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Promis
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Artist Info
Artist Name Promis
Location USA > California > Los Angeles
Band Members Solo Artist
Band Admin Promis
Influences Charles Aznavour
Record Label Young Pals Music
Website Visit Site
I Saw A Flower Bloom Today
3:37
Album Life is Grand!
Label Young Pals Muisc
Credits Writers: Jose Promis, Ayhan Sahin
Explicit All Ages
Song Info
FOURTH ALBUM FROM PROMIS, "LIFE IS GRAND!" OFFERS WORLD MUSIC PALLETE WITH ACCESSIBLE MELODIES AND LYRICAL THEMES OF LOVE, LIFE AND ITS LESSONS. The fourth album from Los-Angeles-based artist Promis, "Life Is Grand!" represents an artistic crossroads for the established singer/songwriter. Utilizing millennium-era technology, the collaboration came together as a cross-country collaboration with Turkish songwriter/producer Ayhan Sahin. While the pair had common allies in the artistic community, they utilized the Internet as a primary touching point throughout the process of developing lyrical themes and melodic direction. The pair came together face to face at Sahin's 2C Studios in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., in the summer of 2008 to record the vocals for the project—bringing their chemistry to fruition. "This was a first for me," Promis says. "I had heard a lot about Ayhan's reputation and it felt right in terms of combining influences. After traveling several times through Mediterranean countries and becoming engrossed in their music and histories, I felt inspired to add new textures to what I create." Influenced by his travels, the 14 songs on "Life Is Grand!" explore themes of life, love and lessons, with a rich tapestry of all-live instruments, including classical guitars, violin, bass, flute, percussion and electric guitars. The musical triptych is truly a mesh of world influences, while maintaining a decidedly pop imprint. Chilean-born Jose Promis began playing in Los Angeles' cabaret and burlesque scene of the early 2000s. In fall 2005, his songs were featured in the musical "Night Of The Black Cat," a take-off on French cabaret, and in early 2006, he released first album "Promis," which drew heavily from that style of music. That year, he also performed in Paris for the first time and recorded "For Respect" for a French label compilation, while entertaining for the renowned "Ghetto Gourmet" underground restaurant series. In May 2007, Promis released follow-up "Promis 2," which drew heavily from world music. He sang on a Beijing Chinese New Year TV show, played L.A.'s annual Fete de la Musique and his song "Drinking Alone" was showcased on XM Radio in the U.S. In October 2007, "With Some Of Us Blessed" was featured on the benefit album "A Drop Of Rain: Songs Of Strength And Hope For Darfur." Earlier in 2008, Promis' song "It's A Fire!" from his first album was featured in the independent art-house film "Marta's Sex Tape." He also varied his performance style, playing 1930's-styled sets for the Hollywood Women's Club and theatrical-styled shows for the Antebellum Art Gallery. In July, "Promis III," was released, which blends electronic and dance. Again, he found a sizable fan base in Paris, where he toured throughout the summer, along with gigs throughout France and Belgium. "Life Is Grand!" represents another turning point for Promis, as ancient ideals meet contemporary production, resulting in a timeless melange of melodic masterpieces. Contributing to that signature is arranger/producer Sahin, who, in 2000, surrendered a decade-long career in his native Turkey as a civil engineer—after parading his acclaimed theater group Young Pals around the world—to pursue his dream as a songwriter and producer. With a Master's Degree from NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, he has worked with dozens of artists on four continents as a producer, arranger and songwriter. Sahin notes, "What an amazing experience it was to bring my Turkish influences to an artist as diverse and well-traveled as Jose. His Chilean heritage played a part, as well as his experiences in Europe. We set out to make a pop album, but so many world influences were at play. I really believe we created a sound that is both accessible and yet wholly unique. It's been a great ride, with surprises that we shared between us at every turn." Promis adds, "Collaborating as closely as I did with Ayhan was amazing in itself. Recording these vocals was like finding a new home. But as we developed these songs with some incredibly talented musicians, they ultimately took on new life that resulted in several duets. That was a turning point for me, to share the mic and find these singers whose perspective complemented everything I was trying to say this time out. I'm happy—and really proud—to have moved in this direction which, to be honest, was unexpected." Accomplished Turkish pop star Emre Yilmaz is among Promis' vocal partners. "Home" offers a lyrical comparison of two men from different worlds finding their way in foreign lands; he is also prominently featured on classical guitar. Award-winning singer/songwriter Lina Koutrakos, who has commanded global audiences with styles ranging from torch to rock and blues, is featured with Promis on "My Benefactor" a seductive romp conjuring "The Graduate"—except this time Ben Braddock triumphs over Mrs. Robinson. In addition, Karine Hannah, a longtime favorite collaborator with Sahin, is a featured vocalist on "Lovesick." Her contribution—a spot-on emotional tour de force—adds a haunting backdrop to Promis' lyrical tale of platonic attraction. Jerri Bocchino is also featured as a background vocalist on a majority of the tracks, including the title track. She has long served as a mainstay background vocalist for the legendary Phil Spector. Tracks from the album were showcased on Sirius Satellite Radio in fall 2008 by Larry Flick on the newtwork's OutQ morning show. Flick comments," Promis brings a fresh and intriguing vision to the mainstream. In collaborating with composer/producer Ayhan Sahin, he has created a cross-cultural sound that demands deep investigation. This is a remarkable debut that hints at a long, very special career ahead." Promis says, "We had a great time recording this album, from the day we started trading ideas to finding the amazing live musicians and all of the vocal collaborators. I was tempted to name it 'Promis IV,' but realized that this represents such a different direction. I think anyone listening will hear the inspiration that went into every note. How could we deny with what we came up with that what we have the opportunity to do is such a joy? 'Life Is Grand!' couldn't be a better title." Release Date: January, 2009 Available at: iTunes, CDBaby, ayhanonline.com Contact: Young Pals Music – ayhanonline@gmail.com

Song Lyrics
I Saw A Flower Bloom Today (Sahin/Promis) Fm Eb Db Cm Remember our story when a flower we did find Bbm Ab Gm C A flower we were sure was one of a kind Fm Eb Db Cm We lived out a dream with everything in bloom Bbm C Fm The prettiest dream painted lilac blue Fm Eb Ab Fm Yet there is point that we just can not miss Eb Bbm Ab C When the flower dies can we seal it with a kiss Fm Db C Fm Can we begin again and soon be more than friends Bbm C Fm For happiness will die if it knows that love will end Chorus Fm Bbm Eb Ab But then when you have sun breaking through the brilliant bluest sky Db Bbm C Fm Everything on earth will become both happy and alive Fm Bbm Eb Ab But in the next season what was gold will become grey Db Bbm C Fm And I am still amazed at how fast it can flake away Fm Eb Db Cm Sometimes fantasies are hard to understand Bbm Ab Gm C One minute a hero the next a lousy man Fm Eb Db Cm But when a line is crossed and one only sees today Bbm C Fm Everything we trust quickly goes astray Fm Eb Ab Fm Others that know in situations just like ours Eb Bbm Ab C They don't say it's over for they know they have the power Fm Db C Fm To survive the strongest storm the worst that God can make Bbm C Fm The kind that makes a man take all that he can take Repeat Chorus Db Bbm C Fm And still knowing all this I saw a flower bloom today

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