TORONTO - SayWeCanFly's newest video for the track "The Distance That Took You Away" will premiere tomorrow exclusively on Much Music on the Broadcast Cable Television in Canada and Much.com between 6 and 7 p.m. EDT.
"The Distance That Took You Away," the latest single from the debut album, Between The Roses, which recently received a Deluxe Edition release via PureWolf Records, was shot on location in Whitby, Ontario, and Lindsay, Ontario. SayWeCanFly's Braden Barrie chose to once again work with Reel Tang Productions, the team behind the album's hit video for "Song of the Sparrow."
The video gave Barrie an opportunity to bring "The Distance That Took You Away" to life through a more story rather than performance-driven approach. "This gave me more of a chance to focus on subtle emotions and movements, which made it more of an acting challenge, so to speak," Barrie said. "We shot this one almost completely in chronological order too, which made it very natural."
The premise of the video focuses on a haunting memory of someone close to Barrie, feeling real yet not being visible. This is brought to life by Barrie and actress Taryn Albert, who subtly follows in Barrie's footsteps throughout the video. "I am completely unaware of her presence until the end of the video, at which time we connect in a very symbolic way," Barrie said. "It ended up thunder storming near the end of the shoot, so instead of waiting it out I decided I wanted to re-write the ending to capture the rain as part of the atmosphere and story."
SayWeCanFly is a featured artist on this summer's esteemed Vans Warped Tour, appearing every day in the Acoustic Basement Tent.
Barrie has been supporting his debut full-length, Between The Roses, with headline and support dates across the country and overseas since its release earlier this year. The album debuted at # 14 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and #5 on iTunes singer/songwriter chart. Additionally, SayWeCanFly became a featured artist on MTVHits' "Fresh Faces" and won MTVU's "The Freshmen" competition with the first single, "Song of the Sparrow."
At just 20 years old, Barrie offers a remarkable maturity, expressing raw feelings and offering a sense of hope, inspiration and understanding that fans of all ages can relate to. Much of SayWeCanFly's early success can be attributed to Barrie's strong social media presence and deep connection with his fans.
Vans Warped Tour dates featuring SayWeCanFly are as follow:
July 21 - The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA
July 23 - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
July 24 - The Palace of Auburn Hills Parking Lot, Detroit, MI
July 25 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
July 26 - Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN
July 27 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO
July 28 - Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, WI
July 29 - Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN
July 30 - Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
August 1 - Utah State Park, Salt Lake City, UT
August 2 - Pepso Center Parking Lot, Denver, CO
August 5 - Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot, San Diego, CA
August 7 - Portland Expo Center, Portland, OR
August 8 - White River Amphitheater, Auburn, WA
Watch the artist announcement video now: https://youtu.be/MDyCMO7XlfQ
Epitaph has signed one-man acoustic act SayWeCanFly to the label. Hailing from Ontario, Canada, SayWeCanFly is the heart and soul of 20-year-old Braden Barrie, who is currently playing shows to capacity crowds across the US on the 2015 Vans Warped Tour.
Barrie is a singer-songwriter mature well-beyond his years, with lyrics that show listeners no matter what struggles they face, they always have the power to make it through.
"I've spent many years of my life building SayWeCanFly from theground up, and have always believed in the power of faith and hard work," he said. "I've learned that the two most important aspects of being a musician are the songs I write, and the kids who listen to them. Becoming a part of the Epitaph family is something I feel in my heart is the right step for me to take. They have always stood out to me for many reasons, the most important being that their bands are consistently growing and succeeding, which I don't believe is possible without a loving and caring team behind the art. My priority will always be the music, and I'm thankful to have found a record label who understands why I do what I do."
Brett Gurewitz, Epitaph CEO states:
"It's truly amazing what Braden has accomplished with SayWeCanFly, all on his own, in such a short time. His passion and commitment are really inspiring. I'm thrilled to welcome him and his wonderful team to the Epitaph family."
SayWeCanFly has self-released music since 2009 and seen social numbers climb into the millions. Barrie's huge social media presence has created a bond withSayWeCanFly's fans that goes beyond the music alone, creating a family-like relationship between the artist and fans. Barrie recently formed his own label in PureWolf Records. He has been featured regularly on MTVU, MTVHits!, Alternative Press, MuchMusic, BryanStars, Fuse and more.
SayWeCanFly Management:Matt Holmes
SayWeCanFly Press Contact:Michael Mazur
For more information, visit www.saywecanfly.net
LOS ANGELES - Michael Grandinetti has built an international career by stunning audiences with groundbreaking magic and illusions in venues ranging from 70,000 seat arenas to international television appearances. On Thursday July 9, at 11 p.m., audiences across the country will witness one of Michael's most surprising feats as he levitates 10ft above Hollywood Boulevard, one of the country's most visited tourist destinations, for the premiere of the new Pop TV series Don't Blink.
During the presentation, a crowd of over 200 people, who never expected they would encounter a live magic performance during their day, stopped to surround Michael and watch from all directions. In addition, the stunt was filmed with the cameras moving 360 degrees around the magic.
Don't Blink is an edgy nighttime docu-series that takes viewers inside the world of underground street magicians as they perform incredible tricks before the general public and celebrity guests, on-location throughout Los Angeles and around the world. In addition to the premiere, Michael will be featured in several upcoming Don't Blink episodes:
And this is just the beginning of over 30 magic effects that Michael filmed for the series.
Recently named by Entertainment Weekly as "a great magician who can truly communicate with a TV audience" and also one of the popular stars of the hit series Masters of Illusion on The CW (which has currently aired in 106 different countries around the world), Michael Grandinetti is a modern young illusionist with a contemporary style and an engaging personality.
Michael's career history boasts performances on television series and specials (NBC's The World's Most Dangerous Magic, CW's Masters of Illusion, Entertainment Tonight, SportsCenter, Pardon the Interruption, The Bold and the Beautiful), for NFL halftime shows, major league baseball games, and NBA basketball games, with Oscar-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and symphony orchestras, in theaters, casinos, and arenas around the country and even at The White House. Michael was recently the first illusionist ever invited to appear in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington DC, where he levitated a girl high above a float as it moved down Constitution Avenue as 250,000 people lined the streets. Earlier this year, Michael performed the halftime show for the Chicago Bulls NBA playoff game at United Center in Chicago, causing commentators Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley to comment in amazement during the live "NBA on TNT" broadcast.
The all-new promo for Don't Blink on Pop TV can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/Gj4XTa1ctac.
Michael Grandinetti's 2015 sizzle reel can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWvtvEHtOgw.
Michael Grandinetti's July 4 cover and feature in TV & Entertainment (nationally syndicated) can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/1M4Kjhl.
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LOS ANGELES - Michael Grandinetti hopes that, by the end of the summer, people around the country will be feeling one thing - true and utter amazement. Recently named by Entertainment Weekly as "a great magician who can truly communicate with a TV audience" and one of the popular stars of last year's hit series Masters of Illusion on The CW (which has currently aired in 106 different countries around the world), Grandinetti has many surprises in store when he returns for both season two of Masters of Illusion and the brand new magic series Don't Blink on Pop TV in July.
Hosted by actor Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), Masters of Illusion premieres on Friday, July 10 (8:00-8:30pm EST/PST) on The CW. The 13 all-new half-hour episodes will feature cutting-edge grand illusions, daring escapes, fascinating sleight of hand, interactive mind magic, and hilarious comedy routines, all performed in front of a live audience in Hollywood by some of the world's top illusionists.
Don't Blink on Pop TV (July premiere date TBD) takes viewers inside the world of underground street magicians as they perform incredible tricks before the general public and celebrity guests in each hour-long episode. For the series, Grandinetti performed magic at locations including Hollywood Blvd, The Grove, Venice Beach, and Universal Studios.
Last year, Michael performed some of his favorite illusions on season one of Masters of Illusion, including levitating 10 feet above the stage, shrinking a girl to the size of a basketball, and vanishing from high above the stage and reappearing in the center of the audience. For season two and for Don't Blink, Michael filmedover 30 brand new illusions, many of which have never been seen on television before, including:
Test Conditions Levitation
The classic levitation illusion is pushed to its limits as Michael levitates a girl while she is surrounded by 10 audience members holding super bright LED flashlights, which they are invited to wave above, around, and behind the floating girl.
Michael visibly causes an object in his hand to change places with an object in a photo on an audience member's iPhone
In an artist's studio, Michael visibly pulls a woman from a large, 6-foot-tall tall painting, into the real world. Moments later, she vanishes and reappears back in the painting, but now with a special souvenir Michael has given her.
Sleight of Arm
The image of a card, thought of by a member of the audience, appears under her hand on Michael's arm
A borrowed necklace vanishes from an audience member's hands and reappears on the neck of a beautiful dancer, who instantly materializes in an elevated Plexiglas box.
Walking Through Steel
At Universal Studios Hollywood, Michael makes grand illusion up-close and personal as he walks through a 7-foot-tall wall of solid, examined steel, while the audience surrounds the magic only a few feet away.
This is just the beginning of the wide range of magic that Michael performed with objects including sea shells, water bottles, fire, necklaces, silver coins, lipstick, razor blades, goldfish, and more.
"I'm honored to be able to play a part in bringing magic to audiences across the country in both of these exciting series," Michael said. "I'm so proud of how both shows turned out and can't wait for people to see the new magic we spent the last year creating. My hope is that viewers will be able to sit down, at least for 30 minutes, forget about the hectic pace of their day, and feel like a kid again."
Not your ordinary magician, Michael Grandinetti is a modern young illusionist with contemporary style, an inventory of stunning original illusions, and an engaging personality. Michael's career history boasts performances on television series and specials (NBC's The World's Most Dangerous Magic, CW's Masters of Illusion, Entertainment Tonight, SportsCenter, Pardon the Interruption, The Bold and the Beautiful), for NFL halftime shows while surrounded by 70,000 people, with Oscar-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and symphony orchestras, in theaters, casinos, and arenas around the country and even at The White House. Michael was recently the first illusionist ever invited to appear in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington DC, where he levitated a girl high above a float as it moved down Constitution Avenue as 250,000 people lined the streets. This is magic on a major scale. Earlier this year, Michael performed the halftime show for the Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship at Barclays Center in New York City and for the Chicago Bulls NBA playoff game at United Center in Chicago, causing commentators Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley to comment in amazement during the live "NBA on TNT" broadcast.
In the crowded world of entertainment, what makes Michael stand out is his personality. A true "people person", whether he is performing a massive grand illusion or intimate sleight of hand, Michael's sincerity and passion for his work comes across the footlights and creates a strong bond with his audience. During his two-month headlining run at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino last summer, several audience members returned to the show as many as 7 times and audience members routinely followed him from location to location during the tapings of Don't Blink.
Born and raised in West Mifflin, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Grandinetti, 37, has been performing magic now for over 30 years. Since first starting in magic, he has grown from a child practicing card tricks and performing neighborhood shows, to working hard to achieve large and challenging goals, to amassing a resume beyond most other magicians on the performing scene today. Michael currently resides in Los Angeles.
Masters of Illusion is from Associated Television International with executive producers David McKenzie (The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards," "Marie"), Al Schwartz (The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards," "The Golden Globe Awards" 2013 & 2014, "The Gulf is Back"), Gay Blackstone ("The World Magic Awards 2007-2009) and David Martin ("Marie"), along with co-executive producers Justin Pierce ("The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance") and Jim Romanovich ("Inside Story: Ferris Bueller's Day Off"). Sony Pictures Television will handle the show's international distribution. Don't Blink is produced by Associated Television International as well.
Michael's 2015 sizzle reel can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWvtvEHtOgw
TORONTO - Braden Barrie will add the 2015 Vans Warped Tour to his musical project SayWeCanFly's long list of accomplishments, as he joins the summer massive music festival this week.
"Playing the entire Vans Warped Tour has been a goal of mine for many years," said Barrie. "It's something I've kept in my mind almost every day since I knew it existed, so it's incredible to know it's about to become a reality and an accomplishment."
Barrie, who has played a couple one-off Vans Warped Tour dates in the past, will appear every day in the Acoustic Basement Tent.
"I'm really stoked because everything is so intimate and I can literally have face-to-conversations with the kids during my set," Barrie said. "I think everyone will enjoy the closeness. It will be fun for me to work my butt off to pack as many people into the tent as possible too. My goal is to fill it to capacity every day - and then some."
Barrie has been supporting his debut full-length, Between The Roses, with headline and support dates across the country and overseas since its release earlier this year. The album, which received a Deluxe Edition release via Barrie's own PureWolf just in time for the tour, debuted at # 14 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and #5 on iTunes singer/songwriter chart. Additionally, SayWeCanFly became a featured artist on MTVHits' "Fresh Faces" and won MTVU's "The Freshmen" competition with the first single, "Song of the Sparrow."
"I think what I will remember most about my first full Warped Tour is knowing the reason I was offered the tour in the first place is because so many kids requested that I be there," Barrie said. "That in itself makes every moment worth it. For me, personally, it's a chance to hang out with the people who have helped push SayWeCanFly to where it is now, and understand the heartbreak I write about. It feels like such a family, even though there are so many different elements to it. I have so much respect for Kevin Lyman along with everyone else involved for keeping it running so successfully for so many years."
With set times varying daily, Barrie has come up with a unique way to let fans know when to check out SayWeCanFly's set. "Fans can swing by the SayWeCanFly merch tent early in the day and pick up a few flyers with my set time listed on it to hand out or post around the venue," he said. "In return, they will be offered a free piece of merchandise. I thought that would be a cool way to get people involved and spread daily awareness."
Always accessible to fans, Barrie will be doing meet and greets a minimum of once a day and will also teach a class on being an independent artist for the Entertainment Institute. "I'm stoked about this because it gives kids a chance to have some one-on-one time and ask any questions they may have about the business side of things, which is something I've always paid close attention to as I've worked on building this project," said Barrie.
There also plans to shoot select dates for an innovative music video involving SayWeCanFly's fans singing along with Barrie.
"I really want to maximize the opportunity I have to make as many people a part of my experience this summer as possible, and capture the realness of it all. I'm most looking forward to making new friends and meeting so many of my social media followers in person. I think we already feel very close to each other because I spend so much time on social media making sure we are always connected."
June 19 - Pomona Fairplex, Pomona, CAJune 20 - Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CAJune 21 - Seaside Park - Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CAJune 23 - Quail Run Park, Mesa, AZJune 24 - Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque, NMJune 25 - Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OKJune 26 - NRG Park Main St Yellow Lot, Houston, TXJune 27 - Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TXJune 28 - AT&T Center, San Antonio, TXJuly 1 - The Fairgrounds Nashville, Nashville, TNJuly 2 - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GAJuly 3 - Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, FLJuly 4 - Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the So Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach, FLJuly 5 - Tinker Field, Orlando, FLJuly 6 - Tailgaters Festival Grounds, Jacksonville, FLJuly 7 - PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NCJuly 8 - Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach, VAJuly 9 - First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PAJuly 10 - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJJuly 11 - Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre, Wantagh, NYJuly 12 - Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, CTJuly 14 - Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MAJuly 15 - Darien Lake PAC, Darien Center, NYJuly 16 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OHJuly 17 - Molson Canadian Amphtheatre, Toronto, ONJuly 18 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MDJuly 19 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJJuly 21 - The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, PAJuly 23 - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OHJuly 24 - The Palace of Auburn Hills Parking Lot, Detroit, MIJuly 25 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago, ILJuly 26 - Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MNJuly 27 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MOJuly 28 - Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, WIJuly 29 - Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, INJuly 30 - Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KSAugust 1 - Utah State Park, Salt Lake City, UTAugust 2 - Pepso Center Parking Lot, Denver, COAugust 5 - Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot, San Diego, CAAugust 7 - Portland Expo Center, Portland, ORAugust 8 - White River Amphitheater, Auburn, WA
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