Legendary Singer-Songwriter Smokey Robinson Signs With Verve Music Group To Release First-Of-Its-Kind Duets Album In Fall Of 2013
ROBINSON SIGNED TO LABEL BY GRAMMY®-WINNING SONGWRITER DAVID FOSTER
AMERICAN IDOL HIGHLIGHTS ROBINSON’S NEW RECORD ON 3/27 BROADCAST
LOS ANGELES, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Legendary Motown icon and Grammy® award-winning songwriter, Smokey Robinson, has signed a record deal with Verve Music Group. Robinson was signed to the label by its Chairman, David Foster, to release his 29th career LP, a special duets album, due out this coming fall. The album will also be guided by highly regarded A&R executive, Jay Landers. In addition, Robinson made a surprise appearance on last night’s American Idol where he served as a mentor to the show’s contestants. During the broadcast, Idol host Ryan Seacrest brought attention to Robinson’s forthcoming album and spotlighted the artist’s new project.
“I’m really excited about signing with Verve Music Group to release this upcoming album,” said Smokey Robinson. “Not only do I have a musical history with the guys involved, but a longstanding friendship as well. I’m looking forward to bringing our talents to the table as we collaborate on this project.”
“From the early 60′s to this very day, you can turn on a radio anywhere in the world and hear his music,” said David Foster, Verve Music Group Chairman. “Smokey Robinson’s contributions to the world of music as a performer, producer and songwriter are nothing short of a ‘miracle’. I’m so pleased to welcome Smokey to the Verve Music Group family. We’re looking forward to a great collaboration worthy of the legacy of this great label.”Grammy Living
The album, which is due out in the fourth quarter of 2013, features Robinson performing his greatest hits alongside a celebrated roster of contemporary and classic artists whose influence will span the depth of Robinson’s stellar 50 plus year career. Unlike any other duet-themed project produced to date, this unique album will include hits all written by Robinson, such as all-time favorites: “My Girl,” “Cruisin,” and “The Tears of a Clown,” to name a few.
ABOUT SMOKEY ROBINSON
Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America’s “greatest living poet,” acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson’s career spans over four decades of hits. He has received numerous awards including two Grammy’s, the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, Honorary Doctorate (Howard University), Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States. He has also been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Robinson founded The Miracles while still in high school. The group was Berry Gordy’s first vocal group, and it was at Robinson’s suggestion that Gordy started the Motown Records dynasty. Their single of Robinson’s “Shop Around” became Motown’s first #1 hit on the R&B singles chart. In the years following, Robinson continued to pen hits for the group, including “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Ooh Baby Baby,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Going to a Go-Go,” “More Love,” “The Tears of a Clown” (co-written with Stevie Wonder), and “I Second That Emotion.”
The Miracles dominated the R&B scene throughout the 1960′s and early 70′s and Robinson became Vice President of Motown Records serving as in-house producer, talent scout and songwriter.
In addition to writing hits for The Miracles, Robinson wrote and produced hits for other Motown greats including The Temptations, Mary Wells, Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye and others. “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “My Girl,” “Get Ready,” “You Beat Me to the Punch,” “Don’t Mess with Bill,” “Ain’t That Peculiar,” and “My Guy” are just a few of his songwriting triumphs during those years.
John Lennon of The Beatles made countless remarks regarding Robinson’s influence on his music. The Beatles had recorded Robinson and The Miracles’ “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me” in 1963 and in 1982 another popular British group, The Rolling Stones, covered the Robinson and the Miracles’ hit, “Going To A Go-Go.”
He later turned to a solo career where he continued his tradition of hit making with “Just to See Her,” “Quiet Storm,” “Cruisin’,” and “Being with You,” among others.
He remained Vice President of Motown records until the sale of the company, shaping the label’s success with friend and mentor Berry Gordy. Following his tenure at Motown, Robinson has released several successful solo albums and continues his impressive touring career to date.
During the course of his 50 plus year career in music, Robinson has accumulated more than 4,000 songs to his credit and continues to thrill sold-out audiences around the world with his high tenor voice, impeccable timing, and profound sense of lyric. Never resting on his laurels, Smokey Robinson remains a beloved icon in our musical heritage.
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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – On the heels of their acclaimed 2012 year-long world tour, Crosby, Stills & Nash will tour again in 2013, beginning with a series of dates in May in the Southeastern United States . The tour begins May 5 at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL , and concludes at the Hard Rock Casino & Resort in Biloxi, MS on May 25 . Other highlights include Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL (May 7), the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, FL (May 10-11), the Peace Center Concert Hall in Greenville, SC (May 21), and the Performing Arts Center in Montgomery, AL (May 24). CSN official website members will have access to pre-sale tickets before the public on sales beginning next week. Details are available at http://bit.ly/CSNfan.
In June and July, CSN will tour in Europe with dates beginning June 20 at the Junge Garde in Dresden, DE. CSN has announced dates thru July 4 and 5 at the Olympia in Paris, France. Additional dates will be announced soon. Other destinations include the SAP Arena in Mannheim, DE (June 23), the May Schmeling Halle in Berlin, DE (June 28), Stadpark in Hamburg, DE (June 29), and the Tollwood Festival in Munchen, DE (July 1).
CSN’s 2013 tour dates build on the momentum and excitement of their live 2012 performances. Reviewing the Red Rocks show, MSN Music’s Mark Brown wrote, “CSN absolutely killed it. Every song. No lulls. No filler…It’s hard to believe that any band in 2012 would be putting on better shows than it did in 1969, but CSN did just that.” Of the tour’s October 22 closer, Zach Dionne wrote for Billboard , “Monday’s finale to Crosby, Stills & Nash’s international 80-date tour may have been one of the more memorable gigs of the group’s career. Concluding a string of five nights at New York City’s Beacon Theatre, the trio hearkened to 1969, showcasing the first-ever complete performance of their self-titled debut album…if anyone was disappointed, they hid it well.”
The same players that accompanied Crosby, Stills & Nash in 2012 will be on the road with them in 2013: Todd Caldwell (organ), Shane Fontayne (guitar), Steve DiStanislao (drums), Kevin McCormick (bass), and James Raymond (keyboards).
CSN 2012 , a 25-song set presenting CSN’s first live performance film in more than 20 years, was released last summer in Blu-ray and DVD/2CD versions, featuring complete concert footage and bonus content—including a conversation with David Crosby, Stephen Stills , and Graham Nash ,and “on-the-road interviews” with the group’s band and crew. CSN also recently released the first recording artist subscription-based iPad App approved for sale in the Apple App Store . The CSN App installs for free, and includes a media-rich overview of CSN’s history, with links to the group’s website, social media sites, iTunes, and ever-growing content in four unique “rooms”: “The Attic,” “The Studio,” “The Road,” and “The Living Room.” Paid subscriptions also are available allowing access to exclusive content and premium fan features.
More than four decades since CSN first harmonized in Laurel Canyon, and played its first-ever concert as a trio at the legendary Woodstock festival, its members continue a creative partnership that is one of the most influential and enduring in music. David Crosby, Stephen Stills , and Graham Nash have each been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two times—with Crosby, Stills & Nash, and a second time with The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and The Hollies, respectively. They have also been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, honoring both CSN as a group, and each member as individual solo artists.
|CSN 2013 Tour Dates|
|May – U.S.|
|5||Orlando, FL||Hard Rock Live|
|7||Clearwater, FL||Ruth Eckerd Hall|
|8||Sarasota, FL||Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall|
|10||Hollywood, FL||Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena|
|11||Hollywood, FL||Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena|
|14||Ft. Meyers, FL||Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall|
|15||Melbourne, FL||King Center for the Performing Arts|
|17||Jacksonville, FL||Florida Theatre|
|19||Charlotte, NC||Ovens Auditorium|
|21||Greenville, SC||Peace Center Concert Hall|
|22||Huntsville, AL||Von Braun Center Concert Hall|
|24||Montgomery, Al||Montgomery Performing Arts Center|
|25||Biloxi, MS||Hard Rock Casino & Resort|
|June – Europe|
|20||Dresden, Germany||Junge Garde|
|23||Mannheim, Germany||SAP Arena|
|26||Abenberg, Germany||Burg Abenberg|
|28||Berlin, Germany||May Schmeling Halle|
|July – Europe|
|1||Munchen, Germany||Tollwood Festival|
**ADDITIONAL EUROPEAN DATES TO BE ADDED
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Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings Releasing Billy Joel’s She’s Got A Way: Love Songs, A New Career-Spanning Collection Of 18 Love Songs
Available Tuesday, January 22, 2013
NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings announce the release of She’s Got A Way: Love Songs , a new collection of 18 essential love songs drawn from three decades of recordings by music legend and composer/singer songwriter, Billy Joel. This collection comes just in time for Valentine’s Day.
She’s Got A Way: Love Songs is a perfect distillation of the artist’s expressions of love and romance over the course of his life and career. The album brings together some of Billy’s finest and most heartfelt performances, iconic hits playing alongside under-appreciated deep catalog selections.
She’s Got A Way: Love Songs are the love songs, ballads and sentimental favorites comprising a dream Billy Joel playlist for old and new romantics alike, bringing new context to classics like “Just the Way You Are,” “Honesty” and “She’s Always a Woman” while rediscovering forgotten masterpieces like “Travelin’ Prayer” (the b-side of the “Piano Man” single), Billy’s version of “Shameless” (a #1 country smash for Garth Brooks), and the haunting instrumental “Nocturne” (from 1971′s Cold Spring Harbor ).
She’s Got A Way: Love Songs - tracklisting
Travelin’ Prayer (single from Piano Man – 1973 – #77 pop single)
The Night Is Still Young (single from Greatest Hits – Volume I and II – 1985 – #34 Hot 100)
This Is The Time (single from The Bridge – 1986 – #18 Hot 100, #1 AC)
She’s Got A Way (Live) (single from Songs in the Attic – 1981 – #23 Hot 100, #4 AC)
Temptation (track from The Bridge – 1986)
Nocturne (track from Cold Spring Harbor – 1971)
Until The Night (from 52nd Street – 1978)
She’s Right On Time (from The Nylon Curtain – 1982)
You’re My Home (b-side of single from Piano Man – 1973)
Just The Way You Are (single from The Stranger – 1977 – #3 Hot 100 – Grammy Record of the Year and Song of the Year)
She’s Always A Woman (single from The Stranger – 1977 – #17 Hot 100, #2 AC)
State Of Grace (from Storm Front – 1989)
Honesty (single from 52nd Street – 1978 – #24 Hot 100)
This Night (b-side of single from An Innocent Man – 1984)
Shameless (from Storm Front – 1989 – #1 country song for Garth Brooks)
An Innocent Man (single from An Innocent Man – 1983 – #10 Hot 100, #1 AC)
All About Soul (Remix) (single from River of Dreams – 1993 – #29 Hot 100)
And So It Goes (single from Storm Front – 1989 – #37 Hot 100)
Having sold more than 150 million records over the course of a career spanning more than four decades, Billy Joel is one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. Since signing his first solo recording contract in 1972, he’s achieved 33 Top 40 hits, every one of them self-penned. The American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer is a six-time Grammy Award winner (with 23 Grammy nominations overall) and in 1990, was presented with the Grammy Legend Award. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, Joel was presented with the Johnny Mercer Award, the organization’s highest honor, in 2001. In 1999 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and has received the Recording Industry Association of America Diamond Award, presented for albums that have sold over 10 million copies.
For his accomplishments as a musician and as a humanitarian, Billy Joel was honored as the 2002 MusiCares Person Of The Year by the MusiCares Foundation and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
On September 20, 2004, Billy Joel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, adding another milestone to his extraordinary career.
“Movin’ Out,” a Broadway musical based on Joel’s music choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp, was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and took home two including Best Orchestrations–Billy’s first Tony Award win–and Best Choreography.
1991 – Grammy Legend Award
1980 – Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male (“Glass Houses”)
1979 – Album Of The Year (“52nd Street”)
1979 – Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male (“52nd Street”)
1978 – Record Of The Year (“Just The Way You Are” – single)
1978 – Song Of The Year (“Just The Way You Are” – single)
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Web Site: http://www.legacyrecordings.com
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TICKETS ON SALE NOW
LOS ANGELES, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne has added a string of Fall dates to his 2012 U.S. Acoustic Tour. The tour, which begins this summer on July 14 in Charlotte, NC runs thru mid-August, before picking up again mid-October and ending on November 15 in Colorado Springs, CO . Playing guitar and piano, Jackson will perform songs from his entire body of work, with varying set lists each night. Singer-songwriter and fiddle player Sara Watkins will open the Acoustic Tour as a special guest. Tickets are on-sale now for the summer tour and the pre-sales for the fall tour begin this week; information is available at www.jacksonbrowne.com.
Sara Watkins first gained recognition as a founding member of the GRAMMY-winning trio Nickel Creek. Sun Midnight Sun , the second solo album from acclaimed singer, songwriter, and fiddle player will be released May 8 on Nonesuch Records. Produced by guitarist, singer, and songwriter Blake Mills , co-founder of the band Simon Dawes, the album features special guest appearances by Fiona Apple , Jackson Browne , Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Benmont Tench, and Sean Watkins . “I’m really excited to have Sara joining me on this tour,” says Jackson. “We’ve played together a number of times in the last few years, sometimes on her show and sometimes mine, and it’s always been a thrill for me. I’m floored by her amazing instrumental virtuosity and by her beautiful voice, and most of all, I love her songs.”
The summer run of the 2012 U.S. Acoustic Tour includes Jackson’s first-ever performance at the legendary Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI (7/29), founded in 1954; the tour’s other festival stop is the 11th annual carbon-conscious Floyd Fest on the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Floyd, VA (7/26). Other tour highlights include concerts at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN (7/18), Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA (7/23), the Beacon Theatre in New York City (8/3), and Cain Park in Cleveland Heights, OH (8/15). The fall leg runs through mid-November, with dates that span from the Virginias to Colorado with several stops in between. Tour highlights include concerts at the stunning Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI (10/21), Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL (10/26) and the Paramount Theatre in Denver, CO (11/14).
Jackson will be donating $1 from each ticket sold on the U.S. Acoustic Tour to charity. In addition, premium benefit seats are available for purchase through The Guacamole Fund: www.guacfund.org. Pre-sale is available at www.jacksonbrowne.com.
Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007. Beyond his music, he is known for his advocacy on behalf of the environment, human rights, and arts education. He’s a co-founder of the groups Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE), Nukefree.org, and, Success Through the Arts Foundation, which provides education opportunities for students in South Los Angeles.
For more information: www.jacksonbrowne.com
|Jackson Browne 2012 Acoustic Tour Dates with special guest Sara Watkins:|
|7/14/12||Charlotte, NC||Belk Theater of the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center|
|7/15/12||North Charleston, SC||North Charleston Performing Arts Center|
|7/17/12||Greenville, SC||Peace Center Concert Hall|
|7/18/12||Nashville, TN||Ryman Auditorium|
|7/20/12||Richmond, VA||Carpenter Center|
|7/22/12||Durham, NC||Durham Performing Arts Center|
|7/23/12||Vienna, VA||Filene Center at Wolf Trap|
|7/25/12||Philadelphia, PA||Academy of Music|
|7/26/12||Floyd, VA||Blue Cow Pavilion/Floyd Fest|
|7/29/12||Newport, RI||Newport Folk Festival|
|7/30/12||Gilford, NH||Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion|
|8/1/12||Holyoke, MA||Mountain Park|
|8/3/12||New York, NY||Beacon Theatre|
|8/5/12||West Long Branch, NJ||MAC Center – Monmouth University|
|8/7/12||Shippensburg, PA||Luhrs Performing Arts Center|
|8/8/12||Greenberg, PA||The Palace Theater|
|8/9/12||Williamsport, PA||Community Arts Center|
|8/11/12||Cincinnati, OH||PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center|
|8/12/12||Louisville, KY||Whitney Hall|
|8/14/12||Indianapolis, IN||Murat Theatre|
|8/15/12||Cleveland Heights, OH||Cain Park|
|10/15/12||Morgantown, WV||West Virginia University- Creative Arts Center|
|10/17/12||Newport News, VA||Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts|
|10/20/12||Detroit, MI||Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts|
|10/21/12||Milwaukee, WI||The Riverside Theater|
|10/23/12||Springfield, IL||Sangamon Auditorium|
|10/25/12||South Bend, IN||Morris Performing Arts Center|
|10/26/12||Chicago, IL||Chicago Theatre|
|10/28/12||Minneapolis, MN||State Theater|
|10/29/12||Duluth, MN||Duluth Entertainment Convention Center|
|11/1/12||Davenport, IA||Adler Theater|
|11/2/12||St. Louis, MO||Fox Theatre|
|11/4/12||Grand Prairie, TX||Verizon Theatre|
|11/5/12||Linden, TX||Music City Texas Theatre|
|11/7/12||Houston, TX||Bayou Music Center|
|11/8/12||Austin, TX||Bass Concert Hall|
|11/10/12||Catoosa, OK||The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino|
|11/11/12||Wichita, KS||Orpheum Theatre|
|11/12/12||Omaha, NE||Orpheum Theatre|
|11/14/12||Denver, CO||Paramount Theatre|
|11/15/12||Colorado Springs, CO||Pikes Peak Center|
SOURCE Jackson Browne
Web Site: http://www.jacksonbrowne.com
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