RADD® And MD25 Entertainment Is Partnering With Emerging Music Talent To Promote Responsible Driving And Road Safety
Drinking And Driving Is Not An Option
January, 2018 (New York, NY) – With the 60th Annual GRAMMY® Awards fast approaching and making their return to New York City at MSG – RADD®, together with MD25 Entertainment is getting ready for their official GRAMMY® party at The DL (95 DELANCEY ST, NEW YORK, NY, 10002) in an effort to continue advocacy for “The use of designated drivers, rideshare services, and control behind the wheel, making responsible behavior the norm”.
*GUEST HOSTS INCLUDE SWAY CALLOWAY (MTV’s “TRL”),
JOHNNY BRENNAN (THE JERKY BOYS, FAMILY GUY),
DJ SIR CHARLES DIXON (WBLS)*
*RED CARPET HOST DIVA MADONNA WILLIAMS*
*SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE BY COMEDIAN CHRIS ROACH (“KEVIN CAN WAIT” CBS)*
Credited by the US Department of Transportation with saving young lives, RADD® promotes lifestyle solutions to avoid drunk and drug-impaired driving and riding among ages 14-34. Produced by First Spear Media Group, the evening is set to include major emerging music talents from NY to Nashville together with special guests to support an important cause that affects so many young lives. Guests can expect great LIVE music, food, beverages, and FUN in celebration of the GRAMMYS®!
ARTIST LINEUP INCLUDES:
Hollis Brown (www.HollisBrown.com) has been making waves in recent years, extensively touring America and Europe, headlining and supporting such bands as The Counting Crows, Citizen Cope, The Zombies, Jackie Greene, Heartless Bastards, Rich Robinson of Black Crowes, and more. Named after a Bob Dylan song (“The Ballad of Hollis Brown”), the band was formed by Queens-natives and songwriters Mike Montali (lead vocals/guitar) and Jonathan Bonilla (lead guitar). Both 2nd-generation immigrants (Italian-American and Puerto Rican-American, respectively), they soon found their musical brethren across America, recruiting Andrew Zehnal (drums) from Cleveland, and Adam Bock (keyboard/vocals) from St. Louis. The independent act has achieved a significant amount of success since their formation in 2009. They released their debut album Ride On The Train on Alive Naturalsound in 2013 (produced by Adam Landry), garnering song and video premieres from Rolling Stone, Paste, and American Songwriter. Their next album is slated for a spring 2018 release.
Sir Cadian Rhythm (www.SCRBand.nyc) kicked open the doors of rock and roll in their home state of New York opening for Billboard Hot 100 artist, Andy Grammer. Finding inspiration from groups like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus and Coldplay – it led to the discovery and shaping of their own, individual sound, which infuses pop with alt rock. Consistently releasing new music ever since, lead vocalist, Jack Weppler; guitarist, Alex Laudani; bassist, Richie Cluxton; keyboard and trombonist, Matthew Carlin and drummer, Micah Cowher, continue to reveal an unmatched mix of loose cannon riffs and supremely catchy melodies that keep so many adoring audiences around the country coming back for more.
Singer/Songwriter Susan Ruth (www.SusanRuth.com) released two critically acclaimed albums, “How To Say Goodbye” (2001) and “Surfacing to Breathe” (2003) (which features many of Peter Gabriel’s key band mates), following her debut album, the “Horse of a Different Color EP” (1998). She served on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences as a Performing Songwriter and in 2006, moved to Nashville, TN. Here, she continues to write in Pop, Country, Rock, AAA and Euro Dance Genres for artists, film and television. She’s had cuts with Derin Togar, Hannah Grey Ellis, Ali Isabella and Nicole Henry, to name a few, and currently writes with many of Nashville’s top hit makers. Susan’s songs have featured on MTV Road Rules and independent films. She has also won several awards nationally, including Album of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year in the Seattle Area Music awards and Album of the Year in the LA XM Radio DIY awards. FEMMUSIC.com also named her Artist of the Year and she was a finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition, as well as CMT/NSAI Song contest.
Republic Records recording artist and songwriter, Bria Lee, has been performing on stages around the world, including the main stages of Salzburg Music Festival and the international Academy of music festival in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Italy and Stonewall Inn, Fat Cat and many other places in NYC. The NY based singer/songwriter is also a classically trained pianist, crafting her skill at the very prestigious Manhattan school of music and the New England conservatory of Music. Since her signing at republic she has been writing and producing originals with the likes of Corte Ellis, Sean C, DJ Affect, Jerry Wonda, Canion lamb, Big D, JRell, Rob Grimaldi and Good breed. Her first single is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2018.
Brian Owens (www.BrianOwensSoul.com) is a vibrantly vintage artist who follows the groove gospel of classic 1960s and 1970s soul with a heavy dose of traditional quartet stylings, but has a very “in the now” emotionality. Owens’ vocals are a revelation—purposeful and passionate—recalling the sensual urgency of Marvin Gaye, the comforting falsetto of Curtis Mayfield, and tender grit of Sam Cooke. A resident of Ferguson, Missouri, Owens works tirelessly to uplift the community and provide hope through the gift and beauty of music. Owens has an extensive performance history that includes national television appearances, including Entertainment Tonight, FOX & Friends, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and more. He has also performed at the White House and the World Series he Peabody Opera House, Powell Hall, and Apollo Theater. In 2017, a YouTube video of him performing “A Change is Gonna Come” went viral and to date has more than 28 million views since October 2017. In addition to serving as the community music artist in residence with the E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Collaborative at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Owens is the Founder, CEO and Executive Director of LIFE Arts Inc. in Ferguson, MO. Owens and his wife Amanda have seven children.
Behind The Bullet (www.BehindtheBullet.nyc) puts their unique twist on rock and roll with a fierce combination of heavy guitars, pounding drums, filthy bass, and soaring vocal melodies. Each song blends the rough atmosphere of New York City with the bluesy vibes of America’s heartland. The infectious fun attitude of its seasoned veterans will leave you grinning and banging your head. This sound will come at you like a fatal addictive bullet.
Lexx Sequoia is a California Avant- garde Hip Hop recording artist, designer, model. “Lexx Sequoia” is a play on her own name Lexxy and Sequoia National Park where she spent a lot of time as a kid growing up. Her multi ethnic background shows in her music taste and creations. Lexx Sequoia’s music often blends elements of indie hip hop, dream pop, Caribbean grooves, and electronic dance. Lexx Sequoia is also a member of the performance art band Cedar Ave Dub Foundation and currently working on a collaboration with Jean Michel Basquiat’s band “GRAY”.
Oswin Benjamin (www.OswinBenjamin.com) is a 27 year old rapper born in Brooklyn, New York but raised in Newburgh, New York. Initially starting off as as singer in church, Oswin began to focus on the more lyrical aspect of music after his early years of college. During his journey to spread his music to the world, Oswin has performed in the world famous Apollo Theatre & the legendary S.O.B’s over 7 times. Oswin strives to create music about the realities of society and his struggle in finding God and peace in the city that surrounds him. Digging deep within to shed light through his transparent musical approach, Oswin strives to relay a message of hope and change throughout the world.
AN ALLSTAR SESSION MUSICIAN JAM BAND WITH PLAYERS WHO HAVE PERFORMED WITH THE LEADING ARTISTS OF THE GENERATION!
DJ FOR THE EVENING: STEVE POWERS
Already one of the nation’s most in demand DJ’s and producers, Steve Powers (www.DJStevePowers.com) has made the natural transition over to becoming one of the top artists to watch for 2018. But he is not alone. Steve has teamed up with multitalented singer/songwriter Max Landry to form the duo now known as MK ULTRA. Steve and Max have created a sound & vibe that is something truly special, that grabs you from the first listen. Their debut release “LIKE U” will be featuring hip-hop icon Young Buck from the multi-platinum superstar group G-Unit.
WATCH FOR MORE ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENTS SHORTLY!
More About RADD®:
RADD® – The Entertainment Industry’s Voice For Road Safety, is an internationally recognized non-profit organization that empowers media partners, celebrities and socially conscious supporters to create positive attitudes about road safety and to promote risk-intervention strategies to avoid driving impaired. Incorporated in 1986 as a 501 (c3) non-profit, RADD produced the iconic “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk” celebrity campaign and is a proud two-time recipient of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s prestigious Public Service Award and a Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and World Health Organization (WHO) honoree. Additionally, RADD® is the recipient of a 2016 Bulldog Not-For-Profit Awards bronze medal for “Best Issue/Cause Advocacy Campaign.”
Help support RADD® all year long! The organization is in need of RADD celebrities to record radio and TV PSAs for distribution by the National Association of Broadcasters, and is raising funding to supply RADD prevention materials to colleges throughout the country.
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