JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:21:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lindsay Cardy: “Nothing to Prove” has a fierce intensity! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/lindsay-cardy-nothing-to-prove-has-a-fierce-intensity http://jamsphere.com/reviews/lindsay-cardy-nothing-to-prove-has-a-fierce-intensity#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:17:38 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26568 Lindsay Cardy’s childhood was surrounded by music and theater. In 2012, Michael Obrycki found her showing off her pipes in a video cover of Christina Aguilera’s song “Hurt” on Facebook. The two have been creating tunes and getting into shenanigans ever since. In 2016 Lindsay decided to give her music a brand twist, and launched […]

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Lindsay Cardy’s childhood was surrounded by music and theater. In 2012, Michael Obrycki found her showing off her pipes in a video cover of Christina Aguilera’s song “Hurt” on Facebook. The two have been creating tunes and getting into shenanigans ever since. In 2016 Lindsay decided to give her music a brand twist, and launched her official her debut single “Nothing to Prove”. Lindsay is currently working on an EP, with the release date still to be announced.

Lindsay Cardy

Lindsay Cardy

For many years I found it curious that the female vocalists aside from opera I tend to listen to are from a bygone era. They all could touch some nerve and be listened to for hours on end. And they all had gorgeous voices. Modern female singers tend to have engineered voices and their music tends to be of the lowest caliber lacking any sort of soul.

I all about gave up on them. Then Lindsay Cardy comes along. Wow. I must say, I was blown away. Firstly by her vocals and then by her stunningly captivating demeanor- yes I have watched the video of “Nothing to Prove” countless times, and Lindsay has a magnetism that is out of this world, it goes beyond beauty, she forges an almost fierce intensity.

And if you think this preamble has nothing to do with her music, you’re wrong and probably don’t understand what the importance of having ‘the whole package’ may mean to how an artist and the music is perceived by an audience.

Lindsay manages to cram so much sass and attitude into one fleeting glance; it’s a pure delight to watch her, as much as it is listening to her…over and over again. Her voice can glide with apparent ease across slower, high-flying notes, but equally manages to rumble and bellow when the soaring choruses arise.

“Nothing to Prove” is a journey of self-discovery, determination and self-empowerment, through the eyes of a wise, wary and confident woman, who just happens to have a knack for singing amazingly tuneful melodies and hooks.

Lindsay Cardy & Michael Obrycki

Lindsay Cardy & Michael Obrycki

Now, it must be said, she has a great song, arrangement, and production, to color-in with her heartfelt tones and timbres. But her fabulous voice, interpretative skills and intelligence, is what gives this single, its added dimension. It’s what takes it from being a great song to be being a stunning one!

Throughout the entire video, I just felt like Lindsay Cardy had reached out and grabbed my heart in her hand…and was squeezing for dear life.  The music industry is ever-changing, with trends and genres coming and going. Music is being released constantly by so many artists that it really takes something special to rise above the crowd.

I honestly feel that Lindsay Cardy has that something special, but not one of it…tons of it! Her only obstacle is making her way through the labyrinthine marketing phenomena needed to reach her audience, who are just awaiting her arrival – though they may not know it yet. Seriously folks this super talented lady has “Nothing to Prove”!

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Lizzy Small: “Always Be There” – eliciting emotional responses! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/lizzy-small-always-be-there-eliciting-emotional-responses http://jamsphere.com/reviews/lizzy-small-always-be-there-eliciting-emotional-responses#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:28:51 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26563 Elizabeth “Lizzy” Small is a triple threat, having won countless dance titles, acted in film and TV, appeared in national commercials and videos, as well as singing and releasing her own music. She officially introduced her musical talents with the single “Gravity” and then followed that up with the captivating “Always Be There”, Co-written with […]

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Elizabeth “Lizzy” Small is a triple threat, having won countless dance titles, acted in film and TV, appeared in national commercials and videos, as well as singing and releasing her own music. She officially introduced her musical talents with the single “Gravity” and then followed that up with the captivating “Always Be There”, Co-written with David Pramik who also produced the track, which was mixed by Mitchell Haueszer.

In a genre dominated by style over substance on the US side of the Atlantic, it’s rather refreshing to meet up with a sparkling clean act like Lizzy Small, who delivers music that grabs you by the [insert your favorite body part here] and makes you feel something.

On this latest offering Lizzy lets her distinctive style loose in a well-crafted modern pop song with an urban edge. Both the vocals and the production are flawless, but Lizzy Small’s music is not just about perfection, it is about eliciting emotional responses from a listener – something she achieves in good measure in her releases.

Her take on unrequited love is delicately touching and it all hangs together well. Listen to the words. It may sound romantic: To love someone with all of your heart and soul, whether or not they love you back.

But the reality can very different. The pain of loving someone who doesn’t feel the same way about you can be almost unbearable. It certainly doesn’t feel romantic. It just feels devastating.

Yet somehow Lizzy seems to be able to deal with it, as she sings: “Yes I’ll always be there, and I know you don’t care. Even though it’s not fair, still I’ll always be there.” Her voice and delivery is impeccable and the lush instrumentation sweetens the mix further.

Not sure why Elizabeth “Lizzy” Small isn’t dominating pop single charts, as “Always Be There” certainly is not inferior to anything on the Top40 right now. On the contrary, this track has totally nailed the ear-worm formula – catchy melody, heartfelt, easy to relate lyrics, vocal hooks galore and a cutting edge production.

The music is rich, both lyrically and musically, and many times Lizzy uses the nuances of her voice to add yet another endearing dimension to the arrangement. We need to keep watching this rising star and hope that she continues to record and be produced in a high quality way, so that eventually she will find her due place somewhere near the top of the Billboard A-Lists!

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The Gore Boyz are in LA Recording with a Grammy Award Winning Team http://jamsphere.com/news/the-gore-boyz-are-in-la-recording-with-a-grammy-award-winning-team http://jamsphere.com/news/the-gore-boyz-are-in-la-recording-with-a-grammy-award-winning-team#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:57:36 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26560 The Gore Boyz have spent the past week in the recording studio with Grammy Award winning songwriter, producer and composer Theron Feemster aka Neff-U. The boys took to their Instagram to share the experience with fans. They’re working on an untitled single that was written and produced by Theron and his team, and features Los […]

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The Gore Boyz have spent the past week in the recording studio with Grammy Award winning songwriter, producer and composer Theron Feemster aka Neff-U. The boys took to their Instagram to share the experience with fans. They’re working on an untitled single that was written and produced by Theron and his team, and features Los Angeles songwriter and vocal producer, Mischke Butler, (Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and B2K) as well as vocalist and songwriter, Gabrielle “Goldie” Nowee. (Chris Brown, David Guetta, Christina Aguilera, and Busta Rhymes).

It was in Theron Feemster’s dorm at Boston’s Berklee College of Music where he created the musical composition that found its way into the hands of none other than Will Smith which ended up being the theme for Men In Black II. He soon found his way to LA and under the mentorship of Dr. Dre and Michael Jackson. Since then, he has signed a publishing deal with Universal Publishing and has worked with major artists such as Justin Bieber, David Guetta, Eminem, Ne-Yo, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Jamie Foxx, Train, ZZ Ward, and Fantasia.
As for The Gore Boyz, they are from Gastonia, North Carolina. they started performing in 2009 when the oldest brother, Herman, begged his parents to allow him and his two younger brothers to be in their 2009 talent show at their school. After that, Herman, Edwin and Sean Michael formed the musical trio The Gore Boyz (aka TGB) and have set out to make their mark in music. All three boys are enrolled in music lessons; 16-year-old Herman takes on the ivory with the keyboards/piano, Edwin at 13 plays guitar, and Sean Michael, who is only 11-years-old, takes care of the drums.
They have spent the last six years in intense talent development following the Berry Gordy Motown model. They are influenced by old school R&B bands and the trendy new sounds of pop, R&B, and hip-hop. These incredibly talented brothers are not only gifted musicians and entertainers; they are also honor students, community servants and accomplished athletes.
For more information, check out Theron Feemster and The Gore Boys out online.

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Art Tawanghar: “Distorted Time” Ft. EMILIA LOPEZ-YANEZ Radio Remix – artistic evolution! http://jamsphere.com/news/art-tawanghar-distorted-time-ft-emilia-lopez-yanez-radio-remix-artistic-evolution http://jamsphere.com/news/art-tawanghar-distorted-time-ft-emilia-lopez-yanez-radio-remix-artistic-evolution#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:14:29 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26554 “Distorted Time” is a maxi single diveded into  4 remixes. This Art Tawanghar creation grew out of his collaboration with composer Ruth Weber.  The two wanted to create a never-been-done before duet for the Oboe and Duduk.  Tawanghar “distorted” the original four-four meter of Weber’s classical melody and melded in elements of jazz and middle-eastern […]

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Art Tawanghar

Art Tawanghar

“Distorted Time” is a maxi single diveded into  4 remixes. This Art Tawanghar creation grew out of his collaboration with composer Ruth Weber.  The two wanted to create a never-been-done before duet for the Oboe and Duduk.  Tawanghar “distorted” the original four-four meter of Weber’s classical melody and melded in elements of jazz and middle-eastern music to create this wonderful hybrid.  The Oboe is played by Emilia Lopez-Yañez, a graduate from Chapman University.

The song infuses world instruments from Turkey, Persia, and India and combines standard, jazz, pentatonic, and non-standard semi-tone scales.

Not tagged easily in awkwardly named genres or subgenres, Art Tawanghar is moving in an ambient class of his own, mixing the organic and the electronic in captivating layers. This creative, is one of the brilliant minority of producers that is always moving forward, and always pushing his sound in new and interesting ways.

Emilia Lopez-Yañez

Emilia Lopez-Yañez

And this latest release shows no signs of slowing down. A truly innovative producer, Tawanghar treats all of sound as his instrument, and he plays it with a confident, refreshing virtuosity.

Art Tawanghar has built a monumental narrative in the form of this maxi single, each conveying a starkly different feel on the central theme of time, and the ‘stretching and bending’ thereof. Through his eclectic production style and ability to build such a powerful atmosphere, he takes us on a brilliant ride, flaunting his experimental finesse and sheer range when it comes to arrangement and production.

As consistently interesting and technically compelling as “Distorted Time” is, at the same time Tawanghar is not afraid to be as adventurous as he wants to be.

Ruth Weber

Ruth Weber

There are no real weak spots on this track, and hardly even places for improvement, as the sheer technical scope of it, is admirable in and of itself. “Distorted Time” is Art Tawanghar at the height of his powers, the culmination of continuous work in progress, and artistic evolution.

It’s a vivid and complete track, well thought out and executed with style, especially Emilia Lopez-Yañez’s Oboe, which is warm, inviting and sultry.

“Distorted Time” is the result of a myriad of sounds, textures and techniques most of which are strung together expertly and imaginatively. Tawanghar paints an elegant scene blending Eastern and Western elements, and his ability to immerse the listener in gorgeous musical escapism is better than ever.

Not even the harshest of critics could say that the “Distorted Time” Feat. EMILIA LOPEZ-YANEZ Radio Remix is unoriginal or unimpressive, and we cannot wait to see what Art Tawanghar does next.

The song is Promoted by www.freemusicpromo.com and Released by www.majorhitrecords.com.

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Reverse Mechanic: “This Hole In My Throat” (feat. Michael Shynes) is full of depth! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/reverse-mechanic-this-hole-in-my-throat-feat-michael-shynes-is-full-of-depth http://jamsphere.com/reviews/reverse-mechanic-this-hole-in-my-throat-feat-michael-shynes-is-full-of-depth#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:46:23 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26549 Minneapolis hip hop artist Reverse Mechanic released a stunning single in 2016, entitled “The Box”.  The track was a response to hatred, bigotry, and societal pressure, to not stand out or be different. “In the midst of so much racial, political, gender-based, and general social tension; it is important to celebrate our differences and remember […]

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Minneapolis hip hop artist Reverse Mechanic released a stunning single in 2016, entitled “The Box”.  The track was a response to hatred, bigotry, and societal pressure, to not stand out or be different. “In the midst of so much racial, political, gender-based, and general social tension; it is important to celebrate our differences and remember that humanity cannot fit in a box,” said Reverse Mechanic. Now he kicks 2017 off with a brand new release entitled “This Hole In My Throat” (feat. Michael Shynes).

I was almost scared to listen to the track, for fear of being disappointed. Just how does he top “The Box”, I was thinking? That track had a deep message, a superb beat, excellent vocals and lyrics, plus Reverse Mechanic’s relentless flow.

Unexpectedly, “This Hole In My Throat” (feat. Michael Shynes) is even more impacting on an emotional and intellectual level. The slower arrangement hits in all the right places, while the sheer volume of its intrinsic sensitivities makes it a killer track from front to back.

The whole project is tucked in so nicely fitting Reverse Mechanic’s dramatic wisdom style. The Minneapolis native shows his ability to tap into new sounds, while delivering enough classic style to appease loyal fans, while still pushing the crossover envelope into new spaces he has never been before.

“This Hole In My Throat” (feat. Michael Shynes) is close-up and personal, visceral to the point of being almost claustrophobic. It won’t let you breathe easily until you swallow the entire message. Reverse Mechanic is arguably one of the most talented underground, and unsigned rappers on the planet, in terms of rhyming, speed, annunciation, and lyrical content.

Not only is his rapping impressive, but full of depth. He is truly a master of his craft and continues to amaze me. Reverse Mechanic is living proof of the significance of independent music and the impact lesser known songs can have.

The choice of Michael Shynes on the vocal hook is a naturally brilliant one. Michael is a soulful singer with great depth and range in his voice. He adds another resonating dimension to an already emotional song.

The result is a professionally executed track that could compete with just about anything on the market – indie or major – for sheer production quality, let alone artistic creativity.  While providing mind racing lyricism that hip hop fans will love, Reverse Mechanic shows that he is no tin man, displaying the vulnerability,  pain and anguish he feels deep down inside.

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Enko unleashes the intense guitar skills and progressive soundscapes! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/enko-unleashes-the-intense-guitar-skills-and-progressive-soundscapes http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/enko-unleashes-the-intense-guitar-skills-and-progressive-soundscapes#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:55:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26545 The collective project ‘Enko’ started off as a studio project between friends, Alex Coombes and Jacob Gates. After writing enough material for their first EP and the recording process had started, they decided to develop Enko into a fully-fledged band. Both Alex and Jacob have very different influences as guitarists but share a common love […]

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The collective project ‘Enko’ started off as a studio project between friends, Alex Coombes and Jacob Gates. After writing enough material for their first EP and the recording process had started, they decided to develop Enko into a fully-fledged band. Both Alex and Jacob have very different influences as guitarists but share a common love of modern progressive music. This made the songwriting process an interesting mix of prog, post-rock and more “traditional” instrumental guitar music resulting in this self-titled 4 track debut EP.

Alex Coombes

Alex Coombes

Enko also has its own unique, unmistakable sound. It is a sound that is equally progressive and harmonic, pretty and punishing, and is dense and complex, one that is as rewarding as it is challenging. In fact, Enko populate the dynamic, soft-heavy and fast-slow sound.

And they hone it to a tee on this recording. Alex Coombes and Jacob Gates guitar chops are as sizable as ever, and Jack Sunaway’s bass is tight and precise throughout. The drums, meanwhile, is typically quite prominent in the mix; the lead guitar lines are expansive, and find a fine balance between twisted screams and supple melodic cruising.

The EP begins with a fairly prototypical  epic instrumental, curiously-dubbed “Horizons” and which finds dramatic, dexterous drum beats underpinning spindly, robust and melodic guitar lines which hit an imposing wall of heaviness comprised of lumbering riffs and rushing shreds. “Titan” offsets a screaming melody with thunderously churning guitar and bass riffs, moving grooves, and brutal beats before breaking right down to a breath of twinkling clean guitar lines.

“Glass Sea”, is a super gorgeous and ambient melodic brooder that showcases the band’s knack for calm and serene soundscapes, but complex guitar interplay, before exploding into more satisfying guitar crunch and some really excellent and inventive drum programming.

Jacob Gates

Jacob Gates

“Pathfinder” is another good piece of progressive rock fusion, and a very worthy inclusion in this EP’s already immensely impressive collection of songs. Enko seems like a logical move for Alex Coombes in light of his previous work. The tracks are tense and full of great ideas, many with crushing bridges and extended meanderings, along with the seamless digressions into guitar histrionics and harmony that keeps you waiting for the next flip of the coin, so to speak.

The EP “Enko” unleashes the intense guitar skills of Alex Coombes and Jacob Gates, together with groove master Jack Sunaway, for our musical enjoyment. Like most progressive instrumental recordings of this type, the EP is an artwork from musicians aiming to achieve the best they are capable of both in creativity and performance.

The performances are stunning, the sound and production is huge, but most importantly the music is impacting and although it hits you immediately there are lots of layers to discover with repeat listening. Enko feels inspired and accessible – a perfect combination!

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No Hugs: “In Between” – This is Rock n’ Roll! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/no-hugs-in-between-this-is-rock-n-roll http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/no-hugs-in-between-this-is-rock-n-roll#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:55:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26540 No Hugs is an alternative rock band from Boston, MA formed by vocalist Narcissus A-Ngel in 2015. The other band members are Amaury Altmayer on electric guitar, Fernando Echeverry on drums, Jenn “The Red Man” on keys and Achal Murthy on electric bass. No Hugs’ notable achievements include winning the 2015 “Boston Battle of the […]

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No Hugs is an alternative rock band from Boston, MA formed by vocalist Narcissus A-Ngel in 2015. The other band members are Amaury Altmayer on electric guitar, Fernando Echeverry on drums, Jenn “The Red Man” on keys and Achal Murthy on electric bass. No Hugs’ notable achievements include winning the 2015 “Boston Battle of the Bands”, as well as headlining slots in Westbrook Live at 212 Halloween Festival and Salem, MA’s Halloween Festival. The band also opened for nationally acclaimed 80’s glam rock band Faster Pussycat at the legendary Palladium in Worcester, MA, and successfully completed their one year run with an East Coast tour (Boston, New York, Connecticut, Maine, South Carolina, New Jersey, Virginia, Baltimore) entitled “Summer Circus” in May 2016.

No Hugs

No Hugs

In December, No Hugs released their EP, “In Between” produced by Narcissus A-Ngel and Amaury Altmayer. And right off the cuff I can say that the songs on this extended play do everything in their power to exult the talents of this collective. There are hard edges, crunching guitar riffs, mellower and soaring ballads and Narcissus A-Ngel’s voice at the forefront. This is Rock n’ Roll!

Narcissus A-Ngel has some major singing tucked away in her lungs; she in my viewpoint ranks up there with some legendary female singers like Pat Benatar, Ann Wilson, Joan Jett, Linda Perry, and Grace Slick, to mention a few.I usually either love or hate rock voices and in this case – I love! Her voice sounds as though she has lived one hundred and fifty years, and not all of them were lived in an easy way either. She just gets it right, and you feel what she feels, as she is singing.

When Narcissus hits certain parts of her songs, you’ll get the chills on many an occasion. She is one of those super-lucky, stumble-upon finds for me. And I’m impressed right from when No Hugs kick off proceedings with the upbeat and funky alt rock track “Stigma”, which is filled with thumping bass lines and some amazing organ interludes as it races to its ecstatic conclusion.

Narcissus A-Ngel

Narcissus A-Ngel

The quality of Narcissus A-Ngel’s voice is again rather evident in “Let Me Be”. The edgy bourbon-tinged tone of her voice is extra special, and the more you listen the better it gets. She can pull off a song of ruthlessness and then, just as convincingly, sing of a longing desire to be deeply loved. Once you hear Narcissus A-Ngel here, you will never mistake her for anyone else…ever!

And on the gut-busting “Loneliness” she not only confirms the above statements, but takes her vocal performance one notch higher with some beautiful nuances and devastatingly dramatic tones. The track also features some fiery guitar work from Amaury Altmayer, making it one of my favorite cuts on the EP – until I got to “On Fire”.

Now I have two super favorite tracks on “In Between”. It’s clear that Narcissus A-Ngel can sing any genre, style, and tempo of song, maybe even the phonebook in a cappella style too. But like Ann Wilson, my all-time favorite female rock singer, I think Narcissus was really born to sing heartfelt ballads that turn into rock anthems. Their voices have a tendency to easily build, expand and explode alongside any musical instrument, and within any creative musical arrangement. Exactly as Narcissus does on “On Fire”.

There can be no doubt that No Hugs are a class act, with imaginative songwriting, superb instrumentalists, a rock steady rhythm section in bassist Achal Murthy and drummer Fernando Echeverry, plus the star quality of Narcissus A-Ngel.

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Ryan Shepherd: “Theme and Variations” speaks to a boundless audience http://jamsphere.com/reviews/ryan-shepherd-theme-and-variations-speaks-to-a-boundless-audience http://jamsphere.com/reviews/ryan-shepherd-theme-and-variations-speaks-to-a-boundless-audience#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:38:33 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26536 Ryan Shepherd is a singer-songwriter from San Luis Obispo, CA., who has an 8 track album out called “Theme and Variations”. For those listeners whose roots go back to an earlier era of singer-songwriters it’s worth noting that this album is up there with classics in its intent, though it has more alternative pop feel. […]

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Ryan Shepherd is a singer-songwriter from San Luis Obispo, CA., who has an 8 track album out called “Theme and Variations”. For those listeners whose roots go back to an earlier era of singer-songwriters it’s worth noting that this album is up there with classics in its intent, though it has more alternative pop feel. These songs are haunting, disturbing, and beautiful. There is nothing better than listening to an album by a gifted artist who obviously loves what he is doing. You can hear that in every beautiful melody on this effort.

“Theme and Variations” is awash in pleasant singer-songwriter pop that stands up nicely to return visits. Compared to the current state of pop/rock, Shepherd is a fresh breath of sincerity and casual sarcasm. The singer speaks to a boundless audience, as he thrives on examining those things that needle and surprise us from within.

Ryan Shepherd

Ryan Shepherd

Even in what may sound like fictional narratives, you can sense very real experiences whispering from the shadows. Beneath his versatile and observant Randy Newman-type lyrical flourishes and the pop sheen of his songs, Ryan Shepherd’s attitude ranges from heartfelt to smirking to unforgiving.

Shepherd radiates potential. He soars often enough to make you feel he has something clever and thought-provoking under his belt. Sometimes he’s content to just write a simple melodic song, but he’s usually turning a sharp satirical eye on something deserving. More often than not, his songs aspire to something deeper than just surface foolishness.

But his greatest strength lies in his ability to tell stories with details that resonate. Songs like “Waiting For Monday”, “In The Rain”, “The Charm Of The Sea” and “Inflatable Army” work not only because they get at something real to all of us, but also because they’re extremely well-told in the process.

Free of pop diva histrionics and Top 40 saccharine it’s the sensitivity hiding behind the lyrics that’s the real story in these songs. Much of what happens to Ryan Shepherd’s characters happens to most of us, at some time or another. He has a knack for fleshing out his characters crisply and concisely.

There are few artists capable of pulling that off these days. Musically Shepherd blends keyboard dominated tracks with guitar-injected ones, and sometime we can find both instruments unconsciously battling for the crown on the same song, as can be heard on “Call It Insomnia”.

All-round this is a unique collection of songs that are as observant as they are emotional. The combination of Ryan Shepherd’s voice and rippling images of honest vulnerability that transpires through the tracks absolutely captivated me.  “Theme and Variations” floods you with intensity, and infuses you with melodic tunes and heartfelt lyrics, with just a pinch of melancholy.

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Interview with Emerging Rap sensation Magic500 http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-emerging-rap-sensation-magic500 http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-emerging-rap-sensation-magic500#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:33:31 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26529 Emerging Rap sensation Magic500 has signed too Elite Records. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, he tells a story of passion and struggle while introducing you to the streets and hardships of Memphis. His sound combines hip-hop and contemporary trap rhythm to engage and entertain listeners. How long have you been in the music business […]

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Emerging Rap sensation Magic500 has signed too Elite Records. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, he tells a story of passion and struggle while introducing you to the streets and hardships of Memphis. His sound combines hip-hop and contemporary trap rhythm to engage and entertain listeners.

  1. How long have you been in the music business and how did you get started in the first place?

Magic500:  I’ve been rapping since I was 12. My uncle who is an New York rapper by the name of Handsome Balla influenced me to become a rapper also.

  1. Who were your first and strongest musical influences that you can remember?

Magic500:  My uncle, Yo Gotti, Rocko , Gucci Mane,

  1. Which artists are you currently listening to? And is there anyone of these that you’d like to collaborate with?

Magic500: Lil Uzi Vert has this flow that turns you up ya know! If it was possible I would do a collaboration with him.

  1. What are your thoughts on the current state of the music and your genre in general?

Magic500: The music is different and new. But music is always changing so you never know what to expect with my generation.

  1. What do you think separates you from the crowd of emerging artists right now?

Magic500: My versatility definitely. I feed off the energy of the beat that is given to me and create a song purely off emotion.

  1. Which do you ultimately prefer? Entertaining a live audience or creating songs in a studio setting?

Magic500: Entertaining a live audience or creating songs in a studio setting? Magic500: Both. Because in the studio you have to record with that raw talent like you are performing in front of thousands of people.

  1. If you were forced to choose only one, which emotion, more than any other drives you to be a part of this highly competitive business day after day?

Magic500:  Determination! I’m determined to do what everybody said I couldn’t do.

  1. What would you consider a successful or high point in your career so far?

Magic500: Signing with Elite Records.

  1. Tell us something about your lyrics and music production on your releases. Which part of these processes do you handle yourself, and which do you outsource generally?

Magic500: I like to write my own lyrics because I like that makes the music more authentic.

  1. What do you feel your listeners should get out of your music?

Magic500: A feeling where they can relate to my music in their everyday lives.

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your personal life or music so far that you would like fans to learn something from?

Magic500: I’ve had nights were I couldn’t eat or didn’t know what to do for money so I chose the only way out and that was the streets.

  1. Which aspect of being an independent artist and the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?

Magic500: The part that excites me the most is I’m new to the scene the part that discourages me is NOTHING!

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

Magic500: A bit of both.

  1. If you had the opportunity to change one thing about the music business, what would that be?

Magic500: I can’t say.

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

Magic500: Energetic and upbeat.

16. 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?

Magic500: They Definitely are in 2017.

  1. What is the title of your latest release and where and when can fans find it?

Magic500: “Geeking” And you can find that on YouTube and SoundCloud By looking up Magic500.

  1. How did you meet with Elite Records?

Magic500: My homie Marcellino found me.

  1. Tell us something about your past release “Geekin” and “Get Away”?

Magic500: Geeking is a song about when you’rE full of it and in your zone but not to the point where you are off your game. Get Away is basically a song that tells a woman if you need someone to be your island away from your everyday troubles I’m the guy.

  1. Like you are doing, do you think it is important that other artists tend a more watchful eye towards social, cultural and political issues? And do you think our megastar music icons are doing enough in this direction? Finally, is there anyone of these in particular that you find inspiration from?

Magic500: I Find Inspiration from guys like Yo Gotti, Blac Youngsta, & Moneybagg Yo because if they can make it out the city with how much hate is in Memphis anyone who has that dedication can The do the same.

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TeraVirus: “The Painter” is an absolute spine tingler! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/teravirus-the-painter-is-an-absolute-spine-tingler http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/teravirus-the-painter-is-an-absolute-spine-tingler#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:57:14 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26524 TeraVirus is a Denver, CO alternative rock collective delivering progressive elements, and a powerful message – all the while staying accessible to a wide array of audience. The band has released their single, “The Painter”, to be featured on their upcoming EP which is currently in the mastering process. Singer Melissa shines on this single together […]

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TeraVirus is a Denver, CO alternative rock collective delivering progressive elements, and a powerful message – all the while staying accessible to a wide array of audience. The band has released their single, “The Painter”, to be featured on their upcoming EP which is currently in the mastering process. Singer Melissa shines on this single together with guitarist Alex and drummer Nick. Though rock music can often times be found stale from an over-saturated market and radio, TeraVirus brings a new take to the genre with much ease.

TeraVirus

TeraVirus

“The Painter” is a hard hitting song that both showcase grand musicianship, and sublime vocal work. Melissa moody and ethereal vocals leave a haunting echo in the listener’s heart, as she sings both profound and sometimes heartfelt lyrics over smashing drums and dirty guitars.

The track offers a melody and driven groove that gets retained in your mind long after listening. The idea that rock and roll is dead obviously isn’t known to TeraVirus, as they prove that rock music with high intelligence is not only plausible, but executable.

The music mixes the perfect blend of quiet-then-soaring vocals with rough around the edges guitar riffs and a confident, driven and twisted rhythm that only helps to push the pleasantries of the music to the forefront.

Melissa

Melissa

With “The Painter” a sort of a teaser for the upcoming EP, it’s clear there’s a lot more to be had from this band, and each follow up is only destined to be better. Is it just me or does it seem like the best rock in recent years comes out from a list of hot female fronted alternative rock bands?

“The Painter” is an absolute spine tingler, with a great vocal, full of sullen attitude and sass. This girl is a huge talent, and shows her range throughout this album. What makes the song so enjoyable is that it has rhythmic variation, little twists and nods that keep your interest high, and there is a vibrancy and honesty to this, something heartfelt rather than manufactured.

I have rarely been so positively enthused by a new (for me anyway) band.  This is not an overproduced, auto-tuned, synthesized, blahblahblah record. This is gritty, alt rock and roll by a band that has already found its groove and established its musical identity.

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Slowfall: “Speak Up” – an immensely listenable band! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/slowfall-speak-up-an-immensely-listenable-band http://jamsphere.com/reviews/slowfall-speak-up-an-immensely-listenable-band#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:59:51 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26520 Slowfall is a Rock/Pop Alternative project from Orange County’s Ryan Schicht who has been playing guitar, writing and recording songs since his teenage years. With influences like Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse, Train, and Third Eye Blind, the project provides an eclectic Rock/Pop Alternative twist with lyrics of love, loss and hope. Slowfall has just dropped the […]

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Slowfall is a Rock/Pop Alternative project from Orange County’s Ryan Schicht who has been playing guitar, writing and recording songs since his teenage years. With influences like Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse, Train, and Third Eye Blind, the project provides an eclectic Rock/Pop Alternative twist with lyrics of love, loss and hope. Slowfall has just dropped the Lead-off single “Speak Up” from the upcoming “All These Seasons” album set to release soon. What quickly transpires from this track is that Ryan Schicht is one of the better song writers working today.

If having a catchy, almost mainstream pop rock sound is how highly talented, immensely listenable alternative bands like Slowfall manage to hit our ears, well, then I just wish it would happen more often. This is, quite simply, beautiful music.

There is so much baggage hung on the whole alternative music scene, that’s it’s refreshing to see a return to the basics of harmonious composition and great singing. There isn’t a bad moment anywhere, not one bit of sappiness, annoyance, boredom, or any other of the failings that have doomed countless of promising alternative bands, who try to fit the mainstream for more visibility.

In a nutshell, if you love music, this project quite literally has everything you want. This song is a great kick-off to the upcoming album. The lyrics are powerful and the sound is immersive, which is important when a track is trying to draw you into the journey it’s about to take you on, as Ryan sings: “I know you keep things hidden, Somewhere deep, Below this great divide. It gets hard in here, Hard my dear, You don’t have to hold it all inside…” 

The rootsy guitar and more alternative influences flowing underneath the arrangement, give the song extra boost and energy and the strong vocal performance just makes you go along with the song, as Ryan Schicht echoes with a confident radio-ready croon.

And with “Speak Up”, Slowfall delivers a great song that is both gentle and powerful. The interaction between the vocals and instrumental is quite perfect and the feeling and passion the Ryan Schicht provides in the song is memorable.

Slowfall also comes up with some clever hooks and the song comes to full potential in the soaring choruses. Ryan music sounds matured and strong in almost any aspect. “Speak Up” is a song that should propel Slowfall right into the industry and public eye, and if it doesn’t, something is seriously wrong with the music world.

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America’s Got Talent Season 11 Star Sky Katz Teams Up with Heavy Metal Band ‘Unlocking the Truth’ For Intense New Single “Rockstar” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/americas-got-talent-season-11-star-sky-katz-teams-heavy-metal-band-unlocking-truth-intense-new-single-rockstar http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/americas-got-talent-season-11-star-sky-katz-teams-heavy-metal-band-unlocking-truth-intense-new-single-rockstar#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:47:49 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26514 With Her Debut Album On the Way, The Young Rapper Has Joined Forces with Famed Brooklyn Teens Who Also Made Waves at an Early Age Performing Everywhere from Coachella to The Vans Warped Tour and Opening for the Likes of Guns N’ Roses and Motorhead New York, NY (January, 2017) — When it comes to […]

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With Her Debut Album On the Way, The Young Rapper Has Joined Forces with Famed Brooklyn Teens Who Also Made Waves at an Early Age Performing Everywhere from Coachella to The Vans Warped Tour and Opening for the Likes of Guns N’ Roses and Motorhead

New York, NY (January, 2017) — When it comes to crossing genre lines from hard rock and heavy metal to rap and hip-hop, plenty of bands have made successful crossover hits from Jay Z and Linkin Park to Public enemy and Anthrax. But in recent years as some of these iconic collaborations have fallen to the wayside, a new era of fresh rhyming, hard-hitting, head-banging power has risen from those ashes….coming from young stars who have already seen their share of fame: rapper Sky Katz and metal band Unlocking the Truth. And their new single “Rockstar” is sure to leave fans of genre-bending with a whole new level of appreciation!

With the teen years being most closely associated with growing, learning, and coming into one’s own while breaking through boundaries, Sky and UTT have certainly already accomplished these feats in leaps and bounds not only in their personal lives but in their incredible journeys as young musicians. Adding to these enormous feats is their effort to merge two genre’s often seen as opposing, and bring an incredible amount of diversity both musically and culturally.

Rockstar” encapsulates the hard-hitting, in-your-face elements of metal and hip-hop that have made both genres incredibly popular and successful since their origins began with attitude, speed, and a fierce message. In it, over heavy riffs and an intense rhythm section, Katz raps “Which one of y’all done called my name, fresh on the scene with the ball and chain // A hundred MC’s and they all the same, so Sky turned Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” with a tough grit not usually reserved for her 12-year-old stature, continuing “I might roll through the city in a big ol’ truck, four big wheels and a grill up front // Pull up to the show all you see is us, if we ever had beef man I wish ya luck”. The song heightens with Sky and UTT’s Malcolm Brickhouse belting refrain “I got rock and roll it’s all in my soul with the real hip hop that’s ‘bout to explode, if you hear them shots cops on patrol that’s me, turning to a Rockstar!” in a fervid mix of volition that could easily be seen as a theme for extreme sports or the toughest cage-match brawl.

Hailing from Long Island NY, Hip-Hop Pioneer and BMI Recording Artist Sky Katz has been hitting the ground running in the music industry since discovering her talent and passion for rapping at the age of 5. Sky has kept the momentum up ever since with her dynamic, witty, and energetic style with an old school chemistry. Fueled by her insatiable thirst to bring back old school Hip Hop and make a mark in the industry with influences from Hip Hop greats like Nicki Minaj, Drake, Nas, Rakim, and many more in the game, Sky Katz has honed her craft with a very appealing presence and has garnered a very good buzz and following that continues to expand through anyone who discovers her.

Sky Katz

With her recent appearance on America’s Got Talent, she wowed the panel judges (and audience) with her single “Fresh”. Her single “Haters” (A re-vamp of Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend”) came shortly after, which received critical acclaim and positive reception worldwide. Following the performances, she obtained thousands of followers from across the globe on her Instagram and YouTube pages, and is currently focused on driving her career forward. With the media taking immense notice- she’s made recent appearances on Live It Up! With Donna Drake, Verizon FiOS 1 – Long Island’s “Rick’s Rising Stars”, This Is 50, Pix 11 Morning News, Fox 5’s Good Day NY, and has been interviewed by LUCID Magazine, JamSphere, TV Grapevine, 92.3 AMP Radio’s ASTRA On the Air, Newsday, the New York Post, and will be featured in an upcoming issue of TIME Magazine for Kids.

Unlocking the Truth

Unlocking the Truth

Unlocking the Truth is Malcolm Brickhouse (vocals /guitar) Alec Atkins (bass), and Jarad Dawkins (drums). Founding members Brickhouse and Dawkins met each other at a birthday party in 2005. Sharing similar tastes in music, they decided to create a band. As the metal duo’s street performances started gaining attention, Brickhouse and Dawkins felt they needed a bassist but none of their friends were musicians, so they taught their pre-school friend, Alec Atkins, how to play the bass guitar from scratch. These street performances in Times Square and around New York City led to people recording and uploading videos of them to YouTube, which garnered a lot of attention through social media. The trio have since appeared on national television, including NBC’s “The Tonight Show”, ABC’s “The View”, CNN, Fuse, BET, Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and more. In 2014, they were the youngest group to perform at Coachella. They’ve performed at the AFROPUNK FEST, SxSW and were the youngest band to play at the 2014 Vans Warped Tour!

They have also performed at the high-profile music festivals Heavy Montreal and Bonnaroo. The Trio have supported music legends such as Guns N’ Roses, Motorhead, Queens of the Stone Age, Living Colour, Marilyn Manson and more while also earning spots in commercials for Airheads, AT&T, Beats by Dr. Dre, Maybelline and Verizon. In 2014 the band signed a $1.8 million contract for five albums with Sony Music Entertainment, but in 2015, they successfully negotiated their release from the contract. Their full-length debut album “Chaos” was released on June 17, 2016 via TuneCore, and a feature-length documentary film about the band, entitled “Breaking a Monster” came out in 2016.

With “Rockstar” Sky Katz & Unlocking the truth bring a whole new element to the Hip-Hop/Metal crossover with not only a youthful exuberance but a new breath of life that is sure to bring a younger generation who may be accustomed either genre to look more deeply and discover something new!

For More on Sky Katz, VISIT: www.SkyKatzRaps.com

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For More on Unlocking the Truth, VISIT: www.UnlockingtheTruthBand.com

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Natalie Jean: “Red Room Remix” a track you’ll fell head-over-electronic-heels for! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/natalie-jean-red-room-remix-a-track-youll-fell-head-over-electronic-heels-for http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/natalie-jean-red-room-remix-a-track-youll-fell-head-over-electronic-heels-for#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:01:40 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26510 Anybody who has heard Natalie Jean’s  album “Unafraid”, will remember the diversity of the tracks that frequented that release. They are all-intense, all fleshed-out arrangements, that problably represented Natalie’s best all-round collection of songs so far. From that album you would also remember the cutting edge, eletro-pop single “Red Room” . A track that never […]

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Anybody who has heard Natalie Jean’s  album “Unafraid”, will remember the diversity of the tracks that frequented that release. They are all-intense, all fleshed-out arrangements, that problably represented Natalie’s best all-round collection of songs so far. From that album you would also remember the cutting edge, eletro-pop single “Red Room” . A track that never resolves into a shameless pumping session, but full of ideas dragged from deep emotional effect, with subtleties that crawl out slowly but steadily.

The hidden lyrical cues to uncover its beauty are scattered from verse to chorus, making it a flavor that one keeps coming back to savor in a different way each time. Natalie’s voice here will give you chills with its wildly addictive phrasing. To sum it up, “Red Room” was just about as perfect as it could be.

So when I read that Natalie Jean has released “Red Room Remix”, I tended to become nervous, why would she fix something that is not broken, I thought? Well, she doesn’t fix it in as much as she puts some more shine into it!

“Red Room Remix” is the kind of track you’ll fell head-over-electronic-heels for, and after just one listen you’ll quickly understand why everyone will be lusting after this dynamic EDM reworking.

As someone who has etched every pulsating moment of the original “Red Room” into his brain, I can only say that the remix’s result matches its ambition. It wanted to give you chills, make you dance, and even make you ponder on the occasion- and it totally succeeds!

This Natalie Jean, revamped, reloaded and stuck into the Goth of techno-dance. The flamboyant rhythm is designed to propel and prop up. It gets louder and more clamorous as it progresses, until you notice its sudden girth with trills of synths and Natalie’s strikingly resonating choruses.

Sustaining a remarkable degree of structural tension over the course of the song’s cycle, “Red Room Remix” is a track built upon contrasts – The upbeat rhythmic effects-filled soundscape and the almost melancholic and melodic vocal. It’s a stylistic decision that works rather well.

Moreover Natalie Jean and her production team understand how to use these choices to define a distinct, purposeful aesthetic, rather than simply using them as a gimmick.

As always, Natalie Jean is technically peerless and versatile, maintaining her power and flare throughout and crushing every classy electronic jam she’s put in front of on the “Red Room Remix”.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – REVEBNATION – FACEBOOK – TWITTER – SOUNDCLOUD –JANGO – GOOGLE PLUS – YOUTUBE ITUNES

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Magazine Gap: “In Two Minds” – an authentic musical canvas http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/magazine-gap-in-two-minds-an-authentic-musical-canvas http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/magazine-gap-in-two-minds-an-authentic-musical-canvas#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:00:39 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26506 I can’t even quantify in enough words how much I love “In Two Minds” the latest video-single by British crossover band Magazine Gap. I call them crossover, because any one label, even a genre as wide as rock, is too small a box for them, even though they’re just three guys. These three, infuse their […]

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I can’t even quantify in enough words how much I love “In Two Minds” the latest video-single by British crossover band Magazine Gap. I call them crossover, because any one label, even a genre as wide as rock, is too small a box for them, even though they’re just three guys. These three, infuse their rock with strong flavors of soul and funk. This new ballad which about having ‘mixed feelings’ stirs up so many emotions with its soothing, but thought provoking lyrics and cruise control-like musicality. I usually keep any music by Magazine Gap within arm’s reach, and this is just added to the rotation of all of their other songs that never gather ‘dust’ in my home.

If you are a lover of music infused with soul – and I’m not talking genres here – you will have to add this to your collection. I really hate that some of our favorite newer bands, Like Magazine Gap don’t get the mainstream air time or exposure they deserve.

This not only hurts the band, and the industry as a whole, but causes fans to really miss out on exceptional music, while we are forced to keep hearing, or watching, the same handful of false musical prophets and scantily clad divas, churn out the same reworked formula.

Magazine Gap woos listeners with its sensitive yet straightforward combination of soulful singing, timeless melodies, and authentic musical canvases. Whether delivering songs in quiet-storm mode like on “In Two Minds”, or keeping things both funky and rocking as son some previous releases, this band always sounds irresistible.

This latest affectional ballad has a back-to-basics compositional quality illuminating the arrangement from verse to chorus. Even the most demanding of music producers would nod approvingly listening to this – Lush background ambience, obsessively polished instrumental textures, superhumanly slick vocal tracks, Magazine Gap has got them all got them covered.

And of course, you could add phrases such as: ‘interesting arrangements’, ‘novel rhythms’, ‘ounces of sweat’, ‘many hints of grit’ and ‘plenty of personality’, to that descriptive list. James Keen’s potent, yet understated delivery of the words, melds seamlessly with Alex Ho’s soft piano and eloquent string fills, and the subtle drumming embellishments courtesy of timekeeper Brian McCook.

It’s a smooth, slow burning track that is easy on the ears, yet replete with fiery heart and soul, from beginning to end. And it leaves one hoping that the next Magazine Gap release will come sooner than later.

The Story So Far: Magazine Gap is a British rock band from London that has toured extensively around their home country, including headline performances in 13 major cities around the UK, as well as across to Ireland. They’ve also done shows across the United States and subsequently toured the Far East with shows in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. To date the band have released  the album, “Light & Shade” – released online as two EPs (“Silver Lining” and “It’s All Good”) – with 12 songs recorded in major studios in London, New York, Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, Pasadena and Hollywood. They’ve also released their “World Tour EP”, with 6 live recordings from six different cities on three separate continents.

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Charles Luck & Tino Red: “One Love” – the power of the positivity! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/charles-luck-tino-red-one-love-the-power-of-the-positivity http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/charles-luck-tino-red-one-love-the-power-of-the-positivity#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:40:03 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26501 That Charles Luck & Tino Red already go together like time and the tide has become a known fact. On each subsequent recording these fellows sound they’ve just gotten to know each other a little better. Their latest collaborative project, the single “One Love” is a little different from a typical Charles Luck track. He’s always been […]

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That Charles Luck & Tino Red already go together like time and the tide has become a known fact. On each subsequent recording these fellows sound they’ve just gotten to know each other a little better. Their latest collaborative project, the single “One Love” is a little different from a typical Charles Luck track. He’s always been a great lyricist with catchy music. But I feel like this track departs from his normal sound that somehow captures both a high energy mood with a laid back feel.

The music here is a little mellower overall. But his lyrics seem to go to the next level on “One Love”, showing even more depth to his songs than what we are used to. His previous stuff was already pretty deep. This just goes up another notch in the feel good and uplifting department.

The same goes for all-rounder Tino Red, who whether he is singing or rapping makes no real difference to him. He executes the lyrics and melody with equal ease. This is another literal positive affirmation from the man who loves to sing about love. For him, love is personal, and love is world-wide.

“One Love” is even more perfect again, with each subsequent release stretching out the distance between him and his contemporaries, few of which can hold a candle to his versatility.

If you are looking for music with an uplifting, loving feel to it, these modern-day urban troubadours are back with more here. Whether this track is myth or magic, the story is inspiration, and illustrates the power of the positivity.

And the power of the positive is what Charles Luck & Tino Red delivers every time, and it is always enshrouded in genuine art, beautiful music, and a golden voice. Charles Luck is a brilliant song writer and storyteller. He is raw, honest, transparent and willing to make his personal evolution, through the ups and downs and lessons we all go through in life – a labyrinth of soulful expression that ultimately benefits the many.

This is Charles Luck’s pinnacle of achievement so far. The vocals with Tino Red, and the subtle acoustic-driven background provide an infectious ambience which is nothing short of miraculous, and anyone who loves Luck’s music dearly is going to simply be astounded by the progress he has made in both songwriting and production here.

There is a beautiful fullness on “One Love” which is nearly indescribable with words other than fantastic. If this track does not leave you breathless, in a state of euphoria, you must be dead. Stupendous, simply magnificent, from opening salvo to the end, this is yet another journey of the heart, mind, and soul, where you’ll be humming and singing along in absolute awe of the melody.

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Anthony Nelson & The Overcomers: “Undeserved” – gifted and powerful, yet humble! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/anthony-nelson-the-overcomers-undeserved-gifted-and-powerful-yet-humble http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/anthony-nelson-the-overcomers-undeserved-gifted-and-powerful-yet-humble#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:26:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26497 Anthony Nelson & The Overcomers is an American contemporary Gospel group from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where they blend soft rock, folk, pop and soul together to make their own brand of contemporary praise and worship. Their songs have ranked on the national Nielsen Soundscan sales chart and national BDS, Mediabase and DRT airplay charts. The ensemble […]

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Anthony Nelson & The Overcomers is an American contemporary Gospel group from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where they blend soft rock, folk, pop and soul together to make their own brand of contemporary praise and worship. Their songs have ranked on the national Nielsen Soundscan sales chart and national BDS, Mediabase and DRT airplay charts. The ensemble was founded by songwriter, worship leader, multi-instrument musician, composer and producer Anthony J. Nelson. Anthony comes from strong gospel roots that consist of his late grandmother Mrs. Elizabeth Brown and his late mother Mrs. Joyce Brown Nelson, both noted gospel vocalists and choir leaders.

With a string of smash singles in their catalog already, Anthony Nelson & The Overcomers have just dropped their latest single “Undeserved”. Once again this collective delivers a stunningly beautiful and melodic voice accompanied by gifted background singers as well as impressive musicians.

This track is masterfully penned, with an absolute awesome vocal delivery. It’s triumphant worship from beginning to end. The music and lyrics are penetrating and encouraging. This track will draw you closer to and deeper into God, and you will feel the spirit, gift and calling in every word that has been written and sung.

As a lifelong musician who has traveled the world, I have an appreciation for listening to skilled musicians performing their craft. But beyond the musicianship – which is at the highest level on any of Anthony Nelson & The Overcomers releases – there is an anointing that is apparent even when just listening to the previews of their songs.

The collective brings a powerful dimension to their praise and worship efforts through spiritual warfare. The lyrics to “Undeserved” have the power to break bondages and bring you to a new level in your walk with God. I cannot underestimate or overemphasize the spiritual weaponry that you hear over and over in this song.

“And I thank you for your sacrifice, forever I’ll worship. I don’t deserve your goodness. I don’t deserve your faithfulness”, are words Anthony Nelson & The Overcomers submit to the Lord in their worship. The lyrics are backed by soft, mellow guitars, beautiful pad sounds, and builds by adding more music at it progresses.

And as the song moves on, The Overcomers bring on more declarations of faith and submission. Anthony Nelson & The Overcomers are gifted and powerful, yet humble. This track is so fluid. It just flows with the same spirit of their previous release.

Anthony Nelson is a true worshiper and his songs are relevant and pertinent. Moreover the music here will appeal to anybody who has a penchant for R&B or smooth Urban flavored sounds.

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Old Ice is establishing himself as a trailblazing soul and funk infused maven! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/old-ice-is-establishing-himself-as-a-trailblazing-soul-and-funk-infused-maven http://jamsphere.com/reviews/old-ice-is-establishing-himself-as-a-trailblazing-soul-and-funk-infused-maven#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:55:19 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26491 Serving as a self-proclaimed mediator for the underdogs, the weak and poor, Old Ice had to explore courage and bravery by serving his country in the Navy. This military veteran is continuing his service through music by serving up a heavy dose of R&B blended with Soul, Funk and Island vibes. Old Ice wants to […]

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Serving as a self-proclaimed mediator for the underdogs, the weak and poor, Old Ice had to explore courage and bravery by serving his country in the Navy. This military veteran is continuing his service through music by serving up a heavy dose of R&B blended with Soul, Funk and Island vibes. Old Ice wants to spread good music as well as the importance of patriotism and brotherhood – both of which are themes that are heavily lace the foundations of his music.

He has recorded 2 full albums – “The Wolf” and “The Patriot” – which are available on his website, and has been steadily building his catalog. He is also currently preparing a brand new video to enforce his media presence and show off his all-round talents.

Old Ice

Old Ice

Old Ice attempting to establish himself as a trailblazing soul and funk infused maven.  His recordings rank as emotive and sonically progressive songs of the modern era with a definite retro flavor. The music moves, mesmerizes, and lingers like a sensational stranger who rocks your world but only stays for a single night. Its powers of seduction are sublime.

His deliveries are raw, candid and visceral with plenty of improvisation, while adding full-force funk and lush orchestration that never dips into maudlin malaise. And there are an abundance of spoken-word pieces that hit as hard as any rumbling bass line.

At times, like on “The Wolf”, Old Ice skips the vocal acrobatics for intensity, and feel, as his low growling voice effortlessly dances through genres for the sheer reason of achieving upmost, gut-level intensity. And at others, as can be heard on “The Patriot”, the swaggering soul of the numbers, hold enough edifying truths to solely drive the messages of the songs.

In terms of sonic structure and lyrics, Old Ice is clearly unconventional as he carves his own lane. His soundscapes hit hard in the finest way possible. Its R&B, soul, and funk but unlike anything currently being recorded, this is pure Old Ice legacy.

This is music that ripples with raw passion and song-serving innovation without all the gloss and production gimmickry. This walks closely along the cutting edge of experimental.

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A Bad Think: “The Tragic End Of A Dreamer” – a breathtaking collection of songs http://jamsphere.com/reviews/a-bad-think-the-tragic-end-of-a-dreamer-a-breathtaking-collection-of-songs http://jamsphere.com/reviews/a-bad-think-the-tragic-end-of-a-dreamer-a-breathtaking-collection-of-songs#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:57:28 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26487 “The Tragic End Of A Dreamer” is A Bad Think’s 7th studio release which dropped on December 16th 2016 via Windmark Records. Michael Marquart, the lead singer, songwriter and sole member of A Bad Think explains the concept of “this poor soul” who one day “wakes up and realizes that you can’t dream your way […]

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“The Tragic End Of A Dreamer” is A Bad Think’s 7th studio release which dropped on December 16th 2016 via Windmark Records. Michael Marquart, the lead singer, songwriter and sole member of A Bad Think explains the concept of “this poor soul” who one day “wakes up and realizes that you can’t dream your way through life and have it come out okay in the end.” Straight off the cuff let me say, if you are thinking about purchasing this, please do. This is an album to not only emotionally and spiritually, but physically treasure, and pass on to future generations. Yes its impact deepens with subsequent listening, but for me I loved it instantly.

I listened to “The Tragic End Of A Dreamer” in one sitting and could not interrupt it. It aced the test. It is a work of independent art, of a very high order. It demonstrates maturity, growth, and a willingness to expand sound into lush orchestrated arrangements; yet it remains distinctly very intimate and melodic.

This album stuns and dignifies all expectations that this is an artist with a real artistic vision, and I for one do think that this is a thing that shouldn’t be ignored. Whether or not you’re using it for a muse or just soft contemplation into the night, A Bad Think invites you to conjure and reflect your most personal self with this album.

From the opening track, “No Way Out”, it quickly becomes clear that this is a subtle and engaging album that requires you to listen and focus. If you do, you will be rewarded. On first impact my mind quickly imagined a hybrid blend of Pink Floyd and Mogwai, both in musical texture and tone.

“The Tragic End Of A Dreamer” is a haunting, mesmerizing and often a breathtaking collection of songs, showcasing A Bad Think at his most personal, yet at his most epic. The music is both remarkably familiar yet, at the same time singular and unique in its execution. The rich orchestral instrumentation helps add sumptuous layers to the already shimmering beauty shown on these tracks.

Michael Marquart proves himself to be true rock chameleon, shifting, adapting and moving forward with every subsequent track. Guitars, pianos, strings, horns and percussion take turns in dynamically dominating each track, while floating over the top is Marquart’s somber and moody vocal tones, slowly dragging each track through its dramatic motion. On the odd occasion his voice will break free and soar above the soundscape, elevating the arrangement to an even higher more intense emotional level.

Just as you don’t usually cite individual pages of a book when discussing its theme, I will not egoistically dissect these tracks, as this album plays out like a bestselling novel, suffice to say that I was most aurally excited by the guitars on “No Way Out” and “Now You’re Gone”; I adored the pianos on “Stay”, the strings on “Walk Away”, the percussion on “My Universe” and “For What It’s Worth”, and the vocals on just about everything.

But there is more happening in these arrangements than you can begin to wrap your head around in a week. A Bad Think can flip a song on its side with just one or two well-placed guitar notes, reaching the point of euphoric overflow. Though the album is smooth and mellow for the most part, there are crescendos aplenty, that will have your vertebrae tingling and your fingers lifted skyward. Grab this album and treasure it!

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Golly The Music: ‘Spiritualised’ Album Now Available Worldwide! http://jamsphere.com/news/golly-the-music-spiritualised-album-now-available-worldwide http://jamsphere.com/news/golly-the-music-spiritualised-album-now-available-worldwide#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:21:15 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26483 Golly The Music has recently come back out of the studio with her new album ‘Spiritualised’, a hypnotic blend of soothing sounds and heavy beats.  The album is now available worldwide. After her recent track featuring Aurora Dawn – ‘Count Your Blessings’, fans have been eagerly waiting for more and with ‘Spiritualised’ Golly The Music truly […]

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Golly The Music has recently come back out of the studio with her new album ‘Spiritualised’, a hypnotic blend of soothing sounds and heavy beats.  The album is now available worldwide. After her recent track featuring Aurora Dawn – ‘Count Your Blessings’, fans have been eagerly waiting for more and with ‘Spiritualised’ Golly The Music truly delivers.

Rumor has it she has been spending a lot of time in the studio with the ‘Super Furry Animals’ and absorbing their psychedelic influence.  The ‘Super Furry Animals’ performed at a foundation gig last year organized by Golly The Music to raise funds for her father, ‘Mr Nice’, Howard Marks, who had cancer. Golly the Music has also been assisting with Donovan’s Retrospective tour.

 There have been other reasons she has not been spending so much time in the studio over the last few years, as she was working on the sequel film to Justin Kerrigan’s Human Traffic.

 Though now finally her latest album has been released and Golly The Music fans can sit back and drift away to the phenomenal and original new sounds of the latest album Spiritualised.   Available worldwide on iTunes.

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