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April 2013 - Music Connection

—TOM KIDD prespak1@verizon.net

JOHNNY BENNETT

Premiering in April is a new TV program called

The Stars of Tomorrow Show. If you are a

country, bluegrass or gospel artist who is interested

in traveling to Nashville, TN, and being a

guest on the show send an email to jkcoltrain@

gmail.com.

The producers of MTV’s Run’s House and

Style’s Tia and Tamera are looking for an

outgoing, over-the-top choir, cheer squad or

step team to star in their own reality TV show.

If yours is one of the loudest, most outgoing

groups you know and are between the ages

of 18-26, apply at http://jameskarhu.com and

select “Step, Cheer, Choir.”

T-3, an online talent show brought to you by the

creators of MTV’s Unplugged and the Nickelodeon’s

Kid’s Choice Awards, is seeking the

next big web star. Contestants are asked to

perform any three talents, the more unusual the

better, all within three minutes. For complete

rules, email t3prods@gmail.com.

Fundervine is a new crowd-funding platform

for music and film projects. Users can simply

register, create a project and get funded. Filmmakers

can get pre or post production funding,

help with staging a premiere by raising funds

through ticket sales or simply offering a finished

DVD as a reward.

The site works by offering rewards to fans or

supporters who can pledge to help the project.

They are not charged unless the project raises

all the money asked for. Rewards can be anything

tangible and project owners can choose to

raise funds for 30 to 90 days. Fundervine is open

for new projects now at http://fundervine.com.

PROPS

In July 2010, Cumberland River was invited to

perform for the writers and producers of the FX

Network’s TV show, Justified, while producers

were in Harlan, KY, gathering information

for their upcoming season. With only 24 hours

notice, the band got together and wrote a song,

“Justified,” as a gift to the show. They received

a standing ovation from the writers and producers,

including Graham Yost, the multi-award

winning writer and producer.

Most recently, Cumberland River added

the song to their debut album, Rock Island

Express, and a version appears as a bonus

track on their new album. Cumberland River’s

“Justified” music video can be viewed at http://

cumberland-river.com. Contact Penni McDaniel

at Hope River Entertainment, 770-367-1480.

Embark Music has been selected to music

supervise and provide music for The Fallbrook

Film Festival in California. This full-length

cinematic trailer has been delivered to UltraStar

Cinemas. Derek Lefholz, owner of Embark

Music, supervised the implementation of music

provided by composer Don Spangler for the ambiance

and overall theme of the trailer.

No stranger to music supervision, Lefholz

supervised the full-length feature film Life of

Lemon, which was distributed by Filmworks

Entertainment. Contact Derek Lefholz, derek@

embarkmusic.com or visit http://fallbrookfilm

festival.com.

Congrats to the critically acclaimed Muscle

Shoals documentary that captivated audiences

at the Sundance Film Festival and went on

to screen at the George Lindsey UNA Film

Festival at the University of North Alabama.

The feature-length film, which was directed by

Greg “Freddy” Camalier, traces the history of

Muscle Shoals music through the people who

created it including Gregg Allman, Bono, Jimmy

Cliff, Mick Jagger, Alicia Keys, Aretha

Franklin, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and

Steve Winwood. View the trailer here http://

youtube/kodhajb6uck.

Don’t Pass Me By, the latest drama release

from Infinity United Entertainment, showcases

the latest single from Blue Pie acoustic

soloist, Johnny Bennett, “Sail Boat.” The

single is part of Bennett’s most recent compilation,

The Violet Hush. See the video and more

at http://youtube.com/user/theviolethush or

http://johnny-bennett.com.

Back Lot Records will release the soundtrack

to Oblivion, Universal Pictures’ upcoming

action-adventure starring Tom Cruise, on April

9th. It features new music by Anthony Gonzalez

of M83 and Joseph Trapanese (TRON:

Uprising, The Raid: Redemption). The score

features a hybrid of the traditional M83 electronic

sound

combined

with sweeping

orchestral elements.

It has a

brand new song

by M83 featuring

Norwegian

singer-songwriter

Susanne

Sundfør, which

is used as the

end title for the

film that opens

across the country on April 19th. See http://

oblivionmovie.com. Contact Chandler Poling,

chandler@whitebearpr.com.

MICRO-BIO: In a 20-year career that includes extensive

experience as an artist, producer and performer, Tom Kidd has

promoted, marketed and developed Emmy- and Oscar-winning

composers. He is President of Pres Pak Public Relations.

Out Take

FM Le Sieur

Composer

Email: c/o emilie@cw3pr.com

Web: http://fmlesieur.com

Most Recent: Being Human

MONTREAL-BASED composer FM Le

Sieur wasn’t scared about getting the

job providing all the music for the North

American version of Being Human on

the Syfy network. By the time the call

came, he had already provided music

for seven scenes and had done a demo.

Besides, he had already scored three

previous supernatural films. It was obvious

that Le Sieur knew his way around

the unknown. “You have to be a fan of

scoring,” he says. “You need to be sure

you are a fan.”

Three seasons into his position with

Being Human, Le Sieur’s mix of modern

and urban, darkness and humor has

earned him a digital release of the music

from Seasons 1 & 2. “When I have

to choose a song from the album, I hear

cues from the movie and little melodies

that make the songs themselves,” he

says of the project.

Like many composers, Le Sieur first

wanted to rock, though he always had

a love for score. It was at a club gig

that he met his first film producer. The

producer liked what he heard and asked

Le Sieur to score his film. The soon-tobe

composer always did like to hang

around with cinema people.

Though some musicians might have

trouble jumping from one genre to

another, Le Sieur did not. As he says,

“You have to be able to adapt oneself.

That’s a big part of the job.”

Le Sieur will next adapt himself to a

different genre entirely, a police drama.

As he completes work on Season 3 of

Being Human, “I will start a cop show

based in Paris,” he says. “As long as a

project is exciting, I’m interested. Whatever

the project, you do your best.”

April 2013 www.musicconnection.com 33

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