“HAZEY (The EP)” finds a way to highlight every element of its artistry

Hazey aka Yung Doowee is a 19 year old producer and artist from Dallas, Texas. He moved to Portland 2 years ago and has devoted himself to his music. His latest EP release is the 10 track self-titled “HAZEY (The EP)”. Hazey oscillates between extremes of exhilarating and surreal, through the album, both musically and lyrically. There’s plenty of wheedled and growled phraseology, as well as temperate and tuneful melodic singing, too. Hazey, makes the eccentricities of “HAZEY (The EP)” sound like embryonic visions of a future, calculating take on trap music. The results are something to behold. In its

Flexico Deeskie: ‘Leanin’’ falls within trap’s ever-expanding parameters

Flexico Deeskie comes out of Dallas, TX, to where he moved from Kansas City, MO, in 2005. Fresh on the grid, he became an active artist in July of this year, and has been steadily dropping singles to build his catalog and fan base. Flexico’s emphasis on a positive attitude and grinding, pops up regularly as does his commitment and dedication to his craft. These trademarks of his personality and style, are of course very much evident in the single project, ‘Leanin’’. Trap music’s roots date back quite a few years, and it’s been a presence in rap’s mainstream in

“Trump in the Trunk” attacks political, social and cultural issues

From Backwards is a master at creating high quality music with low quality satire. The only thing more surprising than how well those two aspects mesh, is how well he performs them on stage. His genius, however, lies within the fact that while he will laugh at (not with) almost everything he does, his audience will nod and move in sheer appreciation that someone is able to articulate the frustrations they otherwise are unable to deal with. From Backwards is the much needed fifth of whisky to last year’s presidential debates. Hip-hop and politics have been together for a long

Alien Skin: ‘1980 REDUX’ takes synth-pop to a different set of limits

There aren’t many synth-pop bands that I deem buyable today. I could probably count them all on my left hand. And if I only included the bands that actually played authentic 80’s analogue-driven synth-pop, I’d probably be left counting my stiff middle finger.  Sure digital and sampling can mimic just about any sound today…if you know what to mimic of course! Our current generation of electronic heroes can knock up the most devastating beats, create massive drops, and stirring buildups, so synth-pop might seem like the simplest form of electronica to them. Technically that is. Because musically we’re talking two

C-Los N.S: “Ye-Tape” features a wide range of thought-provoking lyrics

Songwriter and Rap Artist C-Los N.S (Carlos Ruelas) was born in Santa Rosa, California (East L.A.), and raised in Racine, Wisconsin. He recently released his mixtape, entitled “Ye-Tape”. After listening to it three times, I must say that this album is a mature product. C-Los N.S sounds like he has graduated from the rap game. He has an intelligent narrative that goes along with the music, while the experience is filled with more emotionally charged singles rather than club bangers. The production created is haunting with each song bringing about a different mood but it fits the messages masterfully. Beginning

Third Realm: “The Suffering Angel” – a bold and compelling addition to the group’s growing legacy

Recently signed to Distortion Productions, Third Realm is the eclectic dark electronic project founded in 2000 by Nathan Reiner of Buffalo, New York. The danceable darkwave band with powerful industrial tones, is known for their shadowy, sexed-up blend of synth rock and intense vocals. On their brand new album, “The Suffering Angel”, the collective spends half the time perfecting their gritty, driven sound and the other half eclipsing all expectations of their efforts. The result is an intense listen with tremendous highs, and outstanding performances by members, Nathan Reiner (Lead Vocals/Music Production/Songwriter), Arrow Fitzgibbon (Guitar/Keyboards/Backing Vocals/Sampler), Melanie Beitel (Keyboards/Backing Vocals)

Nika Starr: “Connection” – succinct, sassy, and sincere

Nika Starr, female Soul/RnB singer from Toronto, is currently working with her mentor DT the Artist for Artist Development from the ‘Ground Up Program’. Her latest single is “Connection” which was produced by ClevaMix Records with an instrumental from ShamGodBeats. Being a woman in a male-dominated music industry, means they always want to back you into a corner and force you to wear a label. Unfortunately, that means you either fall into one of two categories: sexy or cute, and maybe lust or love. Now more than ever people need to be reminded that women can be in more than

Liam Merrigan: “Broke Beyond Tomorrow” – a high sense of life and perception

Liam Merrigan is 29 year old singer-songwriter from Kintbury Berkshire UK. The 10 track album of original songs, “Broke Beyond Tomorrow” deals with Liam life experiences – either lived first hand or witnessed. I enjoyed the intimate nature of the recording, which sounds as if Merrigan was playing a beat old guitar on a stool 10 feet in front of you. Totally stripped down, this album demonstrates the great craft of the songs, as well as Liam’s expressive voice, and of course his acoustic guitar. Liam is the English equivalent of rejuvenated Neil Young in his observational skills. Liam Merrigan puzzles

Etop: “Masterworks” is ground-breaking and innovative

Etop is not your typical electronic artist. If someone says to you that Etop plays electronic music do not go thinking that he plays heavy beats and dance songs. Well he does, but not quite the way you’re thinking. Etop is everywhere. He can go to a bubblegum electronic pop tune, to a groovy dance song, all the way over to a depressing ballad. And then he can do something better than just about anyone else…go back in time. No, this is not another installment of Return To The Future. He really goes back to the past, and out of

Andre Gimaranz: ‘Supermoon’ – a rare jewel!

After 15 years as a session musician, Brazilian guitarist, singer and songwriter, Andre Gimaranz’s first solo album, ‘Handmade’, was released in 2015 gaining instant attention from the industry and fans alike, resulting in Gimaranz being considered one of the best new live acts in Brazil. In 2015 and 2016, Andre was a nominee in the categories ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Artist of the Year’ at the IMEA Awards. He recently dropped the highly acclaimed single, ‘State of Rage and Fear’, and has now followed that up with his brand new full-length album, entitled ‘Supermoon’. Every once in a while, after making

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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