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John Vento Honors Suicide Prevention Awareness Month With Latest Single

John Vento’s “Sweet Cheslie” tells the tragic story of former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, while raising awareness about suicide prevention.

Music Veteran, John Vento is well-known for both his award-winning brand of rootsy rock and roll, as well as his work with multiple charitable causes. Not only is John the co-founder of non-profit, Band Together Pittsburgh, working with those on the autism spectrum, but he is also heavily involved with the Remember Me Rose Garden, in memory of the Flight 93 Heroes.  Now, Vento is releasing a new song to bring awareness to Suicide Prevention Month, “Sweet Cheslie.”

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“Sweet Cheslie” is dedicated to the life and memory of former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst. The recording brings together notable artists from the Pittsburgh area, including Shane McLaughlin (guitar/vocals), Bob Zigerelli (vocals), Cherylann Hawk (vocals) and David Granati (guitar/bass/vocals.) The song was written by Vento, McLaughlin and Granati, with lyrics by Matt Wohlfarth.

An accompanying music video for the song is in production.

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John Vento said, “This track is dedicated to the memory of Cheslie Kryst, who was an American television correspondent, model, and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss USA 2019. As Miss USA, she represented the United States at the Miss Universe 2019 competition and finished in the Top Ten. Kryst was also an attorney and had served as a correspondent for the TV program “Extra” from 2019 until her death.”

Vento continues, “On January 30. 2022, Cheslie jumped to her death from The Orion, a 60 story high rise apartment building in Midtown Manhattan. Though the world was shocked by her suicide, it once again highlighted the mental health crisis facing our society. After her death, Cheslie’s mother released a statement that her daughter had suffered from high- functioning depression.”

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Living in a city of eight million

But you still somehow felt alone

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Searchin’ for that rest and peaceful feelin’

May your light continue to shine           

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Oh sweet Cheslie, 

Why didn’t you just come home

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Oh sweet Cheslie, 

Why we’ll just never know

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Ohhhhh Cheslie, 

Why didn’t you just come home

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You could always come home

Deep beneath your beautiful brown eyes

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There was a darkness that fooled us all

Wish we could have reached out and held your hand

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Before you took that fall

Oh sweet Cheslie, 

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Why didn’t you just come home

Oh sweet Cheslie, 

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Your mama wants to know

Ohhhhh   Cheslie, 

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Why didn’t you just come home

You could always come home

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People have a need for love

That they can’t always show

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Thirty seemed so old to you

With nothing else to do

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Ohhhhhh Cheslie, 

Why didn’t you just come home

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Ohhhh Cheslie, 

Your daddy wants to  know

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Oh, sweet Cheslie, 

Why didn’t you just come home

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You could always come home

You could always come home

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You could always come home

You could always come home

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Come home

Through this song, the artists are doing their best to cherish the loving memory of Cheslie Kryst, while also hoping that they can somehow make an impact in someone’s life during a time of need. More details about John Vento can be seen at http://www.johnvento.com

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For more information about Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, please visit https://nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Suicide-Prevention-Awareness-Month-(SPAM)

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Spotlighting Rising Sun’s Rising Stars: The Journey from Studio to Stardom

At the threshold of musical possibility, Rising Sun Music Recording Studios marks the embarkation point for budding artists’ transformative journeys. Beyond its mere existence as a studio, this creative sanctuary becomes a launchpad—a place where the echo of dreams collides with the rhythm of potential. Under the experienced mentorship of producer John Seda, Rising Sun emerges as a haven where burgeoning talents embark on their voyage from humble studio sessions to the grand stage of the music industry.

Embarking on a Musical Odyssey

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For budding talents seeking a platform to ignite their musical journeys, Rising Sun stands as a guiding luminary. The studio’s doors open wide to welcome aspiring artists who harbor a fire within, ready to translate their passion into melodic tales.

Crafting Soundscapes

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Within Rising Sun’s walls, emerging artists find more than a recording space—they discover a collaborative sanctuary. Here, the budding musicians, guided by seasoned mentors, craft their sonic narratives. It’s not just about laying down tracks; it’s about nurturing artistic expression and sculpting a unique auditory identity.

The Studio’s Role in Shaping Careers:

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As these budding artists sculpt their melodies, Rising Sun’s role transcends beyond the technical aspects of production. The studio becomes a catalyst for artistic growth—a place where talents blossom and creative visions crystallize.

Navigating the Industry Landscape

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Stepping into the music industry isn’t just about creating music; it’s about navigating the complex tapestry of the business. Rising Sun equips its emerging artists with more than just musical prowess; it provides them with the tools to navigate the industry’s nuances, guiding them through the multifaceted facets of the music business.

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With Rising Sun’s support, emerging artists gradually step into the spotlight. The studio’s collaborations, its knack for identifying raw talent, and its dedication to honing skills play a pivotal role in catapulting these talents from the studio’s comforting embrace to the dazzling lights of the stage.

Celebrating Success Stories

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The success stories emerging from Rising Sun’s chambers aren’t just about achieving fame; they’re about celebrating the journeys. From studio sessions filled with creativity to chart-topping hits that resonate with audiences, Rising Sun’s emerging artists carve their niche in the musical landscape.

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In the harmonious realm of Rising Sun Music Recording Studios, the journey from the studio to the spotlight isn’t just a sequence of events—it’s a soulful odyssey. It symbolizes the studio’s unwavering commitment to fostering budding talents, guiding them through the intricacies of the music industry, and witnessing their ascent to musical stardom. It’s more than a success story; it’s a melodic testament to the transformative power of mentorship and dedication in shaping the futures of emerging artists.

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2 Shadows Show They Are Ready For Prime Time With New Song “Mad God”

Somehow I missed hearing 2 Shadows until now. I intend to redress that oversight with this review. The pair of lead singer Glen Bridden and guitarist Tyrst Germaine first banded together as 2 Shadows in 2015 yet still deliver new music with every bit of the passion you’d expect from a hungry debuting act with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove. They are in full effect during their new single “Mad God” and, frankly, I haven’t heard metal this immediate and bracing in many years. This band is definitely ready for prime time and I don’t think there’s any stopping them.

Tryst Germaine’s mammoth guitar sound will be a big reason why. It is one of the chief characteristics of their music that I believe separates 2 Shadows from many of their brethren. It immediately dominated the song once it entered the picture in full force, but I must say that it never diminishes the vocal. This is because both Tryst’s guitar, as well as other elements of the song, are so well produced that there isn’t a single component that stands out at the expense of another.

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Glen Bridden may be the only singer alive who could keep up with him and this demanding track. Segueing from the bleak and ruminative opening featuring his voice and piano into the six-string bloodletting that follows isn’t something every vocalist can do. He does and, in my opinion, makes it sound easy. He hits many particularly thrilling high points during the song’s more aggressive sections that will leave all but the hardest of hearts thrilled by his musical presence.

Presence is something that this song and band have in abundance. I mentioned that Germaine’s guitar has an all-consuming sound, but it’s really the band as a whole that cannot be denied. The opening section with its piano and singing creates a world all its own without ever seeming like some sort of put on. There’s no doubt in my mind that 2 Shadows would still make music together even if they never recorded another note. These guys are “lifers” and you hear it in their voice and playing alike.

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It ends conclusively bookended by the same quiet atmospherics that begins the song. It’s another indication of how the band began the recording process for this track with a clear imaginative vision and followed it through to its logical conclusion. Their focus pays off with one of the most thunderous metal/hard rock tracks in recent memory high and leaves a mark on listeners.

There’s so much music out there and so little time. 2 Shadows simply hadn’t landed on my radar yet. Well, they’re here now, and here they’ll stay. As an older metal fan, I am thrilled to hear a band that likes living on a creative knife edge, but I’m even happier to hear a band that compromises nothing and says take us as we are because we aren’t going anywhere. The single “Mad God” proves 2 Shadows will be with us for some time to come and we, as music fans, are better off for it. 

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Brent Musgrave

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