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Bill Meyers "Images"


Bill Myeres "IMAGES" is now available at Warrior records!!!!

Multi-faceted. If there were only one word that could be used to describe Bill Meyers, it would have to be multi-faceted. In addition to being an accomplished musician in his own right. Meyers has produced, arranged, composed and orchestrated platinum selling music for some of the most prolific artists of our time. His credits read like a who's who of American music; Justin Timberlake, Babyface, Whitney Houston, Neil Diamond, Michael Jackson, Donna Summers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Madonna, Rod Stewart, Brian McKnight and many more.

As if this weren't enough, he's also conducted, arranged or composed music for films such as DreamGirls, (starring Jamie Foxx & Beyonce Knowles), Armed & Dangerous (starring the late John Candy) and Dick Tracy (starring Madonna).

Meyers demonstrated a love for the arts at an early age, but it was his family's old Hammond organ that he found his true calling. A few years (and a few lessons) later, Meyers became an accomplished classical organist. While on scholarship at DePaul University, he discovered jazz and pop. "Chicago was a big blues town," he recalls, "I also got heavily into R&B while retaining my love for organized music. That's what led me into pop orchestration." While completing his schooling, Meyers began recording the music he was making. One of these demos found its way into the hands of Canadian pop star Gino Vanelli who invited him to join his band as their keyboardist.

Shortly after he began touring with artists such as George Duke, Boz Scaggs, Lou Rawls and Madonna. Maurice White of the groundbreaking super group Earth, Wind and Fire (EWF) also came across Meyers' music. Meyers and White began a long and fruitful association. Over the years, Bill has produced, arranged and played on a number of EWF albums including the quadruple-platinum "I Am," "Powerlight," "Touch The World," and "Heritage."

In 2006, Bill co-composed & orchestrated original music with Maurice for the Broadway play "Hott Feet." Upon moving to Los Angeles, Meyers joined the prestigious ranks of the industry's most requested studio musicians. His musical expertise graced the works of artists such as Natalie Cole, David Foster, Dionne Warwick, Jennifer Holiday, Olivia Newton-John, Sheila E., and Four Tops. While as a songwriter, his compositions were recorded by performers like Neil Diamond, Rufus, Donna Summer, the Emotions and others. As an arranger, Meyers topped the charts with his string arrangement for Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" as well as arrangements on her "Like a Prayer" and "I'm Breathless" albums. Additionally, Meyers arranged the horns on the classic EWF track "Let's Groove," the strings on the Bee Gee remake "Emotion" by Destiny's Child and orchestration on Brian McKnight's "Back at One."

Meyers' creativity was not limited exclusively to other artists. Somehow, in the midst of his extensive work with other artists, he managed to find the time to record three solo albums - the Grammy nominated, all-instrumental "Images" album, his first vocal LP, "The Color of Truth," and "All Things In Time." The greatest thrill of all for Bill is film work. "As a kid, I remember seeing Patton with Jerry Goldsmith's brilliant score and saying, "That's what I want to do,'" Meyers reminisces. In addition to the previously mentioned films, Meyers also composed the scores to 5 films (including cues & endtitle song to Starship Troopers Marauders); as well as music for the TV series Standoff (NBC), Life Is Wild (CW), The Maury Povich Show (CBS) and Inside the NBA (TNT).

Artist, producer, arranger, composer. Indeed, Bill Meyers is a modern day musical renaissance man. Regardless of the genre or the form of presentation, Meyers can produce. The holiday single, "Angels We Have Heard On High," marks Meyers' return to releasing music as a solo artist.

Rhead Brothers "Black Shaheen" LP remastered


Preservation Records is so proud to offer, for the first time, the official release of the Black Shaheen album. It was recorded shortly after the Dedicate album, but unfortunately it was shelved by EMI.

Only a handful releases was uncovered. Recorded in the late 70's in the legendary Muscle Shoals studio, this album represents some of the finest smoothest, funkiest blye eyed soul'n AOR ever committed to wax. Grab you copy now as these will fly fast!

LAVA First CD!!!


Finally on CD, remastered from the original mastertapes exclusively for Preservation Records. This is the first album released by Lava. Killer westcoast fusion jazz from the cream of session musicians.

The release contains an unreleased alternative version of the track ‘Rustic’ + read the full story on how Lava was created by Svein Dag Hauge.

Get your copy here!

Pride Of Lions "Fearless"


Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the highly anticipated new studio album from PRIDE OF LIONS, 'Fearless' on January 27, 2017.  

When Frontiers released Pride Of Lions' groundbreaking first album in 2003, many people asked, 'Is this one of those project bands that do one or two albums and then disappear - or a real band with staying power?'  

Now, in the year 2017 the answer to that question will be very clear as the band release their FIFTH studio album, Fearless! Additionally, their best selling 'Live In Belgium' album and video proves to the world that Jim Peterik and Toby Hitchcock and the powerful Pride Of Lions band is not just a studio concoction, but a live force to be reckoned with, headlining shows in America and Europe.  

'We are always trying to top ourselves,' states singer/ songwriter/ guitarist Jim Peterik. 'This time I went back and listened closely to all the previous albums to hear the strongest assets of each record: what was working and what could be improved. I went into writing the Fearless material keeping that in mind. I feel it sticks closer to the template we set with our first release, yet goes to new places musically as well like using a Kansas- style fiddle- played by Andrew Ohlrich- on the video/single 'All I See is You'."  

The songs and performances on Fearless are...well... truly fearless. The title track blazes from the speakers gaining steam with every chorus. 'Take the highest ground- stand and fight- you gotta be harder- you gotta be tougher- you gotta be- fearless!' This could be the new battle cry for Rocky Balboa or any common man needing to make a difference in the world.


Unruly Child "Can't Go Home"


The release of the highly anticipated new studio album from UNRULY CHILD, “Can’t Go Home” happens on February 24th, 2017.  

Marcie Free (vocalist - King Kobra, Signal), Bruce Gowdy (guitarist – Stone Fury, World Trade), and Guy Allison (keyboardist – Lodgic, World Trade, Doobie Brothers) together with the original rhythm section from the first record, drummer - Jay Schellen (Hurricane, World Trade, current touring member of Yes) and bassist - Larry Antonino (Pablo Cruise), are back again with an awesome rock album, which will please old and new fans alike!  

Early in 2016, we decided to make time and give it a go once again with all five Unruly Child members,” tells Guy Allison.

“The new album, "Can't Go Home" has now become my favorite set of Unruly Child Band songs and performances ever. True story!”  

The group has generated an exciting new album reflecting its musical roots in contemporary and classic rock sensibilities. With the return to the original line-up from the debut album, they have discovered that while time may pass, some things never change…  

“We are so excited with this new album coming out in February,” adds Marcie Free. “And if you find that you still got the heebie-jeebies after that and are in need of another transfusion of Unruly - try a shot of our new box set coming out too! It's got practically everything we've ever done in it and that should hold over even the most shakiest UC junkies for at least as long as it takes before we hit your area for some live shows! So come on get on board baby! The UC Train is about to blast off!!”  


LIONVILLE "A World Of Fools"


Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of LIONVILLE's third album, 'A World Of Fools' on February 24, 2017.

Born as a project dedicated to pure AOR with a touch of Westcoast and melodic rock, LIONVILLE draw musical inspiration from acts like Toto, Richard Marx, Giant, Bad English, Survivor Band, and Boulevard. The band was started by Stefano Lionetti, a songwriter, singer, and guitarist based in Genova, Italy and his brother Alessandro. After years of playing the local club circuit of Genova, Stefano formed LIONVILLE Official with the encouragement and help of Pierpaolo 'Zorro' Monti(Shining Line) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Revolution Saints, Ted Poley, etc.). With the involvement of singer Lars Safsund (Work of Art), LIONVILLE quickly took shape and became something very near and dear to everyone involved.  

With two critically acclaimed releases - which came out in 2011 and 2012 ' Lionville managed to find their place in the European melodic rock scene while also appearing at Firefest in Nottingham in 2012. With their combination of rockin' AOR tunes and classic Westcoast AOR sounds, Lionville piqued the interest of Frontiers, who signed the band in early 2016.

'It's a very important record for LIONVILLE, since we are coming back after four years of silence,' says Stefano Lionetti. 'I really wanted to make happy all the fans who waited so long for it. As a producer and songwriter I have done my best to create a high class record, but with the right variety. You will find classic Melodic Rock songs, a couple of ballads, songs in the style of the previous record and of course a lot of attention on the arrangements. I also wanted to have more of a band feel with this record and I am very proud of the final result.'  

'These songs have been fun to sing and they're really good,' adds Lars Safsund.  

Recorded by a gifted cast of experienced studio cats and upcoming talents and produced by Stefano Lionetti, the new album, 'A World Of Fools' finds a winning combination of very strong songwriting (courtesy also of Robert Sall, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Bruce Gaitsch, Soren Kronkvist, Gianluca Firmo, Thomas Vikstrom, and Ida West) and stellar musical performances, crowned by impressive lead vocals and an album mix that gives space to all the significant little details.

The LIONVILLE team has high hopes that people will embrace their vision of a reinvigorated musical genre and everyone is looking forward to continuing the LIONVILLE story with another awesome contribution to melodic rock music.

Bryan Cole "Sands Of Time"


Melodic rock fans have been in need of an album just like this – the classic sound of bands like Giant, Bad English, Survivor and both Pride Of Lions and Brett Walker – the latter two artists both included in the material that comprises Sands Of Time.

Bryan Cole - "I have to say that I took a lot of time and care in recording my debut album ‘Sands Of Time’ and I knew I would go through the same process in finding the right label home for my music. I'm proud and honored to be a part of the MRR family and all the talented acts on their roster. Andrew McNeice and Melodic Rock Records, truly cares about their artists and I'm humbled and honored that they gave me a chance to make MY music and give me the extraordinary opportunities that the label offers Sands of Time is truly the first album project that is so honest, so pure and so Me! Every musical and vocal influence from my earliest memory, through my adult life is shown ever so clearly in this record and I'm so proud of it!"  

The whole idea for the record came from Bryan recording a demo of the classic Brett Walker/Carl Dixon song ‘More Than a Memory.’ The feedback was unanimous, with Bryan receiving very positive and encouraging responses.  

“I knew I was on to something very special. I began searching and writing material with the hopes of finding enough great songs to record a EP or full length album. During the course of this grueling process, I had experienced many personal and life changing experiences. The loss of several loved ones had brought me to my lowest point emotionally and I felt I couldn't go on being creative and making music. Out of the blue, I received a message from an old friend in Nashville, TN that heard my demo and had an idea of the perfect person to hook me up with.”  

That person would be none other than Jim Peterik from Survivor. Bryan grew up listening to Survivor, Journey and many other classic AOR/Melodic Rock groups of the late 70's and 80's, so working with Jim was a dream come true. Jim Peterik contributed four amazing songs to the project that followers of Jim will recognize quickly.