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Sep 16, 2014 | Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances to be released November 10, 2014

Whitney Houston's first-ever live album features the icon's most memorable live performances, available on both CD and CD/DVD

Sep 16, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has announced plans to release Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances, on Monday November 10th. The six-time Grammy-award winning singer's first-ever live album features the most memorable live performances from her storied career. The album will also be available as a CD/DVD, which includes stunning videos of Houston's most unforgettable performances, reinforcing her as one of the greatest vocalists of all time. Both the audio and visual content have undergone state-of-the-art restoration and remastering.

CD/DVD

Fans are now able to pre-order the CD/DVD from the Whitney Houston official fansite (http://smarturl.it/WH_Live_d2c) to get their names included on an exclusive poster. A limited edition fan bundle, which includes a purple vinyl, is offered on the site as well. Both the CD/DVD and the CD are also available for pre-order on Amazon (http://smarturl.it/WH_LiveDVD_amzn) and iTunes (http://smarturl.it/WH_LiveDVD_itunes

Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances will take listeners through the remarkable arc of Houston's career, from her national network television debut appearance on The Merv Griffin Show in 1983 as a prodigious teenager, where she sang "Home" from The Wiz, to her emotional 2009 performance of "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

The producer of the CD and the DVD is the five-time Grammy-award winner Clive Davis. Mr. Davis states, "Whitney's Live CD/DVD will stun everyone.  It definitely shows why she was totally unique, absolutely in the first rank of all time.  For me, it's been very emotional. The set vividly confirms that there really was no one like her.  It also makes the tragedy of losing her so young so very painful.  Watching the DVD is a mesmerizing experience.  Her amazing vocals and the songs that have stood the test of time combine to truly hypnotize over and over."

On behalf of The Whitney Houston Estate, Patricia Houston, Whitney's sister-in-law and President of the estate states, "Whitney truly had a matchless voice that not only made you feel good but made you feel alive.  The Whitney Houston Estate has worked closely with Clive and Sony Legacy to make this the best album possible to honor Whitney's memory.  It certainly was a bittersweet endeavor for all but one we hope appeals to her legions of fans worldwide."

With six Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards (to date the most AMAs ever won by a female performer), and 170 million albums, singles and videos sold worldwide, Whitney Houston was a true pop culture icon and Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances only further demonstrates her prodigious talent, which will keep her and her magic remembered forever.

Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances CD:

1.    Home (The Merv Griffin Show,1983)
2.    You Give Good Love (The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,1985)
3.    How Will I Know (The Brit Awards,1987)
4.    One Moment In Time (The 31st Annual Grammy® Awards, 1989)
5.    Greatest Love Of All (That's What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th
       Anniversary Concert
,1990)
6.    I Wanna Dance With Somebody (That's What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th
       Anniversary Concert
,1990)
7.    The Star Spangled Banner (Super Bowl XXV, 1991)
8.    All The Man That I Need (Welcome Home Heroes,1991)
9.    I'm Your Baby Tonight(Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
10.  A Song For You (Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
11.  Medley: I Loves You, Porgy/And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going/I Have Nothing 
       (The 21st Annual American Music Awards, 1994)
12.  I'm Every Woman (The Concert For A New South Africa, 1994)
13.  I Will Always Love You (The Concert For A New South Africa, 1994)
14.  My Love Is Your Love (Late Show With David Letterman, 1998)
15.  I Believe In You And Me (The 16th Annual World Music Awards, 2004)
16.  I Didn't Know My Own Strength (The Oprah Winfrey Show, 2009)

Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances DVD:

1.    Home (The Merv Griffin Show,1983)
2.    You Give Good Love (The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,1985)
3.    How Will I Know (The Brit Awards,1987)
4.    One Moment In Time (The 31st Annual Grammy® Awards, 1989)
5.    Greatest Love Of All (That's What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th 
       Anniversary Concert
,1990)
6.    I Wanna Dance With Somebody (That's What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th
       Anniversary Concert
,1990)
7.    The Star Spangled Banner (Super Bowl XXV, 1991)
8.    All The Man That I Need (Welcome Home Heroes,1991)
9.    I'm Your Baby Tonight(Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
10.  A Song For You (Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
11.  Medley: I Loves You, Porgy/And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going/I Have Nothing
    
 (The 21st Annual American Music Awards, 1994)
12.  I'm Every Woman (The Concert For A New South Africa, 1994)
13.  I Will Always Love You (The Concert For A New South Africa, 1994)
14.  My Love Is Your Love (Music Video – BONUS DVD-ONLY MUSIC VIDEO)
15.  My Love Is Your Love (Late Show With David Letterman, 1998)
16.  When You Believe (with Mariah Carey) (The 71st Annual Academy Awards,
       1999 – BONUS DVD-ONLY DUET PERFORMANCE)
17.  I Believe In You And Me (The 16th Annual World Music Awards, 2004)
18.  I Didn't Know My Own Strength (The Oprah Winfrey Show, 2009)

Legacy Recordings: 

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is home to the world's foremost library of historically significant commercial recordings, a peerless collection of works by the most important musical artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.  Across a variety of platforms, the label offers contemporary music fans access to thousands of meticulously restored and remastered archival titles representing virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, rap/hip-hop, world music, classical, comedy and more.

Founded in 1990 by CBS Records (rebranded Sony Music in 1991), Legacy has expanded on its original mission (preserving and reissuing back catalogs of Columbia Records, Epic Records and associated CBS labels) to provide new and innovative avenues for artist and repertoire exposure including Grammy winning curated retrospectives, social media campaigns, Oscar winning soundtracks, new talent signings and groundbreaking campaigns for established artists and catalog.  Following the creation of Sony BMG Music Entertainment in 2005, Legacy assumed responsibility for recordings from the archives of the BMG family of labels (including RCA Records, Arista, J Records, Jive, Profile, Silvertone, Sony BMG Nashville and Windham Hill, as well as imprints including Bang!, CTI, Mainstream, Monument, Ode, and others).

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SONY MUSIC / LEGACY
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New York, NY  10022-3211

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Sep 16, 2014 | Leif Ove Andsnes And The Mahler Chamber Orchestra Complete The Beethoven Journey With The Release Of Their Third Recording On Sony Classical

FEATURING PIANO CONCERTO NO. 5 "EMPEROR" AND "CHORAL FANTASY"

Album Available September 16, 2014

A Year of Residencies Around The Globe Start in September

"Effortless brilliance and scrupulous integrity, affecting naturalness and self-effacing beauty"-The New York Times

Sep 16, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Four years in the making, the celebrated Beethoven Journey has now reached its crowning season. An intense collaborative project between Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the heart of the journey has been the recording of all five of Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerti and his Choral Fantasy, with the final album scheduled for release by Sony Classical on September 16. Over the four years Leif Ove Andsnes has also made Beethoven's concerti the focus of his attention on stage with over 150 performances in 55 cities and 22 countries. With the start of the 2014 / 15 season Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra embark on a year of high-profile residencies that will see them perform the complete cycle of concerti in Hamburg, Bonn, Lucerne, Vienna, Paris, New York, Shanghai, Tokyo and London (full performance listings below).  A third and integral part of the Beethoven Journey is an ambitious education project series entitled Feel the Music that gives children with hearing impairment the chance to experience music both in personal workshops and on the concert platform together with Andsnes and the orchestra.

Volume 3 – Emperor Concerto & Choral Fantasy
September 16 is the release of the third and final recording of the Beethoven Journey, featuring Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor and the Choral Fantasy, recorded live in concert at the Prague Spring Festival in May with Andsnes performing and directing the orchestra from the keyboard. The complete Beethoven Journey will be released as a box set, available digitally and physically, on October 28, 2014.

The Beethoven Journey has enjoyed worldwide acclaim from critics and audiences alike since its inception in 2011.  Particular attention has been paid to the outstanding musical partnership between Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with the Guardian commenting : "You'd be hard put to find a pianist and orchestra better matched," whilst Gramophone Magazine wrote: "There's so much more to this partnership than just exceptional playing; there's a palpable sense of discovery, of living the music."

A Final Season with Beethoven
With the completion of the recording project, Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra now embark on a series of high profile tours and residencies of the complete concerti which commence in September in Hamburg and Bonn and include a week of concerts and workshops at the international Beethovenfest Bonn.  In November pianist and ensemble reunite in Lucerne before taking to the stage at the Musikverein in Vienna and ending the year in Brussels.  In February 2015 they continue with residencies in Paris (Theatre des Champs- Elysees) and New York (Carnegie Hall), and give an additional performance in Boston.   May sees a major tour of Asia with performances in Hong Kong, Taipei, Tainan (Taiwan), Goyang (South Korea), Shizuoka, Tokorozawa (Japan) and residencies in both Shanghai and Tokyo. The project then comes to a grand finale with a residency in London in July 2015.

All these residencies and the recording project have been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen, a Bergen-based foundation established to honour the memory of Kristian Gerhard Jebsen and his contribution to the Norwegian and international shipping business.

When not on stage with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Leif Ove Andsnes continues to perform Beethoven as guest soloist with leading orchestras, launching the season with four performances of Concerto No. 1 with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas in September. In October he returns to the States for four performances of Concerto No. 5 and the Choral Fantasy with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, followed by concerts with, amongst others, the Munich Philharmonic and Thomas Dausgaard (Nos. 3 & 5), the London Philharmonic and Osmo Vanska (No. 5) and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard (Nos. 2 & 4).

Education Project: Feel the Music
From small beginnings in 2012 Feel the Music has become an integral component of the Beethoven Journey. The project series invites hearing-impaired children across Europe to explore how music can be experienced with all senses. It thereby picks up on the subject of deafness, which increasingly affected Beethoven in the course of his life. In a three-day workshop, the children are introduced to the world of music, assisted by Leif Ove Andsnes, the orchestra, and experienced music educators. To date Feel the Music has taken place successfully in Brescia, Cologne, Brussels, London, Dublin, Prague as well as Leif Ove Andsnes' home town of Bergen and has been awarded the 2013 European Education YEAH!Award.

This September Feel the Music continues with workshops in both Hamburg and Bonn. At the Beethovenfest Bonn the project moves to the next level: Partner classes that took part in Feel the Music projects previously will come together and perform in a concert with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.  50 hearing-impaired children from Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic and Ireland will take part in this new project which coincides with the International Week of the Deaf. Alongside their rehearsals and performance in a signed song concert, the students and teachers from the different countries will also have opportunities for social exchange and networking during their four-day stay.

"Beethoven's music is for me the most human and deeply spiritual music there is.  While his music still shakes us today with its remarkably radical and modern qualities, there are other essential and important messages that Beethoven and his music communicate to us. Beethoven held an almost naively innocent belief in the value of music to humanity. He believed that changing the world is possible and that music is truth. This touches me deeply at this point of my life, and is the motivating spirit behind this project." 
Leif Ove Andsnes

BEETHOVEN ON TOUR

September 10, 11, 12 & 13

San Francisco

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson
Thomas Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1




September 24 & 30

Hamburg

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti




September 25, 27 & 28

Bonn

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti & Choral Fantasy




October 9, 10, 11 & 12

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 & Choral Fantasy




November 1, 2 & 3

Munich

Munich Philharmonic, Thomas Dausgaard
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 3 & 5




November 24 & 26

Lucerne

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti




November 29
December 1 & 2

Vienna

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti & Choral Fantasy




December 4

Brussels

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 & Choral Fantasy




December 18 & 19

Reykjavik

London Philharmonic, Osmo Vanska
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5




February 5 & 6

Trondheim

Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 2 & 5




February 17 & 19

Paris

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti




February 22

Boston

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 2, 3 & 4




February 23 & 25

New York

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti




April 16 & 18

Orebro

Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 2 & 4& 4




May 3

Hong Kong

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 3 & 4




May 5

Taipei

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 3 & 4




May 6

Tainan

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 3 & 4




May 8 & 10

Shanghai

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti




May 12

Goyang

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 1 & 5




May 14

Shizuoka

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 2, 3 & 4




May 15 & 17

Tokyo

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti




July 23, 24 & 26

London

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti & Choral Fantasy

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Sep 16, 2014 | World Renowned Tenor Jonas Kaufmann Releases New Album of Melodies from Germany's Golden Era

You Mean the World to Me - Available September 16, 2014

Sep 16, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- "I love the tenor hits from the age of the talkies," says Jonas Kaufmann. "My grandfather was studying in Berlin at that time, and he used to whistle these songs in the street. Besides that, I've always been fascinated by this 'legendary era' in Germany's cultural history. It was a time of incredible productivity. True, a great many of its hits have survived, but what we know of it today is only the tip of the iceberg. There are lots of wonderful pieces waiting to be rediscovered."

Jonas Kaufmann has often sung standards such as "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz", "Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert" or "Du bist die Welt fur mich" as encores. We need to only think of his Berlin Waldbuhne concert with Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott in August 2011. That's when the idea arose for his new album titled You Mean the World to Me, which will be available September 16 from Sony Classical. It needed a solid concept: no bland arrangements, just the original sound. The huge field of light music between Offenbach and Abraham was narrowed down to the period between 1925 and 1935 – from the hits of Franz Lehar and Richard Tauber to the heyday of the movie song, from the Roaring Twenties to the expulsion and blacklisting of all the songwriters, lyricists and singers who effectively defined the genre.

"No repertoire has challenged me more than this one!" says Kaufmann, who sings Siegmund and Parsifal, Don Carlo and Alvaro, Don Jose and Werther, Die Winterreise and Das Lied von der Erde! "It's called 'easy listening' because the music sounds easy to the audience", the singer explains. "But most of the standards from Lehar, Kalman, Stolz and Abraham are extremely demanding on the voice. Easy listening, maybe, but not easy performing!"

Never before has Kaufmann had to be so vocally flexible as on his new album. After pop songs like Paul Abraham's "Diwanpuppchen" and movie hits like "Irgendwo auf der Welt," which call for a gentle croon, he risked a laryngeal tour de force with Kunneke's "Lied vom Leben des Schrenk" – a song only Helge Rosvaenge, Rudolf Schock and Fritz Wunderlich had ventured to sing before him. The hit tunes that Franz Lehar wrote for his friend Richard Tauber demand the full range of his voice, from hovering piano and sensual cantilena to a radiant Heldentenor. In professional circles, standards such as "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz" and "Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert" fall under the heading of "Puccini/Lehar." Even "Du bist die Welt fur mich," Richard Tauber's most famous composition, sounds much easier than it actually is.

The scene of the action is Berlin. Here's where the "legendary era" began, namely with the German premiere of Lehar's Paganini at the Berlin Kunstlertheater in January 1926. Thanks to Richard Tauber, it was a roaring success and launched an incomparable run of hits, lasting until the premiere of Giuditta at the Vienna State Opera in 1934.

The entertainment industry ran at full throttle, not only in the theatre but in every medium. The horrors of the Great War and the economic crises had brought forth an insatiable appetite for entertainment and diversion. Radio and gramophone companies vied for the audience's favors, and the merry-go-round spun even faster with the invention of "talkies."

The recording sessions took place in the outstanding acoustics of the Nalepastraße Broadcasting Studio (the former headquarters of East German Radio) and were pure pleasure for everyone involved. Kaufmann's duet partner Julia Kleiter, conductor Jochen Rieder, the musicians of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra: all immediately fell under the spell of the music and joined in the swing. And though "easy listening" is anything but easy to sing, for Jonas Kaufmann it was "sheer and utter delight. I had heaps of fun doing it. And I want more!"

Sony Masterworks comprises, Masterworks, Okeh, Portrait, Sony Classical, RCA Red Seal, and Masterworks Broadway imprints. For email updates and information please visit www.SonyMasterworks.com.

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TRACKLIST


FRANZ LEHAR

1

Girls Were Made to Love and Kiss


(Gern hab' ich die Frau'n gekusst)                                                                                  


from Paganini



2

You Are My Heart's Delight


(Dein ist mein ganzes Herz!)                                                                                          


from Das Land des Lachelns


The Land of Smiles · Le Pays du sourire



3

RICHARD TAUBER


Du bist die Welt fur mich                                                                                            


from Der singende Traum



4

FRANZ LEHAR


My Little Nest of Heavenly Blue


(Hab' ein blaues Himmelbett)                                                                                          


from Frasquita   




ROBERT STOLZ

5

Im Traum hast du mir alles erlaubt                                                                             


from Das Liebeskommando




EMMERICH KALMAN

6

Gruß mir mein Wien                                                                                                   


from Grafin Mariza




WERNER RICHARD HEYMANN

7

Irgendwo auf der Welt                                                                                                


from Ein Blonder Traum




HANS MAY

8

My Song Goes Round the World


(Ein Lied geht um die Welt)                                                                                            




FRANZ LEHAR

9

Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert!                                                                            


from Giuditta




PAUL ABRAHAM

10

Reich mir zum Abschied noch einmal die Hande                                                       


from Viktoria und ihr Husar




RALPH BENATZKY

11

It Would Be Wonderful Indeed 


(Es muss was Wunderbares sein)                                                                                   


from Im weißen Rossl


The White Horse Inn · L'Auberge du Cheval-Blanc




PAUL ABRAHAM

12

Diwanpuppchen                                                                                                          


from Die Blume von Hawaii




ROBERT STOLZ

13

Don't Ask Me Why                                                                                                       


from Das Lied ist aus                                                                                                     




MISCHA SPOLIANSKY

14

Heute Nacht oder nie                                                                                                  


from Das Lied einer Nacht




EDUARD KUNNEKE

15

Das Lied vom Leben des Schrenk                                                                              


from Die große Sunderin




ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD

16

Gluck, das mir verblieb                                                                                               


from Die tote Stadt




FRANZ LEHAR

17

Je t'ai donne mon cœur


(Dein ist mein ganzes Herz!)                                                                                          


from Das Land des Lachelns




JONAS KAUFMANN tenor




Julia Kleiter soprano (10/12/16)


Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin


Jochen Rieder conductor

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Sep 16, 2014 | The Blind Boys Of Alabama & Taj Mahal Celebrate The Season By "Talkin' Christmas!"

NEW ALBUM OUT OCTOBER 21 ON SONY MUSIC MASTERWORKS

Sep 16, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This holiday season, music lovers will have a lot to celebrate because The Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal will be Talkin' Christmas! Available on October 21 via Sony Music Masterworks, Talkin' Christmas! is a summit meeting of two American music icons. It includes new versions of Christmas standards, covers of hidden gospel gems, and seven brand-new holiday songs - six of which are the first Christmas songs ever penned by the Blind Boys themselves. The new original songs include the title track 'Talkin' Christmas!,' a funky tribute to the power of Christmas featuring Money Mark on keyboards, and the compassionate 'What Can I Do?,' which features Taj Mahal on vocals and is one of two songwriting collaborations with Stax Records soul legend William Bell. The album also features a hand-clapping rearrangement of the usually-slower classic 'Do You Hear What I Hear?' and a refreshingly intimate, acoustic version of 'Silent Night.'

This first-ever Blind Boys-Taj Mahal album collaboration was a joy for Taj. "There are just some wonderful tunes that allow me to find a totally different way to play on this album," says Taj Mahal. "It's exciting to be a part of something that is such incredible music."

The album also finds the Blind Boys back at the historic Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA, and reunited with producer Chris Goldsmith and engineer Jimmy Hoyson, who have been associated with all five of the Blind Boys previous Grammy-winning projects. The analog recording techniques and "live band" approach to the tracks capture an organic blues-meets-gospel sound that is hard to find among the average highly-produced Christmas-season fare. With Mahal fully integrated into the musical landscape of the album on guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica and lending his vocals, 'Talkin' Christmas!' is an inspired meeting of two musical giants. The result is a refreshingly humble approach to the holidays, focusing on the true spirit of the season with pure joy, great voices and the 'all-are-welcome' message that has been the signature of the Blind Boys' albums in recent years. 

"A lot of Christmas music is focused on Santa Claus and what gifts we might get during the holidays," says founding Blind Boy Jimmy Carter. "We wanted to bring the emphasis back to what Christmas is really all about, a celebration of God's unconditional love, which is demonstrated every year when millions of people do nice things for others instead of thinking only about themselves. When you think about it, the kind of love for others that Christmas brings out is the real miracle of the season."

The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammy® Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 60 years. The Blind Boys are known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by songwriters such as Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. They have appeared on recordings with Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, k.d. lang, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson, Susan Tedeschi, Solomon Burke, Aaron Neville, Ben Harper and most recently Justin Vernon, Patty Griffin, Merrill Garbus and Sam Amidon on their latest recording I'll Find A Way. The Blind Boys of Alabama have made appearances on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, The Grammy® Awards, 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report and their own holiday special on PBS. For more information visit www.blindboys.com.

Two-time Grammy Award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in the recent history of blues and roots music. Though his career began five decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world – west Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Hawaiian islands and so much more. Though influenced by his love of historical and ancestral roots in these genres, he never strayed too far from his country blues foundation. What ties it all together is his insatiable interest in musical discovery – an interest which has led him to this Gospel Christmas project.

Sony Music Masterworks comprises Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait, Masterworks Broadway and Flying Buddha imprints. For email updates and information please visit www.SonyMasterworks.com.

TRACK LIST:

  1. Do You Hear What I Hear?   
  2. Christ Was Born on Christmas Morn   
  3. What Can I Do? *  (feat. Taj Mahal on Vocals)
  4. Talkin' Christmas! *   
  5. Merry Christmas to You *
  6. Silent Night   
  7. There's a Reason We Call it Christmas*  (feat. Taj Mahal on Vocals)
  8. The Sun is Rising *   
  9. No Room in the Inn   
  10. Jesus Was Born *
  11. Who Will Remember? *  
  12. Merry Christmas *   

* New song

TOUR DATES:

Sat, 11/22

Port Washington, NY

The Landmark

Fri, 11/28

Washington DC

Weinberg Center For The Arts

Sat, 11/29

Philadelphia, PA

Havana New Hope PA

Sun, 11/30

Boston, MA

Wilbur Theater

Wed, 12/03

New York, NY

Peter Norton Symphony Space

Fri, 12/05

Nashville, TN

Franklin Theatre

Sat, 12/06

Atlanta, GA

Symphony Hall – Woodruff Arts Center

Mon, 12/08

Toronto, ON

Roy Thomson Hall

Tue, 12/09

Cleveland, OH

Masonic Auditorium

Thu, 12/11

Chicago, IL

City Winery

Fri, 12/12

Cedar Falls, IA

Gallagher Bluedorn PAC

Sat, 12/13

St. Louis, MO

Sheldon Concert Hall

Mon, 12/15

Dallas, TX

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

Tue, 12/16

San Antonio, TX

H-E-B Performance Hall

Wed, 12/17

Austin, TX

One World Theatre

Fri, 12/19

Los Angeles, CA

Lewis Family Playhouse

Sat, 12/20

San Francisco, CA

SF Jazz Center

Sun, 12/21

Santa Rosa, CA

Wells Fargo Center For The Arts

Tue, 12/23

San Diego, CA

California Center For The Arts

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Sep 15, 2014 | Iconic Singer-Songwriter Yusuf / Cat Stevens Returns With First New Album In Five Years 'Tell 'Em I'm Gone' To Be Released Oct. 27 On Legacy Recordings

*Album marks first in a new partnership with new label home*

*Yusuf to embark on first North American tour in over 35 years this December*

Sep 15, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings today announced that iconic singer-songwriter and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Yusuf / Cat Stevens has joined the label's storied musical family. 

Yusuf/ Cat Stevens new album

To kick off this exciting new chapter in Yusuf's career, Legacy Recordings will release his first new studio album in five years, entitled Tell 'Em I'm Gone, on October 27.  Recorded across the globe, including Los Angeles, Dubai, Brussels, and London, the album features 10 brand-new studio recordings, including five original tracks and five carefully-chosen cover songs. Tell 'Em I'm Gone features musical contributions from Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer-songwriter Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Tuareg group Tinariwen, and guitarist Matt Sweeney.  The album was produced by Yusuf and Rick Rubin and was mixed by Yusuf and Paul Samwell-Smith.

The worldwide premiere of "Dying To Live," the first single from Tell 'Em I'm Gone is available now at RollingStone.com here: http://smarturl.it/dyingtolive

This new relationship with Legacy Recordings will include brand new recording projects, existing catalog titles, previously unreleased live material, and a treasure trove of audio and video from Yusuf/Cat Steven's personal archives.  The new album, Tell 'Em I'm Gone is the first piece of a larger relationship that will continue over the coming years.

Yusuf/Cat Stevens also announced that he will embark on his first North American tour in over 35 years, giving fans in select cities the opportunity to hear his remarkable catalog and superb new songs live, many for the first time.  The Peace Train ... Late Again tour will kick off December 1 at Massey Hall in Toronto and conclude on December 14 at Nokia Theatre LA LIVE in Los Angeles, CA. The Peace Train...Late Again North American tour dates include:

December 1   

Toronto- Massey Hall

December 4   

Boston- Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre

December 7   

New York City- Beacon Theatre

December 9   

Chicago- The Chicago Theatre

December 12 

San Francisco- The Masonic

December 14 

Los Angeles - Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

Tickets for the general public begin going on sale on Saturday, September 27th at 10:00am local time (please check your market for select timings). Fans who pre-order Tell 'Em I'm Gone on Amazon.com (starting now until Sunday, September 21 at 11:59pm PDT) will receive early access to purchase tickets to the US tour dates. Please see specific details below.

The North American tour comes on the heels of the European leg of the Peace Train...Late Again tour.

November 4   

London, UK – Hammersmith Eventim Apollo

November 9   

Brussels, Belgium – Forest National

November 11 

Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum

November 13 

Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle

November 16 

Paris, France – Zenith

November 20 

Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom

November 23 

Hamburg, Germany – CCH 1

November 25 

Dusseldorf, Germany – Mitsubishi Electric Hall

For complete ticket on sale information visit www.YusufCatStevens.com.

On Tell 'Em I'm Gone, Yusuf returns to the roots of his teenage musical inspiration: American blues and R&B, using these genres to explore humanity's climb to freedom with songs that recall the spirit of his earliest days as a nascent singer-songwriter in London.  Each track on the album revives the age-old themes of freedom and peace that have marked more than four decades of Yusuf's musical career. Stunning originals like "I Was Raised In Babylon" and "Cat And The Dog Trap" plus covers of blues-pop and American song standards ("Big Boss Man," "You Are My Sunshine") and a moving version of Edgar Winter's "Dying To Live," find Yusuf as strong of voice and as engaging a performer as ever.

Tell 'Em I'm Gone is available now for pre-order at physical and digital music retailers.

"Although I was to venture through many lyrical terrains, melodious valleys and cadences during my fifty-year musical and spiritual exploration, and though many would agree that I have covered a lot of ground, there was always one path I meant to take. Hidden in the background behind my renowned troubadour persona lurked an R&B alter-self waiting to be let free," Yusuf says of the new album.  "What's powerful and profound, to me, is the overall message which emerged, lyrically.  It suddenly stared me in the face: the innate struggle for Freedom! Isn't that what most human beings dream of? Music and the Blues particularly was a means of escape for many chained to the destiny of the rich and powerful."

"Yusuf continues to make music that resonates in its beauty and universally empowering themes," says Adam Block, President, Sony Music's Legacy Recordings. "It's both humbling and thrilling to be given the opportunity to have him become a member of the Legacy family.  We look forward to working together to create new platforms for Yusuf's future recordings while celebrating his remarkable career with stories we'll tell from the artist's personal archive."

Having first found fame as a teenage heartthrob singer in 1960s England, Cat Stevens gained worldwide acclaim for his intimate and affecting works in the 1970s. His compositions "Wild World," "Peace Train," "Father and Son" and "Morning Has Broken" remain staples of the folk genre. Following a conversion to the Islamic faith in 1977, Stevens retired from the music business to work with and support causes in education and humanitarian relief.  In 2006 Yusuf returned to pop music with the album An Other Cup.  Yusuf was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2014.

'TELL 'EM I'M GONE' TRACK LIST
I Was Raised In Babylon (Yusuf)
Big Boss Man (Luther Dixon-Al Smith)
Dying To Live (Edgar Winter)
You Are My Sunshine (Jimmie Davis-Charles Mitchell, arr. Yusuf)
Editing Floor Blues (Yusuf)
Cat And The Dog Trap (Yusuf)
Gold Digger (Yusuf)
The Devil Came From Kansas (Gary Brooker-Keith Reid)
Tell 'Em I'm Gone (originally "Take This Hammer," arr. Yusuf)
Doors (Yusuf)

MORE INFORMATION ON THE AMAZON.COM PRE-ORDER OFFER
While supplies last, eligible fans who pre-order Yusuf / Cat Stevens' new album Tell 'Em I'm Gone on MP3 or CD on or before 11:59 PM Pacific time on September 21, 2014 from Amazon.com will receive a unique pre-sale code good for early access to purchase up to two (2) tickets for eligible concerts in his upcoming U.S. tour. Early access using the pre-sale codes is available between Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM local concert venue time and Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 10:00 PM local concert venue time. Please note concert tickets and pre-sale codes are subject to availability and the presale code does not guarantee tickets to the concert or price level of your choice. Your pre-sale code will be emailed within 24 hours of your pre-order. Limit 1 code per Amazon customer. For more information please visit: http://www.yusufcatstevens.com/amazonoffer  

Legacy Recordings: 
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is home to the world's foremost library of historically significant commercial recordings, a peerless collection of works by the most important musical artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.  Across a variety of platforms, the label offers contemporary music fans access to thousands of meticulously restored and remastered archival titles representing virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, rap/hip-hop, world music, classical, comedy and more.

Founded in 1990 by CBS Records (rebranded Sony Music in 1991), Legacy has expanded on its original mission (preserving and reissuing back catalogs of Columbia Records, Epic Records and associated CBS labels) to provide new and innovative avenues for artist and repertoire exposure including Grammy winning curated retrospectives, social media campaigns, Oscar winning soundtracks, new talent signings and groundbreaking campaigns for established artists and catalog.  Following the creation of Sony BMG Music Entertainment in 2005, Legacy assumed responsibility for recordings from the archives of the BMG family of labels (including RCA Records, Arista, J Records, Jive, Profile, Silvertone, Sony BMG Nashville and Windham Hill, as well as imprints including Bang!, CTI, Mainstream, Monument, Ode, and others).

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