Hear Hold It Down by Island Apollo

If you like Saint Motel, Atlas Genius, or Maroon5, then I’d like you to give the band Island Apollo a listen. They’re from Southern California, have had their music in national ads for the likes of Sprint and Sobe, and, best of all, you’ve got to hear their new single! It’s called “Hold It Down,” and it’s the kind of pop music I miss: synths, drums, guitars and solid vocals……

Commissionaires

From Newworldson to The Commissionaires

It’s hard to keep music groups together. Things like marriage, kids, and egos get in the way. Then there’s the “different direction” thing– where one of the band’s members just wants to do something different and the others are like, “Ummm… okay?” And a life of touring instead of staying home can really take its toll on people. Joel Parisien made a big splash in the Christian music world through…

Mandisa

Mandisa is back with “Out of the Dark”

Mandisa is like most of us. She has battled being fat for the longest time– can you relate? She has been clinically depressed… another thing millions of people go through. She has had her fair share of ups and downs in life. You might remember Mandisa from her time on American Idol. She was the bold contestant to sing “Shackles” by Mary Mary, a Gospel song, which Simon Cowell called…

Roadcase Royale releases “Get Loud”

“Get Loud,” the debut single from Roadcase Royale, is now available on iTunes and all major digital outlets. I like it. The new band, featuring Nancy Wilson of Heart and Liv Warfield formerly of Prince’s New Power Generation, recently released the live performance video of “Get Loud” on their YouTube channel and on the band’s official website. Roadcase Royale’s musical talent shines in “Get Loud.” The song begins with a…

Marc Scibilia

Marc Scibilia Summer Clothes

Marc Scibilia grew up in the cold backwater of Buffalo, New York. His family were music makers, including his dad. Marc’s new song is informed by his past life in Buffalo, with a special nod to his dad, Bob, whom I know personally. Indeed, the picture for the new Marc Scibilia single is a picture of Bob and his son from long ago. Marc couldn’t wait to skip town when…

Dance to Speed of Life by Sweden’s Aditone

I thought Aditone sounded good before, on his track “Dynasty” a few months back, but now he’s returned to the recording studio to unleash a new song called “Speed of Life,” and he sounds better than ever! “Speed of Life” sounds like something that’s immediately radio ready. It’s upbeat, with a danceable beat, positive lyrics, and electronic influences that will get your feet moving and your shoulders groovin’. The song…

James Patrick Morgan with Expected

I’m diggin’ James Patrick Morgan’s new song, “Expected.” The Atlanta-based pop-rock and soul singer/songwriter just released his first single from his upcoming EP and it’s an infectious pop song. “Expected” is the first song on the EP Art + Work = Love, which will be released in early 2017 through Cloverland Entertainment. “Expected” is currently available to stream via SoundCloud and available to purchase on iTunes and all major digital outlets….

So Many Men gets revamped by producer Tuplain

Tuplain is a passionate music maker. He does music composition and production in multiple genres, including electronic dance music, deep house, hip-hop, and Latin lounge. His latest, “So Many Men,” featuring the L.A.-based singer L. Paris, seems to fall into the pop category with a taste for Latin lounge and hip-hop, as it sounds both jazzy and stylish. There are horns, tinkling piano and a groovy bassline. It’s musically interesting…

Bleeding Obvious offers best album of 2016

The Bleeding Obvious reminds me of a very creative person being unleashed on a computer complete with a multitude of instruments around her and a lifetime of interesting influences. Indeed, The Bleeding Obvious is the musical project debut of music maker Jess Rowbottom from the UK. A onetime Wakefield Cathedral chorister, Rowbottom decided to record the new album thanks to personal life changes in recent years. While I’m not sure what…

Aditone is a dynamic artist with Dynasty

Aditone is a dynamic music artist from Sweden. One listen to his song “Dynasty” and you’ll feel like you’ve been in the presence of musical greatness. It’s no wonder, then, that he counts Michael Jackson as an influence. His over-the-top sound and passion for what he does reminds me of MJ. Aditone has been passionate about writing music for his entire life. Even as a little kid, at the age…

Jack Rose offers Pretty Pictures

Wait a minute…Jack Rose is just 14-years-old? His polished sound on the catchy song “Pretty Pictures” had me thinking he was in his 20s or 30s because he sounds so professional and, well, mature– in a great way. It turns out that Jack Rose wears many hats at a young age. Besides being a talented singer and songwriter, he’s also a rapper, actor and radio presenter. Jack Rose is originally from…

Sarantos is back with new song

Sarantos just released a new song called “The Silence Doesn’t Bother Me.” According to Sarantos, “The song is about being comfortable in the silence of your art not being well-received. Regardless of whether it’s a movie, song, book or painting, the artist is in a very real sense naked and exposes all personal vulnerabilities when their art is released into the public light. No artist ever creates something out of…

Justin Bieber Love Yourself

Justin Bieber Love Yourself…There are two things about this particular song that stand out to me: 1) it’s vocals and guitar throughout…but NO drums! 2) it has a trumpet solo…a TRUMPET solo! You see, most pop music– the kind that makes it into the Top 10 of the charts, anyway, would say yes to drums and no to trumpet solos. Justin Bieber has managed to make something that sounds quite…

1980s Songs and Artists and Interviews

Classic 1980s songs being discussed by the artists who performed them and made them hits? Where? On YouTube, thanks to Boom 97.3 Toronto. With the “Behind the Vinyl” series, now’s your chance to hear from 1980s artists like Spandau Ballet, Howard Jones and Taylor Dayne, as they talk about their huge hit songs– while the record plays! Here’s Spandau Ballet talking about “True.” It was quite a departure for the…

What Natalie Cole Meant To Me

This morning I awoke to news on the radio that singer Natalie Cole had died. At first I wondered if I was dreaming. Then I checked my phone to see Facebook and Twitter and it was confirmed: she passed away New Year’s Eve night at the age of 65. Natalie Cole meant something to me. I didn’t know her for her 1970s R&B hits, initially. As a child of the…