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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.
Nia Simmons debuts new single, "Living for Today". It is the first release from her upcoming project "A Songbird's Journey".
Nia Simmons is a vocalist/actress/songwriter/arranger from Alexandria, Virginia. Her vocal style is heavily rooted in R&B, Gospel and Jazz with artists such as Whitney Houston, Ella Fitzgerald, Karen Clark-Sheard, and Ledisi among her vast list of musical influences. She is a Howard University graduate and was an original member of the premiere Howard University vocal jazz group, Afro Blue. Nia's career has taken her to multiple renown venues in the Washington DC/Baltimore area (Kennedy Center, DAR Constitution Hall, Warner Theater, Lyric Opera House and Blues Alley to name a few), where she was privileged to share the stage with nationally and internationally-acclaimed artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Howard Hewett, Vanessa Williams and Kirk Whalem. She is currently working on her debut R&B project titled, “A Songbird’s Journey” to be released in Spring 2014. The recent release of Nia’s debut single “Living for Today” has successfully established her as an independent R&B/Soul rising star. The single has expanded her fan base internationally and is currently climbing the UK Soul Chart Top 30.
Official Bio from Cece website Cece smooth rhythmic vocal sounds have impressed many legends and high profile celebrities. Among the list of those who have personally requested ton at private engagements are Aretha Franklin at her private birthday celebration in Detroit, Michigan, Pope John Paul II in Rome at The Vatican, and President Bill Clinton at both of his inauguration ceremonies in Washington, D.C. Following the abolition of apartheid, ton was the first female entertainer to visit and perform in South Africa. ton describes her own music as fun and youthful while at the same time signifying deep meaning. CeCe ton’s music career began in 1990 when she signed to A&M Records. She got her initial exposure doing featured vocals on Phoenix female rapper Overweight Pooch’s 1991 single “I Like It”. The label was so impressed with ton’s vocals, that they wanted her to release her own solo single “Finally”, which dropped in the fall of 1991. Finally “Finally” is an uplifting anthem that speaks to finally finding true love. Discovered by famed deejay/remixer Manny Lehman, ton released her debut album, “Finally”, in 1992. The album, released on A&M Records, sold over three million copies worldwide. Her first single, “Finally”, achieved #1 chart status on three Billboard charts and also hit No. 2 in the UK. In the U.S. dance music.
LOTL The Comfort Zone Welcomes MEELAH .From R&B Diva's Atlanta & Former Lead singer of the famous Motown 1990s trio “702".. Debuts Her New Single " GIVE IT TO YOU " Featuring Musiq SoulChild.
Kameelah Williams, aka, Meelah was born & raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ironically enough she became the lead singer of the multi platinum trio 702, which is the Las Vegas area code. Meelah was deemed the voice of the group by her position as lead vocalist on 702s chart topping singles such as the Missy Elliott produced "Steelo"& ladies' anthem "Where My Girls At", which stayed in the top 20 for more than 30 weeks on Billboard's top 40 pop chart, earning a nomination for an American Music Award. Her sultry lead vocals were also displayed on an array of other 702 hits including the R&B top 10 power ballad "Get It Together". The instant popularity afforded 702 the opportunity to work with Nickelodeon on their hit tv show "Cousin Skeeter" on which Meelah sang lead for the theme song.
702 went on to record 3 studio albums, winning a Lady of Soul Award for album of the year. They also recorded "Beep Me 911", the Timbaland produced hit single featured on Missy Elliott's debut album, where Meelah & Missy shared the lead vocal spotlight. Meelah also sung lead vocals alongside Pharrell Williams on 702s understated,
KENNY GARRETT DEBUTS HIS NEW CD
PUSHING THE WORLD AWAY
For his third Mack Avenue Records release, Pushing the World Away, alto/soprano saxophonist,
composer/bandleader Kenny Garrett literally had to “push away” a steady flow of distractions to get to the
inner core of the album, shifting priorities in his schedule and diving deep into the essence of the music.
“I’m always writing, so coming up with the music wasn’t a problem,” says Garrett, who is arguably the most
imitated alto saxophone player in jazz. “But I had been traveling a lot with my band, and I don’t rehearse new
material on tour. Yet to record an album requires a lot of preparation and to conceptualize the music I had to
push away to receive the blessings and gifts from these songs.”
On Pushing the World Away, Garrett continues to mature as a composer. As the late Mulgrew Miller, his
close friend for many years, noted in a DownBeat feature on the saxophonist last year: “Kenny has always
had a great sound from the beginning. He had his own unique sound, but [thanks to his compositions] that
sound has transformed into a more captivating and lyrical voice.”
Garrett, in turn, nods to the pianist who he had known for more than 30 years on the jaunty, upbeat and at
times explosive opening track of the album, “A Side Order of Hijiki,” which is decidedly not about the hijiki
culinary seaweed. “No seaweed,” says Garrett who takes an expansive alto flight on this track. “It’s actually
the word that Mulgrew used to describe my playing style. He would say, ‘I hear you playing that hijiki’.”
LOTL The Comfort Zone Presents Cassandra Lucas (Formerly of Changing Faces) Debuts New Song - Let Me Go .
Legendary R&B/Hip-Hop Group Full Force is set to Release New Album ' With Love From Our Friends' will be released on August 26, 2014.Dedicated to Band Member Paul Anthony’s Initiative to champion Leukemia and LymphomaNew York, NY – Full Force, – that is, Paul Anthony, Bowlegged Lou, B-Fine, Curt-T-T, J-R aka Shy Shy, and Baby Gerry aka DJ Geenius – one of music’s pioneering R&B/hip hop vocal band/production teams, is proud to announce the release of Full Force: With Love From Our Friends. This brand new studio album featuring an impressive line-up of special guests will be available on August 26, 2014, through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. Fans can now pre-order the CD on Amazon and the Deluxe edition on iTunes .Inspired by Quincy Jones’ Back On The Block classic, Full Force: With Love From Our Friends is a self-described “True Skool All-Star Project.” As a labor of love and respect, for an inspiring cause, this album sees stellar contributions from fans, friends and longtime associates like Tisha Campbell-Martin, Faith Evans, Sheila E, Samantha Fox, Raphael Saadiq, Big Daddy Kane, Roxanne Shanté, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Regina Belle, Cece Peniston, UTFO, Tevin Campbell, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Flavor Flav, Shanice, Howard Hewett, Force MDs, Blair Underwood, Vivica A. Fox and many more.
Rick Braun feels like getting up and dancing
Chart-topping trumpeter returns July 8 with “Can You Feel It,” his first contemporary jazz album in five years; “Get Up and Dance” starts the party at radio
Sherman Oaks, Calif. (29 May 2014): It’s been five years since trumpeter-flugelhorn player Rick Braun released an album full of the funky R&B contemporary jazz grooves that made him one of the genre’s most consistent hitmakers over the past twenty years, but the award-winning musician, producer and songwriter returns to his signature sound July 8 with the release of his sixteenth album, “Can You Feel It,” which will be issued by Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Records. A bona fide contender as the feel good anthem for the summer of 2014, Braun’s “Get Up And Dance,” a collaboration with tenor sax sensation Dave Koz, is already collecting radio playlist adds.
After scratching a creative itch to croon jazz standards on his two most recent releases, “Sings with Strings” and the holiday-themed “Swingin’ in the Snow,” Braun had a very specific direction he wanted to pursue for “Can You Feel It” for which he wrote or co-wrote nine tunes along with helming the production.
“When I started working on this album, which was about a year in the making, there were two goals that I had in mind. I wanted it to be really organic and have a lot of my friends playing on it. Young players melding together with the old faithful,” explained Braun.
So he reached out to a bunch of his friends, colleagues and collaborators and dialed back the time machine twenty years ago to the era of his breakthrough disc, “Beat Street,” to help chart the course for “Can You Feel It.”
Real artistry is about peeling back the layers of your soul and allowing the creative truth to take form. Russell Taylor taps into that creative space and unlocks a masterpiece in his latest musical offering, War of Hearts, on his own Indigo Blue label.
Far from a novice in the music game, Russell - a self-professed nomad - has poured out his heart and soul on the world stages, including stops in London, Amsterdam and Paris as well as famed stateside venues from The Mint and The Roxy in Los Angeles to SOB’s and Joe’s Pub in New York. Through his travels, Russell has created a fan base as diverse as his multi-genre catalog of recordings.
Russell’s previous offerings Somewhere In Between (2007) and Confessional - a Soultracks.com ‘must have records’ (2010) - are sprinkled with gentle gems like the alluring “2B Loved” and the stripped down, acoustic brilliance of “All Said & Done” to the sexually charged “Hands 2 Myself” and the military cadence of “Fair Game,” and have satisfied the appetites of music lovers the world over.
Additionally, Russell has shared the stage with major artists from Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott and India.Arie, to legends Isaac Hayes and Patti LaBelle; an amazing fete for an independent artist.
The textbook definition of an independent artist, Russell Taylor continues to embrace his freedom on War of Hearts, as he unabashedly takes the helm of his artistry and navigates his own course. “I made this record full of songs that I’d like to hear,” professes Russell.
LOTL THE COMFORT ZONE PRESENTS CHRIS JASPER DEBUTS NEW SINGLE ' THE ONE '
CHRIS JASPER brought his “unique sound” and musical talents to ISLEY-JASPER-ISLEY, and topped the charts singing lead vocals on “Caravan of Love” (1985), a song that was covered by English recording group, the Housemartins, an international #1 pop hit. “Caravan” was also used in commercials as part of a Dodge Caravan advertising campaign. He was also awarded a CEBA Award For Excellence for a Miller Brewing Company commercial. The music for that commercial formed the basis for “Brother to Brother” from the “Different Drummer” album, which supported the anti-apartheid struggle going on in South Africa at that time. His music has also been used in radio and television commercials, most recently “Who’s That Lady” (Swiffer) and “Between The Sheets” (L’Oreal).
LOTL The Comfort Zone Presents Award-Winner Songwriter/Producer Preston Glass . Debuts his New album " Soul In The Rear View Mirror'.
You might not recognize his name, but I bet you’ve heard his music. Preston Glass is a songwriter and a producer who has written over 30 R&B hits and 5 top ten hits with artists such as Whitney Houston, Earth, Wind & Fire, George Benson, Lionel Richie, Aretha Franklin, and more. He is a five-time BMI Award winner (three songs received the Millionaire Awards), and he was a professor of music at UCLA (extension programs)
With his career peaks including writing Natalie Cole’s 1989 international Number One ‘Miss You Like Crazy’ and producing the biggest-selling jazz/pop LP of the Eighties – Kenny G’s multi-Platinum ‘Duotones’ – fact is Preston’s long range of writing and/or production credits range from such bona fide mainstream black icons as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross and Earth, Wind & Fire; to respected connoisseur favourites like Angela Bofill, Lenny Williams and Phyllis Hyman.
Having been initially exposed to many different cultures and musics from his early travels while growing up as an “army brat”, Preston first started out as a staff writer for legendary Philly producer/writer Thom Bell in the late Seventies – before blossoming as both a writer and producer under the auspices of then man-of-the-moment Narada Michael Walden in the Eighties. During which decade he collaborated with most of the aforementioned superstars.
LOTL THE COMFORT ZONE PRESENTS ANGELIQUE SABRINA DEBUTS NEW SINGLE " I'M READY "
Born into a family with an extensive musical background (her father was the person who first signed Arrested Development), Angelique is a true student of music. She started studying piano, guitar, and drums while she was just a child, recently proving her abilities as she was selected #1 on Sidney, Australia’s top 5 Rising Star Countdown, #1 on Jamaica’s Hype TV, #1 on Tempo Video Network, and proclaimed by Crushable.com as one of the 15 artists that the world will know in a year!
“I grew up around this passion, love, and creativity for music. From a young age, I knew that this is what I wanted to do,” says Angelique.
Angelique’s sound is distinct; Pop and R&B with a sizzling Caribbean touch. Her youthful energy, style, and maturity is highly unusual for someone her age or even 10 years her senior.
May 13, 2014 – Kyla Jade may be best known as one of the standout voices of The Nashville Super Choir, bringing powerful praise into living rooms around the country on BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel, but she is establishing herself as a formidable singer in her own right.
This year alone, Kyla has led morning praise & worship on the Tom Joyner One Love Cruise; appeared in the 2014 production of “Perilous Times” at Music Hall in Downtown Detroit, MI; and is featured on Bobby Jones’ current CD REJOICE WITH ME where her vocals are being praised as “vibrant and stellar.” Now, Kyla Jade is set to release her first single – a stirring rendition of the classic “Hello Sunshine.” The single will be released May 23 and will be available for purchase on
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