NEWS FLASH: THE 99's new single ROUGH TIMES IN AMERICA (playing now) is currently as of 4/21/2015 #22 on FMQB Adult Contemporay Chart and rising ....
People say what can I do?...help us spread the message. CALL YOUR LOCAL STATION AND DEMAND THEY PLAY THIS RECORD!!! How?
1. Look up your local station on this site:http://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/locate? ...simply enter the station ID (ex: WCOA) and you will get their address and phone number.
2. Tell the station you are a listener and want them to play this song because you like what it is saying and you want others to hear the message! Tell them the song can be downloaded for free from this site or any of the popular radio download services! It's that simple.
Alvin Harrison writes, performs and records music he has labled "socially relevant" with his band "The 99" The lyrics of the music speaks to, and attempts to raise awareness to the problems and issues facing Americans and members of the community of the world.
The message does seem to strike a chord with people who have heard it and agree that change is necessary, and that change comes through awareness of the issues and participation in the democratic process. A media focus group has found that 6 out of 10 Americans that have heard his "Anthem For Change" ROUGH TIMES IN AMERICA once, embrace the message and immediately become "fans". DOWNLOAD THE SONG FREE ON THIS SITE.
Alvin has taken the unusual position, for an artist, to offer his music "royalty free" to charitable, church and political organizations promoting change and providing aid to American's in need. His hope is that his music will help to spark a "grass roots" sharing of his music and the message it relays. Of course, help from mass media organizations would be welcome, because getting the message out to more people is the only way to spark awareness and initiate debate. While Alvin believes this change is inevitable, he asks the question....WHY NOT HERE....WHY NOT NOW!
Take a listen to his music on this site and view the music video for ROUGH TIMES IN AMERICA. If you are moved and believe this message MUST be shared, a few simple clicks of your computers mouse can move this message forward on to your friends and family, and they in turn can move it forward and so on. Help to increase awareness that promotes dialog and that will eventually initiate change. The 99 are doing their part. Will you do yours?
The fresh Committee : ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: ALVIN HARRISON AKA THE 99
While Alvin believes this change is inevitable, he asks the question….WHY NOT HERE….WHY NOT NOW!
Read Full article here: http://thefreshcommittee.com/artist-spotlight-alvin-harrison-aka-the-99
The 99 hits the charts....
Skope: You were recently on Skoped Out and have had major success recently. Please tell us what has been going on?
I was, Stoli interviewed me when I first started this project not that long ago. I really liked that guy and the interview and what Skopemag does for the Indie artists, so when some good things started happening for me, I really wanted to have you guys break the news. Since you reach so many hard working indie artists, you were my first choice. I hope my story will help them keep the faith and keep on pushing. It can be done, and there are some things I learned along the way that might help them achieve the success they are seeking. Not everyone is in music for commercial success…and that does not make their music any less important. If you are interested in playing in the big leagues I might have some insights that will help you.
."The 99’s self-titled debut is political pop done right. Lyrically the songs are subversive. Instrumentally the songs have a glorious sheen to them that gives them an almost jazz-fusion kind of sound. When the subversion is put alongside these rather luscious sounds the result is something that truly engages."
.."We’re all feeling it. The news tells us America is in a recovery phase, but it doesn’t feel that way for millions who are still out of work, displaced from their homes, in poverty and facing the reality that the government we entrust to help us is self centered and feeds us lies every chance it gets. We’re not alone in our creeping despair – and with the arrival onto the indie music scene of songwriter Alvin Harrison’s musical collective “The 99” and its self titled EP, we have a dedicated advocate: with over 19,000 social media followers/fans and growing by the hour!"
I AM ENTERTAINMENT Magazine....
"The 99 is driven by powerful message about the social ills we, as Americans, face everyday. Every song touches on a specific issue and cuts absolutely no corners, whatsoever. The 99 is the uncut truth about our country’s current state of corruption, and is a political whistle blower’s dream. I believe Alvin Harrison has written some of the most point blank, no nonsense songs of the year."
"Harrison is driven by the same righteous indignation that pushed Woody Guthrie, The Clash, Rage Against the Machine, and the new current crop of malcontents armed with guitars and microphones.Timely and poignant, Harrison’s heartbreak over the state of the country is touching and heartfelt. If more people could take this to heart, these wouldn’t be just songs, these would be marching orders for a new day."
Rough Times in America Now on iTunes
Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish some brave artist would make a real song about what is happening in America”? Finally, someone has; an American Patriot. Alvin (a self-made man) got tired of seeing the disparity in classes, with most Americans struggling to get by on a daily basis. We all know these individuals and it pulls at our heart to see this happening in the greatest country on earth. This song speaks to those who want a change, who look for something to happen NOW, not later, and it resonates with people everywhere. Regardless of demographics, income, education or assets, this song touches the heart of real people who care about their fellow Americans. How powerful is this song? It is receiving rave reviews on youtube (re-inserted with new mix) with the original version having thousands of views in just a few weeks. Mr. Harison is on CanTune Records, but wants to make a donation of music to America’s charitable organizations that feed and provide medical assistance, housings, and temporary shelters in order to satisfy long term human needs. Charitable organizations can give a free copy of the song as a gift with any donation, use it in any videos or web pages they produce or make it a part of any fundraising effort they desire. Alvin wants no proceeds or royalties from this song’s use by church groups, charitable organizations and those working for political change, but he does want to raise the social conscience of every American. That’s why we have selected a few choice media and radio (music & talk) outlets to get this Press Release first. We feel very strongly about this song and its message, so much so that Alvin will be making plans to tour this summer/fall in support of it.
Alvin Harrison Donates Music To Charities
Alvin Harrison and Cantune Records would like to make a donation to your Church or your charitable organization. It is a donation that can keep generating funds. A donation of music, specifically, the song Rough Times in America. Alvin Harrison and CanTune Records want to do what they can to help those serving American's and working to alleviate the pain and hardship of so many of our fellow countrymen. Our best and most effective method of achieving this, is through music.
If you are a church or recognized charitable organization, we are offering to let you use this song royalty free for any charitable fundraising effort you deem appropriate. You will be asked to assure us that the song will be used for the purpose it was donated, and there are no other strings attached. The donations received using this song will be under your organizations complete control. We do not want to be involved in any of your collection activities or accounting. We would hope, however, that you track the songs effectiveness and let us know from time to time that our gift is working for you.
Here are just a few ways the song can be used to generate and increase contributions:
1) Announce on your web site that with any donations, the donor will receive a free mp3 of the song as a thank you gift. You probably already send a thank you email to donors, simply include the mp3 with your thank you email.
2) Add a page to your web site that promotes the song's message and specifically request a donation of $1.00 to download the song. You can use your local radio and media outlets to drive people to this page by playing the song and announcing that it is available on your web site. As part of their charter, over air radio stations are required to involve themselves in community affairs so it is a win win for you both. A secondary benefit is that people unaware of your Church or organization and web site will be introduced, by the song on the radio, to your church and the various works it performs within the community.
3) Add music to your web pages requesting donations for your charities. Use the song on any videos you produce to generate charitable donations.
The ways you can use the song are up to you and as endless as your imagination.
*********************IMPORTANT************************* If you are interested in taking advantage of this donation after hearing the song and seeing the video, send an email stating your interest and church or organization with your name and phone number to: firstname.lastname@example.org
When approved you will receive a short bio and picture of the artist AND your release letter authorizing the songs use by your organization in it's charitable fundraising endeavors.
We hope you will take advantage of this donation and use it to further the good works you are already doing in your community.