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Cass Clayton Brings Her Craft of Storytelling To Play Nice Album

14 Sep

Upon listening to Cass Clayton’s voice, you will be transported to the 90s and the sounds of crooning that is recognizable in country stars. Her sound is not country, but her stories are real and authentic. Musicians that will come to mind while listening to Cass include Stevie Nicks, Loretta Lynn, and Melissa Etheridge. On this 12 song album, the favorites include Dawes County and You’ll See. The fascinating part about the collection of songs is the variety on such a personal album. Listeners will get wrapped up in the heartfelt storytelling of one song and then get filled with a never look back attitude. With lyrics such as “see where she wants to go, look within and you will see”, there are messages of a journey and the obstacles along the way. From the writing style to the level of rawness she has in her music, this should be at the top of your list for 2019 musicians to watch.

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Naked By Aaron Beri Gives Listeners A Wave of New Age Mixed With Pop

23 May

Aaron Beri channels all that is sensual in his first single and accompanying music video for the track Naked. Produced by Audius Mtawarwira, Beri’s sound channels all the energy he is trying to convey in his song. The sound is stylistic and refined. This quality is the sign of when a successful collaboration between a producer and talent occurs. With the vocal runs varying in and out of certain areas of the song, its clear that he paints the picture with his voice and metaphors. In the music world, in this day and age in a consumption culture its rare to see musicians in their raw and unfiltered state before sometimes yielding to what popularity defines their musicianship. With lyrics such as “thinking about the way you move”, its clear that Aaron Beri sounds like Prince, Bruno Mars, and Jason Derulo just to name a few. Prior to exploring music, he modeled full time and was once going down on the path of law school. Upon finishing listening to his voice and what energy he’s putting out, Aaron Beri I’m glad those other aspirations did not work out, because the music world is waiting for you to explore to your heart’s content.

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Bobbie Marrone’s Lonely St Album Brings The Sound of Reflective Soul

12 Jan

Lonely St by Bobbie Marrone showcases the highlights of life, love, and everything in between within the album. From start to finish, it took three years to complete the journey of this compilation of songs. Listeners will see immediately upon listening, that Marrone’s voice is full of raw energy, authenticity, and genuine feelings. With lyrics like “I’ve never been one to hide behind the walls, I’ve never been one to say” from the track Behind the Walls, one can see how Marrone connects and speaks to those who listen. Marrone has been making music since 2007, and 2018 isn’t stopping him. Lastly, his voice has been compared to the likings of John Mayer, Michael Bublé, and Bishop Allen. Hang in there a little longer for this album release date of February 4th, 2019! With an album titled Lonely St, you will feel anything but lonely listening to these carefully crafted stories and the accompanying music that has been created for eager ears to hear.

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Stand United for Great Divide

29 Jul

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Ok Music Court community, I have a serious question. Why does the following video have fewer than 9,000 views?

Does anyone else see this as a major issue? I think it might be a travesty, a horrendous injustice that needs some musical absolution. What’s the best way to apologize? Listen, of course. And, because I know you won’t be able to listen to the song only once, listen a few more times. Great Divide, a modern soul band out of Chicago, transforms soul music with “Moorie,” an untraditional Gospel piece that doesn’t fit neatly into the Stax or Motown mold, but instead paves its own silky smooth path in soul. The song can best be described as a 21st century hymn, a “Glory”-like piece in the mold of John Legend, but with more of a rock edge. Let’s do a full analysis of the song.

Josh Teitelbaum lays down a snap-inducing drum beat to sit neatly behind Jeff Leibovich’s polished piano riff. This combination creates an immediate fluidity to the piece, one that is aided by the array of carefully arranged vocals that start in full chorus. Teddy Grossman leads the euphonious mix of vocalists and he is aided by other band members and a choir (Vernard Burton, Zita Smith, Carya Holmes, & Martin Woods). Grossman’s voice has an easy potency; it commands the song but does so democratically, never overtaking any other vocalist, but instead driving the song forward with a buoyant tranquility. The verse features a soft bass and guitar, played by Josh Kahle and Jeff Burke respectively, that is analogous to lemonade on a summery afternoon. The song continues in this vein, and then, in case you didn’t have enough, Great Divide adds a booming 4-piece horn section that adds even more of the soul element.

My favorite part of the song is the combined vocal. That Gospel-like amalgamation of voices is both delicate and strong. All in all, “Moorie” should have many, many more listens and views, and thus get to doing just that everyone.

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Top 10 Songs of 2015 – #3: “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges

24 Dec

Leon Bridges

Here is an immediate fun fact about Leon Bridges. He is not Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, or Marvin Gaye. He is, however, young enough to be any of those singers’ grandsons. That’s surprising isn’t it, especially after you listen to the following:

Let me repeat my earlier statement: Bridges is not one of those seminal soul artists; that said, he is doing his best to assure that the legacy of these individuals is not spoiled. I am going to make a proclamation; it’s bold, I’m just giving you bold morning. If Bridges had been his age in 1965, we would be talking about him in the same breath as the singers I mentioned earlier. Bold, yes. Reckless, no. Bridges is already a consummate musician and performer; he is deft and adroit, a passionate performer and baby-face smooth singer. Bridges is tremendous in every sense of the term. If he represents the future of music, music is in good hands.

For an “oldies” music lover like me who adores both Motown and STAX records, Bridges is refreshing. He is a chip off the old block. He is what music should be, what it should sound like. And the fact that Bridges’ song “Coming Home” was a Top 10 Most Viral Track on Spotfy that is a good sign for the direction of music. His debut album of the same name as the title track hit #6 on the charts depicting an insatiable urge of individuals for pure, old-fashioned, unadulterated music. There are no special effects here. It is Bridges, a keyboard, two guitars (one of bass variety), and some drums. The formula for great music is not complicated. When I wrote about this song some time ago, I also had some flattering comments about the song, which I will share below.

“Coming Home” immediately takes on the feel of “You Send Me” with tastes of “A Change is Gonna Come,” and Bridges soft croon, a smoother Hozier (to make a modern comparison), has a rich Gospel feel to it that is just the right kind of sweet, not mawkish and not overpowering – it’s a voice that you can sink into, like silky gelato. The song itself is classic early Motown. It is carried by a bluesy piano and guitar mixed with traditional percussion. It is not difficult to imagine Sam Cooke or Otis Redding singing this song, and Bridges’ voice is not really a step down; heck, I am almost willing to go so far to exclaim that Bridges parallels the singers in a sense. Not too shabby.”

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