Video: Åge Sten Nilsen & Christine Grande – ”When U Know U Know”

Åge Sten Nilsen (Wig Wam) och Christine Grande har gått samman och släppt singeln ”When U Know U Know” med en tillhörande musikvideo.

Åge Sten Nilsen, frontman of the hardrock band WIG WAM, and Christine Grande being a country-influenced artist present their first duet. ”When U Know U Know” is an astonishing mix of country and rock; acoustic, with a powerful brass chorus. It’s a love story with a happy ending. This musical couple knew that it was right from the beginning, despite criticism of their age gap and discouragement from the outside world.

Nilsen and Grande have always been passionate about music, with Nilsen already having a successful career under his belt. He has collaborated on a lot of different projects under his own name as well as with the glam metal band Wig Wam, Norway’s contribution to Eurovision in 2005 and recently having success with the theme song of HBO’s Peacemaker, ”Do YA Wanna Taste It”.

This is Christine Grande’s debut as an artist. She plans to continue her career as a solo artist, focusing mostly on country.

The couple launched their collaborative journey by going on tour together. They later wrote this duet so that they could perform it for their loved ones at their wedding on May 21st, this year. Nilsen and Grande will be on tour around Norway this summer and fall, performing When U Know U Know together, as well as other songs in their respective sets.

CHRISTINE GRANDE – Official website: https://www.christinegrande.com/
ÅGE STEN NILSEN – Official website: https://agestennilsen.com/

Video produced by: Trond-Atle Bokerød & Linda Bokerød /mTABS International Camera: Trond-Atle Bokerød and Jesús Sagastizábal Sáiz (Canary Island)

Music & Words: Åge Sten Nilsen & Christine Grande

Produced by: Halgeir Rustan & Åge Sten Nilsen
Mixed by: Hallgeir Rustan
Mastered by: Njål Frode Lie at NFL Produksjoner
Guitars and bass: Jarl Ivar Andresen
Drums: Tobby Johansen
Piano: Åge Sten Nilsen
Saxofone: Kåre Kolve
Trompet: Morten Schrøder
Prgramming & recording by: Hallgeir Rustan
Background vocals: Åge Sten Nilsen

Label: Arctic Rights

”Nytt” album med Rik Swinn släpps i juni

Fredagen den 24:e juni släpper bolaget MelodicRock Classics albumet ”Strum” med sångaren Rik Swinn. Detta är en platta att kolla upp lite extra om man gillar namn som  Henry Lee Summer, John Mellencamp och Little America. Så här går att läsa i ett pressmeddelande:

The name RIK SWINN is going to be a new one to most followers of the MelodicRock Classics label.

Aussie fans will be more familiar, but even then, Rik’s name should have been known to a much wider audience. Rik was frontman for the very popular Australian pop rock act VENETIANS, who between 1982 and 1988 made big waves on the Aussie touring circuit and enjoyed chart success, releasing three albums which produced six Top 40 singles in Australia. The Band was noticed by Chrysalis Records in the US who signed them in 1986 for their biggest selling album ‘Calling In The Lions’ and their Top 5 Australian single ‘So Much For Love’, also reaching number one in the Chicago dance charts.

After Venetians split up in 1988, Rik Swinn signed a solo album deal with Trutone Records who were distributed by EMI. The album was rehearsed and recorded over two weeks at EMI studios in Sydney and produced by famed Australian producer Peter Blyton (Avion, Dear Enemy, Candy Harlots, Choirboys), who incidentally worked with Rik and the Venetians previously on the ‘Calling In The Lions’ album.

Unfortunately, the Album’s release got caught up in an upheaval at EMI records which resulted in funding being stopped for Trutone so the album has been lying dormant for 30 years! Rik recently made the album available as a digital stream from his personal website, which lead to MRC’s Andrew McNeice enquiring about partnering up for a physical release.

Delving into the past to give great artists their due is what the label is all about and this time around, MRC is pleased to team with Rik for a first ever release of his 1989 unreleased solo album ‘Strum’.

British born Rik Swinn started out signed to EMI publishing in 1978 as a songwriter. After joining several live bands that didn’t amount to anything, he eventually met record producer Vic Coppersmith-Heaven (The Jam), who quickly took him into the Townhouse Studio to record. In 1981 he left for Australia armed with a master tape of the song “Sound on Sound” and within a few months he formed VENETIANS, scored a recording deal with Parole Records Australia, signing with Warner Music for publishing.

In 1988 Rik dissolved the band and after his solo album was shelved, left the industry.He travelled around the world for six months ending up in Los Angeles where he fell in love and became a father and still resides today.

01. Loving Kind

02. Burn Love

03. Only Takes A Second

04. Big Boys Never Cry

05. Piece Of Heaven

06. Change Of Heart

07. Come Back And Haunt Me

08. Garden Of Eden

09. Maybe Someday

10. So Long The Night

Retroplattan: Lou Gramm – ”Ready Or Not”

1987 släpptes detta utsökta soloalbum av Lou Gramm och det var det första albumet som soloartist. En 35 åring som är värd att uppmärksammas om och om igen.
Här snackar vi låtmakeri på hög nivå. 8 av de 10 låtarna har han skrivit tillsammans med sin parhäst och vän Bruce Turgon medans de två andra har Lou skapat själv.
Jag håller Lou som en de bästa sångarna genom alla tider. Sen finns det säkert bättre sångare/sångerskor rent kvalitétsmässigt men han har inlevelse , känsla , karaktär och DET i sin sångröst.

Ready Or Not är melodiös rock/hårdrock av bästa snitt.
She´s Got To Know , Arrow Thru Your Heart och Lover Come Back håller väl inte samma höga klass som de andra men å andra sidan så är de andra låtarna av riktigt hög kvalité.
På plattan medverkar bl a Bruce Turgon på diverse instrument , Nils Lofgren på gitarr och delar av Lou´s släkt.
Så har ni inte hört denna utsökta plattan innan eller inte hört den på länge , hitta den på Spotify , ta fram skivan eller hur ni nu gör och börja njut av Lou´s välljudande sångröst.
Det är örongodis deluxe.

Av Tommy Svensson för DMB

bolaget MelodicRock Classics släpper ”nytt” album med Chris Barr och Don Cromwell i juni

Den 24:e juni släpper MelodicRock Classics albumet ”A Story Unfolds” med Don Cromwell (Air Supply, Ransom, Eddie Money) och Chris Barr. Så här går att läsa i ett pressmeddelande:

MelodicRock Classics reaches back into the vaults for yet another unreleased project from the past, featuring a veteran musician and a major talent vocalist, who sadly passed away from cancer in 2003.

A Story Unfolds is the moniker given to a previously unreleased project featuring producer/songwriter/musician Don Cromwell (Air Supply, Ransom, Eddie Money) and vocalist Chris Barr. All the tracks were written and recorded between 1986 – 1993, with the album remaining on the shelf until now.

Andrew McNeice: “It is a great privilege to be able to pay tribute to Chris and his vocal talents with this release. While Chris may be a new name to many, Don Cromwell is a seasoned veteran of the rock scene. Magnus Soderqvist introduced me to several songs from Don and Chris, with Don digging deeper to deliver the entire set of songs that made up the various recording sessions for what has become A Story Unfolds.”

With so many songs to choose from, the label was quick to choose its usual route when given the opportunity to do so – offer a special double disc release featuring the tracks decided for the full A Story Unfolds album and adding the rest of the tracks on a bonus disc, so fans can get the complete musical story of the collaboration between Don and Chris.

About DON CROMWELL:
Originally from the East Bay Area in Northern California, Don spent several years in the Seattle music scene before relocating to Southern California. He became a fixture at the avant-garde label Unicorn Records, writing songs for and performing on many of their diverse releases.
From 1983 through 1987, Don toured as the bass player with the renowned pop group Air Supply. While with the band, he worked with top producers in the studio, co-wrote songs on the hit album ”Air Supply,” and appeared in numerous videos and television performances.
Following Air Supply, Don played bass with rock legend Eddie Money, touring and recording with him over the next six years. Don teamed up with long time Eddie guitarist – Tommy Girvin – to form the group Ransom, releasing an album in Europe and Japan in 1997 titled ”Trouble in Paradise.” Ransom also released a second CD ”Better Days” in 2010.
He produced Air Supply vocalist Russell Hitchcock’s solo CD ”Take Time” and won the award for best producer at the 2016 Hollywood Music in Media Awards for his song ”Where Do I Belong”. Don continues to work with both new and established artists and has a weekly internet radio show / podcast ”Don Cromwell LIVE”.

About CHRIS BARR:
An American singer-songwriter, musician Chris was born and raised in California. As a teen in
the late 60’s and early 70’s he became heavily influenced by the music scenes that were
happening in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. That eventually led to forming the band
Rock Rose and the self-titled album on Columbia Records produced by the successful duo
Lambert and Potter. He later went on to record another self-titled album by the band Small Talk on
MCA Records, with some of the original Rock Rose band members.
Chris worked both sides of the desk in the music industry doing A&R at ABC Dunhill Records,
sitting in on many sessions with upcoming artists such as Steely Dan, Rufus with newcomer
Chaka Kahn, 4 Tops, Steven Bishop, Blood, Sweat and Tears, 3 Dog Night just to name a few.
He began his collaboration with Don Cromwell and A Story Unfolds was born. The marriage
between the two artists and the process in which they worked gave way to a catalogue of music
that holds up today.
In later years Chris composed for movies and tv.
Prior to his death in 2003, and going back to his roots, Chris was on the verge of developing a
boutique record label where undiscovered artists could have easy access to getting their projects heard.

A STORY UNFOLDS will be released by MelodicRock Classics June 24, with pre-order and instant digital delivery available later this month.

“The Album”
01. Real Things
02. Nowhere Town
03. Two Times
04. Just In Time
05. Back To Her Old Self Again
06. Man In The Middle
07. So Special
08. Like Lovers Do
09. One In A Million
10. One Way Or Another
11. Small World
12. Someone Like You
13. Cool Lies
14. Crazy Tonight

“The Bonus Tracks”
01. That Ain’t Living
02. Not A Pretty Sight
03. Isn’t It About Time
04. We Stand
05. You Should’ve Lied
06. Time Stands Still
07. Remember Me
08. Playing To Win
09. Second Time Around
10. A Fine Love 

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