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US Review: Jennifer Saran “Soulful Christmas”

17 Nov

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Jennifer Saran to Release New Holiday Album “Soulful Christmas” on Nov. 24th, 2017 | New Single “Christmas Lover” feat. The Temptations

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JENNIFER SARAN Launches Her New Holiday Album SOULFUL CHRISTMAS with the Single “CHRISTMAS LOVER” FEATURING THE TEMPTATIONS!

San Francisco, CA – JENNIFER SARAN is a North American alt-pop/adult contemporary artist, songwriter, and vocalist based in Hong Kong. Over the past several years this versatile artist has put out several musical releases with notable collaborators such as Narada Michael Walden, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Carlos Santana, and her original songs and conscious messages have resonated with fans and media alike. During the holiday season of 2016, she released a double-single including the tracks “Merry Christmas To You” and “Soulful Christmas.” JENNIFER SARAN continues her tradition of holiday themed releases with the 2017 album SOULFUL CHRISTMAS, which launches the new single “CHRISTMAS LOVER” FEATURING THE TEMPTATIONS. Full of great original songs along with some wonderful holiday covers, SOULFUL CHRISTMAS will be available in stores and online in time for the holiday season, releasing worldwide on November 24, 2017.

SOULFUL CHRISTMAS was recorded at Walden’s legendary Tarpan Studios, in San Rafael, CA except for the “CHRISTMAS LOVER” single, which was recorded at Capital Studios in Los Angeles, including vocal sessions with Dr. Otis Williams and The Temptations. This new holiday single will hit the airwaves in late November, just in time for the 2017 winter holidays.


The Temptations
Photo Credit: Joel Margolis

JENNIFER SARAN’S holiday-themed debut album Merry Christmas, You Are Loved was released in 2015 to many great reviews and widespread radio exposure. Shortly thereafter in 2016 she released her follow-up album Walk With Me, both of which were produced and co-written by the legendary Grammy and Emmy-winning Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Sting, George Michael) and released through his Tarpan Records label.

In the summer of 2016, Jennifer Saran teamed up with the South African Grammy-winning male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Narada Michael Walden to create the single “Wake Up.” Jennifer traveled to South Africa to record with Ladysmith and to film scenes for the song’s music video. Also, making a special guest appearance on the track is multiple Grammy-winning legend Carlos Santana. This stunning collaboration was a heartfelt appeal to recognize and address worldwide inequality and impoverishment, a cause incredibly important to each of the amazing artists involved, and proceeds benefit the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation. The “Wake Up” single and music video were released on November 11, 2016, and were featured on Saran’s third album, also titled Wake Up, produced and co-written by Narada Michael Walden and released in the early Summer of 2017.

JENNIFER SARAN’S music has had reviews pouring in from across the globe, and she has done interviews on both syndicated national radio stations in the US and on BBC 2 in the UK. The “Wake Up” single had wide reaching worldwide exposure and was reviewed and mentioned in a variety of magazines and websites including Songwriting Magazine, Women Talking, and an in-depth interview on BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday hosted by Clare Balding. The “Wake Up” music video aired on over 100 broadcast video outlets 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 over 100,000 views across Facebook and YouTube.

JENNIFER SARAN is as prolific as she is profound, and she is constantly working on new music. There is already a new full-length Jazz-themed album in the works, produced by NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN and scheduled for release in the Spring of 2018. Jennifer is the mother of 3 children, Paul, Phillip, and Anjali. She continues to write new songs and travels the world, trying to uplift, engage, educate and empower our future generations.

Pre-Order or preview the album now on iTunes at http://radi.al/JSaranSoulfulChristmas

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Ready for some new music? The Urban Music Scene just premiered Cindy Blackman Santana’s NEW Single, FUN PARTY SPLASH!

1 Sep

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Listen to Cindy Blackman Santana’s new hit, Fun Party Splash on The Urban Music Scene

CINDY BLACKMAN SANTANA is a virtuoso drummer whose artistry spans the realms of jazz and rock. As a bandleader and as a musician, Cindy is a sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries and exploring movement and change. She is as known for the nuances and colors she brings to her beats and fills as she is for the sheer power of her soulful playing. “Some drummers act, some react. Some keep time, others create it.

CINDY BLACKMAN SANTANA has been creating magnificent musical time and space since the beginning of her career as a busking street performer in New York City in the ’80s through the present day, touring the globe and making albums at the top of her game—including the critically acclaimed Another Lifetime (2010). In addition to collaborating onstage and in-studio with her own group—also known as Another Lifetime—she has toured and recorded with artists including Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Laswell, Joss Stone, Joe Henderson, Al B. Sure, Buckethead, Don Pullen, Hugh Masakela, Buster Williams, and Angela Bofill. Cindy was part of the Tony Williams Lifetime Tribute Band called Spectrum Road with Jack Bruce, Vernon Reid, and John Medeski. From 1992 to 2007 and again in 2014 & 2015 she was the drummer in Lenny Kravitz’s band, performing through multiple world tours and hit albums. In 2010, she was part of the all-star line-up performing “Bitches Brew,” a tribute to Miles Davis’ seminal album staged at the San Francisco Jazz Festival and NYC Winter JazzFest.

More recently, Cindy has become the regular touring drummer for Santana. Having met several years earlier at a festival in Europe while she was touring with Kravitz, Cindy first played with Santana in spring 2010, when drummer Dennis Chambers had a previous commitment. “They have a great band vibe. It’s nice to play with people who have grown together, built a sound together, and stayed together,” she says. “When that happens, you can create so many different levels of communication. That’s what they’ve done, and I love reacting with it and being a part of it.”

In 2016, Cindy connected with her fellow drummer and world-class producer NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN, and together the two have been working on new material ever since. CINDY BLACKMAN SANTANA continues to build a body of work and artistic legacy that make her one of the finest drummers and recording artists of this or any generation.

To order the “FUN, PARTY, SPLASH” single on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fun-party-splash-single/id1269743526?app=itunes or http://smarturl.it/funpartysplash

For more information about Cindy Blackman Santana, please visit her social media pages or Website: http://www.cindyblackmansantana.com/

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