This beautiful lady's angelic voice moves me and stirs my soul each time I hear her sing. Her pretty soprano voice is the class with some of my favorite female gospel artists, such as "Tramaine Hawkins, Karen Clark Sheard and Twinkle Clark of the legendary Clark Sisters, and one of my all time favorites, Deniece Williams."
Angel's single "Get Up" from her Album"Hearts Of A Broke Love," has been Number 1 on the DRT National Airplay Top 50 R&B/ Hip Hop Chart, for 9 weeks. Ms. Sessions talent does not stop with her vocal ability, she is also a phenomenal songwriter. Her record "He Will Never Leave You," will inspire you during times when you need a quick pick me up, and her record "Chasten," will calm you when things get a bit hectic.
If you are a fan of soulful gospel music, then I am sure you will enjoy gospel recording artist Angel Sessions as much as I do.
If you want to hear some fantastic R&B, you have to listen to the smooth sounds of Mr. Kenny McNeil. This producer extraordinaire is President and Creative Consultant of MTS Music, a production company specializing in songwriting, vocal production, sound engineering, online marketing management, creative consulting, and film music composition.
Kenny's portfolio is impressive. In 2012 he collaborated with producer Amir Marcus on the single "Die With You." Kenny has written for Rob Mercer on the single "Amazingly" and has also written for Free from Centric and previously BET's 106 & Park.
In 2014, Kenny released the orchestral remix lyric videos of "We'll Find A Way" and "Inspire Me." In 2010, Kenny released his album "What's Your Dream?” with his group D2D (Dare 2 Dream). Kenny's music has also been featured in a BMW commercial.
I am a fan of several of Kenny's records, but at this moment the one that I listen to on the regular is the beautiful "Another Way To Get To Heaven."
Saffire D' Soul is a Neo-Soul artist based out of the UK. She has been compared to Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. I can hear that, but I think she is this generations' Aaliyah. Saffire D' Soul's tracks are incredible, ranging from easy listening, to dance, to hip hop to house. Her soprano voice is clear, soft and sweet, but not lacking in power.
This lady has fast become one of my favorites. Her records "Next To Me" and "Creeper" are so sexy and I love listening to them at night when I unwind. Her record "Float" is a dance jam that I listen to in the morning when I'm working out. Watch out world for this talented artist, but in the meantime check her out on Soundcloud. https://soundcloud.com/saffiredsoul
I had the pleasure of seeing the band Fire Tiger, perform live at King King Hollywood, a club in Southern California, that showcases up and coming talent. This band is a throwback to my favorite time in music, which I refer to as “The Big 80s.”
The Rock scene was an amazing time in music during the 80s, and there was definitely no shortage of outstanding talent to go around. Some of the baddest bands of all time came of age during the 80s, and to say the least, Los Angeles based band Fire Tiger, can hold their own with the best of them.
Lead Singer Tiffany Alkouri is the prettiest little thing with this incredibly rich voice that puts me in the mind of some of my favorite vocalist, Ann Wilson, Lead Singer of the sister duo “Heart,” Stevie Nicks Lead Singer of the legendary band “Fleetwood Mac,” Janet Gardner of “Vixen.” and to name one more, the sexy Ms. Lita Ford.
Band members James Ramsey on Keyboards, Chris Cuomo on Guitar and Cahuenga Mango on Drums complete Fire Tiger, and together, they are on fire.
After the show I got the chance to briefly speak with the band, and they were kind and gracious enough to give me a copy of their latest CD title "Energy." Since then, I have listened to the CD daily. These days, when talent is short and gimmicks are big, it’s refreshing to come across true musicians and songwriters that can release a record, in which every track is impressive. I absolutely cannot get enough of it.
I was introduced to Juliette Ashby's music, when her record "Over and Over" was showcased on VH1's hot and steamy scripted show, "Single Ladies." As I listened to that hot track pumping from my television speakers, I immediately fell in love with her sound. I thought, "finally, a new artist that I can work with." Quickly I ran to my computer and Googled her name. I absolutely had to find out more about this talented lady. I recently got the opportunity to see her perform live, and Ms Ashby did not disappoint. Her voice is amazing and she sounds even better in person.
Juliette's style of music takes me back to a time that in my opinion has been pushed aside for today's more popular sound. The 1990s sound of neo-soul. Although, I do like pop music, my favorite jonrah of music is neo-soul. Much like some of my favorite r&b and soul artists of the 90s, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill, Juliette Ashby fits right in with the best of them. Her voice is beautiful, but it is richly unique. She sounds like no one. Her lyrics speak right to the heart of me. She sings about things that I am feeling and things that I am thinking . She sings about the experiences of everyday life that most people can relate to. All of her records that I have heard, I absolutely love. "No Regrets," "Hoping," and "Grow Like A Seed," are just a few of my favorites.
Before her set began, I had the pleasure of sitting down with her to talk about her journey thus far, and her plans for the immediate future. I should add that though she is very pretty in pictures and on video, the camera does not do her justice. With naturally long beautiful brownish blonde hair, a gorgeous smile, big beautiful eyes, and a figure that is sure to stop traffic, Juliette is stunning in person.
Denee Anaya: Whoare some of your biggest musical influences?
Juliette Ashby: I love soul music. In England we have amazing artists,but we don't have a lot of soul music on the radio. It's a very small market. My biggest influences are mainly american artists. I Love Angie Stone.
DA: When did you first know that you wanted to become a performer?
JA: I always performed in school. Any opportunity at school to do performances, I loved performing. However, my music teacher didn't like me very much because I was quite outspoken, and kind of disruptive. They only rewarded the good children with being able to sing. So I always ended up playing the drum, which was quite frustrating for me. But it was fine.
DA: Tell me about the time you first performed on stage.
JA: My first performance in public on stage, I was 16. It was in a club I shouldn't have been in. It was a club called 10 Room, and it was every Monday night. Everyone used to perform there. All the huge R&B artists. Anyone who came over from America would perform there. The band was amazing. I felt so at home.
DA: Who are your favorite musical artists?
JA: My two biggest influences are Bob Marley and Bonnie Raitt. People always say that they are such a contrast. But for me country music is really similar to reggae music. I find that they are all storytellers. Bony Raitt is a storyteller. Bob Marley is a storyteller. Bonnie Raitt, for me was the first album I got, when I was 7. I learned her album "Nick Of Time" back to back. Every lyric, every song, I studied her. I was infatuated with her voice, how she played guitar and how she looked.
I don't know what my connection is to Bob Marley. But I always feel at home when I hear him. He makes me feel normal. If I am traveling and I feel homesick, I listen to Bob Marley. He's amazing.
DA: How do you categorize your music?
JA: I always say that my music is R&B with Reggae influences. I don't write songs about love. I write songs about struggle, about being empowered and working hard. A lot of things that have happened in my life. A lot of things that have affected me.When I'm happy, I don't have a lot to write about.
DA: Do you have a favorite song that you have recorded?
JA: For me "Over and Over" is my favorite. That is the music that I love to sing to. I love performing it. I love singing it. The producer, Mike Kalombo from "So So Def, is from Atlanta. He is amazing. He's like my brother now. We're working on the album together.
DA: When are you going to release your album?
JA: We were going to release the album in August. But I've pushed it back. I don't want to rush it. I want to make sure it's exactly what I want. I want to be completely happy with it. Every single song, every interlude, it's my baby. It's hard because I've got albums of work and material. Separating what I want to go on this first album is hard, because I've got songs that I recorded a couple of years ago. I also have new material that I love.
DA: You were best friends with Amy Winehouse. Tell me about the group the two of you had together.
JA: We were eight years old when we went into the studio, and we would rap. We would sing a little bit, but we would mostly rap. We were like the British child version of "Salt n Peppa." We were having fun. That was our first time recording music that we wrote.
DA: What was it like growing up with your dad "Jonathan Ashby" co-founder of World Entertainment News Network (WENN) ?
JA: My dad is the most amazing man. He is the reason I am who I am. And how far I am in my career. My parents always taught me to go after what I wanted. WENN started in our house when I was a kid. It was a 24 hour business, and it was set up in the back of our house. I would always hear music and interviews. My dad is an amazing writer. That's where I get my writing skills. My mum is the same, they are both very talented people.
DA: You started "JJ's Soulshack Live" with you sister Jessica Ashby. Tell me about it.
JA: After Ten Rooms shut down. We felt that there needed to be another club that showcased live music. I'm always surrounded by so many talented artists. So I wanted to have a place where they could perform. I also wanted a home base where I could perform. That's our hub. That's our baby.
DA: What's next for you?
JA: I'm going to Atlanta to finish up my album. There are some great producers there that I would love to work with.
DA: Last but not least, are you seeing someone special?
JA: Yes I have a special someone in my life. "Over and Over" is about that person. We had been dating 9 years when I recorded the song. It's of course been longer than that now. I'm very lucky. I'm very happy.
I am a huge fan of Tempe, Arizona, Alternative Rock Band, Eclipses For Eyes. Lead Singer, Lexi Salazar's vocal talent blows me away. Eclipses For Eyes band members include: Cameron Dartt - Guitar Allen Zettel – Guitar Sam Mitchell – Violin Dustin Yoes - Drums Alex Cardwell – Bass
These guys are fantastic. Lexi's vocal style has been compared to super rock group's Paramore's, Lead Singer. However, Lexi insists that her writing style is completely different, focusing less on matters of the heart and more on following your dreams.
It's hard for me to pick a favorite record from their EP "Letters." But if I must, "Sharks" would have to be at the top of my list. Opening Verse:
"I feel the most alone when I search for your affection. And you know it makes me fall apart, oh you've known it from the start. There's no one I don't want to write about anymore. There's no one I don't want to sing about anymore. You're a circle of sharks in open water. The voice inside my head that screams "Why bother" You're a circle of sharks in open water."
New Jersey Composer and Hip Hop Artist Tunde Akinrolabu better know as T. Akin, began writing poetry at the age of 12. Deeply passionate about music and songwriting, he was educated in music theory, and has been composing music for the past 6 years.
Kadillak Kaz is from the West Coast. He grew up in Southern California during the time of gang violence, drugs and racial tensions. Growing up in the midst of utter confusion, music and writing became Kadillak's passion. At an early age, he took to the pen as an outlet to express his pain and frustration. His lyrics reflect his life experiences and his faith in GOD, which gave him the determination to rise above his circumstances. He hopes that he can inspire others with similar backgrounds to stay strong and persevere.
Kadillak has performed with legendary hip hop recording artists such as Raekwon, Pharcyde, Jayo Felony, Kurupt, Roscoe, Sleepy Brown, Sugar Free, Bad Azz, W.C., Ice Cube, Mack 10, Cashis and Jon B.
His first solo project titled “Cash Out or Mash Out,” included hits “Bedda Learn Bout It,” “Godda Do” & “Here 4 U.”
Kadillak's second album is titled “The Coldest Winter Ever." On this record, he collaborated with artists Mac Lucci, Eastwood, Tri Star, and others. The project has gained a strong following in Japan, Germany, Paris, Canada and Africa.
Kadillak also released his first mix tape “Hood Legacy Vol. 12." He co-hosted with DJ Kingflow of Paris, DJ Danny of Germany and “Lak N Load” hosted by Dj Wizkid. Currently, Kadillak Kaz is busy in the studio working on his latest album. For Kadillak's Bio and more information on this talented artist and upcoming events, visit his website http://itskaddybaby.com/