Acoustic soul music from JJ Dae due September 27

JJ DAE
JJ DAE

JJ Dae is a music maker who is doing something different. He plays both the guitar and piano and raps and sings.

JJ Dae manages to fuse R&B, hip-hop, pop and soul music together with his original music like “That Girl” and “Stuck In The Moment.” He can rap AND croon, making “southern soul” guitar-based music that might remind you of B.O.B., John Mayer and Frank Ocean.

Hailing from South Carolina, JJ Dae is a passionate performer, ever ready to experiment musically. On Sept. 27th, look for his “mixtape” release on iTunes and elsewhere.

Visit JJ Dae’s website here to connect with the artist and see several of his music videos. –Mark Weber Music Blog

 

A new take on an old U2 song from Barbara Lusch

The band U2 recently made headlines for giving away its latest album for free to all iTunes users. A band like U2 can do that and not worry too much about money, since they’ve been popular for decades. Indeed, U2 was well known as one of the biggest acts of the 1980s, and how many of us remember their huge hit, “Where The Streets Have No Name?”

Barbara Lusch
Barbara Lusch

Singer Barbara Lusch puts her take on that classic song, slowing it down and making it a jazzy, orchestral, dreamy version. Hear it here:

Barbara Lusch’s take on “Where The Streets Have No Name” is just one of a number of 1980s rock song covers on her “Rock Me Sweet” recording. If you’d like to hear her versions of classic 1980s hits from Foreigner, Cheap Trick, Bon Jovi, Yes, David Bowie and Duran Duran, visit her website.

News Tunez connects news to music

NewsTunez
NewsTunez

NewsTunez.com is a creative new website “connecting socially conscious music to important news, global issues and satire.”

Sarah Dessen once said, “Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.”

This is the vision of News Tunez. Join the cause at http://www.newstunez.com.

Creating a good work environment for music bands and more

Music bands can easily break-up if they lack communication between members or project a bad attitude to the people they encounter, from fans to promoters. There are several things that help foster a good work environment for music bands…
 
1. Integrity
•Always project a positive image of the band.
•Choose to do what is right for the band rather than oneself.
•Be a good manager of the time, money and resources of the band.
•Follow through with assigned tasks.
 
2. Teamwork
•Communicate in a pro-active way with band members and management.
•Put others’ needs before your own.
•Encourage others and provide specific feedback.
•Reward what you want repeated. 
•Standout or step back when asked.
•Have an attitude that utilizes your talent for the benefit of others.
•Take time to build relationships with band members.
 
3. Excellence
•Take time develop your talents and encourage others to do so, too.
•Take the time to develop as a team.
•Strive to do the very best with the talent you have.
•Have a “whatever it takes” attitude.
 
4. Fun Through Creativity 
•Make every moment (lesson/concert/meeting) fun-filled.
•Have a positive attitude even while instilling discipline and structure.
•Create an environment where people can contribute ideas freely.
•Goofiness is encouraged.
•Laughing, smiling and high-fives are the norm. 

Thanks to music maker Johnny Juarez for these lists of great advice! –Mark Weber Music Blog

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Cinematic music from Dale Nichols in Dubai

Canadian musician/composer Dale Nichols creates music of an evocative style, weaving layers of emotion and melody into beautiful soundscapes for an intimate, cinematic feel. He also enjoys exploring music of other genres including jazz & blues, stride, rock, and pop. Today he lives in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) where he performs regularly at venues around the city.

To learn more about Dale Nichols, find him on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram. –Mark Weber Music Blog

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Experimental bass from John M. Shaughnessy II

Bassist John M. Shaughnessy II just released “All That Was Left Behind,” a CD of original, instrumental music, and I am impressed.

Weaving between jazz and funk, Shaughnessy is a true musician, enjoying the fun of experimenting with sound.

Educated in Buffalo, and winding up in Charlotte, Shaughnessy wanted to record an album of songs he’d been “saving” for years. Recruiting fellow musicians Chris Garges and Ron Brendle, “All That Was Left Behind” took two hot, sweaty July days to record in the studio. And by looking back on music from his past, Shaughnessy experienced both a creative and professional rebirth of sorts.

Without overdubs or studio wizardry, “All That Was Left Behind” is an album of tracks that haven’t been tampered with– indeed, most tracks are first or second takes, giving the album an honest, live, and compelling feel.

To find out more about bassist John M. Shaughnessy II, visit his website here. –Mark Weber Music Blog

Adam Levine’s band will tour in 2015

Be honest: can you name another person in Maroon 5 besides singer Adam Levine? Maroon 5 lives or dies based on Levine, and with his many appearances on NBC’s “The Voice” TV show, Levine has never been more popular. And that’s good news for his band Maroon 5, as they get ready to tour internationally in 2015. Kicking off in Dallas on February 16, The Maroon 5 World Tour 2015 will include dozens of dates in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Maroon 5 will be playing songs from their latest album, “V,” including their hit single, “Maps,” and soon-to-be hit “Animals.”

One Direction has sold more than $230 million in tickets this year

Most people may laugh at the “boy band” One Direction, but those boys are laughing all the way to the bank. The band, which appeals to teen girls who spend lots of money, is the first touring music group to sell over $200 million in tickets in 2014.

One Direction has been touring the world, with a focus on Europe and North America, raking in $230 million. So, all you musicians who can’t seem to make money– here’s  the deal. Recruit teenage boys who teenage girls find attractive. Record them singing some songs, put them in sexy clothes, and share their link(s) on social media. Then you just might be able to get quite rich in the music biz.

New country pop duet from Sarantos

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Sarantos is an artist who keeps in touch with fans. Combining soft rock, pop, country and dance music, he releases a new song on the first Tuesday of every month. Then he releases a new music video on the second Tuesday of the month, a funny video on the third Tuesday of the month, and a whiteboard video on the fourth.

Just recently, Sarantos released a new country pop love duet called “A Country Song.” It’s about two people in love– a man and his wife and “what they like to do.”

You can listen to it at www.melogia.com– more specifically here.

Carmen Lundy

You need to hear jazz singer Carmen Lundy

Jazz singer Carmen Lundy will release her 14th album, Soul To Soul, September 23rd. This time around she’s teamed up with fellow acclaimed vocalist Patrice Rushen of “Forget Me Nots” fame and sought-after trumpeter Randy Brecker.

Get an idea of Lundy’s sound in this video from her previous release:

Lundy not only arranged 11 of the 13 songs on the new album, but also played every instrument– props for that! Visit www.carmenlundy.com if you like exquisite vocals with jazzy piano and drums. Diana Krall fans– add Carmen Lundy to your playlists! –Mark Weber Music Blog

Everett Young finds music life starts after 40

KL_Promo_01For Everett Young, his music career really started taking off after age 40. It wasn’t until age 42 or 43 that Young got to the point where he could “really play guitar.”

The self-taught musician may have gotten a later start in the professional music world, but with time came wisdom and seasoning, resulting in music made not just for the moment– like so much pop/rock is today– but music for people who think about issues and ideas and are looking for artists who are willing to take chances with songs about confronting fears and more.

Online, you’ll find Young’s music under the name “Kicklighter.” You can visit his website, here, to learn more about the man who cares about crafting sophisticated up-tempo songs with thoughtful lyrics. Take a listen to “Until You See The Sun,” which is written to encourage people to find their passion, commit to it, and live it throughout their live–good stuff! –Mark Weber Music Blog

Taylor Swift’s single debuts at number one

It’s not everyday that a song debuts at number one on the Billboard charts. Taylor Swift’s latest, “Shake It Off,” did just that, becoming only the 22nd song in pop music history to debut in the top slot on the charts.

The single managed to go straight to number one due to a variety of factors, including more than half a million people paying to download the tune. In addition, the single has received heavy radio airplay.

Swift’s fifth studio album, 1989, will be released on October 27, 2014.

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Emoshoon Ophy

Emoshoon Ophy is an eclectic musical duo with an intriguing new song called “Cocoa Be.” Dig the African rhythms! The duo used to live close to one another in Nigeria, but didn’t meet until 2010. Since then, they discovered they make a good musical pairing from their adopted home base of Antwerp, Belgium. I appreciate that “Cocoa Be” does NOT sound like everything else on the radio today. I wish American popular music was willing to get out of the staid box its been in for a long time and allow creative music makers like Emoshoon Ophy to gain a mass following in The States! We need more artists like Emoshoon Ophy. –Mark Weber Music Blog

Links:
www.emoshoonophy.com
www.twitter.com/emoshoonophy
www.reverbnation.com/emoshoonophy
http://www.hulkshare.com/Emoshoonophy
https://soundcloud.com/emotionofy-oophy

Energetic “Hey Hey” dance single from House of Pryme

House of Pryme
House of Pryme

“Hey Hey” is a song that dares you not to dance. It’s high-energy fun, and it’s now available as a digital download release from SFN Records.

The crew behind “Hey Hey” is known as House of Pryme, a house and dance band trio comprised of musicians Rocco DiVinci, Lord Fisher and St John. Featuring vocals by guest singer Rosy Donovan, “Hey Hey” is made for dance clubs around the globe, with its familiar-yet-futuristic feel.

Imagine a disco ball, colorful lights bouncing around, and good looking people with smiles on their faces, as they’re happily dancing, all sweaty and funky– that’s the crowd who’ll jump at the chance to dance to “Hey Hey.”

“Hey Hey” is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and on SFNRECORDS.com. If you want high-energy music to dance to, you can’t go wrong with House of Pryme. –Mark Weber Music Blog

Home Free does superb cover of All About That Bass

Home Free first came to my attention on the TV show The Sing-Off. They’re an acappella group of five vocalists– Austin Brown, Rob Lundquist, Chris Rupp, Tim Foust and Adam Rupp. They do something that’s rare in music these days– have fun! Case in point– what a fun cover of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” (as seen above). Home Free vocal band is touring all over and gaining new fans daily. With their charisma, harmonies, and country-pop style, I recommend Home Free to “y’all.” –Mark Weber Music Blog

James Brown film marketed via Pandora

Famous music makers aren’t truly famous until their life is turned into a feature film– think Johnny Cash’s “Walk The Line” or Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” James Brown gets the biopic treatment in the new film, “Get On Up.” In 2014, however, the way a film about a music maker gets marketed has changed from the way it was done in the past…

Here’s where it gets interesting– if you use Pandora, the service that helps you discover music you’d like based on an artist or tempo or style, then you should know Universal Pictures got in touch with them to create a James Brown-themed station in order to be an advertisement for the “Get On Up” film. James Brown may be known for 1960s hits like “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” and “I Got You (I Feel Good),” but young people today probably don’t know his music. But they do use Pandora. So the movie company is smart in going where the young people are and utilizing Pandora to market James Browns’ music, and, subsequently, the film.

As for me, I appreciate James Brown, and like his hits, but am not a total fan of his. While I know he set the standard for funk music, and worked hard in show biz to entertain millions, he’s not in my personal pantheon of popular music makers. That said, it would be interesting to see “Get On Up,” which would give me a better perspective on his life and contributions to the music world.

One thing’s for sure: expect to hear ads for movies on Pandora, as it is currently a service that reaches a large, interested audience effectively.

Amy Grant making dance club music

Now you can dance– or exercise– to Amy Grant’s music as she has a remix project out and it’s funky! Hear a sample here:

Amy Grant’s career spans more than 30 years and stretches from her roots in gospel into becoming an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist. With three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums and four gold albums, her total career album sales have exceeded 30 million.

Grant’s chart success has been consistent throughout her career with six No. 1 hits, ten Top 40 pop singles, seventeen Top 40 Adult Contemporary tracks and multiple Contemporary Christian chart-toppers. In addition to her six GRAMMY® Awards, Grant has earned 26 Dove Awards (including four Artist of the Year Awards) and has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Conventional wisdom has it that Grant put Contemporary Christian Music on the map becoming the first Contemporary Christian artist to have a platinum record, the first to hit No. 1 on the Pop charts, and the first to perform at the GRAMMY® Awards. With that, her legacy as one of the most influential artists of the past couple of decades is assured. Her first career remix album, entitled In Motion: The Remixes, is available now.

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