Event coverage of Brian Culbertson's August 6, 2014 concert at Chene Park, Detroit, for which Culbertson paid for members of the Detroit Fire Department to attend, after being inspired by a documentary on Detroit's intractable arson problem. I also mull on these and other issues facing the city, and question why exactly it is that I moved there. (And intend to stick around for a while.)
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Making SFX Sexy Again: Interview with J.Lo & Chris Brown Pro Tools Programmer/Engineer KEVIN TEASLEY
If you’ve been watching TV or planted yourself in a theater seat often in the past fifteen years, you’ve likely experienced the work of Kevin Teasley. His trailer licenses include, but are so not limited to: Iron Man 2, The Town, Battle for Los Angeles, Despicable Me, Salt, Knight and Day, and Toy Story 3. Kevin is also the sound engineer for R&B singer Chris Brown and Jennifer Lopez.
Their sound explores ranges of jazz, alternative, soul, and trip hop, among countless other subgenres; a brilliant amalgamation. Neither black nor white, the music has settled into an undefined grey matter that endlessly appeals to music lovers of broad taste. “As the music industry transforms... we like the idea of being hard to place. That’s what keeps it exciting,” she explained, describing the atmosphere they create as “epic in sound and scale, full of life and emotion with loads of energy.
What separates Lin “The Soul Trumpeter” Rountree from other smooth jazz hornblowers is that his entire mission in the studio is to achieve the intensity and freedom of a live performance. Rountree’s ten-year mission towards making a radio album capable of busting out of that mold, has resulted in what may be his most spirited effort yet, his fifth studio album Soulfunky.
As the second wind of R&B vocalist Meli'sa Morgan's career begins to swell, the 80s great finds that the winds of Hip-hop are also blowing in her direction.
Hip-hop and R&B artist Sphynix Roze turned her childhood experience in the foster care system into a drive to provide foster children with life-sustaining good and services: The Sphynix Project.
The making of Short Stories was a labor of love that took almost the better part of my musical career to record. It's not that I couldn't or didn't want to; it's more a case of life happening, and as a result, Short Stories is a collection of songs that speaks to my life experiences.
The Australian-Swiss songwriter, Anders has found music to be his life’s passion for as long as he can remember, "I’m a musician, a singer, and I’ll be those things whether or not there’s a hype, a paycheck, or a legion of fans."
"Lyrics can come from anywhere, it’s important to use your imagination and use your empathy to imagine what life looks like from other perspectives. It can be very personal and then other times about a friend, or an imaginary person but with bits and pieces you grab from your own life and build out of it. There are no rules..."
This soul singer cannot help but wear his heart on his musical sleeve, whether it is choosing only to represent a brand whose values reflect his own, or in his anthems of self-respect and empowerment, and criticizing the loss of higher ambitions from the hip-hop genre, Mr. Bland aims to use his art to inspire strength and represent greatness.
The East London born, singer-songwriter grew up surrounded by melodies. Inspired by the likes of Sade, Corinne Bailey Rae, Portishead, and the Beatles, soul rings out clear in her music, along with a fusion of electronic, pop, and R&B elements.
SHANAY Holmes, singer-songwriter from London, UK brings a soulful, enigmatic tune to the board with her new song “Time," part of her debut EP. It’s orchestral melodies, and haunting soundscapes make her sound nonpareil.
The self-proclaimed, individualist artist, Nyne from Melbourne, Australia is one to watch with her distinctive sound. Imbued with broody melodies, dark undercurrents, and filtered drums, her music reflects that of the Weeknd and Drake considerably. Yet with her most recent alternative R&B release, "Can't Sleep Alone", Nyne achieves an introspective aesthetic that is all her own.