Erica Rabner | PB & Jams EP

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Erica’s first full length Children’s album is officially out on iTunes and Spotify!

We had an amazing time writing this album together and we hope children and their parents alike will love it!

www.ericarabner.com

 

 

The Ellen Show | Average Andy

Somehow I ended up writing the jingle for “Average Andy”, a regular (and hilarious) skit where Ellen’s producer, Andy, basically attempts to try difficult activities (swim with Michael Phelps, Dance with the Radio City Rockettes, Learn gymnastics from Simone Byles, etc.).

You might recognize the voice singing the jingle…It’s me.

Have a good laugh!

 

 

Erica Rabner | Thanksgiving Song

I started writing with Erica Rabner within the first hour that we met. She may have never written a song before, but she didn’t act like it. Erica is as fast of a learner as I’m ever worked with and she is a natural at lyric writing, absolutely born to do it.

We started out writing songs for Erica’s upcoming EP, but found our way into Children’s Music and decided to dive in head first.

One of the first songs we created was called “The Thanksgiving Song”, and it was picked up by Sesame Studios.

Check out the cutest video ever.

 

 

 

Former Faces | the Runaround

I was introduced to my now close friend Ryan Parmenter back in November 2014. He was getting into writing and producing hiw own music at the time we started loosely collaborating on recording his vocals for a few songs. Quickly it seems, we got into a creative groove and I was loving helping Ryan navigate through his complex songs that I couldn’t understand, but couldn’t get out of my head.

More than two years later, it’s a privilege and an honor to be playing bass in Former Faces, AKA Ryan.

With a soon to be released EP on the way this Spring and a soon to be recorded full length live album on the horizon, I give you Former Faces first single, “the Runaround”.

 

 

The Ellen Show | Me Me Monday!!!!!

Every Monday on The Ellen Show you can hear the beautiful Haley D singing a jingle that I wrote and produced for the segment, “Me Me Monday” (Scroll 40 seconds in to hear the jingle)!

Troy Adam Wiegand | 08.26.81 – 08.22.15

On August 22, 2015, one my best friends, Troy Wiegand, passed away at 33 years 74430035old. Troy and I met at Michigan State University (Go Green!) back in 2000 when I posted some flyers looking for a drummer for my band and he took all of them. We played together from 2000-2006 in our band, Roundabout Way. Troy and I moved to California together in later 2006 and never lost focus of our friendship. He continued to play drums on projects for me and we always talked about our future endeavors together.

Troy was one of the most dedicated friends I have or will ever know. He was also one of the most talented drummers and musicians I have ever had the honor to play with.

Rest In Peace, T-Bone. Love you and miss you always.

Here is the first album we did together, Roundabout Way Passer By…

Introducing Ryan Sallis and “Confidence”

In mid-2014 I began writing with and producing new music for up-and-coming singer/songwriter Ryan Sallis. I went out to see an acoustic performance of Ryan’s before we ever started to get into any music and his bold on-stage persona jumped right off the stage…I knew at that moment I had to work with him.

Ryan’s first single “Confidence” off of his upcoming ‘Muddy Love’ EP features Ryan on Vocals and Acoustic Guitar, Brian Blake on Bass, Steve Poloni on Electric Guitar, Kiel Fehr on Drums, Yancey Wells on Sax, Norbert Miguel on Trumpet, Eric Jorgenson on Fiddle, Haley Deakers and James Kenney on backup vocals.

Please check out the video for Ryan’s first single “Confidence” below and you can also purchase “Confidence” on iTunes.

For a fresh review, here’s Howl and Echo’s great take on the video for “Confidence”…

Howl and Echo Review

 

Make Way for Anjelia Pelay and her debut Country single, “Kiss My Ass”

I met the multi-talented Anjelia Pelay one night when she was performing in North Hollywood, Summer of 2013. After a few months, we connected again and decided to try writing a song together. Here we are in early 2015 and we have finished Anjelia’s debut Country EP, featuring seven songs which we slaved over in the writing process and I worked equally as hard in the production phase.

The upcoming album, “The Heart Decides”, features Anjelia on piano, Ben Feltner on Bass, Steve Poloni on Electric Guitar, Brian Blake on Acoustic Guitar, Brian Bailey on Drums, Haley Deakers on backup Vocals plus a platoon of Anjelia, Ben Feltner and Brian Blake on Banjo, Mandolin, Auto-Harp. The album also features special guests Jon Chi (Nashville Acoustic and Tremolo Guitar) and Marc Muller (Pedal Steel Guitar).

Anjelia’s first single, “Kiss My Ass” is now available on iTunes.

Positive reviews have been coming in already and Anjelia will be playing shows soon!

Caesar Live N’ Loud

Country Music Minute

The Daily Country

One Stop Country

Before you buy, you can check out “Kiss My Ass” here!

Diana Meyer “Cradle”

Check out Diana Meyer’s beautiful new video for “Cradle”, filmed, edited and produced by Diana!

Song written by Diana Meyer and Brian Blake, Produced by Brian Blake.

You can purchase “Cradle” HERE.

 

 

Hotel Cafe Showcase II

e-HOTEL CAFE BANNER 11-11-14 FINAL

On November 11, 2014 I put together a second artist showcase at The Hotel Cafe after the first showcase back in February 2014 was a huge success.

This showcase featured a couple of previous artists in Anjelia Pelay and Diana Meyer as well as a more recent artist I’ve been producing, Ryan Sallis plus a very special guest performance by Haley Deakers and even a performance by yours truly.

On top of it being an excellent musical night, there was an extra special surprise at the end when I got to live a lifelong dream of proposing to the woman I love, Haley Deakers, on stage at the end of the night.

Overall, this was one of the best moments of my life and I’m beyond happy that I was able to share it with so many people that I love.