SOURCE: Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records

October 20, 2009 14:31 ET

Ryan Star Gives Unemployed Americans the Chance to "Breathe" With New Single/Video; Clip Focuses on Rising Joblessness Crisis Through Appearances From Real People; Premiere Slated for October 21st on CNN.com; Debut Album, "11:59," Coming Soon

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 20, 2009) - Mark Burnett Records/Atlantic recording artist Ryan Star has announced details of his much-anticipated new single. "Breathe" -- which will be featured on the acclaimed rocker's upcoming debut album, entitled "11:59" -- is available now at all digital retailers.

Currently impacting at multi-format radio outlets nationwide, "Breathe" will be accompanied by a truly provocative companion video. Directed by MTV VMA nominee, Jonathan Lia, the video is set to premiere on CNN.com/Live on October 21st during the 2pm broadcast. The clip sees Star addressing the rising tide of unemployment in the US, performing on the streets of New York among various real people, from all walks of life, who are currently unemployed. A dedicated website, located at www.breathe4jobs.com, will enable potential employers to contact the diverse individuals featured in the video.

"I wanted to do something more important than just another typical video," Star explains. "I wanted a video that was relevant and can make a difference in the real world. Our world. So when I started thinking of how to represent 'Breathe,' this idea made sense because unemployment is the common thread that I have been seeing everywhere I have been touring. It just feels to me that people everywhere need to hear a positive message, that things will all be ok and that we are here for one another."

A committed road warrior, Star is currently on tour alongside David Cook. The dates follow recent North American tours supporting such like-minded artists as Cook, Collective Soul, and Safety Suit.

The non-stop tour schedule heralds the release of Star's eagerly anticipated label debut, "11:59," which arrives everywhere early next year. Produced by Grammy Award-winner Matt Serletic (matchbox twenty, Collective Soul) with additional production by Howard Benson (Daughtry, My Chemical Romance), the album sees Star seamlessly melding traditional rock elements with captivating rhythms and resonant narratives. Thoughtfully and meticulously created, "11:59" highlights the Dix Hills, NY-native's stripped-bare vocal style and high-octane energy level.

Star made an explosive debut earlier this year with the acclaimed "LAST TRAIN HOME." The digital EP is highlighted by the award-winning track, "Brand New Day," featured as the main theme to Fox's hit series, "Lie To Me." The song recently earned Star a BMI Television Award, honoring the composers of music featured in the past year's top-grossing films, top-rated prime-time network television series, and highest ranking cable network programs.

What's more, "LAST TRAIN HOME" features "Right Now," which has soundtracked recent promotions from the NFL, NBC, ESPN, and the History Channel. The EP also includes "This Could Be The Year," which was included in WWE's "25 Years of WrestleMania" special as well as two commercials aired during this year's highly rated Super Bowl festivities.

Star first drew national attention as a member of the band Stage. Upon embarking on a solo career, he honed his skills performing in clubs across New York, including Joe's Pub and Rockwood Music Hall. He continued to build a fervent fan following as a MySpace Featured Artist, as well as by competing on CBS' reality series, "Rock Star: Supernova."

Ryan's stellar songwriting and natural-born showmanship have earned him acclaim from a variety of publications, including Newsday, which recently hailed "Last Train Home" for taking "the drama and vocal power Star has conjured for years and (welding) it to an undeniable rock hook." Newsday also praised "Right Now" as "a massive rock anthem signaling Star's pending arrival." G5 For up-to-the-minute news and information, please visit www.rstar.net and www.myspace.com/rstar.

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