Matthew Daniel - Lose Your Smile feat. Trizonna McClendon

GFM fam wanted to feature this great track from London based pianist, songwriter and music producer Matthew Daniel featuring another GFM fave Trizonna McClendon. Matthew Daniel is in the unique position of not only creating the music but also documenting it. As a music journalist, he’s written for BeyondJazz.net, SoulTracks.com, SoulMusic.com, The Soul Survivors Magazine and Flavour Magazine as well as manages Soul Discoveries. Hit us up in the comment section and let us know how you are digging the sounds as we look forward to bringing you more of Matthew's music in the very near future.


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Shatter Proof(Official Music Video)-Trizonna McClendon

From the album New Familiar for a review of the album and info on how to purchase go here.


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Trizonna McClendon-New Familiar

I was first introduced to the sound of Trizonna McClendon a few months ago when I had the opportunity to do a mini-review on her album teaser single "My Special". Then, as now I was pleasantly surprised with the comfort that the sound of Trizonna's voice elicits.

On New Familiar we find Trizonna in another comfortable place. This thirteen track set is the follow up to 2006's Overtones & Innuendos and what a set it is for your listening pleasure. You will find many musical genres and eras represented here: From 80's electro-funk to 70's country soul to shades of the classical art song(or 1930's Broadway) and of course the classy R&B that she has become known for. Trizonna has distilled what could best be described as a love for music. There's a slight difference when you love music as opposed to a particular genre,
it allows the artist to operate in a much more open place. Perhaps, (gatekeepers forbid) take a chance.

I must confess even though the collection is entitled New Familiar which I love, because I love dichotomy, somehow track twelve sums up how this reviewer feels about this project. On "This Is My Range" Trizonna explores the comparison of her instrument to that of Minnie Ripperton, and some accompanying criticism. This is done in the most subtle and beautiful manner both musically and lyrically. The reason that this song resonates so much with me is because I admire musicians who can declare: "This is me, this is what I do and for those who appreciate it thank you and to all others..." This is the comfort that I spoke of earlier, personified.

Several stand out tracks are: The previously reviewed "My Special", "New Familiar" and "Love Divine". My recommendation is that you try New Familiar on for size. Not to sound oh so cliché but there really is something for everyone.


Trizonna McClendon - Shatter Proof (trailer)

Great trailer for the single off her latest album, New Familiar. The full video, directed by Waylan "Cooley" Phillips of Cooley Video Productions and co-directed by Greg "Olskool Ice-Gre" Lewis is coming soon. You can check out our review of "My Special" here.


Trizonna McClendon-Shatter Proof from Cooleys Video on Vimeo.


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Trizonna McClendon - My Special

Chicago native Trizonna McClendon is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on New Familiar the follow-up to her 2006 release Overtones & Innuendos. As a treat for fans both old and new Trizonna released the teaser single My Special this past summer.

My Special is a mid-tempo groove with a very infectious hook, a bright key that sets the mood and instrumentation that compliments Trizonna's declarative delivery. On first listen to this track I was reminded of that vocal powerhouse Stephanie Mills, somewhere between the overall timbre and weight of Trizonna's voice is where I found my comparisons. It was a very pleasant surprise. In this day and age of often whispered, multi-tracked vocals, it is great to hear someone who is not afraid to, and who can sing with authority.

My Special is receiving some well-deserved buzz both here and in the UK. Many of us who have followed the industry trends know what it can mean for an artist to receive recognition abroad. Give My Special a listen and I'm sure you'll agree.


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