Powerful release “Changes” from John Blake Inspires

John BlakeEveryone has experienced those times when it seems as if the world is upon their shoulders and everything is going wrong. The desire to give up can be overwhelming but, there are times when we are at our lowest points and the only thing that can lift us up out of our darkest hour is a song. One artist has heard the voices of those who face struggle and has decided to share his response of encouragement and enlightenment.

Songwriter and recording artist John Blake joined forces with Elisa Polanco to deliver another earth moving track called “Changes”, a song that is emotionally stirring and inspiring by all accounts. The latest from a series of singles dropped this year, John selflessly opens his heart to the world once again evoking power through music.

Elisa sings on the hook “Everything changes, let go and give it a try, don’t let your life pass you by”, a memorable and relevant statement especially in the face of the most difficult struggles faced by many on a daily basis. John Blake who is recognized for reaching out to his fans through his music in a very direct and personal manner demonstrates his ability to address the issues that affect humanity at its core.

The daunting reality is that mainstream recording artists often avoid engaging with weighty issues that affect society in their music thus leading to a lack of connectivity with those most in need of strong, positive influences. Outside the world of materialistic glorification, glitz and glamour exist regular people who face everyday challenges looking for artists that they can relate to. John Blake, who is embarking on his own road to fame through raw authenticity is the artist of our generation that will motivate, inspire, and address the good, the bad, and the ugly much like Tupac and Biggie did in their time.

“Changes” is a powerful song that is capable touching of a multitude of individuals from various walks of life. The song is an easy listen with a flavor reminiscent of the late 90s and early 2000s before commercial hip-hop ventured slightly away from socially conscious productions. Blake delivers flawless bars and pertinent lyrical content while Elisa Polanco connects the verses with a contemporary R&B hook. From a motivating stance, the song is possibly one of the most inspirational collaborations of the year. Although the song is moving, the production yields a formidable secular presentation thus enabling it to reach a broad spectrum of listeners.

It is evident that John Blake is on a mission and is making moves with his music which never fails to deliver. “Changes” is a sleek production with exceptional vocal and sound quality. Blake’s songwriting is virtually unrivaled when considering the current plight of the independent artist and the lack of original content distributed to the masses. The intent and purpose behind Blake’s music is not only placing him among the most sought after artists of today but it is changing lives one by one.

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International pop star Virginia Bright shines with her latest single “Coz You Are”

Virginia Bright Grammy

International Pioneering Pop Artist

This week we traveled abroad to discover international pop sensation Virginia Bright. It is not often that you come across an artist that is able to deliver such a diverse and eclectic flavor through their music, but when they do, it is worth venturing further to understand the origins of their unprecedented sound. International pop artist Virginia Bright has just released her latest single “Coz You Are”, a powerful master-mix of high energy music and luscious vocals. Considered a pioneering artist of her time, Virginia Bright has clearly knocked down barriers on an international scale having gained fame and notoriety as not only a singer, but also as an actress, dancer and film producer. A native of Madrid, Spain, Bright has maintained a stronghold on the industry from Europe all the way to the United States.

“Coz You Are” is the quintessential feel good song with a vibrant energy that is similar to Pharell’s song “Happy”. Virginia successfully joins elements of her Spanish roots, Afro-Latin rhythms, and modern dance flare to deliver a fun-loving track with massive international appeal. Bright has established herself as a cutting-edge performer and artist with a groundbreaking sound and style. Through her latest track she welcomes fans new and old into her radiant world with finesse and charm.

Having already been deemed an international icon in the Afro-European music scene, Bright’s latest release is a glimpse into the massive powerhouse whose music is drawn from her personal journey. Virginia shares with fans, a heartfelt look into self-discovery through “Coz You Are”. Although the song carries a light and breathless tune, Bright said that the song expresses the discovery of oneself and beauty through the eyes of another. She describes the song as being about “Unconditional love-the whole you, mind, body, and soul..where life is all like a big rainbow full of color.” She said “then is when I understood we are all one.”  The song’s lyrics truly do express the subtle nuances of self-actualization in a positive and energetic way. Bright allows fans to travel with her along a vivid journey full of imagery and delight, a journey that will not soon be forgotten.

In a time where many people are struggling to find inner peace,  failing to realize the true beauty that lies within, Virginia Bright has courageously reached out to fans, relating to them in such a way that is to be recognized and commended. Often times it is an uplifting song that reflects on the experiences of humanity that truly creates life changing events. What better way to touch the world and make a difference than through music, and Virginia Bright is doing just that.

Check out the video for “Coz You Are” on YouTube.

 

While not only sharing her personal experiences with fans through music, Virginia is dedicated to giving back to her community as well. A portion of the proceeds from “Coz You Are” will be distributed to her top 3 charities, Forward Organization, Pink for Africa, and the FAM Foundations.  Bright says “I wanted to do it this way, because it drives me and motivates me much more, in knowing that per download people make of my music or purchase of any of my merchandising related to “Coz You Are” we altogether will be making a huge contribution and great difference in the lives of many children and women out there.”

Recognized as a singer, dancer, actress, and film producer, Virginia Bright got her start in music very early playing the accordion and touring around Madrid with a band. Having performed an all girl-group, and a gospel group, she later secured performances on Spanish TV programming and performed back up vocals for popular artists such as Amparo Sandino. Her unique texture of musical styles has ushered her into opportunities such as performing for the “Don Omar, King of Reggaeton” concert as well as appearances at numerous venues around Europe. Known for fusing together hip-hop, salsa, jazz, pop, Zouk Makosa, and Buleria, Virginia Bright is affectionately known as Queen La. V. Now based in Los Angeles, California, Bright is poised to lead the international music scene with an ever-present energy that is not only essential in today’s music scene, but unequivocally surpassing all competition.

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Artist John Blake Returns with New Smash Single “Pour It”

John Blake Pour It SingleFollowing closely on the heels of his latest smash single “Your Light (Let it Shine)” featuring Elisa Polanco, author, lyricist, and poet John Blake has released his newest single “Pour it”  featuring Tha Leerix. The track is an uptempo certified club banger laced with slick R&B vocals and intrepid rap lyrics.

With a thorough style not heard since the days of the 69 Boyz and 95 South, John Blake has emerged with what could be described as one of the hottest club tracks of the year. While delivering a certain southern flavor, the song actually transcends stylistic borders and emanates massive appeal. Blake, who is known for his poetic lyricism and in-depth observations will surprise fans with his latest undertaking which conveys through a lighter approach in terms of delivery and theme. Truly an imaginative artist, Blake demonstrates a wide scope of music experience as well as songwriting skill.

Having already coveted hundreds and thousands of digital spins, “Pour It” is a polished production that is cleverly composed in such a manner that it carries a progressive edge not seen in recent track releases from both mainstream and independent hip hop artists. As a pioneering millennial artist, Blake has raised the bar for indie artists, taking his sound to a new level that will be extremely difficult to match. The quality of the production really allows this record to resonate with fans and listeners which is why it is likely ablaze along the digital music-sphere.

Known as one of the most powerful lyricists on the indie circuit, Blake holds nothing back on “Pour It”. The verses are delivered with an authentic personality and energetic breath. His vocal presentation is crisp, clean, and easy to understand. The track which features Tha Leerix appropriately places vocal enhancements and ad libs, complementing the overall sound of the song. The hook does exactly what it is supposed to do, motivating fans and listeners to sing along with infectious prowess.

Blake does a great job of delivering a fun, danceable track, making it perfect for the club, or for thumping in the whip. The lyrical content is relevant making references to everyday experiences that men and women encounter. With a solid hip hop sound blended with R&B vocals, the song is definitely worth a listen and more than a few head nods.

Jonathan Burkett who goes by the moniker John Blake is not just an emcee and his craft extends  far beyond that of your everyday hip hop artist. Hailing from South Florida, John Blake is known for utilizing his unique sound to connect people with all things positive. His release of “Your Light (Let it Shine) featuring Elisa Polanco is a culmination of his unique approach. Sharing a certain emotion through his emotional lyrics, John places his heart on every record enabling fans to share in his views and perspectives. Known for his daring ability to speak his mind and create his own lane divergent from cookie cutter artists, John Blake is poised to be the voice of a new generation emerging in hip hop.

Check out the newest single “Pour It” from John Blake featuring Tha Leerix on SoundCloud.

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Out of This World with The Hubs’ latest EP ‘Welcome to Beyond’

The Hubs The New Alternative

Across the musical soundstage there are young, new masterminds creating their own poignant moments in history. It is often impossible to categorize the sound of these new adventurers as they often extrapolate elements from multiple sound sources, influential predecessors, and new age experiences. They are a creative and rambunctious variety that are full of youthful spirit and a zest for life not seen since the early ages of rock. While stylistically the new wave of sound stays true to the conventions of alternative music; the new breed of rocker ventures far beyond the norm to establish themselves as a musical mainstay.

One youthful and energetic band that is steadily engraving their moment in history is known as The Hubs. Based in Bakersfield, California, The Hubs are set to unleash their latest EP ‘Welcome to Beyond’, a compilation of new age, and 90s inspired alternative tracks. The album features 8 noteworthy tracks that demonstrate the band’s diverse influence and musical prowess. Likened to bands such as Weezer, The Hubs delivers a progressive sound that is far beyond their years.

The EP opens with a raging guitar and drum performance called “Rocketship”, prepping listeners for an intense adventure. It is the perfect introduction to set the tone of the record which consistently delivers an unprecedented amount of masterful compositions, quality vocals, and avid songwriting. Tracks such as “Come Closer” is reminiscent of Modern English’s “I’ll Melt With You” while “Plastic Heart” feels like an early Nirvana sound illustrating the band’s skillful ability to capture the conventions of an alternative album while appealing to a newer generation.

The Hubs -Welcome to Beyond EPLyrically speaking, The Hubs are clearly experiencing an evolution. ‘Welcome to Beyond’ handles a myriad of themes and relatable topics. Although the EP consists of 8 tracks, listeners are able to get a feel for multiple experiences in one neatly packaged delivery. Tracks like “Rut” and “Beyond” are just two of the unexpected surprises included on the EP that offer a different tone and feel. Of course, we cannot give away all of the secrets tucked away in this  record, but fans will take delight in the playful and lighthearted energy that The Hubs bring.

Hailing from sunny Bakersfield, California, The Hubs’ members include Benjamin Montoya on Vocals and Rhythm Guitar, Tyler Ochart on Lead Guitar, Adam Vargas on Drums, and Alberto Torres on Bass. The band is greatly influenced by 90s alternative rock and power pop rock styles like that of world-renowned band Weezer as well as some blues rock. The band is excited to release their latest EP ‘Welcome to Beyond’, now available for streaming on SoundCloud.

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

Marty McKay Sins Disciple

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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“Impossible Gray” The Latest Single from Singer Songwriter Michael Fitch

Michael Fitch Music The power to create noteworthy music is derived not only from learned skills, but an inclination to understand, create, and translate sound through a myriad of elements. Some artists continue to struggle uphill to nail down their style, to “get it”, while others, often nonconformists, work tirelessly to craft, evolve, and carve their own niche, comfortably stepping outside of already existing boundaries.

Musical Convergence..

Here we have the experimental artist, the creator who commands the attention of those who consume sound as a vital nutrient; we witness the convergence of genres into a striking composition and we crave more. Encounters with this type of artist are infrequent, but when they do occur they leave a lasting impression, and we take notice.

“Impossible Gray” the single from singer-songwriter, and musician Michael Fitch’s acclaimed album Life in Mondegreen is a sublime performance of distinct character. Having already received rave reviews, the song is truly an imaginative conglomeration of instrumental, and vocal elements; reflective of Fitch’s signature sound. “Impossible Gray” is an audacious divergence from the prevalence of pop sounds that so many artists are often associated with.

The song opens up with a symphony introduction and trailing piano chords behind distorted vocals that span with great elasticity; Fitch shifts quickly to more soulful sounding chords later in the song.  The song transitions to a more uptempo sound with melodious lyrics; the background wrapped with orchestra accompaniment and driven by percussive accents. Fitch effectively uses a broad spectrum of instruments to deliver a vibrant musical piece complimented by his strong vocals. The song meanders in and out of the lines of folk while delivering ambient electronic instrumentals, acoustic elements, and rock quality. “Impossible Gray” is a bold composition that speaks to listeners with complexity, inspiring a greater appreciation of what actually goes into developing such an artistic work.

Having grown up in Virginia, and now living in Philadelphia Michael Fitch cites musical influences such as the Allman Brothers Band, and Dickey Betts as well as many others, perhaps too many to name.  The gifted artist describes his style as lyrical, indie rock. He was exposed to music at an early age by his parents and is a self-taught instrumentalist. When asked about his music, Fitch states: “Mostly, I try to make sense of the world around me, while claiming my own space within it”. In addition to his album Life in Mondegreen released in 2013, he has also recorded Aprés La Guerre released in 2011. Check out michaelfitchmusic.com to hear more from his latest album Life in Mondegreen.

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“Never Ending” The New Single from Franklin Manor

Franklin Manor Never Ending SingleThe single is “Never Ending” but, he is just beginning…

While it seems that modern popular music has reached a plateau with regards to innovation, leaving a lackluster residue once any novelty has faded, there are however, few artists that are able to develop progressive, cutting-edge music. The ability to utilize select elements from various genres to create a one-of-a-kind sound is exemplary of the evolution that has occurred over the last decades in music; where genres are not defined by hard boundaries and do not often fall into the categories that have been previously recognized.

One such artist that has successfully masaterminded a groundbreaking sound for the next wave of millennium music lovers is singer, composer, and producer Franklin Manor. Keen to the flavor of the new music fan, he enlists the unique components required to appeal to listeners who have outgrown mainstream productions, but are not committed staunchly to embracing a single genre.

Mixing it Up

Last year we were introduced to music remixes such as Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” featuring rapper Nelly and who can forget the 2007 release of “Apologize” from One Republic and producer Timbaland?  Both songs utilized a blend of musical elements to create a popular sound that crossed over into different genres while collectively capturing millions of spins in multiple markets.  Franklin Manor’s latest release “Never Ending” is the perfect example of just how original up and coming artists need to be in order to have staying power and gain a captive audience. The song playfully ventures outside the frontier of alternative music while still holding on to some of the genre’s distinctive conventions.

“Never Ending” is an up-tempo track with solid rock vocals while maintaining the instrumental components of an experimental dance composition.  The song fades in with a slow intro and lingering piano chords but quickly builds into a high-energy burst of artistic adventure. Franklin Manor presents rebellious edge that cuts with great depth through the use of progressive guitars, hard drums and some electronic vocal play. He delivers intense energy throughout the breadth of the song but, the single appropriately drifts out into a slow fade brining the listener down from an insanely, untamed ride.

The songwriting in “Never Ending” yields remarkable characteristics to include socially conscious yet, memorable verses and a chant-worthy chorus. To describe Franklin Manor’s songwriting as skillful would certainly not do him any justice. When we talk about the Independent Artist and the alternatives to mainstream music, we are often conditioned to seek the antithesis of pop culture however it takes a gifted songwriter to develop meaningful content and deliver it in such a way that it is widely accepted beyond the underground as Franklin Manor has done.

Based in Los Angeles, California Franklin Manor is scheduled to release his upcoming album Motive; keep an ear to the street and in the meantime, become a Franklin Manor fan on Facebook and get the latest scoop.

Listen to Franklin Manor’s latest single “Never Ending” on SoundCloud.

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