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Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the international release of “On The Way to Everything”, SOLEIL MOON’s second album, on November 2nd in Europe and November 5th in North America.
Formed by singer Larry King (whose talents did not pass unnoticed on Michael Thompson Band’s last outing “Future Past”) and John Blasucci (currently the keyboard player of ex STYX singer Dennis DeYoung), Soleil Moon debuted in 1999 with the independently released album “Worlds Apart”. That album also included the song “I’d Die For You”, later covered by Michael Kiske’s Place Vendome second cd “Streets of Fire”. The album made originally a big impact on Adult Contemporary radio with “Willingly,” “Never Say Goodbye,” and the title track, all of which ranked high on the national radio charts inside the top 10.
The follow up came about a few years after and it is called “On the Way to Everything”. This record features such musicians as Michael Thompson and Chris Siebold on guitar, Dave Hiltebrandt and Leland Sklar on bass and Khari Parker (plus Vinnie Colaiuta on one song) on drums. “Soleil Moon is a culmination of the best studio musicians in Chicago” says singer Larry King. “We all work together on a regular basis for other peoples projects and “On The Way To Everything” is ours. This album takes the listener on a sonic journey through modern life. Each song tells its own story and the album evokes every stage of emotion from concern, pain and reflection to love and elation. This project has been a labor of love that we are truly proud of”.
The first single, “History Repeats Its Pages” has been working its way up the US National Adult Contemporary Charts and is now poised at number 8. There is also a videoclip which can be enjoyed following this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RovZiCPRLKo&
The album also gathered some independent reviews internationally including such statements as “Go and get it “ from Melodicrock.it or “Highest class, melody and technique” on Hardsounds.it
“My love of AOR I’m sure shines through in most of my productions” tells Larry King “I’m a product of the 70’s and that era brought forth music that was creatively free. I’m a fan of combining as many styles of music as possible into one production that appropriately paints the picture of the story that I’m telling. I’m fortunate enough to work with musicians that provide me with a limitless locker full of musical options to choose from, which has been a dream come true as a producer”.
“On The Way to Everything” is now getting a worldwide and proper release on Frontiers Records and will also feature 3 bonus tracks taken from the album “Worlds Apart”, which never had an official release outside North America, including the most sought-after original version of “I’d Die For You”. “This release through Frontiers is an amazing opportunity for Soleil Moon to be exposed to a larger global audience. The mighty Frontiers releases new music from the finest musicians on the planet and its an honor to be included in this arsenal of extreme talent”, concludes King.
“On The Way to Everything” includes the following songs:
History Repeats Its Pages, Love The Way You Love, On The Way to Everything; Blackbird; Goodnight Irene; Freedom; Burn; Down; Colorado; Move On; Here I Am; Ohio (bonus track); Calling On The World (bonus track); I’d Die For You (Incl. Orchestral Introduction) (bonus track)- History Repeats Its Pages (bonus videoclip)
You can enjoy the streaming of the first single “History Repeats Its Pages” on the Frontiers Records webradio now. Tune in at www.frontiers.it/webradio
SOLEIL MOON will appear live at :
October 5th – Millennium Club, Ann Arbor, MI
October 25th – Callahans Music Hall, Auburn Hills, MI
More SOLEIL MOON live appearances are in the works. « On The Way to Everything »: a true monster of an AOR album !
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival wrapped its third year September 30, boasting nearly 300,000 in total attendance for the 30-city U.S. trek.
With a lineup that featured multiplatinum rock bands Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, and P.O.D., along with Adelitas Way, Deuce, Fozzy, Redlight King, Mindset Evolution, In This Moment, Thousand Foot Krutch, Candlelight Red and a local Battle Of The Bands winner in each city, the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival was “one of the best values for rock fans, offering up what feels like a year’s worth of live music in one short day” according to Loudwire.com.
While the tour may be over, the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands powered by Imagen Records continues as the 28 local market finalists are in the running for the Grand Prize package which includes a coveted spot on the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, the opportunity to record an EP with legendary producer Jay Baumgardner at NRG Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA, $10,000 worth of music gear and other prizes. For full details, visit www.RockstarUPROAR.com/battleofthebands.
Local market Battle Of The Bands winners–who each had the opportunity to perform on the Ernie Ball Stage at the 2012 UPROAR show in their area–are being evaluated through October 30 by a panel of music industry professionals and artists including: Jose Mangin from Sirius XM, Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance, legendary producer/mixer Jay Baumgardner, and music industry veteran Bill McGathy.
The grand prize package for the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands powered by Imagen Records includes:
- A coveted spot to play live on the entire 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival
- Record an EP with legendary producer/mixer Jay Baumgardner at world famous NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA
- $10,000 worth of music gear
- Professional photo shoot with rock photographer Lisa Johnson
- Exclusive editorial feature in Revolver Magazine
- Music video by video director Strati Hovartos (www.stratihovartos.com)
- Featured content on Loudwire.com
- One year supply of Ernie Ball strings
- One year supply of Rockstar Energy Drink
Ernie Ball Stage headliner Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. shares, “We tried to check out the Battle Of The Bands winners whenever we could. There’s a lot of great talent out there and it’s great that Ernie Ball, UPROAR and Imagen are supporting these bands. They’re young and hungry and exciting to watch.”
UPROAR co-producer John Oakes comments: “It’s been amazing to watch 2011 Battle Of The Bands winner Mindset Evolution grow and expand their fan base over the past year. UPROAR is proud to be a part of their success and looks forward to helping develop many more up-and-coming rock bands over the years. I’m excited to find out who our 2012 winner will be!”
Brian Ball of Ernie Ball says, “Thousands of bands entered the Ernie Ball UPROAR Battle Of The Bands competition and we couldn’t have been more impressed with the level of talent. Live music is the lifeblood of our industry, and the UPROAR Battle of the Bands is living proof that Rock and Roll is alive and kicking!”
Check out exclusive interviews and performance clips of the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands powered by Imagen Records finalists here:
Tour Market Local Market Winner Link
Kansas City, MO The Wreckage http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/TheWreckage/videos
St. Louis, MO Killer Me Killer You http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/KMKY22/videos
Chicago, IL 3 Years Hollow http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/3yearshollow/videos
Holmdel, NJ Scarlet Carson http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/ScarletCarson/videos
Syracuse, NY Face The King http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/Facetheking/videos
Mansfield, MA Gone For Days http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/GoneForDays/videos
Scranton, PA True Becoming http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/TrueBecoming/videos
Buffalo, NY Early Rise http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/earlyriseband/videos
Pittsburgh, PA The Riot http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/TheRiot/videos
Saratoga Springs, NY Mirk http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/mirk-music/videos
Bristow, VA Chuck Shaffer Picture Show
Simpsonville, SC Kelen Heller http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/KelenHeller/videos
Detroit, MI Suburban Syndicate http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/SuburbanSyndicate/videos
Indianapolis, IN 7 Days Away http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/7_Days_Away/videos
Cleveland, OH Impending Lies http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/impendinglies/videos
Raleigh, NC 21st Century Goliath http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/21cgband/videos
Atlanta, GA Poynte http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/POYNTE/videos
Tampa, FL Soul Switch http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/SoulSwitch/videos
Houston, TX Love Story’s End http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/LoveStorysEnd/videos
Dallas, TX Bow Prometheus http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/BowPrometheus/videos
Denver, CO Lost Autumn http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/lostautumn/videos
Salt Lake City, UT American Hitmen http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/americanhitmen/videos
Spokane, WA The Nixon Rodeo http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/TheNixonRodeo/videos
Auburn, WA Window Pane http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/Windowpane/videos
Portland, OR In Her Memory http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/InHerMemory/videos
Boise, ID The Fallen Idols http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/sinner2011/videos
Phoenix, AZ A Story Beneath http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/Astorybeneath/videos
Albuquerque, NM Skulldron http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/Skulldron/videos