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

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

SKY Family: “Celtic Revival” – the perfect integration of traditional Celtic music with Pop/Rock

SKY Family has perfected the integration of traditional Celtic music with Pop/Rock. Their album “Celtic Revival” is the kind of recording that you can use the Repeat function on your media player and not get burnt out. While the notion of a Celtic pop/rock band is not exactly original, it definitely is unique in today’s stereotyped panorama. They achieve the rare feat of fitting comfortably into the mainstream without sounding anything like the rest of the artists and bands that dominate the airwaves of commercial pop/rock radio. Their sonic template marries strong Celtic influences, the singer’s achingly beautiful and distinct vocals which successfully blend innocence with sensuality and spirituality, and a commercial sensitivity that will made a bulk of this album’s songs incredibly accessible to the masses.

Tom, Seth, Joel, Gabe, Miriam and Daniel, better known as SKY Family are actually more than a band; they are also messengers of God. So expect worship lyrics and strong spiritual themes. If you’re a Christian, then you’ll be in your element with this band’s music.  But if you’re not, that’s not a problem either; the only important thing is that you’re able to appreciate great music – in the form of fantastic lead vocals, sumptuous an intricate harmonies, lush organic instrumentation and wonderful melodies by the bucket load.

SKY Family are a band whose attributes include a unique interpersonal chemistry, an unbridled pride in their faith and musical heritage that is showcased by the conscious choice of instruments featured on their songs, a commitment to their artistry and musical competence, the blinding gorgeousness factor of the voices supplied by Tom and Miriam, and their undeniable restraint towards the temptation of becoming mainstream fodder.

The percussion, guitar, keyboards and fiddle combination is heartwarming on this release, where their charm is rooted in the seeming simplicity of their music, with graceful rhythms and beautiful melodies, which combine to create a soothing tandem of lullaby harmonics and classical, ethereal tones injected with pop-rock sensibilities. All throughout the 14 track album SKY Family never lose their vision; a sound truly rooted in the tones of their spirituality, leaking melodies and overflowing with positive energy.

Opening with a striking instrumental intro on “Psalm 150” – the tone is immediately set as one of uplifting, easy vibrancy. The fiddle is the most notable instrument, and a signature sound of the band’s endearing formula, both in tone and methodology.

The track serves as a perfect introductory piece, the wistful strains of folkloric whimsy married with the more modern intonations of the electric guitar, piano and percussive instruments. The harmonies on the chorus on this particular track are heartfelt and produced with a clarity that is both rousing and subdued. This magical and endearing formula is repeated in various does throughout the recording, to make almost every track a standout.

Undeniably beautiful in melody and with a superb vocal performance, the overall content and feel of “In His Hand” is filled with wallowing emotionality that feels almost like an assault on your heartstrings. Contrast this with the previous track “Nothing Separates”, which is a staggeringly good example of powerful rhythm and melody in almost perfect balance, and “Who Is Like Him” which feels truly as though it is generously compensating with its whimsical yearning.

Despite the album being very easy on the ears, there are certainly occasions when the band do switch the formula somewhat and develop their sound into one of much louder energy. But this is never at the expense of melody or listenability. For example the instrumental “Life On A Hedge” especially allows for a different side of SKY Family’s style to let itself be known.

The band’s vision is transmitted through every track of this album, and the intended meaning finds its way to the listener flawlessly. An entertaining, enlightening, and altogether lovable release, its singularities and qualities nothing more or less than a testament to the faith and endeavor involved in crafting it.

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