NK

NK-Hip Hop Producer

__ N.K. ” The Midwest Latin Super Star” is from Milwaukee WI. and surrounding citys which he calls the (S.E.DUB.) Southeastern Wisconsin area and has also started his trend and trademark of this S.E.DUB slogan:(www.myspace.com/sedub) into a clothing line which is beginning to catch the streets fast. N.K. is also a Producer and Artists as well as a former D.J. who has won several battles and talent shows on the turntables and the mic. N.K. is no stranger to the streets nor celebrity status.

Since the age of 12 N.K. has been writing and producing his own music. Growing up in the 80s and 90s his ear for R&B, Hip-Hop and Gangsta rap has enabled him to come up with a unique style of his own. Living in the inner city nothing comes easy to N.K. Being in the streets where gangs, drugs and violence exist, N.K. is fighting hard not to be another statistic of the streets.

Although struck with tragedies in his personal life, such as the loss of his older brother, uncle and two cousins from street violence, he refuses to give up on his music and dreams. N.K. spends endless days and nights in his studio writing, producing and engineering his albums. Also performing all over the Midwest, West Coast, down South and Mexico.

N.K.s single Pump Pump has won several Battle of the Jams on WKKV 100.7 which is a clear channel station. N.K. has recently played his first acting role in a film titled Get Pony Boy. Directed by Juan J. Frausto who also directed the movies Drive By, Once Upon a Time in the Hood, Murder on the Border, and Welcome Back to the Barrio.

Independentlys N.K. is ready and willing to do whatever it takes for the world to hear his lyrics, music but most of all, his story.

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Monika Herzig

Monika Herzig - Pianist

In 1987, the pedagogical institute in Weingarten, Germany awarded a scholarship for a one-year exchange program at the University of Alabama to one of their students, jazz pianist Monika Herzig. Together with her partner and guitarist Peter Kienle, she arrived in the States on a one-way ticket, with one suitcase of belongings and one guitar in August 1988.

Since then she has completed her Doctorate in Music Education and Jazz Studies at Indiana University, where she is now a faculty member. As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as the Indy Jazz Fest, Cleveland’s Nighttown, Louisville’s Jazz Factory, the W.C.Handy Festival, Jazz in July in Bloomington and Cincinnati, Columbus’ Jazz & Rib Fest, to name just a few. Groups under her leadership have toured Germany, opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, Yes, and more.

Monika Herzig - Album coverRecently she has received her third “Individual Artist Grant” from the Indiana Arts Commission in support of her newest CD project. Her previous release In Your Own Sweet Voice – A Tribute to Women Composers has received much praise. Thomas Garner from Garageradio.com writes, “I was totally awed by the fine musicianship throughout”. As a recipient of the 1994 Down Beat Magazine Award for her composition “Let’s Fool One” and with several Big Band Arrangements published with the University of Northern Colorado Press, Herzig has also gathered international recognition for her writing skills.

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Shalone

Shalone Hip Hop Artist

Shalone A.K.A Dwayne Bryan was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He is the son of Audrey Williams and George Bryan, who separated when Shalone was only 9 months of age. Soon after that his father would then move to the states in search for a better life. Without a father figure Shalone grew up without any luxuries in one of the most notorious parts of Jamaica. The sound of gunfire and the sight of dead bodies would not deter Shalone from his favorite indulgence, music! You would find Shalone at the local stage shows, home watching Saturday afternoon specials or enjoying the marching band after school. Facing the adversities that most children of poverty face, he armed himself with the creative imagination that took him away from the poverty stricken life he walked daily.

He found his escape at the age of eleven, when he moved to America to live with his father in Paterson, New Jersey. With a studio in the basement, Shalone would take his aspirations for music to new heights. After spending 3 years with his father and recording in the studio Shalone rejoined his mother in South Jamaica, Queens. They say living in the hood breeds a mentality of survival. Either you play ball, stand on the corner or do music. Shalone was doing them all.

Petty robbery would land Shalone on Rikers Island for some time. Although hustling made survival easier, Shalone knew he was destined for greater things. Upon his departure he decided it was time for a legal hustle, and music was it. While in DC and in North Carolina the response from his music made Shalone even hungrier for stardom in the music industry. His grind, hard work ethic and love for music landed him on the chorus of Petey Pablo’s first album (The Diary of A Sinner 1st entry), on the song “Truth About Me”. Instead of the big break Shalone was expecting, things fell apart, Petey attained his star status, and with a child on the way Shalone was on the grind again. Shalone has since gone on to do features with Nore, Grafh, Bun B, Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz, and Mussolini (Syke) from the Outlaws. Radio as well, has caught on! The airwaves in New York and along the east coast have been playing numerous songs from Shalone.

Recently Shalone’s new single “Ain’t Like We” has been burning up the airwaves across numerous demographics receiving over 600 plus spins. The video for the single has been added to the independent spotlight on bet.com for viewing. As the buzz on the record continues to grow Shalone has since performed on stage with the likes of Ludacris, Young Jeezy and T.I. Performing his music and unleashing his swag in front of thousands.

As his bright career continues Shalone is committed to perfecting his craft and being the artist he knows he is. He has a gift for painting real life emotions and pictures of real events with his ever- changing flow. It leads one to ask, why has he chosen this path? His reply is, “It’s the way people move to a mood, a sound, a voice. I have a balance to my music that people love man. Be it the hood, suburbs, or anybody in between I got that in my music”.

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Mark Kerr

Mark Kerr-Blues Musician

Tennessee native Mark Kerr, never found success beyond his grasp. From the age of twelve his course was clear, and from his earliest days in music he has built bridges that have connected him, not to his peers alone, but to the world at large.

Mark picked up the guitar at the age of twelve and before long, he was receiving recognition for his musical abilities. Where as many kids at twelve years of age may be content to watch television or to hang out with others of their own age, Mark had one singularly focused ambition.

He wanted to become a musician. And so devoted was he to this pursuit, he would often fall to sleep at night with his guitar “strapped on.”

Mark would eventually play with Percy Sledge and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Curtis Mayfield’s Impressions.

After thirteen years of touring, Mark attended Northwestern State University where he studied music theory, while working very diligently on his jazz, blues and rock skills.

Mark was nominated for Musician of the Year by The Academy of Texas Music, for his guitar work on One Drink Away From The Blues.

Mark was inducted into the National Heritage Foundation Blues Hall of Fame.

Mark’s CD has been aired on 300 plus radio stations worldwide.
And has charted in the top 25 on many of these stations.

Mark finished in the top 1500 of the 2007 Billboard Songwriting Competition. And, finished as the second place winner in the 2007 Unisong International Songwriting Competition with his title cut, “One Drink Away From The Blues.”

Mark has achieved these great accomplishments as an independent artist.

As Mark tells it, “I want to continue to be a positive influence in the independent arena.”
“And a role model for all independents to see that through hard work, and a positive attitude, most anything can be achieved.”

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The Action Design

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To the uninitiated, the Action Design may appear to be just a regular band. But for the growing legions of fans that have heard their music or seen them perform live, the experience is a veritable dance party; an aural assault that attacks at the ears and releases in rhythmic pulses of the body.

The story of the Action Design began with the closing of a different chapter. Just as pop punk act Tsunami Bomb was hitting its peak – seemingly poised and ready to take over the world – the band abruptly disbanded. Feeling they still had something to contribute to the music scene, vocalist Emily Whitehurst and bassist Matt Mckenzie soldiered on and joined forces with guitarist Jaycen McKissick (ex- Pipedown) and drummer Jake Krohn (ex- Calcutta Bazaar). Tsunami Bomb and Pipedown were former touring mates and Matt and Jake were childhood friends, so the chemistry and familiarity had already been established.
Rather than travel down the same paths they had already paved – after all, it would be easy to pick up where their former bands had left off – the Action Design decided to explore new ground. While keeping the energy and spirit of punk rock intact, the guitars are cleaner, the bass lines less frantic, and the drumming more precise. With the addition of keyboards, the result is a much broader and more accessible sound. One thing that fortunately remained unchanged, however, is Whitehurst’s penchant for crafting catchy melodies and memorable lyrics.

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I Am Empire

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I Am Empire formed in the summer of 2008 when members, Austin Lyons
(vocals), Andrew Stanton (lead guitar), Dan Otis (Guitar), Joshua Case
(bass/vocals) and Eric Martin (drums), began work on recording their
full length self titled album.

The album is a ten song journey that shows the bands diversity and
understading of songwriting. The first single “You’re A Fake” is a
hard hitting rock song that has made a huge radio impact since its
release in April of 2009. Featuring Andrew Stanton’s hard hitting tone
and smooth soloing capabilities the song has hit #6 on the CRW charts
and #15 on the Billboard Christian rock charts. The song has also been
featured on Live105’s Soundcheck, hit #1 on Radio U’s “Most Wanted
List”, and posted in the top 10 on Effect Radios Top 44, has been the
#1 most requested song on the Spin180 in Texas, along with being in
regular rotation at radio stations nationally. Aaron Axelson of
Live105 featured I Am Empire in his “Top Ten Bay Area Bands”.

Since the release of their album, I Am Empire has shown their drive
and resiliance in the music industry booking their own tours and
making a name for themselves without any label support. Along with
full time touring the band has been featured in the June/Blink-182
issue of Alternative Press Magazine as one of the “Unsigned Bands Of
The Month” and won the Ernie Ball competition that landed them an
opening postition on The Rockstar Taste Of Chaos stop in their
hometown. Articles on the band can also be found in Substream Magazine
and The Metro (Bay Area).

I Am Empire’s musical talents have not gone unnoticed by the “higher
ups” either. With endorsements by Fender, Wedgie, Viper Drums,
Soultone Cymbals and will soon be heard on select MTV, E!, and Oxygen
television shows. The band also just inked a publishing deal with
Evergreen Copyrights and has also been featured on the frontpage of
Myspace Music. Their video for Your’e A Fake” will debut September
25th on myspace musics hompage along with Fender’s website.

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Jessie Murphy – In The Woods

Jessie Murphy in the Woods

Jessie Murphy In The Woods is a trio that combines indie pop with dark humor and classical sensibilities. The band consists of Marcia Webb (flute, pan pipes, and clarinet, Wurlitzer electric piano, and vocals), Amy Stratton (horn, flute, vocals, percussion), and Jessie Murphy (lead vocals, acoustic guitar). All three are accomplished musicians in their own right but together they create a unique brand of soulful songs. There’s an infectious joy in Jessie Murphy In The Woods’ new album, Eight Belles, that sweeps the listener in its wake. By turns ethereal, mystical, spiritual and haunting, the New York City based trio plays with a sense of wonder and discovery that makes them one of 2009’s singular new acts to watch.jessie murphy in the woods - eight belles

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Solfege Radio

Solfege_RadioSolfege Radio came together in January 2008 and consisted of 17 year old Marco Torriani (Vocals), 16 year old Connor Wilson (Bass/Vocals), and brothers Jon (Guitar/Vocals – 18) and Matt Stolpe (Drums – 14). The line-up rounded out shortly after with the addition of Joey Nester (17) on Guitar and Vocals.

The young band quickly became veterans of the NJ music scene by winning the preliminary rounds of the Jersey Shows 9th Annual Battle of the Bands. Their raw and honest live show and their throw-back NJ punk sound rang a chord with audiences. The band gained unprecedented support from the regional youth and their fanbase swelled.

“2009 looks to be a busy and promising year for the young five piece. Look for Solfege Radio to grow and hone their unique brand of melodic pop punk in the year to come as they turn heads and win over crowds with their outstanding stage performances. Solfege Radio is definitely a young band to watch in 2009.”

-Rob Dekker (Danimal Records)

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