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Alison Krauss & Union Station: Lonely Runs Both Ways

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Alison Krauss & Union Station "Lonely Runs Both Ways" new album. Alison Krauss and Union Station will release their first studio album, Lonely Runs Both Ways in three years on November 23, 2004. "Restless" is the album's first radio release and is currently on the airwaves.

Alison Krauss & Union Station: Roots music superstars confirm initial tour dates in support of "Lonely Runs Both Ways". On December 1, Alison Krauss and Union Station will kick off the first leg of a lengthy tour featuring songs from their November 23 Rounder Records release "Lonely Runs Both Ways".

The band will also showcase songs from the new album with two performances - November 24 and 25 - on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) and a December 10 performance on Good Morning America (ABC). Stay tuned for many more tour dates in 2005.

Alison Krauss and Union Station Initial Tour Dates:
December 1 - Evansville, IN - Evansville Center
December 2 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theater
December 3 - Tulsa, OK - The Brady Theater
December 5 - Columbia, MO - Page Arena
December 6 - Springfield, MO - Shrine Mosque
December 7 & 8 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Palace Theater
January 12 - Chattanooga, TN - Memorial Auditorium
January 13 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Theatre
January 14 - Roanoke, VA - Roanoke Civic Center
January 15 - Charleston, WV - Charleston Municipal
January 17 - Baltimore, MD - Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
January 18 - Richmond, VA - Landmark Theatre
January 20 & 21 - Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theatre
January 22 - Columbia, SC - Township Auditorium
January 23 - Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Center

Millions know how unforgettable an Alison Krauss and Union Station performance can be. Through her performances on both the Oscars and the Grammys earlier this year, Alison Krauss has been seen by over 100 million television viewers in 2004. And the group's 2002 "Live" CD and 2003 Live DVD are both certified platinum, with the prior nearing double platinum status. Other recent live highlights include a headlining run on the T Bone Burnett-produced "Great High Mountain Tour" in the Spring of 2004, and a special performance at the Walt Disney Hall in LA in December 2003.

Alison Krauss and Union Station were the first non-classical musicians invited to play at the Hall, giving the touted venue its "Pop christening" according to the LA Times' Robert Hilburn. Robert Hilburn called the group's performance "enchanting" noting that Alison Krauss injected her songs with "conviction and intimacy," ultimately calling Union Station "a world class attraction."

Alison Krauss & Union Station "Lonely Runs Both Ways" new album features Alison Krauss (fiddle and vocals), Dan Tyminski (guitar and vocals), Barry Bales (bass and vocals), Ron Block (banjo, guitar, and vocals), and Jerry Douglas (dobro). Produced by the band and recorded in Nashville, "Lonely Runs Both Ways" features songs by some of their favorite writers, including Robert Lee Castleman, Sidney and Suzanne Cox, and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Jerry Douglas contributes another sterling instrumental, Ron Block offers two gospel songs, including an audience favorite "A Living Prayer", and Krauss herself is a co-writer on "This Sad Song".

The album also features songs by John Scott Sherrill and Mindy Smith, Del McCoury, Woody Guthrie, Donna Hughes and Sarah Siskind. Robert Lee Castleman's "Restless" will be the album's first single. The new recording follows 2002's platinum "Alison Krauss and Union Station Live" - their fastest selling album ever - and their last studio release, 2001's gold-certified New Favorite.

Alison Krauss & Union Station "Lonely Runs Both Ways" CD: ORDER IT NOW.


Polar Express Soundtrack featuring Josh Groban and Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)

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Polar Express Soundtrack featuring Josh Groban and Steven Tyler (Aerosmith).

Promising to be this holiday season's family film blockbuster, the revolutionary computer-animated The Polar Express-based on a best-selling children's book, starring the voice of Tom Hanks and directed by Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis-is a classic Christmas film with a modern look. The soundtrack album also mixes the classic with the contemporary, with immortal versions of the greatest Christmas songs ever penned, such as "White Christmas" from Bing Crosby and new recordings from Josh Groban "Believe", Aerosmith's Steven Tyler "Rockin' On Top Of The World" and others. This Christmas everyone will be getting on board The Polar Express. It is released Nov. 2 on Warner Bros.

"A young boy lies awake in his room one snowy Christmas Eve, excited and alert. Breathing silently. Hardly moving. Waiting. He's listening for a sound he's afraid that he might never hear – the ringing bells of Santa's sleigh. The time is five minutes to midnight.

Suddenly, the boy is startled by a thunderous roar. Clearing the mist from his window he sees the most amazing sight – a gleaming black train rumbles to a stop right in front of his house, the steam from its powerful engine hissing through the night sky and the softly falling snowflakes.

The boy rushes outside, clad only in his pajamas and slippers, and is met by the train's conductor who seems to be waiting just for him. "Well, are you coming?" the conductor asks.
"Where?"
"Why, to the North Pole, of course. This is the Polar Express!"

The production team includes directors of photography Don Burgess, A.S.C. and Robert Presley; production designers Rick Carter and Doug Chiang; and editors Jeremiah O'Driscoll & R. Orlando Duenas. Senior visual effects supervisors are Ken Ralston and Jerome Chen. Co-producer is Steven Boyd. Music score is by Alan Silvestri, and original songs by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri. Costumes designed by Joanna Johnston.

Castle Rock Entertainment presents, in association with Shangri-La Entertainment, a Playtone / ImageMovers / Golden Mean Production of a Robert Zemeckis Film: Tom Hanks in The Polar Express. Directed by Robert Zemeckis from a screenplay by Zemeckis & William Broyles, Jr., the film is produced by
Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis, Gary Goetzman and William Teitler and is based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg. Tom Hanks, Jack Rapke and Chris Van Allsburg are the executive producers.

The production team includes directors of photography Don Burgess, A.S.C. and Robert Presley; production designers Rick Carter and Doug Chiang; and editors Jeremiah O'Driscoll & R. Orlando Duenas. Senior visual effects supervisors are Ken Ralston and Jerome Chen. Co-producer is Steven Boyd. Music score is by Alan Silvestri, and original songs by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri.

The Polar Express will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. Soundtrack album on Warner Sunset / Reprise Records. This film is rated G by the MPAA.

Castle Rock Entertainment Presents, in Association with Shangri-La Entertainment, a Playtone / ImageMovers / Golden Mean Production of a Robert Zemeckis Film: Tom Hanks in The Polar Express. Directed by Robert Zemeckis from a screenplay by Zemeckis & William Broyles, Jr., the film is produced by Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis, Gary Goetzman and William Teitler and is based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg. Tom Hanks, Jack Rapke and Chris Van Allsburg are the executive producers.

Polar Express soundtrack tracklisting:
1. The Polar Express -- Tom Hanks
2. When Christmas Comes To Town -- Matthew Hall and Meagan Moore
3. Rockin' On Top of the World -- Steven Tyler
4. Believe -- Josh Groban
5. Hot Chocolate -- Tom Hanks
6. Spirit of the Season -- Alan Silvestri
7. Seeing is Believing -- Alan Silvestri
8. Santa Claus is Comin' To Town -- Frank Sinatra
9. White Christmas -- Bing Crosby
10. Winter Wonderland -- The Andrews Sisters
11. It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas -- Perry Como
12. Silver Bells -- Kate Smith
13. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Claus Lane) -- Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
14. Suite From the Polar Express -- Alan Silvestri

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Paul Brown producing upcoming Jeff Golub CD

Guitarist Jeff Golub has smooth jazz's premier producer for his upcoming CD on Higher Octave.

This month, guitarist Jeff Golub begins recording his new album. Golub has a new label, Higher Octave, and a new producer, Paul Brown, the most sought-after producer in smooth jazz.

Golub, who lives in New York, will be bicoastal for a while as he works on the album in Brown's Funky Joint studio in Southern California. According to Brown, the two musicians already have a couple of original songs finished, including one called “Simple Pleasures,” and are now deciding on one or more cover songs. Brown, (who has produced music for Boney James, Euge Groove, Rick Braun, Norman Brown and Richard Elliot, among many others) says some of Jeff’s new songs will be funkier, more urban and more orchestrated than his previous works.

“Jeff’s a excellent musician, and I really like his style," says Brown. "I think he’s one of the more recognizable guitarists out there. He doesn’t sound like Wes Montgomery or George Benson. He’s got this Southern blues thing that he does so well. I'm trying to put him into some different environments for him to play in so he stands out even more.”

The CD, expected to be released in the spring of 2005, is the follow-up to Golub’s Soul Sessions, which was released in August 2003 by the GRP label. In addition to producing, Brown of course is now a solo artist in his own right. His debut album, Up Front, features the smash single “24/7,” which went all the way to No. 2 on the smooth jazz charts. His current single is called “Moment By Moment," a catchy number that displays Brown's vocalese skills.

"from Smooth Jazz vibes website"



Peter Mayer: Nashville's "Project Reflect" Benefits From 5th Annual "Stars & Promises Alive" Holiday Concert on December 18th feat. Mac McAnally


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Peter Mayer: Nashville's "Project Reflect" Benefits From 5th Annual "Stars & Promises Alive" Holiday Concert on December 18th feat. Mac McAnally.

ex-P.M. leader and Coral Reefer Band Guitarist and Nashville resident Peter Mayer returns home to perform his 5th annual "Stars & Promises Alive" holiday concert on Saturday, December 18, 2004. A portion of each ticket sold will directly benefit Nashville's "Project Reflect," a local non-profit organization that provides supplemental reading programs for children who are at risk of failure.

The concert of traditional and original Christmas music by Mayer begins at 7:30 p.m. and takes place at Vanderbilt University's Ingram Hall located at 2400 Blakemore Avenue, Nashville, TN. Tickets are $12 for adults (age 13 and over), $8 for students. Mayer is encouraging families to attend by offering a special $35 family rate. Tickets may be purchased by calling (877) LIT-FLOK or (877) 548-3565.

"Project Reflect is very proud to be associated with Peter Mayer's 'Stars and Promises' concert this year. His spiritual and uplifting music evokes an environment that launches you into the Christmas spirit" says Mark Faulkner, President of Smithson-Berry Publications, a division of Project Reflect.

Peter Mayer along with his brother Jim Mayr, as a seven–piece ensemble of musicians and string players, are joined December 18th on the Ingram Hall stage by fellow Peter Mayer Group musician Scott Bryan on backup vocals and percussion from around the world, and Emily Randle (violin), Melissa Streuli (violin) and Gary Hodges (cello). Also contributing, Mark Holland with his Native American flutes, whistle and concert flute, and several very special guests, including Mac McAnally.

Peter Mayer, a member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band, has released 7 solo CDs, including an original collection of songs of faith titled "Stirrin' Up the Water," "Stars and Promises Alive" (recorded at Ingram Hall in 2002) and the original "Christmas Collection," "Stars and Promises". His newest CD, "Music Box," was released earlier this year. Project Reflect will also receive a portion of proceeds from each Peter Mayer CD sold at the live performance.

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Band Aid 20: Do They Know It's Christmas... Band Aid Twenty Years After


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Band Aid 20 "Do They Know It's Christmas" CD will be released Nov. 30 (on Universal Int'l)... Band Aid Twenty Years After. More than 13m see Band Aid debut video in United Kingdom. It was shown simultaneously on BBC One, BBC Two, ITV1, Channel 4 and Five. The figures do not include Sky One or the other digital channels which showed it. Pop star Madonna, who does not appear on the track, urged fans to "feed the world" before Thursday's screening.

The single "Do They Know It's Christmas" is due to be released on Monday 29 November. BBC One was the most watched terrestrial channel while the video aired, with 3.9m viewers, according to unofficial overnight figures.

ITV1 drew in 3.1m viewers and BBC Two was seen by 2.6m. Just over 1m tuned into Five and Channel 4 incorporated the screening into the end of the Richard and Judy programme, which attracted 2.6m people.
The video began with Coldplay's Chris Martin in the main hall of Air Studios, north London, where the song was recorded at the weekend.

It also featured some stars whose voices did not appear on the song - including Sir Paul McCartney playing bass, Radiohead's Thom Yorke on piano and Blur's Damon Albarn, who served tea.

The video included footage of organiser Bob Geldof in the studio playing the stars a video of an emaciated young girl in the 1984 Ethiopian famine. The girl, now a young woman, was then introduced to the singers, many of whom were moved to tears.
Madonna's introduction began: "Twenty years ago, I performed at Live Aid and the world watched. You saw me and my generation demanding a change.
"Once again, here we are 20 years later,"
she said, over images of starving African children. "More people die of hunger in Africa than war and Aids put together.
"In a world of plenty, it is hard to imagine that most African children will go to bed tonight hungry.
"Bob Geldof and his friends are here to remind you that we can never forget. Not ever. Feed the world. I am honoured to introduce Band Aid 20."

The song, a remake of the 1984 original, was recorded on Friday, Saturday and Sunday by more than 50 artists including Joss Stone, Dizzee Rascal and The Darkness. It is tipped to be the Christmas number one, but bookmakers have shortened the odds on the track's long-term success after it received lukewarm reviews.

The single, which also features Bono, Sugababes and Will Young, was made available to download from the internet on Thursday from a number of music services that will donate proceeds to the cause.
It is also being launched as a charity mobile phone ringtone with proceeds going to the Band Aid Trust, which is supporting food aid to the Sudan's troubled Darfur region.

Band Aid 20 - Who sings what?
Chris Martin (Coldplay) - It's Christmas time, there's no need to be afraid. At Christmas time, we let in light and we banish shade
Dido - And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy. Throw your arms around the world at Christmas time.
Robbie Williams - But say a prayer, Pray for the other ones. At Christmas time it's hard, but when you're having fun.
Sugababes - There's a world outside your window, and it's a world of dread and fear.
Fran Healy (Travis) - Where the only water flowing
Fran Healy and the Sugababes - Is the bitter sting of tears
Fran Healy and Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) - And the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom
Bono (from U2) - Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you
Will Young and Jamelia - And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmas time
Ms Dynamite and Beverly Knight - (Oooh) Where nothing ever grows, no rain nor rivers flow
Group of 10 and Joss Stone - Do they know it's Christmas time at all?
Tom Chaplin (Keane) - Here's to you
Justin Hawkins - Raise a glass for everyone
Dizzee Rascal - Spare a thought this yuletide for the deprived, if the table was turned would you survive?
Busted - Here's to them
Justin Hawkins - Underneath that burning sun
Dizzee Rascal - You ain't gotta feel guilt just selfless, give a little help to the helpless
Joss Stone and Justin Hawkins - Do they know it's Christmas time at all?
Tom Chaplin - Feed the world
Tom Chaplin and Chris Martin - Feed the world
Tom Chaplin, Chris Martin and Sugababes - Feed the world
Everyone - Feed the world, let them know it's Christmas time again (repeated)
Fran Healy - Wooo
Group of 10 - Feed the world
Everyone - Feed the world (repeated to end)
Joss Stone - Ad-libs over outro

Band Aid 20 CD tracklisting:
1. 2004 Version - "Do They Know It's Christmas"
2. Original 1984 Version - "Do They Know It's Christmas"

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Beth Nielsen Chapman: Hymns


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Beth Nielsen Chapman "Hymns" new album has been released November 2 (on Emergent / 92e) in The States. When Beth Nielsen Chapman went looking for an album containing the Latin hymns she remembered from her childhood, she was surprised to find there wasn't one.

That realization led to Hymns, a collection that recreates the majesty and spirituality that once echoed through Catholic cathedrals all over the world.

"I grew up with these Latin songs," the acclaimed singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman recalls. "When I was a child, this was the songbook for Mass every week and I always loved the mystery and sacred tone of them. I felt it was important to put a collection of these beautiful hymns out into the world. I think the experience of the sound and vibrations of these songs will resonate with people regardless of their spiritual path."

The Catholic Mass is generally no longer sung in Latin. In an effort to modernize, the Church revamped its liturgy in the 1960s, often substituting newly written "folk" songs of praise for "Adoramus Te," "Veni, Veni Emmanuel," "Dona Nobis Pachem" and the other ancient Latin hymns. Beth Nielsen Chapman believes something was lost then.

"As I began to record this record so many things just fell into place and I started to feel that this was not really about me as an artist doing my renditions of these songs. In fact, when I sang them, I wanted nothing to get in the way of the inherent eloquence of these hymns. I tried to let them speak for themselves, downplaying the character of my voice and singing as purely as possible, almost anonymously."

But her name resonates powerfully with music lovers. Beth Nielsen Chapman was a regular on the Adult-Contemporary popularity charts in the 1990s with such tunes as "The Moment You Were Mine," "Walk My Way" and "I Keep Coming Back to You." In 2000, she appeared on the soundtrack of the Ashley Judd film "Where the Heart Is" with "Shake My Soul," which became yet another A/C hit. In the summer of 2004, her single "Free" went to No. 1 on the BBC-Radio 2 chart, leading to her third U.K. concert tour of the year. She also has a large following in Japan, Ireland and elsewhere.

Stateside, her CDs "Beth Nielsen Chapman" (1990), "You Hold the Key" (1993), "Sand and Water" (1997), "Greatest Hits" (1997), "Deeper Still" (2002) and "Look" (2004) have earned her wide acclaim and a devoted following. Such stars as Bonnie Raitt, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Michael McDonald, Bette Midler, Anne Murray, Amy Grant, Keb Mo, Roberta Flack and Brenda Lee have recorded Beth Nielsen Chapman songs. Her cowritten, "This Kiss," as recorded by Faith Hill, won ASCAP's 1999 Song of the Year award and was nominated for a Grammy.

"There is only one song on Hymns that I wrote, "Hymn to Mary." I wrote that when I was right in the middle of chemotherapy for breast cancer in 2000. As horrible as I felt, I would make myself go to the piano every day, turn on the tape recorder and plunk around for 10 minutes. Then I'd go back to lying on the couch, moaning. I did it because I had to keep my foot in the water: I was more afraid of losing my ability to write songs than anything. When I got my strength back, I listened to all those days of plunking and clinking. And there was this melody that was very special to me. A month or so later when my body was cleared of the chemotherapy I wrote the words, a prayer that came from the deepest place of reaching to Mary for faith in the midst of feeling abandoned."

When she listens to "Hymns," Beth Nielsen Chapman doesn't hear her soprano leads or her alto and tenor harmonies. She says she hears the tenor voice of her son, Ernest Chapman III, and the bass vocals of her father, Robert Nielsen. She hears the harmonies of songwriter friends Mike Reid and Pam Rose, the voice of Sweet Honey in the Rock’s Ysaye Barnwell and the rumbling tones of famed Music City session vocalist Louis Nunley. She hears the echo of hundreds of years of worship.

"When I put this on and hear my son and my father the experience is magical and very powerful for me, personally, because I've missed these songs since I was a little girl and I have wanted to hear them again for a long time."

In 2002, Beth Nielsen Chapman performed at a special anniversary commemoration of 9/11 that took place at the Washington Cathedral, where she had the opportunity to hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in his keynote address, speak profoundly about all of us being one human family. He was addressing leaders of several religions that were all present. The eloquence of his talk so moved Beth Nielsen Chapman that it caused her to re-commit to finishing a larger project that had been occupying her, on and off, for nearly a decade. The songwriter had been slowly assembling World Hymns, a collection that will be devotionals from Buddhist, Jewish, Sufi, Muslim, Shaker, Hindu, Protestant and other religious traditions. Through a personal friend Beth met with the Archbishop, presenting him with the Latin Hymns as well as a sampling of World Hymns, both of which he referred to as "a glorious, melodious testimony."

Beth Nielsen Chapman's "Hymns" CD arrives at a time when interest in its themes is surging. Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ" and the hit novel The DaVinci Code (also soon to be a movie) are two manifestations of this. There are 72 million Catholics in the United States, many of whom still miss the Latin Mass. Every city in the country has a Catholic bookstore. Worldwide, more than one billion Catholics will recognize the melodies she has collected here.

"But I really think that Hymns could have a pretty broad appeal," says Beth Nielsen Chapman, "the landscape of sound is very meditative and the pull of this music like that of all forms of sacred music, reaches through to the heart and soul."

Beth Nielsen Chapman "Hymns" album tracklisting:
1. Ave Verum Corpus
2. Veni Veni Emmanuel
3. Tantum Ergo
4. O Salutaris Hostia
5. Adoramus Te
6. O Sanctissima
7. Panis Angelicus
8. Salve Regina
9. Hymn To Mary
10. Oh God Of Loveliness
11. Dona Nobis Pacem
12. Ave Maria

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Terry Melcher "Terry Melcher" album tracklisting (1974 - Reprise Records/Warner Brothers - MS 2185) - the album has been re-released by Warner Music Japan a few years ago:
1. Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
2. These Days
3. Dr. Horowitz
4. Beverly Hills
5. These Bars Have Made A Prisoner Out Of Me
6. Arkansas
7. Stagger Lee
8. 4th Time Around
9. Just A Season
10. Medley: Halls Of Justice/Positively 4th Street/Like A Rolling Stone
11. Old Hand Jive

Terry Melcher "Terry Melcher" CD: ORDER IT NOW.

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Terry Melcher "Royal Flush" album tracklisting (1976 - RCA Records - #10948):
1. Fire in a Rainstorm
2. L. A to Mexico
3. High Rollers
4. Down in Mexico
5. Take It to Mexico (Tulsa County Blue)
6. Freeway Close
7. Rebecca Hammond
8. Rosarito House
9. So Right Tonight
10. Card Game

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Melissa Etheridge performs on Eastern Caribbean Cruise

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Melissa Etheridge performs on Eastern Caribbean Cruise. Olivia, a lifestyle company, announces two-time Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge's Olivia debut on Olivia's Eastern Caribbean Cruise. Melissa Etheridge's one-night intimate, acoustic performance will take place in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on April 3 to kick off the April 3-10, 2005, cruise.

"We are so excited to have Melissa Etheridge perform on board in Ft. Lauderdale," Amy Errett, Olivia CEO, said. "An Olivia cruise is a perfect venue for Melissa Etheridge's acoustic show."

Guests on Olivia Cruises travel in style aboard Holland America's five-star, vista-class ms Westerdam, where they can indulge in a massage or spa treatment, stroll the teak deck, savor sumptuous cuisine or bask in the sunshine at the Lido pool. The cruise will take guests to exciting ports of call from the Bahamas to the Virgin Islands. Please visit www.olivia.com for theup-to date information on Olivia's vacations and for more on this exciting cruise April 3-10, 2005.

Here is the very recent CD/DVD package of Melissa Etheridge "Lucky" (2 discs):


Best Buy Sweet Tracks Holiday CD feat. exclusive songs from Kenny Loggins, Elton John, Melissa Etheridge, Chris Isaak, Train, Dave Koz, Phantom Planet, Pete Yorn and Maroon 5

Best Buy Sweet Tracks Holiday CD feat. exclusive songs from Kenny Loggins, Elton John, Melissa Etheridge, Chris Isaak, Train, Dave Koz, Phantom Planet, Pete Yorn and Maroon 5. As for example, Melissa Etheridge's new song to be included on this special holiday compilation is entitled, "Christmas In America" and was produced by John Shanks and written by Melissa Etheridge. Kenny Loggins' contribution to be included on this special holiday compilation is a version of his classic, "Celebrate Me Home."

Best Buy is giving some of its most loyal customers an early holiday gift. Sweet Tracks , an exclusive CD featuring never-before-released songs from Elton John, Melissa Etheridge, Chris Isaak, Train, Dave Koz, Phantom Planet, Pete Yorn, Maroon 5 and Kenny Loggins , will be available free to Best Buy Reward Zone members on Saturday, November 27.

Sweet Tracks is Best Buy's second annual holiday CD. There is no purchase necessary to obtain Sweet Tracks, but supplies are limited and rain checks will not be issued.

Rewards Zone members can pick up the CD at any Best Buy store while supplies last. Customers also can get the CD by becoming Reward Zone members on the day of the promotion ($9.99 for a one-year membership). Best Buy's Reward Zone program is a customer loyalty program that offers exclusive benefits to people who make purchases at Best Buy stores nationwide.

"We're proud to be able to team with a group of extremely talented artists to provide this gift to our most loyal customers," said Gary Arnold, senior vice president of entertainment for Best Buy. "Many of the songs on Sweet Tracks were recorded specifically for the CD. The artists were asked to record songs that capture their holiday spirit, and we think fans will enjoy seeing this very personal side of some of their favorite artists."

The exclusive collection of original recorded songs was manufactured by Redline Entertainment, Inc., a subsidiary of Best Buy, Co., Inc.


2004's Sexiest Men Alive, 2004's Sexiest Man Alive For People Magazine: Joshua Payne

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2004's Sexiest Men Alive, 2004's Sexiest Man Alive For People Magazine: Joshua Payne. People Magazine has just elected the 2004's Sexiest Men Alive and singer Joshua Payne has been choosen as one of them.

2004's Sexiest Men Alive elected by People Magazine Take a peek at some of the hottest of the hot – 16 of People Magazine's sexiest men of the year, including Jude Law, Ben Affleck, Andre 3000, Jason Bateman, Gael Garcia Bernal, Orlando Bloom, Zach Braff, Adam Brody, Billy Bush (host, Access Hollywood, Gerard Butler (Phantom, Phantom of the Opera movie), Dean Cain, David Carr, Jim Caviezel, Richard Chai (designer), Don Cheadle, Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G), Matt Damon, Tim DeLaughter (frontman, The Polyphonic Spree), James Denton (Desperate Housewives), Johnny Depp, Taye Diggs, Colin Farrell, Colin Firth, Matthew Fox, Jake Gyllenhaal, Gus Hansen (poker champ), Hill Harper (CSI: NY), Reef Karim (host of Court TV's House of Clues), Matt LeBlanc, Maroon 5, Seth MacFarlane (creator of The Family Guy animated series), Mark McGrath, Julian McMahon, Ben Mezrich (author), Jason Momoa (North Shore), Chad Michael Murray, Jerry O'Connell, Emeka Okafor (NBA rookie), Ty Pennington (carpenter, TLC's - Trading Spaces), Brad Pitt, Mark Ruffalo, Jimmy Smits, Eddie Steeples (from the Office Max commercials), Mark Steines (host, Entertainment Tonight), Donald Trump, Blair Underwood, Usher, Kanye West, Bruce Willis and Scott Wolf.

Joshua Payne "Your Love, My Home" album (feat. Bruce Gaitsch, Marc Jordan, Michael Omartian, Dann Huff and Amy Sky) is just a revelation in music this year for his debut album released on Verve this summer. Some people compare him with Josh Groban, Michael Buble or William Joseph.

It features some of the finest musicians, singer/songwriters and artists in the Westcoast Music vein:
- Bruce Gaitsch, (see there, several pics with Bruce Gaitsch),
- Dann Huff,
- Marc Jordan (canadian artist and co-writer of "You Made My Life Stand Still" from Joshua Payne's debut album. Likely one of Joshua Payne's favorite singer/songwriters),
- Michael Omartian (who produces the album),
- Amy Sky (canadian artist and co-writer of the song "Art Of The Heart" from Joshua Payne's debut recording).

Joshua Payne is one of the most abundantly gifted of a new breed of singer and songwriter, blessed with a big, classically-trained voice and a soul to match. Joshua Payne "Your Love, My Home," album introduces not only an accomplished singer with experience in every musical genre from opera to Rock, but also a lyricist and composer of uncommon sensitivity and power, whose work is informed by the depth of his life experience.

Joshua Payne "Your Love, My Home" album tracklisting:
1. Your Love, My Home 4:22
2. Remember Yesterday 4:38
3. If 3:49 (Bread cover)
4. Nature 4:44
5. The Art of the Heart 5:02
6. Let It Be Me 5:17
7. The Moon 5:01
8. If You Leave Me Now 4:03 (Chicago cover)
9. City Song 3:55
10. My World 4:54
11. You Made My Life Stand Still 6:28

Some performance credits:
Joshua Payne: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Marc Jordan: Synthesizer
Michael Omartian: Synthesizer, Piano, Accordion, Background Vocals
Bruce Gaitsch: Acoustic Guitar
Danny O'Lannerghty: Bass
John Hammond: Percussion, Drums
Brent Barkman: Piano
Amy Davis: Background Vocals
Dann Huff: Classical Guitar
Craig Nelson: Bass

Some technical credits:
Michael Omartian: Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Joshua Payn: Arranger, String Arrangements
Terry Christian: Engineer