Considering the DIY, self-starting, cottage industry music field these days, it's not entirely unusual to find overachieving artists, but Miss Aja Warren takes the proverbial cake...

Case in point, girl makes album. It's to be called Misbehavin' and it is the summation of years of music making, singing, playing guitar and writing songs. She decides to make a music video album track, "Revolution," but instead of go-proing it or hacking the iPhone, she gives the song, a moody, sultry rocker, what it most definitely deserves- a high quality, 8-minute short film complete with a bloody knife fight, mixed martial arts and cool costumes, a collaboration with fêted indie director, Bryce Morgan. What happens? Well, we're proud to announce that "Revolution" has been awarded Best Music Video by the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and Action On Film has nominated the video for awards in two categories, (Best Music Video and Best Musical).

We seriously urge you to spend your next 8 minutes checking this out. It will be well worth the time...

The rest of Misbehavin' was co-produced and co-written with Warren's longtime friend Mike Willis in Cincinnati, is a wonderful, diverse display of her talents. The album's 10 tracks invoke torch song aesthetics with ethereal laments, ("About Time," "Pieces"), gritty banjo n' floorboard roots numbers ("Back Porch"), perfect bluesy rock, ("Black Heart," "Waiting," "Stay Open To Love"), wrapping with the plaintive reverie of "Sail Away."

A little background is in order...

Aja Warren was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, where she studied pretty much all corners of the artistic spectrum- music included, (she plays the guitar and clarinet) but also acting, photography, painting, theatre, dance. She moved to Denver at the age of 21 to finish up her higher education where she also furthered endeavors in theatre, music and art.

Aja ended up in Los Angeles post-college and promptly signed with a modeling agency, an acting agency, and released her first EP All My Dreams, (also a collab with Mike Willis)

She modeled in major campaigns for RayBan, Francis Ford Coppola Wines, Grand Marnier, and more, appearing in editorials in various fashion publications around the world. She also starred in Frank Ocean's music video "Thinking About You," wherein she played a pioneer woman who's husband sacrifices himself to save her life.

In addition to having appeared and starred in several short films, Aja is currently producing a television series called K, Great Thanks with Executive Producer, Dany Garcia, founder of the Garcia Companies and co-founder of 7 Bucks Production. She co-stars with her long time friend Zach Baz in a story about the in's and outs of Hollywood, She is also producing several other projects, including a music based film titled WinterSong that will feature songs from All My Dreams.

We ask ourselves, can Aja Warren possibly do anymore? I think we know the answer to that.

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Jim Pelz & the Loser Angels

From a tree top in his backyard, singer/guitarist Jim Pelz could just make out the John Hancock Tower in neighboring Boston. Perched in the shadow of that music-loving city, he began to absorb the influences that would later define him as a musician. It was all there: jazz, blues, and rock ’n’ roll, and later, country and bluegrass. Jim started on the piano, to be abandoned for the trombone, and then, ultimately, the guitar. That’s where he found his own unique voice.

In his younger years, Jim sharpened his musical skills at every opportunity, touring around New England playing reggae, blues, rock, and jazz. After relocating to Cincinnati, Ohio, he co-founded Hickory Robot, an acoustic Americana ensemble with bluegrass leanings. Since then, it’s developed a strong regional following and recorded two CDs. Each release showcases his fleet guitar work and character-driven songs, all hewn from the heartland of America.

We’re happy to announce the release Loser Angels, Jim Pelz’s debut solo CD. It documents the divinity found in surmounting life’s low moments: temptation, failure, the existential despair of war, and loss. It’s the rumbling of a barfly stumbling his home in “Faded”, and the poignant uncertainty of a female soldier in “Sand In The Machine.” It’s also redemption found through music, as in “Soul of a Song,” or simply letting go, as in “I Can’t Hold On,”

Loser Angels draws inspiration from the music of the latter-day Byrds, the lyrical tautness of Rodney Crowell, and the grit of Jason Isbell. The guitars bend and twang, and the melodies linger.

It’s a long way from the tree in the shadow of Boston to bars and concert venues of America, but Jim continues to look up and push beyond the boundaries of his own backyard.

Cookin' Hearts

Cookin' Hearts is an alternative folk band based in Cincinnati, OH. The band began in 2010 as a collaboration between song-writers Joe Hart and Alex Cook. The two worked as acoustic duo for several years before teaming up with Ali Reynolds and Abigail Westwood in 2013.

As a quartet, the group has reinvented itself almost entirely. While Joe remains the sole guitarist of the group, Alex has traded in his bass for banjo, shifting the instrumentation to include Ali on upright bass. With the addition of Abigail's celtic and classically influenced flute stylings, the group has rounded out their instrumentation in a unique way that lends itself to fascinating new compositions.

Along with the new instrumentation, the ensemble also turned their focus towards creating powerful 4-part vocal harmonies that have been described as being haunting and melancholy, vibrant and soulful. This element has added an exciting and invigorating new dynamic to the band's sound.

Since the summer of 2013, Cookin' Hearts has been performing around the Cincinnati area in a wide variety of settings and music venues, and has steadily gained a dedicated following. The group recently finished recording a 3 song EP entitled "The Bourbon Sessions", and they're currently working towards getting back into the studio with the hopes of recording and releasing their debut full length album by the end of 2015.



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