MondoTunes appoints Warren Huart as Head of A&R and Artist Development.

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Irvine, California – April 28, 2014

 

MondoTunes announced today that it has appointed Multi-Platinum Producer Warren Huart to its new position of Head of A&R and Artist Development. Mr. Huart, who has worked with some of the top artists in the world, including Aerosmith, The Fray, James Blunt, Daniel Powter, Kris Allen and many more, will be taking an active role in helping to nurture the careers of hand-picked artists from MondoTunes’ ever-growing list of extremely talented artists worldwide.

 

Over the past few months, MondoTunes has been sifting through the thousands of existing artists in their distribution database, as well as attempting to discover new acts via vehicles such as songwriting contests in order to hand-pick the best of the best and play an active role in helping to advance their career and get them to the next level.

 

“We could not be more excited to have Warren as part of our leadership team in this area” said MondoTunes Co-Founder, Steve Norris. “Javan (Co-Founder Javan Mershad) and I have known Warren for quite some time” Norris went on to say “and we’ve had a great experience working with him on various projects and initiatives over the years. Warren is extremely talented, knows the business inside and out, and most importantly, he truly cares about the well-being of independent artists. That is a perfect fit for us!”

 

One of the first items on the agenda for Huart will be playing the role of Judge in an upcoming Pop/Rock Song Contest to be announced soon. “I’m excited to join the MondoTunes Team and work with new and up and coming artists, help them to shape their sound and vision, and help them in the areas of licensing, marketing, booking, etc. These are the things that I love to do! And knowing and having worked with Steve and Javan in the past and seeing what they’ve been doing with MondoTunes, this is just a natural and perfect fit for me!”

 

MondoTunes (www.mondotunes.com) provides the largest music distribution channel in the world with hundreds of online retail partners in over one hundred countries, and supplies upstream services for major labels in search of breakout artists. MondoTunes also recently launched their own Internet Radio Station featuring MondoTunes Artists across all genres. For more information, please visit http://www.MondoTunes.com

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Collage releases new single ‘Kingston Killers’

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The singer, rapper and songwriter from Jamaica known as Collage has released his latest single, “Kingston Killers.” The track is the most significant official single from Collage to date. It has been released on the Castle Productions music label. Positively and proudly nationalist in its themes, energetic and powerful in its rhythm and groove, “Kingston Killers” showcases Collage as one of the Caribbean’s most creative and hardworking rappers.

 

Collage cites as main artistic influences Lil’ Wayne, as well as fellow Jamaican musician, Vybz Kartel.

 

“I admire Vybz Kartel for his creative style of writing,” he writes.

 

Not unlike Kartel, Collage spends an enormous amount of time penning rap songs with cutting, thoughtful lyrics. “Kingston Killers,” in particular, is a song with much of Collage’s heart in its themes and overall meaning.

 

“For this single,” Collage writes, “the essence really is that I am passionate about my community and my country Jamaica at large. Therefore I will be willing to defend my country if the needs arise, and in the song I am inviting others to the same, and to rekindle that passion in their hearts for their country. I am not just referring to going to war like a solider, but also to be the best they can be and make a meaningful contribution to their country according to their area of expertise.”

 

Collage has been writing, performing and competing in rap since the 9th grade.

 

“I started getting involved in music back in school when I used to watch ‘106 and Park’ and ‘Freestyle Friday.’” Collage writes. “I watched BET a lot back then. That’s when I started to write my own rap.”

 

His first moniker was Casino, which he changed to Collage upon signing with the Castle Productions music label in 2012, with which company he has been working ever since. His official debut studio LP record album is in the works.

 

“Kingston Killers” by Collage is available online worldwide.

 

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

 

Kingston Killers” at Amazon –

 

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Killers-Edited-Version-Single/dp/B00JOTQ31S/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1398710281&sr=1-1&keywords=kingston+killers
Website –

 

http://www.castleproductions.org

 

eMail –

leofrancis40@gmail.com

Izzy Cash releases new single ‘Wake Me Up’

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The rapper and hip-hop producer known as Izzy Cash has released his latest single, “Wake Me Up.” “Wake Me Up” is Izzy Cash’s most significant worldwide release since his latest mixtape, “Regime Reloaded,” which appeared on such sites as Hype Magazine and Hip Hop Worldwide in late 2013 / early 2014. The single has been proudly released without support from the corporate music infrastructure. A booming, thumping hip-hop track steeped in the original sound born on America’s East Coast, “Wake Me Up” stands as an example of Izzy Cash’s powerful talent and promises that this urban poet has much more where this came from.

 

Izzy Cash cites as main artistic influences Fabolous, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Snoop Lion, the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, and Nas. His own art bears similarities to his favorite legends, though of course the distinctive Izzy Cash sound remains the most striking feature of “Wake Me Up.” The single moves further from his work on “Regime Reloaded” while still carrying his momentum, making an upbeat and aggressive move towards Cash’s first full-length record.

 

The rapper Izzy Cash was born on the island of Grenada in the Southeastern Caribbean, but has been based in New York City’s Brooklyn borough for some time. He has publicly mentioned that he has plans to release his debut LP album later in 2014. His lyric content generally revolves around topics such as women, work, hip hop, the pursuit of success, and loved ones passed on. His personal tenacity as an artist also appears frequently in his songs.

 

“I rap about real life situations,” writes Cash. “Realistically, if a person really wants to succeed they have to live positively. You have to feel like good things are coming and that you are living to the fullest. A successful person has to do more than lackadaisically sitting around. It may be hard to accomplish, but anyone can do whatever he or she wants, as long as that person is willing to put the work in and the motivation comes from the heart.”

 

It is his devotion to the art of hip hop which makes songs like “Wake Me Up” so remarkable.

 

Cash writes of this, “I love music. I love it and I want to spend my life creating more of it. I can’t think of anything better than that.”

 

“Wake Me Up” by Izzy Cash is available online worldwide.

 

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

 

Wake Me Up” at Amazon –

 

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_srch_drd_B00JOTXYEM?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=Izzy%20Cash&index=digital-music&search-type=ss

 

Website –

https://www.facebook.com/IzzyCashNYC

Elu releases debut single ‘Nine Holes and a Beer’

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The musician known as Elu has released his official debut music single, “Nine Holes and a Beer.” The track is a contemporary blues song with overtones of cool jazz, built on crisp and breezy guitar chords and classy, stylish vocals. The track has been proudly published and distributed as an independent title and features the vast talents of Erlend Krauser. A song which conveys not only feelings of warmth and contentment but also a deep appreciation of life’s most tranquil moments, “Nine Holes and a Beer” showcases Elu as a remarkable songwriter and nigh-flawless performer.

 

Elu cites as main artistic influences Ween, Faith No More, and Frank Zappa, proving him to be a listener with a taste for wildly creative music with sharp edges. However, Elu’s own debut single, “Nine Holes and a Beer” has far more in common with legendary artists such as Chet Baker and John Pizzarelli. The vocals are smooth as silk, the guitar chords like the trickling of spring water over a stone riverbed. The effect is both calming and enchanting, intriguing and subtly complex. Fans of jazz and blues alike will agree on Elu’s first official release.

 

The themes of “Nine Holes and a Beer” are bucolic, sunny and simple.

 

“I like to play golf,” Elu writes. “And everyone who playes golf knows that it usually is a real struggle. But then there are those rare moments, when suddenly everything is perfect. This song is about such a moment.”

 

“Nine Holes and a Beer” may represent Elu’s official debut, but the expert musician has been playing since the age of seven.

 

“I had piano lessons for 14 years,” he relates. “My major musical influences were the Beatles, Beatles, Beatles. Nothing else. And actually I never practiced – I only played – all day long. Blues, boogie stuff. Which drove my teacher crazy.”

 

To play music without practicing scales and other such exercises is rare in musicians who achieve Elu’s level of expertise. He attributes this success to an unlikely source, considering his present sound. He explains:

 

“I started playing guitar at the age of 16, when I discovered that there was another cool band out there: AC/DC. I played in several rock and punk rock bands and ended up playing the Hammond organ in a Deep Purple cover band for years. Kept playing the guitar now and then, but lost the focus a bit.”

 

That the Erlend Krauser appears prominently on “Nine Holes and a Beer” is no accident.

 

“That changed when I met Erlend Krauser, a GENIUS guitar player and musician. I thought: you’re never too old to release your first single.”

 

“Nine Holes and a Beer” by Elu and featuring Erlend Krauser is available online worldwide. Get in early.

 

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

 

Nine Holes and a Beer” by Elu at Amazon –

 

http://www.amazon.com/Nine-Holes-feat-Erlend-Krauser/dp/B00JOPMBTU/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1398373034&sr=1-1&keywords=%27Nine+Holes+and+a+Beer%27

 

eMail –

elu@zongazeevil.com

 

Jas Unique releases new single ‘Emotional’

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The singer and songwriter known as Jas Unique has released his latest R ‘n’ B single, “Emotional.” The track has been proudly released independent of support from corporate music companies. An upbeat, uplifting and lightheartedly romantic song with clear, clarion vocals atop a deep, thumping back beat, “Emotional” is a single that proves Jas Unique is more than just an up-and-coming talent. He’s a musician at the top of his rhythm-‘n’-blues game.

 

Jas Unique cites as main artistic influences Anthony Hamilton, Chris Brown, and Urban Mystic. Unique’s own sound is a blend of these with a touch more of soul, a dash of blues, and a steady undercurrent of southern gospel music. This will not surprise longtime fans of Jas Unique, either, because his musical background has its roots in the thriving choir culture of the American South.

 

Unique states that he began his musical journey and learned to sing, “by watching my mother and father sing, and by singing at church.”

 

Jas Unique’s single, “Emotional” is a true love song without the melodrama that drips from so much modern pop on radio and Internet music channels. Asked to describe the themes of this latest single, Unique writes that his song revolves around “Inspiration, emotions, joy and love.”

 

Jas Unique (also variously stylized Jas’Unique) is the professional name of Jason Rashad Rogers of Amory, Mississippi. His crystalline style of singing was honed at the Gordon Chapel Church in Houlka, MS, where by the age of twelve he had performed with a music group, Unique Voices, on drums. In 2006 Jas Unique represented his church by performing solo in a church choir competition, and realized his passion for music upon accepting his trophy for third place.

“Emotional” by Jas Unique is available online worldwide.

 

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

 

Emotional” by Jas Unique at Amazon –

 

http://www.amazon.com/Emotional-Single-Jas-Unique/dp/B00JGESCPQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1398368067&sr=1-1&keywords=%22jas+unique%22

 

Website –

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jas-Unique/672662252776860

Mike Schadel releases new LP ‘Oscar Wilde Is Dead’

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The singer and songwriter known as Mike Schadel has released his latest LP record, “Oscar Wilde Is Dead.” The album is comprised of 10 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. It is his third studio album, preceded by his 2010 LP “Things Will Change,” and “So What. Who Cares. The End,” which appeared in 2007. A poppy, grooving record with an audiophile’s sensibilities and an indie heart, “Oscar Wilde Is Dead” stands as definitive proof that Mike Schadel deserves a place in every music lover’s record collection.

 

Schadel cites as main artistic influences Ben Folds, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainright, Tuneyards, and “anything catchy or cutting edge.”

 

His record exhibits many qualities of these without attributes which might signify derivation. The resulting sound is unequivocally his own – smooth and subtle in its acoustic overtones, yet aggressive in terms of lyrical potency and emotional impact. “Oscar Wilde Is Dead” is equally effective when played as pleasant background music or when listened to with the intensity of a music aficionado.

At the center of this sonic elasticity is Schadel’s musical principles, which demand that he take himself not-too seriously when writing music. Asked to describe the general theme of “Oscar Wilde Is Dead,” he writes: “Humor is a big factor to my message. I like to poke fun at myself and people around me in clever ways. I like to leave people smiling and wanting more.”

 

Mike Schadel has been playing music since the age of eight, when Santa Claus brought him a keyboard. By 10 he had graduated to drums and vocals, which he managed simultaneously. 12 saw him playing in a garage band with friends from school. His early songwriting was populated with catchy melody lines and four-part harmonies (which harmonic experience forms much of the charm on “Oscar…”). In time he moved to Los Angeles and played many famous venues with an ever-changing lineup, finally settling into the solo project which has resulted in this new LP.

 

Schadel has worked with the World Record, the Herbert Bail Orchestra, Eli Bolin, the Center Theater Group, and Joan Rivers. He also finds time to play in the Hereafter with his friend and fellow songwriter, John Elliot.

 

“Oscar Wilde Is Dead” by Mike Schadel is available online worldwide. Get in early.

 

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

 

Oscar Wilde Is Dead” by Mike Schadel at Amazon –

 

http://www.amazon.com/Oscar-Wilde-Dead-Mike-Schadel/dp/B00JJOPT8G/

 

Website –

www.mikeschadel.com

 

eMail –

mikeschadel@gmail.com

Harmini releases new single ‘If I Go Away’

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The born-again rapper, singer and songwriter known as Harmini has released his long-awaited single, “If I Go Away.” The single has been heralded by vast amounts of media attention on national television networks such as CBS as well as by international hip-hop heroes such as 50 Cent. An extremely emotional, visceral music experience unlike what is commonly published by even the most excellent hip-hop studios today, “If I Go Away” stands to put Harmini on mountaintops where he can preach his Christian message to listeners around the world.

 

New-York-raised Harmini cites as main artistic influences Boys II Men, Jagged Edge, Eminem, N-Sync, DMX, Backstreet boys, Nas, Michael Jackson and Garth Brooks, “to name a few.” His style is perhaps best described as having attributes of Eminem and DMX, bolstered by harmonies not unlike those of Boys II Men, and bearing certain flairs of Michael Jackson which polish his sound to a high shine.

 

“I have always had a strong passion for music,” writes the artist of his musical tastes. “It was one of the very things that helped keep me alive during some of the hardest times of my life.”

 

The remarkable quality of “If I Go Away” aside, however, its main draw is its shocking, brute-force, bone-deep earnestness and autobiographical nature.

 

Before the age of 21, Harmini had been the victim of sexual abuse and hospitalized for drug overdoses and suicide attempts more than a dozen times. He had been dealing narcotics for more than a decade. He had been on probation four times as a teenager before finally finding himself in jail, then prison. Two weeks before his scheduled release from the penitentiary, his mother passed away from lung cancer.

 

“My repeated delinquent behaviors as a wayward child built me the reputation of an unreachable heathen without hope for change,” he writes. “[My song] ‘If I Go Away’ reminds the world how important it is to make good choices in life. It brings to life and refreshes the harsh reality and importance of choices vs. consequences.”

 

2005 saw Harmini’s accepting of Jesus Christ, whose gospel he has been speaking, singing and living ever since. “If I Go Away” represents the sonic culmination of his spiritual and social redemption.

 

Dallas police officers appear in Harmini’s “If I Go Away” video in uniform, which has resulted in an official investigation of the DPD and more than a little uproar.

 

The following statement about Harmini’s music video appeared on the official website of rapper 50 Cent, thisis50.com, in February:

 

“An actor, singer, songwriter, musician, model, and speaker, this man does it all. Who would think [Harmini’s] role as a rap artist would stir up a story that made local news in Dallas, Texas? … The video has no profanity, no weapons actually being fired and has a positive message. – Shenee Edwards, President of 3HP Records.”

 

In response, Harmini himself replied in characteristic fashion, “Regardless of what people say, think. or do, our goal should be to deliver high-quality, relevant content that both honors God and challenges the mind of secular beliefs to consider the reality and truth of Jesus Christ. We serve the God of the Bible. Period.”

 

The music of “If I Go Away” stands tall, even amid so much personal and social tumult. Harmini’s passion is palpable. His story, unforgettable.

 

“If I Go Away” by Harmini is available online worldwide. Be sure to see the trailer for his upcoming official video (link provided below).

 

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

 

If I Go Away” by Harmini official music video trailer –

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heBQyZ198c0

 

Purchase “If I Go Away” by Harmini, single release here –

 

http://www.harminiproductions.com/#!product/prd1/745876771/music-4-%2522if-i-go-away%2522-mp3-single

 

Official Harmini Website –

 

http://www.harminiproductions.com