Derrick Doc Pearson – A Family Man (Short Version)

Producer / Songwriter Derrick ‘Doc’ Pearson and his music has become a staple at the top of the Billboard charts!
His success began in 1989 with his Billboard # 1 R&B single composition ‘Have You Had Your Love Today’ for the OJays. Later, he continued his Billboard chart success with 3 consecutive Billboard Top 10 Gospel Album chart projects (his 2014 ‘It’s Alright featuring Al Johnson’, 2015 ‘No Greater Love’, and 2017 ‘I Still Do: Songs for A Biblical Marriage’).
Always willing to test the boundaries of his music in different musical genres, today, Derrick ‘Doc’ Pearson seeks to inspire others through impactful instrumental contemporary jazz music. His first entry into the instrumental contemporary jazz genre is his new project entitled, ‘A Family Man: Instrumental music to inspire, motivate and relax a family man’. With the help of his friends (Earth Wind & Fire legendary horn arranger, Thomas ‘Tom Tom’ Washington and Motown legendary orchestration arranger Paul Riser, along with a group of renowned musicians and artists), Derrick ‘Doc’ Pearson offers the world an instrumental music collection that blurs the lines between Inspirational, Funk, R&B and Contemporary Jazz music.
The first single, “A Family Man”, is a funky foot stomping instrumental musical romp featuring ‘Doc’ Pearson’s classic base and keyboard stylings. “A Family Man’ is complimented by an entertaining animated music video, ‘A Family Man’ (The Family Version), which is wrapping up production and soon to be released for viewing and streaming on YouTube, Vevo and other TV and video platforms.
‘A Family Man: Instrumental music to inspire, motivate and relax a family man’
features 18 Digital tracks (15 CD tracks), of musical magic that will inspire and motivate listeners. From motivation, to relaxation, to inspiration- this instrumental music project, with its unique blend of musical genres, has it all.
Featured tracks: A Family Man, Beside Still Waters, The Soldier Boy March, I Surrender All Y’all, Road Trip, The Climb, Confidence, and Cozumel.

Dan Lynch – Stereo Is God

“He has a real honest, likeable feel to his songs and it feels fresh and familiar at first listen. Can you call Australian artists, Americana? I suppose you can, Dan Lynch is leading the charge for great well-crafted roots rock songs” Brad Savage Program Director/On Air Host The Summit WAPS 91.3 FM Akron/Canton OH, WKTL 90.7 FM Youngstown/Warren OH.

Dan Lynch is a singer-songwriter from Sydney, Australia whose earthy sound and grounded lyrics are gaining attention.
His new release “Stereo Is God” is a super catchy singalong rock anthem.

Beks – The Thing About Us

Queensland independent songstress and indie-pop creative, Beks today services radio with The Thing About Us, taken from her forthcoming debut EP.

Inspired by a new era of music and songwriting, The Thing About Us showcases Beks’ innate ability to craft catchy pop hooks.

“I wrote this with my friends Cam Nacson (Sad Boii) and Tamika Nacson (Xira) during a songwriting session in October 2020. This song encapsulates the feeling of being in love and then out of love with your best friend. Your best friend that you party and wake up hungover with and then realise that you’ve crossed a line of no return, blurred the boundaries and you’re desperate to find a way back. The thing about us is there was never an ‘us’ only ever ‘you and I’

In the first week of release The Thing About Us charted #1 on Triple J Unearthed Dance Charts and #3 on the Electronic Charts.

Most recently the song was picked up by Channel 7 and featured on a national TV and radio campaign for Home and Away.

The song was also a finalist in the 20221 International Songwriting Competition.

About Beks

Since September 2020, Beks has been working daily with songwriters and producers in studios throughout Australia and in the UK via Zoom on her forthcoming debut EP. The EP features co-writes and production by Taka Perry, Jim Eliot (Ladyhawke, EAST), Xira, Cam Nacson, Tasker, Lucy Neville, Kim Moyes (The Presets), Airports, Clara Fable and more.

Andrew Swift – The Art of Letting Go

Finding improbable beauty in the more difficult aspects of love – transcendent moments of bliss giving way to overwhelming confusion, disappointment, and loss – two-time Golden Guitar-winning songsmith Andrew Swift delivers a stunning document of heartache with expansive sophomore album The Art of Letting Go.

“These are common things that people have had happen and feel,” Swift says of the guiding thematic thread that binds The Art of Letting Go together. As he explains, shared experience of a very personal and all too familiar hurt inspired the first entry in the album’s songbook.

“I had my heart broken a few years ago, and I then had to call it off with someone else knowing I’d be doing the exact same thing to them,” Swift relates. “Phil Barton and I bonded over that and wrote ‘Never Meant to Break Your Heart’.”

Produced by the inimitable Matt Fell (Sara Storer, Shane Nicholson, Fanny Lumsden), The Art of Letting Go found Swift partnering with a host of songwriting luminaries, from the Wolfe Brothers, to Phil Barton (Lee Brice, Eli Young Band), Sinead Burgess, Jay O’Shea, Margaret Valentine, Brian Maher (Taylor Swift), and Kevin Mac (George Jones, Zac Brown Band).

“Matt’s really good at finding what the song needs,” Swift relates. “The beauty of working with a lot of different co-writers was that we did get a lot of flavour.”

Joining Swift on the album was a host of stellar players drawn from both Australia and Nashville: Josh Schuberth (Josh Pyke) on drums, Matt Fell, Ollie Thorpe on guitar, Tim Crouch (Alan Jackson, Jim Lauderdale) on fiddle, mandolin, and banjo; Rob McNelly (Miranda Lambert) on lead guitar, Sam Hawksley (Adam Brand), Pete Cornelius, Dan Biederman (Adam Eckersley Band), Andy Schrav, and Will Kimbrough (Emmylou Harris) on mandolin.

The Art of Letting Go finds Swift deploying an array of rich sonic textures, building on and expanding the sounds that made incomparable debut Call Out for the Cavalry a breakout success.

The first two singles lifted from The Art of Letting Go, ‘Never Meant To Break Your Heart’ and ‘Right On Down’, peaked at the No.4 and No.9 spots on the Country Music National AirPlay chart respectively, while third single ‘Head Full of Honey’ also cracked the Top 10 – delivering Swift his third, fourth, and fifth Top 10 singles in the past three years.

Since landing as a Toyota Starmaker grand-finalist in 2017, Andrew Swift has fast established himself as a leading light in the Australian country scene. Debut outing Call Out for the Cavalry (2018) landed at No.1 on the ARIA Australian Country Albums Chart, and spawned a string of towering singles including ‘Runaway Train’, ‘King of the Sky’, and ‘Fire & Ice’ (featuring Catherine Britt). Call Out for the Cavalry netted Swift two Golden Guitars at the 2019 CMAA Awards – for Qantas New Talent of the Year and Alternative Country Album of the Year.

Swift has been described as, “…an Australian songwriting heavyweight – with a powerfully evocative voice to match” by Country Update, and was recently signed to ABC Music.

Living out of his beloved tiny caravan, Swift has made it his life’s work to tour and perform full time, thrilling crowds in packed venues across the country. The tireless artist has toured with the Wolfe Brothers, Shannon Noll, and Felicity Urquhart, and has staged his own wildly successful Caravan Park Country Music Showcase tour. A constant visitor to Gundagai, Swift was named as the official ambassador of the iconic Dog on The Tuckerbox in 2019.

The Art of Letting Go finds Andrew Swift at the peak of his powers. Showcasing the singer’s soaring vocal, ‘Courting Calamity’ is carried on an updraft of swelling heartland rock guitars, as Swift courts disaster in the arms of a dangerous yet irresistible new love. The soulful ‘Never Meant to Break Your Heart’ charts the exquisite agony of romantic regret, before ‘Head Full of Honey’ offers up an earthy, rollicking ode to lovesickness peppered with mandolin and fiddle.

The beating heart of the album, title track ‘The Art of Letting Go’ is a glorious, heartworn torch song, while there’s an irresistible locomotive country-pop jaunt in ‘Right On Down’, a delicate hymn to the healing power of friendship in times of trouble in ‘One Breath at a Time’, and a stoned and booze-addled waltz in the languorous ‘She Loves to Get High’.

Glorious country-pop tune ‘Say the Word’ (Featuring Cass Hopetoun) couples summery sounds with illicit longing, setting the stage for soulful, slinky love song ‘Good Kind of Giving In’. ‘Taking the Blame’ is a heartsick, world-weary sway, before Swift reflects on the challenges of the past year in the meditative ‘Holding My Tongue’.

A powerful document of love, longing, and loss, The Art of Letting Go is Andrew Swift at his evocative, expressive best.

Valley – SOCIETY

On the heels of their explosive track, “Like 1999”, today JUNO nominated, alternative-pop band, Valley share their new song “SOCIETY” with new label partner Capitol Records and Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Valley – comprised of Rob Laska, Karah James, Mickey Brandolino and Alex DiMauro – have spent the past two years developing organic buzz through a personal and intimate connection with their fans.

“SOCIETY” hinges on a hummable clean guitar riff, its head-bopping beat thumps in the background as Valley gleefully nod to “You Get What You Give” by The New Radicals and “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus. Laska comments, “To us, both those songs have such an uplifting chorus but lyrically deal with some frustration with the world / pop culture and just not letting it get you down. They both lyrically touch on not following the rules just because you’re told to. Trusting your own beliefs and making your own decisions.” If TikTok happened in ’98, it might sound like this, underpinned by dancefloor-ready piano, the track rides this momentum towards the sweeping and shimmering hook. On the song’s meaning, Laska explains, “‘SOCIETY’ tells a story of how our career can sometimes feel. We exist within an ever-changing creative industry full of opinions and music machines making everything go round. At times, what you truly have to say as an artist can feel diminished or not as important when it comes to the context of making a product or something that people will label as sellable and listenable. At the end of the day, SOCIETY is Valley accepting the terms and conditions of our identity, songs and career, the fact that we’ll never be able to please everyone but also coming to terms that no matter what the public considers to be a “hit”, we tell ourselves we’re always going to follow our own artistic arrow.”

“SOCIETY” follows Valley’s unanticipated release earlier this year, “Like 1999.” It’s genesis traces back to a TikTok post that featured the chorus of an unreleased song. In only a few short days, the TikTok had over 700,000 views and over 100,000 likes with Johnny Orlando and JESSIA posting duets of the song on their own accounts. Valley rushed to finish “Like 1999” in under 48 hours for fans and the song went on to inspire thousands of creates and eclipse over 100 million streams while breaking boarders, appearing on viral charts in the U.S., Philippines, Korea, Japan and more.

After an unprecedented year for live music, Valley are excited to reconnect with their fans to perform across North America. The band are gearing up to play Wunderbus Festival in Columbus, OH and Bottlerock Festival in Napa Valley, CA at the end of the summer and then joining COIN on a 17-date North American tour this fall including a show in Vancouver, BC. See full list of tour dates below, tickets available on Valley’s website.

ABOUT VALLEY

Valley put together alternative pop with the care, adventurousness, and personal touch of a handmade burned CD. Cycling through moods like your favorite throwback Pinterest board, the Toronto quartet amplify sticky hooks through eloquent songcraft that’s cognizant of what came before, yet ready for the future. In 2016, Valley formed by accident when a local studio double booked them. During high school, Mike and Karah played in one band, while Rob and Alex played in another. They introduced themselves with self-written, self-produced releases, including the EP This Room Is White (2016), the full-length debut MAYBE (2019) and their last EP sucks to see you doing better (2020). They joined Lennon Stella and The Band CAMINO on sold out tours across North America and even picked up a 2020 JUNO Award nomination in the category of “Breakthrough Group of the Year.”

AWA – Would you be

Kia ora everyone!
It’s AWA from New Zealand and this is my new jam “Would you be”.
It’s funky, sexy and soulful, much like yourself. Like a fine New Zealand wine, this jam will evoke lush notes of being in love, having that cheeky crush or acknowledging that special someone in your life.
The response has been amazing and it debuted on the NZ HOT Singles chart at #9!
Bring the FEEL GOOD back!
Arohanui / Much love x

THE BUCKLEYS – Breathe

Today, Byron Bay siblings, THE BUCKLEYS release a remixed version of their second worldwide and fourth Australian single, “Breathe,” via Petrol Records / Universal Music Australia / Ume.

The song was recorded and co-written by Sarah Buckley and two-time Grammy Award winning producer and engineer Chad Carlson, whose credits include Taylor Swift, Jewel and the Hunger Games soundtrack.

“‘Breathe’ was our musical prayer to the world,” explains THE BUCKLEYS singer Sarah Buckley. “I wrote this song at a time when Australia was experiencing devastating find myself remembering these lyrics in moments where I just need to stop, close my eyes, listen to the sounds of world around me and just breathe.

Today this song has a far more personal meaning to us. This track was our label chairman and mentor Chris Murphy’s favourite song on our album, his passing earlier this year has been incredibly difficult to come to terms with, we performed the song at his funeral, and now it will always hold a very special place in our hearts.”

Linda Kury, VP Commercial Partnerships & Label Relations, UMG, “I have had the pleasure of watching THE BUCKLEYS develop an ever-growing fan base in Australia, the US and worldwide. The pandemic limited their ability to tour, but they launched their first single and toured the world, all virtually from Byron Bay. At every virtual club show, radio station visit, press interview and fan listening party, they have won over people with their music and charismatic personalities. They have built solid relationships due to their natural talent and sincere enthusiasm. Now, we look forward to introducing them in person to their fans around the globe.”

Over the past year THE BUCKLEYS have continued to impact the Australian and global media, their recent release of their up-tempo track “Money” saw the band transition to commercial radio and the young trio celebrated a series of additions across various radio networks.

Sarah Buckley has also spent the past 12 months working on her song writing and was this week shortlisted for the 2021 APRA Professional Development Awards that will be announced later this month.

Promoters began to book the rising stars on major festival stages and the band were recently announced to play at Byron Bay’s iconic Bluesfest in October later this year, as well as Gympie and Savannah.

“Every so often, something special comes along. Something so cool and authentic that the world has no choice but to sit up and take notice. THE BUCKLEYS are that special something.” American Songwriter

“Hottest Creatives to Watch in 2021.” The Australian

“Breathe seems built for American radio and stardom.” Sydney Morning Herald

“A blend of Country, Pop, Indie and Americana with a sprinkle of Fleetwood Mac…” Honey Pop

Benny Allen – Tired All The Time

A bout of insomnia and a couple of good mates have inspired Benny Allen’s new single, ‘Tired All The Time’.

“The song came to me at 3 o’clock one morning when I was lying in bed and my sarcastic inner voice was asking why I was so tired all the time,” the award-winning Victorian artist said. “The chorus came to me, then little verse bits as I thought about those mates we have who say they’re really busy working overtime, juggling family commitments and everything else and you wonder how they fit that all in.”

Originally written in a slower, ballad style, Benny worked on the song over a month and added a bit of a swing feel to it, and increased the tempo. The finished product has a honky tonk vibe and is a story that many listeners will connect with.

Produced by Michael Carpenter, ‘Tired All The Time’, features Benny on piano and vocals recorded in Melbourne, Michael on drums, acoustic guitars and bass, and Zane and Jy from The Banks Brothers on electric guitars and pedal steel. “I’m so excited about this song because I’m really happy with how it came together,” Benny said. “Mentioned in the song are a couple of good mates, too. I met Kim Wright and Aaron Jurd through the Academy of Country Music in 2018, and they fit the story in this song, so they’re mentioned.”

Although his previous single was a murder ballad, ‘Tired All The Time’ sees Benny return to a happier vein, in a similar vein, to an earlier single, ‘Lady Luck & Me’. “I want people to sing along with the chorus – my daughter has already told me it’s an ear worm and has been singing it to herself after just one listen!” Benny said.

“This is an anthem for the people who don’t get enough sleep.”

Reuben Koops – Oblivious

After a three year hiatus and a recent single in late 2020 ‘Like the Movies’, Reuben Koops is back with another new single Oblivious, due for release on March 12. Sonically a step up from Like The Movies, Oblivious is a new direction for the Australian singer/songwriter; a move he has been planning for some time.

Still focused around Reuben’s captivating acoustic guitar and vocal, Oblivious introduces more production, co-produced by Jack McLaine (Sumner). Reuben explains the process, “this was a fun one to work on. It had a strong personality before production; after working with Jack it went to another level sonically that I’m really happy with. I love the beats that Jack framed around the acoustic and vocal. Ben Edgar (Angus & Julia Stone, Passenger) played the stunning guitar parts; they add so much vibe. The heavier production on this track is eluding to where I see my sound heading in the future.”

Luke Hodgson (Washington, Ecca Vandal) played the bass parts. The single was mixed by John Castle (Gretta Ray, Cub Sport) and mastered by Grammy Award winner William Bowden (Gotye, Winston Surfshirt ).

Speaking of the song, Reuben adds “this track is another one I’ve had with me for quite a while. It’s about losing someone or something important to you. Maybe someone or something you knew wouldn’t last forever, but when that time comes, it’s always harder than you expect”.

After his 2017 release Higher Ground (produced by David Ryan Harris), Reuben decided to spend some time working on writing, co-writing, working with different producers and writing for other artists. This single is the perfect follow-up to Like The Movies and shows a sign of what’s to come. Speaking of the future, Reuben explains “more music is my plan. There are many more songs to come and I’m excited to be in the mode of making and releasing music again. I’m hoping to continue being productive and purposeful in releasing more singles this year”.

salem ilese – (L)only Child

Northern California pop singer and songwriter salem ilese’s shares new EP (L)only Child – out now via 10K Projects/Homemade Projects/Virgin Music Australia. The EP features brand new single and video ‘Dinosaurs (S4E7)’, alongside previously released tracks ‘(L)only Child’ and ‘About A Breakup’.

On ‘Dinosaurs (S4E7) ‘, salem asks “did the dinosaurs see it coming?” and grapples with mortality, climate change and the general uncertainty of life. The title of the song, as well as its music video, directed by Jason Lester (Lauv , Cautious Clay), references the iconic final episode of the 1990s show “Dinosaurs” that shows the dire consequences of disrupting nature in favour of profits, a message more relevant now than ever. Watch the video below…

Salem’s new project arrives on the heels of her recent writing credit on TikToker-turned-popstar Bella Poarch’s ‘Build a Bitch’ single, which has been streamed more than 7M times on Spotify, this week alone. Similar to salem’s very own smash hit ‘Mad At Disney’, Bella’s ‘Build A Bitch’ is an anthem of female empowerment, turning establishment led gender norms on their heads.

A strong proponent of environmentalism and social justice, salem hopes to spread awareness about important issues through catchy pop songs. This mission included her breakout single ‘Mad At Disney’ (174M Spotify streams, 15 weeks on Today’s Top Hits) which unpacked Disney’s harmful stereotypes of women as well as her EP, (L)only Child, which is full of coming-of-age electro-pop anthems about self-acceptance and the social issues plaguing our world.