NEW SINGLE ALERT! Joey Mannarino – “Falling”

Yes folks! Here is the newest heat from Philadelphia’s own Joey Mannarino. He has dropped his new single, “Falling” today and it is certain to be an surefire hit. This breezy and smooth-sailing groove was produced by Kustom and written by Mannarino himself. Mannarino is currently in the process of recording a new album, which will be set to release in mid-2013. The landscape of R&B is about to explode with his talent and this cut proves it! Thanks brother for blessing us with this one!

Check out more of Joey’s music and talents here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/joey-mannarino/id384245812

http://joeymannarinomusic.webs.com/

https://www.facebook.com/joeymannarino

https://twitter.com/mannarinojoey

http://www.reverbnation.com/joeymannarino

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJoeyMannarinoShow

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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.

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

Special: Remembering Whitney Houston (1963-2012)


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There has been a sense of disbelief and shock in the atmosphere since the evening of February 11, 2012. The news of the unfortunate passing of Whitney Houston was one to remember because it was so sudden. Her angelic spirit, anointed and earthshattering voice, and undeniable love to others proved to be enduring qualities to her life. In between the glamour and praise, there were the demons and trials that caused her eventful decline, as her reign as one of pop’s greatest voices nearly came to a close. In the 1980s and 1990s, she conquered and broke down barriers that were never crossed in the entertainment industry. From record-breaking singles and albums to top-grossing films, Whitney singlehandedly dominated the industry in her own right and influenced generations of new female talents to come. Her later years were filled with much turmoil and wounded hope as the vibrant and brilliant voice became shattered and the tabloids intensified with negativity. But, she tried to be resilient and strike it out on top again by staging a comeback. In the end, it proved to be way too overbearing for her to handle, even though her spirit remained intact.

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I was one of those devoted individuals who was utterly shocked when hearing about Whitney’s passing on Saturday, Feburary 11, 2012. First of all, it was a weird weekend for me, as college assignments and daily personal chores had become stressing and overbearing. Secondly, the hype of the upcoming 54th Grammy Awards seemed to be so huge, with alot of talk about top-billing artists such as Adele, Kanye West, and The Foo Fighters sweeping honors during the ceremony. Friday night before her passing, I recall reading an article about Whitney at a pre-Grammys event, reporting her actions and presence. The photographs that were featured in the article displayed a different view of a woman who was embarking on a second transformation in life, after an entire decade of personal and professional struggles. Wearing disheveled all-black attire, sweaty and on the verge of being exhausted, Houston possessed a weary and confused spirit. What was even more alarming was the sliting of her wrist, which endlessly spurred out blood. I began to wonder if she had relapsed into the destructive lifestyle that brought her life and career to a halt or if she had too much of a festive time at the event.

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I had spent that entire night thinking about Whitney’s life and family. The photographs that I viewed were permanently ingrained into my conciousness as it was unlike any other thing I ever experienced about Whitney Houston. It was only the next night that I had saw a plethora of statuses on my Facebook wall declaring that she had passed. Being a hardcore music collector and enthusiast, I was stunned because it seemed that Houston’s rich musical output reflected the times and moments that not only introduced us into Houston’s life, but gave us an insight into how we should live our lives. Her music spoke to us on many levels.  

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Even though she struggled with substance abuse, I always had this idea that Whitney was going to be one of those icons that would never depart from us so soon. Like another major icon, Michael Jackson, who died three years earlier too soon, her passing is a testimony to the ills of fame and the price of excess. But we must never forget her joy on Earth and the undeniable legacy that she left.


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May her spirit remain vibrant and long live Whitney Elizabeth Houston (1963-2012).

Please leave your comments and celebrate the love and life of Whitney!