John-Marc Lucid: “Judas” ft. Fyah Sthar – breathes down-to-earth authenticity

Music is a very powerful and mystical force. It speaks to people on a much deeper level than conversation. It really reaches the soul. With his new track “Judas” ft. Fyah Sthar, John-Marc Lucid hits us with music that indeed does reach our souls, an intriguing melody, piercing lyrics and outstanding musicianship included. The new release by the Texas based Dancehall and Reggae artist is a joint venture with Fyah Sthar, and together they breathe down-to-earth authenticity, making for an airy, buoyant listening experience. Lucid is a creative mind that doesn’t bother about drawers or labels – his music explores

Innocent Bystanders: “Attractive Nuisance” – a roller coaster of emotion and excitement

Based in Kensington and Mission Hills, Innocent Bystanders was founded by musicians who played regularly in various bands in high school and college, who got together to form a band to play fundraising events for a local law school. They perform a wide-range of rock and soul, focused on the music of the 1960s and 1970s. The band is made up of Steve Berenson (Drums), Steve Semeraro (Electric Guitar, Vocals), Kaimi Wenger (Keyboards, Vocals), Jessica LaFave (Saxophone), Ben Nieberg (Acoustic Guitar, Vocals) Kath Rogers (Vocals) and Donny Samporna (Bass guitar). Their “Attractive Nuisance” EP of original music was recorded at

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: “Let It Go” combines musical inspiration and travelling emotions

Meaningful lyrics, amazing songwriting, superb heart-warming yet angry sound, musical teamwork, everything is so perfect in this track. Such a gorgeous and refined melody and philosophical lyrics is worth being remembered for all of the current generation. The guitarist uses swampy resonating sound so beautifully and the drummer plays simple but tight groove, with every drum fill-in is on the sweet musical spots. The bassist backs up the music stably as the boys sing the vocals with conviction. This is one of my current desert Island #1’s in the Roger Cole & Paul Barrere catalog. Yes, the track “Let It

Markus Scott: “Live Life With No Regrets” – confidence is sky high on this project

Born in New York City, Markus Scott grew up in humble surroundings, and his family were always on the move resulting in him constantly transferring schools. He excelled at reading and writing poetry, before discovering that he could rap when he won a freestyle battle with a signed artist at a house party in Harlem. He soon learned to DJ too, and with his first check from summer youth, Markus went to a pawn shop and brought a laptop. He then brought a DAW, and microphone from Guitar Center and began researching how to mix and edit his vocals. He

Christopher Rapkin: “Focus In” – substance over style!

Composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Christopher Rapkin is many things, including founding member of Digital Composers Guild, and a music industry consultant. During September Rapkin released his 10 track heavy guitar album, entitled “Focus In”. Listening to Rapkin on this album it also becomes clear that he could be known as a great guitar virtuoso and a perfectionist. Christopher is the guitarist who sings and he does it quite well, in my opinion even better than Steve Vai. Also he is a good composer, all of his albums are full of songs of different styles. So he’s the man

Ziggy: “Breathe” – music for a new generation of kids

Zachary Raul Reyes aka Ziggy was born in Arcadia, California, but spent a lot of time moving around since his dad was in military service, ending up in a town in Ohio called Middletown where he spent most of my elementary and high school career. Growing up, music was his life. At 13 he received his first guitar, as a gift from his mom. He took two lessons before teaching himself how to write tabs and understanding harmony. From there Reyes ventured into listening to Hip hop and metal before discovering Dubstep, which represented a complete change of direction. Suddenly

Lynne Taylor Donovan: “Sooner or Later” – a swirling pool of rich technique and tender ability

“Sooner or Later”, the new release by independent Canadian Country songstress, Lynne Taylor Donovan, is the third single from the Nashville sessions that produced her hugely successful Euro-UK #1 hit “Strong One” and the follow-up European #2 hit “Am I Dreaming”. The reigning queen of indie country music has a knack for finding a way into the hearts of her global fan base. “Sooner or Later” has a warm and deep intention, reflecting Donovan’s eloquent and versatile tidings, showcasing her country gravitas, and a swirling pool of rich technique and tender ability. A careful sensory indulgence is heard in the

Odd-Arne Jacobsen: “While I Was Crossing The Bridge” – a gift to the world

Musician, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire, Odd-Arne Jacobsen has worked with most of the leading artists in his home country of Norway, in both theatre and music, and has also presented his craft internationally. He has had his own television show in Russia, as well as a solo concert at the Moscow International Jazz Festival, and has toured the USA, Mexico, Russia, France, China, Kuwait, Scotland, and Japan. In 1990 he undertook a solo concert of his own compositions in New York, becoming the first Norwegian guitar player ever to hold a solo concert in Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Jennifer Hope Releases “My December” for Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington

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Jordan Everist: “Vacancy” – the perfect soundtrack for anything you can really think of doing

Jordan Everist is a creative from Portland, Oregon. His love of music began when he was 4, but really took off in his high school years. Since then he has been producing music professionally for short films, cartoons, and musicians. He also has had a series of personal projects, where he’s been able to express himself and develop his own voice. Besides music, Jordan has an interest in all things creative, which he shows through his other ventures, writing and animating cartoons, and developing video games. Odds are if you’re reading this review, you’ve heard of Everist’s music before. If

E. Claudette Freeman – The Media Corporation Entrepreneur and Writer

Claudette Freeman spent some 24 years in radio in South Florida, before launching her own media corporation, Emily C. Freeman Creative Holdings, LLC. The company does business through E. Claudette Freeman Literary Services, which provides an array of writing services including: coaching, editing, commissioned stage/film works and publishing consulting. Employing literary principles and styling to empowerment modules, Freeman, a Certified Life Coach Practitioner through the American Association of Christian Counselors and a Licensed Minister also hosts Arise Through Your Spirit, in-home, conference, ministry and workplace based literary empowerment and birthing purpose programs; and along those lines is preparing to launch her Write For Your Life Tour. The company also delves into the publishing arena through Pecan Tree Publishing, presenting a globally-attractive catalog of spiritually, socially and culturally enriching titles.

As a writer, Freeman has received various honors. She is the author of the collection of short stories: PIECES AND ME; three invigorating and engaging devotional/essay journals THE MORNING HOUR: ARISE, WRITE, RELEASE; FABULOUS YOU: POWER NUGGETS FOR THE MOMENT and IF I WRITE IT, IT CAN HEAL. She is also the author of three collections of a trio of journals releasing in 2016: Enduring Woman Journal Collection, Keepsake Power Journal Collection and the Writer’s Muse Journal Collection. Freeman lives in South Florida with her son Isaiah Langston-Michael Freeman.

e-claudette-freeman-profileJMAG: Claudette you clearly have a love affair with all things literary and have been a strong advocate for writers and authors.  What attracts you to the written word?

Claudette Freeman: Your words – the words in you – don’t betray you. They may hurt sometimes. They may reveal a bit too much of your truth sometimes, but they are organically sincere. For me, they have been a constant companion. I can listen to a conversation, or something strange can catch my eye and I see or hear a storyline. Or, I can sit and breathe and purposely listen to what my soul spot is saying and be healed or challenged in that. There is some type of connection to a deeper thought realm – if you will – when you put or read words on paper. The words open your imagination. So, I fell in love with that – and plus, I’m STILL single!

JMAG: Tell us about your book When I Danced With God. 

Claudette Freeman: I am a vivid dreamer; to the point that there are times I am consciously aware that I am dreaming something that I need to bring acute attention to. In sharing some of those dreams, people would call them intuitive or prophetic. Someone told me I am clearly a spiritual empath who God speaks clearly to in dreams. I thought if that is my truth, then it likely is someone else’s as well. So, I took several of those dreams and their interpretations and put them in When I Danced With God. The title actually comes from a dream I had during a very dark time in my life. In that dream, I sat in this dark room and had a conversation with God, and He asked me, why don’t I dance with Him anymore.

JMAG: Tell us about the business side of your brand and your company E. Claudette Freeman Literary Services 

Claudette Freeman: The business side of me is a literary coaching and editing services provider. I work with authors in various genres (with the exception of erotica and extremely morbid stuff). My task is to help them assure they have all of the elements in the recipe in their work. I am a little different as a coach, because I may actually read something in the work that I know is a mask for the author, it’s a hiding place and then my task becomes to help you deal with that. You can’t lie to your words and through your words and expect them to impact anyone positively. Because I’ve lived the truth that your own words rather written in fiction or non-fiction terms can heal, liberate and deliver you; I also do “life” coaching under the guise of literary coaching – so that a client can be comfortable with that engagement. Through the business, I’m doing more group and workshop type of coaching; and will be introducing a line of teaching products to learn at your own pace.

e-claudette-freeman-pomJMAG: Who are some of your favorite authors and what genre of writing interests you most?

Claudette Freeman: Genres are really based on my mood at the moment. When I read fiction, I love dialogue and characters that make me want to hit them, run from them or love them. Zora Neale Hurston and James Baldwin are my absolute favorite! They introduced me to stories about people and ideals that I could relate to. They showed me self in words. I also love Eric Jerome Dickey, Brad Meltzer, James Patterson, Tina McElroy Ansa, J. California Cooper and Pearl Cleage. I love August Wilson. People would think it strange that I would sit and read plays like they were novels.

JMAG: How has the book publishing industry changed since you first started?

Claudette Freeman: It’s had some ebbs and flows. When I initially became “a writer” the norm was your work had to go through a literary agent and it seemed to be a lot of hoops to jump through. Then the self-publishing industry exploded, initially not so well, because people flocked to it without any concerns for the quality of the work or how it was presented. When that side of the industry started demanding better; then the quality increased. To me, it seemed to slow the challenge of putting your work in a professional agent’s hands, even for me. Why face rejection when you can publish it yourself. Still, I think it is something writers should do. If you get an agent that offers critique within the rejection, then you get valid points to better your writing.

I think whether you decide to self-publish or go the agent route – you have to put in the work. Study the craft, spend time with your words, fine tune them, work with professionals to help you along the way and produce quality work with long shelf or Ebook reader life. That’s the other thing that changed in the industry Kindle, Nook and similar readers. It became a way to become “a bestseller” not based on the weight of your words, but how low you could drop the price and employ social media to drive up sales in a short time span. True readers- like me – will always buy the book that we can feel in our hands and I think the industry is starting to see that truth again.

e-claudette-freeman-iicwJMAG: There seems to be quite a bit of spirituality in your professional and personal life.  Tell us why and how does that manifest itself in your work and your work with clients?

Claudette Freeman: I am clearly aware that there is more to this life than what we experience at the moment. I believe that whether you call God, God or Universe, they are the same. For me, God is the absolute power/person/thing that makes life – life. God is the giver of what I possess and so often that intuitiveness or that counseling to the things written that you didn’t know you wrote, becomes about me just being the vessel. I become your stopping post, meaning – if you trust this Spirit and this gift in me, we can get the book or the play written – but we can also FINALLY deal with those words crying in your inner being too. For instance, I have a client that was working on a project dealing with the presence of rape in her life, on more than one occasion. And each time we met, I knew there was something not clicking in the power of what she needed to write. Finally, I asked, “Why are you so mad with God? Why do you telling me you love Him and you knew He was there, but you are pissed off with Him?” That session became about admitting and releasing. Then we could move on. I don’t necessarily know when it’s going to happen or how; but sudden silence and tears usually tell me spirit – word and truth just hit home!

JMAG: I am intrigued by your book If I Can Write, I Can Heal.  That’s so powerful in itself.  Tell us what inspired you to pen that work.

Claudette Freeman: Having done journaling and word healing workshops I know that people often get stuck at “where do I start” or “how do I start saying this” and other sentiments. So If I Write It, and The Morning Hour at actually my musings, coupled with words that start you off. I figured if I give you the initial line and you just go with the flow from there – then you’d be okay.

JMAG: Share some of your wisdom in another one of your works titled Fabulous You Power Nuggets of the Moment. Do give us a nugget!

Ok here’s one:  Sometimes there is a knot of tears that builds up in the pit of my stomach and it wants to break free.  I let it.  It washes away all of the cares that I needed to cast to Him who cares and can do something about it.  I have not cried my last tear – instead I let them go so that they take the pain, the sorrow, the distress right along with them. Today, I wash away the cares of________________.

e-claudette-freeman-widwgJMAG: Tell us one thing people might be surprised to know about E. Claudette Freeman

Claudette Freeman: I love bridal shows. I have never dreamed about a big wedding, or a fairy tale wedding or anything like that – still – I love bridal shows and I try to rope people into going to them with me.

JMAG: What’s next for E. Claudette Freeman? And how can we stay connected with everything you do?

Claudette Freeman: What’s next? Hmm. Short term coming is a weekly Word Power call for Anyone interested in writing – it will be encouragement, challenges, and a quick writing tip (so email me if you want the call in number). I am honored to have two theatre pieces going up in July. July 15-16th, my show The Way My Mama Loves Me will be part of the Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis, in Memphis, TN. And July 23rd, my show Tears A Sister Cries will close out Tracie Bonnick’s REALITY UNMASKED season, at the Plumosa Theatre in Delray Beach, Fl. When the curtains go down on those, I’ll be launching a series of intimate writing to heal type sessions, called Write For Your Life.

Connect with me at www.eclaudetteliterary.com, on Facebook at ecfreemancreative, Twitter is ecfcreative, and LinkedIn is Emily (E.) Claudette Freeman.  You can email me at coaching@eclaudetteliterary.com.

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