OFFICIAL VIDEO: Kevin Toqe – “Shadows” was inspired by Psalm 91

Filmed and performed at 25th Street Recording (Oakland, CA), this video mixes the original electronic elements from the original “Shadows” radio version with live, acoustic instruments for a more organic feel.  “Shadows” by Kevin Toqe,  was inspired by Psalm 91, the state of being found in a safe place where God does the protecting instead of my own self-protection, and I learn a place of contentment in Him. Then, if right now seems like a “mountain” or a “valley” time of life, the real constant becomes simply the protective, consistent, and overshadowing love of God. Finding this kind of

Michelle Miller Bell Drops The Official Video For The Song “Keeping My Faith In You”

The official video for the song “Keeping My Faith In You”, by Michelle Miller Bell, was was created to encourage those who are disturbed, angry and frustrated because of all the violence in the streets we see daily, and because of the Coronavirus epidemic that has taken so many lives. Be encouraged and keep your faith in God, for He is more than able to sustain you in the midst of all that is going on around you.  If you enjoyed the video, be sure to leave a like, rating and a comment. Also, if you enjoy listening to

Diva Prime – “The Diva in Me” demonstrates emotional intelligence and a focused vision

Diva Prime is a multi-talented artist from Mobile, AL. During April 2020, she celebrated her first year anniversary as a new independent artist in the industry. And she couldn’t celebrate it in more appropriate way than with the release of her impacting 6 track project “The Diva in Me”. Diva is the epitome of urban music stands for, as she blends rap, pop and R&B over skittering hip-hop beats. She is insanely talented, and pulls from all different sounds in this project to make it beautiful and uniquely her own. Her lyrics are insane, like she could simply be an

Damian Sage – “The Hardest Goodbye” – probably one of his best songs ever

How can anyone not like Damian Sage? He delivers, plain and simple. Each and every time. He is an extremely talented artist, versatile and engaging. From Blues to Rock, to Indie and Alternative sounds, he never misses a beat. A native of New York, Damian Sage is a singer and songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA. On July 27th, he is releasing his new single – “The Hardest Goodbye” – through Dark Spark Music, a label headed by former Guns N Roses manager, and Grammy Award winner, Vicky Hamilton. An artist of integrity and guts, Damian has never sold out

QUEENMAKER – “Under the Kiss” affirms the band’s grip on 80’s rock music

Featuring Jennie Väänänen on vocals and Rob Nasty handling all instruments, QUEENMAKER are a new band from Sweden who are bringing back the glam rock sound of the 80’s with their two-song release “Under the Kiss” on the A-side, and “Hold on to Love” on the flipside. The 80s was the decade in which modern rock and metal was born. Sure, the titans of the 70’s drew up the rules, but virtually every mutated representation that exists today can virtually trace its origins back to the seismic years of the eighties. QUEENMAKER though, don’t bring us the mutated version, they

Quinten Tyvon Drops Groovy, Uplifting, & Powerful Electronic/Pop Single ‘All For You’

Quinten Tyvon releases his latest mesmerizing and powerful electronic/pop single ‘All For You.’ The track contains uplifting chords, a groovy beat, and a powerful vocal performance by Quinten Tyvon. The single starts with the atmospheric chord progression and a driving bass line that immediately sets the tone for the rest of the track. The song then proceeds to introduce electronic elements that give the track it’s pop and atmospheric feel. Gluing all of the elements together is Quinten Tyvon’s grand, clean, and infectious vocal. Undoubtedly, ‘All For You’ can take anyone into a musical escapade as it contains every feel-good

Robert Eberle, Versa the Band & Don Da Menace – “Enough”

 The Black Lives Matter movement is a hard-hitting subject that undeniably deserves a voice through song and protests. 15-year-old Robert Eberle joined forces with fellow musicians Versa the Band & Don Da Menace to create the powerful anthem “Enough” to express their feelings and frustration about police brutality and the mistreatment of people of color. Fans of political hip-hop who are looking to hear a new voice speak out for current events will enjoy this track, featured on most streaming networks with an exclusive video on YouTube. The dynamic blend of emotions and original talent makes “Enough” a track

“Dream On” is the debut single from the new German-based band The Velvet Rocks

“Dream On” is the debut single from the new band The Velvet Rocks, based in Munich, Germany. American/Russian singer Dmitry Iogman, Gustavo Castillo Estrada from Mexico and the German/Italian singer Sandro Schmalzl will take you on an unheard of and unexpected ride, combining the genre of rock with classical music. The beauty of their operatic voices unite with rock music and a Queen-like guitar solo in this all-time favorite hit rock song from 1982, originally performed by Nazareth. The Velvet Rocks are produced by the musical genius Christian Lohr. Sandro, Gustavo and Dmitry studied together and started The Velvet Rocks

Rare Phantom – “Blistering Luv” – Melding pop, hip-hop and modern R&B into one frothy whole

Rare Phantom is a multi-genre artist from Boston with a particular affection for R&B/Hip-hop. His image and persona draws people’s attention and makes them curious to see what he stands for. However, his message, is to show that one cannot be defined by image alone, and that we need to look a whole lot deeper to understand or judge people. Individuality and self-expression, are keywords in Rare Phantom’s vocabulary, and are values he strives to communicate and pass on to his audience. Currently he is pushing his single, “Blistering Luv” produced by CURTI$Y. Rare Phantom’s blend of straight-talking, blunt content

Melua – debut single and music video – “Waves”

Tapio Fagerström (Bass), Ville Saarinen (Guitar), Olli Rautio (Guitar), Petri Koskela (Drums), and Jussi Rautio (Synths), make up the alternative rock band Melua, who have just released the song “Waves”, and the supporting music video by @simppafi. If you’ve been waiting for a time to check out this band, wait no more: this song is the perfect entry point. The song utilizes the band’s penchant for lush instrumentation to full effect, creating a mood and atmosphere that builds into a goosebump-raising climax. Melua strikes a great balance between the song’s poignant moments and the more soaring sections. Furthermore, they write

Manifest Calling maintains the major aspects of what is missing from today’s rock bands

On the 19th of May Gracie Productions will release the songs “You Don’t Know”, “Without You” and “Going Now” by Manifest Calling a stellar, longstanding rock band, consisting of core members; Greg O’Kane (guitars, vocals), Tony Wilson (bass guitar), Trevor Cullen (keyboards, guitars, vocals), Thomas ‘Lenny’ Leonard (drums, vocals) and  Amara (vocals).

Straight off I can say these are fantastic songs. No two ways about it. The arrangements are exceptional as is the interplay between the band members. The musicianship is also stellar, which is a must if you want to be a success on the rock band circuit. However, two things separate Manifest Calling from the pack: The lead vocals – both male and female, and the absolute all-round high level of their songs – from performance to production.

manifest-calling-400Manifest Calling dish out wonderful servings of melodic rock which in turn digs into the blues and prog-rock basket; in-between the band stuffs the songs with an abundance of delicious vocal harmonies and scorching red-hot guitar solos. I tried desperately to seek modern analogies for this band, and could not find one. I had to return to faded memories that went back thirty years or more, to find anything close!

Listening to “You Don’t Know”, I kept thinking Boston, Kansas, The Alan Parsons Project, Pink Floyd and the list is endless. “Going Down” and “Without You” featuring Amara, had pretty much the same effect – The Allman Bros., Molly Hatchet, Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special to name a few. Not that Manifest Calling is derivative in any way, they do their own thing, it’s just that they reminded of how rock music has fallen behind its forefathers.

Manifest Calling maintains the major aspects of what is missing from today’s rock bands – melody, harmony and groove. Just about any dumbo can crank out crunching power chords with a Stratocaster and a 100w Marshall amp. The question is, just how much melody, harmony and groove can you put above…in…and around, that beautiful noise? That’s where you’ll find the ultimate winning equation in classic rock.

Manifest Calling own that very equation, because their key members discovered it during the seventies, in its original form, and have carefully conserved and expanded the formula into its actual graceful state of groove-busting rock rhythms that will transport you to absolute ear-bending euphoria. If you have any interest in real rock n’ roll, don’t miss Manifest Calling!

THE STORY: Friends since the seventies music has been the center of Greg O’Kane (guitars, vocals) and Tony Wilson’s (bass guitar) friendship. Back then Tony was the Bass player for LA Metal band Last Rites when Greg was just being introduced to guitar. In September 1980 Greg moved to Ireland. On the very day he arrived, he met Trevor Cullen (keyboards, guitars, vocals), and just like his friendship with Tony, music was the center of their universe. While living in Ireland, Greg met Thomas ‘Lenny’ Leonard (drums, vocals), when he crashed the stage at a gig Tommy had just finished playing with Dublin soul and blues singing legend Ditch Cassidy. Greg was so blown away by what he heard that he warned both of them that they would all be playing in a band together soon.

After his return to LA in 2010, Greg and Tony formed Manifest Calling in 2013 and immediately began recording their backlog of material which had been sitting dormant.  The thought to include Lenny and Trevor only came after finding local talent too expensive and pretentious. During the early stages of this process Greg met Amara (vocals) by chance. After hearing her voice, he immediately thought that she had to be recruited.

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