VideoMusicStars http://videomusicstars.com Independent Music News Headlines Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:44:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Don Hughes: “It’s Christmas” evokes a festive mood http://videomusicstars.com/don-hughes-its-christmas-evokes-a-festive-mood/ http://videomusicstars.com/don-hughes-its-christmas-evokes-a-festive-mood/#respond Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:44:43 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=13200 Don Hughes started playing piano at 8 years old. Starting as a junior in high school, he competed in high school talent shows, and the Crazy Fest Annual Talent Show, the longest running talent competition in Pennsylvania. He would place 1st and 2nd in a number of competitions before he became a judge in 2002. Between then and now Don has been active on the Central Pennsylvania music scene. In 2008 he released his debut album and in 2012 he married his long time sweetheart Elizabeth. During January 2016 started work on a new album, which has resulted in his latest release, “It’s Christmas”.

The album features keyboard/synth orientated instrumentals of our favorite Christmas classics, from “Silent Night” to “Away In A Manger” and “Hark! The Herald Angles Sing” to “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” and “Joy To The World”, plus many more. The music styles are extremely varied and you will find stripped down picked acoustic guitar pieces, to fully layered orchestral arrangements, and even some rock influences.

don-hughes-350Without exaggerating, this may be the most musically satisfying Christmas instrumental album, you lay your hands on this year. By blending reverent, neo-classical interpretations with modern synthesizers and percussion, Don Hughes virtually re-defines contemporary Christmas music. The more contemporary/electronic arrangements never sound cheesy, nor are the contrasts with the more traditional interpretations in any way jarring.

In general, the arrangements on this disc are masterful. “Away in a Manger” and “Silent Night” in particular, are hauntingly beautiful. And, while the electronics may not be for everyone, they are tastefully done, they do evoke a festive mood, and they keep the album from sounding like every other orchestral Christmas album you’ve ever heard.

Rock infused interpretations like “We Three Kings” will provide you with a surge of uplifting energy.  This is one of the better Christmas albums for new-age traditional songs set to electronic drums and melodies. In general the album has a renaissance feel to it, the instruments are captivating, and you’ll be entranced by Don Hughes’ arrangements and accurate execution.

Though Don Hughes reworks these festive season classics into something more digestible for the modern ear he never strays from the songs’ classic core aesthetics. So each song is instantly recognizable and absolutely hummable. Even If you are a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas music, once you discover Don Hughes and savor the tremendous vitality and energy in his music, you will be hooked.

Make a hot beverage; grab a cozy blanket; place this album in the player; settle into your favorite chair, and let the music surround you. From the clear brass sounds to the lingering strings and the fiery percussion to the sizzling synths, Don Hughes lifts the spirit and transports the listener, musically, to another place. If you are one of the people who hasn’t heard “It’s Christmas”, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. It is, quite simply, essential Christmas music.

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Nigey Melody drops the single “Whine Up Yuh Body” http://videomusicstars.com/nigey-melody-drops-the-single-whine-up-yuh-body/ http://videomusicstars.com/nigey-melody-drops-the-single-whine-up-yuh-body/#respond Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:54:56 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=13196 Nigey Melody is an emerging, soon to be king of Reggae Dance Hall artist, known as the voice from the skii, from Jamaica Island Paradise. “Whine Up Yuh Body” is his current music project.

Nigey Melody has just released a super-hot, sexy and saucy single for the ladies, and fellas too, it is called “Whine Up Yuh Body” just like they do at the reggae Dance Hall Clubs, Pool Parties and Basement Parties! This super-hot single is now available worldwide for streaming on Spotify, Apple ITunes, Amazon, and many more Digital outlets.

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Trigarow: “Don’t Know” – track of particularly rich music ready to ride to http://videomusicstars.com/trigarow-dont-know-track-of-particularly-rich-music-ready-to-ride-to/ http://videomusicstars.com/trigarow-dont-know-track-of-particularly-rich-music-ready-to-ride-to/#respond Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:22:06 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=13193 Trigarow, MC and visual artist relocated from Papua New Guinea to New Zealand in his early childhood years and hasn’t stood still since. From rallying his schoolmates for a new high school anthem at age 16, to his prolific music video output the 22-year old works in constant double-time. Trig’s just released his tropical single “Don’t Know” with vibes that stem from his island roots in PNG.

If anyone is still unconvinced, “Don’t Know” should cement Trigarow’s deserved status among the genre’s iconic underground performers. That might ultimately be this track’s most important legacy: It offers a cohesive commercial product that captures the artist’s lush current sound and whether it fulfills everyone’s expectations or not, it’s an undeniably definitive work that happens to come at what might seem like Trigarow’s creative peak.

trigarow-300The track, which comes off the still unreleased “Dream Catcher” EP, certainly never feels like anything less than exactly what Trigarow wanted to make. The song has a decent shot at being a hit on radio as there’s plenty of elements verging on pop crossover.

His beat, produced in collaboration with Rory Noble, is lush and substantial, and he raps-sings over it with plenty of agility and musicality. The grand melodic forays of Trigarow’s pop-styled songwriting, undeniably sculpts him into a smoother performer.

The way he’s rapping, voice dripping in effects, for instance, is so fast and sophisticated and in tune with the sound of now and innovative that it’s arresting. It’s clearer than ever that he’s in a rare echelon of comfort with the track he’s on. He makes Drake look awkward by comparison.

Trigarow seems to glide over the track like it’s been slathered in butter. Most similar trap rap songs sound like nursery rhymes compared to the operatic fluidity of present day Trigarow.

In retrospect “Don’t Know’s” level of accomplishment seems inevitable, like Trigarow poured up a stream of sharp bars, and then mixed it with a spritely melody and plenty of emotional depth, ending up with a track of particularly rich music ready to ride to.

This latest entry into Trigarow’s catalog is crazily catchy, showing off his ability to make music that just sounds satisfyingly beautiful. The old rules of rap don’t apply anymore, and Trigarow is boldly at the front of the line with the new wave of rappers.

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Jjuan Larkin drops new album – “Jjuan’s Idea” http://videomusicstars.com/jjuan-larkin-drops-new-album-jjuans-idea/ http://videomusicstars.com/jjuan-larkin-drops-new-album-jjuans-idea/#respond Sat, 03 Dec 2016 23:42:40 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=13189 Jjuan Larkin is a musician and artist from Denver, Colorado who first started taking music seriously in the 6th grade. He has just released a brand new album, entitled “Jjuan’s Idea”, and has the single “24” on radio rotation. Check it out!

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PaPa Shiraz: “For My Birthday” – all the potential to be a breakout artist http://videomusicstars.com/papa-shiraz-for-my-birthday-all-the-potential-to-be-a-breakout-artist/ http://videomusicstars.com/papa-shiraz-for-my-birthday-all-the-potential-to-be-a-breakout-artist/#respond Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:00:26 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=13186 22 year-old Shiraz is an artist of Iranian origin based in Portsmouth UK. He started making music at the age of 14, but being in a religious household, he was kept away from learning any instruments and pushed towards making acapella Islamic music. Shiraz got to grips with a lot of software and made many friends in the Persian music industry, but he rarely listened to Persian music.

PaPa Shiraz

PaPa Shiraz

In university he fell in love with hip-hop and started experimenting with it. On discovering his style, it was clear to him that he loved melodies which led to Shiraz doing plenty of choruses, and so PaPa Shiraz was born.

PaPa Shiraz has now collected the best 22 songs out of his 3 year university experience and put it into a project entitled “To22”, form which the first single being released is “For My Birthday”.

Trap booms and hi-hats notwithstanding, PaPa Shiraz is on a pop crossover. As with Bobby Brown, Nate Dogg, and Akon, forefathers of the style at hand, PaPa Shiraz’s occasional rap cadences are never the core exercise; nor is rapping essential to his appeal.

From start to distant finish, in fact, PaPa Shiraz is aggressively committed to endearing listeners to the singer’s undisputed trap chops which rely on personal dynamism, variety, and range.

At some points while listening to “For My Birthday” you can really see why the PaPa Shiraz has got all the potential to be a breakout artist. He has already mastered the trap/R&B fusion that seems to be getting more popular every single day. His vocals are incredibly distinct and the production is somehow able to match his delivery, while the song highlights just how good PaPa Shiraz’s songwriting can be.

He certainly steps up to the challenge on his debut, showing that the production by AveroMusic is solid throughout and his vocal delivery is infectious.

It is important for listeners to understand that upon listening to this track that it is more trap influenced music than rap music. So there is no point in hip-hop fans trying to compare PaPa Shiraz’s to the likes of, let’s say, Kendrick Lamar or Lupe Fiasco.

PaPa Shiraz’s sound is much closer to artists like Future, Young Thug and Fetty Wap: auto-tuned, catchy bangers, which are not seeking to be lyrical masterpieces of any kind. This is music with groovy vibes. Of course once the album comes out we’ll know a lot more about which direction PaPa Shiraz is heading. Trap or rap?

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Tyran Maxey: “The Rapper, The Devil, The Music Industry” leaves a mark http://videomusicstars.com/tyran-maxey-the-rapper-the-devil-the-music-industry-leaves-a-mark/ http://videomusicstars.com/tyran-maxey-the-rapper-the-devil-the-music-industry-leaves-a-mark/#respond Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:40:37 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=13183 Tyran Maxey comes from the ghettos in the city of Chicago. Often referred to as Falckunfighter against leaders corrupting knowledge universally needed – Tyran is an underground veteran with a blend of influences that stem from the likes of a Biggie, Tupac, Rakim, Naz and Scarface. The Chicago-based conscious rapper has freshly released his 11 track album – “The Rapper, The Devil, The Music Industry”.

tyran-maxey-coverTyran Maxey aka Falckun displays a creativity that exceeds many other albums in the genre. His story-telling is flawless. He proves in this album that he is versatile making both radio friendly songs and hardcore cinematic type street anthems. Throughout the recording you can sense a strong spiritual slant.

This album should not be slept on. Falckun came up with a concept about everyday struggles in a modern urban society and executed it well. The introductory song, “Destination Final” is an exciting love pledge, and draws you into the album and it only gets better from there.

Now that hip-hop has become a certified global language, responsibility rests heavy on the shoulders of rappers. Although intrinsically rebellious, and hardly the stuff role models are made of, these microphone idols now have a duty to fully articulate and represent the struggles of their people. Tyran Maxey aka Falckun can take this weight, and puts his case forward on “Embrace Me”.

On “A Gansta Or Nothing” and “Let Me Tell You A Story”, Falckun shows how powerful poetry can be wrenched from the least salubrious of surroundings. And ‘the streets’ will love him for it. In a superficial, fashion-conscious, money-hungry milieu, this is the type of song that is an eye opener to what’s going on in the real world.

Many tracks on “The Rapper, The Devil, The Music Industry” do seem to have an autobiographical slant to them, but mostly this is Falckun in his role as a keen street observer, ready to dispense wisdom to up-and-coming young-bloods. Something he does impressively on “I Had Enough” and “Riddle Me This”.

tyran-maxey-logoIn keeping with the current hip-hop penchant for acknowledging old-school ways, Tyran Maxey maintains a strong old-school flavor in his rapping style and storytelling, staying far away from cloying hooks and other modern rap trappings.

Great rappers have an ability to put a stamp on a beat or sample; to leave a mark so strong that years later when you hear it again no matter the context that artist instantly comes to mind. This is what Falckun achieves on both “Sun Day” and “Thunderstormz”.

All throughout “The Rapper, The Devil, The Music Industry”, Tyran Maxey aka Falckun, convincingly raps about love, race, religion and struggles. His insights and observations concerning this generation can be heard from his lyrics as pure prose.

When backed by the sonic collages of the album’s solid productions, the signature combustion that Falckun ignites, gives this recording shimmering vibes with a coast-to-coast aesthetic.

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Trey Connor: “While Everything Is Now” – a voice that amplifies every song! http://videomusicstars.com/trey-connor-while-everything-is-now-a-voice-that-amplifies-every-song/ http://videomusicstars.com/trey-connor-while-everything-is-now-a-voice-that-amplifies-every-song/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:14:26 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=13180 Trey Connor hasn’t hit stardom just yet. But that’s because his Debut CD “While Everything Is Now” is only releasing to the general public on the 15th of December 2016. From the moment that I put the EP on, I was pleasantly surprised at how upbeat and unique the music sounded. The opener “What You Are (My Spark)”, is a surprisingly catchy song that grabs your attention with its anthemic and organic musical arrangement.

Trey Connor

Trey Connor

Not to mention Trey’s urgent, soaring and almost gravelly vocal delivery, peppered with some falsetto interludes. Whatever the title of the EP had prepared me for, this obviously was much more than I was expecting.

The second track, “Stay” was also a very nice change in pace, and some of the sound effects and how Trey’s voice weaves in and out of the pumping beat just creates this increasing feeling of building energy. I think that’s what I like most about Trey Connor; his voice and the way that it blends in with the music and just amplifies every song.

Songs like “Hold On” and “You” are enjoyable rock-infused ones that I can promise you’ll always crank the radio right up for if they were to come on. And if like me, you have a penchant for the slower acoustic driven stuff, the sound and style changes at times as well, like on “My Ghosts”.

At the core it’s still the positive pop sound derived from various elements of different genres, with shining vocal lead-melodies. Trey then switches back to more banging pop-rock sound on “Best Of Days” to close the EP.  All these songs are just written insightfully and they’re produced masterfully.

Trey Connor

Trey Connor

No doubt, 19 year-old singer-songwriter Trey Connor is set to debut with a batch of playfully rolling, foot-stompingly infectious anthems, where he celebrates his roots with a booming production and high energy vocals.

The production together with Trey’s songwriting and performing talents puts Connor into the modern pop-rock realm with a bang. Plus his mix of whimsical and incisive lyrics and knack for writing singalong melodies will make fans fantasize with the deeper emotions they will definitely plumb from these musical creations.

Trey Connor’s debut record features almost all catchy and upbeat tracks he wrote himself, about romance, relationships and personal feelings and experiences. Compared to others in his lane, Trey has a raw sounding voice which resonates with shining brilliance on these songs, and he also plays some solid guitar to enhance your listening experience even more.

Trey Connor, the former leader of the band, Bulletproof Snow, will unveil his debut solo EP “While Everything Is Now” on Cave Radio Broadcasting’s weekly Friday night show “The A List”, hosted by Aimee List and Ron Russell.  The event format will include airing and discussing the EP, as well as live acoustic performances by Trey.

Listeners tuning in will be among the first to hear the new music and will have the opportunity to receive a free digital version of the EP recorded and produced at Tommee Profitt Studios. Trey McLaughlin Music is the Hartland, MI based, music artist management and publishing company for Trey Connor.

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Castle Pines: “Hollow Cause” is in its own category http://videomusicstars.com/castle-pines-hollow-cause-is-in-its-own-category/ http://videomusicstars.com/castle-pines-hollow-cause-is-in-its-own-category/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:14:24 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=13177 Castle Pines is a four piece Alternative Rock Outfit from Corona, CA. The members include Leandro Barrientos (vocalist) and Ricky Garvey (lead guitarist), Sterling Fairfield (percussionist) and Jesse Briseno (bassist). Forming the band out of the angst of losing his family’s home in the 2008 housing market crash, Leandro and Sterling decided on writing music to create a new home.  ‘Castle Pines Way’ the street where the now homeless Leandro used to live, became the name of the band and the fuel that pushed the music.

castle-pines-350Leandro and Sterling must have figured out some magic formula before they recorded this one with the boys. From the opening distorted squalls and crunchy angular sound materializing from Ricky’s guitar on the single “Hollow Cause” every time a listener rides Castle Pines’ wave on this one it is a mysteriously thrilling experience.

One can only say this about a release once or twice every year. Really, this reminds one of all the good things the Pixies, Radiohead and Wilco have done. This is really a leaping board to the heights unknown Castle Pines could eventually reach.

It is also the culmination of the considerable accomplishments they have achieved during the last few years, including 2 studio albums and 1 live album, plus some singles and a hectic schedule of live shows.

This hard-to-categorize band mixes hard-driving, no-nonsense rock with liberal doses of punk, some grunge and metal, and even a little emo in a few places, with masterful musical chops and mesmerizing vocal arrangements.

castle-pines-bandThe key to understanding this band is to stop trying to figure out what they slightly sound like, and realize that Castle Pines is in its own category.

While “Hollow Cause” represents a quantum leap from their nonetheless excellent preceding work. What makes it a diving board for Castle Pines is the fact that we hear more of the stratospheric vocals from Leandro Barrientos and the song-writing and lyrics that are leaning towards byzantine alternative-rock tendencies, without losing its accessibility.

What makes it still more attractive are the huge production skills and the band’s all-round relentlessly visionary drive. To put it in a nutshell, this rocks you on every level: emotional, intellectual, aesthetic, and mostly your body: these guys don’t thrash around on their recordings like possessed dervishes for the show of it!

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Young Stunna releases his highly anticipated mixtape “Midnight Music” http://videomusicstars.com/young-stunna-releases-his-highly-anticipated-mixtape-midnight-music/ http://videomusicstars.com/young-stunna-releases-his-highly-anticipated-mixtape-midnight-music/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:18:25 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=13173 Young Stunna releases his most anticipated mixtape to date called “Midnight Music.” stream it live on this site and also be sure to follow his social media pages.

Christopher Andrews (born May 26, 1990), better known by his stage name Young Stunna, is an American rapper from Petersburg, Virginia. He is the CEO of his upcoming independent brand Stunnalliance Entertainment.

yunga-stunna-coverHe began his career independently with local releases in 2010, including his debut mixtape True Crime: Streets of VA featuring fellow upcoming artist and childhood friend Xan Cato (formerly known as Jae R). It included underground singles “Guess Who’s Back” and the Myspace chart topping “Gimmie Reason”.

Midnight Music followed in 2016, which was notable for its laid back sound and lyrical content. Young Stunna is also known for his most anticipated Stunday series, which is usually a remixed track of current billboard hit singles. He is working on his first studio album.

Young Stunna is on radio rotation with the track: “Came To Win”

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FORMER NBA/ CURRENT PRO ATHLETE “JAY OVARA” RELEASES HIS FIRST MIXTAPE UNDER NEW NAME http://videomusicstars.com/former-nba-current-pro-athlete-jay-ovara-releases-his-first-mixtape-under-new-name/ http://videomusicstars.com/former-nba-current-pro-athlete-jay-ovara-releases-his-first-mixtape-under-new-name/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:18:35 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=13166 jayovara-cover-250Jay Ovara aka Jermareo “Jayo” Davidson is a rap artist from Atlanta Georgia. Standing 6’11” with a personality just as large, Jayo is a former NBA and international ball player who is truly a force to be reckoned with not only on the court but on a microphone as well.

His musical influences include Jay Z, Outkast, T.l., Lil’ Wayne, just to name a few. With a penchant for wordplay and witty punchlines.

Jay Ovara is on radio rotation with the track “DEAD PEOPLE” FT. GREAZZY (PRODUCED BY ZAYTOVEN)

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