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How a Killer Blues Cover of "I Will Always Love You" Went Viral

posted Sep 9th 2013, 13:29

By: Jamie Sanchez / repost from - The Daily Rind / The Orchard

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The power of a good viral video has become an important way to market indie artists and gain more fans (and with that, revenue).

Case in point: Josh Weathers, the Rock n’ Soul singer/songwriter from Texas, who according to a 2011 DFW.com feature story is ”the hardest working man in local music,”  has just experienced the power of YouTube after his 2011 live video was recently posted by The Huffington Post and online entertainment blog The Chive.

It started on August 13, when the humorous entertainment news blog The Chive shared the YouTube video of Josh Weathers performing Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” with the headline “Guy Kills It with Blues Cover of “I Will Always Love You” on Stage in Dallas, TX.”

YouTube views for the video went from a couple of hundred, to over 100,000!

That’s when The Huffington Post took notice and decided to include Weathers’ cover in a feature story about Whitney Houston, who would have turned 50 this month. As part of the story, the HuffPost included two video tributes of indie artists performing two of Houston’s iconic songs. One of those videos was our guy performing his version of “I Will Always Love You,” which was recorded during a Josh Weathers Band performance at Kessler Theater in Dallas, Texas on July 23, 2011, as a tribute to his mother.

That’s when things really got interesting — or should we say, that’s when Josh Weathers went viral.

Today, a mere two weeks after The Chive and the Huffington Post featured Weathers’ video, the view counts have risen to over half a million and counting. With the popularity of the video reaching so many new fans, Josh’s record label, 24 Hour Service Station, released a recording of “I Will Always Love You” to digital music stores worldwide. And guess what? The single has been going through the roof, and sales of Weathers’ catalogue albums have also been rising up the Blues charts!

And that, my friends, along with some good, old-fashioned talent, is the power of a simple viral video.

 

Kites With Lights Release New Single - Holding Hearts

posted Aug 8th 2013, 17:07

Synth Pop / Nugaze artist Kites With Lights have released a new two track single full of love and positive vibes. Have a listen via Soundcloud, and throw the mate a couple bucks on iTunes. He will appreciate the love!

 

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Tim Halperin releases "Dear Sophie" (lullaby for my baby niece)

posted Jul 15th 2013, 19:41

Our friend and partner Tim Halperin has put together someting special for his fans this summer. He's releasing a video for "Dear Sophio" that compiles baby photos sent in response to a Facebook post. Written and recorded live last year and finally receiving a proper studio treatment this summer, "Dear Sophie" bounces along, radiating happiness with a joyous love so pure. Here's the video, the live version and the FB post below:

Dear Sophie - Single - Tim Halperin

 

 

 

"Send me your baby pictures! I want to do a lyric video to my new song/lullaby for my niece Sophie to your pictures. What I'm looking for are pictures that capture the connection between a child and a parent/relative. The song centers around unconditional love for a child and has a lot of imagery of holding a child, so peaceful pictures of a mother rocking a child to sleep would work well also. Send your pictures to dearsophiepictures@gmail.com by Monday evening. Thanks! - Tim"

Tim Halperin Nabs Opening Gig For American Idol Kelly Clarkson

posted Feb 19th 2013, 20:46

 

24 Hour Distribution partner Tim Halperin adds another great performance to his storied career, and what could be his biggest opportunity so far. A finalist on American Idol himself, Halperin had this to say about his recent accomplishment: "AHHH!!!! I'M OPENING FOR KELLY CLARKSON MARCH 1 AT THE VERIZON THEATRE IN GRAND PRAIRIE!!!!!!

The show benefits a great cause, Opportunity Education: http://www.opportunityeducation.org

Halperin also recently released a stripped down acoustic piano ballad version of Passion Pit's "Take A Walk" which is available on iTunes.

Connect with Tim:
Website: http://www.timhalperin.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/timhalperinof...
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/timhalperin
Tumblr: http://timhalperin.tumblr.com

Tim Halperin Top Ten Holiday Album Puts iTunes Under That Christmas Spell

posted Nov 6th 2012, 14:11

tim_halperin_top_8_singer_songwriter_itunes_20121106_31024 Hour Distribution's partner Tim Halperin broke the iTunes Top Ten today and hit Number Eight on the Singer/Songwriter chart with his Holiday season release 'Under That Christmas Spell.' The CD can be ordered directly from Tim's site, or if you need something to bump your order up on Amazon for the free shipping, this record does the trick!

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Josh Weathers Band - Big Night In The City Reaches Number 2 On iTunes Blues Chart

posted Nov 3rd 2012, 21:51

24 Hour Distribution partner Josh Weathers Band saw their third full length album Big Night In The City hit the number two position on iTunes Blues sales chart today. A well deserved achievement for the hardest working man in Fort Worth's music scene!

The third full length from Josh Weathers Band, Big Night In The City melds and updates the warm soulful sounds of Stax Records, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chicago & The Rolling Stones into a unique masterpiece without wearing the influences on its sleeve. With stellar songwriting, playing & production, sequenced perfectly for repeat play, this album gets better with every listen. An audio treat!

Buy Josh Weathers Band - Big Night In The City on iTunes

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Tim Halperin Releases "Shining Like The Stars" Benefit Single For Kidd's Kids Walt Disney World Vacation

posted Oct 16th 2012, 11:07

24 Hour Service Station distribution partner Tim Halperin has recorded a brand new single for the Kidd's Kids Family Trip of 2012, with all iTunes proceeds going to the charity. Syndicated Texas radio personality Kidd Kraddick started Kidd's Kids as an organization to take terminally / chronically ill children and their families to Walt Disney World each year.


Buy it on iTunes (all proceeds go to Kidd's Kids)
More About Kidd's Kids: http://www.kiddskids.com
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