Hip-hop Artist Flex Kartel Drops Collaborative Record Featuring Sada Baby

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Maryland-based hip-hop artist and creator, Flex Kartel, recently dropped a hot new record for fans across the world. “Get a Bag” (Feat. Sada Baby) centers around the concept of getting up and going for it. “What are you doing if you ain’t getting money. Go get a bag” tells Flex Kartel through song.

“Get up and go hustle as hard as you can–even if you think it’s going to take all of these tools. You just need to start. Once you start, it all falls into place,” shares the artistl. Flex Kartel’s latest single is all about the hustle. It’s also about creating art. Reflecting on his music, Flex Kartel describes his sound as “different, beautiful art.” “I would say it’s a Picasso.

If you listen to my records, you won’t get the same beautiful painting out of every record. There is always something different and beautiful about every song.” This single in particular is high energy, blending rap with melodic R&B melodies to create a sound designed to flow through your body and make you want to move.

“Get a Bag” began with a beat. “I was in the studio and created the record that night in 30 minutes,” shares Flex Kartel of the creation behind the song, which was designed to become a collaboration with Sada Baby. As soon as he heard it, Sada Baby was psyched to jump on it–and the rest is musical history.

When it comes to creating music in general, Flex Kartel sees his creative process as more than a method: “It’s something that God gave me.” When he goes into the booth, songs come to him. “They become a free painting. I paint a picture, and it becomes a story. Every song is a story.

“At the end of the day, Flex Kartel is happy when his biggest supporter is happy. “My mom is my biggest supporter. For sure. After all, she made me,” teases Flex Kartel about making his mother proud through his art, which is also a beacon of hope. “I want people to know that anything that you dream of or think of is possible. And if you feel like working with me, I’m always open to creating with artists who have the time andare down for the grind.”

In the next year, Flex Kartel is excited to release more music to his fans. “I’m really excited to give them another high energy record. I’m working on two EPs right now” tells the artist. He’s also in the midst of performing live at venues in the near future.

Make sure to stay connected to Flex Kartel on all platforms for new music, visuals, and social posts.

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Gr8ful is bringing new light to our emotions with his project PERSPECTIVES

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – Since he was a young man, Gr8ful has always been in love with music and the influence that it had on people. At only 13 he was writing his own music and freestyling for other kids in the park. Several years later he is releasing his latest project, a set of singles under the title PERSPECTIVES.

PERSPECTIVES comes to the table with two main focuses to it. Not only does the project look at the different ways to approach the topic of finding your place in the world, it also hints towards the artist’s own name. “You have to look at things from different angles to practice gratuity sometimes,” Gr8ful explained. “I think the project, and the rest of my music is a representation of that.”

As a project, PERSPECTIVES includes two songs, “Pop Off” and “Carry On”. Each song uses its own unique methods to get you to the main idea of the project, that everyone has a place and role in this life. You simply are not alone.

Starting with “Pop Off”, this track takes on the more energetic half of the project. A collaboration between Gr8ful and a few talented artists of various backgrounds, the track blends together seamlessly. “It was so rare to get such a quickly cohesive feel from such a diverse group,” he said. “It’s something I want everyone to be able to feel. In this track and their own lives.”

“Carry On”, unlike its partner track, is inspired by a groovy 80’s sound. “This song is about being able to carry on no matter what is thrown at you.” Having a gorgeously communal feel to it, this song is a representation of the knowledge that you will always have someone in your corner.

“I chose the title PERSPECTIVES because each song takes a very different approach,” Gr8ful explained. While “Pop Off” has a very forward and high tempo feel, “Carry On” takes on a smoother, more Funky sound. Despite coming from different sides, the two songs lead you to the same important conclusion, live your life to the fullest and love who you truly are.

Following the release of the PERSPECTIVE tracks, Gr8ful is looking forward to the release of several different videos, ranging from behind the scenes moments to visual representations of the music. He will also be gearing up for future tracks and releases. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this artist.

“As a South African artist, I think that my culture and I have a lot to share with the world.” There is so much that Gr8ful has yet to share and he is sure to continue to turn heads.

Make sure to stay tuned in to Gr8ful on various platforms, especially Instagram, for new music, visuals and social posts.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClk9_vh020lzEgri3QDQGIw/videos
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gr8fvl/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/imaad.baderoen.3/
Website: Gr8ful.co.za

With “Welcome To The World, ” Trudytheproducer Moves From The Background To The Front Of The Stage

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With his latest single, “Welcome to the World,” Trudytheproducer is doing two things. He is delivering a message of mental health and help and launching a career as an artist.

He has come to it through some dark times and survived, and the song’s message is yes, it’s a hard world, and you have to take care of your mental health. That means not only seeking help when you need it, but providing help, too.

“The ultimate message, I would just say, is to let people know those silent battles that they’re fighting, they’re not alone.,” he said. “This is pretty much a common thing, but for a lot of people it’s just not  talked about, so I’m just shedding light.”

“This world is not a game / It’s survival of the fittest.” The message is delivered in a hip hop beat with a modern R&B background.

The video has some fun with the message. Tru, in one part, is in a therapist’s office and portrays both the patient and the doctor. That’s part of the message, too, that everybody needs help, including those whose job is providing help.

I was gonna make sure that the song shines the light on the ones who are usually there for people who have issues and speaking on them because sometimes they don’t have an outlet. They’re on the receiving end of everybody else’s issues you know. It’s like who do they turn to? I want to shed some light for those people who may not have anybody to turn to.”

His music is a fusion of hip hop, R&B and soul that presents “his take on old-school themes and up-tempo rhythms,” he says in his bio. It is, he says, “infused with a distinct Southern flair.”

Describing southern flair, the native Alabaman said, “Well, I’d definitely have to say when you hear my accent.” He goes on to say that it also means the beats are more forward and straight to the point, but a little slower.

He still lives in Alabama but is in New York for the time being to launch his career, which up to now has been about making music for other people. He made the move last year when he released “Ricky,” a more straight-up rap with a heavy bass beat and rapid-fire lyrics.

He was ready to branch out and do more, he said, even though he didn’t have a lot of time. He was busy engineering for other artists, and making beats, and with “Ricky” he was “trying to get back to the artist side of things.”

He has a lot of music ready to go. His next single, coming out now for Halloween, is “Nightmare,” described as “the hood version of Halloween, the hood-slash-Harlem-hood version of Halloween.”

“We got Halloween coming up, so I’m thinking what could I do just to have some fun, what’s something cool I could do?”

Now, he wants his music to be his career.

“I want music to take me to a point to where I can take care of me and my family for the rest of my life,” he said. “I put in a lot of hard work, didn’t ask for much, was very underpaid for a lot of stuff. But it was because of the love I have for music and the love I have for people, but I feel like it comes to a point where my work should pay off.”

And that right there is the straightforwardness of Southern hip hop.

Musically, he wants to take all his experience with hip hop, R&B, rock and pop and take an active and creative as well as lucrative part in a career in music. He wants to sing and produce and mix music. He wants to collaborate with other musicians, put out more records and provide features, beats and engineering for developing artists as well as legends.

“I want,” he said, “to keep the world on their toes and hungry to hear the next song.”

Stay connected to Trudytheproducer and follow his career on all platforms for new music, videos, and social posts.

Website: https://www.newkingmmg.com

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-306350383/welcome-to-the-world?utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3x2oP1MPYL4y2LW4oNPxvu

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@trudytheproducer 

YouTube: https://youtu.be/WdYz8Ug9PLA

Lynn Davis Honors Her Talent, Her R&b, And Her Soul With “Can I Come Over”

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Lynn Davis grew up listening to the greats of R&B and soul. Beginning as a teenager she became one of them, and for four decades she toured the world and performed with them.

With “Can I Come Over,” the debut single off her upcoming album Lynn Davis: From the Vault, she is back, coming out of what she calls semi-retirement to sing the music she loves.

“Can I Come Over” is the story of two lovers whose travels keep them frequently apart, but one night the singer decides to call her lover up and ask, “Can I Come Over,” and the classic R&B ballad unfolds in Lynn’s rich, warm voice.

She loves the modern performers of R&B and soul, she says, but, still, a recent release had her asking herself, “Where is R&B?”

“I mean, it was a great record. You know? But I miss Luther, and I miss Stevie,” she said. Lynn was talking about Luther Vandross, and Stevie Wonder directly, but the conversation made it clear she was also thinking about George Duke, with whom her career started when she was a teenager.

She was thinking about Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan and many, many more of the greats she toured the world with during the time when she was one of most accomplished and successful session singers ever.

“I miss real R&B, soul, love music,” she said, and thinking about that recently sent her to the studio in her house, where she has thousands of cassettes from her career.

“I went through them and I said, ‘Listen to the songs that I have.’ And I thought, ‘I’ve got to continue to honor my gift even though I’m in semi retirement.’ I still sound good, I still sound young, I’m still kind of sexy at this age, you know?”

Having made the decision to get back into music, she decided to do it through her own record company, Bella Records, which she formed at the beginning of this year. She began the work of learning how to run her own company in the digital music world – organizing, putting together the pieces of a video, marketing, PR.

“And so, as a team of one, I ventured into this new climate of everything digital, online, technological. It’s not like it was back in the day that you need a record company. You can do it yourself,” she said. “And I love that. I could have control over my music and nobody wanted me to sit on their lap.”

Her previous career was not only as a highly sought-after session singer. She wrote songs for artists such as LaToya Jackson, Patrice Rushen, Tracie Spencer, Thomas Anders and others.

As she talks, it becomes clear, too, that another motivation for her is to honor the people with whom she sang, wrote music and performed. Stevie Wonder, for instance, paid for her vocal training with the legendary teacher Seth Riggs.

“Stevie didn’t have to send me to Seth Riggs,” she said. “He didn’t have to sit down and listen to my songs and give me pointers. He didn’t have to do that. But that’s who he is, you know?”

George Dukes asked the 17-year-old Lynn Davis to tour with his group and mentored and nurtured her career right up to his death in 2013.

And in starting her new career, she said, in the process of learning, she was struck by the realization that she needed to get on the phone and “thank some people.”

“And Stevie was one of them,” she said. “So I texted him the other day, and I said George is gone, you’re still here, you guys are my mentors and the people through which God used and funneled a lot of blessings for me, and I just want to say thank you.”

And then there is, for the preacher’s grandaughter who didn’t date until she was 21, the spiritual side.

“I thought that it was really not cool for me to have all these great songs, and still be able to sing, and not do it,” she said. “It was a blessing to be where I am at this age right now. I needed to do this, I really needed to do this, and wanted to do this, and felt like this was part of my reason for being here and an honor to God as well.”

Lynn Davis: From the Vault will be out early next year.

“I’m gonna put this music out,” she said, “and I’m gonna let the people decide.”

Stay connected to Lynn Davis on all platforms for new music, videos, and social posts.

Website: http://www.lynndavismusic.com/

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/lynn-davis/1648540886

YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCHZK6U50xhzpvXfhBF2TFSA

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Benjamin Hey! Embraces His Music Career One Song At A Time

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On April 15th, 2017, Benjamin Hey! took on a daily songwriting challenge. The NYC-based artist and producer, who was then working as an actor and model, has written a song every day since.

“It’s like one of those situations where I thought I was done with music, but it wasn’t done with me. So I decided to just try it again. But this time around, I said to myself, I have to have fun, so I can’t take myself too seriously. Whatever songs come through, I’m going to write it—if they are good songs, bad songs, if they’re serious, if they’re silly, I’m just gonna create it and not judge it. It led to me just doubling down on my commitment,” explains Hey! “I didn’t plan on writing a song every single day for over five years. It just happened.”

Hey! started writing music in 2008 as an independent artist. Feeling that music had been following his various paths serendipitously—taking acting courses that always ended up having singing involved—he decided to return to music-making after a 30-day challenge that was brought to his attention by a friend who was a contestant on The Voice. The friend ended up with 4 songs, while Hey! wrote 22 songs. He soon reached out to a producer friend in L.A. (Jonny On The Rocks) and started production on those 22 songs.

That soon led to writing and producing “Beat For The Gods” by actress Laverne Cox, which reached no. 41 on the Billboard Dance Club charts. That pushed Hey!’s energy threshold to songwriter even more, but this time having fun with that drive and creating music with an organic heart.

“It’s a journey where I’m learning to just be open, be flexible, and especially with writing a song every day, I never know what the subject matter is going to be, but I do show up to write it when it does drop in,” says Hey!

In another cosmic shift for the artist, after traveling to Puerto Rico to visit friends, Hey! ended up filming a music video. Word of mouth led to connecting with musician John Beyer, leading up to a writing and collaborating partnership that produced tracks such as “Powerless” and Hey!’s latest tracks “No Samples” and “RA-TA-TAT-TAT.” While Beyer’s musical influences ranged from balladeers, crooners, and classic rock, the pair managed to meet in the middle symbiotically and have maintained their musical partnership for 3 years.

“No Samples” is about not compromising when one knows what they want, written during the COVID-19 quarantine when Hey! was feeling isolated.

“I got through most of the pandemic by myself, then I said, okay, if I’m gonna want those things, and I do want love in my life, I’m not trying to settle for it. I want the steak. I want a 5-course meal. I don’t want no Happy Meal.” he explains, then quoting the song’s lyrics with a beat reminiscent of old-school R&B, “I’m holding out for something special and amazing.”

“RA-TA-TAT-TAT” is an anti-gun violence track co-written with Beyer. Since Hey! had grown up in the projects in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, he’d initially been resistant to releasing the track that’s lyrics run dark. But just like his openness as a songwriter on his other tracks, he wanted to embrace “RA-TA-TAT-TAT” and realized its significance. Hey! soon had the hook for the song and its structure.

“As much as I did not want to touch it, it’s important because it’s a problem. We need to hear more songs that are anti-guns that have the recognition of the problem in all the major cities it’s happening in,” says Hey! “When we wrote the song, it was definitely geared towards inner city violence, black-on-black crime. But as we know now, bullets don’t discriminate, and this song is for everyone that’s been affected by gun violence.”

Since its release, Hey! and Beyer have performed the track at Spotify headquarters, and it has reached over 100,000 streams on the platform. Hey!’s daily songs are also leading him to a future EP release and continuing his songwriting partnership with Beyer—including what they describe as a potential hit track, titled “Money Girl,” a female-empowerment song about financial independence.

Benjamin Hey!’s journey over the past 5 years has led him to a lush music career–embracing opportunity one song at a time.

Hip-Hop Group The Underdogs Aspire to Inspire

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Hip-hop group The Underdogs are embracing imperfections, and creating a brand and musical identity that emphasizes on helping others through hard times.

On their latest single “Be About It,” the New Jersey-based trio—Lady Ink, Rafayel, and Butta—go straight to the point on the track, and see it as a gateway for listeners towards the rest of their music.

“We have Spanish records, we have records about the struggle, but I feel like people receive those things better when they know you better. And so that’s why I felt “Be About It” was one of the stronger ones to push as a record and to drop first because it’s very straight to the point,” says Lady Ink. “We’re just trying to engage the audience before we try and convince them of anything. When it goes like the more emotional records or the records that we’re trying to pull out people’s heartstrings we have to get the people engaged first before we drop those.”

The Underdogs met through mutual friends. Butta is cousins with Raf while Lady Ink re-connected with him through Instagram after he moved from Florida to NJ. Lady Ink has experience in the industry, previously signed to Hit City Records at 17-years-old, and Rafayel’s own project has over 80,000 streams on Spotify.

Their music ranges in variety—trap music, Latino rap that represents their Dominican and Puerto Rican cultures, and East Coast-style bars. On their 2022 record Who let The Dogs out? The Underdogs represent all of that, showing listeners what they’ve got.

But that isn’t all that they’ve got. Underdogs are both their sound, and a collective brand and movement. Under the name 360 Underdog, the group sells a luxury sneaker brand handcrafted in Italy. It’s not just about the aesthetic, but a way for Underdogs to help and advocate for others in need

“The whole point in creating the brand was to reach those people who we can relate to, people who come from nothing and those people who have those doubts and kind of hard to believe in themselves to do anything in life,” explains Lady Ink. “I want to be the advocate for comfortable living, basic human needs, and giving back to the communities in ways where it’s consistent […] We buy into so many things and we support so many things and there seems to be little to no return in doing those things. And I really want my brand Underdog to be that one where I invested in this brand, I’m wearing it, and I can really see how it's putting structure in my life or affecting my life in a positive way and it's not just for show or for glamor. It's really helping people at the end of the day consistently.”

Underdogs want to connect in-person with fans once they begin performing live, and getting their energy out there. But there’s no rush—the group wants to create as much content as  possible for listeners to see and for them to understand how serious they are about their work.

“I don’t want to go out there and try to connect with people and they search us and we have one video and an album. I feel like I really want to get a good amount of content and product out there that when we do reach the consumers and we do get our energy out there, they have something to go off,” says Lady Ink. “We're really just taking our time and really putting our best foot forward and making sure that everything we put out there is 100%.”

Make sure to stay connected to The Underdogs on all platforms for new music, videos, and social posts.
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Who Is C.A. Brown?

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Corey Brown, known as C.A. Brown & formally “Trigga Trend” is a recording artist and entrepreneur from Chicago Heights, IL. The second youngest of 6 siblings, C.A. grew up with vision and alot of entrepreneur spirit which he credits his mother for : “I am like both of my parents in many ways, i have the the entrepreneur spirit like my mother but i think and execute in life a lot like my father”.

Despite an upbringing that Includes witnessing everyghing from drugs, gang activity and crime, C.A. Brown as always been musically Inclined. Inspired by other emcees like 2pac & Jay Z, which he admires the most because of his accolades, catalog, and longevity, C.A. plans to make his mark indefinitely. Most of the rappers in Chicago tend to fall in the categories of Drill, but C.A. Brown is a versatile MC more focused on Real subjects, lyricism, and activism though still influenced by the streets.

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C.A. gained recognition from 2010-2017 under the Trigga Trend moniker with the early success of a string of mixtapes that Include “Meet The Trigga Man”, “M3”, “Break Bread or Be Food” & “CONGO”.

As of 2022, C.A.Brown continues to elevate his music career with several independent singles and an the follow up to his anticipated album release titled “King’s Testimony” w/ #KT2 (King’s Testimony 2).

In addition to his rebrand and resurgence, C.A. Brown is also pushing his brand CONGO to new levels that include merchandise and other ventures in the works.

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45Redline Brings Eclectic Tastes To The Table With Alternative Rap/Rock Fusion

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The five artists behind the West Coast group 45redline, each grew up listening to different music – everything from classic rock and grunge, to early 2000’s nu metal and rap.

Coming into their artistry, they’ve made the unique decision to fuse styles into something innovative; if I could paint a picture, it would look like the Red Hot Chili Peppers had a baby with the Migos and birthed the sound of 45redline. A sound best described as a blend between alternative, rap, and rock music.

The group released its first single in February of 2022, “NIGHTMARE,” a mashup of guitar and electronic beats with some vibey vocals. Followed by two EP’s and nearly a dozen tracks in all.

“Those were teasers,” says Blake Evan, an artist and videographer for 45redline. “They’re really a test to see what it would look like when we put all our music together for the first time. We were really proud of those projects, and I think they resemble what we’ve got going on.”

Other releases include, emo-inspired, “UPSET!”, thus far reaching 14,000 plays on Spotify alone. The Red Sun EP featured, “So Close” and “Death Letter,” featuring mypoorneighbor.  The latest EP, Dark Moon! includes four tracks and another feature from mypoorneighbor and up and coming artist, bats.

“bloodyred6,” from the Dark Moon EP, is a colorful introduction to 45redline. It’s a rage driven track that alternates between screamo and rap.

“It’s a song where we’re laying it all on the line,” says Flam Pkmn, an artist and one of the founding fathers of the group. “The song definitely brings intense vibes; The beat goes crazy. It’s more of a rager, I’d say.”

The origins of the group – which consists of Cole Henry (artist, producer, videographer), Hersadhero (artist), Flam (artist), Duxe Lee (artist), and Blake (artist, videographer, photographer) – dates to late 2019 when Cole and Flam (Founding Fathers) started writing, producing, and recording in some of Sacramento’s hidden gem in-home studios.

As a hobby turned into an undeniable passion, the two began reeling in other friends who shared the same love and ability to make music – including guitarist Miguel Ramirez – and by the middle of 2020, the group took shape and began to focus on developing its sound.

Interest from industry insiders and artists generated some notoriety for the group, and 45redline built on the momentum by working with Grammy nominated and award-winning producers and engineers like MILLION DOLLAR SNARE, Q MADE THE BEAT, J3M Sound, JORGE MARROQUIN and Tatum Martin.

In February of 2022, they signed with independent label PAKKMAN RECORDS.

“We all have our own sense of influence with music and so we each bring something unique to the table with our skillset and influences,” says Flam. “I’m not exactly a lyricist but I can definitely come up with clean bars, hooks, punch lines and definitely direct a beat.”

Blake says, ‘it’s all a huge team effort”. In addition to being one of the artists, he handles some songwriting duties as well as videography, photography, along with managing 45redline’s social media accounts.

“We have many jobs assigned to everyone so we can keep the ship rolling,” he says.

Cole is one of the main producers in addition to being an artist and writer. He plays a big part in constructing the structure of their songs and handles the engineering and mixing.

The group’s name was also a collaborative effort: Flam, liked the sound of “45” and another friend liked “redline,” so they put the two together.

45redline is set to drop a full project come this November 2022, featuring new songs with sounds nobody’s heard before.

“We’ve had some snippets on social media but this project doesn’t have any songs people have heard before except one or two,” Blake says. “Most of the new fans won’t recognize it. It’s going to be exciting.”

The group says the sound will be more polished, distinct and unified.

“It’s going to be a real display of what we’ve been working with,” Cole says.

45redline will return to the stage in October for a performance at Kushstock Festival.

Make sure to stay connected to 45redline on all platforms for new music, videos and social posts.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0o1vKOhY268e6gbFFHfndE?si=5FRiVI8CQ3m78k6wqs8VDg&nd=1

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8Q6I7XlFa2dYc1h9Rv6Qfg/about

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/45redline

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/45redline/?igshid=1d1lm45vass1z&hl=en

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@45redline

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Maurice Carroll Teams Up With Grammy-nominated Carolyn Malachi For New Dance Track

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When it comes to his music, Maurice Carroll has a simple goal.

The Baltimore-based composer and producer has worked with artists who’ve been nominated for – and won – Grammy awards and others who’ve delivered chart-topping hits. He’s toured across parts of the U.S. as well as eastern Europe and in Africa. He coaches other artists to help elevate the independent music scene.

But at the root of it all, Carroll wants to expose more people to house music by combining it with other genres like R&B and hip hop.

“The intent is for people to not pigeonhole dance music for a certain type of person,” he says. “It’s not just for one type of person. I want to make people more aware of it so they can enjoy it more and understand it more.”

For Carroll, it’s as simple as this: house music is easy to move and dance to. With a background in multiple genres, he says this genre is the party genre for him.

“It makes it easy for people to dance and be free of what they might look like when they’re dancing,” he says. “Be free with it. You don’t have to know specific steps and dance moves, you can move freely in it. I’ve also found it’s a controlled musical genre for me. It’s simple to the average listener but it has intricacies that I enjoy and it’s about the placement of those intricacies.”

Beyond just introducing fans of other genres to dance music, Carroll enjoys the difficulty of combining house with those other styles. When he’s mixing with something like R&B, for instance, his music isn’t written and arranged the way a traditional R&B song would be.

“You have to leave enough room on the front and back end for the DJs to blend it,” he says. “Placement for the vocals is important, and even if you’re featuring instrumentalists, where that instrument is being showcased within the song is important and has to be calculated because you have to anticipate what the dancers are doing during that song and not abruptly introduce another element where the listener isn’t prepared for it.”

Carroll has worked with artists like Michelle Weeks, a dance music artist who was a singer in Little Shop of Horrors. He’s worked with Michelle Shellers (vocalist for the electronic hit song “Keep on Rising”), The Floacist (formerly of Floetry), Ruff Endz and more.

He’s been building a buzz with his 2-step mix of “Ooouu Work It” featuring rising hip hop artist Lor Dae. And he recently composed, produced and arranged the dance track “Under My Own Weather” for Carolyn Malachi, a Grammy-nominated artist.

“KP (Kevin Powe Jr.) insisted that she work with me. Then she asked me to produce a song,” Carroll says. “When I sent it back to her, she was really taken aback by what I did. She said it was exactly what she was looking for.”

Malachi sat with the music for a while, wrote to it and then brought Carroll into the studio to hear where she’d taken the project with Grammy-winning and multi-platinum producer and engineer Andros Rodriguez.

After listening to the song, the two asked Carroll for his thoughts. He said it sounded good, but they still sat waiting for his real producer’s response.

“I said okay, can we listen to it again? I have some suggestions,” Carroll recalls. “Let’s move this here, place this here, manipulate it this way. Then we sat back and listened to playback and everybody in the room was like oh, I get it. That’s what we’re hearing as the record has been released, those changes and arrangements are what we hear.”

“Under My Own Weather” appears on Malachi’s new EP, Counter Narratives, which was released Aug. 26 and is available on Apple Music.

Make sure to stay connected to Maurice Carroll on all platforms for new music, videos and social posts.

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Rising R&B Artist Kris Jonathon Dealt With Heartbreak – But He’d Do It All Over Again

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When a young Kris Jonathon was gifted an iPod, the first music he wanted to listen to was Soulja Boy – but his mom said no.

Instead, she said he could download any of the hundreds of songs she’d collected while working as a DJ. He finally gave her “old people music” a chance, and it wasn’t long before he was singing along with those Motown hits.

“From that point on I’ve had a huge connection with it,” he says. “I feel like Motown is a connection to my soul as well as my family. It’s how my first interest and love for music started. When it was time for me to start making music, it wasn’t that I was trying to sound like Motown, I think I wanted to exude my soul in the way Motown artists used to because that’s what I knew most.”

Now Jonathon, a native of Prince George’s County, Maryland, is a rising R&B and soul artist whose music has garnered well over a million streams on platforms like Spotify alone. His first EP, Honey Moon, was recorded in the closet of his college dorm room and then amassed more than 100,000 streams, inspiring him to keep going.

Last year, he released his biggest hit to date: the single “That’s All,” which already has nearly 900,000 plays. And he followed it up with two more EP’s and his latest release, “Rewind.”

It hasn’t always been easy, though.

Jonathon taught himself piano at age 13 and started composing his own music a year later. But he was “terrified” to sing on his songs, thinking his voice was too deep and different from singers like Chris Brown and Bruno Mars. Again, his mother came through.

“She was like, the world needs to hear your voice,” he says. “That line will always stick with me. I don’t sound like Bruno Mars or Drake and I’m not high enough like Michael Jackson, but it’s my voice and it’s authentic. It’s different but it’s like my soul.”

His talent is on full display in “Rewind,” the latest single – and his first release of 2022. It’s a soulful take on past romance that soured, but Jonathon sings he’d do it all over again.

“Loving you is substance abuse,” he sings. “So what’s my excuse?”

That relationship, with a girl who “popped up out of nowhere” and had a mysterious vibe about her, got Jonathon out of some bad habits and helped him to settle down and focus on the valuable things in life.

“I thought she was mature,” he says. “I showed her some of my music and she gave me some good advice for it. We helped each other a lot; it was a tough year for me and she was there for me. And then all of a sudden she just stopped talking to me.”

Turns out, she’d moved on to someone else. So Jonathon did the only thing he knew to do: sit down at the piano and play. The single that came from it is filled with somber piano, but it’s not a song about regret.

“I would go through it again because those memories I have with her are something I haven’t experienced before,” he says.

“Rewind” is a song that helped Jonathon come into himself, especially with his production style. He had a lot of doubts before finishing the project, but when it was done he sat back and said, “Whoa…”

“I just know I’ve got to keep making music so that’s what I’m going to do,” he says.

He predicts happier songs to come, but firmly believes he’ll write what needs to be written at the time – whether it’s love or heartbreak. Jonathon is also planning to release some covers soon.

Make sure to stay connected to Kris Jonathon on all platforms for new music, videos and social posts.

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