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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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Marion'Forget' ' Ontario, Canada

My dad who was a draftsman, had an unique and inspiring way to channel the energies of a hyper little girl, he would hand me a huge piece of drawing paper and some pencils so i could draw while he worked on his current project. Since, i cannot remember a time without a pad or lose paper and pencil as my constant companion. Though i did not have any formal art instruction until high school. I was exposed to arts with books and material and crafts, with my mom who designed and made craft ideas from mini Santa's to fancy embroideries. The art and creativity was a big part of my childhood. After starting another art course, the demands and rewards of motherhood saw to it that it was put on the back burner but always simmering. When i wasn't doing art, i was always doing some kind of creative activity from model building to crochet, designing my own patterns. in time, when circumstance allowed, i went back to school. One diploma at Academy of Learning for Pc Support Specialist, then the second at Niagara College For Graphic Fundamentals And Fine Arts. My influences range from Neolithic to 19th century impressionist art on up to present day. You will see i have taken to the impressionist period and can see the influences in many pieces of my work. Little incidents in just living an ordinary life spark a creative drive to a new painting or piece that emerges from that speck of inspiration. The past 4-5 years has been both a blossoming of output on a mooded commercial success. The critical acclaim spurs my creative drive to continuously push back the boundaries of my art. I cannot know where my art will take me but i do aspire to exhibit in places like Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver as well as stepping out of Canada to enter the international art world with a first stop to New York City. My ultimate goal is to become an internationally known artist. Marion was also recently chosen to be included in the Norman Felix Gallery… “Norman Felix Gallery is an independent art gallery located at 445 Adelaide Street. Founded in 2006, Norman Felix Gallery has steadily expanded to represent a variety of over 100 talented Canadian artists. We offer an array of contemporary paintings, photographs, illustrations, and sculptures by both emerging and established independent artists. Our collective showcasing program is ground breaking and focused on Canadian Artist.” For commission, contact me at mar_forget@yahoo.ca website http://mydesignsstudio.com facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Designs-by-mar/243157785736691 linkedin http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/marion-forget/43/17b/906 twitter https://twitter.com/mar_forget google plus https://plus.google.com/107126130074203501293

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As a dancer, producer, MC, dance instructor and choreographer to Justin Beiber, Wayne Brady and more, Zulu Gremlin has been a Major force in hiphop and dance for years. Judging competitions for Red Bull and others all over the world, Zulu Gremlin aka King ZG is preparing to release new music. Essince (TRL): How long have you been dancing? Zulu Gremlin: I've been dancing since 1982. Essince (TRL): How did you become a member of the World Famous Rock Steady [breakdance] Crew? ZG: I became a member of stock Steady Crew by battling Crazy Legs to get in. Essince (TRL): How did you get started making music? ZG: I got started in music by my father. He is a drummer. I started producing tracks in 1987 after meeting and working with DJ Tony G from KDay on songs as a young rapper part of the Latin Alliance on Virgin Records. Essince (TRL): What are you currently working on? How can we connect with Zulu Gremlin online? ZG: I am currently dropping two EPs on VIP Records [an album of breakbeats, "BBoy Music Vol. 1 EP" and "The Family Business EP"]. [I'll also be] traveling the world judging dance competitions and teaching Hiphop/street dance, focusing on my 14 year old daughter Sophia aka Young Fia (MC/Singer/dancer/model). You can find me as "Zulugremlin" on all platforms and KingZG on Facebook !

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Consistency, dedication and determination is what to expect from BMF / Swish Gang recording artist Calico Jonez. Calico Jonez is featured on Gucci Mane's new track "TOO HOOD FOR HER" off "The Spot" soundtrack alongside CAP1 and his recently released singles include "FREE BASE" with Soulja Boy and "DO IT" featuring Soulja Boy and David Gray. His "DOPE RUN" project was released summer 2015 and features Young Scooter, Lil Boosie, SouljaBoy, Gucci Mane, Tracy T and Shy Glizzy just to name a few. To see and hear more from Calico Jonez and BMF/Swish Gang visit CalicoJonezWorld.com and follow on social media @CalicoJonez. Tia Culver PR 770.896.5685 Tiaculver@gmail.com Instagram/Twitter: @Tiaculver www.Tiaculver.Net


Matt Lande Portland, OR

MATT LANDE LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR NEW “GLOW” ALBUM Recording Artist’s Album to Raise Funds for Cancer; Song Honors Friends He Lost Matt Lande, an alternative recording artist from Portland, has launched a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds to complete his new album, “Glow". The album contains the song “Looking Down,” which honors two friends of Lande’s who passed away from cancer, late last year. The song was written to help raise funds for cancer research and to help families of cancer patients. The proceeds of the Indigogo campaign will be used for mixing, mastering, and promotion of the album. Lande has been compared to the smooth vocalist, Darren Hayes (Savage Garden) but with some extra edge. Fans of Matt are found to also be fans of 30 Seconds to Mars, Coldplay, Muse, HIM and David Cook. If you feel moved to pledge, you can find Matt's campaign at: http://igg.me/at/GlowIsComing MattLandeMusic.com Twitter.com/MattLande Facebook.com/MattLandeOfficial


Amanda Mae is a versatile artist that defines the word original. From her songwriting to her producing to her one of a kind performances and owning her own entertainment company Mae-Niac Entertainment, Amanda Mae is the hottest new artist and businesswoman on today's music scene! Born and raised in Rolla Missouri, Amanda has been writing and performing original music since the age of 13 when she got her first guitar. Amanda has blended several different genres like Dance, Rap, Pop, EDM and acoustic to create her own unique style she calls the "Melt." Amanda explains it by saying "my genre is a melting pot of all of these genres I grew up on, just like America is the melting pot of different cultures. I push boundaries and blend sounds to create something unique, something new." Now Amanda Mae has moved to ATL and has been touring the US doing shows music festivals, industry conferences, and working with large names like DJ Infamous, Young Thug, Nappy Boys, Free Bandz, Ying Yang Twins, Kirko Bangz, Fallout Boy, Currency, Yung Joc, Lil Wyte, Jason Derulo, Ace Hood, and Gangsta Boo not to mention headlining, promoting, and managing her own shows and events through MaeNiac Ent. She came to ATL to takeover winning every talent competition she entered including Battle Hotlanta, Magic City's top indie showcase, Hustle and Flow, and more gathering her fans and recognition in ATL. So watch out because Amanda Mae is changing the game as the most versatile artist in the world! BOOKING: maeniacmusic@gmail.com IG: @amandamaemusic TWITTER: @ADayInMae where creativity lives

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Terry Greene Atlanta, GA TERRY GREENE IS A PRODUCER, SINGER, SONGWRITER, WITH A FUNKY STYLE, A WARM AND FRIENDLY FLAMBOYANT GUY WHO PULLS HIS FANS INTO HIS MUSIC WITH INNOVATIVE ARRANGEMENTS WITH VOCALS, HIS ENERGETIC LYRICS ARE A MIXTURE OF SWEETNESS TEXTURED WITH SOUL, NEO-SOUL, FUNK, AND GOSPEL, ALL OF HIS FANS SAY WHEN WE HEAR HIS MUSIC IT MAKES US FILL LIKE DANCING AND SHOUTING IN 1986 TERRY HAD A HIT RECORD IN THE UK WITH HIS GROUP {LICKKE} THE SONG {AUTOMATIC DRIP} IS STILL SELLING TODAY IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE UK. NOW BASED OUT OF ATLANTA GA., FORMALLY LOS ANGELES CA., OAKLAND CA., NEW YORK, IN HIS SECULAR MUSIC CAREER HE WAS SIGNED TO TWO MAJOR RECORD LABELS OUT OF BOSTON MA, AND NEW JERSEY. HE HAS WORKED WITH {JOE CAPER,S-RIP J-JAMS RECORDING STUDIO} FOR TONY TONI TONE, MC HAMMER, SHEILA E, DIGITAL UNDERGROUND, PRODUCER {D'WAYNE WIGGINS} OF TONY, TONI, TONE, FOR DESTINY CHILD, KEYSHIA COLE, ALICIA KEYS, PRODUCER {WAYNE WALLACE} FOR CONFUNKSHUN, EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE, NADA M. WALDEN, SHEILA E., STEVIE WONDER, RAY CHARLES, {DANA JON CHAPPELLE} FOR MARIAH CAREY, JOE, CLARENCE CLEMONS, ARETHA FRANKLIN, NARADA M. WALDEN, [BOB CASTELL-BLANCH] FOR SISTER SLEDGE, STACY LATTISAW, PETE ESCOVEDO, SHEILA E, WAYNE WALLACE, NARADA M. WALDEN, {J. DANA MARS} FOR CHAKA KHAN, COLONEL ABRAMS, ROBERTA FLACK, BRAND NUBIAN, {LILIAN WHITE} FROM THE DREAM GIRLS CAST, AND SESAME STREET {ROSIE GAINES} FROM THE ARTIST PRINCE, {BRENDA VAUGH & THE BRENDA VAUGH BAND} {NADA M. WALDEN} PRODUCER FOR ARETHA FRANKLIN, WHITNEY HOUSTON, MARIAH CAREY, TEMTATIONS, STEVIE WONDER, JUST TO NAME A FEW. WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON NEW MUSIC TRACKS FOR THE UPCOMING AND LONG AWAITED ALBUM FOR MUSIC LEGEND TERRY GREENE, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH OTHER ARTIST FOR THE LAST 7 YEARS IN PROMOTION & MARKETING, RADIO, RETAIL DISTRIBUTION, PRODUCING PROJECTS AND MANAGEMENT, I HAD A GREAT TIME WORKING WITH THE PRODUCER FOR ALL MEN ROCK T.V. SHOW, ALL MEN ROCK BLOGTALK RADIO SHOW, WHICH HAD MAJOR RADIO AND T.V. DISTRIBUTION WORLDWIDE, MY MENTOR THE JOE CAPERS LEGACY DISABLED PRODUCER TO THE STARS DOCUMENTARY MOVIE IN WHICH WE ARE STILL WORKING ON IS SET TO BE RELEASED SOMETIME IN THE NEAR FUTURE, AND TERRY GREENE'S LIVE GOSPEL SHOW ON BLOGTALK RADIO, I LOVE WHAT I DO THIS IS THE REASON THAT I WAS REACHING OUT TO HELP SO MANY ARTIST NOW MY FULL FOCUS IS ON THE TERRY GREENE MACHINE LOOK OUT FOR THE BEST MUSIC ON THIS PLANET IT IS COMING SOON ON FA7ITH URBAN MUSIC OUR SINGLE MISSING YOU IS DOING VERY WELL ON THE CHARTS I THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT THREW THE YEARS. P. G. Entertainment Group / Fa7ith Urban Music Management, Major Media, Promotions, Marketing, Ministry, & Retail Distribution, Terry Greene Music Legend, Prophet, Founder, CEO Radio & TV Talk Show Host, Mag.Publisher, Author, The Fa7ith Tour, Bus: 770.731.8127 Text: 770.731.8127 Skype Name:pgentertainmenrgroup Email: prophetterrygreene@gmail.com www.terrygreenemusiclegend.com www.fa7ithmusicministries.yolasite.com www.facebook.com/greeneterr <http://www.facebook.com/greeneterry


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Throughout history, planet Earth has been sonically blessed with some of the most incredibly gifted female signing voices the likes of Etta James, Whitney Houston, Teena Marie, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Ledisi, and the list can go on forever and many a days. Entering into the year of 2016, immensely talented veteran singer/songwriter Tracy Hamlin will be a powerful force to be reckoned with in her own, uniquely special right and earn the globe-wide respect from fans of 'real' music vibrations. Her 2015 independently-released 16-track long-play 'No Limits' was well-received internationally - most notably in the United Kingdom where it successfully reached No. 1 on the Soul music charts. 'It's been a blessing beyond words, and it's great to know that people are still genuinely going after the quality of the music.' said Hamlin during our recent phone chat. Here's a bit more of my awesome conversation with Tracy. The Rhythmic Lounge: How would you describe the musicality of Tracy Hamlin? Tracy Hamlin: It consists of a voice that is classically trained that has kept her ears to all music genres combined with my life experiences - both the good and the bad. My vibes are an infusion of old-school with the new-new. You'll get a 'gumbo' of music - different genres along with hearing all of the characteristics of my voice. I am a singer that can truly deliver whatever the song calls for based on the raw emotions I project vocally on every track I record. TRL: What do the initials 'DMH' stand for in the name of your independent record label DMH Records? TH: They are the initials to the name of my late, beloved, beautiful mother Dorothy Marie Hamlin. TRL: When fans come to see you perform live for the very first time, what can they expect when you take the stage? TH: The fans will get a seasoned and very disciplined singer - therefore my vocals are on point from start to finish when I perform live. I love to entertain the fans and put on a quality show that they deserve to be a witness of. I stay in practice all the time to continue evolving with my craft.


TRL: What's the best advice you can give to a musically-talented young lady who aspires to go 'next level' with it? TH: It is imperative to learn the business and understand that the music industry is a business. It is also important that you constantly work in order to perfect your craft. Being a woman in this industry, it is crucial that you stand your ground with integrity. Stay true to yourself and teach people how to treat you! TRL: The art of RHYTHM is TH: The movements of the peaks and valleys - big or small, and the different frequencies of it that contributes to the rhythm of life. I think a huge chunk of it is defined by our character and who we eventually become. www.TracyHamlin.com

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Plays the piano and trumpet by ear has studied musical theory and artist development sessions with dB Heard and is now releasing a Mixtape on Not Only Street Records Hysteria Mixtape Series entitled: HOOD SUPER HERO. SRM started Dope Souf Radio and Magazine in 2013. Dope Souf Magazine has grown to average 2k readers per month and Dope Souf Radio has grown to have world-wide listeners in France, Germany, South Africa, Russia, and more. You can download a free mobile app of Dope Souf Radio App on Blackberry, Google Play, and the iPhone App Store. Also you can hear her segment of the Urban Soup on Not Only Street

Radio. She Rex Mykes has performed in several venues in the North Carolina area which include the historic Deep South Bar, 44 Soul Cafe, The Pinhook, and Smokin Grooves. "One of the best interesting experiences she had was to run, dj, and perform in a show at the same time. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real adrenaline rush." States She Rex Mykes.

S/O to Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes and Coast 2 Coast Mixtape DJs. For putting SRM on the next up mixtape.


Releasing such hits as Gospel and now signed to Not Only Street Records. She Rex Mykes aka Sheila Moore, was born and raised in Creedmoor, NC. Now resides in Raleigh NC. She has been rapping since 9 years of age and producing since 15. She is currently a Coast 2 Coast and Nerve DJ she also produces beats as well. Sheila is known by several other artists and producers in her area. She stands out with her tough lyrics and metaphor's. She can catch you off guard with her punchlines. She is also known for her 1-takes when it comes to recording in the studio. She is going to be one to watch as time goes on. She Rex Mykes has become a prolific female artist which represents the Carolinas. Known for her gritty style, She Rex Mykes, has added a virtual shock to the Hip Hop game. She has put aside all the sex and glamour that we regularly see with several female hip hop artists. "That's not what's at the core of me", she states. "I'm not the average female rapper, and first and foremost I'm a rapper. I can only rap about my reality and what I see going on around me.” She continues to express. She’s goal is not only to entertain the streets but to educate the streets as well. Early 2014 She Rex Mykes has released Crowned Royal Vol 1 and then Crowned Royal 2 on December 31 2014. She Rex is currently working on her next installment of the Crowned Royal Series, which will be Crowned Royal 3. "That whole series is like a diary or a journal. The whole idea behind it was not to say that she is better than anyone else, but the whole message is that life happens, but staying true to yourself, know yourself, and recognize the royalty within in you" she states. She is also currently working on her debut album to be released on Not Only Street Records, called Lessons From The 9.

The next few moves I'm about to make for myself as an artist and for Dope Souf is gonna be a serious uppercut to the game. That's all I'm gonna say. ‪#‪iaintbraggin‪just ‪#‪facts‪‪#‪building2brands‪‪#‪Dec31st‪‪#‪about2raisethestandard


Sherexmykes Does an Interview with Walt At Club Knowldege Click here to read the entire interview. Find where the name came from and what's next for Sherexmykes. http://clubknowledge.com/popup_interviews/pages/7475.html


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For Immediate Release Detroit, Michigan – December 31, 2015 – It is official; Entity Records and Entertainment, Inc. have been established by two Michigan powerhouse record companies. D-Tox Entertainment and Cocco Music, LLC, have put their minds and resources together to operate from one conglomerate offering services from Artist Development to Artist Brand Management. For the artists that are not quite ready yet to release a high quality product this is key. Entity Records and Entertainment will put you through their boot camp and get you where you need to be! Cocco Music, LLC (Owned and Operated by Nicholas Cocco) of Oakland County, Michigan has focused on Jazz, Blues, Fusion, Rock, and Classic Rock genres. If you require a live instrument or highly skilled musician; this is where you go. This Presonus Studio even houses a full live recording and rehearsal stage with lighting.

D-Tox Entertainment (Owned and Operated by Rob Allen) of Oakland County, Michigan has focused their attention on the following genres; Hip Hop, R&B, Jazz, Pop, House/EDM, Techno, Music Engineering, and DJ Management. This Mackie driven Studio has produced artists from Seattle, Mississippi, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Detroit.

This is the A-Team of the Midwest! Look out for the official press release coming soon…

Contact for Entity Records and Entertainment, Inc.: rob@d-toxentertainment.com or nic@coccomusic.com


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The multi-instrumentalist, Ron Handy, was born and reared in Montgomery, Alabama. He began playing guitar in grade school. In junior and senior high school, Ron began to concentrate primarily on Alto Saxophone and he participated in various county and state honor bands. During high school, Ron not only played in the marching, symphonic, and jazz bands, but he also arranged and composed music for these bands. This pivotal period in his life influenced Ron’s decision to pursue a career in music. After high school graduation, Ron enrolled in college at Alabama State University, where he earned a music degree with honors. Presently, Ron is employed at Alabama State University in the Department of Music. Ron has been the recipient of the ASU President’s Excellence Award and he was inducted into the Lanier High School Hall of Fame (his high school alma mater) for creative musicianship and service to the community. He has also received numerous other awards for music and for community service. Throughout his professional career, Ron has performed with or as the opening act for various jazz, pop/R&B and gospel stars including: Grammy Award winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum; Grammy Award winning vocalist Chrisette Michele; Outstanding a cappella group and 10 time Grammy Award winners Take 6;9 time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys; Platinum selling R&B vocalist Avant; jazz group Pieces of a Dream; vibraphonist Roy Ayers; vocalist Phyllis Hyman; trumpeter Tom Browne; saxophonist Najee; 9 time Grammy Award winner and Pulitzer Prize recipient Wynton Marsalis; super producer/keyboardist George Duke; saxophonist George Howard; vocalist Rachelle Ferrell; vocal sensation and 2 time Grammy Award winner Patti Labelle; jazz keyboardist Joe Sample; 5 time Grammy Award winner and pop/rock/country/gospel hit maker B.J. Thomas; producer/drummer Norman Connors; gospel vocalist Lisa McClendon; gospel/jazz guitarist Roland Grissum; smooth jazz violinist Jerald Daemyon; Hit R&B/pop vocalist Peabo Bryson; father/son recording artists Eddie Levert (O’jays) & Gerald Levert and gospel recording star John P. Kee. Ron has also performed with and composed music for actress Bernadette Stanis (formerly known as “Thelma” from the hit TV show Christina Mims! “Good Times”), who is also skilled at writing poetry. A versatile musician with a love for different genres of music, Ron Handy has played gospel, classical, jazz and pop/R&B extensively. He has served as the musical director and/or woodwind/keyboard player for many theatrical productions including: “The Wiz”; “Dreamgirls”; “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope”; “Purlie”; “Ain’t Misbehavin’; “The Meeting” and many others. Ron has been featured on both local and national television, along with local and international radio. He has been featured on CNN and he was the “Artist of the Week” on the international radio program “Jazz From The City,” hosted by renowned jazz DJ Ken “Spider” Webb. Ron Handy has produced and performed on numerous recordings over the years. He has worked as a studio musician and engineer, as well as producer and arranger for several recording projects, including television theme songs and commercial jingles. Ron has released his own CDs, which include smooth jazz “covers” of the R&B group Jodeci’s “Forever My Lady” and jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves’ “Come In.” He has also recorded smooth jazz versions of other pop/R&B hits, including Brian McKnight’s “The Only One For Me”. Being a spiritual person who loves to give honor and praise to God, Ron released a CD of gospel favorites titled “Sign Me Up,” which has received heavy rotation and acclaim from radio stations and listeners alike. Gospel and “smooth jazz” stations also embraced a CD single titled “He’s Worthy”. Despite maintaining a demanding professional career, Ron enjoys taking the time to visit schools and churches to perform and talk to young people about music, life and career goals. Throughout the years, Ron has been blessed to perform for wide and diverse audiences. His versatility has allowed him to become one of the most sought after musicians in the southeast. Having been given the gift of music, Ron Handy thanks God and considers it a privilege and an honor to be able to share his music with others. !

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The Rhythmic Lounge: Was there an "aha" moment that made you say, "I want to be a musician"? Ron Handy: Coming from a musical household where everyone in the house played an instrument and/or sang definitely had an impact on me, but my “aha” moment came when I was in high school. I had a wonderful band director, Farrell Duncombe, who saw some potential in me and allowed me to go as far as I wanted to go under his guidance. I was the saxophone section leader and, as a teenager, was allowed to arrange musical selections and conduct them in rehearsals. The fire within me was raging once I stood in front of the band for the first time to conduct my very first marching band arrangement (laughs). Honestly, it didn’t turn out that great but Mr. Duncombe encouraged me to keep at it. I was so determined to practice that Mr. Duncombe asked the school principal if I could have a key to the band room. I think he was tired of me “bugging” him (laughs). His request was granted and I was able to practice in the band room at any time. I loved it and my desire to be a good musician (along with being a responsible young man) was of “high priority.”

TRL: You play several instruments! How did that come about? RH: Wow! That’s a good question! As I stated earlier, my family had instruments around the house all the time and it sparked my interest to see how each one operated. Several years ago I worked with John Gibbs, a fantastic musician who owns a music store here in Montgomery. Whenever I was in the store I would watch customers come in to purchase different instruments. To my surprise and amazement, John would demonstrate each instrument that was requested. I don’t mean “tinker” with it (smile). He could “really” play every instrument that he put his hands on…WELL (laughs). It was great for me to see a person do that and he was gracious enough to show me some techniques on different instruments. I was getting into multi-track recording at the time and I had to lay all of the tracks myself. Whew! During those days I didn’t have digital recorders to work with, so everything went to tape. It really helped my musicianship because I had to literally “perform” every part in its entirety. I continue to work like that now because I get a better feel for the music by actually “playing” the parts separately.”

TRL: Why was going to college and getting a degree in music important to you? RH: First of all, both of my parents are retired educators and going to college was always stressed to me, along with my siblings, as a way to position ourselves for a better life. I was so into music in high school that my mind was made up about having music as a major. I really wanted to learn everything that I could about music and possibly teach one day. My saxophone instructor in college, Dr. Laurence Hayes, played a major role in convincing me to soak up all of the knowledge that I could from him. Believe me, he had a wealth of knowledge and I was encouraged to go beyond my musical barriers. The music was so difficult that I would spend 4 to 6 hours a day working on various exercises. I once asked, “Why are you giving me such difficult pieces to learn?” I soon found out that he was planning to retire and I am now in his old office at Alabama State University. Talk about irony (smile). Attending college and getting a degree in music has been extremely beneficial to me. I owe a major debt of gratitude to all of my former teachers for the seeds that they’ve sown in me. May God bless them all!

TRL: You've performed numerous times as a solo act. How challenging is that? RH: That’s a great question! The solo act came about as the result of my maturing as a multi-instrumentalist and producer. I owe a lot of my decision to perform solo to Dr. George Shaw, a Long Beach, California based musician/producer/educator whom I met several years ago. He literally took me under his wing and instructed me on the “ins” and “outs” of studio recording. He’s a guru when it comes to studio gear and he’s an awesome trumpet player. Well, I had a performance coming up for a festival and was working so hard that I didn’t have time to pull a band together for rehearsals. I was about to cancel the engagement when Dr. Shaw says, “Do it yourself!” His statement changed everything for me and I began to perform with or without a band. I spent a great deal of time learning several tunes on a variety of instruments to enhance my “live” performances. Performing live with a band is wonderful and I enjoy that aspect tremendously. The challenge of performing “live” on a “track date” concert is that it requires a lot more energy. Since I’m performing the instrumental parts on the tracks, I always think about my energy level and which instrument(s) I will be playing “live” to keep things fresh and interesting. It’s truly a challenge, but I enjoy it!

TRL: Do you remember the first time you heard yourself on the radio? RH: Yes I do remember the first time I heard a selection that I’d recorded in the studio on the radio (laughs). Back in the day, I was always working on stuff (smile). A good friend of mine and music business mentor, Steve Myers, would always ask me… “Are you working on some material?” I would always say “yes” and he would tell me to get it to him as soon as I was done. After several months of asking the same question and getting the same answer from me, I reluctantly gave Steve a tape to check out over the weekend. I didn’t think it was ready, but he took it and returned it to me on the following Monday. He told me he liked it and I said “thanks, but I’ll finish it soon”. To my surprise, I was driving and listening to our campus radio station (WVAS FM 90.7) when I heard one of my selections on the radio. You see, Steve Myers was the station manager at the time and he’d copied the tape and put it on the air. I guess he was tired of “waiting on me” and decided I was ready (Laughs). As I think about it, I’m glad he did that. I would probably still be “getting ready” today (smile)! Thanks, Steve!

TRL: How did the interesting concept of the "Killing Me Softly" video on YouTube come about? RH: The “Killing Me Softly” track and video came about very quickly. The vocalist that I work with, Christina Mims, has always loved that song and wanted to perform it. I laid the instrumental tracks for her to rehearse with. She liked it and went on the computer to make sure she had all of the lyrics correct. We were not really intending to “record” the song at that time. It was really just a “fun” thing. She looked over the lyrics for a few minutes and said…”Hey, I want to lay some vocal tracks over what you’ve done.” She proceeded to lay the lead and the harmony tracks in one take each… top to bottom. Wow! As we were listening back to the performance Darrick Long (an ASU student) walked into my office and said… “I really like that and I have an idea.” Darrick takes his iPhone out of his pocket and says…”let’s make a video”! The footage on the iPhone was shot right then. As we listened to the lyrics of this great Charles Fox – Norman Gimbel composition, Darrick (along with his twin brother Eric) had a concept to convey a unique message through the video. The world recently commemorated the 60th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March and State Senator Quinton Ross played the video for visiting dignitaries during their visit to Montgomery. The video was met with a rousing ovation of approval and we are all very proud to have been a part of it. We’ve received many positive emails and texts from around the world from those who have viewed the video on YouTube! Christina (a gifted vocalist) and Darrick (who also designed my website) are truly talented individuals and I love working with them. Thank you, TRL!

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What is the fact of the matter? Is it what we have been told or what is widely believed? Is it the opinion of those we see as informed or is the truth, truly undiscovered? Every day we are bombarded with barricades of information from the internet, scientific observations, colleagues, family members and even from our own minds. We have been trained to blindly believe what we see and hear from the masses. Society views have become considered fact when most often they are the trigger point where lies, myths and misunderstandings are shot from. In the aftermath of all this “information” and “truth”, we are walking around shell shocked and in disbelief when we see the fabric of our own communities, neighborhoods and families blown to pieces.

Think about it, the truth needs no defending. It doesn’t need a campaign or a banner that says look at me or listen to me.

We all remember the Trail of Tears, slavery, and the Holocaust. Let’s look at more recent times, remember the murder last week, yesterday, today?

Why is it that everywhere we look, we are blasted with signs, advertisements, campaigns, speeches, and propaganda?

We have allowed societies views to dictate the “best new things” in our lives as wealth, power, and self; leaving behind the old things like wisdom, love, and true self-worth.

Could it be that all of this freely given information is only smoke from the gun meant to cloud the truth? How many times have you spent money on something that was supposed to be the best “new thing” on the market only to find out it worked the exact same or worse than the “old thing” on the market? Well don’t feel bad, millions of people fell for the same smoking gun. I know that seems small and insignificant, but what happens when that same concept is applied to something dangerous like hate.

We have deemed morals and values as old fashioned and outdated. A consumer is an individual that buys a product or service for self use. They call us consumers; this is one thing that is true. We are so consumed looking at what the media is telling us we don’t have; we can’t see the priceless gems we possess right in our own homes. We buy society’s ideas of what we should be, how we should act, what we should wear, what we should think. Nothing is wrong with purchasing something that has real value, but I urge you to recognize what you are buying, assess the actual value of it, and please evaluate the true price you are paying for it. A wise person once told me to trust no one’s information but your own. Analyze what you see and hear, look past the smoke and see the gun in came from. Article Contributed By: Kameren Micheals - Courtesy Of dBHeard Publishing Group, LLC


Nick Elliott London, UK THREE WEEKS ONE SUMMER WITH THE MARMALADE In 2013, world renowned rock photographer, Nick Elliott, spent a busy Summer shooting the 60s hit makers, The Marmalade, for the band’s project Penultimate. Penultimate marked a new era for the band with the release of a CD, DVD, and vinyl record with promotional booklet featuring Nick’s images throughout. Now the collection of Nick’s stunning images have also been published as a limited edition fine art photographic book. Entitled Three Weeks One Summer, the book is a 132 page, high quality, hard-backed publication and features unseen, intimate images of The Marmalade shot over that period. Strictly limited to 250 copies worldwide and signed by Nick, amongst the images included in the pages of Three Weeks One Summer are the band backstage preparing for a show, onstage performing, enjoying some downtime on location, and also meeting and greeting their fans. The book is the third publication by the iconic rock photographer, who has worked in the music industry for over 20 years. His images have frequently been featured on album artwork as well as being published extensively across the media. The artists that Nick has photographed are at the top of their profession and in, addition to The Marmalade, includes artists such as Metallica, Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, Status Quo, Motorhead, Robert Plant and ZZ Top, to name a few amongst his archive.


Talking about the release of the Three Weeks One Summer, Nick said: “This is a true milestone in my career – to be able to create the images for the content of this book and produce it under my own publishing company, has made a very big, lifetime ambition come true. “Shooting the Penultimate project with such a great bunch of guys was just wonderful. It was a great period of

time to work on something so special plus…it was a big barrel of fun!” Nick first met leader singer in The Marmalade, Sandy Newman, in Nashville in 2010 when they were both working on independent projects in the city. Penultimate was the opportunity for them to work together after that initial meeting. Sandy commented: “Nick has brought a masterful imagery to Penultimate and delivered, down to the last detail, everything he described to the band on our first meeting to hear his ideas. “It is a pleasure, and indeed an honour, to be photographed by someone who can put you at ease. He instils a trust in you I have never come across before.” Known for his unique ability to capture the true essence of the artists’ live performance, Nick’s work is also in demand as fine art and has exhibited in galleries across the UK and Europe, and is currently in discussion to show his images in the USA. Three Weeks One Summer is available to buy in www.NickElliottStore.com at £125 plus p&p. Further information about Nick and his work can be found at www.nickelliott.info Sandy&Newman,&The&Marmalade&R:&Nick&Elliott,&rock&photographer

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Album Reviews Codename Starkey Flythe- Next Won't Be So Easy by Patrick Ross

Rating: ★

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Miami’s Codename Starkey Flythe is a mixture of underground meets rap meets art film montage. The music is sparse, dark, and very moody and a far cry from your typical rap music aimed at a commercial market seeking high rotation airplay as is evidence in the cut “MTV”. You are far more likely to hear this music in underground club scenes and performance art venues. The music is definitely fringe style that appeals to a more artistically intellectual palette. But what really makes the music gel is when it is seen and heard in the context of the video footage that is carefully compile and edited to convey the artist true sentiments and visionary aspirations. There not much information about 24 year old Starkey Flythe, so you only have the message in the music to give you some clue as what is the actual meme being expounded. The cuts “All Falls Down” and Next Time It Wont be so Easy” come across more like soundtracks for film in which the pictorial vignettes tell the story more so than the lyrics. Which come across like some sort of tribal chant and proclamation that the current world situation is a part of some type of pugilistic encounter in which there’ll be a future rematch. Lastly the two tracks “Ready” and the bonus track “Instantly” evoke a message of an anti-hero prepared to meet the challenges of a pre apocalyptic world on the verge. https://m.soundcloud.com/codename-starkey-flythe Twitter @cnstarkeyflythe


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TRL MAGAZINE HOLIDAY 2015  

The Rhythmic Lounge Magazine is the print and digital platform for all creative talents (Musicians, Artists, Entertainers, and more!) From f...

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