BMI Joins Turning Leaf Vineyards, HP for Music at Sundance Fest 2007

Posted in News on January 11, 2007

Tyler Hilton, Chris Stills, Julianna Raye and William Tell Scheduled to Perform at the 'Leaf Lounge' in Park City, Utah

BMI, Turning Leaf Vineyards, and Hewlett Packard (HP) will present live performances by songwriters BMI Tyler Hilton, Chris Stills, Julianna Raye and William Tell during the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, being held Jan. 18-28 in Park City, Utah. Turning Leaf, a sponsor of the Film Fest, will be hosting the performances in the "Leaf Lounge," an exclusive wine bar that will be free and open to the public (21 and over only; capacity restrictions apply).

Tyler HiltonChris Stills

Each one-hour performance is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at the Leaf Lounge, which will be located at 751 Main Street in Park City. Tyler Hilton will perform on Saturday, Jan. 20; Chris Stills will perform on Sunday, Jan. 21; Chris Stills and Julianne Raye will perform together on Monday, Jan. 22; and William Tell will perform on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Julianna Raye William Tell

"We're thrilled to partner with BMI and HP again this year to bring such a superb array of singer/songwriters to Sundance," said Noelle Campbell of Turning Leaf. "These young artists will be an exciting addition to the experience we offer festival-goers in the Leaf Lounge."

"We're happy to have this opportunity for our songwriters at Sundance, as it gives both the public and the filmmaking community an opportunity to discover four of the most vital voices in music today," said Tracie Verlinde, Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations at BMI. "It's a unique opportunity for the public to participate in a Sundance Film Festival event and hear music that has become a soundtrack for filmmakers and the stories they tell."

Palm Springs, Calif., native Tyler Hilton is an accomplished singer/songwriter/actor, having released his major label debut, The Tracks Of, to much acclaim along with film and television support. His first single, "When It Comes," climbed through the charts and also saw him embark on the Virgin College Megatour with Michelle Branch. On the acting side, Hilton played the role of a young Elvis Presley in the feature film Walk the Line, and also had a recurring role on the WB Television series One Tree Hill. Music being his first passion, Tyler has continued touring, selling out multiple venues on the West Coast performing what has been described as "...ebullient, contemplative blues-folk ballads...and music in the grand tradition of songwriters like Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie."

It has been said that Chris Stills has the "perfect storm" in his gene pool. A talented singer/songwriter who is as adept in French as he is in English, Stills has created his own path in his parents' footsteps - Stephen Stills (of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) and French chanteuse Veronique Sanson. With an immaculate sense of melody and an earth-shatteringly beautiful voice, he has released two CDs, with his second, self-titled CD slated for a U.S. release this April. He journeys to the Sundance Film Festival to promote the music for the film, Resurrecting the Champ, for which he wrote, performed and produced two songs. The film is directed by Rod Lurie and stars Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Alan Alda and Teri Hatcher. Lurie and Julianna Raye co-wrote two songs, "Quiet Poems" and "Every Eden," for the film, and Chris and Julianna sing on both of them.

Julianna Raye has captured time with her still-life songwriting. Entertainment Weekly described Julianna's songs as "languidly gorgeous ballads, [that evoke] a timeless L.A..." and Billboard characterized her songwriting as " and emotionally searing work." A striking songwriter of stylistic diversity, Raye's sound ranges from torchy to reflective, captivating the listener and showing her uniformly superior talent. Raye co-wrote two songs for the film Resurrecting the Champ," which screens at the Sundance Film Festival.

William Tell is set to release his solo debut CD, You Can Hold Me Down, on New Records/UMe on March 6. The former songwriter/guitarist for alt-rock band Something Corporate, Tell's catchy hooks, stylish melodies and sharply emotional lyrics are a rock-strewn antidote for mindless pop. His unique style calls to mind elements of The Beach Boys and The Beatles with a modern, Southern California guitar-based flair. With a huge MySpace following and fans tracking him since his Something Corporate days, Tell's music will be setting the tone for 2007.

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