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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

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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.

“Snuhgie” Stocks

His style has been described as “old school bought up-to-date,”and compared to the likes of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. Bursting with a multitude of talent, this singer/songwriter/producer can grace any stage, and really “brings it” with soothing textured vocals, wrapped in with the amazing ability to play several instruments. Snúhgie is no stranger to the music industry, as he has worked with a range of noteworthy artist from John Legend to Yolanda Adams and Wynton Marsalis, and served as Music Director for Dawn Robinson and Anthony David to name a few.

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The name Snúhgie was affectionately given to Robert by his late Aunt, it literally just stuck to him over the years and has become the name that his fans have grown to recognize. As a native of Washington DC, Snúhgie attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Upon graduation Snúhgie founded his own publishing and production company (Rhythmic Sounds) where he was able to build, create, and display his love for music. This company has been a vessel to bring together a host of independent artists in the DC area. As a musician, Snúhgie takes pride in always promoting a strong message of love, relationships and inspiration in all of his music ventures.

Snúhgie is an artist who understands the complexities of coming from humble beginnings. When he is not belting out melodic sounds, he serves as a positive role model for his community regularly performing philanthropic work, including having raised more than twenty-thousand dollars in scholarship funds for students in Belize.

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Take a listen to the Conversation from May 23, 2015, find out more about him at his website,  then add him on Facebook, and Twitter; and most importantly, add him to your Music Library.

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.

 

Kroshet 2015

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

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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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Chris Jasper

Chris JasperWe couldn’t think of a better person to spend time with on the show of Conversation 2015. We had the pleasure of speaking with and getting to know R&B Icon Chris Jasper.

If you are familiar with THE ISLEY BROTHERS, then you have heard the music of CHRIS JASPER, who was primarily responsible for writing and producing all of THE ISLEY BROTHERS music during this time, including such beautiful love songs as “For The Love of You” and “Between the Sheets” and uptempo funk such as “Fight the Power.” His arrangements and instrumentation as a classically-trained musician, and his expertise on the keyboards and synthesizers, are the foundation of the legendary “Isley Brothers Sound.” When the six members of THE ISLEY BROTHERS disbanded (1984), Marvin and Ernie Isley joined CHRIS JASPER and formed ISLEY-JASPER-ISLEY. Without this crucial musical component, THE ISLEY BROTHERS were no longer a self-produced, self-contained group.

CHRIS JASPER brought his “unique sound” and musical talents to ISLEY-JASPER-ISLEY, and topped the charts singing lead vocals on “Caravan of Love” (1985), a song that was covered by English recording group, the Housemartins, an international #1 pop hit. “Caravan” was also used in commercials as part of a Dodge Caravan advertising campaign. He was also awarded a CEBA Award For Excellence for a Miller Brewing Company commercial. The music for that commercial formed the basis for “Brother to Brother” from the “Different Drummer” album, which supported the anti-apartheid struggle going on in South Africa at that time. His music has also been used in radio and television commercials, most recently “Who’s That Lady” (Swiffer) and “Between The Sheets” (L’Oreal).

When ISLEY-JASPER-ISLEY disbanded (1987), CHRIS JASPER brought his “unique sound” to his own solo projects, topping the charts with “SuperBad,” a song promoting the value of education. CHRIS JASPER has continued to write songs and produce his own R&B/Gospel music, as well as other artists, for his independent record label, Gold City Records (www.goldcitymusic.com).

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It was a treat t discuss his music and music in general. We can’t wait to hear music from is son, Mike Jasper. Enjoy the interview and then go buy the music. You can find out more by liking his Facebook page. or visiting the Gold City Music Website.

Strange Fruit

Our Guy, Tiger Roberts, Grammy Award Winning Producer, Musician, Singer and Writer has just released the video to his single, Strange Fruit. We love it and hope you do too. If you’d like to know more about Tiger, Check out the interview he did on Conversations and enjoy the Video!

 

Delandria Mills

 

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Learning to play flute at the tender age of seven, the Houston native’s formative years found her firmly rooted in many musical traditions, including classical, Broadway musicals, soul, gospel, 80’s rock, and opera. Some of her mentors included world-renowned flutists Hubert Laws and Marina Piccinini. Having graduated from Prairie View A&M University and The Peabody Conservatory of Music, Delandria’s impeccable ability earned her numerous awards including top prize at the International Association of Jazz Educators’ Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Competition in 2005, resulting in a European tour.

Delandria’s love of music, education, and passion for success led her to develop the Kingdom Flute Works Summer Camp, “The Global Presents” ensemble, and a groundbreaking trio of recordings in 2010- Kingdom Goes Classical, Be Happy, and the Be Opened EP. Her latest project “Be Opened”, is a hip hop (expression) EP of her soon to be released LP, entitled, “Ephphatha”. Ephphatha will be a collaboration with some of today’s major hip hop artists, and represents Delandria’s openness to creativity, freedom of spirituality, and rebirth of original music. Along with “Kingdom Flute Works”, Delandria teaches Jazz & Classical Flute instruction in the Preparatory Department of the Peabody Conservatory of Music. In addition to teaching and her own recordings, Delandria has toured, recorded, and performed with numerous musical greats such as: Jazz legends Billy Harper and Hubert Laws, and a number of Gospel artists such as; Tye Tribbett, Fertile Ground, Mary Mary, Israel & New Breed, and Judith Christie McAllister.

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It was pleasure speaking with and getting to know a bit about this phenomenal woman. Have a listen to the interview and let me know if you agree.  You can her music to your collection here.

 

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Links:

Her Website
Take Private Lessons
Kingdom Flute Works
Facebook

 

Janice B

On September 28, 2013, Conversations was graced with a visit from the incomparable Janice B

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Defying genres and transcending the standard music industry labels, songwriter & singer Janice B. has created her own style which she calls “Eclectic Soul”. Whether it’s R & B, jazz, blues, rock, country, or house music it is soulful. There is feeling and depth of emotion at the core of all of her songs that everyone can relate to. “Music is the one thing that connects all of us and I want to be a part of bringing people together through song and lyrics,” says Janice.

Born in Washington, D.C. and growing up in Maryland, Janice B. has been singing and writing since she was a small child. Janice began her professional music career as the co-founder and lead vocalist of the band Intuition. After a fairly successful five year run, playing venues around the Maryland/D.C. area like The Columbia Festival of the Arts and The Hard Rock Café at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Intuition disbanded and Janice continued as a songwriter and solo performer. A chance meeting on MySpace with producer MoRece of Stinkiface Music and their songwriting work together resulted in Janice being the first singer signed to the Stinkiface label. Currently working on her 3rd CD with Stinkiface Music , Janice continues her songwriting journey collaborating with many talented artists. She is working with International DJ/Producer N’Dinga Gaba on several house music tracks. Their song “Feeling Fine” gained worldwide attention in 2013 when it charted in the top ten on the Traxsource Soulful House chart.

Janice is on the board of the Baltimore Songwriters Association, a member of the Songwriters Association of Washington D.C., and is a voting member of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (producers of The Grammys).

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The conversation with Janice B was one of the most memorable of the show. Towards the end of her visit her producer, MoRece of Stinkiface Productions joined the conversation. We think you will enjoy listening to the conversation, and when your done, follow the links to connect and follow what’s going on in the world of Janice B.

 

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LINKS:

Facebook
Twitter
Janice B’s Website
Reverbnation
Myspace

Tiger Roberts

Tiger Roberts has been in the game for a while. He is a Grammy award winning producer, musician, writer, and singer. Now he is stepping out into the spotlight with creation of his own project, New World Order.

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Tiger is funky old school swag with a new jack twist.  Here is some Press about Tiger:

“Chicago based Tiger’s voice draws you in, never shows off, always taking you to the right place. “Since U Been Gone” shows a soulfully im- pressive vocal range, from falsetto to baritone, and a fine, wailing guitar coda. The song’s winning hook and dramatic feel make it a good candidate for film/TV. The similar “Hands Down” deploys a whispery falsetto and a memorable chorus. While there’s deft vocal layering on these recordings, we can only imagine how good his guitars would sound if Tiger got out of his cage and into a proper studio.”

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““The one thing I got out of boxing was discipline,” Tiger says. “When I decided to go full force with the music I knew I had to be diligent and do things that weren’t necessarily comfortable. I’ve already had a chance to see what discipline can bring, and I knew that I would get results.””

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We invite you to listen to interview and then decide for yourself.

Links

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