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Get In The Mood With A Little Holiday Music

12/22/2008 9:47am EST
Harry Connick, Jr. What a Night! A Christmas Album
Some old, some new, there's no other way to spice up the holidays with a little music. Check out a few of our December favorites below, and let us know some of your season picks!

Faith Hill - Joy To The World

Given the longevity of her career, Joy To The World is Faith Hill's debut holiday release. Hill covers holiday standards with a very disciplined approach. Her vocal talent, orchestral backdrops, and singing choir are highlights.

Keith Sweat - A Christmas Of Love

Keith Sweat provides a groovilicious holiday with the funky smooth sounds of...

Clay Aiken To Release Brand-New Album, 'On My Way Here,' May 6

4/7/2008 5:06pm EDT
Clay Aiken
Multi-platinum selling pop singer Clay Aiken will release his fourth album, On My Way Here, on RCA Records/19 Entertainment on May 6th, 2008. The collection is the 29-year-old Raleigh, NC, native's first album of original songs since his 2003 chart-topping, double-platinum debut Measure of a Man.

On My Way Here chronicles Aiken's experiences over the past five years, ascending from popular contestant on the second season of American Idol to pop superstar. The album's theme came to Aiken when he and his executive producer Jaymes Foster fell in love with a song written by OneRepublic fr...

Starpulse's Christmas Music Guide

11/23/2007 11:00am EST
Mannheim Steamroller
Okay, as of today the holiday season is officially upon us. Traditionally known as 'Black Friday' to shoppers across the U.S., the day after Thanksgiving marks the biggest shopping day of the year in the country. There will be sales galore and alarm clocks will be ringing in the wee hours of the night to get the masses ready to hit their local Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Target, etc., to hunt for those earlybird specials-- rewards for those who line up early to catch those 5-9am one-time-only superdeals while the rest of us are having breakfast.

As the hustle and bustle of the seaso...

'August Rush - Music From The Motion Picture' Features Tracks By Chris Botti & John Legend

11/14/2007 9:07am EST
August Rush
Columbia Records released "August Rush - Music From The Motion Picture," the soundtrack album from the widely-anticipated Warner Bros. Pictures film, on Tuesday, November 13.

"August Rush - Music From The Motion Picture" is a showcase of sounds from the music-driven drama starring Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers with Terrence Howard and Robin Williams. The soundtrack album includes original tracks by John Legend ("Someday"), John Ondrasik ("King of the Earth") and female guitar virtuoso Kaki King ("Bari Improv," "Ritual Dance"); covers by Chris Botti & Paula ...

Trumpeter Chris Botti To Release 'Italia' Sept. 25

9/13/2007 2:28pm EDT
Chris Botti
Trumpeter Chris Botti is a gifted instrumentalist, a talented composer, and a charismatic performer who--since the release of his first solo album in 1995--has created a series of recordings which have made him a virtual genre-of-one in the realm of contemporary jazz while at the same time capturing the attention of the pop music world. Through his singular combination of lush atmospheres and thoughtful improvisations, Botti has earned both critical acclaim and mainstream appreciation for a succession of best-selling albums including When I Fall In Love (2004, #1 Top Jazz Album, #37 Billboa...

Dean Martin Is Forever Cool With New All-Star Collaborative Album; Win A Copy!

8/28/2007 6:30pm EDT
Dean Martin
Hollywood, California – June 26, 2007 – Around the world, entertainment superstar Dean Martin has the market cornered on charisma, easygoing charm, playful wit, and gracious humility, all of which combine to make him infinitely cool. To honor Martin's broad appeal and countless contributions to modern entertainment via his legendary music, stage, film and television career, many of the world's top artists have recorded new collaborative tracks with him for a new album titled Dean Martin: Forever Cool. To be released worldwide in CD and deluxe CD/DVD packages and digitally on August 14 by Ca...

Grammy-Nominated Trumpeter Christian Scott To Release Highly Anticipated Sophomore Album, 'Anthem,' Aug. 28

8/14/2007 5:27pm EDT
Christian Scott
On August 28, 2007, Concord Jazz will release Anthem, the highly anticipated sophomore album from Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott. Anthem is a powerful collection of 12 tracks teeming indie-rock, neo-soul, hip-hop and jazz and features an appearance by Brother J of X-Clan on the finale track "Anthem (Postdiluvial Adaptation)". The tracks on the album give us a taste of Christian's hometown, New Orleans, and the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, however it also reflects the many changes Scott has gone through since releasing his debut album in 2006. "My life changed completel...

Diana Krall Announces Summer Tour

4/27/2007 12:38pm EDT
Diana Krall
Grammy® Award winner and multi-platinum selling jazz artist Diana Krall is set to return to the road in support of her latest release - From This Moment On (Verve).

Released in the fall of 2006, Moment debuted at #7 on The Billboard 200 Chart, and spent 9 consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard's Top Jazz Chart. Though Krall is known to "summon heartbreak with the best of them" (USA Today) this "sunnier than usual" (Entertainment Weekly) set is said to be her "finest hour" (Billboard).

Having taken some time off with husband Elvis Costello to celebrate the birth of their twin boys, ...

New Holiday Releases From Chris Botti, Bette Midler, James Taylor and Mary Mary In Stores Now

11/5/2006 8:00pm EST
Chris Botti
-Special 2006 Edition of Classic Holiday Collection Premieres Four Newly-Recorded Never-Heard-Before Chris Botti Yuletide Tracks

Columbia Records released a new edition -- featuring four newly-recorded tracks and two brand-new songs -- of Chris Botti's best-selling seasonal album, December, on Tuesday, October 10.

Produced by Bobby Colomby, the yuletide 2006 edition of December premieres two new songs: a breathtaking interpretation of Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria," featuring the Choir of St. John's, Smith's Square, and "I Don't Really Want Much For Christmas" (featuring Eric Benét)...

Grammy Winning Jazz Superstars George Benson And Al Jarreau Unite For First-Ever Collaboration

10/19/2006 12:36pm EDT
Givin It Up
On October 24th, the music world will be dazzled by a harmonic convergence of superstars when singer/guitarist/songwriter George Benson teams with vocalist extraordinaire/songwriter Al Jarreau for Givin' It Up. Friends and label-mates for over three decades, this outing marks the first time that the two artists, both multiple Grammy® winners with Gold and Platinum selling albums, have recorded together as equal partners.

This much-anticipated 13-track recording features each of the stars on a new arrangement of one of the other's biggest hits - Jarreau adding lyrics to and singing Bens...

'James Taylor At Christmas' Hits Stores October 10

9/28/2006 10:58am EDT
Combine the most beloved, classic songs of the holiday season with the warm baritone of one of the most recognized voices in popular music, and this Fall will give fans reason to celebrate with "James Taylor At Christmas." The 12-song collection of traditional and contemporary seasonal songs is set for release on Tuesday, October 10, on Columbia Records.

"James Taylor At Christmas," includes Taylor's heart-warming version of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," from the 1944 film Meet Me In St. Louis, "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," as well as the premiere of a new recording of J...

Jazz Returns to Weekly Network Television After 40 Years!

6/27/2006 4:32pm EDT
Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis began airing on public television stations nationwide in April. The much anticipated series, the first weekly network jazz related show in 40 years, features intimate conversations with and performances by some of the world's leading musicians. Grammy® Award-winning composer/pianist Ramsey Lewis hosts the series, which is produced in multi-camera HDTV and Dolby Surround 5.1 audio in association with WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station. The primary sponsor for the series is E*Trade Financial, with additional funding support from the National E...

Chris Botti To Tour With David Sanborn

2/13/2006 2:24pm EST
Chris Botti
Best-selling jazz trumpeter Chris Botti -- whose "What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life?" has just won a Grammy Award -- will join forces with the legendary multiple Grammy-winning jazz fusion saxophonist David Sanborn for a run of very special tour dates beginning February 15 at the Civic Center in Des Moines, Iowa (see itinerary following).

Botti and Sanborn will be accompanied by a powerhouse backing band featuring fellow Grammy-winners Billy Childs on piano and drummer Billy Kilson. Bassist James Genus will perform on the ensemble's February dates with Kenny Davis coming on...

Chris Botti Tour Dates; Live Special To Air On PBS

1/19/2006 2:11pm EST
Chris Botti
The critically-acclaimed Grammy-nominated trumpeter Chris Botti, whose recent albums To Love Again: The Duets (click for review) and When I Fall In Love have raised the bar of excellence in the interpretation of pop jazz standards while creating a uniquely contemporary sound and style, stars in "Chris Botti Live with Orchestra & Special Guests," set to premiere during the March PBS Pledge Week. (check your local listings for times)

"What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life?" the Chris Botti & Sting track from To Love Again: The Duets, is in the current running for the Best Instrume...

This Week's Guest Stars on 'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson'

11/28/2005 12:33pm EST
Ted Danson
Catch these celebrities this week on Craig Ferguson's late show:

Monday, Nov. 28: actor Ted Danson; actress Kristen Bell; comedian Matt Fulchiron

Tuesday, Nov. 29: actress Sela Ward; political pundit Lawrence O'Donnell; musical guests Chris Botti & Paul Buchanon

Wednesday, Nov. 30: author Mitch Albom; actor Tony Shalhoub

Thursday, Dec. 1: author Malachy McCourt; musical guest Miranda Lambert

Friday, Dec. 2: actor Tom Arnold; author Helen Fielding

Star-Studded Benefit CD for Hurricane Relief To Drop Nov. 22

11/15/2005 2:21pm EST
Hurricane Relief
Responding to the overwhelming outpouring of support from musicians, writers and producers, EMI Group, SONY BMG, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Concord Music Group along with the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network

and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today announced the addition of new artists and songs to complete the double CD multi-artist benefit album Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now. The collection will feature new recordings and classic cuts from more than 80 artists and 35 songs, spanning a variety of generations and genres, and will be released N...

'The Young and the Restless' To Feature Trumpeter Chris Botti

11/9/2005 9:25am EST
Chris Botti
Acclaimed jazz trumpeter Chris Botti will appear on The Young and the Restless, Friday, Dec. 9 and Monday, Dec. 12, on CBS. Botti will be playing the processional at the long-awaited wedding of characters Lauren Fenmore (Tracey E. Bregman) and Michael Baldwin (Christian LeBlanc). He will perform "My One and Only Love," the latest single from his recent CD, To Love Again, along with "Someone to Watch Over Me."

Although the wedding is a culmination of the love story of Lauren and Michael, fans know that Lauren's evil arch-enemy, Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown), is lurking in the shadow...

Ricky Martin, Seal To Appear on Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

11/2/2005 1:29pm EST
Ricky Martin
Grammy Award-winners Ricky Martin and Seal and jazz musician Chris Botti will perform on The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, on CBS. Martin will perform his new hit single "Drop It On Me," from his new album Life. Seal will perform the hit songs "Love's Divine" and "Crazy," singing to his wife, model Heidi Klum, who will be making her first post-pregnancy runway appearance in the fashion show. Botti will open the fashion spectacular with a jazz rendition of "Embraceable You."

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show features some of the world's leading supermodels, in...

New CD From Chris Botti

10/10/2005 4:37pm EDT
Chris Botti
Columbia Records is readying the release of To Love Again (click for review), the much-anticipated new album of pop jazz standards from acclaimed trumpeter Chris Botti and nine superstar guest vocalists. To Love Again, the successor to Botti's RIAA gold album, When I Fall In Love, will be in stores on Tuesday, October 18.

Chris Botti has launched a U.S. tour in support of To Love Again (see full itinerary following).

To Love Again, which being released as both a traditional CD and as a DualDisc, showcases Chris Botti's inimitable velvet tone and sublime trumpet phrasings on 13 ne...