INTERVIEW: C.E.N. – the voice of the people

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started? C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a

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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

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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

Paul Pedana: “Free” – the clarity of his far-ranching vocals is absolutely sublime

Paolo Pedana b.k.a. Paul Pedana was born on in a small town called Umbertide, in the vicinity of Perugia, Italy. At the tender age of 6 he began to play the piano. By the age of twelve he had picked up both the guitar and the drums and had started his first band. At 14 he composed an 11 track symphonic music album created on various synthesizers and other virtual instruments. The album even impressed the great composer Giampiero Reverberi.

Paul Pedana Live in London

Paul Pedana Live in London

Paul’s momentum was abruptly cut short by a tragic accident at the age of 16, when he was run-over by a bus in front of his high school. Despite the odds he made a painful and miraculous recovery, undergoing multiple surgeries and medical treatments across long periods of time. His near death experience brought with it a strong sense of awakening and lust for life, which later led Paul to journey to the USA to live with the Native American tribe of the “Lakota”. A voyage which stayed with him and echoes through his music.

After previously achieving success as the drummer and main songwriter for the band Anthropos, in January 2015 Paul Pedana decided to pursue a solo project in an attempt to express a different musical affinity to his previous work with the band. The project quickly grew into a passion of Paul’s and he immediately released two singles and supporting videos, showcasing his new sound which drastically departed from his previous musical genre.

Paul Pedana - Sunset Strip Music Festival

Paul Pedana – Sunset Strip Music Festival

The tracks in question are “Free” and “I’m not afraid”. These songs hit me emotionally the first time I heard them. There is something unique, beautiful, and enigmatic about Paul Pedana’s songwriting and singing. “Free” captures those qualities perfectly. Pedana’s use of strings in this song is so perfect and intertwined lavishly with the melody and other instruments. The track starts out simple with Pedana’s superbly soulful voice and an acoustic guitar, then blows up into a lush string arrangement with wonderful guitar and keyboard work all the way through. Paul Pedana sounds like he really cares about how we listen to his songs.

The production on his songs is tremendous, the intense layering of sounds and the clarity of his far-ranching vocals is absolutely sublime. And even when he uses a simpler piano-driven arrangement as on “I’m not afraid”, the orchestration of the strings and voice, are exquisitely executed, with each single note building on the emotion of the song, until it reaches a majestic, anthemic sweep.

The most amazing aspect of Paul Pedana’s compositions is how it spiritually moves the listener. It takes one on a journey of life, love, and death, with each song moving in its own way. Containing lush, soaring melodies and propulsive guitars and keyboards, set against vital string arrangements held in tight rhythmic rein, Pedana’s musical talent percolates and seethes with emotion. I truly can’t begin to recommend Paul Pedana enough. Please consider this artist as your top purchase this year.

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