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SoulandJazzandFunk Review: Cornell “CC” Carter “That Feelin'” Single

23 Apr

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For the past few years San Francisco’s CORNELL CARTER (who sometimes just works using his initials “C.C.”) had made himself plenty of friends in the soul community. The one time top session singer (he’s worked with people like Ray Charles, James Brown, The Whispers, The Temptations, Natalie Cole, Kool and the Gang and most recently Narada Michael Walden) really took off with his long player ‘In The Moment’ from which a series of well-crafted singles and their remixes scaled the credible soul charts.

The good news is that CC is putting the finishing touches to a new album – ‘One Love’ – due June/July. Cornell says it’s his homage to the world of classic soul, R&B and jazz, but in the meantime there’s a new single on the way. ‘That Feelin” will be the album’s lead track and though it’s not officially available till April 27th, previews reveal a tasty, insistent modern soul beater. Cornell is in great vocal form (remember, the man has pedigree!) and the vibe and groove are bob on…. so they should be! The tune was co-written and produced by UK muso Morgan Howell, better known, of course, as ‘Soulpersona’…. and if anyone knows the modern soul groove, then it’s Morgan H! It’s all looking good for that new long player!

 

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

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Canadian Review: E-Life 7 “Miked Up”

19 Dec

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Music Street Journal Track-by-Track Review: E-Life 7 “Miked Up”

17 Oct

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“Let’s make this clear at the onset: this is not progressive rock. It is, however, fusion, and we usually land fusion under prog. A simple review for this album would be “the bass playing is amazing.” I play bass myself, so I really appreciate how good Michael Pennick is. He manages to really shine on every song. The thing is, that might be an accurate review, but it’s not a complete one. Everybody on this set plays really well, and these are complete musical arrangements that work very well. While this is mostly instrumental, two songs (well, technically three because there is a remix of one of the songs included here) do have singing.

Track by Track Review

Sunday Night: The horn section kicks this off in style. Then it drops down to some killer funky bass playing. This fusion number really rocks with the bass and guitar stealing a lot of the spotlight.

Chaos: Perhaps a bit less low-key, this is no less interesting. The bass is a big deal on this one, too, lending some killer funk to the sound.

Second Level: Speaking of funky bass shining, that’s what starts this cut off in solo fashion. It holds it for a while before the rest of the musicians join for another smoking hot fusion jam.

Smooth Ride: This seems to come in mid-jam. It has a more rock based element for a while before it shifts out to more of a mainstream fusion sound. This is a bit mellower than some of the rest. It’s no less magical, though. I love the bass work out on the closing section of the piece.

Inner Beauty: A melodic fusion jam, this has a great groove and some smoking hot bass work. There is some tasty piano work on this number, too.  There is funk is clearly alive on this thing.

That Girl: This cut has a bit more rock built into it. The funk is delivered in style from the bass. The horns sing their souls out. All of it adds up to some killer rocking fusion. There is some scorching guitar soloing delivered on this piece of music.

Tony Rome: I dig the slow, soulful groove on this piece. This thing delivers some awesome musical moments. There is some smoking, expressive guitar soloing. This has some pretty crazy moments later, too.

Sunrise: The groove on this is both classic and classy. It’s a killer fusion number with some great horn work.

Feelin You: I love the energy and the vibe of this piece. It has some great changes and really weaves some powerful musical tapestries. This cut has some great soul vocal performances.

Before the Storm: I really dig the slower fusion grind that makes up this number. The piano soloing really shines, too.

Miked Up: There are some vocals on this cut. This thing has a chorus that feels a bit like Parliament to me. The cut is energized, catchy and very meaty. The guitar soloing on this wanders toward heavy metal.

Beautiful Day: This number has a lot more of a rock element to it. It’s still definitely jazz rock, but it lands closer to the rock heading than anything else here does. The keyboard soloing on this one really sells it. There is some soaring, scorching hot guitar soloing, too.

Tony Rome (radio edit): Here we get the first of two radio edits on the disc. This does a great job of capturing the magic of the piece and not really losing anything in the process. Of course, it’s only about half a minute shorter than the full version.

Feelin You (radio edit): This is a couple minutes shorter than the full-length version of the song. The cut works well in this configuration.”

www.musicstreetjournal.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

Music Street Journal Track-by-Track Review: Cornell CC Carter “Vindicated Soul”

11 Oct

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“If you find yourself longing for the classic soul music of the 1970s, you will probably feel at home here. It’s obvious that Cornell CC Carter shares that feeling to a large degree. You can tell it in the dedications on the disc, but even more so you can feel it, and hear it, in the music. This is very much in keeping with the classic soul music era. If you dig that kind of stuff, you will like this. It’s both classic and classy.

Track by Track Review

Intro: This short (less than a minute and a half) piece is built on some definite old school soul sounds. Of course, it’s dedicated to a number of the legends of that musical style, and they are called out by name here. This is classic sounding stuff.

All the Way Around: More killer old school soul is on the menu here. The cut feels like something that could have been released in the 1970s.

Watching You: Perhaps the keyboard sounds on this bring into a bit more modern place. That said, this is still something that feels like it would have fit into the 1970s. There is a funk, almost disco, sound to this number. I love the funk breakdown on this piece.

I Choose You: I dig this one a lot, too. It’s another classic soul sounding tune. It loses that disco/funk element that we heard on the last one. This doesn’t lose that 1970s vibe, though.

Next to You: There is a healthy helping of electronic fusion built into this one. It’s a classy cut that brings back some of that funky thing. Still, it’s a retro slab of cool. This might have the best vocal arrangement of the whole disc.

Where Do We Go (Boogie Back Remix): Now, this cool cut makes me think of Marvin Gaye quite a bit. It has some definite funk and more modern elements built into it, too. This is one of my favorites on the whole disc, really. It’s just so classy.

Brother’s Gonna Work It Out: With a lot of funk, this has a much more modern sound. This feels closely tied to modern soul music. That said, it clearly has ties to the retro elements, too. While this is a fun cut, it’s not up to the same level as the previous pieces.

Look What You’ve Done for Me: This is an energized soul number with both modern and classic sounds at its heart.”

www.musicstreetjournal.com

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

STAND STRONG RELEASE PARTY TODAY IN EUGENE, OR

26 Sep

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Come and join ZAHIRA for her single release party over at HiFi Music Hall in Eugene, OR this upcoming Tuesday Night 9/26! 
 

It is going to be such a special evening… She has joined in musical union with the blessed band of bredren ‘Rising Buffalo Tribe’ and together they are bringing in most high love and big sound through their musical fusion. King Toby of Inification Movement-Roots’n’Kulcha Radio will be spinnin’ the hottest tunes, Michael Leslie will be opening up with his acoustic set and then rocking steady into Zahira & Rising Buffalo Tribe!
5 free copies of “STAND STRONG” will be gifted out to dancers & kind people during the night. Reggae songstress I-chèle and soul mama Alexis Kegel will be special guests Mmmhmmm…Bringin in that divine feminine bliss to bless up the space. Vegan treats and superfoods offered by Sarah Collins. 

NEW RELEASE! Zahira’s new single “Stand Strong” is OUT TODAY!

8 Sep

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The new single serves as a powerful reminder that love is the best response to all situations, no matter how difficult. 

Reggae/Soul Songstress ZAHIRA to Release the New STAND STRONG Single Through her own Zahira Music Productions Label

It is said that all which is planted in the spring will yield a bountiful harvest in the fall, and this is truly the case with STAND STRONG, the new Single from West Coast Reggae, Soul, Pop, and R&B artist ZAHIRASTAND STRONG is an internationally inspired release, written during ZAHIRA’s travels in Peru in collaboration with Mexico-native producer Alann Ulises. The new Single serves as a powerful reminder that love is the best response to all situations, no matter how difficult. STAND STRONG will be released worldwide on all major digital services on September 8, 2017, and will be followed with a new music video, release shows, and the “Beyond Time Tour” along the West Coast in November 2017 featuring Indubious, ZAHIRA, and art by Lindy Kehoe. This Single’s cover art is a painting by visionary roots artist DiP SouLion with additional design by Digital Mirror Graphics.

ZAHIRA is a cultured renaissance woman whose pure, powerful, and resonant voice has received rave reviews from fans and critics around the world. ZAHIRA’s original music combines elements of Soul, Pop, Reggae, Hip-Hop and Electronica, with a style and tone described as a blend of vocalists such as Lauryn Hill, Madonna and Erykah Badu. Her success as an internationally known vocalist, songwriter, and musician, as well as her energetic performances, inspire others to be strong and positive. Being part indigenous, she utilizes her music to promote healing and empowerment in response to human and environmental rights.

This prolific songstress completed her first limited-edition EP in 2011. In 2013, she released the singles “Summertime” and “Easy Days,” and in the spring of 2014 ZAHIRA released Rise Up, her first full-length album. Her newest release since her winter 2016 single “Ascension,” STAND STRONG is an anthem for revolution beyond genre that is a unique concoction of Soul, Rock, and EDM, all driven by deep bass and passionate vocals. “STAND STRONG is a reminder to respond with love to all situations, especially in challenging times,” says ZAHIRA. “Its essence activates a higher perspective on life and encourages us to take responsibility for our own vibration. This song is a call to the creator to remind us to be strong even when crazy troubles get in our way. To stay balanced amongst the polarities of this dualistic world.”

No stranger to the music industry, ZAHIRA has worked with several globally renowned artists including LucianoKRS-OneBibi McGillYami BoloRed FoxIndubiousRocker-TJah Levi and Sol Seed. She has worked with producers and engineers such as Don OneVince DiLorenzoSolji HamiltonJaya Raise and Janaka. Additionally, ZAHIRA has played to crowds at several festivals and locations around the world including California, Oregon, Colorado, Florida, Canada, Israel, the Dominican Republic, Bali and Thailand, taking fans on a truly uplifting musical journey. She can be seen performing with her solo live-electronic project and with her band, or as a guest vocalist with Oregon Reggae Rootstronica group Indubious, who also featured ZAHIRA on their track “Root Down” on their album From Zero.

ZAHIRA was born and raised in Canada. She began embracing her love of music at a young age when she became a gospel choir soprano vocalist. Within a few years, her family moved to the USA where she became more focused on refining her natural talents, realizing she was bound for a career in the arts. As a teenager, she became the front-woman of Soul Union, her first band, and ever since she has pursued her career as a singer, songwriter and bandleader. Besides studying Jazz Vocals and Performance at Green Mountain College, ZAHIRA has independently trained in North Indian Classical Vocals, Sound Healing, Performance, Dance, and West African Drumming. Aside from her native English, she has written and performed songs in Hebrew, Sanskrit, Arabic, Spanish, French, Michif, and indigenous languages to share her message with the world.

Since ZAHIRA debuted in the early 2000s with jazz influenced soul and reggae material, she has undergone a metamorphosis into an experimental neo-soul, reggae, and electronic fusion artist as of 2015. Besides performing, ZAHIRA has also written songs for various films and television commercials. This devoted vocalist’s voice ranges from alto to a high soprano, and she uses it as a dynamic instrument in a rich and powerful way. Her unconventional, eclectic style and positive lyrics have made a unique and powerful impact upon her listeners. ZAHIRA radiates pure light and positive energy on stage and brings her audience on a journey beyond time and space.

“Better not run and hide from it, better take the time and just work on it.” –Zahira

 

To order STAND STRONG on iTunes please visit: http://smarturl.it/zstandstrong

For more information about STAND STRONG or upcoming tour dates, please visit ZAHIRA’s website and social media pages via http://zahiramusic.com/

For Booking inquiries please email contact@zahiramusic.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

Reggae/Soul Songstress ZAHIRA to Release the New STAND STRONG Single

29 Aug

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Reggae/Soul Songstress ZAHIRA to Release the New STAND STRONG Single Through her own Zahira Music Productions Label

It is said that all which is planted in the spring will yield a bountiful harvest in the fall, and this is truly the case with STAND STRONG, the new Single from West Coast Reggae, Soul, Pop, and R&B artist ZAHIRA. STAND STRONG is an internationally inspired release, written during ZAHIRA’s travels in Peru in collaboration with Mexico-native producer Alann Ulises. The new Single serves as a powerful reminder that love is the best response to all situations, no matter how difficult. STAND STRONG will be released worldwide on all major digital services on September 8, 2017, and will be followed with a new music video, release shows, and the “Beyond Time Tour” along the West Coast in November 2017 featuring Indubious, ZAHIRA, and art by Lindy Kehoe. This Single’s cover art is a painting by visionary roots artist DiP SouLion with additional design by Digital Mirror Graphics.

ZAHIRA is a cultured renaissance woman whose pure, powerful, and resonant voice has received rave reviews from fans and critics around the world. ZAHIRA’s original music combines elements of Soul, Pop, Reggae, Hip-Hop and Electronica, with a style and tone described as a blend of vocalists such as Lauryn Hill, Madonna and Erykah Badu. Her success as an internationally known vocalist, songwriter, and musician, as well as her energetic performances, inspire others to be strong and positive. Being part indigenous, she utilizes her music to promote healing and empowerment in response to human and environmental rights.

This prolific songstress completed her first limited-edition EP in 2011. In 2013, she released the singles “Summertime” and “Easy Days,” and in the spring of 2014 ZAHIRA released Rise Up, her first full-length album. Her newest release since her winter 2016 single “Ascension,” STAND STRONG is an anthem for revolution beyond genre that is a unique concoction of Soul, Rock, and EDM, all driven by deep bass and passionate vocals. “STAND STRONG is a reminder to respond with love to all situations, especially in challenging times,” says ZAHIRA. “Its essence activates a higher perspective on life and encourages us to take responsibility for our own vibration. This song is a call to the creator to remind us to be strong even when crazy troubles get in our way. To stay balanced amongst the polarities of this dualistic world.”

No stranger to the music industry, ZAHIRA has worked with several globally renowned artists including Luciano, KRS-One, Bibi McGill, Yami Bolo, Red Fox, Indubious, Rocker-T, Jah Levi and Sol Seed. She has worked with producers and engineers such as Don One, Vince DiLorenzo, Solji Hamilton, Jaya Raise and Janaka. Additionally, ZAHIRA has played to crowds at several festivals and locations around the world including California, Oregon, Colorado, Florida, Canada, Israel, the Dominican Republic, Bali and Thailand, taking fans on a truly uplifting musical journey. She can be seen performing with her solo live-electronic project and with her band, or as a guest vocalist with Oregon Reggae Rootstronica group Indubious, who also featured ZAHIRA on their track “Root Down” on their album From Zero.

ZAHIRA was born and raised in Canada. She began embracing her love of music at a young age when she became a gospel choir soprano vocalist. Within a few years, her family moved to the USA where she became more focused on refining her natural talents, realizing she was bound for a career in the arts. As a teenager, she became the front-woman of Soul Union, her first band, and ever since she has pursued her career as a singer, songwriter and bandleader. Besides studying Jazz Vocals and Performance at Green Mountain College, ZAHIRA has independently trained in North Indian Classical Vocals, Sound Healing, Performance, Dance, and West African Drumming. Aside from her native English, she has written and performed songs in Hebrew, Sanskrit, Arabic, Spanish, French, Michif, and indigenous languages to share her message with the world.

Since ZAHIRA debuted in the early 2000s with jazz influenced soul and reggae material, she has undergone a metamorphosis into an experimental neo-soul, reggae, and electronic fusion artist as of 2015. Besides performing, ZAHIRA has also written songs for various films and television commercials. This devoted vocalist’s voice ranges from alto to a high soprano, and she uses it as a dynamic instrument in a rich and powerful way. Her unconventional, eclectic style and positive lyrics have made a unique and powerful impact upon her listeners. ZAHIRA radiates pure light and positive energy on stage and brings her audience on a journey beyond time and space.

“Better not run and hide from it, better take the time and just work on it.” –Zahira

 

To pre-order STAND STRONG on iTunes please visit: http://smarturl.it/zstandstrong

For more information about STAND STRONG or upcoming tour dates, please visit ZAHIRA’s website and social media pages via http://zahiramusic.com/

For Booking inquiries please email contact@zahiramusic.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

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