Bunny Sigler

Bunny Sigler reminds me of Ronald Isley, Smokey Robinson, Little Anthony and other male singers who excel at singing love songs and aren’t afraid of using their falsetto voice when needed. Bunny Sigler, known for helping craft the “Philly Sound,” and working with such artists as The O’Jays, Gamble and Huff, Patti LaBelle, and, more recently, Jay Z and OutKast, may be in his 70s but shows no signs of slowing down. His latest offering, Bundino, has 14 diverse R&B tracks with a little something for all ages, from hip-hop to ballads. I especially like the danceable anthem, “Stand Up,” which encourages people to stand up for what they believe in. Also of note is the fun song about Southern cookin’ entitled “Buttermilk and Cornbread.” –Mark Weber Music Blog

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NO GHOSTS from The Sunless Sea

NO GHOSTS is the debut EP from The Sunless Sea. The artist behind the music described its development like this:

“Late last year, I kinda fell off the planet. While I was gone, I wrote an album. I sat down, wrote an entire album, recorded the entire thing, and when I turned around, it was actually pretty f-ing cool. This record is really important to me, and it’s by far the most honest I’ve ever been artistically.” Hear it here:

Up In The Lights by Seldom Seen will get you dancing

“Up In The Lights” by Seldom Seen will get you dancing. Hear the new club smash hit song here:

An independent pop/hip-hop artist from Long Island, Seldom Seen has opened for multi-platinum artists B2K and Akon in Munich, Germany. He co-wrote the song “Sweat Tonight (Shake it Baby),” used as the theme for the Munich-based fitness company Flexi Sports in their official fitness music mix. Also, Seldom Seen’s “It Might Be Worth It” was featured on Blue Mountain State on Spike TV. –Mark Weber Music Blog

Steven Tyler Country Music

Steven_Tyler_Country_MusicSteven Tyler Country music maker? He is known as one of rock music’s most famous singers. So, it’s interesting to hear that Steven Tyler Country music fans will enjoy the singer’s Country album this year. Did you know he lists the Everly Brothers and the Carter Family among his earliest influences? What do you think: do you want to hear Steven Tyler Country music? –Mark Weber Music Blog

Black Girls Rock

Black girls rock.

Generally, when you think of rock stars, you think of white men. But there have been black women who’ve daringly made a stylistic leap from their pop/R&B roots into the “heavier,” “more masculine” world of “real” music– “rock music.” For some odd reason, white men have a hard time accepting anyone but fellow white men as being true rock stars, when in reality, the world is much bigger than just white men. Indeed, black women can like rock music and they sure can make rock music. Here are some examples where black girls rock.

“Prejudice? Wrote a song about it…like to hear it? Here it go: Free Your Mind!” En Vogue, the funky divas of soul, proved black women rock with their huge hard rock 4-part harmonious 1992/1993 hit, “Free Your Mind.”

“What I really wanna know is– Are you gonna go my way?” If you saw the music video for “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz in the 1990s, you saw Cindy Blackman rockin’ the drums. Blackman earned her right to be considered one of today’s top drummers. While she enjoys recording jazz albums, she’s always ready to rock, too, and is married to (and performs with) Carlos Santana.

“I’ve got the stuff that you want, I’ve got the thing that you need, I’ve got more than enough to make you drop to your knees, ‘Cause I’m the queen of the night!” Whitney Houston– God rest her soul– was known for ballads and dance-pop songs, but around the same time she was known for “I Will Always Love You,” from The Bodyguard soundtrack, she had a hard rock hit with “Queen of the Night.”

“Black cat, nine lives, short days, long nights, livin’ on the edge, not afraid to die, heart beat, real strong, but not for long, better watch your step or you’re gonna die!” Janet Jackson wrote “Black Cat” herself and figured since she grew up listening to rock music from the likes of Led Zeppelin that she could pull off her own hard rock song– and she did. It hit #1 on the charts.

“I know it’s only rock-n-roll, but I like it, I like it, yes I do!” Tina Turner is, hands down, one of the most famous and beloved rock stars in the world. She has done it all– country, disco, R&B, and, of course, rock, where she found huge success with her strong voice, dance moves, and legendary legs. It has been said Mick Jagger got his signature dance moves from Tina.

“Didn’t it rain, children? How it rained. I said it rained!” Sister Rosetta Tharpe didn’t look like your typical rock star back in the 1960s, but white kids in Europe loved this strong singer playing her guitar and mixing Gospel with blues and rock. If you didn’t know her name, now you know…

Black girls rock and if you can think of others you’d like to include, post in the comments.

–Mark Weber Music Blog

The Jets Band

The Jets band had a huge hit, “Crush on You,” in the 1980s. The Tongan family had massive but short-lived success…

Today, The Jets band can be found playing county fairs and casinos. I still like The Jets band and think it would be cool for them to have a hit song again. If you miss The Jets band, leave comments. –Mark Weber Music Blog

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Amai Ne’s Dark Horizon

Amai Ne’s rock-metal song “Dark Horizon” has lyrics you need to read:

I’m back in my prison
back in my shelterThere’s a fear inside of me
I scream it quietly
in this torrent of emotion
it haunts me everyday

I hold my pillow tight
against this rising tide
I hold my pillow tight

namida, fall like rain
susurinaki, drowning me
kanashii, over my head
like a dark cloud with no silver lining

I feel so alone
I don’t know where to turn
I keep it all inside
so that no one knows

From the corner of my room
it’s such a lonely view
but it comforts me
from the demons that I keep

I stare into the darkness
when no more tears remain
hide under my blanket
to escape the pain

I hold my pillow tight
my hopes and fears collide
I hold my pillow tight

kowai, I’m so scared
kowareta, broken wings
tsukare, close my eyes
I’m tired but I can’t fall asleep

I feel so alone
I don’t know where to turn
I keep it all inside
so that no one knows

From the corner of my room
it’s such a lonely view
but it comforts me
from the wars inside of me

Can’t see beyond this dark horizon
though I’m trying everyday
and I don’t know if my heart can take it
but I think I’ll be okay

rousoku no kage wa utsukushiku

I feel so alone
I don’t know where to turn
I keep it all inside
so that no one knows

From the corner of my room
it’s such a lonely view
but it shelters me
from the storms inside of me

The song/video makes me think of all the young girls, worldwide, who are victims of the sex slave trade. Can you imagine how they feel? Amai Ne’s song gives us all a glimpse into those feelings. –Mark Weber Music Blog

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Aminita Satori leaves corporate world to make artistic music

Aminita Satori was part of the corporate world, producing soundtracks on major TV ad campaigns for companies like McDonald’s, Budweiser, and Verizon. But, the artist inside Aminita Satori had to be let out of the business world, so Where Language Fails brings together elements of chillwave, electronica, ambient, and hip hop music in an intoxicating way for those who like artistic music uncontrolled by corporate interests. Hear for yourself here:

If you like Sara Bareilles you’ll like Danielle Taylor

The first thing I thought when I heard the opening part of Danielle Taylor’s piano pop song, “Fearless,” without even hearing her sing, is, “this sounds like Sara Bareilles.”

Indeed, Danielle has a video of herself singing Sara Bareilles’ “Brave.”

I like Sara Bareilles and I now like Danielle Taylor, too. Check out this dynamic singer’s website here. –Mark Weber Music Blog

A song for any couple who wish they never met each other!

By day, Rich Anthony (whose full name is Richard Anthony Goberville) is a physics teacher…and then, during the summertime when teachers have off, he spends his time recording the songs he has written throughout the year.

I have to say that his song, “I Wish I Never Met You,” really comes to life through its creative music video. With a male/female couple dressed in colorful dinosaur costumes, the scenes show how happy a couple can be, and then, how unhappy they can be when they don’t agree on things like food and movie choices. I could see this video going viral as many, many people can relate to the sentiment of this song:

If you remember Roxette’s hit song, “Dressed For Success,” see if you can sense a similarity in the chord changes/melody– I do, and that’s a good thing because I loved that song and now I love this song, too. Rich Anthony counts Pet Shop Boys, Michael Jackson and James Taylor among his influences, and his songs range from folk to dance. He’s currently working on his 4th CD which he hopes to complete later this year. Keep tabs on him at www.richanthonymusic.com –Mark Weber Music Blog

Blu Collar Glomeration takes on Obama

Blu Collar Glomeration is at it again with a song called “The Bittersweet Saga of Barry Soetoro.” In the song, the artist offers a folksy voice talking about President Obama’s past. Is he Kenyan? Why was he known as Barry Soetoro in school? How did he end up becoming a U.S. President? Overall, the song makes the point that he should be impeached, but he’s still in power. The other notable idea brought up by the song is the idea that Obama seems to act like a dictator who would rather we all surrender our rights. Whether or not you agree with Blu Collar Glomeration’s approach to using music to talk about Obama, one thing’s for sure: it’ll get you questioning Obama and our government in general.

The Bee Gees remixed by Dr!ve

This disco sound never dies! The music of The Bee Gees has been sampled for many hip-hop hits from Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly, and Jay-Z, just to name a few. Dr!ve, a band from London, takes The Bee Gee’s 1979 song, “Love You Inside Out,” and “we tried a new angle by removing the chorus and focusing on the opening arrangements, which we hope gives the song a new character.” I like it! –Mark Weber Music Blog

Pleasant sounding AC artist Cobi Mike

Cobi Mike’s recent decision to leave Gentlemen Hall (Island Records) to release his first solo project arose from his desire to rediscover his voice and share his personal message. In 2008, the singer-songwriter helped form the unique Boston musical collective. Gentlemen Hall quickly catapulted to success, being awarded a MTV Video Music Award in 2009 and performing on the Billboard Music Awards in 2011.  In 2013, they received placements in Target and Samsung commercials as well as the CW’s 90210 and ABC’s Pretty Little Liars.

Honestly, I never heard of Gentleman Hall, but Cobi Mike is a good AC (adult contemporary) singer, so I thought I’d share that he has a new four song EP combining acoustic and electronic elements, and here you can hear his pleasant sound:

–Mark Weber Music Blog

Manett’s Stigma-Style available on cassette

Manett’s “Stigma-Style” EP reminds me of music when music wasn’t so overproduced– with songs like “Treehouse,” you’ll feel like you’re back in the 1980s listening to a college radio station– and, in my opinion, that’s a good thing! You can download Manett’s music or– get this– get it on cassette tape. Bonus points for that, right? –Mark Weber Music Blog

Movie and music shines a light on disabled dreamers and doers

Have you ever called someone a “retard?” It happens. But words surely can hurt a person. More than 3 million American kids will be bullied this year. They’ll be called “retard,” “fatso,” “fag,” “nigger,” and other words that can leave a lasting sting on their psyche.

Come this May 15th, there’s going to be a movie released called Where Hope Grows, and it chronicles David DeSanctis, a young man with Down’s Syndrome. He’s defying the odds and shattering stereotypes for people living with disabilities, and I’m sure his story can and will cause people to think twice when they encounter someone who stands out from the crowd.

The movie also features others, including a rapper. Thus, the movie incorporates music and shows the world that disabled young people can be both dreamers and doers, like their non-disabled friends.

Here’s a short video to whet your appetite for the film:

That’s Moriah Peters singing “Brave” in the video called “Stand Up For Downs.” –Mark Weber Music Blog

What was the first DISCO hit?

If you think of the 1970s, you inevitably think of disco music as performed by Gloria Gaynor, Donna Summer, The Village People, The Bee Gees, and, of course, KC & The Sunshine Band– fronted by Harry Casey. Did you know the song that ushered in the disco era was by KC & The Sunshine Band? It was 1974’s “Rock Your Baby.” Hear it here:

Pretty funky jam, right? I’m glad to tell ya KC & The Sunshine Band are still going strong even now, in 2015. I saw them recently, and they put on one helluva great show. If you get a chance to see ’em live, GO! –Mark Weber Music Blog

Soundtracks from Yash Qaraah

Keeping it funky like Prince, it’s Yash Qaraah with his release, Daddy, available on Google Play. The title track is joined by two other songs, “7” and “I Love U,” available for downloading. Meanwhile, Qaraah’s “soundtracks” are available to download at http://7stage.com/soundtracks.html where you’ll find a diverse group of songs, including film score tracks like “Missing Me” and “Take A Dive,” along with funky joints like “When It’s Over.” –Mark Weber Music Blog

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