updated 5/31/2011 11:16:05 AM ET 2011-05-31T15:16:05

PORTLAND, Ore., May 31, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A CD release concert featuring Safire, a music group out of Portland Oregon, will take place at Alberta Rose Theatre- 8PM. Fifty percent of proceeds from event will be distributed to "The City of Asylum Project"- A non-profit organization committed to raising awareness and creating media outlets for censored and oppressed refugee journalists. The City of Asylum Project is owned by magazine, Carpe Articulum, which is internationally distributed in Barnes and Noble and 47 countries. Editor in Chief Haddasah Broscova will speak on June 18th about her experiences and motivations as an advocate for freedom of speech around the world.

Carpe Articulum gives journalists from Tibet, Ethiopia, etc a living stipend, a place to live, and publishes their writings. We hope to raise 30K for their City of Asylum Project by december 2011. This will sponsor a refugee for 1 year in Portland. Doing this will help educate millions of people about oppressive nations, crimes on humanity, and poor living conditions from where these journalist come. They have been beaten, tortured and taken from their families because of their courage to speak out against such oppression. Let us unite and help them exercise their most basic right to speech!

Steve Killen/ Founder and Composer for Safire

Music Band Safire will debut their new album, Crashing Tiles, written by Steve Killen, songwriter and composer, and produced by Keith Sommers and Steve Killen. Crashing Tiles is a unique work influenced by the uplifting melodies of Coldplay, epic guitar tones of Rush, and vulnerability of American songwriters such as Ryan Adams and Jay Farrar. Steve's true american style peers through haunting melodies, complex arrangements, and scattered jazz harmony. A spear of accessibility draws an audience in and leaves them singing melodic hooks in the shower the next morning.

Steve Killen and Safire have received national notoriety. Between March 29 and April 5th, They were chosen out of 1.2 million bands to be featured on the home page of Reverb Nation, the worlds largest independent band network. Steve Killen has appeared on nationally syndicated radio show Ron Seggi, broadcasted worldwide from Universal Studios in Orlando. Ron Seggi has been described as "The Tonight Show of radio". Steve appeared with Chevy Chase and Ray Charles Jr. Safire's music has spun in Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, Las Vegas, Seattle, and more top 50 markets. Other radio appearances have been with national interviewers Finnigan (KISS FM - Chicago, KKRZ Z100 - Portland, KISS XM), Coach Ron Tunick, Janice Wilson, Jiggy Jaguar, Deneice Barnes, and Donna Seebo who quoted:

"Steve Killen's latest CD 'Crashing Tiles' is very special. His lyrics are poignant and touches ones heart and mind with their depth. The stories behind the lyrics lend even more insight into why they were written and why, combined with the wonderful diverse instrumentation of musical composition, it grabs your attention as you listen carefully. His music has both purpose and the power of outstanding performance. I recommend him highly as a guest and know he will continue to have a successful career doing what he loves best, writing lyrics and music."

Donna Seebo/ Talk Show Host of The Donna Seebo Show and Award Winning Author

In addition to their radio push, Safire will be featured in a 5 page photo journalistic spread in Carpe Articulum Magazine on June 1st. This issue will be distributed world wide to Carpe Articulum's 30,000 subscribers and stores in 47 countries. Steve Killen will be interviewed and published, speaking about his "Voices Project"- a project spearheaded by single hit "Voices", which he wrote for the purpose of uniting a common voice in support of underprivileged communities, against oppression, and to aid world citizens in their time of need. Steve has committed fifty percent of proceeds of "Voices" sales for the rest of his life to go to charities. Steve is the first artist known for such a commitment.

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For a Private Interview With Steve Killen Contact Bruce Merrin Public Relations

702.367.0331

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