Poetry and music gets reignited with TEPC

Chicago poet John D. Evans plans to organize his own arts group, The Evans Poetry Company.

The Evans Poetry Company is an arts project that inspires writers, poets, and musicians to pursue their goals. John D. Evans says that he hopes that this movement generates networks for others around the world.

“I’m always trying to encourage people to pursue their literary dreams,” he says. “I’m also proud of the fact that I have people who support this mission around the world called, ‘Friends of TEPC’ …  I always try to invite people to be a part of, so that we can be a network around the world, encouraging people to do the same things.”

Evans also plans to add a music workshop to this project, which caters to gospel artists and songwriters.

“Music and poetry go hand in hand,” he says. “I’m a very musical person … I enjoy singing, writing songs, so music and poetry are like a marriage. … I’m looking forward to collaborating with other gospel singers in the near future.”

Outside of TEPC, Evans says that he plans to continue writing poetry and possibly release a new book.

“One thing about me is that I’m always working on a book,” he says. “The book that I’m currently working on is called ‘The Eternal Fight’ and it’s poetry and praise. I do send out sneak preview copies of different poems that people can check out and share with others.”

He also shared his motto for the poetry world, to keep the movement going.

“I believe that we should keep poetry on the table,” he says. “Not to let it get dusty on the shelf, but to pick it up and to place it on the table for people to see and read.”

FunkKid and Joshua Jackson drop new mixtapes

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Hello people,

The moment is finally here. You’ve read their stories, and now you can immerse in their musical experiences. David “FunkKid” Ford and Joshua Jackson have recently dropped their new mixtapes. FunkKid’s “BlacksandBeats(Baba Loves Kat)” and Jackson’s “Rebels” are available now on Bandcamp. Check them out now! Support real music.

A statistical note for the readers

Since the emergence of the blog, “Brandosoul” earlier this year, its audience continues to grow and expand, through its use of podcasts, news stories, and other engaging media.

Based on statistical information, the blog has generated more than 2, 500 overall views, with 50 comments from viewers, since February 2012. Some of the popular categories include, “entertainment,” “classic albums,” and “podcast,” with “music” at the top, garnering 13 views.

Additionally, statistics show that various search engines and websites have made an impact on the viewership of the blog, allowing people to explore and share it with others around the world. As of November 2012, viewers have mostly used search engines such as Yahoo, Google, and Bing, in referring to this blog.

Along with the help of search engines, the common search terms tells another story. People have come across this blog using terms ranging from “Prince the musician,” to “Chicago skyline.”

News stories have also become an integral part of this blog, as they have given insight about upcoming artists and music updates. From September to November, more than 500 people have viewed news stories concerning musicians and music updates. The most viewed featured story was the Jesse Jenkins Q-and-A interview.

The blog has generated a varied audience from around the world, with the top viewers coming from U.S. Surprisingly, U.K. ranks second with 180 views, while Spain ranks third with 164 views.

As the blog’s main focus is on artists Prince, Michael Jackson, and other music, “Brandosoul” has become a flagship community for upcoming artists and music fanatics alike.

Digging in the Vaults: The Black Album (25th Anniversary Show)

Hello fellow Brandosoul listeners and fans,

It has been awhile since we dropped a podcast, so we have decided to reach into the vaults and give you an oldie, but goodie! 1987’s The Black Album is one of the most controversial project Prince was ever associated with and it remains one of the most well-known bootlegged albums. Its stories and myth often clash with the music, but it is such an interesting album and era. Here I was joined with my co-host Jesse Jenkins and we are offering an in-depth album critique, along with new insights about this remarkable era and album.

In this episode, we also get into:
– Prince’s “Welcome 2 Chicago” shows
– Andy Allo
– Larry Graham
– Prince’s new cut, “Rock ‘N Roll Affair” 

* This episode was recorded September 2012

Listen to or download the podcast here

Musician Henry Cooper brings back ‘real’ music, works on new LP

Multi-instrumentalist Henry Cooper is on his way to break musical ground with a new album, “The Best of Me (Part 2),” which is rooted in his various musical influences and exquisite artistry.

With heavy enthusiasm, Cooper considers his sophomore album to be a testament of real musicianship and ambition that is absent in the musical landscape today.

“The reason why I title it ‘The Best of Me’ is because it’s just all of me playing certain songs, based on my own influences,” he says. “I just want to give something back and express to people what real music is all about.”

The Georgia native says that his musical influences are widely diverse, ranging from jazz, R&B, classical, and gospel. He cites his family as one of his biggest influences, as they introduced him to music through different phases of his life.

“My top influences were Marvin Gaye, Grover Washington, Jr., Chuck Mangoine, Quincy Jones, Maynard Ferguson, Michael Jackson, and some others” he says. “So I mainly was involved in a lot of groups that I was inspired by.”

In addition to working on his own music, Cooper has contributed music for other artists. He says that he has worked with many gospel artists, most notably Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary.

Cooper also has a background for composing, arranging, and producing music and has been known for expressing his disappointment of the lack of musicianship in music today.

“You see people these days [who] haven’t played instruments in years or never played an instrument,” he says. “It all comes about trying, it all comes with how to do this stuff … you see most people today [who] never played an instrument, never read music, or never went to school.”

Cooper added that his new album will be released later this year, and his previous works are now available on Soundcloud and YouTube.

Check out Henry Cooper’s music at:
http://henrycooper1.bandcamp.com/

Up-and-coming artist unveils new sound and flavor with ‘Rebels’


From Joshua Jackson’s upcoming project, “Rebels.” COPYRIGHT © 2012 BMI. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

It’s not every day that one comes across a young artist who pays homage to the past, while looking at the present. In a time where artists and producers are typically manufactured for fame, there is a lack of uninhibited talent circulating in the music industry today.

However, newcomer Joshua Jackson is bound to dominate the music world, with the release of his upcoming mixtape, “Rebels.”

“I feel that it is time for the world to understand me as an artist,” he says. “Music is my passion and life.”

The 17-year-old Louisianan has aspirations to share his music with the world and spark a change in the way people hear music. He says that his new mixtape, “Rebels,” which he plans to release in November, will be an experimental and funky project that revisits 1970s and 1980s old-school funk and R&B styles.

“I am inspired strongly by Prince, Stevie Wonder, [the band] America … just to name a few,” he says. “One of the first songs that made me want to do what I’m doing is ‘The Bird’ by The Time. When I figured out [Prince] produced and wrote it, I knew what time it was.”

Jackson also says that he is strictly going the independent route for this upcoming mixtape, as well as future releases. Hugely distrustful of mainstream practices, he says that he is aware of his own methods of distributing and sharing music.

“I’m just not keen on what happens in the mainstream today,” he says. “I plan on releasing my music my own way and places like YouTube and Bandcamp has allowed me to do that.”

Check out more of Joshua Jackson’s music at:

http://www.youtube.com/user/HypeRhymz

Musician FunkKid preps new music for November, talks music aspirations

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Photo courtesy: http://www.reverbnation.com/funkkidmusic

Above, is an edited interview I conducted with producer and musician David Ford (commonly known as “FunkKid.” During this interview, he discusses his music career, musical influences, life, and the challenges of being an independent artist.

It is known that there is a lack of authenticity in the musical landscape today. Artists and producers are typically manufactured and image-driven for popularity and fame. However, there is a newcomer who plans to blow away the competition with his distinctive style and unique skills.

David Ford, commonly known as “FunkKid,” is on a mission to bring back quality music on the radio and in the ears of many around the world with his upcoming album, “BlacksandBeats(Baba Loves Kat).”

“My main goal is to make music that people can feel in their soul … feel in their hearts,” David Ford says. “I just don’t want to make a beat someone can dance to. I want people to feel something.”

Ford considers his upcoming album, “BlacksandBeats(Baba Loves Kat)” to be a true labor of love. With its unique fusion of hip-hop beats, smooth soul, jazz, and electro, the album will be a culmination of Ford’s masterful musicianship and production styles. He also says that this upcoming album emulates music he grew up to admire, with his own originality to match.

“My main influences for doing music are Prince, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Dr. Dre,” he says. “I was influenced by a lot of different people for this project, so there are going to be a lot of sounds on this project.”

The 24-year-old producer was born in Virginia, but his family moved to Washington, D.C., when he was younger. Ford grew up with a heavy musical influence, ranging from Motown to jazz music. He cites his grandfather as one of his biggest influences as a child, as he introduced him to music through his diverse record collection.

“My grandfather was a jazz musician … he was a drummer,” he says. “My grandfather raised me on Motown. In the household that I grew up in, it was hard for me not to get into music because there was always vinyl laying around.”

Ford has also undergone challenges to distribute his music to the masses. As a producer, he has experienced difficulties in being able to gain exposure and become known as a serious musician. With the booming impact of social network sites, such as Myspace, Twitter, and Facebook, Ford says that he found a way to challenge expectancies that people had toward his music and exceeded them all.

“I have had a hard time trying to get my music out there, as far as the online thing,” he says. “The thing is you have to stick with it, you have to be original … you have to be who you are. All I know is I’m going to throw my stuff out there, and do my best to promote it.”

In addition to being a producer, Ford says that he plans to expand his production talents onto other aspiring artists, and possibly start his own distribution company. With his new album, “BlacksandBeats(Baba Loves Kat),” being released via Bandcamp in November, there is one thing for certain: the “FunkKid” has no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Check out FunkKid’s music at these sites:
http://www.reverbnation.com/funkkidmusic
http://www.youtube.com/user/funkkidmusic301