All I Know So Far – P!nk Cover by Backtrack Vocals

All I Know So Far – P!nk Cover by Backtrack Vocals

All I Know So Far (A Cappella Cover) – P!nk – Backtrack Vocals & InHarmony Camp Kazakhstan

New International Collaboration Release InHarmony Camp Kazakhstan Music Video

All I Know So Far (A Cappella Cover) - P!nk - Backtrack Vocals & InHarmony Camp Kazakhstan

New-York City-based group Backtrack Vocals recently had the honor of representing the United States overseas in a cultural exchange program that culminated with the release of our collaborative music video “All I Know So Far” by P!nk.

All I Know So Far (A Cappella Cover) - P!nk - Backtrack Vocals & InHarmony Camp Kazakhstan

“All I Know So Far” is a powerful and inspiring song that is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever faced challenges in their life. It is a reminder that we are all capable of overcoming anything if we never give up on ourselves.
The talent of these students, the universal message of hope, and the power of music in the track chosen deserve to be heard by all! In sharing the resulting uplifting video, the Backtrack vocals group hopes to bring joy and inspiration at a time when divisiveness and darkness seems to be running rampant.

The cultural exchange experience

In June 2023, the US Embassy and American Voices program Arts Envoy sent Backtrack vocals to a Kazakhstan-based capella camp called InHarmony.
The trip organizer, US Foreign Service Officer John Orak, had no doubt that Backtrack Vocals were the perfect US ambassadors for the vocal mission. He refers to them as “a group of professional and talented singers, (…) passionate educators who use music education to transcend boundaries.” The camp also created a
Among them, Xander Teplansky and Melissa Jordano recall their weeklong experience of InHarmony, as part of 55 of the country’s top music students:
“The camp aimed to promote a cappella music, foster cultural exchange, and connect young artists. In addition to workshops, masterclasses, and a grand gala performance in the capitol, Astana, the magic of InHarmony and immense talent of the students was captured in the following music video of “All I Know So Far” by P!nk.”
Orak adds, “We were also intending to build a national network of young singers who could share their experience with their peers and continue to perform as music groups in their region.”
Using music to transcend language and cultural differences, the Kazakh camping students and Backtrack Vocals members connected beyond the camp to exchange guidance and support.
“All I Know So Far” by P!nk is the perfect choice for the project because, as Xander and Melissa say, ‘it acts as a piece of advice to the younger generation. The song encourages them to embrace who they are, remain strong, and not be afraid of using their voice to speak out for what they believe in (…)
We learn as we go and try to be the best versions of ourselves everyday using only what we “know so far”’

All I know so far performance and music video

The group’s performance of the full song and their corresponding music video are available on YouTube. The vocals and the montage are complementary and highlight individual voices as well as the dynamism across the collaborative effort. the group’s vocal arrangements were simple but effective. The blend of the collective voices is mostly flawless, and the dynamics of the singing are well-controlled. The performance is a blend of moving and inspiring, keeping the anthemic vibe of the epic original song, and leaving its audience feeling uplifted and wanting to be part of such a collective.
The full song is on Youtube. Simply click on: All I Know So Far (A Cappella Cover) – P!nk – Backtrack Vocals & InHarmony Camp Kazakhstanor play the video below:

“All I Know So Far” by P!nk

All I know so far P!nk - documentary“All I Know So Far” is a song by American singer-songwriter Pink. It was released on April 29, 2021, as the title track of her documentary of the same name. The song was written by Pink, Ryan Tedder, and Ali Tamposi, and produced by Tedder and Greg Kurstin.

The song is a pop rock ballad with a message of resilience and empowerment. It tells the story of Pink’s journey as an artist and a mother, and how she has learned to overcome challenges and to stay true to herself.

The song has been praised by critics for its honest and relatable lyrics, and its catchy melody. It has also been a commercial success, reaching number one on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart in the United States.

Inspiring lyrics

P!nk - All I Know So FarThe message of hope and resilience resounds in the lyrics. They are a reminder that we are all capable of achieving anything we set our minds to. Here are some of the lyrics from the song:

  • “They can’t tell you to change who you are”
  • “Stay unfiltered and loud, you’ll be proud of that skin full of scars”
  • “I’ve been through the fire and I’ve come out stronger I’ve been knocked down and I’ve gotten back up again I’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way But I wouldn’t trade it for the world”
  • “I’m not perfect, I’m not bulletproof But I’m gonna keep on fighting ‘Cause I know what I know so far”
  • “I’m not gonna let anyone tell me who I am I’m gonna be me, no matter what”
An interview with musician Alexis Marrero

An interview with musician Alexis Marrero

Meet Alexis Marrero

Alexis Marrero is a Rock Pop singer, songwriter, and self-taught musician from Cleveland, Ohio. She began her career at the age of 16 and has gone on to release fan favorite singles including “Something That I Missed” and “Rich AF.” Alexis also has performed in numerous shows including as part of the Boys or Summer Tour in 2021 and 2022 and at Playlist Live in 2022. The singer/songwriter has even headlined her own show at the age of 17.

Rock Pop singer/songwriter Alexis Marrero has worked with big names in the industry such as Stefan Litrownik, Stevie Mackey, and Shannon McArthur. She is an advocate for positivity and a role model for people all over the world. With her storytelling, unique vocals, and versatile music, the artist has something for almost everybody to enjoy and be inspired by. She has many more songs in the works and cannot wait to release them to the world. 1 In Music meets with the proactive music artist, before she releases her long-awaited new single.

Alexis Marrero: The sound of her music

1 In Music: Hey Alexis! Thanks for talking to us. First, tells us a little bit about you, your sound and what makes it unique?

Alexis Marrero [AM]: My name is Alexis Marrero and I’ve been making music for the past 6 years and cannot wait for people to hear my new sound! I write my own music and am a big fan of storytelling in my lyrics.

I love to write very deep, dark lyrics but give it that Pop Rock energy!

Alexis Marrero1 In Music: How did you get to that sound? Basically, what or who shaped your music and who supports you?

AM: I’ve always been inspired by Elvis Presley. His versatility has molded me into the artist I am today. My family is my biggest support system for sure. They always are there to support me in everything. My friends are also a major support system for me, even coming on trips to support me.

1 In Music: Wow! So, at what moment did you think, yes, music is what I’m going to do professionally?

AM: I’ve been drawn to music ever since I was a child. I always knew it was something I wanted to do. If I had to chose an age that I became truly serious about making music, it would have to be around 15 years old.

Alexis Marrero: Nurturing your sound

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

AM: I listen to a mix of pretty much everything. I love to listen to a lot of Rock and Pop, but i love Indie and Alternative as well!

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

Noah Cyrus is the most undervalued artist I can think of. I absolutely love her voice and lyricism. She’s truly a force to be reckoned with.

1 In Music: Oh wow. I hadn’t realised Miley’s little sister was making waves. we’ll check it out, thanks! Back to you, how do you prepare for your performances?

I usually start by warming up on my way to the show. I usually try to rest my voice when I’m at the venue and hang out with my crew.

Hearing the crowd before a show always gives me that energy to give my best performance.

Besides music… Alexis being inspiring, as usual

Alexis Marrero1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

AM: I am actually a college student as well, so a lot of my time is taken up by that. I’m in my fourth year of Electrical Engineering and Math, so I have a full workload there as well as music. I love to hang out with friends and family when I get a chance.

Family and friends are really important to me.

So I take advantage of the time I have to spend time with them. I also enjoy snowboarding and playing video games when I get a free chance.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

Success to me is knowing that I’m doing what I love and inspiring people along the way. What drives me is to know that others relate to my lyrics and that my lyrics inspires them.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

Something I wish I knew when I started as an artist was to know what kind of music you want to make. I also would be sure to take vocal lessons!

There are so many things you can learn from every experience and soaking them in will only make you a better artist!

What’s next for Alexis Marrero?

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

AM: My latest single, “Wake Me Up,” is coming March 10th and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s the first single of mine since going towards a Rock Pop route and I think it’s the most me song I’ve ever written. I will also be doing lots of traveling and performing coming up this year!

1 In Music: We’ll be on the lookout. We can’t wait to hear about it and wish you the very best with it all. In the meantime, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Where can we find your music?

AM: You can find my music on all major streaming services! I also have all of my music videos on my Youtube channel.

https://www.instagram.com/officialalexismarrero/

https://www.alexis-marrero.com/

What Tomorrow Knows by Steve Pledger – Album review

What Tomorrow Knows by Steve Pledger – Album review

What Tomorrow Knows – The context

There are situations that bring out the raw in great artists to fascinating consequences but not always great avail. In the middle of COVID lockdown, Fiona Apple brought us her version of raw that bewitched the critics while dividing her audience, even alienating a chunk of it. The artist unfiltered by alien production and incessantly poked and grazed by their context might show a face too strange for those who thought they were familiar with them.

What Tomorrow Knows – The consistency

This is not the case for musician Steve Pledger. There is nothing in his sound that betrays a face he has not shown before. And the situations that he and a lot of us have lived through have not diminished his sensitive touch in this raw delivery. They have only made him deeper and closer to his beliefs. So if you like it authenticity, integrity and consistency, Steve Pledger is your man and this album the sound you will want to listen to.

What Tomorrow Knows – The growth

Saying that an artist is consistent is sometimes mistaken for saying that their output is always the same. This is not correct as Steve Pledger here demonstrates. His consistency is in his values and the quality of his output. They can never blind us to the growth of the artist and the growth of the person that are both transparent throughout this oeuvre. Whether it is the context or his particular environment that have the most input in birthing the overall feeling that emanates from these songs does not matter, the heartstrings that are hooked.

What Tomorrow Knows – The fighter and the lover

One of the beauties of this album is that it is unencumbered by frills. That frees the ears so they can grasp and wallow in its depth. Right in the themes raised in the lyrics, you recognise the fighter and the lover all at once. The music artist addresses topical subjects with passion, even letting out the occasional swear word. On his first single Salt From The Sea, he looks at Brexit, Britain’s infamous exit from the European Union. You also recognise that lover-fighter in the tracks The Stagehand’s Tale and Blabscam. In Rise, even before the Itunu choir joins in, the melody and the lyrics about the cost of complacency had already done the main job of raising awareness of a state of mind far too common

What Tomorrow Knows – The reflective dreamer

But underneath the fighter and lover, the reflective dreamer cannot hide. His vision of a better world, his sensitivity can only betray the gaps that separate us frm it. This is obvious in the way he serenades us to the awareness that our tendency to be waiting to exhale is in effect Waiting To Hurt

This is vivid in Fields That Sitll DivideLay Them Down, and clear as he closes on an aspiring message (Hope in Our Hands). But it is also in the way he evolves not barely to change as time dictates but to emancipate his own thinking self-introspectively.

What Tomorrow Knows – The man in the mirror

The singer-songwriter has found a way to infuse all aspects of his personal and professional growth in every track and in the album as a whole. This made it impossible to pick a favourite song as was possible in Steve Pledger’s previous releases.  It almost happened at the sound of Revelation. The heartfelt pleading just played on my heartstring long after the song was over. But so did his reflection on misoginy in Sister Dear, his incessant plead for the importance to make our voices heard, espepecially in the face of injustice (The Baptist’s Father)…

Steve Pledger

What Tomorrow Knows – The voice

Like I said, the singer-songwriter is consistent so I do recognise his voice, both audibly and metaphorically. But there is no doubt that his growth transpires in it. Listening to him, we feel even closer than before to the journey that has led him to these views, to these feelings, to this album. And that, in itself is beautiful and endears you even more so to the words and the melodies he offers in this release.

What Tomorrow Knows – The album

What Tomorrow Knows is a contemporary Folk / Acoustic singer-songwriter album released on Pledger’s own label Noisy Dog Records on 28th November 2022. The album is available from stevepledger.co.uk on CD and Download NOW and on sale on CD at all upcoming live shows. A special launch concert took place at Durham Town Hall on 8th October

Musicians on What Tomorrow Brings

The main performer is of course Steve Pledger who appears on acoustic guitars and on vocals, All songs are written by Steve Pledger. A usual suspect of the English contemporary Folk scene is Lukas Drinkwater. The musician plays the drums, the bass, the electric guitars and the piano on the release. There is also Aaron Catlow on strings and fiddle, Nigel Neill playing the organ and John Heslop on sax and clarinet.

 

What Tomorrow Knows – Tracks

  1. The Baptist’s Father (4:50)
  2. Fields That Still Divide (5:17) n.b. Includes the words s***’
  3. 3) Salt From the Sea (5:24)
  4. 4) Lay Them Down (2:59)
  5. 5) Revelation (5:26)
  6. Sister, Dear (3:47)
  7. Same Smile, Same Words (4:18)
  8. Waiting To Hurt (4:59)
  9. The Stagehand’s Tale(4:31)
  10. Blabscam (3:48) n.b. Includes the word ‘b******d’.
  11. Rise (3:19)
  12. Hope In Our Hands (7:42)

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PS: Yesterday it was Rise, today it is Waiting to Hurt. Every day I listened to the album, it was a different song, even within the same day. Therefore I abandoned the idea of having a favourite song.

 

Meet Music Artist Jenny Weisgerber

Meet Music Artist Jenny Weisgerber

Jenny Weisgerber profile

Jenny Weisgerber takes her time to tell you her poetic stories, with a voice that stamps each string and leaves it to vibrate the rest of the chord notes until it inevitably comes back again. She is a walk in a quiet forest and the murmur in the branches, a little dreamy, a little real. Her voice takes allures of Joni Mitchell at times but always conveys her own brand. Her strings are acoustic folk through and through yet they have her unique stamp. You will hear her EP’s title track Tanguero streamed free on her website and you will want to hear more. That is as easy as getting the rest of this little marvel of a promenade from all major retailers and savouring it in what her music will soon transform into your little corner of the world.

Surface Tension – New Release by legend Rupert Hine

Surface Tension – New Release by legend Rupert Hine

Cherry Records releases Surface Tension – The Recordings 1981-1983 by legendary producer, songwriter and musician Rupert Hine.

Menu: Intro | Noted collaborations | Disc One | Disc Two | Disc Three

Rupert Hine – Surface Tension is available for pre-order

As the 72nd birthday of late musician Rupert Hine approaches, Esoteric Recordings (part of Cherry Red Records) announces the release of a compilation of the artist’s recordings. The 3CD Box Set, entitled Surface Tension, features recordings from the songwriter and producer’s solo albums between 1981 and 1983. Surface Tension – The Recordings 1981-1983 celebrates the creativity and originality of Rupert’s solo work of the early 1980s. The box set is a newly remastered 3CD CLAMSHELL BOXED SET. It is set for released on October 28, 2022.

The boxed set includes 3 albums, each coming with bonus tracks. There are a total of 34 tracks including six bonus tracks. The 3 albums are ‘‘Immunity’, ‘Waving Not Drowning’ and ‘The Wildest Wish To Fly’. The boxed set comes with an illustrated booklet including interviews and an essay. The liner notes of the illustrated booklet that accompanies this release offer memories and observations of the recording sessions for these ground breaking recordings. This boxed set is a fine tribute to Rupert Hine, a greatly missed musical visionary. The Surface Tension – The Recordings 1981-1983, 3CD Box Set is available for pre-order the box right now for only 22.99 from the Cherry Records website.

Noted collaborations

Stephen W Tayler engineered all of the original recordings and co-produced them with Rupert Hine. The acclaimed engineer has now brilliantly remastered this compilation from the original master tapes.
Rupert Hine all composed the tracks. The musician wrote the albums with the late poet, graphic artist and lyricist Jeannette Obstoj (aka Jeannette-Thérèse Obstoj). Jeannette Obstoj is known among her many talents to have been the regular lyrics partner of Rupert Hine for all his solo compositions between 1981 abnd 1983.

The albums also features guest appearances. This includes legendary English singer-songwriter, record producer and Genesis drummer Phil Collins on drums. British rock sideman and guitarist Phil Palmer also appears. English singer-songwriter and record producer Robert Palmer and British singer Marianne Faithfull lends their vocals each on one song in one album. There is also James West-Oram, a member of London rock band The Fixx. Canadian drummer and songwriter Steve Negus from rock bands Saga and GNP also plays the drums on one of the albums.

Disc One: Immunity

The noted producer co-wrote acclaimed and strikingly original ‘Immunity’ (1981) with the late poet, graphic artist and lyricist Jeannette Obstoj. Guest performers on the album included Phil Collins and Marianne Faithfull appears on the song “Misplaced Love”. the album has influenced a host of celebrated musicians to this day.

  1. I Hang On To My Vertigo
  2. Misplaced Love
  3. Samsara
  4. Surface Tension
  5. I Think A Man Will Hang Soon
  6. Immunity
  7. Another Stranger
  8. Psycho Surrender
  9. Make A Wish

Bonus tracks

10. Scratching At Success
11. Introduction To The Menace

DISC TWO: Waving Not Drowning

The 1982 album ‘Waving Not Drowning’ was another fine work and was particularly popular in Scandinavia and once again featured Phil Collins.

  1. Eleven Faces
  2. The Curious Kind
  3. The Set Up
  4. Dark Windows
  5. The Sniper
  6. Innocents In Paradise
  7. House Arrest
  8. The Outsider
  9. One Man’s Poison

Bonus track

10. Kwok’s Quease

DISC THREE: The Wildest Wish To Fly

The Wildest Wish To Fly (1983) was a hit album in Sweden. It featured a small host of guest appearances. Phil Palmer and James West-Oram of The Fixx play the guitar. Robert Palmer is on vocals on the track “Living in Sin”.

  1. Living in Sin
  2. No Yellow Heart
  3. The Saturation of the Video Rat
  4. Firefly in the Night
  5. A Golden Age
  6. Picture Phone
  7. The Victim of Wanderlust
  8. The Most Dangerous of Men
  9. The Wildest Wish to Fly

Bonus tracks:

10. Blue Flame (Melt the Ice)
11. An Eagle’s Teaching
12. Picture Phone (remix)
13. No Yellow Heart (later version)