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Nov. ’09, #119

Editor’s Notes
Whoops! I got a little carried away this month. What can I say, there were just too many incredible stories to pass up. Consequently, the issue has a few more pages than usual. The important thing is, if you don’t have the time to read the issue straight through in one sitting, do it in several smaller sessions. I’m working hard to make each article a world unto itself. Visit often, each time picking a new destination. Maybe today you can stop by Sarah Tolar’s world, read the review, click on her links and fully enjoy what she has to offer. Then tomorrow check out another artist and discover a whole new world with different colors, different focus, different music, different links, and different surprises. (For instance, Mishon offered up a personal audio message to his fans and you can only find the link by reading his article.) And hey, if you’re liking what you read and are a writer yourself and want to submit a piece or an idea, please do! I could definitely use a little help. Especially if you have a “how-to” piece about some aspect of songwriting or the music business. Also, we are open to unsolicited press kits. If you are a songwriter, artist, producer, publicist, friend of the band, member of a street team, etc. feel free to add Songwriter’s Monthly to your press list. Thanks for reading! Allen a1foster@aol.com DON’T MISS A SINGLE ISSUE! SUBSCRIBE! It’s easy and free! Just click http://www.scribd.com/SongwritersMonthly and then click the little blue bar that says “Subscribe to SongwritersMo...” While you’re at it, tell your friends and fans to subscribe as well.

Sarah Tolar Big Blue Moon

Sarah Tolar has been blessed with a voice that is at once as compelling as a whisper, as sweet as a friendly greeting, and as provocative as a sultry purr. On BIG BLUE MOON she offers the listener every delectable nuance of her gift. Her debut album is filled with remarkably tight smooth jazz tracks. Songs such as “Early Morning Stillness” are as comforting as a tender kiss from a lover, while “Come Along For The Ride” beckons you closer with a coy grin and a hint of thrills. However, it is tracks like “Coffee Man” which provide the magic. The charged gentle

rhythm, involving lyrics, haunting melody and breathtaking performance m a ke t h i s a d e f i n i t e highlight of the album. Think Rickie Lee Jones meets Olivia NewtonJohn. Sweetly hip. B IG B LUE M OON is an impressive debut. It would go perfect with a fireplace, a glass of wine and someone special by your side. http://sarahtolar.com
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“This was the first time I just wrote to write.”

Andy Chase

For those of you who read Songwriter’s Monthly back in the day, the name Andy Chase is already familiar to you. This pensive, experimental artist graced our pages numerous times. Andy displays a true care and respect for the entire music-making process. He is a producer, a songwriter, a multiinstrumentalist, a vocalist and he owns Unfiltered Records. His songs have appeared on albums, in movies and in commercials. To the general public, he is probably best known for his work as a member of Ivy, but he’s also worked with such bands as The h t t p : / / w w w . s(click c here o to Postmarks c r i b d . o m / d c / 21725699/SM-Oct-09-118http:// see The Postmarks’ www.scribd.com/doc/21725699/SMinterview from last Oct-09-118 month), Tahiti 80 and Paco. Andy’s latest album, recorded under the name Brookville (the title reserved for his solo projects) is called B ROKEN L IGHTS . It is an incredible work filled with an amazing array of textures, contrasts, layers, pop jangles and . . . darkness.

before. In fact, the songs were so dark and personal that he didn’t think they’d ever be released on any album. “It was a very traumatic period for me. I suffered a lot and wasn’t really focused on writing songs because I had more extreme circumstances in my life,” Chase expressed. “I was just trying to keep things together.” But eventually he did start writing. “I did start writing because it made me . . . it made me feel better,” Andy recalled. “I wasn’t thinking at all that these were Brookville songs or Ivy songs, this was the first time I just wrote to write — for me that’s novel.”

“If you want to try to improve as an artist you’re going to have to start going outside your comfort zone.”

“You know, I’ve never been a happy person,” Andy began. “But it’s okay. I’ve always been sort of a dark individual. If you look back, the darker Ivy songs are the ones I wrote and the more upbeat ones are the ones Adam [Schlesinger, Fountains Of Wayne] writes and that’s what’s made Ivy interesting, that Yin and Yang between us.” For B ROKEN L IGHTS , Andy traveled through a darker period than ever

“I just go in and write a song and I wouldn’t even think about it anymore,” Andy continued. “Then I’d go back to my horrible depression and deal with what was going on in my life, my family and my self . . . yet in a couple days I’d write another song. At some point I started to come out of this dark phase and realize I actually had a collection of songs, as well.” Still, Andy struggled with the idea of releasing the songs because they weren’t just stories he’d made up for Dominique Durand to sing in Ivy. They were more singer/songwriter songs and that wasn’t what Andy consider himself: “I like the idea of being more experimental, being more associated with a band.” Eventually, Pedro Resende [Tahiti 80]

helped convinced Andy to release the songs. However, releasing them as a Brookville album was a risk because it meant something had to change and Andy continued to struggle with the decision. “If the album is remarkably different, then I’ll lose some fans,” he reasoned. Then he decided this was a record he wasn’t necessarily doing for his fans, he was doing it because he needed to do it for himself. But the question of how to best present these deeply personal songs still remained. It was Pedro who suggested moving Andy’s vocals out front, make them more the focus than they’d ever been in the past. “I was a little worried about it. You know I

started not as a singer, on my first album you can hear my voice very far in the background, it’s almost part of the music, lots of reverb and delay, things that made me feel comfortable. For the next record I stepped out a little bit further, but I think with this new album, the lyrics were so personal and direct that there was really only one way to present it.” Eventually, Andy realized, “If you’re going to push your boundaries, you’re going to have to take some chances and put your voice out there further and hope you don’t fall on your head.” Other changes in the making of the album involved the inclusion of Pedro

Rescende as a co-producer. many records of producing producing so many other albums and producing the Brookville albums, I just . . .

“After so Ivy and people’s first two you hit a

song, you should try it this way,’ I’ve never had that before, I’ve never had that kind of guidance and I’ve never been happier with an album than I have been with BROKEN LIGHTS.” “I’m almost scared to do a record by myself at this point,” Andy added. “There’s a comfort there when you h a v e somebody as a sounding b o a r d , somebody that you trust.” But Andy

“I’m almost scared to do a record by myself at this point . . .”
wall,” Chase explained. “If you want to try to improve as an artist you’re going to have to start going outside your comfort zone. Producing another Brookville record myself was not exactly the smartest way to make a better record.” “It was a risk for me because I’m not used to working with other people,” Andy continued. “But having somebody else decide what was good and what was bad and saying, ‘You know I don’t like the way you’re singing this

maintained a role in producing the album. “I can never get that geeky producer side out of me, I’m always really excited in the studio when we can find a sound that doesn’t come from some conventional means or some plugin in Pro Tools. There are so many examples on BROKEN LIGHTS where I could hear what I wanted in my head but knew it wasn’t a guitar, it wasn’t a bass and it wasn’t a keyboard, so I’d just go and we’d find a really weird sounding microphone and I would make the melody with my voice and we’d run the vocal through a lot of weird stuff and it ended up sounding like a keyboard. We’d create the sound ourselves rather than finding a stock preset from a keyboard patch. Those are the things that are really exciting.” On “Breakdown,” for instance, there is an amazing effect on Andy’s voice, it’s hard to pin down exactly what’s going on to make it sound so u n i q u e . “ M y vo c a l i s going through a Leslie speaker,” he revealed. “Leslie is a speaker that can spin around and is usually associated with the Hammond organ sound. The vocal was already sung and Pedro sent it out through a Leslie speaker and when it came back, I was like, ‘Wow!’ It gave the vocals a personality that really defined the song.” One important aspect still present in this collection of Andy’s songs is the

“It doesn’t matter if you know the answer or not . . .”

layers and the contrast, or, better stated, the contrasting layers. “That’s what makes music interesting,” Chase noted. “Take a song that’s really upbeat and chirpy sounding, but when you focus on the lyrics you find they are absolutely, horribly depressing. For me, putting contrast in the song gives it some weight and some longevity, it makes each listening more interesting because there are more things to focus on.” For instance, on the song “Dreaming On,” the track is built over a 4 bar pattern on a vibraphone. “It was very sweet and beautiful sounding and it conjured up very happy thoughts, yet what I put on top of it . . . those bells are going through the whole song, but the guitar and the synth pads on top of it are absolutely

in direct contrast to it, in direct conflict with it both sonically and emotionally. I think it makes the song more complex. And lyrically, it’s a song that was written about what dying would be like.” Dying?! “A b s o l u t e l y. Something I’m very obsessed with, unfortunately, is a sense of mortality and dying and the battle in the brain to come to terms with that.” Andy r e v e a l e d . “Sometimes there’s a psychosis that can set in when you realize what your death actually means . . . and that’s in a lot of the songs.” The curious thing is these same dark songs are often perceived as songs about love. The closing track on the album is entitled “Reunite” and it was “an actual conversation I had with Dominique from Ivy. She believes in the afterlife and I absolutely believe . . . not. When you are an atheist, it doesn’t give you much hope, you have an inherent pessimism about life in general because you feel once it’s done, it’s done for eternity, you’re not coming back. So that song was my attempt to discuss those conversations I’d had with Dominique: here’s your

point of view and here’s my point of view and if you’re right maybe I’ll see you someday again, but if not . . .” Andy trailed off, falling quiet for a moment. “But I like that a m b i g u i t y,” h e r e t u r n e d , responding once more to the fact that his songs are s o m e t i m e s misinterpreted. “I like that about other people’s records, when you think you know what the song is about and you listen to it again and all of a sudden another layer is revealed, then you dig in a little deeper to the lyrics and you start wondering maybe t h a t ’s n o t w h a t he’s talking about at all. It doesn’t matter if you know the answer or not, the more open to interpretation it is, the more complex and rich and enriching it is as a listening experience, that’s what makes it a record you can go back to more and more. That’s the kind of record I wanted to make.” For more information on B ROKEN LIGHTS and Andy’s other projects, visit: http://www.unfilteredrecords.com
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Ocean and Cliff Imagery in Andy’s Music
I spent time in Normandy in France — which is a place that I love. They have huge cliffs there and I wrote “Undertow” when I was standing on top of the cliff looking down at the water. For the last song on BROKEN LIGHTS, “Reunite,” I was standing below the cliffs at the water’s edge. It’s such a cool place. When you go in some of the restaurants they have pictures of what the place looked like back in the early 1900s and even earlier. I just started realizing how many people have come here and lived and died. Then I started thinking about how many people had been standing in the spot I was standing on, standing on those rocks and looking at the beautiful view. Someday . . . someday, I’ll be long gone and somebody else will be standing there. But the imagery, it’s not something that means anything to me other than the fact that it’s was where I was when the song was inspired.

The Story Behind:

The Story Behind:
I wrote a song called Beautiful [Ivy- REALISTIC]. It was basically about a girl who was abused. Nobody knew that. The song was u s e d i n a Vo l k s wa g e n commercial. I just love that most people don’t pay attention to the lyrics. If you’re careful about not being too heavy handed and obvious about what you’re writing about, then you know what your intention was but it’s open to debate to other people. Some people figured it out, but a lot didn’t and certainly the advertising agency had no idea.

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Davey O.
After over a decade of writing, touring and performing, it’s no surprise that Davey O’s latest release, THE LONG WAY HOME, is a powerful collection of songs that stand shoulder to shoulder with the best of such writers as John Hiatt, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. Davey is a true American singer/ songwriter, his lyrics tell poignant tales of reflection and wonder. There is a fierce yet tender yearning driving his music. His many years of being an artist have refined his style to an exquisite rawness. Davey’s songs are something tangible, something real that you can hold in your hands and draw close to your heart. He wrings meaning from the quiet moments and turns it into lasting memories, sometimes changing the way you might look at life. “The Ballad of Hurricane Elijah” is as quietly stirring as experiencing an appalachian sunset in autumn. To learn more about Davey O and his music, explore the links below:
Opening for Poco

Davey O. Links:
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“Pretty Picture”
Katia is a refreshing artist with a crisp edge to her voice and an elegantly inventive style of writing. Her music has a snap that captures your attention at the very first word and holds it firmly as she guides you through bright, inviting soundscapes filled with an impressive variety of delightful rhythmic and melodic surprises. Katia is a classically trained pianist who, at ten years old, was and remains one of the youngest vocal soloists to perform with the Russian Philharmonic. Shortly after her highly

publicized performance, Katia made her way to America. Once in the United States, Katia continued to study music on her own, absorbing influences from a wide scope of artists ranging from “Madonna to Norah Jones.” Produced by David Kahne [Paul McCartney, Sean Lennon, Sugar Ray, The Strokes, The Bangles], Katia’s debut single entitled “Girl Like Me” is an engaging track with roots in pop, a solid melody, and just a hint of the classic Motown sound. Lyrically, the artist noted the song is about the "day-to-day stuff that girls go through."

The dynamic vocalist attracted the attention of other noteworthy collaborators for her debut EP [also titled GIRL LIKE ME]. Steve Greenwell [Joss Stone, Diane Birch, Taylor Dayne] and Vic Flowers [Alicia Keys,

judging,” Katia continued. “We are all here for the same reason: to love. We all feel the same happiness and pain, so let's cherish one another, heal the world and make it a better place!” For more information on this vibrant and compassionate artist, click below:
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“We all feel the same happiness and pain, so let's cherish one another, heal the world and make it a better place!”
Jay-Z] assisted on the production side while Tony Maserati [Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Jason Mraz] did the mixing. Her latest single “Pretty Picture” [produced by Steve Greenwell] was written around the time Michael Jackson passed away. Katia informed, “I wrote it at Baldwin pianos [who sponsor her] which used to be The Hit Factory (where Michael used to record). I was with my friend, Jack Knight — who is an amazing songwriter — and I had this chord progression on the piano, which I really loved, and we just went for it. Michael's spirit was definitely in the room!” “‘Pretty Picture’ is a song about loving one another no matter what, being compassionate towards one another, and not

“I like to start really, really hard, just explode . . .”

Serena Ryder has just completed an 8 week tour supporting her debut Atlantic Records’ release entitled IS IT O.K. She is about to catch a quick breath after a whirlwind year of a whole new group of fans discovering who she is. She was recently a featured artist on iTunes and is a Top 10 artist at Triple A radio. Songwriter’s Monthly caught up with the fun-loving, spirited artist at loadout. “Hello. I’m good, how are you?” Serena responded with an impressive display of both energy and charm. “Last day of 8 weeks on tour. Whoo!” Her cheer was echoed by band members as they checked out of their hotel. Ryder returned her attention back to the conversation, laughing s w e e t l y, “ We ’ r e s o excited to go home. At this point, we’re walking zombies. As touring musicians on the road, by this point, no one understands what we’re talking about because everything is just lingo and things that we’re referencing.” She laughed again. It is this infectious charisma which fuels her music. Driving tracks such as “A Little Bit Of Red” and “What I

Wanna Know” are as addictive as her laughter. “I started playing live shows when I was 8 or 9 years old,” Serena informed. “I was always doing cover songs, songs that I’d heard on AM radio and things like that. So, when I thought of music, I thought of other people’s songs. I also wrote my own poetry, but not very often, — by the

“Whatever I was feeling, I allowed myself to w r i t e down.”

time I was 11, I had probably only written maybe 4 or 5.” Then Ryder received a guitar as a gift from her father and she found she could unite the two previously

Serena’s Favorite Song To Perform Live
“Sweeping The Ashes,” for sure! The more you hear a song, the more different kinds of meanings it has and the more depth it has. “Sweeping The Ashes” is one of those songs I feel like I wrote very much to teach myself about patience in life and the more that I perform it, the more it seems to kind of turn into a mantra for me. I just really feel satisfied and filled up performing that song, it’s kind of medicine for me on stage.

unconnected passions in her life (singing and writing) to become a songwriter.

“However honest I could be with myself, I was.”
Revealing the inspiration for her current album, Serena stated, “A lot of [the album] was going through and just embracing the dichotomy of being human, whatever I was feeling, I allowed myself to write down. It was based on a relationship with self and what I believed to be true in my life. However honest I could be with myself, I was.” During the interview, Serena realized that there were patterns to her writing process that she hadn’t paid much attention to in the past. One of her approaches was to begin a new song by writing the first line of the chorus first . . . only to later realize it was actually the first line of the song, not the chorus. Consequently, the opening to every song on the album is immediately engaging. Whether it’s an observation, a statement or even a question, Ryder has a stunning intuition/gift for captivating her listener with her first few words. Her gravelly, Etheridge/Joplin voice is equally beguiling. Performing Songwriter described her singing as a sound “that grabs you by the lapels and refuses to let your attention wander.”

When asked about where the raw, infectious energy of IS IT O.K. came from, Serena thought it was because she treated the album as a live show. The band tracks were recorded in only 6 days with many of the musicians writing/adding parts on the fly while they were truly inspired by the music and the moment. Furthermore, Ryder sequenced the album like a concert. “I love performing live, I’m more of a touring musician than anything, so I like to sequence my records like a live show. I like to start really, really hard, just explode, and then take it back a little bit to show the really important nuances and gentleness throughout the set, then give it another bang at the end.” Serena Ryder’s debut release for Atlantic Records is entitled, IS IT O.K. For more information, visit: http://www.serenaryder.com
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Mark Wayne Glasmire
Life Is Good, It Really Is
From a Pennsylvania steel town to Nashville to Dallas, Mark Wayne Glasmire has gradually traveled across the country to become an insightful, seasoned, award-winning singer/ songwriter. His new album, LIFE GOES O N , already has people talking Grammy. Recently Glasmire received three “first-round ballot” nominations: Best New Artist, Best Americana Album and Song Of The Year for “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”. “I’m a glass is half full kind of a guy,” he remarked warmly, “and this is what I believe to be true: No matter how bad it is for you, something going wrong at work or something in your

The Story Behind “Life Goes On”
“We got a call . . . this guy had taken his own life. People did see it coming and tried to intercede and help this person, tried everything within their power but in the end, we all felt guilty. And still do. There should have been something else I could have done. But in the end . . . life goes on. As cold as that sounds, life will go on. It may not be the same, but it will go on . . . with you or without you.”

His “first-round” nominated “Everything Is Gonna Be Alright” is not only a testament to this, but also a timely sentiment offering hope in these troubled times. “I actually wrote this song in the early 90’s and it is a true story,” Mark noted. “A very good friend of mine, one of my best friends, went through a really tough time and he literally lost everything.” After a brief pause, he continued, “But what he did not lose . . . he did not lose his faith, he did not lose his optimism or his belief. I never witnessed him complaining or saying, ‘Why is this happening to me?’ Instead, he would say, ‘I would like it to be different, but this is what it is and it’s going to be better.’ He never stopped believing.”

home or something that affects you personally, I do believe that you have to be grateful for what you have and just believe that the sun will come up tomorrow.” It is this positive attitude that he employed to forge the wonderfully inspiring LIFE GOES ON. The album is a powerful collection of songs that draws directly from Mark’s life experiences. Ye s , t h e r e a r e t h e disappointments, the heartache and the loss, but it is ultimately the faith and the triumphs that define his music.

like CSN, Jackson Browne, The Eagles, and Simon and Garfunkel. “I like the stories, I like the melodies, I like the simplicity of those songs. I just love that music!” Another aspect that make Glasmire’s music so special is the fact that he considers himself a singer first. I n i t i a l l y, t h a t m i g h t n o t s e e m important, and it might even sound contradictory for someone who is receiving accolades for his songwriting, but it really does add the magical ingredient that makes his melodies so memorable and touching. “A singer really likes range,” he stated. “They like to show off their voice, so I tend to write that way because that’s the way I like to sing.” As if his entire album wasn’t inspiration enough, Mark wanted to close with the following advice: “I’m a firm believer that you have to keep trying. It goes back to the theme of the record, “life goes on,” you have to continue to try and hone your craft and make it better. My music means something to me and I hope that I can reach other people and that it will mean something to them, as well. The primary goal for me is to spread a good message, to say life is good, it really is.” Click on the links below for more information on Mark Wayne Glasmire:
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And things did get better. Mark’s best friend found a job, got back on his feet and life has “turned out really great for him.” Glasmire has the same belief in his music: hold steady, remain strong and persistent, and things will turn out okay. When you listen to LIFE GOES ON you’re not going to hear the latest Nashville sound with the top session players, you’re going to find something truly special. Mark has been compared to such greats as John Denver, Harry Chapin, James Taylor and Gordon Lightfoot. “Michael Laskow [TAXI] was talking about how writers and performers, tend to write or sing in the style of the music when they fell in love with music,” Mark recalled. “I’m clearly one of those people who writes and sings in the style of the day when I fell in love with music. It is still where all of my inspiration comes from.” Growing up, Mark listened to artists

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The Lilith 2010 tour is pleased to announce a new partnership with OurStage.com, the music discovery destination dedicated to new artist and new music discovery. Lilith and OurStage will run the "Lilith Local Talent Search," an exciting contest to find the next best emerging female musicians across North America. A winner will be chosen for each North American city the tour visits, and that winner will have the opportunity to perform a set in their city on the Village Stage with other emerging artists. Ten years ago, that same stage featured artists like Christina Aguilera, Nelly Furtado and Tegan and Sara. Furthermore, the OurStage platform involves members of the local communities by allowing them to be a part of the selection process in their cities. "We are thrilled to partner with the such an important and prestigious tour as Lilith Fair and to help deserving female artists earn regional and national exposure," shares Ben Campbell, CEO of OurStage. "OurStage is in the business of delivering life-altering opportunities for worthy artists." At this time, 17 North American cities have been revealed for the 2010 Lilith tour, with more cities being announced

soon. Artists should only enter if they live in or near one of the Lilith tour stops. Further details, rules and regulations will be announced at a later date. Interested female musicians should visit: http://www.ourstage.com/go/lilith
Sarah McLachlan

Photo Credit: Jennifer Tzar

To Inspire
s w e e t l y g r o ov i n ’ “ J u s t A Kiss” (his Usher influences are much more noticeable on these tacks). Or maybe he has visited your school to speak on the importance of an education? However you know the name, Mishon is getting ready to focus on his music. Now that the fourth season of LINCOLN HEIGHTS has finished filming, he will be releasing his debut CD [THE YEARBOOK] on producer/songwriter Vincent Herbert’s new Streamline Records (a joint venture with Interscope Records) and support it with a tour. As much as he enjoys acting, Mishon noted that music has always been his first love. But what exactly is it about music that makes it so special? “It’s hard to say, I guess music has a much more . . .” he hesitated, gathering his thoughts. “You can create a lot more with music,” he decided. Mishon continued, expressing that with acting,

If the name Mishon (MY-shawn) sounds familiar, it could be for a few reasons. Maybe you’ve caught him on the ABC Family Channel drama entitled LINCOLN HEIGHTS? The talented teen plays one of the show’s lead characters, a “spunky kid brother” named Tay. Then again, maybe you’re a fan of his music? Besides his attention-worthy independent projects from a few years ago (where he sounds much like a young Michael Jackson), more recently the young artist has released the refreshing “Excuse Me Momma” and the

you can only take your audience to a certain point, but with music “the listener can create where they want to go and where they’re going. Music has a much more emotional impact and a much more conceptual and fantastical impact on people’s minds.”

“Education is definitely the key to success.”
“Rock My Chain” is the new single from Mishon’s upcoming album. Like his previous tracks it conveys a rather wholesome message: “Until you’re old enough to rock my name, I wanna let you rock my chain . . . I want you to be my girl up until then.”

As previously noted, due to his acting schedule and other aspects in his life and career, there were a few years between his early recordings and his current release. Over that time, his sound changed drastically. “I definitely would say time helped define my sound,” Mishon agreed, “I’m a little bit older now, I’m more mature, my voice is more mature and, you know, that just comes with age. I’m becoming a young man now [laughing].” Besides being an actor and a songwriter and a performer (with some incredible dance moves), Mishon is also a junior in high school and positive, inspirational force in the life of his peers. He travels to other high schools in an effort to impress upon other students the importance of education. “When I go to schools, I introduce myself and I tell them what I’ve got going on in my career and I tell them if they have dreams or they have goals in life, education is definitely the key to success. That’s what I believe as a person and as an artist. I definitely

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wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for me getting good grades and staying on top of school.” In closing, Mishon expressed, “I definitely feel like it’s important to inspire my peers and the people who look up to me, those are my fans and that’s my job as an artist: to inspire.” Besides his upcoming tour and CD, Mishon has just released a holiday single entitled “Holiday Love.” For a special message, click below:
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Mishon Links:
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Charlotte Gainsbourg
"Heaven Can Wait"
Charlotte Gainsbourg will be releasing a new album, IRM (produced by Beck), on January 26th. This is the first time Beck has been so involved in a n o t h e r a r t i s t ’s w o r k . I R M i s Gainsbourg’s first album in nearly four years, following 5:55, which was

released in 2006 to much acclaim, selling half a million copies worldwide. F e a t u r i n g collaborators such as producer Nigel Godrich, Jarvis Cocker and Air, 5:55 e s t a b l i s h e d Gainsbourg as a unique singer and recording artist. Charlotte recently won the Best Actress Prize at Cannes for Lars von Trier's A NTICHRIST . She will also be releasing a new fragrance with Balenciaga. Click below to view the video “Heaven Can Wait:”
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Concert REVIEW
Anticipation of concerts is rewarding when the show exceeds your expectations. Saturday, November 14 was an evening I left feeling lucky. John Lilley, guitarist and instrumentalist for The Hooters, performed two shows at Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville, PA. John is doing a few shows to introduce audiences to his debut CD L UCKY KINDA GUY. Backed by a four piece band on drums, bass, keyboards and a m u l t i instrumentalist, John ran through his CD with ease and patience. This concert was not for the slight of heart looking for a singersongwriter set, this show was raucous, rockin’ and uplifting. Being out front, as opposed to his guitar role in The Hooters, was very comfortable for John as he and the band performed songs about cowboys, gambling and various themes of love. The sold out audience was moved to highs and lows and really accepted the roller coaster ride of emotions, dynamics and many guitar work. John’s exact and precision driven solos made this show a highlight not to be forgotten. David Fiorenza It is nice to go to a show and hear the performer play the entire CD and not have to draw on cover songs to supplement the set list. Although the

second show John did perform “So You Wanna Be A Rock N Roll Star” with opening act Cliff Hillis. Cliff was the perfect opening act, 25 minutes of melodic pop songs reminiscent of Squeeze’s Difford & Tillbrook. Do not miss purchasing John’s CD for your collection. Also, look for more shows with John Lilley in 2010. Information on John and his CD is at www.johnlilley.com David Fiorenza is part of the duo Fiorenza-Dowlin. For more information on David, visit www.myspace.com/ fiorenzadowlin

The Answering Machine are: Martin Colclough: Vocals, guitar Pat Fogarty: Vocals, guitar


Gemma Evans: Vocals, bass Ben Perry: Drums

Answering Machine
Back in Autumn of 2006, amidst all-night parties and gigs on a Manchester campus, Martin Colclough, Pat Fogarty and Gemma Evans bunkered-up in a cold and desolate bedroom to grapple with melodic, poetic and simply joyous pop music . . . And thus, The Answering Machine was born. It’s now 2009 and “Manchester’s new favourite sons” have released their latest single: “Obviously Cold” [from ANOTHER CITY, ANOTHER SORRY]. “Obviously Cold” is a spirited blast of fun, crammed with upbeat guitar jangles, a propulsive rhythm, rousing vocal hooks, and one supremely tasty bass track.

Even though it took slightly longer than expected to finish the new album, and much has changed for the band members over the past few years, Martin noted, “We’re still writing about drinking, sex and arguing, but those things go so much deeper than surface level and it took us time to adjust to and understand that.” Visit the links below to take a listen to The Answering Machine:
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“My fans are so loyal and I am really excited to have them more involved in my creations.”
explores new territory by “mixing a bit of key note British urban beats and MC’s” with her sweet pop sensibilities. Murphy is also taking an interactive approach to the releases by offering video blogs, remix competitions, and other special surprises. The artist noted, “My fans are so loyal and I am really excited to have them more involved in my creations.” Róisín urges her fans to be patient as she will shortly be balancing her music career with motherhood. She promises that the upcoming singles will be rolled out in early 2010 in a very special way for her loyal fan base and others. For more information, check out the following links: www.roisinmurphy.com www.myspace.com/ roisinmurphy
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Róisín Murphy
Releases Risqué New Single
“Disco Electro Pop Queen” Róisín Murphy’s newest single is entitled “Orally Fixated” and it is a frenetic, staccato track tied together by the silken ribbon of Murphy’s playfully sensual vocals. More than mildly suggestive, this highoctane single will ignite the clubs “Orally Fixated” is one of three new singles which are being distributed by AWAL. The new tracks are somewhat of a departure for Róisín as she

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