For my 851st review, I am proud and honored to do my third review for by San Francisco based R&B artist Cornell C.C. Carter called One Love on the CDC Productions label. It is not very often I listen to a CD and love every single song on the album, but this is an exception. On this eleven track album along with a bonus track, there are a great collection of songs such as Winners, Relax, Badeyah, Maybe, Life, the title track One Love and many more. This great release features a mixture of R&B, A little Jazzy sound, and plus some great classic disco beats. Every track on this album was co-written by Cornell and was well recorded and produced. The CD will release worldwide on August 3, 2018, two weeks ahead of the digital release on August 17, 2018, at such outlets as Amazon, Itunes and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
The long-time member of the New Jersey band, the Voodudes, singer Andy B. (Bernstein) has put together a collection that highlights the broad range of his musical influence on an all-original program with the great album My Roots Are Showing. released September 29, 2016. This album is a mixture of many genres such as blues, zydeco, soul, country and more as shown in such tracks as Great Time Comin’, One More River, Mary Ellis, Break Someone Else’s Heart, My Baby’s Gone and so much more. I was impressed by how well this album was recorded and as well it was written and produced. This album is available on Amazon, CD Baby and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 822nd review, I am proud to present the third album by Zialand titled Unbridled & Ablaze which was released on June 8, 2018, on the Glittermouth Records label in which she wrote, produced, and performed on. This Norwegian recording artist has such a great voice and this album is described Cinematic Soul Pop with such great tracks as Thunder, Don’t Look Down, Landslide, Fever and so much more. I am looking forward to hearing her first two albums. I was impressed with how well this album was recorded, produced and performed as well as her songwriting style and ability. I highly recommend you give this album a listen and purchase this where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 813th music review, I am proud to present the self-titled album by the Colorado-based Cass Clayton Band. This album is a mixture of crossover music with blues, funk, soul, and rock, along with Cass’s smoky 3-octave vocal range and big, bluesy voice, as well as her slide guitar playing, this is an album I have enjoyed from start to finish with such great tracks as Let’s Not Be Friends, That’s What They Say, Least A Brother Can Do, Last Thoughts and much more. I was very impressed with her vocals and her songwriting style along with Taylor Scott, as well as how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. I am looking forward to hearing more from this great artist. It is presently available for purchase from her website https://cassclayton.com/ and as more outlets are available I will pass it on to you.
GOT SOUL! 2 is the second edition of the popular Got Soul! Series of ’20 Hot New Soul Hits’ coming out twice a year. Their tagline is ‘It’s TIME for more REAL Singers, REAL Players & REAL Songs!’ This twenty track compilation features such great songs as I Love It by A Haygan, Stay by OG Black 9, Breath I Breathe by Xavier Keyz, I’ve Got You by Shawn Atkins, How Can You by Nelson Curry, 20/20 Hindsight by Ron Parks and so much more. I enjoyed this great compilation from start to finish and was impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to your R&B/Soul library and looking forward to hearing more from this more from this series. This great compilation will be available from Amazon, Itunes, http://newsoulpower.com, and other outlets when CD’s & downloads are sold.
Reimagination showcases legendary Motown songwriter and one third of Holland/Dozier/Holland, Lamont Dozier in which he reclaims his most iconic hits with a host of all-star guests such as Grammy-award winning singer Gregory Porter, rock icon Todd Rundgren, CSN’s Graham Nash, British pop idol Sir Cliff Richard, Jo Harman, Marc Cohn, Le Ann Womack and more with such great tracks as Supremes Medley: Where Did Our Love Go / Stop In The Name Of Love / Come See About Me / Baby Love with Graham Nash of CSN, Baby I Need Your Loving with Lee Ann Womack, In My Lonely Room with Todd Rundgren, You Keep Me Hanging On with Rumer and so much more. Listening to this album brings me back to wonderful memories as a teenager listening to these classic hits by the artist who made them famous. I was impressed by how well this album was written, arranged, performed, recorded and produced. This compilation is released Goldenlane Records and distributed by Cleopatra records and is available for purchase on May 25, 2018, from Amazon, Itunes, Target, and all outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 753rd review, I am proud to present Open Your Heart the debut EP by Bulgarian/Nigerian artist Emily Johnson to be released May 11, 2018 on the Tarpan Records label with some heavy hitters helping out on this great release being produced by Narada Michael Walden and featuring four original songs, the title track Open My Heart, The Light, I’m Blessed and Baby Forever. One thing I am very impressed with is that on backing vocals on two of the tracks is an amazing talent that I have had the privilege to review in the past Cornell “CC” Carter. I am very much in awe of her great voice and the fact that she was discovered by the great John McLaughlin, the guitarist, and leader of the Mahavishnu Orchestra. This debut release was well performed, recorded, written and produced. You will definitely want to hear this album and purchase it from Amazon, Itunes and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Here It Is is the latest EP by Danny Kean, an accomplished singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and actor from Farmingdale, New York and has been blind since birth. This amazing project finds him diving deeper into his musicality than ever before, including overtures into smooth R&B, early Motown, classic soul, funk rock, and Neo-soul. I enjoyed listening to this EP from start to finish, not a bad song on the whole album. If I had to choose my favorites from this six-track EP, I would have to choose I Can Wait, Soul Provider and Deal With It. I was also impressed with Danny’s take on a Neil Young classic Heart Of Gold. This album was well performed and recorded and is available for purchase from CD Baby, Amazon, Itunes and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
This morning I am proud to review the album Shine On Me, a 2013 album and a Silver Anniversary release by Petrella on Garden Mound Records creating a fusion of rhythm & blues and country music called Country-Soul. This eleven track album shows her vocal style in such great songs as the title track Shine On Me, I Can’t Face You, One, Sons & Daughters, Walking On The Blue Side, I Like A Man To Drive and much more. In addition to these wonderful vocals is a great instrumental back up as well as being well written, recorded and produced. I am looking forward to checking out her other CD’s This release can be purchased from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 710th review, I am proud to present the compilation Got Soul, a collection of great R&B songs by various artists . This twenty track collection features such great tracks as All I Ever Wanted by Robert Gee (of Loose Ends), If You Say So by Marva King (who was part of Prince’s New Power Generation), Livin’ Out My Fantasy by Ron Parks, One Step At A Time by Cheryl Hodge, True by Jesse Turner and so much more. I enjoyed this great compilation from start to finish and was impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to your R&B library and looking forward to hearing more from this label. You can purchase this album at http://newsoulpower.com/, Amazon, Best Buy and other places where CD’s are sold.