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Music4Japan - Indies Bring Hope Through Music
Indie Suport for Japan in their time of need from KK Martin, Your Favorite Enemies, AudioDraft, Germaine Moody, Halie Loren, Lachi and Kandystand
By Mi2N
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2011-04-07
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KK Martin's "Blues For The Rising Sun" Benefit For Japan's Earthquake Victims

K.K. Martin presents "Blues For The Rising Sun," a Long Beach-based Blues Relief Concert to aid the victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami, Sunday, April 17, at The Gaslamp, 6251 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, Sunday, April 17, 4-10 p.m. No cover; all donations go to the Red Cross to aid victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Entertainment that day to be provided by harpist Papa J and Friends; blues pianist, Ron Tanski; Texas-flavored blues ensemble, Cats-A-Renos; Orange County's Roadside Revelers; and Long Beach residents, Johnna And the Copperheads, as well as Delta Blues-style guitarist-vocalist, K.K. Martin.

"When we heard the news of the Japan earthquake and Pacific Tsunami our first thought was "will this affect California and those that we love," said event organizer Martin. "Once it became clear that it would not, our thoughts turned to our brothers and sisters whose lives had been so profoundly impacted by this unforeseen and terrible disaster. We felt so lucky and full of gratitude. In our circles, we always talk about working together. We knew we had to do something to help all Japanese people who are working extremely hard to recover.

"As musicians," Martin continues, "we wished to turn our performances into a charity concert in aid of the vital relief efforts for the people of Japan. So Blues for the Rising Sun was conceived. We are partners. We need to act like it. We have put our arms around this, if we are going to exemplify the 'we're all in this together' ethos, we can only do it if we all work together."

"As members of this "Global Village" we are our brother's keeper and it is a responsibility we do not take lightly. I'm from Munroe, Louisiana. I understand what it means to be without. I still had family in Louisiana when (Hurricane) Katrina hit, and I had friends who lost everything. I wish I could have done something like this for them. Those people in Japan may not be blood relatives, family or friends but we're all from the same race: Human."


Your Favorite Enemies Launches The Hope Project To Support Japan

"In the mist of desperation, the quietest whisper of hope can be enough of a sound to make life bloom out of despair and a voice can make a difference." - Alex Foster, lead singer of Your Favorite Enemies

On March 11th, 2011, the Northeast coast of Japan was hit by one of the most destructive earthquakes and tsunamis ever registered in the country's modern history. Following this news, Your Favorite Enemies instinctively responded to those strikes through the launching of the Hope Project. The Montreal sextet invites everyone to unite their voice as one and send messages of support, empathy and encouragement, that will be delivered to survivors as personal postcards, in partnership with the Red Cross and numerous schools worldwide.

At this stage, hundreds of messages from all across the world have quickly reached the Montreal sextet; extending the translation needs in more than 6 languages. The Hope Project will be revealed on May 25th, 2011, through the hosting of a free benefit concert, in collaboration with the Red Cross, in Tokyo.


AudioDraft Crowdsources Japan Relief Songs

AudioDraft, the provider of innovative crowdsourced audio design contests, today announced that it has launched a contest, at www.audiodraft.com/helpjapan, to select the five best songs associated with relief and healing to be published through online music stores, including iTunes, Amazon, and others. The proceeds will go toward tsunami and earthquake relief efforts. AudioDraft aims to raise $100,000 toward Red Cross Japan Aid efforts. The company has contributed $1,000 to launch its campaign and will contribute an additional $1 for every song submitted to the contest.

"The global music community has always risen to the occasion of supporting, and sometimes leading, relief efforts during tragedies such as the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. By making the Japan relief music production effort a community endeavor, we can help raise greater awareness and relief funds simultaneously," said Teemu Yli-Hollo, CEO and co-founder of AudioDraft. "We believe that the crowd can determine the best songs for this contest, and provide community-based input that will offer an ongoing resource for fundraising as well."


Interactive Music Benefit "Not By Yourself" Unites The World For Japan Relief And Encouragement

Germaine Moody, the CEO of networking giant MoodTyme Events, who is also a singer, songwriter and music producer, has decided to use his international networking power to raise money and provide encouragement for the people of Japan through a groundbreaking and historic interactive online benefit called "Not By Yourself". Supporters, artists and musicians from around the world are recording personal video messages for the people of Japan which are viewable on the benefit's website while others are writing encouraging messages on Facebook to support the cause. Days after the tragedy, Germaine begin composing and writing the song "Not By Yourself", which will feature himself, additional singers on lead, plus a volunteer choir. A music video for the single will be filmed in Atlanta, GA and is expected to feature hundreds of supporters, artists and musicians in the Atlanta area. Donations to the American Red Cross and Save the Children can be made from the website or sent via text. Interested participants across the globe can visit www.notbyyourself.org to get involved and the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/notbyyourself2011. All proceeds from the music single "Not By Yourself" will be donated to earthquake and tsunami relief charities in Japan.


Jazz/Pop Artist Halie Loren Releases "In Time (Hope For Healing)" As Single Download To Benefit Japan Relief Fund

In many countries, the name Halie Loren is not well known. However, in Japan, the talented Jazz/Pop singer's name is as well known and her CDs and concert tickets sell as well as Norah Jones and other popular singers in similar genres.

The events in Japan over the last few weeks have affected everyone around the world, including Loren. She has turned energies and her talent and popularity in Japan to raise money with an original song called 'In Time (Hope for Healing)', that in just a few days has become a major hit. When asked about the song, Loren said, "I wrote 'In Time (Hope for Healing)' about rising above hardship and sadness, rebuilding our lives, and being even better for all we come through. I dedicate it to Japan's people, in solidarity with them during their healing process, and in belief that they can once again feel safe and whole."


Singer-Songwriter Lachi Releases "Time Heals" With All Proceeds From Each

With thousands displaced as a result of the recent tragedy in Japan, many have stepped forward to help do their part in aiding the Japan Relief effort. Pop/Rock singer-songwriter Lachi, known for her thought-provoking yet positive lyrics, has also found a creative way to help raise relief funds through music.

"Time Heals," a soft, acoustic Lachi original can be found and downloaded for donation at lachimusic.com. The song is a beautifully haunting mesh of melody and prose, broaching topics of finding joy in grief and rising above adversity. All donations will be donated to the Red Cross Japan Relief Fund. The song will also be available at online outlets, and all received from online sales will also be donated to the Relief Fund.


Kandystand Re-Release 'Everybody' To Help Japan

European Hi Nrg pop band Kandystand have today re-released their popular track Everybody to raise money for the support of the Red Cross relief effort in Japan.

Kandystand's lead singer Katy D said today "Its time for us to search our hearts and souls and give of ourselves to those who need our help. Re-releasing Everybody was a perfect forus way to help support those in need in Japan right now"

Related News from Mi2N:
» KK Martin's "Blues For The Rising Sun" Benefit For Japan's Earthquake Victims
» YOUR FAVORITE ENEMIES Launches The HOPE PROJECT To Support Japan
» AudioDraft Crowdsources Japan Relief Songs
» Interactive Music Benefit "Not By Yourself" Unites The World For Japan Relief And Encouragement
» Jazz/Pop Artist Halie Loren Releases "In Time (Hope For Healing)" As Single Download To Benefit Japan Relief Fund
» Singer-Songwriter Lachi Releases "Time Heals" With All Proceeds From Each Download Donated To Japan Relief
» Kandystand Re-Release 'Everybody' To Help Japan


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