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Why would Anyone Leave Hollywood?

Why would anyone leave working on movies with Marlon Brando, Johnny Depp, Jim Carrey, or the voice of Marge on the Simpsons?

Why would anyone leave behind working on music videos with Madonna, R.E.M, Randy Travis, and The Rolling Stones?

Why would anyone leave behind “hobnobbing” at the homes of Sting, Roseanne Barr, or Joan Rivers?

The sheer romance of Hollywood, and hype, the luscious frivolity and gorgeous glamor, all ensconced like a movie within a movie—the Southern California of it all. Like Icarus flying high above the drudge and turmoil of everyday life, just knowing your wings would never melt. The rubbing elbows with the insanely famous, or very famous, or just famous movie stars. Crashing the ubiquitous Oscar parties strewn all over “the strip”—the famous Sunset Boulevard.  The bright lights that draw you to it like a moth to a flame.

I worked on it all. I worked on the movies and the music videos.  And the TV shows, the MOW’s (movies of the week), and the pilot shows during pilot season.  I worked on food commercials, car commercials, and clothing commercials.  I worked low-budget, no-budget, and dream budget shows. My job?  The art department. I was a set dresser, lead man, painter, prop guy, and even drove the 5-ton trucks because I had a CDL (commercial driver’s license).  (My credit nickname on some of my IMDB credits is “Big Ton.”)

My entre to Hollywood was the world-renowned UCLA film school, where I studied screenwriting, directing, and producing with my fellow students, Academy Award-winning directors Gore Verbinski and Alexander Payne, director Shane Black and noted television producer Jeffrey Bell.  Friends of mine who work “below the line” (in the art department, or as grips, gaffers, painters, transportation, etc.) all have IMDB credits a mile long.

There are two ways to enter Hollywood from film school—from the top or from the bottom. From the top means your film or script hyperjumps you directly into an “above the line” directing gig, or screenwriting offer, or both.

But if you’re like the majority of film school grads, you start again at the bottom. You work on every low-budget film, TV show, and commercial you can get your hands on. And you don’t let them know you graduated from film school. No, siree. Not unless you wanted yourself laughed out of work.  Because the real work is learning the craft of making films. The very long hours (minimum 12 hours a day). Learning who all the behind-the-scenes players are and who knows what, when, and where.  Learning from the old-timers all of the million tricks that go on to a screen and the politics behind the scenes. Learning how to segue from show to show, so that you can continue to work.

Then the magic moment arrives.  All the grunt work and long hours finally pays off.  You are handed that obscenely rare gold Willy-Wonka ticket to Wonkaland—the ultimate movie pass of all time to anyone who wants to work Hollywood—the Motion Picture Union Card.  And the only way to get is by working on a film that goes from non-union to union.  Even the stars can’t wheedle their offspring into this part of “the industry.”  You earn this one with a lot of sweat, grit, and determination.  Then you begin to make real money.  And work on the “big” films—the big features.  Or work at the studios, on a hit TV show, or endless pilots.  Great medical, retirement, benefits up the ying-yang.  You are now part of the legacy and lottery that is the Hollywood film family.  You truly have made it to the land of the silver screen.

Was it great? Was it fun? Was it wild? Yes, and yes, and yes.

But something was amiss in the land of forever happiness. I began to notice cracks in the gold façade. I saw hidden hints of unhappiness I hadn’t noticed before. I began to understand how easily the golden handcuffs of money and prestige could be so easily slipped on over one’s wrist until one day you realize that the dreaming is over, and now you are locked into the Hollywood grind.

How fleeting the luscious frivolity and gorgeous glamor. The elbow-rubbing with all that famous fame and fortune.  The seductiveness of being the insider in star land. That thirty years later you would wake up from the dream and realize it was all spent in dreamland. That’s the writing I saw upon the wall.

But as with all good screenplays, there arrives the pivotal moment upon which the destiny of the entire universe resides in the action of one person.

One day a friend of mine at Universal Studios, a guy who had worked on sets for a million years, a guy whose stories about the business were endless and fascinating—I asked him. “Was it all worth it?” Well, that was the million-dollar question you never ask because the answer did not fill you with awe.  It scared the living bejesus out of you.  “Nope. I never saw my kids grow up. I divorced twice. I made a lot of money. I owned a lot of toys.  But what do I have to show for it after 35 years? My kids barely talk to me.  I’m mostly alone and I’ll retire alone.”

Crap and wow. That’s when the Hollywood dreamed ended for me.  That was THE wake-up call of wake-up calls.  That’s when I knew it was time to get out. I was only five years in. I did not want to end up with the self-chosen burden of unhappiness to haunt me in Hollywood for the rest of my life.

That’s when I took to the road and headed west. Not to actual west of the Pacific Ocean but the west of America, where people lose themselves to find themselves.  And that’s what I did.  A “drive-about.” Where one can meditate upon endless miles of blacktop, the engine purring a constant tone poem like the drone of a Tibetan chant. This blue-highway contemplation forcing the quintessential questions of mortality—why am I here and what is my purpose?

After a few thousand miles, I ended up in a 3-bar town on the Arizona/Mexican border.  I asked for work and the universe handed it to me in the guise of a local cowboy.  My new job? Putting up a fence on a nearby ranch—a barbed-wire fence.  Hammering in fence poles with a pole pounder for as far as the eye could see.  When I was done, he’d come out and we’d string up wire. How fitting. Having been raised around ranches as a kid, I had returned to my roots.

My home was the back of my pickup truck. My shower, an old horse trough filled with water. I cooked by camp stove and ate by campfire.  The stars were brilliant and there was not a human light to be seen.   This was my new existence. I couldn’t imagine going back and was terrified at going forward.   It was here, amidst this desolation and aloneness, I had truly leapt off the cliff of Hollywood, into the great abyss of the west, praying for the universe to somehow catch me. And it did.

A slow miracle appeared. An idea that was born of this life transition. I picked up the pen again, and the pen roared back to life.

After having published in my early twenties, I had not written a book in years. Now I began to write as if my life depended on it.  The premise?  A father who would never live to see his kids, leaves behind a compendium of practical, moral, and spiritual letters that would eventually be a guidebook to life.  How fitting that the universe brought me here, writing on the back of my pickup by lantern light, to begin my real life’s work.

But the book, to eventually be called, The Legacy Letters, and its awards, were still years in the future. Now I would have to finish the fence. And then work as a cowboy on a small nearby ranch. And then meet my wife-to-be, while working as a wrangler for a friend of mine. And then get married at the ranch. And have a son together. And all the while, in this Walden Pond time of life, I would continue to write and ride, and ride and write until I finished the book.

Now far from the delusions of glitz and glamor, fame and fortune that would have beguiled me into a life of golden unhappiness. What an amazing and strange journey to happiness and contentment.

I remember reading many years ago about a prayer the Buddhist monks would intone, and that in my spiritual infancy, I could never quite understand. “Please Lord Buddha, give me a problem so that I may overcome it.”  Finally, I’ve grown up enough to understand why anyone would want a problem to overcome.  And why we must leave to find out how to return.

ABOUT CAREW PAPRITZ

Carew truly lives the central message of The Legacy Letters to “live life to the fullest,” creating such innovative and adventurous one-of-kind events as his “First-Ever Book Signings”–on top of Mt. St. Helens in Washington State, the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska, and on horseback at a Barnes & Noble in Tucson, Arizona (amongst many others).  Before Amazon, Carew’s First-Ever Delivery of a Book by Drone made headline news.  Carew’s YouTube “I Love to Read” series and his annual literacy-driven charity event, “The Great Book Balloon Launch,” inspire kids and adults to rediscover the joy of reading!  And to inspire more kindness and civility in the world, Carew started National Thank You Letter Day–Nov.14th, in which he created the world’s largest handwritten thank you letter, stamp, and envelope–the size of a high school gym–to help spread the word about writing thank you letters!

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Sting – If It’s Love

STING ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM THE BRIDGE

DUE NOVEMBER 19

PRE-ORDER HERE

FIRST SINGLE IF IT’S LOVE AVAILABLE NOW  

17-time Grammy Award winning musician Sting has announced The Bridge, a brand-new album to be released on November 19 via A&M/Interscope/Cherrytree Records and available for pre-order here (full track listing included below). The first single, If It’s Love is out now.

The Bridge showcases Sting’s prolific and diverse songwriting prowess, with this new set of songs representing styles and genres explored throughout his unrivaled career. The lead track If It’s Love premiered today on BBC Radio 2 and is available now on all digital platforms. The upbeat, breezy and infectious pop tune exhibits his undeniable gift for melody. In his signature voice, and taking a different approach to a straight-forward love song, Sting likens contemplating his romantic feelings to calling the doctor about his symptoms.  

I’m certainly not the first songwriter to equate falling in or out of love with an incurable sickness, nor will I be the last, says Sting. ’If It’s Love’ is my addition to that canon where the tropes of metaphorical symptoms, diagnosis, and downright incapacity are all familiar enough to make each of us smile ruefully.

The Bridge was written in a year of global pandemic and finds Sting ruminating on personal loss, separation, disruption, lockdown, and extraordinary social and political turmoil.  

Exploring a multitude of concepts and themes, a bridge represents the enduring and ever-evolving link between ideas, cultures, continents, and even the banks of a river. It’s also a route into the past, and so it was that Sting found himself considering the music and the places that have formed his own foundations, and that indeed are embedded in his very DNA.  

He explains, These songs are between one place and another, between one state of mind and another, between life and death, between relationships. Between pandemics, and between eras – politically, socially and psychologically, all of us are stuck in the middle of something. We need a bridge.

Representing various stages and styles from throughout his career and drawing inspiration from genres including rock n’ roll, jazz, classical music and folk, the eclectic album features Sting’s quintessential sound on pop-rock tracks such as the album’s opening rock salvo Rushing Water and new indie-pop sounding If It’s Love, to the smoldering electronic ballad Loving You and the romantic For Her Love which evokes Sting’s trademark Fields of Gold period.  The Book of Numbers, Harmony Road and The Bells of St. Thomas showcase Sting’s collaboration with his long-time guitarist/right and left-hand, Dominic Miller. 

Written and recorded over the last year in lockdown, a coterie of trusted musicians beamed into Sting’s studio remotely including Dominic Miller (guitar), Josh Freese (drums), Branford Marsalis (saxophone), Manu Katché (drums), Martin Kierszenbaum (keyboards), Fred Renaudin (synthesizer) and backing vocalists Melissa Musique, Gene Noble, Jo Lawry and Laila Biali, The Bridge’s influences are vast; from grappling with the murky origins of the folk ballads in Cecil Sharp’s Collection of English Folk Songs, to J. Robert Oppenheimer, from the Roman history of Northumbria to Saint Thomas. 

All songs on The Bridge are produced by Sting and Martin Kierszenbaum, except Loving You produced by Sting, Maya Jane Coles and Martin Kierszenbaum. The album was mixed by Robert Orton, engineered by Donal Hodgson and Tony Lake, and mastered by Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering.

The Bridge will be released in multiple formats, including standard and deluxe CD and vinyl, Japanese Exclusive standard and deluxe albums, all digital streaming and download platforms, as well as a music cassette. The deluxe CD and vinyl will include bonus tracks Waters of Tyne, Captain Bateman’s Basement, and (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay. Both Japanese exclusives will be on SHM-CD including the additional bonus track I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City, while the deluxe version will also include a DVD with an interview and track by track discussion with Sting, as well as music videos for If It’s Love and Rushing Water.

Later this month, Sting will return to the live arena with a performance in Sicily on September 27  followed by concerts at the historic Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens on September 30 and October 1. Soon after, he will launch My Songs: The Las Vegas Residency beginning October 29 at the The Colosseum at Caesars Palace featuring a compendium of his most beloved songs with dynamic, visual references to some of his most iconic videos and inspirations.

Sting is managed by the Cherrytree Music Company.

For further information, please visit Sting and Cherrytree Music Company

The Bridge Track Listing:

  1. Rushing Water
  2. If It’s Love
  3. The Book of Numbers
  4. Loving You
  5. Harmony Road
  6. For Her Love
  7. The Hills on the Border
  8. Captain Bateman 
  9. The Bells of St. Thomas
  10. The Bridge
  11. Waters of Tyne (Deluxe bonus track)
  12. Captain Bateman’s Basement (Deluxe bonus track)
  13. (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay (Deluxe bonus track)
  14. I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City
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GASHI ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

Last week, genre-bending artist GASHI announced his 2022 Out The Door North American tour. The 24-date tour will start in Oakland, CA on March 18th and end in San Diego on April 21st. Excited to get back on the road, GASHI will bring his live energy to the stage this summer at E11EVN Miami on July 16th and joining Wiz Khalifa in Chicago on July 17th.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the general public on July 23rd at 10:00 AM Local Time with various pre-sales starting as early as July 20th. For artist and partner pre-sales and more information please click HERE.

Just last month, GASHI released his new single and music video for, “Don’t Pass On Love.” You can listen to his new single HERE. You can watch the accompanying music video HERE. Look out for more music from GASHI coming soon.

North American Tour 2022:

March 18, 2022           Oakland, CA                New Parish

March 19, 2022           Sacramento, CA          Harlows

March 21, 2022           Seattle, WA                 The Crocodile

March 22, 2022           Vancouver, BC            Biltmore Ballroom

March 23, 2022           Portland, OR               Hawthorne

March 25, 2022           Salt Lake City, UT        Urban Lounge

March 26, 2022           Denver, CO                  Cervantes Otherside

March 28, 2022           Minneapolis, MN        Fine Line

March 29, 2022           Chicago, IL                  Bottom Lounge

March 30, 2022           Cleveland, OH             Grog Shop

April 1, 2022                Detroit, MI                  Majestic

April 2, 2022                Toronto, ON                Mod Club

April 3, 2022                Montreal, QC              L’Astral

April 5, 2022                Boston, MA                 Sinclair

April 6, 2022                Philadelphia, PA          Foundry

April 8, 2022                Washington, DC         Union Stage

April 9, 2022                New York, NY              Irving Plaza

April 11, 2022              Durham, NC                Motorco

April 12, 2022              Atlanta, GA                 Masquerade – Hell Stage

April 14, 2022              Houston, TX                Warehouse Live Studio

April 15, 2022              Dallas, TX                    Trees

April 16, 2022              Austin, TX                    Empire Control Room & Garage

April 19, 2022              Phoenix, AZ                Crescent Ballroom

April 21, 2022              San Diego, CA             Music Box

About GASHI:

Born in Libya, GASHI spent much of his young life as a refugee, moving from country to country. His family eventually settled in Brooklyn, NY, where he was introduced to music at a very young age. GASHI absorbed a melting pot of musical influences throughout his youth, resulting in the formation of his own unique sonic palette that blends together different genres of music. His dynamic sound has allowed GASHI to collaborate with a wide range of talents ranging from Chris Brown to Travis Scott. In the last couple of years, he released two studio albums album, sold out venues across the globe, and has accumulated over 720 million streams with over 130 million video views worldwide.

Last summer, GASHI released his sophomore album 1984 which saw GASHI exploring and harboring new sounds that brought you back to his favorite time—the ’80s and featured his breakout hit “Mama” with the legendary Sting. He also released his documentary GASHI: Now You Know (watch HERE) and performed his first ever livestream performance featuring tracks from the 1984 album (watch the performance HERE).

Sting’s new album “Duets” will be released in March

Due to unforeseen pandemic-related manufacturing delays, the release date of Sting’s forthcoming album, Duets has been postponed to March 19, 2021. Also available in a vinyl LP edition, fans can still pre-order this special collection now – which includes liner notes by Sting – at: https://sting.lnk.to/Duets. A limited edition with autographed cover art is available for pre-order as well at the official store within the pre-sale link above.

Featuring the brand new collaboration with Italian icon, Zucchero entitled “September,” which will be released digitally worldwide on November 27, Duets also includes “Desert Rose” with Rai music singer Cheb Mami, “It’s Probably Me” with Eric Clapton, 44/876 with Shaggy, among some of Sting’s other most beloved duets with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, Charles Aznavour, Mylène Farmer, Melody Gardot, Gashi and more. The full tracklisting can be found below.

Duets was Executive Produced and A&R’d by Guénaël “GG” Geay & Martin Kierszenbaum with all songs mastered by Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering, Los Angeles, United States.

DUETS Track Listing:

Standard CD
1. Little Something with Melody Gardot
2. It’s Probably Me with Eric Clapton
3. Stolen Car with Mylène Farmer
4. Desert Rose with Cheb Mami
5. Rise & Fall with Craig David
6. Whenever I Say Your Name with Mary J. Blige
7. Don’t Make Me Wait with Shaggy 
8. Reste with GIMS
9. We’ll Be Together with Annie Lennox
10. L’amour C’est Comme Un Jour with Charles Aznavour
11. My Funny Valentine with Herbie Hancock
12. Fragile with Julio Iglesias
13. Mama with Gashi
14. September with Zucchero
15. Practical Arrangement with Jo Lawry
16. None Of Us Are Free with Sam Moore
17. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning with Chris Botti

VINYL LP 1 
A1. Little Something with Melody Gardot
A2. It’s Probably Me with Eric Clapton
A3. Stolen Car with Mylène Farmer
A4. Desert Rose with Cheb Mami

B1. Rise & Fall with Craig David
B2. Whenever I Say Your Name with Mary J. Blige
B3. Don’t Make Me Wait with Shaggy 
B4. Reste with GIMS

VINYL LP 2  
A1. We’ll Be Together with Annie Lennox
A2. L’amour C’est Comme Un Jour with Charles Aznavour
A3. My Funny Valentine with Herbie Hancock
A4. Fragile with Julio Iglesias

B1. Mama with Gashi
B2. September with Zucchero
B3. Practical Arrangement with Jo Lawry
B4. None Of Us Are Free with Sam Moore
B5. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning with Chris Botti 
 

About Sting: Composer, singer-songwriter, actor, author, and activist Sting was born in Newcastle, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five studio albums, earned six GRAMMY Awards® and two Brits, and was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. 

As one of the world’s most distinctive solo artists, Sting has received an additional 11 GRAMMY Awards®, two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, four Oscar nominations, a TONY nomination, Billboard Magazine’s Century Award, and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year.  In 2003, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for his myriad of contributions to music. Also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he has received the Kennedy Center Honors, The American Music Award of Merit and The Polar Music Prize. Sting has been awarded Honorary Doctorates of Music by the University of Northumbria (1992), Berklee College of Music (1994), University of Newcastle upon Tyne (2006) and Brown University at its 250thCommencement ceremony (2018). 

Throughout his illustrious career, Sting has sold 100 million albums from his combined work with The Police and as a solo artist. 

Following his critically acclaimed album, 57th & 9th, his first rock/pop collection in over a decade, Sting and reggae icon, Shaggy, both managed by the Cherrytree Music Company, released a collaborative, island-influenced album, entitled 44/876, drawing from the many surprising connections at the heart of their music. With its title referencing their home country codes, 44/876 first and foremost honors the duo’s mutual love for Jamaica: Shaggy’s homeland, and the place where Sting penned such classics as The Police’s “Every Breath You Take.” Their chart-topping release debuted at #1 in Germany and Top 10 in the UK. It spent over 20 weeks atop Billboard’s Reggae Album chart in the US, earned Gold certifications in Poland and France and received the GRAMMY Award® for Best Reggae Album. 

Last year, Sting was honoured at the BMI Pop Awards for his enduring hit single “Every Breath You Take,” which has become the Most Performed Song, with 15 million radio plays, from BMI’s catalog of over 14 million musical works. 

Also last year, a new album entitled My Songs, featuring contemporary interpretations of his most celebrated hits, was released and followed by a world tour of the same name. Sting’s ‘My Songs’ World Tour is a dynamic and exuberant show featuring his most beloved songs spanning the 17-time GRAMMY Award® winner’s prolific career with The Police and as a solo artist. 

The special edition release of Sting’s album, My Songs was released November 8 and includes a bonus CD with new live recordings from the My Songs World Tour.  A digital album titled My Songs: Live containing 11 new live recordings captured along the My Songs World Tour is also available. 

Next year, Sting will headline a Las Vegas residency, “My Songs,” set to open at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The show will present a compendium of Sting’s songs with dynamic, visual references to some of his most iconic videos and inspirations. 

He has appeared in more than 15 films, executive produced the critically acclaimed A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, and in 1989 starred in The Threepenny Opera on Broadway.  His most recent theatre project is the Tony®-nominated musical The Last Ship, inspired by his memories of the shipbuilding community of Wallsend in the North East of England where he was born and raised. The show, with music and lyrics by Sting, ran on Broadway in 2014/2015 and completed a UK regional theatre tour which ran from March-July 2018. Thereafter, Sting starred as shipyard foreman Jackie White in the Toronto-based production of The Last Ship at the Princess of Wales Theatre. He reprised the role for productions in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theatre (January 14 – February 16, 2020), followed by San Francisco at the Golden Gate Theatre. Additional information on The Last Ship Tour can be found at www.thelastshipmusical.com

Sting’s support for human rights organizations such as the Rainforest Fund, Amnesty International, and Live Aid mirrors his art in its universal outreach.  Along with wife Trudie Styler, Sting founded the Rainforest Fund in 1989 to protect both the world’s rainforests and the indigenous people living there.  Together they have held 19 benefit concerts to raise funds and awareness for our planet’s endangered resources. Since its inception, the Rainforest Fund has expanded to a network of interconnected organizations working in more than 20 countries over three continents. 

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About the Cherrytree Music Company: Founded in 2005 by Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer Martin Kierszenbaum, the Cherrytree Music Company provides management, record label and publishing services to a boutique roster of artists, producers and mixers who push the creative envelope in popular music. Cherrytree has had an indelible impact on the music landscape from managing celebrated musician and cultural icon Sting to launching Lady Gaga’s first two albums. The Cherrytree Music Company has released the artistically and commercially ground-breaking records of Feist, Ellie Goulding, Robyn, La Roux, LMFAO, Far East Movement and Disclosure and sold over 35 million units. In the process, the Cherrytree Music Company has become a vital source for popular music and catalyst for artist collaboration and innovation. For more information on the Cherrytree Music Company, please visit:
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New Music Video for GASHI – Mama × Sting

GASHI and 17-time Grammy Award winner, Sting release the music video for their track “Mama” today (watch HERE). The Edgar Esteves (G-Eazy, Chris Brown, Davido) directed video sees a young GASHI watching Sting in admiration. As the video continues he grows up finding himself achieving his dreams while inspiring the next generation that anything is possible.

The track is featured on his sophomore album 1984 and has features from Sting, Pink Sweat$, Njomza, Rose Gold, Diamond Café and Devault. Listen to the whole album HERE.

During release week, GASHI performed his first ever livestream performance featuring tracks from the 1984 album (watch the performance HERE).  Directly following her performance, GASHI premiered his documentary GASHI: Now You Know (watch HERE).

About GASHI

Born in Libya, GASHI spent much of his young life as a refugee, moving from country to country.  His family eventually settled in Brooklyn, NY, where he was introduced to music at a very young age.  GASHI absorbed a melting pot of musical influences throughout his youth, resulting in the formation of his own unique sonic palette that blends together different genres of music.  His dynamic sound has allowed GASHI to collaborate with a wide range of talents ranging from Chris Brown to Travis Scott.  In the last couple of years, he released two studio albums album, sold out venues all across the globe, and has accumulated over 550 million streams with over 100 million video views worldwide.

About Sting

Composer, singer-songwriter, actor, author, and activist, Sting is one of the world’s most distinctive artists. Throughout his illustrious career both with The Police and as a solo artist, he has sold 100 million albums. Also, he received numerous accolades including 17 GRAMMY Awards®. Lastly, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted him.

His most recent album, My Songs, features contemporary interpretations of his most celebrated hits; it spawned a celebrated world tour of the same name, with a Las Vegas residency set to open next year.

Sting’s support for human rights organizations such as the Rainforest Fund, Amnesty International, and Live Aid mirrors his art in its universal outreach.  Along with wife Trudie Styler, Sting founded the Rainforest Fund in 1989 to protect both the world’s rainforests and the indigenous people living there.

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Joe Bonamassa American Fall Tour

JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES 2019 AMERICAN FALL TOUR

TWO-TIME GRAMMY-NOMINATED BLUES ROCK GUITARIST TO PLAY AT THE SHOW AT AGUA CALIENTE RANCHO MIRAGE ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2019 AND OTHER ICONIC VENUES

TICKETS ON SALE NEXT FRIDAY, APRIL 26, AT 10 A.M.

Today, two-time GRAMMY-nominated blues-rock titan Joe Bonamassa announces tour dates for summer 2019 in support of his all-original studio album Redemption (J&R Adventures), which was released last September. New tour dates will go on sale Friday, April 26th and will be available here. These additional dates bring Joe’s already busy touring schedule to nearly 100 shows for 2019.

Backed by a stellar band of legendary musicians including Late Night with David Letterman’s Anton Fig (drums), Nashville recording legend Michael Rhodes (bass), Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Reese Wynans (piano/organ), Paulie Cerra (sax), Lee Thornburg (trumpet), and featuring soulful background singers to bring a whole new life to the show which will feature brand new songs alongside career-spanning favorites.

Bonamassa is one of today’s top live performers and his enthusiastic shows are one of the biggest parts of his career, and a favorite for music lovers worldwide. Hailed internationally as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, Bonamassa has almost single-handedly redefined the blues-rock genre and brought it into the mainstream. He’s on the road about 200 days out of the year, and when he’s not on stage, he’s fully committed to crafting the most intricate, diversified new music to share with his dedicated audiences and fans.

In 2018, Bonamassa achieved his 21st #1 album on the Billboard Blues Chart, with Redemption, his most ambitious, barrier-breaking studio album yet. With over 30 albums to his credit, including studio and live recordings, collaborative albums with blues sensation Beth Hart, and side projects Black Country Communion and Rock Candy Funk Party, the guitar sensation somehow always finds ways to reinvent his artistry.

Earlier this year, Bonamassa also became the host of a new weekly show on SiriusXM’s Bluesville. The show, Different Shades of Blue with Joe Bonamassa, explores all aspects of the blues music genre like never before and has Bonamassa curating his favorite blues songs with an eclectic mix of everything from legendary classics to historical deep cuts and modern hits, airing 6pm ET every Monday on SiriusXM channel 74.

A prolific writer who is always on the hunt to expand his eclectic musical horizons and develop new ways to interact with fans, Bonamassa has a limitless work ethic whether it’s in studio, on the road, or working with other artists to spur new music. This year on the road, audiences see Bonamassa at his ultimate creative peak as an artist, and with these new tour additions his fire is unstoppable. With a vast, unparalleled catalogue of music under his belt, this tour promises to be Bonamassa’s best.

For tickets and more information, visit jbonamassa.com.

Show Information

Date: Wednesday, October 23 at 8 p.m.

Location: The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage.

Purchase tickets

Prices: $89-$199, based on seat location.

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TOUR DATES

October 18, 2019 OAKLAND, CA PARAMOUNT THEATRE
October 19, 2019 OAKLAND, CA PARAMOUNT THEATRE
October 22, 2019 BAKERSFIELD, CA FOX THEATER
October 23, 2019 RANCHO MIRAGE, CA THE SHOW AT AGUA CALIENTE
October 25, 2019 PHOENIX, AZ COMERICA THEATRE
October 27, 2019 LAS VEGAS, NV THE COLOSSEUM AT CAESAR’S PALACE
October 29, 2019 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK CHESAPEAKE ENERGY ARENA
October 30, 2019 WICHITA, KS CENTURY II CONCERT HALL
November 1, 2019 SPRINGFIELD, MO JUANITA K. HAMMONS HALL
November 2, 2019 KANSAS CITY, MO ARVEST BANK THEATRE AT THE MIDLAND
November 3, 2019 SPRINGFIELD, IL UNIV OF ILL SPRINGFIELD PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
November 5, 2019 SOUTH BEND, IN MORRIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
November 7, 2019 MADISON, WI ORPHEUM THEATER
November 8, 2019 DETROIT, MI FOX THEATRE
November 9, 2019 WASHINGTON D.C. THE THEATER AT MGM NATIONAL HARBOR
November 11, 2019 BURLINGTON, VT FLYNN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
November 12, 2019 BINGHAMTON, NY FORUM THEATRE
November 14, 2019 NY, NY BEACON THEATRE
November 15, 2019 NY, NY BEACON THEATRE
November 16, 2019 NY, NY BEACON THEATRE
November 19, 2019 GREENVILLE, SC BON SECOURS WELLNESS ARENA
November 20, 2019 BIRMINGHAM, AL BJCC CONCERT HALL
November 22, 2019 BILOXI, MS BEAU RIVAGE THEATRE
November 23, 2019 ST. AUGUSTINE, FL ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE

ABOUT THE SHOW

The Show, Southern California’s premier concert theater located at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, is a stunning venue with 2,101 seats across four levels. With expansive views, and no seat more than 125 feet from the stage, there’s not a bad seat in the house. For the ultimate in luxury, 12 boxes offer catering, private bars and bottle service. Opened in 2009, The Show is celebrating 10 years of playing host to a lineup that reads like a hall of fame: Don Henley, Jerry Seinfeld, Toni Braxton, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler, Sting, Alan Jackson, Tony Bennett, Martina McBride, Duran Duran, John Fogerty, ZZ Top, Goo Goo Dolls, and many more have all performed here.

ABOUT AGUA CALIENTE CASINOS

The Agua Caliente Casinos, located in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, are the Coachella Valley’s foremost resort gaming destinations. Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage is a AAA Four Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Recommended property, ranked top 10 for “Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas” in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018 travel awards, and is also home to the Forbes Four-Star Sunstone Spa, ranked in the top spas in the U.S. and no. 1 in California by Spas of America’s Top 100 Spas 2018. Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage is also home to Southern California’s premier entertainment venue, The Show, which features a legendary lineup of performers. Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs offers the newest games, a variety of table action, and high-limit gaming, plus fine dining and shopping, all in a fabulous resort setting in historic downtown Palm Springs at the site of the area’s natural hot water springs. The Agua Caliente Casinos are owned and operated by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, which also owns the world-renowned Indian Canyons and Tahquitz Canyon hiking trails, and the Indian Canyons Golf Resort.

Sting Announces New Album

Sting Announces New Album ‘My Songs’ To Be Released May 24th. Collection features contemporary interpretations of his most celebrated hits available on multiple formats including a deluxe edition. Pre-Order and listen to Sting’s reimagined version HERE of: ‘Desert Rose’, ‘Demolition Man’, ‘Brand New Day’ ‘My Songs’ Summer Tour Launches May 28 in Paris.

Sting has announced ‘My Songs’, a new album comprised of the 17-time Grammy Award winner’s most celebrated hits from his unparalleled career, each reshaped and reimagined for 2019. ‘My Songs’ (Cherrytree/A&M/Interscope) will be released on May 24 in multiple formats including a deluxe edition featuring bonus content (see below for track listings). Speaking on his approach to the album, Sting says: “‘My Songs’ is my life in songs.”

‘My Songs’ boasts modernized recordings, faithful to the original arrangements and celebrates Sting’s illustrious musical career as one of the world’s most distinctive and influential artists. Since forming The Police in 1977 with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers, Sting has evolved into one of the world’s most iconic artists, selling 100 million records and earning the highest accolades along the way. Fans can expect to hear Sting’s own fresh approach to hits including “Englishman In New York,” “Fields Of Gold,” “Shape Of My Heart,” “Every Breath You Take,” “Roxanne,” “Message In A Bottle” and many more. The album will also be accompanied by new liner notes written by Sting, in which he shares the personal stories behind each song and provides insight into how some of the most enduring songs of all time were written.

Never one to stand still, in the summer of 2018, following his collaborative album release with Shaggy – the Grammy Award-winning chart-topping record ‘44/876’ – the iconic duo launched a world tour through North America, South America, Eastern Europe and this year will extend to the UK for a series of intimate shows from May 19th – 25th. These collaborative performances will be followed by Sting’s own, solo ‘My Songs’ tour this summer – a dynamic show featuring the most beloved songs written by Sting spanning his prolific career, accompanied by an electric, rock ensemble. Tour itinerary and tickets can be found at www.sting.com.

‘My Songs’ was produced and A&R’d by Martin Kierszenbaum (Sting, Lady Gaga, Robyn), Dave Audé (Bruno Mars, Selena Gomez) and Jerry Fuentes (The Last Bandoleros). The album was mixed by Robert Orton (Lana Del Rey, Mumford & Sons) and engineered by Tony Lake (Sting, Shaggy). ‘My Songs’ will be released on CD and vinyl, and a deluxe edition will be available including live recordings of ‘Synchronicity II’, ‘Next To You’, ‘Spirits In the Material World’ and ‘Fragile’. An exclusive edition for Japan will also feature a live recording of ‘I Can’t Stop Thinking About You’, and an exclusive for France is set to include an extended version of ‘Desert Rose’.

Pre-order ‘My Songs’ here

For further information, please visit:

About The Cherytree Music Company: Founded in 2005 by Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer Martin Kierszenbaum, the Cherrytree Music Company provides management, record label and publishing services to a boutique roster of artists, producers and mixers who push the creative envelope in popular music. Cherrytree has had an indelible impact on the music landscape from managing celebrated musician and cultural icon Sting to launching Lady Gaga’s first two albums. The Cherrytree Music Company has released the artistically and commercially ground-breaking records of Feist, Ellie Goulding, Robyn, La Roux, LMFAO, Far East Movement and Disclosure and sold over 35 million units. In the process, the Cherrytree Music Company has become a vital source for popular music and catalyst for artist collaboration and innovation. For more information on the Cherrytree Music Company, please visit.

Sting & Shaggy

Sting and Shaggy are excited to unleash the official video for ‘Gotta Get Back My Baby’ today featuring Golden Globe-nominated actor Steven Bauer (Scarface/Breaking Bad) and directed by Michael Garcia. The track appears on Sting & Shaggy’s collaborative album 44/876 (Cherrytree/A&M/Interscope Records), which to date has spent sixteen weeks atop Billboard’s Reggae chart. Watch the video HERE.

Set in Miami and inspired by the hilarity and hijinks of classic buddy-cop TV shows and films, the light-hearted video sees the pair playing detectives reporting to their police Captain (Bauer) and partnering up for a host of frenzied action and stunts on a mission to find Roxy, a dangerous fugitive, in an exhilarating visual that encapsulates the spirit of the duo’s compelling and dynamic partnership.

The track, co-produced by Teflon (Wyclef Jean, Fat Joe, Ruff Ryders) and Martin Kierszenbaum (Sting, Mylène Farmer, Lady Gaga), appears on Sting and Shaggy’s chart-topping, island-inspired album, 44/876 (Cherrytree/A&M/Interscope Records), which debuted at #1 in Germany and has reached Gold status in both France and Poland.

Check out a making-of the video EPK here: http://bit.ly/2CyAfCO

Hailed “one of the most anticipated concerts of the year” and “a reggae rock dance party that never lets up,” Sting & Shaggy are currently on the road with their 44/876 Tour in North America, before heading to South America later this month in October and Eastern Europe in November. For complete tour itinerary, please visit: www.sting.com/tour.

While in the US, Sting is currently at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with JuiceWRLD’s “Lucid Dreams” which samples “Shape of My Heart,” written by 16-time Grammy Award winner, Sting and his longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller.

For further information, please visit:
www.sting.com
www.shaggyonline.com
www.cherrytreemusiccompany.com

Shaggy x Massari

Legendary reggae musician, Shaggy teamed up with Canadian crooner, Massari to release their new record, “Why” via 300 Entertainment and Brooklyn Knights Entertainment. With an accompanying lyric video, “Why” is an uptempo club jam with a smooth chorus.

“Why” comes shortly after Shaggy released his brassy reggae record with Sting, “Don’t Make Me Wait.” The surprise duo are gearing up to release their collaborative album, 44/876 via A&M/Interscope Records. After a string of performances and appearances on the 60th Anniversary Grammy Awards and Good Morning America, the two Grammy winners will embark on a European tour this summer.

Shaggy’s legacy in entertainment goes beyond reggae music. His multi-platinum singles “Oh Carolina”, “Boombastic,” “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel,” have ushered in an undeniable influx of Caribbean-inspired flare into today’s pop music. Shaggy’s unparalleled ability to bring reggae music to the mainstream and has kept him at the forefront of pop culture. Just yesterday, Shaggy joined television show host and comedian, James Corden for a hilarious politically-charge skit on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Fans will undoubtedly love the new music coming from Shaggy this year, keep a look out for the “Why” music video coming soon!

Watch “Why Ft. Massari” Lyric Video.

Listen to “Why Ft. Massari”.

Connect with Shaggy:
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Sting & Shaggy × “Don’t Make Me Wait”

Sting & Shaggy: “Don’t Make Me Wait” video out now!

Filmed in Kingston, Jamaica, the new video was directed by Gil Green (Nicki Minaj, Drake, John Legend) and celebrates the duo’s mutual love of Jamaica – its music, the spirit of its people and the vibrancy of its culture.

Watch the video here 

Following their broadcast debut performance of “Don’t Make Me Wait” on the Grammys live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Sting & Shaggy also performed their new single at the NFL’s Superbowl Tailgate event that aired on NBC this past Sunday.

“Don’t Make Me Wait” – the new, Caribbean-flavored song from Sting and Shaggy – was released on January 25th and will be followed by a collaborative, island-influenced album, entitled 44/876, on April 20th.