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The FUTURE of HIP KITTY...and the NEW record!

To our HIP KITTY Family, Friends, and FANS! It is with great excitement that we are announcing a new direction and higher purpose in our music career. As performers we have never hidden the fact that we are all firm believers in the saving power of Christ, but then again we have never really advertised ourselves as such. This is not a decision that has come over night or one we take lightly. This is really more of a realization that this is where we are supposed to be, and this is what we are meant to do with our music. I think we can all agree the world is changing in ways that many of us don’t understand. Now is a time to stand firm in our faith and let our music be known for something bigger than we ever could be. Let us be clear… the sound, look, and loud, raw energy of HIP KITTY will continue to be the same. There will still be tours, there will still be stadiums, and TOGETHER we will make the best album of 2013! Within the next few days we will be releasing information on our sites about a Kickstarter for the next record. We are leaving our future and the future of HIP KITTY in the hands of our fans. It is our prayer that you will support us in this new direction as we will be completely dependent upon you to fund this album. We are asking you to join our journey; to believe in HIP KITTY, and most of all…to share in making music that unites and brings hope to this world. May God be with all of us friends….we thank you for your many years of support and the even better years ahead! ~ Jen, Mike, Mark, and Alan

Hollywood Meets Nashville Grammy Event

Hollywood Meets Nashville Red Carpet Viewing Party and Gala to benefit local charities with Joseph Wooten, Stephen Cochran, Hip Kitty and more Nashville, TN - Hollywood Meets Nashville will host its first annual Grammy Viewing Party and Benefit Gala on Sunday, February 10th at the Molyneux Entertainment Building in midtown Nashville. The red carpet event will benefit three local children’s charities – America’s All Stars, Colby’s Army, and The Alliance for Recreational Empowerment (A.R.E.). The evening will feature the broadcast of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards and live performances by Joseph Wooten, Stephen Cochran, Hip Kitty and more. The annual GRAMMY Awards telecast is one of television's most exciting broadcast events, ranking as one of the highest-rated and most-watched specials. Last year, 39.9 million viewers watched the show, earning it a record as the highest-rated awards show and the biggest social event in the history of television. Here in Nashville, the city’s creative elite will gather at the Molyneux at 9th Avenue South to enjoy the telecast, while benefiting deserving local children’s charities.

The star-studded event will also feature a “Taste of Nashville” style food sampling with numerous restaurants donating food, drinks and desserts. After the telecast, the party continues with live music, dancing and more! Joseph Wooten, keyboard player/vocalist for the Steve Miller Band and one of the renowned Wooten Brothers will headline the event. When he is not playing music you can often find him in various school systems across the country mentoring young people using his musical expertise and life experiences to uplift and inspire. Aria Nashville recording artist, Stephen Cochran is best known for his hit "Friday Night Fireside". He is a member of John Rich’s infamous MuzikMafia, and a former Marine who has toured the Middle East performing for the troops. He works tirelessly with the Veterans administration and wrote the VA national campaign theme song, Hope. Stephen Cochran is an American Country music singer and songwriter best known for the 2007 single "Friday Night Fireside". Hip Kitty is raw, honest, American ROCK music that transcends the expected and inspires the masses! Hip Kitty actively brings awareness to charitable causes, including Cell Phones for Soldiers and has completed multiple tours for Armed Forces Entertainment. About the Charities America’s All Stars strives to inspire young people to abstain from drugs, alcohol, and other at-risk behaviors; to stay in school, and to strive for excellence by participating in life-changing events and programs. Colby’s Army is a nonprofit organization that helps children with mental illness, addiction, and other special needs. They use lessons from pets, equine facilitated learning, and the environment. to teach leadership, time management, respect, empathy, social and other life skills. The Alliance for Recreational Empowerment (A.R.E) Foundation provides recreational and educational activities for children with disabilities, including the operation of a fully accessible summer camp where the children can swim, ride horses, and enjoy recreational activities in a safe, barrier-free environment. About Hollywood Meets Nashville Hollywood Meets Nashville crafts unique events for creative people who enjoy making a positive impact on the Nashville community by raising money for deserving charities while having a great time.

Sponsors for the event include: Affliction Clothing, Tropic Heat Studios, Red Alert Studios, Rhythm Productions, Fashions by Elisabeth / Monarch Clothing, Benevolent Pictures, Not Just Country, Nossi College of Art, Lotus Energy Drinks, Namaste’ International, Treehouse Music, Graham Entertainment, Songs by Accident Music, Paz Communications / Spanish TV, M.E. Wine & Liquors and Chomco Media.

A CALL to HOME!...

Our friends at Cell Phones for Soldiers have made mention of the bands upcoming HOLIDAY tour! HK will be giving soldiers calling cards providing them with a free call to home during their performances at military bases. Thank you to all the fans who continue to donate their old phones at shows...what a difference it makes in providing hope for those away from their family.

To read the full story go to the website below.... http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/news/262/ROCK-BAND-HIP-KITTY-SPENDS-CHRISTMAS-CELEBRATING-WITH-THE-TROOPS-IN-AFGHANISTAN.html


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - ROCK BAND HIP KITTY SPENDS CHRISTMAS CELEBRATING WITH THE TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN by Robin Walker McNeil on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 7:42pm · Hip Kitty Tours Afghanistan for the holidays… Rock band “HIP KITTY” will be bringing “The gift of music” to US Military stationed in Afghanistan this Christmas. The Nashville based group will be touring late December into January at US military bases in Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Kyrgyzstan. While Americans are enjoying the holidays with family and friends, we can’t forget the thousands of troops stationed overseas who are no doubt missing home this time of year. This will be Hip Kitty’s third “Armed Forces Entertainment Tour” with previous shows in Latin America and again the Middle East. “Keeping our roots firmly established in supporting military efforts will continue to be a priority of the group no matter where our career takes us. Showing love for our fellow man is what Christmas is all about; we are honored to perform for the troops.” ~ Jen Halverson - Lead Vocalist~ Hip Kitty released their self-titled EP in 2010 to much acclaim sharing the stage with rock acts Alice Cooper, Bret Michaels and most recently a performance at one of Billboards top rated music festivals “De Luna Fest “ (Pensacola, FL) with Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam. The band is currently in pre-production for a new album slated for an early 2013 release. With a sound of vintage rock and alternative attitude, Hip Kitty is quickly gaining recognition within the music industry. Hip Kitty would like to thank their sponsors Affliction Clothing, Taylor Guitars, SKB Cases, Fishman Pedals for their contribution to the Christmas tour. Hip Kitty works with the military aid organizations “Graffiti of War”, “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” “Vet’s Rock” and “Pinups for Patriots”. Visit Hip Kitty’s Facebook page for more tour information and how YOU can help support our troops! http://www.facebook.com/hipkitty Contact info: Renate Goncalves, Manager P.O. Box 8047 Gallatin, Tn. 37066 615-230-6010 office / fax 615-708-7081 cell renate@hipkittyband.com www.hipkittyband.com

Introducing the "Jen" inspired belt buckle by Novella Style

Jen has teamed up with designer Kristen Blake from Novella Style to design an authentic gemstone belt buckle that's one of a kind. The buckle showcases Jen's love for vintage glamour along with a highly detailed quality. It is available for purchase through the Novella Style website. Pictures of the buckle can be seen on the HIP KITTY facebook as well as Jen's FB site. http://www.novellastyle.com/store.asp


"Agony & Ecstasy" featured in MUSIC MONSTERS game app!

Hip Kitty and Music Powered Games Announce Release of Music Monsters iPhone Game

Hip Kitty and Music Powered Games are proud to announce that Hip Kitty has joined the premier group of independent artists who are now using Music Monsters to give their fans a totally new mobile music game experience. Music Monsters “Unlocks The Game Inside The Music” by using two of the band’s songs to create synchronized game play and drive the moods and desires of the game’s characters. Hip Kitty’s game website www.MusicMonstersGame.com/hipkitty shows how Music Monsters uses song lyrics to “Unlock the Game Inside The Music” for their song – Agony and Ecstasy. The FREE Music Monsters mobile game app is available now for the iPhone at the App Store and is coming to Google Play in a few weeks.

“We are very excited that Hip Kitty has chosen to be a part of Music Monsters,” says Bobby Wells, CEO of Music Powered Games. “The raw rock energy of their music adds a powerful edge to the game and creates some of the most challenging gameplay. I expect all our gamers will become Hip Kitty fans.”

Music Monsters gives music fans a new way to discover music in an ever- expanding music discovery platform. The game includes 50 songs from 28 of today’s most talented indie artists whose combined social reach is over 6 million fans. Anyone downloading the game can complete the game levels for all 50 songs three times for free. More free songs will be added to the game every month. A 99 cent in-app purchase of one of Hip Kitty’s two game levels gives fans unlimited play of the song in the game, unlocks two additional Music Monsters Academy campus locations, lets fans earn two additional grade/degree levels in the Academy, and gives fans game coins to buy more monsters.

About the Music Monsters Mobile Game - Music loving monsters from all over the universe have come to the Music Monsters Academy with one goal - to become a Music Monster superstar! To reach this goal, they must build a ridonculous music IQ by experiencing the lyrics of 50 of the hottest new songs from music’s future superstars. You help your monsters “experience” the songs by moving them on the screen to catch lyric-based icons scrolling toward you in time with the music. Lyric icons for each song include a mix of the words and images of objects, actions, or emotes that represent the words. You must also catch power-ups to meet your monsters’ needs and control your monster’s mood with your choice of songs. As you play more and more songs in the game, you can advance through the Music Monsters Academy to become a Music Wizard Supreme. There are ten levels from Applicant and Plebe up to Professor and Wizard and ten campus locations including Monster Quad, Concert Hall, Power Station, and Planetarium.

About Music Powered Games - Music Powered Games, LLC is developing several music game titles building on our patents and pending patents for using song lyrics to drive behavior of objects in video games. Our Music Monsters game places the viral marketing power of mobile games in the hands of indie artists so that they can give their fans a totally new mobile music game experience. The game uses song lyrics to "Unlock The Game Inside the Music" with gameplay powered by each individual song and also by each gamer’s cummulative playlist. Find out more at www.MusicPoweredGames.com.

Blog Pensacola review of HK @ DeLuna FEST 2012



AFFLICTION: “The passion that drives us to reach for greatness. We are inspired by those who live fast and are willing to endure pain and suffering to push the limits of what is possible.”

HIP KITTY family, friends, and FANS! It is with great excitement we would like to officially announce our exclusive collaboration with AFFLICTION clothing. We are honored to join the roster of other artists including Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Megadeath, Misfits, and Pantera as an AFFLICTION sponsored rock band. HK proudly wears Affliction clothing as we join forces to promote music, apparel and at the heart of both…artistry! http://www.afflictionclothing.com/ http://www.facebook.com/AfflictionClothing http://www.facebook.com/affliction.oprymills https://twitter.com/Affliction

#1 position on the HOT ROCK charts!!!

Hey...Hey! Today Hip Kitty holds the #1 spot in the HOT ROCK charts on ReverbNation. Thanks so much to all of our fans helping to spread the word. Keep up the effort...it's working!! Peace! ~ Jen, Mike, Rich, & Mark

Art Exhibit featuring HIP KITTY!!!!!

HIP KITTY is being featured at the University of Indiana-Purdue/Fort Wayne department of Visual Communication and Design exhibit. Professional photographer LANA MABBITT is showcasing her shots of the national recording group at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art Dec.10- Jan. 31. Hip Kitty is scheduled to make a special guest appearance on the night of Dec. 10th to show support for Lana and her photography. “We feel honored to be the showcase artist of Lana’s work. She is a dear friend and a phenomenal photographer. We are happy to be there to show our support, and encourage everyone in Ft. Wayne to stop by and see the exhibit.” Jen Halverson-lead vocals IPFW DEPARTMENT OF VISUAL COMMUNICATION AND DESIGN FALL 2010 BFA EXHIBITION: DECEMBER 10—JANUARY 31 OPENING NIGHT: Friday, December 10th AWARDS CEREMONY: 6:30 pm ARTISTS RECEPTION: 7:00—9:00 pm Admission is Free. The Exhibition will be adjudicated by Carla Tedeschi of Texas Tech University. LOCATION: Fort Wayne Museum of Art 311 Main Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802 260.422.6467 Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 11 am-6 pm Thursday: 11 am-8 pm Sunday: 12-5 pm ($5 Adults, $3 Student, $10 Family) For more information about the event, please contact the Department of Visual Communication and Design at 260.481.6709 www.ipfw.edu/vpa/vcd.