CHOSEN ONES Dawn Richard Goes Solo
Disc Jock Redeem Breaks Down his Top 10 Music Chart
Spring 2013 volume 4
Chantel Atkins (CEO/Owner) I started The Rhythmic Lounge in December 2010. At its start, it was a fairly simple website with the purpose of giving people a place to promote their talents and network. I had no idea that less than two years later it would transform into something much bigger. The website then underwent a complete revamp in July 2011, with a brand new look and the addition of many new features, including the creation of The Rhythmic Lounge Radio. Following suit, the radio started out as merely a 24/7 stream of hand-picked music submitted by talented musicians from the website but is now an integral part of the company. Listeners from all over the world tune in regularly to hear the wide variety of music, as well as the educational, musical and talk-radio shows that we now host. The radio’s success has only made me realize The Rhythmic Lounge could take me in new directions everyday rather than the other way around, which is why a digital magazine seemed like the next step. I’m incredibly proud to present to you hardworking artists and entertainers in this magazine and on the site, so enjoy! Be sure to go to www .therhythm iclounge.com to see the profiles for the great talent displayed in this issue and take a look at our new magazine site at http://w w w .trlm agazine.com Thanks for the support, and happy reading!
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Amanda Craig, Writer http://www.snappycopywriting.com http://www.murderandintrigue.com
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Ross Guity, Writer Blog: www.LockerRoomzRedCarpetEtc.blogspot.com
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Wandalyn Thomas, Movie Reviewer Examiner.com #1 Examiner.com #2
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6 DJ Miss Purple Haze
52 Chef Dwayne
17 Young Mexico
58 Tess Henley
20 John Mullane
63 Disc Jock Redeem
34 Randy Stahla
72 Dawn Richard
DJ Miss Purple Haze by K.P. Spright
Dancing can feel like being young forever, and with a star DJ like Miss Purple Haze the party never ends. A producer, song writer and disc jockey, she is renowned for her passion for music. Originally from Europe, she is raising the bar of disc jockeying, which appears to be the beginning of her successful career. Get all latest information about upcoming club venues, DJ tours, radio shows and releases on http://www.misspurplehaze.com Miss Purple Haze is highly recognized for her mix tapes in the lounges, clubs, stages and all glamorous parties across Europe. An entertainer is one who can embody the sound of feelings into music. The art of turntablism is clearly the flair of DJ Haze and she shows her harmonic mixing with a wide‐ranging sounds. Dance away your trouble, which is what you would like to do if she is handling the music station. As the competition gets tougher in entertainment and music industry gets severe, the element of novelty is what keeps the dance floor pulsating with life when DJ Haze channels her musical talent. You can find out more about this rising artist on the social media at https://www.facebook.com/pages/DJ‐Miss‐Purple‐Haze. Diversity in using the music is the key of her success in the global party scene. Experiments with Reggae, House, Old school, Hip Hop, R&B, Dancehall and Naija as well as grime and dub step have turned to be a big hit among the European crowd. It is not just the commercial crowd that is addressed by Miss Purple Haze, she appeals to the underground, old school and the contemporary audience as well. A dance floor is not just the creation of this endowed lady she has been the DJ for globally popular band “Snap”. Projects are already in line for producing new music shows and Haze will be working with Michael Ameer, the host of TV show, ‘R&B Club Video Music Show on iMusic 1’. Check out the new release of Miss Purple Haze’s nationwide mixtape that will be the first of its kind setting new levels in the genre of music. DJ Miss Purple Haze perfects to give the ultimate clubbing experience to the lovers of R&B, Reggae, Dancehall, Hip‐ Hop. You can keep track of her upcoming events and stay on your toes with DJ shows by Miss Haze by reading our magazine.
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by Amanda Craig
Johnny (Jay) Sherrod, known as Qwezt, is a hip-hop performer and song writer who calls Douglasville, Georgia, (near Atlanta) home. He was born near Miami and played high school football at Miami Carol City Senior High School with rapper William Roberts, better known as Rick Ross. Qwezt is known for his expansive vocabulary, and has been referred to as a wellseasoned “lyrical powerhouse” for his song lyrics. His inspirations include Run DMC, Big Daddy Kane, Public Enemy, Nas, Common, and Kanye West. He loosely describes his music as hiphop, but has claimed in interviews he has been unable to identify his perfect niche; he lets the music guide him. His producer, Nelz, refers to their style as “hybrid” music—it’s not commercial or underground, and it’s more than just hip-hop because of his many additional musical influences. Qwezt created Mind Qwezt Music because he wanted to “take people on a quest.” He puts inspirational and thought-provoking messages in his lyrics and feels too many singers have gotten away from conveying a message that means something more in their music. Unlike many current artists, Qwezt has expressed a desire that people listen to his music and learn something from it. Popular singles include “Destiny,” “Qweezy Baby,” and his award winning hit “Gone wit Yo Self.” Some of his music is available for listening on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/mind-qwezt. He has his own YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/MINDQWEZT/videos?view=0, and he has plans to expand his availability on iTunes, https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/qwezt/id314944452. Qwezt’s Twitter account is https://twitter.com/mindqwezt. He can also be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mind-QweztMusic/168258226553053. Keep an eye out for Qwezt in 2013! He will be promoted via 3Suns Media: https://twitter.com/3SUNSMEDIA and Don E Productions: http://www.doneproductions.com/.
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by Aaron Wilson
True to its name, The Controversy is an Indie band that certainly captures the pulse of today’s people. Drawn together from the Los Angeles music scene, this multifaceted group uses its sound to point directly at what personal liberty means to the ordinary listener. Their almost hypnotic rhythms compel the audience into a bird’s‐eye look at everyday fears and circumstances that place freedom at the very center of conflict. The group's sound is technically classified as being a blend of alternative pop and rock music. The band issued a statement about the actual subject matter of their songs, saying “Controversy is a state of passionate debate, usually concerning a matter of conflicting opinion or point of view. We are interested in talking about subjects that people usually don’t like to talk about…” What could very well spark agitation presents itself through their music in a rather delicate and inviting form. Anyone hearing their songs will somehow visit both their conscience and beast within. At the helm of this flicker are Laura Vall and Thomas Hjorth. Laura, the Barcelona‐born and LA‐ bred classical soulstress who overcame a childhood speech impediment to pursue her passion in the music business, credits her sound to the inspiration of artists Fiona Apple, Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Zero 7, Sade, and the great Stevie Wonder, whom she actually had the pleasure of performing with. Band‐ mate Thomas Hjorth, who started with the band as a guitarist for recording sessions, but became songwriter and co‐producer, complements Laura’s vocals with his own honest form of serenity. Together, they've vowed to keep their signature sound to the grindstone of freedom. Contributing art enthusiasts who were able to lend their own talents and resources toward the album’s success heavily supported a cinematic video of the song “Real”, which the debut album is also named. Beyond the huge amount of press received, The Controversy has been nominated for and won some distinguished awards, including 2012 Artist of the Year at the Los Angeles based Artist in Music Awards (AIMA). Every year, the AIMA acknowledges and awards arising artists and musicians globally. "Real" was also awarded the 2012 Best Alternative Song at the Hollywood Music In Media Awards. Their music is also nominated already for several 2013 awards. Some other songs of note from the album are Little Star and Sometimes. Moving full steam ahead, The Controversy is branching out from the roots of accomplishment so far to venture into song selections that should shed more light on the sure‐fire element of the music industry they have become. A new untitled album featuring 8 songs is now being pushed for release in October, with songs called Queen of Chinatown and Don’t Count On Me featured. Lots of touring has been lined up, as well as some collaboration for movies and video games. This crew of artists is not hanging their hats on just the hoopla enjoyed so far. As is the nature of the art they represent, making themselves fit for survival should provide them a sure foot forward. Their music can be enjoyed through their web page at www.thecontroversyband.com or by searching the band on other media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
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Yooda is a native to Miami, Florida. In the face of tragedy, Yooda turned to music as an outlet to ease his pain. As he matured, his perception and attitude began to evolve as he witnessed many of his peers being murdered and going to jail. As a youth in high school Yooda played football and also took the time to groom his musical talent while rapping and writing love songs. In 2001, Yooda became serious about his craft after seeing his older brother "Vido No Shake" one half of the Miami group "Piccalo" performing, travelling and commanding the stage. It was at this point in his life Yooda began to recognize that rap music was in his heart and begun to use it as an outlet for many of his thoughts, experiences and reflections. In 2002, Yooda furthered his burgeoning interest in rap by creating a local group with a couple of friends known as the Junkyard Squad. It was also at this time Yooda founded his Record Label, Junkyard Entertainment. Under this label and with the group, Yooda released two albums on the streets entitled "Laugh Now, Cry Later” (2003) and "The Predator" (2004). In 2005, Yooda began pursuing an opportunity as a solo artist. In 2006, Yooda released his first album as a solo artist entitled "Chronicles of Yooda.” Following the release of Chronicles of Yooda was Chapter 2, entitled "Green Eyez" (2007) and Chapter 3, entitled "305 Shotta" (2010). Now that Yooda has evolved and matured as an artist and in every aspect of his life, he is on the cusp of making a name for himself on the music scene His mantra is "Music is Yooda and Yooda is Music." Keep your ears to the ground and your eyes on the musical top 10 list for this rising young artist.
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Vudoo Soul by Andy Peloquin
"I never imagined a voice like that coming out of a body like yours." These words came from American Idol judge Randy Jackson, and they embody the talent of this young artist. Growing up in California, the young Vudoo Soul exhibited a passion for music from a young age ‐‐ his elementary school book report was all about Stevie Wonder. He began to teach himself the piano, though his studies trended more towards the technical at MIT. During his time at MIT, he joined A cappella group MIT Logarhythms, and he soon found his passion for creativity and music as he toured the country with the ensemble. His first keyboard was purchased shortly afterwards, and his career as a singer/songwriter began. He graduated as an electrical engineer, but music had ahold of his soul. Within just over a year of graduating, he had toured the country, sung for thousands, performed at the Hurricane Katrina Relief Concert in NYC's Knitting Factory, won the "Apollo Night" event at Harvard, and stole the hearts of America. His soft voice brings back memories of Michael Jackson's early days, with a vocal range to match. He has amazed crowds with the power of the voice coming from his diminutive frame, and his passion for his art shines through with each song. The songs he sings show a youthful passion for life, with an honesty of expression that is hard to find in this day and age. The young artist declares his love for music loudly, saying, “I want to help people connect with each other and understand themselves through my music, to make ’em feel, inspire questions… to make some serious noise.” With his music having roots in rhythm and blues, an intense voice, blazing eyes, and a tenderness in each note, Vudoo Soul is holding audiences spellbound around the country. Whether he's learning Chinese, taking piano and vocal lessons, traveling the country, or writing new music, Vudoo Soul invests his heart and soul in every second of his music.
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Young Mexico David Hall aka Young Mexico was born on January 31, 1985 in Nashville, Tennessee. Young Mexico lived with his mother, brother, sister and stepfather, whom he loves like a father. He was a typical teenager but there was always a different glow about him. By age 9 music had already taken a toll in Young Mexico's life. In school, around the block and everywhere he went, he showcased his skills winning talent shows, free styling and rap battles against opponents twice his age. At age 14 his parents were struggling in Nashville with Young Mexico getting into too much trouble. They decided to pack up and move to west Tennessee in 1999. Young Mexico had never been in a real studio until he moved. Being in the studio only made his passion for rap stronger. He then decided to take it much further. Young Mexico collaborated with his brother forming the group “Vicious Youngsters”. They soon dropped their first album called “Murda Monster”. In the streets their first project was a huge success and they quickly made a name for themselves. Young Mexico went on to drop his first solo project called “Respect My Come Up”. This project was followed by 8 more albums full of underground hits, imposing himself as one of the best rappers in West Tennessee. Though with success comes tragedy. In 2004 Young Mexico lost his father and his aunt in the same year. He was devastated. He took a small break from the music business in order to find himself, changing his name several times from Dro to Rossverrelli then to Young Tennakey. It was in 2006 when his life took a turning for the worst with him losing his best friend. He overcame and came back in the studio harder than ever! It wasn't until he linked up with a guy from Mexico where he started traveling back and forth bringing stuff across the border,that the name Young Mexico came about. The name Young Mexico helped and inspired him to come up with his most successful album up to that point “1008 Gramms”, produced by DrummSquad. Three videos were shot off the album and spread throughout the nation through YouTube and other social networking sites. Young Mexico was soon rocking shows, selling out local venues and establishing himself as a young phenomenon in his home state. In 2010 Young Mexico had matured from having gone through some of life's trial thrown at him. As a result he came up with a new album called “Grown Man Shit” to be released in the second quarter of 2011. He went on to work with artists like Kia Shine and Waka Flocka. While recording his album he went to compete in BET's blaze the stage contest, being the only one in his town to make it. He made it all the way to the Wild Out Wednesday all-star rounds. As he was going on stage to perform Young Mexico met one of the judges Mr. James "JB" Brown. He asked, “What could I do to make my performance better?” Mr. Jb Brown gave him a couple of tips and Young Mexico did exactly what was told to him, which resulted in his winning of the showcase. As Mr. Jb Brown was walking back to his vehicle Young Mexico approached him once again thanking his for the tips. Mr. Jb Brown said, “I can make you famous, trust in me and I will trust in you." The skies were the limit from here. As Young Mexico and Mr. Jb worked more together their business relationship started to grow. Soon developing into a nephew and uncle relationship built on trust. With that Mr. Jb made a call to one of Atlanta's great producers better know as Jazze Pha. Jazze Pha was impressed by the young man and decided to make an appearance in Young Mexico's first BET video and new hot single “Back to doing Me”. When Jazze Pha and Young Mexico met the chemistry went through the roof. Success was well on it was, then tragedy happened. One night after an performance Young Mexico got into an altercation thus landing him in the penitentiary. Mexico was sentence for 8 months. During his absence Mr. Jb and Jazze Pha kept in touch with Mexico to lift his spirits, letting him know everything would still be released once he got out. The gates were let open and Young Mexico was released January 25, 2013. The plans that Mr. Jb and Jazze Pha had grew into something bigger for Young Mexico. He was to be signed to Jazze Pha's record label, “ShoNuff Records”. Please Subscribe to his youtube Channel. www.youtube.com/youngmexico615 Website:http://www.youngmexico.com Twitter:@youngmexico615 Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/young.mexico?fref=ts Misc page:http://blog.worldliveentandmanagement.com/artist/young-mexico/
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John Mullane by William Kryjak
Songwriting is something that often gets overlooked these days. In an age where people have information at their fingertips, patience and attention spans are constantly getting shorter, and record companies are focused on mass-producing hit singles. Jon Mullane not only proves that good songwriting can still exist; he shoves it in your face. His latest album “Shine” is packed with a variety of musical ingenuity, as is especially apparent in the single “My New American Girl”, a song that I dare you not to get stuck in your head. His previous efforts garnered him modest success when the 2008 Olympics chose his song “Make You Move” for television commercials. While he has achieved a lot, he shows no signs of slowing down. He just wrapped up “My New American Tour” and there are future dates scheduled. Mullane's real success however, lies in the fact that he is able to perfectly combine the familiar pop sound that keeps your head nodding, with an edge that pushes him beyond being just another face in the crowd.
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Sundays 7-8pm EST “A Bowl of Soul” with Terry Ferguson Displaying a wide variety of R&B ranging from 1949 to today, A Bowl of Soul, A Mixed Stew of Soul Music™ gives the listener a crash course in the history and background of R&B through the years. This show covers Gospel, Blues, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Rock music. A Bowl of Soul takes listeners on a trip through history from the past to the present, highlighting singers, songwriters, arrangers and composers who have contributed to this music genre and also features the new rising stars in R&B from the U.S. and abroad.
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by Wlliam Kryjak
Adele, Amy Winehouse, Duffy – it seems these days as though all of the great, female soul singers are coming from across the pond. But you don't have to journey too far for great music. It seems in fact that we have some serious homegrown talent right here in Corpus Christi, Texas, and she goes by the name of Latasha Lee. Lee's brand of soul definitely channels the late Amy Winehouse, which is high praise in itself, but there is a sort of unique RnB finish in her phrasing that differentiates her personal style. Passion and energy come with the territory when making music, but it takes real desire to make beautiful soul songs, because with soul it is on display for all to see, no holds barred. Powered by a stand up band The Black Ties, Lee puts this emotion on display in every performance. Check out her cover of Tammy Wynette's “Stand By Your Man” or her rendition of blues standard “Pledging My Love”. Corpus Christi isn't exactly Motown, but Latasha Lee shows us that soul is still alive and well in America.
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HamTrackz Productions A lot of today's hip-hop is a pool of stripper anthems, blood, guts and gore. So when you're of age like me, it's hard to find GOOD music that's the hip-hop of the late greats, but still have a modern twist. After a while you only sit back in hopes that its going to go back to the COMMON, the ROOTS, and GOODIE MOB, where music was about story telling, beat battling, and fun. JaLon Blac's approach to music in an eclectic and rhythmic with a splash of Southern suave. I found it very soothing and reminiscent of the days where music was about story telling and the essence of Hip Hop. From "P.S.A" 's detailed description of "no strings attached" relationships to "Keep it Going", a rendition of staying positive through tough discretion, "Johnny Bootlegger: Maconga, School of the Gifted Presents...." is a musical lesson of life. I enjoyed the electronic throbbing of "That Sho'Nuff" so much I went out and bought strobe lights in my living room. The music is a mixture of jazz, church claps, and soul...very different than most of the sounds that are out now. "Everything is just moving so fast. I remember selling Cd's in front of the stores in Macon, and this guy drove back and asked if I could sign the CD because it's going to be worth something one day." He got into music through B.B.E (Macon, GA), and then came over to HamTrackz Productions, where he met up with Chazaray "Chazzam" Tolbert and Michelle Latimer. "It felt good to meet a person with
a different outlook to music, and really bring it out of me. They really taught me that at the end of the day, it's one thing to say that you want to be an artist, but you have to look at the business behind the scenes, and that's intense" "When I met JaLon, I was like ok, lets see what we can do, and the creativity that he has is amazing," rein-acts Chazaray "Chazzam" Tolbert (CEO HamTrackz Productions / producer). "We just got to vibeâ€™n, man, and the rest was history. We just start having a conversation about life in general. Women, relationships and so forth. Then came 'PSA'. He definitely makes me want to be more creative and gain inspiration for creating new sounds, beats and things like that." Chazaray is also the executive producer of upcoming Neo-Soul Artist Tia Michelle. "HamTrackz Productions came about because I was frustrated about the music that's out. I wanted to bring something new to the atmosphere that's more fun, and reminiscent of the times growing up, admits Chazaray Tolbert. "It started out as just a place for artists to express themselves musically, and turned into a bigger conglomerate. I never expected the response to become as great as it is with everyoneâ€™s responses to the music. For idols (Producers) like Mr. ColiPark, Supa Dave and Mikey Jay to say that shit's hot?! It's a blessing." From the beginning to the end of the album, Johnny Bottlegger: Maconga, School of the arts Presents..., you're going to dance, laugh, and cry. JaLon Blac definitely brought hip-hop back to where it belongs. Definitely the type of album that many critics
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Dside Entertainment is a record label, management, music publishing, and entertainment company consisting of artists and producers in all genres of music. Phillip “Fill Citi” Bowe and Marquis “Denables” Curry founded the label in 2012, and currently serve as the CEOs of the company. The two cousins whom both originate from the bluegrass state of Kentucky only had one goal in mind and that was not only to represent the state, but to put out quality music as well. Official: www.dsideentertainment.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/dsideentertainment Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/dsideentertainment Twitter: www.twitter.com.dsideent PHONE (757) 256-6796 or (270) 572-3677 EMAIL email@example.com
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DJ Wil by Patrick Ross London based Disc Jockey, DJ Wil AKA “The Master Selector” is the founder and C.E.O. of Smoke Entertainment since March 2007 to the present, also a managing director in charge of one the United Kingdom’s finest urban Internet radio stations Hotbox Radio London since October 2010 to the present. Born April 19, Wilmot Faulkner in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Music has always been a part of his life beginning as a member of one best and most renowned church and school choirs in West Africa for several years. While still in school around the early 1990’s, young Wil discovered a passion for disc jockeying and soon after started on the path to a career in the entertainment industry. Making guest appearances on FM and short wave radios stations, Wil worked nine years as a DJ, announcer, presenter, and production assistant on the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service SLBS FM 99.9 and also on Skyy Radio 106.6 FM in Freetown along with it’s sister station KISS 104 in Bo. A mixture of native and French, British and Kriol influences, Sierra Leone music is represented by Palm wine the drink and is played by an acoustic guitar with percussion in countries through out coastal West Africa. Palm wine is also the source of the name of the music and clubs where it was both drunk and played. Also known as Maringa, it was first popularized by Ebenezer Calendar & his Maringa band, and used styles that came from freed slaves from the Caribbean, especially Trinidadian calypso. Milo-Jazz is a distinctly Sierra Leonean style named for a brand of chocolate powder, empty cans of which were filled with stones to create a core percussion instrument. Beginning in the 1970’s, rumba, Congolese music, funk and soul combined to create a popular kind of Afro pop. Western Rap, Reggae, Dancehall, R&B, and Grime have begun to have an impact on the new music generation, while the internet and spread of western music culture has encouraged the youth like DJ Wil, to express themselves through new styles of music. Consequently, as one of the pioneers in Sierra Leone’s music scene, Wil became a strong influencer helping to promote local music artists in his country, helping many of these artists to gain both national and international recognition in the music industry. DJ Wil made many appearances at events, shows, and parties gigging in and around the townships and districts of Sierra Leone. He now has made his residence in the UK. His most recent gigs as a radio show host have been on “Night Ride” which is on air every Monday night 9pm – 11pm UK time, and “The Weekend Starter” show every Friday night 9pm – Midnight UK Time. His versatility includes playing regularly at local clubs and events in the United Kingdom and around Europe. Being eclectic and open in music taste, his is a wide-ranging audience of varying cultures and musical genres. Having a wealth of experience as a media producer and broadcaster on terrestrial radio, the Internet, bars, nightclubs, and parties. Website: http://www.TMSDJWil.com
The Rhythmic Lounge: You have been a popular DJ for since the 90s. What first made you want to get into the entertainment business? DJ Wil: Because of the love and passion I have for music in which I think I can be able to chip in with the talent and experience I have from been a member of one of the biggest and famous church choir
TRL: You were born in Sierra Leone. How long were you there for and was there a strong music and entertainment influence at the time? DJ Wil: Yes I was born and went to school in Sierra Leone and was there all through my tin age time and yes there wasn't that much of a strong music and entertainment influence at the time but I helped build it through the influence I have of working on the national radio station
TRL: In addition to being a DJ, you are also one of the directors in charge of HotBox Radio London. Can you tell us a little about that? DJ Wil: Yes I am one of the directors in charge of HotBox Radio and I also do have two programs on there. HotBox Radio is just an urban online radio station which is quite popular around and we've got djs from different countries and background playing on it
TRL: Who are some of your entertainment and musical influences? DJ Wil: I was first inspired by the talent from reading music scores and from the likes of djs like Fatboy Slim, Nicky Campbell, Johnnie Walker
TRL: You are involved in a lot of different entertainment-related projects. What do you have going on for the rest of 2013? DJ Wil: At the moment I am working on the different dates and schedule from now onto the summer at the same time djing in and around the country and Europe I also dj in some major venues and event's to name a few Home House London, Zanzibar, Club Favour and a regular at ConneXion Londonâ€Š
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Excellent music doesn’t happen overnight, it takes comprehensive rehearsals and the expertise. If you are ready to get stirred by one optimistic group, The Exchange is your pick. It is a clear link between the audiences and the performers on stage bringing everyone together through God. Find out all about this extraordinary group right here at http://www.theexchangerock.com/. This Christian Rock band is strengthened by its members Britt Espionsa, Mikey Moore, Jack Espionsa and Tyler Mays. In the age group of 16-20, these youngsters are ready to change the globe. They believe in healing powers of music and are connecting the world with it. The ambience their performance transcends the listeners into an optimistic mood. Their fame is not restricted to live performances, but The Exchange is aired on multiple radio stations as well. They received a private invitation from television show America’s Got Talent. The energy brought in by classically trained rock band The Exchange is evident through the guitar swings and the live performance. Audiences forget all their pain and suffering as they connect and become one with God through the music. Find out all about the songs in the latest release “Tell me your story” by The Exchange at: https://www.facebook.com/theexchangerock/. Bringing the world together since 2010, the fan base of The Exchange is only ever-growing. Hard word is clearly evident as 210 days of road trip and performances like KJ 52, The Classic Crime, Rock Fest Northwest, Remedy Drive and Creation Fest. There is no doubts that the band is inspiring international audience. Get a taste of their music right here: http://www.youtube.com/user/theexchangerock The Exchange band recorded their debut in 2011 and the response received in form of downloads and fan base is incredible. These worshippers of Christ have led to change of heart and strong belief in the higher power. Reviews definitely show how much faith listeners have in The Exchange and they are just at the first step of their journey in reviving the roots of faith. Check out the latest tweets by The Exchange at https://twitter.com/TheExchangeRock.
Ben Noke by Ross Guity
Singer/Songwriter/Keyboardist Ben Noke is a budding superstar on the rise with an incredible wealth of talent. His brand of Pop, Rock and Soul musicality is a reminder of the great music of yesteryear with catchy melodies, real lyrics and stellar live instrumentation. Noke's charismatic and fantastic stage showmanship, along with his uncanny approach to writing all-around, good quality original musical compositions such as his breakout hit song 'Walk Away' and also 'Dream On,' clearly puts him on track towards incredible success for the foreseeable future. Noke is keeping quite busy nowadays, performing live with his band at various venues in his hometown of England showcasing his music to the masses and steadily building a nice fan base along the way. Ben's aim is to release a couple of solid EPs here in 2013 - one of them of the acoustic variety - through the music industry contacts he's currently working with in achieving those goals.
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They say that discovery is half the fun of a thing. If this is true, then the rest of my day is going to be spent in bliss as I continue to discover the Rock and Roll band called The Shakes. This up and coming band has already been together now for over six years and it shows in their music. Take the song “For Good” as an example. Within the first 15 seconds, they had me comparing them to classic rock and roll superstars like Kansas and Foreigner. I spent the rest of the song comparing the lead guitarist to Elton John’s Davey Johnston and being amazed at how good the song really is. By the time I heard the song for the third time back to back, (yes, it is that good) it had me thinking that it could be a cross between Rocket Man… and Pink Floyd’s The Wall. You can feel the music that they play, which is a phenomenon that is more often reserved for the classic rock songs turned out at the end of the 8‐track era. You know the songs… Time in a Bottle, Dust in the wind, and Bridge Over Troubled Waters were all three examples of what it means to feel a song and yet here am at nearly the midway point of 2013 listening to a song produced in 2011 and feeling it. I was not just feeling parts of it, which is not uncommon. It is extremely rare to feel a new song all the way through from end to end. It has me wondering if I have really just discovered my next favorite band or perhaps, I had dozed off and having the best dream of this decade. Alas, I open my eyes to a song still playing that has soulful, wide reaching appeal and I am wondering just how much of The Shakes’ music sounds like this? As I move on to Peace of Ground, I realize that the Shakes are for real. If you love original music born of years spent listening to the finest makers of Rock Operas, you are going to love The Shakes. Do not just take my word for it. Listen for yourself and experience what is going to soon be a modern version of the next fresh thing. I hope you love the Shakes as much as I do. I would really hate knowing that I am the only one listening to music that is this good. Be sure to check out this group further at www.doneproductions.com https://twitter.com/TheShakesband http://www.youtube.com/user/TheShakesBand
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Creating a new route to pursue what they like most is a trait hard to miss among artists; Ellee Ven is one such lady making her mark. Given the name Jessica Lazaro Kunin, this astounding songstress performs in German, Greek, Italian, Spanish and Russian and is now known as Ellee. A successful winner of multiple awards, Ellee has given a new form to music; check out all about her on her website: http://www.elleeven.com/. Ellee does not believe in getting bound by commercial pressure, instead she goes on to experiment and create her own genre called Groovetonics. Her work consists of fusing dance jam along with ballads. She has been teaming up with Antony Lee, DJ Solange, DJ Swamp and producer Reggie Dozier well known to have worked with Outkast, Justin Timberlake and Joss Stone.
Introducing her talent on the international platform without worrying about the competition is worthy of praise. She has a wide fan base following not just in Los Angeles but across many cities internationally. Find out all about Ellee Ven her music, work and her latest updates at: https://www.facebook.com/elleevenmusic/ This musician has been nominated as the artist of the year couple of times and she also won video of the year award for “Under my Skin” in 2006. Her achievements are not limited to this; she has been listed winner of Electro Pop Artist of year in LA. In 2007, Music Connection in 2008, Nominated for Artist of the year in 2009 by South Bay Music Awards. Recently she wrote and released “Her wildcat Loving Majesty” in 2010. Ellee Ven has showed what she can do best in the most current achievements; her charity event production “Give into the groove” released in 2012 portrays her passion for music. Keep track of all performances and details of her work by following Ellee Ven on http://www.myspace.com/elleeven.
Songwriting 101: Part 2 By: Monet
In my previous article, I spoke about the core factors that make
catchy choruses with the title of the song typically found in the
up any and every song ever created. I’m speaking of lyrics,
melody, rhythm and harmony. One of the great things about songwriting is honing your creativity and being able to experiment with different sounds, melodies, structures etc until you find what works for you. When the average person hears a song that they just absolutely love and connect to, it’s the melody and maybe the lyrics that they are attracted to. With genres of hip hop, pop, rock songs, it’s the melody that captures the listeners – even if they have no idea what the song says (as it relates to lyrics) they love the song and will hum it all day long. When it comes to genres like R&B ballads and country, the lyrics usually stand out. The writer captures your attention with melody yes, but they
Verse/Chorus/Bridge (ABC) Simply an extension of the verse/chorus format, this is another fairly common format in today’s music. It consists of versechorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus arrangement. The chorus contains the main idea of the song, and verses are stories that lead up to the chorus. The bridge however, is what I call the highlight of the song. It is sometimes completely different from any other part of the song; at the least, it has different rhythm, melody (maybe key change) and lyrics. It too is usually shorter than the verses and chorus. With the bridge, one can be as creative as they choose to be.
draw you in and tap into your emotional core by use of indepth lyrics. There are various types of song structures utilized by the top songs on all of the individual music charts. Some of the more popular ones that are typically found in songs played on today’s radio are of course the verse/chorus arrangement and the verse/chorus/bridge arrangement. However there are other structural forms that even though not as popular in current music, have had great success over the years. Just as fashion is
AAA This song form consists of all verses with no defined chorus and no bridge. This form can be seen in many folk and country songs. The melodic arrangement in this song form is very easy to remember because each verse sounds the same as the one before it. The song Amazing Grace is a perfect example. AABA
recycled year in and year out, music styles are also recycled. If not styles in their entirety, you can often hear popular music
This song form is similar to that of the AAA format, consisting
eras like the 70s or 80s sampled in some of today’s popular
of repetitive verses/melodies. However, the difference in the
songs. Many current R&B artists for example, within the past
AABA format is that a bridge of some form in inserted. This
year have sampled popular hits from the 70s in their chart-
bridge section is meant to add a bit of color/movement to the
song. The song Somewhere Over the Rainbow is a perfect example of this type of arrangement. The verses are
No matter what era one may decide to sample, or what genre is preferred, there will be one of several song formats implemented. Verse/Chorus (ABAB) This is the most common and in my opinion, most basic song format. Self-explanatory – it is a repeated sequence of verses with a chorus following each verse. This form is seen mostly in pop, rock and sometimes country genres and consists of
melodically the same but lyrically different, then there’s a section that differs from the previous verses. In the end, the melody pattern returns for the final verse segments. Songwriting is a craft – an art form. Just as a painter can use 3 simple colors and make many varying masterpieces, a songwriter can also mix and mingle song forms and melodies. Step outside of the box sometimes, and who knows, maybe you can come up with a new song pattern that will one day be utilized by songwriters everywhere. Happy writing!
When SynchDub’s latest CD, Twilight Last Glance, was released, it captured critics and the public alike with its unique mix of experimental, minimalist and ambient sound. With electronica becoming a more dominant force outside of the clubs and underground hip circles, the SynchDub is building a sub genre that’s been called rhythmic ambientalism, conjuring up transcendental sounds that make the body and spirit move. That innovation has earned SynchDub the envious distinction of the “Heart and Soul of Electro.” For years, she was a percussionist with a variety of artists in her native Belgium. In late 2006, SynchDub released its first CD, the playfully titled Drone, which caught the progressive ears of DJs and Internet radio with its signature sound-style. Utilizing varied and rich electronic methods such as Leftfield, BreakBeats, and Computer Beeps, SynchDub’s sound runs the gamut from exuberantly bright to emotionally deep and dark.
While aimed more towards the dance floor, the record was what SynchDub calls “an introverted affair,” allowing the external sound to immerse the inner emotions. Noted for putting a human face on electro, SynchDub is also influenced by the Eastern culture of modern Japan, where electronic music is considered an extension of the body. That fusing of mind, soul and body is the hallmark of SynchDub’s musical mission.
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Kevin So by Andreea Nica
An emerging, unique multiinstrumentalist is on the rise. After a 2 year affair with New Jersey, Kevin So, transitioned to Nashville, Tennessee to begin his new music venture as an eclectic country singer. Recognized as a Pop, R&B, and Folk musician, Kevin has worked with the likes of Keb' Mo', Billy Bragg, and Amos Lee. A multiinstrumentalist in the Keb’ Mo’ Band, Kevin has been touring internationally since July 2011. Some of his best singles including “A Brighter Day” can be found on his YouTube channel here http://www.youtube.com/KevinSo. Kevin So developed his brand identity as ‘Sexy Asian Man,’ a clothing line as well as a way of life, which he has exhibited on many stages including prestigious folk festivals across the U.S. Recently, he launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his latest musical venture, “Countryside.” You can view it here http://www.youtube.com/KevinSo. As a multi-dimensional musician, Kevin has received many awards including the 2007 NYC Fringe Festival Award for “Great Wall,” a semi-autobiographical musical which will soon be featured at The Village Theatre in Seattle. Kevin’s determination has been his driving factors so watch as his dreams come true, no matter how far-fetched they may seem to the outsider. Kevin’s ability for innovation has opened many doors for him, and he continues to engage his audience through the soul filled tunes, now with a country twist. Check out his hits below and connect with Kevin: Follow Kevin https://twitter.com/TweetKevinSo YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/KevinSo/videos?view=0 Website: http://www.kevinso.com
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by Andreea Nica
Joey Groon, a multi-faceted entrepreneur, is an emerging fashion model, instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. At the age of 16, Johannes Holt Iversen, aka Joey Groon, made his mark in Copenhagen, Denmark when he launched his own record label, Sound Soldier Records. Joey’s passion for Pop and R&B allowed him to evolve into a multi-instrumental artist who creates soulful and poetic ballads. With 5 charted singles including "She Left Me Again,” which female fans everywhere doubt the validity of the lyrics http://music.joeygroon.com/track/she-left-meagain. You can check out more of his hits here http://www.youtube.com/soundsoldierrecords. In 2011, to the glee of many fans, Groon became a fashion model for Diva Models, a Danish agency. His talents and sensual appeal led him to establish himself as an international model at Pearl Model Management in Berlin, Germany. Furthermore, Joey is working on an artistic collaboration called ‘Dream Project.’ The project will integrate the work of 3 artists, including Joey Groon, Omar Wilson, and Donnie Osborne. You can view their ‘Dream Project’ video and official song here http://www.youtube.com/TheDreamOfficialSong. Stay tuned for Joey's releases in April 2013 which will include a new EP "Music is Fashion Volume 3" and the first single "Dreamology" from the ‘Dream Project.’ To find out more about this dashing, accomplished musician, connect with him below: Follow Joey Groon @ https://twitter.com/joeygroon YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/soundsoldierrecords Website: http://www.joeygroon.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thedreamofficial & http://www.facebook.com/joeygroon
Donny B. Lord a/k/a DBL hails from the British West Indies. Nephew to Sandra Lord, who is a celebrity on his native island of St. Lucia, DBL quickly discovered that he would continue a family tradition of entertainment and performing. Starting at the ripe young age of 7, DBL was already a young seasoned professional. He could dance, sing, act and play the piano. He was already landing leading and guest starring roles on television and commercials. He worked for Paramount, Disney, CBS, Fox, Pepsi, Cheerios, and even landed some features and voice over work for films including Steven Spielberg’s Hook. DBL is a member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation for Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). Dancing and performing,
however, would always be DBL’s
first passion. While working
for Disney he got an opportunity to
audition for the Jacksons, and
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independent films through
his publishing division Curly Locks
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won second place in the
International Songwriting Competition in Dance/Electronica, and he received a “Best Dance Artist” award at Key Club in 2012. Last year, he also starred in and executive produced his first music video for his song “Party On The Moon”. DBL is currently recording with Brainz Dimilo of Jamie Foxx’s music production team and is preparing to shoot a music video for the first single. He is also filming a reality show pilot, and is president of Curly Locks Entertainment, LLC., which specializes in music, live events and performances. DBL holds a BA degree in Journalism and Public Relations with Honors from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism and Communications.
by Amanda Craig
Brown Newcolor is an R&B/pop artist from Atlanta, Georgia. This singer and songwriter writes songs that express the many emotions of the heart. His website indicates he has a desire to write music that focuses on feeding souls, and includes classic topics that people can relate to in life. While he is typically classified as an R&B artist, his music also includes rock influences and he typically refers to his personal style as “hybrid music.” Newcolor’s biggest songs, “Crush on You,” and the socially introspective “Whats Goin On,” can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BROWNNEWCOLOR.
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Omar Rahsaan Wilson is an award-winning R&B and soul artist from Norwalk, Connecticut. His musical career began early; from six years of age, he was singing lead solos at Norwalk’s Calvary Baptist C hurch, moving the parishioners to tears with his emotional interpretation of the music. He began performing as a rap and hip-hop street artist. At the age of 17, Omar moved to Durham, North Carolina to join three of his cousins in a rap group called Lost Souls. Working with songwriter and producer Mike City, who produced artists Usher, Brandy, and Jay Z, Omar began to truly develop his craft. The group produced two albums: “Soul Talk” and “Life Is Life.” When one of his cousins in Lost Souls suffered a severe neck injury, he formed a new group with the other cousin called The Souls. The experience garnered from his first two bands influenced Omar to use his rhythm skills as a rap artist to expand his vocal capabilities in soul and R&B. In addition, around this stage in his career, he discovered people responded more strongly to his singing than his rapping—a realization that further pushed his focus toward soul and R&B. In 2007, Omar began a stretch as a three-time award winner at Amateur Night at the Apollo. He also won recognition as the Best R&B Male of the Year at the Underground Music Awards (BB Kings NYC) in 2008 and 2009. He lists his primary musical influences as Tupac, Sam Cooke, Donny Hathaway, and David Ruffin, but includes “all soulful singers.” Audrey Bernard of the New York Beacon described Omar’s voice as, “a hybrid of Donny Hathaway, Nate Dogg, and Seal rolled into one” (Bernard, Audrey J. “Newest soul singer on the block – Omar Wilson – gets Stone for his hot new single.” New York Beacon 6 August 2009, Lifestyles/Society sec. Print.). However, Omar’s strength as an artist is also visible as a songwriter. His strongest inspiration for songwriting appears to be life itself. He writes about a wide variety of social issues, such as homelessness and the economy, offering topics people can relate to in his music. And while Omar is an R&B singer, he prefers to describe his style as “B&R”—blues and rhythm—emphasizing the “blues” due to the nature of his grittier song lyrics. In spite of the difficult subjects he writes about, he chooses to emphasize the positive elements of society and avoids glorifying crime, sex, or violence. Unique indeed. Popular singles include the titles “Never Again,” “The Good Life,” and “Get to Know You Better,” a single featuring platinum recording artist Angie Stone. Omar is currently at work on “The Dream Project” in collaboration with Joey Groon and Donnie Osborne. More information about their music is available on the website: http://www.thedreamprojectglobal.com/. More information on Omar’s current projects is available on his website: http://www.owilson.com/. His Twitter account is http://twitter/omarwilson, and his YouTube channel can be found at http://www.youtube.com/OMARWILSON1, which features videos, live performances, and interviews.
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Alonzo Reid by Andy Peloquin
Called "Mr. Quietstorm of Southern Soul", Alonzo Reid is a name that will soon become a household name among lovers of that good ol' soul music.
The smooth, dulcet tones of Alonzo Reid's tenor are a pleasure to the ears, and his music is dynamic and up‐tempo. He is considered one of the top sexist soul singers of this day and age, and his songs like "Wanna Make Love 2 U" and "Hooked On Your Love" slide gently into your ears as the soulful singer croons his way into your heart! Born and raised in the Alabama city of Montgomery, he started his musical education on the drums at the age of 6. Inspired to play by his mother, the young Alonzo Reid was taught music by Gospel greats like Pittsburgh's The Swan Silvertones and the Brooklyn All‐Stars. He quickly found his place in the world of music, playing in Montgomery and touring around the country with Chicago's Pilgrim Jubilees. He played with Gospel greats like Dorothy Northwood, Aretha Franklin, and The Soul Stirrers, but rhythm and blues had captured his heart by the end of the 90s. He was soon drumming for Marvin Sease, and has played with Mel Waiters and Bobby Womack for years. Now, Reid is stepping out into his own limelight, launching his first album in 2011 ‐‐ titled "Undercover Freak". Two of his hit singles are circulating around the world, and they are making him a man to listen to! The soulful artist has opened for The Manhattans, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bobby Womack, and Gladys Knight, and his voice has the ladies swooning! Once you've seen the smooth artist crooning his X‐rated songs in his silken voice, you too will be a fan for life! Find out more about Mr. "Quietstorm of Soul" Alonzo Reid aka Mr. Undercover Freak: email@example.com www.alonzoreidmusic.com
Movie Reviews ‘The Hitcher’ by Wandalyn Thomas
‘The Hitcher’ is a 1986 film by Director Robert Harmon and Screenwriter Eric Red. It stars Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The movie opens with a sleep deprived Jim Halsey (C. Thomas Howell) driving in the middle of nowhere. He’s taking a vehicle back to its owner, whom lives in San Diego California. He briefly falls asleep, drifts into the other lane and is nearly hit by a semi. This act prompts him to stop for hitchhiker John Ryder (Rutger Hauer). He threatens Halsey with a switchblade twice. Ryder wants to die and has picked Halsey for the job. Halsey manages to force Ryder out the car. Later a packed station wagon passes Halsey. To his horror, Ryder plays with a kid in the back. Halsey tries to warn the vacationing family. But Ryder kills everyone. Halsey tries to make a call at a gas station. It’s abandoned and worse the phone doesn’t work. Next Halsey sees a pick‐up offering Ryder a lift. Halsey frantically searches the road for them. The next time Halsey sees Ryder he’s driving the pick‐up. The local bus drops Nash (Jennifer Jason Leigh) off for work. She’s a waitress at a roadside diner/gas station. Cute meet with the love interest. Halsey calls the police while there. He tries to explain when they arrive but is promptly arrested. Ryder planted the bloody switchblade. The informal Q & A doesn’t go so well. Halsey awakes up to find the cell door unlocked. Where is everyone? They’re dead. Halsey kidnaps a pair of state troopers. This isn’t the best method to prove your innocence. Ryder takes them out. Halsey is blamed for that also. Now every cop wants to fit him for a toe tag. He runs into Nash again when she decides to leave town. The pair ends up on the run. They hide out a truck stop motel. Ryder kidnaps Nash from their room. He ties her between a trailer and cab. Halsey still won’t pull the trigger. Ryder takes his foot off the clutch. Being in custody doesn’t faze Ryder either. Halsey knows there will be an escape attempt. Cue the final showdown. Ryder dies in epic fashion. Being hit by a SUV doesn’t do it. So Halsey breaks out the rifle. He fires three rounds to his torso.
‘The Killer’ by Wandalyn Thomas
The Killer is the 1989 film by Director and Screenwriter John Woo. It stars Chow Yun Fat, Danny Lee and Sally Yeh. Ah Jung (Chow Yun Fat) is a Triad assassin who takes one last job to help the singer Jennie (Sally Yeh) that he accidently blinds. Li Ying (Danny Lee) is a detective determined to avenge his partner’s death. The lines between redemption, honor and revenge blur. Jung’s long buried conscience surfaces. He starts saving victims caught in the crossfire. He becomes Jennie’s shadow and protector. Eventually they fall in love. She stays with Jung even after learning he’s a hit man. Alarmed by Jung’s behavior, the Triad put a hit out on him. This betrayal disillusions Jung. He thought they were all men of honor. Ying has his own set of problems. His longtime partner and friend Tsang dies after being injured on the job. Ying is a rapid dog seeking justice without Tsang to rein him in. He doesn’t play by the rules. His ambitious and ladder climbing boss doesn’t trust him. He’s a regular before Internal Affairs. He won’t drop the Jung investigation. Despite being repeatedly threatened with suspension. Jung and Ying come to an understanding. Jung reveals he’s trying to get Jennie a cornea transplant. Ying agrees to hang back. He even agrees to send her to the U.S. if Jung is killed. Former hunter and prey bond over moral obligations. Loyalty and brotherhood is something both men cherish. Ying puts his badge aside. He helps Jung escape several ambushes. Woo’s artistry is on full display. Parallel editing eerily show Jung and Ying becoming alike before switching roles. The cop is now the bad guy. And the killer is the good guy. They employ gunshots, shot gun blasts and explosions to dispatch their enemies. This guilty pleasure is one gory mess after another. You’re rooting for Jennie, Jung and Ying to escape to America. Where they can start over and live in peace. But a happy ending isn’t in the cards. Jung dies after being shot in both eyes. Ying kills the Triad boss while the man was surrendering to authorities. Ying is arrested and taken into custody. The audience is left to wonder if he used Jung’s finances to send Jennie away for the transplant surgery.
by Aaron Wilson
Tess Henley is a breath of fresh air from all corners and a sight to see. With an overall whimsical radiance when performing, she takes the hand of every audience member back to where it all started. She grew up in a Seattle household listening to the likes of James Taylor, Motown music, Stevie Wonder, and iconic bands like the Beatles and Earth, Wind, and Fire. Her parents, who introduced her to these sounds while spurning commercial radio and allowing late night listening sessions, began piano lessons for her at the age of 3, where she was taught a Japanese technique of learning music as a language. Now embarking on her push to make timeless music, Tess taps into the renowned Philly-soul sound by teaming with the production unit of Dice Raw from the highly acclaimed band The Roots in hopes of escalating her career to new heights. Some noteworthy successes so far are her winning the Budweiser Dallas Superfest Contest for a $25,000 grand prize, the 2011 Soul Tracks International Song Competition crown, an Independent Music Award for Best R&B Song, and being among the top three finalists for honors at the highly respected John Lennon 2011 International Songwriting Competition. She has opened shows for Jill Scott and Anthony Hamilton also. Tess is most revered for having strong tempo in her music through sincere vocals, fluid harmonies, and compelling songwriting. Horns are also woven into her sound to tighten the texture some. Many of the lyrics chosen for songs are drawn from personal experience. For her song, From The Get Go, she pulls from a past relationship when encouraging fans not to allow impulse to override intuition. A duet with fellow Seattle singer Mycle Wastman for the remake of the 1978 International hit What You Won’t Do For Love, by Bobby Coldwell, solidifies her soul-music aptitude. She also touts some movie scores to her credit. Now promoting a 13 track new album, fans are mounting up fast overseas. A special Japanese edition of the first album is highly publicized there. Some European reviews endorse her ‘fresh and breathy’ range as already being ripe, zealous, and credible. A review out of the UK lauds her focus and astute approach. The ball is definitely rolling for Tess Henley. The only question left to answer is, “Where will it bounce?” Access to her music can be gained through the following links: http://tesshenley.com/ www.youtube.com/user/tesshenley?feature=watch https://twitter.com/TessHenley https://soundcloud.com/tesshenley/tess-henley-boy-in-the-window https://soundcloud.com/tesshenley/tess-henley-daydreaming Email: firstname.lastname@example.org “Guy Eckstine/Iconique Music Group”
by Andy Peloquin
While he may not be as widely known as the British author with whom he shares a name, the Brooklyn‐born hip hop singer, song writer, and M.C. is a rising star to keep an eye on. New York is known for producing greats, and The Incomparable Shakespeare is no exception! Born and raised in the Big Apple, this young artist has music in his blood. From a young age, he spent hours listening to music, singing tunes on the street, and creating complicated lyrics in his head. While he penned his first album years later, Shakespeare has been a singer and songwriter in his own right for years now. The young rapper brings a sincere, direct spirit to his music, and his audience loves him for the vulnerability he infuses into his music. His unique fashion sense makes him stand out from the crowd, and he has received high praise for his music and lyrics from journalists and music critiques alike. He has been called "Mozart meets Humphrey Bogart meets Slick Rick", and his smooth rhymes and hit singles have put him on the verge of breaking into the big leagues. He has gained recognition from national and international companies, with greats like Rick Ross, Pill, and Wale applauding his talent. His appearance on RapFix Live showed his mad skills with freestyle rhymes, and the crowd showed him crazy love when his turn in the rap contest ended. He is featured in a National Ecko TV campaign, which can be seen in Macy stores around the world, MTV Sukerfree, Rapsheet, and Complex Magazine. With his mad skills and the increased interest of America in his slick rhymes, this young artist has a bright future ahead of him! Social Follow: Shakespeare @ https://twitter.com/shakybaby Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/shakeink Contact: Donnie Osborne Phone: 203-613-3950 Email: email@example.com Web:www.doneproductions.com
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Jarell Perry by K.P. Spright
One musician creating a lot of buzz these days is recognized as Jarell Perry. Risen to fame from his videos on YouTube to some notable credits; this LA based songwriter and singer currently has a global fan following. If you are into R&B music, Jarell is a musthave on your music playlist as your new favorite. Read more about this UCLA graduate at http://www.facebook.com/jarellperrymusic. Perry’s talent lies in his excellent layering of striking lyrics with fine mix of beats and multiple vocals as you can see in his song “Whiskey a Go Go”. Call it hard work or fate, but this entrant got a chance to work with renowned artists like Jay-Z, Chris Brown, Usher, Coldplay and Beyonce. You can download the songs and lend an ear to his creations at www.jarellperry.com. Jarell Perry had a turning point as he met the alternative R&B players like Frank Ocean, The Weekend and Miguel. These artists have one aspect in common; they all gave a new direction to R&B by blending neo-soul and contemporary R&B music. Today Jarell is known for his solo LP titled ‘Simple Things’ that released on March 18, it is a fresh change from the current trends in the music industry. There are other tunes synonymous as Jarell’s creations like “Keep Livin”, “Getaway”, “Happy 4 U” and “Awkward”. These songs have beats that are club-ready and can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/JarellPerryMusic. Personalized music that appeals to the taste of current audience is hard to find these days. You can say differently for Jarell Perry. This artist is already dominating charts with his new release.
Make sure to follow the artist for his notable credits like Fat Joe’s comeback release featuring Chris Brown on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jarellperry. Read all about your favourite music artists, news, releases and gossip right here.
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The revolutionary love jock (Disc Jock Redeem), started playing music from the days of turn tables and vinyl records, not CD players and CDs. Disc Jock Redeem, is not the regular DJ who plays what is considered “hot or popular” but tends to present music with positive message. The revolutionary disc jock career in media started in 2000 and not in radio but television. At which time he was the Program’s Manager and Presenter at Virtue Communication Network Television (VCN TV) which at the time was a subsidiary of JACS Cable (Jamaica Amalgamated Cable Systems Ltd). In 2004 he left television and began working in radio as a Radio Presenter, Program Producer and Program’s Engineer at Roots 96.1 FM. Other media houses he has worked over the 9 years he has been in media are as follows: . Bess 100 FM . Stylz 96.5 FM . Sun City Radio 104 FM Find out more about Disc Jock Redeem at the following links: https://twitter.com/IMREDEEM
The Conscious Top 10 Chart is 1 of several charts presented by freelance media presenter “Disc Jock Redeem” Fridays on Roots 96.1 FM. The purpose of the chart is to “highlight music with a sense of positive awareness”. This chart along with the others will also be presented on other stations such as: 1 Harmony Radio, Reggae Airways Radio, UFDV Radio to mention a few. The Conscious Top 10 Charts, promoting conscious music matter not the genre.
Obviously this song was inspired by the fashion label know as "Coogi", but along with that it's something that everyone can vibe to; this is a song for your family reunions and barbecues, when you hear this track you instantly think of good times. “Coogi Head 2 Toe” is the first official release from the new and upcoming record label Dside Entertainment; the song is performed by artists Denables and Fill Citi, whom make up the group N.T.A.S (No Talk All Show). The song has a very positive vibe with a sound that can make people’s feet move around the world.
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Kokoa Leaves grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and always knew rapping would be part of his future. Like most young talent, he started rapping at age 5 and he never stopped. Street kid to rap artist was a natural transition, writing his first rap at 12, had his first live performance at 15 and joining his first group at 16.! Now at 33, “Street Religion” is what he calls his current music style. Life has its lessons it wants to teach and after being locked up for six and a half years on three felony charges, now it’s his time to let it all out. Everything he speaks on from guns, drugs, religion, incarceration, he lived all of it.! After incarceration, rejection from family and friends he almost gave up music. But he recorded a verse with a relative, putting all his pain and rejection behind it and the city called out to him, called him to come back to his passion.! Rakim has always been one of his major influences, because he is a Muslim and a thinker. Islam plays a huge role in Kokoa’s life giving him strength and drive to continue the path he began at a young age.! He has opened up for major performing artist’s all over, including R. Kelly, Salt ‘n Pepa, Twista, Tech-9, SWV, Too Short and Mack 10.
AD3 Music was founded by Archie Harrison, Sr. and Daniela Amato in response to the needs of musicians, industry professionals, and consumers to have a central location that encourages creativity, professional networking, and entertainment. AD3 Music is an online corporate complex that offers distribution through website and radio play, promotion, professional networking, career development, management, ad-space, web-space leasing, and air-space leasing…..all under one umbrella! Why AD3 Music? Artists shy away from traditional record deals, choosing to remain independent. The price for independence is lack of marketing and promotion or access to professionals who can help further their careers. Consumers also pay a price- lack of diversity in choice of music. With over 30 collective years of experience in the music industry, event planning, and management, AD3 Music is positioned for success. The founders of AD3 Music promise to bring together industry professionals, artists, and consumers by providing a “one-stop company” to address the needs of its members and affiliates. AD3 Music is “powered for excellence”! We understand that no battle is won without unity and a solid foundation. Our foundation has been built! Our affiliates include Archafella Records, UGMag Online, Music Choice, 66 Raw, and Readyfortheradio.com. Our list continues to grow. As AD3 Music affiliations expand and develop, so do the benefits to our artists and consumers! AD3 Music Radio! AD3 Music is dedicated to bringing consumers what they want! That is why we have created 10 separate 24/7 internet stations: 8 stations represent 8 individual genres, a ninth station for Music Mix, and a tenth station for Talk Radio- interviews and discussions on hot industry topics. All stations will be available on TuneIn for mobile access by the beginning of summer….just in time for your vacation or weekend get-aways! AD3 Music would like to thank you for your interest and support! AD3 Music- Powered for Excellence Twitter: ad3music
Feritta By Ross Guity
The creatively multi-talented and stunningly beautiful Ferrita is making quite a name for herself in the world of both music and entrepreneurship. As an award-winning, internationallyacclaimed singer, songwriter and producer, Ferrita delivers a stand-out brand of Pop/R&B fused with Indian and Western influences. Her most notable hit records to date are 'Show Me,' 'Giving It Up' and 'You Win Me Over,' just to name a few. Music fans around the world can anticipate brand new music from Feritta in 2013, as well as her incredible live show, coming to a venue near you! Her ultimate dream and goal is to win the coveted Grammy award, and with her tireless work ethic in the recording studio creating amazing music that knows no boundaries, her dream will come true in due time! Outside of her music, Feritta is an amazing culinary artist, as well as a jewelry and T-shirt designer, and plans to debut her cookbook titled 'Eat In Style,' her jewelry line 'GODDESS by Feritta,' and T-shirt line in 2013. To learn more about the multi-faceted Feritta, check out her website: http://about.me/feritta Follow Feritta on Twitter @ArtisteFeritta
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Essince: Hey, what’s going on, Dawn? How’re you doing? Dawn Richard: I’m doing great, man. I’m doing great. Essince: I was listening to your single, “86”. Can you talk to me a little about it? Dawn: Yeah, man. The title is basically a play on words. The slang term to “86 something” is to get rid of something and I thought it would be dope to make a record about getting rid of boundaries and really being able to love the right way. In order to do that you gotta do it the right way and get rid of all of the hate and all the bad things surrounding you. I thought it was dope that we would play 80s style production on the record so the name of the record “86” has a double meaning. So, kind of a classic, timeless kinda R&B record that takes it to the next level with having that 80s style production inside of it.
Essince: I loved “Armor On” and so did the critics, but what can we expect from “Golden Heart”? I understand it’s a 3 part series? Dawn: Yeah, it’s a trilogy and what you can expect is really…the strongest music I’ve ever put out. And I mean that because it’s really a mix of me throughout the years. It’s all the influences I’ve ever had, all the writing I ever came up with and all the things I really wanted to say were on this album. It’s my strongest album. Essince: What is the transition like from a member of a group into a solo artist; especially with different types of groups, like you’ve done? Dawn: There’ve been a lot of them, honestly. From being with 4 girls to having my boss being one of our group members and then being in a 2‐female 1‐guy dynamic is very different from being in a group with 4 girls. I feel like very transition I’ve made has been a drastic one. And then doing solo, I’m not only doing it as a solo artist but I’m going without a label or a machine. But each transition has been an interesting….I don’t even know how to say it…journey, really. But it’s been worth it and a challenge. I’ve always welcomed a challenge and thus far it’s been really rewarding for us. Essince: So how do you capitalize on the success of being in a group? Because there are so many people who’ve transitioned to solo careers and couldn’t use their success as a marketable advantage. How were you able to do that? Dawn: Honestly, I can’t even tell you how we did it; by the graces of God. Like you said it’s very difficult to come from one group let alone two Very different groups from Very different genres and still be relevant after that. I don’t have the answer for that I just know that I’m being me and I’m doing me and I really don’t have a care in the world if people get it or not. I’m rockin’ with people who rockin’ with me and we’re going full throttle, full speed ahead. I guess my thing is, for me, if when you are doing you and you really love what you do and put a whole bunch of heart into it and you really don’t accept “no” as the answer it’s just ours. Essince: In today’s music culture, especially in hip‐hop, people promote themselves with mixtapes but it’s not really as common in the pop or R&B world. If you’re a new singer what do you need to do to promote yourself and is touring/live shows important?
Dawn: All of it’s important. Social media is important. Touring is important. Everything is important and I think that when you notice that you can capitalize on that the best way you can, as an independent artist. Essince: What about videos? Especially with you and videos like “Wild in Faith” and “Automatic” which are so beautifully artistic, do you think it’s important to stand out visually, too instead of the traditional video? Dawn: Yeah, man. Those are extremely important. And for me the visual is more important than anything else. That’s why I’ve chosen to take so much time IN my videos to make sure that they have a quality in them because the visual is just as important as the sound. They have to make sense. And especially because I’m doing a trilogy it’s extremely important that people understand what I’m trying to relate to them and I try to do that as best as I can by giving them quality work every time. Essince: Are you still a comic book geek? Dawn: oh, totally. That’s never gonna change. Essince: What are some of your favorites? Dawn: I’m an old school DC Comics kinda chick but I also like manga like Full Metal... Essince: Full Metal Alchemist? Dawn: Yep, that’s kinda what I grew up on and Bleach so I’m old school with manga. Those are my fav’s. Essince: Are you still drawing or have plans on illustrating anything new? Dawn: I haven’t drawn in a minute and it’s because clearly doing all of this on my own has taken up so much of my time but there is a dream to get back to it because I want to do some great things with it. So I have a couple of plans about opening up a store, a comic book store. A lot of things I really want to do but those will come in the future.
Essince: I definitely understand where you’re coming from. When I was younger I wanted to be a hand animator for Disney before they closed that department down but it’s really difficult balancing that and music and trying to run a business. Dawn: It is difficult. Animation itself is hard because it’s a dying breed, people aren’t reading anymore and only the cult following are part of the movement. So it takes a little bit more time to get people to come into a store and buy an issue of a comic book especially with the Internet and social media is such a big thing you can just get it online. So it’s a lot of commitment to put into it to make it great, you know? Essince: Right. So do you have any ambitions to do any voice acting for anime or anything? Dawn: Oh! I would love to! I’m a geek till the cows come home. I’m a super geek so I would definitely love to do that. Essince: Any final shout outs? Where can we find you online and when can we expect new material from you? Dawn: The album is out now online and in stores worldwide. I’m on www.twitter.com/DawnRichard. My information is there. You can get all the dates and everything. Essince: Well congratulations on everything. I’m excited, as an art geek, for everything you’re planning to do with the store and everything and definitely appreciate your time. Dawn: Thank you So much!
Intertwined by Amanda Craig
Intertwined is a hard rock/metal band that formed in 2004 out of Grand Junction, Colorado. Original founding members were Blane Robinson (drums) and Colin Cummings (guitar); Jeremiah Campbell (vocals) and Barak Erwin (bass) joined later to complete the original fourperson band. In 2006, the band released their self-titled album “Intertwined,” and soon after, Jesse Ortiz signed on as a second guitarist. With the addition of a second guitar player, the band began work on new songs for a second album, while they continued to develop their own style. Intertwined released their second album “Shameless” in 2009; it revealed a more fiery, fast-paced sound consistent with the character of their live shows. In May 2012 they released an EP entitled “Broken Glass,” followed by the release of their most recent album “Attest” in September 2012. Check out the album, available for free download on Dropbox at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fspr3lxzfzkedcc/_mhnL8CC8w. Additional recordings can also be found on ReverbNation at http://www.reverbnation.com/intertwined13. Intertwined has participated in several tours, including the MTV2 Headbanger’s Ball “Make It Or Break It” Cross Country Tour, the Jagermeister “Join The Rebellion” Tour, and with Otep on the “Spectacular Massacre” Tour. As of March 29, 2013, the band is on the road again in support of their album “Attest,” touring under Taproot. The band’s official website is http://www.intertwinedband.com/. Videos can be found on IntertwinedTV, the band’s YouTube channel, at http://www.youtube.com/user/IntertwinedTV. Intertwined’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/IntertwinedBand, and their Twitter account is under @Intertwined1. The general manager for Intertwined is Eric Smith of Prophecy Records; he can be reached by email at email@example.com. Booking requests can be submitted to Atrophiend Entertainment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Get the music industry prepared for Ms. Keisha Shontelle's entrance into a world of the greats and legends. The North Carolina native represents famously just as her predecessors have done - such as the distinguished sounds of Fantasia, the groundbreaking R&B group, Jodeci, and one of hip hop's most recent and toughest mc's, Jay Cole. Her soft, sultry, and angelic vocals of R&B, pop, and the effortless flow of her quick-wit lyrics of true rooted hip-hop, leaves listeners wanting more. Keisha has built a buzz and reputation for delivering infectious hooks and attention demanding songs over the 10 year span of her career. She has earned a mass respect for her help in cowriting for artists such as Buckshot and Idris Elba. She has appeared on numerous major and underground records along with working with Grammy Award Winner, 9th Wonder. Loyal followers have been supporting the long journey of her self-written hits and diverse performances filled with chic surprises. They've helped to spread the word about one of her current singles "Loss 4 Words" from the "Sho-N-Telle" (pronounced Show & Tell) album. The soulful sound reached nearly 11,000 You Tube views within only three days. With the single's You Tube hits still climbing, it gained recognition from out-of-state DJ's and producers to more of respected mainstream artists. It reached the attention of the president of Headbanger Music Group, Jay Reid. After having a conference call with Manager Anthony â€œABâ€? Barnes and Mr. Reid, she began collaborating with his team tagged with rappers like Omillio Sparks (also known for his roles with "State Property" and the movie "Streets"), Tommy Brown, and Tiffany Tucker. This new role boosted and broadened her audience giving more of the world a chance to hear the X factor that caught Reid's ear. Now in demand, she has grown beyond her local stardom. Ms. Shontelle has grown comfortable with her "sassy street with a lining of classy" style and leaves room for new ideas to show the world who she is. She is a breath of fresh air in the rhetoric of today's music. A new sound, a new vibe, and a new reason to let all the tracks play without skipping a beat.
Discography: Features Idris Elba feat. Keisha Shontelle - "The Process" Idris Elba feat. Keisha Shontelle - "The Wire" *Buckshot feat. Phonte & Keisha Shontelle - "Birdz (Fly The Coup)" / You Tube Views: 3,389 *Buckshot feat. Keisha Shontelle - "I Don't Know Why" / You Tube Views: 23,293 *Buckshot feat. Keisha Shontelle - "Whassup With U" /You Tube Views: 1,429 Maino feat. Keisha Shontelle - "We're a Different Kind" AZ feat. Keisha Shontelle - "On the Road" Freeway feat Keisha Shontelle - "Untitled" from "Untitled Album" *Little Brother feat Keisha Shontelle - "Nobody But You" from "The Listening" / You Tube Views: 54,959 Elliot Ness feat. Keisha Shontelle - "Energy" from "Untitled Album" Omniscence feat. Keisha Shontelle - "A Letter to the Better" *K-Hill feat. Keisha Shontelle and 9th Wonder - "A Letter to Sick L" / You Tube Views: 22,646 K-Hill feat. Keisha Shontelle - "Where I'm Supposed to Be" *Keisha Shontelle feat. Panama Gat, Ill Killa Chant, K-Hill / 4,642 *Keisha Shontelle feat. Chaundon - "Sunday" / You Tube Views: 3,680 *Keisha Shontelle feat. Crisis - "Strained" /You Tube Views: 14,783 *Von Pea feat. Keisha Shontelle - "I Know We're Right" / You Tube Views: 4,357 Emilio Rojas feat. Keisha Shontelle - "Blow Me a Kiss" *Legacy feat. Keisha Shontelle & Percy Miracles- "Imperfect World" from "Project Mayhem" / You Tube Views: 18,196 *Legacy feat. Keisha Shontelle - "Sista Girl" from "Project Mayhem" / You Tube Views: 1,496 Mixtapes 2008 Keisha Shontelle feat. Panama Gat - "Featuring Shontelle" Mixtape 2013 *Keisha Shontelle - "I Should Be On By Now" from "Bamboos & Mics" Mixtape feat. Shorti-Roc / You Tube Views: 358 Album Releases 2013 "Sho-N-Telle" album *Keisha Shontelle feat. Manifest Wiggins - "Loss 4 Words" / You Tube Views: 14,689 *Keisha Shontelle feat. Dx2c - "Morning After" /You Tube Views: 353 "Zipper" snippet/ You Tube Views: 88 *You Tube Release email@example.com FOLLOW HER ON TWITTER @keishashontelleâ€Š
Album Reviews Downfall 2012 - EVERYMAN FOR HIMSELF by William Kryjak
Downfall 2012 is one of those bands you hear on the radio and immediately have to find out who they are. Their style is familiar, and reminds me a lot of the metal I grew up listening to. Bands like Static-X, Slipknot, and Mudvayne have all most certainly had an influence on this band and their style of music. In their latest album Everyman for Himself, they show their true colors with a force. The album kicks off with the song “Face to Face”, a great selection to kick things off. There is a power that sets the tone for the rest of the album, but leaves you wanting more. The next song “Divinity” is a bit catchier but still plays along nicely with a thrash feel. Each song is a little different but still packs their same heavy sound. I really like that this band is only a three-piece outfit – it makes their huge sound that much more impressive (and makes me think off Slayer which is a huge thumbs up). Personally I would be interested to hear what they would sound like with a synth, but on the other hand it might be too much of a deviation from their style. Another personal suggestion is more solos. There is no rule that metal has to be technical, but I think it would add a little more definition to their sound. One last thing to pay attention to is the ending of the album. Usually little skits and transition sections get overlooked when talking about albums, but I think in this case it is the perfect way to wrap things up, painting a bleak picture that leaves a taste in your mouth. This is not easy to do, and only shows how talented these guys really are. Check out their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/DF2012) for updated information on shows, and definitely check out Everyman for Himself. Downfall 2012 makes straight metal with some real promise.
Intertwined - Attest by Amanda Craig
The first thing that strikes you when listening to Intertwined’s album Attest is the stark contrast between primary vocals—a surreal blend of clean and unclean. While the band classifies itself as a blend of hard rock and heavy metal, a large percentage of the vocals would be categorized as guttural vocals or death grunts. However, while the music is forceful and heavy, the subject matter is not as dark as death metal. The song “War is War,” takes a critical view of war; contrast that with the love song “Kloe Rose,” lamenting “One day you will come back to me.” The driving riffs in “Cliffhanger” propel the song forward with momentum. Other memorable songs include “My Eyes Say It All” and the hidden track “Nevermind.” With ten songs on the album, Attest is a great opportunity for new fans to get a broad taste of some provocative yet aggressive metal that is true to its roots. Released September 2012, the album is available for download from Dropbox at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fspr3lxzfzkedcc/_mhnL8CC8w.
Monet - Life Size Mirror by Patrick Ross
★ ★ ★ 1/2
Monet’s “Life Size Mirror” is a welcome change of pace to today’s musical aspirations of her generation, as it contains a potpourri of musical styles and influences that evoke a sense of past musical raptures and glories of day’s long past. I found the inspirations of jazz, gospel, funk, dance, and rhythm & blues evident in the albums overall soundlandscape. But also a sense of clutter within the instrumentation arrangements overall, simply put, too much going on at the same time. As she strives to evince to her listeners the inner voice of her musicality, it’s overshadowed by out of key vocals and aimless melodies that express technical proficiency, but lacking in melodic musical resolve. I really want to praise this effort whole-heartedly and to tell you that there is something here that speaks to the heart, and truly there is evidence of this on this album. But there is also a sense of the avant-garde spirit, which takes it into a realm that lacks true personal direction. Truly I sense the need to be different on her part as an artist, but also of ambition unfulfilled and potential unreached, that only time and experience bring to an artist’s palette. I love the idea of this album’s themes and I applaud the effort, and can only say, “strive for more clarity and definition next time.” I am sure that there are fans that will welcome this effort by Monet!
David J. Caron - Thru Ever Ending Black by Patrick Ross
Irish-Italian David J. Caron’s debut album Thru Ever Ending Black finds its uniqueness in the fact that there are 28 songs on it. While this is unheard of in the annals of music, it is to say the least unprecedented. Does this in of it self make Caron unique remains to be seen. Obviously talented as a musician and lyrically proficient, I found in listening that I was still waiting for that moment when an artist enfolds you in the journey of their vision. While I am sure that there will be many who will be fascinated and overwhelmed by the body of work that is represented on the album, and ready to proclaim Caron as a rock god reborn. I couldn’t help feeling like there was some element that was still missing, this is not to say that the music isn’t infectious or inviting, it is well done. But there were no peaks or valleys to be found upon which I could find a point of reference, and maybe that is the cliché to be found here. The pace and tempo was too constant perhaps through out the entire album. I found no particular track that touched me or stood out in my mind as a favorite, and maybe with constant listening some one song might eventually jump out and grab me, only time will tell. Maybe it is an acquired taste that has not struck a cord with me yet.
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