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Friday, April 21st, 2017

Ladies and gentlemen. What a year. A year full of tears, celebration, reflection, inspiration but always with the overbearing sense of loss never too far away. Honestly, it could be no other way, (this ever-present sense of loss) because when someone means something, the world, to you it could be no other way. So we all grieve this loss in our own way. To some April 21st is the for others every day in some way is April 21st. So, here we are… and what I would say is everyone has the right and should choose to express the right to deal with the loss of Prince in the way that they deem fit for themselves. (more…)

#ICYMI – New Music Mondays

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

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GFM’s Inside The Album Podcast: Prince – Sign ‘O The Times Pt. 1

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the U.S. release of Prince’s 1987 magna opus Sign O’The Times. Join DJ GFM’s Polished Solid, The Ricker, and The Love Man with special guests from The Music Snobs – Arthur and Jehan as they chop it up about all things SOTT! This is must listen and share podcasting right here. This is Pt. 1 of a special two-part podcast.

Raveena – “Johnny It’s The Last Time”

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Yes I’m claiming late gang on this one #Growns. Late but not never as they say, I think? Anywhoo let’s get straight to it. As I am prone to do I happened upon not only this great track but this great artist Raveena completely by accident and what a great accident it has been. “Johnny It’s The Last Time” is not only infectious in its musical presentation but please take some time to let the story unfold in the theater of your mind. It’s real. Realer than real. It also illustrates to me that there are songwriters out here who care about the craft. The story. The skill that it takes to weave something that will connect with not only your imagination but the very real places that have been faced by persons during this human experience. You need to hit play on this one if you are not already familiar.

One last thing… you know what I love about Grown Folks Music? I love the standard that many followers of the music embrace when they harken back to a time where the bar was clearly much higher than it is today. You know what I don’t love about Grown Folks Music? I don’t love that sometimes we spend so much time looking in the rearview mirror we don’t see what’s in front of us.

Produced and Mixed by EverettOrr
Lyrics by Raveena
Music by Raveena & Amon Robinson
Piano/Rhodes: Tommy Goodkin
Horns: Performed & Arranged by Josh Shpak
Bass: Aaron Liao
Violin: Eric Hu, Arranged by Everett Orr
Vibraphone/Marimba/Glockenspiels: Everett Orr

Artwork by Raveena Aurora

#NewMusic: Tracy Cruz – “Losing In Love”

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

#Growns today we wanted to drop on you a great new release from a longtime friend to GFM Tracy Cruz. Today not only marks Tracy’s latest release but she’s also celebrating a birthday so let’s make sure we give the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to great music: share! In fact if we all could share “Losing In Love” with our two thousand closest friends, I’d say that would be a nice icing on the proverbial cake.

Tracy describes “Losing In Love” as a “very intimate piano and vocal music collection filled with heartfelt lyrics and soulful arrangements.” We couldn’t agree more here at GFM HQ and we respect when an artist has the wherewithal to removal all the potential pretense and present music with only a few core elements. Not everyone is built for that kind of work. The single is from her upcoming EP H3artifacts

West Coast #Growns(San Jose/Oakland/Sacramento area) make sure to check Tracy out live at these events

3/14 Tracy’s single release “Losing in Love” (worldwide)
3/24 Fairmont Hotel “Lobby Lounge” (San Jose, CA) 9 pm
5/17 “Music Medicine” @ Yoshi’s (Oakland, CA) 7 pm
5/27 Tracy’s 2 nominations for the Northern California Entertainers Music Awards @ Crest Theater (Sacramento, CA)

Keep up with Tracy around the net and check out here past projects…

Award-winning CDs “Universoul Symphony” & “Feel’osophy” available now
http://www.cdbaby.com/artist/TracyCruz
http://www.tcvocalcoach.com
http://www.4fame.com/#artists/tracy-cruz-0
http://www.facebook.com/tracycruzmusicpage
http://www.twitter.com/tracycruzmusic
http://www.instagram.com/tracycruzmusic
http://www.youtube.com/tracycruzfan

#NewMusic James ‘Biscuit’ Rouse and The Buttered Biscuits

Monday, March 6th, 2017

#Growns taking some time out today to get you up on a smooth and velvety groove from James ‘Biscuit’ Rouse and The Buttered Biscuits. True to the group’s moniker the track “Give It A Chance” flows like butter through the audio sphere. This is definitely one for those late night/early morning meetings of the mind or whatever else. “Give it a Chance” was written, arranged, produced by James Rouse who also holds down the drum chair and lead vocal duties!

James states

“Give it a Chance “, a song that I hope will be a future classic love song, was written for my wife because of past experiences and the chance we took at love. My hope is that it inspire everyone to take a chance at love or remember the important things that caused you to fall in love with the one you’re with.

Sage advice and we’re hoping that you #Growns out there will not only heed, but support this wonderful artist and music. “Give it a Chance” from James ‘Biscuit’ Rouse and The Buttered Biscuits out now!

#NewMusic: Fabian Lance – “The B Side”

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

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“The B Side” is the debut release from Richmond, VA based piano virtuoso Fabian Lance. Written, arranged and produced by Tyrone Corbett and Bob Donzella “The B Side” is the quintessential audio invitation to dinner for two at eight. What’s wrestled with masterfully in the song is will she/he rsvp?

This invitation/acceptance conundrum is displayed in the conversation between the instrumentation and the vocal chorus. With piano front and center, the message and mood is clear: sultry and smooth. This mood is further accentuated by the flourishes of guitar saxophone work which are in a word: tasteful. These pieces of the puzzle outline what’s on the menu for dinner and perhaps after; whereas the rest of the musical arrangement provides the smoothest of ambiance through the musical colors chosen to light the room.

My suggestion? Press play below and think of your special someone and when the time is right… invite them to come over to the B side!

“The B Side” by Fabian Lance and The Corbett Music Group out now!

GFM’s Inside The Album Podcast – Sheila E.

Monday, February 20th, 2017

 

Join GFM’s DJ Polished Solid, Love Man and Jehan from The Music Snobs as they embark on a lively discussion, analysis and celebration of Sheila E.’s 1987 eponymous release celebrating 30 years today!

Some of the questions we debate are:

Has Sheila E, the album, held up over the years?

Should Prince, Sheila, and D’Angelo have adopted James Brown’s “Good God” in their live performances?

Do we need Cat (& Sheila & TC Ellis & Tony M) to rap?

Should we do a TC Ellis True Confessions episode?

Are Prince & Sheila E dissing Jerome & Mazarati on Love is a Blue Train?

Does “Wednesday Like A River” sound like a country song or a Wendy & Lisa song?