Heistheartist – “Boom” (Love Version) – transposes crystal-clear artistry through spiritual glistening

Heistheartist is an American Christian singer-songwriter from Central Islip, NY. Formerly a secular neo-soul singer signed to Bentley Records under his biological name LeeMann Bassey, Heistheartist discovered that his true calling was with the Lord, after hearing an inspiring sermon by TD Jakes online one day. That day he was inspired to teach the world about the Lord like TD Jakes did with his Sermon, but through music. The song “Boom” – a song that mixes sensuality with religion – is actually based on a dream that Heistheartist had one night, in which he had relations with an angel. “Boom”

Bobby Royale – “Live Jazz at Staarsound” – There is an artistic quality in the music that cannot be overlooked

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J.Drive – “Untitled” showers the auditory canvas with musical ideas

Hailing from the inner city of Youngstown, Ohio’s Southside, Jessie “J.Drive” grew up in a small apartment in a violent neighborhood without his natural mother or father.  At a very young age he realized that his natural affinity for basketball and Hip-hop music would become the tools necessary to pave his way to a more comfortable lifestyle.  Despite the tragic events that ended his hoop dreams, Jessie’s understanding of what it takes to make the best of his gifts regardless of circumstances is what has brought him thus far. Currently he is pushing his latest single called “Untitled”. In his

“Millions” shows off how talented and self-assured DboySlim is!

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Andree Cassielll – “Alimento” – a universality that makes him a perfect fit for the modern era!

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EH – “Mirrors” lets it fly with the fret-board work to thoroughly rock you!

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Boonie Mayfield – “While Black (Red Light, Blue Light, E’s and R’s)” – sentiments nurtured by a history of prejudice

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Sassy Vee – “In My Dreams” has a fantastic chill dance rhythm running its course

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Adrian Davis Releases Brand New Single: ‘We Can Do It’

July 2020 – This year has not been the easiest by a long shot, with lock-down rules keeping people indoor and breaking havoc on our lifestyles. In addition to that, we are all experiencing social and political tension, casting even more uncertainty on these hard times. Having said that, there is still hope: We Can Do It! Such is the positive message behind Adrian Davis’ brand new single release, and its inspiring title. His music is a great example of what happens when there is a special synergy in a production. Everything feels absolutely balanced, with a stark attention to

Max M continues to expand his musical catalog with his new track ‘Imaginary Problems’

The emerging legacy of artist, deejay, and producer Max M has captured the attention of music lovers from around the world. Max M’s passion for DJing and music production began during his teen years. He would later begin a successful career in Computer Science and gain renown as an IT expert before returning to the music world a few months ago. Max M’s heralded return was marked by the release of two singles Under Water and Never Wanna Leave, which were ranked first and fifth on the American DJ site Digital DJ Pool. Max M continues to expand his musical

KingQueen: “Running In Water” harbors a sensitive beating heart

Formed by Swedish lead singer INA, KingQueen is a pop rock band consisting of drummer Lemuel Clark, Nipun Nair on bass and synth, and guitarist Adam Gimenez. The Los Angeles based band has been seen on multiple platforms such as MTV, LOGO TV, Revry TV, VH1, and performing at the American Music Awards. The multi-nominated collective has opened for Jussie Smollett at Long Beach Pride, and performed at DTLA proud and OC Fair. KingQueen recently released their EP “Get Loud” and a music video for the track, “Running In Water”.

INA – Photo by Jose. D. Rodriguez.
Header Photo by Betsy Martinez

KingQueen embrace a blend of classic and modern rock, pumping out tracks with a lot of driving, frizzled guitar and anthemic harmonies that meet up with laser sharp keyboards, spirited rhythms and INA’s soaring vocals. They wouldn’t be out of place on ‘70s radio, in 80’s stadiums, or 90’s festivals, and on current millennium tours.

They practically have a timeless sound, where every one of their massive song choruses are perfectly designed for singalong experiences and euphoric audience participation. A knack many of their contemporaries hopelessly desire in vain.

A KingQueen song, is an invitation to a truly rocking, full-throttle jamboree that will have jumping up and down the aisles. The band prove on their EP, “Get Loud” that they know what it means to rock – with or without the aid of modern studio technology – weaving beautiful artistry that they are certain to easily perform in a live, concert setting.

Whatever the case, just put a microphone in front of INA and listen to her wail. Of course, the groundwork for the band’s delicious rock-pop foundation, is brilliantly crafted by the instrumentation and the passionate fervor of its players.

The album cover artwork

The result is this raw, unadulterated grit that crosses genres and anchors itself in cutting-edge modern rock. But take heed, underneath this immense cinematically-inclined, sonic bang, KingQueen harbor a sensitive beating heart, and a strong social consciousness that is laid out in timely fashion throughout the narrative of “Running In Water”.

“Are you living or are you just breathing, when tears are coming down for no reason. Say goodbye to everything you know. Welcome to your new life,” sings INA, as KingQueen invites us to reevaluate what makes us happy, and to not remain trapped in a life design, not of our own making.

The minute I first heard this song, I knew this band was something special. They are loud, triumphant, confident…and still consciously aware of the perils of our society. At the same time, frontwoman INA, has one of the most incredible voices currently prancing around her genre.

It’s a surprising that the band don’t yet get the mainstream exposure they so thoroughly deserve, but then again I’m happy for KingQueen to circle around the mainstream as sort of highly guarded indie secret.

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