MPress Records Signs Singer/Songwriter Grace Pettis To Multi Album Deal

NEW YORK (PRWEB) January 17, 2020

New York City indie label MPress Records has just signed a multi-album deal with Austin singer/songwriter Grace Pettis. MPress, distributed worldwide by Caroline/Universal via SRG-ILS Group, also releases albums by Rachael Sage, Seth Glier, and A Fragile Tomorrow.

Grace Pettis is an award-winning songwriter from Austin, Texas who is a noted member of the South Austin scene. A little bit folk, a little bit country/Americana and with a whole lot of soul, Pettis has released two DIY albums and the Dallas Morning News has hailed her as "one of the most talented young singer-songwriters in America."

Pettis first came to the attention of MPress founder and President Rachael Sage at a SXSW party in Austin, where her voice and presence, even totally unplugged in a crowded room, commanded the spotlight. Sage gushes, "Grace Pettis is one of the best singers I have ever had the pleasure to hear. And when I say 'best', I don't mean that in a showy way -– although her voice is both powerful and beautiful. I mean that she can tell a story with her voice in a way that cuts right to the heart of our collective humanity, whatever the topic may be. Her songwriting is nothing short of masterful, and to see these timeless qualities in someone so young feels like discovering something akin to the magic of Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash or perhaps, Brandi Carlile. MPress Records is thrilled to be working with Grace!"

Pettis, who is repped by Chas Management, will be touring the southeastern US and Europe in winter/spring 2020. Her first release on MPress is expected later on in the year. In the meantime, she is eager to have found such a supportive new team. "Signing a record deal sounds pretty daunting," Pettis admits. "It's not a decision to take lightly. But from the first conversation with Rachael Sage and her wonderful team, I've felt like I've finally found my way home. After a decade of releasing my own music, I couldn't be more thrilled to announce that I'm partnering with MPress Records, a label that has built its unique reputation on championing and supporting artists and putting music with integrity out into the world. I'm so proud to be a part of the MPress family."

ABOUT GRACE PETTIS: As a card-carrying member of the south Austin scene, Grace Pettis has amassed bragging rights to spare. She is the winner of many of the nation’s most prestigious songwriting contests, including NPR's Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, and has received grants from the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation. Grace’s songs have been recorded by other esteemed artists, including Sara Hickman and Ruthie Foster and she added to her songwriting accomplishments in 2019 by signing a publishing deal with BMG. Catch her with her band at an Austin club, headlining a festival with her trio Nobody's Girl, or on her own, trying out new songs in a little gem of a listening room, somewhere in America. For more information, visit


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ABOUT MPRESS RECORDS: MPress Records was founded 20 years ago in New York City by award-winning multi-instrumentalist and producer Rachael Sage. The label has since released 13 albums by Sage, as well as albums by Seth Glier, A Fragile Tomorrow, Melissa Ferrick, and K's Choice, and the five-volume charity compilation series "New Arrivals". MPress has also produced showcase events at SXSW, CMJ, Midem, and Folk Alliance International. MPress is distributed worldwide by Caroline/Universal via SRG-ILS Group, and also via Sound Republica in South Korea. For more information, visit

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Mechanical Technology, Incorporated Announces Establishment of New Business Line and Strategic Investment related to Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

ALBANY, N.Y. (PRWEB) January 17, 2020

Mechanical Technology, Incorporated (“MTI” or “the Company”) (OTC Pink: MKTY), a leading provider of test and measurement instruments, announced the formation of a new wholly-owned subsidiary named EcoChain and its entry into the cryptocurrency and blockchain ecosystem.

The Company is forming a new business line focusing on cryptocurrency mining and in connection with that has entered into a long-term strategic relationship with Soluna Technologies, Ltd. (“Soluna”), a company focused on powering the blockchain economy with clean, low-cost renewable energy. Soluna develops vertically integrated, utility-scale computing facilities focused on cryptocurrency mining and cutting-edge blockchain applications.

MTI’s EcoChain will join Soluna and a growing group of startups, including Hut8, Bitfarm, and Peter-Thiel-backed Layer 1, developing utility-scale computing infrastructure for the blockchain, powered by renewable energy.

Summary of MTI’s Strategic Relationship with Soluna

MTI has made a strategic investment in Soluna and formed EcoChain as a wholly-owned subsidiary to own and operate MTI’s renewable-energy powered cryptocurrency mining operations. Soluna will construct and operate EcoChain’s facilities. MTI will also have the ability to elect to make additional equity investments in Soluna and its projects on a go-forward basis.

In addition, William P. Phelan, a member of the MTI Board of Directors, will join Soluna’s Board of Directors.

“Our establishment of the EcoChain subsidiary and our partnership with Soluna mark an exciting return to our long history of renewable energy-related innovations, and our entry into the next big thing – blockchain computing,” said Tom Marusak, a Director of MTI whose involvement with MTI ties back to energy and engine work as a company engineer during the 1970s.

More information about the transactions and material agreements underlying the strategic partnership and strategic investment can be found under the “News and Events” tab on MTI’s website at

Additional Conference Call

In conjunction with this announcement, MTI will host a conference call with MTI’s management and certain members of its Board of Directors at 11:30 AM ET on Thursday, January 30, 2020 (conference call details will be posted next week on MTI’s website).

About MTI

MTI is engaged in the design, manufacture, and sale of test and measurement instruments and systems through its subsidiary MTI Instruments, Inc. and today enters the cryptocurrency and blockchain economy through its newest subsidiary EcoChain Inc.

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Lisa Brennan


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Teen Pop Supergroup Girl Pow-R Say “This Is Us” in New Music Video and Debut Album

TORONTO (PRWEB) January 17, 2020

Girl Pow-R popsters once again inspired their ever-increasing fanbase with another stirring and encouraging music video release, “This Is Us” — and their debut album of the same name, available now on major platforms.

Hot on the heels of this year’s early success “Never Let Go” — which debuted on the iTunes Canada Children’s chart at #2 (second only to cultural force “Baby Shark” but ahead of genre mainstays such as Sharon, Lois & Bram, The Wiggles, and Raffi), and #15 in the U.S. — “This Is Us” comes in the midst of back-to-back Canadian and U.S. summer tour stops. The U.S. tour included performances in Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

The latest song from the all-girl supergroup continues to embody their core mission of banding together and uplifting their peers. They’re also advocating for their personal list of social causes, which include working with charities on behalf of anti-war and stopping violence, SickKids, the Animal Humane Society, SPCA, the Give and Restore Hope Children’s Charity, and more.

Recently, Girl Pow-R have been inviting audience-members and passersby to write on their signature #GirlPowRment #Wall.

“We started as a group by writing messages about friendship, acceptance, and support that we find inspiring,” says the band. “We really enjoy seeing what other girls and women add messages to other people all around the world!”

In continuing their mission of spreading confidence and kindness, Girl Pow-R — as seen on eTalk Canada, Breakfast Television, CP24, and more — are hoping their debut album This Is Us will encourage girls to stay confident in their individuality and avoid the pitfalls of peer pressure and online influence in today’s hyper-digital age.

With members ranging in age from 10 – 17, Girl Pow-R is known for their diversity in their ages, backgrounds and life experiences. They share dynamic skill sets and a mission of empowerment among young women in the world today.

Formed on International Women’s Day 2017, the group of singers, songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, and dancers have grown more popular with each passing year.

Since starting, Girl Pow-R have won a Family Channel singing competition, as well as nominations for Niagara Music Awards’ ‘Best New Group’ and a Toronto Independent Music Award. They performed more than 160 shows in just over two years, and were hand-picked to re-create the Mysticons theme song. They are currently signed to Canyon Entertainment Group.

“This Is Us” the single and This Is Us the album is available now on all platforms, including:


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Dawn Van Dam

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