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  • 02:04

    The Night Time Fiasco Welcomes Veronica "The V" Freeman!

    in Rock Music

    Without question, one of the hardest working women in today's music business is Veronica Freeman, whose intoxicatingly powerful vocal abilities continue to be a staple of excellence within the industry. "The V" as she is known by both friends and fans has a success story that few ever attain and most only dream about.

    2015 marks another landmark chapter in The V's career: not only has she recently been given the opportunity to share the stage with veteran rockers The Rods as a guest vocalist for their European spring tour, but she has released her debut solo effort, Now or Never, in July of 2015 via Frontiers Records to outstanding reviews.

    The album shows a side of The V that we've yet to experience as she has chosen to somewhat distance herself from the Heavy Metal styling's she is most known for and offer up a more Melodic Hard Rock approach. A plethora of guest musicians, vocalists and producers appear on the new CD including everyone from Michael Sweet to Leather Leone!

    The future continues to look bright for The V as she will make her film debut later this year in the independent release Bite School and will also begin filming for a second movie in Europe titled Devil's Five, a cyber horror feature where she will play Vala Schneider the wife of Ansell Schneider portrayed by Primal Fear frontman Ralf Scheepers.

    Overflowing with charisma, enduring long grueling hours in an effort to push herself to the point of breaking she maintains a dominance over every ambition she aspires to, in essence taking control of her own destiny.

    This is ...The V, and we are honored to have her on our show! V. stopped by for a few minutes last year during our show with Leather Leone, but this is her first interview segment with us and we are glad to have her with us! Be sure to tune in!!!

  • 02:12

    "Up Close & Personal" with multidimensional eclectic guitarist "Rob Tardik"

    in Music

    Rob Tardik — Moments


    Nov. 2, 2015

    Since the very early 2000s, guitarist Rob Tardik has been dazzling listeners with his exciting and often exotic mix of substantive c-jazz/R&B/rock and burning hot Latin melodies. With tunes so attractive, they are by nature riveting, seductive, uplifting, and powerful.Such is the case with his latest release Moments, another eclectic gem.

    Seizing the moment and leading off with a Latin scorcher, “Sip and Salsa,” inspired by his fiancé’s love of dance, the gifted guitarist soars from one mood to another. Examples would be track two’s sizzler jazz/rocker “Rite of Passage,” then on to the romantic R&B deliciousness of “Moments in Time” featuring the silky lead vocals of one Aiden Castillo and sweet backing harmonies of vocalists Dee and Brittani Cole, and the handsome downtempo Latin-tinged “Eros.” Definitely not applying the brakes on the project yet, Tardik treats us to a stinger with a mean hook called “Hang Time” which is co-written by fellow guitarist Steve Oliver (who is featured in some way or other throughout the album). In fact, Oliver co-produced the album with Tardik. A very cool pairing indeed.

    Tardik enjoys the contributions of other very fine notable musicians here, as well, including saxmen Will Donato and Walle Larsson, trumpeter Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, bassist Gary Grainger (of Acoustic Alchemy fame), pianist/keyboardist Nate Harasim, and a host of others who felt the groove and wanted in.

    Speaking of feeling the groove, you will definitely want to stop by and check out the blazing funkster called “Stop!,” a command you may have trouble obeying on the dance floor. Whew. Is there a fire extinguisher in the house?

    See full review on www.thesmoothjazzride.com/cdreviews

  • 01:58

    LOTL THE COMFORT ZONE Welcomes Nikia. Debuts new single 'The Drug Song "

    in Music


    Performers come and go, but singers, it can be argued, are forever. The power of Song is not easily forgotten—Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle, and Denise Williams are voices that linger in the memory. That kind of heartfelt singing is what Nikia aspires to. “These two [Whitney and Patti] inspired me the most you know they were real vocalists. My uncle, Charlie Wilson, pushed me to practice and become a great vocalist. You know, practice, practice, practice! He is a singer he was the lead singer of The Gap Band.”


    The 2nd Single “The Drug Song” is but an appetizer for the feast to come, the release of her album She is Me. Love is the drug and Nikia scores with a confidently, sweetly seductively I-need-you vocal and an undulating, slightly techno-tinged electronic cradle of rhythm. Nikia's singing has two distinctive tones herein: The coolly passionate in the body of the song and the crisp, commanding refrain/hook “Just awesome”—both distinctive, both Nikia.

    The forthcoming album (in early 2016) will feature material penned by her, including “Missing You,” a slightly different side of Nikia. With a sparkling, funk-flavored guitar intro, “Missing You” has a lilt that slightly suggests reggae rhythms. Nikia’s voice is romantic longing personified, her clear, honey-toned voice (evoking the classy old-school soul of Denise Williams and the Philly soul of Gamble & Huff) riding the melody with easy, bittersweet poise. The production of Shawn Keys of Shawn Keys Ink is sparse, putting the spotlight on the song and the singer (instead of drawing attention to the production itself). “Missing You” has a bittersweet pull to it that’s hard to resist, sweet as a brand-new romance, and slightly stinging like a heartache that’s beginning to heal. 


  • 02:01

    Angel-Monique Stops by The Motif

    in Music

    Angel-Monique, was born Angel-Monique Shontielle Davis, on July 1st, 1982. Angel-Monique began singing at an early age in the 1990’s with the Daughter of Zion children’s choir, “Shining Stars”. From those tender years, she grew to love gospel music all the more, which was nurtured by Christian family values.

    Those values led her to singing in childhood groups, where she began to find her own voice. She then went on to high school and enrolled in chorus and band. During her high school years, Angel-Monique fully uncovered a unique gift of emulating the same sound of various artists that she would study, in order to perform at different events for school and church. Between chorus and singing in her youth choir at church, she learned how to utilize the fullness of her vocals and truly fell in love with the sounds of music. 

    Presently, she is one of the lead vocalists in her church’s outstanding Praise Team. Angel-Monique was very hesitant and fearful about accepting the call to do music professionally, because she felt unworthy to be included among those in the gospel ministry. Once the opportunity presented itself again, still hesitant, she remembered a conversation that she had with her mother, while contemplating an important decision. Her mother told her, “God uses imperfect people to do a perfect work.” Those were the words that quieted her thoughts and soothed her spirit.

    Join us as She talks with host Petula Beckles about how God has used her to do a good thing.

  • 01:59

    Yarbrough & People's - Exclusive Interview - Thur, Oct. 27, 2015 - 7:00pm PST

    in Music

    Yarbrough and Peoples was an American R&B duo from Dallas, Texas. Their biggest selling release was "Don't Stop the Music," a US Billboard R&B chart topper in 1981.Cavin Yarbrough and Alisa Peoples both grew up in Dallas, Texas, having known each other since they were young children, as they had met taking piano lessons, after which they remained friends throughout their childhoods.


    In the mid `70s Yarbrough was on tour in the band of Leon Russell and met the Wilson Brothers, who would go on to form the Gap Band. Upon returning to Dallas some months later, the twosome started the band Grand Theft, both as featured keyboardists as well as vocalists. In 1977, the Wilson Brothers had just joined Total Experience Records as the Gap Band and went down to Dallas to perform a concert. Later that night, trying to unwind after the show, the Wilsons caught the twosome's act, and as a result, Lonnie Simmons invited the couple to Los Angeles where they began playing in clubs around Southern California.


    Two years later, they signed their own recording contract with Total Experience and recorded and released their debut album, The Two Of Us. which contained "Don't Stop the Music," topping the US Billboard R&B chart in early 1981, knocking their label-mate's song "Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)" out of the top spot. The song went on to chart higher on the Billboard Hot 100 than any of the other songs released on the label up to that time. In addition, the corresponding album went Gold and peaked at #16 in the Billboard Hot 200 album chart. Across the pond in Europe, the UK release of the song reached #7 in the UK Singles Chart and was also certified Gold.

  • 00:42


    in Radio

    THE EBONYS a 70’s group that brought the soulful Philadelphia sounds to a nation. The original Ebonys auditioned for Philadelphia International Records and was later signed to a recording contract.  The Ebonys went on to release two albums, one of which reached the top of the pop charts. In 1995 Sony Records along with Collectable Records released a CD titled “ It’s Forever” in the United States and Japan. In 1996 Platinum Classic Records released the ‘Grove Me’ CD also featuring “It’s Forever”.

    WDAS Radio Station of Philadelphia recently released a CD titled ‘WDAS Classic Love Songs’ and once again the hit song “It’s Forever” was featured.  Currently, these CD’s are being played on radio stations across the country and abroad.


    David Beasley, one of the former lead singers of the original Ebonys, was born and raised in Camden, NJ and has been making music all his life. In July of 1997 The Ebonys were reborn and included four incredible vocalists, David Beasley, William “Smoke” Howard, Nate Cephas, and Toni Calloway.  A fifth vocalist, the late McKensey Crawford, joined The Ebonys as background singer to enhance their harmony.  David retired from The Ebonys group in 2001 and McKensey Crawford became the lead 1st tenor and retired in Jan. 2012 and was replaced with veteran 1st tenor, Ken Chaney. Our female vocalist, Lorna Dixon retired in

    2013 and Geneva “Neva” Wilkes became our only female vocalist. Nate Cephas retired in


  • 02:00


    in Music

    The Ladies of SKYY, Denise, Dolores and Bonné Dunning, are best known as the female vocalists of the hit group known as SKYY.   The Brooklyn-born Sisters formed the band SKYY along with band members Solomon Roberts, “Boochie” Sierra, and Gerald LeBon in 1976.   Their distinct signature vocal harmonies helped make SKYY’s sound unlike any other in this classic funk/R&B musical genre.  The LADIES OF SKYY are sustaining the SKYY legacy and continue to perform all of their classic club, dance, funk and hip hop music hits nationally and internationally.

    The Dunning Sisters’ interests in singing flourished while growing up in their native Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York neighborhood.  Influenced by the male soul groups of the 60’s and 70's because of their tight harmonies and smooth routines, The Sisters had dreams of becoming professional singers. They made their first stage appearance at their high school talent show in 1968 under the name “The Sounds of Soul.”  In 1972 they met Randy Muller, while singing at the Miss Black America New York State Pageant.  That meeting was the springboard for the beginning of their recording career.  The Sisters changed their name to “DiLaRae” and performed as an opening act for Brass Construction, another Muller-produced band.  They are listed on background vocal credits for albums which Randy produced, including Brass Construction, Mark Radice, Rafael Cameron, and Charles Earland.   



    in Radio

    JOIN HOST TRACY L. BELL ON THENEXT "CONVERSATIONS OF A SISTAH" AT 6:30 P.M. EST AS SHE WELCOMES O'JAYS MEMBER ERIC NOLAN RELEASES 3RD SOLO SINGLE WHILE TOURING WITH THE GROUP. The O'Jays continue to burn up the tour circuit after more than four decades of music. The tour began August 7, 2015, and now continues through February 12th, 2016-with numerous venues set in between. While the powerhouse vocalists are performing their legendary music coast-to-coast, group member Eric Nolan will also be releasing his third single entitled, "Cologne"off his first solo Album,"Mood Swing" (released in 2014). He has toured the world, performing as far as South Africa, and as an actor appeared in "The Fighting Temptations" starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyoncé (earning a Gold Record Award for his contribution to the movie's soundtrack).


  • 01:20

    GSICR welcomes Jason Bethel

    in Goals

    Jason Bethel, visionary of J. Bethel & Spoken For, was born on December 20, 1979 in Detroit, Michigan to the union ship of Pastor Gregory A. Bethel and First Lady Elect Doreen Bethel. He began playing music at a very early age starting with the drums. At ten years old, he began writing songs. Listening to his father, at age 14, he became the church pianist. He is currently an ordained Minister and serving as Minister of Music at Word of Light Christian Center, where his father is the Senior Pastor. He's also worked with top vocalists such as, Sunday's Best Winner: Tasha Page-Lockhart, Nikki Nicole Stephens, LaToya Nakima Williams, John Houston, just to name a few.
    In 2013, things were made clear. The ministry that God was birthing into Jason would be called "J. Bethel & Spoken For” an innovative, energetic, God driven Gospel group.
    J.Bethel & Spoken For is taking the nation by storm! They have just released a maxi single with songs including: "I Lift My Hands", "Worthy of All Myself", and "Just Another Day", from their freshman, upcoming CD titled:"All In". Current single, You're God..

  • 01:39

    "Up Close & Personal" with Vocalists Anita King, Geneva Renee & Mycah Chevalier

    in Entertainment

    Three Beautiful and Super Talented Sultry Vocalists..3 Inspiring & Unique Stories...

    International Jazz vocalist Anita King
    National recording artist & Grammy considered inspirational pop/soul vocalist Geneva Renee
    Actress, Dancer, National recording & Grammy considered R&B/Jazz vocalist Mycah Chevalier
    ...with a band of national recording artsts / musicians...
    Bass guitarist and Musical Director, Kevin Walker (who has worked with artists such as Patti Labelle, Prince and Najee to name a few)
    Songwriter. Storyteller, and lead guitarist Kevin Jackson from Baltimore MD
    Saxophonist Dee Lucas from Atlanta, GA
    Songwriter and smooth jazz keyboardist Kevin Howard, and his drummer Greg Morris, Jr., both from Pittsburgh

  • 01:00

    Living Master Artist Virgil Elliott on Art from the Renaissance to the Present

    in Art

    What does it take to make art now at the level of Renaissance Art? Why is it important to do so? Join us as artist Virgil Elliott talks about painting, drawing, music, technique, and teaching.

    Painter/writer Virgil Elliott (born 1944) is best known as the author of the book, Traditional Oil Painting: advanced techniques and concepts from the Renaissance to the present, published in 2007 by Watson-Guptill Publications. Acknowledged as a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center, among the many honors and awards he has received over the years, Virgil is widely recognized as an expert on historic oil painting techniques and oil painting materials of the past and present.  He has written and published articles on the working methods and/or lives of Rembrandt, Titian, Frans Hals, Artemisia Gentileschi, and the 19th Century French artist William Bouguereau, among other things. He taught oil painting at the College of Marin, in Marin County, California for a few years, and has taught privately since 1982. 

    He has been an active participant/member of ASTM International’s Subcommittee on Artists’ Paints and Materials since 1997, which experience has broadened his knowledge of artists’ materials considerably and has made him the acquaintance of many experts in the field, including top-level conservation scientists from major museums, from whom he says he has learned a great deal over the years.

    Virgil Elliott keeps a studio in California’s Wine Country, where he paints, teaches and writes, and lives with his wife, singer/actress Annie Lore.  From time to time he has “moonlighted” as a musician, playing guitar and Renaissance lute, both as a solo instrumentalist and occasionally as accompanist to various vocalists. He feels that music and visual art complement one another.