“At Last” Georgette Fry Sings Etta James and She’s SENSATIONAL!!

Georgette Fry & Shout Sister Choir

Photo from Picton Regent Theatre performance

“At Last”

Georgette Fry Sings Etta James

Brockville Arts Centre
June 22, 2013 – Showtime 7:30 pm

Market Hall, Peterborough
June 29, 2013 – Showtime 8:00 pm


Juno nominated
Georgette Fry has been described as a “powerful and expressive singer.”   She returns to the stage with a Tribute to Etta James, accompanied by an eight-piece band, three accomplished vocalists (Tabby Johnson, Mariko Ohtake and Anna Sudac), and the Shout Sister! Choir providing the gospel backups! 

Georgette’s concerts highlight the ease with which she bridges the gap between jazz and blues.  Sandy MacDonald, Halifax Daily News writes, “With her luscious singing voice, she explores the soulful grey area between blues and jazz, where artists like Etta James and Ray Charles and Bonnie Raitt have staked their careers.”  Long recognized as one Canada’s best blues vocalists, Georgette was most recently named “2013 Singer of the Year” by the Calgary Blues Music Association.

Etta James’ career spanned six decades, during which she had several top ten hits, a dozen nominations and three Grammy Awards and a Grammy “Lifetime Achievement” Award; in 2008, her first hit, “The Wallflower” (aka “Dance With Me Henry”) was also given the Grammy Hall of Fame Award.  Etta James passed away in January of 2012, leaving a lasting legacy.

Tickets for the Brockville show are $29.00 and are available at the Box Office at 613-342-7122.

Tickets for the Peterborough show are $33.00 and are available at the Box Office at 705-749-1146 or Moondance Records at 705-742-9425 (cash only).

For interviews contact: Nancy Greig, Manager – 613-453-6570

 njgreig@absolutelymusic.on.ca

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I saw Georgette Fry’s tribute to Etta James at the The Grand Theatre in Kingston on Thursday, June 20th and it was, without a doubt, the best show I’ve seen this year! Georgette was SENSATIONAL and she received two standing ovations! This is definitely a MUST SEE show. I was almost moved to tears during several songs as Georgette has put so much heart, soul and BLUES into her show. It blew me away. This show isn’t just for Etta James fans (of which I am) but for anyone who wants to witness a spectacular night of blues, R&B, jazz, soul and gospel music. Georgette’s back-up singers Tabby Johnson and Anna Sudac were excellent too. The whole show should really be filmed and made available on DVD, it’s that good!

Grammy Winning “Who Let The Dogs Out” Songwriter Leaves Canines Behind

Anslem DouglasFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Soca Soul Man Anslem Douglas Unleashes New Music At @ NXNE June 15th

WHO: Anslem Douglas
WHAT: Showcasing latest CD PROJECT A.D. at NXNE
WHERE: Crawford Bar718 College St. Toronto, ON / 416-530-1633
WHEN: Saturday, June 15 @11:00 pm
TICKETS: For full info please visit http://nxne.com/tickets
WEBSITES: www.anslemmusic.com  /www.crawfordbar.com
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/AnslemDouglas

TORONTO – TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013 – Grammy Award-winning artist for the internationally acclaimed hit, “Who Let The Dogs Out” is unleashing his latest musical gems from his CD Project A.D. Trinidadian/Canadian singer-songwriter ANSLEM DOUGLAS will showcase his more soulful and funky soca self at this year’s NXNE on Saturday, June 15, with an 11:00 pm set at Crawford Bar on College St.  For more information please visit www.anslemmusic.com     

Who hasn’t heard of the 2000 massive internationally acclaimed hit and Grammy Award-winning single “Who Let The Dogs Out”? Sure it was made famous by the Baha Men, (an English band that utilized a popular style of Bahamian music called Junkanoo), but did you know it was written and recorded two years before, in the very exciting and traditional soca style by Toronto-based singer-songwriter Anslem Douglas? It was originally called “Doggie” and here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O27fagObxaM to that first recording which was a huge hit in the Caribbean initially and which is very different from the version that most of us know. The covered version was a chart success in many countries, and also became a popular song at U.S. sporting events and featured in the 2009 hit comedy The Hangover.

Music has always been at the core of this Trinidad-born Canadian, and the accolades that Anslem Douglas has received prove that he has made an indelible mark on the musical world stage. But his taste of the spotlight had come much earlier in his career where at 16 he cut his teeth singing in his local Pentecostal church as well as a group that formed from there called Exodus. He served and performed for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Band where he honed his skills further and began to incorporate his many diverse influences such as Soca greats Blakie and Lord Kitchener and international R&B superstars like Peabo Bryson and James Ingram.

It did not take Anslem very long to establish himself and be recognized as a true artist of exceptional talent. He performed with some of the biggest bands out of Trinidad like Fire Flight (with whom he recorded his first song in 1988) and Atlantik. During this time he delivered some other mega hits like “Ragga Poom Poom” and “Good Music To Dance.” Anslem has musically delved into the entire gamut of human experiences from “Friend” on the Soul Island album and “Ooh Ahh”, the smooth jazz hit produced by Eddie Bullen and written by Anslem on the same record, to the social outrage of “Abuse” featured on his Sir Anslem Douglas album released in 2000.

Fast forward to 2013. Anslem Douglas is set to “bring it” with new music to Anslem Douglasnew audiences at NXNE and more dates currently in the works for this summer. With the aim of keeping his music relevant and the desire to challenge himself, he has recorded a ten-track neo soul/pop album entitled PROJECT A.D. with most of the songs written by himself and produced by Eddie Bullen with his son Quincy Bullen. Released in the spring of 2012, it has been on heavy rotation in the U.S. and offers much more than just the traditional style soca.

This hip, upbeat album winds its way around energetic dance mix riffs and mellow grooves. The unique, husky yet sultry sound of Anslem’s vocals fit like a glove, especially on some of his more sizzling x-rated tunes like “The Sex You Give To Me,” I Ain’t Gettin’ None,” and the funkadelic and very danceable “Slap-It.” Arrangements and production is slick yet raw at the same time as evidenced in the beat-driven, house-styled tracks “Love Making” and “Forever” (where his voice sounds very reminiscent of early Seal recordings). The more psychedelic-inspired “Tony Needs a Daddy” and the soul-baring “Mrs. Brady” shows off the softer melody and lyrics from Anslem’s arsenal.

Anslem’s other contributions for 2013 include the single, “Do You Think He Will Understand”, a power Soca called “Bacchanal”, a neo-Calypso single, “Dancing With You”, and a piece written specifically for women “When You Wine.” Project A.D. and the singles are all now available on iTunes and CD Baby.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

June 15 @ 11:00 pm – Crawford Bar – 718 College St. Toronto, ON / 416-530-1633

More dates soon to be announced!

For more information, photos, mp3s,  advanced CD copies, interviews, please contact:

Beverly Kreller
SPEAK Music
www.speak-music.com
bev@speak-music.com
416.922.3620
Twitter: @SPEAKMusicPR
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beverly.kreller

Introducing Sax Man, Rick Flanagan!


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I am very happy to welcome my latest client, Rick Flanagan to Scully Love Promo and would like to tell you about this very talented musician!

Rick Flanagan is a sax player well known throughout Ontario, Canada, who has relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. Over the last 30 years he has played in popular bands that have toured both Canada and the USA. Additionally, he has toured Bosnia and Croatia, performing for Canadian peacekeepers and in 2006 he performed in Italy with a collection of fine Memphis musicians including Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns. Rick is currently playing with Malaco recording artist, soul singer Marvin Sease.

Although most of his work has been in Pop and R’n’B, some of his best work has been in the Blues, particularly with Blue Monday, a popular blues band in Eastern Ontario with 2 CDs to their credit. Rick was the executive producer of both CDs. Whether playing Tenor or Alto, or both simultaneously, Rick’s no nonsense approach to soloing delivers what the audiences want to hear.

QUOTES ABOUT RICK

“I was pleased to play with a Canadian sax player with so much soul.” 2006 Wayne Jackson, The Memphis Horns.

“This is a guy who knows his way around the instrument and can hold his own with the best of them.” Dan Aykroyd 1996

“You can call me anytime to play on your CD son. I like the way you play the horn.” 2003 Bryan Lee

“You’re a very talented player.” 2002 Otis Grand, UK Blues Guitarist of the Year (1990 – 1996); Nominee for the prestigious W.C. Handy Blues Award

“I’ve seen dozens of cats try it but you’re the first player I’ve seen who can actually play 2 saxes at once and make it work. Very musical indeed!” 2001 Sax Gordon Beadle, Rounder Recording Artist, Duke Robillard’s sax player, Roomfull of Blues Horn Section, and Colin James.

“When I first heard you I thought you were Sax Gordon Beadle. When I saw it was you and not him I was shocked and I had to meet you. Who are you and why are you in this small town? This guy kicked my ass!” 1999 John Hammond

“Anytime you’re around, you can sit in with me.” 1998 The Late Hock Walsh, Downchild Blues Band, the inspiration for the movie, “The Blues Brothers”.

PEOPLE RICK HAS PLAYED, RECORDED OR SAT-IN WITH

T.G. Sheppard: Country Artist. Over 18 Number 1 hits.

Wayne Jackson and The Memphis Horns: Wayne and The Memphis Horns have played and/or recorded with Aretha Franklin, Sting, Tanya Tucker, Elvis Presley, U2, Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson, Billy Joel, Otis Redding, Stephen Stills, Rod Stewart, The Doobie Brothers, Marty Robbins, Joe Cocker, Jimmy Buffett and Robert Cray, just to name a few. Wayne appears on over 300 gold and platinum records, over a dozen Grammy Awards and an Academy Award.

Dan Aykroyd: Singer, harmonica. Academy Award nominee. Producer/actor/founder of the band and movie titled, “The Blues Brothers”.

Jeff Healey: guitarist. Grammy nominee, performed in the movie “Roadhouse”, international recording star.

Otis Grand: guitarist. UK Blues Guitarist of the Year (1990 – 96) Nominee to the prestigious W.C. Handy Blues Award

Bobby Purify: International recording artist.

Ila Vann
: singer Rick Flanagan was musical director for Ila’s band. She has worked with Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Mathis, Barry Manilow, Perry Como, Sam Cooke, Mahalia Jackson, the Staple Singers, & King Curtis.

Hock Walsh: Singer/founder of Downchild Blues Band and the inspiration for the movie, “The Blues Brothers.”

Bryan Lee: guitarist. Just In Tyme recording artist. The Braille Blues Daddy, a longtime staple of New Orleans’ famed Bourbon Street club circuit.

Jack de Keyzer: guitarist. Winner of Canada’s Juno Musical Award for Best Blues Album, 2003.

Gene Taylor: keyboardist for The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Aynsley Dunbar: drummer. Played with John Mayall, Paul Butterfield, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Donovan, Champion Jack Dupree, Frank Zappa, John Lennon, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Jack Bruce, Steve Winwood, Tony Levin, Journey, Sammy Hagar, Jefferson Starship, Whitesnake, John Lee Hooker, Alvin Lee, Eric Burdon, Spencer Davis.

Deacon Jones: Organ. Played with Curtis Mayfield, Freddie King, John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Elvin Bishop, Eddy Money, Dr. John, Gregg Allman.

Pat Rush: Guitarist. Played with Johnny Winter, Michael Bolton and Jeff Healey.

PEOPLE RICK HAS OPENED FOR

The Doobie Brothers: International recording artists.

Irma Thomas: Grammy Award winner.

John Hammond: Grammy Award winner.

Tracy Nelson: singer. Grammy Award nominee.

Colin James: Guitarist. Canadian Juno Award winner.

RECORDINGS RICK HAS PERFORMED ON

Memphis Nights by Rick Flanagan
Soul Survivors by Soul Survivors
Blue Monday Live by Blue Monday
Blue Monday by Blue Monday
Hurry Home by Michael George
Transparent by Jeanine Noyes
Dedicated To You! by Sam Hopkins & the Knights
Titanic by David Archibald
The Key by Beverley Hitchins

Rick has also appeared on various radio commercials.

For a sample of Rick’s playing check him out on MySpace at www.myspace.com/rickflanagan. Memphis Nights is available at CD Baby.com.