Music. It’s a powerful thing.
That’s something we here at Brite firmly attest to, and that’s why we’re thrilled to be sponsoring two Poverty is Real charity shows in our hometown of Nashville on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, 2012.
What is Poverty is Real, you ask? Quite simply, this non-profit organizes and puts on rockin’ concerts, with all proceeds going to organizations in the community which fight poverty and homelessness. That, my friends, sounds like a grand idea. PIR has coordinated four concerts and donated nearly $30,000 to local organizations fighting poverty in Athens, Ga., Decatur, Ga., and Asheville, N.C.
You’d think all of this awesomeness – I mean… $30,000… that’s a lot, if I do say so myself – must have occurred over a span of many months. However, the organization is fairly new. It has only been putting on shows and fundraising since last June. HOLY MOLY, that’s a lot of goodness in such a short amount of time.
The Bluebird Café will host two shows on November 30 featuring Peter Cooper, Eric Brace, Kate Campbell, and Kevin Gordon (early show) and Will Kimbrough, Hannah Miller, Jesse Lafser, and Brigitte DeMeyer (late show). The early show is $12 and will begin at 6:30. The late show is $15 and will start at 9:30. Tickets are available on November 26 at www.bluebirdcafe.com.
The Saturday night Exit/In show will feature Wild Cub, Vinyl Thief, Foreign Fields, Casa Castile, Afterlife Parade, and DJ Donny Rest. The show is 18+ and costs $5. Tickets are available at www.exitin.com.
You may see some familiar names on the above artist lists: ahem, our very own Brite artists Hannah Miller, Jesse Lafser, Wild Cub, Vinyl Thief, and Afterlife Parade. We love our Brite artists, and now we love them even more for contributing their talents to such a great cause.
Proceeds from the shows will benefit Open Table Nashville, a local nonprofit which offers various programs designed to end the cycle of poverty and homelessness in America. Open Table’s programs include community and transitional housing, alternative staffing, and community and educational outreach. Great music, an even greater cause. It’s a win-win situation. We’ll see you there!
- Ally Willis, Brite Intern Extraordinaire
Follow Ally on Twitter: @AllisonW16
BRITE REVOLUTION AND AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION TEAM UP FOR SPECIAL ONLINE VIDEO SERIES
Americana’s emerging talent highlighted through a series of intimate live video performances
Nashville, Tenn–October 2, 2012– Brite Revolution and the AmericanaMusic Association announce a special online video series highlighting emerging artists t.hat made a splash at the official 2012 Americana Music Association Music Festival and Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Brite Sessions at AmericanaFest debuts on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, with new Nashville transplants Honeyhoney. The complete online video series features an array of Americana music artists all of whom hold a common thread of encapsulating the diverse face of one of the fastest growing music genres across the world.
Among those featured in the series are up-and-coming artists John Fullbright and Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, along with renown Americana staples Paul Thorn, The Wood Brothers, and Australian duo Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson. Each live video performance was captured high above the bustling 2012 Americana Music Association Conference in the historic Pinnacle Room at the top of the Sheraton Downtown Nashville.
The Brite Sessions at AmericanaFest series will premiere on briterevolution.com and on youtube.com/briterevolution and run congruently for the next six weeks. The final video performance will culminate on November 10, 2012, to coincide with the nationwide broadcast of the 2012 Americana Music Awards on PBS’ Austin City Limits.
Star Anna http://www.staranna.com
Amy Cook http://www.amycook.com/
Kasey Anderson http://www.kaseyanderson.com/
Star & Micey http://starandmicey.com/
The Deep Dark Woods http://thedeepdarkwoods.com/
Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson http://www.kaseyandshane.com/
The Pines http://www.thepinesmusic.com/
Eilen Jewell http://eilenjewell.com
Paul Thorn http://www.paulthorn.com/
The Wood Brothers http://www.thewoodbros.com/
Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers http://www.nickibluhm.com/
John Fullbright http://www.johnfullbrightmusic.com/
About Brite Revolution
Founded in 2008, Brite Revolution is an online music discovery and curation website cultivating high quality digital music and video content from the best independent artists in all genres. Brite Revolution integrates the artist e-commerce and fan development tool Brite.me, giving artists a turn-key platform to share and sell digital music online, acquire a fan base, and collect meaningful data. For more information about Brite Revolution, visit www.briterevolution.com
About the Americana Music Association
The Americana Music Association is a professional non-profit trade organization whose mission is to promote awareness, provide a forum, and advocate for the creative and economic vitality of the Americana music genre. The Association produces events throughout the year including the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference. For more information about the Americana Music Association, visit www.americanamusic.org
If you’re a returning visitor to the site, you might notice that things look a little different today. We’ve recently taken some time to redesign our homepage and artist search page. You may be asking yourself, “Why the change? What are you guys doing over there?” These are fair questions, and hopefully this post will answer them for you.
We recently introduced the brite.me service, which allows any musician to create a profile page on Brite and share their music with you, a passionate listener searching for your favorite new artist. You can even buy music directly from the artists who choose to sell their work. The service has been a hit, and lots of incredibly talented acts have started sharing their stories and their music.
This has created an exciting problem for all of us here at the Brite office. If artists are going to put forth the time and effort to use the brite.me service, then we need to make sure that listeners like you can discover their music quickly and easily. We’ve explored and debated options for several weeks, generating and editing lists of features that will help you find the music you love, and now we’re ready to show you the first steps toward a new way to discover music.
The Brite Homepage
We know that everyone finds music in different ways. Some folks prefer to read album reviews and some like to watch live performances. Others just want to jump right into a playlist. We hear you. That’s why we’ve provided several methods to bring you the latest and greatest artists on the Brite homepage.
- (a) Featured Editorial Content
Brite has always been a great source for editorial content about emerging artists, and that hasn’t changed. You’ll still be able to read interviews and album reviews about the artists you follow.
- (b) Brite Sessions
When we notice that an artist on Brite is getting a lot of attention from listeners, we send out a kickass camera crew to capture intimate live performances and interviews, bringing you closer to the music. The latest Brite Session will be displayed on the homepage each week.
- (c) Weekly Samplers
We’ll also be releasing free weekly samplers with music provided by some of the hottest artists on Brite. You can listen to each song and download individually, or you can just download them all at one time because you know they’ll all be great. The new sampler format also allows listeners to click through to individual artist profiles, so if you like what you hear on the sampler, you’ll be able to find plenty more on the artist’s profile page.
- (d) Site-wide Search (Coming very soon!)
So maybe you already know what you’re looking for. Maybe one of your really cool friends told you about an artist on Brite and you aren’t really in the mood to discover anything else. We’re totally cool with that, just type what you’re looking for into our site-wide search and jump right in.
The Artist Search
We know it can be daunting to search through an enormous amount of music for just the right song. That’s why we’ve provided several different ways for you to search through the artists in our catalogue. Whether you have a specific sound in mind or you just want to see what other people are listening to, we’d love to help you find what you’re looking for.
- (a) Keyword / Genre Search
Much like the site-wide search, you can find artists by keyword, but here you can also search by genre (I’m typically an Electro/Dance or Hip Hop guy, myself). You don’t have to have a keyword to search a genre, and you don’t have to have a genre to search a keyword, but if you’d like, you can use them together to get super specific about what you’re trying to find.
- (b) Popular Artists
Interested in who’s buzzing on Brite? Our popular artist list is curated by Brite listeners. The artists with the most downloads each week will rise to the top of this list, allowing you to discover what other listeners have already enjoyed.
- (c) Staff Picks
We like to think we’re a pretty savvy bunch here at Brite, so each week we’ll also clue you in on which artists we like the most. We’re a pretty diverse group, so this could be interesting.
- (d) New Artists
If you love to be the first person to discover a great new band, this is your section. The latest artists to create profiles on Brite will appear at the top of this section, allowing you to see each new addition as they become available on the site.
These are the first of many changes meant to help connect you to the music you love. Feel free to give us your feedback in the comment section below. We look forward to hearing from you.
Hi, Kids. I don’t know about you, but we are obsessed with the Olympics. That’s why we made last week’s sampler cover a snappy pic of the Palace of Westminster. We just can’t get enough of swimming, gymnastics, and track. It’s sad to think it will all be coming to an end this weekend. Big Olympic related topics of discussion in the office:
- The unintentional comedy surrounding the entire Opening Ceremony
- Ryan Lochte’s grill
- The whole weird Badminton thing
- Synchronized ANYTHING: so cool, so difficult
- Ricky Berens and his fashion forward swimsuit
(Of course, McKayla is not impressed with this list.)
We’ve been so distracted by Olympic madness that the below songs have nothing to do with the Olympics at all. What they do have in common is that they are all new to Brite. Here is your Olympic zombie/new to Brite Spotify playlist. Golf clap to everyone who has joined the Brite family this week, including all of the artists that have created profiles through brite.me and our new Creative Director, Nick Sigler.
Here is your list on Spotify playlist: Five for Friday- We Are the Champions. Have a fabulous weekend! We’ll be eating corn chips while glued to the couch like zombies watching the super human species we like to call Olympians. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS (of the couch)!
Some news you can use on the technical front:
In April of this year, we integrated Facebook Connect to give our Brite Revolution fans a seamless experience between our site and the world’s largest social network. We’ve gotten some feedback from some true blue Brite subscribers who wished to continue logging in the old school way. We heard you loud and clear.
New Brite users will still be required to use Facebook Connect, but starting today, we’ve opened back up the old login credential option for everyone who established a Brite account prior to May of 2012.
As always, if you have feedback, suggestions, questions, and/or comments, please feel free to reach out to us.
- The Brite Revolution Development Team
Today is a big day for us. As you can see by our fancy press release, we officially announced that YOU (that’s right, you) can now create your own profile on Brite Revolution to share and sell your music. Why the big change, you ask? Good question.
We at Brite Revolution curate music because there is so much out there. The good, the bad, and the ugly. And to be quite frank, we’re tired of hearing about “the new music business”. It isn’t new. It’s now. But the first step is discovery…and if you’re an artist, how do you get your music discovered?
We decided to not just present artists a platform to share their music with discerning music fans, but to give the artist the reins. Now any artist can create their own unique Artist OneSheet on Brite- an “at-a-glance” overview of each artist which consists of photos, videos, social network information, and a brief bio, along with an embeddable, commerce-enabled music player that allows fans to stream, download and purchase music.
When you create and upload music on to brite.me, and our staff has a look and a listen. We choose music from the Artist One Sheets to feature in our editorial features, free music samplers, newsletters, and custom video and social content.
Boom. Discovered. You make some fans and they have a place to buy your music. No set-up fee, no subscription fee. And here’s an even bigger upside: you get to keep more of your money. You set the price, and you keep 85% of the dough. Oh, and that’s including credit card transaction fees. We seriously think it’s one of the best deals out there to promote and sell your music.
It’s all you. Our platform is now open to music content owners to create a slick profile to share and sell your music and have it discovered by our subscribers.
So, sign up, make your profile and be discovered. Have questions? Contact us.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Katy Kirby
BRITE REVOLUTION LAUNCHES DIGITAL E-COMMERCE AND FAN DEVELOPMENT TOOL
Brite Revolution opens the door to independent music artists to share and sell digital music online
Nashville, TN–August 8, 2012– Brite Revolution, LLC, (Brite) announces the integration and launch of e-commerce to its existing music discovery and curation website. Since 2008, Brite has offered free music to subscribers, along with high quality music editorial and exclusive video content. With the addition of e-commerce, Brite now stands as a multi-tiered marketing tool for independent artists around the world to acquire and build a meaningful fan base and generate revenue.
Artists can now create their own unique Artist OneSheet by signing up at www.brite.me. The Brite Artist OneSheet is an “at-a-glance” overview of each artist, consisting of photos, videos, social network information, and a brief bio, along with an embeddable, commerce-enabled music player that allows fans to stream, download, and purchase music. It is free to create a OneSheet on Brite Revolution; artists give two songs away for free, and can set their own price for everything else. There are no monthly fees or subscription fees for artists using Brite. With Brite covering credit card transaction fees, artists who sell music on Brite keep a full 85% of their revenue, making Brite one of the best revenue shares in the digital music marketplace to date. Brite’s editorial features, free music samplers, and custom video and social content all draw upon Artist OneSheets.
“With iTunes alone holding more than 28 million songs, our current digital music marketplace is saturated with music content,” said Winn Elliott, CEO and Founder of Brite Revolution. “We quickly realized that there is a clear connection between our successful discovery and curation site and putting money directly in the artists’ pocket.”
The public release of e-commerce is part of a continuous feature roll-out to enhance both the artist and fan experience on Brite Revolution. In May of this year, Brite released site-wide upgrades, including redesign of the artist profile pages and the integration of Facebook Connect, allowing seamless sharing of Brite Revolution music and editorial content to the largest and most popular social sharing network.
“The value of a true music fan to an artist is immeasurable,” added Elliott. “The social social sharing and analytics provided by Brite help an artist cultivate meaningful and sustainable relationships with fans. Our commitment is to continue to build products that make the music business easier for artists to navigate.”
About Brite Revolution
Founded in 2008, Brite Revolution is an online music discovery and curation website cultivating high quality editorial coverage and music from the best independent artists in all genres. Brite Revolution integrates the artist e-commerce and fan development tool Brite.me, giving artists a turn-key platform to share and sell digital music online, acquire a fan base, and collect meaningful data. For more information about Brite Revolution, visit: http://www.briterevolution.com
Download this press release here.
Hi, Kids. Do you ever have one of those weeks where you have to switch gears every five minutes? The weeks when you forget the coffee that you placed on the top of your car as you speed off to work or have no clean laundry so you have to wear a church dress on Friday? (Not saying that’s me or anything…asking for a friend.)
Boy, have I been all over the place this week, both in life and in music. I needed upbeat music in the car to get me to and fro, something downbeat for relaxing at home, something charming and inspirational for getting ready to go to an event. Luckily, I work for a music discovery and curation site. It’s part of my job to listen to new music. In other words, no matter what I was running around doing this week, I had it all covered.
Here’s a smattering of what’s been on the dial (oh, who am I kidding. I mean the iPhone). I’d like to dedicate this week’s blog post to Sugar the Chicken, who lives part-time with Le Minimalist and part-time in the South of France. Here’s her take on Sugar’s special “skills”:
“She actually jumped up on the couch once, made a nest out of blankets and laid an egg right next to me. It was hilarious/awesome/gross.” – Le Minimalist Lady/Sugar’s Mom
Kitten “Cut It Out”
For general motivation
Elizabeth & the Catapult “Go Away My Lover”
For singing (alone) at top volume in the car
Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons “I’ve Been Accused”
For getting sentimental after talking to an old flame
Daydream Vacation “Dare Seize the Fire”
For forgetting that I am not fourteen on my way to a rave, so I should probably change my outfit
Black Books “The Big Idea”
For the glass of wine I will have when I get home from this hectic work week
Why have things been so hectic? You just sit tight. We’re making a big announcement next week that shall reveal the product of months of blood, sweat, and tears. Meanwhile, here is my mix on Spotify: Five for Friday- All Over the Place
If you want more free music, you know where to go.
Hi, Kids. I’ve been threatening to do this for a while…well, as long as I have been working here at Brite. Nary a day goes by that our faithful artist relations dude Connor Carroll cruises into the office, headphones a blazin’, spouting “HAVE YOU HEARD THIS?” Since I largely live under a rock pile of data points and excel spreadsheets, chances are I have not. I guess that’s kinda his job.
Also, it goes against everything in my being to have the title of this week’s mix end with a preposition. I simply cannot help myself this time around.
Ancient Mariner “Acedia”
From the Denver area music scene comes Gabriel, aka Ancient Mariner. A little emotional, a little complex…it’s got an early Belle and Sebastian meets Sufjan Stevens quality that I like.
The Eastern Sea “A Lie”
I was slightly familiar with The Eastern Sea via my friend Laurie Gallardo at KUT Austin. I did not actually listen to them until they shared their music with us, and I am very glad that I finally made the leap.
They have also slept on Connor’s floor.
American Tomahawk “Our Song Knife” and “Las Vegas”
“I just love the American Tomahawk album.”- Connor Carroll. Yeah, well, now I do too. I hope you’re happy! This is how communism spreads.
Nils Frahm “Said and done”
When all is said and done, I love the piano. Still a little confused about the “hot cookie” quote, Nils.
Connor has also forced Active Child and Sucre down my throat, and I have to admit that I am very grateful for it. After all, we should all listen to our A/R peeps at least once a month. As per the usual, you can find my little mix on Spotify: Five For Friday- Stuff Connor Forces Me To Listen To. If that’s not enough for you…we have so many other new artists on Brite, you could spend the rest of your weekend avoiding that yard work listening to cool music. (Now, THAT sounds like a great idea!)
Hi, Kids. Ah, the road trip. The pedal to the metal, the dirty rest stops, the smoking cigarettes with all the windows rolled up. We’re lucky here at Brite because one of the best outdoor music festivals of this summer, The Forecastle Festival, happens to be a proverbial road trip away. What a treat! Unless, of course, it is supposed to rain all weekend. (Have fun, Connor and Erin!)
Here is my Forecastle themed Five for Friday, completed from my warm and dry office dangerously close to Music Row. Take note: this may be your partial “Best of 2012” list. The Forecastle Festival has an amazing headline roster this year: My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Wilco….and many an artist that are near and dear to our hearts.
Bassnectar “Upside Down”
This is about my only parlay into the world of dubstep. In related news, I think that all sirens should be banned in songs. This is the kind of stuff that leads to panicked breaking in the car.
Beach House “Wild”
Hands down, Beach House’s album “Bloom” is one of my favorite albums of 2012 (so far.) Even the meanies at Pitchfork gave it a good review (a whopping 9.1 on the musical Richter scale).
Real Estate “Exactly Nothing”
Real Estate, you had me at “It’s Real”. It’s The Smiths and The Stone Roses, dashed with Kings of Convenience and some other band that escapes me at the moment. Also gets many a bear hug from Pitchfork.
Ben Sollee “The Globe”
There is a music scene in Kentucky, and we intend on sniffing it out. Ben is an amazing talent, and I do hope he’s sitting in with My Morning Jacket the day before his solo performance. I would use the term “killer” for that set, if it weren’t for the fact that I hate that term.
Abigail Washburn “City of Refuge”
Do you like how I took you straight into roots music territory? You will thank me later. We did a little write-up about Abigail’s performance with Kai Welch a few months ago, and they will be recreating their stellar musical duo at this year’s Forecastle.
Here is the complete playlist on Spotify: Five for Friday: Forecastle ’12. Unsatisfied and thirsting for more music? We happen to have hundreds of artists at your fingertips who want to share their music with you for free. It’s just a click, not a road trip, away.