Gregory teams up with Ashley Harris to form “Nightengale”

Gregory teams up with Ashley Harris to form “Nightengale”

It all started in late 2014, when Gregory Brock met up with Ashley Harris. It took about 3 seconds of hearing her sing and he knew that he had to work with her. “I felt an instant connection, and I knew that I wanted to hear her sing some of my songs.” As time progressed, and they worked more and more together, their respective voices began to compliment each other’s and it was only a matter of time that this project would birth.But what would a new group sound like, and what would he call it? Gregory’s previous projects were a bit edgier and more guitar-driven, but when Ashley came on board, he knew that he wanted the new band to have different backgrounds and influences that would compliment the new direction he wanted it to go.

One thing Gregory knew for sure, was that he didn’t want the new band to be “Gregory Brock’s” band. “It was completely different- sound-wise, vibe-wise, everything!” So his manager thought that it would be a fun idea to have some of Gregory’s friends come up with a name. Gregory agreed, and created a Facebook event/contest to come up with a name that would suit the new sound.

The response was huge. They had hundreds of name to go through. “Some were great, some were funny and some were goofy. But is was exciting to see so many people getting in on the whole thing”, said Gregory. “We narrowed it down to 5 and this is when it got really difficult.” One of the names suggested by his friend, Rosella Christantielli from Italy, was “Nightingale”. The more Gregory thought about it, the more it became clear that it was perfect. One problem, there was a band (a heavy metal one at that) already using the name. His manager, Marty Keegan suggested that they just spell it differently and thus, Nightengale was born.

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Academy and Emmy Award winner Lou Gossett Jr. to direct “Cottonwood”

Academy and Emmy Award winner Lou Gossett Jr. to direct “Cottonwood”

Mark Campbell Productions announces Louis Gossett, Jr. will direct the feature film “Cottonwood”, starring Anthony Michael Hall (Foxcatcher, The Breakfast Club, “Dead Zone”, The Dark Knight), Ethan Suplee (The Wolf of Wall Street, Unstoppable, American History X, “My Name is Earl”), Alison Eastwood (Shadow People, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Absolute Power) and featuring Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry in his feature film acting debut among others.

The independent feature will begin filming in central Texas soon “Cottonwood” is produced by Anthony Michael Hall and Julie Campbell, based on the novel of the same title written by Stacy Dean Campbell. Set in West Texas during the summer of 1937, during the depression and dust bowl era “Cottonwood” tells the story of two families thrown together by tragedy and the binds of racial injustice.

Louis Gossett, Jr. says “Cottonwood is a timeless story. “It’s a story that helps make us heal as people. My life hero was Nelson Mandela. He came out of jail a healed man and healed others. The lessons from generation to generation about racial injustice in our society is not being taught to our young people, so films like this are very important to be made and seen. They need to see where we’ve been in order to see where we need to go. It’s about movement, constant change and it can help us all get to a better place in life. I am proud to be directing such a distinguished film with an amazing cast and a powerful universal message”

Louis Gossett Jr. is known for his Oscar-winning role in “An Officer and a Gentleman,” his Emmy winning role in “Roots” as well as his rolls in “Enemy Mine,” “Iron Eagle”. He is currently co-starring in Steven Spielberg’s Sci-Fi series Extant on CBS. Mark Campbell Productions and the film “Cottonwood” are proud supporters of the Eracism Foundation founded by Louis Gossett, Jr. to educate about and fight against racism.

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