Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Shanachie has long been one of the premiere contemporary Jazz labels in the business, with scores of Number 1 Hits and a stellar lineup of Contemporary Jazz greats such as Euge Groove, Kim Waters, Michael Franks and many others. In 2010, Shanachie released Transatlantic RPM, from seminal Acid Jazz group Incognito, marking a pronounced foray into the Acid Jazz world. Since that time, Shanachie has gone on to release another Incognito record, Surreal (2012). But this year, Acid Jazz has taken a front and center role in Shanachie's constantly evolving tapestry of genres.
To kick things off, Shanachie released Incognito frontman Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick's first solo album, Leap Of Faith on March 26. Famous for his collaborations with such greats as Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, George Benson and others, and of course for his legendary work with Incognito, Bluey has produced what is being hailed as some of the very finest work of his illustrious career.
Catch Bluey's video for "Got To Let My Feelings Show" here: http://bit.ly/12VCPFw
Check out the album on iTunes: http://bit.ly/14cFVdR
Next on the Horizon comes The Brand New Heavies, another of the early "Founding Fathers" of the Acid Jazz movement in the UK. BNH will release Forward, their first studio album since 2006, on May 21. Featuring the unique talents of original BNH vocalist N'Dea Davenport and Dawn Joseph, and of course their signature infectious grooves pulsating throughout, Forward is sure to please old and new fans alike.
Catch BNH's video for "Sunlight" here: http://bit.ly/11ju6mf
Check out the single on iTunes: http://bit.ly/13v4E9L
Pre-order the album: http://bit.ly/ZNvhra
Rounding out this dynamic line-up is Omar, a talent admired and sought after by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone, Estelle, and Common. Omar will release The Man, his 7th studio effort, on June 18. Dubbed "The Godfather of UK Soul", Omar has a sound and style all his own, and creative grooves and melodies that make him a rare and distinctive talent and a delight to listen to.
Catch Omar's video for "The Man" here: http://bit.ly/17M1ReG
Check out "The Man (Remixes) - EP" on iTunes...with the single and remixes by some of the world's best remixers, as well as an additional track from the upcoming album! http://bit.ly/13zw4fp
Thursday, May 02, 2013
The Flobots are back in action! After releasing the acclaimed The Circle In The Square last August, the Denver based hip-hop/rock act is back for another round of dates, with 30 shows running from May through mid-June and ranging from Coast to Coast. Joining them on this highly anticipated nationwide tour are Wheelchair Sports Camp, who like Flobots are passionate activists for a wide variety of social and humanitarian concerns, and who share Flobots' extreme popularity on the Denver music scene. For more info on the 2013 Flobots tour, as well as tour dates from the rest of our stellar lineup, head here: http://bit.ly/14WwsZ8 and be sure to check out the powerful full length release The Circle In The Square @ http://bit.ly/ZC1jpP.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The past week has been an eventful one at Shanachie, with two distinctly different yet renowned artists releasing brand new material.
Longtime Smooth Jazz star Brian Simpson released his fifth studio album, Just What You Need, on Tuesday, April 23. Featuring appearances from luminaries such as Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, and others, Just What You Need is some of Brian's very finest work, and is performing very strongly at iTunes, having held a Top 5 spot in the iTunes Jazz charts since its release! For more info on Brian's new album, head here: http://bit.ly/11nJzfP
The Brand New Heavies
Seminal Soul outfit The Brand New Heavies are set to release their first studio album in six years, the highly anticipated Forward, on May 21, 2013. To get things started, the Heavies have dropped a video for their first single, "Sunlight", and this week officially released the track on iTunes. Featuring the soulful vocals of N'Dea Davenport, "Sunlight" sports an infectious groove and a retro-cool vibe that is sure to please old and new fans alike! Die-hards should check for the creative “Sunlight” lyric video as well. Check out the single on iTunes: http://bit.ly/13v4E9L
Thursday, April 18, 2013
After a flurry of excitement and activity to start off 2013, Shanachie Entertainment is gearing up for an equally exciting second quarter, with some great new signings and upcoming releases. The latest additions to the Shanachie roster:
The "original Dreamgirl" will return with her first secular album in 19 years. A powerhouse vocalist whose "And I'm Telling You Not Going" is a classic hit, Jennifer's new recordings are done with all live musicians, including on some tracks, full orchestration. The album, entitled Love Me By Name, is a mixture of jazz, cabaret and R & B standards done in Jennifer's inimitable style.
Sandra St. Victor:
Longtime lead singer of cult favorite soul/rock band The Family Stand, Sandra St. Victor has sung with everyone from Chaka Khan to Prince to Lou Reed. Her new album—her first solo work in over a decade—is an impressive mix of R & B, neo-soul, jazz and African music (due out in September).
SECOND QUARTER RELEASE SCHEDULE:
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES: Forward
The first new album in six years from one of the originators of the acid-jazz movement. It delivers their classic mix of funky, jazzy dance music with longtime vocalist N'Dea Davenport and new vocalist Dawn Joseph.
CHIELI MINUCCI & SPECIAL EFX: Genesis
Marking the 30th anniversary of the founding of seminal smooth jazz group Special EFX, which integrated world music elements in a groove jazz context and scored numerous radio hits over the years. Guitarist Minucci brings his passionate soloing to a diverse set of contemporary jazz.
MAYSA: Blue Velvet Soul
On both her solo albums and as frequent vocalist with Incognito, Maysa has brought her uniquely beautiful vocal sound to a stellar set of recordings over the past twenty years, drawing on both R & B and jazz. Blue Velvet Soul is yet another gorgeous showcase for her soulful singing.
OMAR: The Man
Often called "The Godfather Of UK Soul", Omar (also a new Shanachie signing) possesses a unique artistry that has made fans of such artists as Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Common, Angie Stone and more, all of whom have guested on his past albums. His new album, entitled The Man, is his first release in several years and brings to bear the talents of luminaries such as Caron Wheeler of Soul II Soul and Stuart Zendor of Jamiroquai to support Omar's distinct and legendary sound.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
UK Acid Jazz outfit The Brand New Heavies is set to release Forward, their latest studio effort, on May 6 in the UK and on May 21 in the US. Forward is the first studio release from the Brand New Heavies since Get Used To It in 2006, and features the vocal talents of longtime Heavies vocalist N'Dea Davenport, as well as up and coming talent Dawn Joseph. They will be performing a run of dates in Europe this Spring in promotion of Forward, and are planning a US tour for this Summer. Widely regarded as the pioneers of the Acid Jazz movement, The Brand New Heavies carry an infectious energy and appeal that has stood the test of time and continues to make them one of the world's premier acts. Catch the video for their new single, "Sunlight", here:
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
After months of anticipation, Crystal Bowersox's sophomore studio effort, All That For This, was released Tuesday, March 26, 2013 and catapulted onto Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart, landing in the top half at #71. Additionally, All That For This debuted at #13 on Billboards Independent Album chart and continues to perform extremely well with all digital and physical retail outlets such as iTunes, Amazon.com, Wal Mart, Best Buy, FYE and others.
After her widely acclaimed stint on American Idol in 2010, Bowersox released her highly successful debut album, Farmer's Daughter, that very same year. With the poised, confident and original sound displayed throughout All That For This, fans and critics alike agree that Bowersox is coming into her stride artistically. With strong sales right out of the gate three years after her first foray into the public eye, Crystal Bowersox is proving that she can stand the test of time, and is setting the stage for a rich and exciting career ahead.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
It's been an eventful week here at Shanachie Entertainment! Tuesday, March 26th brought the release of three distinctly different and yet equally compelling albums, further cementing Shanachie's status as one of the most colorful and diverse labels in existence.
Successful American Idol alum Crystal Bowersox's sophomore album, "All That For This" has sparked a flurry of media activity as her devoted fan base has been eagerly anticipating its release over the past few months. Having garnered positive reviews from fans and critics alike, the project debuted strongly, reaching the top 10 on the iTunes Pop charts. “All That For This” promises to be a critical point in the budding career of Crystal Bowersox.
For more information on "All That For This", head here: http://bit.ly/16Vxa7h
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick has been renowned as one of the founding fathers of the "Acid Jazz" movement since its inception during the late 70s and early 80s on the UK music scene. His band, Incognito, has become synonymous with the genre, and has electrified stages worldwide with their energetic, funky grooves and stellar arrangements. Now, for the first time ever, Bluey has produced and delivered a solo project entitled "Leap Of Faith"...and it is without doubt some of his very finest work!
For more info on "Leap Of Faith", head here: http://bit.ly/16Vxa7h
With a veritable "who's who" of Smooth Jazz superstars ranging from Euge Groove to Kim Waters and many more, "Sexual Healing" is a classy, sensual musical journey that is sure to create a magical mood!
For more info on "Sexual Healing", head here: http://bit.ly/103jxii
Check back often for more exciting info on our upcoming releases!
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Brand New Heavies, who were a founding group of the "acid jazz" movement, return with a brand new album, "Forward", set for May 7th release by Shanachie Entertainment! N'Dea Davenport returns to sing vocals on the single "Sunshine" as well as other tracks on the album. The group is planning to come to the United States to tour, with some dates possible as early as June. Stay tuned, more news on this exciting project coming soon!
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Rusted Root will be rocking the house at a wide variety of great venues this year in support of their acclaimed new release THE MOVEMENT. The Nationwide Tour is set to make stops from now through the summer and locations range from the amped up, electric energy of the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC to the nostalgic roadhouse charm of The Stanhope House in Stanhope, NJ, and everything in between. With a 23 year history of performing live, Rusted Root’s reputation as a touring band is second to none.
Head to our tour schedule: http://bit.ly/Zg1HWB for more info on Rusted Root's big tour, as well as dates from the rest of our stellar lineup of artists! Additionally, check back often as new dates are being added regularly.
Also, check out the album on iTunes! http://bit.ly/PGdtek
For more info on "The Movement", head here: http://bit.ly/15xHCjS
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
2013 promises to be an extraordinary year for Shanachie and our artists. In the early part of this year, there has already been some tremendous excitement and happenings with much more in store! What's been going on? Here are some highlights:
And there's lots more on the horizon, including:
Stay tuned for further developments on these and other exciting stories here at Shanachie Entertainment!
Friday, December 07, 2012
JUST A QUICK UPDATE FROM YOUR FRIENDS @ SHANACHIE ENTERTAINMENT ON SOME EXCITING HAPPENINGS AS 2012 DRAWS TO A CLOSE!
**AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 9 RUNNER UP CRYSTAL BOWERSOX IS IN THE STUDIO AND RECORDING HER UPCOMING 2013 RELEASE! STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS AND MUSIC TO COME!
**THE INCREDIBLE MAYSA LEAK WAS AWARDED WITH THE FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD AT THE SOUL TRACKS READERS CHOICE AWARDS! CONGRATS MAYSA...CAN'T WAIT FOR YOUR COMING 2013 NEW RELEASE!
**R&B LEGENDS MINT CONDITION ALSO WON BIG AT THE SOUL TRACKS READERS CHOICE AWARDS AND COPPED TWO TROPHIES--INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR AND DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR! THEIR NEW PROJECT MUSIC @ THE SPEED OF LIFE CONTINUES TO GAIN TRACTION. STOKLEY AND THE BOYS WILL ALSO BE MAKING AN APPEARANCE EARLY NEXT YEAR ON NBC'S REAL MUSIC LIVE AND WILL HAVE AN EPISODE OF TV ONE'S UNSUNG DEVOTED TO THEM THAT WILL AIR IN MARCH ...GO MINT! GRAB YOUR COPY OF MUSIC @ THE SPEED OF LIFE WHEREVER MUSIC IS SOLD INCLUDING @iTunes -- https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/music-the-speed-of-life/id552974737
**SWING OUT SISTER IS BACK WITH THEIR JANUARY CD/DVD RELEASE PRIVATE VIEW--AN INCREDIBLE RE-IMAGINING OF THEIR BIGGEST SMASHES AND A LIVE DVD OF THEIR WORLD-RENOWNED LIVE PERFORMANCE...A MUST HAVE FOR THE SOS FANS!
**EARLY 2013 WILL ALSO BRING NEW MUSIC FROM MARION MEADOWS, PHIL PERRY....AND MORE!
We have lots more to share and as things unfold we'll be sure to keep you in the loop! You can always check back here @ shanachie.com for information on the latest releases from Shanachie Entertainment!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Every now and again in an industry that is saturated with over hyped –here today and gone tomorrow talent- an artist comes along who truly embodies a unique sound and vision. Crystal Bowersox is that artist. The small town Ohio born singer/songwriter and guitarist whose early performances began in coffeehouses and later Chicago’s underground subway circuit, was catapulted to stardom when she captured the hearts of millions as a finalist on Season 9 of American Idol. Earning a slot as the season’s runner up, Crystal Bowersox’s gentle strength, quiet wisdom, immense emotional depth and angelic voice made a connection with the show’s viewers and indeed her debut album outsold that year’s Idol winner. With a confidence and rich soulfulness well beyond her years, Crystal made a lasting impression. In early 2013 Shanachie Entertainment will release Crystal Bowersox’s label debut. Bowersox says “Shanachie is a good fit for me and my music. I am happy to join the label's growing list of critically acclaimed and well-respected recording artists. I am really looking forward to working on this new project.”
Be sure to check shanachie.com for updates on the recording of Crystal's new project as well as exclusive "First Listens" to the music!
Also follow crystal on Twitter @crystalbowersox and "Like" her on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/crystalbowersox?ref=ts&fref=ts
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Rusted Root is working on a music video for our new song Monkey Pants and wants to feature you showing us what the Monkey Pants Dance is. Show off your dancing skills, and show us what you think Monkey Pants dancing should be!
Listen to the song here: http://soundcloud.com/shanachie-entertainment/rusted-root-monkey-pants and film yourself doing your dance to the music! Submit it to us by Saturday, October 6th and your video could be featured in the Monkey Pants Music Video! We'll be selecting a few videos to use in the official video!
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
As the summer winds down, the heat is still very much on at Shanachie Entertainment with a variety of stellar new releases keeping things hot with Fall around the corner.
FLOBOTS much anticipated full-length release THE CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE hit stores everywhere on 8/28 on the heels of the self-titled single. The release immediately flew up iTunes Alternative Rock chart, climbing into the top 10 as fans clamored to get their hands on the powerful project from the rap/rock outfit that first turned heads with the smash "Handlebars". FLOBOTS played a release day in-store set at their home town Denver retailer Twist & Shout that was a wild success. CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE is now available at FYE, Best Buy, Hastings and more as well as on-line @ iTunes, Amazon and wherever music is sold!
MINT CONDITION continues to ready their 2nd Shanachie release MUSIC @ THE SPEED OF LIFE as the lead single "Believe In Us" continues to climb the charts, rising steadily into the top 20. Stokely and the boys are in fine form throughout this much anticpated release, set to hit stores on September 11th, 2012. The single is available now @iTunes : http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/believe-in-us-single/id542804805
THE FLOACIST is back with the follow-up to 2010's critical and commercial smash FLOETIC SOUL. On October 2nd, THE FLOACIST will bring FLOETRY REBIRTH, led off by a sensual and deep reimagining of the Floetry worldwide smash "Say Yes". With a guest line up that includes Raheem DeVaughn and the Queen of South African Soul Thandiswa, "Floetry Rebirth" is set to recapture the legions of fans who fell in love with Floetry and of course with THE FLOACIST.
Other coming releases this Fall include a digital only acoustic soul project from R&B diva and current reality TV star Syleena Johnson, a set of brand new contemporary jazz hits from genre star Euge Groove, the long awaited follow up to the Yazoo classic THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF with THE RETURN OF THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF, NAZI COLLABORATORS--the critically acclaimed documentary recently aired on the Military Channel, and more! Stay tuned @ Shanachie.com for more news and updates!
Monday, August 06, 2012
Veteran R&B crooners, Mint Condition, just premiered their brand new music video for “Believe in Us.” The soulful love song will be featured on the group’s upcoming 8th studio album, Music @ The Speed of Life. “We love all our music babies but it's unanimous, we all feel Music @ the Speed of Life is our best since Definition of a Band. It's fresh and modern, musically challenging and always a nod to the past,” the guys told AOL’s The Boombox.
Fans can also get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the “Believe in Us” video, which was shot in Atlanta, GA by director Greg “G. Visuals” Williams. Music @ The Speed of Life will feature special guests DJ Jazzy Jeff, Brother Ali, and others when it hits stores on September 11th. The single is available now @ iTunes
For more on Mint Condition, visit their official site at mintconditionmusic.com, as well as their Facebook and Twitter (@mcondition).
“Believe in Us” Official Video: http://youtu.be/BF0pNGx58Uw