2017 is a new year and Sarantos is back at work continuing to release a new song, music video and book chapter every month. In three years, he has released 6 albums with 85 original tracks as well as 3 fiction/fantasy books that parallel the songs!
The CDs continue to expand on his unique signature style but with an eclectic mix of edgy experimentation! Fans and fellow musicians marvel at his humble down-to-earth demeanor, his dedication to his mission and the wealth of free content that continues to drop every month along with his contributions to charity! His journey started in 2014. He has tackled almost every genre imaginable. Fans continue to interact directly with Sarantos while enjoying regular surprises such as a Christmas album, solo and full instrumentals, bonus covers, a steady stream of witty radio interviews and much more. Fans always wonder what’s next.
Sarantos unique sound has been best described by industry insiders as “an emotionally powerful vocal style masterfully united with music that is a fusion of classic 80s rock blended with modern soft rock and pop music!”
Since 2014, Sarantos has won over 35 awards with Akademia LA Music, Beat 100 while also being nominated for the International Music & Entertainments Awards, Hollywood Music In Media, and the Hollywood Songwriting Awards.
Even without ever using a studio, label, ad agency or radio promoters, his songs “Dreamer” & “What If I Never See You Again” have spent many months in the top 200 on the majors list in the US for radio airplay according to the Digital Radio Tracker Top 200 charts. On the independent charts, Sarantos has hit the top 10. Dreamer was even picked up on the BBC worldwide in 2016! In 2017, Sarantos finally started using a professional music studio and the difference is palpable!
Sarantos is an avid comic book reader, nerd, workaholic, one-time owner of the Millennium Falcon, gamer and zombie killer.
Sarantos prides himself on not releasing robotic music. Playing live or on the radio, the music is authentic and real. It has imperfections because it is human. He is always trying to sound different musically, lyrically and vocally. He does not want fans or critics to get bored with his efforts or sound. Despite momentum and continued traction, Sarantos still has not turned a profit since he gives away all of his songs, videos and books for free and, of course, everything costs money to make. He also doesn’t put ads on his You Tube videos so fans can enjoy the experience without having to keep clicking on the close button for the ads every 30 seconds.
Sarantos still was able to donate $2,000 in 2015 and in 2016 to the various charities that were picked by fans for his songs. It’s not much but every little bit counts. Hopefully the number will continue to increase as his journey unfolds.Sarantos currently has over 1.3M Social Media followers and has been rated #1 on Reverbnation in the rock and even pop genre worldwide on several occasions. Sarantos performed at the Toronto Music Festival in May to a sold out live audience. Sarantos music has received rave reviews and he relishes this chance to pursue his life-long dream. With new hit tunes waiting to be released every single month until the day he dies, Sarantos music screams success and stimulates an overdue conversation in the always-changing music industry.
Sarantos loyal fans continue to tune in daily for his heartfelt social media posts. His songs are being broadcast every day on various radios stations around the globe. Sarantos continues to do interviews and fans can listen in on a few of them on his YouTube channel. Please don’t listen thought if you will be offended by his funny, sarcastic, witty and genuine demeanor. Sarantos never sticks to just one theme or one emotion. His music videos aren’t all about him. He doesn’t want fans to get bored with the usual lame music videos that are common in the industry. What will he try next? There will always be plenty of buzz as Sarantos strives to release something new to his fans every single week! Every year until the day he dies, Sarantos will release a new song and lyric video on the 1st Tuesday of every month, a new music video on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, a book chapter from his fiction/fantasy book on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, and a new Uncut Behind The Scenes video on the 4th Tuesday of every month. A new CD & book will then be released every November along with a surprise CD. Every year. Forever. Sarantos has been writing lyrics since 4th grade and is passionate about the words he puts to the music.
Music was always in his blood. Music was always a passion and much more than a hobby. Sarantos has written over 2,600 songs! He always had an abnormal fascination with music, much to the expense of a normal personality development. At least Sarantosfinds humor while being candid about “making more mistakes than anyone I know!”Having undergone several personal challenges starting with his father passing away in 2010 after a long hard-fought battle with lung cancer, dealing with personal health issues like asthma, chronic allergies, eosinophilic esophagitis with a stricture the size of a straw, food allergies to almost everything, going thru life’s ups & downs, the timing was finally right to start pursuing his lifelong dream in 2014. And so it began. Sarantos main motivation remains, however, to raise money for charity. Sarantos is a proud supporter of multiple charities and donates directly to many charitable organizations! Sarantos has always been inclined to help people in need and is proud to release his music every month as a way to donate a portion of proceeds to charity, hopefully inspiring other artists to do the same. His fans help him choose the charity each month. Just a few of the charities chosen so far include the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Make-a-Wish Foundation, American Heart Association, St Jude’s, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Feed The Starving Children, The Trevor Project, Meals on Wheels, Alcoholics Anonymous and many more. The website, Melogia (which in Greek means “with words”) was established by Sarantos, an aspiring singer and song writer.
Sarantos Mission or Goal: My goal when you listen to one of my songs is very simple. I want you to feel the need to:
- Dance or move to the groove
- Play the song over and over again (HIT THE REPLAY BUTTON!)
iTunes & Apple Connect: http://bit.ly/SarantosAppleStore
Toru: Wayfarer Returns
by Stephanie R. Sorensen
GENRE: Historical Steampunk Fiction
A nation encircled by enemies
A noblewoman with everything to lose
A fisherman with everything to prove and a nation to save.
In Japan of 1852, the peace imposed by the Tokugawa Shoguns has lasted 250 years. Peace has turned to stagnation, however, as commoners grow impoverished and their lords restless. Swords rust. Martial values decay. Foreign barbarians circle the island nation’s closed borders like vultures.
Tōru, a shipwrecked young fisherman rescued by traders and taken to America, defies the Shogun’s ban on returning to Japan, determined to save his homeland from foreign invasion. Can he rouse his countrymen in time? Or will the cruel Shogun carry out his vow to execute all who set foot in Japan after traveling abroad? Armed only with his will, a few books, dirigible plans and dangerous ideas, Tōru must transform the Emperor’s realm before the Black Ships come.
“Omae wa dare da? Who are you? Whose ship is that? Why are you here?”
They forced Tōru to his knees.
He bowed down to the sand and spoke in the rough unhewn Japanese of a fisherman.
“Noble sirs, I am Tōru, of the village Iwamatsu, some days’ travel north of here. I was fishing with my father. A terrible storm destroyed our boat and cast us all into the sea. My father gave me a piece of wreckage to cling to as everything sank.”
Tōru struggled a moment, the words and flow of his native language catching on his lips after more than two years without a soul to speak with in Japanese. The memory of the storm and his last memory of his father that night rose up before him.
He steadied himself as the men listened intently, their swords never wavering from his throat, nor their gaze from his face.
He chose his next words carefully.
“That night was the last I saw my father. I was picked up by an American ship and taken to America.”
He bowed down to the sand again, easing between the blades.
“This night I am returning, to look after my mother. She has no other child to care for her, and no husband to feed her. The Americans brought me home, so I might do my duty by my mother and my people. I beg you, forgive me any crimes I may have committed by landing on your lord’s shore, and allow me please to return to my home.”
As he looked up into their eyes, he saw they would permit no such thing.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Stephanie is a writer based in the Victorian mining town of Leadville, Colorado, where she lives at 10,251 feet with her husband, five chickens, two bantam English game hens and one Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. After a former life in big cities-New York City, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Boston, Mexico City, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Santa Fe-she now enjoys the birdsong and quiet writing time she finds in Leadville. Her first novel draws on her experience living and working in Japan; her next historical novel is set in Mexico where she also lived for several years. As a Leadville local, she likes her Victorian attire spiced with a little neo-Victorian futurism and the biggest bustle possible.
Recognition for “Toru: Wayfarer Returns”
— Finalist, Fantasy category, 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
— Bronze Medal Award, Multicultural Fiction category, 2016 eLit Book Awards
Author website http://stephaniersorensen.com/
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Publisher website http://palantirpress.com/
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Sell sheet PDF http://palantirpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Toru-Sell-Sheet.pdf
Kirkus review https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/stephanie-r-sorensen/toru/
Historical Novel Society review https://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/toru-wayfarer-returns-sakura-steam-series-book-1/
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Get tickets to see Max Sharam in concert at The Toff In Town, Swanston, Street, Melbourne, February 16th
What an absolute blast we had today on set of Creatives On The Couch.
Our special guest today was none other than 8 time ARIA nominee artist, Max Sharam. Max was joined by our hosts, Scott Reid and Robyn Duse.
Max was on the show to talk about her music, books, and her upcoming concert at The Toff In Town, in Melbourne Feb 16th, 2017.
Fans of Max Sharam can also buy a copy of her latest EP “The Gods Envy” on HearNow.
Stay tuned, as the special episode airs on c31 Melbourne on February 14th, 2017.
Filmed in 2016
Written, Directed and Produced by Australian Indie Film Maker Rusty Angel, and starring Australian Actors, Audrey Cadzow & Michael J Lawless, this short black comedy was inspired by the way people act when their access to public media is cut off. In particular…the Smart Phone.
An exaggeration?? Well perhaps, but thinking about that, is it really THAT far from the truth?
This film was not produced to get high ratings, a million likes or even to show off technical abilities in film making, but as a piece of artwork that its creator is proud of, and hopes only to get a message across, in a violent foulmouthed, funny kinda way.