Rock’s WonderWomen: Hunter Valentine

Rock Artist: Hunter Valentine

Hunter Valentine, or as I’d like to think of them, Wonder Women of rock n’ roll, started their journey as a band nearly a decade ago, and it has taken them all over the world, performing with legends, and even a stint on reality tv.

Valentine has shared the stage with the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Sum 41, and Sick Of Sarah, been featured in several reality shows; SHOWTIME’s “The Real L Word”, and VH1’s “Make or Break:  The Linda Perry Project”, and conquered Warped Tour 2014 with us as one of our female-fronted rock bands.  Their super charged rock style, no fuss attitude, and awesome personalities have brought their career to unimaginable highs in their ten-year career.

Check out their tracks on Conquer:

 

Feel The Latin Groove With Trio Caliente

Latin, Pop, Brazilian Jazz: Trio Caliente

Trio Caliente is a 3-piece Latin group from Washington, D.C. offering a unique blend of Flamenco, Pop & Brazilian Jazz.

Since 2003, Trio Caliente has been enjoyed by political luminaries stateside and abroad; notable Fortune 500 companies; and venerated international organizations, festivals, and concert venues around the world.

Trio Caliente’s musicians have performed from coast to coast throughout the U.S. and in Spain, South America, Central America and the Middle East. Sharing the stage throughout the years with Jazz legends like Charlie Byrd, Keter Betts, and McCoy Tyner to Salsa superstars Jerry Rivera and Luis Enrique, members of Trio Caliente have also performed and recorded with Grammy-nominated jazz flautist, Nestor Torres, Latin Grammy-winner, Raul Jaurena, Shahin and Sepehr (Virgin/Higher Octave), and David Hidalgo of “Los Lobos.”

Whether providing elegant accompaniment to a formal dinner or sultry, throbbing rhythms that keep the dance floor packed all night long, Trio Caliente effortlessly creates the ideal atmosphere for any type of event. With vocals in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, and English set to a wide array of Latin grooves, Trio Caliente’s sound is reminiscent of The Gipsy Kings, Buena Vista Social Club, Strunz & Farah, and Jobim— but with a flavor all their own.

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Relax with Swann

Meditation Artist: Kathleen Swann

Relax with Swann.

It’s like a gentle swan gliding along a glass-like pond…Kathleen’s soothing voice softly caresses the rhythmic ripples of Kaufman’s music as though in a tender dance.

Kathleen is a natural wellness workshop leader and Registered Nurse, and has been utilizing music therapy and progressive muscle relaxation throughout her nursing career to create positive changes in her patients’ emotional and mental states. This has led to the development of her relaxation series, Relax with Swann. With a strong belief in the powerful mind-body-spirit connection, she recorded guided imagery stories aimed at easing stress and promoting a sense of peace and tranquility.

Kathleen’s dream is to create a nurturing, soothing, peaceful ambiance around the world. She also has a passion for fellow musicians. Through Relax with Swann Music Publishing, they help independent artists to maintain 100% control over their music while building toward a residual income.

With so much noise in the world today, it is great to stop relax take a deep breath and focus on our inner core. Whether you are going to sleep, doing yoga or just need to clear your mind, Relax with Swann can help.

Check out some of Swann’s music by clicking the music icon below!

Wake Up to The Morning Birds

Folktronica at its best
Jennifer Thorington

Indie / Pop rock / Folktronica Artists: The Morning Birds

Conquer Entertainment blog reporter Tim Boehm, spent part of his life in southern California and one of his favorite things to do was to make the drive up to Idyllwild near the base of the mountains. There he would hike and sample the local art culture. This past weekend, traveling from CE headquarters back out to his next assignment required no GPS or directions. The roads were ver familiar. He was on his way to a small coffee shop to meet up with the members of The Morning Birds for a discussion about folktronica (their special blend of folk music and electronica) and to see what being on our platform has meant to them.

To say that Jennifer Thorington and Samuel Markus, the couple that make up ‘The Morning Birds’, have a full life, is quite the understatement. Not only do they write, produce, and direct their own music but they also do videos and run their own public relations that represents numerous artists and bands.

One of their music videos, “It’s Then You’ll Know”, has soared to over 500,000 views on YouTube. Dang!  Check out why here

Jennifer, above, had been a professional make-up artist for fifteen years but quit to go after her music career. She met Sam, a former Idyllwild Arts film student, in Los Angeles back in 2008. Now, over 9 years and one baby later, they can look back on all the touring through the East Coast, Canada, and working on an album together.

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Samuel Markus

Sam, above, had the main stay in the groups name of ‘Samuel Markus and the Only Ones’ until they decided to take a break from all the song writing and focus on a new name. After sitting around all night long trying to find one, he came up with ‘The Morning Birds”. It captured the essence of the love they share and how they live their lives; always fresh, always awake, always in the early morning light.

With a new band name, they decided they also needed a new place to call home. They started looking for places closer to nature. LA, with the smog and traffic, was just getting to be too much to deal with and definitely not inspiring their music so a fellow musician suggested that he try out his boyhood home of Idyllwild, CA. It seems to have everything they were complaining they didn’t have. The area was ideal to inspire their unique blend of folk + electronica; they call it folktronica. The eclectic community with the arts and craft stores, local health food stops, and vegan atmosphere contribute deeply to the music and the inspirations they derive from all around them.

Likewise, when they moved over to Conquer Entertainment, they wanted something fresh and new as well. The appeal was the way the platform emphasized ‘life style’ with music. Although they have much to learn, the time on the platform has opened their eyes to the other ways a musician and bands can create revenue by sharing their lifestyle with their fans. Very cool idea!

With their coffees done, they shook hands and after some local salutations were exchanged they stepped out into the cool mountain air. We’ll definitely be hearing more from this energetic couple. So,…. from Idyllwild, CA, Conquer Entertainment’s blog reporters are traveling to their next destinations. Check back next week to see where he’ll be….

In the meantime: The Morning Birds and their music is hitting airwaves and popping up everywhere.

Check out his music at https://www.getconquer.com/themorningbirds/

Norway influences the music of Philly

alt-Rock Artist: Cris Valkyrie

Conquer Entertainment’s blog reporter Tim Boehm spent an epic week working the 25th Anniversary convention of Market America & Conquer’s booth from Greensboro, NC. Soon after, he was on the road again; this time to ‘Philadelphia PA’ where he followed up on rumors of a band who’s lead singer hailed from Norway and was bringing that unique Nordic sound to the local bars and pubs. Night after night he seemed to be one step behind as he followed up on leads but finally, late one Wednesday evening he happened into Bob & Barbara’s Lounge over on South Street near 15th. You know the place, its a dive bar but that night it felt like anything other than that when she took the stage and grabbed that mike. We’re talking about none other than Cris Valkyria. Our senior blog writer Kris Bailey did an excellent expose a few months back on her -> Check It Out Here. So you can totally understand how surprised Tim was when he found out the rumors of Nordic tunes was all about the Valkyrian herself.

After her performance Tim was able to catch her backstage and found out that she was born and raised in Moss, Norway. Cris said that she had lived and traveled the world most of her adult life. This, along with her educational background as a psychologist, her various hobbies like martial arts (2nd Dan, Taekwondo), horses, clothes design, arts & crafts, and passion for most hedonistic pleasures like food, music & arts, are all contributing factors tinting her musical compositions. Her music is ethereal and eclectic and her voice is mostly described as haunting. She considers herself a Musician, mother and psychotherapist. With a distinct Nordic accent intertwined with her English, Tim mentioned that many people in the area seemed to feel her music was ‘not from this place’ to which she laughed. “Right”, she said, “its more than just across the pond, the influences ascend from the lands of the Northern lights.” With a quick smile she said, “må gå” and noticing the quizzical look on his face, stated, “It means I gotta go”. They both laughed and after thanking her for her time, Tim finished up his soda water and organized his notes.

It seems she is following up to her solo EP with a new release! Her very epic debut album with her band, Valkyrians. Word on the street is the fanbase is abuzz.  The album, which will carry an updated version of her original six songs from the EP along with six additional brand new tracks, is expected to gain interest from around the world; from Norway to the States.

The Norway influences are all throughout her music and tonight it was heard all over Philly from a little dive bar near the corner of South St and 15th. Until next time, that was Conquer Entertainment blog reporter Tim Boehm. In her words, (not mine), må gå (I gotta go). Thanks, and hey, do look into her music from the link below.

Check out her music at: https://www.getconquer.com/crisvalkyria/music

 

Back in Brooklyn

Laney is all smiles
The nine views of Lanie

Conquer Artist: Laney Lynx

Back home in Brooklyn, NY, Laney sits comfortably in her favorite sofa as the Conquer Entertainment team of reporters catches up on the latest in her career. Three summers ago, Laney took the stage during Conquer Entertainment’s sponsored stage for Van’s Warped Tour along with fellow CE artist Shira Girl. Her infectious and lush voice mesmerized the crowd with her then first EP, ‘Naked Heart’. Later this performance and that song were featured in countless blogs across the nation.

Her latest single ‘Love Sick’ was a pivotal moment in her career as she combined a new sound that blended in electronic and dance music. As a singer & song writer, she was able to put those dual talents on display with the accompanying music video for ‘Love Sick’. https://youtu.be/5-ivaDExeI0

The YouTube hit video tells the story of a couple brought together by a fortune telling event in which Laney plays the fortune teller to a mysteriously handsome man that has shown up late at her clairvoyant abode inside her Airstream trailer parked in the forest. She begins to read his palms and moves on to the tarot cards, all the while trying to understand the strange attraction to him and the mystical connection they seem to share. She manages to cast a spell, that while it lasts, brings the two strangers into a passionate and mesmerizing intertwine upon the nearby bed.

Looking skyward as her career goes up

“Sizzling Hot!”, she giggles as she recounts how the music video won MTV’s recent competition and inclusion on mtvU: The Freshmen.  For 2017, she’s performed at a number of music series nationwide and at notable events like “Sofar Sounds” and ‘The Family Reunion” acoustic series. While this summer continues to unwind, Laney has managed to inject her feel-good downtempo dance music into ears everywhere. With her refreshing pop hooks, lush harmonies, and sensual bass lines, we can hardly wait to hear her forthcoming ‘Getaway’ EP coming out this week.

Her name is Laney Lynx and her music is creating a buzz and popping up everywhere. Thanks for inviting us to Brooklyn to catch up with you. We’ll catch up with you again soon and next time hope to meet your bassist: Antoine, the drummer: Zach, and Big Tone on Guitar.

Check out her music at https://www.getconquer.com/laneylynx