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‘Catch A Snowflake’ at 16 on the A/C Charts and 18 on the Rock charts

November 24, 2013
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 Matt Newton recently recorded a new  Winter/Holiday song.   Catch A Snowflake written and produced by Nashville hit songwriter, Thornton Cline, was released for worldwide promotion recently by Musik and Film’s Radio Promotions and climbed the charts rapidly.
 “Wanted to let you know because of your efforts,  “Catch a Snowflake”  is at no. 16 on the  DRT  National Adult Contemporary Charts and at no. 18 on the Rock charts A big thanks to you!”… Thornton Cline
Stephen Wrench, President Musik and Film Records, noted that the song is so well written, meticulously produced and along with an outstanding vocal performance by Matt, the new holiday song was bound to be a hit.
Matt Newton grew up in Washington, Indiana on thirty acres of farmland.  At the age of seven his mother noticed that he had good pitch and started teaching him to sing harmony with her at the piano.
Newton has since performed all over the U.S. in various performance venues. Matt had the opportunity in 1996 to perform in Okinawa, Japan at a five star hotel. After living in Okinawa for three months, Matt decided to move to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a recording contract. He was hired at Opryland USA that fall and started performing in various shows at the nationally known theme park, including Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Classics. In 1998, Matt won the coveted role of portraying Phil Everly in Bye Bye Love, The Everly Brothers musical at the famed Ryman Auditorium.  This gave him the opportunity to perform at the Grand Ole Opry, open for the Everly Brothers and for Tim McGraw.  This soon got the attention of record labels and in 1999, Matt was signed as part of a duo, but the recording contract was short lived.
        After a series of setbacks following the recording contract dissolve, Matt had hit a wall with his career.
        For the last thirteen years Matt has continued two personas.  One as a performer and the other as a woodworker.   He performs on the General Jackson Showboat five nights a week and continues to be a session singer in Nashville.  His woodworking business Turning Point, has allowed him to work with some incredible clients over the years.In June of this year Matt Newton signed a recording artist contract with award winning ASCAP Nashville company, Clinetel Music known for recordings by Engelbert Humperdinck, Gloria Gaynor, Tammy Trent, Mark Chestnut, Tim Murphy, The Manhattans, Ray Peterson and Billy and Sarah Gaines.
Matt Newton has embarked on a new era with his music and now charting with Catch A Snowflake.
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MERRIN Ready to Ride the Wave of Success with Musik and Film Records & Musik Radio Promotions

July 10, 2013
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Welcome the mighty, mighty MERRIN to the team of highly skilled professionals/music execs at Musik and Film Records & Musik Radio Promotions. The New Zealand-based band was recently signed to the internationally-known label with world-renowned producer and MAF President Stephen Wrench as their manager. Thanks to MAF Records, MERRIN has already had two songs, “Sober Reminder” and “Fill The Need”, that have received major airplay at radio stations all around the globe. With their debut EP Don’t Forget to Breathe, Musik Radio Promotions will be submitting tracks to over 30,000 radio stations worldwide!  Hailing from the Capital of New Zealand, Wellington can proudly claim MERRIN as its own as this band displays the true colors to go far and go long.  Watch close  as Wellington’s own, personal crop grows into a healthy & strong group of musicians.

The group is made up of five members: founding members Karl Wootton (guitar) & Charlie Phillips (vocals) with Lisa Tagaloa on bass, Daniel Murray on guitar and Richard Maxwell Jnr on drums.  MERRIN’s music is currently being played on over 10,000 stations across the board including the BBC network.  MERRIN has been called “An EXPLOSIVE cocktail of sultry, soul-infused ROCK” and I couldn’t agree more!  Their overall sound is heavily smothered with action-packed excitement topped with a drizzle of fire-fightin’ soul and add a side of Charlie Phillips & her magical voice box.  In the end, this fierce group is setting the bar extremely high for ALL acts out there!  Their lyrics deliver a rock-solid punch while Charlie’s voice appears to have a sweet, smoky and powerful quality that stands out like vast mountains in the cold distance.

New Zealand has produced a group of very talented individuals that exhibit a truck load of potential and a whole lot of might, will & sheer determination to succeed.  Mixing together elements of Rock, Alternative, Pop & Adult Contemporary, MERRIN is sure to please even the grumpiest of listeners.  MERRIN is getting ready to do a local tour with talks of a possible international tour in the works.  The journey has just begun for MERRIN and like it says on their website “Are YOU Ready to get MERRINAISED?”.  Whether you are or not, one thing is for certain and that is that MERRIN shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. 

The MERRIN train has just departed the station with no stops along the way and the destination set to Musik Stardom Place.  You can jump on and go ALL ABOARD now OR get left in the dust watching from the sidelines as the MERRIN locomotive pulls swiftly away.  MERRIN has the natural abilities, as a complete unit, to achieve greatness, so now it is up to the NZ 5some to make it happen and make it count!  With the momentum in full swing and Musik and Film backing MERRIN all the way (MAF Wall of Success Inductees), 2013 & beyond is lookin’ quite hopeful if I do say so myself!

By 2J Rae

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Amanda Sempf Going Solo AND “Hoping for a Moment” By Signing with Musik Radio Promotions

June 13, 2013
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Australia’s own Amanda Sempf is steppin’ out of the house and into the solo spotlight with her new single “Rainy Day Girl” currently being promoted by the fine people over at Musik Radio Promotions.  Now seeking global attention as a solo artist, Amanda is in good hands with Musik Radio Promotions.  The song has already been a BIG hit on radio stations all around the world and Sempf has even been picked up by the BBC network, which amounted to “Rainy Day Girl” being played on about 1,500 radio stations in just the first week of its release!  Not bad for someone releasing a debut single and performing alone this time around.

Amanda has a rich history in music and for years has been playing with her sisters and “mum”.  As a group they have played at numerous functions & festivals throughout Queensland and they also have three albums to their name.  So obviously the family business, in all its united glory, has been wonderful to Amanda Sempf but now it’s time to try something new.  “Rainy Day Girl” is that answer for Amanda to go along with a new album fittingly titled Hoping for a Moment.

The words “I just want to sing” are highlighted on Amanda’s website and I believe it!  This talented young lady from Down Under has a voice that is Over the Top!  Amanda Sempf has such a nice tone & quality to her voice and you do sense that she genuinely does love to sing.  The new track exhibits this quality perfectly where Amanda is blending together some Rock, Country, Pop & Adult Contemporary to make up one appealing, substance-heavy sound.

With “Rainy Day Girl” already experiencing a solid Wall of Success, there is no doubt in my mind that Amanda Sempf is more than well on her way.  Her time is now to sing…and SING LOUD for all to hear!  People can appreciate a good voice and a grounded artist, so then ladies and gentlemen get ready for Amanda Sempf.  Musik Radio Promotions will continue to push “Rainy Day Girl” to radio stations worldwide but in the meantime I think it’s safe to say that Amanda Sempf no longer needs to “hope for a moment” because she found it.


By 2J Rae

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