Welcome To Rate The Tracks

We are interested in providing a home for artists that want to have their tracks evaluated by seasoned professionals in the music business and fans alike. If it's a demo or the finished product we want to hear your tracks! This is intended to be interactive between the artists and listeners. Providing feedback to the artists will assist them in developing their music.

November 28, 2015

Featured Track: Candice Night-Once In A Garden

Candice Night is well known for her role as the lead singer for Blackmore's Night however she has also carved out a very successful solo career as well.

With Starlight Starbright she dedicated the album to her own children and the songs serve as a magical journey of a child. It is the second video release from the album.  


This song was composed  by her daughter Autumn when she was just two years old. Candice heard her singing to her dolls and recorded the song. Autumn appears in the video with Candice.

Candice is living the dream and indicates that on her website and it is very apparent in her songs on the new release.

"Once In A Garden" shows children frolicking outside and loving life. Nobody could have put the feelings of a mother into proper perspective better than Candice. This is a beautifully done track featuring one of the most compelling voices in music.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


More About Candice:

http://www.candice-night.com

Did you have a  dream?

I did...I'll tell you mine...as a child I always dreamed of being a singer. I had a vivid imagination and it was easy for me to transport myself to a simpler, more magical time. I took acting and singing lessons from the age of 4 and became involved in modeling, commerical work and little theater productions. As a teen music was my great escape. I knew I had to be around music for my career so I went to work at a radio station and as chance would have it met my husband.  It was 1989. He was in Deep Purple and challenged our radio station to a charity soccer match.

He took me on the road with him in 1993 and when he needed a singer for his Difficult To Cure Solo, asked me to be his voice.


He then reformed Rainbow and needed a lyricist. I co-wrote 4 songs on the Stranger In Us All cd and won my first of many gold records and awards.

In our downtime we wrote music that was a release from the stress of the world. A place of fantasy, of star filled skies, castles on hillsides and honor and chivalry. Breathing new life into melodies from the 12th to 15 hundreds we added new lyrics and instrumentation. This musical escape became our band: Blackmore's Night. We have performed in this incarnation for 18 years releasing cds almost yearly.

We tour castles with an 8 piece band and play a wide variety of music from Renaissance to Rock to Folk to ballads and instrumentals. We wear garb from another time and encourage our audience to do the same to be a part of the journey.

I have also released a solo cd entitled: Reflections and we do a lot of work with animal charities worldwide.

And, yes, I am living my dream....

November 25, 2015

Christmas Stream: Bunny Sigler-Little Drummer Boy

Bunny Sigler is one of those kings of R&B that makes his mark count whenever he gets into the studio. With the release of a Christmas album this year titled
When Your In Love At Christmas Time it shows his versatility.

The first single released from that album is the timeless classic "Little Drummer Boy." 

I like all kinds of music and have been open to different interpretations of well known songs over the years however this one really caught my ear. It is funky and rich with sound and rhythm. 

The talent of Mr. Sigler comes through with impact on this holiday treat bringing the spirit and meaning of the season right home to the heart. I have heard many different types of Christmas music in my day and I have to say that this "Little Drummer Boy" is a classic rendition the artist made all his own.

Give this alternative version of a classic song a chance to get you in the right mood to enjoy the Holidays!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck



More About Bunny Sigler:

http://www.bunnysigler.net

Bunny was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 27, 1941. The industry gave him the nickname, “Mr. Emotion” after his heartfelt performances on stage.

After seeing Bunny perform at Atlantic City’s Ambassador Hotel, Independent Producers John Madara and Dave White signed him a deal that led to the release on Cameo of “Let The Good Times Roll” and “Feels So Good”. The groovy yet smooth tune reached 12 in the U.S. R&B Billboard charts, and his music career skyrocketed from there.

With the Philly soul sound so hot, Sigler got a chance to work with a number of acts as a writer and/or producer, including the Whispers, Ecstacy, Passion And Pain and Carl Carlton. He cut tracks for artists on Curtis Mayfield's Curtom label, including Mayfield himself ("Trippin' Out"), and made a duet album with Barbara Mason. In 1976, Sigler got Instant Funk an album deal with Gamble Huff's TSOP label.

Creating several hits over the span of his career that today's generation keep sampling, Bunny continues to write, produce and record new material. He is the co-writer of the song, “The Ruler's Back” which was an opening song for the Jay Z's album, "Blueprint". At 70 years old "there ain't no stopping us now" claims "Sigler"...

He's a living legend alright and a huge part of music history. Whether it's performing, writing or producing he gives it his all....

It's no wonder why the Industry has nicknamed him "Mr. Emotion."

November 23, 2015

Stream Feature: Sara Stevens - Promise

Sara Stevens just turned 15 years old and when you hear her voice you will be amazed how mature it sounds. I know we have all heard the term child prodigy overused in many areas of life however this young lady defines that term!

On the track "Promise" she sings about sending her daddy an angel while at war and while doing so sounds like one. 

This adult contemporary piece is a beautiful arrangement that highlights her incredible vocals. I can see Sara becoming a big star either as someone similar to Susan Boyle or finding her place in performing operas. Either way she is a success and will continue on that path.

Listen to this track and a future star at work!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


More About Sara:

http://sarastevensmusic.com


Sara Stevens Performing
Sara Stevens has the kind of voice you hear once in a lifetime. Crystal-pure in tone, soaring from warm lows to shiver-inducing highs, it combines natural sweetness with conviction and power.That voice alone is enough to make Sara a remarkable artist.  What’s even more amazing is that she is 15 years old. Sara is one of those undeniable talents who can make the most skeptical music professional sit up and take notice. “Most of the time, when people say, ‘I want you to hear this really talented 12 year-old, you go, ‘yeah, right,’” composer/producer Paul Schwartz, conductor of Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera, reminisces. “But I’ve never worked with anyone like Sara. Her voice would be surprising coming out of anybody. It’s one of those sounds that make the little hairs on the back of your neck stand up. 

She’s just fantastically musical naturally.”Whether she’s singing an operatic aria, a musical theater standard or a tune she helped to write, Sara’s ability to embody the soul of a song is a rare gift. More than just displaying technical excellence, she brings a deep emotional commitment to her music. You can’t help but be a little in awe of what she does. (Excerpt of Bio from artist webpage)

November 20, 2015

Jon Anderson & Matt Malley's Single “Family Circle” Entered For Consideration For Grammy Nomination!


Los Angeles - Legendary YES singer/songwriter Jon Anderson and Counting Crows Matt Malley's recent critically acclaimed single for charity, “Family Circle”, has been entered for consideration for a Grammy nomination! The money received from the single has gone to the following charities: Flutie Foundation - www.flutiefoundation.org (Jon Anderson), Sahaja Yoga Meditation - www.sahajayoga.org (Matt Malley) and National Autistic Society - www.autism.org.uk (Rob Ayling, GONZO Multimedia president)

“ 'Family Circle' came together when Matt sent me the beautiful music earlier this year. I sang the song and lyric idea and sent it back to Matt, thanking him for the great energy. Eventually, Matt added some more sounds and the haunting guitar solo. We decided to have all sale proceeds go to our respective charities. It's a pleasure to release this around Thanksgiving time, reminding us of our connection with our families and how our children keep us together, bonding our love of life.” - Jon Anderson

“Not only am I a fan of Jon's voice but I’m a fan of his fearless spiritual outlook which appears in all of his music. A mutual friend said we should meet and got us in touch and after talking a little,Jon said, 'So send some music!' - so I had a cup of my best Darjeeling tea, went into my studio and came up with the instrumental arrangement that you hear on 'Family Circle'. I sent the file up to Jon and it came back with his marvelous voice, lyrics…everything that brought the song to becoming fully realized.” - Matt Malley

Jon Anderson is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock as the original lead vocalist and creative force behind YES. Anderson was the author and a major creative influence behind the ground-breaking album 'Fragile' as well as the series of epic, complex pieces such as “Awaken”, “Gates of Delirium” and especially “Close to the Edge” which were central to the band's success. Additionally, Anderson co-authored the group's biggest hits, including “I've Seen All Good People”, “Roundabout”, and “Owner of a Lonely Heart”. In addition, Jon Anderson had great success with a series of albums he did with Vangelis, and most recently released the critically-acclaimed solo album entitled “Survival and Other Stories” (GONZO Multimedia). In the fall of 2014 Jon Anderson teamed up with jazz violin legend Jean-Luc Ponty to form the AndersonPonty Band. The ensemble is currently on tour promoting the newly released CD/DVD titled “Better Late Than Never”.

Matt Malley is an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated songwriter who is best known for co-founding the multi-platinum selling rock band Counting Crows back in the early 90's. He appears as bassist on their biggest hit records and songs. In 2004 Matt retired from the band so he could work from his studio at home and be with his family. He is a student of the Indian Slide Guitar and a fan of Progressive Rock, Celtic Folk, World and Indian Music.

Listen to a sample of the track here:


To purchase Jon Anderson & Matt Malley's “Family Circle”: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/family-circle-single/id911786898

Jon Anderson's official website: www.JonAnderson.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

November 19, 2015

Track Feature: Rodney Wilson-Healing In His Wings

Every song we hear, the notes that are played, the words that are either spoken or sung, or just the music itself, it all can tell a story to our hearts.

Rodney Wilson has a new album titled For His Good Pleasure. From what I gathered listening to the album the reference to "him" seems to be God, a Higher Power or what ever you choose it to be, your higher self if that works. All of that is interchangeable from my own perspective.

"Healing In His Wings" is the very special track that is the feature here. It brings a lot of those thoughts and feelings into focus. This is my own interpretation and as always I leave it to each individual listener's own meaning. This is an invitation to open the door to the healing powers of faith, what we all have inside.

The piano based track is a lot of things that merge into one...peacefulness, beauty, elegance, spirituality and hope are all woven into this tapestry of sound. It is instrumental bliss, a term which I have used often enough and it is most appropriate for this track.

Give it a good listen and find your own cloud in heaven through the music now.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck




More About Rodney Wilson:

http://rodwilsonmusic.com


Some moments in our lives can cause us to reflect and realign our priorities. Such a moment touched me in August of 2014. While flying back and forth from Atlanta to New York City every other week for work, I occasionally felt a burning tingling sensation in my arms. I had ignored it thinking I had a pinched nerve from the heavy back pack I was using. As the sensations became more frequent, I finally decided to make an appointment with my doctor while I was home.

The following Monday, my doctor agreed it was possible that a pinched nerve could cause these sensations in my arms. But to be safe I would take a stress test that same week. I was scheduled to be back in NYC the following week and then on to Hawaii for a long overdue vacation. On that Thursday, much to my surprise, the stress test put me into a whirl wind chain of events that quickly culminated into a 5 way heart bypass surgery. 

While I was shocked, I was assured that all would go well because I was strong, not over weight, ate well, exercised, did not smoke and had not suffered damage to my heart from a heart attack so I was a perfect open heart candidate. Fortunately, all went well with the surgery and my recovery process. 

As I became far more informed about my true condition in the weeks ahead, I discovered I had been a ticking time bomb. I had to accept that I had heart disease. Had I known all I know now, I would have been far more fearful going into the surgery. I began to reflect on how na├»ve I had been. Slowly I began to take in the miracle God had given me. Except for His mercy to circumvent an imminent heart attack I should not be alive today. He also surrounded me with exceptional doctors and a wonderful medical staff. One of the fruits of my reflection was the birth of this album “For His Good Pleasure”.

After my recovery, I decided that I needed to record some music as a legacy for my family and for my grandchildren. The music is about the messages I wanted to share with them. As the recording project progressed, I felt deep stirrings of inspiration flowing into new melodies, fostering a deep awareness of God’s favor and His pleasure with the music. I felt the same emotion as was scripted by Colin Welland in “Chariots of Fire” attributed to the great Olympian runner, Eric Liddell, “God made me fast. And when I run I feel His Pleasure.” At one point in the project, I suddenly understood that the compositions were far more significant than I had originally conceived. I knew why I must continue. Within the level of giftedness I was given, for as long as He blesses me with melody, I will continue to create music, “For His Good Pleasure.”

Rod Wilson

Reole - ‘What’s Cookin’ Review



Ex pirate radio DJ, chef, record label owner, musician and American Football lover Reole returns with ‘Whats Cookin’ the stunning follow up to ‘Hear Comes The Drums’. Reole started his musical life playing brass in Mardi Gras parades. Later, once back in Scotland, he then set about the airwaves with Ritchie Ruftone on pirate radio and pioneered the introduction of illicit underground broadcasting across Europe – from Scotland, Germany and beyond.
His new album marries delicious recipes with fantastic music. Influenced by soul and RnB this album is super catchy and uplifting. The album features lead track ‘Got Your Back Girl’ a smooth funk hit that packs a punch.

‘What’s Cookin’ is sure to set ears twitching and tummy’s rumbling everywhere with its blend of instrumental funk, jazz and classic rock. It’s an album with subtle touches and fantastic production.



For more information on Reole check him out below:


November 6, 2015

Holiday Stream: Margo Rey-This Holiday Night

Every year that passes as you get older seems like a moment in time. Time is a concept that was man made for us to keep track of daily events. Music has no time table, it is infinite and precious.

If that is so for you then music will hold even more meaning as each Holiday season brings floods of memories and the joys of Christmas mornings with your friends and family.

Margo Rey helps the process along with a nice track that warms the heart titled "This Holiday Night."

Margo Rey may not be immensely popular like some others you hear on the radio every day however she has the talent to stand on her own as a relevant  artist with a lot to offer. You do not have to be on the air waves all day long to prove you are just as talented as the people getting all the attention. This is one great example of that fact.

Check out Margo Rey's "This Holiday Night" and the spirit of the Holiday season will pull you in instantly!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


More About Margo Rey:

http://margorey.com


Singer/songwriter Margo Rey has released her own ode to the holidays, a three song EP entitled “This Holiday Night.” The title song “This Holiday Night” was co-written by Margo Rey and Barrett Yeretsian (co-writer and producer of Christina Perri’s Jar Of Hearts) and is an original composition with the feel of a traditional holiday classic. The other two songs on the EP are seasonal favorites “Silent Night” and “Toyland.”

November 5, 2015

Prog Rock Stream: The Alea Dilemma-The Machine

alea (ey-lee-uh) n. - dice, a game of chance.

dilemma (di·lem·ma) n. - an argument presenting two or more equally conclusive alternatives against an opponent.


I would have to say the first term adequately describes the music industry! With all of that aside it is bands like the The Alea Dilemma and their new album Within The Clamor of Voices that keep it alive and worth pursuing. For fans of music and particularly progressive rock this album will be a find.

Danny Brymer (Guitars-Vocals), Ryan Sloan (Bass Guitar) and Todd Crookston (Drums) are a marvelous trio. Yes, only three men are making all this sound happen. 

The focus track is "The Machine." This is prog rock at its finest. The track runs a tad over 10 minutes and features the virtuosity of the musicians involved. Rock, Classical and Fusion collide and explode!

The changes the track goes through is a roller coaster ride of sound and textures.  It is the perfect prog journey. Listen to the stream so you can get a taste of The Alea Dilemma now!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck



More About The Alea Dilemma:

http://www.thealeadilemma.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

 The Alea Dilemma is an eclectic progressive rock band based out of Kansas City, Missouri. The seeds of The Alea Dilemma were sown in Denver, Colorado in 2007 through the formation of Strativarium, a prog rock band which featured guitarist/vocalist Danny Brymer and bassist Ryan Sloan. 

After Strativarium folded in 2009 and the members moved to different locations, through a twist of fate, the two friends and former band mates ended up in the Kansas City area in 2013. Eager to reunite and make music again, they started a new progressive rock outfit calling themselves The Alea Dilemma. They began to write music and shortly added Todd Crookston on drums to complete the lineup. In January of 2015, they started recording their debut album, Within The Clamor of Voices. They also began to play the Kansas City rock circuit that spring. The Alea Dilemma plays progressive rock with complex jazz harmonic structures and a symphonic classical brilliance infused with a high energy rock sound. One can imagine the intricate instrumental interplay of Yes and Mahavishnu Orchestra, with the advanced harmonic progressions of Chick Corea and Steely Dan, held together by an aggressive rock sound akin to Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, and King's X. 

The influence of classical composers such as Stravinsky, Bartok, and Bach cannot be mistaken either. Their music is characterized by their virtuosity as well as their intricate, yet emotionally engaging compositions. Through the unique amalgamation of styles and sounds through their chance encounter, they strive to produce their finest compositions and performances.

November 4, 2015

Featured Track: The Humble Grapes-Brooklyn Bridge

There are so many great artists that never get our attention or "make it." That is one of the crimes of the century from my perspective.

Then there is that one band that is brought to your attention that you say "Wow, why haven't I heard of this band? They are great!" Well I have one for you that fits that description right now.

The Humble Grapes are David Kaufman and Brie Capone on the amazing track "Brooklyn Bridge." This is music that will mesmerize you and sweep you away. When I first heard it I knew it was good and by the third listen and after watching the video, I was totally taken by this wonderful sound. The track builds and builds to an apex to make its point musically and lyrically. For this listener it has "hit" written all over it. Help it to become one music fans! Listen and watch and then you decide.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck



More About The Humble Grapes:

http://www.thehumblegrapes.com

The Humble Grapes are comprised of songwriters David Kaufman and Brie Capone and accompanied by a full band.Their sound is a Rock, Pop and Soul combination that's completely original. Whether frequenting night clubs like New York City's legendary Bitter End or in the studio working on new material The Humble Grapes have been carving out their own way since forming in 2013.

November 3, 2015

Holiday Feature Track: Steven C.-Still, Still, Still

Steven C. has released a new album titled Christmas Beyond and it is just in time to get your mind, body and spirit into the right place to enjoy the upcoming Holiday season. Yes, it is right around the corner. 

When summer disappears there is always a touch of sadness however the beauty of the fall leaves and the oncoming Winter hold traditions of family and friends that warm the heart.

 "Still, Still, Still" is the focus track and it is filled with plenty of Christmas and beyond...The eloquence and beauty of the ivory keys are in all their glory on this gorgeous melody. A merging of classical, new age and holiday is the recipe for success.

Steven C. ushers in the Holidays with grace and beauty on  "Still, Still, Still." Sit back, take a load off and take in the comforting sounds of this talented artist.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck 



More About Steven C.

https://stevencmusic.com


Multi-platinum recording artist, Steven C is honored to bring forth

his long awaited release of Christmas Beyond (2014). This is a one of
a kind collection of timeless old world Christmas music, by pianist Steven C. Recorded in the majestic Cathedral of St. Paul, MN this album captures the beauty of the deep Cathedral's acoustics through Steven's Bosendorfer Grand. The sound is truly rich, lush and from "Beyond." With touchingly elegant solo piano selections by Steven C, to fully orchestrated songs, arranged by nationally renowned Adi Yeshaya, and with members of the MN Orchestra, Christmas Beyond is a moving experience that is deeply transformative. 


This collection also features music that takes us beyond Christmas and evokes the timeless magic that embraces the essence of winter, feeling the reverence of life in our lives beyond the Christmas message and season. As the
highlight of his career; a personal catharsis of enlightened moments
and as the most beautifully acclaimed work to date, Christmas Beyond
will be carried with him forever.

November 2, 2015

Stream Feature: C'nky Siwela-My Name In The Echo

C'nky Siwela's new track "My Name In The Echo" is an upbeat and funky dance tune that is full of the sparks of energy that make music so exciting.

The singer is from Johannesburg South Africa and he brings his music to an audience that will be eager to consume it.

"My Name In The Echo" has a contagious rhythm and beat. Give the provided stream a listen and get that body moving!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck



More About C'nky Siwela:

http://www.cnkysiwela.com

When I was 18 years old, I love dancing, singing and trying all sorts of music instruments. Getting positive results for what I love was a source of my inspiration to look forward. My real journey in my music started when I joined a well established institution of music in South Africa as a music tutor. I was too excited and also feeling inspired to be part of the institution. After few years as a music tutor, I became discouraged with the negativity and gossips from some of my colleagues. My flute students were doing fine and obtaining distinctions and merits with their exams until they were victims of infiltrations from some negative forces. I started to feel stress and nearly got killed in a car accident, I even lost my flute on the accident scene. The situation nearly affected my passion as a performer and music tutor. Most people around me were getting very concerned with my performance and I nearly quit. Some comments made to try and help me did result in actually making me feel even worse about my musical journey. Feeling trapped and lonely, I was very confused. I nearly gave up until I heard a special voice whispering in my ears reminding me that I am not only a human being but also a spiritual being and through the power from God I will beat this. This special voice made me to realize that music is not only a passion for me but a calling. I have to serve God and humanity. After a long denial and self introspection, I regained my strength and power to believe in me once again and I felt like a new person. Through hard work and self belief, I can proudly say I have realised that I am a born artist, inherited this art from the Siwela's family and I will never again quit. Music is my calling, hence the name of this song I present is titled “ My name in the Echo”. This served as an inspiration to whoever is trying to quit to listen to the voice of reason. The song talks about my struggle before I discovered my real place to express myself as an emerging Electro Pop/ Jazz Artist. If it was possible for me, it will also be possible for everyone.