Tracy Cruz interview on Colourful Radio 14-Nov-2021
Bright Star Award winning Tracy Cruz has a voice that will melt even the toughest of hearts. This San Francisco Bay Area’s vocal powerhouse aims to connect communities with her universal language of love, hope, and happiness. Her unique musical and lyrical blend (Bay Area urban soul tinged with the influence of her indigenous Filipino roots) has captured the ears of music lovers around the world.
Boasting a range that might be bigger than her, Cruz emanates a classic and timeless feel. Tracy’s two full-length albums (Feel’osophy & Universoul Symphony), EP trilogy (H3ARTIFACTS, ART OF FACTS & PURPLE H3ARTIFACTS) & (Illuminate Love) have garnered numerous awards and nominations. Tracy is currently working on her new album “Sun After the Reign” which will be released soon.
Candace Woodson interview on Colourful Radio 07-Nov-2021
Twenty-eight days after her 2014 breast cancer surgery, Candace Woodson was back to business-as-usual performing at the wedding of one of John “Cougar” Mellencamp’s daughters. This is a testament to Candace Woodson’s lifelong passion for performing and a talent for resilience she calls “stick to it-ness”. A survivor since 2014, she wrote the song “Free,” a funky old school dance anthem that conveys hope and positivity in the wake of adversity. This is a message she conveys stemming from her own experience and feeling after receiving her last cancer treatment at the Medical University of South Carolina.
This success laid the foundation for a handful of other chart-topping singles, including “The Answer Is No”, a defiant female empowerment ballad. “The Answer Is No” hit #1 on the UK Soul Chart Top 30 and has continued to receive airplay on Smooth Jazz Radio as well as other top stations. Woodson received Billboard’s “Most Added” designation and a “Best International Artist” nominee. Her highly anticipated full-length debut album “Desire” includes her UK hits as well as new tracks that would become international fan favorites.
“I’m so grateful for the opportunities I have had in the UK, and it’s exciting now to work with some of the best in the business in expanding my fan base internationally.”
“I have stopped and started the musical part of my life so many times, but this time I will not stop no matter how things play out. To me, my music is very authentic, and it reflects everything I’ve gone through and the soul of someone who has loved music all her life “.
Candace continues to show why her fans dubbed her “The Queen of Sophisticated Soul”. In April of 2021, Candace releases the new up-tempo track “Midas Touch (Ooh Ooh). “Midas Touch (Ooh Ooh)” is off the upcoming EP “Better Days”!
“Midas Touch (Ooh Ooh)” was written by singer-songwriter Candace Woodson, music by Karey A. Davis, and produced by Lew Laing Jr. “There’s nothing like having that special someone in your life that gives you that Midas Touch” says Candace. With cities like New York City and Atlanta continuing to reopen fully from COVID restrictions “Midas Touch (Ooh Ooh)” is an up-tempo track perfect to help get the party started. When asked about creating music during these times Candace states, “With COVID changing the club scene, I wrote a song to reflect the days of call and response on stage with the audience participation. I imagined they were with me in the recording.”
In June of 2021 “Midas Touch (Ooh Ooh)” would propel Candace back to the #1 spot on the UK Soul Charts. Candace continues to create music that’s redefining and solidifying her status as “The Queen of Sophisticated Soul”. With her loyal fans and a base that continues to grow, Candace is steadfast in creating music that fans of all ages can enjoy. When the news came that Midas was #1 Candace immediately thanked listeners, “I want to thank you DJs, loyal listening fans, and the rest of the world. Without your continued support and appreciation, this could not be possible. I do this for you and for my love of music.”
Candace Woodson’s new single ‘All It Takes’ (Rob Hardt Mix), is available now on Expansion Records.
Marshayne interview on Colourful Radio 31-Oct-2021
Marshayne & his team, a collective of creative artists/musicians pushed through the uneven playing field, those unjust barriers & broke down doors, standing tall in Independent Recording Ownership when back in the 80’s/90’s this was unheard of.
Securing Chart Topping Hit Records G-Spot, Slow Grind, Spirit & Hot Gal to name a few.
They allowed others to know “we can do this too”, paving the way for new Black Artists of Caribbean & African decent of today to be seen & heard in an industry that showed no love in the past years to British Black Music & British Black Artist
Therefore the excellence and contributions of the likes of Marshayne, have contributed to the UK Music Industry, penetrating the Global Music Industry as a whole with the UK Reggae & R&B sound that Wayne is known for. It is truly an achievement of great success and one to be overly proud of!!!
The Paradise Projex
The Paradise Projex interview on Colourful Radio 24-Oct-2021
L.A.B interview on Colourful Radio 17-Oct-2021
L.A.B. is a reggae band from New Zealand. Its founding members are Brad Kora (backing vocals and drums) and Stuart Kora (backing vocals, keyboard and guitar) of the band Kora. They soon engaged Joel Shadbolt on lead vocals and guitar, Ara Adams-Tamatea, formerly of Katchafire, as bassist, and Miharo Gregory as keyboardist. The band mostly composes reggae music, with a mix of electronic, blues, rock and funk music.
Cornell “CC” Carter
Cornell “CC” Carter interview on Colourful Radio 10-Oct-2021
Cornell “CC” Carter who was raised in San Francisco California has been recording and performing as a Professional Singer and songwriter for many years.
He has shared the stage as an opening act with the Legendary James Brown, Ray Charles, Sly and the Family Stone and many more. He has also had the honour of recording and performing with Grammy Award Winning Producer and close friend Narada Michael Walden as well as the legendary Carlos Santana to name a few. His soulful sound comes from an unusual wide vocal range from Baritone to First tenor!
In 2018 his big release of the Hit Single THAT FEELING and the follow up THAT’S MY BABY garnered several awards internationally and he was named New Artist of the Year by Soultracks. The highly anticipated new album NEXT LIFE is slated to be released in October 2021!
CC loves to share his talents with aspiring artists which allowed him and his team to create CDC Productions, his own production company geared toward assisting these artists to follow their dreams while also teaching them about the time and dedication it takes to reach their goals. Cornell has been involved with many charities and non-profits over the past few years, and his vision is to continue to uplift and use his platform to help raise the bar and bring new awareness to the legacy of Real Soul Music!
Anthony Hamilton interview on Colourful Radio 03-Oct-2021
With over 50 million albums globally and proclaimed a “national treasure” by the Los Angeles Times, Anthony Hamilton’s voice will resonate louder than ever in 2021 with more music and performances on the horizon.
GRAMMY® Award winning singer, songwriter, producer, and actor Anthony Hamilton has achieved global sales of over 50 million albums. The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductee notably performed for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle, cementing his place in the history books as the “narrator of love.” Introduced by way of the iconic 2003 smash “Charlene,” his raw, awe-inspiring performances garnered the attention of NPR where he starred in their Noteworthy documentary series. He made his film debut in the critically acclaimed American Gangster, and lent his vocals to the song “Freedom” from the Academy® Award-nominated film Django Unchained.
Hamilton now adds author and publisher to his list of accomplishments with the unveiling of his first self-published book, Cornbread, Fish ‘n Collard Greens, where he shares the inspiration for some of the iconic songs in his illustrious career and his love of southern food. Hamilton recently starred as Kyle Kirby in the feature film Carl Weber’s Influence, now streaming on BET+.
“Hamilton literally poured blood, sweat, and tears into [his new 2021] Love Is The New Black [album]. After initially pursuing a more political-leaning direction, he shifted focus to speak to this hefty emotional need, while also covering the full spectrum of human emotions.”
Howard Hewett interview on Colourful Radio 29-Aug-2021
Howard Hewett is one of the most gifted vocalists in the Post-Marvin Gaye era of pop R&B. He started singing as a child, fronting his older sisters in The Hewett Singers. The group toured the gospel circuit. As a teen, Hewett sharpened his crooner skills in a funk band called Lyfe. In 1976, Hewett moved to Los Angeles and formed a group put together by the owners of the historic Maverick’s Flat, called Beverly Hills.
Hewett got his mainstream break as the male vocal lead in Shalamar, a centerpiece of Dick Griffey’s SOLAR (Sound of Los Angeles Records) label. His tenor voice mixed beautifully with the bright vocals of Jody Watley, the dancing skills of Jeffery Daniels and the writing and production of Leon Sylvers III. The group gave the world feel-good dance favorites The Second Time Around and A Night to Remember, the baby-making classic For the Lover in You, as well as a number of beautiful B-side ballads like You Can Count On Me and Somewhere There’s a Love. When Watley and Daniels left the group in 1983, Hewett continued to lead Mickey Free and Delisa Davis in the reconstituted Shalamar. This version of the group was best known for soundtrack contributions on Footloose and Beverly Hills Cop with Dancing in the Sheets and the Grammy-winning Don’t Get Stopped in Beverly Hills, respectively.
In the mid-eighties, Howard sets out on his solo career, releasing I Commit to Love in 1986 on Elektra and from the first single Hewett made magic, giving his amorous voice and whimsical lyrics to Stay, I’m For Real and the title track. Most beloved track on this freshman release would be his spiritually grounded Say Amen. This single soared on the Inspirational charts and has enjoyed the status of a modern gospel classic.
Subsequent projects have solidified Hewett’s place in the high ranks of R&B balladeers by writing and collaborating and lending his voice within an intimate group of crooners, including George Duke, Quincy Jones, James Ingram, Anita Baker, Prince and Stanley Clarke. With Elektra, he released Forever and Ever (1988- Once, Twice, Three Times), Howard Hewett (1990- Show Me) and Allegiance (1992- Can We Try Again).
Later work shows increasing authenticity as Hewett rips song lyrics straight from his soul. It’s Time (1994- This Love is Forever), written and produced almost exclusively with long time friend and collaborator Monte Seward, displays all the vulnerability involved in falling and staying in love. In 2001, Hewett released the all inspirational album The Journey, where he shows us that his faith can’t be separated from his heart and soul.
Hewett continues to seduce audiences and eardrums as he is constantly touring and intermittently releasing new music.
“Of all the fine vocalists working today, Howard Hewett is one of the finest.” – Babyface
Conya Doss interview on Colourful Radio 13-Jun-2021
Conya Doss’ 9th LP, “Through Rose-Colored Glasses,” reflects constant duality in its meaning.
Doss states. “…..For me, generally, the term means perceiving everything as great, and focusing on the positives in every situation. On the other hand, it can also be viewed as giving the perception that all is great but when we look completely THROUGH the beautiful rose-colored glasses, we find a mesh of complexities and imperfections. Often such an outlook is necessary in order to cope…”.
This project is a culmination of all of the above. The first single, “Not Trading You,” consisting of smooth rhythmic midtempo vibes, shows that despite the ups and downs of a relationship, the good outweighs the bad. Consistent with this concept is “Long Haul” (Antione Amalbert on Trumpet), which demonstrates unconditional love no matter what. The song “It Ain’t Easy” featuring the incomparable Eric Roberson, focuses on the strength of two people who realize that relationships are not always perfect or easy to build, but love rules all and is worth it.
Conversely, Seeing things only ‘Through Rose-Colored Glasses’ may not be in our best interest. Sometimes it is necessary to see things just as they are. Occasionally with open communication and transparency, things could possibly turn around. This leads to Conya’s second single from this LP entitled “Wishful Thinking,” featuring B. Golden. “Wishful Thinking” is a feel-good groove that demonstrates that things are exactly how we see them, whether or not we accept it. Another song that draws parallels is “Sand Castles” featuring OsKeyz, which stresses that all relationships have been built on a solid foundation.
Other standout songs are “Come on and Get this Love,” “Happy Valley” featuring OsKeyz, “Show Me” featuring Lin Rountree. These grooves are so funky, you will inevitably either bob your head or repeat the hooks. “Black is Beautiful” provides creative songwriting letting us know that no matter what negative portrayals of black people, Conya reiterate in her messaging that black people always have and will continue to a strong, resilient people . “Funny” featuring the talented Micki Miller is another soulfully jazzy tune encouraging others to be patient and true love will present itself right on time. Doss, Myron Davis, and Rodney Jones serve as the main producers on “Through Rose-Colored Glasses” in addition to producers B. Golden Micki Miller.
Gwen Yvette interview on Colourful Radio 06-Jun-2021
Gwen Yvette is an independent R&B/Soul singer and songwriter from Beaufort, SC. An artist with extraordinary talent and vocal range, the Harlem-born, St. Helena Island product first picked up a microphone at the tender age of three and performed at community events. Gwen first entered the music scene as a professional singer in the early 1990’s, performing with a popular local band and was later invited to tour with notable musician Roy C. In 2012, the songstress had a successful run on Fox’s national television series, “The X Factor”.
In 2015, Gwen Yvette launched her solo career and in February 2016, she released her debut single titled, “So In Love”. This release propelled Gwen into the spotlight, garnering national media recognition, performance opportunities nationwide and a rising star status. That year, she also won Female R&B Artist of the Year at the South Carolina Music Awards. In June of 2017, Gwen released her long-awaited album titled, “Love, Dreams & Visions”, a project that exemplifies her love of music. Soulstress, Gwen Yvette performs with her band, TC Soul (named for her beloved Father) throughout the south eastern US regularly.
Gwen Yvette counts it all joy to have been blessed with the opportunities to open for outstanding and legendary musicians, to include Big Daddy Kane, Carl Thomas, Shirley Murdock, Keith Sweat, Kem, Sir Jeffrey Osborne, Ms. Patti LaBelle, and The Mighty O’Jays!
Gwen Yvette is one of the more sought-after singers throughout South Carolina and beyond, as is evident from her booking in the UK in fall 2019 as part of the Soul Jones Collective Tour, and again as a headliner of the I Am Woman UK 2020 Tour, an International Women’s Day Celebration.
Gwen Yvette continues to write, record, and release music, and perform live at special events-corporate and private, live music festivals and live music venues throughout the southeast.
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Macka B interview on Colourful Radio 28-February-2021
Representing the UK reggae scene, Macka B and Pecking’s Records are the real deal…
‘Never Played A 45’ showcases the conscious words, sound and power from the original lyrics teacher, Macka B.
All tracks are voiced over a crucial selection of classic riddims courtesy of the mighty Peckings brothers.
The album is packed full of instant replays including the massive hit title track and the Youtube hit, ‘Medical Marijuana Card’ (300,000+ hits and rising).
With his deep, bassie tones and a flow to match the finest, Macka B has risen from Soundboy on UK Soundsystems to world-renowned Reggae star amassing an inspiring body of work on his 30 year journey.
Known affectionately as ‘The Big Rastaman’ he has taken his sharp conscious lyrics and positive outlook to every continent except Antarctica, although his coolness might stop the ice melting over there!
Macka B is inspired by H.I.M. Ras Tafari and pioneer DJ’s such as U-Roy, I-Roy, Big Youth and Prince Far-I. He unites people, promoting our similarities and common origins while being unafraid to educate on important issues in a wholly uplifting way. This is refreshing to audiences turned off by slackness pop & electro and inward looking, shoe-gazing indie. Macka B is for real.
Macka B has collaborated with a veritable who’s who of dynamic talent including Gregory Isaacs, Freddie McGregor, Steel Pulse, Luciano, Horace Andy and Earl Sixteen. A long and successful partnership with producer Mad Professor (ARIWA) has given Macka B an international fan base with a full canon of hit albums and international tours under his belt. Now teaming up with the Peckings Brothers and their unique access to foundation rhythms Macka delivers ‘Never Played A 45’ an already acclaimed back to the roots five star classic.
George ‘Peckings’ Price was one of the first to bring Reggae to the shores of the UK. Peckings was the go-to man of Jamaican Reggae stars looking to expose their work to the UK and beyond and as such had the likes of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry stopping at his home in West London. This was an inspirational environment for Pecking’s sons, Chris and Duke, who are now producers in their own right. With unique access to the catalogue of Coxsone Dodd of Studio 1, Duke Reid of Treasure Isle and Bunny Lee – the brothers established a successful career, winning both best label and best producer at the British Reggae Industry Awards in 2013.
With the positively dangerous combination of Macka B and the Peckings brothers, VPAL are proud to announce the release of the album ‘Never Played a 45’. The album combines Macka B’s skill of exhibiting deep thinking positivity and the Pecking’s brother’s re-fresh of the classic rhythms loved by all. With this team-up the album is an all killer, no filler affair and there are plenty of stand-out tunes.
The title track ‘Never played a 45’ is an ode to vinyl lovers because “there’s something about the feel of the vibe”. Previously released on a 45, it sold out fast and is now highly sought after.
The popular ‘Medical Marijuana Card’ features an animated video amassing over 300,000 views, with zero marketing budget, tells you it’s a hit.
“Rasta Tell Dem” is already hugely popular and has been rinsed out by David Rodigan and others. It accounts Rasta’s canny observations of things that are just now coming to pass.
‘African’ is an astute social observation of the standard we’ve come to expect from Macka B appealing for a positive realisation of Africa, the cradle of humanity.
‘Big Thief’ goes deeper– pointing to the theft from Africa by Babylon (the forces of materialism and control), the resulting privilege of those who still profit from it and the burgeoning issue of reparation, now re-awakening amongst the black community worldwide .
“Too Much Chicken” serves as a transition track high in seriousness and humour.
There is also a combination with the late, great Phyllis Dillon on “One Life”. Hail H.I.M, Beautiful Naturally, Complaining, the list of killer tracks goes on and on…
‘Never Played a 45’ has the ability to get you thinking, make you feel good and most of all cry out “REWIND
In 2017 Macka B began a series of regular acapella videos released on his social channels – Medical Mondays and Wha’ Me Eat Wednesdays. The releases proved very popular and the video for ‘Cucumba’ became a viral hit (80M+ views to date) and was picked up by mainstream media (Vice, Daily Mail) and appearances on UK terrestrial TV shows including GMB. Macka B recounts these events in the track ‘Cucumba to di World’ which also has an official video with over 100K hits. An appropriate way to celebrate Veganuary.
The new Macka B EP, ‘Gentrification’ is out now on Peckings.
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Sandra-Mae Lux interview on Colourful Radio 20-December-2020
Born in the sleepy fishing village of Steveston (British Columbia, Canada) and born of Dutch immigrant parents, Sandra-Mae Lux was singing almost before she was walking and showed a natural ability with musical instruments even in elementary school, playing piano, saxophone and guitar.
By high school she was already a seasoned performer in jazz and concert bands and, after graduating high school with honours, Sandra-Mae achieved a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies on Saxophone with a Minor in Education from Capilano University. Sandra-Mae has received multiple awards such as Outstanding Achievement in Music five years in a row and the Phil Nimmons Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement in Jazz.
Before she reached the age of 22, Sandra-Mae was invited to perform at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, two years in a row where she met and performed with many internationally recognized artists such as Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove, Herbie Hancock, Joshua Redman, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Christian McBride and opened for Dave Brubeck. After a few more years in Vancouver playing with many different bands, Sandra-Mae began to extend her reach to multiple musical styles including pop, R&B, Brazillian, EDM and her true love, 70’s soul music.
Moving to London, England in 2017 to concentrate on writing her first album, ‘Happily Ever Now’ Sandra-Mae continues not only to be a creative musical dynamo, but also an acting, voice acting and comedy performer of note, appearing in David Sedaris – The Santaland Diaries, The Comedy Store Players, Slattery Night Fever (with Tony Slattery) and as part of the cast of Audible’s ‘Aliens – Sea of Sorrows’ and Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman’ audio dramas (both directed by Dirk Maggs).
Sandra-Mae lives in South London with her partner, lots of plants, a disco ball, and many feathered masks.
The making of ‘Happily Ever Now’
This twelve song album is a first for Sandra-Mae Lux, and what a debut! Produced by Gil Cang (Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Shaun Escoffery) and featuring players like Robin Mullarkey (bass, Jacob Collier) and Toby Baker (keys, Michael McDonald), Happily Ever Now is chock full of catchy melodies, strong hooks, and oh so tasty arrangements and production.
With all tracks composed by Sandra-Mae Lux and writing partner Alan D. Marriott, Happily Ever Now is well crafted, with a nod to classic song writing of the 70s, full-on soul from Earth Wind and Fire to D’Angelo, with the contemporary pop of Taylor Swift.
From the haunting, jazz inspired ‘I’m Still Here’, to foot stomping power anthems like ‘Moment in the Sun’, to the Salsoul disco joy of ‘Never Saw the Light’, this album doesn’t put a foot wrong. Over top of all the musical glitter soars the powerful voice of Lux herself as she effortlessly moves from pure sweetness in songs like ‘Thank You For Loving Me’ into sexy, slow-jam mode for ‘Do U Wanna’.
A multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, piano and guitar) Lux was making music almost before she could walk and tinkering with song writing by the time she hit her early teens. Originally a native of Vancouver (Canada) Lux spent her high school years in as many bands as she could fit in, and finally honed her musical skills with a degree in jazz studies from Capilano University. After a relocation to London in 2017, Lux set to work on finding the perfect team for the album she was always meant to make. “It’s been amazing,” she says. “Everything was recorded at this funky studio in North London just full of vintage gear. For me it was like a musical treasure box full of all the instruments that created the sounds of the albums I love. Y’know? The real gems, synths like a Minimoog or Juno-6, or that unmistakable sound of a real Rhodes or Wurlitzer. So all those incredible instruments combined with musicians who really knew how to get the most out of them was like…well, it was just a privilege to be in the room.”
That kind of sums up ‘Happily Ever Now’. A beautifully written and produced album, played perfectly by master musical craftsmen, and sung by a young vocalist right at the beginning of an amazing career. Sheer magic!
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AgapéSoul (Darryl Anders) interview on Colourful Radio 15-November-2020