Now, Batiste continues the celebration by bringing a new cohort of guests into the fold, including singer Tori Kelly, who joins Batiste on the inspirational ballad “SING,” and BJ The Chicago Kid who joins Jon on the D’Angelo-infused “Adulthood.” Big Freedia lends her signature joyful bounce to “FREEDOM,” “an exhilarating…celebration of independence” (Entertainment Weekly) and French star Abi Bernadoth joins Batiste on his empowering anthem WE ARE. Several new songs, including “WORK IT OUT” and “TELL THE TRUTH”–Uptown Remix–originally released on Batiste’s Record Store Day piece from 2020–will make their streaming and digital debut on October 15.
FROM DEAR EVAN HANSEN (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) OUT TODAY
UNIVERSAL PICTURES TO RELEASE DEAR EVAN HANSEN IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE ON SEPTEMBER 24
Multi-platinum, GRAMMY® Award, BRIT, Golden Globe and Oscar- winning artist and songwriter Sam Smith and acclaimed Soul Train, iHeart Music, ASCAP and Billboard Award winning R&B singer/songwriter Summer Walker release their version of “You Will Be Found,” the next song to be unveiled from the DEAR EVAN HANSEN (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK), today. Dear Evan Hansen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) will be released September 24 through Interscope Records. Listen to “You Will Be Found” Sam Smith featuring Summer Walker HERE.
Last month, Universal Pictures & Interscope Records unveiled new renditions of the film’s iconic anthems “Waving Through A Window” and “You Will Be Found” performed by Tony®, Grammy® and Emmy® winner Ben Platt, who originated the role of Evan Hansen on Broadway and reprises the role for the film. Other songs that have been released from the soundtrack include Carrie Underwood and Dan +Shay’sversion of “Only Us” and a brand-new song written specifically for the Universal Pictures release, “The Anonymous Ones,” written by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Amandla Stenberg. A co-star in the movie, Stenberg’s performance of the song as featured in the film was released last week along with a version by SZA.
The full lineup of artists has been revealed for the soundtrack, including Sam Smithwith Summer Walker, SZA, Carrie Underwood and Dan + Shay, FINNEAS and Tori Kelly. Plus, the 16-track album features new recordings by the film cast of these beloved songs with music and lyrics by the Oscar®, Grammy®, and Tony® winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman). Among the new songs, the Soundtrack also includes “A Little Closer” performed by Colton Ryan and “The Anonymous Ones” performed by Amandla Stenberg, who wrote the lyrics and music with Pasek and Paul. FINNEAS and SZA add their renditions of these originals to the soundtrack.
Pre-order the Dear Evan Hansen: (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). —HERE.
The film premiered last week at the Toronto International Film Festival and Universal Pictures will release Dear Evan Hansen in theaters nationwide on September 24th.
Dear Evan Hansen opened on Broadway in December 2016 and became a generation-defining phenomenon, winning six Tony Awards, including for Best Musical and for Ben Platt as Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. The show’s cast album would go on to earn a Grammy®. Now, in the film, Ben Platt returns as Evan Hansen, an anxious, isolated high schooler aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social-media age.
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Wonder), the film is written for the screen by the show’s Tony® winner Steven Levenson with music and lyrics by Pasek & Paul. Dear Evan Hansen stars six-time Oscar®nominee Amy Adams, Oscar® winner Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart), Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), Colton Ryan (Little Voice), Nik Dodani (Atypical) and Danny Pino (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit).
The film is produced by Marc Platt (La La Land, Into the Woods, Mary Poppins Returns) and Adam Siegel (2 Guns, Drive), and is executive produced by Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Michael Bederman and Stacey Mindich.
Waving Through A Window – Ben Platt & Dear Evan Hansen Choir
For Forever – Ben Platt
Sincerely Me – Colton Ryan, Ben Platt & Nik Dodani
Requiem – Kaitlyn Dever, Danny Pino & Amy Adams
If I Could Tell Her – Ben Platt & Kaitlyn Dever
The Anonymous Ones – Amandla Stenberg
You Will Be Found – Ben Platt, Amandla Stenberg, Liz Kate, DeMarius Copes, Isaac Powell, Hadiya Eshe’, Kaitlyn Dever & Dear Evan Hansen Choir
Only Us – Kaitlyn Dever & Ben Platt
Words Fail – Ben Platt
So Big / So Small – Julianne Moore
A Little Closer – Colton Ryan
You Will Be Found – Sam Smith feat. Summer Walker
The Anonymous Ones – SZA
Only Us – Carrie Underwood & Dan + Shay
A Little Closer – FINNEAS
Waving Through A Window – Tori Kelly
About Sam Smith:
Sam Smith has become one of the most celebrated artists to emerge on the music scene in recent history. Smith’s critically acclaimed latest album Love Goes, out now on Capitol Records, builds on the 30+ billion career streams they have amassed and the global success of their multi-Platinum debut and sophomore albums, In the Lonely Hour and The Thrill of It All, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and also topped the charts in the U.K., Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium. Awarded four stars by Rolling Stone, the album included the hit single “Too Good At Goodbyes” which along with Smith’s songs “I’m Not The Only One” and “Stay With Me,” have each received over a billion streams on Spotify alone. Smith has sold over 30 million adjusted albums worldwide and won GRAMMY, BRIT, Golden Globe and Oscar awards.
About Sumer Walker:
Atlanta based singer/songwriter Summer Walker’s 2019 debut album, Over It, contains the platinum-certified single “Come Thru” and the 2x platinum hit single “Playing Games.” Her acclaimed effort helped her win Soul Train Music Awards in 2019 and 2020 for Best New Artist and Album of the Year, respectively. In 2020, she won an iHeart Music Award for Best New R&B Artist and Top R&B Female Artist for Billboard that same year. “Come Thru” and “Playing Games” also helped Walker win several ASCAP Awards as well. Last year, she graced several illustrious magazine covers, including Rolling Stone’s Musicians on Musicians issue, and Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players issue. She recently launched her new imprint Ghetto Earth Records in a joint venture with Interscope Records last December. Summer is currently putting the finishing touches on her second album.
Respect is a new biopic that covers an iconic female performer, Civil Rights Activist, and Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, Respect is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.
It will star another icon in her own right, Jennifer Hudson, as Franklin. This is not her first time acting, and has also been in films like Spike Lee’s Chi-raq and in the first season of the Fox hit series: Empire. Given her background as a singer, her acting chops and what we’ve seen of the film so far, I’m certain Hudson will be excellent. The film also stars Forest Whitaker (Star Wars, Black Panther) and Tituss Burgess (The Unbreakable Kimmy Shmidt.)
According to Billboard, the film has had a rough journey, being originally slated for release in the fall of 2020, and has been delayed several times due first to the pandemic and then because of a number of other factors. Thankfully, the film is finally set to release so we’ll get to see the film that’s been in the works for so long.
Director Liesl Tommy makes her feature film debut with Respect. She’s previously been known for directing plays. Tommy is the first Black woman ever nominated for a Tony award for Best Direction of a Play in 2016 for Eclipsed, and is an Associate Artist at the Berkeley Rep and an Artist Trustee with the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees.
With a story by Callie Khouri (Oscar® winner for Writing, Thelma & Louise) and Tracey Scott Wilson, and screenplay written by Tracey Scott Wilson. Wilson and Tommy have worked together creatively since the 2009 play The Good Negro written by Wilson, directed by Tommy at The Public Theatre. Wilson was a writer on FX’s hit series: The Americans which garnered her a Peabody Award as well as an Emmy® and WGA Award nominations.
The film is set to release in theatres on August 13, 2021. To watch the new trailer, click HERE.
JENNIFER HUDSON ANNOUNCES ORIGINAL SONG FROM ARETHA FRANKLIN BIOPIC RESPECT: “HERE I AM (SINGING MY WAY HOME)” CO-WRITTEN WITH CAROLE KING OUT FRIDAY
RESPECT ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK OUT AUGUST 13 VIA EPIC RECORDS
IMPACTING RADIO ON JUNE 21
Academy® Award-winning actress and GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Jennifer Hudson announces a new original song entitled “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home),” co-written with four time GRAMMY® Award winner, Kennedy Center Honoree, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee Carole King (marking their first collaboration) and Jamie Hartman [Lewis Capaldi, Christina Aguilera] out Friday. GRAMMY® Award-winning Black Eyed Peas co-founder and mega-producer will.i.am produced the track. Hudson announced the collaboration on her social platforms this morning – HERE.
Paving the way for Hudson’s blockbuster bigscreen turn as Aretha Franklin, it will appear on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to RESPECTand serve as the film’s only original song. Hudson was handpicked by Franklin to portray her in the film from MGM, which opens in theatres nationwide on August 13. The soundtrack will be available on the same day.
Get “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” HERE Friday via Epic Records.
Hudson added, “Music is such a living and breathing character in this film, as it was in Ms. Franklin’s life. The process of creating this song was like constructing the greatest tribute I could possibly offer to her spirit. It was the final exhale of this extraordinary project and one that I let out with complete fulfillment. Being able to do so with Carole and Jamie was an incredible privilege. Carole is one of the greatest songwriters of all time and, whether we were trading stories, playing piano together over video conference, or working through lyrics, it was always a masterclass – both in life and music. Jamie and I have collaborated together in the past and it’s always so wonderful to create with him – he is continuously thinking outside of the box in a way that deepens the musical experience in indescribable ways. Our goal was to show that music was always the anchor for Ms. Franklin, in all that she did, and I hope this song illustrates the strength of her voice – both literally and figuratively – which always brought her home.”
About the collaboration, King commented, “Writing a song with Jamie Hartman and Jennifer Hudson felt both familiar and fresh at the same time. The process of songwriting continues to amaze me. One minute there’s nothing, and then a song grows out of the seed of an idea. The seed was dormant when Jennifer, Jamie, and I first met virtually. Jennifer and I had previously performed together, and I was excited about writing with her for no less than a film called Respect in which Jennifer plays Aretha Franklin! I’m so pleased to have not just one but two songs as part of the soundtrack of Respect-the 21st century song “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” and my 20th century co-write with Gerry Goffin, “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman.”
Epic Records Chairwoman and CEO Sylvia Rhonesaid, “What Jennifer, Carole, and Jamie have created together is nothing short of historic. It celebrates the legacy of Aretha Franklin by channeling her spirit and style in an original, no less. As soon as I heard it, I was speechless. It has all the elements of a future American songbook staple.”
“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” highlights Hudson’s earthquaking range with a seismic crescendo. Right out of the gate, she proclaims, “It’s time for me to sing” over glorious church organ before twinkling piano wraps around her vocals. It officially impacts Hot AC and Urban AC on Monday June 21.
One of the biggest, boldest, and brightest voices in contemporary music, Jennifer Hudson stands alone. Not only is she a two-time GRAMMY® Award winner and best-selling author, but she has received an Academy® Award, a Golden Globe®, and countless other honors as an actress. Her self-titled 2008 debut Jennifer Hudson earned a platinum certification, the 2011 follow-up I Remember Me went gold, and 2014’s JHUD drew a GRAMMY® nod. She has starred in films ranging from Dreamgirls and Sex and the City to Chi-Raq and Sing, in addition to taking over Broadway in The Color Purple, for which the soundtrack garnered Hudson another Grammy win. Along the way, she became a best-selling author and served as a coach on The Voice UK and U.S. In 2019, she appeared as Grizabella in the big-screen adaptation of Cats, and she also contributed “I’ll Fight” to the critically acclaimed documentary RBG, garnering an Academy® Award nomination. In 2021, she stars as Aretha Franklin in director Liesl Tommy’s highly anticipated biopic Respect, of which she is also an executive producer. Franklin personally chose Hudson to star. She will be releasing new music soon.
Jennifer Hudson and RESPECT dazzled the crowd Sunday night at a premiere fit for a queen
Celebrating the legacy of Aretha Franklin was director Liesl Tommy and costars Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Audra McDonald, Tate Donovan, Hailey Kilgore, Saycon Sengbloh, Skye Dakota Turner, screenwriter Tracey Scott Wilson, producers Scott Bernstein, Jonathan Glickman and Stacey Sher, and more.
Other guests included Timbaland, Jennifer Holliday, Debbie Allen, Michael K. Williams, Tori Kelly, Derek Hough, Jordin Sparks, and more
After the premiere, attendees celebrated outside, complete with food trucks and music from Donald Taylor and the LA Mass Choir. Aretha Franklin’s granddaughter Grace Franklin graced the audience with her grandmother’s favorite song, “Ain’t No Way,” and Aretha’s son Edward Franklin sang “My Girl.”
Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.
DIRECTOR: Liesl Tommy
SCREENPLAY BY: Tracey Scott Wilson
STORY BY: Callie Khouri and Tracey Scott Wilson
PRODUCERS: Harvey Mason Jr., Scott Bernstein, p.g.a., Jonathan Glickman, Stacey Sher
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jennifer Hudson, Liesl Tommy, Sue Baden-Powell, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth
CAST: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Kimberly Scott, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Heather Headley, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan and Mary J. Blige
FROM METRO GOLDWYN MAYER PICTURES, IN ASSOCIATION WITH BRON CREATIVE AND ONE COMMUNITY
From MGM, Respect follows the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, Respect is the remarkable true story of Franklin’s journey to find her voice.
Today, two-time GRAMMY winner Tori Kelly drops her acoustic version of Drake’s “Time Flies” in anticipation for her upcoming EP, Solitude. Her lullaby cover precedes the five-song EP that Tori recorded during quarantine which will be released on August 14.
Tori penned three of the EP’s tracks at home. After recording acoustic demos, she worked remotely with producers Monro, Spencer Stewart and Stint to complete “Value” and “Don’t Take Me Home.” On the funky, exuberant “Unbothered” – a much-needed dose of hope, looking to the good times ahead. The EP closes with the highly personal “Glad,” a soulful ballad that Tori wrote for her husband, producing and recording the song herself. In addition to the work for her upcoming EP, Tori began collaborating with other artists online via her “QuaranTEA with Tori” series and working on new music.
“I’ve never been more thankful for my home studio than I have during this season of being quarantined,” says Tori Kelly. “In some ways, it felt like I was going back to my roots, when I would be in my room, making songs and posting covers on YouTube. A lot of change has happened since my last album, so it felt great to just freely write what was on my heart and be inspired by different stories. I had so much fun creating this EP and I’m excited to share this new chapter of my music.”
Simple Plan, Tori Kelly, Aurora, and more surprises from Indonesia’s Biggest International Forest Music Festival
As if it never ceases to surprise the public, LaLaLa Festival is loyal to its promise to announce the lineup of its performers in a unique way. Continuously, The Group and The Imaginary Boys as the organizer, continue took a surprising step in announcing his lineup with a little game on his Instagram account @ lalala.fest. LaLaLa Festival announces a series of new lineups that will be staging an action at the upcoming LaLaLa Festival 2020, precisely on 18-19 April 2020. The largest International Forest Music Festival in Indonesia will once again take place at Orchid Forest Cikole, Lembang-Bandung, which is famous for its natural beauty.Having previously been successful in attracting public attention for successfully confirming the presence of Tori Kelly, Heize, and Jeff Bernat, where the LaLaLa Festival was honored to be the first stage in Indonesia to be visited by Ms. Kelly, singer with 2 Grammy trophies in 2019 in the category of Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Performance / Song. Do not stop there, LaLaLa Festival returns surprised Indonesian music lovers with the announcement of Simple Plan, Aurora and Shinichi Osawa (Mondo Grosso) as the next international lineup.Simple Plan is a phenomenal name in the pop-pink music industry, especially for those born in the decade of the 90s. First formed in 1999 Simple Plan managed to bewitch his fans with neat and timeless songs starting from “Welcome To My Life”, “Jetlag”, to “Perfect”, all of them still ringing closely in the ears of their fans.
Meanwhile, Aurora who was born with the full name Aurora Aksnes is a Norwegian musician who released her first EP in 2015. The song titled “Into the Unknown” which became the soundtrack of the film “Frozen 2″ managed to get a nomination at the eventprestigious Academy Awards. Often associated with forests and nature through their life stories and music, many Aurora fans think that LaLaLa Festival is the perfect stage for this eccentric musician.”We take into account everything in the selection of the lineup, including we will always involve the audience in determining who will be a performer at the LaLaLa Festival 2020. Not only up to here, we will continue to provide other surprises”, said Carmel Puma as the Founder of LaLaLa Festival and The Group. Not only the three international performers above, the series of homeland viewers who were also announced in the past two days will also certainly celebrate the upcoming LaLaLa Festival 2020 – starting from Maw & Wang, Vutura Mantra, Svmmerdose, Reality Club, Amygdala, Stars & Rabbit, Petra, Sal Priadi, Danilla, until Kunto Aji.
As a music festival that also marks the first appearance of several performers in Southeast Asia and Indonesia, many fans have been securing their tickets since the beginning of the sale. With Presale 2 running out, LaLaLa Festival reopens Presale 3 ticket sales to satisfy fans who have run out of tickets before. Through the website www.lalalafest.com, fans can buy tickets for 2 days for Rp 750,000, -, what a pleasant surprise considering various international scale performers who have confirmed their presence at this music festival.\Not yet finished there, LaLaLa Festival said that there are still many international and local performers that will be announced at a later date. Since the announcement of the lineup used by LaLaLa Festival this time is unusual, don’t hesitate to follow the LaLaLa Festival Instagram account at @ lalala.fest for more information!
“Change Your Mind”, the soulful new single from Tori Kelly, is out now and available at all digital retailers. Tori penned the song with Jimmy Napes (Sam Smith, Disclosure, Mary J. Blige), who also produced it. Download / stream “Change Your Mind” HERE.
Tori is nominated for two awards at the upcoming 61st GRAMMY awards: Best Gospel Album for her new passion project, Hiding Place, and Best Gospel Performance/Song for the collection’s lead single, “Never Alone” (Feat. Kirk Franklin), which recently topped Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart. Produced by Franklin, a 12-time GRAMMY Award winner, Hiding Place debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart, earning more first-week streams than any gospel album in history. The collection features guest artists Lecrae, Jonathan McReynolds and The Hamiltones.
Hot on the heels of the release of “Change Your Mind”, Tori will be embarking on her North American headline tour. The “Acoustic Sessions Tour” will kick off on 25th February at the Fox Theatre in Tucson, include a concert at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles (on 28th February) and show at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn (on 3rd Aril) and wrap up at The Fillmore in New Orleans on 13th April. The outing follows Tori’s fall 2018 Hiding Place tour, which included sold-out shows in such cities as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Atlanta and Dallas.
Tori’s 2015 debut album Unbreakable Smile entered the Billboard 200 at No. 2 and contained the Gold-certified singles “Nobody Love,” “Should’ve Been Us” and “Hollow.” Hailed as an artist to watch by such publications as Rolling Stone, USA Today and SPIN, she was nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best New Artist category and received the Billboard Women in Music Breakthrough Artist award. Unbreakable Smile has earned more than one billion cumulative streams worldwide and sold 1.3 million adjusted albums.
Hiding Place & Grammy-nominated artist Tori Kelly’s new passion project has set the record for the most first-week streams ever for a gospel album.
The collection, which was produced by 12-time GRAMMY Award winner Kirk Franklin, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and had the highest-selling week of any 2018 gospel album.
Hiding Place also topped Billboard’s Gospel Streaming Songs and Gospel Digital Song Sales charts plus the Apple Music Christian genre chart.
Tori was joined by Kirk Franklin and a choir last night when she performed the lead single Never Alone on The Late Show with James Corden. View their performance here! She and Franklin will also perform at the Annual GMA Dove Awards, which will be held October 16th in Nashville and air on TBN on Sunday, Oct. 21.
Idolator observed, there was always the sneaking suspicion that the 25-year old’s voice could soar even higher, that she could open near heart even wider. That promise finally comes to fruition on Hiding Place. Kelly’s talent transcends genres.
“Tori Kelly wants her new album Hiding Place to be a light in the dark for fans,” says PEOPLE magazine
Half of the songs on Hiding Place were penned by Franklin alone while the remaining tracks came from a collaboration between the two artists the first time that Franklin had ever co-written in his decades long career. The collection also features guest artists Lecrae, Johnathon McReynolds, and The Hamiltones.
Tori’s 2015 debut album Unbreakable Smile landed her on Artist to Watch–lists from the likes of Rolling Stone. It entered the Billboard 200 at No. 2 and contained the Gold-certified singles Nobody Love, Should’ve Been Us, and Hollow.
Unbreakable Smile has racked up more than one billion cumulative streams worldwide and sold 1.3 million adjusted albums. Following its release, Tori was nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best New Artist category and received the Billboard Women in Music Breakthrough Artist award.
GRAMMY nominated artist Tori Kelly will kick off a North American headline tour on October 18 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. The run is in support of her new project, Hiding Place, a powerful collection of R&B infused gospel songs that was produced by 12-time GRAMMY Award winner Kirk Franklin.
In addition to playing such venues as Warner Theatre in Washington DC (October 28) and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium (November 8), Tori and her band will perform at several historic houses of worship, including New York City’s Riverside Church (October 30) and the Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles (November 16 & 17). Tickets go on sale Friday, September 14. See below for itinerary or visit www.torikellymusic.com
Capitol Records will release Hiding Place on September 14. The passion project follows Tori’s 2015 album Unbreakable Smile, which Idolator recently hailed as “one of the better debut albums in recent memory.” It entered the Billboard 200 at No. 2 and contained the Gold-certified singles “Nobody Love,” “Shouldߣve Been Us” and “Hollow”
Tori recorded Hiding Place primarily at Kirk Franklin’s studio just outside Dallas. Half of the songs were penned solely by Franklin, while the remaining tracks came from a collaboration between the two artists the first time that Franklin had ever co-written in a decades-long career that’s seen his songs performed by legends like Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston.
Fans who pre-order / pre-save Hiding Place in digital format will instantly receive the first single “Never Alone” (feat.Kirk Franklin,) and “Help Us To Love” featuring The Hamiltones, official background vocalists for GRAMMY winner Anthony Hamilton. Other guests include Jonathan McReynolds and Lecrae. The video of Tori performing “Never Alone” live with Kirk Franklin, which has more than two million views, can be seen HERE.
Tori Kelly Hiding Place Tour
10/18 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
10/19 Birmingham, AL @ Lyric Theatre
10/21 Charlotte, NC @ McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
10/22 Durham, NC @ Carolina Theatre
10/25 Munhall, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
10/27 Philadelphia, PA @ Temple Performing Arts Center
10/28 Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
10/30 New York, NY @ Riverside Church
11/1 Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
11/2 Grand Rapids, MI @ Fountain Street Church
11/5 Chicago, IL @ Fourth Presbyterian Church
11/6 Chicago, IL @ Fourth Presbyterian Church
11/8 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
11/11 Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater
11/12 Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre
11/13 Houston, TX @ Wortham Center Cullen Theater
11/16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church
11/17 Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church
The Song Combines A Refreshing Mix of Pop and R&B with Incredibly Passionate Vocal Stylings
With a New Year almost beginning, and on the heels of her latest release “Affection” (now available via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon & more), NYC based Singer/Songwriter Annamariais getting ready to hit the ground running as she continues to conquer the NYC music scene and beyond!
The city has breathed new life, and taking center stage with poise beyond her years is 17yr old Annamaria!
The Singer/Songwriter has been honing her craft for as long as she can remember, saying “I always listened to music and wondered what my own words would sound like along with it. One day I finally sang and played along with a song on the radio…and I was hooked!”
Working with Emmy Award-winning producer/singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eren Cannata (son of Billy Joel saxophonist Richie Cannata), she has been writing and producing music – all original, radio-ready, and all immediately viable. Pairing the two was not coincidental, but a canny move by the young talent’s manager – John Casale. “I wanted a producer who’d be sensitive to Annamaria’s music and serve it well. Richie was the one, his experience and taste shows in every note.” Adds Cannata, “Eren and Annamaria have worked so well together. She’s the most prolific young artist we have worked with in years. She is on her way to great success in this industry!”.
With her latest track “Affection”, she’s begun sending out to the world her own brand of fresh new R&B and Soul laden pop music with a distinctly powerful vocal edge. “Kiss me, love me, like no one’s in the room // You miss me, you want me, then show me you do // Need your love and attention, all your affection” sings Annamaria in the sleek and passionate track the brings her smooth vocal tones to the forefront over a subtle yet powerful backing track.
Though she lists her favorite artists as Tori Kelly, Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, Demi Lovato, and Christina Aguilera – her own music remains truly original. And with a full record release imminent along with groundwork being laid for her first tour, it won’t be long until Annamaria’s music is everywhere!
After four hugely successful years in the UK, Vevo announced it will bring its flagship Halloween event to the US in 2017, featuring an incredible line up of this year’s most talked about emerging artists. For the first time, the event will happen simultaneously at the Craneway Pavillion in the Bay Area, San Francisco and Victoria Warehouse in Manchester on Saturday, October 28th. Presented by Honda Stage, the US show will host full live sets from 2017 Vevo LIFT artists Khalid, Julia Michaels, Aminé and Jessie Reyez for 4,000 music fans. A fifth artist will be announced before the show in October.
In addition to a night jam packed with new music, Vevo Halloween guests can expect to take a journey into the Other World, a parallel universe where nothing is quite what it seems, a place where reality and nightmares collide.There are sounds coming from the darkness. There are objects moving in the shadows. Something is watching and following your every step.
Presale tickets will be available at 9am PST Friday September 14th priced at $5 (including booking fees) from http://www.vevo.com/halloween (Guests have to be aged 18 and over). VOD content from the show will be made available on Vevo October 31st at Noon ET/9am PT.
Vevo LIFT is a six-week concentrated campaign in which Vevo gives fans a first-hand look into each artist’s journey – from intimate performances, video premieres, to behind-the-scenes content. Throughout the cycle, Vevo releases a series of compelling footage including “Becoming,” a short film which allows artists to tell their story in a unique way. Vevo also releases original programming titled “Stripped,” which features an intimate performance by the selected artist.
Previous LIFT artists include Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Tori Kelly, Aminé, Alessia Cara, Sam Smith, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, One Direction and more.
Khalid released “Location” before his high school graduation and it garnered over 1.52 million plays in less than two months, which led to his major label deal with Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records. Khalid’s debut album, American Teen, has received mass critical acclaim with praise from The New York Times, TIME Magazine, Billboard, NYLON, and many more. Billboard stated, “…effortlessly excellent…the kid is still so young, but this body of work is beyond his years”. Khalid has also performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, The Late Late Show With James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and at this year’s SXSW where he won MTV’s Woodie To Watch Award. Additionally, Khalid embarked on his first-ever headlining tour in both the U.S. and select European cities where he sold-out every single date before the album was even released. Khalid has over one billion streams worldwide across all partners, and he is one of two solo teenagers to reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200 in the last 12 months. This summer, Khalid was the face of Forever 21’s Summer Digital Campaign, #F21xMusic, Men’s Line, and was named MTV Push: Artist to Watch for the month of July. He was nominated for a 2017 BET Award for Best New Artist, a Teen Choice Award for Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song for “Location”, and he recently won Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards. “Location” is certified double platinum in the US and Canada and platinum in Australia, and New Zealand. American Teen is also certified Gold in the U.S and Canada.
Julia Michaels is quickly cementing herself as the biggest global breakthrough artist of 2017 with the release of her multi-platinum selling debut single, “Issues.” With worldwide consumption approaching 5 million, “Issues” is the best-selling song by a new artist released in 2017, according to Nielsen Music. It is also the highest on-demand audio streaming song by a new artist released this year. The song has also become the ninth Top 40 hit Julia has co-written on the Billboard Hot 100, and marks her first as a solo artist.
Aminé’s 2017 full-length debut, Good For [Republic Records] immediately made an indelible impact upon arrival. XXL chose him for a coveted spot as one of its 2017 “Freshman Class” cover stars. In his first major profile,The New York Times described the record as “amiable, inventive and idiosyncratic, one of the year’s most intriguing hip-hop albums and also a bold statement of left-field pop,” while Pitchfork appropriately called it “the soundtrack for an almost sober drive home.” Between explosive sets at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and beyond, he delivered show-stopping performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and more, solidifying himself as a force of nature on stage.
Jessie Reyez released the first song, “Figures,” off her debut EP “Kiddo” in late 2016. A violent heartbreak anthem, the song spoke intimately to people around the world – earning itself a lot of attention from multiple labels and millions of plays across multiple channels and platforms. Inspired by some of her most emotional experiences, the EP is a soundscape of Jessie’s life. Whether sad, angry or triumphant, “Kiddo” gracefully crosses lines and callously ignores boundaries.
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