Wednesday, 22 March 2017

MMPR THEME



YOKO KANNO VOCALIST RAJ RAMAYYA RELEASES POWER RANGERS THEME SONG COVER
Song celebrates franchise’s latest theatrical release in North America

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA – March 24th, 2017 - Music production company Strawberry Hill Music is pleased to announce that singer-songwriter Raj Ramayya has released a heavy metal cover version of the iconic Power Rangers theme song “Go Go Power Rangers”, in recognition of the release of the franchise’s newest film release Saban’s Power Rangers. The song is available for both download and streaming on digital music services like Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music, Pandora, etc worldwide.

The song was originally written by American musician Ron Wasserman under the pseudonym Aaron Waters – The Mighty RAW and released as a single in the United States on CD & cassette on December 2nd, 1994. Wasserman would later release a remastered version of the song on iTunes and Bandcamp in 2012 as part of his Power Rangers Redux album.

Initially, the song was covered and released for the franchise’s first theatrical release “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie” on May 30th, 1995 by the Power Rangers Orchestra, whose members included Mr. Big front man Eric Martin and former Guns ‘n Roses drummer Matt Sorum. Popular Japanese rock vocalist Maasaki Endoh (JAM Project) would also cover the song for his cover album Enson, released on June 11th, 2008.

On August 19th, 2016, Ramayya released a cover version of the Pokémon theme song to celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary, and a remixed version by the late James Laurence of the EDM group Friendzone was released on December 16th later on that year and dubbed the LVC “Sun& Moon” Remix in recognition of the latest instalments of the Nintendo handheld game series, Pokémon Sun Version & Pokémon Moon Version. On February 28th earlier this year, Ramayya released “Butter-Fly (Dual World Version)”, a cover of the Digimon Adventure opening theme originally recorded by the late J-Pop artist Kouji Wada. All songs are available for download and streaming on digital music services worldwide.

ABOUT RAJ RAMAYYA: Raj Ramayya is an Indo-Canadian singer, composer and lyricist based in Marin County, California. His claim to anime fame would be his musical collaborations with famed Japanese composer Yoko Kanno as a member of The Seatbelts. Ramayya sang the opening credits song "Ask DNA" and wrote the lyrics for "Cosmic Dare (Pretty with a Pistol)" from the fan favourite feature film Cowboy Bebop: the Movie, and both sang and wrote the lyrics for "Strangers" from the anime series Wolf's Rain. Not limited to music in anime, he has also worked on songs for video games from the likes of Konami, Sega, and Capcom.

Ramayya has been featured as a guest vocalist/composer with several distinguished artists, ranging from talented composers Yoko Kanno (Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain) and Tatsuya Oe (Captain Funk, Hotei), to gifted lyricists Chris Mosdell (Eric Clapton, YMO) and Ron Sexsmith, and everyone in-between. His work has won him multiple awards and critical acclaim from around the world.

Among his other projects are the alternative Indian-influenced folk rock band "The Beautiful Losers", the anime cover band “Raj and the Zen Masters”, the electronic Indian fusion music project "Bhang Lassi", and session singing for products ranging from Asahi Beer and KFC, to Toyota and Coca-Cola. He is also a guest vocalist with three different Japanese electronic music groups; Captain Funk, Akakage, and Studio Apartment, with SA's song "Strawberry Rainbow" (which Ramayya both sang and wrote lyrics for) hitting #1 on the iTunes Japan charts.

If you would like to contact Raj, visit his website www.rajramayya.com, like his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/rajramayyamusic), and follow Raj on Twitter @rajramayya.

ABOUT STRAWBERRY HILL MUSIC: Strawberry Hill Music is a music production company based in San Francisco, CA. They specialize in music recording and production/post-production for film, television, animation, video games, commercials, audiobooks, and web-original series. They also produce and engineer music for artists such as Amanda Abizaid, Marsha Yuan, and Damon Mahoney (Three of Swords).

For more information, please visit SHM’s official website (www.strawberryhillmusic.com), and follow them on social media through Facebook (www.facebook.com/strawberryhillm) and Twitter @StrawberryHillM. 

Song will be released Friday March 24.

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