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Bring Your Performance To The Next Level With These Tips!

22 Jun

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“Top 5 Things To Know About Stagecraft & Performance” 

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Wow your audience and attract more fans with help from this article!

20 Jun

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“Making waves in your local scene can be really exciting for a newer band trying to make a name for themselves. But if you want to be taken seriously by fans, press, and labels, you’ll eventually have to leave the comfort of your nest to make an impact on other scenes in your region. Properly planning for your first tour is massively important, so we’ve got some tips that will give you a better chance at making it a success.”

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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.

 

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15 Jun

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Singer/Songwriter Jennifer Saran to Release New Album ‘Wake Up’

14 Jun

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To say the very least, JENNIFER SARAN is a prolific artist. After releasing her debut holiday-themed album Merry Christmas, You Are Loved in 2015, followed shortly thereafter by Walk With Me in 2016, Saran is now finalizing her new 15-track album WAKE UP. A mix of alt-pop and adult contemporary covers and originals produced by the legendary Narada Michael Walden at his Tarpan Studios in San Rafael, CA, WAKE UP features guest appearances by multiple Grammy-winning guitar legend Carlos Santana and South African Grammy-winning male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. WAKE UP will release in stores & online worldwide on July 7th, 2017.

JENNIFER SARAN is a North American artist, songwriter, and vocalist based in Hong Kong. In 2016, Jennifer teamed up with Narada Michael Walden (they obviously love working together) and Ladysmith Black Mambazo to create her new album’s titular single “Wake Up.” Also, making a special guest appearance on the track is multiple Grammy-winning legend Carlos Santana. This stunning collaboration is a heartfelt appeal to recognize and address worldwide inequality and impoverishment, a cause incredibly important to each of these amazing artists involved. Jennifer travelled to South Africa to record with Ladysmith and to film scenes for the song’s music video, released with the single on November 11, 2016.

WAKE UP features Jennifer’s versions of classic hits from artists such as Patty Page, Doris Day, Bill Withers, and George Michael, each of whom holds a special place in her heart. Jennifer’s original songs and conscious messages have resonated with fans and media alike, and her music has been released to many great reviews and widespread radio exposure around the world, including interviews on syndicated radio stations in the US and the UK. The “Wake Up” single was reviewed or mentioned in magazines and websites including Songwriting Magazine, Women Talking, and Clare Balding conducted a wonderful in-depth interview with Jennifer on BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday. The “Wake Up” music video aired on over 100 broadcast video outlets in the past several months across the US, including rotation on California Music Channel, PC Music Pool, and The Sound Chamber, reaching millions of viewers. On social media, the video has had almost 100,000 views across Facebook and YouTube.

Jennifer Saran, aka Jennifer Hill, was born in Washington DC to a Canadian mother and American father. Years later she stumbled upon a women’s choir with the American Women’s Association (AWA) in Hong Kong in 1992, which she joined as a Mezzo (second soprano/first alto). She and members of that choir broke away in 1997 and formed The Hong Kong Women’s Choir, where the group performed to raise money for local charities. Under the brand name ‘NOVA,’ and with an additional a cappella subgroup named ‘Grace Notes,’ the choir’s aim was to perform more contemporary music and raise money for the disadvantaged in Hong Kong.
THKWC has performed for multiple events over the last 20 years, including charity functions and public performances, and while many wonderful local and international women have joined and departed over the years, Jennifer is the sole remaining founding member. This year is the Choir’s 20th anniversary, to be celebrated at Hong Kong’s historically famous Western Market.
In 2007, Jennifer also established a memorial trust in the name of her late husband, Kuldeep Saran, at the time of his death. She is involved in many charitable efforts, including The Kuldeep Saran Memorial Trust, whose objective is to support the education and well-being of disadvantaged children in Hong Kong, through education programs, and a ‘bricks and mortar’ renovation to a local Hong Kong school that educates minority children.
KSMT Ventures, which manages donations from other organizations that fund charitable projects, one of which is AnEW, Arts and Education for Women, a Christian-Action program supporting refugee women and asylum seekers in Hong Kong.
Proceeds from her musical endeavors will go to the Kuldeep Saran Memorial Trust and the Hong Kong Women’s Choir, for the educational support of disadvantaged children. Proceeds from the single, “Wake Up” will go to the Desmond Tutu foundation in South Africa.
Jennifer is the mother of 3 children, Paul, Phillip, and Anjali. She continues to write new songs and travels the world, trying to uplift and engage, educate and empower, our future generations.
Pre-Order or preview the album now on iTunes http://smarturl.it/wakeuplp
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Music Street Journal “Track by Track” Review: J-Bella “All For Nothin”

8 Jun

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“The singing is what works the best here. The more that element is left alone to carry the music, the better it is. The music overall has both a modern pop element and a lot of old school soul and R&B built into it.

Shine (Remix): Piano leads out, but a modern rhythmic element quickly emerges. High pitched vocals join, bringing a bit of a soulful edge. This is a pop styled cut that is catchy and energized. While the music is over-produced, and the vocals get to be at points, the bulk of the singing is left clean enough to “shine.”

I Choose You: I like this song quite a bit. It has a lot of old school R&B charm to it. This one avoids the over-production that was heard on the first song. I love the way the two voices work together.

All for Nothin’: A mellower tune, this works reasonably well. It’s not as strong as the last piece, though. It’s more of a ballad. It just doesn’t have as much of the old school magic.

Game: With more of a modern pop element at its heart, this has some classy R&B sound infused, too. I dig the guitar solo on the cut. That guitar manages to hold a big chunk of the piece. The saxophone is a nice touch, as well.

Haters: The vocals are the selling point on this song. The backing arrangement is just sort of average modern mellower stuff. The singing, though, really stands tall.

Up Down: I love the vocal performance on this cut, too. The piece is energized and more rocking It works better than the last couple songs.

Shine: I like this version of the opener better than that one. It doesn’t suffer from the over-production. That let’s this really breathe. It’s based on one of the best vocal performances here. Given the competition, that says a lot.

Shine (Bonus Mix): The closer is another mix of the song. I’d say that this one lands in the middle of the other two in terms of effectiveness.”

Review by Gary Hill at musicstreetjournal.com

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

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Here are the “Smart ways to invest in yourself at every stage of your music career!”

6 Jun

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“At some point, savvy artists (songwriters and recording artists alike) will reinvest a portion of their earnings back into their career. Some do so after a fortunate windfall (such as a hit album or a lucrative synch deal). Others are more proactive, raising money with a specific goal in mind… Here are [artist] recommendations, based on where you are in your career and how much you can afford to spend, in order to get the most bang for your buck.”

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