R&B, Blues, Soul & Stax
10 MAR 15 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Singer/bassist/songwriter Danielle Nicole oozes groove. There’s so much funky, bluesy soul coming out of her, you wonder if her heart beats in syncopated time.
The Kansas City-raised daughter of musicians already had a solid blues foundation, but she found that groove—or new variations of it—in New Orleans, where she worked with GRAMMY®-winning producer-guitarist Anders Osborne to craft a number of songs, the first of which are showcased on her solo debut EP for Concord Records, released on March 10, 2015.
The self-titled EP features four tracks that were recorded in New Orleans with Osborne producing and playing guitar. Stanton Moore holds court behind the drumset, Mike “Shinetop, Jr.” Sedovic plays keyboards and Danielle lays down the basslines while also handling all of the vocals. The last two tracks on the EP were recorded live at Kansas City’s Triple A radio mainstay KTBG-The Bridge 90.9 FM. Danielle sang and played acoustic guitar in their studios doing stripped-down, intimate versions of “You Only Need Me When You’re Down” and Bob Dylan’s classic “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.”
Danielle calls her sound “blues-based roots,” and it’s clear those roots reach deep—straight to the melting-pot heart of American music. She discovered them early, thanks to her parents and her big-band singer/grandmother. When Nicole’s father heard her belting out Koko Taylor’s “Never Trust a Man” at age 12, her destiny became clear.
Influenced by artists as diverse as Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Paul McCartney, the Neville Brothers, Sarah Vaughan and Janis Joplin (the latter of whom she recalls, “…a white girl playin’ the blues; I could relate…”), Danielle started gigging at 14 and picked up the bass at 18, when she and her brothers decided to join forces as Trampled Under Foot. As that band wound down after 13 years, she formed her own group, which is currently heading out on the road opening for George Thorogood and Buddy Guy.
The EP is an introduction to Danielle as a formidable solo artist. A full length album is currently scheduled for release in late summer 2015, featuring more music created in New Orleans with Osborne, Moore and Sedovic.
22 SEP 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Today we are celebrating one of the greatest musicians to ever live, Ray Charles. The Genius would have been 84 today.
"Ray Charles was one of those rare artists who, throughout his incredible career, had far-reaching impact that forever changed the conventions of popular music as well as the music business," said Concord Music Group Chief Creative Officer John Burk. This resounding statement and similar sentiments have echoed throughout the music industry for decades, as countless individuals have expressed Charles' indelible contributions and influence.
Guest stars who appeared on Ray Charles' tremendously successful duet album, Genius Loves Company, shared their feelings back in 2004: Norah Jones, who teamed with Charles on “Here We Go Again” stated, "He was as big an influence on me as you can get. I couldn’t believe that I got to sing with him. It was such an honor.” Elton John, who performed with Charles on the emotionally stirring "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," offered, "He had an enormous effect on my career. Anything he put out, I bought. He has one of the greatest voices of all time."
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the legend’s final milestone recording, Concord/Hear Music will release deluxe reissues of Genius Loves Company in a variety of formats beginning September 30th, 2014. One of Charles’ most inspirational and historically significant albums, Genius Loves Company captures the genius of the music icon in his last studio recording pairing him with legendary guest artists including Norah Jones, Diana Krall, James Taylor, Elton John, Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt, to name a few. The album went on to receive an astounding 8 GRAMMY® Awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year.
09 SEP 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Stax Records/Concord Music Group is proud to announce the release of Take Me To the River: Music from the Motion Picture. The companion album to Martin Shore’s award-winning soulful documentary Take Me to the River features 13 tracks from the film's all-star ensemble cast including William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby 'Blue' Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Academy Award®-winner Frayser Boy and The North Mississippi All-Stars.
The Take Me to the River documentary, executive produced by John Beug, Snoop Dogg, Ted Chung, and Terrence Howard, brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album to re-imagine the interracial, intergender and intergenerational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday. For more information, please visit: www.TMTTR.com.
09 SEP 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Upon its release in 2004, few could have predicted the extraordinary, game-changing effect that Ray Charles’ final recording would have on both his career and the industry as a whole. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the legend’s milestone recording, Concord/Hear Music will release deluxe reissues in a variety of formats beginning September 30th, 2014.
One of Charles’ most inspirational and historically significant albums, Genius Loves Company captures the genius of the music icon in his last studio recording pairing him with legendary guest artists including Norah Jones, Diana Krall, James Taylor, Elton John, Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt to name a few. The album went on to receive an astounding 8 GRAMMY® Awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. To help launch a then-groundbreaking consumer marketing campaign, Genius Loves Company was tapped as the first original release through the Starbucks Hear Music imprint in conjunction with Concord Music Group. Since its release on August 31st, 2004, Genius Loves Company has been certified multi-platinum with worldwide sales in excess of 5 million copies.
The 10th anniversary deluxe reissues celebration encompasses a three-phase rollout that begins September 30th, 2014. First is the 2-disc Genius Loves Company Deluxe Edition, which features the full-length album, bonus tracks and special packaging along with a brand new, 1-hour behind-the-scenes documentary on DVD. The 3-Disc (1CD-2DVD) Limited Collectors Edition, available November 11th, 2014, features the Deluxe Edition components plus the Academy Award®-winning original motion picture Ray on DVD. On December 9th, 2014, audiophiles will be treated to a special 2LP, 45RPM, 180-gram Vinyl Edition. The package likewise contains a high definition digital download card with two bonus tracks.
The behind-the-scenes Making of Genius Loves Company documentary reveals the inside story of this landmark musical event, including the historical relationship between Starbucks/Hear Music and Concord Records. The DVD features interviews with Starbucks chairman, president and chief executive officer, Howard Schultz, producer John Burk, Ray Charles Foundation president Valerie Ervin, new interviews and insights from some of the album’s stellar guest artists and unreleased video from the legendary recording sessions. The Limited Collectors Edition builds on the story with the addition of the original motion picture Ray starring Jamie Foxx in his Academy Award®-winning Best Actor performance.
Norah Jones, who teamed with Charles on “Here We Go Again” shares that she was both excited and nervous about singing with one of her biggest idols. “I didn’t want to ruin it with me, [but] I had to do it,” she says in the Making Of documentary. “I would never forgive myself if I didn’t.” Elton John notes that he “got a lump in [his] throat and people in the control room were crying” when he and Charles laid down vocals for “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word.”
Produced by John Burk, Concord Music Group’s chief creative officer, and co-produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, Genius Loves Company garnered critical acclaim upon its release. NPR All Things Considered hailed, “It’s got flashes of fire you wouldn’t expect from such a setting, gems of phrasing that remind you how Ray Charles transformed the wreckage of heartbreak into poignant sound,” and Rolling Stone added, “the tone is reverential and warm, as the Genius sings…”
“Ray was shocked that these people wanted to sing with him,” recalls Ray Charles Foundation president Valerie Ervin. “He just didn’t understand the magnitude of where he was in the industry. As weak as he became…he made sure he gave his best for every artist that was there for him.”
“Ray Charles was one of those rare artists who, throughout his incredible career, had far-reaching impact that forever changed the conventions of popular music as well as the music business,” said Concord Music Group chief creative officer John Burk. “Looking back at the last 10 years, it’s clear that this album was certainly no exception. We are humbled, honored and blessed to have had the opportunity to work with such a musical giant, and we are eternally grateful to Ray for elevating both Concord Records and Hear Music to new heights, far beyond our wildest dreams ten years ago.”
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