Concept Artist Marty McKay Releases “Emptiness Returns” from His Latest Project ‘Sin’s Disciple’

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The beautiful thing about Indie Artists is their ability to step outside of the parameters of mainstream music. They are often willing to go where other artists do not dare. They are musical hybrids that think outside the box to develop unique and impressionable sounds. Because of this, these artists garner a large underground following. They have an intrinsic ability to appeal to those that have been jaded by life’s winding curves and society’s need to coat with pleasantries the often stark reality that many individuals come to know on a daily basis. These music fans are indeed living outside of the worldly realm, longing for content that resonates with their experiences, music that speaks their truth no matter how ravishing or unsightly it may be.

When we came across Zürich Concept Artist Marty McKay’s latest release “Emptiness Returns” from his upcoming album release ‘Sin’s Disciple’, we immediately took notice of his distinct quality and sound. The song is a rap-rock fusion that is reminiscent of late 90s and early 2000s styles that were embraced by both sides of the underground and mainstream spectrum. Not too many artists are able to pull off this venture successfully but, McKay has managed to create an astute and conceptually solid music experience for his fans, one that tests the boundaries of artistic expression.

Imagine if you will, melting the sounds of Evanescence with Papa Roach and Linkin Park into a cherished piece of vinyl history. “Emptiness Returns” would be the quintessential example of how to create the perfect rock-rap record with significant power. The female vocalist complements McKay’s masculine musings over weighty guitars and drums. What is most powerful, much like many of rap-rock, and, alternative artists is McKay’s lyrical content. His songwriting delivers a hard lined approach to interactions between men and women that often leave them feeling disenchanted. The fact that an artist is able to discuss real topics within their music is refreshing and courageous at best.

If you enjoyed the 1995 film Se7en ‘s rendering of the 7 Deadly Sins, you’ll find McKay’s record to deliver another Marty McKayfascinating point of view through multiple, music genres. He describes his upcoming album as a “Modern-day interpretation of the 7 Deadly Sins”. Unlike many popular rap songs however, McKay’s album excludes the use of sampling and utilizes real instruments and live accompaniment. ‘Sin’s Disciple’ is scheduled to release on March 28th. Meanwhile, purchase Marty McKay’s latest single “Emptiness Returns” now available on Bandcamp.

Known as a conceptual artist, Marty McKay is also a singer, emcee, and songwriter. He cites some of his musical influences as Public Enemy, Iced-T, and one of our all time favorites Big Daddy Kane. With a certain gift for musical expression, McKay has developed an experimental sound that continues to evolve even through his most recent undertaking as executive producer of Project 7.  We are certainly looking forward to hearing more from this groundbreaking artist. Remember to keep your ear to the streets for more sounds from Marty McKay, and his upcoming album ‘Sin’s Disciple’, coming soon on March 28th.

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Great Gift Ideas: Origami Owl by Independent Stylist Lindsay LoMele

Origami Owl Social JewelryWe came across another great find this past weekend and it is called Origami Owl. Independent Designer Lindsay LoMele, who also hosted the shopping event gave us the inside scoop on this customized, social shopping experience. Origami Owl lets you create your own unique lockets with personalized charms, chains, and dangles. I have attended many a jewelry making party and they are great opportunities to chat it up with friends while creating fun and memorable pieces.

With Origami Owl, there are literally hundreds of charms to choose from as well as rhinestones, Origami Owl Lindsay LoMeleinitials, and a vast selection of themes for all walks of life. The jewelry is very sturdy and has plenty of bling. The lockets can be filled with as many or as few charms as you perfer. The wide selection of chains, and plates, is perfect for mixing and matching bracelets and necklaces for an eye-catching look.

I loved Origami Owl so much, I  just had to snag a piece for my mini. I opted for a simple bracelet with a handbag and floral charm. What I love most about the bracelet is the rhinestone accent around the edge of the locket. The bracelet shines really well , and is very dainty looking. The locket is delivered in a cute decorated pouch which is placed inside of a tiny gift box that is shaped like a takeout container. It was absolutely adorable and made for the perfect surprise gift for my mini.

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Stylish Nails without Going to the Nail Salon: Check Out Jamberry Nail Wraps

Jamberry Kimberly Cassista Independent ConsultantWhile running a boutique, managing multiple projects for clients, and making runs to cheerleading practice; somewhere between dinner and laundry, I often find that my nails are a jagged, hot mess. I honestly cannot remember the last time I actually went to a nail salon, and when I did, I am almost embarrassed to say that I ended up picking the tips off once they had grown out to the very ends of my own nails, not the cutest sight around, but what can I say, I am a busy entrepreneur on the go, who has time for nails!?

As you can imagine, when I bumped into Independent Nail Consultant, Kimberly Cassista with Jamberry at the Flip Flop’s Vendor Event, the timing could not have been more perfect. I knew immediately that Jamberry would be the perfect solution to my nail woes. Due to the nature of my business, I really cannot neglect my nails as uneven, and ragged as they are because I am constantly meeting and greeting new people at networking events, and of course I want to give the best impression. I am not talking about slapping on a quick coat of polish before running out the door, nor going to the nail salon and spending $35 bucks or more, I am talking about stylish convenience, a must have for anyone that is on the go.

Kimberly was amazing and provided a quick demo on Jamberry and, I was immediately sold. The nail wrap is a simple appliqué that is placed on the natural nail. The application is painless, unlike having your cuticle clipped and nail-bed sanded with a power tool like at the salon. The selection of colors and patterns is so vast that you can literally have a new look every week; with thousands of options to choose from. Most importantly the price is amazing and much more cost-effective than trips to the salon.

I tried out the ‘Cheer’ pattern which is part of the sports collection. The application was quick, easy, and painless. The nails looked absolutely fabulous and, you can even apply them on your toe nails. Jamberry offers french tips, animal patterns, sports themes, and many other one-of-a-kind artistic designs; including digital camo patterns. This product is perfect for women, teens, and younger girls who typically enjoy colorful nail polish. They are durable, and can easily be used to complement any outfit. They wear for about two weeks and remove is a breeze. One sheet includes 18 wraps and can be used for up to 5 or more applications. Check back to see some of our favorite Jamberry styles.

Jamberry was launched in 2010 by three sisters who were looking for a cost-effective alternative to pricey nail salon visits. There is more great news, Jamberry nail wraps are  Gluten Free, Vegan, and they are made in the USA! Shop now or host your own Jamberry Styling Party with Independent Consultant Kimberly Cassista at kimberlycassista.jamberrynails.net.

FlipFlop Events Craft & Vendor Show to Benefit H.E.R. Shelter

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We checked into the FlipFlop Events Craft & Vendor Show held at United Methodist in Chesapeake, VA this weekend. The full-day event included over 20 vendors and artisans  from across Hampton Roads, with a plethora of items to shop and see. Check back this week to see some of our fabulous finds from local Hampton Roads businesses.

The event was a tremendous success as it drew in a steady flow of traffic and the staff also kept attendees engaged while holding a raffle. The event was held to benefit H.E.R. Shelter. We’ll be sharing tons of pics from this event, so stay tuned.

 

 

 

Change Is in Order: New Song “The Answer Is You” from Singer-Songwriter Jason Mark Yates

Jason Mark YatesIt happened something like this…

There was a remarkable story about a couple whose relationship was forever changed by a single song. It may seem hard to believe, but these things do happen.  While just a few short years into their marriage, things grew rocky and the couple had finally decided that it was best to part ways. The husband later had a change of heart after hearing a song which stirred in him, the emotions for which he was unable to express in the past.

He approached his wife and asked forgiveness and together they decided that they could and should make it work. This scenario is all to familiar for many estranged families but, this story is the perfect example of just how powerful music can be. We have all had that one song that brings back old memories, that makes us feel a certain way that perhaps not even words can describe; this is music at work, an artist in motion. Music inspires, music provokes, and music brings out the inner-workings of humanity in ways that one can never truly imagine. An inspirational song can hold a fond memory, inspire change, and mend a broken soul; a song can create with all of its fervor, a happy ending.

Going where other artists do not dare.

When considering artists who truly create inspiring content, many of today’s artists fall short. Inhibited by social contracts and staunch gender roles, artists are not always free to express the true depth of their music but, when they do; they leave a tremendous mark upon history. One artist that has ventured to open up his heart to the world is UK Singer-Songwriter Jason Mark Yates. Yates has just released his latest song called “The Answer Is You”. The song is a magnificent expression of love and forgiveness from the male perspective although, the roles of the main characters can certainly be reversed.

Jason Mark Yates who is known for his award-winning songwriting expertise, joined forces with fellow singer-songwriter Darcy Jeavons to produce the exceptional Adult Contemporary track. Yates, who performed both the lead and background vocals, has a sound and style that is reminiscent of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon Bruce Springsteen.

“The Answer Is You” stays true to its Adult Contemporary sound, delivering an easy listening experience in the form of a slow-tempo ballad. The music score, which was also written by Jason Mark Yates, is composed impeccably with a mellow, acoustic sound. Half way through the song, is a lovely guitar solo where fans are able to hear the intricate blending of chords while, experiencing Yates’ multiple layers of skill.

His perspective…her reality

The lyrical content of the song in combination with the musical accompaniment will create a moving and memorable listening experience for fans. Yates, whose sound has also been compared to Rod Stewart, presents to listeners a song about love and forgiveness. Through a man’s lens, the song expresses his remorse for perhaps not living up to the expectations of what a great partner is but, later finding truth within his own ways and coming to terms with the fact that change is possible. The song sheds light on what may be a momentous occasion for women all over; and a wake up call for the men they love.

A young artist is born…

Discovering music while in his youth, Jason Mark Yates, like many others used music as a natural healing tool, it was indeed his answer. Having played with many bands over time, Yates has developed a timeless sound that encompasses a broad range of emotion and musical skill. As a 2013 finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest with his song “Reachin Out”, he continued to expand his musical brand internationally, collaborating with singer-songwriter and fellow guitarist Darcy Jeavons. The two artists have gone on to receive even more accolades for their award-winning productions including a Certificate Entry for their collaboration “So Into You”. With over 100 songs in his catalog, Jason Mark Yates is definitely on fire, we cannot wait to hear what’s next for this multi-faceted performer.

Listen to “The Answer Is You” on Reverbnation where Jason is currently holding strong at the #1 spot on the Adult Contemporary Charts!

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“If You Were Mine”, the Latest Song from Singer-Songwriter Darcy Jeavons Soars Up the Charts

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A star shines brightly…

When it comes to enlightening music, few stars have the ability to remain a permanent fix, shining their energy and light with brilliant radiance. Ever so often a shooting star in the form of a new artist bolts past, leaving fans just as quickly as he or she arrived, satisfying for only  a short time, the need for positive and encouraging music. All too often these artists are overshadowed by iconic representations of entertainment that are sometimes difficult to embrace,  hard to understand, and in all honestly shallow. Listeners who turn to music in search of deeper meaning gravitate toward the artist whose sound, message, and delivery are luminous; the artist that clearly utilizes music to feed the soul. It is this artist who becomes a mainstay in our listening device; this is the artist that we tell all of our friends about because, they are indeed brilliant.

Meet Darcy Jeavons

Singer-Songwriter Darcy Jeavons is one such star that will be illuminating the music scene for a long time to come. Hailing from Southern California, the artist who received her B.A. in Music from the Cole Conservatory at California State, Long Beach is poised to set the precedence for a new generation of contemporary recording artists and musicians. Her latest single “If You Were Mine” exemplifies Darcy’s longstanding relationship with music, her progression as an artist, and her ability to deliver thought-provoking content to music fans who are longing to find meaningful messages.

With the emotional power of Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings”, and the intense vocals of Celine Dion, Darcy Jeavons’ latest song “If You Were Mine” is a powerful expression of faith and love. Her vocal quality conveys beautifully in the track alongside the instrumental accompaniment. The song itself was written as a live acoustic work but later evolved into a fuller sounding production with the assistance of co-producer Steve Lucier, who Jeavons said “added his special touch” to the record. While the musical arrangement leaves a strong impression, it is not overpowering, it is just the right combination of instrumentals to compliment the vocals and deliver a fresh, uplifting sound.

Intertwined with Darcy’s infectious vocals on “If You Were Mine”, is Darcy’s songwriting which meets the caliber of Grammy award-winning artists such as Barbara Streisand and Linda Rondstadt. The lyrics are not only captivating, but they are filled with all of the passion and soul needed to create a musical timepiece, a work of art that goes beyond the boundaries of time. Jeavons’ songwriting is inspiring and most importantly hopeful. “If You Were Mine”, is a breathtaking production that is a must have for adult contemporary and pop music lovers. While this single is just a taste of what Darcy has to offer, she does have an extensive catalog available for your listening pleasure. Listen to “If You Were Mine” now available on SoundCloud. Check out more tunes from Darcy on Reverbnation where is she is currently ranked in the Top 10 Charts for Adult Contemporary Music.

Darcy Jeavons was introduced to music at a very young age. Having learned to play the guitar, she began songwriting at the age of 10. Darcy is known for sharing her passion for music in various venues including sports arenas. She has performed the National Anthem at numerous professional sporting events. While working on crafting her sound, Darcy also gives back by teaching guitar and leading worship locally. She has expanded her reach collaborating with many different artists, musicians, and producers nationally and internationally. Darcy is currently working on a Music Production Certificate with Boston Based Berklee College of Music. Keep an eye out for Darcy Jeavons and, learn more about her on darcyjeavons.com.

Music with a message

We love Darcy Jeavons! She is a woman on a mission and has many powerful words to share with the world, so take a listen. Join the initiative on Facebook for “I Am Gonna Tell”, a song written by Darcy Jeavons, with lead vocals by Alani Claire, also featured on Woman of Substance Radio.

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