Pop & Rock
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.
18 SEP 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Teddy Thompson, together with parents Richard and Linda, brother Jack, younger sister Kami, her husband James Walbourne, and nephew Zak Hobbs, collectively dubbed Thompson, will release a collaborative album of all new original songs entitled Family (Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group) on November 18, 2014. The album’s 2-Disc (1CD-DVD) Deluxe Edition, also available November 18, 2014 features the beautifully rendered 15-minute film Thompson: The Making of Family on DVD. Utilizing interviews, studio footage and vintage family photos, the film captures the warmth, intelligence and humor of this supremely talented family as they record together for the very first time.
Always intrigued by the idea of what a ‘Thompson family’ album would sound like, Teddy finally struck upon the idea of each member contributing two songs to the project which he would oversee and produce. “My therapist had a field day with it,” says Teddy. “He said, ‘wait a minute, you’re trying to get your family back together!’ And that’s exactly right. I’m six years old again, and I’m trying to put my family back together. It was very therapeutic, making the record.”
Finally, in 2012, Teddy sent emails to his parents and siblings, trusting that positive reaction, and quality music would come back. Both did. The bulk of the album was completed in 2013, with Teddy coordinating with his relatives about their individual contributions. Everybody wrote and recorded their songs where they live and sent them in. Once the songs were done, family members met up for four days of studio time in London and New York City, where the tracks were recorded with Teddy at the helm. The recordings feature abundant musical cross-pollination from all the performers as well as shared backing vocals.
The album features a wide musical range—from Kami’s more poppy contributions like her bright melodic rocker, “Careful,” to the familiar folky elegance of Richard’s, “That’s Enough,” and from Linda’s heartfelt ballad, “Bonny Boys,” to Teddy’s classic country rocker, “Right.” The songs do share an aesthetic and emotional texture instantly familiar as having sprung from this particular family source. And the family members would agree. “I suppose there’s kind of a folk-rock sensibility to what the Thompsons do, generally speaking,” says Richard. “I think everyone’s a bit in in the singer- songwriter style.”
Teddy knew the songs would be good—this is the Thompson family, after all—and yet, he says he was surprised by just how good all of the songs were. Well, maybe he wasn’t that surprised. “I don’t mean to sound cocky or anything,” he adds, “but I just felt like everybody’s really good, and everybody was going to write good songs, and do good work, and they did.”
Buy Family – Deluxe Edition: http://smarturl.it/ThompsonFamilyDlx
17 SEP 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
On October 28th, 2014, Paul McCartney's critically acclaimed album NEW will be released as a special 2CD/DVD Collector’s Edition in a hard bound book featuring bonus content, including behind the scenes footage, music videos, live recordings, album documentary and previously unreleased tracks. Released in October 2013, NEW was greeted with rave reviews all around the world. In both the UK and US it entered the Album Charts at Number Three. Within months it had sold almost a quarter-of-a-million copies in America alone and counting. NEW also went Top 10 in 17 different countries including a Number One position in the Japanese charts. Since its release, it has achieved Silver sales status in territories including UK and France, Gold status in Japan and Platinum in Russia, to name just a few international sales achievements.
This special collector’s edition is packed full with exclusive content that tells the story of the making of the album as well as capturing unique moments during the international promotion campaign which saw Paul make global headlines by creating traffic stopping moments in the US and UK with pop up performances in New York and London.
Channeling the spirit of adventure that has forever characterized McCartney’s approach to making music, NEW was born out of his collaboration with a bunch of young British producers whose records he rated. Paul Epworth, who had enormous, Oscar-winning success writing with Adele on her album 21 and on their James Bond theme Skyfall. There was Mark Ronson, the DJ/musician who had helped the late Amy Winehouse create the classic Back To Black. And there were Ethan Johns, the son of Beatles engineer Glyn and himself a renowned producer, and Giles Martin, son of Sir George and a previous collaborator with The Beatles on the Las Vegas theatrical production Love.
The original idea for the then-untitled project was that Paul would work on a few songs with each, see who he felt most comfortable with and inspired by, and proceed with that producer. But such was the flood of ideas, and so strong were the songs pouring from Paul’s fingertips, that he decided to take the best of all worlds: he’d work with all four producers. The result was one of the most ambitious and acclaimed efforts of Paul’s solo career—an album hailed by Rolling Stone as “the music of eternal youth… energized and full of joyous rock & roll invention.”
CD 1 track listing is the same as the original 14 track deluxe edition released last year. CD 2 includes two previously unreleased tracks (“Hell To Pay” and “Demons Dance”) taken from the album recording sessions as well featuring “Struggle” which was previously released as a Japanese bonus track. The second CD also includes live versions of “Save Us,” “New," “Queenie Eye” and “Everybody Out There” recorded at the Tokyo Dome, Japan in November of last year.
This story is perfectly told in Paul’s own words as well as those of the producers in Something New, a documentary about NEW directed by Don Letts, featured on the DVD. Along with the documentary and a collection of behind-the-scenes footage from Paul’s international promotional trail, the DVD also includes all of the music videos for “Queenie Eye,” “Save Us,” “Appreciate” and “Early Days,” with ‘Making Of’ material for “Queenie Eye,” “Appreciate” and “Early Days.”
Buy NEW Collector’s Edition: http://smarturl.it/PMnewCollectorsEd
16 SEP 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Atlanta-based hard rock quintet Manchester Orchestra is thrilled to announced the release of HOPE, a startling re-imagination of COPE, their most recent album, issued earlier this year. HOPE is available digitally everywhere beginning today, September 16th, 2014 via Loma Vista Recordings. In addition, HOPE will be released on CD and vinyl on November 18th, 2014.
Listen to HOPE’s “Top Notch”: https://soundcloud.com/manchesterorchestra/top-notch-hope-version/s-1LFSb
Listen to HOPE’s “Girl Harbor”: https://soundcloud.com/manchesterorchestra/girl-harbor-hope-version/s-mIH35
The band also announced that fans purchasing tickets for any date of the upcoming HOPE tour will instantly receive a digital copy of the full album, HOPE. The stripped-down fall/winter U.S. HOPE tour, which begins in Memphis, TN on October 31st, offers a rare chance to see the band perform in specially chosen, intimate venues. The 13-date HOPE tour concludes on December 13th at the super-unique Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, TN. Tickets are on sale at the band’s official website today at noon Eastern: http://themanchesterorchestra.com/
Searching for the sonic direction of what would become their fourth full-length album, the hard-hitting COPE, earlier this year; Manchester Orchestra discovered something pretty amazing. The unapologetically heavy anthems seemed to work just as well (or even better) when stripped to their essence. “We were noticing that all the beautiful, slow stuff was working with all the really loud and fast stuff,” said lead vocalist, Andy Hull. “The seed was planted to go back and create a full circle of an album.”
So when Hull went into SiriusXM’s Alt-Nation studios and recorded a stripped-down version of “Top Notch” on the eve of releasing COPE this past April, it was with a measured degree of intent. The quiet presentation and simple arrangement forced the song’s warm lyric and beautiful melody to the fore, which actually made the track itself sound bigger. The fan reaction to the new version of “Top Notch” was powerful and instant (as was the great support from SiriusXM), further reinforcing the band’s desire to reshape these songs in a new and different way. Over the summer of 2014, in the same studio where they originally forged COPE, the band re-imagined the songs with a renewed sense of purpose and fresh perspective. Using Fender Rhodes, piano, vocal re-arrangements and strings, Manchester Orchestra, with an assist from illustrious sound mixer Phil Ek (Built to Spill, Beach House, Fleet Foxes), transformed COPE’s eleven tracks into something completely new and mesmerizing: HOPE.
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