Friday, May 20, 2016
As the weather turns for the better, Shanachie continues to warm things up with some stellar new releases from top selling ultra-talented artists in Country and R&B.
April saw Shanachie foraying into Country for the second time this year (following up on Lorrie Morgan's critically acclaimed release Letting Go....Slow), this time with platinum selling band Lonestar, a powerhouse group who have enjoyed over 10 Million album sales and 9 number one hits at Radio. Their Shanachie Debut, Never Enders, is yet another example of the stellar songwriting, tight arrangements and spirited vocals that made Lonestar such a success in the first place. Check out the video for the lead track "Never Enders", and check out the entire release on iTunes and Amazon.
This month, silky voiced R&B Crooner Slim of 112, who rose to fame as part of Sean Puffy Combs' Bad Boy Empire, released his Shanachie debut Refueled. With appearances from hit making Rapper Rich Homie Quan and Bad Boy label mate Ma$e, Refueled showcases Slim's incredible talents both in sensitive R&B and in edgier Urban Hip Hop. Slim is now on tour with 112 as part of the much-hyped Bad Boy Reunion tour. Check out the video for the lead single "Never Break Up" featuring Rich Homie Quan, and preview Refueled on iTunes and Amazon.
Stay tuned for more info on the next few months of exciting new signings and releases from Shanachie Entertainment including titles from Kim Waters, Incognito, Will Downing, Dave Hollister and more!
Friday, February 26, 2016
Rock ’N’ Roll Legend Fats Domino Gets Double Birthday Celebration with DVD and PBS American Masters Broadcast! Fats Domino, a rock ’n’ roll legend who had the most chart hits of any rock ’n’ roll era artist except Elvis, will get a double dose of celebration on his 88th birthday today, February 26th as PBS will broadcast the first-ever documentary on Fats on their American Masters series, and Shanachie Entertainment is pleased to release a “director’s cut” of the documentary on DVD. The documentary, The Big Beat: Fats Domino & The Birth Of Rock ’n’ Roll, tells the amazing story of Fats' rise from a poor childhood in New Orleans’ 9th ward to become one of the most popular entertainers in the world, selling 60 million records along the way! The documentary is chock-full of electrifying performance footage of Fats and his band in their prime, interviews with notable figures such as Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, and Fats' long-time arranger/producer/co-writer Dave Bartholomew and more, as well as vintage scenes of New Orleans. It is a “must-see” experience for all fans of Fats, rock ’n’ roll, and American culture, a great look at one of the icons who helped define an era. Check it out on Amazon, and be sure to check your local listings and tune in to the PBS Special!
Friday, February 05, 2016
February is poised to be an exciting month for Shanachie, with three stellar new music releases and the release of a much anticipated DVD!
First up is Seattle based Alt-Rock outfit Hey Marseilles, leading the charge with their self-titled album (and third studio effort) out today (2/5). Having broken out of the fertile Seattle music scene, where they have become one of the most popular bands, Hey Marseilles has won critical acclaim with their distinctive “chamber pop” sound. National taste-maker radio station KEXP has presented Hey Marseilles as part of their influential live in-studio performance broadcasts. Hey Marseilles’ new album is produced by hit-making producer Anthony Kilhoffer (John Legend, Rihanna, Adam Lambert), who fell in love with the band and enabled them to realize their most polished, commercial recording to date. The band’s outstanding songwriting is in full evidence on the initial “buzz track” “West Coast,” the hooky single “Eyes On You” and charmingly quirky “Perfect OK.” All in all the production preserves the band’s unique, multi-instrument textures even as the arrangements are streamlined for maximum accessibility.
Check out Hey Marseilles on iTunes and Amazon as well as their video for “Eyes On You".
Next up on Friday, February 12, is the release of accomplished singer/songwriter Lee DeWyze’s Oil & Water. Lee’s gifts have been steadily gracing the music scene for more than a decade. His creation “Blackbird Song” was featured in an episode of the wildly popular television series The Walking Dead, and Lee tours regularly to a legion of dedicated fans. Oil & Water, Lee DeWyze’s fifth solo effort and highly anticipated label debut for Shanachie provides his signature resonant, soulful and at times raspy tenor combined with his prodigious guitar playing. The end result serves to underscore themes of the heart as ten songs unravel into compelling poetic prose and striking arrangements...a must have for Lee’s die-hard fans and a new audience waiting to discover him.
Check out Oil & Water on iTunes and Amazon, and the video for “Learn To Fall”.
Also on February 12th, Shanachie is pleased to release renowned Country Music songbird Lorrie Morgan’s long anticipated album, Letting Go…Slow. Lorrie has been one of the biggest country music stars of the past 20 years, selling more than 5 million albums and scoring more than 15 Top 10 country hits. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Lorrie is recognized as one of the greatest female singers of her generation. Letting Go...Slow is Lorrie’s first pure country album in six years; it reunites her with producer Richard Landis who produced some of her biggest hits. The album includes beautiful versions of such songs as “I’ve Done Enough Dying For Today” and “Ode To Billie Joe” (which has never been covered by a country artist) as well as new compositions such as “Slow,” all made timeless by Lorrie’s gorgeous vocals.
Check out Letting Go…Slow on iTunes (link) and Amazon.
Finally, on February 26th, Rock ’N’ Roll Legend Fats Domino Gets a Double Birthday Celebration with DVD and PBS American Masters Broadcast! Fats Domino, a rock ’n’ roll legend who had the most chart hits of any rock ’n’ roll era artist except Elvis, will get a double dose of celebration on his upcoming 88th birthday on February 28th as PBS will broadcast the first-ever documentary on Fats on their American Masters series and Shanachie will be releasing a “director’s cut” of the documentary on DVD that same day. The documentary, THE BIG BEAT: FATS DOMINO & THE BIRTH OF ROCK ’N’ ROLL tells the amazing story of Fats' rise from a poor childhood in New Orleans’ 9th ward to become one of the most popular entertainers in the world, selling 60 million records along the way! The documentary is chock-full of electrifying performance footage of Fats and his band in their prime, interviews with notable figures such as Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, and Fats' long-time arranger/producer/co-writer Dave Bartholomew and more, as well as vintage scenes of New Orleans. It is a “must-see” experience for all fans of Fats, rock ’n’ roll, and American culture, a great look at one of the icons who helped define an era.
Check out The Big Beat on Amazon.
Thursday, February 04, 2016
Rock ’N’ Roll Legend Fats Domino Gets Double Birthday Celebration with DVD and PBS American Masters Broadcast! Fats Domino, a rock ’n’ roll legend who had the most chart hits of any rock ’n’ roll era artist except Elvis, will get a double dose of celebration on his upcoming 88th birthday on February 28th as PBS will broadcast the first-ever documentary on Fats on their American Masters series and Shanachie will be releasing a “director’s cut” of the documentary on DVD that same day. The documentary, THE BIG BEAT: FATS DOMINO & THE BIRTH OF ROCK ’N’ ROLL tells the amazing story of Fats' rise from a poor childhood in New Orleans’ 9th ward to become one of the most popular entertainers in the world, selling 60 million records along the way! The documentary is chock-full of electrifying performance footage of Fats and his band in their prime, interviews with notable figures such as Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, and Fats' long-time arranger/producer/co-writer Dave Bartholomew and more, as well as vintage scenes of New Orleans. It is a “must-see” experience for all fans of Fats, rock ’n’ roll, and American culture, a great look at one of the icons who helped define an era.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
This Friday, Shanachie Entertainment is proud to release the first of many great albums on the schedule for 2016: legendary R&B chanteuse Regina Belle’s The Day Life Began, and smooth jazz Supergroup Jazz Funk Soul’s More Serious Business.
Regina Belle - The Day Life Began
The Day Life Began is an inspirational R&B album which displays Regina Belle’s broad range of talents at their very best. Produced by the Grammy nominated production team, The Heavyweights (whose equally broad range of talents stretch all the way from Tupac to Martina McBride), this album of 10 brilliant originals is a representation of the artist’s deepest feelings and strongest beliefs! Highlights include the dramatic gospel/R&B single “He’s Alright,” the inspirational ballad “You Saw The Good In Me,” the moving parent to child message song “Be Careful Out There” and much more!
Jazz Funk Soul - More Serious Business
More Serious Business is the highly anticipated follow-up to this smooth jazz supergroup's chart topping debut - which included two #1 Smooth Jazz radio hit singles! Featuring 3 of the most important hit makers on the scene today: Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp and Chuck Loeb - artists and producers responsible for selling millions of albums and scoring close to 50 #1 Smooth Jazz radio hits! As a touring ensemble, they are wowing audiences from coast to coast.
Jeff Lorber is famous for launching the career of Kenny G and his productions and collaborations with such greats as Dave Koz, Janet Jackson, Lalah Hathaway and Miles Davis. He is one of the most sought after producers and performers in Jazz!
Chuck Loeb is widely regarded as one to the finest guitarists ever. Both as a solo artist and producer and lead guitarist of the iconic group Fourplay, Loeb has amassed an astonishing record of Smooth Jazz hits!
Everette Harp has recorded and shared the stage with such musical giants as Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Billy Joel and Patti LaBelle. A hit maker in his own right, Jazziz Magazine hails his "amazing virtuosity" and Jazz Times calls him "a rare talent."
More Serious Business is overflowing with soaring saxophone solos, brilliant guitar riffs, super funky piano riffs and incredibly compelling melodies. Highlights include the soon to be hit single, "Triple Play," the sensuous Loeb original "Feeling You," the high spirited romp "And One!" and much more!
Friday, November 20, 2015
Angie Stone's long-awaited new album Dream hits #3 on the Billboard R&B Album chart in its first week of release and debuts at #59 on Billboard's Top 200. The album's first single "2 Bad Habits," is already Top 20 and rising!
RollingStone.com highlighted the album the week of release as among "the biggest, coolest and otherwise most noteworthy albums released." Billboard Magazine says "As evidenced by the lead single '2 Bad Habits'...the Stone soul singer that fans loved on 1999 debut album Black Diamond and subsequent follow-ups Mahogany Soul and Stone Love is back in full force" while the Huffington Post calls Dream "Introspective and honest." It is striking validation of the public's hunger for authentic R&B and a declaration that Angie Stone is a stone cold survivor that's still got it!
Friday, November 13, 2015
With the recent resurgence in the popularity of vinyl records worldwide and our own success with 2014’s release of the Augustus Pablo classic East Of The River Nile on vinyl, Shanachie is pleased to doubling up and reacting to demand for this once again popular format. This past year, three venerable catalog titles have been reissued on vinyl LP, with a fourth being released in January, 2016. A look at the albums:
Rita Marley - Who Feels It Knows It
Rita Marley has been one of the most prominent female vocalists on the Jamaican scene going back to the ska era of the early Sixties, when she led the recording group The Soulettes and met Bob Marley. She was there when The Wailers had the first successes, even singing backgrounds on some Wailers recordings, and launched her solo career in the late Sixties. When Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer departed from The Wailers, Bob Marley recruited Rita along with Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths to be his I-Three backing vocalists and they were a prominent and striking presence on all his major tours and recordings thereafter.
Who Feels It Knows It was Rita’s breakthrough debut album. Released in 1981, it is a landmark recording, delivering beautiful versions of compositions by Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer as well as a number of originals, many of them uplifting testimonials of Rastafarian spirituality. It is one of the greatest Reggae albums ever recorded by a female artist.
Shortly before Bob Marley’s death, Rita Marley recorded a lighthearted, upbeat anthem called “One Draw,” which celebrated ganja smoking. Released as a single, it immediately became a hit in Jamaica and when released in the U.S. by Shanachie it ran up the Billboard Dance Chart, making it one of the most iconic and popular Reggae singles of all time. It was included in the debut U.S. release of Who Feels It Knows It, helping it to become one of the best-selling Reggae albums by a female artist.
Hugh Mundell - Blackman’s Foundation Blackman’s Foundation is one of the great roots albums of the classic reggae era. Hugh Mundell, who was tragically murdered at the age of 21, was one of the most talented young roots reggae artists on the Jamaican scene. A protégé of dub legend Augustus Pablo, Hugh recorded the legendary roots-classic album Africa Must Be Free (By 1983) at the age of 16.
Blackman’s Foundation, co-produced by Hugh Mundell and the legendary Augustus Pablo, is one of only three Hugh Mundell albums ever released. As such it is a precious artifact of Mundell’s prodigious talent as it features Mundell’s keening, hypnotic declamatory vocals over deep, powerful reggae riddims.
Highlights of Blackman’s Foundation include the hit single "Can’t Pop No Style," the extended 12” version of the title track featuring Jah Bull and the classic single "Stop Them Jah."
R. Crumb and his Cheap Suit Serenaders - Number 2 This album was originally released in 1976 and has long been recognized as an iconic classic.
As an underground illustrator, Robert Crumb is a legendary figure in pop culture. He is also an accomplished musician who, together with his Cheap Suit Serenaders band, has entertained fans for decades.The group’s mixture of old popular numbers, traditional American classics, and humorous new compositions presents a delightful program of music as totally unique in its own way as Crumb’s brilliant comics are.
Crumb’s bandmates include multi-instrumental wizards Robert Armstrong and Allan Dodge, and now famous Hollywood director Terry Zwigoff.
Judy Mowatt - Black Woman Black Woman is widely regarded as a roots reggae classic - the greatest reggae album ever recorded by a female artist.
Judy Mowatt came to prominence as a member of Bob Marley’s I-Three backing group and as such was onstage before millions around the world. She launched her solo career in 1975 and released a string of acclaimed solo recordings over the next 15 years.
Highlights of Black Woman include “Joseph,” Judy’s moving gospel-infused ballad tribute to Bob Marley; splendid interpretations of two classic Wailers songs, “Concrete Jungle” and “Put It On,” the anthemic Rasta hymn “Sisters’ Chant” and her original message song “Slave Queen” and the title track.
COMING JANUARY 2016
Monday, September 14, 2015
Shanachie Entertainment is pleased to announce that we have concluded a deal to release the new album by The Big Ska Band, led by Grammy-winning producer/bassist Joe Ferry (producer of The Skatalites, Dr. John, Sue Foley, etc. The first Big Ska Band single from the album, "Carry On", which features lead vocals by Corey Glover of Living Colour and Joey Ray, will be released in late September with an album to follow early next year. In addition to Corey Glover, featured on the album will be Lester Stirling and Nathan Breedlove of The Skatalites, and Alan Jax Bowers, drummer/percussionist with Jimmy Buffet. This powerhouse line-up, the latest version of Big Ska Band, hits the road beginning this Fall.
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Shanachie Entertainment is proud to announce the launching of their first merchandise web store. This exciting venture will launch with clothing attire featuring logos as well as album art from the label’s illustrious catalogue that includes collectors’ items from the worlds of vintage blues classic reggae and world music. SVP/Sales & Marketing/Digital Rick Rosenberg states, "Over the years, we’ve had quite a few inquiries from long time Shanachie followers about where they can get a t-shirt or a sweatshirt with our famous logo.” Rosenberg continues, “However we are a record label—not a clothing store. While merchandising opportunities existed, it wasn’t until we discovered the seamless process that MerchDirect offers that we felt it was time to create this opportunity for our fans to purchase the merchandise they are looking for without having to go full borne into the merchandise business.” Rosenberg adds that Shanachie is starting small, but hopes to expand on their new web store as time goes on. “Right now we are offering a few select items with our logo, the logo of our respected and famous historical blues label Yazoo, and some of our more iconic album covers from artists such as Augustus Pablo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Culture and others. However, we hope this is just the start to being able to provide the fans with unique items and merchandise that they won’t be able to get anywhere else”.
The Shanachie Merchandise web store is live now and can be accessed at shanachie.merchdirect.com
Shanachie Entertainment is one of America’s most successful and long-lived independent labels, and its story is a fascinating tale of a constantly evolving company animated by a relentless drive to bring outstanding music and video to audiences worldwide. The label has released projects of legends, hit-makers, musical masters and cult icons in the realms of R & B, jazz, alternative music, reggae, blues, country music, singer-song-writers and more. Whether scoring radio hits and Grammy Awards or simply bringing to market critically-acclaimed recordings, Shanachie has been proud to present the work of an array of brilliant artists. Additionally, Shanachie’s video division has released an impressive catalog of documentaries, concerts, movies and TV shows.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Angie Stone is one of those artists with a Midas touch. Her buttery smooth honey-toned pipes, undeniable gritty soulfulness and epic songwriting talents have been called upon by everyone from Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, D'Angelo and Lenny Kravitz to Moby, Erykah Badu, Ice Cube and Alicia Keys, to name a few. Rolling Stone Magazine once declared, "When soul music was in the lost and found, she came along to claim it." It is this belief that has made Stone the go-to woman for three different record labels when they were creating a new sound and vision. In the 70s it was Angie Stone who helped to define the sound of the now legendary Sugar Hill Records, when she was one of the first recorded female rappers/singers in the ground-breaking trio Sequence. Their hit "Funk You Up" is a classic that gets folks moving to this day! Fast forward, Clive Davis tapped Stone's iconic sound in the early 2000's, when he launched J Records. She recorded her gold-selling Mahogany Soul for the label and Stone Love. The in demand Renaissance woman moves seamlessly from the studio and stage (she's starred on Broadway) to television and silver screen without missing a beat. A legend in this tough business, Angie Stone stands in a class by herself. November 2015 Stone will release her new CD Dream on Shanachie Entertainment in collaboration with Conjunction Entertainment Inc. Music Executive/Producer Walter W. Millsap III (Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez) and TopNotch Music. The album's first single, "2 Bad Habits," is soon to ship to radio. At last Angie Stone's story will fully be told as she will be a featured artist later this month in an upcoming episode of BET/Centric TV's Being, which profiles notable artists and personalities.
"As much success as Angie Stone has had, I still feel that she is under-recognized, given all the things that she has achieved, " notes Shanachie General Manger Randall Grass. "When you put it all together, her story is amazing, from being part of the first female rap group to being one of the best, most soulful vocalists of the past couple decades to her work as a songwriter and actress. We are very excited to be working with her and look forward to truly tell 'the Angie Stone story' to its fullest!"
Thursday, July 02, 2015
Hot on the heels of the 50th anniversary of Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s founding by Joseph Shabalala, Shanachie Entertainment is pleased to announce the debut digital release of three “best of” compilations that together comprise their greatest work: Best Of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Best Of - Vol. 2, and Classic Tracks. Founded in the mid-sixties in South Africa, the revered vocal group has performed and recorded with greats such as Dolly Parton, Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan, and of course most famously, Paul Simon on the legendary Graceland album. With a joyful sound unlike anyone else, Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s beautiful harmonies and rhythms are sure to delight you as much as they delighted Paul Simon and many other of the biggest names in the world of music. All three titles will available digitally for the first time ever on 7.24.15, are available for pre-order now, and for a limited time will be on sale for $7.99 each. Check them out on iTunes:
Best Of Ladysmith Black Mambazo
The Best Of - Vol. 2
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
In the wake of the recent tragic earthquake in Nepal, UK Jazz band Incognito has released a single/EP, “Send Your Love”, to raise support for the victims of the disaster. Band leader Jean Paul “Bluey” Maunick states:
"In response to the great tragedy suffered by the people of Nepal, we felt compelled to use our talents and resources to take immediate action by coming together to make a song for Nepal. All the funds raised will be donated to UNICEF(US) to help some of the 1.7 million children who require humanitarian assistance. UNICEF is already on the ground working to provide critical aid to children and families. The result of our efforts is... Incognito “"Send Your Love””. Your support will go a long way towards helping to provide basic health care, nourishment, sanitation, shelter and funds towards the clearing and rebuilding in the aftermath of this devastating earthquake. Thank you and One Love!
“Send Your Love” is available on iTunes here.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Shanachie Entertainment roars into Spring 2015 with 4 exciting releases for the month of April!
• The Sax Pack - Power Of 3
Featuring 3 of the most revered saxophonists in the world of music, let alone Jazz, The Sax Pack is a delight to listen to. Bringing the talents of Kim Waters, Jeff Kashiwa, and Steve Cole together for a third time in the studio, Power Of 3 is sure to delight both old and new fans alike. Highlights include the sensual ballad “Shine On,” the joyous and funky “Power Of 3” plus more brilliant Sax Pack originals! Check it out on iTunes and Amazon. Also, check out their video for "Sooner Or Later" here.
• Bluey - Life Between The Notes
The masterful mind behind legendary UK Acid Jazz outfit Incognito, Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick has been writing and producing top quality music for decades. Now, in his latest endeavors, he has ventured into the realm of solo recordings (while still recording and touring actively with Incognito). His first solo effort, Leap Of Faith, was met with universal praise for its ingenuity. With Life Between The Notes, Bluey delivers the same creativity, originality, and infectious melodies and grooves he’s so well known for, all while bringing a completely fresh musical palette to the table. Highlights include the uplifting “Tomorrow Never Lies,” the hard driving “Dance To My Drums,” the soulful “Hold On,” the Latin-tinged “Columbus Avenue” and much more! Check it out on iTunes and Amazon.
• ConFunkShun - More Than Love
ConFunkShun has been one of the most respected and renowned bands in R&B History since the mid 70s, still receiving significant radio airplay on their plethora of hits from the 70s and 80s even to this day. Now, for the first time in nearly 30 years, the band has returned to the studio to put out a new album, and it is as if they’d never stopped recording. With a delightfully fresh, yet timeless collection of original songs, More Than Love is certain to woo a whole new generation of listeners while still thrilling longtime devotées of the band. Highlights include hot singles “Your Night” and “I Miss You, and much, much more! Check it out on iTunes and Amazon. Also, check out their videos for "Your Night" and "I Miss You".
• Orgone - Beyond The Sun
With a high-energy sound all their own, and an impressive resumé including working with superstars Alicia Keys and Cee Lo Green, Orgone is all at once a throwback to a bygone, golden era in music and also a revolutionary and original group in today’s music scene. Filled with exuberant grooves and melodies that practically compel the listener to break out in dance, Beyond The Sun is a must-have for all fans of funk music. Highlights range from the “in the pocket” funk of “Don't Push Your Luck” to the evocative balladry of “No Pain” to the clubby-jam of the title track and the scorching instrumental workouts on “Meat Machine” and “Sabi.” Check it out on iTunes and Amazon.
Friday, February 27, 2015
So Delicious, the seventh studio album from renowned Blues/Rock outfit Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band blew out of the gate and already is making its mark on the blues world, debuting this week at a lofty #3 spot on the Billboard blues chart. With strong support from independent retail—including release week in-stores at legendary locations like Landlocked, Indy CD & Vinyl, Culture Clash, Shake It, Grimey’s and Vintage Vinyl—So Delicious continues a string of critically and commercially acclaimed releases from The Rev and his unique musical crew. Now in the midst of a flurry of tour dates which span both the U.S. and around the globe, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band are setting themselves up for an even greater level of success and notoriety as a group that is truly keeping the blues alive and well.
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is something of a phenomenon in today’s music scene. Amidst a bevy of so-called “roots” artists, the Rev. and crew truly embody the roots of American music. Citing legends like Charlie Patton and Muddy Waters as influences, the Big Damn Band’s music exhibits a more genuine homage to the early blues greats than almost anything produced today, all delivered with a ferocious energy. In light of the authenticity of their sound and vibe, legendary Shanachie Blues imprint Yazoo Records is the perfect match for The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.
For more info on the Big Damn Band and their tour schedule, head here.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Some of Shanachie Entertainment’s most treasured material is now being featured at iTunes! Yazoo Records, an early American Blues, Country, Jazz and Roots label acquired by Shanachie in 1989, has long been a definitive source for the very best in authentic early American music. With titles from legends like Charlie Patton, Skip James, Big Bill Bronzy and Barbecue Bob, Yazoo is keeping the blues alive after all these years. Click here to see the titles being featured at iTunes, and take a step back in time as you discover and rediscover these gems of Americana.
For more info on Yazoo, head here.