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Music Artists Success Stories and Testimonials
The Voice NYC Private Auditions
Recently, Music Xray hand-selected and invited about a dozen musicians to have a live, private audition with the casting directors for NBC’s The Voice, here in NYC. We partnered with the Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase and SoundCloud to make it all possible! Check out the video below, to see what a few of them had to say.
Also, don't forget to check out what The Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase is currently offering!
We Are The Catalyst signs Management, Distribution, Tour Deal and more
18 months ago the band We Are The Catalyst came into contact with One Night Stand Music (through Music Xray) and within days were signed to a management deal.
"For the first 12 months we really focused on building the band foundation" said Stuart Cheese of ONSM. "We secured top quality videos for the band and started the business of growing a following, while the band recorded their debut album"
Things have gone from strength to strength over the last few months including the release of a single, introduced by legendary talk show host Jerry Springer.
The track sees all profits going to The Fostering Network via the "Rock for the Children" campaign and it has already landed the band some big name celebrity fans from Hollywood and beyond.
The band are also currently on tour in China, playing a series of shows and festivals, the culmination of which will see We Are The Catalyst play to up to 100,000 fans at the Strawberry Festival in Shanghai.
The band have also recently signed a record deal with Gracie Productions / Seven13 Music which is seeing their debut album re-release globally.
"We could not be happier with what Music Xray, Seven13 Music and One Night Stand have delivered to us. Anyone in doubt about Music Xray need look no further than us and the success we are currently enjoying"
Check out the video for "Dont You Worry Child" HERE!
Check out all of the opportunities from One Night Stand HERE!
Check out all of the opportunities from Gracie Productions/Seven13 Music HERE!
Latin Jazz singer Nancy Ruth gets signed to Spectra Records
Canadian-born jazz singer/Flamenco guitarist Nancy Ruth has joined the Spectra Jazz label roster bringing an authentic Latin intensity with her latest CD "Para Ti" (For You). Spectra Jazz, a subsidiary of Spectra Records houses such artists as Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Grammy Award Nominee Taj Weekes, Robbie Dupree, Gregory Abbott and many others.
Check out all of the opportunites from Spectra Records HERE!
Shena Winchester's video gets played on BET and MTV
Music Xray artist Shena Winchester recently had her video for the song "Can't Stop The Rain" played on BET and MTV thanks to music industry professional Sean De'Bey Here's what Sean had to say: "We are more than excited to give independent musicians the opportunity to gain more exposure, When Shena Winchester sent me her music video Can't Stop The Rain I knew we had a winner, and we will keep helping as many musicians as we can. I was told by many notable people that this business was intended to be fun and creative, me and my partner Mianah Elizabeth and our staff at WLM will keep that tradition in high regards, we are just looking to support really good music period!"
You can watch the video for "Can't Stop The Rain" HERE!
See all the opportunities from Sean De'Bey and WLM HERE!
John Powers has placed over 40 songs!
The artist John Powers says: "Music Xray has been a great site for me to get my music out to the right people. I can't thank all the folks at Music Xray enough. I've been pretty lucky to have met a number of publishers and placed songs with them too. I only just signed up for the site back in April of 2013 after seeing a video on YouTube by Brian Thompson at "Thorny Bleeder". He's a music marketing guy who talked about Music Xray and I checked it out. So, thanks to Brian too. [...]because of Music Xray I placed one of my blues songs with Expressive Artists to be shopped for release as a master with myself as the artist and also pitched as a master for films. I've also hooked up with Zac Cataldo at "Black Cloud Productions" with over 15 songs so far to pitch for TV and commercials. Zac and his team are wonderful and very supportive. I really like the way he runs his company. I would recommend him to any writers looking for good handling. I've also been fortunate to place a load of songs, actually 41 tunes as of today, with "Music of the Sea" and Eddie C. Eddie's got loads of stuff going on in TV, commercials, live shows, and more, and to be working with him is definitely a good place for me to be. Again, without Music Xray this would have never happened. Finally, I've got a couple of my country songs on hold with Alex Johnston at CMI International for a movie that's in pre-production called "Cottonwood" so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I make the final cut [...]. Alex is another great guy who scores loads of films [...]. Alex is almost always looking for tunes to fill slots for a film he's scoring and he keeps an open door policy for me to send him stuff that I think might be good for him. Music Xray is a winner of an idea and my success is the proof. Yes, I wrote the songs, recorded 'em, pitched 'em and did that part, but you guys gave me the vehicle to get my songs in the hands of the right people.
Check out John Powers' music here. Submit to Brian Thompson/Thorny Bleeder here. Submit to Zac Cataldo/Black Cloud Productions here. Submit to Expressive Artists here. Submit to Music of The Sea here. Submit to Alex Johnston/CMI International here.
Jon Purdey’s song placed in the film Vigilante
Music Xray artist Jon Purdey had his track “The Hunted” selected for a movie opportunity by the Music Industry Professional Steve Jennings - 101 Distribution/Arena.com. His track will be in the Movie Vigilante directed by Dena Rivera of Denmar Productions. Mr. Purdey has also been asked to provide music for an upcoming feature film, by the same director, as a result of that selection. Mr. Purdey says, “I saw firsthand the respect the movie’s director had for Steve. A very well connected Music Industry Professional with a no-nonsense approach and quality opportunities.
Check out all of Pulse Records opportunities HERE!
Pop-Up Music places Music Xray artist Dani Poppitt's music in a Saatchi & Saatchi Film
Pop-Up Music placed Music Xray artist Dani Poppitt's song in a Saatchi & Saatchi film.
Curated by Saatchi & Saatchi for VivaWomen!, a Publicis Groupe initiative aimed at raising the profile of women in advertising, 'There's a Good Girl' took its name from Marianne Grabrucker's 1980s bestseller which documented her attempts to raise her daughter gender-neutrally and encourage her to 'reach for the stars'.
The original idea for the exhibition was conceived by Creative Director Jo Wallace, with the intention of showcasing the work of creative women making their mark on contemporary culture. The exhibition was curated by Suzie Quill, Camilla McLean, Lee Sharrock and Layla Boyd, and co-ordinated by Shelley Dobson and Lisa Robbins.
20 ground-breaking women creatives and artists exhibited in 'There's a Good Girl' (TAGG), which showcased unique sculpture, photography, film, illustration, painting and digital art.
Eddie Sea helped place Antonio Resende's song "Children of Fun" on the Bravo cable series "Kathy".
He has also helped place numerous songs by Tim Koss including "Feather Bossa" in the Canadian Blockbuster "No Clue", directed by Carl Bessai, and "Blue Weather" in the Comedy Central series "Tosh.0". Along with these placements Eddie has been selling Tim's catalog of albums worldwide. Tim Koss thanks Eddie for his work to secure publishing deals and placements so he can focus on his music.
The artist Archie Thompson got a song placed into the movie Demonic (House of Horrors), a Weinstein/Dimension Films movie.
Chase Horseman got his song "Virgin Islands" in a Rock Star energy drink commercial.
The Carrie Diaries on the CW Network picked up the song "Nuclear Boy" by Pete Berwick, and another track by Robert Allen. Mr. Allen also got a song in the TV series Scandal.
He placed Otto Vector's song "Miss Murphy Malone" on MTV's "Real World". Otto said in response to his work: "Eddie seems to work very hard for his bands and we hope to continue getting placements through him."
He placed Rudo's song "Own It" and Rob Owen's song "3 to Eleven" in the independent film "High Stepping".
He placed Roeland Ruijsch's song "Beautiful Bizar" on MTV's reality show "Made". Along with this he placed Steel's song "Good Vibes" on numerous MTV shows like "Jump Start", "AMTV Morning Jams", and "Cafeina".
Eddie has also placed Blind Truth's song "I Want Her" in "Scary Movie 5".
Jon Purdey's song "End of Times" was placed in the documentary "Ingenius, How Steve Jobs Changed The World", as well as his song "The Fox and the Hare" on the show "Road Trip Nation" on National Geographic Explorer.
Finally, Eddie Sea has worked with Elite Sync Lab's Bianca Chambliss's song "We are the Young Ones" and placed it in a Andrew Christian Anthem Video.
Congratulations to these artists! Check out the latest opportunities from Eddie Sea here.
W.E.R.M. signs to Universal Music Group's flagship label, Republic
W.E.R.M. has just been signed to Republic after submitting their tracks to Industry Professional Jeff Blue via MusicXray.
Formed in 2011, W.E.R.M. is a four-piece alternative dubstep-rock band consisting of vocalist/guitarist Clayton Sturgeon, guitarist Chris Clark, DJ/electronic Isaiah Swor and drummer Nate Mullins. Each member has their own unique style, collectively making an exciting, unique sound.
Music Xray artist Mary Sarah records a new hit album with ten of the greatest living legends of country!
Congratulations to Music Xray artist Mary Sarah. She found her manager Sharon Dennis, President of Dennis Management in Nashville, on Music Xray. Now Mary's new album, Bridges, is the number 1 hot country release on Amazon. AND LOOK AT THE ARTISTS SHE HAS RECORDED WITH: Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Lynn Anderson, Tanya Tucker, The Oak Ridge Boys, Vince Gill, Ronnie Milsap, Neil Sedaka and more. What could Music Xray do for you?
Check out Mary Sarah's album "Bridges" - Mary Sarah and Friends. The album features duets with ten of the greatest living legends of country music and is designed to promote the legacy of traditional country, while passing the figurative torch to an appreciative new generation.
Check out the latest opportunities from Eddie Sea HERE!
Pulse Records Places Multiple Artists and Songs in Mainstream Retail Stores for Christmas + Royalties
Pulse Records placed the following songs from Music Xray artists to be played across popular national indoor and outdoor mall chains, national retail shops, restaurant chains, fashionable retail plazas and well-known big box retailers for the Christmas shopping season. Sound designers looked to Music Xray for new music, undiscovered artists and unique ways to enhance their shoppers experience by creating a musical and cultural connection.
Splash Galaxy Music gets rapper K-Squeez's track licensed in Brine TV Ad
The song "Sleep When I Die" by Detroit based rapper K-Squeez has been commercially licensed by Brine for an upcoming ad campaign including TV commercials and online advertisements. Brine is a manufacturer of products for lacrosse, soccer and volleyball and is located in the USA. You can check out their products at http://brine.com/. K-Squeez says, "We are excited to be representing a brand like Brine who's motto is "Every Victory Earned"!" The ad is currently airing online and at ESPN2 and ESPNU
Check out all of Splash Galaxy Music's opportunities HERE
Stadium Licensing Success: The Immortals spinning live during a sold out NBA game
The Immortals Project had their track "Pass It Off" selected by producers as part of Pulse Record’s Sports Stadium Licensing Opportunity. The song debuted live at the sold-out Moda Center in front of over 20,000 fans during a Portland Trail Blazers home game.
Check out all of Pulse Records opportunities HERE!
All girl rock band Riot Child signed a co-publishing deal with BMG after submitting their music to Jeff Blue via Music Xray
All girl rock band Riot Child signed a co-publishing deal with BMG after submitting their music to Jeff Blue via Music Xray
Additionally, the band is in conversations with two major labels and they're evaluating their options. Jeff Blue said, "I love finding new bands on Music Xray. Riot Child will be the third for which I secure a major label deal and I've done publishing deals with quite a few."
Jeff was responsible for signing Macy Gray, Hoobastank, Linkin Park, Daniel Powter, Korn, & Limp Bizkit.
Ken Roberts Music Featured on hit Showtime series The Affair, Commercials and More
“Since becoming a member at Music Xray I have had multiple songs picked up for commercials, TV and movies. But a definite high point so far was landing a feature spot in episode 5 of the hit Showtime series The Affair. Rather than simply play my song as background music, they integrated the song into a scene and it became part of the action, which was very cool. Somewhere around 3.5 million viewers have heard the song, which translated into quite a lot of plays on Pandora and YouTube, as well as spurring sales of my new album California. I certainly will continue to work with MusicXray.”
- Ken Roberts
Check out Ken Roberts and his album 'California' HERE!
Oceanroyal gets their music video streamed in retail stores nationwide, receiving 6.3 million impressions in one store chain alone!
The band Oceanroyal submit their song ‘Flower Bones' to White Night Music Group/Pulse Records USA. The song and video made the cut, and during the month of June their music video was streamed nationwide in multiple retail chain store locations, receiving 6.3 million impressions across 564 Walmart stores alone! This was the first time a music video of theirs received significant exposure and airplay. Oceanroyal says, “[this] wouldn’t have happened without Music Xray’s service! These kinds of opportunities and successes help replenish our creativity and inspire us to keep doing what we love - to create music.”
CBM Records recently signed Music Xray artists Luke Keating, Winter Circle, Allie Kay Band, and are in talks with two others. CEO/Founder Kimberly James says, "I wanted to personally thank MusicXray for the very professional and talented bands we have had the opportunity to not only review, but sign to our label. We love having Music Xray as a source for talent as well as opportunities for the label and it’s artists."
Luke Keating www.lukekeatingmusic.com
Dublin, Ireland - Luke is seeing much success already and people in the US are very excited about his music. Up next, we are working towards getting him on Jimmy Fallon and touring. He’s also getting some great play on the radio.
Winter Circle www.wintercircle.com
Oklahoma City, OK - Winter Circle are in the studio working on new Eps and have just released an extended version with us of “Clouds Call to Ground”. Winter Circle have already had a lot of success which makes working with them a joy, all of these acts are very pro. Up next, likely touring with label mates Maximus or show swaps and music videos. There’s a lot of excitement around them.
Allie Kay Band www.facebook.com/AllieKayBand
Los Angeles, CA - Working on release details soon. This phenomenal Joan Jett of her time really got our attention. We are working with her mom on new images, videos and have a skater/snowboarder trained by Shaun White interested in being in her video. This band also has been getting a lot of excitement. They just played Warped Tour.
No Blitz lands the trailer for 2014 Video Game Winter Release “Snowboard Party”
No Blitz had their song "Slow Down" selected by producers as part of Pulse Record’s Extreme Sports Video Game Placement Opportunity. The song was chosen for the game Snowboard Party and even appears in the game's trailer.
Gracie Productions signs hip-hop artist Ande Bishop
Gracie Productions has signed talented producer turned rapper Ande Bishop to their label. His EP “Oceans” drops 4/28/15. After spending the past few years honing his production skills, producer turned rapper Ande Bishop decided to bless the rap world with his own bars.
Check out all of the opportunites from Gracie Productions HERE!
Minnie Birch Reviewed in Music Connection Magazine
I wanted to send a big "Thank you" I submitted my track "Glitter" to be reviewed by Music Connection magazine back in the summer and it was selected. They were really complimentary of the track which was a nice boost and I got a few messages from people on twitter/facebook saying they'd seen it and tracked down my music because of it.
This was my first piece of press out in America and it came it in June which coincided with me being out in Tennessee playing some shows, so the the timing was really perfect.
Pulse Records gets the band Breaking Southwest US video rotation and music cleared for NFL broadcasts
The band Breaking Southwest submitted their song and video 'Breathe' to 'Pulse Records, which Pulse was able to place in nationwide rotation in retail stores. The band has a great clean country/rock sound so Pulse Records records took the liberty to cross pitch them at no additional charge to their clients at the NFL. The NFL producers not only cleared the first track Pulse Records pitched, 'Friday Night Lights', but also cleared three more tracks for broadcast including ‘Party Till Sunday', ‘Raise A Glass' and ‘Rubber On This Road'. Congrats to Breaking Southwest and Pulse Records for securing two huge exposure opportunities.
Check out the video for Breaking Southwest's song 'Breathe' ‘HERE'
John Arth signs publishing deal with JTV Digital through Music Xray
I have been selected a few times on music X-ray. I must say that your service has really changed the way I look at how to distribute and get in contact with industry professionals.
One of my songs "Rain" was selected 4 times, for me that is amazing with that kind of feedback for a song. I decided to go with JTV Digital, a global music company handling production, publishing, digital distribution and artist promotion / marketing, run by a music professional with solid experience in the digital music industry. I signed the song with JTV and we are now working hard to get the song out to the public, starting with their summer compilation "Summer Tunes" as well as a single release of the song.
Thank you so much for your great service! - John Arth
Women of Substance Radio has been finding amazing artists on Music XRay since 2011
Women of Substance Radio has been finding amazing artists on Music XRay since 2011. We recently launched a weekday Music Podcast on November 21 which has, as of January 14, reached #8 on the iTunes chart for ALL music Podcasts. We are very proud of the show and know this success is largely due to the artists we partnered with on Music XRay recently. Here are some of the best artists we found over the last few months: Liv Margaret, Aeona, Rece Jay, Casey Schreiber, Jane of Arc, Ellen M Wilson, Hickory Blue, PennyAnty feat. Rhonda Hitchcock, Kerry Kelley, Candice Russell, Levitika, Taylor X
Check out the opportunities from Women of Substance Radio HERE
The Freedom/Guilt Equation playing at Walk The Line Festival
The Freedom/Guilt Equation says, “Thanks to Music Xray we were able to contact all kinds of people who might be interested in our music - it’s a brilliant service.”
See all opportunities from Kiss My Face Music HERE
Toby Tune has a song from his 60’s band placed in Season 6 of Mad Men
Toby Tune saw a listing on Music Xray from Fervor Records seeking authentic music from the 60’s. His old group, Blue Sandlewood Soap, came to mind so he submitted a song. They ended up buying the publishing rights for 8 tunes. One of those songs, ‘Friends I Haven’t Met Yet' was sold to the TV series Mad Men and had 31 seconds airtime in Season 6 Episode 4 as a source tune through the radio. Toby says, “I have to say that I submit my music to many sites, but the most success that I get is from Music Xray. The best part is KNOWING who the submission is going to rather than being hidden like most other sites. And I get good feedback as well.”
The album “Loring Park Love Ins”, which features the song, is available on iTunes and other digital retailers.
Check out Toby's music HERE
Snoop Dogg featured on Selin Stone's track produced by Mike Gonsolin (Trend Def Studios).
Pop singer Selin Stone got in touch with up and coming L.A. producer, Mike Gonsolin through Music Xray. Selin then went to LA to work with Mike at his facility, Trend Def Studios, and cut three tracks with him and his team. Mike, already a go to producer in the industry for pop, rock, hip hop and EDM, then got Snoop Dogg to feature on one of the tracks. The song is now scheduled to hit radio in late 2014.
Mike and Trend Def credits include: Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton, Benny Blanco, The Veronicas, Billy Rae Cyrus, Limp Bizkit, Sammy Adams, W.E.R.M. and many more.
See all of the opportunities from Trend Def Studios HERE
Producer Dee Dot's track "Star Struck (Instrumental)" placed in Sony Playstation game "Hustle Kings"
The Far Removed's story is quite unique. They write remotely from two different parts of the country, but their musical telepathy seems to overcome that. Check out an article that tells there story here.
Pulse Records get Sports TV and Arena Placements for American Swindle, Fly2Void, and Defying Olympus
The Band American Swindle, Defying Olympus, and the Artist Fly2Void each had multiple songs picked up by the following: Various sports-related entities, including but not limited to Fox Sports, FSN, FS1, FS2, Big-10 Network, NFL Network, NFLFilms, CSN, G4, NASCAR Productions, ESPN, NBC Sports, ABC Sports, CBS Sports, National Geographic, MTV, TV Land, Comedy Central, Spike TV, Tres, EPIX, DIRECTV, Root Sports, TBS, TNT, PAC-12, their affiliates, and all North American (U.S. and Canada) sports venues (stadiums, arenas, racetracks, etc).
One Night Stand gets We Are The Catalysts' new single world premiered on Playstation
Late in 2013 One Night Stand Music and Management came in to contact with the rock band 'We Are The Catalyst' through a submission they made on Music Xray. The band had a lot of potential said co-owner of ONS Stuart Cheese but needed work to build a really solid foundation that you need to succeed in the music industry.
Over the past few months we have worked closely with the band while they recorded their new album working tirelessly on every aspect of their profile. August the 22nd saw another huge step forward as Playstation took the worldwide premiere of the bands latest single seeing them take their place on the PS3 and PS4's Vidzone alongside such bands as Linkin Park, AC/DC, Foo Fighters and Motorhead."
"This is only the beginning" said Kenny B "Thanks to Music Xray, we have found an amazing manager and management company who are delivering real results. We can't wait to see what the future hold"
Stuart Cheese added "We are always on the look out for real talent to nurture, but much like We Are The Catalyst, we are only looking for truly amazing artists"
You can check out all of One Night Stand's Opportunities HERE!
Music Xray fits perfectly with Stage Republic's New Business Model
Stage Republic is the vehicle of expression of eclectic Dutch singer-songwriter Raven. Raven used Music Xray to pre-launch his new album, in which individual songs were almost immediately picked up by Music Xray MIP's Charlie Mac, Eddie Sea, Zilah Music Publishing, Pulse Records, Music Boulevard Group and a number of others. In a couple months time, all 11 songs on the album have been picked up for synching opportunities in film, TV, sport events and ads. Some MIPs have also licensed Raven's entire back catalog for synching purposes. Raven: "It's an amazing feeling to have all the songs contracted out even before the official launch of the Stage Republic album. I'm a very small artist without the support of a major marketing machine behind me. I had no way of getting the attention of people with credible music networks in the US. Music Xray has change all that or me. It's given me the opportunity to be heard, critiqued and selected by some amazing people that are actively representing and pushing the music because they believe in the songs." Being successful on Music Xray has changed raven's position to the extent that it is now helping him to gather interest for his Stage Republic album in his home country. Music Xray has enabled Raven to develop a new business model for himself that works and attracts attention. Pre-releasing the songs for synching has put him in a position where he can now give away the entire album to his fans for free. Download the Stage republic album HERE.
Music Xray has been the ultimate launching pad for Lions Named Leo
Success? Lions Named Leo say: "Yes, yes, yes, and more YES! Lions Named Leo continues to have success and selections on Music Xray. I can barely keep track!!! Our song Say has been 'selected' 8 times! Rag Doll 2 times and Pound two times, and Can I Want the World There Too one time. But the biggest success, that isn't even recorded, is we picked up Grammy Winning Manager/Producer Dennis Rubenstein! How's that for success!?!?!? Music Xray has been the ultimate launching pad for Lions Named Leo. Now, with the addition of Dennis, you WILL hear our ROAR!!!" -Rob Saranpa, Bassist - Lions Named Leo
Bravo's new reality show "Blood, Sweat and Heels" featuring two songs from Music Xray artist Raymond L.
Artist Raymond L. had two songs, "Champion" & "Olympian" placed in Bravo's new reality show "Blood, Sweat and Heels" by Eddie "Sea", founder of Music Of The Sea
Check out the latest opportunities from Eddie Sea here.
Gracie Productions signs OSPO Black to Distribution Deal
Gracie productions signed the rap artists OSPO Black to a distribution deal after finding them on Music Xray. Gracie has already released their new EP "Paradox" and the first single "Get Down" is already the #9 most played Indie on the Urban Mediabase charts with 15 major stations spinning the single and growing.
Check out all of the opportunities from Gracie Productions HERE!
Music Xray the "Go To" Source for Artist Management Company
"I run a music artist management company and started using Music Xray about a year ago and have found it to be the best way to get my artist valuable exposure and music evaluations. We've already had 3 songs selected and have several more on hold. This has given us a way into the TV and Music Industry with our music. It helps to have great production and good songs to be selected but choosing the right opportunities has made Music Xray my "Go To" source for all my artist's way into the TV and Movie music industry."
- Big A, Owner/Manager at Avenger Clique Management
Leon Lacroix's Debut Album, Next Level Dreams, signed to Chance MUSIC
Leon Lacroix's debut album, Next Level Dreams, was recently released on Chance MUSIC. The first single, Flashing Lights, since released late 2013, has received airplay on multiple radio stations in 12 territories to date: Australia, Britain, Canada, Ecuador, France, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. Chance MUSIC A&R Manager Nick Chance says: Without Music Xray, we would not have found Leon Lacroix or he us, nor would his music have been heard in 12 global territories, nor would we be talking to 6 other artists with potential to sign at a later date. - Nick Chance
Rob Owen has multiple placements on Digonal View Network!
Artist Rob Owen had multiple placements on Diagonal View Network thanks to Eddie "Sea", founder of Music Of The Sea. Some of Rob's tracks include 'Jesus Was A Good Guy', 'White Sand', 'Blue Water', 'Stand Up and Be Counted', and 'Love Will Be Our Friend.'
Check out the latest opportunities from Eddie Sea here.
Artist Jorgen Sangsta has had great success with MusicXray!
Artist Jorgen Sangsta has had great success with MusicXray! His track "DreamWalk" was selected by HMP Recording and Development for a Canadian independent film and "Brazilian Lady" was selected by Stuart Cheese of One Night Stand Music for placement in a major U.S. film. Jorgen also had two tracks, "Walkabout In The Mountains" and "Till The Morning Light" selected by Will Griggs of Music 4 Screen.
cyberbruce's track, "Annabelle" picked up for the 2014 MIDEM Blues Compilations"
MusicXray contributor, cyberbruce had his song, Annabelle picked up in January 2014 for the MIDEM COMPILATIONS in the blues category by Allen Johnston. The track, Annabelle, written and performed by cyberbruce along with Ventura blues guitarist, Rick Messock was recorded in cyberbruce’s home studio in Santa Barbara, CA. The song was featured at MIDEM FESTIVAL, Feb. 1 – 4, 2014, Cannes, France. “It was really a thrill to have the song exposed by MusicXray and then picked by one of the MIPs looking for new material! It was extra special having ‘Annabelle’ pitched at the MIDEM event this year. Even though I have only submitted 5 songs to MusicXray, I make it a priority to pitch every song to at least two or three opportunities. Writers and performers need to realize how massive their competition is these days for so few slots. I am really happy to have MusicXray on my side – supporting me in my quest for recognition in the music business.” Listen to Annabelle HERE!
Steve Parisien's Track "Wherever The Weather" Picked up by Djamboe Music"
Steve Parisien and his co-writer, Laurel Moore, had their track "Wherever The Weather" selected by Djamboe Music for placement in Starbuck's (worldwide), Trump Toweres, and other assorted restaurant and hotel chains across the globe. "I'll say it over and over again, but Music Xray has been monumental in making this come about." - Steve Parisien Check out the rest of Steve's catalouge HERE!
Tony Gillespie's song placed in upcoming film "The Amazing Wizard of Paws!"
Music Xray artist Tony Gillespie has had his song “Liberate” placed in the upcoming film “The Amazing Wizard of Paws” directed by Michael Stoller.
Congratulations to Tony! Check out the trailer for "The Amazing Wizard of Paws" HERE!
Joseph Alonso's songwriting career has taken off: Songs picked up for artist placements, TV, Film and more!
Music Xray user Joseph Alonso had a song signed for TV and Film with The Goo and another five songs were signed with Music of the Sea for TV, Film and Advertising placements. Even more exciting news for Mr. Alonso is that two of his songs have been picked up by JTV Digital in Paris for a new recording artist. They plan on releasing his songs as the first and second singles! Mr. Alonso says, "Thanks to Music Xray my songwriting career has taken off in less than two years." Joseph Alonso's Music - Click Here JTV Digital - Click Here Eddie Sea / Music of the Sea - Click Here
Music Xray Opens Doors for K. Pierce & Songwriting Team
Justine Dorsey's Video picked up for National Rotation
The artist Justine Dorsey recently had her video for the song "Under Construction" approved for national rotation in major retail stores including McDonalds, Denny's, Taco Bell, KFC, malls, female oriented clothing stores and more. Justine submitted to White Knight Music Group (BMI)/ Pulse Records USA who were able to secure the deal which will include millions of new viewers, screen credit and 4-6 weeks of consecutive rotation. This isn't the first success story from Justine and we know if won't be the last!
Check out Justine Dorsey's video for "Under Construction"here. Submit to White Knight Music Group (BMI)/ Pulse Records USA here.
Lee Fisher made the switch to Music Xray and is happy he did!
The artist Lee Fisher had some kind words for Music Xray and is happy he made the switch. "Thank you for your awesome company! I am an Ex-music (Cab Company) Member (I think you know who I am talking about!) I felt taken by their expensive (Toll Fees) plus they never seemed to get me to my musical destination.... BUT YOU GUYS DID! This past year I have signed with 2 companies who accepted my instrumental music. EARGOO accepted 2 of my instrumental pieces and is starting up a new online music licensing company and hopefully will be up and running soon,with a 3 year publishing contract in hand hopefully I can see some dreams FINALLY come true. But there's more, I also recently signed with (Music Blvd. Group) who accepted 1 of my songs to be part of their licensing catalog -PLUS ADDED ME TO THEIR STABLE OF COMPOSERS! This will be an incredible opportunity for me, I can supply music continually to them and be included on their private custom music needs. By accident I came upon your web-site, but I'm so glad I took the leap of faith in your company!You Delivered the Goods! Thank You, Lee Fisher
The Quiet Revolution working with Stuart Epps, Jeff Bova, and gets music picked up by a Hollywood-based Music Library
Tal Moore is the songwriter behind the music project called The Quiet Revolution. Last year he submitted a song called 'Old Habits Die Slowly' to the MIP Stuart Epps. Mr. Epps loved it, added some instrumentation to it, and remixed and mastered it. Then Stuart and Tal worked on a couple other songs together. Tal got a lot of encouraging compliments from Stuart throughout the process and was also added to Stuart's website HERE. Tal then submitted his track "Down The Drain" to Grammy award winning MIP Jeff Bova. They ended up working on 6 songs together in Bovaland, his studio in Hollywood. Finally a Hollywood-based music library picked up his song "Extra" that he worked on with Jeff. Tal says, "I'm very grateful to Music Xray for giving me the opportunity to connect with such incredible people and advance my musical career. So this is a great opportunity to say...thanks! Love you guys."
Submit to Stuart Epps here. Submit to Jeff Bova here. See all of the opportunities from the Music Licensing firm based in LA here
"I thank Musix Xray for this. I feel that finally my music gets the chance to be listened to by people who can do great things with it. - LMG
Showtime's "Shameless" Picks up Songwriter and Producer Combination With More to Come
Rob “PUSH” Coleman has been working with Music Xray to find artists for labels, song placements and also for TV and Film licensing. He has had success in the past with our artists including a placement in A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas. Now he is back again and had this to tell us: “Phil Ogden and Bryan Steele are a producer/writer team I found on Music Xray...great music and awesome people to work with too. In any event I pitched one of their songs to a major publisher who places tons of songs in film/tv and in the end it was picked up for Showtime’s "Shameless", starring William H. Macy. In addition to this great placement, the publisher is looking to building a long lasting relationship with Bryan and Phil so expect more to come."
What a great connection and congratulations to Bryan and Phil. We are looking forward to hearing more success from these guys and Rob.
To see the latest opportunities from Rob please visit his profile here and to check out the great music made by Phil and Bryan see their epk and portfolio here.
Three Songs Placed in New Spike Lee Film
Three out of eleven songs selected by Charlie Mac were signed for the the new Spike Lee film called, "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Kills You"! It's an action packed, gritty story of two New York City homicide detectives that are forced into the high-stakes world of the hip hop industry. A complex web of murder, sex, money and music unfolds as the homicide detectives track a serial killer with an appetite for some of hip hop's biggest stars. We were happy to see that Charlie was able to find great songs to make it through the final selection process and were really excited when he let us know that three of our artists made it on the film. Charlie really has an ear for music and has the right connections. That, combined with great songs from our artists makes for a winning combination!
Congratulations artists and we look forward to hearing your music in what we are sure will be another great film by one of the top producers of our time.
Check out the latest opportunities by Charlie Mac here.
Lois Paton has tracks licensed for TV/Film and joins The Audio Plugz composing team
After getting a few submissions knocked back, in the ’needs improvement' category, I was beginning to wonder whether my music just wasn’t up to scratch. However, I was encouraged to get ‘this is great but it doesn’t meet our needs at the moment, let’s keep in touch’ type feedback, so I kept going and improving what I was doing. In December I ended up getting two successful submissions, and now I have 3 tracks licensed for sync for film and TV, and am delighted to have joined the regular composing team for ‘The Audio Plugz’ in Atlanta as a result. Thanks MusicXray!
Tracy Lawrence Records and FOX Sports Features a Song Discovered on Music Xray!
With over 3500 songs and acts selected for opportunities in the past 6 months, there are a lot of big ones to talk about including major label signings, major motion picture placements and even a few we've been told we can't mention. But today we want to send a special congratulations to Justin Honaman.
Atlanta-based Honaman submitted his song "Saturday In The South" to Alex Torrez of Torrez Music Group in Nashville. Alex invited him to Music City to work on some rewrites and last year the song was used by CBS Sports as a lead in to SEC football games.
This year, the song has been re-recorded by mega-star Tracy Lawrence and picked up by FOX Sports. Here's an excerpt from the official press release:
"Thirteen million football fans will soon hear a new theme from multi-platinum recording artist Tracy Lawrence as FOX Sports South and SportSouth launch their biggest college football kickoff campaign in the networks' history, showcasing the song "Saturday In The South."
Lawrence's "Saturday In The South" debuts Thursday, September 1, and will be the music centerpiece for the FOX Sports and SportSouth college football campaigns. The networks will broadcast over 70 games from the SEC, ACC, Conference USA, Big 12 and Pac-12 and the weekly college football shows SEC Gridiron LIVE and The NEW College Football Show during the season."
To see the latest opportunities from Alex and TMG visit his profile here.
Troy Mariman Talks about His Band's Song Placement in Film, 'Friends With Benefits'
Troy Mariman is the drummer for musician Eric Paul. Mariman explains: "Last year, through Music Xray, we were put in touch with a LA licensing firm, who got us a song placement in the movie 'Friends With Benefits.' The song 'Paradise Dreaming (Frozen Miles),' was featured in the film four times. Soon after the film's release, Shaun White [pro-snowboarder], went on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' to promote the film. The clip they showed had 'Paradise Dreaming' playing in the background; and last week, we released our sophomore album 'Fifteen of Fame.' Can't wait to see what the future holds. Thank you Music Xray for all you do for unknown artists."
Come see what other placements LA licensing firms have to offer here.
Multiple Artists are Being Placed in Upcoming Episodes for Bravo, Discovery And America's Top Model
Jim Hughes is a music-supervisor and composer's agent searching for new talent with the right new music for television, film, and the gaming market. Jim has found multiple artists on Music Xray and most recently he has signed artists whose music will be placed in upcoming episodes for Bravo, Discovery and America's Top Model. Congratulations to Adonis Aletras, Brad J. Halverson, Mike Kroell(MSKP3) and Jon Purdey. We are looking forward to hearing your music on some of our favorite shows!
Annelise Collette songs placed on Telemundo & Dance Mom AND has whole catalogue picked up
Annelise Collette had quite the June and May of 2013. Telemundo place her song Atom Bomb in 10 episodes of their program Corozon Valiente and Dance Mom’s used 3 of her songs in season 3. She released her new album OUT OF THIS WORLD around the same time and her whole catalogue of music picked up by Smash Haus Music. Finally her was able to become a member of The Recording Academy (a dream since she was young)! She says "Thumbs up to Music Xray as you have been a big part of my achievements!"
Check out all of the opportunities from Songs 4 Screens who helped facilitate her success and placementshere.
Riley Roe song selected for MTV
The song "Still" by Music Xray artist Riley Roe, composed and written by Jim Ivins, has been selected for Episode 102 of the new MTV show "Big Tips Texas". Not only will the song be featured in the show, there will also be a screen crawl of the artist/song name during the song play and before the commercial break. Talk about great exposure! The crew at Songs 4 Screens could not be more thrilled about this placement.
Check out all of the opportunities from Songs 4 Screens here.
Christian Heath tracks at Trend Def Studios with producer Mike Gonsolin
Singer Christian Heath's rock group got in touch with L.A. Producer Mike Gonsolin through Music X-Ray. Christian's group recorded and wrote two songs with Mike Gonsolin at Trend Def Studios. Mike then got one of the tracks placed onto an upcoming major record for Sony, got Christian a feature singing on the track, and had P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel perform on the record as well.
Trend Def Studio's credits include Lady Gaga, P.O.D., DJ Lethal (Limp Bizkit), Sammy Adams, Andy Milonakis, Cisco and Shwayze, and many more.
Jennie Walker Places Artists in Travel Promo Videos
Jennie Walker the award winning film producer, video editor, and music supervisor at JennieGirl Productions, placed music in videos from two artists she found on Music Xray using the song match system. The special video project was for an international bespoke travel company that was seeking music to place in videos of exotic locations in Africa and the Arctic, as well as testimonial videos of clients. Jennie placed Louis Schulte's song "Light Hong Mei Sun" in a client testimonial video, and Jeromy Darling's song "Ferris Wheel" in two travel videos. Jeromy Darling's video has already received over 7,000 hits, after being featured in The Daily Beast and Travel and Leisure.
Check out the videos featuring Jeromy Darling's music Here and Here.
Check out the video with Louis Schulte's music Here.
You can find more information and opportunities from Jennie Walker Here.
Pat Flanakin Signs Licensing and Publishing Deal with HMP Recording & Development
Pat Planakin has been a pro musician most of his life, played in various bands, and as a solo artist, has opened for some major acts, but has recently been concentrating on writing. Pat has written over 400 songs in different genres, including country, pop, rock, blues, children's music, and holiday music. Mr. Planakin recently signed a non-exclusive publishing agreement with HMP Recording & Development through Music Xray because of his song "Always the Last to Know". Pat says that HMP Recording & Development has been "very responsive and great to work with."
Monica Phillips' song placed on TLC's The Sisterhood
Monica Phillips is an accomplished gospel singer/songwriter. After singing with a group for ten years they disbanded and Monica continued to make music. She signed up for Music Xray and submitted her song New Wine to IntrinityMusic. The song was then placed in the TLC reality show The Sisterhood.
Congrats to Monica and we wish you continued success in spreading your wonderful gospel music.
Maureen Fichten finds success with Music Xray
Maureen Fichten is an accomplished singer/songwriter having studied acting and singing as a child in small town Massachusetts, continuing her studies in New York City at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
The Canadian producer and A Major Sound CEO Paul Milner selected Marueen's song "So Long" for an artist that he is working with. The same song has also been pitched to Selena Gomez's writing team through Music Xray. Her songs have also been selected for airplay on Woman of Substance Radio and WWIR Butterflies Radio. Maureen says, "Even when some songs have not been selected, it has opened up relationships with producers. Thanks Music Xray!."
Expedition Recordings Adds Producer/Mixer to Roster
Expedition Recordings picked up and added a couple remixers to their label in early 2013. Kiley Thompson, head of A&R at Expedition Recordings, informed us that out "of the thirteen artists presently signed with Expedition Recordings, eight were found with Music Xray submissions. Of our remixers and producers, two were recruited from work they did." She went on to say that not only did they find artists/producers through Music Xray, their "entire label is a Music Xray product." Furthermore, compilation requests and pre-release reviews from "top international DJs from around the globe" have happened for each release on their label, thus far.
We caught up with one of the two remixers, Ortalio, that currently works under Expedition Recordings. Ortalio says that he is “quite regular remixer” and is “involved with projects with other artists signed to the label.” Under Expedition Recordings, he is thinking of dropping his “own full-length album as well.” Ortalio signed on with Expedition Recordings after submitting to an opportunity that he found fitting to his interests. He said it only cost him about $10.00. Signing with Expedition is “a real step forward for” him, but “what is more important, [is it’s] a step in the right direction.”
SkyTone Records and DigitalMaster Productions Sign Publishing Deal
SkyTone Records and DigitalMaster Productions signed a publishing deal with Texas songwriter and Music Xray artist Ben Earls with their ASCAP affiliate. Taking note of Ben's talent over the past few months and his great attitude about songwriting has allowed them to push Ben forward in his music career. Ben's song "She's Done" was demoed and recently selected for national release on country artist Matt Farris's brand new CD out summer 2013.
Congrats to Ben Farris, SkyTone Records, and DigitalMaster Productions for their success. We look forward to seeing what other great things are in store.
To see the latest opportunities from SkyTone Entertainment click here.
Justine Dorsey's career is taking off!
Since we last met up with Justine Dorsey at her The Voice! audition she landed via Music Xray, her career has started to take off. She was selected as one of the top submissions for Nan Cassidy's 2013 "Tunesmith Christmas in July" project for her song 'No One Will Be Along On Christmas Eve'. Along with this selection, Indie Artist Magazine is doing a feature on her, she's signed with the independent Los Angeles Label Unison Music Group, and filming new videos.
Justine says, "Since I started with Music Xray, I have been able to acquire literally hundreds of fans through Fan Match. These are real fans that seem to like my music and have offered me their email addresses so I can keep them posted on my progress. I didn't know what to make of FanMatch when I'd first heard of it, but I'm so glad I signed up for the program when it went live. You guys are seriously awesome."
Band, Shellshock Lullaby, Gets Radio Airplay & More
In the first year of using Music Xray, the band Shell Shock Lullaby has had quite a lot of exposure. From April 29th - May 4th of this year (2013), Rokkus Radio featured the band on their radio show, Middaze, every day between the hours of 10am and 2pm. Also recently, on May 6th & 7th, Suck Free Radio played their song “Crimson Sky.” This airplay only lead to more song exposure on other “internet radio stations including Relax Free Radio, KGUP 106.5 FM, NWCZ Radio, Untapped Radio, and New Driven Radio.”
Aside from airplay on online radio, the band “signed a publishing deal with HD Music Now - a full service music supervision and music licensing firm,” and they’ve received “several very good song critiques from top notch producers.” The band sees this as “only the beginning,” where they “look forward to the future opportunities Music Xray will help create.”
Take a listen to Shell Shock’s Crimson Sky and more music.
Want to have your music played on independent radio? Suckfree Radio is looking for music that doesn’t suck.
Music Xray Artists Take Spots in SingerUniverse & SongwriterUniverse Competitions
SongwriterUniverse & SingerUniverse, founded and hosted by Dale Kawashima, holds a "Best Vocalist Of The Month" and "Best Song Of The Month" Competition through Music Xray. We spoke to contestants from both of these competitions, and asked what they had to say about their individual experiences.
Paul Koudouris - a Winner of SingerUniverse “Best Vocalist Of The Month” Competition exclaimed: "I am grateful and I hope my debut album 'Twenty-Something' leads to more success, as I build it from the ground up independently to listeners ears. Also, without Music Xray, I feel a lot of independent artists, such as myself, would not get their music discovered by [those in the] industry, or [new] listeners."
Melissa Harding - a Top Five Finalist in SongwriterUniverse “Best Song Of The Month” Contest said:
"Songwriting has always been a huge part of my life. This year, I realized it was time to really focus on the songs I'd been writing. Here's how quickly it happened: In September I said, 'I wanna demo some songs.' By October I'd decided, 'I don't want demos, I want to REALLY record,' and by mid-November, I was completing a successful kickstarter project raising the funds to do it. By February, my new music project "Set Me Apart" was up on iTunes and I was all ready to go on Music Xray! Music Xray has been an ideal place to submit to all kinds of opportunities. I was recently selected to be featured on 'Women of Substance Radio', as well as KLEDLive, 91.1 FM! My song 'Waiting For a Sign' was also selected as a finalist for the 'Best Song of the Month' contest on SongwriterUniverse.com. And although there are instances where songs aren't selected, I still feel that I have connected with someone; and also, with more fans from the 'Fan Match' [product], and I appreciate every bit of feedback received. Music Xray is SUCH a solid source."
Thanks Paul & Melissa for entering into these contests, and thanks Dale for giving them a chance!
Want a chance to win the SongwriterUniverse "Best Song Of The Month" Contest? All the information you need on how to enter is right here.
Jeromy Darling Finds Success Through Music Xray Fan Targeting Tool
"I hit Google pretty hard in January trying to put together a list of good ways to start pushing my music. I eventually wound up at Music Xray and haven't looked back. My experience has been great - the Fan Match [product] has been, hands down, the best use of resources for me. Nothing has so quickly helped me establish a broader fan base and mailing list. Frankly, it seems too good to be true - but it's not. I look forward to using it each month and the opportunities I've found are amazing. I may completely shift my focus away from Sonicbids and onto Music Xray from here on out."
Songwriter, Steve Ryan's Music Xray Testimony and Helpful Artist Advice
As a member of our artist community, Steve explained that at first, it was "very discouraging as an artist, and songwriter, to hear no. after no, after no." He constantly felt that "no one was willing to give [him] a chance." But then, things started to look up for him. Steve explained how things turned around: "Music Xray was one of the first places in which I found success with my songs. I must have submitted my songs at least 15 or 20 times; and now, every time I turn around someone is accepting my songs."
At Music Xray, we know that it takes time and patience for a song to be selected sometimes. Steve's advice "for anyone submitting, is [to] know how to target your songs. A lot of feedback that I got when my songs were not selected, was they liked the song, but it didn't fit what they were looking for." He goes on to say that he "received a lot of 4 and 5 [star] ratings, but was confused as to why the songs weren't picked." It just took one Industry Professional's reason for rejecting a song to make everything clear: "It just wasn't a good match for the given opportunity - this was an eye opener in terms of how to submit music."
Steve's song, "Pride With Humility" was selected for a deal by Robyn Taylor-Drake. Lacy Darryl Phillips selected his song, "Real Time," for his radio show. And Lior Magal, of The Goo, selected a few of his songs for a publishing deal. As an independent artist, Steve left some final assuring remarks for other artists: "I really believe that Music Xray is a legitimate, and a valuable company, that any songwriter should consider using, [and] I hardly endorse anything or any site. I feel that Music Xray is a good place, as long as you do your homework and select your song placements carefully. And lastly, don't give up! Although I got these placements, I am still regularly submitting my music to other opportunities as well too."
Thanks for your testimony and advice for artists/songwriters out there, Steve!
Mach 1 Ent gets artist Michele Vanni Publishing Deal on Opus 1 Music Library
Chris Heintz, VP of Mach 1 Ent, has secured a non-exclusive publishing contract for the artist Michele Vanni through Opus 1 Music Library. Opus 1 Music Library is one of the fastest growing production music libraries in the world representing over 100,000 cues.
The founder and manager of Elite Sync Lab (ESL) just "wanted to show some love to Eddie," so we thought we'd help her out.
Out of the many successful placements ESL has had thus far, their song placement for "Everybody Feel It" stood out. This particular song was used in the film, "Scary Movie 5." ESL exclaimed they are "happy [that] Music Xray, plus our private networking with other libraries brings in loads of placements for us."
Thanks Elite Sync Lab for letting us know about your successes and your many kind words! We wish you the best.
Curious to see what other opportunities Eddie has to offer? Have a look for yourself!
Australian Singer/Songwriter, Nick Balcombe, Gives Feedback On Our A&R Platform
"Sites like Music Xray form a crucial part of the new music industry model where artists have the power to be truly independent and cut out the ‘middle-man’; you guys connect us directly with the opportunities that matter. The traditional way of doing things is no longer viable. Online A&R is a perfect description for what you do – and it clearly works! The new analytics are impressive and a really neat way to gauge the potential success for new songs."
Magnetic Echoes Teams Up With Producer, Stuart Epps
Lead singer of Magnetic Echoes, Angela Benedetti, gave us a little insight into how her band connected with Stuart Epps:
"I connected with Stuart last December, when I sent him some demos from my band, Magnetic Echoes. We were looking for a producer to help us out with bringing our songs to life, and Stuart did it! I cannot tell you how excited I was to be working with someone like him. Never in my life would I have imagined to work alongside the producer/collaborator of Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Oasis...You see, we are not musicians by training: we are actually a bunch of scientists/IT professionals (i.e. geeks) who are meeting one hour per week at our workplace (a weather forecasting centre in Reading UK).
We started out as a cover band, but I had been nagging the guys all along to try and write some original songs. To shut me up, they gave me a book for my 40th birthday with the intriguing title: "Shortcuts to hit songwriting" by Robin Frederick. A week later I showed up at practice with a song, called "9-to-5" which describes the difficult life of an artist, limited by the fact that he/she has a "day job" and not enough time for art. This was a little over a year ago (2012). Ever since, I wrote 25 songs - 3 of which have been produced by Stuart, and are now on Music Xray, and receiving good ratings from various Industry Professionals. It was Stuart who brought me to Music Xray, and I am definitely very grateful to him and to you guys for this wonderful resource.
I would especially like for our producer Stuart Epps to be acknowledged because he has been great to us! I also would like to thank Juliet Gough, an incredibly talented and accomplished artist, who has helped us immensely with her support. She did an incredible job with the backing vocals on all our tracks produced by Stuart."
Thanks, Angela & Magnetic Echoes!
Looking for a producer? See what Stuart Epps is offering.
The Jim Ivins Band Expresses Their Sentiments Towards Music Xray
"I found Music Xray years ago through a buddy of mine who had a family friend, that I believe was involved in starting it or something. I’ve hardly had any negative experiences, and I’ve been selected for some cool stuff and gotten to communicate with some great people - (legendary producer Ron Nevison and I had some brief correspondence over the fact that he produced my cousin, Bill Leverty’s band, Firehouse’s, amazing third album). I think Music Xray has the best opportunities for someone like me; whether it's music placements for "New Girl" [TV show] or major label, and management roster considerations. Because of this, it’s also extremely addicting, and I go on massive sprees a lot submitting to tons of stuff."
Music Xray Industry Professional & Artist Receives Song Placement on CW TV Show
Music Xray Artist Robert Allen recently had his song placed in the CW TV show, "The Carrie Diaries" after submitting to Industry Professional, Eddie Caldwell.
Robert Allen submitted his song to a dropbox seeking "80's sounding music for a TV show," hoping for a break. A few weeks later, his song was selected and the conversation started moving forward. Eddie then facilitated a sync license, and his song is scheduled to air on the March 18th episode.
Congratulations Robert on your successful placement!
Young, Irish, rock band, Elevation Falls' Music Xray Experience & Licensing Deal
Elevation Falls' mother (Belinda) is the band manager, and also integral part of their music-making process. When asked to tell the story of how the band formed and their experience with Music Xray, here is what she had to say:
"Music Xray has over the years helped us hone our product using the professional feedback, and given us the chance to submit to some major opportunities. It has permitted us to reach a greater audience with our material through some of the submissions for radio/PR exposure. We've found it to be a positive platform. With the explosion of online home produced music, it's good to have the guaranteed chance to get a response about what you're writing/producing. I would say not all opportunities are for everyone, and like everything in life, always check the credentials of where and whom you're sending to before a submission."
She then went on to explain how the licensing deal came to fruition: "Myself and the lead singer & pianist for "Elevation Falls", Hazel Jade(HJ), originally submitted a song called "Sad It's Over'' to the Goo / Lior Magal via Music Xray in September 2012. HJ had been on Music Xray for a while by then, as a solo artist, and we'd sent out a few songs over the year to various opportunities. We had some earlier minor success placing songs for online review, or radio play via Music Xray, and also had some informative conversations with lead players in the industry." A month later "In October, Lior came back to us and said he loved 'Sad It's Over', and wanted to hear more material." The band then released a song called "Fantasy" online January 17th, 2013. The band sent the track to Lior who "really liked the work and [said he] would be happy to sign an exclusive deal" with the band.
Interested in licensing and placement? Check out what The Goo is currently offering: here.
Singer, Melissa Ramsey, Wins a Week in a Montana Recording Studio and More
Artist, Melissa Ramsey, retells her experience with Music Xray:
“The very first time I sent a submission of mine to one of the professionals, it was an original song, and I submitted for a contest to win a week in a recording studio in Montana, plus lodging and production. It felt like the right thing to do, and it cost me 10.00. Well, guess what? I won! I spent a week in a studio in heaven with Jimi Pearson, an incredible producer and musician. He and lovely his wife put myself and my sweetie up in their beautiful guest house!" Melissa then continued: "My second submission landed me an ongoing radio presence with Women of Substance Radio. Having checked out Taxi, and found it too expensive, I am so grateful to have found Music Xray! (I just wish they would write me up as a success story! Hint, Hint, Mike M!)”
The Music Industry Professional in reference is: James Morris Pearson
Brendan McCahey selected to play NBC's Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase!
Irish-based band, The Making, was recently selected and subsequently appeared on The Jimmy Lloyd Songwriters Showcase in early November. The bands front-man, Brendan McCahey, saw the opportunity and said that he thought to himself "this is the opportunity for me." He ended up submitted his song "Safe and Well." Sure enough, Jimmy selected his song to be featured on his NBC show. Brendan then flew all the way from Ireland to New York City for the live taping. Brendan said that he's thankful that Jimmy believed in his music; which would have never happened had he not found him through Music Xray. Brendan let us know that Music Xray "made it possible for my music to be considered along side that of musicians from the world over."
Want to connect with Jimmy Lloyd and try your track with him? Submit to him here and you might win him over as well.
Annelise Collette: Song Placements on Jersey Shore and Mobwives through MTV
Annelise Collette had a song played on Jersey Shore in mid-October, and prior to that, she had a song licensed for inclusion on TV show, Mobwives. She even has her own artist page on MTV. Collette is also to be included in the Hottest New Artists book from Family Tree Management . Furthermore, she received worldwide promotion with Avaladsf ; which produced an International Artist award nomination with Unsigned Music Review in Ireland.
Because of these successes, Collette exclaimed that "exciting things have been happening, and I have to give credit to you as my career has been really jumpstarted by the opportunities, feedback and support that Music Xray provides."
Thanks Annelise for your kind words!
Rene Saucier Finds Success with Over 10 Opportunities
The artist is Rene Saucier. During his time spent at Music Xray, he has had selections for at least ten opportunities to date that include: catalog inclusion, placements in several online ads, commercials, TV episodes, and low budget productions. He has contracts with Charlie Mac of Mac A Million Dollar Man Musick; Marie Braden, publisher at We Are Making Stars; and a publisher at Harmony Distribution Music. One of his tracks was placed in a Farmhouse Foods online ad, and another was placed through Bearshead in an interactive DVD series called “Cakebread Recipe of the month” - it is designed to educate, and entertain, wine and travel lovers.
Rene went on to say that his "experience with Charlie Mac on Music Xray was great. He told me what he needed at the time (for his submission library), and I was able to submit songs that worked for him. I have had quite a few of my songs placed with various companies through Charlie Mac." His final words left us smiling: "Thank you for your site, and may you continue to have much success helping artists, and publishers, work together and have many successes also."
Trevor Sewell Finds Success with ‘Artists In Music’ & ‘Hottest New Artist’
Trevor Sewell reached out “to say thank you Music Xray for providing some great opportunities.” He was “very pleased to have made the final 5 nominees in 'Best Blues Artist' in the forthcoming Artists In Music Awards (2013) in Hollywood, and am now very much looking forward to flying out for the awards ceremony and Red Carpet Event in February.” He was first nominated and then was “selected at the ‘Whisky A Go Go’ on December 2, for the final 5” at the AIMA. He said that it the nomination “helped generate a great deal of press and interest in my music throughout Europe.” On top of this, Trevor was selected for the “Hottest New Artist Book in February (2013).”
Jesper of Paradors Gives His Opinion on Song Mixing by Periscope Audio Lab
Paradors front man, Jesper, left an ecstatic comment about a song mix he received from Colin, over at Periscope Audio Lab. He informed us that it was, "A great experience! My expectations weren't that big, to be honest, but after the third mix sent a great lot had happened to the song. And, Colin, at Periscope Audio, was really sensitive to the small adjustments we discussed down the road. The song ended up so much better, and since from the start it was my favourite track, I was so happy to finally hear 'In my Mind’s Ear.' Thumbs up for true professional craftsmanship!"
In need of a song mix? Periscope Audio Lab has got you covered here.
Swedish, EDM DJ, Esquille, Signs Licensing Deal with Steve Migliore
Esquille, an EDM artist/DJ from Sweden, was recently selected for a licensing deal with Steve Migliore. Steve said, "I received tons of stuff but only signed 1 artist. I see a bright future for Esquille. Now we will release his new single and video for 'I Take U Higher'.” Esquille responded, "I’m happy I sent Steve my new tracks. He responded quickly, which was crucial in my decision to sign the deal. I’m proud to have been selected and would like to thank Music Xray for making it possible!"
Steve has several other opportunities for you to check out and submit to here.
Evan McGill & Brandon Matias's Song Becomes 12 year-old's Latest Single
Evan McGill and Brandon Matias submitted their song "Southern Girl" to Southern Soul Records back in September for the opportunity "Searching for Pop/RnB Pop/Rock Pop/Country and Hip Hop Tracks." McGill acknowledges, "Knowing this song would probably fit a 12-15 year-old female, looking to do a catchy pop-country song, I submitted; although at the time, I did not know what kind of up and coming artists they had. Needless to say, 6 months later, up and coming 12 year old artist, Savanna Grace, just dropped her first single and it's "Southern Girl."
Curious to know more about Southern Soul Records? Here's what they're currently offering here. Check out the song on iTunes.
Natalie Nylon Talks Deals with KCS Entertainment and Women of Substance Airplay
Natalie Nylon is a woman who knows what she wants; which explains how this singer/songwriter was recently selected by two companies through Music Xray: by KCS Entertainment for song placement, and Women of Substance Radio for airplay. With KCS Entertainment, Nylon said she "decided to move forward with this company non-exclusively. They had me work on an Aaron Pearce track, sent my songs to Disney and have been working on getting them placed with other TV shows and movies."
Additionally, her selection with the Radio station took place only a few, short weeks ago, but she informed us that "they have been playing my song a lot on their station which has actually been working really well! They are playing it for 3 months and I have been getting a lot of views on my FB and Myspace pages, and a lot of fans."
Lisa Richards Signed a Digital Deal with New Model Label Based in Italy
Lisa Richards recently submitted a song for a digital release in October, 2012. Lisa said she "saw the opportunity with the New Model Label on Music Xray, and as I am actively pursuing the European music market, it peaked my interest. I thought they seemed like they could be a good fit for me. I just completed a new CD called 'Beating of the Sun,' and Govind at NML offered me a digital deal for my new album, in Italy, and I accepted. Govind is really easy to work with and very organized. It has been a very joyful and enjoyable experience. 'Beating of the Sun' is due for digital release in Italy on the New Model Label in early February and I'll be making a trip to Italy in April to play some dates. I am now looking for labels that want to release my CD in other parts of Europe."
Congrats Lisa! Interested in a digital release abroad? Submit to New Model Label here for a shot.
Music Xray band signed to Rock Shop Music Group after submitting track to Jeff Blue
Jeff Blue signed Australia-based rockers, Slow to Die, to his full-service music company, Rock Shop Music Group. When asked how they made the connection, Jeff said they submitted their song through Music Xray, and upon receiving the track, he felt an undeniable chemistry, so they decided to take the next step. After their initial conversation on Music Xray, Jeff set up a Skype consultation with the band where they both agreed they wanted to work together. When we asked why they stood out to Jeff, he described the band as having a "flavorful, hardcore, and rough" sound with a "very different form" to their writing; something too difficult to pass up.
The band did not merely stumble upon Music Xray by some estimative Google search; they actually heard about Music Xray from a friend who had used the site. Furthermore, they already knew who Jeff Blue was and realized that if they were going to have a chance to talk with him, the easiest way to do so was through his Music Xray dropbox. In what appears to be a whirlwind of events, the whole process, from initial submission to being in LA, only took about 8 weeks in total.
Want to connect with Jeff Blue? Try your track with him here and you might win him over as well.
Music Xray artist Steph Barrak to be featured on NBC
The Jimmy Lloyd Songwriters Showcase is an Nationally Syndicated NBC program that has been accepting submissions on MusicXray over the last two months. Recently, artist Steph Barrak had her song "Hardwired" selected and will be featured on the show!
Filming will take place in New York City during the first week of September, and will air later in the month. The show runs weekly in the following cities: New York, Washington D.C, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Miami.
Are you a singer / songwriter with something special to say? Try your track with Jimmy Lloyd and you might be featured as well. Remember: Songs submitted through MusicXray are given priority consideration and are always heard and responded to.
My American Music spotlights several Music Xray artists
These artists submitted their track in hopes it would be selected for a spotlight on the Nashville based radio program. This is a great exposure opportunity for them, and we're glad to see MusicXray played a part in helping these artist's music to meet the right people. This week, the radio show will feature Alice BrightSky. Congratulations to all of those who were selected.
Feel free to try your track with My American Music: Submit Here
Dino had this to say about his experience with Music Xray "I have been an independent artist and label for over 15 years and accustomed to the old A&R process. Out of four submissions I have received 2 positive responses. As of yesterday I signed a 3 year contract with Wolfpack Music Group! This would not have been possible without the modern services Music Xray provides. Bottom line; they have modernized the A&R process and made opportunities immediately available for serious producers, artists, and songwriters"
Congratulations Dino! We'll keep our ears out for you!
Vox Katana: It’s Been an Amazing Journey
Vox Katana is a multinational trip-hop duo consisting of Isaac Swanson of Tampa, Florida and Li Vox of Almada, Portugal. As a bass player Isaac began experimenting with electronic music in 2009, eventually developing a trip-hop sound. Putting out music on the internet as Ana Katana, Isaac began amassing a fan base for his sounds and after posting an ad looking for a vocalist to collaborate with, he received answers from several people eager to work on a chill electronic project. However, one vocalist really stood out, Li Vox.
Li, a Portuguese poet and songwriter, was more than ready to lend her talents to the project. Beginning to work together in August of 2010, the beats were created in Florida and sent over to Li in Portugal for her to add her vocal magic. And condensing the name of their band to just Vox Katana, their fan base began to expand more and more around the globe, getting interviews with trip-hop blogs and finding places to put their music where the fans could find it.
And one of the places they decided on was, you guessed it, Music Xray. Isaac and Li had been a part of the site for sometime now and already gave us an update late last year of the success they’ve had using our platform. It was only recently though that they gave us the full details. Here is what Isaac sent us:
Vox Katana used Music Xray to submit a song for a single deal with Neurotraxx Recordings of Rome, Italy. The song “World” was released on March 19, 2012 on the electronic music website Beatport and everywhere else on April 2, 2012. It’s been an amazing journey. Li and I have never met in person, living in the USA and Portugal and now signed to a record label in Italy! Thank you to Music Xray for giving us the opportunity to submit music to a great label like Neurotraxx!
Vox Katana has further expanded their sound palate to include beats with a wide variety of influences. Traditional Portuguese music, exotica, soul, and all sorts of electronic sound manipulations have found their way into their work which you can listen to on their full EPK here. Check out Neurotraxx Recordings here as well for they are currently looking for new and fresh artists from the Electronic genre.
Totally Rockin Artists in Music Awards
We’ve shared the story and the winners of the event that is The 2012 Artists in Music Awards. Now we want to share the video with you:
The Artists in Music Awards isn't a members only club. Artists do not have to subscribe to anything nor does the artist need to be an exclusive member to participate. You do not need a million fans on your Facebook page. More importantly, you do not need to pay thousands of dollars to stand out. They strictly look at your product and that product is your music. The event was created to recognize and honor the best of the best.
Definitely The Artists in Music Awards was one of the most unforgettable events of 2012 for our indie artists and far exceeded everyone's expectations.
Back to Back Success Stories Made Possible by Eddie “Sea” Caldwell
Pink Lemonade isn’t just a refreshing, sparkling soft drink usually made from lemons and grapefruit, Pink Lemonade is a way of life which means keeping upbeat. It means dancing your troubles away, smiling on through adversity and maintaining a positive attitude. Pink Lemonade is the duo that is Archer and Alexander. And what a refreshing duo they are as Alexander’s bold production style and bouncy songwriting provides a contrast with Archer’s more intense ideas.
We received an email recently from Angie of Angel Music Management, the people who handle Pink Lemonade, in regards to the positive outcome of their submission to Eddie “Sea” Caldwell.
We wanted to share with you some great news! We submitted our band Pink Lemonade to Eddie of Music of The Sea and what a guy... he is so professional and approachable! Eddie was offering the opportunity to be represented at Midem 2012 which we submitted to and we were delighted when he chose Pink Lemonade. He then went on to secure 2 deals for them. One a publishing deal in Spain and Portugal with New Music Spain and a distribution deal with Black Hole Recordings in The Netherlands. Thanks Eddie and Music Xray!
And that does not stop there as we also received an email from Cory George, another artist who also got the chance to work with Eddie. Here is what he has to say:
Since being selected by Eddie Caldwell, it’s been pretty good. He managed to secure a distribution deal with the major label Black Hole Recordings in the Netherlands. He’s a very hard worker as some of his other previous clients has stated. He’s a busy-bee but still makes time to keep me updated on the current happenings. So I’m blessed to be one of his clients and I’m looking forward to more great things that will be done by him in forwarding my career.
Cory George and is an unsigned rapper, passionate about writing and recording. Music to him is writing his thoughts and expressing his feelings on paper then getting into the studio and letting it all out on the mic. For him, his purpose is to let everyone feel how effective music really is...especially in our lives.
Cory’s Hip Hop and Rap tracks are available in full EPK here, and try a sip of Pink Lemonades' music here. And have you checked out Eddie “Sea” Caldwell yet? You should as this Producer/Songwriter/Publisher and owner of Music Of The Sea Inc. has been selling music independently in the US, Europe and Asia for years and knows what it will take to sell records abroad. Eddie knows what will grab a filmmaker, A&R, music director or music executive's ear and has been placing songs in films, TV, advertisements, webcast, etc. Interested? Check out his profile here.
The Math Team Signs Oaklynn
The Math Team, a placement firm that works with film, TV, gaming and commercial music licensing was founded by Ian Anderson in 2007 and has evolved into a company that is involved in most, if not all, aspects of the music industry. Primarily a licensing firm (The Math Team), a publicity firm (Swim Agency) and a music distributor (Afternoon Records), The Math Team is also deeply invested in artist management, marketing, advertising, booking and even has a sweet blog, MFR.
And sweet is what best describes Ian’s recent email to us:
Hey guys! Just wanted to give you a heads up that we have officially signed Oaklynn for a sync/licensing deal via Music Xray. They are awesome and wouldn’t have found them without you!
Truly awesome Ian and we couldn’t be happier for both you and Oaklynn.
With influences such as The Killers, Passion Pit, Friendly Fires and Foster The People, Oaklynn blends an electro/synthpop element with rock and a little bit of an 80's-feel. They are in the process of writing and working on an EP to be ready for release summer of this year. But before that do check out their music in their full EPK to get a feel of this band’s music and don’t forget to check out Ian’s profile here as well because definitely with all services under one roof, The Math Team simplifies all matter musical.
Keith Williams: Brighter Things to Come
Keith Williams delivers an incomparable performance with a unique talent and a tenor voice that touches the hearts and minds of all music lovers. A performer since the age of eight and originally from England, Keith has toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe. He performed in front of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, at the London Palladium. In 2006, he was voted top male vocalist in a National Talent Showcase at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas by his peers. In 2008 Keith appeared at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in a tribute show to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis and Dean Martin. In 2010 he appeared on Good Morning Sacramento, which was viewed by 60,000 people during the course of the morning - that is Keith’s largest audience to date, in one day.
Keith continues to find success using our service, and here is the wonderful email he sent us:
Through Music Xray, I became involved with Record Producer Stuart Epps. I contacted Stuart via a submission for one of my songs, a cover version of My Funny Valentine. Stuart liked the song and the arrangement saying it was a pity I had not written the song myself but he did like my voice. A comment like this coming from Stuart spoke volumes and I was humbled by his very kind words. We settled on an excellent price for the job and I agreed to have Stuart mix, master, and produce the song. I sent him the entire song in .wav format. Each individual track was synced by me in my studio which in turn made it easier for Stuart to place the song on his studio equipment and off it went to Merry Old England.
I could not believe how fantastic the song sounded when he sent it back to me. I have been recording for many years and some of them in top London studios but to be honest, nothing compared to what Stuart had done for me. The instrumentation and arrangement were crisp and clear as a bell. My voice was warm, full and oozed quality.
I was so thrilled with the result and being a studio engineer myself, I asked Stuart what he had used on the vocals and his response was: “I was tempted to just say I used 45 years of experience recording great voices on the vocal sound. But basically you have a great quality voice which was well recorded and just needed some sympathetic intelligent, equalization and some compression plus verb. Sounds simple but actually it has taken me years to find good digital effects to achieve anything like analogue results. I will have to leave the rest a secret."
For Stuart to have said these wonderful words to me, given his amazing pedigree in the industry, made me feel like a million dollars and it has filled me with so much hope. Stuart is without a doubt the consummate professional and an expert at his craft. Needless to say, so far My Funny Valentine has been well received on other submission I have made through Music Xray after his wonderful work.
I submitted the song to Linnette Harrigan who was looking for cover songs to pitch to film and TV companies so I thought what do I have to lose. Much to my surprise, I was chosen to be featured as artist of the month for February on her website. This was such a thrill for me as I have never been a featured of anything but thanks to Music Xray, I have been now. This is just the first stage of many to come for me, I am sure, but I want to thank the Music Xray team for making it happen . Plus a special thank you to Linnette, the sweetheart that she is, for believing in me as an artist.
Contracts have been received and signed so it looks like I am now represented on the East and the West Coast. I also heard Valentine being played on Suck Free Radio so once again thanks to Music Xray for making this happen for me. John Kuhn has asked for more of my material to play on his station for future broadcasts and he did say that my song “does not suck”. John said my music was the type of music he liked to promote on his show. I have also been signed by Eddie Sea out of Chicago he now represents all of my material. His company Music Of The Sea is pitching my songs to movies and TV. Also, "Cry Me A River" has been picked up by internet radio station KLED out of Los Angeles California which broadcasts to the greater Los Angeles Area. Uncle Earl the DJ just loved the tune.
[All of] this is without doubt 100% quality so thank you Music Xray and a very BIG thank you to Stuart, for everything he has done for me thus far. Music Xray, you have made it possible for artists like me to “make it happen” and get noticed.
Awesome connection after connection that you have had using the site, Keith. Truly amazing how one thing led to another. And by your recent email, we are truly happy to know that things are turning out brighter for you:
I submitted “In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning” and I have been accepted as a nominee for the 22nd Los Angeles Music Awards. This is thanks to Stuart for doing such a fantastic job mixing my song and Music Xray. Here is what Al Bownman said about my submission which he had given it five stars across the board on all categories: “World class music and production. Really enjoyed this music. Where are you based out of? I would like to see you on our red carpet this year.” You have no idea what this means to me. Even to be considered, let alone nominated is like winning the lottery. Once again thank you Music Xray and I shall keep you posted to future acceptances through your site.
The Commuters might hail from New York but their kinetic, personal anthems capture an alt-rock essence that aspires toward worldwide appeal. Before forming the Commuters in 2010, frontman Zeeshan produced Grammy-nominated Ryan Leslie’s first demo and helped develop the careers of major label artists. Guitarist Uri Djemal is a childhood friend and a New York-based producer. The two co-produced the album at Djemal’s studio where he had produced many artists in New York’s indie-rock scene. They are joined by French-raised Ben Zwerin on bass and upstate New York native Paul Amorese on drums. The Commuters are eager to build their US presence and also extend their experiences outward to an international audience.
Now, The Commuters are the newest Rock band to join Charlie Mac’s team with 20 new tracks accepted into their catalog. Charlie sent us an email enumerating the many things he’d been doing for this cool band.
Their promising interactions and successes include: tracks added to Charlie Mac's playlist - which is constantly reviewed by record labels, publishers, A&R’s, Music Supervisors, film and TV producers; over 20 tracks distributed for licensing; songs being pitched and considered for song placement and licensing in film/tv/commercials; 1 song for use in a lawn mower racing documentary; 1 track considered for use in a Feature Film; 1 track considered for use in Fashion Videos; 2 tracks pitched to a Music Supervisor contact Seeking Music for TV and Film; 2 tracks pitched to a Music Coordinator Seeking Music for television and film projects; 1 track considered by a Production Company seeking to license music; 4 tracks considered for a Feature Film that need to replace a Davie Bowie song and a song from The Beatles; 1 track considered for an indie-dark-comedy in need of original music for a soundtrack; 1 track considered by a Television Production company who needs instrumental music for network television series and sports programming; 1 track considered for a massive marketing promotion compilation CD, distributed to highly influential film and TV professionals; another track pitched to a production studio whose looking for music for numerous shows on multiple networks like VH1, Animal Planet, Tru TV, We TV, Fox & NBC; 2 songs pitched to a Top Music Licensing Firm looking for all styles of music for television and film projects; 4 tracks pitched for a Hollywood Movie with a $100,000.00 music budget; and the list continues!
That’s one long list Charlie! We are speechless and we’re sure The Commuters too, when they found out what you had in store for them. It's truly great to be a part of your team and we are sure the many artists who you found on the site feel fortunate to be working with you.
While every band aims to last, The Commuters’ unique combination of its members’ personal histories and creative backgrounds foreshadows a longer and brighter future than most. Their first album, whose songs are in their full EPK, is just the start. And let's not forget to check out Charlie Mac’s multiple opportunities as he continues to not only find artists on the site but continues to receive positive comments on his community feedback as well.
Stacks of Wax Found a Diamond in the Rough
Stacks of Wax Production is a fully functional audio production, mixing, and mastering operation. Stacks of Wax is situated in NYC with other locations in Westchester, CT, and Woodstock. Stacks of Wax General Manager Evan Feist had been a part of Music Xray for sometime now, using our service to find artists to critique, songs to mix, to promote and more.
Evan had been enjoying his Music Xray experience, esp. when he found a metaphorical diamond among the submissions he received recently:
As I was going through the day’s submissions to my various dropboxes, I found it: that metaphorical diamond in the rough. Capital Grey had sent me their track "Paint This Town" and I was stunned. It opens with a lo-fi 4 count on a closed hi hat and just gets better from there. It was the chord progression that initially grabbed me, but once I saw where the melody was going, I was hooked. Music to me is about more than entertainment; it’s intellectual stimulation. Unfortunately, more times than not after about 30 seconds I can predict the rest of the song in terms of the chord changes, melodic phrasing, form etc. What I’m looking for is for someone to surprise me. I want to be tricked and be taken somewhere I didn’t expect. “Paint This Town” did that for me and more. It’s one of those songs that allow you to discover new elements upon each listen.
Unfortunately this song, in all its glory, was just not right for the dropbox Capital Grey submitted to. This is the great thing about Music Xray: even though they were not selected for that particular project, I was able to offer them a different deal which they jumped at. After talking to frontman Filip Mandaric for a while, we decided that the world must hear this song. I was more than happy to promote their song, getting their video a large amount of views on Facebook in the first few weeks after it’s release. In return, Filip is designing the new Stacks of Wax website, both of which will be up for the devouring within the new month.
Without Music Xray, not only would I not have ever enjoyed finding Capital Grey but neither of us would have been able to network and barter services so easily. Thanks guys!
You’re welcome Evan. Truly nice to see what a simple submission can lead to and we are definitely happy to know that it benefited both sides. We guess that’s what Music Xray really is: making the right connections possible.
Capital Grey formed in mid-2011 as the singer/songwriter based rock project of Filip Mandaric and guitarist Danny Chau. Reaching into the dense and eclectic tastes of the 60's for inspiration, Capital Grey somehow still manage to mold their tracks into a colorful collage of fresh sounds beaming with complexities that are hard to even catch listening the first time around. Currently unsigned, the band is taking offers for label support, eager to expand wider and further to their fans. Capital Grey is only at the beginning at what looks to be a prolific career in serving rock music that's got its standards rooted in the classic period of greats such as The Beatles and Pink Floyd.
Paint the town with Capitol Grey’s Rock/Pop/Alternative/Punk music in their full EPK here. And check out Evan Feist’s multiple opportunities here and find out if you’ll be the next one to be discovered by Stacks of Wax Production.
"Music Xray Works" - Zaina Juliette
Zaina Juliette sent us an awesome email and instead of us giving a large amount of background information we thought we would just show you the email. But do check out her music since that is the major reason why this could happen in the first place:
I would like to thank MusicXray for all the great things they are doing for serious artists like myself. Your staff and customer service is outstanding and has made me feel as if you are my personal friends that care about my career and my struggle. I am most impressed with Music Industry Professional, Eddie Sea, one of the most greatest music industry professionals ever! Eddie Sea is so WONDERFUL and he delivers on all his promises. Eddie Sea is an all around great guy.
Eddie Sea shopped my package at MIDEM and in a short time has secured a publishing deal in Spain with New Music and a distribution deal with Black Hole Recordings in the Netherlands, with more deals being negotiated as I tell you this. Eddie Sea is well respected by all music industry professionals around the world and has established outstanding relationships with them. I am so honored to have him represent me! If not for Music Xray, none of this would be happening. A small investment to make a submission that can change your entire life and place you on top. Thank You so much MusicXray and Thank You to infinity Eddie Sea for believing in me! I have truly made new friends through MusicXray. I am not just writing this to sell you anything, I am writing this from my heart and soul. Check out Eddie Sea and you will see for yourself. MusicXray works!!!! I am going to tell everyone!
Well thanks so much and it looks like we made a great new friend as well! And we will be sure to continue to check out more of your music in your EPK while all of our artists can take a look to see what Eddie has in his list of opportunties.
Jamie Sparks Achieving More Success Through Music Xray
Singer/Songwriter/Producer Jamie Sparks has traveled throughout North America touring and recording. No stranger to awards, Jamie received the Montreal's Jazz Festival's Award of Excellence, the Professional Publishers and Songwriter Award, was the Winner of 7 East Coast Music Awards, 2 African Nova Scotian Music Awards, and a Juno Nomination. Also, he took the WBLK 93.7FM Unsigned Hype International Artist of the Year Nomination. He's even shared the stage with music industry icons such as Akon, Rihanna, Shaggy and 112.
His album "Fun Tonight" with tracks recorded at P. Diddy's "Daddy's House" (Bad Boy) Recording Studios in NYC, has sold thousands of copies and yielded four music videos. A number of albums and singles have been released since, all recieving great reviews from critics and fans alike and his music has been heard on the Fox Network show 24, Cuts on UPN, Wildcard, Da Kink in My Hair on Global and The Life on ESPN.
On the business side of things, he is also President of Operations for Kicksta Music Group/Kicksta Muzik Publishing, home to a small roster of talented artists, songwriters and producers.
And even if Jamie had been fairly successful with his music career, he never hesitated to use Music Xray as a way to find further success and for his music to find a wider audience. And indeed, Jamie Sparks can continue to update his career highlight as he is the newest R&B artist to join Charlie Mac’s team with 21 new tracks accepted into their catalog.
Here's the current list of Jamie Sparks accomplishments with Charlie Mac (as told by Charlie himself): Jamie had 5 tracks considered by a director with an indie film soundtrack in NY; 4 songs were added to our playlist which is constantly reviewed by record labels, publishers, A&R's, music supervisors, film and TV producers; 2 tracks from Jamie were shopped to the president of a popular indie label consideration; and the song called "I am a Hustler" was placed in the new Spike Lee film "You're Nobody til Somebody Kills You".
Nothing but good news Charlie! Glad that you continue to find the artists that you seek via the site and in turn we are happy that artists like Jamie continue to succeed and find more opportunities for his music.
See Charlie Mac's multiple opportunities here and if you're having a rough day or something just ain't right, sit back and enjoy listening to Jamie’s music here.
From a Rough Demo to Having Better Production to a Publishing Deal
DeeDee Hughes who used to write songs as a child, rediscovered her love of songwriting in the late 90's. She entered her song "The Homesick Blues" into the 2007 UK songwriting competition where it reached the semi-finals. She has since had a demo of the song produced by Nigel Cuff Music, along with "I Feel Too Much", which was highly commended in the same competition. In 2010, her song "Cold Sore Coming" won a Director's Award for the Paramount Group Nashville International Song & Lyric Writing Comedy Song competition and her song "Santa Take Me Home" reached the top ten of the Smashsongs 2011 Christmas Song competition.
She submitted one of her songs to producer Stuart Epps. This submission led to having her song have better production which in turn resulted to her being offered a publishing deal. Here is the wonderful email she sent us:
After submitting my song "Long Time Coming" to Stuart's opportunity, he invited me to come and record a demo of it at his studio in Cookham. He was extremely professional, generous and encouraging. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and was thrilled with the way in which he transformed my very rough home recording into a beautiful production. As a result of which, I have just been offered a music publishing deal.
Awesome DeeDee! And since the list of artists that Stuart Epps has helped out via Music Xray keeps on growing, check out Stuart's multiple opportunities here. Also, don’t forget to listen to DeeDee’s song, "Long Time Coming" in her Music Xray EPK.
Callum Hendry: Very Happy with Music Xray
Callum Hendry lived in England, UK most of his life but he relocated to North Scotland in 2000 and have been based there to start a new chapter in his life as well as with his music. Over the years he have been getting his songs done by various demo services in the USA and UK. The styles he has done his songs in are Rock, Dance, Country, Electronica , Pop and R&B/Pop.
And Callum’s journey continues as he found Music Xray and got hooked with our platform. The email he sent us is proof of how happy he is and would never have doubts recommending the site to his fellow artists:
I’m very happy with Music Xray. Rob 'Push' Coleman has two of my songs on hold at the moment. The two songs are “One In A Million” and “Your Face Is My Favourite Picture Of Art” which I submitted to his Kris Allen opportunity. Also I submitted my “Mother to Be” song for William Junebug Lee’s Bruno Mars opportunity and William got back and said the song could work for an artist he will be working with in about six months time and he’ll be in touch. Before Music Xray came along I was typing up letters, burning songs to CDs and then having to go into town and post it off to a publisher or record label in the UK.
I have recommended your website to a lot of artists. Telling them about various opportunities on Music Xray. Like for instance telling Aki, a bass player in a Canadian band called Step Echo, about Epic Records’ Looking for Rock Bands opportunity. Aki told me he has opened an account with Music Xray and submitted to the said opportunity. And, I can’t think of how you can improve Music Xray at the moment but if I do, I will let you know.
It is truly a blessing to share my gift with so many wonderful people. I'm inspired every time someone tells me how much they enjoy my music and seeing their continued support makes me appreciate the opportunity that I've been given. I can truly say I love what I do every single day. - Joye B. Moore
Urban Jazz vocalist, songwriter and performer, Joye B. Moore is one of today's most unique and talented artists. Joye started singing at a young age and fell completely in love with creating sounds and expressions through music. Joye has shared the stage with some of the industries greatest such as Chaka Khan, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Maysa, Lalah Hathaway, Maestro J, Michael Franks, and more.
Her song Retro Love Song is a beautiful infusion of both soul rhythms and neo-soul that features Joye's extra tight vibrato and smooth jazz vocals. With fluttering vocals, patterned nuances and pretty phrasing the imagery in Retro Love Song is a true fit. Joye, who co-wrote and co-produced Retro Love Song, breaks new ground with her style and her signature vocals that fuse a wealth of influences.
Joye sent us an email recently telling us that her song Retro Love Song had been a hit with the music professionals on the site.
I LOVE Music Xray! I have been able to make more successful connections here than any other music site. I submitted “Retro Love Song” and was selected for the following:
It is very exciting and I have other submissions that I am waiting for responses from. I am truly appreciative of Music Xray!
Well we appreciate it that you are a part of Music Xray Joye and we are definitely happy that you have been making some really great connections on the site. We wish you good luck and hoping your other submissions will have positive results as well. We think Retro Love Song is destined to become a classic!
Robertson Tait is, to put it in the words of his favourite songwriter/singer, the immensely amusing (in a cutting way) lyricist Bob Dylan, “like a complete unknown” as far as the music industry is concerned. He was a former Scottish swim champion, British Swim Team member and a 3 time All-American. He is also an equestrian competitor and an equestrian coach certified by the Canadian Equestrian Federation. Robertson was also a part of many TV productions, films and once even an opera as a British Actor’s Equity member while he was still living in London. But he wasn't singing then.
He picked up a guitar three years ago, and as they say, one chord led to another. Currently he is completely taken over by music and is struggling to find a way to materialize the musical concepts in his head. He says: “Production is my biggest problem but it was just so great to work with Stuart Epps who I found via Music Xray and get the satisfaction of the added dimension he supplied. I guess I’d really like for my songs to be picked up by a name artist who could bring to the table all that their production team could achieve.”
Robertson had the chance to work with Stuart Epps (we believe there's no need for any more introduction with this great music producer) for his song Homeless in New York and couldn't be more happier with the results. His email goes...
Upon submitting a song for consideration, Stuart gave a very quick response and an encouraging critique despite the rather bare bones nature of my recording. He basically took my song demo and after a brief discussion of the sound I envisaged, realized the full concept that was in my head. I am thrilled with the way he makes the song build and build to that great ending, just great. Stuart is very generous with ideas and suggestions, clearly his vast experience allows him to call upon a reservoir of concepts for different sounds. With great patience, he was always open to my vision of how I wanted the song to sound and very ready with all means at his disposal to achieve what I was looking for. Stuart also, very helpfully, suggested using the great voice of Juliet Gough to do harmony and give a really haunting sound to the ending – fabulous!
I am truly grateful that I found Stuart via Music Xray and amazed at how approachable a guy with his background turned out to be. In short, Stuart’s work is superlative and he’s great to work with! Thanks again for the service that Music Xray provides for musicians to connect with industry professionals.
You're welcome Robertson and we thank you as well for believing in our platform. We are happy that you got connected with Stuart through the site and rest assured that we will continue to have caliber music industry professionals like him.
Listen to Robertson's original demo of Homeless in New York and listen to Stuart Epps Mix in his full EPK here and make up your own mind. We are sure you will not have doubts with Stuart so always be on the look out for his latest opportunities on his Music Xray profile here.
My Faith Has Been Restored
Michael Dimitri has been a musician his whole life. Writing songs and performing them is all he wanted to do since he was young. Born in Alabama, Michael lived in New England, Canada, the UK and has traveled all over Europe. These days you'll find him in Forth Worth Texas. Michael worked with Wilson Pickett, Jaco Pastorius, Dreamworks and the Presley estate.
Although known professionally and promoted primarily as a vocalist and songwriter, Michael also plays the guitar, bass, drums, percussion and piano, and have worn the Musical Director's hat for television and the theater as an orchestral arranger. He has a drawer full of songs, a suitcase full of lyrics and he is very ready to have his music heard.
And we are thankful that when Michael chose a service to help him get his songs to the ears of music professionals, he selected Music Xray. He sent us an email recently informing us that his song "I Am Somebody" was selected by WHOMAG Multimedia for the upcoming film "Errand Boys" and his songs "Summertime", "Where Did It All Go Wrong", "Changing World" as well as "I Am Somebody" and "We Are All One" have all been chosen by Eddie “Sea” Caldwell for a publishing/licensing contract. His email goes on...
"In total I’ve submitted for 8 opportunities and two of them were for critiques only but still they were also very favorable. Currently I am awaiting a decision on my last submission. Through the years, I have become rather cynical. I’ve had some great success with my music over the last 40 years but I’ve also had some major heartbreaks and dealings with con artists. I am pleased to announce that my faith has been restored. Thank you Music Xray. Just thought I’d let you know."
Well thank you so much for letting us know about this great news Michael! It's always nice to hear success stories like this and you can count on us to continue on the path we started, to keep improving and building more features for both our artists and music professionals. Music Xray will continue to be the 21st Century A&R Platform.
Check out Eddie “Sea” Caldwell and WHOMAGMultimedia and be the next artist to work with these music pros. Do check out Michael Dimitri's music as well and find out why it caught Eddie and WHOMAG's interests.
Carol Blaze Connects with Charlie Mac
Written, performed, and recorded by A.T. Vish, aka Carol Blaze, is created within a world of cyber-space, analog performance, and dark imagination. Originally conceived as the soundtrack to a fictional character by the same name, Carol Blaze set out to create music filtered through his own musical sensibilities and limitations. Carol Blaze was the drummer in Pittsburgh City Theater's production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and most recently, the drummer in Rapp's Without You. He has recorded/produced many musicians including Peace Project, Between the Waters, Debutante, Boxstep, The Drag Strippers, Violaria, Freddy Hall, and others.
Charlie Mac continues to shine as an independent A&R, providing critiques and artist development, out of his passion for guiding artists on how to establish themselves as viable artist in today’s ever changing music business. Charlie founded the publishing company MAC A MILLION DOLLAR MAN MUSICK in 2004 and from there he has established a consistent track record of identifying songs that will be successful in a music licensing format. Music Xray artists whose songs Charlie Mac added into their catalog and pitched for placements are Charles Clark, Alan James Lorden, Eduardo de la Iglesia, Rene Saucier, Noah Silver, Matthew Meadows and Mike Goudreau. And in addition to this, Charlie had also placed three of our artist's songs for a Spike Lee film and is in the process of signing others for distribution deals and placements.
PleaseCharlie Mac's multiple opportunities and have the chance to work with this awesome music producer. And let's not forget to check out Carol Blaze's music in his full Music Xray EPK.
Figleaf Records Success with Music Xray Music Professionals
Figleaf Records is one of the many record labels and production companies that trust Music Xray to open more doors of opportunity for their artists. Robert Figlo of Figleaf Records and Figlo Music Publishing sent us an email recently about one of their artists, Dan Rio who has been having a fair amount of success these days with Music Xray. The email he sent us was short but we do think it's awesome and really worth sharing:
“H Music has licensed two of our songs by Dan Rio namely Listen to the Rain and Bye Bye Baby. Mia Bajin selected Listen to the Rain. WAP Publishing licensed all 11 of Dan Rio's songs. Marie Braden licensed Listen to the Rain and Suckfree Radio selected 5 of Dan Rio's songs for internet radio.”
Truly awesome isn't it? And who is Dan Rio you may ask. Dan Rio is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who has grabbed the attention of fans and critics with his diverse blend of Urban Pop, Rock, R&B, Motown and Country styles. Dan writes all of his own music and lyrics and performs on acoustic, electric and dobro guitars as well as providing both lead and backup vocals. He has released two albums, Way Too Fast and Listen to the Rain, his first album for Figleaf Records.
And like Robert's email, we're keeping this one short but sweet so listen to Dan Rio's song Listen to the Rain, as well as his other songs, in his full EPK here and find out why success keeps pouring like rain for him.
Hailing from Miami, Florida, Pop vocalist and songwriter Annelise Collette began her career at a very early age. Annelise has been privileged with a musical upbringing, captivating audiences on stage by age three, She graduated from the prestigious New World School of the Arts/University of Florida, where she majored in Musical Theater. Annelise's vocal performance background includes both classical and contemporary pop genres. At age ten, she joined the professional Florida touring company The Songs of Broadway where audiences have seen her on high-profile stages throughout Florida.
Annelise has been with Music Xray for some time now and we were happy to hear from her especially when we found out it was another pick from The Voice. Here is what she sent us: "I was contacted by producers of The Voice last week and was asked to come in for a private audition with the producers (for season 3) in March. I didn’t apply nor did I submit anything so I assume Music Xray had something to do with it. The requested that I sing one of my original songs and 2 covers (full songs). Keeping my fingers crossed! From what I was told, they are taping for 7 weeks this summer. Love you guys and thanks for all you do!"
Well we love all of the music that you make so kudos right back at you! And for those of you who would like to hear more of here music check out her full Music Xray EPK. And we are glad to see the collective ratings of our music professionals along with the new search feature in action. Keep in mind that these two features are only accessible only to our music professionals and are unique to any other platform striving to be like ours. Just a couple of ways that make connecting to artists that much easier while making Music Xray The 21st Century A&R.
Lucky 13 for Music Xray Artists at the 2012 Artists in Music Awards
We at Music Xray are happy to announce that The 2012 Artists in Music Awards held last February 10, 2012 at the Key Club in Hollywood, California was a big success. It was a night filled with laughter, music and tons of surprises. Coming off the inaugural Artist in Music Awards event, the awards night trekked in an unprecedented 1,200 to 1,375 people in attendance. Initially, the organizers only anticipated 600 and hoped to bring in 800. The turn out far exceeded their expectations.
Here's what host Mikey Jayy had to say about one of this year's most unforgettable event, “Between 1,200 and 1,375 attended the 2012 Artists in Music Awards. It was such a major success, that the Mayor of Hollywood named me an honorary representative of Independent Music and I am now apart of an exclusive group called, "The Coalition". The Coalition is an elite group of music promoters that are officially endorsed by the City of Hollywood. This opportunity is going to open the doors to so many more opportunities... I will make some big announcements in the coming weeks.”
Congratulations to you Mikey and to all these artists.
Exit 22 Says Hats Off to David Snow
Former Arista, EMI producer, LA Reid associate and respected industry veteran,David Snow has an amazing ability to showcase your talent and capture your unique artistic vision in his productions. David is very diverse and can do all styles of music from Rap, R&B, Pop to Latin. After touring as a multi-instrumental "go-to man" with a variety of national acts in the 80's, David decided to leave the "road life" and pursue his passion of recording and producing music. He has been a musical “miracle worker” ever since, helping up-and-coming artists and transforming their music.
He founded Little Hipster Music in 1985 and produced many unsigned artists. As a direct result of David's demo/masters, artists have gotten major record deals with Arista, Sony, Warner, and EMI. With numerous songwriting, album and production credits under his belt, David is an experienced producer with the ability to make your talent shine and bring your music to life.
Music Xray band Exit 22 had the chance to work with David Snow for their track “Mistake of the Year” which they plan to pitch to radio and to young teen/tween artists. David worked diligently on making sure the mix was hot and the production was radio-ready.
“David was killer in the entire process, from reviewing and critiquing our tracks right down to the smallest detail within our song. With an ear for modern production and an extremely ambitious work ethic, David took our track and turned it into a solid, powerful production worthy of pop radio today.
David was able to add a ton of great production to the track, including loops, a breakdown and some additional delays that really brought the song to life. One can hear shades of Avril Lavigne and female-fronted pop/rock bands within the track, thanks to David's ability to draw the potential out of the song and create another sonic masterpiece. David was also extremely easy to contact and to talk to and always provided advice and descriptions of what he was doing. I doubt that anywhere in the world would you get such personal service from a top-notch producer.
Overall our experience with David was fantastic and we would not hesitate to use him again for mixing/production and song critiquing. Our hat goes off to David for his work on our project!
You can check the results here"- Maggie and Chris of Exit 22
We are truly excited with this new project by David Snow and Exit 22. And we couldn't be happier that again we were instrumental in making this possible. Check out Exit 22's Pop/Rock/Easy Listening song in their full EPK Exit 22 and check out David Snow's Initial Critique Leading to Full Production opportunity here.
Exit 22 is currently doing a Kickstarter Fundraiser Project to help fund the work they're doing with the producers they met via Music Xray, which includes Stuart Epps. They have begun the process of seeking out and hiring world-class producers to mix/master their music and they need Kickstarter support to complete the project.
Chronolung Gives Thanks to Stuart Epps
“At last a great band that can really play their instruments!” - Stuart Epps, Record Producer/Audio Engineer
Chronolung is a declaration, a sound, an innovative mixture of staccato riffs and heavy melodic rhythms defining a new genre of rock music. This young power trio from Austin, Texas is spearheaded by Collin Fish on guitar and vocals, supported by his brother Kevin Fish on drums, and childhood friend Ian Grimes on bass. Their dynamic and soulful live performance substantiates that Chronolung is set to ignite a new form of musicianship.
Chronolung had the chance to work with Stuart Epps, one of Music Xray's producers whose most noteworthy clients have included Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Brian Adams, Oasis, Robbie Williams, and Elton John, for their EP “Crank It”. Mixed and mastered by Stuart, Chronolung’s second EP is a collection of the band’s best recordings yet. The music is infectious, appealing to many genres such as rock, alternative, metal and pop fans of all ages.
Below is the email we received from Chronolung band members Collin, Kevin & Ian:
Chronolung's connection with Stuart Epps through Music Xray came at a perfect time for the band. Stuart provides a great service to bands that don't have huge record company budgets but want huge results. Stuart took Chronolung's tracks recorded at home on Pro Tools and turned them into something very special. If a band usually wants a very professional sound, they need to spend a decent amount of time in a quality studio with a producer. The cost can be $20k+ but instead Stuart takes your home or studio recording, mixes them and ads his production ideas. The technology today allows any musician with a minimum budget and a little practice to get good sounding tracks recorded in their home. Mixing, production and mastering are a different thing though and that is where Stu comes in.
On our EP "Crank It", Stuart took the raw tracks and heard "the sound" that the band should be working for. At one point, we were discussing the drummer's (Kevin Fish) sound as played on a Vistalite set in a very ambient room and Stuart said "this is the sound I used on Led Zeppelin's drums. That kind of experience is irreplaceable when it comes to making choices for mixing. On the song "Crank It", the ending section of the song had us stumped because it needed a little something else. Stu sampled the vocals from the first verse, dropped them into the song and they worked awesomely. In the bridge he added a little vocal harmony that fattened up the sound and provided a little counter point to the verse. All of these things that a seasoned producer hears in a song is what makes a truly professional result on a much smaller budget than what was common in the past. Stuarts mastering experience also guarantees that you will get good results on all audio systems. The EQ of the finished results were spot on. The mixes sound great everywhere. Thanks Stu from Chronolung!
Congratulations to Stu and to Chronolung! Indeed another awesome connection with Stu who also had the chance to work with Music Xray artists Exit 22, Borboleta, Matthew Meadows and more.
With decades of experienced garnered from working with the very best musicians at the top of the industry, coupled with a real love for music, Stu has an intuitive knack for knowing just what will make each track sound most authentic, a deep understanding of musicians and their needs and a clearheaded, dedicated approach to getting the job done. So working with Stu is working with a true legend who's always on top of his game.
Check out Stuart Epps' multiple opportunities here and find out how it is to work with a seasoned producer. And listen to Chronolung's songs, from their "Crank It" EP, in their full EPK here to find out why they describe themselves as “unapologetic, freight train rock”.
Kenya is a soulful and innovative singer/songwriter. "Music = air" for this artist as without it, she simply doesn't breathe. Singing since the age of 8, she was active in citywide choirs, jazz bands, show choirs and musical theater. In college, Kenya was a member of the renowned Howard Gospel Choir at Howard University and did background vocals for various independent artists.
Her debut EP titled "Starting Over" is a testimony to Kenya's journey: she is returning to the gift of music after being away from the craft (having family, career as a therapist, etc.) and truly feels blessed to have this remarkable rebirth.
And what a rebirth it was as when she chose to upload her songs from this EP to the site, she never expected more positive things will come out of it.
Here is the wonderful email she sent us:
"Just wanted to provide positive feedback to the Music Xray team. Two of my submissions were selected on the same day (2 for 2) a week ago by Stafford FM Radio and WHOMAG. The process was simple and the music professionals were very helpful and provided good guidance and feedback as well as follow up. Thank you for the continued opportunities. Your service has truly been an asset for me as I journey along as an indie artist. Keep up the great work!" - Kenya
Happy for you Kenya and glad that we were instrumental in a way to make this musical journey of yours a positive one. And you can always count on us to think of better ways to improve our service. This is our commitment to you and to all of our artists on the site.
Take the time to listen to Kenya's songs, from her debut EP titled "Starting Over", in her full EPK here .
LA Music Licensing Firm's Own Success Story: Music Pro to Music Pro
Music Xray has the capability to allow music professional to music professional submissions. We realized that times are changing for the traditional music industry that consists of a tight network of professionals who were a phone call away from each other. As the industry changes and these traditional and new music professionals need to reach out and make new contacts, we have built a system that allows that in a very non-intrusive way. Our music pros have the capability to have an unlimited number of bands and artists under their account and can submit to other music professionals who they might not be able to contact through traditional methods. Here is just one response from a Music Licensing Firm based in LA: I wanted to touch base and let you know that Music Xray is working. I sent a song to Cliff Audretsch for Toby Keith or other artists and it was selected. He wrote me and says he put it in a folder that he references before going in on projects.
I've been trying to get in touch with Cliff for years... so thank you!
A member of Music Xray for some time now this Music Licensing Firm based in Los Angeles, California is a company that has roughly 30 pitches per month. This firm represents artists, bands and labels for placements with music supervisors. Their placements include networks such as HBO, MTV, Showtime, ABC, NBC, AMC, Fox, Nickelodeon and various feature films, Indie films, and documentaries.
They have multiple success stories on this page of ours already with the artists they've signed and whose songs they've pitched to various licensing deals. So it never really came as a surprise to us for them to finally have their “own success story”.
We are more than happy that Music Xray continues to work for the music professionals on many levels. And definitely looking forward to more success stories from this music professional, the artist they manage and from all of our artists.
Do take the time to check out this Music Licensing Firm's opportunities here as who knows, you might be part of their next success story. And don't forget to check out Cliff Audretsch's profile here as well.
Amely's Song on American Reunion Soundtrack
Who can forget American Pie? A movie set on the summer of 1999 about four small-town Michigan boys who began a quest to lose their virginity and the first film in the American Pie film series? And although the film received mixed to positive reviews from critics, this was the movie that launched a comedy legend. The film was a box-office hit and spawned two direct sequels: American Pie 2 (2001) and American Wedding (2003). Since the conclusion of the American Pie trilogy, featuring the courtship and marriage of the characters Jim Levenstein and Michelle Flaherty, American Pie has spawned four direct-to-DVD spin-off films bearing the title American Pie Presents: Band Camp(2005), The Naked Mile (2006), Beta House (2007) and The Book of Love (December 2009).
In American Reunion, the fourth in the series and set to hit theaters this April, all the American Pie characters we met a little more than a decade ago return to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, they will discover what has changed, who hasn’t and that time and distance can’t break the bonds of friendship.
And along with this, we at Music Xray are happy to announce that one of the bands on the site, Amely had their song pitched and placed in this latest installment of the American Pie Series.
An update from the music professional himself: Good news! We've received confirmation for a song placement for the band, Amely in the upcoming feature film "American Reunion". We signed Amely through Music Xray so thanks for the great music! - Music Licensing Firm based in LA
Amely has already been making their mark on the music scene despite only forming less than a year ago. Amely has completed three national tours, opened for All Time Low, played the Unsilent Night Festival with A Day to Remember, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Breathe Carolina and performed on the Kevin Says Stage. Love for the band has stretched to American Samoa in the South Pacific where the band performed in front of 8,000 people for Blue Sky’s 10 Year Bash.
Check out Amely's music, a blend of spirited rock spiked with a healthy dose of power pop influence, in their full EPK here. Check out the LA based Music Licensing Firm's multiple opportunities here as well and be a part of their next success story.
Mike Goudreau Continues to Succeed
Born in 1965 in Newport, Vermont into a musical family with an English mother and a French-Canadian father, Mike Goudreau picked up his first guitar at age 14 and hasn't stopped playing since. And his diverse interests and influences when it comes to music is the reason why Mike is comfortable in so many musical genres, especially jazz and blues.
For the past four years, Mike has been working on getting his many songs published for Film/TV in the U.S. and Europe. His hard work has paid off with hundreds of songs signed to date and placements on such TV shows as: Everybody Hates Chris (CW), Dirty Sexy Money (ABC), Army Wives (Lifetime), Kath & Kim (NBC), George Lopez Show (TBS), Justified (FX), Scoundrels (ABC), Friday Night Lights (ABC), Let's Make A Deal (CBS), Memphis Beat (TNT) and Hung (HBO) most notable. In addition, 32 of his songs have been part of 6 Jazz CD box sets distributed in Europe and Asia with Sony/BMG and Universal.
But Mike's success doesn’t stop there though as he is the newest Blues Artist/Producer/Songwriter to join Charlie Mac's team with 48 new tracks accepted into their catalog. Aside from being considered for a feature film and distributing his tracks to their partners for external licensing, MAC A MILLION DOLLAR MAN MUSICK's Charlie Mac has pitched Mike's songs for placements. Here's an update straight from Charlie:
Mike Goudreau had 2 songs added to our playlist which is constantly reviewed by record labels, publishers, A&R's, music supervisors, film and TV producers, as well as many other music industry professionals.
Mike Goudreau had 29 tracks distributed to our #4 partner for external licensing. (Walt Disney, Universal, Google, Microsoft, Ubisoft, Discovery, Pixar, Reebok)
1 track from Mike is being strongly considered for a feature film looking for Acoustic Blues songs.
1 track from Mike is being pitched for placement in a network TV series.
Mike Goudreau had 29 tracks distributed to our #6 partner for external licensing. (MTV, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, several US and overseas radio stations)
Mike Goudreau had 29 tracks distributed to our #3 partner for external licensing. (Cox, Comcast, McDonald's, Applebees, Adidas, Gucci, Burberry, MGM, Hard Rock)
1 track from Mike is being pitched for placement in a film/video production.
Mike Goudreau had 18 additional tracks distributed to our #5 partner for external licensing. (Major Corporations, Video Games, TV and film production companies)
Mike Goudreau had 18 additional tracks distributed to our #6 partner for external licensing. (MTV, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, several US and overseas radio stations)
Mike Goudreau had 10 additional tracks distributed to our #4 partner for external ringtone distribution. (Walt Disney, Universal, Google, Microsoft, Ubisoft, Discovery, Pixar, Reebok)
1 track from Mike is being pitched for placement in a new TV show.
Mike Goudreau had 1 track distributed to our #12 distribution partner for external licensing. (distribution, downloads, ringtones, streaming, retail, China, Korea, Japan)
Mike Goudreau had 1 track distributed to our #11 distribution partner for external licensing. (Digital distribution, Streaming, Downloads, Album compilations)
Happy for Mike's continued success and we are positive that through Music Xray, he will have more in the future.
Take the time to listen to Mike's full EPK here and find out what makes his music different from all the other songs you've heard before. Check out Charlie Mac's multiple opportunities here as well as you might be the next artist to join their team.
Collective Filtering Pre-Screens Seven Artists for The Voice
In mid-December 2010, NBC announced its intention to bring an adaptation of The Voice of Holland to the United States. The series was originally named The Voice of America but when audition locations were announced a few days later, the title had already been shortened to The Voice. The series was hosted by Carson Daly with coaches/judges Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine (front man for Maroon 5), Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton. The series consists of three phases: a blind audition, a battle phase, and live performance shows. The Voice immediately proved to be a hit and returned to NBC for a second season on February 5, 2012. All four coaches returned for Season 2 with Christina Milian taking over the social media correspondent spot.
Collect enough high ratings and your song will float to the top of the list where it may be picked up by any company that sees it.
Do watch our latest video to know more on how our collective ratings feature works, as well as our other features and tools especially designed and created to help artists/musicians/song owners, here.
Antonio Cunha Signs Tiffany Tatum
Antonio J. Cunha is a BMI Music Publisher, music promoter and owner of 'TJC Communications Publishing BMI' - a music promoting company that offers opportunities for unsigned bands to get more recognition through radio, music distribution, TV, films, and video games.
Antonio recently signed Djevon Earle and Tiffany Tatum:
We have news to report that we are signing a new artist from Music Xray to our music publishing company. Her name is Tiffany Tatum and we are very excited on this new artist who holds a lot of potential. Thought you would like to hear some good news.
Born and raised in Dallas, Tiffany grew up in a music talented family. Music has been a part of her soul and believes that real music sooths the mind and heals the heart and speaks what cannot be expressed. Check out Tiffany's music here.
And check out Antonio's latest opportunities, when he is ready to find more artists, here.
Noah Silver's Connection After Connection After Connection
Noah Silver is a singer/songwriter based out of Washington, D.C. whose music sounds like reggae strawberries dipped in pop-rock chocolate with a few mysterious spices added for variety. Noah has had the pleasure of playing shows at the 2008 ING New York City Marathon, World Cafe Live and Doc Watson's in Philadelphia, The 8x10 in Baltimore and the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. among many other venues.
Noah has been an artist on the site for sometime now and has had his own share of success he would often share on our Facebook page. We never really imagined how much success he have had on the site as he would never elaborate about it. Not until we received his email to which we can only say, awesome. Noah wrote:
I joined a little over a year ago and instantly began seeing results. That's not to say I don't get my share of rejections. If you look at my submissions history you'll see five (maybe more) rejections for every selection. It's important to not get discouraged, continue to find ways to improve as an artist and be smart about the listings you decide to submit to.
Here's a summary of what's happened for me through Music Xray:
I recently had a large amount of my songs selected by Eddie Caldwell for placements. It was my song Glimmer and Glamour that originally got selected and got me in the door with Eddie.
My song "Pool Hall" was featured on two FM radio stations in Los Angeles. It got played four times in one week on one of Uncle Earl's radio shows.
My song "Cupid's Come Around To Me" was selected by Avala DSF.
My song "Oh So Sweet feat. Kane (Modern Science Remix)" was selected by We Are Making Stars for potential placement.
A large amount of my catalog were selected by WAP Publishing for placements.
My song "Retro Girl" was featured on Suckfree Radio and recently my new songs "Pool Hall" and "Werewolf" just got picked up for future airtime as well. "Werewolf" will receive airtime around Halloween.
My songs "Cupid's Come Around To Me", "Cupid's Come Around To Me (acoustic)" and "I'd Give Up My Ears For You" were selected and are under consideration from Wayne Thompson for potential placement in future projects.
And just before we released this success story, we received a new email from Noah saying:
I submitted "Glimmer and Glamour feat. Hannah Spiro" to Charlie Mac last night and it got selected to be pitched for placements.
Truly awesome Noah. Happy for all the success you've been getting via Music Xray and with the positive attitude you have, we are sure there will be more that will come your way.
Listen to Noah's Pop/Rock/Ska/Swing songs in his entire EPK here and find out for yourself why music industry professionals are interested in his music.
Mia Bajin: Ready for Change
Mia Bajin is an international management executive with extensive experience in general business and sports development and marketing of music artists, label development and brand marketing across the globe.
Mia has been a music professional on the site for sometime now and, along with Music Xray, is host of the two Ready for Change live online seminars for artists. Ready for Change is a 60 min. free webinar that helps artists boost their careers with actual facts, examples and giveaways. Both webinars were a success so hearing more good news from Mia recently made everyone's day here. She wrote:
After hosting two Ready for Change online seminars with the Music Xray Team, I've met a lot of amazing and talented folks who need nothing more but an extra push in order to gain more exposure. One group in particular, The Glimps, from France, swept me off my feet so they won a compilation spot which was hosted by DJ Q-Jay (The Game, 50 Cent, Kanye) and a 1on1 Skype personal career coaching meeting.
After some time, The Glimps got back at me about the results on directions we set at the 1on1 meeting: “We wanted to let you know that thanks to your support and advice, we managed to move forward as we are currently #1 in Paris, #4 in France and #100 in the Global rank. Yesterday we were even #7 in the hot chart. We're very proud of all these achievements even though we know we still have a long way to go. Our one hour show (concert) is now ready and we started to book some concert in France.”
Truly good news Mia! We are happy that the Ready for Change online seminars helped artists to be better in what they do and has opened new doors for them and their music.
Are you ready for change? If yes, then check out Mia Bajin's multiple opportunities here. And listen to The Glimpse's music from their electro funk debute album in their full EPK here.
Artist to Artist to Music Professional
Marc Smith has been a professional musician for over 40 years and plays a variety of instruments but mainly guitar, bass and keyboards. He has traveled extensively with bands or as a soloist and has performed in most genres from Rock to Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Country, Celtic, World, Ambient, Dance, Electronica and Classical. Marc is a sound Engineer/Producer/Arranger and spends much of his time recording his own compositions. Even though Marc is not as well known as some fo the big name producers on the site, he is a music professional offering critiques and providing valuable feedback to artists. He says via the email he sent us, “I enjoy doing the critiques and sometimes opening up a dialogue with the songwriters. The last three I received were very good and one of them was excellent. I gave it five out of five.”
Through Music Xray, Marc met songwriter Phil Webster who submitted to one of his drop boxes. Born in the UK in 1960, Phil began writing songs at 21. Influenced by Lennon, Davies, Weller, Harley and Paul Simon, though more recent influences include the current band of writers in the world of modern pop, Phil has written over 100 songs and is recently signed to a publishing company in Germany. Marc says, “Phil who submitted a great song to me last year has become a good friend despite our geographical separation since I am in Australia. We have been writing songs together for close to a year now and have had a couple accepted already. I guess this is what Music Xray is all about. Through a guy in Nashville named Warren Ells, who is also a part of Music Xray, Phil and I are starting to move some songs. It's all good news.”
Truly good news for Marc and Phil and we couldn't be happier that all of these were made possible because of Music Xray.
Check out Marc's profile here for his opportunities as you might be the next artist/songwriter he will be working with in the future. And don't forget to listen to Phil's songs in his full EPK here. And if you want to connect with Warren Ells you can do so here.
Rene Saucier's Musical Journey
“Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I've loved music all my life and I really believe that if music is in your blood, it is there forever!”- Rene Saucier.
Rene Saucier got his first guitar when he was 14 years old and he has been hooked ever since. He has played in bands for years and although he is not doing it now, he still loves writing and recording in his home studio. He is into Classic Rock and Christian music and also loves Blues and Country.
Rene is the newest Country Blues Artist/Producer/Songwriter to join Charlie Mac's team with 17 new tracks accepted into their catalog. MAC A MILLION DOLLAR MAN MUSICK's Charlie Mac has pitched Rene's song for placements and distributed his tracks to their partners for external licensing. And Charlie was kind enough to send us in detail what he has been doing for Rene:
Rene Saucier had 2 songs added to our playlist which is constantly reviewed by record labels, publishers, A&R's, Music Supervisors, film and TV producers, as well as many other music industry professionals.
Rene Saucier had 11 tracks distributed to our #3 partner for external licensing. (Cox, Comcast, McDonald's, Applebees, Adidas, Gucci, Burberry, MGM, Hard Rock)
1 track from Rene is being pitched for placement in a film/video production.
Rene Saucier had 11 tracks distributed to our #5 partner for external licensing. (Major Corporations, Video Games, TV and film production companies)
Rene Saucier had 11 tracks distributed to our #6 partner for external licensing. (MTV, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, Several US and overseas radio stations)
Rene Saucier had 6 additional tracks distributed to our #5 partner for external licensing. (Major Corporations, Video Games, TV and film production companies)
Rene Saucier had 6 additional tracks distributed to our #6 partner for external licensing. (MTV, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, Several US and overseas radio stations)
1 track from Rene is being pitched for placement in a new TV show.
Rene Saucier had his first placement with us with a track called "Welcome Home My Friend" which was picked up for use in a small low budget production.
If you want to be a part of Charlie Mac's team, check out his profile here for his multiple opportunities and listen to Rene's Christian/Blues/Country music in his full EPK here to find out why he captured Charlie Mac's interest.
What A Wonderful Experience
Exit 22 – it’s not just another stop on the never-ending I-95 highway but the home of a hot Acoustic/Power/Pop/Rock act. Formed in the summer of 2000 after a chance meeting between Maggie and guitarist Chris Calamera. Exit 22 embarked on an exciting musical journey, adding members Mike Capriotti on lead violin and Matt Krupa to handle percussion duties.
Success from their debut release came in the form of a chance submission to the national radio contest where Exit 22 found their single "Naked (With A Memory)" blasting across the New York City radio during the early-morning drive hours and making them a "Local Weekly Finalist" in the NYC area. Their achievement with the radio competition opened the door for promotion to the teenage and early-20's market, as well as the adult-AAA group that listens during the morning-drive hours in NYC.
Chris Calamera sent us an email recently about Exit 22's experience in working with Stuart Epps. You see, Chris started to think about and understand that Exit 22 was at the point where they needed to have a professional producer to help move them further. He was very fortunate to have a great experience with a solid producer and here is what he shared with us:
I wanted to send along some feedback on my work with Stuart Epps. What a wonderful experience.
When trying to get to the top of your game in the music business, you have to roll the dice. I did in my hiring of Stuart and there aren't enough positive words in the dictionary to describe his abilities. The track I sent him was solid but to get a publishing deal, I needed some better mixing and production. Stuart suggested a better mix and background vocals and what I got was a wall of sound that can only be described as "awesome".
I never had a professional to mix my music so I did not know what to expect but when you demo your track to friends and family that have heard your work over time it is priceless to hear their jaws drop and hear the utterance of "wow", "amazing" and "stunning" come out of their mouths.
Stu's expertise is second to none and his professionalism is through the roof. I received my work back quickly for a first take and then a couple of revisions later we were ready to go. To say this process was amazing is an understatement.
I thank Stu very much and do yourself a favor - hire Stu and go from "good" to "legendary".
Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful experience with us Chris. Truly inspiring and we hope that other artists get the help they need from a seasoned producer like Stuart and the others on Music Xray.
Exit 22 is currently doing a "Kickstarter" fundraiser project to help fund the work they're doing with the producers they met via Music Xray. They have begun the process of seeking out and hiring world-class producers to mix/master their music and they need Kickstarter support to complete the project. Read more about this here.
Listen to Exit 22's song If You Call (Stuart Epps mix) here as well as their other songs here. Check out Stuart's opportunities here and find out what he can do for you and your music.
Pete Berwick’s Quick Success
Pete Berwick's journey began in Illinois in the mid seventies, hammering out irreverent country, roots rock and reckless honky-tonk rave ups night after night to anyone in the midwest who cared to listen. Then after almost fifteen years of non-stop performing he headed to Nashville with a fistful of songs and the clothes on his back. After years of belting it out in biker bars and nowhere dives, Pete now found himself opening shows for Charlie Daniels, Doug Kershaw, and other musical legends. He was invited to make cameo appearances in music videos by The Kentucky Headhunters and Travis Tritt. And he also appeared on a commercial for Monday Night Football. But as fast as luck goes up in Nashville, it comes down even faster. Berwick later moved back to his hometown in Northern Illinois and free from the publishing he released "Ain't No Train Outta Nashville" on his own label in 2007.
It's been over thirty years since Pete Berwick stepped on a stage for the first time and like the country outlaws before him, he lives the songs and then writes about them and from the titles on his albums it's obvious that living hasn't always been easy. The only things that ever did come easy for this fifty one year old veteran are the hard breaks, yet Pete Berwick carries on down the road less traveled regardless of the potholes and roadblocks.
Pete is one of the many artists who found Music Xray and was brave enough to try his luck on the site. And we couldn't be happier because Pete's efforts paid off:
I submitted a pitch to Eddie Caldwell and within days he placed my song "Renegade" in the movie "Detention of the Dead." I am very impressed with this quick success and it confirms to me that Music Xray is for real. Eddie is now pitching more of my songs and there is no doubt in my mind he will place more. I am very glad to have Eddie going to bat for me. Thank you Music Xray and thank you Eddie Caldwell.
Reading this email of yours really brought a smile to our hearts, Pete. You’re welcome and we would like to thank you too for believing in Music Xray.
Listen to Pete’s Country/Rock songs in his full EPK here and check out Eddie “Sea” Caldwell's opportunities here.
Suckfree Radio Finds S20 Helpful
Suckfree Radio is an independently owned and operated online music media site dedicated to promoting a diverse range of music from emerging bands and artists all over the world. Every week, Suckfree Radio receives more than 2,000 unique visitors to the website and nearly 500 listeners to the Suckfree Radio Internet stream. And all bands and artists submitting their music to Suckfree Radio retain full legal rights to their music and may revoke their permission to be featured on Suckfree Radio at any time.
John Kuhns, Program Director of Suckfree Radio has been using the Song to Opportunity Match (S2O) to help him find artists on Music Xray and he is truly happy with this service. Here is what he has to say:
Oh my God! I just had the most incredible afternoon listening to some amazing new music!
I have been using Music X-ray for about a year and a half and have heard some talented artists, but I finally decided to take the time to fully explore the S2O technology. I would recommend it to any A&R and Music Placement Professionals that are feeling burned out listening to that stack of unsolicited CDs taking up space on their desks. Recent standouts added to the Suckfree Radio playlist include:
I listened to several of these submissions 2 or 3 times simply because they definitely don't suck!
We are glad that our S2O technology is helping you in finding music and do keep us updated with all the new artists you will be selecting via Music Xray.
Want to submit to Suckfree Radio's opportunities? Check them out here.
Zaccheri Gray’s Progress on Music Xray
Zaccheri Gray wrote, sang and entertained practically anyone who would listen and honed his unique talent to literally pick up an audience and take them along with him. He would spend afternoons as a youth humming, strumming and clapping along as his Italian grandfather crooned old arias and his father played his guitar and sang classic American folk songs. This is where Zaccheri became mused by verse, by song — by the power and life in all kinds of music. Today, with musical interests that range from Dylan to Bocelli to Tool to Sinatra, Zaccheri’s from-the-heart style and harmonic rhythms have garnered him a growing following throughout North America and one proud father back home.
We received an email from Zaccheri telling us the recent success he had in using Music Xray. Here is what he sent to us:
Also I got this incredible feedback from Wayne Thompson: “…an amazing talent. One of the brightest I have heard in a long time.” -Wayne Thompson (former manager of Harry Belafonte, Tanya Tucker and The Nylons)
So far I am very happy with my progress on Music Xray and thought I would share! Thanks.
Indeed this is an awesome progress Zaccheri and your Music Xray family is happy for you. Thanks so much for sharing and we are definitely looking forward for more!
Take the time to listen to Zaccheri’s full Music Xray EPK here to see why music industry professionals are interested in his music.
Sweet Rosie Makes Another Great Connection
Don Ferro began as a recording artist for Mercury Records way back in the 60's and 70's. As he matured he found himself gravitating to writing and producing as his career direction. And eventually, he realized the best way to manage great music was to create publishing opportunities for each song. Don is the President of Sweet Rosie Music, a company dedicated to finding the very best songwriters and bringing their best material to market.
We recently received an email from Don and we couldn’t be happier to share it with you:
Here is some good news... we have just published a song that came to us through Music Xray. It is entitled "Little Things." It is a terrific country song. It was written by Elvira Walls, Allen Krehbiel, and Mark Berkowitz, all from the Denver, Colorado area and I am sure we would have never made contact with these writers without your platform. We anticipate a long and fruitful relationship with these writers as they have a well developed understanding of "commercial appeal."
Thanks again for all of your efforts in developing your platform. We think it works just great and we think it truly will revolutionize A&R.
We truly appreciate all the nice words Don and extending our congratulations to these artists/songwriters. Glad that Music Xray served as a bridge for you guys to meet and make all of these possible.
Listen to the full EPK by Elvira Walls and check out Don’s latest opportunities here.
Potential Songs for Point A to Point B
Steve Jennings has been playing and recording music since 1980 and since 1996 he has been developing deeper contacts in the industry and has shifted from being only a musician to more of a music professional and it has payed off. Steve's focus has been on 101 Distribution where he gets to combine his passions for music, communication and networking to help artists achieve their desired results throughout the artistic process from pre-production to traditional and digital distribution. And with 101 Distribution they are the only independently owned full-service music and video distributor in the nation and they have maintained a perfect A+ rating with the BBB for the last six years. Steve and the organization are both very impressive. Steve opened a dropbox on Music Xray seeking music for the soundtrack for the new film "Point A to Point B" which is directed and written by Scott Wilson. Here are the songs that have made the short list:
Eduardo de la Iglesia is an award-winning composer born in Madrid, Spain. Since he was seven years old he has been studying music in many important institutions. Eduardo plays several instruments such as the guitar, viola, piano, ocarina, Celtic flute and more. He composed music for many video games, plays, short movies and documentaries. Eduardo is the newest orchestral composer to join Charlie Mac's team with 27 new tracks accepted into their catalog. Charlie Mac of MAC A MILLION DOLLAR MAN MUSICK shared with us what he has been doing for Eduardo:
2 tracks from Eduardo were sent to a filmmaker in Miami to be considered for a new film.
2 tracks from Eduardo to be considered for the Spike Lee film.
Eduardo had 3 songs added to our playlist which is constantly reviewed by record labels, publishers, A&R's, Music Supervisors, film and TV producers, as well as many other music industry professionals.
Eduardo had 13 tracks distributed to our #4 partner for external licensing. (Walt Disney, Universal, Google, Microsoft, Ubisoft, Discovery, Pixar, Reebok)
Eduardo had 13 tracks distributed to our #6 partner for external licensing. (MTV, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, Several US and overseas radio stations)
1 track from Eduardo is being pitched for placement in a new Reality TV show.
3 tracks from Eduardo are being pitched for placement as a film director's graphic logo.
1 track from Eduardo is being pitched for placement in a network TV series.
Eduardo had 13 tracks distributed to our #3 partner for external licensing. (Cox, Comcast, McDonald's, Applebees, Adidas, Gucci, Burberry, MGM, Hard Rock)
1 track from Eduardo is being pitched for placement in a film/video production.
Eduardo had 13 tracks distributed to our #5 partner for external licensing. (Major Corporations, Video Games, TV and film production companies)
Eduardo had 9 additional tracks distributed to our #5 partner for external licensing. (Major Corporations, Video Games, TV and film production companies)
Eduardo has 3 tracks being pitched for placement in a film project that's Seeking a Music Composer.
Eduardo had his first placement with us with a track called "Camels Ahead" placed with Black Noise Media for their boogievision graphic logo.
1 track from Eduardo is being pitched for placement in a new TV show.
Eduardo had "Camels Ahead" placed in the film "You're Nobody til Somebody Kills You" in connection with Black Noise Media, behind their boogievision graphic logo.
1 track from Eduardo is being pitched for placement as background music for an iPhone game.
Check out the latest opportunities from Charlie Mac and you can hear Eduardo de la Iglesia's epk here.
Jamie Gazelle has Twelve Songs Signed for Worldwide Deals
Eddie "Sea" Caldwell has been working with Music Xray for some time and has been signing artists for various deals. When he shared his last success story he told us at the end of it "I'm sure I'll have tons of news to share with you in the next few months about Music Xray artists!". Well one of the newly signed artists beat him to the punch! Jamie Gazelle has been with Music Xray for just a little while but if you take a look at his EPK you can see some really good music coming from him and the artists he is working with. His solid music and the submissions that he made led to a nice little success story shared by Dan Scott, who works with Jamie. He was nice enough to share the following with us:
Eddie "Sea" Caldwell from Music of the Sea Publishing of Chicago, Illinois has just hooked up with "Jamie Gazelle" of Austin, TX. Eddie listened to the song Be With You and just absolutely loved it with the very first listen. Eddie has since decided on more of Jamie's tunes and is already securing deals worldwide with his awesome catalogues and prowess in the publishing arenas. Chalk up another one for Music Xray the true a/r champ. The deal took no time at all to complete with 12 total songs signed with more to come.
As always we are so happy to see our artists getting more signed and we are happy to see Eddie finding more artists through our platform. Check out Eddie's latest opportunities here.
Second Round of Artists Getting Royalties Paid Monthly
Marie Braden of We Are Making Stars, has created a unique way to bring entertainers of all genres together under one company and link them up with major players in that particular field that can take these entertainers to the next level.
Marie sent us an email to give an update on the new list of artists for her Royalties Paid Monthly opportunity. This is what she sent us in regards to the latest artists getting paid through her program:
I have new success stories for Royalties Paid Monthly.
The American Strays: This group submitted "Many Years" and it was selected for this listing. They have a very nice sound and it will be available under Easy Listening.
Ali Smith: Ali has a very nice voice and his song "Fly Away" was selected for this opportunity. The genre for his music is pop and R&B.
Ayana John: Ayana's song "Baby" was selected for listing. She has a beautiful voice and it will fit perfectly in any social setting.
Dave Webber: Dave's song "The Burden of Proof" was selected for this opportunity. His song has the perfect sound for relaxation. It will be available under meditation and spa music.
Faith Gatewood: Faith has a voice that reminds me of a particular pop star. Her song "Ain't Praying for You" was selected for our listing and will be available in the R&B/Pop genre.
Frank Schonberg: Frank has a beautiful voice and his song "Like This" definitely demonstrates this fact. His songs will be available in the country genre for this listing.
John Pelt: John's instrumental will be available in the dance section of our catalog. His song "Pop Instrumental" is very energetic and well put together.
Jon Purdey: Jon's song "Breathe" is great for a party/club surrounding. I think he has talent and his music will be available in the dance genre.
Kim Bennett: I love the country instrumental sound to Kim's songs. His song will be a great match for a country atmosphere as background music.
Marcello Del Monaco: Marcello is a classical composer that has a huge selection of music that is fitting for anyone's ear. His songs will be available as spa and meditation music.
One Less Reason: Their song "If You Want Me" is a very nice song that will be available in our Rock genre. The male singer is very talented and the band is awesome.
Rahn: Rahn's song "If Only" is a beautiful piano solo that defiantly puts you in the mood for unwinding. This song is perfect for the spa and yoga.
Rebbeca Pineda aka Remaria: Remaria has a very commercial voice and having the ability to sing her music in Spanish and English is a definite plus. Her song "Addicted" was selected for this listing.
Rene Saucier: Rene's song "Driving into Some Blues" has a very nice sound. His music is very versatile and will sound great in a Blues or Country setting.
Rick McKown: Rick's song "Behind the Curtain" has a Latin feel that makes you want to dance, yet it is not too overwhelming. A couple of his songs will be available in the Meditation category as well as dance.
Stephen Bashaw: He is an amazing composer. His music demonstrates passion and art. I am glad to have him involved with this opportunity.
Steven Brown: Steven's song "Nocturnal" shows off his musical talents and will be great in several categories for possible placements for this opportunity.
Steve Morgan: Steve's song "Shadow Dancing" is a great song. It demonstrates his strong voice and is perfect for country music as well as other genres.
Kacy Davis: Kacy brings a lot of energy to his song "Make Me Sweep Me Off My Feet". I can not even begin to talk about his voice.
Pazelee: The song "Just Keep It Real" has been added to our catalog under the R&B category. This song has a soulful sound that many companies that uses background music look for. I think the song will be very successful.
Darrell Chaisson: Has brought many great songs to us for this listing. All of the songs are unique and well recorded, as the others, I look forward to working with him.
Check out the previous list of artist that Marie selected for her Royalties Paid Monthly opportunity here.
Alan's Heartfelt Song Gets Picked Up By Charlie Mac
Alan James Lorden is the creative director of Rusted Gate Music, a music development, arranging and production business based in Raleigh, North Carolina. During his elementary days, he started playing classical piano and trumpet and then transitioned to jazz and pop music playing piano and Hammond B-3 while in high school. He attended Hartt School of Music after high school and worked as a recording engineer/studio musician in addition to playing in many popular local bands throughout New York and New England. Then he drove cross-country to Los Angeles where he worked in many areas of a music profession as a studio musician, arranger, sound engineer, performer and music instructor. He also wrote for students, indies and a couple of feature films, which gave him some great experience with orchestration. Now in North Carolina, Alan has been working as a producer/arranger for local songwriters.
He informed us of the success he got using our platform. This is what he sent to us: "The song is We Were Right. It was picked up by Charlie Mac. Some of the music industry professional's comments were 'This is a very heartfelt song, with so much character and meaning! We believe this song could do well in radio as well as both the film and television markets.'"
Check out Alan James' xrays here and Charlie Mac's latest opportunities here.
Two Artists Selected for the Record Label Door A&R Tip Sheet
Sylvia Harris is a music industry liaison with a successful track record of connecting independent artists to record label executives. She is the President of Record Label Door, an artist development and independent A&R firm that connects some of the world's hottest independent talent with record label executives through a variety of platforms including the Record Label Door A&R Tip Sheet and the Record Label Door Artist Development Record Label Shopping Program.
The Record Label Door A&R Tip Sheet is an electronic publication that presents the best unsigned independent talent in all genres to the attention of 1,750 A&R representatives at record labels and to 233 music supervisors in the television and film industry.
Sylvia Harris selected two artists from Music Xray namely So Fresh So Fly for the October edition of the Record Label Door A&R Tip Sheet and Laura Monaco for the November edition.
So Fresh So Fly is a Pop/Hip-Hop group out of South Florida that fuses electrifying beats and fresh original lyrics with the sound of R&B and dance-music, creating their own unique sound and style.
“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent”, a motto that Bronx raised singer-songwriter Laura Monaco lives by. At an early age, Laura immediately realized the boundless journey that lay before her and since then has tirelessly pursued her dreams. Laura's songs are energetic electro pop/rock.
Check out Sylvia Harris' profile here for her latest opportunities.
Reginald Todd Says Thank You to Scobie Ryder
Reginald Todd is an artist with a diverse history of influences and musical experiences. All of which manifest themselves in his unique musical style. Like a circus performer balancing many plates, Reginald Todd is capable of maneuvering between numerous musical genres: Pop, R&B, Dance, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Rock, Country and even musical theater. Numerous years of involvement in marching bands, concert bands and piano lessons have given Reginald Todd a deeper understanding of music and how to create it effectively. All of his experiences and influences culminate in a music style that's not just unique but also commercially marketable with mass appeal.
Reginald received an honest and very helpful review from Scobie Ryder that changed his musical path for the better. Here is what Reginald has to say: "I just had to take a minute to say a heartfelt "thank you" to Scobie Ryder for not only restoring my faith in music industry professionals, but also changing my musical path for the better. As aspiring artists, we all have had those moments where we feel we aren't on the right path and/or we feel like we have no clue how to fix what's lacking in our music. I, certainly, am no different. In the endless maze of unanswered questions, I stumbled upon Scobie Ryder. He is the first industry insider in quite some time to take the time to explain what he felt needed improvement in my music and in doing so, he has enabled me to compete on a level playing field. I have no problem with rejection or criticism. It's all part of the game. Rejection with little or no explanation is far more difficult to absorb and offers no opportunity to learn and grow. So thanks again to Scobie Ryder for being a beacon of hope in an ever-changing sea of confusion. And thanks to Music Xray for bringing Mr. Ryder, and others like him, to those of us who need him. I am richer for the experience!"
Check out Scobie Ryder's opportunities here and listen to Reginald Todd's songs here.
Good Contacts and Amazing Reviews
The Branded is the latest effort from long-time local scene collaborators Brian Bender, Masta Shen, Jay Mishur and Mike Haracz. The four have merged their distinct sounds to create a unique, dirty rock tone. Mike Haracz, guitarist of The Branded, shared with us their experience in using Music Xray. This is what they shared with us: "My band, The Branded, has already had great success since joining Music Xray. The setup for focus groups was so easy and gave us great real information about our music. We have already made some good contacts and received some amazing reviews... even from the free opportunity section, and have a lot more great opportunities in the works. Nothing can beat contacting industry people directly and with guaranteed listens. It's also wonderful that they have a money-back guarantee, but we have yet to need that. I plan on continuing to use and endorse Music Xray."
Their song "First Move" was one of the highest trending songs at industry A&R, with consistently high ratings across all measured criteria. Check out The Branded's songs here.
4 of Charles songs were pitched of an independent film soundtrack in NYC. Furthermore, he had 3 tracks added to Charlie Mac's playlist - which is constantly reviewed by record labels, publishers, A&R's, Music Supervisors, film and TV producers.
2 tracks from Charles were pitched for placement on the soundtrack of another feature film about adolescent love.
1 track was sent to one of our TV producer contacts to be featured in a network TV series.
Between 9 and 13 tracks were distributed to our #3, #4, #5, #6, and #12 partners for external licensing: (Cox, Comcast, McDonald's, Applebees, Adidas, Gucci, Burberry, MGM, Hard Rock, Walt Disney, Universal, Google, Microsoft, Ubisoft, Discovery, Pixar, Reebok).
We also sent Charles' song "Bring Back the Stars" to test in a new feature film: (Walt Disney, Universal, Google, Microsoft, Ubisoft, Discovery, Pixar, Reebok)
Check out the latest opportunities from Charlie Mac and you can hear the complete epk from Charles Clark here.
Eddie "Sea" Finds Multiple Artists for Song Placements and Licensing
Eddie "Sea" Caldwell is a Songwriter/Producer/Arranger who also represents his record label and publishing catalog Music of The Sea with the songs featured in the United States, Japan, U.K. Europe, Spain and Malaysia. Eddie's music expertise ranges from hip-hop to alternative rock and everything in between. Eddie sent us an email with names of great artists that he found through Music Xray for strong consideration.
"You guys are great! I've found some great artist on Music Xray. I've also placed them in film and TV. One of them is dVolume. I placed several of his songs in a film called "Culture Shock" directed by Steve Balderson. And he also composed music for me.
Another artist is Jon Purdey. I've placed his music in a documentary by Ondi Timoner called "3 Startup" and he's composing music for me as well and I send him direct leads frequently. He's also gotten Trey Mcgriff to sign with me, because I'm proactive.
Two more Music Xray artists are Rob Owen's "Common Ground" and Carolyn Baron's "Optimistic". I have their music under strong consideration for MTV's "I Used To Be Fat" series. We are waiting on the director's decision.
Another artist is Jersey Boy. I got an email about his song "Flyer Than Spaceship" under director's consideration for a movie called "Halloween Party" directed by Linda Palmer.
I'm sure I'll have tons of news to share with you in next few months about Music Xray artists!"
Borboleta's Magical Experience Working with Stuart
Stuart Epps has over 40 years of experience in the music industry. Earlier than many, his career began at the age of 15 and he quickly moved up in the ranks to become Chief Engineer at DJM Studios.
Stuart, always busy, most recently worked with an EP for an Australian Band and mixed a great rock ballad for a South African band. Borboleta, one of the Music Xray artists, shared her magical experience working with Stuart:
"A magical Experience! I came across Stuart Epps as if by magic in Music Xray. I had just come back from doing an acoustic set in a pub nearby. I always love when people connect to my songs but I felt I wanted to give my songs the chance of a professional production. As if by magic looking through Music Xray I came across Stuart and everything about him felt right to me.
I sent him a couple of tracks and received a quick response and we started communicating. This resulted in a meeting where I played the songs on an acoustic guitar. I felt really supported and encouraged by him. He truly loves music and understands the creative musical soul.
I spent 3 days at Stuart's home studio in Cookham recording the songs. Every step happened as if my magic and the results speak for themselves.
I am grateful for this magical experience, for the energy Paul who works with Stuart put into my songs and for the hospitality I received from his partner Juliet. I am now inspired to promote my songs and I believe more than ever that they can touch people's hearts."
Sean Guerrier De Bey, the president of World Live Music & Distribution, updated us about the selection of new acts for 2012.
"We have great news! We have taken on a new artist that we found on Music Xray named Dominic Gomez. We are looking to put over $100,000 budget into his campaign along with the rest of our roster getting them prepared for the Grammy awards. We are going to make a lot of noise next year."
Dominic is a 21 year old singer-songwriter, recording artist and performer. Music has always been a number one throughout his life, so far. As a child, he was exposed to many diverse styles of music. Dominic wrote and composed his first song when he was only 10 years old. As each day passes, music becomes more of his passion with the life goal and dream to share his music with listeners from around the world.
Check out World Live Music & Distribution's profile here and listen to Dominic's songs here.
Artists on the iWith.org Compilation CD 10th Anniversary
iWith.org Foundation is an international organization based in Nyon and Barcelona, nonprofit and promoting development through information and communication technologies (ICTs). Iwith.org is also a development NGO working in the technology field, which was founded in Switzerland in 2001 under the initiative of a group of experts in new technologies. In their 10th anniversary on Oct 8, 2011 in Barcelona, they released a compilation CD to present during the celebration. iWith.org created a free opportunity for Music Xray artists. They receive 648 submissions and 10 artists with their good songs were selected for iWith.org compilation CD.
Musical Grandma Finds Success After All These Years
Lynne Ferguson was immersed in music at a very young age. She started out studying classical piano at the age of five, and enjoyed it so much that her parents had to encourage her make time for other activities. After eight years of piano, she moved on to guitar, which became her main instrument. She made a full-time living as a musician throughout her life. Now she is a grandma of 6 and enjoys writing as her way to stay tuned into the industry. She submitted her song "Tears to Gold" to Atrium Music Group, which was selected. Furthermore, Atrium Music Group chose to license all of Lynne's original songs. Keep the songs coming Lynne and good luck with your future submissions!
Check out Atrium Music Group's latest opportunities here.
Multiple Artists Get Royalties Paid Monthly
Marie Braden the CEO of We Are Making Stars has just landed a major contract with a very large company that licenses background music for small and large store chains, restaurants, spas, etc. And she again shared with us another success story regarding her open opportunity Royalties Paid Monthly.
This is the email she sent to us:
Jim Gaven is an Alt Rock/ALT & Punk/ Rock/Pop artist. His song "Something To Hope For" has caught my attention and will be excellent for this listing. He has added 3 more songs of his for potential placement with this opportunity.
Gabriele Saro is a Pop/Classical/Electronica/Dance musician. The song "Is It Love" was added to my catalog for placement and I can't wait to see what else this artist has to offer.
Christopher Medway is an electronica/Dance/Soundtrack/DJ artist. His song "Shooting Stars" was added to my catalog for this opportunity and eager to hear more from this artist
Phil Ipsan added three songs to my music catalog. The song that I originally chose was "Until You Become Mine". I think it will do very well with this opportunity. I am hoping this artist has even more great music.
V-Sard/Lilya Barak is a Pop/Electronica/Dance/Other artist. The song "Set Me Free" was chosen for this listing and I am sure this artist has more great songs to come.
Cutting Edge's song "Every Time I Try" is a Rock/Pop/R&B song and it was chosen for this listing. It is a very nice song and I look forward to getting more material from this band.
Michelle Ruben's song "Until Tomorrow" has been chosen for this opportunity. She has since added 3 more songs to my catalog and I think all of them will be successful within my catalog.
Figleaf is an artist with a genre of Pop/Easy Listening/Other. The song "Listen To The Rain" was chosen for this listing and I will also consider the rest of his songs in his catalog.
Check out the latest opportunities of We Are Making Stars here.
TheIndie.biz Radio Airplay to Independent Artists
Damon Cleveland founded The Indie with the explicit purpose of giving independent artists a simple yet effective outlet to market and promote music. It is with this same inspiration that The Indie Radio was launched, and since partnering with Music Xray (July 2011) The Indie aired songs from several artists connected from the service.
Here are some artists that have received airplay on The Indie:
If you have a song you are interested in promoting on radio stations, check out Damon's dropbox here.
Solardaze Signs Third Contract
Solardaze is a songwriter, composer and producer from the Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada. He works on multiple genres such as Alternative Rock, Country, Electronica, to soundtrack style compositions. Recently, he signed his third deal from the opportunities posted on Music Xray and was kind enough to send us a message telling us about it.
"Just wanted to let you know that through one of your opportunities I was able to sign my song "Come and Take Me Away" with Expressive Artists. It's great to have these opportunities to have your music heard by reputable companies with great track records. This is now my 3rd deal signed from Music Xray opportunities since I’ve joined just over 1 yr and a half ago. It is reassuring knowing that the songs are being heard by the people/company who need the music."
Always glad to hear from our artists and the success that they are finding through connections made on Music Xray. You can listen to Solardaze's music here and check out Expressive Artists' profile here.
Worldwide Coverage and Talent
KCS Entertainment is a worldwide music publishing and a one stop music production team that assists more than 50 writers for song placements around the globe including the US, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. We were happy to receive word regarding their latest projects and such.
Here's a little something they sent us regarding their current endeavors: "We just signed Alex Bahn for UMG Asia Projects. Daniel Williams of Team Go is now working on our Canadian Artist project which he is also co-writing with our producer who produced T-pain."
Looks like they've got another project coming up soon. Make sure to check out their latest opportunities here.
Music Xray Banana Peel Artists and Special Interview
Jeffrey Rubin of Banana Peel Radio sent us a message recounting some of the artists he found and added to his station's play list. He also told us about a new artist he was about to add to that list and a special interview. Here 's what he said in his message to us:
Another quality line up right there from Jeffrey. Make sure to check out Banana Peel Radio's opportunities here.
More on Andy's interview can be found on www.bananapeelradio.com on the home page just scroll down to "Banana Peel Radio interview with front man of The Yard Birds" click on it and it will play on the fly.
Even More Artists Signed to LA Music Licensing Firm
One of our more active music professionals is a LA Music Licensing Firm who is a full service music licensing company that offers quality music for their clients in Film, Television, Advertising, Trailers, Video Games, and more. They have been in business since 2008, and have quickly established themselves among the music supervisor community as a go-to music licensing house. They pride themselves in their ability to listen and understand the music requests they receive, and provide suggestions within a short turnaround. We have seen this first hand in the artists that have submitted to them.
This is great since they will be pitching these artists to various licensing deals. They are able to provide wider exposure for independent artists and offer high quality music in all genres for all projects. They have worked with Fox, MTV, HBO, Universal, Warner Brothers, Paramount and many others. With song placements in movies and series such as Friends with Benefits, Dinner for Schmucks, True Blood and Grey's Anatomy to name a few, they are looking forward to placing our artists as well.
Check out their profile and latest opportunities here.
100% Free Critiques and Advice to the Masses
Leslie J. Bialik, Real Rocker Girl, promotes European hard rock bands in the US to film makers, television music video shows, radio stations and record companies. She also writes reviews and prepare press kits but that's just a part of what she does. Leslie also does 100% completely free reviews on Music Xray and if she likes your music she might even take on a little promotion for you. Just read what these artists had to say after her review of their work:
"Hi Leslie, Thank you for your review of my song 'Mrs. Vain' which was awesome! To date the song has been played on 32 U.S college radio stations, top alternative stations in Australia and New Zealand and also has been featured on a U.S TV show called 'True Justice' starring Steven Seagal. Thanks again! Ross."
"Hi Leslie, thanks very much for your great review. We are always looking to find new avenues of promotion or opportunities so any recommendations you could give us for contacts in this industry that may be interested in working with us would be extremely helpful. Thanks again for your time and insight! Matt - Rose of Jericho"
Real Rock Lady Here
"Thank you Leslie, your review was heart felt and with a fast reply. It's so great to hear from a real rock pro in the days of over rated pop music and rock has taken a back seat. So honored to have a review done by you on a 6 minute song :)looking forward to following you in the coming years please keep up the great work and have a great 2011."
Thank you Leslie!
"Here is the critique/review of my song "DarkSide of Heaven" from Leslie: Everything about this song is big and almost melodramatic. The huge production values, the wide dynamic variety in this straight-ahead rock song, the superior musicianship across the board, the dramatic lyrics and the convincing delivery of the vocalist all combine to make this tune very appropriate for soundtracks, theme songs or other commercial applications. The song doesn't break new ground musically but that's why I think it has a broad appeal. It's easy to understand from a composition point-of-view and the vocalist also has excellent diction which makes the words easy to understand. This song really is radio-ready or ready for any other project that needs this genre of music. Keep up the great work! Thank you for the wonderful critique/review for DarkSide of Heaven Leslie. " - Ted Lazaris
Those were just a few of the many artists she has helped and/or given her insightful advise to. Helping out the music community one artist at a time, she helps and encourages artists to do better. You can check out her review opportunity here. She may or may not have her submission dropbox open at the moment but just remember to keep an eye out for it.
Women of Substance Radio Keeps Pulling In New Talent.
Bree Noble, Founder and CEO of Women of Substance Radio has created a radio station whose mission is to pave the way for hard-working, accomplished female artists to be heard. She was kind enough to share to us how she felt regarding one their most recent events.
"The showcase went fabulously. We had a good crowd and everyone loved the 5 performers. I am on the edge of my seat about the news..."
They put out new events and shows regularly so don't miss out on their opportunities. The following are just a few of the artists they have worked with here on Music Xray.
This list of talented women is just an example. They have and are still discovering new talent so make sure to check out Bree Noble and Women of Substance Radio here.
A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas
Rob "PUSH" Coleman, a promoter, project manager, A&R representative for many labels and consultant was happy enough to share to us his latest success and his song placement in the new Harold and Kumar movie set to be released this coming Christmas season.
"Natural Habitz is a band on Music Xray. They have some great music, I have done a few things with them being that they are persistent and talented. The latest success was me securing a publishing deal with FineGold Publishing. After a song I sent to FineGold recorded by Natural Habitz was picked up for a new movie "A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas" which will have international exposure. FineGold reached out to me and I negotiated a publishing deal for them where FineGold will represent a catalog of about 10 songs. The pay for this was great and the group will collect worldwide royalties."
Check out Rob "PUSH" Coleman latest opportunity here. You can also listen to Natural Habitz music here.
Spread Positivity to the Masses!
Ben Fagan & the Holy City Hooligans: driven by their vision which is "Spread positivity to the masses!", they continuously find success and they were kind enough to share one of their latest stories.
The band submitted their song "We Will Remain" to Jay Adkins and was selected to be played on his radio show. "Big thanks to Jay Adkins for featuring not just the original song we submitted but several others from our new CD. His enthusiastic support and coverage of the artists he selects for his New Unsigned Artists radio show is a great service!"
It's no surprise once you hear their music. They blend hip-hop beats with the chill vibes and positive message of reggae and funk to create a dance-able, feel-good experience.
You can check them out and their catchy tunes here. If you would like to see the latest opportunities from Jay you cango to his profile here.
"Thank you Stuart and Music Xray"
Stuart Epps is a veteran producer with noteworthy clients that included Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Chris Rea, George Harrison, Mick Fleetwood, Barry White, George Michael, Mark Owen, Cliff Richard, Twisted Sister, Brian Adams, Oasis, Kiki Dee, Robbie Williams, Bill Wyman and Elton John.
Stuart sent us a message regarding his new talent finds and what they had to say about how Stuart's work has helped them.
"Hi Stuart, Nailed it mate! The mix you just sent is brilliant - we couldn't be happier! Thanks so much for sticking with the track and indulging us.Would you be happy to mix the rest of the EP?We'd love to have you on board and are really excited about what this collection of songs will do for us. THANKS ALSO MUSIC XRAY FOR THE GREAT INTRODUCTION"
Marcello Giordano of The Spins – Italian Rock Band
"Thank you Stuart and Music Xray" "The drummer of my band played for Jeff Beck in his latest recording Emotion & Commotion, so I obviously wanted a top-quality producer for our new single release. I came across Stuart's profile on Music Xray and being struck by his curriculum I decided to submit our work to his attention. From the very beginning of our collaboration he's been absolutely kind and prompt in evaluating our work and replying to all my messages. Then, when we finally worked together in studio, we found out that he's not only a great person but also a very good musician (other than being guitarist and keyboardist, he sang some fantastic lines of backing vocals on our song) and obviously, a very good ear with tons of technical experience. In a word, a great producer I'd recommend to any pop/rock artist who wants to develop seriously his own sound."
"Hi stu!!! This outcome is amazing! I'm left speechless! I'm absolutely blown away! Thank you so much! I had a chance to listen to this about 25-30 times and let me say that the overall quality of this mix is really quite impressive! I love so much about it! ...WOW! By the way, her vocals and those effects.....simply put.....amazing! Thank you Stu for such an amazing effort already! This is very exciting for us! By the way, Jenna absolutely loves the vocal effects and especially at the end where it almost sounds "ghost-like". Really awesome! and thank you MUSIC X RAY"
Check out Stuart's latest opportunities and how he can help you by going here.
"Friends With Benefits"
Eric Paul is an artist who has been creating music since high school. Although his musical training and experience is deeply rooted in the classical genre, he has always felt a strong pull toward pop rock music in general. Now, he is determined to place these songs in the public eye and garner the attention of anyone who will listen.
Eric submitted to an LA Music Licensing Firm, was signed to the licensing firm, and as a result had a song pitched and placed in the SONY feature film "Friends With Benefits" starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. The director of the film fell in love with his song, titled "Paradise Dreaming", and the song was used FOUR TIMES in the film! Way to go, Eric!!
Marie Braden has created a unique way to bring entertainers of all genres together under one company and link up with major players in that particular field that can take these entertainers to the next level. Marie keeps finding new talent on Music Xray and this is what she has to say:
"I eat, sleep and breathe new music and looking for new artists of all genres for a range of new projects for licensing, publishing, my new tv show for indie artists(even better than American Idol in my opinion) and for so many other opportunities due to being in the industry for a long time. When I received my first song from Ayana John called "Baby" through a dropbox on Music Xray I really liked what I saw and heard so I looked at her full EPK. I was really impressed! I was also able to see her YouTube videos, licensing information, lyrics, linear notes and information about the artist. "
"After reviewing her songs I decided this is an artist that I want to have on my team. We agreed upon the terms for a publishing deal and I look forward to working with her and the success to follow."
"I have just signed School Fo' HardKnockz for a publishing deal as well and am working with Charlie Mac to consider one of their songs for the Spike Lee Movie."
Check out the latest opportunities by Marie Braden here.
Berry Berry Good!
Howard Martin is a singer/songwriter penning stories of life that span from childhood adventures to the loss of a spouse "the joy and the pain". Howard was kind enough to send us an email as an update and this is what he had to say: "Music Xray has been berry berry good to me! Sure I thought a few bucks put in some guys pocket on the east coast would be OK just to "put a flag up the pole" and see what comes of it if anything."
"I wrote the song "Sailing Away" because I wanted a sound track for a Youtube video I had made and couldn't use "licensed" material so I made my own. I submitted the same song to Jeffrey Rubin of Banana Peel Radio and he liked it enough to put it up on his site. I have had great feed back on things I have submitted, not all positive, but ALL valuable."
"I refer people to my EPK on Music Xray if they want to "feel me" because it has lyrics and pictures that support what is fresh off the press musically for me. I also had another song "It don't matter anymore" picked up for rotation on Nashville Broadcasting Radio Network. They liked the song and contacted me for the mp3 and a rotation release! Yea, I'm stoked! The bottom line…..read the first line of this post. Thanks Music Xray, keep on the edge!"
Chris Herlihy has Galaxy 24/7 and Off the Chart Radio, both based out of the UK. He decided to look for new artists on Music Xray for his new show and found good results. Chris dropped us a quick email to share some of the artists that he has played along with letting us know about how easy he finds it to use the platform.
"I began using Music Xray earlier this year to find new music for my up-and-coming music show on Off the Chart Radio, one of the UK's largest and oldest internet radio stations. So far I have received multiple submissions, and all of them have been played on the show with great success and audience reviews. Thank you especially toMatthew Meadows, Secret Silence andIntended Creation for submitting music and making the show possible. When I receive music via email, it is hard to keep track of conversations and MP3's, but on Music Xray it is all in one, easy to access place. Thank you!"
Glad to hear that we could be of help and thanks for working with our artists!
Brad Connects and Signs 35 Cues!
Connections, connections, connections! Most of us are raised with the thought in mind that connections can make or break your career. Even though the internet, social media(Twitter, Facebook, etc...) are all part of an artist's arsenal to get known and break their career, having good music and getting it in front of ears that understand what to do with it is still a key to success. Check out Brad Halverson's EPK on Music Xray and then check out Jim Hughes profile and opportunities listed here.
This is the end result of their connection made on Music Xray, delivered straight from Brad:
"A few weeks ago I submitted to an opportunity that James posted, and I've gotta say it turned out great! I've since signed 35 cues to the agency he was representing, and I get calls daily for more. Thanks a lot James, you've definitely helped take my career to new levels!"
Great music and great opportunities = success! Thanks guys and we are looking forward to hearing more about how this connection works out!
Matthew Meadows Gives us an Update and a Technology Thumbs Up!
Matthew Meadows was more than kind enough to share about his experience on Music Xray:
During all the months that I spent composing, performing and producing my solo EP Etherati, I never gave much consideration to what I should do with the material after I was done. But within a week after I uploaded the final mixes to the web that became my singular focus. As the album gained traction it became clear that my position in the online charts was a useful tool but a limited measure of success. I started looking for ways to extend my reach and get my music in front of not just more people, but the right people. The people who would get most out of the experience. All music is not for everybody, and there are literally millions of artists competing for each listener's attention. So I used market research to identify my core demographics and the music they liked. I rotated ads on social networks and measured their engagement in my music. The results inspired confidence but in real terms not much changed.
I braced for an avalanche of rejection, and that's exactly what I got, and I paid a considerable price for the privilege. I had some success in the form of college radio, online plays and blog coverage, but the cost was prohibitive relative to the exposure. At the end of the day I still had a sense that I might have more luck if I could get the music in front of the right people, but that the odds were long due to the sheer volume of applicants. I'm a programmer as well as a musician and I convinced myself that I simply needed to improve my signal-to-noise ratio, an optimization problem, and keep trying. At that point, I decided to allocate the remainder of my submission funds to Music Xray, the only vendor in my survey even attempting to develop a solution to that problem.
That turned out be the right decision and a major inflection point in my career. Within days, I received an email indicating that my flagship songThe Mistress had been matched by their software. It had been matched with other songs previously selected by the legendary producer Stuart Epps, and he had an opportunity posted up on the site that I may not have noticed and probably would not have responded to where it not for that email. I paid the submission fee just for the talking points. Imagine my surprise when I got another email a week later indicating he had selected my song for further development and provided some very encouraging feedback, including the words "very strong vocals, well done". I just about fell out of my chair. Within days we were chatting online, in all seriousness, about the viability and funding required for him to produce my next album. That conversation may have been inconsequential for him because he is an industry luminary and this is his business, but for me, it was quite remarkable.
It was also an experience that I would repeat, to some extent, a few months later when I submitted for an opportunity to work with one of the most prolific and highly regarded producers in the world, Ron Nevison. My interaction with Ron started with The Mistress, and he responded right away so I followed up with Falling and The Turk to see if I could pique his interest. He responded with glowing feedback on the guitar work for all three submissions, which he characterized as "amazing", and constructive feedback on vocals and song structure, before he realized they were all from the same artist. A few weeks later I was on the phone with Ron discussing the funding and logistics of what it would take to record my next album. It was nothing short of surreal.
My success with Music Xray was not limited to dialogs with producers and speculations about recordings, either.
Largely, due to my experience in the theater, one of the things I have always endeavored to produce is music that has a strong sense of atmosphere. In my mind, I associate every musical element with images, thoughts and feelings, and it is my goal to evoke a similar experience for the listener from their own vantage. Television and film producers need evocative music to compliment their work, and I like to imagine my music fulfilling that need, but the music must precisely capture the atmosphere they are hoping to convey. The odds are exceptionally low and the potential payoff is considerable. It's another variation on the signal-to-noise optimization problem.
It's also another area where the Music Xray system shines, and I've been one of the benefactors of the payoff. Shortly after my initial success with The Mistress, my song Falling was selected for a TV & Film licensing opportunity withUpper 11 / Universal through a Music Xray posting by Tony Meola. That song has a very specific ambience, with vocals that are somewhat understated on top of jazz-inflected acoustic guitar work frosted with Latin-style lead work. It captures a time and place in my life in a way that probably only makes sense to me, but in this particular case it happened to line up with what the producer has in mind. Somehow Music Xray, through a combination of technology and smart business, managed to tie it all together. It wasn't an isolated experience, either. Will Griggs, now the Director of Marketing and Music Placement at Atrium Music Group, was looking for 80's sounding metal ala Motorhead. He found what he was looking for in The Mistress (and it's a good thing, too, because he does not like to get upstaged by that other song). The instrumental songs on the album were also very well received and are currently residing in multiple song catalogs where they are waiting for the right person looking for the right scene to come along.
Of course you can't really measure success on anybody else's terms but your own, and I'm not really sure how to define it for myself. But I am certain that I've got an abundance of it now, and that I'm not the only one. Not only do I enjoy the company of the great musicians on their wall, the Music Xray team has succeeded in developing game-changing technology and a brilliant business model to support it. They deserve to be recognized for what they've accomplished because it flat-out kicks ass.
Nice job, guys. Seriously, great work.
Check out Matthew's music here, and find out how his great music shines through.
Sajida works with Kyra Larock to Connect with Jive Records while Ross Golan Gives Needed Feedback
One of our artists Sajida was working with our support staff and during the exchange she was nice enough to update us on her progress:
"With regard to the meetings I went through a posting from Kyra Larock, she is great and she set up meetings for me with Capitol records and Jive records A&Rs. I met with Capitol and they suggested I keep working on my music. When I met with Jive they really liked the songs I submitted and asked me to keep an open line of communication and submit songs to them for Anthony Hamilton and K. Michelle. And although it is no guarantee it is a huge step and a foot in the door and if they like what I submit or one of the artists like the songs they already have through this connection my career could really take off. I am very satisfied with the service. I also had great feedback from Ross Golan at Warner Chappell through your site. He actually gave me feedback on about 10 songs and that helped me to choose what to submit to the labels."
That sounds like a great connection through Kyra and from what we have seen from Ross he really knows how to work with the artists. Keep the music coming Sajida and please do keep us updated.
If you would like to schedule a meeting with A&R people at top labels check out Kyra's profile here. Ross also has various opportunities that you can find here.
Ben Siems finds a Home and Success with Music Xray
Ben Siems passed along a few suggestions regarding the site and in passing he was also nice enough to send the following:
Let me say again that I truly, genuinely appreciate Music XRay and all that it has done for me. I remember when I first joined Music XRay and began to see how it works, I thought, "FINALLY, a site for independent artists that is actually about the MUSIC!!!" I felt like I had found my home. My music is now included in three major music synching libraries, soon to be four, and all of that can be traced back to Music XRay. Plus, I have learned a tremendous amount about which aspects of my music are most appealing to MIPs, and that has been a very valuable, and at times surprising, education. I understand now why my previous attempts to get the attention of those involved in publishing, licensing, etc., were unsuccessful. I don't know where else I could have learned that but MusicXRay."
Wow Ben! We are really happy to see that we are helping and congratulations on your success. We look forward to hearing about many more more successful connections and also look forward to hearing more new music from you.
Paul Shulver is director of A&R for Expat Records which is a very unique, innovative, independent music label that offers the biggest, broadest and most creative online music promotion and distribution in the industry. He is looking for talented musicians for Expat Records A&R. In his posting he states "The artist must be hard working, dedicated and who are looking to get their music to a much wider audience, grow their fan base and generate revenue from their music". Here are the artists that he has selected: Jamie Kent, Euphoria Audio and Deep River Running.
Check out the latest opportunities from Lissy and Inclination here.
We Are Making Stars Signs Two New Artists
Marie Braden the CEO of We Are Making Stars has just started out with Music Xray but already she is signing new artists. Two new artists that she has signed to publishing deals are Jus G and Rocboi. We are looking forward to her continuing to find new artists for the variety of opportunities that she has. Congratulations to the two artists that just signed and good luck to everyone submitting to her!
Check out the latest opportunities from We Are Making Stars here.
Music Xray Artists on Revolver Underground Radio
Revolver Underground exists with the main goal of allowing independent artists to get their music heard by music enthusiastshey bring talent, otherwise unheard to the masses on a global scale via the internet and terrestrial radio stations. Revolver also offers affordable solutions to imagearketability, playability, professionalism, and general business sensibility. In their pursuit of the best indie bands and artists they decided to post an opportunity on Music Xrayere are the artists from Music Xray that are now part of Revolver Underground: Amycanbe, BreezyDebbie Goodman, Infliction, Miss MarieNadine Stern and Stiletto Ghetto.
Currently Revolver Underground has enough music and is not taking in new submissions but you can check out their profile here
Marissa Diblasio Signs with Two Music Professionals
Marissa Diblasio is a songwriter who is off to a great start with Music Xray he was nice enough to drop us an email letting us know about here recent success which we are excited about as wellHi, I signed a single song contract with a Music Licensing Firm based in Los Angeles for my song Stop Messin' With My Mind. I also signed a contract with Sean Guerrier De Bey for my song I'm Fine for his Kino Kiongivi project. On a number of other songs've had professionals let me know they are going to keep my song on file for consideration on future projects, and that's a great feature of this serviceince it allows for relationships to be built. Can't wait to see what the future holds for music xray, you guys are off to a fantastic start!his is just great news and all of us are excited to see what the future holds for Marissa
Sober at 63 and Making Connections
Tommy Botz is 63 years old and is finding his way in the music world at a time when some might call it quits. He also had his own struggles to deal with and overcome and he was nice enough to share this with us along with his recent success through using Music XrayThere were points in my life where I was going to give up, but music saved my life," said Botz, 63, a 1966 Maple Heights High School graduate. "I've been at the Ed Keating Center for seven yearsarly on, I saved money up and was debating whether I should move out and get my own apartment or go for my dream, which was to record some of the 200 songs I've written through the yearsventually, I got ahold of Michael Seifert at Ante Up Audio, gave him my vision of what I wanted to do, and he helped me get together with the musicians(Credit given to John Benson Entertainment writer for The Plain Dealer newspaper)
Botz was happy to share the details of his success with us in working with the music industry professionals at Music Xrayis main connection starting out was signing a record and distribution agreement with Savvy Muzik in Australia Botz says "I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to have my music heard by peoplend I am so happy to have the support of the SavvyMuzik gang down under in Sydney". Tommy has continued his success with a publishing agreement with "Memories of Memphis" in Nashville for my Johnny Cash tribute song ''Train of Glory"e also signed a licensing agreement with "Noteborn Music" in Michigan for my entire CD.
Although the last two success points were not on Music Xray we are glad to help him get the ball rolling with the connection with Savvy to help move him towards his dream of making it in Nashville
Fly Flow Entertainment - BET 106 & Park Show Selections
Charles Wilson of Fly Flow Entertainment is an Artist/Producer and Manager. He is looking for talented artists for the BET 106 & Park showhe artists he is looking for must have "unique and different with your talent and a great stage presencee found a round of artists that he has selected who will need to make it throughe next stages to be selected for the show. Good luck to all of these artists: ProVerb - Inspiration feat Brian Temba, Ghiche - Wiggle-Squeez - The Big Picture Ft. Anna Stevenson, Ghiche - Wiggle and Saiah - Said So.
Jay Adkins from Off The Chart Radio is a presenter on an internet radio station in the UK wit weekly show transmitted around the world. And as he said, "My role is to find 'The Next Big Thing' and I like to think I dhis each weekend between 4-7pm on the world biggest unsigned music show. So could you help me out are you the next big thing??? "e is currently taking submissions for his weekly 3 Hour unsigned music show "The N.U.A". Here is the list of artists on Music Xray that has selected: Heather Pierson - Make It Mine, Porterhouse - Open Road, Tom Block - Galaxieshris Gilham - Bummer, Bela Lugosi - Don't Worry About Me, The Firegod - Because Of Youevin Mongelli - The Sunrise Waltz and The Robert Deller Band - Red Sunglasses.
After submitting his song We Will Stand to Dennis Gelbaum, artist Jon Henningeas had his song placed on American Veterans Radio where it is currently in rotationdditionally, the station had Jon on to play his song live to the world! Congratulations Jon!.
Check out the latest opportunities from Dennis Gelbaum here
Citation Records Selects Multiple Artists to Pursue Further
Citation Records has been around for some time now and their Music Xray account manager and support staff agree with what they have posted on their profilCitation Records was founded with the mission to be the most artist-friendly independent record label, built on fairness, simplicity, and good music.e have seen that with their team and they have been great to work with. When they originally started to work with us they wanted to try the Song to Opportunity Match(S2O)hey also wanted to find truly original songs as well. So the solution was simple, they opened up one drop box for the S2O submissions and one for general submissionor songs that did not match.
Check out the latest opportunities from Citation Records here
Musicians Connect With the Quebec Music Scene for Touring, Publicity and Advice
Catherine Villeneuve is a PR Agent and President of 4Comm. Through her experience over the years shnew that if she made contact with the right bands and artists that she can help those on tour in Canada and ones in the local market. She has madonnections with the following Music Xray artists through her Music Xray drop box: Amanda Blush - One In A Millionlo - Move Along, Tasting Grace - Hold My Breathe anhe Resignators RAGE. Glad to see the connections were made and the best of luck to these artists and bands Catherine works out what she can do for them.
Jeffrey Rubin of Banana Peel Radio updated us on the latest artists that he has added to the site great new connection he has for getting those artists gigs and an update as well on the station in generalere is what he had to say: I have being honored to promote such great artists from Music Xray such aGrumpy Neighbour, Robin Leigh, Matthew MeadowsMax Macrides, Christy LoveKeith Moody and Howard Martin with more to come on Banana Peel Radio a continue to promote the creativity of the world as a presenter of constant emerging new talent. As a quick update ave teamed up with a booking agent in Las Vegas to help promote live gigs in the US and certain other areas of the worldhey are talking to almost all of the Music Xray artists that I have exposed on my station to set some of them up with gignd festivals where there is a fit. They will be joining the site after seeing the talent that I was able to findn another note I have reached over 1,800,000 hits in over 3.5 years with an average of 1400 a day with a global audience listening in tear new music. I am continuing to grow as a station and continue to be dedicated to the art and creativity of the emerging new artistsooking forward to hearing more new music and sharing it through my station. Keep on the lookout for a special summer programming opportunitoming soon as the snow has finished melting!
Let's hope the snow melts soon enough! Thanks Jeffrey and we will be working with the new music professional you have coming our way and we look forward to the summer opportunity.
You can see the latest from Banana Peel Radio by visiting their profile here
How Artists are Utilizing Focus Groups
David Bell Jr. has been a part of the family of Music Xray artists for some time now and has found success with Music Xray through his submissionsis next step was to take advantage of the free focus group and although he was skeptical at first this is what he had to say to us after running through his first one:
The song that I put up is Time Machine by Block Scholarsust as a side note, the song has taken 3rd place in Rap/Hip Hop category in the 2010 Billboard/Starmaker 360 Worldwide Song Contest plus a finalisR&B/Hip Hop) and semi-finalist (Unsigned Only) category in the 2010 International Songwriting Competition know that the industry has taken a liking to the song, but with the focus group, I wanted to know if people like the song.
This way, with the current scores we are getting, I can show this to labels that may be interested in seeing if listeners would buy the song/albumhis kind of information is PRICELESS for us indie artists trying to breakthrough. Thanks Music Xray!
Well David thanks for the feedback and for making use of just another way in which Music Xray gives artists the tools they need to get deals
Great New Podcast Featuring Three Music Xray Artists
You can see the latest from Skope by visiting their profile here
KCS Finds a Great Songwriter
Stephen Campbell is a songwriter on our site who is working hard at getting his music in front of the right earse was very pleased with the results he recently got with one of our music industry professionals. "KCS Entertainment selected a song of mine and have since agreeo pitch 3 others to labels across the globe. They have some impressive credits to their name and I'm equally impressed with the timely and constructive communicationhis songwriting thing is back on track!"
Really nice to hear about this Stephen and you have a great set of songs in your profile/epk. Please keep us updated!
If you are an artists or songwriter you can see the latest from KCS by visiting their profile here
Global Connections Through Music Xray
David Steele of Pendulum Arts is a long time Music Xray Professional and really solid contact to have in the industrye sent us a recent update on a few of the songs he is pitching from artists he met due to them submitting to his opportunitiesI just had a meeting at a large ad agency right here in Chicago and presente Music Xray songs. Here are the songs I played Blue Jean Baby, On a Roll anWonderful Thing. There were 6 key "decision makers"/ "potential buyers" that would have ever heard this tune if it were noor Music Xray. I have received some very cool tunes from people in the UK, Scotland, and Australia and I have sent them to my advertising contacts.
As always we love to hear about these types of connections. Good luck to David in securing placements for these artists and great job witetting them in front of the right people.
You can see the latest from David and Pendulum Arts by going to his profile here
Fans Love the Focus Groups and Artists Gain Fans
One of our staff recently saw a really cool post while hanging out on Tumblr(hopefully not during work hours) that you can reahereake a look at the post since it sums up how much fun fans are having on our site and how focus groups are turning into fan magnetor those artists with great music. Yes, you have to have great music for people to like it, or at least pretty darn goodead the post and if you have not signed up as a musian to find all the great artists on our site you can do so here
How Mary Sarah Made it Happen on Music Xray
Mary Sarah is an extraordinarily talented singer/songwriter from Richmond, Texas. Most recently she was discovered on Music Xray by Nan Cassidy President, Tunesmith Entertainment & "Build An Artist, Build A Brand." Nan arranged an interview for Mary Sarah with Sharon Dennis, President, Dennis Management. Mary Sarah and her parents flew to Nashville to Sharon's Music Row Office and quite frankly, Sharon was amazed with Mary Sarah's talent, coachability and star potential. Ironically, Sharon was born in Richmond, Texas. After getting to know Mary Sarah and her family, Sharon signed Mary Sarah to Dennis Management. Sharon has managed both a gold and a platimum selling Country Artist.
Through the Music Xray dashboard, Nan was able to see Mary Sarah's rising social media statistics such as Twitter, MySpace, and Facebook followings. She was also able to see Music Xray's collective A&R statistics which showed that Mary Sarah had submitted her song to 46 other industry professionals and that it had been given average ratings of 4 out of 5 stars on every measured attribute (composition, arrangement, performance, production, & hit potential). This weighed heavily in Mary Sarah's favor for Nan to make the Nashville introduction to Sharon Dennis at Dennis Management.
By reflecting this data back to the industry professionals who use the site, they are able to act with increased confidence and lowered risk.
We are very excited to have played a role in bring these two together while building a platform for other professionals seeking the best new artists and bands
Want to be on the radio with Bree? Click here to submit to Women of Substance Radio
Grand$un Signs with Orpheus / Fontana (Universal)
Long time Music Xray artist Grand$un, author and performer of A'body Luv Me has signed a one album deal witrpheus / Fontana (Universal). "I couldn't have done it without Music Xray" Grandsun added!
Great job Grand$un and we are glad to be part of your success
Big Thanks from a Great Artist
Jon Purdey has been finding success on Music Xray as you can see on the success story page. He was nice enough to post some kind wordn Get Satisfaction and followed up with this really nice email sharing his experience with us. Here is what he had to say:
"I just wanted to say a big "thank you" for the many opportunities that you offer aspiring Artists.
You simply have the best platform, pricing and processes out there. I never imagined how many successes I'd enjoy, with such a variety of Professionals in different areas of the industry, until I started submitting through Music Xray.
One of the things I really appreciate is the way that you are assured of getting feedback. If a track isn't accepted then at least you know quickly and, in a lot of those cases, I've found the Music Professionals will provide constructive feedback (even when they don't have to) to help shape the tracks for future submissions.
My experiences with Music Xray & the Team continue to be awesome. Thanks for making it all possible and keep up the good work!"
Thanks Jon and we appreciate you and your music as well
Music Pro and Artist Plays Duel Roles on Music Xray
Brian Bethke from Promotion Records plays the role of a music industry professional by working witur artists while he is still and artist himself working away and finding connections on the sitee sent us an email with the following updates: Just wanted email you a copy of Promotion Music Records Magazine thausicXray is featured in. Also, through music Xray I got a guaranteed Audition for NBC's The Voice went and auditioned in Minneapolis MN and received a call back but unfortunately didn't make it through to the shout it still was a great opportunity. Right now I am in the process of putting together the Underdog radio podcaseaturing the artists that submitted through Music Xray and will get you a copy as soon as it is doneusic Xray has been the centerpiece of my growing career and I wanted to thank you. Here is a new song I just posted today
Mary Sarah is Selected by Musicati for $50,000 Promotion Package
Mary Sarah has won the $50,000 Musicati promotion packagnd will be featured on over 20,000 jukeboxes nation wide. Congratulation Mary Sarah and keep up the good work
George Cotten has Face to Face Meeting with Major Label in NYC
George Cotten was very happy and excited about the meeting that Kyra setup for him with a high level A&R manager at ajor label in NYC. "Kyra hooked me up for an in-person meeting with a high level A&R manager at a major label in NYC. She was fabulous about scheduling the meetingetting back to me including via text/phone and having the A&R'S assistant contact me when re-scheduling was needed. The meeting happened yesterday and waxtremely helpful to me...would've been VERY hard to get a meeting on this level without her help. So songwriters. producers, artists....see Kyra's 30 minut&R meeting opportunity and go for it.....you'll def be glad you did! :-)". This is great news and an example of the type of connections that are made through Music Xray! If you would like to see the type of meeting's that Kyra can setup for you visit her profile here
El Tarot Finds Success with His Song Sin Bling Bling
El Tarot was nice enough to drop us a note to share some of his latest success stories. "Just wanted to let you know I have a filmmaker frienho is going to make a video of Sin Bling Bling. The song made Valleyarm MIDEM's Sampler and is constantly being played on Suck Free Radio. Thanks to you man!ell thanks to you El Tarot! Best of luck and please do post your video in your music xray when you have it up.
The Math Team and Metermaids Connect
Ian Anderson of The Math Team ran across Music Xray and decided to give us a shot for finding new artists. After only working on the site and getting thang of it for a little over a month they ran across a really great band which they are now working with to pitch for TV, Movies and other licensing opportunitieshe band is the Metermaids and these guys are awesome. Ian stated "I am going to pursue a one-off with these guys I believe. Love your system'm digging up a lot of pro material." Good news for the Metermaids and we love to see bands and music professionals connecting to conduct business.
You can see the latest from The Math Team by visiting their profile here.
Paul Baliley Finds a New Home on Music Xray
Paul Bailey is an artist on Music Xray who has been using our platform to it's fullest to connect with music professionals looking for his music. Here is what he had to share with usHey Guys Steve Botting of Numatik Lab is remixing as I write this, my track "Part of me" for a club mix to be released in the UK/US for a February/March release. In addition Mango Reel Licensing Boutique has added my album to their libraryranroyale Music has added my album and videos to their play list!" We are excited as always to hear good news from our artists so keep up the good work Paul!
TMG works with Katie Cole on Publishing Deal in Nashville
Alex Torrez of Torrez Music Group met Katie Cole thru Music Xray. Alex Torrez was able to secure several top publisher meetings iashville in hopes of getting Katie a publishing deal in Nashville. Warner Chappell, EMI, Kobalt, Universal and Chrysalis were among the companies visited. It can be a long road to success but Katie anlex are on it together. Good luck to both!
You can see the latest from Alex and TMG by visiting their profile here
Three Artists Music Chosen for History Channel Documentary
Three tracks have been selected so far by Ken Hatley, music supervisor of The History Channel who conducted a search for songs with a sound and feel of the Vietnam War erahe songs selected were Too Young To Die by Barbara Lee George, Caught In A Lie by Muck and the Mires, Bail Out by Ben Novak and Abandon(Hard Rock Version) by Vic Brealon. Ken says he's been impressed with the quality of the submissions and is still seeking a few more songs that have sounds likarly David Bowie, Bad Company, Dells & Intruders. If you have the right music visit his profile to submit.
KCS Signs Two More Artists to Universal Music Group Asia
Finding a presence on the other side of the globe is nice to have and that is one of KCS Entertainment's functions that they provide artists. With offices in LA, Tokyo and Hong Kong they are well equipeo serve artists in the Asia markets. Cassie Jones let us know about two new artists that they have signed to publishing contracts and they are both now in thniversal Music Group(UMG) Asia library. Congratulations to Davor Devcic and Michael Hazani the two artists who have just signed. We are looking forward to hearing more from these artists and more from Cassie Jones and the team at KCS.
You can see the latest from KCS Entertainment here
You can see the latest from Jeffrey and Banana Peel by visiting his profile here.
MIDEM Compilation and Promotion
With this success story we will just let the artist do all the talking: "Thank you Music Xray!!! Block Scholars, "This Is For My People (The Rhythm Of A Scholar)", just got accepted to blaced on Valleyarm MIDEM Sampler to be handed out to industry movers and shakers in Cannes, France at the MIDEM Conference. You make opportunities happen Music Xraye as artists, just have to believe and TAKE IT!!!"
Click here to submit to the MIDEM sampler but hurry less than a month left
Music Xray Artists Holiday Airplay
Women of Substance Radio has been great to our artists and many of them have had airplay on a truly great radio station that continues to grow in popularity. Bree decided that ias that time of the season so she offered some holiday airplay time and even used the song to opportunity match.
You can see the latest from the firm in LA by visiting their profile here
Mike Goudreau Success on Music Xray
Mike Goudreau is an artist on our platform who had this to say: "I've been a member for a few months at Musicxray and have made some good contacthrough submitting songs that resulted in signing about 40 tunes or so to TV/Film people ( This is what I'm really looking for...As I have made abou50 song deals in the past 3 years and have had about a dozen network TV placements...So I am always looking to discover new contacts in this licensing to Film/TV domain ) still have a few tunes that are pending review, so wanted to add that your service seems to be working for me." We are happy to see that Mike is findinuccess with us and look forward to listening to more of his music and hearing about his continued success. You can listen to some of Mike's songs oMusic Xray and you can also visit his website.
Artists on Compilation Album
Seventeen artists and their songs have been selected for the major label-backed Music Xray Compilation - Great Tracks by Independent Acts. All artists wileceive a royalty from the earnings. It will be released across the UK in late January 2011 and three songs will be aggressively promoted to radio.
If you have never seen Music Fashion Magazine then take a look here. It has a very clean lookell thought out interviews and provides great exposure to music artists. MF began posting their opportunity on Music Xray about half way through this year and put the Song to Opportunity Match(S2O) to work in finding new artistsew artists discovered on Music Xray include Sinem Saniye, Simon FaganNylon Pink, Mary Sarah and Reflectis Indexia featuring Judy Garlandreat music, great interviews and great exposure!
To check out Music Fashion Magazine visit their profile here.
Promotion Music Records Signs Colin Harper
Colin Harper has been an artist on Music Xray for for some time and he has posted great musicrian Bethke, a Talent Scout from Promotion Music Records has not been using Music Xray for long and was able to quickly discover the pure talent in Colin's musicromotion Music Records recently signed Colin's album Titanium Flag after Brian listened to the submissioYears of Regret from the album. These are the types oonnections that are being made on Music Xray and we send our best wishes to both the artist and music industry professional.
To check out Brian and Promotion Music Records visit their profile here.
Banana Peel Radio Air Play and Interviews
Jeffrey Rubin of Banana Peel Radio started working with Music Xray earlier this year and he utilized our Song to Opportunity Matching service to help find new acts. Banana Peel Radio itself has been growing impressively. It is listed in the Indie Bible, it's the third most popular internet stream in the world dealing with artists annterviews and is ranked number three in Google's most sought after online indie sites. Selected artists get radio play and an interview. Artists thare either playing now or coming soon include Jessica Sierra a great song writer with great success having her sonEnough getting airplay on my play list, Clear Soul with Renew My Faith In People, the song Doctor from a new band out of Australia called The UnravellingPensando en ti from Mexican artist Hector DavilaDear Diary by Mary Sarah getting air play, and Water's Edge by Simon Fagan.
To check out Banana Peel Radio visit their profile here.
Scott Wilburn Distribution and MIDEM Representation
Scott Wilburn started to work with Allen Johnston from The Music Specialist not to long ago. But the two of them have moved fairly quickly which we are happy to hear aboutllen updated us on the progress and this is what he had to say: Whenever you give someone a "shot" they must be ready to take it. Scott Wilburn's CD ECLECTIC will be released via iTunes, Amazon MP3, EMusic, SecuryCast, Slacker, 24-7 Entertainment, Starzik, 7Digital, Guvera, Thumbplay Full Track and more on November 22. We have gotten together and are moving his career forward. Our company is also representing his entire catalog at the upcoming MIDEM conference in January.
You can read up on Allen and The Music Specialist by visiting their profile here.
Suckfree Finds Great New Music and Matches
John Kuhns runs Suckfree Radio, an independently owned and operated online music media site based in Austin, Texas that provides a 24/7 Internet audio streame has been working with us from around the time that we launched the Song to Opportunity Matching(S2O) and has been using it since his radiormat fits in well with matching songs to the tastes of the radio listeners. John wrote us to tell us about some of the artists that he has found through Music Xray:
We've gotten quite a lot of submissions from all over the world and we'veen very impressed with the quality of talent that we've found on Musi-ray.
Days Before Tomorrow submitted a song named "Lighters" that was vereminiscent of the old "arena rock" bands of the 70s and 80s. We've beelaying several songs from their album "The Sky Is Falling". Great stuffspecially if you enjoy the music of bands like STYX, Triumph and Asia.
After hearing "Falling Out of Love Again" by Phil Common of New York, wsked for more and he sent us plenty of great ones such as "Crucified" anhe heartfelt ballad "I Live My Life in Memory of You".
The Bloody Five submitted a song named "Just Joking" that really rocks!
Simon Fagan of Ireland submitted a song named "Water's Edge" thampressed us so much that we made his album "Outside Looking In" oueatured Album on the website. Since then we've been playing several of hiongs.
You can see the latest from Suckfree Radio by visiting their profile here here.
Easterlyn Swill to be Represented by KCS Entertainment
Cassie Jones continues to find great artists with his latest being the discovery of writer Eastern Swill. Cassie states "we are excited to let you know that we successfulligned 3 songs from the writer Easterlyn Swill (Rock Baby, Don't Give Up, and Let's Wait). We will be representing his songs as the publisher to Universal Musiroup(UMG) Asia." KCSE is a Hollywood based global music production, management, media and entertainment company that continues to deliver for the artists they representongratulations to Eastern Swill and KCSE and the best of luck to both!
You can see the latest from KCS Entertainment here.
Click here to submit music to Women of Substance Radio and to read up on Bree.
Funk Marshals get a Publishing Deal with KCS Entertainment
KCS Entertainment posted an opportunity for seeking songs for song placement and they received many submissions to listen to. But once they heard the son"Vanish" from "Funk Marshals", they fell in love with it and decided to offer a publishing deal. They have the agreement successfully signeith Funk Marshals and are also in the process of signing a few other writers. KCS states "we are still looking for more hit songs for other ongoing projects we have. I hope can keep scouting talents through Music Xray." We hope so too! Congratulations to Funk Marshals and KCS Entertainment.
You can see the latest from KCS Entertainment by visiting their profile here.
"Saturday in the South" picked up by CBS SEC Game of the Week and LG
Justin Honaman's "Saturday in the South" has been chosen by CBS sports and LG to be played all year during the CBS Sports SEC Gamf the week. If you take a listen to the song you can understand why, it is perfect for this type of sporting event. Justin Honaman connected with Alex Torres through one of thnteractions Alex had posted on his profile and the two started working together right away. We should mention that this is a follow on to the previous success story regarding theswo connecting and this one is even more exciting. After these two were finished in the studio and withe assistance of two writers that Alex brought in, it was time to pitch the song to various sports synch licensing deals. It did not take long for CBS to see this song as a perfecatch to what they needed so they picked it up in a big way. We are glad to hear about this success story from one of our hard working artists and one of our hard working music industrrofessionals. Congratulations guys and we are looking forward to hearing the song on CBS!
You can see the latest from Alex and TMG by visiting their profile here.
Allen Johnston from The Music Specialist Signs Two New Artists
The Music Specialists signed distribution deals with Scott Willburn and Touraine Schaffer. We are excited to hear about this since Allen Johnston of The Music Specialiss a long time industry professional and knows what it takes to help out new artists. We are looking forward to hearing more from Allen and from otheusic artists submitting their songs to him for various projects.
You can see the latest opportunities from Allen and The Music Specialist by visiting their profile here.
Jon Purdey Signs with LA Based Music Licensing Firm
LA based Music Licensing Company recently signed yet another Music XRay artist, Jon Purdey to a publishing contract. Just like the other artists there working with he is now being pitched to TV, Films, Ads, and Trailers.
You can see Jon's full EPK with many of his great songs by clicking here. You can see the latest from the firm in LA by visiting their profile here.
Pravda Chooses Silent Night from Solardaze for Holiday Licensing
Pravda Music has been on the hunt for holiday music in all genres to license for television projects during the upcoming 2010 Holidaeason and beyond. Solardaze saw this opportunity and chose to submit. "I submitted an acoustic version of Silent Night to the Holiday listing offered by Pravda Recordsithin a couple of weeks I heard back from the company and they selected my song to sign to an exclusive deal!! The dealings with thompany have been prompt and professional. Thank you Pravda Records and Music Xray!"
You can see the latest from Pravda by visiting their profile here
API Continues to Sign More Artists
Debora Nortman and her team at API have been busy with Music Xray artists and have received signed publishing copies from multiple artists with more coming on board shortlyf you have been keeping up with our success stories you will notice that she had also signed Kevin van Houten before as wellPI Music International Inc., is a new music publishing company based in Canada that works mainly in general song placement to other artists, producers, Major anndie labels and has a strong focus towards placement in TV/ Film/ Advertisement, video/computer gaming, background leased music, inflight airline programming, miscigital dissemination and download and other areas of placement such as licensing masters to record labels with distribution, who produce compilations and working witoreign record labels and sub-publishing partners worldwide. Here are the new artists that have signed up with API Alphanaut (aka Mark Alan Dunn)Suzanne Zweier, Kevin van Houten, Michael JamesonTimothy Hines and Shane Parsons, J2(aka John G. Smith Jr.), and Solista(Natasha Kaye). You can see the latest from Debora and her team at API by visiting their profile here
Women of Substance Radio Provides Airplay for More Artists
Bree Noble is a new media pioneer who has created a radio station whose mission is to pave the way for hard-working, accomplished female artists to be heard. Click here to submit music to Women of Substance Radio
LA Based Music Licensing Firm Signs Multiple Music Xray Artists
LA based Music Licensing Company recently signed four more Music Xray artists to a publishing contracts. We are excited about this for the artists and everyone involved. Artists included in this round are Jack Wyles, Raina Rose, Ben Siems and Craig Rempel(SolarDaze). Their songs are being pitched to TV, Films, Ads, and Trailers and we wish them all much success.
You can see the latest from the firm in LA by visiting their profile here
Skope Magazine Gives Exposure to Tons of Music Xray Artists
You can see the latest from Skope by visiting their profile here
SandShifter Music - Multiple Success Stories
Ten-time award winning songwriter, Gail Vareilles has been working through Music Xray to find opportunities for her songs and the artists she works with. Throughout the years Gail has worked with various other songwriters with the main one being Tommy Faragher, many time Grammy nominated songwriter, and writer of several top 10 hits.
Here are some of the connections and projects she has worked on through submissions at Music Xray:
Sasha TC Finds Success with LA Based Music Licensing Firm
LA based Music Licensing Company recently signed Music XRay artist, Sascha TC to a publishing contract for her song, "What Would You Like To Do Today"he is now being pitched to TV, Films, Ads, and Trailers.
You can listen to Sascha TC's song "What Would You Like To Do Today" along with some of her other work by clicking here. You can see the latest from the firm in LA by visiting their profile here
Music Xray Band Natural Habitz Gets Showcase at Jive Records (Sony)
Rob "P.U.S.H. Coleman has secured and executed a live showcase to the VP and President of A&R of Jive Records (Sony) for the band "Natural Habitz"
Click here to submit music to Rob "P.U.S.H." Coleman and click here to listen to Natural Habitz
Women of Substance Offers Airplay Slots to Eight Music Xray Artists
Bree Noble is a new media pioneer who has created a radio station whose mission is to pave the way for hard-working, accomplished female artists to be heard. Click here to submit music to Women of Substance Radio
Marina V Featured on The Huffington Post
Marina V submitted her song "You Make Me Beautiful" to The Song Cat blog and A&R Podcast and had her song featured on the website. The song faced off against two new songs each day for 10 days and won the voting contest every single day. This resulted in her song reaching the blog's Wall of Fame and being featured on the Song Cat A&R Podcast which reaches hundreds of industry professionals and even more music fans. On June 25, 2010 she and her song were featured on The Huffington Post garnering Marina further exposure and traction. Click here to listen to Marina V's song, "You Make Me Beautiful".
To see the latest from Song.cat visit their profile here
Sentinel Gets Radio Play for Their Song "Kinda Light Up
The band Sentinel submitted their song to KCLA FM via Music Xray and their song has been accepted. It will be getting airplay under the tag "High Energy Pop".
We at Music Xray congratulate the band and look forward to following this song to see where it goes. Click here to listen to Sentinel's track.
To check out the latest from Uncle Earl and KCLA FM visit his profile here
Dave Scott Signs Publishing Deal with Sweet Rosie Music
The song came to Sweet Rosie head, Don Ferro's desk via Music Xray in professional demo format with excellent production qualities. "It's one of the very best "dance" tunes we've ever heard." he said. We at Music Xray congratulate both parties and look forward to following this song all the way to the charts. Click here to listen to Dave's track.
To see the latest from Sweet Rosie Music visit their profile here
Erin Hunt Signs Deal with Mango Reel Music
Erin Hunt has signed a deal with Mango Reel and her album "Meet in the Middle" is being promoted across Europe.
That's what we like; success stories that are short and sweet. Congratulations to both parties. Click here to listen to Erin's portfolio.
To see the latest opportunities from Mango Reel visit their profile here
Russ Riendeau Uses Music Xray Song Presentation Packs to Showcase His Music to Clients
Russ Riendeau, PhD is a behavioral scientist with more than 25 years of hands-on, bottom-line focused business management experience. He has consulted with the management of some of the nation’s top companies – including many of Inc. Magazine's fastest growers. He's a public speaker, author of 5 books and an incredibly good musician to boot. As an out-of-the-box thinker, he has replaced his business cards with CDs of his music which has become a central part of how he makes an impact and leaves an impression. Smart!
"I've used Musicxray as a platform to present my music to the public via a crisp, easy to use and stellar model of a website. Anybody can listen to my music for free, it's protected, copyrighted and looks impressive to the consumers." Says Russ, "We have to be willing to give away something in our freeium economy if we want to sell more of our products or services. Find a niche that allows you to give something away, while creating a finishing act that requires your involvement or presence to finish the job. This is the place you make your money. This is the crucial spot to do some thinking to create that unique experience that only you can." Click here to listen to Russ's portfolio. After hearing that guitar playing we'll just refer to him from now on as the Dr
Mika Cole Gains Fans & Gigs via The Great Unknowns Podcast
Mika Cole submitted her song to The Great Unknowns podcast and like a growing number of Music Xray artists she was selected for a feature podcast and online interview. Mika's manager, Sharon Counts said, "Mika was selected, and as a result not only has she received lots of exposure, but she's also received several requests to perform. It's been great!"
The Great Unknowns is a podcast that has achieved over 65,000 subscribers and was created and is hosted by Michael Jay. Click here to hear the song Mika Cole submitted.
To see the latest opportunities from The Great Unknowns visit their profile here
Juliet Annerino Gives Kudos to Music Xray
Singer / Songwriter Juliet Annerino says, " I joined up and uploaded a few songs onto Music Xray and I have to give you a lot of credit. The presentation is clear and beautifully constructed and I just received feedback a mere day after I submitted it to two of your industry peeps, so I think that's pretty damn fast. It was also positive and encouraging, which is always nice! ".
She continued, "Seems to me you have put the time, effort and brains into developing a very honest and easy format for artists and industry to reach each other. Keep up the good work!" Click here to explore Juliet Annerino's portfolio
Blake McKibben Secures Personal Face to Face Meeting in New York with Charlie Walk
Singer / Songwriter / Producer Blake McKibben submitted music to Charlie Walk hoping he'd have the goods to impress... and he did. As the former President of Epic Records (Sony) Charlie is a top taste-maker and influential executive in the music industry and now runs Charlie Walk Entertainment with ventures in music, television and retail consumer products. Blake will fly from his home in Portland, OR to New York City in the coming days where he will work with Charlie directly to advance his career and take the next step.
As a talented songwriter, performer and producer, Blake has what it takes to impress Charlie Walk. Click here to explore Blake McKibben's portfolio.
Click here to see the latest opportunities from Charlie Walk
Brian Keith Remarks on Dealing Directly with Real Industry Professionals
Artist, producer and indie label executive Brian Keith says, "I really like the vision and direction of Music Xray. After nearly 20 years of recording, I admit I was overwhelmed at the thousands of sites offering some form of music placement, record deal, industry contacts etc. Its good to feel confident that you're really making contact and doing business with qualified music professionals." Click here to listen to Brian's portfolio
Gail Swanson & Willie Nelson in Conversations with Hollywood for Major Movie Sync Deal
Singer / Songwriter Gail Swanson uploaded her track to Music Xray and then submitted it to Torrez Music Group, who has already done a number of deals with Music Xray artists.
More details to come, but we've learned that she's in advanced discussions with a Hollywood studio for placement of her music in a major sync deal for her song to be recorded by a major star with Nashville legend Willie Nelson, who appeared on her original recorded version of the track. Yes, some heavy hitters are also using Music Xray to seek placement deals and we're proud to welcome them. Click here to explore Gail Swanson's portfolio.
To see the latest opportunities from Torrez Music Group visit them here
Kevin van Houten Lands Publishing Deal with API
Kevin van Houten submitted his music to API Music International and has landed a deal. This is another example of how Music Xray enables connections with serious players who are on the site to do deals. We're thrilled to learn of this and send our congratulations to Kevin and to API.
API Music International Inc., is a new music publishing company based in Canada that works mainly in general song placement to other artists, producers, Major and Indie labels and has a strong focus towards placement in TV/ Film/ Advertisement, video/computer gaming, background leased music, inflight airline programming, misc. digital dissemination and download and other areas of placement such as licensing masters to record labels with distribution, who produce compilations and working with foreign record labels and sub-publishing partners worldwide. Click here to explore Kevin van Houten's portfolio.
To see the latest opportunities from API visit their profile here
Music Xray Artist Matt Coe Wins First Place in Great American Song Contest
Before emerging from beta, Music Xray partnered with Great American Song Contest to enable artists to submit through this website. Matt Coe was one of the artists who submitted and we're thrilled he was one of nine First Place category winners. What an accomplishment! We extend our hearty congratulations and hope this is but another step in the rising career of Matt Coelick here to explore Matt Coe's portfolio.
To see the latest opportunities from Great American Song Contest visit his profile here
Ben Novak Discussing a Major Label Deal
Ben Novak was one of Music Xray's earliest users. After submitting music to several music industry professionals on Music Xray he received some very positive feedback. This led to deeper discussions with Frenchy Gloder, head of an independent label with deep relationships and the backing of major label groups for certain projects. Within two weeks of his submission he entered into ongoing discussions for a major label deallick here to explore Ben Novak's portfolio.
Andy Kostek Secures Publishing Deal
"About a month ago I found Music Xray online, I've been using other sites but really loved the fact that with Music Xray submissions are sent directly so I signed up." Said Andy Kostek. "Submissions were very affordable and setting up was a doodle, within a couple of weeks I'd sent in around eight submissions. Although these were not successful, it was great to get both positive and constructive feedback. This helped me refine my applications after which one of my submission led to an ongoing discussion with a TV/Film music placement company Mango Reel, who I am really excited to have now signed a licensing deal with covering over a dozen of my tracks. I am loving Music Xray. Thank you guys for an awesome service." Click here to explore Andy Kostek's portfolio.
To see the latest opportunities from Mango Reel visit their profile here
Justin Honaman Scores a Win in Nashville
Justin Honaman, an artist from Atlanta, Georgia submitted a song to Alex Torrez of Torrez Music Group through Music Xray and Alex felt the song haotential but needed to be a bit stronger for what Alex had in mind for it. After discussing it with Justin, Alex recruited two top drawer hit songwritersaul Nelson and Rick Huckaby to assist with some rewrites. A few weeks later Justin traveled to Nashville and witnessed the professional recording of his sont the famed Beaired Studios. The song, called Saturday In The South will be taken to all sports related television networks for sync license opportunitiesy being able to connect directly with Alex Torrez, a twenty year veteran of the Nashville music industry who has held executive-level positions with Sony A&R, Columbia Record&R and done outreach marketing for Gibson Guitar, Justin scored a win, met some top notch people in Nashville and may even have his song reach infamy.
To see the latest opportunities from Alex visit his profile here
Flicknife Records Signs Allison Stargazer to Label Roster and Plans Release
London based Flicknife Records has recently told Music Xray that they've signed Allison Stargazer to the label and plan an imminent release. Allison Stargazer submitted a song to label owner, Frenchy Gloder via Music Xray which resulted in the deal
Mike E.T. Makes the Most out of the Free Submissions
I love MusicXray, the setup and the way that it makes it look so professional. I usually only submit to the free submissions but even with those I usually get a good response back. As soon as I get a bit of cash flow I will use it a lot more...
Band member Rev writes, "Back in July we test drove musicxray as a referral from our drummer... In short, we hammered out a placement deal with Peter Rafelson and are excited to begin our partnership with him.... I had been working with [another service] for years with no success whatsoever. In just a month, I connected my music to the industry through Music Xray and had a deal on the table. You [guys] RAWK
To see the latest opportunities from Peter visit his profile here
Al Goodwin Gets Exposure and Gains Fans
Since using music x-ray, I've gained some fans and had some constructive critiques and bagged myself a good podcast exposure opp. I was skeptical about paying for a submission but it's very transparent and if you operate as a true independent then I think this is the new industry model. I like it since you deliver straight forward information and with the opportunities the doors are there to be opened.
Music Xray is the subject of a five page feature story in the BBC Magazine “Focus”
In the November 2009 issue of the BBC Focus Magazine you can read a 5 page feature article on Music Xray and how we’re helping artists be discovered by labels and industry professionals. They use Music Xray because it helps them find the best music.
Download the whole article as a pdf and read it here. (it's a large file. Allow time for download)
lso featured in the article are Gnarls Barkly from when we predicted the success of their hit song "Crazy" and a new artist featured here on Music Xray named Michelle Harding. You can hear her song below.
Two Scoops - by Michaelle Hardin
Musician Paul Grenier Raves About Music Xray (Now, let's just hope we can keep him happy)!
Hello all! I've been a MusicXray "customer" for some time now. Probably not far from their conception. I've enjoyed many interactions with professionals of all sorts via Xray and think it's one of the most brilliant concepts on the web today for both budding and established artists to engage professionals as well as the public. I've had many excellent experiences with Music Xray and encourage any songwriter with a great song and recording to give it a whirl. And no... they're not paying me for this haha. I'm just a happy user =)
Rob Thomas' Hit Single "Her Diamonds" Leaks Exclusively Through Music Xray
This is a perfect case study regarding how to use a Music Xray Song Presentation Pack to build anticipation and release a new single.
In March of 2009 Rob Thomas became the first celebrity to pre-leak a major single through Music Xray. The song generated over 5000 listens in just under an hour.
Here's how he did it. Before release time, he uploaded his song, entered all the lyrics, his bio information, the song's video and set all the modules so they would track Twitter mentions, blog mentions, P2P traders and other metrics that enabled him so when it was time to launch he would be able to see in real time how the market was reacting to his song as it spread across the web.
Then, he set all the modules to "public" EXCEPT the Song Player module and the Video module. Essentially, that meant his fans could see everything - the image, the lyrics, the artist bio, the tracking graphs etc. but the song could not be played and the video could not be seen. Those modules were left "private". His fans started embedding Rob's Music Xray song presentation pack on their blogs and websites all over the Internet and waited matiently for midnight to strike.
Finally, at midnight on release day he logged into his Music Xray account and set the Song Player and Video modules to "public" and with the click of his mouse his song went live simultaneously everywhere his fans had embedded the song presentation package. The whole thing set off a firestorm on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks.
Rachel Vogt Gets Valuable Feedback From Sony Music Producer Brian Steen
These kind of emails and messages are sent every day about so many of the industry professionals that use Music Xray. This note came in from a satisfied artist a couple days ago so we thought we'd share it: "I received my song review in a timely manner and I am very pleased with the effort Brian put into it. It was critiqued with much attention to detail. It was very obvious that he listened to it carefully and more than once. He offered me BOTH positive and negative feedback which I found encouraging and very constructive.
"Constructive because it was detailed, pointing out exact passages that he liked or disliked and why. I don't think any serious and mature songwriter should expect more that that. One thing that we (songwriters) are probably all guilty of this: we have a secret hope that when we submit a song to a producer that he might fall in love with it and produce it immediately with some "larger that life" star. It just doesn't happen that way. If you are looking for professional feedback about your song (both from the point of view of writing and the recording itself), I don't think you will be disappointed with this MIP submission.
"I was very pleased..[.] My advice is to spend the $12 and get yourself some unbiased feedback. It will be good for you. If any of you are interested in hearing the song I sent to him, [it is here] there, it is called Everything Is Changing and if you care to commucicate with me about it, you can reach me at RachelVogt at verizon.net"
Best of luck to you allachel Vog
Rayvon Releases New Single "Back It Up" Exclusively on Music Xray
We know how artists are releasing or even leaking their new material out with a Music Xray Song Presentation Pack. It's one of the best and easiest ways to get your fans to take it viral. They can embed it in their blogs, tweet it, post it on Facebook and track the song's performance.
Rayvon is currently best know as the vocal singer on almost all of Shaggy's tracks but now he's got his own deal and he's coming on strong. This is a great track.
Rob Guajardo Gets Licensing Deal. Then Gets Publishing Deal
Artist Rob Guajardo submitted some of his music to a few industry professionals on Music Xray to get some feedback on how he might be able to improve. He got some great advice but one of those people happened to be Wayne Thompson and Wayne wanted to discuss the placement of three of Rob's songs in a movie Wayne is producing.
Rob was excited but realized that he didn't yet have a publishing deal in place so he submitted his music to a few more industry professionals who specialize in publishing and within 48 hours he was in direct conversations with Ken Hatley.
And that's the way to make it happen
To see the latest from Ken visit his profile here and Wayne's latest opportunities can be seen Wayne Thompson as well
Jag Star's Song Translated & Released in Spain by Spanish Band
Jag Star's Does Anybody Know was picked up by a Music Industry Professional operating here on Music Xray and a deal was reached whereby the song was translated, re-produced and performed by Barcelona-based Luces D Neon.
Submit your songs to industry professionals for feedback and critiques and you never know - it might turn into an opportunity
Kat Delancey Connects with the Music Umbrella
The submission process is so awesome. I submitted to The Music Umbrella. Got an email two days later from Will Griggs saying my song would be "great for movies, good for television, but great for movies". Said he is sending a placement agreement! Thanks so much for a great way to make connections!!!