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Mark McGowan joins PRL for global Performer Rights admin. via 23rd Precinct Music!

Mark McGowan is renown for the power and timbre of his neo-Soul voice. A voice that keeps one ear firmly in working class Glasgow, yet transports the other to the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early 60's. McGowan’s intricate picking style and storytelling developed from an early age and became the tools for him to express himself.

Mark's 2016 EP 'Fugazi' built on the excitement caused by the release of his debut single the previous year last year, the AAside 'Bonnie & Clyde'/'Colour of Surrender' , which earned him some prestigious international blog attention as well as a cult following on Glasgow's thriving independent scene, leading to him gaining status as a headline act in the city. The 'Fugazi' EP brought a diverse collection of influence to the table, with Barne Society producer Marco Rea (BMX Bandits, Emeli Sande), creating a contemporary texture as the backdrop to McGowan's tales of outlaw's, regret, revenge and romance. Tracks 'Lighthouse' and 'Fugazi' display the essence of Mark McGowan's style with their bittersweet images being painted over circular picking patterns. McGowan also displays dark humor with sounds reminiscent of Otis Redding doing Johnny Cash in the rockabilly hoe down that is 'Sunday Best'. Mark McGowan added a fresh vitality to his Soul inflected folk with 2017 single 'Hot Coals'. Built on a hypnotic guitar figure and hooky chant 'Hot Coals' maintains the vivid romantic imagery that coloured McGowan's previous releases, while at the same time distilling his strengths in a more direct, contemporary setting. Hot Coals was helped brought to life by producer Rick Webster who has worked with the likes of Breakfast Muff, Unkle Bob and James.

In Autumn 2019, Mark released 4 track EP 'Speakeasy' though Los Angeles based label NHM LLC. With the support of the LA office, this has opened up amazing opportunities for Mark who has been out to perform in New York City as part of the New Colossus festival & managed to squeeze in a Sofar Sounds set whilst there. Furthermore, Mark's music videos for Speakeasy & Roles Reveresed have culmitavely reached >300,000 views.

An impending release in 'Bones' is set for later on this year. In addition, Mark McGowan was added to Antidote Booking's impressive roster and he joined fellows Scots; VanIves, Carla J. Easton, Tom McGuire & The Brassholes and Wuh Oh. This has led to Mark taking his mesmerising Neo soul voice across the UK including dates in London & Brighton.

Stephen Kirkwood joins PRL for global Performer Rights admin. via 23rd Precinct Music

Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland- Stephen Kirkwood has established himself at the forefront of the Scottish electronic music. Working hard over the years to perfect and hone his sound has earned him a global fanbase with releases on some of of the biggest labels in the industry: Spinnin’ Records, Subculture, Reload Black, Naked Lunch, Respekt Recordings, Yoshitoshi & many more.

His sought after productions are a hybrid of modern techno & classic trance. His tracks are powerful, unique and designed for peak time main stage dance floors as well as more intimate settings.

Behind the decks Stephen is a force to be reckoned with, his sets continue to push genre boundaries. His ability to adapt and evolve to his surroundings and read the dance floor has earned him shows at some of the best global parties including Cream at Amnesia in Ibiza and Grotesque in Holland.

Aside from performing, Stephen also runs SKapade Studios. Launched in 2015, it offers music production training in various styles of electronic music,providing one to one tuitiotion, track engineering, mastering and mixing. A strong advocate within the music community, Stephen also works tirelessly with the SKapade team to deliver engaging workshops to the youth across Scotland visiting schools and colleges. 2019 witnessed Stephen and his partner Steven Galloni play to over 10,000 people at Scotland’s premier entertainmentvenue ‘The Hydro’.

Lova joins PRL for global Performer Rights admin!

For Lova, music comes as natural for her as breathing. She started with the piano as a 3 year old, and since then the music has been a faithful companion, and a solid clue in an ever turbulent existence.

It was however the meeting with her producer Gerald “KEYS” Keys (Rick Ross / Ludacris / Big Sean), in LA who seriously traced Lova into her very own musical expressions. LoKeys resulted from the collaboration with success coming from the single “Tipsy”.

In 2018 year Lova teamed up with Rene Rodriguezz and has featured on the Spotify successes “Rude” and this year’s release “Stand My Ground”.

Early 2019 saw features with Copenhagen based Mashti covering Sade’s “Paradise which should release soon and which follows on from “I Can’t Help Myself” released earlier this year.

David Forbes joins PRL via 23rd Precinct Music for global Performer Rights admin!

David is one of Scotland's most highly respected producers and DJs, he is a mentor to many young aspiring DJs and producers. David has led electronic music production workshops which focus on bringing opportunities to those from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition, David is a regular on popular Glasgow based electronic community radio station Groove City Radio.

David started his musical career as the resident DJ of the now infamous Glasgow club Hanger 13, and his recording career began in 1993 with releases for the likes of Combined Forces in Holland and the legendary Noom in Germany. He went on to record for leading Scottish label Limbo under the name of “Propulsion” and “Tecra” where he enjoyed the attention of leading DJs such as Nick Warren, Christopher Lawrence and John “00” Fleming.

His tracks have been regularly featured in all of the major compilation titles such as Global Underground and Reactivate. His collaboration with leading producer Mallorca Lee (“Ultrasonic”) took him to write and produce three album tracks for dance sensation Public Domain.

With over thirty releases under his belt, and two major label deals in the works, David Forbes has proved that his production talents are worth looking out for. David Forbes has cemented himself as one of the top producers and dance DJs in the past 25 years with a consistency other can only dream of. With tracks signed to Aria (Forbes own label), Subculture, Damaged, Armada, WAO138, Outburst, Vandit, Blackhole, AVA, Captivaiting, Spinnin, S107, Reset, 68Recordings, Coldharbour, Fraction, Detox, Oxygen, 2play, Serious, MOS, Silicon, Extravaganza & Subliminal to name a few.

Saint Agnes join PRL for global Performer Rights Admin!

"Say hello to your new favourite band’ - Classic Rock Magazine

Saint Agnes are a ferocious 4-piece rock band from East London who clocked up over 200 divebar and squat shows across the UK & Europe in their first 3 years. 2018 was their breakout year; smashing up the mainstage at Kendal Calling, a raucous 20 date UK headline tour, festival appearances across Europe and a sold out headline show at the legendary Lexington in London.

Their year finished with a UK and European tour this autumn, heading out for 6 dates in Germany including Reeperbahn Festival and their biggest headliner yet at The Borderline in London in support of their then recently announced 12" vinyl EP 'The Death or Glory Gang' released via InGrooves(Wolf Alice, Pale Waves).

They are unashamedly a rock band, playing fiery live shows hinging on the intense chemistry between frontman/woman duo of Kitty Arabella Austen and Jon James Tufnell. Their recordings are fully analogue and self-produced to capture the true rebel heart and energy of the band.This is modern guitar music made in the most authentic way. Recording sessions were engineered by Luke Oldfield (The Wytches, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats).

In 2019 Saint Agnes release their debut full length collection of tracks on May 3rd entitled" Welcome To Silvertown" via new label partner InGrooves backed by over 30 summer gigs Europe-wide before October passes.

They have had radio play from: BBC Radio 6 (Lamacq), Virgin (Georgie Rogers), KEXP, Radio X and Amazing Radio. John Kennedy invited the band to record a live session on his show as well as perform at his own showcase event.

"Their raw chemistry proves as potent as ever as they dish out a grinding splurge of defiant rock n' roll graffiti" - Q Magazine

"Saint Agnes kick out the jams with a fervour and sense of purpose that's genuinely refreshing by shoving the blues through a mangle of 70s influenced psych and metal and then spewing them out in a multi-coloured spray." - The Quietus

"Psych-rock four-piece Saint Agnes have created a unique cinematic sound and a rock 'n' roll Gothic image to match." - The Telegraph

Barry Eastmond joins PRL direct for global Performer Rights Admin!

Barry is one of the most successful and prolific producers/songwriters/arrangers in contemporary music, racking up over sixty gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums on some of the most important artists in pop and R&B, with cumulative sales of over 80 million copies worldwide. Respected and acknowledged Barry’s worked with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Barry White, Anita Baker, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight, and has provided hit records for major artists incl. Britney Spears, Brandy, Faith Evans, Michael Bolton, Vanessa Williams, Freddie Jackson, Billy Ocean, Kenny Lattimore, Regina Belle and Tamia, among others.

Barry’s first credits as an arranger and producer appeared in 1982 on records by The O’Jays, Teddy Pendergrass and McFadden & Whitehead; after a few years on the road with Melba Moore, Barry was hired for gigs with the likes of Chaka Khan, Angela Bofill and Phyllis Hyman. A call from a New York contractor resulted in a couple of years as a musician in the hit Broadway show, “Cats”.

By the mid-‘80s, Barry’s career as a writer began to take hold: he had songs on albums by Billy Ocean (his breakthrough album, “Suddenly”), Melba Moore (“Read My Lips”) and then in 1985, then-newcomer and Moore protégé, Freddie Jackson, penning six of eight songs on the soul vocalist’s best-selling debut LP, “Rock Me Tonight.” The LP also provided Barry with his first major production credits on six cuts.

Included on Jackson’s debut set was another classic – “You Are My Lady” – which Barry wrote as a tribute to his wife: “That song literally changed my life forever,” Barry reflects. “After working on Freddie’s album and playing and writing for Billy Ocean’s “Suddenly” album, I was hired by Jive Records to work with [South African musician/singer/songwriter] Jonathan Butler after they heard my work on a couple of (jazz guitarist) Earl Klugh’s records.”

Barry’s production skills were on full display on subsequent albums by Butler, Billy Ocean’s classic “Love Zone” and “Tear Down These Walls”, and Jackson and by the end of the ‘80s, he had added a slew of both renowned artists (Britain’s iconic singer Tom Jones, George Benson, gospel star Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Stephanie Mills, saxophonist Najee and Regina Belle) to an ever-growing list of credits.

In the early ‘90s, Barry was in demand for a range of production assignments including with three then-Arista recording artists, Jeffrey Osborne (with him he scored a No. 1 R&B hit, “I’m Only Human”), ‘Dreamgirl’ Jennifer Holliday (with “I’m On Your Side”) and the legendary Dionne Warwick, for whom Barry co-produced a track with her original producers, Burt Bacharach & Hal David.

Others who benefitted from the Eastmond magic touch for the first five years of the ‘90s included Will Downing, Keith Washington, Phil Perry, Rachelle Ferrell, Glenn Jones and The Temptations: one session with hitmaker Howard Hewett in 1990 on a duet with global superstar Anita Baker resulted in a subsequent call from Baker (who had cited Barry’s work with Jonathan Butler as the catalyst for his involvement) a few years later. The initial result was Barry’s involvement with Anita’s best-selling “Rhythm Of Love” 1994 album and a Grammy win for her with Barry’s “I Apologize,” penned with Gordon Chambers.

The decade of Barry’s solid reputation as the ‘go to’ producer continued with Kenny Lattimore’s “For You” (acknowledged as the singer’s breakthrough hit), sessions with the late Phyllis Hyman (for what would be her final album release, “I Refuse To Be Lonely”), Maysa, Vanessa Williams, Nancy Wilson, Vesta, Michael Bolton, Martha Wash and a stand-out track for the hit movie, “Set It Off” in the form of “Missing You” performed by Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Tamia and Brandy. Recalls Barry, “It was great to reunite with Chaka from our early ‘80s days on the road and Gladys was someone I always wanted to work with.” Another personal highlight for Barry was working with the late legendary Al Jarreau on tracks for his 1999 set, “Tomorrow Today”.

Barry’s entry into the 21stcentury began with “Dear Diary,” a track on an album that would go on to sell over fifteen million copies – Britney Spears’ “Oops!...I Did It Again” – and continued with sessions with Peabo Bryson, Yolanda Adams, Kenny Lattimore & Chante Moore, Broadway star Elisabeth Withers, ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin and the iconic Whitney Houston, with Barry contributing the title track for her 2003 Christmas album, “One Wish.”

Barry also completed two albums with Anita Baker for Blue Note, 2004’s best-selling “My Everything” (on which he produced all but one track) and 2005’s “Christmas Fantasy.” Barry’s work with teenage prodigy Karina Pasian on Def Jam earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B album; and further projects included reunions with Freddie Jackson and Kenny Lattimore and in 2013, Barry produced Billy Ocean’s first album in a number of years, “Here You Are” (consisting of Billy’s take on standards) which achieved major sales and chart success in the UK (where it reached #4 on the best-sellers list).

In addition, through his illustrious career, Barry has composed movie and TV themes as well including "When The Going Gets Tough" from the hit movie, "The Jewel Of The Nile", the afore-mentioned "Missing You" from "Set It Off" as well as a number of popular U.S. television shows.

The recipient of numerous awards including an American Music Award for “Nice’N’Slow” (one of the key tracks on Freddie Jackson’s 1988 “Don’t Let Love Slip Away” album) and numerous ASCAP Pop and R&B citations, Barry has been a member of the Board of The Recording Academy and was honored alongside Hal David, Lyle Lovett, Jackie De Shannon, Dean Kay, Brett James, Hillary Lindsay, Gordie Sampson and others at ASCAP’s “We Write The Music” 2011 event at the Library of Congress at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. where Freddie Jackson performed the timeless “You Are My Lady”.

Barry’s recent activities have included tenure as an adjunct professor at NYU Steinhardt Performing Arts Department in songwriting as well as involvement in the NYU Summer Songwriting Workshop. He comments, “I was a guest speaker for ten years at The Berklee School Of Music in Boston and for the past four years, I’ve taught at NYU. I’m comfortable in this environment and I’ve worked with some truly talented students. I’m truly happy to pass on the knowledge, including everything I learned from great record men like Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, and (Jive Records President) Clive Calder.” Barry was recently inducted into “The Soul Music Hall Of Fame” as a producer/arranger which he considers a thrill and an honor to be a part of.

Noting that he “still loves being in the studio…I could do it every day!”, Barry’s most recent projects include tracks on Najee’s best-selling jazz/R&B album, “Poetry In Motion” and work on a Billy Ocean album of brand new songs for 2018. In addition Barry has been a new song on the brand new Steve Perry Album ”Traces” which he co-wrote with Steve entitled “You Belong To Me”.