MISSISSIPPI BORN BLUES SOUL ARTIST ‘BRUCE MISSISSIPPI JOHNSON’ CHATS TO ME ABOUT HIS DEBUT ALBUM ‘THE DEAL BABY’ AND WHAT TO EXPECT FROM HIS ALBUM LAUNCH ON THE 28TH!

 What is your name?  My real name is Bruce Lester Johnson and my artist name is Bruce Mississippi Johnson.

What is your genre of music?

I call my genre of music blue soul because it’s a mix of blues and soul.

Give us a little bio about you.

Born in Mississippi the heart of the musically fertile area that is America’s ‘deep south’, Bruce Johnson is a man who was born to sing. As a child in his grandfather’s church, and later, in the company of his father’s record collection he got the kind of musical education most folks can only dream about. Listening to soulful voices like Al Green, his cousin Jackie Wilson, Lou Rawls and Gil Scott Heron, Bruce discovered he could sing.
 

Towards the end of his stint serving his country as a Marine that realisation dawned on Bruce that that he had been put here to sing, and he began to perform. Playing in Africa and performing the songs of Gil Scott Heron he began to find his feet as a frontman. Upon leaving the military and finding himself in Paris, he began to perform taking on as many gigs as he could and quickly gaining notice for his one of a kind voice and his one of a kind looks. Nobody failed to see his six foot four frame as he took the stage, but when it gave fly to the effortlessly soulful bass baritone voice that is his true blessing, the audiences were truly spellbound.

 Having formed a formidable reputation on the Parisian Jazz scene, he began to work with the luminaries of the city, musicians that had played with stars like Stan Getz and Sammy Davis Jr. With his reputation on the rise he branched out and formed a band of his own making him a leading light in the funk scene. Bruce and his band were asked to perform in a competition judged by the one and only Nina Simone. When they won the competition it gave him the chance to record his first single and forever cemented his reputation as a star in the city.

 It wasn’t long before he began to crave an earthier sound, something more akin to the music that came from the delta region that was his home. The chance came with the offer to join the legendary blues bassist Big Joe Turner’s band Blues Caravan as a vocalist. Joe had toured in BB King’s band as well as with Albert King and Little Milton, and showed Bruce the truth in the music and gave him a chance to tour the world. 

 His time in Turner’s band saw him forming a solid bond with the keyboard player, and saw the two begin to write and demo songs that would eventually become Bruce’s solo album, The Deal Baby. With a sound that straddles blues and soul, it’s as original and inventive as the man himself, and has seen him garner attention from radio stations and press from around the world.

 His fame in France saw him asked to compete on their version of The Voice, where his astonishing performances and astounding voice landed him a gig with French band Forever Gentlemen. With that band’s album of jazz vocal standards hitting triple platinum status the accolades that his singular voice deserves are starting to roll in. 

 Bruce has a voice of his own, one that straddles soul, blues and jazz, as at home singing the songs of Sinatra, Marvin Gaye or BB King as he is with his own heartfelt compositions. On stages and in studios across Europe, Bruce Johnson is a force to be reckoned with.

 

What made you go in to music?
I started singing in my mid-teens but only as a hobby which I practised with my close school friends. During my high school years I performed publicly as a soloist once at my high school talent show and once or twice at my church and those performances sparked something new inside of me but I had already made the grounded decision to join the U.S. Marines straight out of high school so music would have to wait. I quickly understood that I was not military career material and after 6 of the 7 years that I served where I was generally unhappy the opportunity to take my singing to another level appeared and I took it with both hands leaving the Marines behind me as I dove into my new singing career!  

 Are you a signed?

No I am not. My album was auto produced by myself and friend /pianist Johan Dalgaard.

 You are set to release your new album ‘The Deal Baby’, what can you tell us about it?

“The Deal Baby” my first album consists of 12 songs situated between blues and soul music with funky beats and glimpses or bluesy rock guitars. It was recorded in Paris, France where I lived for many years. The album was mixed by Grammy award winning sound engineer Veronica Ferrora outside of Paris.

What was the recording process like?

We recorded the album in about a week’s time in a couple of studios around Paris. The band took three days to record all of the songs with me singing along for emotional and structural guidance and then we took a couple of extra hours to record the horns in another studio and finally we recorded some additional vocals and keyboards in our respective home studios to keep down studios costs.

 What was the writing process like?

It was as easy and a real pleasure! Johan and I met at my place over a few afternoons and we bounced ideas off each other in my little home studio. Johan established a chord progression which we both liked and I would spontaneously start singing the first thing that came to mind. If we found a bridge we would work on it and if we didn’t we’d keep on advancing and revisit what we had started until we were done. We wrote 12 songs and kept 11 so nothing was wasted.

 Describe each track two words?
1. Let It Rain (Intro)
2. That’s The Deal Baby: Living truthfully.
3. I Can’t Shake The Blues: Blues music
4. Years, Tears: Heartbreak
5. You Been Working’ Mojo: Love spell
6. I’m Gonna Bring Your Game Down: Foolish pride
7. Freak On Or Die: Hot Sex
8. No Good: Self pity
9. I’ll Bleed: Temptation
10. The Neighbour Next Door: Infidelity
11. See You Tomorrow: Death
12. Let It Rain (outro)
 Who did you show The Deal Baby to first?

The day we mastered the album was on my birthday and my wife had organised the best surprise birthday party ever for me! She has contacted all of my best Parisian friends which covered 20 years of friendships and they we all present and as everyone knew but me Johan and another friend managed to get me to the party venue where I played the finished master for my friends.

 

The Album launch is on the 28th May, what can we expect from it?
A rock solid band of 7 musicians plus myself playing the whole albums top to bottom plus a select number of some of my all time favourite funky soulful blues covers which inspires my style of blues. I just want to put it all on table in the most truthful way possible because that what I am about.

 Do have any support acts?

At the moment there is no support act and at this stage the wait has been too long for me to delay my desire to get out there and play MY music!

 

Where can tickets be purchased?
Bookings can be made by phone at +44(0) 7352 5953 or online at 606club.co.uk

 

Do you play any instruments?
No I don’t unfortunately as I am a self taught composer who has to sit at a piano and painfully figure out note for note how to play what I’m hearing in my head but only to a certain degree after which I have to pester my patient and talented musician friends to help me to harmonically embellish and finish what I started.

 

Who are your influences?
I have many! I don’t know if I would define them as influences as much people who have touched me spiritually on a musical level. When I hear the word influence I immediately think of someone who might have inspired me to write a song which they might have written. Many years ago I was so into Prince’s music that many of my pop/funk songs were directly inspired by songs of his that I loved and still love. When he passed away they all flashed before me reminding me of his importance in my evolution as a songwriter but strictly on a melodic and lyrical level.

 How do you get inspiration to write songs?

My inspiration mostly comes from my life experiences and I believe that I have a on off switch for my inspiration because years can go by without me focusing in or a melody or a lyric. Lyrics and melodies come to me together and when they appear I need to catch them immediately because if I let them leave then bye bye goes the song.

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Successfully enjoying a career driven by my music that I’ve always longed for.

 When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

I am also an actor both screen and voice so when I’m not singing I’m auditioning or filming or doing a voiceover of some type.

 
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?

It wasn’t a song or a movie for me it was a feeling that I got from my first public performance when I felt that I had a voice that could affect people in a positive way and it was a feeling of belonging.

 
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

“You’re doing the right thing, stay in Europe man and do your thing”! Al Jarreau R.I.P.

 
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Find out who you are, what you want to say and be truthful to yourself.
 
What quote or saying do you always stick by.

I don’t have one.

 

You get off a plane in your hometown,

1/ where is the first place you visit

My Mother’s!


2/ where is the first place you see

 Starkville’s rural countryside.

 

3/ where is the fist food place you go and what do you get

A local rib shack in Colombus, Mississippi near a statue of local Howlin’ Wolf and I order some good old down home barbecue ribs.
 
You work with Lime Jam PR, how did that come about?
My manager and I were looking to find a PR company that seemed right for where we want to go. After communicating with several companies but not finding the right fit he my manager spoke of Lime Jam who he had contacted and I had a look and asked to speak with them which we did and it felt right.
 
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
1. First off my personal Rode microphone.
2. My topaz ring
3. My hat (If I’m wearing one.)
4. My lyrics
5. My game on attitude.
 
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Connect

Twitter : https://twitter.com/bmissippij

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/bmissippij/

Facebook : http://bit.ly/2ikBPLi

Website : http://www.brucemississippijohnson.com

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REVIEW: ‘BECAUSE OF LOVE’ BY BIANCA ROSE IS THE NEW SINGLE OFF HER DEBUT ALBUM ‘NO FEAR HERE’

Bianca Rose is a singer and songwriter with a folk/soul genre you will definitely love with her new single too a collaboration with Cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson which adds that extra special something to the single ‘Because Of Love’

The sweet folk feel gushes throughly so smoothly and you are instantly put in to track straightaway.
When Bianca’s vocals come in you are shocked,they give you all the feels and the soul definitely comes from the vocals.
Take a listen for yourself below;

This is just one of the 12 tracks Bianca is set to release with her brand new DEBUT album ‘ No Fear Here’ pre order right here
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/no-fear-here/id1194631914
There’s so much more to come from Bianca so make sure you follow her:
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https://www.facebook.com/biancarosemusic/
Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/biancarosemusic

REVIEW: FOLK DUO TALL HEIGHTS SET TO DROP DEBUT ALBUM IN MARCH FOR ITS UK RELEASE AND I GOT AN SNEAK PEAK

Storming spotify plays with over 11 million plays and signing with Sony Music, Boston duo are definitely on a ride of their life…UK GET READY FOR TALL HEIGHTS!

 

Hearing of these before getting their album in my inbox,I was very excited to hear what they had been up too!

 

With their vocals that are so magically and out you in a musical trance as soon as they sing, its safe to say they did it again to me!

 

starting off is ‘ Iron On Fire’ a heavy drum beat but yet still have their folk feel and the vocals that are so smooth it just makes the track even more amazing.

 

Then track two comes in with high vocals showing the different ranges these guys have and it blows you away every time, making you feel the lyrics to ‘Spirit Cold’ and the instrumental that accompanies it beautifully.

You are then just carried along ‘River Wider’ with a story and a peaceful trail of magic being spread over you on a long journey out.

Amazingly produced and one to have on repeat.

 

Not wanting to give everything away Im  stopping at just the three tracks above because you need to get your hands on this in March to listen to all 12 of the duo’s track that are so professional and made with passions.

 

GET READY!

 

Whilst you here is their latest single set to drop on the 17th February 2016 WITH A VIDEO TOO;

http://www.vevo.com/watch/tall-heights/spirit-cold/USSM21601018

 

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Official Website: http://www.tallheights.com/

 

PROVING THE WORLD A SET BACK ISNT THE END,ADAM LANCELEY TALKS HIS FUTURE IN MUSIC!

What is your name?My name’s Adam Lanceley

How old are you? 

I’m 34yrs years old


What is the genre? 

My style of music has been reviewed as ‘intriguing’ & and ‘genre – bending’ but I would pin down the genre as alternative/alternative rock with a retro – West Coast flavour.


Give us a bio about you? 

When I was younger, my interests lay firmly on the sports side & in fact I didn’t really have a lot of time for anything musical. I had ambitions to pursue a career in this field & was a talented athlete who loved competing when it came to sport. A serious car crash, though, shattered these goals – doctors at the time thought there was little chance of me surviving – which left me in a coma & unable to walk or talk for some time after this. After a long & difficult rehabilitation period which astounded people around me, going as far as to rejoin mainstream education without having to repeat a year, it became obvious to me that I wasn’t going to fulfil my sporting ambitions, which was hard to accept. I started to get involved more with acting, which was something I’d always enjoyed but hadn’t really pursued at all. It was around this time that I started to realise how inspirational music could be & develop my own, very eclectic taste in music – there weren’t a lot of other 15 year olds at my school who were into The Beach Boys or Elvis Presley! When I was younger, my interests lay firmly on the sports side & in fact I didn’t really have a lot of time for anything musical. I had ambitions to pursue a career in this field & was a talented athlete who loved competing when it came to sport. A serious car crash, though, shattered these goals – doctors at the time thought there was little chance of me surviving – which left me in a coma & unable to walk or talk for some time after this. After a long & difficult rehabilitation period which astounded people around me, going as far as to rejoin mainstream education without having to repeat a year, it became obvious to me that I wasn’t going to fulfil my sporting ambitions, which was hard to accept. I started to get involved more with acting, which was something I’d always enjoyed but hadn’t really pursued at all. It was around this time that I started to realise how inspirational music could be & develop my own, very eclectic taste in music – there weren’t a lot of other 15 year olds at my school who were into The Beach Boys or Elvis Presley!

After studying drama for my GCSEs, I managed to get offered a place at The BRIT School – which I realise was quite stupid to turn down! I did, however manage to find a place at East 15 Acting School – 1 of the centres of excellence for drama – a couple of years after this & didn’t want to make the same mistake twice. This was not a great move though. The method of teaching at Drama School is fairly brutal & due to my personal circumstances, I was too fragile to deal with it. By this time though, I’d been suffering with severe depression for a couple of years & was starting to question why I was being a character in a script exploring issues that weren’t really relevant to me rather than communicating my own feelings & emotions which I was struggling to handle.

After leaving Acting School, it was through a part time job that I got persuaded by a colleague to take up the guitar which regretably I realised I was nothing special at! I did find that all these issues churning around inside me I could now write down & find a tune for – I suppose this was when I first realistically considered a career in the music industry. Before this I was always thinking ‘God, I wish I could do that…’ I suppose this was pretty cool! I was also lucky enough to have a friend from the college I went to instead of The BRIT School who was a sound engineer & instrumentalist. Maybe everything does happen for a reason?

 

Tell us more about ‘ The Dream Of Yesterday’?

 ‘The Dream of Yesterday’ is a song that is basically about how easy & straight forward life was going to be when I was a little boy. I like to be fairly experimental with my instrumentation & ‘old skool’ production style which might be why I’ve been described as ‘genre – bending’ & ‘intriguing’! ‘The Dream of Yesterday’ is just another chapter of my desire to blend different influences, styles & instruments, so why not check it out & see for yourself!

 

Are you signed?

 I am not signed, but

 

Will we see an album? 

The album ‘The Dream of Yesterday’ is is available to free stream or download from most online stores ( iTunes, spotify, etc) & is called ‘Postcards from Then…’Feel free to give it a listen!

 

Will you be heading out on tour?

 I would love to have plans to be heading out on tour, but for quite a while I have been suffering from an undiagnoseable energy sapping condition which leaves me constantly fatigued. Once this is sorted though, I’ll hit the road!

 

I love doing what I do with music ( although it is hard work!) & find that you are much less restricted than in acting. Not to say there aren’t roles I could really get my teeth into, but I think you have more of a license to do what you want creating music. If an opportunity came up to play a character that I felt really suited me, then I would, but I think I’ll always have things I want to use music to help me express.

To outline the severity of my injuries from my car crash, I was one of only 150 children in the country to be awarded a ‘McDonalds’ Child of Achievement Award’ such was the staggering rate of progress I was showing early in my recovery. This was presented by the late HRH Princess Diana. As you can imagine, this was a momentous achievement & day but as my recovery took so long & it was fairly early in the process, I don’t think I was in the position at the time to grasp the scale of it.

I believe in raising money for any worthwhile cause & The Brain & Spine Foundation is especially important to me because without advances in neurological treatment that were made prior to my injuries, where would I be? I think people after me should continue to benefit. I intend to release an EP in the future with the proceeds going to this charity

 

Do you play instruments, if so which ones? 

I would consider myself more a singer songwriter/producer. I do play the guitar, but think my strength lies in the lyrics I write, my delivery of them as a vocalist & my ideas production wise, which I’m told give give the music a style that is entirely my own.

 

Who are you influences?

 My biggest influence have to be ‘The Beach Boys’. I love the way they experimented with vocal arrangements, harmonisation & mixed it with 12 bar blues & pop music. I think the way Brian Wilson was constantly trying to find ways of importing new, diverse instruments into their music was inspirational. I have also found acts such as REM & The Verve very influential.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

Where do I see myself in 5 years? That’s a tough question! Perhaps I’d rather not think about it! I’ll just try to see where life takes me & hope it suits me!

 

If you could collaborate with one UK Artist or band who would it be?

My favourite British artist to collaborate with I think might be David Bowie. He was a creative genius with a lot of ideas & I just think it would have been interesting if we had been locked in a room & told to come up with a new song. Wonder what it would’ve sounded like!

 

If you could collaborate with one USA Artist or band who would it be?

 If you asked the same question about a U.S. band or artist, it would either be The Beach Boys – to keep the West Coast vibe going – or Don Henley from The Eagles. I sometimes record with a sound engineer who did the rigging & sound last time they played The Royal Albert Hall, who spent a bit of time with him. He said what an intense character he was – that might be interesting!

 

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform at in UK? 

My dream festival in the UK to play at would have to be The Isle of Wight Festival.

 

What was the song or band that most influenced you to go in to music? 

It’s not really any one song that made me get into music, it’s more a build up of sounds from an era that’s passed that helped spark a passion & give me direction.

 

If you could have your music played on a TV Show, which would it be? 

If I could have my music played on a TV show, I think it would be Top of The Pops way back when, & maybe my music could be alongside The Stones, The Beach Boys & other music from the era that was part of what got me into & shaped the music I make today.

 

What do you do in your spare times? 

In my spare time, aside from working on new ideas for my music, I have an unhealthy obsession with exercise! Not great if you’re constantly fatigued – I feel exhausted before the gym, so you can guess how I feel for a while afterwards!

 

What advice would you give to others in the music industry? 

 The advice I’d give to other people getting into the music industry is: it ain’t easy & it’s better to be lucky than good, so if you don’t love it, maybe you should do something else!

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by? 

A quote I would always stick by is: if you don’t try, you’ll never know.

 

Do you have any social media accounts so Fans can keep up to date?

Social media outlets: @adamlanceley (twitter), Facebook ( Adam Lanceley)

 

REVIEW: I GET THE CHANCE TO HAVE A SNEAK PEAK OF NARROW PLAINS SELF TITLED DEBUT ALBUM WHICH WILL BE RELEASED ON THE 22ND JANUARY 2016! CHECK OUT WHAT I THINK.

Charlie Ferriday and Brothers Roger Connick and Stuart Connick, all having the same love for music as school friends the trio decided to form a band and they did that…

These have caught the eye of a lot of attention; in 2015 they won Hard Rock Café, UpRiseFM’s ‘Live in Your City’ and more!

 

 

A 13 track Album which starts with a track called ‘Restless Minds’ , it has an interesting guitar/drum instrumental which sets up a solid beat throughout and gives you an idea about the rest of the album.

 

Second is ‘ I should’ve Known’ straight in with vocals from Charlie’s gravelly vocals mix together with the instrumental and just creates a perfect song with meaning to it.

 

Track 7 ‘Ghost’ slower and peaceful showing their different vocal and instrumental ability which is fantastic.

Charlie has more honest vibe to his vocals on this song, like he is telling a story that maybe once got hurt but is getting over it but it’s taking time.

The guitar and drum instrumental again adds to the story behind the song and makes you feel what they are going through.

 

Track 13 ‘Take Me Back’ again faster and upbeat but low which is different but a great way to end the album.

Silvery vocals that just make you want to put this on repeat come straight in and its heaven!

You straightaway capture a picture which you just want to lay back and be taken away with the instrumental and really understand what they are going through which you may relate too!

 

This is just four of the incredible tracks, make sure you grab a copy tomorrow!

 

 

I give ‘NARROW PLAINS’ a 10/10 and would definitely put it on repeat.

 

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR ‘I SHOULD’VE KNOWN’

 

 

 

CD RELEASE IS Friday, 22nd January 2016  at London’s O2 Academy Islington 2

 

ALL DIGITAL RELEASE WILL BE ON THE 14TH February 2016

 

 

 

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