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Hayley Sales and Sharon Stone announce their Debut Single “Never Before”

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WORLDSOUND/ INGROOVES/ UMG is proud to announce the first single and collaboration between bold singer/songwriter Hayley Sales and multi-talented Hollywood icon Sharon Stone. – “Never Before” out now.

Entitled “Never Before”, the romantically cinematic ballad highlights Sales’ breathtakingly impassioned vocals combined with Sharon Stone’s timeless, sincere and captivating storytelling. 

The duo effortlessly wrote “Never Before” after bonding over their shared experiences of love, loss and vintage music. The result is a timeless song that oozes soul, jazz and classic pop influences with a contemporary reimagined twist. 

“I showed up at her house with a handful of nerves and excitement…I’d never done a co-write before and had no idea what to expect or how to even go about it. The second she walked into the room, all that went away. She was so warm and gracious, so absolutely unpretentious and open. Sharon asked me, if one song could explain you to the world, what would it be? At first, I didn’t know. Then I realized …Romance. Romance moves me. Not just in that typical fall in love type of romance, but romance as a way of life…A way of walking, heart all messy and exposed, into everything. With that, we began to write.” – Hayley Sales 

“What a pleasure it has been to work with HAYLEY, she is a true artist. She cares more about getting the truth of her art right than anything else. I cannot wait to be there to see her sing this on stage. Maybe even more than hearing on the radio. She is gorgeous, pure, true: the real deal.” – Sharon Stone

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Hearing her classic voice for the first time, you can tell she has paved her own way; through the velvety hints of Motown and the bold romance of early jazz, the music of Hayley Sales reimagines the vintage sounds of the 1950s and 60s. A true artist, she has had to take the long way; carefully crafting her songs to match the unabashed honesty of a born performer. It’s as if you’re peering into the most intimate corners of her heart, unguarded. There’s a romantic elegance to her that is hard to come by in 2021. 

Sales was born into an incredibly artistic family in the heart of Washington D.C. Her father, Richard Sales (The Ramones/ Grateful Dead/ Miles Davis) owned and operated GlassWing Studios in the basement of their run-down Victorian house. Sales would sit for hours on the mixer, letting the R&B beats and soul melodies rock her to sleep. At five, a childhood friend played her an old recording of Judy Garland and the flame burned even more fervently. It was love at first listen as an already alighted yearning to perform became her torch.  If Sales wasn’t rehearsing for a theatrical production, she was sitting at the upright piano practicing Gershwin, Queen or Prince. Before the age of sixteen, Sales had toured the UK as a backup vocalist for a Hindu Saint from India, interviewed the Dalai Lama, performed at the WWII Ace Pilots convention at the Pentagon and lied about her age to land the lead role in a university production of Romeo and Juliet for Oxford scholars. At sixteen, Sales graduated with honors from a private performing arts school (NWA) and reluctantly followed her parents to an organic blueberry farm on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. 

Sales dove into the recording studio and by the age of seventeen produced her first demo album, ‘First Flight.’ Following its completion, Sales moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music and acting career, raising the money by shoveling sawdust onto 670 blueberry bushes. After a series of close encounters with success, an eating stole Sales’ voice, forcing her to move back to the blueberry farm.  One year later, with her vocal cords still on the mend, she returned to the studio and completed a fifteen-song debut album, ‘Drifter,’ a record that ultimately led to her first major label deal.  While on tour, Sales caught the attention of Universal Canada Music and signed with them, making two Top 40 LPs (‘Sunseed’, ‘When the Bird Became A Book’).

When it came to her third record, Sales wanted to re-introduce her boldly passionate, piano-based songs, but Island/Def Jam disagreed. She decided to go independent and produce her next record. After working on it for four years, Sales signed with Verve Music Group. Unfortunately, a week after she finished and delivered the masters, her label experienced an untimely turnover. The ironically named ‘Misadventures’ was never released, and years later remains entangled in label politics. 

After a rather luxurious bout of legal bills and a healthy helping of heartache, Sales got back to work, spending every hour of the day recording, producing and editing her latest studio album; a compilation of twenty new and original tunes called ‘Ricochet.’ ‘Ricochet’ is a fleet of songs that carried Sales through the storm; a body of work that resonates with resilience, vulnerability and romance. “When you throw a ricochet, it comes back and sometimes it come back with more power,” she says. “After decades of being told to find my voice, to change this or that about myself, I finally realized that I didn’t have to change anything,” she says. If you need the inspiration to never surrender, ‘Ricochet’ is the record to do it, one crafted out of the ashes of setbacks. It is a masterful record because of that adversity. “Music has kept me alive,” she says.

Sharon Stone’s “The Beauty of Living Twice” is a book for the wounded and a book for the survivors; it’s a celebration of women’s strength and resilience, a reckoning, and a call to activism. It is proof that it’s never too late to raise your voice and speak out. The book will be released by Knopf on March 30, 2021. 

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Australian Songwriter and Producer Blake Rose Discusses New Music and His Growing Success

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Blake Rose, an Australian songwriter and producer who mixes together different genres to create his own pop sound has been up to a lot this past year. From busking on the streets of Perth to having over a million monthly listeners on Spotify, his following is only growing. Starting on GarageBand like so many songwriters have before, he completely writes and produces his music, and has been honing in on this craft since his early teen years. Now, at just 21, he already has an impressive set of accomplishments such as a premiere on Zane Lowe’s Beats1 show and over 6 million Spotify streams on his single, “Lost”. His music features his smooth vocals with honest lyrics and vibrant elements of indie-rock, soul, and alt-pop. Blake recently answered some questions for Cliché about his songwriting, his inspiration, and being stuck in Australia.

 

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Cliché: It was only about a year ago that you were busking on the streets of Perth to fund making your music. Can you tell me about the past year and how much has been changing for you? Are there any challenges you’ve had to face?

Blake Rose: The last year has been really cool. A lot has happened but at the same time it’s still sort of chill. In saying that though, at the moment I’m feeling a massive disconnect from my team who are in America as I’ve been stuck in Australia for the past 5 months due to some visa issues so it’s hard to grasp what’s happening over there but I know things are moving pretty fast. The main thing that this past year has entailed was really locking down management, publishing etc. and then getting the first releases ready to go and putting them out. Since “Hotel Room” I’ve been blown away by the support we’ve had from Spotify, Apple Music and Youtube so early on and I never expected to have this type of response off the gate. Everything is definitely starting to fall into place and I’m pretty damn pumped to get back to America and hit the ground running.

 

I’ve read that you really started creating music on a 3-month long camping trip with your family. Can you talk about how that all started? What was it on that trip that made you want to start songwriting?

I didn’t start songwriting on this road trip but it was definitely when I began to hone in on the craft and really explore and develop my skills as a songwriter. I brought a guitar with me on the trip as there was A LOT of driving and not much to do so I started filling the time by practicing guitar, writing, and eventually experimenting with music production. I started on GarageBand and made a lot of horrible songs, one was like 8 minutes long so you should definitely feel sorry for my parents who had to listen to it all over again every time I changed a lyric. After a while I very organically and intuitively realized that music is something I want to do full time and began planning how I would approach everything, starting with setting up a home studio, which I did once we arrived back in Perth.

 

You write and produce all of your own music. What does that process look like for you?

Generally the writing and production process for me is pretty blended. I’ll either start with a production idea or a melodic/lyrical idea and after a bit of time working on whichever of those I’ll switch to the other, simultaneously developing both sides of the song. Sometimes though, I will write a full song then produce it later.

 

Who are your own musical influences? Any one in particular you are listening to currently?

The 1975 is a big one, I listen to their music ALL the time. Ed Sheeran was probably my main musical influence when I was starting out. His Multiply show in Perth, Australia was one of the first shows I ever went to and gave me a lot of inspiration. Other types of people I listen to are ColdPlay, Jack Garratt, Kevin Garrett, John Mayer, Between Friends, Matt Corby.

 

Your single “Lost” has over 6 million streams on Spotify. What has the success of that song so far meant for you?

It means a hell of a lot. I put so much work into that song so to see it doing so well is really encouraging. I’m just glad people like as much as I do!

 

What can listeners expect from you in the near future?

Some upbeat acoustic vibes coming your way in the near future but as a whole I will be exploring some interesting vibes and lyrical themes so expect the unexpected I guess!

 

 

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Australian Songwriter and Producer Blake Rose Discusses New Music and His Growing Success: Featured Image Credit: Cameron Postforoosh

An Interview with Classically Trained Cellist Turned Pop Artist HILDUR

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Classically trained cellist turned pop artist, HILDUR, an Icelandic artist with a ton of talent recently released her single, “1993.” Realizing that she was finally was living out her dream from when she was just a kid, the song takes us through her journey so far and her personal life. HILDUR is a natural when it comes to songwriting and has spent years honing in on her craft, even teaching workshops to other songwriters along the way. With new music coming out in the near future and traveling coming up, we can expect a lot of great things from HILDUR.

 

Cliché: Your latest single, “1993,” was inspired by your realization that you were living out the dreams that you had when you were five years old. What else can you tell me about that song?

HILDUR: This song feels like a fast autobiography, from when I was 5 until today, about the journey from having a dream and my way towards that life. It was not an easy road, so the song talks about the fallbacks and self doubt on the way. I would say it’s one of my most personal songs and the lyrics actually have a bunch of hints about my life. You can find my birthday spelled out there, the sport I used to train is mentioned and then some of my biggest insecurities. But I feel like it’s a very hopeful song too.

 

You started out as a classical cellist, what got you into the singing and songwriting side of things?

I feel like expression and creating something new has always been a part of me.  Whether it was drawing, writing stories, crafts or melodies – it all started at a very early age. My dream to stand on stage and write my own songs, always felt just an inevitable part of it. I remember creating melodies since I was playing the cello but the first actual song I remember writing was from when I was 15 year old and I had taught myself how to play guitar. I have always had fascination for lyrics and stories and I guess I just had the urge to try it out from my point of view.

 

How does your songwriting process work, you’ve said that you are “fascinated” with what makes a melody catchy, is that usually where you start with your songs?

Most of the time it starts with a melodic idea or a concept or a word. But I’ve realized that often the best ideas come when you’re not trying. So when ideas hit when I’m outside walking or washing the dishes or being somewhere in a completely different place, I always record a voice memo and many songs have started from there.

 

Who are some of your favorite artists right now?

I love Nao, Emelie Nicolas, Seinabo Sey, Kehlani, Highasakite, Broods – and the list goes on!

 

You’ve talked about taking the time to really find the sound that you wanted your music to have and not rushing the process. What is it about the style of music that you chose that you feel allows you to express yourself more than any other style would?

This is a tough one, as I feel like you’re always evolving as a human being and thus as an artist too. I always try to write music in the mood I feel like at the time. The good thing though about being a songwriter that writes for others too is that you can use those moments, too.

 

I see that you’ve taught some songwriting workshops. What advice do you give to people learning how to write or honing in on their craft?

Most important thing is that creativity is a muscle that you need to train. Don’t expect your first song to be great. Even though you’ve been playing an instrument for a long time – songwriting is a different craft and needs repetition. Write the bad songs too, get them out of your system and you learn something about yourself or songwriting new every time you write a song. Write with others and absorb, quickest way of learning is from other great writers.

 

What are you looking forward to in the near future and what can listeners expect?

I’ve got a bunch of traveling coming up; London, Sierra Leone and Chicago, I love how music takes me places. Listeners can stay tuned for more songs coming very soon, and I would say you’re in for a treat!

 

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An Interview with Classically Trained Cellist Turned Pop Artist HILDUR: Featured Image Credit: Vaka Njáls

CAPPA Talks About Her New Music, Recent Move, and More

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With her music featured in multiple television shows and advertisements, songwriter, CAPPA, has been making her mark in the music industry. Writing upbeat pop songs that you can dance to as well as appreciate the lyrics, her music brings something fresh to the pop scene. CAPPA answered some questions for Cliché about her recent move, her songwriting process, new music, and more. She also has her new single, “Sux,” debuting today.

 

Cliché: You had a relatively recent move from Nashville to Los Angeles. How has that been so far? Would you say the music scenes are similar or very different in the two cities?

It’s been amazing, actually! I’m really happy about the move. I was very skeptical moving because I had heard the music scene in LA was a lot more cut throat, but I love it. Everyone’s been awesome and I feel much more inspired here than I have in a while.

Nashville has a cool pop scene coming about. It’s just a totally different vibe all around. It’s much smaller than LA’s scene which is much more fast paced.

 

I’ve read that your song, “Waste My time,” released back in 2017, was the first single you had released after over a year of not feeling very musically inspired. Can you talk about how you came back from that? What was it that got you feeling inspired again and wanting to release new music?

I wasn’t sure what style I wanted to do for a little bit. I was uninspired by a lot of pop music at the time and tried some other styles but they felt contrived. “Waste My Time” was the first song that I did that I felt like was cool and different than a lot of what I was hearing. I always want to release new music, so sometimes there is just a lot of pressure to get a good song right away- sometimes it takes a little while to get the right song.

 

Can you describe your songwriting process? How does it all come together for you?

I typically either start a basic idea on piano or start with a producer in a room, just depending on the song and what I am going for. Every time is a little bit different but it typically always starts with melody because that is my favorite part. Once I have melodies I like, the rest comes pretty naturally.

 

What is your favorite song to perform live at the moment? Why?

I like performing my most recent single “Tension” just because it is so fun and people seem to really respond to it when I am playing it, so that always makes it 10x better.

I’ve come across a few of your covers, and they all have your distinct style on them. I think it’s great the way you make the songs your own while respecting the original. What’s your favorite cover that you’ve done so far? What is it about the songs that you’ve covered that made you want to record them?

Thank you! I really like the “No Scrubs” cover just because it was and is one of my all time favorite songs. It’s just a good jam; I grew up singing it. I was just really surprised people liked it at the time. I thought it was a little bit cheesy but was just doing it because I loved the song so much.

 

Your songs have been synched in ads for huge companies such as Victoria’s Secret, Bumble, and Under Armor, and films/television shows like Netflix’s, “Set it Up,” and Freeform’s, “The Bold Type”. How would you say that type of exposure has helped in growing your fan base?

It’s been so awesome. One of my dreams has always been to hear my songs on tv and be caught off guard that it was me. I was napping on a friends couch the other week and heard my song in a commercial and I woke up out of a dead sleep and was like “THAT’S MY SONG.” It’s a great feeling.

 

You’re new single, “Sux,” coming out November 30th, is such a fun and catchy song with lyrics about something not exactly fun. It’s such a great contrast! What was your inspiration behind it?

Yeah, it’s definitely not the happiest topic. The song was about a recent relationship of mine where I got broken up with my over the phone about a month or two into moving to LA. It was really nice to write honest lyrics about the situation and gave me an outlet to put some of it behind me. Even though it’s about a break up, I wanted it to feel more badass and not sound like it was coming from a weak place but more of an empowering stance.

 

What else can listeners expect from you in the near future?

There will be a remix of “Sux,” then a few more singles and an EP in the near future 🙂

 

 

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CAPPA Talks About Her New Music, Recent Move, and More: Featured image credit: Lexie Alley 

Colette Carr on Songwriting and Her New Album

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An undeniable force of energy surges through anyone who listens to  Colette Carr’s music. Signed to Interscope for 5 years before making the executive decision to do it on her own, Carr took the immense amount of freedom blown her way to delve into a brighter and more vibrant sound that she showcases in her second studio album, Believe in Us. Starting out with the dream of playing tennis competitively, Carr’s journey teaches us all that nothing in life is guaranteed. However, Carr shows us that rather than lying in blankets of defeat, if we choose to look around us, we may just find greater opportunities that we didn’t quite see before. 
Cliché: You were first discovered by Nick Cannon after your self-produced video for “Back it Up” went to #1 at mtvU. What inspired you to create that video?
Colette Carr: I made that video as a hobby project and I sort of just threw myself into it. It was a time in my life where I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I knew I had recorded some songs with The Cataracs and I thought that it would be a great idea to make a tribute video to my uncle, who had just passed away. He was schizophrenic and the psych ward was a reflection of the stories he would tell me from his imagination. It was really inspired by my Uncle Robin, so I made that video as a personal project.
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Though you were heading towards playing tennis competitively, you were in a car accident that left you with a back injury, making you unable to play. After working so hard on that dream, it’s inspiring that you got back up and created such a successful new one. What was the transition process like?
It was like closing one door and opening another one with it. I think it is pretty inspiring for people that are feeling down when the doors around them are closing. You know, you can just rewire your energy and something amazing can happen.  When my doctor said I couldn’t play tennis anymore because I could become paralyzed if I wore down the cartilage in between vertebrae, I started taking improv classes, freestyling at parties, and socializing more—things I never had time for before in my pursuit to become a professional tennis player. That led me to the Game concert where I jumped on stage and freestyled, and from there, I met The Cataracs and recorded songs with them. Then I finished up my video and Nick [Cannon] really liked it, and so did Jimmy Iovine. Before I knew it, I was signed to Interscope.
You spent 5 years signed to Interscope Records until deciding that you wanted to continue on your own. How do you manage the massive workload that needs to get done?
I surround myself with a lot of really amazing people that help me a lot—people that I trust and are very good at what they do—so I definitely can’t take credit for being able to handle all of this because I have a lot of people helping me. But, I use my iPhone to the best of its ability, and honestly, I don’t know if I could be doing any of this without a smartphone!  
How has doing it on your own affected the type of music you create? Do you find that you have a lot more freedom now to experiment with your style?
It’s funny, I was watching Project Runway the other day, and for the first time all season, they had a challenge where they didn’t have any restrictions. They didn’t have to make the dress out of junkyard material or straws, and one of the girls on the show said that she was actually more overwhelmed than ever because there were no boundaries. She was more confused than ever, and that’s exactly how I felt. I was like, “I don’t have other restrictions or other people’s opinions. I can do anything I want. Where do I start?” It was intense. I was so confused, so Frankmusik and I really experimented and played around with different sounds until we found one that felt right. Then we just kept building from there and I kind of turned off that voice inside of me that would prejudge the work before it even happened. That’s when the songs just started rolling out of me.  
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You recently shot a video for your latest single “Play House” with music video director Shane Drake, who has worked with artists such as Taylor Swift, Timbaland, and Paramore, among many others. How has this video differed from what you have done before?
Shane’s energy is so exact. It’s like red-hot, burning passion. It’s so much fun to work with him. He has you at the edge of your seat and everything happens according to plan. He’s so organized and his team is so seasoned and so incredible. It was such an amazing experience for me. We got things done on time, it was harmonious, and I think the biggest difference between this video and videos I’ve done in the past is the connection Shane and I had while I was in front of the camera. It was almost like I could read his mind and what he wanted me to do and the looks he wanted and the movement he wanted. We clicked instantly and it stayed that way the entire video. It was really cool to see him so emotional about this project because he’s worked with such incredible artists and worked on a lot of really amazing songs, but he really felt passionate about my song and my project, and that meant a lot to me.
Like your previous albums, Believe in Us is being split into EPs, with the full album being released as a whole last. What does this process allow you to do that releasing the full album, without the EPs, doesn’t?
EPs are like moments. So it’s like you keep getting episodes, and when you release an album, it’s like your whole movie. That’s how I look at it. So Static.Start to me was a moment; it was a thought. It has an energy about it completely different from “Play House” in the sense that it’s more negative. I mean, I was going through a breakup when I wrote that one, and then I found love when I wrote “Play House.” So it’s different in that sense, but it’s consistent in sound and in my new voice, and then when you hear all of them on the album together, I think you’ll be able to see what I was going through in the time that I recorded the entire album.
So would you say that the songs in each EP carry a similar theme?
I think that I was writing them all around the same time, so I had similar thoughts and similar problems that excited me going into each and every song. I don’t think that people should record a song, wait a year, and then record another song because it’s never going to sound like one cohesive work of art.
How long does it take for you to get the whole album done in comparison to each EP?
We locked ourselves in the studio for six months and got it done. I went on one tour for iHeartRadio in-between the process and I performed the brand new songs live, and that really helped me understand what was working and what wasn’t. When I got back in the studio, that’s when we really kicked it into high gear.
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Do you ever have the problem of wanting a song on an EP that doesn’t exactly fit it sonically?
There’s a lot that goes into picking the songs for EPs. It’s a very strange process and wouldn’t make sense if I tried to explain it. It’s like the songs have to be friends. They have to get along with each other and fit each other in a certain way; I can’t put conflicting songs on an EP. I don’t know, but it’s a weird, weird, weird process, and ultimately I decide it because no one else can make sense of what I’m thinking. I just have to really figure out what I’m going to put on this next EP, and it’s probably going to be a very strange process of me listening to them all, over and over again, and deciding which ones are sisters and which ones are best friends and which ones are enemies.  
Do you have a specific goal or dream that you would like to achieve next?
I want to blow “Play House” up.
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