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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),
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
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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
Van Hunt, the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer has announced his fifth studio album The Fun Rises, TheFun Sets to be released May 5th via Nashville-based Thirty Tigers and Hunt's own label godless-hotspot. Like its predecessor - 2011's What Were You Hoping For?, which The New York Times hailed as "ambitious and exciting" - The Fun Rises, The FunSets is enticingly adventurous. Of the album Van Hunt states: ""The drive to create something new and different is what keeps me excited and engaged as an artist. It's the thrill of appearing with The Afghan Whigs at Coachella and then performing at a gospel quartet music special all in the same week. The excitement is in constantly evolving as an artist. It's how I got from my first album,Van Hunt (alternative soul, electro-funk music influenced by Prince and The Ohio Players), to my last album What Were You Hoping For?, which was Bowie-influenced, progressive rock and soul." Full of African rhythms, blues and funk, the new album is full of contemporary components often found in the music of St. Vincent, James Blake, Dev Hynes and FKA Twigs. "It is the history of Black- American music filtered through modern technology," explains Hunt.
Today you can hear the first single off the album "Vega (stripes on)," a percolating, lusty track that simmers with jangly Howlin' Wolf-style guitars closed with a short rhyme reminiscent of early Raekwon. Pre-order the album now and check out the track above.
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.
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.
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
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