Rick Jamm – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:07:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tullio: “Summertime” – a playful rhythm and an uplifting, relaxing groove! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/tullio-summertime-a-playful-rhythm-and-an-uplifting-relaxing-groove http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/tullio-summertime-a-playful-rhythm-and-an-uplifting-relaxing-groove#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:00:44 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27886 Tullio, is 22 music producer from Caserta (Italy), who produces mainly Deep House but loves to compose and produce other genres, such as Pop and Hip Hop, as well. Tullio has released his latest single and videoclip for the track “Summertime”. The track is truly beautiful and certainly will be an invitation to a feel-good […]

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Tullio, is 22 music producer from Caserta (Italy), who produces mainly Deep House but loves to compose and produce other genres, such as Pop and Hip Hop, as well. Tullio has released his latest single and videoclip for the track “Summertime”. The track is truly beautiful and certainly will be an invitation to a feel-good summer. Chunky piano grooves, a minimal driving bassline, pumping underlying beat, deep and tropical house infusions and fantastic smooth female vocal that recall well-known pop-EDM crossover hits of the past.

The angelic vocals are infectious and once you hear them you will feel obliged to sing-along, hum or whistle the intoxicating melody along with it. “Summertime” has a playful rhythm, an uplifting, relaxing groove, magical keyboard effects and a smooth dreamy atmosphere that makes this track very special.

Production quality, the minimal and melodic instrumentation, as well as an elegant pop sensibility will turn this into a potential summer hit!

This single is bound to be a cracker, providing it gets the right exposure on the EDM circuit. It’s a sweet and catchy dance track that eases us in to the new upcoming summer season, sounding gently familiar and excitingly new at the same time.

Tullio has injected the track with an uplifting, but understated beat that drives the sweet vocals and the killer ‘whistling’ synth hook which will get stuck in your head and be a staple of the season. Be prepared for this one to be played to death on the EDM circuit, storm the club charts and be a sure thing at every upcoming dance festival.

Flawlessly produced, this track proves why Tullio is a producer to watch, as he quietly works his way up the ladder in the Deep House music scene.

The sensual voice and lyrics: “Summertime, I’ve been waiting for a long time. Waiting on the beach, watching the sun go down, I wish I could know your name, drive you away was not my aim. I want to enjoy the summer…” is an open invitation and a hopeful look at a renewed romantic relationship.

Quite a tantalizing idea for the “Summertime”, don’t you think? And if you have any doubts about how attractive and beautiful this whole package is, don’t forget to check out the video shot in Montenegro, which puts stunning visual stamp on Tullio’s smooth musical creation.

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Auditions For All Music Fest And Sustainability Conference Announced http://jamsphere.com/news/auditions-music-fest-sustainability-conference-announced http://jamsphere.com/news/auditions-music-fest-sustainability-conference-announced#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:31:02 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27882 More than 200 songwriters, artists, and bands will be selected to perform at showcase slots during of original music performances and educational workshops on Friday April 21, and Saturday April 22, 2017. The first annual All Music Festival & Sustainability Conference will kick off with two afternoons of music business panels, sustainability panels, workshops and clinics, […]

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More than 200 songwriters, artists, and bands will be selected to perform at showcase slots during of original music performances and educational workshops on Friday April 21, and Saturday April 22, 2017. The first annual All Music Festival & Sustainability Conference will kick off with two afternoons of music business panels, sustainability panels, workshops and clinics, with night time showcases at area restaurants and other venues in historic Ambler, PA, open to the public.
The original music of both emerging and established artists, representing many popular genres will be performed back to back on Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22, beginning at 6:30 PM. During the day, artists will have the opportunity to network and hear from music industry professionals, with a focus on sustainability for musicians for touring and income.
“Ambler is ideal for this event, and we’ve received tremendous support from the community to make this happen,” said Rick Denzien, President of Slot One Entertainment and co-founder of the All Music Festival.
Corporate sponsors and vendors are welcome to contribute and display products and services, available to conference participants as well as the general public throughout the event. This can be done online through http://www.AllMusicFest.net
“Ambler has been host to live original music artists for many years,” he explained. “The Ambler Cabaret, formerly called the Tap Room, continued a live music tradition hosting bands like The Hooters, Tommy Conwel, Flaming Harry, Richard Ace & the Sons of Ace. ” Hit songs including The Greatest Love of All were written in Ambler area resident songwriter, Linda Creed; Johnny Mathis used to hang out at the Tap Room, and hit songwriters in the area would tailor make song lyrics for him to sing.” More recently Ambler has been host to OMG, JayReem, Christo, Lyra Project, Ronstadt Generations, Craig Bickhardt, Michael Ronstadt and hundreds of other artists.

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MusicMegaBox – Listen to new music online for free! http://jamsphere.com/news/musicmegabox-listen-new-music-online-free http://jamsphere.com/news/musicmegabox-listen-new-music-online-free#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:57:59 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27878 A group of music lovers launched http://musicmegaboxen.net/: this website is a cool online portal designed basically for all music lovers out there. This website will be featuring free music. What’s cool to know about the MusicMegaBox is that the songs it features are mostly available with lyrics. There is a section on the website where people […]

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A group of music lovers launched http://musicmegaboxen.net/: this website is a cool online portal designed basically for all music lovers out there. This website will be featuring free music. What’s cool to know about the MusicMegaBox is that the songs it features are mostly available with lyrics. There is a section on the website where people can go and get a copy of any song they like, allowing them to sing and enjoy.

MusicMegaBox is also said to be the website where people can go when they want to listen to free music online. The website is so easy to use. To get started in listening to the most popular songs of today, users just need to visit the official website and put on their headphones. The website does not require anyone to register before he or she can start using the website.

MusicMegaBox offers songs in different genres sang by different artists. Whether a user is an R&B lover, or a pop song enthusiast, they are assured that they will be able to find famous songs that fall under the genre they like. MusicMegaBox is also like MYX which comes with Top 100 hits and collections, allowing everyone to see their favorite songs in no time.

MusicMegaBox always has something great to offer to all of its users regardless of their mood or any event. This website has songs which are perfect for all forms of events and mood. They have songs that can make everyone sing, songs that can make everyone feel good and comforted, songs that can make one feel the pain and songs that can make someone groove.

MusicMegaBox has so much more to offer. People who love songs that can be played in this website are encouraged to create a profile and make their own playlist. MusicMegaBox is now accepting people who would like to be members. The website has perks to offer them.

Also, this website will feature the hottest news inside the music industry. MusicMegaBox will let everyone be updated about their favorite singers. To learn more about this website, please do not hesitate to visit http://musicmegaboxen.net/.

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DownTown Mystic: “Side Two EP” – a standard bearer for a generation of rock fans! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/downtown-mystic-side-two-ep-a-standard-bearer-for-a-generation-of-rock-fans http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/downtown-mystic-side-two-ep-a-standard-bearer-for-a-generation-of-rock-fans#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:04:29 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27865 Throughout his long and distinguished career, Robert Allen, leader of the DownTown Mystic project has pretty much made the same album with minor variations over a dozen times. Hang on now! The good news is that what I mean by the ‘same album’ is that he is extremely consistent; listen to almost any record of DownTown […]

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Throughout his long and distinguished career, Robert Allen, leader of the DownTown Mystic project has pretty much made the same album with minor variations over a dozen times. Hang on now! The good news is that what I mean by the ‘same album’ is that he is extremely consistent; listen to almost any record of DownTown Mystic since 2010 and you know exactly what you’ll be getting – quality, heartfelt rock n’ roll. If you like DownTown Mystic’s brand of straightforward, unpretentious, traditionalist, melodic radio-ready rock n’ roll then you can dive into their repertoire at random, and you’ll never fail to be impressed.

Nobly carrying on the legacy of the Byrds, and to a lesser extent the Eagles, the Stones and the Beatles too, but more accurately, with all that melody dripping from his songs, DownTown Mystic even comes across like an evolved, grittier 2.0 version of the Searchers. Only Allen doesn’t know it yet, so don’t tell him, he may not even like the comparison. I suspect the Searchers may be too soft at the core for Robert Allen.

DownTown Mystic aka Robert Allen

DownTown Mystic aka Robert Allen

In any event DownTown Mystic has become a sort of underground, standard bearer for a generation of rock fans who once felt alienated by punk and new wave, and who now have no use for the lunkheaded corporate rock and nu-metal that dominates AOR.

Since his first album Allen and DownTown Mystic have kept delivering the goods, releasing a consistent set of records on a regular basis. To be fair Robert Allen should be seen as one of the rock n’ roll greats, but for some reason in a warped record industry, he is not…just yet.

So he’s just a regular Joe, but a damn talented one, and unlike some of the ‘greats’, he knows both his considerable strengths and any possible limitations, and likewise sticks to the formula he knows: jangly mid-tempo rockers mostly, occasionally hitting a lot harder and then throwing in a soulful ballad or three for good measure.

My ratings of his records over time have reflected that consistency – they’re entirely within the *****star range. I mean, I tried to vary the range by ½ star in my mind once, just to keep things interesting on one of his records, but I found that I just couldn’t…the record was too good!

DownTown Mystic’s latest release, the “Side Two EP” has 4 songs, including the rocker Hard Enough, featuring the RnR Hall of Fame rhythm section of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street BandMax Weinberg & Garry TallentEyes of The World features Steve Holley & Paul Page from Ian Hunter’s Rant Band.

The lead track Dead End Space was sync licensed by Manchester United, one of the UK’s premier Football Clubs, for a private in-house video last year, and the final track Think It Over speaks to a time for change that faces everyone.

The “Side Two EP” also signals the signing of a Licensing Deal between Sha-La Music Inc., and UK Indie Nub Music. Under the agreement Nub will release recordings by DownTown Mystic in Europe and Asia. The following release will be Rock’n’Roll Romantic set for later in 2017.

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Donny Richmond – A Creative Genius Expanding The Borders Of What It Means To Be A Performer http://jamsphere.com/news/donny-richmond-a-creative-genius-expanding-the-borders-of-what-it-means-to-be-a-performer http://jamsphere.com/news/donny-richmond-a-creative-genius-expanding-the-borders-of-what-it-means-to-be-a-performer#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:00:46 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27857 Donny Richmond makes a career of expanding the borders of what it means to be a performer. All the while, he seeks to remain true to his core beliefs, and the faith that sustains him. Donny’s latest international single release, “A Satisfied Mind”, is a step back in time – an intriguing remake of the […]

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Donny Richmond makes a career of expanding the borders of what it means to be a performer. All the while, he seeks to remain true to his core beliefs, and the faith that sustains him. Donny’s latest international single release, “A Satisfied Mind”, is a step back in time – an intriguing remake of the #1 Porter Wagoner hit of the 1950’s, written by Jack Rhodes and Joe Hayes. The late, great Porter Wagoner was the host for Donny’s initial appearance on The Grand Ole Opry in 1997. And Donny is a longtime admirer of Porter’s laid back style. As a child, Donny enjoyed watching Wagoner’s syndicated TV program.

Donny Richmond & Porter Wagoner backstage at The Grand Ole Opry

Donny Richmond & Porter Wagoner backstage at The Grand Ole Opry

During his school years, Donny was told that his high IQ was such that he could grow up to become “…anything you want to be”. Donny chose artistic endeavors, and since those days, Donny has gone on to forge his own unusual path, with many ventures, and adventures. He has hosted his own syndicated TV programs internationally, and plans to reignite his own brand new TV series in late 2017/early 2018.

Donny, like Porter, loves to dress with flair, and adds, “I dug Porter’s suits, with all the rhinestones and fancy trim”. It’s interesting to note that Donny sang at his own high school Senior Prom, while wearing an outrageous, glittery, self-designed and custom made gold outfit, with gold sparkle shoes.

 “A Satisfied Mind” is part of a new album project, just completed by Donny, of which this reviewer is privileged to have had an advance copy. The collection, as yet untitled, features a diverse selection of remarkable recordings with Donny, in his own unique way, touching on musical genres including country, pop, “goodtime” rock ‘n’ roll, and even big band music.

Donny Richmond & son Carl Richmond for recent "Saving Faith" Movie Premiere.

Donny Richmond & son Carl Richmond for recent “Saving Faith” Movie Premiere.

Donny handles all genres with equal ease. His voice, like very few artists in music history, is suited for him to sing any kind of music with masterful expertise. As with previous releases, several of the new songs are written by Donny, and with Nashville collaborators David Walker and Marty Mouton.

Donny’s version of “A Satisfied Mind” is dedicated to the memory of his dad, who loved the song. Donny tells us he can remember during childhood, his whole family sharing in his dad’s enjoyment of the tune. Another song from Donny’s new set is dedicated to the memory of his mom, and will also be released as a single later this year.

Donny says that a catalyst for this project was his desire to honor his parents. He cites as his inspiration the Bible verse, Deuteronomy 5:16: “Honor your father and your mother”… that it may go well with you”.

As an actor, Richmond has recently appeared in a couple of feature length movies. “Saving Faith”, from Rossetti Productions, is currently circulating in theaters around the U.S., to rave reviews. Donny’s acting skills are being hailed as superb, and worthy of an acting award.

Amy Grant, Donny Richmond, Vince Gill

Amy Grant, Donny Richmond, Vince Gill

In fact, Donny Richmond is nominated for Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film for the 2017 International Christian Film Festival Awards. These prestigious awards have been described as “the Oscars of Christian and family-friendly films”.

Alongside Donny in “Saving Faith” is an all-star cast, including America’s renowned “Mr. Clean of Comedy”, Henry Cho – who is nominated for Best Supporting Actor, acclaimed Christian actress Jenn Gotzon – also nominated for Best Lead Actress, and as Jenn’s love interest – her real life love interest, the very fine and accomplished actor, Jim Chandler.

Donny’s own son Carl actually plays the role of his son Carl in the movie. Carl has appeared in 3 movie roles in less than a year, and is also being called a “natural actor”, a “gregarious character”. The comment often heard about Carl is; “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”.

Donny on stage for standing room only crowd in Ireland

Donny on stage for standing room only crowd in Ireland

The “Saving Faith” movie also includes cameo appearances by recording stars Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, The Gatlin Brothers, Buddy Jewell, Olympic skater Scott Hamilton, and Saturday Night Live’s Victoria Jackson.

A British and Irish tour is slated for Donny later this year. His European chart successes in country and gospel music are numerous, and his new album promises to bring additional pop chart successes.

Among the many national and international awards Donny has received, including Artist of The Decade, Entertainer of The Decade, Male Vocalist, Songwriter, Producer, etc., Donny was recently informed of being inducted into the International Country Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame. Richmond says his secret is; “I thoroughly enjoy what I’m doing, and I’m very much aware that anything of value I may accomplish is simply by the grace of God.”

 iTunes link   https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-satisfied-mind-single/id1216169238

Contact       Doris Jean

Company    Doris Agency/Nashville

Email         donnynow@bellsouth.net

Country      U.S.

www.donnyrichmond.com

Phone         (865) 774 3400

 

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Stellar Lane: “Reflection” – coated in a haunting, afflicted atmosphere! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/stellar-lane-reflection-coated-in-a-haunting-afflicted-atmosphere http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/stellar-lane-reflection-coated-in-a-haunting-afflicted-atmosphere#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:53:43 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27852 Lead singers and siblings Jonathan and Udi Vogelsang formed the alternative rock back Stellar Lane based in Tel-Aviv, Israel. The brothers who have been playing and composing music for years are heavily influenced by Seattle’s Grunge era, hence their music has a nineties flavor, without however, losing its modern indie and alternative elements. Having two […]

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Lead singers and siblings Jonathan and Udi Vogelsang formed the alternative rock back Stellar Lane based in Tel-Aviv, Israel. The brothers who have been playing and composing music for years are heavily influenced by Seattle’s Grunge era, hence their music has a nineties flavor, without however, losing its modern indie and alternative elements. Having two lead-singers allows Stellar Lane to give an energetic and diverse performance which has conquered many stages.

The band has already toured North-America and Europe including shows at the Canadian Music Week festival (Toronto, Canada) and Deichbrand festival (Bremerhaven, Germany) which gained interest in local radio and media.

Since releasing their EP “Follow your mind” in 2014, Jonathan Vogelsang (Lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Udi Vogelsang (Lead vocals, keyboards), Dotan Kalmer (Electric guitar, backing vocals), Adam Younger (Bass guitar) and Eyal Goaln (Drums), have been relentlessly working on their debut 11 track full-length album, to be released in the summer of 2017.

In the meantime Stellar Lane has dropped the lead single, entitled “Reflection” from the aforementioned album.

“Reflection” is a slow rocker that has a building melody, brooding understated riffs, warm innovative keys and acoustic guitars etched in a swirling arrangement, beautifully structured vocals, a soaring chorus, and some of the tastiest drumming around.  I realize how pretentious that sounds, but I don’t care.

The track not only highlights the songwriting and singing talents of Stellar Lane, but clearly showcases their instrumental prowess as well, without anybody overplaying or seeking virtuosity as a quick connection to impress. Each member seems to be at the service of the song, and not the other way around.

“Took so long to make you happy / And as it happened, something went wrong / A smile hides sadness, cries with happiness, Reflection of our love. The fading pain defines all boundaries /  Time against us, future holds nothing / The sun goes down and won’t be shining, Reflection of our love.”

There are no words that will do the lyrics and vocals any justice; it is simply a track that you need to hear to understand. “Reflection” begs for absolute silence while listening to it. You need to put on your best pair of headphones or break out your stereo system and bring out the full dynamic quality of the song. This track is completely coated in a haunting, afflicted atmosphere.

And even though I love grinding riffs and pounding drums when it comes to rock music, nothing comes close to the magic that intimate, heartrending songs like “Reflection” bring as a whole. The song bridges the gap between true grit and pure emotion – two elements essential in rock n’ roll of any style and genre!

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Interview with Singer-songwriter JJ McGuigan http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-singer-songwriter-jj-mcguigan http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-singer-songwriter-jj-mcguigan#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:55:54 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27846 Wichita, KS alternative rock singer-songwriter JJ McGuigan has signed with MTS Management Group for promotion of his latest EP, “Dissociative.” JJ is a VH1 “Save The Music” Songwriting Contest Finalist and an advocate for mental health awareness. JJ McGuigan was diagnosed with OCD and Depression at age 16. He has since used his experiences and […]

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Wichita, KS alternative rock singer-songwriter JJ McGuigan has signed with MTS Management Group for promotion of his latest EP, “Dissociative.” JJ is a VH1 “Save The Music” Songwriting Contest Finalist and an advocate for mental health awareness. JJ McGuigan was diagnosed with OCD and Depression at age 16. He has since used his experiences and his music to become an advocate for mental health awareness: “I have been on a journey of self-discovery and learning ever since I was diagnosed at age 16,” says McGuigan. “I am constantly trying to find new ways of, not only helping myself to heal each day, but trying to see if I can help someone else, as well. Music plays a big part in doing both, I believe.”

A drummer since age 13, McGuigan later picked up the guitar and began writing songs at age 20. He attended Newman University and renowned recording school, Full Sail University.  Songwriting has now become JJ’s main focus and passion, with an emphasis on lyrical creation.  After a brief stint in Austin, Texas, he has returned to his hometown of Wichita.

When did you decide to take music seriously and how did you go about getting started?

JJ McGuigan: I decided to start taking music seriously at age 22 but it all started around 19 when I got my first guitar and started playing.

Who were your first musical influences that you can remember?

JJ McGuigan: Bands like Live, Creed, Cold, Staind, any rock band that expressed a lot of emotion that reached me.

Which artists are you currently listening to?

JJ McGuigan:  I listen to a lot of Breaking Benjamin and still the bands that influenced me in  the beginning

Have you ever had any formal training or are you completely self-taught?

JJ McGuigan:  I did actually take guitar lessons for a couple of years starting at 19, as far as songwriting goes that I just picked  up on my own.

Which instrument do you play and normally use in your songwriting?

JJ McGuigan:  Guitar but am learning the keyboard now and am starting to use that.

How do you choose and link up with singersto collaborate on your songs?

JJ McGuigan: I just take a listen to what they have and see if it matches the emotion of the song.  Mainly through word of mouth these days is how I will find them.

Do you write both lyrics and music to your songs, or do you collaborate with other creative writers?

JJ McGuigan:  In the past I would write the lyrics and acoustic guitar parts in a singer songwriter style, then collaborate with people like Garrett Crow to create the full band versions.  Now I am collaborating with Brian Elwick and we don’t really have a set formula.  I mostly handle lyrics and he does guitar and melody but we are free to do whatever to make the songs great, no definitive roles.

Tell us something about how the production of your releases. Do you rely on outside sources or is it a totally DIY project?

JJ McGuigan:  I rely on outside sources for the full band production process.

Are your songs focused more on personal real life experiences or imaginary concepts and thoughts?

JJ McGuigan: Focused more on personal and real life stuff but definitely  like to use some imaginary concepts or abstract ones.

If you were forced to choose only one, which emotion, more than any other drives you to be a part of the music business?

JJ McGuigan:  Feeling of being connected

How do you market and manage your music career? Do you have a management team or do you organize and control everything by yourself?

JJ McGuigan: MTS management with Michael Stover is who does PR and management and they are terrific!

You were a finalist on VH1 “Save The Music.”  How did that come about and what did you learn from the experience?

JJ McGuigan:  I entered the contest online and my song ‘Rain’ made It through to the final judges panel where it was a finalist just behind the winner.  The biggest thing that came about from it was the confidence and esteem that I am on the right track.

What was your experience like at Sail University? And what benefits do you think you will reap from it?

JJ McGuigan: I took the courses online in the Masters of Entertainment Business Program.  I learned a lot of concepts and what the business is really like and how to go about playing the game.

If someone has never heard your music, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?

JJ McGuigan: The sound can fluctuate form easy listening to a bit heavier.  I would say it’s emotional and relatable.

Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?

JJ McGuigan: I think for the vast majority of musicians the internet is a must.  It’s a great platform to present your material and actually get feedback from strangers.  Personally it’s played a big role in my career and I’m very grateful for it in the exposure and people I’ve met.

At age 16 you were diagnosed with OCD and Depression. Has writing music in any way been comforting to you or salutary with regards to your disorder?

JJ McGuigan:  yes it has very much so.  It’s literally been life saving for me in being able to express my emotions and thoughts in musical form.

While writing your songs do you at any time imagine a major label artist singing them? And if yes, who most of all, would you like to collaborate with on any one of your songs?

JJ McGuigan: Yes I do imagine that a lot.  I would say the main artists I do that with are Ben Burnley of Breaking Benjamin, Scooter Ward of Cold.

From here on out, which goals – small or big – have you set for yourself,  both artistically and on a personal level?

JJ McGuigan: The main goal artistically is to sign to a major publishing deal and have major label type artists perform my songs.  Personally I would like to just expand and keep learning new life lessons.

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Fenix: “All Around The World” ft. Chris Casino sticks closely to a winning production formula! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/fenix-all-around-the-world-ft-chris-casino-sticks-closely-to-a-winning-production-formula http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/fenix-all-around-the-world-ft-chris-casino-sticks-closely-to-a-winning-production-formula#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:00:38 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27842 Alexander Mamonov rose through the sporting ranks in his home country of Russia, eventually landing squarely in Russia’s Youth Olympic volleyball team.  A self-professed hip-hop and classic rock enthusiast, Manomov had a strong attraction towards music and was quickly drawn into the electronic sphere after frequenting the Moscow club scene. In 2004 his moniker DJ […]

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Alexander Mamonov rose through the sporting ranks in his home country of Russia, eventually landing squarely in Russia’s Youth Olympic volleyball team.  A self-professed hip-hop and classic rock enthusiast, Manomov had a strong attraction towards music and was quickly drawn into the electronic sphere after frequenting the Moscow club scene. In 2004 his moniker DJ Fenix started off his career and began sharpening his skills and building his network. A collaboration with the UK dance duo led to his debut single “I Believe” which achieved mainstream success in various countries, including the U.S., Australia, Germany and the UK.

Fenix’s career was on a roll and soon he was sharing the stage with artists such as David Guetta and Bob Sinclair, as well as being the first EDM artist to perform at the Kremlin. Fenix went on to win a Musicbox Award as Best DJ and also signed with the USA’s independent dance music label Carrillo Music.

The trend of releasing successful singles continued with “Satellite” featuring RCA recording artist, Frankie which was Fenix’s second single release on Carrillo Music.

Anticipating the upcoming summer season Fenix has called up American rapper Chris Casino on his latest pop and future house crossover track “All Around The World”, as he continues his quest for EDM domination. The track channels the future house bent with an undulating pop beat and clean percussive elements. The bright, reverberant synths and slick vocal effects keep it all in line with a signature summer anthem sound.

“All Around The World” contains the essential ingredients of a pop confection. The sun-soaked production, anchored by Fenix, represents a jab into the shoulder of mainstream American pop music, by a Russian maestro who’s already perfected his craft.

Fenix has already proven his production mettle; his appetite for crowd-pleasing synth lines and scorching percussion is well-documented, as is his penchant for pummeling his audience with verse-chorus pop calisthenics. Clearly “All Around The World” has a certain set of goals in its sights, and Fenix alongside Chris Casino resoundingly achieves these goals.

“All Around The World” sticks closely to a winning production formula: pull back at the right times, slam your foot on the gas when the listener is craving for an explosion, and let a more-than-capable vocalist shine in the foreground.

I said closely, because Fenix replaces the more-than-capable vocalist with an excellent rapper instead. The result, to reiterate, is that Fenix has a banging anthem ready for the summer and a potential hit on his hands.

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Robot Raven: “Life Goes On” – ass-stomping classic rock template! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/robot-raven-life-goes-on-ass-stomping-classic-rock-template http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/robot-raven-life-goes-on-ass-stomping-classic-rock-template#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:06:24 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27838 With “Life Goes On”, Robot Raven’s latest album, it’s tempting to zoom in on any single turning point in the duo’s timeline to figure out how they made it here. The obvious choices are “Greatest Hits, Part One”, and then “Greatest Hits, Part Two”, containing 36 of their best tracks, and released before any other album or […]

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With “Life Goes On”Robot Raven’s latest album, it’s tempting to zoom in on any single turning point in the duo’s timeline to figure out how they made it here. The obvious choices are “Greatest Hits, Part One”, and then “Greatest Hits, Part Two”, containing 36 of their best tracks, and released before any other album or single.  John Rigg (singer, instrumentalist and producer) and Edmond Bruneau (lyricist), have a habit of doing things in an odd manner, which perfectly matches their eclectic characters anyway.  Rigg creates robot machines and is reputed to have the world’s largest museum dedicated to toy and replica robots located in Northeastern Washington. Bruneau is an ex advertising executive who writes jingles and books of poetry.

Moving forward, most bands morph into a shinier and sexier version of their rawer original incarnation, not Robot Raven. Remember they’ve already made their ‘greatest hits’ records, so they’re moving backwards to complete the catalog. Sheer genius! As they morph into a rawer more visceral incarnation of their shinier, sexier selves on “Life Goes On”.

Twelve tracks, on which they lament, rant and rave about relationships and its attached emotions. Only now, though, they stretching out their legs and exploiting their resources to full effect.

Together the two men weave Robot Raven’s ass-stomping classic rock template with rowdy slickness, reveling in styles from soft psych and broiling hard rock while expanding to greater heights through multi-tracking and ghostly ooh-ooh vocals.

There are times when you hear a buzzing layer that doesn’t seem to come from an amp or anything; it’s just there to add a little more dimension. The studio trickery is helpful in both widening the album’s general scope and highlighting textures one at a time, be it a gossamer falsetto or a keyboard figure.

The opener, “Life Goes On”, is so total in its mystifying choral sweep that you almost miss the song’s personal implications about two people trying to get along and deciding whether or not to stay together. “When Loving Right is Wrong” starts cosmic and grows until it’s like the Robot Raven are trying to one up anyone in today’s field of gusting psych rock.

Guitars and drums coexist beautifully in this band, and some of these songs don’t require much else, even as additional elements pop up all the time. “If I Can’t Laugh” is splashed with acoustic sweat, toting a well-defined electric guitar riff and ascending with a high-stepping swatch of choruses.

The crouching “Next Best Thing” is at first driven by the rumbling bass, then carved by the spidery acoustic strumming. “Rub Her Soul”, the oddball rockabilly-induced number, is both goofy and irresistible.

The catchier their songs are, the more fun it sounds like they’re having, and who can argue with that?  “You Know I Want You” is the sound of Robot Raven eagerly and grandiosely taking things into their own hands, with Rigg loading up all his studio trickery. “Text Me, Don’t Sext Me!” has a female vocal and a wah-wah guitar wrapped into a ShowTime soundscape.

I gather it’s a track meant to go on their next “Greatest Hits” record, but got on this one by mistake. If you adore the Everly Brothers styled melodies and harmonies, or maybe even pieces by the Traveling Wilburys, you’ll certainly revel in the album’s closing songs “Make Someone Happy”, “Always Had The Power” and “Life Goes On” (reprise), which are a little less rock and a lot more roll.

The songs on “Life Goes On” are more heartfelt and seem to have a deeper personal meaning than past material they put out.  This shows a clear progression in their craft and an even more intimate chemistry as songwriting partners.

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Hicham Chahidi: “Hello” – A Celebration of Rhythmic and Melodic Afro-Cuban Jazz! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/hicham-chahidi-hello-a-celebration-of-rhythmic-and-melodic-afro-cuban-jazz http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/hicham-chahidi-hello-a-celebration-of-rhythmic-and-melodic-afro-cuban-jazz#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:07:07 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27830 Hicham Chahidi a composer and sound engineer who was born in the south of Morocco, and I has been living in Belgium for about twenty years. Hichan who loves music divides his time between the composition and production of copyright free music, recording and audio mixing. Chahidi is a multi-instrumentalist with a preference for the piano […]

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Hicham Chahidi a composer and sound engineer who was born in the south of Morocco, and I has been living in Belgium for about twenty years. Hichan who loves music divides his time between the composition and production of copyright free music, recording and audio mixing. Chahidi is a multi-instrumentalist with a preference for the piano and the guembri – a string instrument, a sort of African double bass used in trance music called ‘Music Gnawa’. Hicham Chahidi’s music can be located at the Music Screen website. All of the music on the website is royalty free, high quality stock music for film, video advertising, TV, creative projects, multimedia, and the Internet including social media.

One of Hicham Chahidi’s latest releases is the Afro-Cuban jazz track entitled, “Hello”. Latin music is a vast umbrella for countless incredible genres of music, of which there are simply too many to list. It’s a massive, fascinating world of music, and songs like this one forms part of the cream of that world’s crop.

My favorite part was obviously the percussion. As in all Afro-Cuban influenced music, the drums, congas, bongos etc., are just so exciting and interesting that they carry the music on its rhythm alone. This is music you need to move your feet to. Every musical bar is pulsating with liveliness, and does everything in its power to put a smile on your face.

Every element of Hicham Chahidi’s Afro-Cuban ‘jazz orchestra’ collaborates perfectly – from the piano and bass driven rhythm section to the powerful Cuban horns, creating an almost ridiculously cheerful musical blend that never loses its appeal even after multiple repeat listens.

The music’s drive comes from its percolating groove, exquisite arrangement and just the right proportion of passionate trumpet soloing. This stuff ranks with any feel-good music ever made.

Cuban music has a place of its own in the world of music. For, much like music in the United States, Cuban music is a fusion of European music with an African influence of great variety and, presumably, that of the indigenous populations. African slaves once accounted for 40% of Cuba’s population, representing more than 100 tribal groups of the African continent.

Because Cuba’s European cultural influences differ from those of the United States, the resulting music is not the same. It’s a musical treasure chest, and it is precisely the richness of this Cuban musical heritage intertwined with its African roots that Hicham Chahidi seems to understand, appreciate and celebrate in the rhythmic and melodic Afro-Cuban jazz piece – “Hello”.

Link to stream and download “Hello” HERE

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Gina Brooklyn will be playing at Lovecraft in NYC on June 17th http://jamsphere.com/events/gina-brooklyn-will-be-playing-at-lovecraft-in-nyc-on-june-17th http://jamsphere.com/events/gina-brooklyn-will-be-playing-at-lovecraft-in-nyc-on-june-17th#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:07:56 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27825 Pianist, singer, and songwriter GINA BROOKLYN will be playing at Lovecraft in NYC on June 17th at 9pm – 50 Ave B NY, NY. Gina Brooklyn  develops a unique blend of traditional pop that combines hauntingly beautiful melodies and a distinct vocal style that seems to draw the listener into her seascape of thought provoking lyrics. […]

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Pianist, singer, and songwriter GINA BROOKLYN will be playing at Lovecraft in NYC on June 17th at 9pm – 50 Ave B NY, NY.

Gina Brooklyn  develops a unique blend of traditional pop that combines hauntingly beautiful melodies and a distinct vocal style that seems to draw the listener into her seascape of thought provoking lyrics. Gina is currently working with a multi-platinum producer and developer who discovered her back in 2016 from a few demo recordings he heard online.

MORE ABOUT GINA BROOKLYN: A precocious talent, Gina recorded at the infamous Studio City Studios in LA, 515 studios in Nashville, and Lava Room Recording Studios, in Cleveland, OH, when she was just 16.  At only 14 years old she had already recorded at Omnisound and in Nashville, TN as well as Threshold Recording Studios in NYC.

Gina who has performed at many venues throughout the United States including The BlueBird Cafe in Nashville and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, recently signed with Snow Entertainment. Snow Entertainment represents aspiring as well as established talent in the entertainment industry, and was founded by Cinda Snow, mother of television and film actress Brittany Snow.

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Sarantos: “Why Ask Why” goes back to basics http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sarantos-ask-goes-back-basics http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sarantos-ask-goes-back-basics#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:02:16 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27807 In a sense, Sarantos is as much a realist as he is a romantic; his best songs are about fearing the worst, hoping for the best, and getting lucky sometimes. His best songs are also about three or four minutes long and loaded with licks and melodies befitting of a great singer-songwriter reared on the […]

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In a sense, Sarantos is as much a realist as he is a romantic; his best songs are about fearing the worst, hoping for the best, and getting lucky sometimes. His best songs are also about three or four minutes long and loaded with licks and melodies befitting of a great singer-songwriter reared on the musical legends of our time. All of those influences coalesce on Why Ask Why”, a tight, spirited rock track.  Purely as sound, this track unquestionably succeeds; though AOR is basically a primary color of modern pop at this point, Sarantos’ vocals and lyrical tics are so well established that any genre bends to his will. Above all else, Why Ask Why” is a showcase for his vocals, and they’re uniformly excellent throughout. He shows a great deal of range without reverting to any predilections for smarmy playacting.

The production is lush and immaculate, and you can hear every bit of space between Sarantos and the other musicians, as well as the always tasteful guitar work. But you can also hear that there are some very expensive microphones: it’s a warm recording, but one that has a glossy coating.

Sarantos has used several of his recordings in the past to stake out new stylistic territory the way other bands switch wardrobes. Now with Why Ask Why” he goes back to basics, or rather back to his fusion of 80’s and modern rock – the thing that he probably does better than anything else. And it’s a winning formula for him.

But aside from all the stylistic changes, one common thread always runs through Sarantos’ music – the thought provoking lyrics. So once again he turns to existential problems, and his question this time around is Why Ask Why”:  “I keep trying to figure out my life. I’m always asking and wondering why. Why do bad things keep happening to me? Eventually I do what I love and music helps turn the tide. I meet the love of my life and like a fairy tale ending, all ends well. But life isn’t always like that, not even in the movies anymore, is it? The hidden message in the lyrics is about hope and never stopping,” says Sarantos. “Never give up on life or yourself because your luck can change at any moment, even when you least expect it. If you believe in yourself, eventually someone else will too and when you least expect it, your life can change in a heartbeat! But is it really luck or just perseverance?”

There are two versions of Sarantos out there in the world jostling for your attention. There’s the singer-songwriter who plays it straight and, on some level, tries to appeal to a mainstream audience that still buys records. And then there’s the unreformed chameleonic artist who impulsively changes styles and genres at will.

However in both of these, there is Sarantos, the generous person, who is always tending an eye towards needy charities. This time around Sarantos and fans chose the ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, that offer support services for children with cancer from the moment of diagnosis extending through treatment and beyond.

OFFICIAL LINKS: Sarantos Website – Facebook – Twitter – Google+ – YouTube – iTunes – Vimeo – Reverbnation – Soundcloud

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Get Paid to Review New Music – So Simple! http://jamsphere.com/news/get-paid-review-new-music-simple http://jamsphere.com/news/get-paid-review-new-music-simple#respond Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:12:23 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27804 Slicethepie launched back in 2007 as a fun and interactive site to identify the best up and coming artists. They have  rapidly evolved into the web’s largest music review engine that now provides on demand feedback to most of the major US record labels and thousands of independent artists every month. In 2015 additional review categories […]

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Slicethepie launched back in 2007 as a fun and interactive site to identify the best up and coming artists. They have  rapidly evolved into the web’s largest music review engine that now provides on demand feedback to most of the major US record labels and thousands of independent artists every month. In 2015 additional review categories were added, including fashion, mobile phone accessories and others.

All the ratings and reviews left by reviewers on Slicethepie are used to provide real time predictive insight to music executives, designers, buyers and merchandisers in large and small organisations to help them decide which products will be most successful.

Slicethepie now have over 2 million reviewers with thousands of new ones signing up every day. They don’t do vouchers or discounts, and only pay real money (via PayPal) to reviewers for each and every review they leave – and anyone can sign up at any time.

Get Paid to Review New Music – So Simple. Visit The Link to get Started Right Away – https://www.slicethepie.com/join/UADDDE3E

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RAPPER TALENTDISPLAY DISCUSSES HIS UPCOMING ALBUM, TALKING NICKI/REMY BEEF, 2CHAINZ AND MORE… http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/rapper-talentdisplay-discusses-upcoming-album-talking-nickiremy-beef-2chainz http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/rapper-talentdisplay-discusses-upcoming-album-talking-nickiremy-beef-2chainz#respond Sun, 19 Mar 2017 23:30:47 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27786 TalentDisplay confidently fuses old influences into his raw, modern sound, taking rap to a new intoxicating level. The Los Angeles rapper and songwriter TalentDisplay keeps a unique approach to hip-hop that incorporates the influence of fresh sounds, reality and assorted styles. TalentDisplay blasted on to the music scene in 2006 with his self-titled multi-lingual single. […]

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TalentDisplay confidently fuses old influences into his raw, modern sound, taking rap to a new intoxicating level. The Los Angeles rapper and songwriter TalentDisplay keeps a unique approach to hip-hop that incorporates the influence of fresh sounds, reality and assorted styles. TalentDisplay blasted on to the music scene in 2006 with his self-titled multi-lingual single. Since then, he has worked with superstar artists Fredro Starr and Ca$his, collaborated on pop, rap and R & B tracks while even spending some time working at Paramount assisting with songwriting and more. TalentDisplay uses the love and support of his fans whom he calls “DISPLAYERS” since they constantly show him love and provide him with the inspiration to create more and music. 

Q: How are you Talent?

TalentDisplay: Man doing great, doing great. Shoutout to my DiSPLAYERS and Jamsphere for having me today.

Q: Let’s get to it. So, you’ve recently done something unusual for yourself and joined an online rap contest called “One Take Rap Contest” right?

TalentDisplay: I did, I did. I jumped in on it for fun and also for some promo for my upcoming street album which should be coming up next month. Me and my homie Menace who handled the visuals for it decided to have fun and join the competition. They haven’t decided who won yet and regardless, I appreciate the exposure. Shoutout to Futuristic & AKT Aktion for doing that. That’s a good look.

Q: You mentioned an upcoming album, what’s in store on there?

TalentDisplay: Well, I have a friends of mine as guest features on there which is exciting for me because of what it added to building this fun project. I’ll release the title and title track soon along with the whole thing probably, I just want to get some visuals done prior. Features on there include my dear Heath Ripplinger who also records me for the most part, also my peoples 2K West Ingrid Rayne, Ken Live, Kontious & Filthy One who provided a different flavor and provided a Spanish verse. Going to be fun playing with fire (laughs).

Q: How is the production looking like on there?

TalentDisplay: The production is bananas too! Very diverse, only one producer produced more than one track. The sound goes from Pop to Old School, all over the place on purpose.

Q: Speaking of ‘place’ Talent, how has your previous project “Different Place” been received?

TalentDisplay: Aw man, exceptional. In fact, I plan on shooting a vid for one of the tracks from that EP soon! Hope y’all DiSPLAYERS still bumping that one, it’s available on TalentDisplay.net while my official site TalentDisplay.com is being constructed.

Q: Let’s veer away from your own music and talk about some artists in the game. What do you think of, let’s say, 2Chainz as a rapper? What do you think about Nicki and Remy beefing?

TalentDisplay: I think he’s a fun mainstream rapper who is an absolute genius when it comes to marketing. It’s an element that must be added to the equation of a successful artist, especially given the game’s current state in this tech era. As far as Remy & Nicki beefing… man, it’s interesting… in a way, the online community seems to treat Remy as a Spartan… well… at the end of the Day, they lost, fight and all. Nicki responded lightly and it worked, easily. Would rather see them collab than beef, oh well. Shoutout to them girl though, they eating.

Q: A lot of rappers are entrepreneurial with their hustle. Any one you’d like to be signed to? Diddy or anything like that?

TalentDisplay: Developing myself as an artist, I’ve always wanted to be signed to Fif man (laughs) probably still. I love being independent and hustling for myself but there’s something about 50 Cent’s mind, hustle and perception that I absolutely feel places him in another realm compare to these other dudes. Him, and Jay of course, I’ve seen the J. Cole pattern of success as an artist, and yea… it’s all about those two as far as hip-hop bosses to me.

Q: What if another artist wants to have you featured on their song and such? What would be the best way to reach out to you for a hook or a 16 and stuff?

TalentDisplay: I’m constantly on all my social media sites, especially Twitter. If they got a dope cut, hit me up! I’m always down.

Q: How do you describe your sound as an artist?

TalentDisplay: I’d say more than anything my sound is diverse. I can take it and can truly do a lot with it. I take a lot of pride in my range because it took a lot of hard work, a lot of time and all that. Gotta be proud of what I make when I make it, means a lot.

Q: Before I let you go TalentDisplay, are there any mottos you live by? Any advice for your fans whom you call ‘DiSPLAYERS’ out there?

TalentDisplay: Oh yeah… (pause) one would be “Keep Pushing No Matter What” while reminding the people that “Loyalty Is Everything” definitely.

Q: TalentDisplay, thank you for your time.

TalentDisplay: Thank you, it’s always a pleasure.

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Junior Turner: “Too Far” – a significant presence in independent pop music! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/junior-turner-too-far-a-significant-presence-in-independent-pop-music http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/junior-turner-too-far-a-significant-presence-in-independent-pop-music#respond Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:54:04 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27779 After a nearly two-year hiatus, the UK award-winning pop singer-songwriter, Junior Turner is back with a brand new single, entitled “Too Far” – A song written in support of the Margaret Charity Football Match and in memory of the late Margaret Stewart. Two causes that are destined to benefit from the record sales are Help Save Frankie Sherwood and […]

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After a nearly two-year hiatus, the UK award-winning pop singer-songwriter, Junior Turner is back with a brand new single, entitled Too Far” – A song written in support of the Margaret Charity Football Match and in memory of the late Margaret Stewart. Two causes that are destined to benefit from the record sales are Help Save Frankie Sherwood and the Wansbeck Palliative Care Unit. I am always inevitably impressed with the talent and tenacity of Junior Turner when he brings a new release to the table, but when he brings a soaring, heartfelt ballad all the adjectives just want to roll-out one after the other.

This release once again, shows the breadth of his talent. Too Far” boasts an impressive range and swings for the fences with a bejeweled bat. The track manages to surprise while showcasing its secret weapon: Turner’s voice, which has become even stronger and more expressive, especially when he explores the darker, deeper and softer shades of his register. It’s always exciting to see an artist whose talent is as strong as his vision, and Junior Turner seems reborn on this record.

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Junior Turner presence in independent pop music remains significant. He is able to sing for the rafters, aiming for the highest notes, formed into the broadest phrases, and pushed by all the wind his lungs will carry. While at the same time Turner’s rich timbre and down-to-earth character make his grand arcs on “Too Far” a joy to hear.

He has great volume but always under control, and plenty of vocal body, blended with roundness and richness to his tone. There are no hard angles anywhere in his delivery, which perfectly matches the song’s heartrending lyrics and overall theme.

Ready or not, Junior Turner is kicking down the door. He’s not just coming back in after a period reflection, he’s actually claiming a seat at the head of the table and you will be served. Every so often an artist makes a recording that brims over with not so much confidence as the feeling that he has left absolutely nothing on the studio floor.

Be it because of the song’s intent or Turner’s period away from the music arena, but this is one of those efforts. It feels like every bit of Turner’s heart, soul, and ambition went into its creation. Such efforts can often be a mess of too much of everything, and restraint has been Junior Turner’s strongest suit here, as the only element with an uncontrollable tendency towards excess on this entire recording…is his talent.

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Kris Woodbird: “Monsters of Heart” translates life into lyrics http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/kris-woodbird-monsters-of-heart-translates-life-into-lyrics http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/kris-woodbird-monsters-of-heart-translates-life-into-lyrics#respond Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:04:48 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27770 Kris Woodbird aka Krister Svensson was born in the south of Sweden. He played and was a part of the punk, new wave and art music scene in Lund before moving to Stockholm. He went on to play drums in various indie bands before getting into vocals and songwriting in a band called Wan Light, […]

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Kris Woodbird aka Krister Svensson was born in the south of Sweden. He played and was a part of the punk, new wave and art music scene in Lund before moving to Stockholm. He went on to play drums in various indie bands before getting into vocals and songwriting in a band called Wan Light, which he formed with Magnus Karnock, releasing three albums and two EPs. In 2016 Kris Woodbird began his journey with the release of the single “Alien & River”. This led to the album “Monsters of Heart” recorded in Kris’ apartment by producer Håkan Folkesson from Ambitus Production.

I fell in love with this album at first listen. It’s rare to hear an album in its entirety and genuinely enjoy every track, but each of these songs take your mind and your heart on a wistful ride through our collective experiences of life, love and getting to know ourselves in good and bad times.

You can tell Kris Woodbird took great care with “Monsters of Heart”. He’s an everyday guy with the not-so-everyday ability to translate life into lyrics in a meaningful way. His easygoing nature when it comes to love, life and self-discovery are unmatched right now, in my opinion.

Add in his simple guitar accompaniment, and every song becomes a rich story you will want to hear again and again. There is also a nice flow to the album.

There’s a mile-long list of musicians who’ve used rock and roll to try and transmit there messages and moods, and although it might be something of a stretch to call Kris Woodbird a rocker — maybe ‘purveyor of persuasive folk’ works better — his new album, fits right into that rich tradition.

The songs are tasteful, delicate, and ineffably gentle, never sounding anything other than sincere. The end result is an inestimably worthy collection, one rife with hushed melodies and airy arrangements. Woodbird’s playing squarely in his wheelhouse here, and if its confines can occasionally be asphyxiating, it’s hard not to respect an album that evokes a mood so carefully and confidently.

Although lofty praise might reek of hyperbole, there’s no denying the comforting appeal of Kris Woodbird’s sensitive songwriting, which feels like the musical equivalent of a cozy old sweater.

Some of his work, could easily earn comparisons to tortured Irish troubadour Damien Rice, while his kinder, gentler melodies and warm vocals are more akin to Samuel Beam of Iron & Wine, which he wraps in cozy sound acoustic guitar beds designed to lilt and lull rather than challenge the listener.

The opening title track “Monsters of Heart” catapults listeners into Woodbird’s sublime songwriting abilities and his tranquil voice is tantalizing. With a great mix of intensity and passion, it starts the collection in the best way possible. From there on out what stands out the most is his lyrical genius and how every song paints a beautiful picture in the listener’s mind.

In songs such as “The Worst Man In The World”, “The Woman In Me” and “Hand To Hand Time”, it is difficult to fault the seemingly effortless work he produces. As an artist, Kris Woodbird is certainly gifted in telling a story and you definitely get that with these pieces.

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Amilia K. Spicer: “Fill Me Up” – inspiring and practically flawless http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/amilia-k-spicer-fill-me-up-inspiring-and-practically-flawless http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/amilia-k-spicer-fill-me-up-inspiring-and-practically-flawless#respond Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:53:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27766 Americana singer-songwriter Amilia K. Spicer releases her third album, Wow and Flutter on April 28, 2017. In the meantime to tease and whet our appetites, Spicer has premiered the music video for the single “Fill Me Up”, taken form the same album. The video clip, filmed in the very woods she explored as a child in rural Pennsylvania, features […]

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Americana singer-songwriter Amilia K. Spicer releases her third album, Wow and Flutter on April 28, 2017. In the meantime to tease and whet our appetites, Spicer has premiered the music video for the single “Fill Me Up”, taken form the same album. The video clip, filmed in the very woods she explored as a child in rural Pennsylvania, features scenes of Spicer re-discovering those woods while playing the song. In a way Amilia Spicer’s songs are like attic-cleaning activities, when one discovers, reminisces and examines past experiences. The result is a most personal and engaging recording. “Fill Me Up,” has been described as Spicer’s plea to the universe to ‘fulfill’ her broken soul.

A multi-instrumentalist, Spicer delivers a poignant and thought-provoking experience. The production is bright and the highly polished instrumentation is tight, with the sound of gently thumping drums, a deep rolling bass, intense acoustic guitar licks and some inimitable harmonies to match. The sprawling musical arrangement is an excellent fit for the material involved, while Spicer’s vocals are, as you would expect, inspiring and practically flawless.

Listening to the tune, Spicer’s relationship with her past and her inner self is a wonderful way to become aware and a part of her personal and musical heritage.  She has a wonderful vocal range and the song has the ability to capture your mind as well as your heart.

Its beauty and intimacy makes her songs something you will play, with a certain degree of regularity. And put together with the depth and conviction she injects into her songwriting makes Amilia Spicer almost irresistible to the ear.

It’s great to see an artist dig so deep and far back, and deliver music that can resonate with all our own experiences. Amilia Spicer gives a fine account of the most reserved, observational and confrontational aspects of her life experiences, presenting a brace of new songs with an urgency and sincerity that makes the listener feel as though they were by her side along each and every step of the way.

Spicer has recruited an all-star line-up for Wow and Flutter. Keyboardists Rami Jaffee (Wallflowers, Foo Fighters) and Mike Finnegan (Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal) contribute, as does Woody Guthrie disciple and singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, alongside bassist Daryl Johnson (Stones/Dylan). Guitarists Tony Gilkyson (X, Lone Justice) and Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams) appear as special guests.

MORE ABOUT AMILIA K. SPICER: When Spicer answered music’s call, she was first discovered at a Los Angeles club. That led to a rare main stage Kerrville Folk Festival debut, three Kennedy Center performances, song placements in several high-profile TV productions (Party of Five, Dawson’s Creek), and more. Spicer’s first two releases, Like an Engine and Seamless were released to critical acclaim, with New Texas Magazine calling Spicer “A formidable talent.” Spicer’s music has also earned comparisons to that of Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, and Lanois.

During the writing process for Wow and Flutter, Spicer took time to work on several other projects. Among these, she has been lauded for her contributions to Cinnamon Girl: Women Artists Cover Neil Young and A Case for Case: A Peter Case Tribute with John Prine. She also appeared on the 2009 Safety Harbor Kids Holiday Collection, alongside Jackson Browne, Sheila E, and Paul Barrere. Spicer has enjoyed other collaborations as well, most notably appearing on albums by John Gorka and the final Rounder release from the late Bill Morrissey.

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Roadcase Royale: “Get Loud” ft. Nancy Wilson of Heart and Liv Warfield formerly of Prince’s New Power Generation http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/roadcase-royale-get-loud-ft-nancy-wilson-of-heart-and-liv-warfield-formerly-of-princes-new-power-generation http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/roadcase-royale-get-loud-ft-nancy-wilson-of-heart-and-liv-warfield-formerly-of-princes-new-power-generation#respond Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:47:19 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27762 Roadcase Royale is a new band featuring Nancy Wilson of Heart and Liv Warfield formerly of Prince’s New Power Generation. The band premiered a live performance video of their debut single “Get Loud” exclusively with RollingStone.com at the beginning March. The track itself was officially released via streaming and digital retail providers on March 17. […]

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Roadcase Royale is a new band featuring Nancy Wilson of Heart and Liv Warfield formerly of Prince’s New Power Generation. The band premiered a live performance video of their debut single “Get Loud” exclusively with RollingStone.com at the beginning March. The track itself was officially released via streaming and digital retail providers on March 17. The track further solidifies the artists standing as rock icons and can be secure in the knowledge that they’re doing so in style. This is an incredibly diverse song to what the girls are used to doing and one that only gets better when listened to over and over again.

Singing some of their best lyrics, as they tackle the theme of ‘getting loud and standing up for women’s equality’, both Nancy and Liv have never sounded and seemed more timeless and “with it”, than now. Without the need of getting too wordy or descriptive, let me put it this way: If you are a fan of any of these girls, you will love their collaboration on this powerful track.

Crossing R&B and rock flavors, “Get Loud” is stooped in melody, harmony and heartfelt emotion, set on top of a relentless electric groove. Nancy Wilson and Liv Warfield blow your regular Top40 divas out of the water with magnificent performances. Something they’ve been accustomed to doing for quite some years now, so it came as no surprise to me.

The sound of Roadcase Royale will simply continue to enchant the most loyal fans of its all-star cast, as well as make plenty of new ones along the way. Everyone lending their talents to this project is way beyond capable.

This results in a contemporary sounding release that also manages to pay musical homage to its classic organic core. This is a collective that has matured and nurtured voices that are stronger and wiser than their younger days.

Time has given them a rougher edge and more expressive range, as well as the confidence and conviction to challenge the heights of excellence in every aspect of their craft without being afraid to “Get Loud”.

MORE ABOUT ROADCASE ROYALE: Led by former Prince collaborator Liv Warfield and Nancy Wilson, co-founder of Heart, ROADCASE ROYALE has a rich background in rock and R&B. Warfield, Wilson, and their bandmates bring their decades of experience from the upper echelon of the music industry to ROADCASE ROYALE, along with a renewed sense of direction and drive. Joining Wilson and Warfield are Warfield’s lead guitarist and musical director Ryan Waters and Heart veterans Dan Rothchild (bass), Ben Smith (Drums) and Chris Joyner (Keys).

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Jonathan Cavier: “Comes a Moment” displays an all-embracing pop sound http://jamsphere.com/videos/jonathan-cavier-comes-a-moment-displays-an-all-embracing-pop-sound http://jamsphere.com/videos/jonathan-cavier-comes-a-moment-displays-an-all-embracing-pop-sound#respond Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:40:33 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27758 Pop singer-songwriter Jonathan Cavier has released his single “Comes a Moment”, taken from his debut solo album, Premier. The track provides a sincere vocal and deep sense of intimacy with Cavier. The melody generates a mystique to the hopeful lyrics regarding a father realizing that he must let go of his daughter as she grows […]

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Pop singer-songwriter Jonathan Cavier has released his single “Comes a Moment”, taken from his debut solo album, Premier. The track provides a sincere vocal and deep sense of intimacy with Cavier. The melody generates a mystique to the hopeful lyrics regarding a father realizing that he must let go of his daughter as she grows up and is accepted into college. The message is one that few cannot relate to. It gives us an in-depth glimpse into the emotional intricacies when “there comes a moment to let go.” The interesting thing about the tune is the link between the lyrics and the melody. While the words describe a fairly bittersweet and at times sad situation regarding the evolution of family relationships, the melody and rhythm tends to be upbeat and uplifting contributing to the inner battle between contrasting emotions.

The calmness of the simple acoustic guitar and the thoughtful addition of percussion, bass guitar, and keyboards as the song builds put a well-deserved spotlight on the organic nature of Jonathan Cavier’s vocal. His voice has a certain element of grit that provides a dichotomy between the rough yet polished vocal and the compelling and affecting lyrics.

The song further displays Cavier’s all-embracing sound, as the arrangement is heavily rooted in somewhat of a throwback to ’80s power pop, including sax solo, enabling the listener to pick up on a nostalgic feel of tempo and rhythm while still incorporating driving drum lines to add an element of modern pop.

The song consistently switches between a stripped back melody for greater focus on Cavier’s vocal and the lyric and an upbeat, chant-like chorus that pushes lightheartedness. Cavier is supported on backup vocals by Wes Hightower, who has worked with Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Jason Aldean, among others.

As a solo artist Jonathan Cavier blends thought-provoking lyrics lush musical grooves and snappy sing-along choruses dripping with pop sensibilities. “Comes a Moment”, taken is a well-crafted single that displays Cavier’s passion to deliver arrangements with a diverse sound and appeal. The track is a resounding triumph for Jonathan Cavier and convincingly proves that he is much more than a trick pony.

MORE ABOUT JONATHAN CAVIER: Originally from Northern California, Cavier (pronounced “cav-AIR”) has been based in Phoenix, AZ for several years and up until recently was performing as Alan Clark in atmospheric pop duo EyeTalk. Over the course of ten years and five albums, this venture saw Cavier’s music reach audiences as far-flung as Italy, the UK, and Australia.

After five albums and hundreds of shows played throughout the US, Jonathan Cavier has reimagined himself and has formed a new musical identity on his debut solo album Premier. In addition to his musical endeavors, Cavier is a semi-professional tennis player and a member of the USTA and IFT. Cavier says that practicing and playing in tournaments is like “the fountain of youth.”

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