In honor of Valentine’s Day and celebrating love—for everyone, even those with gaps between their teeth, dandruff or questionable dance moves—Run River North teamed up with XO Mints on their new social music video, “The Ugly Couple Song.” It features the band covering a song originally written by Joshua Beeman and encourages everyone to open their hearts to love every day.
“The Ugly Couple Song,” created, directed and produced by RPA Advertising with Cut+Run handling editorial, stars three quirky men with humorous and yet somewhat universal tales of their awkward years, finding true love and ultimately starting “something beautiful.”
Fans can download the song on xomints.com for FREE.
Tammi Kidd Hutton was born and raised on her family’s farm in rural Kentucky. She was influenced at a very early age by several of her family members who played bluegrass music, along with her mother’s Motown and classic country album collection.
With her mother’s blessing, Tammi left her college early and followed her heart to Nashville. She began singing publishing demos within the first week of her arrival and signed a publishing deal shortly thereafter.
Tammi’s songs have been covered by a wide range of artists, including Rascal Flatts, Scott McCreery, Leann Rimes, Joe Nichols, and Don Williams and have been features in film and television. Her songs have won both country and pop BMI performance awards.
Nettwerk Management recording artist, Ria Mae, is putting the final touches on her first release through Sony Music. The album is being produced by Juno award winner and much respected hip-hop artist, Classified, also from Halifax. Ria is a unique and soulful artist ready to step out with her fresh new sound, starting with the release of her much-anticipated first single Clothes Off, due later this year.
ARCHIS is the artistic pairing of singer/songwriter Dia Frampton and Joseph Trapanese, a film composer and conductor known for his collaborations with Daft Punk on the Tron score and M83 on the score for Oblivion. Other artists have performed their albums with the backing of a symphonic orchestra, but few have written songs with the sole intent to merge the rich, textured instrumentation of horns and strings to pop vocals. The initial product of this novel concept is a self-titled EP released by Nettwerk on February 23. The six-song EP starts off with “Blood,” a declaration of intent for Frampton, who has already experienced a lifetime in the music business, but is finally feeling the personal fulfillment of doing what she wants.
On March 17, Xavier Rudd will release Nanna, a career-defining album that puts the once solo artist on his feet, playing guitar center stage, as he fronts Xavier Rudd & The United Nations - a one-people musical force. In the past, Rudd’s onstage one-man-band setup included a half-dozen guitar choices, three didgeridoos and various styles of native drum. With the release of Nanna, Rudd explores the next chapter in his extensive career...the role of frontman, amidst some of the best players in the world. Featuring guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keys, horns, flute and backing vocals, the aptly titled Xavier Rudd & The United Nations brings together musicians from all corners of the globe, representing the diverse cultures of Australia, Indigenous Australia, South Africa, Samoa, Germany and Papua New Guinea. Mixed by living legend Errol Brown at Tuff Gong Studios, Nanna earns its place in Rudd's impressive discography.
Boxed In is songwriter and producer Oli Bayston. Having played in indie band Keith, written for The 2 Bears, sung for George FitzGerald and been a producer for the likes of Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs, Rosie Lowe and The Bohicas, Oli is now bringing his wide array of talents to bear on his own solo project.
As his list of credits suggests, he can draw on a wide breadth of musical knowledge. Oli grew up in Berkshire and then Essex in a musical family, the son of a piano teacher and an opera singer. He was surrounded by classical music from a young age, and while he’s now grown to love and draw inspiration from the repetition of composers like Steve Reich at first he rebelled against classical composition.
Schwarz Dont Crack is the brainchild of Ahmad Larnes and Sebastian Kreis, who met in Berlin following Ahmad’s move from New York City and Sebastian’s flee from South Germany, both in search of a more progressive musical landscape. Together they have found a synthesis of sound formed from the rich tapestry of American 90s R&B and the German capital’s perpetual electronic obsession. Their debut EP serves as an introduction to the Schwarz Dont Crack signature sound – rich with pop hooks and melodies that never skirt too far into the mainstream, backed with luscious beats that combine the entrancing snare of a well-produced sound palette without distracting from the thrust of club propulsion.
As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, Nettwerk has launched Nettcast, a twice monthly podcast hosted by Nettwerkers and featuring various Nettwerk artists.
This week, hosts Penny Palmer and Raj Sharma sat down with the lovely and talented Madi Diaz. Find out Madi's thoughts on helicopters and happiness and learn why Madi is probably not the best person to discuss your celebrity crush with.
Hosted by Nettwerkers Raj Sharma, Penny Palmer & special guest Jason Croke!