9th July 2016 - We are pleased to
announce the release of our new collection of songs. Titled ‘Thin’, you can get
them as individual song downloads or as a physical CD from http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sharppractise3.
Please also see our
new video, for the song ‘Sky Dance’, which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfw-g-TmR10
All media enquiries
to Curtis Smith please at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you enjoy
31 March 2016 - We've spent time in front of the camera this month. Firstly, to get material for two new videos for songs from 'Thin', our forthcoming new album. Then to have some stills taken for the PR campaign that will support the release of the album. Finally we've been working on the artwork for the new album cover, which features photos but this time not of us! Look out for more about all this activity soon.
14 January 2016 - This seems a good time to update you on where we are with the new album.
Its got eleven brand new songs on it, and is provisionally entitled "Thin",
Ten of the songs are completely mixed and ready for mastering. The other needs to be edited down in length to make a snappier, more accessible piece; we expect this to be done by the end of the month.
We will be seeing our photographer in the next few days to sort out some new artwork and the CD cover. We're hoping that we will have product available by the end of March at the latest but some of the process is out of our hands so please don't hold us to that!
28 December 2015 - Wishing everyone a prosperous 2016!
9 June 2015 - Keep an eye on our Facebook page over the next few weeks as we will be loading some live footage there so you get the chance to see us in action on stage.
14 May 2015 - Got an interview scheduled with ArtistFirst radio for 5pm on Wednesday May 20 (12 noon EST in the USA). When we did this before the show was a blast, so we're really looking forward to speaking to them again! You can tune in at http://www.artistfirst.com/.
12 May 2015 - A new interview with us is available at Neufutur magazine - http://neufutur.com/2015/05/sharp-practise-interview-2/
30 January 2015 - The February sale at CD Baby is now on! Any of our CDs is going to be available at a new price of just US$4.99 from 1 February.
15 January 2015 - Our video for Hard Heart is now up on http://www.hiplizard.com/music. Spread the word please! Our thanks go to the guys at hiplizard for their support.
14 January 2015 - Bongo Boy TV has been added to the “Alliance For Community Media” award winning media centre in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now you can watch The Bongo Boy Rock n’ Roll TV Show Series Present Indie music Videos from Around The World on their Arts and Entertainment channel 27, Our video for Hard Heart will be appearing at regular intervals over the next month or so.
4 January 2015 - our latest interview with Gemrico Records is available on the internet - check it out at http://www.gemricoradiowebcast.com/#!sharpe-practise-interview/c21xy.
23 December 2014 - Thanks to Michael "Jacob" McKenna of Steel Notes magazine, who in reviewing the Bongo Boy Records Asia compilation says, "Sharp Practise is a quintessentially English group and their wonderful melodic blues/rocker track "Hard Heart" is complete with awesome organ inserts".
11 December 2014 - Officially announced today: the line up for The Bongo Boy Records Compilations Volume Two: The Digital Album which is going to Asia this month! The last song, track 10 is... "Sharp Practise – “Hard Heart” The UK (Blues) 3:31".
20 October 2014 - For those who missed it when it was originally broadcast you can now listen to an interview with Nigel about Sharp Practise on ArtistFirst. The interview includes some of our songs and is at http://184.108.40.206/ArtistFirst_Music_Special_2014-05-01_Sh…. It's free, gratis and for nothing!
2 September 2014 - We'd like to say thanks to Skaterized at Slug magazine for the review of Steal With Pride. You can read it at www.slugmag.com/articles/8169/Sharp-Practise.html
8 August 2014 - We'd like to thank the good people at Blueheaven Radio for adding Maybe (This Ain't Right) to their rotation.
13 July 2014- Episode 1031 of 'The Bongo Boy Rock n Roll TV presents Indie Music Videos From Around The World' will start airing during the first week in August and then repeat for 4 weeks, 6 days a week on 22 TV channels across the USA. The episode will feature our Hard Heart video. Big thanks to Monique and Gar at Bongo Boy for supporting us in this way. We are described as "An English entry, 'Hard Heart' from Sharp Practise, is a wonderful blues song, with a video appropriately shot in black & white. There are way cool special effects, nice transitions, and some cool keyboards".
3 July 2014 - Radio Sylvia have just let us know that they are adding Maybe (This Ain't Right) to their rotation next week.
1 July 2014 – Gemrico Radio has picked up on our song Maybe (This Ain't Right) - thanks for playing it on Independence Day!
20 June 2014 - Thanks again to Colin Noble for playing Maybe (This Ain't Right) on his show at ARfm tonight.
18 June 2014 - Read an interview with us in Fireworks magazine by getting hold of your copy from leading UK newsagents such as W H Smith, Martins and McColls.
14 June 2014 – Anna Maria Starjnell of Luna Kafe e-zine has reviewed Steal With Pride – read her review at http://www.lunakafe.com/moon218/en218c.php
6 June 2014 – A big thank you to Colin Noble at ARfm for playing Hard Heart on his show tonight.
12 May 2014 - Better news today. Hard Heart has been playlisted on Lord Litter’s Magic Music Box International for May 16 and 17. The show is on air every week 3 times via http://www.KWTF.net, Bodega Bay / California / USA, Friday at 11 PM, Saturday at 7am and 3 PM California time and is also available online.
10 May 2014 - Sorry to have to tell you all that Kath Crowe, who sang backing vocals on our debut album 'Hiya', lost her eight year long battle with breast cancer on Wednesday. Needless to say, our thoughts are with Kath's friends and family, especially her husband and two children, at this sad time.
23 April 2014 - Big day on Thursday 1 May, being interviewed on Artistfirst Radio at 5pm UK time (12 noon EST). You can catch the live, one hour show at www.artistfirst.com and choose either an mp3 version or a Windows Media Player version to listen to.
14 April 2014 - Please see our latest major interview at http://www.muzicnotez.com/magazine/interviews/band-interviews/sharp-practise/. Thanks to everyone who has been tweeting about it lately.
27th February 2014 - we're very happy to announce that we are now working with Maelstrom PR to riase our profile in the USA. Maelstrom works with indie bands, labels, and developing bands on the major label level to help develop their awareness among media outlets.
Maelstrom is run by Curtis Smith. Curt has worked in publicity and A&R for record companies such as Giant Records, Fortune Records, Interscope Records, Rise Records, Tomato Head Records, Triple X Records and Windham Hill Records.
Artists Curt has worked with at the major and independent label level include Andy Fraser, Brian Setzer Orchestra, James Brown, Johnny Cash, Marilyn Manson, No Doubt, Rita Coolidge and Wierd Al Yankovic.
In March 2011 Curt was nominated for Best Publicist by the National Association of Record Industry Professionals
30th January 2014 - big review in Skope magazine published today. Thanks to Ray and Mike for making it happen! www.skopemag.com.
23rd December 2013 - We'd like to wish everyone season's greetings. We'd also like to thank everyone who's helped Sharp Practise this year. This includes Ben, Chris, Darren and Eddie for the UK tour, Tamsin for the Hard Heart video, and everyone who's played our music on their radio station, written about us on their website or come to see us perform. Most of all, thanks to everyone who's listened to our music in 2013. We hope you have a fantastic 2014!
16th December 2013 - Thanks to Nick at MuzicNotez for the following article:
12th December 2013 - We're pleased to say that our video for Hard Heart is going to be featured on Skope Magazine's website at www.skopemag.com.
2nd December 2013 - Please take a moment to read a new interview with us at http://neufutur.com/2013/11/sharp-practise-interview/. We'd like to thank James at NeuFutur for his interest and support.
4th October 2013 - We'd like to point out that our videos can now be seen on Unart.tv, which is based in Germany. A big thank you to all the guys there for their support, especially Chris!
1st July 2013 - We'd like to say thanks to everyone who came along to watch us, and to all the acts that supported us, on our recent UK tour.
17th June 2013 - Steal With Pride is now available from Amazon. You can discover it at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Steal-With-Pride/dp/B00D041GRY. You can preview all the songs at the Amazon store.
14th June 2013 -our latest album, Steal With Pride, is now available in CD and download formats at http://cdbaby.com/cd/sharppractise2. Downloads of individual songs from the album are also available from CD Baby.
10th June 2013 - Nigel went to St Aidan's School in Billinge today to talk to the pupils in Years 5 and 6. They now know how you can make a living in the music industry without having to go on X Factor!
28th May 2013 - Hard Heart
10th May 2013 - Hard Heart is ready for release as a single on 20th May.
To see the video for the song please visit:
23rd April 2013 - the artwork for the Hard Heart single and video has been finished:
4th April 2013 - we have set a release date of 20th May 2013 for the first single from our new album. Hard Heart from the album Steal With Pride will be released on the Ryeharbour Records label accompanied by a video directed by Tamsin Sutherland.
20th December 2012 - Former Sharp Practise backing vocalist Katherine Crowe has entered the UK singles chart at number 63 this week with a new version of the Charlie Chaplin song “Smile”. Kath, who is fighting a long-standing battle with breast cancer, is hoping to raise some serious money to fund research into new ways of fighting the disease. The record is outselling Adele and Ed Sheehan in the download charts and has been number 1 in the iTunes download chart. We just want to wish Kath, who performed with us on our debut album Hiya, every success with the song and with her fund raising efforts. Go on, it’s 79 pence, go and buy it!