June 2014

Joe Given Impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio

Joe Given is impacting Top 40/Hot AC radio with “Terrifying Love”.


At the age of 21, award winning singer, songwriter, performer, Joe Given, has played at over 500 events and venues.  With his smooth powerful voice, charismatic presence, and gift of story-telling, Joe has the ability to connect with a wide range of audiences.

His style is mainly indie pop/rock, with a little R&B and folk.

His second Album, “So Much More”, was released in December, 2012.  Influenced by pop and indie rock, this album combines Joe’s usual acoustic feel, with some electronics and computer beats.  The theme of the album relates to love, heartbreak and self discovery.  Through some of his music, Joe promotes a message of individuality, believing that, when people are true to themselves, they become “So Much More”.   For more info re the album visit: JoeGiven.com/musicAs a prolific songwriter, he has written many new songs, with many ready for the studio.

For more on Joe, visit website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Vava Voom Impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio

Vava Voom is impacting Top 40/Hot AC radio with “Supersonic” featuring Sean Kingston.

Vava Voom

Vava Voom is a true musical artist that embodies the meaning of the term in every way, while adding creative dimensions to the already popular expression. Talented, amorous and always down for a good time. She’s taking “wow” in a new direction!

From the city of Zürich in Switzerland, engrossed in the Swiss music landscape, Vava Voom’s early recordings were a product of experiences from her childhood and teen years.Some good, some bad but in either case, a young girl trying to find her way in the world. However, inspired by the many changes of and feelings of growing into a young woman, as well as the allure and influence of the evolving American music scene, Vava Voom was and still is a dreamer.

Chasing those dreams while on a holiday trip to America in 2010 changed her life. A chance meeting with a like-minded producer and songwriter would make it possible for her to live the dream of working on her music outside of Switzerland. Compiling a host of trips and experiences in New York City, Vava Voom’s music and style would start to take on a new look, shape and sound. Pop music that she thought was fun, sexy and cool, with no
boundaries, and the imagery to accompany that. From electro and indy-pop, to house and genre bending traces of rock and urban, nothing was off limits. “It sounds like a uniquely directed, cool iTunes radio station. Lots of stuff that you like all in one.” With this newly found confidence, she got her bearings as a songwriter, guitarist, piano player and a
powerhouse singer, “at the same damn time”! Influences from ground breaking pop artists from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s are reflected in her melodies and tracks, but her voice and message together are distinctively her own. What is that message? Simple, just to “Go out, live life, and have fun doing it. Keep evolving and never stop being a dreamer. And listen to some good music in the process :)”!

For more on Vava Voom, visit her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Connecting Stars Going for Official CMJ Adds

Connecting Stars is going for official CMJ adds June 16 & 17.


Connecting Stars are a South African Folk Rock Duo featuring Cheryl and Martin Engel. Officially formed in 2012, Connecting Stars have already forged a welcome melodic sound, combining the sweetness of blended vocal harmony with a down home acoustic atmosphere. Acoustic guitar, piano and haunting melody form the backbone of the Connecting Stars experience. Cheryl and Martin counterbalance each-other perfectly, bringing tenderness and genuine emotion to their harmonies, subtly accompanied by glockenspiel, ukulele, harmonica and mandolin. Cheryl Engel draws on difficult, painful and joyful life experience to craft sincere poetry that forms the lyrical basis of Connecting Stars memorable songs. As a live act, both Martin and Cheryl’s years of musical experience and intuitive interaction make for unforgettable live performances. With a storied history in the South African music scene, both have been singing and playing, together and separately, on stage and in the studio for over 10 years. Cheryl is a veteran studio session singer and Martin was formerly both the manager and bass player of the award-winning rock band tree63, as well as the owner of Dog Ears Studios and Sesalos Media, a leading South African recording studio and video production company.

The self titled debut release of South African, Folk Rock Duo, Connecting Stars, is a welcome breath of fresh air, blending heartfelt lyrics with memorable melody and understated production. The 12 tracks take the listener on a musical and lyrical journey spanning the everyday struggles and celebrations of this good life. The album alternates between joy and heartache. The album opens with the soaring “Pieces” that speaks of the broken pieces of two peoples lives coming together to form a beautiful whole. The ethereal “Pink Blossoms” reaches beyond this world to a lost love. “Trampled” is a brooding request for absolution from a lover whose attentions could not be reciprocated. While the album reaches a fitting climax in the final track with the anguished electric and acoustic slide guitar driven folk rock anthem “Lonely”. So do yourself a favor, take yourself off to one side and take a real listen to this first initiate offering from Connecting Stars. It’s a real treat. There’s only one first time you’ll get to listen to this remarkable new musical duo and enjoy being the one who is the first to recommend it to others.

For more on Connecting Stars, visit their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Diamante Impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio

Diamante is impacting Top 40/ Hot AC radio with “Bite Your Kiss”.


At only 17, this rocker with her self written songs, has also taken home the title of Best Rock Record at the Indie Music Channel Awards two years in a row, as well as wins in the categories of, Best Young Rock Artist, Best Rock Recording, Best Music Video for “IMPOSSIBLE,” and the coveted title of Teen Artist of the Year.
Emerging from the east coast to the entertainment capitol of the world, teen sensation DIAMANTE has exploded onto the Hollywood music scene. Bringing her rocker girl style to a world dominated by men, DIAMANTE is infused with determination to beat the guys at their own game.

She breaths a fresh new style to the music and fashion scene alike and can be compared to a modern day Pat Benatar or Debbie Harry. Her unparalleled sound comes from vibrant, edgy powerful, yet innocent vibrato tone, making her voice a rare diamond in music. She displays an unforeseen depth in her lyrics and a tiny crying cadence in her edgy voice that quietly screams experience beyond her years. DIAMANTE may be young, but she is already one of the hardest working artists in the business as shown by her numerous awards. As her collection of awards continues growing, so does her fan base.

For more on Diamante, visit her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Kevin Miso Impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio

Kevin Miso is impacting Top 40/Hot AC radio with “Zombie”.

Kevin Miso

In the past two years, Kevin Miso has played over 300 shows, sharing the stages with artists as varied as Augustana, Sublime with Rome, John Cruz, and The English Beat. Completely independent and with a grass roots approach, Miso has linked up with producer Warren Huart (The Fray, Howie Day, Augustana) to collaborate on his debut EP.

His Hawaiian roots mixed with his Southern California upbringing blend an island sound with a more contemporary pop feel. His vibe is described as “The New Old School”.

For more on Kevin, visit his website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Larusso Impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio

Larusso is impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio with “The Voice”.

Larusso album cover

Combining smart hooks and catchy lyrics, Salt Lake City’s Larusso delivers high powered music for everyone. Having released six independently funded albums, with the latest being 2012’s “Tell Me Everything”, Larusso has become a local powerhouse and a significant presence in the western United States since its formation in 2003. Larusso has amassed a loyal local and national fan base through constant promotion, performing and touring and have big things planned for 2014 and beyond.

For more on Larusso, visit their website, Facebook, and Twitter.