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Cynthia Johnson, the voice of Funkytown
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Joanne Shenandoah, Grammy Winner
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Cynthia Johnson on German TV

megabien entertainment has the pleasure to announce that Cynthia Johnson (www.cynthiajohnson.net) is  featured in the upcoming TV show "Pop Giganten: One Hit Wonder" of the German private network RTL (RTL2).

The two hour program shows the different stories behind songs and artists, celebrating their path to worldwide fame from the early beginning of their career until today.

Audiovisual material provided by megabien includes a short clip of "SHAKE", a song from Cynthia's new album, and footage from her concert at the "Minnesota History Museum", featuring Twin Cities musicians, among them are: David Eiland, Deb Brown, Carrie Harrington, Stephanie Devine, Russ King, Daryl Boudreaux, Kevin Washington, Peter Vircks, Deevo and Yoannes Tona.

The two hour program will air on RTL2 on Tuesday, March 21st at 22:15H (CET).

 

Grammy Awards 2017

Several of megabien´s artists and musicians are either nominated for a Grammy Award or are set to perform live at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb 12th.

Mint Condition is nominated in the category Best R&B Album with their album “Healing Season”.

Monte Moir is a co-writer of Rihanna’s “Work”, featuring Drake, which is nominated in the categories “Record of the Year” and “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance”. Rihanna has been nominated for a total of 8 Grammy Awards.

Megabien clients Monte Moir and Jellybean Johnson will also perform live on stage as a member of the group “The Time”, together with Bruno Mars, to honor the music of Prince.

The 2017 Grammy Awards will air on CBS on Sunday February 12th.

 

Ricky Peterson on tour with Stevie Nicks

Megabien keyboardist Ricky Peterson is joining once again singer Stevie Nicks on her forthcoming tour, the 24 Karat Gold Tour, which will kick off on October 25.

Nickswho will be joined by the Pretenders for this tour, will perform throughout North America with shows scheduled in her hometown Phoenix, New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta and more. A full list of tour dates can be found here.

The 2014 album “24 Karat Gold – Songs From The Vault” debuted at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 Charts. This 27-city tour will be Nicks´s first “solo outing” since Fleetwood Mac finished the “On with the Show” tour last November, for which Nicks performed 122 sold out shows around the world during 2014-2015. Collectively as a solo artist and Fleetwood Mac band member, Nicks has sold over 140 million albums and won several Grammys.

The Pretenders cross the bridge between punk, new wave and Top 40 pop music more than any other band, with hit songs like “I’ll Stand By You”, “Back On The Chain Gang” and “Don’t Get Me Wrong”. The band has sold over 25 million albums and founder & leader Chrissie Hynde is one of contemporary music’s greatest songwriters.

 

Doug Pettibone touring with Zucchero

Megabien artist Doug Pettibone (guitar) is going on tour with Zucchero, Italy´s best selling artist of all time - also known as the Italian BLUESMAN par excellence.

The 2016 two-months-long European Tour – to promote “Black Cat” – will start in Verona, Italy on September 18th and will conclude on November 16th in Russe, Bulgaria. The tour brings them also to Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Poland, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Belgium, Holland, England, Switzerland and France.

Black Cat is Zucchero´s twelfth studio album, released on 29 April 2016, for which he has been collaborating with high caliber producers, like T-Bone Burnett, Brendan O'Brien and Don Was, as well as with high-level artists. In fact the album features: the amazing guitarist Mark Knopfler ,who plays on “Ci si arrende” and “Streets of Surrender (SOS)”, Bono, who has written the lyrics of “SOS” after the Bataclan Paris tragedy in November 2015, and, last but no least, Elvis Costello (English album version), who has been composing the first single “Turn The World Down”.

For further information on tour dates click here.

 

Album Release of Duo Record “NEXT DOOR”

Jazz giants Billy Peterson and David Hazeltine look back to an ongoing musical relationship of 40 years, but NEXT DOOR is going to be their first duo album.

Besides the well chosen jazz covers like “The Boy Next Door” or “Tones for Joan's Bones”, the jazz record includes also two original compositions, “Thanks Jim” and “Cedars Blues” that were written by each of the performers. The highly expected ten-track album was recorded in Minneapolis and is released on the Megabien Music label.

The uncompromising talents of American bass player Billy Peterson have brought him widespread recognition around the globe. Peterson is quite often compared with a chameleon, but not only as he can fill many positions, but also as he is at home in several genres of music weather it be rock, pop, R&B, soul, jazz, folk or country.

American pianist David Hazeltine, who has been playing professional gigs since the age of thirteen, is today considered a major jazz pianist, especially in the New York and Japanese jazz scenes. Hazeltine has successfully forged his own distinctive style and musical voice out of the accumulated greatness and weight of a modern piano tradition.

NEXT DOOR is set for release on June 22nd 2016, the CD release shows are scheduled for 7.00pm and 9.00pm in the Dunsmore Room at the Crooners Lounge & Super Club, tickets are available here.