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LOTL The Comfort Zone Welcomes Fred Hammond.Debuts New Album " I Will Trust
For more than 35 years, music lovers around the world have known Grammy Award Winning artist Fred Hammond as a gifted vocalist, songwriter, musician, producer and arranger. But as his peers and supporters alike have so reverently declared, he is without debate thearchitect behind the creation of a phenomenon in Gospel music, Urban Praise & Worship—a genre of gospel music that did not exist prior. As a result, Fred Hammond has become one of the most respected names in the music industry
Hour 2 : Hip Hop Legend Big Gipp gears up to hit the road on a multi-city tour in support of his forthcoming album, “Zagga” to be released this summer on Epic Records. Beautiful Lover Feat. Eric Benet, now playing exclusively on vibe magazine Beautiful Lover, directed by Calmatic Films, sees Big Gipp and Eric Benet as partners in a male gigolo service al a Deuce Bigolow the movie. Head over toiTunes now to purchase the infectious track and gift it to your Beautiful Lover
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),
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,
This multi-faceted force of vocal nature brings to her first true JAZZ album an extensive history as a session and touring vocalist and stellar reputation as a vocal and artist development coach and author of “17 Points To Longevity in Show Business.” Like her expansive career, Spruill engages many different influences – including R&B, CONTEMPORARY URBAN JAZZ, TRAD JAZZ and BRAZILIAN – to create a musical journey that allows her to tap into her full vocal range. Her splendid mix of originals and classics includes a sassy, brass-infused “Fever,” an intimate “Round Midnight” and the moody, poetic title track, featuring Brenda Russell and Patrice Rushen, which cleverly weaves decades of jazz legends into a celebration of the art form. When you’ve got “A Metheny morning and a Whalum afternoon…Tea with Thelonious and a Yellowjacket Moon,” you know IT’S A JAZZ DAY! ~JONATHAN WIDRAN
This amazing cd has covered a spectrum of sounds from seductive Jazz, the classics, to exhilarating soul, with an all-star cast of A list players. Jeff Lorber and Stephanie wrote hits---that are featured on this album---"Nothing Last Forever” and “Sweet Control” for Jon Lucien. Stephanie had major success with “I’ll Be Good to You” for Najee on his Tokyo Blue album.
“It’s a Jazz Day” featuring pianists Patrice Rushen and Brenda Russell wrote and sang background on It’s a Jazz Day.
Stephanie's band has a keen sense of musical brilliance as well as an undeniable knack for accompanying her jazz compositions
Here is an CD that rocks the soul, uplifts the spirit and makes you feel like you are listening to a live concert.
Brave Williams from R&B Divas L.A. Debuts her New Hit single " Road Trippin '
Brave Williams embraced her musical talents, having already started her musical career when cast as a Lead Singer for the MTV Reality show, P. Diddy’s Making The Band. Although she was subdued from the reality show by the struggle of her father’s diagnosis of prostate cancer and early signs of dementia, her talent was still destined for success, which she earnestly grappled for.
After three years of development and hard work, Brave co-founded an all-girl group which she named Richgirl. Richgirl landed a major deal with Jive Records. The group instantly created Billboard hits including their first singles “24’s” and “He Ain’t Wit Me Now.”
In 2009 Brave and the group toured as the opening act for Beyoncé’s “I am Sasha Fierce” tour. “Richgirl’s” success continued with national performances including the main acts for the Burger King Summer tour and T-Mobile tour, succeeded by the release of their third single “Swagger Right” featuring Rick Ross and Fabulous. Now in 2015…. Bigger, Better and Braver….
Brave is working on her own project: forming an iron-clad team, writing her own songs and taking the creative lead on treatments for her music videos – she is controlling her own career destiny. She is tenacious in her pursuit of dominating the performing arts industry, securing roles in both television and film landing the lead in Omarion’s M.I.A. music video, the role of Bambi on BET’s “The Get Up”, and a featured singer in TLC’s “Crazy Sexy Cool” film on VH1.
“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.
LOTL The Quiet Storm Welcomes The Southern Hummingbird TWEET . Debut her new Single ( Enough )
Tweet burst on the music scene in 2002 with a boldness and sensuality that made people quickly pay attention. Her first single, “Oops (Oh My)” climbed to the top of the R&B/Hip-Hop charts and made the industry take notice with her sultry lyrics and hypnotic voice. Her look, her sound and her sexiness set new standards in the industry and all eyes were on her.
Her follow-up single was the incredibly seductive “Call Me,” which again landed in the R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10 and garnered her an accompanying Verizon commercial. Her platinum selling debut album Southern Hummingbird , also spawned the fan favorites “Smoking Cigarettes,” “Motel” and “Boogie 2nite.” Tweet ’ s effortlessly classic voice and innate ability to interpret songs quickly solidified her place in the industry.
Tweet ’ s 2005 album It ’ s Me Again , led by the single “Turn of Da Lights,” gave her yet another Top 5 album. As with her previous album, she masterfully showcased her vocals on songs like “My Man” and “I’m Done.” The album peaked at No.2 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts but faired better critically than commercially.
"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).
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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.
LOTL Radio The Quiet Storm . Presents Grammy Nominated Songwriter Kay Cola . Debut here new hit single RIVER ( WATER ). Kay Cola is the daughter of world renown jazz & classical musician Hubert Laws.She has written & has been featured on projects for Dr.Dre , Eminem, Game, Ne-Yo , Talib Kaweli & Pleasure P. She has performed in Japan , opening up for Ne-Yo. She has worked with producers such as Boi1da ( DRAKE ) & RedOne ( LADY GAGA ).
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
LOTL Welcomes The Soulful Gentleman HESTON .Debut his latest Hit Singles ( You ) & ( My Kinda Lady )HESTON possesses one of those rare, “instant classic” voices laced with confident sensuality, informed by the best side of mellow 70’s soul. Nostalgic, yet very much his own style, HESTON’s music is beautiful, lyrically refreshing, vocally and melodically unique, timeless, rich and soulful. His 2008 independent debut album, Storyteller, was critically acclaimed internationally and possessed an exceptionally well-composed body of original songs written and produced by HESTON
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