Manhattan-Based Young Pals Music Ushers In 2015 With Four Upcoming Album Releases

While 2015 may be designated as the year of the sheep, Manhattan-based independent record label Young Pals Music is forging ahead like a lion. Celebrating nearly 10 years as a full-service music & publishing company, the label continues to expand its versatile musical palette with R&B, rock, pop, dance, musical theater & jazz projects.

Topping the list of upcoming releases is Turkish-born, NYC-based performer, actress & songwriter Melis Aker, whose debut EP launches this spring. Collaborating with Young Pals Music Founder & Producer Ayhan Sahin, the project comprises acoustically driven original songs, performed with guitars, piano and violin, with lyrical themes based on Aker’s observations of life in the big city. Contributing instrumentalists include Turkish guitarist i Yilmaz, Broadway pianist Tom Gallaher, legendary percussionist Mike Sorrentino (Rainbow, Deep Purple) and double-bassist Evan Gregor.

In addition, Sahin is ushering in the new year as co-producer of the live show “Groovist,” a monthly

residency at Manhattan’s East Village club Drom (as well as other New York City venues), featuring Young Pals Music artist, singer, songwriter & guitarist (and longtime mutual collaborator) Emre Yilmaz. He will deliver popular covers and original songs in a festive, party atmosphere. Sahin is assisting in track production, as well as assisting in Emre’s live ensemble.

Young Pals Music is also prepping the sophomore release from award-winning Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter & guitarist Michael Benedetto, due in early summer. With its pop, dance & electronic template, the album represents an evolution from his traditional alt-folk roots. What remains is the artist’s savvy for traditional lyrical storytelling. 
Produced by Sahin, Benedetto’s CD follows 2012 debut “Burnt Hill Road,” which was dedicated to raising money for children’s charities, and profiled in the New York Daily News. He is a two-time winner of the West Coast Songwriters Association Awards (Best Song & Best Performance), and a regular performer throughout NYC’s illustrious downtown club scene. 
Also coming in the first half of 2015: a revival of Sahin’s original stage musical “1453,” which documents the fall of Constantinople. With a new staging in his native Turkey, the production will be followed with a freshly conceived concept soundtrack. Originally titled “The Conqueror,” the show was staged and performed nearly a dozen times across Europe and the Middle East. Sahin & Onur Orkut originated the story.

Later this year, Ayhan Sahin will release his first-ever solo album, which brings together 12+ award-winning vocalists and musicians. The 10-track opus is tentatively titled “POP,” blending organic instrumentation with contemporary production. All songs are written with and co-produced by hit songwriter Bernadette O’Reilly, the founder of Breaking Records, who has also worked in artist relations, management and song placement.

ABOUT YOUNG PALS MUSIC
Independent record label Young Pals Music was founded in 2007 by producer & songwriter Ayhan Sahin, with a global focus on artist development, songwriting & collaboration, vocal & instrumental recording, mixing, merchandising & consultancy services. 
With a Master’s degree from NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the arts, Sahin has staged original theatrical works in his native Turkey, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. Now based in New York City, his full-service company has worked with the likes of Olivia Newton-John, Melba Moore, Phoebe Snow, Sezen Aksu and Sandra Bernhard. Sahin has been profiled in more than two dozen newspapers, magazines and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Fox News, MTV, VH1, Yahoo Music and Life magazine.

In 2014, Young Pals Music achieved its greatest success to date, with the May release of the debut solo album from Mexican star Bianca Marroquin. She is renowned for her leading role as Roxie Hart in Broadway’s “Chicago,” and as a judge on TV’s “Mira Quien Baila” (the Spanish-language version of “Dancing With the Stars”). Marroquin’s full-length “El Mundo Era Mio” was courted by the Latin and Broadway press, including a live performance on Univision.

For more information, contact:
Ayhan Sahin
917-693 2688

VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL

Young Pals Music is proud to offer a Valentine’s Day Gift.

Jeri Bokeno’s dance single “My Love is Yours”

is now available for downloads at

FOR ONE DAY ONLY

Share this song for a special occasion with your special one.

Written by Bokeno, Susanne White and Ayhan Sahin, the dance song pledges never-ending love with poetic refrains sung and spoken in French and English. These three successful songwriters have joined forces to create another potential hit that universally speaks to lovers the world over.

Jerri Bokeno has collaborated and worked with superstars ranging from Phil Spector to Cher. She has served as lead vocalist for numerous dance groove groups, including El Coco, Downtown Girls and Coney Island Chorus Girls, as well as a featured vocalist for jazz aficionado David Benoit.

“The Resilience of Love” – A Novel by Stephen B. Anderson

 

Now available at Amazon

 
The way others perceive you inevitably influences the way you perceive yourself—so, when those around you don’t approve of where your life is headed, it can be easy for you to lose track. But even if this happens, there is still hope. You can rise above the obstacles, reclaim your direction, and find meaning and value in your life.
 
“The Resilience of Love” follows three gay men, each of whom has different levels of awareness and acceptance of their lifestyle. Carlo is openly gay and has his mother’s support along with his father’s condemnation. Martin is still “in the closet,” as far as his parents are concerned. And Howard’s repression of his gay disposition has provoked amnesia. He has lost all sight of who, and what, he is.
 
Each man has issues he must confront, and together, they are about to explore unchartered territory that could make or break them—and their relationships.
 
As traditional values and matters of orientation, personality, and relationships collide in this compelling literary novel, the things these men learn about themselves, one another, and their families is sure to amaze you and teach you valuable lessons about love, identity, and the integrity of the human spirit.
 
 
 
 
Stephen B. Anderson is an open-minded, openly gay man who has experienced firsthand the difficulties associated with “coming out” to others and coming to terms with his own sexual orientation. He grew up in Iowa in a setting that epitomized conventional American values and studied for the Christian ministry for several years before resigning due to his emerging sexuality.
 
Anderson subsequently entered into a gay partnership that has lasted more than forty years and recently culminated in marriage. His parents initially were traumatized by his lifestyle, though they eventually came to accept, appreciate, and cherish the love and togetherness of his relationship.
 
Professionally, Anderson worked in an innovative rehabilitation program for people with mental illness about which he has published two books. His writing is drawn from personal experience and reflects insights he has gleaned about the hardiness of the human spirit.
 
 
“The Resilience of Love” is also available on Barnes & Noble

BIANCA MARROQUIN ROCKS 54 BELOW

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What a joy!! Last night at 54 Below, Bianca Marroquin put on a show! An autobiographical celebration of her 12+ years in the business with little sketches of almost everything she has done since today.

Talk about a career filled with passion, talent, love, heartbreak, faith, persistence, victory and inevitable success. From back alleys of Broadway theaters to dance floors, or from  dressing rooms of syndicated TV shows to recording vocal booths, she has been everywhere with her own vision and integrity.  And we were there at the legendary building of Studio 54 in New York City to witness her exciting, inspiring journey.

10353642_499190020211574_2075068757297320406_nHer theatre achievements were showcased with her musical director Tom Gallaher on piano, who designed and architected this show together with Marroquin. From being a swing at “Rent” to being the star of a Disney “Marry Poppins..” Or from being a dance coach at “Phantom of the Opera” in Mexico CIty to being the “One and Only” Roxie Hart of “Chicago” on Broadway, she carried us through her way with laughter and heart beat.

And that was only the first portion of the full magic. Next, she showcased her versatility by transfering into her TV career where she talked and danced about her successful 4 year run of “Mira Quien Baila” (Latin franchise of “Dancing with the Stars”) and the anthem from her telenovela “Pequenos Gigantes.”  The song ”Esperanza del Corazon” carried us into her latest adventure when the moment finally came and she whispered the words “And then I decided to do an album.”

That was her introduction to the next part of her show where she performed songs from her first album “El Mundo Era Mio.” She sang live 6 tracks “One Lie,” “Miss Out On You,” “Something More Than Sideways” as well as the title track with precise perfection of a recording. The full band accompanied her with Tom Gallaher on piano, Dennis DelGaudio on guitars, Steve Singer on drums, Vincent Fay on bass and Marshall Coid on violin.

At the end of the show, she announced her new upcoming album in September which is composed of Mexican traditional folk songs. She sang two numbers from her new project “Perfidio” and “Toda Una Vida” .

10474856_10152113340817854_9090457918114408551_nIn overall, the audience was amazed and electrified with her energy, her versatility as well as her personality on stage. A Broadway star, a famous TV personality, a dancer and a recording artist.. What more is in the horizon? It is for us to witness while we enjoy the joyride. Congratulations Bianca, you are a true star!!

 

Bianca Marroquin Performing at 54 Below – Broadway’s Supper Club

54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents Bianca Marroquin on July 9 at 9:30 PM.
Bianca Marroquin, the beloved singer, songwriter, dancer & actress will perform songs from her debut album ‘El Mundo Era Mio’  as well as Broadway standards and Mexican folk songs. Marroquin will be accompanied by 5 piece band on stage with Tom Gallaher on piano, Dennis DelGaudio on guitars, Steve Singer on drums, Malcolm Gold on bass and Marshall Coid on violins.
Wednesday, July 9, 9:30PM
54 Below – 254 W 54th St, Cellar – New York, NY 10019

Tickets Info: 54below.com, (646) 476-3551