EMMY, TONY, and Golden Globe-nominated star Matthew Morrison is proud to announce that he is partnering with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in support of LGBT equality. Partial proceeds from the pre-sale of his new studio album, Where It All Began, will benefit HRC. The album, which will be released on June 4, 2013, features an assortment of classic standards, many of which were first made famous in Broadway musicals.
Morrison turned to legendary producer Phil Ramone, along with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Gregg Field, to create the 12 songs featured on Where It All Began. The record marks the first release from 222 Records, the newly formed label from Adam Levine. Place your pre-order of Where It All Began now, on Amazon.com, and 222 Records in partnership with Matthew Morrison will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Human Rights Campaign.
“I’m thrilled to join HRC in their vital work to bring full equality to all Americans,” said Matthew Morrison. “At this decisive moment, when there is so much work still ahead, I’m standing with HRC and LGBT people across the country until this fight is won.”
Matthew has used his platform to publicly support LGBT equality and today released a video for HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality. The public engagement campaign features prominent Americans who support committed gay and lesbian couples getting married. The campaign draws from a cadre of supportive professional athletes, film and music celebrities, and political and civic leaders.
“It was so great working with Matthew on Where It All Began. He is an amazing artist and we are longtime friends,” said Adam Levine. “We’re both huge supporters of the LGBT community and I’m glad that partial proceeds from the pre-sale of this album will go toward such a great cause.”
“Not only is Matthew a brilliant musical talent, but perhaps more importantly he is a fantastic human being,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.” “His support for equality at this critical time in our nation’s history is something that is important to all fair minded Americans.”
Skillet have just released the title track off their forthcoming album, Rise, which is available June 25th. The song “Rise” is part of the band’s first ever concept album, as singer John Cooper explains, “The narrative idea happened after we had 10 or 11 of the songs chosen. As we recorded them, we started to realize that there was something going on – that the album was really telling a story. Realizing that, I knew we needed to make it as powerful as we could.”
Platinum selling rock band, Marianas Trench has now released their new EP, Face The Music, on Cherrytree Records. The EP features 4 tracks including their current single, “Desperate Measures,” and “Haven’t Had Enough,” as well as brand new acoustic tracks of “Fallout” and “Haven’t Had Enough.”
“Fallout” (Acoustic) is exclusively streaming now for fans to hear over at PureVolume. Mike Ayley (bass player) spoke about the new track saying, “We are very happy to have an official acoustic version of ‘Fallout’ available for our fans. This is one of my favourite tracks on the album. I remember the first time I was in the studio and we were tracking the demo. We were playing around with the arrangement, working the drums part in particular, and it just completed itself. I love the way this track manages to utilize lots of harmonies, which is a real Marianas Trench trademark, yet is very easy to sing along to. Hope you enjoy Face The Music!”
I have to add that I listened to the EP last week, it was neat to hear the music I’ve been listening to for a while on it. ‘Fallout’ is one of those songs you can’t stop listening to and the acoustic version is different than the original one I’m used to. But then again. I always like acoustic versions of songs. ‘Desperate Measures’ is a rock anthem that you can just turn up and sing along to it. I do that often as it is on my favorites playlist. Mariana’s Trench doesn’t disappoint.
The band will be heading out on ‘The Noise Tour’ powered by Journeys kicking off on May 16th making stops all across North America. To stay up to date on the band as they head out on the road, be sure to check out their official site, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages.
Pick up a copy of Face The Music: The EP available now on iTunes!
Platinum Canadian genre-bending outfit, Down With Webster has now released the official video for their latest single, “One In A Million.” The video, which was directed by Aaron A (Nelly Furtado, mynameiskay), gives fans a look into the DWW live experience. The band spoke about it stating, “we wanted to create a video that captured what the Down With Webster live experience is all about: energy and movement. The idea was to take imagery that resonated with the emotion of the song, and by blasting it on a larger than life scale with the band rocking out, we could unify and magnify them both.” Fans can check out the video now through the band’s official YouTube page.
“One In A Million” is now available through iTunes and will be on the band’s upcoming release due out later this year. To stay up to date on all things Down With Webster, make sure to check out their official Facebook and Twitterpages for updates and upcoming tour dates in the US.
Multi-talented actor, dancer, and singer Matthew Morrison has just released his new single, a cover of Duke Ellington’s jazz standard “It Don’t Mean A Thing” (available now on iTunes). The song, which premiered this week on Huffington Post, will appear on Morrison’s upcoming album, Where It All Began, due June 4th as the debut release on Adam Levine’s 222 Records.
Featuring a collection of classic standards and Broadway hits, Morrison turned to legendary producer Phil Ramone (Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett), along with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Gregg Field, to create the album. Where It All Began featured such treasured classics as “Singin’ In The Rain,” “Luck Be a Lady,” “West Side Story Medley,” and more.
Be sure to check out the stream of “It Don’t Mean A Thing” on SoundCloud, and head to Morrison’s official website for more of the latest news.