Archive for June 24th, 2010

AFTER YEARS OF HARD-FOUGHT PERSONAL STRUGGLES, LOLA SPRIGGS, THE OTTAWA BASED SINGER CELEBRATES HER NEWFOUND JOY WITH HER INFECTIOUS NEW SINGLE “NOBODY BUT YOU,” WHICH REACHED #11 ON THE FMQB AC40 CHART--PUTTING HER IN THE COMPANY OF SUPERSTARS ROB THOMAS, DAUGHTRY, MICHAEL BUBLE, COLBIE CAILLAT AND JOHN MAYER

AFTER YEARS OF HARD-FOUGHT PERSONAL STRUGGLES, LOLA SPRIGGS, THE OTTAWA BASED SINGER CELEBRATES HER NEWFOUND JOY WITH HER INFECTIOUS NEW SINGLE “NOBODY BUT YOU,” WHICH REACHED #11 ON THE FMQB AC40 CHART--PUTTING HER IN THE COMPANY OF SUPERSTARS ROB THOMAS, DAUGHTRY, MICHAEL BUBLE, COLBIE CAILLAT AND JOHN MAYER

The name Lola has a unique and colorful place in pop history. Ray Davies and The Kinks met “L-o-l-a” in a club down in Old Soho, while Barry Manilow immortalized her as a showgirl in “Copacabana.” Then there’s the famous refrain to the song from the classic musical “Damn Yankees”: “Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets.”

The multi-talented Ottawa, Ontario based singer Lola Spriggs is getting everything she’s been dreaming of (and has worked hard for) with her breakthrough U.S. single and title track to her new EP “Nobody But You,” which hit #11 on the FMQB AC40 Chart in May of this year. No stranger to musical accolades, she’s scored numerous big radio singles in her native Canada since her 2004 debut EP Expressed and its mainstream retro-rock flavored follow-up Lifescrapes—and opened for some of the country’s most notable acts, including Rock and Hyde, Parachute Club and Pursuit of Happiness.
Spriggs’ solo recording career has included numerous Canadian radio singles (including “On Heaven’s Way,” “Braggin’”, “I Ain’t Crushed,” “Draggin Fly,” “Out of my Hands”) and three popular recordings which reflect true artist development as she slowly discovered her unique creative path. She donated 100 percent of the proceeds from the Expressed EP to local charities; reflected the angst, anger and troubled times of her younger self on the uniquely titled Lifescrapes; and showed her fearless attitude in a bluesy-country setting on her 2008 album Barefoot.
But “Nobody But You,” the lead single from her upcoming new six-song “mini-CD,” put her into exclusive company she could only dream about a few years ago, when the devoted single mom began pursuing her musical ambitions after emerging from some dark emotional places. The track shared the FMQB chart with pop superstars Rob Thomas, Daughtry, Michael Buble, Colbie Caillat, John Mayer and Lady Antebellum, legends like Air Supply and emerging star Adam Lambert.
The song was written by internationally acclaimed producer/songwriter Marcus Kane (Snow, Joey Boy, Glenn Lewis), Bogene Williams, and Stan Stpor. Spriggs had initially approached Kane to work on the production of some new material they’d been shaping.
“The vibe of ‘Nobody But You’ reflects the happy place I’m at now and have been feeling for the past few years,” says Spriggs. “My Barefoot CD, which had a heavier, earthy rock flavor to it, was a musical transition point for me and expressed where I was a few years ago. My focus on pop/AC came from being in a comfortable place with myself and the world around me. It’s a happy ending to a long and sometimes very challenging story, but what matters is that I’m here to sing and tell the tale.”
Beyond the songs’ lush and layered vocal harmonies, the singer connected immediately to the song’s uplifting lyrics. For her, it’s a celebration of newfound happiness after years of hard fought struggles.
“The first thing I thought of when presented with the song ‘Nobody But You’ was my teenage son, who is at a transition point in his life, with both of us facing many upcoming changes. The song inspired some deep soul searching and it’s all about understanding and accepting what life gives you and not sulking about it, but figuring out how to stay strong.”
After participating in theatre arts in high school, the native Montrealer—whose parents were born in England——left home at 16 and went through years of bad decisions and difficult challenges. She later faced the ongoing heartache of a marriage that turned abusive and, finding her way out of that painful situation, did her best to provide for her son as a single mom.
While continuing to endure difficult circumstances at  such a tender age, one night, someone in the crowd heard her singing and invited her to start recording radio jingles and government tourism spots that aired extensively on local stations; the tourism spots also ran internationally. She later headlined at venues across Ontario and Quebec and played in a variety of regionally popular bands with unforgettable names: Rough Edges, Centerfold, Brass Monkey, Great Aunt Alice, The Republic, Split Image and 3DB Down. These experiences in the “indie music rat race” helped her grow a thick skin and prepare for all the challenges of being an indie artist.
A true survivor, Spriggs is dedicated to her passion and creativity, but has also achieved success in her life as a tough, no-nonsense business consultant. But it was when her mother, with whom Lola held an extremely close relationship with, asked on her death bed to promise that she return to her one true passion: music.
“Lola” is a nickname from childhood that her uncle gave her before those rebellious teen years when life took its rough turns; in many ways, it brings her back to a happy childlike innocence. These days, life could not be better. Some years past the darkness, Spriggs lives in the serene countryside of Ottawa, a pastoral locale that inspires her to write beautiful songs.
Although she has written many songs and plans to record some of them on future projects, she considers herself first and foremost a singer and vocal interpreter. While fans typically think an artist is more connected to a song that he or she has personally written, Spriggs has a very unique take on the expansive emotional possibilities of recording tunes penned by outside songwriters: “I remember writing a song once while I was sitting on a train headed to Montreal to visit someone, and every time I sang it live, I was singing from the memory of being on that train, in the mindset I was in at that moment. The connection wasn’t too deep, just a moment in time.”
“It’s a continuous journey, roads with many twists and turns,” she says. “Those destinations you set your heart on can change, because when you get to one place you think is what you wanted, it may not be exactly the place for you. But I’ve always known it was possible for me to achieve greater success in my life with music. As an independent artist, it’s difficult sometimes overcoming those speed bumps and challenges, but doing it and getting to the happy place I am lets me know it’s possible. My mother was very musical and raised me to believe that what you want to be, you can make happen. In the depths of despair, I doubted sometimes that dreams were possible, but now I know they are. And I’m very grateful that I had to courage to persevere.”
With the success of “Nobody But You” and the impending release of her new mini-CD, Spriggs is looking forward to getting on the road again and is currently in the process of assembling a new live band. As deeply as she connects with the song that is defining her to this point for American listeners, she’s eager to let people know that her emergence in the U.S. is simply one stop on a wild rollercoaster lifetime of many destinations. She plans to do release party/showcases in Montreal, Toronto, New York, Detroit and other Midwestern cities.

“I think one day in the future I would love to talk to young people who are out in the street having a hard time in their lives—letting them know that they too can overcome adversity and make something of their lives. More than ever now, I believe everything happens for a reason and to teach us something important.”

LEGENDARY REGGAE BAND THE WAILERS CONTRIBUTE EXCLUSIVE NEW TRACK “A STEP FOR MANKIND” TO “SOLUTIONS FOR DREAMERS: SEASON 3”   All proceeds benefit United Nations’ World Food Programme

LEGENDARY REGGAE BAND THE WAILERS CONTRIBUTE EXCLUSIVE NEW TRACK “A STEP FOR MANKIND” TO “SOLUTIONS FOR DREAMERS: SEASON 3” All proceeds benefit United Nations’ World Food Programme

THE WAILERS gets my highest rating, “This Music Doesn’t Suck” check it out! Losillë

The greatest living exponents of reggae music THE WAILERS, will be continuing their US tour and are heading to Hollywood Park on Friday, July 9. The band will perform on stage at 10:30 PM. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased here.

Legendary reggae group The Wailers, are pleased to announce the inclusion of an exclusive new track, “A Step for Mankind,” recorded in Jamaica specifically for Oniric Records’ Solution for Dreamers: Season 3, and is set for release on July 1, 2010. The Wailers have been supporting the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) efforts to eradicate hunger throughout the world, and they specifically focus on Ethiopia.

“A Step for Mankind,” written by singer-songwriter Duane Stephenson, is a call for world unity and strength to support the ongoing struggle against world hunger. Stephenson, a songwriter renowned for his portrayal of love, culture and spirituality, is recognized for many incredible reggae songs, most notably for his work on Jah Cure’s reggae anthem “True Reflections.” The band is joined on the track by new lead singer Koolant, a fresh talent from the heart of St. Thomas known for blazing a positive future for reggae music with his work, which has already spawned hits such as “Rat Race.” Graced by the Wailers’ singular groove, “A Step for Mankind” is a small taste of more music forthcoming from the Wailers, who recently entered the studio in Jamaica to begin work on an album of all-new material.  Duane will also be going out on the road performing on select dates with the band as well as helping spread the word about hunger in the world.

World Food ProgrammeAll proceeds will benefit the World Food Programme, the world’s largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide. A United Nations institution, the WFP is committed to getting food where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in 70 countries.
Oniric RecordsIn honor of the WFP’s noble cause, Oniric Records created Solutions for Dreamers: Season 3. The label, founded in 2005, is an independent company dedicated to the promotion of artists who advocate social and environmental change through their music. The “Solutions for Dreamers” series was created to raise awareness and funds for non-profit partners of Oniric Records, such as environmental group Heal the Ocean.
Formed in Jamaica in the late 1960s, The Wailers have gone on to become the most successful reggae band of all time, selling 250 million albums, and playing live to an estimated 24 million people worldwide. The Wailers’ leader and musical director Aston “Familyman” Barrett, helped forge the template for reggae with his booming, thunderous bass patterns. But more than just a bass player, Family Man was also the right-hand man of former band leader Bob Marley. He also played a large part in arranging Marley’s songs and co-produced a number of the late icon’s albums.

The band continues their relentless touring schedule bringing their message of peace and “one love” to their audiences worldwide.

I Went HungryThis year Familyman celebrates 40 years as a Wailer clearly embodying what Marley once said, “My music will go on forever. Maybe it’s a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever.” Get your reggae groove on and catch one of these dates and help support the Wailers in their efforts to eradicate world hunger.


Wailers Tour Dates:
Friday, June 18                       Greensboro, NC – N Club
Saturday, June 19                  Atlanta, GA – 2010 Midsummer Music Fest
Sunday, June 20                     Memphis, TN –Newbys
Tuesday, June 22                   Covington, KT – Radiodown
Wednesday, June 23             Grand Rapids, MI –The Intersection
Thursday, June 24                  Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
Friday, June 25                       Apple Valley, MN – Weesner Amphitheater
Saturday, June 26                  Chicago, IL – Green Music Fest
Sunday, June 27                     Bloomington, IN – Bluebird
Wednesday, June 30             Council Bluffs, IA – Whiskey Road House, Horseshoe Casino
Thursday, July 1                      Des Moines, IA – Simon Estes Amphitheater
Friday, July 2                           San Rafael, CA – Marin County Fair
Saturday, July 3                      Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
Tuesday, July 6                       Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
Wednesday, July 7                 Portland, OR– Crystal Ballroom
Thursday, July 8                      Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
Friday, July 9                           Inglewood, CA – Hollywood Park
Saturday, July 10                    Las Vegas, NV– Mandalay Bay Beach
Sunday, July 11                      San Diego, CA – Soundwave
Thursday, July 15                   Madrid, Spain – Veranos De La Villa
Friday, July 16                        Barcelona, Spain – Cruilla De Cultures @ Parc Del Forum
Sunday, July 18                      Alicante, Spain – Nave 8
Monday, July 19                     Valencia Spain – Jardines de Viveros
Thursday, July 22                   Firenze, Italy – Fortezza de Basso
Friday, July 23                        Genova, Italy – Villa Serra Breakout Festival w/ The Skatalites
Saturday, July 24                   Simaxis, Italy – Campo Sportivo Comunale
Thursday, August 5                Hyeres, France – Festival de Toulon
Friday, August 6                     Beauly, Scotland – Belladrum Estate
Saturday, August 7                 Aveiro, France – Barro Beach
Sunday, August 8                   Odemira, Portugal – Festival TMN Sudoeste w/ David Guetta,Steel Pulse & more
Tuesday, August 10               Budapest, Hungary – Sziget Festival w/ The Aggrolites, The Skatalites, & more
Wednesday, August 11         Gijon, Spain – Gijon Festivities
Friday, August 13                  Chichester, UK – Vintage @ Goodwood
Saturday, August 14              Pontevedra, Spain – San Sebastian Festivities
Sunday, August 15                Aschaffenburg, Germany – Afrika Karibik Festival
Monday, August 16               San Sebastian, Spain – San Sebastian Festivities
Friday, August 20                  Ottery Saint Mary, England – Beautiful Days Festival
Saturday, August 21             Bedford, UK – Rhythm Festival w/ Donovan, & more
Saturday, August 28             Aspatria, England – Solfest
Sunday, August 29                Ubersee, Germany – Chiemsee Reggae Summer festival
Thursday, September 9        Bucharest, Romania – Sala Palatului