Monday

Edward Mena - The Legend Continues... #Flyah



Edward Mena is an Award-Winning Venezuelan singer born in the city of Caracas, on April 15, 1990. At the age of 10, he moved with his family to the United States, where he would then discover his gift for music during his late teenage years, starting to formally study and sing professionally at 17.

In 2009, he wins his first competition at the "Estrella" (Star) Music Award receiving the First Place representing his country, the ceremony was held in Miami at the prestigious James L. Knight Center, broadcast live by local TV. Later, in 2015 after recording and promoting his music for a few years, he participated in the Miami International Song Festival where he won the Popularity Award given by a roaring audience.


During his career, he has performed his own shows and as special guest with success in cities such as Miami, Phoenix, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C and Mexico City, being able to share the stage with famous Latin performers such as Tania Libertad, Paloma San Basilio, Luis Enrique, Pastora Soler, among many others.


In 2017, his new single "Amor Absoluto: Medley Tributo a Julio Iglesias" in tribute to the music of the legendary Spanish artist, produced by 16 Time Grammy Winning Producer Humberto Gatica in Los Angeles, wins "Platinum Disc" at the 37th Festival de la Cancion de California (Latin American Song Festival of California) on the National Final in the USA, Best Cover Song and Best Music Video on the Akademia Music Awards in LA, "Bronze Medal" as Male Vocalist at the Global Music Awards and most recently, "Silver Trophy" at the Viva La Musica International Song Festival in Spain. The official video for this new single, was successfully premiered and featured on the very popular morning talk show, Despierta America, through the Univision Network, to a national audience in the USA. Most recently, he was given a Proclamation by the City of Miami, where he lives, and its Mayor Tomas Regalado, honoring his achievements and contributions to the local artistic scene. He currently continues promoting this latest release and performing in concert. These are songs originally performed by Julio Iglesias, and paying tribute to his music with his own covers and melody.

He has a wonderful voice; it's lovely and very concise. When hearing his lyrics in his language, they open up ears of many to listen to words that soothes the body and embraces the essence of love radiance vibrancy melody and grace. Heartwarming talent and never loosen, Edward Mena is a state of the art performer with a goal to reach a multitude of people in gathering folk around illustrating a story. His vision of beauty when looking in the eyes of a woman in the "Amor Absoluto" song/video detailed his admiration seeking a chance to connect to her in a way that romance is often under look. Convincingly, his range is full of passion and is poured throughout the melodic tune with each and every orchestral note play in the background. If i had to rate this song/video, It would be a perfect 10.







with his arms crossed


near the window


adjusting the tie


Friday

Sarah Sisson - Reasons - Flyah Review


No sugar coat! She just loves to sing, learn to produce and write.  Singer/ songwriter live and in the studio. This is the challenge all on her own.  She is looking for some press and some play to do the barometer thing :-)  And it has been a challenge. Sarah is accustomed to others producing and these are rough drafts. She needs someone with talent to get the final show on the road. This is considered underground  funky pop at this time.  Even if publicists do not want to play it let us know if you think there is some potential.  Then she can invest some more money in this and get a real product that we can all share :-) 

 Singer-songwriter from Texas, USA. Starting out with underground funky pop hoping to go more mainstream as things progress. Looking to produce alongside someone who is pro.  This is a work in progress. Eventually will get pro gear if I have to continue to do this on own. Obviously, these are rough drafts for opinions and considerations for future recordings. 


Her style falls under the Funky Pop/Experimental/Underground sound; Sarah Sisson is a voice inspired from the late and great Prince and with that name alone brings astounding attention to a industry that needs to take an artist such as herself to take seriously.

Jamon Turner - Truebeatz - Flyah Review


Jamon “Truebeatz” Turner was born in November 1979 in Cincinnati, OH. In 2004, Jamon “Truebeatz” had found a passion for music. He began producing beats in his Walnuthills home where he lived with his family. Starting out using a PlayStation 2 Video Game “Music Maker” and “Ejay Clubwork”, Jamon Truebeatz learned how to arrange chords and created his own unique sound. “Truebeatz” soon upgraded his beat making skills to a computer, a MPD24, and the Beat making Software known as “Fruity Loops”.
After a couple of years of perfecting his craft, Truebeatz began working with an Atlanta Rapper known as Jack Travis. Truebeatz produced several beats for Travis’ mixtape which include songs such as, Love Hardbody, Mindride, and It’s a Takeover. By this time, Jamon Truebeatz started gaining more exposure with local artists from his hometown of Cincinnati. Truebeatz produced a track Tonight for local artist Regis Sorrells. He produced beats for Cincinnati rapper “Saga the Great”. Those tracks were The Stars Align, Let It Flow, and This Aint Music This is Life from Saga’s volume 2 mixtape. 

In early 2012, Truebeatz was featured in his hometown’s magazine Double Cin. While Jamon Truebeatz was gaining momentum with his career of producing, tragedy strikes his family. Truebeatz grandmother, who he was very close to passed away in April of 2012. Seven months later, while he was still trying to cope with the loss of his grandmother, his grandfather suddenly passing away as well. Because the death of his grandparents took a toll on him, Truebeatz decided to take a break from his producing.
Jamon Truebeatz Turner was not gone long from producing, and by 2014, he was 10 years into the game. Truebeatz was networking with independent artists all across the globe.

 2015 has been a great turning point in Truebeatz career. Coast2Coast Mixtapes featured On da Block in it's Beatmix vol.16. and Let's play House was featured in BeatBangers vol.4. He produced an R&B track Sexy You Are which was picked up by the popular Reality Show Keep Up with the Kardashians. The beat will be played as a background track on the show. Along with great accomplishment, Jamon Truebeatz Turner has been featured in numerous online blogs. Today Truebeatz can be found on social media as well as producing beats in his in home studio. Jamon Truebeatz Turner lives by the quote “If you struggle hard then you gotta grind harder”.




Ian Danter - Second Time Around - Flyah Review


Ian Danter has had a love for music and football from a very early age. His Dad and Grandad were both staunch Birmingham City fans, and Ian attended his first game at St Andrew’s with them in February 1974 at the age of 5 – he remains a passionate ‘Bluenose’ to this day. The love of music also came from his Dad and Grandad who were both talented pianists, and Ian took piano lessons up until his early teens, by which time he’d switched to playing drums as his first instrument.

Upon his return from France, the talkSPORT bosses gave Ian another new role as host of “Matchday Live 2” on talkSPORT 2 every Saturday afternoon. The station had just won exclusive rights to 3pm Premier League commentaries that summer, and the first programme came from the Riverside Stadium in August 2016, as Middlesbrough played Stoke City on opening weekend. 

In 2017, Ian continues to divide his time between radio work for talkSPORT, talkSPORT 2 and Planet Rock – he also can be heard as a voiceover on various commercials on TV & radio (the voice of Screwfix for Sky & ITV’s coverage of the Football League and England, for example) and he is now drumming in a theatre rock show Leather And Lace, which plays Classic Rock Anthems and Power Ballads from throughout the decades.


Cover Art for Second Time Around



Monique Martinez - Still Here #Flyah


Monique Martinez was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. This fresh young talented star from Latin heritage has been making noise throughout the R&B and Pop scene performing with artists like The Jacka, Mistah Fab (Bay Area Super Stars), Tyga (Cash Money Artist), Baby Bash, Ray J, Soulja Boy, Day 26, Pretty Ricky, Trey Songs, and Platinum Artist Fabolous. She has also performed on three NFL football games, which aired on national television. Her drive and passion shows with every performance. Monique was selected to represent the Bay Area on national television performing on BET's Wild N' Out Wednesdays in 2009-2010.

Growing up in a musically talented family, she cites her grandfather as her biggest musical influence. She began taking singing lessons very young and by the age of 7, Monique was competing in national kid and teen competitions.

Monique brings a new sound to the music world combining Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Soul, Hip-Hop and some Dance elements to her music. She writes, co-writes, and arranges her own music. Her style defines her uniqueness as an artist, giving her fan base and audience original songs written from personal experiences.​​



Christopher Hawley - 9 Tattoos #Flyah


Venice Beach is famous for the performers who grace the boardwalk, the stoners and street characters who hang on the beach, and the surf culture that spawned a whole California sound. Christopher Hawley, a devoted surfer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter, is a Venice musician through and through. His new album Stories reads like a series of miniature character studies, washed in California Roots Pop.
After studying classical guitar as a child and playing in the jazz band in high school, Hawley co-founded Mucis, a Colorado jam band whose members signed to a label and toured nationally in a retrofitted school bus. He could never get enough of being on the road performing original music, so when the band broke up, Hawley became a solo roots rock singer-songwriter and forged on in Los Angeles.

As a solo artist and with an expansive collective known as The Christopher Hawley Rollers, he has had music licensed for Fox’s “The Good Guys,” NFL’s “NFL A.M.,” and several independent films. The band was featured in an H&R Block commercial playing two of Hawley's songs. Over the years, he has played everywhere from LA’s Greek Theatre to yoga retreats in Bali and dive bars in ski and surf towns.
Hawley is a devoted yogi, with a steady practice that influences the way he lives his life. “My yoga practice has inspired me to be more conscious about what I consume and how I consume it. The idea is to put an increasingly smaller footprint on the planet.”

His dedication to surfing echoes a similar sentiment. He learned to surf while with a girlfriend in Hawaii, and that experience was part of the impetus for his move from Colorado to California. “Surfing, like yoga, is a great meditational workout,” says Hawley. “It’s a full-body experience in the ocean…. You’re trying to tune in to the waves and, ultimately, bec ome one with Mother Nature. Both activities force you to practice being present, just like when you’re playing music.”

A few years back, Hawley’s friend, Randy Wooten, offered to produce a few tracks in exchange for surf lessons for his girlfriend’s son. Hawley and Wooten began writing together on a regular basis. Their prolific partnership produced a long list of songs. One song, “Sidewalks and Bars,” was conceptualized during one of those surf lessons.

What began as a casual collaboration between two friends in Venice soon became a full-length album.
“The approach was collaborative, from the songwriting all the way through the recording process," Hawley says, “It felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders with Randy in the producer’s chair: In the past, I’d done almost everything myself, so to be able to show up focused on the music was liberating.” 


Hawley is spreading his wings in a way he never has before. The album is beautifully produced: Wooten did his job well, taking a roots rock palate and adding memorable touches like barrelhouse piano, reverb-soaked guitar, and even modern synth sounds. Hawley’s up-front vocals lend the songs a remarkable sense of intimacy.


However, it’s the collaboration between the two songwriters that makes Stories shine. The songs are smart and compelling, and there’s a depth to the tales they tell that makes you want to listen more closely.


Christopher Hawley on Guitar

Bill Mcvail - Walk to the Light #Flyah


After years of low-fi, one-man band home recordings, a career change - and a mandated "garden leave" by his prior employer - gave Bill the time and motivation to write and record his debut EP, appropriately titled "Garden Leave" in the spring of 2015.  The EP covered a wide range of musical styles, from the progressive rock of the single "Breathe" to the uptempo alt-country "Redemption".  While Bill did rejoin the workforce later in 2015, he continued to work on refining his musical voice - as much as time and bandwidth would allow.

Bill found inspiration for his second EP, Walk To The Light, from the events surrounding the 2016 presidential election.  Frrom the rage and anger of a nation being pulled apart at the seams (Night Is Coming) to the solemn and hopeful post-election title track, the songs reflect a perspective of a person who has experienced many things, and is still looking to make sense of the world around him.

a nation divided.  no time to enjoy life.  world coming down all around us.
just walk to the light.
the inspiration for this album primarily came from the recent election, but the other songs have a message too. don't miss life.  stay engaged.
thanks for listening.



Bill in the Studio

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