Artist Review: Jonah Melvon – “RainWater Project” LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Some music knows exactly how to touch the soul. With ambient vocal melodies, passionate rhythms and multifaceted male/female hooks, Jonah Melvon delivers up an innovative and soulful R&B album of anthems with that classic sound with brilliant textures of Jazz, Hip Hop and everything in between with every track on his newest LP RainWater Project.

Delving into a spectrum of a glistening R&B signature sound that perfectly resonates from the classics we’ve all come to know and love combined with today’s modern sensibility, RainWater Project is a triumphant album of tracks that really offer up an artist’s true passion in both performance value, as well as the strong messages in the content. This record awakens the entrepreneur spirit within all of us with his song “1099 (Mom And Pops)” from the album. A piano-infused, bluesy laid back tune that really nurtures the Soul from both Jonah‘s vocals, as well as the female feature artist. The song’s bossa-nova and rhythmic tempo really carries the mood of the track with each verse standing its own ground with the narratives and melodies paralleling each other perfectly. Then landing us into a chorus that’ll have you singing this one in your head well after it’s over.

The album also plants the spotlight on areas like gentrification, and an inhuman presidency crafted from his anthemic track “What’s Good for You“. A song that is powerful in its delivery and versatile in its overall edge. This track, with just as much swagger, puts another modern bluesy touch on this finely tuned single that brings out a brilliant execution from all angles. The message is powerful and the Hip Hop-additive makes this track very effective and gives it the perfect touches. It’s a song that really explores the true core of Jonah‘s talent and vocal approach. From songwriting technique to the song’s nostalgic pacing, this song will definitely win you over and will have you exploring the rest of this album more closely.

The biggest standout about RainWater Project is the authenticity and originality. A dynamic blend of tracks that mix the best of yesterday’s R&B approach and today’s innovative production value in all the right places. That, along with the multi-genre additives and several tasty flavors from each track will make this album one of your favorite Soul/R&B records you’ve heard this year so far. It’s an album with staying power, the power to stay with you well after it’s over. It’s also the type of record that will have you diving further into Jonah Melvon‘s catalogue as well as future prospects. RainWater Project is gonna give him a very promising year, and if this review is what lead you to his discovery, you’ll be thanking us later.

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Press Release: Carolee Rainey Releases Her New Single “Sacrifice”

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

We at Artist Reach have a great suggestion. Stop doing what you’re doing and go listen to Carolee Rainey’s new single, ‘Sacrifice.’ 

This may sound strange, but the first time we heard  ‘Sacrifice’, we felt like she may have been talking right to us. But Wait. Hold that thought. On the second listen, we’re certain she may be talking not only to us but through us. She has literally brought me back to a time in our lives before real responsibility kicked in…when life was carefree and wild.  Oh yeah. Its funny. A dear friend of ours who has met Rainey said she got the idea to write ‘Sacrifice’ after reading an article about a manager that worked closely with Stevie Nicks in her early career and mentions in the interview how much he enjoyed working with Stevie, but it had been a long time since they had been in touch and how wonderful it would be to just randomly run into her again somewhere. 

This was the very article that inspired Rainey’s ‘Sacrifice.’ This is Rainey’s third single out on her new label ‘Sapphire.’  The other two singles, ‘Deeper Than The Ocean’ and ‘You Matter’ invoked the beginning sparks of a brilliant new songwriter artist on the horizon.  We’re talking superstars like Tracy Chapman, Tori Amos, Lana del Rey, and Ed Sheeran. 

Add Carolee Rainey to the list. ‘Sapphire’ is proud to have Carolee on the label and is thrilled to promote a platform in which this unusual and soulful artist can now be heard by the world. Get ready.

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Artist Review: Bami – “Stream Of His Grace” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Captivatingly talented with her voice and spiritually authentic in her message, rising Gospel artist Bami brings us on a modernized journey into the realms of uplifting our Faith in God with her much awaited versatile new EP Streaming Of His Grace.

Bami‘s sound is explosive, multifaceted and graciously fun with a ton of multi-genre additives and flavorful beats on this 4-track record. Her electronically-infused sound combines an array of funky riffs, hypnotic jazzy tempos and a salsa/tropical and Latin edge that brings out her voice very effectively and tastefully. Her mid-ranged voice tackles very spiritual content about her Faith in the Lord and really brings a new and fresh approach to the legacy of Gospel music with her compellingly dynamic production and highly intricate song structures.

Delving into the songs themselves, the musicianship factors are unwavering. The rhythmic tempos are extremely neat and tidy and grasp onto composition techniques reminiscent of many jazz and fusion eras, but that’s just one of many components. Her Pop elements also add to the intuitive song structures and really helps carry Bami‘s voice in a way that is front and center, with very tasteful melodies in her vocal approach that resonate perfectly with the bluesy rhythms and chord progressions. This is a modern day triumph of Gospel music that could easily take on a life of its own, and really showcases an amazing range of production techniques and songwriting structures that are rare in Gospel music, if not new altogether.

The most striking part of Streaming Of His Grace is the originality. The record does not emulate any other artist and Bami really delves into a signature sound that is in her own right. You can draw comparisons to her if you think hard enough, but there’s no question that her approach in Gospel is anything but ordinary. If you’re looking for a spiritual record that is also musically fascinating and compelling, then Streaming Of His Grace will absolutely blow your mind.

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Artist Review: VeRich – “Benefit of a Doubt” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Every once in awhile you run into an artist that truly hits the ground running. One that grabs your undivided attention from the very first listen, and leaves an everlasting impression on you that is insatiably unwavering. This is exactly the feeling we get from VeRich‘s newest EP Benefit of a Doubt.

This is a record with a strong message. It’s music for the underdog; people that have true potential, but end up being overlooked. It’s an EP attributed to those who are willing to do the legwork and whatever it takes to make dreams a reality.

With hypnotic versatility in his take on modern Soul and R&B, VeRich‘s style is multifaceted with his very effective vocal range and lyrically clever punchlines. His electronically infused signature sound also adds the perfect splash of Hip Hop with very dynamically crafted drum parts and multilayered vocal melodies that resonate with every song diligently and passionately. His powerful vocal projection in the track “Nocturnal” demonstrates this perfectly. From elite production value to brilliantly structured songwriting components, this melodic and anthemic track brings VeRich‘s voice right to the forefront with ambience and wholesomeness. His vibrant tones and next level lyrical techniques are futuristic and ahead of its time. This track screams out passion from beginning to end.

Jumping over to his electronic banger “Junky” and the atmospherically visceral “Your Loss”, both tracks add a plethora of musicianship factors and different angles to VeRich‘s craft and artistic merit. His vocal range fits like a warm glove throughout every melodic measure and every track resonates like chapters in a book. But the best thing about it is the EP never becomes repetitive nor does it use recycled ideas. These are carefully crafted songs, and the precision that went into the perfect parallels between the authentic songwriting and the producer’s crucial touches are truly something to behold, and very rare in its own right among today’s modern music realm.

If this is the first time you’ve ever heard VeRich, then prepare for an edge of your seat listening experience. If you already know him, then Benefit of a Doubt will be an absolute treat. Either way, he is an original in his own right, yet still brings familiarity to the table with some of today’s chart-topping superstars. At this rate, VeRich is well on his way to taking his place alongside the industry’s major players; and he’ll be a household name every music fan will recognize.

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Press Release: Angelia Williams Slated to Release Her Full Length LP In April 2019 + Exclusive Review Of “Both Sides Of Love” EP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

For those of you who yearn for the essence and presence of true R&B and Soul dating back to the iconic Motown Records era, Angelia Williams is your girl. And when she sings, she truly sings to your soul.

With a voice that was born to sing R&B the way it was meant to be, Angelia, not only brings us back to one of the most notable and relatable eras of truly inspirational music, but also adds glistening touches of today’s mainstream sensibilities as well. With her new LP Redefinition Of Angie slated for release on April 3rd, 2019, the Nashville-based recording artist, GRAMMY member and professional vocal coach already turned heads back in 2017 with her Soul-infused and multifaceted EP Both Sides Of Love. A collection of tracks with a classic Soul/R&B sound that brings out her nostalgic vocal melodies and artistic merit right to the forefront with endless likability factors.

Both Sides Of Love shows many sides of Angelia from her versatile vocal range, signature sound and insatiable passion for singing. She has a catchiness and precision that resonates with a style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving her audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. It’s an R&B record like no other you’ll hear in today’s music world.

Comprised of jazzy guitar progressions with funky riffs, dynamically smooth bass lines and a neat & tidy rhythm section, Angelia brings us all the goods with every track from Both Sides Of Love. Her angelic and head-turning vocal melodies are something you have to hear to believe, and every melody placement she embraces in each measure fits like a warm glove. It’s a record that reminds us that true R&B still exists, and Angelia‘s soulful approach is what makes this EP truly authentic and refreshing.

Her upcoming LP Redefinition Of Angie is a record with the same nostalgia as the EP, and has many more facets of Angelia‘s writing style and musical aura as an indie artist. She’s been cranking out several new tunes in the studio, and this LP is one that will truly hit it out of the park for all who already know her, as well as those just discovering her now. This highly anticipated record will have 11 fresh songs that will keep you fascinated, refreshed and with a breath of fresh air that real music still exists. Angelia has proven that she knows how to breathe life into everything she writes, and this LP will be another showcasing of exactly just that, and so much more that will exceed your expectations.

Redefinition Of Angie will be available April 3rd, 2019 and will be available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. Her Both Sides Of Love EP is also currently available on the same digital outlets, including YouTube and her social media networks as well. Mark your calendars for the LP, and get yourself ready for it by getting your copy of the EP while you’re waiting. You’ll be more than happy you did.

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Artist Review: Jamie Sparks – “It’s Christmas Time (Miracle Beat Boy Remix)” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Inspirational, soulful and holiday spirited, highly acclaimed Canadian R&B/Soul artist Jamie Sparks makes our emotions run high with his influential single “It’s Christmas Time.”

You can’t go wrong with a powerful voice like Jamie Sparks. He has soul, passion and the perfect vocal range to articulate the best music the R&B genre has to offer, and he does exactly that in this single.

The production value encompasses Jamie‘s voice in a way that makes him effective, charismatic and a vital voice for today’s more modern R&B/Soul Music, all the while staying true to the genre’s roots and the iconic artists that have made it what it is today. “It’s Christmas Time” is a perfect example of combining today’s modern realm with yesterday’s classics. His voice soars in this song with beautifully placed melodies, catchy hooks and harmonies that’ll sing to your soul. The message in the song is very spiritual and uplifting, and will leave anyone who listens to this song with raw emotion and a glistening feeling of the holiday season.

The band behind the voice presents a very authentic style and showcases endless likability and musicianship factors that make this song an absolute gem. Jamie Sparks is known for many award winning releases, and he proves with this song that it’s a perfect addition to his discography and legacy. It’s amazingly crafted, versatile, and really entices you to delve deeper into more of Jamie Sparks‘ catalogue if this is your first time discovering him.

“It’s Christmas Time” is the perfect R&B-infused song for the holidays and you’ll be absolutely amazed with Jamie Sparks‘ vocal range and God given gift of voice. This song will be lifting your spirits from the very first listen.

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Press Release: Fadetheblackk – “Visions (feat. B*Star)” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Combining an integration of smooth rhymes, charismatic vocals and a multi-genre approach, we get an innovative blend of Hip Hop with elements of Soul and Alternative with Fadetheblackk‘s newest single “Visions (feat. B*Star).”

With great production value and a soul-infused beat carrying the torch, this song is anything but ordinary. It’s a multifaceted creation of something artistic, inventive and takes Hip Hop into a new modern realm.

With each verse breathing life in the form of a straight and subtle flow, you can hear FTB‘s natural talent loud and clear with his ability to articulate his lyrics in all the right places. His tone is catchy, his melody-driven chorus is anthemic, and his spirit in the track never wavers.

Fadetheblackk‘s current single is distributed by Warner Music Indie platform Level and he has always been behind the scenes creating and working with many artists in today’s music industry since 2011. So with years under his belt, it’s not a huge surprise that this song is as versatile as it is, but it surely is a treat.

If you’re looking for something outside of your everyday Hip Hop single that drops from every corner of the street, then “Visions” is the track for you. It’s a song that indicates that FTB is not riding any kind of bandwagon – he’s bringing his very own creation to life; something that you don’t hear every day and a taste of something fresh, yet still identifiable at the same time.

The single dropped on July 13th and is currently available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. You’ll be glad we sent you there.

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