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Music…Artist Discovery Series

By Justin Miloro, September 1, 2008  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Justin Miloro
Justin Miloro here. As part of my work on our Global Whole Body Team, I have the privilege of overseeing our national music program. You’ve probably seen the CDs we offer in our stores. What you may not have seen is our recently launched Artist Discovery Series. As our national music program grew, we thought it would be fun and exciting to use our stores as launching pads for new artists that are not very well known. We partnered with Inspire Entertainment, who are at the forefront of non-traditional music initiatives, and our Artist Discover Series was born. As with all of our programs, we tried to think of ways to make it the absolute best for our customers? How about a full length CD for only $4.99? How about a CD that is in eco- friendly packaging? Done! Every three months we will launch a new artist and sell their CD at a wonderful price. The Series launched in May with Greg Laswell from San Diego, and he is quickly proliferating many avenues. You might have heard his music recently on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Without a Trace,” “Cold Case,” “Smallville” and many others. Currently, we are excited to feature Oren Lavie. Oren’s CD, “The Opposite Side of the Sea” has only been released in the EU and has been wonderfully received. His music is now going to be featured on all of the new General Motors “Green Car” commercials. Our stores will be the only place in the US where you can buy his CD for the next three months! We have it as an exclusive and for only 4.99 — take that iTunes! (You can download it there for $9.99). Learn more about Oren on his website: http://www.orenlavie.com. We’ll release four new artists a year, and they will span all genres of music. And, yes, artists interested in being considered for this program can contact Inspire at Submissions@InspireEntertainment.com.
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dwalu thomson says ...
I would like to know how to submit an artist to the artist discovery series. His name is Aaron David Gleason and that is also his myspace name. You can hear his music there. Thank you. Dwalu Thomson
10/16/2008 1:18:26 PM CDT
hsiaw says ...
@dwalu I've contacted Justin about the process we have for including new artists in the Artist Discovery Series and we'll get back to you shortly!
10/16/2008 2:19:32 PM CDT
hsiaw says ...
@dwalu To submit an artist for consideration for the Artist Discovery Series, please send an email to ADS@InspireEntertainment.com with information about the artist and his or her work. Thanks!
10/22/2008 4:45:12 PM CDT
Emilie Lee says ...
I'm so excited to see the new Pictures And Sound album for sale in Whole Foods today! Don't you have a place on your website to showcase new artists like this?
01/05/2009 8:33:02 PM CST
Mario+Hamwi says ...
Music is something that is beyond human characteristic likings and dislikings. It is liked by every one though its genre can be different. Some may like the classical music style or to some hip hop and rock style would be worth making a choice. Besides these there are several genres & different artist are available.
03/18/2010 6:50:11 AM CDT
Julia Barry says ...
Hi there, I'm a musician and tried to emailed submissions@inspireentertainment.com and the email was returned to me on the basis that that email address doesn't exist. Is there new contact information for this project? Thanks for helping indie musicians get out there! Julia
11/08/2011 7:08:42 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Julia Try Josh@inspiredj.com Hopefully that helps. Their other email should be operable. Perhaps it's a temporary problem. Play on!
11/10/2011 3:21:59 PM CST
sherry says ...
Does Whole Foods have a similar program for visual artists?
01/23/2012 8:49:39 AM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Sherry At this time we've just got the music program.
01/25/2012 11:11:18 AM CST