Songwriter/Producer Roy Battle Channels the Obamas in New Music Video

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Battle produces Chris Brown's new hit single, "Changed Man," and (with Co-Writer Daniel Antonetti), turns "Presidential" borrowing a page from the First Family.

When looking for inspiration, why not go to the highest authority in the land--the First Family? In their new song and music video, "Presidential," Roy Battle and Daniel Antonetti, with an open nod to the President and First Lady, accentuate the positive, celebrating the importance of a strong, intelligent woman in a successful relationship. The release of "Presidential" on September 15th follows on the heels of "Changed Man," the new Chris Brown single that Battle produced for the popular pop star. "Changed Man" entered the charts at number 64 and is rising. And so is Battle's stock.

The music video for "Presidential" stars Battle's co-writer Antonetti (a/k/a "Deecoy"), who, in a suit and tie, looks so much like a young Barack that it's difficult to tell the real from the mock. "Deecoy's got a prettier face than I do, and he's a few years younger, so we thought he was the better choice for the lead in the video," Battle laughs.

Battle (a/k/a "Battle Roy"), 30, understands that some musicians' romantic relationships become newsworthy for the wrong reasons and, with Antonetti, set out to inspire rather than denigrate. "I've worked for seven years as a youth leader at my church. I appreciate the importance of a positive message, the need to lead and the responsibility that comes with being in the public eye where kids look up to you." And this being the year of change, the Obamas provided the perfect inspiration and vehicle for Battle's and Antonetti's song.

While not yet a household name, Battle is no novice in the music world. Nominated four times for gospel music's Dove Award, Battle has bounced between gospel and pop, working as a producer with the likes of Kelly Rowland, Frankie j, Donnie Klang, Cory Gunz, Antonio Neal, Kierra "Kiki" Sheared, and most recently Chris Brown. Antonetti, too, has a lengthy professional resume--as a percussionist--having performed with stars such as Shania Twain, Jimmy Highsmith, Willie Colon, Tito Puente, Jerry Rivera, Luis Perico Ortiz and many others.

Battle, who is signed to industry giant EMI Publishing, and Antonetti opted to release "Presidential" directly through Youtube with a link to to purchase the single. Later this month the song will also be available on iTunes and CD Baby. The video for Presidential can be viewed on YouTube by searching "Deecoy featuring Battle Roy," or at the following address:

For additional information, or to interview Battle and Antonetti, contact Tony Gross.

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