Omar Wilson interview on Colourful Radio 01-November-2020
Omar Wilson is no stranger to the music scene and has been performing in NYC and CT clubs for over a decade. He’s opened for artists like Boys II Men and The Neville Brothers. Growing up in Norwalk CT Omar’s influences included Sam Cooke, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Lauren Hill, Mary J Blige and old-time soul acts like the Delfonics. His music speaks to his own personal experiences growing up in an urban environment bridging the gap between Hip Hop and Soul.
Growing up 30 minutes from New York City, church members at the Calvary Baptist Church in his hometown of Norwalk noticed his ability to have a spiritual impact through his singing at the age of only 7. While performing regularly in New York, fans gravitated towards his unique, gritty vocals. It was at that point that Omar realized what he was born to do, Soul Music. Omar is a 3-time Apollo winner and was named Best R&B Male of the Year for 2 consecutive years at the Underground Music Awards held at BB Kings in NYC.
Through his journey and struggles Omar has finally come to understand his role as one of the industry’s top new Soul singers. He’s recorded with Multi-Platinum selling artist Angie Stone and DMX featuring them on songs he wrote. The track he recorded with Miss. Stone is ‘Get to Know You Better.’ Angie Stone was quoted saying “Working with Omar Wilson came naturally and he is one to watch!” DMX is one of the only rappers to have 5 consecutive albums go number 1 on the Billboards and rarely recorded with singers. Omar and DMX released a single called ‘Faith’ and they connected on the track instantaneously which is audibly tangible.
Omar’s personality and voice is contagious. He leaves a long standing impressions wherever he goes, sings and with whoever he meets. Get ready to experience Omar Wilson as he is soon to release his New single “Passion” coming this fall.
Lukas Setto interview on Colourful Radio 25-October-2020
Raised on the essential mix of Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye & Stevie and the wonders of his DJ Dad’s record collection, Lukas studied popular music at Stanmore College, Middlesex and it was there he was to craft his first composition. Later he explored the collective vocal harmony experience with a boy band but then realised that to graft solo was to be his way forward.
Whilst still in college, Lukas became the recipient of The Urban Music Award for Best Unsigned Artist (under the name of Lee Henry). He celebrated by wowing the audience with his live rendition of the self-penned “You Know Me”. Recognition finally for a boy that had excelled at sports, was distracted by the rites of passage of a troublesome youth and then as an adult was redeemed by the power of song.
UMA in hand; as Tru Menace, Lukas’s production pseudonym, he became a remixer for lovers of all forms of urban music. Taio Cruz, who had been a fellow student on his course, sought his creative polish. Soul inspiration Omar as well as international impresario Mark Ronson and Daniel Merriweather’s ‘Chainsaw’ and Jordan Sparks and Chris Brown’s ‘No Air’ were to benefit from the Tru Menace treatment. Further accolade was bestowed when ‘Y Did You Leave’ became a Number One hit with MTV Base for Tru Menace.
Treading the boards from the Jazz Café to the Shepherds Bush Empire and upwards, Lukas has supported Omar, Ne-Yo, Timbaland & Floetry. Lukas’ rendition of ‘Sometimes I Cry’ by Eric Benet at the BBC Radio London studios left presenter Jo Good speechless.
He continues to nurture his musical roots collaborating with Shanell, signed to Young Money and penned and co-produced tracks for X Factor Finalist Bradley Johnson from the Group Nu Vibe and Kitty Brucknell – as well as the soul hits “Looking For Love” by Michelle Lawson and “Plus One” by Shaila Prospere (#1 UK Soul Chart). 2019 saw Lukas support RnB group Portrait at Stamford Bridge’s prestigious venue ‘Under The Bridge’ and headline renowned ‘Margate Soul Festival’.
After some trials and tribulations as Jadan Lee – Lukas sought a new chapter, a new direction – an alter ego……. And so we introduce you to Lukas Setto (Setto being a nickname given to him by a friend in college because of his smooth falsetto vocals)!
Currently working in the studio, on music that inspires the soul, whilst exploring “the dynamics of film music” to crossover; Lukas comments on themes inspired by celebrity culture, sex, love and addiction – fusing real life experiences with fiction – which can be heard in his debut single What Turns You On, followed by OMG and Make It Rain, Lockdown and his latest release Do It Again.
Tanqueray Hayward interview on Colourful Radio 11-October-2020
Light Of The World (Gee Bello)
Light Of The World (Gee Bello) interview on Colourful Radio 13-September-2020
Ed Robinson interview on Colourful Radio 23-August-2020
Vincent Darby interview on Colourful Radio 12-July-2020
B & The Family
B & The Family interview on Colourful Radio 05-July-2020
Toyin Adekale interview on Colourful Radio 28-June-2020
Metropolis interview on Colourful Radio 07-June-2020
Welcome to the “City within the City”, as one of music cultures sought after Meccacities Atlanta serves as the backdrop of the musical story and journey of Alternative Soul group/band Metropolis. The city that has produced more contemporary urban music stars than any other on the map is the city that shaped METROPOLIS.
For Jai Black, Calvin Glass, and Dominic Hall coming of age in Atlanta helped them shape their voices and sound. “Metropolis means the heart of the city, we wanted to be the heart of music and represent every genre of music.” says Jai Black, the de facto leader of the group. “You don’t only have to do one thing rap, R&B, soul, rock, country, blues or alternative whatever you do in the studio and whatever comes out musical creativity, musical freedom is the foundation of what makes musical expression the universal language”. Their every genre sound was exemplified on their debut album, The Voyage, released in 2005 The album made the group stars in the UK prompting an extended stay and extensive touring overseas. The UK success prompted a massive response for the artists and allowed them to build a fan base, as well as exposed them to new artists and new sounds. “We came back inspired and the Metropolis sound expanded, being overseas we became exposed to different music and different sounds, we went into an experimental phase.” The success of The Voyage allowed the opportunity to open for and tour with major artists, they have opened for Mary J. Blige, Fantasia, Carl Thomas, and Omar. Metropolis also opened for Blackstreet and Guy during their UK reunion tour. “We had big crowds knowing the words to our songs,” the group recalls, “We still have been able to hold on to that fan base to this day.” The musical journey for Metropolis was far longer, wider, broader, and more colourful than they could of expected. As the winds of change and transition blew across music’s ever changing landscape the progression of the Metropolis sound continued to evolve. The group’s passion for creating music set into motion what would later be called “The Vault”, an archive of recorded unreleased studio gems that Metropolis is gearing to release Spring/Summer 2020.
Chyna Nicole interview on Colourful Radio 31-May-2020
Lloyd Brown interview on Colourful Radio 29-March-2020
Over the course of the past five decades, Lloyd Brown has
risen to the very pinnacle of his profession, and with a string of hit singles
and critically acclaimed albums to his credit, is now hailed as one of this
country’s best ever reggae vocalist/songwriter/producers.
Born and raised in London to Jamaican parents, he began his
career in 1979 by dee-jaying in “blues-dances” before progressing on fully
fledged sound-systems in the early eighties with London-based sound-systems Jah
Marcus, Exodus and East Man. After taking a sabbatical in Jamaica, he then
joined vocal harmony group Sweet Distortion, who were voted Best Reggae
Newcomers by the readers of Black Echoes in 1984, just prior to their guest
appearance on the BRAFA (British Reggae Artists Famine Appeal) single, Let’s
Make Africa Green Again. Led by Lloyd’s namesake and early source of musical
inspiration, Dennis Brown, this record helped raised funds for Ethiopian famine
victims, and remains a milestone of UK reggae history.
By 1987 Sweet Distortion had successfully auditioned for the
part of the Jackson Five in the acclaimed British musical, Black Heroes In The
Hall Of Fame produced by the late Flip Fraser, but split up soon afterwards,
leaving Lloyd free to pursue a solo career. His earliest singles included Music
Medley, Ring Up My Number and The Love In Me, all of them released on Robert
‘Ribs’ Fearon’s Unity label circa 1987. In the meantime, he’d started
performing more demanding roles with Black Heroes In The Hall Of Fame – most
notably those of Otis Redding, Marcus Garvey, Haile Selassie and Nelson
Mandela. Sharing The Night (produced by the late Junior Frost), then provided
him with his first No. 1 hit, and was voted Reggae Single Of The Year in 1990.
You Can’t Hurry Love, For The Love Of You and Love U Down (his second No. 1
hit, and another Reggae Single Of The Year) soon followed, together with a
version of Otis Redding’s These Arms Of Mine.
Despite his success with other people’s songs, Lloyd was
increasingly writing his own material by this time, as demonstrated on It’s A
Love Thing, which marked the start of his long-standing partnership with Saxon
sound system dee-jay Tippa Irie. Their follow-up smash hit, Stress, caused controversy
since it put into song what many men were thinking about their female partners,
but both singles duly topped the UK reggae charts, then won the duo a
well-deserved contract with Arista, who released their follow-up single, Baby
Mother (another vibrant slice of social commentary), in 1995. An album recorded
for Arista during this period was subsequently released as Combination on
Discotex at the end of 2001 – Lloyd & Tippa’s association with Arista
having ended as unexpectedly as it had begun.
Undaunted by such disappointments and eager to reclaim his
popularity among grassroots reggae fans, Lloyd began recording with leading UK
lovers’ rock producers Groove And & Quarter, who issued his debut album,
Straight No Chaser, in 1996. Among the many highlights was A Mother’s Prayer,
which he recorded with a veritable Who’s Who of UK soul and reggae talent and
dedicated to the memory of his mother, who’d recently died of cancer. Two other
tracks, Jah Works and Increase The Peace, offered early evidence of the roots
and culture content he was to showcase on his next double CD set, Rhyme &
Reason, which he recorded for Saxon. Prior to its release in 1998, the singles
We Need A Revolution and Power Of Jah had marked a turning point in both his
life and career. His new head of dreadlocks illustrated this change of
direction, and he began writing lyrics with far more spiritual content than
before, even whilst continuing to make sublime lovers rock hits such as Night
Shift, Blackbird and Real Love. He named Buju Banton’s ‘Til Shiloh LP as a
formative influence during this stage of his career, and after announcing that
the emergence of the new cultural artists had taken reggae to a different
plane, said he wanted to sing songs that will uplift people.
His Saxon album thus had transformation at its artistic
core, and with its emphasis on self-penned material, proved a masterly showcase
of his talents. Once Saxon producer Lloyd “Muscle Head” Francis had decided to
concentrate on his sound-system, rather than production, the durable Mr. Brown
embarked on a run of hits for Jet Star that still shows no sign of abating
three years later. Their most significant triumph to date has been a massively
successful cover of Craig David’s Fill Me In, as included on Vol. 2 of Jet Star’s
Pop Hits In A Reggae series. With Fill Me In getting regular airplay in Jamaica
– where Lloyd enjoys widespread support – Jet Star then helped further his
dominance with several other notable single releases, including Hook It Up, Put
It Down and Memories, which like Humanity Part 2 (recorded for Mikey Koos’ ARM
label), is another joyous celebration of old school reggae vibes, and so
steeped in nostalgia, it could bring tears to the eyes.
In-between voicing for Jet Star and making preparations for
his starring role in yet another musical, The Best Years Of Our Lives (starring
alongside the great Pam Hall), Lloyd then began work on an independent project
with former international hit maker Bitty McLean, who’d served his
apprenticeship with UB40. Aided and abetted by Bitty’s production and
engineering skills, and with his own creative ideas going into overdrive, Lloyd
completed the nucleus of his album Deep at Bitty’s Platinum Suite studios in
Birmingham before adding a choice selection of Jet Star material into the mix.
It was the kind of album only true craftsmen could produce. Its dazzling range
of lyrical perceptions being matched to some of the most enthralling,
contemporary reggae and crossover rhythms heard all year. I Know (inspired by
Bob Marley’s Kinky Reggae) subsequently became one of 2001’s biggest reggae
hits, even as Deep was being acclaimed as a masterpiece and his best album thus
far. By the time the follow-up, Against The Grain, was released two years later
his tally of hit singles had swelled to include You Must Know, co-starring Don
Campbell; Bless Me and the unstoppable Main Squeeze, which rocketed into the
Reggae Top 5 on both sides of the Atlantic.
Like its predecessor, Against The Grain was another
world-class collection, showcasing tracks like the popular Mr. Brown, Food For
Thought (a version of Aswad’s Warrior Charge); he and Omar’s stunning cover of
Stevie Wonder’s Feeding Off The Love Of The Land and the magical Love Within
The Music, co-starring a galaxy of UK talent. Against The Grain was nominated
for Best Album at the 11th Annual Reggae Soca Awards in Florida; an event that
saw Lloyd being crowned Best Newcomer for the second time in his career. His
next set was Dreams To Remember, produced by Lloyd Campbell and released on VP
Records in 2004. This album, recorded in Miami, yielded four hit singles in the
shape of Bless Me, Since You’ve Been Gone, Heartaches and Bongo Nyah, which
soon gave Lloyd his second Reggae Top 5 hit in New York. Songs like that,
voiced over Lloyd Campbell’s more traditional style reggae rhythms, fuelled
growing demand for his sublime vocal and writing talents in America. Its
success prompted the release of an album shared with Peter Hunnigale as part of
Jet Star’s celebrated Toe 2 Toe series that same year. Here was an album that
made artistic, as well as commercial sense, since both singers epitomise the
best of UK reggae music.
Three of Lloyd’s more recent hits were included, namely Full
Hundred, No Watch Dat and the compelling Black Bags, together with other tracks
that inspired comparisons with reggae legend Beres Hammond. Red-hot form like
this saw him embark on a string of European tour dates with Sanchez throughout
the summer of 2004, as he continued on his journey towards some long-overdue
international recognition. His follow-up album for VP Really Together featuring
Fiona was cited by Lloyd as a “true labour of love” as Fiona was an artist he
really admired and wanted to work with-which proved its point in the finished
product, also with the reggae panel of the Grammys who have shortlisted the
album for nomination for Best Reggae Album 2005. Armed with album number 10
called Said And Done in the bag (entirely self-produced) and his own studio
Riddimworks Production House, truly demonstrated his skills as a producer in
his own right with all he has absorbed culminating thus far.
Further expanding his all-round skills, Lloyd broadened his
Riddimworks “imprint” on other projects in 2007, co-producing fellow U.K Lovers
King Michael Gordon’s “Poems and Rhymes” set, also U.K Lovers Queen Donna
Marie’s “Next Chapter” and various music-video projects showcasing his
extraordinary skills as a director, headed by his truly cinematic offering of
“I’m Sorry” which co-stars his peer and friend Peter Hunnigale. His eleventh
landmark release entitled Silver, celebrates Lloyd’s 25th year in the music
industry and has undoubtedly stood testament in his long and distinguished
career. The album’s opener “Show Me That You Love Me” voiced on Tarrus Riley’s
monster hit riddim “She’s Royal” proves that Lloyd’s song-writing skills are in
effect and leans not solely on the riddim to carry his songs..far from it. When
he does put pen to paper, as on “From The Root”, “Up To You”, the powerful and
haunting “Charcoal Bridges” and the truly wonderful “Seacole”, a song
commissioned by Flip Fraser to feature in the hit musical Black Heroes In The
Hall Of Fame, and written about nurse Mary Seacole, the quality shines through
like a beacon, and you remember just how lucky we are having a reggae artist
like him in our midst.
2008 saw Lloyd’s appeal grow to a more international status,
amassing fans in Japan, North and South America and numerous territories. In
turn, Lloyd concentrated towards embarking on promotional tours in the U.S,
starting off in California. The tour proved so successful, that he was booked
speedily to tour California again in early 2009. In between time, Lloyd worked
on his twelfth album entitled “Brownie Points”. This album was a slight
departure to material he had recorded before, but nonetheless had the
unmistakable Lloyd Brown imprint that has been skillfully carved throughout his
career. Covers and originals blending beautifully to present another concept
album, headed by 12 various “Brownie Points” describing in song his
observations and also, what makes the man tick. Covers such as “It Takes Two”
duet with Lovers Rock chanteuse Sylvia Tella, Dennis Brown’s “Ray Of Light” and
Nicky Thomas’ angelic “Love Is” simply describes what love is in musical terms
so well, that the coldest of hearts will truly melt to it. Originals, such as
the salsa-tinged “Loco Theng” takes you on a heady trip to Acapulco in the
first two bars, and “Forgive Them” duet with friend and peer Peter Spence takes
you to the hills in Jamaica amongst the Rasta brethren and sistren citing
forgiveness as the way forward for humankind.
Not being a man to rest on his laurels….Lloyd released his
thirteenth album entitled “For Your Consideration” accompanied by his
Riddimworks Films produced music video “It’s Not About…..” released
thru Riddimworks/Cousins Records November 2009. The album featured hits such as
Dean “Cannon” Fraser production of “Know Yourself” “Empress One A Way” and the
awesome “Badbwoy” featuring fast rising Dancehall DJs Mr. Williamz and Juxci D
was toured extensively on the US West Coast throughout most of 2010 to crtical
In 2010, Lloyd’s consummate consistency had now produced his
fourteenth studio album entitled “Cornerstone” which was released entirely
independently through his Riddimworks Productions label, which on this occasion
had an American import release, the first for a UK based Reggae Artist. The
seventeen track album boasts a large eleven collaborations, which not only
features long established artists such as Macka B, General Levy, Nereus Joseph,
Rodney P and Top Cat, but also features bright new talents such as Dancehall
act Babyboom, U.S Hip Hop act Krytykal: Tha’ Problem and songstresses Miss Kjah
and Adele Harley. His decision to feature new talent proved wise and fruitful
for all concerned as their respective profiles have raised to further works and
recognition with other producers. Highlights from the album includes, Rootdown
Records’ Thilo “Teka” Jacks produced ska-tinged “She Nuh Easy”, Lloyd’s self-produced
homage to Joe Higgs with his version of “There’s a Reward For Me” and Lloyd’s
duet with Miss Kjah on “In Every Way You Can”.
2012 saw another landmark year for Lloyd as he had released
his fifteenth 20-track studio album celebrating three decades of making music
simply entitled “30” released in February 2012 via Riddimworks Productions and
Phoenix Music International The standout track which garnered him a Top 3
Reggae Chart hit was the crowd-rocking “Get To Know Ya” utilizing Dennis
Brown’s seminal Lovers Rock hit “Someone Special” also utilising Bob Marley and
the Wailers’ “Could You Be Loved” with his Disco/Reggae rendition of “Catch The
Feeling. Still on the Wailer’s tip, Lloyd collaborated with three of his peers
and friends Don Campbell, Delroy Pinnock and R n B singer Wayne Marshall and
covered the awesome “Pass It On” from their “Burnin” album A master stroke was
performed when Lloyd collaborated with Diva Grace Jones on the remix of the
Pretenders’ Chryssie Hynde’s penned “Private Life” featuring the Riddim Twins
Sly N Robbie which coincidentally was thirty years old [at the time of
recording] and still sounds fresh today.
2013 had seen a level of ambition not realized by Lloyd
before as he had released TWO albums, the first being his “New Veteran” set,
again released via his Riddimworks Productions and Phoenix Music International
which consummately provides the all-round versatility that his peers and fans
come to know and love, featuring highlights such as the roots filled
collaboration with R n B songstress Kele Le Roc entitled “If You Want Good” the
first music video release from the album, also a latin/salsa tinged dancehall
collaboration with the exquisitely lyrical Tanya Stephens on “Bada Boom, Bada
Bing” alongside sparkling solo efforts such as the hits “Crush On You” and “My
Baby Loves Me” produced by veteran artisans Willie Lindo and Bunny Lee
respectively as well as the moving and awesome posthumous collaboration with
the “Crown Prince of Reggae” Dennis Emmanuel Brown with their rendition of the
Eagles’ country classic “Lyin’ Eyes”.
The second set of the year saw a third party release in
conjunction with acclaimed Florida/Virgin Islands production outfit Zion High
Productions whom Lloyd had recorded various projects with prior entitled
“Rootical” an entirely original recording project released in October 2013. The
first release from the “Rootical” set was the haunting and deep “What You Sow”
taking an old time proverb and reiterating it in such a way that it paints a
picture to the mind immediately. Other highlights feature the title track
featuring chanter Pressure Buss Pipe which sets the tone for the whole album in
one fell swoop. Other collaborations such as “How Could I” include rising
artist Yisrael Immanuel, “Keep On Keeping On” featuring Jahdan Blakkamoore and
the anthemic “Together” featuring lioness roots singer Queen Omega.
Spring 2014 saw Lloyd return to his productive form with yet
another milestone album entitled ‘LB50’ celebrating his 50th birthday, with a
collection of eighteen varied tracks featuring collaborations with veteran DJ
Sarjant D on his introduction track ‘Fiddy’, Homefront Productions Patrick
Anthony on joint production and performing collaborations on the sound boy
killing ‘My Sound’ and tropically lovers rock tinged ‘There You Are’ also the
standout hit track ‘All About You’ featured on the Mighty Diamonds’ ‘Country
Living’ riddim, culminating with the ‘father and son duet’ entitled ‘Faith’
featuring his son Courtney, his first commercial debut recording.
Autumn 2015 saw the release of TWO albums from Lloyd. The
first being a collection/compilation of sixteen tracks recorded on Studio
One/Treasure Isle/Rock Steady compositions across his eighteen albums called
‘From The Old School’ featuring two new tracks, one of which was an ode to his
childhood residence and childhood memories entitled ‘Pembroke Road’ and the
second, a cover of Bob Marley and The Wailers’ ‘Pimpers Paradise’.
The second album release of the year saw yet another
milestone for Lloyd, in which he released his twentieth studio album entitled
‘Twenty’ a sixteen track project which contained production collaborations with
the late Lloyd Campbell [Joe Fraser] Willie Lindo [Heavybeat Records] David
Simmonds [Heddrokk Productions] David ‘Jah D’ Goldfine [Zion High Productions]
Patrick Anthony [Homefront Productions] Chris Peckings [Peckings Records] also
performing collaborations with fellow Reggae artists Don Campbell, Peter
Hunnigale on the hymnal ‘Never Leave You Lonely’, Veteran actor and artiste,
the late Count Prince Miller covering comedians Morecambe and Wise’s ‘Bring Me
Sunshine’, also Third World’s Stephen ‘Cat’ Coore on the beautiful Nyahbinghi
themed ‘Give Thanks with Praise’
2016 saw Lloyd take a sabbatical before releasing his 21st
studio album entitled ‘Vocalist’ in October 2017 to concentrate on producing
his former backing singer Lyn’s first studio album entitled ‘Debut’ released
May 2017 and fellow former Riddimworks Band backing singer Shade Aman’s set
entitled ‘Travelling Hopefully’ which was released in November 2017 ‘Vocalist’
forms an entirely worldly and varied ORIGINAL set from the Reggae icon
featuring production collaborations from Patrick Anthony [Homefront Productions
UK/JA] Carlton ‘Bubblers’ Ogilvie [Nu-Edge Productions – UK] Peter Hunnigale
[Street Vibes – UK] Dominic Gomes [D Rebell Productions – Trinidad] Oliver
Schrader [Silly Walks Movement – Germany] and David ‘Jah D’ Goldfine Andrew ‘Moon’
Bain Laurent ‘Tippy’ Alfred [Zion I Kings/Zion High Productions –
Florida/Virgin Islands]. Also featuring vocal collaborations from Fiona
[US/Jamaica], Aleighcia Scott [Wales] and Babyboom [UK/Jamaica] also touring
his live concerts with his Riddimworks Band.
2018 has seen a busy year for Lloyd in terms of his solo
output of album material, one of which was the extended release of his
‘Vocalist: Digital Deluxe Edition’ which contains six bonus tracks featuring
collaborations with Adele Harley, Chucky Bantan, Grantie Asher, Jacquie George,
Chardel Rhoden and Dean Fraser and additional productions from Gary ‘Digitec’
Lewis, Carlton ‘Bubblers’ Ogilvie and Patrick Anthony.
2019 saw the releases of his 22nd compilation studio album
‘Collabs: Vol 1’ featuring collaborations with British and international
Reggae, Pop, RnB and Hip Hop artistes such as Don Campbell, Don Ricardo,
Michael Gordon, Paulette Tajah, Grace Jones, Sly n Robbie, Beres Hammond
and Tanya Stephens to name a few [also a debut featuring his son Courtney]
Coupled with his his 23rd studio project album ‘Brown
and Bubblers’ album featuring ten original riddim tracks built and produced by
the legendary UK Reggae producer Carlton ‘Bubblers’ Ogilvie and original songs
written and performed by Lloyd, exclusively released on Carlton’s ‘Nu-Edge
label and website [www.nuedgemusic.com].
Spring 2020 heralded the release of Lloyd’s ‘labour of
love’ various artists 24th studio album project entitled ‘The Salute Project’
with Lloyd now in the producer’s chair, featuring a wealth of fast rising vocal
talent from the UK, simply re-interpreting [by way of musicality as well as
vocally] some of Lloyd’s hits chosen by the artists themselves
The roll call of artists featured in ‘The Salute Project’
are, Shade Aman, Grantie Asher, Chucky Bantan, Tony Corbin, Garnett Cross,
Harmonie Deja, , Steve ‘Stickz’ Heyliger, JayJayBorn2Sing, Donovan Kingjay,
Mandee, Rafeelya, Stacey Phipps, Kareem Shabazz, Ann Sianab, Simon and El’Tee.
Lloyd’s landmark 25th studio album release ‘Therapy’ sees
Lloyd in a deeply personal light as an album of tracks by way of closure from
his past trials of life as a timely gateway to his progression as an artist,
featuring collaborations with ever rising artist Ras Charmer, Harmonie Deja and
Rafeelya as well as co-production collaborations with Diane Black and Caroline
Williams [Real Talk Productions], Peter Hunnigale [Street Vibes Productions],
Stevie P Productions, Patrick Anthony [Homefront Productions] and Carlton
‘Bubblers’ Ogilvie [Nu-Edge Productions].
Sophia Brown interview on Colourful Radio 15-March-2020
The Real Thing
The Real Thing interview on Colourful Radio 08-March-2020
Tony Anthony interview on Colourful Radio 01-March-2020
Omar interview on Colourful Radio 16-February-2020
Westerhall Rums UK
Westerhall Rums UK, Annabel Kingsman interview on Colourful Radio 12-Jan-2020
D.C.R. interview on Colourful Radio 05-Jan-2020
D.C.R. is Dawn Claudette Rose. A Soulful RnB singer / songwriter of
Jamaican parentage born in Manchester but raise in London surrounded by music
in her home, which included reggae, soul, gospel and Motown. The likes of
Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston, Bob Marley and Janet Jackson, to name a few,
had a massive influence on her ever growing love for music and entertainment.
D.C.R. started writing poetry at age 9, which then developed into
songwriting. She would create songs and use other Artists instrumentals as a
backing track, from the flip side of an LP and record her vocals over the top,
using her dads Hi Fi system and plug in a microphone he had. She’d record all
her vocals onto cassette tape.
D.C.R. would do this regularly in her spare time, as if it were her own
recording studio. Then play the songs back to herself later. In her mid-teens
she was obsessed with Hip Hop music and Rap, as well as the culture. Her
favorite influences being NWA, Run DMC, MC Lyte, Nice & Smooth, Redman ,
Leaders of the new school and many, many more. She started to write her own rap
lyrics and incorporated them in her songs.
D.C.R. was also a natural born street dancer and performed regularly at
school and home for fun, but then decided to form a dance crew, with her friend,
making a good name for herself, performing as open acts for rappers such as
Naughty by Nature and Nice & Smooth. She was creative with her fashion
sense and had her own unique style, so would create a lot of her own outfits to
At age 17 D.C.R. attended Westminster College to study Fashion and
Design, as her love of designing clothes and fashion styling grew. She thought
she would pursue that side of the fashion world, whilst dancing at live shows
in her spare time. D.C.R. completed her fashion design diploma and loved it,
but realized whilst there, her heart was still deeply in singing and
songwriting, so she went on to study Performing Arts. Whilst there she gained
more experience and confidence in singing and performing on stage, as well as
acting and contemporary dance. She excelled in Performing Arts, but left just
completing her first year, as she decided to travel to Canada to pursue her
Whilst in Canada Dawn lived with her Uncle for 2 years. She attended
Barbizon Academy, which was a model and talent school. This helped her get
various auditions for modeling and TV work, which was good exposure for her and
led onto her working with a music producer named Sam. They worked together in
the studio, writing and creating music with a hope to release. D.C.R performed
some of her own songs at various music events, but still wasn’t getting the
recognition she craved, so after some long thought, she decided to move back
home to London.
D.C.R. realized he only way to pursue her dreams, was to create them
herself by putting her own music out for the world to hear with her debut EP
which is a collection of soulful, RnB tracks with cool swing beat vibes
and a hint of hip hop.
single releases: ‘Positive Vibes’ and ‘Old Skool’.
MS1 Project interview on Colourful Radio 24-Nov-2019
The main nucleus of the group Is UK DJ – Mike “DJ Blue”
Harrison – Principal songwriter, Percussion, Producer and George “GEO” Harrison
– Bass, co-production and signwriting.
The two are brothers have been around music for a long time. Owing to the fact that their Father is a gospel singer and prominent music promoter in the 70’s bringing visiting acts over from the USA and the Caribbean.
Music was all around the household, anything from Soul, Motown, Reggae and even Popular music.
Mike was always creative writing poems ,rhymes and playing percussion. Then in turn crafting basic ideas into full songs.
GEO is also musically creative playing Bass, keyboards and guitar. He also does session work for other acts.
“Music plays a very important part in our lives” .
Donovan Kingjay interview on Colourful Radio 27-Oct-2019
Donovan Kingjay was born in South East London to Jamaican parents. Although his family was not particularly musical, it was obvious that he had a talent. At the age of 19, he made hisfirst public appearance at a local community show and hasn’t looked back since. The early sound system that Singjay (His original name) used was owned by Fred Locks and Frankie One Love of King Original Sound. It was Fred Locks who renamed him. Fred said “How did you get the name Singjay and you a straight singer?”, I replied, “It’s a nickname from a long time. Sing like a Jay Bird”. Fred say “From today de I, you get the crowning of Kingjay from now”. This was in 2005. His early recordings were under the name of Singjay.
Donovan eventually came to the attention of Sugar Minott. who referred to him as his godson, and who had become a huge influence on him. Donovan thought of him as a big brother. Only Jamaica releases so far was “Never Too late”, on his Youthman Promotion Label in the year 2000.
Donovan has released numerous singles with different producers over the years and has currently got 4 releases. “I wish” on Bandcamp, Double-A and AA Red Vinyl Release. “Black Liberation / Great Steve Biko”, “Each One Teach One”, all creating a storm at this time. The next single, “Never Giving Up”, is due to be released August 2019, and several singles are awaiting in the pipeline awaiting producers.
Donovan Kingjay has two albums under his belt, “Higher Meditation” and “Natural Living”, and his next album on the Black Legacy label is scheduled for release at the end of 2019.
Donovan is constantly on the road performing, especially in Europe, where he recently headlined March 2019 at The Grounds in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to a sell out crowd.
Donovan is gradually climbing the ladder of success and is going to be around for a very long time.
Victor Haynes interview on Colourful Radio 20-Oct-2019
Victor Haynes has created a reputation as one of the UK’s most reliably versatile soul and jazz singers. A popular blend of standards and original compositions for concert venues, private parties, restaurants, hotels, clubs and corporate events – whether on stage, in the spotlight, or in the background – entertaining audiences with upbeat dance sets or performing laid-back classics for background ambience.International appearances have stretched from Europe to New York, he has supported “A” list stars for their UK shows and his five well reviewed albums have climbed the soul sales charts.
Victor Haynes’ versatile body of work made him a ‘one-call’ when artists like Edwin Starr, The Drifters, Curtis Mayfield, The Temptations, The Real Thing and The Crusaders needed the perfect support act for their UK shows. His international reputation for urbane style has built over three decades of performing at premier concert venues like Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, clubs, hotels, restaurants, corporate events, private parties and residencies. His versatile professionalism switches comfortably from solo gigs to singing with sax player Dean Houston or his up-tempo Motown-influenced ‘Mainstreet’ band.
Victor is available as a soloist … or with northwest sax legend Dean Houston … or with his own up-tempo Motown-influenced band ‘Mainstreet’. And his bespoke selections of soul, jazz and American swing numbers can include touches of blues and reggae too. As up-tempo or relaxed as you need him to be. Victor Haynes is one of the most respected names in UK soul music. A smooth and sophisticated vocal style that merges soul and jazz classics with original compositions. Timeless … or modern. Slow, easy listening backgrounds of laid-back soul … or faster, up-tempo dance sets.
Since then Victor has polished his relaxed interpretation of classic American jazz, swing and sweet soul music from Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Nat King Cole and Duke Ellington through to Luther Vandross and George Benson. There’s likely to be some edgy blues too. Even touches of reggae. Victor’s albums have climbed the UK soul charts and his work, at home and abroad, has included appearances in New York, France and Italy. He’s rubbed shoulders with the Rothschild family, the Duchess of York, Nigella Lawson, Dannii Minogue, Mel B and sporting legends from Mike Tyson and Wayne Rooney to Chris Eubank and Frank Bruno.
Back in the day – when a professional singing career first
tempted him away from his own business designing and making jewellery – he
moved to London and worked with major league soul stars like Jaki Graham, David
Grant, Heatwave’s Derek Bramble and Rod Temperton. But, back in Manchester, it
was his songwriting and recording partnership with keyboard player Pete May
that began to attract attention, radio airplay, a recording deal and a series
of acclaimed albums. Victor Haynes is as comfortable on stage in the spotlight
as he is in the background. Usually solo. Sometimes with Dean Houston. And, yes
… he still sings out with ‘Mainstreet’.
Tey Yaniis interview on Colourful Radio 13-Oct-2019
Born in Dallas, Texas Soul Jones Music Group CEO/Artist Tey Yaniis brings his old soul personality and smooth delivery blending genres such as Neo-Soul, chill out, house, funk and hip-hop to create an exhilarated experience to today’s new and old generation of music lovers.
Tey Yaniis love for music began at an early age playing a variety of musical instruments such as trumpet, violin, cello, and singing in theatre arts. Developing a love for performing and entertainment through music Tey Yaniis embarked on a journey to combine hip-hop and poetry with a live instrumentation soulful sound to create his award winning debut album “The Soul Jones Collection” with the debut single “My Coffee Brown” produced by Bink Wills featuring Chris Keys which reached #36 on top 100 top independent chart on digitalradiotracker.com and being the #1 played single on Santa Clara University college radio station. Tey Yaniis influences include John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Cab Calloway, Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, The Fugees, Digable Planets, Blackstar, and more. In addition to being a recording artist Tey Yaniis also is a songwriter in which he believes that tapping into a recording artist mind will have maximum results with bringing a masterpiece of a song. Being an experienced figure in the music industry behind the scenes as a tour organizer, hype man, DJ and more Tey looks to bring his soulful style to the forefront with the launch of his independent record label “Soul Jones Music Group” which Tey Yaniis and Co. will be releasing Tey’s follow up album as well as up and coming soul artist.
Tey Yaniis continues to make his mark in the music industry as a recording artist, songwriter and label head on his own terms. His brand will continue to bring not only soulful sounds but to uplift communities and inspire soulful artist to continue push out music that will help heal and bring light into the world. Tey truly acknowledges the support from his fans and family that keeps him making good music and pushing to greater boundaries. Peace, love unity and respect.
Adelaide Mackenzie interview on Colourful Radio 06-Oct-2019
July 2005 saw the launch of Adelaide Mackenzie’s first album “Daily Process” at The Jazz Cafe. Now after 12 years of musical development and personal growth. The much awaited 2nd album from Adelaide Mackenzie entitled “Simply Me” will be launched on 10th October 2019 at South London’s infamous Jazz Venue, The Hideaway, Streatham, London SW16 2BF.
British born Jamaican, Adelaide Mackenzie who was strongly influenced by reggae and soul, has grown and developed profoundly as an artist and in the last 12 years, has won awards and has been dubbed the Queen of open-mic with her live event “Blessed Souls UK”. With a following of over 2,500 fans of both her music and hosting she has an awesome album to launch that her audience will definitely Love. She has recently wowed an audience as the sole supporting act for American Neo-Soul singer “Goapele” at the Jazz café July 2019, showcasing exclusive tracks from her forth coming album.
This new album is an eclectic blend of soul, reggae and pop fused with Jazz and gospel influences. It also contains elements of spoken word which will leave you feeling inspired and uplifted. It covers messages that many can relate to including Love and Relationships on the track “If You’re Looking (for Love)” and healing to overcoming life’s difficulties in the song “Let It Go”. She also has an amazing bonus track “Take Me To Your Dream”. This House track is already having the DJ’s talking and definitely has that element to keep you on the dance floor. No doubt it will be a HIT!
Gospel influences are found in her “Only God” track where she pens her personal journey and belief that “Only God” can heal her soul and in “Stand Up” which features Peter Francis & The Jabez Family choir. The song brings influences of Gospel with a 70’s feel and empowers people to ‘stand up’ for their rights. It also includes the ‘Brook Benton and Clyde Otis’ song “Endlessly” also covered by Randy Crawford. Adelaide recently released her version of ‘Endlessly’ as a single and the feedback from radio DJ’s has been amazing.
Tristan interview on Colourful Radio 29-Sep-2019
Dutch five-piece Tristan’s music can be best described as feel-good vintage Acid Jazz, with the energy, vibe and sounds of today, performed by some of the best contemporary pop/jazz musicians from Europe.
Funky rhythm guitars, Hammond, Fender Rhodes and synths, and a rhythm section that has been performing together for decades playing solid grooves and tight, punchy arrangements that have since become their trademark. All this underpins singer Evelyn Kallansee’s stunningly beautiful vocals. It will take you back to that great warm sound of the 70’s, with a fresh breeze of influences from the present. While Tristan’s music may sound like bands such as Tower of Power, Snarky Puppy, or classic Acid Jazz acts such as Incognito and the Brand New Heavies – who all produce high energy grooves – what makes this group stand out from their contemporaries is the high quality of the compositions and arrangements.
Tristan’s debut release, ‘Full Power’ – which featured US soul singer Heston, UK saxophone maestro Nigel Hitchcock and legendary American trumpeter Randy Brecker – received rave reviews, while their highly acclaimed follow-up, ‘2nd Phase’, proved that this is a band with something to say, both albums going straight to No 1 in the UK soul charts.
The group continued to surprise again, in 2016 with ‘Lifestyle’ and 2017 ‘Live in Concert’. Those CD’s brought them in 2016/ 2017 all over the world: Japan, United Kingdom , Germany, Poland, Romania, Denmark, Luxembourg and France.
‘The Spice of Five’ is their fifth album, and was released worldwide in April 2019.
Cadice interview on Colourful Radio 22-Sep-2019
Cadice is an exciting new London RnB singer/songwriter.
‘Lovers and Friends’ is the latest single.
Her captivating lyrics and soulful flow have been inspired by greats including Whitney Houston and Patti La Belle who Cadice grew up listening to. A true urban artist, Cadice has previously worked on a number of exciting projects including Afrobeat and Reggae releases.
‘Lovers and Friends’ was produced by Sky Beats, and details a story of love at first sight, teasing the potential life that they could have together.
Tony Momrelle interview on Colourful Radio 15-Sep-2019
Tony Momrelle is one of the most exciting and significant soul musicians on the modern British stage.
In a music career spanning 20+ years, he has performed with some of the greatest artists in the world: Incognito, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Sade, Gary Barlow, Andrea Bocelli, Gwen Stefani, Robert Palmer and many more. In Autumn 2016 he supported the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire on their sold-out UK tour.
Momrelle was lead male vocalist of the famous British Acid-jazz band Incognito for more than sixteen years before launching his solo career. His acclaimed debut album ‘Keep Pushing’ was released in 2015, followed by a Deluxe Edition twelve months later. With guest appearances from Talib Kweli, Chantae Cann and Tony Remy, the album is an infectious mingling of eighties-inspired synths, jazzy keys, classic piano and soaring soul vocals.
Channelling Hathaway, Wonder and countless other sounds, styles and ideas through his authentic, thoroughly contemporary interpretation of what British soul music actually means today, Momrelle realised something profoundly special in ‘Keep Pushing’. Strong mainstream and regional radio support for the album culminated in four BBC Radio 2-playlisted singles and ongoing airplay across Europe.
Momrelle’s ‘Keep Pushing Tour’ has flown world-wide, playing to sold-out audiences at venues and festivals in the UK, Australia, Italy, Germany, Russia, France, Indonesia and many more. On home soil, he has dazzled audiences at the EFG London Jazz Festival and Cheltenham Jazz Festival for several years running.
Notable media appearances in 2017/8 included an intimate duet with Jools Holland live on the much-loved BBC One show ‘Later with Jools Holland’, as well as distinguished collaborations with the Guy Barker Orchestra and Big Band for BBC Radio 2 – including a recent performance at the London Coliseum alongside Gregory Porter & Friends for ‘Friday Night Is Music Night’.
His second studio album ‘Best Is Yet To Come’ was released on April 26th 2019.
Fresh from the success of the new single ‘Rising Up’, described by SoulTracks as “an instant classic” and supported by Trevor Nelson on BBC Radio 2, Tony Momrelle returned with an exquisite new body of work that represents a decisive moment in his solo career. Best Is Yet To Come is arguably Momrelle’s finest album to date, truly demonstrating his exceptional prowess as a songwriter, as well as showcasing the outstanding vocal ability for which he is widely known.
Described by Trevor Nelson as “a mainstay of the UK soul scene”, Tony Momrelle has channelled his inimitable talent into his own solo project, the result of which is an album that clearly positions him as an equal and contemporary of the luminaries with whom he has collaborated.
From the heartwarming optimism of the title track, to the disco funk of ‘You Got It’ and the smooth soul sound on ‘We Searched For Heaven’, Momrelle presents a vibrant and diverse canvas of songs that bring out the very best of his talent, leaving the sense that Best Is Yet To Come has something for everyone to enjoy. There are however vital elements running through each track that unify all: the sheer quality of songwriting and the unique, powerful tenor vocal that only Tony Momrelle himself can deliver.
2019 will continue to see Tony touring across Europe, taking the Rising Up tour the UK, Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Ukraine and more.