Celia Berk’s ‘Now That I Have Everything’ is truly EVERYTHING

Celia Berk by Helane Blumfield

Celia Berk is an award-winning vocalist whose recordings have attracted listeners around the world. She has made memorable appearances at Carnegie Hall, Jazz At Lincoln Center, Birdland Theater, The Town Hall and the National Arts Club. Celia has been praised by some of the most prominent champions of The Great American Songbook.

She just released of her widely anticipated third album, Now That I Have Everything. Arranger/pianist Tedd Firth brings a Nat King Cole Trio feel to the recording, which explores the ways we try – successfully and unsuccessfully – to connect our heart to someone else’s. Co-Produced by Tony and Grammy Award-winning sound designer Scott Lehrer, it features the kinds of hidden gems by great songwriters that are Celia’s trademark. Many of those songs were featured in COMES LOVE, a 2019 show Celia created with pianist Sean Gough.

In his Liner Notes, author and journalist Will Friedwald writes, “Celia Berk makes us realize, in a way few singers can, that love is, in fact, never ever the same.”

When asked about the album, Celia says, “The story of this album really begins and ends with my friend Debbi Bush Whiting, daughter of Margaret Whiting and granddaughter of Richard Whiting. She had given me recordings of her mother’s appearances on a radio show, including Irving Berlin’s NOW IT CAN BE TOLD. The premise of that song is that the real story of a great romance has yet to be written. As I listened, I asked myself, ‘So what exactly can now be told?’ And then I thought, ‘Oh, I’m going to do an album about love!’ So I set out to find songs about the ways we try – successfully and unsuccessfully – to connect our heart to someone else’s.”

The songs cascade from a jazz silhouette of toe tapping to rain on a rooftop. This album is like sipping a nice cup of tea on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It encompasses the Broadway jazz element all the way down to songs reminiscent of Moon River. “Boum!” Is a fun loving dance number that incorporates feelings from your head to your heart and personifies the emotions. “Right as the Rain” brings a melancholy and somber feeling that captivates the whole body. The title track “Now That I Have Everything” dances on the piano keys and takes the center stage of the whole album in this show stopping number. 

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Celia debuted her new cabaret show, ON MY WAY TO YOU: Improbable Stories That Inspired An Unlikely Path, directed by Mark Nadler with music direction by Tedd Firth. Marilyn Lester of Theater Pizzazz called it “An enchanting show, executed with abundant smarts, humor and grace, and terrific choices of music known and unknown.”

Celia’s accolades include the album MANHATTAN SERENADE in which she received the 2017 LaMott Friedman Award. It was arranged and conducted by Alex Rybeck and co-produced by Scott Lehrer, the team behind her debut album YOU CAN’T RUSH SPRING. Lyricist David Zippel (whose “The Broadway Song” written with Cy Coleman received its first commercial recording) wrote in the album notes, “A tribute to her hometown, this collection is anything but renditions of the obvious New York songs. MANHATTAN SERENADE is curated: a connoisseur’s compilation of one exquisite, undiscovered musical gem after another.” YOU CAN’T RUSH SPRING and Celia’s solo cabaret debut, directed by Jeff Harnar, earned Celia a 2015 Bistro Award: Vocalist; 2015 MAC Award: New York Debut – Female; 2015 BroadwayWorld Award for Best New York Cabaret Debut; and The 2015 Margaret Whiting Award.

We have no doubt that “Now That I Have Everything” will follow suit brining about awards and notoriety to the ever so talented soul that is Celia Berk.

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Kris “Halo” Pierce Shares his Chill and Downtempo Single “AndOr”

Based in New York, Kris “Halo” Pierce is a multi-award winning artist, also music producer, who has had his music played at MTV, Viacom Media Networks, Sony Creative and VH1, among other channels. 

“AndOr” is a super laid back and chilled electro track, with synths and distant other-worldly beats: 

“This track is pretty much about Cognitive Dissonance. It´s a laid back beat with the familiar electric piano stabs and synco-bass from the Chill Out pages.”

With influences like Massive Attack, his music truly stands out not only in the electronic genre, but also wider afield with trip hop, EDM and funk. It´s a pretty cool track that is both moody as well as soulful and danceable, and draws from ambient, goth and industrial music genres too. 

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Today, Kris “Halo” Pierce has announced his second solo album release called Artificial Breed, a darker and more eclectic collection of tracks that features remixes by Craig Joseph Huxtable, Seven Factor and more. The album´s lead single called “Midnight Dive” has been played more than 2 million times, including throughout major retail stores in the United States. 

Kris´s musical aesthetics explore dreams, abstract other worlds and non linear lyrics: 

“A lot of the times, if it sounds like it is a love song, it´s probably actually about music itself. I don´t like to write about people or situations I feel negative about.” 

Kris is not only an acclaimed music artist, but also a sound engineer, audio technician for off-Broadway shows, as well as a studio whizz as he runs his own production company Halo Askew Entertainment. 

Stream Kris “Halo” Pierce music on YouTube, Spotify and Soundcloud. 

Brittaney Delsarte Chatman Empowers in “Talk To Me” Video

Almost 3 months ago, Brittaney Delsarte Chatman, a modern day millennial renaissance woman, released the music video for her R&B single “Talk To Me.” The song is about relationships and setting boundaries and expectations for them. Brittaney sings about how women especially shrink themselves or dishonor themselves within some relationships. This song is for them, a reminder that you don’t need to lose who you are to be with someone.

The video was released in March, though Brittaney had a set back. “I was a victim of a cyber security attack,” she shares. “The hack compromised my marketable IG content for my music and my brand with deleted followers, highlights, and posts. This put my video campaign to a full halt. You know what they say chile- New levels, New Devils. But, as I always say- any setback is just a setup for a comeback! I built my platform from the ground up and I can get it back to where it was and perhaps surpass where I was.”

The “Talk To Me” video starts with a monologue from Brittaney talking about how sick and tired she is of all this relationship stuff, that all men are the same at their core. She reveals a contract in the video and presents it with strength and gives a sense of empowerment for her listeners/viewers. She knows what she wants, and implies that other women know what they want, and asks for it up front. If the contract and conditions don’t work for you, then back out now.

“I wrote this song and created this video to empower my Blossom cousins to keep the faith in finding true love and stay true to their values and core beliefs and to make that known to the next person that comes into their lives,” she shares.

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Find Brittaney Delsarte via:

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Dream Pop and Electro Pop Artist Chris Baluyut Premieres his New Single “Come Back to the World”

Chris Baluyut, the New York electro-pop and dream pop artist, grew up surrounded by a musical family. His father, uncle, and godmother are in Versus, and another of his uncles started the indie-rock/math-rock band +/- {Plus/Minus}. “They were hip,” he affirms. “My parents had me when they were young. I remember the three B’s, Björk, Beck, and Built to Spill being played all the time in my house growing up.” From elementary school through high school, family members would bring Chris to gigs all around NYC. At 14, inspired by the classic rock and indie rock playing in his house, Chris started playing guitar, and eventually played a show with Versus when he was still in high school. 

Today, Chris brings us the second release in his single series, “Come Back to the World.” The production here is both lush and lean, consisting of a gently unfolding melodic guitar motif, airy vocals, sparse rhythm guitars, electro ambience, and a hypnotic beat to tie it all together. All of these intentionally intertwining themes bring us a dark, yet hopeful resonance. 

“Come Back to the World” has an electro-pop sensibility to it while also pulling in elements of dream pop, lo-fi, and downtempo. It’s emotionally raw and reveals Chris’s vulnerability in his songwriting. The song drips with feelings of regret and guilt for not helping someone you love. But there’s an air of hope and thoughtfulness behind that facade, that one day, you will get another chance to be there for someone else.

Chris’s music has evolved from folk into an exploring and experimenting with atmospheric soundscapes that are grounded by rhythmic pulses. His carefully-curated aesthetic spans dream-pop, electro-pop, post-rock, and folktronica. His latest songs are more impressionistic, conjuring landscapes, and visual representations of emotions.

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Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Spotify // Soundcloud

“One Last Kiss” is the Folk Pop Melody We Want

Emily + Shawn release a new single called “One Last Kiss” and we will play it one thousand times over! It’s a song that celebrates the freedom that comes with putting your foot down and just moving on. It’s reminiscent of the sounds of Gwen Stefani married with Sara Bareillis and The Lumineers, putting their own spin on folk-pop. “One Last Kiss” is infectious and hypnotic. You’ll find yourself singing along in no time.

“This song started out as a slow acoustic ballad, reflecting on our frustrations with the drag of the 9-5 workday. Making music is what we love, but our day jobs are a “necessary evil” in order to put food on the table while we shift our careers from typical corporate and government jobs into the music industry.”

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The journey of Emily + Shawn started in college, where they met and fell in love with each other. While Emily began her career in music theater and took vocal lessons throughout high school and college, Shawn was writing and performing his own original music. In college, they were both in a cappella groups, where they started singing covers and making their own music together.

After college, Shawn moved out west for his day job, but he still performed regularly in and around the southern California scene. Once Shawn moved back east, he performed at the Bethlehem MusikFest and had a jingle he co-wrote used for a national Target ad campaign.

After they got married, they started making original music together – our sound and style combines Emily’s love for indie pop with Shawn’s love for classic folk & blues. We have performed in a variety of venues, from small cafes to crowds of over 5,000 people. In 2019, we began working with renowned vocal coach Wendy Parr, and our recently-recorded debut EP is produced by David Baron (Lumineers, Meghan Trainor, Shawn Mendes).

“We like the real stuff – the good stuff. The stuff that takes time and effort and attention to detail. Artisanship. Handwritten notes. Home made cocktails. Listening to records from start to finish. Finding and creating music that brings us in and takes us somewhere.”

Find Emily + Shawn via:
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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Perform on Fallon, Release “Wig Out at Jagbags”

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The music of Stephen Malkmus always holds a fond place in my heart.  From the first moment I heard the quirky sounds of Pavement around 1994 when I was about 11 years old on MTV’s 120 Minutes, I was instantly intrigued. Through all the muffled Grunge sound and a sea of alternative and industrial bands, Pavement, was like nothing I had ever heard before. For all the youngsters out there, this was way before finding music on the internet or being able to download it on your phone and ipods. We usually had to work to find the music we loved. Countless hours of listening to college radio, recording on cassettes, zines, staying up late to watch 120 Minutes, you name it.

Stephen Malkmus and Pavement were my first true glimpse at ‘Indie Rock.’ None of my friends understood what that even meant at the time. Indie Rock in the suburbs of New York was pretty a non-existent term. I begged my parents to go to see Pavement every time the radio announced they were in town, to no avail. By the time I was old enough, they were no longer a band. Luckily I had the chance to see them twice at their Central Park reunion shows back in 2010, which were phenomenal. Malkmus’ voice I have always found to be one of the most unique in rock n’ roll. Somehow it always sounds a bit sarcastic, which I’m not even sure is intentional. But that’s part  of it’s beauty. Throughout the years with Pavement and his solo-esque project, The Jicks, Malkmus always delivers. He never completely strays away from his classic sound, but it is indeed a sound that has evolved throughout time. It has become more polished, perhaps even a bit slicker. His vocals are always unforgettable, and he never tries to be anything he isn’t.

This week Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks released their 6th studio record. Wig Out at Jagbags, an incredible 14-track piece that somehow is better with every listen. Just unleashing the video for “Cinnamon and Lesbians,” and honoring it with their own ice cream flavor/meet-and-greet fest at Momofuku in NYC this week, the group also appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon performing “Lariat,” with a special online bonus of “Stick Figures in Love.” What a great way to ring in the new year, no? Wig Out at Jagbags isn’t a great departure from any other Jicks record that has been released, but seriously, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Link to the videos below of the group performing on Jimmy Fallon. Wig Out at Jagbags is out NOW, via the lovely folks at Matador Records.

“Lariat”
http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/stephen-malkmus-and-the-jicks-lariat/n44778

“Stick Figures in Love”
http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/stephen-malkmus-and-the-jicks-stick-figures-in-love/n44766

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