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Raquel Rodriguez

Raquel Rodriguez singer/songwriter

Raquel Rodriguez was born with a mic in her hand! From the age of 5, the LA native knew she wanted to sing, and is a gifted musician at her core. She is a woman who believes in the magic of music. Her presence is warm, powerful and inspiring, like her sound.

The Mexican-American soul singer is in a lane of her own, as she draws inspiration from Prince, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars, to create a smooth balance of 70s funk, 80s synths and 90s R&B.

Raquel is the true embodiment of the multi-cultural millennial, fusing the subcultures of the last 20 years of LA style with her nostalgic, yet current, brand of music.

Raquel grew up on the West Side of LA around Santa Monica and Venice, close to Gilbert’s El Indio, her family’s Mexican restaurant, which, over the past 44 years, has become an institution.

Raquel Rodriguez – Talk of This Town LIVE @ Blue Dream Studios

Raquel shed her shy disposition at a young age while participating in elementary and middle school talent shows. She took piano lesions and sang at Hamilton High School’s Music Academy, and, as she matured, her love of music only grew.

After high school, Raquel attended the prestigious Thornton School of Music at USC, where she studied music industry and jazz theory.

It was at USC where Raquel polished her songwriting skills and solidified many of her now thriving musical relationships. The community of musicians is just as important to her as is the art of music.

After college, Raquel went on to sing backup for such luminaries as Gwen Stefani and Anderson .Paak, and, in addition, opened for artists J. Cole, Snoop Dogg, Trombone Shorty and Goapele.

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Bey Bright

Bey Bright is an music producer/artist/songwriter

Bey Bright is an artist, music producer, songwriter, author & entrepreneur. He is CEO of Bright Vision Entertainment. In 2006, Bey became the first independent artist to teach an online class through New York City’s prestigious Learning Annex.

His class How To Market, Sell & Distribute Music Independently instructed hundreds of people looking to enter the music business as an independent entity.

In the mid nineties, Bey worked for Puff Daddy & his Bad Boy Entertainment label as a street team coordinator before venturing out to pursue his own entrepreneurial endeavors.

While at Bad Boy, he helped to promote records for Faith Evans, 112, Total, Craig Mack and The Notorious BIG.

Over the years, Bey has written, produced and released several albums in the R&B/Hip Hop genres under his Bright Vision Entertainment label.

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His independent releases “It’s a Nu Dae” by Tia Dae, along with The Sound of Indie Soul and Nu Indie Soul Vol.1-3 by Bey Bright have been well received on a global level by music lovers worldwide.

Bey’s music can be heard on top radio & streaming outlets such as MTV, BET, BBC Radio, I Heart Radio, Pandora, Sirius XM, Music Choice, Spotify, Solar Radio, Starpoint Radio, Jazz FM, Shazam, WHUR FM and Apple Radio among many other global music platforms.

Several songs from the BVE music catalog have been Top 30 hits on the prestigious UK Soul Charts and have also been Amazon Music/Soul Tracks CD top ten hits.

To date, Bey has sold over 100,000 units worldwide as an independent artist & producer.

He attended Norfolk State University and is a graduate of American Inter Continental University where he possesses a degree in Business Administration.

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Sarah Téibo

MOBO Gospel nominee Sarah Téibo is a singer/songwriter

Songstress, Sarah Téibo is gradually becoming highly sought after for live performances in the UK and Internationally following the release of her debut album ‘Walk With Me’ on all digital music platforms on the 8th of May 2016, which was unveiled with a live gig at London’s 606 Jazz Club and subsequently bagged her a MOBO nomination for Best Gospel in the same year and Best Album 2017 at the prestigious Premier Gospel Awards, UK.

This is a follow on from her debut single ‘Steal My Joy’, which was a huge success late 2015, charting at Number 2 in the UK StepFWD Christian Charts in December 2015.

In her 11-track debut album which ranges from soulful, infectious numbers such as ‘New Day’ and ‘Special’ to bouncing up-tempo tunes like ‘I Will Sing!’ and deeply inspiring tracks like ‘Keep The Faith’,

Sarah fuses her uniquely soulful yet contemporary style and powerful lyrics to produce a new and exciting sound which some music critics have described as ‘fresh, urban yet classic’.

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Some of Sarah Téibo Achievements

Independently organised co-headline concert with Stellar Award nominated Lisa McClendon in August 2016 in London
UK-wide and Italy tour following album release through 2016
Strategic online promotion, including release of award winning video for ‘Steal My Joy’ (Best R&B/ Soul & Best Female at the Jump Music Video Awards, UK,2016)
First Gospel artist to sell out a headline gig at the Hard Rock Cafe, London in January 2017

Sarah Téibo – New Day (Official Lyric Video)

Sam Trump

Sam Trump is a US multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter

Sam Trump is a multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter from Houston, TX, and has been a student of music from first picking up the trumpet at age 7.

Since moving to Chicago in 2009 to obtain his fine arts degree in music, he has become heavily involved in Chicago’s live music scene, and is widely known as a band leader, sideman, and curator.

Wherever he is, Sam Trump is known for creating an experience that is best described as sophisticated & soulful.

He has opened up for Al Jarreau, Ryan Leslie, Muhsinah, Jose James, Kindred The Family Soul.

Shared the stage with Phonte, J*Davey, De La Sol, El DeBarge, The O’Jays, Jamila Woods, Bilal, Wycliffe Gordon, Christian McBride, Sam Strouk, L’Renee, and Benny Golson.

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Also has been featured on albums with Sidewalk Chalk, Add-2, Rapsody, Lili K, Kendra Foster, Mac Miller, Curren$y, Joey Purp, Domo Genius, Quentin Moore, Ab-Soul.


This album documents the early maturation of Sam Trump’s solo artistry, covering topics of love & romance, family, inspiration, societal interdependence, & the Black American plight.

All songs are produced by LA-based producer, Calvin Valentine, whom has produced Trump’s latest EP, LOVE NOTES.

Also singles such as Cut A Rug (2014) and Daydreaming (2012).This album features previously released singles, “Count On Me” & “Brother” ft. Add-2

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Sam Trump – Brother ft. Add-2 (prod. by Calvin Valentine)

Ida Divine

Ida Divine is a soul/rnb lyrical singer/songwriter

The world has had its share of soul singers: Brazen talents that ignite the soul and consume the heart. Soul music serves as a reminder of the varied emotions and experiences we face in life, whether it is a new love or a lost one.

Yes, the world has had many soul singers and even more soul albums, but, in recent years, there have been no soul singer like Staten Island native Ida Divine

While it might sound like hyperbole, Ida Divine may very well be that emerging star that will rekindle authentic soul music from another time for those who’ve noticed it’s been missing.

Divine has the diversity to have shared stages with icons like Raekwon, RahDigga and Dance Hall Queen Lady Saw as well as established R&B voices like Lyfe Jennings, Eric Roberson, Vivian Green and Fantasia.

Ida is still so much more than just her voice, she possesses a presence that is palatable through every venue she performs in. Her voice is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the depth and the strength in her talent, and Divine goes beyond just singing lyrics.

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With every syllable and every note, the listener is opened up to the very inner workings of Ida herself, and with that level of openness, the listener is able to better become immersed in a savvy, soulful brand of R&B with street cred.

With the help of legendary R&B/Hip Hop producer Herb Middleton, the classy, brassy, and bold talent of Divine is taken to a plain of musical mastery, infusing Soul, Hip Hop, R&B, and New York rap skills into a gloriously strong and daring album that expands through genres and destroys any preconceived notions of what a modern day soul album can be.

The concept of a strong, soulful, funky, and honest album is not a new one, but Ida Divine’s 2015 Album I Rise to the Top goes beyond the mere idea of such an album it features her international top charting single ‘1979’ still making huge waves since its release.

Her self produced 4th project Marshmallows & Machetes early 2017 via the SoulSpasm Distributions Label and her 2nd UK visit Summer 2017. Her 2016 invitation and performance at the United Nations gained her international exposure on the corporate activism level.

While part time traveling on tour with Grammy Nominated Songstress Sunshine Anderson and now recently linked with the well respected Lighty Brothers, Ida delivers a blend of genres that will be sure to please fans of grounded, original soul music.

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Zanya Laurence

Zanya Laurence is a neosoul/rnb singer/songwriter

Zanya Laurence, currently residing in the Mile High City, has been diligently preparing for the release of her highly anticipated 3rd full-length LP & is now available.

But, this is only the latest chapter in her musical journey. Inspired by R&B/Soul, Jazz & Hip-Hop & melting them down into a fluid sound that is all her own.

Zanya has incorporated her creative writing & raw emotion into the lyrics found on her independent releases, “Soul Theory” & “Always”, recorded at her studio, “Soul Spot Music”.

After moving back to Albuquerque from Los Angeles, she was nominated for several New Mexico Music Awards while performing locally & promoting her radio single, “Sunday”, with Howard Rosen Promotions.

Zanya Laurence – Stellar Love

Before that, she graduated from the Vocal Institute of Technology at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA with training in theory & music business, while performing the area with her band in well-known venues such as the Knitting Factory, as well as cozier venues, like the Bliss Café’.

Born in southern California & raised in New Mexico, her musical evolution encompassed learning to play the classical guitar at her father’s knee.

Starting in choir & band during her younger years, she moved on to writing & recording originals, eventually growing into the muse she projects in her work today.

Although Laurence is compared to several established artists, her unique writing style & distinct voice can be heard through her passionate expression, phrasing & thoughtful delivery. At the end of the day, Zanya’s sound is truly one of a kind.

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Zanya Laurence presents a fresh, contemporary music project titled, ‘Stardust.’ Her strong lead vocals, harmonies & vocal arrangement complement her music production, fusing psychedelic soul, retro soul, r&b & pop with elements of electronica and contemporary crossover, & yet staying true to the elements of neosoul.

The first song, ‘Dark Matter’ sets the tone of the album. You can hear a story not in words, but illustrated in the musical tones of her voice. ‘Stellar Love’ is fresh & upbeat. ‘You and I’ is one of my favorites on the album. It has a pop/r&b feel and I love how the chord change at the end dramatizes her vocals.

This is Who I Am’ has a multicultural feel in the production and continues with the same strong harmonies and rhythms. The beauty of Laurence’s latest project is that there are several songs with crossover appeal. ‘Live the Dream’ with its inspirational lyrics has a pop feel with elements of neo-soul.

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Fallen Prey’ has a retro soul vibe and puts you back in the sixties. ‘Some Days’ features smooth harmonies & ‘Light Years Ago’ has a unique, 70’s/Contemporary Acoustic feel. ‘Soulmate’ with its powerful words has a fresh, retro to neo-soul sound with highlights of guitar in the mix.

Some of our other neo-soul favorites on the album that stay true to Zanya’s laid back roots are ‘Footsteps’, ‘Stardust’ & ‘What If…’.

Keep Pushin On’ has a psychedelic soul/ electronica vibe paired with powerful lyrics. ‘Roll Right Off’ features a rapper that goes by Epic, giving it that authentic hip hop feel.

The flutes in the production gave it that edge that remind one of hip hop back in the day. Last but not least, Zanya ends her album with a dance track that symbolizes her manifestation and aura.

I really enjoyed ‘This is Who I Am (Part 2), which has an electronica vibe & guitar instrumentation. A true artist with eclectic style, Zanya’s album is a “must have” with authentic, creative vision that inspires the story of ‘Stardust.’

Reviewed by the Neo2soul Promotions Team

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Gwen Yvette

Gwen Yvette is a soul singer/songwriter

Gwen Yvette is an independent Soul singer from St. Helena Island, S.C. An artist with extraordinary talent and vocal range, the Harlem-born, St. Helena Island product first picked up a microphone at the tender age of three and performed before

community audiences. As a teenager, she would compete in school talent shows and sing in the school concert and gospel choirs. Gwen accredits her experience with the gospel choir as her “saving grace” during the tumultuous teenage years.

She entered the music scene in the early 1990‘s, singing for a popular local band and later touring with well-known artists Roy C and Kenny Lattimore. For many years, she allowed her dream to slumber as she dealt with the trappings of life.

Working jobs that she didn’t necessarily like to help keep ends meeting. In the meantime, Gwen became a wedding singer within her community, having sang at many wedding ceremonies.

In a short span of time, three life-changing events happened in Gwen’s life to push her towards pursuing her dreams.

Her marriage to the love of her life fell apart, her beloved father passed away, and then shortly afterwards, Whitney Houston died.

Gwen Yvette describes this as a fire that began to burn within her as she was singing along with all of the songs during the tributes following Houston’s death.

In 2012, the songstress had a successful run on the national entertainment show, Fox’sThe X Factor,” where she qualified and made the trip to LA where celebrity judge Kelly Rowland, fussed at her about why she was hiding her voice from the world, working in school.

Making a leap of faith, Gwen Yvette resigned her position with the Beaufort County School District in 2015. Though she was a seasoned performer by then, Gwen Yvette launched her solo career and released her debut single, “So In Love,” in February 2016.

A few months later, she released the official music video, showcasing Beaufort’s beautiful waterfront park and signature Gullah Geechee influence.

“So In Love” has since been well received and has pushed her career forward, garnering national media recognition and performance opportunities at various venues across the country. She was voted “Female R&B Artist of the Year”at the 2016 South Carolina Music Awards.

A survivor of depression in years past, Gwen Yvette endured personal heartbreak and also faced constant rejection from industry executives who said she did not have “the look” for showbiz.

While it took her several years, she decided to use those negative experiences as motivation, and she pushed forward as an independent artist intent on aiding the resurgence of R&B/soul genre.

On July 22, 2016, she released her 2nd single, “Victorious,” which referenced her past struggles with depression, self-doubt, and the process of overcoming obstacles to achieve her career and life goals.

Some of Gwen Yvette’s more notable performances include opening for legendary Big Daddy Kane at Soul on the Harbor III, in Savannah Ga, headlining at the International Music & Movement Festival, Charleston, SC.

In August 2016, as well as the 2016 International Arts & Movement Festival in Jackson, TN October 2016, and the 34th Annual Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration on St. Helena Island, SC, November 2016. On November 12, 2016, Gwen Yvette warmed the stage before a sold-out crowd, for Carl Thomas in Columbia, SC

Some of the events Gwen Yvette had lined up for this summer included performing at the 34th Annual Original Gullah Festival, Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune Legacy Festival in Mayesville, SC, May 2017, the 2017 Gullah Geechee International Music & Movement Festival in August 2017.

She has earned a regular spot at RubyLee’s South on Sunday nights starting September 3, 2017. Gwen Yvette successfully launched her debut album “Love, Dreams & Visions” on June 9, 2017.

She continues to push for regional, national, & even international airplay, to give more & more people the opportunity to love and appreciate her music. She lives to perform, & audiences enjoy her energy.

Gwen Yvette uses her music to inspire, to spread love and to address important issues in modern society. She was quoted as saying – “Overall, I want people to see that you are never too old, too fat or too anything to pursue your dreams! Pursue!”


Gwanny is a neo-soul singer/songwriter

TheeAvergeJoe would like to introduce to you up and coming songtress, songwriter and stylist Gwanny. This Dmv artist is more than what meets the eye.

Her raspy, smooth and ear catching voice over neo-soul style influnced music with great emotional songwriting skills makes this artist an overall success and soon to be powerhouse legend.

Gwanny – Flowing/Freestylin’

Her debut mixtape e.p The Essence Of….Gwanny has nothing short of greatness and will capture your imagination back to the nostalgic feel of good quality neo-soul.

In this modern day age of music with mainstream radio hits and catchy tunes, Gwanny does what many artist are not doing these days… the listners what they need rather than what they want.

In 2017 she back with The Return Of… Gwanny e.p out now but be on the lookout in 2018 for her full length album which she is currently in the process of working on which will sure give you that old nostalgic neo-soul feeling we miss!

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Tiffani Michelle

Tiffani Michelle is a Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Model, Musician, & College Professor.

There is a hidden jewel and her name is Tiffani Michelle, a gifted, multi-talented Independent International Recording Artist, Songwriter, Composer, Music Arranger, Musician, Producer, Model, Businesswoman, College Professor, and aspiring Author.

She will mesmerize you with her vocals, honest lyrics, and smooth yet energetic live performances while captivating you with her vibrant style, down to earth personality, and beauty that radiates!

46 years old, Tiffani Michelle has been singing, playing, composing, and arranging music all her life. She is a trained musician and began playing piano in 3rd grade. In 6th grade she played Alto Saxophone in Band and Tenor Saxophone in Jazz Band until high school.

At the age of 18 years old, in 1990 she received a scholarship for academic and jazz band to Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, TX and this is where her love for singing was developed. She made the top singing group, ‘Summer Tour 1991-1992′ and traveled the West Coast in the Summer of 1991.

As a Middle School Special Education Teacher in her late 20s, she performed ‘Bag Lady‘ by Erykah Badu at her school Teacher/Student Talent Show. The school community discovered her singing ability that she was asked to perform at school functions, colleges, special events, and weddings in the Central Texas area.

This was the beginning to her road as an artist. Tiffani Michelle began her singing career as a Professional Singer for weddings and special events in 2000. Also, from 2004-2010, she was pursuing a Ph.D in Education and Counseling Studies, but her passion was creating music.

Therefore, she dropped out of her Ph.D program and began her journey as an Independent Neo-Soul Recording Artist/Songwriter in 2010.

Tiffani Michelle is a talent that sings all lead and background vocals, writes, and arranges all her music. Her music has graced radio stations and sold globally. She puts her trust in God who open doors where her music is discovered.

Tiffani Michelle – Still I Rise (in the studio)

She currently has released 5 studio albums, 3 Mixtapes, and 2 Greatest Hits albums. In fact, Tiffani Michelle’s music has had 13 songs on CD Baby’s Top Songs Countdown from 2012-2017 for 4-8 weeks in a row representing five genres: Psychedelic Soul, Alternative Contemporary Christian, Neo-Soul, Crossover Jazz, and Smooth Jazz. Tiffani Michelle has fans in 89 countries.

Tiffani Michelle is an Psychology College Professor in the Social & Behavioral Sciences Department and College Professor in the Mental Health Services Department at Central Texas College in her hometown of Killeen, TX.

Next, she is an Elementary School Counselor in Austin, TX. In addition, she has a private practice, ‘Tiffani Michelle Consulting’ specializing in self esteem, career/education guidance, and personal development for women. She has been in the field of Education and Counseling/Social Services for 23 years.

The Soulride Show Mikey P with Tiffani Michelle

Tiffani Michelle is a Fellow, Diplomate, Certified Relationship Specialist, and  Board Certified PTSD Counselor by the American Psychotherapy Association. Also, she holds certifications in Generic Special Education PK-12 and Counseling EC-12 in the State of Texas.

In 2012, she became a Model for an agency called Coach and as an aspiring Author, she plans to release her 5th studio album, ‘DIAMOND’ on her 46th Birthday on October 9th and ‘DIAMOND EXTENDED VERSION’ in December 2017.

Currently, she released six official singles from this project, ‘A Woman Divine‘ (2014), ‘What If‘ (2016), ‘Nice, Nice, Nice‘ (2016), ‘Nice, Nice, Nice (Remixes)’ (2017). In addition, she plans to release her forthcoming poetry photobook based on her music in December 2017.

Tiffani Michelle is a single parent to a 18 years old son who is a Senior in high school and will be graduating in May 2018. In addition, Tiffani Michelle is celebrating her 11th year as a Breast Cancer Survivor after Labor Day 2017.

A “Walking Miracle”, three years ago she survived a coma and was coded dead three times. God blessed her, rebirthed her, and she strives to share her testimony and be a reflection of the power of God to the world. She is often told she has a captivating aura and doesn’t look like anything she has been through. However, in humility she states, “It’s the manifestation of God in my life!”

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Tiffani Michelle – What If


D-Felic is a Music Producer; DJ; & a Live Artist

D-Felic has been making music his entire life; DJ’ing and live performing for more than 2 decades. After releasing his debut album in 2010, his solo career took flight.

This album is full of electronic soul and broken beat and contains collaborations with vocalists Colonel Red, Asylum 7, Tondrae Kemp, guitarist Marcus Machado and trumpet player Jan van Duikeren.

After his debut, he released a lot more music on different EPs.

He has worked with artists like Sandra St. Victor, Jenni Alpert, and Jimmy Rage, to name just a few. He started to travel all over the world and mainly focused on going to Los Angeles. He did numerous remixes for artists like Marc de Clive Lowe, Om’mas Keith (Sara Creative Partners), Erykah Badu, Rahsaan Patterson, Shafiq Husayn, Jose James and Alice Russell.

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In the summer of 2014, while in New York, D-Felic had sessions with Taryn Manning, Jeremy Carr and Jose Nunez (Masters at Work), changed his musical direction. House music was the next chapter. This resulted in a new kind of music that didn’t go unnoticed. He then signed with Deeplomatic Recordings (Madrid/London).

His first release with them was in October 2015 an EP called “Houseflu” containing 4 soulful deep house tracks.

D-Felic is now playing gigs and doing studio sessions in cities like Berlin, Madrid, Paris, Los Angeles and New York.

During the summer of 2016, D-Felic was back in Los Angeles for 12 gigs, studio sessions with Honey LaRochelle. And his second EP “She is the one” got released on Deeplomatic.

D-Felic’s reputation as a live artist, DJ and producer is growing as fast as his appetite and ambition. He is now ready to take on the rest of the world! if it’s a LIVE set or DJ set, a REMIX or a NEW track, D-Felic keeps it warm and analogue in a digital world by fusing electronics with SOUL!

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MJbaker is a jazzy singer, poet and songwriter

MJbaker was born in the city of Jacksonville, FL the youngest of 14 children. She began her career as a skillful poet and songwriter with strong roots in the church.

In 2011, MJ was asked by Producer/Musician Ill Clinton to collaborate on the EP 2012 release “Reflections in the Room” in which MJ wrote the lyrics.

MJ later went on to release a mixtape called “Just Another Interlude” in 2014 making her one of Jacksonville’s most recognized and favorite artist. She also wrote the outro for DJ & MC Mr. Al Pete’s album “Fish in the Forest” released in the later part of 2012.

When asked about her style of music she simply states “My music is life music, the inspi-ration of live and the people living it; that’s music.”

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MJ possesses a timeless elegance and mesmerizes her audiences with performances that exemplify everything that superstars are made of.

Belting out soulful notes while playing her acoustic pink gui-tar, she has mastered the ability to communicate passion, love, hurt and a variety of emotions with little accompaniment.

MJ’s melodious set of jams attracted new fans with her performances at SUAFSavannah Urban Arts Festival, April 2012 and her opening for Bilal, Dec. 2014.

For the past 16 years MJ has been an active member and participant in the Jacksonville community as a youth counselor focusing most of her time and attention on young women.

With her kindred adventurous spirit and generous heart she touches the lives on and off the stage.

Currently in the process of developing a non-profit organization to benefit trouble youth, she aspires to incorporate her own production/recording company with the youth program. With her newly developed band, MJ’s first solo album, “Feel Somethin“” released, April 21,2017.

She uses the influences of artists such as Hall and Oates, India Arie, Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, Billy Holiday, Joan Hart, Pat Benatar and the Dixie Chicks and many music genres like Country, Soul, Jazz, Gospel and Folk. She prefers not to be pigeon-holed into any one particular genre. MJ both excites and captivates her au-dience and is sure to capture audiences and fans for many years to come.

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Minni Manchester

Minni Manchester  is a neosoul songstress, songwriter

Minni Manchester is a twenty-three year old neo soul singer from Atlanta, Georgia. She is the eldest of six, born July 12, 1993 as Shanice, named after the famous pop singer of the 1900’s by her mother.

Minni’s mother knew she was destined to be a singer one day, since she came from a family full of musical talents.

As a child, Minni was introduced to jazz and soul music. She started singing at a very young age, and began writing music at the age of eight years old.

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Minni later went to college, where she continued to find herself musically. At the age of nineteen, she married her high school sweetheart and moved to Japan.

While living there, she discovered her passion for performing live music, and became one of the lead singers in a local cover band named Groove n Fam.

Little did she know, Minni was pregnant with her baby girl, Urie. Minni Manchester continued performing until she gave birth to Urie, all while juggling college courses.

In the fall of 2016, she was getting close to finishing her degree, when she decided to work on her own music.

She graduated college with a BA in Business administration in April of 2017, which she used to help manage herself with the releasing of her Debut EP “Morphed” the same month.

Since the release of “Morphed”, Minni Manchester’s music has been played by Dj’s all over the world, and one of her songs from the EP has even been listed as a breaker on the Soul Connoisseurs Top 20 Charts.

Minni Manchester “Rock Your World” Music Video 2017

Some of her major influences consist of Sade, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, N.E.R.D, and Alyah , which can be heard, in her unique musical style. With the love and support of her amazing fans, Minni plans to take over the world by spreading peace and love through timeless music.

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Chantae Cann

Chantae Cann is a singer, songwriter

Chantae Cann is a phenomenal vocalist that is beautiful on and off the stage. She has performed as a background vocalist for many artists including Leon Timbo, Darlene McCoy, PJ Morton, Morgan Heritage & India.Arie.

Her debut album “Journey to Golden” created a buzz when released in 2016 and received plays on Jazz FM, BBC 6 Music (Gilles Peterson & Craig Charles ) Mi-Soul and Solar Radio.

The lead track from the album “Da Da’n Da” was recorded with Snarky Puppy. Watch them perform the track live in concert together below.

Snarky Puppy feat. Chantae Cann – Da Da N’Da

Atlanta Soul Vocalist performs her debut UK show alongside Shan Smile Wednesday 12th April 2017 229 The Venue | 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN, Doors: 7:00 PM

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Mz 007 and Hookman

Mz 007 (MC, Rapper) and Hookman (songwriter / producer)

Mz 007

Repping St. Louis, MO, upcoming artist Mz. 007 grew up in a church going midwestern family. After attending McCluer High School, she opted out on going to community college and eventually decided to pursue her career as a rapper.

Born Shannon Patrice Bonds, Mz. 007 was obese from a very young age. This made growing up challenging at times. Clinging to the few true friends she had, Bonds’ life took a major turn when her best friend Rachael suddenly died.

Already a bit troubled, Bonds used poetry as a way to express her feelings about losing her friend, and the turmoil she was facing as an obese teen.

“My poetry was my escape” says the now self proclaimed #FatFlyChick. After high school Bonds wrote her first rap song as a challenge from a friend. The song was called “You Like That“, which grew and generated local and regional performances. It was at the point that the young rapper realized she had a gift and wanted to pursue a career in entertainment.

Mz 007 – Important

Over the next 6 years she did just that, releasing multiple mixtapes and doing shows throughout St. Louis and the Midwest. One night when her brother was in town, she talked him into coming to a night club with her. What he saw, inspired him to sign his sister and help her move to LA, where he was already living, to work on music together. “I was shocked that the whole club knew her and her music”, says big brother. “I didn’t think she was serious about rapping until that night”.

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The two teamed up and created “Important” which is still growing all over the internet. The music video was featured on popular blog Perez Hilton, who called the young star the Meghan Trainor of Hip Hop. Mz 007 was recently featured in online celebrity magazine about how she’s heating up the internet hashtag #ConfidenceGoals. She is currently recording new music, touring her latest releases, featuring in movies, and developing a reality tv show.

Hookman (Marlin Bonds)

Grew up playing music. At a young age he picked up the Trumpet which eventually led to him getting a full ride scholarship to the Jazz Program at William Patterson University. After getting his degree he paid the bills as a music teacher until he caught a break with production monster Swizz Beatz on his single ‘Money in the Bank‘.

A track that was produced and co-written by Marlin and also features his sped up voice on the chorus. Shortly after Marlin quit his job and dove head first into the music biz.

Finding limited opportunities to grow his business on the east coast at the time, he decided to move to Los Angeles where he currently resides.

Since moving there he has written songs for Chris Brown, Jason Derulo, Kevin Gates, Demi Lovato, Jordin Sparks, and Kid Ink to name a few. His company also owns the Masters to ‘Important‘ so the Southwest Airlines Commercial was a big look.

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Miko The Artist

miko-the-artistMiko The Artist is a Poet/Author/Model/Actress

mikotheartist-onedayBorn and raised in Tulsa, OK. Comparable to most she has only recently begun her venture into the world of writing. From those writing skills she has adapted into the world of poetry.

She strives to be an inspiration to other women through words of empowerment. She does not limit herself to specific topics; my topics are real and far reaching. I am not afraid to break barriers and push limits.

I have a highly diversified catalog of poems which showcases my quick wit and deep intellectual thoughts. I have made several appearances at different venues while touring the local poetry scene.

I am one of the most highly sought after poets in Oklahoma and surrounding areas. While touring I have been able to promote my own show “Miko’s Poetry Café.” This show allows me to give light to current topics and also expose other local up and coming artists.

I provide my audiences with thought provoking, inspirational, and humorous entertainment.

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• Featured poet in several showcases- 2006/Present
• Featured article in the Tulsa World,, News Guide, & the Oklahoma Eagle 2006/Present
• Featured Public Speaker at Edison High School, Tulsa, OK promoting literacy- March 2010
• Co Host of the BET vs. Comic View Comedy Show November 2011
• Hosted “Tulsa’s Louder than a Bomb” (One of the Nation’s largest youth poetry slams) January 2012
• Cast member of “Noni Klutch” an original play – March 2012
• Cover model for Expostyles Exposure Magazine’s Hair & Beauty Guide April 2012
• Featured Poet in “Unplugged” A spoken word tour featured in 3 cities – August 2014
• Actress in “ As We Lay” a short film – September 2014
• Winner of the 2016 Living Arts Poets vs Rappers competition
• Released her Sophomore E.P Project, Live.Love.Pray


• Presented a Certificate of Recognition from Mayor Kathy Taylor for collaboration of independent business for building educational funding – September 2008


• First CD release- “Spoken Word Vol. I”- June 2007
• Released first self-published book entitled “Spoken Word for the Soul” March 2010 (Amazon.Com)



annalee-sh1Annalé is a r&b singer/songwriter

img_9993A perfect blend of R&B, and Pop is how Annalé best describes her music. Currently based in Los Angeles, Annalé was born in New York and raised in South Korea.

Being exposed to a variety of cultures and experiences growing up reflects her integrated sound. “I love music that I can feel and am pretty eclectic when it comes to the types of music that I’m into”, shares the 23-year-old.

“When I discovered artists like Lalah Hathaway, Erykah Badu, Floetry, India Arie, Norah Jones, Adele, Sadè, Jill Scott, Brian McKnight, Mint Condition, Musiq Soulchild and Lauryn Hill, I felt something almost visceral. Their music, melodies, move and inspire me.”

Barely able to reach the pedals, Annalé first started playing piano at the age of 4. Having musician parents played a big role in being exposed to music early on. Her father is an active orchestral conductor/composer in South Korea and her mother is an organist.

With both classical training and an ear for melody and strong structure, she auditioned for Berklee College of Music and was selected as one of the seven Presidential Scholars receiving a full 5-year scholarship to the prestigious school.

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“At Berklee, I majored in Contemporary Writing & Production and Vocal Performance and was constantly surrounded by amazing musicians from all over the world; it helped to sharpen my musical skills and performing with my band helps keep me fluid and improvisational.”

annale-1024x489With her debut album coming soon and the single “Roses” rising on Billboard’s Urban Adult Contemporary Charts, Annalé is positioning herself to musically and culturally reach a global audience.

With its soulful groove, funky bassline, and jazzy sensibilities, “Roses” is gaining notable buzz on Billboard’s R&B Airplay charts, currently standing at top 27 with a potential to rise even more.

It is being played on multiple radio stations and all the AMC theaters across the U.S., gaining lots of attraction and attention from the listeners. While some may be amazed that this voice comes from an unlikely source, Annalé and those who follow her aren’t too surprised at all. “People who really love music don’t care how it’s packaged or presented, they want to know if you can sing, you can move them.

Annalé – Roses (Official Music Video)

That’s why I create music, not to follow the culture norms, but to re-imagine them,” says the soulful siren. Expected to release at the end of the year, her full self-titled album will have “Roses” along with other tracks including Korean versions and a collaboration track featuring Mint Condition front man Stokley Williams. With a growing buzz in the U.S., it’s only a matter of time before Annalé will reach a wider audience.


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Kim Tibbs

bannerKim Tibbs is a Singer, Songwriter, Arranger, Keyboardist, Lyricist, Pianist, and Producer.

img_1025When she began picking out songs on the piano at two years and playing for her father’s church choir at 6; it was evident that her steps were ordered.

While having strong roots in the Deep South and the church, she credits her late father, Pastor Robert L. Tibbs with all her musical abilities.

Kim has broadened her horizons to embrace many different genres of music, ranging from Adult Contemporary, Blues, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Soul, and many more.

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img_1023With over thirty years of musical experience, Kim is Professionally Endorsed by Hammond Organ USA, Peavey Electronics USA, Roland US, Slick Audio Recording Systems, 1964 Inner Ear Monitors, and others.

She has also become an accomplished and published Arranger, B-3 Organist, Keyboardist, Lyricist, Pianist, Producer, and Songwriter; while also being awarded many opportunities, awards, and exposure while being able to work with some of today’s and yesterday ‘s biggest stars!

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Sharon Rae North

bannerSharon Rae North is a talented jazzy singer/songwriter

13443303_1247187968644848_1003782138686524595_oSharon Rae North is a talented songstress who sings jazz (straightahead, contemporary, smooth, standards). Her latest album, a Smooth Jazz/Adult Contemporary EP titled Sincerely Yours dropped in July 2016.

Produced by two-time Grammy nominated hitmaker Chris “Big Dog” Davis dropped, the first single, a cover of Sting’s “Sister Moon,” immediately soared to #5 Billboard Most Added Smooth Jazz, #4 Top 50 Albums and is charting and in rotation on playlists worldwide.

It’s charted in the U.S. and the U.K., where it reached #14 on the U.K. Soul Chart. Sincerely Yours is expected to be a juggernaut that will move her career in a whole new direction.

Her last CD “Gee Baby” collection of straight-ahead jazz standards followed in the footsteps of her first studio CD, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, a Smooth Jazz/Adult Contemporary project which continues to receive airplay in markets internationally and has received phenomenal reviews.

Sharon sounds just as good live as she does in the studio. She puts on a fabulous performance and has opened for many national acts, including Joe Sample and the Jazz Crusaders, Patti LaBelle. She has been included among opening acts for artists such Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway, Stanley Clark, Boney James, Chuck Mangione, Norman Brown, Poncho Sanchez, Marcus Johnson, Bob Baldwin and many others.

Sharon Rae North – Sister Moon

Following her performances at the Jazz at Maymont festival in Richmond, Va. Baldwin has expressed an interest in working with her. She has performed at venues throughout the U.S., including Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium, The Metropolitan Room in New York City, Natalie’s in Columbus, Ohio, Blu Jazz+ in Akron, Ohio, Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation, Capital Ale Concert Hall in Richmond, VA, Sambuca in Atlanta, GA, the Hippodrome in Richmond, VA.

sharon-rae-north-sincerely-yours-compact-discIsaac Hayes Restaurant in Memphis, Twins Jazz in D.C., James River Cellars in Richmond, VA, Bayfest in Mobile, AL, CenterStage in Richmond, VA, Fridays at Sunset and Jazz at Maymont in Richmond, VA, Durham, Summer Music Series in NC.

Sharon has performed and/or recorded with top musicians in the industry, including Chris “Big Dog” Davis (Maysa, Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Phil Perry, Alex Bugnon, etc.), vocalist/vocal arranger FredFreddyboySawyers (Isaac Hayes, Will Downing) Joel Razor Sharp Johnson, keyboard player for funk-masters Bootsy Collins (George Clinton), piano virtuoso FrankBuzz Amato (Curtis Mayfield), pianist Walter Bland, who composed the soundtrack for the HBO series Oz.

Others include, RobertMouseyThompson (James Brown) and JimmyJunebugJackson (Jimmy Smith), keyboardists Earl Fleming (Tyler Perry band and Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players), JerryLouiePoindexter (James Brown), the late KeithKeechoRawls (Peabo Bryson and UniverSoul Circus) and keyboardist Danny Jackson, (India.Arie).

She also has worked with MichaelKid FunkadelicHampton (George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic) saxophonist ClarenceDoctor BobRoss (Isley Brothers) and keyboardist and saxophonist/guitarist, Derwin Daniels (Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players).


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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.

Cheryl Woods In the Booth

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.


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 in Brookly, NY 2015

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.

JSWISS- Move (Prod. By U’Nique Music)

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? & iTunes are the best place to go directly for the music, but 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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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.

TiffanyJ – “Ex-Factor” by Lauryn Hill at Soul Sessions

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:

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.

Body and Soul – Ross Bellenoit Quartet feat. Lee Mo

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.

Conya Doss – The Official Music Video “Don’t Change”

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.

Conya Doss ft Lin Rountree – Reach Out

“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.

Arika Kane “Waiting”

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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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..

Earth. Chapter 5 @ Bedroom Bar.



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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.

King Krab – The Live Sessions Chapter 1 What’s In The Damn Pipe

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.

King Krab – The Live Sessions Chapter 2 What You Think

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.

Raelene Bailey – Working for The Man

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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is a singer/songwriter

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.


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.


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.


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.”

“Who Is Maleke O’Ney” (EPK)

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.

You’ll Stay On My Mind – Daniel Sauls (feat. Alieu$)

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.

Mahogany Raye – Gambling Man (Official World Video Premier)

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.

Goldswagger feat Maya Azucena – I Can’t Wait

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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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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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, 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!”

Xavier Keyz – Some Type Of Way (Interlude)

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.

Kindred The Family Soul – A Couple Friends ft. Valerie Simpson

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

ljLeela James is a singer/songwriter

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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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

mybannerMaimouna Youssef
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.

Maimouna Youssef in Japan with Common

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.

Kejam Featuring Terry Harris Diamonds Day

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 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 bannerEska is a singer-songwriter

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”.

Eska – Shades Of Blue (Official Video)

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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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.

Gabrielle – Rise

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.

Gabrielle – Say Goodbye



Gabrielle @ Liverpool Soul Fest

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Gabrielle – Out Of Reach


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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.

Dead Note Jam

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.

Afternoon chilling on the Bass

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.

My Work

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.

Elliott Macauley ‘IMAGINE’ feat Chris Jam





Elliott Macauley Trippin My Fuse featuring NiCo








R’mone Entonio

bannerR’mone Entonio
is a neosoul/jazzy singer/songwriter

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.

R’mone Entonio Yearning cover

received_10204306002232025After relocating to North Carolina post-college, R’mone has went on