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Wes Krave is #Flyah







A well seasoned stage artist, Wes Krave, born Charles Wesley Lewis Jr. has performed alongside many Hip Hop heavy weights including Pleasure P, Cash Out, Trick Daddy, 2 Chainz and the late Shawty Lo. Spanning his demographic to the masses, he prepares to release his debut album “By The Code” which underlies the transformation he has gone through in his time on and off from the music scene. His new Album is undoubtedly reality rap, music that everybody in any situation can vibe to. The sharp lyrics about his real experiences remind all us to stay driven and be the best without jeopardizing your character. “ By The Code” enlightens audiences on a gut level, finding a common ground in experiences that everyone and anyone can identify with. Wes began experimenting with music in 2002 when he and his childhood friend, Drego dropped their first album titled, Rap Hustlers. He then took a hiatus from music but from time to time being featured on his friends tracks. Although he wasn’t officially dropping solo projects, he was still writing and putting songs together, growing his musical vault. In 2009 he realized that rap was his true passion, a few eye awakening experiences also prompted him to change his direction in life. Now really focusing on writing and recording songs, He says “after recording in a real studio,” is when he truly felt his dreams coming to actualization. Soon came his first official mixtape, “ Western Union- Fastest Way to Get Money Vol 1.” Ultimately linking up with a heavy hitter in the Music Video Industry , Jordan Towers, filming videos around the globe. Always being the one to pave the way for his own greatness, Wes ventured into show promotions, throwing his own shows to generate income from his music. He found a knack for this and began hosting shows bringing well known Hip Hop Artists to the panhandle. Naturally Wes was drawn back to the booth and collabed again with his partner Drego and dropped “FLA2GA”. Soon after, he started working on another solo project the “ BP Re-Up”. At this time the Gulf Coast had been heavily affected by the oil spill and he was forced to broaden his promotional shows to different areas in the south. He then began booking city to city tours hitting the stage with artists such as Ace Hood, Rocko, and Young Dro. From this tour spawned his hit singles “ Rock and Roll and Bleed the Block”. Promoting began to really overshadow his initial dream, which was making music so he changed directions once again. During his hiatus he attained his college degree and successfully started a few businesses one being building his own studio and starting his own label, Last of the Mo Records. As to be expected this drove him back to his true found passion of music which has lead us to his newly anticipated album “By the Code”. Being independent has given me the freedom to be myself and to make the music exactly the way I want to make it,” he declares. “The songwriting is far more detailed, and that was reflected in how I recorded. We recorded twenty-five songs, and I picked eleven.” “By the Code” is not your typical rap album, it is an experience.Wes Krave is releasing his music precisely the way he’s always wanted, creating a fully realized album that is the culmination of where he’s been and where he’s going, and one that is sure to win him the notoriety that is demanded by the legitimacy and quality of his songs. People who care about hip-hop are anticipating Wes Krave’s debut album with baited breath. Stay connected and up to speed on his latest news at http://www.weskrave.com

Monday

“TPT” - ''Hydra'' is #Flyah






Artis “TPT” Edwards, (Trials, Pain, Tribulation), is an Austin, Texas, born and raised Hip-hop music artist. At the young age of 12 he realized that Hip-hop was the field he wanted to go into. He idolized Hip Hop legends such as Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z, Nas, and Biggie Smalls. He started keeping it simple; recording on a basic Sony tape recorder with a few friends from his neighborhood, TPT realized his natural gift for rapping. Upon his discovery, he shifted gears and began exploring the music business on a more serious note. Not long after TPT decided he wanted to learn more, so he then enrolled in the Music Technology Recording Arts program at Foothill Community College. TPT gained a lot of inspiration in his Songwriters’ workshop course taught by Veteran songwriter Jim Bruno. As well as he learned about music production in his “Producing in a Home Studio taught by Bruce Tambling. TPT is actually still in school now learning everything about music from History to composing, even taking an interest in Mozart and Beethoven. 

TPT currently records at Spitshine Studios with Russ Pickman of Austin, Texas, Christopher Loke at LitUpAv studios in Garfield, Texas and is currently in the development of his own studio in Bastrop, Texas. He has performed at multiple venues including Spinner’s Live, Ponderosa, and Austin Lounge. In 2014 He open for Rap super star Trina and also open for Juvenile in 2012 (links below).
 TPT has recorder over 40 full-length unreleased albums averaging about 12-22 songs each. They range from his Real Music series to his multiple mix tapes he has done in collaboration of a lot of local and international music artist, DJ’s and engineers. He recently released his music video “Last Caesar” which takes place in the desert depicting TPT as a soldier lost. This video was recorder by Hip-hop artist and videographer Jay Mackall and has earned multiple nomination and awards including #3 on the Magic Music Video show in 2015 and the 2016 Coast to Cost video competition. This song is the hit single of his new album Real Music Vol. 4: Last Caesar which is gaining much promotion and energy from radio stations and TPT’s social media fan base. Just in 2016 TPT has been promoting 2 hot new singles including “Shout Out” feat Meet Sims as well as a heartfelt single “War” which touches on a lot of the issues we are currently facing in our economy.
TPT is in the progress of many projects worldwide. He’s working with a California “Black Lives Matter” campaign in which he has written and recorded one of the headlining songs for the festival as well as his single will be featured and the top song o an upcoming Atlanta recorder movie. Speaking of Movies, TPT has been in a variety of TV shows including ABC’s The Lying Game, American Crimes written and produced by John Ridley, most known for his movie 12 years a Slave. He also did some extra work in Friday Night Lights and is the spokes model for both Complete Culture of Austin, Texas and Mary Jane Vodka in Canada. As you can tell, TPT, does not hold back when it comes to being active in the industry on all levels from recording to acting and modeling.
TPT plans to continue his progress upward in the industry. He’s already begun working on his next group of albums and mixtapes including a new release entitled “Ghost” in which he worked with a wide range of Austin, Texas artist. He wants to work with the community hoping to help others go after their dreams and become the people they always wanted to be. He’s working on his clothing line call FIT by TPT which is making in order to provide stylish clothing at a low cost so that anyone can afford it. He is the change the Hip-hop community so desperately needs so continue to watch him as he pushes forward and achieves all the he should.

Jerry Jean - Future




Jerry Jean is an internationally acclaimed songwriter, producer, and musician in New York' City’s independent music scene. Jerry has written and produced three EPs and a full length album, Do We Reach Home.  Jerry's genre-defying style draws from pop, alternative, soul, electronic, and classical music. His melancholy and earnest lyrics are often layered over a labyrinth of strings, synthesizers, drums and piano.
Jerry was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and immigrated to the United States as a young child. Raised in New Jersey, Jerry began violin lessons at age 4 and piano lessons at age 7. As an adolescent, he abandoned formal classical lessons and started playing and singing the deep catalog of Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, and Billy Joel on the family piano. He also played in his high school jazz ensemble, and was selected as NJ’s All-State jazz pianist his junior year.
Jerry moved to New York City to attend NYU's Steinhardt School, where he completed his BA and MA in vocal performance, with additional studies in music composition. On the music production side, he was largely self-taught, watching countless YouTube tutorials and self-producing all of his own work.
Jerry released his debut EP, Fighting For You, in 2012. The album is a one-man tour de force - Jerry wrote every note, played every instrument, and produced and mixed each track. The EP is emblematic of what a solo artist can create "in the box,” and is a collection of love songs, thought pieces, and a touch of electronica. The EP charted on iTunes the day of release, temporarily eclipsing major label artists.
His second EP, Your Love, features female artists singing about love, loss and heart break. Jerry’s songwriting coalesces into a pop/soul hybrid, and the album includes vocalists Amber Iman (HamiltonShuffle Along) and Corbin Reid (RentAmerican Idiot). The title track, “Your Love,” is a 2014 International Songwriting Competition winner.
Jerry's third EP, Far Away, a collaboration with Paul Beaubrun, tackles issues of social justice. Beaubrun, one of Haiti’s rising stars, joins Jerry on two searing songs about racial profiling and the search for unity and understanding. The second track, “Enough,” is a 2016 Global Peace Song Awards finalist.
Jerry's 2017 full-length debut solo album, Do We Reach Home, explores the strains of modern living, human connection, and renewal. Cinematic and grand, Jerry weaves together haunting melodies and searching lyrics over live strings and a warm, piano-driven backdrop. Each song is a miniature think piece, and they collectively explore the search for home and belonging amidst the fragmentation of truth in the social media era. Top conservatory-trained NYC musicians from both the classical and rock worlds round out Jerry’s vocals and piano. Extensive layering techniques involving microphone and instrument swapping were utilized with 8 string players to achieve a lush orchestral blend. John O’Reilly, Jr. (fun., The Format) anchors the rhythm section. Jerry produced and arranged the album, Bryan Cook (One Republic, Train) mixed, and 11-time Grammy winner Bob Ludwig mastered. Vinyl was cut by Scott Hull at Masterdisk, and the album is available as a 180 gram double LP at 45rpm for optimum analog sound. The single-take music video for the title track, “Do We Reach Home,” features Jerry and an enigmatic modern dancer against a post-industrial backdrop.  It has been viewed over 1 million times on Facebook.

Baha Men - Ride with Me





It almost doesn’t seem fair; that a nation so rich in beauty bear an artistic heritage every bit as vibrant as the beaches and the islands themselves. This deep musical legacy of the Bahamas might have forever remained a secret, shared only with visitors to this paradise, if not for the runaway global success of the Baha Men. In the summer of 2000, all eyes – and ears – turned to the string of pristine Caribbean islands as the Baha Men mixed the beloved junkanoo festival spirit with a relentlessly captivating chorus. “Who Let The Dogs Out” was irresistible. Undoubtedly the only pop anthem to ever feature a goat-skin goombay drum, the song immediately rose to the top of the charts throughout the world and became a sports stadium phenomenon as teams fought to call it their official battle cry.

The universal appeal of the song carried the sound of the Bahamas across the globe. Local officials called the Baha Men the nation’s greatest musical ambassadors. The band played in cities, in states and in countries where all language barriers disappeared the moment the beat of the goombay began. The Baha Men, thrilled as they watched the world discover their music, kept on doing what they’d be doing for the previous 20 years. They turned every concert into a junkanoo festival, rooted in pulsating island rhythms but with an uncanny ability to appeal to everyone. They were a band long before “Who Let The Dogs Out” and had no plans to change anything now. Even Rolling Stone magazine knew of the Baha Men’s enduring musical journey, declaring, “After 20 years, the Baha Men are an overnight success.”

As “Dogs” settled into a comfortable level of eternal popularity through video games, blockbuster films, commercials and children’s albums, the Baha Men continued doing what they loved best – touring. The band performed concerts around the world, always including their favorite stop, the Bahamas. And they continued to write songs that bridge the islands with pop culture like no other artist before them. In 2014, the time seemed right to share their new songs so the Baha Men signed with SONY Music Entertainment. Immediately, their “Night & Day” was selected for the FIFA and SONY Music Entertainment ONE LOVE, ONE RHYTHM: THE OFFICIAL 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP ALBUM. Celebrating that summer’s FIFA World Cup championship, the album matched the Baha Men alongside Pitbull featuring Jennifer Lopez & Claudia Leitte, Santana & Wyclef featuring Avicii & Alexandre Pires, Arlindo Cruz, Ricky Martin, Psirico, Sergio Mendes & Carlinhos Brown, Shakira, AdelĂ©n and many more. “It’s got an island-style party beat that no one can resist getting up and dancing to,” says Baha Men vocalist Dyson Knight, “whether they are from South America, the Caribbean, Japan or the US…or anywhere!”

“Night & Day” marks the first single off of the new Baha Men EP, RIDE WITH ME, due in the fall of 2015. Produced by Grammy winner Troyton Rami (Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Tego Calderon and Wayne Wonder), the band’s infectious energy easily made its way into Rami’s Black Shadows studio in Miami. “The guys are really quiet normally,” Rami recalls, “but when the music is playing they transcend into a musical experience, not just with their voices but their hands and bodies. Everything around them becomes a musical instrument.” “There was a moment when Rick and Dyson were recording,” he continues, “and they were jumping around the studio, drumming with their hands on top of the mixing board and just about anything else within their reach and I really got a chance to see how they come to life when they get caught up in the rhythm of the songs.”

“We want people to be happy,” explains vocalist Knight. “We want them to feel that it’s okay to let loose, to know that there are some good things in the world, there is a reason to enjoy life, feel good about themselves.” “This album puts you in a place where you’re happy,” agrees Rami. “Your frame of mind just changes because of the musical vibe of what’s playing.”

“And we wanted to definitely include the junkanoo sound,” explains band leader Isaiah Taylor, “making it current so that it could appeal to every kind of person. We even used junkanoo-type syncopation in the melodies of the songs. So on a lot of the tracks, we are singing in the way that would probably be played by a brass section. We were so lucky to have Troyton, who understood this. He helped us turn the feel-good spirit of the Bahamas into music.”

And fear not, the goombay is still front and center. “It’s the basis, the structure of the music,” says Knight. “We couldn’t be the Baha Men without it.”

Natalie Jean - Unafraid









Natalie Jean is a talented award winning singer/songwriter performer.  She is also a Grammy voting Member. As a young child she used to sing along with her father, Guy R. Jean, a famous Haitian artist, in their home. She started her career by writing poetry. However, music has always been her passion. In April of 2013, Natalie released her first CD entitled, Obsession. In 2014, she released her second album, a self-titled album, “Natalie Jean.” She has performed at the following venues in the MD/DC area, French Embassy, Takoma Station, Ebenezers Coffeehouse, Twins Jazz, Mad Momos, and the Pinch. In 2014, she performed at the Cherry Blossom Festival, The Black Fox Lounge, Bistrot Lepic, Sofitel Hotel, Cafe Zed and Tree House Lounge. She also appeared on WPFW, a Jazz station in Washington DC. She has also begun to write and perform for many different genres besides her own, such as Rap, Country, Dance, and Heavy metal. In 2014, she was nominated in the Best Dance Category in the 2014 Artist in Music Awards, as well as having 5 nominations in The 2014 Indie Music Music Channel Awards for Best Blues Song, Best Blues Artist, Best Jazz Song, Best Best Rap Song, and Best R&B Artist. She was also nominated in the LA Music Awards in the Pop category. She was also made the top 30 in the international Category in the Australian Songwriting Contest. She was also nominated in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for Best Blues Song and Best Female vocalist. She also received 5 nominations in the International Music and Entertainment Association in the categories of Spiritual, Jazz, Pop, Hip Hop, Christian artist. She has several wings in the Akademia Music Awards for best Jazz(2), Best Blues,  Best Heavy metal song, Best Adult Contemporary, Dance, and Best Rap. She was also listed as a Semi-Finalist in the UK Songwriting contest in the categories of Music Video, Love Song, Dance, Singer/Songwriter, and Pop Song. Her album "Obsession," and song Don't Know were nominated in the Indees. In 2014, she was also listed on the Grammy ballot. In 2015, she released her third album, a French Pop album titled “Lecons D’Amour.”The French album also placed on the 2015 Grammy Ballot. She won for best Jazz Song with Trevor Sewell, a collaboration, she did with one of his songs. She also won Best R&B song for her song “Hands Up and Best Dance/European for her song( which was written by her father, Guy R. Jean), “C’est Toi et Moi.” She also won Best Dance Song for her song “Can You Hear Them” in the Akademia Music Awards, a collaboration with Gurkan Asick, a young producer from TurkeyShe recently won for “Best Jazz Song,” in the Hollywood Songwriting Contest. Her song Mon Ange, was a semi-finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest, and it won for best Pop European song in the Akademia Music Awards. C’est Toi et Moi was listed in the top 10 in the Australian Songwriting Contest. She won Pop Music Video of The Year in the Josie Show Awards. She also won Best 2015 R&B Artist by the Fair Country Music company located in Germany. Also in 2016, she is a Semi-finalist in the 2015 International Songwriting Competition for her song “Mon Ange.” Bronze Medal winner in the Pop category in the Global Music Awards and nominated for World Music Recording and World Music Artist in the Wammies, a Washington, DC Music Awards Show. Also, she is a finalist in the 2016 World Wide Music Contest. Also she is nominated in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards in the female vocal category. She was nominated in the Hollywood Songwriting Contest in the Pop and performance categories. She has also been nominated in the 2016 Josie Music Awards in the Pop, R&B, Jazz, World, and Best Collaboration categories. She is a semi-finalist in the 2016 UK Songwriting Contest and recently won for Best Performance in the American Songwriting Awards for her song “Mon Ange.” She also won silver for her song “Looking Back” in the pop category for her song “Looking Back.” She has just released three songs from her upcoming album, “Looking Back,”Please Don’t,” and “Now I See.” Her new album was released on July 8 2016. She is a passionate singer. You can feel every note when she sings. Natalie can also sing in French, Spanish, and Creole. Natalie Jean is mostly influenced by artist such as Lena Horne, Celine Dion, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald.

Smooth4Lyfe with a New sound





Joey Ofori is Smooth4Lyfe, an artist who puts as much energy in his music as he has in his personality. Born and raised in Silver Spring, MD, he always had a passion for all styles of music. He first created his first electronic album at 14 with a small DJ mixer set on a PC, and from that day on, he knew he had calling in this industry. His music ranges from house, to techno, to club, and even hip hop and r&b, with sounds and beats similar to those of David Guetta, Black Eyed Peas, Kaskade, Tiesto, and Diplo. Smooth4Lyfe is also a gamer, and uses his talents to create remixes of video game music upon request for his fans. He has created remixes of video game music from Sonic the Hedgehog, Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, and others. His favorite video game icon is Sonic the Hedgehog, Smooth4Lyfe has had his music played all around the world, and has had many nominations for his songs, including one for the L.A. Music Awards Hip Hop Song of the Year in 2008, and top placement in the Billboard Music Awards. He has also been featured on 3 full pages of Acid Jazz magazine. Smooth4Lyfe currently has many albums released, including his “Hip Hop & RnB Instrumentals” volume series and “Video Game Music Remixes” volumes. Though his earlier releases came from a “non-serious” approach, he began taking his music more seriously. Even though he currently chooses not to perform and tour seriously at the moment, his passion for music and the energy of his fans will keep him alive, putting more music for his fans to enjoy.

Eldie Anthony - On top of the world





Singer Eldie Anthony of Kingston, Jamaica is one of the island’s most promising entertainers on the rise and has been winning the hearts of music fans from various genres on a global level due to his versatility as an artist compiled with his captivating sound and endless melodies. Popularly known for being the winner of three competitions; Turbulence’s Talent Search, Morgan Heritage Talent Search, and TVJ’s morning show “Smile Jamaica’s Roll Out”, Eldie was destined for stardom. Musically mentored by the great Reggae Icon, Beres Hammond, Eldie has developed and polished his craft with Mr. Hammond’s expert guidance. He has taken what he has learned and has applied it in many areas of music. Eldie is an extremely versatile singer/songwriter who has crossed over in various music genres such as Reggae, R&B, Dancehall, Pop, Reggaeton, Dance, Techno, Dubstep and Hip Hop. His songs are filled with heartfelt melodies that will bring tears to your eyes.
After many years of searching for his big break, Eldie decided to take a unique approach to his advancement by becoming the CEO of his own career with the assistance of “The Worldwide Reggae Embassy” ( A career and business advancement organization) and other Music Embassies which he is utilizing for his furtherance in the industry. By partnering with the organization, he is not only learning the ropes of the music industry, yet also has acquired a massive team of consultants and executives to assist him in every step of the way to ensure success.
Due to the many struggles of trying to make it in the industry over the years, it was his passion and goal to assist others with their advancement and dreams once he became famous. Yet this opportunity has already manifested itself as he has already begun to assist others within the organization while still in development of his brand and career launch. He participated as an Assistant Musical Director in the Embassies’ Musical Adventure Week where he co-wrote and co-produced songs for his fellow Embassy-mates such as Ma’Niche (Pop Music Embassy), I-Noble (Reggae Embassy), C-Zer (Hip Hop Embassy) and Charly King (Pop Music Embassy). He is now called the “Neyo” of the organization due to his many talents of songwriting, arranging, co-producing and music consulting in which is greatly appreciated by all of his fellow Embassy-mates.
Eldie Anthony has made history for not only himself but the genre of Reggae and Jamaica as well. He is the first up-and-coming artist in the world who has ever released a full-length debut DOUBLE album at the launch of his career. He has worked with numerous international composers from across the globe from the US, UK, Jamaica, Russia and Trinidad.
His album entitled BREAK FREE consists of two sides. Side one is entitled BREAK FREE – REGGAE VIBRATION which was developed strictly for the Reggae lovers who want authentic Jamaican music with no influence of mainstream music. Both albums were produced by Eldie Anthony and Music Embassies’ Executive Christina Grand. However, many tracks were co-produced with other Embassy clients such as composer/producer Askell and Eldie’s cousin, David “Jukie” Leckie.
The second side of the album is entitled BREAK FREE – YAADSTREAM. The word Yaadstream had been created by Eldie Anthony and Christina Grand to describe the fusion of Jamaican and Mainstream music. The title of the fusion has been accepted by the Music Embassies and the official Embassy of the Reggae Industry; Reggae Embassy. It is now considered as the official new title of the fusion genre which combines Jamaican music with Mainstream music such as Pop, Hip Hop, and R & B. Eldie Anthony’s album, “Yaadstream”, consists of exactly just that and was the perfect title for the album which solidifies the genre’s name.
Both sides of the BREAK FREE ALBUM are available online on most online stores such as iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and more. Physical sales are available directly through the Reggae Embassy and Music Embassies. Many have contacted the Reggae Embassy and said they have become an instant fan by just listening to the short preview of each song on iTunes. His voice has been referred to as golden and velvet with a sound like no other. Sales have been doing well even prior to the official media launch of the album and Eldie’s career.
The world will be seeing a great deal of Eldie Anthony across multiple music genres this year and years to come as he climbs to the top. It is evident that it is just a matter of time for Eldie to take his position as an icon in the music industry and be warmly welcomed into the hearts of many worldwide.

Lynn - Rise HIgh





Up and coming pop talent Lynn is preparing the release of her 2nd single “Rise High” due out in March 2017. The track is taken from her upcoming EP which is expected later this year.

Singing from the moment she can remember, Lynn was gracing stages by the time she was just five years old and by the age of nine she was jotting lyrics in her notepad wherever she went. At high school she had a little trouble fitting into established cliques turning to music as her escape. With no fewer than 4 piano teachers fighting a losing battle against the youngsters ADHD, Lynn had already gained enough confidence on the instrument on her own via trial and error:
"It became a habit that anytime I felt upset or mad about something that happened to me I would just put it in a song"
Aged just 18, the singer displays an enviable level of maturity on her 2nd single. “Rise High” was written and composed by Lynn with producer Yoad Nevo (who famously worked with Sia,  Moby and Sophie Ellis Bextor to name but a few) at Nevo Sound Studios in London. The track Influenced by pop music from the 90’s, with a more up to date production, shifting between soft clean pop to rock elements, giving a more powerful messy feel to the song.

Lauren Brombert is #Flyah






Haunting alternative pop/rock melodies that weave a sonic web of darkness and light. Nimble word craft that conjures up images so vivid they play out like a film. Both delivered by a voice that is equal parts velvet glove and black leather jacket: sensual and edgy, soft and powerful.
From the moment 14-year-old Lauren Brombert (pronounced Brom-BEAR) stepped behind the mic in a garage on the outskirts of Paris to sit in with the local band Duty Free, both she and everyone else in the room caught a glimpse of what the future held. She was hooked—and knew what she wanted to do. But there were big obstacles and long detours. “The message I got was that being a musician—especially a rock or pop musician—wasn’t an ‘appropriate’ career choice,” Brombert says. But it was a choice she was compelled to make. And keep making.
After degrees at Haverford College and Yale University and on her way to becoming a field linguist, she finally stopped resisting her passion and came to terms with what she felt she was meant to do: bring music into the world. 
Brombert started her journey as an indie artist in Chicago. It wasn’t long before her vocal and songwriting skills attracted some of Chicago’s finest musicians as band members, including bassist Bob Lizik (Brian Wilson) and drummer Ed Breckenfeld (Jim Peterik). Demonstrating she had “a knack for crafting alluring folk-rock melodies” (Jim DeRogatis, Chicago Sun-Times), her debut CD, From These Stones received critical acclaim and was chosen by Performing Songwriter magazine as a Top 12 DIY. 
In October 2015, award-winning artist/songwriter Lauren Brombert unleashed the single, “Once Bitten (Never Enough),” which won First Place in the Rock/Alt category of the Great American Song Contest—and was a finalist with a special shoutout from the judges in the UK Songwriting Contest. At its core a vampire long song, the dark-and-twisty passion-pop power ballad is also about Brombert’s relationship with music. The previous year, her alt-pop single, "Love's Carousel," received an “Outstanding Achievement for Songwriting” award in the 2013 Great American Songwriting Contest as a Top 5 Winner in the Adult Contemporary category. Most recently, she was again named as a finalist in the 2016 UK Songwriting Contest, this time in the EDM/Dance category.
The daughter of a Parisian and a New Yorker, Lauren grew up on both continents and was exposed to both classical and world music. But it was a Beatles record in her parents’ collection that ignited her musical passion. Immersion in different cultures honed her ability to perceive, feel and express what others experience. Whether drawing from her own life or the lives of others, her songs paint striking portraits that feel intensely personal, exposing insights into the complexity of what it means to be human. 
In addition to being featured on several radio stations and in a variety of publications, her song “Walls” appears on “Big Fish little Fish, Vol. 2” (Sweet Pickle Music), a compilation of Chicago’s emerging female artists. Now based in Denver, she has performed in various parts of the U.S. and has done shows in France. She has shared the stage with such artists as Pierce Pettis, Modern English, Kurt Neumann (The BoDeans) and Vertical Horizon. 
 The official “Once Bitten (Never Enough)” music video was released in November 2016 following a worldwide premiere on Live in Limbo. The next single, "Intoxicating," will be released in March 2017.


Swing Set -The Soul Remains





Swing Set
For ten strong years, from 1983 to 1993, Swing Set reigned as the Twin Cities' finest exponents of hook laden, guitar driven pure pop. Their cool-edged, rock/pop sound sent the group's first album Life Speeds Up quickly into the top 50 of the U.S./Boston Rocks college charts, and the group received commercial airplay in major markets from each of their next releases with the songs "Don't look Now" and Casting My Lines" from the CD The Soul Remains; and "The Hero" from their DIG release.

Mike Nilles … Lead/background vocals, lead/rythm guitars, songwriter, founder of the group … plays guitar with taste and feeling … writes and enjoys music with seductive melodies and thoughtful lyrics … plays many instruments … also works a recording engineer … musical faves: Beatles, Byrds, The Church.
Dan Prozinski … Lead/background vocals, lead/rythm guitars, songwriter … his inventive, ethereal guitar style is a result of Dan's love of the instrument and his never ending quest for a new "sound" … as a designer he helps create a stylish, modern visual look for the group … musical faves: Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler.
Kevin Foley … Lead/background vocals, bass guitar … always positive, always upbeat, an effervescent prankster loved by all … and like his buoyant bass grooves Kevin holds the band together … musical faves: Replacements, Bash and Pop, NRBQ.
Dave Nussbaum … Piano, synthesizer, songwriter, years of classical and pop training … an intuitive sense of melody and harmony … studious and inquisitive … just now coming into his own as a composer … provides the lush textures the band is known for … musical faves: you name it.
Mick Wirtz … Drums/percussion, background vocals, most musically trained and active of the five … is involved in jazz, big band, folk and computer drum programming … his style is fiery and imaginative … his upbeat, crazy yet steady good nature helps keep it all moving in time … musical faves: The Police, Weather Report, Box-Car Willie.


Swing Set "The Soul Remains" was first released on Blackberry Way Records in 1990. The Cd garnered airplay on both college and commercial FM radio stations as well as rave reviews nationwide. "Elegantly simplistic, reminiscent of REM and The Pretenders." -ALBUM NETWORK- "They've got the chops and the sense of style that show cool confidence...what a nice record." - ROCKPOOL MAGAZINE- "The Soul Remains" was named "Best Local Pop Record" by MPLS ST PAUL MAGAZINE Feb 1991. Their guitars churn and chime out memorable melodies while their lyrics grease the musical momentum without insulting your intelligence. It's a pop formula reminiscent of The Beatles, Byrds and REM, sounding as fresh as it is familiar. The band has placed three songs in STEVEN SODERBERGH'S critically acclaimed TV show "Red Oaks" now streaming on Amazon TV.  Both ROLLING STONE and VANITY FAIR rave about the "Red Oaks" soundtrack. We hope you enjoy listening to this music as much as we did in the making of this CD.

"Pop Stalwarts!"
- Billboard

"They've got the chops and sense of style that show cool confidence."
- Rockpool Magazine

"A lush intelligent exploration of spiritual restlessness that should appeal to fans of old Waterboys or new Sting." 
- Mpls. City Pages

"The best pure pop artifact on a local indie label, two solid songwriters that are distinctively allusive but not excessively mysterious."
- The Twin Cities Reader 

"One of those beautiful and wondrous pet bands who make some of the world's most magical and riveting music." - CMJ

 Engineered by Michael Owens & Kevin Glynn in 1988 , 1989. Produced by Michael Owens, Kevin Glynn & Swing Set. Remastered by Michael Owens @ Blackberry Way in 2016.



Jerry Collins with a lovely Gospel Song







Neither singer or songwriter, Jerry Collins is a freelance lyricist that allows studio musicians to provide melody and vocals to create his lyrics into hit songs. One musician is a music teacher from London and the other is a well known recording artist.
Jerry Collins, a FedEx employee and ghost hunter, is a difficult person to review. Jerry is neither a singer nor a songwriter. In essence he is a newbie lyricist who finds studio musicians to sing and complete his artistic visions and put them into song. So how do we judge Jerry’s’ work? Do we look for brilliance, creativity and imagination in words. Are the lyrics a poem set to music? Do they perfectly blend and influence the music? Do they compel the heart and the mind?


Jerry’s content is so deep, real, and sincere, listening to him feels like exactly how we imagine a relaxed, candid conversation with him would go. No pretentiousness. No fakeness. This is not even outright poetry – Just pure, God-given talent. 



Jerry on the other hand has captivated me with his story about the love and discovery of his music. It is such a joy to listen to him rhyme in simple prose that can be easily understood by anyone on any level.



Again, if we go back to the standard judging criteria and components of good lyrics, we’ll see that they consist of the Hook, Originality, Appeal, Focus, Phrasing and Form. But we like to look beyond that when appreciating a lyric sheet or its lyricist.



So when listening to Jerry Collins’ lyrics, we ask ourselves the following: Do the lyrics move me, draw me in, pull on my heartstrings, make me laugh, cry, think, or react? Do they entertain me? And ultimately, are they believable? We have already positively answered all those questions.



Jerry has raised the bar with each release. This album definitely represents a journey towards a much more melodic sound and is full of depth and texture. Once again the lyrics are deeply meaningful, and yet with every line he keeps it clever and fresh. I think you can hear some major growth and refinement from Jerry Collins with each new release.



Sunday

Thursday

Gavin Clark and Mojib with Latanies Remix Ive got a Future( Flyah Review)





The song I've got a future has definitely brought a level of professionalism to the music business.  The mixing of this track is great and the piano that starts at 2:06 brings a warmth to this song. Listening to this track I imagine many things such as blue sky's and starry nights.  The song brings about inspiration to achieve long life and success.  Picture your self climbing mountain Everest with everybody telling you that you're foolish to take on such a challenge. The whole time you know you have what it takes to conquer all obstacles. That's why  ''I've got a future'' is a proud statement to be spoken, hopefully to be heard and taken seriously.  The vocal track is appealing, smooth and leaves a lasting impression on the listener.  The instrumentation is also remarkable and fits this ballet to a T.  If I had to rate this song on a scale of one to ten,  I would give it a 8 out of ten for composition and delivery.  Overall this song is great and would stand within the hands time




Tuesday

Bring the Royal Ruckus



Royal Ruckus started with a couple high school kids in Bakersfield, CA in 1998 trying to make positive hip-hop music. They released a number of records, and built a buzz that gained them national attention, and landed them a record deal on a label out of Nashville.
After a fun ride, they ended up quiet for a number of years, soft-releasing a few projects here and there, but largely staying out of the spotlight. In 2017, they return with their most ambitious project ever: a double album, wrapped around a story-line and a metaphor based on the cicada, the strange insect that spends most of its life quietly underground, before coming out to make a royal ruckus above ground for a season. The cicada is every man: longing to live, but spending so much time in preparation for really living.
For their latest project, they called in help from about two dozen of their friends, and made their strongest project ever. It's a journey through joy and pain, life and death, friendship and struggle.


Invisible Library Records Releases a Double Album from Royal Ruckus, The Summer of Cicadas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(January 6, 2017) Nashville, TN—Royal Ruckus, an unconventional hip-hop group formed in California in 1998, are preparing to release their magnum opus, a double album entitled The Summer of Cicadas through Nashville-based Invisible Library Records.
The album is available for preorder now at http://summerofthecicadas.com in both digital and physical form, with its first single “The Waitress Song” out now. News about the resurgence of these “cicada rappers” has fans on the edge of their seat, and their most loyal backers successfully funded the project through the grassroots angle of Kickstarter.
Royal Ruckus is comprised of members Michael Walker and Jamey Bennett (Flatline and Chunjay, respectively), natives of Bakersfield, California. Flatline now hails from Austin, Texas, and Chunjay lives in South Florida. The album was created largely through Dropbox collaboration, with vocal performances, and mixing and mastering in person at TWLVS in Fort Worth, Texas by DJ Sean P.
The first half of the album is the fruit of the collaboration of the Royal Ruckus duo, while the second half is a “solo project” of emcee Chunjay, with a great set of guest artists, including friends of RR such as Pigeon John, Eligh of Living Legends, Bonafide of GRITS, ManChild of Mars ILL, and Cookbook of LA Symphony.
While rarely attempted by rap artists, this is a full-blown concept album, exploring themes of love and loss, joy and pain, legacy and temporality. To accomplish this, the primary metaphor explores human life through the life cycle of a cicada, an insect that spends most of its life underground preparing and dreaming of a life above ground—and when the cicada finds fulfillment above ground, its life is brief, and it returns to the earth. The second metaphor is of “lone gunmen,” capturing the tension in life between individuality and togetherness. Listeners can expect to be entertained and challenged, but most certainly the record will inspire plenty ofhip-bone shaking.
The duo has been living up to their name Royal Ruckus as they are capable of creating a quite a commotion whenever they release a project. They have released more than half a dozen albums over the years and have been featured on many compilations, but there is no argument that this is their finest moment. The eclectic sounds of Royal Ruckus incorporate elements of rock n roll, electro, trap, and pop—but never straying far from their roots in classic hip-hop, sometimes reminiscent of Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, or Run DMC. They deliver slick hip-hop beats with culturally relevant topics, maintaining their signature tongue-in-cheek, off-beat approach and a little something to think about.
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Kevin Beadles - All Down for Flyah



Kevin Beadles unites indie pop-rock with the back porch drawl of gospel, blues, and alt. county. What you get is roots music with plenty of branches. Grand Prize Winner of both Great American Song Contest & West Coast Songwriters Int'l Contest.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EVERYONE IS GETTING “ALL DOWN FOR AUSTIN”
Kevin Beadles’ latest single, “All Down for Austin,” is a fun-loving country-flavored composition inspired by the South by Southwest music festival.
(BERKELEY, CA, U.S.A) MARCH 7th, 2017 – This time of year, everyone is getting ready to head down to Austin for SXSW (South by Southwest). It was during a recent trip to the famed festival that Kevin Beadles was inspired to pen his latest track, “All Down for Austin.” The song is a country-flavored composition that showcases Kevin’s award-winning ability to pair hooky melodies with clever, entertaining storylines.
Kevin Beadles - All Down for Austin
All Down for Austin” was written by Beadles and his lead guitarist, John Foster. The lyrics capture their wild adventure traveling from Northern California down to Texas to perform in Austin for the first time. With 3000 bands converging on the “Live Music Capital of the World,” few things went as expected, but they still had a blast playing there. Kevin explains, “This song was born the night we gigged in a dive bar down on 6th Street and could barely hear ourselves over the roar of the party outside.”

That night in Texas turned out to be a serendipitous evening for Beadles, as his band got to meet popular New Orleans roots rockers, The Iguanas, and legendary drummer Brady Blade (DylanEmmylouDave Matthews). Blade not only is mentioned in the lyrics of “All Down for Austin” but played on the track. Kevin elaborates, “The next year, we’re back in Austin, this time sharing a bill with Brady. So, we ask him if we could give a shout-out in our new song. To our surprise, he not only agreed but said, ‘Hell, I’ll play drums on it if you want me to!”
A stack of talented artists accompanies Blade and Beadles on “All Down for Austin,” including top-notch Bay Area artist Loralee Christensen on backing vocals. Robert Powell – a guitar guru who’s worked alongside Peter Gabriel and Jackson Browne – lent his skills on the lap steel. “All Down for Austin” will be on Beadles’ forthcoming album titled, Be Young Today, due out in 2018. Beadles has a new music video to accompany this fun-loving, country-fried composition. So, if you don’t have time to trek to Texas, follow Kevin Beadles’ “track,” and experience SXSW by cueing up “All Down for Austin.”


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Wednesday

Charlotte Cardinale - Florescentia #Flyah #Music #Review





Charlotte (Deborah) Cardinale is an Italian emerging singer-songwriter born in Palermo 21 years ago and then moved to Rome. Her passion for music started during childhood, while listening to David Bowie and Pink Floyd’s records with her dad. A little later she began studying guitar and piano; at 18 she began writing her first songs in English and shortly after started performing in the first Roman clubs, thus making her music known to the public. Her musical influences range from Amy Winehouse to Lana Del Rey up to Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash. Florescentia was produced by Maqueta Records with the participation of the crowdfunding platform Musicraiser. Arranged by Luca Bellanova and with Antonio Lana on drums, Gerlando Accurso on bass and Simone Battista on acoustic and electric guitars, Florescentia was mixed and mastered by Fabrizio Simoncioni and Fernando Alba at the DPOT Studios of Prato and Rolls Noise in Rome. Soon the video and single Dust And Tears will be released on the artist and Maqueta Records’ YouTube channel.


When first hearing Charlotte Cardinale's EP Florescentia I was blown away instantly.  I had to say to myself "this artist is remarkable!"  Her style is like a mixture of Blues and rock n roll and kind of remind me of Macy Grey and Jill Scott.  The band has a sound that would be compared to The Roots although they are not in the same genre.  Her lyrics are heart felt from the beginning to the end.  I can feel her perception on life and love because I have been through the ups and downs of relationships.  She has a sound that is genuine and her range is exceptional by all cost.  The Song that stood out the most to me was the second song on this EP which is entitled "Hands Together".  The way the guitars strum on this song really allows you to feel the pain and vibe of Charlotte Cardinale.  The instrumentation is awesome and the mixing is wonderful.  The music could definitely compete with the industry and win over the hearts of the listeners.   I have to say that third track "Monday" kind of went left field.  To me the upbeat tempo  throws off the feel of the album but still in all this is a great project.  I really was expecting something else when I first saw the name of this track because Monday's are usually mundane.  Maybe that sound is a reflection of her background and in today's time in order to be great you have to be different and pure.  If I had to rate this album on a scale of 1-10 I will give it a 8 for the lyrics, instrumentation composition and performance.


Thursday

Justin 3 is #Flyah




A pop rock band from Lithuania formed by Justinas Stanislovaitis (vocals,guitar), lyricists, singer/songwriter, known for numerous performances on National TV and being an actor in international musical "Rent" production, directed by Georg Malvius and Derek Barnes. Justin 3 was active for more than 6 years under the name “Alive Way“ and released five digital albums. Our songs are aired on almost all national and some international radio stations. We had numerous TV performances and played at the biggest Lithuania festivals such as „Rock Nights“, „Granatos“, “Vilnius Music Week“, „Loftas Fest“, „Biker Nights“.

For many music projects what makes them stand apart from the crowd isn't just their talent, but also their passion for their craft. Lithuanian pop rock band Justin 3 certainly have that in droves and it shines through in everything they do, whether their original work, their cover songs or their live shows. In exciting news, the band recently expanded their reach, announcing the debut of their first high energy pop/rock E.P  “Illusion”.

“We're very excited about the E.P 'Illusion' and totally pleased with how it came out,” commented the band's singer Justin. “Our live shows are always amazing and this E.P captures some of that energy.”

In addition to their new release, another recent project of Justin 3 is a campaign on the crowdfunding to support musicians and artists platform Patreon that can be seen at https://www.patreon.com/justin3. By donating to their Patreon fans can help Justin 3 receive a monthly donation to help pay band expenses like studio time, equipment costs, and other essentials. For a young band on the rise like Justin 3 even small donations have a huge positive impact.

Feedback for “Illusion” has been very positive.

Christine C., a music fan from Boston, recently said, “A friend told me about Justin 3 because they know I love acoustic rock and pop rock and they thought I'd really dig thie song 'Illusion”. They were totally right. Awesome vocals and really uplifting energy. I can't wait to hear more Justin 3.”
E.P "Illusion" is available for pre-order: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/illusion-ep/id1206784945

For more information be sure to visit http://justin3o.weebly.com.

The Como Brothers back with a Classic


 



THE COMO BROTHERS are singer/songwriters from New York known for their heartfelt lyrics and harmonies. Their style of songwriting draws from pop and blues originating from a love for acts such as The Beatles. The Como Brothers have gained recognition for their energetic performances, fun personalities and original songs. Matt and Andrew are now touring promoting their 2016 EP Jam Theory and currently recording a new album. Their song "Magic" will be the first single from the new album.
They have had the opportunity to work with Grammy winner drummer Steve Jordan, Grammy winner Graham Marsh, Grammy Nominated Stan Lynch, drummer Aaron Sterling, bassist Sean Hurley and keyboardist Andy Burton.
Performance experience ranges from opening for PJ Morton of Maroon 5, The Wallflowers, American Idol David Cook, American Idol Lee Dewyze, Howie Day, Ryan Beatty, Sam Woolf (American Idol contestant), Tyler Ward, Jillian Jensen (X-Factor and American Idol contestant) to name a few.



CAMERA SOUL, a powerful jazz-funk ensemble




CAMERA SOUL is a powerful jazz-funk ensemble, produced by Mr. Marco Rossi of Azzurra Music (Verona) and released and marketed in the Americas by Kathryn Ballard Shut of TIMKAT Entertainment (Denver, Colorado). Inspired by legendary horn line, soul, R&B, and jazz-fusion artists such as Earth, Wind and Fire, The Commodores, Tower of Power, and Stevie Wonder, as well as neo-soul grooves by Incognito, Erykah Badu, and Jamiroquai, the group is based out of southern Italy (Bari), and led by veteran composer-arranger brothers Piero and Pippo Lombardo.
Camera Soul’s distinctive sound is further defined by the sweet and soulful voice of lead vocalist Maria Enrica Lotesoriere (Dress Code – 2015 and Connections – 2017) and formerly by Serena Brancale on the group’s first two albums (Words Don’t Speak - 2011 and Not For Ordinary People – 2013).
The group features a world-class lineup of studio and live performance musicians, including Pippo Lombardo (piano), Beppe Sequestro (bass), Antonio Tosques (lead guitar, 2015-present), Francesco Palmitessa (lead guitar, 2011-2013), Gianluca Cardellichio (rhythm guitar, 2011-2014), Liviana Ferri (percussion), Fabio Delle Foglie (drums, 2014-present), Mimmo Campanale (drums, 2011-2013), Daniele Scannapieco and Bruno Tassone (tenor sax), Gianfranco Campagnoli and Alberto Di Leone (trumpet), and Piero Dotti and Elio Arcieri (background vocals).
Camera Soul has released four studio albums – Words Don’t Speak (2011), Not For Ordinary People (2013), Dress Code (2015), and now, Connections (2017). Each album delivers powerful jazz-funk, neo-soul, progressive Jazz, and a mixture of genres that have earned the group international critical acclaim, as well as worldwide distribution in Europe, America, and Japan.




2016 proved to be another explosive year of growth for Italian jazz-funk supergroup CAMERA SOUL, which kicked off with the band's debut at the internationally famous Umbria Winter Jazz Fest #23 in Orvieto, Italy, in the province that shares its name -- and in the same mountainous province which this past summer would experience mass devastation thanks to several major earthquakes.
The festival, which showcased Camera Soul alongside jazz greats such as Kurt Elling and Big Band, as well as Portland-based neo-soul star Jarrod Lawson and The Good People, ended on January 3, 2016. Once complete, the group headed into the studio to begin recording its fourth studio album, "Connections" (Azzurra Music), set to release worldwide on both CD and digital versions on January 25, 2017.
With each effort since 2011, the group's leaders, composer-brothers Piero and Pippo Lombardo, strive to raise both the musical and story bar. With "Connections", their longest and most robust album to date, Camera Soul offers 18 tracks that feature five instrumental interludes and thirteen full-length songs, all in deep tribute and memory of one of the composers' unquestioningly pervasive influences: producer, musician, and co-founder of Earth, Wind and Fire, Mr. Maurice White, whom the world lost this past year.
In addition to honoring Mr. White, the Brothers Lombardo chose the album's title and theme, "Connections", to be a continuous story arc of human interaction that reaches into every track and delves into the various ways that we affect each other daily.
For example, on dance anthem, "Help Yourself", lead vocalist Maria Enrica Lotesoriere encourages her mate to 'Help yourself to find your happiness', as she refuses to be the sole source of it. "Black Cat", a darkly funky trip, evokes a Stevie Wonder-esque mood of people bowing to old superstitions - "A black cat / Under the ladder ... / A broken mirror / On Friday 13 ..." And while there are certainly tales of various "love connections" about, "No Such Thing" specifically relates an unwanted, first-date connection who cannot seem to "take the hint" that there is no future relationship to be had. After a month of pleading, the driving chorus finally demands, "Hey! / Leave me 'lone / Shuffle off! / Find a home!"