June 2015

Ellen Xylander Impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio

Ellen Xylander

Ellen Xylander is impacting Top 40/Hot AC radio with “Reckless Hearted”.

As a songwriter, composer and topliner Ellen Xylander cooperates with producers and publishers worldwide. In 2012 Ellen Xylander placed top 10 on Itunes top chart with “Try to Catch me“, a song co-written for Sony Music and the Norwegian recording artist, author and Dancing with the stars-winner, Lene Alexandra. In 2014/2015 the pop singer Michelle releases a new album, written by Ellen Xylander.  Ellen Xylander also contributes on the forthcoming album of Ghost Town Artist Depui (Release May 2014). In 2013 she also wrote lyrics for “Sommerhiten”, TV Vestfold and contributed in other projects as a songwriter.

As a live performer and entertainer Ellen Xylander is known for her charisma and ability to connect with the audience. In addition to performing own material and playing live gigs with her backing band, she is often hired as en event speaker and cover singer.  In 2012 she was a recurring guest artist in Byron William’s (The Drifters) show, Commitment to soul, Oseberg Kulturhus, Tønsberg.

Born in Oslo, Norway, partly Swedish, grew up in Lier, Buskerud. Has later been living years in Scotland, Australia, Sweden, Denmark.  Returned to Oslo in 2006; since 2009 been working with her debut album in USA, Germany, Sweden and Norway. Ellen Xylander is graduated within music, journalism, graphic design, communication and fitness. She graduated as a journalist in 2001 from Journalisthøgskolen, Oslo, and was the first student to have her dissertation published and released as a book. With this she took part in different radio and TV-shows with her work. Among others Holmgang, TV2, and NRK news. Her publication is titled: “Virkelighets-TV, underholdning i Grenseland” and is a science report and the only Norwegian post-study of participants of reality-TV. From 2009 Ellen Xylander has been working within the music business, running the label Emmody Records, and as a singer and songwriter. She is elected lay judge in Borgarting court of appeal, Oslo, and have helped many loose weight being a diet coach. She also works as a model. In 2012/2013 she was the fitting model of the Clothes chains Bik Bok and Cubus, and got to be a part of designing a pair of leather pants for Bik Bok, the “Ellen”-pants. Ellen Xylander is sponsored by one of Norway’s leading industry companies TESS AS.

For more on Ellen Xylander, visit her website, Facebook, and Twitter.


Ashlynne Vince Impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio

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Ashlynne Vince is impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio with “Hands Off”.

The most amazing of musical careers often begin in unusual places. For Ashlynne, born Ashlynne Vince, that place is the open mic night stage at The Urban Steakhouse in Fonthil, Ontario, Canada. In her first ever public appearance, she belted out Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin”” and Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” to a packed room. Ashlynne quickly became a regular at the open mic night and at the age of 14 a local promoter saw the itty bitty girl with the monstrous voice and tapped her to be the main singer in a Taylor Swift tribute show that was set to tour summer festivals in and around Ontario.

When not onstage appearing as Taylor Swift, Ashlynne balanced her time between her schoolwork, her songwriting and performances in and around Niagara and across southern Ontario. Her performances in front of pop audiences, Americana audiences, opera audiences, country audiences, even polka audiences quickly established her as a talent on the way up. In 2011 a panel of celebrity judges, each successful artists themselves, recognized her talents and nominated the still 14 year-old in the Rising Star Of The Year category for the prestigious Niagara Music Awards. She won the category, taking home the coveted trophy at the NMA awards ceremony in the fall of the same year.

By 16, she was also ready to hit the studio and record the music that she was creating. Already making frequent trips to Nashville to perform with a full slate of country artists, Ashlynne chose CTM Studios to record her first project. The ten track CD, Tidal Wave, featured eight of her own songs and was released to rave reviews.

The success of Tidal Wave fueled her drive and, to continue her “music business education,” Ashlynne accepted a fall of 2014 internship at The Tracking Room recording studio in the heart of Nashville’s Music Row to work with respected studio engineer Rebekah Long. It was there that she met Tony Mantor, who was also in The Tracking Room working on a project for his Plateau Music imprint. Taken with the rich tone and angelic falsetto of her voice and songwriting that was well beyond her years, Mantor offered to take Ashlynne back to the studio with a who’s who band of A-list musicians to help her define her direction.

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


V. Contreras Impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio

V. Contreras

V. Contreras is impacting Top 40/Hot AC radio with “Feelin’ That”.

An award-winning childhood short story writer, V. (Victoria Wimer Contreras) has won the hearts of Seattle with her rich, soulful voice as a featured vocalist with Seattle Rock Orchestra, Patsy Cline’s Sweet Dreams tribute, McDonalds commercials and the National Anthem at Mariners, Sonics and Seahawks games. Often referred to as the little girl with the giant voice, her rich tone has earned her comparisons to Karen Carpenter and Linda Ronstadt. A type-A songwriter with a historical phobia of sharing her original compositions, V has been a slave to her piano and a pen composing over 40 album contending songs over the past two years. The result unveils a stunning collection of timelessness. Perhaps the most unique aspect is that no one in Seattle has heard her original compositions ever…until now.

The album was produced, engineered, mixed & mastered by Martin Feveyear (Brandi Carlile, Duff McKagan’s Loaded, Common Market, Blue Scholars and the man whom V. refers to as a genius). It features string & horn arrangements by Andrew Joslyn (Macklemore / Passenger String Quartet). The album includes Seattle’s finest musicians: Rebecca Young, Jeff Fielder, Rusty Willoughby, William Stover, Andrew Josyln, Natalie Mai Hall, Eric Padget, Tom Yoder & Craig Flory.

For more on V. Contreras, visit her website, Facebook, & Twitter.


Rivers Monroe Impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio

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Rivers Monroe is impacting Top 40/Hot AC radio with “Satellite”.

Rivers Monroe has emerged as one of Philadelphia’s most popular new bands and is supported by an increasingly fervent local and national fan-base, known as the RM aRMy!

Defined by their energetic, driving, mainstream brand of music, flavored with a fresh rock and pop/punk mixture, they have captured the attention of thousands of listeners along the East Coast and beyond.

With the release of their highly anticipated self-titled album, produced by six-time Grammy-winning producer Glenn Barratt of MorningStar Studios, the band has raised the bar with their collection of hook-driven and inspiring songs. Anchored by the infectious vocal-driven singles “Moments,” “Meteors,” and “Emily (Every Second),” which echo the best of Maroon 5, The Maine, Mayday Parade and OneRepublic, Rivers Monroe is stacked from beginning to end with anthems for airplay.

The Philly-based quintet began in 2008 when keyboardist/vocalist Mat Rivers, joined long-time friend and lead-singer Mike Monroe. The two singer/songwriters teamed up with bassist Kirby San, drummer Kevin Sitaras and guitarist Matt “Doc” Varga to fill out their infectious wall of sound.

Armed with catchy hooks, passionate lyrics and energized performances, the band toured the U.S. last summer with MTV buzzband The Nearly Deads and has shared the stage with many Grammy-winning and multi-platinum selling artists, opening for Paramore, All Time Low, Fun., Incubus, Phoenix, The Wonder Years, Passion Pit, New Found Glory, twenty | one | pilots, Jennifer Paige, Silversun Pickups and AllStar Weekend. In turn, these high-profile slots led to prime performance slots at NASCAR and NHRA events and brand alliances with Coca-Cola, Sunoco, Cerwin-Vega, and Motel 6.

For more on Rivers Monroe, visit their website, Facebook, and Twitter.


Atul Impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio


Atul is impacting Top 40/Hot AC radio with “Good Meal”.

You think you have heard it all until you listen to Atul’s songs. One of most melodious artist of 2015. His music is mix of electronics and acoustic sounds with powerful vocals and great lyrics. He has got a lot of praise from fans with its single “Good Meal” from album “Emotions”.

Atul grew up in India playing instruments like guitar, percussion and piano since he was 14 year old. He was also part of band named “Avant Garde”, later He moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to pursue his career as an singer songwriter.

Atul’s much anticipated album “Emotions” is going to be out in August.

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


Jaafar Impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio


Jaafar is impacting Top 40/Hot AC radio with “Sixteen”.

Jaafar is an international,chart-topping singer-songwriter and producer who is currently traveling the world recording his debut album.The first single is called “Sixteen” and will be out everywhere on June 2.

Jaafar’s sound is a fusion of middle eastern and western popular music, both genres that he grew up listening to which he has skillfully combined into a sound uniquely his own.

“Sixteen” tells of a 16 year old girl in a war torn area who is dreaming for a better tomorrow and the hope of reaching her 18th birthday. The multi-talented artist describes his upcoming debut album which he wrote and co-produced alongside a Grammy award winning production team as being,”an exact sonic representation of myself and my journey so far. It’s the album that as a kid, I dreamt of making and I’m so excited for the world to hear it.” World renowned mixing engineer Tom Lord Alge (P!nk, U2, Fall Out Boy) describes Jaafar’s ability to deliver irresistibly catchy and classic pop songs that resonate with people; “Jaafar is a very talented songwriter, he just gets it. He’s a real guy who makes real music.”

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