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Music In Belgium Review: E-Life 7 “Miked Up”

12 Jul

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“Once again for those who like funk or soul, this [album] will be a party, because the technical level of the team in place is undeniable.”

“Album originally released in 2013, this “Miked Up” has been re-branded today thanks to the label Three 2 Go Music , in order to let us benefit from the work of experienced musicians. In addition to the presence of bassist Michael Pennick , the album includes talented musicians from Buffalo to New York ( Rodney Spears, Charlie Crymes Jr, Ronald Walker, Tim Webb ) and the participation of other virtuosos ( Ken Whitman, Denisha Osbourne, Joey Diggs, Walter Kemp or Van Taylor ).

All this beautiful world to offer us an album or blues soul and funk do wonders, especially at the level of bass playing which is prodigious here.  But let’s not forget the other instruments with a guitar and drums that follow the soul and funky movement, without ever dethroning the place of chief of the instrument with four strings (or five) ! The saxophone and organs here reinforce the funky and soul side, bringing us once again to the fundamentals of the genre.

The compositions that are mostly written by the tandem Walker / Pennick , bring a groove of hell returning us in the past to the golden age of funk and soul music, a time when the saxophone juggled with bass And the guitar on tempos entants see dansants. But what to remember are obviously the bass scales, which are here monstrous with a fingering and a dantesque strike  !

Once again for those who like funk or soul, this will be a party, because the technical level of the team in place is undeniable. Bass … Bass … Bass”

www.musicinbelgium.net

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

Three2Go Music Artists Are Making Their Mark On Buffalo

15 Jun

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“Independent recording labels have often made a significant impact on the music industry, music culture, and how consumers receive music. With a growing drive toward “indie” in the current entertainment culture, it is important to note that independent labels, producers, and distributors both past, and present, have paved new paths, leaving indelible marks on the industries they’ve worked within, and sometimes had to work around. These national, and international independent labels often get their start as regional projects, that find local support, and local talent to grow with.

Three2Go Music Productions based right here in Buffalo is an example of an independent label working with up and coming talent, and making changes in the climate of music production, and distribution. Focused on artist development, promotions, and productions within the R&B, Soul, Jazz, and Pop music genres, Three2Go represents local artists such as Omeri Monroe, J. Bella, and E-Life 7, who will be featured on June 14th at a concert at the Central Terminal as part of Three2Go’s Terminal Jazz Music Series, for 2017.

Although officially Three2Go Music Productions was founded in 1996, through a partnership between founding members Ronald Walker, Michael Pennick, and Annette Batia. The new label was part of the evolution of an independent label that began in the 1970s as EP Records, which represented local acts such as the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame members, The Exoutics. Over a decade later, Three2Go Music Productions carried on EP’s legacy, and the first act they signed to represent was the local R&B group, Paradyme.

Adjacent to the creation of Three2Go Music Productions, the organization Three2Go Music Alliance was also developed through a collaboration with Van Taylor Productions, part of Taylor Made Jazz, RW Music and Video, and Melissa Kate Productions.

The combined efforts of these artists, and organizations create unique opportunities for talent development, exposure, and the opportunity to support other community organizations. As evidence of these efforts, Three2Go Music is currently teaming up with Buffalo Central Terminal Preservation and Restoration with their Terminal Jazz Series of shows. These are low entry cost shows, featuring local talent, performing on the second Wednesdays of the summer months, beginning in May. Proceeds from these shows will benefit the Central Terminal Restoration, as well as the Buffalo Colored Musicians Club. Also, new to this year, Three2Go Music, and the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park joined up to create a musical series that is being called, Party On The Fantail, which will feature live music every Tuesday, beginning June 20th, from 6PM to 8PM on the deck of the USS Little Rock. There will be no charge for admission to the Party On The Fantail shows.

“We’re trying to attract new, young talent.” Walker detailed in our interview “When we get new music, we listen. It’s not like it goes into a black-hole; we listen. And unlike some other labels, we’ll give constructive feedback.”

One of their newest artists, Omeri Monroe, was actually introduced on the international stage prior to playing his first successful show in Buffalo just a few weeks ago at The Waiting Room on Delaware. A visit to Cannes, France, along with local artist Melissa Kate in 2015 officially kicked off his performance career, as he was booked for shows in the small French Mediterranean city best known for its annual International Film Festival.

“When you’re not recognized in your own home-town, you haven’t made it yet,” explains Walker, “so sometimes you have to go away, and then come back. We’re trying to present Omeri to the public in this region, but it’s a fine line you have to walk between performing, and making a living.”

Introduced through mutual connections almost five years ago, Omeri was offered an audition with Three2Go Music; an audition where he left a lasting impression on Walker, and his colleagues.

“You could tell he had that X-Factor. It’s raw talent, and there’s was still development to be done. We challenged him, and he did it. We decided right there he was worth the investment.”

When asked about what that X-Factor is, Walker replied, “You either have it, or you don’t. That is what we look for.”

Omeri proved he has just what Three2Go was looking for when he took the stage at The Waiting Room in May. He wowed his audience with his vibrant personality, and a selection of original music that demonstrated clearly why Three2Go Music decided to represent him, and help him develop as a performing artist. Alternating an acoustic, and electric guitar throughout the performance, Omeri’s upbeat blend of Pop, and R&B was more reminiscent of the eclectic R&B sounds of the 1970’s and 1980’s as opposed to more modern, electronically driven Popular music.

Walker stated their future goal as, “We’re hoping to be acknowledged, and recognized as a force in the Western New York area. We’ve worked behind the scenes for many years, and now we’re in the position where we want to be recognized.”

With this new introduction to the Buffalo market, their lineup of fresh talent, and hot music events such as the Terminal Jazz Music Series, and Party On The Fantail, Three2Go Music is ready to make their mark.”

Article By Paul Fanara www.buffalorising.com

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For more information about Omeri’s album Day Dream’n, visit http://www.omerimusic.com/. To purchase the album, visit http://smarturl.it/omeri.

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For more information about J-Bella’s album All For Nothin, visit http://www.j-bellamusic.com. To purchase the album, visit http://smarturl.it/jbella.

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For more information and to purchase the E-Life 7’s album Miked Up, visit www.e-life7.net.

 

Jazz Weekly Review: E-Life 7 “Miked Up”

12 Jun

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“Yes, there is still new music out there that is being played for dancing. Wasn’t that why jazz got popular in the first place?

Bassist Michael Pennick is the featured lead instrument on this collection of stomping originals with Rodney Spears-Charlie Crymes/key, Ronald Walker/g, Tim Webb/perc-dr and various guests. Pennick’s bass bounces like a Superball as he sets a groove on the funky “Sunday Night” and guest Ken Witman’s tenor riffs well with Walker’s guitar on “Sunrise.” The grooves sizzle on “Tony Rome” and “Feelin You” and Pennick’s thumb must be covered with blisters as he really hits the strings.”

www.jazzweekly.com

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

 

Join E-Life 7 on June 14th and Help Benefit The Colored Musicians Club!

17 May

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The Terminal Jazz series sponsored by M&T Bank presented by Three2Go Music Alliance will feature E-Life 7 on June 14th. This performance is supporting the release of their debut album, “Miked Up.” Partial proceeds will benefit The Colored Musicians Club. 

For more information, please visit E-Life 7’s website, at: www.e-life7.net

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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

Here’s an excellent Rootstime.be review of E-Life 7’s “Miked Up”

17 Apr

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Buffalo, New York based jazz band “E-Life 7” has recently sprung from years of collaboration between guitarist Ron Walker and bassist Mike “Michael” Pennick, both of which were part of the R & B band, The Exoutics. The recording of the debut album “Miked Up” features keyboard players Rodney Spears and Charlie Crymes Jr., and drummer-percussionist Tim Webb added to the duo.

Guest-starring are Ken Whitman on tenor saxophone in the song “Smooth Ride” and the groovy track “Sunrise”, Walter Kemp III on piano in the song “Inner Beauty”, Van Taylor on keyboards-bass in “That Girl” and Joey Diggs and Dee Osbourne as vocalists sang only two songs “Miked Up” and “Feelin ‘You”.

Rhythmic jazz and R & B songs smoothly alternate on this fourteen-track album with all but one original compositions. The only cover on “Miked Up” is the soulful R & B song “That Girl,” which was a big hit for Stevie Wonder in 1981.

It is smoothly opened dancing on the plate with the swinging instrumental “Sunday Night”, and the slaps on the strings of a bass guitar form a dynamic intro with even the instrumental track “Chaos” and also wordless enduring “Second Level”. Bassist Mike Pennick is in these numbers are central to determining rhythm instrument.

That is also the case in the two tracks that appear twice on this album: “Tony Rome” and “Feelin ‘You” because we get an album version and an’ offered radio edit. Just one interesting “did-you-know” to close out this review: ‘EL-7 “stands for” Enjoy Life 7 days a week “and that’s a nice tip for anyone who is born in the heart of music (… and actually for all others).

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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: 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

RELEASED TODAY! Three 2 Go Catalogue Release Review: JP’s Music Blog Reviews J-Bella, Omeri, and E Life-7

24 Mar

 

From New York comes the debut album from R&B/pop singer J-Bella titled “All For Nothin’.” It is one of the first releases to arrive on the brand new independent music label Three 2 Go Music. J-Bella grew up a fan of Mariah Carey and was influenced by Alicia Keys as she allows her vocals to soar on the opening track “Shine Remix.” Her new 8-song release continues with her soulful delivery of “I Choose You” as J-Bella duets with the equally talented Roger Gossom on this ballad. She showcases her wonderful vocals in the soulfulness of “All For Nothin’,” before bringing back the energy of “Game” and “Up Down.” Her new album finishes with the return of “Shine” and a special bonus remix of “Shine” that displays how her vocals can accommodate many different music genres. To find out more about J-Bella and her latest release “All For Nothin’,” please visit j-bellamusic.com.

Also from New York comes the debut album “Day Dream’n” from pop singer/songwriter Omeri. His new album will be released on March 24th through the Three 2 Go Music label and features a diverse array of music from pop to R&B to soul to rock. Beginning with the title song, Omeri instantly becomes accessible with the pop infused rock swing of  “Day Dream’n.” The soulful delivery of “Guess I’ll Be Waiting” and the light-hearted, fun, up-tempo pace of “Read Your Mind” will have Omeri on your playlist as you discover the talents of this young musician. His soulful vocals during the ballad “Don’t Look For Me” will warm your soul, before he finishes his new 8-song release with the R&B delivery of “One Night” and an extended version of the title-song. To find out more about Omeri and his latest release “Day Dream’n,” please visit omerimusic.com.

Finally we arrive at the debut album from E-Life 7 featuring Michael Pennick on bass. The new album titled “Miked Up” is also being released on March 24th through Three 2 Go Music. The new 14-track release begins with Pennick making a statement with his bass as he trades licks with guitarist Ronald Walker on the instrumental “Sunday Night.” Pennick leads the way through the funky rhythm of “Choas” and delivers a “Smooth Ride” with the jazz tones of saxophonist Ken Whitman. E-Life combines the elements of rock and funk for the high energy of “That Girl,” before Michael Pennick digs deep down for the bluesy bass solo of “Tony Rome.” They introduce vocals into the R&B backdrop of “Feelin’ You,” before slowing down for the six-minute jazz of “Before The Storm.” The album finishes with the bright, up-tempo pace of “Beautiful Day” and two radio edits of the songs “Tony Rome” and “Feelin You.” To find out more about E-Life and their latest release “Miked Up,” please visit e-life7.net.

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J-Bella’s All For Nothin to Release In Stores and Online TODAY 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

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Omeri’s Day Dream’n will release in stores and online worldwide TODAY on March 24, 2017.
To Order on iTunes visit: http://smarturl.it/omeri
For more information about Omeri please visit: http://www.omerimusic.com/
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E-Life 7’s Miked Up is scheduled to be released TODAY on March 24, 2017 through Three 2 Go Music.

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

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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

 

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