Monthly Archives: November 2014

Urban Gospel Pioneers

Urban Gospel Pioneers

The Church of God in Christ has maintained a distant yet influential relationship with secular music, and the same thing can be said about the Rance Allen Group, the legendary gospel band whose spiritual home is in that church. The denomination’s “in the world but not of the world” teaching means that listening to secularContinue Reading

A Message In Her Music!!!!

A Message In Her Music!!!!

Karen Bernod received the kind of encouragement that only a mother can give and the type of career validation that best comes as a result of winning. Bernod’s first public singing gig came when she entered an elementary school talent contest as a seven year old. Bernod recalls seeing her mother sitting in the auditorium’sContinue Reading

Informed Decisions?????

Informed Decisions?????

We need to become a more informed electorate. Too many of us vote on he said/she said, or on how we feel, rather than on what we actually know. I’m going to be posting information here to help some of us to be more informed about issues that affect our lives.”We The Economy” is aContinue Reading

Spotlight on Gavin Degraw!!☺☺

Spotlight on Gavin Degraw!!☺☺

  Years before “I Don’t Want to Be” propelled him to pop/rock success, songwriter Gavin DeGraw began honing his piano skills at the age of eight, followed by his participation in several cover bands with his older brother in upstate New York. After a brief stint at the prestigious Berklee School of Music — whereContinue Reading

More U.K.Soul/Thumbs Up!!

More U.K.Soul/Thumbs Up!!

Smoove and Turrell is a UK duo that has been getting some buzz over the past year or so. Consisting of Jonathan Scott Watson (known as Smoove) and John Turrell, the duo combines elements of classic R&B and Funk to give a fresh new sound that has been labeled “UK Northern Funk.” read more

CHOIRS!!!

CHOIRS!!!

I love the sound & ministry of church choirs.The way that they share the word and their love of God is uplifting, soothing, & comforting all at the same time. Two of my favorite choirs were The Utterbach Concert Ensemble and Rev. Clay Evans.Periodically I’ll be posting some of your & my favorite choirs. YouContinue Reading

Welcome to the U.S. Deb

Welcome to the U.S. Deb

In many cases in marketing an artist, their music is way too often compartmentalized to the point of frankly sheer frustration. But, for the sake of presenting a complete package deal, especially regarding a new talent, the musician’s publicist and their team are still obligated to reel in fans with an attractive catch phrase inContinue Reading

Hot Rock, Pop Pick!!

Hot Rock, Pop Pick!!

Formed in Gothenberg, Sweden in 1996, this electronic quartet are comprised of lead vocalist Yukimi Nagano (Vocals, Percussion), Håkan Wirenstrand (Keyboards), Erik Bodin (Drums), and Fredrik Källgren Wallin (Bass). The band debuted in 2006 with the “Test” single on the Scandinavian Off the Wall label, naming themselves after Nagano‘s nickname that she received for throwingContinue Reading

From The U.K. With Soul

From The U.K. With Soul

MOBO nominated singer- songwriter, Natalie Williams, is an essential fixture in UK music. With her incredible all star 10 piece band she is in the 7th year of running and hosting her monthly residency, Soul Family Sundays, at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, where she has featured the likes of Lalah Hathaway, Jamie Cullum, David RyanContinue Reading

Exciting New Chinese Neo-soul Jazz Group

Exciting New Chinese Neo-soul Jazz Group

  Debuting their unique amalgam of soul, jazz, pop and some blues to the homegrown music scene is The Steve McQueens. They recently released their album Einstein Moments at Blu Jaz Cafe last week, which we’re sure will be on spin a lot. We talk to this NeoVintage Soul outfit about their beginnings, their ownContinue Reading