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Belgium Review: EMILY JOHNSON “OPEN YOUR HEART”

1 Jun

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http://www.keysandchords.com/album-review-blog/emily-johnson-open-your-heart

 

For more information about OPEN YOUR HEART or live EMILY JOHNSON performances please visit her website: www.emilyjohnsonofficial.com

 

To order OPEN YOUR HEART on Digital Platforms worldwide please visit:

http://radi.al/EmilyJohnsonOYH

 

To see the video for the title song “OPEN YOUR HEART” please visit:

https://youtu.be/MlNusiSr-dI

 

 

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Belgium Review: Lindsay Bellows “Wake To Dream”

27 Dec

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http://www.keysandchords.com/album-review-blog/lindsay-bellows-wake-to-dream

 

LINDSAY BELLOWS: WAKE TO DREAM

13/12/2017

 

Translated:

 

The miracles are not out of the world. Any healthy-minded individual who dared to claim less than a few days ago that your reviewer would venture to the same R & B picture up to five times in the near future was considered ready for collocation. However, the miracle has happened. More than that, there is no “Wake to dream” of Lindsay Bellows, a young wench with dark, curling locks, who can access the CD-device on duty. Before your thoughts run wild, we call (royal plural) mitigating circumstances: the discussed work is a piece of cake.

 

Five numbers that undoubtedly can count on a lot of support in hip-and-trendy lounge bars. At least this is what your reviewer suspects. In the foregoing, exact science must make the thumbs up against the intuitive assumption. Subsequently, apart from a lack of expertise in R & B, there is no affinity with lounge bars of the hip-and-trendy caliber. Some research into the style of Miss Bellows, however, teaches us that she would prefer to categorize her musical adventure as folk pop with R & B vocals. If the child only has a name. This notwithstanding – the self-willed stubbornness of your servant takes the upper hand – the picture evokes associations with ‘Irreplaceable’ from Beyoncé rather than – I call it – ‘How Long Will I Love You’ by The Waterboys.

 

Interesting fact for the musicians among us: the graceful Bellows is a proficient user of the loop station. Layer-after-layer, with her own voice, she builds backing tracks, about which she sings the final leads. No rule without exception, for ‘Wake to dream’ Lindsay surrounded himself and assisted by a group of skilled musicians. The result is full and very professional sounding songs.

 

Honest … although underwriting is rather R & B-unworldly (understatement), the debut of Lindsay Bellows charmed. The fact that the disc is going to be turned gray is pulled by the hair, but it can count as an approach to the genre.

 

Jan Coonen (3 ½)

‘Lindsay Bellows can be described as the perfect blend between Beyoncé and KT Tunstall, looping her Beyoncé-like voice into soulful pop songs’

 

Keys and Chords Review: Indubious “From Zero” (translated)

17 Aug
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“Indubious is already on their fourth album. The brothers, ‘Skipwicked’ Spencer and ‘Evton B’ Evan Burton have furthered their musical composition skills and solidified their own reggae path. One might ask, how can two brothers with cystic fibrosis still deliver such high-quality sound? But, Indubious proves that one can also accomplish beautiful things regardless of a difficult background.
If you listen to ‘See Sharp,’ you will only hear the pure sounds. You will not hear irritated lungs, on the contrary,  you will hear pure music and vocals. Yes, this album can be labeled as reggae, but it’s more than just a Jamaican rhythm. It is beautiful in how it applies several modern layers to a classic reggae rhythm.
Indubious gets help from singers Sizzla Kalonji on ‘Golden Ones’ and Vaughn Benjamin in an immersive ‘Do not Lose Sleep’. Or Zahira’s contribution to the ingenious ‘Root Down’. These American gentlemen have played West Coast Reggae and various other festivals. With some good listening you will be able to immerse yourself in the music psychedelically and spiritually. With Indubious’ reggae-layers, one can see ‘From Zero’ as a starting point in a renewed genre.”

To purchase or previous “From Zero,” 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

Internationally Acclaimed R&B Artist CORNELL “CC” CARTER To Release VINDICATED SOUL, A Remarkable Set Of Soul Covers With A Classic CC Original Remix

3 May

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For Immediate Release – San Francisco, CA – CORNELL “CC” CARTER will release his new album VINDICATED SOUL in stores and online worldwide on May 19, 2017. CC has been gracing stages and entertaining thousands of fans with his signature sound around the world for many years, and this new seven-song album is a tribute to the classic Soul and R&B music he grew up with. CC is known for his phenomenal stage presence, his high-powered audience engagement, and his extraordinary and dynamic vocal skills. His strong love for music developed when he was a young man growing up in a San Francisco home chock full of Jazz, Blues, Funk, Soul, and Gospel, which drove CC to create a musical gumbo made from ingredients from each of these strong influences.

CC says, “VINDICATED SOUL is the soundtrack of my life, which is why these songs were chosen.” The Intro track that kicks things off is a dedication to the genius of Curtis Mayfield’s “Super Fly” soundtrack, followed by the Marvin Gaye classic “All the Way Around,” written by the legendary Leon Ware. “Brothers Gonna Work It Out” and “I Choose You,” by Willie Hutch from the soundtrack of the 1973 film The Mack, are two songs that had an impact on CC at an early age. “Next to You” is a song by the group Chapter 8, which many do not realize was the backup band for the renowned Anita Baker, and CC picked Al Green’s “Look What You Done for Me” because “it is a history lesson of what Soul really is.” This remarkable collection of covers includes a classic remix of the CC original track, “Where Do We Go” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NNT7rrkE-k). Digital copies of the album will also feature the bonus track “Zoom (Fly Away Mix).”

VINDICATED SOUL was recorded at various studios in San Francisco and mastered at Trakworx. World-class players featured on the album include Melecio Magdaluyo (Pete Escovedo Orchestra – Saxophone), Niecey Robinson (Legends of Soul – Background Vocals), Ernest McKone (UK – Bass and Keys), and Kirk “KC” Crumpler (Drums, Bass, Keys). All songs were recorded with live instruments, not an easy task, but essential for the authentic sound they were able to produce.

CC was most inspired to do this album by his family, which he has always regarded his most important asset. “My Mom was the key,” says CC. “She used music to bond us, and I’m making sure I carry the torch that was handed to me.” CC received big advice from his musical brother Narada Michael Walden, who shared with him that the key to covering a great song is to “Stay true to it because of its greatness!”

CC’s first album Let’s Go Back, recorded in 1996, has recently become a classic R&B collector’s item exclusively in Japan. Following the release of his internationally acclaimed 2016 release In The Moment, CC received the UK Bright Star Award for Best Male Artist of 2016, and has gone on to put out several remixes which have received great acclaim in the US and Europe. Radio and media support for CC has come from some major players, and stations that have supported CC with High Rotation include Jazz FMMi SoulBBC RadioStarpoint Radio (UK Soul Charts)Solar Radio, Delite, Soulpower, JFS, Soultrain, Unity, Soundfusion, Time Radio, and Teerex Radio in Canada. Steve Ripley and the Soulfood Music PR team has been a major asset for his introduction and success in the UK and Europe.

CC has had many once in a lifetime musical experiences to draw from, but two of the highest points of his career so far has been sharing the stage as an opening act for the late great Godfather of Soul, James Brown, and the legendary Ray Charles. In addition to his various headline performances, CC has also opened for other household name brand artists such as The WhispersThe TemptationsNatalie Cole, and Kool and The Gang. As part of Narada Michael Walden’s all-star band, which performs at various NMW Foundation events, CC has shared the stage with other renowned world-class artists such as Neil Schon (Journey) and Dionne Warwick.

Throughout the years, CC has appeared on many albums, and he continues to be one of the most in-demand session vocalists in the San Francisco Bay Area. CC was honored to perform with world-renowned, multi-Platinum Guitarist Carlos Santana, providing background vocals on two tracks that appear on Santana IV, a reunion album released in 2016. His experience and professionalism have made him an A-list background vocalist for Tarpan Studios, appearing on tracks from Grammy and Emmy Award Winning Producer Narada Michael Walden’s new album EVOLUTIONJennifer Saran’s new albums Merry Christmas, You Are Loved and Walk With Me, and the Jordan Hurwitz album LOVESICK., all released in 2016.

-Posted on Keys and Chords 

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 pre-order VINDICATED SOUL, please visit CC’s Bandcamp page:
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

Keys and Chords Review: J-Bella “All For Nothin”

3 Apr

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This is the debut of the American singer-songwriter Jessica Bell. She grew up in Buffalo, New York and listened to Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. She was also influenced by Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson. Jessica already acted as support of SWV, churches and clubs. After an unsuccessful relationship she decided to do what they can best, and that express themselves through music. Soon she began writing her own songs. She says: It’s been like that for me since I was a child. My parents did not have very much money Because there were six of us, and my dad was the one working while my mom stayed home and raised us. So, the house was always crazy and chaotic, but we loved each other. One Christmas my mom brought me a pink radio with the microphone When I was about seven years old, and after everyone would go to sleep I would record myself singing. “She mixes pop with R & B on the up-tempo opener ‘Shine’ time in a remix, and further is the title track as a ballad. ‘Game’ is up-tempo R & B and “Up Down” sounds funky. To exit the original version of ‘Shine’ and a bonus mixversie. Blue-eyed R & B so.

All For Nothin Released In Stores and Online March 24, 2017

To Order All For Nothin visit: http://smarturl.it/jbella

For more information about J-Bella please visit: http://www.j-bellamusic.com

For Booking information please email info@Three2GoMusic.com

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

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

Keys and Chords Review: E-Life 7 “Miked Up”

30 Mar

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Guitarist Ron Walker and bassist Mike Pennick have long been friends, and writing for years ballads and R & B grooves. They are both members of The Exoutics. Now she felt it was time to bring the jazzy side up, and put Mike’s talent in the spotlight. That led to the formation E-Life 7, further comprising keyboard player Rodney Spears & Charlie Crymes Jr., drummer and percussionist Tim Webb. They received additional assistance of guest musicians such as saxophonist, singers and keyboard players. The project began released in the summer of 2012 and now their debut. Opener ‘Sunday Night’ brings cheerful, instrumental jazz funk, followed by the funky ‘Chaos’. ‘Smooth Ride’ is softer, and further is the remake of Stevie Wonder’s “That Girl.” ‘Sunrise’ is pretty smooth jazz with sax, and ‘Before The Storm’ too. The title track is again jazz funk, but ‘Beautiful Day’ goes softer against it. Still further, the second “radio edits” of Tony Rome “and” Feelin You “. Not bad, with some nice tracks.
This debut from the band E-Life 7 Focuses on the bass guitar or Michael Pennick with some beautiful tracks.

Miked Up was released on March 24, 2017 through Three 2 Go Music.

For more information about E-Life 7 please visit:  www.e-life7.net

For Booking information please email info@Three2GoMusic.com

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

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

Keys and Chords Review: Amanda Abizaid “Walking In Twos”

23 Mar
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“Amanda Abizaid was born in Beirut but moved with her parents to the United States when she was ten. Amanda has multiple talents. Not only is she a singer / songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actress, she is also a model and walked for fashion shows worldwide, inter alia, Nina Ricci and Zandra Rhodes. They listened to music by Elton John, The Beatles, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young but was also immersed in the Middle Eastern music. With the help of the legendary Stephen Stills on the title track, Amanda brings this 7-track EP to support the non-profit project HelpPhilippineSchools.org .. This organization is committed to Filipino children to provide the best possible school education. The EP will only be released on a limited edition physical version, to enable the public to conveniently purchase via digital download (iTunes). The title track, which you indeed get an electronic remix, was inspired by a visit that Amanda gave in 2016 to the Aeta Filipino children Haduan Village. She herself describes her music as “neo-soul meets world” and that’s down to brass tacks. Amanda has not a bad voice and the feeling it evokes, gives her music both a sense of neo-soul and world music. Moreover, she also knows how to translate its positive social attitude and musical. Her influence of Eastern and Western music mixes they then perfectly ‘Set It Up “and” Release Me “.
Amanda has the heart in the right place, she proves with this issue. Hopefully supplies downloading this mini-album a lot of financial support for its project. That it allows underprivileged children will have a better future, is reason enough to “Walking On Twos’ massive download.
With the Proceeds of this ep, filled with a cross-over or neo-soul and world music, Amanda wants to support the non-profit project HelpPhilippineSchools.org., In a financial way.”

To purchase Amanda Abizaid’s Walking In Twos EP visit: http://smarturl.it/walkingintwos

For more information about Amanda or this release, please visit:http://www.AmandaAbizaid.com

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

For Interviews contact Erin Cook at Jensen Communications: (626) 585-9575, erin@jensencom.com

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

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