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Connecting Stars Release New Video For Single, Stuck

Channeling their inner Americana in the heartfelt video for Stuck, South Africa’s electric husband and wife duo of Martin and Cheryl Engel, known as Connecting Stars, bring line dancing, cowboy hats and African gumboot dancing to the beach. The song, filled with swinging acoustic guitar, glockenspiel and catchy hooks is a genre – bending musical combination for fans of pop, folk, country and indie rock.  Stuck recently debuted at number 30 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and is also charting on AC and college radio stations throughout the country. Their self-titled debut album is scheduled for release on August 26 2014 and the single is currently on-sale via www.connectingstars.com for a limited time.

Filmed in their native coastal town of Durban, South Africa, the new video is the perfect visual accompaniment to their unforgettable song, Stuck. The light-hearted video features the band performing on a pier on a warm summer day and is bound to warm hearts around the globe.

Martin Engle offers: “We had a great time filming the Stuck music video. Showcasing our beautiful hometown of Durban while combining line dancing and gumboot dancing with a crowd of our friends and fans on the beach –  made for an unforgettable day.”

Connecting Stars will also embark on their first U.S. mini-tour starting August 16 2014 at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City and will also appear in Nashville, San Diego and Los Angeles.  Their unique amalgamation of passion and multi-instrumentation makes for unforgettable live performances that are not to be missed.

The twelve bittersweet tracks on Connecting Stars take listeners on a musical and lyrical journey spanning the lofty highs and crushing lows of love found, lost or betrayed as well as the confusion and helplessness when loved ones pass away or suffer needlessly. Intertwined with strains of ukulele, harmonica and mandolin, the album’s most remarkable and lyrically motivating songs draw on both painful and joyful life moments while the Engels’ musical skill and intuitive interaction make for an unforgettable presentation.

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Introducing…Adam Zwig

On his forthcoming EP, the captivating Stones, Bones and Skin (Conscious Records), singer-songwriter Adam Zwig channels a hypnotic and harmonious hybrid of Americana, pop, rock, folk and world music. Due out on August 18, Stones, Bones and Skin contains five new sparkling tracks produced by the Grammy Award-winning David Bianco (Bob Dylan, U2, Johnny Cash) and Stuart Sikes (The White Stripes, Loretta Lynn), the pair responsible for Zwig’s recent full-length Visions of the Shimmering Night. Portland, Oregon-based Zwig together with his band, including drummer Brian MacLeod (Madonna, Tears for Fears, “Tuesday Music Club” with Sheryl Crow) and bassist Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello, Elton John, Cracker), bring the dynamic EP to life.

Adam Zwig

Adam Zwig

The record’s theme that situations are not always what they seem and people have many sides is reflected in the first single Going Back to Vermont. The track, a Top 10 Adult Contemporary hit, has a rustic instrumentation that bristles along with Zwig’s impressive delivery as the song converges on an unshakable refrain.

The entrancing and beautifully moody Nowhere To Be Found leads into the ebullient Sunshine Waves conjuring the wistful whimsy of the Pacific Northwest in its organic delivery while Raising People boasts an uplifting vibe through a steady upbeat. Everything culminates on the remix of Waiting on Heaven (To Make a Move) which embraces a triumphantly soaring orchestral arrangement.

Zwig recently captured live performances of Sunshine Waves, Raising People and Waiting on Heaven (To Make a Move) for a series of new videos just released on Youtube.

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Introducing…Connecting Stars

Eclectic South African folk-pop duo Connecting Stars  is excited to announce the exclusive premiere of their US debut single, Stuck.  This week, the single hit national radio airwaves and is already charting on AC and college stations around the country in anticipation of their forthcoming self-titled debut album which is scheduled for release this August. Stuck is an unforgettable track, filled with swinging acoustic guitar, glockenspiel, electric hooks and a driving brush snare rhythm and is now streaming via Guitar World’s Acoustic Nation.

Connecting Stars

Connecting Stars

Incorporating elements of modern-pop and indie-rock into their work, reminiscent of progressive folk bands such as The Decembrists and indie folk darlings, The Civil Wars, Connecting Stars combine acoustic guitar and piano into hauntingly beautiful melodies while harmonies form the backbone of the of their unique and emotive sound. The twelve bittersweet tracks on Connecting Stars take listeners on a musical and lyrical journey spanning the lofty highs and crushing lows of love found, lost or betrayed, as well as the confusion and helplessness when loved ones pass away or suffer needlessly. Intertwined with strains of glockenspiel, ukulele, harmonica and mandolin, the album’s most remarkable and lyrically motivating songs draw on both painful and joyful life moments while Martin and Cheryl Engel’s musical skill and intuitive interaction make for an unforgettable presentation. This unique amalgamation of passion and multi-instrumentation also makes for unforgettable live performances that are not to be missed.

Martin Engel offers: “Stuck is one of the most powerful songs we have written. The words, written by Cheryl, our songwriter and vocalist, are about breaking out of destructive patterns and changing your life. Sometimes we get stuck and we need to make drastic changes to move on with our lives. Doing nothing and hoping things will change is just like waiting for lightning to strike twice in the same place.”

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Elizaveta’s Hero EP Out Now

Elegant and innovative, singer-songwriter Elizaveta released her new EP, Hero, today via iTunes. Her best work to date, the five song EP features the title track (a remix of which was the soundtrack to the 12 million-viewed video Superman with a GoPro), Red Balloon, Spaceman, God Only Knows and the EP’s second single, Sorry. Concurrent to the EP’s iTunes onsale, Elizaveta released a stirring new video for Sorry. The beautiful clip features Malece Miller and Nico Greetham of So You Think You Can Dance (2013) fame.

Complex and multi-layered, the five song Hero EP takes listeners on an intricate musical journey with a unique blend of pop melody, piano hooks, electronic soundscapes and dreamy vocals. The first single Hero was written, produced and arranged by Elizaveta and the EP is her first completely independent production effort overall. In its first week of release, the extraordinary debut track Hero sold an impressive 9,000 copies.

The video for her new single Sorry was choreographed by celebrity choreographer and trainer Ryan Heffington (Muse, The Gossip, Ke$ha, Shiny Toy Guns, Nikka Costa, etc) and directed by Nicolas Randall (Roberto Cavalli, Daft Punk, MTV, etc). The collaboration of talent creates a cinematic journey that views more like a film than a music video and captures the song’s deep emotional theme while complimenting Elizaveta’s powerful voice and talent.

Elizaveta

Elizaveta

Elizaveta said: “The Hero EP is a natural evolution of my debut album, Beatrix Runs. It is genre-bending and maybe even a bit more adventurous. My first single Hero is definitely on the epic side. I call it my ‘Game of Thrones’ song and it features a crowd sourced choir at the end of the song. Spaceman and Red Balloon are more electro-oriented while Sorry is definitely retro with an old French movie-meets-classic R&B vibe. God Only Knows is an intimate tune that builds from just piano to an orchestral pay-off in the end. Finally, I couldn’t have done this without the skills of the mixer Robert Chiarelli and Bob Ludwig, who was the mastering engineer for the EP.”

Born in New York, raised in Moscow, Russia and now residing in Venice, CA, Elizaveta is a classically trained opera singer, self-described as a ‘musical alchemist.’ Enriched with cultural undertones from her diverse background and combined with her incredible talents as a pianist and songwriter, Elizaveta’s unique sound is an amalgamation of musical styles including classical, pop, opera, electronic music, rock and more. She is lauded as “…a brilliant musical innovator who can honestly claim to be doing new things in music that no one else is” (CBS). With Hero, Elizaveta created an exquisite EP that contains five songs of musical mastery that has the ability to touch fans from a multitude of genres. Over the years her music has been featured in films and TV shows such as Pretty Little Liars, So You Think You Can Dance and Scandal among others. She has toured widely both in Europe and the United States, including a recent tour across Russia with ultra-popular Russian stars B-2 and a symphony orchestra and has plans to tour following the release of her EP.

Elizaveta’s new EP, Hero, is out now.

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Elizaveta Releases New Single, Hero

The elegant and innovative songstress Elizaveta is climbing the iTunes pop charts with her new single Hero which is currently at #62 after its March 17 release.  A remix of the song created by the electronic music duo, Pegboard Nerds, featuring Elizaveta’s vocal, is featured in the incredibly popular viral video Superman With A Go Pro which commanded over 10 million views on YouTube in just one week. Hero also appears on her upcoming release, the Hero EP, out on April 14.

Elizaveta

Elizaveta

Elizaveta said: “When I was approached by Pegboard Nerds, Hero was in the final mixing stages. I feel the resulting track has taken my song in the right direction and amplified its epic qualities. I loved the Superman with GoPro video and it was incredible to watch something become viral naturally like that. I have already been contacted by other artists to do more collaborations of this kind and I can’t wait to see where this new avenue takes me creatively.”

Boasting her best work to date, the five song Hero EP is the first work of new material since Elizaveta’s 2012 Universal Republic release, Beatrix Runs. Complex and multi-layered, the Hero EP takes listeners on an intricate musical journey with a unique blend of pop melody, piano hooks, electronic soundscapes and dreamy vocals. The first single, Hero was written, produced and arranged by Elizaveta and it’s her first completely independent production effort.

Lauded as “…a brilliant musical innovator” by CBS, Elizaveta’s music has been featured in films and TV shows such as Pretty Little Liars, So You Think You Can Dance and Scandal among others. She has toured widely both in Europe and the United States and is currently touring in her native Russia with ultra-popular Russian stars B-2 and a symphony orchestra and has an upcoming performance on April 5 in Minsk, Belarus for 15,000 people.

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