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Sixtyplusurfers Competition

Win a Signed Copy of 'Dizzy' by K-Syran

Win a Signed Copy of 'Dizzy' by K-Syran

Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Intimacy Records to offer three lucky readers the chance to win a signed copy of Dizzy, the fabulous new album by K-Syran.

A vibrant voluptuous bundle of divine blonde curls, exuding sheer glittering energy and delicious vibes, international singer/songwriter, K-Syran, spins deliriously off the back of last year’s US Billboard chart success with her spankingly fresh new album ‘Dizzy’ released on 29th September. With full album production by Philip Larsen and Chris Smith of the global team Manhattan Clique (Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Timbaland, Nicole Scherzinger), ‘Dizzy’ injects a fresh new sound from this seasoned artist exposing her fun vibrant side; the exciting unpredictable world of K-Syran that’s full of surprises.

K-Syran is from Norway

The star from Norway who shot to international success when she scooped a Number 38 Billboard chart hit last summer with her single ‘Hello’, now bursts back with a new album packed with 10 original songs which catapult this songstress into a cosmic world of vibrating, vivid pop/dance; a totally new musical dimension. Known for her hard-hitting poignant songs about world issues, this uncovers the lighter side of K-Syran – the dance diva with a renewed vibrancy that sees her delving into rich, thoughtful but playful lyrics. A musical journey that you’ll want to travel again and again.

‘Dizzy’ is an album which sees the transformation of artist into sparkling star. A bolder, more decisive K-Syran rises-up like a phoenix and explodes into the brightest, most brilliant of melodic colours; the result is exhilarating and euphoric. Honestly mirroring the true K-Syran, ‘Dizzy’ is a collection of biographical tracks, each painting a page within a musical storybook depicting episodes from the star’s life over the past 2-years since her last album ‘Smoke In My Veins’ was launched. Created in collaboration with Manhatten Clique’s Phillip Larsen and Chris Smith, KSyran found an instant chemistry which she pins on her Viking origins (Larsen is half Danish).

K-Syran

Joy, sadness, frustration, temptation, it’s all in there, spinning you from one emotion to the next, hence the apt naming of ‘Dizzy’. From the title track ‘Dizzy’ which teases and twirls K-Syran’s deep rich vocals around an intoxicating sound-bed of pop-laden beats and loops, the track is the epitome of how the ultimate pop song should sound and hit a strong chord with the UK dance crowd when Phil Marriott & Rich B took on the remix this Spring, seeing the track hit playlist at Gadio Radio.

‘Hudson River’ delves into the mind of a dreamer – those who constantly fantasise but procrastinate, so always end up missing out. The cheeky seductive tone of ‘Skin’ exposes an imaginary love affair, the temptation and excitement of it all, which stays in the mind, secretly untouched. ‘Temptation’ is a pull to the darker side, how shining a bright torch on our darker thoughts will expose and then dissolve them. There are still hints to K-Syran’s responsible side with ‘Peace’ being a tribute to the world, a positive message of hope for a better planet.

Throughout 2016, K-Syran enjoyed collaborations with big pop names, global producers and some of the world’s most in demand DJs, as well as being chosen by the United Nations as the anthem for International Women’s Day with song ‘Intimacy’. In the summer of ’16 her cheeky pop single ‘Hello’ smashed into the US Billboard charts, where it stayed all season as she embraced the newly emerging ‘social’ era by delivering a Snapchat video to keep in touch with her fans. ‘Hello’ later became the flamanthem for World Hello Day in the Autumn of that year – proof that K-Syran’s music has the power to connect with the masses on every level.

Norwegian born K-Syran, is a director, writer, actress and singer-songwriter who’s most well known for her acting achievements on stage and screen including ‘Voyage in the Dark’ at The Young Vic. However, K-Syran’s stunning soprano voice always led her to sing in each of her productions as her tender vocals always got her noticed. With her father being a professional drummer, K-Syran was deeply inspired by music from a very young age.

Classical, pop, rock, jazz and techno influences all fuse together in a wonderous musical melting pot that creates the distinctly unique K-Syran sound. K-Syran nurtured her voice as lead vocalist for a number of groups including, a Jazz-group based in Montreux, a hard Rock- group in Geneva and rock-group, Daje Zik. But it’s as a solo artist that K-Syran is enjoying the greatest success, her debut single ‘Smoke In My Veins’ garnering high interest both sides of the Atlantic when it was released in 2015, alongside a support tour with Blue.

Now K-Syran shakes up the glitter and glimmers up the lip gloss for her most flamboyant effervescent sound to date. The new album ‘Dizzy’ delves into a world of delirious musical dimensions.

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Liam Gallagher Solo Tour

Liam Gallagher

In support of his debut solo album 'As You Were'

Following an outstanding response to the announcement of his first ever solo UK Tour, Liam Gallagher has announced that he will be performing at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Wednesday 1st November.

Representing his first tour following the October 6th release of his debut solo album ‘As You Were’, Liam is back at the height of his powers. His return has been nothing short of spectacular, from emotive scenes in Manchester to huge sing-a-longs at Glastonbury, while three new tracks – ‘Wall of Glass’, ‘Chinatown’ and ‘For What It’s Worth’ – are already establishing themselves as towering anthems, delivered with Liam’s once-in-a-lifetime vocal.

As You Were by Liam Gallagher

Liam’s debut album ‘As You Were’ is available for pre-order from https://wbr.ec/liam-store

Everyone who pre-orders the album will receive instant downloads of ‘Wall of Glass’, ‘Chinatown’ and ‘For What It’s Worth’.

The album will be released on digital (standard and deluxe), CD (standard and deluxe) and vinyl (standard 12” and limited edition coloured 12” formats) formats. A special boxset is also available which compiles a coloured 12” vinyl of the album, an exclusive 7” format of ‘For What It’s Worth’, a print designed by Klaus Voorman (the artist behind The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ album cover) and additional collectors’ items.

Featuring a huge London show at Alexandra Palace and a homecoming gig at Manchester Arena, the tour dates are:

Liam Gallagher

October

30th – Belfast, The SSE Arena

November

1st – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

December

3rd – Leeds, First Direct Arena
4th – Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
6th – Plymouth, Pavilions
7th – London, Alexandra Palace
10th – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
12th – Birmingham, Arena
13th – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
15th – Brighton, Centre
16th – Manchester, Arena

Liam wrote or co-wrote every song that features on ‘As You Were’. In addition to Dan Grech-Marguerat, other key collaborators include Greg Kurstin and Andrew Wyatt.

One of the most striking aspects of the album is that all the songs have a purpose. There’s no flab, nothing to cut. They all feel directed at something or someone, setting the record straight or getting his side of the story over.

For more information visit Liam's website at www.liamgallagher.com
 

Sparks Release Animated Video for Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me

Sparks

Sparks (Californian brothers Ron and Russell Mael) release their beautiful video for "Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)," the new single from their upcoming album ‘Hippopotamus’ - is released on BMG.

The stop-motion video for "Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)" was meticulously directed and designed by BAFTA Cymru nominated animation director Joseph Wallace. Pairing his visually arresting animation with Sparks' musically uplifting, yet, lyrically melancholic track Joseph has created a stunning Parisian world in which Ron and Russell find themselves in pursuit of something beyond their grasp.

"Perfectly capturing the mood of the song 'Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me),' the video is also a rapturous work of art in its own right. Perhaps Sparks' best video ever," say Ron and Russell Mael, Sparks.

Already declared one of the finest albums of the year, Sparks’ 23rd album ‘Hippopotamus’ is “a truly magnificent record” (9/10, Louder than War) and “emphatic show of Ron & Russell’s late-period genius” (★ ★ ★ ★, MOJO) containing “no end of delights” (8/10, UNCUT). "Fresh, inventive, quirky and instantly recognisable" (9/10 Vive Le Rock) the pop pioneers and musical mavericks, brothers Ron & Russell Mael, have made an album of “brilliantly bonkers pop” (4 stars Classic Pop) that is “without question, a five-star classic” (Diffuser).

Recorded in Los Angeles, ‘Hippopotamus’ sees Sparks take the pop form, shake it up, and create an album that is adventurous, fresh, and idiosyncratically 'Sparks.' Described as "the smartest, most consistently evolving band in the history of rock", and internationally-acclaimed as pop pioneers, Sparks' music has always been innovative and instantly identifiable.

Hippopotamus Track List

Hippopotamus by Sparks

1. Probably Nothing
2. Missionary Position
3. Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)
4. Scandinavian Design
5. Giddy Giddy
6. What The Hell Is It This Time?
7. Unaware
8. Hippopotamus
9. Bummer
10. I Wish You Were Fun
11. So Tell Me Mrs. Lincoln Aside From That How Was The Play?
12. When You're A French Director (featuring Leos Carax)
13. The Amazing Mr. Repeat
14. A Little Bit Like Fun
15. Life With The Macbeths

For details about Sparks visit their website at www.allsparks.com

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David Crosby Releases Sky Trails

David Crosby releases Sky Trails

David Crosby (best known for his work as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young),  is set to release his new solo album Sky Trails – his third solo album in four years - on September 29th via BMG. Sky Trails continues Crosby’s unexpected late-period resurgence; in his eighth decade, Crosby is not only surviving, but thriving personally and creatively.

The album takes Crosby in a new musical direction as the set tilts toward a full band sound and deep, soulful grooves. “It’s a natural thing for me,” says Crosby, who joyously embraced the challenge of the shifting song structures. “I’ve always felt more comfortable there. There’s complexity, intricacy and subtleties in the music. I like that stuff.”

The core of the band are saxophonist Steve Tavaglione, bassist Mai Agan, drummer Steve DiStanislao, and Crosby’s son, multi-instrumentalist James Raymond, who also produced the album. Crosby and Raymond recorded some of the songs at Raymond’s home studio and then moved to Jackson Browne’s Groove Masters studio in Santa Monica for tunes that feature the full band.

Sky Trails follows last year’s critically acclaimed Lighthouse – which received praise from outlets including Rolling Stone, Stereogum and NPR Music - which was preceded by 2014’s Croz, Crosby’s first solo album in 20 years. Though Crosby wrote many of the songs for Sky Trails as he was working on Lighthouse, the two are distinctly different projects. “Lighthouse was conspicuously and deliberately acoustic,” Crosby says. “Sky Trails was intended to be a full band record from the start.”

Sky Trails Track Listing

Sky Trails by David Crosby

1. She's Got To Be Somewhere (James Raymond)
2. Sky Trails (David Crosby / Becca Stevens)
3. Sell Me A Diamond (David Crosby / James Raymond)
4. Before Tomorrow Falls On Love (David Crosby / Michael McDonald)
5. Here It's Almost Sunset (David Crosby / Mai Agan)
6. Capitol (David Crosby / James Raymond)
7. Amelia (Joni Mitchell)
8. Somebody Home (David Crosby)
9. Curved Air (David Crosby / James Raymond)
10. Home Free (David Crosby / James Raymond)

At 75, Crosby remains as engaged and energized as ever, with no end in sight. The creative floodgates that opened a few years ago continue to flow and Crosby delights that the songs are still pouring forth.

He doesn’t think too hard about why the muse has alighted upon him at this late stage in his career, but offers up that perhaps once CS&N ended, “there was a lot of pent-up creative juice. It’s as if I’d been in a dark room and someone turned on the lights,” he says. “I don’t want to take it for granted, but it’s been absolutely amazing.”

In Crosby’s unparalleled six-decade career, the native Californian has created songs that resonate as indelible cultural touchstones for more than three generations, not only as a solo artist, but as a founding member of The Byrds in the mid-60s, Crosby, Stills & Nash (recipients of the Grammy for best new artist in 1969), and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. He’s collaborated with dozens of artists, including Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Phil Collins, Elton John and Carole King.

The folk rock pioneer, who was inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009, has also served as our social conscience, not only eloquently writing about societal issues on such songs as “Almost Cut My Hair” and “Wooden Ships,” but continuously donating concert proceeds to like-minded causes. His towering influence and brilliant ability to capture the spirit of our times in his music remains undiminished.

For more information view David Crosby's website at www.davidcrosby.com

 

Music


Sixtyplusurfers Interview


Alexander O'Neal

Alexander O'Neal


Interview by Jenny Itzcovitz


Alexander O'Neal is one of the most iconic R&B singers. Lighting up the dance floors across the world for 30 years with chart smash 'Criticize' his sound has continually transcended the generations. We caught up with Alexander to find out more about his music, the new album he is currently recording, and his forthcoming tour in the Spring.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and where you come from?

Mississippi originally, but I've lived for- 40 years in Minneapolis.


How old were you when you started singing and performing? And who encouraged you to make it your career?

I was 10 years old I used to sing while washing dishes - my mother encouraged me.


Did you have any singers who inspired you? Or any music that moved you when you first started out?

Otis Reading is my big inspiration and I always listened to lots of real soul music from down south.


I understand that you were originally signed by the late legend Prince to the Warner Bros. label. Can you tell us more about this, how you were discovered, and your first hit single?

I have to say, Prince didn’t discover me, I had already started to make a name for myself, when I was booked to work with him through mutual friends and industry connections. I was due to open for his show but it didn’t work out, we didn’t really get on.. he was never ‘real’ enough for me.

The association with Prince hasn’t had any impact on my career for good or bad. There are other people I have worked with and admire, who have helped me and had some influence.


Over the years you have recorded some fabulous songs including the much loved chart topping song ‘Criticise’ which still lights up the dance floors today. Can you tell us about the song, and how you wrote and recorded it?

I co-wrote it with a guy called Jelly Bean Johnson, I wish I could tell you a magical story, but truth is we just came up with it in the studio vibing and jamming with each other, next thing we just have a great song and from the moment we got it down we loved that song too!

2018 will see the launch of your new studio album. Can you tell us about it, the theme and the sort of music that will be included?

I’m in Manchester recording it, living here for 6 months, it’s going to be raw and full of R&B, blues, folk with a bit of pop.


There will also be a UK tour in the Spring. What can audiences look forward to? And what is the format and style of the show?

Alexander O'Neal


Definitely a great live show with a full 9 piece band, lots of soul singers and lots of new soul music along with many of my popular classics.


What other musicians and backing singers will be joining you on stage? How do you choose your team of performers and crew? And how do you create such a great rapport with the audience?

I've worked with many of my guys for years, but I'm always happy to bring in new talent. I'm hoping to team up with Cherelle again for sure. The audience create the rapport as much as me, they love me, I love them..

I want to perform the songs they love and I get so much from being there with them doing what I do.. The fans are everything.


The tour ends at the hallowed stage of The London Palladium, how much are you looking forward to playing at this special venue and entertaining your British fans?

I am SO looking forward to the Palladium, one of my great heroes Marvin Gaye played there and it’s a privilege and honour to follow in his footsteps.


What do you enjoy most about performing live and interacting with the audience?

Alexander O'Neal

I love the interaction with the fans, watching them sing along and giving back the love.


What do you think of the current music scene? Who are your favourite singers and bands at the moment?

I listen to Rag N Bone man, I think he’s doing a good job, but some of the current R&B music is really watered down.


What music do you listen to when you are relaxing or driving in your car?

I like listening to varied music and I use the time in my car to do my homework and catch up on what’s out there.


How do you like to spend your leisure time? Are there any favourite ways you have to unwind and take a break?

I love relaxing, walking and riding my bike.

 
You must have met some talented musicians over the years, who was the most exciting and have you had any interesting collaborations?

The ones I work with excite me most – Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis always for me.

Do you nurture or help any young singers and help them on their way to success?

Yes I do this all the time. I help people with direction and how to start out. And I use young people in my shows and recordings where there’s talent. I’m always a champion for the under dogs too!


Do you have any special musical souvenirs that you have collected over the years? Or any treasures or gifts that you were given?

I’ve been given a rugby ball from the Scottish Rugby team… that’s probably my most treasured possession – I’m a big rugby fan.


What other projects are you working on at the moment? And what are your plans for the future?

I’m working on the new album, and have just finished the Hearsay 30 album which is a remix of the classic.

I’m also extensively touring and preparing for that.

Do you have a special message for readers of Sixtyplusurfers?

Alexander O'Neal


I would like to thank you for supporting me and giving me so much love over the years, for buying the records and coming to my shows.

You are my real passion in life and I couldn’t do it without you.


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40 Years of Disco Legendary Tour

Sister Sledge

See Sister Sledge in the tour


Tony Denton Promotions brings the cream of the decade together for the very first time for this unique arena tour, entitled ’40 Year’s Of Disco’. Seven of the biggest and legendary disco acts appear on one stage at these amazing live concerts which start in March 2018 - Sister Sledge, Tavares, Rose Royce, Boney M, The Real Thing, Odyssey & George McCrae.

For four decades disco has ruled the charts and dance floors and is currently stronger and more popular than ever! The ‘40 Years of Disco’ show is a high-energy hits only live extravaganza! The tour takes in 4 arenas across the country starting at Leeds First Direct Arena on 15th March and culminating on 18th March at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

Disco started in the early 70’s in the clubs of New York with Studio 54, which opened in 1977, being the most famous. The same year the ‘Disco Fever’ album spent 6 weeks at No.1 and was still there at Christmas. ‘Native New Yorker’ by Odyssey became one of the first major disco hits and they also happen to be on this groundbreaking tour! By 1978 the ‘Saturday Night Fever’ album spent 18 weeks at No. 1 only to be knocked off the No.1 spot by another star act from the ’40 Year’s Of Disco’ tour - Boney M with their album ‘Night Flight To Venus’ (that also spent 4 weeks at No.1). In 1978 the ‘Best Disco Album In The World’ spent 6 weeks at No. 1. Disco has never gone away and is here to stay!

Sister Sledge

The group sold millions of records worldwide with the album ‘We Are Family’ earning them multi-platinum status for sales in excess of two million in the USA alone – and going gold in several other countries. They went onto have multiple disco anthems that include the UK hits ‘Lost In Music’, ‘We Are Family’, ‘Thinking Of You’, ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’ and the No.1 ‘Frankie’. At present Sister Sledge consist of original members Debbie and Kim alongside Tanya (niece of one of the original members).

Tavares

Tavares


For over two decades Tavares had several Top 10 UK singles. They won a Grammy Award for their work on the soundtrack to ‘Saturday Night Fever’ that was recently certified 15 times platinum. 1975 turned out to be their most successful year chart wise with their biggest US hit, ‘It Only Takes a Minute’ - later successfully covered by Take That and sampled by Jennifer Lopez. This was followed by a string of hits including ‘Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel’, ‘Don’t Take Away The Music’, ‘Whodunnit’, ‘More Than A Woman’, ‘One Step Away’, ‘The Ghost Of Love’ and ‘The Mighty Power Of Love’. They were inducted into the RI Music Hall of Fame in 2014. Earlier this year they performed on the CBS Television Special “Stayin’ Alive” - a musical salute to The Bee Gee’s where they performed a duet with R&B star Jason Derulo on ‘More Than a Woman’.

Rose Royce

The LA group Rose Royce had a massive hit with ‘Car Wash’ which was on the album soundtrack of the 1976 movie of the same name that starred Richard Pryor and George Carlin. The 2 million selling soundtrack gave them a two further hits ‘I Wanna Get Next To You’ and ‘I’m Going Down’. The follow up album 1977’s ‘In Full Bloom’ featured the hits ‘Wishing On A Star’, ‘Do Your Dance’ and ‘Ooh Boy’, going platinum. Their third album ‘Rose Royce Strikes Back’ (1978) featured the killer ballads ‘I’m In Love (and I Love the Feeling)’ and ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’. Their greatest hits album reached the No.1 spot on two separate occasions in 1980 spending 34 weeks on the chart. Many major stars have covered their hits including Mary J Blige & Madonna who did a heart-wrenching version of ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’.

Boney M

Boney M


Everyone knows the name and everyone knows at least one of their songs. The group had massive worldwide hits with songs such as ‘Daddy Cool’, ‘Sunny’, ‘Ma Baker’, ‘Rasputin’, ‘Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday’, ‘Belfast’ and ‘Painter Man’. Audiences worldwide have been thrilled by the energetic visual performances of all their well-loved songs. ‘Rivers of Babylon’/’Brown Girl In The Ring’ reached No. 1 for 5 weeks and stayed in the charts for an astounding 40 weeks. It is the 7th biggest selling single of all time in the UK, selling over 2 million copies. The band also had the Christmas No.1 that year with ‘Mary’s Boy Child’, which is No.10 in the biggest selling singles of all time, selling in excess of 1.8 million copies. They are also the only act to have 2 all time best sellers in the Top 10! This line up features original member Maizie Williams.

The Real Thing

The multi-million selling soul band features their three original vocalists Eddie Amoo, Chris Amoo and Dave Smith who are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut hit single ‘You To Me Are Everything’ this year. The single reached No 1 in the UK. The trio have sold over 3 million singles that also include the hits ‘Can’t Get by Without You’, ‘Whenever You Want My Love’ and ‘Can You Feel The Force’.

Odyssey

Odyssey


One of the most successful soul/disco acts of their era that culminated in the early 1980’s when they topped the UK charts with ‘Use It Up And Wear It Out’. They scored several other Top Ten hits in Britain and throughout the world. From their debut album emerged their first smash single – ‘Native New Yorker’, an international hit late in 1977. After that the hits then came thick and fast - the long running ballad ‘If You’re Looking For A Way Out’, a brilliant re-working of the Lamont Dozier classic ‘Going Back To My Roots’ and ‘Inside Out’ amongst others.

George McCrae

Was a prime mover on the early disco front. Disco kings Harry Casey and Richard Finch of KC & The Sunshine Band both produced and wrote his output with McCrae securing a hit on his first try with "Rock Your Baby," it topped charts in 1974 around the world. Other hits include It’s Been So Long’, ‘I Ain’t Lying’ & ‘I Can't Leave You Alone’.

The tour dates are as follows:

March 2018

Thurs 15th Leeds - First Direct Arena 0844 248 1585 www.firstdirectarena.com 

Fri 16th London - The SSE Arena, Wembley 0844 815 0815 www.ssearena.co.uk  

Sat 17th Birmingham - Genting Arena 0844 33 88222 www.gentingarena.co.uk 

Sun 18th Liverpool - Echo Arena 0844 8000 400 www.echoarena.com  

JD & The Straight Shot Release Good Luck and Good Night

JD & The Straight Shot


Americana band JD & The Straight Shot will release their vibrant sixth studio album Good Luck And Good Night on September 15th. The band comprises of vocalist/guitarist Jim Dolan, guitarist Marc Copely (B.B. King, Rosanne Cash), bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton), violinist/fiddler Erin Slaver (Martina McBride, Rod Stewart) and drummer/percussionist Shawn Pelton (Sheryl Crow, Levon Helm, Saturday Night Live band)

Good Luck And Good Night was conceived as an all-acoustic record and was produced and mixed by Copely (Toby Lightman, Owen Danoff, Upright Man) and engineered by Chuck Ainley (Mark Knopfler, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack) at the famous Soundstage Studios in Nashville.

Frontman Dolan says, "We pushed ourselves harder than ever before on this album and are so proud of the new music." Influenced by artists like The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and The Beatles along with traditional Irish folk music and classical music, Good Luck And Good Night delivers a huge sound steeped in the quiet fire of American roots music and the swagger of rock n roll.

The sparkling title track featuring a child chorus crescendo, is a thoughtful commentary on the divisive state of news reporting today, and scorching lead single, "Run For Me" showcases unbridled energy, galloping rhythms and expansive sonic layers. "Moonlight" entrances with soaring melodies, while the banjo-and-fiddle-driven burner "Ballad Of Jacob Marley" re-tells the tale of Charles Dickens A Christmas Story about greed and the ability to change.

The beauty of Maya Angelou's words shines in the contemplative "Never Alone" based on her poem "Alone" the gospel-infused, foot-stomping "Redemption Train" sings of salvation, the melancholy, moving "Tonight" touches on the terrors of domestic abuse and the graceful ballad "I Know, You Know, I Know" addresses the secret passions of love that cannot be.

JD & The Straight Shot 'Good Luck And Good Night'

Good Luck And Good Night also boasts two memorable covers including a rousing rendition of the Three Dog Night classic "Shambala" chock full of vocal harmonies, and, in homage to friend Glenn Frey, a sweepingly stunning cover of the Eagles " It's Your World Now."

The band will be touring extensively in support of Good Luck And Good Night. The band has previously hit the road with luminaries such as the Eagles, Keith Urban, Don Henley, Dixie Chicks, Jewel, Joe Walsh, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and more. Catch them on the UK tour dates below.

JD & The Straight Shot UK Dates:

25th Oct - York Barbican (with Doobie Brothers)
30th Oct - London, Borderline (headline)
2nd Nov - Dublin, Whelans
3rd Nov - Glasgow, Academy (with Doobie Brothers)
4th Nov - Manchester, O2 Apollo (with Doobie Brothers)

Find out more at www.jdandthestraightshot.com

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   Sixtyplusurfers Competition

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   'On Stage' on CD

Win Paul Potts 'On Stage' on CD


Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Right Track Records to offer three lucky readers the chance to win 'On Stage', the new album by Paul Potts.

A decade after winning the first ever Britain’s Got Talent, UK tenor, Paul Potts, announces the release of his most ambitious album to date. It’s ten years since Paul Potts became the first ever winner of Britain’s Got Talent in front of a record breaking 12 million viewers, with his jaw dropping version of Nessun Dorma. Now, one of the UK’s most popular tenors celebrates the past decade with the release of his most ambitious album to date, ‘On Stage’ on 13th October (which happens to be Paul’s birthday).

Paul Potts

‘On Stage’, Paul’s fifth studio album, is a collection of songs that have either inspired or been performed by Paul in leading roles - from Broadway to the West End - during his extraordinary career. To mark the 10-year anniversary of Paul’s performance on Britain’s Got Talent, the opera superstar includes a new rendition of Nessun Dorma as the final track on his new album. Plus, with his current brand partnership with Pot Noodle notching up close to half a million views in less than week, Paul Potts is proving that he’s still as popular as ever.

Britain’s Got Talent transformed the mobile salesman from Bristol into one of the UK’s best loved fairy-tales; with his BGT audition of ‘Nessun Dorma’ remaining one of the most-watched videos in YouTube history. His debut, multi-platinum album ‘One Chance’ reached No1 in 15 countries and he’s been invited to perform for Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Performance on two occasions.

Paul Potts


Paul’s best-selling autobiography followed a Hollywood film about Paul starring James Corden, and he’s released 4 studio albums and a Greatest Hits anthology, collectively amassing over 4 million sales. Over the last decade, Paul has received standing ovations at an astonishing 879 performances across 44 countries in 291 towns.

Now Paul Potts celebrates a sparkling decade at the top with the release of his most ambitious album to date. ‘On Stage’ is an epic album majestically interpreting 15 songs from musicals which have either inspired or been performed personally by Paul. It includes Impossible Dream from The Man of La Mancha, Till I Hear You Sing (which Paul says is “from the underrated sequel to Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, which has great passion and power”), Bring Him Home from Les Misérables, and a vulnerable rendition of Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music, which Paul admits is one of his personal favourites.

Paul Potts

“I love the simplistic beauty and sadness of that song,” says Paul. “It shows that passion doesn’t necessarily need a high octane, high pitch note for it to be touching. There is something in the understated in Sondheim’s music here that really strikes a chord with audiences all over the world.”

Paul’s enduring passion for music sees him still sharing his incredible gift with fans in every continent, from performing at Sydney Opera House, having his own headline show at The Royal Albert Hall, and performing in front of more than a million people at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.


Paul’s continuing success is an inspiration to generations of fans across the globe, and he says, “I will always appreciate the gift that people have given me through their support over the last ten years. I feel honoured and grateful to have this time doing what I feel I was born to do. Here’s hoping I’m still doing what I love in another ten years!’”

The new album ‘On Stage’ is released on Right Track Records on 13th October.

'On Stage' Track List

1. Impossible Dream (The Man of La Mancha)
2. Stranger in Paradise (Kismet)
3. Bring Him Home (Les Misérables)
4. If I loved You (Carousel)
5. Send in the Clowns (A Little Night Music)
6. Love Changes Everything (Aspects of Love)
7. ’Til I Hear You Sing (Love Never Dies)
8. Mit Gewitter und Sturm (Flying Dutchman)
9. Recondita Armonia (Tosca)
10. E Lucevan le Stelle (Tosca)
11. Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific)
12. Tonight (Duet, West Side Story)
13. Somewhere (West Side Story)
14. If Ever I would Leave You (Camelot)
15. Nessun Dorma (Turandot)

For more information visit Paul Potts' website at: www.paulpottsofficial.com

Also https://twitter.com/paulpottsmusic

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Mariah Carey Christmas Tour 


Mariah Carey


London’s The O2 and the Manchester Arena will shine even brigher this yuletide with the arrival of global superstar, Mariah Carey’s critically acclaimed All I Want For Christmas Is You tour. After dazzling audiences in New York and set for a Las Vegas residency, the U.K. will see the only performance of the All I Want For Christmas Is You tour on the continent becoming a European exclusive.

*Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold to date and eighteen U.S. Billboard Hot 100  Number 1 singles, more than any solo artist in history. The superstar is synonymous with Christmas thanks to her Number 1 timeless classic, "All I Want For Christmas Is You." The evergreen holiday smash hit, which she wrote and produced early in her career, is the annual bestselling holiday single, hitting Number 1 on Billboard's Holiday Digital Songs, Holiday Hot 100 and Holiday Streaming Songs charts.

*Mariah's holiday opus, "Merry Christmas" is the perennial bestselling global holiday album, having sold over 14 million copies worldwide to date. And now, for the first time ever, she will be bringing her adored Christmas show to the UK.

About Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey is a music icon, a soul legend, a pop phenomenon, a breathtaking live artist and planet Earth's best-selling female artist of all time. She has sold over 220 million records and 17 of her 18 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles have been self-penned, including 'Fantasy', 'Always Be My Baby', 'Hero', 'Touch My Body', 'One Sweet Day', and 'We Belong Together', more than any other solo artist.

With her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent, Mariah has defined the modern pop artist. As a singer, songwriter and producer, amongst her countless awards, she has been recognised with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard's "Artist of the Decade" Award, the World Music Award for "World's Best Selling Female Artist Of The Millennium," and BMI's "Icon Award" for her outstanding achievements in songwriting.

She has topped the charts globally and has played to packed audiences in stadiums and arenas around the world. Her combination of stellar talents has inspired her dedicated fans in almost every country and set new standards for excellence in the music industry.

Tour Dates

Sunday 10th December Manchester Manchester Arena
Monday 11th December London The O2

Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You tickets are on sale from www.livenation.co.uk
 

Squeeze Release
The Knowledge


Squeeze


Two years on from the critically acclaimed Top 20 success of ‘Cradle To The Grave’ (the band’s first set of new songs this century), ‘The Knowledge’ offers up another dozen examples of high quality Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook song craft, and is the perfect curtain-raiser for a massive UK tour.

‘Innocence In Paradise’, with its pedal steel and cinematic atmosphere evoking images of the mythical western, is the first single from Squeeze’s new album ‘The Knowledge’ (released on October 13th). Both reassuringly familiar and intriguingly different the single is a fine example of the partnership between Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook.

Chris Difford

“I’m so proud of this song, its flowing different and yet familiar. I don’t think we have reached this kind of musical bonding in a very long time,” says Chris Difford.

Very much part of the fabric of South London, their hometown heritage, such an integral part of the group’s DNA since seventies hits like ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Cool For Cats’ and ‘Slap And Tickle’, flows through the album as resolutely as the mighty majestic Thames. Greenwich’s own Maryon Wilson Park is name-checked in the chorus of the softly shuffling ‘Patchouli’, while ‘Every Story’ is a heartfelt poem to the people and places that shaped their upbringing. “You can do much worse than being here,” sings Glenn with masterful understatement.

Glenn Tilbrook

A more sombre note of austerity echoes across ‘Rough Ride’, lamenting the struggles faced living in the capital, its ultimately hopeful message enriched by guest performers also from South London, namely the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir and the Thorntree School Choir. There’s also a powerful tribute to the National Health Service in ‘A&E’, essentially a protest song railing against underfunding and low public sector wages.

Elsewhere, Glenn (vocals, electric guitar) and Chris (vocals, acoustic guitar) address all manner of issues, from schoolboy footballers abused by predatory coaches (‘Final Score’) to veteran obsessive record collectors (‘Albatross’), from erectile dysfunction (‘Please Be Upstanding’) to their own lengthy – and not always harmonious – relationship (the jaunty pop ska closer ‘Two Forks’).

Speaking about the record Glenn Tilbrook says, “It is such a pleasure to say that in 2017 we have delivered our best ever record.” Chris recently observed “playing back the album I can feel the love we still have as songwriters, and for each other. It’s been some journey, and I hope it goes on for many years to come.”

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook

Produced by Tilbrook, Andrew Jones and Laurie Latham, ‘The Knowledge’ was recorded at 45 RPM Studios in Charlton, and finds Glenn and Chris once again in the company of drummer Simon Hanson and keyboard wizard Stephen Large, plus a couple of new faces; Yolanda Charles on bass and Steve Smith on percussion.

Yolanda, tells us “I’m so excited to be invited to play with Squeeze. The guys were a pleasure to record the new album with and I know playing the live shows will be a fantastic experience.”

Steve, has previously supported Glenn on tour and has a deep personal connection with the band’s music, saying “I don't know how many musicians get the chance of a lifetime to join the very first band that they ever went to see in concert.”

‘The Knowledge’ Track Listing

‘The Knowledge’ by Squeeze

1. Innocence In Paradise
2. Patchouli
3. A&E
4. Every Story
5. A Rough Ride
6. Departure Lounge
7. Final Score
8. Please Be Upstanding
9. The Ones
10. Albatross
11. Elmers End
12. Two Forks

After their resurgence in 2015 with UK Top 20 and critically acclaimed album Cradle To The Grave, the first Squeeze album of new songs since 1998, Squeeze went on to play the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 2016, solidifying themselves as one of the UK’s best live acts. The Guardian said their performance “[went] down a storm… Squeeze’s success is a pretty infectious thing” and Acoustic magazine concluded that “they don’t have the bombastic hype of headliners Coldplay, but they have the songcraft and lyrical majesty to leave the headliners in the dust which they duly did.”

Squeeze first formed in 1973, shortly after Chris and Glenn had begun their songwriting partnership, brought together by an ad in a sweetshop window. By 1977 they had made their recording debut and enjoyed a string of hits which lasted until 1982, the maturity of their songs outliving their initial burst of chart activity on the back of New Wave. Over the years there have been solo careers and occasional separations, but the Ivor Novello Award-winning duo reunited ten years ago to relaunch Squeeze and have been touring, writing and recording together since.

Squeeze 2017 Tour Dates:

Squeeze


Thursday 5th October – Rhyl Pavilion
Friday 6th October – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Saturday 7th October – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Monday 9th October – Milton Keynes Theatre
Tuesday 10th October – St David’s Hall, Cardiff
Thursday 12th October – Brighton Dome
Friday 13th October – Colston Hall, Bristol
Saturday 14th October – De Montford Hall, Leicester
Monday 16th October – Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth
Tuesday 17th October – G Live, Guildford
Thursday 19th October – Regent Theatre, Ipswich
Friday 20th October – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Saturday 21st October – London Indigo 2
Monday 23rd October – Hexagon Theatre, Reading
Tuesday 24th October – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Thursday 26th October – Sheffield City Hall
Friday 27th October – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Saturday 28th October – IC, Harrogate
Monday 30th October – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Tuesday 31st October – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Tuesday 2nd November – Sage 1, Gateshead
Friday 3rd November – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Saturday 4th November – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Monday 6th November – Royal Albert Hall, London

The Knowledge is released on October 13th. Album. Pre-order the album HERE
 

Sébastien Izambard from Il Divo releases We Came Here to Love


Sébastien Izambard

Sébastien Izambard, one quarter of the massive classical crossover group Il Divo -- will release a new solo album, We Came Here To Love, November 3rd (Entertainment One Music). The album’s first single will be the title track “We Came Here To Love”.

The album is a natural step forward for the self-taught French singer/guitarist/pianist, who also produced the record. “Being a part of Il Divo has afforded me a great opportunity to tour the world and get exposed to all different kinds of music,” says Séb Izambard, a tenor.

“This album is far from what anybody would expect from me. I wanted to show a side of me that has nothing to do with Il Divo. I was a pop artist before, and it’s something I wanted to do and haven’t done in 20 years and now it’s the right time in my life for it. I wrote many of the songs and I’m so excited to put it out there for people to hear.” The album features 11 original songs written or co-written by Séb and showcases his eclectic influences from The Weeknd and Coldplay to James Blake and Adele, from pop and dance to the classical crossover that he’s known for.

The album’s first single is a haunting and explosive vocal tour de force, making it a natural introduction to the new record. “I believe that everything happens for a reason and We Came Here To Love came into my life at the perfect time, as anything in God’s will. We all deserve to be loved from the moment we open our eyes in to the world (birth), to the moment we return to dust (death). Love is what we all thrive for, we could live with little food but not without love. My children never asked to come in to this world and feel unloved, unseen or uncared for. I want this song to help others find a ray of hope, the same way it did for me when I first heard it on my way to recover from my past life,” says Séb of the album’s first single.

Check out the announcement video at youtu.be/67GJZ5SeGK0