Sunday, February 26, 2017

Japan/Porcupine Tree Keyboardist Richard Barbieri Releases 360° Video For “Solar Sea” Taken From His Forthcoming New Studio Album Planets + Persona


“What other planets are out there? Could there be any life 40 light-years away?” - The new 360° video for Richard Barbieri’s track “Solar Sea”, explores these questions, imagines these new worlds - colliding planets, ice crystals inside a hollow comet, volcanic asteroids spewing molten lava into open space and a breathtaking finale.

VIEW HERE: 


360° VIDEO VIEWING INSTRUCTIONS:
To view Richard Barbieri's Solar Sea in 360, you will need to view the video using the latest version of the YouTube app on iOS and Android. By moving your smartphone or tablet, you will be able to look around the 360 degree view. To watch on a desktop or laptop computer, you will need to make sure you are using the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Opera. You will then be able to move the view by clicking and dragging inside the video player or by using the WASD keys. For the most immersive experience, we recommend using a VR headset.


Having seen the “Solar Sea” video for the first time using a VR headset Richard enthusiastically states “THAT WAS INCREDIBLE! It’s amazing that Miles (Skarin) has captured the movement and turbulence of planets, the particles and matter that I was trying to reference in the music. It’s a totally immersive experience and, along with the artwork, another important addition to the album experience” 

360° video producer Miles Skarin (www.crystalspotlight.com) explains the development process and techniques behind this stunning visual journey “Following the concept of Solar Sea and drawing on the album artwork, we created dramatic environments which showcase the variety and possibility of distant planets and star systems. We wanted to create visually intricate scenes - large planets colliding, ice crystals spanning across a hollow comet and even a volcanic asteroid spewing molten lava into space. These scenes were created in Maxon's Cinema 4D by building the individual objects required for each scene and placing them in 3D space. To render the scenes, we used Video Copilot's Element 3D, which allowed us to add materials and lighting. We then animated a path for the camera to follow which would become our 360 degree viewpoint. The scenes were set up for 360 VR using Mettle's Skybox plugin. These tools and plugins were all brought together using Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, which create a very solid pipeline for 360 VR video production.”

Planets + Persona, the new album from Japan and Porcupine Tree keyboardist, Richard Barbieri, was recorded in London, Italy and Sweden; and is Barbieri's most ambitious, thoroughly engrossing and immersive album to date.  He skilfully utilises the talents of a pan-European core of musicians to produce an album that marries synthesized sounds with organic instrumentation to conjure up vivid, colourful and allusive soundscapes. It’s a skilful commingling of texture and tone, mood and musicality.


Planets + Persona tracklisting:
Solar Sea (07:30)
New Found Land (07:17)
Night Of The Hunter (10:44)
Interstellar Medium  (05:38)
Unholy (08:58)
Shafts Of Light (06:39)
Solar Storm (06:22)

Album teaser:


Planets+ Persona will be released on 3rd March except USA & Canada – 17th March & France – 26th May, on CD, LP & Digital Download (feat. New Found Land instant download) – all available to pre-order now here: http://found.ee/RB_PLANETS_PERSONA

Richard Barbieri will be performing live in the UK in March:
16th – Exeter, The Phoenix (w/Grice in support)
25th – Birmingham, The Birmingham & Midland Institute (A morning with / masterclass)
26th – Birmingham, The Blue Orange Theatre (w/ Grice in support)
28th – London, Hoxton Hall
For ticket details : https://www.facebook.com/RichardBarbieriOfficial/

As an ex-founder of the new-wave pioneers Japan, Barbieri was a leader in creating the ground-breaking synthesizer sound that defined the band and influenced the likes of The Human League, Duran Duran, Gary Numan, Talk Talk and a whole raft of artists to follow. Together, the band recorded five studio albums culminating in the groundbreaking Tin Drum, which stayed in the UK Albums Chart for a year.

Following Japan, and a decade of collaborations on his own Medium label, Barbieri joined Steven Wilson's Porcupine Tree, playing keyboards on all the band’s albums since 1993 as well as releasing two striking solo albums: Things Buried and Stranger Inside.

His ear for composing unique soundscapes and synth textures has led to collaboration albums with other talented composers, such as Steve Hogarth (Marillion) Steve Jansen & Mick Karn (Japan) and Tim Bowness (No-Man)

Richard Barbieri online:
http://www.richardbarbieri.net ;
https://www.facebook.com/RichardBarbieriOfficial/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/74aT58mmwQWq4qUxTE0SDr  ;
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2PGdtnsImzX4HHafVwxgAQ
https://itun.es/gb/N7psi

For hi-res image downloads (media use only): http://www.kscopemusic.com/media/richard-barbieri ;

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cleopatra Records Releases New Album From South Korean Electronic Musician DAZED MARROW!


Los Angeles, CA - Somewhere between sinister, foreboding nightmares and sublime celestial dreams, you will find Dazed Marrow. Formed by South Korea-based electronic musician, Dazed Marrow produce some of the most richly textured and haunting soundscapes you’re likely to hear this year, filled with both memorable melodies and melancholic moods. The group’s new album Gaeseki Dream Machine, features all new material plus an exclusive remix of music by Washington-based witchhouse artist JackCote†! Watch for Gaeseki Dream Machine on CD this March 3!

Track List:
1. Intro
2. Venturing Into Etherea
3. Insomnia Euphoria
4. In Your Heart
5. Feel Better My Friend
6. Outside-In (Lucid Dream)
7. A Short One
8. Synergy
9. Binary Brain
10. The Universe
11. RQN Piano
12. Glass Jar
13. The Wait
14. Daeseki Gream Machine
15. Codex Gigas
16. Outro (Remix of JackCote†)

Buy the CD: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/dazed-marrow-gaeseki-dream-machine-cd/
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Instrumental New Age-Classical-Jazz Fusion Review: Psychic Equalizer - The Lonely Traveller

Release Date: January 20, 2017
Label: Milvus
Website


Hugo Selles provides much of the instrumentation on The Lonely Traveller, from his Psychic Equalizer project. Along with a host of other musicians Selles performs on piano, keyboards, and synths; electric and classical guitar, drums, and vibraphone.  He has also composed two movie soundtracks along his journey. Selles has been a student of music and has attained degrees and a wealth of practical experience.

This is expressionism to its fullest extent. The musical canvas provided is as diverse as the people on the cover of the album. Of course, this the whole point. There are no barriers creatively while creating a crossover sound that is bound touch many listeners. The music touches upon the spectrum of the human condition while growing up. The meaning, moods and atmospheres could easily reflect the many changes we go through in life.

The Lonely Traveller stirs the musical pot with new age, classical, jazz, and rock. I think it’s a wonderful thing that one man could add each layer of musical parts to each track and successfully create a cohesive entity.

A few of the tracks are workouts such as “Lovers Meet,” “Mezuz,” my favorite track and “An Ocean of Changes 1-1V,” which is literally filled with so many changes it is hard to keep track. Bordering on Acid Jazz/Rock, it is a wall of sounds. “An Ocean of Changes V-V1” is lot shorter and palpable for the average listener. Keep in mind however this is not music made for the “average” listener. This is a thought provoking mind expanding journey. A journey that I think you will find quite incredible knowing one man created it on his own.

The Lonely Traveller comes up in iTunes as Unknown Genre, now that is befitting what this music offers the listener looking for originality. I think any artist would take that as a compliment. The music cannot be categorized because it stands on its own as a work of art and sincere craftsmanship. There is true talent at work here and to think this is only the beginning for Mr. Hugo Selles.

4/5 Stars

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
February 22, 2017
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Tracks: 
01. Mezuz
02. An Ocean of Changes (I-IV)
03. The Lonely Traveller
04. Lágrimas
05. Adrift
06. Peña Labra
07. Flying over the Caucasus
08. Lovers Meet
09. A Collection of Marbles
10. An Ocean of Changes (V-VI)
11. A Visit to Adelaide
12. Nørrebro
13. Never Lose Hope (Bonus Track

Legendary FOCUS Drummer Pierre van der Linden Releases His First Solo Album “Drum Poetry”! OUT NOW!


Netherlands - Pierre van der Linden, the drummer in legendary Dutch band Focus, has released his first solo album entitled “Drum Poetry” for fans and students of his varied drumming styles and techniques.

Pierre’s drumming can be heard in numerous rock, jazz and improvisational bands, but this is the first time it can be heard and studied in isolation, or accompanied by other unexpected instruments also played by Pierre.

Says Pierre, “Drum Poetry was originally made just for myself. It was just a kind of experience to find out my limits in this atmosphere. The original CD was just made for friends and this is the first time I have shared it with fans...”

Pierre is the current drummer in Focus and also played with the band during the 1970s including on their hits “Hocus Pocus” and “Sylvia”. Pierre also played on the band’s most recent album, “Focus X”, and is currently in the studio recording “Focus 11”. Pierre will also be on tour with the band throughout 2017!

The album has been released on the band’s own “In and Out of Focus Records” via Cherry Red Records and can be purchased on CD and Download via these links:
Amazon CD: http://geni.us/vExJfEr
iTunes: http://geni.us/PTBj0Xn

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Concert Review: Let It Be A Beatles Tribute

Let It Be at The Proctor in Schenectady New York
February 18, 2017



The Beatles music is timeless and over the years they have been celebrated again and again and so has each individual member of the band for their excellent solo work. There is still a huge market for their music and anything to do with the ultra-famous Fab Four. Only two other artist rank at the top of list for worldwide album sales, Elvis and Michael Jackson. 

Paul McCartney (Neil Candelora-bass/piano/vocals), John Lennon (Michael Gagliano-guitar/vocals/piano), Ringo Starr (Chris McBurney-drums/vocals) and George Harrison (JT Curtis-lead guitar/piano/vocals) are names that will live forever. Special mention goes the fifth Beatle on keyboards Daniel A. Weiss who provided some amazing orchestral parts in songs along with some tasteful keys.

There have been many knock offs of The Beatles over the years however how many could you count as being legitimate imitations of them?  I experienced a band last night that were a close facsimile to them. 

Let It Be is an entire production company devoted to bringing The Beatles music and stage show to an audience that never had an opportunity to witness the original band in a live setting.




I was only 12 years old when The Beatles broke up and launched their solo careers however I did grow up listening to their music. I remember clearly as a little boy watching them on the Ed Sullivan show when they arrived in the US (or the colonies as they said last night). I can hear the girls screaming now muffling out the mop tops music and not understanding what all the fuss was about, I just wanted to hear them playing.

As the years went by I never lost my love for their music, it is something all the fans hold close to their hearts regardless of age. I saw all ages at the concert and the Proctor was packed full. It was nice to see that and what we were about to witness was fascinating.

The gents that played John and Paul, Gagliano and Candelora, had their vocals down spot on. Gagliano looked more and more like John as the night went on. It was giving me chills, especially when he sang. At first when I looked at the drummer, McBurney, I did not see much of a resemblance with Ringo but when he came out at the second half of the show with a beard he looked like a dead ringer for Mr. Starr. 

The first half of the show were some of the early hits and how they transformed into what we would see at their performance in Shea Stadium and during Sgt. Pepper’s (complete with the colorful garb) and then what they looked like towards the end of their careers just before they broke up.

The second half of the show was very interesting as well. They presented The Beatles and what they would have been like if they reformed after years of their solo work had been produced.

They mixed it up well and the stage presentation was top notch. I would not hesitate to say, being a lifelong Beatles fan, that this representation of the band was excellent with a very entertaining and colorful stage show to match.

The musicianship was great and the vocals as close to the originals as anyone could expect. I highly recommend seeing Let It Be if you have the opportunity.

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
February 19, 2017
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Singer/Songwriter Amanda Abizaid Releases New Project in Support of HelpPhilippineSchools.org, Walking In Twos EP feat. Legendary Stephen Stills


“Amanda is Fabulous. Really! Check this out!” - Stephen Stills

Los Angeles - Singer/songwriter Amanda Abizaid is releasing a new EP in support of HelpPhilippineSchools.org, a non-profit organization that helps children get the best education possible through the betterment of existing schools, working “from the inside out.” Walking In Twos, featuring the legendary Stephen Stills, is a 7-track EP including two diverse mixes of the titular song, which was inspired by Amanda’s experiences with the Aeta Filipino children. The EP also features other original songs and will release worldwide on all digital platforms March 3, 2017, along with a limited physical release. The project’s goal is to create a self-sufficient revenue stream using proceeds from the song's downloads and streams to buy school supplies for the Aeta children of the Philippines.

By making state-of-the art teaching technology available, while at the same time seeing to the need for proper food and clothing, HelpPhilippineSchools.org insures a prosperous, personal and professional future for young minds in the country. Amanda is a professional singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA and she is the Cultural Ambassador to the organization. Their overall mission is to supply rural government elementary schools throughout the Philippines, beginning on Mindanao, with modern educational equipment, food and clothing. They do this by dedicating profits generated through AEGIS, and from donations by private individuals, businesses and/or institutional entities.

Amanda describes her music as “Neo-Soul meets World.” A gifted pianist, guitarist and flautist, Amanda Abizaid was born in Beirut, Lebanon to an American mother and Lebanese father. Upon relocating to Los Angeles in the 1990s, Amanda immediately began working with some of the best musicians on the scene. She gained major notoriety when she lent her voice to “A Place in Time,” the haunting theme song from Paramount's TV series The 4400, which premiered in 2004. Amanda's 2010 CD release This Life garnered rave reviews from fans and music press from around the world. Brian Ball of Woman's Radio touted “This Life is the perfect half-hour escape from the boundaries of time and space altogether,” and Paul Fleck, former Executive Director of Marketing of Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group praised, “This Life is unquestionably Amanda’s most accomplished work to date.” Tapping into her early musical influences from her childhood, Amanda infuses a sensual and seductive Middle East flair to her music.

The song “Walking In Twos” was inspired by Amanda Abizaid’s experiences with the Aeta Filipino children in Haduan Village when she was abroad in 2016. “I shook hands with every child and they told me their names,” Amanda recalls. “This is how the magic of this song began.” The village of Haduan is situated in the Southeastern foothills of the Pinatubo Volcano Range, across the Secovia Lahar River Basin. Visiting the village requires walking a few miles through rugged dirt paths, crossing a wide river, and a tropical wet dirt hike through the mountains. “When I arrived at their village,” says Amanda, “I entered their little stone classroom and soon began singing to my acoustic guitar instrumental of 'Walking In Twos' walking in between the tables and chairs. They smiled and their eyes lit up. In their indigenous language, they yelled out how much they loved the melody, clapping joyfully and asked what it meant. That's when I knew I was on to something special.”

Amanda made a strong impression on the children, and on her way home, a barefoot little girl named Lilibeth walked by her side. “Together we hiked down the mountain, crossing the unstable wooden roped bridge high over the river to the other side. We walked until we reached the paved road—the main entry of their village to civilization.” The children also made a strong impression on Amanda, and when it came time to record the song she had them sing in their native language on the chorus. “For the Aeta to agree to perform on my song 'Walking In Twos' is a first time event for them, and for the world to hear these children's voices.”

Amanda Abizaid wrote and produced the Walking In Twos EP, and sings and plays flute and piano as well. Stephen Stills is a legendary singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. He plays guitar on the title track. “To have Stephen Stills performance on the project is an amazing honor,” says Amanda, “and together with the support of the Aeta children this project is a wonderful opportunity to share and help them through music.”

The new Walking In Twos EP features an electronica remix of Amanda’s original title track produced by Lindsay Gillis, a Los Angeles based musician and songwriter who has worked with Ron Fair, Dennis Dreith and Steve Deutsch. The Walking In Twos EP also includes five original songs: “One Love,” Amanda’s most recent acoustic reggae rock single, featuring bi-lingual lyrics; “Promises Of Love,” a trip hop World beat track featuring Egyptian oud player Ahmed Kamal (creative singer and composer) both co-produced with Raj Ramayya (Cowboy Bebop, Beautiful Losers, Pokemon, Strawberry Hill Music) and Théo Nogueira; “Set It Up,” a trip hop track featuring World flute melodies; “Lion’s Den,” an acoustic rock track with a touch of electronica; and “Release Me,” an ambient electronic bi-lingual track co-produced with Mixman Shawn.

Other featured musicians on this work are bassist Mike Mennell and acoustic guitarist Lindsay Gillis. Mike Mennell is a bassist and singer in Southern California who has been friends with and worked alongside Amanda for the past 16 years. Lindsay Gillis is a Los Angeles based musician/songwriter, survivor of numerous Southern California gigs and sessions, and collaborates with Amanda on the songwriting project “Someday Girl.”

Other contributions of note include MI (Musicians Institute) students performing drums under Stewart Jean, a drummer and educator based in Los Angeles, California, currently the Program Chair for Drums at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Also featured are local Buddhist children and the Aeta children from Village of Haduan, Philippines singing in their native language on the chorus, and Mark Stephen Weitz from '60s legends Strawberry Alarm Clock performing Wurlitzer on the track. Bill Dasheill was the engineer.

“The hard work and dedication of Amanda Abizaid shows all over this new track 'Walking In Twos'! Thank you for asking me to play on this new project. The addition of the Aeta Filipino children's voices recorded 'on site' really brought even more life to an already upbeat and spiritually uplifting song. You are truly a SAINT!” - Mark Stephen Weitz

Download proceeds will go to www.helpphilippineschools.org

To purchase Amanda Abizaid's Walking In Twos EP:
Pre-Order on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/walking-in-twos/id1201027283

For more information about Amanda or this release, please visit: www.AmandaAbizaid.com ;

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Jamie O’Neal: Sound ✓ Arizona Tennessee




by K.W. Poole 2/2017 for WMMW    http://www.4womenofmusic.com




Jamie O’Neal has achieved iconic country - not only as an artist but as a mentor for women in the industry.  Based on her own fortunate history of learning from some of the best she is paying it forward in spades and with style.  To kick off CRS she held a showcase with Sound Check introducing us to the her latest project: New from Nashville Tour.   A beautifully weighty line up of new female artists for whom she is the proud mentor.


Jamie was one of the lucky ones and now she is creating opportunity for others. Her talent and willingness to learn, along with gracious perseverance brought her performance to heights many dream of; helping other women to reach for those dreams is her latest endeavor.


What is the New From Nashville Tour?  It is all women of music.  It is in short and long what the organization WMMW stands for; a natural and serendipitous fit for the Women in Music Wednesday Spotlight. Basing the approach on her expertise, experience and some sound advise, Ms. O’Neal is the champion of budding female country artists.  It is an educational and career boosting version of an un-televised and un-sensationalized live-stage version of The Voice. With all the coaching and promoting - without the voting and gloating - it is truly inspiring.  Guiding new artists to reach for humble-filled heights is the basis of this project.  Find the talent, teach the talent, share the talent.  What a gift.

The Showcase at Sound ✓’s studio D featured four new female artists whom she has been coaching and collaborating with for the past couple of years. Each of these young women posses the talent, ability and presence to make a mark on the Nashville and global scene.  This was immediately evident in the individual performances and the collaborative finale.
The event kicked off with a video intro and in true O’Neal style a live performance.
The video shared the ideals behind the project, in which Jamie expressed her gratitude for the opportunities she had when first arriving in Nashville; chances to talk to and take stage with “a lot of empowering female artists” helping her “to feel comfortable in the world of Nashville.”  Performance opportunities with the likes of icons including Reba McEntire and Martina McBride. 

Throughout the showcase video clips reminded the audience of the focus; a concept in hopes each of the girls will feel supported and confident while becoming expertly crafted professionals.  In turn, Jamie’s goal is to spread the career wealth by not only introducing the world this talent but additionally to  - "Help them command the stage and feel comfortable in front of the audience. “  She adds: “It is the best feeling world!”

The opening song brought us all back, as she took the stage boldly bearing chunky black glasses, decked out in velvet and leather; Jamie demonstrated all she teaches.  ”There is No Arizona" may be a classic, but Jamie still has it, the performance is ever timeless.  Spot on.  Her voice is full of elegant power and soulful softness.
As she introduced the artists, Jamie referred to herself as the ”Mother Hen…nervous and excited for them.”  The pride was both evident and warranted.



First up, the fourteen year old, Meghan Woods (http://meghanwoodsmusic.com/index.html.)  That’s right 14.  This tiny blonde opened muscling through a mic dysfunction with more adept performance than recent veterans of noted awards shows.  Though we could not hear her at first, the audience was mesmerized by her rock star stage presence. She never skipped a beat.  She commanded the stage so that when - in procuring O’Neal’s mic in an expert wing pass-off - the sound came up, we never felt like we missed a word.  This project is obviously working for her.

And then Her song: Let it Rain, poured over us.  Meghan’s strength is apparent in softer surprisingly gritty vocals which are youthfully beautiful.   “Let it rain ’til the sun comes out…
Wood’s introduction to her second song: (Perfectly Imperfect) spoke to the plight of women of all ages; words beyond her own experience of years.  ”So many people define themselves by the one mistake they make in life and that is not what defines you...I Promise you...it's how you get past that mistake that defines who you are.”
The lyrics create a positive spin on the challenges of the human plight: ”You're everything god made you to be. Perfectly imperfect, like me.””
Number two in the line-up Brittany Ray (http://brittanyraymusic.com) was the strongest and most compelling performer of the night.  She is a self-professed product of living room family singing.

“I grew up on natural, female, country powerhouse vocalists...karaoke in the living room...always knew I wanted to be a singer."
She starts her set at the keyboards with a song that speaks to the repetition of relationship history.  “I Should Quit you” the words are full of double entendre in her
sultry and soft delivery.  A bit Martina McBride, a little Tara Nevins but all her.  Through her lyrics the listener is pulled into the timeless story of love - even when we know it is not right we repeat…

She cranks it up with the stellar Read My Hips.  This single has it all.  A Gretchen Wilson, tongue in cheek approach to brilliance, delivered with class and humor.  Brittany moved out from behind keyboard seamlessly to rock the stage.  This song took the night to a new height.  “Read my hips as I'm walkin' away, Hope I look good leavin’ ‘cause I ain’t gonna stay.”  Ms. Ray - It goes like this - don't walk off the stage, keep singing.

Next up, Kaylee Rutland, had a hard act to follow.  Jamie described her as “Positively hard to rattle.”
Her intro was simply based on the experience: “I learned about song writing [in Nashville] and about voice and the dream to be that person.”  She adds she cannot believe Jamie O’Neal is her mentor - “Me? That’s someone else’s mentor.”
Her opener: “Pick Me Up.” is a crowd sing-a-long song.  A bit girl-meets-bro-Country
It speaks to her own positivity and is delivered with crowd inclusion enthusiasm.  She like Meghan was a bit hard to hear.  Vocals a little muddy, due to the sound.  Unfortunate for the showcase.

Her second single tells the story of a relationship transformation; from friends to couple.  The lyrics: "Can't think can't sleep I’m layin' here wishin' I was back there in your arms...I Could Use A Little More of That” speak to audiences of all ages.  That hook and the intro of the song is catchy but as it picked up, again the vocals were lost.  Future development of her stage personality and strengthening of her voice will ensure this performer’s place in Country music; in the moment she would have benefited from better balance between band and vocal sound.

The one issue with this showcase - a showcase with the sole purpose of highlighting female vocalists - was with sound.  Sound can be tricky in these types of spaces, which are great for rehearsal, less for performance.  It is up to the sound technician to ensure that - what should be heard - is.  All too often the balance is placed on the band and not the vocalist.  This was the case last night.  Love that jam sound, guitar heavy, when it is appropriate - but highlight what you are hired for - the girl’s vocals cannot be muddy or secondary when they are the purpose.  Two of the artists were able to power above these issues; two were not - their voices became strained and flat at times - through no fault of their own.

The final artist Rachele Lynae brings pint-sized Alaskan power to the event. She joked as positioning a mic stand twice her height: ”Well this mics a little taller than me.”  A clear and present presence on stage.  Produced and expertly represented by Jamie O’Neal, Rachele is what this night is all about.


Mid performance, she shared: “[It was] so exciting to move to Nashville - but then you get here and there's crazy amounts of talent…”   Talent she represents.  Her credo: ”We have so much to learn as artists or as women!"
Starting off with live video theatrics, sitting on couch with the guitar player, matching lyrics pulled the crowd in as she commanded that couch and the performance.  A Pat Benatar meets Belinda Carlisle, delivering a driving beat of soulful Country-Rock, belting out about “Breakin’ the chains.”

She describes music as "a lot cheaper than therapy.”  Leading into the song about “the love of her life” and drummer of the night, her husband, Tim, she tells a story; she tried to thwart off his advances, but he persisted  until she found herself running out of “Reasons To Run.”

An additional highlight of the night was the stellar Ellen Angelico, (mandolin, keyboards, back-up vocals); would love to see her in the spotlight on the next showcase.  She had the back of every performer on stage.  Though she claims to be a “utility player”  she should be a front liner.


In closing, Jamie O’Neal eloquently delivered the advice she professes to live by: ”Stay calm and always stay centered.  Stay humble and kind.”  The lead in for the first number of the finale, a beautiful rendition of the song entitled by that sentiment.  Each performer taking a brief solo spotlight as well as expertly supportive harmonic collaboration, demonstrated their incredible talents in this moment, all equal in their own right.

The top off, as Jamie called out: "Let's leave ‘em with a party song!” The women picked it up one more time and left the audience wanting more and knowing there will be.

In the words of her signature song Jamie may have been promised a better life out in Arizona.  Though there may not be an Arizona, there is a new and better scene in Nashville for this talent. That is what she is giving these artists. Let it rain til the sun comes out, because apparently there is an Arizona in Nashville Tennessee.

WMMW Mission Statement: Women of Music, Music of Women (WMMW) is a Nashville based International Promotional & Networking Alliance for female Music Industry Independent Artists and Professionals. WMMW offers educational seminars/retreats/conferences, showcasing, guest and 
industry speakers, promotional opportunities and more. WMMW embraces and welcomes all genres of music, seeking diversity in participation. The objective is to provide a networking environment of inclusion, education and cooperation between our members for the benefit of the group and all individuals involved. Form and cultivate long term relationships between industry professionals by facilitating communication among members and with other organizations.  WMMW seeks to encourage member participation and to promote continuing education in the arts. In an effort to empower female artists, we provide the opportunity to network  with other music professionals around the globe through all mediums.