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Kashif: Music Business 101- The 2014 Edition

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 by

Kashif shares his thoughts with us regarding the changes in the way business is done in the music industry since the publication of his bestselling book Everything You Better Know About The Record Industry. Even many things have changed, there are tons of great business practices that remain and if you haven’t had a chance to read Kashif’s book I highly recommend it for anyone interested in this business!

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About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

The Floacist Talks New Album, Where Her Flow Comes From and Unexpectedly Becoming A Solo Artist

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 by

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Grown Folks Music caught up with the beautiful Natalie Stewart aka The Floacist and she chatted with us about her new album Rise of the Phoenix Mermaid (Get it at iTunes). She also talked about the creative process behind her artistry and shared some of the challenges that have arisen for her as a solo artist since Floetry disbanded. Listen and enjoy.

About DJKKC

Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

Duke Ellington “Music Is My Mistress”

Posted on April 22nd, 2014 by

While I was studying the music, I thought that it would be a very wise use of my time to learn more about the people who helped to create the music. One of the first assignments I gave myself was to read Duke Ellington’s autobiography Music Is My Mistress. The book reads in a very conversationally eloquent style that is fit for a Duke. My recommendation would be to get your hands on a copy and then take a listen to some of the Duke’s catalog (our songs of the day would be a great starting point).

Happy reading!

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

Victor Haskins & Lonnie Liston-Smith: “You Don’t Know What Love Is”

Posted on April 21st, 2014 by

This video is the second in a series from Richmond based trumpeter/cornetist Victor Haskins collaborating with the legendary Lonnie Liston-Smith on piano with Matt Hall and Tony Martucci on bass and drums.

Filmed at Sound of Music Recording Studios in Richmond, VA this is the sight, sound and feeling of the best of where we’ve been and the best of where we are…

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

Bradd Marquis: “Make Up Campaign”

Posted on April 18th, 2014 by

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If you’ve lived long enough and been lucky in love then surely you have a break up story. Well Bradd Marquis is turning the tables on that well-worn fact of life and giving fans an opportunity to show the positive side of the coin.

From the press release…

Soulful singer/songwriter Bradd Marquis has launched a campaign for his song “Break Up” ft Tess Henley called ‘The Make Up’. For all the stories out there in relationships, we hear about the break ups but never the positive sides to staying together and trying to make it work by making up. With this idea, Bradd with his ‘Thank You’ album talks about relationships, growth, his journey and acknowledging those along the way who’ve helped him personally, emotionally, career wise and spiritually.

Now, it’s your turn. Bradd would love to hear from you – your ‘Make Up’ story in a short video no more than 15 seconds which is emailed to him at BraddMarquis@gmail.com
He’ll post to his Instagram daily at @braddmarquis and with the submissions he’ll then make a montage using all the clips into one big video which he’ll upload to YouTube and Thank each and everyone for their submissions.

Checkout “Break Up” feat. Tess Henley here.

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

New Music: Kindred The Family Soul: “Everybody’s Hustling”

Posted on April 18th, 2014 by

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Check out the new single from Kindred The Family Soul, “Everybody’s Hustling”.

About the song Kindred says, “We really had no idea that this would be the single but the song was initially inspired by all of the glorification of money in all the hip hop songs these days. We see people and their struggles quite differently and we want people to be inspired to continue to reach for greatness whether they have access to lots of money or not.”

“Everybody’s Hustling” is from Kindred The Family Soul’s forthcoming album A Couple Friends on Shanachie Entertainment.

About DJKKC

Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

DJ Polished Solid – Single LADIES (No Turn Unstoned #239)

Posted on April 18th, 2014 by

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Some sonic goodness to get your weekend started from great friend to GFM DJ Polished Solid. It’s all about the ladies in this set and if it was night time when I was posting this I definitely add that “The feeling’s right… oh what a night!” Checkout the tracklisting below after the jump.

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I’ve been really enjoying the VH1 show Single Ladies this year. I don’t know what’s so different about this season compared to the others. Perhaps, it is the amazing Harold “House” Moore being featured (drumroll!) more (ta da!) in the forefront as a series regular. So I thought I’d make a mix in tribute to the show. However, I probably should be making a Single GENTLEMEN or CUT mix, instead, due to my admiration of Harold’s performance;) Read the rest of this entry »

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

New Music: Marsha Ambrosius: “Run”

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by

Ms. Ambrosius is showing her chops in her new single “Run”. Let us know what you think.

About DJKKC

Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.