::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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::HEADPHONE JUNKIE:: THE HUE "DRIVE"

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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::HEADPHONE JUNKIE:: THE HUE "DRIVE"
by Daniel Harris



The Hue is the collaborative effort between Radio Galaxy and H.I.S.D. The group spawned from a desire to explore music with no boundaries. Gearing up for the release of their debut album Aurora, The Hue gives fans a taste of what's to come with their lead single "Drive".

Separately, both groups have enjoyed much acclaim. Having albums like The District and The Weakend under their belt, H.I.S.D. has received nods from some of Hip Hop's legendary figures including Questlove and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. With a unique sound that redefines cool, Radio Galaxy's creative explorations have caught the attention of a very eclectic audience and even a mention on Pharrell Williams' I am Other YouTube channel.

 A smooth and boundless offering, "Drive" displays what is possible when creative forces join in an effort to shake off the limits often found in categories, leaving room to only create good music. Let us be the first to tell you, "Drive" is as cold as the '70 Charger used in the cover art!

"Drive" is available now and be on the look out for Aurora, coming soon.



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::GET FAMILIAR:: MOONCHILD

Friday, September 26, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: MOONCHILD
by Daniel Harris
 

Some of my best music discoveries aren't discoveries that I have made on my own. Friends know my love for music and will often pass gems my way. A couple of weeks ago, my friend Tea Love brought an amazing group to my attention and it has been love ever since.

Max Bryk, Andris Mattson, and Amber Navran studied Performing Jazz at USC. After touring together as a horn section in 2011, the trio began to co-write and record their first album Be Free as Moonchild. Since the 2012 release of their debut album, Moonchild has been recognized by many of today's most talented musicians and artists including Jill Scott, Robert Glasper and James Poyser.

It is very hard to classify Moonchild as just a "jazz band." Complete with elements of hip hop, soul, funk, pop and r&b, Moonchild makes music that shouldn't be categorized. Truthfully, to classify them as anything other than good music would be a great disservice to the level of talent and passion they bring to music.

Max and Andris' production drives Moonchild's soulful vibe with otherworldly concepts and arrangements; while Amber's vocal ability gives each song wonderful texture that draws the listener in further and further. Their days spent touring as a horn section becomes very useful as it is the perfect accompaniment to their compositions.

Much more than a trio of musicians with a jazz background, Moonchild combines their raw talent and appreciation for multiple music styles to give their listeners "music for the soul."

Get even more familiar with Moonchild by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. Their latest release, Please Rewind, is available now.


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::BEHIND THE SCENES:: WITH ERIC ROBERSON

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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::BEHIND THE SCENES:: WITH ERIC ROBERSON

post by Gypsy
photos by Daria Johnson and Nocturnal Charm
video by Nocturnal Charm


Photo by Daria Johnson

In six years of existence, Gypsy Soul has always supported Eric Roberson after falling in love with his music with the initial listen of The Vault 1.5; but we have never sat down for an interview...until now! He and his team were gracious enough to let us behind the scenes at sound check at The Baltimore Soundstage for an interview and look at his preparation. With a fun loving personality that was very welcoming and genuine, Eric certainly made us excited, overwhelmed but very comfortable when engaging with him.

Eric sat down with us before his show promoting his new album The Box. We talked about perception and using it to find opportunities and blessings, his longevity and a few of the facets to his success, and the art of collaboration or rather the accidental art of collaboration among many things.

 Photo by Nocturnal Charm

We were very surprised to learn that Music Fan First was written in the bathroom...but just click the video to find out more tidbits in our first (hopefully of many) sit down with Eric Roberson.


         



To view more photos from that night click HERE
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::HEADPHONE JUNKIE:: INNERWORLD BY ELECTRIC YOUTH

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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::HEADPHONE JUNKIE:: INNERWORLD BY ELECTRIC YOUTH
by Daniel Harris



Electric Youth is free to create in a space that is most pleasing to them as musicians and true artists. Much like the cover art for their debut album Innerworld, their world is untouched by industry or over-burdening expectations. This album perfectly reflects an innovative nature rarely found in today's music.

Steeped in sounds and concepts of noted 80s synth-pop bands, Electric Youth took inspiration from a number of sources to help give depth and texture to Innerworld. Whether it was working with a vintage synthesizer collection or watching films like Metropolis and Heavenly Creatures, Electric Youth used this variety of influences to give this album more than just a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Traveling between LA and Toronto to complete this album, Austin Garrick and Bronwyn Griffin's labor of love is evident from the first listen. Before Life has no lyrical or vocal content, yet it is able to give a true sense of the emotions of the album. Anticipation and the promise of the album both build in tandem with climactic synth chords and effects.

WeAreTheYouth and Innocence are perfect representations of Innerworld's atmospheric nature. Both songs project what seems to be a very introspective view of Electric Youth's inner world. Both songs, complete with driving, repetitive synth bass, fascinating arrangements and catchy hooks, reflect an appreciation for and a longing to maintain a world not effected by the ills of industry demands.

If All She Has Is You is a delightful ballad that presents a pleasant break from the upbeat nature of this album. Austin trades programming and deep synth bass for a more simplistic, melodic arrangement. This pairs perfectly with Bronwyn's entrancing and airy voice.

Overall, Innerworld is a perfect introduction to Electric Youth and is an album that should definitely be in every Headphone Junkie's collection.

Innerworld will be released September 30th and is available for pre order now on iTunes and Amazon.



  


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::TIX FIX:: Luke James

Monday, September 22, 2014
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::TIX FIX:: Luke James 





Luke James
 
is coming to Washington, DC at The Hamilton on Friday, September 26th!!

Need tix? Enter our give a way to win ONE (1) pair of tickets OR if you want to get tix before they SELL OUT then head HERE




To Enter:

  • COMPLETE the form below.

  • Entries will only be accepted between the hours of 9AM on Monday 9/22 until 5PM on Wednesday 9/24.

  • One entry per person.

  • If you have won a contest/giveaway from Gypsy Soul in the past 30 days, you are ineligible to enter.

  • All entries that do not adhere to the above stated guidelines will be disqualified.
    Entrants must be in the Baltimore/Washington, DC area and available to attend a show at The Hamilton, 600 14th St., NW Washington, D.C. 20005 on Friday, September 26th at 7PM.

  • TWO winners will be chosen at random from all eligible entrants on Wednesday 9/24 to receive a pair of complimentary tickets to the show. The winner will be notified by email and/or mobile phone by Thursday 9 /25 at or around 11AM and provided with further details.

  • The winner's name will be announced on Gypsy Soul's Facebook, Instagram,and Twitter pages.
Thanks for SOULCIALIZING!!






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::GET FAMILIAR:: HUESTON INDEPENDENT SPIT DISTRICT (H.I.S.D.)

Friday, September 19, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: HUESTON INDEPENDENT SPIT DISTRICT (H.I.S.D.)
by Daniel Harris



They are a group of "forward thinking music junkies" that have come together to do the seemingly impossible: disrupt the monolithic rap system or as they call it, "Robotic Rap." It is a huge task, no doubt, but Savvi, Scottie Spitten and EQuality are three well equipped MCs with abilities to restore faith in a once treasured art form.
 
Collectively known as the Hueston Independent Spit District (H.I.S.D. for short) these three MCs, along with producer King Midas, showcase a deep respect for Hip Hop's Golden Age. A time from the mid 80s to the mid 90s that was marked by raw talent and skill, thought provoking subject matter, individual style and creative and eclectic music. Formed in 2005, H.I.S.D.'s mutual respect for Hip Hop's significance became a great starting point to build upon their creative natures.
 
The Houston based group seeks to challenge every aspect of creativity. From poetry, to photography, H.I.S.D. use numerous forms of art to spread their message to the masses. Coming together under the Peace Uv Mine umbrella, they seek to reshape people's expectation of music and culture.
 
Get even more familiar with H.I.S.D. by following them on Twitter and liking them on Facebook.
 
  

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::HEADPHONE JUNKIE:: KING'S SUPERNATURAL PERFORMANCE AT EUCLID RECORDS

Thursday, September 18, 2014
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::HEADPHONE JUNKIE:: KING'S SUPERNATURAL PERFORMANCE AT EUCLID RECORDS
by Daniel Harris



The past few years have been very good to KING. Following the release of their EP The Story in 2011, KING received critical acclaim from fans and noted musicians alike. They've had the opportunity to tour with Laura Mvula, headline their own tour,  produce and write with Bilal, Eric Roberson, Robert Glasper and The Foreign Exchange. And let's not forget to mention the amazing support received from his royal badness, Prince! The past few years have been very good indeed.

This past July, while in New Orleans to perform at the Essence Music Festival (which was headlined by Prince), KING found time to escape the busy festivities to Euclid Records. There, the soulful trio reflected on how the opportunity to meet Prince came about and what it is like to work with such an iconic figure in music. The quaint shop's sea of vinyl, that would make any music lover swoon, seemed to perfectly encapsulate their beautiful version of Supernatural.

It should go without saying, KING's debut album is one of the most highly anticipated albums among headphone junkies. While we wait though, this will most definitely suffice.

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::GET FAMILIAR:: RADIO GALAXY

Friday, September 12, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: RADIO GALAXY
by Daniel Harris

 
 
What happens when three "creative creations" collaborate to bring to the masses music that transcends normal parameters and expectations? What happens is you are presented with music that is free, vast and far reaching as any galaxy.
 
Individually, producer King Midas, singer/songwriter Spacebunny Jefferson and DJ/producer DJ Cozmos are superb artists in their own right. Each defies conventional thinking and redefines what cool is. Together as Radio Galaxy, they reprogram perceptions and transport listeners to the far reaches of what music is.
 
With influences that include Nirvana, Bilal, Radiohead, Little Dragon and A Tribe Called Quest, it becomes quite clear why Radio Galaxy is free to create. Their style is 6 parts dopeness with a touch of jazz, hip hop, funk, electro and R&B.  
 
King Midas and DJ Cozmos (collectively known as King Coz) are responsible for the sound that powers the group. With carefully selected samples, a boundless array of sounds and textures, their productions spawn more than just your average 808 looped beats. King Coz's production fully acknowledges the art of music.
 
Spacebunny Jefferson possesses raw talent, untouched by the anguish of mainstream stipulations and requisitions. Please don't mistake her simplistic delivery as boring or uninspiring. That only helps you to listen closer to hear tremendous skill and very well place adlibs, riffs and runs. Let's not diminish her skill by calling her a "dope female emcee." On top of her breathtaking vocal abilities, Spacebunny Jefferson is a dope emcee.
 
As part of the Peace Uv Mine collective, Radio Galaxy ready do their part to contribute to Peace Uv Mine's effort to expose progressive artistry and premium music.
 
Get even more familiar with Radio Galaxy by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter
 
 


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::GET FAMILIAR:: SASKWATCH

Friday, September 5, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: SASKWATCH
by Daniel Harris




 There is an incredible soul movement happening in Melbourne, Australia. It's being called the "Soul 2.0 Variety" movement and the land down under is enjoying the fruits of many bands being inspired by a genre that is reminiscent of days past here in the states.

At the very center of Melbourne's soul movement is Saskwatch. This nine-piece band began as street performers in Australia. Before landing a residency at Melbourne's Cherry Bar, In an interview for The Sydney Morning Herald, trumpet player and songwriter Liam McGorry says that Saskwatch spent three years covering jazz and soul favorites and sharpening their skills. While performing, they caught the ear of soul DJ Vince Peach who then booked them to play the Cherry Bar's regular soul night each week.

Listening to Liam and his crew play, you are able to hear a deep appreciation for music, more specifically, soul music. They perfectly blend deep heavy horns, rhythmic pockets and smooth guitar and bass to produce a truly authentic classic soul sound.

  Nkechi Anele, lead singer, shows that she is equally passionate about the soul genre. Her powerful voice and amazing skill adds tremendously to the band's already high level of complex richness. With such a mastery of the genre, it is easy to see why much of Melbourne's soul movement centers around them.

Get even more familiar with Saskwatch by following them on Twitter and liking them on Facebook. Be sure to purchase their latest release Nose Dive.


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::BEHIND THE SCENES:: with Teedra Moses

Friday, August 29, 2014
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::BEHIND THE SCENES:: with Teedra Moses

post by Gypsy



Teedra Moses recently made a trip to Washington, D.C. and while here we were able to catch up with her to get her thoughts and to get even more familiar with this artist that Gypsy Soul loves. It has been ten years since the release of her debut album Complex Simplicity with knock out single "Be Your Girl." Loved by many for not only the skill of her song writing but also the substance and ability to connect the content of her releases to the lives of her listeners. Not to mention her vocal arrangements and layering of intricate harmonies over beats is sublime.


Since then Teedra has released a few mixtapes including The Young Hustler compilations to Royal Patience...A Love Journey and Luxurious Undergrind. Push play on the tracks below to listen to some of our favorites from over the years.


 

 

Graciously, she and her management, allowed us access to their sound check and show, along with a great interview that touched on her writing process to the new artists she has on her radar.

Click the video to go behind the scenes with Teedra Moses.

             

Make sure to follow Teedra at http://www.teedramoses.net/ and comment below to let us know what you thought of the interview!
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::GET FAMILIAR:: ANNABETH MCNAMARA

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::GET FAMILIAR:: ANNABETH MCNAMARA
by Daniel Harris



A few weeks back, we got you familiar with the House Artist Grant. This initiative provides up and coming artists with a vast array of resources and opportunities to help take their careers to the next level. While this program helps to get these talented in front of a wider audience, the program cannot make them talented; this is an element that artists must already possess. It is very clear that Annabeth McNamara is an amazing talent poised to fully benefit from this opportunity.

A 2014 House Artist Grant recipient, this singer, songwriter, musician and self proclaimed "creatrix" provides a refreshing blend of Pop and Folk . Annabeth creates whimsical and adventurous lyrics that are a true reflection of her spontaneous, free spirited nature.

Her latest release Surprise was conceptualized in just one week. However, the complexity in the lyrics and her very skillful musicianship, this album gives the sense of a lifetime of conception. Drawing from such inspirations as Fiest and Regina Spektor, Surprise showcases Annabeth's rich and unique sound.

While The House Music Grant is a great opportunity for emerging artists to expose their music to a wider audience, there needs to be a high level of talent for this program to work. Annabeth McNamara level of talent shows that House Studio selects only the best artists to participate.

Get even more familiar with Annabeth McNamara by liking her on Facebook and following her on Twitter. Support Annabeth by purchasing her latest release Surprise, available now!
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::GET FAMILIAR:: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHUCK BROWN

Friday, August 22, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHUCK BROWN
by Daniel Harris


 
Considered by many to be the "undisputed" creator of Go-Go, Chuck Brown's legacy extends far beyond the Washington, DC city limits. Fusing elements of funk, R&B, soul and Latin sounds, Chuck Brown pioneered a genre that will forever be synonymous with the DC area.
 
Chuck Brown was a very talented musician who's work over the years have garnered the respect of artists like Thievery Connection, Jill Scott and Kindred The Family Soul. At the start of his musical career, Chuck didn't just want to be known for being a great musician in a preexisting genre.
 
Like a true legend, he drew inspiration from James Brown and genres like gospel, jazz and African rhythms and created his own, unique sound. As he continued to develop his sound, Chuck Brown covered popular songs in clubs and would leave room for heavy percussion break downs and call and response with the crowd. This no doubt kept the dance floors packed and the people moving!
 
On May 16, 2012, Chuck Brown passed away and while he is no longer here physically, his memory will live on through the sounds of Go-Go. Today, TheSoulcialista.com takes time out to remember the person of Chuck Brown and the amazing impact he left on music. Happy birthday Chuck Brown.
 
Get even more familiar with Chuck Brown and purchase his latest album Beautiful Life, release posthumously on August 19th. Beautiful Life is available on iTunes and Amazon.
 
 
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::GET FAMILIAR:: PHONY PPL

Friday, August 15, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: PHONY PPL
by Daniel Harris



Are they a throwback to the vintage funk and hip-hop/R&B sound here to take music lovers back to the way it used to be? Or, are they a futuristic collective here to show music lovers what music can sound like with out all the (excuse the pun) phony elements? The simple answer: Yes.

In 2011, Phony Ppl hit New York's indie scene and made an immediate impact. They brought a new sound that was void of clear definition or form. That's a good thing! It's impossible to categorize which allows them to remain free to experiment.

Built on elements of funk, "colorful world music" and hip-hop/R&B in their purest forms, Phony Ppl bring a very imaginative perspective to an otherwise monotonous industry. This has lead to a very global fan base and opportunities to tour with Theophilus London, Erykah Badu and The Roots.

Recently, Phony Ppl released 53,000, which NPR's George Hahn called his "favorite album right now." This album perfectly displays Phony Ppl's ability to completely use a complete spectrum of rich sounds, unique style and BARS; very far removed from any category or known genre.

There is no other group like Phony Ppl. We see bands that take you back to what used to be or we see bands that are able to give a positive glimpse to music's future. Phony Ppl manages to do both.

Get even more familiar with Phony Ppl: follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook and support their music.

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::GET FAMILIAR:: CHANTAE CANN

Friday, August 8, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: CHANTAE CANN
by Daniel Harris


"I sing because I love to. I sing because God has entrusted me with a gift purposed to change the world. I sing to heal. I sing to comfort. I sing to liberate. I sing to appreciate. I sing to motivate. I sing to express. I sing to encourage. I sing to inspire."

These words sum up why getting familiar with Chantae Cann is very necessary. Her voice is pure and has the ability to not only be pleasing to the listener's ears but pleasing to their souls as well. She glides through riffs and runs with perfection. Her tone and the way she explores and pushes vocal boundaries is heavenly.

A native of Chicago, Chantae Cann has had the pleasure of performing with artist such as PJ Morton, Leon Timbo, Jaspects, India Arie and most recently, Snarky Puppy. All of her collaborations are means for her to comfort, inspire, liberate and change the world, putting her words into perfect practice.

Chantae Cann understands music's ability to change even the worst of circumstances." Music gives you the power to push past your present state of mind. It enables you to choose love, joy and tranquility..."

Chantae Cann brings a sincere love for music and people. A love that shows through every time she takes the stage. She says that she sings because simply, "I can't stop. Don't want to either." Truthfully, neither do we.

Support Chantae Cann and purchase her single Da da'n da on iTunes

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::RECAP:: 2014 Summer Spirit Festival

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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::RECAP:: 2014 Summer Spirit Festival

post by Gypsy
photos by Leo Wilson



The Summer Spirit Festival (SFF) has become known as the August concert kick off and is anticipated each year. This year, the level of anticipation rose like the heat index when headliner Lauryn Hill was announced. Most of the music lovers we know expressed relief that the headliner was not Erykah Badu yet again and to tell the truth, so were we. We love Erykah, but as music enthusiasts, we know that there is so much more out there to be highlighted by a premier event like SFF.


George Tandy, Jr

Since its inceptions, SFF, has been introducing up and comers to the faithful audience and this year was no different. George Tandy, Jr and Roman Gianarthur played great set and provided guests with an opportunity to get to know them better.
 
Junk Yard Band & Backyard Band


 A particular reason why SFF is so beloved is because you can find a great mix of genres being presented on stage. This year Junk Yard Band and Backyard Band brought that go-go swing, hip hop vet Talib Kweli represented for the MCs, new comers RDGLDGRN added a lil rock to the sonic stew, while native Washingtonian Me'Shell Ndegeocello easily funked it all the way up!



Talib Kweli



Raheem DeVaughn

Hometown hero Raheem DeVaughn with his painter Demont Pinder captivated the ladies and mellowed out the stage just enough for the Electric Lady, Janelle Monae, to light it right back up again with an amazing and energetic set. Which really isn't surprising...does Janelle ever really disappoint?


 Janelle Monae 

Finally, headliner Lauryn Hill took the stage and exited with mixed reviews. I actually enjoyed her show. I would have loved for her to start the songs they way we all know and enjoy them and then transition into a remix of sorts but that wasnt the case. I did appreciate her energy and enthusiasm. It seemed as if she and her band were having a great time on stage. From past shows of lecturing the audience to never showing up...I thought this was a lot better. 

The Summer Spirit Festival is usually the first Saturday of August so make sure to mark your calendar now and dont miss out on a great time to soulcialize and enjoy awesome live music. Thank you to CDE for another year of access and great hospitality.

Lauryn Hill

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::GET FAMILIAR:: MANNYWELLZ

Friday, August 1, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: MANNYWELLZ
by Daniel Harris



The House Artist Grant provides free recording, visual and marketing plan for a select group of artists. Each artist is also given access to workshops that teach everything from financial management to putting together a strong team. One artist to benefit from this type of development is Mannywellz.

This talented musician, singer and songwriter brings "something to the table that a lot of artists don't or can't offer." He describes himself as a "Son of God" and "musical Storyteller" who "promotes truth" through his music.

With the help of The House Artist Grant, Mannywellz is currently promoting his EP, Wellz. This 5 song offering puts his sincere lyrics, imaginative product and superb vocal abilities on full display. Wellz is a great opportunity to understand Mannywellz' deep spiritual connection and his capability to craft meaningful and uplifting content.

Artist development is a lost art in today's music scene. Music is inundated with one hit wonders and ringtone stars. Through the efforts of The House Artist Grant, artists like Mannywellz have to opportunity to make a profound and lasting impression in music.

Get even more familiar with Mannywellz by following him on Twitter and liking him on Facebook. Wellz is available now on iTunes and Google Play.
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::BEHIND THE SCENES:: DC LOVES DILLA 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014
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::BEHIND THE SCENES:: DC LOVES DILLA 2014

Post by Soulcialista
Photos by Nick Fullen
Video by Mansa Johnson



The annual production of DC Loves Dilla supported by Heineken is something that music lovers in the DMV look forward to every year. On the 9th Anniversary of the event several artists hit the stage to celebrate the life of J. Dilla. This year's features included Bahamadia, N'Dea Davenport, Pharoahe Monch and Phife.



Several other musical favorites were also tapped to honor J. Dilla's legacy including GRAMMY nominated artist and arts educator Kokayi, artist and arts educator Asheru, hip hop artist RAtheMC and Gods'illa, GRAMMY nominated singer and MC Maimouna Youssef, and MANY more.



Gypsy Soul was able to catch up with several of the artists to get their impressions on J.Dilla's life, music, and legacy.




             

If you haven't heard by now, there was a MAJOR announcement made on stage that J. Dilla will have his beat equipment added to the Smithsonian's new museum of African American History & Culture. Ma Dukes (J. Dilla's mother) along with our friend Timothy Anne Burnside of the Smithsonian made the emotional and incredible announcement.


Make sure that the first thing on your to-do list next summer is attending the 10th Annual DC Loves Dilla event. We can't even imagine the incredible production that is being dreamed up!


To view more photos of DC Loves Dilla 2014 please click HERE.




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::GET FAMILIAR:: ELECTRIC YOUTH

Friday, July 25, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: ELECTRIC YOUTH
by Daniel Harris



Electric Youth is probably best known for their entrancing collaboration with College A Real Hero from the movie Drive. True, you will feel very nostalgic while listening to their music. If the 80s was your decade, you will be transported back to the days of your big hair, wondering who shot JR, cruising in your Trans Am and waiting in line for Back To The Future tickets.

While you are in your nostalgic trance, do not mistake Electric Youth for your average tribute or cover band. On the contrary, they transcends mere novelty creations to a plain where reverence and a deep connection to their sound reside.

 Based in Toronto, Austin (also known as Watts) and Bronwyn officially formed Electric Youth in 2009. However, their history together reached back to their 7th grade days when a young Austin asked Bronwyn out. In an interview for Rolling Stone Magazine, Austin says, "We love the present but how could we not be reminded of the past when every day, we see the person we had a crush on since 7th grade?"

Austin, who grew up listening to everything from 80s pop to reggae, perfectly captures the essence of the synth pop era in his production. His use of authentic and vintage synthesizers and analog sounds shows his deep respect and appreciation for the genre.

Bronwyn's family preferred church songs and the very classic (and solid) songwriting skills of James Taylor and The Beatles. The influence of this combination is evident in her stunning vocal delivery and heartfelt lyrics. Perhaps it is this deep passion for their music and each other is the reason Electric Youth has captured the attention of many.

Get even more familiar with Electric Youth, follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook. Also,  be on the look out for their debut album Innerworld, releasing this September.
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::GET FAMILIAR:: B.JAMELLE

Friday, July 18, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: B.JAMELLE
by Daniel Harris




In last week's Get Familiar installment, TheSoulcialista's Kike Aluko sat down with Columbia Nights for an amazing interview. During her sit down, the group suggested some artists that we all should be familiar with. Challenge accepted!

Often times in a search for talent, one's own backyard is the last place to be checked. Some of the best talent can be found in your very own backyard and the Washington, DC Metro area is no exception. With artists like Wale and Raheem DeVaughn finding mainstream success, it won't be long before B.Jamelle finds her way into the rotation of music lovers everywhere.

B.Jamelle describes herself as a "writer first and singer third and dreamer in between." Based in our nation's capital, B.Jamelle displays an amazing talent to tell moving stories through song. Her beautiful, sultry voice floats effortlessly over riffs, runs and key changes creating a new, gleaming take on soul music.

In October of 2012, B.Jamelle introduced her fans to what she describes as her "random journal entries put to music." Memoirs From The Thick Of It perfectly showcases her abilities as a singer/songwriter and arranger. It is an open and genuine peek into her life. B.Jamelle says this EP was, "a labor of love written with the listener at heart." Since that time, B.Jamelle has continued to deliver captivating lyrics with stunning vocal ability and a ton of dreamy musical arrangements in between.

Get even more familiar with B.Jamelle and follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook. Support good music and visit B.Jamelle's Bandcamp page.



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