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Make memories for a good cause this Sunday, November 13th
2nd Annual Making Memories Festival and benefit concert to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s

Sunday, November 13
LA Historic State Park (Chinatown)

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and for the second year in a row Alzheimer’s Los Angeles is hosting its “Making Memories Festival“, which was first held in 2021 to honor and celebrate the organization’s 40 years of service in LA. The event was such a success, they’ve decided to make it annual, with this year’s celebration including Grammy Award winners Los Lobos as the headliner, plus performances by Cut Chemist, Circle the Earth, Valley Queen, and DJ Mona Lisa, plus iconic food trucks like Baby’s Burger, Yalla, Recess Truck, and more. They’ll also have informational booths on brain health and other healthy resources as part of the festivities.
Cost: $30 for online orders; $35 at the door.

 

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Alzheimer’s Los Angeles 2nd Annual “Making Memories” Music Festival

On November 13th, the organization will host its second annual Making Memories festival featuring Grammy Award-winners Los Lobos as the headlining act.

A variety of food trucks and vendors will feed the attendees as the event celebrates 40 years of service to the Los Angeles community.

Alzheimer’s LA is thrilled to welcome the Jona Goldrich Center for Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders at Cedars-Sinai as the Champion Sponsor for this year’s event demonstrating the strong partnership between the two organizations and their shared commitment to the people of Los Angeles.

“Alzheimer’s disease is a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. and the most common form of dementia among older adults,” said Zaldy Tan, MD, MPH, medical director of the Jona Goldrich Center for Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders at Cedars-Sinai. “The number of Americans living with the disease is projected to nearly triple by 2060, so it is essential that we raise awareness and continue our work to discover the cause and unlock the cure for this devastating disorder.”

In addition to Los Lobos, this year’s multicultural music and food festival will include live performances by Cut Chemist, Circle the Earth, Valley Queen, as well as DJ Mona Lisa, and iconic local food trucks Baby’s Burger, Cerda Vega, Yalla, Stop Bye Café, and Recess Truck.

Informational booths focusing on brain health and other healthy lifestyle opportunities and resources will also be part of the festivities. Joining the Jona Goldrich Center for Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders at Cedars-Sinai is premier sponsor Zenith Media.

“Alzheimer’s Los Angeles has been part of this community for more than 40 years and we’re proud of our long history of providing care and support to families in need when facing Alzheimer’s or another dementia. This event celebrates the richness and diversity of our community and what better way to do that than through music and food?” says Susan Disney Lord, Alzheimer’s Los Angeles Board Co-Chair.

Serving on the honorary committee are local and state officials Senator Dianne Feinstein; Representatives Judy Chu, Jimmy Gomez, Lucille Roybal-Allard and Adam Schiff; Assemblymembers Adrin Nazarian, Blanca Rubio, Miguel Santiago; and Los Angeles County Supervisors Holly J. Mitchell, Janice Hahn, and Hilda Solis. With this community event, Alzheimer’s Los Angeles is working to raise awareness about this critical issue and to ensure that anyone in need of help can access it.

They continue to educate the diverse population of the greater Los Angeles area about what dementia is and isn’t and fight to eliminate the stigma that perpetuates misunderstanding and creates unnecessary barriers to accessing available support and services.

“This event will help raise awareness about available support and resources within the communities most affected by Alzheimer’s disease,” comments Heather Cooper Ortner, President & CEO. “Last year’s event was an incredible celebration for families in need of some respite and fun, as well as the entire community. We knew before it was over that we would have to do it again this year!”

Alzheimer’s Los Angeles continues to meet the challenge of providing essential programs to their vulnerable clients and their caregivers. In California, more than half a million people have Alzheimer’s disease, with over 177,000 living in Los Angeles County. Experts estimate that someone in the US develops Alzheimer’s disease every 65 seconds. By mid-century someone will develop Alzheimer’s disease every 33 seconds.

Until there is a cure, Alzheimer’s Los Angeles will provide the care.   Gates open at 12 pm. Tickets are $30 each.

For more than 40 years Alzheimer’s Los Angeles has served people throughout Los Angeles County. 100% of funds raised stay local, providing free care and support for individuals and families. Low-cost training and education are also offered for professionals. Alzheimer’s Los Angeles focuses on care, support, advocacy, and local research. Alzheimer’s is a devastating neurodegenerative disease that weakens the memory and other cognitive and emotional functions. For more information, call the Helpline at 844.HELP.ALZ or visit www.alzheimersLA.org

Source: dtlaweekly.com

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Michael McBay of Circle The Earth

What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?

I was first introduced to music when the kids in my neighborhood all got instruments and started a band. I thought bass would be the easiest instrument to learn on my own since it only had 4 strings. I was introduced to the music of Sly & The Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix and Chicago, then the very first time I heard the music of Yes my soul literally came alive and I have been inspired to make music with beauty, harmony, integrity, intensity and a positive message ever since.

What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?

Outside of music, I practice Shotokan karate at a competitive level 6 days/week for many, many, many years. The serious practice of this artform from a spiritual perspective gives me drive, determination, discipline, the ability to rebound after setbacks, patience, humility, respect for others, sincerity, kindness, compassion, integrity and character, which I am honored to say that our project is known for. (It’s also a tremendous stress reliever!) 

Sandy Wang, our keyboardist, practices the martial art of Muay Thai equally avidly 6 days/week and we often share mutually inspirational training stories with each other to keep each other motivated to push ahead.

In addition to martial arts, I am also very active in my drug recovery program and have been sober for well over 12 years now. I also work full time in a medical clinic that provides services to low-income minorities and this keeps me grounded and allows me to be of service to others on a daily basis. I actively pursue spirituality (not formal religion) on a constant basis and I am a serious student of several well-known spiritual teachers (both living and deceased).

All of these activities directly enhance all aspects of my personality and character including my personal creativity and the pursuit of Circle The Earth.

How long has your band been around?

As the founding member, I first discovered drummer Sandro Feliciano 10 years ago and we’ve worked together ever since. 6 years ago I found singer Khadia, then 4 years ago our keyboardist Sandy Wang, and finally 2 years ago guitarist Kazuki Tokaji. So, the current lineup has actually been together for 2 years in its present form.

Where are you based out of and how does that influence your music?

We are based in Los Angeles which gives us access to the very best musicians, songwriters, producers, recording studios, and music venues as well as a huge resource of industry experts all from various cultures and backgrounds. Being in Los Angeles also puts us in direct competition with literally an estimated 8 thousand other local acts all striving to accomplish the same thing here in LA, so we are forced to work very hard and strive very hard to be a “cut above” the competition in every aspect including songwriting, musicianship, recording & production quality, image, stage performance, professionalism and integrity (all of which I am grateful to say we are known for!).

How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?

The name Circle The Earth refers directly to the international nature of our line up – Sandy Wang (keys) is from Taiwan, Kazuki Tokaji (guitars) is from Japan, Sandro Feliciano (drums) is from Brazil, and Khadia (vocals) and Mike McBay (bass) are from the USA. Our name symbolizes concepts like: ethnic inclusion, cultural diversity, international cooperation, religious tolerance, women’s rights, LGBTQ equality, and in general, all of the truly spiritual intentions common to all of the world’s religions and spiritual paths.

Tell me about your most memorable shows.

So many of our shows are memorable. The common theme to them all is the universal acceptance of our band and its music by audiences that at first one would consider highly unlikely to receive us favorably. For example, we have opened shows for completely Spanish musical acts playing to completely Hispanic audiences as well as opening for heavy metal/death metal rock acts to completely hard rock oriented Caucasian audiences, and we have also opened shows for old school R&B acts and also straight up Rap concerts with completely African American audiences and all of these audiences have reacted overwhelmingly positively to our music and its message (to our tremendous delight!)There truly is something in our music for everyone.

What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?

There are several wonderful venues in Southern California that we love playing in the tremendously including: The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano!!, The Regent & The Vermont in Los Angeles, and The Grove Theater of Anaheim, for larger venue capacities, and then The Whisky a Go Go, The Viper Room, and The Troubadour in Hollywood for smaller cap venues. We would really like to open shows at The Hollywood Bowl or The Greek Theater in LA.

If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?

It would be an honor to open a show for BTS (even though our musical styles are not quite similar). This wonderful group has a message that is the same as ours: international cooperation, ethnic inclusion, cultural tolerance and personal integrity.

What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band?

My #1 advice would be to be sure to have a reliable day job and a secondary skill as a fallback position to support yourself while pursuing your musical dream and #2 to practice, practice, practice (both individually and together relentlessly), #3 constantly seek outside advice, constructive criticism and guidance from professionals with bona fide industry experience, #4 beware of the liars, cheaters, deceivers and charlatans that are literally everywhere in the music industry who literally make a living by preying on the hopes and dreams of the aspiring artists, and #5 beware of drugs and alcohol which also in their own way prey on the hopes and dreams of the aspiring artists.

If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?

I often go back to places that were significant in my musical past and pray and try to send advice to myself back in the past sending messages of: continuing encouragement, inspiration, discipline, dedication and patience for the unimaginably long road ahead.

Of your songs, which one means the most to you and why?

All of our songs have tremendous meaning to me because of the history of the band that they are associated with but currently:

“Sweetest Pain” expresses the pain of being in a relationship with someone whom you love tremendously and deeply however that person is not yet ready for this level of true love and the pain that comes with the slow but inevitable realization that this person will most likely never be ready for this kind of love and so must be slowly released and the relationship must be allowed to dissolve. This “sweet pain” can actually be an unavoidable anguish until the relationship is finally resolved and the person is released.

“The Other Side” expresses the spiritual aspects of our message describing the absolute reality of tangible contact and communication with the unseen spiritual world as a direct experience and the beautiful inspirations and guidance that can be received from pursuing this.

“Dead” displays the power of the band and the intensity of our collective drive to succeed together.

“Diamonds” expresses the challenge of overcoming tremendous personal adversity and the spiritual rewards that are eventually reached only by enduring these pressures with determination, faith, patience, sincerity and tenacity….”only diamonds are made under pressure.”

 Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?

All of the above songs and actually all of our songs are our favorites to play for different reasons for each band member, but I would say that pretty universally when we play “Diamonds” we can all literally feel the crowd being “won over” during that particular song because of its message and the intensity with which we deliver it. I would say that “Diamonds” is the song that touches all of the various audiences we have played to most universally.

What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?

Generally, our guitarist Kazuki Tokaji has a writing session with songwriter Jim McGorman (Goo Goo Dolls, Avril Lavigne, Gwen Stefani) and they generate a rough demo which the band then arranges, interprets, and twists to our musical style. During that process, Khadia often makes adjustments to the vocal lines and creates “rap” segments when appropriate. After this, the band goes into the studio with our producer Ethan Kaufmann (Dorothy) and the song is further modernized and updated into the powerful, edgy modern rock style that we are now known for.

What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?

The message of our music is based on concepts like: ethnic inclusion, cultural understanding, international cooperation, religious tolerance, women’s rights, LGBTQ equality, personal integrity and in general all of the truly spiritual intentions common to all of the world’s religions and spiritual paths.

Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?

Of course, we have disagreements in the band from time to time, but they tend to be minor stylistic differences that are easily solvable thru discussion and compromise. In terms of major issues like general direction and musical style and overall approach, we are all very much in alignment and agreement.

What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?

We are releasing 1 new single and video every 45 days thru the end of 2022 and will be releasing another single, a video and an entire EP at the end of Jan/early Feb in 2023. Several of our songs are up for placement in movies/tv/commercials and we are also being considered for some prominent talk show appearances that are in the works. Fingers Crossed on all of these developments, any one of which could really help to launch the band!

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I would like to close this interview with a message of inspiration, love, hope, sincerity, integrity, recovery and spirituality to the hearts of anyone out there who is open to hear it: “All true religions and spiritual paths lead to the very same loving God, and not one Soul will be lost!

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Music Connection October Issue

Material: Circle the Earth is a pop/rock outfit with many influences oozing out of their pores. From R&B to ‘80s/’90s rock to rap to jazz to pop, it all comes together nicely in well-written tunes that uplift and nourish the soul. Most of the songs are rock guitar-driven with nice solos complementing the rhythm section. The keys also helped bring the songs to life as Wang and Feliciano, playing off each other, added another fantastic layer of music to each song.

Musicianship: Good guitar leads, along with a solid rhythm section, kept the energygoing as Khadia, with her sultry, “Beyoncelike”voice, crooned the mellow songs and belted out the melodies when called upon. All the members of the band pitched in to make each tune blossom. Wang and her keys, in particular, were a nice addition to all the tunes.

Performance: Circle the Earth integrates many types of melodies and genres. Not only that, they incorporate dance and choreography, as well. This makes for an entertaining visual to go along with the music. McBay and Khadia are naturals onstage and they got everyone else going, but that’s not to say Wang, Feliciano and Tokaii didn’t bring it, as well.

Summary: Circle the Earth’s repertoire of songs is as diverse as the members’ ethnicity. Taiwan, Japan, Brazil and the Americas all come together to play rock, jazz, pop and hints
of country music to your soul’s delight. Songs like “Sweetest Pain” and “All The Way” keep you dancing to the music, while the hard-hitting “Dead” will make you want to bang your head. The songs are original and creative and you can feel the passion exude from all the members as each tune is played. If they weren’t rocking you out with “Dead,” they were wooing you with “The Other Side” and “Ai, Ai, Ai.” Great all-around performance. Circle the Earth are not to be missed! – Pierce Brochetti

SIR Studios Hollywood, CA

Players
: Michael McBay, bass; Sandro Feliciano, drums; Kazuki Tokaii, guitar; Sandy Chao Wang, keys; Khadia, vocals

Web: trupitch.com/circle-the-earth
Contact: Johnny Miller, 310-435-7195

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Circle the Earth LIve at the Vermont Hollywood

It’s always a special treat to see a band that’s capable of packing larger venues in an intimate setting. Such was the case this late summer Sunday evening at the 1200 capacity Vermont Hollywood event center.

Serving up a four course aural feast of sight and sound, things kicked off with upstarts Circle the Earth, a diverse 5 piece ensemble featuring charismatic lead singer Khadia Handon, an electrifying lead vocalist who brings everything to the stage. Hailing from Silver Springs, MD, she is the definition of a modern day artist who resonates with all generations, cultures and demographics. Her explosiveness as a performer fills venues across the country with boundless energy and a spark only a superstar in the making can offer. She has performed with such luminaries as Kanye West and Prince.

As is the case when the opener goes on so early (7:45), there were only a smattering of folks in the audience. Regardless, CTE whet the crowd’s appetite for the next course; Chicago’s own Enuff Z Nuff.

Still a force after 20+ albums, EZN still has a legion of loyal fans, and has earned the respect and acclaim of its peers and contemporaries. Opening their 45 min. set with the BEATLES’ “Magical Mystery Tour” Chip Z Nuff and company wove a dreamy sonic tapestry that included another BEATLES classic “Eleanore Rigby”.  While I was looking for a copy of the setlist for this review, I came upon Chip at the merch table where we reminisced about growing up in Chicago (also my hometown) and he kindly provided me with a handwritten list of tonight’s songs. He also informed me of the band’s new release “Finer Than Sin” is due out Nov. 13th.

Veteran hard rock guitarist Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses/Slash’s Snakepit) brought a stripped down, bluesy, power trio flavor to the now growing audience for a fast paced set of classic rock. Clarke and company fired up the crowd with “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” a song he played with GNR during his tenure.

It was now time for the main course and the joint was anxiously awaiting Daisies to hit the stage.

Dino Jelusick (Whitesnake) filled in for Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple-Black Sabbath) due to health reasons.   Dino Jelusick is a singer/multi-instrumentalist from Croatia. He is a member of multi platinum selling band Trans-Siberian Orchestra and was previously part of Dirty Shirley (with George Lynch), Animal Drive and recorded with many others. Dino has been singing, touring and recording since the age of 5. Other than being a frontman, his main instrument is keyboards but he also plays bass, guitar and drums.

Needless to say, it’s a tough act to fill the shoes of “The Voice of Rock” as Mr Hughes has righteously been designated. Guitar slinger extraordinaire Doug Aldrich came out to thunderous applause and explained the situation, without further ado they launched into a 16 song set of molten rock fury.

Since 3 members of the group, Aldrich, drummer Brian Tichy, and Hughes live here in Los Angeles this was a hometown show with many friends and family in attendance. Showcasing some new material from the forthcoming release, “Radiance” Aldrich tore up the stage with flashy technique and blistering lead runs. Stand out track from the new record “Face Your Fear” is a jolt of high voltage rock intensity.

Force of nature Brian Tichy displayed his diabolically strong command of the drum kit during his 11 minute drum solo launching sticks off the snare drum 20 feet into the air and catching them without missing a beat. Another high point of the show.

Mixed in with the D.D. originals were 3 cover songs; Creedence Clearwater’s “Fortunate Son”, Grand Funk’s “American Band”, and a super deep track from little known Scottish band The Sensational Alex Harvey Band “Midnight Moses.”

We are glad to hear Glenn Hughes has recovered and will rejoin the band soon to continue the fall tour. “Radiance” will be available on Sept. 30th on SPV records. Check http://www.thedeaddaisies.com for further news and tour dates.

Article first posted on californiarocknews.com

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New Religion

“Unique blend of modern rock.” – Top Shelf Music

“Circle The Earth blends worldwide musical genres into an eclectic rock stew.” – Grateful Web

“[Circle The Earth] synthesizes the stylings of fiery pop anthems with everything from shred-heavy hard rock and emo to hip-hop in a manner that’s sure to energize the masses at first listen.” – Remezcla

“A polished pop rock that sparkles with a bit of 80’s glam.” – The Indy Review

“[‘Sweetest Pain’] features heavy guitar solos, striking vocals and a classic, mid-2000s alt-rock sound.”

Grimy Goods

 

September 21, 2022 – Los Angeles-based multi-cultural rock band Circle The Earth has released their new single “New Religion.” The hard-hitting track is the latest offering from the female-fronted quintet produced by Ethan Kaufman (Avril Lavigne, Ryan Cabrera, DOROTHY) and co-written by Jim McGorman (Avril Lavigne, Weezer, Gwen Stefani, Goo Goo Dolls) alongside the band’s guitarist Kazuki Tokaji. PRESS HERE to listen to “New Religion,” which first premiered with mxdwn Music, who noted, “If there was ever a song to get someone out of their funk, it’s ‘New Religion,’ hands down.”

“The message of ‘New Religion’ is a simple one,” shares the band. “It acknowledges the oneness of all life, the oneness of all races, religions and ethnicities, and the basic fact that all humans have the same needs, desires, hopes, dreams, and pains, completely independent of their nation of origin, and that all true human religions and spiritual paths lead to exactly the same loving God.”

“New Religion” follows Circle The Earth’s driving pop-rock single “Sweetest Pain,” currently airing on non-commercial and college radio stations across the country. PRESS HERE to watch the official music video, which recently surpassed 1 million views.

It’s impossible to pigeonhole the sound of Circle The Earth. With a lineup featuring members from across the U.S., Taiwan, Brazil and Japan, all of whom bring extensive professional experience to their music, the independent five-piece craft a seamless combination of rock, pop, soul, hip-hop, and even emo. Circle The Earth is fronted by Khadia, a former background singer for Imagine Dragons, American Idol, and The American Music Awards who has also performed with Mya, Janelle Monae and Prince. Rounding out the band is founding member, bassist and Atlanta native Michael McBay, Brazilian-born drummer Sandro Feliciano (who has toured with Ms. Lauryn Hill and Teena Marie), keyboardist/music director Sandy Chao Wang, who grew up in Taiwan, and guitarist/songwriter Tokaji, who was born in Japan and began playing guitar at age 7. 

Circle The Earth coalesced over the course of several years, first formed in 2018, driven by the vision of McBay and an overall message of bringing people hope, love and truth in a world that can feel maddening and hateful at times. They strive to produce music as positive and uplifting as possible, with messages of unity and inclusion that emphasizes the beauty of diversity and leaves good vibes in its wake. The band officially debuted in 2020 with their single Could Be You and have also released Dead,” “All The Way,” andDiamonds, amassing almost 3 million views on their YouTube channel and over 1 million streams on Spotify. Circle The Earth has also graced the stages of such famed LA venues including The Viper Room, Whisky a Go Go and The Mint as well as a performance at NAMM, building quite the reputation for their explosive live show.

 

Follow Circle The Earth:

Website // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // YouTube // Spotify // Apple Music

 

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Bari Lieberman / bari@pressherepublicity.com

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Circle The Earth | New Religion

I am running behind today for a bunch of reasons — some that were my own damn fault, and others that were beyond my control. I thought about leaving this roundup until tomorrow, so naturally everybody and their dog decided to drop a new tune today (if not two). So here you go. Better late than never, right? Right? Anyway, as usual, you’ll find dozens of gems here that you won’t get anywhere else. Your Tinnitist-approved tracks are tagged with a 👑. Prepare to be royally entertained (click play button below):

 

Original post on tinnitist.com

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Circle The Earth Releases New Single “New Religion”

Los Angeles-based multi-cultural rock band Circle The Earth has released their new single “New Religion.” The hard-hitting track is the latest offering from the female-fronted quintet produced by Ethan Kaufman (Avril Lavigne, Ryan Cabrera, Dorothy) and co-written by Jim McGorman (Avril Lavigne, Weezer, Gwen Stefani, Goo Goo Dolls) alongside the band’s guitarist Kazuki Tokaji.

Stream “New Religion” now below and listen HERE.

“The message of ‘New Religion’ is a simple one,” the band said in a statement. “It acknowledges the oneness of all life, the oneness of all races, religions and ethnicities, and the basic fact that all humans have the same needs, desires, hopes, dreams, and pains, completely independent of their nation of origin, and that all true human religions and spiritual paths lead to exactly the same loving God.”

“New Religion” follows Circle The Earth’s driving pop-rock single “Sweetest Pain,” currently airing on non-commercial and college radio stations across the country.

It’s impossible to pigeonhole the sound of Circle The Earth. With a lineup featuring members from across the U.S., Taiwan, Brazil and Japan, all of whom bring extensive professional experience to their music, the independent five-piece craft a seamless combination of rock, pop, soul, hip-hop, and even emo.

Circle The Earth is fronted by Khadia, a former background singer for Imagine Dragons, American Idol, and The American Music Awards who has also performed with Mya, Janelle Monae and Prince. Rounding out the band is founding member, bassist and Atlanta native Michael McBay, Brazilian-born drummer Sandro Feliciano (who has toured with Ms. Lauryn Hill and Teena Marie), keyboardist/music director Sandy Chao Wang, who grew up in Taiwan, and guitarist/songwriter Tokaji, who was born in Japan and began playing guitar at age 7.

Circle The Earth coalesced over the course of several years, first formed in 2018, driven by the vision of McBay and an overall message of bringing people hope, love and truth in a world that can feel maddening and hateful at times. They strive to produce music as positive and uplifting as possible, with messages of unity and inclusion that emphasizes the beauty of diversity and leaves good vibes in its wake.

The band officially debuted in 2020 with their single “Could Be You” and have also released “Dead,” “All The Way,” and “Diamonds,” amassing almost 3 million views on their YouTube channel and over 1 million streams on Spotify. Circle The Earth has also graced the stages of such famed LA venues including The Viper Room, Whisky a Go Go and The Mint as well as a performance at NAMM, building quite the reputation for their explosive live show.

 

Original posted on The Rock Revival

 

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Circle The Earth - Sweetest Pain (Official Music Video)

CIRCLE THE EARTH – THE SWEETEST PAIN

Is it the 2000s all over again? Sorry, but not sorry, I used to love Evanescence. Just kidding. Circle the Earth is probably for you if you like a touch of metal in your pop, just as I like whisky in my milk. Boss Metal Zone pedals and epic solos, coupled with catchy poppy choruses, might fill the void left in your life after Linkin Park tragically disbanded.

 

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Talk This Way Podcast: Circle The Earth

The Los Angeles-based alternative rock outfit Circle The Earth checked in with the Talk This Way Podcast from the studio. The group is currently working on new material and planning a few upcoming live shows. Check out the chat above for the low-down on what’s happening with the band.

Circle The Earth just released their latest single “Sweetest Pain.” The track was co-written by Jim McGorman (Avril Lavigne, Weezer, Gwen Stefani, Goo Goo Dolls) and produced by Ethan Kaufman (Avril Lavigne, Ryan Cabrera, Dorothy). It illustrates the quintet’s diverse backgrounds and eclectic approach. Anchored by front woman Khadia’s yearning vocals and lightning-bolt rock riffs and solos from guitarist Kazuki Tokaji, “Sweetest Pain” laments the emotional tumult of a romance that’s slowly disintegrating.

It’s impossible to pigeonhole the sound of Circle The Earth. With a lineup featuring members from across the U.S., Taiwan, Brazil and Japan, all of whom bring extensive professional experience to their music, the independent band craft a seamless combination of rock, pop, soul, hip-hop, and even emo. In addition to Khadia (a former background singer for Imagine Dragons, American Idol, and The American Music Awards who has also performed with Mya, Janelle Monae and Prince) and Tokaji (who was born in Japan and began playing guitar at age 7), the five-piece is rounded out by founding member, bassist and Atlanta native Michael McBay, Brazilian-born drummer Sandro Feliciano (who has toured with Ms. Lauryn Hill and Teena Marie) and keyboardist/music director Sandy Chao Wang, who grew up in Taiwan.

Circle The Earth coalesced over the course of several years, first formed in 2018, driven by the vision of McBay and an overall message of bringing people hope, love and truth in a world that can feel maddening and hateful at times. They strive to produce music as positive and uplifting as possible, with messages of unity and inclusion that emphasizes the beauty of diversity and leaves good vibes in its wake. The band officially debuted in 2020 with their single “Could Be You” and have since released “Dead,” “All The Way,” and“Diamonds,” amassing over 2 million views on their YouTube channel and nearly 750K streams on Spotify. Circle The Earth has also graced the stages of such famed LA venues including The Viper Room, Whisky a Go Go and The Mint as well as a performance at NAMM, building quite the reputation for their explosive live show.

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