Cherise

Cherise interview on Colourful Radio 06-August-2023

CHERISE, the British soul sensation has emerged over recent years from London’s vibrant Jazz scene. From her roots with the pioneering artist development organisation Tomorrow’s Warrior to recent collaborations and supports slots with Gregory Porter, Michael Kiwanuka, Steam Down, Jamie Cullum, Rueban James, Omar plus featuring on the ‘Blue:Note Reimagined II’ album on Decca Records. CHERISE has signed a full label services deal that will see Kartel Music Group support the global release and marketing of her debut album Calling.

Charles Kirby-Welch, Founder & CEO comments, “The entire team at Kartel are excited to be working with CHERISE and her management team at Harmonic Artists. CHERISE is an impressively accomplished artist and has made a truly stunning debut album, we look forward to helping her release it into the world.”

CHERISE comments, “Being able to release my debut album independently with the support of Kartel Music Group is exactly right for me and my career desires. I feel like I can steer the ship with the support of an excellent, experienced and passionate crew of music enthusiasts. I’m excited for the impact we are going to have together”.

Having already featured in Dazed in their ‘Five creatives disrupting archaic female archetypes’ feature in September last year, creativity pours from CHERISE, and she puts equal hard work and dedication into all aspects of her multifaceted career; music, fashion, yoga, teaching, acting. One of her first ever projects was a “musical adventure” which was showcased at London Jazz Festival – ‘Evelyn and the Yellow Birds’ – a tribute to her Grandma, Evelyn, who came to London as part of the Windrush generation, and earned Cherise plaudits with the BBC. Cherise’s culture and heritage sing from her entire creative output “My grandparents taught me that I am a manifestation of their wildest dreams. The gratitude and love I have for them runs through everything I sing” she comments.

All of this hasn’t gone unnoticed in the fashion world either and CHERISE was invited to work with the chic Parisian label, Sézane.

A truly multi-faceted artist, CHERISE is fast proving herself to be one of the most fiercely talented young musicians in the UK. Her effortless, irresistible vocals, alongside her honest, soulful song writing manage to be simultaneously both contemporary and timeless. With Love Supreme and Montreux Jazz festivals already confirmed for this summer and more music to be announced over the coming weeks – 2023 is looking like a standout year for her.

Royalty Duo

Royalty Duo interview on Colourful Radio 07-May-2023

A love song doesn’t get much more authentic than when performed by two people who are actually in love. There’s an even greater sense of reality when the performers are married because they’re singing about a love they’ve vowed to keep.

One married couple who’s bringing that authenticity to their music is Heman and Shira Israel, known collectively as THE ROYALTY DUO. This husband-and-wife team recently released their debut album called Marriage, which is making waves in the US and UK. Their new single, “Bada Ba Ba (Stay Together)” is our First Listen.

In the song, both Heman and Shira alternate vocals, singing to one another words from the heart: “You’re my best friend, I know I can count on you. You complete me…this is how it should be.”

In addition to the song’s lyrics of sincere devotion, “Bada Ba Ba (Stay Together)” will be pleasing to the ear of the average R&B/soul fan: Think Kindred the Family Soul meets Earth, Wind & Fire, and you get the sound of THE ROYALTY DUO.

Speaking of their sound, they have shared the stage together at a variety of events, some of the most memorable being the “Married 4 Life Walk” hosted by Ronnie & Shamari DeVoe (of New Edition & Blaque respectively); the “Caring for Congo” Gala hosted by NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo; and Rickey Smiley’s Comedy & Karaoke Night at the famed StarDome Comedy Club in front of a sold-out crowd. An international tour propelled by the success of their “Marriage” album just may be in store.

In the meantime, check out the official video for “Bada Ba Ba (Stay Together)” below and welcome THE ROYALTY DUO.

Romain Virgo

Romain Virgo interview on Colourful Radio 16-April-2023

They say stars aren’t made; they are born. In the Stepney District of St. Ann, Jamaica (about 1km from the birth place of reggae legend Bob Marley) Romain Renaldo Virgo was born.

Like most of music’s greats, Virgo’s musical foray began at an early age and his journey rapidly propelled through his childhood into his teenage years. At 9, he recognized his talent while singing at a church concert.

Several church functions and gold-medal winning cultural events later, Virgo led his school’s choir to a second place finish in a nationally televised high school choir competition, “All Together Sing” in 2006. The following year, at 17, he reemerged, into the living rooms of Jamaicans showcasing as a competitor in the most popular televised local talent search competition. His vocal potency, power and passion, that stretched far beyond his years, left viewers no choice but to vote him as the winner of Digicel Rising Stars 2007.

Roll on to 2023, and we have brand-new music from Romain Virgo. His new song ‘Driver’ hits all the right notes, with an infectious hook, an impeccable vocal from Romain and a crisp yet heavy production from the legendary producer Don Corleon.

Charlotte Kelly

Charlotte Kelly interview on Colourful Radio 19-February-2023

Charlotte Kelly is one of the lead singers of legendary British group, Soul II Soul, who are also one of the UK’s bestselling groups of all time. Charlotte has featured on numerous studio albums including: Volume V: Believe (1995) and Time for Change (1997). She also provided lead vocals on their top 20 hit ‘I Care’.

Charlotte released her own debut album “Just Another Girl” in 1998, which sold exclusively in Japan. She also released a second album Charlotte in 1999, which included number-one dance hit ‘Skin’ and “Roll Deep” hit song, “Good Times”.

Charlotte also received the Heritage Award from the Performing Right Society (PRS) along with the members of Soul II Soul. As well as been awarded her own space in the Coventry “2Tone” music museum, Charlotte grew up in Coventry in and around members of the 2 Tone genre, such as the Specials. Charlotte has collaborated with leading music producers and DJs: Jazzy B, David Morales, Junior Vasquez, Dave Smart, Joel Kipnis (Pulse Music NYC), David Derwood, Simon Law, Tim Lawes, Mike McEvoy, Sunship and Richie Stephens (Smudge All Stars).

A prolific songwriter, Charlotte has written for a number of top artists including; Tom Jones, Lisa Stansfield and Roll Deep, she also wrote the song ‘Wish’ for Soul II Soul, performed by Melissa Bell a writer for Mike McEvoy’s & Dani’s House a 2008 CBBC Kids TV program.

Away from the studio and stage, Charlotte focuses her time on her healing and community work. She teamed up with ‘Kids on The Green’, as a Wellbeing mentor to help children gain confidence through singing, sound and expression. The creative arts project was set up in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. She is also a qualified spiritual clinical counsellor and Reiki healer, drawing on years of healing experience through singing. She co-founded The Gift 202 with friend and tarot reader Suzanne Porter, offering healing and wellbeing through Reiki and Tarot readings.

Charlotte is currently studying Sound Healing, combining Reiki, Tantric Massage, and Psychology. While working with various producers and writers like Phil Edwards and Coventry’s luminary WICK who recently released his new song “Chasing The Rainbow“ feat. Charlotte Kelly on vocals and as a writer.

Using her voice to share healing through sound and songs, she has launched her own YouTube Channel, “Blinding Vision”, a channel aimed at visual care awareness and the independence of blind people and channels featuring spiritual talks, Reiki, Raga, and the “Darling Parlour” which is a fly-on-the-wall behind the scenes look at Soul II Souls backing vocalists and co lead singers (Nadine Creaser). It is a celebration of feminine energy, expression and a close-up view of music’s’ creative life. Charlotte – currently writing her third studio album working with Phil Edwards of “The Paradise Projex” and other producers.

Currently promoting her new forthcoming EP which includes G Love/Dance/Highway/Miracles, throughout Spring 2023.

Hil St. Soul

Hil St. Soul interview on Colourful Radio 11-December-2022

Hilary Mwelwa moved from Lusaka, Zambia, to England when she was five years old – just in time for kindergarten. She studied biochemistry at the University of London, but a strong love for music pushed her to leave school and follow her heart. An a cappella demo of Stevie Wonder/Clarence Paul/Morris Broadnax’s “Until You Come Back to Me,” cut in 1995, started everything for the enthusiastic singer; she loved the song so much she waxed two versions for her debut CD, jointly written and produced with Victor Redwood Sawyerr (aka VRS, a founding member of Blak Twang), the other half of Hil St. Soul.

A singer of many styles, Mwelwa is comfortable performing classic soul, smooth jazz, uptempo funk, and gospel. Her versatility earned her the honor of Best Newcomer by the U.K.’s Blues & Soul magazine. She has performed at festivals in Holland, Norway, and England, sharing stages with urban kings and queens such as D’Angelo, Kelis, Macy Gray, and Angie Stone, to name a few. An accomplished and prolific songwriter, Incognito, Maysa Leak, and others have used her material. Her style doesn’t lack drama, but she’s more subtle than demonstrative. Not as reclining as Sade, and not as overwhelming as Mica Paris, she’s found a comfortable niche that appeases classic soul fanatics canvassing for fresh R&B/pop janissaries without disenfranchising hip-hop lovers. She issued four albums during the 2000s: Soul Organic (2000), Copasetik & Cool (2004), Soulidified (2006), and Black Rose (2008).

The first album in 14 years from the UK Soul Songstress, Hil St Soul entitled ‘Back In Love’ is out now!

Kayla Amor

Kayla Amor interview on Colourful Radio 14-August-2022

A voice to be reckoned with and stories to tell; singer-songwriter Kayla Amor, born in Acton, raised between Brent, Hackney and Kentish Town, exhibited musical talent from an early age.

During her teens she played steel pan, sang lead and played trumpet in the ‘Hackney Youth Jazz Orchestra’, moving on to do music production at Tottenham College. She eventually began a career after meeting producer/DJ Shy Cookie whilst studying a degree in music in 2011.

Shy (Alex Mercier) and Ishmael Hamilton invited her to join them as a guest touring with ‘The House and Garage Orchestra’ in 2018 in a trial-by-fire introduction to the industry.

Taking an impromptu break from 2019 until now due to health issues and the pandemic, Kayla found a different approach to the mundanity of recovery and unknowingly created the three tracks that were to become her debut EP ‘Strong Enough’.

‘Strong Enough’ presents her soulful, bluesy vocal abilities over jazz-inspired compositions and lyrics where she begins to open up on some of the intricacies of her lived experiences.

Upcoming projects take her back to her first true love of house and garage including jungle and reggae influences – “I love most genres and would never limit myself, as long as the music is good and there’s a vibe I can rock with I’m bless, anything is possible when you get in the studio.”

Tanika Charles

Tanika Charles interview on Colourful Radio 29-May-2022

Toronto Soul/R&B powerhouse Tanika Charles’ third studio album Papillon de Nuit: The Night Butterfly available everywhere April 8th, 2022. Featuring the songs “Different Morning”, “Frustrated”, “Hold Me (Like a Grudge)” and “Rent Free”. With production from Safe Spaceship Records, Todd “HiFiLo Pentney, Kevin Henkel and Jesse Bear.

With guest appearances from Toronto rapper DijahSB and multi-disciplinary artist, Khari McClelland, the album was composed and recorded while in and out of lockdowns. Papillon de Nuit is anchored in growth and maturity, the inspiration came from an unlikely source, a creature that soars after the sun sets, but often goes unnoticed until the light shines on it. It is the “papillon de nuit” to some, but drably referred to as a moth by others, revealing a bias in language alone

“I always thought it was a strange insect. Once while in Paris, a friend swatted at one and I asked: ‘Was that a moth?’. I was told: ‘No, that’s a papillon de nuit.’ I thought that was the most beautiful description for this otherwise overlooked creature. When I later learned of the symbolism associated with it, I felt that really spoke to both my own situation and also what we’ve all been going through.”

Paulette Tajah

Paulette Tajah interview on Colourful Radio 15-May-2022

The Reggae industry has totally transformed from the business Paulette Tajah entered more than three decades ago! A world away from those tender years, singing sweetly as part of the Lover’s Rock movement in the 80’s.
 
Against a backdrop of troubled times in our Black communities in the early 80’s, Lover’s Rock was a form of escapism an oasis in the midst of unapologetic racism discrimination injustice and more, delivering her unique sound in the clubs parties and “Shoob-ins” to later become a Lover’s Rock Queen, a unique and exciting, singer, song writer of international status.
 
Ms Tajah has shared the stage with many of the great Icons of Reggae and performed around the world.
 
“I’ve learnt so much from my music industry peers & experienced tough lessons along the way too….”
 
Paulette Tajah

Samm Henshaw

Samm Henshaw interview on Colourful Radio 17-April-2022

The storytelling project spans across sixteen tracks and offers a bold, new sense of creative freedom where we hear him thrive alongside guest appearances from the likes of Maverick Sabre, Tobe Nwigwe and Keyon Harrold. The ‘Untidy Soul’ narrative has been unfolding before our eyes over the past year and in 2021 we saw a run of singles including ‘Grow’, ‘Thoughts & Prayers’ and ‘Chicken Wings’, in addition to the stand alone single, ‘Still Broke’. Inspired by Childish Gambino’s ‘Atlanta’, the music videos reflect a TV-style series with Samm’s satirical sense of humour at the core as we get to know the character of Sonny, played by Samm.

In the lead up to the release this month Samm showcased album cuts at The Roots festive picnic, appeared on The Late Show with James Corden and released a remix of ‘Chicken Wings’ featuring Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins.

“These songs all tell very different stories, but the overall theme for me is self-growth. “You see the main character start in one place at the beginning and get to another place by the end, and hopefully that inspires people to have some reflection on their own lives—how they treat others, how they treat themselves. Because I think most of us are a bit of a mess on the inside. We’re all a work in progress.”

‘Untidy Soul’ is a masterclass in Samm’s craft with his gravelly voice never missing a note and when granted the space, the 28 year-old was able to write personally and playfully. Offering full transparency from the get go, Samm provides social commentary with opener ‘Thoughts & Prayers’, a spirited form of meditation exploring the album’s themes of love, loss and connection. Revealing further depths to his introspectiveness, ‘Mr. Introvert’, ‘8.16’ and ‘Loved By You’ drift between self-examination and storytelling, documenting his personal transformation over the past few years.

Collaborations include a fiery verse from self-proclaimed enigma Tobe Nwigwe on ‘Take Time’ followed by a charismatic vocal cameo from Maverick Sabre on ‘It Won’t Change’. Powerful skits, interludes, poetry, declarations and big band moments are just a taster of what to expect throughout this project. Leading the sounds are; longtime collaborator Josh Grant (Shawn Mendes, Tom Walker & Elderbrook) and Pop Wansel (Megan Thee Stallion, Kehlani, Ty Dolla $ign) with additional avant-garde production contributions from Grammy Award winners, Brasstracks.

Tracy Cruz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Pockets

Pockets interview on Colourful Radio 23-May-2021

Sabrina Francis

Sabrina Francis interview on Colourful Radio 09-May-2021

Tony Momrelle

Tony Momrelle interview on Colourful Radio 02-May-2021

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, Céline Dion, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Chaka, 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. His acclaimed debut album ‘Keep Pushing’ was released in 2015 – an infectious mingling of eighties-inspired synths, jazzy keys, classic piano and soaring soul vocals.

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 and France. 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 .

His sophomore album ‘Best Is Yet To Come’ released to critical acclaim in 2019.

Tony Momrelle is also a multiple winner of a Bright Star Award.

LOCKDOWN ACOUSTIC SESSIONS EP is out for pre-order from 16th April, and will be available on all stores and streaming services from 30th April.

Tristan

Tristan interview on Colourful Radio 28-March-2021


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.
 
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.
 
The 6th chapter ‘What Could Possibly Go Wrong’ already in our quite productive recording existence. It’s been only going up from when we first started out and we like to express that positive vibe into our music as well.
 
On this occasion of producing a brand new album, we tried to continue the code of keeping it a true and honest band-album. We recorded 14 Brand new songs, full of that good spicy energy. Therefore you could take this album title quite literally….
 
But then again, put 5 distinct characters in a band bus traveling all over Europe and beyond,…you never know what will happen along the way;-)
 
Usually lots of laughter and funny stories created by nature. Food for creative thoughts that often inspires our lyrics and titles. Every time we ‘hop’ into our transportation towards the next gig, it is almost certain a new adventure is about to enfold. Our reward of course is to entertain the people and fans on stage, but even there…you see, we give it our all, and like to take risks within the music big time. The beauty of each and every concert being totally different and a challenge for us to fulfil.

Arema

Arema interview on Colourful Radio 21-March-2021

AREMA
London has been a musical hotbed for Reggae runnings for decades; crisp and precise. The late ’70s saw the emergence of incredibly talented singers and players of instruments in dynamic frequency. From Roots to Lover’s Rock, the output was consistent and groundbreaking. Discussing the latter of the two styles, AREMA laid a Royal foundation that stands firm to this day. Leroy Wilson and the original lineup have just released MEANING OF LIFE hot on the heels of their “STUN ME” summer 2020 hit. Buoyant Lover’s Rock gems that solidifies their credentials as one of UK’s premier Reggae ensembles. Arema is in the same league as Aswad, Winston Reedy, Cimarons, Misty In Roots, Naturalites etc etc A masterclass and enduring all the while.

HISTORY
Arema sowed seeds in Northwest London during the musically prolific late ’70s. The lineup of Leroy Wilson (lead vox, keys), Desmond Foster (bass, lead vox), Nevada Cato (guitar, vox) (left recently to pursue a solo career) Courtnenay Campbell (drums) and Henri Clarke (percussion, vox) had a clearview vision of creating original and crisply arranged sounds and made solid impact through hard work and determination. In 1981, they topped the charts with the timeless Lover’s Rock anthem “In Love (With You Darling)”; a Royal excursion that’s celebrated to this day. The follow up “Back A Yard” displayed their versatile Roots level. So potent on the Lover’s side, they delivered “Blow My Mind” to massive appeal. Heavily in demand, the band opened up for Gregory Isaacs’ historic UK Cool Ruler Tour and have supported Dennis Emmanuel Brown, The Cimarons, Ernest Wilson, Barry Biggs and so many more.

AWARD
By the late ’80s, Leroy and Henri branched out production wise and scored hits in the ’90s with Desmond’s brother, Royden Foster. “Dancing With My Baby” and “Love To Share” were two classics from this era. After a long break while various other musical ventures were pursued, AREMA was awarded the “Hidden Creative Economy Award” in 2012 for their massive contributions to UK reggae. Leroy and crew ignited sparks again in 2014 with “Love Is Here” (riding Delroy Wilson’s “I Want To Love You” riddim). In 2016, they performed at the “UK Legends Of Legends” concert and have made regular appearances at the annual Giants of Lovers Rock concerts at the London o2, such is the popularity of the band. History indeed!! Leroy is also well active in the industry; elementary in RFUK (Reggae Fraternity UK) – this collective keeps the Royal integrity forward and intact. This brand new single is a follow up to previous singles ‘If Loving You’ and ‘Stun Me’ and preludes their highly anticipated upcoming album. The future is shining bright in these otherwise unprecedented times.

Carmen Rodgers

Carmen Rodgers interview on Colourful Radio 14-March-2021

Evolution Revolution

Don’t call it a comeback. Although it’s been almost six years since her last release, the work never stopped for Carmen Rodgers and that “sweet soul” voice. Between touring as a Solo Artist, on the road with producer and multi-instrumentalist Zo!, on stage and in the studio as Featured Vocalist and Songwriter with the wildly popular and dynamic Grammy-nominated band THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE, or writing music on multiple projects and having her own music featured on hit shows such as CBS’ All Rise, Carmen has kept our attention with her music and talents during the wait.

Now with the release of her highly-anticipated EP Hello Human, Vol. 1 produced on her own label Candigirl Music, Carmen will walk you through the human experience with keen self-awareness through love, intimacy, wonder, regret, and the quest for healing and wholeness. She is primed to make an indelible mark with this fourth studio project reaching ears, minds, and hearts like never before.