VideoMusicStars http://videomusicstars.com Independent Music News Headlines Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:39:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 ZUFO – electro-rock soundscapes to carry you through the journey of rich images, woven by words http://videomusicstars.com/zufo-electro-rock-soundscapes-to-carry-you-through-the-journey-of-rich-images-woven-by-words/ http://videomusicstars.com/zufo-electro-rock-soundscapes-to-carry-you-through-the-journey-of-rich-images-woven-by-words/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:09:06 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10001 zufo-680

There are a lot of reasons why I love ZUFO. Every single second of each song he records is absolutely enthralling in every way. First off, the lyrics; Zufo always finds a way to express deep thoughts simply, yet so elegantly. I imagine that if we knew anything about his personal history over the last several years, many of the phrases and words he uses will have an even more powerful emotional impact on us.

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Every lyric is brilliantly poignant and sounds deeply personal, while also being universal enough for anyone to relate to. I love that. Not only are the words impactful and meaningful, they just flow beautifully. The musical textures that are utilized here are also wonderful, and again nearly every song is laced with subtle studio and instrumental flourishes that become more and more evident with every spin.

Zufo has a pop-oriented sound that's accentuated by lush keyboards, gritty guitars and tasteful dark 80’s electronic flourishes. All seasoned with his intimate and immediately accessible vocals that deliver melodic verses and soaring choruses.

Two songs that stand out above the rest are without any doubt “Broken” and “We’re Time Machines”. Nowadays you rarely hear music that combines thought-provoking, beautiful, memorable lyrics with real music created on instruments that flows perfectly in a cycle. These two tracks feel like a warm hug from a hot and intellectual girlfriend. They’re familiar, yet emotionally challenging, mentally stimulating and totally satisfying.

In an age where tuneless crap constantly floats over the airways, Zufo’s melodies are all strong and make for repeat listening. Everything is painstakingly perfect, in pitch, in place…and melodic; which doesn’t mean that Zufo disregards rhythm, on the contrary. One listen to “Really Feeling Something” and “Hole In My Sole”, where each driven beat is audaciously potent in expressing incessant emotions, proves the point.

And though there may be fiery emotional content in both lyrics and musical mood, there is absolutely no whining and zero self-indulgence, as Zufo is bestowed with a rare union of a keen mind and a deep heart.

His tracks are incisive, unique and compelling, providing a current of alternative electro-rock soundscapes to carry you through the journey of rich images, woven by words.

 I strongly suggest you go and discover Zufo if you like to ‘listen’ and ‘experience’ the music, instead of something to fill the silence.

OFFICAL LINKS: MUSIC PAGEFACEBOOKTWITTERINSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE

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There are a lot of reasons why I love ZUFO. Every single second of each song he records is absolutely enthralling in every way. First off, the lyrics; Zufo always finds a way to express deep thoughts simply, yet so elegantly. I imagine that if we knew anything about his personal history over the last several years, many of the phrases and words he uses will have an even more powerful emotional impact on us.

[caption id="attachment_14257" align="alignleft" width="400"]ZUFO ZUFO[/caption]

Every lyric is brilliantly poignant and sounds deeply personal, while also being universal enough for anyone to relate to. I love that. Not only are the words impactful and meaningful, they just flow beautifully. The musical textures that are utilized here are also wonderful, and again nearly every song is laced with subtle studio and instrumental flourishes that become more and more evident with every spin.

Zufo has a pop-oriented sound that's accentuated by lush keyboards, gritty guitars and tasteful dark 80’s electronic flourishes. All seasoned with his intimate and immediately accessible vocals that deliver melodic verses and soaring choruses.

Two songs that stand out above the rest are without any doubt “Broken” and “We’re Time Machines”. Nowadays you rarely hear music that combines thought-provoking, beautiful, memorable lyrics with real music created on instruments that flows perfectly in a cycle. These two tracks feel like a warm hug from a hot and intellectual girlfriend. They’re familiar, yet emotionally challenging, mentally stimulating and totally satisfying.

In an age where tuneless crap constantly floats over the airways, Zufo’s melodies are all strong and make for repeat listening. Everything is painstakingly perfect, in pitch, in place…and melodic; which doesn’t mean that Zufo disregards rhythm, on the contrary. One listen to “Really Feeling Something” and “Hole In My Sole”, where each driven beat is audaciously potent in expressing incessant emotions, proves the point.

And though there may be fiery emotional content in both lyrics and musical mood, there is absolutely no whining and zero self-indulgence, as Zufo is bestowed with a rare union of a keen mind and a deep heart.

His tracks are incisive, unique and compelling, providing a current of alternative electro-rock soundscapes to carry you through the journey of rich images, woven by words.

 I strongly suggest you go and discover Zufo if you like to ‘listen’ and ‘experience’ the music, instead of something to fill the silence.

OFFICAL LINKS: MUSIC PAGEFACEBOOKTWITTERINSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE

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Saving Apollo: “Come Back Home” – embraces the alternative-pop idiom with natural grace http://videomusicstars.com/saving-apollo-come-back-home-embraces-the-alternative-pop-idiom-with-natural-grace/ http://videomusicstars.com/saving-apollo-come-back-home-embraces-the-alternative-pop-idiom-with-natural-grace/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:25:40 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9998 saving-apollo-CBH-680

Since forming in Pennsylvania State, Caleb Stackhouse, Garette Fallon and Alex Bierdermann of Saving Apollo, are evolving from a scrappy post-punk act into seasoned songwriters and performers as they continue on their way to forging a successful career. On each successive single release, which forms part of a build-up towards their album, Saving Apollo, move more towards the mainstream while never losing their original alternative pop-rock identity. Quite simply, they’re becoming much sweeter to more ears, than just the alternative post-punk or post-rock ones!

On their latest release, “Come Back Home”, Saving Apollo have continued to developed a nearly flawless and perfect formula; alternative-pop, from start to finish, wrapped in an awesome musical sheet filled with emotion and engaging energy.

saving-apollo-CBH-400Caleb Stackhouse’s melodic voice lies perfectly atop the dangerous landscape of guitars and ever-changing rhythm, like icing on the perfect cake. You can one minute be swooned by the haunting beauty of the verses and bridges but then get slightly sledge-hammered during the soaring choruses.

Saving Apollo surprise me on almost every new release, as each song moves up a notch on the ‘overall enjoyment’ grade. They make amazingly great music, nothing less; the songs all have that intense, but catchy appeal, each one standing out on its own at the same time.

Powerful and delicate in perfect measures, “Come Back Home”, embraces the alternative-pop idiom with natural grace, wildly exceeding even the most optimistic expectation.  All words and hype aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this recording. Hopefully the single will be picked out immediately by radio stations, as there is something strikingly catchy and lovely about it.

Saving Apollo is definitely taking a particular direction in their music careers, and based on “Come Back Home”, it’s a direction that promises a lot of success.

OFFICIAL LINKS: Reverbnation - Soundcloud - Facebook - Twitter

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Since forming in Pennsylvania State, Caleb Stackhouse, Garette Fallon and Alex Bierdermann of Saving Apollo, are evolving from a scrappy post-punk act into seasoned songwriters and performers as they continue on their way to forging a successful career. On each successive single release, which forms part of a build-up towards their album, Saving Apollo, move more towards the mainstream while never losing their original alternative pop-rock identity. Quite simply, they’re becoming much sweeter to more ears, than just the alternative post-punk or post-rock ones!

On their latest release, “Come Back Home”, Saving Apollo have continued to developed a nearly flawless and perfect formula; alternative-pop, from start to finish, wrapped in an awesome musical sheet filled with emotion and engaging energy.

saving-apollo-CBH-400Caleb Stackhouse’s melodic voice lies perfectly atop the dangerous landscape of guitars and ever-changing rhythm, like icing on the perfect cake. You can one minute be swooned by the haunting beauty of the verses and bridges but then get slightly sledge-hammered during the soaring choruses.

Saving Apollo surprise me on almost every new release, as each song moves up a notch on the ‘overall enjoyment’ grade. They make amazingly great music, nothing less; the songs all have that intense, but catchy appeal, each one standing out on its own at the same time.

Powerful and delicate in perfect measures, “Come Back Home”, embraces the alternative-pop idiom with natural grace, wildly exceeding even the most optimistic expectation.  All words and hype aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this recording. Hopefully the single will be picked out immediately by radio stations, as there is something strikingly catchy and lovely about it.

Saving Apollo is definitely taking a particular direction in their music careers, and based on “Come Back Home”, it’s a direction that promises a lot of success.

OFFICIAL LINKS: Reverbnation - Soundcloud - Facebook - Twitter

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Aminita Satori: “Where Language Fails” – hallucinatory imagery ingrained into the shifting soundscapes http://videomusicstars.com/aminita-satori-where-language-fails-hallucinatory-imagery-ingrained-into-the-shifting-soundscapes/ http://videomusicstars.com/aminita-satori-where-language-fails-hallucinatory-imagery-ingrained-into-the-shifting-soundscapes/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:20:21 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9993 aminita-satori-680

Originally from Chicago, Aminita Satori enjoyed a successful career producing soundtracks on major TV ad campaigns, for companies like McDonald’s, Budweiser, and Verizon. After a decade in the advertising world, Aminita grew disillusioned with the business and succumbed to a five year writer’s block.

Satori’s interest in music was rekindled in early 2011 upon discovering the lecture archives of late philosopher and author, Terence McKenna, which in turn generated the influences that sprouted, “Where Language Fails” - a collection of 20 tracks that blur the lines between genre definitions and ideas.

Usually, without any awareness of the artist, their identity is sought through encounters with their art, which creates a more intimate bond with the work as opposed to its creator. In the age of hype and the ‘instant celebrity’, this type of listening experience rarely occurs, and often we know more about the ‘artist’ than their ‘works’. However, when the occasion presents itself, as is the case with Aminita Satori, the experience is especially intriguing.

The brand of electronic that Aminita Satori crafts has a certain jazz-element to it, and once you hear it, you can't miss it. There are multiple things going on in each track but if you want you can pick each individual beat or groove out easily- which means that though it maintains certain artistically complex levels, it however remains accessible to the average ear.

The versatile use of synths, electronic beats, sounds and voices keeps you interested while the intermittent interwoven melodies add an extra layer of enjoyment.  I was struck by how the overall feel of album was similar to a hallucinating dreamlike state, regurgitated from the psyche of a musician with an intimate knowledge of electronica, jazz, psychedelia, futurism et al; until I remembered that the album was inspired by works connected to Terence McKenna.

For those not in the know (and I’ll cite directly from Wikipedia, so you may quickly research yourself) - Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000) was an American psychonaut, ethnobotanist, lecturer, and author. He spoke and wrote about a variety of subjects, including psychedelic drugs, plant-based entheogens, shamanism, metaphysics, alchemy, language, culture, technology, and the theoretical origins of human consciousness.

In fact, there seems to be hallucinatory imagery ingrained into the shifting soundscapes in the album, teasing the listener as it unfurls, leading one into a psychedelic frenzy or calm, as any strange narcotic could. “Where Language Fails” is a musical sketch pad filled with notations of beautiful vocal madness, streams of conventional rhythmic consciousness and vague melodic associations that result in a vivid listening experience, capturing the full magnitude of Aminita Satori’s eclectic creative potential.

Defying any genre classification, Satori’s ambient electronic psychedelia, often stuffed with soulful blaring horns, harnesses soundscapes and rhythms that groove thoroughly. The result is a sometimes chill, sometimes fiercely energetic, listening experience that is always sonically satisfying.

Personally, I find track-listings and selecting standout songs totally irrelevant in a singular musical statement as bold as “Where Language Fails”.  This is the type of album you put on from track one, and then allow your subconscious take you whenever you need to go!

OFFICIAL LINKS: HOMEPAGEYOUTUBEBANDCAMP - TWITTER

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Originally from Chicago, Aminita Satori enjoyed a successful career producing soundtracks on major TV ad campaigns, for companies like McDonald’s, Budweiser, and Verizon. After a decade in the advertising world, Aminita grew disillusioned with the business and succumbed to a five year writer’s block.

Satori’s interest in music was rekindled in early 2011 upon discovering the lecture archives of late philosopher and author, Terence McKenna, which in turn generated the influences that sprouted, “Where Language Fails” - a collection of 20 tracks that blur the lines between genre definitions and ideas.

Usually, without any awareness of the artist, their identity is sought through encounters with their art, which creates a more intimate bond with the work as opposed to its creator. In the age of hype and the ‘instant celebrity’, this type of listening experience rarely occurs, and often we know more about the ‘artist’ than their ‘works’. However, when the occasion presents itself, as is the case with Aminita Satori, the experience is especially intriguing.

The brand of electronic that Aminita Satori crafts has a certain jazz-element to it, and once you hear it, you can't miss it. There are multiple things going on in each track but if you want you can pick each individual beat or groove out easily- which means that though it maintains certain artistically complex levels, it however remains accessible to the average ear.

The versatile use of synths, electronic beats, sounds and voices keeps you interested while the intermittent interwoven melodies add an extra layer of enjoyment.  I was struck by how the overall feel of album was similar to a hallucinating dreamlike state, regurgitated from the psyche of a musician with an intimate knowledge of electronica, jazz, psychedelia, futurism et al; until I remembered that the album was inspired by works connected to Terence McKenna.

For those not in the know (and I’ll cite directly from Wikipedia, so you may quickly research yourself) - Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000) was an American psychonaut, ethnobotanist, lecturer, and author. He spoke and wrote about a variety of subjects, including psychedelic drugs, plant-based entheogens, shamanism, metaphysics, alchemy, language, culture, technology, and the theoretical origins of human consciousness.

In fact, there seems to be hallucinatory imagery ingrained into the shifting soundscapes in the album, teasing the listener as it unfurls, leading one into a psychedelic frenzy or calm, as any strange narcotic could. “Where Language Fails” is a musical sketch pad filled with notations of beautiful vocal madness, streams of conventional rhythmic consciousness and vague melodic associations that result in a vivid listening experience, capturing the full magnitude of Aminita Satori’s eclectic creative potential.

Defying any genre classification, Satori’s ambient electronic psychedelia, often stuffed with soulful blaring horns, harnesses soundscapes and rhythms that groove thoroughly. The result is a sometimes chill, sometimes fiercely energetic, listening experience that is always sonically satisfying.

Personally, I find track-listings and selecting standout songs totally irrelevant in a singular musical statement as bold as “Where Language Fails”.  This is the type of album you put on from track one, and then allow your subconscious take you whenever you need to go!

OFFICIAL LINKS: HOMEPAGEYOUTUBEBANDCAMP - TWITTER

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Ali Oku: Dream Chasers ft. K-Young – brings keywords like plush, melodic, smooth, cool and ultra-hip to the table http://videomusicstars.com/ali-oku-dream-chasers-ft-k-young-brings-keywords-like-plush-melodic-smooth-cool-and-ultra-hip-to-the-table/ http://videomusicstars.com/ali-oku-dream-chasers-ft-k-young-brings-keywords-like-plush-melodic-smooth-cool-and-ultra-hip-to-the-table/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:18:04 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9990 alioku-680

Los Angeles, CA native Ali Oku is an Alternative Hip-Hop artist and is a notable songwriter for Hip-Hop, Rap and R&B artists. He puts an immense amount of pride and passion in everything he decides to invest himself into. A musician at heart he also plays the Piano and Tenor Saxophone and was a top student at the late Dr. Rachel Eubanks Conservatory of Music. He also plays Classical music, Jazz and is a fan of all genres of music as long as it is "good music". He sees music as his passion and not his pastime and it is obvious in every song he is a part of.

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Ali Oku recently dropped the track - Dream Chasers featuring K-Young, who's been on songs with such artists as Slaughterhouse, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross and The Game. The music is different from what you may normally listen to. Ali Oku is very talented vocally and gives you a taste of his method and capabilities on this track. It will certainly catch your attention and entice you to hear more of his music. K-Young, also adds a sweetly irreverent and irresistible hook to the song. 

I discovered an unusually multi-talented artist here. Unusual in the sense, that aside from being a singer-songwriter and pianist, Ali Oku is also a saxophone player. And if that just sounds like too much unusual talent for a rap artist, wait…it eventually makes sense, because Ali Oku writes his lyrics like a rapper does, with cinematic attention to story-like detail.

Put this all together and you have a track that is superbly well-thought out, well-paced, well-versed, and very smart. Yes, even the ‘fuck you’ hook is significant and totally within context!

Ali Oku’s flow is laidback and comforting, while the clarity in his delivery is there so you can understand the words too. According to its creator, “the song revolves around the concept that an individual shapes their own destiny and the success you obtain is your own. So when it comes down to it, all the people that tried to impede your progress along the way are insignificant.”

Dream Chasers ft. K-Young makes me hope that more hip-hop artists would use their voice and talents to create challenging and relevant music (and that people will buy smart-hop music by artists like Mr. Oku). I had no idea who this guy was prior to this review. Now I'm scrambling to find some of his older music as well!

Ali Oku’s lyrical and melodic construction is strongly indicative of someone who realizes that a modern black male artist can possibly begin to innovate in the rap/hip-hop spectrum without totally embracing the most juvenile elements of its mass market. And if Dream Chasers ft. K-Young is any indication, this is definitely an artist that admirers of all ‘good music’ will want to keep an eye on in the future!

Ali Oku brings keywords like plush, melodic, smooth, cool and ultra-hip to the table.

OFFICIAL LINKS: ITUNESGOOGLE PLAY - HOMEPAGEFACEBOOKINSTAGRAMVIMEO - TWITTER

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Los Angeles, CA native Ali Oku is an Alternative Hip-Hop artist and is a notable songwriter for Hip-Hop, Rap and R&B artists. He puts an immense amount of pride and passion in everything he decides to invest himself into. A musician at heart he also plays the Piano and Tenor Saxophone and was a top student at the late Dr. Rachel Eubanks Conservatory of Music. He also plays Classical music, Jazz and is a fan of all genres of music as long as it is "good music". He sees music as his passion and not his pastime and it is obvious in every song he is a part of.

[caption id="attachment_14284" align="alignleft" width="400"]Ali Oku Ali Oku[/caption]

Ali Oku recently dropped the track - Dream Chasers featuring K-Young, who's been on songs with such artists as Slaughterhouse, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross and The Game. The music is different from what you may normally listen to. Ali Oku is very talented vocally and gives you a taste of his method and capabilities on this track. It will certainly catch your attention and entice you to hear more of his music. K-Young, also adds a sweetly irreverent and irresistible hook to the song. 

I discovered an unusually multi-talented artist here. Unusual in the sense, that aside from being a singer-songwriter and pianist, Ali Oku is also a saxophone player. And if that just sounds like too much unusual talent for a rap artist, wait…it eventually makes sense, because Ali Oku writes his lyrics like a rapper does, with cinematic attention to story-like detail.

Put this all together and you have a track that is superbly well-thought out, well-paced, well-versed, and very smart. Yes, even the ‘fuck you’ hook is significant and totally within context!

Ali Oku’s flow is laidback and comforting, while the clarity in his delivery is there so you can understand the words too. According to its creator, “the song revolves around the concept that an individual shapes their own destiny and the success you obtain is your own. So when it comes down to it, all the people that tried to impede your progress along the way are insignificant.”

Dream Chasers ft. K-Young makes me hope that more hip-hop artists would use their voice and talents to create challenging and relevant music (and that people will buy smart-hop music by artists like Mr. Oku). I had no idea who this guy was prior to this review. Now I'm scrambling to find some of his older music as well!

Ali Oku’s lyrical and melodic construction is strongly indicative of someone who realizes that a modern black male artist can possibly begin to innovate in the rap/hip-hop spectrum without totally embracing the most juvenile elements of its mass market. And if Dream Chasers ft. K-Young is any indication, this is definitely an artist that admirers of all ‘good music’ will want to keep an eye on in the future!

Ali Oku brings keywords like plush, melodic, smooth, cool and ultra-hip to the table.

OFFICIAL LINKS: ITUNESGOOGLE PLAY - HOMEPAGEFACEBOOKINSTAGRAMVIMEO - TWITTER

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Jaway: “When Will We Learn” – sounds like a classic and has a great beat and smooth vocals http://videomusicstars.com/jaway-when-will-we-learn-sounds-like-a-classic-and-has-a-great-beat-and-smooth-vocals/ http://videomusicstars.com/jaway-when-will-we-learn-sounds-like-a-classic-and-has-a-great-beat-and-smooth-vocals/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 23:51:17 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9987 jaway-680

Having escaped a brutal civil war in Liberia, Jaway, an international R&B/Soul, Afro Pop singer, projects the beautiful and positive influences from his life to his music.  From his war driven home, he found escape as a young boy through writing and singing.  Jaway has lost many loved ones in Liberia and continues to use it as inspiration for his music. The digital release of his new single, “When Will We Learn”, is a heartfelt dedication to his nephew who was murdered March 14, 2012, one day before his birthday. A live musical performance is set for Sunday April 26th in Riverside Dr.Burbank, CA to share some of Jaway’s stories as depicted in his upcoming album.

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“When Will We Learn” sounds like a classic and has a great beat and smooth vocals. Jaway’s music and his voice is one that can cross all generations - rich, mellow, relaxing and wonderful. And upon closer examination and listening to the track, you realize that Jaway smoothly blends not only jazz, but R&B, old school and new school in a smooth mix.

This is for the Ladies and Gentlemen who have outgrown the club, who have outgrown the pimping and gold digging. This is for the grown and confident, loving people of the world who are looking for truth and depth in music. “When Will We Learn” delivers a message of peace and love, as opposed to war and hate; something Jaway had experienced at an early age, having lived through 5 of the 14-year civil war in Liberia, before finding his way to the USA.

It's really comforting to know that when you've pretty much given up on the condition of today's music, that you can hear an artist like Jaway. It dawns on you that there are still artists who are dedicated to "the music and the message" and not the superfluous package that the music comes in. From the first note on “When Will We Learn”, the listener is blessed with the gift of superb vocal musical artistry and lyrical integrity.

If you've ever loved, cried, hoped and pondered about the state of this planet and what you've done during your lifetime to improve it, listen to this song. No, it won't give you the meaning of life itself, but, it will help you on your journey to becoming a better person within that life; something that many, in warzones around the world, may never have the chance to do.

Let’s stop accepting mediocrity as an art form and support an artist whose voice needs to be heard. A distinct, meticulous artist with finely tuned ears for melody, timing and mood, Jaway is a celebration of music. His songs are from the heart and are filled with honesty and an uplifting spirit.

OFFICIAL LINKS: HOMEPAGEFACEBOOKTWITTER - YOUTUBE

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Having escaped a brutal civil war in Liberia, Jaway, an international R&B/Soul, Afro Pop singer, projects the beautiful and positive influences from his life to his music.  From his war driven home, he found escape as a young boy through writing and singing.  Jaway has lost many loved ones in Liberia and continues to use it as inspiration for his music. The digital release of his new single, “When Will We Learn”, is a heartfelt dedication to his nephew who was murdered March 14, 2012, one day before his birthday. A live musical performance is set for Sunday April 26th in Riverside Dr.Burbank, CA to share some of Jaway’s stories as depicted in his upcoming album.

[caption id="attachment_14274" align="alignleft" width="350"]Jaway Jaway[/caption]

“When Will We Learn” sounds like a classic and has a great beat and smooth vocals. Jaway’s music and his voice is one that can cross all generations - rich, mellow, relaxing and wonderful. And upon closer examination and listening to the track, you realize that Jaway smoothly blends not only jazz, but R&B, old school and new school in a smooth mix.

This is for the Ladies and Gentlemen who have outgrown the club, who have outgrown the pimping and gold digging. This is for the grown and confident, loving people of the world who are looking for truth and depth in music. “When Will We Learn” delivers a message of peace and love, as opposed to war and hate; something Jaway had experienced at an early age, having lived through 5 of the 14-year civil war in Liberia, before finding his way to the USA.

It's really comforting to know that when you've pretty much given up on the condition of today's music, that you can hear an artist like Jaway. It dawns on you that there are still artists who are dedicated to "the music and the message" and not the superfluous package that the music comes in. From the first note on “When Will We Learn”, the listener is blessed with the gift of superb vocal musical artistry and lyrical integrity.

If you've ever loved, cried, hoped and pondered about the state of this planet and what you've done during your lifetime to improve it, listen to this song. No, it won't give you the meaning of life itself, but, it will help you on your journey to becoming a better person within that life; something that many, in warzones around the world, may never have the chance to do.

Let’s stop accepting mediocrity as an art form and support an artist whose voice needs to be heard. A distinct, meticulous artist with finely tuned ears for melody, timing and mood, Jaway is a celebration of music. His songs are from the heart and are filled with honesty and an uplifting spirit.

OFFICIAL LINKS: HOMEPAGEFACEBOOKTWITTER - YOUTUBE

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Fellowcraft: “The Singles” avoids the glossy rockstar-perfect ‘stamp-them-out-safe’ formulaic hit tunes http://videomusicstars.com/fellowcraft-the-singles-avoids-the-glossy-rockstar-perfect-stamp-them-out-safe-formulaic-hit-tunes/ http://videomusicstars.com/fellowcraft-the-singles-avoids-the-glossy-rockstar-perfect-stamp-them-out-safe-formulaic-hit-tunes/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:47:40 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9984 fellowcraft-680

Fellowcraft are a new band formed in the Washington DC area during the last 8 months. Their core consists of JR Macdonald – Vocals, Guitar and Brian Nelson-Palmer – Drums Backup Vocals. A few weeks back they hit all major digital platforms with their 2 single package, aptly titled…"The Singles". Fellowcraft have a series of 7 upcoming gigs at venues around the Washington DC area in the next 3 months, so keep an eye out!

fellowcraft-350I hope somebody called up the rest of the rock n’ roll bands out there to tell them they've just been replaced. With this effort you can feel Fellowcraft doing some growing in all the right places. These tracks remind me of so many efforts from various 60's bands who couldn't give a hoot about what everyone else thought, they just did their thing. If you liked it fine, and if you didn't like it then shine on brother, shine on, it's just rock n’ roll.

If you harken back to the days when music was something felt deep inside and someone actually new how to put a song together, then you will really love this release from Fellowcraft. Their sound comes from the soul not the console. JR Macdonald’s guitar work is spot on and gives this recording the kick it needs to made it above average, while Brian Nelson-Palmer holds the groove together neatly.

Their music is not a revival, but it is in some way nostalgic, and fans of early rock with blues and funk influences will eat this up. If you love rock music not too overproduced, with energy and musicians who are making it clear through their playing that they have the ambition to be on top of the world, then you need to do yourself a favor and check out the tracks “Learning to Love Again” and “Long Gone” by Fellowcraft.

"The Singles" sounds big, powerful, bowsum and gritty. More importantly it avoids the glossy rockstar-perfect ‘stamp-them-out-safe’ formulaic hit tunes. Fellowcraft does exactly what it takes to separate them from the rest of the modern-day pack. Crank it up and disturb the neighbors...they might dig it. I'm doing that right now.

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Fellowcraft are a new band formed in the Washington DC area during the last 8 months. Their core consists of JR Macdonald – Vocals, Guitar and Brian Nelson-Palmer – Drums Backup Vocals. A few weeks back they hit all major digital platforms with their 2 single package, aptly titled…"The Singles". Fellowcraft have a series of 7 upcoming gigs at venues around the Washington DC area in the next 3 months, so keep an eye out!

fellowcraft-350I hope somebody called up the rest of the rock n’ roll bands out there to tell them they've just been replaced. With this effort you can feel Fellowcraft doing some growing in all the right places. These tracks remind me of so many efforts from various 60's bands who couldn't give a hoot about what everyone else thought, they just did their thing. If you liked it fine, and if you didn't like it then shine on brother, shine on, it's just rock n’ roll.

If you harken back to the days when music was something felt deep inside and someone actually new how to put a song together, then you will really love this release from Fellowcraft. Their sound comes from the soul not the console. JR Macdonald’s guitar work is spot on and gives this recording the kick it needs to made it above average, while Brian Nelson-Palmer holds the groove together neatly.

Their music is not a revival, but it is in some way nostalgic, and fans of early rock with blues and funk influences will eat this up. If you love rock music not too overproduced, with energy and musicians who are making it clear through their playing that they have the ambition to be on top of the world, then you need to do yourself a favor and check out the tracks “Learning to Love Again” and “Long Gone” by Fellowcraft.

"The Singles" sounds big, powerful, bowsum and gritty. More importantly it avoids the glossy rockstar-perfect ‘stamp-them-out-safe’ formulaic hit tunes. Fellowcraft does exactly what it takes to separate them from the rest of the modern-day pack. Crank it up and disturb the neighbors...they might dig it. I'm doing that right now.

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Album – Ian C Bouras Puts Together ‘Pieces of the Past’ http://videomusicstars.com/album-ian-c-bouras-puts-together-pieces-of-the-past/ http://videomusicstars.com/album-ian-c-bouras-puts-together-pieces-of-the-past/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:29:51 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9981 ian-c-bouras-680

This week confirmed rumors that Ian C Bouras was releasing a new album named 'Pieces of the Past'. Already causing a buzz online, the New York City musician, producer and guitarist has put together some of his best pieces of the past. This marks the name perfectly for this compilation album. With Ian's past releases boasting a plethora of rave reviews, this new CD is set to make tidal waves amongst his fans and the music industry. The album is set to be released in May. As a previously nominated top artist by the Billboard magazine, Ian C Bouras has an impressive background as a musician and artist. Starting off in 2004, as a main guitarist and songwriter in NYC rock/raggae band 'AñaVañA', Bouras proved his talents by showcasing multiple musician roles. Proficient in many genres, Ian has played and recorded in a range of genres of music including rock and Reggae. Not frightened to wander off track, he has also ventured into more alternative styles like dub, electronic and Spanish guitar style. Several songs on 'Pieces of the Past' are supported with positive reviews by music critics and industry professionals: "Ian C. Bouras creates cinematic, instrumental songs with embellishments of jazz, avant-garde, experimental, contemporary instrumental, and new age infusions that are almost indescribable. The tunes bring together classic guitar stylings with a reggae beat and electronic elements ...pleasant and inventive...5 out of 5 stars" --- Matthew Fross "best described as ambient electronica with elements of pop-jazz and dubwise reggae and the inclusion of some Spanish and classical guitar...a haunting, eerie, dusky mood...a likable, noteworthy contribution to ambient electronica." --- Alex Henderson "unusually moody feel...a little eerie, without being full-on scary...haunting instrumental...a breath of fresh air" --- Dan MacIntosh In recent years Ian has produced his records under SDMP Records. This was seen as a major progression in his career as a solo artist. SDMP have developed a reputation for signing well sought after musicians, who produce and showcase real talent. They cater for varied styles which further suits Ian's broad range. Free downloads and track previews are available from http://www.sdmprecords.com About: Educated with an audio engineering degree, Ian Charles Bouras is a guitarist and producer, who plays diverse musical styles from New York City.]]>
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This week confirmed rumors that Ian C Bouras was releasing a new album named 'Pieces of the Past'. Already causing a buzz online, the New York City musician, producer and guitarist has put together some of his best pieces of the past. This marks the name perfectly for this compilation album. With Ian's past releases boasting a plethora of rave reviews, this new CD is set to make tidal waves amongst his fans and the music industry. The album is set to be released in May. As a previously nominated top artist by the Billboard magazine, Ian C Bouras has an impressive background as a musician and artist. Starting off in 2004, as a main guitarist and songwriter in NYC rock/raggae band 'AñaVañA', Bouras proved his talents by showcasing multiple musician roles. Proficient in many genres, Ian has played and recorded in a range of genres of music including rock and Reggae. Not frightened to wander off track, he has also ventured into more alternative styles like dub, electronic and Spanish guitar style. Several songs on 'Pieces of the Past' are supported with positive reviews by music critics and industry professionals: "Ian C. Bouras creates cinematic, instrumental songs with embellishments of jazz, avant-garde, experimental, contemporary instrumental, and new age infusions that are almost indescribable. The tunes bring together classic guitar stylings with a reggae beat and electronic elements ...pleasant and inventive...5 out of 5 stars" --- Matthew Fross "best described as ambient electronica with elements of pop-jazz and dubwise reggae and the inclusion of some Spanish and classical guitar...a haunting, eerie, dusky mood...a likable, noteworthy contribution to ambient electronica." --- Alex Henderson "unusually moody feel...a little eerie, without being full-on scary...haunting instrumental...a breath of fresh air" --- Dan MacIntosh In recent years Ian has produced his records under SDMP Records. This was seen as a major progression in his career as a solo artist. SDMP have developed a reputation for signing well sought after musicians, who produce and showcase real talent. They cater for varied styles which further suits Ian's broad range. Free downloads and track previews are available from http://www.sdmprecords.com About: Educated with an audio engineering degree, Ian Charles Bouras is a guitarist and producer, who plays diverse musical styles from New York City.]]>
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Mercedes Nicole: “People Are Talking” – Comparison to world-famous blues and jazz females are tempting http://videomusicstars.com/mercedes-nicole-people-are-talking-comparison-to-world-famous-blues-and-jazz-females-are-tempting/ http://videomusicstars.com/mercedes-nicole-people-are-talking-comparison-to-world-famous-blues-and-jazz-females-are-tempting/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:01:43 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9978 mercedes-nicole-680

Mercedes Nicole’s infatuation with music began sitting at the feet of her father at age seven as he played and replayed the warped albums he treasured of the great women in jazz, Billy Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughn. Seeing her complete fascination with jazz, her father began sneaking her into clubs in Los Angeles, where she spent most of her childhood and teen years, seeing and hearing greats like Nancy Wilson, Bobby Hutchinson and Cal Tjader. However, being brought up as a strict Baptist, Mercedes did not venture into music like her peers in high school or college, until age 30, when her fascination with Jazz became undeniable.

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Mercedes is vocal jazz stylist who interprets standards, blues, original compositions, and New Gospel music. In 2005 she wrote, produced and performed her first tribute to Nina Simone at the 300-seat Microsoft Auditorium in the Seattle Public Library. In 2008 and 2009, she performed the treasured recordings of Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughn at Demetrio’s Jazz Alley and she has graced the stage in a variety of top class venues.

Recently we ran into her latest single release, “Touching The Sky” and followed it up by browsing through some of the songs from her CD “People Are Talking”.  The album contains 6 covers, 3 original songs and 1 prayer. We discovered that Mercedes is a genuine gem amongst the clutter composing today's musical spectrum. Thank goodness she's faithful to her remarkable vocal stylings.

Talent aplenty, Ms. Nicole’s voice and delivery strike your memory in familiar ways. Comparison to world-famous blues and jazz females are tempting, perhaps justified. Nonetheless, Ms. Nicole is never derivative but rather refreshingly comfortable in an all-new manner. Mercedes Nicole is also smart enough to work superb material. On her  CD “People Are Talking”, she easily interprets standards by such great tunesmiths as Van Morrison, Vernon Duke, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and George Gershwin into her own repertoire.

The first time you hear Ms. Nicole you make the assumption: this is some legendary great from the past in some glorious newly re-mastered recording you have never heard before. You're a little surprised when you're wrong and more than a little intrigued - this is Mercedes Nicole, who in her own quiet, unassuming way is as much bigger than life as any of her peers.

I have a passion for female jazz vocalists and track hundreds of them, known and unknown. Simply put, Mercedes Nicole is a superb and moving singer, the real deal, with her own voice, which is as smooth and rich as aged single-malt scotch over ice. Her phrasing is dead-on and there isn't a single clunker in her catalog.

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Her songs are arranged and performed with a subtlety, restraint and intelligence that throw into marked prominence the deficiencies of modern-day poseurs who sing a variety of songs in a jazz-inflected style but embody disingenuousness with every breath. Listen beyond the superficial similarities, to Holiday, Fitzgerald and Vaughn, and you'll hear in Mercedes Nicole a singer who is plugged into the essence of what elevates the jazz art form: simple, direct expression, and no reliance on overtly forced technique.

Ms. Nicole's husky mellow tone elicits a tender blend of romance, vulnerability and sensuality, giving her a style of her own. And it is most evident on her original compositions like “People Are Talking”, accompanied beautifully by Alexey Nikolaev’s saxophone, and the melancholic, yet uplifting “Touching The Sky”. She has an effortless palette of notes she moves through with a pitch perfect and low resonant delectability, which can be admired on the bluesy “Chicken Biscuits & Gravy”, another original composition.

Ms. Nicole is also ably assisted by some talent musicians, including Piano - Darin Clendenin – Gregory Smith, Bass - Clipper Anderson, Drums - D’Vonne Lewis – Jamael Nance – Don Gunn, Cello – William Smith, Guitar – Steve Peterson, Vibes – Susan Pascal.

From classic standards to original compositions, Mercedes Nicole’s voice and timing of her words and music brings us a fresh clear view of life and takes us to an earlier time. If you love great female vocals, singing great songs, this lady and her CD “People Are Talking”, will stand up to anything you have ever heard…by anyone. Trust me, I know from experience.

OFFICIAL LINKS: HOMEPAGECDBABY - REVERBNATION - YOUTUBE - FACEBOOK

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Mercedes Nicole’s infatuation with music began sitting at the feet of her father at age seven as he played and replayed the warped albums he treasured of the great women in jazz, Billy Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughn. Seeing her complete fascination with jazz, her father began sneaking her into clubs in Los Angeles, where she spent most of her childhood and teen years, seeing and hearing greats like Nancy Wilson, Bobby Hutchinson and Cal Tjader. However, being brought up as a strict Baptist, Mercedes did not venture into music like her peers in high school or college, until age 30, when her fascination with Jazz became undeniable.

[caption id="attachment_14133" align="alignleft" width="400"]Mercedes Nicole Mercedes Nicole[/caption]

Mercedes is vocal jazz stylist who interprets standards, blues, original compositions, and New Gospel music. In 2005 she wrote, produced and performed her first tribute to Nina Simone at the 300-seat Microsoft Auditorium in the Seattle Public Library. In 2008 and 2009, she performed the treasured recordings of Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughn at Demetrio’s Jazz Alley and she has graced the stage in a variety of top class venues.

Recently we ran into her latest single release, “Touching The Sky” and followed it up by browsing through some of the songs from her CD “People Are Talking”.  The album contains 6 covers, 3 original songs and 1 prayer. We discovered that Mercedes is a genuine gem amongst the clutter composing today's musical spectrum. Thank goodness she's faithful to her remarkable vocal stylings.

Talent aplenty, Ms. Nicole’s voice and delivery strike your memory in familiar ways. Comparison to world-famous blues and jazz females are tempting, perhaps justified. Nonetheless, Ms. Nicole is never derivative but rather refreshingly comfortable in an all-new manner. Mercedes Nicole is also smart enough to work superb material. On her  CD “People Are Talking”, she easily interprets standards by such great tunesmiths as Van Morrison, Vernon Duke, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and George Gershwin into her own repertoire.

The first time you hear Ms. Nicole you make the assumption: this is some legendary great from the past in some glorious newly re-mastered recording you have never heard before. You're a little surprised when you're wrong and more than a little intrigued - this is Mercedes Nicole, who in her own quiet, unassuming way is as much bigger than life as any of her peers.

I have a passion for female jazz vocalists and track hundreds of them, known and unknown. Simply put, Mercedes Nicole is a superb and moving singer, the real deal, with her own voice, which is as smooth and rich as aged single-malt scotch over ice. Her phrasing is dead-on and there isn't a single clunker in her catalog.

mercedes-nicole-banner

Her songs are arranged and performed with a subtlety, restraint and intelligence that throw into marked prominence the deficiencies of modern-day poseurs who sing a variety of songs in a jazz-inflected style but embody disingenuousness with every breath. Listen beyond the superficial similarities, to Holiday, Fitzgerald and Vaughn, and you'll hear in Mercedes Nicole a singer who is plugged into the essence of what elevates the jazz art form: simple, direct expression, and no reliance on overtly forced technique.

Ms. Nicole's husky mellow tone elicits a tender blend of romance, vulnerability and sensuality, giving her a style of her own. And it is most evident on her original compositions like “People Are Talking”, accompanied beautifully by Alexey Nikolaev’s saxophone, and the melancholic, yet uplifting “Touching The Sky”. She has an effortless palette of notes she moves through with a pitch perfect and low resonant delectability, which can be admired on the bluesy “Chicken Biscuits & Gravy”, another original composition.

Ms. Nicole is also ably assisted by some talent musicians, including Piano - Darin Clendenin – Gregory Smith, Bass - Clipper Anderson, Drums - D’Vonne Lewis – Jamael Nance – Don Gunn, Cello – William Smith, Guitar – Steve Peterson, Vibes – Susan Pascal.

From classic standards to original compositions, Mercedes Nicole’s voice and timing of her words and music brings us a fresh clear view of life and takes us to an earlier time. If you love great female vocals, singing great songs, this lady and her CD “People Are Talking”, will stand up to anything you have ever heard…by anyone. Trust me, I know from experience.

OFFICIAL LINKS: HOMEPAGECDBABY - REVERBNATION - YOUTUBE - FACEBOOK

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Tam Tam: “If You Luv” feat B.I.Z allows the Alabama rapper’s magnetic personality and considerable emcee skills to shine! http://videomusicstars.com/tam-tam-if-you-luv-feat-b-i-z-allows-the-alabama-rappers-magnetic-personality-and-considerable-emcee-skills-to-shine/ http://videomusicstars.com/tam-tam-if-you-luv-feat-b-i-z-allows-the-alabama-rappers-magnetic-personality-and-considerable-emcee-skills-to-shine/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:27:55 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9975 tamtam-680

Tam Tam A.K.A Hot Tamala is no newcomer to the hiphop world. Emerging straight out of Alabama, a state seemingly unheard of by the music industry, where pure talent has always been overlooked. In many ways Tam Tam has risen above this industry superficiality in many ways.

Tam Tam has always had a passion for writing short stories and poetry and was academically inclined. She took an interest in music after viewing a video on Kriss Kross. She fell in love with the rap duo and wanted to meet them just like every other young girl in America. Her inspiration came from artists like TLC, DA Brat, SALT-N-PEPPA, MC Lyte and Queen Latifah.

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Tam Tam has worked with artist from Dirty Boyz, Gucci Mane, Black Magic Young Sneed, B.I.Z, 6 Tre G, Sir Charles and Keith Murray to name a few. She has been nominated for many awards, as well as opened and performed with countless mainstream artists. Her most recent single release "If You Luv" feat B.I.Z and produced by Dennis Blaze, is gaining momentum on both digital and FM monitored radio stations. The single is available globally on the digital market via Thowed Off Entertainment.

"If You Luv" feat B.I.Z is all-round superb, combining Tam Tam’s chilled sensitive style with her aggressive and authoritative style. Her collaboration with the Dennis Blaze has given her the ability to stand tall on both street and commercial level. Few artists can claim to have harnessed both markets, while Tam Tam is consistently working her way towards that goal.

The new track is a bouncy, bass-driven rhythmic serving of funky rap infused with soul and old school hiphop. Tam Tam features guest B.I.Z who does a great job of keeping the flow moving along fiercely. However, have no doubt that Tam Tam can hold it down all by herself.

tamtam-coverTam Tam proves that she can be likeable on any front. She's stylish, she can make it in the commercial realm and above all, she is quite possibly the best female rap artist on the scene right now. Confidence is clear as always in Tam Tam’s voice and she speaks the truth.

Besides "If You Luv" feat B.I.Z, I have listened to a few other tracks by Tam Tam, and she hasn't come out with anything that has been sub-par, since she first started. She also develops more and more lyrical skill with every release. Throughout her tracks, Tam Tam shows the many facets of her musical influences, but never drifts from her own rap originality. She is at the top of her game.

Tam Tam is reppin' for the strong, smart and stylish female. Graced with sharp lyrics and a solid beat, "If You Luv" feat B.I.Z allows the Alabama rapper's magnetic personality and considerable emcee skills to shine!

Tam Tam - IF YA LUV (Audio) ft. B.I.Z di Vydia

Artist Social Links:

Tam http://www.yagirltam.blogspot.com/ http://www.tamtamofficial.com/ http://www.youtube.com/tamtamofficial http://www.facebook.com/pages/TAM-TAM/182337668445038 https://soundcloud.com/tamtamofficial B.I.Z https://only1biz.bandcamp.com https://twitter.com/only1biz https://instagram.com/only1biz https://facebook.com/only1biz http://m.lafango.com/epk/only1biz]]>
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Tam Tam A.K.A Hot Tamala is no newcomer to the hiphop world. Emerging straight out of Alabama, a state seemingly unheard of by the music industry, where pure talent has always been overlooked. In many ways Tam Tam has risen above this industry superficiality in many ways.

Tam Tam has always had a passion for writing short stories and poetry and was academically inclined. She took an interest in music after viewing a video on Kriss Kross. She fell in love with the rap duo and wanted to meet them just like every other young girl in America. Her inspiration came from artists like TLC, DA Brat, SALT-N-PEPPA, MC Lyte and Queen Latifah.

[caption id="attachment_14223" align="alignleft" width="300"]Tam Tam A.K.A Hot Tamala Tam Tam A.K.A Hot Tamala[/caption]

Tam Tam has worked with artist from Dirty Boyz, Gucci Mane, Black Magic Young Sneed, B.I.Z, 6 Tre G, Sir Charles and Keith Murray to name a few. She has been nominated for many awards, as well as opened and performed with countless mainstream artists. Her most recent single release "If You Luv" feat B.I.Z and produced by Dennis Blaze, is gaining momentum on both digital and FM monitored radio stations. The single is available globally on the digital market via Thowed Off Entertainment.

"If You Luv" feat B.I.Z is all-round superb, combining Tam Tam’s chilled sensitive style with her aggressive and authoritative style. Her collaboration with the Dennis Blaze has given her the ability to stand tall on both street and commercial level. Few artists can claim to have harnessed both markets, while Tam Tam is consistently working her way towards that goal.

The new track is a bouncy, bass-driven rhythmic serving of funky rap infused with soul and old school hiphop. Tam Tam features guest B.I.Z who does a great job of keeping the flow moving along fiercely. However, have no doubt that Tam Tam can hold it down all by herself.

tamtam-coverTam Tam proves that she can be likeable on any front. She's stylish, she can make it in the commercial realm and above all, she is quite possibly the best female rap artist on the scene right now. Confidence is clear as always in Tam Tam’s voice and she speaks the truth.

Besides "If You Luv" feat B.I.Z, I have listened to a few other tracks by Tam Tam, and she hasn't come out with anything that has been sub-par, since she first started. She also develops more and more lyrical skill with every release. Throughout her tracks, Tam Tam shows the many facets of her musical influences, but never drifts from her own rap originality. She is at the top of her game.

Tam Tam is reppin' for the strong, smart and stylish female. Graced with sharp lyrics and a solid beat, "If You Luv" feat B.I.Z allows the Alabama rapper's magnetic personality and considerable emcee skills to shine!

Tam Tam - IF YA LUV (Audio) ft. B.I.Z di Vydia

Artist Social Links:

Tam http://www.yagirltam.blogspot.com/ http://www.tamtamofficial.com/ http://www.youtube.com/tamtamofficial http://www.facebook.com/pages/TAM-TAM/182337668445038 https://soundcloud.com/tamtamofficial B.I.Z https://only1biz.bandcamp.com https://twitter.com/only1biz https://instagram.com/only1biz https://facebook.com/only1biz http://m.lafango.com/epk/only1biz]]>
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Sarantos: “What If I Never See You Again” – captures the essence of the frustration associated with death http://videomusicstars.com/sarantos-what-if-i-never-see-you-again-captures-the-essence-of-the-frustration-associated-with-death/ http://videomusicstars.com/sarantos-what-if-i-never-see-you-again-captures-the-essence-of-the-frustration-associated-with-death/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:31:03 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9972 sarantos-whatif-680

Prolific singer-songwriter Sarantos, releases his punctual monthly single and supporting video. This time around the chosen them is death and the song is entitled, "What If I Never See You Again”. Questions that run through someone's mind as they deal with the death of a parent are too numerous to list. Sarantos has experienced this state-of-being firsthand, since his father passed away after a long, hard fought battle with lung cancer.

Through the song, Sarantos wanted to capture the essence of this frustration, exasperation and the enduring sleepless nights. While the video also takes a close look at the frustration and emotion that Sarantos himself experienced after his dad passed away. “This is quite a different music video for me," says Sarantos. “The footage is realistic, and the motion and effects are purposeful so that the viewer understands the sense of frustration. It has the look and feel of an amateur video. Maybe some people are fortunate enough to not have experienced the death of a parent yet. However, the video tells the inside story. It is never-ending as the turmoil and disheartened attitude perseveres onscreen.”

Sarantos is a principled man, he works within an industry that he chooses to dismiss, being independent, and honestly can you blame him?  Personally I admire him for his honesty. He does his thing and works hard to be where he is. There is nothing synthetic or false about Sarantos. He's a straight shooter, believes in himself, and love him or hate him, you have to admire him for that. [caption id="attachment_11971" align="alignleft" width="400"]Sarantos Melogia Sarantos Melogia[/caption]

Sarantos produces his music and videos without the privileges of a major label artist. He writes and plugs away on his guitar night after night and composes tracks that will be remembered for years to come. On top of that he is trying to change the world with his caring lyrics.

His latest offering "What If I Never See You Again”, offers a superb middle finger to the tons upon tons of manufactured bands and pop acts of today, and proves there's still hope for the ‘bedroom’ musician who believes and invests in his talents, bringing something real to the table. The track is a grower in the best sense – a great melody, an abundant guitar solo, a touch of melancholy; all the Sarantos hallmarks are there in a slightly new and interesting package. It is somewhat laid back and rocking at the same time.

The effort here is much more focused start to end. This is largely accomplished by the terrific rhythm section that propels the track along. The bass is up in the mix with an invitingly warm character. The guitar lines sound familiar and inviting without being stale or going in circles. The percussion is sonorous and driving without being punishing. The soaring vocals in the chorus are probably the most powerful and significant Sarantos has ever done. In a nutshell, the entire atmosphere and sound of "What If I Never See You Again”, reminded me of British super-group Oasis, who in turn remind of the Beatles!

33% of any music-related sales profits from this song are going straight to The National Center For Fathering.  The National Center for Fathering (Fathers.com) is a nonprofit educational organization that strives to improve the lives of children and establish a positive fathering and family legacy that will impact future generations by inspiring and equipping fathers and father figures to be actively engaged in the life of every child.

Website http://www.melogia.com Sarantos Facebook artist page: https://www.facebook.com/Sarantosmelogia Sarantos Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sarantosmelogia Sarantos Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/SarantosMelogia Sarantos Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/1/+SarantosMelogia Sarantos iTunes: http://bit.ly/SarantosAppleStore

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Prolific singer-songwriter Sarantos, releases his punctual monthly single and supporting video. This time around the chosen them is death and the song is entitled, "What If I Never See You Again”. Questions that run through someone's mind as they deal with the death of a parent are too numerous to list. Sarantos has experienced this state-of-being firsthand, since his father passed away after a long, hard fought battle with lung cancer.

Through the song, Sarantos wanted to capture the essence of this frustration, exasperation and the enduring sleepless nights. While the video also takes a close look at the frustration and emotion that Sarantos himself experienced after his dad passed away. “This is quite a different music video for me," says Sarantos. “The footage is realistic, and the motion and effects are purposeful so that the viewer understands the sense of frustration. It has the look and feel of an amateur video. Maybe some people are fortunate enough to not have experienced the death of a parent yet. However, the video tells the inside story. It is never-ending as the turmoil and disheartened attitude perseveres onscreen.”

Sarantos is a principled man, he works within an industry that he chooses to dismiss, being independent, and honestly can you blame him?  Personally I admire him for his honesty. He does his thing and works hard to be where he is. There is nothing synthetic or false about Sarantos. He's a straight shooter, believes in himself, and love him or hate him, you have to admire him for that. [caption id="attachment_11971" align="alignleft" width="400"]Sarantos Melogia Sarantos Melogia[/caption]

Sarantos produces his music and videos without the privileges of a major label artist. He writes and plugs away on his guitar night after night and composes tracks that will be remembered for years to come. On top of that he is trying to change the world with his caring lyrics.

His latest offering "What If I Never See You Again”, offers a superb middle finger to the tons upon tons of manufactured bands and pop acts of today, and proves there's still hope for the ‘bedroom’ musician who believes and invests in his talents, bringing something real to the table. The track is a grower in the best sense – a great melody, an abundant guitar solo, a touch of melancholy; all the Sarantos hallmarks are there in a slightly new and interesting package. It is somewhat laid back and rocking at the same time.

The effort here is much more focused start to end. This is largely accomplished by the terrific rhythm section that propels the track along. The bass is up in the mix with an invitingly warm character. The guitar lines sound familiar and inviting without being stale or going in circles. The percussion is sonorous and driving without being punishing. The soaring vocals in the chorus are probably the most powerful and significant Sarantos has ever done. In a nutshell, the entire atmosphere and sound of "What If I Never See You Again”, reminded me of British super-group Oasis, who in turn remind of the Beatles!

33% of any music-related sales profits from this song are going straight to The National Center For Fathering.  The National Center for Fathering (Fathers.com) is a nonprofit educational organization that strives to improve the lives of children and establish a positive fathering and family legacy that will impact future generations by inspiring and equipping fathers and father figures to be actively engaged in the life of every child.

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