June 2013

June 2013 News

Howard Rosen Promotion Artists in Billboard’s Top Forty Mid Week Update

Howard Rosen Promotion (www.howiewood.com) has several artists in the June 27, 2013 edition of Billboard’s Top Forty Mid Week Update.

Look for Brandon & Savannah, Justice, Christy Angeletti, and The Vettes in this issue.

Jonus Preston Impacting Top 40/Hot AC


Howard Rosen Promotion (www.howiewood.com) artist Jonus Preston is currently impacting Top 40/Hot AC with “Tears in Vain”.

Singer-songwriter Jonus Preston had been consumed with exploring technique and precision as an accomplished jazz musician until the Sandy Hook tragedy hit on December 14, 2012. Sharing in the sorrow, anger, and frustration we all felt watching the events unfold, he picked up his guitar to express his pent-up emotions. Out came something powerfully direct”Tears In Vain”his first single in a new era of fevered creativity.

I am giving a musical voice to a cause I feel very strongly about. ˜Tears In Vain’ is dedicated to the victims. It is a song meant to inspire a change for gun reform in America, the New York City-based artist says. The shootings transpired while he was vacationing. It got me upset and then pissed off, Preston says candidly. There needs to be more gun reform in order to make this a safer country.

Tears In Vain is both haunting and comforting with bluntly poetic lyrics and sweet seasonings of soul, folk, and pop. Preston compellingly juxtaposes tender vocals with boldly confrontational content. With weary grace he sings lines like: Make believe we get a second chance/Would you see the choice is in our hands/If you could look into their faces one more time/And you knew that you could save them you’d change your mind.

This is the era where the media doesn’t focus on the shooter; they don’t glorify him as much as they used to, Preston says. So you see the faces of the victims. It’s moving but then people forget, and it feels like these people died in vain. I wanted to write something gripping and beautiful to express that.

Preston is making a difference by contributing proceeds from the sale of Tears In Vain to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The single is currently available through a partnership with the innovative cause marketing platform Dympol.

Since Preston was 12, and he saw the revelatory Michael Moore documentary Bowling For Columbine, he’s been a staunch advocate for gun control. That really spurred a dialogue within me. I didn’t know how to react, what to do with the frustration I felt inside, he recalls.

Sandy Hook also shook Preston’s creative core. I’ve studied so much music theory, but I always wanted to write music that speaks to more people, this was a catalyst, it gave me purpose, he says.

Writing Tears In Vain reminded him of the power of pop and the feeling he had when he first heard Michael Jackson’s album Thriller at age 13. As a kid, he was a prodigiously gifted musician, devouring the music of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Django Reinhardt, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin, John Mayer, Clapton, Coldplay, and The Beatles. Soon jazz, and the euphoric and dazzling musicality of European gypsy jazz in particular, became his artistic priority. He studied jazz in college and founded the popular acoustic jazz band String Bustin’ Cats. After two years in college, he began working professionally as a musician. He toured North America, playing large festivals including the Montreal JazzFest, SXSW, and The Strawberry Folk Festival in California. He also began a rewarding collaboration with the highly esteemed New York producer/pianist Misha Piatigorsky.

Piatigorsky produced Tears In Vain, and the child’s voice on the song is his young daughter’s. The song was tracked by famed engineer Mark Hermann (The Eagles) and also features studio ace drummer Graham Hawthorne (Paul Simon, David Byrne).

This was an epiphanic event for me, it helped me find myself as a writer, he says. Currently, Preston is preparing a variety of releases showcasing different aspects of his prismatic artistry, with projects spanning lo-fi indie, acoustic, hip-hop, EDM, and pop-rock.

For more on Jonus, visit his Facebook and Twitter.

Howard Rosen Promotion Artists in Billboard’s Top Forty Mid Week Update

Howard Rosen Promotion (www.howiewood.com) has several artists in the June 20, 2013 edition of Billboard’s Top Forty Mid Week Update.

Look for Brandon & Savannah, Kerli, Justice, and Christy Angeletti in this issue.

The Chicharones Impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio


Howard Rosen Promotion (www.howiewood.com) artist The Chicharones are impacting Top 40/Hot AC radio with Hi Hey Hello.

The Chicharones, originally formed at South by Southwest, are composed of songwriters Sleep and Josh Martinez. Since releasing their 2006 opus When Pigs Fly (Camobear Records/Bella Union), they have toured the world, collaborated with the who’s who of underground pop, released critically and commercially successful solo albums and become international celebrities. Much has happened in the four years since their last release “When Pigs Fly”.
“Chicharones – The Best Bar Band in America”
The Chicharones have toured the world together, solo and with live bands, and learned countless new tricks along the road. From Sleep’s magic tricks and quick change routines, to Martinez’s beer balancing and hi-kicking Elvis dance moves, they are buzzing everywhere with their insanely energetic live shows. Since adding live drums and bass to their live show, they can literally play with any other act and hold their own. Spin called the Chicharones “The best bar band in America” after seeing a 2.5 hour set at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. It’s easy to see why. Expect 5-part harmonies, a razor tight band, costume changes, syncopated dance moves, stage magic, standup comedy and the joyful interplay of 10 year veteran performers Sleep and Josh Martinez. And there’s also rap.
THE NEW ALBUM: Swine Flew¦Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, is the culmination of years of musical experimentation uniting the content driven hardcore poetics of the Boss Hog EP, the epic joy and sorrow of When Pigs Fly, with the Doo-Wop musicality of Swine Country to create an album for all seasons. Taking their trademark humor and harmony to a new level, the Chicharones are looking to infect the whole world with their particular brand of greasy hip hop magic. While laying themselves bare, they take both their lyrical content and musicality, to new heights. This is an adult album that speaks to children who suddenly have children, and rockstars who suddenly have mortgages. This is arguably one of the best records that has ever been made. But you will know that soon enough.

For more on The Chicharones, visit their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Howard Rosen Promotion Artists in Billboard’s Top Forty Mid Week Update

Howard Rosen Promotion (www.howiewood.com) has several artists in the June 13, 2013 edition of Billboard’s Top Forty Mid Week Update.

Look for Brandon & Savannah, Kerli, Justice, and The Vettes in this issue.

At Long Last Impacting Top 40/ Hot AC Radio

At Long Last

Howard Rosen Promotion (www.howiewood.com) artist At Long Last is impacting Top 40/Hot AC radio with I’ll Take My Chances.

4 guys in a band and in the same class in school since we formed the band in 2008. It is now 2013 and we are writing our story right along with some of the most amazing songs you will ever hear! Our forte’ is our songwriting ability. Jordan writes our songs with collaboration from all the guys on various tracks. We each write our own musical interpretations of our instruments to the songs. We hope you love the result!. We have been compared to many different artists but in the end we are just 4 guys in a band going to high school and living the life you live too.

For more on At Long Last, visit their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Andrew Heller to Participate in “Ask Me Anything”


Andrew Heller will be answering your questions on Reddit’s Ask Me Anything.

This Friday, June 14 at 3 PM ET/2 PM CT, have your questions ready for Andrew to answer live.

Andrew conquered the tech world, spending several decades at IBM. Now, he is making his mark in the music world as a classically trained pop singer who has performed with the Austin Symphony, the Philadelphia Philharmonic, and the Texas Playboys. He has also charted on FMQB and the Inspirational Country charts.

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

Howard Rosen Promotion Artists in Billboard’s Top Forty Mid Week Update

Howard Rosen Promotion (www.howiewood.com) has several artists in the June 6, 2013 edition of Billboard’s Top Forty Mid Week Update.

Look for Justice, Brandon and Savannah, Christy Angeletti, Kerli, and The Vettes in this week’s issue.

Brendan Kelley Interview on Cheap Seats

Brendan Kelley

Howard Rosen Promotion (www.howiewood.com) artist Brendan Kelley was recently interview on Cheap Seats Radio.

You can listen to the interview here: Part one Part two

Willamena Impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio


Howard Rosen Promotion (www.howiewood.com) artist Willamena is impacting Top 40/Hot AC radio with The Things That I Forgot.

Like their Michigan home, Kalamazoo’s Willamena was counted out by the corporate cognoscenti years ago. But these underdogs, with their award-winning original Midwestern guitar rock and their blue-collar work ethic, just won’t stay down on the canvas.

Now, after some rough years, things are looking up. The automakers are profitable again, Detroit’s Lions and Tigers are contenders, and Willamena’s new CD Lost in the Shadows is on the radio and in record stores nationwide. With production help from 100-million seller Kevin Beamish (REO Speedwagon, Jefferson Starship, Kenny Chesney) and from Grammy-winner John Seymour (U2, Dave Matthews, Santana) Willy’s latest effort is tooled-up to go out and reaffirm a simple truth: in life and in music, genuine quality comes through in the end.

All 10 tracks on the album made broadcast radio at least once. Single When Love Rescued Me landed on the AllAccess.com cool new music list, and earned airplay from Greece to Las Vegas to South Korea.Then Marathon Entertainment came aboard to promote single The Things That I Forgot to Triple A radio, and A3 stations across the U.S. grabbed on “ by 5/16/13, Things¦ had debuted at #195 on FMQB’s top 200 AAA singles list, rising to #180 the following week.

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

Metro4 Impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio

Howard Rosen Promotion (www.howiewood.com) artist Metro4 is currently impacting Top 40/Hot AC radio with Going Under.


So how did this tight-knit group come to be? With humble beginnings in after-school jam sessions, French teachers Daniel Di Febo (guitars) and Danny Dubé (bass) eventually landed the lead vocalist they’d been searching for, Jason Mercer, on MySpace. Soon after, drummer Ryan Kriz rounded-out the foursome, but the rest is far from history. As their song Nomad states: I’m a long-term project, a true ˜work-in-progress.’ With their first album released in June of 2009, a second album released this April 2011, and a third in the works, Metro4 is a band in motion. And they are moving fast. Already opening for acts like Stone Temple Pilots, Our Lady Peace, Sass Jordan, The Trews and Sloan, they have accomplished big things in their short time together.With an alternative feel inspired by the likes of U2, Keane, Interpol, Coldplay, and Genesis, the group brings a rare European vibe. They pack emotion into their collaboratively written, powerful lyrics and bring a tight, energetic live show that they simply love performing. Light at heart but deep in substance, you may not dance, but you will certainly feel.We don’t write songs with the intention that people will dance as we perform it. Artistic credibility is more important to us than making a ˜hit record’. The things in life that inspire us individually come out “ somehow “ in our music, and, thankfully, it’s resonating with our fans, Mercer said.

For more on Metro4, visit their website and Facebook.