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EXPLORER1 MUSIC GROUP PROUDLY ANNOUNCES THE FORMATION OF ADVISORY BOARD

 

APRIL 27, 2020—LOS ANGELES.  Explorer1 Music Group (E1), the global full-service music company founded by it’s CEO Paul Woolnough, today proudly announced the formation of it’s Board of Advisors.   Made up of some of the most accomplished, influential and respected executives from the entertainment, media, technology and finance industries, E1’s Advisory Board serves to advise E1’s Executives and Management Team in all aspects of the companies operations and strategy.

 

“While we are a relatively new company, I am extremely proud and privileged to already be working with an amazing executive team that collectively has hundreds of years of experience in all aspects of the music, media and entertainment business” said E1’s Founder and CEO Paul Woolnough. “Being able to attract and welcome individuals I admire so much to our Advisory Board, is a testament to the quality of our team and what we have already built. With these appointments, as the company continues to rapidly grow we will be able to learn from and leverage their unparalleled expertise, experience, knowledge and influence”.

 

Summary of each of the Advisory Board Members is below. 

 

You can see their full professional summaries at: https://www.explorer1music.com/board-members

 

ANDY TAYLOR:  Andy is a music industry legend.  He co-founded the Sanctuary Group in 1976 which grew to become the world’s largest independent multi-service music group, as well as one of the largest music management companies in the world that went public.  Andy is also a Director and shareholder or Raw Power Management, and co-manager of Iron Maiden.

 

SANFORD R. (SANDY) CLIMAN:  Sandy is an investor, producer, and considered a media visionary. He served as Corporate EVP and President of Worldwide Business Development of Universal Studios, was a founding head of CAA’s corporate practice and represented such stars as Robert De Niro, Robert Redford, Kevin Costner and Danny DeVito. He also was the Executive Producer of the 3D feature film, “U2 3D,” and Producer of “The Aviator,” directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

 

MARCUS VINICIUS RIBEIRO:  Marcus is a Co-founder & Managing Partner with 4H5H Media, a media, entertainment & production company. He advises arts & cultural organizations & music ventures, as well as education, technology and entertainment festivals and events. Marcus served as the Principal, Executive Officer representative for the Americas of PRISA, the world’s leading Spanish and Portuguese-language media group. He started his career as a Brazilian Federal Prosecutor / Associate Attorney General for 10 years. 

 

ARTURO DURAN:  Arturo has served as a mentor and guru for companies in multicultural and Hispanic markets. He is considered an expert in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning and serves as advisor to several technology and media companies. Previous roles include VP, AOL Media Networks, Director of Business Development, Internet Division for the Polaroid Corporation, VP Business Development at Polaroid China, CMO Polaroid Mexico, Vice-President Manufacturing and Retail for Unisys Corp.

 

FRANCIS CHEN:  Francis has more than twenty years of management experience and more than fifteen years as an entrepreneur and investor in high-tech and bio-tech start-ups. Francis is formerly Vice Chairman of WI Harper Group, a venture capital firm with investment activities in Silicon Valley, China and Taiwan, and one of the first venture firms in cross-border technology investments between US and Greater China.

 

NEIL RUSSELL:  Neil is founder and President of Hollywood Artists Pictures Corporation, an entertainment-focused intellectual property rights company.  He is a former senior executive with Paramount Pictures, Columbia, MGM/United Artists and Carolco Pictures, the company that produced the Rambo movies, Terminator 2, Total Recall and Basic Instinct and the Founder and President of Carolco Television Productions.

 

KENIN SPIVAK:  Kenin is a highly regarded executive, entrepreneur, financier and attorney who has led multi-national companies with billions of dollars of worldwide sales and operations in more than 30 countries, including, among others, major studio MGM/UA Communications. Kenin has completed more than US$10 billion of complex transactions and led the branding, marketing and sales of entertainment content and consumer products grossing many billions of dollars.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT BOARD MEMBERS

ROYAL BLISS SIGNS EXCLUSIVE GLOBAL DEAL WITH EXPLORER1 MUSIC GROUP

Los Angeles, CA – April 8, 2020 – Explorer1 Music Group (E1) is proud to announce a partnership with the Salt Lake City based Top 20 Rock band Royal Bliss.

 

The band has been making their mark for years with a consistent work ethic of writing, recording, and touring that have helped build the success of the band.

In partnering with Royal Bliss, E1 has acquired the worldwide perpetual rights to their 6 album catalog and will be releasing the recordings globally, as well as collaborating on the creation and release of new music, videos, and concert performances around the world.

 

Royal Bliss’ variety of influences from Led Zeppelin to Johnny Cash mold the sound that is uniquely theirs and cannot be denied. Their music speaks to the common man, tells a story and rocks out with a good party crowd, all the while being delivered by the inimitable deep and raspy voice of front man, Neal Middleton. Royal Bliss signed with Capitol Records in 2009 and saw the debut album Life In-Between chart on the Billboard Top 200 and hit #1 in Billboard Heatseekers.

 

In 2012 the independently released Waiting Out The Storm reached #9 on the iTunes Rock Chart, hit #2 in Billboard Heatseekers and produced the fan favorite “Crazy”. In 2014, Chasing The Sun was recorded and released on their own label, Air Castle Records, with distribution through Universal (INgrooves) Music Group.

 

On the Chasing The Sun album the alternative roots of the band shined on the album’s single “Cry Sister” that climbed the Active Rock chart to (#31) and was Royal Bliss’ 6th Single to crack the top 50 on Active Rock radio. In 2018 they released “Devil with Angel Eyes” which made it to Top 50 on the Mediabase and BDS charts. The music video quickly hit 1 Million views and they headlined a tour across the United States. In 2019 their single, “Hard and Loud,” charted in the top 40 on the Active Rock Chart. The single “Pain” was released next, and it cracked the Top 30 on the BDS and Mediabase charts.  Their latest single “Paranoid” has just been released to rave reviews and has charted at #19 on the Active Rock Charts.

 

A core part of E1’s business model is to fund the touring to enable Artist’s to reach audiences around the world, and having headlined and supported on many US tours, with a solid fan base across the country, Royal Bliss is the perfect Artist for this model.

 

Neal Middleton of Royal Bliss adds, “It’s nice to finally find a home for Royal Bliss with a company that understands what our band, our music, and our fans are all about.  It’s also great to be in a partnership with a company where you feel more like a team instead of feeling like you are being controlled.  They found and signed Royal Bliss because of their belief in who we are and what we have accomplished, and they aren’t going to push us to be something we are not.”

 

“We are excited to be a part of the Explorer1 family”, says Bob Hathaway from FM Music Management.  “The business model they created is a perfect for our band, Royal Bliss.  I’ve worked alongside Tom Biery and Andre Recke for many years, and I know we are in good hands.  With them and the rest of the E1 team, I’m confident they will be the perfect partners with FM Music Management, and together we will take Royal Bliss to new heights.”

 

 “When our Head of Artist Services, Tom “Grover” Biery, first joined us, one of the first names he said we should look at was Royal Bliss” said Paul Woolnough, E1’s CEO. “I finally saw them at #Happens in Las Vegas this year where they delivered exactly what Grover has said – and much more.  We can’t wait to build on their current touring and radio success, and introduce Royal Bliss to new fans around the world”.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT WWW.ROYALBLISS.COM

GUITAR VIRTUOSO & COMPOSER ERIC HENDERSON SIGN GLOBAL DEAL WITH EXPLORER1 MUSIC GROUP

Los Angeles, CA – March 25, 2020 – Explorer1 Music Group (E1) is proud to announce a partnership with famed guitar virtuoso and composer Eric Henderson. Henderson is a guitar virtuoso and composer who covers a vast repertoire with technical mastery and passionate delivery.

 

In partnering with Eric, E1 has acquired the worldwide perpetual rights to Eric’s catalog that includes his entire life-works of over 350 compositions and will be releasing the entire catalog globally, as well as collaborating on the creation and release of new music, videos, and concert performances around the world.

 

Eric’s career began at the age of 13, when Eric became one of the only 3 people to receive the honor of being invited to study privately with the recognized master of classical guitar, Maestro Andres Segovia. Over the last 20 years Eric has performed 20 tours across Europe and the United States, playing in such famous venues as Concert Gebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London and Ateneo in Madrid as well as many other halls in the United States, Germany, Spain, France, the Soviet Union, Australia and Japan. In recent years Eric returned to his hometown of Laguna Beach, California where he continues to perfect his art by composing, teaching and advancing the technique and repertoire of the guitar. His YouTube performance of 'Moonlight Sonata' has received over 3 million views.

 

 “I’m excited to join Paul and his amazing team at Explorer1 - I’ve been looking for the right home for my catolog for years” said Eric Henderson. “This relationship with E1 is a true partnership, the likes of which I have never seen before, and I can’t wait to begin to collaborate and share with the world my life’s work”.

 

 “Having spent many years in southern Spain, I was very fortunate to be immersed in a culture that was filled with classical guitar music” said Explorer1 Music Group founder and CEO Paul Woolnough. “When I first heard Eric’s music I was amazed at the virtuosity of his catalog, and I saw that Eric’s compositions are a perfect vehicle for the whole world to discover, rediscover and enjoy the artform of Spanish classical guitar music”.

WOLFGANG VAN HALEN SIGNS EXCLUSIVE GLOBAL DEAL WITH EXPLORER1 MUSIC GROUP

Los Angeles, CA – February 21, 2020 – Explorer1 Music Group (E1) is proud to announce a global partnership with multi-intstumentalist songwriter Wolfgang Van Halen, member of GRAMMY® Award winning, multi-platinum selling rock legends Van Halen.

 

Wolfgang is in the final stages of writing and recording in the iconic 5150 studios with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge/Slash/Tremonti/Sevendust). Wolfgang is completing a collection of diverse material

To read the full release on BILLBOARD

FORMER JUDAS PRIEST GUITARIST K.K DOWNING ANNOUNCES DETAILS ON HIS NEW BAND

FEBRUARY 18, 2020 – K.K Downing, founding member of Judas Priest, today announces the name of his new band KK’s PRIEST. This all new band features some very familiar faces. With Downing on guitar, KK’s PRIEST features ex-Judas Priest members Tim “Ripper” Owens on vocals, who fronted the band for eight years and recorded two studio albums, Jugulator, featuring the GRAMMY® nominted track “Bullet Train,” and Demolition, plus two live albums, and Les Binks who was the drummer on the studio albums Stained Class and Killing Machine and the live album Unleashed in the East. They are joined by Tony Newton (Voodoo Six) on bass, and A.J. Mills (Hostile) on guitar.

To read the full release CLICK HERE

THE RAVEN AGE CELEBRATES RADIO SUCCESS OF “THE FACE THAT LAUNCHED A THOUSAND SHIPS”

FEBRUARY 18, 2020 – British rockers The Raven Age are celebrating stateside success at radio with their latest single “The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships.” Stations like KFML, KDDX, KGRR, WKLC, KTRX and more have added the song to rotation. The song showcases the softer side of the English melodic metal band – highlighting the vocals of front man Matt James. 

 

“The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships” is featured on the band’s recent release through Explorer1 Music Group, Conspiracy. 

To read the full release CLICK HERE

LEGENDARY GUITARIST K.K. DOWNING SIGNS GLOBAL DEAL WITH EXPLORER1 MUSIC GROUP

Los Angeles, CA – January 30, 2020 – Explorer1 Music Group (E1) is proud to announce a global partnership with legendary guitarist K.K. Downing, founding member of GRAMMY® Award winning, multi-platinum selling metal icons Judas Priest, with veteran rock manager Andy Gould joining E1 as Principle Manager for Downing.

 

After receiving offers from multiple labels and management companies, Downing met with Paul Woolnough, CEO of Explorer1 Music Group and the creator of its innovative business model, and they agreed to partner and work together in all aspects of K.K.’s career.

To read the full release CLICK HERE

BRITISH LION RELEASES New Video for "The Burning" from the Album of the Same Name

BRITISH LION has released the first video from their latest album The Burning.  The video shot in Richard's home town of Great Yarmouth also includes footage from the 2019 UK tour

This Album is now available in stores, online, and can also be purchased in our STORE

For more details on BRITISH LION CLICK HERE

VOODOO SIX PRE-RELEASES "Simulation Game" ON EXPLORER1 MUSIC

Explorer1 today announced the pre-release of UK hard rockers VOODOO SIX's latest album "Simulation Game".

This latest release is now available for pre-order and will be available in stores March 2020

For more details on VOODOO SIX CLICK HERE

BILLBOARD EXCLUSIVELY PREMIERES "The Burning" FROM THE NEW BRITISH LION ALBUM

BILLBOARD today exclusively premiered "The Burning" from BRITISH LION's latest album of the same name, released in the US by Explorer1

See the Billboard article HERE

For more details on BRITISH LION CLICK HERE

THE RAVEN AGE RELEASE VIDEO FOR SINGLE FACE THAT LAUNCHED A THOUSAND SHIPS

Explorer1 is proud to announce the release of The Raven Age's video for "Face That Launched a Thousand Ships".

Watch the video HERE

For more details CLICK HERE

BRITISH LION PARTNERS WITH EXPLORER1 FOR NEW ALBUM RELEASE AND TOUR

Explorer1 is proud to announce a partnership with British Lion, the UK based band featuring Steve Harris from Iron Maiden.

E1 is releasing and distributing the new album The Burning which is available as a pre-sale now in our STORE, and the band will be touring North America to promote the release in early 2020.

For more details CLICK HERE

VOODOO SIX TO APPEAR AS SPECIAL GUESTS ON THE DECEMBER 2020 BRITISH LION UK TOUR

Explorer1 Artist Voodoo Six will be appearing as Special Guests on the upcoming UK tour of British Lion, the hard rock band featuring Steve Harris from Iron Maiden.

The tour is the start of the promotional campaign for the global release of Voodoo Six's new album "Simulation Game" that is available for pre-sale purchase HERE.

For more details CLICK HERE

BRITISH LION ANNOUNCES UK TOUR DATES

Explorer1 is proud to be presenting the 2019 UK tour of British Lion, the hard rock band featuring Steve Harris from Iron Maiden.

The tour is the start of the promotional campaign for the release of the bands new album "The Burning" that is available for pre-sale purchase HERE.

Tickets for the tour are available HERE.

For more details CLICK HERE

INDUSTRY LEGEND - ANDY TAYLOR JOINS EXPLORER1 AS SENIOR ADVISOR

Explorer1 is proud to announce that industry legend Andy Taylor has joined E1 as Senior Advisor.  Andy is a music industry legend.  He co-founded the Sanctuary Group in 1976 with Rod Smallwood and signed Iron Maiden for management in 1979.  The Sanctuary Group grew to become the world’s largest independent multi-service music group, encompassing the leading independent record and music merchandising companies, as well as one of the largest music management companies in the world.  

Andy works directly with the E1 team on strategic and operational matters.

For more information on Andy CLICK HERE

THE RAVEN AGE SINGLE "FLEUR DE LIS" DEBUTS IN THE BILLBOARD ACTIVE ROCK CHARTS @ #40

Explorer1 is proud to announce that The Raven Age's first single from the Conspiracy album, today charted in the Billboard Active Rock charts at #40.

The band has been promoting the single and album across North America as a part of the Iron Maiden Legacy of the Beast Tour.

For more details CLICK HERE

INDUSTRY VETERAN - TOM "GROVER" BIERY JOINS EXPLORER1 AS HEAD OF ARTIST SERVICES

Explorer1 is proud to announce that industry veteran "Grover" Biery has joined E1 as Head of Artist Services.  His previous experience as a senior executive at Warner Music Group, BMG, and Concord Records, as well as consulting for artists, labels, and distributors enables Grover to guide and assist E1's Artist's in their career decisions.

Effective immediately Grover will be working alongside E1's Head of Artist Development, Andre Recke, and shall report to CEO and co-founder Paul Woolnough.

For more information on Grover CLICK HERE

THE RAVEN AGE PARTNERS WITH EXPLORER1 FOR GLOBAL RELEASE OF NEW ALBUM CONSPIRACY

Explorer1 today announced a global partnership with UK based  Melodic Metal Band, The Raven Age.

Under the partnership, E1 will distribute and release The Raven Ages second album Conspiracy, and provide full tour support when the band tour as special guests to Iron Maiden on the Legacy of the Beast tour of North and South America.

For more details CLICK HERE

VETERAN MANAGER ANDRE RECKE JOINS EXPLORER1 AS HEAD OF ARTIST SERVICES

Explorer1 is proud to announce that veteran manager Andre Recke has joined E1 as Head of Artist Development.

 

Having managed major Artist's including Hilary Duff, R5, The Driver Era and Nikka Costa and many others, Andre is perfectly positioned to work with both E1's established and developing Artists.

Effective immediately Andre will work alongside and shall report to CEO and co-founder Paul Woolnough.

For more information on Andre CLICK HERE

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