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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.
Demetria McKinney is a triple threat in the truest sense of the term. She is an award-winning actress who has played diverse roles on the big and small screens as well as the stage. She is a gifted singer with a rich voice requiring zero studio enhancements. And she is a skillful songwriting who thoughtfully expresses emotions in a way that instantly connects with listeners.
LOTL The Comfort Zone Presents Demetria McKinney. Debuts new single '100' Feat The Brat
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, Demetria can currently be seen on Lifetime in a recurring “Devious Maids” role, and on TV One as a primary character on “The Rickey Smiley Show.” The first single off of the EP is sure fire club and radio hit titled “100.” It is a hip hop infused women’s anthem featuring one of the genre’s first ladies - Da Brat. “I think this song is going to be the last thing that people expected to hear from me, but it is really who I am,” laughs Demetria. “I like to say the song was ‘inspired’ by me. I didn’t write it but it came out of a conversation I had with the producers (the good guys) about what I wanted to represent on the project.” Demetria really wanted a female rapper on “100” and a mutual friend connected her with Da Brat, who loved the song and agreed to lend her vocals.
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.
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’.”
Former Singer Of The Roots Martin Luther Returns With New Single Featuring Quest Love
San Francisco, CA, October 21, 2014- Martin Luther McCoy, former singer of Grammy Award-winning hip hop/neo soul band The Roots has release his first single "Finally" featuring Quest Love of The Roots. With a soulful melody this native San Franciscan takes you back to true R & B.
With his single of Finally, Martin Luther is bringing back the soulful sounds of real R& . The kind of sound that just makes you feel good. “Before I started working on this single, I had to figure out what I wanted to offer, not only musically, but also spiritually, emotionally and intellectually" states Martin Luther.
Since his 2004 hit "Daily Bread” Martin Luther has worked alongside The Roots & Cody ChesnuTT (to name a few) & had an appearance in Dave Chappelle’s 2006 documentary Block Party. He played one of six lead characters in the 2007 Beatles musical Across The Universe as “JoJo”. The film was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.
In Finally there is a truthfulness emanates from Martins’ vocal chords and the strings of his guitar while his , strong, sensitive voice continues to command listeners with its riveting sound, leading them to their own higher ground.
The romance continues: urban-jazz saxophonist Kim Waters will mark his 25th year with the release of “Silver Soul” on September 2.
New York City (10 July 2014): With persistence, patience and passion, romance grows stronger, richer and sweeter each year and for 25 years, urban-jazz saxophonist Kim Waters has written, produced and performed chart-topping candlelight compositions that explore the excitement, exoticism and mystique of love. He will clank glasses on September 2 to celebrate the silver anniversary with the release of his aptly titled 20th solo album, “Silver Soul,” to be issued by Red River Entertainment.
“Silver Soul” is most definitely an urban adult contemporary album with a wealth of R&B vocals and sultry grooves although almost half of the dozen cuts produced by Waters are instrumental numbers certain to woo his contemporary jazz fan base like the highly rhythmic first single with the grandiose hook, “Dreaming Of You,” is already doing. The tune showcasing his daughter Kayla Waters on piano was the second most added track on playlists this week according to BDS Radio. Press from Official Kim Waters websit
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,
George Tandy, Jr's debut radio release "March" is currently ranked #3 on the Billboard Adult R&B Chart. "March" is taking the airwaves across the country by storm and is currently a Top 10 song at more than fifty radio stations, currently in rotation in major markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, SiriusXM - Heart and Soul, as well as, The Steve Harvey Morning Show and The Tom Joyner Morning Show. The recent premiere of the official video for "March" has the record industry and airwaves buzzing with intrigue. And, this is just the beginning...
George Tandy, Jr. creates brilliant music that is rich with honesty, vulnerability and raw emotion. He is not your typical church singing choir boy or even a classically trained vocalist or pianist, but his messages are conveyed clearly and powerfully. Fans often refer to his voice as hypnotizing and pure. Each piece of music creates an inner journey to a time and place that is unique to the listener. Whether it is about sex, relationships, or worldly affairs you will feel every moment in the song. You can call it R&B, Folk Music or even call it Jazz. Some call it Soul with a hint of Hip Hop and note his Classical music influences. No matter what you call it, you are correct every time. George personally prefers to call his music "Soulternative." Regardless of genre, his sound is certainly unique and George is determined to gain fans, supporters, as well as, new friends, one song at a time. He believes that music heals people. Soon people all across the world will be proudly stating, "I am TeamTandy!" once they get a taste. Press from Official George Tandy website.
Daniel Crawford is a jazz artist/musician/producer born, raised and based out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been playing the piano since the age of 6 and has been producing since the age of 13. He is a member of the band Wylde Bunch and has played and toured with Raphael Saadiq, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J Blige, Kenna, Warren G, Jhene Aiko, Omarion, Angie Stone, Lalah Hathaway, Kenny Lattimore, Rahsaan Patterson, Evelyn "Champagne" King, The Brothers Johnson and many more.
As a producer he has released 7 mixtapes consisting of tributes to J Dilla, Michael Jackson and Fela Kuti. In September of 2012, he released his first official album, a jazz album entitled "Red Pill" As a producer and musician he aims to bring good vibes, positive and healing music. Something he feels is missing from the majority of popular music today.
Daniel wants to evoke the sprits of his many musical influences and get back to what he believes music should be and that's music with meaning, a message and overall, music that makes you feel good.
Moore is currently starring in the highly rated TV One reality show spin-off, R&B Diva’ L.A., which premiered on July 10, 2013 on TV One, breaking records for its high viewership. The first season follows the lives and careers of Moore as well as Kelly Price, Lil' Mo, Claudette Ortiz, Michel'le and Dawn Robinson. Season 2 replaces Kelly Price and Dawn Robinson with Lela James and Chrisette Michelle. The Season 2 premiere aired July 2014. Singer and songwriter Chanté Moore’s voice, stunning beauty and unerring artistic vision have allowed the Gold-selling R&B singer to enjoy an illustrious two-decade career that is rare in this business. “I have been blessed and honored to do what I love for a living for as long as I have,” confides the dynamic songbird. “My fans who have continued with me on my journey have become a part of me and the music.” Moore’s genuine connection with her audience has been forged through her intimate and personal songwriting. Chanté’s effortless combination of R&B soaked in gospel roots, soul accents kissed with a touch of jazz, and grace with fire, coalesce on her Shanachie Entertainment debut, Moore Is More. “My heart is overwhelmed with excitement and joy in life and in my music! I have more to give my fans, more than meets the eye, more of the same, and more than what you expect.”
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