Rock Biz

The Indie News Beat for the week of October 11, 2006


October 11, 2006 Edition

* Debbie Hennessey Receives ASCAPlus Award; Added To MS Music Fest

* British RnB Star-In-The-Making ‘Yomi’ Unleashes His Superb Debut Album!

* Chicago Country Artist Competes For Fame & Fortune

* Independence In Heavy Rotation At CIUT-FM In September

* Organic Entertainment Empowers Creative Independents

* Prohibition Entertainment Releases New Traedonya Single Via Airplay Direct

* Kicksta Music Group Release Nova Scotia Hip-Hop And R&B Sound

* Jodi Jett To Perform At Listen Liberally Showcase In NYC On October 17th

Debbie Hennessey Receives ASCAPlus Award; Added To MS Music Fest

Debbie Hennessey‘s new CD Good As Gone continues to receive impressive recognition. Hennessey was just honored by ASCAP with her first ASCAPlus Award for songwriting and live performances. This award is given annually to promising songwriters.

In addition, the song Love Might Change Your Mind, which Hennessey co-wrote with Sunny Hilden and John DePatie, will be included on the Multiple Sclerosis Music Fest 2006 CD­Singer/Songwriter & Country Rock/Acoustic edition. The MS Music Fest is the brainchild of rocker Jeff Cerzosie whose father has Multiple Sclerosis. Cerzosie and his Crooked Halo Productions, along with their primary sponsor The Montel Williams MS Foundation, will once again be putting on a series of concerts and producing three different compilation CDs covering several styles of music, all to benefit MS charities. For more information visit

Good As Gone is the follow-up to Hennessey’s award winning first CD Rustic Heart. So far Hennessey’s new CD has received honors from ASCAP, Billboard, The Women’s Image Network and SingersUniverse. Good As Gone includes songs written by Hennessey/Hilden/DePatie, Mark Luna, Richard Wold, Matraca Berg, Kim Richey, Terry Burns and others and features Hennessey’s distinctive and emotional vocals.

Reviewers have taken notice as well saying:

"Hennessey’s bold, husky delivery puts its imprint on her material, whose catchy hooks and spot-on arrangements show she knows her stuff and is surrounded by pro-caliber talent. Hennessey is a skilled artist whose polished work commands respect." – Music Connection

"Good As Gone is rock solid country-pop…undeniably hooky…(Hennessey’s) collection of Nashville-ready tunes serves as a wake-up call to radio programmers everywhere." – Buddy Hollywood

"Good as Gone" is another outstanding release. Once again (Hennessey) brings us great, soulful country/pop music that puts a smile on our face and make our ears go "ahhhh". – GoGirlsMusic


British RnB Star-In-The-Making ‘Yomi’ Unleashes His Superb Debut Album!

Currently burning a hole in Bristol (UK) dancefloors, top new RnB vocal talent YOMI is intent on setting fires across the world with the release of his debut longplayer ‘Get To Know Me’ on November 13th.

Effortlessly blending street level sounds with more mainstream flavours, ‘Get To Know Me’ is an authentically British RnB joint, but one which pays its dues to the Stateside mother lode. From the fiery club bootyshaker ‘Fantasy’ – which will be the first single off the album – through the slow-jam ‘Girlfriend Boyfriend’ (featuring Marley-Dee), to the sly cover of the Fine Young Cannibals’ pop-soul classic ‘She Drives Me Crazy’, the album brings together all manner of influences, from hip hop and reggaeton to two-step and soul. The one constant is Yomi’s distinctive voice.

London-born Yomi came to music early in life, MCing with reggae sound system Genius when he was just 11 years old. At age 13 he had moved on to singing, and began developing the silky smooth, soulful voice which drips all over ‘Get To Know Me’ like honey. By 15 he was a veteran of studio work, garnering experience as a session singer whilst also writing his own material, and by 20 he was performing live at venues in London, to the approval of both critics and audiences.

It was at this point that Yomi relocated to Bristol in South West England ­ a place famous for being home to top talent like Roni Size, Massive Attack and Portishead ­ to team up with BlackStory Records and producer Mixmaster M. Together they honed Yomi’s talent, writing and producing original material whilst live gigs supporting acts such as Dru Hill and So Solid helped to sharpen Yomi’s performance axe.

Now at 24 he is ready to step up to the plate with his solo album: a body of work which reflects his maturity and underlines the lessons he has learned in life ­ including lessons from his own troubled youth. For Yomi ­ who cites the likes of Craig David, Bob Marley, LL Cool J, Lionel Ritchie, Ms Dynamite and Sanchez as amongst his diverse influences ­ music has helped draw him away from a darker path, and now he wants to share his gift with as many people as possible. It’s time to GET TO KNOW YOMI.


Chicago Country Artist Competes For Fame & Fortune

After a tough round of competition, Cary’s J Juliano with Des Plaines’ Adrienne Grove walked away from the 25th Annual Colgate Country Showdown Illinois State Final with the state title and $1,000 in prize money. The Arcada Theater in St. Charles showcased eleven acts ­ who had won a local contest sponsored by radio stations throughout Illinois ­ enabling each to perform at the state level competition of America’s largest country music talent search.

WUSN of Chicago, Illinois sponsored the local competition where J Juliano with Adrienne Grove won prior to Sunday’s state level triumph. As an award-winning songwriter/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist, Juliano began guitar at just 5 years old. In 1998 he opened for Toby Keith in Chicago and realized his love of the Windy City. He began performing throughout the Southeast and Midwest, sharing the stage with Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Diamond Rio and Sawyer Brown, to name a few. When Juliano and his wife learned they were expecting their first child, he began "Little Nashville" ­ country music for kids that teaches important lessons and values with a bit of rock at the same time.

"Little Nashville" went from the studio to the road, bringing Adrienne Grove into the mix. The singer/actress began belting out The Star-Spangled Banner also at a young age ­ 3. The Southwestern University graduate received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, and plays the guitar, flute and piano. She has performed with Starlight Theater, Park Ridge Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Savoy-aires and several others. Since joining forces in "Little Nashville," Grove and Juliano have performed in front of thousands together. They have opened for Josh Gracin and have been honored with the title of Best Children’s Act of 2006 by the On the Waterfront Festival in Rockford. In Sunday’s competition, they rocked the crowd with Charlie Daniels’ The Devil Went Down to Georgia and an original piece ­ Dry County.

J Juliano with Adrienne Grove will compete in the Midwest Regional at the Royal River Casino in Flandreau, South Dakota on October 28th to determine if they will advance to the National Final. The five regional winners from across the country will receive an all expense-paid trip to the National Final to compete for $100,000 and the coveted national title of Best New Act in Country Music. The National Final will be televised nationally in March and April 2007.


Independence In Heavy Rotation At CIUT-FM In September

Toronto-based calypso act Kobo Town’s debut album Independence
continues to garner heavy rotation at CIUT-FM in their hometown. It
has been charting in their Top Ten for over a month.  Independence
will be released to North American retail and online outlets on
November 14, 2006.

Kobo Town has thus far made the following radio appearances:

* Metro Morning (CBC 99.1)

* Big City, Small World (CBC 99.1)

* Liming in de African Diaspora (CKLN 88.1)

* Island Breeze, Global Rhythms (CIUT 89.5)

* Caribbean Connection (CHIN 100.7)

* Smooth Jazzy Grooves (CHRY 105.5)

Drawing heavily upon the sounds of traditional calypso, roots reggae and dub poetry, the album is a collection of stories which offer a running commentary on a wide variety of social and political themes including domestic violence, homelessness, globalization, the war on Iraq, and the various frustrations and betrayals of the post-colonial era.

Named after an historic community in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where calypso was born, Kobo Town strives to recover the social conscience, satirical storytelling and strong acoustic/organic rhythms that characterized Trinidadian music in the past. But while the group’s singer-songwriter Drew Gonsalves expresses a wish to "celebrate the musical and artistic traditions formed over the long years of our turbulent history", the tales that fill the album could be told anywhere.


Organic Entertainment Empowers Creative Independents

Manhattan-based indie promotions and PR firm, Organic Entertainment began in 2005 after Margo Drgos partnered with friend and colleague Paul Anthony. Both spent several years developing and launching corporate communications programs for start-ups and established brands within the music, media, online retail and technologies industries. It was their passion for music, particularly within the independent scene, that had them acknowledge an emerging market not yet met in a morphing and shifting music industry.

"It’s no secret that the majors are losing their market share rapidly, and while they will still be the major players that they are, there’s another group of small to mid-size companies emerging that are vying for the same customers," comments President and Founder, Margo Drgos. "Some of them are started by laid-off major label execs and some by dropped major label artists, sometimes even a pairing of the two. Then there are hosts of great new DIY talent emerging, all of which can now effectively compete in the same marketplace."

Organic Entertainment empowers such clients to define and effectively communicate their brand messages through creative, homegrown and consistently authentic means. The company reaches mainstream and non-conventional media via public relations and radio campaigns, along with Internet marketing and branding strategies. The company offers these services exclusively within the global independent music community.

"A lot of small and mid-size labels lack an experienced in-house promotions staff," continues Ms. Drgos. "We are that staff! We design campaigns specific to the needs and budgets of small and start-up companies."

Some of Organic’s clients include Chicago-based Delphine Records, NYC-based alt-country crooner Jodi Jett, indie wunderkids, The Majestic Twelve and Toronto-based roots-calypso outfit Kobo Town, who will be releasing their debut album, Independence in November off of the MusicDish label.

"It’s also no secret that the online culture phenomenon and everything that it entails, be it retail and digital downloading or social network sites like Myspace, have allowed artists to gain more independence and leverage than ever before," she continues. "New business models are emerging, most of which are not based on retail sales. Recent sales from The Majestic Twelve’s sophomore album, Schizophrenology give confirmation to this notion."


Prohibition Entertainment Releases New Traedonya Single Via Airplay Direct

Prohibition Entertainment a NYC based boutique independent record label and AirPlay Direct have formed a marketing alliance in regards to R&B /crossover vocalist TRAEDONYA. Her single "BELOVED" will be delivered to radio stations worldwide via This will allow Prohibition to save a substantial amount of money by not having to send out hard copy promotional packages to radio stations.

"Radio servicing (just packages, not promotion) is a punitive cost to most independent labels and artists. Servicing can run into thousands of dollars and you have returns which will also increase costs" says A.K Smith-Ford, Founder of Prohibition. AirPlay Direct’s FREE services will allow us to put the money saved into other key areas… marketing and promotion.

"TRAEDONYA is a Featured Artist on AirPlay Direct and radio programmers and music industry executives are able to check out TRAEDONYA at

"AirPlay Direct’s approach will continue the revolution and evolution of the music industry in the digital arena. Radio is an ‘achilles heel’ to most independent labels and artists because we can’t compete for ‘Clear Channel’ against the big 4 labels. AirPlay Direct has helped to level the playing field." said A.K.


Kicksta Music Group Release Nova Scotia Hip-Hop And R&B Sound On Compilation Album And Single

The Hip-Hop and R&B talent of east coast Canada finally gets the recognition it deserves with "Scotia Mix Vol. 1", the new compilation album from the Kicksta Music Group.

Featuring the best artists from Nova Scotia – and a guest contribution from Louisiana’s Big Brotha ­ the project aims to give an outlet for these as-of-yet under exposed artists.

A unique combination, "Scotia Mix Vol. 1" combines artists new to the game with more seasoned professionals, connected by their love of music. One such seasoned maestro is singer/songwriter/producer Jamie Sparks, who began his professional career in 1990 and whose track "Gonna Get Down" is the first single from the album.

A video has also been filmed, featuring the track "ScoTown Stomp" by Papa Grand. The video was filmed in Halifax and produced by Triton Films from Vancouver.


Jodi Jett To Perform At Listen Liberally Showcase In NYC On October 17th

NYC- based alt country rocker Jodi Jett will perform at the October Listen Liberally showcase hosted by Organic Entertainment and MusicDish Network. Supported by the NYC chapter of Drinking Liberally, the event will take place at Club Midway (formerly Scenic, 25 Ave. B, NYC) on October 17th at 7 PM. Kristin DeHaan will share the stage. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP for the event, please visit:

Jodi Jett makes the kind of rock music that kicks about with desperation in its blood. It’s the sort of thing a blues man double her age and experience might reach. That’s the very reason five-time Grammy-winning Engineer/Producer Elliot Scheiner (Beck, Fleetwood Mac, Flaming Lips) was blown away when he heard her music and declared her the "female Lou Reed." Jett recently concluded a small tour of the Midwest in support of her debut album, Revelations. The tour capped off with a performance at the Midpoint Music Festival in Cincinnati, OH.

Revelations was co-produced by Jodi and Phil Palazzolo (New Pornographers, Gordon Gano of Violent Femmes, Radio4). Revelations is available for purchase online and in select retail stores. For more information please visit or visit Jodi on Myspace at


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