Mark Burnett Records/Atlantic recording artist Ryan Star has announced the release of his much-anticipated new album. "11:59" - which includes the hit single, "Breathe" - will arrive everywhere on August 3rd. Ryan will mark the release with a hometown headline performance at The Filmore at Irving Plaza in New York City. In the meantime, "Breathe" is a breakthrough smash for Star. The track is poised to hit the top 20 at Hot AC radio outlets nationwide, while its poignant companion video clip has just gone into rotation at VH1. What's more, "Breathe" recently debuted on the network's VSPOT Top 20 Video Countdown "Breathe" - which can also be viewed online at Star's own http://rstar.net - sees the acclaimed rocker 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, enables potential employers to contact the diverse individuals featured in the video. Hailed by Billboard as a "heartfelt, slow-burning...power-rock anthem," "Breathe" has also been featured in recent promotional spots for such popular TV series as Fox's American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. Produced by Grammy Award-winner Matt Serletic (matchbox twenty, Collective Soul) with additional production by Howard Benson (Daughtry, My Chemical Romance), "11:59" sees Star seamlessly melding traditional rock elements with captivating rhythms and resonant narratives. Thoughtfully and meticulously crafted, the album highlights the Dix Hills, NY-native's stripped-bare vocal style and high-octane energy level. A committed road warrior, Star will herald the release of "11:59" with a cross-country radio promo tour, including on-air performances and concert appearances. A full-scale U.S. tour itinerary will be announced in the coming weeks. Star made an explosive debut last year with the much-admired "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 soundtracked 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."
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