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

The Book Of Harmony album is a spectacular achievement

Kind readers, if you know nothing of Book Of Harmony, start here. Book Of Harmony is a 7-piece NYC based Progressive Rock band who recently released their 14 track self-titled album. As is usually obligatory with this genre, the band displays outstanding technical musicianship, a flawless grasp of form, a captivating depth of lyricism, great vocals and complex harmonies. Members Leah Martin (Vocals), Jon Perkins (Guitars), Phil Duke (Bass), Anupam Shobhakar (Guitars and Composer), Michael Sutton (Drums), Takahiro Izumikawa (Keyboards) and Kensuke Shoji (Violin), also add warm ambience, an almost “live” feel, and lots of little progressive motifs…however they are bigger than that.

Book Of Harmony never slouches or struts unnecessarily, which clearly separates them from the average genre band. BOH is full of great musicians, but they are confident enough in their musicianship to know that a drawn-out guitar, keyboard or violin solo isn’t the only solution to every musical progression. Their liberal use of a great many of the melodic and harmonic elements possible in the band’s configuration gives BOH the kind of texture and interest few other progressive albums offer.

Book Of Harmony’s songs seem to respect melody unusually highly, and the format of this album gives them the opportunity to use some of their gorgeous vocal melodies as ear catching motifs. Sometimes hearing these vocal themes return, transformed and evolved, in different contexts, will send shivers down your spine.

The Book Of Harmony album is a spectacular achievement in an era less inclined towards organically generated music, let alone complex, rock orientated arrangements, tinged with jazz, folk and classical flavors. The world would be a sorry place without bands like BOH. In a world where we are battered with pointless boring commercial garbage this album is a breath of fresh air.

Don’t waste your time making comparisons to older progressive rock bands like King Crimson, Genesis, Rush, Yes or the like, Book Of Harmony have a very different sound overall. It is inspiring to hear music of this caliber being written and performed today. From the introductory vocal harmonies of “Echoes of Freedom”, this is a great collection of music; well written, well played, and beautifully recorded.

It is almost a shame to pigeon hole it as ‘progressive rock’, because it has such variety to it. These songs are written with care and intelligence and covers subjects from the personal, to the universal. And as it does so, it always remains melodic, rhythmic and emotional.

Leah Martin’s voice has great power as well as tenderness that she makes each song work better than you thought possible given the subject matter. The band’s music however has the ability to tell a story and this is true whether or not there are lyrics being sung over the music; the dynamics and ideas at play within the instrumental passages are such that the stories are able to continue very eloquently.

This is especially true on “The Human Side” where vocals and music are juxtaposed in two distinctly contrasting, yet parallel narratives feeding off each other. The exact opposite is true on the opening moments of “Calling Angels”, and indeed the track as a whole, as music and voice creates a subtle, ambient soundscape, very introspective and thought-provoking at the same time.

The track also features some tasteful and soul-stirring bass work by Phil Duke. “Ode To the Beast”, on the other shows a completely different side of Book Of Harmony as Takahiro Izumikawa keyboards delight us in a solo piece. “The Changing Seasons” becomes a rousing and dynamic piece of rock music, dominated by overdriven guitars, showcasing all of the band’s qualities.

The aforementioned, are just 4 impressive tracks, with 10 more to listen to, and Book Of Harmony have already taken us through a universe of sounds and rhythms. There are also times where the musicians open up their wings and take flight, and when they do so, it is quite a heady experience and it is easy to get caught up in the music that swells all around you.

My favorites here include “Wishing Well” which showcases excellent guitar work, and “Breathe Into Me” which features some dynamic string arrangements. You will seldom find anything so musical, so complete and thoughtful in every sense, as this Book Of Harmony album.


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