Enter the sounds of Jon Yoon: Ukulele Acoustic Artist and his new EP ‘Purple Roses, Coffee Beans, and All Things in Between’

Jon Yoon Acoustic Performer

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Unconventional Sound & Style

Sometimes the best music arrives into our world from the most unlikely of places. We are often driven to believe that defining music in terms of its authenticity requires that it conforms to certain standards set by different authors however, music in and of itself is the absolute expression of individuality and creativity. When exploring the earliest forms of music and instruments, we learned that while some instruments were developed with great intricacy, others were very simple in terms of design and function yet, produced an unforgettable sound. Independent artists, working within their distinct frameworks are often able to capture the beauty of unconventional instruments delivering an unmatched sound and style. Singer-Songwriter Jon Yoon is just one of the few artists who have dared to think outside of the box in order to deliver groundbreaking music for his fans.

Seattle musician Jon Yoon has released his latest EP ‘Purple, Roses, Coffee Beans, and All Things in Between’, a unique acoustic, and uncut performance. Fans who truly enjoy a thoughtful listening experience will be pleased to know that Jon Yoon uses a ukulele to accompany his vocals throughout the entire album; a refreshing break from hardline rock and metal thrashing. Though seemingly an unlikely instrument of choice for contemporary music makers, the ukulele has a long history that dates back as far as the late 1800s but, it is still used to day in many parts of the world. With a distinct sound, and natural ambiance; the ukulele is the perfect complement to poetic lyrics and lighthearted songwriting. Yoon manages to deliver all of the above and so much more on this surprising and sprightly record.

‘Purple Roses, Coffee Beans, and All Things in Between’, written and composed by Jon Yoon is a heartfelt exploration of love, heartache, and resilience. Yoon performs each song on the album with exquisite finesse, articulating his emotion through not only the song lyrics but through each of the chords played on the ukulele. The album is a nice blend of slow, mid-tempo, and upbeat tracks creating a nice dynamic throughout the spin. Although the ukulele has a classic, earthy vibe, Jon’s manipulation of the chords convey a progressive sound that is both appealing and remarkable. The contemporary sound can be heard on the track “Lucky” which delivers more of a catchy pop sound that would easily fit into the mainstream music stage.

An intoxicating listening experience

The EP reveals great strength through the vocal and musical performance as well as the crisp production. Offering fans a broad spectrum of sounds, Jon Yoon’s track “Trouble” is another example of his ability to create an intoxicating listening experience. The performance and songwriting on this particular track possesses a Bruno Mars quality that is not only rare but remarkable by all accounts. “Hey Mariana” is another really powerful and uplifting track that Yoon includes on his EP. Switching gears slightly, this track presents a differing vibe that resembles an acoustic rock performances. The EP consists of 6 tracks in total, all of which are definitely worth a listen.

Having written and composed all of the songs on his EP, Jon Yoon has proven himself to be a stellar songwriter. The lyrics on the album are airy, energetic and delivered with a youthful vigor not seen since the early life of pop music. His unabashed wordplay and amusing themes make even the most heart-wrenching song a joy to listen to. Jon Yoon is defining what the new indie artists will be aspiring to; thinking outside of the box, and creating indelible art through music.

Calling Seattle, Washington home, Jon Yoon is one of the leading Ukulele Acoustic Pop artists of our time. A trained musician, Jon cites influences such as Jason Mraz, Michael Buble, and many others in crafting his distinguished style. In addition to writing original songs and performing some covers of popular music, Jon can often be found entertaining crowds at the Pike Place Market. Visit Jon’s Official Website at www.jonyoonmusic.com for the latest news about his album.

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Seattle band Whiskey N’ Rye brings back the classic American spirit with their self-titled debut album release: ‘Whiskey N’ Rye

                                                                           

Music Revolutions, Sound Evolutions

Whiskey N' RyeConsidering the impact of music in our lives, we are reminded that there are bands that make music, and there are bands that inspire cultural revolutions. Some bands take the stage for a fleeting moment, perhaps we recall their one or two chart topping hits, but we might be unable to recall their name. The fact is that when an artist puts their heart and soul into their music, it shows, their music is powerful, and their records are passed down from generation to generation. Their sound provokes a response, their words have depth, and their stage presence commands attention. Bands of this caliber are a rarity within the modern music scene but, they do exist and are making their way to the front and center-stage.

Emerging with an allure that has not been seen since the early ages of rock,  Seattle band Whiskey N’ Rye has unleashed their self-titled album ‘Whiskey N’ Rye’. As one of the most powerful releases of 2014, the album is an inventive production that bridges the elements of classic rock styles with contemporary American insight and artistic brilliance. Generally, when listening to a new album, there might be two or three tracks that really stand out and capture a listener’s interest. This is definitely not the case with ‘Whiskey N’ Rye’; the entire album conveys each and every song with resounding energy. There are times when artists opt to tell stories that are directly related to their personal experiences, making an album a little too inward and foreign from the listeners’ perspectives. This particular album does the exact opposite by telling a story that brings listeners into the experience by establishing an authentic context that is not only all-encompassing but highly relevant.

The band’s style, which is composed of blues, rock, and Americana elements is present throughout each track on the album giving it a signature sound. The compilation works masterfully to deliver varied sounds and flavor, a demonstration of the band’s musically diverse background and stylistic expertise. The album which was written by singer-songwriter Philip Lindholm consists of 10 rigorously composed pieces that incorporate a myriad of musical techniques, styles, and themes that work together in a cohesive manner to deliver an enjoyable listening experience.

Although all of the tracks on ‘Whiskey N’ Rye’ deliver their own rush of sound, there are a few that really stand out with remarkable distinction. The band opens up with “Bootlegger” an energetic rock song that is reminiscent of Lynyrd Skynrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”; the song emanates a strong traditional American vibe with down-home harmonica action and guitar play. The band changes up the vibe on the album with some slower tempo tracks such as “Until the End” and ” The Open Road”, a legendary example of thoughtful storytelling through songwriting.

Another track that really stands out is “Rebel Man, Pt. 1” an artistically composed piano solo that tells a story all of its own without the use of a vocalist. The inclusion of this track functions well to demonstrate the bands quality and skill as avid instrumentalists. Behind “Rebel Man, Pt. 1″ is a dynamic rock piece named Rebel, Man, Pt. 2” which has a stronger guitar focus as well as lead male, female, and background vocalists. Lyrically speaking, “Rebel Man, Pt.2” is one of the most profound tracks included on the record and it will definitely resonate with fans; it has an unusual chilling effect that lingers on after the song concludes.

Whiskey N’ Rye’s debut release of their self-titled album is bound to be one of the most notable undertakings of 2014. The album is a unique blend of various rock elements from earlier influences combined with contemporary stylistics making it an all-around phenomenal music find. Though each track on the album displays different aspects of rock, blues, and Americana styles; the band has in fact managed to deliver a striking sound.

Word on the street is that this band puts on one amazing live show; so of course we had to take a peek. Check out this really awesome video of Whiskey N’ Rye performing live.

Hailing from Seattle, Washington, Whiskey N’ Rye consists of band members Philip Lindholm, Colin McLaurin, Josh Tvrdy, Nolan Watt, and Marco Longo. Their style can be described as Americana, Roots-Rock, capturing the depth of American tradition and spirit through their music. Having nailed down the top spot for Roots-Rock on Reverbnation, the ban formed in 2013 and continues to do some serious damage with their unparalleled sound. The band’s polished sound comes as no surprise considering three of its members graduated from the world-renowned Berklee School of Music. On a steady upward journey, the band has no plans of stopping and is currently touring sharing their deeply rooted sound with adoring fans.  Hopefully you are lucky enough to catch these born stars live as they are known for lighting up the stage, in the meantime keep up with their latest music, news, and upcoming appearances on the band’s official website www.whiskeynrye.com.

Listen to ‘Whiskey N’ Rye’, now playing on SoundCloud.

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Get unchained with latest track from Minister G “Freedomtown”

Minister G Freedomtown

Socially Relevant, Painfully Real

Emerging as the voice of the streets, hip hop in its original form was an expression of adversity, struggle, and hope in a system where social constructs raised walls of disparity. Later, artists such as KRS-One utilized their styles to poetically influence and inspire those within the community with empowering lyrics, while other artists such as Tupac and Biggie, illustrated the stark reality of their experiences and that of fellow-men and women of color through their content.

Looking ahead, and presently peering into the current trends in hip hop music, one will find that the commercial presence of the genre does not often bring into focus the social, economic, and culturally relevant discussions of decades past. In fact, the morphing and hybridization of hip hop often conforms to stereotypical constructs that do not necessarily tell any story in particular nor express relatable stories from the streets. Listeners often fail to notice the myriad of misogynistic lyrics, and obscure images of material glorification because they are often paired with a catchy beat, a fun, easy-to-repeat hook, and some added shock value from an exclusive feature. The truth is, although as a society we have made great strides in narrowing certain gaps of imbalance, there are still stories from the other side, and it is often the Indie Artist who seizes the opportunity to tell their story.

Based in Canada, Minister G is leading the movement toward  delivering empowering and meaningful music to fans. His latest release “Freedomtown” off the album ‘Church fo’ da thugz’ speaks unwritten truth to listeners with authenticity, and astute contextual references. The song has all of the components of an underground hood anthem with mainstream energy. Along the journey of his steady climb, Minister G dropped sick bars over an epic hip hop beat while delivering a progressive cadence and polished hook. As Minster G says in “Freedomtown “reality bites hard”; and it certainly does. It takes an impressive artist who has had first hand experience in lending his personal challenges to a creative work, a work that will be appreciated for eons to come.

Having racked up thousands of digital plays and YouTube views, “Freedomtown” candidly addresses scores of issues plaguing communities, especially those of young black males. Where there is often a lack of positive male role models in music, Minister G’s latest project effectively influences and empowers younger fans, inspiring them to approach life from different perspectives; while still acknowledging from whence they have come. The song also works to educate fans and listeners outside of the bubble who may also find themselves in the weeds when it comes to appreciating the value and experiences of those who may have emerged from more humble beginnings.

Check out Minister G’s latest video for “Freedomtown” on YouTube.

Minister G who faced his own challenges as a young Haitian in Miami is now focused on using his music with a purpose and changing lives. The concept of “Freedomtown” was inspired by the critically acclaimed film “Scarface”. Minister G uses it to connect the lives of those in hoods from coast to coast, especially those of immigrants who are often disenchanted upon arriving to a place where discrimination and social boundaries are ever-present; later feeling the need to adopt society’s contrary labels and ideals. His latest album ‘Church fo’ da thugz’, which was mixed by a Grammy-Award winning team of engineers, is anticipated to spark a new wave of socially conscious music.

Listen to more music from Minister G on SoundCloud.

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Calling All Fashionistas, Bloggers & Style Enthusiasts

Brand Ambassador BellaDulce ClothingBellaDulce Clothing is looking for Brand Ambassadors to represent the boutique and their Signature clothing line for 2014. Reps will have the opportunity to earn free merchandise, promo items, and more! Learn more about the program and can apply online at: belladulceclothing.com/brandreps

Style Bloggers, Vloggers, models, and fashionistas are encouraged to apply for this amazingly fun opportunity to work with Team BD.

Are you looking for a few good reps? Learn how your business can be featured on glitterandstilettos.com by contacting us at info@lushlife757.com.

Not Everything is Black & White…Or is it?

belladulce clothing boutiqueThere is something about black and white in fashion that transcends time. The two colors work so well together  bringing class and style to almost any outfit. The classic duo emerges and re-emerges from runways time and time again yet, creating a unique style evolution.

From the little black dress to a white hot blazer, the two colors are a wardrobe must-have. Together they work well in casual or business attire, separate, they illustrate their own dynamic, speak their own language, and emerge with thier own seasonal flavor.

How do you wear your black & white?

Be Inspired with Recording Artist John Blake’s Album Release “Your Light (Let it Shine)”

John BlakeInspiring The World

In these often turbulent times, music can act as a natural remedy for the trials and tribulations that life tends to throw our way. Tuning out some of the worldly noise and opening our minds to positive messages is not only enlightening but inspiring. When contemporary sounds collide with relevant songwriting, inspirational music has the power to connect people to the bigger picture. The messages also allow individuals to be reflective, seek answers, and find motivation when all may seem lost. Inspirational music is most effective when it can reach an intended audience through sounds and styles that they are familiar with. The music provides a vessel by which the artist can share their personal testimony with others.

Author, lyricist, and poet Jonathan Anthony Burkett known by the moniker John Blake has released his latest project  “Your Light (Let it Shine)”, now available for pre-order on iTunes. “Your Light (Let it Shine)” is an upbeat track with a motivating theme that encourages listeners not to give up but to find their reason to prevail in the face of adversity. Blake truly delivers a message that many people in today’s world desperately need to hear.

John Blake performs a spirited set of hip hop bars over an upbeat track with the help of featured artist Elisa Polanco who lends her soul-filled vocals on the hook. Blake graces fans with impressive lyrical proficiency and socially conscious content. The song is an optimistic and refreshing perspective on life and self-actualization. Blake and Polanco put together an excellent collaboration that is already receiving outstanding reviews from fans around the musicsphere.

Check out John Blake’s new video for “Your Light (Let it Shine)

Pre-Order “Your Light (Let it Shine) on i Tunes.

Having faced his own personal challenges head-on, John Blake is not only a gifted lyricist but a songwriter, author, and poet who has shared his journey of personal growth through his creative works. “Your Light (Let it Shine” is the latest in a series of music, videos, and books that John has made available to the masses. As a highly acclaimed writer, he has reached thousands of people around the globe, providing inspirational testimony and empowering messages. Check out more work from John Blake on www.johnblakenation.com. Look for his upcoming album release schedule to hit the streets on April 1st. In the meantime, don’t forget to pre-order your copy!

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Explore the World with DJ & Producer Glender’s Newest Album “Lost in My Musical Memories”

Glender-Lost in My Musical MemoriesConnecting the world…

House music is probably one of the most instrumental styles by which an artist is able to constantly innovate new sounds, and sub-genres. The music not only possesses the ability to electrify a dance party but it offers an international appeal that may be considered second to none. It is truly a universal style, that when mastered, delivers an unprecedented amount of cultural relevance in music. Dance music is driven most often not by the lyrics or words, but by the conscious expression of energy and emotion through sound. This type of music requires a deeper examination into the style, initiating dialog and provoking thought. While many dance music composers and producers narrow their scope to one particular sound, there are few that expand their reach far beyond continental lines to create noteworthy and inspiring music.

International DJ and Producer  Glender is one such artist who has successfully garnered worldwide acclaim for his gifted artistry. After eight years, the highly regarded artist has released his most recent album titled ‘Lost in My Musical Memories’, a project that is jam-packed with heart thumping, high energy tracks. The album, written and produced by Glender for Niraya World, is an eclectic mix of original, experimental sounds and styles that take listeners on a virtual excursion across the world’s soundstage. The track “Far Away from Home”, is a poignant work, with a fitting title that captures the energy of the album. Listeners will truly feel that they have ventured away to parts unknown with each and every single one of Glender’s tracks.

Through each song on ‘Lost in My Musical Memories’, Glender captures the nuances in culture from various walks, in life, places, and faces throughout the album. Opening with the track “South Africa”, Glender welcomes fans with a bouncy drum beat, while incorporating some realistic animal and nature sounds, literally taking listeners into the outdoors. The track maintains a steadily high energy beat, later presenting soulful female vocals and wind instruments. “La Vida” , another exuberant track, also utilizes an infectious drum beat incorporated with Spanish male vocals to present a global sound mix while “Latin Side” is a more progressive sounding piece where the clave collides with jazzy piano chords.

Glender displays his diversity as an artist on tracks such as “Zi Zhu Xiao” where he transports listeners to the continent of Asia where the sounds offer a nostalgic ambiance, inspiring not only the audio but visual use of imagination to appreciate the cultural elements of the music. Glender works proficiently to blend multiple elements and effects into a remarkably powerful listening experience. Without uncovering all of the many surprises that Glender has in store for fans, we would certify this album as a digital “must have”.

Glender’s album is a carefully processed delivery of  artistic ingenuity and cutting edge sounds that work effectively to connect listeners with the sights and sounds of the global landscape. ‘Lost in My Music Memories’ is not just a high-energy dance album, it tells a unique story, sharing with fans a personal journey that is not only physically moving but, thoughtfully inspiring. Check out a preview of Glender’s latest album on SoundCloud.

As a world-renowned DJ and producer, Glender has worked with many labels including Stereo Productions, Baroque, Sreet King, Aenaria, 4Kenzo, TKC Music, Magna, and more. His latest undertaking ‘Lost in My Music Memories’ was released on Niraya World and is already receiving rave reviews. Hailing from Portugal, he has dominated just about nearly all of the continents through his popular style. He is truly an international powerhouse, performing all over the world and entertaining over 20,000 people at Mexico’s ‘Festival de Corazon’ where he continued to grow in notoriety. With a growing list of artist productions under his belt, his latest album is on a brazen climb up the charts where he is currently holding strong in multiple house categories and sub-genres. Keep up with Glender on his Official Website: glender-world.com.

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