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Parker Matthews Releases “Hit and Run”

Parker Matthews is a rising young artist you’ll want to keep tabs on in 2018! The Pittsburgh native is a pop superstar in the making. Parker got his first taste of how deeply music can affect a person while watching Whitney Houston’s breathtaking GRAMMY Performance when he was growing up, inspiring him to follow a path in music.

Parker has partnered with The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as an advocate for anti-bullying, and is active with several LGBTQ+ organizations to share a message of hope and spread positivity.  Parker says, “I want to really help people realize that it does get better. You as a person have the power to change your life, to choose to be happy, and to make the right choice on what path to lead.”

Parker Matthews’ brand new single “Hit And Run” is about a fling that has potential to become something much more serious.  Parker’s positive attitude shines through the song and gives the listener hope that it actually could work out!

Listen to “Hit And Run” on SoundCloud below.

Grab a copy of “Hit And Run” on iTunes or Amazon now.

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Artist To Watch: Rayvon Owen

Rayvon Owen is pop’s newest It Boy for 2018 and rightfully so! His upbeat introspective tracks are a fresh take on life and love with his smooth vocals adding the true shimmer on everything he does.

Rayvon’s latest track, “Gold,” is about that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you first start to fall in love with someone. When asked about the track and his future EP,  Rayvon says “What better feeling do you have? Falling in love is such a beautiful thing. I love singing about love in general — the good and the bad — I write sad songs too, which will be on the future project too. You’ll kind of see the whole gamut. But in that moment, we were feeling good and thankful.”

Not only is Rayvon a pop superstar in the making, he’s also extremely active within the LGBTQ+ community, partnering with the Trevor Project, Human Rights Campaign, and the POINT Foundation.  “I was so afraid, being from the South and being black and coming from a more conservative area and growing up in an environment that is not very conducive to being gay or even questioning your sexuality,” Rayvon adds.  When he came out and shared the news with his fans, he said they were influential in helping in him realize he made the right decision, “I would get a message from someone who would say this helped me come out to my parents, or saved me from taking my life. And it’s just like- ok, this is worth it.”

You’ll be hearing a lot from Rayvon in the coming months as he puts the finishing touches on his forthcoming project which he says will put a lot of himself on display and let the listeners get to know him as a person and artist.  “People go through a lot every day and I think you can get really down when you’re only hearing negative things about what people are saying about you, or what people are doing to you. I think that the best thing you can do is to be yourself and I hope that people find that message through my music,” he says.

Listen to “Gold”  on SoundCloud below!

Grab a copy of “Gold” on iTunes and Amazon now.

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Artist To Watch: We Were Sharks

We Were Sharks are Canada’s newest poster boys for the fast, aggressive, fun pop punk you know and love! After releasing their debut EP in 2012, solidifying a six man lineup, and amassing over 1 million plays on Spotify on their single “Bridge Burner,” We Were Sharks are poised to take a bite out of the American pop punk scene.

Consisting of Randy, Jason, Will, Steve, Josh, Colin, We Were Sharks spent the end of 2017 burning up highways with Carousel Kings and A Whilhelm Scream.  The band is kicking off 2018 in style with a huge tour in support of their newest full length record, “Lost Touch,” due out February 23rd on Victory Records.

The third single from the new album, “Ashley,” is 82 seconds of pure fun!  When asked about the single, vocalist Randy Frobel recalled:  “Shooting the video for ‘Ashley’ was an absolute blast, dodging balls, dodging balls, Nerf darts, toilet paper and a few eggs for good measure, as an older loving couple wreak havoc on the neighborhood pranking everyone in sight.  What more could you ask for? ‘ Ashley’ is a teen angst love song about that bad girl who lives a few houses down.  You know she’s trouble, but she’s everything you dream about.”

Watch the official video for “Ashley” below!

We Were Sharks are hitting the road with Belmont, Boys Of Fall, and Sink The Ship starting February 2nd hitting cities across the US.   Check out the tour dates below and make sure you get your tickets before they sell out.

We Were Sharks Tour 2018 
Feb 2nd – All Star Music Empire – Flemington, NJ – Buy Tickets
Feb 3rd – Revolution Music Hall – Amityville, NY – Buy Tickets
Feb 5th – GoldSounds – Brooklyn, NY – Buy Tickets
Feb 6th – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY – Buy Tickets
Feb 7th – The Outpost – Kent, OH – Buy Tickets
Feb 8th – The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI – Buy Tickets 
Feb 9th – The Alley – Kalkaska, MI – Buy Tickets
Feb 10th – Evolution Music – Downers Grove, IL – Buy Tickets
Feb 11th – Hoosier Dome – Indianapolis, IN – Buy Tickets
Feb 12th – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA – Buy Tickets
Feb 13th – Underground Art & Sound – Florence, AL – Buy Tickets
Feb14th – Homeroom at UAB – Birmingham, AL – Buy Tickets
Feb 15th – Durty Nellies – Gainsville, FL – Buy Tickets
Feb 16th – The Falcon Bar – Orlando, FL – Buy Tickets
Feb 17th – What We Live For Studios – Hudson, FL – Buy Tickets
Feb 18th – Nighthawks – Jacksonville, FL – Buy Tickets

Preorder your copy of “Lost Touch” on iTunes or Amazon now and get 3 instant grat tracks immediately!

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SecretFangirls.com Interview Nick Hissom

Nick Hissom is ready to take over the pop music world.  He just dropped a new single, “He Ain’t Better,” and has been hard at work on new music with some of the best in the business.  Nick has worked closely with producer Steve Morales, who has collaborated with Christina Aguilera, Santana, and Enrique Iglesias, to name a few.  The track was released by Massive Entertainment, in partnership with Sony Music and RED MUSIC, a new venture from Nick, Steve and Derrek Jackson.  The track has already gotten nearly 1 million plays on Spotify since it’s release.

We interviewed Nick Hissom while he was in NYC and learned more about his new single, his music style, and his go to karaoke song.  We had a blast chatting with him in Central Park.  His new single, “He Ain’t Better” is out now and it’s a fun bop with a catchy beat and message.  Watch our interview with Nick below!

Make sure you grab a copy of “He Ain’t Better” on iTunes now.

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Jacob Whitesides & Caroline Romano Release “Masterpiece”

Caroline Romano is a name you’ll want to remember.  She’s already shared the stage with some of our faves from every genre like Shawn Mendes, Kelsea Ballerini, Daya, Why Don’t We, Jacob Whitesides, Frankie Ballard, and Chris Janson.  The 16-year old Mississippi songwriter is currently working on her debut album and she’s teamed up with the PACER organization to crack down on bullying.

Since sharing the stage with Jacob Whitesides, the two teamed up for Caroline’s brand new single “Masterpiece” and they just dropped the soulful video. The two are looking to secure a spot on your playlist with the empowering track.  Watch the colorful video for “Masterpiece” below.

Grab a copy of “Masterpiece” on iTunes or Amazon now.

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Artist To Watch: The Wrecks

The Wrecks are good.  Like, really good!  So good in fact, that they wrote and recorded their debut EP in just a few days.  The best decisions are usually made on a whim and almost always have a good story.

After hearing that a friend had access to a legit recording studio for a few days, the guys wrote the best songs they could in a short amount of time.  The Wrecks went in to track with zero budget, little studio knowledge, and a ton of borrowed time.  They weren’t allowed to be in the studio let alone track anything there!   When they heard the studio owner’s ex-wife was stopping by, the guys got outta dodge as fast as they could with what would become their debut EP on a hard drive in a backpack.

The Wrecks debut single “Favorite Liar” caught the traction on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation station and quickly landed the guys plenty of fans include Baltimore natives, All Time Low.  “We’re so stoked that All Time Low asked us to come out with them this summer,” said the band “and we’re looking forward to playing stages that size for the first time. We can’t wait to get back out on the road again, as we’ve been mostly cramped inside writing new material and working on our set for the past few months. It’s refreshing to see such a good mix of genres in thelineup, as well. We’re gonna bring it 110% every night and we’re confident the crowds will, too.”

We’re predicting big, big things for these guys and we can’t wait to see what the future holds!  Watch the official video for “Favorite Liar” below.

The Wrecks, Waterparks, All Time Low YOUNG RENEGADES Tour 2017
July 30 @ The Fillmore Philadelphia, PA
July 31 @ Central Park Summer Stage New York, NY
August 2 @ Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD
August 3 @ Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD
August 4 @ The Ritz Raleigh, NC
August 5 @ Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
August 6 @ House Of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL
August 7 @ House Of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL

Grab a copy of “We Are The Wrecks” on iTunes and Amazon so you can sing along on tour!  There are only a few dates left on this tour so make sure you get your tickets HERE and come out early!

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Artist To Watch: The Catching

Based in New Jersey, home of classic rock and emo kings galore, The Catching have been making a name for themselves from an early age. Consisting of four friends ranging in age from 18 to 20, singer Holden Glazer, guitarists Jake Farbman and Evan Hemwall, and drummer Drew Stevens, The Catching are ready to take over your Summer playlist!  After releasing their debut EP “Teenage Fiction Pt. 1” almost a year ago, these guys have been causing waves ever since.

The Catching recently teamed up with legendary song-writer/producer Matt Squire (All Time Low, Selena Gomez, Panic! At The Disco) for their next release due out later this year.  While we anxiously wait for the new EP, the guys shared a brand new video for their latest single “Do It All Again” off the upcoming project!  The new track centers around the ups and downs of a relationship and how they would make the same mistakes all over again.

Watch the video below and stay tuned for more new music from The Catching!

Grab a copy of “Do It All Again” on iTunes or Amazon now.

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