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Kezia Soul

bannerKezia Soul UK-based neo-soul, jazz, funk singer songwriter

30.04.14_Kezia_7The versatile Kezia Soul aka Kezia Johnson is a young Birmingham-based neo-soul, jazz, funk singer songwriter who is highly influenced by artists such as Jill Scott, Mary Wells and Billie Holiday to name just a few.

As a child, Kezia was introduced to a wide variety of different genres of music, from Reggae, Folk, Rock and RnB , all of which have heavily influenced Kezia as an artist today.

Her original music is a collective mix of these very same influences. Her sultry voice is distinctive and soulful. Seductive to the ear, it intoxicates and leaves you wanting more.Kezia Soul is currently working on her debut E.P and includes collaborations with her brother and sisters.

Kezia has also collaborated and previously toured with hip-hop jazz-funk band ‘Genius Collective’ which saw her touring around the U.K and performing at shows and festivals to outstanding reviews, in particular receiving praise for her interpretation of Stronger than Me; as a tribute to Amy Winehouse on her death

Center Stage Kezia Soul on musical journey, impending EP, 2015

30.04.14_Kezia_4 (1)Kezia has also provided hooks and background vocals for many up and coming hip hop rappers around the UK. Kezia Soul is no stranger to the UK club circuit and with numerous shows already under her belt Kezia has become a confident singer who commands and asserts authority when on stage.

Her sound is appealing to large audiences and this is reflected by the diversity of the people that are regularly coming to her shows. Kezia is always willing to grow experiment and develop as an artist and is definitely a name that will be heard in the future.

Now with not just but two EPs out, Kezia is now working on her debut EP in collaboration with her brothers and sisters which creates a homely feel to her E.P

Live ARTS! – KEZIA SOUL live at the Bohemian Bar

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Kezia Soul – I LOVE YOU & WAIT FOR ME (Live @ Jazz Cafe 2014)


Ivy Chanel

bannerIvy Chanel is an singer-songwriter

Ivy Chanel -  6 Plan BIt all started at the age of five when Ivy’s creative gifts were truly discovered when she sang her first solo ‘Yes Jesus Loves Me’ which moved the congregation to tears. It was quite a defining moment for Ivy realising that she wanted to sing.

The church choir director recognised that Ivy had something special and actually had a great voice. She encouraged and enhanced Ivy’s true gift. Ivy’s passion for singing enabled her to heal others through song. As time progressed Ivy became multi talented not only as a singer but also a gifted dancer and musician.

She was fortunate to have a great childhood and was introduced to many cultural experiences, which made her open-minded. She has fond memories of family gatherings especially during holidays singing Doo –wop songs. Ivy was always surrounded by music as her family were artists in their own right.

Both parents were singers and successful dancers winning competitions. Her parents also played a big part in developing her originality and encouraged her to study The Greats like The Jackson Five, Sam Cooke and Whitney Houston who they felt sang with real great conviction.


Ivy liked listening to different genres of music because it took her on a journey and it broadened her creativity. She particularly enjoyed listening to Jazz, Soul, RnB and Hip Hop. Artists that have inspired her include; Barbra Streisand, Layla Hathaway, Earth Wind and Fire, Adele, Sergio Mendes, The Black Eye Peas, Walela Singers and the gospel singing group The Clark Sisters.

IMG_3952aHer brother, the legendary, DJ Cash Money encouraged the fifteen year old Ivy to become a professional singer and songwriter. After years in the music business Ivy Chanel has become a beautiful live entertainer and musician with a soulful melodic voice.

She has worked on various projects with Q-Tip, Biz Markie, Al B Sure, Curtis Richardson, She has mesmerized audiences by taking them on a captivating journey. An international artist, originally from Philadelphia USA, Ivy Chanel has been residing in Britain for the past eleven years as it was love that bought her across the ocean.

Ivy Chanel has performed at a number of prestigious events all over the UK, USA and Europe. She performed at the ARK fundraiser gala events 2008/2009 in front of President Clinton, Tony Blair and CEO bankers from all over the world. She was a featured artist at the Sadlers Wells Theatre, Café de Paris, Jazz Café, Puma Clyde event at Koko’s in London, Piranha Night Club in Zagreb, Croatia, The Global Gathering festival, Lovebox, 411 Club and Tracie Philips hat Designer for the Royal Family Fashion & London Fashion Week Show and P3 Gold Award Show 2013, Denmark.

Ivy Chanel @ Club 414 – Supporting Carl Mcintosh

In New York she performed at the APT Club, Sugar Bar and many other events in the USA. She has appeared with her brother DJ Cash Money and the UK soul artist Omar Lye-Fook. She has also shared the stage with Roy Ayres, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Doug E Fresh, Pharoahe Monch, Ty, Tim Westwood and Carl McIntosh. Apart from touring and promoting her EP ‘Be About It’ Ivy has also worked with other artists as a vocal coach. Ivy has coached a close associate of Simon Cowell and Jackie St Clair who were impressed with her professionalism and the positive impact it had on her student.

photo-3 When working with her students and collaborating with other artists she realised there was a need for artist development and also creating an opportunity for artists to release their music.

She achieved this by setting up her own recording label Ivy Chanel Music that provided a platform for not only her but other artists as well.

When producing her first solo EP, ‘Up in the Air – Volume 1’, Ivy was really excited about finally having the opportunity to freely express her gift to the world that of love and positivity.

Ivy’s aim was to write songs that would inspire, uplift and produce something that everyone could relate to. She created an eclectic style that was made up of a fusion of sounds that included RnB, Soul, Jazz, Brazilian and Hip Hop. When originally thinking about producing her EP she wanted to create something that was very authentic which came from the heart and Native American roots.


While creating the songs for the EP she used her piano to enhance the sound, which bought out the feelings and emotions and also complimented her voice. The summer breeze, feel good single, ‘Wind Blows,’ was released worldwide in April 2012 and can be downloaded at all digital outlets including Amazon, ITunes and CDbaby. It has reached #1 on Amazon UK new release chart, it was also included in Giles Peterson‘s Brownswood Bubbler 7 Compilation. Her new EP is scheduled to release Autumn 2015. Ivy has many more projects lined up in the future to find out more information and updates click on her links below


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Margeaux Davis

banderMargeaux Davis is a Jazzy Hip Hop Soul singer

image_229 years young.. Margeaux Davis has a sweet, friendly spirit, and this girl can groove! Familiar with the stage, Margeaux is a blast to watch, on and off the mic. Born and raised on the south side of Minneapolis. she is fully identifiable: “jazzy… Hip Hop Soul – Etta James meets J. Dilla”.

Margeaux is what you call the “Black Sheep” of her family. No one is musically inclined in her family, so she gets her musical gift from listening to all the greats as a child.

Some artists inject their stage show with interplay from fellow band mates. She has experience as a stage actor (Broadway Production RENT January 2010 At The Lab Theater with Paris Bennett and Jamecia Bennett ), she won best female R&B vocal 2010 (First Ave), she was nominated for best female R&B vocal 2011, 2012, 2013 and she was invited to sing The National Anthem for the 2011 2012, 2013 MN Timber Wolves.

Back in 2007 Margeaux got the chance to perform with the late great “Ruth Brown” in Las Vegas. Also Was Invited to perform at the “Minneapolis Black Music Awards” At The Pantages Theater July 2011. Where Ann Nesby, Next, Prince, Alexandre O’Neal, Auburn and many more were recognized.

Margeaux Davis “Won’t Do It Again” Official Video

Margeaux was asked to be a part of a historic event Aug 2011 for the great Desmond Tutu‘s arrival in Minneapolis that was held at the Minneapolis Community Technical College where Keith Ellison represented her. Pamela Rollins ( Director of 2011/2012 Stage Play) “The Devil Didn’t Raise You” Margeaux Played “Momma Bea“. An inspirational drama about an Aunt who raised her sister kids after her tragic overdose 10 years before. One is strung out on drugs, the other is running around with a known pimp.

image_3A cousin who looks up to Sharon finds that sometimes trying to be like someone can lead you in the wrong direction. This play shows how life takes them through trials and tribulations and shows how they are brought back to the goodness of the Lord.

(Momma Bea’s Role-Back in the day church goer, saved with much humor). Recently Finished the Production RAG TIME at “Park Square TheaterJan-Feb 2012 (Director Gary Gisselman)

Margeaux has opened for “Zo” and “Carmen Rogers” of the “Foreign Exchange”, 2014 .. Ashley DuBose from the “VoiceParis Bennett from American Idol, Jamecia Bennett from the “Sounds Of Blackness (Ann Nesby’s Daughter).

Margeaux has also shared the stage with Gladys Knight in Las Vegas, Marsha Ambrosius, Bonnie Raitt, Bial, Mint Condition, Emily King , Lyfe Jennings, Vivian Green, Jelly Bean Johnson and Noel Gourdin. Margeaux just released her EP titled “Won’t Do It Again” with “Grand Melody Music” with Producers Andre Dennis and Andre Reynolds

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Funmilayo Ngozi

Funmilayo_Ngozi_PostcardFunmilayo Ngozi is a gospel singer/songwriter

fm2Funmilayo N. Harmon is an award winning international recording artists hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. She has devoted her professional career to studies in music and educational leadership as well as main stage productions and operatic competitions throughout the southeastern states.

Harmon has received numerous accolades for her service in education and as a recording artist. She has received the 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year Award, the Sylvia McNair Soprano Award, Golden Apple Award, recognition by Gospel Station WNRR 1380 AM as one of the top Independent Artists in Gospel music for her single “I Know A Man,” Opera Carolina Apprenticeship, and her first Grammy Nomination from the Grammy Foundation as of recent, to name a few.

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fm1She is a graduate of Maryville College, University of South Carolina-Columbia, and Cambridge College. Funmilayo currently resides in Augusta, Georgia with her husband Samuel and is a Chorus teacher for the Richmond County School District.

In her spare time she enjoys working on special projects with students, shopping, and serving in the church. Purchase Funmilayo Ngozi’s debut album titled “Unconstrained ” at ITunes or CD Baby and connect with her on Social media.

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banner1Shae Williams is a singer/songwriter/actress

ShaeWilliams-Profile-1Every now and then, there comes a talent well beyond their years in the business that is hard to explain just how and why they arrived at their destiny. Perhaps (Shae) Keisha Williams was created for the purpose of entertaining others with her gifts of singing and acting even before she knew it.

Shae possesses that something special which always placed her in the spotlight. It was Shae’s church, Greater St. Marys MBC of Lake Charles, Louisiana, that first took notice of her powerful voice and on-stage brilliance at age 5.

Growing up in the church like most African American young ladies in the south, gospel music laid down the foundation of her delivery and gave Shae the experience of developing an on-stage presence. Throughout her childhood, Shae took advantage of participating in every choir and theatrical production she could.

Shae enjoyed taking a journey with her audience and realized at an early age that her life’s purpose was to deliver a message through performing. By high school, Shae became an impressive all-state band clarinetist and a coveted all-state choir member. “I had scholarships coming from all over. I couldn’t go to a festival or perform anywhere without recruiters speaking to me.”

Shae Williams – Ready (Behind The Scenes)

Shae’s choir director, Gladys McKnight mentored her from middle school through high school required that Shae study trailblazing female artists such as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Lauren Hill and CeCe Winnans. These legends became the influence behind Shae’s desire to be a champion of confident, sexy and always classy women. Shae’s passion for empowering others led her to immerse herself into the arts. In pursuit of perfecting her craft, Shae decided to major in music performance at McNeese State University. During her studies of classical and jazz music at McNeese, her sharp attention to detail and creative edge became more refined.

ShaeWilliams-Profile-2With an academic classical background in hand and the determination of a rising star, Shae followed her dreams and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2002. She combined her gospel roots, classical training and sultry charm to mesmerize audiences in Music City’s competitive R&B circuit.

Shae’s melodic vocals graced legendary venues such as BB King, Rhythm Kitchen, Love Noise and Lucy Blu in addition to major music festivals such as the Spanish festival and the African Street Festival. Shae’s African Street Festival performance led her to encounter BET featured playwright, Alvin Moore.

Impressed with her alluring stage presence, Moore quickly cast her in his production “A Mother’s Prayer”. While performing in “A Mother’s Prayer”, Shae was seen by award winning playwright, Garret Davis (of GDavis Productions), who offered her a role in “If Loving You is Wrong” and also the hit play based on one of Harper Collins bestselling author Nina Foxx’s book “Marrying Up”.

Once cast by Garrett Davis, the budding actress did not disappoint. Shae was subsequently cast in Davis’ recent works, “The Lord Will Make A Way”. “Forget Me Not”, and “Mamas Girls” (GDavis Productions). Shae has been cast alongside key urban theatre actors such as Garrett Jenkins (Little G of Silk), Calvin Richardson, Scott Sable (American Idol), Keith Floyd (After 7) and Ann Nesby.

Shae Williams – Ready

This natural talent continues to practice live arts in true renaissance fashion, performing in urban theatre and currently recording her latest R&B album. Shae’s critically acclaimed team includes Grammy nominated producers, Alvin Garrett, whose musical catalog includes Joe, Johnny Gill, and Ruben Studdard and producer, Roger Ryan whose production and performance credits include Whitney Houston, Wynonna Judd, Faith Evans, Oleta Adams and Kirk Franklin. A down south girl born with the gift of bringing life to the stage – Shae has the charisma to draw you in and the sensual appeal to keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more.

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Zyah Belle

bannerZyah Belle is a singer/songwriter

IMG_1027In an industry where every artist is faced with the pressure of standing out and staying relevant, 23­year­old Vallejo songbird, Zyah Belle, is on a mission to rebuild what she perceives to be an over saturated industry. As the daughter and niece of choir directors, Belle was born into a musically ­inclined family by default.

“I sang in my church’s children choir and adult choir,” says Belle, who grew up on prominent greats such as Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker and Chaka Khan, in addition to many others.

It wasn’t until she was cast as the lead role of Dorothy in The Wiz during her sophomore year of high school that she discovered that she was, in fact, a talented vocalist.

Zyah Belle – Forbidden Fruit (Prod. By Remot)

IMG_1035After being met with an eruption of applause after singing the Charlie Smalls­penned “Home” on opening night, Belle then decided to professionally pursue a singing career.

Having been pursuing it professionally for a few years now, Belle admits that the most challenging aspect of being an artist is the pressure of producing in quantity, as opposed to producing quality.

“The industry is so oversaturated with up and coming artists that it can be easy to get caught up in the illusion of competing,” she says. While many artists nowadays navigate toward what ever sound is presently popular, Belle’s agenda is to create music that’ll eternally resonate with people.

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Lisa Banton

LisaBantonbannerLisa Banton is a Canadian R&B singer/song writer.

LisaBantonPhoto5R&B singer/song writer Lisa Banton has had a lengthy love affair with making music since she was in grade school.

What started as a knack for poetry and the written word blossomed into song writing and eventually vocals as she got older.

Once she discovered that the voice that best communicated her lyrics was her own, music became her legs and the time arrived for Lisa Banton to step out onto the global stage.

Lisa is a native of Toronto, ON, a city that has high musical standards, yet boasts some of the world’s greatest talents.

Inspired by her father, Caribbean Gospel singer George Banton, Lisa grew up listening to R&B greats such as Toni Braxton, Lauryn Hill, Kelly Price, Faith Evans and Mary J Blige.

Live Band Performance Lisa Banton – Let’s Stay Together

LisaBantonPhoto2Currently, she draws inspiration from Fantasia, Ledisi and Jazmine Sullivan, all the while remaining focused on developing her craft as a songwriter making her delivery as a performer believable and authentic.

Lisa may be in the early stages of her career, but having worked with producer Herb Middleton (SWV, Mary J Blige, Faith Evans, Kelly Price) and performing in both Toronto (Gift of Music, opening for Glenn Lewis) and NYC (SOUL FACTORY), she has already received high praises from industry influencers.

“She pleased my soul and she touched my spirit. That is a SOUL woman.” ~ Gordon Chambers, SOUL FACTORY

Lisa Banton “Everything You Need” DromNYC

LisaBantonPhoto8In 2012, Lisa’s song “Better Without You” from the mixtape “Mirror Mirror Vol. 2” was added to G 98.7 FM’s regular rotation, extending her exposure beyond the boundaries of nightclubs and open mics.

Lisa’s most recent projects have included appearances on a number of hip-hop mixtapes throwing shine to the 90’s fusion of hip-hop and soul that fueled her love for the genre.

Moving forward, she is ready to engage new audiences with her well developed harmonies through lyrical R&B. Lisa Banton is a Toronto artist that the world will be hearing much more of. Strong, determined, and talented she is ready to lay it all out on the table for your listening pleasure.

Lisa’s debut EP ‘Lost And Found‘ is out now featuring producers like The Cratez, Tone Jonez, Scarecrow Beats, Mal T and Paul Cabbin.

Lisa Banton Performance (Better Without You)


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bannerZanYé is a singer/songwriter

1780787_806517892695417_837587723_nZanYé (pronounced: ZAHN-yay) is not afraid to be real. She had a difficult childhood. She’s raising a family. She knows marriage takes work. And she’s lost a loved one to tragedy. She’s learned we don’t go through life alone, and the only way to cope is to be real.

She also knows the flip side to hard times is joy. And to get there, and stay there, sometimes we have to talk things out.

“Conversations,” her new SoundThought Recordings release is aboutrelationships, the good, the bad; relationships with life, and romantic relationships – what it takes to stay in one, and keep the fire burning. As her second CD, there was no better time than now for “Conversations.”

Conversation by ZanYé [Official Music Video]

ZanYe Headshot 2013Her aim was to create songs that are counter to a lot of the music of the day. Music that, in her impression somewhat glorifies the “’I don’t need you’ concept.

So ZanYé offers what she says are songs that dive below the surface and sing of the all too well-known emotions of what love really is in “Crazy Love,” “Extra Ordinary,” “I’m Gonna Keep Ya,” and “Mistake.” And tracks that bounce back up and make you want to dance for the sheer joy of living like “Feels Like Rain,” “Keep It Moving,” and “Celebrate.”

Then ZanYé puts her spin on two classic tracks “Funny Valentine,” which she speeds up and jazzes out, and “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head” the 1978 Jean Carne soul/R & B classic. The title track “Conversation” pulls the whole album together and explains why “just talking” is important.

Zanye | Don’t Let It Go To Your Head


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Track Listing
01. Feels Like Rain ft. C. Alexander
02. Funny Valentine
03. Crazy Love
04. Extra Ordinary
05. I’m gonna Keep Ya
06. Keep It Movin’ ft. Will Lazzana
07. Don’t Let It Go To Your Head
08. Mistake
09. Celebrate
10. Conversation

Crazy Love by ZanYé [Official Video]


Label: SoundThought Recordings

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Tristan-Top (1) Tristan is a band from the Netherlands
10915661_783330911720949_3301806603249452789_oWith the release of debut album “Full Power” there’s been a chain reaction of positive response, reviews and airplay. Tristan hit No.1 on the UK soul-charts and followed up with a headline tour and support slot for the amazing Incognito.

TOTO guitarist and singer Steve Lukather was quoted as saying “The best of the seventies brought to 2014” about the Tristan sound.

Funky rhythm guitars, Hammonds, Fender Rhodes and synths, and an amazing rhythm section sets the foundation for singer Evelyn Kallansee to allow her stunning vocal sound to shine.

While the music may hold clear echoes from bands like Tower of Power, Snarky Puppy, Incognito and Brand New Heavies, what makes this band really stand out is the high energy of the grooves and the quality of the writing and arranging.

Tristan – Supersize My Sunshine ( ‘2nd Phase’ )

With the follow up album “2nd Phase” just released, a new chapter is about to unfold. In January 2015 the first single “Finally Found “ was released (a duet with USA soul-singer Heston) in Holland, Germany and the UK to great acclaim. The follow up tour is sure to be extremely popular and one not to miss.


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Carol-feature-700x400Carol Riddick is an singer-songwriter

IMG_6097Carol Riddick’s musical catalogue of features already includes such distinguished artists as Anthony Hamilton, Will Downing, Jill Scott, Norman Brown, Will Smith & Jazzy Jeff and Kindred The Family Soul. Not to mention one of her most notable features on Musiq’s “Soulstar” the title track on his multi platinum album.

Having graced stages worldwide, winning fans and admirers alike with her extraordinary voice and presence, this sultry singer songwriter is highly regarded in the music community for her vocal dexterity, mesmerizing performances and genuinely warm personality, Carol is a unique entertainer whose evolution is ongoing.

Hailing from Philadelphia, Carol’s fondness for the Philly International and Motown recordings on which she grew up is reflected in her debut album, “Moments Like This“, which carries on the tradition of music that moves people.

Carol Riddick – “Love Like I’ve Never Been Hurt Before”

Carol has collaborated with GRAMMY Award winning producers and songwriters including James Poyser (Erykah Badu, The Roots), Anthony Bell (Jill Scott, Jewel), and Carvin Haggins & Ivan Barias (Musiq, Faith Evans). Her highly anticipated sophomore project “Love Phases” is a collection of songs expressing facets of the joy and hurt of love, whether it be romantic or self-love. Her beautiful spirit, sensuous stage shows and passionate vocal delivery will surely soothe your ears and alter your spirit in the most alluring way.


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10712708_345615362278839_8617491474379949503_nCarmen Hendricks is a singer/songwriter

carmenMelbourne’s acclaimed rhythmic soul vocal artist Carmen Hendricks has released her sophomore album “Timing”, following her successful debut “Rhythmic Soul Revealed”.

A unique blend of Soul and Jazz with a Latin infusion, “Timing” showcases Hendricks’ rich vocal talent with all songs both self-written and produced. A collection inspired by Hendricks’ own artistic journey from debut to follow up album.

Born in Capetown, South Africa, Carmen and her parents shared a deep love for music. Legendary artists such as Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, George Benson and Earth Wind & Fire influenced her from an early age.

Having written and performed with artists from across the globe and performed Worldwide in her own right, Carmen has a large body of work to pull from.

Live On Bowen | Carmen Hendricks (Episode 1.12)

Early in her career she was a regular performer on Channel Ten’s “Good Morning Australia”, having collaborated with UK act SupaFly, releasing the international hit single “Moving Too Fast”, which ranked#1 on the UK Dance Charts, #4 on the US Dance Charts and Top 10 on the Australian charts. Tours with both Kanye West (Australian Tour 2006) and Kelly Rowland (Australian Tour 2007) followed. With her focus now steadily on her solo career, “Timing” by Carmen Hendricks is out now.


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bannerJully Black singer/songwriter (Canada’s Queen of R&B/Soul)

_KI_7169cFrom opening for Kanye West in Singapore to being hand picked to perform for the Queen; from performing on the same bill as Celine Dion at the 2012 Jamaica Jazz Fest to being the main act for Canada Day celebrations in London, England, Jully Black has perfected her explosive live performance that showcases her unique and powerful voice as well as her ability to engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Jully consistently and effortlessly exceeds expectation, leaving fans inspired, entertained and awe-struck by her commanding yet endearing presence and the ability to create a personal connection with those who witness her in her most favored element – on stage.

She has brought tens of thousands of people to their feet in venues around the world and has received extraordinary reviews from critics and fans alike. A Jully Black performance is without question, an experience like none other.

A force to be reckoned with, this Canadian-born, triple threat (singer/songwriter/performer) loves to share her talents and has an enthusiasm for music that is unparalleled.

SoulSuite1055 | Jully Black Interview – March 11th 2015

_KI_6840cHer charming attitude and charismatic personality has helped propel her career to reach milestones that most artists struggle to achieve in a lifetime – winning multiple Juno awards, penning songs for the likes of Nas and Destiny’s Child as well as performing along side artists such as Elton John, Etta James, Jay-Z, Sean Paul, and Alicia Keys to name a few. There is no question as to how she has achieved the status of “Canada’s Queen of R&B”, a title given to her by her fans and peers.

Her fourth highly anticipated album, entitled “Jully Black The LP ” has been described as “The New Motown Sound”. Traditionally, Jully is from the school of R&B, with influences like Etta James and Tina Turner.

She has combined these sounds with the rhythmic and eclectic musical styling’s of the album’s sole producer YoungPete Alexander from Atlanta, GA.

The songs that reside on this album span the music genre spectrum, incorporating elements of Soul, R&B and Pop. Collectively known as “The Officials”, the two have been able to create a musical masterpiece of which the world can relate.

Jully Black Fever 


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Maryanne Ito

shapeimage_2Maryanne Ito is a singer/songwriter

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

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

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

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

MaryAnne – With U

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

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

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

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

Sure Shot Love

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How I Feel – Maryanne Ito Ft. Jemere Morgan (Music Video)


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

Maryanne Ito & The JMT Experiment LIVE @ Crossroads


Sure Shot Love” produced by The Level (2013)


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

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bandSUCH is a singer/songwriter

SUCH_2 3SUCH is a Boston born, New York raised, California educated, Chicago groomed Soul singer. Just like her upbringing, her road to music has been a scenic journey.

It started at the age of 15 when she was invited to perform in the Grammy High School Jazz Ensemble for three consecutive years (2000-2002) and recorded a full length album with them each year.

She had the privilege to tour LA’s best jazz clubs and venues – The Brown Derby, Spaghettini’s, The Knitting Factory, etc.

SuCh – Mesmerized – now on iTunes

Photography by Penny O PhotographyShe attended the Grammy Nominee Dinner and the Grammy Awards where she met and performed with Patrice Rushen, Peter Cincotti, Kurt Elling, Dave Koz, Erykah Badu, Yolanda Adams, Vanessa Carlton and Letoya and Latavia (of the former “Destiny’s Child”).

She spent the next few years leading choirs, praise teams and congregations in worship in Boston, Chicago, and Denver. That led her to work with international recording artist K’naan on the choral orchestration and arrangement of his hit single Wavin’ Flag.

She most recently finished top 63rd out of 112,000 contestants on American Idol’s Season 11. As a performer, SuCh has enough energy to power a small city; her passion for music emanating tangibly in venues largeand small. As a songwriter, she writes simple songs about complex things – loss, family, love, life, friendship and hardship.

SuCh- “Is it the way”

SUCH_1 2She connects emotionally as both with her audiences through melodies that soar, woven in her clear, soulful voice, spiriting them away to distant lands, forgotten memories, and dreams of a better world. She performs live with a cast of world-class musicians and background singers but also loves a stripped down, acoustic show.

She released her first album, Stretch Marks, a record drenched in Soul, R&B, Jazz and Gospel influences that marks the most poignant time of growth in her life. SuCh completed her first, fan-sponsored, nationwide tour during the winter of 2012, which took her to fabled venues in Chicago, New York City, Vegas, LA, Miami, Raleigh and Boston.”

SuCh – ‘Bump This’ LIVE – pre-order on iTunes

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SuCh – “Sugar Maple” [Official Music Video]

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Brittany Tanner

bannerBrittany Tanner is a vocalist/recording artist/writer

image3Captivating melodies demanding the crowd’s attention emerge from the sweet essence of Brittany Tanner. She hails from Bakersfield Ca, home of many ground breaking genre defining artist, such as Korn, Meryl Haggard, Buck Owens, Dwight Yokum and world renown bassist and composer Tarus Mateen, who has produced and composed music for Brittany.

Looking to round out this line-up, Brittany Tanner brings a unique and ground breaking Soulful offering for the 21st century. Holding her listeners entranced, this genre-defining artist with a “rhythmic sense all her own” according to the Washington Post, pulls listeners to the edge of their seats.

Brittany Tanner  & Tarus Mateen New Beginnings Acoustic Version

Within 6 months of moving to Washington DC she performed at two of DC’s premier entertainment venues, the legendary jazz club Bohemian Caverns, and Washington DC’s Mecca for arts and entertainment, The Kennedy Center, where she was hired by its artistic advisor for Jazz, Jason Moran, a Blue Note recording artist and recipient of the MacArthurGenius Award.”

Prepare for the musical voyage which is Brittany Tanner.


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Brittany Tanner and Tarus Mateen “Searching”


J Moss

bannerJ Moss is an gospel singer/songwriter/producer

jmoss_brand_photo2 (1)PMG Gospel’s first album release, ‘Grown Folks Gospel,’ by mega selling gospel artist J Moss, debuted on Billboard at number one. ‘Grown Folks Gospel,’ marks the first release by the newly formed gospel music recording label by Paul Allen, Walter Kearney and J Moss.

Just a few days following the album release, it gained the highest position on the Apple iTunes gospel charts. ‘Grown Folks Gospel,’ marks Moss’ fourth consecutive number one album release.

The trailblazing gospel music superstar embarked on an aggressive digital marketing and publicity campaign in the weeks leading up to release, which included stops at TV One’s News One Now, ARISE TV,,, Sister 2 Sister Magazine, The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, The Yolanda Adams Morning Show and more. Additionally, J Moss headlined tour stops in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Miami and Baltimore leading up to the album’s release.

“This initial response to ‘Grown Folks Gospel’ confirms my belief that people really do want true feel good music,” says album producer, PaulpdaAllen. “I look forward to continue showing the industry that this kind of music is wanted in today’s marketplace.” Grown Folks Gospel, is currently available in stores and on iTunes now.

Gospel Artist J. Moss on his new album “Grown Folks Music!”

The album features the standout chart topping radio single, “Alright OK,” produced by PAJAM (Paul “PDA” Allen and J Moss) and also Moss’ duet with R&B Diva Faith Evans, “You Make Me Feel.” Moss’ signature vocals can also be heard on the new radio favorite, ‘Fall At Your Feet.’ J Moss’ new album, ‘Grown Folks Gospel,’ is available in stores & online now.

jmoss_-_DC_-_point_up_PeeAbout J Moss 

With over 700K in albums sold across 4 albums, J Moss is one of the most successful and recognized gospel music artists of our day. For nearly a decade, Moss has issued numerous Top 10 singles including, “We Must Praise,” “Praise On The Inside,” “Psalm 150? and “God’s Got It”.

As a producer J Moss has won a Grammy Award, Stellar Awards for his artistry and a host of various other accolades including American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, DOVE Awards and ASCAP Songwriter of the Year.


PAJAM is a Grammy Award winning production team, made up of Paul Allen, J Moss and Walter Kearney. PAJAM has worked with artists, including Marvin Sapp, Byron Cage, KierraKikiSheard, Kirk Franklin, Trin-i-tee 5:7, 21:03, and Hezekiah Walker, as well as mainstream artists such as Beyonce, Boyz II Men, Dru Hill, Patti LaBelle, Justin Timberlake and Kelly Price.

Their creativeness has also placed them in the arena to produce music for commercials (Chrysler, Kmart, etc.), movie soundtracks (Deep Blue Sea, Fighting Temptations, Rush Hour II, etc.); and television series (Greys Anatomy, CSI, Soul Food, etc.

JMoss YOUR WORK SoundCheck Official Video

The three men have gained a host of accolades that include, 12 Grammy Award nominations (5 wins), 3 American Music Award nominations (1 win), 5 Soul Train Award nominations (3 wins), 39 Stellar Award nominations (22 wins), 4 Dove Award nominations, BMI Songwriter of the Year Award (Urban Gospel 2003) and 15 first singles. In 2014, PAJAM announced the launch of their music label, “PMG Gospel.” November 25, 2014 marked the release of the labels first project, ‘Grown Folks Gospel,’ by J Moss.


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J Moss You Make Me Feel featuring Faith Evans

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The.Folake!bannerThe.Folake! is an Singer/Songwriter/Actress

IMG_5820_Growing up in Lagos as the youngest of 19 children, The.Folake! – real name Folake Olowofoyeku – always dreamt of delving into the arts as a musician but her now late parents however insisted on her becoming a lawyer.

With the opportunity to move to New York City to study, Folake left Nigeria and while in NYC, focused her artistic endeavours on a BA (Hon) in Theatre and a Diploma in Audio Engineering. With a brief career competing in the NCAA league for her College’s Basketball team, Folake began her career as a versatile actress.

She earned a Best Actress Award for her lead role in When They Could Fly at the prestigious ReelHeART International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada and over the years, her acting career has flourished, from numerous stage productions to Film and Television, leading to her role in the Jodi Foster-directed The Beaver.

Folake (The.Folake!) Olowofoyeku’s Acting Reel

The.Folake!longFolake proceeded to make several appearances on the Law and Order franchise, 30-Rock and White Collar. Her voice has been utilized for voice-over campaigns with The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, Money Gram and Emirates Airline and the film – a 3D horror/comedy film – titled Hellbenders.

With a strong foot in the acting world, Folake changed the course of her career to pursue wholeheartedly her passion for Music. Musically inspired by Michael Jackson, M.I.A, Slash and Fela Kuti, The.Folake!? is creating music that induces a party atmosphere and creates a voice to the realities faced day to day in Nigeria.

The.Folake! describes her genre as Afro-Rock/Electro-House – fusion of her musical influences, combined with her own natural musical style.

“My Oga At The Top” (The.Folake! Remix)



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Laura Reed

bannerLaura Reed is a singer/songwriter

PRESS COLOR 1 LOWSouth African born singer/songwriter Laura Reed has been making a name for herself globally with her powerhouse vocals, thought provoking lyricism, and captivating performances. Her musical journey started as a teen, where she played open mics and coffee shops around North Carolina and the South Eastern United States.

Her original focus was as a poet and storyteller, however over time Laura developed a strong unique voice that was all her own, an empowering message of Unity, and the experience to translate her message through music.

She toured relentlessly as the front woman of the South Eastern based band, Laura Reed and Deep Pocket as well as recording and performing with various other projects and artists such as Mali Music, India.Arie, Miguel, Daley, Valerie June, Anthony Hamilton, George Clinton, Kandace Springs, Killer Mike, Karl Denson, and even Jewel.

LAURA REED: Live and Direct

PRESS COLOR 5 LOWLaura is currently based in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina and uses Nashville, TN as a platform for her art; where she recently concluded a publishing deal with EMI/SONY-ATV as well as winning a NIMA AWARD for “BEST R&B SOLO ARTIST 2014“.

Laura was encouraged to make the move to Nashville by mentor, former music executive and Grammy award winning producer, Paul Worley (Lady Antebellum/The Band Perry/The Dixie Chicks).

It was Paul who introduced Laura to the producer of her upcoming project, “The Awakening“, 2X Grammy award winner Shannon Sanders (India.Arie, Robert Randolph, John Legend). Laura opted to release the record on her very own label entitled “FIVE FOOT GIANT“, with the help of experienced ex-Apple Creative Coordinator Patryk Larney of Hope Tree Entertainment. 

Laura Reed – Killin Em With Kindness – UNRELEASED DEMO VERSION

Laura released her debut solo album, “The Awakening” worldwide, October 7th, 2014. The most recent single off the album “Wake Up“, has been featured on VH1‘s hit show, “Hollywood Exes” and the Alicia Keys Indy Film endeavor, “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete“. She is currently performing live with her band around the US in support of her recent release and working on new material as well as various side projects.



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Faye B

bannerFaye B (The New Face Of Swiss R&B!)

Prepare to witness the rise of a new-born star on the European music horizon! Often dubbed as “Switzerland’s hottest new soulful export”, Faye B is already turning heads with her unique, strong voice, striking stage presence and natural charm. Her irresistible blend of radio-friendly, contemporary R&B, combining classic throwback elements with a mature Neo-Soul flavor, brings a much needed freshness to today’s Urban music scene. We at Neo2soul caught up with her

Faye B YellowIntroduce yourself and tell us where you are from?

I’m Faye B, a crazy, fun-loving female R&B artist from beautiful Switzerland who also has a soft spot for animals.

When did you realize that you wanted to be a singer?

I’ve sung my whole life. As a little girl i sung almost 24/7 and got on my families nerves. And i loved to record my own made-up songs with my younger sister. Oh my God…i remember that like it was yesterday. *laughs* So, as you can see, i never wanted to become anything else!

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

Michael Jackson was my hero as a kid and he’s inspired me in many different ways in becoming an artist. For example his extreme perfectionism.

I’m never completely satisfied and i know that it can drive my team crazy! *laughs* His voice and songs have touched the hearts of millions of people and i hope to have a similar effect! What also fascinated me was his strict, but very respectful and warm-hearted behavior towards his team. He always made everyone feel comfortable around him and that’s also very important to me!

In 3 words describe your music?

I describe it as personal, real and relatable. And i hope that people who listen to my music are able to hear that!

I know it’s hard to compare yourself to other artists and styles, but what kind of vibe is your music on?

You’re right, i don’t like to compare myself with other artists, but the ones who inspired my music the most are Alicia Keys, Sunshine Anderson and Tamia.

FAYE B – Any Other Way (Official Video)

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

I would say the tone of my voice, the fact that i’m not just a singer or a product, i’m involved in every aspect of my music and the business, and i want people to respect and remember me for my music. Don’t get me wrong, i know as an artist you have to be „the total package“ and people need to feel connected to you, but that doesn’t mean you have to post pointless selfies every day just to stay in the picture.

Faye B - Any Other Way Video ShootWhat do you enjoy the most about the whole process of recording and writing music?

The fact that i’m able to tell my own stories and let go of all the emotions which have been trapped inside of me for so long! It’s therapeutic and very healing for the soul.

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

I love doing music, experimenting and creating something that brings joy to people is the most wonderful thing on earth! But the whole music business side can be a real pain in the ass sometimes. *laughs*

What do you consider your biggest achievement so far?

When my first single “FINALLY” reached #3 on the UK Soul Chart and #8 on the UK Urban Club Chart. I’m still very proud of that achievement!

FAYE B ft. PYRELLI – Finally (Official Video)

Who have you worked with?

I’ve had the honor to work with very talented and lovely people from London, France, Denmark, Netherlands , Switzerland and USA. For example US hit-maker Mike City (Usher, Brandy, Anthony Hamilton, Faith Evans, Sunshine Anderson), the legendary Neville Thomas of 2b3 Productions (D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Anita Baker, Ledisi, Beverley Knight), The Illionnaires (Jessie J, Musiq Soulchild, Craig David), UK producer Alan Laporte of 2Darc Entertainment (Usher, Sunshine Anderson, TQ, Jagged Edge), UK Hip Hop legend Funky DL and many more. And i’ve also collaborated with artists like Keith Murray, Aqil Davidson of Wreckx-N-Effect, Rapper Big Pooh of Little Brother, U.S. R&B/Pop singer Louie Bello and UK rapper Pyrelli. There will be more to come in the near future.

The Journey (Episode 1)

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

My latest project is called “The Journey, Vol. 1“, it’s the title of my debut EP, which will be released in Spring 2015.  “Used To Love Me” is the first single off this EP, it’s out right now and was produced by Neville Thomas of 2b3 Productions. The 2nd single “Ready For Goodbye” is coming in March and was also produced by Neville. But there will be a bunch of other great producers working on the EP.

Neville Thomas & Faye BUnfortunately the whole process has taken more time than we expected, for many different reasons. From our first conversation up until the release it took a year. It wasn’t our plan to release “Used To Love Me” so late, but at the end of the day i believe that everything happens for a reason!

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

Playing live is always a great experience because i love to see the crowds reaction to my music, that says more than a thousands words. I haven’t played a lot of gigs with my own songs yet, because we’re currently working on 3 different shows, one with a full live band, an acoustic/unplugged set and a club set. So, i’ll be hitting stages near you real soon and i hope to see you all there!

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

Yes, i have three official music videos, accompanied by some funny “Behind The Scenes” clips , a video from a surprise school visit with a short live performance. And i’ve just started with a video series called “The Journey” to support the release of my upcoming EP. I want my supporters to see what i get up to and how things work behind the scenes. I haven’t had the pleasure to get played on TV yet, but we’re going to change that soon!

 FAYE B – Used To Love Me (Official Video)

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

Of course, we have many plans for the new year and we definitely hope to make it all happen. Most of all i’m looking forward to finally hitting the stages on an international basis. As you already know i’ll be releasing my 4th single “Ready For Goodbye” and my first EP “The Journey” early next year. I have a few surprises, but i don’t want to give everything away, so please follow me on my journey and find out!

Thank you Neo2soul for allowing me to be featured on your great blog! Your interest and support all over the last years really mean a lot to me and i hope to meet you in person soon when i’m back the UK

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Cover - Any Other Way

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Cover - Finally

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Karen Gibson Roc

Karen Gibson Roc is an astonishment. This poet and musician is fierce and fearless.

Karen Gibson Roc Slow Down feat Merge of Equals Review

1380619_10154894593910487_8245207846395233859_nKaren Gibson Roc says her main theme “is the evolution of spirit and the truth about following what is your calling here in the physical.” Her objective is “to inspire dream chasing, to uplift hearts, and to open minds.” And that she does.

She grabs your soul and never let’s go, both through her music, her words, and her spirit. I have enjoyed her music and poetry for a few years now and this new track will be right at the top of my playlist for the first part of 2015.

The track begins with the hypnotic sound of the drum before Karen gently guides us with her wisdom on a theme so necessary for our life and times calling us to slow down and find the rhythm of our natural flow and not chase the illusion of a world that controls so many of us .

Karen collaborates with Merge of Equals on this wonderful track that will be released on lounge du soleil vol 18 released on January 23rd 2015. Find it here great advice for a new year x

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img_1221A musical chameleon (she calls herself a poetist or poetic vocalist). She has been sharing her work on and off  the stage for more than 15 years by now and you can hear that in the amazingly relaxed, organic sounds of her beautiful music.

A reviewer of one of her live performances once came to the conclusion that Gibson Roc must have something to do with the preservation of the universe.

She has been compared to late Gil Scott-Heron, although she is not political, as Scott-Heron was. She is a sloganeer as he was, but in a more personal mode.


Karen Gibson Roc manages to ask profound questions without making them sound too hard to bear. Instead, her songs are so sweet and consoling that you start to wonder how you can ever do without her music.

She seems connected to universal love. Karen Gibson Roc says her main theme is the evolution of spirit and the truth about following what is your calling here in the physical.

Her objective is to inspire dream chasing, to uplift hearts, and to open minds. And that she does. She grabs your soul and never lets go, both through her music, her words, and her spirit.”  —Lemongrassmusic



Karen has graced such stages as: Glamorama – A fundraiser for both The Childrens Cancer Research Fund and The Art Institute of Chicago, it was put together by Marshall Fields in conjunction with The Ford Modeling agency.

Karen shared the bill with the likes of Patti Labelle, The Commodores and Sheila E. She has also performed for Russell Simmons on HBOs Def Poetry Jam, Chicagos Fashion Week w/Marshall Fields, S.O.Bs, Central Parks summer stage with the Lyricist Lounge

With her band she played  at The Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House for Def Poetry Plugged In, The Whitney Museum, CMJ, Joes Pub, C.B.G.Bs C.B.G.Bs Gallery, Acme Underground, Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poets Café, and most recently The Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY.


macys-redcarpetKaren has completed a project for Viacom/The Kaiser Foundation, an AIDS testing awareness radio spot that she wrote (other artists included Common) and a VH1 SOUL commercial spot (currently running).

She is a Canadian Council for the Arts-Grant Recipient for The Spoken Word and Storytelling Program (dub rap poetry). Karen is featured on the recording Future Waves of Black Folks by Champion Soul-remixed by I.G.CULTURE, released by Main Squeeze and distributed by Goya Records.

She is also on the record Chea Chea produced by Andrew Brown as part of a compilation put out by Kickin music ltd, King Britt presents  jazzmental  distributed in France by Universal Music and in Japan by JVC Entertainment.

Most recently she is featured on the Album “Anarchy & Alchemy” by Dub Gabriel. Karen Gibson Roc is the executive producer of her independently recorded and released album 5&2fish – 2003. KGR and Fluid released a CD Live @ The Whitney Museum NYC – 2006.


KGR and Fluid have also completed a live DVD/CD project Traveling With Light – 2007 (Produced by Lbm Productions with funding from The Canadian Council Of The Arts).

2008 brought the acclaimed album “Touching The Soul – Released by Lemongrassmusic and re released by R2Lounge – Japan 2010.

Most recently Karen was featured on four tracks collaborating with Lemongrass on Lemongrass – “The 5th Dimension” also released 2010.  Karen was born on the island of Jamaica W.I. and raised in Toronto, Ontario.


Karen Gibson Roc – “My Life” – Official Video

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bannerThe talented singer and songwriter BriaMarie, (known as the “Fresh Princess“)

1-1024x682Humanitarian, entrepreneur and entertainer, BriaMarie is the first artist signed to Ethical Music Entertainment/Forever Music InC. The “Fresh Princess”, as she is affectionately known, is the sound of a new type of artistry.

The Columbia, Maryland native’s singles “IDK” and “Celebrate” have recently been featured on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta and “Bye Boy” on “Bye Boy” was praised on as “a video with a message that’s pretty hot.”

While still bangers, her music gives messages of respect, selfesteem, empowerment, morality and love. BriaMarie’s talents began to blossom at the age of three as she fervently mimicked the sounds of artists like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, and Prince. By age eight, she was singing in the school chorus, reading music and mastering the violin.

The Breakthrough with Mia Mendez – Bria Marie

10869805_755227024564736_4672983000979528691_oAt age fifteen, she was regularly performing with her father in his local band and teaching herself piano. She quickly developed a flair for dance with fourteen years of  cheerleading and four years of modern and jazz dance.

She later incorporated dance, singing and acting in her roles in four high school musicals. As the Fresh Princess continued to progress artistically, she also excelled academically throughout high school graduated from Temple Univeristy magna cum laude with a 3.86 grade point average.

Her path was predestined. Being the best in her craft meant working with the best. BriaMarie’s tenacity and fortitude led to a meeting with multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning producer/song-writer Carvin Haggins. After just two meetings, it was a fit. She is now the first artist signed to Ethical Music Entertainment.

BriaMarie “The Fresh Princess” – Celebrate (Official Video)

1530333_704063496347756_2507267346950002584_nWhen asked what made her the one, Haggins responded by saying that she reminded him of himself with her sheer determination and willingness to learn. “She is a great student and her work ethic was just as important as her God given gift of an astounding vocal range.”

Today, BriaMarie is very active in the community. She is an avid participator in antibullying campaigns including her own Anti-Bullying Youth Program, the Ethical Music Anti-Bullying Campaign with Carvin Haggins and the Making a Difference Campaign with Philadelphia Eagle, LeSean McCoy.

During each campaign, she travels to several different schools and youth programs to discuss the dangers and solutions to bullying.

Chester Community Charter School Anti-Bullying Rally

In her most recent program, she partnered with iChoose2Live and the Philadelphia 76ers and gifted over 250 students with complimentary 76ers tickets, bullying and suicide prevention pamphlets and more. In 2012, BriaMarie also released the “Proud to be an AmericanEP as a part of her “Rock Your Right to Vote” campaign encouraging young people to vote, in which a part of the proceeds benefit disabled veterans. She also serves the homeless at Chosen 300 ministries in Philadelphia with her church.

BriaMarie “The Fresh Princess” – IDK (I Don’t Know)


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BriaMarie “The Fresh Princess” – Bye Boy (Extended Version)

BriaMarie “The Fresh Princess” – French Fries & Apple Pies 




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The British Collective

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

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

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

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

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

The British Collective: The Rehearsals – Romantic

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

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

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

ARISE interview with Junior Giscombe of The British Collective

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

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

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

The British Collective @ Radio London Soul Night Out

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

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

The British Collective – Romantic:Behind the Scenes

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

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

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

The British Collective: BBC Radio London Interview



The British Collective – Romantic [Official video]

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Gwendolyn Collins

gwenGwendolyn Collins is singer/songwriter

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

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

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

Gwendolyn Collins ‘The Simple Things’ single release party

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

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

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

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gracebannerGrace is a singer/songwriter

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

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

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

Grace is ready to show you what she can do.

Tonight Live @ Paper Dress 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Back in the day (Acoustic)

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

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

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

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

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Sulpacio Jones

bannerSulpacio Jones is a singer/songwriter

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

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

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

Get To Know Me : I Am Sulpacio Jones

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

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

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

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

Sulpacio Jones performs “Anotha Lover” Q’s Lounge

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

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Kianna Cameron

bannerKianna Cameron is a guitarist/singer/songwriter

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

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

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

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

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

Kianna Cameron – Live on “The Pulse”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mint Condition – Gumbo by Kianna Cameron

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Celestina & Bianca Raquel – “Turn It Up”

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

Celestina – “Hands Up In The Air

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

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

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

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

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

The Manifestation

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

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

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

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

The Floacist EPK

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

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

The Graduation: Floetic Soul

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

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

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

The Evolution: Floetry Re:Birth

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

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

Forever – The Floacist (featuring Musiq Soulchild)


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

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

The Floacist – Feel Good

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

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

The Floacist Talks About New Album Rise Of The Phoenix Mermaid


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MargoStudioPromoMarguerite is an Singer/Songwriter/Poet and Entrepreneur

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

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

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

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

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

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About Marguerite

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Loving You Like A LoveSong

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

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

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

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



BIG THANKS to Michael Gedown Brown for the info

Alaina Nelson

banner Alaina NelsonAlaina Nelson is a singer, songwriter and actress

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alaina Nelson behind the scenes of “Still In Love”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alaina Nelson Frisky Tipsy promo

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bannerHéllena is a singer/songwriter

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

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

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

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

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

Héllena interview + acoustic performance on HCR

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

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

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

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

Héllena – Mallorca (Acoustic at home)



Héllena – Dream Big (Official Video)

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Don’t Change (Official Video)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who were your first musical influences that you can remember?

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

Exenia – “Smile” Acapella Cover

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

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

editedAAA_0635_1About how long did it take to put together?

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

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

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

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

Exenia – Cover of “Rocket” by Beyonce

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exenia – Crazy For You by Adele (Cover)

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

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

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Putting out my debut EP! Definitely!

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

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

Where can We find You?

You can find me at my website and Tumblr blog at, and you can follow me on Twitter, FB, Youtube, and Instagram @ExeniaMusic as well. You can get your copy of the EP at

Exenia – Latch (Sam Smith)

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bannerRufus is a singer/songwriter

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

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

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

Rufus – Hold On Me (Official Video)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rufus feat Faith Walker – We Can Win (Official Music Video)

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

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

Rufus – Free (Official Music Video) – Extended Video

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

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

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

Rufus – Growing Pains (Live Performance)

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Growing Pains The Journey Production

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


Kenza DAWN

bannerKenza DAWN is spoken word Hip Hop, Neo Soul talent

femme7Kenza Hidden Treasure; Abundance of Gold
DAWN First Light that Pierces the Darkness, Signaling a New Day

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

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

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

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

Kenza DAWN – BUMagWebzine Interview

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

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

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

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

Kenza DAWN ‘Sista’

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

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

Her second mixtape, ‘REVIBAL 2‘ was released 04/04/2014. On May 14th, 2015  Kenza DAWN released the first single/video “U & I Verses” from the new album.  The highly anticipated debut album ‘Feminetics‘ will be released May 12th, 2015.

U&I Verses Kenza DAWN


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Yasmine Amari

banner Yasmine AmariYasmine Amari is a singer/songwriter

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

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

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

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

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

LIONESS Official Video – Yasmine Amari

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

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

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

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

NOT ME (Official Video) – YASMINE AMARI






banner Senani is a singer/songwriter

Celebrity_photographers_sydney_glamour_nudes_art_photography_SeductiveIntroduce yourself and tell us where you are from?

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

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

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

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

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

Voodoo Girl – Senani

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

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

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

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

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

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

A special kind of girl – by Senani

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

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

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

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

291296_116251335142014_1701908_oWhat do you consider your biggest achievement so far?

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

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

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

What feedback from the media have you had?

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

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

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

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

Infinity- Senani

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just Us- Senani

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

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

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

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

What music were you bumping when you were coming up?

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

Senani- Live Superstar Dance, Blue Beat

What plans have you got for the future?

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

Would like to send any shout outs to anybody?

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


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Free (original radio mix)- by Senani

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

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

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

2RRR Recommended Listening

An Excellent Singer

Music editor, Sydney Morning Herald, sept 13th 2012, Agin court hotel

Free (Cliff Randall radio remix)- by Senani



bannerSetoria is an singer/songwriter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Feelings cover by Setoria



Setoria – Shorty (promo snippit)

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Michaela Therese

bannerMichaela Therese is singer/songwriter

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

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

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

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

Brian McKnight Love Is ft Michaela Therese (Live in Singapore)

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

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

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

Michaela Therese – Final Call (Official Video)

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

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

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

Penitentiary Philosophy (Erykah Badu

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

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

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

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

Care Enough – by L.A.B.

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Ms. AJ

bannerMs. AJ is a singer/songwriter

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

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

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

Snippet from debut album

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

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

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

Jam Session nights Ms Aj

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

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

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

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

“Brand New Lady ”

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Ida Divine

bannerIda Divine is an American Neo-Soul Lyricist

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

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

Sometimes – Ida Divine

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

IDA DIVINE – On and On (Music Video)



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


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Karina Nistal

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

“Viviendo” feat. Karina Nistal

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

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

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

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

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

Karina Nistal – Rumors (Official Music Video)

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Karina Nistal – All That I Want (Official video)

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The Illjazztic One

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

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

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

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

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

The Illjazztic One – Soulful Wonderland

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

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bannerEliah is a singer/songwriter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Princess Freesia

bannerPrincess Freesia is a singer/songwriter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lapdancer “Babylon”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Princess Freesia – Stellar Sight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What feedback from the media have you had?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Soulperfreesia “Underwater Love” (Spontaneous Edit)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Freesia (Joey Negro Cookie Dough Mix):

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

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

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

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

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

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

“You Did It Again” By Soulpersona & Princess Freesia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What plans have you got for the future?

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

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

Would like to send any shout outs to anybody

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

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Jules Rendell

bannerJules Rendell is a singer/songwriter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jules Rendell – Hippodrome LIVE – Carry On


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

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

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

Jules Rendell – Hippodrome LIVE – Aretha Franklin Medley

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bannerAshlyn is a singer/songwriter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Time (Get To Know Her) – Full Length


Her voice is so rich!!” Ava The Anarchist

I love her voice, the song is really nice.DJ Emiliot (Core DJ Africa/Fleet DJ/Future
Star DJ)

My Time guides the ear back to the Neo Soul haydays of the late 90’s.Drank

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1. My Time (Intro)
2. Gold Pieces
3. Secret
4. The Thrill
5. Crown
6. Knowledge
7. Good Days Ft King Ace
Bonus: Knowledge (Remix) Ft King Ace

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bannerChoklate is an international singer/songwriter

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

My name is Choklate, based in Seattle, WA

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

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

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

Choklate Grown Folks

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

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

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

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

Who have you worked with?

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

What do you consider your biggest achtcivement so far?

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

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

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

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JirardPhotog2What projects are you working on at the moment?

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

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

Pure insanity? lol

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

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

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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?

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

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

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

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

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

What is your website and social networking links?

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

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Wayna1Wayna is singer/songwriter

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

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

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

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

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

Wayna Listening Event for “the Expats”

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

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

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

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

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





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bannerEshe is a singer/songwriter

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

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

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

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

Eshe (Of Arrested Development) “Love Sick”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eshe ft. Omari Hardwick -You Make Me Wanna

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