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EVAN CRAFT DROPS DOUBLE ALBUM

Singer/Songwriter Evan Craft Drops Double Album Holy Ground Oct. 1

Holy Ground/Tierra Santa to be released in both English and Spanish.

On the heels of the success of Desesperado, Evan Craft’s double album released in 2020 in English and Spanish with a deluxe bilingual album as well, the singer/songwriter released his next full-length worship album Holy Ground (English) and Tierra Santa (Spanish) simultaneously today, Friday, October 1.

This will be Craft’s first release as a married man! Him and his wife, Rachel, were married outside Nashville, Tennessee, on September 17.

Music Background

Craft’s most recent single Be Alright, landed the #1 spot on Christian radio Mediabase audience, #3 on Billboard’s Christian/Gospel songs chart, #5 on the Billboard Christian songs chart and cracked the top 20 at radio in three weeks. The album, Desesperado, debuted at #42 on the Billboard Top 100 Christian chart.

The successes of Be Alright have garnered Craft nearly 1 billion online streams and millions of subscribers and followers across social media platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Spotify.

The release of Holy Ground/Tierra Santa takes Craft back to the start, “Holy Ground is a very special album because it goes back to my roots as a worship leader.” He also mentions the goal he has in mind, “I get to incorporate Spanish language and experiences embedded in the lyrics from my travels throughout Latin America. We started out the year releasing pop music but I also want to lead people to a place of worship and to experience God in a very real way.”

Collaborations on this double release include Christine D’Clario on the feature track Healer, Pat Barrett (Same Spirit), Miel San Marcos (Looks Like Heaven) and Ke’Erron (Fix My Eyes/You Keep Hope Alive).

Latinx Impact

While not Hispanic, Craft has become a welcomed artist in the Latinx community not only for his authentic music, but his actions behind the words. To date he has raised more than $250k for the homeless mission in Los Angeles he co-founded called Mi Casa LA. In 2018 he rode his bicycle 1,200 miles across South America in a fundraising effort for various causes. A book and documentary of this trek are currently in the works.

Early in his career, Craft developed a deep love for the Latinx community in and around his Thousand Oaks, California, community. He began learning Spanish in high school to help his father who was running a homeless shelter in Los Angeles. In an effort to fully immerse himself in the Latin culture, Craft traveled to Mexico and other Latin American countries, which would spawn his first Spanish album.

He recorded Yo Soy Segundo in 2012 and much to Craft’s surprise, it became the No. 1 Latin Christian album. More mission trips would follow to South America and Craft’s online Spanish interpretations of popular worship songs have generated millions of views and earned him a devoted following.

“I have felt an incredible reception in Latin America,” Craft said. “I’ve been to Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and 99% of the people have honestly embraced me. It’s overwhelming and humbling.”

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Keys Untold Stories

YouTube Originals premieres “Noted: Alicia Keys The Untold Stories” – the new documentary series filled with breathtaking, introspective moments and visual displays, while following the 15-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist and worldwide-celebrated music icon, Alicia Keys expose it all in her four- part becoming story. Available now to stream for free now only on Alicia Keys’ official YouTube Channel.

Fresh off of her AK20 celebration of her smash debut album Songs In A Minor and putting the finishing touches on her eighth and most exciting album to date, Keys captured it all for an intimate performance docuseries. Informed by life defining memories and meaningful conversations with artists and loved ones, Keys brings viewers into a whole new experience combining the documentary and performance worlds in a way fans never have seen before.

“Noted” comes at a very exciting time for Keys as she released her new single “LALA” this month featuring Swae Lee (stream HERE). “LALA” demonstrates Keys at her best, owning her lane as only the musical genius can, and fans can watch Alicia being her best and boldest and rawest she’s ever been in “Noted.” Following the release of “LALA,” Keys returned to the MTV VMAs stage for the debut live performance of the song with her hometown, New York City, shining behind her. The next day, Alicia radiated beauty and elegance as she stepped onto the carpet at the 2021 MET Gala wearing AZ Factory and Van Cleef & Arpels. Watch as she prepares behind the scenes Getting Ready with Alicia Keys.

Alicia Keys “The Untold Stories” joins a robust slate of music-focused YouTube Originals including “Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil,” “Ice Cold: The Untold Story of Hip-Hop Jewelry,” “K-Pop Evolution,” “Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert,” “BRAVAS,” “Justin Bieber: Seasons” and “Justin Bieber: Next Chapter,” “The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash,” “MALUMA: Lo Que Era, Lo Que Soy, Lo Que Seré” and “Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries.”

The music icon stars and serves as executive producer of “Noted: The series was directed by TT The Artist and also produced by Jason Bergh and Westbrook Media’s Lukas Kaiser, Brad Haugen and Jae Trevits. Susanne Daniels is Global Head of Original Content for YouTube. Alex Piper, Head of Unscripted for YouTube Originals, and Nicole Emanuele, Development Lead for YouTube Originals, oversee the project for the global platform.

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Jessia – First Call

Following her certified smash “I’m not Pretty”, today platinum certified pop songstress JESSIA unveiled her gorgeous new single “First Call” off her forthcoming debut EP officially set for release on October 15 via Ryan Tedder’s Artist Driven Records in partnership with Republic Records.

A deceptively lush, dreamy, pop confection buoyed by JESSIA’s sparkling voice, “First Call” mines that sweet spot between knock-kneed ballad and daring missive in classic and authentic JESSIA style, underscoring her ambition to make listeners feel validated and understood.

“’First Call’ is the oldest song on the forthcoming EP,” shares JESSIA. “I wrote it two years ago when I was hopeful that I would reconnect with someone that I lost. I thought he was my forever, but I eventually came to the realization that he was actually just there to teach me a lot of lessons.”

“First Call” arrives amid a productive streak for JESSIA.  Earlier this year she shared the platinum-certified body acceptance anthem “I’m not Pretty”, which (to date) has garnered over 215 million global streams and 10 million video views and earned placement on highly coveted playlists and more. The anthemic track exploded on TikTok with JESSIA introducing the song via an acapella hook, racking up millions of views in a single day and catching the attention of singer, songwriter and four-time JUNO Awards nominated artist/producer elijah woods and later, Grammy-Award nominated artist Bebe Rexha who joined on the remix.

Certified Platinum in Canada where “I’m not Pretty” hit #4 at HOT AC radio, #8 at Top 40, and #33 in the U.S., JESSIA was featured as Billboard’s “Charbreaker” for the month of June (2021) and made her festival debut at Chicago’s Lollapalooza this summer. “I’m not Pretty” topped Billboard Canada’s Emerging Artists chart (at #1) for 13 consecutive weeks and introduced JESSIA to audiences around the world with its ability to connect via her brutally honest narrative and unapologetic story – the same story that has garnered a collective 264 million global streams to date and attracted Grammy Award–winning singer, songwriter, and producer Ryan Tedder, who was knocked flat by JESSIA, signing her to his Artist Driven Records in partnership with Republic Records.

JESSIA’s accessible but very complex music — self-summarized as “unpolished and unapologetic” — will make you feel understood and accepted. Think of JESSIA as a safe space to vent about all the ebbs and flows of being human – beguiling and super-relatable.  Yet this is just the beginning of what this extraordinary artist has to offer.

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Kito × Bea Miller  – Steal My Clothes

Boundary-breaking producer and Piano-House Queen LP Giobbi has created a darkly infectious, pulsating remix of Kito’s new single, Steal My Clothes ft. Bea Miller, released today by Astralwerks. Download / stream Kito’s exclusive mix is now live on LP Giobbi’s Femme House Radio on Diplo’s Revolution. The mix also includes an interview with Kito by LP. Listen to mix and interview

Steal My Clothes has already amassed over 3.5 million combined global streams. Upon release last month, the song appeared on numerous playlists, including Spotify’s US NMF and Pop Rising and Apple Music’s Best New Songs, New Music Daily and A-List Pop. Kito, Bea and director GIZELLA give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the playful video for Steal My Clothes. The Honey Pop said, From the lyrics, to what a feel-good track it is, everything is NOTION praising the undeniable earworm pop groove and Beyond The Stage hailed the song as a winning collaboration if there ever was one.

Steal My Clothes is the follow-up Recap Kito’s early 2021 collaboration with VanJess and Channel Tres, which Billboard praised as deliciously decadent and refreshing. She’s also been busy creating acclaimed remixes for MARINA’s “Venus Fly Trap”and CHVRCHES’ “Good Girls.

For Kito, making music has always been about finding a way to introduce the world to new sounds. That drive’s been there since her nascent days DJing, unearthing unheard gems, and it’s especially clear now to anyone who tunes into the Australian producerߣs technicolor tracks teach subsequent song is like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Her career, too, has been powered by unpredictable twists and turns. Just as she’s moved across the globe Perth to London to Los Angeles Kito’s found homes at tastemaking labels along the way: Ed Banger Records, Mad Decent and now, Astralwerks. She has also produced a dizzying array of artists (Jorja Smith, Mabel, Banks, FLETCHER), and populated her prismatic 2018 solo Haani, with guests spanning from Broods to Hudson Mohawke. Her most recent collaborations “Follow with ZHU and Jeremih, “Recap” with VanJess and Channel Tres, and Steal My Clothes with Bea Miller shed light on Kito’s approach to futurist pop. She infuses otherwise simple tracks with complex emotions and adventurous sonic turns. Taken with her recent ecstatic remixes of Saweetie and Doja Cat’s Best Friend, MARINA’s Venus Fly Trap, and CHVRCHES Good Girls, Kito’s growing body of work demonstrates how far she’s come as a producer and songwriter.

The Greeting Committee – Dandelion

Today marks the long-anticipated release of Dandelion, the sophomore album from Kansas City-based alt-rock band The Greeting Committee. Released via Harvest Records, Dandelion finds the four-piece working with esteemed producer Jennifer Decilveo (MARINA, FLETCHER, Bat for Lashes) and mixer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala), delivering a moody and mercurial sound perfectly suited to the album’s emotional terrain. To celebrate Dandelion’s arrival, The Greeting Committee have also shared the video for Make Out, one of the album’s more lighthearted moments. Go listen to Dandelion, and check out the video for Make Out 

The follow-up to The Greeting Committee’s acclaimed 2018 debut album This Is It, Dandelion documents a particularly painful period in the life of frontwoman Addie Sartino, including the grief and inertia she experienced after a devastating breakup. Most of these songs are about feeling like you’re watching your life instead of living it: just going through the motions and feeling stuck and wanting to break out of that, but not really knowing how, she says.

Despite its often-brutal honesty, Dandelion radiates an irrepressible and unbridled energy, thanks in part to the joyful chemistry that The Greeting Committee bring to every track. To that end, the band selected the album’s title due to its suggestion of an unlikely hope. Dandelions are weeds, but depending on your perspective, you can shrug them off or you can choose to see them as a sort of beautiful flower, similar to how we have the choice in what we see in ourselves, says Sartino.

With its fuzzed-out riffs and pogo-ready rhythms, Make Out serves as a bold departure from Dandelion’s heavy-hearted tone. Co-directed by the band and Malik Lemon, the track’s outrageous video finds guitarist Brandon Yangmi facing off in a fantastically chaotic wrestling match featuring Wrestle Yr Friends (a queer wrestling collective based in Kansas City). With Sartino and bassist Pierce Turcotte playing the part of the match’s commentators, the visual makes for a brilliant counterpart to the free-spirited mood of Make Out. For the most part I like to get deep and uncomfortable in my lyrics, but this song is like the Antichrist of that, Sartino says. It’s somewhat of a true tale, about a girl who stuck her tongue out at me at a show in East Virginia and used to send me selfies where she’s in her rollerblades or eating pickles. It was the first time after my breakup that I thought, Maybe I’ll be okay. Maybe life can be fun again, and I won’t be sad forever.

In creating the tracklist for Dandelion, The Greeting Committee made a point of leading their listeners on a cathartic emotional journey. I wanted the record to really show the healing process, starting at a place of desperation and eventually getting to the point of being willing to accept reality, says Sartino. Hailed by Clash as a raw portrayal of post-break-up poignance, the album-opening lead single Can I Leave Me Too? perfectly captures the confusion of heartbreak, while its follow-up Float Away examines how depression warps our self-image. (Released in July, the track earned acclaim from Pop Matters, who likened its sonic elements to the haunted carousel all our minds seem to be stuck riding lately.) And on Ada an August release praised by Earmilk, who noted the band’s warm, welcoming, and vibrant indie rock sound. The Greeting Committee offer up a LGBTQ anthem inspired by a trans woman they befriended years ago, as well as Sartino’s own experience in coming out.

Closing out with the piano-laced reverie of Ten, Dandelion ultimately fulfills The Greeting Committee’s mission of providing their audience with an undeniable sense of emotional solidarity. Over the years we’ve had people come up to us at shows and tell us that our music has saved their lives, which is something we take very seriously, says Sartino. It’s really special to be part of the soundtrack to someone else’s experience, and we want to continue being a source of comfort to our fans and help them understand that they’re not alone.

In celebration of the album release, the band will be on Travis Mills’ Beats 1 Apple Music show and will also collaborate with Fender for a signed guitar giveaway and social takeover.

Tracklist for Dandelion by The Greeting Committee

  1. Can I Leave Me Too?
  2. Float Away
  3. Dandelion
  4. Bird Hall
  5. Make Out
  6. So It Must Be True
  7. Wrapped Inside Of Your Arms
  8. Ada
  9. How Long?
  10. Ten
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OUT TODAY

THE RONNIE WOOD BAND
MR LUCK – A TRIBUTE TO JIMMY REED: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

The Ronnie Wood Band return to the blues this month with the second instalment of his live album trilogy –‘Mr Luck – A Tribute to Jimmy Reed: Live at the Royal Albert Hall’. Released by BMG today, September 17, 2021, the 18-track album features The Ronnie Wood Band including Mick Taylor with incredible special guests, Bobby Womack, Mick Hucknall and Paul Weller and pays tribute to one of Ronnie’s musical heroes and major influences, the Mississippi electric blues pioneer Jimmy Reed.

The album is recorded live at a memorable night at the Royal Albert Hall on November 1st, 2013. It features stunning tracks including “Good Lover,” “Ghost of A Man,” and “Shame, Shame, Shame.” With unique album artwork specially created by Ronnie, Mr Luck will be available digitally, on CD, as a vinyl release, and as a beautiful limited-edition dual-tone smoky blue vinyl.

When self-taught guitarist Eddie Taylor imparted his skills onto his friend Jimmy Reed, he surely couldn’t have imagined the effect this was to have on the Chicago blues scene. Backing up such luminaries as John Lee Hooker, he is best remembered for his work with his former student.

Sweet coincidence, then, that in 1974 another Taylor, Mick, would make way for Ronnie Wood in the Rolling Stones, paving the way for these two friends and celebrated guitarists to work on projects ever since. The culmination of this to date is Taylor’s place in The Ronnie Wood Band at the Royal Albert Hall for 2013’s Bluesfest, where they played the now-legendary set that would come to birth to this recording.

Ronnie comments: “Jimmy Reed was one of the premier influences on the Rolling Stones and all the bands that love American blues from that era until the present day. It is my honor to have the opportunity to celebrate his life and legacy with this tribute.”

This album marks the second iteration in a trilogy of special and personal albums by Wood and the band, celebrating Ronnie’s musical heroes. The first album, Mad Lad explored the work of Chuck Berry as an emotional commemoration after Berry’s passing just over two years ago. Ronnie toured with Berry and was a lifelong fan.

Tracklist:

Essence
2. Good Lover
3. Mr. Luck
4. Let’s Get Together
5. Ain’t That Loving You Baby
6. Honest I Do
7. High & Lonesome
8. Baby What You Want Me To Do 9. Roll and Rhumba
10. You Don’t Have To Go
11. Shame Shame Shame
12. I’m That Man Down There
13. Got No Where To Go
14. Big Boss Man
15. I Ain’t Got You
16. I’m Going Upside Your Head 17. Bright Lights Big City
18. Ghost of a Man

Ronnie Wood is one of the foremost rock guitarists in the world, and a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with the Rolling Stones and the Faces. Ronnie has also pursued a remarkable parallel career as a highly regarded artist and, as a natural raconteur, has won a record three prestigious Sony Radio Personality awards.

L’FREAQ showcases her raw talent

Today, LA-based dark-synth pop artist, L’FREAQ, shares a live and unplugged version of her newest single, LOUD,” from her sophomore EP, Showgirl, due out on September 23, 2021 via Position Music. The intimate performance on plush red couches and a heart-shaped bed shows L’FREAQ’s literal comfort with vulnerability and also with her own power. Without a mic, and accompanied only by an acoustic guitar player, the glittering bones of this powerhouse song are brought to light.

L’FREAQ recently shared the official video for “LOUD.” In a music world (and the whole world) where women have consistently been silenced, taken as a joke, out-shadowed and pushed around, this song reminds anyone who’s ever been shut up not to shut down. In fact, L’FREAQ recommends getting loud. As the ferocious beat slaps, the fiercely free lyrics gain momentum: “You ask me why can’t you sit down and shut up and wait your turn / I want it now so I guess you could say I never learn” and “I’m gonna be loud / I’m gonna break out / So watch my mouth / I’m gonna be loud / I’m gonna break the mold.”

On the new track, L’FREAQ says, “I made LOUD as my war paint song. I’ve had so many experiences in the music industry of men trying to take advantage of me, specifically one man who led me down a dark alley when I was 16 and made fun of me when I said I didn’t trust him. I went into the studio with my cowriter, Chris Ayer, and we played badass movie scenes on mute of women standing in their power, letting their kick ass personas inspire us. I wanted to make a song that could perfectly narrate those movie scenes, so LOUD was born. This is the song I would play for the 16-year-old version of me, helping her realize that she doesn’t need a man to get ahead, and she’s free to take on the world.

The official video, shot in an alley and harkening back to that moment, reclaims autonomy and energy with hair flips, rhinestone gloves and bold fashion. On the video, she adds, “I filmed this video in 110-degree heat in my hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. Bless my videographer, Josue Orozco, for always being game to do crazy things like this with me. The unique clothing is from my friend Robert who owns one of the coolest vintage clothing stores in the country, Fashion by Robert Black. I wanted the video to be messy and fun and LOUD, and I edited it myself to create the perfect atmosphere.”

L’FREAQ’s previous single and battle cry title track, Showgirl,” is also out now. She also recently shared a lyric video of the single. The word empowered stands boldly in front of the red curtain in the lyric video, and in the new live and unplugged version L’FREAQ’s voice alone is full of potent, passionate energy. Her raw performance, only accompanied by an acoustic guitar, proves every lyric’s realness in every note.

Furthering the story from the debut single and music video for “Gimmick,” it’s clear that the upcoming EP is absolutely stacked with metaphor, all-star fashion, witchy babe vibes and an important message about the role media plays with children especially young women. L’FREAQ is turning trauma into triumph, tapping into her heart and getting out of her head.

From puppet to powerhouse (just like in The “Gimmick” video), L’FREAQ breaks free of the monotony and shreds through the brainwashed stereotypes, as she literally shreds on a guitar. “Gimmick” showed L’FREAQ embodying themes of resilience in a time of self-doubt, combining heart-pounding beats with passionate lyrics about believing in the power that everyone inherently owns and nobody else can take away. It also emphasizes L’FREAQ’s expansive “robust range (Refinery29),” which is also on full display in her recent live and unplugged version of “Gimmick.” This new track follows in those footsteps and takes it further into a deeper love of music, family and personal freedom.

Having recently performed for Backline’s “Set Break” live stream alongside Alanis Morissette, Tom Morello, Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles and more to raise funds and awareness for mental health services to be distributed to music industry for free, L’FREAQ has been a champion for her community. This song is another chapter of that consistent commitment to rise up and bring people with her.

L’FREAQ, continues to remain an open book of emotions for fans as she lays out her own experience with rejection and struggles with mental health. L’FREAQ belts, “Got the courage to be vulnerable, got the guts to wear the crown, cause I dare to bare it all, I refuse to water down,” as a testament of truthfulness and self-confidence even when it’s hard. Intimacy on this level allows L’FREAQ to push the storyline forward when it comes to believing in dreams as a reality, especially in the face of adversity. Nylon Look at L’FREAQ, draped in jewels and Cleopatra-esque eye makeup; then look a little harder. Behind the artifice, integrity abounds.”

L’FREAQ is all about being inclusive, and she is outspoken when it comes to defending the underdog. As an ally of everyone on the spectrum of gender and sexuality, bullies, racists and sexists are not allowed in L’FREAQ’s kingdom. She also shows her love for those closest to her, by highlighting their work: namely her fashion photographer mom, Kelly Cappelli (as seen Vogue), who does all the photography.

The new release follows L’FREAQ’s debut Weird Awakenings, which played with themes of self-discovery, as well as her 2021 single “Make Me Move.” Armed with a full book of poetry, L’FREAQ took pieces of her work and composed songs with Mike Irish, who also produced and mixed the EP at Shifted Recording Studios. The EP was mastered by Stuart Hawkes at Metropolis London Music. They took their time in discovering a sound that felt genuine, one that explored all the raw places she had been longing to find.Together, they created a modern amalgamation thoughtful poetry and her raw musical instincts ;which inevitably alchemized ;into songs that are all at once aggressive, sensual and moving.

Having shared a stage with ABBA, India.Arie and Jakob Dylan, it’s important to note her live performance prowess, even without tour dates on the books (speaking of longing). L’FREAQ played a packed NYC performance debut at SoHo House, and channeled Britney Spears (especially during her ferocious “Toxic” cover”), Nick Cave and Beats Antique vibes. The Deli Magazine;later dubbed her Éc;NYC’s Favorite Emerging Artist.Éd; She’s also currently playing Amy Winehouse in Las Vegas show “27”, and has been featured on the news several times for her iconic portrayal of Winehouse, who inspired her to sing in the first place, leaving audiences moved to tears from the experience.

NEW SINGLE “LOUD” OUT TODAY

WATCH “LOUD” LIVE & UNPLUGGED

WATCH OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE | LISTEN HERE

NEW DARK SYNTH-POP EP SHOWGIRL DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 23, 2021 VIA POSITION MUSIC

PRE-SAVE HERE

Track listing: SHOWGIRL EP

1.Gimmick

2. Showgirl

3. Take You Down

4. LOUD

5. Nothing on Me

PREVIOUS RELEASES BY L’FREAQ:

LISTEN TO “MAKE ME MOVE”: HERE

WATCH “NEW SKIN”: HERE

LISTEN TO WEIRD AWAKENINGS EP: HERE

WATCH “WEIRD AWAKENINGS” VIDEO: HERE

WATCH “MOONLIGHT” VIDEO: HERE

TEMS RELEASES NEW EP-IF ORANGE WAS A PLACE

Emerging Lagos, Nigeria-based singer/songwriter Tems releases her new EP If Orange Was A Place. The EP release comes with the announcement of her signing with Since ‘93/RCA Records and the announcement of Tems as Apple Music’s Up Next artist. Tems will be performing her single “Crazy Tings” from the EP on Jimmy Kimmel Live! September 29th. In addition to the release of her new music, Tems is set to ignite the stage on her first U.S. headlining shows coming up the next few weeks in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago along with a set at Afropunk ATL.

RCA Chairman & CEO, Peter Edge and Co President of Since ’93, Glyn Aikins along with Tems offer the following about her signing.

 RCA Chairman & CEO, Peter Edge: “We’re excited to welcome the immensely talented Tems to the RCA fold and embark on this new chapter with her alongside Since ’93. She’s an incredible artist whose unique style and vocal abilities have no bounds. There’s no doubt she’ll accomplish great things and we can’t wait to see Tems flourish.”

 Co President of Since ’93, Glyn Aikins: “We are thrilled and excited to be working with Tems! A once in a generation artist whose originality and style is second to none. This unique partnership between Since 93 and RCA in the US to support Tems is a clear testament to our joint commitment to amplifying Tems’ message far and wide.”

 Tems: “I am excited for everything the future holds. My team and I have been working really hard over the years, now we’re in a new season and on a higher level and things can only get better as we reach more people all over the world. I’m looking forward to this new partnership with RCA/Since ‘93 and working with their talented teams as we enter this next chapter.”

Apple Music 1 host Nadeska Alexis speaks on their Apple Music Up Next artist Tems’ career and artistry.

Apple Music 1 Host, Nadeska: “Tems once told me that ‘being yourself actually takes more courage than people would imagine.’ In her career that has meant ignoring opinions and pressure to compromise her music, while constantly defying expectations. Her debut EP was raw and addictive, leaving fans hungry for her next release. And no matter how her songwriting evolves, her unique and captivating vocal tone will bring her the spotlight on any original or feature record she touches.”

Tems has been having a standout year since releasing her last EP For Broken Ears. She’s a singer/songwriter/self-taught producer that writes, arranges and produces her music with a genre-blending sound that fuses R&B with soul, reggae and more in her own unique way. Recently, Tems was featured on the standout track “Fountains” on Drake’s latest album Certified Lover Boy and is featured on “the song of the summer” “Essence” with Afrobeats star Wizkid, which recently released a version featuring Justin Bieber. The original version just hit #1 at Urban Radio and #1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart this week. She’s also worked with various artists such as Khalid, Disclosure, Davido and more. Beyond music, Tems is a gifted clothing designer who has created some of the outfits she will be wearing on her forthcoming U.S. tour.

This is just the beginning for Tems and there’s more on the way soon.

If Orange Was A Place EP Tracklist:

  1. Crazy Tings
  2. Found (feat. Brent Faiyaz)
  3. Replay
  4. Avoid Things
  5. Vibe Out

Upcoming U.S. Shows:

Sept 19 New York, NY SOB’s

Sept 26 Atlanta, GA  Afropunk Festival

Oct 2  Sacramento, CA Afro Riddim Festival

Oct 4  Los Angeles, CA The Roxy

Oct 6 Chicago, IL The Promontory

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE EP  

Watch her Apple Music Up Next short documentary film HERE

Check out her Apple Music 1 interview with Nadeska HERE

Keep Up with Tems:Instagram |Twitter |Facebook

 Photo Credit: Roderick Ejuetami (@deeds_art)

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AZRA

Korean-American “Substance Pop” Artist AZRA represents LA’s Koreatown in Ep. 3 of Barrio Fino’s Docu-Series: “Koreatown 3.0”.

Streaming on September 1 at 7:00 PM PT Presented by AAX Media & Levitt Pavilion: https://levittlosangeles.org/

Korean-American “Substance Pop” creator and artist, AZRA, is proudly headlining this Wednesday’s episode Barrio Fino, a 5-part music docu-series exploring the communities surrounding MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. Presented by AAX Media, the 60-minute episode entitle: Koreatown 3.0’s, will explore the music and cultural diversity of Los Angeles’ Koreatown.

AZRA shares: “As a 1.0 generation immigrant myself who moved to the Bay Area from South Korea, then eventually to LA, Koreatown has always been a very special and warm place for me growing up. I strongly believe that LA wouldnt be LA without K-Town due to its awesome food, entertainment, ever-growing diverse community, and the impact it has on our Los Angeles city culture and beyond. Koreatown also has one of the most coveted venues for musicians and singers to perform at, The Wiltern, a place I hope to one day perform. I am honored and grateful to be representing Koreatown and performing for this festival to promote and celebrate the greater Los Angeles community, youth development, diversity and our continued efforts in Asian American representation in Media and our American culture”.

AZRA’s performance will be live-streamed and screened at 7:00 PM PT from the rooftop of Walter J. Towers. For more information, please visit Here.

Spotlight on Art Block

By: Vaughn Lowery

As of late, we had the opportunity to speak with a Londoner artist, Art Block. His project has been supported by producer Ian Barter (Paloma Faith, Allman Brown, Hannah Grace) who recently worked on an album with British fashionista and singer Gabrielle.

What inspires your music?

I am inspired by the spiritual and emotional. Sometimes I feel my music is coming to me from a higher place and I try to draw upon that. It’s almost as if I’m just a channel for creativity. A few of my songs have been inspired by the memory of my mother who passed away many years ago. I would like my music to heal others.

And this new project?

The songs on Extended Play were written during lockdown when the whole world just stopped. It was a worrying time but also a time for reflection and appreciating beauty. The songs are some of my most personal yet, delving into dark aspects of my childhood, exploring my love of London where I was born, then returning to other themes of introspection and love. Love hopefully is the most powerful emotion radiating through the songs.

What’s next for you?

I am hoping to collaborate with some new musicians, remix songs and write something new. I’m constantly writing these days as if I’m on the cusp of a creative wave. I’m looking forward to playing live more too.

If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?

I admire Marcus Hamblett’s work as a session musician and artist. Also Jay Chakravorty with his electronic and strings compositions which mold the old with the new.

Do you write all of your lyrics? if so, can you elaborate on your creative process?

Yes, I do. I think I have already touched upon it above. I hear melodies first and try to find the best words to match them. Sometimes it takes several drafts before finding the right words for a song. Experience also has a transformative creative power.

Describe your sound and genre? List your top five influences and song?

My sound is in the alt-folk and classic alt-rock category. Some have compared my music to Thom Yorke or Nick Drake, which is a huge compliment! 

I don’t really have a top five influence, I listen to everything from Wu Tang Clan to Rachmaninoff and everything in between! I suppose Pink Floyd have been an influential band over the years and more recently Bear’s Den or Ben Howard. I’m also a Depeche Mode fan, which probably explains my electronic influences.

How do you feel about the music industry overall? Do you think artists should still sign with major labels?

The music industry is very fickle and focused too much on commercial products rather than nurturing talent. There are too many people doing the same thing and the market is over saturated. People have low attention spans leading to two and a half minute songs designed to please Spotify’s algorithm.

Whether artists should join a major label is up to them. They can provide more bandwidth and resources than doing it by yourself. But as I say above many of these companies focus solely on making a profit. It might be better in the short term to remain an independent artist where you keep most of any revenues you are able to generate. Labels are also known for dropping artists quickly who don’t sell enough records.

Is there any advice that you could offer to aspiring recording artists?

Write as much as possible and listen to the best in your genre and watch what they do. 

Are you aligned with any humanitarian endeavors or organizations?

Not formally but as I mentioned above I would like my music to heal. There’s a lot of pain in the world, mostly caused by ourselves, which music can help to alleviate. There are circumstances beyond our control. But at the same time there’s so much we can do as individuals to bring positive change in the world. 

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