James Taylor "American Standard"

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It takes an extraordinary artist to re-imagine some of the most beloved songs of the 20th century and make them completely their own. And that's precisely what James Taylor has accomplished with his brand-new album, American Standard.

Recalling the best of James' early work, he infuses new sounds and fresh meaning into these timeless works of art. While these 14 carefully chosen interpretations naturally feature James' warm, one-of-a-kind vocal ability and incomparable musicianship, what makes this collection so unique is the inventive way James and his fellow co-producers, longtime collaborator Dave O'Donnell and famed musician John Pizzarelli, approached the project.

Unlike most who have tackled similar material, American Standard's beautifully simple, stripped-down arrangements are based on James' skillful acoustic guitar work rather than piano and the affect is mesmerizing.


Will Champlin "Great Divide"

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Born and raised in Los Angeles into a musical family, Will Champlin holds his own from playing piano on Michael Jackson's last record, to reaching top 3 of season 5 of The Voice on NBC. He has toured and/or written for acts like Glenn Frey, Billy Ray Cyrus, Heather Headley, Reik, & One Direction.

His songwriting work on Heather Headley's 2010 “Audience Of One” earned him 2 Grammy wins. He's also recently collaborated with YouTube artists such as Kurt Hugo Schneider and others. 


In July of 2014 Will released his record known as 'Borrowing Trouble' which features the single 'Heat of Passion' that was used for HBO's 2014 fall preview, and 'Eye of the Pyramid' that he returned to The Voice stage to perform. With a new album in the works, Will released the song 'Indigo' as a current single, co-written with Ryan Marshall of Walk Off the Earth. In the summer of 2018 he toured with the Legendary Rock Supergroup Poison playing keyboards and backing vocals.

Now it's time to reveal his new album "Great Divide".


Robert Hart "Pure"

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

The two solo albums “Robert Hart” & “Cries and Whispers” were re-released together in digipack form by Escape Music in 2013 and this package reminded fans just how good Robert is. Robert also worked with Jim Kirkpatrick (FM guitarist) on the DIESEL album “into the fire” in the same year and this has further cemented Roberts reputation as a top notch vocalist.  

Fast forward to 2020 and Robert is back with a brand new album called “Pure” and this is something else as Robert has given us 12 fresh sounding songs that have a unique pop rock sound. Names like Robert Plant and Go West come to mind, these are really catchy songs and are instantly remembered after just one listen.   Robert Hart will be touring Rock Meets Classic with Alice Cooper, Thunder and Mother Finest March 2020!   One to watch out for in 2020!.

Robert Hart: Lead Vocals / Backing Vocals Tommy Denander: All Guitars / Keyboards (Alice Cooper / Steve Walsh / Jimi Jamison) Brian Anthony: Bass / Percussion (Steve Walsh / Lonerider / Overland) Michael Lange: Drums Steve Overland: Backing Vocals (FM / Lonerider / Shadowman)


Urban Soul "Two"

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The horns of Lindeborg/Andersson have been heard on recordings and on tour with an extensive list of Swedish and international artists. While touring with Björn Skifs (Hooked on a feeling) the idea was born to pay tribute to the genre that had always been closest to their hearts. The dream was to take their favorite players/singers to a studio and make an album which Lindeborg describes as a heartfelt, energetic smooth jazz record featuring all of our favorite friends from Sweden and abroad.

The groups first release received critical praise, and now the follow-up album, Two (featuring Bill Champlin, Michael Landau, David Hugues, Sara Nordenberg, Johann Asmundsson, Jonathan Fritzen) is sure to garner the same respect.


The Mike Bella Project «ONE»

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Michele Della Bella (a.k.a. Mike Della Bella), approached music in 1977 when he was given a guitar at the age of 12; by then he formed his first band with some teen friends discovering himself as a talented songwriter. In 1986, after writing many good songs and performing some brilliant shows in Rome, he decided it was time to rise to the next level, founding his first quasi-pro band, the Joint Stock Company, challenged and supported by Faber Farina whom he had met 7 years before and is his biggest fan and main biographer since then. Faber introduced Mike to the world of music recording so the new band released an album in 1987 titled ‘Something New’.

Jazzed by the result, Mike left playing guitar and learned to play keyboards, then renewed the band releasing a new album in 1989 titled ‘Challenge the Sky’.
The album confirmed Mike’s talent in songwriting thus in early ’90 he decided to quit working with bandmates by starting a new life as songwriter. After having set up his private recording studio he started writing songs over songs, many of these remained unperformed, due to the lack of a band; many others found their place in a new project called Stamina which released an album in 1994 titled “Affinity of Tribal Love and Perpetual Hate”. That CD had a very good impact and reviews in the States and the single “Gifts Of Life” obtained an Honorable Mention in a Songwriters’ competition held by the acclaimed magazine “Billboard”.

After that Mike stopped writing music due to his professional career which was always more demanding in working time. But in 2015 Faber secretly went over the tape cassettes he and Mike recorded in the early 90’s and collected all the songs which still were unreleased, thus compiling a brand new album titled “Unreleased Gems” and gave it to Mike. Listening again to all his old songs that he kept buried somewhere in his mind, challenged Mike to release a real record not only for his personal satisfaction but for the world-wide audience. The Mike Della Bella Project began …”

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Trembles of Fortune "Sucker In The Promised Land"

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Trembles of Fortune is the solo project of Geoff Thevenot, a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the Chicago area. Trembles of Fortune's sound brings together classic 70s west coast studio rock and early 80s cerebral pop, providing a sophisticated and soulful backdrop for stories and observations of all-too-human frailties and indecision.

The lush arrangements and smooth, insistent grooves often belie the world-weary edge underneath, but there's hope and spirit here as well. Trembles of Fortune's self-titled debut was released in 2018, and the second full-length album, Sucker In The Promised Land, will be released early in 2020.

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Michael Thompson Band "High Times - Live In Italy"

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Michael Thompson Band's first, and so far only live show in Europe, happened on a magic night on Saturday, April 28, 2018, when in front of an awed crowed, Michael Thompson, together with Larry King on vocals, Larry Antonino and Guy Allison (Unruly Child) on bass and keyboards respectively, and Sergio Gonzalez on drums, performed a set which created a special kind of AOR magic at the Live Music Club in Milan, IT.

Cherrypicking the best songs from their now legendary debut album 'How Long' and offering some previews from the then upcoming album 'Love and Beyond', MTB offered a magnificent hour long set which delighted all the fans in attendance.


MANDOO "Pacific Addiction"

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After a first EP « Another One » in 2009 and a first album « Sweet Bitter Love » in 2012 noticed by the Westcoast/AOR Music fans, MANDOO, alias Pierre Vanier de Saint Aunay and Esther Ben Daoud, matures for this third opus « Pacific Addiction » by surrounding themselves with a talented franco-american team.

In this new album, most of the songs have been written in collaboration with Eric Tagg, famous artist and American songwriter (« Is it You? » with Lee Ritenour), who gives through this project a new orientation to his career by devoting himself to writing with his wife Linda in the tradition famous couples of songwriters.


Chicago New Christmas Album

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The Legendary “Rock Band With Horns” Gets Into The Spirit Of The Holiday Season With An Album That Mixes Original Christmas Songs And Yuletide Favorites.

Produced by founding member Lee Loughnane, CHICAGO CHRISTMAS is the 37th album of the band’s career and its fourth holiday collection. Whereas its previous releases focused more on traditional Christmas songs, the new record spotlights holiday music the band wrote especially for the album, including “All Over The World,” “(Because) It’s Christmastime,” and “I’m Your Santa Claus.” The album also features R&B and ballad versions of “Merry Christmas, I Love You,” a song that Loughnane wrote with John Durrill of The Ventures, the best-selling instrumental band of all time.

Along with the new songs, the album also features the band’s interpretations of two holiday standards: “Here We Come A Caroling” and “Sleigh Ride.” It’s the second time Chicago has recorded “Sleigh Ride.” A different version appears on Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Thee (2011). The album’s other non-original track is a soulful Chicago interpretation of the Hal David and Burt Bacharach classic, “What The World Needs Now Is Love,” which founding member Robert Lamm thought had a timely message for the holidays.

Chicago Christmas features original compositions by many of the band members, along with unmistakable horn arrangements by founding member James Pankow. The album was recorded and mixed by Tim Jessup.


State Cows "Challenges"

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State Cows new album "Challenges" is now available!!!

STATE COWS is one of very few modern yacht rock / westcoast / AOR bands that creates new original music. The band consists of Daniel Andersson on vocals and guitars and Stefan Olofsson on keyboards and bass.

Many guest musicians have contributed to their recordings and live gigs, most notably Jay Graydon (two-time Grammy winner, twelve-time Grammy nominee, STEELY DAN, EARTH, WIND & FIRE), Bill Champlin (CHICAGO), Jason Scheff (CHICAGO), Michael Landau (MICHAEL JACKSON, PINK FLOYD) and Ian Bairnson (KATE BUSH, ALAN PARSONS PROJECT).