As part of the newly created “ASCAP Presents: The NightBird Studios Series," acclaimed singer-songwriter Julian Lennon sat with fellow singer-songwriter Jed Leiber for a Google+ Hangout, broadcast live from Leiber's studios in West Hollywood, CA. The live video chat took place on Friday, June 14th, 2013. During the Hangout, Lennon also answered select questions from fans who tweeted to @ASCAP using the hashtag #AskJulian.
The Google+ Hangout came on the heels of Lennon’s first album release in 15 years – Everything Changes, which was recorded at the world famous NightBird Recording Studios. Released on June 4th, the album is Lennon’s finest collection of poignant adult pop to date. Lyrically, the album covers romance, introspection and humanitarian concerns with artistic concision, mixing clever wordplay with emotional directness. The beautifully crafted lead off single “Someday” features mystical Eastern melodic motifs and boasts guest vocalist Steven Tyler, who serendipitously took part in a Google+ Hangout of his own from NightBird Studios this past April. Besides Tyler, the album also features guest spots by musician-producer Peter Vettese (Jethro Tull, Annie Lennox, Pet Shop Boys), singer-songwriter Paul Buchanan (Blue Nile), legendary songwriter Mark Spiro (Heart, Laura Branigan, Lita Ford), singer-producer-composer Tim Ellis, as well as longtime friends Gregory Darling, Justin Clayton and Guy Pratt. Lennon and Grant Ransom jointly produced the album.
If you missed the live stream, we've archived the entire thing above in glorious HD. Keep watching after the interview for Julian's live acoustic performance of "Someday" at NightBird Studios.
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Jed Leiber, ASCAP's Loretta Muñoz, Julian Lennon and ASCAP's Etan Rosenbloom
About Julian Lennon
Julian Lennon's melding of uplifting introspection and thoughtful social commentary with refined hooks has made for a compelling six-album body of work. His debut, Valotte (Atlantic), yielded two top ten hits – the title track and "Too Late for Goodbyes" – and was nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist. He went on to have #1 singles on the U.S. album rock charts. Internationally, one of his most popular songs "Saltwater" charted successfully around the world, topping in Australia for four weeks and reaching #6 in the UK. His latest album, Everything Changes (Music From Another Room), is already receiving national airplay and press plaudits nationally and internationally. The Sunday Press calls it a "revelation" and Herald Standard gushes Julian has "returned stronger and better than ever." For more information, click here.
About NightBird Recording Studios
Nestled in West Hollywood just steps from the illustrious Sunset Strip, NightBird Recording Studios is the VIP of studios. Combining a plush atmosphere, state-of-the-art gear, and suites designed by renowned Hollywood Bowl acoustician George Augspurger, NightBird has become a haven for entertainment’s greatest songwriters, producers, musicians, composers and actors. The industry’s most elite call NightBird their home away from home, taking full advantage of the studio’s prime location within the famed Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas. Hotel amenities are offered to those utilizing NightBird's multi-media compound, including 24-hour room service, valet and premier concierge services, as well as the availability of onsite massage and spa treatments. Whether writing, arranging, tracking, overdubbing or mixing, Studio guests may take a break to relax poolside or enjoy a cocktail at Hollywood's exclusive Bar 1200. Deemed “one of the best sounding recording studios in the world” by the industry’s most respected professionals, NightBird Studios, with its unique relationship with the Sunset Marquis Hotel, is the only facility of its kind and caliber. To learn more, click here.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With over 460,000 members representing more than 8.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com