Gary Girouard is BACK stronger than ever with his new album, The Naked Piano Volume II. Following up on his critically acclaimed debut album The Naked Piano, Gary Girouard continues to inspire and soothe our souls with The Naked Piano, vol. II. Taking steps forward in melodic and thematic development, The Naked Piano II truly defines the piano as a solo instrument - with singing and memorable melodies, soothing harmonies and inspiring rhythmic motion.
With the eleven song CD "Resistor", A.J. Rosales has released a 'solo' acoustic CD that showcases the many diverse facets of his playing style, from pop to rock, to folk, and even to more accomplished elements of jazz and classical. After releasing the Earth and Shoal EP and after garnering acclaim from that disk, A.J. felt the need to come back to a more natural production sound to express his musical ideas. This CD almost sounds like a live performance, capturing the essence of the music in a basic way with sparse but effective production. You won't hear another singer/songwriter/guitarist quite like AJ. Guaranteed!
Music comes naturally to Andy Robinson. A native San Diegan, he is self-taught on mountain dulcimer, and is known in the acoustic music world for pushing the boundaries of what the rustic American folk instrument can do. He also plays drums, kalimba, harmonica, guitar, a variety of percussion instruments and he sings. "On my new CD, Exotic America, you can hear sounds and influences from all the music I've loved and played over the years. Is it World music? Is it "progressive folk"? All I know is that each song holds a surprise or two for the listener, and that's the way I like it."
B & The Buzz
"B" started playing guitar and singing at the age of 10 and began a life long love of music. He was influenced by the blues, soul and jazz artists of the 60's and 70's. During his teens, he discovered classical music and traveled to Europe, where he studied and sang as an operatic tenor. "B" then returned to the states and his first love, blues. He soon found his vocal training lent itself to the standard jazz ballads and began adding these to his repertoire. The grand showmanship he developed on the stages of NY and Europe helped add the unique spark to his musical phrasing and songwriting that has become his trademark.
Beats For Life Entertainment, parent company of Blendsettaz Music utilizes a unique concept for creation of their soulful rap artistic renditions. BFL believes that every individual should be heard, so to that means, they host talent scouting venues for hopeful artists. From these auditions come some of the most heart-felt, soulful rap ever to hit the street. Have a listen to this album. You may never go back to studio produced stuff again!
"Groovy music from the heart with wiggling toes." That's Caldwell Shine. Imagine the Earth - relaxed, and dancing to an infectious grass-roots vibe inside a blending of rock, jazz, jams, and a little folk. For listeners of Dave Matthews, Steely Dan, or Sting, Caldwell Shine is your spot for wiggling toes.
Navarro Gray, AKA Cartier; Yung Fette-Ola or Nav-ee, is coming to us by way of Hackensack, NJ with street ties in Washington Heights, Harlem NYC and Harvey Illinois. Cartier is a new breed of MC, he is not only a recording artist, but a producer, a business professional with a degree in Marketing, and currently he is going into his 3rd year of law school at Hofstra University School of Law (where he is Co-President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society).
Elf Farm Raffle
Elf Farm Raffle has quickly grown a loyal fan base and gotten the attention of local music publications in the San Francisco Bay area. The magic of Elf Farm Raffle is in the whole of its parts. They exhibit a sound that is at once familiar, and yet, very original. The six piece group mixes an unlikely combination of the tried and true rock and roll formula of raw, emotional vocals, driving bass, versatile electric guitar, and powerful drums, with the arid groove of an acoustic guitar and rhythmic accents from a traditional percussionist.
Vance Shepherd has had a very busy career. From his original group Nemesis to his current band Freeride, he has been a regular performer in many different venues. You will most often find him performing in his home city of Las Vegas. Be warned - wear your dancing shoes because by the time Freeride gets to it's second number, you'll be up and grooving to the beat! Michelle Shepherd performs lead vocals, violin and keyboard. Along with a very powerful voice, Michelle has also played violin from the age of eight. With her custom electric violin, Michelle gives their performance a unique edge.
Matt Jones is a singer/songwriter that looks to the idiosyncrasies in life and magnifies them to the point where listeners say, “Oh yeah, I can see that.” Matt is originally from Albuquerque, NM and has performed in numerous areas in the southwest including Texas, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and California. He would like his brand of light-hearted pop/rock to be challenging yet palatable in the ears of his listeners, and for them to be able to whistle his tunes the rest of the day.
"So, you found me!" is Venus' catch phrase, but that is not as easy as it may sound. Venus has incredible appeal to selective audiences all over the world. You might find her performing on her home island of St. Croix one month, then away in Amsterdam the next! Venus began her career in the Big Apple, calling New York City "home" for a number of years. Her first solo album was Night Rider - or as she calls it, her first adventure in the world of Disco. But the true depth of Venus is found in what she likes to call "World Jazz". It is a soulful jazz, straight from the heart and that is where it will hit you when you hear her perform. She has amazing talent and we here at NormSoft hope she really makes it big some day. She is one incredible lady!
Von Iva is the best band in San Francisco – already opening for the Go Gos, and capturing the front page featured artist on the All Music Guide site in April of 2005. They are headlining the hottest live venues in San Francisco, as well as all over the U.S. and Europe. Von Iva have received rave reviews from the press: the L.A. Weekly and Detroit Metro Times, and of course the San Francisco Bay Guardian and SF Weekly give praise like: “ass shakin,” “soul-fueled rock 'n' roll fun,” and “one of the greatest girl groups I’ve ever heard in my life.”
THE EARLY DAYS – Rock, Meet Electronica. After playing many shows in California starting in 1999 as a punk funk outfit, releasing two CDs on San Francisco's Mission Underground Records, and getting their music featured on the MTV show Undressed, in 2000 ZONK founders Nic McFiendish and Uncle Bergie meet Bay Area turntablist DJ Red5 and start taking the group in a new direction. In 2001 McFiendish meets (and later marries) producer/musician/sound designer Dave L, who since 1995 has been putting out independent electronic music releases on his own label and producing music and sound design for video games and independent films, notably numerous titles for George Lucas' video game company LucasArts, Electronic Arts and the film Groove (Sony Pictures, 2000).