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Katie Garibaldi is Award Recipient of 2012 Songsalive! Songwriter of the Year!

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The Award Recipient has been chosen for the 2012 Songsalive! Songwriter of the Year Award, announced at the recent end of year Holiday Party at The Mint in Los Angeles on December 4th, 2012, to a standing, full house.

The AWARD for 2012 was given to KATIE GARIBALDI, from San Francisco, California.

Katie Garibaldi is a touring singer/songwriter/guitarist from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her latest album, Next Ride Out, produced by Michael Molenda, noted producer, engineer, and editor-in-chief of Guitar Player magazine, has catapulted the songstress’ career into top speed. Katie has been named a Music Connection Magazine Top 100 Live Unsigned Artist and is an endorsed Luna Guitars and Reunion Blues artist. Her new single, “Baby We’re Really In Love,” a tribute to Hank Williams, is now available on iTunes. Check Katie out at her website www.katiegaribaldi.com

This prestigious award is based on the following criteria:

Has hit songs – timely and strong radio friendly songs that are ready for the world’s music markets or has been deemed as world-class.

Can provide a track record of career successes with one’s music but not necessarily commercial success.
Shows exemplary talent and commitment to one’s art of writing songs.

Shows a long standing drive and commitment to one’s own business career.

Exemplary member of Songsalive! who shows commitment to our community and programs over time.

Shown commitment and dedication to the broader songwriting community at large and offers something beyond just oneself.

More details about the Songsalive! Songwriter Of The Year Award at www.songsalive.org/songwriteroftheyearaward.htm

[press release and photo courtesy of Songsalive!, www.songsalive.org]


As good luck would have it, we’ve been in contact with Nashville-based Lisa Hannah. Her new CD  ”Brand New Sun” brings us eight tracks all written or co-written by Lisa. The CD was  produced by Paul Nielsen along with local luminaries Paul Taylor and Chip Martin, who share the guitar and keyboard credits. A stellar lineup of musicians also contributed to the project, including Tony Morra and Derek Mixon (drums), Glen Snow (bass), Mark T. Jordan (keys) and Jon Conley (slide guitar). Here at HorizonVU Music, we really like what Lisa has done on this album – she does have a pop-vibe sound with diversity spanning across the title track, “Brand New Sun” through to the folk-style ‘Home”.

Lisa grew up in a small Tennessee town, just outside of Nashville. She was first exposed to country music and the Grand Ole Opry, but her musical interests quickly expanded to other genres,such as hard rock, pop rock, alternative, progressive, and new wave. “My mother was a rocker! You would never know it by looking at her, as she was a mild mannered, sweet southern lady. She love-love-loved The Beatles, The Doors, Aerosmith, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam. We would go to concerts together and run over each other trying to touch Eddie Vedder!”

Lisa sang in church choirs and college musicals, and eventually she started fronting cover bands. She had always been writing songs, but she didn’t take it seriously. Having a successful career in medical sales, she moved to New Jersey (just outside of New York City) to take a corporate position in marketing. But soon, Lisa longed to be back home. “While I loved the music scene and excitement of Manhattan, I missed the beauty of Tennessee and the music community in Nashville.” Lisa moved back to Nashville after a year-long stint in New Jersey.

Lisa was an only child and had a very close relationship with her mother Donna. “We were like two children growing up together, since we were closer in age than the typical mother-daughter scenario.” It was shortly after Lisa moved back to Tennessee that Donna was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Lisa moved in with her Mom to take care of her. “It was during those months of taking care of my Mom, as I watched her struggle for life, that I realized that each day, each moment,and every breath is precious. She inspired me to take my music more seriously.”

Lisa’s debut CD “Brand New Sun” is the latest testimony to her decision to engage her artistic side. The project is dedicated to her mother. “She was such an inspiration to appreciate every moment, every person, and everything in this beautiful life. That even in despair and pain, there is beauty and love, which sustains us all.”

Donna passed away the day before Lisa’s birthday in 2004. “I wanted to have this CD completed by the anniversary of her passing, which this year was the day before Thanksgiving.  Miraculously, that happened – a miracle.

“Writing and recording this record has been such an emotional journey, but I had the help of many musically talented Angels and friends to help me through. It’s been very therapeutic. Music allows you to express emotions you can’t express in any other way.”

Check out Lisa’s site at http://www.lisahannahmusic.com and buy downloads at http://www.digstation.com/AlbumDetails.aspx?albumID=ALB000062694. More to come from HorizonVU Music!

It was last June that we first posted a review of Kacey Cubero’s new CD,  Fill Your Cup http://www.kaceycubero.com. The self written and produced album was mixed in Nashville by the Grammy award-winning David Z (Prince, Etta James and Jonny Lang). There’s a little bit of everything: the raw rocking anthems I Want More, It’s Alright, and Reserve the Right; a bucolic Old Cadillac; the folksy Feather in the Wind; organic, soulful ballads, What if I Really Love You and Whatcha Gonna Do; the bluesy Set You Free; the evocative steaminess of Under My Skin; the bluegrass tinge of Two Trains; the plaintive longing of Sunday Mornings; and the love letter that is the title song, Fill Your Cup. The CD hit #18 on the EURO AMERICANA CHART in August  http://www.euroamericanachart.nl/0810.html.

The range and versatility of her music is evidenced by her winning the MAVRIC Independent Music Award in 2009 for Folk Song of the Year for Feather in the Wind, and for being named 2006 Artist of the Year by the Santa Barbara Blues Society—the oldest blues society in the U.S.—and representing them in the International Blues Competition in Memphis.

Now Kacey’s on her way to Europe, so note the following dates:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1ST, 2010

THE BARN, UK

KACEY CUBERO - 9:30 pm

Farnham, UK

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9TH, 2010

EAST WEST PROMOTIONS

KACEY CUBERO - doors @ 8

Bedford, UK

Price: £12

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2ND, 2010

BORDERLINE, UK

KACEY CUBERO - 8:15 pm

Orange Yard
London GB W1D 4JB
GB 020 7734 5547

Price: £13

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10TH, 2010

THE POLISH CLUB, UK

KACEY CUBERO - 7:30 pm

South Yorks, UK

Price: tba

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3RD, 2010

BRASENOSEARMS

KACEY CUBERO - 8:00 pm

Oxfordshire UK

Price: tba

MONDAY, OCTOBER 11TH, 2010

THE GREYS,UK

KACEY CUBERO - 8:30 pm

Brighton UK

Price: tba

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5TH, 2010

FARNCOMBE CAVERN, UK

KACEY CUBERO - 8:00 pm

@ The Freeholder
Farncombe, UK

Price: £8

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15TH, 2010

ILO CAFE

KACEY CUBERO - 8 pm

St. Genis l’Argentiere, France

Price: 8 €

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6TH, 2010

HALF MOON, UK

KACEY CUBERO - 8:30 pm

93 Lower Richmond Road
London GB SW15 1EU
GB (020) 8780 9383

Price: £7

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, 2010

FREDDYE’S SALOON

KACEY CUBERO - 8 pm

Rhone, France

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8TH, 2010

WHEATSHEAF, UK

KACEY CUBERO - 9:30 pm

Manchester, UK

We are proud that Kacey is a featured HorizonVU Music artist. You can find her CDs and downloads at SHOP HorizonVU Music http://blog.horizonvumusic.com/?page_id=2068

By: Ilana Donna Arazie, Downtown Dharma — Find Zen in the City

On August 26th 2010, Matt Turk took the stage underground in the cavernous La Pomme d’Eve in Paris’

Photo: Peter Freed

Photo: Peter Freed

University of Sorbonne district. With his 1920s parlor-style guitar, Turk performed two well-crafted sets of his originals; classic American tunes including several from his new release American Preservation. What a treat, as the album is currently No. 20 on the Folk/DJ chart garnering mad spins in 25 states in the US, Germany, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

Tucked into this cozy subterranean venue, Turk picked in a country blues style à la Mississippi John Hurt as he interpreted Jim Croce’s classic “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim.” The song is about the mystique of New York’s Times Square, perfectly illustrating how adept Matt Turk is with storytelling as he captivated the French audience with his All-American charm.

Turk sang the Steve Goodman classic, “City of New Orleans,” one of the greatest American songs ever written about trains, as well as Elizabeth Cotton’s “Freight Train.” Following these traditional tunes, Matt performed his composition “Hobo Boy” off his 2002 release What Gives. Well-connected to American musical troubadour mythology in his original music, his nature and the covers he chooses to sing, Turk naturally brings a timeless quality to his work.

“Broadway,” also off  What Gives, is a tale of New York City during the inception of the AIDS crisis and the street reality surrounding it. Turk paints a stunning picture without even mentioning AIDS.  His introduction honored the memory of his friend Andy Kessler, who was responsible for building all the skate parks on the east coast of the United States, and also a fellow worker during the mid-90s at God’s Love We Deliver. On the song, Turk’s funky guitar playing evoked, at times, James Brown and Flea. A consummate musician and guitarist, Turk makes it look easy. His solo received great applause and rapt audience attention.

Later, he performed “Silver Ring” off his 2006 release Washington Arms, which tells the story of where he’s from. Audience members soaked in the dulcimer tones of his voice and melodious guitar arrangement while Turk created a vision of New York’s Hudson riverside, green with nature and filled with friends, family, renewal and joy. “Silver Ring” is a grand slam song.
 
 Closing his performance was his interpretation of Pink Floyd’s “On the Turning Away,” a ballad sung  acapella and clearly an audience favorite.  Evoking age-old Irish ballad-singing found in the pubs of Galway, Ennis and Dublin, this song showcases his genuine compassion as he closes his performance with the message, “Will there be no more turning away?” Exactly. Count me among the many that won’t be turning away from another Matt Turk performance. www.turktunes.com

Ilana Donna Arazie

Downtown Dharma — Find Zen in the City

www.downtowndharma.com

The Downtown Dharma site is a bit of Cosmo meets Deepak Chopra, offering deep yet fun insights into finding peace and meaning. No need to fly to India or decode new age healers. Find modern wisdom and inspiration you would get from a hip, personal guru every day.

Purchase Matt’s CD American Preservation and downloads through SHOP HorizonVU Music http://blog.horizonvumusic.com/?page_id=2068

We’ve been in touch with our friend Kacey Cubero. We recommend that you check out her CD, Fill Your Cup www.kaceycubero.com. Kacey plays a unique brand of Americana, incorporating elements of roots, rock, and country, all with a soulful edginess. That edginess and the originality she brings to her music were evident early on. An only child, her guitar was her best friend and music her refuge. Growing up in a home where music was omnipresent, the Washington, DC-native’s musical baptism was as eclectic and authentic as the music she writes. Haunting and thought-provoking, Kacey’s voice and songwriting have been likened to Shelby Lynne and Lucinda Williams.

The range and versatility of her music is evidenced by her winning the MAVRIC Independent Music Award in 2009 for Folk Song of the Year for Feather in the Wind, and for being named 2006 Artist of the Year by the Santa Barbara Blues Society—the oldest blues society in the U.S.—and representing them in the International Blues Competition in Memphis. From childhood, Kacey had always known music would be her life’s work. Pursuing her music was always the plan, but first she got a college degree in business and finance before she left D.C., her family and friends, and headed to California with her guitar and a suitcase. She spent years writing, performing, touring, and honing her distinctive and edgy blend of rock/alt-country. Perhaps it’s not surprising that the title of her second CD, Diamond in the Rough, conveys a mystique and honesty that has defined both her life and her music. Twice named Indie Artist of the Year by Singer Magazine, Kacey is a prolific songwriter.

She wrote and produced her latest CD, Fill Your Cup, which was mixed in Nashville by the Grammy award-winning David Z (Prince, Etta James and Jonny Lang). There’s a little bit of everything here: the raw rocking anthems I Want More, It’s Alright, and Reserve the Right; a bucolic Old Cadillac; the folksy Feather in the Wind; organic, soulful ballads, What if I Really Love You and Whatcha Gonna Do; the bluesy Set You Free; the evocative steaminess of Under My Skin; the bluegrass tinge of Two Trains; the plaintive longing of Sunday Mornings; and the love letter that is the title song, Fill Your Cup. Kacey has collaborated with many artists and musicians, including Jackson Browne, Jimmy Calire (America), Greg Douglass (Steve Miller Band, Van Morrison), Marty Fera (Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey), Bill Flores (Albert Lee, Jim Messina), Joe Molland (Badfinger), Gary Scruggs, Chris Slade (AC/DC, The Firm), David Sutton (Lucinda Williams, Melissa Etheridge), and Kim Wilson. “For me, it’s all about the music,” Kacey says. “As a writer, I’m able to speak my truth; as a listener, music has always been a sanctuary and my salvation. If I can share that same gift with my audience, and connect in a way that nurtures and inspires them, then I’ve honored my gifts. And there is nothing I would rather do.”

Check out Kacey Cubero Fill Your Cup at SHOP HorizonVU Music

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