Saturday, June 21, 2014

Emerging Singer-Songwriter Roxanna to Release Debut Album Exotica on July 8

"I believe the world is hungry to hear songs about love. Enough about bad romance and hate and war. Music should be easy on the ear."

Hollywood, CA, June 21, 2014- Entering into the music world with a devastating heartbreak, the incomparable Roxanna penned "Unforgotten," a sorrowful but soulful song, threaded with hope for tomorrow. "That song was my therapy," Roxanna notes. "It just poured out of me, and helped me believe all of this happened for a reason."

With the introduction to Exotica, lead single "Close Your Eyes" takes you on a personal journey with its dramatic storyline and emotional lyrics, Roxanna's heartfelt message is strongly emphasized by the elegance of her gorgeous vocals. "There is a light at the end of the tunnel, after every storm there is a rainbow, just an overall hope in the end."

Roxanna believes, "Music should bring pleasure, it should be elegant and relaxing. It's all about friendship, pleasure, romance, love and beauty." Roxanna's world of experience is translated through her passion for music and songwriting. She was born in Iran in the midst of an ongoing war with Iraq. As a child, she turned to music for balance and tranquility, religiously mimicking the English-language songs of Olivia Newton-John.

After traveling the world and experiencing both heartbreak and love, Roxanna has teamed up with the best in the industry to release Exotica, a collection of stories that are universal and inspiring.

Roxanna is determined to craft every song and lyric as relatable to whomever will take a listen with the intention to always spread love and healing through her romantic songs and stories. It was while studying to be a nurse that Roxanna witnessed first hand the healing power of music. Roxanna sang each night to a young man battling cancer. When he was released, the man's father said to her, "My son is better because of the way you sang to him." With that, she realized that music, like medicine is a great healer and it was then hat she realized she needed to pursue signing as a career.

For her full-length album, she contacted well-known producer Mark Portmann credited with working with Julio Iglesias, Barbra Streisand, and Christina Aguilera. It was her rendition of Aguilera's "Lift Me Up" that convinced Portmann to bring Roxanna under his wing. And what spawned from their collaboration was Exotica, a seamless, mastered mix of adult contemporary, classic pop, and world music.

Listening through the album, you'll be taken on a journey of love … from the first moment of flirtation to the confidence you find with everlasting love.

Featuring a string of romantic songs including new renditions of The Hollies 1972 hit song, "The Air That I Breathe," and Lionel Richie's 1984 smash hit, "Hello".

Music Fans can find Roxanna on the following social media platforms:


Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323 806-0400

Mountainsong Galleries Announces Art Exhibition with Local Students

Mountainsong Galleries Announces Art Exhibition with Local Students Who Participated in a Workshop by Master Artist Albert Handell Saturday, July 5 5:30pm

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, June21, 2014 - Mountainsong Galleries on Ocean Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California is the place to find more of today's OPA and AIS Master Artists than anywhere in the World. The gallery owners Jonathan and Lucinda Mountainsong have created a friendly, fun upbeat setting filled with contemporary Master Artists. Mountainsong represents some of the greatest artists of our time from coast-to-coast.

Mountainsong Galleries recently hosted a solo exhibition for Master Artist Albert Handell. Handell is a credentialed Master Artist in both the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. Handell is the poster child for overcoming adversity. As a child he was sickly and his Mother would not permit him to go outside to play. He was restricted to the sidewalk outside his home with a box of chalk. From this childhood he emerged as one of the greatest pastelists of our time, having been nominated to the Pastel Hall of Fame over three decades ago.

Most recently, Handell was awarded the Bronze Medal in the Masters Category at the 2013 OPA National Exhibition for his oil painting, L’Abre, which currently hangs at Mountainsong Galleries. His works have hung in museums from coast-to-coast including the prestigious Butler Institute of American Art.

Handell hosted a workshop this past May with several local Monterey County residents who are inspiring artists. On Saturday, July 5th at 5:30 p.m.

workshop participants will have their paintings on display at the prestigious Mountainsong Galleries which only hangs works by OPA and AIS Masters.

The Details:
• Saturday, July 5th
• 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
• Location: Ocean Avenue between San Carlos and Mission Carmel-by-the-Sea
• View 18 pieces of art from Albert Handell workshop participants (2 of the students whose work will be on display are from Monterey County!)
• Meet Albert Handell - Master Artist, Living Legend
• Sip wine
• Enjoy a nibble
• Event is complimentary and open to the public
• RSVP required (831) 626-0600

Save the Dates:
The gallery has announced a series of upcoming exhibitions from July – October 2014 including the First in the World OPA Masters Only Show in July. Save the dates for these upcoming exhibitions. (all receptions open to the public with an RSVP)
• First in the World OPA Masters Only Show: July 25 - August 24
o Opening Reception July 25 5:00 - 8:00 All OPA Masters
• Oil Painters of America Western Regional Show: August 30 - September 30
o Opening Reception August 30 5:00 - 8:00
o The list of artists who have been juried into this event has not yet been made public.
• Huihan Liu & Weizhen Liang - Couples Show: October 4 - October 31
o Opening Reception October 4 5:00 - 7:00
o Huihan Liu, AISM, OPAM and his wife Weizhen Liang, AISM
Details on Mountainsong Galleries:
• Location: Ocean Avenue between San Carlos and Mission Carmel-by-the-Sea, California View Map
• Phone: (831) 626-0600
• Private Viewings By Appointment - Call 831-233-8255
• Website:
• Hours of Operation Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 – 6 and Sunday 12-6 (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday)

Marci Bracco Cain
Mountainsong Galleries
PO Box 3396
Ocean Avenue 3 SE Of San Carlos
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921-3396

Singer, Songwriter, and Actor Carl Thornton Releases Debut Dance Single “Get Up!” on Amazon and iTunes

STREAM “GET UP!” ON REVERBNATION. “I am a fun loving, live life to the fullest individual, who always sees the glass as half full and firmly believes in the motto "nothing ventured, nothing gained."

Los Angeles, CA, June 21, 2014 – Triple threat talent Carl Thornton debuts the perfect summer dance anthem that will inspire and ignite the clubs with his debut single, “Get Up!” From the opening notes, one can hear a melodic and irresistible drive with an electrifying and pulsating beat that entices you to move with unabashed joy until the song is over.

After traveling the world and performing professionally for ten years, Carl has not lost sight of his goals from an early age where he vowed that singing was what he was destined to do. “Get Up!” is the very first song Carl has written where he confidently steps out as an artist.

Blending velvety, rich vocals, the song is both rhythmic and the flawless mix of pop and electronic music taking inspiration from Usher, Calvin Harris, and Avicii.

“GET UP!” is now available at iTunes, Amazon, and Four exclusive remixes will be released soon with an accompanying music video shot at Harlem Gay Pride Parade in June 2014 and will be released later this summer.

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323 806-0400

New Millennia Reduces Processing Time of Temporary Work in UK by 70% with AuraPortal

The use of AuraPortal BPM suite has enabled New Millennia Group Plc to offer a solution for temporary employment agencies in the United Kingdom that complies with Agency Workers Regulations (AWR).

Woburn, MA, June 21, 2014 – AURA (, a global provider of Business Process Management (BPM) software, has announced that the implementation of its BPM software at New Millennia has allowed agencies, temporary workers and end clients to work over Internet through personalized portals and to interact with AuraPortal processes; thus creating one of the most sophisticated digital interfaces in the UK recruitment industry.

AuraPortal has been distinguished with great advantage over its competitors by Ovum in its Decision Matrix report and by other renowned analyst firms.

New Millennia has implemented over 30 classes of BPM process, from the creation of employee records right through to the control of payroll processing, all with automated alerts, alarms and notifications, and within the compliance requirements stipulated by HM Revenue & Customs and AWR.

Given the complexity of New Millennia's administrative processes and the need to comply with the ever changing government laws, the implementation was never expected to be easy. But as Don Payne, Managing Director of New Millennia, comments, "AuraPortal was the only company that accepted our challenge and met it with great success. Everything could be created through the BPM without the need for any programming, just as they said."

"You need to find the right product, but it is also very important to find a supplier who provides a high level of service, who uses the time necessary to properly train those who analyze and model the company processes and who offers a personalized service. If you have this -and we really do have all of this with AuraPortal- the rest of the project should flow automatically."

About New Millennia
New Millennia Group Plc provides administrative resources and solutions exclusively for the companies that manage temporary employment in the UK.
New Millennia's business model handles around 22 billion pound sterling per annum in the UK temporary employment industry. It provides invoice funding, credit insurance, payroll processing and administrative resources to independent temporary employment agencies on a national level. New Millennia has been developing this activity since 2000 and operates as an association or by government license to develop its work.

About Aura (
AURA is a global BPM (Business Process Management) software provider delivering a solution that creates, without the need of IT programming, Business Process Workflow Execution Models. AuraPortal is 100% Web-based, and is complementary to existing ERP and CRM systems.

AURA has a presence in 40 countries with more than 300 customers including, among others: Walmart, Toyota, General Motors, Pemex (Petroleos Mexicanos), Carrefour, ArcelorMittal, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Danone, INCAE, Kimberly-Clark, Yamaha, Royal KPN, Bristol-Myers Squibb, etc., as well as many Government Agencies and Departments in several countries. All of these customers benefit from maintenance contracts.

It is headquartered in Europe and has an executive branch in North America (Florida). It also has offices in several countries and a vast network of partners who locally attend customers throughout the world.

Nina Moon
400 Trade Center
Woburn, MA 01801-7472

Alan Wolton receives Prestigious award from Oil Painters of America Distinguished Artist of the Year

Wolton has 4 Pieces Currently on Display at Mountainsong Galleries and will participate in the “First in the World Oil Painters of America’s Masters Only Show”, hosted by Mountainsong Galleries in Carmel.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, June 21, 2014 - Wolton has 4 Pieces Currently on Display at Mountainsong Galleries and will participate in the “First in the World Oil Painters of America’s Masters Only Show”, hosted by Mountainsong Galleries in Carmel, California, July 25 through August 24, 2014

* First in the World OPA Masters Only Show:  July 25 - August 24
o Opening Reception July 25 5:00 - 8:00  All OPA Masters
o Exclusive opportunity: Masters Dinner for Saturday, July 26 from 6:00 - 8:00. Anyone who purchases a Master's painting before or during the Opening of the First in the World OPA Masters Only Show will be invited to dinner with the Masters.
o Artists for the show include:  Alan Wolton, Daniel Greene, Kevin Macpherson; Everett Raymond Kinstler and more. Complete list available upon request.

Mountainsong Galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, is committed to representing more credentialed OPA and AIS Master Artists than any gallery in the entire world. Mountainsong also represents some of the best bronze, glass and furniture artists today.

Background on Alan Wolton
Renowned artist and Sedona resident, Alan Wolton has just returned from Bennington, Vermont, where he was the recipient of the Distinguished Artist of the Year from Oil Painters of America – "OPA."

Already an "OPAM" – recognized as "master painter" by the group, Wolton has had an illustrious career spanning six decades.  

Wolton’s work has been accepted by the Royal Academy of London, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and the Paris Salon. He has also been a  Master Charter Member of the Society of American Impressionists and a member of Plein Air Painters of Northern California. 

His work has been exhibited all over the world, including London, Johannesburg and Paris. His peripatetic nature has led to the creation of powerful art from many beautiful places, including his original South African home, New Zealand and Europe – notably Venice. 

An excerpt from the OPA's announcement about the award states, "Alan Wolton is indulging in an artistic freedom brought about by his years of development and the confidence of maturity. Following international recognition, his paintings now show a revised simplicity of statement. Technically, Mr. Wolton´s work is unquestionable. His list of credentials and exhibitions over the years is very impressive."

In his own words Wolton claims, "Generally, I am not too affected by awards but this decision by the Oil Painters of America Masters, notably retiring OPA president Neil Patterson, along with Masters Zhiwei Tu, Charles Movalli and others, has truly touched my heart. The kindness and honor these wonderful folk showered upon me will remain a lifetime high!”

Regarding his work, the artist recently said, "I like my paintings to stop passers-by who had only by accident caught a glimpse of the picture. What they see should be breathtakingly different, delightfully fresh, something emotionally appetizing and a joy. A subconscious visual high spiked by a happy relationship of colors, tones, forms and cleanliness."

The award comes on the heels of the publication of "The Art of Alan Wolton," a 348-page hardbound book which is at once a memoir, a close look at how paintings are made, and a retrospective of a lifetime’s achievement, including more than 400 color images of artworks from every period of the artist’s life. The book is available from, and local residents can find it at the Sedona Public Library.

Oil Painters of America is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 4,000 artists throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. OPA is dedicated to preserving and promoting excellence in representational art. Its primary focus is to draw attention to the lasting value of fine drawing, color, composition and the appreciation of light on canvas.

The mission of OPA is to advance the cause of traditional, representational fine art by providing a forum in which artists can display their art in regional and national competitions. In addition, the organization is committed to providing educational opportunities to its members through its newsletter, critique program, scholarships, workshops, seminars, and demonstrations by today’s masters.

Details on Mountainsong Galleries:
· Location: Ocean between San Carlos and Mission Carmel-by-the-Sea, California • View Map
· Phone: (831) 626-0600
· Private Viewings By Appointment - Call 831-233-8255
· Website:
· Hours of Operation

o Monday - Saturday 10 – 6 and Sunday 12-6
· List of Master Artists
o Daniel E. Greene, N. A., AWS, PSA, OPAMaster
o Everett Raymond Kinstler, N. A., AWS, PSA, OPAMaster
o Neil Patterson, OPAMaster, President, Oil Painters of America
o Debra Joy Groesser, AIS, President, American Impressionist Society
o Cyrus Afsary, OPAMaster
o Kenn Backhaus, AISMaster, OPAMaster
o Clayton J. Beck III, AISMaster
o Harley Brown, OPAMaster
o Nancy Bush, AISMaster
o John Michael Carter, OPAMaster
o William T. Chambers, OPAMaster
o Nancy Seamons Crookston, OPAMaster
o Kim English, AISMaster
o Albert Handell, AISMaster, OPAMaster
o David Hettinger, OPAMaster
o Doug Higgins, OPAMaster
o Quang Ho, AISMaster, OPAMaster
o William Scott Jennings, OPAMaster
o Steven Lang, OPAMaster
o Jeff Legg, OPAMaster
o Calvin Liang, AISMaster, OPAMaster
o Weizhen Liang, AISMaster
o Huihan Liu, AISMaster, OPAMaster
o Kevin Macpherson, AISMaster, OPAMaster
o Ned Mueller, OPAMaster
o Paul Mullally, OPAMaster
o Joyce Pike, OPAMaster
o Joan Potter, OPAMaster
o William Schneider, AISMaster
o Craig Tennant, OPAMaster
o Zhiwei Tu, AISMaster, OPAMaster
o Jeffrey R. Watts, OPAMaster
o William Whitaker, OPAMaster
o Alan Wolton, OPAMaster
o Jim Dietz, Premier Automobile and Military Artist
o Randy Strong who has three of his exquisite glass pieces in the Louvre in Paris

Marci Bracco Cain
Mountainsong Galleries
PO Box 3396
Ocean Avenue 3 SE Of San Carlos
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921-3396