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Cheryl Woods

bannerCheryl Woods is a jazzy neosoul/r&b/soulful singer/songwriter

IMG_8379The vocal styling of Cheryl Woods calls to mind such singers as Jill Scott, Aaliyah and Faith Evans. But this Cleveland raised songstress embodies a style soulful, passionate and pretty all at once that is uniquely her own and cultivated in the churches and talent shows of her eclectic Midwestern upbringing.

Cheryl released her second independent CD, Courageous on August 2nd, which is already receiving radio airplay in several countries. Much like Cheryl’s first CD, My First Love (LaDoll Music, 2012), listeners hear songs from the heart with a jazzy and soulful blend.

Cheryl wrote every song on Courageous and functioned as the executive producer. Her vision for this project was to demonstrate more vocal versatility while allowing herself to become more comfortable at expressing her creative side.

Cheryl also hooked up with long-time friend, pianist and songwriter, Bob Ivory and produced two of his songs, “Why Did You Let Me” and “I Love You.” Cheryl traces her musical roots back to the day her mother overheard Cheryl singing tunes from a Minnie Riperton album.

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At the ripe age of seven, her Mom promptly entered Cheryl into a talent show at a local Catholic School. Along with her sister and God-sister singing background, they won first place. Cheryl’s musical abilities are broad and varied, and include her start on the violin at the age of eight, the flute at the age of 13, lyric writing at the age of 12, and teaching herself to play the organ at 15.

IMG_4425As an adult Cheryl studied voice in New York City with the late Therman Bailey and recently took piano lessons for three years.

As a child, Cheryl performed with her family gospel choir who opened for the likes of Al Green, Dorothy Norwood and Shirley Caesar.

As a sophomore in college, Cheryl recorded a solo on her family’s first independent CD which received radio airplay in several states.

During her school years, Cheryl sung in the choir, winning medals for participating in her school’s vocal competitions.

A natural-born artist, Cheryl spent her childhood in a dance group with her sister and childhood friend, performed in all-city band, and was a member of the drama club.

Cheryl also appeared in several plays at Karamu Theater in Cleveland, Ohio and The Ohio Theater with the Cleveland Opera. Cheryl also wrote and performed a song entitled,  “Love’s Calling” produced by a Clevelander named Bill Richardson.

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This song became the theme song for the transition into the daily Lottery Number announcement on FM93.1. During college at Ohio University, Cheryl performed with a three-girl group that played local bars, restaurants and festivals and recorded jingles for their college radio station.

cwDetermined to see her dreams of a music career come true, Cheryl took a job in New York City and began to pursue the music business aggressively.

Her endeavors led to Cheryl co-writing and recording on Michael Fredo’s self-titled debut album (Warner Bros./Qwest) a tune that was used to launch the “Tommy Girl” fragrance commercial.

She also shared writing and vocal talents on the hip-hop film “Black and White,” starring Brooke Shields, Mike Tyson, and Allen Houston.

Brains to go with her “girl-next-door” beauty, Cheryl put down the microphone got married and had a son but could not surrender her love of music entirely.

The success of Cheryl’s first independent CD led her to perform in Philadelphia and Atlanta, and gain thousands of fans across the globe. Cheryl is hoping that with her CD, Courageous, she will be able to gain a broader presence and increase her fan base. Cheryl gives us so much to look forward to with her new project. Her vocal range is impressive, as she belts out in gritty tones, tracks like “Don’t Change” to an acoustic guitar and congas, and sultry sounds like you’ll hear on “Next Level.

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The song “She” is another feminine anthem, similar to a Beyoncé track that reminds a woman to know her worth and gives us a powerful RnB rendition that makes you want to get up and dance. Cheryl says, “I sing about love, life and the pursuit of happiness. Lyrically, one at any stage of a romantic relationship can relate to Cheryl’s artistic viewpoint. Courageous makes one appreciate good music, honest words and authentic singing. Cheryl’s CD is available on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, & Google Play.

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JSWISS is an emcee

Introduce yourself and tell us where you are from? 

JSWISS in Brookly, NY 2015My name is JSWISS, I’m an emcee from Dobbs Ferry, NY, which is just outside of New York City.

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 started writing purely for fun around 12 years old and recording as hobby around 15 on a 4-track tape recorder, but my first full project was a mixtape called I.M.R.O.B.O.T. (Individually Most Ridiculous Of Brilliance Out Today) I dropped in 2009 at 18 years old.

Just listening to music inspired me to think of lines and lay down songs to begin with. The enjoyment and response I got from it pushed me to hit the studio more frequently around the time of that first mixtape.

That was also my freshman year of college at UNC-Chapel Hill and the resources were there to record along with a community of artists to work with. I felt like we lived in the studio there.

JSWISS – Four Corners (Prod. DeeJay Element)

What influenced you to rap & write rhymes? what would you credit as your main motivation?

A lot of the music I was listening to. I grew up on artists like A Tribe Called Quest & The Roots. But around middle school I was also listening to a lot of Jamiroquai and The Brand New Heavies and Soulive and Musiq Soulchild, and I think that mix just helped me fall in love with music in general.

Who do you rate highly & listen to now?

Some of my favorite projects recently are from emcee/producer Oddisee, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, this jazz keyboardist Jesse Fischer has a great album out, The Foreign Exchange and still Tribe, The Roots, Jamiroquai, Brand New Heavies stay in rotation.

JSWISS in Brookly, NY 2015Is there an artist you want to work with that you have not yet had the opportunity to work with?

Q Tip. He has a great range of musical taste and abilities as well and I love everything he’s been a part of from the Tribe stuff he produced, to his solo hip hop album “The Renaissance,” to the “Kamaal The Abstract” album which is a little left of center.

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Definitely as an emcee as opposed to a rapper. What I mean by that is that what I’m saying and the delivery is important to what I do and I demand for it to be sharp.

And I  also don’t get lost in a beat or just rap over a beat, I’m a part of the music. As the music moves I move and I can also take command of a show as well and ‘move the crowd.’

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

I feel like I have several different sides to me so I feel like no day is typical. Just going from task to task and music would definitely be involved in some way.

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

So this was different from my past projects where I was getting beats sent to me and then writing to them. Brady Watt produced two tracks, but even I was there telling him what
I was looking for and crafting the song along with him as he was laying down the instruments.

For the rest I guess I was kind of a producer. I had ideas of what I wanted for the music and then I worked with instrumentalists like keyboardist Nick Rolfe to bring those ideas to life and evolved once they put their touch on it. But I was a part of everything all along the way.

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JSWISS in Brookly, NY 2015Your EP is called No Music, Why did you name it this? Is it a soundtrack to your life or just part of your life or neither?

You’re definitely getting at the concept. It’s the idea that music becomes so significant that there is no separation between music and life. There is no separate distinction. It’s not music, it’s life.

Every emotion and almost every word and thought for me can trigger a new song or a song I already know. I think there a lot of people who, like me, to some extent live life through music.

My favorite track on the ep is “Sunshine To Rain” featuring the amazing singer/ songwriter/ social activist, Maya Azucena what was it like working with her?

It’s awesome because I’ve known Maya for a long time, before music was even being considered as a career for me.

To have that relationship and also have years where I was a fan before being an artist, it’s great to not just have her on a song, but on a song that’s really a stand out. She killed it and she’s killing it for herself musically out in the world too.

JSWISS- “No Music” EP Release Show

What do you consider your biggest achievement so far?

Making the “No MusicEP and having the release show we did for it too. I think the quality, the sound and the voice of that project is really the culmination of all I’ve been through as both a music fan and artist, and the release show was the perfect translation of the record and example of how I’ve grown as a performer. And there were literally people from a few different countries there which I didn’t expect, but was dope.

How do you personally see the current state of Hip Hop?

It’s not perfect, but there’s a lot of good out there. The biggest issue out there is a lack of balance in exposure, which doesn’t really speak to the state of hip hop, but just the media around it.

But if you even remotely know how to look for what’s happening it’s kind of hard to keep up with all the good hip hop that’s out there.

JSWISS in Brookly, NY 2015What words of motivation & advice would you give to anybody aspiring to be involved in hip hop game?

Be in it for the right reasons, demand greatness of yourself and don’t expect it to be easy. Be you always, but don’t be afraid of change. Make sure your live show is tight.

Where can we find all about you and the music?

Bandcampwww.jswiss.bandcamp.com & iTunes are the best place to go directly for the music, but http://www.jswissmusic.com is the ultimately hub for everything.

And I won’t flood your timeline but I keep my Twitter and Instagram updated at @jswisshere. I got some pretty cool things to offer on there.

Any shouts to anybody?

I don’t wanna get too much into this and start forgetting people so just shoutout to my parents. No one else can feel bad about being left out that way.

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TiffanyJ

tj banderTiffanyJ is a rnb/soul singer/songwriter

IMG_7365Introduce yourself and tell us where you are from?

I am TiffanyJ, an inspirational soul artist from Columbia, SC, and I’m a singer, songwriter, and arranger. I’m very laid back, but I’m very expressive when it comes to my style and art.

Was there a person or artist that inspired you to start writing songs and hit the studio?

I have been writing songs since I was 14 years as I sang in the gospel group Eternal Voices, and I began my songwriting “career”. I’ve always been a singer, but it wasn’t until that group was formed that the thought of making original music and recording came to be a part of my life.

How would you describe the music that you make?

A soulful approach to melodic art.

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Do you enjoy playing live?

I absolutely love performing live. I like to think that I bring comedic relief to my shows and my personality is engaging before I open my mouth to hit a note. I prefer shows having my band with me, but “I’ll go if I have to go by myself” lol.

Which ingredient do you think makes you special and unique as a performing artist?

I definitely know that my commitment to my standard and self-love makes me special as an artist and people are heavily influenced and inspired by my confidence and soul.

What do you consider your biggest achievement?

My biggest achievement as a solo artist thus far was being chosen to give tribute my mentor and a major influential artist in my life Ms. Angie Stone at a ceremony honoring her career. I was asked to perform her hit “Brotha” as she sat and watched along with hundreds of others. Here’s the video: http://www.facebook.com/iamTiffanyJ/videos/794588710674826/

FB_IMG_1463522125469When it comes to making music, what would you credit as your main motivation?

My main motivation is inspiring people. At the end of the day, I want people to say “TiffanyJ inspires me to be me.” I encourage people to do as I do every day; I look myself in the mirror and say to myself, “Nobody can do me better than me.

Your album is called EVOLving, Why did you name it this? Is it a soundtrack to your life or just part of your life or neither?

EVOLving…. I actually titled my album about 3 years ago before any of the music was written for it. I had just written my very first solo single “Flying Solo”, a song about leaving your comfort zone in order to grow, and I knew then that I always wanted to experience growth.

So, as I began the album process, the title still made sense because I had experienced many things as I was developing into the woman I was meant to be, and all of this development had to do with LOVE, hence the capitalized EVOL in EVOLving (love backwards).

TiffanyJ – How You Make Me Feel

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

I teamed up with producer Bruce Robinson, Jr. of ZamarMuzik for the entire album. He’s worked with Fantasia, Justin Bieber, Myron Butler, and more. Rod King of Regal Aftermath  rendered his production skill on a track titled “End of Time” that features R&B crooner Marcus Allen.

If you were forced to choose only one, which emotion, more than any other drives you to stay in this tough business. Is it joy, anger, desire, passion or pride and why?

Definitely PASSION. It is now becoming a “job” because I am generating income, but it definitely does not feel like work. So, my passion for music, especially music that feeds
the soul.

What do you think is the biggest barrier you have to face and overcome as an indie artist and performer, in your quest to achieve your goals and wider spread success?

My biggest barrier sometimes is money. Everything costs, and it costs ME. Not having a huge budget effects what I can do with my career.

TiffanyJ – Evolving (The Prelude)

What is the ONE thing you are NOT willing or prepared to do EVER, in your quest to achieve a successful musical career?

I am not willing to compromise my values. I am a Christian, so I tend not to even cover songs that make me question my faith. I have grown to love me as a whole, so I know what I look good in, but I’d never put myself in a position to be completely revealing and I don’t use profanity.

What plans have you got for the future?

I am working on building my catalog of songs, so I hope to soon get a publishing deal writing for other artists and getting record and radio placements. I’d love to share the stage/song with Jazmine Sullivan, Jill Scott, and Musiq Soulchild. There’s no limit on what I want to do.

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Lee Mo

banner leemoLee Mo is a jazz, and soul singer/songwriter

1One of the newer voices on the Philadelphia music scene, Lee Mo is taking the city by storm. Known for her killer vocals, soulful feel, and impressive music sensibilities, Lee Mo has graced the stages of some of Philly’s hottest venues.

Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, she is the musical product of many influences: gospel, jazz, and soul, to name a few. She started in church, singing with her siblings in the children’s choir.

At a young age it was clear that music was her gift, having written and composed songs before the age of ten years old.

She grew up listening to Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, Whitney Houston, and Ella Fitzgerald, who have all influenced her distinct soulful and jazzy sound. In high school she cultivated her gift in singing and playing the trumpet, and she also realized her love for music production. In high school she was a member of both the world-renowned Baltimore City College Choir as well as the Baltimore City College Marching Knights.

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With the choir and band she was able to travel all over the east coast, performing on a weekly basis. During her time at “City,” she was inspired to further her career as a performer at Temple University, where she received her Bachelor’s in Vocal Jazz Performance in May 2014, studying under Philadelphia’s own jazz legend, Joanna Pascale.

UntitledDuring her time at Temple, Lee Mo met trumpeter and Vertical Current bandleader Christopher Stevens, and soon became one of the band’s primary featured vocalists.

The relationship with Vertical Current has afforded Lee Mo the opportunity to open for artists such as The Robert Glasper Experiment, Eric Roberson, Frank McComb, Derrick Hodge, and Anita Wilson, to name a few.

She has also performed at Jazz on the Ave, opening the festival featuring artists such as Jeff Bradshaw, Suzanne Burgess, Syleena Johnson, and Elle Varner.

 Lee Mo – “Don’t Have A Reason” (Live w/ Vertical Current)

She has also paid musical tribute to Philadelphia Legend Carol Riddick, and she has lent background vocals for gospel artists Jonathan Nelson and Jessica Reedy, and R&B singer Vivian Green. Young in age, but mature in sound, Lee Mo knows what she wants from the music, and each performances provide nothing less than an authentic, free, and spiritual experience.

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Conya Doss

Conya-Doss bannerConya Doss is a singer/songwriter

Conya-Doss-8-Photo-Credit-Stephen-MidgetteConya Doss has a voice that sounds like it’s both from the past and the future. She is classical-influenced, blues-influenced, R&B-influenced and rock-influenced, which herein lies the brilliance of how she collectively and seamlessly creates great music.

Doss has built a solid reputation over the years as the modern benchmark for any young female artist and her forthcoming studio project Pocket Full of Purpose highlights that.

With beauty, grace and confidence, the poised songstress has composed an 11-song compilation of warm and personal tracks that are full of soul with huge melodies.

The skillful arrangement of horns, strings and piano riffs suit her finely crafted lyrics about love, life and pursuing your dreams.

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Conya-Doss-4-Photo-Credit-Stephen-MidgetteOlder and wiser, you can hear that Doss finds joy in doing music. On the first single “Don’t Change” a smooth, mid-tempo flow that syndicated radio host Michael Baisden has already deemed a “classic,” demonstrates the songbird’s emotional smarts and directness.

The simple yet highly effective “Just Me” finds the songbird’s breezy voice twisting through candid sentiments of a young woman who is comfortable in her own skin, while “Where Do We Go From Here” provides imaginative songwriting with an engagingly conversational feel over a Conga-influenced beat.

Frank McComb, Myron Davis and Rodney Jones serve as the main producers on Pocket Full of Purpose with the exception of newcomer Dre King.

Perhaps it was the birth of her son Landon Blu in 2010 that helped to provide inspiration for her fresh material, which is filled with bolts of newfound creativity. Since the release of Blu Transition, Doss has been juggling her responsibilities as teacher, mother and artist.

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“It’s been a challenge trying to effectively balance all of these things, but I’ve been patient with myself and this project,” explains the songbird. All of Doss’ album titles are authentically steeped in the spirit of growth and change and Pocketful of Purpose is no different. “Every aspect of this personal body of work has a purpose that I hope people will embrace and gain something meaningful from.”

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Teri Tobin

ttbannerTeri Tobin is a songstress, songwriter & producer

ttobin purplehoney show pic (photo credit Paul BryanBorn in Mesa, Arizona and raised in Southern California, Soulstress Teri Tobin has been cooing in key since coming out of the womb.

As with many of the soul greats she admires, from Donny Hathaway to Marvin Gaye, training and early performances began standing flatfoot in front of the pews and belting past the church steeple.

Classically trained at Howard University, there are layers to the award winning, soul singer/songwriter. With each layer reveals a lusher depth into Tobin’s music and womanhood.

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Teri Tobin Promotional Photo 2Love Infinity (2011Sōl 2 Kēp Entertainment) and its hit single,“Free,” a tribute to Donny Hathaway, was a #1 smash in the UK and the Netherlands for several weeks.

As a tribute to her fans, Tobin released So Good To Me (2012 – Sōl 2 Kēp Entertainment) with standoutsongs “Love Me” and “It’s Alright”.

The latest release of Truth Is (2014TopNotch/INgrooves/Universal) with “#Shine” and the current “Make Beautiful” can be heard internationally.

She wants to encourage listeners to allow love to happen in their lives, and to stand just as boldly and proudly in their truth as they have allowed Teri Tobin, with dignity and grace. And that’s the truth.

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Arika Kane

bannerArika Kane is a singer, songwriter, producer

AK 6-2Introduce yourself and tell us where you are from? 

Arika Kane, singer, songwriter, producer from the Northeast corner of Connecticut. It’s often referred to as “the quiet corner”. About 7 years ago, I moved to Southern Connecticut in the Bridgeport/Fairfield area to be closer to the music scene and NYC.

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

My family always filled our home with music with either live instruments, singing or music on the stereo. I started singing around 10. I realized I wanted to be a singer while being inspired in the peak era of Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston‘s careers.

Not only because of their incredible voices, but the incredible music that supported those voices stirred up something deep in my soul.

How would you describe the music that you make?

Rhythmic, soulful, uplifting, limitless, universal, a true expression of my life experiences and future visions for the world.

What do you enjoy the most about the whole process of recording and writing music?

I truly love writing and performingThey are my favorite processes mainly because there is not as much pressure or perfectionism involved. When writing, I don’t look at the clock nor worry about the outside world.

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AKIs there something that you absolutely love and is there anything that maybe you don’t like doing as much?

When performing, it’s all about being in the moment and embracing the moment while expressing from the heart. Recording is fun but would be last on the list because that’s when miss perfectionist comes out and doesn’t go away! (lol).

While recording, I know in my mind that I have the option to re-record certain parts or lines over again so I always want to do that and perfect them when usually the 1st take always ended up being the best take and the most genuine.

What have been the highlights of your career so far?

Having 2 major theme songs on TV was exciting for me. My Song “Make It” from my self-entitled Album was chosen for the theme song on VH1′s Reality Series ‘Hollywood Exes‘ & ‘Atlanta Exes‘.

Also working with Brian McKnight on my song “It’s There” was real cool as he has always been a musical influence to me growing up. Seeing “Thru The Veil” reach the #1 best selling R&B Album in the USA along with it reaching #3 in best selling pop albums.

Arika Kane ft Brian McKnight – It’s There


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

By marketing and promotion from my label BSE Recordings and my distributor which is Kobalt Music Group whom since 2012 became a leading independent digital distribution and marketing service provider worldwide.

4_031What feedback from the media have you had?

There has been a lot of media that support great music and talent that has given me wonderful feedback. I’m grateful for any and all exposure that my music gets! The more people I reach, the more fulfilled I feel as an artist.

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

Thank you! The musical production was done by Rodney Davis and the Vocal production was done by me. It took all together a month or so for all the inner workings to come together to create the finished product. you know, that perfectionist monster (lol).

It was very much worth it as “Have You” is now on its 9th consecutive week at # 1 best selling U.S. R&B song.

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

I think radio is always important, but more so currently in the digital world. Now many listeners go in their cars and log in online to a station that caters to music that they like versus turning on a terrestrial AM/FM station where you will only hear the same 10 songs play over and over and tons of advertising.

Do you think the internet helps or hinders independent artists?

I think it helps and is needed especially now as the music industry has changed so much where it’s harder for talent to prove themselves through sales due to the invention of streaming. The Internet is a way to get around that but you definitely have to be very creative and innovative in how to market, promote and get your brand/message to break through.

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_MG_2487GlowLet’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 it’s all very important. Not from a superficial aspect, but in a way where you can tell a story and create a vibe or a feeling that reaches out to your audience so they can feel and understand what you represent without actually having to say a word. There are ways to get around spending too much money on it by taking advantage of the digital world.

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

Yes I have at least one video from each album available on You Tube. “Here With Me” from my self-entitled Album “Waiting” from my 2nd Album “Substance” and “It’s There” on Vevo from my 3rd Album “Thru The Veil“.

My music has been heard on Music Choice but not videos on TV as there are only a couple stations left that will actually play music videos.

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Do you enjoy playing live?

I love playing live. Along with connecting more personally with an audience, it’s also a form of releasing for me..therapy in a way. It’s an outlet that every artist should have and/or experience.

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

I have toured the East Coast of the States a few times. I’ve played alongside with R&B singers Faith Evans, Donnell Jones, Calvin Richardson, The Temptations, Sunshine AndersonBabyface, Charlie Wilson, Frankie Beverly and Maze.

AK 1 copyImagine you´ve got a Dinnertable with 6 seats in a Restaurant and the guarantee everybody you would invite who is living on this planet right now would accept your invitation – who would join you for dinner and why?

Julie Andrews, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Tina Turner, Bette Midler, Stevie Nicks. I look up to and admire all these women, and they have all had unique & extraordinary journeys in life and their careers I would love to hear more about, and soak up their knowledge.

What plans have you got for the future?

I plan to continue to create great music, share it with the world and travel as much as I can to connect with my fans. I plan to receive as much knowledge as I can from life experiences and put it into my music. I will be releasing another very special single this summer and also start the beginning stages of work on my 4th Studio Album and so very much looking forward to it.

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Carolyn Malachi

Carolyn-Malachi-by-Derrel-ToddCarolyn Malachi is a R&B/Soul/Alternative/Jazz singer/songwriter

Carolyn Malachi 2016_press photo 1_ photo credit Drew Xeron(1)From Washington, DC‘s rich Blues, Jazz, Spoken Word, GoGo and R&B music scene emerges Carolyn Malachi with a fresh blend of music that garners international praise, including MTV naming her an R&B artist “to obsess over”.

GOLD, the follow-up to Carolyn Malachi’s GRAMMY-nominated single “Orion” (Lions, Fires & Squares EP), includes contemporary R&B radio hits “All Right” and “Fall Winter Spring Summer” which NPR named to its 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing list.

Malachi describes GOLD as an ever-appreciating commodity: self-empowerment. Using her music and social media platforms as forces for good, she advocates for global access to education and technology through collaborations with the School Fund, GRAMMY U and the Global Fund for Women.

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Carolyn Malachi 2016_press photo 2_photo credit Drew Xeron(1)She says, “Each of our paths is unique. Music is the intersection where we pause for collective conversation. Music is universal.”

In 2015, Carolyn Malachi carried her message to audiences in Taiwan, China, Papua New Guinea and Japan. Upon returning to the United States, she received from her alma mater, Shepherd University, an honorary doctorate and delivered the institution’s commencement address.

Fashion brand Lafayette 148 NY features the independent artist in their 2015Women We Love’ campaign.

Carolyn Malachi’s new album, RISE [Story 1] is scheduled for release in 2016 and is the first part of an album trilogy called Rise of the Modern Natural.

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E^rth

Untitled E^rth is a UK based singer/song writer

earthA lover of music, singer/song writer heavily influenced by Soul, Jazz & Hip Hop. Making music that is for and speaks to the soul.

Born and based in East London/Essex, I create music that draws from my own personal experiences in life and love to make music that connects with others.

Similar to my relationship with love; my on and off again relationship with music has led me to this point where I am baring it all for the world to hear.

I want to take to you into my world if you are willing to listen, so come with me..

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James Day

bannerJames Day is a songwriter/producer

James Day1James Day makes the kind of sinewy, ultra-seductive music that you can enjoy with a lover, jam to at an all-ages family barbeque or groove to in the company of close friends. His is an elegant sound steeped in soulfulness and marinated with good-spirited energy.

Very few artists make this kind of elastic, sophisticated music anymore (one can hear in his work elements of the feel-good factor that elevated Natalie Cole, Anita Baker, SadeIncognito and Frankie Beverley‘s funkiness to new heights).

Day is a songwriter and producer in the vein of Quincy Jones circa his Q’s Jook Joint era, collaborating with a wide variety of stunning vocalists to create a sound that feels distinctly his own. A James Day song is always a joy-inducing affair, and one gets the impression of an artist pushing against his own capabilities and revelling in the results. This emotional expansiveness and generosity stems from a life threaded with trials and triumphs. In order to fully appreciate James Day, you need to appreciate how he got this point in his life and career.

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“My grandfather, who had a massive and diverse record collection, saw the love of music in me early and used to allow me to pick 1 album from his collection every time I visited him. The first was Natalie Cole‘s Inseparable, which started my lifelong love affair with soul music.” Things took a painful turn when Day moved to NYC to study musical theatre at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

editSoon after his move and getting some recognition dancing on a TV show & in a Chaka Khan video, he was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease, a rare disorder that affects the inner ear and leads to vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss.

Day left New York and moved back home, where he underwent extensive treatments and two surgeries. Reflecting on that period in his life, he says, “I learned to balance with one side of my body – which was easier for me than most because I had good balance from my dancing years.

And I got as used to the ringing and hearing in one ear as I could over time. The only time it really bothers me is when I have problems in my good ear. Then I get very nervous that the same thing will happen on that side, which is a possibility but hasn’t happened yet, thank God.”

“At first,” he says. “I wanted nothing to do with music, it was too painful. I covered all my albums in sheets so I didn’t have to look at them. My mother called it a graveyard. But soon I began to listen to them and eventually I built a home recording studio and started writing songs.”

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Honing his craft and diligently pursuing his ambitions, Day has won numerous awards including the Billboard Magazine & John Lennon International Song Contests as well as the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Award for Songwriting Excellence presented by Hal David. In a career filled with milestones, one of Day’s greatest personal achievements was his work with Lalah Hathaway, for whom he wrote the gorgeous lullaby “Dreamland.”

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Of Day’s songwriting, 3X Grammy Award Winner Lalah Hathaway says “James Day is one of the most beautiful, visual writers I know. His lyrics fit me like a glove.” It’s important that we support our artists and thinkers in order for the culture to move forward. James Day is a remarkable musician and, just as importantly, a resilient individual whose sound and story is nothing short of miraculous.

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King Krab

kk1King Krab are two musical brothers from Marseille, France.

King Krab 3Introduce yourself and tell us where you are from? 

Well, I’m Lucas, 31 and my brother is Adam, 24. We’re born next to Paris and we live in Marseille, (south of France) since 1998.

When did you start making music and realize that you wanted to be a singers/musicians? 

My mum got me into piano lessons when I was very young, but I wouldn’t go since the first day. I had to wait for my 18th to have a crush for the guitar after listening to some George Benson records for 5 years.

At first, I was really into Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder‘s music but when I was 12, my dad set his turntable in my room and lend me his record collection. That’s how I discovered George Benson, George Duke, Maze ft Frankie Beverly, Herbie Hancock, Donny Hathaway, Al Jarreau, Johnny Guitar Watson. A really big step in my life.

My brother Adam, got into bass guitar when he was 13, one year after I got into guitar. At that time he was interested by Marcus Miller, Me’shell N’degeocello, Jamiroquai, Red Hot Chili Peppers and everything that had a funky bassline, including all the stuff I used to listen before…

I realized that I wanted to become a pro musician, when I was 26. my job bored me so much, that I quit it. My brother was already at the conservatoire of music. we already had few compositions. that’s when we decided to create a band and I play our own songs.

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Was there a person or record that inspired you to pick up the pen and start writing songs and hit the studio? 

Yes. I think it’s D’Angelo. Voodoo was a real shock for us. This guy changed our lives. after listening to his stuff, we knew that we wanted to go this way. perfect style, perfect taste.

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

Our goal is to find new stuff without getting weird and boring. We love when people enjoy our stuff and start nodding to it.

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How would you describe the music that you make? Who does your production?

We do Pop, because of the classic verse / chorus / bridge form. But we’re deeply inspired by soul music, the way it is crafted (bass / drum /keyboard sounds), the groove that’s coming out of it. We do our own stuff. from the lyrics to the beats.

Adam and I, we’re very complementary. The Mixing and Mastering are done by Adam Bastard, from our label Uptone Records. We worked together to find the sound that fits us.

Your forthcoming album is called All In, Why did you name it this? Is it a soundtrack to your lifes or just part of your lifes or neither?

We named it this way because it’s our biggest effort and everything we learned this past 20 years in life and 10 years in music is inside.

The stories in it are moods and minds on several topics like passion, love, girls, self confidence, time we’re running after, growing up to become an adult. It’s directly connected to our age, and what’s happening to boys when they turn to men.

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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?

Playing live is a great thrill because it’s putting us out of the comfort zone. We started playing gigs in late 2013. we already played live gigs in other situations, like local covering bands, but things got serious when we started playing our material.

What do you consider your biggest achtcivement so far?

Releasing our first album is, for the moment, our biggest achievement.

King Krab 4What 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?

What we love is that moment, and god knows it doesn’t happen often, when you feel that you hold something like a groove or a melody that is going to be huge when it’s complete, because it’s already working by itself.

You know it’s there because it’s obvious. it works perfectly. What is a real pain in the ass is starting to write new lyrics. you’re facing this blank page, and nothing comes out… the worst moment.

Getting radio play is real gripe for a lot of independent artists, but have you had any radio play? If so what DJ’s and stations are supporting you?

Yes we did ! Radio Grenouille (88.8 FM in Marseille) is one of the first big local radio that supported us. we’ve also been airplayed by several smaller radio and webradio since we release our 1st cover EPREWORX

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

Of course it remains a major way to introduce people to your music but Internet has become the other major way. thanks to it we can spread our work for the cost of a connection. it’s definitely not the case with fm radio stations.

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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?

It’s obviously very important. if you want people to take you seriously, you have to act serious. We try to propose nice visuals, videos and pics most of the time. We rather wait and take the time to propose something nice than releasing quick done stuff because social networks needs something to eat.

What was the last album you bought and apart from soul/jazz what other genres of music do you listen too?

The last album we bought is “Thril of the Arts” by Vulfpeck. Apart from Soul/Jazz we also listen to minimal electro music. artist like Christian Burkhardt, Marco Carola… 6 mai (Il y a 3 jours)

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rbRae Muzique Vocalist | Poet | Spoken Word Artist

DSC_0012Raelene Bailey, artistically known as Rae Muzique, is a vocalist, poet and spoken word artist hailing from Toronto, Canada. This soulful sister commands the stage and an audience, reaching deep down and making sure she is felt.

From her way with words to her tone and technique, she conveys the Black Girl Magic that we’re all talking about. She speaks of love, life, pain, and Blackness.

“My style? Anything that feels good – soulful, real, raw, revolutionary Black music. Renaissance music. Jill Scott is my biggest inspiration. She taught me how to just be – to tap into the gift and channel the ancestral power that lies within the voice of the Black Woman.”

“Many artists come from an artistic background; born into a family of musicians, listening to Motown and Jazz on Sundays and all that good stuff. Me on the other hand, music found me. Poetry found me.

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Since I’ve known myself I could sing and I loved music. Secular music wasn’t often played in my house so the radio and the internet were my best friends. I’d hear a song, fall in love and then go digging on the internet and researching.

Renaissance 1I’d take in rounds of Def Poetry Jam religiously, where I stumbled upon Jill Scott, and then I began to write. I started performing in high school and that’s when everyone else started to see me.

I had a slight taste of purpose when I won a high school singing competition but at that time it was still just something I could do.

When I got to university I began performing at events and open mics. Still, it was just something I could do.

Now that I’m a bit older it has become less of something I can just do, and more of something I have to do.

When it’s in you it’s in you and you can only neglect it so much. God gave this to me – so much soul and purpose that I’m still growing into.” As an emerging independent artist with a ton of love and light to share, Raelene aspires to turn her part-time passion into a full-time one.

Raelene Bailey – Mama Knows

She collaborated with two amazing producers, MuxuboOBUXUMMohamed and AdamJustVibeFavours, and released her first EP in November of 2015. The EP, entitled Renaissance 23 is a short and sweet introduction to Raelene, demonstrating her versatility through 7 tracks. She has a little bit of everything on there from song, to rap, to poem.

Renaissance 2She is on her way to greatness with her single “Mama Knows,” an upbeat and funky socially conscious song, along with another favourite, “Working for The Man” which made it to the Neo2Soul INNAGROOVE Mixtape in the UK.

Both songs express some of the very real and longstanding truths that the Black experience entails, especially in these current times.

“Nina Simone said that the artists’ duty is to reflect the times. So, I’m an artist; singing, writing, speaking, story-telling, loving, fighting and being. I’m here for my people. This is my contribution to the revolution.”

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Nia


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smallIntroduce yourself and tell us where you are from? My name is Nia and I am a singer/songwriter born in Davenport, Iowa, and raised in and around Chicago, Illinois

When did you start making music and realize that you wanted to be a singer/musician? It’s a corny statement, but its true. I have always had music and singing in my heart. When I was young I actually thought it was normal, like something everyone does.

As I got older I began to realize there was something very unique about what was inside of me. I saw music everywhere I went, had music in my heart and had such a strong connect to sounds and words. I realized it wasn’t just something I liked to do, it was something I was meant to do. It was a part of my life’s purpose.

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4624997150.jpg2When it comes to making music what would you credit as your main motivation? Initially, I wanted to make music, because I just loved music in general and felt like I had something good that I could contribute to it. Today is a bit different.

Growing up in an era where music being moving, innovative and empowering was the norm to now being in a culture where positivity and quality is a rare find, I feel a sense of responsibility to contribute something meaningful. So my motivation is rooted in using what I have to make something that doesn’t just “sound good” but that actually motivates and encourages and heals at the core of it all.

Was there a person or record that inspired you to pick up the pen and start writing songs and hit the studio? I never really was inspired directly by one artist until elementary school ( as if I had a lot of time to grow prior to that Haha…in my mind it was a long journey up to that point).

But I liked certain artists as a fan but I didn’t totally connect to anyone in particular until my 5th grade music and choir teacher challenged me to listen to the soundtrack of “Sister Act“. She knew something I didn’t know and saw something in me that I didn’t see.

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She assigned all of the lead songs by Lauryn Hill to me to perform at a school concert. And I had never lead any songs, ever! But when I heard Lauryn’s voice and even connected with the role she played in that movie, I was totally inspired. Thats how I began to develop my vocal range and really spent time writing on a greater scale. That paired with life experiences lead to me growing as a person and eventually a professional artist.

4624997152What 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 love to rehearse and record.

There’s something about coming in the door with some vision and getting into the flow of things and having more ideas come in an organic way. I love to be in the creative space and being open to let God give me more to bring it all in. It just shows how much of a gift it all is.

How would you describe the music that you make? Who does your production? Well I am a 90s baby so I love classic hip hop and the purpose in which it was derived, however, I also grew up listening to soul music and my grandfather was a Jazz singer, so all of those elements gave me a sense of inspiration and formed my sound.

I define it as a mixture of Jazz, Soul, Hip Hop, and through the lyrics, there is truth. As far as production, I have a few different methods. I work with a small unit of producers. I dabble in production myself and a lot of times, I just got to my team and share my ideas and we create from there.

I have a band so that is very helpful as it relates to coming up with sounds and production as well. In this new season of my music that I am in, I am currently working with my producer/brother, HearonTrackz, Nathional Warren, JusCuz, and Dame-O.

Do you enjoy playing live? Have you done many gigs and what kind of artists have you supported or played alongside? Yes of course, I love doing live shows, thats where I am able to release it all. Every new show is a new opportunity to connect what is in me with those that are willing to listen. I have an awesome band that I am able to perform and share the whole experience with.

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What do you consider your biggest achievement? That is really hard to pin point, I have been and continue to be so blessed in this walk. If I can touch on one, it would be my time spent working with the legendary MC Lyte. I was her vocalist/hype girl for 4 years. I learned so much. She took me under her wing and allowed me to have life changing experiences and tools to take with me throughout my career.

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4624997055What projects have you released so far and what feedback from the media have you had? I released my first album in 2006, “Next In Line: The Project” followed by a self-titled EP in 2011, and just recently a Christmas project. I am currently working on a brand new album, “Break” due out this year.

Do you think that radio is still as important as it was in the digital age? Yes it definitely is. I think that its much harder to be heard and thrive because of all of the advancements in digital media. But with regular radio and now the growth of satellite and internet radio, its still holds a relevance to the audiences that utilize it. Any form of media is necessary and useful if you work it properly.

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? It’s very important and yes it can be expensive but when used properly, it is definitely worth it. Thank God for making me creative all around. Since starting my career, I have been able to learn a lot of needed tools to help me along the way. I actually do my own graphic and web design and marketing.

I learned when I got stiffed by someone who was supposed to help me get some artwork done, it fell through and I had a deadline so I just sat and figured it out. Now as a side business I do graphics and web design and look to develop that in to a company one day where others can learn like I did and apply it to their own careers.

Touch The Sky (Kanye West) Live Cover by Nia 

So what does the future hold for you as an artist? Well my first project came out 10 years ago, (go figure that one lol) So because so much has happened and I have been through such a journey, I am in the studio now working to release a project in celebration of that act of faith 10 years ago.

The new album is called “Break” and it speaks to the process of where I was, where I’ve been and where I am headed.  In addition to that I am working on some deals to spread my music abroad and do more work and performances internationally. I have seen the ups, downs, and in-betweens of this business and I really want to show others that with prayer, faith, and hard work, even indie artists can touch their dreams.

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Maleke O’Ney

bannermoMaleke O’Ney is a Writer, Mother, Artist, Lover

12622124_10153517590346731_7379029799562811620_oBorn in Panama City, Florida and raised in Washington DC. Sultry Soul singer, Maleke O’Ney, was surrounded by all genres of art; Music is the medium that stuck. “Music was never a hobby; it has always been a way of life.”

Her mother is a writer and a vocalist who taught herself to play the bass. Her father is a guitarist, vocalist and visual artist who is also self-taught. When Maleke was a young girl, her parents formed a Gospel band which included Maleke, her two younger brothers and older cousin.

Maleke O’Ney sang and played the keyboard. As she grew older, so did her thirst for music. Although her father allowed her to pen a song for the group to sing, her parents were very strict and their religious convictions did not allow Maleke O’Ney the liberty to express her desire to explore music outside of the church.

She credits her grandparents, Geraldine and George, for introducing her to genres of music outside of the gospel realm.

“My Grandparents introduced me to The Blues and Funk and true Soul music like Bobby Womack; I soaked it all in. I was completely obsessed with Parliament Funkadelic! My Grandmother even had me listening to Kenny Rogers! It was freeing. It was heaven. At home, I had to sneak and listen to Marvin and Prince and Chaka! Over there [Grandmother’s house], I could just pick an album, lay on the living room floor and listen. Freedom.”

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It is no wonder why this songbird’s influences range from The Williams Brothers to Charlie Pride; and it is evident because they cling to every note she sings. Being exposed to Gospel followed by Funk, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Country and R&B at an early age gave her an immediate connection to music that made her “feel good” as opposed to an attachment merely based on genre.

MALEKE PICTURE 1“I truly believe that the best music is music that makes you feel something.”

Maleke O’Ney’s music career has continued to blossom over the years. She has shared the stage with artists such as: Janelle Monae, Anthony David, George Duke, Edwin McCain, Reggie Hines, Julie Dexter and a host of others. She has writing credits and has done significant amounts of session work throughout the industry.

Her life’s experiences, deep-rooted spirituality and her knowledge and appreciation of self have afforded her the understanding that there is a greater purpose than just to perform or record another pretty song.

“Ultimately, it isn’t about me. None of this is about me. It’s about the message and the message is love…and what better way to convey love than through feeling? Whenever anyone experiences my music, I just want them to feel what I felt the very first time I really and truly felt music. It’s healing. Music is freedom.” #BeLove

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Daniel Sauls

DS_Twitter_CoverDaniel Sauls is a r&b/soul singer/songwriter & musician

IMG_3492I was born in Wilson, North Carolina. North Carolina is known for artists that started in the church so its no surprise that I grew up playing the drums for churches in my hometown. But more frequently than that I played with my Father (Larry Sauls), and my younger brother (Joshua Sauls).

I wasn’t allowed to listen to rap music growing up because it was too violent and sexual for my parents taste, which was fine by me for the most part because I loved the sound of the music my father listened to while working.

Usually the Tom Joyner show or any oldies station that played “The Good Stuff” Its because of this that almost all of my musical influences are old school funk/R&B artists such as Frankie Beverly and Maze, or Luther Vandross, Al Green, Tyrone Davis, David Bowie, Robert Cray etc.

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IMG_9251We even had a family band that played all this music and current covers at the time called TLS consisting of the three o us and my Uncle Terry Bonner. I’ve had music in my life for as long as I can remember.

It wasn’t until joining the Military in 2007, and having to leave my instruments behind that I got into production and Singing heavily.

It took going on that journey and having a few near death experiences in the military to really find myself and what I found in me was a WRITER.

I was stationed in Hawaii, skip ahead a few years, and through shows and producing for artists on island I linked up with the music family i have today.

Astatine Collective is the Production team (JerrySub ZeroWilkins and myself) an we’re known mostly for producing the Multi award winning album Waking Up by Maryanne Ito. I began work on my own album in 2014 but very slowly and patiently as we were also making “Waking Up” as well.

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After much hard work and patience I’m releasing my album entitled “Sauls” this year. 3.15.16 Its my debut album but will not be my first time releasing music internationally. “No Words” was released to the world featuring Maryanne Ito on her album that peaked at #4 on the UK Soul charts, and shortly after that I released a single called “Losing” that hit #1 on R&B charts as well.

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 10.01.56 AMThe purpose of this album isn’t to just display my talent, I hope to do my part in helping music get back its meaning and its emotional power. Music should be easy to relate to and real.

It should come from the heart and soul of a person and reach into the heart and soul of others. Sauls is full of my Blood Sweat and Tears and I hope that you can hear it and feel it.

Featuring Production from Astatine Collective, and The Level and production collaborations with “KingDavid Colter, and AlienSunrize along with features from some of Hawaii’s hottest Emcees this album is a sign of the great things to come from the Hawaii Music scene.

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Mahogany Raye

mahogany Mahogany Raye is a Singer, Songwriter and M.C.

res_1453709046978Singer, Songwriter and M.C., Mahogany Raye, is a rising star on her way to fame. Her music is a fusion of soulful blends influenced by Hip-Hop.

Each song is a musical journey through Mahogany Raye’s experiences, and is an expression of hope, love and unity.

Mahogany Raye stands along coming into this industry bringing a fresh and new sound to the ears not being afraid to express the deepest parts of herself through her music.

Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Mahogany Raye got her musical start at the tender age of twelve. As Mahogany Raye’s desires to be in the music industry began to grow, she moved to Atlanta and now resides in California.

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img1453708678344The musical influences of her music embodies musical greats such as Amy Winehouse, Adele, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaugh and Mary J. Blige just to name a few. Mahogany Raye has introduced her hit debut single, “Gambling Man” which depicts a story of domestic abuse, a taboo subject that Mahogany Raye has cleverly brought to light.

The video to the song is receiving rave reviews and is sure to be the song that places Mahogany on the musical map. “No Where To Go” is an inspirational song that gives the feeling of hope and uplifts those who feel lost.

Mahogany Raye teamed up with Nick to do a neo-soul collaboration called “Nice & Slow” which blends a melodic beat to soulful vocals. “Cold World” showcases the M.C. side of Mahogany Raye and while being a song everyone can relate to. Mahogany Raye is working on her upcoming debut album and has some major projects in the works.

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goldsbannerMichael Goldwasser is a Record Producer/Songwriter/Musician/DJ

MichaelGoldwasser_544_1Internationally known record producer Michael Goldwasser has gone from being a teenager playing in clubs all over New York City to ruling the Billboard Reggae Charts.

He founded his record label, Easy Star Records, in 1996, and while many other independent labels have come and gone, Easy Star has become a leading independent reggae label, adapting to changes in the industry and continuing to flourish.

Michael’s latest project is ‘Goldswagger‘, a journey back to the r&b/soul/funk side of the reggae master. Goldswagger brings back the vibes of the late 70’s/early 80’s, when music was still recorded as live as possible in the studio and musicianship ruled the day.

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MichaelGoldwasser_344_1The first self-titled album of this project features all original compositions by Michael – songs about life, love, and staying positive.

Michael plays guitar, keyboards, bass, percussion, and sings, along with musical contributions from John “JR” Robinson (Chaka Khan/Rufus, Michael Jackson‘s Off the Wall), Manny Laine (Wyclef Jean), and Ivan Katz (Easy Star All-Stars) on drums;

Bill Holloman (Nile Rodgers’ Chic) on horns, Uri Kleinman (Martha Wash) on bass, Shaul Eshet (Karolina) on keys, and guest lead vocals by Maya Azucena, Honey Larochelle, Lisala Beatty, Sophia Ramos, Robbie Rosen, Greg Vilfranc, and Melaku.

As a DJ, Michael specializes in playing unreleased material from the Easy Star vaults, making each performance a unique experience. He has performed at both private parties and clubs in NYC, Jamaica, and Israel.

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Freeyda

freeydabannerFreeyda is a jazzy r&b neosoul spoken word singer.

DSC_1167 1Freeyda was born in Nashville,Tn. Her image is that relaxed chill type look with a soultry vibe. She came up listening to a variety of sounds growing up as a child. Her atmospheric sounds ranged from gospel to jazz and a little country.

Thus throughout her own music career she does not shy away from experimenting with diverse sounds and styles of music to express her soul.

Freeyda began singing in her church choir where she enjoyed being a part of a harmonious sound and where she first got her shot at singing. Freeyda loved being able to sing with her mother by her side and so many other family members and friends every Sunday.

Soaking in everything she learned from the church, Freeyda decided to use her voice and her driven nature to become student director of the Black Music Ensemble at Berea College under the direction of Dr. Kathy Bullock.

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DSC_1120 1Setting a release date of Fall 2016, Freeyda’s album is an eclectic vibration of soulful, sensual and sassy fusion with spoken word and R&B sounds. The album has universal appeal with songs varying from Jazz to acoustic and R&B to Neo-Soul.

If you’re out in Nashville and are looking to hear some great music from your top neo artists, you can find Freeyda in several Lounge Cafe’s around the city performing cover’s and even giving the city a taste of her hot new single “Stand Up“. She pours her heart into each note she sings touching each soul.

Freeyda is ready to take the world by storm with her new music and sound. With a bold and raspy voice that demands attention, her style and attitude you can rest assure that after an introduction.. you will find it hard to forget the name. Freeyda’s debut single “Stand up” is remaining steady on the Nashville local charts at #3. Shes currently in the studio working on followup single “Love Cry“.

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Roszunn

Photo Jul 30, 7 09 39 PMRoszunn is a soul/rnb singer/songwriter/dummer

IMG_4036Born in the small town of Pinson, Alabama, Roszunn was raised in a single parent home where music was highly recognized by family members.

There was a vast amount of talent throughout his family. Roszunn began singing for “A.O.F.B” church choir and quickly moved up to receive the title of “head drummer”.

His mother and other immediate family members provided him with that extra push and support to bring his talent to the spotlight.

Over the years Roszunn has been inspired by artists such as Prince, Isley Brothers, Earth Wind & Fire, Al Green, Rance Allen, D’Angelo and Kim Burrell with some old School and New Age urban music. At the age of 13, Roszunn began writing and producing music.

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Photo May 30, 8 03 19 AMHis uncle Keith Ruff, (guitar player for blues legend, “Bobby Rush”) gave him access to his first productive studio where he wrote and composed over 100 songs by the age of 18.

Roszunn wrote and produced music for other recording artists for over 5 years before he decided to pursue his career as a recording artist.

Roszunn’s first single, “Come Home with Me” has been in rotation on radio stations nationwide, such as Blogtalkradio.com, Radio X88.5 and Starlite FM among others.

The single is one of many soulful hits off the debut album; ‘I am Rhythm and Blues,’ which released nationwide on June 7, 2011. The 12-track album has been recognized as “wonderfully crafted” and “deserves a place within the genre’s storied discography”.

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Starlight_Roszunn 246_300cIn 2010, Roszunn’s single “Come Home with Me” landed the number one spot on the UK’s Independent Chart Show, creating a huge buzz overseas. Roszunn has since released two genius mixtapes, L.O.V.E. Living out Visual Emotions vol. 1 and 2.

Rum N Coke”, was the first single off the sophomore album, S.O.U.L. Signs of Unconditional Love, and has become well known throughout the ‘Steppers Community’ from the award winning line dance created titled ‘Dark N Smooth Soul.’

Also on the day of the release, January 1, 2012 “Rum N Coke” landed a spot on the iTunes HOT tracks. Roszunn’s singles have tipped a new success for the up and coming artist by attracting international media from the UK including the UK Top 30 Soul Chart, amongst others.

On November 17, 2015 Roszunn released his newest album titled ‘Starlight.

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Xavier Keyz

Xavier Keyz Jacket Pic copyXavier Keyz is a RnB singer, songwriter & music producer.

Xavier Keyz 3 copyBurgeoning singer, songwriter and music producer Xavier Keyz has no intention of redefining R&B. On the contrary. It is his passion for classic soul that continues to make the artist a standout among so many gimmick-ridden acts currently pervading the airwaves.

For those looking for proof in the number, Keyz’ recently released melodic pop/R&B single “Clap” has garnered more nearly 9,000 hits in under a week. Adding fuel to the fire, he is has released his full-length album “Monday Thru Sunday” on September 15.

Born and raised in Chicago, Keyz (a.k.a. Cameron Frazier) began singing at age 2 . He recalls, “It was Faith Evans’ hit ‘Soon As I Get Home.’ I sang it out loud to my parents and friends and they all gave me this look of surprise. I was just learning to speak and yet I was delivering verses and choruses and they were in tune!”

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From that point on, there was little doubt that music was destined to become the major force field in his life. He took to the piano as if he had played it all of his life—playing any song by ear. And thus was born his lifetime moniker: Xavier Keyz. Ever working to increase his talent, Xavier Keyz was in the right place at the right time, joining Chicago’s Children’s Choir, and then a cappella sextet the Harmony Brothers at Kenwood Academy during high school.

Xavier Keyz 2 copyThey sang at basketball games and other local functions around Chicagoland area, hoping to make a name for themselves. After downsizing to four members and then to two (as J2), Xavier Keyz and his partner released a full-length album, “Another Level” in 2012.

It was three months later when Xavier realized that his best shot at notoriety was as a solo artist. Meanwhile, he was wise enough to fortify his talent with college studies in Television Production and Communications at Kennedy King.

But music remained Priority No. 1: Keyz’ first official step into the solo music realm was single “Trip To Mars” in the fall of 2013, which was followed in February 2014, by love song “Nobody Else but You,” a collaboration with songstress B.Lin.

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Kindred the Family Soul

kindred-the-family-soulKindred the Family Soul is a R&B/Soul duo

060812-topic-music-kindred-the-family-soulKindred the Family Soul is a Grammy-nominated adult contemporary R&B duo from Philadelphia consisting of husband and wife Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon.

Big hit singles eluded them, but they developed a strong following that appreciated their unwavering dedication to releasing relatable and mature R&B. Throughout their career, Dantzler and Graydon co-wrote most of their songs, which were rooted in traditional soul and gospel.

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Kindred-The-Family-021512They incorporated nuanced contemporary sounds with help from co-producers such as Anthony Bell, Adam Blackstone, Vidal Davis, Andre Harris, Steve McKie, and James Poyser.

Dantzler and Graydon began as solo performers. Dantzler was born in Philadelphia and got his start in the music business writing songs for Pebbles and Bell Biv DeVoe. Graydon, from Washington, D.C., had a solo deal at the age of 15.

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Kindred-the-Family-Soul-2The two united and began writing songs, but then married and started a family, which necessitated the steady income of work outside the music business.

After a time as an appliance salesman, however, Dantzler went back to trying to make it on the local scene.

He and Graydon began performing at the Black Lily club, where they caught the attention of Jill Scott, who took them to her label, Hidden Beach Recordings.

Kindred The Family Soul – Everybody’s Hustling

Kindred-The-Family-Soul-Everybodys-HustlinThey spent the next two years working on the debut Kindred the Family Soul album, Surrender to Love, which was released in 2003.

It featured an impressive cast of collaborators, including Scott, string arranger Larry Gold, Bilal, King Britt, and the then-upcoming Jazmine Sullivan.

It was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best R&B/Soul Album. Kindred released two additional albums for Hidden Beach.

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In This Life Together, inspired by Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis‘ memoir of the same title, arrived in 2005. The Arrival, released three years later, was their highest-charting title to that point, reaching number 67 on the Billboard 200 and number seven on the R&B Albums chart.

Another Shanachie release, A Couple Friends, followed in 2014. ~ William Ruhlmann & Andy Kellman, Rovi

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Leela James

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photo_02cLike almost all other musicians hit with the neo-soul tag, the primary inspirations of Leela James a gritty-voiced singer and songwriter born in Los Angeles, California dated no later than the late ’70s; Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, and Tina Turner were regularly cited.

Her debut album, very much a throwback affair, involved assistance from a range of noted studio rats from the fields of rap and R&B, including Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq, James Poyser, Chucky Thompson, and Wyclef Jean.

The album, titled A Change Is Gonna Come (a definite reference to Sam Cooke), was released in late 2005 and peaked just outside the Top 40 of Billboard‘s R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Despite poor sales, the album fared well enough to earn James nominations for the 2006 Soul Train Music Awards and the same year’s NAACP Image Awards.

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leela-james-450pk052810After splitting from Warner Bros., the singer landed on the roster of Shanachie and recorded one of the label’s more inspired all-cover sets, Let’s Do It Again, released in 2009. The same year, she contributed to “Walk with Me,” a highlight on Moby‘s Wait for Me album.

She switched to Stax for 2010‘s My Soul, which featured some of her own songwriting input and peaked in the R&B/Hip-Hop Top Ten. A return to Shanachie yielded 2012‘s Loving You More

In the Spirit of Etta James — a release more adventurous than the title indicated. She switched to J&T for her fifth album, the 2014 release Fall for You. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi

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Sidibe

bannerSidibeSidibe is a US r&b/soul singer

IMG_3094Sidibe is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles. She introduced herself with her debut EP Metaphysical followed by her Soul Siren EP.

Her voice is often described as ethereal, angelic and dynamic. Sade, Prince, Joni Mitchell, Jamiroquai, Michael and Janet Jackson are among her many influences.

Sidibe and her collaborator Nico Stadi (Justin Beiber) have created a sound that is a unique blend of r&b, soul, house and acid jazz.

She is currently preparing for the release of her next EP You Got the Luck which also features collaborations with producers Warryn Campbell (Musiq Soulchild, Kanye West, Angie Stone) and Jack Splash (Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Bobby Caldwell).

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Maimouna Youssef


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is a singer/spokenword/lyricist/songwriter

DSC_0647Born to African and Native American parents, Maimouna’s music is a rich tapestry of her cultural and musical heritage. From Native American folk music, to elements of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, deep blues, soul and songs of freedom, Maimouna Youssef is not your typical stage performer!

Since receiving her Grammy nomination for her vocal contribution on The Roots hit “Don’t Feel Right”, Maimouna has been making waves in the Indie music scene as a solo artist and is ready to take flight.

Deemed as “The most prolific young artist of her time” by MSNBC ’s Michael Eric Dyson and the most “ known, unknown artist in America ” by Ebony Magazine, Maimouna has worked with the best in the business; music giants such as Erykah Badu, Femi Kuti, Lauryn Hill, Robert Glasper, Bobby Mcferrin, Jill Scott, D’angelo, Aloe Blacc, Angelique Kidjo, Lalah Hathaway and many more.

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DSC_0638She has travelled the world as a vocalist for legends such as the Congolese vocal acapella group Zap Mama, Jimmy Fallon’s band, The Roots and is currently on tour with Oscar award winner, Common.

Maimouna has won the hearts of audiences worldwide at many renowned venues such as Denver’s Red Rocks Amphi theater, New York City’s legendary Carnegie and Radio City Music Halls and Washington DC’s, The Kennedy Center.

She has also performed at international festivals and venues such as London’s Jazz Café, the legendary New Africa Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria, Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival, South Africa’s Cape Town Jazz Festival, the critically acclaimed Sun dance Film Festival, the Art of Cool Festival in Durham NC and the Capital Jazz Festival sea cruise.

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DSC_5289Maimouna’s unparalleled songwriting skills make her a force to be reckoned with. Her US release, “I Got a Man” was selected by BET as the theme song for their original movie “Being Mary Jane” starring Gabrielle Union .

Maimouna contributed vocals to the “ Nina Revisited ” soundtrack on the title track “Young Gifted and Black” featuring Lalah Hathaway and Common, produced by Robert Glasper and also performed at the Sundance Film festival for the premiere of the Nina Simone documentary “ What Happened, Miss Simone? ”

She is also the musical director for her family­ based acapella trio “Three Generations” that performs original adaptations of traditional Native American and African American songs and stories.

Maimouna is committed to the betterment of young people and as such facilitates youth workshops on social justice through art, innovative education, vocal technique, pitch training and songwriting.

“Sweetest Thing” Lauryn Hill cover by Maimouna Youssef

11206951785_4930b15b54_bShe directs her own youth choir, gives motivational lectures around the world, and mentors young people in her community. Maimouna has been awarded the title of “Artist of The Year ”, by the Washington DC based non­profit organisation One Common Unity , for her dedication and commitment to empowering underserved youth.

Fresh from her sold­out performance at London’s Jazz Cafe in June 2015, Maimouna is set to tour the US in August, Japan in September and return for a follow­up UK tour in November. Maimouna’s live show performance takes you on a captivating journey through her many musical influences, spanning the far reaches of rock, jazz, vintage soul and Native American folk.

Whether accompanied by acapella vocals or her full band, Maimouna’s magnetic charm, electrifying stage presence and powerful vocal ability, proves that she has the talent of a born­star.

A new Maimouna Youssef album is set for release in 2016 and already has a star­studded line up, featuring collaborations with Bobby McFerrin, Femi Kuti, Robert Glasper, Common, Lalah Hathaway and Jill Scott.

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Terry Harris

bannerTerry Harris is a RnB/Soul singer/songwriter

DSC_1044“If you want a voice that’s the main attraction both tough and tender, harking back to the great R&B soul singers of the past look no further than Terry Harris.

If you want to hear classic 80’s and 90’s R&B ballads and sexy grooves, look no further than Terry Harris.” Dee Kejam Majek

Terry Harris aka (Outsyda) has been on the music scene for a while. The singer, songwriter and producer started as a background singer and later became a front man.

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DSC_1027He’s worked with Kool and the Gang, The Barkays, Micheal Mauldin (So So Def) Shirley Brown, J. Blackfoot and Epic Records artist Ruff Endz, whom he co-wrote for and also sang on the album cut “If It Wasn’t For“.

While many compare his vocal style to the late great Gerald Levert, his music takes you back to the foundation of soul music. On the single “We Gon Be “, he goes all in for the ladies and reminds them that after a hard day he’s there to make it just a little easier.

His musical influences include Prince, Babyface, Quincy Jones, Jam and Lewis just to name a few. T. Harris is putting the music world on alert and the sky is the limit!

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Kenya

kenya bannerKenya  is a singer, songwriter, pianist, musician….

FullSizeRender (9)Kenya is a richly inspired vocalist/songwriter whose jazz-kissed soul style is wooing admirers simultaneously in the U.S. and U.K.

Now—thanks to her reinvigorated relationship with God, the support of her family and counselors that cosmically expanded her viewpoint on life purpose—Kenya shares her first full-length CD, My Own Skin on her label, KenyaMJ Music.

Time invested finding herself has resulted in songs informed with wisdom first gleaned for self that will be balms of insight and comfort for others. Based in Chicago, Kenya released her debut version of My Own Skin in the UK/Europe on March 15, 2015.

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The album peaked at #1 on the UK Soul chart for four consecutive weeks (she knocked out Charlie Wilson from the #1 spot). My Own Skin reached #1 on both the Solar Radio Gary Spence Sweet Rhythm chart and the Colourful Radio chart for two consecutive weeks.

FullSizeRender (5)The U.S. lead single “Let Me” represents Kenya’s danceable side singing an open invitation to let her give you joy (video shot in Los Angeles features Amin Joseph of the summer release Dope, as well as the “Zane Chronicles” and “Transparent” TV programs).

“Be Here” is a romantic duet produced by and featuring twin brothers Kloud 9 (Kendall and Kelvis Duffie) that bursts into your ears with unmistakable guitar vibe similar to what Ernie Isley brought to his brothers’ gemstones (it peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Urban Adult Contemporary chart, #2 on the UK Soul chart and remains in rotation on Sirius XM’s Heart and Soul channel).

Make u smile” is another soulful relationship duet, this time with Brandon McKenzie. And Kenya brings a seductive touch to “I Can’t Help It,” her second take on Michael Jackson’s classic penned by former Supremes member Susaye Greene with the legendary Stevie Wonder (video stars Malik Yoba). “Stevie Wonder is my Jesus of music,” Kenya confesses.

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Eska

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eska1Eska (born Eska Mtungwazi) is a British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Eska is the most talked about, revered singer you’ve probably never heard of. She is the best kept secrets in 2015 .

Having built an inimitable reputation as a writer and performer through collaborations with such legends of the game as Grace Jones, Cinematic Orchestra, Zero 7 and Bobby McFerrin together with performances in some of the world’s most famous venues and festivals, it’s time to discover Eska’s own unique sound in full force.

ESKA – Rock Of Ages

Eska2The self-titled debut album Eska hosts production credits from cult British electronic artist Matthew Herbert (known for remixing Björk, R.E.M. and Yoko Ono), LouisslipperzHackett and Dave Okumu of The Invisible (previous winners of iTunes ‘Album of the Year’ in the UK.)

In 2013 she released her debut solo project titled Gatekeeper EP on her own Earthling Recordings label, which featured five original tracks and was co-produced by acclaimed producers Matthew Herbert and David Okumu.

The EP attracted worldwide critical acclaim, including tastemaker Gilles Peterson, who called Eska “one of the most important singers in the UK right now”, and Jamie Cullum, who declared the EP’s title song to be “an unbelievable track that will be hard to beat in 2013”.

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eska3The title track from the EP was also selected by Peterson for his Brownswood Bubblers 10 compilation, which was released on Brownswood Recordings.

In April 2015 Eska released her eponymous debut album scoring a 4* in Q magazine & Hi Fi Choice, 8/10 in Uncut, Music Week tastemaker, Sunday Times Breaking Act.

Also voted the Tune Of The Month in Mix Mag, a two-page spread in Echoes and described as “empowering to listen to and the whole album is a wonderfully emotive affair” by Time Out.

This recognition has also been reflected on the airwaves with multiple plays on BBC 6 Music, Radio 2, XFM & NTS Radio.

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Gabrielle

bannergabrielleGabrielle is a multi-platinum selling, BRIT Award winning English singer & songwriter

bannerLouise Gabrielle Bobb (born 16 April 1970), known simply as Gabrielle, is a multi-platinum selling, BRIT Award winning English singer and songwriter.

Gabrielle was born in Hackney, London. Her unconventional image includes short tight curls and an eye patch or sunglasses she has ptosis, the drooping of one eyelid.

Her debut single “Dreams” topped the UK Singles Chart in June 1993. Other notable singles include “Going Nowhere“, “Give Me a Little More Time“, “Walk On By” and “If You Ever” a duet with East 17.

After a few quiescent years Gabrielle made a stunning comeback with “Rise“, which became Gabrielle’s 2nd UK number one in 2000. The album of the same name also reached the top spot in the UK Albums Chart, where it stayed for 3 weeks.

Gabrielle – Dreams

The successful “Out of Reach” from the soundtrack to the film Bridget Jones’s Diary, reached numberin the UK Singles Chart. Gabrielle’s greatest hits collection, Dreams Can Come True, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 was released in 2001. In 2004, Gabrielle released her fourth studio album Play to Win.

Gabrielle_60138_FZ2It reached number 10 in the UK and was the 191st best-selling album of 2004. “Stay the Same” was the 1st single the album. The single peaked at No 20 in the UK Singles Chart, helping the album peak inside the UK top 10.

The 2nd single “Ten Years Time” was the second and final commercial single from Play to Win. One further single (“You Used to Love Me“) was released to promote Play to Win but no video or commercial release was given to the song. A supporting UK tour followed. The track “Sometimes” from this album features on the Love Actually film soundtrack.

In 2007 she released a new single, “Why“, which she performed on The National Lottery show, as well as many other TV slots. In October 2007, her 5th studio album Always was released. Always entered the UK Albums Chart at No 11, Always entered the UK R&B Album Chart at No 4. It included a version of the song “Why” that featured Paul Weller.  The final single from the album “Every Little Teardrop” was released.

Gabrielle set off on a sell out UK tour of 14 dates through February 2007. Critics gave positive reviews on her performances. Gabrielle headlined the ‘Zermatt Unplugged‘ music festival in April 2008, along with Alanis Morissette. In addition she headlined ‘Birmingham Pride‘ in 2008. In May 2008, Gabrielle won an Ivor Novello award for Best Song Collection. Gabrielle was also Al Green‘s special guest on the UK dates of his 2008 tour.

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1265475_10151854582544393_1248830695_oIn April 2010, she returned to the studio to work on her 6th studio album having already recorded songs with MNEK, Bless Beats, Shakka and Biffco. Gabrielle has said, “I have been writing new music in the studio, but there’s no definite date for when that will be released.”

Gabrielle was featured on a track from the Naughty Boy album, Hotel Cabana. The song, “Hollywood“, written by Emeli Sandé and produced by Naughty Boy, is about fame coming and going.

In November 2013, Gabrielle released the album “Now and Always: 20 Years of Dreaming“, followed by the single “Say Goodbye” The album contained 7 brand new tracks, the greatest hits, selected album tracks and remixes. A Headline UK tour entitled “The 20 Years of Dreaming Tour” took place March 2014. In August 2014, Gabrielle headlined the 2nd Night of the Rovinj Festival, held in Rovinj, Croatia.

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Elliott Macauley

banner emcElliott Macauley is a musician/songwriter

12041520_10153654920643276_1439233020_oWith ‘Breezing’ by George Benson playing in the background Elliott Macauley picked up his first bass guitar. It was the late 1970s & his
parents house was filled with music, from Motown to jazz.

At the age of 18 Elliott moved to London to pursue his music career playing in various jazz/funk bands. Although he was playing live there was little opportunity for him to record his own material.

Back in the late 1980s the only way to record was on an analogue 8 track recording, being a signed artist orwealthy enough to own a recording studio.

It was a few years later & the dawn of the digital era in music before Elliott could try his talents at producing/recording his own material. In the mean time whilst working at the Jazz Café, London, Elliott had the chance to travel to Japan as a session player in a quartet. They toured from Nagoya to Tokyo & Osaka playing covers & original material.

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12059335_10153654921378276_1648762754_oIt was whist he was living in Barcelona, Spain, he became a familiar sight on the beach playing acoustic guitar with the gypsies. These were both invaluable experiences which pushed his musical talents & ambition even further.

When he returned to England in the early 2000s he began to build his own digital recording studio. Still playing acoustic guitar & session bass at intimate venues he was now able to fulfill his true potential not only writing but now composing, arranging & playing more instruments.

He is known first & foremost as an accomplished bassist spending two years at the Royal College of Music refining his skills, but in teaching himself the role as producer of his own work there are no limitations to what he can now achieve.

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1402235_10152248677343276_2125477998_oIn the past year alone Elliott has worked with Winston Warrior on the track “Keep Moving”, playing both bass & guitar, Maggie Smile, Sian Evans again bass & guitar, Kurt Austin as composer/writer/producer.

Using his Facebook site & his other online music sites his networking soon lead him to Cleveland Jones, vocalist. Both had mutual admiration for each others work & it wasn’t before long that they were collaborating on brand new ideas.

The fantastic result can be heard in the single “Mamma’s Baby Boy” which was on Elliott’s debut EP in 2013. 2014 brought a fresh start to elliotts music with the single All My Life features Joe Leavy from America track which was written by Elliott & Andrew Mayo and Joe Leavy came out on iTunes.

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emacAlso that year he hooked up with Nataya from Drizabone family to do a dance track called Feeling its a bass vybe with a sweet vocal from the talented Nataya which is now on iTunes for you to Purchase:

Next up was am single with the super talented Marwan Akil & on sax David Lee Andrews called Future. In August 2014 he released the EP Metaphor which will feature Marwan Akil / Joe Leavy / Cleveland Jones / David Lee Andrews

So far in 2015 Elliott has release 3 singles Trippin My Fuse featuring NiCo , an spokenword track Imagine featuring Chris Jam and the new song called Games featuring Gary Poole on vocals and Tony Remy on guitar.

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R’mone Entonio


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received_10204305919869966Born in 1986 in Martinsville, Virginia, R’mone Entonio began singing at the age of 5 alongside his father in an all-male gospel quartet group. This is the foundation where R’mone’s passion & love for music developed & would continue to evolve.

Constantly being influenced by the records & cassette tapes played by his parents, the radio, etc., R’mone’s musical influences range from Lalah Hathaway, Eric Benet and D’Angelo to Stevie Wonder, The Gap Band & The Beatles.

After high school, R’mone went on to study music at Virginia State University for 2 years, where he increased the range of his craft by majoring in vocal concentration. There, he absorbed the classical foundation & vocal techniques that would eventually reap benefits for his future.

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received_10204306002232025After relocating to North Carolina post-college, R’mone has went on to accompany some very influential artists of North Carolina’s piedmont region such as World Renowned Poet Josephus Thompson, International Performing Artist Vanessa Ferguson, International Recording Artist Tanya Ross, and World Renowned Singer/Performer Sybil Lynch, just to name a few.

All of these experiences have helped R’mone to step forward in his own artistry & brand, the R’moneEntonio Brand. As this young artist continues to emerge, footage of R’mone’s cover work of songs performed live can be found on YouTube.

The brand new single titled “Without You” is available now & can be purchased on all digital media outlets online. Soon to follow will be the complete EP, “Unorthodox Soul” in the fall of 2015.

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Without You By R’mone Antonio

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Latrese Bush


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Latrese Bush
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Latrese Bush press image no.1What do Tony Award and two time GRAMMY Award winner Jennifer Holliday, GRAMMY Award winner Gloria Gaynor, R&B star Bobby V, and pop music phenomenon Justin Bieber all have in common? They’ve all had the great fortune of having soulful songstress Latrese Bush as a background vocalist.

Her melodic vocal range has supported these and many other musical greats. Latrese fuses her high energy with brilliant vocal ability in each song and performance; crafting memorable musical experiences for her audience.

When she’s not traveling the world with Gloria Gaynor performing the iconic hit “I Will Survive”, Latrese can be found singing at various venues, songwriting and making music. Latrese can also be heard as a featured vocalist and songwriter on trumpeter Joey Sommerville’s jazz album “Ride To This” and his newest releases “Like You Mean It” and “The Get Down Club”.

She also gives a standout performance on Rhonda Smith’s funk jazz debut, “Intellipop,” and is featured on jazz artist Bob Baldwin‘s single “Turn the Club Up” from his latest album “Twenty.” Latrese is also featured on, “Up and Down,” the 2014 single from legendary funk group, The BarKays.

Meet Latrese Bush

Hailing from Bluffton, SC, a small coastal town nestled between the beautiful Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia, Latrese projects the mix of cultural, soulful, and rhythmic sounds she heard as a little girl with dreams of making her own music for audiences all around the world.

Latrese Bush press image no.3With the goal of realizing all the hopes and dreams of that little girl from South Carolina, Latrese continues to blaze her path to success. In May 2015, she celebrated the official release of her debut EP, “The Best”before a capacity crowd at Center Stage VINYL (Atlanta, GA).

The title song from the EP is a featured track on, “Luxury Soul 2015,” the UK produced album series featuring some of the best contemporary soul tunes available.

Latrese is currently focusing on writing and recording new material for her first full length EP when she’s not performing in the U.S. and touring the globe with Gloria Gaynor. A featured single from the upcoming album will be a duet with Noel Gourdin entitled, “Because of You.” Be on the lookout for more incredible songs and live performances from Latrese in the future!

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Bassette

bassette-bannerBassette is a singer/songwriter

bassette-420-year-old Bassette hails from Bermuda in the North Atlantic waters about 650 miles east of the United States. She arrived in London aged 5, spending her time between the capital and Sheffield, a former industrial powerhouse situated in the north of England.

Bassette’s sound is perhaps the antithesis of industrial – humid, languid beats sit comfortably alongside more lucid, fluid efforts – melancholic wistfulness and regret the constant between them.

Bassette’s voice snakes in between the rhythm and beat, getting under your skin, the distinction between the beautiful, flowing harmonies and their dark lyrical content coming to the fore.

Bassette’s sophistication and effortless technique suggest a talent far beyond her years, and Midnight Sound is the start of an interesting and exciting journey.

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Nia Simmons

Nia SimmonsNia Simmons is a singer/songwriter

IMG_9325changebackgroundNia Simmons is proud to be one of many artists representing the talent-filled Washington DC Metropolitan Area. Born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Nia has been singing since age 3 starting in the church, then gradually moving on to local talent competitions and community events.

Her musical influences include Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, CeCe Winans, Tramaine Hawkins, and The Clark Sisters to name a few. Nia has participated in various groups/ensembles over the years in the R&B, Gospel, Jazz, and Pop genres.

These opportunities have allowed her to share the stage with nationally and internationally acclaimed artists such as Kirk Whalem, The Williams Brothers, 7 Sons of Soul, Jonathan Nelson and Purpose, Vanessa Williams, Placido Domingo, Me’lisa Morgan, Richard Smallwood, Art Sherrod Jr., Howard Hewett, Roger Treece, Bobby McFerrin, Aziza Miller, and Crystal Aikin.

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10318724_274646016043569_2032830997_n - CopyThough she enjoys assisting her fellow artists by contributing background vocals in the studio and at live performances, Nia is also a sought after solo artist and vocal arranger. She is a Howard University graduate, Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies.

Nia was an original member of the premiere Howard University vocal jazz group, Afro Blue, and was featured with the group on two Howard University Jazz Ensemble recordings (2002 and 2003).

She also recorded with gospel band Anointed Favour on their single, Advance the Kingdom in 2005. In 2011 and 2012, Nia made her return to the theatrical stage in two Liberated Muse musical stage productions, Running: AMOK and In Her Words: Celebrating the Transformative Lives of African-American Women.

Nia Simmons – Cherish The Day (Sade Tribute) @ the Carlyle Club

IMG_93292013 marked Nia’s debut as an independent recording artist with the release of her single, “Living for Today”, in October. The song gained her international recognition and acclaim, including position in the top 15 of the UK Soul Chart.

Her follow up single, “Used to You”, was released in February 2014 to rave reviews worldwide peaking at #11 on the UK Soul Chart and also ranked in the UK Soul Chart’s Top 100 of 2014.

In 2015, Nia was recognized amongst her peers for artistic excellence receiving a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award grant in Non-Classical Music: Solo Performance. Her accomplishments further increased the anticipation for her debut LP titled, “A Songbird’s Journey”, which is now available!

The project features 12 tracks showcasing the style, range, and versatility of an artist whose honest delivery and silky, smooth vocals will catch your ear and move your spirit.

A Love Of Your Own – Nia Simmons

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jsoul bannerJSoul aka The Black Sinatra is a singer, beat maker, writer and producer

JSOUL BLUE MIDNIGHT COLORA native of Baltimore, JSOUL truly defines the meaning of being a singer, beat maker, writer and producer. As a triple threat his sound captures the very essence of soul and hip hop that has been absent in today’s music.

Taking his cues from Soul Masters past and present, has inspired him to create quality music of inspiration, pain, pleasure, life, and love with a style that emanates eclectic, funk-da-fied soul. His albums are a culmination of his last 13 years in this industry as an indie soul artist.

Its with that momentum he steps into the full roll of Producer and draws from the experiences in love gained & lost, triumphs,and failures new and old. Creating a sound that is familiar to true school soul music lovers and real hip hop listeners.

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PROFILE PICHe began writing and creating music at the age of 20 with musicians who served as pillars in the Baltimore music scene and crafting what would be his signature sound. Performing live would serve as the foundation for his musical journey.

In 2008 he signed with Blackout Studios and released his label debut “Love Soldier” followed by the 2010 release of “Black Sinatra” which he fully produced and featured Indie Soul Juggernauts and grammy nominated artists Eric Roberson, Natalie Stewart (Floetry) , W. Ellington Felton,Carol Riddick, Julie Dexter as well as DMV star Substantial.

His latest release “Blue Midnight” was yet another sonically pleasing self produced soul/hip hop album that received great acclaim reaching the #3 spot on the top 40 Soul Charts for its single “Beautiful Nights” and featuring artists Deborah Bond, Philly MC Hezekiah, Cali native Joy Jones, and Dmo Soul.

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JSOUL BLACK SINATRAIn 2013 He released his first Instrumental project “Blue Symphony” as a part of a hip-hop based production series. “Being a visual artist as well i believe that Sound is just color in the sonic form, so every production represents a different vibe and paints a different picture and i named the projects according to the color i saw while making it” – JSouL

In 2014 He signed to a new label called “HiPNOTT Records” Which is now his new home and the base for all future releases. http://www.hipnottrecords.com/

Currently he’s working on promoting his newest self produced album the “Purple Symphony” which include features from Label mate Substantial, up & coming Baltimore mc’s  GreenSpan, Eze Jackson, Mathematics and Zulu Nation/9th Wonder true school Dj Sean Armstrong.

Boom Bap sprinkled wit Soul & Jazz is what it contains. Head Nod is what to expect! The Future‘s looking bright for the SoulStar from Baltimore.

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Elisha La’Verne

el bannerElisha La’Verne an Soul/R&B singer/songwriter

IMG_0300Introduce yourself and tell us where you are from? Hi, My names is Elisha La’Verne a Soul/R&B vocalist/writer from South London.

When did you start making music and realize that you wanted to be a singer? I realized I wanted to be a singer at the age of 13 when rehearsing with my school band. At the time I was involved as a rapper and had a song where I wanted to sing the hook. I realised although I love rap music I preferred to sing and continued in the band as a singer.

When I left school I was blessed to meet up with some talented producers where I really honed my vocal and writing skills. They all had individual production and recording styles which was great because this challenged me to work in different ways. This is the reason I would say that I am so adaptable and flexible when working now.

Was there a person or artist that inspired you to start writing songs and hit the studio? I was inspired by the soulful tones of Aretha and Luther as a young girl. At present I am inspired by so many artiste young and old.

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’d say soulful vibes. I lean onto the 2-step or slow jams but still love to write to and sing along to tracks with a hard hip hop edge and thick bass. But whatever I sing on I keep it soulful.

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? It’s a great feeling to work on and see your ideas come to life. I love the moment when I come up with a banging hook then the process after of laying the harmonies and feeling the hook flourish into pretty colours.

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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? I absolutely love performing live! That instant gratification is like no other. The vibe of hearing a hot band play my recorded material is amazing. Although a band will definitely play your songs like the record the dynamics they bring is completely different.

Which ingredient do you think makes you special and unique as a performing artist? An artiste that loves the art of performing, someone who loves their music, someone who can add that extra something to their performance that does not come across on record. I have heard a particular artiste on record and did not really think much of the song but when I heard her sing it live I was blown away and was hooked on the song.

IMG_0307What do you consider your biggest achievement? Musically I’d say to still be in the business and through all its faults still have a love for the game.

What projects have you released so far and what feedback from the media have you had? My last project was the release of my album 361 Degrees. Since the release I have been promoting the album in Japan where it was greatly received by my fans and media. I have been in the studio creating my new album for quite a few years after the release of 361 Degrees and have recorded a considerable amount of songs for my forthcoming album. All involved are very pleased and looking forward to its release.

Let’s talk about your forthcoming project, Who will be dealing with the production and will you have any features? I have had input as I do, input in regards to giving producers an idea of what I am looking for. I want this album to have a particular sound. Also producers have sent backing tracks to me which they believe would suit my style and I’ve loved them. I have a few features but I cannot disclose right now as although I have recorded a numerous amount of songs, I am still not sure what to place on the album. There are so many songs, it will be a hard task.

Do you think that radio is still important now in the digital age? Most definitely yes! So much people still listen to the radio for various reasons.

Do you think the internet helps or hinders independent artists? I would say helps. If I go to an event and see an amazing artiste perform I can go home afterwards and easily access information on the artist and in turn purchase their material. That is if the artist has utilised social media well.

If you were forced to choose only one, which emotion, more than any other drives you to stay in this tough business. Is it joy, anger, desire, passion or pride and why? Joy – I would say Love of the art. It is a tough fickle business but despite its flaws I still love performing, creating and collaborating with other artists.

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What do you think is the biggest barrier you have to face and overcome as an indie artist and performer, in your quest to achieve your goals and wider spread success? I wouldn’t say it is a barrier because barriers can be broken. But exposure is key in this business. You can release great material but if you don’t have great exposure, the masses will not hear it.

What is the ONE thing you are NOT willing or prepared to do EVER, in your quest to achieve a successful musical career? Immigrate to another country. I am not prepared to do that at the moment and don’t feel I have to really with our new age social media. I can visit a country and work there for a few months with the comfort in knowing I will return home.

What plans have you got for the future? At present I am at the last stages of my new album and cannot wait to show my fans and the world what great work we have achieved. We are planning the next tour of Japan and will not be leaving out Europe on this venture.

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Mimi Zulu

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Mimi-Zulu-1-3Mimi Zulu is an American singer, lyricist, and poet. In a recording career that has spanned nearly two decades, her repertoire includes: soul, blues, jazz, trip-hop, electronica, spoken word, and psychedelic.

Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Prince, and The Eurythmics shaped her young voice. During high school, she began performing her poetry with the guitarist/bass player she would eventually marry.

Together, they delved into experimental and psychedelic realms, along with the underground hip-hop circuit in their hometown of Indianapolis.

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This led to the formation of the band F.U.Z.Z. Over the next few years, Mimi put together some of the most deeply intriguing independent albums, including: Zen Jai Qwa, F.U.Z.Z., Overnight, Peace of Mind, Group Mind, and Tentacle. Mimi is dedicated to the expansive and magical quality of the creative process. “The less I think of me, the more the truth comes out.” With her big bright eyes and disarming  laugh, she is a beaming embodiment of authentic spirit.

mzdh1Passionate about equality and community, Mimi’s lyrics are inspired by the lives of those whose voices often go unheard. Her art is an offering of encouragement, hope, and empowerment; a testimony to the value of a life lived simply, openly, and from the heart.

With the release of her first solo album A Love Parade, Mimi reveals an intimate look into the many tones and textures of the genre she coined “experimental soul” – which is equal parts neo-soul and trip-hop.

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For Mimi, music provides the opportunity to feel what’s real in a world gone not-so-comfortably numb. “The goal,” she says, “is to be in a space where I can remind people to just think. To remind them of their insides, of their soul and their feelings. To make them feel their own skin.” Mimi now resides in southern California where she collaborates with a variety of incredible musicians in her underground basement studio.

Mimi Zulu – It Rains Love

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jasbannerJazzMine Garfield is an  singer/spokenword/songwriter

jas2Take your box and avoid throwing Birmingham, AL native JazzMine Garfield in the mix. Save your packaging because the singer/songwriter fusing folk, jazz, soul, alternative and hip hop…does not belong in an over crowded space.

She has been noted to be the generations Lauryn Hill, but truly with her unique style it has been difficult to pin point her sound as nothing else but own!!!! Daring to create on the outskirts, the guitarist has done more than prove she is a unique splash of different.

First words formed notes and melodies for JazzMine Garfield. The spot light seemed to find her wherever she was and at a very early age. Always pushed up front, JazzMine led many talent competitions,plays, solos, production and won many oratorical competitions.

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jas1At the age of 14, she began her professional musical journey with a gospel group named “Message”As she entered college majoring in Communication her gift took another turn as she was hired within a month to host her own Jazz radio show “Jazz Oasis” with 90.7 WVAS.

Her smooth voice and bright personality deemed her one of the stations favorites. Captivated by the art of story telling through rhythm, Jazzmine branched off to work with the eclectic Byron the Aquarius.

Painting pictures with sounds of jazz, soul, and hip hop. In 2012 the hipster released an ep of her truth titled “Loves Bullet“. The shots were heard around the world as her ep gained the respect of many in and out of the United States.

Gracing the cover of B Metro magazine as one of birminghams rising artist, she has captivated crowds with her unique tone, poetic lyrics, and massive energy.  JazzMine is currently working on giving her diverse gift to the world. With her next release “Starting Over” her self produced project paints the picture of her growth musically, spiritually, and mentally.

  Breaking the barrier of being thrown in a box you will be able to catch her bouncing around the states as she takes the road this summer. Keep your ears open and remember To keep your packaging, because JazzMine belongs in no box!

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Fayth-bannerFayth Hope is an singer/spokenword/songwriter

Fayth-NC-194Who is Fayth Hope? Depends on what time of day it is. But to further break it down, SHE IS: a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a counselor, a wordsmith, a singer/songwriter, and a lover of music.

Hailing from Birmingham, AL, Fayth has been involved in music throughout her entire life. As a woman who is highly introspective in nature, she uses her life journey and worldview to shape her sound and artistic persona.

Her music and vocal style are a combination of soul and spoken word with playful nuances from jazz, hip hop, and alternative genres. As a youth, Fayth studied voice at Birmingham-Southern College Conservatory’s community music program. She went on to attend high school at the Alabama School of Fine Arts as a voice major.

Fayth continued her musical activities at Clark Atlanta University where she was a member of the Philharmonic Society (the university’s concert choir) and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, Inc.

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Fayth-NC-189Fayth found her voice as a performer while organizing and promoting events in the Augusta, GA arts scene. The events gradually became a platform where she could experiment with her voice and other performance elements.

Although it took a number of years for Fayth to realize the full range of her gifts, she finally decided to take the proverbial leap of faith and launched her singing career in 2009.

In April 2012, she released her debut project, Out of Obscurity, Pt. 1: From the Darkness. The single, “Love Didn’t Mean A Thing” made it to #1 on London’s “Morpheus Soul Show Top 5 Countdown” after a 5-week run alongside artists such as Ledisi, Robert Glasper, and Esperanza Spalding.

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5B4A9312-EditLater that year the EP’s lead single, “Truly Deeply Madly”, was featured on BBC 6 Music’s internationally syndicated show “Gilles Peterson Worldwide”, hosted by world-renown DJ and musical tastemaker Gilles Peterson.

Gilles described Fayth’s music as “a little bit of Marlena Shaw, a little bit of Jill Scott, a little bit of Ursula Rucker, and a lot of originality too.”

Riding this tide of the international attention, Fayth had the opportunity to visit England in May 2013 where she performed dates in London and Leeds. She was even invited by jazz guitarist Femi Temowo (Amy Winehouse, Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula) to perform during his jam session at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

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IMG_1073 copyIn 2014, Fayth won the category for Best Jazz Artist in the UK-based Love Music Awards, a victory that has helped her to gain momentum not only as progressive soul artist, but also as a jazz artist.

Currently, Fayth is writing and recording material for Out Of Obscurity, Pt. 2: …Into The Light and a number of other projects. She recently unveiled a new track titled “Jasmine Breeze Flower Ecstasy“. Seductive and alluring, this offering promotes her upcoming book, Deliciously Imperfect: Poems, Prose, and Musings.

“Jasmine Breeze Flower Ecstasy”, which is an audio showcase of a piece featured in the poetry collection, marks a shift from her earlier beat-driven sound to a more organic, jazz-laden style.

In addition to music and poetry, Fayth is in the process publishing a children’s book and is cultivating her own outreach program (Seeds of Hope) which focuses on character-building activities and sociocultural exposure for youth in underserved communities.

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Gotta

GOTTA BANNERGotta is a Music Producer; Arranger; Composer; Engineer; Pianist; DJ; Label CEO

Q: Your resume reads like a one man musical army…Music Producer; Arranger; Composer; Engineer; Pianist; DJ; Label CEO…You’re obviously a force to be reckoned with, so let’s narrow it down and talk specifically about being a music producer. At one point did you say, “I want to produce music for other artists,” and is there as particularly circumstance or incident that set you on that path?

In one way, you can say that everything is an accident in this life. Even our existence on this planet. Sometimes things are a result of circumstance and timing?. Every experience puts you on a new path and forces you to make choices. You have to deal with your time and all the things that happen around you. For me that experience came in the middle of the big music crisis and change in the industry. Being a music producer happened very naturally for me. Being called a music producer is a term of our time. I started learning how to play classical piano at six years old. I composed music with writing scores on sheet music using a pen.

This is a type of music production. What is a music producer anyway but simply a composer, arranger, musician, songwriter who supervises the entire process of making music? In most of cases, Mozart, Chopin, Wagner and Tchaikovsky were the music producers of their time. They created, wrote, arranged and produced their creation live on stage. It’s exactly the same process as we see today minus the technology.

DJ - Gotta editThe two main factors that caused me to wear the hat of a music producer is the technology and the music industry crisis.

Being able to do music on a computer has changed everything and with all the changes in the industry independent producers began forming their own record production companies.

In many cases they also established their own recording labels, signing deals that enabled the recordings they produced to be manufactured and distributed.

I wanted to share and collaborate with artists – singers and other musicians. The internet is really an awesome tool for me to find, discover and connect with artists that fit with my vibes. It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to collaborate with people on the other side of the planet from a small village in the South of France! I have been blessed to do tracks like that with artists from the US, UK, Germany, Denmark, Australia, Philippines

I started like that and my first record deal was on an independent US label that I discovered online by sending my “Productions – Tracks.” It was the time of Myspace, and the time where the internet was not yet as oversaturated as it is today. The time where people replied to emails ? and were excited about the future with the new technology.

Q: Can you describe, briefly, how you usually work with an artist on a musical project?

For me a music project starts with the need to create/share something with an artist that inspires you. It could be a track for a singer, a music for a brand, advertising or movies. Either I approach the artist to collaborate or they find me. There has to be a connection to engage in the creative process of a project. There is no explanation about that. It’s like if you want to explain love. You need to have the same vision, to understand each other and to bring out the best of what the other person does.

My role in this is to supervise the whole process. The most important thing is to be comfortable with the artist that you’re working with as it’s a piece of life you decide to live together, step by step. To create song, find the right visual for the artist, work on the way to promote him/her. I try to be very careful how to present the project and the artist I’m working with. I don’t want to change someone into someone else or to copy the success of another artist.

11181310_1065261676835911_7571612471969428535_nI’m interested by someone for what he/she is, and for what I could provide him to be stronger in his/her art. I’m interested by someone’s personality and their own musical universe, and my goal is not to change his universe but to make it better.

It’s like you build a house with people inside. You have to keep in mind who they are and what their roots are before starting to build something.

Q: What is distinctive about a GOTTA production?

I would like to tell you about my vision of how I work, as I know some great people who have the same way to work and we share the same vision, even if the form of music could be different.

Authenticity, passion, musicality, creativity, quality are important for and I’m inspired by the past to build the future. It’s important to be original to achieve your vision and to truly believe in what you do. It’s important to respect the artist and help him/her to make their work sound the best it can be.

Q: Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?

Every musical project is a fresh start. At the moment I decide to work on a musical project it becomes my favorite project of the time. Imagine a hard drive with unlimited Giga that’s what my “favorite” folder is like! Every project I collaborate on was an experience and a personal fulfilment. My first CD you’ll find a collaboration with the amazing NYC singer Barbara Harris, who was very famous with her band “The Toys” in the 1960’s. I love her so much. She’s an amazing human being too and both she and her husband are exceptional people. It’s more than music and they are in my heart forever.

Another collaboration that comes to mind was with, “IAM and Akhenaton,” the famous French Hip-hop band. I will never forget my meeting with him, such an amazing and intelligent guy. I wrote a score for their publishing company during 2 years, and it was amazing. Being in his studio. I played my first production work there. I started to work on a project… they were very famous at the time I was in the loop with them, and it was crazy, we had to finish some stuff during the night in a few hours to be deliver right away. We worked on a score for Luc Besson’s movies, advertising, their album…it was an exciting time.

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Recently I worked on Hyleen Gil’s album and it was an incredible time to work on it. We were fortunate to have some amazing guests, on it like Omar, Frank McComb, ChrisDaddy Dave” on drums and the project was mixed by Q million the man behind Robert Glasper’s album. I composed the songs with Hyleen, and arranged and produced the entire project. The CD was released in Japan. With this project we had the chance to play in NYC at The Blue Note, in Tokyo Japan, in Paris. We shot 2 videos, the first one was in Paris with Omar & the second one in Bushwick, Brooklyn. We had the chance to live incredible moments. We had great experiences with Omar, Frank McComb, and Chris Dave.

You learn so much about those guys… and the fact they accept to be a part of this project was an incredible opportunity. We also did a cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” was on Japan Billboard. That’s was crazy! Even here in France, one of the main TV channel name M6, talked about the track, and came into my studio to shoot an interview. When the interview aired on TV, I remember watching it and then getting thousands of notifications, comments on YouTube, Facebook and messages…it was insane!! Promotion is everything.

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I could talk about my past projects for hours… I did so many things, in different aspects and genres of music… My remix for Prince protégé, Andy Allo, whose last album was produced by Prince and she was his guitar player. My meeting with her in Paris, where she talked about me on stage and played my remix live in front of thousands of people was a moment I’ll always remember

Back in the day my remix for Jill Scott, “Love Rain” song when she was on Hidden Beach label. I did remixes for Jamiroquai, Jonas Brothers, as well…My house/club track with Andrea Love “Higher” (Hailey’s song) came about after Andrea wrote the lyrics in honor of the birth of her daughter. She is based in Chicago and is very talented and our track was featured on Ministry of sound’s label, and played globally.

My own project name “Think Aloud” was very important for me. It was made at a very hard time in my life. It came after the loss of my father and few month after I lost my grandmother. In one year I lost the most important people in my life. It was and still is something you live with and you have to deal with every day. It’s another lesson of life. I have them in me now and it makes me stronger.

Pianist - GottaThis project expresses the feelings I needed to release. I call it “Think Aloud,” because I wanted to tell people what I was thinking and not keep everything inside. In this very hard time it was a good way to heal with my music. Music speaks and it is its own language.

I collaborated with some incredible vocalists Lene Riebau from Denmark, Thor from Philippines, Samadhi from Dallas, the guitarist was in Germany and Chromatic the saxophone player, who is also an amazing producer based in Japan, and the entire project was mixed by Mik Chav, who previously worked with Erykah Badu.

This is a real global project. All songs were created to tell a story without limitations. The goal was to express exactly what I wanted, and I asked the same thing to the people who got involved…No times, no specific hooks…Just do what you feel, and the result was six stories. It’s more than songs, it’s a musical journey, and it was a therapy for me. Music is a therapy, where you can be selfish with what you express. Art is a selfish expression.

Finally I want to give a shout out to my new project with the singer Mey Lolas from Bulgaria. One more time, Mey contacted me through soundcloud and I had already heard about her from Poogie Bell’s album. She is an amazing singer and musician. We are in process of releasing a first EP named “Boundless,” I’m very excited about this project. I went to Bulgaria 3 weeks ago and it was a great experience with radio and TV interviews. The project is due to be releases very soon with the US and UK being the first markets.

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Q: Is there an artist you want to work with that you have not yet had the opportunity to work with?

As you can imagine there are a lot of them… A lifetime alone can’t cover I want to say D’angelo, and an artist who I have yet to discover.

Q: Do you have any advice for a person who wants to become a music producer?

To give advice puts me in an uncomfortable position. As I think we are just human beings who are a product of our own experiences. In the words of Oscar Wilde “Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.” So my advice is to do what you believe in the deepness of your spirit, and make your own mistakes to learn from and grow with and to find your own way.

I could say, it’s not the equipment you buy which is going to make you a good music producer. It’s your hard work, talent and knowledge of what you do. It’s important to be realistic with yourself and of what you can do and what you want to do.

Ask the right questions; why do you want to do this? What do you need to make it work? Are you in this because this is your passion or is it because you woke up in the morning and you saw the Pharrell’s life and you told yourself, I want to be like him, it’s better than my actual job! Man…No. Pharrell is unique, so be unique too. Or is it because you feel it since a young age? Music is your passion; your life, your strength. Because it’s a way to express yourself as human being, because it’s a meaning to make your life better.

There are no rules, but be yourself, be different, inspire you about others but please don’t copy your neighbor. Be open minded. Listen to a lot of different music, classical, Jazz, Reggae, Funk, African, Indian music, House, Techno, Trap, and the Top 40, whatever! Be curious! Everything is at your fingertips now! Don’t be lazy, you are a lucky person who can have access to everything.

Gotta TVAnd please learn music learn to be able to tell it’s good music or a bad music whatever the genre. Learn an instruments, even if you want to be a famous DJ/producer!

I count on you to be a part of the next wave of talented producers who can create kind of quality music on the radios, in the clubs.

People listen what the industry wants to give them. You are the new generation who are going to be the sound of this industry.

You have the freedom to offer them a good quality meal. Don’t give them a re-heated meal, because you think it’s what they want.

Most of them don’t know what they want about production, they want to sell, but keep in mind they going to sell only what you and your peers are going to deliver to them. They don’t create music. So believe in yourself and never give up, work hard, be professional, be a perfectionist, use your imagination and take risk.

Q: What can we expect from GOTTA in near future?

You can expect the unexpected. I just do things that I believe in and I do my best to make my vision become a reality. I want GOTTA’s brand to be like a “concept store,” like a meeting room or a gallery… a place one can always find new exciting, creative ideas and projects with music as the core behind it all. I love to compose, produce music for advertising, brands, movies and I’m working to expand this branch.
I love to produce artists, so every second I’m on to discover new talent. I also can’t live without live music whether as a DJ, a pianist, or musical band director, I need to play and share live moments with people. When you produce music, it’s something you keep engraved forever. It’s very interesting and very scary at the same time to say it’s going to be like this… it’s a moment in time.

While doing gigs is totally the opposite. It’s a moment you are living and you can’t capture it… it’s just about memory. Even if you photograph or record it, the next time you perform it’s always different. It’s always changing. I really need both.

Gotta NYCI don’t want to limit GOTTA to a genre of music. I just want to do quality projects and spread the word with good and positive vibes.

The same goes for my DJ gigs people can call me for a hip hop party or house party one day and the next to do a funky set…everything is mixed and connected and I’m fine with that! I love music, and I don’t want a label of what I do.

If you want to work with me it’s because I will provide a good sound and good music, and I can feel the energy of the people in front of me and it’s important to be flexible.

It’s all about connection not about a genre of music. So just call me with a good karma and I will send you back some good vibes. I’m also working with a clothing brand based in New York. In this case it’s not about doing a music for a brand but creating products like clothes, sneakers, etc…where we could integrate new music on it to support, promote a new artist’s campaign.

It’s something I’ve been thinking about now for several years. I can’t talk about it now as it’s a work progress. I like art in its whole meaning… fashion, photo, paint, graffiti, sports, cooking… Everything is a type of art and it’s exciting to find how to link all those different arts in some common project.

Q: Any last thoughts, the floor is yours?

I don’t want to complain about all the things happen since several years, and right now like this craziness of how music is changing, all the issues with platform as Spotify, Napster or others… the fact that music is a free service. How can a composer, a music producer, an artist survive in this jungle? How can one manage, control and protect your rights worldwide? There are so many questions which keeps one awake at night.

The changes force you to move ahead and find new ideas…so I want to stay positive and I would like to say in conclusion, that for me music is a playground, and you are free to create your own game. Music has always been there and it will never die. Everyone needs music. Plato already talked about music, and says “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

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nebannerNaomiNamz’ Elliott is a neo soul gospel singer songwriter/keyboardist/producer

2NaomiNamz’ Elliott first started singing at the age of 16 after she had discovered music as an art form to express feelings that couldn’t be verbalised due to the harsh background she had come from. Her style has been influence by artists such as Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Floetry, Estelle and Rachelle Farelle.

Born in Thornton Heath, Croydon; Naomi moved to Birmingham in 2013 after she had a new sense of direction following a previous 2 years of distress concerning her health which had left her unable to speak or look after herself independently.

It is her determination in “seeking the abundantly life promised by God” that enabled her to recover to a good enough state to be able to move and kick-start her career as a solo artist, musician, songwriter and producer. She used this time away to understand and develop her sound and progress to new levels.

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editComing from a musical family in which most are multi-musicians or established artists, many will say it was natural for Naomi to fall into the same pattern and become the next ‘established artist’ in her family.

Starting out singing and playing in church, throughout her teenage years through her early 20’s Naomi toured with gospels and secular acts and has completed session work both in the UK and in Europe in which she was involved in ‘Supremes’ tribute shows and ‘Divas’ which showcased some of the greatest hits from the likes of Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston.

Breaking out as an RnB/Soul solo artist in 2014, Naomi has already released her debut single entitled ‘Rainbow’ and follow up single ‘Escape’ Naomi most certainly has the focus, drive and determination to turn her dream of becoming a successful artist into a reality.

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Her debut EP entitled ‘Goldrush’ will be released at her launch on July 18th which is based on her testimony of overcoming emotional aswell as health issues over the past few years through her relationship with Christ.

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Vital

bannervVital is a Lyricist/Performer/Motivation Speaker

IMG_9197Vital aka Vernon Caisley is a Artist / Performer / Graduate / Videographer and a believer in his own destiny, musically Vital dabbles in all genres of music from bashment, dancehall, grime, hiphop & anything that he likes.

Born in Wolverhampton, with being raised in Dunstall, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton with mainly his mom, he is also strong believer in family morals and shows that through his music and how he acts towards his younger siblings & mother.

When it comes to creating music, Vital engineers his own material, thanks to the love his mother saw he had for music since a younger age, she equipped him with the necessary hardware in which to learn and use by himself.

Vital has received many awards over the years through music and through his own other personal endeavorers, business & enterprise award in 2008, entrepreneur of the year award in 2009, black achievements award in 2010, Best performer, Best Artist 2011, Short Film / Music Video Love For Grime – Best Short Film Digi’ Award 2014, Midlands Independent Music Awards 2015 just to name a few in the recent years.

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newIMG_4152In School Vernon Caisley (VITAL) managed to attain 20 GCSE‘s 16 of which where A-C Grades, also with 4 a Levels & now has graduated from University where he studied ‘Interactive Media & The Web‘ attaining a 2:1 Bachelors Degree with Honours.

With approximately 500,000 Youtube Views Collectively, His Recent Music Video “Jungle Law“, “Love For Grime” & also “Ting Tun Up” Playlisted on Channel AKA, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & WM Radio play, interviews and appearances, TV Appearances via Big Centre TV, iTunes releases, Traveling & Living in Spain for 3 Months.

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Performing On Over 200 Stages With Artist Like: Dappy, Roxxan, StyloG, Gappy Ranx, Spice, Alkaline, Black Ryno, Freedy McGreggor, Stone Love, Rodney P, Serocee, Durty Goodz, Wiley, Scorcher, Tinie Tempah, Bashy, Mx Bratt & Marcus Nasty, Hopsin, Yungen, Sections Boys, Invasion, Stay Fresh, Sneakbo, Grizzy, S Wavey, Mo Stack, J Hus + More, Vital is surely on his way to success. – This is the beginning for VITAL – #DLTY

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Rashondra Angelle

bannerRashondra Angelle neo-soul singer, spokenword songwriter

11072537_10152816579667861_5763712793339030746_nRashondra Angelle hails from Long Beach, CA, a culturally diverse city which plays a major role on her musical style. She grew up listening to a variety of music from gangsta rap to jazz.

Thus throughout her own music career she does not shy away from experimenting with diverse sounds and styles of music to express her soul.

As with any great artist, this songstress has collaborated with many industry professionals such as underground hip hop legends Planet Asia and Tri-State and notable hip hop producer Daeone. In addition, Ms. Angelle has opened for alternative soul and independent soul artists Res and Sy Smith.

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Angelle recently wrapped up her debut album entitled The After Glow a unique blend of progressive soul music. The album is an eclectic vibration of soulful, sensual, and sassy fusion of spoken word and R&B. The album has an universal appeal with songs varying from Hip-Hop Soul to House . With crowd favorites such as Temptation and Do You Really Want Me, this album is sure to be certified as the people’s favorite!

2The After Glow is Angelle’s follow up to her 2010 mixtape entitled Glow, which she released in order to promote self- confidence, unity and love. Angelle has graced many stages in many different areas, from music festivals in Atlanta, Virginia, Baltimore and D.C.

She has also done radio tours and has been featured in countless blogs, ensuring that her message and gift reaches a broad audience. One of Angelle’s biggest accomplishments to date is performing at the world famous Apollo Theatre in the Amateur Night showcase.

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Angelle has been working with Urban Phenomenon Entertainment (UPE), an international artist management and promotions company for the past few years. As a result, she has made her mark performing in such well known venues as “Taste of Soul House of Blues, Knitting Factory, Keyclub and the historical nightclub, The Mint. Ms. Angelle has also shared the limelight on the theatrical stage in the original musical stage play Museum of Living Art.

1907766_873782752680711_7274983543302736262_nAs long as there is music, there will be a voice for those to uplift, teach and bring positive energy to those that seek it. Rashondra Angelle will continue to be front and center in this medium. !!

On October 28, 2014 Rashondra Angelle announced the release of her full-length album, “The After Glow10 soul, R&B and spoken-word infused tracks..“The After Glow” is an eclectic mix of Hip Hop Soul, House and melodic acapella songs which boasts tales of love, strength and sensuality.

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Tanya Holt

bannerTanya Holt is a R&B, Pop,Gospel singer/songwriter

2015-03-01 16.50.07_resizedAs the proud recipient of both, the MAC Award & Bistro Award, the Queens, NY native is a force to behold! With the uniquely soulful and melodic voice of an Angel, TANYA‘S vocal abilities span different genres of music including Musical Theater, R&B, Pop, Gospel and Standards.

TANYA has packed the house of the Iridium, the Metropolitan Room, Eighty Eight‘s & others venues in the US & Canada numerous times! Tanya’s a talented songwriter/arranger, as well! TANYA is a supporter of charities for HIV/AIDS & Cancer awareness!

She’s currently working on her duet show, with Robert Fowler (tba). TANYA is especially blessed and proudly embarking on her solo career, starting with the release of her beautiful Single’s “I AM NOT BROKEN” & “HOW DOES THE STORY END?”!

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20150415_185129_resizedThe singles and videos are receiving awesome reviews!!! Tanya’s latest release “FOREVER MORE” is her favorite to date…because there are 2 different House mixes of the song, that Bring a different dynamic to her artistry!

Ms Holt truly enjoys bring joy, encouraging, inspiring and bringing awareness and change through the gift of song! Tanya’s extremely grateful for all the love, support and fans this journey continues blessing her with!🙂

All songs are available on All digital outlets. Tanya’s CD, coming soon! Lovebeams & Making Moves Music LLC.

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Karyn White

bannerKaryn White. is a accomplished singer/songwriter

k2She possesses one of the most memorable, distinctive voices ever heard in popular music. She’s an accomplished singer/songwriter who etched herself into music history with her smash hit song, the female anthem, Superwoman.

That song made international waves, selling over a million units, being certified Gold and named the Billboard R&B Song of the Year in 1989. She IS a super woman. She’s Karyn White.

In the years since her last CD was released in 1994 (Make Him Do RightWarner Brothers), the lovely, soulful vocalist has focused her energy on family, raising and nurturing her daughter Ashley (her daughter with ex-husband, producer/songwriter Terry Lewis of Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis fame).

White’s priorities to family are largely responsible for her absence from the music scene. Her daughter Ashley is now a freshman at Howard University but for the last 18 years Karyn saw to it that Ashley received the love and care of a mother invested in her child which the nomadic lifestyle of a professional musician could not afford. Karyn’s considerable talents extend well beyond music.

The CD contains another anthem for the ladies a female bonding and empowerment tune with an acoustic grit, called Sista Sista. With this future classic, the ladies will hear that they have their champion back on the scene. Karyn also performs her own version of the Cyndi Lauper classic, True Colors, on this new CD.

B.DeVINE

BD-Card-BackB.DeVINE is a singer-songwriter /spoken word artist.

1068993_3292253562146_771822671_n (1)B.DeVINE  is an emerging Jacksonville, Florida based singer-songwriter /spoken word artist who’s lyrical and vocal style stir up an influence reminiscent of musicians such as Floetry, Jill Scott,  & India.Arie.

What makes her different from other artists is her ability to fuse multiple genres seamlessly and her love for wordplay. “Musicians have the ability to change lives or moods with their words and their music. That in itself is a powerful thing.”

B.DeVINE jokes that if Prince and Jill Scott could have created a love-child it would have been her! Growing up, her major influences were gospel, soul and house music. “I have always had a real soft spot for all of the music from the 70s and 80s”.

B.DeVINE began singing in church at age 7 and around 14 years old her sights for a professional career began to emerge. During her adolescence and teen years, Devine formed a few singing groups, steadily pursuing her career. Once she graduated college, it was then she decided to go tread her path alone.

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After working countless hours in several studios around the city and lending background vocals for numerous local artists, she was chosen to headline the last concert performed in the coliseum before its implosion. She has opened for Ja Rule, Mr. Cheeks, and Khia. More recently she has opened for National recording artists such as; 2Chainz, Joseline Hernandez & K.Michelle of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, Chrisette Michelle, Glenn Jones, Miles Jaye, Fantasia, Jaheim, TGT & More! She’s The Diamond Award Winner for Female Performer Of The Year!

IMG_3346_eDeVINE wrote/co-wrote three songs that appeared on Tony White‘s debut CD, Street Love. She also recorded and performed the CD’s intro, “Honeydripper Lady” and was featured on “Rather B” another popular song from the CD! The album is still currently available on iTunes for purchase.

In late 2010, DeVINE finally decided to embark on her debut project. A decade in the making, she carefully selected poems written for what she still hopes will be her first book, to be a part of a musical spoken word project.

After completion, DeVINE along with a few others from TyTeWork Entertainment, quickly realized that there was very little exposure for the type of music they created. Armed with only an idea and ProTools, she decided to form her own genre of music, affectionately named Pornetry. The name was created due to its infusion of intimacy-based spoken word with smooth melodies.

To put it simply, it is Erotica set to music. Literoticism, another term coined by B.DeVINE, is the ability to create and/or heighten sexual pleasure through literature and sound. DeVINE says, “I want people to feel sexy and free when listening to the music I make.”

B.DeVINE LIVE singing “Some Kinda Way”

B.DeVINE released EP “SoulBareHer” to the world in 2011, and temperatures got a tad bit hotter thanks to this seductive entertainer. She released the Tony White produced “Some Kinda Way” written and recorded by DeVINE within 2 hours after a night of fun. Along with countless units sold, her music has also been featured in a film “Loverboy“. “DeVINE Entervention” was the song featured in the horror film by Keeka Productions.

IMG_3334_e_2She has performed throughout The SouthEast and her debut single, “Some Kinda Way” spins nightly on iHeart Radio by Easy E. Her sophomore release, “LovePain” produced by 250Plus was released to radio, currently spinning in The Southeast and has garnered a vast audience in Florida & Georgia, & growing, as it spins nightly in clubs around the South & on various mixtapes. Recently she featured on “Desire” with recently signed Cash Money/YMCMB Artist T-Rone, as well as countless others.

Recently she released EP The Journey to B, which features a sexy club banger called Asphalt featuring Jacksonville-based rapper, Arkane and is produced by Mamado. This song is currently circulating the world and can be found at BDEVINE.com, iTunes and all online outlets. She wants to create a legacy where people feel that she was fearless in her writing and her perfomances.

Diamond Awards Industry Mixer 2014 – B.DeVINE

“I like the rebellion of living outside the box, especially when it comes to my lyrical content and delivery.” She is supported by The LMS Group and managed by CEO Mrs. Dana Lewis. “Until my last breath, I will press forward towards my dreams. Her grandmother, who recently passed away, would not have it any other way. With that amount of focus and drive plus a dedicated spirit, B. DeVINE is well on her way to spreading her angelic melodies with the world.

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Chanel

bannerChanel is a singer, songwriter

chanelChanel is a name that people instantly recognize when they hear the voice on such songs as My Life (Top 40 national chart hit in the UK, France, and Scandinavia).

Dance, Lovely Day and Forget About Your Boys, that have exploded out of the UK urban soul, underground like a bush fire onto national radio, receiving solid club rotation, heavy radio and video airplay to become mainstay club classics.

After a three year hiatus, since her last solo offering, the addictive, Mtume inspired ‘Love Affair’ that surfaced on the Blacktree Music, Soul Seeds Volume 1 compilation in 2012.

Chanel – Its My Life

Chanel now returns with a Bang!

To rave reviews from UK and European club and radio tastemakers, featured on the classy, Kejam produced, summer 2 stepper ‘Love Is Magic’, co-written by Dee Majek, James Colah, Chanel and the super talented Memphis singer, songwriter and producer Terry Harris.

Chanel_0145 (NEW)This silky smooth, singer-songwriter, and states ‘I haven’t been sitting idly. I been honing and developing my god given talent as a member of the Grammy Award winning, group, Sounds of Blackness;

She is working on new songs for Dee Majek’s Kejam project and for my own upcoming project with Terry, so keep watching this space .

Kejam feat Chanel- Love is Magic out 4th July 2015

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Mardy Price

10562515_770302826365480_5275214841438533141_oMardy Price is an singer, songwriter and producer

10300965_756025564459873_8153332625445584061_nSinger, songwriter and producer and, Florida‘s own R&B recording artist Mardy Price, the man behind many local acts. Breaking the underground scene 2 time artist spot light at the hottest radio station in Florida wild 94.1 in the top 30‘s chart on sound click and still climing. Mardy is an artist that knows where he belongs and is willing to fight to get there.

You can find him in the streets of central Florida pushing mixtapes and touching base with his fans. “When i think of music I think of life, I think of trials that i’ve been through and I put life into my music, like me or not it’s me, it’s real, it’s what helped me and others get through times where only I could touch them, I’m in their radios and ear phones when they wanna get away from the world”.

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1551698_653868494675581_566268552_nMy fans can catch me on Daron Jones site www.daronjonesmusic.com where I was invited by none other than Daron Jones himself. You can also find me at facebook.com/mardyprice and twitter.com/mardyprice.

My advice to up and coming artists is to put God first and work hard, network take everything as a chance to be noticed and give it everything you have.

You may have to endure, sometimes you can’t sleep to get ahead of the rest, I work over time to meet and greet with the best. God has a plan for us all. Stay tuned, Mardy is working on a mixtape named “Blackout

Mardy Price – All of the above

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Mardy Price – Never Coming Home (Official Music Video)

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Deli

bannerDeli is a jazzy rnb/pop singer songwriter

D1By way of Richmond, Virginia, Deli found her passion for music at a very young age.

She began singing in her church’s youth choir and school talent shows. Many of her performance skills were developed traveling across the country with various choirs, groups,
and eventually on her own.

She continued to pursue her career in music while completing her Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.

With the struggles that come with college, she found an escape through songwriting and in 2010, she released her self written & produced EP, Growing Pains.

Deli – Empty (live)


DSC_0661Deli is putting her dreams into action, starting with the 2014 single, Losing Ground, which introduced her to the mainstream world and gained her new fans from all across the world.

All eyes are on Deli now, as she is currently preparing to release her next body of work as well as collaborative efforts within in the Pop, Jazz, and Hip Hop genres.

Deli’s goal is to create an expressive and relatable musical experience for her listeners to find inspiring. Through hard work and dedication, there’s no doubt that Deli is here to stay.

Deli – Losing Ground (Live)

Final Single Art (Resize)

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Ankah

Ankah_Cover_Front_124x124mm-004 Ankah, is a neosoul singer/songwriter.
Ankah ABehind the pseudonym ANKAH stands 21-year old Anna Kathrine who lives in Aarhus. In cooperation with her musicians, with most of whom she attends the renowned music program MGK Aarhus, she has spent the last couple of months experimenting her way to the final raw and organic sound of the EP.

The danish soul singer ANKAH is releasing her first EP, ‘Haze’, on May 29th. The recordings are the culmination of a two year long musical journey that has brought her and her music to SPOT Festival, Aarhus Musik Festival, VEGA and Scandinavian Soul Music Awards in Stockholm this February as the winner in the “Best Newcomer” category.

On ‘Haze’ you’re invited into a steamy atmosphere that’s thick with soul and R&B vibes and you’re lead through shifting moods by laidback beats inspired by hiphop music. There’s a rawness to the recordings that lays bare the instrumental honesty of a tight playing ensemble, which in most modern R&B is usually lost in a polished production.

Ankah – Your Path | Sofar Aarhus

Ankah SSMAlong“The most important thing to me is to convey a musical expression that is honest. I now invite the world into my universe for the first time. Authenticity has been the most significant consideration on the way to this release,” she tells about the project.

Along with cool timing Anna Kathrine’s powerful but equally tender vocals create a very personal experience. From baking heat over into melancholic reflection and through the more spirited parts of the EP, her voice ties everything together in an honest story of love for the music.

“With this EP I hope I will be able to enter into new creative processes and have newexperiences as a live musician. The craziest thing would be if the follow-up to ‘Haze’ were an album, ” she says eagerly.

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Musical CV for ANKAH
SPOT Festival 2014 and 2015: ”This girl is really talented. I mean, she’s a really, really
good singer. The soul genre hasn’t really managed to impress med for some time now,
but this local act really does.” – review of the 2015 concert from soundofaarhus.com
May 2014: Live in VEGA, as support for the Dutch soul singer Bo Saris.
Aarhus Musik Festival 2015. Review: ”
It’s incredibly atmospheric and original music.
Anna Kathrine has as strong and controlled a voice; she can sing anything and make it
sound good. Overall, this points to a promising rocket career for ANKAH, Hold on. ” –
aarhuspanorama.dk
February 2015: Scandinavian Soul Music Awards: “Best Newcomer”

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Chos3n

1bannerChos3n are a UK Gospel Trio

we are chosen4Chos3n are a Gospel Trio who hail from Birmingham United Kingdom, and ‘We are Chos3n’ is the debut album from the Ladies released via West Midlands label Daisy Records.

Juliette Farrell, Andrea Baker-Reid and Jamila Hinds-King are no strangers to the music industry, having worked as soloists recording across genres including Jazz, Neo Soul, R n’ B and Gospel.

These diverse influences can be heard in the Album that the girls have penned together. The trio have been making waves and have picked up a Mobo Interview from Gospel writer Steve Alexander Smith (British Black Gospel Author and MOBO Specialist Gospel Writer).

Chos3n said of their release ‘ We are not trying to appeal, we are just trying to minister to peoples hearts, of course we would like to think that we are aiming for the Gospel market and it would be wonderful also to crossover into mainstream to touch more people with the messages in our songs.’

The first track to pick up momentum in 2014 ‘Make me Believer‘ received play on BBC Introducing, who support unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar musicians across the BBC with big broadcast and live opportunities. The album was produced by Joel Farrell, and Tony Young with a guest track ‘Dust your Shoulders off‘produced by U.S. David Givens. Track ‘You’re with me‘ features another West Midlands Vocalist Priscilla Bailey who met the trio through a local Gospel Choir – Birmingham Community Gospel Choir.

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