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Res The Artist

Res is a powerful soul rock singer whose single, They Say Vision, was a Top 40 hit with the remix going to number 1 on the dance charts. Other singles from her debut album, How I Do, include Golden Boys and Ice King both which received radio play and struck a chord with music lovers from all walks of life. This album has paved the way for her cult following today.
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Res’ live show is incredibly engaging and entertaining. Her dynamic vocals pull all of the attention to the stage and the audience is in awe of her energy and stage presence. Many of her fans profess that her live performance is one not to miss and that she often sounds better than her records. A Res performance can consist of a few different band configurations. She can do everything from a DJ set to an acoustic guitar format and all the way to a full band.

Res completed work on her second album (Black Girls Rock!) and planned for a 2006 release. After some label shakeups the album would ultimately be shelved and Res would eventually break away from her label. While fans were looking for Res and her follow up album, instead she popped up singing supporting vocals for Cee Lo Green of Gnarls Barkley on his St. Elsewhere World Tour for the smash hit “Crazy”. Following the tour, Res decided to follow the path of an independent artist and released Black Girls Rock! all on her own. This decision was in direct response to the overwhelming demand from fans thru her social media touch points.

While steadily working on new music, Res found a ying to her yang, with Brooklyn rapper, Talib Kweli. This musical connection morphed into their side project, a group called Idle Warship. The group’s debut album, Habits of the Heart, was released in November of 2011.

Also during this time, Res teamed up with director, Steve Zegans, to tell her story in the form of a documentary titled, “The Res Documentary: An Industry Diary”. Res is the main subject of the film but within her story, you will relate to the challenges of most indie artists today as well as see her as a dedicated lover of music and entrepreneur. Res gives you the insiders view on the pros and cons of being both a major label artist and an indie artist. She lets you into her life thru her family, daily work activities, intimate acoustic performances, her achievements and harsh realities of being a DIY artist.

Res’ latest EP, ReFried Mac, is a dedication to Fleetwood Mac’s vocalist Stevie Nicks. Res respectfully transforms five of her favorite Fleetwood Mac songs into her own. The first single is Dreams and was released in the Fall of 2013.

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Res is presently finishing up a new album of original songs entitled, RESET, to be released in 2016.

To finish RESET, she is asking her fans for help. There’s just about 2 weeks left to make your contribution for some great perks. Check them out here.

Signup for #Reset Mondays on her website, Follow her on Facebook and Twitter, and check out the interview below.

CynDiva

CynDiva

She is CynDiva, a Baltimore native, has been singing and performing nearly all of her life. She has performed at many talent showcases, fashion shows, plays, improvisational sketches, and special events locally and across the globe. She is a sought after mistress of ceremonies, poet, actress and motivational speaker. CynDiva can currently be heard on WDGPradio.net every Saturday from 4pm-7pm EST as co-host of The Mellow Mix, a show that spotlights independent R&B and Soul artists and their music.
She has just completed her first independently released EP, Dreadloc’d Soul Volume 1: Friend Request. The EP was written, produced, arranged and executive produced by CynDiva and Knatty 410.
She was a semi-finalist in the 2010 UK Songwriting Competition with “At The Water’s Edge”, A song written with songwriter, Nico Rizzutto of the UK. The two have never met in person. This highly awarded song was written, produced and arranged entirely over the internet. CynDiva was a finalist in the MS Big, Big Show on Broadway. She was also the “People’s Choice Award Winner” in the Mayor’s 18th annual Billie Holliday Vocal Competition, Baltimore, Maryland.
She was voted “Best Up and Coming Soul Sista”, by City Paper, and earned the title of “Dominican Idol” on 98Rock’s Morning Show; winning an all expense paid trip to the Dominican Republic. She has been a featured artist in Music Monthly Magazine, and on rockinmoms.com.
America chose CynDiva as a Grand Prize winner in the Snuggle.com “Be a Singing Scent-sation” Contest, a national competition for mothers of America who dream of being a rock-star. Winners were selected by an online vote to become a five member-singing group called the Snuggle Scentsations. The Prize consisted of a trip to California, several performances at Westwood One’s Backstage at The Grammys, radio and television interviews with local and national press, and tickets to the televised Grammy Awards show.
Her philosophy on her musical style is that she simply sings from her soul, because her heart is too fragile for such a weighty task.

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” I don’t sing from my heart. My heart is fragile. It can and has been broken. My soul, on the other hand is big, strong and eternal. That is where the strength of my music comes from. I want to connect with my audience on a much deeper level, on the soul level. I want to connect on the level where time, space, size, shape, and ethnicity become irrelevant. I want longevity”, says the young diva with zest. “Basically, I want my music to mean as much to my listeners as it does to me.”

Now in 2016, she is about to release her sophomore project, Dredlocked Soul Volume 2. We will be at the CD Release party on March 20th at Sonoma’s, located at 7284 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, Maryland 21045 find out more from the event page. Follow her on Facebook , visit her website, and most of all, enjoy the music all the time by adding it to your personal library.

The Keynote Reality Show

It is always a pleasure to talk with Sir Charles Cary. He always has some knowledge and enlightenment to share with us. October 31st was no exception.

Sir Charles Cary

Mr. Cary has been an motivational speaker and coach for quite awhile. He speaks openly and honestly about his pass and all he has overcome. He is creative and artistic, having written and recorded several albums and even trying his hand at acting and with three best sellers under his belt, we say he is a very well rounded individual
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For his latest project, he delves into the area of Reality TV, though certainly not your usual Reality TV. The Keynote definitely is coming from a positive place. We would expect nothing less if Sir Charles is involved. The show has 2 seasons completed and has been shopped to the networks. It has gotten great reviews but Networks want to change the show. Why you may ask, perhaps you have an educated guess based on what happens on most Reality shows. It is too positive, there is no drama! Well the team has decided to go another way and use crowdfunding to get the show aired.

Listen to the interview to find out more and get some discount codes to use for purchases from Sir Charles Cary’s website, where you will find some great gifts and stocking stuffers of a positive nature. Thanks to Sir Charles for always being true to himself. As he says, “You can’t keep it if your not willing to give it away.”  Check out The Keynote Campaign for more information about the project, donors perks and more.

Christine Jackson

Every so often you someone who unwittingly inspires you, just by being themselves. Christine Jackson is that type of person. It wasn’t known how much she’s been through at the time of our connecting but as we have come to know, everyone has a story.

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Before and After

Christine’s is one of overcoming. When her son was diagnosed with Autism at 18 months, Christine went into a downward spiral. Although she was not formally diagnosed, she was certainly suffering from depression. She was petite but says she has never been “skinny” but doing that time she gain in excess of 350 pounds and ended up in a wheelchair because she had destroyed the cartilage in her knees.

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Before and After

Having thrown herself into the world of Autism and being an advocate for her son, she let her health go and she was informed by doctors that she was a time bomb for a stoke or a heart attack. She was told she would probably die young. Not being able to walk and take care of her son, she knew she had to do something.

Christine and Son Delvin

Christine and Son Delvin

Since 2011, she changed her mindset by losing weight, to be able to get out of the wheelchair and take care of her son. She is now 150+ pounds lighter. Her change was not just physical, but mental and spiritual too.  This where the real journey began. Today she has her own PR firm and is the President of Revolution Entertainment Group LLC. Please take a listen to the inspiring interview and connect with her on Facebook 

Douye’

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Douyé (pronounced Doe-Yay) pays homage to the mellow blend of silk and soul made iconic by artists such as Sade, Dianne Reeves, Chanté Moore, Regina Belle, and Rachelle Ferrell. Featuring the musical prowess of fellow Nigerian and multi-platinum producer Dapo Torimiro (John Legend, Justin Bieber, Toni Braxton), Grammy-nominated multi-platinum British songwriter Terry Shaddick (Pointer Sisters, Diana Ross), guitarist/ producer Chris Sholar (Beyoncè, Mariah Carey, Kanye West), JR Hutson (Jill Scott, Musiq, Lalah Hathaway)  and Grammy-nominated jazz keyboardist/ producer Philippe Saisse (Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau), So Much Love is a breathtaking tour de force that adeptly revisits the sound of early 90s Urban Adult Contemporary radio with a unique spin. Laced with Douyé’s smoldering vocals and seasoned with elements of jazz, R&B, and a dash of spicy Afrobeat, it goes without saying that So Much Love is destined to be one of the more feted independent releases of 2013.

The Nigerian  born singing Princess joined me on Conversations almost 2 years after I heard her sultry soulful voice.  (WDGP apoligizes for the substandard audio at the beginning of the interview. It seems that night we had gremlins in the machine) The conversation was so much better than I imagined. She is thoughtful and funny and a whole lot fun. Best of all she is so talented and humble. I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I did. I am such a “fan” of this beautiful lady. If you haven’t heard her, or if your a long time fan, you will enjoy this program. When your done listening keep up with Douye’ via her website, Facebook and Twitter and more importantly, add her music to your personal library.

 

Queen B

Queen & Janice

February 8, 2014, that’s when the Duo of Janice B and QueenEarth came to visit Conversations. They call themselves Queen B, a combination of both their names, which just happens to suit them so well. Janice B has been a previous guest on Conversations and we are so happy to her back as well as our new friend QueenEarth. These two are a tribute and a testimony to Acoustic Soul.  Their sound is smooth and soul stirring. Of curse you don’t have to take our word, Just listen and form your own opinion. When your done, make your way over to Bandcamp, or Itunes or their websites and add them to your personal music collections.

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Yolanda R

Yolanda R is a classically trained vocalist, who started off like many great singers, singing in the choir.

Yolanda R. #2 She perfected her instrument at LaGuardia H.S. of Music & the Arts and  Harlem School for the Arts. Despite her  love of, and passion for singing , she strayed from her calling on more than one occasion. After meeting with many failures and internal fears, she decided that she wasn’t “cut out” to be a singer. It took many years for her to understand the words of motivational speaker Les Brown “I will fail my way to success.”

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We have to make A LOT of mistakes before we get it right. And Dion Jordan is a motivational speaker who has impacted her the most in her life. He said ” I may not be the best __ [singer] , but I have the potential to get better.” In 2011, she resolved that before her lifetime was over, she would give her dream all she had. Yolanda’s burning desire to leave a musical legacy reflective of who SHE REALLY is in this world moved her to record and release her own music. It was such a pleasure to speak with Yalonda. Listen as she shares herself and her music with me on Conversations, then check her out on ReverbNation, Facebook, Twitter and her site, Yolanda’s Voice. Most importantly, add her music to your personal collection.

Gwendolyn Collins

I first met Ms. Collins in October of 2013. She was supporting other Indie Artists at a showcase in Washington, DC. I became aware of her because of a friend who was visiting. He heard her voice and said to me that he would love to have her do a drop for his Radio station in the UK. I convinced him to ask her and we found out that she was also an Indie Artist in her own right. Carl had offered her his phone to record on. She said that she would do the drops for him and for me and send them to our respective email addresses, which she did as well as a few of her tracks. Once I heard her sing, I was an instant fan. Gwendolyn is sweet, talented and down to earth.

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It is incredulous to me that she she has only been a solo Artist since August 2013. She is a generous performer, who happily shares the stage with her talented friends. If she ever comes to your town, be sure to get your ticket. It  was such a pleasure speaking with Gwendolyn on Conversations. The interview below is from January 11, 2014. She has been on the show since then and I can hardly wait to share the second one with you, but for now, enjoy this one and then visit her website, Befriend her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter and most importantly, add her music to your personal music library.

Check Your Keys

Prophetess Tabitha Vinson is an author, the owner of Vinson Publishing, and the visionary behind ForEver Word and Prophetic Worship Intensive CHRIST Unit (PWICU). Through dance, plays, seminars and dramatic presentations, she expresses actual events that transpire in the spirit realm.

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ForEver Word is an artistic organization that brings the Word of God to life through dance presentations, plays, street skits, seminars and film.

PWICU is the Internet TV and radio show, and winner of the Women of Power Award for Excellence in Broadcasting. This faith-based inspirational phenomenon catapults the viewer and listener into taking full control of their destiny.

Vinson Publishing is the scribal arm where the papyruses (books) are written by authors who demonstrate an anointing in principles that are in alignment with the mindset of Christ.

Ms. Vinson joined us to discuss her book, Check Your Keys.  Check Your Keys_

She say,s ‘”I write my books to inspire people to rewrite the negative history that life gave them. I write about the evil spirits that control you and about the fictional characters that other authors “create.” I write to make the stage called Earth profoundly aware that we’re more than conquerors.”

Diana Broomfield says, “Tabitha Vinson brings a new prospective and workable exercises to help you on your spiritual path. This is an easy read you will return to again and again.”

Listen to the interview and then get your copy in print or Kindle versions from Amazon and other online book stores.

Keep up with Tabitha via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and/or her website. We think she is awesome and hope you will too.

Kroshet 2015

Another year, another visit from one of our favorite Indie Artist, Kroshet.

Kroshet 2015

He he is the hardest working Artist we know. He shares with us select tracks from his most recent project, Street Soul.
Street Soul, is on K&J Records & Koffee’s Mellow Groove out of Los Angeles, California. Kroshet says he has worked with some great producers on this project.  Folks like Tizone, Big Mike, Inzane Beats from Germany, Lil Tray Beatz and , Street Track Pros.

All we know is that anytime Kroshet visits there will lots of fun and laughter. So have a listen to the “Conversation”, enjoy the music and then, go and buy it.  Connect with Kroshet on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

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