PRLog - Oct. 11, 2011 - FERNDALE-, Mich. -- Rubbing elbows with Coldplay, Adele, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars. It's a serious accomplishment, especially for an independent artist like Ed Hale, whose "New Orleans Dreams" just hit #33 on the AC Top 40 charts. The song debuted at #93 in its first week and has continued to rocket up the charts, landing on the Top 5 Most Added Songs of the Week Chart every week since it was released five weeks ago. The poignant acoustic ballad packs a potent message about post-Katrina and BP Oil Spill New Orleans.
"New Orleans Dreams" is the third single off of Hale's acoustic venture into singer-songwriter territory, Ballad on Third Avenue (Dying Van Gogh Records), which itself has had quite a showing on the charts in several formats, debuting at #14 on the CMJ Most Added Chart upon its release, and staying on the CMJ Top 200 all summer long. It was also named "one of the Best Albums of 2009" by New Times Magazine. The album has been compared to the work of Bright Eyes, Kings of Convenience, Rubber Soul era Beatles, Belle and Sebastian, and Simon and Garfunkel.
And that's just the beginning. Ed Hale and The Transcendence, a kind of music collective not unlike Elephant 6 or Broken Social Scene, are set to release their first album of new material in almost five years, All Your Heroes Become Villains, on November 15th. Like a shadow of today's chaotic world, Villains is dark, moody and heavy, and yet every now and then it glimmers with hope and those catchy ear-candy melodies that fans of the band have come to love and expect.
Singer, songwriter, rockstar, recording artist, author, activist, populist blogger, controversial YouTube star and general raconteur Ed Hale is a hard man to keep up with. Affectionately called "The Ambassador" by friends and fans the world over for his cultural excapades, Hale was originally introduced to the world at the tender age of 17 as Eddie Darling when his debut album EDDIE was released. He may be best known now as the lead singer and guitarist of the popular Brit-pop/Modern Rock group ED HALE AND THE TRANSCENDENCE who have released four albums over the last eight years. Hale records and releases albums and tours both solo and with the band Transcendence. His albums are available at music stores and retailers nationwide from the smallest indie record stores to the giants such as Best Buy, Barnes and Noble, and Walmart. Of course they're also available as digital downloads at the iTunes Music Store, and two-hundred other online music outlets such as Amazon.com,Rhapsody, eMusic, LastFM, iLIke, and CDbaby.com. He is currently signed to the Dying Van Gogh record label, as is the group Ed Hale and the Transcendence, who's newest album All Your Heroes Become Villains hits stores on November 15th.
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