There are some things that are never out of fashion because they just look good. But if you want classic style these days you have to get it made.
Before becoming the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer he is today, alternative soul singer Timothy Bloom was just an army brat spending his younger days traveling the world with his family. “I think it’s just being social and being able to adapt to your environment,” explains the one time VH1 Soul You Oughta Know artist. “With dad being in the military and being a pastor with all the movement we did, I was able to expand culturally.” Coming from a religious background meant the church became his first stage in fulfilling his eventual career in music. According to Bloom, he discovered music to be his spiritual outlet.
Singer/songwriter Victoria Monet McCants began her journey within the music industry as a young woman residing in California’s capitol. “Sacramento is really diverse, so I absorbed a lot of genres of music,” says Monet. “People in my school listened to everything from hard rock to country and anything urban.” Didn’t hurt that she spent her earlier years performing in school plays, church services and even NBA half-time shows. Leave it to Monet, music was a lifestyle.
For the past few years, there has been one particular voice advocating responsible economics and ownership within Hip Hop culture. That sharply dressed and charismatic gentleman is real-estate tycoon Jay Morrison aka JayMrRealEstate. Part of his appeal is how much his story represents not only the “started from the bottom” mentality that riddles Hip Hop, but also the much sought after American dream.
Azealia Banks “Broke With Expensive Taste” is a chaotic album from an equally chaotic specimen in which we find her clearing a lane of her own.
2014 marked a devastating moment for American music. Well, not really; just consider this year the next step in the industry’s digital evolution. For the first time since the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) began certifying platinum records domestically with the 1971 release of The Eagles’ Greatest Hits 1971 – 1975 compilation, not one album released this year had achieved platinum status, that is, until Taylor Swift broke up the pity party.
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
When it comes to independent R&B and soul, things probably don’t get any better than Avery*Sunshine. Since releasing her self titled 2010 debut, the “Ugly Part of Me” singer has subtly built for herself a pretty large following nationally and internationally. This year, Sunshine brought more positive vibes through her sophomore follow-up, The SunRoom. Featuring standouts including “Won’t You Try” and “Nothing To Something,” the album proves exactly why the Chester, Pennsylvania native has one of the vocal pipes in music today.
Speaking with SoulTrain.com, Sunshine discusses The SunRoom, tour abroad, balancing a career and motherhood and more.
Berklee College of Music held its annual four-day City Music Network Conference on Monday,November 2 at Downtown Los Angeles’ Omni Hotel. Over 200 registrants enjoyed presentations and conversations from all walks of the music industry, along with academia. One panel involved music icons Gladys Knight and Bill Withers. Joined by Bobby Colomby, Tommy LiPuma, Ray Chew, Ricky Minor and Ron Weisner as host, the group of industry veterans discussed everything from contemporary music creation to changes due to technology.