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Five for Friday: We Are the Champions

Buh bye Olympics

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 and our new Creative Director, Nick Sigler.

Our new Facebook cover image designed by Nick

Nick is very talented, as you can see from his website and blog.  He also does fancy infographics that you sometime see on Mashable and kills my Pinterest domination.  I’ve been p0wned.

Cheynne Marie Mize “Wishing Well”
The Technicolors “Carousel”
Strand of Oaks “Maureen’s”
Sweet Valley “Total Carnage”
Gold Motel “Musicians”

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)!


Posted by connor on August 10th, 2012 in Everything Else 0 Comments

You Say You Wanna Revolution?

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, 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.


Posted by connor on August 8th, 2012 in Artists, Everything Else, Uncategorized 1 Comment

The Big Announcement

                                                                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Katy Kirby     

Phone: 615-829-8305





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 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, 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:


 Download this press release here.




Posted by connor on August 8th, 2012 in Artists, Everything Else, Uncategorized 0 Comments

Five for Friday: All Over the Place

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

Sugar the Chicken

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.



Posted by connor on July 27th, 2012 in Artists, Everything Else, New Music 0 Comments

Five for Friday: Stuff Connor Forces Me To Listen To

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.

A recent photo of Connor

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!)


Posted by connor on July 20th, 2012 in Artists, Everything Else, New Music 0 Comments

Five for Forecastle

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.

No umbrellas allowed

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.


Posted by connor on July 13th, 2012 in Artists, Everything Else, New Music 0 Comments

Five for Friday: That’s My Jam

Hi, Kids. What a weird week. For us Americans, there was a holiday in the middle of the week. In no way am I knocking America’s birthday or getting a day off, but the universal sentiment for those of us with only the 4th off from our jobs was that of general confusion. The 4th felt like a misplaced Sunday. Was yesterday Monday? Is today Saturday? Where am I? Who am I? And for those of you who got the week off…boo.

Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting

That’s my jam.  A phrase uttered by many a sorority girl after her sixth keg stand. Let’s face it, we all have those songs that make us groove uncontrollably in public. Here are a bunch of songs that upon hearing, and without much prompting, I can easily stand on a barstool and proclaim with pointed finger “THAT’S MY JAM!” I’ll be listening to these on my real Saturday (which is hopefully tomorrow.)

Big Freedia “Booty-Whop”

Sigh. Big Freedia really deserves her own blog post. That will come later. I dare you to not get up and shake your thing when you hear the Queen Diva of Bounce lay it down. Oh, and there is this…

Bright Light Bright Light “A New Word To Say”

I haven’t thought of a new word to say in so long. Heck, me neither. I like the Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up” aspect of this song.

Active Child “Hanging On”

I am forced now to give credit to our Artist Relations Manager, Connor Carroll, for introducing me to Active Child.  I continue to torture everyone in the office on an almost daily basis by playing this on repeat every morning.

Active Child “Playing House”

I told you I like him.

Fink “ Make It Good”

Fink had me at “Pretty Little Thing”.  This is a little more aggressive “jam”, if you will.  Tricky meets Massive Attack, with a hug from Corinne Bailey Rae.


Here is the complete playlist on Spotify.  Not satisfied with just having these jams? You can find more great music right here on Brite Revolution.


Posted by connor on July 6th, 2012 in Artists, Everything Else, New Music 0 Comments

Five for Friday: This Must Be The Place

Nashville lost a beloved songwriter and visual artist this week.  It happened on Monday, and he and his loved ones have been on my mind ever since. The wonderful thing about art is that it lives on after you are gone. I’ve been listening to songs that he wrote, looking at his art, and reading wonderful remembrances from the people who loved him.  If you ever wonder about the effect you can have on people after you are gone, read this and this and this.

This one’s for you, man!- Love, Rock ‘n’ Roll Cat

So, this week’s Five for Friday is for him. It’s not necessarily “our” music, but, it’s what fits. Music lifts you up, brings you solace, makes you think, turns you around and inside out…if you are lucky.  And I, for one, am one lucky person.

Maybe it’s the whole song, or a few lines, or a feeling….this is what is rolling through my brain:

Shawn Colvin “This Must Be The Place”

I love this Talking Heads cover because it’s filled with random non sequiturs about love. When you put them all together with her delivery, it’s a fantastic love song. Unexpected, absurd, and amazing…after all, isn’t that love?

Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime”

Time isn’t holding us, time isn’t after us. This is true.  And how did we get here?  How often have we asked that question? If you haven’t, you’re not thinking hard enough.

Gabe Dixon “I Can See You Shine”

Sometimes your light is so strong that it stays on long after you are gone…

Townes Van Zandt “High, Low and In Between”

We all have more in common than we think. Take time to sit down and listen to what someone has to say. It might change your life.

Elton John “Mona Lisas and Manhattans”

I thank the Lord that there’s people out there like YOU.


(Special thanks to Beth and Stephanie for their musical inspiration.) Here’s the playlist on Spotify.  Peace to you, Karsten.


Posted by connor on June 29th, 2012 in Everything Else 0 Comments

Phoenix Mendoza Covers “Something Like Olivia”

I’m not going to lie to you. The latest John Mayer album, Born and Raised, is on constant rotation here in the office.  It’s truly his best work, and we can’t get enough of it.

So, wouldn’t it be complete kismet to come across one of our favorite Brite Revolution artists doing a killer cover of one of his new songs?  I think it is.

Here is Phoenix Mendoza covering John Mayer’s “Something Like Olivia”:

You can listen to and download (for FREE!) more soulful musings from Phoenix Mendoza here on Brite.


Posted by connor on June 27th, 2012 in Artists, Everything Else, New Music, Videos 0 Comments