BALSAM RANGE | The Gospel Collection
Bluegrass, Mountain Home Music Company — STREAM / BUY album
The 2018 IBMA’s Entertainer of the Year, Balsam Range, has become one of the genre’s most award-winning acts. Since forming in 2007, the group has garnered 13 IBMA awards on the heels of 8 critically-acclaimed albums. The band’s Billboard chart accomplishments include: Bluegrass Chart debut #5 and Classical Crossover Chart #6 for Mountain Overture (recorded with Atlanta Pops Orchestra). Previous outing, Mountain Voodoo, debuted at #4 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart and remained on that chart for 45 weeks. Three singles from that album reached #1 on the Bluegrass Today Chart, including “Blue Collar Dreams,” which spent three consecutive months at the top. The band most recently claimed the #1 radio chart spot with their single “The Girl Who Invented The Wheel.”
FIRESIDE COLLECTIVE | “Don’t Stop Lovin’ Me”
Bluegrass, Mountain Home Music Company — STREAM / BUY single
Since taking 1st place at MerleFest band competition in 2016, the quintet Fireside Collective has been on a roll. This win was accompanied by an IBMA Momentum Award nomination, an aggressive touring schedule, wowing fans at festivals and clubs across the southeast, and releasing two albums. With the recent announcement of now calling Mountain Home Music Company their label home, the group is set on delivering their next anticipated long-player, and now release their sophomore single (Dec. 6, 2019). Fireside Collective is Alex Genova (banjo), Jesse Iaquinto (mandolin), Tommy Maher (reso-guitar), Carson White (bass), and Joe Cicero on guitar.
ARMOND WAKEUP & ESS BE | “Woke”
Hip hop/Rap, Illect Recordings — STREAM / BUY single
When listening to Armond WakeUp it becomes immediately obvious that his view is different. The way he thinks, sees the world, his music, himself, and others is opposite to what most people would prefer. Instead of speaking from the “outside looking in” Armond stands shoulder to shoulder with the listener, choosing to stay close, personal and “on the inside looking out.”
SKRIP | “Very Cali Christmas”
Christmas/Holiday/Hip hop/Rap, World Renegade Music — STREAM / BUY single
Reaching Billboard breakthrough success in 2015, SKRIP‘s 16 years of performing, producing, songwriting and charting achievements are the tip of the iceberg—Adriel Cruz is also a national conference speaker, a music producer veteran, is the visionary leader and CEO of World Renegade Music.
WESTWARD ROAD | Love Has Won
Southern Gospel, Chapel Valley — STREAM / BUY album
Westward Road is a family band consisting of 20-year veteran worship leader and national charting songwriter Scott Roberts, along with award-winning vocalist and wife Kelli Roberts and son, Garrett. Their “out of the box” take on gospel and modern worship sets this traveling team apart.
SIVION & SEBASTIAN HOCHSTEIN | Dark Side of the Cocoon: Beats
Hip hop, Illect Recordings — STREAM / BUY album
Sivion, member of the cult-favorite supergroup Deepspace5, releases a hand-picked, repackaged Beats collection from his 2017 critically acclaimed album Dark Side of the Cocoon. Sivion has been releasing titles since 2006 with Illect Recordings, and of course, on projects with ds5.
RELEASED THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5:
JASON LEE McKINNEY BAND | “Normal is Just an Exit”
Americana, Bonfire Recording Company — STREAM / BUY single
A music vet that has trod his share of hard roads, Jason Lee McKinney— a vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and business entrepreneur (in addition to holding a Doctorate, an MBA, and BA in Management)—has worked with music legends such as Tommy Sims (Garth Brooks, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton), has played over 2,000 shows, released 7 full-length albums 3 EPs, and has had four hits on three different national charts. His latest single sees him releasing music under the Bonfire Music Group banner, with more to come in 2020.
RELEASED TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3:
THE JAKE BARTLEY BAND | “Whiskey in my Coke”
Americana/Country, Bonfire Recording Company — STREAM / BUY single
Currently recording their national sophomore effort on Bonfire Recording Company, The Jake Bartley Band from South Carolina will be featuring Nashville giants Vince Gill, Randy Kohrs, Robby Turner, and many more on their follow-up LP. Comprised of the same caliber of musicianship as their to-be special guest appearances, a look through some of their individual live performance credits list Today Show, Rachel Ray Show, and the Grand Ole Opry, to name a few. The Jake Bartley Band is truly a dynamic and diverse sound, boasting rich and bold country, Americana and bluegrass tones.
RELEASED MONDAY, DECEMBER 2:
VINEYARD WORSHIP | “Angels We Have Heard on High / Glory to God”
Holiday/Christmas, Vineyard Music — STREAM / BUY single
Consistently releasing songs and artists that hit the Top 100 most-sung songs in churches today (source, CCLI), Vineyard Worship‘s growing catalogue has been enjoyed, performed, and sung by churches the world over for two-plus decades. Steeped-in-history, Vineyard Church—parent organization for Vineyard Worship—is a worldwide movement with over 2,500 churches globally.