The Gray Havens wrap up a busy 2019 with a full November show schedule. Tour stops throughout the southeast, Texas and the midwest give fans a final opportunity to experience the See You Again Tour. November shows include a mix of clubs, churches and universities in some of the Havens‘ key markets. Wilder Adkins and Lovkn will be joining the tour as featured guests along the way.
In addition to touring, The Gray Havens recently released a pair of remixes with a third remix scheduled to release December 6. The duo also managed to grab a little studio time in October to record new music surprises for 2020.
The Gray Havens’ manager, Keith Stancil, shares “This band is delivering an amazing year! Launching their first ticketed headline Spring and Fall tours along with a summer theater run with Josh Garrels is pretty huge in itself but the duo also managed to simultaneously deliver consistent new music content throughout the year. As if that isn’t enough, I’m sitting here listening to incredible mixes of new music they somehow managed to find time to record in October.”
Known for their unique blend of narrative-pop, The Gray Havens continue to expand their reach into multiple genres with thought provoking lyrical poetry and music. The duo has performed alongside such artists as The Oh Hellos, Josh Garrels, Ben Rector, John Marc McMillan, Andrew Peterson, Drew Holcomb among others.
Independent artists were granted an incredible gift ten years ago. The days of struggling to get physical cds into retail stores became history. In fact, some reading this blog may not even remember brick and mortar retailers which housed dedicated square footage of shelf space for displaying 1000s of physical cds. Apple’s iTunes cracked open a door exposing a new frontier with their digital download store, but there was something even greater on the horizon. A young entrepreneur in Stockholm, Sweden launched a revolutionary product for music consumption that would remove the shackles from independent artists around the world. Daniel Ek, enacted the emancipation proclamation for independent music creators with his Spotify music streaming platform. Following the launch of Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Google Play entered the music delivery revolution with their streaming platforms. Now, anyone with a computer and a microphone can make their musical creations available to the world with a simple click of a button.
So what do music creatives do with their independence? Some have certainly taken advantage and built a healthy income stream. However, many click the button to make their music available to the world only to be disappointed when no one shows up to listen. Like most things in life, having a great strategy in place is necessary to reap rewards of the streaming independence granted to independent creatives. Algorithms, playlists and marketing are integral components of streaming success and creatives must understand and use all three in order to build income streams and maximize their independence.
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The 2017 Grammy Awards ushered in the future last night. Another year of music, another year of trend setters and another year of an evolving industry.
There were a few performance highlights for me this year. The Weekend showed the world that he can seriously sing! While I miss his sculpted hair, I’m glad it proved not to be his source of stardom. Ed Sheeran showed us how to perform solo but sound like a band without it feeling like karaoke. Side musicians could be in trouble? I was super impressed with Lukas Graham and Kelsea Ballerini. Lukas immediately earned space on my Spotify playlist. Guy Clark Jr and William Bell owned the night with their performance of “Born Under A Bad Sign!” It was great seeing Morris Day and The Time as they reminded everyone where Bruno Mars draws much of his musical inspiration. And speaking of Bruno Mars, he absolutely slayed the Prince tribute performance of “Purple Rain.” The Lady Gaga Metallica pairing was brilliant and added serious rockdom to the evening. But the most memorable 2017 Grammy performance moment will be when Adele stopped mid-performance, let a few explicit words fly, and re-started her George Michael tribute in the correct key. While I’m glad she found the right key, it felt somewhat like the redo I grabbed during my first piano recital at six years old. Sans the explicit lyrics of course.
The one big take away for me from this year’s Grammy Awards is that independent artists can find their way to the top of the music industry food chain. Chance The Rapper walked away with three Grammys without the backing of a record label. To top it off, his winning album Coloring Book is a streaming-only release. And that my friends signals a seismic shift in the music industry. That future we have been hearing about for the last few years just arrived.
Kevin McNeese and his team at NewReleaseToday.com have once again showed innovative marketing as they continue to build one of Christian music’s leading brands. The NewReleaseToday.com team partnered with the Creation Festivals through hosting a coffee house stage this year at Creation Northwest, Creation Northeast, Sonshine Festival and Ichthus.
While most festivals include side stages, never in the past have I seen a sponsor with such a huge marketing influence connect all the dots in the way NewReleaseToday.com did this summer.
In addition to hosting the stages, they supported the stages weekly on their website and partnered with Noisetrade to offer a sampler with participating artists. The NewReleaseToday.com sampler titled Recreation, debuted at #1 this on Noisetrade this week and featured tracks from Disciple, Ginny Owens, Remedy Drive, Shonlock, Ryan Corn,Jonathan Thulin and others.
Utilizing their 150K subscriber list, NRT has managed to turn the normal low impact festival side stage into a viable marketing vehicle for newer artists. Its encouraging to see Kevin and his team lead the industry through new creative marketing initiatives that give new and independent artists opportunities to be discovered.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. August 21, 2015 —Artist Garden Entertainment announces the signing of husband and wife folk-pop duo, The Gray Havens, to an exclusive artist management deal. Dave and Licia Radford blend fantasy story, lyric poetry, theology and song to create a sublime narrative-folk-pop. Earlier this year, The Gray Havens released their debut full-length recording Fire and Stone, produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning Mitch Dane (Brandon Heath, JJ Heller).
Based in Chicago, The Gray Havens perform at colleges, churches and clubs throughout the mid-west and northeast. Their unique folk-pop artistry draws from such influences as C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien and Jonathan Edwards.
“We are thrilled to add The Gray Havens’ unique artistry to the Artist Garden roster. David and Licia have built quite an impressive following while stretching the boundaries of Christian music with their fresh blend of music.” states Artist Garden Entertainment President, Keith Stancil.
Dave originally stepped into performing at age 17 when he reached the Top 20 on American Idol. While continuing to write, perform and record in college, Dave met future wife Licia. The two connected with their love of literature, eventually marrying and forming The Gray Havens.
HOLLY STARR’S EVERYTHING I NEED SET
FOR SEPTEMBER 18 RELEASE
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Everything I Need, the highly-anticipated fourth studio recording from acclaimed singer/songwriter Holly Starr, is set to bow September 18. Produced by Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Needtobreathe), Scott Cash (WOW Worship, Dan Bremnes) and Christopher Stevens (TobyMac, Jamie Grace), the project showcases seven selections, six of which were co-penned by Starr.Everything I Need features the new single, “Through Me.” Produced by Stevens and written by Starr, Stevens and Ian Eskelin, the song is currently impacting Christian radio formats nationwide. Additional highlights of the album include “God Is” and “Sunshine,” as well as two songs with deeply personal meanings for Starr: “My Father’s Love” and “Forever Faithful.”Witnessing a childhood friend meet her father for the first time in 26 years inspired Starr to pen “My Father’s Love.” “I’ve been writing that song for so long I don’t even know when I started it,” she says. “Seeing my friend wrestle with not knowing her earthly father through the years has been a challenge. I got to watch her place her trust in God to be her Father, and that has been such a beautiful thing for me to see.”“Before I started this album, I believe God put the word ‘worship’ on my heart as something to aim for,” Starr continues. “While it’s not a full-on corporate worship album, I wanted the spirit of it to be worshipful—something you can play in your car stereo and be reminded of Who God is. I feel like this one intentionally creates intimate conversation between the listener and God.”
Since her debut in 2008, Starr has become known for her thoughtful songwriting and accessible pop melodies. A native of Quincy, Washington, her previous Artist Garden Entertainment releases include Embraced (2008), Tapestry (2010) andFocus (2012). Videos of her hit singles “Don’t Have Love” and “Through My Father’s Eyes” have collectively garnered nearly 2 million YouTube views to date.
Everything I Need, an Artist Garden Entertainment release, will be distributed by New Day Christian Distributors.
There is nothing worse than waking up on the morning of an important recording session or gig with a massive allergy driven head cold. With our artist management company being based in super pollen producing Nashville, TN, we are well aware of the difficulties allergies can cause this time of the year. As we roll into ragweed season, Tennesseans with allergies begin the daily Zyrtec or Claritin regiment and reports are saying this year could be one of the worst ragweed seasons on record.
Many of the artists we have worked with over the years are from other parts of the country. The west coast artists aren’t generally exposed to the heavy doses of ragweed pollen that the southern U.S. produces. When they visit Nashville, they are often surprised by the miserable head cold symptoms our pesky ragweed creates.
Here is my recommendation for artists traveling to the south, midwest and especially Nashville this time of year. Ragweed season generally begins in mid-August but to be safe, I assume the last week of July is the beginning. Ragweed season lasts until the first frost so it could be mid to late October before the coast is clear. Over-the-counter allergy medicines like Zyrtec and Claritin generally take a couple of days to kick in, so I recommend that you start popping those daily allergy pills a couple days before arriving in the south or mid-west. If you are like me, allergy pills can make you a bit drowsy. I choose to take a 24 hour tablet at night just before going to bed and it helps me rest well. Then tank up on coffee in the morning to get your engine going and of course drink tons of water to keep those vocal chords lubricated
While I don’t claim to be a doctor, you will be crying your eyes out if you ignore this advice. Those who take the advice will be singing like a bird…or Celine Dion, Pavoratti and Kelly Clarkson!
Warner Music Group recently reported last quarter streaming revenues surpassed revenue for selling downloads for the first time in history. It’s no wonder Spotify, Pandora, Youtube, Google Play, iTunes Radio, Rdio, The Overflow, Tidal and Apple’s soon to be announced Beats reincarnated streaming service are quickly positioning themselves to battle for the top contender music streaming service spots.
The BIG music streaming wave is upon us and every music artist must decide whether to catch the wave or sit it out. If #1 ranked surfer of all-time, Kelly Slater, had decided to sit it out, he would never have been awarded Surfing World Champion 11 times, his band would never have opened for Pearl Jam and he would never have starred in Baywatch or modeled for Versace. I’ve heard every argument against and many artist’s financial fears of music streaming. Reality is the streaming wave is here and no one can stop it.
If you aren’t familiar with the new Curb Records’ artist, Ryan Corn, prepare yourself for greatness! Ryan recently finished recording his self-produced Curb debut record, Wonderful Things. Fans of John Mayer, Matt Kearney and Dave Barnes will be pleased with Ryan’s fresh pop singer/songwriter music. As part of the marketing launch, Ryan will be doing House Shows to begin introducing some of the new music to folks across the country. If you are interested in booking a Ryan Corn House Show in your home, send an email to email@example.com
When Is Mother’s Day 2014? A date that artists and music marketing professionals should have on their calendars. Why? Mother’s Day is a huge opportunity for selling music to those looking for gifts. Most record companies target holidays but many independent artists don’t think about the holiday marketing opportunities outside of Christmas. Music is now one of the easiest and cheaper gifts that consumers can give. Gifting digital music from iTunes can be now be done with the click of a button and in a matter of seconds to a friend or loved one 1000 miles away. My post a few years back Introducing The iTunes Green Cardexplains how gifting a song is cheaper than sending a card. Why not exploit that and remind your followers and fans?
Planning releases around holidays is also a wise idea as it allows you to take advantage of heavier consumer traffic. Most artists remember that Christmas is a great time for music gifting but they tend to forget the other holiday opportunities throughout the year. Easter is the 2nd biggest holiday for selling Christian music with Mother’s Day close behind.
Valentine’s Day is this week. Anyone taking advantage of that?
Key Holidays For Music Gifting & Buying
When Is Valentine’s Day 2014? – Friday, February 14