Zanya Laurence, new to the stomping grounds of the Mile High City, is itching for adventure & ready to blaze her own soulful trail through the many opportunities of a new land. Her highly anticipated sophomore album “Always”, just released this October 30th, is only the latest chapter in the story of her musical journey.
Inspired by Jazz, Funk & Soul, & melting them down into a fluid sound that is all her own, Zanya has incorporated her creative writing & raw emotion into the lyrics found on her independent releases, “Soul Theory” & “Always”, recorded at her studio/company, “Soul Spot Music”.
After moving back to Albuquerque from Los Angeles when her father fell ill, she was nominated for several New Mexico Music Awards while performing locally & promoting her single, “Sunday”, through a nation-wide top 40 radio campaign with Howard Rosen Promotions. Currently focusing on the promotion of her new album, she has earned her first song placement in an independent film, “Karma Calling” due for release in 2013.
Before that, she graduated from the Vocal Institute of Technology at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA with extensive training in theory & performance, while performing the Hollywood area regularly with her band in well-known venues such as the Knitting Factory, as well as cozier venues, like the Bliss Café’.
Born in southern California & raised in New Mexico, her musical evolution encompassed learning to play the classical guitar at her father’s knee. In choir & band during her younger years, she moved onto writing & recording originals by her teens, eventually growing into the passionate muse she projects in all of her work today.
Although, Laurence is compared to several established artists, her original writing style & unique voice can be heard through the passionate expression, phrasing & thoughtful delivery of each song. At the end of the day, Zanya’s sound is truly one of a kind.
Already a radio and critic favourite, lead track ‘Mr Lost’ from the debut album of the same title features nine tracks which showcases the incredible talent of Cartier nurtured and lead by the magical and renowned production skills of Hayden. ‘Mr Lost’ will be available to download from iTunes October 29th 2012.
Now, Ray Hayden and The House of Opaz have a diverse portfolio of projects and ventures. Much like a chameleon [he] has changed and adapted to his surroundings and environments both personally and professionally; and like Scott, Hayden has gone off on musical expeditions like an intrepid explorer travelling, experiencing and immersing in cultures from East –working with Japanese artists Towa Tai, Monday Michiru and Shinobu to Jeremie Johnson from the Middle East to all the Westerners named above, to animated projects, graphic design and web design all culminating in the development of a computer game with a to-die-for sound track utilising the hidden gems from The House of Opaz all under his umbrella company Opaz Multimedia.
No. 1 selling Jazz Artist Yolanda Brown.
Immediately following graduation, Julia was hired for a year as an on air news reporter for an NBC affiliate in Champaign, Illinois. After returning to Chicago, she was quickly hired at City New Bureau as a print reporter, covering a variety of topics and interviewing many prestigious personalities like the late United States Commerce Secretary, Ron Brown, First Lady Hillary Clinton, and former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson, to name a few.
In early 2001, Julia experienced once again a burning desire for her roots in music so she left the demands of the news desk to pursue her life long dream of becoming a star or least a recognizable talent in the entertainment industry. In just a short time, Julia has obtained an impressive chain of entertainment accomplishments that have only tipped the iceberg in her quest for that stardom. She has in a very short time, single handedly and yet masterfully honed her vocal skills t extreme heights and has been compared to musical starlets like Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilson, Carmen McRae, and Shirley Horn. She has most recently been on fire on the R&B stage crooning out tunes in the likes of the greats that preceded her like Phyllis Hyman, Anita Baker, Tina Turner and Gladys Knight. Julia has also been known to dazzle her audiences with the sound of such “new school” artists as Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce’, Alicia Keys, and Jill Scott to name a few!!! Julia has garnered respect as a musical vocalist who started with only her gift from God and a desire to be her BEST. She realizes it is only a matter of time before the world knows her name and history will be written once again with “JULIA” etched in stone next to all of the musical giants past and present. After all, how can she miss when destiny has already determined that “SHE’S A STAR”!
Meet…Julia Huff presents the artist with a lushly intimate portrait of a singer in startling command of her gifts, breathing passion and purpose into every line of a dynamic set of smoky, intensely introspective songs. From the rapturous piano and muted trumpet dipped lament “Too Far to Turn Around” and the touching love song of gratitude “All Because of You” to the sassy finger-snappin’ sass of “That’s Not Gon-na Get It” and the gently bumpin’ groove “Who’s Gonna Hold Me Now” – songs that Anita Baker and Regina Belle will wish they’d got-ten to first.
Julia Huff has been leaving an indelible impression on the hearts of audiences with her powerful “A Tribute to Phyllis Hyman” shows, her loving salute to the late great vocal magician that could turn a song inside out. That she has absorbed the essence of that icon’s artistic in-tent is clear in her performances of her debut. So much so that listeners will be compelled to want to see Julia in her element – the concert stage – after luxuriating in her commanding performances captured here.
Most profoundly prophetic is the spiritually based “I Will Always Be Around”… for with time-honed, God-given gifts such as hers, Julia Huff is going to be a refreshing presence on the music scene for a long, long time to come.
Listen to the loveliness…and assess the timelessness.
Meet Julia Huff”...serves up a soulful buffet of songs that cater to the listening appetites of the “Soul Generation”; the genera-tion where lyrics, love, melody and rhythm were and still are the driving forces to our listening. The songs in this project range from soothing and sultry love ballads to new interpreta-tions and arrangements of song-book classics like Antonio Car-los Jobim’s “Dindi”. Although Ms. Huff’s voice is well-seasoned in the art of song and interpretation, she manages to bring a sense of freshness and vitality to this cadre of predomi-nantly newly-written and released songs to a hungry audience
Bashiri Asad is just like you. He laughs. He cries. He loves. He dreams. Just like you, everyday. He feels deeply, and turns his feelings into music. Soul music. Music that says exactly how you feel, everyday. Bashiri Asad is the “Everyday Soul Singer,” and he will remind you that feeling what you feel, in your soul, is just fine.
Acknowledging that each of us has a priceless gift that we must harness and share with the world, Bashiri has come to define his sound as “Indy-Soul”. From shoo-wop style singing groups and classical vocal training, to performances local and abroad, his vocal prowess has been growing into the soul-stirring entity it is known as today. The influences of Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding echo in his performance, and those coupled with his own strength and passion have come together to create soul music. Seeking to join the ranks of other indie-soul artists looking to breathe new life into the scene, Bashiri has begun to make a name for himself not just in the Circle City, but around the country. Bashiri’s infectious passion for the art of music and authenticity in performance is making him a familiar name on the independant music scene. Humble in his approach, relentless in his delivery, you have to experience it to truly understand.
Terry was born in New Orleans, LA (USA) and grew up in the New Orleans metropolitan area where music is way of life. He now lives in the Atlanta, Georgia (USA) where he performs this beautiful music. Stay tuned. There is much more to come from Terry Washington. Visit Terry’s website at terrywashington.com. Terry’s CD, “The Essence of Love “can be purchased at cdbaby.com.
Have you ever noticed that when times seem toughest, music seems to get better? I am a song born in Trenton, New Jersey and given the name Ellis E. Phelps aka (E Boogie). Music has always been the heartbeat of my existance. Songwriting and Producing is the passion that God has given me. Over the years I've developed BIG ears for many facets of music. Mixing and Mastering have been added to my favorites by a recent wave of new clients who have become fond of my gifts. Although I produced many local projects,
Sedona Crusin was my debut project that I produced soley and there were a host of others including Jingles for various products and organizations.
But Like I said and as anticipated and well worth the wait. Ellis Phelps' new release. "I'm Still Here"
In 2007 a new genre of music — New York Lounge Funk — was born with the release of Dreemtime’s debut album, Dreamy. Its twelve tracks unfold into ethereal harmonies that pulse above steady Latin percussion and sexy, sophisticated electronics but always stay grounded with live brass and orchestral instrumentation.Sometimes compared to musical legends Frankie Beverly, Jamiroquai , Sade and Maxwell. Dreemtime’s unique sound is drawn from band director Klive D’Farley’s musical and life experiences.Born in Hong Kong to English parents, D’Farley was first introduced to music while playing the church pipe organ at the Bury St Edmunds castle of the Rolling Stone’s Bill Wyman, father of his boarding school best friend. However, it was not until 1993 that he decided to pursue his music career full-time.Leaving his job at an influential London investment bank, he escaped to the French countryside to write. With a bank loan from a-soon-to-be-very-good-friend Richard Goppy, D’Farley taught himself to play piano, guitar and percussion as well as to arrange music.Following a short partnership with Phatline Publishing back in London, D’Farley landed in New York City in 2006 and founded Dreemtime, a project that allows him the freedom to write, arrange, produce, perform and record each track.With a keen ear for bringing together musical talents, D’Farley often organizes collaborations with artists including the great composer, arranger and writer Marek Harris; soul singers Maya Azucena,Anise White and Amanda Brown; exquisite vocalist Jessi Colosante aka JeSánte; guitarists Jesse Graham,Bernardo BaglioniScott Musmanno; drummer Ramsey Jones; flautist Aki Kasuga; mixer Bassy Bob; brass players Marcus Miller; bassists Jesse Murphy,Paul Ogansalu plus producer, keys and piano player 4MuLA among others.A constantly evolving group, Dreemtime has released two albums — Dreamy (2007) and New York Lounge Funk (2009) — and is currently working on its third project, Rituals, in partnership with Erno Laszlo skincare. Before the album release later this summer, the 12 tracks will be available in stages on three EPs — Black, White and Gold — to coincide with Erno Laszlo’s product launche