Fourth Single ‘Love Everybody’ from Award-Winning Album ‘Pop’

Issued by indie label Young Pals Music, the joyous pop anthem celebrates unity and diversity. 

To acknowledge National Sovereignty and Children’s Day in Turkey—an annual celebration that takes place each April 23—Young Pals Music has released the new single “Love Everybody.” This marks the fourth release from the upcoming album “Pop,” the first full-length namesake collection from Turkish-born, New York City-based songwriter & producer Ayhan Sahin.

The album “Pop” features 12+ diverse vocalists and 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. She delivers the lead vocal for “Love Everybody,” with an upbeat rap from King James.

“This is a joyous pure pop anthem that unites all colors, all religions and all cultures in a world that remains too divided and saddled with discrimination.” Sahin says. “My partner Bernadette and I wanted to celebrate all the good things in life… our friends, family, pets and beloved places… for 4 fun-filled minutes.”

The production for “Love Everybody” revolves around a children’s choir that delivers the message of “L.O.V.E.” in each chorus: “Well you can love many people, doesn’t really matter how many people you love/Cause you can love everybody, every single body/Cause every single body needs love.” The track is an ideal accompaniment for elementary school instruction as well as a call for unity in what is a contentious election year in the United States. And adding to its delicious pure pop template, it’s no secret that the madcap song also draws inspiration from “Does Your Mother Know” by Swedish supergroup ABBA.

“Love Everybody” follows three previous singles from “Pop”: First, in December, was “New Year’s Eve At Home,” celebrating the joy of cozying up with loved ones, with full-on country flavor, courtesy of vocalist Christi Bauerlee. In February, rowdy break-up song “Since You’ve Been Gone” was issued, sung by award-winning rock singer/songwriter and film/Broadway actor David Keeley. And in March came “Drink,” about celebrating with a glass raised to the joys of life, love, family and all good things. Lead vocals for “Drink” are from veteran New York City-based singer and musician Denny Blake, whose credits include the Broadway musical “Movin’ Out.” All songs are available for purchase on iTunes.

The album “Pop” is the first namesake project for award-winning Turkish-born songwriter and producer Sahin. In April, he was awarded The Akademia Music Award as well as The Global Music Awards for Best Rock Song for “Pop” single “Drink.” Another single from “Pop” — “Since You’ve Been Gone” sung by David Keeley was awarded for Best Rock Ballad by The Akademia. 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 Univision, 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.

In 2007, Sahin founded independent label Young Pals Music, through which he has released a dozen albums in less than a decade, including projects for Universal Records’ Karine Hannah, Chilean-American singer/songwriter Promis, MTV “Making the Band” finalist Adam Shenk, acclaimed Georgian singer/songwriter Tinatin, and Sony Turkey singer/songwriter/guitarist Emre Yilmaz.

All instrumentation for “Pop” was recorded live with renowned New York musicians, including Gene Blank on guitars, synth & keyboards from Rob Preuss, Mike Sorrentino on drums, and bassist Carras Paton. It was mastered at the legendary Sterling Sound.

For information, contact:

Ayhan Sahin at ayhan@YoungPalsMusic.com

917-693 2688

Raise A Glass & ‘Drink’ For St. Patrick’s Day,

Third single from upcoming collection is commandeered by NYC-based label Young Pals Music’s founder & executive producer Ayhan Sahin.

St. Patrick’s Day is all about celebrating with a glass raised to the joys of life, love, family and all good things. Who needs a parade to step in line for the best of times, given the release of joyous new single “Drink,” from the upcoming album “Pop,” the first full-length namesake collection from songwriter & producer Ayhan Sahin, released by his indie label Young Pals Music. Vocals in “Drink” are commandeered by veteran New York City-based singer and musician Denny Blake, whose credits include metal band Helix and the Billy Joel Broadway musical “Movin’ Out.”

The album “Pop” features 12+ diverse vocalists & musicians across a myriad of styles, including R&B and; 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.



“Drink” offers a nod to all things worth celebrating, as Blake sings, “Five o clock, the weekend’s here and I got a little plan, free the next 48 hours… Time to get back what I give/Drink to the ones you love, to your god above, Drink to a better way, to a summer day/Drink to the milkman, to the one-night stand, to the cabbies, your sugar daddy, drink to St. Paddy…”

In addition, the song features a rap shout-out to a roster of beloved New York City haunts worth raising a glass to—including the likes of Jake’s Tavern, Raccoon Lodge, Otto’s Shrunken Head, One Fish Two Fish, Planet Rose, 40/40 Club, Coney Island High, Tally Ho, Jimmy’s Corner and the West Village’s Ty’s. No, it’s not Fetty Wap delivering the flow: It’s none other than co-writer O’Reilly.

Add to the global reach of “Drink” a third songwriting credit—alongside Sahin and O’Reilly—from Turkey’s most-acclaimed female singer/songwriter Sezen Aksu. She descended upon New York City in 2006 to record a dozen songs, while embracing multiple songwriting sessions… including “Drink.” In her native Turkey, Aksu is known as “the mother of all Turkish pop stars.” Yes, she is the Madonna of the nation.

The track is already gaining views on YouTube with a lyric video for “Drink” launched at the beginning of the month. An official video release will be celebrated before St. Patrick’s via an extravagant collective of footage from around the world collected from fans singing along to the song in bars, taverns and all other festive locations. The song is available for purchase on iTunes.
The album “Pop” is the first namesake project for Turkish-born songwriter & producer Ayhan Sahin. Sahin has achieved notoriety in a range of musical genres, from pop, rock and dance to musical theater. In 2015, he co-wrote and produced the debut album for Mexican superstar & Broadway veteran Bianca Marroquín. “El Mundo Era Mio” was featured in a live segment and performance from New York City on Univision’s top-rated morning show “Despierta America”, while garnering record sales on iTunes.
Sahin has also worked with Olivia Newton-John, Melba Moore, Phoebe Snow, Turkish superstars Sezen Aksu and Sertab Erener, Sandra Bernhard and five “American Idol” finalists. 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.

 

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All instrumentation for “Pop” was recorded live with renowned New York musicians, including Dan Delvecchio on guitars, synth & keyboards from Rob Preuss, Mike Sorrentino on drums, and Carras Paton on bass. It was mixed by Sahin and mastered by Greg Calbi of Sterling Sound.

VALENTINE’S DAY 2012

Valentine’s Day 2012:
How to get endless-love on Valentine’s Day?
“Another + Another” Reveals How!
Boston, Mass. and New York, New York

While the rest of the nation is exchanging over 180 million Valentine’s Day cards, and spending an average of $14 billion on Valentine’s Day love ($13 billion of that in USA alone), for 99 cents you can stay home with your loved one enjoying “Another + Another”. Do the candles, wine, dinner, chocolates, bubble bath, and silk sheets, as long as your Valentine gets “Another + Another” from you. The song “Another + Another” celebrates the joys of more and more of everything in a perfect Valentine relationship.

Romantic pop, “Another + Another” is loved by Next Generation and Oldies who appreciate highest quality music and story lines crafted by Young Pals Records and G.G. Garth Music Publishing. Music video by Christopher Holmes/Holmeswood Features coming soon. Vocals: “Oh-Kay!”. Music by Ayhan Sahin, lyrics by Ghia Gabriela Szwed.

Purchase: iTunes

CONTACT: Ghia Gabriela Szwed
GGGarth83@hotmail.com (617) 997-6554

GG Garth Productions
Young Pals Records

NEW SINGLE RELEASE FROM YOUNG PALS MUSIC

Another + Another” tells a current classic unrequited love story in which boy loves girl, girl loves boy, boy fears commitment and bolts, girl lures him back, but boy is shown the door, nevertheless. Girl knows there’s always another and another outside her door.

Romantic pop, “Another + Another” celebrates honesty and self-empowerment. Romantic pop, “Another + Another” is enjoyed by Next Generation and Oldies who appreciate highest quality music and storylines crafted by Young Pals Records and G.G. Garth Music Publishing.

Vocals by up and coming pop singer “Oh-Kay!”. Music by Ayhan Sahin, lyrics by Ghia Gabriela Szwed. Produced by Young Pals Records (BMI) of NY, NY in collaboration with G.G. Garth Productions (ASCAP) of Boston, Mass.

“Another + Another”
Music: Ayhan Sahin Lyrics: Ghia Gabriela Szwed
Singer: Oh-Kay!
Album Art: RecycledPaperPrinting.com
Photography: Luiz Arduini
Models: Ksenia Yakustidi, Alden Truesdale
Copyright 2011 by Young Pals Music, BMI; G.G. Garth Music Publishing, ASCAP

Produced by Ayhan Sahin
Guitars: Gene Blank
Bass: Christian Imboden
Drum Programming and Keyboards: Ayhan Sahin

youngpalsrecords.com gggarthproductions.com

 

MOST LIKELY TO – The Senior Superlative Musical

Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording
Released on October 18th
on iTunes, Amazon.com and all other digital stores

A New “Generation Glee” Musical Hailed by Newsday as “Most Likely To Be a Hit.”
(New York – October 17, 2011) – On October 18 2011, BroadwayClubhouse.com and Young Pals Music will release the original Off-Broadway cast recording of Most Likely To: The Senior Superlative Musical, a new album featuring cast members from the Dramatist Guild Workshop and award-winning Midtown International Theatre Festival production. Performers on the album include Amanda Castaños, (B’way: Spring Awakening), Melissa Rapelje (Off B’way: The Awesome 80s Prom), Lyle Colby Mackston (Papermill: 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee,) Andrew J. Beck, Gina Marie Bilardi, Christopher Hlinka, Alexander Greif, Katie Hoffmann, Steven Liberto, Lauren Renner, Sarah Sixt, Matthew Walsh, Jesse Zeidman.

Most Likely To (which sold out its entire MITF run on Theatre Row before opening night) features the sereo-comic musings of such high school senior celebrities as Class Clown, Best Dressed andMost Dramatic, as they stage a ceremony to celebrate the fabled best years of their lives in monologue, song and dance. It’s The Gleeks vs. The Goths, The Drama Queens vs. The Jocks, in a Senior Superlative Showdown to Best All Around! The cast album will feature 12 fan favorite tracks including “All Hail the Drama Queens,” “Emo Spelled Backwards (is Oh Me),” and “Push Comes to Shove.”
 
About the album, writer and composer Michael Tester stated, “I am thrilled to have the original cast reprise their vocals on the album and to welcome guest musicians who have backed the likes of Billy Joel, Elton John, Paul McCartney, and Steven Tyler.”

In addition to the album release, Dramatic Publishing Company (dramaticpublishing.com) will be licensing Most Likely To for all professional and amateur theatrical markets in North America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The acting edition of the script will be available at The Drama Book Shop, DramaticPublishing.com and other script sources in October. A CD version of the album with a full-color booklet will be available for purchase in December.

Author/Composer Michael Tester is the creator of The Pirate Musical! (Baker’s Plays/Samuel French), The Mummy Musical (Dramatic Publishing), Hollywood Exposed! (Actors Playhouse, Miami), Amoebas on Parade!! (King’s Head Theatre, London), and The Divalogues (Duplex Cabaret Theatre, NYC). He served as co-author of Ken Davenport’s long running Off-Broadway (show, The Awesome ’80s Prom (winner: National Interactive Show of the Year), as well as for The National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts Body & Soul gala at Manhattan’s Baryshnikov Center. Upcoming projects include Musicals in the Making-a showcase for theatre composers and lyricists, and the blog, The Drama Police. A proud member of The Dramatists Guild, Michael is a Rodgers & Hammerstein scholarship winner, and student of Second City’s famed writing track (Hollywood).

Young Pals Music is a full-service independent record label owned and operated by NYU Tisch Master’s graduate Ayhan Sahin. His recent work includes recordings for Olivia Newton-John, Melba Moore, Phoebe Snow, Turkish superstar Sezen Aksu, Sandra Bernhard and a half-dozen “American Idol” finalists. Records released by the label have been featured on Billboard, MTV, VH1 .
 
The Most Likely To album was produced and arranged by Ayhan Sahin, Young Pals Music. Musicians: Keyboard: Elliot Weiss, Classical Guitar: Rafael Cintron; Violin: Elyssa Samsel; Electric Guitar: Dennis DelGaudio; Bass Guitar: Brian Holtz.

To download the album, please click here


For licensing and script information, visit www.DramaticPublishing.com

Consummate Summer Dance Floor Anthem “Wild Miami Remixed” Ready To Raise Rafters Across Global Dance Floors

Remix Collection Calls Attention To Consequences Of Global Warming;

 Marks Tenth Studio Release For Young Pals Records

 

 

Young Pals Records celebrates the release of its 10th studio project, with the consummate summer dancefloor anthem “Wild,” Miami Remixed, by Tinatin. The collection comprises five rafter-raising re-rubs of the song from prominent DJs, plus the music video, lensed in New York City and South Beach, Miami.

 

“Wild” is the title track of Tinatin’s six track EP, released in May, written by Tinatin and Ayhan Sahin, and produced by Sahin. While the song’s force field of cacophonous percussion and insistent beats beckon one to the dancefloor, the lyric offers a socially conscious call to the consequences of climate change, as a rash of alarming trends sweep the land: “temperatures plummeting to 12 below at the equator, a dry spell across South America’s tropical rain forests and fire along the Polar ice caps.” Young Pals is donating 10% of the song’s proceeds to Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection.

 

 

In addition to the Ayhan Sahin Crystal Ball Remix (6:21), versions of “Wild” include the Jason Jayma & DJ Scorpio Club Mix (8:08), Luke Savant Club Mix (6:13), Tom Noize Remix (6:19), Orly Productions Remix (4:43) and Jay Moore Synth Mix (7:42).

The video clip showcases Tinatin as a tightly wound Wall Street executive fantasizing about letting loose in a sexually charged fantasy sequence shot throughout posh clubs and hotels and along the sandy beaches of South Beach (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATGAfmkRg6c). It was lensed by Christopher Holmes/ Holmeswood Features, as was the music video for the original EP version of “Wild.”

Tinatin is an acclaimed vocalist, songwriter and writer, deemed a Billboard magazine “Artist To Watch” in 2008. Her composition “Connected” was a Pop finalist in the John Lennon Song Contest; while in 2009, “Is It True,” sung by Yohanna, was runner-up among 42 global entries at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Moscow. She was also named Lyricist of the Year by the ESC European Music Awards. Tinatin subsequently signed a worldwide deal with Kobalt Publishing.

Sahin has worked with Olivia Newton-John, Melba Moore, Phoebe Snow, Turkish superstar Sezen Aksu, Sandra Bernhard and a half-dozen “American Idol” finalists, including the 2010 debut single for “AI” season eight finalist/comedian Norman Gentle, “Bitch Slap!” He is associate producer of the award-winning music documentary “Lift Humanitarian Relief Songs Initiative,” which features Tinatin as one of 35 vocalists from around the world.

With the sun high in the sky, “Wild” Miami Remixed will be issued to DJs and clubs worldwide in July. Indeed, the frenetic dance floor paean is ready for its close up.

 

Work In Progress Abba Musical Brings New Karine Hannah Single

Young Pals Music releases “Frida’s Sonnet” performed by Canadian chanteuse Karine Hannah. Accompanying music video lensed by Christopher Holmes

Karine Hannah’s new single “Frida’s Sonnet,” released by Young Pals Music, is taken from the theatrical production of the rock opera “Swedish Style,” written by Selcen Pamuk and Ayhan Sahin. “Swedish Style” is a two-act musical inspired by the private lives of the members of the super Swedish pop-band ABBA. The full-length musical premiered in Turkey in 1995, with accompanying concerts held in nearly a dozen European venues throughout late1990s. The musical is now currently being adapted for upcoming major U.S. productions.

“Frida’s Sonnet” is the finale song in Act One, as the production’s protagonist admits enduring feelings for a lover that has since been left in the past.

The 2011 version with vocals by Canadian chanteuse Hannah was refashioned into a lush dramatic ballad, while maintaining its theatrical core.


A new accompanying music video lensed by Christopher Holmes showcases Hannah’s rafter-raising vocals, set in a fantasy sequence where Karine relives Frida’s emotions and dramatic struggle, amid a New York City backdrop and a setting of rich colors. Sahin also makes a cameo in the video.

“Frida’s Sonnet,” now propelled from the theatrical stage to the world’s online stage, is available both in iTunes and amazon.com as part of Hannah’s second album “Karine.”

Tinatin Releases Debut EP “Wild” Focusing Attentioni on Potential Ravages of Climate Change; Released on the Eve of Annual Earth Day

 

As catastrophic events continue to impact the very ground we walk on, from the devastating combination of earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan and Haiti to the potential ravages of climate change, Earth Day is a more urgent call to arms than ever. This year, the 41st annual cause, designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for our natural environment, culminates on April 22, with education, public policy and consumer campaigns in more than 175 nations.

 

If music is the universal language, then perhaps there is no better way to spread the message than song. Singer/songwriter Tinatin grew up in the Soviet Republic of Georgia—hit by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in 2009—while collaborator and co-songwriter/producer Ayhan Sahin worked for a decade as a civil engineer in his native Turkey—witnessing hell on earth as an equally hard-hitting earthquake devastated the nation’s northwestern region in 1999, near the metropolis of Istanbul.

 

Today, both New York-based musicians have banded to record Tinatin’s debut EP, “Wild” on Young Pals Music. It’s no coincidence that the six-song collection is timed for release on April 19, the eve of Earth Day. Its title track offers a socially conscious anthem about the consequences of climate change, as a rash of alarming trends sweep the land: “temperatures plummeting to 12 below at the equator, a dry spell across South America’s tropical rain forests and fire along the Polar ice caps.”

The song also includes a nod to Al Gore’s “Alliance for Climate Protection,” in the lyric, “Al sends regards, he said he is going out of his mind/The sun is shining in the middle of a quiet Carthage night,” referring to his Tennessee hometown. In hand, 10% of the song’s proceeds from iTunes will be donated to Gore’s foundation.

 

In addition, the force field of cacophonous percussion and insistent beats in “Wild” were such an inspiration for Tinatin and Sahin that he remixed the title track into a frenetic dance floor paean. This version, included on the EP, will be released to DJs/clubs in June. Videoclips for both were lensed by Christopher Holmes/ Holmeswood Features.

 

 

With all songs on the EP written by Tinatin and Sahin, and arranged/produced by Sahin, the disc includes a posse of name-brand live musicians, including acclaimed Aussie Garth Ploog on piano, classical guitarist Emre Yilmaz, Mike Stanzilis on bass, drummer Mike Sorrentino, Elyssa Samsel on violins and Dennis DelGaudio on electric and acoustic guitars.

 

Other highlights include the tender, regretful “Fly,” which tells of a lamenting lover whose partner has been untrue, defiantly offering no second chances. “When you come back, I’ll be out of your life, say goodbye,” Tinatin sings. Similarly, the midtempo “Said and Done” gracefully acknowledges when it’s time to turn the page and begin a new chapter; while “If You Ever” is a lovely lilting ballad that assures a helping hand: “If you lose your ground, if you come undone/If I held you in my arms, you would feel the love inside.”

 

Aside from this first physical CD release, Tinatin has seen her career burgeon since planting roots in the U.S. Debut single “We the Peoples,” based on the United Nations Charter, earned her kudos as one of Billboard magazine’s 2008 “Artists To Watch,” while composition “Connected” was a finalist in the Pop category of the John Lennon Song Contest. “Is It True,” written by Tinatin with Óskar Páll Sveinsson and acclaimed producer Christopher Neil, was first runner-up at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. The entry was subsequently hailed as the pageant’s Song of the Decade.

 

Sahin has worked with Olivia Newton-John, Melba Moore, Phoebe Snow, Turkish superstar Sezen Aksu, Sandra Bernhard and a half-dozen “American Idol” finalists, including the 2010 debut single for “AI” season eight finalist/comedian Norman Gentle, “Bitch Slap!” The track’s music video logged more than 75,000 YouTube hits in one week after being launched by The Los Angeles Times and Yahoo! Music. In addition, Sahin is associate producer of the award-winning music documentary “Lift Humanitarian Relief Songs Initiative,” which features Tinatin as one of 35 global participants.

 

For information on “Wild,” contact Janet Castiel at Redwood Entertainment, Inc.

212-543-9998; Janet.Castiel@RedwoodEntertainment.com.

 

Lybert Ramade’s New Album: “Une Autre Chance”

Third Project Issued In December 2010 on Young Pals Records,

Ayhan Sahin’s Compositions in French

 

French master of entertainment—actor, singer, songwriter, host and voiceover talent—Lybert Ramade is releasing his third musical project “Une autre chance” in December 2010, on Young Pals Records. The album comprises songs composed by New York-based songwriter/producer Ayhan Sahin, sung in French.

 

Lybert Ramade began his musical career in the 1990s via baroque opera vocal “Four saints in 3 acts,” directed by Jean Claude Arnault, as a baritone-bass, a rarity in the genre. From there, he transitioned to dance-floor hit “Can You Feel My Luv.”

 

He also sang a duet with French icon Sheila on “Latino Flavour,” followed by debut EP, “Lybert,” produced by Eric Priva, in which he composed all lyrics. Continuing a flair for diverse projects, Lybert Ramade then returned to the stage, at the Article Theater, where he starred in the musical “Akoustik,” followed by a concert series at the Theater of Nesle in Paris.

 

First full-length album, “En haut là-bas,” was released in 2009, comprising 12 French- and Spanish-language songs, produced by Jean-Philippe Crespin. It offered a mesh of pop, Latin and electronic music.

 

Meanwhile, Lybert Ramade has studied acting in Paris and New York, and seasoned his chops in productions of Tchécov’s “La noce,” directed by Michel Praxis; and “Psychose,” a play co-written with Nikola Pareienty. Among film roles is “Prête moi ta main,” directed by Eric Lartigau; and TV appearances in “Nightmare,” “Opération Saint Esprit” and “Alors.”

Highlights of Lybert Ramade’s upcoming album “Une autre chance,” recorded in New York, include “Ecoute moi,” the jazz-infused radio-ready opening track; frenetic dance toss-ups “L’heure des heros” and “Je suis comme je suis”; elegant ballads “Plus loin” and “Si jamais”; playful pop finger-snapper “Laissez moi”; and pop confection “7 vies.” The project also includes English-language track “Another Bad Mistake,” a duet with French-Canadian chanteuse Karine Hannah.

 

American Idol Season Eight Finalist Norman Gentle Releases First Single “Brit Slap,” A Toast To Simon Cowell

Accompanying Video Clip, Featuring ‘America’s Top Model’ Judge Nigel Barker,

Scheduled For National Network Launch; Song On iTunes

The world is poised to become slap-happy with the release of Norman Gentle’s debut single Tuesday,May 4.
 
The season eight “American Idol” top 25 finalist offers a saucy toast to outgoing judge Simon Cowell via his up-tempo sing-along anthem “Brit Slap!” featuring a maddeningly catchy chorus, throbbing beat and an accompanying video clip featuring a cameo from “America’s Top Model” judge Nigel Barker (www.nigelbarker.tv), a cast of Broadway dancers—and Cowell himself (okay, as a stand-up cardboard cutout)—which literally stopped traffic in Manhattan’s Times Square as thousands of passers-by joined in the tribute.
 
Already, Gentle’s giant following has made the comedian a hero among “Idol” worshippers. When Norman, a.k.a. 27-year-old Nick Mitchell from Brookfield, Conn., ambushed the No. 1 TV show in North America last year, his slapstick persona served up unexpected vocal finesse, via a memorable performance of “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from “Dreamgirls,” which drew high praise from three of the four “Idol” judges. Perhaps not surprisingly, holdout Cowell scowled, “I hope I’m speaking on behalf of America when I pray you don’t go through to the next round.” All in love, yes?
 
While anxiously counting down his 15 minutes of fame, the mainstream media acknowledged Gentle’s headband-wearing, tuxedo jacket-sporting, khaki shorts-donning character as a bona fide talent. MTV News deemed his appearances an “insanely brilliant—if not brilliantly insane—move. We’ve made up our minds. Norman Gentle is the greatest contestant in ‘American Idol’ history.”
 
Fox News offered that he “might not be the most commercial contestant on ‘American Idol,’ but he’s certainly proved to be the most memorable.”
 
Even celebrities weighed in, with Ellen Degeneres—pre-“Idol” judge—saying, “He makes it interesting. I hope he makes it”; and Neil Patrick Harris commenting, “He’s the abomination of the show, everything (it) is not supposed to be, and I was laughing my head off.”
 
Subsequently, in 2010, Gentle and Mitchell were booked as a correspondent on the syndicated “Wendy Williams Show” (www.wendyshow.com), offering predictions about “American Idol” season nine. He, uh, they, have appeared weekly, opening the show and chatting with Williams about the leading finalists.
 
Gentle says, “I learned from ‘Idol’ that Simon Cowell inspires everyone to be their best true selves. His is like that little voice in everyone’s head demanding, ‘Get up and do it better!’ So I suppose I can honestly say that everything that’s happening to me now is his fault… I mean, to his credit. Thank you, big daddy. Who loves ya, baby?”
 
Gentle’s foray into the music business was hardly a conscious effort. Last fall, renowned music journalist Fred Bronson—an “Idol” expert and frequent guest on the show—gathered a random collection of allies for lunch in New York, including “Idol” alumni Kimberley Locke and Diana DeGarmo, legendary singer Neil Sedaka, fellow entertainment writer Chuck Taylor, and production duo DNA—Ayhan Sahin and Dennis DelGaudio—where it was suggested that Mitchell parlay Gentle toward a legitimate recording career.
 
“I was like, ‘you want me to sing? That’s silly. I’m a comedian,’” Gentle and Mitchell note in unison. “But Ayhan, who has staged a bunch of theatrical productions in Turkey, and Dennis, who was Billy Joel’s guitarist, pressed me to come to their studio in Brooklyn and toss around some ideas. They had this song that was a perfect send-off for Simon. I laughed my tuckus off. It was pretty much impossible to resist.”
 
Now signed to DNA’s Young Pals Records International, Gentle’s “Brit Slap!” launches on iTunes May 4, with the video clip set to debut on a national network in mid-May. In addition, the just-launchedwww.gentleofficial.com offers daily updates about his “Gentle-cosm,” including opinions on “American Idol,” tips for living Gentle-y, being a proper Gentle-man, Random Acts of Gentle-ocide, his support for animal rights, and other rants and raves about pop culture.
 
Gentle’s video shoot throughout New York fostered press in The Los Angeles Times, the NY Daily News, Life.com and CBS News online, while Nigel Barker, on his blog, noted, “(This) outlandish character is known for his theatrical performances, and unusual and flirtatious relationship with Simon Cowell. When asked to join him on the set of his music video, I couldn’t think of a better way to poke fun at my fellow Brit-transplant reality show judge. Adorned in matching red headbands, I joined Norman and had a great time.”
 
Following release of the single to iTunes and the North American debut of the video, additional footage will be available on YouTube and www.gentleofficial.com, while a second surprise slap will be announced May 25.
 
“Who’d have believed?” Mitchell, uh, Gentle, says. “Isn’t it wonderful to know that you don’t have to have a rich papa, a mountain of plastic surgery and Simon Cowell’s blessing to get a shot at the American dream? I feel Gentle-uinely blessed to have this opportunity to slap my positive vibe around the globe.”
 
MEDIA ALERT: To hear excerpt of “Brit Slap!” please access www.gentleofficial.com
 
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