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BLUE 22S POP/REGGAE BAND SHOWS HEART FOR VALENTINE’S DAY BY DONATING PROCEEDS FROM THEIR NEW SINGLE, ‘READY OR NOT’ TO BRING NATIONAL AWARENESS TO ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER
Dallas, TX - Successful Pop/Reggae Band, Blue 22s will be releasing their new single and music video, Ready or Not, worldwide on Friday, February 12th, to raise money for ADHD; a cause that’s close to their heart.

Blue 22s aren’t strangers to ADHD.  Four of the five core members, including manager, Stacey Turis, live with it every day and know the struggles that come with a brain that Turis claims, “sometimes has a mind of its own.” Those daily struggles haven’t stopped Blue 22s from topping the music charts. Their last EP, ‘Sessions’ hit #6 on the Reggae charts on iTunes and was a best-seller in three genres on Amazon Music.

Turis believes their focus on being their authentic selves, including the gifts that come with ADHD, is key to the band’s success. “We’ve learned through the years what our collective strengths are and have really tried to focus on building our foundation around those strengths. That philosophy has made a world of difference in how we approach the idea of being successful. It used to be getting as many good gigs as we could pack in, but that invited overwhelm into the equation which often lead to a period of stagnation and creative paralysis. Now our blueprint for success consists of using our intuition and passion as a guiding force of where to direct our creative energy. The blueprint has made us happier as a whole, and as a by-product, more successful. We really pay attention to authentic happiness because we want to be in this game for a long time.”
Ready or Not  by Blue 22s - Music Produced by Tre Nagella, Video Directed by Teresa Jolie
This unlikely and extraordinary mix of original and talented musicians were brought together mostly by the rather ordinary experience of what you might call a “day job”, as rampers for Southwest Airlines. After discovering their mutual passion and talent for music; they formed the band, 'Blue 22s', named after the blue color of their work uniforms and '22' referring to the types of bags they load onto the planes. The Members of Blue 22s are John 'Lole' Lolesio-Pua (Lead Vocals and Keyboard), Brack Key (Bass, Guitar and Vocals), Valenti Funk (Drums) and Alexander Rivera De Jesús (Guitar).
Ready or Not will be available for digital download everywhere on Friday, February 12th with a portion of profits going to national ADHD advocates; CHADD, ADDitude Magazine, and ADD Resources Center. The Ready or Not music video will premiere worldwide the same day on the Blue 22s’ Youtube channel and numerous social media sites.

Contact Stacey Turis at blue22sband@gmail.com for interviews, band photos or promo copies of Ready or Not.
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How Justin Timberlake Shared His Secrets With Common Kings

Feb 5th 2016 | Cyclone
Common Kings' Taumata "Mata" Grey and Ivan "Uncle Lui" Kirimaua chat to Cyclone about their music being an escape from politics, chucking in their nine-to-fives, and making pals with Justin Timberlake.  

Orange County, California band Common Kings supported Justin Timberlake on his 2014 Australasian tour. Now they're back for a headlining run.

Sasualei "JR King" Maliga (lead vocals), Taumata "Mata" Grey (guitar), Ivan "Uncle Lui" Kirimaua (bass) and Jerome "Rome" Taito (drums) — are conducting a phone interview together on speaker (though Taito is apparently absent). They muck around. It'd be a challenge for any journo. But it's impossible not to like them.

"What we all wanna do is kinda get away from all that [politics] at some point in time, because there's just so much of it going on."

The four — with diverse island backgrounds from Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga — bonded at a barbecue jam. They began as a band-for-hire, performing covers (including Justin Bieber). However, original songs such as Alcoholic proved popular on YouTube. Common Kings developed a hybrid of pop, reggae, rock and R&B. It's a bit Bruno Mars, a bit Blue King Brown. Above all, they have a feel-good ethos. Indeed, Common Kings are yet to pen a 'message' song. Says Kirimaua, "I think individually we all have our strong beliefs and I guess, if you want to call it [that], political ideas and whatnot. But when it comes to music, what we all wanna do is kinda get away from all that [politics] at some point in time, because there's just so much of it going on… What we've discovered is that our music is like an escape from all of that."

Common Kings went from being a hobby to a professional concern. "When we started getting booked for shows — and finally started getting paid for some — is when we all threw in the towel on doing our nine-to-fives and started doing this, which is our 24-seven," Grey recalls.

Common Kings were not an obvious choice of support for Timberlake's 20/20 Experience tour. "We got turned down for being a security detail," Kirimaua jokes deviously. In truth, they had a strategic ally. "We had a studio session with one of [Timberlake's] good friends, who's an amazing producer — Rob Knox," Grey tells. "Our management submitted Common Kings to open up for [Timberlake]… We just hit it off well with his boy Rob and word got around. Justin heard about it and he hit up Rob, saying, 'Hey, man, have you heard about these guys?' [Knox] was like, 'I'm actually in the studio with them. Common Kings are awesome — they make good music.'" Common Kings clicked with Timberlake over drinks. "He'll come and just chop it up with us." The star even shared his music "secrets". "Really cool guy, man," Grey sighs.

Late last year Common Kings issued the Hits & Mrs EP, with the single Before You Go, featuring Meghan Trainor. A long-awaited album should materialise in the first half of 2016 — the band have been running a PledgeMusic campaign. Grey says, "I think the Hits & Mrs EP that we released is like a prelude or a precursor to what the album will be — where we've been and seeing where we're at now — but it's just a fusion of everything that we're around musically. We've been just trying to get in the studio with great songwriters and producers. [It's] really similar to what you hear on Hits & Mrs, but just more awesome!"

Common Kings - The Music Street Press Australia Interview:
http://themusic.com.au/interviews/all/2016/02/05/common-kings-taumata-mata-grey-ivan-uncle-lui-kirimaua-cyclone/

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