[JPL] New Tech Allows Access to Music Market 'By Any Means Necessary'

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New Tech Allows Access to Music Market 'By Any Means Necessary'

With The Weather Channel's 1st ever commercial CD release including artists
Chick Corea, Dave Koz & Najee featuring new smooth jazz sensation Jeanne
Ricks, along with the release of her inspiring & heart warming video of the
classic 'We Shall Overcome' racking-up hits on sites like YouTube...Jeanne
Ricks is a star on the rise.

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 15, 2007 -- There's a revolution happening in
entertainment, as artists are finding true success outside of traditional
venues. Jeanne Ricks is one of those successes. The Weather Channel has
released its 1st ever commercial CD (The Weather Channel presents Smooth
Jazz) which features Jeanne's sleek, edgy jazz guitar instrumental 'Simple
Pleasure' which reassures listeners that you are listening to the 'real
deal'. At the same time, YouTube says 'Yes', ...'We Shall Overcome' the new
music video interpretation of the Civil Rights anthem is burning hot!

View: We Shall Overcome Video

Ricks "...a real force whose songwriting reflects her diverse background!"
declares Downbeat Magazine. Jeanne Ricks is described as a singer with a
"smoky soulfulness" (Bill Crandall -- Spinner.com), but her talents don't
stop there. Jeanne jams playing Acoustic & Electric Guitar as well as
Keyboards and if you closed your eyes would think Prince was in the house,
"...she makes the guitar an extension of her voice." (Rolling Stone

For Jeanne Ricks, having a video of her updated arrangement of the Civil
Rights anthem 'We Shall Overcome' on the web, has brought new found
exposure. Blogging and sites like YouTube and MySpace have become essential
tools for musicians. With the song she hopes to bring hope & inspiration
into today's world. "It's not meant to imply that everything is 'OK' but
intended to honor the truth that ALL of us are overcoming life's challenges
large and small daily." "Major recording labels don't care about songs with
deeper musicality or larger themes unless a teen celeb is singing it while
walking out of rehab." says Jeanne.

As a composer and producer, Ricks has a list impressive accomplishments that
would have taken some a lifetime to achieve. Famed Guitarist George Benson
selected Jeanne's 'Love Remembers' for the title track of his Warner CD;
Francis Ford Coppola chose one of her songs for his critically acclaimed
movie 'Assassination Tango', starring, Robert Duvall; Anita Pointer chose
'Thorny Rose', 'Always' and 'Stronger than Pride' for her upcoming CD; Chaka
Khan recorded 'Don't Ask Me' for a WEA release; and Tony Ransom recorded
'Take It To Heart' and 'Turn To Me' for his Expansion/EMI solo album.

After many years of having her music played on-air, her song 'Simple
Pleasure,' which was recently chosen for the first in a planned series of
CD's, titled 'The Weather Channel Presents: Best of Smooth Jazz' has just
been released online and at traditional retailers. For 25 years, the 93
million U.S. households which The Weather Channel reaches, have been exposed
to Jazz music through the cable channel's Local on the 8's segment. Artists
have included David Benoit, Michael Brecker, Dave Grusin, Jean Luc Ponty,
Joe Sample, Billy Cobham and introducing Jeanne Ricks.

Record companies underestimate the lowest common denominator they claim to
serve, which is evident by the wide variety of music to be found not in
stores but, on independent websites as downloads. For many artists it has
become necessary to sidestep the customary routes to gaining an audience.
For Chicago native Jeanne Ricks, blogs, The Weather Channel, MySpace and
YouTube have proven to be fertile ground for her talents. She records under
her own Rickso Facto Music label and has gotten tremendous exposure through
her website Rickso Facto Music Co. (http://www.ricksofactomusic.com) even
leading her to success in markets overseas. Jeanne says," Music and
musicians are no longer at the mercy of that huge machine they call 'the
industry' -- now we can reach out and really meet the public with an
immediate impact never before dreamed of."

Jeanne Ricks will be seen on The Weather Channel in a special vignette,
telling the story behind her music which will begin airing October 15th.

For additional information on Jeanne Ricks (or for copies of her CD's),
contact Calvin Hart or visit www.ricksofactomusic.com.

About Rickso Facto Music Co:

Formed in 2000 by Jeanne Ricks; its first release was 'Listening Room' a
Jazz and Soul inspired CD which featured Branford Marsalis, and Lisa Fischer
among others. With the second CD 'Christmas Gifts' Jeanne gathered together
Darryl Tookes (who's worked with Sting, Elton John and Michael Jackson);
former Atlantic recording artist Ullanda McCullough, who's sung with Chaka
Khan, Billy Joel and Carly Simon; and also former Miles Davis keyboardist
Robert Irving III along with other artists to deliver soul stirring,
timeless Holiday music.

Jeanne Ricks' new CD, 'Now's the Time', is a collection of Vocal and jazz
Guitar instrumentals which are self-penned contemporary R&B/Jazz songs, to
be released January 2008.


Calvin Hart, Director of Public Relations

Rickso Facto Music Co.




Contact Information
Jeanne Ricks
Rickso Facto Music Co.

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