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

Rahul Mukerji: “Ma De Re Sha” balances the obtuse with the accessible!

Rahul Mukerji is a ‘guitarist’s guitarist’ who revels in a self-penned musical hybrid shot through with intensity, precision and plenty of ethnic flavorings. His 11 track album “Ma De Re Sha” is a big sounding recording with enough of twists and turns to make Rahul’s solos sound both dynamic and interesting. The opening track “Exit 13” sets the outline tones of this collection of songs. It balances lyrical eclecticism with an Indian twist while his incredible chops help him forge his own style. There are plenty of incendiary guitar breaks and harmony guitar parts, but Rahul also demonstrates a lightness of touch which is almost playful at times. This aspect is offset by several complex moments that explore rock, fusion, jazz, and world music as he cleverly balances the obtuse with the accessible.

“Ma De Re Sha” is full of diversity, a wide range of solos and an array of tone colors. He glues together all the elements on ‘Sita’, which he tops with an incredible solo, after slipping into some hard riffing above adamant percussion and belligerent strumming. The melodic duality of ‘Fingerprints’ is partially mirrored by the subtle dynamic tension between his exemplary playing and his acoustic sensibilities laced with multi tracked harmonies.

The world-wandering feel of the album is evidenced by the way Rahul suddenly switches between the acoustics and an intense, high octane bluesy fusion feel on ‘Children of 1-2’. It’s his constant search for a deeper meaning to match his catchy licks that gives him real crossover potential, exemplified by the booming ‘call and response’ lyrical yearning of his guitars.

Rahul Mukerji saves a big impact for ‘Zidd’, on a collision of understated acoustic power, song craft and intense electric guitar playing. The big building crescendos is effectively a musical sleight of hand, as it suggests yet another succinct resolution to a bulldozer of an album, but “Ma De Re Sha” has more depth than that. It’s a frequently multi-layered and surprisingly diverse album full of magisterial guitar lines that constantly draws Rahul into new musical avenues.

He’s at his best on the twists and turns of the title track ‘Ma De Re Sha’ and the high octane ‘Baisakhi’, while ambient, slow-burning new age groove of ‘Hope Anew’ is an example of an artist following his own musical path. The quiet ‘Event Horizon’ and the harsh album closer ‘Sinner’ reveals new nuances with repeated plays.

All throughout Rahul Mukerji’s musical knowledge, breathless guitar playing and imaginative arrangements shape the musical vision of a virtuoso with a penchant for real songs.  The songs themselves are varied and cluster around Rahul’s established strengths as a composer and performer.

Rahul based in Maryland, USA, but born in India, was featured in the Guitar Player Magazine Editors’ Picks in 2008. He is also a guest Guitar Instructor on the Shred Academy website, and he has been performing live for over fifteen years.

The compositions and the arrangements on “Ma De Re Sha” were inspired by interactions with people from different cultural backgrounds and walks of life, all filtered through the prism of Rahul’s own multicultural upbringing between East and West. The actual making of the music involved coordination with musicians, as well as  mixing and mastering engineers living in the US, Germany, Spain, and France.

“The name for the album, as well as the title song, is derived from a word that a friend’s daughter used to exclaim at every occasion she could find,” explained Rahul Mukerji. “No one quite knows what it means, but she made it up herself and she just loved clamoring it with conviction and glee. This project is similar, as it’s a deeply personal statement, and the continuing journey to bring it to fruition has been a labor of love.”

Album Credits:

Rahul Mukerji: Producer, songwriting, arrangements, guitars, guitar synth, e-bow, sampling, tabla and drum programming

Bruce Ng: Co-producer, arrangements, additional drum and percussion programming on all tracks

Ruben Rubio: All basses


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