Hitrocker – “Project One” – breathtaking sound design!

Hitrocker is a German based producer who creates mainly within the EDM subgenres of House, Electro and Deep House. His first album, entitled “Project One” was released at the end of July, while “Project Two” is also out now. When I clicked on the playlist of “Project One”, I was met with song titles that were merely numbers – such as “Project 1.1” or “Project One.Four”. This falsely led me to expect generically themed instrumentals, simply meant to rock the dancefloor. Wrong. Well not totally. They do rock the dancefloor. But they also do a whole lot more. These are

Rashod Holmes Announces New Single ‘The One’

The soul singer relives how he met his wife and started his family on a tender new song. Rashod Holmes is known for bringing romance to life with his evocative voice, but he has never told as personal a story as the one he tells with his latest single. ‘The One’ is a true life love story that acknowledges the struggles and triumphs that go into building a long-lasting relationship. “I found the one for me” Rashod sings. “She is the girl of my dreams.” While Rashod is convinced that he has found the perfect partner, there is much more

Billy Ray Rock – “Get The Funk”- hitting up all the classic tenets of funk

Washington State Singer-Bassist, Billy Ray Rock, plays more than 10 instruments and produces and performs every instrument you hear in his music. From Rock to R&B and Dance, Billy delivers them all. His single “Get The Funk”, simply adds another delicious flavor to his sonic menu. His unearthly bass chops, resonant vocal wobble and inner funk DNA is scorching hot, while it straddles the genre’s trademark grooves. Blaring horns and slapping drums accompanies the party-styled adlibs, as the track treads its momentum. If you’re looking the glossy high-tech dance-club funk perpetuated by bands like Chromeo, then this is not the

Vincent Krennerich – “Verlassene Stadt” – plenty of delicate aural color

Vincent Krennerich is a composer, songwriter and pianist from Germany. The artist, who has featured on our pages before, has released his double-side single, entitled, “Verlassene Stadt”, which translated, would mean ‘abandoned city’. The second track, contained in this set, is called “Morgengrauen”, which in English, would mean ‘dawn’. However if you heard these compositions, there would be no need to translate them, as Krennerich’s music describes itself rather poignantly. Though stripped back and basic solo piano, the key to the success of both these recordings, is the propensity Vincent Krennerich has in composing subtly fine melodies. Both tracks have

Hybrid Blues fuses stellar musicianship, heartfelt songwriting and soul-stirring vocals

Out of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hybrid Blues are a 4-piece band, made up of Mike Everard (guitars, vocals), Adam Pendred (bass), Mark Schaumann (drums) and award winning front-man, singer-songwriter Roy Hudson. The band signed to SGNB Records USA, has just released its self-titled blues-based album. No two songs on “Hybrid Blues” sound the same. The record not only showcases Roy’s abilities as a singer and a songwriter, but also highlights the wide range of influences that have impacted on his music. The album takes you in so many different dynamic directions that it can feel a little dizzying, while the

Marshall Artz Productionz – “Go Missing” ft. SeanQ – is incredibly hypnotic, with crystal-clear production

Released Aug 28th, “Go Missing” Prod. by Marshall Artz Productionz, is the producer’s 3rd single release since June. The track will be featured on his upcoming 2021, self-titled LP “Marshall Artz Experiment”. The song features singer-songwriter SeanQ, from Dallas, Texas. The producer’s blend of R&B-inspired neo-soul and smooth chill sounds becomes its own entity within the hip-hop and urban music world. Marshall Artz Productionz work should gain high appraisal through its colorful and subtly amped vibes that play to any genre lover’s ears alike. After listening to this track, I expect that the outpouring of demand for more of the

Evie Calabasas – “STARGIRL” – strong, sensitive vocals and soul-baring songs

Evie Calabasas is a 20 year-old singer and songwriter. She started playing guitar at the age of 6 and started singing at 15 years old. After attempting to be part of band on numerous occasions, Evie finally opted for a solo career. Her first solo project, the 3 track EP “STARGIRL”, has its title inspired by the first song she ever played live.  It is a tempered and exceptional record. It shakes, rattles and rolls with minimal, almost absent percussion, a dominantly strummed acoustic guitar and occasional keyboard interludes. Above all, is Evie Calabasas’ voice, which delivers an untethered, sweetly

Baby Lu releases her first single “Bad Stuff” on all major streaming platforms

Luna Elisabeth Jezebel Pool aka Baby Lu was born on February 5, 2002 in Frankfurt, Germany. Lu began singing and songwriting in her early teens and went to several music auditions where she was rejected because of her young age. She then decided to start making her own music after graduation in 2018. As she didn’t have any connections yet she wasn’t able to produce something properly. In 2019 she met the producer Austin Asiegbu (2aBeaatz) and started to produce her own songs. Pool has cited Adele and Demi Lovato as her major musical influences. Her other influences or inspirations

Where There’s A Will – There’s A Way!

Where There’s A Will – There’s A Way! That’s the way Will Ready lives his life, no excuses, no regrets, and no looking back. Just like fine wine, Will has gotten better with time. With over 25 years in the music business, 7 albums and numerous tours, Will is ready. Singer/Songwriter/Producer and Showman, Will is the complete entertainer. His blend of R&B, Soul, Jazz has earned him welcoming fans in Europe, Japan and The Caribbean. Will attributes his silky seductive style to his love of R&B, Soul greats like, Charlie Wilson, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, Ron Isley, Marvin Gaye, Luther

Rockstar Marcus – “Wavy” – a knack for real melody and a great sense for catchy production

Rockstar Marcus is a melodic/ emo rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. Combining soulful singing with a touch of rap and a slew of talent, the artist’s single, “Wavy”, induces us to take a serious look at the artist’s past releases, while he drops an ambitious message for the future. As soon as the mellow sentimental mood begins to kick in, one is reminded of the psychedelic image of fluctuating soundwaves as the song plays. The beat rising and falling with Rockstar Marcus’ masterful voice and atmospheric instrumental taking us on a mesmerizing journey. The summer vibe of the song is

Australian X Factor Winner, DAMI IM – is Inching Her Way to Stardom!

Dami Im on The X Factor Australia 2013 was certainly the best singer in the cast. Her versions of Mariah Carey’s “Hero” and Prince’s “Purple Rain still causes the hair to stand up on the back of my neck, but what Dami has going for her, more than anything else is a killer personality. She is like your little sister who is just so eager and happy to sing and perform, that you have to root for her. And when she belts out any tune she does it with enough theatrical flair and pitch-perfect notes, to make just about anyone pay attention and recognize her huge potential.

Dami Im’s latest single, “SuperLove”, which is available 3 versions – Pop, Acoustic & Remix (7th Heaven Remix), gives glimmers of that potential. She doesn’t go for total power notes all throughout the song versions to try and continually impress listeners, but rather, she delivers just enough power to let you know that she’s able to SING!

What “SuperLove” is heavy on, is Pop-savvy created by a sassy production team. It gives her single a current sound. Its changing tempos, varied vocal intensities and anthemic chorus lines will get stuck in your head after the first few beats. Plus there is a tempting sugary sweetness to the song that’ll work for parents and kids alike.

dami-im-680Since wetting fans’ appetites with her X Factor Australia performances in 2013, Dami Im has been looking to inch her way into the international pop music scene. For many major talent show winners, the début record is a hit-or-miss situation; take for example American Idol – Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry scored platinum, multi-million selling débuts, while Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee disappointed in sales.

Throughout X Factor, Dami showed freshness, polish, professionalism, and an astounding voice that could very well end up making her the best artist the show has ever had. However, rising above the ‘talent show winner’ enigma is a daunting task. Over and above the required artistic skills, it necessitates a strong will and character to push on through to the next level, where expectations are extremely high and the slightest errors are not permitted.

Dami Im falls slap-bang into the middle of the required spectrum.  She has a beautiful voice and is incredibly talented. Furthermore from what I can gather, she is blessed with a gracious character and a determined willpower. Not to be underestimated is Dami’s loyal and supportive family, above all her husband Noah. More often than not, family and private interpersonal relationships have a significant impact on an up-and-coming artist’s ability to affront a successful, professional career in music.

Prior to winning X Factor Australia 2013, Dami was voluntarily singing for various charitable groups, organizations, sporting events and corporate functions. Something she has continued to do even after her X Factor victory. Dami is also the face of the Iconic Alannah Hill fashion label and has formed a partnership with Nintendo (Aus) – Tomodachi Life.

Dami (and husband Noah’s) biggest love though, is to help people, and prior to X Factor they were both sponsoring children from South Africa, Mexico and India. Since winning X Factor, Dami has also become the Ambassador for Compassion; confirming once more that Dami Im has ALL the requisites to be an international star- both morally and artistically.

There can be no doubt that fans often look up to, and mimic today’s great singing divas like Beyoncè, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry etc. Wouldn’t it just be great if they had a positive and uplifting role-model and sumptuous singing talent like Dami Im to follow!

I’m rooting for her success, starting from now!

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More About DAMI IM:

  •  Prior to her wining Australian X-Factor 2013, DAMI:-
  • Started playing Piano at 5 yrs age & by 10 was already playing like a concert pianist
  • Migrated to Australia at aged 9 from South Korea & at 11 yrs age studied at the Young Conservatorium of Music Program at Griffith University
  •  2010 released her Album “Dream” to raise funds for her local Church
  • National Finalist of the Yamaha Youth Piano competition
  • Won the Nora Baird Scholarship & Queensland Piano competition several times during her Teenage schooling years
  • Worked as a Piano/Vocalist Teacher prior to entering XFactor 2013 (Australia) & was singing for her local Church in Brisbane & in South Korea, singing Jazz & Classical music for various charitable groups
  • 2006- University of Queensland School of Music piano prize , Dean’s Commendation List for High Achievement
  • 2007- Dean’s Commendation List for High Achievement
  • 2008- UQ School of Music Piano prize, Dean’s Commendation List for High Achievement
  • 2009- 4MBS Musica Viva Sid Page Memorial Prize in Chamber Music as part of chamber group ‘Ebony    Trio’ Placed in the Lev Vlassenko Competition- an internationally recognized, prestigious competition held biannually in Brisbane. Dean’s Commendation List for High Achievement, Faculty of Arts Scholar, Bachelor of Music, Passed with First Class Honours student in Bachelor of Music
  • 2013- Dami Im won X Factor wowing the entire audience and Judges with a standing ovation from her very first Audition and continuing to do so every week.

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