Category Archives: soul

Rosie O’Sullivan’s New Soul Infused Album

Having got to the brink of fame on Britain’s Got Talent, Rosie O’Sullivan has returned with some of her best material yet as she aims to reach to the top.

Gaining influences from her family and relationships, Rosie has found that her own experiences make the best material for inspiring her songs. The album is based around relationships and encounters from the past few years but the track ‘No One’ follows the story of true love between Rosie’s mum and dad that she is lucky to see every day.

Brought up with the rousing sounds of Motown, soul and the vibrant style of the sixties, Rosie immersed herself in the unique energy of the music, which has naturally lingered into her own. By the age of eleven Rosie could play both the piano and saxophone and continued to blossom as an artist. She began singing alongside The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain in the 2011 and 2012 BBC Proms and then gained a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree at the London College of Music.

You can find out more about Rosie and check out some of her music here:

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/rosie-osullivan

https://www.facebook.com/rosieosullivanmusic

https://twitter.com/rosieosullivan

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAh8bWfq9q0o2n4L5gnIiCw

www.rosieosullivan.co.uk

www.instagram.com/rosieosullivan

Unique Hastings – ‘Skip The Talking’

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Coming from a musical background –

A singer, rapper, songwriter and producer, Unique Hastings is a multi-talented artist with music in his veins. His father owned a recording studio and his mother taught him to sing. On top of this, both his grandparents were musicians.

All this spurred him to follow his passions as a musician. He has since been involved in a number of exciting projects, producing music for a Virgin Media digital campaign as well as collaborating with Chris Brown for a remix of the r&b artist’s single ‘Run it’. His touring meanwhile has taking him all over the world, playing acclaimed venues such as the O2 Arena in London and Apollo Theater in New York, supporting names as big as Ludacris and De La Soul.

Unique Hastings gives us elements of soul, r&b, hip hop and pop, South London artist Unique Hastings’ sound is certainly unique.

Check out ‘Skip The Talking’ :

 

‘Skip the Talking’ is out 30th September

 

The Great Voices of Soul

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Headed by the legendary likes of Patti LaBelle, The Whispers and Soul II Soul, the line-up of award winning stars are preparing for this once in a lifetime opportunity to bring the house down at the SSE Arena, Wembley.

Supported by Smooth Radio and presented by TBH events, the show will be a must-see for fans of true soul music, and for live music fans who want to see how these innovative artists shaped the pop music landscape as we see it today.

Patti LaBelle – The Whispers – Soul II Soul – The S.O.S. Band – Loose Ends – Gwen Dickey – Meli’sa Morgan

Ticket outlets:

www.AXS.com (Box Office) www.Ticketmaster.co.uk

www.Seetickets.com

www.Gigantic.com

Tickets: £50, £60, £75, £80, £100

Promoters: http://www.tbhevents.uk/

Yo Will Make You ‘Shake It’ With New Single!

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The latest single taken from the album will be the punk laced track ‘Shake It’ – satin like robed in punchy bass-lines, quasi-spoken vocals and a known trippy sensibility.

You can hear the track here:

Watch the video here:

‘Shake It’ as a track represents just one of the many areas and styles that make Yo such an interesting band. Each track is specifically influenced by the place, time and events of its conception, so pinning down a genre is something of a challenge.

Single ‘Shake It’ will be available from June 15th.

Links:

https://twitter.com/itmustbeyo

https://www.youtube.com/YoMusic

http://instagram.com/itmustbeyo/

https://www.facebook.com/itmustbeyo

Harris Adams to release new single ‘Ring Ring’ April 28th

Harris Adams Studio 3“Ring Ring”, the debut single from Harris Adams, blends the old with the new almost effortlessly. Harris is a songwriter who marries the soulful sounds of Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles and the 60s mod vibes with the contemporary spirit of Aloe Blacc, Raphael Saadiq and Amy Winehouse.

With Ray Charles as an influence, Adams uses a ‘call and response’ with his backing vocalists to give a fresh dynamic to a track, adding a real sense of fun. The focus from Harris was to ‘keep things simple, relying on a strong catchy melody to carry the song’. The ambition is well achieved in the track, all preceded by a swinging opening riff to set the tone.

The team behind the single includes Grammy Award Winning producer Steve Sidwell and recording engineer Haydn Bendall (Van Morrison, James Blunt, Kate Bush and many more). Tracks were recorded at the world famous Air Studios, with vocal sessions at the iconic Strongroom Studios in Shoreditch and mixed by Ben Lamdin at the Fish Factory – both name-checked by Jamie Cullum on his Interlude album.

As well as this, Adams has a team of stellar musicians to help him realise his musical ambitions in the studio. Guitarist Adam Goldsmith (Rod Stewart, Mick Hucknall) and pianist Pete Murray (John Legend, Joss Stone) were involved as well as the smoking-hot horn section led by Paul Spong (whose punchy trumpet can be heard, among many other hits, on Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”), going some way to show how impressive Harris Adams is to those already in the industry.

Having also already supported Curtis Stigers and received rave reviews at live shows from the likes of Johnny Depp, Keifer Sutherland and Rod Stewart, this is clearly an artist who knows how to make an impression.

So, with the track set to come out on April 28th, Harris Adams is set to make the music lovers everywhere respond to his soulful call. You can listen to the track here:

https://soundcloud.com/harrisadams/ring-ring

Debut Album Release – Hard Copies pre-sold #FTMusicBook. 29th July 2014

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Band Overview
The Franks are Jon, Kaleb and Tane. A Gritty Pop Soul Trio fresh out of London who released their debut single, Lies on 12th March 2012.

The Franks have been broadcast by Alex Lester of Radio 2 on 13th March 2012 and have received Regional airplay at Lionheart Radio FM Newcastle, Saint Fm in Essex and Alan Robson’s Night Owl’s Programme on Metro Radio to date.

The Franks have had a great deal of online activity. Links and articles will be pasted below along with Comment, Quotes from National and Regional Producers and Programmers as below*

The Franks BACKGROUND

Jon, Kaleb and Tane had been performing individually for several years as musicians. Jon played the piano, Kaleb the guitar and Tane the Drums. Their union was a little unexpected as they were all from very different parts of the globe. Jon was from Essex, Kaleb was from Newcastle and Tane from New Zealand. However, their passion for Gospel, Soul and Motown music brought them together.

In 2009, The Franks met through a Gospel Choir performance in London. They then went on to jam together and later that year, were discovered by a music manager at a rehearsal studio in Kings Cross.

Kaleb, Jon and Tane found that when they just sang together they were creating a big Soul sound. They each went on to front a track with the other two singers echoing sections, splitting the songs into three part harmonies.

They developed their contemporary, vibrant, commercial music, keeping the influence of 60s soul. Their sounds are reminiscent of The Four Seasons, The Four Tops along with the Pop Soul grooves of Duffy and Winehouse.

“Lies” is a hard-hitting pop soul track. It’s catchy and fronted by Kaleb who has the gritty soul voice. The echoes are harmonised by Jon and Tane. The song reveals the anger Kaleb is facing towards his ex-girlfriend. It tells the story of how she has had a hold over him and how the past relationship wasn’t real. It also reveals the emotion and passion he still feels for her.

In 2014 a second single and album ‘Love Drunk Soul’ will be released via #FTMusicBook. The band have already built a strong live fan base playing regular gigs at venues including, Ronnie Scotts, Floriditas, Café De Paris and Madame JoJos.

They are thrilled to be releasing their tracks via Freethemusicbook.com and will keep you posted via ‘The Book Review’ on their page of forthcoming news on the bands progress.

Quotes to date:

The Franks “LIES” – NATIONAL AND REGIONAL RADIO COMMENTS : Alex Lester – RADIO 2- Lies has received airplay.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01d5qg4

MALCOLM PRINCE, Executive Producer – Graham Norton & Paul O’Grady Radio 2 “Lies is a good upbeat track. I have no problems with the production. It will be up for consideration on our playlist.”

Mark Plant, Producer DRIVETIME Radio 2 – “The track is a really strong song. I can very easily hear the song on the Radio 2 playlist.”

RADIO 2 – Broadcast assistant Joe Haddow – ‘I like the feel of this track…it’s fresh and soulful and has a really good rhythm. The chorus is quite instant and becomes catchy after a couple of listens. The lead vocal is really interesting – I think it works though, not too gruff, just the right side. It compliments the brass really well…and the harmonies at the end soften the blow too. It stands out from other singers at the moment and harks back to some of James Brown’s earlier efforts. I can see Radio 2 playing this – certainly spot plays, but perhaps a cheeky c-list too. I think it would work well on certain shows across the board’

Maxximum FM – “I’m going to fit this in to one of our shows”

Music Scheduler/Playlist Manager Saint FM – “’Lies’ has been aired on two Saint FM shows, Midnight Café & Local Talent. It will go out again on the Local Talent show on Monday between 7-9pm. We think it’s a fabulous record.”

BBC Radio Wales – “Good track. I’ll take it in to the next Playlist meeting.” – Music Scheduler/Playlist Manager

Smooth Radio – “ I would consider putting them on as the opening act on one of our ‘Love Music Live’ shows.” – Head Of Presentation, Smooth Radio Network

Metro Radio – “I have played this, more plays to come.” – Alan Robson, Night Owls Show

Smooth Radio Network – “Love the track, very Northern Soul-esque. Smooth is definitely a station that can play this band.” – Head Of Presentation, Smooth Radio Network

Live Session with Robert Elms, BBC Radio London 94.9 – March 28th 2012
Robert Elms and his producer Graham love the track “Lies” and have played it numerous times on BBC London and gave The Franks the opportunity to sing live and have an interview… Click on the link and go to 2:33.40

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00pyf32/Robert_Elms_With_Russell_Clarke_Judit h_Walkowitz_Wayne_Modest_and_The_Franks/

The Franks Online Press and Video Links:
http://entertainment-focus.com/music/articles/interview-the-franks
http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/music/indiemusic/single/the+franks-225504.html

http://www.malextra.com/music/indiemusic/single/the+franks-225504.html
http://www.bollyfirst.com/music/indiemusic/single/the+franks-225504.html
http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/articles/news/Gritty_Pop_Soul/46756/p1/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:SoulGroupsFan

http://www.youtube.com/thefranksband

http://www.thefranksonline.co.uk
http://www.myspace.com/thefranksonline

Stars is the new single from Jessie Lowes and we love it!

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This track evokes a great deal of emotion and feeling. The story of the song is about her struggle to perform as an artiust without the help of her mother to guide her and support her. Jessie Lowes was very close to her late mother, so this is a really brave and saddening song to listen to.

Below is the press Release, with more information about the track and her upcoming album:

Available from September 22nd, ‘Stars’ is the new single from acoustic singer-songwriter Jessie Lowes. Based in Northumberland and specialising in a delicate mix of clear vocal and guitar picking, Lowes is a songwriter not afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve when it comes to her music. The single ‘Stars’ was written for her mother who passed away in 2008 from Cancer, and the song is a tribute to their close relationship:

It’s hard to believe that a song this delicate is the work of an ex-cage fighter and club level rugby player – the light touch and subtleties of her music covering a tougher background than most, a childhood that music played a huge part in.

It comes as little surprise to learn that Jessie grew up around music, often using it as an escape. Her Uncle Tony Raine was a famous jazz pianist working with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Julian Slade, Judy Garland and Diana Ross, and had his own TV show in the 60s called MusicBox. And it is from this solid pedigree that Lowes’ musical pedigree was borne.

And now, with further singles and an album due before the end of this year, Jessie Lowes is set to take her love affair with music to the next level.

‘Stars’ will be available from September 22nd.

Links:

Brand new UK soul star set for debut single release ‘Backsliding’

Scarlet Baxter looks to break through with August 18th single release

A London based artist with a fiercely independent streak, Scarlet Baxter is a female singer-songwriter who has been described as ‘Lauren Hill meets Jimi Hendrix’. A killer combination of stellar vocals and soulful guitar backing thanks to co-writer Dominic Ireland, Scarlet Baxter is an artist with a genuine chance of breaking through having turned the heads of some the industry’s top names.

The track blends urban sound with a soulful edge. Whilst the lyrics are memorable and entertaing, its Scarlets expert delivery that is most apparent in the single. We really like it and hope that she slides back soon!

With a new EP ‘Stuck’ due for release soon, lead single ‘Backsliding’ is a classy introduction to Scarlet’s powerful sound. Having worked on the EP with producers including John McLaughlin (known as ‘The Hit Man’ thanks to previous successes), Jud Mahoney (Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, Chris Brown, Usher, Mariah Carey) and Natalie DeLucia (Britney Spears), this is music not only well written but also superbly captured by a team of industry heavyweights.

Scarlet Baxter is no stranger to the spotlight since winning performance contests as young as 14 years of age. Later, she went through years of musical theatre training and, although the musical theatre is not reflected in her earthy style, she did learn the art of performance and gain confidence in her own ability.

More recently, her star has continued to rise thanks to numerous support slots with Lester Clayton as well as playing Barfly, Camden with Stax Revue. It’s little wonder her music has featured on London’s BBC Introducing with Gavin Crowley, with The Stage and Television Today also marking the talented songwriter as ‘One to Watch’.

Online:
WEB: http://www.ScarletBaxter.co.uk
TWITTER – @scarletbaxter
FACEBOOK – http://www.facebook.com/scarletbaxtermusic
INSTAGRAM – scarletbaxter

Lateefah release new Reggae Single!

Neo Soul Sensation Lateefah Reveals ‘This is Who I Am’

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A fresh beat from the Soul Singer set to make a second music hit!

“This is who I am” brings a bass fueled, revival to the soul scene. Produced by talented young producer KING for Lateko Records, it will be released July 14th. Lateefah’s debut single “Here I am” held the number one spot for three weeks on the Reverbnation Christian chart for St. Lucia and also for a period of one week was number one on all genres chart. The single also reached #27 on the National Airplay Top 50 Gospel Chart (US) in December 2013 sharing the spotlight with notable artists such as Mary Mary, William McDowell, Donnie McClurkin and others. Her second single release “Love Me Through” was well received by the media and already performing live sessions with some of the top radio stations such as Premier Radio and top venues such as The Vortex, she is one to follow.

Listen to ‘This is Who I Am’ here: https://soundcloud.com/lateefahsings/this-is-who-i-am

London Born musician, Lateefah is a neo soul artist who after returning to the UK from her parent’s native country of St Lucia, is now working on further developing her gift for making music. Her new single releasing this year, will hope to demonstrate the talent and efforts of this young neo soul artist.

The cool Caribbean Artist started out singing in church at a young age, and gathers a lot of the inspiration for her work, from her own personal diaries from her childhood. Adapting these written records of her past, Lateefah has been able to create moving and soulful songs that entertain and educate her listeners about her colorful past.

Lateefah developed her passion for singing from early on as 3 years of age! Her earliest memory of being driven by the art, was trying to hit the right notes in the song “The Lord is my Shepherd”. Rehearsing relentlessly, until she hit it with pitch perfect precision. After that success and a great deal of extra practice, the music industry became a second home for the young superstar. The music blood has been in Lateefah’s family since her father founded the 70’s Reggae band, Cygnus.

Along with the Single, you can also get a FREE download of the track “Here I am”: http://latekorecords.com/lat-s-music

Links
http://www.facebook.com/thereallateefah
http://www.reverbnation.com/lateefahsings
http://www.soundcloud.com/lateefahsings
http://www.twitter.com/lateefahsings