Rashod Holmes Announces New Single ‘The One’

The soul singer relives how he met his wife and started his family on a tender new song. Rashod Holmes is known for bringing romance to life with his evocative voice, but he has never told as personal a story as the one he tells with his latest single. ‘The One’ is a true life love story that acknowledges the struggles and triumphs that go into building a long-lasting relationship. “I found the one for me” Rashod sings. “She is the girl of my dreams.” While Rashod is convinced that he has found the perfect partner, there is much more

Billy Ray Rock – “Get The Funk”- hitting up all the classic tenets of funk

Washington State Singer-Bassist, Billy Ray Rock, plays more than 10 instruments and produces and performs every instrument you hear in his music. From Rock to R&B and Dance, Billy delivers them all. His single “Get The Funk”, simply adds another delicious flavor to his sonic menu. His unearthly bass chops, resonant vocal wobble and inner funk DNA is scorching hot, while it straddles the genre’s trademark grooves. Blaring horns and slapping drums accompanies the party-styled adlibs, as the track treads its momentum. If you’re looking the glossy high-tech dance-club funk perpetuated by bands like Chromeo, then this is not the

Vincent Krennerich – “Verlassene Stadt” – plenty of delicate aural color

Vincent Krennerich is a composer, songwriter and pianist from Germany. The artist, who has featured on our pages before, has released his double-side single, entitled, “Verlassene Stadt”, which translated, would mean ‘abandoned city’. The second track, contained in this set, is called “Morgengrauen”, which in English, would mean ‘dawn’. However if you heard these compositions, there would be no need to translate them, as Krennerich’s music describes itself rather poignantly. Though stripped back and basic solo piano, the key to the success of both these recordings, is the propensity Vincent Krennerich has in composing subtly fine melodies. Both tracks have

Hybrid Blues fuses stellar musicianship, heartfelt songwriting and soul-stirring vocals

Out of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hybrid Blues are a 4-piece band, made up of Mike Everard (guitars, vocals), Adam Pendred (bass), Mark Schaumann (drums) and award winning front-man, singer-songwriter Roy Hudson. The band signed to SGNB Records USA, has just released its self-titled blues-based album. No two songs on “Hybrid Blues” sound the same. The record not only showcases Roy’s abilities as a singer and a songwriter, but also highlights the wide range of influences that have impacted on his music. The album takes you in so many different dynamic directions that it can feel a little dizzying, while the

Marshall Artz Productionz – “Go Missing” ft. SeanQ – is incredibly hypnotic, with crystal-clear production

Released Aug 28th, “Go Missing” Prod. by Marshall Artz Productionz, is the producer’s 3rd single release since June. The track will be featured on his upcoming 2021, self-titled LP “Marshall Artz Experiment”. The song features singer-songwriter SeanQ, from Dallas, Texas. The producer’s blend of R&B-inspired neo-soul and smooth chill sounds becomes its own entity within the hip-hop and urban music world. Marshall Artz Productionz work should gain high appraisal through its colorful and subtly amped vibes that play to any genre lover’s ears alike. After listening to this track, I expect that the outpouring of demand for more of the

Evie Calabasas – “STARGIRL” – strong, sensitive vocals and soul-baring songs

Evie Calabasas is a 20 year-old singer and songwriter. She started playing guitar at the age of 6 and started singing at 15 years old. After attempting to be part of band on numerous occasions, Evie finally opted for a solo career. Her first solo project, the 3 track EP “STARGIRL”, has its title inspired by the first song she ever played live.  It is a tempered and exceptional record. It shakes, rattles and rolls with minimal, almost absent percussion, a dominantly strummed acoustic guitar and occasional keyboard interludes. Above all, is Evie Calabasas’ voice, which delivers an untethered, sweetly

Baby Lu releases her first single “Bad Stuff” on all major streaming platforms

Luna Elisabeth Jezebel Pool aka Baby Lu was born on February 5, 2002 in Frankfurt, Germany. Lu began singing and songwriting in her early teens and went to several music auditions where she was rejected because of her young age. She then decided to start making her own music after graduation in 2018. As she didn’t have any connections yet she wasn’t able to produce something properly. In 2019 she met the producer Austin Asiegbu (2aBeaatz) and started to produce her own songs. Pool has cited Adele and Demi Lovato as her major musical influences. Her other influences or inspirations

Where There’s A Will – There’s A Way!

Where There’s A Will – There’s A Way! That’s the way Will Ready lives his life, no excuses, no regrets, and no looking back. Just like fine wine, Will has gotten better with time. With over 25 years in the music business, 7 albums and numerous tours, Will is ready. Singer/Songwriter/Producer and Showman, Will is the complete entertainer. His blend of R&B, Soul, Jazz has earned him welcoming fans in Europe, Japan and The Caribbean. Will attributes his silky seductive style to his love of R&B, Soul greats like, Charlie Wilson, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, Ron Isley, Marvin Gaye, Luther

Rockstar Marcus – “Wavy” – a knack for real melody and a great sense for catchy production

Rockstar Marcus is a melodic/ emo rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. Combining soulful singing with a touch of rap and a slew of talent, the artist’s single, “Wavy”, induces us to take a serious look at the artist’s past releases, while he drops an ambitious message for the future. As soon as the mellow sentimental mood begins to kick in, one is reminded of the psychedelic image of fluctuating soundwaves as the song plays. The beat rising and falling with Rockstar Marcus’ masterful voice and atmospheric instrumental taking us on a mesmerizing journey. The summer vibe of the song is

Bernie Aka Birdbadas – “Sensual” shows a unique flexibility and verve

Bernie Aka Birdbadas wears many hats. He is an indie artist, producer, vocalist, rapper, poet, break-dancer and graffiti painter from Glyngore, Denmark. Most importantly, he is currently promoting his double single project, called “Sensual”, featuring the title track and “Everybody Wants”. In mixing and melody, these tracks are closer to uplifting trance and groovy house than anything else, and Bernie puts his bass front and center. His arrangements, consequently, are beautifully economical. Yet Bernie Aka Birdbadas manages to craft tracks far beyond the sum of their parts. In the wrong hands, the sonics he toys can sound overdone or repetitive,

Kev Scott – “Exhausted Fantasies” develops a winning blend of alternative folk-rock arrangements

UK artist Kev Scott returns with a fourth studio album, “Exhausted Fantasies” (2020). Kev is joined by recording band The Cherished Times, formed by a regular number of musicians and singers who have performed with him. The long term collaborators include, Chris Holland (bass, string arrangements and production), and Steve Pellatt (drums), who along with Kev Scott (vocals, guitars and piano) form the backbone of the band. Quite frankly, a sign of a true artist is when one album transcends the previous one, and that is the case here. Kev Scott’s previous albums are all outstanding, but this…..this one is beyond excellent. The set explodes with force, packing a wallop in the early tracks and remaining strong throughout the set.

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Led by the musically charismatic and literate Kev Scott, The Cherished Times develop a winning blend of alternative folk-rock arrangements and instantly catchy choruses, invoking the spirit of many of America’s musical greats. Scott is a songwriter capable of real, revelatory emotional depth, without the usual melodrama.

From the opening track, “Carry You”, you’ll find all of the required elements of a prototypical Kev Scott song here: an organic arrangement, affecting lyrics, and a singular vocal performance from Scott that harnesses only the best parts of his heartfelt delivery.

Scott’s voice aside, the album’s flair for kickass arrangements is helped along in equal part by the production work and the band’s all-round gritty performances. All of which can be savored on the guitar-driven “I Guess I’m Longin”.  In the scenes The Cherished Times conjure, melancholy is never too far away, as Kev Scott grapples with woes both private and interpersonal.

 Scott uses the record’s most powerful moments as a showcase for his honest, hard-earned confessionalism on songs like “Each One Has A Story”, and the brilliantly arranged “Love Let Me Know” which features stunning layers of backing vocals and harmonies.

“Mama Built A Wall” fuses a lyrically rich mid-tempo ballad with long forgotten sonic treasures that can only be found in resonating organic instrumentation. Most of the tracks on this album contain strong vocal harmonies and memorable melodies, making for a solid collection of songs which should assure that this is Kev Scott’s most accessible album ever.

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“Jesus In The Window” builds into a very pleasant and powerfully melodic listen with stream-of-consciousness lyrics which are at once intense yet relaxed and features some more great harmonies.

The introspective “Dear Mr Nixon” with its slowly strummed, twangy guitars and banjos, blend with some great keyboards to complete an astutely attentive song. Simple and complex at the same time, “A Lifetime Or More” uses its incessant bluesy pulse as a concrete path for Kev Scott and his expressive vocal meanderings. Whatever descriptors you use to define its sound, it has a timeless groove.

“Lovers and Fighters” comes with plenty of earthy grit and splashes of distortion and feedback to color the deeper negotiations of Scott’s narrative.  “Absolute Wonder” illustrates the power of Kev Scott’s voice when it escapes the introversion of its lower range and pushes upward to an emotional heave.

“Exhausted Fantasies” is an album that employs remarkable arrangements – both instrumental and vocal, while managing to focus with laser-like precision on our most raw emotions. Kev Scott is a talent with a rare blend of poet and musician. He clearly tapped deep into his abundant singer-songwriting talent to deliver these songs. Combined with The Cherished Times, the result is a chemistry immediately evident.

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