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February 14, 2024, 16:38 GMT

Isabel Mirri has released a new dance pop single entitled "Best Valentine," with an empowering message about self-love.

Isabela Mirri "Best Valentine"
Isabela Mirri "Best Valentine"

NORWALK, CT, USA, February 14, 2024 / -- Pilot Light Recording Artist Isabel Mirri has released a new pop single to major streaming platforms entitled "Best Valentine," a follow up to her debut single "Just Keep on Walking." The song, recorded at Factory Underground Studio in Norwalk, CT, has a positive message of self-love.

“I wanted a fun, empowering, dance song for everyone who’s single. What better time to release it than near Valentine’s Day," said Mirri.

Visuals for the song were created by photographer Guzman Gonzalez and directed by Mirri herself.

"Isabel had a clear focus on what she wanted to achieve [with the cover art]. She used lipstick to draw a large heart on a mirror, and we captured her image in the mirror. Composing the shot required capturing her image from just the right angle, to not get the camera in the shot. It was a fun, and creative process," said Gonzalez.

At 16 years of age, Mirri is a singer-songwriter of diverse influences including Sara Bareilles, Joni Mitchell, and Lauren Spencer Smith, giving her a contemporary edge over other songwriters in her age group. She has been performing since the age of six when she first played "Ode to Joy" on the piano. The first song she remembers learning to sing is “I’ll Always Remember Us This Way” by Lady Gaga.

Mirri released her debut single "Just Keep on Walking" on September 23, 2023.

Pilot Light Records has released the debut single from Cryin' Out Loud, “I Smoke Cigars and I Play the Blues," produced by Grammy-winning guitarist Paul Nelson.

"I Smoke Cigars and I Play the Blues" Album Art depicting a smoking cigar on a tumble of whiskey over ice
"I Smoke Cigars and I Play the Blues" on Pilot Light Records

NORWALK, CONNECTICUT, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, January 22, 2024 / -- Brandon Stallard is a man that appreciates the finest quality in three things: cigars, whiskey and the blues. To understand that is to understand the man who is the singer-songwriter, guitarist, and voice behind Cryin’ Out Loud, a Maine-based blues and classic rock band.

You see, Stallard doesn’t merely smoke a cigar. He takes his sweet time; he meticulously chooses each cigar, which he cuts precisely, and burns slowly. So much like the way he appreciates every moment of a fine musical performance.

When he relocated to the Bar Harbor, Maine-area from his native-Fredericksburg, Virginia, Stallard had decided to radically simplify his life, making music his number one professional priority. So far, it’s been five years, and he is not looking back.

His band Cryin’ Out Loud will release its first full album, “Play Loud & Smoke Often,” in March 2024, produced by Grammy Award-winning guitarist Paul Nelson (Johnny Winter).

The album was recorded at Husson Communications (Husson University) in Bangor, Maine, by recording engineer Joshua Small. The recording features band leader Stallard on guitar and vocals, Ben Chute on guitar, Jim Fratini on bass, and drums performed by Jeff Glidden, Scott Stallard, and Tommy Rush. Nelson is guest featured on guitar and mandolin. The band is presently preparing a “behind the scenes” video with footage captured during the recording of the album. By all accounts, it was a special experience for everyone involved.

The result of their work is both raw and authentic, and captures the energy of a live performance. The players shine on a diverse collection of smartly-written songs by Stallard, that range from straight blues and blues-rock, to earthy folk-blues, and even some high power, up tempo Chicago blues.

The lead off-single from the album “I Smoke Cigars and I Play the Blues,” has been released by Norwalk, CT-based label Pilot Light Records, to all major streaming outlets both internationally as well as the United States.

‘Play loud and Smoke often is my mantra.’ It’s a saying that I have lived by for years. So, of course, that had to be the name of the album. The hook of the song comes from when I first moved to Maine and people would eventually ask me ‘What do you do?’ I’d say ‘I smoke cigars and I play the blues!’ ” Stallard said.

Marc Alan, Managing Director of Pilot Light Records, stated: “I was really grateful for the opportunity to work with Brandon and his band, for which I have to thank Paul Nelson for the introduction. To me Pilot Light Records was basically designed for bands like Cryin’ Out Loud, who are as passionate, and hardworking, as they are talented. When it comes to what we look for in a band, Cryin’ Out Loud has everything it takes. They just made a great album with Paul, and we’re excited to be a part of sharing it with the world.”

“I Smoke Cigars and I Play the Blues” is now streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and all major music outlets.

Check Cryin' Out Loud for tour schedule and special appearances.

Visit Pilot Light Records on the web.

Album Artwork for Eliot Lewis "Love is Alive"
Eliot Lewis "Love is Alive"

Pilot Light Records presents "Love is Alive," the newest single by singer-songwriter and guitarist Eliot Lewis, now streaming worldwide.

NORWALK, CT, USA, January 15, 2024 / -- As a musician who’s toured the world with bands like Hall and Oates and The Average White Band, and was the original featured musician on the Live from Daryl’s House television show, Eliot Lewis has musical experiences that many musicians only dream of.

Eliot has performed at venues like Madison Square Garden, The Hollywood Bowl, O2 Arena, Red Rocks, Japan’s Budokan and was included in The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction with Daryl Hall & John Oates.

Performing on the Daryl’s House television show, Lewis played with several other incredible artists along the way including Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren, Train, Cheap Trick, Grace Potter, Ben Folds, Sammy Hagar, BlackBerry Smoke and Squeeze - just to name a handful.

Eliot Lewis Performing at Daryl's House in Pawling, NY
Eliot Lewis Performing at Daryl's House in Pawling, NY

So it becomes truly remarkable, and even courageous in that luminous context, that a musician as professionally successful as Lewis should decide in 2023 to completely focus on his solo career. It turns out it was an easy decision for Lewis, having already spent years carving out a solid fanbase as an independent artist.

“These experiences were amazing, however my goal has always been to convey my own music with my own vision," said Lewis.

About his first single, “Love is Alive,” a song by Gary Wright of the band Spooky Tooth, originally released in 1976, which Lewis recorded, mixed, and mastered as a true solo project, he offers some insight into his new musical direction that may be described as “Contemporary Classic Rock.”

“I’ve always loved Wright’s song “Dream Weaver," which may be the song he is best known for, but “Love is Alive” has always been one of my favorite songs. It’s right in my sweet spot musically. I wanted to pay homage to it and record it in my own style," he said.

Lewis, who is a native of Norwalk, CT, will release several singles and music videos in 2024 from his new album “Anything is Possible" with Norwalk, CT-based record label Pilot Light Records. Lewis will also be performing many dates throughout the US.

“As much as I love writing and recording, I will always be a live performer at heart. I never want to lose that physical connection to my audience. I’ve always been a multi-instrumentalist and have now found a unique way to present my show through “Live Looping." I am on a brand new journey in my life and career, that I hope others will enjoy taking with me," Lewis said.

Marc Alan of Pilot Light Records stated: "We were so pleased to welcome Eliot Lewis to the Pilot Light Records artist roster. It's just an honor to work with someone of his extraordinary musical caliber. To have accomplished as much as Eliot has, and still be so passionate and determined as a musician, performer and recording artist, is very rare."

"Love is Alive" is now streaming on Apple Music, Spotify and all major streaming outlets.

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