The upcoming and long awaited album “Pop” features iconic artists of pop music’s timeline such as The Village People’s iconic cowboy Randy Jones, platinum selling artist Anita Ward, veteran recording artists Jerri BoKeno along with Keith Fluitt, Christi Bauerlee, and David Keeley. .All songs are cowritten and coproduced by Ayhan Sahin with hit songwriter Bernadette O’Reilly who has also worked for three decades in music management and Artist Development… Overall, the singles released from the POP album saw critical recognition from award shows winning awards for categories, “Best Pop Song”, “Best Video” and “Best Singer.” Last but not least, Randy Jones’ single “Hard Times’” hit the Billboard Charts to claim a one month run on the Dance charts building a legendary status for Randy to be the only member of The Village People who achieved success as a charting solo artist.
Ayhan Sahin’s fourth single from “Pop” comes at a moment to reveal the reality of these times. Boldly written, the new song “Come And Get Me Now” opens up with all odds at stake as Sahin gets into emotion immediately, sInging “Don’t have another song in me.” Having the potential of establishing an immediate concern. Sahin contiunues: “I’m losing all my gravity, I’ll count to three and scream” Feeling the urgency of the singer’s plea for a saviour, it never gets old or redundant to hear the repeating verse always followed by the loud and direct message “Come and Get MeNow. The song spies a Bowie influence with pure harmonic ABBA-esque backing vocals. It’s a melody-driven retro-pop redux. If this was the writer’s intention, they nailed it.
London producer/remixer Tim Cox brings two fresh club mixes to the table. (“Tim Cox Club Mix” and its radio edit “Come And Get Me Now (Tim Cox Remix)” which is released with the single.
Sahin finalized the launch with a music video that was shot at the beach during the summer of 2020. He says “ I shot this video with my phone with little cost but tremendous care and endless hours of work knowing that this year is all about appreciation, tolerance and hope.
To make the product more attractive, Young Pals Music has also released a photo book of pictures taken during the shooting of the video at the exquisite boardwalk and beaches of a deserted Fire Island.
Happy to announce that the music video to our latest song
“Come And Get Me Now” is ready and up on YouTube.com. The making of the video for me was a long journey to decide on what the message was. Although everything emotional is and can be related to our troubles with the pandemic in 2020, I still wanted to maintain a brighter side of a character in the story of our music video who is lonely, left alone in solitude and yearning for the days gone by. We first shot essential footage at a church in upper east side late May with Bernadette and Emre while we were doing the photoshoot for the cover of the single. We came a long way with the post production, but I still was not in love with the dark side of me that was exposed. I looked ugly, I looked old and I looked tired. It was bothering me.
Right after that day we shot the footage, I went to Fire Island and stayed there for the entire summer thanks to my friends Gene and Steve. It was great to be away from the city during the pandemic, and the protests going on. I was admiring the scenery of the island. Somehow seeing the environment on a daily basis made me discover new corners and details about the place, although I’ve been there at least once or twice every summer through the years. I was taking all these pictures day and night, sunrise/sunset, full moon/stormy weather, sunny beach/deserted beach, and everything I took daily was landing on a last picture of the boardwalk that connected our unit to the beach. At one point, my friend Al suggested that I take periodic footage of the boardwalk just to see if it would bring any inspiration.
It’s an interesting concept almost like writing a diary to see what changes the nature suggests to a stationary object with differing conditions. The fact that I was able to edit the things I was filming instantly with Final Cut Pro made me ask myself “why not use this for the upcoming single’s music video.” To bring a brighter view to the story we wrote in the song with Bernadette was intriguing. Things we suffer from past choices, future doubts of incompetence, and its effect on the present— they would all be optimistic to find a way to deal with just like how the nature finds its way with everything—even pandemic. This routine went on till September 13. That’s when I started editing the full song video.
Among the people in my network who I mostly rely on to play my ongoing work for early insights and critics is Lauren. I am always comfortable showing early stages of my work to get a constructive feedback when I feel I’m too much involved with the project. Her eyes and ears are very well trained to get a vision of the artist and his/her raw work during its formation. Plus our relationship allows her to be sincere without holding back any aspect. So when I showed her the first edit, she gave me all these thoughts on the phone. The same day she sent me three different takes of her dancing on the track just in case I needed to use. I ended up using her footage that she sent from the West Coast in the instrumental outro thinking what better way to relieve stress and strain that we bring with the song than a water-ballet turning the track into a dance number by throwing cyber lights and entertainment, with multi images of sirens dancing on the waves, making you feel like you’re watching a Vegas show. At least that became the vision in my head.
It’s November 2 now. I finalize the music video with a fulfilled heart and a content soul.
The music we recorded were all made possible with the talented and renowned musicians I work with who understand my style of music– they almost feel like my band and very gracious to be involved in my productions namely Mike Sorrentino in drums, Carras Paton in bass guitar and horn sections, Emre Yilmaz and Gene Blank in guitars, Rob Preuss in synth and keyboards, Thomas Gallaher in piano. And besides these names, Keith Fluitt, Jerri Bocchino and Lauren Rathbun add additional and background vocals to give it the Abba vibe that I die for.
Cagri Keskin designed the artwork for the project. I am proud to feature his work with his company Donum Noktasi as our display on every project bringing in the cover of the record from suggestions into reality. In the meantime Chuck prepares the wording of our presentation. His writing becomes our press release, and in many cases turns into the liner notes of the record we are producing. Just like Bernadette and Emre, I am grateful to him for being there all along since day 1, sharing our enthusiasm and positive vibes with every record since 2007.
Looking back, I realize Bernadette and I have been working, writing music almost for 15 years. on and off here and there this and that. Our partnership goes beyond business where I accept her as one of my true closest friends in life that I can trust and enjoy the time with.
Our new song is out. It comes with a challenging story at a challenging time where we all face a little bit of doubt about future. Our intention is to spread out light with fire when the thoughts are at their darkest. Please leave us some comments on YouTube.
Strongest Point(s): Fantastic production elements throughout! The instrumental work is deeply engaging, boasting a strong blend of electronic keys and organic horns along with deeply impactful bass and pleasantly gritty electric guitar work. Ayhan’s vocal performance contributes wonderfully to the overall effect and feel of the track, making great use of soft, intimate deliveries and moments of all-out belting to express a wide range of emotional weight in a small lyrical space – though moments like the drop-out to bass solo at 4:02 – the end really allow the instrumental brilliance to shine through and drive the listening experience into immensely danceable territory!
Target Audience Appeal: Fans of driving, dance-oriented beats and classic feels will find the marriage of the concepts to bear compelling fruit in Ayhan Sahin’s Come And Get Me Now (A2B Mix) – with the totality of the track producing a nostalgia-drenched but completely contemporary experience – expertly designed to move bodies through masterful musicianship and endlessly engaging vocals! – Jon W.
Artist target suggestions: Electric Light Orchestra, Bee Gees, ABBA, 10cc, Traveling Wilburys, The Moody Blues, Jefferson Starship, Supertramp, The Alan Parsons Project, Talk Talk, Naked Eyes, Wang Chung, Bronski Beat, Spandau Ballet, Finger Eleven
About the Reviewer:Jon Wright is a trained multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and music educator with nearly twenty years of experience in the field. Working with musicians and their individual sounds is his passion and profession, and he strives to interact with and understand every aspect of the production process – from theory and songwriting to recording and mastering. He continues to teach students of all ages and is currently collaborating with artists in a wide variety of genres.
Twenty years ago today, I arrived to this country. I had plans, goals and dreams. I wanted to break free from construction sites and I wanted to make music. It was as simple as that. My goal was to write and have professionals sing my songs. My dream was to make my music sound as good as ABBA’s sound. New York was destined for me and I loved New York. It just reminded me of Istanbul, always vibrant, always dynamic and hectic. Through my college years at NYU, I learned what was possible and what was impossible in New York. Through the people I met and became friends with, anything proved to be possible. The things I stopped caring about were the only ones that became impossible. Through the time I collected opportunities, I learned how to give, I learned how to share. And I realized whatever I gave and shared came back to me exponentially in different forms and shapes. I loved it. That love made my heart grew larger. And when my heart was big, I realized I was fearless because the love around me protected my little fence. Being not afraid of anything anymore, I became adventurous trying one thing after the other bringing every bit of thought to life. The more I created the happier I became. My friends from college on Facebook said I looked much younger in my forties. I was only happy. They told me “whatever you are doing, keep doing it.”
I can’t believe twenty years after I’mstill doing my music and it’s still giving me happiness. Sometimes it’s redundant but mostly it is a proud moment when I finish a new song and listen to the master. Today when I am listening to our latest song “Come and Get Me Now” I see the signature of many who played significant parts in the story I was telling above like my sponsor, Tobbe & Marie, Gene & Steve and Chuck. It’snot gonna be a list ofeveryone I feel grateful to but the ones who filled these twenty years with weight, presenceand distinct personalities which turned into never ending friendships, relationships and partnerships like Bernadette, Emre, Donna, Al, Randy, Bo, Lauren, Lina, Larry, Tina, Patrick, Alex, Serap, Cynthia, Jeff, Janet, Karine, Tommy, Dennis. The people I love call me “a good soul” but in fact it is the good virtues I found and embraced from these New Yorkers that nurtured my soul. Thank you guys, I love you more than ever.
Issued by indie label Young Pals Music, the joyous pop song promises a better tomorrow
To acknowledge the summer of 2018 , Young Pals Music has released the new single “Where Do You Want To Be Tomorrow.” This marks the ninth release accompanied by the music video from the upcoming album “Pop,” the first full-length namesake collection from New York City-based songwriter &producer Ayhan Sahin.
The joyous chug-along song (with lyrics by Frank Carrado) hints at the best of 70’s acoustic rock, with the insistent snap of percussion, a cascading fan of acoustic guitars, and a surprising injection of horns that help propel the infectious beat to toe-tapping bliss. Hearing “Where Do You Want To Be Tomorrow,” ELO’s Jeff Lynne would most certainly offer an affirming thumbs up.
The album “Pop” features 12+ diverse vocalists & musicians across a myriad of styles, including R&B & soul, dance, jazz, country and of course… pop. All songs are co-written and co-produced by Sahin with hit songwriter Bernadette O’Reilly, who has also worked for three decades in artist relations, management and song placement.
Among the songs released under “Pop” are Randy Jones’ dance club anthem, “Hard Times” that launched at No. 42, as the second-highest entry among five new songs on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, for the week of August 26, 2017 with Jones being the only member of the Village People to score a solo hit.
Previous single“Another Bad Mistake” featured lead vocals from beloved disco act Anita Ward, renowned for her seminal No. 1 “Ring My Bell,” which hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Disco, and Soul Singles charts in 1979.
The album “Pop” is the first namesake project for award-winning Turkish-born songwriter & producer Sahin. In April, he was awarded The Akademia Music Award for Best Rock Song for “Pop” single “Drink” as well as the best music video for “L.A. Nights.”
Meanwhile, he has achieved notoriety in a range of musical genres, from pop, rock and dance to musical theater, while working with Olivia Newton-John, Mexican superstar & Broadway actress Bianca Marroquín, Melba Moore, Phoebe Snow, Turkish superstars Sezen Aksu and Sertab Erener, Sandra Bernhard and five “American Idol” finalists. He has appeared on Telemundo, while his music has been featured on CNN, The Los Angeles Times, Playbill, MTV, Yahoo! Music and “The Wendy Williams Show”; and heralded by USA Today, New York magazine, MTV and The New York Daily News.
featuring a host of renowned New York City musicians in new live recording
It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. Veteran recording artist Jerri BoKeno is rekindling the holiday jewel “This Christmas,” originally recorded in 1970 by renowned Grammy-winning soul singer Donny Hathaway.
Released by New York City-based Young Pals Music Monday, December 17, to all major download and streaming sites, the song expresses the joy of the season, as BoKeno sings with glee: “Hang all the mistletoe, I’m gonna get to know you better, This Christmas/And as we trim the tree, How much fun it’s gonna be together this Christmas.”
The joyous anthem, written by Hathaway and Nadine Theresa McKinnor, has the distinction of being released twice, first on Atco Records in 1970. The song then became a holiday staple after being included in 1991 on Atco’s revised edition of a 1968 Soul Christmas compilation album. Since, it has since been covered by the likes of Christina Aguilera, Destiny’s Child, Chicago, Pentatonix and Mary J. Blige. ASCAP reports it as the 30th most-performed holiday song of all time.
The acclaimed BoKeno, meanwhile, has recorded, performed and written with a stellar group of artists, including John Lennon, Cher and Michael McDonald. She was signed to Phil Spector and recorded “Here It Comes And Here I Go Again” for his Spector International Label. The single was an international hit and featured on BBC’s Top Of The Pops.
Adding their talents to the new recording of “This Christmas” are a host of professional New York City-based musicians: live drums from Mike Sorrentino, bass and horn section from Carras Paton, classical guitars by Emre Yilmaz, acoustic and electric guitars by Gene Blank and piano from Tom Gallaher. Artwork photography for BoKeno’s release comes courtesy of renowned artist Matt Blodgett.
Ayhan Sahin, Young Pals Music founder & CEO, notes, “Talk about divine inspiration. My dear friend Bo recently took me out to dinner for my 50th birthday and we started talking about recording a Christmas song. She knew exactly what she wanted to cover—and within days we had assembled our dream team of musicians. We started recording on thanksgiving morning in a deserted Manhattan studio, and the rest of the production followed it in less than a week. It’s a classic song, but I am so pleased… this version sounds brand new.”
Adds BoKeno, “‘This Christmas’ is one of my most beloved Christmas songs… I love the fact that I not only had the opportunity to record one of my favorites, but also to give it a new twist, thanks to the amazing new arrangement with these musicians live in the studio. I am thrilled.”
Music Video for “Hard Times” by Randy Jones (A2B / Epic Extended Disco Hustle Mix)
Randy Jones’ two separate music videos “Hard Times Remixes” was launched on September 15 with a glamorous party at Manhattan’s hot spot “Beautique” in midtown with more than 100 guests.
Music Video for “Hard Times” by Randy Jones (Mark Saunders / A Night at 54 Disco Mix)
In June 2017, Young Pals Music released “Hard Times,” the first single from Randy Jones’ upcoming full-length album, Still Makin’ Noise. The single reached #42 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, and was the first chart placement from any member of the Village People as a solo artist.
Photo album for Randy Jones’ launch event on September 15 with soundtrack of “Hard Times” by Randy Jones (DJ Drew G / Bigger Room Mix)
Dance Club hit aligns with 40th anniversary celebration of The Village People, including beloved hits “YMCA,” “Macho Man” and “In the Navy.” With “Hard Times” success, Jones is the only group member to achieve a solo hit.
Let the hard times roll! In the midst of the 40th anniversary celebration of the iconic Village People’s chart-topping music career—including global smashes “YMCA,” “Macho Man” and “In the Navy”—the group’s beloved cowboy, Randy Jones, is keeping the fire burning. His solo single “Hard Times” is a top 40 hit on Billboard’s Top Dance Club Play chart.
The dance club anthem, released by New York City-based Young Pals Music, includes an original studio version and eight re-rubs from renowned music mixologists Mark Saunders, Eric Kupper, Tim Cox, Date Night (f/Brannew), A2B (f/Emre Yilmaz), DJ Drew G, Onur Koc, and Peacemode. A 10-track single was released to all major digital outlets in July.
“Hard Times” launched at No. 42, as the second-highest entry among five new songs on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, for the week of August 26, 2017. Adding to the achievement, Jones is the only member of the Village People to score a solo hit.
With Jones’ vocal machismo guiding the joyous uptempo fanfare, “Hard Times” is driven by a flourish of acoustic guitars, pounding percussion and a chorus of angelic voices, alongside an empowering message that tough times may come and go, but with the will to win, you can always land “on the right line.”
Amid Jones’ own five-decade career, the renowned vocalist, film star, philanthropist—and all-round nice guy—has helped sell 100 million singles/albums and fostered a quarter billion views on YouTube, thanks to the Village People’s beloved catalog of disco songs. Add to that 75 Gold and Platinum record certificates, the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, alongside a co-starring role in the 1980 musical comedy film “Can’t Stop the Music,” directed by Nancy Walker—and also starring (then) Bruce Jenner.
Continuing a career as an actor, singer and dancer, he has also released a number of solo CDs, including most recently, “Ticket to the World,” “Your Disco Needs You!” and in 2016, “Mister Right.” In 2018, he is slated to release a new full-length project, tentatively titled “Still Making Noise.”