October 30, 2013
ECR Music Group and Terry Manning's Lucky Seven Records are proud to announce their new partnership––one that promises to provide great new music in the coming years.
"Working with Blake Morgan makes perfect sense on so many levels," says Manning. "We go 'way back' together…Blake and I worked hand in hand recording his first major label release Anger's Candy some years ago, and have remained good friends and musical 'sympaticompatriots' since that time. His recent successes with ECR have only heightened the practicality of our working more closely together."
In addition to owning and running the world-famous Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas, Terry Manning's career has spanned decades where he has consistently partnered with the uppermost echelon of the music world's elite, including work with Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Molly Hatchet, George Thorogood, Widespread Panic, Shakira, and Lenny Kravitz.
Beginning in October 2013, Blake Morgan's ECR Music Group will provide distribution, marketing, promotional services, and expertise to Terry Manning's Lucky Seven Records.
"Terry has been a mentor and dear friend since the very beginning of my career––which he single-handedly jump-started, by the way," says ECR owner and founder Blake Morgan. "Having him and Lucky Seven join our ECR family of artists and labels is an absolute thrill, both personally and professionally. Big things lie ahead."
First to be released under this new partnership was the amazing single "God Only Knows" (now available with exclusive content at iTunes, and worldwide everywhere else music is sold and streamed). Terry Manning has recorded his take on one of the most memorable love songs in all pop music history, paying tribute to the Wilson brothers and The Beach Boys. Using only piano and vocal with alto flute from Christine Gangelhoff, Manning imagines the song in a slower, extremely personal setting. "God Only Knows" is the first single to be released from Manning's upcoming album Heaven Knows, a collection of emotionally charged love songs (exclusive iTunes pre-release October 12, worldwide January 28, 2014).
Coupled with Manning's new single and upcoming Heaven Knows album release is an additional and equally exciting project from Manning, West Texas Skyline. This high-energy rock album was recorded as a tribute to Manning's late friend and mentor Bobby Fuller. West Texas Skyline was released worldwide October 15th, 2013, on Lucky Seven/ECR Music Group. On October 12, Manning co-headlined the annual Border Legends Concert in El Paso, and premiered the West Texas Skyline album, as well as the "God Only Knows" single, in live performance!
Within the first two weeks of release, West Texas Skyline has shot to the #5 Album on APD’s Top 50 radio Chart, with “I Fought The Law” tearing up to the #18 single on radio!
With a new single, two new albums, and even more new music on the way, the months ahead promise to be a hallmark launch for the new Lucky Seven/ECR Music Group partnership, and for Manning and Morgan.
Also just released on Lucky Seven Records in the new album by chamber ensemble C Force. Deep Blue is a reflection of C Force’s commitment to the preservation and promotion of art music from The Bahamas and the neighboring Caribbean region. It is a compilation of original compositions, transcriptions, and arrangements of pieces written in a classical vein while manifesting elements of Bahamian folk culture in the use of theme, rhythm, and melody. As The Bahamas celebrates its 40th year of Independence, Deep Blue features a combination of works by Bahamian composers and poets as well as pieces inspired by the islands of The Bahamas and the surrounding waters. Included on the disc are works by E. Clement Bethel, Franz Hepburn, K. Quincy Parker, Christian Justilien, Terry Manning, and Lucas Manning. Also featured are artwork by John Cox, poetry by Marion Bethel, and photography by Jeff Major.