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Exclusive Magazine Review: Indubious “From Zero”

22 Jun

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“Simply put, Indubious is my favorite band of 2017, and From Zero is my favorite album of 2017 – and it truly deserves to be yours too.”

“For those not in the know, the story of Indubious (who have adopted, along with their legion of fans, the motto “Live Indubiously” – which means living life without doubt or fear, and with faith in the fact that we are all here for a reason) is not for the faint of heart. Like a Phoenix rising from the flames, Indubious was forged in the fires of pain and destruction.

Indeed, it is through overcoming adversity that Evton and Skip, both brothers and band mates, have emerged as a powerful forces for change, and voices for the future of conscious music.

Having been born with Cystic Fibrosis, the Indubious brothers were given a grim diagnoses at birth with a life expectancy of 18 years. Now 30 and 32, respectively, the brothers have persevered.

Armed with impressive instrumental skill, powerful harmonies, and an electrifying stage presence, Indubious is destined to change the face of music. For me personally, I tend to listen to a new album blind to who the band is or what their story is. So listening to this new full-length album from Indubious, From Zero I found myself enraptured by the dublicious music from the very off.

More than that, From Zero is an INCREDIBLE album and one for the ages. It redefines how music should be made, encouraging genres to blend, to populate safely within their musical embrace. Simply put, Indubious (based out of Southern Oregon) is my favorite album band of 2017, From Zero my favorite album of 2017 – and it truly deserves to be yours too.

1. ‘He Who Has Ears’
2. ‘Rocketship’
3. ‘Golden Ones’ (ft. Sizzla Kalonji)
4. ‘Free Up’
5. ‘Don’t Lose Sleep’ (ft. Vaughn Benjamin)
6. ‘See Sharp’
7. ‘If You Follow’
8. ‘Sheep of Conformity’
9. ‘Wednesday’
10. ‘Perfect’
11. ‘School Again’
12. ‘Root Down’ (ft. Zahira)
13. ‘We Got Vibes’
14. ‘Sky High’

Their previous release, Wake The Lion (2013) achieved great success and reach with rankings and features throughout Beatport, iTunes, Amazon, and numerous media outlets. Produced by the legendary composer/producer Gaudi, Wake The Lion was a textural journey into the world of Rootstronica.

Here, some four years later, From Zero is a new body of work that is offered “as is” with zero expectations and zero preconceptions. Indeed, it is through the meditation of how blessed Indubious are to be able to create music and do what they do, that these songs were wholly generated.

Containing lush synths, deep bass and visionary lyricism, From Zero encompasses all that and more, and even manages to showcase a healthy evolution between the years. Blurring the lines between roots, dub, dancehall and heavy dance psychedelia, Indubious’ unique sound is, for my money, brought to the fore best on tracks such as ‘Golden Ones’ (featuring Sizzla), ‘Sheep of Conformity’ and ‘Root Down’ (featuring Zahira).

Gold leaf and Embossed print on the cover, these sleek CD collectors items are a limited edition print (500) and available for a short time. Some have also been autographed on the inside cover by Evton and Skip.”

Review by Russell A. Trunk at annecarlini.com

To pre-order FROM ZERO on iTunes please visit http://smarturl.it/fromzero

For more information about FROM ZERO or upcoming tour dates, please visit the INDUBIOUS website and social media pages via http://www.indubiousmusic.com/

For Booking inquiries please email booking@indubiousmusic.com

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR:  (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com 

For Reggae Marketing or Radio please contact King I-Vier at Independent Distribution Collective: kingivier@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com

From Zero by Indubious

21 Jun

Great review for Indubious’ new From Zero due out on 7/1/17

Oasis Entertainment

From Zero is the fourth album by Southern Oregon based reggae based band Indubious.  When I listened to this album it brought me back to my trips to Jamaica when I was in the military and seeing the great Bob Marley and other reggae bands. When I write the reviews I listen to the album without knowing anything about the band.  After this one album I was surprised that this album was not done by Jamaicans but my two Americans out of Oregon.  My favorite tracks off this album were Rocketship, If You Follow, Sheep of Conformity, Wednesday, and School Again.  If you are a fan of reggae, you need to check out this album.  This album was well written, performed and recorded and will be available on July 1, 2017 on Amazon, Itunes and in stores and online where available.

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Music in Belgium Review: Cornell CC Carter “Vindicated Soul” (translated)

21 Jun

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“As the title of the album suggests, we are immersed in the atmosphere of soul music, with an American artist who takes great standards of the genre by traveling between neo-soul, R & B, disco and fresh- Contemporary jazz. Recorded in various studios in San Francisco, Cornell CC Carter, who started his career in 1996 and who was awarded the UK Bright Award twenty years later , pays tribute to the illustrious musicians and composers of soul, funk and even gospel. Proposed in a more contemporary remix while respecting the spirit of all these great black American currents and artists, the songs refer to icons such as Marvin Gaye , Leon Ware , Willie Hutch or Al Green , not to mention a Barry White intro .

Accompanied by international musicians such as Meleccio Magdaluyo (saxophone), Niecey Robinson (chorus), Ernest McKone (organ and keyboards ) and Kirk “KC” Crumpher (drums, bass, organ and keyboards ), Cornell offers a collection of songs Rhythm and vocals are of course essential to transcribe the soul or funky spirit. Starting from fathers like James Brown or Ray Charles , he sprinkles his work from the ” The atmosphere of formations like The Temptations or Kool and The Gang , not to mention Natalie Cole or even Michael Jackson .

Having finally worked with such luminaries as Neil Schon (Journey) or Dionne Warwick , he is also joining the services of the great Carlos Santana , in an album where he proves his great professionalism and great vocal abilities. Concerning the transmission of the timeless spirit of these great musical movements (soul music, funk or jazz), Cornel CC Carter fulfilled his task of offering to all those who love these tempos hot and chaloupés, By producing a collection that is both faithful and modernist, which transpires the imprint of all the great artists mentioned in this chronicle.”

-www.musicinbelgium.net

To order VINDICATED SOUL on iTunes, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/vinsoul

For more information about VINDICATED SOUL or upcoming tour dates, please visit CC’s website and social media pages via http://www.cc2000music.com

To order VINDICATED SOUL on Bandcamp, please visit:
https://cc2000music.bandcamp.com/

For Press and Interview inquiries, please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR:
(828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing, please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com

Exclusive Magazine Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up”

20 Jun

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“Narada Michael Walden’s music and Jennifer’s lyrics and vocals combine to create a soulful, heartfelt record that is, yet again, sure to captivate a worldwide audience.”

“For those not in the know, Jennifer Saran is a North American alt-pop/adult contemporary artist, songwriter and vocalist based in Hong Kong. Her first full-length album, Merry Christmas, You Are Loved (2015), was a worldwide smash and quickly put Saran on the map; let alone on the radar of some very big names within the business.

Indeed, that debut album was created with legendary producer Narada Michael Walden, and released through his very own uber successful label, Tarpan Records. Luckily for us all, that partnership continued onward with her sophomore album, Walk With Me (2016), and now into her quite stunning new album, Wake Up.

Narada Michael Walden’s music and Jennifer’s lyrics and vocals combine to create a soulful, heartfelt record that is, yet again, sure to captivate a worldwide audience. Featuring an expansive 15 tracks, Wake Up is a mix of alt-pop and adult contemporary covers and originals that allow Saran’s unique vocals styling to emanate perfectly.

1. ‘Wake Up’ (Feat. Carlos Santana, Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
2. ‘Jesus to a Child’ (Tribute to George Michael)
3. ‘Really’ (Feat. Jamil Wallis)
4. ‘Me and Mr. Jones’ (Tribute to Billy Paul)
5. ‘You Are My Star’ (Feat. Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
6. ‘Too Young to Know’
7. ‘Better Than Me’ (“To Anjali”)
8. ‘Look at Me Fly’ (Feat. Narada Michael Walden)
9. ‘Old Cape Cod’ (Tribute to Patti Page)
10. ‘Try to Forgive (But I Cannot Forget)’
11. ‘Lean on Me’ (Feat. Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Tribute to Bill Withers)
12. ‘Grace Is the Champion’
13. ‘I Will Always Be Your Home’
14. ‘My Love and Devotion’
15. ‘Aad Guray’

Musically, Wake Up is a beautifully soulful, heartfelt collection of songs that evoke Saran’s passion for beautiful melodies throughout. Indeed, Saran creates moving, thought-provoking music track after track here, and with each one drawing from her unique and powerful experiences of life, they all manage to take on her experiences musically to perfection.

Add to all that an album that also features guest appearances by multiple Grammy-winning artist Carlos Santana and South African Grammy-winning male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Wake Up (in stores and online worldwide on July 7th, 2017) is an album you simply must have in your collection the day it is released.

Personally, it’s Saran’s covers of some classic, beloved hit songs that resonate the most for me here. Here tributes to George Michael (‘Jesus To A Child’, Bill Withers (‘Lean on Me’), and both Patti Page (‘Old Cape Cod’) and ‘Me and Mr. Jones’ for Billy Paul, add some serious musical distinction to this album.

For a woman who records so frequently now, sings like her shoulders bear none of life’s worries, and whose recordings are engaging, uplifting and empowering via her own evolution within the business, Saran (who also has a few other external-to-music businesses she is more than a little involved with) is as beautiful, as talented, and as highly a productive lady as I think I have ever had the pleasure to know (via her music, of course). And once you listen to this new album, and journey through her back catalog yourselves, I think you’ll wholeheartedly agree with me.”

Review by Russell A. Trunk at annecarlini.com

Pre-Order or preview the album now on iTunes http://smarturl.it/wakeuplp
More information about JENNIFER SARAN or WAKE UP can be found at:

Sea of Tranquility Review: Mark Duda “Month of Sundays”

19 Jun

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“Rubbing shoulders with Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult), Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boyd), Kenny Aaronson (Joan Jett, Billy Idol) and Arno Hecht (Rolling Stones) on his debut EP, The Handful’s Mark Duda has drawn some serious talent into his rock n’ roll web. And that’s exactly what this six track effort is, a weaving of classic sounds reimagined by Duda and his all stars.

Somehow finding the balance between Meat Loaf like larger than lifeness and a Ramones tough and rumble, there’s something surprisingly endearing about what is, in essence, a good idea done simply but done well. With Duda writing three tracks and the other three co-writes with his guitarist Jimi K. Bones (Blondie), there’s no pretensions, no bullshit, just rock n’ roll. Whether that’s the pound and shuffle of “Connection”, the Ramones meets a 50s vibe via Michael Monroe of “Subway Song” or the horn infused doo-wop of “Standoff Love”, the eras covered may change but the intention doesn’t. With lyrics written with a wry smile on their face and a theatric showmanship in his delivery that is seldom attempted these days, Duda doesn’t need neon lights or dancing girls to hit the heights.

“Worse For Wear” proves the importance of a precision rhythm section on a slower cut, Aaronson and drummer Thommy Price rock solid, just as Chrome and Rondinelli are on the mid-paced sing along, “Murder On Delancey”. Although it’s possibly the powering title track that stays with you longest, urgent drums and a hugely memorable chorus ensuring the song’s stand out status.

Take a simple idea, put your heart and soul into it and then make sure it’s executed with care, attention and passion; sometimes the results can be surprisingly exciting. Month Of Sundays has all of those things and more, and its rewards are plain to hear. This may be only rock n’ roll, but I like it.”

Added: June 17th 2017
By Steven Reid at seaoftranquility.org

Month Of Sundays was released on April 14, 2017 through True Rock.

To order Month of Sundays on iTunes please visit: http://smarturl.it/markduda

To order Month of Sundays on Bandcamp please visit: https://markduda.bandcamp.com/

To Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5XLAxaFFVOLJCow52TN5nd

To Order on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Month-Sundays-EP-Mark-Duda

For more information about Month of Sundays or upcoming tour dates, please visit Mark’s website and social media pages via www.markdudamusic.com

For Booking inquiries please email booking@markdudamusic.com

Watch Now: Dan Ashley Interviews Cornell CC Carter

19 Jun

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Watch Cornell CC Carter’s interview with Dan Ashley about his new release, “Vindicated Soul.”

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To order VINDICATED SOUL on iTunes, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/vinsoul

For more information about VINDICATED SOUL or upcoming tour dates, please visit CC’s website and social media pages via http://www.cc2000music.com

To order VINDICATED SOUL on Bandcamp, please visit:
https://cc2000music.bandcamp.com/

For Press and Interview inquiries, please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR:
(828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing, please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com

Wake Up by Jennifer Saran

18 Jun

Great review for Jennifer Saran’s new Wake Up!

Oasis Entertainment

Wake Up is an upcoming album by North American adult pop- adult contemporary artist, singer and songwriter Jennifer Saran.  This album contains many different styles. I enjoyed this album from start to finish.  In addition to African style found in the song Wake Up, there is the disco sound in the song Really.  She also gave several covers great justice such as Jesus To A Child (originally recorded by George Michael), Me And Mrs. Jones (originally recorded by Billy Paul), Lean On Me (originally recorded by Bill Withers) and My Love and Devotion (originally recorded by Doris Day).  This album was well recorded, performed and produced.  This album will be available on 17 July 2017 whereever CD’s are sold.

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