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Robert Hart "Cries and Whispers" & "Robert Hart Two" CD Set, plus 2 bonus tracks fully re-mastered!

Escape Music is pleased to announce the release of Robert Hart double album vocalist of (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) and (ex Bad Company and The Distance vocalist).

Cries and Whispers: White Lies and promises / Heart / Dear Mary / Such an easy revolution / Cries and Whispers / This has got to be love / A little love is overdue / Mankind / High on Love / One to One / She’s on the list / Heart-Arty Olive Mix / *Your Hurt As Much As Love Someone

Robert Hart: Heart and Soul / Angel / Ridin’ on the wind / I don’t want to be here when you’re gone / Boys on the corner / fooled around and fell in love / Someone to watch over me / better than the rest / Running Man / A little love is overdue / *Faster Than The Speed Of Love

Robert Hart is a British Rock Vocalist and songwriter. His career has seen him play with the likes of The Distance, Bad Company and Company of Snakes, as well as the Jones Gang and more recently Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. His recording styles have varied and he can range from West Coast to Blues Rock to Hard Rock, such is his ability.

In 1989 Robert recorded a solo album “Cries and Whispers” which can be described as prime time AOR and has been a highly sought after recording ever since. The Album was originally released on Atlantic Records with Stewart Levine at the production desk.

Three years later Robert was the first recording artist to be signed by Hollywood Records which was owned by Disney and had the pleasure of working with the great Russ Ballard. The resulting album “Robert Hart” charted in more than 18 countries and it was a great AOR Rock Album that got him noticed By Bad Company’s Mick Ralphs who then asked him to front Bad Company following the departures of Paul Rodgers and Brian Howe. In 1995 Robert Co-wrote the album “Company of Strangers” and he has since become a household name in Rock Circles.

These two albums in one package are a dream comes true for all fans of hard Rock and AOR, and it “essential” list should be placed on the “as soon as possible!

At the moment Robert Hart is working with Jim Kirkpatrick (FM guitarist) on a new project name DIESEL and is due to be released in autumn 2013

MARAGOLD...a band that started as an idea and grew into a long awaited reality.

Renowned guitarist Greg Howe, widely known for his rock / fusion instrumental recordings, had been considering doing an album featuring vocal-driven songs for quite a while. Long time friend, bassist Kevin Vecchione, had played on Greg's "Five" album, as well as having toured with Greg previously.Through the years, over the course of their enduring friendship, Greg and Kevin had been discussing and mulling over the idea of being in a band together... They finally decided to stop talking and start acting, and the seeds of the band "Maragold" were sown. Drummer Gianluca Palmieri, who had also toured with Greg, and played on his recent album "Sound Proof", was recruited to complete their dynamic rhythm section.

All they needed was "the voice"... 

Originally, the band started working with a male singer, but due to other musical endeavors, he was unable to continue with the project. In the meantime, Kevin had discovered an amazing vocal talent while performing in the Tri-State area club circuit, and suggested the female singer as a replacement. Greg was initially hesitant, as the songs they had lined up were centered around a male vocalist.

Kevin had Greg listen to some demos he had done with the new singer, Meghan Krauss. Greg enthusiastically agreed that she had "the voice", but Meghan's presence, personality, image, and especially her ability to inject herself into a song, truly made her the "total package" that they wanted in a vocalist. Meghan agreed to take on the duties as lead singer; Greg and Kevin immediately went to work writing songs befitting her vocal style. 

The results are the ten amazing songs on the debut self-titled album, "MARAGOLD". Combining exemplary musicianship and powerhouse vocals with provocative songwriting, the album represents a daring new direction for Greg Howe, which is sure to be an exciting experience for his fans, old and new.

Bill Champlin, Joseph Williams & Peter Friestedt "Live in Concert"

TOTO singer Joseph Williams and Bill Champlin formerly of the band Chicago joins forces with renowned guitarist and songwriter Peter Friestedt. Together they did a European Tour in 2012 with an all star band featuring Bill’s wife Tamara Champlin and Herman Matthews – known for his work with Tower Of Power and Kenny Loggins. The tour was a huge success with sold out venues and great reviews.

One of the concerts was filmed and recorded, and here we have the magic captured on stage.

Bill Champlin is a two time Grammy award winning Artist that is well known for his 28 years with the group Chicago. Bill has appeared on countless of records and is also a founding member of the group Sons Of Champlin. Bill has sung on many major hit songs such as the #1 Billboard song “Look Away”

Joseph Williams is the lead singer of Toto. He is featured on the hit albums "Fahrenheit" (1986) and "The Seventh One" (1988). He has also written extensively for films and been A session singer. He can also be heard on the blockbuster soundtrack to Disney's "The Lion King" where he is the singing voice of the adult Simba with songs like "Hakuna Matata" and "Can You Feel The Love Tonight".

Guitarist, composer, producer and major-label artist Peter Friestedt has released two own acclaimed albums "LA Project" (2002) and "LA Project II"(2008). The album received top reviews and was called 'best Westcoast records in years. "Peter has recently toured with Chicago singer Bill Champlin, Joseph Williams and Artist Michael Ruff. In 2011 Peter and Joseph Williams released the Top charting and criticly acclaimed album Williams/Friestedt

Setlist of the cd/dvd: Goin Home, Take It Uptown
, Hard Habit To Break
, Where To Touch You
, When You Look In My Eyes, After The Love Is Gone, Turn Your Love Around
, Look Away, This Fall
, Satisfaction

State Cows "The Second One"

State Cows returns with "The Second One". Like their previous cd, the band led by Stephan Olofsson & Daniel Andersson, offer 10 news songs well written and played in an 80's flavored "westcoast" sound.

If you liked the first record, you will love this one remembering bands such as Steely Dan, Pages, Nielson Pierson with the incredible participation of guests Bill Champlin, Peter Friestedt, Jay Graydon, Lars-Erik Dahle and many more.

"The Second One" will be released on 24th of May.

Geyster "Down On Broadway"


Gaël Benyamin is Geyster's songwriter, producer and lead singer, and he's back with twelve timeless new songs. Strongly influenced by Steely Dan and Paul McCartney, Gaël has recorded the album he had always wanted to buy…

With a subte & sensual mixture of British pop and a sweet Californian vibe truthful to the Geyster sound, "Down On Broadway" offers its own blend of many different 70's Rock flavors mixed into a powerful modern sound and a unique style. After being a "frenchtouch" icon in the years 2000, today Geyster has become a traditional pop-rock songwriter, and he will soon be on stage to play his new songs.

John Elefante "On My Way To The Sun"

Singer/songwriter and producer extraordinaire John Elefante begin his musical career in 1981. After lead singer Steve Walsh left the rock group Kansas, Elefante auditioned for the spot and was chosen. In addition to landing the job, he saw all four of his demo tape songs make the band's next album. During his four years with the group, Elefante recorded two albums, Vinyl Confessions and Drastic Measures, and spent three years touring.

In his years since Kansas, Elefante and his brother, Dino, have produced numerous albums. Their production credits include artists such as Petra, Greg Long, and Scott Fairclough. Along with wearing the hat of producer, John Elefante has written numerous songs and recorded three solo albums: Windows of Heaven, Corridors, and Defying Gravity and three albums under the name "Mastodon".

His long awaited new cd will be released tomorow and listening to the samples on Itune, let me say it's an awesome cd from one of the best singer of the Christian Rock scene!


Amy Grant "How Mercy Looks From Here"

As a teenager nearly 30 years ago, Amy Grant began embracing fans with a heartfelt singer-songwriter style mixing elements of pop, folk and country. As Contemporary Christian music's first major crossover success, she has earned three multiplatinum albums, six other platinum albums and four more gold albums. She's scored 10 Top 40 pop singles and 17 Top 40 Adult Contemporary tracks as well as a string of Contemporary Christian chart-toppers while winning six Grammy Awards and numerous Dove Awards.

With fans clamoring for new music, Amy worked closely with highly acclaimed producer, Marshall Altman (Brooke Frasier, Natasha Beddingfield, Matt Nathanson) and is set to release her first studio album in over 10 years featuring guests Vince Gill, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Eric Paislay, Will Hoge and Carole King.

Phil Perry "Say Yes"

A great vocalist has a way of inhabiting a song, living it and making it their own. It takes especially great powers of interpretation for a singer to take a song definitively recorded by a legendary artist and give it new life with a fresh interpretation. Phil Perry takes on the ultimate challenge with the opening track of his new album, the indelible "You Send Me," recorded in classic style by the peerless Sam Cooke, whose own unique phrasing style actually shapes the melody of the tune, which he wrote. Yet Phil Perry transforms the song while still retaining its essence, opening in "old school" style and then transmuting it into contemporary soul music. Few singers around today could have done it but those who have experienced the magic of Phil Perry's talent will not be surprised.

On March 12, 2013, Shanachie Entertainment released SAY YES, Phil Perry's latest-and quite possibly, greatest-album. With special guests Chanté Moore and Najee, Phil delivers a splendid mix of originals and notable covers in a style befitting the man James Ingram who calls Perry "the most powerful singer I have ever heard."


The Music Of Nashville vol. 2

2013 release, the second volume of songs featured in the first season of the hit TV series Nashville. The series stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, a legendary country music superstar, whose stardom begins fading, and Hayden Panettiere as rising teen star Juliette Barnes. In the series, Rayna James is the established "Queen of Country" music. However, her latest album is not selling well and her tour is playing to half empty venues. Her record label suggests that she open for Juliette Barnes, the young and sexy best selling singer of bubble gum country. However, Juliette, seeing Rayna as washed up, purposefully alienates her and Rayna, who dislikes Juliette's style of music, rejects a joint tour out of hand. The two women come into conflict as both try to get guitarist Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten), Rayna's bandmate and former lover, to sign onto their tour. The soundtrack features performances from the two starts as well as Charles Esten, Sam Palladio and others.


Larry Carlton & Robben Ford "Unplugged"

The New Morning club in Paris presents the incredible – and long awaited – pairing of two guitar giants for their first Unplugged show. Imagine: Larry Carlton and Special Guest Robben Ford, two legendary guitarists… one stage unplugged… a guitar lover’s dream!

This unique pairing of two all-time great guitar legends delivers an unforgettable evening of dueling guitar solos and an uncompromising evening of The Blues performed the way it was meant to be. Nineteen-time GRAMMY NOMINEE, four-time GRAMMY WINNER and all-time guitar great, Larry Carlton established himself from his first recording, A Little Help From My Friends. His studio credits include musicians and groups like Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and literally dozens of others. He went on to perform with the Crusaders and then with the multi platinum jazz super group Fourplay. With more than 30 albums to his credit and having performed on over 100 albums that have gone Gold or Platinum, Larry Carlton has set a standard for artistry that spans three decades.

Joining forces with Larry in Paris is Robben Ford who at 18 he was playing with the likes of Charlie Musselwhite, Jimmy Witherspoon, the L.A. Express with Tom Scott, George Harrison, and Joni Mitchell. He was a founding member of the Yellowjackets, then went on to tour with Miles Davis, Sadao Watanabe, and Little Feat. In 1992 he returned to his roots: the blues – a genre he masters in most exquisite grand style.