edited by band bassist Patrick Hansen, the video was entirely self-produced by the band with support from Manitoba Film & Music.
Produced by award-winning producer Rob Wells (Ariana Grande, Tyler Shaw, Justin Bieber), Modernaires showcases their catchy alt-rock tracks filled with a mix of strong melodies and anthemic harmonies. Since its summer release, debut single " Wherever You Go " has been featured on radio stations across the country and climbed to #3 on the Sirius XM's Grocery List Top 10. The accompanying lyric video was created with thousands of light painted photographs from artists around the globe and have more than 20,000 views on YouTube.
Canada’s Prestigious Music Business Awards, The Junos announced this year’s nominees. The 46th annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Michael Bublé will also return as this year’s host.
2017 Juno Awards Nominees are:
Indigenous Music Album of the Year Crystal Shawanda Fish Out Of Water Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie Round Dance & Beats (Powwow) Quantum Tangle Tiny Hands Silla + Rise Debut William Prince Earthly Days
JUNO Fan Choice Award Hedley Justin Bieber Drake Shawn Mendes Alessia Cara Belly Ruth B The Weeknd Tory Lanez The Strumbellas
Single of the Year Shawn Mendes "Treat You Better" Drake "One Dance ft. Wizkid & Kyla" Alessia Cara "Wild Things" The Weeknd "Starboy "ft. Daft Punk The Strumbellas "Spirits"
International Album of the Year Sia This is Acting Rihanna ANTI One Direction Made in the A.M. Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman
Steve Lang bassist for Canada’s April Wine passed away June 4, 2017 at the age of 67.
Lang joined AW in 1976 replacing the late Jimmy Clench. He was with the band from 1976 to 1984, some of their most productive years. Myles Goodwyn, April Wine founder, posted a YouTube of the song ‘Hot On The Wheels of Love’ with this note praising his band mate’s ability “This is a song written by Steve Lang and myself. I brought the tune, with lyrics, to an AW rehearsal for the making of the FIRST GLANCE album. As we arranged the song, Steve`s bass part was so creative and fantastic and helped define the energy in the song to such an extent, that I decided to give him a writing credit. It was deserved.” In another Facebook statement Goodwyn said “My dear friend Steve Lang passed away this weekend. Steve played bass with AW for years and his musicianship was exceptional. Steve was a very intelligent guy that used his smarts to do well in the music industry as a player/writer, and later, in the world of finance. He was a nice man, a real gentleman. The last conversation I had with Steve was wonderful. I`m so happy that we had the chance to have had it....My condolences go out to his family. He will sadly be missed by his friends and by fans everywhere.”
Submitted to Cashbox Canada Music Counts Photo Credit Barry Roden
MusiCounts , Canada's leading music education charity, announced Dianne Winmill of North Hastings High School in Bancroft, ON as the recipient of the 2017MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award.Canadian music icons and multi-platinum JUNO Award-winning artists, Blue Rodeo, are the sponsors of this year's award, which recognizes teachers with outstanding dedication to inspiring and nurturing the musical growth of Canadian youth. Blue Rodeo members, Jim Cuddy (vocals/guitar), Bazil Donovan (bass), and Colin Cripps (guitar/vocals), surprised Winmill with the award during a tour of their Toronto recording studio with several of her students. Following the presentation, the students had an exclusive opportunity to record in the studio.
"We are thrilled to sponsor this award as teachers like Dianne do endless work to inspire their students and keep music alive in schools, which is something that is very important to us," said Jim Cuddy, Blue Rodeo."I think the value of music programs is immeasurable in the development of a young person's identity in being part of a community," added Colin Cripps, Blue Rodeo.