It’s been quite a year for Dallas r&b/soul/dance singer-songwriter Clayton Morgan. His critically acclaimed single, “Taste For Love” were released on June 29th, 2018. The remixes and official music video dropped on July 16th. Since then, the video has been named as an Indie Best Videos Festival Selection, and the single has been racking up airplay, charting on the Airplay Today charts. One of the remixes, “Taste For Love (Deep House Remix)” has topped the iTunes Canada Electronic Songs chart. The track reached the pole position on Thursday, September 13th, ahead of releases by Thom Yorke, Major Lazer, and FatBoy Slim. “Taste For Love (Deep House Remix)” https://open.spotify.com/track/5BZtTm9M27ElhZQ4ktE0YX?si=_xkwwBzNTkeJ-tcC6kVKmQ Hi follow-up single, “The Beat Is Calling Me” was released on November 12th, 2018. Once again, it immediately soared to the top of the iTunes Electronic chart. Clayton was a featured Emerging Artist in the November 10th issue of Billboard Magazine. A new single, “Good Love,” was released at the end of February. It charted at #2! ABOUT CLAYTON MORGAN: Based in Dallas, TX, Clayton Morgan released his critically acclaimed single, “Taste For Love” back in June. The son of Four Sonics member, Eddie Daniels, Morgan has proven to be one of the most original and talented new artists to come out of the area, this year. Music played a big role in Clayton Morgan’s upbringing, both at home and at school. Clayton was regularly part of school musicals, choir groupsand drama clubs. Outside of school, he always looked up to his father as his mentor and was also heavily influenced by a wide range of singers, including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Prince, Madonna and Whitney Houston, to name a few. All of these ingredients combined,have no doubt, been the main contributing factor toward Clayton’s unique and authentic vocal style.
Brady Novotny started playing the guitar at the age of 10. Determined to
be a world class guitarist, he left his first guitar lesson with his
instructor telling him basically to give it up now. Thus he was
introduced to criticism and disappointment early in his endeavor.
Nevertheless, Brady heard a guitar player that would motivate him to
push all that aside and re-energrize his passion to continue; that
guitar player was Randy Rhoads. Brady soon fell in love with classical
and melodic guitar playing. Brady practiced restlessly learning
everything from classical pieces, melodic and virtuosic solos from 80’s
guitar heroes, to jazz fusion.
Brady loved the guitar, and truly, that has been his passion. He
attended Berklee College of Music for a little time. At the age of 19,
he was asked to teach summer guitar workshop at Duquesne University. As
life often happens, however, Brady got burned out and went back to
school and received his masters in Psychology. Yep, that’s right —
Psychology. But the passion is back and stronger than ever, plus it
never hurts to have some money!
Brady set out to do an instrumental project that would have his
listeners singing the haunting melodies while holding their attention by
uniquely placed guitar virtuosity and dynamic rhythms creating a fusion
of rock, flamenco, and jazz. His love for a variety of musical styles
led him to study under many teachers in his life. Brady started out
playing Classical guitar at the age of 10. Ever since then, Brady has
had a strong affection for nylon string guitar sound. Ultimately, this
led him to study Flamenco guitar. He immediately fell in love with the
passion, virtuosity and rhythm of this style. The shred of the 80’s was
one of his main influences and guilty pleasures, while Jazz was a big
influence on Brady’s chordal choices and song color.
Brady has a wide range of experience in the music business. His
experience ranges from the Pittsburgh rock scene to national tours. He
has worked as a Pittsburgh session guitarist, Worship leader, and
guitarist at several mega churches. He has also taught guitar at clinics
His 2019 release with MTS Management Group/MTS Records is “Passions
Collide” featuring the lead single, “Redemption’s Cry.” The song,
featuring a hauntingly beautiful vocal from Brady’s wife, Jennifer, is
currently charting on the Airplay Today national radio charts.
Love Stallion storms the music scene with original glamorous hard rock, sure to get your heart racing and ears pounding. Power riffs, memorable hooks, and electric flash capture the nostalgia of years gone by, bringing a fresh punch of rock & roll back to the universe in proper style.
Love Stallion began as an experiment; a spur of the moment co-write of the song “Big Rock Radio” by Aaron Hart & Crayton Huntly (aka Rob McLemore) outside of a concert hall in the fall of 2013. Inspired by the “big rock” sound of the 70s & 80s, rockstars David Lee Roth & Freddie Mercury, and bands like Van Halen, Kiss, and Def Leppard, the duo enlisted the help of industry pros Dr. Scott Martin & Kate Emerich, “Aaron Hart w/ Crayton Huntly” played their first show May 1st, 2015 at The Walnut Room Denver to a small crowd of friends.
As the crowd grew, so did the flash & flare of the live show. With the addition of Aero X (aka Aero Marquez) joining on bass, the band became recognized for their high energy live performance, flamboyant wardrobes of sequins, spandex and leather, and their signature Sexy Disco Legs.
Love Stallion’s ‘Unforgettable Ride’ was produced by Steve Avedis (Tony Bennett,*NSYNC) at Colorado Sound Studios and was released on June 2nd, 2018. The first video single “Slow Release” was released in March of 2018. It stormed to #1 on the IndiMusicTV charts and reached #4 on the iTunes Canada rock charts! The follow-up, “Big Rock Radio” has received airplay and charting on the Airplay Today rock charts. The latest single and video, “Valentine” was released in January 2019, following high profile gigs opening for Steel Panther, LA Guns and others.
Everyone loves a good story about second chances, and that’s exactly what Bill Abernathy’s story is all about. The Kansas City, Missouri resident began writing songs in his early teens. He played all through his school years, but then he stopped…Life took over.
Bill went about getting married, building a business career, and raising his children. After his kids graduated from school and started their careers, Bill picked up the guitar again and began trying to rekindle his love of music.
“Inspiration for my music comes from a variety of the many parts of my life,” Bill says. “Events and experiences of mine, my family, my friends, and sometimes even people I have never met all, contribute to the creativity of my music. I find it interesting and rewarding to let my imagination wander through the memory and spirit of life events and see where it takes me.” Bill is a pure “lyrics-first” writer…a bit of a storyteller. “I feel the story and lyrics talk to me and tell me what the rest of the song is supposed to sound like,” he says. His last album, 2017’s “Find A Way” reached #5 on the Roots Music Report Traditional Folk Album chart, and the single, “Goodbye Will Never Come Again” reached #1 on the singles chart. Bill’s latest collection of songs, “Crossing Willow Creek” is available now, with the first single, “Cry Wolf” hitting radio airwaves around the globe. The single reached the iTunes Top 100 Rock Songs chart while hitting the Top 5 on New Music Weekly’s country chart. Bill is also a December 2018 Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist. “Sometimes life is good to you and gives you a second chance. In my youth, I walked away from music for a myriad of personal reasons. Now, I’ve now been given a second chance to pursue this thing we love called music, and I am really enjoying the ride!”
Multi award-winning hip-hop artist Jake Aldridge’s’ new single, Gullible is inspired by his new-found love of country music.
Released on January 6th, the song features guest vocals from BCMA Award winner Kezia Gill. It was produced by multi-instrumentalist Ben Haynes and artist RedNek, who has previously collaborated with the likes of Tinie Tempah.
Aldridge says: “I know this is a big change in direction for me, but since I’ve been exposed to country music, I’ve come to fall in love with its instrumentation, as well as the overall sound. I’m so excited for my fans to hear what I’m confident is my best song to date.”
Aldridge won Male Act of the Year at the 2018 International Achievers’ Awards, and received the Audience Choice Award at last year’s New Music Generator (NMG) Awards, at which he took more votes than 100 other artists. He described this as the proudest moment of his musical career to date.
The 30-year-old has played on US and UK network TV, including a documentary featuring Michelle Obama, and has been backed by BBC Introducing, who has played his tracks dozens of times, while his music has also aired on BBC Radio 6.
Aldridge was brought up in Reydon, Suffolk with two siblings, and was born to a Bangladeshi father and Canadian mother who met in Wimbledon. But Jake was just 11 when his father was killed after being struck by lightning during a family fishing trip, and this life-changing and defining event has informed much of his work since, for example, Aldridge’ 2011 single Heaven was about his father.
MORE ABOUT JAKE ALDRIDGE
30-year-old Jake Aldridge was born and raised in the village of Reydon, a small town in Suffolk, UK. Raised by his Canadian Mother & his Bangladeshi Father, who met each other in London when they were eleven years old, life was near on perfect for Jake. That all changed however, in August 1999 when during a family Fishing trip, Jake’s Father was tragically struck by lightning and sadly passed away. Jake was just 11 years old.
Struggling to come to terms with the loss of his Father, Jake was itching for ways to express himself. He took comfort in writing his thoughts down on paper. To begin with, his notes were in the form of a diary but he soon began rhyming the words he was writing. In time, his diary was transformed into a book of poems.
Inspired by ‘Rap’ Music, Jake’s method of performing these rhymes seemed like an easy choice to make. He knew nothing about Music Production and purchased a desktop microphone for £12 and used a sock to act as a Pop Shield. The wide-eyed teen had dreams of being as big as Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, and other Rappers he was inspired by. There was only ONE problem…. Jake couldn’t rap in time with the music…..
“Despite being a confident lyricist, I couldn’t feel the music in those early days… I couldn’t even nod my head to a Drumbeat”.
With practice and lots of help from his friends, Jake eventually started to feel the music. He began posting Music Videos online and was starting to build a small fan base. After establishing new relationships, and initiating collaborations with music Producers from all around the world, his tracks received airplay on dozens of BBC Introducing shows.
“I Remember telling my housemates that I’d heard back from the Director of Playboy TV, they didn’t believe me!”.
Seeking new ways to gain exposure for his Music, Jake came into contact with Phil Barry, the Managing Director of Playboy TV. Phil loved Jake’s music and enjoyed his originality. To the amazement of Jake and his friends, two of his songs ended up in regular rotation Play Boy’s Sky television channel. This was a huge milestone for Jake, who just a few years prior, couldn’t even tap his foot in time with a metronome.
Eager to continue climbing the musical ranks, Jake was striving for international recognition and decided to enter one of his songs into a ‘feature’ competition held by the Chicago Music Blog – ‘Daily Hip Hop Jamz’. He received more votes than any other Artist and in doing so, became the first artist outside of the U.S to ever win the competition. He later released a single titled ‘Illogical’, which went to #1 on South African based Zone Radio’s top 40 chart. As his music continued to circulate, Jake’s song ‘Fireman’, sparked interest from media company ‘Sound Net’, who distributed it to 2,000 Bars, Clubs and Hotels via their Jukebox.
Jake’s Music later fell into the hands of Maria Kempinska, the founder of Record Label ‘DingWalls Music’ and discoverer of Ellie Goulding. Maria invited Jake to perform in a Showcase at the Hippodrome in London Leicester Square. Jake was thrilled to have the opportunity of standing on the last stage that music legend Prince, ever performed on. The Showcase was hosted by Billie Laurie, an award winning Music Producer who is known for his work with Sir Paul McCartney, The Bee Gees & Tina Turner. Billie said that Jake “definitely has hit songs”. The gig was also televised, marking Jake’s first ever appearance on Sky TV.
“I felt like I was at the Brit Awards, my hand went over my mouth when my name was called”.
In September 2017, Jake was nominated for a New Music Generator Award by Cambridge 105 FM. The Awards ceremony took place at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge. Jake won the ‘Audience Choice’ award, receiving more votes than109 other talented Artist’s from East Anglia, a win which marked the proudest moment of his music career and a testament to his loyal fan base.
In 2018, Jake won ‘Male Act Of The Year’ at the International Achievers Awards and later had his music licensed by Road Trip Nation, a TV series based in the U.S. The new series is titled ‘Setting Course’ and even features an interview with Michelle Obama. Jake is now teaming up with Music Producer ‘Rednek’, who has worked with many successful Artist’s in the past, including Tinie Tempah.
ABOUT JAMES LEE BAKER: A classically trained musician, James Lee Baker fuses influences from acoustic singer-songwriters like David Mead, Ellis Paul, John Gorka, Gregory Alan Isakov, Bob Dylan, and Slaid Cleaves. He embraces open tunings to create an unconventional but welcoming sound and timbre to his playing. Trained briefly by Richard Gilewitz, a renowned fingerstyle guitar player, James Lee’s fingerstyle guitar playing is rich and melodic, pulling listeners into memorable motifs and atmospheres. James is a Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist with a Top 15 Roots Music Report chart hit, “Cowtown Blues.”