Busola Martins: “Pleasant Surprises” ft. Bukola Bekes – You can hear the passion and her intention

“He turns my life around”, with these words, Busola Martins whets our appetite as we are led with bated breath into her new release “Pleasant Surprises” ft. Bukola Bekes.  With her ingenious use of simple questions and quotable phrases, she challenges us on a mid-tempo cliff hanger to re-access our relationship with Jesus. Precisely because Gospel thrives on its spontaneity, it has often traded lyrical sophistication for its immediacy.  This is not so with this track. Saved without being sanctimonious, and heaven-aspiring while remaining down-to-earth, when it comes to conveying ministry within her music, Busola Martins handles the load with passion

Weston Simonis set to release “Yoga Pants” video on Thanksgiving

For those who’re still unfamiliar with Weston Simonis and his wide range of musical styles, this is a very special talent. A native of the Grande Ronde Valley, Weston is difficult to pin down to one or two genres. Some might say he’s all over the place. I say he has the special ability to play Blues, Rock, Funk, Metal, Punk and any progressive thinking crossover music at will. Listening to his award winning album “Moments Of Intoxication” has reminded me that there was a time when you could hear all types of artists on the same radio station. Now

Jay Felicite: “758 Stories 2” features killer hooks and irresistible melodies

When thinking of England as a musical landscape, Dancehall may not be the first genre that pops to mind for people not in the know, but it’s there, under the surface of the streets, the thump of the drum and pop of the bass reverberating into walls, and spilling out under the doorways from dub clubs and roots bars. One of the current underground stars of the UK’s indie circuit is probably Jay Felicite (pronounced; Fay-Lee-See-Tay) is a Saint Lucian born and raised singer, songwriter, sound engineer. The resilient firebrand is making a big noise with the release of his new

Cris Marshall’s music will ensure he hooks as wide an audience as possible

Cris Marshall is an American Country Music Artist raised in a musical home, the small town of Haslet, Texas. He received his first drum set from his father at the age of two and by 8 he was playing his first guitar. In his teens, and alongside his dad, Cris began performing at some of Dallas/Fort Worth’s most well-known music venues. A singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Cris also launched his very own home studio when he was 18, recording artists and bands all over Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. However his passion for writing and performing never subsided during this time,

Midnight Watchman: “Liquid Universe” – an extremely focused record

A guitarist and keyboard player who began as a street musician in UK before touring the US and then returning home, Andy Jones AKA Midnight Watchman, is a composer and producer of ambient music. Influenced by an extremely wide spectrum of music and musicians, that go from Vangelis to Chopin, ad Ryan Adams to Tycho, Midnight Watchman has released his 12 track instrumental album, entitled “Liquid Universe”. In the hands of a lesser artist, the varying song structures of this album would likely become tiresome, but every one of the album’s twelve tracks is a testament to the Midnight Watchman’s

Joey Britton: “Edmonton Sessions” – fluorescent, acoustic-centric ambient atmospheres

Joey Britton started his journey in music at an early age. He joined the band ISO and played lead guitar helping to launch the Torn and Tethered Album. After ISO, Joey decided to move to California to expand his skills in the music industry while writing, recording, and producing his own records.  “I try to write songs that tell stories, relate to people, so that when you listen to them – you realize you’re not alone,” says Joey Britton. Exploring is an experience not easily replicated. Associated with it is equal parts thrill, anxiety, and apprehension. Exploring a new artist

Daryl Yahudy: “Soulful Life Within” – a perfect calling card

Indeed, you could say that Darrell McClover aka Daryl Yahudy, a former professional athlete, is a soul singer with a warm timbre and a penchant for sublime, emotional arrangements, defining what the neo-soul genre should sound like in 2017. He is a singer with a fine voice weaving a spell on songs which are full of distinctive takes on universal topics. The album “Soulful Life Within” is almost looking at how he was, how he is and how he will be in life. The warm, evocative, impeccable playing around Daryl here ensures a timeless listen. The album is overflowing with lush, lilting

John J: “Pain To Power 5 Love Letters” – strap yourself in and enjoy this vibrantly orchestrated roller coaster

I have always been eager to pick up every piece of music John J issues because of the lyrical expertise he demonstrates in every song, and the attention to the music production and features he provides. John J has just dropped a 5 track bonus EP, entitled “Pain To Power 5 Love Letters”, which comes hot on the heels of his latest release, “Pain To Power”. Like his previous recordings, each song on this EP carries a different succinct feel and hook while the flow stays swift and acrobatic. The beats, features and subject matter again excel well above average.

Chaz Hearne: “Rise of the Voluminous” – sneakily inventive and massively engaging

The very first thing I learned while listening to the album “Rise of the Voluminous” by eclectic folk artist, Chaz Hearne, is that the defining question regarding any Hearne song is which Chaz Hearne he’ll be. Will it be the introspective, contemplative Hearne of slow-burning masterpieces like “Falling For Reason” and “Hount The Jab”? Or will the party-starter behind “Fun In ‘82” poke his head out, armed with flash phrases and funky beats? Or maybe he will just activate his progressive art-rock mode, as on “Voluminous Man” and “Spicy In The Dim Halls” – catchy, complex, yet ultimately armed with a sort

The Gibb Collective: “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights” – perfectly cut gems!

October marks the 45th anniversary of the Bee Gees song “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights,” and fans of the musical super group of the 1970s, have reason to be excited. The Gibb Collective is a musical tribute, and a family legacy.  On the input of Maurice’s daughter, Samantha, the children of Andy, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb have found a way to honor their fathers by infusing new lymph  into the more than memorable Bee Gee classics of the 60’s and 70’s. And what better title for the 10-track album, than “Please Don’t Turn Out The Lights”. Though I

Me’Chell: “Live Out Loud” – ready to dominate the radio airwaves!

Me’Chell is a model, actress, singer and host, who has released her high energy club single “Live Out Loud”. This latest effort highlights the artist’s uncanny ability to craft a pop hook that will stay lodged in the listener’s head for days after, capable of causing a “repeat” disorder. Me’Chell vocals are melodic and distinct; her material is inspirational, endearing and relatable, carving a path towards stardom. While she gives a tight delivery on the touching verses, it’s the uplifting chorus of “Live Out Loud” that will allow this effort the chance to dominate the radio airwaves. It is a chant, a plea an invitation, to be the best you can be: “So let the breeze blow through your hair. Let the stars just take you there. You can be from anywhere. Just make a statement, and live out loud!”

Me'Chell

Me’Chell

And if you think that this is some superficial call to carefree hedonistic partying, think again. The lyrics come from a much deeper place, as Me’Chell herself explains: “Live Out Loud is a song about living life to your highest potential. It’s about how even though life can really knock you down at times and feel really hard, we’re meant to do what we love and “live out loud.” It’s an anthem that’s meant to inspire people to be who they are, be proud, and live happy and freely despite any hardships and curveballs life may throw at them. No matter who you are, where you’re from and what you’ve been through, you deserve to live the greatest life possible.”

But Me’Chell also gives a touching and personal insight of where the rudiments of this song come from. “I was a journalism and political science major, applying to law school and living a life that wasn’t truly fulfilling. My brother passed away in late 2013 which was not only a dark cloud in my life – that I thought would never lift – but it was also the moment where I asked myself, “life is short, who am I doing all of this for?”

Me’Chell finished the school year and decided to move to LA and pursue her true dream of being a singer. Despite the hardships she faced in life, she has still been able to smile and persevere in being who she feels she is meant to be, and now she wants to inspire others to do the same.

There’s one thing you can’t deny about Me’Chell: she is not your clichéd shallow female dance and pop singer blurting out hooks, and she has a most recognizable voice to match. “Live Out Loud” is a grower. Opening with tranquil production, surrounding Me’Chell’s calm and collective performance, the song quickly changes gears when the Top 40-ready chorus bursts through the speakers. The artist’s enunciation of some of the words on the lyric sheet, give the track the necessary dynamics, ultimately becoming an infectious and engaging, club-thumping, and inspiring anthem.

Add to the artistic package, her attractive physical attributes and her intriguing demeanor, which transpires through the video of “Live Out Loud”, and you can be sure that Me’Chell will continue to make a name for herself – not just because she wants to, but because she deserves to!

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