::UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL::WITH ALISON CROCKETT

Friday, November 21, 2014
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::UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL:: WITH ALISON CROCKETT 
By: Nakera Lee
 
Recently, TheSoulcialista had the honor and privilege of interviewing and speaking candidly with Jazz-Soul artist Alison Crockett. With there being numerous topics to touch on and many questions to ask, Alison created a perspective of the industry that many individuals may not have considered before.

Alison spoke openly to TheSoulcialista about the greatest influences on her artistry, being labeled “the politically-charged artist of the 21st century, the current state of the industry and how she maintains her soulful expression and relevance, visions for her career in the industry over the next 5 to 10 years and the magnitude of artist recognition and compensation in the industry today.

One of the topics that stuck out must in this amazing interview with Alison Crockett came at the beginning of the conversation:

TheSoulcialista: I have a series of questions for you and you can be as open and candid as you would like to be with them and I am just interested in seeing how you answer each question. The first question that I have for you, being an artist in this industry for many years and having as much experience and knowledge as you have, what are some of the greatest influences that have played a role in your artistry?

Alison Crockett: Lets see, well I started off by listening a lot. My father was a jazz pianist and so he would sit and listen to music ALL night for long periods of time and so I got a lot of that as a young person. I listened to a lot of John Coltrane, Count Basie, Nancy Wilson, Chaka Chan, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Lou Rawls, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Stevie Wonder just a huge variety of people that before I was even 12 I you know I had heard all of these things a thousand times. All of these artists and as I grew older I got more into those specific artists, I like to listen to Sting, Take 6, & Anita Baker, & Sade and I mean just you name it. I just listen to a lot of different people; I’m a big Janet Jackson fan. I like to listen anybody who’s out there that has something interesting to say, I like to listen to them.

TS: Interesting… I like the fact that you touched on a lot of the people who are LEGENDS in the industry and I can definitely say that from doing a little research on you I feel like you pull a lot of those elements into your music and that’s definitely something that resonates across your work so I love that about your work.

AC: Well thank. I try very hard to be who I am but you know an artist by who you can hear where they’re coming from, so I’m glad that you hear that.
TS: Yes, I definitely think that’s important in today’s music with a lot of things sounding the same. I think it’s important when an artist can actually draw from other elements and still make it their own, so you don’t have to listen to a carbon copy of something that’s already been out in the industry before. So, that’s definitely what we love at Gypsy Soul about your music.

AC: Beautiful, Thank you
 
 
 
 
 "Whatever is interesting to you will probably be interesting to someone else, it is difficult to cut through all of the chatter and all of the noise with so much social media, but you know you just do what you can do and eventually people see..."
 

 TS: Not a problem, with the current states of the music industry today and its constantly evolving and ever changing, how do you maintain your soulful expression and remain relevant in the industry?

AC: Gosh, the only way to do it is perseverance. I mean I wish that there were a formula to kind of figure it out, but there isn’t. You just have to kind of keep knocking and keep working and keep creating art, keep asking people to purchase it and come out to your shows…keep new content coming keep interest happening. Whatever is interesting to you will probably be interesting to someone else, it is difficult to cut through all of the chatter and all of the noise with so much social media, but you know you just do what you can do and eventually people see or people like what they hear or see and you know keep on keeping on that’s how a lot of independent artists are doing things and that’s pretty much it.

TS: Well, that’s definitely good to know. I can say that I’m a little younger with experience in the industry and I’m still growing and I’m learning and I’m person who likes to research where different artists come from and how different artists like I said before they pull different elements into their craft. I’m always interested in finding out what it is that artists are doing to set themselves apart from other artists in the industry and how they can use that not necessarily a formula, but what it is that they are using to not be overshadowed.
 
AC: Right now, it's almost just you have to be who you are. I wish that there were a magic formula because if there were I would be using it.  The best thing is to be you and to just put yourself out there as much as you possibly can in the best quality that you can produce. That’s kind of how it is that can make it through. I really do feel for younger artists at this particular point because there are not as many outlets to perform and there are more outlets to perform. You can do YouTube, but everybody does YouTube. Everybody does all these other things and anybody can put something together and you have about 10 minutes to capture people’s attention and once those 10 minutes are over they’ve moved on to the next thing because there is just so much content. The reason people come to you is because you have something special and that’s it and you just have to keep being you as much as you physically can. There’s only one of you and that’s what I always try to do. I don’t fit in many different perimeters I just don’t and I’m not upset about that. I wasn’t upset about it then and I’m not upset about it now. It’s frustrating and people don’t always understand what you do, but those who do really do and that’s it. I think that the state of the music industry is always going to be influx for now on until technology starts cooling out which is not going to happen anytime soon, so we might as well get used to it, go with the flow.
 
 "My first record on becoming a woman was about me literally becoming a woman and love, marriage, and feeling like am I a woman?"
 
 

TS: I was doing some research and I came across an article, I think it was another blog interview that was done with you or just a write up that someone had done on you and they referred to you as the “politically charged artist of the 21st century, my question is, how has your artistry driven that belief?

AC: Gosh, with my latest record Mommy, What’s a Depression? is based out of conversations I had with my brother who is my producer as well, and we used to watch all the Sunday talk shows and read a whole bunch of papers and articles and we would debate about what has happened in government and the press and the whole thing and we thought about politics and we just had a grand old time talking about it and so we decided to make a record about our conversations using a lot of music, some of the music I wrote and arrangements I had made of music I just enjoyed. I come from a diverse background so I did Jazz, I did Blues, I did Soul, I did R&B, I mean I just kind of put on there what I liked and then made some songs that I wrote that I liked and my brother, Teddy Crockett, decided that he was just going to go crazy and that’s what he did. He just did all of the things that he wanted to do we just created something that we really really liked and I guess in terms of being politically-charged, my career has always been, I talk about what is going on in my life at the moment. 

AC: My first record on becoming a woman was about me literally becoming a woman and love, marriage, and feeling like am I a woman? You're 25 years old you feel like you don’t feel like a woman you just feel like a girl and you're just a girl with bills and now you have responsibilities and Mommy’s not there to help and when in your 30’s you start thinking about you know life and having kids and how you're going to live those things. 

AC: My 2nd record, Bare, that was a love letter to my fans and that was about love songs and needs and I had a song about children or my first child and all the things that I wanted to talk about at that moment and this last record is about I’m a grown women, and I’ll say this, I’m a grown ASS women. I own my own home, and I have things and I’m trying to make sure that my children are successful and I’m trying to make the world a better place for them and for myself and when you do that and start noticing the things what’s around you and when you grow up you start noticing WOW isn’t that some Shit look at this? I need to XYZ and you need to talk about it or let people have conversations. 

AC: One of my goals is to always to have people have conversations about stuff REAL conversations about things that I don’t think that we like to do. We like to have conversations amongst friends but we don’t like to have it in public discourse because it makes us uncomfortable and so you know we don’t want to talk about esterification we don’t want to talk about it because in some respects we like it, its nice you know we have nice restaurants you don’t have any crime but where do the poor people go they had to go some place and so you have to figure out how to deal with that when your dealing with immigration you know there people who just want to come because they just want a better life and what do you do about wages and where they are going to be educated and what do you do about all that stuff. 

AC: So these are all the things that we need to talk about and you know I’m a mom and I’m a hustler so I wrote a song about me hustling having millions of jobs and doing all the things I needed to do to make money at a time of recession and depression and just trying to get through that I as an artist want to speak about that and who knows what my next project will be it will be about what it is that I’m thinking about at that time maybe I want to take about love again I like to talk about things I don’t solve issues I just place them there and I like to say that I do little snap shots or sound portraits of about 30 seconds and I don’t solve the problem, I don’t even pose the question I say here that is what it is, go about it and discuss. Just like looking into a picture or painting you don’t know what the artist was thinking about you only know how that art affects you and you discuss it and you think about it and that’s how I like to think about my music. I like to think that it is relevant to your life. You know booty shaking is relevant too but just not relevant to you life 24 hours in the day. It’s relevant in your life for many about an hour.
 
"I've had this, where I've gotten 70,000 plays on one song and I get paid $1. I mean, you can't eat off of that."
 

TS: We have been observing your Facebook page and you've been speaking out about the [digital] royalty rates and about how low they've been. Do you think it's going to get any better?
 
AC: I don't. I mean I think that it's a tough situation. I understand that Internet radio doesn't make a huge amount of money...I shouldn't say that. I don't know what it makes but it's probably not huge, in some respects. In some respects they do. It's very tough. You got to make it so that artists can make a living. And if you have, and I've had this, where I've gotten 70,000 plays on one song and I get paid $1. I mean, you can't eat off of that. You know, that's not a million plays but 70,000 plays is A LOT of play. And that's just one song. I have a rather large catalogue and if I can't make a living then you know...artists still have to be able to eat. When I was coming up, artists could make a living. They didn't have to sleep on anybody's couch. Now, a lot of artists do a lot of touring. You could tour regionally, you could tour outside of the country, you could do things in and around your area. You could put out records, it was harder to put out records because the technology wasn't there...well, it wasn't easily accessible, let me put it that way. But you know, you could make a living and raise a family. But if you can't make a living and raise a family on your music, you must do something else. Everybody ages and everybody needs to eat. I don't see how it's going to shift because there's too many interests and there are too many people willing to put their out and not make any money.
 
TS: What do you forecast for the music industry and for your career for the next 5 to 10 years? 
 
AC: Oh my! Well, I can't talk about the music industry because we don't know what technology is to bring on the forefront. We have no clue how the phone...and how you know, we're going to beam ourselves up to some magical universe and we'll be listening to music, literally, on a cloud. So we don't know what's going to happen. Me, I'm just going to keep on cranking out music. I do a lot of teaching and mentoring of people, I'm going to be releasing a book soon. So, I mean, I'm just continuing out with this music, performing and doing what I can to spread my art.


 
Over the course of the interview, Alison Crockett expressed what makes her most passionate about her artistry and it all boils down to wanting to be apart of change and making a positive impact on those who are willing to listen. For those of you who may not know, we encourage you to #GetFamiliar and #Soulcialize with Alison Crockett and all the amazing work that she has to offer.

Follow Alison on Facebook and Twitter and be sure to check out her website for show dates and times. Catch Alison Crockett in Princeton, NJ on Saturday, November 22 at 8:00PM at Princeton University Department of Jazz Feature.


Our special thanks to Alison Crockett for such a wonderful and informative interview!
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::GET FAMILIAR:: MICHAEL MCARTHUR

Friday, November 14, 2014
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:: GET FAMILIAR:: MICHAEL MCARTHUR
By: Nakera Lee


There's something about those hidden gems in the music industry that truly tingles my fancy and when reflecting on the soul and ambiance of music today, new comers such as Michael McArthur come to mind. Many artists fight this inner being within, that oftentimes cloud the artistic expression which they possess out of fear of how others will perceive their craft. Not too sure of how well his talents would be received and hopeful that he could embark on a journey in the industry that allows him to stand among legends, Michael McArthur serenades the soul in ways unimaginable.

The melodic tune in his voice accompanied by the fluttering strings of his guitar adds a rustic acoustic feel that draws one in instantly. With embedded messages of self-awareness and assurance, Micheal McArthur relates directly to his audience and allows his soul with a country kick style to lead the way. With tracks such as, "Scream,""Run Around,""Lose My Mind," and "Love Is Gone," Michael McArthur is able to show the range in his pillow plush voice that sets the tone, living us musical inclined soul seekers bobbing our heads for me.


As an artist entering the industry it is more than important to understand your goal and intent for the industry. If one is passionate about their artistry, their talents will speak for itself and ones success will not be measured by how much money they make but instead on the quality of work they produce and the millions of people they reach. In focusing on that aspect, Michael recently spoke on what success was to him stating, "Success? Success in music means having the ability to create something that's meaningful and lasts. Something that will stand the test of time. Success means being able to eat, breathe, and continue to make music as a result of you supporting me, because you believe. I know where I'm headed, but I won't go without you." With belief in ones own craft and abilities, no one else will and that is why Michael McArthur will be that new fresh face that the industry is longing.

#GetFamiliar and #Soulcialize with Micheal McArthur on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Also, to take a listen to his EP and to experience his artistry for yourself, visit his website.

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::BEHIND THE SCENES:: WITH MALI MUSIC

Friday, November 7, 2014
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::BEHIND THE SCENES:: WITH MALI MUSIC

Interview & Post by Kike Aluko
Video by Mansa J.



The Soulcialista team was lucky to have the opportunity to sit down with Mali Music before his show at The Howard Theatre on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 to learn more about the journey of this talented musician. In support of his latest and first major album release, Mali Is..., released in June of this year, it was a real pleasure to witness him in his element on the stage.

The show kicked off with several opening acts, including the DMV's own rising star Mannywellz, who gave a great supporting performance. As Mali came on to the stage to start the show, it was evident that he has an amazing love for what he does, as he poured everything he had into both the show and his interactions with the audience. In addition to performing crowd favorites from his new album including "Ready Aim," "Heavy Love," "Beautiful," "Fight for You," "No Fun Alone," and his charming and endearing "Johnny & Donna," he also took it back to his gospel roots and gave all the glory to God with "Yahweh." He also took time out of the show for a moment of silence and prayer for several black men who have been killed as victims of police brutality, appropriately placed against a backdrop of Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues":
  1. Kimani Gray, NYC (2013)
  2. Kendrec McDade, Pasadena, CA (2012)
  3. Ervin Jefferson, Atlanta, GA (2012)
  4. Sean Bell, Queens, NY (2006)
  5. Oscar Grant, Oakland, CA (2009)
  6. Trayvon Martin, Sanford, FL (2012)
  7. Michael Brown, Ferguson, MO (2014)
  8. Charles Smith, Savannah, GA (2014)
  9. Eric Garner, Staten Island, NY (2014)
Mali Music carried that same passion and enthusiasm for his craft into the interview, full of energy and ready to share his story. Check out the interview video below to hear about Mali's expansion into mainstream music, how Ephesians 6:12 made its way into one of his songs, and what he wants his legacy to be.


Background music: "Ready Aim" & "Beautiful" from Mali Is... -- Available now!

Special thanks to The Howard Theatre and Mali Music's team for the access!
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::GET FAMILIAR:: SELAH SUE

Friday, October 31, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: SELAH SUE
by Daniel Harris


One of the most interesting aspects of music is the blending of sounds, experiences and styles to create something that is unique and signature. Selah Sue blends R&B, Funk, Hip Hop, Soul and Reggae creating a style and a sound that is like no other.

The Belgium born singer/songwriter began composing and play acoustic guitar at the age of 15. Before she gained momentum in the industry, Selah honed her skills by singing at home, clubs and in studios. Since that time, Selah has performed at major festivals, gone on to record with artists like Cee-Lo Green and Me'Shell Ndegéocello and has even been asked to open for The Purple One.

She had been compared to Lauryn Hill, Adele and Erykah Badu. Some very heavy hitters in the industry but after listening to her 2012 self titled debut album, it becomes very evident why those comparisons are drawn. Selah Sue pulls you in with her soulful lyrics and powerful voice. Her pop sound keeps you very interested while textured, multi-layered arrangements remind you that Selah Sue is not your average pop star.

Get even more familiar with Selah Sue and purchase her album Selah Sue on iTunes and Amazon.

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::GET FAMILIAR:: TANGINA STONE

Friday, October 24, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: TANGINA STONE
by Nakera Lee



While other musicians enter into the industry looking to recreate the wheel with imitated sounds and vocal abilities; Tangina Stone decided that her emergence into the industry would be strongly based on talent and breaking the mold, rather then being a carbon copy of what the industry has seen and heard countless times before. 

The Brooklyn native, songwriter, and songstress allows her music to paint an image of pain and love through her legendarily soulful and bold R&B tone that resonates with various audiences since the introduce of her debut EP The Fall released in September. This EP featured 4 original tracks and 2 remixes. One of the original tracks from the EP The Fall is entitled "Suntan" and this particular track features a melodic acoustic feel that is filled with a smooth rhythmic sound. 


 

Tangina spent a huge bulk of her career fostering relationships with local musicians and artists establishing a strong base of supporters and fans. One of Tangina’s means of staying connected to her fans was through her performance in the underground live music scene having played in arena’s such as SOBs, Silvana, and Rockwood Music Hall just to name a few.
According to Tangina Stone, “groove reigns supreme, and lyrical messages are meant to be thoughtful." 

Many would refer to Tangina as a storyteller whose melodic voice creates an image that may not be seen through the naked eye. Tangina Stone has imbibed the soulful sounds of legendary greats before her such as Roberta Flack and Stevie Wonder, adding an unexplored twist that the industry has lacked for many years. It is through artists such as Tangina Stone that soulful music is able to live on. 

To #GetFamiliar with Tangina Stone and her soulful sound, visit her website. Don't forget to #Soulcialize and take a glance at Tangina Stone's music as well. 


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::RECAP:: HOLLIE COOK, ALICE RUSSELL AND YUNA ROCK WASHINGTON, DC

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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::RECAP:: HOLLIE COOK, ALICE RUSSELL AND YUNA ROCK WASHINGTON, DC
by Daniel Harris

In the midst of a hectic Friday afternoon, three talented women prepared for what would turn out to be one of the most amazing nights of music. While many rushed to put the busy Washington, DC atmosphere behind them (for a couple days, at least) Hollie Cook, Alice Russell and Yuna were all setting up to give concert goers a very memorable evening.

The Lisner Auditorium, located on the campus of The George Washington University, was a great oasis in the middle of a problematic Washington, DC evening rush hour. As the start of the concert got closer, the lobby began to fill with fans of the performers and people looking for a good way to start their weekend.
The auditorium doors opened, the people filed in, took their seats and shortly after, Hollie Cook took the stage. The self proclaimed "tropical soul" artist successfully blends pop with classic reggae to create a very unique and intoxicating sound. During her performance of hits like "Tiger Balm," "Milk and Honey" and "Postman," it was difficult not to sway back and forth to this one of a kind blend. Perhaps one of the most memorable aspects of Cook's performance was watching as her own music took her away to a heady and sensuous trance. Hollie Cook was a wonderful start for this amazing night of music.

Just before the end of a brief intermission to set up for the Alice Russell, a fellow concert goer leaned over and whispered to her friend, "You're going to LOVE Alice!" As the lights dimmed once more and people returned to their seats, Alice and her four piece band took the stage. How could anyone NOT love Alice? She is such a powerhouse! Her strong vocal abilities and her deep soulful lyrics are matched only by her strong desire to connect with her audience. Her performance of "To Dust," "Heartbreaker," "I Loved You" and "Hard and Strong" all seemed to be amplified and charged as she fed off the crowd's energy.
During the evening's final intermission, I was asked, "Have you heard of this next artist?" "Yes" I replied, "She is amazing!" As the lights dimmed for the final time, Yuna graced the stage and showed my neighbor that I was not merely speaking in general terms or sharing a cliché sentiment. Yuna is actually amazing. The way she blends the "pop" music sound with her thought provoking and complex lyrics is sheer genius. Her sweet, whimsical personality kept those new to her artistry very well engaged and intrigued. Those of us familiar with Yuna, cheered and danced in our seats when she went into favorites like "Lullabies," "Lights And Camera" and "Decorate." An interesting transition into the performance of"Decorate", saw Yuna taking a brief moment to explain the origins of this song. She used the experience of a good friend and his" on again, off again" relationship as her muse to create a sad and oddly beautiful song.

The evening's final performance capped off a truly unforgettable evening with three talented artists.


Our special thanks to Ashley Di Buduo for providing us with access!
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:: GET FAMILIAR:: AVERY WILSON

Friday, October 17, 2014
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:: GET FAMILIAR:: AVERY WILSON

 post by Nakera Lee

In the words of Duke Ellington, "The wise musicians are those who play what they can master." This prominent quote resonates for Avery Wilson and his artistry in the entertainment industry. The name Avery Wilson is quite puerile in comparison to many of the legendary greats in the industry today; however, the raw talent that he possesses stretches further than what this arena of musical talent has experienced before.


Professionally trained dancer turned singer, Avery Wilson, was not your average music star. Actually, Avery was an averse singer who merely shared his talents with his dad, Gramen Wilson. It was the potential and the strength that Avery's dad saw deep within him that gave Avery the tenacity to step into his destiny. Avery Wilson is an unforeseen artist of many talents with the ability to play both guitar and piano, which adds to the diversity embedded in the numerous songs that he writes. Avery's history in tap, jazz, hip hop, and ballet adds to his melodic tone and rhythmic vocal abilities. 

From his covers of Usher's "You Got It Bad", to NeYo's "Let Me Love You," Gnarls Barkley "Crazy," and most recently Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors," Avery Wilson has shown the versatility in his soulful voice through his range and vocal fusion. Avery Wilson's acoustic harmonies felt in every cover and single is set to break the mode of the entertainment industry by introducing a fresh face of indescribable talent. Avery Wilson took his infectious talents to Season 3 of The Voice at which at the age of 16 wooed all of the judges, later making Ceelo Green his mentor. Although Avery did not make it to the finish line on The Voice that did not stop his dream.




For many young artists entering the music industry it can be very intimidating and vicious, however, Avery was determined not to give up. Recently, Avery Wilson was signed by epic music producer Sean Garrett who is responsible for the hits of various artists today. It is safe to say that Avery's talent is just taking off and it is most certainly time for everyone to #GetFamiliar. 

Check out Avery Wilson's music and updates daily on his website. 
  
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::GET FAMILIAR:: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH CALEB HAWLEY

Friday, October 10, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH CALEB HAWLEY

Interview & Post by Kike Aluko
Video by Joshua Berrent
Photos by Leo Wilson


For this week's Get Familiar Friday, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to go behind the scenes with Caleb Hawley at his intimate show at Ebenezers Coffeehouse last week. Caleb recently released 2 EPs this year (Side 1 & Side 2), which each reflect the type of music he was listening to while creating them. Check out his engaging interview below, and find out about his journey as an artist, what drives him, and why touring is so important to him.

Special thanks to Caleb and his team (Krista & Garrett) for the interview access!




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::GET FAMILIAR:: STACY BARTHE

Friday, October 3, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: STACY BARTHE 
by Nakera Lee



In this industry, there are not too many individuals that are as artistically satisfying to the ear and over time many of the artists that set foot in this industry often become accustomed to one universal sound. As a lover of music, it has always been musically gratifying to me when new artists, such as Stacy Bartheemerge on the scene and are able to unleash a soulful sound with embedded messages of change and reassurance to self.

Like numerous songwriters turned musical entities, Stacy Barthe began her stint in the industry as a songwriter and background vocalist in 2008. After signing to Universal Music Publishing Group and co-writing the track "Blur" for Britney Spears, Stacey quickly became the most sought out songwriter in the industry.

Barthe's artistic abilities can be viewed in her collaborative efforts on the following tracks: Cheryl Cole "Heaven", Kelis "22nd Century", Alicia Keys (2 tracks on Girl on Fire), Estelle "Speak Ya Mind", Rihanna "Cheers (Drink to That)" and last, but certainly not least Katy Perry "Hummingbird Heartbeat." In her own right, Stacy Barthe has released countless independent projects including Sincerely Yours, Stacy Barthe, In the Inbetween and P.S. I Love You.

Stacy's contemporary RandB style and incommensurable musical talents brings her to the peak of her career and has landed her in the best arena with some of the chart topping artists of the millennium. Recently, Stacy released her new single "Hell Yeah!" featuring Rick Ross and it is apparent that her writing ability speaks volumes to her artistry. What many may not know is that Barthe started out in the industry as an intern, which for many industry eager and musically driven individuals may seem like a needle in a haystack. Stacy's intern experience and passion for the industry definitely offset her career in ways unimaginable. One thing's for sure, the industry has definitely gained one of its best assets with Stacy Barthe.

Want to #GetFamiliar with Stacy Barthe and her amazing talents? Check out her latest video and single "Hell Yeah!" featuring Rick Ross and #soulcialize with her by taking a gander at her website.




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::RECAP:: HIP HOP CAUCUS HOME ALBUM RELEASE

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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::RECAP:: HIP HOP CAUCUS HOME ALBUM RELEASE 

post by Gypsy
video by Mansa Johnson



During CBC Week 2014 the Hip Hop Caucus hosted an event for the album H.O.M.E., a project dedicated to the issue of climate change that will be exclusively released on iTunes. The event  featured many who participated on the album such as NeYo, Elle Varner, and Choklate. Check out our video recap below. More info on the album can be found at www.TheAlbumHome.com.



         
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::BEHIND THE SCENES:: WITH LUKE JAMES

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::BEHIND THE SCENES:: with Luke James

Interview & Post by Kike Aluko
Video by Joshua Berrent



The Soulcialista team had the distinct pleasure of witnessing Luke James grace the stage at The Hamilton Live on Friday, September 26, 2014, and it was definitely a treat. Right on the heels of his debut studio album release (self-titled, and available NOW!), he showed his love for the DMV area with a double-show set at The Hamilton after performing at another location in Virginia the very same day.

After working for many years behind the scenes as a songwriter for the likes of Keri Hilson and dancing for Destiny's Child and Beyonce, Luke James came into the spotlight when the world heard his amazing voice on his GRAMMY-nominated first single "I Want You," released in 2011. Since then he's released two EPs: #Luke in 2011 and Whispers in the Dark in 2012, all leading up to his debut studio release last week.

To open the show, Luke James came out in a refreshingly casual red plaid flannel shirt and started with a lovely acoustic stripped version The King of Pop's "The Way You Make Me Feel" (á la This is It). Setting the tone for the evening, he asked the audience to just have a good time and groove with him, reminding us that "You can think when you're at work, but right now I want you to FEEL." He then went on to perform several of our favorites including a slower rendition of "I.O.U.," a crunk mix led by "Make Love to Me" followed by a mashup of Marvin's "Sexual Healing" and ScHoolboy Q's "Studio," and of course his beautiful cover of Sam Smith's "Stay With Me." He was completely down to earth, and related to us as if it was just family time, taking opportunities to come dance with members of the audience and expressing a deep appreciation for his band, who he introduced as his brothers. It is clear that he is right where he is meant to be, as he closed the show saying, "I'm at peace as a man with myself and what I'm doing -- Life is too short to be unhappy."

Check out our interview with Luke James to find out what it was like recording his new album, what he brings to the industry today, and who's in his music rotation.

Background music: "Exposé" from Luke James debut album -- Available now!

Special thanks to The Hamilton Live and Luke James's team for the access, and The House Studio DC for the support!
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