‪REVIEW EMMA BALLANTINE RELEASES ‘SOMEBODYS STORY’ EP AND THE FOURTH TRACK ‘ THROUGH YOUR EYES’!

Emma Ballantine is a new British artist from London is ready to tell a story!

Releasing ‘ Through Your Eyes ‘ this is fourth track that has been released.
A sound of a mystery from start to finish and vocals that instantly make you feel a connection and an instrumental that is very peaceful and slow and takes you on the journey!

The lyrics so strong and the passion that’s been put to not just this track the whole EP is amazing  and so enjoyable!

With a professional and warm feeling throughout you are in for a treat!
check out ‘ Through Your Eyes’ Below:

Buy  ‘Somebody’s Story’ EP

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/somebodys-story-ep/id1220059437

 
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REVIEW: WANDERER RELEASES HIS NEW SINGLE AND ITS HIS OWN TAKE ON FLEETWOOD MAC’S ‘DREAMS’ AND ITS PERFECT!

Wanderer is an artist that takes his music to the next level and with this latest single he seriously gives it his all and you can hear that in the track.

With Wanderers appealing vocals coming straight in and gives it a smooth running through the song and really makes you instantly go warm inside.
Adding that Indie Pop vibe you hear really gives it that extra light yet still really still has a original feelto it which I love.

This is a song that lyrically and vocally  just instantly puts a great big smile on your face!
 
You need to take a listen for youself;

 
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REVIEW: THE DEBUT SINGLE ‘ CRYIN’ FOR YOU’ FROM ‘TOOTH & NAIL’ IS HERE! 

Tooth and Nail are a duo based in Leeds with a Grunge-Soul, Blues and vocals to make you feel warm inside. 
A big guitar solo to set the song up perfectly, a song to make you relaxed but also a track you would hear on a tv show and radio on repeat! 
Check it out for yourself 

https://m.soundcloud.com/saintinthecitypr/tooth-nail-cryin-for-you
Also Tooth &a Nail have a few gigs coming up too;
15th April – The Old Blue Last, LONDON

19th May – The Library, LEEDS

15th June – The Eagle Inn, MANCHESTER
For ticket info, head to toothandnailmusic.co.uk 

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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

REVIEW:  APERA ARE A NEW ZEALAND TRIO AND HAVE JUST RELEASED THEIR LATEST ALBUM ‘LIFT YOU UP’ AND IT DEFINATELY DOES!

Apera Woodfine is the man behind the vocals,guitar and is THE LEAD then we have Andy Deihl (you may have seen his name before on my blog also in JimmyMoore&Cas.D), Andy plays drums and does vocals for Apera then last but not least is Sam Stretch who plays bass and does some vocals too. 

Slow start yet a dark feel to the track which it relates to the title ‘Dark Days’ which makes it very honest.
Check out the video for ‘Dark Days’ 

‘Testify’ has a more upbeat feel and a great guitar solo to introduce the song.

The heavy drum really gives it the extra and pushes it so well. 

Vocals are fantastic and sang again with that honest feeling.
‘Spaceman’ feels more of a song that makes you wonder about everything and everyone and make you wonder whether to ask twice but at the same time you don’t need to. The vocals are sang so clear and bold to really get the message out.
‘In The City’ tells the story of Apera ‘In The City’ how his ‘mum told him to write everything down’ and ‘how hard it is to be a man ‘ ‘In The City’ 

I love how this track is more vocals than instrumental but the instrumental really emphasises it more in what he is singing about.
This is just 4 of the 11 tracks on the new album ‘Lift You Up’ 
Grab a copy right here to listen to the rest;
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/nz/album/lift-you-up/id1216337881
Or STREAM it and let us know you favourite track 
Spotify -https://open.spotify.com/album/47AJRaa6so9yhoL3TPeKsk

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NEWS: WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN 50K IN CASH? FEARGAL SHARKEY and SALUTE MUSIC MAKERS IS GIVING YOU THE CHANCE IF YOU ARE AN UNSIGNED ARTIST, WANT TO MORE CHECK THIS OUT!

Former lead from The Undertones Feargal Sharkey teams up with Salute to make a change to the music industry. Creating a new TV Show show which will be driven by contribution to the app. Get ready and Good Luck!

The aim is to give them the platform to be able to make music, but music that they are very much in control of and a step away from major labels by giving the control back to the artist. The platform and competition has a brand new concept, not only is it the biggest cash prize (with no strings attached) for a music competition but it is very digital and audience focused. Artists will submit their music via an app which will then allow anyone to download the app and search for music that has been uploaded, maybe in their location or to suit their genre – so could potentially become the first unsigned music streaming platform as well.

SALUTE has major support from Jamal Edwards who spoke at the event as well as having Unilad as their media partner.

A TRIO CALLED ‘ THE TRUEBELLES’ ARE SET TO MAKE YOU DANCE YOUR NIGHT AWAY WITH THEIR LATEST SINGLE ‘MISTER NOBODY’  AND WHAT ELSE DO THEY PLANNED 

What is your bands name? 
The Truebelles
How did you come up with the name?
It’s a faux take on 1940’s Americana. The word Belle comes from that. We like the way Amy Winehouse mixed it up with hip hop, jazz and 1960’s culture.
What is your genre of music?
The genre is good songs. We like to mix it up. We like to dance.
Give us a little bio about you as a band and individuals.
Lorena is the lead vocal on Mister Nobody although we take turns on lead vocals. Grace has emotional versatility as a singer and Tallulah is the most developed as a songwriter. We share a passion for seeing more a dynamic and healthy representation of women in the media.
 
What made you go in to music?
Grace: Freddie Mercury.
Tallulah: Passion.
Lorena: I can’t remember I was singing before I could speak.
Are you a signed?
We are a collective as much as a band or act. We all have individual projects and we do The Truebelles because we love it not really because we are legally bound to it.  
Your brand new Pop single ‘Mister Nobody is out, what an you tell us about it? 
It’s straight forwardly about standing up for yourself. its about a man who can’t find his own way so he relies on a woman too much so she has to stand up for herself for both their sakes.
Tell us more about the title of the single process.
Our producer came up with it. We think it’s really about him.
What was the recording process like? 
We work with a writer producer on the Truebelles we make alot up in the recording studio. It was recorded at Katie Melua’s keyboardist’s studio.
What was the writing process like?
The writing, recording and producing processes all bleed into each other on this project.
Who did you show Mister Nobody to first?
We played it to a film director as we knew right away it was the song we wanted to launch with.
Will we see an Album or Ep this year? 
Most of the album is recorded we had to break off a few times as Tallulah was filming for Television and Lorena had some huge Gigs at the O2 in Scottland.
Do you have any gigs coming up, if so where will you be heading?
We plan to do a few low key spots although it depends how well the single does.
Do you play any instruments?
Tallulah: I play Guitar.
Lorena: I write top line melodies and use a work station so I play synth.
Grace: Keyboards in the studio. 
Who are your influences?

Grace: Freddie Mercury, Chromeo, Christina Aguilera… Too many to mention. Prince also. 

Tallulah: Kate Bush. I really like a lot of electronica such as Oh Wonder, James Blake. So many.
Lorena: Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse, Jamiroquai, Jill Scott, Santana, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder.
Tallulah, youve had experience in the Enetertainment industry doing voice over and currently in the top 12 of Britains Next Top Model which congrataulations might we add… what is the best advice you’ve been given and passed it on? 
Lorena: I did some ADR for Margo Robbie’s Jane in the Tarzan movie, best advice is “learn from your mistakes”.
Tallulah: best advice “go for it”.
Grace: from mother. it’s “failing to prepare, is preparation for failure”
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Grace; you just start somewhere and then keep going until you finish.
Lorena: If you are a good listener it helps you. You pick up on all kinds of sounds from your environment and it helps to inspire.
Tallulah: it’s comes from deep inside.
How do you prepare? 
We get naked under a full moon. 
Would you be up for collaborations with other artists if so how could they contact you?
Grace: Yes.
Lorena: Maybe
Tallulah: Don’t call us we’ll call you.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Tallulah; in the mirror.
Grace: Running the Queen Vic in Eastenders. Is that show still on ?
Lorena: I’d like to Expand from my ADR and do some Character movie acting.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Tallulah: Paint, modelling also.
Grace: I like to relax with my cats although I live with a guitar player so there is always music.
Lorena: Acting. 
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene? 
In harmony: ….”to many to mention”
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
(Already answered as above)
 
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Grace: if you’re a quitter, Quit. If you’re a sticker, stick.
Tallulah: if you’re a shitter, shit.
Lorena: Amen.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Tallulah: We don’t, were flexible.
You get off a plane in your hometown, 

1/ where is the first place you visit

2/ where is the first place you see 

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

 Grace: it’s the same for all three Mum at home.
 
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget? 
Lorena: Five fingers to open to mic drop when you smash the gig.
You work with Quite Great PR, how did that come about? 
Grace: We got our producer to call Pete Bassett and we all went to meet that one man legend and he loves us. 
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Tallulah: Yes we do. (Mimes mic drop)
Grace: ha-ha
Lorena: funny girl.

http://www.thetruebelles.com/