With a vocal timbre that is reminiscent of Old Testament MJB, Toronto’s Lisa Banton is garnering some well-deserved nods for doing what singer/songwriters should most concern themselves with: Creating productions that rely on the strength of the song and the delivery of the vocal performance not what many choose to do today which is to rely on a musical gimmick and cast the vocal and song in supporting roles.

Lisa’s sound is unapologetically R&B and I for one think that’s a positive. Scroll down a smidge and press that play button and also checkout Lisa’s mixtape

Mirror Mirror Vol.1

Lisa Banton – Green Eyes by GrownFolksMusic

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Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.