In the year of the female singer-songwriter, Epic Records and Hotel Cafe have partnered up to release Hotel Cafe Presents Winter Songs – a compilation of both original recordings as well as classic holiday tracks sung by a lineup of female singer-songwriters including many who have been associated with Hotel Cafe including Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Brandi Carlile and KT Tunstall. The star-studded album, which will be released on October 14 will also feature an exclusive medley of the traditional folk song, “Auld Lang Syne” from which all proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen For The Cure.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson – “Winter Song”
2. Brandi Carlile – “The Heartache Can Wait”
3. Lenka – “All My Bells Are Ringing”
4. KT Tunstall – “Sleigh Ride”
5. Alice Smith – “Silver Bells”
6. Nicole Atkins – “Blue Christmas”
7. Fiona Apple – “Frosty The Snowman”
8. Meiko – “Maybe Next Year (X-Mas Song)”
9. Holly Conlan – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
10. Katy Perry – “White Christmas”
11. Colbie Caillat – “Misletoe”
12. Priscilla Ahn – “Silent Night”
13. Kate Havnevik – “Winter Wonderland”
14. Catherine Feeny – “Christmas Song”
15. Hotel Cafe Medley – Auld Lang Syne (Charity Medley)
Pop acts on television this week include:
The Jonas Brothers, who perform on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ (Syndicated) on Monday.
Drew Seeley, who visits ‘Total Request Live’ (MTV) on Monday.
Meiko, who performs on ‘The Bonnie Hunt Show’ (Syndicated) on Monday and ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ (NBC) on Thursday.
‘Rachael Ray’ (Syndicated) crashes the set of ‘American Idol’ on Monday, while Paula Abdul appears on the ‘Rachael Ray’ set on Tuesday.
Nick Lachey, who hosts the finale of ‘High School Musical: Get in the Picture’ (ABC) on Monday.
Jessica Simpson, who performs on ‘Good Morning America’ (ABC) on Tuesday and ‘The View’ (ABC) and ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ (CBS) on Thursday.
Gavin DeGraw, who performs on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ (ABC) on Tuesday.
Hilary Duff, who visits ‘The Bonnie Hunt Show’ (Syndicated) on Thursday.
Meiko checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@meiko) on Friday (September 5). The singer songwriter tells readers:
So Last night I played a show in Conway, Arkansas… At a pretty awesome college called Hendrix… The only bummer was, it was raining balls and I couldn’t enjoy the country…. oh – and it was a DRY COUNTY and I couldn’t buy a bottle of red wine!
So – I woke up really late, and rushed to the airport (without eating at the Waffle House that was right by my hotel).
I had a layover in Atlanta, and at that point I was like “Fu** it, Im going to ROBERTA!!!!!” So I ditched the airport and took a shuttle bus to my parents’ house….
Meiko checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@meiko) on Tuesday (September 2) with the following update:
What an insane day!!!! Today, I taped my first TV appearance!
I taped an episode of “The Bonnie Hunt Show”! It was her first show ever and she asked me to be on there because she is a fan — what what what?!?!?!
AWE!!! I was on with Robin Williams! Pretty fricken awesome.
I was so nervous last night…. I seriously got 1 1/2 hours of sleep. My brain was racing and I was so pissed. I hate when I cant sleep. I even took a Melatonin… It didn’t work… Everything ended up being fine. I didn’t mess up!) Hooray!!!!!
I got to play TWO songs (“Boys With Girlfriends” and “How Lucky We Are”) ,and I sat down and talked to her for a bit! YIKES!!!
Yeah! It was sweet. What a nice lady she is…. She genuinely liked me and I… Genuinely liked her too!)
It airs during the day on Sept. 8 – the day before MY CD IS IN STORES!
Meiko checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@meiko) while on tour in Utah. The Los Angeles based singer songwriter tells readers:
So – I’m in Utah now and were on our way to our show tonight in Provo… I hear that’s where “Big Love” is based…
Dude. It is so hard to eat healthy on the road! All there is is Burger Kings, Subways and gas stations! All I want right now is a big ass pink grapefruit and um…. some green tea!!! But I’m stuck with orange juice and corn nuts…
The shows have been really cool… I love touring for the simple things… The new crowds and the local beers. Ha ha! It’s been awesome.
Meiko checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace earlier today. The Los Angeles based indie pop artist writes:
Man! Things have been a little nuts! I’m on tour right now and I’m in Nashville! Woooo-hoooo! I got my sweet tea fix! (went to Jacks BBQ)
Tonight I play a show at 3rd and Lindsley and then we drive to Chicago!!!!! It’s gonna be a long night!)
Things are still totally normalish – It’s just a lot more things to do in the day. I love traveling. This is definitely my bag… Right now I’m relaxing in the hotel watching ‘Coneheads’. I love this movie!!!
How are yall doing!?
Sorry if some of you have written me and I haven’t written back yet… There was a few days when my myspace was out of hand thanks to Tom adding my song on his profile!) Hee hee!) THANKS TOM! Lets eat sushi again!!!
Oky doky… I have to go sound check. Please know that I love all of u and I’m trying to be better at keeping in touch. I’ll try to blog more…. Sorry!(
Meiko is out with an electronic press kit (EPK), where the singer songwriter explained her name and talked having “really bad stage fright” which she had to overcome, writing a lot of her songs in her bathroom, the story behind her favorite song ‘Boys with Girlfriends’, and working with producer Greg Collins on her MySpace Records self-titled debut album, which is out on iTunes tomorrow.
“I’m a quarter Japanese. Japanese pronounce it ‘May-koh’, but I’m ‘Mee-koh’, and I spell it M-e-i-k-o,” she said. “It’s an American spelling of a Japanese name. I started playing guitar when I was 13 and I never really thought I would have or I could have a career in music. I have really bad stage fright. It took me a good 2 years of living here before I even had enough balls to go play my first open mic night.”
The video clip at MySpace has since been removed.