Colbie Caillat Says “I Do”

Grammy singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat is BACK with a new fun, upbeat single “I Do”, from her upcoming album All Of You due out May 3rd! The album stays true to Colbie Caillat’s past releases – acoustic and refreshing – but it’s a happier more upbeat release with a few surprises including a collaboration with hip hop artist COMMON!
You can take a listen to the “I Do” here

As you may remember, the myspace starlet brought us the chart topping “Bubbly” off her debut multiplatinum album Coco (2007) AND “Realize” from her sophomore album Breakthrough (2009). Needless to say Colbie’s been hard at work in the studio and has created an amazing follow up to her past hits.

New Album: ALL OF YOU Hits Stores MAY 3, 2011
New Single “I DO” available on now


Bill Edwards Presents, Inc. “Sgt. Pepper Live” featuring Cheap Trick donates $20,000 to MusiCares® and the GRAMMY Foundation®

Bill Edwards Presents, Inc. “Sgt. Pepper Live” featuring Cheap Trick donates $20,000 to MusiCares® and the GRAMMY Foundation®

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Bill Edwards and Company committed portion of ticket sales from Cheap Trick’s recent critically-acclaimed run at the Las Vegas Hilton

LAS VEGAS – October 9, 2009 – Bill Edwards Presents, Inc. is pleased to announce its critically-acclaimed shows of “Sgt. Pepper Live” featuring Cheap Trick at the Las Vegas Hilton helped raise $20,000 to support the emergency health and human service and addiction recovery programs of MusiCares®, the music industry’s charity of choice, and the music education programs of the GRAMMY Foundation®. A portion of every ticket sold during the Las Vegas residency is being donated to these nonprofit organizations of The Recording Academy®.

“Music programs in our schools are usually the first ones cut, especially in an economy such as ours. These programs are so important that we wanted to make sure we were doing our part,” said “Sgt. Pepper Live” featuring Cheap Trick Producer Bill Edwards. “When you work with really talented musicians such as Cheap Trick you know how important it is for kids to have access to music and for professional musicians to have a safety net if they need it. The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares are two of the most important organizations around that work every day to ensure music remains a vibrant part of our culture.”

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Nomination Caps Young Mexican Singer-Actress’s Banner Year of Crossover into the U.S. Mainstream

In a banner first year of her recording career, Ximena Sariñana, the young Mexican singer-songwriter-actress, has not only become one of the most acclaimed and popular new artists in Latin music, but also made an extraordinarily successful crossover into the mainstream U.S. market. Building upon months of increasing acclaim here, she has garnered a GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album.

The accomplishment comes on the heels the Best New Artist Award Sariñana received in the Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2008 (the Latin MTV Awards, in which she had four nominations) and three awards for which she was nominated in this year’s Latin Grammys.

Sariñana’s crossover was further evidenced this past weekend as she earned significant accolades at the key online music retailers: She is the only Latin artist in iTunes Best 10 Albums of 2008, and her debut, Mediocre, was the only album by a Latin artist in Amazon’s Top 50 MP3 Bestsellers for Thanksgiving weekend.

Sariñana has earned a warm embrace from critics in the U.S. Rolling Stone recently proclaimed Mediocre “one of the strongest debuts from a female singer-songwriter since Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me.” The New York Times has said that, although Sariñana is just 22, “her music [isn’t] kid stuff. Her voice mixes a reedy, brooding streak-akin to Fiona Apple’s and Édith Piaf’s-with touches of Brazilian insouciance and jazz scat singing.” The Los Angeles Times calls her “a perfect exponent for her generation. To borrow a political slogan, she’s the change we’ve been waiting for.”

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Shiny Toy Guns Ricochet! With New Album

The new Shiny Toy Guns album, Season Of Poison, will be released in stores and online Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 via Universal Motown.

Their debut release, We Are Pilots, was GRAMMY nominated and sold around 250,000 records!

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Check out a clip from the band’s first single, “Ricochet!” by clicking on the following links:



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Plain White T’s Reveal their Big Bad World

Plain White T’s
Taste of Chicago
Petrillo Music Shell – Chicago, IL

Plain White T's grant parkTom Higgenson – Vocals

The Hometown heroes, the Plain White T’s, revealed a few new songs from their upcoming album, Big Bad World. The new record will be released on September 23rd. The guys performed three new ones, only two of which I can remember the title of, especially since one is the same as the album: Big Bad World and Natural Disaster. Just as I expected, Big Bad World is catchy with an instantly memorable hooky guitar riff intro and chorus and is bound to be released as the first single to radio. I actually laughed out loud when I heard the intro to this new song because it is such a Tom Higgenson song. I give this guy a lot of credit because he is truly a gifted songwriter. He is a go-to guy for short, catchy standard pop songs. I can totally see it being their next big commercial hit after their GRAMMY nominated Song of the Year – Hey There Delilah.

Plain White T's grant parkTom Higgenson – Vocals

Plain White T's grant parkDave Tirio – Guitar

Not even the rain could stop these five guys from having a blast performing in the city that made them famous. I was talking about the T’s to a staff member at the Taste who saw them too and she couldn’t stop exclaiming how “into it the lead singer always was throughout the whole show!” For those of you who don’t know, she is referring to lead singer (and sometimes acoustic guitarist) Tom Higgenson. Thinking about it now, he really did treat each song as a story and somewhat acts out the plot line. It’s evident when you are watching his facial expressions and body movement. For instance, during the band’s two what I call “mean” songs – Revenge and Hate (I Really Don’t Like You) – Tom was visibly trying to act pissed off and angry to the point where he wanted to punch somebody in the face. But alas, that dude just has the “nice guy” look. Not kidding, I don’t think he could even kill a bug if you asked him to.

Plain White T's grant parkMike Retondo – Bass, Vocals

Besides the new songs from upcoming album Big Bad World, the Plain White T’s still managed to play their old hits, which just happen to be my personal favorites. I have to be honest though, I was kind of upset that they didn’t play any songs from their very first album, Stop. The majority of die-hard fans would say that the Stop album contains some of the band’s best work to date. My favorite song on that record is also the title track – Stop. I always hope that the T’s will play that song whenever I see them in concert, but alas, they never do. I understand that they have to promote their latest release – Every Second Counts – but they should somehow make their set longer to fit the oldies in.

Plain White T's grant parkTim Lopez – Guitar, Vocals

Some songs from their set at the Taste included (in no particular order):


Take Me Away

Our Time Now

You And Me

All That We Needed

Hey There Delilah – GRAMMY nominated Song of the Year!

Big Bad World – new!

Natural Disaster – new!

Hate (I Really Don’t Like You)

Let Me Take You There

Write You A Song

So Damn Clever

Friends Don’t Let Friends Dial Drunk


Plain White T's grant parkDe’Mar Hamilton – Drums

Some songs I wish they would have played:

Sad Story




Making A Memory

Here are more photos from the show on Sunday.  Click on each photo to see a larger image:

Front Row at Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys
Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL

Alicia Keys AllstateGuess who got to sit in Jennifer Hudson’s front row seat on Saturday night at the Alicia Keys concert?! That’s right, ME!!! Apparently, Ms. Hudson (along with her boyfriend and assistant) left their seats right before Ms. Keys hit the stage. Not sure where they went or why they would leave such great seats, but they did. And it worked out better for me because I got to take her spot since she wasn’t coming back! Needless to say, I was ecstatic about my free upgrade to replace an Oscar winning actress, only to watch a multiple Grammy winning singer/songwriter/pianist perform an AMAZING show.

Alicia Keys AllstateThis was my first Alicia Keys concert and I had no idea what to expect. I only own her latest album, As I Am, because I am completely and utterly OBSSESSED with the lead single, No One. Seriously, it’s not healthy how much I love that song. But I actually first fell in love with Alicia Keys when her first hit ever, Fallin’, hit the radio. I have played piano piano my whole life and am classically trained, just like Ms. Keys. I thought it was so cool that a young girl who plays piano and has the same training as me, was writing songs like Fallin’ and proving that girls can play instruments and write songs and sing – all at the same time – just as well as any guy or band out there. Girl power all the way man! It was so refreshing to hear Alicia Keys enter onto the music scene in the midst of acts like Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Mandy Moore, Backstreet Boys and ‘Nsync. All of which didn’t write their own songs not play any instruments. Half of them couldn’t even really sing.

Alicia can dance, play the piano (and any other type of keyboard/synthesizer), sing, act, and entertain! She is a true performer in all senses. I was so impressed with her voice! I mean, I knew she can play the piano like no other (well, I still hold Tori Amos above Alicia), but I had NO IDEA she could belt and hit such high notes – let alone hold those notes out for so long! She was singing her heart out just like my favorite female singers – Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera. Ms. Keys was on fire! And she was sitting down at the piano most of the time she was singing, which constricts the diaphragm and makes singing/breathing more difficult. I would have to stand up to sing like her, but somehow she pulled it off. So amazing, she is.

Alicia Keys AllstateI didn’t get a chance to grab a set list. Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if Alicia Keys and her band do not even use or need a set list. But from what I can remember, here are most of the songs from the night, in no particular order:

How Come You Don’t Call Me
No One
Like You’ll Never See Me Again
Prelude To A Kiss
Wreckless Love
My Boo
Sure Looks Good To Me
The Thing About Love
I Need You
Teenage Love Affair
A Woman’s Worth
Go Ahead
You Don’t Know My Name
If I Ain’t Got You – last song of the show and dedicated to the fans!

To my surprise (and disappointment), Alicia didn’t play Lesson Learned, which I was kinda looking forward to hearing. Teenage Love Affair, Like You’ll Never See Me Again and Lesson Learned have all been the chosen ringback tones on my friend Ebony’s cell phone since the album came out in November! So it was nice to hear the whole version of the songs versus the 30-second clips I am used to hearing when I am waiting for Ebony to answer her phone. Side note: You would think that because I was in the FRONT ROW I would have awesome up close and personal photos of Alicia. Well, that is what I thought too. But this chick did NOT stop moving long enough for me to get a great picture of her face when she was three feet in front of me! I am not kidding – she doesn’t stop dancing around when not playing the piano. Watching her fingers run up and down the black and white keys that I love and cherish inspired me to start playing my keyboard more. I am rusty from not playing on my old upright YAMAHA back at my mom’s house, so I need to kick it up a notch to be able to bust out my Fallin’ sheet music. Especially since Ms. Keys plays a YAMAHA piano too! I cannot wait until the next time I get to see Alicia live in concert. Make sure you see her at a city near you on her As I Am Tour!

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