Celebrate Donovan & Spread Hope and ‘Tranquility’ While You’re at It


gazingwithtranqilityRock The Cause, the non-profit record label that brought you the moving story and music of Zach Sobiech, has compiled a tribute album to legendary 60s singer-songwriter, Donovan. In the ranks with Dylan and Clapton, Donovan spent the late sixties writing classics like “Season of the Witch,” “Sunshine Superman” and “Mellow Yellow.” Now, 50 years after his first release, artists of multiple genres are coming together in appreciation of his influence, curating Gazing With Tranquility: A Tribute to Donovan

Some major musicians covering Donovan’s classics include Sharon Van Etten, The Flaming Lips, The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser and many more. Even 50 years later, Donovan’s songs resonate and shine, and these modern revamps will both bring them to a whole new audience and delight long-time fans — all for a good cause.

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Welcome, Heather!


HeatherHalakIntroducing Heather Halak, Coordinator, Client Services & International Relations

I’m so excited to officially be a part of the Client Services & International teams here at The Orchard!

A bit about me: I’m half-Cuban, half-Ukrainian (though I only recently discovered the Ukrainian part) from Miami, Florida where I lived until I started college. From Miami, I moved to Gainesville (a small town most notable for Fest, the Gators, Tom Petty, and Fueled by Ramen) to attend the University of Florida (Go Gators!) where I studied English and Linguistics. During my four years there, I DJed for a college radio station, planned a music festival, interned for Spotify, and was a Sony Music college marketing rep. I graduated this past May, packed up everything I own, and drove 16 hours to Hoboken to be in the place where all things music happen.

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Roxette’s “The Look” Gets a Modern Makeover


TheLookFor those of you who think that T. Swift has nothin’ on 1989, this one’s for you: old school Scandinavian superstars Roxette are back with a remake of perhaps their most successful track of all-time, “The Look.” The duo decided to revamp the 27-year-old mega hit after being approached to spearhead the soundtrack for a major Swedish fashion campaign.

“To make a brand new version of ‘The Look’ felt very tempting, yet I knew it was going to be a pretty big challenge,” guitarist and singer Per Gessle said. “But ‘The Look’ is obviously a great title for a fashion campaign!”

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Label Spotlight: Azteca Records


unnamed-1Azteca Records is a household name for lovers of Regional Mexican music, and if it’s not in yours, it should be.

In a world of competition from every corner, these guys are in it to win it. Growing a brand and label that is not only successful but truly cares for the artists it represents sets them apart. Azteca Records has some of the biggest names in the Regional Mexican genre. Between newer artists such as Banda Troyana, BXS, La Fiera de Ojinaga and more well known musicians like Los Pescadores Del Rio Conchos, La Maquina Nortena, Polo Urias y Su Maquina Norteña and many many more, they have created an empire.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Carlos Alvarez, Publishing/Digital/A&R Manager, who gave me some insight on how it all began and what keeps them going.  (more…)

Freeloader Friday: Cécile McLorin Salvant, Albert Cummings & More


For One to LiveWell hello Freeloader Nation, it’s good to see you again. As another exciting week at The Orchard office wraps up, we are here once again to recap some sweet stuff for you to enjoy. This week’s round-up is riddled with virtuosity, as some masters of their craft have new music to share. Let’s have a listen!

Cécile McLorin Salvant is a Jazz genius. Her voice is unbelievable, she owns the keys and her songwriting is something special. In anticipation of her new album For One to Love, her label Mack Avenue did an interview with her about the creative process behind the LP. If you’re a fan, it’s cool insight on her inspiration. If you’re a new listener, it’s a great introduction to Cécile, who is sure to become one of your favorites.

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