As J. Peguero is taking radio airwaves across the U.S. by storm with his latest Callin', the time has arrived for the official video release.
Callin' is inspired by the challenges of personal sacrifice that are often made while in pursuit of providing for family. It has sparked a global movement and has definitely struck an emotional nerve with individuals and families from all different walks of life that are currently faced with this circumstance. The video provides a look into the story of two families experiencing the emotional roller coaster associated with these situations, all while highlighting the travels and life of J. Peguero.
Although this is the most overused term in the industry, the Callin' video undoubtedly deserves the tag of a M-O-V-I-E!
I wanted to introduce you to K. Rose of Epidemic Records and her single, "A Voi E A Me" (You And I), directed by Mike Ho and produced by Cool & Dre (choreographed by K. Rose herself!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDx1m2hbfTE
Burgeoning Pop artist, ALEXA (@alexarocksmusic) celebrates being the #1 independant artist in the US for the second week in a row with rebellious single, "Cause We Feel Like It
Independent POP recording artist, ALEXA reaches the top of the Indie charts for the 2nd consecutive week in a row as the #1 Independent artist in the country with her smash single “CAUSE WE FEEL LIKE IT”. Emerging indie artist; ALEXA after a short seven weeks on the independent music charts has taken the radios, dance floors and iPods by storm. After her initial release, ALEXA quickly found her place on the chars and in the clubs across the US where "CAUSE WE FEEL LIKE IT" ran neck and neck with the sounds of Ke$ha (Die Young) and P!nk (Try). Since the initial release ALEXA has held the number two position and is also maintaining her spot in the top 200 on the National Charts.
"CAUSE WE FEEL LIKE IT”, ALEXA's summer anthem before starting college and leap into the music industry, is full of energy with a feel good vibe and guaranteed to bring the fun (the song features out of the box radio, club mix, dance electronica & dub step variations).
Produced by Pavel Bez, Team Whooopiii and 3x Grammy winner and Producer Tony Prendatt-Carter, “Cause We Feel Like It” will be available in March, 2013, through iTunes and other digital music outlets.
Listen to "Cause We Feel Like It" today at https://soundcloud.com/alexarocksmusic/sets/alexa/s-sQngL
"Cause We Feel Like It" [Single] - Available on iTunes March 2013
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ALEXA is an American singer and accomplished equestrian, having competed multiple times in the Marshall & Sterling National Finals. Raised in Scarsdale NY, Alexa was exposed to the equestrian world at the age of 4 and later honed her skills to become an accomplished show jumper. Alexa branched out musically during her time at Scarsdale High School as a member of the A Cappella group "For Good Measure", performing as a recurring soloist. The group was awarded Best A Cappella Group 2011 via competing high schools in the NY Metro area. Alexa is a natural performer whether competing at nationals, singing or dancing in front of an audience. Alexa is also an active HIV/AIDS activist and most recently participated in the Until There's A Cure foundation for HIV/AID's PSA. In December, Alexa made her performance debut on MTV's MADE where the show highlighted Indashio's summer collection. She also appeared alongside Indashio during his Mercedes Benz Fashion Week events.
ALEXA is currently in the studio recording her follow up singles, "Don't Let Go" & "Ego" and her EP as executive producer alongside 2CK Productions, LLC.
Singer-songwriter Jaymes Wolff (@JaymesWolff) Premieres "So Long" Music Video
New York native Jaymes Wolff is leading the pack of genre bending artists. His music is an authentic blend of Alternative Soul that pulls elements from Hip Hop and Classic Rock. At first listen names like Frank Ocean and The Weeknd come to mind but Jaymes cites Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson as his main influences. His newest visual "So Long" tells the story of a semi-abusive relationship that ends in tragedy. Discover Jaymes Wolff and decide for yourself where he fits in the current music landscape.
So Long (Music Video)
ABOUT JAYMES WOLFF
No one can deny the finesse and shine of the multifaceted, writer, producer, and singer, Jaymes Wolff; an upward-bound performer from Brooklyn whose trajectory—a natural performer since 4 years old—has lead him on an inevitable journey, from being around his family and their musical endeavors in his early years to his self-produced EP HeartsXPistols, mixed by coveted engineer Anthony Daniels (Trey Songz) and toted by mastering engineer Chris Gehringer, (Lady Gaga, Rihanna). Entertaining others has always been a part of his life “When I was a kid I remember getting up to sing and dance at a funeral just to make people feel good.”
Though Jaymes is compared to contemporaries like Miguel and Frank Ocean, his music pays homage to the skills and attention-to-detail of influences like Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye. Like them, his music moves the people. “I’m not making music for today, I’m making music for tomorrow. Timeless music.” Jaymes’ sound is a balance of uniquely composed tracks and wide-range relatability yet such an amalgam of hip-hop, soul, and a new take on R&B, it still stands out and is transcending.
Jaymes has the undeniable Brooklyn swagger, urbane fashion-sense and a spark that has always gotten him noticed by radio airwaves, veteran music executives, and, as a kid, he was chosen on Star Search USA—although education became his ultimate focus. The powerful music we hear today is obviously influenced by Jaymes’ decision to work harder than the rest.
His drive as a musician is evident in the completion of a highly received first mixtape. As a well-rounded, learned musician—in vocals, production and piano—Jaymes’ ferocious drive and aptitude for music comes from his familial foundation. Both parents have some roots in music so it’s only natural he has support for his career. “My mom is my biggest influence and my biggest supporter. When I’m in the studio and not sleeping for days, I remember I’m not only doing this for myself I’m also doing this for her. She has given me a lot.”
When you listen to HeartsXPistols you will hear the birth of a bourgeoning musical genius, with tracks like So Long, ushering you into a beautiful, dark trans-inducing ether. Or the lyrical zeal in Ghost where Jaymes allows us to hear and feel the doubts we all tend to have though lulling listeners back to the surface with reassuring melodies throughout.
The evolution of Jaymes Wolff is unavoidable for his forthcoming EP, which he is still the primary producer on, with a team of co-producers, like the famed Twin Brothers, to add the finish to an already polished body of work. “On the first mixtape I held back on the vocals, but this time I let it all out.” An inevitably older Jaymes postulates a sound that takes his music to the next level; it’s still musically timeless and it comes from a place where fans of both Kendrick Lamar and Lionel Richie can vibe.
Jaymes Wolff is building his arsenal of sound with upcoming new songs, collaborations and a skyrocketing career. Something new and something more is always in store for fans. Even when he isn’t working on music, Jaymes is listening and researching new things that are bound to catapult their way into his amusing compositions. “I want to be remembered not as the person who tried, but the person who did what he loved.”
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Irina (@IrinaGlobal) Russian Pop-Songstress Interviewing and Making Moves in the Blogosphere
- The “internets” are abuzz with Irina, and now she’s gearing up for interviews! First up, she’ll talk to Skyy Radio’s Nathan Hale Williams (ESSENCE) about her journey into entertaining, her upcoming single “One Last Kiss,” and much more. The “Something About You” dance sensation is ready to bare all!
Sweet Muzik weighs in with the praise: "The original song is a fun electro/pop track. It is so catchy. It has the potential to be crossover to mainstream radio..."
Citrusonic Stereophonic (Indie)
Something About You (Original) - Available on iTunes
Something About You (Remixes) - Available on iTunes
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Think the life of a pop star is all jet skis, hotel parties, and popping bottles? Well for Sky Blu of LMFAO (@SkysNuts), that's exactly what it is!
- "Pop Bottles is a song that we made the day we came back from the first Big Bad University tour in South America; it's inspired by all the crazy things we experienced around the world. The live video reflects our lifestyle which is anything but ordinary -- every day is another story to tell when you follow your dreams." - Sky Blu
Sky Blu, one half the superstar dance duo, LMFAO, is living up to his promise of the past year, thundering into 2013 with a new solo hit single and video. On January 4, 2013, celebrity and entertainment blogger, Perez Hilton debuted Blu’s first single as a solo act, “Pop Bottles” featuring Mark Rosas. As MTV.com put it, “Sky Blu keeps the party rocking in this solo debut.”
Produced by Blu and up and coming Big Bad University artist/producer Mark Rosas, “Pop Bottles” has been buzzing like crazy, steadily hitting Top 40 stations across the country. After his performance on the Latin Grammys® in November 2012 alongside Best New Artist winners, 3Ball MTY, Blu announced the release of his first Latin record which will be unveiled Spring 2013. Blu’s debut album is set to release Summer 2013 and will include both singles. He and Big Bad University are currently on tour, performing in selected major cities worldwide.
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R&B Emerging Star Dontae Peeps Signs with the Kartel Company as
‘Agency of Record’
- The Sony/ATV EMI Publishing Signed Singer Releases His Debut Single ‘Growing Pains’ -
Angeles, CALIF. -October 25, 2012 – Breakout R&B singer Dontae Peeps signs with the Kartel Company for promotion of his debut single ‘Growing Pains’. Dontae Peeps is a signed music writer/producer through SONY/ATV Publishing who has worked with artists: Usher, Chris Brown, Jagged Edge, Keith Sweat, Ruben Studdard, Keke Wyatt, Jasmin Sullivan and many more.
Dontae Peeps quickly developed a reputation as one of the hottest young songwriters in Atlanta. Dontae Peeps is set to release his debut project in late December. Be on the lookout for this hot new talent coming to a radio, TV and blog near you.Dontae Peeps was breed from a family line of singers including Gospel superstar Dottie Peoples and 90’s R&B group SILK. A professional songwriter since his early teens, Dontae Peeps admits music comes more natural to him than other things.
"I looked up to Quincy Jones because you can't predict where he will go. His style is so eclectic. I studied the amazing songwriting ability of Stevie Wonder and watched Luther Vandross’s ability to bare his heart with the tone of his voice. They inspired me to make music that their audiences could receive," he says.
For more information on Dontae Peeps please check out **www.facebook.com/IAMPEEPS
5ive Star delivers hard hitting lyrics with crossover appeal, offering a fresh sound for the summer. Check out his new record, "What They Think" below.
Audio: 5ive Star - What They Think
About 5ive Star
“Making music is as natural to me as breathing. It’s the result of realizing my true self,” says the multi-talented 5ive Star. The gifted vocalist, songwriter and lyricist is on the verge of mainstream success. Raised in South Florida but born in Cali, 5ive Star delivers hardcore grit with crossover appeal, destined to penetrate the music industry with his innovative and fresh sound. Only 25, he is an artist that defies labels, refuses to conform to clichés and set to wow the world.
His humble beginnings began in South Florida, first gaining notoriety as a spoken-word artist for major franchises such as Nike and McDonalds. He captivated audiences with introspective lyrics and memorable performances. 5ive managed to give Nike and McDonald’s some soul.
But 5ive’s true calling was music, picking up inspiration in every corner of America, a testament to his diverse upbringing. In his sound, you hear the rock and soul of Prince, the aggression of Notorious B.I.G. and the smooth R&B of Aaliyah. Making his rounds on the mix-tape circuit, his first single release, “Get To Know U,” produced by Jimi Kendrix (Jay Z, 50 Cent), sparked a buzz. With no major label support, tracks like "Club To The Bedroom" and "SOS,” were featured on radio stations across the country, further establishing his universal appeal.
5ive’s breakthrough moment was catching the ear of seven-time Grammy winning producer Ken Lewis (Kanye West, John Legend), who worked on the upcoming album I AM…5IVE STAR. “The album is about making great music!” stresses 5ive. “It’s for all music lovers. I AM…5IVE STAR represents a blend of music and styles that are totally original.” There is no better example of 5ive’s diverse musical talents than in the current single “What They Think.” The head-nodding track is infectious on the first listen with its catchy hook and pitch-perfect harmonies. 5ive Star playfully warns, “I think everyone better brace for impact!” With a concept-heavy video, the movement surely has begun.
5ive Star stands for five elements of artistry: emcee, singer, songwriter, spoken-word artist and producer. 2012 is the year of 5ive Star; his originality and passion will top the Billboard charts. “It’s time to lead music into a new direction,” says 5ive. Although rooted in hip-hop, he is an artist who represents the new model of music. Gone are the days when music was regulated to black or white, East Coast or West Coast. 5ive Star is the future, a unification of rock, pop, hip-hop and soul.
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Diamond Lane Music Group artist, Problem premieres music video for club banger, "T.O." featuring Skeme, produced by Rack City's DJ Mustard. "T.O." Achieves Over 3,800 Spins at Urban and Rhythmic Radio
June 20, 2012- Los Angeles, CA – Problem’s new music video for his club anthem, “T.O.,” produced by Rack City’s DJ Mustard, will premiere today via his social networks and YouTube channel. In the video the Diamond Lane Music Group artist/producer/songwriter trades verses with fellow LA rapper Skeme in a Daniel Czernilofsky directed performance driven clip filmed in downtown Los Angeles. “T.O.,” a record from Problem’s latest Welcome To Mollywood mixtape, has received over 3800 spins on the urban and rhythmic radio charts since it’s release.
The Germany born, Compton raised 26 year-old Problem is breaking to the masses already featured on prestigious music websites including XXL, VIBE, The Source, Allhiphop, HiphopDX and named “10 L.A. Rappers To Look Out For” by Complex Magazine.
“T.O.” will serve as the second music video from the Mollywood mixtape which features original songs including E-40’s single “Function,” that Problem wrote the hook and is featured. Other songs include Ya Boy, Freddie Gibbs, Dom Kennedy, Kurupt and Diamond Lane Music Group label mate Bad Lucc. The first video release came with the Complex Magazine premiere of “Welcome,” the album’s intro song produced by Problem.
The Compton MC already boasts an impressive resume. Writing and co-producing for platinum selling artists such as Snoop Dogg, Kurupt and DJ Quik, Problem has finally decided to put himself in the forefront, and let the world hear his side of his story.
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Pearl Future Is Innovative Pop At Its Best
Listen as she unleashes futuristic dance jams from her latest album "PLAY DATE" featuring Nicki Minaj
Pearl Future Embarking on Summer Tour and Releasing Two Albums in 2012
Cali native, multi-ethnic beauty and gifted musician, Pearl Future, has been building her unique name in the music industry since 2009. Now, she is prepping for her biggest year yet, which is packed with two albums and a highly anticipated nationwide tour. Pearl has paid her dues and with a dedicated fan-base she will soon be synonymous with the likes of Katy Perry and Lady Gaga—but with an electronic twist. "The big change of the music industry is happening as I am putting out my music. People are buying music and consuming music differently, it's the Wild West," says Pearl, who is about to take the entertainment industry to a new frontier with her experimental sound of electronic soul meets pop perfection.
On May 1st, Pearl Future is releasing Play Date, a ten-track collection of material from 2009 – 2011. “It essentially showcases the development of my sound and includes all the songs that have made some noise during the last couple years,” reveals Pearl. Play Date includes tracks like "Lookin' At Me" featuring Nicki Minaj, which was a Billboard Hot 100 hit. In addition, her most recent single "5150" featuring Bobby Brackins and produced by European DJ, Rico Tubbs. "It's about breaking out of the mold of society, even if people call you crazy," Pearl says about the head-nodding track, which has been picked up by radio stations across America and the U.K. The groundbreaking music on Play Date is why Pearl Future was named as one of the "Top 20 for 2012” on BBC Radio 1.
Most exciting is the release of Pearl Future's upcoming album this fall, which is original, unheard material. The evolutionary project can be described as a fusion of vintage Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” beginnings. "I'm going deeper into technology, using electronics in the studio and bringing bigger musical productions to life. Expression-wise, it's sort of romantic."
Pearl's passion glows on songs like the soon-to-be first single "I Can't Get Enough of You.” The ornamental ballad was written and produced by Pearl Future and Spencer Blair. Armed with producers like Rico Tubbs and Super Dave, the new album will organically broaden her appeal with a fresh combo of commercial appeal and artistic integrity. As an independent artist, Pearl Future has been able to find her audience. She has over 75,000 likes on Facebook and 80,000 followers on Twitter. This summer she is embarking on a small-city nationwide tour, taking over America one venue at a time. "When the people discover your music, they stay with you and nobody can take you out of the game." Pearl Future is destined to be in the game for well into the future.
About Pearl Future
A true musician, with skills ranging from songwriting and singing to engineering and producing, Pearl Future is interested in creating a unique sonic statement. Committed to exploring musical boundaries with a burning desire to bring to life the music she hears in her head, she uses technology and emotion to experiment with pop music. For the full bio click here
Play Date, Available May 1st
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ANTOINE DUNN’S NEW SINGLE ‘MISS MY LOVE’ HITS AIRWAVES APRIL 24
& WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD MAY 8!
FANS CAN DOWNLOAD ‘MISS MY LOVE,’ THE 2ND SINGLE FROM ANTOINE DUNN’S
DEBUT CD, “TRUTH OF THE MATTER” ON ITUNES & AMAZON
CLEVELAND, OH – R&B singer Antoine Dunn’s new single, “Miss My Love,” is set to hit radio airwaves on April 24, 2012, and will be available for download on May 8 at iTunes and Amazon.
“Miss My Love” (#MissMyLove) is Antoine Dunn’s second single from his soon-to-be-released debut CD, ‘Truth of the Matter.’
“The song, ‘Miss My Love,’ is about being in a position where you have to choose between love with a very special young lady and your career,” said Dunn. “In the song, your career is like a train ride, where you have to make the decision to either hop on the train that goes to the next station, or stay with her, and be willing to deal with the possibility of having regrets.”
After its release in September 2011, Dunn’s first single, “Can’t Forget,” blazed its way up the UAC radio charts all the way into the Top 20, peaking at #17, giving him the exposure he needed to land the opening act position for Anthony Hamilton on his “Woo Tour” last winter.
To request the ‘Miss My Love’ single, please contact: Greg Powell, Director of Promotions, Elite Music at 216.491.2171 Ext. 3 or email@example.com.
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Fans can find Antoine Dunn, and can share their thoughts about #MissMyLove, on Facebook.com/AntoineDunn and at Twitter.com/AntoineDunn.
About Antoine Dunn:
Cleveland, OH native Antoine Dunn, was exposed to, and captivated by, a variety of musical styles in his Baptist household. His mother had an extensive classic and modern R&B collection; his aunt, Veronica Dunn, is a professional gospel singer; and his brother, Adrian Dunn, is a professional opera singer. By high school, Antoine was drawn to the piano, and at age 17, he became the Music Director at the Cuyahoga Community Church, a post he held for three years. Dunn took his songwriting to the next level by working as a songwriter for Dallas-based, custom-song service “Love Songs for Sale.” He also worked on, and received vocal production credits on the debut album from LaKisha Jones, a 2007 finalist on “American Idol.” After touring in the U.S. and Thailand with artists including Musiq Soulchild and Avant, Dunn signed with the independent record label Elite Music. The first single, “Can’t Forget” from his soon-to-be-released debut album, ‘Truth of the Matter,’ was released in September 2011, and climbed into the Top 20, peaking at #17 on UAC Radio charts. In the Winter of 2011, he landed another tour opportunity, opening for Anthony Hamilton on his “Woo Tour.” His debut album is scheduled for release in the Summer of 2012. Additional information, including show dates, current news, is available at http://www.antoinedunn.com
The girls of Najuah are back with all new tracks, starting with the catchy single "Devil".
Take a listen and let the chorus take you away to another world.
Don’t put Najuah (Nahj-oo-ah) in a box. The Toronto-based sextet, fronted by sisters Hanifa and Juliet, takes the fiery burn of R&B and mashes it with arena-rocking guitars, playing like classic Hole being mashed through Led Zeppelin and Tina Turner filters.
The hard-edged Sirens bring respective triumphs and pitfalls of romance to their upcoming debut EP Misery & Love, a reflection on relationships past. Produced by Bill Bell (Jason Mraz, Justin Nozuka) mixed by Paul David Hager (Goo Goo Dolls, Our Lady Peace) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, U2, Muse, Arrested Development), the electrifying anthems take the emotional spectrum and stretch it across passionate, saucy compositions.
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Ray Lavender is ready to get it in with shots at the bar on his new single, "Tequila"
Take a listen to this uptempo, club track fueled with a collision of high energy and synth sounds
"Pump pump pump it up, got that tequila in my cup, I'm drinkin but I ain't drunk enough, hey DJ, turn my music up"
Over the years, Atlanta has introduced its fair share of music superstars to the world, and with the introduction of Singer/Songwriter/Actor/Model, Ray Lavender, that tradition will undoubtedly continue. Coming to Atlanta by way of Monroe, Louisiana, Ray Lavender is poised to become one of music’s brightest stars. He offers a sensual yet charismatic brand of music that simultaneously is coupled with mass universal appeal. Growing up, Ray admired a wide array of artists from Sam Cooke to Prince; but it was R. Kelly who truly inspired Ray to
pursue his passion.
“When I met him he urged me to continue to write as well as sing and become an overall hard working musician,” says Ray. This work ethic is engrained in Ray, as he is still equally passionate about songwriting as he is about singing. Even though his musical peers serve as major motivators, it is from his life that Ray Lavender draws his greatest inspirations. Coming from a large family of music lovers, Ray was destined for the stage, but it was the untimely loss of his father that motivated him to make a difference; not only for himself, but for his family.
His career jumped off while at a studio in Atlanta when a music executive overheard sweet harmonies from a group called Collabo and was particularly blown away by the lead singer, Ray Lavender. They formed a relationship that prompted Ray to begin recording as a solo artist, and it was then that the music industry would begin to take notice.
Ray Lavender’s tireless pursuit of success gained him the respect of the industry’s top producers including Jazze Pha, Dallas Austin, Teddy Riley and Tricky Stewart. He soon began writing gigs and received an early placement with the song, “Knock, Knock, Knock,” for R&B great Gerald Levert’s A Stroke of Genius album. After this he knew it was time to get serious and begin working on his own project and reached out to multiplatinum-selling superstar Singer/Songwriter/Producer Akon, who welcomed him with open arms. There was an instant chemistry between the two and, in 2007, Ray was immediately signed as the first act to Akon’s KonLive Records via Geffen Records.
Although his debut album was never released, Ray Lavender garnered radio and digital hit singles with “My Girl Gotta Girlfriend,” featuring Fabolous & Red Cafe’, “Put It Down,” featuring T-Pain, & “Stay” which was produced by Tank, collectively receiving millions of views online. He went on to star and win the heart of Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth on Donald Trump’s “Ultimate Merger.” Ray states, “Winning over Omarosa only gave me more strength to continue my pursuit of music. They get no harder to impress than her and I plan to give my fans all of me, just as I did with her.”
Now, in 2012, Ray is setting up his official Fall debut with a series of singles, all written by Ray. The songs show his diverse range and versatility in music. The club popping single “Tequila,” just may be the party anthem of the year. The sweet and soaring “We Love,” reminds us that it doesn’t matter how rough it gets, love conquers all. And “Sexy Mutha,” well you know…. she’s a “Sexy Mutha.” This song is sure to make every chick get on the dance floor and prove she’s the best.
Ray Lavender promises to be a part of a short team of exceptional artist that delivers hot jams to the dance floor, as well as huge ballads for the masses.
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Gritty, Soulful, and Engaging, Neo-Soul Songstress Conya Doss Releases her First single “Don’t Change”
This phenomenal single premiered on the Michael Baisden Show and is already being deemed an ‘Instant Classic’ from her eagerly anticipated forthcoming LP. A Pocketful of Purpose
To Be Released April 24, 2012
(Englewood Cliffs, NJ March 15, 2012) – Compared to the likes of Neo-Soul artists’ Musiq Soulchild and Jill Scott, poised songstress Conya Doss offers up her gritty and soulful sound on her first single “Don’t Change” off of her eagerly anticipated forthcoming LP, A Pocketful of Purpose. A Cleveland-native, Conya Doss offers a modern spin on vintage sound, seamlessly infusing her music with an eclectic blend of soul, blues, rock, jazz, and r&b. Doss has built a solid reputation over the years as the modern benchmark for any young female artist, and her forthcoming LP A Pocketful of Purpose is a testament to that. Commenting on being labeled a Neo-Soul artist, Conya Doss quips back, “If they want to label me in the Neo-Soul movement they can, but to me this soul music is nothing new.”
With beauty, grace, and confidence, Doss has composed an 11-song compilation of warm and personal tracks that are full of soul with huge melodies. The skillful arrangement of horns, strings, and piano riffs suit her finely crafted lyrics about love, life and pursuing your dreams. “Don’t Change” is a smooth, mid-tempo flow that syndicated radio host Michael Baisden has already deemed an “instant classic”, demonstrating the songbird’s emotional smarts and directness. Reknowed producers Frank McComb, Myron Davis, and Rodney Jones serve as the main producers on A Pocketful of Purpose along with newcomer Dre King.
Already featured in various publications, Vibe Magazine, USA Today, Complex Magazine, and BET.com, to name a few, Conya Doss continues to delight audiences and garner massive praise on the Neo-Soul Music scene. Music veteran DJ Jazzy Jeff has described Doss as “A whole lotta soul in a beautiful package!” and Billboard Magazine R&B Soul Editor Gail Mitchell notes, “Doss is an enchanting and engaging voice on the Soul Music scene, whose slight rasp adds to her organic vibe.”
Doss, who juggles her responsibilities as teacher, mother and artist, uses inspiration from all aspects of her life to infuse her material with bolts of creativity. “It has been a challenge trying to effectively balance all of these roles, but I’ve been patient with my latest project,” explains the songbird. All of Doss’ album titles are authentically steeped in the spirit of growth and change and A Pocketful of Purpose is no exception. “Every aspect of this personal body of work has a purpose that I hope people will embrace and gain something meaningful from.”
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The 83rd sets New York City's Subway on fire with his new electro-fused party anthem, "Digitalism - Idealistic (The83rd Remix)"
The 83rd is set to take over the indie scene with his crazy remixes and colorful collision of experimental and psychedelic sounds
Watch The 83rd and fellow party goers jack the J Train on the NYC Subway and party like there's no tomorrow!
The 83rd was raised in Chicago’s music scene. At the young age of 20 years old, Grammy Award winning producer, Maurice Joshua (Best Remix '04 with 'Crazy In Love') heard The 83rd's then production team's demo and asked them to join Joshua's remix team. Through rigorous training from some of the best musicians on the planet, The 83rd began to develop his own unique and incredibly creative style by using the acapella to hit songs and creating a completely different feel to the records musically. "Most of the time we wouldn't even listen through the whole original song, we wanted to approach the vocals with a fresh perspective. With OUR perspective. It was kind of like a Jedi training, having to write a whole new song based only on the singers melody, tempo and vocals." However, the dark side of the industry began to take it's toll on The 83rd, as it does all up-and-coming musicians, and he decided to leave Chicago to embark on a new musical chapter in the mecca of music, New York City.
While in New York, The 83rd worked at 3 different studios in Manhattan and unexpectedly received a call from Jagged Edge for The 83rd and his production team to become their in house producers at their newly formed label 581 Records in Atlanta, GA. Unfortunately, after moving to Atlanta to pursue the new venture, the situation quickly disbanded. Luckily, for The 83rd, he stayed positive and his production opened up an opportunity in Indie Rock scene working with Mattt Malpass (Copeland, Ivory, Ying Yang Twins) and Matt Goldman (famous for the huge Underoath drum sound). "It was one of the best things to happen to me. I gained hands on experience working through the process of recording rock bands and combining my world of programmed tracks with a more outboard gear/live room recording studio approach...and man did we make some records!" With the combination of The 83rd's drums, guitar, keys and bass playing skills he was able combine layering with his "digital in-the-box nu-school approach" to it. It was a great learning experience but life’s unexpected turns ended up ironically bringing him back to New York City.
The 83rd quickly settled in Brooklyn and became engulfed in the artistic scene there, "the indie scene in Brooklyn is crazy and was a huge influence. I really wanted to get the intensity we had from amping guitars out of the keyboards and other computer generated sounds...Motif ES8’s were too flat, too two-dimensional. I needed movement. I needed original sounds. I needed to bring music to life." It was then the evolution of The 83rd really began to take shape. He started a new production team with Grammy Award winning engineer, TJ Rocky Gallo and the two instantly clicked and learned a lot from each other. While working with Rocky and Jerry Barnes at Avatar Studios, The 83rd stayed producing music for TV shows like The BET Awards, Soul Train Awards, 50 Cent's Energy Drink, Cheryl Cole and The X-Factor to help give him some exposure and pay the bills. "Then I ran into Jakwob's Starry Eyed and it fucked my whole shit up. The movement, the soulful vocals, THE DROP. And consequently I went deeper into electronic music, dubstep, and combining that with my live studio environment experiences through the years made for an interesting combination...and inherently began birthing more colors of The 83rd sound."
A little later, The 83rd was introduced to Hip Hop legend Ski Beatz and they immediately hit it off musically, especially after learning about Ski's furious curiosity for the Electronic scene. The next thing you know The 83rd became the in-house producer at Blu Roc, co-producing with Ski for artist like Nicole Wray, Locksmith, Tabi Bonney, Terri Walker. The venture eventually ran its course and The 83rd picked up right where he left off; creating new, emotional and colorful music. "My experiences have been unexpected, intense, emotional and insane, but have birthed lots of sound babies along the way. Those expressions have been chronicled together in the EXperience EP. My experience is the human experience, regardless of what your chosen occupation, social class, race, or gender...its the same story as mine — just painted with different colors, covers, chapters and tints. So put your minds eye's virtual glasses on, lay down, turn off the lights .and Experience with me."
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Interscope Records' Jordy Towers prepares for lift off with his synth fused party anthem, "Spaceboy Boogie"
Blast into another galaxy with the "Spaceboy" Jordy Towers "Spaceboy boogie get down,
Yea, we gonna rock it till we lift off the ground"
To understand Jordy Towers, to truly appreciate the full force of his singular personality, you kind of have to meet him in person. We hope, for your sake, you get that chance someday. A diminutive, mohawked motormouth with an easy laugh, Towers is instantly likeable. He’s smart, scrappy, and hilarious — with a swaggering, rap-star confidence that might come off as arrogance if it didn’t mask the fact that Towers is essentially an attention-seeking kid from a broken home who pretty much raised himself. Born and bred in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, he was homeless until a few months ago when he signed a record deal with Roma Records/Blackground Records. Towers’ story is intense, and if we tried to tell it all here, we’d be writing a book, not a bio. So listen to the music, because it’s all in the songs the 24-year-old singer and rapper is cooking up in the studio for his debut album.
The music is a hyper, ambitious collision of rock, pop, hip-hop, R&B, and electro influences that showcases Towers’ ability to shift effortlessly between singing and rapping, as well his nimble wordplay and ear for killer hooks. The songs reflect a multitude of styles: “Spaceboy Boogie” is dirty electro-funk; “Feelin’ California” is feel-good, laid-back summer pop; “ADD” is island-inspired reggae/hip-hop; “Don’t Say It” is ’60s-flavored R&B; while “Cling On” is a straight-up club jam. It’s verbally vivid, melodically extravagant, rhythmically riotous, and stubbornly eclectic. And Towers filters it all through his unique worldview — one that could only come from someone who’s lived what he’s lived.
“Music has always been my escape,” he says. “It’s what has kept me sane. My mom left when I was seven and I was raised by my father, who was a struggling actor. My sister moved away and my dad was always off working, so I was alone a lot. I ate a lot of Ramen. My only friends were my hip-hop records. I’d listen to A Tribe Called Quest, Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, Dr. Dre, The Fat Boys, LL Cool J, Roxanne Shanté, Guru. In junior high, I went to a school that bussed in kids from South Central and I felt connected to them in a way I didn’t feel connected to the suburban kids. The realness of their life, they struggled like I struggled as a kid. ”
The grandson of MGM film legend and operatic singer Kathryn Grayson (who starred in the films Anchors Aweigh with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, Show Boat, and Kiss Me Kate), Jordy was the family’s black sheep. In junior high, he befriended Michael Jackson’s niece and nephew Siggy and Brandi Jackson, and was taken in by their parents, Jackie and his wife Enid, after dropping out of school at 16. “I lived with them and they used to encourage me to sing and rap,” Towers says. He and Siggy formed a reggae-rap group called Rebel Youth. “I had dreads and everything,” Towers says. “I sold weed at school and would get caught and kicked out.” Eventually Towers got the boot from so many schools that he says he was eliminated from the L.A. Unified School District altogether and sent to a probationary school where “the kids were gangsters or lived in half-way houses.”
Through it all though, Towers always had music. He’d steal his sister’s CD’s (The Dark Side of the Moon, The Chronic, 2 Live Crew’s As Nasty As They Wanna Be) and write out the lyrics to the songs. “I could see the pattern of the song that way,” he says. “I studied the craft from real early on. I remember kids beat-boxing at school on the eighth-graders’ lawn. I was a scrub, but they’d let me come on during lunch. I was the only sixth-grader that could come on. We used to break dance in a little circle,” he says with a laugh. “Music was all I ever wanted to do. Well, that or be a baseball player. I wanted to play centerfield for The Dodgers, but I’m too short. So I decided to be a rapper. Everyone in my family sang, so I got into rap because it was the furthest thing away from what my family did. I didn’t start singing until five years ago.”
When Towers was 18, he ran into some trouble with the law, did a short stint behind bars, and upon release, found himself living on the streets. A friend got him a hotel room and told him they should make a record, which they did with the help of some investors, under Towers’ alter ego/rap name Optimus. “We made this incredible live hip-hop album with a full orchestra, but it was so expensive to record that we ran out of money to market or distribute it,” he says. The album found its way to rapper/producer Lupe Fiasco who asked Towers to support him on a 2008 tour. “I got a loan to follow Lupe on the road, but then the loan company went bust, and the whole thing was done.” Long story short, in October 2009, Towers was living in his truck when he was contacted by Zach Katz, a business associate of multi-platinum producer/songwriter J.R. Rotem, who asked for a meeting. Towers recorded four songs with Rotem, “Spaceboy Boogie,” “Don’t Say It’s Over,” “Feelin’ California,” and futuristic love song “Lullaby.” A deal with Rotem’s label didn’t pan out, but Towers walked away with a top-notch four-song calling card. “I started living in my truck again,” Towers says. “I felt like the biggest loser.”
Desperate, he called his grandmother to ask if he could come home. She agreed if he’d commit to going back to school. “I was going to get out of music, I just couldn’t bear it,” Towers says. He signed up to take business classes at Santa Monica City College and was set to enroll when a friend called and said he wanted to introduce Towers to Gary Marella, a record industry executive who had launched a label, Roma Records (distributed through Blackground/Interscope Records), and was looking to sign a flagship artist. Marella flipped over the Rotem-produced demo and contacted a fellow record executive and dear friend, Chuck Field, who set up a meeting for Towers with Blackground Records’ Barry Hankerson. Hankerson took one look at Towers, with his mohawk and shades, and said, “This motherfucker’s a star.” “I went home and said to my grandmother: ‘Granny, I think I’ve gotten the deal I’ve been looking for,’” Towers says. “She grabbed me by the hand and pulled me in and said, ‘I know you’re going to be successful.’”
The next day, Towers, was making breakfast when his grandmother’s nurse came running into the kitchen. “She was yelling, ‘Get in here, she’s having a heart attack!’” he says. “I had the paramedics on the phone and they were telling me how to give her CPR, but she died on me, right in my arms.” Grayson was 88. A few days later, Towers signed his deal with Roma Records, “and I haven’t looked back,” he says.
That was February 2010. Since then, Towers has been feverishly writing and recording the songs that will appear on his debut album, which he is thinking of calling Jordy Towers Featuring Himself. He’s also finishing up a script for a short film based on several songs from the album, including first single, “Spaceboy Boogie.” “It’s a take-off on Star Trek, Star Wars, and Avatar,” he says. “We’re just clowning on everything. It’s a musical, like Bollywood in the Valley, but on a planet that hasn’t been discovered yet.”
Towers is also looking forward to getting back onstage. “I want everyone to be able to come to my shows, no matter what kind of music they like,” he says. “That’s what great artists do. Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin — they brought people together. Music is the great social equalizer. I want to make great music that’s relatable, catchy as shit, and just lets me flex my skills. This is only the beginning.”
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