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ZALI Returns With Debut Music Video To Her Latest Song – Female Empowerment Anthem ‘That Girl’

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ZALI returns with the highly anticipated debut music video to her latest single and female empowerment anthem ‘That Girl’, Produced by Blaise Beatz (previous credit: WizKid, Tekno, Tiwa Savage). The video, like the song, is as bold and honest as we’ve come to expect from ZALI and shows her in all her glory as the multi-hyphenated artist and woman we know her to be.

Directed by Ovie Etseyatse (previous credit: Yemi Alade, Aimée, Mark McCabe), the video features, head bumping choreography, exceptional style, and audacious female energy you can’t ignore. ZALI is forever championing women and with this video, shines the light on girls everywhere to claim their power back and be unapologetic in their confidence to own who you are and the parts of yourselves that deserve to be seen and loved.

The award-winning Irish Singer-songwriter continues to hypnotise Ireland and the UK with her powerful vocals and her distinct cross-genre sound of Pop-Soul. Music has been her passion since childhood, and her involvement as a lead vocalist in the church choir helped ZALI develop her powerful voice, dynamic vocal range, and signature sound of old- school R&B mixed with Pop-Soul.

Inspired by artists like Amy Winehouse, Toni Braxton, and Frank Ocean, ZALI uses her music to capture true emotions. The embodiment of a storyteller, weaving through life experiences and expertly transforming them through captivating lyrics and a combination of lively and soul-filled beats.

Quote from Zali for editors:

‘That Girl’ is a bold reminder to girls everywhere to unapologetically own the unique and multifaceted nature of who they are, because, even when we don’t see it ourselves, there are people out there looking up to us and being inspired by us each and every day. If us girls, in solidarity, can claim our rights to be ‘That Girl’, there’s no limit to what we can achieve. I wanted to showcase with this video, that I can’t be defined or limited to anyone’s idea of who or what a woman should be, and artistically present all the parts of my life that make me who I am today.

Website  www.zalimusic.com

https://twitter.com/zalimusic

https://www.instagram.com/thisiszali/

Things To Do During Lockdown and Isolation. (So That You Don’t Crack Up)

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In these trying times, many of use are missing the simple things we took for granted. Like a cosy pint in the pub witha loved one or friends. Going for a group Hike, the Cinema, House parties and come on lets not forget the obvious: going to gigs and concerts. Live music!

One of the most difficult aspects of the COVID_19 pandemic is that it changes how your friends and all that you do to show them affection and love from hugs and kisses and generally hanging out –  into a deadly threat!

We have got together (online and over whatsapp) with the GSPR team here and put a few things to do while in isolation and during lock down that might make it easier to pass the time.

On Instagram:

There are so many of our fav artist now hosting free gigs and shows on their Instagram accounts. If you didnt catch John Legend and Chrissy Teigen on their Live show, you have to check it out:

Invite friends to online cocktails. There are lots of cool recipes here, you can shake your tin at: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/easy-cocktail

There are a lot of FREE gigs happening, but over the last few weeks and over the months ahead many of our beloved musicians and bands are considerably out of pockets with shows being cancelled. There is a new start up called NETGIGS who aim to bring you pay-per-view shows from your fav artists. If you ARE in a band, and want to find out how you can host your own show and make money while you’re at it from the comfort of your home during the COVID_19 lockdown you can reach out to them online at their homepage. And for everyone else you can check out the site over at https://www.netgigs.com/en 

Fitness Blender have some brilliant free training and excercise workouts on their YouTube channel, so that you can stay healthy while in isolation. Some of the workouts can be done with no equiptment, which means you don’t have to have a home gym set up, you can do it without anything at all but the limbs on your body and some stamina! See https://www.youtube.com/user/FitnessBlender for all workouts.

Given that movie goers can no longer attend the Cinema, apps like Rakuten TV, Now Tv, Netflix and Amazon Prime, not to forget Disney! have brilliant platforms where you can watch all your fav movies, tv shows and cinema releases. We are loving Rakuten for the latest cinema releases, but al the others have great shows and entertainment too!

Ciara here on the team is an avid PODCAST lover. She has recommended a list of cool podcasts you can check out over on Spotify. 

Ted Talks:

 

Crowd Science podcast: 

Crime Podcast: 

Short Stuff:

 

You can also sort out your clothes, redecorate your room/apartment/house, read a book, or start an online college course!

We will leave you with this: Who knows there Dublin Pubs 😉 Stay safe out there. 

GSPR Crew xxx

 

Indie Rock Band Valhalla Announce New Single ‘When I Come Home’ out April 24th

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Valhalla, an Alternative Rock trio from Dublin, who cite influences such as Queens Of The Stone Age, Tame Impala Foals, Idles, Kings of Leon, Elvis, and LCD Soundsystem have just announced their brand new single ‘When I Come Home’, set for release on April 24th.

The track, an energetic emotive Alt-Indie rock anthem, is the prime precipice to launch the album and showcase the band’s wide appeal and musicality. This will be the first single from their much-anticipated debut album ‘Primal Features’ in Autumn 2020. The new music was recorded at Sonic Studios, Dublin and co-produced by Stephen Dunne. 

2019 saw the release of their debut EP “Big Men, They Fall” which was well received. The band played numerous headline shows across Ireland & the UK, including Sold Out Shows in Whelans and Bello Bar in Dublin.

With the massive change in recent weeks with the COVID_19, the band is embracing modern technology and will be hosting a series of at-home gigs where they extend an opening welcome to their fans, old and new, to emerge themselves in the process of the new album. From each band member, the band will host a series of IGTV footage from each band member with interactive workshops and sessions dismantling the album and speaking about the recording process.

Valhalla is Mark Boyle (Vocals & Guitar) Barry Monahan (Bass & Keys) and Luke Alford (Drums).

“When I Come Home is a song about that point of a night out where you and your friends can’t say no to continuing on the session/ gaf party into the early hours of the morning and everything else that comes with that, it should be played at all sessions/parties going forward’. 

You can follow the band on their social media below:

Instagram / Facebook / Valhalla on Spotify / Twitter

 

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Hannah Kathleen: Spin 103.8’s ‘One To Watch’

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Hannah Kathleen is a trailblazing 22 year old singer/songwriter and entrepreneur. The Dublin beauty is an artist whose very essence is based on a dynamic spark of creativity that permeates every area of her life, but seldom does it shine brighter than when she’s on stage or in studio doing what she loves. In March 27th, ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, Hannah’s new Single will be released worldwide across all digital platforms.

Spin 103.8 have just awarded her with their highy coveted ‘One To Watch’ this week across the Station. Hannah did an interview with Sarina on the show over the weekend which you can listen back to here: https://www.spin1038.com/podcasts/plan-b/one-to-watch-hannah-kathleen

Citing musical influences such as Whitney, Mariah, Ariana and Christina, Hannah’s voice is a fusion of vocal runs, that rise and soar with perfect, lush harmony-laden Pop sensibilities akin to the 90’s and indeed 00’s Pop divas.  

You can join over 100,000 followers and check out Hannahs Instagram page here:

First Day Lions Announce Brand New Single ‘She Might Even Smile’ Out April 24th

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‘I’d rather live one day a lion than a thousand days a lamb. We want to make music. We want to tell stories. And we want to take the listener on a journey they haven’t been on before.” – First Day Lions.

First Day Lions are a 5 piece indie-rock band with founders and childhood best friends Adrian Rabbitte & Adam Cunningham at the helm. Inspired by The Beatles, Queen and Pink Floyd, the Lions “capture their stories and tell them in fresh yet nostalgic ways, coming on like a new and intoxicating force onthe indie scene” – Hot Press Magazine.

The list of achievements continue to grow for the Lions. From supporting Irish music industry legends like‘Aslan’and Paddy Casey, featuring on RTE’s ‘Radio 1 Recommends’, to several electric write ups and growing a fast and amazing fan-base in their homeland of Ireland and across the globe.

The new Single ‘She Might Even Smile’ (April 24th) follows a woman who takes a chance to change her life, for what she hopes is the better. To get what she wants means leaving behind the comfort of what she knows, and diving into the unknown. After it all, she’s made her change, and even though smiling means letting her guard down, tonight she just might. So smile!

On Nov 1st of 2019 the Lions released their debut album ‘TIME’. Recognised and celebrated by music industry names across the country, and landing into the paws of Pride members around the world, ‘TIME’ continues to receive acclaim and traction, propelling the Lions even further into the forefront of the music scene. In these very trying times, 2020 will be the year of the Lion overcoming new obstacles, followed by the decade of the Lion. Come join the Pride!

You can follow First Day Lions here:

Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/1kRBSErx1vmkFzbzldLqcm

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/firstdaylions

YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM1Az7wXBlnbc_N2v7cR_vA?

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FDLions

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/firstdaylions

Website:https://firstdaylions.com/

Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/firstdaylions

 

 

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Victoria Johnston Reaches No.1 on iTunes Charts With ‘Tar Liom’ and ‘You Are The Peace’

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Victoria Johnston Reaches No.1 on the iTunes Charts with ‘Tar Liom’ and ‘You Are The Peace’.  ‘Tar Liom’ reached #1 in the iTunes World Music Charts in Ireland, while
‘You Are The Peace’ is still also #1 in the iTunes Christian/Gospel Music Charts in Ireland.
 

‘The tunes turn out to be as impeccable as her credentials. She is already being hailed as the next Enya’ – Hotpress Magazine 

Victoria Johnston’s now Number 1 singles were recorded and produced by Grammy nominated Producer Denis Woods (previously of Windmill Lane Studios and who has worked with artists including Clannad and Enya).

Victoria, a classically trained singer, pianist and composer from Dublin, Ireland, began her classical music training at the Royal Irish Academy of Music at the age of 9 where she received annual scholarships. She continued her music training in college and holds a BMus Degree in Composition from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and also an MPhil in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Trinity College Dublin.

While studying at Trinity College, Dublin she also received a scholarship to sing with the Trinity Chapel Choir. In recent years Victoria has performed with various groups and bands in some of Ireland’s prime music venues including The National Concert Hall, The Bord Gais Energy Theatre and the Helix Theatre. Festival performances also include Electric Picnic.

Hotpress Magazine recently double-featured Victoria Johnston as ‘New Artist’ and ‘New Music’ to watch for in 2020.

Upcoming Live dates with Voctoria have now be cancelled but will be rescheuled at a later date. 

You can stream the new music here:

 

An Australian Company, Ran By An Irishman, Has An Antidote To The Damage That Corona Virus Is Doing To The Global Music Industry!

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An Australian company, ran by an Irish man, has the antidote to the damage that Corona Virus is doing to the global music industry that has seen thousands of gigs and live events being cancelled! Netgigs is a new online service that will help musicians to bring live music to audiences no matter where they are.

Netgigs, a new online live music streaming service, was officially launched this month to bring live music performances to audiences no matter where they are. Netgigs allow Artists/Entertainer the platform to stream their live performances from their home to their fans worldwide direct from their video and audio device on their pay-per-view platform that returns significant royalties back to the artists.

Netgigs Founder and Managing Director Joe Ward is a South Australian musician with a professional background in business and technology. He started Netgigs with a mission to provide the ability for artists to reach their fans that couldn’t make it to their live shows for whatever reason (such as rural living, tickets sold out, too young for licensed venues, work/family commitments on the night of the show or limited physical ability making a live concert experience difficult). He also identified that live streaming can be a new way for artists to monetise their music through selling a streaming ticket to their shows.

In light of the outbreak of COVID-19, Netgigs is now, more than ever, a relevant way for live music to continue to be played to audiences across the world.

Ward says “The global music industry is taking, and will continue to take, a massive financial hit due to the Corona Virus for the foreseeable future. Tours and live shows are being cancelled and the economic impact this will have for artists and venues will be catastrophic.”

“Our ground-breaking service will be a major enabler for artists, allowing audiences to continue to experience live music performances from their lounge-rooms, or wherever they might be, using a mobile device.” He says.

In 2018 Netgigs was introduced to the music industry as a selected participant in the BIGTECH program at BIGSOUND. Being involved in the BIGTECH program opened the way for Netgigs to live stream shows like the Australian National Live Music Awards and other major gigs in Australia and Ireland. Netgigs are now looking to assist national and international bands to reach their fans throughout this time of uncertainty and help them to generate much needed income to ensure their future.

“We also want to help music industry workers through this economic downturn by donating a percentage of online ticket sales to organisations like Support Act, who are dedicated to providing support to artists, crew and other industry workers who are affected by the show cancellations” says Ward.

Netgigs have given the Artist back the power to make money from their gigs with a platform that means they can film and stream the shows no matter where they are direct to their fans. They have also negotiated music licensing with major international music rights agencies ensuring musicians receive royalties for every single Netgigs ticket sold.

IF you are in a label, booking agency, management, or in a band and want to find out more about Netgigs and how you can reach your fans, contact Joe and the Netgigs team via email at contact@netgigs.com

Links:

www.netgigs.com 

https://www.instagram.com/netgigsofficial/

https://twitter.com/netgigsofficial/

https://www.facebook.com/netgigsofficial/

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Poet and Troubadour Christian Wethered Announces New Single ‘Mr Medicine Man’ Out March 27th

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Christian Wethered [pron. Wether-Red] is an Irish based poet and songwriter based in Dublin. He has just announced a new Single ‘ Mr Medicine Man’ which is set for a March 27th digital release.

It is taken from a French-inspired E.P, ‘Mon Petit Jardin’, which was recorded at Asta Kalapa, Wexford, by Darragh Nolan.

The E.P, which charts a breakup, was recorded with drummer Dyl Lynch (Little Green Cars /Soda Blonde / Zaska), and pianist/bassist/guitarist Cil Byrne (Basciville). The eerie melodies draw on the likes of Leonard Cohen, as well as Fionn Regan, London Grammar and The XX.

The first single, ‘Mr Medicine Man’, is a bittersweet ode to psychiatry and society’s reliance on medication.

Since his student days, Wethered has collaborated with a number of prestigious Irish acts such as Loah, I Have A Tribe, Little Green Cars, Danny Forde, Trinity Orchestra and Zaska. He’s also in the Discovery Gospel Choir, who play a number of festivals around the country. His debut poetry book, ‘I Don’t Love You’, was shortlisted for the Melita Hume Prize in 2018. He has performed at Electric Picnic three times, and recently played at The Ruby Sessions.

 Here are the links:

You can follow Christian here:

Twitter: @CWetheredpoet

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christian.wethered

https://www.breakingtunes.com/christianwethered

 

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Dreaming Of Jupiter Announce Details of their New Single ‘Beyond A Vibe’ Out March 27th

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“Maybe we can move beyond a vibe. Maybe we can make this real”

Dreaming Of Jupiter

Dreaming Of Jupiter, the eclectic Dublin based trio are known to craft unique soundscapes containing energy and vibe drawing on influences from each of their different journeys through life.

The sound is Electronic, Ambient and full of Soul and Groove combined to create a genre they like to call ‘Ambi-Groove’. After performing in Leipzig in December and a performance in Paris planned for early 2020, Dreaming Of Jupiter have shown the world that they are here to stay. After a busy period of writing and recording new material, the band are fired up to release a range of new songs and new sounds for 2020.

‘Beyond A Vibe’, the band’s upcoming first single of the year creatively captures the anticipation and excitement that arises when moving into a new decade. New sounds, new feelings and new VIBES! ‘Beyond A Vibe’ beautifully blends the intricacies of pop hits with the delicate details of truly artistic songwriting to find a balance rarely heard in modern music.

The upcoming single marks the growth of the band’s sound while they carve a firm foothold in the ever growing music scene. Releasing their songs only in the right moment when ready shows that the band’s thought process is mature and contemporary as their music. Now in 2020 the band is ready to show the world the vibes they have been crafting!

Follow the band on socials:

https://www.instagram.com/dreamingofjupiter/

Twitter @ DreamingOfJUp

https://www.facebook.com/dreamingofjupiter/

Bernadette Morris Announces New Single ‘The Shores of my Home’ Rel Date March 13th

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Following the success of her widely acclaimed debut album, ‘All The Ways You Wander’, County Tyrone born singer and musician, Bernadette Morris is set to launch her brand new single ‘The Shores of my Home’ March 13th 2020.

This memorable original track is a reflection of growing up with sunny trips to Lough Neagh the place she now calls home at the foot of the Bann.  The largest freshwater lough in the British Isles, Lough Neagh is touched by 5 counties and the song is sure to awaken happy memories of care-free childhood outings for many of us.

‘The Shores of my Home’ be launched on the 12th March at the Belfast Nashville Songwriter’s Festival; tickets available here.

With a new album release set for 2020, Morris has attracted collaborations a group of highly accomplished musicians and songwriters, including co-writes with Eleanor McEvoy, Ríoghnach Connolly and Arborist’s Mark McCambridge.   

As part of a busy performance schedule, Bernadette will be performing in Clonard Monastery on International Women’s Day, Sunday 8th March alongside Anúna, as part of Féile an Earraigh.

Morris continues to wow audiences throughout Ireland and abroad with her fresh take on traditional Irish folk songs and enthralls audiences with her modern versions of lilting Gaelic laments. Her album, ‘All the Ways You Wander’, produced by Sean Óg Graham of Beoga, is a varied and unique album with a rich mix of old traditional songs brought back to life and contemporary songs from the writing of Barry Kerr and John Spillane.

‘Shores of my Home’ forms part of a beautiful EP, ‘Where The Heart Is’, which presents a collection new songs sitting easily within the folk genre.  Recorded in Amberville studios, it features an array of heartfelt tracks, drawing on her own life experience. 

Speaking of this recording, Bernadette claims ‘each song reflects a period of time or place in my life and although these are very personal to me, they are themes relatable to us all.  I’m delighted to have this collection of my own writings and co-written tracks with some of my favourite artists and I am very much looking forward to launching ‘The Shores of my Home’ in March.’

For further information on Bernadette’s upcoming performances visit:

www.bernadettemorrismusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/BernadetteMorrisMusic/

https://www.instagram.com/bernadettemorrismusic/

https://twitter.com/bmorrismusic 

You can follow Bernadette on Spotify here: