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The Gratitude Tracks

The Gratitude Tracks

Following its successful seven-city Gratitude Tour, the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) is giving away a music sampler, The Gratitude Tracks, consisting of 17 free downloadable original songs, written and performed by the local artists featured on the Tour.

The Gratitude Tour took vending on the road this fall to convey thanks to Gen Y (ages 18-29) and other loyal consumers for preferring vending and to reinforce that vending delivers what consumers want, when they want it and where they want it. A major catalyst for the Tour was recent NAMA research indicating that Gen Y prefers vending over convenience stores and grocery or drug stores for snacks and cold beverages. Tour stops featured the latest in vending machines, products and technology, thousands of free product giveaways and entertainment from the local bands and performers featured on the new music sampler.

About the Gratitude Tracks

Boston

Aloud: This high-energy rock ‘n’ roll band is known for its entertaining live shows, powerful vocals and impressive songwriting. In support of its latest album Exile, Aloud has engaged crowds at almost 100 shows in 42 states. The band consists of married couple Henry Beguiristain (lead vocalist, guitars, keys) and Jen de la Osa (lead vocalist, guitars, keys) along with Charles Murphy (bass, backing vocal) and Mike Tucker (drums).

New York

Zak Smith: Often described as “haunting indie rock,” Zak Smith’s music is filled with emotional highs and lows. This prolific songwriter is influenced by artists such as Leonard Cohen and Elvis Costello. Although Zak mostly plays around New York City, his recent album, Haunted Feet, has generated nationwide buzz.

Under the Elephant: With a unique mix of pop, rock and electronic sounds, Under the Elephant features melodic lyrics and dance-worthy beats. In 2011, the band released its debut album, The Eleventh Hour, which received recognition on NBC in New York.

Emily Brooke: Emily Brooke is a talented singer/songwriter who has been active in the New York City music scene since the age of 17. More than just a pop singer, Emily writes inspirational songs with a deeper meaning behind them. Her music has been compared to Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette and Fiona Apple.

Atlanta

Rollie: With a diverse sound that blends pop, acoustic and hip-hop, Rollie is a dynamic force in the Atlanta music scene. Rollie is currently filming for the premiere season of the potential MTV reality show, Rising Stars.

Austin, TX

Marmalakes: This dynamic folk-pop trio plays lyrical songs with rich harmonies. Marmalakes is comprised of Austin natives Max Colonna (bass/vocals), Josh Hapern (drums/vocals) and Chase Weinacht (guitar/vocals). On November 15, the band released its latest album Even Clothed.

Minneapolis

GABE: Louisiana-born recording artist GABE writes lyrics and melodies on a daily basis. Influenced by artists such as Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross and The Temptations, GABE has a diverse mix of songs about love, relationships and overcoming challenges. He has toured with popular recording artists including Chris Brown and Trey Songz.

Madison, WI

What Moves: Milwaukee-based funky rock band What Moves has a unique sound that doesn’t fit into any one genre of music. That’s why the band doesn’t categorize itself into any category and prefers its fans to decide what the music sounds like. What Moves consists of Noah Snyder (bass), Flo Rida Sunrise (percussion), Jamie Hollenberger (vocals & keys), Taylor Jarocki (vocals and guitar) and Panro Smithe (guitar).

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