The story of ‘Ordinary Life‘ is a story of hope seen through the eyes of everyday New Yorkers doing their best to live ordinary lives. It’s a story of resilience and strength. A story that belongs to us all.

Back in 2016, New York soul & blues singer-songwriter, Sari Schorr released ‘Ordinary Life’ – a single off her debut album ‘A Force of Nature’ (Manhaton Records, 2016). Four years later, she rereleased the track, for good reasons, with a new self-shot video: because today – in the here and now of 2020 – life has changed. That’s meant that our lives have become anything but ordinary.

Ordinary Life‘ has clearly resonated with many people around the world as views of the video continue to surge. There were over 50,000 views as of this morning.

As Sari herself explains, “When I set out to make the video, it was to overcome the challenge of being grounded in New York, unable to tour. The idea was that if I couldn’t reach my fans, I could invite them to my world through scenes of an isolated New York City in lockdown. But everything changed the moment a solitary man walked across the screen. I realised the story I wanted to share was how ordinary people were making the best out of what they could not change.

Ordinary Life‘s’ original message of gratitude and appreciation for life’s simple moments throws a spotlight on everything we had taken for granted before the pandemic.

Life will go on. Things will be different because we are different. I, for one, will be more grateful for an Ordinary Life.

It’s a powerful testament to a moment in time where many learned to be grateful for everyday experiences, interactions and relationships we may have taken for granted.

Sari felt the effects of these changes from several angles. Like many artists, her live touring had to be put on hold. Performance matters to Sari – the buzz, the contact with fans, the joy of practising her art and sharing her material. Instead of hitting the road on her eagerly-anticipated European Tour, Sari found herself in New York under the new rules of lockdown and social isolation.

That gave her inspiration and spurred her to action. Sari explains it this way: “I was profoundly disappointed when our entire tour was cancelled due to COVID-19. I hardly recognized my depression. Finally, I woke up to the realization that I was not alone. Despite social distancing, I could still connect with people because — at my core – I am a storyteller with a story to be told about gratitude, hope, and resilience. I am grateful that this story – the story of us all -is resonating across the globe.

The new fusion of song and visuals has struck a chord for many: views of the video have now exceeded 50,000 worldwide. Sari’s glimpses of The Big Apple in these strange times are fascinating and moving right now and will be in years to come, whilst the yearning to return to ordinary life, expressed in the song, speaks to many and gives them comfort and hope.

Fans and many other have seen hope in the song and video.

As Kira Grunenberg (of Throw the Dice & Play Nice) put it: “It’s a reminder that yes, things are different right now, there is a hard road ahead, but people are facing the day with their best feet forward and in that way, New York City as seen here, retains its fortitude to carry on, living differently but just turning around and making that difference part of the new ordinary.’

Today, modern-day soul & powerhouse blues sensation Sari Schorr releases her brand-new live album, ‘Live in Europe’, on Manhaton Records. To celebrate the occasion, she’s sharing the live video of ‘Ain’t Got No Money’ that gives an exhilarating taste of the live Sari Schorr experience. What’s more, Sari will soon be setting out on a new ‘Live in Europe’ tour in March & April 2020, visiting 8 different countries and playing over 30 dates across The Continent – her biggest tour yet!

Live in Europe’ was recorded during Sari’s 2019 tour of Europe, in venues as far apart as Rapperswil in Switzerland and Suffolk in England. The concert tracks were expertly recorded, mixed and mastered by Henning Gehrke and capture this powerhouse singer’s dynamic presence and much-acclaimed vocal talent.

Although a trained opera singer – with all the range, sheer power and skill you’d expect – Sari Schorr’s voice also has the right amount of grit to make her a world-class rock, blues and soul singer. ‘Live in Europe’ not only captures that presence, power and range, but also the talents of her top-flight band: 

Sari’s Live Band for UK Dates comprises: Sari Schorr (vocals); Ash Wilson (guitar & vocals); Mat Beable (bass guitar & vocals); Bob Fridzema (keyboards & vocals), and Roy Martin (drums). In addition, these following musicians also featured on the live album: Stevie Watts (keyboards); Martin “Magic” Johnson (drums); and Steve Wright (acoustic guitar.)

The 12-track album contains 10 live tracks, plus two bonus, previously-unreleased, acoustic tracks, recorded for the BBC in the UK. There’s original material aplenty in the playlists and some well-chosen covers that leap into to new life with Sari’s performance,

Check out the live video to get a taste, then get the new album for the full feast. Signed Digipak CD copies are available from Manhaton Records (https://www.manhatonrecords.com/product/sari-schorr-live-in-europe-signed-digipak-cd),

Album retail link here –http://smarturl.it/dzaqom

whilst details of Sari’s 2020 European Tour can be found on her website: https://www.sarischorr.com/tour

Sari SchorrLive In Europe’ will be out on Manhaton Records on 6th March 2020, followed by her biggest European tour yet, comprising over 32 dates across the continent and the UK in March and April.

In her own words: “The time had come for me to get a bit messy. Too much of my life was becoming cleaned-up in the carefully curated world of social -media where we retouch our faces and bodies and carefully edit our words. Recording a live album was a blunt attempt to fend off the perfectionism of the technological world,” says Sari.

Every year there is seemingly a constant parade of must-hear singers right? Not really. They come along rarely if they’re the real deal, as rarely as a seminal live album actually. Meet Sari Schorr. What makes her different is what makes all the others the same. She’s got talent, who hasn’t, but she has depth, life experience (like helping out in Haiti after the earthquake). She has real stories to tell. Sari is one of the few singers that can be, and is, mentioned in the same breath as Joplin. What you get is Blues with 3 Michelin Stars served in a New York diner. Don’t forget to leave a tip!

Sari’s brand-new, 12-track live album was recorded on the last tour, and serves as a perfect illustration of why you’ll want to catch the next one. We are treated to the passion of original songs from her two studio albums and two reworked covers, ‘Black Betty‘ and ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You‘, both hot favourites with audiences. These stunning live recordings from across Europe, along with two previously-unreleased acoustic tracks recorded for the BBC in the UK, truly make this album an object of desire. For Sari “there is an honestly in a live performance that allows me to be vulnerable and uncensored.

We are in uncharted territory, and to use superlatives that have been wrongly applied to lesser performers in the past, mostly by ad agencies, would be to cheapen something exceptional. Perhaps the best words are actually the names of other exceptional artists Sari stands alongside, like Tina Turner, Elkie Brooks and the already mentioned Janice Joplin.

Manhaton Records is delighted that Sari Schorr‘s song ‘Beautiful‘ has been shortlisted for Best Blues Rock Song at the Independent Blues Awards 2019.

The song is taken from Sari Schorr’s celebrated current album ‘Never Say Never‘ which is also nominated for: ‘Best Independent Blues Rock CD‘ and ‘Best Independent Blues New Artists CD

The Independent Blues Awards is a public vote at Make a Scene website here that runs until 1st August.

Sari Schorr said of the song: “‘Beautiful’ was one of the most difficult songs for me to write and record. Beauty is a complicated subject because it has become overwhelmingly important to us. We are driven to despair in our pursuit of the unattainable state of perfection. We fall in love with beauty and forget that real love is an unconditional commitment to an imperfect person.. I am thrilled that this song has been recognised by the independent blues community.

Released Digitally on Fri 26th July 2019

Never Say Never Tour

August        25 Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival Colne UK
September 15 Darlington Rhythm & Blues Festival UK
September 21 Wotton Blues Festival UK
September 26 Ropetackle Arts Centre Shoreham-by-sea UK
September 27 Chapel Arts Centre Bath UK
September 28 Echo Hotel Music Club, Elizabeth Hall Hook UK

October 3  Jaeren Blues Club Norway
October 4  Mandel Bluesklubb Norway
October 7  Godset Kolding Denmark
October 9  Portalen Greve Teater & Musikhus Greve Denmark
October 12 MC Club Odense Denmark
October 16 Chabah Kandern Germany
October 17 Fricktaler Blues Festival Frick Switzerland

November 3 The Greystones Sheffield UK

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Review: Ben Poole – Anytime You Need Me

Manhaton Records (Sept 2018)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

Ben Poole returns with his third album release ‘Anytime You Need Me‘, an album that helps build his standing in the blues rock community as his career continues to grow.

I think there’s one thing this album epitomizes, it’s the continuing trend to release albums that don’t conform to the over regimented definition of what blues music should be.

What you end up getting are releases that are like a breath of fresh air, pulling in influences from other genres and with it new audiences.

With ‘Anytime You Need Me‘, Ben has introduced elements of funk, 70’s rock and even a little soul. The album is a little more adventurous then previous releases.

Take It No More‘ would be nearer the traditional blues rock track which has elements of King King, which is hardly a surprise with aforementioned band’s Wayne Proctor at the production helm.

While ‘Found Out The Hard Way‘ wouldn’t be out of place on a Mitch Laddie album.

But I found ‘You Could Say‘ a bit too poppy for my palette with Ben’s vocals taking on a high pitch Jonny Lange vibe.

It has to be said the two covers on the album are interesting choices, Don Henley’s ‘Dirty Laundry‘, a track I’ve always loved and Jude Cole’s ‘Start The Car‘. However they work really well and releasing ‘Dirty Laundry‘ as a single will certainly help raise interest from other quarters.

While not every track is to my liking, I think live it will be an entirely different matter and with a heavier live sound they will fill out nicely.

Anytime You Need Me‘ is an album, which along with other current British musicians releases, helps cement the UK as one of the top blues & blues rock territories in the World.

 

Blues vocalist Sari Schorr will release her brand new album ‘Never Say Never‘ on October 5th 2018 via Manhaton Records. ‘Never Say Never‘ is Sari’s second album and comes after the critically received debut album ‘A Force of Nature‘ which was released two years ago.

The ‘Never Say Never‘ UK tour kicks off in September and there’s a free song ‘Thank You‘ from the new album which can be downloaded here

September 13 Leicester The Musician Pub
September 14 London Borderline
September 15 Durham Mickleton Live
September 18 Bilston The Robin 2
September 19 Bristol The Louisiana
September 21 Pontypridd Muni Arts Centre
September 22 Derby THE FLOWERPOT DERBY
September 27 Oxford The Bullingdon
September 28 Poynton Legion Bluefunk Rhythm and Blues Club
September 29 Godalming Wilfrid Noyce Eclectic Live Music

Tickets from http://www.sarischorr.com

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International Blues/Rock/Soul guitarist, singer and songwriter Ben Poole will release his brand new studio album ‘Anytime You Need Me‘ on Friday 14th September 2018 via Manhaton Records. The new album follows Ben’s critically acclaimed albums ‘Time Has Come‘ (2016) and ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall‘ (Recorded by the BBC in 2014).

Anytime You Need Me‘ was recorded at Superfly Studios in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire produced by Wayne Proctor. “It was an absolute joy to work again with Wayne,” says Ben. “He has a great ear and knows me well as an artist, and the result is amazing.

Order now for a Signed CopyFree Download of ‘Holding On‘ from the album
https://www.manhatonrecords.com/product/ben-poole-anytime-you-need-me

To celebrate the release Ben will embark on a 14-date UK tour in November and December 2018. Tickets for all concerts can be booked from http://benpooleband.com/live.

The new studio album marks a point in Ben’s career where he feels he’s really found himself as an all-round guitarist, singer and song-writer. The best representation on a studio record so far of the attitude, energy and excitement that he brings to his live shows. The album is a melting pot of rock, blues and soul but with a pop sensibility in the songwriting allowing it to feel accessible throughout. The overall sound showcases a lot of grit and a swagger, with special emphasis on guitar tones and instrumental performances from everyone who played on the album.

On ‘Anytime You Need Me‘, Ben was ready to do something harder hitting and more guitar based than his previous album, ‘Time Has Come‘. The main focus was still on writing great songs but with far more focus on Ben as an artist. He kept the team small and avoided having too much outside influence on the direction of the music. Ben co-wrote the album with his two writing partners, Wayne Proctor and Steve Wright.

Ben Poole – November/December 2018 UK Tour
TICKETS: http://benpooleband.com/live

Latest Music Bar, Brighton                Wednesday 21 November

The Stables, Milton Keynes               Thursday 22 November

Old Schoolhouse, Barnsley               Friday 23 November

The Meeting Room, Elland                Saturday 24 November

The Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst   Wednesday 28 November

Oran Mor, Glasgow                            Thursday 29 November

Cafe Drummonds, Aberdeen            Friday 30 November

The Green Hotel, Kinross                   Saturday 1 December

Früit, Hull                                            Wednesday 5 December

Real Time Live, Chesterfield              Thursday 6 December

The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber           Friday 7 December

Half Moon Putney, London               Wednesday 12 December

The Musician, Leicester                     Thursday 13 December

The Railway, Winchester                   Saturday 15 December

British blues rock band King King kick off their Spring 2018 UK Tour – including shows at the HRH Festival in Sheffield and the Rock & Blues Festival in Newport – at the Worcester Huntingdon Hall on Saturday 14th April.
Xander and the Peace Pirates, Steve Hill and Austin Gold support the Glasgow rockers on selected dates throughout April, May and June as listed below.

King King released their fourth studio album ‘Exile & Grace‘ in October 2017 via Manhaton Records. The album features the band’s singles Broken, (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ and Long Time Running which have been big hits on Planet Rock Radio in the UK.

The album was recorded at Superfly Studios and mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder and Therapy?).

Exile & Grace‘ is King King’s first album of new material since 2015’s multi-award winning ‘Reaching For The Light‘. The new album follows King King’s across-the-board win of five awards at 2016’s British Blues Awards including Best Male Vocal (Alan Nimmo), Best Bass Player (Lindsay Coulson), Best Song (Rush Hour), Best Album (Reaching for the Light) and Best Songwriter.

King King – April – June 2018 UK Tour

^With Special Guests Xander and the Peace Pirates | *With Special Guest Steve Hill | +With Special Guest Austin Gold

Book Tickets: www.kingking.co.uk/tour

^Worcester, Huntingdon Hall                   Saturday 14 April

Sheffield, HRH Festival                                 Sunday 15 April

^Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree                     Friday 20 April

Darvel, Darvel Festival                                  Saturday 21 April

*Hastings, St. Mary in The Castle             Thursday 3 May

*Pontypridd, Muni Arts Centre                 Friday 4 May

*Southampton, The 1865                             Saturday 5 May

*Liverpool, Epstein Theatre                       Thursday 10 May

+Whitley Bay, The Playhouse                    Friday 11 May

+Clitheroe, The Grand                                  Saturday 12 May

*Chester, The Live Rooms                           Thursday 17 May

*Leeds, Brudenell Social Club                   Friday 18 May

*Holmfirth, The Picturedome                   Saturday 19 May

*Frome, Cheese & Grain                             Saturday 26 May

*Exeter, The Phoenix Arts Centre            Sunday 27 May

*Bilston,The Robin 2                                      Thursday 31 May

*Bury St. Edmunds, The Apex                    Friday 1 June

Newport, Rock & Blues Festival                Saturday 2 June

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King King are pleased to announce the special guests for their January 2018 UK Tour. The award-winning rock blues band will be supported by Rhino’s Revenge (feat. Rhino from Status Quo) at the London Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Wednesday 17th January, the Birmingham Town Hall on Thursday 18th January and the Bath Forum on Saturday 20th January. Gerry Jablonski And The Electric Band will support King King at the Edinburgh Queen’s Hall on Friday 26th January and Xander And The Peace Pirates at the Sheffield Leadmill on Saturday 27th January.

King King released their fourth studio album ‘Exile & Grace‘ on Friday 13th October 2017 via Manhaton Records. The album features the band’s singles ‘(She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’‘ and ‘Long Time Running‘ which have been big hits on Planet Rock radio in the UK.

The album coincides with King King‘s biggest UK tour to date. The dates include London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Wednesday 17 January), Birmingham Town Hall (Thursday 18 January), Bath Forum (Saturday 20 January), Edinburgh Queen’s Hall (Friday 26 January), and Sheffield Leadmill (Saturday 27 January). Tickets are available via the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 and can be ordered from www.thegigcartel.com.

The new album ‘Exile & Grace‘ promises to deliver a bigger punch, with killer songs performed with true passion by a fist tight line-up. The album was recorded at Superfly Studios and mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder and Therapy?).

Says King King‘s frontman and guitarist, Alan Nimmo, “Exile & Grace‘ definitely has a rockier feel and sound to it. We are following our influences from the Classic Rock genre, Bad Company, Whitesnake and Thunder. We really set out to challenge ourselves with this album. We’ve stepped up the quality of songwriting and pushed ourselves physically in both performance and delivery!

‘Exile & Grace’ January 2018 UK Tour
Book  Tickets: 0844 478 0898, www.thegigcartel.com

London Shepherd’s Bush Empire      Wednesday 17 January
Birmingham, Town Hall                     Thursday 18 January
Bath, Forum                                       Saturday 20 January
Edinburgh Queen’s Hall                     Friday 26 January
Sheffield, Leadmill                             Saturday 27 January

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