Ethan “Bassman” Farmer stopped by Grown Folks Music to talk about his latest release “Wine and Strings”, his dream collaborations, and his admiration for Q-Tip’s process as an artist. Listen in as Ethan discusses not only working with Ms. Whitney Houston, but also how he came this close to working with the iconic Mr. Michael Jackson.
Gospel songwriter and artist Anthony Brown has decided to emerge from behind the scenes to lift his voice in song. He has written hits such as “It Ain’t Over” for Maurette Brown-Clark, and now he has debuted his artist collective “Group Therapy”. Listen in as Anthony discusses how “Group Therapy” came to be, writing “It Ain’t Over”, and his favorite artists. You will be surprised at his list of dream producers.
Catch Anthony Brown and Group Therapy on tour now with Mary Mary. For more on Anthony Brown and Group Therapy, check out the official site, Facebook page, or you can follow the group on Twitter. The critically acclaimed, self-titled cd “Anthony Brown and Group Therapy” is available at Amazon.com and ITunes.
GFM team member WestStyle Chronicles previously introduced you to Vaughn Anthony’s visuals for his track “Heaven”. Vaughn is fairly new to the scene as a solo artist, but you’ve probably heard his voice singing background for his brother John Legend. Listen in as he discusses his “Life of a Player” mixtape and how he got the nickname “Mr. Everything”.
Lydia is a classically trained pianist and accomplished musician, Lydia René’s sound is best described as smooth out-of-the box soul. Puckered with sonic surprises, it is infused with jazz riffs and alternative stylings that help take the listener to a higher musical plateau than that of the norm. Lydia René’s eclectic influences and free spirited musicianship culminated in her first release My Love IS My Life, recorded live. As a new artist, it didn’t take very long for people to take note of her musical star power.
Also check out Lydia Rene’ singing “That Song”, live.
December 22, 2011 (New York, NY) – Today, N.A.R.S. Records / Mercury Records / Island Def Jam recording artist Luke James releases his pre-album, #LUKE for FREE exclusively on DatPiff.com. The highly anticipated debut solo work from one of today’s most talked about artists who has yet to release an album is sure not to disappoint fans and critics alike. Today’s FREE pre-album release of#LUKE will be followed by the full-length release of Luke James’ debut solo album, Made to Love, in 2012.
Packed with interesting breaks and tempo shifts, lead single, “I Want You,” beautifully showcases Luke James’ pure, arresting falsetto. But it is tracks like the haunting “Signs of Rain,” dance influenced “Powerless,” and vocally-layered “Made To Love” on #LUKE that truly illustrate hisdiversity and mastery of the R&B genre. #LUKE pulsates with infectious, hip-hop-influenced beats that perfectly complement Luke James’ outstanding R&B-grounded vocals, and it is this foundation in technique, creativity and God-given talent that is poised to situate this rising star as the one to watch on the R&B /Pop scene.
Having already charmed critics from coast to coast, like being named Hip Hollywood’s October 2011 “Artist of the Month,” one of AOL’s The Boombox’s “Top 15 Artists to Watch” and being asked to headline Give Back Hollywood / VH1 Save The Music Foundation’s Pre MTV VMA benefit, Luke James will wrap his multi-city opening gig on Robin Thicke’s “Love After War” tour in Philadelphia on December 29, 2011. Luke James’ growing celebrity fan base includes Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Estelle and none other than Beyoncé, who selected him for a featured role in her “Run the World” video, and Melanie Fiona, who featured him as her boyfriend in her “4 A.M.” music video. Luke James is also the co-writer of Chris Brown’s “Crawl” and has penned songs for Justin Bieber (“That Should Be Me”), Michael Bolton, and Britney Spears (“Kill The Lights”), among others.
From the Music Addikts & Harmony In Life’s “1st Hit Listening Lounge” series, we had the pleasure to “meet & greet” the talented and incredible singer, songwriter Ms. Lalah Hathaway. If you missed this great event at Moods Music, here’s are a few pictorial highlights from the event. (more…)
Hosted by The Soul of Jazz’s Mr. Jamal Ahmad of WCLK 91.9, this week’s guest was Mr. Khari Cabral Simmons with special guest Chantae Cann at Moods Music for the Music Addikts & Harmony In Life 1st Hit Listening Lounge! If you missed it, here are the pics and videos from that great night. Enjoy! (more…)