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Happening Today, Record Store Day 4/20

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NEW YORK, NY (April 15, 2013) – Wind-up Records, one of the largest independently-owned record labels, was founded in 1997 and has successfully launched the careers of numerous multi-platinum artists such as Evanescence, Creed, Seether and Finger Eleven, built a diverse roster of artists which include The Darkness, Five for Fighting, James Durbin and O.A.R. and has scouted and developed several award-winning, newer artists such as Civil Twilight, The Virginmarys, Young Guns and Jillette Johnson.

To celebrate their 15-year anniversary, Wind-up is releasing an exclusive limited edition 10 inch red vinyl of rare tracks from Creed, Seether, Finger Eleven, Young Guns, The Virginmarys and The Darkness at participating retailers on Record Store Day, April 20, 2013. “We are pleased to be participating in Record Store Day this year” said Wind-up’s Chief Executive Officer, Ed Vetri. “Celebrating our 15 year anniversary with this collectable vinyl album is a great way to acknowledge our great Rock history and our unwavering commitment to Rock music today. We hope Wind-up fans enjoy the red vinyl and feel not just a great sense of our history, but a glimpse of what we are doing now. We thank our artists who participated in this promotion and our fans who have been great supporters of Wind-up over the years.”

This collection celebrates tracks that hold important milestones for the label. Creed’s “What’s This Life For” (Blue Collar Version) is the original version of the song that was eventually included on My Own Prison, the album that launched their career spawning several hit singles and generated sales of over nine million copies worldwide. Finger Eleven’s “Change The World” (Acoustic Mix) is a rare B-side from their fifth full length studio album Them vs. You vs. Me, which was released in 2007, and is an RIAA Gold Certified Album as well as the 2008 Juno Award winner for Rock Album of the Year. Additional rare tracks include Seether’s “Driven Under” (Live Acoustic), a standout track taken from One Cold Night, which was a live acoustic album released in 2006. The Darkness’ “Love Is Not The Answer” (Acoustic Demo) appeared on digital version only of the band’s first album in over five years, the critically acclaimed Hot Cakes. Newer Wind-up artist tracks include Young Guns’ debut album and title track, “Bones” (Acoustic) which recently reach #1 on the active rock charts and “Dead Man’s Shoes” (Stripped Recording) from The Virginmarys’ recent release, King of Conflict.

Since its inception nearly 15 years ago, Wind-up has shipped over 60 million units worldwide, garnered seven multi-platinum albums (including one diamond – sales over 10 million) and seven gold albums. Wind-up has licensed music to high-profile television shows and motion pictures including several movie soundtracks. Combining a team of creative A&R scouts, in-house writers and engineers with its own recording studio, Wind-up cultivates a fluid and collaborative recording process with its artists; As pioneers of the 360-degree deal, Wind-up umbrellas several other entities including various publishing companies, a touring division, a television corporation and Pronto Merch, a full-service merchandise company.

A year-long set of events and promotions honoring Wind-up’s decade and a half’s worth of music history have been taking place to commemorate the occasion. Past promotions have included an iTunes 15th Anniversary Slider, eMusic highlighted Wind-up and offered a anniversary sampler of 12 free tracks, 7digtial featured a dedicated branded page for Wind-up featuring titles for $5.00, VEVO featured a playlist of Wind-up’s most watched videos, Spotify held a “Subscribe to Win” contest and RDIO featured 15th anniversary playlists. Most recently, at SXSW this year, Wind-up showcased some of their exciting newer artists - Civil Twilight, The Virginmarys, Young Guns, Aranda and Jillette Johnson at Empire Control Room for their 15th Anniversary SXSW party.

Limited Edition Record Store 10 Inch Track Listing:
Side A:
1. The Virginmarys – “Dead Man’s Shoes” (Stripped Recording)
2. Young Guns – “Bones” (Acoustic)
3. The Darkness – “Love Is Not The Answer” (Acoustic Demo)

Side B:
4. Seether – “Driven Under” (Live Acoustic)
5. Finger Eleven – “Change The World” (Acoustic Mix)
6. Creed – “What’s This Life For” (Blue Collar Version)

About Record Store Day:
Record Store Day is managed by the Department of Record Stores and is organized in partnership with the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) and celebrates the culture of independent record stores by playing host to in-store events/performances, signings and special product releases on a global scale.

Jillette Johnson releasing new album ‘Water in a Whale’

Jillette Johnson will be releasing her new album 'Water in a Whale' on June 25th. It's going to be perfect for the summertime!

WATER IN A WHALE OUT June 25, 2013;




NEW YORK, NY (April 16, 2013) – 23 year-old New York City singer/songwriter Jillette Johnson will release her Wind-up Records debut album, Water In a Whale (track listing below), on June 25, 2013.  Written by Jillette Johnson and produced by Peter Zizzo (Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne, Vanessa Carlton) and Michael Mangini (David Byrne, Joss Stone), Water In A Whale is the follow up to her 2012 critically acclaimed EP, Whiskey & Frosting, which is available now.

Johnson garnered numerous accolades for  Whisky & Frosting with her depth and maturity in her songwriting, her soaring vocals and lyrics that prove to be everything from controversial to comforting to spiritually arousing.  CMJ called it, “…one of those rare debuts where you experience a young songwriter with a highly mature sense of artistic self…It’s an emotional five-song collection of stately pop from an unflinchingly honest artist” while Baeblemusic proclaimed, “…it really takes something special to get our attention in this over saturated scene. Jillette Johnson is one of those remarkable talents who rose above to create one of the most exciting piano-driven EPs in recent memory…Her genuine voice and expressiveness is only exceeded by her ability to craft magnificent songs.”

As a teen, Johnson left her small town of Pound Ridge, New York, population 4,000 to move to NYC’s vibrantly creative LES neighborhood. In the years that followed, Johnson auditioned for and ultimately turned down a slot on The Voice to focus on songwriting then sign with Wind-up Records.  All of Johnson’s songs tell a compelling story that draws the listener in.  From her first single, the bravely vulnerable “Cameron,” a song which ultimately got her signed to Wind-up, Johnson explores the struggle of being transgender and gives an inspiring voice about staying true to your authentic self to “Pauvre Coeur” (poor heart), a confessional song about love gone wrong that Paste Magazine calls “…melancholic sound from the piano and the true angst in Johnson’s voice make this a beautifully depressing song and video” and Nylon Magazine exclaims, “Her VOICE. Jillette can sing and she’s not afraid to let everyone know about it. She rips through this song like a rock opera. It’s a little La Boheme meets Carol King in her prime,” Johnson is an artist that will draw you in with each story she tells.

Wind-up Records and Jillette Johnson have teamed up with PledgeMusic to offer a unique pre-order campaign.  Fans can pledge for any of the exclusive items and experiences listed on Johnson’s PledgeMusic page including a private house show, a day in the studio with Johnson and even a personal song written just for them along with much more. Those who do so will also hear streams of new songs, see videos and pictures of Johnson on tour, receive a digital download of Water In a Whale and more.  Johnson will donate a portion of the pledged proceeds to Hey U.G.L.Y. - Unique Gifted Lovable You, a bullying prevention nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth to be their true selves and part of the solution to bullying.  Utilizing peer-to-peer learning, world class speakers and the Choose To Change radio show, Hey U.G.L.Y. helps schools and youth-serving organizations co-create an environment of respect, acceptance and inclusion.

Johnson will be on tour with Kris Allen through May.

Water In a Whale Track Listing (With B-Sides):

1. Torpedo

2. Cameron

3. Flood The Ocean

4. When The Ship Goes Down

5. Last Bus Out

6. Pauvre Coeur

7. Peter Pan

8. Basset Hound

9. Butterfly Catcher

10. Heathen

11. True North

12. Cameron (Stripped)

13. 17 (B-Side)

14. Box of Crayons (B-Side)


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