FACE, the Chicago bred singer/songwriter/musician emergeswith raw, soulful energy that R&B fans live for with his debut single, “FUCBOII” under, RUN THE PLAY ENTERTAINMENT set to be released March 13.
Moody vibes, FUCBOII,shows FACE’s vulnerability through thought provoking lyrics and captivating vocal execution. “Sometimes you are blinded by your own selfish desires, which cause you to miss the beautiful things right in front of you. That’s what the song is truly about, a man finding something that was already in front of him. FACE, demonstrates he has the power to redefine the state of music with writing that’s contagious, vulnerable, and visceral. “I want to make thought-provoking music,” he leaves off. “I also want to touch people deeply; I want to make music anybody can identify with.”
Born in Chicago, Face like so many of the greats before him—cultivated his voice singing in the church. As a young man, FACE, found inspiration from iconic voices in Gospel, R&B, and Hip-Hop like John P Kee, Usher, & Kanye West respectively.His vocal ability earned him two Grammy appearances singing background for R. Kelly & Madonna. “I was fortunate enough to get those gigs; I got a call from one of my friends whois a musical director and he hooked it up. It was something I needed; it showed me where I truly wanted to be on stage. It was cool, but I wanted to be thereon my own merit not as someone else’s background singer, it made me hungrier.” Growing up listening and working with these iconic voices transformed FACE into a singer/songwriter able to embody multiple vibes and create music that encapsulates multiple generations. “I want to make thought-provoking music and touch people deeply; I want to make music anybody can identify with.” FACE’s presence is destined to become undeniable and is in the conversation as the next breakthrough artist to watch.
Following her critically acclaimed debut single ‘Control’, which was released in November last year to rave reviews from the likes of BBC Introducing, Lefuturewave, DiscoverNU, and Mercato Metropolitano Radio, and coming on the back of her first ever sold-out London headline concert at 93 Feet East in January, exciting new Berkshire singer and songwriter CHAR is proud to unveil her first offering of 2020 - the excellent new single ‘SAME AGAIN’, which comes accompanied by her first ever music video.
Produced by longtime Roots Manuva collaborator WaggaMan, and mixed/mastered by Jarrad Hearman, who has worked with the likes of Sinead Harnett, Nadia Rose, and Katy B, ‘Same Again’ is a mesmerising offering with warm R&B and lush pop sensibilities, led by CHAR’s gloriously smooth vocal dexterities and effortlessly soulful delivery, underpinned by a slow-building jazz-soul fusion minimalist musical backdrop, which allows CHAR to steal the show from start to finish.
Thematically, ‘Same Again’ sees CHAR looking introspectively at “the cyclic repetitive behavior we often find ourselves trapped in, not considering the effects of doing the same thing again and again, and expecting a different result – whether it’s going back to that one person time and time again, or repeating the same night out over and over again. The track is a bit of hard nudge for me, but there’s also a self-soothing aspect to the track, where I’m saying ‘let’s not beat ourselves up too much’, because life is already tricky enough to navigate through as it is”.
For the music video for ‘Same Again’, CHAR has collaborated with a women-led creative and visual team, which she put together on Daisie, the creative collaboration platform co-founded by Maisie Williams (Game Of Thrones, X-Men: The New Mutants), for which CHAR was an early adopter, having been chosen as one of the Daisie100 to launch the platform in 2018. The ‘Same Again’ visuals were directed by London-based French art director and creative designer Jade Nodinot (BRIT Awards, Armani, Harrods, Rolex), with cinematography by Alexandra Barbareau.
Raised in Maidenhead and now based in London, after graduating from Liverpool University, CHAR’s musical style can best be described as warm quintessential R&B, with contemporary melodic pop influences, while her lyrics and songwriting slant towards a self-reflective tone, as she tries to find the perfect balance between strength and vulnerability, informed by her own personal struggles with her mental health. Outside of the music, CHAR also makes her voice heard, as the co-founder of a non-profit mental health and well-being organisation for young people called Mad Millennials.
Stockholm, Sweden based artist and producer Victoria Moralez invites us to "Come a little closer". Cleaning out the garbage from the past and realizing that trying to fit in when being tossed between many homes and orphanages isn't always dead easy but inevitably will lead you to understanding more about yourself. Something that is accentuated by the groove being built from Foley (Boxes, Baskets, ping-pong balls etc.) re-introducing a feeling of reality and playfulness in music.
You won't get through it on your own though, "I did not get here by myself" the artist chants, accompanied by Russian beat-boxer Alexey Message and a small choir, to high-light the message that it takes a village.
Louise Chantál is an artist on the rise with an unmistakably powerful voice. From nostalgic R&B songs with relatable lyrics to provocative female-focused anthems, she is focused on redefining what it means to be a woman in her early twenties. She not only displays a passionate realness, but has an imaginative brilliance with a sense of urgency and volatility. Chantál is inspired by many of the iconic women in music that have come before her with big voices, strong messages, and long- lasting legacies. Her influences include Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Toni Braxton, Brandy and Beyoncé.
Louise Chantál’s talent speaks for itself. In 2019, she focused on growing her fanbase by effortlessly weaving multiple songs together in medleys on social media. To date, her popular renditions have reached over 2.9 million views. Chantál’s new single and video, ‘Put It On U’ is OUT NOW!
Blakk Soul is one of R&B’s most talented emerging artists. A Tacoma, Washington native, the multihyphenate has been credited for his songwriting, background vocals, and co-production on work by industry heavyweights like Playboi Carti, Dr. Dre, Macklemore, Anderson .Paak, Little Brother, Jake One, and more. Today (3/12/2020), Blakk Soul announces his forthcoming Mello Music Group debut Take Your Time, with the album's lead single "Help", premiered by HipHopDX. Featuring Slaughterhouse MC Joell Ortiz, "Help" fuses R&B, Neo-Soul, and Hip Hop to perfection.
Jafar Curry is a well known and respected international entertainer, vocalist, pianist, songwriter and recording artist with song and performance credits ranging from Atlanta Georgia and Beijing China to Bangkok Thailand and New York, NY. Jafar’s career started at the age of 15 singing tenor with several vocal groups where he also discovered his love of instrumentation and began playing the piano and guitar.
Originally from PA with roots in Decatur and the Caribbean Jafar has always drawn from a variety of musical influences including Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Chick Corea and Muddy Waters to name a few. “My sound is an accumulation of live performance experience poured into creative ideas.” In the latest single “On The Low” Jafar deals with the gritty reality of infidelity and consequence while taking us on a ride through the fun side. “On The Low” is the first single from the forth coming album “The Tuxedo Bartender” an album that Jafar has described as dealing with the realities of a real musicians life in their rawest and most basic form.
After releasing her debut single ‘Option & Priority’ in December 2019 to close out the decade in excellent fashion, South London R&B singer and songwriter SHAMIM has kickstarted her 2020 with the bold, exciting and fierce new music video for her now buzzing single ‘OPTION & PRIORITY’. Produced by Amandeep Dhaliwal, who has previously worked with the likes of A2, Jevon, and Sam Wise under his Clonez moniker, ‘Option & Priority’ is a forward-pushing contemporary R&B offering, led by Shamim’s captivating vocal performance, and powerful message of self-worth.
Filmed in London, and directed by Prince Mensah (Film Boy Entertainment), the visuals for ‘Option & Priority’ do amazingly to bring the song’s theme of women’s empowerment further to life, with Shamim, as the leading lady, exhibiting the sense of power and control the lyrics of the song allude to. Making use of Shamim’s powerful magnetism and undeniable ability to hold your attention, her edgy fashion and styling, and the classic London visual backdrop, the ‘Option & Priority’ video is heavy on messaging of freedom of expression, empowerment and the strength of a woman.
Born in Uganda and raised in the UK, with musical influences coming from legends such as Etta James, Nina Simone and Otis Redding, Shamim is very clear about what moves her. “I am inspired by honesty in music”, confesses the R&B rising star, who comes highly recommended if you like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Jorja Smith, Ella Mai, Summer Walker or SZA, and who wants to put truth at the core of her message. Shamim is reluctant to be pigeonholed, and is determined to create with the same freedom and fearlessness that has marked the work of many of her idols.
With her debut ‘Option & Priority’ finally out, Shamim is looking forward to establishing herself as one of the UK’s brightest rising stars in 2020.
Grammy Award winning artist, Joe Little III is back at it again with his second newly released single "Beautiful". This R&B Soulful Legend is the lead singer of the 90’s R&B group Rude Boys, most known for their #1 Billboard/smash hit and 1991 Billboard R&B Song of the year, “Written All Over Your Face.” The new electrifying single features powerhouse rapper Pharaoh Loco, and speaks of being beautiful and loving who you are. The song was written and produced by Loco and co-produced by Little, and paints a picture of love at first sight, with both expressing their desire and complete infatuation for their women. The new track is filled with decadent harmonies, captivating lyrics, and hard-hitting bars which ride through smooth waves of sensuality, while setting a perfectly melodic tone.
Little’s solo career kicked off in 1994 with his Atlantic Records release, ‘Puttin it Down,’ which featured the singles “The Hump is On” and “Me and You.” That year, Little teamed up with his mentor and friend, Gerald Levert for the group Black Men United for the single “U Will Know.”
In addition to his solo career, Little has collaborated with musical legends such as Aretha Franklin and The Temptations, Charlie Wilson, Snoop Dogg and Lay- Z Bone to name a few. Little solidified himself as both a vocal performer, producer, and writer, with writing credits for Men At Large, Keith Sweat, Angie Stone and more. He dabbled in film writing and producing on hit films like Rush Hour 2 and Fast and the Furious. In 2019, Joe Little III was honored to be inducted into the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame with his brothers, The Rude Boys.
Pharaoh Loco, also a native of Cleveland, is a gifted recording artist, poet, song writer and producer who has been captivating Hip Hop fans and industry leaders, in the states and internationally. "It's a pleasure working with such an amazing up and coming talented artist like Pharaoh Loco. She is fire and definitely a future Hall of Famer" says Little.
Little is prepping more new music for the near future, but for now, experience the unmistakable, undeniable, extraordinary vocals that caught the ear of the late great Gerald Levert and millions worldwide.
(Let's Wait Awhile has over 1 million streams on SoundCloud and has charted on the first day of its release at #9 top 100 Best new release on Amazon.)
With the return of a single Angel has recorded, Angel is taking her fans on a journey, back when music from the 80s brought to us many great artists. These great artists from that era were Whitney Houston, Sade, Anita Baker, Gloria Estefan, and Janet Jackson to name a few. Since 2019 with the release of Angel's phenomenal hit album Joy which streamed millions across the mainstreaming platform, Angel is ready to give her fans a taste of another side of her style and talent.
Angel quotes, "In my early career, I started out as an R&B recording artist writing many of my own songs and had the opportunity to release my first two R&B album worldwide on Ichiban Records and Volt Records. My fans today still buy my albums and have shared it on streaming platforms like YouTube, and I have also released in 2017 my album called I'm Who I Am, so they know I'm no stranger to R&B music. I did this remake and wanted to share it for my fans to enjoy and give credit to the amazing artist I listen to for many years and whom I love and adore as an artist, Janet Jackson."
Many classic records are heard in today's movies, television and games introducing to the new generation, the songs of the decade. Let's Wait Awhile is that single remake and will be releasing on January 24th, 2020 on all streaming platforms and online digital store for download. The new song produced by Andre Rivers is more up-tempo than the original. It has a smooth, yet bigger sound, much like a song performed in a live concert.
Anthony Hamilton's famed former backup vocalists and Grammy-nominated viral sensations The Hamiltones emboldened their transition to the forefront with their lauded debut project Watch The Ton3s in June of last year. Making major strides in 2019 with a well-received EP, and a debut late night TV performance, The Hamiltones continued to build on their momentum with the release of Watch The Ton3s (The B Side) EP, released on Valentine's Day. Now available on all digital streaming platforms via Young Vintage LLC/Ghetto All Stars/Common Cents Media Group, the new project is a six-track extension of the group's debut EP from 2019. "I think this project is another dimension of us", says 2E of The Hamiltones. He continues that "on 'The B Side', we approached our audience differently from a sonic point of view. A different style, same ole soul."
Stream/purchase Watch The Ton3s (The B Side) EP here. And if you're in New York City, you can catch The Hamiltones at Uptown Soul Lounge's special Black History Month celebration show this Friday. Purchase tickets here.