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Dave Stewart’s ‘Sweet Dreams of This: A Life In Music’ Book To Be Released In February 2016

Dave Stewart’s ‘Sweet Dreams of This: A Life In Music’ Book To Be Released In February 2016

"Sweet Dreams of This: A Life In Music"

“Sweet Dreams of This: A Life In Music”

New American Library (NAL), an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced today the publication of a new memoir by Dave Stewart, co-founder of the groundbreaking pop-rock duo Eurythmics.  NAL Executive Editor Jennifer Schuster acquired World Rights to the book.  NAL will publish the book in hardcover on February 9, 2016 with a foreword by Mick Jagger.

In a memoir by turns intimate, wild, reflective, and revelatory, the prolific performer, songwriter, and producer best known for the international hit “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” looks back on a career that has spanned three decades and more than 100 million album sales. SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS: A Life in Music is the only memoir published by a member of Eurythmics and includes never-before-seen photos.

Says Stewart, “It has been a mind-blowing experience looking back on all of these adventures and wondering how I managed to survive a lot of them.  Just writing about the wild things that happened to me back in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s was exhausting.  Mind you not much has changed!  I must have taken a busy pill somewhere along the ride.”

With a songwriter’s rhythmic grace, a performer’s sense of adventure, and a producer’s astute sense of perspective, Stewart opens up about his little-known five-year relationship with Annie Lennox before Eurythmics;  their development into one of music’s most successful and long-lasting creative partnerships; and the story behind their numerous worldwide smash hits including “Here Comes the Rain Again,” “Would I Lie to You,” “Missionary Man,” and the evergreen “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).”  Stewart’s adventures outside Eurythmics are no less epic: he recalls here collaborating, recording, and creating havoc with legends like Bono, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, and Stevie Nicks, as well as relative newcomers like Katy Perry and Joss Stone.  These partnerships generated not just amazing music-including Tom Petty’s “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” No Doubt’s “Underneath It All,” and Mick Jagger’s “Old Habits Die Hard”-but also amazing and amusing stories.  Stewart recounts high-octane adventures with Nicks, Daryl Hall, and Bob Dylan, among others, sharing his life in candid detail: from signing with Elton John’s label in the 1970’s and failing spectacularly; to the mind-bending experience of touring the world as one of the biggest pop stars alive in the 1980’s; and all the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll along the way.  Throughout, Stewart paints an atmospheric portrait of a golden age in music.

What emerges in SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS is a compelling profile of a brilliant creative mind and a voyeuristic peek into the frenetic but never boring life of a “musician’s musician” (Rolling Stone).  Stewart’s anecdotes reveal how a musical genius parlayed his creative talents into cutting-edge business ventures; and how an 80’s frontman who shocked the world with a crazy new sound matured into a global innovator, a powerful behind-the-scenes force in the music business, and one of its most enterprising and respected artists.

Adds NAL’s SVP, Publisher Kara Welsh: “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This is a rollicking ride through the 80’s: a colorful story that only a creative genius and true rock ‘n’ roller like Dave could have lived-and then retold-with such joy and energy.”

Beyond his creative work as a musician, Stewart has many successful and wide-ranging endeavors.  He introduced innovative thinking and game-changing fundraising methods to Nelson Mandela, and founded new ventures, including First Artist Bank, an artist-centered bank serving the global creative community, and The Hospital Club, a sanctuary for artists and technologists to collaborate.  Stewart created and is co-executive producer of NBC’s Songland, an upcoming competition show for songwriters.  He is also an investor and Creative Director for the creative social network Talent House.

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KINGDOM OF I: Lauren Harris Discusses Her Exciting New Musical Path!

KINGDOM OF I: Lauren Harris Discusses Her Exciting New Musical Path!

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From the moment, London, England born Lauren Harris took her very first steps backstage at the world famous Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Japan, she was destined to be an entertainer. Eldest daughter of Steve Harris, the world famous, award winning bassist and founding member of legendary Iron Maiden, Lauren has literally grown up with music and entertainment constantly around her, and embodied with a world-travelled knowledge hewn from legendary rock music ancestry, it was not long before Lauren followed her natural instincts.

Lauren Harris

Lauren Harris

At the tender age of 17, Lauren quietly started singing at an early age in London pubs and one night she grabbed the attention of legendary British producer, artist and writer Russ Ballard (Roger Daltrey, Hot Chocolate, America, Elkie Brookes, John Waite). Ballard asked her to sing a demo for new material he was writing and this led Lauren to work with Multi-Grammy award winning writer/producer Tom McWilliams (Paulina Rubio, Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada), and within just a few months, Lauren was touring Europe, playing in front of 50,000 + people a night. After proving herself during an in intensive 12 months of touring, Lauren was presented her biggest and most daunting challenge yet – supporting Iron Maiden on their world tour. Taking on the challenge of being a female in a man’s world, she proved all the detractors and naysayers wrong, mesmerizing packed houses in the biggest stadiums around the world. During this tour, Lauren went down in history as the first ever woman ever to front a rock band at a major concert in India. In October of 2006, Lauren’s life came full circle as she walked out in front of 20,000 people at the Budokan Arena in Japan, the very same venue where she took her first ever steps. When the tour concluded, Lauren released her debut album entitled “Calm before the Storm”, which was mixed by the legendary Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden), and continued to tour the UK and Europe in support of the release. In a short few years Lauren had gone from performing in pubs to playing to over a million people in over 50 countries, but rather than being the end of a success story, this was just the beginning of a what is turning into a true fairy tale.

Never happy to rest on her laurels, Lauren began working with legendary Vocal coach David Grant (Diana Ross, Linx, Rick Astley and Jaki Graham), who also worked with Will Young, Spice Girls, Charlotte Church and many others as vocal coach on the UK hit TV show Pop Idol. This lead her to opening the next chapter of her musical career by recording her next project “Six Hour Sundown”. With a contemporary style that further enhance Lauren’s vocal ability, the band spent 2011 and 2012 touring, again exposing Lauren to hundreds of thousands more fans around Europe and the UK.

Lauren Harris Rocks!

Lauren Harris Rocks!

Whilst all of this groundwork had given Lauren the experience, mentoring, and opportunities that most artists can only dream of, the tipping point in Lauren’s career came when spending time in Los Angeles in 2012, she met seasoned manager Andre Recke (Hilary Duff, R5, Nikka Costa), one of the few music managers that understands how to combine acting and musical careers. After discussing her plan to explore a more mainstream musical career, incorporating theatrical elements, whilst also pursuing acting roles, a definitive plan was put into place and Lauren relocated to Los Angeles in late 2012.

Since moving to the City of Angels, Lauren has been working non-stop, and the first product to see the light of day from the transatlantic migration is a new musical project named “Kingdom Of I”. With tunes written by prolific song writer and famed producer Dave Stewart (Eurhythmics, Platinum Weird), Kara DioGuardi (Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Kylie Minogue) and American Idol judge for season 8 and 9, and John Shanks (Westlife, Take That, Bon Jovi), the irresistibly catchy tracks were recorded and produced by Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age, Chris Cornell, Artic Monkeys). The first single and video from Kingdom Of I, is an up tempo song entitled “Crying at the Disco”, which fuses rock hooks, with dance and catchy pop — an irresistible introduction to the fantastical and theatrical experience that is Kingdom Of I.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Lauren Harris to discuss her musical roots, the creation of Kingdom of I, the process of creating her forthcoming album and much more!

Lauren Harris

Lauren Harris

As many of our readers probably know, you are from a very musical family. I was curious to hear about some of your earliest musical memories and growing up as the daughter of a rock star.

I remember traveling a hell of a lot. We used to go out on the road with my Dad all the time! Every summer holiday or break we had from school, we were always out with him. We saw so many places as kids! Even when we would go back later on, my Dad would be like “Oh yeah, we went to that city but you were two years old and probably don’t remember it.” We got to see a lot. We used to travel by bus. My Dad had his own bus for his family. It was so much fun. I used to take my homework on the bus with me and watch movies. It was quite a big adventure when I was a kid!

What were some of musical influences that had an impact on you early on?

My Dad used to listen to a lot of classic rock, so he introduced me to bands like Heart, Free and Yes. That is where the classic rock interest came from. As I grew older, I started getting more and more into 80s stuff like Belinda Carlisle, Alisha’s Attic and some rock fare. I grew up listening to classic rock, got into the 80s stuff and my favorite bands now are Foo Fighters, Muse, Prince and Fleetwood Mac. I still love all the classics as well, such as Led Zeppelin. I could go on and on and on! [laughs]

What made you take the plunge and pursue music as a career and was being in the shadow of your famous father ever intimidating?

Yeah, it was. I always sang as a kid. I loved to sing! I would drive my sisters and my brothers mad singing around the house but at the time, I never really thought of it as a career path to be honest. I started singing in pubs with a friend of mine when I was about seventeen. I got spotted in the pub by Russ Ballard. I went on to do a demo tape for him and that progressed to some other people finding out about me. That is where the producers became involved with my first album with Tommy McWilliams as a producer. So yeah, it was totally intimidating to follow in my father’s footsteps and have people look at negatives. It was a bit of a double edged sword to be honest. It is where I grew up and where I came from, so I just wanted to give it my best shot and enjoy it really!

Kingdom of I

Kingdom of I

What can you tell us about your musical progression from your earlier work to your latest project, Kingdom of I?

I think I have progressed quite a lot. It is something that happened pretty organically from just being around the guys in the guys in the band before. It went from a really, really classic rock feel, which is what I have always grown up with and has been one of my major influences, but it has progressed to a bit more of a current sound. I guess that is a result of me listening to more current pop music. Also, the guys around me in the band were really classic rock influenced as well. Like with Richie [Faulkner] for example, he is playing naturally suited that type of music. It was kind of organic in that sense. When those guys left and we started writing again, I just chose to go in more in the route that I wanted to which was to drop a bit of that sound and have it a bit more current.

As we mentioned, Kingdom of I is the name of your latest project. How did you go about choosing the name and what does it mean to you personally?

My manager, Andre Recke (Hilary Duff, R5, Nikka Costa), and I were sitting around talking about band names. For my last band, Six Hour Sundown, we took weeks and weeks going over names. We created long lists of names and whittled them and tested them with people to see which ones they liked. With this one, it came around pretty quickly because it was such a strong name. There were several elements involved like me being English, my heritage, the fact I have always been interested in fantasy stuff like ‘Game of Thrones’ and the monarchy with the kings and queens. We picked out words around that subject. Kingdom was such a strong word. Then we thought “Kingdom of… something!” Then we came up with Kingdom of I. I have had a lot of people, fans and industry people, saying a lot of things to me like “You should be this. You should be that.” I thought, “You know what? I am going to do what I want to do. This is going to be my Kingdom of I.” I think everybody should have a Kingdom of I. To me it means it is your thing. It is what you are interested in and what inspires you as a person. I hope that everyone who listens to the band or appreciates the name can have that connection to themselves.

Lauren Harris

Lauren Harris

Did you have any particular goals or expectations as you entered into the creative process for Kingdom of I?

The songs came about because I was speaking to my manager and I had a load of writing sessions with people over her in Los Angeles. It went really, really well but something was just o connecting for me. He said “Ok. What about these songs that I have?” There was an entire album of songs that had not been used by anybody. The songs had been written by Dave Stewart (Eurhythmics, Platinum Weird), Kara DioGuardi (Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Kylie Minogue) and John Shanks (Westlife, Take That, Bon Jovi). I went through and listened to them. I knew I had to do these songs because I connected with them straight away! It was totally the sound I was thinking of and going for. When I got into the studio with Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age, Chris Cornell, Arctic Monkeys, Jimmy Eat World, No Doubt), he rearranged some of the bits and pieces. It was a perfect match for me and he was so brilliant! I also worked in the studio with Tom Fletcher and he mixed a track as well, which was awesome! To work with those two people, it wasn’t too pushed. It wasn’t like “What sound we sound like? What should we do?” It just kind of happened and that is what came out. We loved doing it!

You have already released a single, “Crying at the Disco,” but where are you in the process of bringing the album to life?

We are still in the process of finishing some songs, writing and recording, which is really exciting. I am really looking forward to finishing it off. We are hopefully going to get some shows in there as well! I just want to get out and play, so badly! [laughs] I can’t wait to get out and play! It is all coming together and hopefully we will have a release date after the first of the new year.

What can people expect sonically from you with this release?

They can expect the same vibe as “Crying at the Disco.” It has that type of feel. There are some ballads on there and some high tempo stuff. It is really about me connecting to people and really wanting to tell stories. I like singing songs that actually mean something to me and that I feel people can relate to. That is why I loved “Crying at the Disco” because I think everybody has been in that position at one point or another during their lifetime. That for me is the main goal, to be able to connect with people so they can listen to the song and have it lift them up, help them through something or they can just have fun to it. That is what people can expect from the entire album.

Obviously, as we mentioned, you have worked with some great songwriting talent. I am sure you have picked up quite a few things from your time with them. Is there a particular process you use when it comes to creating your own songs?

I have a lyric book and I tend to write down a lot of ideas in that. I carry that around with me most places. I usually write with someone. Before, when Richie was in the band, I wrote with him. He would write the music, as I can’t play guitar very well. We would work together to flesh out the melodies and lyrics. It is a similar process with the newer stuff as well. I have ideas and I sit down and work with someone. We go back and forth. It is really important when you write with somebody that you have a good rapport with them and a good relationship, otherwise it doesn’t work. I have been really lucky to have worked with really good people who I have a great connection with.

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I am sure working with another creative person can right bring a song to a whole new level!

Totally! Their creativity really rubs off on you and hopefully you rub off on them in a positive way as well. It is a great process to be a part of.

How has the transition of moving to Los Angeles impacted you as an artist?

I just love LA! I think it is full of inspiration and amazing people. I love England too, don’t get me wrong. There is such openness here where in my home country I get a lot of the whole nepotism thing. Over here it is not such a big deal with my father being who he is. Even using that and being on tours with him and such is not viewed as such a negative here. People are really interested and think it is a really amazing thing which I’ve done. In England, and it doesn’t apply to everyone, but a lot of people don’t like the fact that I did that and have said negative things about it. That is find but I find people are more open over here and that has been really, really nice. I just love this city. I think it is full of inspiration and is full of so many people who love music and being creative. It is really nice to be around those people.

Lauren Harris

Lauren Harris

The process of putting together an album can be very intense at times. What do you feel you have learned about yourself as a result?

I think I have really learned to let go of other people’s opinions and really focus on what I love and what I want to create. That has been the main thing for me. In the past, as I’ve said, there were a lot of comments made with negativity and nepotism. There was a period when it really did get me down. I looked at it a couple of times and thought “This is horrible! People can be so nasty! Why do they write these things?” After that moment, I swore to myself I would never look at that stuff again because it is just not good for you. It is not good for how I feel and it takes me out of what I love as well. Everyone has got an opinion but the main person you have to listen to is yourself. I think I have really started to do that and started to trust myself. I also try to surround myself with people who don’t think in a negative way. It is all about being positive.

Absolutely. Anything I find to be very inspiring about you is that you aren’t limiting yourself to only music. I had read you were pursuing acting studies as well. What can you tell us about that aspect of your career?

Yeah! I studied theater in school when I was younger. It was something I was always interested in. Being over here in Los Angeles, which is the acting capital of the world, I thought I would go along and take some acting classes. Originally, I was just doing it to make some friends in the area because I didn’t know a lot of people here other than my manager and producer. They are busy 24/7, so the main thing was to meet people and have a bit of fun. I went to study with Howard Fine and I just feel in love with it. I totally love this and it is something I could do in addition to music. It really felt like a new life, if you’d like. I would love to both and there are a lot of people who do so hopefully, one day! [laughs] I do have some prospects but I don’t know how much I am aloud to say about them at the moment. There is a cinematographer in England named Robert Dowling and there are a couple of things in line with him. However, that is all I am allowed to saw at the minute.

Lauren Harris

Lauren Harris

What do you consider the biggest milestone in your career to date?

One of the toughest things for me was playing in front of my family for the first time. That was at a really, really small gig in my home town at a place called The Square. That was probably one of the scariest performances I have ever done. I think it is easier to play to a crowd when you don’t know anybody but when you have your friends and family there watching you it is ten million times harder! I actually find playing small gigs harder as well because it is more intimate. I don’t know if that is the right way around! I just kind of got thrown into playing on a big stage and it is how I learned all my tricks and skills.

Growing up the way you did, I am sure you had the opportunity to rub elbows with many knowledgeable people in the industry. What is the best piece of advice someone has given you along the way in regard to your career?

That is a really good question. The best advice probably from my Dad to be honest. He watched me play every single night and would always be a really positive person in the room as well. There were times when I would get really down about things because we were a bit of a rock/pop band or a classic rock band that was playing to a metal audience. At that time, I felt it was extremely difficult. I just wanted people to like me but I got loads of middle fingers and shouting out things. I mean, we had amazing performances as well but I just felt like it wasn’t the best fit at the time. He told me to completely ignore everybody else. He would say “Maiden got slagged off in the early days.” There was this one writer who absolutely hated them. My Dad said “You can’t focus on all the crap. It is just rubbish. Just believe in yourself.” Like I said earlier, that is the most important thing — belief in yourself.

Anything you would like to say to the people before I let you go?

I hope people will check out Kingdom of I and like the track, “Crying at the Disco,” as well. We are going to do a video and hopefully it will be done before Christmas.

We will keep spreading the word for you, Lauren. Thanks so much for all of your time today!

Thanks so much, Jason. It is really nice to talk to you!

Keep up on all the latest news and dates for Lauren Harris and Kingdom of I, visit her official Facebook page at facebook.com/LaurenHarrisOfficial. Connect with her on Twitter at twitter.com/koirockband.

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DAVE STEWART: To Release His New Studio Album, “Lucky Numbers,” On September 30th

DAVE STEWART: To Release His New Studio Album, “Lucky Numbers,” On September 30th

Dave Stewart

Dave Stewart

Kobalt Label Services (KLS) has struck an exclusive deal to be the official worldwide  label services partner (excluding the territories of Germany, Switzerland and Austria, which will be released by Membran) for the highly anticipated new album by renowned artist, producer and composer Dave Stewart.

The album is due for release on September 30 on Stewart’s own label, Weapons of Mass Entertainment (WME) via KLS. The first single entitled, “Every Single Night” featuring Martina McBride, impacts radio in the U.S. on August 13th.  KLS will market and distribute globally through its wholly-owned global digital platform and network of physical distribution partners.

“I’ve had a really great relationship with Kobalt for over five years and it seemed natural to me when they started KLS, to continue working with such a great company.”

Stewart is already a long-time, worldwide Kobalt client in the music publishing area and this year also tapped Kobalt’s neighbouring rights division to represent his entire repertoire throughout the world.

“As an entrepreneur and pioneer of innovation himself, Dave has been a long-time supporter and valued client of Kobalt’s alternative model. We’re extremely proud to further extend our already successful relationship with him to be his official label services partner on this exciting new album,” said Richard Sanders, President of Kobalt Music Group and Chairman of KLS.

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Voodoo Rock Blues: Orianthi Discusses Her New Album ‘Heaven In This Hell’

Voodoo Rock Blues: Orianthi Discusses Her New Album ‘Heaven In This Hell’

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From writing her first song at the age of 6, to being discovered and playing alongside her idols Carlos Santana and Steve Vai early in her career, Orianthi has made an enduring mark on the music industry. While many were introduced to this timid guitar goddess when she played the Grammy Awards in 2009 as part of Carrie Underwood’s band, it was being selected for Michael Jackson’s ill-fated “This Is It Tour” that exposed her to mainstream audiences. Since that time, she has continued to gain momentum! In 2009, Orianthi released her impressive debut album, ‘Believe’. It was an album that proved she was more than just a gifted guitarist and a pretty face. “According To You,” her first solo single, which went platinum in the U.S. and abroad, putting her serious vocal chops on to display for all to hear.

In late 2011, between legs of Alice Cooper’s world tour (where she played lead guitar), she began work on her sophomore album. Teaming with legendary musician Dave Stewart (of The Eurythmics), Orianthi recorded a majority of ‘Heaven In This Hell’ at Blackbird Studio in Nashville. Inspired by her blues heroes, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Robert Johnson, Orianthi new album takes listeners on a non-stop thrill ride of riff heavy rock and energetic blues. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with this artist on the rise to discuss the creation of her new album, teaming with producer Dave Stewart, the challenges she encountered along the way and much more!

What was the catalyst that made you know now was the time to hit the studio for a new album?

I have been writing songs for this album for a couple of years now. Dave Stewart called me when he was in Nashville doing his album. He invited me to the studio to check it out and I loved it. I knew that making a record there would be so great and it was more about capturing the live performance than it was recording a whole album. The energy there felt really organic and the way I was hoping to make this record.

Orianthi In The Studio

Orianthi In The Studio

What can fans expect from you and this album sonically?

It is definitely going towards groove heavy rock that I started playing a long time ago. It has more of that flavor to it. At the same time, there are some tracks similar to “Believe” like “Come Together” or “What’s It Going To Be” and is in that sort of vein.

When you first started to create this record, what were your expectations?

It was really about capturing the live sound. I wanted it to sound live where everyone was in the room together and it was full bore rock ‘n’ roll. I wanted to capture that energy. When I originally talked to Dave about it he said the same thing. The guitar solos sound inspired. Actually, most of the songs were written on acoustic guitar.

It is so cool to see you pairing up with Dave Stewart as a producer for this record. How did you two first meet?

We actually met at Stand Up To Cancer, a benefit show. It was a great show that featured Stevie Wonder and Heart, among others. We met and started talking about blues and things we should write together, so we did! We wrote lots of songs together and have played a lot of shows as well. He is a great guitar player as well.

What can you tell us about the process of working with him and what he brought to the table for this album?

The process was really different. Sometimes I would play a guitar riff, like we did with “Fire,” and would build the song from there. We would get out the acoustic guitars and start with some melodies over chords. Dave is a great lyricist as well and would say some things along the way that would make the songs better. He brought a lot of ideas in like “Heaven In This Hell.” He has great ideas and is always thinking about performing the songs live for the audience.

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How did the atmosphere of Nashville, where the studio is located, influence this record?

Every time I go to Nashville, I find it is very much all about the music. Here in L.A., it is intense but in Nashville it is all about writing songs and musicianship. It is just incredible! You go into the studio and the musicians hear only a little bit of the song and they are playing it within minutes! We had the opportunity to work with some really great players. I think this album was very much about surrounding myself with that great energy. I found it very inspiring.

What were the biggest challenges in creating this album?

There weren’t that many challenges really. We did an EP at the beginning of 2012, 11 months ago now, then I went on tour with Alice Cooper. It was very much broken up. The release of the EP was awhile ago and it has been awhile since I have released new music, three years or something. Once I got off the tour with Alice, we finished up the record via Skype from a studio here in L.A. with the guys in Nashville. I think time was definite a challenge because of all the touring I was doing. I wanted to get the album finished but, at the same time, you also don’t want to rush it. Doing the EP and then finishing off the album, I know, was a good thing.

“Heaven In This Hell” is a great album with a lot going on. Can you tell us about some of the artists who helped influence this record?

Yeah, definitely! I am a big of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, a Carlos Santana fan. I feel this record is a little more colorful than the last record. It has a few more flavors — a bit of country, a bit of blues and rock. I call it my Voodoo Rock Blues record! I was also listening to alot of Robert Johnson, who I love. I learned a lot from him acoustically and what he does with melodies and whatnot. “Heaven In This Hell” actually started with that sort of delta blues riff at the beginning. Then there is “Frozen,” which is electric. I really think this album goes back to who I was listening to when I was younger and who I listen to now, of course. I definitely think this record is a reflection of who I am now.

Obviously, you can learn a lot from a guy like Alice Cooper. What were the highlights of the tour and what did you learn from him?

Alice is amazing! He is one of the nicest people and an incredible entertainer! I have been on tour with him for about a year now. We will be touring again at the end of this year. He is just so great. There are so many great songs and the way the songs are structured have so many different guitar parts. There are three guitar players in the band, Ryan Roxie, Tommy Henriksen and myself. They are great players and the whole band is really top notch. They are all like brothers to me at this point! We have a great time every night and it is like a big party. Like a crazy, non-stop Rocky Horror party! Two hours non-stop, every night! Alice doesn’t talk between any of the songs, so we are literally getting guitars thrown on us for the changes. You get out there and you start songs in the dark! It is pretty crazy and the shows generally run two hours non-stop where you are dodging knives, you have to play “Feed My Frankenstein” and see Alice with the whip! [laughs] He is intense! When he gets into character, you have to watch out! One of the first nights I played with him he came over and stabbed a balloon with a giant sword that was right above my head! It was pretty intense! It has been an amazing experience working with Alice.

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Last time we spoke we discussed your work with Michael Jackson and now Alice Cooper. What is the biggest thing you have taken from working with these amazing performers you plan on bringing to your live show? I am assuming you will be touring in support of this awesome album?

Oh yeah, definitely! We are looking at touring really soon. We are looking at Japan, Australia and definitely here in the States, starting with some club shows here in Los Angeles. Working with all of these amazing performers, the way they present their energy and give it to the audience does make it constantly interesting. They just seem like they are loving it every night. It is not a job, they love it! I say this a lot but it is so true, Alice is quite similar to MJ in the way he is such a great entertainer. He loves his fans and he wants to make sure his show is at its best for them. We are all people who give 110% every night!

We can see a lot of growth over the course of your two albums. What has been the best part of the success you achieved so far?

The exposure on the radio and through “This Is It” has been really inspiring. I get messages on Twitter and Facebook from young girls and guys who say, “I heard one of your songs and I want to play guitar now. You’ve really inspired me.” That is really cool, it really is. I tell them to keep at it! Whether you play guitar, drums or whatever it is — express yourself artistically! Music is powerful and it has helped me through a lot. I can’t imagine doing anything else. My music is my life and I hope I can inspire others to achieve their dreams as well.

You worked with Paul Reed Smith for years. We are based just down the road from his factory. You have just done your second custom model with him. What can you tell us about that process and working with him?

Orianthi: Artist On The Rise

Orianthi: Artist On The Rise

Paul is a great artist. First and foremost, he loves playing guitars. He is so passionate about making sure the guitars he makes are all top notch from the wood to the pick-ups to the way they look with the paint. Everything! I have been to the factory a few times and it is amazing. The people who work in the factory are all guitar players and they take a lot of care in creating the instruments. Everyone is different and they all have their different personalities. One of my favorite PRS guitars is the one I used to audition for the MJ thing. It is called Pepper and it is a PRS Custom 24. It is my favorite guitar and I wanted to model the SE after that. They took that guitar and modeled the new one off of that with the contoured body and 3-way blade switch. The other model I play and love. The same is true of this model as well. They are both quality guitars and are affordable for kids. Some guitars are really expensive and this one is half the price. I am really honored to play their guitars and it is an honor because I have been playing a PRS since I was 11. Carlos Santana inspired me to play the electric guitar. I got a PRS second hand when I was 11 and I couldn’t put it down. Teaming up with Paul and having his support has been an amazing experience. I have been going to NAMM for nine years, so walking into the booth and seeing my own guitar on the stand was pretty crazy!

I know your fans always love to hear from you, Orianthi. Is there anything you would like to say to them before I let you go?

Yeah, definitely! Thank you all for your support through Facebook and Twitter. I can’t wait to tour this spring! I really want to thank them all for their patience because they have moved the date for the album release a few times. We just wanted to make sure that it was put out in Japan the same time it was in the United States. I just want to thank them all for their support and I can’t wait to see them all soon out on the road!

Catch up with Orianthi at her official website, www.OrianthiMusic.com. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Guitarist Orianthi To Unleash ‘Heaven In This Hell’ On March 12th!

Guitarist Orianthi To Unleash ‘Heaven In This Hell’ On March 12th!

Orianthi Is Back!

Orianthi Is Back!

Platinum selling solo artist and iconic guitarist Orianthi is gearing up for the release of her new album, Heaven In This Hell. Orianthi will captivate fans with a record that delivers a mega-dose of rock and weaves elements of modern country and swampy blues. The album, produced by Dave Stewart, will be released on Robo Records (distributed by Universal/Fontana) and is scheduled to drop on March 12, 2013. The first single, “Frozen”, will be serviced to Rock and Classic Rock radio on January 28th.

From writing her first song at the age of 6, to being discovered and playing alongside her idols Carlos Santana and Steve Vai early in her career, Orianthi has made an enduring mark on the music industry. While many were introduced to this timid guitar goddess when she played the Grammy Awards in 2009 as part of Carrie Underwood’s band, it was being selected for Michael Jackson’s ill-fated “This Is It Tour” that exposed her to mainstream audiences. In the Fall of 2009, Orianthi released “According To You,” her first solo single, which went platinum in the U.S. and abroad. More than just a gifted guitarist, this success showed she had serious vocal chops as well.

In late 2011, between legs of Alice Cooper’s world tour (where she played lead guitar), she began work on her forthcoming project. “I am so proud of this album because it really showcases my style of riff heavy rock and energetic blues,” Orianthi remarks. “The success of Believe [her previous CD] helped give me credibility and afforded me the freedom to create the kind of album I have been wanting to make, with musicians I respect, playing together live in a studio, creatively exchanging ideas…the way I want all my records to be made. My friend, collaborator and producer, Dave Stewart and I just jammed and hashed out a variety of songs and sounds until we found the grooves that inspired us” she continued.

While Orianthi recorded a majority of Heaven In This Hell at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, she also recorded several songs and overdubs at Dave Stewart’s (of The Eurythmics) Hollywood Studio. “Working with Ori over the last year has been an inspiring experience for me,” said Stewart . “She is such a dedicated guitarist and focused songwriter; her enthusiasm is infectious and all the musicians who worked on the record were motivated to give her their best. When we went to Nashville, we knew we were about to embark on something exciting, something career altering,” he continued.

The time spent in Nashville left an indelible impression that can be heard in several of the tracks, which were mixed by Nashville resident John McBride. New tracks like “Rock” and “Another You” are examples of crossover country-AC songs that blend heartfelt harmonies and melodies with lyrics that showcase a more vulnerable, exposed emotional side, often veiled by her signature PRS axe. “Heaven In This Hell” the title track, is a blues-rooted rock song which features swampy guitar riffs with an edgy Zeppelin-esque vibe. Songs like “Frozen”, the first single, and “You Don’t Wanna Know” provide listeners with some insight into a couple of her primary musical influences with raw, crunchy guitar riffs reminiscent of Hendrix and Stevie Ray

Vaughn. “If You Think You Know Me” is an arousing anthem with thunderous drums, meant to inspire and empower anyone who has ever felt alone. This track, which begs to be played in a large arena, asks listeners: “Have you ever felt like you didn’t fit in?/Like there’s somebody else inside your skin?/ Well you’re not alone/We all came here for something.”

“To say that we are excited about this record is a complete understatement” said Rob Christie, founder of Robo Records. “Not only is Orianthi one of the most gifted musicians I’ve heard, but she also has a heart of gold. She is extremely passionate about music, animals, family and her fans. She truly is an inspiration to adults and children, literally around the globe.”

“I’m so excited to share Heaven In This Hell with the fans! It’s been a long time coming for me,” says Orianthi.

Check out a sneak peek of the making of the album below, along with the tracklisting!

Track listing:
Heaven in this Hell 4:32
You Don’t Wanna Know 3:40
Fire 2:54
If You Think You Know Me 3:35
How Do You Sleep? 4:15
Frozen 3:41
Rock 4:34
Another You 3:43
How Does That Feel? 3:09
Filthy Blues 3:17
If You Were Here With Me 4:11

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Joss Stone Announces Release of New Album, LP1, on July 26th

Joss Stone Announces Release of New Album, LP1, on July 26th

Stone’d Records & Surfdog Records are proud to announce their partnership to release Joss Stone’s next album, LP1 on July 26, 2011.

As a world-renowned soul singer who Smokey Robinson calls “Aretha Joplin,” Joss has sold over 11 million records globally. Having just turned 24, Joss has already amassed a career’s worth of successes. She is  a Grammy winner, five-time Grammy nominee, and the recipient of several Brit Awards.

Stone recently established her own label, Stone’d Records, and has partnered with Surfdog to release LP1. This is the first album Joss has recorded with total creative freedom. She co-wrote andco -producedit with super-producer and Eurythmics co-founder, Dave Stewart. Together they immersed themselves into a rock n’ soul musical odyssey in Nashville, Tennessee, finishing LP1 in only six days.

“This is the most fun I’ve ever had making a record with Crazy Dave Stewart at the helm, and yes the players in Nashville are unbelievable!!!” says Stone.  “This album captures a specific moment in time that was spontaneous and full of creativity.”

“Joss can sing with the ferocity of a lioness and dynamically switch to the most delicate whisper in the same phrase,”says Stewart. “She is always honest and full of real emotion. It is an honor to work alongside a true artist who understands so much at such a young age.”

For more information:

www.jossstone.com
www.facebook.com/jossstone
www.surfdog.com

 

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