Darren Parry Shares Feel-Good Single, ‘Summer Of Love’

Multi-award winning singer/songwriter DARREN PARRY comes along with a chirpy summery single, Summer Of Love, the perfect antidote for those summer days ahead, leaving behind the tough times many have experienced during the pandemic. The sultry Country/Rock number is co-written with (and features) ex Jesus Christ Superstar lead, Steve Balsamo (who has also written for Slash, Meatloaf, Cliff Richard).

Both have attracted much success over the years. Darren’s achievements include… 2004 UK Songwriting Champion (beating 6000 entries from around the globe), 2014/2016 USA Song Of The Year runner up (judges included Gwen Stefani, Don Henley and Phil Collins), 2019 ISSA Awards International Male Vocalist Of The Year and multiple other awards from Billboard and Unisong, to name but a few! Darren has co-written songs with hit songwriters like James Warren (The Korgis, “Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime”), Dazzle Music (Charlotte Church) and many others.

Steve Balsamo is known to many for portraying Jesus in Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar, forming the band The Story’s (who supported Elton John and Celine Dion) and being one part of Balsamo/Deighton. Steve has also co-written songs for Slash, Meatloaf and Cliff Richard, as well as releasing his own sweet Americana/Country/Pop blend of songs as a solo artist.

Check out ‘Summer Of Love’ below…

Alt-pop Provocateur Tyra Jutai Unveils Video For Single, ‘Frida’

Toronto singer, songwriter, producer and all-round creative TYRA JUTAI is making some of the most compelling alternative pop music right now as is evident on her brand new conceptual EP, ‘You Weren’t A Muse’, which is inspired by Golden Age Hollywood actress, singer and sex symbol Mae West and her classic 1933 movie, I’m No Angel. Taken from the six-track EP, Jutai presents the cinematic music video for early favourite ‘Frida’.

Written and produced by Tyra Jutai and award-winning Montreal producer John Nathaniel (Gwen Stefani, OneRepublic, Kygo), with the accompanying visuals conceptualised by Jutai and burgeoning creative director Piper Ellis, ‘Frida’ is an exquisite slow-burning gloomy pop offering driven by ominous marching drums and string arrangements, which sees Jutai unfolding a gripping tale of betrayal, jealousy and ultimate revenge between lovers and best friends that is underpinned by her captivating songwriting and resounding vocals.

Check it out below…

EP Review: Probably Crying – Girl Wilde

When I first hit the play button on GIRL WILDE‘s latest EP, ‘Probably Crying’, I wasn’t only instantly hit by the explosive combo of electro pop and 90’s inspired grunge rock, but her alluring vocals that could rival the likes of Gwen Stefani.

Don’t get caught up in the fluffy frills with a slight rebellious streak, if you’re planning to listen to this EP. Beyond the fun-packed arrangements, the LA artist bravely taps into her vulnerability and covers personal and deep-rooted subjects such as depression (in ‘I Don’t Wanna Die,’ ‘Probably Crying’), female sexual desire (‘WeT’), and anger management (‘BATSHiT’).

Although the above subjects are often swept under the carpet, the message in this EP is clear and simple: it’s OK to experience those feelings, so embrace them!

‘Probably Crying’ is one pretty neat package – why not check it out below…

Must Listens: Probably Crying, Killing Time

Interview with Alex Bent + The Emptiness

NEW LEASE MUSIC has been chilling out with Canadian singer/songwriter/producer ALEX BENT, who released his latest EP ‘Vanilla Blue’. I found out about the progress of the seven-track production since its release…and the inspiration behind that sweet, sweet crazy (I mean that respectfully!) sound featured in the album. So are you ready to go? Good…happy reading!

NLM: Hey, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC. How’s life treating you?

AB: Life is going alright. Thank you.

NLM: You released your EP, Vanilla Blue back in May. What the story behind the release?

AB: I’ve been working on it for a few years now. It means a lot to me and I’m happy it is continuing to age well as I come back to it. I’ve never been this proud of a project before.

NLM: What’s the public’s perception of the EP so far?

AB: People seem to be liking it. It’s my hope that people feel an emotional connection to these songs.

NLM: What’s your favourite single from the EP and why?

AB: “52” is my favorite. I was able to tap into a feeling I’ve been searching for as long as I’ve been writing songs.

NLM: What was your inspiration for writing the album?

AB: I was inspired by life and what I was seeing as well as what I wish I was seeing. It’s a perfect snapshot of where I’m at in my life right now.

NLM: What’s your inspiration for creating such a unique sound?

AB: I’ve been playing in bands since I was 12. I’ve gone through phases of listening to everything. I think I was able to find a sound that really captured all of my influences while still sounding true to myself.

NLM: So how would you describe your sound to someone who hasn’t heard your songs?

AB: Alternative Pop Rock or something like that

NLM: If you had the chance to collaborate with ONE mainstream artist on your EP, who would it be?

AB: Phil Collins

NLM: Besides the release of your EP, what are your plans for the rest of 2018?

AB: I’m going through a lot of life changes right now. It’s my hope to play some more shows at the end of the summer. I’m also very early into the process of starting the next album.

NLM: Finally, how can potential fans make contact with you?

AB: You can find me on social media. Send me a message. I’m looking to make some new friends!!

Twitter: @alexandertbent
Instagram: @alexanderbent
Facebook: www.facebook.com/iamtheemptiness
Websites: www.iamtheemptiness.com ; www.vanillablue.ca

Vanilla Blue is available all major download/streaming sites

Song of the Day: Gwen Stefani – Alex Bent + The Emptiness

ALEX BENT + THE EMPTINESS takes control of today’s hotspot with a stunningly echoic guitar-led single, which somehow takes inspiration from No Doubt singer, Gwen Stefani.

Featuring guest vocals from Jack Larsen (Kevin Abstract collaborator), the Connor Barkhouse/ Riley Deacon/Alex Bent-produced slammer is all about starting all over again and embracing new beginnings.

‘Gwen Stefani’ is the third single from the EP ‘Vanilla Blue’, which is out tomorrow. With a full-length album to follow in 2019, ‘Vanilla Blue’ gives insight into my Alex’s new musical direction…so make sure you look out for the EP tomorrow!

For now, kick back to ‘Gwen Stefani’…