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

JENNIFER HOPE LAUNCHES DOWNLOAD TO DONATE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT LINKIN PARK’S MUSIC FOR RELIEF CHARITY Singer-Songwriter Jennifer Hope, has released her cover version of Linkin Park’s “My December” to raise awareness, and contributions for Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington. The track is available for download until October 27, 2017 at GoFundfMe. A one dollar donation is all that is required to receive a download code, but any additional amount is appreciated and your extended generosity can further help many in their time of need. All donations go to the charity through the

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

C.E.O. Carter: “iCeo” – meticulous storytelling skills

C.E.O. Carter, born Sherrod Miguel Carter, got his name from his desire to start his own clothing line; but because of his love for music, decided that ‘Ceo’ would be an even better fit as a music artist; with later plans of launching his up and coming line of sleek casual wear for young men and women.  Lansing, MI based artist decided on the acronym because of the journey that’s set before him would entail him to fulfill each letter of the acronym; Conquering Every Obstacles to be successful in his endeavors. He has shared the stage with national recording artists such as Yo Gotti,  Mystikal, Bubba Sparks, Manish, Future, The Chi- Lites, All-4-One and Veronica Lopez, to name a few.

iceo-350b“iCeo” is C.E.O. Carter’s latest 10 track EP release. Let me get straight to the point, this is a must have recording. The EP is off the hook, the beats are all original and will guarantee to bump the bass in your car or at home. I have to give Carter much credit because this is a complete EP, which means he doesn’t have 3 banging tracks and the rest is garbage like many overrated artists.

Over multi-layered tracks, slamming drums and differing sounds, C.E.O. Carter us verses packed with his meticulous storytelling skills which prove, more often than not, to always grip the listeners’ ears despite how many times we have heard similar themes. As he weaves his first person narrative Carter delivers a solid opener with the title track that showcases his microphone capabilities are all in check.

“F** Ya Mean (prod. I Am KBeatz)”, is an aggressive and powerful anthem which gives us a deeper look inside Carter’s mind and his perspective. It is also backed by stark bass-driven production which compliments Carter’s message. Strangely, one of the most infectious pieces of music on the EP is “Bn Thru interlude (prod. Lexi Banks)”.

The piece is sultry and makes the laid-back, fusion of soulful Rap and R&B that is its backdrop seem to pop out of our speakers with a cool, collective calm that makes Carter’s spinning rhymes endlessly enjoyable. “My Mind ft. Flint Po (prod. King Zuse The Producer)”, gives off a glorious cinematic impression as C.E.O. Carter goes back and forth on the microphone. It is tried and true, but still a welcome and unique, way to orally attack the dark, purely underground sound of the tune.

iceo-350Carter is at his most honest “Bn Thru ft. Coach Pe$o (prod. Young Forever)”, he strips away the vehement sensibilities so present throughout the rest of “iCeo”, and comes from the soul as he compliments the beat with his own experience of his hard times.

Victorious in all facets of the stirring, emotive melody chosen and the words used this is the perfect note halfway through the EP. From here on out, you’ll still on your way to standouts like, “Come Up (Prod. Flawless Tracks)”, “Iso (Prod. DJ koke)” and “Confessions (prod. Young Forever)

“iCeo” is solid all-around with the distinctive explosion in all arenas which make C.E.O. Carter so commanding. The beats, lyrics are all of high quality and Carter is at his best when he summons his essence and nearly as good when he gives us an example of why his rhyming is both amusing and vicious.

His topics are varied but mostly settles for the commonplace which most can relate to, while his personality is magnified and at the forefront of the entire project. On “iCeo”, C.E.O. Carter proves that he can craft a mostly gripping record that has even more luster than his earlier endeavors and is far better than most of his Hip Hop peers.

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