Jim Brickman’s SOOTHE, VOLUME 2: SLEEP – MUSIC FOR TRANQUIL SLUMBER debuts at #1 on Billboard

VOLUME 2 of Jim Brickman’s SOOTHE series, subtitled SLEEP – MUSIC FOR TRANQUIL SLUMBER, debuts at #1 on Billboard’s New Age Album Chart – his 21st #1 album on the chart!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, NY | September 19, 2016

Pianist and songwriter Jim Brickman adds to his remarkable resume with a 21st #1 on Billboard’s New Age Album Chart.  “Soothe, Volume 2: Sleep – Music for Tranquil Slumber” (released September 2, 2016 on Valley Entertainment) is the second in Brickman’s series aimed at confronting the stressful world and embracing a soothe lifestyle.

Jim detailed his new album:

“I’m often told, ‘Your music puts me to sleep.’  At first I was taken aback. My music is intended to set the mood for romance and relaxation. But then I embraced the notion that perhaps my songs are so tranquil they have that slumbering effect on listeners.

Sleep is essential for good health yet it’s often so elusive.  As a self-professed workaholic, my mind is racing, making plans and focusing on problems when it should be resting. I know many of you have the same obstacle.  So, I wanted to learn more about falling asleep, staying asleep and how my music can help.

For starters, I found out that piano music has the most relaxing sound especially when written at 90 beats per minute and a 4/4 rhythm. The melodies on Soothe for Sleep bring you songs that will truly lull you into a restful state.  As you listen, your breathing will slow down and your body will relax. My hope is that this music becomes part of your new calming bedtime ritual.

Whether you want to doze off, relax in a bubble bath or just release some tension, I hope you find your soothe, embrace it and pass it on.”

SOOTHE, VOLUME 2: SLEEP – MUSIC FOR TRANQUIL SLUMBER is available from retailers, gift shops, and online music outlets in all physical and digital formats.  Soothe yourself at:
Valley Entertainment’s Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/Soothe2Sleep
Amazon: http://bit.ly/SootheTwoSleep
iTunes: http://bit.ly/Soothe2
Spotify: http://bit.ly/JBSoothe2

For further information, please contact:
Eric Mace, Valley Entertainment, eric(at)valley-entertainment.com
Brynne Deppas, The Brickhouse Network, brynne(at)jimbrickman.com

ABOUT:

JIM BRICKMAN
www.jimbrickman.com
Jim Brickman is the most-charted Adult Contemporary artist and best-selling solo pianist in music.  Since signing with Windham Hill Records in 1994, he has sold more than eight million records, charted thirty AC singles, twenty-one #1 albums on the Billboard New Age chart, received two Grammy Award Nominations and four Gold Albums.  Jim was twice named the SESAC “Songwriter of the Year” and has received The Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association and a Canadian Country Music Award.  He hosts “The Jim Brickman Radio Show” – now in its 20th year and heard in over 80 cities across North America.  The show features well-known experts focusing on entertainment, lifestyle, pop culture, health and wellness.  Jim’s holiday tour will celebrate its 20th year with “Comfort & Joy,” stopping in 30 American cities beginning November 25, 2016.

TOUR DATES
Friday, November 25th – Peekskill, NY at the Paramount Theatre
Saturday, November 26th – Sellersville, PA at the Sellersville Theater 1984
Sunday, November 27th – Lexington, MA at Cary Hall
Tuesday, November 29th – Sarasota, FL at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Wednesday, November 30th – Ft. Worth, TX at Bass Performance Hall
Thursday, December 1st – Pittsburgh, PA at the Byham Theater
Friday, December 2nd – Batavia, IL at the Batavia Find Arts Centre
Saturday, December 3rd – River Forest, IL at the Dominican University Performing Arts Center
Sunday, December 4th – Springfield, MO at the Gillioz Theatre
Tuesday, December 6th – Sacramento, CA at The Crest
Wednesday, December 7th – Richfield, UT at Eccles Theater in the Sevier Valley Center
Thursday, December 8th – Denver, CO at the Paramount Theatre
Friday, December 9th – Kansas City, MO at Helzburg Hall in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, December 10th – College Park, MD at the Dekelboum Concert Hall in The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Sunday, December 11th – Wilmington, DE at The Playhouse on Rodney Square
Monday, December 12th – Manchester, NH at the Palace Theatre
Wednesday, December 14th – Charlotte, NC at the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
Thursday, December 15th – Oxford, AL at the Oxford Performing Arts Center
Friday, December 16th – Little Rock, AR at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center
Saturday, December 17th – Wichita, KS at the Orpheum Theatre
Sunday, December 18th – Lincoln, NE at the Rococo Theatre
Tuesday, December 20th – Louisville, KY at The Brown Theatre in the Kentucky Center
Wednesday, December 21st – Columbus, OH at the Southern Theatre
Thursday, December 22nd – Cleveland, OH at Severance Hall
Friday, December 23rd – Sandusky, OH at the Sandusky State Theatre
Wednesday, December 28th – Madison, WI at the Capitol Theater at the Overture Center for the Arts
Thursday, December 29th – Burnsville, MN at the Ames Center
Friday, December 30th – San Diego, CA at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, December 31st – Phoenix, AZ at the MIM Music Theater

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PETER KATER AND TINA GUO ANNOUNCE “INNER PASSION”

PETER KATER AND TINA GUO ANNOUNCE “INNER PASSION”
First-time improvisational collaboration to be released by Hearts of Space Records

Eleven-time Grammy Award nominated pianist Peter Kater and cellist Tina Guo meet with no rehearsal, no score – just music and emotion. Their entirely improvised first-time playing together was recorded and filmed live. “Inner Passion” will be released on February 26, 2016 by contemplative music pioneer Hearts of Space Records. The videos will be released on the artists’ and record label’s YouTube page.

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In addition to being a multi-platinum selling recording artist, Peter Kater has scored the music for over 100 TV and Film productions including 11 On & Off-Broadway dramatic plays.   A humanitarian, environmentalist and leading innovator of contemporary instrumental music, Peter has toured the world and is a proud recipient of the Environment Leadership Award from the United Nations. He was the recipient of the 2015 ZoneMusicReporter Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tina Guo is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso cellist, recording artist and composer known for her distinct sound and mastery in a wide range of genres in film, television and game scores.  She has been a featured soloist in many of the world’s great symphonies; as well as Cirque Du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson -The Immortal” World Tour; and dozens of block-buster Hollywood films including “Kung Fu Panda 3”, “Batman v Superman”, “Sherlock Holmes”, “Iron Man 2”, and “Clash of the Titans”.   Tina is touring Europe this summer with legendary Hollywood film composer, Hans Zimmer.

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The first 100 pre-orders of “Inner Passion” on CD from Hearts of Space Records’ Bandcamp page at http://bit.ly/InnerPassionCD will receive autographed copies by both artists.

The duo has also announced a series of tour dates for February and March 2016.

February 25 – Broomfield Auditorium – Broomfield, CO – http://tinyurl.com/P-T-Broomfield
February 26 – Private Event – Denver, CO
February 27 – TBA – Ft. Collins, CO
February 28 – Nissi’s Entertainment Venue – Lafayette, CO – http://tinyurl.com/P-T-Nissis
March 4 – The Grammy Museum, Clive Davis Theater – Los Angeles, CA
March 5 – Seaside Center for Spiritual Living – Encinitas, CA
March 6 – Unity of Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara, CA

Album Pre-Order
Hearts of Space Records (CD): http://bit.ly/InnerPassionCD
iTunes: http://bit.ly/PeterTinaInnerPassion
Amazon: http://bit.ly/Inner-Passion

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Mighty Sam McClain (1943-2015)

Mighty-SamMighty Sam McClain (1943-2015)

Our hearts go out to Sam McClain’s family and friends. The world has lost a man that used his mighty voice to touch the hearts of fans around the world for nearly 60 years.

His family asks that condolence cards be sent to PO Box 322, Newmarket, NH 03857.

Today, we remember this wonderful man and all of the incredible music he gave us: http://tinyurl.com/MightySam-YouTube.

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Mighty Sam McClain was born on April 15, 1943 in the Ouachita Parish seat of Monroe, Louisiana. He began his lifelong love affair with music at the age of five, singing in his mother’s Gospel Church.  At thirteen, seeking to escape an abusive stepfather, Sam left home and began his life on the road. Following local guitarist “Little Melvin” Underwood through the Chitlin Circuit, the name given to the Southern venues friendly to black performers during segregation, he started as a valet but worked his way up to his rightful home as a lead vocalist.

By 1963 Sam had become a regular at Abe’s 506 Club in Pensacola, Florida. It was there he met DJ Papa Don Schroeder who would produce Mighty Sam’s first hit in 1966 with Amy Records – “Sweet Dreams (of You)”.

Later recordings at the famed Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama, would produce popular singles including “Fannie Mae” and “In the Same Old Way”. Sam would go on to perform at the Apollo Theater, but his success proved to be short-lived.

The 1970s were some troubled times for Sam as he moved from Nashville to New Orleans. He battled alcoholism and found himself homeless. He lived on park benches, worked menial jobs, and even sold his plasma to get by. Though this rough patch lasted the better part of fifteen years, Sam never did stop singing.

Opportunity knocked when his friends in The Neville Brothers offered him the chance to go on tour.  In 1986 with a renewed career, Sam recorded an EP, “Your Perfect Companion”, for Orleans Records and was invited to perform and record a live album in Japan.  The new attention attracted Hammond Scott, who brought the now northeast-based McClain to Black Top Records for “Hubert Sumlin’s Blues Party”.  The record, which featured him on four songs with Howlin’ Wolf’s guitar player, was produced by guitarist and future AudioQuest Music label-mate Ronnie Earl.

McClain moved to Boston in 1992 and began playing with Uptown Revival.  The band included a core that he would later go on to record with – Bruce Katz (keyboards), Kevin Berry (guitar) and Lorne Entress (drums).  Entress helped Sam to send a demo to Joe Harley, founder of AudioQuest Music.  Mighty Sam inked a deal that would result in a series of his most popular albums including “Give It Up To Love” and “Sledgehammer Soul & Down Home Blues”.  The latter would be nominated for a W.C. Handy Award.  “New Man in Town”, from his 1998 release “Journey” would go on to be prominently featured on Fox TV’s Ally McBeal.  Sam would next release albums on both CrossCut Records (“Joy and Pain: Live in Europe”) and Telarc (“Blues for the Soul” and “Sweet Dreams” – both Handy nominated).  Sam released three new recordings throughout the 2000s under Mighty Music, a label of his own.  Drawing great praise was 2003’s “One More Bridge to Cross” where McClain leaned more heavily on the soul side of his musical tastes.

Sam recorded a duet with an unexpected partner for 2007’s “Give US Your Poor”.  The record, a benefit for a cause very close to McClain – the homeless, included “Show Me the Way” with New Jersey rock star Jon Bon Jovi.  This would only be the start to Sam’s cross-genre exchange.

Following the sale of AudioQuest Music, and subsequent renaming to Sledgehammer Blues – a name in honor of one of Sam’s songs, to New York’s Valley Entertainment, Sam was asked to record an album of duets with Iranian folk singer Mahsa Vahdat.  As a co-release in 2010 with the prestigious Norwegian label Kirkelig Kulturverksted, “Scent of Reunion: Love Duets Across Civilizations” brought together the international community through themes of love and freedom.

The success of the collaboration sparked a vintage feeling soul-blues record with Norwegian blues guitarist Knut Reiersrud (“One Drop Is Plenty”) and a reprise with Vahdat (“A Deeper Tone of Longing: Love Duets Across Civilizations”).

Nicknamed “The Soul of America” to his fans in Europe, McClain was nominated for 23 W.C. Handy Awards/Blues Music Awards throughout his incredible career.

After facing health issues throughout the spring of 2015, his family confirmed his passing on June 16, 2015 via his official Facebook page.

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New Video | Lisbeth Scott – Just Like Rain (from the Jennifer Lopez film ‘The Boy Next Door’)

“Just Like Rain” is available at
Amazon : http://tinyurl.com/JustLikeRain-Amazon
iTunes : http://tinyurl.com/LisbethScott-Bird-iTunes

Lisbeth Scott – “Just Like Rain”
from upcoming album “Bird” (Valley Entertainment)

“The Boy Next Door”, a Blumhouse Productions / Universal Pictures film starring Jennifer Lopez, is in theaters January 23!
http://www.theboynextdoorfilm.com

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New Secret Garden Album “Just The Two Of Us”

Secret Garden - Just The Two Of Us

Secret Garden – Just The Two Of Us

We are incredibly proud to announce that our Hearts of Space Records is releasing the new Secret Garden album “Just The Two Of Us”!

Want to get the CD a month early? Orders placed at http://www.valley-entertainment.com/just-the-two-of-us.html will ship immediately.

For years Secret Garden has talked about doing an album of duets. As Rolf explained, “Our music always starts with just the two of us – Rolf & Fionnuala; even when we’re performing with a full production on stage. So it feels natural and good to perform some of our music in the most intimate and stripped-down version – that musical place where Secret Garden was born.” This is the theme of the new album.

“Just The Two Of Us” features some of Secret Garden’s most popular songs re-envisioned as duo arrangements – including their hit “Song From A Secret Garden”. Two new pieces were written in the process and are included on the album – the title-track “Just the Two of Us” and “En Passant”.

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New YouTube Video | Divna – “Blessed is the Man (Blazhen Muzh)” from “In Search of Divine Light”

In Search of Divine Light, the new album from Serbian cantor Divna, features a collection of sacred chants from the Byzantine, Russian, Serbian and Bulgarian traditions including work from composers like Nikolay Kedrov, Pavel Chesnokov and Alexander Kastalsky.

Divna Ljubojević began her musical career as a student at the Mokranjac Choral Society.  She joined joined Serbia’s oldest choir, the First Belgrade Singing Society, where she became the youngest conductor in the group’s history – which dates back to 1853.  In 1991 Divna founded the spiritual choir and studio Melodi.  She has since performed over 600 concerts in Europe, Asia and North Africa – leaving both audiences and critics breathless.  She has released 18 albums on the Milan Records and Jade Music labels – distributed worldwide by Warner Music.  The celebrated cantor is considered one of the leading interpreters and performers of the liturgical traditions and Byzantine chant.

Available at
Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/Divna-Amazon
Valley Entertainment : http://www.valley-entertainment.com/divna
iTunes : http://tinyurl.com/Divna-iTunes

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