“What whiskey will not cure, there is no cure for.”

Mark in Dublin alongside Mike Stanley, and Brandon Steadman.

Country Artist: Mark Mckinney

Mark Mckinney and fellow Texan artists, along with their fans, were able to experience the beauty of Ireland this year. The bands teamed up with Texas Troubadour Tours for a week filled with incredible sights and good times, during the Red Dirt Pub Crawl tour across Ireland. From Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Galway, Limerick, Doolin, and more. The artist’s were blown away by the kindness and beauty of this place and its people.

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

Mark Mckinney along with Bart Crow, Walt Wilkins, The Dirty River Boys, Rich O’Toole, Sarah Lee-Anna Hobbs, Steve Helms Band, and several other Texas pickers ventured into the cold of Ireland Nov 27 through Dec 4. They were able to offer their fans an incredible package included the following:

*Roundtrip airfare with American Airlines

*Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers

*Room at the recently renovated and historic Temple Bar Hotel

*Breakfast Daily

*Access to all performances

To learn more visit www.RedDirtPubCrawl.com

Mark Mckinney Website: https://www.markmckinney.com/

Marck Mckinney GetConquer Page: http://www.getconquer.com/markmckinney

 

SORLIVE CD Release Party

Hip Hop Artist: SORLIVE

As the emerging artist SORLIVE gears up for his album release on January 18, 2018. The team has been focusing on expanding the brand. A fresh new Louisiana sound, along with rumors of a “FRESH” line of apparel. The word on the streets of the south is SORLIVE got NEXT!

#SORLIVE CD Release Party
DATE: January 27th, 2018
Venue: The GIM
Location: 1819 Memorial Drive, Alexandria, LA.
Time: 6:00pm
Name of Album: Fresh
Hosted by: Amanda Sapp

SOR is a passionate and dynamic recording artist from New Orleans, Louisiana. SOR was quick to pick up on the Hip-Hop style, taking inspiration from artists such as Will Smith, Lyfe Jennings, Black Eyed Peas, J. Cole, & Kid Rock.

Specializing in high energy music with a pop sound, SOR dreams up positively in the music industry, creating catchy punchlines and vibrant tunes without profanity to maintain core values and modern day morals.

Website: www.sorlive.com

GetConquer Site: www.getconquer.com/sorlive

Talent Showcase in Miami

Conquer Entertainment is hosting a BEST OF THE BOOTH Talent Showcase at the 2018 World Conference being held Friday Feb 2nd in Miami, Florida at the American Airlines Arena. Conquer is looking for new talent. Bands, Singers, Rappers (no hardcore), all genres to perform. There will be over 25,000 attendees. Performers do not need to be on the Conquer platform. Contact your favorite artist and submit the requirements below. They will receive a MAWC2018 TICKET for themselves as well a guest pass to the 3 day conference with VIP seating.

Details:
Submit a video link of artist performing ASAP (Singing or instrumental) and the Conquer team will pick their favorite artists Jan 10th. The artist will then be provided a MAWC2018 TICKET to the conference and will be invited to perform at the Conquer Booth during the Talent Showcase lunch break Friday Feb 2nd. Plus VIP seating on the arena floor for all 3 days of conference.

Enter Here:
https://www.conquerentertainment.com/best-of-the-booth/

Judges will vote on their favorite booth performance, and the winner will receive a FREE year membership on the platform as an official Conquer Artist!

  • Any questions email info@conquerentertainment.com
  • All travel, lodging and food expenses will be the responsibility of the performer.

Scary Songs – Leave the Lights On!

BOO!

Now that you’re sufficiently on edge, lets talk scary music! So when people think music, “scary” isn’t usually the first word that comes to mind, right? Well the magical thing about music is that it is capable of invoking any kind of emotion. In horror movies a soundtrack is particularly important to the overall impact of what’s happening on screen. The music helps to create atmosphere which allows for a deeper emotional response

Example you say?

Take this video by YouTuber and filmaker, Bobby Burns.

 

Add a Gothic filter, some chilling music (yes that was a pun); and Voilà! Disney’s hit film “Frozen” makes your hair stand on end, and your blood run cold. (Okay I’ll stop)

I know you’re interested right? So in honor of the Halloween season, lets take a look at some of the ‘scariest’ music out there!

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – “Song of Joy” 1996

Contrary to it’s lighthearted title, Nick Cave’s “Song of Joy” is a dark and eerie piece from his album “Murder Ballads”..Equally dark and eerie. It chronicles a mysterious man who, on a cold winter night, chooses a house at random to seek shelter. He tells the story of a murderer, and the gruesome crimes in which he committed. The lyrics are beautifully poetic, but if I were the dude listening to his story. . . I probably wouldn’t let him in.

Radiohead – “Climbing Up the Walls” 1997

When you think Radiohead, you think of music that is utterly haunting. Probably best known for their song Creep, Radiohead has remained relevant through the years with music that is so masterful in form and execution, it still can’t be topped. One song that stands out in particular in my quest for ‘scary’ is “Climbing Up the Walls” from their album “OK COMPUTER”. A song that is presented from the point of view of . . . well a murderous psychopath. The lyrics are so intense that it feels as though you’re looking directly into the mind of someone truly disturbed.

The Beatles – “Revolution 9” 1968

Okay so this one is just weird and creepy, not simply because of the song itself, but because of its place in history. This experimental sound collage by The Beatles apparently inspired cult leader Charles Manson to commit the atrocities he did, due to some strange interpretation he had of the piece.

Randy Newman – “In Germany Before the War” 1977

Randy Newman is probably best known for his work in various Pixar films; (“Toy Story”, “A Bugs Life”, “Monsters Inc”, Etc.) Before that however, Newman wrote some pretty harrowing pieces. I chose to add “In Germany Before the War” because of how genuinely powerful, and very real, the emotions that are evoked from this song seem to be. On the surface, this song is about the “Düsseldorf Ripper”, a serial killer of children who was at large in 1931. Going even deeper, it is a powerful metaphor for a country about to enter a period more horrific than any form of media could possibly conjure. The melody of this song is absolutely chilling, and I can’t listen to it without getting some serious goosebumps.

Joseph Bishara – “Insidious” 2011

Okay I hope you didn’t listen to that with headphones in. . . Oh wait – Yes I do! I’m insidious like that. (Sorry, I said I’d stop…I lied.)

Insidious, though receiving mixed reviews, it was positively received overall due to its fresh take on a been there done that genre. No matter how you felt about the movie, you can’t deny that the soundtrack was absolutely terrifying. Most of the score was actually improvised, with a sort of atonal screeching of the violins to put you on edge, and sudden bangs on the keys of a piano to really make your heart pounce.  Composer, Joseph Bishara, did an amazing job at creating a tense and suspenseful atmosphere. (Fun fact: Bishara also plays the red faced demon in the film.)

Giuseppe Tartini – “Devil’s Trill Sonata” 1713 – 1740 (Exact date unknown)

So I felt I needed to add a little classical to the compilation. This masterpiece is by the Italian Baroque Composer, Tartini; a violinist known for his incredible technique. There is so much mystique to this song and its creation that it definitely gets a place on the list. The legend goes that Tartini was visited by the Devil in his dreams, in which he made a contract with the entity, that it would be at his service on all occasions. In order to see what kind of musician he was, Tartini handed the Devil his violin. What followed was a sonata so absolutely beautiful that it left Tartini breathless. A song that surpassed anything he had ever heard or could possibly imagine. When he awoke he grabbed his fiddle and desperately attempted to recreate the piece he had heard in his dreams. The result was his greatest work, the “Devil’s Trill Sonata”. However, Tartini found his piece to be so inferior to the song in his dreams, that he was tempted to destroy his fiddle and leave the world of music forever. Over the years, the sonata and its composer have been stooped in mystery, and only a violinist of virtuosic skill could possibly play a piece so ‘devilishly’ difficult. Take a listen (I mean REALLY listen), and its supernatural origins will seem very real.

Cover by Hit House (Original by Duran Duran) – “Ordinary World” 2017

Okay I got a little carried away on the last dude, so here is a cool one. “Ordinary World” is a song by Duran Duran released in 1993, Essentially it’s about dealing with the loss of someone you love, and learning how to cope and move on with life. Recently it was used as the theme song for the Horror Survival game “The Evil Within 2“, where it has been reworked by Hit House to create a more eerie and menacing twist to the song. In the context of the game, the words become very literal, as the protagonist must overcome the ghosts of his past, traverse a nightmarish world to find his daughter, and return to the peaceful life he once knew. “And as I try to make my way / To the ordinary world / I will learn to survive”.

 

This list could go on and on, but I think I’m gonna end it here. . . Cause I’m writing this at 3 in the morning, It’s storming outside, and I’m pretty sure I heard something in the other room.

Got some songs you find scary? Let us know in the comments!

Got some topics you’d like to see us tackle? Let us know in the comments!

I guess what I’m trying to say is. . .LET’S HEAR YOUR COMMENTS PEOPLE!

 

Conquer Entertainment

The Festival Experience

Music Festivals Live On
grassroots movement

Music festival fans keep the grassroots movement alive

The great American music- festival weekend has long been an important rite of passage for our nation’s youth. Back in the 60s, before Conquer Entertainment’s blog reporter Tim Boehm was even born, the camping side of things – pitching your tent next to someone who, after three days, would either end up a lifelong friend or someone you would gladly see fall into the ‘long drop’ toilets – was as exciting, sometimes more so, than the bands.

The times, however, are a-changing, as no one sings around a campfire anymore. In this week’s blog, Tim  suggests the old school camping model is under threat from newer, fancier, more metropolitan events where everyone can go home after a hard day in the field.

Fair enough. Time is an increasingly precious commodity. The expense of a festival weekend can rival that of a foreign holiday, except with less chance of coming home with a tan.

Keeping the fans on their feet

But you can’t help but worry that making the outdoor gig experience easier and more disposable may ultimately have an impact on the thing that really matters: the music. Anyone who’s endured a wet folk festival in northern California will know the healing power of the perfect set at the perfect time, and how entire audiences can bond with artists for life as they overcome adversity together.

But, while the increasing drive towards shorter, more accessible events – not to mention the rise of golden circles and glamping areas – may ultimately help festival bottom lines, it threatens to rob the festival experience of its most important component: that feeling of community.

After all, if we’re not all in it together at a festival, then we might as well all stay at home. Now, that’s just Tim’s opinion and yours may differ; either way get the conversation started. Conquer Entertainment supports all festivals, large and small, from country venue in the Appalachians to a ‘back of the bus’ city concert.

This is just a small option piece but basically, just get out and enjoy the music wherever you can.

 

Conquer Remembers 9-11

NEVER FORGET: 9/11 Tribute Post

If you were born before the 90’s, you probably witnessed 9/11.  It’s a day that’s hard to forget.  Though it’s been 16 years since that horrible day, the sorrow felt is something that doesn’t ever disappear.  Each year, the Big Apple shines their lights bright in the sky, commemorating where the buildings once stood.

The city of New York also created a beautiful memorial for those who lost their lives that day, at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.  If you haven’t been, I encourage you to go experience this heartfelt place.  For as much sadness that is present, there’s an equal amount of hope, and I am so glad that I had the chance to pay tribute to the victims.

Today we at Conquer recognize all of the families that lost someone on that dreadful day, and in case you haven’t heard, here are a few songs from our artists that also pay tribute to the 9/11 victims.  May we never forget.

Caroline Messina“The Fall (9/11)”

Post Partum Productions – “911 – Children Of Zion”

#FlashbackFriday CONQUER TAKEOVER!

FlashbackFriday: BEST OF THE BOOTH Performers

A few Fridays ago, Conquer premiered our first ever booth contest, “Best of The Booth”, at our partner company, Market America’s International Convention (and also 25th anniversary). We put a post out to the local Triad, NC community (Greensboro, Raleigh, Winston, and surrounding areas), and got back such AMAZING artists and talent!

This week, we want to give a special shoutout and thanks to all of the artists and judges that participated in our contest!

*Special thanks to TISHMONE’ for putting together this cool recap vid of the day’s performers!  Check it out!

TISHMONE’
pop/soul

A.D. Scott

rap/funk/soul

Lauren Mullinex

pop/instrumental

J. Paradox Crews

hip hop/rap

SunQueen Kelcey

soul/hip hop/singer-songwriter

Honorable Mentions:

Jeneen Terrana

folk/americana

 

jeneenterrana.com

 

Judges:

HOST –

Shiragirl

pop/dance/rock

 

shiragirl.com

 

Jon Eric Zayas

entrepreneur/music lover/co-founder of LoopLabs

looplabs.com is his music creation platform

 

 

TA The Great TS

rap/hip-hop

 

 

Eddie Sarit

Internet Marketer/Certified Artist Developer

Dana Galpern

Internet Entrepreneur

 

 

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