Wednesday 30 November 2011

2 times Nominee Steve Cooke celebrating at the Hollywood Music Awards

2 times Nominee Steve Cooke celebrating at the Hollywood Music Awards

Steve Cooke recetly attended the Hollywood Music Awards to celebrate his 2 nominations for “Gravity” and “Radio”. A star studded event with celebrities like Smokey Robinson, Debra Messing, Adam Gaynor andmany others attending.

Steve attended the event with drummer Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty) who also appears in the nominated video “Radio” together with Adam Lambert/Madonna guitarist Monte Pittman and Tommy Joe Ratliff.

The double deluxe album “Paramount Sessions” (which features Adam Lambert & Steve Cooke each singing 10 songs) will be released in the US  & Europe on Dec 6th, just in time for the Christmas market.

Already CBS Music/ has made a free download available for Adam Lambert’s single “Want” and other international radio stations are following suit.

For more information on the project:



Soundcloud (Album Medley)

Rupert Hine receives APRS Sound Fellowship

Rupert Hine, producer, composer, mentor and co-founder of the BRPG (British Record Producers’ Guild), has been awarded an APRS Sound Fellowship.

Bestowed for the last five years, the Fellowship Awards recognise special contributions to the ‘Art, Science and Business of Recording and this year, together with Joe Boyd, Clive Green, Bob Ludwig, Jimmy Page and Chris Thomas, Rupert joined an elite group of past recipients; sound and music innovators that include Sir Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Chris Blackwell, Sir George Martin, the APRS President, and the like.

Rupert’s achievements over the last 45 years were summed up in a diverting and informal citation given by Sir Bob Geldof, who revealed that the only reason why Rupert never produced the Rolling Stones was because Keith Richards thought “he was too posh”. A remark which 'brought the house down' - the illustrious and assembled company at the Roof Gardens, Kensington, where the award ceremony was held on 22nd November 2011.

After the event, Rupert said that receiving the accolade directly from Sir George gave the occasion "real meaning and gravitas" on both a personal and professional level and thanked the APRS "hugely" for voting him this honour. He also made special comment that to share the occasion with both Jimmy Page and fellow producer Chris Thomas made the occasion "even more memorable".

APRS Executive Director Peter Filleul said: “The special affection in which Rupert is held in the industry is particularly a reflection of the consistent warmth, wisdom and worldliness he has brought to producing, composing and recording a fascinating diversity of musical interests.”

Photos: copyright Gilead Limour (APRS) 2011

Latest Gonzo Signing Galia Arad Wows Albert hall Audience!

"Galia wowed the audience at the Royal Albert Hall in London recently when she appeared as special guest of Jools Holland. 

Her smooth gentle innocent tones held the audience spellbound as they waited for Jools Holland.

Well crafted songs coupled with amusing stories interwoven by it was "the best night of her life" made her performance a pure delight.

Check out her album ,,,, or even down load her single which is a duet with Shane McGowan.

Gonzo MD Rob Ayling said "its an absolute pleasure to be involved with distributing Galia music. She is a special talent".
Galia's album Ooh La baby was released recently through Gonzo and can be ordered here:

Peter Blegvad New Play on BBC 3 December 3rd

Peter Blegvad American musician/artist has created a new play entitled Use It Or Lose It  with Ian Chamber. Peter who is perhaps best known to music fan as a member of the cult band Slapp Happy and briefly Henry Cow also features in the play as narrator and the character Dr. Charles Proctor that will be broadcast on  BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 3rd of December between 21:55-22:30

Details of the play are below. Peter has a long relationship with Gonzo MD Rob Ayling with Gonzo releasing two recent Slapp Happy albums

Dame Harriet Walter and David Horovitch appear in Use It Or Lose It, a radiophonic play created by Peter Blegvad and Iain Chambers, charting the failing memory of a fictional GP, Charles Proctor (Peter Blegvad).

Combining narrated fiction with observations from the world of history and culture, the programme uses radiophonic music and sound design to take us inside Charles Proctor’s mind.

As Dr Proctor descends deeper into amnesia, we hear voices reflecting on memory: Walter de la Mare, Rabbi Ben Ezra, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Emily Dickinson, William Wordsworth, Luis Bunuel, Harold Pinter, Francis Galton, René Descartes, W.B.Yeats, and Elvis Presley.

And we encounter a new age healer, Madam Aladdin (Harriet Walter), a radical who advocates going with the disease. She entreats Dr Proctor to join her Lamp Camp and Illumination Showroom, and embrace amnesia as a way of ‘extending the boundaries of the self… of becoming someone else’.


Peter Blegvad is an American musician, songwriter, and cartoonist. He is a regular contributor to Radio 3’s The Verb.

Iain Chambers makes features for BBC Radios 3 and 4, and podcasts for The Guardian. He recently made Requiem For A Moth for Radio 4.

• Nurse Angela, Kitty:                          EMMA POWELL
• Dr Charles Proctor:                           PETER BLEGVAD
• Madam Aladdin, Mrs. Chakravarty   HARRIET WALTER
• Mr. Chakravarty:                              RENU SETNA
• Dr Lucas Wheelwright:                      DAVID HOROVITCH
• Dr Dragos Petru, Max:                      EDWARD AKROUT

Slapp Happy Albums available from here:

Thursday 17 November 2011

Chris Thompson Berlin Live CD/DVD Package Available Now!

Chris Thompson releases his latest Live Album Berlin Live on the 30th November. The album was recorded ear5lier this year in Berlin as the title suggests for broadcast on the radio. The full show is contained on the package along with a DVD which was filmed at the Colos-Saal in Aschaffenburg at the start of the year. The bonus is called the Aschaffenburg remains as the conert in Ashgaffenburg was filmed and recorded for potential release. Unfortunately due to technical problems the recordings and film were deemed unusable,however what could be saved has been added to the Berlin Live rlease as a bonus for the fans. You can buy the album directly from Gonzo Multimedia here:

LA Band Small Hours Sign To Gonzo For Distribution

Rob Ayling  was invited to see this great new band to give him a private showing at their rehearsal space in LA.
"I was very impressed" said Rob, he added "I am looking forward to distributing the bands music in the new year and think it will appeal to both the UK and US markets".

Rob is pictured above with the band at their rehearsal facility in Los Angeles.

Gonzo Multimedia will be distributing the bands forthcoming album due in early 2012. For more info on the band check out the ands website

Wednesday 2 November 2011

Steve Cooke Is Burning Hot At This Year's Hollywood Music In Media Awards!

New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Steve Cooke Official Website) Two nominated singles "Radio" & "Gravity" are from the double album set "The Paramount Sessions" featuring tracks also from Adam Lambert.

"Its great to be back in 2011 and I hope this year we can be rewarded for all the hard work we have put into these productions. I'm looking forward to this year's award event and having a great party time with the likes of Smokey Robertson attending", Steve said.

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA's) recognizes and honors the music in visual mediums, the talented individuals responsible for creating and placing it and the music of both mainstream and independent artists from around the globe for their compositions and recordings in all forms of media.

This years HMMA is recognizing Steve Cooke and his team in the "Best Music Video" category for the first single "Radio", where Steve Cooke is singing and playing guitar with Adam Lambert band members, Monte Pittman (Guitar), Tommy Joe Ratliff (Bass) and with the veteran Heart Breaker himself Steve Ferrone on drums (Tom Petty).

Steve Cooke and Monte Pittman were also in the video production for the second single "Gravity", this single is up for this years "Best Song" award in AC/AAA.

Steve Cooke commented that, "Gravity was also a fantastic music clip to make. We made that one first with Marcus Brown on bass (Madonna/Seal) and Steve Sidelnyk on drums (Madonna/Seal) and I guess that set us up for RADIO, which we filmed 2 weeks later. The lead break in Gravity is played by Phil X who is currently touring with Bon Jovi.

"We wanted RADIO to cross over the generations and I think we achieved that in this video. We are crossing the fingers that we will have something to bring home on the night. Im just so happy that both songs made it into the Award finals," he added.

"The Paramount Sessions" (which features both songs) has just been released worldwide with ten songs sung by Steve Cooke on CD two and ten songs from the pre-idol voice of Adam Lambert on CD one. The Deluxe set combines the singers with the same author, backing band and production house Paramount studios in Hollywood for an epic twenty song experience accompanied with two outstanding music videos.

List of nominees:

Steve releases his latest album "The Paramount Sessions" later this month through Gonzo
You an purchase the Paramount Sessions here if you live in the USA

And Here if you live in the UK

Tuesday 1 November 2011

★ Anne-Marie Helder LIVE on BBC Radio!!! ★

★ Anne-Marie Helder LIVE on BBC Radio!!! ★

Awesome news ~ Panic Room frontwoman Anne-Marie will be appearing Live on BBC Radio tomorrow night, 9.15pm with Sue Marchant! The show is broadcast across the Eastern Counties of England, including Radio Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, and Suffolk - and you can also listen online from any of therelevant BBC Radio websites!

The special guest appearance will promote PANIC ROOM's show in Bury St Edmunds this Saturday (5th Nov @ The Apex) which will feature some Bonfire Night sparkle! ;o) The radio show runs from 7pm-10pm Wednesday night, & from 9.15pm there will be some Panic Room tracks played, Anne-Marie will be interviewed, and she will also play an acoustic song LIVE in the studio!!!

The latest Panic Room Album Satellite can be ordered directly from the Gonzo website here:
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