SWEET SOUL RECORDS Reaches Japan Music Distribution Agreement with Rotterdam-based, Soul Diva Shirma Rouse

Top Quote An exclusive license agreement has been reached between SWEET SOUL RECORDS and Shirma Rouse Music allowing Japan distribution of Shirma's debut album, "Chocolate Coated Dreams," in both physical and digital formats. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) February 28, 2012 - Tokyo, Japan: Today, SWEET SOUL RECORDS, parent company lifesound, Inc., officially announced that an agreement has been reached with Shirma Rouse Music for nationwide distribution of Shirma Rouse's album "Chocolate Coated Dreams."

    "Chocolate Coated Dreams," set for release on March 14th in partnership with BBQ Records, contains 12 previously released tracks and three Japan-exclusive bonus tracks which will take you back to those sweet old school Motown days. Known for her ability to bring life into any song, you can trust that Shirma will raise the roof when it comes to funk, jazz and soulful tunes.

    Born on the island of Curacao and raised on the island of St. Eustatius, it is in the Netherlands where Shirma would build her 10 year musical career.

    Her introduction to the Dutch music scene kicked off when she was asked to become a backing vocalist for the group Tasha's World, moving on to performing, recording and touring with a wide range of artists from every genre. The list is long, but Shirma has definitely captivated many with her amazing vocals, having worked with the likes of Anouk, Chaka Khan, Michael Bolton, Intwine, Extince, Candy Dulfer, Alain Clark, Randal Corsen, Tribute 2 Bob Marley, Margriet Sjoerdsma, Michelle David, Carlo de Wijs, and many more over the years.

    "Chocolate Coated Dreams," is an independent project by Shirma, a goal of hers towards the next step in her music career. When asked; "What's next?" Shirma responds; "I just want to perform! It's about sharing the music..." The album was recorded and co-written with Salle de Jonge and Bas van der Wal, recorded in Marmalade and Mokosound studios in the Netherlands, and mixed at Mokosound studios. Mastering was done by Chris Gehringer for Sterling Sound Studio in New York.

    "Chocolate Coated Dreams" will be released in Japan by SWEET SOUL RECORDS on March 14, 2012.

    SWEET SOUL RECORDS, parent company lifesound, Inc., is based in Tokyo and our main goal is to promote soul music in Japan in all its forms. We are doing this by creating our own brand of soul music, and at the same time, promoting international artists who we feel can help increase the number of loyal Japanese followers by spreading "real music."

    About Shirma Rouse
    With a bachelor degree in Pop and Jazz vocals from Rotterdam Conservatorium Codarts, Shirma has been able to pass on her talent and skills to others in the form of workshops, coaching and vocal teaching at the Albeda College in Rotterdam as well as the Artez Conservatorium in Enschede.
    Shirma is also a member a non-profit foundation Instruments 4 Africa. The foundation collects instruments in the Netherlands and then travel to Africa where they give workshops and try to supply community centers, schools and most of all young talent with a musical instrument.

    About BBQ Records
    BBQ is a distribution company started by former senior managers and buyers from Lexington Co./Manhattan Records (a legendary record store based in the Shibuya area of Tokyo). Through their continued diligence and integrity from their Manhattan Records days, BBQ continues to work closely with over 80 labels worldwide to distribute both finished goods and licensed releases exclusively in Japan.

    SWEET SOUL RECORDS: info ( @ ) sweetsoulrecords dot com
    Phone: +81 3 6416 8690

    Shirma Rouse Music
    Press Inquires: info ( @ ) shirmarouse dot com
    M: +31 (0) 6 14899562

    BBQ Records

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