Within only two summers J Marie has been featured on “BET’s Blaze the Stage”, one the largest festivals, AFRAM, with over 40,000 in attendance, shared numerous stages throughout the Tri-state such as National Mall of Washington DC, Eden’s Lounge and 5 Seasons with some of music’s brightest independent and signed entertainers. She’s moved along in competitions to land her in numerous winner’s circles and recently just shy of appearances on X-Factor, America’s Got Talent, and P Diddy’s Making the Band to name a few. J Marie is knocking on the door of a great career. Her on-stage personality is so engaging that she was approached to consider acting and quickly became the star role in an upcoming South African film entitled “Stay with Me” by Nick Zemura .
Like T. Turner, Cher, Beyoncé and Marie J Blige, J Marie has an incredible vocal gift. She knows how to use her voice in a most sensuous way. She is blessed with a great vocal range, and excels on almost every cut throughout this “A New Beginning”. The teen pop sensations of today need a lesson from her and her other talented contemporaries, in showing what makes a true vocal diva. She is a perfect example of one.
From the moment J Marie digs into one of my favorite songs of all time, “Change Is Gonna Come” written and performed by the legendary Sam Cooke in 1963, I fell in love with her. If you’re expecting something shallow with only hot beats then you’ll be surprised. “A New Beginning” is actually a deep, well performed album that will handle repeated listening with ease. The lyrics and the productions are all great pieces of work. They are masterfully put together and immaculately crafted. This allows J Marie to flex her artistic muscle with pride on this album.
“A New Beginning” is filled with infectious, awesome songs that make you want to get up and dance every time you hear it! There’s “Waiting” and “Live It Up”, urban dance songs that are a pleasure to hear, with rapid fire deliveries and quick tempo changes. Then there’s the rap influenced and energy-induced “Champion” and of course the slow and hypnotic “Change Is Gonna Come”.
Just like Mary J Blige, J Marie’s voice is amazing, and her music will touch your heart. The album definitely gets a “two thumbs up” from me. I would say that “A New Beginning” is food for the soul, while no doubt you’ll have to get your dancing shoes out too!
Each song has a unique tune to it, as J Marie proves her diversity as an artist. And she hits the spot. Not only does she show she is more than an R&B artist, she sings passionately and you can feel her emotions as she belts out those notes.
Her album is an example of an artist who knows what they’re doing. She can bring you into the mood of each song, while her vocals move from fast to slow, and soft to loud. “A New Beginning” is a roller-coaster ride all the way through!
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