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Miles Blue Spruce: Progressing Forward With Sounds Of The Past

Be courageous. Be honest. Be compassionate. Be Talented. Most importantly be yourself. This has to be Miles Blue Spruce’s mantra, his passion for music exudes in every aspect of his journey. In another era; he would have been an endearing but soulful – rock front man at least twenty years his senior. Lucky for us, he wasn’t and we can enjoy the powerhouse singer, amazing showman, and incredible musician who’s also a pretty amazing audio engineer.

I recently had the pleasure of listening to an original piece entitled, “Flame,” in the musical realm Miles may have succeeded where others have failed, in authenticity. “Flame,” is a beautifully written contemporary rock that brings to mind passion, love and unrelenting passion. The song opens with some exceptional guitar riffs, dynamic tones, and it even utilizes some classic rock chords, patterns, and traditional tempos. The exceptional vocal melodies provide accessible and dynamic tones as it builds at full length in intensity and energy. There’s a slight stream of consciousness in the lyrical delivery which only enhances the classic feel.

Miles’ voice, although light and crisp provides such an intense trance that seems to seamlessly pull you in with just the right amount of riffs and adlibs. Production and arrangement wise this song although similar in quality is slightly above what you may be used to with indie artist. It’s crisp, very clear, there’s no oversaturation of reverb, there’s no unnecessary enhancements to the vocal patterns only pure artistry. The song keeps a basic arrangement through several distinct sections with only some fine adjustments to the bass line and slight additions of a few blues infused chords joining the ever-present classic guitar. This piece has been perfectly molded into a well-orchestrated symphony of diversity. Its classic, it’s modern, it’s soulful, it’s harmonious, it’s authentic, it art, in short, its music. Although the piece is classified as; “rock,” the rich vocal presence coupled with the dulcet driven guitar easily provides this song with a mass crossover appeal.

“Flame,” incorporates elements of alternative rock, blues, and even a slight hint of country while remaining rooted deeply in originality. If this song is at all a hint of what’s to come from Miles Blue Spruce, then I expect to hear quality music for years to come.

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Katie Garringer Shares Her Unique Experience Of Moving To New York City

New York City might be quite of a tough place to be a folk singer: skyscrapers, city lights and millions of people clashing every day into the subways, alleys and roads of the Big Apple.

Standing up in the middle of all of that armed with an acoustic guitar and a notebook full of earnest lyrics takes a special blend of courage which is often overlooked. On “Paint Me”, Katie Garringer shares her unique experience of moving to New York City. This stunning folk song highlights Katie’s beautiful voice and it feels like an impressionistic painting. If you close your eyes, you can really let Katie’s genuine words guide you through the many magical corners of this city, from the streets of Brooklyn to the bright lights of Midtown or a quiet residential neighborhood in the Upper West Side.

This song is a romantic ode to New York City and a stunning, honest portrait of an artist reaching out for something greater.

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A&R Factory Present: Justin Baron

Hear the words “Amish Country” and you’d be hard-pressed not to think of butter churns, windmills and a conspicuous lack of places to plug in your iPhone. So, it might be hard to believe that Justin Baron, a prodigious singer/songwriter and New York City’s best-kept secret, grew up in Lancaster, PA – the widely reputed home of the horse and buggy.

Now, Baron is quickly becoming one of the music industry’s rising stars with his infectious brand of explosive, bluesy pop. In 2013 – a breakout year for Baron – he co-wrote with Kanye West and John Legend, leading to Legend’s “Made to Love,” a single off the certified gold and Grammy-nominated album “Love In The Future.” Though Baron feels most at home on stage, captivating fans with both his mastery of the piano and his undeniably magnetic vocals.

In just a few short years, Baron has gone from playing in small coffee houses to performing on some of the biggest stages in the world, including the IZOD Arena alongside Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez and Calvin Harris and Jones Beach Amphitheatre with Jason Derulo, Justin Bieber and The Weeknd.

Influenced by everyone from The Beatles and The Roots to T. Rex and Elliott Smith, Baron’s eclectic musical taste shows in his ability to seamlessly blend genres into one intoxicating sound.

“There’s this moment when you’re making something, whether it’s a song or just a melody, where this switch flips on all the sudden,” shares Baron. “It’s like a flash of adrenaline and it’s helplessly addicting. It makes you dance around the room like a complete idiot. Getting a chance to bring that same feeling to everyone is the reason I make music.”

Justin says, “I’ve been in love with this girl for a while now, but I’ve never been able to tell her. Every time I tried, my lips went numb and my words turned to gibberish. I’m putting this song out to tell her how I feel”

http://www.justinbaron.com/

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A&R Factory Present: MICKY

Micky is the recently acquired moniker of singer-songwriter-stageman Michael Persall who makes melodically engaging pop music with the historical footnotes of classic rock and motown. New single “Candid”, co-produced with ​Doug Schadt​ (Maggie Rogers, Wet, Man & Ghost), is the latest example of MICKY’s modern take on ‘60s/’70s pop, rock and soul. Sounding like a halfway house between Bruno Mars and Leon Bridges, the NYC-via-California musician confidently croons his way through the retro-ish instrumentation.

You can hear the natural performer in Persall’s voice, whilst the actual delivery of these catchy words subtly hints towards the R&B that he grew up on. “Candid” also marks the first of many developments in MICKY’s ever-expanding musical landscape, one that he wishes the audience to be an intrinsic part of.

“With the first release as MICKY, I really wanted to set the tone for the direction I’m taking my songs and have “Candid” serving as a bold introduction to myself. The live instrumentation and overall arrangements, as well as my energetic performance on the song, really align with how I perform live. One thing I wanted moving forward was to have consistency with the live show and the records. The song incorporates a lot of my older 60s/70s classic rock and Motown influences, as well as my affinity for hip-hop and R&B. On the lyrical front, the song is based on my personal attitude to life. A lot of people seem to waste time putting up a front rather than being themselves and actually talking about things. “Candid,” is just the ideal alternative in my mind.”

Prior to changing his stage name from Michael Persall to MICKY, he released “Waiting For”, a song praised by the likes of Clash, I Heart Moosiq, Vinyl Noise, Baeble and several others. Another notable accomplishment was the completion of his New Year’s resolution to perform 400 shows in 2015, a feat that in fact took him to 408. Throughout this journey, MICKY had the opportunity to assert himself as a front man, to relay his music to many different listeners, and to further explore where he wanted his sound to go next. Following this achievement, Persall landed shows at renowned music venues Mercury Lounge and Webster Hall.

Before the New York shows, the blog posts and even his four-year-long education at NYU, MICKY had a humble start performing in a family-run Bed & Breakfast, where he often played songs by his favourite artist, Elvis. There’s few better stage masters to learn from, but others that Persall has been inspired by are James Brown, Otis Redding, Jim Morrison, Robert Plant and The Beach Boys. His influences don’t stop there – the singer also credits ‘90s and early 2000s hip-hop and R&B as significant contributors to his current sound.

Bringing it up to the present, MICKY has recently been working as co-producer on Taylor Bennett’s first single from his upcoming project, “New York Nights”. The NYC artist will also be stepping out of the studio for a couple of live residencies throughout January with Sofar Sounds, and February at Rockwood Music Hall (Saturdays 10pm).

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A&R Factory Present: Cities Vanishing

Four years ago, Eric and Brianna met at a show and then, they decided to make music together under the name of Cities Vanishing. The mixed duo from New York is ready to release a debut EP in January 2017.

Eric plays the drums, Brianna plays the theremin, and they both inject some guitar riffs and vocals into their furious and noisy music.

The theremin is an original music instrument that is often associated with the early days of electronic music. Its most famous use

in popular music was probably in 1966, when The Beach Boys released their single “Good Vibrations.” Throughout the five tracks of their debut EP “My Body Is A Temple That I’D Like To Offer You,” the theremin is bringing the light into their haunting, vivid and angry sonic distorted landscapes.
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A&R Factory Present: Nick Deutsch

Pop singer-songwriter, Nick Deutsch, announces the release of his new single, “Under Your Ocean.”

The track is the first taste from his EP “Heart Saver” released this past November. The EP is a follow-up to his 2015 release, Crazy Ride . Melissa Kucirek of Hot Indie News , raved about Crazy Ride, stating, “I’m convinced Nick Deutsch is the next big thing. Convinced. Overall, he garners a solid A+ review for his enjoyable Crazy Ride. ” The new track “Under Your Ocean” has already gained recognition, earning a UK Commended Entry Nomination for Best Pop Song 2015 and a semi-finalist for Best Pop Male Voice at the 2015 International Vocalist Competition.

The New York-based musician started making music at the age of 10, and by his early teens, he was performing at his local Border Books Cafe and coffee houses. Taking after his musician mother, he developed a love for jazz and classical piano. Deutsch made his way to NYU, where he befriended the CEO of the New York Songwriter’s circle,Tina Shafer (who has worked with Avril Lavigne, Taylor Swift, Vanessa Carlton, Gavin Degraw and Norah Jones).

Shafer’s support and guidance led Deutsch to booking shows at venues such as CBGB’s, The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, Cafe Vivaldi and Ella Lounge. Soon after, he began working with award-winning producer Joey Auch (Rachel Platten, Erin Bowman, Brittany Cairns). Deutsch has performed with Ian Axle (Great Big World), Jillette Johnson and performed with American Idol finalistMarissa Pontecorvo. Aside from his awards for “Under Your Ocean,” he was the recipient of the 2011 Philadelphia Songwriters Project Award and the 2011 New York Songwriter’s Circle Award. His lyrics for “Crazy Ride” have wonmmultiple nominations and were printed in the American Songwriter Magazine in 2014. Deutsch has been featured onBuzzfeed, Pop Vulture Magazine, Spoke Magazine and more . Stay tuned for more from Nick Deutsch and his upcoming EP!

For More visit nickdeutschmusic.com

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A&R Factory Present: Nola Wren & Kill Dave

Nola Wren and Kill Dave are Brooklyn-based songwriter / producers whose blend of gritty experimental indie and infectious pop hooks is sure to turn heads. Knife is their first collaboration and a promising sign of what’s to come.

“Knife” is a great track and showcases Nola’s powerful vocals with Kill Dave’s full, grit-pop production. The lyrics were also inspired by the case involving convicted Stanford rapist Brock Turner which gives the track an emotional edge.

Nola Wren Social:

OFFICIAL http://nolawren.com

SOUNDCLOUD http://soundcloud.com/nolawren

TWITTER https://twitter.com/

FACEBOOK http://facebook.com/nolawrenmusic

INSTAGRAM https://instagram.com/nolawren/

Kill Dave Social:

SOUNDCLOUD http://soundcloud.com/killdave

TWITTER http://twitter.com/plskilldave

FACEBOOK http://facebook.com/killdave

INSTAGRAM https://instagram.com/kill.dave

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A&R Factory Present: Katie Cunningham

Katie Cunningham hails from Los Angeles, but is soon to be a New York native having been accepted by the prestigious Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU. At a mere 17 years of age, Cunningham’s songwriting talent extends far beyond her years. She started writing professionally at the age of 15; Being both a piano and guitar player Cunningham was able to frame her mature melodic writing with an ability to arrange a well crafted track.

“Nobody’s Second Best is my personal favorite on the EP. It’s really rooted in the R&B I love to listen to and sing. The song itself is about my personal experience in a relationship where I was treated like “second best” and an “afterthought”. No one deserves to be in a relationship or situation in which they’re considered easily replaceable,” says Katie.

“It’s about not accepting the circumstances you’re in and being confident in your own skin. I had so much fun writing it with production team Trap Noir, which consists of Colton Toy, Brandon Combs, and Tori Schachne.”

Nobody’s Second Best is the second single from Katie’s debut EP “Let Me First Say…” and lays the foundation for her first extended offering. The song is available on iTunes and Spotify (with a music video still in the works). The EP comes out on those platforms on August 29th.

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A&R Factory Present – Luke Rathborne

“You Let Me In” is an ode to New York City by Luke Rathborne that reflects that sadness, joys, and ecstatic nature of a young life in a vibrant bustling metropolis.”This song came out of a dark period of time of coming out of a break up – and was something that helped me get through. Reasoning for myself.” says luke.

The song was produced by Luke Rathborne in a downtown NYC recording studio with a sole piano used by Philip Glass to record most of his works. Making the recording come alive is Tahrah Cohen (the machine) Julia Kent (member of Antony and the Johnsons) and members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra on brass with an arrangement done by Luke Rathborne.

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A&R Factory Present: Liana Bank$

New York singer/songwriter Liana Bank$ has premiered her newest track, “OFF” today. The slow burner – with its steamy/heady YOBO production long side Bank$’ unmistakable raspy vocals – is yet another taste off the rising artist’s upcoming debut project to be released later this year.

Speaking to Idolator , Bank$ mentions that the song was inspired by the idea of fashion and consumerism: “I’ve always found it alluring, the way we buy clothes to please the eye, and the eye in turn only wishes to remove them.” “OFF” is the follow up to Bank$ “ Leave Me Alone ,” which premiered on Nylon.com and went viral. Bank$ has been swiftly making her mark in the music industry after releasing her debut “LVLUP” earlier this year – watch video  HERE – which climbed to the Top 10 of the Spotify Viral charts – read her recent interview with TIDAL who named the Queens sensation as a “rising talent.”

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