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LOTL The Comfort Zone Radio Welcomes Multi Platinum Grammy & Emmy Award Winning Music Producer Narada Michael Walden . Among a handful of the most innovative, original and influential artists of our time, Narada Michael Walden’s stature as an authentic musical renaissance man is a matter of record.
Producing Hits for Artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin (including the platinum “Freeway of Love.”), Steve Winwood, Ray Charles, Wynonna Judd, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Mariah Carey, Barbara Streisand, Lionel Ritchie, Lisa Fischer, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, Jeff Beck and The Temptations, the EMMY and multi-GRAMMY winner (Producer, Album and Song of The Year) has been at the helm of hit music that spans decades. His music flows freely from pop, rock and soul, to the rarified realms of jazz, fusion and world music. With Jeff Beck, Narada wrote and played drums on the seminal album “Wired” that earned them both their first Gold Album. Walden was an integral part of introducing Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey to millions of fans worldwide, producing and writing their breakthrough hits that first brought these divas to the spotlight. Billboard Magazine honored him as one of the Top Ten Producers of all time.
As impressive a production and songwriting resume as Narada Michael Walden has assembled over the past thirty years and counting, he has earned equal acclaim as a recording and performing artist in his own right. Beginning as a drummer first with the pioneering Mahavishnu Orchestra following Bill Cobham at 21 years old),
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Hitmaker James Lloyd of Pieces of a Dream has written, produced and played on more than 30 top 10 smooth jazz radio hits. As a founding member of the legendary Pieces of a Dream, James has been the heart and soul of that smooth urban jazz super group for more than 20 years.
Renowned for his brilliant keyboard stylings and soulful compositions, James has produced #1 hits for the likes of Walter Beasley, Najee, Eric Darius, Gerald Albright, and of course, Pieces of a Dream. And now he is about to perform the same magic under his own name.
The first single, the spirited Play It Forward, is already climbing up the smooth jazz charts, soon to be followed by a funky No Holds Barred, featuring the Grammy nominated saxophonist Gerald Albright. Other highlights include smooth jazz superstar and Grammy winner Najee on the soulful Movin Right Along, the sensuous ballad Granted Wish and much more.
Music is everywhere and is everything. It is also alive! Music has been the one constant social and emotional thing that drops us to our knees, put us on our feet, have us cry out in pain and even shout to the top of our lungs with joy. It has brought us together in victories and defeats, consoled us in dying times and joined us together in holy matrimonies. ”Remember a song and you will remember a place and time in your life”. That is a quote from music’s soul stirrer, R&B singer/songwriter K’Jon. He will forever be linked to many people for his hit song, “On The Ocean”, which gave him a #1 song on the radio for six weeks straight. Amazingly, his last album ”I Get Around” also debuted at #1 on the Hip Hop/R&B album charts and later made Billboards Top 50 R&B/Hip Hop Album of 2009! The album was so well received by audiences nationwide that K’Jon was nominated for the Best New Artist category at the 2010 NAACP Image Awards. Bio from K' Jon Official website.
GRAMMY WINNER® MELISSA MANCHESTER RELEASES YOU GOTTA LOVE THE LIFE, HER FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN A DECADE, ON FEBRUARY 10, 2015 Special Guests Include Al Jarreau, Dave Koz, Keb’ Mo’, Joe Sample,
The buoyant title track opens the album with Gershwin/Tower of Power-inspired horn fanfare and gutsy, autobiographical lyrics. “I wanted to lay claim to my version of a show biz song,” she says. “‘You Gotta Love The Life’ is really that macro- and microcosm, realizing with time and maturity that talent is only the point of departure. Talent is that central nugget, but it’s the reality of the life and the grind that you face every single day. You have to be okay with this version of normal and it’s really not for anybody who has any reservations.” Lead single “Feelin’ For You,” which goes to radio on January 19, is a snaky, flirty tune with electrifying guitar work from Keb’ Mo’ and demonstrates how even a brief conversation can serve as a jumping-off point for a song. Years ago, Manchester was approached by a drunk in a juke joint. She rebuffed his advances but took home his rejected response of “Oh, that’s too bad because I got a feeling for you.” “I thought, ‘I can write that song’,” she recalls. Citrus College, where Manchester is an honorary artist in residence, provided her and co . Manchester co-wrote “Other End of the Phone” with the legendary Hal David, marking theironly collaboration and his last lyric
A classically-trained pianist and accomplished musician, Lydia René’s sound is best described as smooth, vibrant soul. With influences ranging from Jill Scott and Phyllis Hyman to James Taylor and Carole King, Lydia’s blended sound will take audiences to a higher musical plateau.
Lydia has shared the stage with GRAMMY Award winning and nominated independent artists such as Eric Roberson, Wayna, Jaguar Wright and Jean Baylor. She has also had the opportunity to work with acclaimed producers and musicians like Tejumold and Johari Newton (Lauryn Hill, Aretha Franklin), Rick Carlos (J-Lo, Nelly), Harry Wilson (John Legend, Kindred The Family Soul), Damon “Mr. Dizzy Fingers” Bennett (Jay-Z, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake), and Stan Davis (Kindred The Family Soul, Kelly Rowland, Teena Marie).
As a native of Mount Holly, New Jersey, Lydia gained her musical experience by performing at music venues all over nearby Philadelphia. Now, Lydia resides in Los Angeles CA where she just finished working on her debut studio album "Vintage Heart". Lydia teamed up with GRAMMY nominated producer Jameel Roberts (Usher, J. Cole, NIkki MInaj) as well as very accomplished producer/musician Harry Wilson (John Legend,
Forthcoming EP "Officially Yours" Set For Release This Year
[January 19, 2015 – Atlanta, GA] - Newest cast member of Bravo TV's "Real Housewives of Atlanta”, award winning singer/actress Demetria McKinney releases her new single, “Trade It All ” which was recently featured on an episode of the housewives. “Trade It All” is available on 1/21/2015 through all digital providers.
"Trade It All,” is a song about taking your relationship to the next level," says McKinney. "When you’re in the best relationship, the love is definitely there but the commitment isn’t, would you trade it all for love" states McKinney. Demetria’s forthcoming EP "Officially Yours," is scheduled for release later this year. The soulful ballad was written by McKinney, The Good Guys, and was also produced by The Good Guys.
McKinney is widely known for her role as “Janine Payne” on the hit TBS sitcom “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” which has taped over 254 episodes and received five NAACP Image Awards for Best Sitcom. She can currently be seen in a recurring role on ABC Family's “Devious Maids. Mckinney also co-stars on TV One’s hit sitcom “The Rickey Smiley Show.”
Even though her acting career keeps her very busy, Demetria always makes time for her first love: music. Over the past few years she has recorded and performed with artists such as Musiq Soulchild and Anthony David.
Recently Demetria released her club and radio hit single titled “100.” which is currently number 5 on the iTunes R & B charts. "100" is a hip hop infused women’s anthem featuring one of the genre’s first ladies - Da Brat.
"There's an effortless cool about women like Lianne La Havas and St. Vincent that make them such perfect objects of our audio affection. Their brilliant musicality is only bolstered by the sense that they’ve got style and grace. Donn Thompson Morelli, known to audiences as Donn T, has got that too —and thank goodness. Less than you’d think, yet still too often, she’s promoted just as the sister of Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson of The Roots rather than as an artist in her own right. With an impending sophomore LP, Flight of The Donn T, on the horizon plus two releases that will precede it, Donn T is poised to get her proper introduction to the world beyond Philadelphia."—Bill Chenevert (Philadelphia Weekly)
Donn T added label owner to her list of accomplishments, when she launched D Tone Victorious in 2014. D Tone Victorious is distributed via MRI/ RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. When asked why she underwent the arduous task of starting her own label, Donn T simply says, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” On her upcoming Flight of The Donn T album, due April 21st 2015, she shares co- production credit with her new husband Jake Morelli, a guitarist/ producer whose performance credits include stints with Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Ne-Yo, The Roots, Roberta Flack, Jennifer Hudson, Grace Potter, Esperanza Spalding, and Hunter Hayes. She and Morelli share additional writing credit with Mike McHenry (Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Black Eyed Peas, Madonna), Ray Angry (Christina Aguilera, Mark Ronson, Mick Jagger), DJ Danophonic and Steve McKie (Bilal).
Over the last few years I’ve experienced extreme ups and downs with life, depression, disappointment with my career and even the feeling of being left behind,” confesses urban inspirational vocalist DeWayne Woods who burst on to the music scene in a big way with his 2006 Top 5 radio smash “Let Go” that was written and produced by Maroon 5’s P.J. Morton. The song spent a solid year on various Billboard Magazine singles charts and won him three Stellar Awards including Best New Artist of the Year. After other radio hits such as “Living on the Top” and “I Won’t Be Afraid,” things quieted down for the Kansas City native and that brings us to the themes that echo throughout Woods’ first CD in four years, “Life Lessons” (Soul Therapy/ Central South Distribution). “When my manager and I started receiving music from songwriters, I always made sure that the songs we chose reflected some part of my life. I believe that’s why `Let Go’ was so special, because I lived it. As the record started to build and we worked with the writers about certain things I wanted to express, I realized it became a teaching record full of lessons that I’ve learned over the years. I’ve gone through these experiences not just for me, but to help someone who may be experiencing the same things.”
I had broken dreams; I was so full of pain
But then You came and now I’ll never be the same again
I had tried it all and I wanted to change
And right then you came and now I’ll never be the same again
Whether it’s a new relationship or a renewed sense of faith, many people have been in a similar situation as the one described in the engaging song “Never Be The Same Again.” Much of this thought-provoking Urban Inspirational album revolves around the notions of comfort and hope. There’s
“One Moment,” is written and produced by Quennel Worthy and Monifah. It is a soaring mid tempo ballad that takes you on a lyrical and musical journey; that will captivate listeners upon first listen and pierce the hearts of everyone who hears it. ?
Monifah states: *It speaks to the heart of a very basic need we all share. The need to access that place inside of ourselves, be alone, quiet the 'noise' and tune into the voice of our creator. When you take time to slow down, be still and listen, this is when your creativity and healing have a chance to flourish. I'm sharing my personal wake-up call with the world. "One Moment" is my open letter.
After re-emerging to the spotlight thanks to TV One’s franchise R&B Divas, Monifah returns to her passion of music. It’s been 14 years since Monifah released an album.” When she gave you memorable melodies with top Billboard hits like her super hits "Touch It", “I Miss You (Come Back Home)” and “You Don’t Have To Love Me" among many more. Monifah is preparing to carve a new path along the trail of R&B Soul, Adult Urban Contemporary and Pop music.East Harlem, NY born Monifa Carter was a child prodigy at the tender young age of seven, exuding talents as both a singer and an actor. She appeared as a principal in the first national Hi-C Drink Box commercial and can be credited with several other national commercials. Monifah’s theatrical debut was at the age of eleven when she landed the starring role as “Hermia” in an off-Broadway production of Shakespeare’s, “A Midsummers Night’s Dream “. Monifah was a “triple threat” and a force to be reckoned with.
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Phil Perry needs no introduction; famous for his #1 R&B hit Call Me , his lead vocals with Foreplay and Najee and Phil s legendary group the Montclairs, his distinctive background vocals with the likes of Anita Baker, Barbra Streisand, Patti LaBelle, Quincy Jones, and others and his electrifying live performances, Phil Perry is without equal.
A Better Man is loaded with highlights:
Stand Up , an inspiring duet featuring the great Howard Hewett. This topical, meaningful song sends a strong message about becoming a better man .
I m So Proud featuring Kim Waters. This inspiring version of the Curtis Mayfield classic is one for the ages.
Dreaming s Out of Season Phil s reimagining of his signature hit with the Montclairs.
Feelin You featuring Smooth Jazz trumpet star Rick Braun. This collaboration has Smooth Jazz Radio hit written all over it.
Co-produced by Phil Perry and longtime collaborator Chris Davis, A Better Man is guaranteed to please Phil Perry s devoted fans.
1 A Better Man
2 You're the Only One
3 Feelin' You
4 Sorry I Let You Go
5 Let it Rain
6 Gypsy Woman
7 Beautiful Girls
8 I'm So Proud
9 Dreaming's Out of Season
10 Stand Up
Tawana Lael is considered a triple threat in the entertainment industry and she is quickly claiming her place on the world's entertainment radar. Her song, "Plan B" from her debut album 'Journey To Love" was recognized as one of the top songs in Billboard's 17th Annual World Song Contest. Tawana Lael's first single "Journey To Love" released in 2010 debuted at No. 7 on Mediaguide/Radiowave Urban Satellite Radio; making Tawana the first Independent female artist to do so at that time. To date "Journey To Love" has received well over 4000 spins on Internet, Satellite, and Terrestrial radio stations. Tawana Lael's video's, which can be viewed at youtube.com/tawanalael have received over 75,000 views. Tawana is currently working on her Sophomore Album, which is scheduled to be released in the Summer of 2014. Most recently, Tawana was nominated "Best Female R&B Artist" and "Best R&B Song" in the 1st Annual Lipstick Radio Indie Awards. Her song, "In This Love" was nominated "Best R&B/Soul Song" in the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards.
This gifted vocalist has performed at various clubs around New York City such as Sweet Waters, The Waldoff Astoria and Reins. Tawana has also appeared at the world famous Apollo Theatre, where she won first place five consecutive times.
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