Unable Records, a Cherry Hill, NJ-based independent record label, has signed adult film star Amai Liu to a recording contract. Together, Amai and Unable Records will write, record and release a brand new single; but that isn't the biggest story of the day. It has also been revealed that this unlikely team will be filming the entire process, from songwriting and rehearsal to recording and marketing, in order to produce and release a compelling, behind the scenes docu-series.
"When Amai came to us and expressed an interest in trying to break into the music industry, we knew immediately that this was a project that we wanted to work on," said Jason Ruch of Unable Records. "Amai has always had a deep love for music, and she is quite talented."
While discussing the project during meetings at Unable's Cherry Hill headquarters, it quickly became apparent that the project was larger than just a single. "Everyone kept talking about what an interesting story this is - the porn star turned pop star," said Mike Ransom, Managing Partner at Unable Records. Despite the risks involved in a project of this type, trying to break someone into an unforgiving industry like music, grappling with the formation and coaching of a new artist, and overcoming the stereotypes and preconceived notions that go along with an adult performer; Unable Records decided to open the entire process to the public in order to tell that story. "All of us will be putting a lot on the line throughout this project; both Amai and the label have a lot to lose. With that said, we felt we had a amazing opportunity to give people a behind the scenes look at not only the making of a record, but the transformation of a career."
Good or bad, it will all be on display in the docu-series that Unable Records is calling Porn to Pop. It is unclear at this point exactly when the series, and the single on which it is focused, will be released, but the label has indicated it will likely be in early 2016. Additionally, the label has not revealed the genre of Amai's work, saying only that it falls outside of the rock, metal and punk with which they usually work.
Amai Liu and Unable Records will be jointly launching a crowd-funding campaign in the coming weeks in order to raise the money needed to complete the process of producing, filming and editing the docu-series. Unable Records is currently weighing several options for the release of the series, including shopping it to television networks and other video providers, such as Netflix and Amazon. For more information about Amai, the single and the Porn to Pop docu-series, fans should visit UnableRecords.com/Amai for updates and a longer description of the series.
This June fans of Johnoscar have cause to celebrate as the concert pianist releases his new album: Cinema Paradiso, A Night At The Movies. This is Johnoscar's second independent release and the follow-up to his 2013 album "Christmas,"which has scored solid five stars with every review. The Filipino born resident of the San Francisco Bay Area will premiere his album in live performance, and in its entirety, at the restored and historic Rio Grand Movie Theater in New Mexico June 23--the date of its release.
The Cinema Paradiso program features arrangements and interpretations of some of the greatest film music ever composed from some of the greatest films ever made including Cinema Paradiso, The Mission and Modern Times. It covers a span of almost 100 years of film music and includes some of the pianist's signature pieces such as Somewhere In Time, Warsaw Concerto and the piano score from Schindler's List John Williams penned for Johnoscar while he was still a student at Juilliard. Johnoscar's interpretations and performances become the common thread tying these pieces together into a cohesive whole and endows this body of work with emotion, development and meaning. "The album tell a story," says Johnoscar, "an entire civilization's story--by using music to trigger the power of film." The album's performances utilized the rich sound of a 100 year old Steinway in a state of the art recording studio.
Johnoscar has performed as a soloist, and as a soloist with orchestras, on three continents including a head of state and an appearance at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. He debuted as a soloist with The San Francisco Symphony at 17 performing Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto and has appeared in many of the great concert halls around the world. Some highlights include Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Davies Hall, Herbst Theater at the San Francisco War Memorial, The Royal Palace in Brussels and the Paris Conservatory with Joshua Bell. He has worked with IMG Artists and has been contracted to Sony Classical. He is currently represented by Brant-Muzik Management. Johnoscar has appeared consistently on the Juilliard annual list of notable alumni.
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