Monday, May 13, 2013

Tali ‘Icepack’ Jackson - Best RnB Album for ‘Icepack Jackson and Klyph Black’

Toots Hibbert of Toots & The Maytals and Icepack

Grammy winner Charles Neville and Icepack

Buckwheat Zydeco and Icepack

1. Who are your musical influences and what inspires you to create?
My inspirations growing up were Chick Webb, Cozy Cole, Gene Krupa, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Steve Cropper,
The Who, T-bone Walker, Big Bands, Blues, Jazz, and Rock.

2. What is your opinion on the current state of the music industry and what are the pros/cons of being an independent artist?
The current state of affairs of the music biz today is total chaos and I don't understand why the FCC does not step in.

3. If you could spend an hour with any musician, living or dead, who would it be, and why?
Jimi Hendrix

4. What are your aspirations for 2013 and beyond?
Working on cd number 2 tentatively called 'bk2biz' (back to biz) and to start touring.

5. How do you feel to have won a LadyLake Indie Award?
Like I'm sitting on top of the world!

To learn more, please visit the following links: @icepack9999 @icepackrecords
imradio icepack jackson

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A Mellifluous Partnership; Music Therapy Gives Boost to National Documentary


PRLog (Press Release) - May 6, 2013 - Experts from the field of music therapy have formed a partnership with Terra Rising Records for the company's feature length documentary focusing on the science of music's power to heal and connect people, as seen through music therapy. Terra Rising will now embark on a second US tour, along with cities in Canada, to wrap filming in the fall with the help and direction of some of the top music therapists currently practicing in the US.

Meganne Masko, Associate Professor of Music Therapy at the University of North Dakota, is excited to be a part of the documentary team and the opportunities it could bring for the entire music therapy community.

"Humans have used music as a healing mode for thousands of years, but the public is only now starting to hear about music therapy on a regular basis," said Masko.

"Having board-certified music therapists working as a part of the production team allows for a higher standard of ethics and care surrounding the people being filmed. We want to make sure we portray our profession accurately for the public while also protecting the interests of our clients and their families; having music therapy professionals on the team helps the producers and directors do both of those things.

I am thrilled to be able to share the music therapy profession with the public on a much larger scale as well as introduce others to some of the incredible people music therapists serve," she added

Maria Battista-Hancock, the Director of Music Therapy at Hochstein School of Music & Dance also sees an incredible opportunity for the field of music therapy through this film and greater exposure for those that use music therapy as a treatment method.

"I wish more people were aware of how many lives have been changed for the better by the dedicated work of Music Therapists everywhere. These are skilled musicians who are trained to use music as a medicine that helps create a safe musical container in which transformation can take place," said Battista-Hancock.

"This documentary will show just that and more," she continued.

"Our stories and our songs will have an opportunity to resonate in every human being who has ever been touched by music. I believe Terra Rising's efforts, through this film, will gather a broader audience around the science behind the power of music and how it can be used to allow each individual to reach their full potential."

The Music Therapy Team consists of:

Betsey King, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC, Rochester, NY
Kat Fulton, MM, MT-BC, NICU MT, San Diego, CA
Rachel See, MA, MT-BC, Austin, TX
Maria Battista-Hancock, LCAT, MT-BC, Rochester, NY
Jamie George, MM, MT-BC, Atlanta, GA
Molly Griest, MMT, MT-BC, Baltimore, MD
Meganne Masko, MA, MT-BC, Grand Forks, ND

Terra Rising Records is a film and record production company based in Washington DC. Along with the feature length documentary and soundtrack that are currently in-production, TRR also produces and hosts the live art/concert series, Universal MusiCARE, raising money and awareness for local music organizations.

For all PR inquiries please contact:
Michael Ricucci

Friday, May 3, 2013

Being Independent - A Documentary Looking at the Lives of Independent Artists


May 3rd, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA.

From filmmakers Minoti Vaishnav, Erik McCall and Kitty Kalkbrenner comes an international documentary film about the struggles, hardships and ultimate triumphs of independent artists and bands in the music industry today. Following 7 artists and bands - 3 in the UK, 3 in the USA and 1 in Germany - Being Independent is a feature length documentary aiming to educate people about the hard work and passion that goes into independent music, and the struggles unsigned artists go through as they support themselves and their music career.

According to Billboard and SoundScan stats, 32.6% of US album sales came from independent artists. However, these sales come from artists that are already signed to independent labels. There are hundreds of thousands of artists and bands around the world who are one-hundred percent unsigned, and these talented musicians make up less than one percent of chart positions around the world. Furthermore, the National Post in Canada reported in 2012, that independent artists make an average of $7228 per year – less than half of the income of the poverty line.

Why are unsigned artists not getting more recognition in the music industry? The film addresses this question as well as many others, including why so many talented artists are still without record deals, the passion and determination that goes into making music, why more people should listen to and support unsigned artists, and the personal and professional struggles each individual in the film has faced to get to where they are now.

In the US, Being Independent features Chinese-Italian-American artist Di Lee, who writes poetry and converts it into music that personifies peace, love and tolerance, the Ska-Reggae band PapaFish who have just released an EP and have built up quite a following in Southern California, and Minoti, who moved to the US from India at the age of nineteen and just released her second full length album on her own self-started record label. In the UK, the film follows Manchester based Gareth Evans, whose unique blend of experimental and electronica music got him into the regional finals of the UK mic competition, Norman Lamont, a music industry veteran who writes music that is reminiscent of The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, and Erik’s Own, an instrumental musician, former lead guitarist of the Scottish band Ease, and owner of his own radio station EDA music radio. In Germany, the film follows the band Simplistic, a rock band with a rich history, tight friendship with each other, and amazing tunes from their just released first album.

Being Independent is currently in need of funds to complete and distribute their film. You can find them on IndieGogo at Follow them on Twitter @BeingIndieFilm and visit their website at

Being Independent is scheduled to release at the end of Summer 2013.