Catching Fire is the latest album by The Symbols, a popular female-fronted blues/funk/rock trio from Fort Collins, Colorado consisting of guitarist Jasco (former guitar player for Grammy-nominated Blinddog Smokin’), vocalist/songwriter/bassist Mer Sal and Nate Brown on drums. This album is a great combination of soothing vocals and great guitar riffs in a melting pot of blues-rock, urban funk, Motown roots, and soul with such tracks as Good For Me, the title track Catching Fire, Not Enough Love, Walk Beside Me, Our Song and so much more. I am quite impressed with how well this album was recorded, produced, performed and written. I am looking forward to hearing future releases from this band as well as their earlier work. This great album is available from CD Baby, the band’s website and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
WANNA PARTY! 4 the Holidays! is the ultimate Pop holiday album, being the fourth volume in the ever-growing popular WANNA PARTY! Pop compilation series. This Volume is twentieth of the hottest new Holiday classics dedicated to celebrating the special times in the year, including Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, Birthdays, Anniversaries & any times were giving thanks, with family & friends and even hotter than the NOW series, as it gives true music lovers a chance to be a leader, & hear tomorrow’s stars & hits today, being on the cutting edge of breaking talent with such pop, soul and country tracks as It’s Christmas by Black Canvas, Everybody’s Happy To Be Home by Grainne Ni Mhaille, Kissing Christmas by NAKD, Without You (It’s Not Christmas by Nassim, Tangled In The Christmas Lights by Cody Joe Hodges and so much more. I was impressed with how well this album was compiled, written, recorded, produced and performed. This holiday compilation is available from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets in CD and digital downloads.
After his amazing success with his June 10, 2016 debut album Human Condition, Jon Bellion is back with his digital download November 9, 2018 album Glory Sound Prep on the Capitol Records label. Throughout the 10-track sophomore album, Bellion seamlessly intertwines sounds of pop, R&B, hip-hop, and rock through his electrifying songs with such tracks as Conversations With My Wife, JT, Stupid Deep, Cautionary Tales, Mah’s Joint (which he collaborated with legendary producer Quincy Jones) and so much more. He still has that great sound that made his debut album a success and this album was well written, recorded, performed and produced. The CD version of this album is scheduled for release on November 30, 2018, through Amazon and other retailers and the vinyl version on blue colored vinyl will be available in January 2019 through his website https://shop.jonbellion.com/ and other outlets. I already preordered my vinyl copy of this album and will be the second colored vinyl album of his that I will have in my library. My copy of The Human Condition is on clear vinyl.
GOT SOUL! 3 is the third edition of this popular modern SOUL Music compilation series (like a NOW type series for the hottest new Soul songs & artists). If you are not fond of the growing trend in music of lip synchers, autotuned computerized soul less & robotic machine sounds masquerading as ‘music’, THIS is the series for you! Their tagline is ‘It’s TIME for More REAL Singers, REAL Players & REAL Songs!’ The amazing team of top music veterans at NEW SOUL POWER curate the Best of the BEST, twice a year & bring you 20 of the hottest new Soul songs & singers! It’s a wall-to-wall best of hot Soulful performances & great songs. Featured on this edition are another 20 soon-to-be classics by outstanding Soul singers like the world-renowned ERIN STEVENSON (known for her massive hits & tours with PHARRELL, JANET JACKSON, J-LO & more!), PRINCE 0protege & MICHAEL JACKSON’s duet partner JUDITH HILL, BARKAYS’ legendary singer LARRY DODSON, EJ PULLEN, OG BLACK9, KENNY MAZIN BROWN, XAVIER KEYZ & many many more! I was blown away by the quality & consistency of the tracks & artists, truly a bold step in the growing SOUL movement building from the creative community and outcry from music lovers! Congrats to the GOT SOUL! team on 3 incredible editions & can’t wait for the next one & next one! I’m calling for a ‘GOT SOUL! Live Tour’ to roll out
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.