Pop & Rock
14 OCT 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Meiko has released her highly anticipated third full-length album entitled Dear You via Fantasy Records. The album follows Meiko’s acclaimed 2012 release The Bright Side, which climbed to #1 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter chart, as the buoyant hit single “Stuck on You” garnered the attention of influential tastemakers worldwide and found numerous placements in film and on television.
Check out Meiko's recent interview with Boxx Magazine here.
The eleven songs on Dear You consist primarily of her private, unsent letters. "I like writing letters: love letters, pissed-off letters, breakup letters," she explains. "I rarely wind up mailing those letters, though. Instead, I turn them into songs. Dear You is an album mostly filled with those unsent notes." Meiko turned her secret letters into a revealing, eclectic collection of songs including infectious alt-pop ("Be Mine"), electronic lullabies ("The Cloud Song"), minimalist indie rock ("Deep Sweat"), and digital folk ("Wake Up").
Dear You’s decidedly darker tone is, in many ways, the flipside to the sunnier disposition fans found on The Bright Side. Longing, betrayal, heartbreak and reprisal are intimately acknowledged and explored here, supported by Meiko’s increasingly stripped down, sophisticated songwriting. Recorded in her adopted hometown of Los Angeles and produced by Jimmy Messer, who also helmed a good chunk of The Bright Side, Dear You’s sparse soundscape beautifully underscores the album’s highly confessional tone and Meiko’s uniquely personal vocals. The pair handled the vast majority of the production themselves only turning to drummer Don Heffington (Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow) and the Grooveline Horns (Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews Band) for cameos on a handful of tracks.
Meiko professes, “It’s not all candy and roses, but sometimes you just need the grit and that’s exactly how I imagined Dear Youbeing—completely confessional. It was good for my soul and I’m happy to finally let it out into the world.”
Buy Meiko’s Dear You: http://smarturl.it/DearYouCD
Meiko on tour: http://smarturl.it/MeikoShows
06 OCT 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Congratulations to all of the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Award winners. Concord Music Group's Rounder Records is proud to represent some of the talent to walk away with top honors this year:
Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year—"Won't It Be Wonderful There," Dailey & Vincent (from Brothers of the Highway, written by Mildred Styles Johnson, produced by Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent)
Bass Player of the year—Barry Bales
More information about the IBMA can be found here.
06 OCT 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
In recent months, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have been affectionately referred to as “the unofficial First Family of the Banjo” by NPR, as the two gear up for their eponymous debut album due October 7th on Rounder Records. Fleck and Washburn's offering can be described as a front porch banjo and vocal album of new music, Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues; the culmination of a yearlong tour as a duo in 2013, following the birth of their son, Juno.
NPR's latest "First Listen" segment invites you to check out Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn before it officially streets: http://www.npr.org/2014/09/28/350633111/first-listen-bela-fleck-abigail-washburn-bela-fleck-abigail-washburn
You can also pre-order the album here:
29 SEP 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Concord Music Group has announced the addition of singer, songwriter Javier Colon to their stellar list of artists. Most widely known as the inaugural winner of The Voice, Colon is currently developing his debut album for the label due out in March of 2015.
Known for his incomparable vocal and songwriting ability and citing influences ranging from Donny Hathaway to James Taylor, Colon is now set to embark on a new season of his career. "I am so happy to have a new home at Concord. They truly understand who I am as an artist and I'm looking forward to making the album I want to make. To be on a roster with the likes of James Taylor and Paul McCartney is an absolute honor and I'm excited to start this journey and get new music out to my fans." Recently coming off tour with Maroon 5, he has performed with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Colbie Caillat, Michael McDonald, India.Arie, Adam Levine, Stevie Nicks, Anthony Hamilton and Joss Stone.
Originally from Stratford, Connecticut, this soulful singer/songwriter began writing in the 6th grade and further studied music education from The Hartt School of Music. During his college years he began to establish his music career, performing with the soul/funk band EmcQ and later touring with The Derek Trucks Band in the early millennium. He moved on to a solo career and signed with Capitol Records, releasing his self-titled debut album Javier in 2003 and Left of Center in 2006. Colon eventually left Capitol and moved on to his own label releasing an acoustic EP titled “The Truth” on Javier Colon Music in 2010. The following year Colon became the first winner of NBC’s hit reality talent show The Voice, winning a contract with Universal Republic and releasing his third full length studio album Come Through for You in November of 2011. The album charted in the Billboard Top 200 and landed in the Top 20 on the R&B/Hip Hop chart.
“Javier posses a rare and exceptional talent for both singing and songwriting that speaks to the human experience and stirs the soul through his music. We’re extremely excited about working with Javier and are thrilled to welcome him to the Concord family,” says John Burk, Chief Creative Officer, Concord Music Group.
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