Catherine Goldwyn & Phil Lewis
San Francisco - October 15, 2016 - Pianist Catherine Goldwyn and guitarist Phil Lewis met at a Los Angeles jam session in 2002 and -- according to this pair of accomplished composers and performers -- they immediately clicked. "It was love at first sound," says Phil. "I loved Catherine's touch on the piano and her beautiful chord voicings, the way she made the changes sing."
"I loved Phil's responsiveness," Catherine adds. "He listened and had a unique voice on the guitar. He also liked my sense of humor which was a mark of his superior intelligence and good taste."
A fruitful musical collaboration ensued as the two began performing and then composing together. Later, they discovered that their compatibility extended beyond the bandstand, and romance blossomed. They married in 2013.
When planning began for Shadow and Light, their first record together, a good deal of time was spent discussing the overall approach to the music. Both felt the record should be a departure from the traditional jazz they had mostly made in the past. "We really wanted this music to resonate with a wide range of listeners, not just a jazz audience," Catherine explains, "So we chose to put our focus on strong melodies."
"What's really important in music is emotion -- that's the currency of music. And we both felt that jazz has, in many cases, come to be defined too much by technical theories and virtuosic spectacle," Phil explains. "We wanted to bring the direct, emotive element back to the music."
"We wanted each song tell a story, to take the the listener on journey," adds Catherine.
What beautiful jazz sounds this duo presents to us. Hear them on their YouTube Channel.
Ms Gregory hails from the Eastern Seaboard, having grown up in Washington, DC, and Atlantic City, New Jersey, during a fertile period of musical innovation in the Jazz, Rhythm & Blues and Blues fields. As such, she was surrounded and influenced by these rhythms, from a very early age. She specializes in the "Great American Songbook", and her extensive repertoire of popular jazz standards bespeaks that upbringing. Her smooth and mellow timbre reflects an amalgam of influences that she attributes to the vocalists and instrumentalists who were the seminal innovators of jazzmusic, during its formative period. Some say her voice reminds them of warm honey. She considers some of her greatest influences to be Gloria Lynne, Dakota Staton, Billie Holiday, Jimmy Scott, Nat "King" Cole, Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta Jones, Carmen McRae, Dinah Washington, Johnny Mathis, Nancy Wilson, and Louis Jordan.
Really enjoy Ms Gregory's jazzy blues. She is one to inspire and enliven the soul. Hear her on her website.
Born and raised in San Diego, now living in Los Angeles, Nick spent years polishing his artistry. He began writing and producing music in Raleigh, North Carolina before moving back to California. His music comes in many different languages, connecting listeners from around the world. Call it Multilingual Pop Music, or MPM for short.
The Tubes revisited or David Bow_Wowy? No this is Nick (To The MAX) White establishing his MPM settings for a new generation. Hear him on his YouTube Channel.
Savannah Philyaw is a young singer, songwriter, and performer from San Diego. Writing a blend of indie pop, folk, americana, and country style songs, Savannah has recently written a collection of songs for Warner Bros TV Productions. After releasing 3 EPs over the past 4 years, Savannah is working on her first full length CD for release in the Fall of 2017. Since beginning her music career at age 15, she has shared the stage with many acts such as Howie Day, Tyler Hilton, Bethany Joy Lenz, Kate Voegele, Max Frost, Tronye Wells and Lee DeWyze. She has co-written with San Diego's Calman Hart and Multi-Platinum Songwriter Michael Natter. Savannah quotes, "Music is not what I do, it's who I am".
Savannah's original compilations on her recent album "Love Remains" is some of the finest new folk music that we have heard. Hear her for yourself on her YouTube Channel.
Yarley G and GiO
A computer scientist, music producing fellow, Yarley Geffrard was destined to bring positivity back into the world of music. A migrant from Haiti, who faced some of the dangers and hardships of his homeland from his youth, Yarley's passion for music has manifested from his youth 'til now. Holding degrees in audio engineering, music, and creative design, Yarley credits a large part of his passion [for music] to his upbringing. Starting out playing the saxophone in church bands and strategically holding his own in various school bands, Yarley has shaped and transformed his talent and is now ready to share it with the world.
When asked why he chose to engage in such a field, Yarley simply stated, "the soul and beauty that comes from music takes me to [Z-space]; a colorful universe within me, that I am only at the tip of exploring." Music for Yarley is more than just a field, it's more than just a talent; it's apart of who he is and that's what enables him to make his statement in this industry.
Over the course of several years, he has produced countless tracks and full songs, which have been featured on some of the top mainstream networks such as MTV, BET, Oxygen, and The Style Network. But it doesn't stop there, Yarley has also composed for several high-end commercials including theme song for Frosted Flakes, Chevy, and Smirnoff. He has also been awarded the best 'Mix and Master of a Song' by the Institute Of Audio Research.
Well Yarley's music takes us into "Z-Space" too! (especially when we put Smirnoff on our Frosted Flakes!) Listen to his grr-reat licks on his YouTube Channel.
Elaine A Small
A Star is reborn! With the release of her second album, after an absence from the music scene of close to five decades, Elaine offers us renditions of well established cover songs with a clarity of lyrics which honor the intent of the original writers of these wonderfull standards. She is supported throughout by what has been described as about the strongest group of award winning musicians which anyone might put together. The result is a throughback to the days when one took the time to relax, listen and enjoy the music offered by these Great American Songbook tunes. This collection is indeed a worthy addition to any music lover's collection.
Elaine's rich, crisp vocals play well with the sax evoking a smokey nightclub feeling. Hear her on her YouTube Channel.
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Kenny Rials is global. He's a native from Louisiana, a New Yorker for ten years while studying acting and singing, and now a Brit living in London. He's performed and visited 52 countries, but has kept his southern twang and roots. "I still say y'all and have fried chicken and jambalaya at least once a month," he admits.
While living in New York, Kenny performed in Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, but longed to sing and perform his own music. He was given the chance after meeting a producer in London. Kenny's debut EP - Time Doesn't Stand Still was released in 2014 and the follow up album, Second Chances, is available now.
With Second Chances, this is the singer most personal work yet. In many ways, Kenny continues to do what he does best by keeping us on the dance floor. The tracks are soaked in throbbing drops, pulsing percussions, and electronic effects, but it is Kenny's rich voice and haunting lyrics that shine, especially in the title track, What's Enough and the anti bullying anthem - It Never Rains Forever.
The result is a buoyant pop and dance album that mixes professions of romantic agony, reflection on past relationships, new relationships, and empowerment. With two power house dance remixes on the album as well, Kenny will keep us dancing through the night.
Kenny's songs are vibrant and catchy with well thought out lyrics. Listen to him on his YouTube Channel.
Chris Glover is an American singer, songwriter and producer that hails from Macon, Georgia. He also grew up in Miami, Florida and lived in Chicago, Illinois for a period of time.
Though predominantly pop-based, Chris's sound has evolved to incorporate elements of other musical genres that have influenced and inspired him. His new single Wrong is an atmospheric mix of electronica, dance, and trap music. "It is really a culmination of styles," he says.
Wrong is a bit of a departure from Chris Glover's last release, his 2013 debut EP No One Like Me. "The first EP I put out, No One Like Me was just a few songs that were close to my heart," he says. "I initially set out to be a songwriter but I was encouraged by my music mentor to release the songs as an artist."
Chris spent the next three years studying music production, following charts and music trends, and finding his own unique musical style.
"I feel like now I am completely prepared. This new music is a perfect representation of who I am and what I have learned as an artist."
Chris's latest song "Wrong" sounds pretty "Right" to us here at MA. Hear for yourself on his website.
The Street Music Band
The Street Music Band is made up of 4 musicians from Big Bear Lake Ca. They are a currently working bar band at the Big Bear Mountain Brewery in Big Bear Lake, Ca. USA. They are ll lead singers as well as song writers. They are also out of work comedians who enjoy dissing each other and in some cases, the audience while on stage and all in fun... The musicians are : Terry Copley ( bass/vocals/Hofner Beatle Bass 500/1) Tom Burton ( Rythym guitar/vocals/Epiphone Casino ) Rich Spalding ( Lead Guitar / vocals/ Fender Strat ) Steve Johnson ( Drums/vocals/some weird flea market drumset with no name on it).
Having lived there myself I must say that Big Bear Lake brings out the best in people and apparently musicians as well. Connect with these boys and download some great songs available on a link on their Facebook Page. -Marcus Walton, editor
Kevin Beadles unites Beatlesque pop-rock with the back porch drawl of gospel, blues, and alt. county. What you get is roots music with plenty of branches. Grand Prize Winner of both Great American Song Contest & West Coast Songwriters Int'l Contest.
"Kevin Beadles is clearly a force to be reckoned with. His songs are emotionally complex, ingenuously crafted and instantly appealing. He is a gifted new artist who truly impresses on every level." -Steve Cahill, Executive Director, Great American Song Contest
"Beadles plays a sublime kind of music… In many respects, You Can't Argue With Water is cleansing… nurturing our thirst for pristine talent." -Bill Sullivan, Senior Music Writer, Rock and Roll Report
A year ago we featured Kevin's single "SHOULDN'" and we are glad to have him back again with his new offering "Forty Acres". Hear both of these and some of his other works on his YouTube Channel.
Kent Holmes(is a singer-songwriter who performs at different music venues around Los Angeles. Currently have 2 songs written by myself "Home" and "Fly Away" currently receiving airplay on Radio Airplay.
Kent grew up in Louisiana performing in Church, as well as various Jazz venues.
Soon to head to New York for the Independent Music Awards November 12th, and afterwards will perform at different entertainment venues around New York.
Kent's music is calm and reassuring and points to an inner harmony that is all his own. Listen to him on his YouTube Channel.
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