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SC Art Album Sheryl via Meg McClean Corso for Universal music Group for use by 360 Magazine

Sheryl

On March 11, a full-length documentary film directed by Amy Scott, entitled Sheryl, about the singer-songwriter’s life and career will premiere at SXSW, ahead of the May 6 premiere on SHOWTIME. An intimate story of song and sacrifice, Sheryl navigates an iconic yet arduous musical career while the artist battles sexism, ageism, depression, cancer, and the price of fame, before harnessing the power of her gift.

In conjunction, UMe/Big Machine Records will release a new album called Sheryl: Music From The Feature Documentary digitally and on 2CD on May 6. The release features Sheryl Crow’s biggest hits, including “If It Makes You Happy,” “Soak Up The Sun,” “All I Wanna Do, “My Favorite Mistake,” “Redemption Day,” and many more, as well as deep tracks and three newly recorded songs. To preorder Sheryl: Music From The Feature Documentary, click HERE

“I am excited for the premiere of my documentary,” said Crow. “I hope people will find strength and courage through my story. It was a journey through years and years of incredible memories, and I am proud of the beautiful documentary that Amy Scott made about my life.” 

About Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow is a nine-time GRAMMY award recipient and an American music icon. Her first nine studio albums have sold 35 million copies worldwide; seven charted in the Top 10, and five were certified for multi-platinum sales. Crow has been feted by a new generation of singer-songwriters who have covered her songs and talked about her influence, including Phoebe Bridgers, H.E.R, Haim, Maren Morris, Lorde, Sasami, Best Coast, and Brandi Carlile.

360 MAG: A No-Nonsense Conversation

Despite the fact that America has many voices of color, they can seldom be heard. 360 MAGAZINE has always been a place where these people can be represented, so they’ve decided to expand on this mission by launching their own podcast: 360 MAG: A No-Nonsense Conversation. It will also cover the latest news, design and culture, as well as interviews with key industry trend makers. Hosts include Vaughn Lowery, Javier Pedroza, Armon Hayes and LaJune Grant

Lowery called the podcast, “An evocative gallery where everyone can continue to celebrate their singularity.” Pedroza stated, “I’d like for people to feel inspired, joyful, creative and stronger after listening to 360 Mag – a No Nonsense Conversation.” 

In the inaugural episode, Javier Pedroza talked with Latin pop group Piso 21, known for hits such as Me Llamas, Besándote and Déjala Que Vuelva.  360 has also chatted with other major figures: singer Carmen DeLeon, disabled TikTok influencer NotLewy, and actor/rapper Young Dylan. Stay tuned. We will also chat with people from the tech, design, and automotive industries.

360 also recently released an NFT collection called the Animal Series. Four NFTs will be for sale until May 1st. Secure yours now HERE. Find more information HERE

Find the podcast on Apple, Amazon, Google and Spotify. Podcasts will release in both Spanish and English. In addition, Also, 360 MAG possesses a dedicated RSS feed and has launched an account on Twitch to increase reach.

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About 360 Magazine

360 MAGAZINE is an edgy fashion, lifestyle and culture magazine, introducing cutting-edge brands, entities and trends to taste makers within their respective communities. Founding members have over 30 years of collective experience both as notable talent and  professionals within the realms of fashion, music, art, design and entertainment. 360 is more than just a magazine comprised of journalists, representing a movement of social awareness and change.

360 is a LGBTQIA-friendly publication, officially recognized by the NGLCC. The magazine is contemporary in look and appeal. Quality art content is the constant goal. It will be entertaining, newsworthy and thought-provoking, appealing to a broad entertainment readership. No publication like it is available today, constantly celebrating racial as well as sexual ambiguous talent and artists.

Sebastián Yatra releases new music via 360 MAGAZINE

Matteo Bocelli × Sebastián Yatra

Italian singer-songwriter Matteo Bocelli and Colombian singer-songwriter Sebastián Yatra released a romantic new single as a three-track EP with renditions of the song in English (“Until She’s Gone”), Spanish (“Tu Luz Quedó”) and Italian (“Un Attimo di Te”). The tender ballad conveying regrets and hope for reconciliation, performed remarkably by the acclaimed vocalists, who are accompanied by poignant piano and soaring strings, is complemented with a stunning music video shot in the Mediterranean island of Malta. All three versions of the song were produced by Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres, who have helmed such multi-Platinum hits as Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito.” Matteo Bocelli wrote the track with Jez Ashurst and Emma Rohan (Little Mix, Susan Boyle). Yatra collaborated with Matteo on the Spanish lyrics.

Listen HERE.

Matteo Bocelli says, “‘Until She’s Gone’ is an incredible romantic ballad that I had the pleasure of singing with my friend Sebastián Yatra. I met him two years ago and we immediately connected on a musical and personal level. I am so honored to sing this song with him in Spanish, English and Italian. It is truly an international project.”

Sebastián Yatra added, “Matteo is a terrific artist and I am deeply excited about singing such a beautiful song with him and about having the opportunity of doing so in Spanish, English and also Italian. I’ve always been inspired by the Italian language and their music, starting from Matteo’s father Andrea Bocelli. Matteo and I had a spectacular time in Malta shooting the video and hopefully we will get to sing this song live many times.”

Bocelli and Yatra perform the three versions outdoors, directed by Italian filmmaker Cosimo Alemà. The video for “Tu Luz Quedó,” which was released today, can be viewed HERE. Watch for the YouTube Premiere of the official video for “Until She’s Gone” on Monday, April 11, and for the “Un Attimo di Te” official video soon after.

The three videos were shot in the unique setting of the Island of Malta, thanks to Visit Malta, Ministry of Tourism and Consumer Protection, Malta Tourism Authority, the Mediterranean Tourism Foundation and Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA).

Yatra recently stunned at the 94th annual Academy Awards performing a beautiful rendition of the RIAA certified Gold “Dos Oruguitas” from The Walt Disney animated film “ENCANTO” which was nominated this year for an Oscar and a Golden Globe. The multi-platinum singer-songwriter also recently released a powerful bilingual celebration of his single “Tacones Rojos” which reached #1 on Latin Radio in the US, from his multi-platinum new album “Dharma,” which is the #1 streamed Latin album released this year on Spotify. The genre-bending 17-track third studio album’ features his 8x platinum hit “Pareja del Año,” 4x platinum smash “Chica Ideal,” and the Latin GRAMMYs nominated ballad “Adios,” and boasts 5.4 Billion combined streams. While Yatra has released bilingual collaborations in the past, “Un Attimo di Te” is his first recording in Italian. Currently nominated for five Latin American Music Awards, and starring in Netflix’s “Érase Una Vez Pero Ya No,” he will resume his 2022 ‘Dharma World Tour’ later this month with a series of dates in Mexico, followed by the US and Canada. 

Earlier this year, Matteo Bocelli made his Spanish language recording debut with “Dime,” which he also recorded in Italian (“Dimmi”). He recently joined his father, opera legend Andrea Bocelli, on a sold out U.S. arena tour, which included two shows at Madison Square Garden shows in New York City and the Hollywood Bowl. Matteo Bocelli, who is graduating at the Conservatory of Lucca in Tuscany, began learning piano at age six. At 18, he made his stage debut, singing Verdi at the Rome Colosseum. Much of the world first heard Matteo’s mellifluous vocals and textured piano playing on 2018’s “Fall on Me,” the English/Italian duet he co-wrote for Andrea Bocelli’s chart-topping Sì album. The song, which went on to soundtrack Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, has attained over 300 million combined global streams. Matteo released his fittingly titled debut single “Solo” in 2021. Combined global streams of the song have surpassed seven million and views of the official video now exceed five million. He performed the follow-up single, “Close,” on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” in January 2022.

*Photo by Luca Rossetti

headphones image by Alex Bogdan for use by 360 Magazine

Regard × Years & Years – Hallucination

Clocking over 5 million streams, Regard‘s latest single “HALLUCINATION” with pop royalty Years & Years is climbing the charts globally. The pair released the official music video for the track, honing in a dystopian era.  Watch the video HERE.

In a darkened room lit only by eccentric characters, a dance competition takes place, with evident inspiration coming from the likes of the 1969 Sydney Pollack film, They Shoot Horses Don’t They, Squid Game, and Black Mirror. The music video showcases a cut-throat survival game, one with Regard as the puppet master and Years & Years striving to survive, plagued by intense competitiveness.  

Complete with contemporary choreography, extravagant fashion and costumes, and a tense storyline, the video is a perfect contradiction to the ‘80s inspired synth-pop dance record.

Speaking about the video, director Sophia Ray says: “The concept for the video was inspired by the 1969 Sydney Pollack film They Shoot Horses Don’t They, we wanted to take the themes from this cult classic and then give the video our own creative spin on them. Setting it in a contemporary, perplexing, dystopian space. The video places Olly Alexander, as an apprehensive contestant, at the center of a ‘Dance-to-the-Death’ endurance marathon, where he has to sweat, pant, dive, and dance his way to an exhausted victory (driven by Meshach Henry’s trailblazing choreography). Regard, all the while, being a mysteriously sinister driving force behind-the-scenes of this dark competition.” 

With nominations for a BRIT Award, American Music Award, and iHeart Radio Awards under his belt, the new single—and Regard‘s first release of 2022—is yet another example of the powerhouse producer’s versatility as he experiments with themes of 80s disco and synth-pop. The collaboration with Years & Years adds to his impressive record of collaborators including RAYE, Troye Sivan, Tate McRae, and more recently Kwabs on their single “Signals,” marking the singer’s first release since 2015.

About Regard

It was by accident that REGARD found his stage name. The word, “regardé,” came to the DJ during French class in high school. “To see” became the core behind Regard’s music. “When I perform,” he says, “I look at the people and how they feel the music.” For REGARD, his deep house mixes consist not only of sound, but also of sight. Performance is a reciprocal and intimate relationship between the DJ and the audience. Kosovan DJ and producer REGARD garnered global attention with his debut single “Ride It” which became an international hit, taking the internet and TikTok by storm and quickly followed it up with his second hit single and BRIT nominated “Secrets” featuring South London singer RAYE. He has gone on to achieve over 10X top 10 single chart placements globally. In the UK, “Ride It” has sold over 1 million records to date (2x Platinum), while “Secrets” was recently certified Platinum.

The Chainsmokers via JAJA Tequila for use by 360 Magazine

JAJA × The Chainsmokers

To celebrate National Margarita Day (2/22/22), JAJA is harnessing the power of twos as Grammy-winning duo and JAJA co-owners The Chainsmokers have created two new JAJA margaritas for tequila lovers to enjoy!  

With this palindrome day in history, The ChainsmokersDrew Taggart and Alex Pall have each infused their own personality into a delicious, refreshing and easy-to-make margarita. Drew has chosen to make a JAJA Watermelon Lime Mashup Margarita utilizing JAJA Blanco’s ($35) subtle notes of black pepper and citrus fruit paired with ingredients including limeade, spiked seltzer and watermelon.

On the other hand, Alex selected JAJA Anejo’s ($45) full-bodied, complex tequila with notes of vanilla, almond, honey and oak to complement a cocktail with hibiscus tea, sparkling water and blood orange for the JAJA Hibiscus High Margarita. 

About JAJA Tequila

JAJA Tequila is one of the fastest growing tequila brands in the United States, seeing triple-digit growth over the past two years, outpacing the premium tequila category.  Whether utilizing humor and memes in their eye-catching brand campaigns or creating unique fan experiences, JAJA is appealing to consumers who don’t take themselves too seriously but do have a sense of civic responsibility.

Each bottle of JAJA is made from 90% recycled glass and zero plastic, and pulp from the agave is composted and returned to the fields as fertilizer. In addition, JAJA has highlighted and supported different organizations such as Tequila Interchange Project, as well as a give-back program designed to help local Mexican community partnerships.

Nine Inch Nails Concert Schedule via Capitol Music Group for use by 360 Magazine

Nine Inch Nails Tour

Nine Inch Nails announced a series of U.S. shows, it’s first outing since 2018’s acclaimed COLD AND BLACK AND INFINITE tour. The headline run will kick off on April 28 at Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC, and include a two-night-stand at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado (September 2 and 3).

The tour will wrap up on September 24 with a special show in Cleveland, where Trent Reznor founded the band in 1988. Nine Inch Nails was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, headquartered in Cleveland, in 2020. Ministry and Nitzer Ebb, fellow pioneers of the industrial music movement, will join Nine Inch Nails as special guests at Cleveland’s Blossom Music Center for the exclusive, one-night-only event.

Special guests for the other dates will be announced shortly. Nine Inch Nails will also headline Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta and Primavera Sound in Los Angeles. See below for the itinerary.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the public beginning Friday, February 11, at 10:00 AM local time. NIN Presale begins Tuesday, February 8, at 10:00 AM local time.

Reviews of Nine Inch Nails‘ 2018 tour were stellar. Hailing the show as “an extra-sensory marvel,” The Washington Post said, “Reznor and company delivered, pummeling eardrums from behind a curtain of smoke and strobe lights.” Vulture observed, “In concert, Nine Inch Nails is dizzying, prickly, sensual. The possibilities are endless.” Brooklyn Vegan noted, “[it’s] the kind of show that can give you a psychedelic, out-of-body experience, a total sensory overload (hypnotic light show included).”

Nine Inch Nails, U.S. Tour Dates

4/28 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater

4/30 Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival

5/1 Franklin, TN – First Bank Amphitheater

9/2 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

9/3 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

9/7 Troutdale, OR – Edgefield

9/9 Bend, OR – Hayden Homes Amphitheater

9/11 Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley

9/15 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater

9/16-18 Los Angeles, CA – Primavera Sound

9/24 Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center

Maria Becerra via Facci PR for use by 360 Magazine

Interview with Maria Becerra

Maria Becerra, or “the Girl from Argentina”, is an up-and-coming pop star, who despite only being 21 years old has become Argentina’s most-streamed artist. Starting off as a YouTuber, she quickly rose to fame and is now signed to 300 Entertainment (Young Thug, Meghan Thee Stallion.) 360 got the opportunity to talk with her about her life and rise to fame.   

  1. How would you describe your style of music?

I think that I have a very melodic and versatile musical style. In the studio, we always try to ensure that each song has a varied melodic line, with different nuances, that above all… sounds familiar to the public. I have [traversed] several genres and in all of them, I was able to find how to make my style fit. I heard out there that they call me “The queen of weeping” [laughs] because I have many songs that are for dogging and dancing, and others that are a bit sad.

  1. How did you first become interested in creating music?

From a very young age, art was important to me. I learned how to sing, act, and dance. In my house, [we] listened to a lot of music. For a while I did covers and interpretations of famous songs, I think I was absorbing that and at one point I felt the need to start expressing myself with something of my own and I did. I was not 100% sure, I had many insecurities, I was afraid to know how… [people] …were going to receive my music, and also if this was really my path. Luckily things turned out… [positively] …and today I have no doubts that yes, I was born for this and I am very happy [making a] living from music.

  1. Which songs are you most proud of?

Mm, they are all special and fill me with pride. You can’t say just one. If I have to think quickly… [about] …which one I like the most, maybe… “Close to You” or “My Debility.” That song is very special. I cried a lot while making it and recording the video.

  1. You were a Youtuber before becoming a singer. How was the experience of transitioning from an influencer to an artist?

It was a beautiful experience, and I am grateful that it was like that. The change in my life was… [immense]. Being [on] YouTube gave me the opportunity to get to know me and lose my fear of exposure. …having had the experience of being a YouTuber served as the basis for everything that happened to me later.

  1. What is your favorite fan moment?

My favorite moment is when… [fans] …tell me… that my music… [is relatable] …to them. It’s amazing how something I do with all my love in the studio can reach so many people and positively influence their lives. ….we would…talk to …different fans, and at one point a girl told us that with “Tell me how I do”, one of my songs, she had declared her love to her girlfriend. I found it beautiful. Those moments fill me with happiness.

  1. How does it feel to have reached this level of popularity so young?

I still don’t think… [I’m famous]. It seems incredible to me, but I take it easy. I do not despair and try to have the same life as always. I surround myself a lot with my friends, my family, and my pets who are my ground wire and remind me of where I come from.

  1. Why do you refer to yourself as ‘The Girl from Argentina’? 

In general, it is known that many discoveries have occurred accidentally in the world, and this was no exception. [laughs] When we recorded “Animal” with Cazzu, at last, in the part of the song’s guidelines I said “Las Nenas de Argentina”… referring to the two of us. Apparently, people heard “La nena de Argentina” and everyone loved that I refer[red] to myself that way. From there I started to use it as my brand, and I feel that it gives me a special power for transmitting to everyone that my music is made and is from Argentina.

  1. Who are your influences?

Wow, many! But especially Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, and Rihanna. I think they are very important to me. I watch their shows and videos a lot.

  1. How did it feel to join a label as prestigious as 300 Entertainment?

[It was] an honor, I am very happy with them. They are also always very affectionate with me. Since their office is in Los Angeles, we don’t see each other that often, but when we do it’s very nice because they always surprise me. I know the whole team takes care of me and they want the best for me, so I respect them and thank them very much.

  1. Your most recent EP blended many different genres. Which genres would you like to experiment with in the future?

I like “Bachata”, I think more songs like… [that] …are coming, but as I said before, I don’t want to pigeonhole myself and today I am here to experiment. So, in 2022, you can be surprised. 

  1. What can we expect to see from you in the future?

I feel like it’s going to be a great year this year. We are working to make it so. I’m locked in the studio; some songs are coming out that are tremendous. I am already anxious for you to listen to them, so a new album is coming, trips and several shows in Argentina and Europe. We will be on the move. We hope to reach many places and have everyone dance and sing my music.

"I Wanna Be A Boy" single cover art via Leigh Greaney for use by 360 MAGAZINE

Addison Grace – “I Wanna Be A Boy”

Musician and TikTok phenomenon Addison Grace released their single, “I Wanna Be A Boy,” that discusses their own intimate tour with gender. Throughout writing the song and exploring what gender truly meant to them, Addison was able to discover their pronouns – he/they – and come out as nonbinary. Addison sings, “I guess I wanna be a boy,” coming full terms with this sincere and profound message.

Listen to “I Wanna Be A BoyHERE.

Addison pondered with never releasing the song past his own social media, but after posting it online and observing the feedback, he knew that it deserved an appropriate debut. While speaking with B Drop, Addison states, “I initially started writing it when I was questioning a lot of things about myself. I’m very open with how I identify online and I’ve always openly been a queer creator, queer musician, and at that time I was really not understanding how I identified with my gender and how I felt about it, and so it started off as a song about gender roles and how I was jealous of guys and how they got to have certain things I couldn’t have. With time, I realized it was very much me explaining — in song form — that I wasn’t a girl and that I was nonbinary instead.

“A lot of people ended up relating to the song. I had trans men relating to it saying “I’ve always felt like that.” I’ve had trans women being like “I used to deny I was a woman and I wanted to be a boy; I wanted to be “normal” — quote, unquote. I even had my friends who were born female and identify as female feel that way because they felt they were a tomboy and never fit in with the “girlie girls” so to speak.” He continues, “Even though, for me, it’s a song about gender identity and finding myself in that way, I think really at the core — it becomes a song about not understanding yourself and wishing so desperately that you could and it’s a very vulnerable song for that reason.”

The cover art for the piece showcases several images of Addison while they were growing up, at different time periods. He talks about this, saying, “I feel like a lot of my work recently has been about growing up and about those awkward moments in your life, so for this song, I wanted it to be a collage of my face growing up. I didn’t want it to be something someone had drawn. I wanted it to be realistic so I searched through a bunch of scrapbooks and I found pictures of two-year old me, 10-year old me, 15-year old me and a picture of me from last year and we ended up crafting it all together because I’ve always loved the idea of putting photos together and it makes something else. I wanted to put stickers and all that because when you’re finding yourself, it feels like these weird puzzle that don’t fit quite right, so I wanted it to look slightly off… I really love it and it feels really nostalgic to me.”

The journey of coming out as non-binary for Addison was a difficult road and is something that he aims to inspire others with. They strive to empower individuals with the power to live their own lives as genuinely as possible. Through sharing his own journey, Addison nurtures the idea that gender identity is a voyage that they went on and hope that others can embark on as well.

More about Addison Grace

With an outstanding 3.8 million followers on TikTok, almost 400k followers on Instagram and close to 200k YouTube subscribers, Addison Grace become an online sensation through hard work and dedication. He began his journey online with an iPhone 6 and a dream, often encouraging his own audiences to follow their dreams despite their situations. Addison stands as waterproof that anyone can become an artist if they’re dedicated to the craft, stating, “You’re enough and what you’re doing is enough.”

As an activist for the LGBTQIA+ community, upcoming artists and mental health, Addison is known for disclosing his own individual experiences living with ADHD. He makes sure to communicate to his fanbases that “normal” is a made-up concept, and that the truth is very real. They transmit the importance of the truth with “I Wanna Be A Boy,” which you can stream everywhere now.

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BEN FOLDS ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR DATES

Ben Folds has announced additional 2022 dates for his “In Actual Person Live For Real Tour” of US solo piano and orchestral performances, kicking off April 1st, 2022 with a symphony concert at Powell Hall in St. Louis, MO, with additional shows to be added throughout the year. Folds, who spent much of 2020 and early 2021 in isolation in Australia because of COVID-19 lockdowns, returned to US stages in the Fall of 2021 to numerous sold-out performances.

In addition to a return to performing live in 2022, Folds is also working on his new album, continues to produce his podcast series called Lightning Bugs: Conversations with Ben Folds, and is scheduled to begin taping a new TV series.

Tickets for the newly added 2022 dates go on sale to the public on Friday, January 21st. For complete details on upcoming show dates, please visit here

BEN FOLDS “IN ACTUAL PERSON LIVE FOR REAL TOUR” 2022 DATES 

APRIL

1 – St. Louis, MO – Powell Hall ^

2 – St. Louis, MO – Powell Hall ^

3 – Iowa City, IA – The Englert Theatre

5 – Omaha, NE – Holland Center

6 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall

9 – Miami, FL – North Beach Bandshell

10 – Tampa, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Event Center 

11 – Orange Park, FL – Thrasher-Horne Center

13 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Gaillard Center

14 – Savannah, GA – District Live

15 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater 

21 – Waukegan, IL – Genesee Theatre

23 – Denver, CO – Boettcher Concert Hall ^

MAY

3 – Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre

4 – Concord, NH – Capitol Center for the Arts

6 – Rochester, NY – Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre ^

JUNE

15 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall ^

17 – Santa Clarita, CA – Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center

18 – San Francisco, CA – Golden Gate Theatre *

19 – Chandler, AZ – Chandler Center for the Arts *

22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Hall ^

24 – Detroit, MI – Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel

26 – Nashville, TN – Brown County Music Center *

30 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center ^

JULY

1 – Nashville, TN – Shermerhorn Symphony Center ^

2 – Nashville, TN – Shermerhorn Symphony Center ^

AUGUST

26 – York, PA – Appell Center for the Performing Arts

27 – Bensalem, PA – XCite Center at Parx Casino

28 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall

* New Date Added 

^ Symphony Date

ABOUT BEN FOLDS:

Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation. He’s created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and numerous collaborative records. His last album was a blend of pop songs and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra that soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts.

For over a decade he’s performed with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, and currently serves as the first ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.

In addition to solo rock and orchestral touring, Folds released his first book – a collection of interrelated essays, anecdotes and lessons about art, life and music – in 2019, which debuted as a New York Times Best Seller, and is currently hosting a podcast series spinoff of his book entitled “Lightning Bugs: Conversations with Ben Folds.”

An avid photographer, Folds is also a member of the prestigious Sony Artisans of Imagery, has worked as an assignment photo editor for National Geographic, and was featured in a mini-documentary by the Kennedy Center’s Digital Project on his photographic work.

An outspoken champion for arts education and music therapy funding in our nation’s public schools, has served for over five years as an active member of the distinguished Artist Committee of Americans For The Arts (AFTA), and serves on the Board of AFTA’s Arts Action Fund. He also served as Chairman of the Arts Action Fund’s ArtsVote2020 national initiative that encouraged voter engagement in the 2020 US elections, and continually advocates for improving public policies for the arts and arts education.

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Christina Wheeler Releases New Album

CHRISTINA WHEELER ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM SONGS OF S + D, DUE OUT MARCH 25, 2022

Today, Berlin/Los Angeles-based composer, multi-instrumentalist, and multimedia artist, Christina Wheeler, announces her hypnotic and intimate new LP, Songs of S + D, due out March 25, 2022, along with thrilling single, “Asleep at the Wheel,” along with an official music video. After releasing an enchanting and intimate EP, That Was Then, This is Now in November 2021 that served as a prelude for what’s to come, Wheeler now introduces a deeper dive into vulnerability with her signature blend of soul and shoe-gaze (or “soul-gaze”) sound culminating in a raw, electro-acoustic peak into the human experience.

Christina Wheeler is widely known for her iconic performances with David Byrne from his tour throughout the U.S., Europe and South America in 1997 and 1998, which brought her to The Late Night Show with David Letterman, where she made her television debut with Byrne. In addition to her appearance with Byrne on PBS’ Sessions at West 54th, Wheeler has recorded and played with countless musicians like Ryuichi Sakamoto, Chaka Khan, Vernon Reid, and more.

As a solo artist, Wheeler manages to brilliantly merge the worlds of electronic and acoustic with analog and digital electronic processing. Picking up where That Was Then, This Is Now left off, Wheeler continues to peel back layers of her conscience on Songs of S + D. Through twelve tracks, Wheeler illustrates the multifaceted human experience with profound exploration of love, heartbreak, growth, grief, and the fragility of life and its cycle.

“Asleep at the Wheel” opens the record capturing Wheeler’s signature soul-gazer sound. Over sped-up sounds woven into New Orleans backbeats, a shifting blues progression cradles lyrics that swiftly puncture the surface. Wheeler’s soulful vocals kick in with, “So, I try to stand here awake / Solitary, flawed, and still / But the lure still tempts me / To close my eyes, and / Dream my dreams / Asleep at the Wheel…”

Throughout much of her work, Wheeler explores the porous, delicate lines between universal dichotomies such as good and evil, life and loss, and elation and devastation. Speaking about the single, Wheeler says the track, “reveals the lures of living a full-throttle life to the point of destruction and the challenge of choosing to step away for grounded clarity, only to fight the temptation to return to thrilling yet ultimately dangerous downward spirals.”

The LP distinctively asks what it might sound like to fuse the sounds that surrounded Wheeler in her childhood, from soul, R&B, funk, disco and shoe-gaze. The album’s recording process took place between Red Bull Studios in both Berlin and New York City, as well as Berlin’s Vox-Ton Studio. Wheeler expanded the record’s scope and quality with several collaborators including Melvin Gibbs, (electric bass) Marque Gilmore (drums, programmer) and Marika Hughes (cellist). Additionally, Joe McGinty and Kelvin Sholar added synths and synth bass lines, while Christian Prommer, Antonio Pulli, Simon Goff, Chris Tabron, and Evan Sutton engineered the recording. Veteran engineer Scotty Hard mixed the album, and Michael Fossenkemper mastered the digital version.

Describing the meaning behind her LP, Wheeler says, “It’s a deeply personal album long time in the making. Inspired by my experience of having lived through 9/11 in New York City and the subsequent attempt to negotiate the aftermath of that time once I moved to Berlin, I began to write a series of songs addressing the larger human experience of life, loss, joy, ecstasy, sadness, and the connecting, universal condition, framed through the context of vivid, intimate vignettes.

With a unique vocal, musical and technological ability, Wheeler ultimately aims to connect listeners through finding common ground in the collective lived human experience. Wheeler explains, “While technology continues to evolve, the human voice remains constant in the singing of songs. With this project, I hope to share modern music with the world that speaks to our universal experiences and connect us through the simple, evocative themes in the narrative and emotional content of my songs.”

Wheeler’s expansive career includes work as a soloist, band mate, featured artist, and even an immersive experience performer. As a soloist, Wheeler has composed and performed her own pieces for Free Rotation Festival and New York’s Experimental Intermedia, Issue Project Room, and Bang on a Can. Fact Magazine reported on her performance of one of her solo pieces called “Surrender to the Totality of Blackness,” which she presented at this year’s CTM Festival. Her journey also led her to collaborate on several band projects, including Wiremouth, Floating People, and BlowOut, in addition to her time with David Byrne.

Wrestling with existential questions and universal struggles matched with expertly crafted and unparalleled instrumentation, Christina Wheeler continues to blaze a path all her own. Songs of S + D is out March 25, 2022 and now available topre-save. The first single, “Asleep at the Wheel” is out everywhere now. Stay tuned for more from Christina Wheeler.​ 

ABOUT CHRISTINA WHEELER:

Processing life-altering events isn’t always instant: Sometimes it can take years. For Christina Wheeler, the experience of having lived in New York City through 9/11 and its aftermath stayed with her. But it was only when she relocated to Berlin that she truly began to unpack it.

As a composer, vocalist, multi-instrumental electronic musician, and multimedia artist, Wheeler is always experimenting with music and form — and her latest work is no different. With her new album Songs of S+D, Wheeler has crafted a deeply vulnerable project that not only peels back the layers of her own personal experience but examines the universal emotions of life, loss, joy, ecstasy, and sadness through poignant storytelling.

Within Songs of S+D is a mélange of genres — an homage to her wide-ranging musical upbringing of soul R&B, funk, and disco. But with her work, the musician, songwriter, and composer adds her own flourishes, pairing shoegazer tones with funkier beats. The rich blend of the two became Wheeler’s own perfectly defined genre: “soulgazer” music.

Recording between New York and Berlin, Wheeler compiled what would become Songs of S+D a few years ago. But the pandemic stalled its release. During the COVID lockdown, Wheeler decided to start her own label and release the recordings herself.

Wheeler’s background blending the acoustic and electronic worlds together became the foundation for her latest effort. The result is a twist on electro-acoustic instrumentation, which she interpolates with analog and digital electronic processing to contemporize them. By creating these hybridized sounds, Songs of S+D emerges as a truly singular work, brimming with everything from the metal tines of the African kalimba to the strings of the autoharp.

Still, no matter how much Wheeler alchemizes modern technology on the 12-track album, it’s the humanity of her voice that carries the record home. Opening with New Orleans backbeats, Wheeler encapsulates the “soulgazer” sound, oscillating between living on the edge and choosing a life more grounded on “Asleep at The Wheel:” “So, I try to stand here awake/Solitary, flawed, and still/But the lure still tempts me/To close my eyes.” What follows is deep introspection on the push-and-pull of emotion. The raucous drum-flanked “Into the Sun” tackles the Icarus myth — a moment of incendiary joy at its peak — while the mid-tempo soul number “Shadowlands” meditates on burnout and the heartbreak experienced from not a person, but a city. “So Close to You” and “Some Boys” transition to actual love, but tackle the allure and danger of trying to love a toxic person. The QChord-flanked “Alone” explores the loneliness that can come after the ecstasy of carnal communion. Alternatively, “This Time” focuses on living in the moment when it comes to romance. “This is all the time we’ve got/Trickling away like grains of sand,” Wheeler sings with a wistful lilt.

Inspired by Ringo Starr’s “Octopus’ Garden” and Shakespeare’s Prospero sonnet fromThe Tempest, the psych-rock “In the Sea” tells a tale that reimagines a father and daughter’s fraught relationship that is transformed by a magical kingdom deep in the ocean. There’s a sweet sadness to Wheeler’s songs about death: “Where Did You Go?” turns the confusion and grief over where to find those who have passed into wonder. Rounding out the record is the album’s closer “My Lullaby,” which illustrates the ultimate connection and circularity in life and death: “Close your eyes/Rest your head/In this soft space/Now’s the time/To let yourself go/Let yourself go.”

But before she sharesSongs of S+D, Wheeler plans to release her six-song EPThat Was Then, This Is Now to introduce her latest era, tackling universal issues and existential questions that plague so many of us: separation and the human connection (“One” and “Open”); being present (“Never Know” and “Right Here, Right Now”); taking action to make a tangible change (“What Will You Do?” and “Calling You”). All recorded in one take with Wheeler playing all the instruments, designing the processing, and singing simultaneously, That Was Then, This Is Now features direct lyrics with no auto-tune and embraces the quirks of self-expression. Though it’s a prelude to Songs of S+D, the EP serves as an epilogue to what Wheeler envisions as a three-part body of work where the past refers to the future, the future refers to the past, and present contains all time.

Blending everything from processed vocals to the autoharp and the electric mbira to the theremin, Wheeler is an expert polymath who has had an expansive career in the music industry. She has performed onstage with David Byrne on tour throughout the U.S., Europe and South America. Additionally she has recorded and played with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Chaka Khan, Vernon Reid, John Cale, Jamie Lidell and more. Her work with David Byrne has led her to share the stage with him during several international tours, The Late Show with David Letterman, and PBS’s Sessions at West 54th Street. Additionally, Wheeler has also performed at New York’s Lincoln Center and Berlin’s Philharmonic.

The range of experiences on her rich, varied creative path have led her to where she is now — and propel her to where she’s headed next. Look out for the follow up to these recordings in her next song album, How Do We Get to Where We Want to Be?