ONE WORLD (R)EVOLUTION 

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Transitions

 It’s always a dynamic, organic experience when singer/songwriters—after a period of creative transition—awaken their higher consciousness, lock in on the next level of their musical journey, and emerge with a vibe that transcends all that came before. Believing that one must first evolve before experiencing a true revolution of conscious awakening (hence the “R” in parenthesis, creating two words of one), Astrum, the Austin, Texas based lead singer of One World (R)evolution, emerges from the indie shadows as “The Green Vegan Rawker” to release her band’s appropriately titled debut album Transitions.

Reflecting her commitment to a healthier lifestyle and the preservation of Mother Earth, Transitions includes remastered versions of songs she released as a solo artist, plus the explosive mission statement anthem Get Your Green On.  The kickoff track is about greening up the planet by greening up your diet—conveying her belief that the most significant thing you can do to help the environment is to go vegan.  Emotionally and spiritually, Astrum has experienced a deeper connection to The Universe and her Higher Self since becoming a vegan raw foodie, consuming mainly raw plant foods (fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds) in their most natural state.

The spiritually expansive, musically compelling 14 track set focuses on her longtime artistic focus of self-empowering listeners, but taps a deeper emotional aesthetic because of her recent personal transformation that led her to start “walkin’ her talk.” Balancing heartfelt and deep thought provoking lyrics, with edgy guitar driven pop rock hooks, Astrum brings to her One World (R)evolution a sense of raising her personal consciousness, her fascination for the law of attraction, and a unique approach to lyrics involving conscious language (choosing positive present tense wording).

No stranger to Transitions throughout her career, Astrum—who counts her greatest early influences as 80s metal–started out as the drummer for San Francisco based punk band Private Outrage.  After receiving a business degree from the University of Miami, she began performing in South Florida before moving to Nashville for a few years, where she established herself on the local scene and gigged everywhere from Kentucky to Mississippi and the Atlanta Pride Festival. She also lived in NYC for a spell and has gigged in California and Hawai’i while releasing well-received independent albums under her given name Cheryl Hill. While gearing up with the release of Transitions to do more live dates with the band, she also showcases as a solo acoustic performer.

“The songs on Transitions are about real life emotions and situations I have experienced, presenting problems and finding solutions and putting them all together to make sense of my world,” says Astrum.  “I like to get people to think, go deep within themselves to create paradigms which will help them be more consciously awake.  People have forgotten their inner power to create and choose.  We have a choice and we are in control of our lives.  I like to explore why we make certain choices.  This collection is a gateway to how I will evolve musically.  Get Your Green On is about who I am right now, explaining that you think you feel good until something happens to make you really feel good.  It’s hard to explain that unless people feel that for themselves.  There’s a deep connection between physical cleansing and spiritual awakening.”

Another personal song is the jangling pop/rocker Voice Is Calling, which she wrote about a time in her life when she was emerging from a very dark period.  At a time when she hated the world, she heard that voice inside her head which she calls “my Higher Self knocking on the door of my heart, telling me to love myself for who I am.”  A key line is “If you take the time, learn to love yourself, you just might find, that you can change the world.”  Dare To Be Different finds her challenging people to question their beliefs, be true to themselves, and be proud of their differences.

“Every artist loves a different part of the musical process,” Astrum says, “and for me, that’s when I perform live.  Even when I’m very inspired, sitting down to write a song seems like work to me, and being in the studio recording it and making it perfect is also a long process.  But I love becoming this alter-ego super star on stage, because in my day to day life, I am pretty introverted and shy.  Being up on stage, whether with the acoustic guitar, or the full band, or way back when I played in Private Outrage, is always the place where I feel most alive.”

 

Astrum Lux Lucis – founder, lead vocals, rhythm guitar

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Destined for Music

Astrum was born in Somerville, New Jersey into a musical family. Her maternal grandmother played music for over 75 years, and her mother, who has perfect pitch, has been playing piano since age four. Astrum’s musical life began around age four as well. She’d hear songs and then play the melody on the piano – with one or two fingers.

As she grew, Astrum went from trumpet to snare drum, to the alto saxophone.

 After the launch of MTV, she saw The Go-Go’s thus sparking her “professional” career in music.  She put down the sax and picked up the drumsticks. A year later she was playing drums for punk band Private Outrage. For their first show, they opened for The Circle Jerks!

A few years later, we find Astrum in Kissimmee, Florida jamming in the garage to bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Dio.  This is where Astrum made the switch from drums to guitar. Inspired by her heroes Randy Rhoads, Kirk Hammet, Vivian Campbell, Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton, Astrum formed her first band, Knightmare, which had a nice run in their home base of Houston, Texas in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

After the break-up of Knightmare, Astrum took a brief hiatus from music to earn a Bachelors Degree in Business from the University of Miami. While there, she also earned a double minor in Music and Music & Entertainment Industries.  She also studied classical voice and released two songs on the student run record label ‘Cane Records Miami Hybridized compilation album as solo artist Cheryl Hill (Astrum’s birth name).

Cheryl Hill went on to release six albums, film two music videos, and tour extensively between 1997 and 2008. In 2009 Cheryl changed her name to Astrum Lux Lucis after a meditation. She then formed conscious rock band One World (R)evolution and released the critically acclaimed album Transitions, followed up by a solo acoustic tour of the US in 2010.

Astrum, the Austin, Texas based lead singer of One World (R)evolution, had now emerged from the indie shadows as “The Green Vegan Rawker.” She knew her destiny was to be a rock star, but not just any old rock star, a rock star that would change the world by empowering people through her songs and her story.

In 2013, One World (R)evolution recorded a 3-song EP, SXSW 2013 Demos, and the band’s single I’m Changing was released in November of that year.  In November of 2015 the band’s Christmas song – It’s Christmas Timestarted climbing the FMQB Top 200 chart closing out the year at #15 with 1,128 spins.  They also inked a distribution deal with Mathew Knowles (Beyonce’s father) Music World Music label in 2015.  And 2016 expands upon these successes with a new single being released this Fall, followed by a World Tour.

Mathew & Astrum

Discography:
2015 – One World (R)evolution – “It’s Christmas Time” single (AstraLux Records)
2013 – One World (R)evolution – “I’m Changing” single (Music World Music/INgrooves)
2013 – One World (R)evolution – “SXSW 2013 Demos” (AstraLux Records)
2013 – Aerosmith Tribute Album “Livin’ On The Edge” (Versaille Records) – contributed 1 track
2010 – One World (R)evolution – “Transitions” (Music World Music/INgrooves)
2008 – Cheryl Hill “Transitions” (Music World Music/INgrooves)
2007 – Cheryl Hill “Let Love In” EP (Music World Music/INgrooves)
2006 – Cheryl Hill “Can’t Take Anymore” EP (Music World Music/INgrooves)
2005 – Cheryl Hill “Change” EP (Music World Music/INgrooves)
2000 – Cheryl Hill “The Road Less Traveled” (Music World Music/INgrooves)
1997 – Cheryl Hill “Cheryl Hill” EP (Music World Music/INgrooves)
1995 – Miami Hybridized “I Used To Be” & “Reflection” (‘Cane Records) – contributed 2 tracks
1990 – Knightmare “Make U Mine” EP (Music World Music/INgrooves)
1989 – Knightmare “Neverending Night” EP (Music World Music/INgrooves)
1987 – Knightmare “Knightmare” EP (Music World Music/INgrooves)
1983 – Private Outrage “Private Outrage” EP (self-release)