Trained as an Early Childhood Educator, Kitt thrived on teaching ages 2-5. Whilst raising her own 3 children, she became involved with Toronto Casting as an actor and was placed as an extra in various student films & television. Her thrust was more centered on voice over work, both in Toronto and Los Angeles. Presently, Kitt is pursuing her strengths in voice acting.
Kitt was trained classically through the Royal Conservatory of Music syllabus on the piano.
Asked what inspired her to pursue song writing, she commented.."i thrive on creating music and lyrics, to ultimately enhance storytelling. Pre-schoolers have such a vivid imagination and to be able to tap into that space, brings me much happiness. If i can brighten & intrigue their musicality, even briefly...i've succeeded in my quest'!
Parents & teachers agree that once they've heard Kitt's songs, once or twice, the melody and lyrics are indelibly planted. A balance of educational and FUN! Kitt does not perform live, but is prolific in her compositions as a recording artist.
Another port for this prolific songwriter is adult focused. Ranging from instrumental to lyrical compositions which often emit a cause for humanity & nature.
Songs for everyone to enjoy. Kitt fullfills dreams with sounds that delight. Her music takes you on a journey through your soul. For a child or adult or the child in the adult listen to her on her YouTube Channel.
"WHAT GOOD IS A BAD BOY?", LAUREN ANDERSON ASKS IN HER NEW SINGLE
Lauren Anderson has joined forces with producer Sean Michael Kelly to record her new single at the historic Ocean Way Nashville Studios.
Kansas City, August 5th, 2016 - Lauren Anderson, voted 2015 Female Vocalist of the Year by the Midwest Music Awards, has announced the release of her new single, “What Good Is A Bad Boy?”. Anderson is returning with a new independent project on the heels of her globally-reviewed, debut LP "Truly Me" released in August 2015. This time around Anderson decided to collaborate with producer and co-writer Sean Michael Kelly (formerly of Sixpence None The Richer) and co-writer Tim Matthews on a new project that allowed her to speak from experiences and showcase her voice, both lyrically and vocally. "What Good Is A Bad Boy?" was recorded at the legendary Ocean Way Nashville Studios, which has hosted a long list of incredible artists such as Etta James, Kelly Clarkson, Natalie Cole, The Indigo Girls, and Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear.
Lauren Anderson is a soulful Chicagoan who has made her home in Kansas City. In 2014, Anderson and her bandmates - Adam Stuber (guitar), Dylan Reiter (bass) and Jeff Daniels (drums) – hit the ground running and haven’t slowed down since. Her passionate vocals combined with their unique spin on rock music makes each show an experience you won't want to miss.
Country songs written and sung with a hard energy rock flair. "This is as potent as music gets"-editor,MAMM Hear what we mean on Lauren's YouTube Channel.
Leon Ayers Jr.
Leon Ayers Jr. Keyboardist, Producer and Composer, was born and raised in the heart of Motown, the Motor City – Detroit, Michigan. Being inspired by musical greats such as George Duke, Stevie Wonder, Oscar Peterson, and Alex Bugnon led Leon to develop a deep passion for music at a very young age.
Leon honed his musical skills and talents by attending Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies and enrolling in classes centered on musical composition and jazz theory at Gross Pointe Conservatory and Wayne State University. He then went on to play piano/synthesizer in several bands over many years, which laid a foundation for his many exciting opportunities and successes. He quickly became a well-known and respected keyboardist throughout the Detroit metropolitan area. Soon, artists such as the Floaters, Jones & Mathews (formerly of the Platters), Mark Channing and Alicia Meyers recognized Leon’s “Smooth Urban Jazz” style and began to request that he accompany them on tour.
After touring for several years, Leon sought to heighten his career by channeling his creative energy into producing and composing music for film and television.
Currently, Leon is busy creating music in a variety of entertainment venues. He is now a well established writer, composer and producer in the television and film industry.
Leon is back to bless us with more of his instrumental musings. Hear him on his YouTube Channel.
The heart of Brad Wells's music is performing LIVE. The ferocious work ethic and dedication has him playing over 200 shows a year. Split between a love of songwriting and connecting with emotions to reeling in the audience with a catchy cover song exploding into a giant sing-a-long.
Well's latest single "Jump With Me" was released in March of 2016. The track was produced by John Johnson in Atlanta, GA whose producing highlights include debut albums for Brantley Gilbert & Corey Smith.
In 2015 "Slow Down" was released as a single and back in the spring of 2010 a nearly twenty year dream came to reality with the release of “Stories of My Life.” The self financed and independently released album highlighted songs written from the ages of 14 to 30 and gained great reviews.
"I can hear this for fans of Sean Mullins all the way to Daughtry. Good luck bud!"- Adrian Moreira , RCA Records
"Listening to your music as we speak, LOVE the style. Great music. You have something going for you totally. "- Maddy Logan, Layer Cake Records
Drawing influence from Matchbox 20 to Joe Bonamassa to Metallica and anything in between, Wells sound has a singer/songwriter vibe with a mainstream flare.
Brad Wells has headlined festivals in multiple states including the world famous Savannah, GA St. Patrick Day Celebration in addition to opening up for national acts such as Corey Smith & Uncle Kracker.
Wells has spread his passion for performing across a fifth of the United States including Houston, Ft. Worth, New Orleans, Mobile, Orlando, Savannah & Hilton Head Island and is always looking for the next opportunity.
Great innovative vocals and creative guitar licks. Hear Brad on his YouTube Channel for your listening pleasure.
The music of NJ native Rebecca Lowe can be described as beautifully haunting. Authentic, heartfelt and unique, she has a modern sound with a hint of nostalgia. Her piano-driven, indie pop tunes come alive with her poetic musings and sultry, captivating vocals. She released her self-titled debut EP on October 23, 2015.
Rebecca's imagination and creativity were her outlets growing up as an only child with a single parent. Never feeling like she quite fit in, she spent many solitary hours reading, playing piano, singing, writing poems and songs, and recording her creations. She majored in music in college, took voice lessons, and also plays guitar and alto saxophone. She has performed in the New York Metro Area both as a solo artist and with a full band.
Rebecca's passion for singing and creating music has been a constant driving force for her through life's twisty roads. Fully immersed and intertwined with the music she creates, you cannot separate one from the other.
Besides working on her own tunes, she has sung with many amazing musicians, including Kevin Max (DC Talk), Richie Cannata (Billy Joel), and Julio Fernandez (Spyro Gyra). Currently, she also plays keyboards in Eupana, an epic instrumental band. Eupana's debut album So Many Suns released in December 2014 and has received rave reviews across the globe.
When you listen to Rebecca you feel the joy she expresses with every note she sings. Hear this amazing lady on her YouTube Channel.
Breakfast Club, the Grammy-nominated synth/pop 80's band whose single, 'Right On Track' reached No. 7 on Billboard's Hot 100 announced today it will release 'PERCOLATE' - a collection of 5 songs intended for their unreleased 'Second Breakfast' album.
Formed in New York in 1979 by brothers Dan and Ed Gilroy with Gary Burke on bass, the band featured several lineups including Madonna on drums (she was replaced by Stephen Bray, who later co-wrote several Madonna hits including Into the Groove and Express Yourself.) Breakfast Club was nominated in the category of Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in 1988.
'PERCOLATE' features tracks from the next iteration of the Breakfast Club sound featuring the influence of new band member Randy Jackson, (American Idol) who contributed bass, vocals and songwriting.
Despite releasing just one album over a decade together, Breakfast Club will always have a place in the history books as the band that featured two of Madonna's ex-boyfriends -- drummer Stephen Bray and singer Dan Gilroy -- as well as the Material Girl herself, for a short time in her pre-fame days. The New York-based group formed in the late '70s, around the core of Gilroy and his guitarist brother, Ed. By 1979, the lineup featured bassist Angie Schmit and Madonna on drums, but Madonna left after reportedly angling for the lead vocalist's job. She would next go on to form her own band, Emmy, with her old Michigan friend Bray as the drummer and Gary Burke (who was also playing at the same time with the Gilroys) on bass. Bray joined the Gilroys and Burke in Breakfast Club, and the quartet signed to Ze Records. The band's eponymous first album was released in early 1987, preceded by the Top 40 hit "Right on Track." Dan Gilroy and Bray wrote most of the nine songs and Bray also added his production expertise to several of the catchy pop and R&B numbers. ~ Dan LeRoy
This is a band who introduced "Madonna" to the world. The group deserves recognition on it's own for catchy tunes that should garner airplay on any top 49 rotation. Hear "Breakfast Club" on their Facebook Page.
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Usually when people first hear me sing or perform, they say, how old is she? It doesn't help that I am very tall as well. Despite my age (14), I have been a singer and songwriter and performer for as long as I can remember. From my first live performance of Irish Lullaby in front of my school in Senior Kindergarten to any recent week where I spend my days studying music, singing in a gig, taking lessons, or songwriting. Music is my focus and life. I am also learning as much as I can about the business of music - but to be honest my focus is on constantly pushing for improvement in my music. More often than not, I am not satisfied with what I have done and I know it can be better - that is what motivates me. My favorite musicians right now are edgy female alternative pop girls - although I also appreciate class Canadian singers like Leonard Cohen, and Neil Young. I am still experimenting with my own style but people that know a ton about music say I sound like Dido or Norah Jones (which I take as a nice compliment). I want to be a performing artist and in order to do that I know that I have to write songs that mean something to people. That is a tall order I know - but that is my goal, and thus far the journey has been amazing. So many of my musical friends band together and pitch in. The music community is incredible.
"Mikalyn is a unique artist, old soul and world weary and yet so young and fresh. She comes at every song with a deep sense of herself as an artist with an alternative view of what is cool and classic in the same breath. Her haunting voice and melodies and harmonies are instinctive and Mikalyn operates at a speed and capacity at a level much beyond her young age. Mikalyn combines this natural ability with relentless learning and is constantly seeking to collaborate and study from the best. Already a seasoned performer, she spends weekend jamming at open mics accompanying herself on the keys doing originals and covers ranging from Radiohead to Cohen. Carnival, her break out single has been well received and inspires her to continue writing and performing, recording original music in order to connect artistically and bond with listeners. Mikalyn has the drive, perseverance, and work ethic that is needed to succeed."
This artist sings the music that captures the imagination. We at Music Arts could listen to this lady sing all day long; she is just that good. Hear what we mean on her YouTube Channel.
Joe Olnick's fifth official release is called Defiant Grooves and is out October 14, 2016 everywhere online, with physical CD's available at CD Baby.
Joe's albums are instrumental and improvisational in nature, and the new Defiant Grooves album gets down to the jammin' grooves that made the Up All Night album such a success. Joe's adventurous spirit shows in his wide-ranging releases, from groove to ambient to jazz to rock. He doesn't get tied to genres, but prefers to just make sure that it's always really good music.
Listen.com said of the Up All Night album: "A variety of guitar-driven jams featuring Hendrix-ian chordal acoustic guitar, bare-bones wah-Funk and mellow jazz explorations. Olnick's an electronics experimenter as well, exploring Ambient and effected sounds."
He is influenced by legends such as Miles Davis, Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, Dire Straits and the instrumental trio Medeski, Martin & Wood. A special influence of late has been the guitarist Nels Cline, best known for his work with the band Wilco.
Joe is based out of the Harrisburg, PA area of the United States. He has received radio airplay in the US mostly via college radio, but has also had airplay worldwide.
Instrumental rock that makes his guitar smoke! Hear Joe on his YouTube Channel.
Here We Go Again is a Contemporary Gospel CD. Fostina Dixon is a composer, vocalist and jazz soloist who plays soprano, alto and baritone saxes; flute; and clarinet. Fostina Dixon aka " Saxophone Queen" was nominated as one of the top female jazz artists Worldwide. Fostina is no stranger in the Jazz and R&B scene. She played extensively with Marvin Gaye, Abbey Lincoln, Melba Liston, Frank Foster, Roy Ayers, Tom Browne and James Blood Ulmer to name a few of the greats. Fostina has won many awards including most recently: The Delaware Division of the Arts Award for Established Professional Jazz Composition; The Christi Awards; Outstanding Arts Educator. Fostina Dixon & Winds Of Change is a group that has been together for over twenty years and has traveled Worldwide. QUOTES: American Women in Jazz said, "she is a player of impeccable control and skills with... highly independent ideas...as a composer she is described by Dr. Antoinette Handy, in her book Black Women in American Bands as "a true original." The Here We Go Again CD started with a new profound relationship with her Lord. It is an array of music and life experiences. Gospel and Jazz music lovers young and old will find something they can identify.
We are blessed again to hear more of this ladies' wonderful saxaphone. Hear her for yourself on her YouTube Channel.
There are so many struggling musicians out there working hard to make great music and get it heard. Some work harder than others. John Hickman is one such person, a singer/songwriter recently from Washington State who just relocated to Hawaii that breaks the mold by effectively "rocking out" by himself. Forget your preconceptions of a boring guy sitting alone on stage with a guitar on his lap. John shows that alternative rock can be achieved all by yourself. No excuses! Perseverance has been a good teacher, and John has plenty of that. But he admittedly had some help from a few other musicians in putting together his latest album "Remnants", that is to be released very shortly.
John Hickman got started a little late in life but has been hard at work since 2008 creating quite a diverse portfolio of music, from acoustic folk to mellow adult-alternative to full on crowd moving rock and roll. One of his early standout songs was the moody "What Would You Do?", a song that really shows all of John's multi-talents. From haunting vocals to a driving drum beat to very interesting guitar solos, that was a complete song.
His soon to be released most recent album, "Remnants" is a unique indie album with catchy tunes, a great mix of styles, insightful lyrics, and a retro sound that truly takes you out of this world. "Hello, Hello" is a nice upbeat rock song reminiscent of the McCartney-dominated songs of the Beatles. "Escape" is a piano driven rock song at its soul with a dark feel, reminiscent of an alternative rock take on a Coldplay song. Smooth guitars and a strong note holding voice help carry the song. "Paris Is Burning" brings to life the romance of the City of Light and refers to the passion for the city that burns within for so many, while "Soiled Dove" is a romantic ballad about one of the "ladies of the night" of an Old West frontier town, and the song title is one the terms used at that time to refer to such working girls.
"What They Told Me" has easily relatable lyrics about what we have been told all our lives to accept as truth without question, and how those things may not always ring true, despite what we have always been told. "Cascade" is a tune that wonderfully delivers a spiritual message with passion in a synth-driven song with an up-tempo beat, unlike the typical mellow, light feel of most songs with that type of theme. "Talk" delivers a powerful positive message about simply helping lift each other through open communication.
Sounds like some serious AOR to us. We enjoy this style of rock and hope John continues with the great licks. Hear him on his SoundCloud Page.
Arda & the Stolen Moon
A few years ago, I've embarked on a journey, leaving behind the carefree days of playing in London clubs in search of something more fulfilling - not really knowing exactly what. Throughout this journey I've met a lot of people, some interesting, some strange, some creative, some indifferent. I've also met a lot of wonderful musicians (some have become "partners in crime" in the Stolen Moon). I've experienced a lot of highs and lows and learning curves and kept the ones that matched my own creative temperament. I have reached the end of this journey feeling more confident, more creative and with a clear vision of where my future lies: to make fairly intelligent music for fairly intelligent people...
We feel that your music is creative, intelligent and definitely worthy of a careful listen. We encourage you to continue with your journey and bring the world more of your creative en devours. Hear Arda and her fellow musicians on her YouTube Channel.
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