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singer/songwriter John Michael Hersey




John Michael Hersey is a singer/songwriter known for his sophisticated yet accessible melding of rock, pop, folk, blues and country. Hersey is first and foremost a storyteller, one who happens to play a mean guitar.
On his latest album, You Got to Me, Hersey weaves a tapestry of mellow soul, folk-pop, doo-wop, adult alternative and roots rock. He has released five other albums of original material: Soup Du Jour (1999), Whirligig (2003), Mr. Lucky [with Speedo and the Cadillacs] (2004), How Am I Here? (2007), and Adirondack (2014).
Hersey grew up in the small town of Franklinville, NJ where he fronted his first band, Shale. In the 1980s, he moved to New York City and got a job playing guitar with doo-wop legends The Cadillacs, for whom he wrote and produced the album Mr. Lucky. In 1999, he released the album Soup Du Jour with Miles Away, a song about the alienation and loneliness one can feel in the big city. In the 2000s, Hersey began to strut his stuff as a guitarist, forging his own brand of blues on Heartbreak 101 from Whirligig and Running from the Blues from How Am I Here? In 2014, after spending time in prison, he released Adirondack with Sittin’ Pretty, a song about coming home a changed and grateful man.
Hersey’s latest album opens a new chapter, one defined by the redemptive power of love as heard in the title song You Got to Me.
Singer/Songwriter John Michael Hersey offers heartfelt pop-rock collection of love songs on You Got to Me
NEW YORK, NY – September 2016 Hersey releases YOU GOT TO ME a joyful and poignant collection of songs about finding and losing love. It follows up his “raw, hard, observant and thought provoking” 2014 album, ADIRONDACK(review: folkwords.com 5/23/14).
Hersey weaves a tapestry of mellow soul (“You Saved My Life” and “You Got to Me”), folk-pop (“I’m So in Love with You”), doo-wop (“Never Ever”), adult alternative (“Don’t Shy Away”) and roots rock (“Every Time I See You’).
The songs describe love’s arc: the life-changing excitement of falling in love, the gray areas of doubt and difficulty after infatuation is over (“In the Dark” and “It’s Not Black and White”) and anger and heartbreak at the relationship’s demise (“Curtain Call” and “Empty Love”). But love’s return is just a song away (“One on One” and “Falling”)! YOU GOT TO MEis a musical romantic novel with a happy ending (“Yes, I Love You”).
YOU GOT TO ME was written, performed and produced by Hersey with three songs co-written with composer Peter Millrose. He has released five other albums of original material: Soup Du Jour (1999), Whirligig (2003), Mr. Lucky [with Speedo and the Cadillacs] (2004), How Am I Here? (2007), and Adirondack (2014).
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Bum$quad is Flyah


 



Ziggy B, Ziggy Bryant, was always influenced by various styles of music Rap, Old School Hip Hop, R&B, Jazz, Soul, & Rock.  From a young age he was drawn to Andre 3000, someone who would truly make you go back and listen to catch all of his intricate lines.  He and his brother RJ, who also is an artist and producer, would listen to their dad rap and eventually picked up freestyling.  So he started writing around 10 years old, and once everyone took attention to him, began getting serious and recruting his brothers, Bum$quad, to use the blessing they eventually found they all had. 
        Fat Ray, Ray Lipscomb, has always been a fan of Trap music & Classic Hip Hop found inspiration in his brothers and took to the music scene also. The first hook he wrote was "Use It" immediately showing he deserved the same shine his brothers got. Generally the comic relief, once he took the craft serious he took off running. Doing music with his brothers, Bum$quad, that he had known for several years. He says after that music became more than something to do when him and his brothers was high, it was a way to keep their future bright.
         Young Suave, TiiMyr Roberts, was born and raised on the east side of Charlotte, Sandalwood Apartments. Coming from a single parent home, he managed to graduate high school and is now attending college. Hip Hop and music in general have been a big part of his entire life. From his moms love for Reggae and his grandad's love for Old School R&B. He has been rapping since about 10 years old but didn't actually write until the end of middle school. Nothing too serious on a few songs with his bestfriend, Ziggy B. Senior year in high school is when everything got formatted. Told his friends about a group name idea called Bum$quad and everyone took too it. As he got older and experienced more things, he feels that his rapping abilities have increased. He's just tryna make a name for himself, his city,his family, and his brothers. Bum$quad, "Stay up or Lay up".
         Bum$quad has a collective sound and each artist in the group carries there own style. There are 5 members in Bum$quad 3 of the 5 rap and one is a rising producer. The three rappers Ziggy B, Fat Ray, Young SuavĂ©  are very lyrical.  They all can put a song together and make it something. Ziggy B and Young SuavĂ© are the eldest out the group. Best friends of 15 years. Both always tried forming a rap group as just little kids on the school bus. After high school graduation these two decided they were going to chase this dream. Decided to recruit the closest friends Fat Ray, Quan, and Travvy. The Rest Is Soon To Be History!

Em Jay Get Your Focus Back






Em Jay was born in Lake Charles LA, the 2nd eldest of four children who all had fathers except him. Mother was more interested in the street life and fast times than raising children thus he's always felt cursed at birth.  Days & Weeks would go by without seeing his mother thus when she passed when he was 5 he went to live to with his grandmother who instilled the Fear of God, Retribution, Sacrifice and offered Order in his Chaos.  Residing by the railroad tracks he envisioned how far he could take them to reach a better life, then his Grandmother died.  His brothers and sisters had fathers so he was taken in by his Aunt who eventually moved to Houston for a better life. During this time is when Em Jay began to bounce around among family and learned from the streets how to be a man...still wanting to get away. Once he made his mind up he finally left because he had nothing, no one to provide for him being that he was living with family, not parents, in a two bedroom home with 8 children two women and he was the only male. He decided that they would be better off if he left to provide for his himself.




East Houston, The Eastside, is where Em Jay cut his teeth, packed his piece and sold them streets while consistently thinking about those rail road tracks and how far from the Million Dollar strip aka Federal Road his true talent could take him. On these streets he became known for his lyrical ability, demeanor and style. It wasn't until he hooked up with Shadow Black of Black House Productions that he finally found the conductor to create the tracks to allow his words, thoughts, emotions and insight to be connected together to move along the rails.



"Dat Funky Hood Sh!T" released in 2006 sold well on the Underground circuit as his wordplay, metaphorical systematic flows meshed his love of Hip Hop, Houston & Hog Legs (yeah you have to ask him about that reference!). His "Coon Dog Niggaz" track is widely played within Underground circles to this day ~ Classic! 



During this same time Em Jay was featured on the "Dat Fire" and the "Weed Food & Gas" Compilations all released independently which included tracks by Bun-B & K-Rino to name a few.  Then came along the opportunity which has made Em Jay a household name outside of Houston...InsanAsylum Productions (I.A.P.)



Em Jay joined forces with I.A.P. to create the classic mixtape "Whatchu Talkin Bout VOL I" which blew up as it was a project that squarely placed Em Jay as one of the top MCs of the South not only Houston; it can be heard on Mixcloud.com.  Following the nationwide recognition Em Jay stayed with I.A.P. to create this 2nd studio project "Coon Dog" which is available now and includes the singles "Focus", "Any Nigga"/"Anybody (Radio Edit)" and "No Time Fo' Trippin'" all three different types of vibes and styles further accentuating the finesse with which he holds the chrome.



2016 ~ NOW ~ Em Jay is featured once again on I.A.P.'s "Whatchu Talkin' Bout VOL II" mixtape and is currently working on his 3rd Studio Project which will include collabs with Montega Brix, E-Dawg, Psyco Sid, Sax Player Kyle Turner, Bassist Funky Fingas and others plus completing a Hip Hop remix of Flutist Ragan Whitside's "Funkuation" to feature E-Dawg as well.



Em Jay is now the conductor of the engine that pulls the cargo through tracks to destinations that make Amtrak jealous.  Jump on board, the train has left the station.





Thursday

Steven Gaines, Jus Allah and Bliss #Flyah Review



Steven Gaines, Jus Allah and Bliss are definitely bringing a old school  golden era vibe on their new joint Roam.  I listened to it a couple times and was amazed with the way they present lyrics in a professional manner.  Their beat selection reminds me of artist like Royce Da 59, Eminem, and Jedi Mind Tricks.  This sound has been hard to find in today's time because of the over saturated commercial music getting all the spotlight.  The word play is excellent, and the subject matter takes you a dark ride through the complex minds of these hip hop enthusiast.  I think these artist have the potential and experience to remain boom bap head's favorite artists.  I have heard of them before and I can say they are getting better with time.   If I had to rate this song I would give a 8 out of 10 for consistency, remarkable talent, wordplay and originality. 

Tuesday

JAD in Electric Stimulation - Flyah Review



 


JAD is a young, driven, creative writer that carries a message for the world. Through clever lyrics and cheeky melodies, he ignites a smile to which all people can relate. He aims to further the awareness of individuality and the power of gratitude through music and visual art.
He was born in South Carolina and currently lives in Memphis Tn, where he began a career in the fashion community as a runway show coordinator and model. After further diving into the local artistic community, he found a deep love for music. Passionate about his development in art, he has developed a unique sound and a memorable performance personality. To best describe, he resonates the theme of Comic Book meets Alternative Pop. Pulling inspiration from all forms of music and the aesthetic beauty of his hometown, he finds his place among the ever-changing current. 
" The Trend agenda makes it fun for me as a writer and performer. The constant change keeps it fresh and progressive. It allows me become more enlightened of that before me, and that which is soon to follow."
With his roots in Rock 'n Roll and Show tunes, he offers an animated sound that leaves a contagious, upbeat feeling with the listener. Through visual creativity, direct writing, memorable music, and artistic modeling, he pioneers the local creative community forward with individuality, persistence, enthusiasm, dedication, and the power of gratitude. 


3Dimensional Blends Pop, R&B, and Rap On New Album Release!


 


3Dimensional Blends Pop, R&B, and Rap On New Album Release!
Recognized as a dynamic duo, brothers Coleton and Logen are talented singers, songwriters, and dancers who have become known as 3Dimensional. Offering listeners a unique blend of original pop, soulful R&B and edgy rap, the brothers were discovered by Disney in 2011. Since their discovery, the young artists have received invitations to appear on numerous television shows performing their material.

Although still teenagers, sibling singer/songwriters Coleton and Logen appear as though they have been a staple in modern music for quite some time. Hailing from Tampa, Florida, the multi-talented brothers have brought lyrically meaningful, genre-bending R&B and hip hop to a wide audience of listeners both in Tampa, and internationally. Discovered by the Disney channel in 2011 on a showcase called The Event, the young musicians draw from personal experience and interpersonal relationships to create meaningful music that virtually any listener can relate to.
3Dimensional really began to pick up steam when they were discovered by producer Bryan Tyson of Deep Productions in 2015. It was then that the brothers began recording their soon to be released album, Netflicks & Chill, a title based on a popular internet meme. The brothers were a perfect fit with Tyson, who had the experience to set 3Dimensional on promising career path and harness the brothers’ love for entertaining.
Their newest single Netflicks & Chill has just been released and is a modern take on soulful R&B and rap, providing listeners with meaningful, poignant messages backed by infectious dance melodies. Over the next six months, the boys hope that their hectic personal lives will sync up with their artistic endeavors in order to work on marketing and promoting their music to a wider audience. For more information about 3Dimensional, visit their official site http://www.3dimensionalmusic.com, where the group is also available for
 booking
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JOHN THAYER - SINGER/SONGWRITER


JOHN THAYER - SINGER/SONGWRITER

"We did write a couple of songs together years ago" mentions singer/songwriter John Thayer about his younger brother Tommy Thayer, known as the lead guitarist in the rock band KISS.  "One that I remember that stands out is a song called Broken Arrow.  [Tommy] has always been very supportive of my music - giving me advice, tips, and some guidance - especially in the earlier days.  He was always more enamored with American guitar rock music than I was - Kiss, Aerosmith, Rush, Montrose - I always had more eclectic tastes like Yes, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Steely Dan, etc.  We both have always loved The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and The Who though.  Tommy is more of an observer of my music these days."
Born in Portland and raised in the suburb of Beaverton, Oregon to an upper middle class environment, John, along with his 4 siblings were strongly encouraged to follow their creative talents by their parents.  "I have always considered myself to be a proud Oregonian" John states finding a majority of his inspiration to create songs on the northern Oregon coastline of Cannon Beach where he has a summer home.  "Cannon Beach is an arts oriented community and is a great place for solitude and creative balance" Thayer mentions. 
After honing in on his songwriting skills, John eventually came into his own Indie Pop style in 2013 with the debut release of "Laurel Street" on EON Records. Three years after the release of his debut album, Thayer's musical creativity continued to become more sophisticated with the result being his upcoming EP titled "Face to Face" which will be released on the same label later this summer.
Contrary to his brother Tommy's rock style, John's 5-song EP is introspective in its lyrical nature and delivers more of an ethereal harmony throughout the songs, with current influences coming from such artists as Aqualung, Keane, and Phoenix.  Songs like the title track "Face To Face" (the first single off the EP) is about the listener being swept away by a dreamy concept of love into somewhat of a fantasy world of make believe bliss, while the song "Angel" is about finding the perfect true love from something that probably doesn't really exist.  
"Face to Face was co-produced by John Thayer and singer/songwriter producer Rob Daiker (Meredith Brooks, The Fame Riot) at Commune Studios in Portland Oregon and mixed by Greg Collins in Los Angeles (U2, Matchbox Twenty, No Doubt).  



Thursday

The Royal Dragoneers - Who will win the War?? #Flyah Book Review



 

The Royal Dragoneers starts off with a thrilling scene of a young hunter stalking a wounded stag. The hunter is training to be a King's Ranger. The stag had been in many battles and the hunter was prepared to win, and he did. Unexpectedly, the hunter becomes the hunted. Like all that's in the food chain, easy spoils are a desired token. Everyone was after the deer: the hunter, dragons, and trolls. I was very impressed with the way the author brings about detail and leads the reader on a path of excitement. By the end of chapter one, the reader should be left in a state of shock and confusion which will make them come back for more. The author will have the reader wondering how could something like death be at the main character's door step so early in the book. Characters like ogres, trolls, goblins, and talking dragons bring out the fiction and interesting side of this book. The protagonist, Jenka is brave and timid at the same time, which makes me believe he is an introvert that really thinks before he makes a move. Sometimes in life, one can be afraid of the reaction of another person, so they will be cautious about the things that they do. King Blanchard seems to be an antagonist who relies on bad thoughts about dragons and is afraid of the unknown forcing him make decisions based on theories and rumors. The king is blinded and he believes that humans are superior. By having these thoughts, he does not hesitate to move into other territories, which belongs to the trolls. He also acts thickheaded and driven by rage causing him to have poor relationships with the main characters. The humans, the trolls, and the dragons have been enemies for many years, but in this book there will be an alliance like no other. The war is bound to breakout and denial cannot be a factor in the current situation. Jenka talks to one of the dragons in the first chapter. Even if he tells the King or his men about his encounter with the dragon, they will not believe him or even believe that dragons can talk. This rules out the fact that Zahrellion knows about the future war. Zah has spoken with a dragon in the past, which warned her about the war between humans and the trolls. Jenka appears to have feelings for Zah, and I thought about how common it is growing up catching feelings for another person.

When I first read the setting about the wilderness, I thought about a mid 1990s movie Dragonheart, which had so many elements similar to those found in this book: talking dragons, wilderness, an impulsive king, and a protagonist training to be a King’s Ranger. While Jenka wanted to be a King’s Ranger, he eventually started having second thoughts about his destiny. We all have a destiny and it may not necessarily be what we think it is. In this story, Zah and Jenka are believed to be on a specific destiny based on their ability to talk to dragons. Reading about the people inhabiting the trolls’ territory made me think about population growth in today’s society, and how it has been an issue for animals not having a place to live due to more development. Where I live for example, which is central Virginia, there is plenty of housing development taking place, but animals such as bears and bobcats have been appearing in residential areas. This is because they have been forced out of their habitat. It is hard to believe these animals are more likely to be seen in a neighborhood today. If I had to rate this book on a scale, I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. In the first few chapters, the reader will get an idea of the overall story plot, and can follow along finding evidence and detail to support what the first few chapters revealed. My rating is based on insights and foreshadowing.

Tuesday

Christopher Vincent - Don't Let Me Down(COVER)





Born in Philadelphia, PA! Moved at the age of five and grew up in Gaithersburg, Md aka "MoCo". I come from a conservative driven family! One side heavily involved in religion and outreach, and not for profit work and my fathers side heavily engrossed in real estate, real estate investment and politics. I grew up attending private catholic and public school, which I believe is truly indicative of my character today!!   A more controlled, and subdued side, and the other side filled with fire, intrigue, and a desire to live and wanting to be more adventurous. Growing up I took piano, voice ,and clarinet lessons however my main passion was always singing ! Due to being shy, I never really did anything with my passion for singing And really kept it to myself and close friends!! I've spent majority of my life growing, working for my family and studying real estate and culinary arts! I've created my own catering business, and currently continuing to establish a career in the Mortgage Banking industry! My love from music derives from R&B, hip hop, hip pop, soul, jazz, rock, country, classical,classic rock, soul! Vocal influence stemming from Ottis Redding, Luther, vandross, Michael Bolton ,Pavarotti, to Celine Dion, Whitney, Brandy, and joe! And jay z, Notorious BIG. A wide variety of! Looking to make great sounding, and emotion evoking, music !

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Friday

Cool G--Smooth-- is #Flyah






Born and raised as Michael Glaze, Jr. to two supportive parents in Atlanta, Georgia, former athlete turned recording artist better known for his stage name, Cool G has always had a passion for various genres of music. He uncovered his musical talents while attending college on a baseball scholarship and began to spend countless hours after class and practice in his dorm room writing and recording songs. He launched his worldwide campaign on July 22, 2016 after inking a global distribution deal with Uniscope Distribution & Brand Services. Quickly gaining approval for his authentic sound, he credits pioneers like Outkast, 8Ball & MJG, Pimp C, and most of all his older brother, Jamal Glaze better known as Dirty Mouth of the platinum recording group, Trillville for being his musical influences. The sound of the internationally distributed recording artist is making its way across over 120 countries and hundreds of major outlets around the world including iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, and TIDAL since the September 9, 2016 release of his hit single, SMOOTH. The artist is busy paving the way for his brand and open for booking and collaborations. 

Connect with Cool G on IG at http://bit.ly/2cChW1M 

Get the single on iTunes today at http://apple.co/2cIEKLd 

Stream the single on TIDAL today at http://bit.ly/2cNCxCg

Tuesday

Morrow's Memory - Flyah Review


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Lyrics and melodies with an elusive sound; Morrow’s Memory, a band introducing Joe Wolford on lead guitar, Zach Novak on drums with percussion and lead vocalist, Tony Fitchett were forged in the Metro-Detroit area of Michigan. They have been making projects since 2009 and still going strong.

On their EP, "Take Control" which was released on July 24th of this year, Morrow's Memory start off the piece by the first track called, "Bloodlust". The guitars open softly until banging of the drums come in before an early guitar solo. Kind of reminds me of a werewolf readying its fangs to bite into anything it can find for the dawning of the moonlight. The lyrics entices into tearing into the flesh and making someone suffer. "Bloodlust" is a theme of a thirst for gaining power and control as one will not stop until the job is done. On the second song, "Ones and Zeros", Morrow's Memory illustrates a picture of the paranormal; in this case, The lyrics are a metaphor about relationships of people burning bridges to get ahead but in the long run that person is losing sight of what's really important and that is to not be consumed by money and greed. The guitar riff comes off nicely and the drums and snares are kept at a constant. 

The song that I felt very interesting to listen to is "For You''.  The song in deep detail is about conquering your inner demon that could be summed up as a love/hate relationship. The lyrics bring a intuitive view of how someone can withstand treatment as bad as it could possibly get but still have the heart to not give up. I felt that after listening to the track, how sweet it was to feel good after
 hearing something that touches the ears and at the same time show that this group above all needs to be part of the industry to join the likes of Metallica, Rob Zombie, Led Zepplin and Ozzy Osborune and so forth. The other two songs "Sapphire" & ''Find My Own Way" both embody the essence of the three aforementioned songs. From taking a step back and really looking at how the project was made; I realize that this group was well put together and they deserve to be recognized as iconic in the near future. If I had to rate, Take Control", I'd give it an  8 out of 10 for creativity, being metaphorically honest, and a great band that has more in the tank, believe me.

Cody Webb Gfted and Awesome




                   When hearing country music I look for a calming and inspiring feeling that no other genre can supply.  The mood has to be joyous and uplifting in way that will send you off into a deep daydream.  I have been pushing this review off for a couple of days but now I seriously regret that.  Cody Webb has the gift of word play in his Country love song More than a little.  He's a very special entertainer from South Carolina that has the talent of not only singing with great range but he also plays the guitar like ''no ones business''.  This song touches your heart from the first note and reminds of great artist such as Tim McGraw.  Up to this day I had never heard of Cody Webb, but after hearing his song Im sure he will have a lasting effect on anybody that gives his music a spin.   



                 As the guitar strums in the intro of this song I was not sure of what to expect.  It kind of had a rock n roll feel be his supreme Southern Voice blends the two genres very well.  This is not so common in Country music and definitely deserves praise.  The following words ''Im gonna turn you porch into a dance floor tonight'' leads on a path of excitement and increases the hunger for more of this nirvana.   I noticed when this video was released, and I have to say that he couldn't have picked a better time of the year. I guess Im more than little in love with this chorus also. It has a great rhythm, its very catchy and the way he makes its profound it surely will move a crowd.  If I had to rate this song I would give it a 4 out of 5 for composition, Hit potential, and pizazz.  Give this song a listen and comment and let us know what you think




Thursday

Red Honcho - Problems - Flyah Review




Now this is what you call hip hop.  I watched the video and noticed how down earth and real his lyrics are.  Red Honcho glides over the beat as if it was covered in butter and presents professionalism in a way that is unique.  His voice is definitely meant for rhyming and his flow is smooth.  The bass in the beat gives you that bounce that will have your head bopping in the matter of seconds.  His west coast vibe is impeccable, creative and catchy at the same time.  I think the subject matter is dope also.   The visual fits the song perfectly and knows how to present himself on camera.  He reminds me of some of the west coast legends like Mack 10.  Over all I think this song could become anyones favorite.  He shows off his wordplay and teaches people that it doesn't matter where you come from,  talent is talent.  If I had to rate this song I would give him a 5 out of 5 stars for being original, dynamic lyricist and for making such a chilled composition.  #Salute

Wednesday

Jennifer Shiver - featuring Shane Hull-Muniz






"I am a daughter of a former lead vocalist for the U.S. Navy Band, who is now a composer and producer of music, media, and live shows. I grew up around music, and I love it. I have especially come to love immersing myself in to the writing portion of it.
There is no greater thrill for me than to have a listener find joy and/or relatability in any of my songs. So, I can't express enough how grateful I am to anyone who takes the time to listen to my music. I'm always completely blown away and overcome with joy whenever I hear of someone expressing their positive sentiments toward any of my songs. I love communicating with people in this manner."


Back in early 2015, Shane Hull-Muniz, was sitting up late with no one else around, playing his guitar. And, as most guitarists do when by themselves – was enjoying a trip down a new musical road, which he was creating, utilizing a smoother Metallica-like picking pattern, through an ethereal sounding chord progression, topped off with some heavier effect-driven riffs. Liking what he heard, and with a desire to take it even further, he played it for producer Paul Shiver, who liked it also, and suggested adding the writing and vocal skills of Jennifer Shiver into the mix, and the three of them proceeded to write and record what can only be described as a bold musical journey.

Through a combination of styles, including progressive and hard rock, metal/punk, and symphonic goth, the song ‘Take The World’ articulates (in both a heavy, and epic way) one’s desire to not be thought of as some phantom fabricated from the erroneous perceptions of other people, but rather as the person they truly are.

Performed by Jennifer Shiver, featuring Shane Hull-Muniz on guitar, and produced by Paul Shiver in the project studio at Lexington Aire Productions, we present – Take The World!

John Hickman Classic Rock


Classic and Alt Rock with a Retro Flair 

that truly takes you Out of this World

A great mix of styles and insightful lyrics can be found in the upcoming album release "Remnants" from John Hickman

There are so many struggling musicians out there working hard to make great music and get it heard.  Some work harder than others.  John Hickman is one such person, a singer/songwriter recently from Washington State who just relocated to Hawaii that breaks the mold by effectively “rocking out” by himself.  Forget your preconceptions of a boring guy sitting alone on stage with a guitar on his lap.  John shows that alternative rock can be achieved all by yourself.  No excuses!  Perseverance has been a good teacher, and John has plenty of that.  But he admittedly had some help from a few other musicians in putting together his latest album "Remnants", that is to be released very shortly.
John Hickman got started a little late in life but has been hard at work since 2008 creating quite a diverse portfolio of music, from acoustic folk to mellow adult-alternative to full on crowd moving rock and roll.  One of his early standout songs was the moody "What Would You Do?", a song that really shows all of John’s multi-talents.  From haunting vocals to a driving drum beat to very interesting guitar solos, that was a complete song. 
His soon to be released most recent album, "Remnants" is a unique indie album with catchy tunes, a great mix of styles, insightful lyrics, and a retro sound that truly takes you out of this world.  "Hello, Hello" is a nice upbeat rock song reminiscent of the McCartney-dominated songs of the Beatles.  "Escape" is a piano driven rock song at its soul with a dark feel, reminiscent of an alternative rock take on a Coldplay song.  Smooth guitars and a strong note holding voice help carry the song.   "Paris Is Burning" brings to life the romance of the City of Light and refers to the passion for the city that burns within for so many, while "Soiled Dove" is a romantic ballad about one of the "ladies of the night" of an Old West frontier town, and the song title is one the terms used at that time to refer to such working girls.
"What They Told Me" has easily relatable lyrics about what we have been told all our lives to accept as truth without question, and how those things may not always ring true, despite what we have always been told.  "Cascade" is a tune that wonderfully delivers a spiritual message with passion in a synth-driven song with an up-tempo beat, unlike the typical mellow, light feel of most songs with that type of theme.  "Talk" delivers a powerful positive message about simply helping lift each other through open communication.
"Remnants of the Human Race", the semi-title track, is a dark sci-fi track reminiscent of the style of David Bowie in which humanity is forced to flee Earth or face extinction due to some poor technological choices.  "What Have You Done?", a song about the pain and angst felt at the end of a love relationship, has a nice turn near the end as the song modulates upward to allow the subject person in the song to release his final frustrations and then allow the song to smooth and mellow out and offer a more hopeful outlook for the future.
The more mellow folk type song "Passing Thru" could be played by John in a dark, smoky corner of any beer guzzling bar.  He really wakes you up at the bridge with a powerful rock-out before smoothing the song back out with another low key verse.  The song has its ups and downs and also has truly relatable lyrics that keep you interested throughout the 5:03 of the track.  "While Everyone Was Sleeping" was actually written a few years ago, but its political commentary about the domination of the many by the few in our society still holds true today (and actually has throughout most of history).  This song received a semi-finalist award in the 2011 Song of the Year contest.  Finally, "Where Have You Gone?" is a nearly nine minute song about loss of family and friends that is reminiscent of the songs from the classic rock era that were only played on the AOR stations due to their length.  But this one doesn't drag; it is like a two-parter, where the base of the song, the first part, is a bit different from the ending section, almost like two different songs were joined together, but joined seamlessly (like "Layla" from Derek and the Dominoes).
"Remnants" was recorded and produced at London Bridge Studios, Seattle, WA (who has had such notable clients asAlice In Chains, Pearl Jam, and Macklemore/Ryan Lewis) this summer 2016.
Look for the release of "Remnants" soon on CD Baby at:

Enoch - Freedom- Flyah





Conscious/Revolutionary Hip-Hop artist Enoch is making his mark through his style, sound & music designed & devoted to the greater good of us all. Inspired and influenced by the legendary Dr. Ben and other master-teachers in the Conscious community – Enoch creates rhythms and rhymes that focus on the awakening of the social consciousness and mind-expansion through music.

Currently a featured artist on the Nile Valley Music roster and proudly leading the way towards a better, unified tomorrow – Enoch is a true man of the people and a serious voice for the voiceless. With vibrant Hip-Hop beats backing his fresh perspective and insightful lyricism – Enoch is ready to take every necessary step to bring the information straight to the people direct, keep it grassroots and staying humble by standing shoulder-to-shoulder with his fellow-man on the front-lines of change.
Speaking the truth through music is what Enoch was born to do. Whether assisting the battle against social inequality or combatting social injustices through his words of wisdom – Enoch has found the courage necessary to be the strong voice in music so sorely needed out there in today’s world. Through heart, passion, talent and knowledge – Enoch is leading the way by example and excellent music.
Enoch releases the Land Of The Bow EP – get your copy for free!
In celebration of the official release of Enoch’s brand-new Land Of The Bow EP being released July 10th – the man himself has decided to pass it along to you for FREE, and all you have to do to get the five fresh new-cuts is stay connected!
By hitting-up the official homepage at http://www.bad-enoch.com/nile-valley-music and entering your name & e-mail address, you’ll have access to the dynamic and powerful new tracks from one of hip-hop music’s most revolutionary artists out in the scene today. Enoch’s new Land Of The Bow EP reflects his best work to-date on his mission to awaken the social-conscious of the people and connect us all – the perfect way to keep connected with the latest on what he’s up to with his music is to sign up today and get yourself a free copy of the EP in the process!
Be a part of something extraordinary and get in on the ground-floor of the conscious-community’s greatest champion and join the movement towards a better tomorrow. Sign up today for a free copy of Enoch’s Land Of The Bow EP – it’s timeless music for the soundtrack of your life, offered for a limited time!

Jerry Scafone - Its my Life - Flyah









Jerry Scafone was born near Detroit in Hazel Park, Michigan.  He started writing songs at the age of 17.  A year later, encouraged by his friends and family, he headed out to Nashville pedaling his songs up and down Music Row.  It wasn't long before he was signed as a writer with Web Pierce Publishing Company.  Two years later Jerry signed with Panorama Records in Nashville.  He recorded several songs including “What In The World’s Come Over You”, which was made famous by Jerry’s legendary brother, Jack Scott, in 1960.
Jerry returned to Detroit to marry his childhood sweetheart, Nanette, and signed a record deal with MSK Records.  Jerry released several songs including “When the Blues Come Around”, “Angels Don’t Cry” and “By This Time Tomorrow”.  Tragedy struck Jerry and his family when his son, "Little" Jerry was diagnosed with leukemia and died at age seven.  Jerry’s direction expanded and he went on to have a successful career in the fitness business while never losing passion for his music.  He currently owns the Workout Warehouse in Springfield, Ohio and the Bell Bar Lounge located inside the club.
Jerry demonstrated his passion for music and wrote a heartfelt song for his wife, Nanette, called “Bride of My Youth”.  Jerry presented the song to his friend and producer/musician, Junior Smith.  Junior encouraged Jerry to start writing more songs.  This resulted in his new CD, “Jack Hammer”.  A collection of 15 songs recorded at Studio D Recording Studio in New Carlisle, Ohio.  Jerry has written 13 of the songs on his new CD including “Big Brothers and Heros”, a tribute to his legendary rock and roll brother, Jack Scott.
With renewed passion, Jerry produced his new CD “Jack Hammer” (available on iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon.com and a host of distribution sites), a great compilation of original music and two cover songs. Jerry is currently in the studio working a music video and laying tracks for his next CD project, "Highway to Heaven"


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WELCOME TO “HEAVY METTLE,” CAN YOU HANDLE IT?


WELCOME TO “HEAVY METTLE,” CAN YOU HANDLE IT?
Karais James Artist Bio
“‘Great is worth the wait. There’s no deadline on greatness and no reason to rush art.”
- Karais James
Few artists attempt to escape from their muddled mazes of mediocrity. Still, fewer have the gall to step outside the circle of their stifling “Scarlet Letter,” ofKarais Jamesgenre. Karais James believes there is no such word - it’s a trap. He has an inherent and uncanny artistic perception that makes his artistry an exception to the rule. His genre is not rock, hard rock, or heavy metal - it’s pure molten tenacity.Karais James’ fuel is verve and vivaciousness. So, welcome to the “Heavy Mettle,” - can you handle it?
He knew, almost from birth, he was destined to be a front man, and it became his vision quest. To understand Karais’ artistic evolution, one must look into how he grew up. A product of two childhoods - due to divorce - his youth became a sort of “Tale of Two Cities.” He spent summers in New York City and winters in the rural town of Laurel, Mississippi. Each place gave him a different taste of music. Karais’ eclectic nature today is a product of early exposure to legendary bands that blared over NYC’s FM stations, such asJudas PriestGuns N’ Roses, and Iron Maiden.
On the other hand, it was the AM radio stations in Mississippi that offered him other stylistic influences. He explains, “I was hooked on the angry, obstinate hard rock and metal from The Big Apple, but don’t think for a second that I didn’t dig stuff I heard in Laurel such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.” Overall, he has lived the hard-knock life; he has paid his dues. He’s humbled himself to grow continuously and evolve as a musician. He writes, produces, and performs whatever he wants. “I write; therefore, I am,” he says.
Karais James is quick to point out that being an artist is a gift, it’s not acquired, and you cannot retire from it. He is willing to humble himself to acquire the knowledge to get it done. Over decades in the music business, he’s been counted out thousands of times. However, he writes with a mantra of “never-say-die.” He composes and create from the “Warrior Perspective.” “I’m gonna’ take my bow and arrow, get on my horse and go to war with my art. I’ll either go home or die on the battlefield of bass, poetry, and percussion,” he explains.
Karais James is a rare artist, a true virtuoso, blessed with a musical I.Q. that rivals any other. He has put no deadline on his career, as there is no such date when the art within your soul expires. He quips, “My last breath will last six years ... more than enough time to write another new album.” Of Greek descent, While admiring the works of Roger WatersPink Floyd, and David Gilmore, Karais has no musical idols. He neither follows nor emulates anyone.
While Karais had the ability to break out big while he was in his twenties, but knew it wasn't his time. If he had done so, he admits “... I would be long dead by now.” His first successful foray into becoming a frontman was with his band Kerascene, a metal-hybrid band that melded metal with blues and gritty southern rock. With initial success, he soon realized that Kerascene was more of a stepping stone to something better.
He left Kerascene for a heavy rock band called Chemically Controlled Children- of which he still is their front man. “Chemically Controlled Children gave me the creative freedom that I longed for and needed,” he offers. He continues, “The band is a team effort, they bake the cake, I add the icing as a performer, producer, and composer.”
While working with Chemically Controlled Children Karais met and befriended two profoundly gifted producers. The two talents were Ray Detone and Ritchie Scarlett, (also known as, “The Emperor of Rock N’ Roll.”) While he has played with many A-List musicians over the years, both of these renowned musicians would lead to an epiphany and a renaissance in Karais’ music. With his creative confidence, he was still able to humble himself as a composer and instrumentalist to grow and advance via their advice. “I knew my guitar playing could be better ... so I called Ritchie, I told him to teach me what he knows,” said Karais. The result of this trio working together in the studio would be Karais James first solo release,As This Garden Burns.
As This Garden Burns, due for release in mid-summer 2016, stands as an apex and example of the totality of Karais’ abilities. It’s a ten-track, energetic and eclectic mix of genres. The album proves he is able and willing to cross over intoAs This Garden Burnsany genre he wants to play and forge it into something that works together in unison, without any pause. As This Garden Burns is art in its purest form. With pre-released singles which include; “Into The Sun,” “Learn to Fly,” and “The Longest Road,” Karais gives a brilliant and blinding glimpse of his musical journey outside the realm of genre, and fearlessly “Into The Sun.”
One can easily label Karais not only an artist but a philosopher. He follows a fellow Greek philosopher named Socrates. It is the teachings ofSocrates that catalyzes Karais’ constant goal to grow. He lives by his wisdom, such as, “True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.” It is via this mantra that Karais has evolved into what he is today. Karais believes there is no timeline or deadline on great art; he will keep pushing until he is dead. However, with his latest solo release, As This Garden Burns, and also the upcoming release of Chemically Controlled Children's album, Karais James may have finally arrived. So, take some time to delve into Karais’ true artistic acumen. You could stay lost within the comforts of other musicians’ muddled mazes of mediocrity. Welcome to Karais’ “Heavy Mettle” ... Can you handle it?

CONTACT
Karais James Management
Tel: (516) 662.7036
KaraisJames@gmail.com


Jerad Finck is Flyah





Ever the optimist, even in the midst of the darkest trials of his life and career, Jerad Finck wrote his powerful and provocative 2011 anthem “Runaway” about not giving up on your dreams, no matter how hard things get, and dealing with his issues head on instead of trying to escape them. 


The title of the track became the perfect metaphor for the wild success of the track, which has propelled the tireless Spokane, WA based singer and songwriter and road warrior to new heights in his career – including collaborating and co-writing tracks on his latest upcoming full length album with top producers David Hodges (Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, Christina Perri), Steven Miller (Pink, Dave Matthews Band, Switchfoot), Andrew Williams (Five for Fighting, Jessica Simpson), and Nathan Meckel (Sara Haze, Autumn Hill). Hodges helmed “Criminal,” the infectious power-pop ballad set to be the new album’s lead single. Jerad recently signed an exclusive management deal with Milk & Honey, a 21st Century hybrid entertainment company that was launched by renowned industry veteran Lucas Keller and represents some of the most successful songwriters, producers and artists in the world. 

At one point in 2011, “Runaway” was the #1 independent song in the country, peaking at #33 on the Adult Contemporary Chart, #42 in Hot AC and #25 on the Hot AC Indicator Chart. While inspiring popular remixes by Ajax and DJ Lynnwod (that appeared on later editions of Jerad’s Anthony Resta produced EP Stuck In Your Riddle), the song was used by the NBA and NHL as the backdrop to videos created for each league’s finals that celebrated wins by the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Bruins. In addition to leading to Jerad’s signing with Rock Ridge and ADA/Warner Music for further distribution, the song’s enduring popularity led the Gibson Guitar endorsee to add to his already breakneck touring schedule with a near constant slate of performances everywhere from small towns in Texas to the entire East Coast. 

Growing up in Spokane and spending his childhood summers on his family’s farm in Odessa, Washington, Jerad has been playing music his whole life – starting with trumpet and playing jazz heavily until college. Since releasing his self titled debut album, produced by John Seymour in 2011, he’s been on the road practically non-stop, opening for and/or touring with Daughtry, Christina Perri, Edwin McCain, DADA, Vertical Horizon, Parachute, One EskimO, Ingrid Michaelson, Matt Hires, Red Wanting Blue, Ron Pope, Cracker, Ingram Hill, Tony Lucca and many others. Jerad credits his experiences touring with the highly fan interactive Sister Hazel for helping him develop a deeper, more intimate relationship with his own audiences – both onstage and off. 

The singer’s special performances include Live In The Vineyard, Hotel Carolina, SXSW, Indie Week Toronto, The Rock Boat XII, and Balcony TV. Jerad has also been featured in over fifty newspapers and magazines; including CMJ, Skope, American Songwriter, Amplifier and Acoustic Magazine. He and his band have performed on performed on dozens of morning TV shows on NBC, CBS, ABC & FOX, and his songs have been featured in films and TV shows on HBO, ESPN, Discovery, CBS & NBC, among others.