Grayson Word Releases his Debut EP “Different Kind of Free”

Grayson Word’s debut EP, “Different Kind of Free”, is a fantastic surprise for any music fan. The soulful vocals and the hint of 70’s funk give it a vibe much older than his 18 years. The album, from this American artist, starts with the haunting vocals on ‘Lost’, shares the heartbreak of a lost love in ‘Can’t Get Over You’ and takes us on a beautiful ride through the song ‘Slow’. Some of his influences include Al Green, Michael McDonald and Earth, Wind & Fire to name a few. Grayson says realizing his passion for music at a very early

Ann Paul: “STAY” – elegant pop structures with choruses that will remain stuck in your head

It’s not easy to find really excellent singer-songwriters anymore, but in Ann Paul the talent has been found as she’s an amazing artist. Her arrangements are kept fairly simple and the words flow smoothly. Sometimes she’ll remind you of a straight acoustic folk singer voice… and then at other times there’s a shot of rhythm mixed into the arrangements which just lures the listener into her mellow groove. Ann is an artist from New York who currently resides on the North Fork of Long Island. She was drawn to music at an early age and taught herself the basics before

The Silver Bayonets: “BRAVEFACE” – fantastic Adrenalin pacing of the album

Listening to the brand new album “BRAVEFACE”– which is set to release the 13th of April 2018 – by The Silver Bayonets is like climbing up and own a series of steep hills. The flow, the trip, the atmosphere, the anticipation, gives the album a fantastic undulating mood all its own. The music is more than badass guitar riffs and pounding drums; it has a feel and life unique to itself. And that is what makes the album spectacular. Like most of the band’s music, “BRAVEFACE” isn’t just something to listen to; it’s something to experience. Hype aside, this album

Music Legend Plunky Releases – “Only You” 4-Song Smooth Groove/Afro-Mellow EP

The storied history of Afro-jazz funk legends Plunky & Oneness continues with a new album, Eclecticism, to be released June 13 of this year.  As a prelude to the new album, Plunky is releasing Only You, a four-song maxi-single of Afro-mellow smooth grooves on March 13.  While his maxi-single focuses on mellow vibes, the four tracks still showcase the variety and versatility Plunky and his group have shown for more than 40 years and 25 albums.  Newness and innovation are on full display on this EP as Plunky and his son, J. Fire Branch, have produced a collection of personal

Meelow’s voice is perfect for what she’s trying to achieve sonically

Teen songwriter, actress and musician, Lily Garret, better known by her stage name Meelow, draws inspiration from a wide range of artists, such as Queen and Heart, as well as Christina Aguilera, Halsey, and Adele. She’s performed at several festivals and charity events including The Chisholm Trail Art Walk, and the United Way Follies where she was chosen as fan favorite, and she also performed the National Anthem at the PRCA Rodeo in Duncan, Oklahoma. Something she will be repeating for the OKC Dodgers soon. Meelow has been doing covers and releasing original music via Soundcloud, Reverbnation and YouTube for some

Billy Swayze will blow you away

Passion for music and entertainment runs deep in Billy’s veins. The legacy of music and entertainment runs deep in Billy Swayze’s family. His cousin Roderick Falconer/Rod Taylor was a prolific rock singer/songwriter on Geffen Records who produced seven albums before launching his film career. Billy’s father was the pro wrestler Beautiful Bruce Swayze, his distant cousin actor Patrick Swayze, and his mother lyricist Bonnie Swayze. Intent on carrying on the family tradition, Nashville’s songwriter and performing artist Billy Swayze, is crafting and releasing his own blend soul, electro and rock with elements of ambient, trip-hop and psychedelia. If rock and


Although it may still be winter, there’s still plenty of warmth to be found in the music of ESP EVOLUTION. The duo consists of music producer and guitarist Overdose and singer and songwriter The Lady Capri. Together the two “have joined hands to create a whole new different form of the musical genre which promises to break all barriers of how music is composed and what audience is going to experience. The partnership which started in 2010 is going strong and delivering a series of hits. ESP Evolution proclaims to challenge your musical cravings and leverage your taste buds, making

Lyrikha: “Give Me All Your Love” – a synth infested electronic power play !

Lyrikha has been writing since 2008 and her original song catalog contains Pop, R & B and club songs, which she releases through her label Erica Leonard Entertainment. But the lady actually started out singing in her church choir as a young child and has desired performing ever since. In elementary school she was introduced to drama, and has since formally studied acting for television and film. A member of the Recording Academy of Arts and Science, as well as ASCAP, Lyrikha also finds passion in reworking disco classics. Something she has confidently done with the Crown Heights Affair track

Nitish Pires: “Am I Evil” – focusing on the melodic and accessible aspect of his musical work

Nitish Pires began his musical journey in 1999 with the formation of the Rock band Nakshatra, releasing one album – “Gulfam” – entirely penned by Pires, and released on Universal Music. In 2007 he ventured into a solo career writing two albums – “Sarhadein” and “Chauraha” – as well composing music for TV adverts for companies like Vodafone, Nokia and Fila. He also put together an entire movie score for the feature file Soch Lo. Though having his hometown in Goa, Pires has travelled extensively promoting his work. After a 4 year world backpacking adventure that started in 2014, he

Nicky Ash: “Beautiful” – a masterful job of balancing the modern and the classic in her sound

South African born singer-songwriter and recording artist, Nicky Ash, has been performing since she was four years old back in 2001. She has gone on to win awards as well as receive critical acclaim for her works and performances. A qualified make-up artist, currently studying Cosmetology, 20 year old Nicky has linked up with accomplished music producer Dante Lattanzi of Caelum Music Production who is managing her as well as producing her upcoming EP, to be released in the first quarter of 2018. They have now dropped the single “Beautiful”, written by Nicky for her mother – “A strong, independent

3 Time Billboard Song Contest Winner Jamie Parsons

Jamie Parsons is a Roanoke, VA native, a musician and songwriter. He was a Semi-Finalist Winner in the 2015 UK Songwriting Contest for “Last Call”,  Winner of the 2014 Billboard Starmaker Award for “Last Call”, and moreover, 3 Time Winner in the Billboard World Song Contest for the songs “Get Right”, “We’re Done”, “How It Used To Be”. Jamie is studied at the Appalachian State University, and is trained in piano performance, theory and composition.  He was the Unanimous 1st Place Winner of the Appalachian State University Concerto Aria Competition (’79-’80), and was also the 1st Place Winner of the Radford University Concerto Competition (1983).

Jamie enjoys writing in different genres, including, Blues, Country, Contemporary Christian, Gospel, Rock, Pop and Inspirational. Throughout my over 25 years as a professional in the music business, I’ve noticed there isn’t always a large difference in talent level among creative people.

Why, then do some songwriters, like Jamie Parsons  seem to have an overabundance of music awards, diverse artists singing his songs, and people wanting to hear his music, while others struggle to get their first song heard? The answer is there is a certain amount difference in skill most writers process. And that extra percentage makes a major difference. Skilled songwriters like Jamie share some common mental habits which you can pick up in his songs. Not least the multi-award winner “Last Call”.

We all know how easily the words and melodies flow when we’ve been inspired by a life event. But songwriters need to know that songs are like a conversation with the listener. If the writer is feeling the impact of the song but the audience is not then it’s not an effective song.

Listen to “Last Call”. Jamie drags you into an everyday experience that most of us know and can relate to. Through the words and music Jamie allows the singer Luc Doppler, to have a conversation with us. How can we ignore that last drink or the urge to pick up that gorgeous girl: “It all comes down to who’ll be the one that leaves on your arm to continue the fun. You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. So close the deal or cry in your beer, because if you hurry you can have another round. Well its last call, drink them all down!”

“Last Call” is a fairly simple and straightforward honkytonk beat and melody – it’s a drinking song, with no complex rhythms or cryptic lyrics. Yet the thing is so damn catchy and relatable, it’s really hard not to get caught up in its forward momentum and fun Saturday night theme.

Anybody could write this type tune of with the right mindset. But the key to convincingly successful songs – whether or not you want to become an amazing songwriter or build a lucrative career – is that songwriting firstly is a passion, then maybe a job. Ask Jamie.

A quick run through Jamie Parsons’ catalog will teach you another thing – write as honestly as you can.  Chances are, if you’ve gone through something, your listener has too, and they will hear that honesty as it applies to them and (hopefully) connect with it. And I’m particularly thinking of the heartfelt ballad “I Don’t Need This Hurt Anymore”, sung by Leijiah Cooper or the soulful “We’re Done” interpreted by the husky voice of Richie Marso.

Jamie Parsons is clearly a songwriter for all seasons. He writes a wide variety of songs. He doesn’t have just one “thing” that he does. He has lots of pitches that would suit lots of different types of singers. This gives him the edge over many of his colleagues.

Songs should catch our ears in order to register in our consciousness.  It can do so in any way – a riff, a lyric, a melody, a rhythm or an atmosphere. But once it registers in our consciousness, to be special, it must earn its right to stay there. It must say and be something. That’s what Jamie Parsons’ songs achieve.


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