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The British Collective

bannerThe British Collective‘ (Don-E, Junior Giscombe, Leee John, Noel Mckoy and Omar)

To put into context the significance of the collaborative birth of ‘The British Collective’ we must take a journey back into the relatively short history of British R&B music.

Whilst, there were the odd record releases as they were referred to, back in the day during the sixties, by UK R&B based artists, it was not the dominant genre of the black british experience. That was reggae, which had a loyal and enthusiastic audience, who celebrated the sounds of ‘home’, in a way that sustained their cultural identity.

FB_Don-E_1200pxThere was at the same time, several jazz influenced artists who appealed to the older minority audiences, such as Georgie Fame and Dusty Springfield. Then of course from across the pond throughout the 60‘s and 70‘ s there was the powerhouse ‘Motown‘, the more gritty ‘Stax‘ and other soul based labels that really grabbed the attention of black UK youth who were seeking to broaden their musical horizons.

It was not until the 70’s that we started to see british R&B start to shape it’s unique identity. That doesn’t mean there w ere no UK based artists, at the time. There was, in the late seventies, Billy Ocean, delivered the classic, ‘Red Light Spells Danger’, but as significant a milestone as it was, these type recordings tended to occupy the pop space.

The British Collective: The Rehearsals – Romantic

FB_Junior_1200pxThe next milestone was th e birth of british lovers rock in the 70’s. It was the urban expression of british born or based black artists in the reggae space.

It had an authentic feel that was influenced by what went before, but was distinctly british. This flavour resonated with british fledgeling artists who were experimenting with a new sound, ‘The sound of British Soul’.

A sound that took from it’s lovers rock reggae counterparts and fused it with soulful vocals, jazz and funk type arrangements, in a fresh and distinctly british way. It was now the 80’s and ready or not, the world was about to get its first taste of authentic ‘British Soul Music’.

ARISE interview with Junior Giscombe of The British Collective

FB_Leee_1200pxFast-forward to ‘The British Collective’. The core members of this land mark fraternity are Don-e, Junior Giscombe, Leee John, Noel McKoy and Omar, who have been amongst the ‘Torch Bearers’ of authentic british soul music since the 80’s.

Between them, they have sold millions of records worldwide, recorded some of the most iconic british soul anthems and won many notable industry awards.

They have performed, written for and recorded with many of the world’s R&B’s legends, such as Stevie Wonder and Phyliss Hyman through to Erykah Badu and Angie Stone in the neo-soul space.

The British Collective @ Radio London Soul Night Out

FB_Noel_1200pxThe concept of ‘The British Collective’ had been an idea Junior had for a number of years but Don-e was the catalyst, ma king the collaboration a reality, when he recorded the track ‘Spiritual’ which was released in 2013 on his Little Star album and featured the core 5 members plus Carl McIntosh (of Loose Ends notoriety) and Rick Clarke. The response to the track kick started the project and since then the guys have been writing and recording.

This fully collaborative and iconic project brings together seasoned artists, musicians and performers who continue to carry forward the torches they lit several decades ago. There is no ‘lead’ singer, when it’s their time to step to the mic, they do so. True collaboration, that deserves its place in music history.

The British Collective – Romantic:Behind the Scenes

FB_Omar_1200pxThe first official ‘British Collective’ single will be Romantic, is out now. That’s just the beginning, there is an album on the way, which will be completed soon, where audiences will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy contributions from all the artists and some very special guests.

The album is full of firsts, with an emphasis on smooth, warm and familiar vocals combined with killer musical arrangements, evoking the memories of bands like Earth, Wind & Fire in a contemporary fashion. As the members of The British Collective State:

All of our contributions to music are well documented in history for all to see, but it’s all about where we go next. And we’re all really excited about that.

The British Collective: BBC Radio London Interview

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Gwendolyn Collins

gwenGwendolyn Collins is singer/songwriter

Gwendolyn CollinsA native of New Jersey, Gwendolyn Collins was blessed with the gift of song.Her distinctive style moves effortlessly between genres whilst always staying true to her trademark soulful flavour.

From performing as lead songstress for large national and international bands, to accompanying intimate Jazz trios, Gwendolyn has cultivated her talent through heartfelt lyrics and smooth vocals.

Her hard work and experience during her formative years can be heard throughout her lush debut offering, ‘Storytelling Side I’.

Gwendolyn Collins ‘The Simple Things’ single release party

10382517_654006974685540_7311540734094595351_oThis musical storytelling album treats listeners to a compilation of soul stories, infused with her individual style of rich vocals, and melodic harmonies, developed through sophisticated sultry Jazzy Soul.

The album’s lead single, ‘The Simple Things’ hit the top 5 in both the UK and Nigerian charts proving that Collins’ singular vision can also achieve notable commercial success.

‘Storytelling Side I’ showcases Gwendolyn’s considerable songwriting and production talents and sets the stage for the first act in a career that will demand many encores.

Check Gwendolyn on the MusicConnex Live Tour September 2014: 26th Paris / 27th Liverpool / 28th London / 29th Birmingham for info click this link http://www.musicconnex.co.uk/

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Grace

gracebannerGrace is a singer/songwriter

Grace13In an era dominated by ‘just-stand-there-and-look-at-me’ female vocalists, Grace will make you move.

She’s got a big voice, a big presence and absolutely enormous hair.

Cutting her teeth as backing vocalist to Sabrina Washington, Viva Brother and Deaf Havana nurtured the skills needed to be an incredible front woman and her intense synesthetic connection (google it!) to music you will never be left cold by her writing.

Grace is ready to show you what she can do.

Tonight Live @ Paper Dress 2014

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Ione-Mai

Ione-Mai_lift bannerIone-Mai (eye-oh-nee) is a talented singer-songwriter from Manchester

meShe started to carve out her career in the music industry at the tender age of 14 with her first session with 80’s soul singer Ruby Turner.

Ione-Mai went on to sing with the GORILLAZ, tour Europe and the US with folk singer Adam Green, tour the UK with Errol Brown of Hot Chocolate and featured on various gospel and jazz albums.

After developing her songwriting skills and studying Musical Theatre at New York Film Academy Ione-Mai began to focus solely on her debut E.P. “Fighting Fear” all songs were penned and co-produced by Ione-Mai drawing on her eclectic influences acoustic, soul, electronic and classical music.

Ione-Mai is continually writing new material and Sights everyone from Mariah Carey to Kiera Sheard as inspiration.

Back in the day (Acoustic)

full_length_3Fighting fear was released on the 6th of May 2013 and is available for download via soundcloud, Ione-Mai intends to make her mark in the industry as a British singer songwriter.

Ione-Mai has recently been added to the BBC introducing family that supports local unsigned talent where she is dubbed as one to watch, having performed live at their night of music at The Ruby Lounge Manchester to a great reception.

Next Ione-Mai will be supporting various acts in The UK, gigging around the country, preparing a E.P launch and continually making new music.

Building on the success of her first E.P ‘Fighting Fear’ which Ione-Mai now describes more as a demo, she is set to release her new single ‘Back in the day’ is  out now.

Who Is Ione-Mai ?

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Sulpacio Jones

bannerSulpacio Jones is a singer/songwriter

Poster_1Dynamic and authentically inspiring, Sulpacio Jones is a melodic and passionate artist, songwriter and producer, who expresses her truth through the art of love and life experience.

From San Diego, California and raised in Berkeley, California, this vibrant beauty captivates audiences with her unique funky sound and sexy musical undertones. Through transparent lyrics and a fiery flow, she has the ability to connect with listeners like none other.

As an independent R&B soul artist, Sulpacio Jones has managed to establish a strong presence in the music industry and continues to effortlessly create a synergy that expands across the world into Germany, Japan, London, Spain and the UK; topping reputable music charts with songs in rotation on mainstream radio stations.

Get To Know Me : I Am Sulpacio Jones

SW1A5175-1Her debut self-titled EP, released in summer 2013, impressed industry professionals catapulting her newest single, “Should I Stay Remixx,” to the number one spot on the Top 20 Independent Chart Show in London.

She is scheduled to play shows in London and Paris this upcoming September. She is also set to release a mixtape early August 2014 and a highly-anticipated sophomore album in late fall.

Sulpacio Jones is returning with a collection of edgy up-tempo bangers, alluring ballads, distinctive lyrical content, and class.

“No matter what’s trending and no matter how music or the demand changes, I want to consistently deliver the true essence of music to my listeners. This is what they want and it’s what I do!” she eloquentlyshares.

Sulpacio Jones performs “Anotha Lover” Q’s Lounge

With musical influences like Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Prince, Rick James, and a host of hip hop pioneers it is no surprise that Sulpacio Jones not only produces an eclectic sound that uplifts, motivates, and inspires crowds but her live performances give life to the stage, displaying the true purpose of an entertainer. The epitome of a timeless artist, she is well on her way to becoming a legend in the same manner as those she admires.

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Kianna Cameron

bannerKianna Cameron is a guitarist/singer/songwriter

DSC_1146“I used to sit in the backseat on the way to church with my headphones on listening to [groups] like Val Halen, or PoisonDef Leppard, and when the song got to the solo, I liked to pretend it was me playing it.”, recalls the singer about when she started to become interested in guitar.

In 2008, after only a short time of first playing Kianna Cameron, unexperienced and fearless, was invited to sit in on a song with a local cover band at their gig the following week.

A bar called Bill’s Place, dusty dark colored blinds over all the windows so it always felt like night, a wooden bar that streched almost the length of the small building in the middle, and opposite of that a makeshift, two tier stage.

Kianna and her parents took the only unoccupied seats, three chairs around a table close to the stage. Who knows how much time went by before one of the band members leaned into the mic and called her name. It was her first time performing in front of anyone, none the less, a crowded bar full of people.

“I don’t even remember what song we played. I dont think I even knew that night. All they said was it’s in the key of D, and off went we went.” When the band finished, she looked up from her guitar for the first time since the song started to face the large crowd.

Kianna Cameron – Live on “The Pulse”

Immediately, the place shifted from an unexpecting silence to an uncontainable applause. “I don’t know what they were expecting, but I don’t think they were expecting me to play like that”. The band invited her back to play the next week and each week to follow for a year.

DSC_0987There Kianna got her first taste of being on stage and playing live music. Now at this time in her life music was her passion, playing guitar was her love, and school was in the way.

A junior at Mineral Ridge High School in Ohio, Kianna previously a dedicated student, lost all interest. More pivotal even than that, she found herself changing and maturing.

Knowing what she wanted in life made her see everything differently and what was important to the average high school kid meant nothing to her anymore.

Kianna explains, “The few people I did hang out with, I didn’t make sense to them: why I stayed home just to practice, why I started dressing in skinny jeans and band t-shirts, why I left high school..”.

In 2009, Kianna completed her junior year at that school, the only one she’d ever known, then never returned deciding rather to spend her time working on what she loved now.

Always seeing herself as just a guitarist, stepping out front was something Kianna shied away from until seizing an opportunity meant going beyond those limits. “I was in a band that broke up, and the drummer from that band messaged me one night months later and asked if I wanted to be the guitarist in a new punk rock band he was starting. Punk rock wasn’t really my style, but by that time, I had started writing songs of my own and I was just dying for an outlet for them. Also, I wanted to get back on stage performing so of course I jumped at the opportunity.” The problem? This band had everything but a lead singer.

Mint Condition – Gumbo by Kianna Cameron

Fueled by her desire, she found the courage to suggest she be the lead singer, despite notquite yet having developed her singing skills. “I sucked!”, laughs Kianna, “It really took me awhile to find my voice, because I never pictured me being a singer. All the songs I wrote, I never intended for me to be the one singing them. But, I wanted to make music. I wanted to be apart of a band.” The young artist worked relentlessly improving and a true love for singing grew in her through the process.

DSC_1062She performed with the band, who called themselves SicKasMe, for two years gigging at bars, clubs, and festivals throughout Northeast Ohio, even releasing a CD entitled, “Music Above the Mines“.

After ending the band in 2011, unsure where to go next, Kianna began to lend her guitar playing to differnt singers, groups, recordings, and live shows.

Still, her heart was in the songs she was writing.

She decided it was time to step out even further and continue as a solo artist. Now in early 2014, new artist Kianna Cameron is throwing herself into the music on her upcoming debut album, writing and recording her own style of pop music with a sexy r&b and funk flavor.

Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen (cover) by Kianna Cameron

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Celestina

banner Her portfolio career extends the scope of Film/TV, Music, & Choreography & Dance.

Celestina2Introducing Celestina, a multi talented recording artist who brings a unique sound by merging her exotic flair over heavy-hitting electronic/pop sounds.

This West African beauty is a multi-faceted performing artist who not only plays a recurring character in the “Lionsgate” feature film sequel, Step Up: All In, but also showcases her music side with two smashing records in the motion picture “Hands Up In The Air” and “Turn It Up,” a collabo with singer, Bianca Raquel. Both singles are yielding multiple radio plays around the world and press/media coverage.

Celestina’s artistry has led her to tour all around the globe. She has also collaborated with acclaimed producers and songwriters like, The Monsters and The Strangers (GOOD Music, Flo Rida, etc), Chris Rojas (Pink, Big Time Rush, etc.), Rob. A! (Chris Brown, Rihanna, etc.), Michelle Bell (Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, etc.), and so on.

Celestina & Bianca Raquel – “Turn It Up”

Her new hit record, “Hands Up In the Air,” produced by LloydQuinPearson (Elisa Schwartz, Bianca Ryan) and JeremyJhawkHawkins (Rej3ctz, E-40) was released for digital release on August 5th alongside the Step Up: All In soundtrack release featuring Celestina’s record “Turn It Up” produced by G’harahPKDegeddingseze (Chris Brown, Usher) and records by Diplo, Steve Aoki, Lil Wayne, Pitbull, and many more. Celestina enjoys writing music that encourages her fans to dance their pain away. Multiple music bloggers stated that Celestina’s music will be in heavy rotation for a long time!

Celestina – “Hands Up In The Air

Celestina3Celestina’s portfolio career extends the scope of Film/Television, Music, and Choreography & Dance. In Film and Television, Celestina has landed roles as guest VJ for MTV Tr3s, to cameos and co-star roles in feature films like Alvin and the Chipmunks.

TV series such as Malibu Country with Reba Macintyre and Travie McCoy, 90210, The Game, and National Campaigns for Ford, iPod, Crystal Light and much more.

Her stamp in the Choreography & Dance industry, is also armed with a resume that includes artists such as, Prince, Chris Brown, Robin Thicke, Ashley Simpson, Usher, The Black Eyed Peas, Wyclef Jean, and Jason Derulo to name a few.

STEP UP ALL IN – Trailer – Official [HD] — 2014

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The-Floacist-2014NatalieThe FloacistStewart is a singer/poet

The Manifestation

PGPhoto_PhoenixMermaid-36Born in Germany to Jamaican born and British raised parents, NatalieThe FloacistStewart is a natural.

The trained actress and slam champion poet, she made her stage debut at age three.

As a graduate of Richard Branson’s BRIT Performing Arts and Technology College where she earned the title of ‘Student of The Year.’

The Floacist later went on to invite her long time friend Marsha Ambrosius to perform at a poetry event that Natalie was headlining along side her renowned performance poetry group ‘3 Plus 1.‘  That night, Floetry was born.  As the creative mastermind of Floetry, The Floacist acted as manager and PR agent.

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She then managed to take her blossoming artistic venture from South London to Philadelphia and ultimately, to the World.  So, 

after five years of non-stop, sold out, touring and selling well over 1 million copies of three released albums and a live album DVD, Floetry moved on to solo ventures.

The Graduation: Floetic Soul

PGPhoto_PhoenixMermaid-4The Floacist’s solo debut offering, Floetic Soul, was released November 9, 2010. “Floetic Soul was inspired by the understanding that my original Floetic concept of `Poetic Delivery with Musical Intent’ had not come to an end, even though my group, Floetry had completed it’s cycle.

Joining forces with the mesmerizing wordsmith, is a stellar line up of guests including soul crooners Musiq Soulchild and Raheem DeVaughn.

As well as the God-Daughter of Soul, Lalah Hathaway.  With production by the likes of JR Hudson (Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild) and Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis (George Clinton, Kim Burrell, Will Downing).

The Evolution: Floetry Re:Birth

On November 13, 2012, The Floacist celebrated the ten year anniversary since her creative vision took flight with the release of her new and sophomore recording, Floetry Re:Birth.

“These past ten years have been one of self-love and independence.  Floetry Re:Birth explores that journey,” shares the London based artist. The Floacist is joined for the first time on recording by the lovely gold-selling South African singer Thandiswa, from the popular and celebrated South African unit Bongo Maffin. “My vision and dream for this project is for people to pick up the album, learn the words, and then come to the show so that we can connect in the divine energy and vibration of music!  I love the road.  I look forward to hearing my music grow as I tour.

Forever – The Floacist (featuring Musiq Soulchild)

THE RISE

The Floacist’s third album ‘RISE of the Phoenix Mermaid was released on March 18th 2014.  RISE of the Phoenix Mermaid has been inspired, as always, by my personal walk and journey through the pages of the day to day parable that is my life!

RISE is a compilation of a few songs that I wrote in 2006/7, at the point of the end of Floetry, that I didn’t have the opportunity to share but have now reworked and finally am delighted to present to my audience, as well as a few completely new songs that I manifested in 2013, and I have also converted some of my favorite spoken word pieces into the Floetic ethos of song structure. The creation of this album has been about reflection, empowerment, self love, acceptance, submission, the Divine Feminine and the completion concept of endings leading to new beginnings.

The Floacist – Feel Good

PGPhoto_PhoenixMermaid-10For all of the people who have been along for the journey of Floetry and eventually my solo artist walk, the message is about perseverance and alignment.

The message is about being prepared for one’s own opportunities. The message is about the ability to rise from the abyss of isolation, journeying upwards always, out of the ashes from the purification of the fires of change.

The Floacist Talks About New Album Rise Of The Phoenix Mermaid

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Marguerite

MargoStudioPromoMarguerite is an Singer/Songwriter/Poet and Entrepreneur

Marguerite “Turnin Toxic” Review

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Do you like classic uplifting positive Soul Music with a Message? If so this album is for you, 17 great songs about life, love and learning from a woman who has seen a lot of life’s difficulties due to a long list of medical problems. None of her difficulties seem to have dented her spirit but made her stronger and this shines out through the lyrics in her songs.

As Marguerite says “If music doesn’t have a message then it has no meaning”,this is the work of a woman with talent, spirit and attitude but most of all great love which “Spread Love” highlights with its message of giving love to people as we walk through life .

The quality and variety of song ensures that all real soul music lovers will find their tastes catered for.

Another favourite of mine is “At The End Of The Day” with a message that speaks to me its ok being you so love yourself too. The title track is a social commentary about where the world is going wrong in 2014, a message that needs to be heard alongside the positive tunes.

Marguerite can sing upbeat and down-tempo tunes equally well and “Together “is a great example of how she handles the slower song. The song “Keep It Movin “ captures the spirit of Marguerite perfectly as she sings “ keep it real or keep it movin “ Marguerite is a lady whose voice needs to be heard in 2014

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About Marguerite

1273309_10202232143270578_648232084_oMy name is Marguerite. My Mother nicknamed me Tina as a young girl after Tina Turner because of my voice and the way I danced.

I am a native of Washington, D.C. My birthday falls on the 5th day of November. Despite any pseudonyms for being creatively me – Tina, Miracle, Margo and then back to Marguerite!

When you say my name, say it loud and sweet, let it roll off your lips and say “Marguerite”!

I am an Independent Artist living with disabilities. It is my hopes to encourage and inspire others in all walks to never give up on their dreams and know that “through positive thought all things are possible”.

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I am a survivor of six brain surgeries, both knees replaced twice, both hips replaced, lost of right eye, right jaw replaced, multiple heart attacks, multiple strokes, seizures, and more due to prolonged steroid treatment for a tumor “I never had”. Music is my salvation; it helped me through a long healing process.

615267_10202232143310579_72387835_oI began creatively writing as soon as I could spell and write. When I was 8 years old I wrote a commercial jingle for the Kellogg’s stick up for breakfast contest in which I won first prize.

I wrote small plays for my siblings and myself to perform for our parents and sometimes other friends and family members. I draw, paint landscapes and abstracts. Graphic arts and electronic publishing have become a few of my self-taught accomplishments.

The Back Alley Theater and the D.C. Black Repertory in the District of Columbia is where I trained to be an actress. I went from being a student to being on stage with a natural grace. My friends and family encouraged me to become a singer after they saw my performances in musical plays.

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I took everybody’s advice to pursue a career as a singer and life has been a song ever since.I have worked with groups/bands in D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Miami doing live and recorded performances. People liken me to the late Phyllis Hyman and to Chaka Khan, who happen to be my mentors.

1294592_10202232143350580_80544563_oMedical trauma interrupted my growth as an Artist/Singer; however, my triumph over many adversities has made me stronger, more loving, and caring.

My enhanced spiritual and emotional growth reflects in my writing and in my delivery of the songs I write.

A friend, who is a big fan said, “I have a soul stirring voice with powerful words that will “make” a person want to listen.”

Marguerite-Singer/Songwriter

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Alaina Nelson

banner Alaina NelsonAlaina Nelson is a singer, songwriter and actress

image2In a day and age where true artistry is rarely demonstrated and even less likely to be celebrated, Philadelphia based singer/songwriter Alaina Nelson claws her way to center stage…ready, willing and fully capable of defying the odds.

A self-proclaimed ‘artsy artist,’ her sugary, story-telling soprano grabs you by the hand and beelines straight to the left.

Perhaps a sub-conscious, yet brazen attempt to distract you from her ambiguous appearance…or just maybe, a mere glimpse into the gray area that is her world.

The daughter of a local icon, singer/musician DaveSonnyNelson, Alaina was often the only child present at his band rehearsals. Tucked away in a corner, her eyes open wide with fascination; it was there that the adoration she held for her father sparked her love affair with music.

Even further defining Alaina was her upbringing as a child of African-American, Irish, German, and Native American descent in a rough, urban neighborhood on the outskirts of Philadelphia.

This instilled a survivability instinct within her that would later become evident in the lyrics she would write and the passion with which she would sing… At the tender age of five, she began cultivating her musical roots via training in piano and musical theater, and it quickly became apparent that she had been blessed with a beautiful gift…a powerful, luminous, and undeniable voice.

Alaina Nelson behind the scenes of “Still In Love”

legshotAlaina’s focus shifted toward industry icons like Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Teena Marie, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey; with whom she was strongly impressed by their vocal delivery, writing and performances.

Relentless in her pursuit, Alaina studied these artists all the while honing her skills by performing as much as possible up and down the east coast in weddings, talent showcases, corporate events, and festivals.

Although her sound was often compared to Teena Marie vocally, Alaina’s original music began to exhibit a heavy hip-hop/soul influence, a result of being captivated by artists like Mary J. Blige, Busta Ryhmes and A Tribe Called Quest.

Alaina has spent the last few years signed to several independent labels, none of which produced a final product.

Finally, Alaina decided to take fate into her own hands and test the waters as a true independent…writing, recording and releasing her album, entirely on her own.

Alaina Nelson “Still In Love” feat. DyShon Penn of MTB4 

April 8, 2014 marked the release of her first commericial single, entitled “Frisky Tipsy.” This was the third single released from her album (Behind “If Time Were On Our Side” & “Still In Love“) but it was the first collaboration with her current producer/co-writer Caino, and it showcased not only her growth as a writer & vocalist, but a whole new sound. Alaina finally released her long awaited debut EP, “Miss Alaineous” in May.

headphoneIn love with the process, Alaina is currently writing & recording the follow up to her debut album, which she plans to release as an LP before the years end.

She’s the lead female singer for The John King Dance Band, a part of Philly’s premiere talent agency, EBE, as well as Expressions Models.

Having also returned to her acting roots, Alaina is currently filming a television show (Rollo Robertson Productions) entitled “Runaways,” where she stars as the fearless mafia princess, Gloria Salmaducci.

Never one to quit or be silenced, Alaina continues to grow as a singer, songwriter and actress. More comfortable in her own skin than ever, all the world is her stage … she plans on using every square inch of it.

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Héllena

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972525_10152315204439828_351018482_nUK based Greek born singer/songwriter Héllena moved to Athens in 2005 to take on piano and modern singing lessons.

By 2009 she was working on original material and in 2010 she recorded her self-titled EP.

In late 2011 she decided to take a leap of faith and moved to the UK to work on her debut album with MTV award-winning producer Stereo Mike.

The first single borne out of the collaboration was “Don’t Change“, which set thescene for what was about to come.

Living in London for only a short time, Héllena made it into the MTV Unsigned Top 20 and gained 6 Gold awards on BEAT100 for “Don’t Change” and “Dream Big“.

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IMG_9712In March 2013 she performed at SXSW festival and by early 2014 she reached as high as No2 in ReverbNation‘s Soul/R’N’B London charts.

Fresh off a guest appearance on Simon Lederman‘s BBC London 94,9 fm show, Héllena is building a strong online fanbase and performing live with her band across the UK.

19th of May 2014 saw the release of Héllena’s latest single ‘Dream Big’ from her forthcoming album “Body & Soul“.

This singer/songwriter is being tipped for future success so keep your eyes on this talented diverse artist.

Héllena – Mallorca (Acoustic at home)

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bannerExenia (ek-SEN-ya) is a singer/songwriter and dancer/choreographer based in NYC.

Neo2soul met up with Exenia to discuss the new EP “5 Sides” as well many other areas of her career to date.

editedAAA_0785-1Can you tell the readers a bit more about you?

I’m originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and I have been a dancer all my life. My mother has been teaching ballroom dance for over 35 years.

Growing up dancing so much – from ballroom to salsa, hustle, hip hop, contemporary, west coast swing, etc. – I heard and learned to appreciate all kinds of music. I moved to New York City almost five years ago to pursue my goals and dreams.

When did you know that you could do this for a career, and who gave you the push to get here?

I always wanted to leave the midwest for the “big city.” I watched my mother hustle really hard as a dance teacher, but she was able to do what she loved because of it.

She encouraged me to believe I could do anything. When I was 12 years old, I felt very strongly that I wanted to sing and dance for the rest of my life. I’m not where I want to be yet but I’m working on it!

Who were your first musical influences that you can remember?

I heard a lot of latin music as a kid… Frank Sinatra, standards too… just being in the dance studio. I loved swing music, blues and jazz. Mariah Carey, Whitney, and Celine Dion – vocal powerhouses – were huge stars when I was a kid. I loved hip hop and r&b and that was my favorite style to listen to in terms of “popular” music when I was young and clicking radio buttons. I loved anything funky and groovy. I also started imitating Michael Jackson very young.

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How would you describe the music that you make? I know it’s hard to compare yourself to other artists and styles, but what kind of vibe is your music on?

I have gotten some really great comparisons to people like Alicia Keys, India.Arie, and Sade so far. I listened to a lot of Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, Prince, Maxwell, Eric Benet, and Jill Scott the year before I made this EP, so you can definitely hear those influences in there. I would describe the music as r&b/soul/pop, and those are broad umbrella terms but you hear touches of each of those things on the record. I would also say it sounds “sweet.” It has a lightness, a femininity and a softness about it. It’s also sexy, intelligent, and very groove-oriented.

editedAAA_0635_1About how long did it take to put together?

The EP actually took a long time from start to finish. I started writing most of the songs in the spring of 2012, and we began recording in May of that year. Jesse Fischer – my producer, engineer and main collaborator – was very busy and so was I, because I was going to college full-time, so we had to fit in sessions whenever we could.

But he was incredibly helpful and accommodating, as were the other musicians I chose to work with. The record was finally mastered in the Spring of 2013, just before I graduated from college. But I had to take more time to build my confidence, also to get the money together to do the photo shoot for the cover, etc.

I finally did a Kickstarter this past spring to raise the fees necessary to put the record out independently. So technically, it was created in about a year, but it took 2 years to release it so people could hear it. I would have liked to have moved faster… especially because I’ve been changing and evolving as an artist so much since I recorded it.

But it is tough to do everything yourself, independently, with no label support, and I feel proud of myself for doing things that way, maintaining my agency and ownership of my work, and I have faith that the timing was for the best. It’s all good – and I am just so happy it’s out now! I love watching things unfold as more people hear it, and I can’t wait to find more career opportunities to do more things, and in due time, release a full-length album.

Exenia – Cover of “Rocket” by Beyonce

editedAAA_0711_1How many of these songs are written about your own personal experiences?

All of them. The EP is called “5 Sides” because we refer to songs as “sides” in music, but also because it is like 5 sides of my personality and my experience.

Studio work or performing live, which of these do you prefer most and why?

I like them both for different reasons. Studio work is so detailed, like a fine art, and you explore and develop yourself in that process.

But performing live, I feel alive in a different way, and I love the energy of being on stage so much! I love to create things on the spot, dance, and entertain people.

Which aspect of being an independent artist and the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?

I am most encouraged by the positive responses I have received from people who have worked with me and heard the music, and by the creative freedom of doing things independently.

I love creative collaborations that just feel “right,” too. I am most discouraged by… I guess how slow things can be. There are definitely periods when you are doing things on your own where not much is happening or you feel like you are waiting around. It is hard sometimes to stay excited when things slow down, but the creative process has an ebb and flow where that is going to happen. I love music so much, and I’ve had such big dreams since I was a kid, so I often feel like I want to get where I am going “NOW! Right now!”… But anything worth doing requires patience.

Exenia – Crazy For You by Adele (Cover)

AAA_0719If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why?

I would love to work with Timbaland. I think he has a really unique sound and as a dancer I am drawn to the intricacy of his sonic palette. This record is so acoustic and band-oriented, but I aspire to do some more with electronic sounds and a pop aesthetic as well. I would also love to collaborate with Prince… that would be a dream.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Putting out my debut EP! Definitely!

So what does the future hold for you as an artist? Have you got any big plans that you can tell us about before you go?

I plan to bring the music to life through dance at some point… and I want all of you watching that when it happens. I’m seeking the right connections to make my next moves right now.

Where can We find You?

You can find me at my website and Tumblr blog at http://www.exeniamusic.com, and you can follow me on Twitter, FB, Youtube, and Instagram @ExeniaMusic as well. You can get your copy of the EP at http://www.exenia.bandcamp.com

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Rufus

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IMG_9237 copyRufus is a fresh face who brings a refreshing sound to R&B music.

He is a musician with a genuine desire to bridge the gap between the youth and elders of today with his music being the catalyst for change and the voice of positivity.

His first full length album entitled “Growing Pains” is set to drop early in 2014. It is a very personal and real autobiographical journey of Rufus’ growth as an individual, a role model, a songwriter and as an artist.

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_dsc1326In the tradition of many renowned R&B musicians, Rufus began singing with the church at the age of 6.

Born in Toronto, ON but raised in a West Indian Caribbean household he was exposed to and highly influenced by many of the music legends of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

Throughout his high school years he continued to sculpt his vocal and performance talents as the lead singer in a cover band he also began experimenting in song writing, creating a library of life chronicles.

He found it very therapeutic to channel personal and challenging life experiences and turn them into heartfelt lyrics.

In early 2014 Rufus will release his debut album “Growing Pains” a collection of R&B tunes taking listeners through an intimate life journey of the experiences from being a young boy to becoming a man.

Lyrically there is a story everyone can relate too and sonically there are sounds to please everyone’s ears.

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_dsc1296The albums single “Hold On Me” was released as a tease in late 2013 followed by an official music video which gained outstanding buzz amongst online blogs and DJ’s around the world.

To complete the album Rufus collaborated with industry respected producers Atilla Toth, Joel Joseph (Nelly Furtado, Ivana Santilli), Chris Rouse & Cyrus Hira and musical engineer Chris Crerar (Serena Ryder, Prince, Backstreet Boys).

Rufus – Free (Official Music Video) – Extended Video

Rufus TouchupsThroughout his career Rufus has humbly worked with award winning producers Markus Kane (Shania Twain, Serena Ryder), Slakah The Beat Child (Drake) and has shared the stage with many Canadian musical icons such as Wade O’Brown, Jully Black, Divine Brown, Classified, Kim Davis, Classified, Glenn Lewis, Shad and many more.

Rufus continually works with top musicians and producers which challenge him to grow rhythmically and lyrically to create meaningful music without jeopardizing who he is as an artist and more importantly a person.

Each Rufus show is full of energy and guarantees that you will be left wanting more. He has a commanding stage presence and a natural ability connect with his audience. When you see Rufus perform it becomes clear that he lives through his music.

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“You always remember the first time hearing that understated record which helps propel an emerging artist. If you’re an R&B fan, this is that record from Rufus.” – When the Beat Drops

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Kenza DAWN

bannerKenza DAWN is spoken word Hip Hop, Neo Soul talent

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DAWN First Light that Pierces the Darkness, Signaling a New Day

Kenza DAWN is HIP HOP Tricked-Out on the Neo Soul Tip. A Wordsmith; skillfully Blending HIP HOP, Neo Soul, & Spoken Word.

Compared to musical greats such as M.C. Lyte, Queen Latifah, and Lauryn Hill, Kenza DAWN’s unique style and powerful lyrics are leaving an imprint on the music industry and the hearts of millions.

No stranger to the stage, she has performed with Hansberry Sands Theater Company, Andre Lee Ellis & Company, been featured in national commercials, film, television, and graced numerous stages across the country.

As an MC, Kenza DAWN has opened up for artists such as KRS One, Kanye West, and Kem.

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femme5“Music is my pleasure, my passion, and my purpose. It’s part of me.

I want people to feel my music; to be inspired, motivated, encouraged, and moved.

I want them to experience love and truth when they hear me.

I’m unapologetically feminine and my music is a celebration all that I am. I am a Wordsmith, a Femcee.” – Kenza DAWN

Kenza DAWN ‘Sista’

Kenza DAWN’s Mixtape Series ‘REVIBAL‘, produced by Muzik Mob Inc’s Rizz Rydah, is a masterful sneak peek at her musical depth and diversity. A Milwaukee native, Kenza DAWN is passionate about impacting the world through music.

femme8The REVIBAL Mixtape Series has received global support and is establishing Kenza DAWN’s presence in the United States and abroad.

On March 14th, 2014 Kenza DAWN released the first single “For You” from the forthcoming album. Her second mixtape, ‘REVIBAL 2‘ was released 04/04/2014. The highly anticipated debut album ‘Feminetics‘ will be released June 10th, 2014.

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Yasmine Amari

banner Yasmine AmariYasmine Amari is a singer/songwriter

10352561_867525906607690_9172860377024638012_nYasmine AmariAustralian born,  Arabian decent, Urban Soul RnB Lioness! A poet, warrior and nurturer.

Amari’s sultry cool is bringing back music with meaning. She rises to the occasion thumping out heavy beats soulful melodies and anthems for the lover, warrior and survivor in us all.

Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated new artists to arise out of Australia. An independent artist making her mark on all those she passes, leaving fans, listeners and collaborators feeling her soul on fire and lyrical prowess.

With her creativity barely touching the surface, it has been an exciting musical journey decoding her inner cypher. With nothing but trust in her heart and determination in her veins she has set out to share her energy and art with all ready to receive it.

Representing her self-chosen title, ‘Amari’ meaning ‘Immortal builder’, ‘Strength’, ‘Eternal Beauty‘ and ‘Eternal Life’ in various languages. She continues to remain original with her stand out image style; ‘street’ mixed with ‘tribal’ reinforced with cool, class and beauty. Carrying her spine straight with her spirit risen and pure. A decisive woman who respects talent but favors soul, promising an edge not to be ignored.

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As the only professional musician, in her family, her story is not the cliché beginning most other artists seem to possess. Since growing up in a small Australian town, raised in a hard working farming family surrounded by the purity of the wilderness with the spiritual feeling of freedom, her expression is unadulterated, pure and true.

1688305_862526850440929_8468891033861932988_nAmari has been winning the support and hearts of industry greats, from Multi US Grammy Award Winning Songwriters, Producers and Multi Australian ARIA Award Winning professionals to Motown Legends, the list goes on! Growing from strength to strength and constantly growing stronger and more intriguing with every release,

Amari has kept audiences enraptured in her journey, pleasantly surprising fans and industry professionals with her music and style. Amari is the Lioness in all of us. The protector and the hunter with compassion and pride that dwells in every heartbeat.

Lyrically confrontational, strong yet vulnerable with a delicate sensitive balance. She’s to the point no fuss real.

NOT ME (Official Video) – YASMINE AMARI

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Senani

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Celebrity_photographers_sydney_glamour_nudes_art_photography_SeductiveIntroduce yourself and tell us where you are from?

I’m Senani and I am a singer/songwriter born in Sri Lanka and based in Australia. I create music of several different genres, however my main style is soul, funk and R&B.

When did you start making music and realize that you wanted to be a singer?

I first started singing at the age of 5 and playing the piano and dancing at 7 years old. I started songwriting from the age of 14 years old and I realised I wanted to be a recording artist and performer from the age of 7 years old.

I always had music around me, being from a musical family. My mother was an A grade radio singer and dancing teacher in Sri Lanka before becoming a well known actress there. I grew up around Eastern music (from Sri Lanka and India) as well as soul, funk from the Motown era.

When I was 15 years old I mentioned to my parents that I wanted to become a professional singer and create music, however, I was encouraged to follow another career to support myself and went to University, studying Medicine at the same time as studying for my AMEB exams in piano and taking Vocal lessons. I started recording music soon after I left university and started writing for my full length album Infinity in 2010. I have produced and promoted all my music independently.

Voodoo Girl – Senani

How would you describe the music that you make? I know it’s hard to compare yourself to other artists and styles, but what kind of vibe is your music on?

My music is based on soul and funk, as well as elements of eastern music by fusing tabla and sitar with funk and pop grooves. It’s a mix of uptempo uplifting vibes such as in the song Free and soulful ballads such as A Special Kind Of Girl. Many of the musical ideas for my songs are created through a process of channelling and inspiration rather than by formula or theory and don’t follow any rules. Hence, a lot of the music on my album isn’t purely of a specific style or genre. I do love creating catching melodies that people can sing along to.

What do you think sets you apart from other female singers in the game right now?

Senani Free Black dressMy style draws from elements of soul, funk, eastern music and Jazz. Being a dancer, the groove is very important in my songs and is often the feature, such as in Voodoo Girl, Free, Flirting not Working and Just us.

My voice has been likened to artists such as Sade, Bjork, Katherine Battle and Minnie Ripperton. Using sweet soulful tones with an edge in my voice at times and a high range up to two octaves above middle C, I like to explore all shades, tones and colours when I express myself vocally.

My music has been featured on MTV India and Rage and MTV in Australia as well as received airplay in the USA and national FM radio. As an independent artist based in Australia, I believe the world is not beyond exploration and I have ventured outside, promoting and performing in countries such as the USA (Nashville and LA) for extended periods and Asia. I will be venturing towards Europe in the summer of 2014 to promote my single release FREE (the remixes) and the upcoming fusion/alternative single New day.

A special kind of girl – by Senani

What do you enjoy the most about the whole process of recording and writing music? Is there something that you absolutely love and is there anything that maybe you don’t like doing as much?

I enjoy the whole process of creating new music, from the conception of the melody, lyrics and chords, which as previously mentioned, these days is mostly created through channelling to the recording of the musical arrangement, mixing and mastering.

Music channelling is an exciting process, one that occurs spontaneously and without thought. The ideas are delivered to me via a higher source and I am just the transcriber. During these moments I feel connected with the higher energy and Universe and feel I am In sync with the greater creative force that surrounds us that often we ignore or take for granted.

I tend to be a perfectionist when I create a track. I record all my vocals in my home studio and I am very critical of the results, wanting to create the best that I can. Often this leads to parts needing to be recorded again or reworked. Sometimes it becomes frustrating if I can’t get the vocals sounding the way I like them to after a few attempts. However, I realise that with a bit of persistence and letting go, the right take seems to flow and I achieve what I imagined it would sound like.

291296_116251335142014_1701908_oWhat do you consider your biggest achievement so far?

When my song FREE was nominated for a 2013 Hollywood Music in Media awards in the R&B/soul category and when I was listed in the hot 100 of unsigned artists of 2013 by the reputable music industry magazine Music Connection in the USA.

I attended the awards show at the Fonda theatre in Hollywood in November 2013 and It was exciting to be a part of a prestigious industry event such as this. It was my first time walking on the red carpet and being interviewed by local cable TV and radio.

The song ‘Free‘ has received airplay on USA cable Tv programs such as Sidewalks TV and California Music channel and is being promoted by MTV India Roots.

What feedback from the media have you had?

Well known Australian radio presenter/producer of The edge program, 96.1FM, Charlie Fox, describes the singles ‘Free’ and ‘Voodoo Girl’ as “really nice stuff, very classy”, believing it is the kind of music that will have international appeal, particularly in the United States, The United Kingdom and Asia.

Let’s talk about your latest project, Who dealt with the production and how long did it take to make?

Infinity is my first full length album and I started writing the songs for this project in 2010. I worked with a couple of co-writers and musicians, Eric Rasmussen (ex Heatwave band member) and Nik Pringadi who have worked with the likes of Cindy Lauper, Rick Astley, Smokey Robinson, Karen Carpenter, Samantha Fox, Human Nature and many other International and local acts to produce half of the tracks on my album, including the title track Infinity.

I also worked with Andro Martinez from the Martinez brothers and DJ Alex Svetlov, to add extra production on several of the tracks including Free, Voodoo Girl and Just Us.

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Being a self produced album, however, Infinity and it’s creation was supervised along the way from conception to completion by me. I like to oversee all aspects of the production, lending my input to vocal and music arrangements as well as the sound of the final mixed and mastered product.

Infinity, the singles was released in December 2013 and contains 6 tracks including Infinity, Voodoo Girl, Free, A special kind of Girl, No more and Just us.

Do you think that radio is still important now in the digital age?

Yes, I do. Although I believe it is appearing in a different form such as via internet radio stations which the public have world-wide access to. Local radio is becoming less of a utilised source for new music I believe these days, compared to sites such as spotify and You tube.

Wijesena_S8326_131 retouch2 goodDo you think the internet helps or hinders independent artists?

I think the internet greatly helps independent artists achieve local and world-wide exposure and to a greater audience than previously. It allows an artist to build up a following in many places at once, without necessarily having to be based in those countries or cities.

Let’s talk image and branding for a minute. Some artists spend lots of money on artwork and other acts aren’t that interested. How important is image, artwork and branding to you?

I am an artist and performer as well as a creator of music and I have always placed an importance on the image I present to the public as an artist. My image or branding translates a message to the public about the kind of music I create as well as my stage persona. I like wearing hats and funky, vibrant clothing, donning on head pieces and unusual jewellery and glamorous make overs. As an individual off stage, on a day to day basis, though, I am conservative and simple and the branding is in a sense my alter ego.

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Do you enjoy playing live? Have you done many gigs and what kind of artists have you supported or played alongside?

My favourite and most loved aspect of my music life is live performance. It is where I can be fully in the moment and at one with the music. It is where I can let go of the intricate process of creation and production and be in a different place in myself as an expressive performer. I love dancing and creating a show case and treat each performance as a piece of art to be shared with my fans. I love the experience of joy and happiness I feel when I perform on stage as well as the ability to create happiness in others through music expression.

291296_116251331808681_3941163_oI perform regularly in local clubs and festivals in Australia such as the Basement in Sydney and the Mattara Music Festival and also played in numerous venues during my 7 month stay in the USA (Nashville and LA) in 2013.

I have played alongside artists such as Silver Chair and Margaret Urlich at the Mattara Music festival and appeared on National TV at the NBN telethon with silverchair. I played in LA club, Room 5 lounge in December 2013 with guitarist Michael O’neill (band member for George Benson) and Grammy award winning Bassist Hussain Jiffrey who plays with Herb Alpert and Serges Mendes.

What music were you bumping when you were coming up?

My music mentor is Michael Jackson. He has shaped and influenced me as an artist/performer and as a person since the age of 9 years old. My all time favourite album is Off The Wall. I also enjoy listening to neo soul artists such as Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Maxwell as well as all time favourites Whitney Houston, Aaliyah, Billie Holiday, Motown, Sade and 70’s disco and funk.

Senani- Live Superstar Dance, Blue Beat

What plans have you got for the future?

I am currently working on a new single release, ‘New Day‘, which is a fusion track that blends eastern sounds with a rock/alternative edge. This song as well as several tracks from the Infinity album have featured maestro Tabla player Bobby Singh and sitarist Sarangan Sriranganathan and has had extra production by Nik Pringadi.

Would like to send any shout outs to anybody?

Godfrey Fletcher for his hard work and persistence at keeping all of us Soul singers and songwriters out in the public ear. Thanks for your patience my dear friend with me getting these answers back to you.

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Free (original radio mix)- by Senani

Australian music magazine the Drum Media has given my music favourable reviews including this one for a previous single ‘I am Gone” (see below)

‘Another Novocastrian, but though opening for the Chair – back when they were the Innocent Criminals, yet-making very different music. This is well made for an indie, very commercial R&B, of what is called that these day. It really does sound like it should be running out of your TV on a Saturday morning. Has some suitably ethnic flavour coming through to make it a little more individual, and that stutter in it that makes dancing to it in need of a little thought between head and feet. And there’s that phone-tone noise again. Sorry there’s only the one song (and mixes thereof) but an EP is on the way, apparently’

Everything I Do (EP) – Senani Great soul singer, another Newcastle product!

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An Excellent Singer

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Free (Cliff Randall radio remix)- by Senani

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Setoria

bannerSetoria is an singer/songwriter

Wood standingBorn in Florida, raised in Maryland. Setoria fell in love with the way music made her feel at the tender age of 5.

She began singing in church choirs and also explored the art of theater as she participated in many school musical plays.

Setoria tried to master other instruments such as various percussions, keyboard and flute, but soon discovered that a pen, pad and microphone were the only tools needed to make a statement.

To enhance her gift, Setoria has gained vocal lessons from Eric Arceneaux, who has also earned the respect of industry heavy weights, like Brett Manning, Lis Lewis, and Jennifer Hudson.

She made her mark in the Washington, D.C. area by regularly performing with the band, “N-Touch”, as well as other various R&B/Jazz and Go-Go bands around the Metropolitan region executing soulful cover tunes.

He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat) cover by Setoria

Wood sitting down 2She is currently working on her solo album featuring her first smash hit single “Shorty”.

The song has already hit the ground running with international recognition and will also be featured in an upcoming independent film by April Reign Productions entitled “Love Him or Leave Him”. The film is set to be released the summer of 2014.

Setoria cites Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, Mahalia Jackson, Lauren Hill, Prince, Millie Jackson, Miles Davis, Bon Jovi and Chuck Brown as some of her biggest influences and inspirations.

With an eclectic sound stemming from her diversified musical background, it’s hard to place her in just one genre so she created her own, “Gumbo”. She describes this as a mixture of R&B, Soul, Jazz, Gospel, Hip-Hop, Rock, and Go-Go beats.

Her expressive lyrics are recognized more as pages to her diary as she share stories of her personal experiences, thoughts, dreams, and nightmares.

Happy Feelings cover by Setoria

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Michaela Therese

bannerMichaela Therese is singer/songwriter

MichaelaTherese_Donn_forweb1Michaela is a soul vocalist, pianist, songwriter, producer and teacher. “I don’t feel the need to be boxed into a genre,” Michaela says of her style. “

I am heavily influenced by jazz, sure, but I am also in love with rock music and drum ‘n’ bass and hiphop.

I’ve always had a naturally soulful and bluesy vibe so because of that, no matter what music I make, I consider it soul, above all.”

But she emphasises that her “lyrics and poetry are what truly give weight” to her work, and that she is “grateful to the power of music for supporting the statements” she feels she needs to make.

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photo 4This is especially how she feels about her new album, “My Name Is MEEKELLAH“, which was released on 30th April 2014. the album is a collection of her original music from the beginning of her career to where she is now.

The personal, soulful character of the whole album has elements of hiphop, post-rock and jazz. the first single, “Final Call” was released on iTunes and Lush99.5fm (Singapore) on February 1st. the album is a biography in itself.

Michaela was born in Singapore into a musical family, and started playing the piano at age 4. She was 13 when she and 3 close friends from her church choir won a national music competition and from then, she knew music would be her path.

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201446_114291648653759_108789709203953_119503_3818862_oAfter junior college, Michaela joined the hiphop collective “Urban Xchange“, which was signed to Universal Music and was the spokesband for Coca-Cola‘s “Life Tastes Good” campaign.

She also furthered her music education in Lasalle College of the Arts and graduated in 2004. by that time, she was a well-respected solo musician in the Singapore live music scene.

Michaela has played long-standing gigs at Swing Jazz Bar, Harry’s, Acid Bar, Timbre, Klee and many others.

Penitentiary Philosophy (Erykah Badu

MichaelaTherese_Lingun colouredSince then, Michaela has collaborated with Brian McKnight, Cosa Nostra, Darker Than Wax and Dream Academy, opened for José James and Carleen Anderson, successfully sold out 2 Late Nite concerts at The Esplanade Recital Studio (Singapore).

She also performed in venues in KL, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Sri Lanka and London and is an established artist at the Mosaic Music Festival as well as the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Festival.

When asked who her top influences are, she lists Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson, and her hero, Erykah Badu.

Michaela is currently based in Singapore. she now works primarily with her band L.A.B. and is working on their first EP as well as the debut release of her other musical identity, Miss Mic.

Care Enough – by L.A.B.

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Ms. AJ

bannerMs. AJ is a singer/songwriter

Ms. AJ BNL 023Ms. AJ born as April Jones in Birmingham, AL was given a talent a musical talent that is undeniable.

Ms. AJ began singing at the age of six in church and other community gospel events. As time progressed she began singing in local talent shows, youth fairs, chorus competitions and stage plays was Ms. AJ’s past time.

In the year 2000 she moved to Atlanta, GA. While living in the great city referred to as “HotAtlanta” she began lending her voice to local Atlanta artists such as Xavier Lewis, JamPoet, and her home church New Covenant Christian Ministries where she serves on the praise team and in the choir.

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Ms. AJ BNL 008She has been a featured artist at events such as JamSession Nights in Chattanooga, TN, Gospel According to Jazz, Chattanooga Soul, The Mighty Experience at Apache Café, Jalik’s Sumthing Spectacluar at Kats Café, PlatinumSoul by Platinummics.com, main stage at Bronner Brothers Hair show main stage in August 2010, the VIP Suites in August 2010, February 2011, and February 2012.

Currently Ms. AJ sings background for Xavier LewisThe Antidote to R&B”, Hudson on Bass, Mark Free formerly of the group Hamilton Park, and lends her voice to projects with Hip Hop group The Produx and band mates of Crushed Ice.

Furthermore, Ms. AJ has displayed her writing and singing talents on the R&B album of Londee Thomas. Not to mention she has hosted and opened concerts for national recording artists January of 2012 Eric Roberson and in February 2012 Lalah Hathaway both in Chattanooga, TN.

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She desires to have a great presence in the Neo-soul and R&B genre. Her first single “Brand New Lady “ was released in the Spring of 2010.

In June of 2010 her debut single “Brand New Lady” was ranked number 25 in the Andre Harrell’s Next R&B Superstar regional competition.

Ms. AJ’s first three singles of her debut album Brand New Lady is featured on Itunes. The project “Brand New Lady” has been revamped and has been re-released in April 2014.

The central theme of her music is consistent with the artistic works of Layla Hathaway and Jill Scott. Her musical influences are Frankie Beverly and Maze, Kim Burrell, India Aire, GQ, and Phyllis Hyman. Ms. AJ’s values shine through her music in words of encouragement, empowerment, and love.

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Ida Divine

bannerIda Divine is an American Neo-Soul Lyricist

IMG_9011A native of Staten Island, NY, LaQuana Thompson, aka Ida Divine, grew up watching mob movies with her father and hanging out with one of her best friends who is the sister of one of the members of the Wu Tang Clan.

With Hip Hop as her baby sitter; rapping, singing, and creating lyrics was as natural as hopscotch and jacks. Extremely shy as a child no one knew about the lyrical gifts she possessed. While on a cruise ship, LaQuana became overwhelmed with excitement and decided to get up and sing karaoke.

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IMG_8996She impressed the crowd so much with her singing that she took home the trophy that night for best performance.

The shy spell was broken. Her passion for singing and performing was ignited and she returned home to begin pursuing that passion with every free minute she had.

In between of being a mother of 2 boys and working a full time job in the healthcare field Ida paved her own way, performing at open mic nights, writing original songs and recording eclectic tracks.

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IMG_8944Whether she was singing like an angel or lyrically beasting listeners ears from inside a cypher, people quickly caught on to her vast musical ability.

Paying homage by claiming herself as a modern day Ida Divine, she is making her image synonymous with being bold, classy and powerful.

A singer with vocals so fierce, that when she sings it’s like a light shinning into the cracks and crevices of the soul, to a place where pain seeps, often forgotten but always felt.

Currently, the hip hop songstress is working in the studio with Inspectah Deck from Wutang Clan, beats from E. Jones under 9th Wonder Camp, B12 under 9th Wonders Camp, Hank Perry, and DaraeBo DegaBeats.

GOOD POWER x IDA DIVINE

IMG_8945Ida Divine-ly rejuvenates hip hop in its purest form. She creates mini selves within her many worlds formed by her Di – verse melodies.

The word she sings and raps about penetrates the heart of the listener to the fullest degree.

She brings out the blues we go thru as a people; she sings definitions of contemplated female thoughts, and points out realistic truths of life experience.

Ida Divine composes analogies through her songs like an artist who paints a picture that gives off subliminal messages. Ida DIvine is more than Hip Hop, more than R & B; she is the third “I” in divinity.

She is a SESAC Published Singer/Songwriter signed to the International Nuvybe Record Label.

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COMING OUT SOON

Ida’s new song on NuVybe Records, “IGMyShoeGame,” is a fun song that was composed by noted producer Herb Middleton (Mary J, Sounds of Blackness, SWV, Nas, Kelly Price). And its even better as a video.

IG MY SHOE GAME

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Karina Nistal

bannerKarina Nistal “I sing because I’m happy…I write because I’m free!”

DSC_0448Singer/songwriter Karina Nistal is known to align herself with diverse and solid collaborations to showcase her extensive range. Her work consists of emotive jazz vocals on downtempo tracks, rapping in Spanish for the worldly sounds of reggaeton, or fusing soulful Latin vocals with lively dance music.

Most significantly, it is a vibrant charisma that carries over her poetic musings in either English or Spanish, or her self-assured flirtatious rhymes. There’s a very fine line between poetry and rap, but it’s one that only Karina interconnects with finesse.

Music captivated the native Houstonian at an early age. Karina indulged in old school hip hop, rhythm & blues, soul and jazz. It was Karina’s mixed Latin heritage (Mexican and Cuban) that spotlighted traditional to modern styles.

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Karina f8After several years of featuring on numerous Dance and Hip Hop releases, Karina made her first full-length bilingual debut album, Nistyle (Starlightbeats) which introduced the term “Reggaetron” (Electro-Reggaeton).

Nistyle gives a fresh face to the growing “hurban” dance scene and earned Karina various accomplishments including an Armed Forces tour in the Middle East to provide support and morale for our troops.

The following year, the video for her single “Viviendo” premiered internationally on MUN² bilingual video network. Meanwhile The Karina Nistal Band performed festivals all over the southern region including the SXSW Music Festival and made a major television appearance for the Mayor’s Tree-lighting Celebration on KHOU Houston.

Karina is also a Houston Press Award winner for “Local Hip Hop” & “Latin Contemporary”. Her sophomore album, Nistalgia (L.O.V.E. Records) was released October 2010.

“Viviendo” feat. Karina Nistal

DSC_0694Nistalgia carries her Latin Fusion sound with a mixture of Soul, Hip Hop and a few hot Dance remixes. After relocating to Los Angeles that spring, Karina began working on her project #KaRAGEous.

She became an ambassador for inspirational FB network #Besomebody. Karina turned to her fans to launch a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund her album and was able to raise over $8,000 for album costs.

“KaRAGEous is a fun, sassy, and well-rounded [album] that plays everything from downtempo, drum & bass, to dubstep,” Karina describes her new project, “You guys really need to check it out!”

Karina continues performing regularly with her band “The Live Project”, recording singles, making videos, collaborating with various artists, hosting reputable events, and working on voice-overs for commercials.

Karina has also appeared on several TV reality segments.With seemingly a lot on her plate, the sultry, multi-faceted vocalist admits, “I want to do so much more!”

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Maryanne Ito

shapeimage_2Maryanne Ito is a singer/songwriter

mi 1Combining a classically soulful sound with an amazingly sultry voice, Ms. Maryanne Ito of Honolulu, Hawaii, is poised to redefine the complexion of Soul and R&B music.

From an initial listen, her command of angelic harmonies, profound lyrics and incredible vocal range have captivated a wide variety of audiences; including many music enthusiasts, radio and club disc jockeys and fellow musicians.

Her earlier appearances as a backup singer for her older brother and musician, Bless’d Chil‘, peaked the interest of James Westbrook from the production duo known as Slapp Symphony.

Their ensuing collaborative effort produced the neo-soul gem entitled “With You“. The song became a lead single on Slapp Symphony’s Hawaii Music Award winning album, “Lands Of The Lost“.

MaryAnne – With U

m2Her voice became the shining star of the album and caught the attention of several pillars of the local music scene. The success of “With You” led to a series of television appearances including, Dis-N-Dat TV, Living Local With The Baracquios and Tiny TV.

Her resume continues to grow with performances at The Hawaii Music Awards, The Hawaii Food Bank’s Hunger Walk, opening for hip hop acts such as Blackstar and Jean Grae and touring the US Pacific Northwest.

Current projects include songwriting for other artist as well as writing and recording her debut album. With so much more in the works, Maryanne is positioned to be in the music world for many years to come.

From an initial listen, her angelic vocal expressions easily captivate listeners however, it is a mixture of her vocal talent and her adept play on words that have converted a number of empathetic listeners into loyal fans. Maryanne is currently working on her debut Album due June 5, 2014

Sure Shot Love

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Collaborations:

I Found U“, with Bless Chil‘, single (2006)
With U“, Slapp Symphony’s Landz Of The Lost (2008)
Compare 2 U“, with Dyvon, Fool’s Scholarship (2011)
Waking Up“, Slapp Symphony Presents: Drown Em In Beats, Save Em With Rhymes (2011)
Peaceful“,Chastise and DJ Bennie James (2012)
Stone Groove Family DJs Presents: So Silky Smooth, I Love Dilla ft Ms. Maryanne Ito” Mixtape (2013)
Lit“, with Kwalified, Listen & Share (2013)

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Singles:

Sure Shot Love” produced by The Level (2013)

Performances:

The Hawaii Music Awards (2009)
Living Local With The Baraquios, TV Apperance (2009)
Blackstar at The Hawaii Theatre (2011)
Queen Supreme (2012)
Jean Grae at Next Door (2012)
Poly Girls Rock (2012)
The Hawaii Food Bank’s Annual Hunger Walk (2012)
Nesian Winter Groove (2013)
Nesian Fest (2013)
Breast Cancer Benefit for Chantel Alefaio (2013)
High Chief XL Memorial Salute (2013)

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The Illjazztic One

iLLjazZtic_background_4The Ill, The Jazztic Flowing like a Wizard from another realm…

iLLjazZtic One Profile PicBorn and reared in Detroit, Michigan, once home to the famed Motown sound, Sebastian McLaren was more enthralled with sounds of James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Parliament/Funkadelic, and Sly and the Family Stone than anything the mean streets of Detroit had to offer.

Starting out on trumpet, Sebastian eventually progressed to the piano, and finally to the two instruments which have become synonymous with his signature sound, the bass guitar and drums.

After stints in a number of jazz fusion, funk, and reggae bands, Sebastian’s college years saw him move away from composing and creating music all together.

However, his interest in music never waned and after graduating he became intrigued by the art of manipulating sounds and creating music using direct-drive turntables and a DJ mixer, a phenomenon referred to as “turntablism.” In 2007 after years of floating around in the underground Hip Hop and Breakbeat music scenes, Sebastian McLaren, now called The Illjazztic One, because of his constant habit of placing phrases of jazz instrumentation over hip hop beats, began working with Mutant Soundz, a Detroit based electronic music label with United Kingdom ties.

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It was that opportunity which paved the way for the formation of his own music production house, Dynamic Beats Abound, forging an eventual partnership with Soulful Child Records where he currently provides musical direction for a number of their mainstay recording artists.

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2013Soulstrumentals, Vol. 1 /LP/
2013Illjazztic Excursions /Mix Tape/
2013Hipnotic Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 /EP/
2013The Souladelic Connection /Mix Tape/
2014Soul of the 70’s: Hip Hop Turntablism, Vol. 1 /EP/
2014On The Verge /EP/
2014Hard To The Core /EP/
2014B Sides /LP/

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Eliah

bannerEliah is a singer/songwriter

_DSC0081For a very long time, there has been an empty space; an empty space in the music scene that very few artists have been able to fill.

This is where Eliah walks in, filling the empty space where “Grown Man Music” formerly resided in days gone by.

He’s bringing it back in a major way, taking listeners back to a simpler place and time, where men opened car doors for their ladies and Saturday night was about wine, roses, blue talk and love.

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If you don’t know him yet, you will very soon. If you already know him, it’s a pretty good possibility that you are way too busy doing “other stuff” to read this bio. Eliah is bringing back R&B love, unlimited, and doing it with grace and sultry style. He’s ready to take on the notion that chivalry is not dead, that all people, especially women, deserve to feel love, respected and honored.

@JMarkPhotos -94Eliah is ready to teach men everywhere how to be a gentleman first, reap the rewards of love later. Grown man music, indeed.

Since his humble beginnings in the family church singing gospel, native New Yorker Eliah has always had the dream, the drive and the goal of bringing his own style of music to the masses.

“As long as there are real people in this world, there will always be a place for real good music.” — ELIAH

“I’ve been in the studio environment around so many artists and producers,” he says. “All those moments were special in their own right and laid the foundation to my informal entrance to the business of music”.

From sharing the stage with the likes of Anthony Hamilton to backing everyone from rappers in hip hops golden era to singing gospel legends, The Clark Sisters, Eliah believes that “as long as there are real people in this world, there will always be a place for real good music.”

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In this, his self-titled album, he succeeds with moving from the background to the front lines to bring his music into the depths of your soul. He doesn’t care if you know his name. He just wants you to know his music. Once you do, there’s no turning back.So sit back. Relax and then, ring the bell. School is in and Eliah is teaching this class. Open your books and your minds and prepare to learn the language of love.

_DSC0111“The tracks on Eliah’s album remind me of when I first heard Jill Scott’s debut album. I felt like I found something. Something I could relate too. Something I could chill to. Something that I knew others would find and like as well.

At first she [Jill] was only played on the smooth jazz stations and then the rest is history. The lyrical content made us truly say “Who is Jill Scott?” And I feel the same with my favorite tracks on Eliah’s self-titled album.” — T. Marlene, Daily Venus Diva Magazine Eliah Soul Music

““His suave and attention grabbing vocals floated through the air seamlessly. I knew…that this guy was the real McCoy of R&B Soul.” ” — – Tawanda Blake, Urban Tymes Magazine

“Eliah is bringing back R&B love, Unlimited, and doing it with grace and sultry style. He’s ready to take on the notion that chivalry is not dead, that all people, especially women, deserve to feel loved, respected and honored. Eliah is ready to teach men everywhere how to be a gentleman first and reap the rewards of love later. ” — Cher Tushiah, POSE Magazine

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Princess Freesia

bannerPrincess Freesia is a singer/songwriter

2014-04-03 18.32.28Introduce yourself and tell us where you are from?

Hello lovelighters! I’m Princess Freesia and I originally hail from Australia, but had the blessed opporTUNEity to come and live in the UK (or “UKingdom” as I like to call it) on a permanent basis as I am also a Latvian and thus entitled to EU status. It’s such a pleasure to be here! :)

When did you start making music and realize that you wanted to be a singer?

Wow… to be honest, I had originally wanted to be a comedic actor, ala slapstick in the theatre arena, HA! I stumbled into music quite by accident via an old boyfriend in high school who had heard me singing in the school choirs and musicals (I played Nancy in Oliver) and asked me if I could try penning some lyrics and then laying some vocals down to one of his tunes.

I’ve always loved words and poetry so that crossed over into writing music very efficiently, but I also had a fervent fever for the stellarsonic music styles, the “transporting” kind of vibes, whether it be a downtempo or an uptempo…

So began a lifelong obsession with Soul, Disco, Jazz-Funk and Rare Groove which I truly embraced when I was about 13 via blogspots and those $2 tape compilations I’d stumble upon in the second-hand and discount stores; artists like EWF, Barry White, the 70s/early 80s Michael Jackson/Jackson 5 stuff, Brenda Russell, Leon Ware… and whatever I could tape off the lesser-known radio stations that broadcast the soulful flavours.

It was through my growing dedication and fascination with these soulfully-infused artists of the 70s and 80s in particular that I developed my sense of song and indeed invented my creative persona, the flamboyant “Freesian” (ha, do I sound RIGHT up my own arse yet?? ), and with the added push of my then boyfriend and the compliments I received that led to me studying at university for 4 years In Australia on the Gold Coast doing a “Bachelor Of Popular Music” degree in which I undertook skills such as music programming that led to me creating and producing my own music (witnessed on both “The HOXXXY Demos” and “The Rainbow Ride” albums I produced for myself). I even wrote a thesis in my Honours year on the Rare Groove, haha!

The Lapdancer “Babylon”

I guess songs and the expression and freedom they bring led me to want to express that passion vocally as well as musically. Although I was a reluctant lead vocalist for a while and have always preferred doing background, I also had a lot of emotions and visions to express, and sometimes I guess these things have a way of choosing you and urging you to be the star of the show; whether you’re shy or not, haha! ;)

How would you describe the music that you make? I know it’s hard to compare yourself to other artists and styles, but what kind of vibe is your music on?

In a word (or two)… it’s STELLARSONIC, haha! One of my Freesian words there, meaning a song or style of music that is transporting on some level, that has a cosmicity about it, a freedom of expression that’s out of this world and that doesn’t conform…I like the rebellious :)

I refer to a lot of my “retroriffic” teachers from those eras of music I so cherish as having a “stellarsonic” style, ha.

935157_739809209371819_965373222_nFor me, it’s all about the energy of the music in terms of what streams from my heart centre; it’s not a technical process for me at all, because when I create, I have NO IDEA what I’m creating most of the time, it’s like I go into a channelling trance or something sexy like that… I couldn’t even tell you which chords I’m creating because I flunked music theory many times over both my high school AND university years, HA!

But I think a lot of musicians are this way… they find their feet in the groove, in the pocket of the sound, the mix, the flavour, the lyrical expression, the rhythmical flow. For me, it’s all about heart – and it has to be to be able to express the energy behind the music I wish to share. It’s what I love about all those old school artists like Phyllis Hyman, Leon Ware, Marvin Gaye, Marlena Shaw, Sylvia St James… to name but a few!

What do you enjoy the most about the whole process of recording and writing music? Is there something that you absolutely love and is there anything that maybe you don’t like doing as much?

Oh my stars, making music from start to finish is enjoyable thru’n’thru, headnod to toetap! Mind you, if I had to pick as aspect of the process that is quite arduous… it would have to be the recording process, arrrrgghhh, ha.

I usually record myself (in SoulP’s studio facilities these days), and because I like to be in control and in complete solitude when I do it, it tends to make it an oft long and drawn out session which, if I allowed an engineer to accommodate the hands on technical aspects and thus freeing me up to concentrate on the creative/vocal aspect, would be more of a breezy experience.

Princess Freesia – Stellar Sight

Don’t get me wrong, for I would LOVE to be able to just let someone else take care of the fidgety technical side of recording, but truth be told, I just don’t feel at my optimum if I do, and I don’t get the best results either if I do. I have a strong tendency to feel quite uncomfortable with people watching me and analysing and listening in whilst I’m flowing it onto tape (must be my shy side coming out again!).

It kind of feels like an intrusion for me and I end up worrying about what they might think of it which hinders my enjoyment of the process. So, I learned how to record myself well enough to a standard that is releasable and workable for the post-production process (enter SoulP and his magical eargasmics, haha!). I guess everyone has their own creative processes, and whilst this can be a pain in the tits at times, I probably wouldn’t have it any other way ;)

10178393_10152765036415884_2008107747_nWhat have been the highlights of your career so far?

Damn… I think one of the peak moments for me was when I performed (or rather, PURRRRRformed!) with Leon Ware as one of his backing vocalists (alongside Jono McNeil and Katie Leone, both utterly HOXXXY singers and artists in their own right) at one of the Giants Of Rare Groove show back at the beginning on 2011 at the O2 Arena. When Soulpersona asked me if I’d like to be on the bill with the Digisoul Band (who were backing Leon as well as Sheree Brown, The Valentine Brothers and Jean Carne who I also got to sing bvs for) as part of the backline, I had to bloody pinch myself.

Leon (and the other headliners) had always been people I looked up to, admired, respected for years…and here I was about to be an integral part of their performances, CHRIST!!!! An absolute honour and a privilege…

I even got to sing a few solo lines during “Why I Came To California”! Obviously there are highlights all over the stellarsonic shop though, and having the chance to even work with Soulpersona has been THE single most important part of my career development.

He took me under his wing at a crucial time and provided me the support, encouragement and belief to realise and achieve my dreams. He AND his brother, Tukka (an AWEgasmic graphic designer and who does all the Digisoul artwork and album designs), were the marching boys for me to get my Freesia butt into Action Jackson stations on this journey, and for this I am entirely and forever grateful :)

Come Live With Me, (Backing Vocalist For Leon Ware in London)

What feedback from the media have you had?

I don’t think I’ve ever read an honestly bad review, so things have been going pretty damn smoothly I reckon! Mind you, not everyone is going to dig your work, so you always have to be prepared for a gut-wrenching session in which you question and rip apart every iota of criticism (from others, but mostly from your own self-criticisms that never seem to go away) and wail into your pillow for a lengthy session of sever self-obsessiveness and self-indulgence prima donnaesque delights (I’m kidding, haha) ;)

I used to be quite sensitive about criticisms as I had to undergo a “peer panel assessment” process during my university years when our musical portfolios were marked by x number of people in different groups that were assigned to mark your work, and often I’d be met with confused comments and misunderstandings about the genres I was representing (i.e. soul, jazz-funk, disco, downright FREESIAN THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH OUTSIDE OF THE BOXES, haha etc), so because of the oft harsh feedback, I’d begin to believe I wasn’t good enough and would then question everything I did.

2014-03-12 17.21.43It wasn’t until I received feedback from the other side of the world via the internet (BLESS THE NET!) from real soul music fans that I started receiving the sort of praise I never thought was possible, because I didn’t believe in myself, ha! SoulP was the very first to reach out, and one of my heros too, Mister Atjazz, who said to me that he was feeling my stuff and that we should “swap beats sometime!”, haha.

After that, I began writing, programming, singing and recording a heck of a lot more, and started to get heard on internet radio stations (mostly UK and EU based) which led to a growing platform for me to reach a broader range of new fans.

I am extremely grateful for the media coverage I’ve had, because it’s given me the reach and the scope to gauge how well I’m doing out there, and duly inspires me to push on when I feel I haven’t the strength or energy to continue. Being an indie artist is tough work all the way, but when you get a glowing review or excitement or buzz surrounding your creativity via the media platforms out there, you start to pick your shix back up again and persevere :)

Let’s talk about your latest project, Who dealt with the production?

Well, there have been TWO in fact! The first was the “Fateful Attraction” EP, released by an Atlanta-based label named R&B Moguls, a commissioned work which was produced by Soulpersona and written and performed by me; the second was our (mine and Soulpersona’s) first LP release under our new name “Soulperfreesia” and hence entitled “Amalgamation”, which was also produced by SoulP and written and performed by me, but released on the UK-based Emu distribution label.

Soulperfreesia “Underwater Love” (Spontaneous Edit)

Both were born last year and at times, we worked on each alongside each other for some months towards the end of 2013, however both projects stand in their own right as separate entities as the Fateful Attraction EP is much more of an old school r&b soul based sound, whereas Amalgamation is more of a retroriffic 80s soul pop sort of flavour.

Each have their merits, depending on what you like to hear in a song… but both share a sense of emotional purpose in the sense that I had a very difficult year last year as I was in Australia again due to my visa running out for residing in the UK (I’d come over here at the end of 2010 and was allowed to stay until the end of October 2012), and so was forced to go back home after having made some of the most empowering and beautiful connections with people and the industry and the creative culture over here.

10155107_222046908003241_5989245201672784893_nI went back to Australia quite broken, and because of the financial struggle, I had to return to my parent’s house that I grew up in and quietly live in a small town biding my time, and away from the place that I’d left broken hearted, the place where I’d begun to find myself not just as a person, but as an artist as well.

I took it pretty hard and suffered quite a lot the entire year long, but out of it eventually came a plethora of songs and ideas that fuelled my drive to return to the UK (which I managed in early December after having been gone for a year and a month, PHEW!) and to my “Soul Family” for the next chapter.

God, sorry for the elongated sob story there, but that’s how a lot of us (most of us) get through the hard times though isn’t it… you pour it into a song, or a painting, or a… ummm, cake! Haha. Regardless of how difficult it was at times to pull myself together, it was ultimately the music that salvaged by soul parts back together and ushered me into a new era of “Freesh”ness ;)

Do you think that radio is still important now in the digital age?

I think any and every medium is important if it’s a place where your music can be heard and appreciated! Admittedly I used to listen to the radio much more than I do presently, but I guess it’s a matter of where you are the most, which mediums are more available to and convenient for you where you are. If I was working in a garage, I’m sure I’d be 110% hooked into the FM freQUINCY (jones, ala quincy jones?!? Bad pun? Yeah…) and that’s where I’d be digging most of my tunes from.

But if I was home-based or office-based, I’d be reliant on streaming music mediums such as internet radio and podcasts, soundcloud, mixcloud, etc… I guess the form is irrelevant, because the form will no doubt be useful in many different places of the world where radio technology is still huge and that haven’t been entirely modernised as yet, which I find charming and retroriffic ;) What’s important is that the music is being heard and absorbed :)

2014-03-12 17.28.37Do you think the internet helps or hinders independent artists?

It’s a double-edged sword isn’t it… can’t live with the piracy, can’t live without the promotion! No one gets out scott free in this industry anymore, whether it be book authors, movie makers or musicians… everyone is ripping your work from some torrent site if given half the chance, haha.

Personally, I can’t rely on record sales because I know that at this stage, my reach isn’t wide enough to affect a more generous income revenue from my album/song sales, so I try not to worry so much about seeing my work pop up on these free sites. What I do try to remind myself of when I get down about it is that if someone wants to buy your music because they like it, connect with it and more importantly (especially for independent artist), BELIEVE in the work and want to encourage more output, they WILL pay for it, which is so lovely and so very refreshing and inspiring to know.

Us indies are relying on our physical resources (ie. whatever monetary avenues we have) as much as our artistic, emotional, creative sources to put out our music, so any income that we can generate via record sales DOES help us to create more.

It’s difficult to release CDs these days though as to be honest, the money earned from sales isn’t enough to print, press and distribute hundreds of thousands of physical CD copies… not unless you have a label and physical distribution to help out with the associated costs.

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Independents do it all by themselves, but by the time you’ve fed yourself, clothed yourself and paid your rent and bills, you ain’t got SHIX left over, so it’s always better to do a digital release and put any extra pennies towards better software or studio equipment if you can.

Or towards the design of the album cover, you know, the all-important peripherals of making an album. Getting back to the question though (haha), I think everything has it’s place, and without the internet, I wouldn’t even have ever connected with Soulpersona and wouldn’t even HAVE a career! So I guess there’s your answer ;) Christ, am I winking at the end of every question?!?! Forgive me, I’m a Princessly PERVERT! :P

1656141_726328610719879_900128094_nLet’s talk image and branding for a minute. Some artists spend lots of money on artwork and other acts aren’t that interested. How important is image, artwork and branding to you?

PARAMOUNT, haha! So much so as my/our budget can accommodate for it, that is :) For my own visual appearance, I guess i just allow my personality as Freesia to shine through on stage and in photos with my choice of outfit, movement, words and attitude, which makes the development of an image always exciting, fun, and demonstrative of the music you are expressing as you express your artistic flair.

But in terms of artwork and branding on a musical level, there is more to consider. As you know, I work predominantly with SoulP, and we can and do pool our resources, contacts, and finances towards creating the dream and the vision we share, but we ain’t exactly rich chickens so we do have to sacrifice on some things;

For instance, we’ve made a lot of lofi NO budget music videos that we’ve posted to youtube of several songs we’ve done such as “You Did It Again”, and a humourous parody one entitled “It’s A Gas!”, and I guess you can get away with some things if you’re approaching it from a light-hearted place and don’t take that component of the work too seriously.

“You Did It Again” By Soulpersona & Princess Freesia

After all, for us, we are musicians, and we are going to focus on the SOUND first and foremost. After this, we must consider how the sound is represented visually, and for me and indeed for SoulP, this is an inescapable reality. If you can’t deliver on the visual for whatever valid reason you may have, you have to hope that when you don’t have the budget for the scope of what you want to achieve on a visual and branding level, you live on the hope that the music will speak for itself, and in time with the right opportunities, be allowed to go to the next level.

I think however that a strong and striking visual face for the musical body IS crucial in drawing interest, new fans, and have a greater sales impact whilst providing new opportunities to the artist, for if the visual makes the listener/reader/observer salivate on some level and be curious enough to click on the link and explore the creativity on offer, the higher you’ve upped your chances of becoming more widely known and appreciated :)

3Do you enjoy playing live? Have you done many gigs and what kind of artists have you supported or played alongside?

OOH, LIVE LOVELIGHTS! Oh man, performing live is a whole other ball game innit! Truth be told, my live experiences have been few and far between for the past couple of years as I’ve been entirely fixated on recording and developing a sound with Soulpersona, and because we have some truly talented cats we wish to perform our material with live (namely our Digisoul Band boys such as Carl Hudson, Nick Van Gelder, Terry Lewis and Andy Tolman), we’ve wanted to wait until we can have those players all together to put on the best show possible! But we’re working on it – you WILL see us live this year, I assure you ;)

I’ve been lucky enough to do bvs for a number of HOXXXY artists, so to name a few highlights from the Rare Groove vaults – Leon Ware, Sheree Brown, Jean Carne, The Valentine Brothers, Shirley Jones (from The Jones Girls), one of my dear friends and mentors, the incredible Jocelyn Brown, Roy Ayers (another HOXXXY hero of mine!), and one of the sweetest was Ben E King who was one of the nicest, most endearing and humblest people I’ve ever known! Bless them all for t

What was the last album you bought and apart from Soul/R&B what other genres of music do you listen to?

The last album I bought, hmmm… was… damn, you know what? I haven’t exactly bought a full album for a long bloody while!!!! I tend to buy one or two songs from artists here and there these days, because I tend to gravitate more strongly towards the older artists of the 70s and 80s, and I already have a large chunk of that material (and there ain’t no more of it being made now that those eras are gone, ha). so I might have to pick you a song or two that I’ve recently purrchased… Leon Ware’s “Step By Step” (Extended Version), and Elkie Brooks’ track “Learn To Love”. I’m a diverse bunny ;) heir respective talent and performance prowess :)

SOULPERSONA (Ft. Princess Freesia) – ULTRA SUPER L♥VE

What plans have you got for the future?

To travel far and wide but make the UKingdom my home base and soul fort to spring new lifeforms from, spreading lovelight and HOXXXbeams to all who wish to receive them!

To purrform live, to record endless streams of soulfully infused stellarsonics of my own making and in collaboration with my fellow fronds, to continually be inspired by the goodness of the people surrounding me who inspire, elevate, uplift, and love with no limits… to be free, and be the FREEsian I am here on this good earth to be. Let’s have a HOXXXY one!

Would like to send any shout outs to anybody

Love to my precious soul families far and wide… they know who they are. Big love to my family back in Australia who I love, miss, and cherish in my heart every single daytona… lots and LOTS of love to my fellow indie artists (never give up, you’re ALL worthy and are ALL the absolute HOXXX at sharing YOU!), and to you for asking me to do this lovely interview. Bless you for enduring my self-indulgent wordsmitheries and elaborate paragraphings, haha! ;) x

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Jules Rendell

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IMG_2025This soulful young British artist grew up among many different musical influences. From her parents record collection came the likes of Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Marvin Gaye and all his Motown friends.

Jules was a first instrument cellist, and so was attracted to orchestral music and classical song, but while studying voice at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England she was mostly drawn to sing with the college Big Bandand there discovered a love of jazz.

She began writing songs at 19, needing an outlet of self-expression that classical music didn’t allow, and after finishing music college, she left classical music for her roots in soul and gospel.

Since then, Jules has had the opportunity to sing for some established artists such as, Gorillaz, Keane, Beverley Knight, Nicole Scherzinger, Andrew Lloyd Webber and upcoming soul artist JP Cooper, as well as arranging for and travelling across the world with various gospel and vocal groups.

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Will Twort OutlandersLast year, her song, Thank You, was featured on an independent US movie, The Father’s Love.

Her debut EP, The Lotus Bloom, was recorded in 4 days in 2 studios, with the sole purpose of catching the vibe that 5 musicians can make in one room.

Produced by Goz-I-Am (Gloria Gaynor, Emeli Sande), The Lotus Bloom EP features world class musicians including Rob Barron, Feranmi Oguns, Lizzie Deane and Emily Holligan.

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“Jules’ five-track EP, The Lotus Bloom, puts her somewhere near Minnie Riperton in style: not for her the belt-it-out and snarl approach, more the exquisitely measured, deftly placed emotional squeeze of someone who’s interested in delivering you the message in the song.” Echoes Magazine

“Jules Rendell makes music that pours with instrumentality, and melds well with her tender, almost airy voice.” Soulhead.com

“With an undeniable control over her voice, you are hooked the moment she starts singing.” Feeder Mag

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Ashlyn

bannerAshlyn is a singer/songwriter

Ashlyn_1Houston entertainment is best known for Beyonce, Bun B, and the DJ Screw movement.With an overwhelming amount of talent circulating the city a new voice stands out by the name of Ashlyn and this is her time.

R&B singer, Ashlyn has blessed the Houston scene through numerous performances at Sugarland Town Square, “Dancing in the StreetsMotown Revue, Red Cat Jazz Cafe, and Claytons.

Garnering her inspiration from artist such as Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Jill Scott, Ashlyn has become a sophisticated and poised singer early in her career. With the recent release of her lead single “The Thrill” has garnered a new sound coming from Houston among female R&B singers.

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Garnering her inspiration from artist such as Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Jill Scott, Ashlyn has become a sophisticated and poised singer early in her career. With the recent release of her lead single “The Thrill” has garnered a new sound coming from Houston among female R&B singers.

Gold_PiecesCo-written by DeAndre Wright, the pleasant neo-soul friendly acoustic track compliments Ashlyn’s rich voice as she tells the story of becoming acquainted with a new love.

My Time has seven original songs that take you through the cycles of life and love. Other notable songs include “Gold Pieces” giving listeners a piece of R&B over an ode to old school Hip Hop beat with positive lyrics.

Songs such as “Secret” displays the sultriness of Ashlyn’s voice and the infectious and uplifting song “Good Days” rounds the album. The best way to sum up the album; “after all the life experiences, music is coming full circle. Music is my passion. It’s My Time!”

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4. The Thrill
5. Crown
6. Knowledge
7. Good Days Ft King Ace
Bonus: Knowledge (Remix) Ft King Ace

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Choklate

bannerChoklate is an international singer/songwriter

Choklate (Mojo)Introduce yourself and tell us where you are from?

My name is Choklate, based in Seattle, WA

So how did you get your name Choklate ? What’s the story behind it if any ?

I hadn’t started doing music just yet and happened to be in the studio w/ my big brother and some artists that he was working w/ and one of the cats in the room referred to me as “Chocolate Angel” in his rap verse.

Im actually quite the tomboy so this wasn’t exactly dope to me and upon learning that, I was teased quite a bit but I got them to drop the angel part, however, the Chocolate part stuck. My real name starts w/ a K so that’s where the K comes in.

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When did you start making music and was there a person or artist that inspired you to start writing songs and hit the studio?

I want to say somewhere around 2006 or so is when music really got serious for me. Before then, it was a fun hobby that I did on the side of my jobs and school etc.My big brother Mike D and nephew Kuddie Fresh (@Fresh4orLife) are the reason I got into music. Vitamin D (@Tallhomeyvita) is my favorite producer and probably the one that helped me to really find my own voice, musical lineage and such.

1488993_10153606978910192_1536785974_nHow would you describe the music that you make? I know it’s hard to compare yourself to other artists and styles, but what kind of vibe is your music on?

Thats a nearly impossible question for me to answer. I just create from an honest space. Try to listen to what, it feels like, the music is telling me to do, if that makes any sense.

Who have you worked with?

Eric Roberson, Musiq Soulchild, Chali 2na & Phonte to name a few…

What do you consider your biggest achtcivement so far?

My biggest achievement thus far? I’d say is probably the work I get to do w/ at risk youth and those in need.

When my gal pals and I randomly get together and make sack lunches for the homeless or some sort of project to benefit teens intransition and such.

I think the philanthropic work that I’ve gotten to do is what really brings me a sense of purpose in all of this. I come from a tough upbringing and neighborhood and getting to talk to young girls who are existing within some of the truths that Ive survived is one of the things that Im genuinely really proud of and grateful to get to do from time to time. Its really fulfilling.

Win by Choklate ft. Phonte


JirardPhotog2What projects are you working on at the moment?

Doing a lot of beat making lately. Workin on singing to my own production which will be fun to share, at some point, soon.

When it comes to making music what would you credit as your main motivation?

Pure insanity? lol

What do you enjoy the most about the whole process of recording and writing music? Is there something that you absolutely love and is there anything that maybe you don’t like doing as much?

The business of music is a tricky thing, not my favorite (thank God for the professionals and sometimes elusive but I really do enjoy writing, recording and performing.

Wide Open by Choklate Produced by Vitamin D

Let’s talk image and branding for a minute. Some artists spend lots of money on artwork and other acts aren’t that interested. How important is image, artwork and branding to you?

The music is most important. When it boils down to it people aren’t rolling down the street staring at your picture, they’re listening to your voice, hopefully anyway. I think all of it is important and it depends on the artist how much attention they give to any one or the other. For me, it’s a matter of balance. I like to take pictures. It’s fun but I’d rather be in the studio or onstage w/ 12 pieces of well rehearsed machinery and talented folks. Easy.

DigibeesFace2Do you enjoy playing live? Have you done many gigs and what kind of artists have you supported or played alongside?

I love doing live shows. They’re my favorite. I’ve shared stages w/ Eryka Badu, Bilal, BoysIIMen, Nikka Costa, Roy Ayers, Eric Roberson, Anthony David, Raheem DeVaughn and a few others…

So what does the future hold for you as an artist? Have you got any big plans that you can tell us about before you go?

Hopefully I’ll get to make a crap ton more music and none of the plans unfolding are ones that I’m at liberty to share which SUCKS for me but is probably best at the moment but I look forward to the next phase! It’s going to be a really fun journey.

What is your website and social networking links?

I’m @Choklate on: Twitter, FaceBook, Instagram, Pintrest, Tumblr, Vine & Pheed etc etc etc

Carbon Copy by Choklate produced by Kuddie Fresh

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Wayna

Wayna1Wayna is singer/songwriter

waynaexpats1Grammy-nominated, Ethiopian-born, singer/songwriter, Wayna has a voice as pure as it is passionate.

Stevie Wonder says “she’s incredible.” Essence Magazine says “Wayna is one to watch,” and Billboard Magazine calls her “a stand out on the indie front.”

With two Billboard chart-topping singles from her sophomore LP, Higher Ground, and a coveted Grammy nomination in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance Category for her remake, “Lovin You (Music)” featuring Kokayi, Wayna’s star is on the rise.

The Expats” is the third and latest LP from this innovative artist.

The album, which The Washington Post calls “brilliant,” represents a new and daring departure from her previous work.

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Drawing from diverse cultural influences, Wayna and her Toronto-based backing band create a unique blend of African and Reggae-inspired soul, fused with classic and alternative rock — Sade and the Police meets Lauryn Hill and Radiohead.

waynaexpats2“I’ve always been a bit of an Expat,” says Wayna “feeling different culturally from most of the people around me.

For years, I tried to minimize those differences, but one day, I realized they make me who I am.

I want this album to be about exploring and expressing all the ways in which I and every one of us are unique, culturally or otherwise, and to celebrate those differences unapologetically.”

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

WAYNA – “I DONT WANNA WAIT”

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Eshe

bannerEshe is a singer/songwriter

eshe picEshe has traveled all over the world dancing and singing, bringing brilliant energy to the Grammy Award Winning Arrested Development.

Her powerful connection to the fans has forged an impactful identity for the architects of life music, creating an organic brand that no other musical entity would dare to imitate.

Their originality and positive musical force has made their contributions timeless and their performances beyond inspiring.

The 1990’s saw Hip Hop take an innovative turn. The concept group Arrested Development hit the scene with a necessary blend of classic Hip Hop and Afro- centric imaging, conscious lyrical story telling and the visual tribal presence of Africa with bold, colors, infinite energy and wild cultural musical freedoms that seemed to breathe life into music during that time.

Eshe (Of Arrested Development) “Love Sick”

eshe promo flierA stunning yet refreshing direction, the music of Arrested Development stunned the Hip Hop populace bringing an unrecognizable musical blend labeled as ‘Life Music’; an appropriate description of a musical experience which generated an exclamatory contribution to the genre.

With this evolution of sound came a thrilling spectacle of performance and cast of characters in this presentation that will prove to be not only unforgettable, but a public expectation.

For Eshe, originally known as Montsho Eshe, a would be addition to the original group, came center stage fame that would be garnered by an infectious smile, a core spiritual goodness and the physical movement of a true African queen.

This ‘queen’ would help catapult the group ‘AD’ to 10 albums, 2 Grammys, 2 MTV Awards and an NAACP Image Award, with total record sales exceeding 7 million units sold.

Eshe’s genuine fan connection has spun her into the stratosphere with solo projects, television appearances, and dance production beyond her expectations.

Presently she is packaging her gift into a brand or uplifting messaging, performances and appearances.

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Rogiérs

RogiérsRogiérs is a singer-songwriter

unnamedIndie R&B/Jazz/House singer-songwriter Rogiérs is creating his newest work, “The Shedding“. Discover his world-renowned voice and sound covered by Okayplayer, WHUR, Choice FM, IDJ Magazine, Soulbounce, and more!

Rogiérs is a New York bred singer-songwriter, producer and recording artist with three independent albums and over 15 artist collaborations distributed worldwide on various imprints in Jazz, Soul and House/Deep-House.

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He has toured internationally in concert halls, festivals, supper-clubs and television both as a featured solo artist and supporting act to Alicia Keys, Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, Jaleel Shaw, Chris Dave, Laura Izibor, N’Dambi, Platinum Pied Pipers, ?uestlove (The Roots) and other notables.

7209_10151391639308772_1282210157_n(1)Most recently Rogiers studied in Valencia, Spain in the first ever Master’s degree program of the acclaimed Berklee College of Music where he performed many concerts and headlined the Terraza Jazz Festival, July of 2013.

March 2014 will bring forth the anticipated release of Rogiers’ fourth release on Fibby Music Recordings entitled, theShedding.

The albums’ lead single “Messed Up On Love” has over 35,000 views since its November release on VEVO and YouTube.

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Lady Daisey

ldLady Daisey is a singer/songwriter

Daisey-0003bLady Daisey (Daisey TraynhamBrooklyn, NY) is a soul/funk singer who spent her childhood touring the U.S. with her parent’s band.

Raised on the road, home-schooled and surrounded by music, it was natural for her to blossom into the artist that she is.

Since then, she’s been following her musical path and developed her own playful style, ranging from sultry love songs to powerhouse feel-good old-school soul.

Lady Daisey has played venues and festivals around the globe, spreading her message of love and positivity, soulfully presented over head noddin’ Batsauce beats.

A small woman with a huge voice, Lady Daisey is sure to grab the attention and steal the hearts of everyone within ear’s reach.

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Daisey-0009Daisey’s music career started in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to singing lead for a few local pop/rock cover bands, she also performed solo acoustic guitar sets, writing her own songs, in search of her own sound.

In 2002, she met Batsauce (producer/husband). His influence and dedication sent Daisey in a new direction.

His beats and production, together with her unique and soulful vocals, developed a loyal following gaining recognition in local press and media.

The husband/wife duo paired up with Paten Locke (aka Therapy, from Asamov) and formed the Smile Rays in 2005, releasing albums on Rawkus, 6-Hole, Jakarta and Subcontact.

After recording a track with George Clinton and being selected as Rawkus 50 artists, they quickly won the hearts of the indie hip hop scene.

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Daisey_BatsauceThey toured and played festivals throughout Europe, which propelled Lady Daisey to the next chapter of her musical career, releasing “In My Pocket” (bbe) and now finishing her second album “In My Headphones” (bbe).

She’s opened for Sharon Jones, Mayer Hawthorne, Chali 2na, Roxanne Shante, Bahamadia, the Perceptionists.

She’s rocked festivals around the world alongside the Roots, Method Man, Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Muse, Typical Cats, Souls of Mischief, Zion I. Lady Daisey’s voice can also be heard on recordings with Qwazaar, Typical Cats, Asamov and Marc Hype.

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Tony Momrelle

bannerTony Momrelle is one of the UK’s most significant and exciting Soulful singer-songwriters.

_MG_9689His first major musical encounter with none other than the legendary Gloria Estefan helped Tony to secure numerous lucrative offers of session work, a field in which he excelled.

Momrelle is another of those effortlessly talented artists with a family upbringing steeped in music and entertainment. He started studying music from the age of just 8 and embraced gospel through regular church attendance.

Touring with the biggest and best, including Whitney Houston, Sir Elton John, X Factor’s Gary Barlow, Incognito and, most recently, Sade this exposure has given him a great foundation.

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tony-momrelle-3Attention grabbing, exciting and fantastically soulful, his latest EP Fly has been met with much praise and acclaim for its edgy reimaging of classic Soul. Having worked with such esteemed luminaries in the music industry,

Tony is understandably excited about stepping into – and basking in – the ‘spotlight’: “I’ve written so many songs whilst being on the road and I feel now is the moment to share them.

I have some big things to say. I think the new EP will really grab people. This is what everything has been building to. Finally, it’s Tony Momrelle time”.

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Giovanca

giovancaGiovanca is an artist whose musical layers tell the tale of her life.

Giovanca_3_-_Art_direction_&_photography_by_Judith_Veenendaal_&_Aisha_Zeijpveld_RGB_04_LARGEBorn in Holland in the 70’s and raised on the warm sounds of Dionne Warwick and Minnie Riperton, the 80’s introduced Giovanca to the wonders of Pop.

A decade later, Hip Hop stole her heart and thus competed the artist that you see today; complex, forward thinking and undeniably feel-good.

At times melancholic and vulnerable, at other times independent and free, it is Giovanca’s voice and her way with words that really draw in her audience.

She is an artist who wishes to create a sound that is her own, matching her distinctive vocals to meticulously selected production.

Giovanca – Happy [Pharrell cover]

With her debut album, Subway Silence, the new beats and samples of producer Benny Sings were blended effortlessly with the vintage sounds of tubular bells and the clavinet. The end result was an extraordinary and diversified record with international allure. Her latest offering, Satellite Love, presents a similarly focused sense of artistry.

Giovanca_2_-_Art_direction_&_photography_by_Judith_Veenendaal_&_Aisha_Zeijpveld_RGB_03_LARGEThroughout her work Giovanca demonstrates that she will not be restricted by genre specific regulations.

Soul uniquely shimmers through her light, dreamy voice as she sings about life, loneliness, and love. And above all: herself.

And who is Giovanca? A voyeur in the subway; Silence in the storm; a beauty with a notebook contemplating the world around her.

In one song she places life above love, in the other she begs her lover never to leave her. Contradictory? She prefers calling it realistic. “There is always more to what we see and even what we hear”. And somewhere in between is the realm in which Giovanca moves.

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Debra Debs

bannerDebra Debs is a singer/songwriter

DD NRTA 2Debra Debs describes her music as a blend of “Neosoulful-Jazzy-RnB-Afrosoul things”.

Her live music performances are backed by 6 talented, groovy musicians and contain a set so strong you would think she was Jill Scott‘s little sister. And she owns a Degree in Popular Music and a Masters in Business.

So what makes Debra Debs? The talented London-Based UK Soul singer/song-writer owes her early music days to her mother’s Jazz collection and the Missionary boarding school for girls she attended in her formative years.

Here she sang tenor in both a choir and girl band and honed her vocal ability. There is no mistaking her musical influences: Jill Scott, Ella Fitzgerald, Lauryn Hill, Floetry, R.Kelly, Mary J Blige and many other greats.

Debra Debs – Awake With You [Acoustic Sessions Vol 1]

DD Library1Infused with 90’s RnB, Jazz, Gospel and African Rhythms, her music tends to impart either socio-conscious messages or poetic enchantments for those with a weakness for describing seduction.

Having strayed from music to settle in other areas of life, in the past 3 years Debra has returned to support 90’s RnB group NEXT, performed at several sold out venues (including the prestigious Royal Opera House) and made ‘Ones to Watch list’ at the Urban Music Awards as well as performing at the 2013 ceremony.

In the early summer of 2013 she released the official video for Africa (Higher Higher) that encourages growth and development through a poignant tale of corruption.

Airing on local and international TV stations, the video has to this date garnered over 1 million Youtube views and truly displays Debra Deb’s political soul in all of its glory.

Africa Higher Higher – by Debra Debs ft P Jericho

After releasing her 2011 WHUMAN EP to rave reviews, her new album Life Cycles presents a fresh, new sound that is not just for the connoisseurs; it is an album for those with a penchant for all sounds Soulful.

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Yummy Bingham

bannerYummy Bingham is a singer/songwriter

IMG_3579A Queens queen and music industry heir, ElizabethYummyBingham gets veteran recognition.

Her father is a noted musician, singer and producer. She is the godchild of R&B legends Chaka Khan and Aaron Hall.

Yummy wrote and recorded her first demo at the age of 12. In 2000 she became a member of the girl group “Tha Rayne” and they were signed to Arista Records in 2001.

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In 2003 she began to write, record hooks and do background vocals for artists such as De La Soul, Dr. Dre, P. Diddy, Christina Aguilera and Mary J Blige to name a few.  After leaving the group in 2004, Yummy was signed to Motown.  It was during this time she recorded the popular single featuring Jadakiss titled “Come Get It”.

993504_500312830089959_548116175_nIn 2005, Yummy was noted as the youngest female record executive ever, thanks to Sylvia Rhone, giving Yummy and Rockwilder a label deal for Muzik Park Records.

In 2006, Yummy went on to promote her first album “The First Seed” but unfortunately, the label hadn’t done the same. Taking time away to reset her life, in September 2007, Yummy gave birth to a baby girl named Aviela.

Over the past few years, Yummy has enjoyed motherhood and made features on soundtracks, indie projects and performed live for events such as “BET Music Matters” and J Harris‘ ”Love Jones“.

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1167264_437988212989088_205290846_oIn 2010, financial set backs caused Yummy to re channel her interest in pursuing a music career to enrolling in college.

By 2013, Yummy was accepted by The Swedish Institute for Health Sciences. As she was setting to begin her first semester, life took another turn.

Former A&R of Sean KingstonTime Is Money Ent., The Hitz Team CEO, producer and song writer Nyce Hitz revived Yummy’ passion
for music again.

The two rapidly grew a strong working relationship. As a result, Yummy and Nyce cooked up a sweet and spicy EP titled “Yummy Bingham: No Artificial Flavorz“.

In 2013, they dropped the first release called “Cuffin“. In 2014 Yummy released “No Artificial Flavorz”.

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Javon Inman

Javon Inman bannerJavon Inman is a gospel singer/songwriter

Javon Inman 3Javon Inman currently lives in the Washington, DC metro area with his wife and their two children.

With eleven (11) music awards under his belt, including Male Artist of the Year and CD of the Year, American Gospel Singer/Songwriter Javon Inman, prepares to color outside of his traditional lines with an Urban/Adult Contemporary and Gospel single.

Inman sets his sights to inspire relationships with his new music, the “date-night song” of 2014, Beautiful Girl – a much-needed recipe for romantic fire.

Having already received rave reviews from music industry veterans, Inman’s new song inspires men to step up in their relationships and to woo the women in their lives.

The song “Beautiful Girl” was inspired by his wife of twelve years and delivers an intimate lyrical win over smooth R&B/Neo Soul melodies. Inman’s Gospel roots can be heard throughout the song and he sings with a passion reminiscent of Marvin Gaye and Frankie Beverly.

Javon Inman – “My Portion (Psalm 73:25-28),” LIVE

Javon Inman 2Inman has been budding national artist for years. Born in Canton, OH (U.S.A.), Inman was raised in a God-reverencing home with his parents, brother and sister. He grew up singing in church and the music ministry would prove to be his greatest training ground.

His parents recognized his God-given talent and made certain that he actively participated in All-State choirs, musical theatre productions and Gospel choirs.

As a teenager, Inman was a member of an R&B group in which they received recognition throughout the Washington, D.C. Metro area. The CBS Star Search Semi-Finalist, who sang his first solo in his grandfather’s church at age four, has written well over 200 songs – many of which are eagerly awaiting their debut.

Remarkably, the soul singer’s ground-breaking CDHeart of a Worshiper” yielded radio hits “Come Home,” “Unleash Your Power” and “Redeemer” propelled him as one of the top recording artists to watch stateside and abroad. Javon’s music can be heard on over 50 radio stations across the U.S., as well as in the U.K, the Caribbean and Africa!

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Javon Inman 4Inman’s eyes light up like Christmas when asked about his new song, Beautiful Girl. “It’s one of the greatest songs I’ve ever written because it’s just very honest. It exposes another side of my heart that many people don’t know and I’m excited to share it,” he says passionately.

“The musicians (Clifford R. Flowers, Duane X. Gray, Todd Gholar, Eric Burke, Antione Hookes, Jr., and David Tauler) set the track on FIRE! But it’s the out-of-the-church-box message that delivers and definitely pushes the envelope.

God is concerned much more about us than just going to church and shouting. His heart is deep and I just want to set His heart to music. I want to sing about the real life issues God has laid on my heart…freely.”

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Javon_InmanSome of Javon’s most notable music accomplishments include:2013

DMV CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARD Praise & Worship CD of the Year (“Heart of a Worshiper”) and Independent Artist of the Year
2013 RHYTHM OF GOSPEL Praise & Worship CD of the Year (“Heart of a Worshiper”)
2013 RHYTHM OF GOSPEL Praise & Worship Song of the Year (“Redeemer”)
2013 CHRISTIAN JUKEBOX RADIO Special Achievement Award, Gospel Blue M.I.C.
2013 RADIO ONE, PRAISE DC 104.1 FM “DC’s Next Inspiration Star” Winner
CENTRAL SOUTH DISTRIBUTION DEAL AWARD
2012 GOSPEL BLUE M.I.C. Male Artist of the Year and Single of the Year (“Redeemer”)
2012 EN SOUND MUSIC AWARD Best Choral Performance (“Unleash Your Power”)
2012 DMV CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARD New Artist of the Year
2012 BROTHA MAGAZINE Artist of the Year
2013 SOUTH FLORIDA GOSPEL MUSIC AWARD 5X Nomine

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DJ Soulchild

DJ Soulchild bannerDJ Soulchild is a international club DJ, remixer, event/artist manager.

For over the last 13 years, DJ Soulchild has proven himself to be the most skilled, consistent and sought-after Urban Club DJ & leading R&B specialist/tastemaker in Switzerland, We at Neo2soul  caught up with him

DJ Soulchild 2Introduce yourself and tell us where you are from?

My name is DJ Soulchild, i’m an international club DJ, remixer, event manager, artist manager and all-round R&B maniac from Switzerland, but originally from Jersey.

I’m one half of “The Remix Bullies“, a remixer/rapper duo i formed  in June last year with my boy Nutta Butta over in New York. I also do a little songwriting too.

When did you start remixing music and was there a person or artist that inspired you to start producing or remixing songs and hit the studio?

I actually got into remixing by accident back in 2004 whilst randomly playing around on my turntables at home. I don’t know what made me do it, but something out of the blue just urged me to take Musiq Soulchild‘s “Forthenight” instrumental and throw the AshantiRock Wit U” acapella over it.

And it worked perfectly, so i recorded it live on a crappy audio software so i could play it in my club sets. I really can’t explain the intent or notion behind it, but it was the first remix i ever did.

ASHANTI – Rock Wit U (DJ Soulchild’s Smoothed-Out Mix)

I didn’t take remixing seriously until early 2010 when i did this random remix of the II D Extreme classic “You Got Me Goin‘”, just for my own pleasure. But i decided to throw it on Facebook to get some feedback and people went crazy over it, even II D Extreme themselves! They even asked me to send them the instrumental so they could perform my version at their shows, which was pretty cool! That was definitely the turning point for me where i said to myself: “Man, i really need to keep on doing this”. Thank you to Randy, D’Extra and Jermaine for the inspiration!

II D EXTREME – U Got Me Goin’ (DJ Soulchild’s Old Skool Remix)

What made you get involved in the music industry?

It’s just what I’ve always wanted to do since i fell in love with music at 11 years old. First i wanted to become a drummer, so i eventually convinced my parents to buy me a drum kit and taught myself at 13 years old. I was really into Hip Hop at the time, so i formed my own Rap group called “DFP” with my best school buddies. That’s when i started producing my first tracks and demos in my bedroom and we performed locally on a regular basis.

DJ Soulchild 1Throughout that time i was also listening to a lot of Bobby Brown and vocal harmony groups like Color Me Badd and Boyz II Men, so i suddenly wanted to become a singer too and was introduced to an R&B boy band with whom i stuck with for 9 whole years.

We went through a lot together, from management and label changes to self-organized German club tours and even crashing casting auditions. That was my first real taste of the ups and downs of the music industry. So yeah, I’ve been doing my thing for quite a while now!

Brandy I Wanna Be Down (DJ Soulchild’s Diggy Down Hip-Hop mix)

When it comes to remixing music what would you credit as your main motivation?

My main motivation is my ideas. Once i have an idea stuck in my head i get all jittery and want to stop whatever else i’m doing and immediately put it to work, haha! I’m very impatient with myself. Most of my ideas spring to mind when i’m doing something completely random, like taking a shower or doing the dishes. Those are quiet moments when i get lost in thought, the inspiration and creativity just flows. My head is full of music, sometimes it even drives me crazy because i’m not able execute it right then and there. Plus i have the worst memory in the world, so i have trouble remembering everything that comes to mind.

Ryan Leslie – Addiction (DJ Soulchild’s NYC Throwback Remix)

What producers/remixers have influenced you and why?

My all-time favorite remixers would have to be Allen “AllstarGordon, DJ Eddie F / The Untouchables, DericD-DotAngelettie of the Bad Boy Hitmen and The Trackmasters. They’re just all-round incredible producers who pay attention to details, know how to create a killer groove, make you dance, and give original records an even greater rework. Most importantly, they all have their own distinctive sound. I grew up listening to their music and dancing to their productions at the clubs, so they’ve definitely influenced me in a big way.

DJ Soulchild & Faye BI know you work tightly with Faye B How did that happen?

Yes, i manage Faye B. I guess you could say that was a natural development, i kinda slipped into that role by accident. We were a couple before we started working on her project, so we were a little hesitant at first about mixing our relationship with business.

But the combination of her raw talent, my early music industry experiences, my self-management and taste-making skills as a DJ, it seemed like the right thing to do and we haven’t looked back since.

It also helps that we share the same vision and taste in music. We’re a great team and work really well together.

What other artists have you produced/remixed for?

You know what, i’ve had a lot of bad luck with the official remix releases lately. I’ve done some work for and with big-name artists which never got released, due to various unfortunate reasons and circumstances beyond my control, which is a little frustrating to be honest.

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Maybe i’ll release them on my own terms soon for reference purposes. But i did an official remix for an LA-based rapper called Tha Vill, which featured Kele Le Roc on the hook, i’ve done two official remixes for Faye B and i even won a remix competition last year by doing a remix for up-and-coming UK Pop/R&B girl group Primrose Hill, which also became official. I have some exciting official and unofficial remix projects in the pipeline, which i’m not allowed to speak on just yet until all is dealt with. I wish i could tell you, but you’re gonna have to wait and see!

PRIMROSE HILL – Candy Rain (DJ Soulchild Remix)

How do you go about making/remixing a beat for an artist? Do you just remix the beats and send them a couple to choose from? Or do you work alongside the artist?

Neither of those. All the artists i work with or want to work with are usually in the UK or overseas, so it all happens via the internet. I’ve built up a reputation and caught peoples attention over the past few years, so either they ask me or i offer them my services. I’ll only contact them if i have a seriously dope idea and i’m 100% confident that my remix would compliment their release. So they basically send me the acapella and i get down to work.

DJ Soulchild 5Do you think that radio is still as important as it was in the digital age?

Definitely still important, because it’s still serves as a promotional platform for artists. But Urban/R&B shows in particular are having a tough time right now. They have been forced to go independent because so many major radio stations have killed off their specialist shows over the years in exchange for the same old play-safe mainstream crap you hear on every other station.

So now the Urban DJ’s are reaching smaller audiences and the exposure for up-and-coming artists is obviously also on a smaller scale. The sunny side is, most independent radio DJ’s have the freedom to determine their own playlists, unlike with major radio stations where there’s often politics involved and an artist is forced to pay stupid money for spins.

I remember back in the day when people used to tune in to shows like Trevor Nelson‘s “Rhythm Nation” religiously every week with an empty cassette or Mini-Disc at hand in order to catch the latest new Urban music and exclusives. But i can imagine the fast output and availability of music on the internet has drawn back a great amount of listeners too.

HORACE BROWN – Things We Do 4 Luv (DJ Soulchild’s Remix)

Do you think the Internet helps or hinders independent artists?

Both. Artists benefit from the self-efficiency and full control over their music, promotion and building their fan bases. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter allow artists to connect with their fans and vice-versa. I also love the fact that it’s now so easy to connect with other musicians anywhere across the globe and collaborate on records from the comfort of your own home, without even having to be in the same studio. I guess one of the downsides of the internet is the illegal downloading, this has forced musicians to become more business savvy and make use of other methods to earn a living as a musician. Today, most money is made through performing and touring, so selling your albums and merchandise at concerts is very lucrative.

AMEL LARRIEUX  – Get Up (DJ Soulchild’s Remix)

If you’re racking up a large number of real YouTube views, you can monetize your videos through a partnership program. I know a lot of independent artists who teach music on the side to finance their own endeavors. Crowd-funding is also a new and popular way to cover expensive album or video production costs, which takes a lot of weight of your shoulders. So yeah, there are many ways to beat or even profit from the internet.

BrandyWhat do you think of the state of the music out there, whats missing & what is needed to change if any?

Had you asked me this question 4 years ago i would’ve gone on a huuuuge rant about the state of music, hahaha! But i have to say it’s improved a great deal over the past 2 years, especially in 2013. There have been some fantastic albums and singles, especially in R&B, it’s made quite a turn for the better.

It seems as if a lot of people have become sick and tired of all this fast food garbage music and need something they can feel again, like they did back in the 80‘s and 90‘s, music with emotion, Soul and substance.

In fact, a lot of current Urban music is very heavily influenced by the 80’s and 90’s, so that pretty much say it all. I’m really happy about that. As for Hip Hop, there are some great artists out there, but i still feel like it’s going through a crisis and the good Rap is being suffocated and dominated by the ratchet, turn up, swag, diluted Down South sound.

MIGUEL ft. NUTTA BUTTA – Adorn (DJ Soulchild Remix)

For example, New York Hip Hop used to have its own signature Boom-Bap sound, but nowadays even New York rappers are selling out and hopping on the Down South bandwagon just to stay relevant. Some of them even rap like the Southern dudes! New York radio DJ’s aren’t supporting their own Rap artists either, unless it’s Down South flavored. Hip Hop is definitely in a rut right now. It’s a damn shame, because after all, New York invented and pioneered this shit! So if there’s any change needed, i’d say New York rappers need to stop being followers and start becoming leaders again.

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Hmmm, good question. A lot of my favorite artists have already made or are making a comeback as we speak or are still going strong.

But I think it’d have to go with two of my favorite R&B groups, Portrait and Jodeci. I know for a fact that Portrait still exists as a group, each member just has their own ventures, so they just need to come together, buckle down and make it happen for once and for all.

I’d really love that and i’m still keeping my fingers crossed. And i hate to say this, but i don’t think there’s much hope for Jodeci anymore though, i’ve kinda given up on that one.

K-Ci & JoJo‘s new album is dope though, for those who don’t know! Oh, and how could i forget - A Tribe Called Quest! After touring together last Summer i hoped a single or new album would follow, but we all know how on and off their situation is. Man, i’d really, really love for them to release another album. I truly believe their impact would single-handedly save New York Hip Hop and make others follow suit!

Avant – Lie About Us (DJ Soulchild’s Silky Soul Remix)

Which artist(s) or track would you like to remix and why?

I can’t say i have a specific artist i’d like to remix for, because at the end of the day it’s all about a great song and me coming up with a dope idea for it, no matter who it is. I’m open to collaborate with any artist out there, as long as i truly love the record and given i have the time. I just want to continue to push quality R&B through my remixes with my trademark throwback sound and eventually have big-name artists say: “Man, that’s dope! I need a DJ Soulchild remix for my release too!”

DJ Soulchild 4How did you get into Dj’ing?

I actually started DJ-ing back in 2001, whilst i was still in my R&B boy band. Back then it was just fun to me and something i did in my bedroom in my free time.

The main reason i even bought turntables was because i had been a music collector since i was 11 years old and realized that there was a lot of dope R&B tracks and rare promo or white label remixes on vinyl which weren’t available on CD.

A local DJ friend of mine called DJ SCA used to mix these amazing R&B sets in the clubs and i’d be like: “Damn, i’ve never heard that joint before! That’s hot!” I wanted those joints so badly too, so i went out and bought them on vinyl, along with my first pair of turntables.

One thing lead to another and before i knew it, i was trying my hand at mixing two records together and quickly became addicted. My first public gig was at a friends birthday party, which lead to a recommendation, which lead to further gigs and from then on it just spiraled upwards! After the band split up in 2004 i decided this was gonna be my plan B and my new way of representing quality music to the fullest.

KEITH ROBINSON ft. SADAT X – Same Rules (DJ Soulchild Remix)

What music was bumping when you where coming up?

Well, like i just mentioned, i started collecting music at 11 years old, so that was around 1990/1991New Jack Swing was at its peak and that’s what i fell in love with. But i was listening to everything from Bobby Brown, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Color Me Badd, Naughty By Nature, Heavy D, Salt’n’Pepa, De La Soul, right through to more Pop-orientated music like NKOTB, MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, C&C Music Factory, Kris Kross and Marky Mark.  Hey, i was young, don’t judge me! Hahaha! My musical taste obviously matured over time, so i was getting into Public Enemy, Run DMC, LL Cool J, Blackstreet, Boyz II Men, SWV, TLC, Montell Jordan, Eternal, Damage and loads more.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat equipment do you use when you do a mix?

Two Technics SL-1210 MK2 turntables, a Pioneer DJM-800 mixer and Serato Scratch Live. I’m thinking of finally buying a Rane TTM-58 mixer soon though.

What do you consider your biggest achievement so far?

I’ve had so many career highlights, so it’s difficult to pin-point one. But right off the cuff, playing in Dubai back in the Summer of 2008 was an incredible experience! I’ve DJ’d for Chris Brown and Rihanna, two of the worlds biggest artists, at Chris Brown’s official afterparty.

I’ve had artists like Charlie Wilson, MC Lyte, Ryan Leslie and Horace Brown acknowledge and praise my remix work. Faye B hit number 3 on the UK Soul Chart and number 8 on the UK Urban Club Chart with her debut single “Finally“. I know that’s not my personal achievement as such, but as her manager and collaborator i share her victories, so i’m very proud!

CHRIS BROWN – Fine China (DJ Soulchild Remix)

2014 is here, what do you have planned?

Definitely more remixes! My next remixes are going to be crazy and i can’t wait for my supporters to hear what i’ve got in store for them. Some cool high-profile collaborations in the works! I’ll be starting work on the follow up to my successful mixtape “R&B Secrets, Vol. 1” soon, the tracklist is set. I definitely want to DJ abroad more in 2014 and finally make it over to the States.

DJ Soulchild 3Faye B will be releasing some amazing new singles, her debut album “Arrival” is planned for the second half of 2014, plus we’ll be touring soon, so i’m sure that’ll keep me pretty occupied.

Any big ups or shouts  out you want send out?

Yes, i’d just like to thank every single person out there who supports what i do, be it with my remixes, gigs, own events or even my endeavors with Faye B. Without you there’d be no me and that’s the truth. I truly love what i do and i thank you for making all this possible and being my driving force!

Thanks for your time.

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Kyla Simone

1480648_10100780331406506_1286364754_nKyla Simone is a Gospel Neo Soul singer/songwriter

011 editedBorn and raised in whats considered the DMV, singer and songwriter Kyla Simone has been impacted by music her whole life.

With music in her DNA, she developed a passion for songwriting as early as childhood.

As she progressed into her teens and young adulthood her gifts blossomed into a desire to pursue music as an artist. God opened a door for her upon receiving her first guitar just before she went away to college.

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Surprisingly enough she composed her first song that night and from there taugh herself to play the instrument, following in the footsteps of her father, brother, and her uncles. This is where her journey as an acoustic soul artist officially began. Once her musical peers caught wind of her gift she began to get requests to come and share.

017 editedSome of her favorite opportunities were singing for Wednesday Night Live at Howard University on several occassions, and performing on the same functions as some of her favorite artists Leon Timbo, Adrianne Archie, and KJ Scriven, and opening for Leah Smith at Bus Boys and Poets in DC.

Kyla Simone has also shared in local showcases with soulful talents Carronne Jones, Todd Ledbetter, and Robert E. Pearson among many.

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lookn dwn mergedIn 2011 Kyla was graced to make it to the top 3 in the Shine Your Light competition which featured guest judges artist Michelle Bonilla, producer David Hackley, and neo soul singer and radio personality Dezzie.

In 2012 Kyla was named Neo Soul Artist of the Year at the 1st Annual DMV Christian Music Awards and was nominated for 4 awards the following year.

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Ky leather lean 2Currently Kyla Simone is approaching the summer release of her debut EP project entitled “FlySoar” which embodies the emotional journey we go through as we pursue our purpose.

The story speaks of the initial excitement, then the discouragement and fear that trickles in, overcoming past hurts and mistakes, and then releasing all that inhibits you to “FlySoar” towards the plans God has for your life.

The first single to be released from this project is “Pride” which becomes available for digital download on January 21st.

When Kyla Simone is not sharing her music, you can find her as the Co-Producer and Co-Host of Thirsty Soul Radio, “The NEXT GENERATION Station.” Kyla is also the Co-Director a girls mentoring program which is one of her greatest passions.

In all her pursuits her mission is to restore the value of living creatively, boldly, but with Christ as the anchor of ones existence.

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Inohs Sivad

Inohs Sivad bannerInohs Sivad, pronounced E-nos Sivad is a singer/songwriter

InohsSivadPromo062313-080Having grown up listening to a variety of music from Bruce Springsteen to Metallic to Peabo Bryson, Luther Vandross, LTD, James Brown, Chaka Khan, Minnie Ripperton, Stevie

Wonder,Donnie Hathaway, Mahalia Jackson and James Cleveland, Inohs embraces all the music she’s heard over the years with Fourward.

Fourward is a much harder hitting project than her previous three albums No Goodbyes(2011), Changes (2007), and IS (2003).

Though, it is more reminiscent of the rock slant and strong guitar sounds of IS, thanks to the heavy metal guitar influence of Inohs’ newmusical director, Deus Christian of the heavy metal band (SBUStrength Beyond Us).

Inohs welcomed the familiar connection with the guitar, having begun her musical journey on a 12-string acoustic that is heard throughout her debut album.

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InohsSivadPromo062313-177Inohs welcomed the familiar connection with the guitar, having begun her musical journey on a 12-string acoustic that is heard throughout her debut album.

Fourward offered a sense of renewal, and Inohs boosted her creativity by adding new songwriters to her team LaVell Williams, Dana Anderson and Tomi L (on “Glass”).

Along with Deus Christian, Chris Donaldson and Naomi Daniel the team created an album that plays to her reflective/story telling lyrical nature, while keeping to her signature soul alternative fusion of rock, soul, and funk.

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The album includes “Forward,” the hard-hitting title track,“Glass” and “Pearls,” which come with harsh messages; the sexy “Burn,” the hopeful “Epic,” the rock infused “Drive,” “Bridge” an honest love song, “Over” about an ended relationship, the uplifting “Spirit,” the reggae laden “Good Feeling,” and Inohs’ funky, rocked out version of Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative.”

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Rounding out the sound are musicians Deus Christian (guitars, bass), Chris Donaldson (drums, percussion, intro and backing vocals on “My Prerogative”), Duáne Dawkins Sr. (drums), LaVell Williams (lead vocals on “Burn,” backing vocals), Shinda Ewell (backing vocals), and Naomi Daniel (backing vocals on “My Prerogative”).

Inohs continues to be the driving force behind her record label, SoundThought Recordings established in 2004.

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The label now boasts four artists, including Bashiri Asad (“Living the Dream,” 2012), Drizz (“Soulful Rain: Love Sessions, Vol. 1,” 2013), and Zanye (“Don’t Let It Go To Your Head” single released in 2013, full-length album to be released in 2014). SoundThought Recordings artist’s music is gaining speed in Europe and Japan.

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Release Date: October 25, 2013
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Track Listing
01. Forward
02. Glass
03. Pearls
04. Burn
05. Epic
06. Drive
07. Bridge
08. Spirit
09. Over
10. Good Feeling
11. My Prerogative
12. Holla ft. Drizz (Bonus track. Not on LP) 

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Breezy Malone

Breezy_Malone_bannerBreezy Malone is jazzy neo soul/r&b singer/songwriter/model and actress

1273150_10151634176671194_1935000675_oThe flagship songstress of the Soulful Child Records family, Breezy Malone, despite her small frame, has a very special big and mesmerizing voice. With her wide range and superior vocal skills, Breezy is a songstress that can’t be locked into one genre.

Outside of being a superior songwriter and arranger, Breezy is also a model and actress who has starred in a number of critically acclaimed independent films.

Her debut EP, “Starts With Love” is slated for an early January 2014 release.

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1391731_10151720380846194_2018953933_nWe had a chance to sit down and talk with Breezy about her singing career, and her relationship with Soulful Child Records.

Q. When did you begin singing, and at what point did you realize, this is my calling?

I think when I first started being recognized for my unique voice, and when people reached out for me to be featured on their songs…that was when I truly realized this is what I am meant to do.

Q. A lot of your songs deal with betrayal, hurt, and heartbreak. Is music one of the outlets you use to purge yourself from the emotional pain of some of your own personal love tragedies?

Absolutely. I’ve used my music to get through some of the hardest and toughest situations I’ve encountered, and with that I’ve also ended up helping others get through some things. I write from my own experiences as well as my friend’s experiences.

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DSC_1022Q. For those who have never heard your music, explain your sound in five words:

The 5s: Smooth, Silky, Soulful, Seductive, Sensual.

Q. Where did the name Breezy come from? Is there a story behind that name?

Honestly, I picked it up during my very short lived modeling career. Photographers would always say I was very easy to work with. Shooting me was a “Breeze” or my personality was a “breath of fresh air.” Eventually it just stuck, and I started being called “Breeze,” but I decided “Breezy” was more feminine.

Q. How did you meet up with Soulful Child Records, and so far how has the experience been working with them?

They actually got in touch with me on SoundCloud. They heard my stuff and said that they were looking for a female artist, and at the time I was kind of on a musical hiatus to focus on my acting, but after hearing their tracks I knew I had to give it a chance. The experience has been amazing! A match made in musical heaven for sure!

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image7Q. What can we expect next from Breezy Malone?

You can expect lots and lots of amazing music beautifully created with love!

Breezy Malone is currently riding high on the charts with her smash single, “Love Face.” I am currently in the studio finishing up my debut EP, “Starts With Love” which is scheduled to be released in early January 2014.

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Kenya Soulsinger

bannerWith a smooth mix of R&B, Jazz, Funk and Soul, singer-songwriter Kenya Soulsinger uses her sensual alto and haunting falsetto to tell stories of life, love, joy and pain. Having opened for such artists as Mint Condition, Kem, Jeffrey Osborne, Howard Hewett, Kee Kee Wyatt, Lyfe Jennings, Silk, The Whispers, Karen White and Bobby Valentino.

Neo2soul met up with Kenya Soulsinger to discuss the new LP “The Love You To Life Album” as well many other areas of her career to date.

image5Introduce yourself and tell us where you are from?

My name is Kenya Lynn Whitlow AKA Kenya Soulsinger. I was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

When did you start making music?

I wrote my first song around age 12. I only allowed my brother and best friend to hear it. I’m certain that they grew weary of hearing those 3 chords over and over again lol

What made you get involved in the music industry and was there a person or artist that inspired you to start writing songs and hit the studio?

I was active in the Gospel Music Industry for several years before my group disbanded.

I sang almost exclusively Gospel music my entire life but R&B/Soul Music has always been the sound that I truly Love.

In 2010, wrote ‘Beautiful‘, a song about the pain that relationships sometimes bring and the eventual victory over that pain.

I thought it would really speak to and possibly bring healing to hurting women so I decided to record it and share it with anyone who would listen. I immediately  got the bug! That song would become the first single from my debut album ‘Groovy Way‘ and my inspiration to continue writing and recording.

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What music were you bumping when you were coming up?

Even as a young girl, I was drawn to “real” music and true vocalists’. A few that made a great impression on me musically were and still are The Whispers, The Commodores, Earth Wind and Fire, Prince, Franky Beverly and Maze, Michael Jackson, Phyllis Hyman, Parliment Funkadelic, Cameo, Anita Baker, Randy Crawford, The Dazz Band, The Emotions, The Isley Brothers. The list is as big as my Love for the sound but these are definitely some of my faves!

image3What do you consider your biggest achievement so far?

I have recorded and released 3 albums in 3 years…it wasn’t my plan, just turned out that way. Looking back on the hard work I think that’s pretty amazing!

Who have you worked with?

I have been privileged to work with some amazing gospel, R&B and Rap artists’. The world hasn’t been introduced to some of them but they are stars in my eyes!

There are far too many to name but notably, I have worked with two of the baddest producers in the game, Spyda The Wise Musician and CAP. Their musical touch has made all the difference in the quality sound I try to convey.

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Recently you released your highly anticipated LP “The Love You To Life Album” its sounding really tight. Can you tell us about that? Who dealt with the production and how long did it take to make?

Awww thank you soo much! ‘The Love You To Life Album‘ was produced by my Super Duper Producer Spyda The Wise Musician. I wrote and/or co-wrote 10 out of the 12 songs and covered two of my favourites, ‘Sister‘ and ‘Been So Long‘, originally recorded by my Auntie in my head, The incomparable Anita Baker.

kenyaredIt was also the most challenging but I love a challenge and the outcome. I was much more confident, relaxed and creative this time around.

I also felt a little more pressure. I wanted this album to be better than the last and I wanted my fans to love it just as much. I think they do and I looove them for their continued support!

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What do you think sets you apart from other female singers in the game right now?

My voice isn’t quite atypical. Most don’t hear me and say she sounds like this person or that person. I pride myself in the fact that my voice and style are truly unique, not forced and all my own…

image4How would you describe the music that you make? I know it’s hard to compare yourself to other artists and styles, but what kind of vibe is your music on?

My music has a heaping dose of Soul, a generous portion of R&B, a touch of Jazz, a dash of Funk and a pinch of Hip Hop…mix it all with some mellow chill and you have KSS music….solid and thoughtful as it arouses and relaxes simultaneously…

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What do you enjoy the most about the whole process of recording and writing music? Is there something that you absolutely love and is there anything that maybe you don’t like doing as much?

I absolutely Love the creative process of writing and recording. Hearing my tunes come alive from a dream or concept is a magical experience that gets more and more exciting with every time it happens….right down to the mixing and mastering, I’m there and involved every step of the way. The process gives me LIFE! The only part I don’t like is completion…I’m immediately ready to get back in the lab to create more!

image7What other material have you released thus far in your career?

I released my debut album ‘Groovy Way‘ in Aug 2011, and then in 2012 released the ‘Unofficial DjangoEP. ‘The Love You To Life Album‘ was released on my birthday this year. I’ve also collaborated with several super dope MC’s…

What artists are you listening to at the moment and why?

Right now I’m listening to artists like Robert Glasper, Amel Larrieux, Estelle, Goapele, Jill Scott, Conya Doss, Eric Roberson, Erykah Badu and Rahsaan Patterson to name a few. Why? Because they are all amazing artists who are keeping the Art in the music…they will forever be in my playlists.

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So, after the LP what’s next for you?

What’s next? Well…definitely more hot hot music, more hot collabs. I’m working on a few projects with other artists now and am crazy excited to soon be working with another fabulous Indie Artist.  I’m keeping it quiet for now but she and I are definitely gonna make some noise!

image9Let’s talk image and branding for a minute. Some artists spend lots of money on artwork and other acts aren’t that interested. How important is image, artwork and branding to you?

I definitely pour my resources into my sound and my brand. My ears and eyes are drawn to all things lovely. I Love creating images that coincide with the musical vibe.

Have you got any videos on You Tube and have any ever got played on TV Stations?

Yes, I have several videos on a YouTube including my first Official Music Video, ‘Anything‘, ‘Lovetopia‘ and my latest effort, ‘Sunny Day‘. More to come! I’ve not been played on any major TV stations as of yet but I’m just getting started! Wait and See :-)

Kenya SoulSinger- Love You To Life [Official Video]

Can you tell us your websites, social networking etc….

My official web site is coming soon. Until them you can always friend, like, follow, or add me all over the place!
http://www.facebook.com/kenyasoulsinger
http://www.twitter.com/simplykenya1
http://www.reverbnation.com/simplykenya
http://www.soundcloud.com/kenya-Soulsinger
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Up Close & Personal with Kenya SoulSinger

Thanks for taking the time out to do this interview, is there anything that you would like to add?

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about me and my music and for supporting Indie Artists! We are the new heartbeat of the music game! I love the movement and am honored to be a part.

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Bradd Marquis

bannerBradd Marquis is a singer/songwriter

Charles_Roussel_-20130516-7936-BraddEnchanting audiences long before his 2007 album debut, the critically acclaimed Finding My Way, Marquis projects the kind of clean-cut, old school charm unseen since the days of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, and the iconic men of Motown.

Whether serenading his girl about an all or nothing love or baring his soul of its inner hurts and longings, the spiritual troubadour has his finger on the pulse of the common man. Strumming the pains, feelings, and thoughts of that brother who struggles to find the words to say, Marquis’s latest delivery is a gift for the unspoken.

Boyishly handsome, towering with a strut accented by that indisputable New York swagger, and boasting a baritone dipped in the gravel and gravy of Southern soul, Marquis is one of the streets and the steeple. A committed man of dedicated faith and community service, Marquis is the anti-thesis of today’s R&B bad boys. Like his inspirations, Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye, Marquis started his stage life in front of the pews.

Bradd Marquis Performance Reel

1009688_10151542171006466_241383013_oDeriving from a rich family legacy of performers that includes blood ties to Phyllis Hyman, Debbie Allen, and Phylicia Rashad, Marquis traveled up and down the East Coast with family as a child performer in the “Family & Friends” gospel troupe.

From age four to pre-adolescence when basketball dreams beckoned, Marquis rocked the church with his preternaturally grown vocals. After a love affair with the ball, a star-turning performance at a college show returned Marquis to music’s fold, quickly leading to two craft honing years as a member of the R&B quartet, Mass Appeal.

Garnering the attention of Babyface’s production team, Marquis refined his music and engineering skills even further both in front of and behind the studio boards, meeting and working with future Finding My Way producer JeremyCochiseBall (Rhymefest, Notorious B.I.G.), Thank You producer Angelo Ray (Keyvon Edmonds, Pieces of a Dream) Joe Little and the Rude Boys, the production team of legendary Gerald Levert.

Bradd Marquis – I Want To Be In Love

1039801_10151518512646466_1567093905_oIn the midst of these refinement years, a much sought-after Marquis mixtape, All Love, All the Time, was released in 2006, opening more doors. Signed to a production company, it wasn’t long before Marquis was releasing his 2007 debut LP, Finding My Way, with the independent production company, Quiet As Kept.

Breaking through the New York airwaves with the regional R&B hit, “Radio,” Marquis suddenly found himself a multiple guest on both BET’s 106 & Park and Showtime at the Apollo, in addition to an appearance on Apollo Live.

Named Soul Singer of the Year by 106 & Park, Marquis booked the Soul Summer Tour and later the Budweiser Superfest where he traveled the country as the stable opening act for vets like Jaheim, Tamia, India.Arie, Blue Magic, Frankie Beverly & Maze and fellow newcomers Gordon Chambers, Hal Linton and Kameron Corvet. Marquis also had toured for six months as “Adam” in Oscar Brown Jr’s musical fable, ‘In De Beginnin’.

MIHE TV: Bradd Marquis Live for the Soul Factory at Drom, NYC!

More than an in-demand vocal talent, Marquis was also starring in videos and writing music for artists in New Zealand where Finding My Way and “Radio” had found a serious following. Marquis lyrical prowess soon scored song placement on international projects by Styles P, Ethical, Young Sid, and a forthcoming compilation by Super Producers Sly and Robbie, amongst others.Following Finding My Way, Marquis went on to release two additional independent projects. The 2009 mixtape, FMW2.5, was partially comprised of unreleased material from the uncensored Finding My Way sessions.

1072239_10151526663936466_563420726_oWhile his debut told the aftermath of Marquis’s broken engagement, its 2011 follow-up, Authentic, was an introspective view of a man struggling to find himself artistically and personally. Marked by moody blues and torchy ballads, Authentic, was a raw, transparent portrait of a man making hard decisions at life’s crossroads.

While Authentic doubled Finding My Way’s sales and whetted fans’ appetite for the new, the experience of singing about broken families, lost love, and the roughness of the climb opened something up in Marquis.

Following Authentic, Marquis took a hiatus to make peace with his family history, study the industry, and re-discover his spirituality and the church. I had to take a break and regroup. I had to figure out how I fit, whether I wanted to sing gospel music or be an R&B artist. I also studied books on songwriting so I could write better songs and searched for better producers. I went through a lot of trail and error to find what meshed with my spirit,” says Marquis

Bradd Marquis at SOB’s, R&B SpotLight

1377195_10151657961156466_1028937298_nIn his old producer and mentor, Angelo Ray, Marquis found the spiritual mesh he’d been seeking, introducing Marquis to his new sound of driving, contemporary soul with hints of pop, hip hop and classic R&B.

Ray delivered the hook and music for the title track for Marquis’s pen and ultimately set the theme for this decidedly more spirited, up-tempo project. With 10 of the 20 recorded songs written in five days, the very personal Thank You is a love letter to everyone who stuck by and loved Marquis through his turmoil and his evolution into manhood.

Straddling the line on Thank You between the secular and the spiritual, Marquis writes honest material of life and love lessons that can be shared across the family spectrum, from Generation Y to the Baby Boomers. With party-ready music that is upbeat, melodic, and undeniably soulful, Marquis returns with his brightest, most assured set to-date.

WINNER

From the finger-popping inspiration of the lead single “Winner” and the deliriously retro-soul of “Bounce Back (feat. Phaze One)” to the dark synth anthem “One Night” and hip hop soul of “Sleeping With Yourself,” Marquis and Ray keep heads bobbing and feet on the dance floor. Together they bring the party. “It’s about entertaining people who are coming to see and support you; when you’re having sex with someone you make sure they get theirs and that keeps them coming back,” quips Marquis.

1381676_10151657961216466_197290366_nNot abandoning the soulful crooning that established his name, Bradd Marquis shares his love’s devotion on “Love Will Find A Way” and “B4 I Knew You,” cementing his image as the man to take home to mama.

The rose is off love’s bloom on the mid-tempo groove of the cautionary “Happy Home” and the pleading acoustic guitar duet, “Break Up (featuring Tess Henley),” showcasing the grit and passion of Marquis’ and Henley’s powerhouse vocals.

Channeling his inner Curtis Mayfield, Marquis’ spins his own street tale of survival on the unflinching “Lucky Ones.” Revealing both sides of Bradd Marquis, the meditative “Free” is a direct conversation with God, granting listeners voyeuristic privilege to the interior yearnings and struggles of the artist and the man.

Love Will Find A Way

It’s these kinds of unvarnished illustrations of a performer willing to strip ego and mask to reveal what lies beneath the matinee looks and competitive hardness to the interiors of the heart, the connecting kind of testimonial soul that both teaches and reminds listeners they are not alone. The kind of music that makes Bradd Marquis the everyman’s soul man for this generation.

BRADD MARQUIS INSPIRED BY R. KELLY (Interview)

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Ms. Irene Renee

banderMs. Irene Renee is a singer/songwriter

IMG_2538At the age of four or five, Ms. Irene Renee was scheduled to perform a duet with her sister for the Easter Sunday children’s show.  She rehearsed “Yes Jesus Loves Me” and “This Little Light of Mine” for weeks, knew her lines, and was all set to perform.

But stage fright struck, and she chickened out, leaving her sister to render the songs on her own.  Despite that experience, Ms. Irene Renee went on to develop a love for performing and singing.

She joined the children’s choir and the adult choirs at both Northwest C.O.G.I.C. and Glad Tidings C.O.G.I.C churches in Detroit, MI, where she was a member for most of her young adult life, thereafter graduating to performances in gospel groups, church plays, and school talent shows.

At Michigan State University, her alma mater, she continued to nurture her desire to perform, choreographing dance routines for various talent shows before landing a spot as a dancer for the then popular rap/dance recording artist/group known as MCM and the Hype Crew.

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After moving to New York, Ms. Irene Renee started learning the performance circuits and began singing around NYC at popular venues like Amateur Night at the Apollo, Chaz ‘n’ Wilson’s night club, and Café Wha? At many of her performances, she was relished and encouraged by famed artists like Sean “PuffyCombs and Rapper/Recording Artist and Radio Personality Ed Lover.

IMG_2446_resize“Keep singing sister!” he whispered, approvingly.  She even gained an invite from a top A&R music executive at Sony Music.

While these encounters did not result in a recording contract, she was resolved in her spirit to continue honing her musical skills and pursuing her passions.

In the midst of an upward climb, however, life happened.  And she put her dreams on the back burner to tend to the greatest love of her life—her son and the role of motherhood.

Intermittently, to keep the dream and the ecstasy alive, she performed at weddings and dance club bands, but decided those weren’t her forte.

Years later, Ms. Irene Renee decided to make a come-back and began again with local karaoke competitions, taking a few titles before getting back to the Big Apple open-mic circuit, particularly, the famed “Sugar Shack” owned by Valerie Simpson and the late Nick Simpson.

Ms. Irene Renee – The Way (Jill Scott Cover)

This evolved into her own monthly show at the beautiful Zuppa Restaurant & Lounge, where she sings her sultry renditions of jazz, R & B, and neo soul cover tunes.  After an almost two year stint, she stumbled upon a last-minute audition notification for a singing competition that she only had 24 hours to prepare for. Auditioning, she wowed the panel of judges which consisted of seasoned musicians and recording artists and landed a spot as one of 12 winners in the 2012 Forum Jazz Arts competition.

IMG_2278_resizeShe was debuted as one of Westchester County’s rising jazz entertainers in the Forum Jazz Arts Summer Concert Series.  Ms. Irene Renee has received numerous performance invitations by local and private organizations.

After having already developed a love for writing, working with phenomenal musicians and producers over the years Ms. Irene Renee decided to embark upon a journey to independently produce and release her debut album, aptly entitled, Serendipitous Experience.

Her dynamic melding of sultry and earthy,  mixed with a bit of sweet and sexy is incredibly appealing; the album’s lyrically conscientious vibe, coupled with its melodic assortment evoke genuine reactions in her listeners:  they love it; they get it!

Her music promotes reflection, inspiration, and movement.  She has been compared to singers like Toni Braxton, Jill Scott, Cassandra Wilson, Phyllis Hyman and Anita Baker and complimented by accomplished artists, including Cissy Houston and Luther Vandross.Ms. Irene Renee

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Carronne Jones

CarronneCarronne Jones is gospel singer/songwriter

carronne_3Like many, Carronne’s musical career started as a child singing in her church’s choir. However, this Maryland native and graduate of Morgan State University (Baltimore, Maryland), was fortunate enough to have songwriters, producers, & musicians as parents.

Being around her parents, Bishop Dr. Carroll & Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Jones, allowed Carronne to learn from and be exposed to some of the best musicians, producers, and National Gospel Recording artists.

“How Great Thou Art”

Carronne has been singing professionally since age 12 and have recorded several albums on the national and international level with her family group “The Family Jones”. As she matured mentally and musically, Carronne started to think about pursuing a solo career. It was not until competing in the 2005 Rising Star competition sponsored by Vicki Winans that she embraced her individuality as a soloist and decided to move forward.

carronne_jone_3From that platform, she made appearances with her Soul, Smooth Jazz & Inspirational sound as a featured artist at the Black Heritage Arts festival in Baltimore, MD., National Public Radio, Charm City Improv, Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute & Cultural Center, Howard University’s Homecoming,

Also The Baltimore Convention Center, The Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, Md., Prayzefest Gospel Hour TV show, HGS Radio Concert and the AFRAM. She then featured in the Entertainment segment of “The Baltimore Times

Carronne’s new release “Expressions” is a mix of all of the music that influenced her career. The title track “Expressions” deals with reality and issues that revolve around love, self-actualization, and comfort.

Friend of Mine” is being played on several radio stations and has even crossed over into the secular market.  She truly believes in “singing for the soul.”

Carronne Jones “Friend of Mine”

carronne_jones_1With a busy schedule,  Ms. Jones still finds time to serve at her church home as the Worship Leader and Youth Pastor at True Fellowship Ministries (Baltimore, Md).

As well as the National Youth Pastor of True Fellowship Ministries, Worldwide (under the leadership of her father; Bishop Dr. Carroll W. Jones Sr). She pays homage to God for her ability and her parents for their coaching and support.

Nominated for a 2012 DMV Christian music awards, 2013 Prayzefest Music Awards, she recently won the 2013 DMV Christian Music Award for Neo Soul Artist of the Year. Carronne is committed to sharing the good news locally and abroad.

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Charlene

ESSEX COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHER SCOTT MILLERCharlene is a UK Singer/songwriter

Her journey

1384197_621063661249746_686561638_nHer musical journey thus far has allowed her to work with an array of musical talents, including Zed Bias, Andy Jay & S-Tee and Hil St Soul’s producer, but to-date Charlene is best-known for her critically acclaimed single “Second Nature” of the compilation album Soul Independence.

She is also one of the original members of the band Tygerstyle which was formed in her university years. In this playful soul union she played in revered establishments such as Zanzibar and the Magnet and began her musical journey.

To date this journey has brought her onto stage with established artists such as Honey La Rochelle, Elisha La Verne, and Kendra Cash, enabled her to record live sessions for Radio1Xtra, and has seen the release of singles “Spiralling” and “It’s Still You”.

It is testament to her playful and witty nature that promoters and high-profile producers from the UK and across the pond keep working with her time and time again. She is a difficult entity to pass by, with a strong sense of style, an engaging stage presence and lyrical prowess all wrapped up in a positive and polite attitude.

It is this very energy that enabled a ‘crowd member’ to end up on stage with Conya Doss at the Jazz Café, Camden in 2011 and leave both the crowd and Ms Doss speechless! You cannot watch Charlene and stand still. Her talents go beyond seamless vocals as she certainly knows how to move, making sure that all eyes follow suit.

Charlene – Second Nature (Live)

1384279_621062424583203_1725116569_nCharlene’s lyrical aptitude demonstrates an insightful and emotionally sophisticated female living in a modern, urban world. But despite the concrete surroundings in which many of her tales are told, she can certainly take you to a higher place with her vocals.

She doesn’t rely on vocal gymnastics to keep you captivated. Instead, it is her rich, earthy tone that encapsulates a vulnerable yet versatile voice which makes this multifaceted vocalist someone to look out for.

If the purpose of music is to make you feel something, then the much anticipated debut album from this London born singer-songwriter with Nigerian heritage does that and then some!

What you can expect…

1294558_10153404355550651_1904607072_oGood Day’ is an honest album with conversational lyrics; each song tells a story. The range of songs allows you to tap into your emotions through the instrumentation and lyrical content. The songs capture the expressed sentiments with rare ease.

Everyone has their “go-to” song or their theme tune for when they feel a certain way and ‘Good Day’ is full of songs that serve that very purpose. ‘Good Day’ doesn’t fit neatly into a genre; it has hints of Neo Soul, R’n’B, Funk and Bossa Nova.

For that reason, it’s an album that you’ll want to listen to over and over and over again. Charlene’s debut album ‘Good Day’ was released on Saturday 28th September

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Paris Toon

paris bannerParis Toon is a lyricist/producer and musical enigma behind the band Mother’s Favorite Child.

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My name is Paris Toon writer and producer for the group Mothers Favorite Child.  I was born in Boston, Massachusetts and my music was born in Brooklyn, New York.

When did you start making music and was there a person or artist that inspired you to start writing songs and hit the studio? Who are your influences?

I started writing in high school as well as making music.  I bought some drum machines and a sampler and was into hip-hop.  My biggest influence is Prince Marley Marl, DJ Premier & Pete Rock were my Hip Hop influences.  Lyrical influences were Rakim, Big Daddy Kane & Prince.

What made you get involved in the music industry?

I saw the movie Purple Rain when I was a child and that was it.  I knew what I wanted to do.

When it comes to making music what would you credit as your main motivation?

Relationships are my biggest motivation when writing lyrics and as far as when I write the music, it’s just past influential and inspirational artists like, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Omar, Donny Hathaway, etc.

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Let’s put your producing hat on so what would a typical day be like if I came to hang with you?

Depends on the day. When I get to Desert Rock Studios and meet with Mothers Favorite Child I show them the ideas I have either in my head or sitting in my phone or on hard drives.

We then start the process of creating and making sure the feel is correct.  After laying down a few ideas I go back home to my home studio and edit and arrange all the ideas so I can then work on re-arranging the lyrics and melody ideas with Tanya Tiet.

1070027_10151497035901498_1872451968_nWhat producers have influenced you and why?

Prince is my biggest influence I would have to say because I truly studied his music bar for bar, song for song when I first started.  The live musician ship had a huge impact to my ear and helped when I was producing Hip-Hop.

How did you get into producing?

A friend of mine Rodney Tubbs had a record deal when I was in high school and had asked me to produce a few tracks to submit to his label.  At the time I was not producing Hip-Hop but trying to learn how to produce r&b music.

I had a sampler and an Alesis HR16, Roland TR 909 & TR 808 and did a few tracks.  After the label heard the songs they suggested to him that I produce more songs and that was the beginning of producing.

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What equipment do you use when making your beats?

I used to use HR16, 909, 808 & an MPC but now I strictly use drummers.  I usually just beat box them the beat and we go over tuning and getting the warm sound. I try to get sounds that I would have sampled back in the day if I had access to the masters. Dowell Davis, Dan Petrosino, Deven Reed & Ira King are drummers I have used on my production

artworks-000021147833-364u6e-originalWhat other artists have you produced for?

Nik West, Jessica Care Moore, Tanya Tiet, Fat Bottom Lip, Mothers Favorite Child, iAm Jones are some of the artists I recently produced.  I have done some remixes that are available online for artists Maxwell, D’angelo, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Fugees, Esperanza Spalding & Lyric Jones,

You’re the person behind Jazz Soul band Mother’s Favorite Child, how did that happen & what’s the main focus for them?

I decided to put a band together when I couldn’t get the sound electronically I was searching for.  MFC is more of a collective of musicians that perform and sometimes co-write on my songs. The main focus for MFC is to keep them in the studio tracking.  From time to time we will do live shows and support national acts or even perform our material at festivals.

I been playing an artist called Tanya Tí-ét produced by you ft MFC for the last few weeks now, is she a new artist or is it just her time to shine now?

Tanya has been a member of MFC since 2003.  She was a background vocalist and starting writing with me in 2006.  In searching for the right vocalist to perform my songs it turned out that Tanya had the most passion, work ethic and interest in truly making the songs her own.

Her current solo record was not planned but ended up being a product based on her being featured on the nSn compilation vol. 1 where she stood out to djs, charts and sales.  It was a no brainer to then just grab songs from the vault we had written for submissions and just release them for her.

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What music was bumping when you were coming up?

Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, KRS, Prince, Michael Jackson, Omar, Fugees, The Roots, D’Angelo, Maxwell just to name a few that were bumping when I was coming up.

What do you consider your biggest achievement so far?

Longevity in writing real songs based on real life situations and feelings.  I have never swayed from writing lyrics based on experience, emotion and truth.  Musically, I would have to say that I never went back to programming which would be easier, nor am I following any trends.

I stick to what I feel and hear regardless of whatever is going on in music today because trends are just that; trends. And I hope to make music from my soul that will last.

Paris-Toon_img2_miniDo you think the Internet helps or hinders independent artists?

I believe it can do both based on how you use it.  If you use it as a tool and not the rule it can help.  Prince has proven it can help and hurt on many levels.

I made the mistake in the 90s to depend on the internet and when certain sites like mp3.com was sold, indie artists who helped to  build it were left in the dark.  I realized that the websites & internet is no different than large business.  Once it can generate serious capital you got to realize you lose control.

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Do you think that radio is still as important as it was in the digital age?

Internet radio is what will help keep indie artists going.  It is more important now than ever.  Commercial radio is a fallacy for most indie artists and I am not into playing the lottery and that is how I look at commercial stations. I like the social network of djs and stations who truly,  sincerely enjoy our creation rather than play it because they are forced to.

Where can we find all about you and the music?

http://www.paristoon.com  has anything you need to hear, see or know about MFC and Paris Toon.

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Heston

hestonHis name is Heston and he is an addict, his drug of choice is love.

hes 1His new released album ‘Love Junkie’ is, of course, all about his and your addiction to love.

Heston’s fourth and hottest album to date, he believes, is his best yet.  This well written and produced album has something for everyone, from famed producer Dj Kemit, with dance and steppers groove cuts like, To the Sky and Resign to You, to the talented and highly sought after producer, Darren Daz I-Que Benjamin, with  love ballads, such as the title track, Love Junkie, and second single, Dreaming.

To the Roots Reggae, songs like, Come away With Me and Our Father –  produced collectively by The Swatt Band and gifted producer and Bassist, Ryan Wilson, pulling songs out of Heston, that have bubbled inside this talented singer songwriter from his early days growing up in Dominica, and being influenced by the best that reggae had to offer.

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1017467_10151941504627193_347838843_nFrom the 4th July Heston has launched his “Love Junkie Listening Party Tour” right across the United States and abroad which will end in November, touching countries all across the world.

Heston’s music is beautiful, lyrically refreshing, vocally and melodically unique, timeless, rich and soulful.  He has been compared to legendary artists such as Marvin Gaye and Leon Ware for his honesty and musicality.

Heston possesses one of those rare, “instant classic” voices laced with confident sensuality – nostalgic, yet very much his own style.

This Dominican born, Atlanta based, ‘Love Junkie’ is a hot-blooded man, unabashedly romantic, allowing listeners to enter his most intimate spaces and thoughts.

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hes suit and tieWith his polished voice, passion for delivering stellar music, and loyal and growing fan base, Heston is poised to make a legendary impact on the music world.

Heston is a perfectionist and he defines his journey as a full-time musician, composer, songwriter and producer. The precision of his musicality both on his albums and love is unparalleled in this day and time.

Heston lives and loves great music.  His music is accompanied by a full band with foundational rhythms that stem back to his island roots, comprised of percussions, horns, acoustic and electric guitars, leaving audiences captivated.

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This Soulful Gentleman mesmerizes his audiences all over the World, including Paris and London and is soon to steal his Australian Fan’s hearts, as he heads to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth for The Love Junkie Tour Australia, in February 2014.

“Creating timeless music has always been my ultimate goal,” says Heston with a poised, yet humble demeanor. “I want to leave the world with music that can be played for a lifetime.”

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Tanya Tí-ét

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Tanya Tiet CoverIntroduce yourself and tell us where you are from?

I’m Tanya Tí-ét and I’m from New York City.

When did you start making music and realize that you wanted to be a singer? 

I knew I wanted to be a singer when I was a child but I was painfully shy so I didn’t actually start singing in front of people until I was in my mid-teens. I used to write poetry in grade school and eventually started writing song lyrics when I was 13 (the most ridiculous songs! Hahaha).

I started to do a little songwriting and recording with some guys in the neighborhood when I was 18 and finally found the courage to sing with a live band for the first time when I was 19. I was terrified but I knew the minute I hit that stage that I would do it again and would probably never stop.

How would you describe the music that you make? I know it’s hard to compare yourself to other artists and styles, but what kind of vibe is your music on?

Most of the music I’ve been recording would fall into the Soul or Neo-Soul category. I describe it as thoughtful music with a solid groove.

I am very much into lyrics; lyrics that tell stories or that decorate life’s experiences so when good lyrics are matched with a clean groove, I’m ready to sing from my soul. Artists like Jill Scott, Adele, Prince, Maxwell and Stevie Wonder have certainly inspired some of this sound.

Tanya Tiet Cover 2What do you enjoy the most about the whole process of recording and writing music? Is there something that you absolutely love and is there anything that maybe you don’t like doing as much? 

I really like witnessing the birth of a new song. It’s great to be in a room with a musician, kicking ideas around and building a groove that leads to a melody and having the lyrics fall into place.

I think my absolute favorite thing is that feeling I get when I hear that one note or that one word or phrase that makes me say, “OH!” and suddenly I’m overflowing with a song.

I LOVE that feeling. It’s like smacking two rocks together and seeing a spark; you know you’re about to make a fire. When I first started recording, I didn’t like it so much because when I got serious about music, I started out performing with live bands so it was hard for me to just stand in one place in front of a microphone and try to channel the same energy in the studio.

I used to get frustrated because I was stuck in this “container” like some kind of lab sample that was being studied and it made me nervous so my studio performances would end up sounding empty.  I’ve become much more comfortable in the studio since then and actually enjoy it these days.

Tanya Tiet FlowersWhat have been the highlights of your career so far?

I’ve been fortunate enough to score a few incredible opportunities since the start of this little career I’ve built. One of the most awesome was going out on a three week European tour with Sister Sledge.

We were touring along with other Funk & Disco legends; Kool and the Gang, Chic (Nile Rodgers is the man!) and the Earth, Wind and Fire Experience featuring Al McKay.

It was such an amazing experience on so many levels. I learned a lot and enjoyed every minute of it. It inspired me all over again to keep moving and do what I do to the best of my ability. I’m also crazy excited about my work with Paris Toon and the release of my new CD.

It’s great to see songs climbing internet charts and to receive all this wonderful feedback on the songs and the video to my single, “Beautiful”.

Tanya Tiet – Beautiful ft Paris Toon and Mothers Favorite Child

How are you getting your project out there? Do you have a distributor involved or maybe some shops/websites stocking & supporting your music?

Well, between my producer (Paris), the label (nSn Records) and me, there’s a lot of activity going on as far as sharing the music with the masses. So far, iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon are supporting and selling my stuff.

And DJs around the world, including you, are receiving and playing my music. I’ve already been featured in a few music blogs and local publications. Every day, the team makes sure that this music ends up in the hands of someone new.

What feedback from the media have you had?

I’ve had some wonderful responses. I’ve had a couple of my singles reach #1 spots on internet charts and a few music bloggers have written favorable reviews of the music.

I’ve also been enjoying many DJ “shout-outs” since the release of the “Beautiful” single and now the full album. I’m so very grateful for all the support. It’s really exciting.

46821_10151497036336498_794803104_nLet’s talk about your latest project, its sounding really tight. Who dealt with the production and how long did it take to make?

I’m pretty proud of the project. It was produced by Paris Toon, whom I’ve been working with for a while now.

It took several months to put together. It was a cool process, sometimes frustrating but worth every second.

There were many days of sitting on the floor with pages of lyrics all around and different musicians coming through, inspiring new moods.

Then listening to everything over & over, walking away then listening again to make sure we had just the right songs with just the right vibes.

Soon, the album just presented itself to us and now, here we are!

Do you think that radio is still important now in the digital age?

I do think radio is still relevant. It’s still a source that provides us with information (music, news, etc.) and it also serves as a live connection to the rest of the world in a way.

I still think it’s cool to turn on the radio every so often when I’m by myself, knowing that I’m not really by myself because there are so many other people listening with me.

DJs converse with us through music, sharing new artists and ideas and then it gives the rest of us something to talk about with each other. There’s just something about that connection that you can’t really get from a download.

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1045073_10151497036411498_1252009208_nDo you think the internet helps or hinders independent artists?

I think the internet, like any other tool, can help and hinder depending on how it’s used. It’s great for communicating with and marketing to the masses.

It also levels the playing field a bit so that some of these incredible “underground” musicians, who, in the past, wouldn’t be visible to the heavy weights of the industry, can actually be recognized for their work.

Of course, there are things for musicians to be wary of as well, such as piracy and copyright issues as a result of sharing music online.

It’s important for anyone in this business to educate themselves in the matters of the internet so they don’t fall victim to some of its negative aspects.

Let’s talk image and branding for a minute. Some artists spend lots of money on artwork and other acts aren’t that interested. How important is image, artwork and branding to you?

I think all of those things should be very important to any artist who wants to reach their highest level of success. As an artist, your brand and your image is everything.

The marketing materials you choose are your stamp. Your stamp represents YOU.

You want to make sure that your stamp speaks volumes for you so your pictures, logos, and other products need to embody your vibe and should be designed to grab attention.

That way, wherever your stamp goes, your audience knows it’s YOU and that means you should respect and protect your brand at all times.

Tanya Tiet FBL1Do you enjoy playing live? Have you done many gigs and what kind of artists have you supported or played alongside?

I’ve played hundreds of live gigs in many different situations and I absolutely love it. There’s something about the exchange of energy between the performers and the audience that you just can’t find everywhere. It’s a bit spiritual.

There aren’t enough words to express my love for live shows; the sound of the instruments in the open air (especially if it’s outdoors), the smiles on people’s faces, the collective sense of euphoria . . . it’s beautiful.

That joyful feeling is magnified when you get the opportunity to sing with major artists. I’ve had the chance to sing on some big stages with Sister Sledge and also sang behind Jamie Foxx and opened for Living Colour.

What was the last album you bought and apart from Soul/R&B what other genres of music do you listen to?

The last album I bought was ManMade by Zo! (before that was Random Access Memories by Daft Punk). My taste in music is all over the map really. I listen to a lot of stuff that might surprise some folks. Hahaha.

Aside from all my favorite Soul and R&B artists, I also love Rock (sometimes hard rock),  Alternative, Jazz, Hip Hop (especially Old School) as well as Deep House music and Singer/Songwriter stuff;  even some country  and bluegrass tunes.

On any given day, you might hear me listening to a playlist featuring Deftones, Radiohead, Fiona Apple, Zombie, Led Zeppelin, Cassandra Wilson, The Band Perry, Ella Fitzgerald, KT Tunstall, John Mayer . . . It’s endless. I just love music.

625446_589568127737796_1306866133_nHave you got any videos on You Tube and have any ever got played on TV Stations?

I recently released a video for my single, “Beautiful” which is on YouTube. It hasn’t been featured on television yet but it does make appearances in a few clubs around town – video DJs come in handy. Very cool!

What plans have you got for the future?
I’m prepping for lots of live performances, hopefully as part of a tour in the very near future and, of course, creating and releasing more music.

Would like to send any shout outs to anybody?

I definitely want to shout out to all the folks who have been supporting me and my music, especially to my new DJ friends in the UK, Nigeria and Germany! Also wanna shout some love to all these amazing independent artists out here doing this thing. Keep pushin’ y’all!

Where can we find you on the Internet?

You can find everything I do on my website: http://www.tanyatiet.com and you can also check me out on Facebook, Twitter (@tanyatiet), Soundcloud, iTunes and CDBaby. And right here with DJ Niceness. I’ll be around!

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Mark Bunney

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Mark Bunney's shoot-262b new editMark Bunney is originally from Leicester and was raised in the church where he developed his passion for using music to praise God and minister to others.

Mark graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts and is now a professional musician and recording artist who enjoys touring internationally, giving concerts and assisting others in learning to play the saxophone and flute.

Fast becoming widely known in the gospel arena for his inspirational and dynamic performances, Mark has shared the stage or supported many of the industry’s top artists such as Take 6, Jonathan Butler, Donnie McClurkin, Byron Cage, and many more.

I love the Lord by Inspirational Gospel Saxophonist Mark Bunney

UntitledMark’s ministry has carried him to performance venues around the world and   he has toured extensively throughout the UK, USA, Bermuda, Europe, South America, South Africa and the Caribbean.

To date Mark has completed two CD projects, with his long anticipated 3rd CD project, ‘The Art Of Praise, releasing on Sept 1st, 2013.

He is the creator and presenter of SaxMastery, a brand new, unique and exiting yearly course designed for anyone who really wants to learn to play the sax or flute well.

Mark is also the director of Quiet Revolution Productions (QRP), a company dedicated to the production and distribution of quality instrumental music, instructional courses and supplier of high quality instruments at affordable prices.

God And God Alone – Mark Bunney

mark_ored tieThrough his testimony and the power of music, Marks primary aim is to praise God, point others to Christ, and inspire people to use their gifts and talents to do the same.  He attributes his past, present, and future successes to his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and considers himself a living testimony of Philippians 4.13,

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

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