Balmy Palms, the island-inspired tropical lifestyle brand has announced a winner in its theme song search contest. Earlier in the year, Balmy Palms sent out a search for a song to convey their philosophy of a laid-back lifestyle - "No Worries, No Qualms ... Just Balmy Palms."
From the many submissions, the contestants were narrowed down to three finalists. After thousands of votes by Balmy Palms fans, one winner arose. And the winner is … Don Middlebrook and his song “Balmy Palms.”
Don Middlebrook's song "Balmy Palms" will now represent the brand on its website, on radio and in other media outlets. In addition to compensation, Middlebrook will receive Balmy Palms apparel. The song will receive airplay on BeachFront Radio, the internet's number one trop rock radio station. Check them out at BeachFrontRadio.com.
From the press release …
Don's song represents the carefree, laid-back tropical island feeling conveyed by our brand. It makes great use of our tagline and puts listeners in a Balmy Palms state of mind," says Kara Benson, Balmy Palms Marketing Director. "Once you've heard it, it really sticks with you and leaves you feeling good."
Many consider Don Middlebrook to be one of the founding fathers of trop rock, or tropical rock, music. For more than 25 years, he has performed more than 150 tour dates per year across the United States, and has more than 15 albums. Middlebrook performed a four year tour with Greg "Fingers" Taylor, Jimmy Buffett's harmonica player of 26 years.
Middlebrook's work has been featured in Showtime movies and on the Discovery Channel. He has opened for artists such as Reba McEntire, The Doobie Brothers, Hall and Oats, Jefferson Starship, Meatloaf and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
"The Key West Connection" is Middlebrook's latest CD. It features performances by the Motor City Horns (Bob Seger's horn band), Greg "Fingers" Taylor and Donny Brown. The album also contains lyrical collaboration with author Lorian Hemingway (granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway) and cover art by the marine-life artist Wyland.
With roots in the ‘60s, trop rock blends country, Caribbean, reggae and rock with island instruments and tropical themes. Jimmy Buffett, Jack Johnson, the Zac Brown Band and Kenny Chesney are a few of the big-time trop rock crossover artists.
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