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Shoudout! Partners with Block Media Group/Independent Ear to support a number of local and national charities.


Shoudout! Partners LLC, developer of the social music apps Shoudout and Shoudify, has partnered with Block Media Group and its affiliate music label,  Independent Ear, to enable a handful of rising music artists to connect with their fans through in-stream shoudouts, while also generating donations for their favorite charities.


With its two apps, which are available for free download on both iOS and Android, Shoudout Partners has introduced a brand new way for people to socially connect by simply recording six second messages which can be heard by their friends and peers in-between songs of their favorite Spotify playlists through Shoudify, or between station skips on Shake Radio, a web based radio search engine incorporated directly into the Shoudout app.  The platform is Crowd based, whereby users of the Shoudout app can form shoudout crowds with their friends and thus insure a high degree of relevance for each shoudout dropped.


Through the partnership, Shoudout has developed six “Crowds,” each for a specific artist to connect with his fans, whereby every shoudout dropped into a crowd generates a $1 Shoudout Partners donation to the artist’s charity of choice.  The current participating artists and their Crowds are as follows...


Adam Davenport - Actor/EDM Artist - Crowd: Artists for ACLU - Charity: ACLU, which for almost 100 years, has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.


Cliz - Hip Hop Artist-  Crowd: May Nothing Stop You - Charity: Any Given Child, which is an arts program that teaches children the vital importance of the arts as well as providing them with an alternate avenue to pursue their passion and succeed.


Phillip Ryan Block - CEO Block Media/Independent Ear - Crowd: Independent Ear Family - Charity: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which offers help to not only those struggling with the thoughts of suicide but also supports those affected by it.


Nick Urb - Folk Pop Rock Artist - Crowd: Nick Urb Music - Charity: Notes for Notes, which helps provide kids free access to musical instruments.


Dylan Lloyd - “Cool” Pop Artist - Crowd: Fans of Dylan Lloyd - Charity: St. Jude Children’s Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Julian Acosta - Rock & Roll Blues Artist - Crowd: We Built This City On Rock & Roll - Charity: The Seedling Foundation, which supports Texas based children challenged by parental incarceration with innovative, research driven, school-based mentoring.


Posted on August 31, 2017 and filed under Announcement, News.

Independent Ear, Joins forces with ILS (UMG/Caroline)

Independent Ear is pleased to announce their new alliance with Independent Label Services Group (ILS). ILS, a subsidiary/partner of Universal Music Group & Caroline Distribution, has been working with many artists and labels all over the world such as Brian McKnight & Culvert Music. "Today is a day that has been many years in the making for Independent Ear." says Independent Ear Founder and CEO Phillip Ryan Block.

With many new releases in the coming years this relationship will prove to be a great one. Staff and artists alike are buzzing with excitement about this new alliance. "It's rare that I've seen a company especially one at the level of ILS that share many of the same values that Independent Ear does. I am proud be part of the ILS Group UMG/Caroline. We’re excited to have them as part of our growing team." says Independent Ear CEO.

Independent Ear, originally known as Independent Ear Productions was formed in 2011 with the knowledge of the following; many artists/ bands go their entire lives without getting the recognition they deserve & the music industry is intrinsically flawed. CEO and Founder Phillip Ryan Block saw a need for a label unlike any other in the industry and build the values on that - something different and something inclusive. As of April 2014 became incorporated as Independent Ear, Inc. Independent Ear, Inc has released music from artists artists such as Nick Urb, Retro Youth, and Rabid Young.

Independent Ear Mission Statement:

We only stand alongside the hardest working musicians, musicians who by their own strength burn a path into today’s music mainstream. We form the team of management, recording, branding, and booking that pushes the hardest working artists ahead to their full journey’s end. We don’t shirk from naysayers. We overcome them. We don’t listen to trends. We make them. We don’t cower at obstacles. We burn a path.

The ILS Group Mission Statement:

ILS offers a North American and international solution for independent labels, studios, and artists seeking professional yet personal physical / digital distribution solutions and marketing services. We specialize in championing new and established content directly through our partnerships with the world’s largest and leading music distributors and marketers including the Universal Music Group, Caroline for music and Unidisc, and Cinedigm for non-music visual entertainment.

Posted on November 9, 2016 and filed under Announcement, Independent Ear, Music, News.


In case you missed this announcement last week, here it is for you in BLOG form

Independent Ear Records and Jerry Dale Harris has decided to offer Jerry's new album for FREE! We feel that finances should not keep Jerry's fans from his music!

We also are sending out press releases (link below) to media outlets, Internet radio and radio stations worldwide to promote the album. Please help by sharing this press release with anyone in the media world who might wish to do interviews/album reviews etc. THANK YOU!

Press Release:




Posted on July 11, 2016 and filed under Announcement, Blog, Independent Ear, Music, News.

Independent Ear RADIO

In partnership with our friends over at WBOM Radio in Rockford, IL we will be kicking off the return of the Independent Ear Radio Show. A new station, new hosts, new interviews, new surprises & more importantly some KICK-ASS new music.  

All shows for the foreseeable future will be pre-recorded including all interviews. This show will feature music from all artists and bands on the roster as well as from artists & bands hand selected by the Independent Ear crew. You will be able to tune-in through right here on the Independent Ear site as well as through the WBOM site.

For consideration of placement on the show & interviews you can email or submit through Reverbnation (starting 7.11.2016)

#StayTuned to our social media for the date & times of the shows!! 

Posted on June 28, 2016 and filed under Announcement, Blog, News.

SXSW Here We Come!!

Independent Ear Records artists Falling Through April, Nick Urb & Ozonna are heading to SXSW!

It’s about time that Independent Ear Records(IE) makes its presence felt at one of the world’s largest music festivals. IE is excited to partner with Music Gorilla & The Music Box to showcase three artists/bands from their immensely talented roster.

While it’s not the first venture to SXSW for Falling Through April & Nick Urb for their label & label-mate Ozonna it is. For this… the label’s first foray into the SXSW world they chose to team up with one of the best partners to have in the SXSW world, Music Gorilla. Our co-sponsor & distribution partner The Music Box is the #1 Music Related Subscription Box is also excited to bring their name to SXSW for the first time.

Falling Through April, Nick Urb & Ozonna will be performing on March 17th at Burnside’s Tavern located at 413 E. 6th Street in Austin, TX. Nick Urb will take the stage at 4PM, Ozonna will take the stage at 5PM & last but not least Falling Through April will hit the stage at 6PM.

Nick Urb


Falling Through April

Posted on March 3, 2016 and filed under News, Music, Independent Ear, Announcement.

NYC Alt-Pop Star Ozonna Joins Independent Ear

It’s time to meet the latest hit-bound import from the U.K. Independent Ear is proud to introduce singer/songwriter Ozonna and announce the physical release of his debut U.S. EP, “Believe It to See It.”

Through an arresting fusion of pop, dance, African rhythms and other world music influences and engaging lyrics, “Believe It to See It” traces the 21-year-old singer/songwriter’s musical journey from Nigeria to London and currently to New York, where he now resides.

While living in London, studying vocals at London’s Institute of Contemporary Music, Ozonna began performing around the London club circuit. The series of performances were so well received that he released his infectious debut single and video, “Me and You on Top” generating a growing buzz.  The ensuing momentum propelled Ozonna’s move to New York in 2013 to record his debut EP “Believe It To See It”

“I wrote the title song while reflecting on how far along I’ve come with my music,” says the Nigerian-born Ozonna. “From London to New York, recording an EP and album, and working with people I couldn’t have imagined a few years ago … A lot of things I’ve wanted for a long time are coming together.” 

Hearing is indeed believing. Blessed with an acute ear for skillfully blending diverse rhythms, penning insightful lyrics and vocals ranging from bass to falsetto, Ozonna showcases those talents on the five-song suite comprising his new EP. Beyond the title track, the set boasts the feel-good “We Glow” (his first U.S. single, released in 2014), love-themed “Wonderland,” social commentary “Corrupt Mind” and the life-affirming “Smile.” His dream team of collaborators includes Grammy Award-winning producer Scott Jacoby (John Lennon, Vampire Weekend, Alicia Keys), Grammy-nominated producer Jimmy Greco (Beyoncé, Paramore, Miley Cyrus) and hit-making songwriter/producer Russ DeSalvo (Celine Dion, Trisha Yearwood, Santana). 

Ozonna’s left-field yet colorful perspective also shines throughout the video for “Believe It to See It.” Directed by Blake Farber and filmed in South Africa, the video fully captures the song’s tribal and African influences as well as the raw energy pulsating throughout the EP. 

“My music is multi-cultural,” says Ozonna. “It’s not a Nigerian, New York or London thing. I can tell different stories everywhere.” 

Independent Ear has big plans for the “BITSI” EP include a worldwide physical release on March 4th, 2016 as well continued touring & festival appearances throughout United States & United Kingdom. 

PRE-ORDER "Believe It To See It" EP CD HERE


“What can I say about Ozonna? His music has captivated me since being introduced to him by Alexia from Music Gorilla. He is the type of artist that only comes around once in a lifetime & we couldn’t be more excited to have him be a part of our musical family. We have big plans & expect many great things for Oz & his music in 2016.  ”        

- Phillip Ryan Block Founder & President of Independent Ear.

- Phillip Ryan Block Founder & President of Independent Ear.


Posted on January 25, 2016 and filed under Announcement, Independent Ear, Music, News, New Release.

Join Us In Welcoming Nick Urb To The Independent Ear Family

Clawson, MI based Acoustic-Folk Singer-Songwriter Nick Urb joins Independent Ear.

On the verge of the release of his new single & sophomore album the singer-songwriter joins forces with Rockford based indie music company, Independent Ear.

To follow up on the success of his self-released album “We Were Able” Nick has been in the studio most of 2015 working on his sophomore release & he also reached his kickstarter campaign goal over the summer of 2015.

Nick’s 2012  debut album titled “We Were Able” was a highly successful album and has amassed well over 7.8 million plays on Spotify. Planning is underway for the official release new single "Emily" followed by new album on digital, CD & Vinyl. Be on the lookout for tour dates in the US as well as overseas!

  “I have been a fan of Nick & his music since before the release of his first album. Getting to work with him on this new album is truly an honor & I look forward to the bright future he has in front of him. From what I have heard of his new album it will be even more successful than his first.”   - Phillip Ryan Block Founder & President of Independent Ear. 

Follow Nick on his Social Media:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube 

Join Us In Welcoming Nick Peay To The Independent Ear Family


Louisville, KY based Singer-Songwriter Nick Peay joins Independent Ear.

On the heels of his recent single “When You Can” & his latest album “Sobering” Nick looks to continue his evolving his career by partnering with the ever growing music company Independent Ear. On top of promotion of his two latest releases Nick & Independent Ear are preparing for his next album as well as a full schedule of touring set to kick off after the holiday season. 

Nick’s latest album was released back in September via digital music portals and on CD, has been met with overwhelming positivity by fans & industry professionals alike.  "It’s rare to hear originality and honesty combined together these day in the business. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to find both qualities resounding through the music of Louisville’s Nick Peay. His uncomplicated, heartfelt songs could soon be heard all over..." says Keith Chachkes of Hot Indie News.

“We were blown away by not only Nick’s music but also by the dedication he has to his craft. Nick is an exciting artist with a lot of potential & we are looking forward to watching him develop into the star we know he is. ” - Phillip Ryan Block Founder & President of Independent Ear Records.

Get Nick's latest EP "Sobering" on CD & get special digital downloads of "Sobering" & his hit single "When You Can".

Posted on October 16, 2015 and filed under Announcement, Independent Ear, Blog, News, Music.

New Haven’s Glamour Assassins Teams Up With Indie Label Independent Ear.


This week New Haven, CT based Indie Rock band Glamour Assassins inks a new deal with burgeoning midwest based label & music company Independent Ear.

Coming off the heels of the release of their debut release “Ain’t So Young,” the indie rockers were looking for a partner that would help take their career to the next level, and they found that partner in Independent Ear.


Their album was released back in August via digital music portals, and this coming Friday, the 25th of September, their album will be available for physical pre-order as well as digitally through Independent Ear’s website. IE is home to artists such as James Rawson, London has Fallen, and Impending Lies, so Glamour Assassins will be in good company.

“We were completely impressed with Glamour Assassins from the time we first heard their music, and we look forward to developing them into one of the top of the bands in indie rock today ” - Phillip Ryan Block Founder & President of Independent Ear Records.