Known as the “KING of GROWN FOLKS MUSIC” and a Southern Soul / R&B cultural influence, AVAIL HOLLYWOOD released his recent album under Nlightn Records titled STILL KING, which is available for streaming and downloads worldwide. Following the immense success of his chart topping award-nominated “Twenty Five n Up” single and “Drinking Again‘” single, AVAIL HOLLYWOOD has also released numerous videos and has received over 2 million streams and counting to date with his music.
Leah Zion (Leah Sletzion) is an American-Eritrean Soul Pop singer/songwriter from the musically-vibrant city of Atlanta. Her music takes charge to empower the world, spread a positive message, and to move people through her lyrics – “Your words can be gold to your headspace”. Zion’s soulful flare is hard to miss in songs like “Hard to Lose” and “One By One”, and she easily gets listeners singing along to her catchy melodies and lyrics. From her early childhood, she has been influenced by popular artists such as Alicia Keys and Rihanna, and since moving to California, Zion has found new inspiration from Ariana Grande, Sia, Bebe Rhexa, and Adele. Leah Zion’s debut self-titled EP is set to release November 3rd, and she’s thrilled to bring her sound to the pop world.
Pairing dynamite vocals with quotable lyrics a la Ariana Grande, soul-pop star Leah Zion is making a name for herself in the music world with the debut self-titled EP that fans are already loving.
October 24th, 2019
As the world of pop music becomes increasingly diversified, Leah Zion, the Atlanta-born, California-living, Eritrean singer-songwriter takes hold of her place in the industry. The soul-pop artist matches powerful vocals to words of empowerment and inspiration, all while delivering anthemic melodies and infectious beats. Zion’s personal experiences have shaped her emotional writing process as she explores the life of an aspiring pop artist, and after over a year of professional songwriting, she is finally set to release her debut EP, “Leah Zion”, in mid-November 2019.
“It’s my dream to spread positive messages through my music and help those who are struggling in their lives,” spoke Zion on her direction as a singer. “I plan to keep creating different sounds, melodies, ways to say what I want to say and truly grow as an artist throughout the process.”
The musical stylings and lyrical themes on “Leah Zion” have stark influences from Zion’s childhood favorites, like Alicia Keys and Rihanna, as well as modern pop stars like Ariana Grande, Sia, Adele, and Bebe Rhexa. The EP, produced by award-winning music producer and engineer Arty Skye, will be available on all major digital streaming services.
Zion’s first single from the EP, “Hard to Lose”, has already been receiving positive feedback for its memorable chorus and catchy melody.
He is a Goth music lover, fan, blogger, youtuber, and also a Goth musician. Dean Ricks a.k.a Ghoul recently decided to just simply turn his dream of making Goth music into reality by releasing an E.P entitled “White As Death”. The four song E.P is definitely going to be enjoyed by Goth music lovers because of the message behind it. We got a chance to interview him and here is what he had to say below:
Q: Can you please tell our readers your real name as well as your stage name? I was born Dean Ricks. But i’d rather be known as Ghoul.
Q: Where are you from and Where are you based? I’m born and raised Northern California. I’ve never ever lived anywhere outside of the San Francisco Bay Area. I currently live in Newark, CA.
Q: At What age did you start making music? It started early, like in elementary school. I think I wrote my first song in the 4th grade.
Q: what genre would you consider yourself? I’m for sure in the Gothic and industrial category. I’m either way over to one side or way over to the other.
Q: Tell us about your latest track or Video ( what is it all about)–Please explain the concept or message
My latest release is ‘White As Death’. An E.P. of four songs. Two songs are firmly in the vein of Goth rock (The Bridge, Kill For Peace), and the other two are rooted deeply in industrial dance. (Totentanz, Guinea Pigs.) I’m aiming for the same atmosphere as the first few Sisters Of Mercy releases with the goth tracks, and i’m trying to take after the better moments of Skinny Puppy with the other two tracks.
To explain the tracks: Totentanz is a fun little industrial dance song about someone who dances themselves to death. (Cheerful, right??) Guinea Pigs is my personal protest against unwilling/unsuspecting human medical experimentation, and also in the industrial genre. ‘Kill For Peace’ is a bit of a personal prayer. Something from my heart that would be wonderful if it came true. ‘The Bridge’ is written about the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. ‘The bridge of death’ is a place locals gathered to watch the nuclear power plant burn, not knowing they were getting a *MASSIVE* dose of radiation that would kill them.
I’m just trying to create a mood. A feeling. I’m in love with gothic and industrial culture and fashion as well as the music, and I wanted to contribute.
Q: Who wrote it and what was the inspiration behind it I wrote it. The inspiration? I guess you could say i’m trying to live a dream…..
Q: If you were given a chance, which Artist would you love to perform with? Oh, LORD! Blutengel, Grendel, Ramstein, Ghosting, sooooooo many! Most of them German as well!
Q: Where can fans find you? List all your social media links The EP is available for free on Bandcamp at https://lipstickcyanide1.bandcamp.com/releases and you can also catch the EP on Soundcloud at Nearly all the tracks have already gotten 10,000 plays on Soundcloud. Web page is in the works as we speak! Anyone who wants to reach me via email can hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org Looking forward to hearing from people if they’re so inclined! 🙂
Armonite is the instrumental rock musical collective led by composer Paolo Fosso. In May 2018, Cleopatra Records released their new album, “And the Stars Above”, which has been presented in Japan with a 5 concert tour.
With the track ‘Blue Curaçao’, Armonite have been awarded an Honourable Mention both in the Instrumental and Performance categories at the International Song writing Competition 2017 from a top level committee including Tom Waits, Lorde, Bastille, Billy Cobham, Ziggy Marley, Don Omar, and Keane.
Their previous album, “The Sun is New each Day”, was produced in 2015 by former Muse producer Paul Reeve with mastering at the Abbey Road Studios in London. The album includes guest appearance by Colin Edwin of iconic UK prog-rockers Porcupine Tree.
Armonite performed at Expo 2015 Milano for “The Water Rooms” Official Launch organized by UNESCO. After their performance in Bettmeralp, Switzerland, March 2016, at an elevation of 2,000 meters (6,500 ft), the band toured UK in mid-July.
Armonite has also published the videos of a few soundtrack renditions from the most popular video games and movies: Game of Thrones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, The Exorcist, Suspiria, Skyrim, Final Fantasy, Halo, Metal Gear Solid, The Witcher, and many others…!
JAVAUGHN NAWLEANS AKA J.N. BORN JAVAUGHN WILLIAMS STARTING WRITING AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA. JAVAUGHN NAWLEANS GREW UP IN NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA BUT LISTENED TO EAST COAST HIP HOP. JAVAUGHN GREW UP IN ONE OF THE MOST NOTORIOUS HOODS IN NEW ORLEANS TO WHERE AT ONE TIME IT WAS NOT SAFE TO BE OUT AT A CERTAIN TIME. JAVAUGHN NAWLEANS FELLOW PEERS WAS DRUG DEALERS AND SOME IN AND OUT OF PRISON WHICH WAS TURNING OUT BAD FOR J.N. BECAUSE BY DEALING WITH THESE GUYS HE GREW UP WITH HE WAS GETTING CAUGHT UP IN A BUNCH OF B.S. JAVAUGHN NEVER THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO BE A RAPPER HIS DREAM WAS TO PLAY FOOTBALL BUT ONCE HURRICANE KATRINA HIT HIS LOVE FOR PLAYING WENT AWAY. JAVAUGHN BATTLED DEPRESSION FOR A FEW YEARS AND QUICKLY STARTED WRITING LYRICS TO EXPRESS HISSELF. AFTER BEING TOLD HE HAD A TALENT HE STARTED WRITING MORE AND MORE. AFTER GOING BACK TO NEW ORLEANS JAVAUGHN LOOKED FOR A STUDIO TO RECORD BUT COULD”NT FIND ONE SO HE DECIDED TO GO GET HIS G.E.D. AND LATER THEN ENROLLED IN A COMMUNITY COLLEGE. JAVAUGHN THEN RAN INTO A OLD HOMIE THAT BOOKED HIS FIRST STUDIO TIMETHEN THERE HE MET CAS MAJOR A LOCAL PRODUCER AND HAVE”NT LOOKED BACK. JAVAUGHN RELEASED A COPY OF LOCAL MIXTAPES IN THE CITY BUT COULD NEVER GET RADIO PLAY AND A PUSH. HE LATER SIGNED TO A LOCAL LABLE BUT COULD NEVER RELEASE A SOLO PROJECT BECAUSE THE LABLE WANTED HIM IN A GROUP. AFTER GETTING OUT OF THAT DEAL J.N. DECIDED THAT HE WAS GOING TO MAKE THE MUSIC HE WANT AND DO IT HIS WAY. JAVAUGHN NAWLEANS FAVORITE RAPPERS ARE T.I.,THE GAME,JAY-Z,JADAKISS,STYLES-P,FABOLOUS ANDN NAS. ONCE THE RAP GAME CHANGED TO WHERE EVERYONE SOUNDS LIKE FUTURE OR YOUNG THUG JAVAUGHN NAWLEANS FEEL LIKE HIS DYNAMIC STYLES IS NEEDED
“SHAOLIN’S FREESTYLE” is the first single off the up and coming mixtape titled “NALA” by Dubai based creative, ekay (lowercase e).
Her new release via Rogue City Entertainment is a sultry soulful ode to the Wu-Tang Clan where the female might intertwines with the ruckus of love.
ekay is an unconventional artist that dubs herself as a neo soul rap-head and credits the likes of De La Soul, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and the Roots as some of her early influences. Born into Hip Hop and raised as a spoken word poet, ekay uses a freestyle approach when creating music and draws inspiration from her raw emotions as well as color. Her creative approach and conceptual projects showcase her soulful sounds, strong lyricism and visual narratives.
BARLEY STATION has become a top Indie recording artist scoring #1 and top 10 songs on a myriad of charts, both indie and mainstream in the US such as FMQB, New Music Weekly, National Radio Hits, The Independent Music Network and overseas on the European Indie Charts with songs that cross into multiple genres. It is about making music for the love of art in musical form.
The mellifluous sounds of Barley Station can be detected not only in their intricately written lyrics, but also in their sound with layers of real, organic harmonies, driving rhythms, and contagious melodies. Although the band pulls a distinctive Alternative vibe, in terms of genre, most reviewers, fans, and radio claim that the Barley Station signature is a genre crossover blend of Americana, Country, Pop, Folk, and even Rock/Alternative which is authentic and original.
The band’s founder and frontman, Randy Wayne Belt, cultivated his artistic edge through Musical Theater and Acting. Randy has also picked up the pen, not only as a songwriter, but also as a Music Journalist and is also, contributing writer for Starlight Music Chronicles Magazine. His work has also been published in American Pride Magazine, Indie Habit, and A.V.A. Live Radio.
In 2013, Barley Station were nominated for “Best Country Artist” and “Best Folk Artist” for AIMA (Artists In Music) Awards followed by their nomination in 2014 for “Best Country Artist” and “Best Composer/Songwriter” also at AIMA. The band was a contestant in the 2013 Texaco Country Showdown and has been interviewed internationally by numerous radio and magazine publications, including an extensive interview with the Entertainment Vine. The band has also been featured and performed live on FOX 2 News, and The Dave Glover Show on 97.1 FM in their home base area of St. Louis, MO.
Throughout 2015 they won ‘Best Video’ award for ‘Younger Summer Memories’, and multiple ‘Best Song’ awards from the Akademia Music Awards for ‘10 Nights’ and ‘Younger Summer Memories’.
In 2017, Barley Station was submitted for nomination for the Americana Music Awards in the ‘Best Song’ and ‘Best Artist’ categories.
“Rootsy alternative country at its best… ‘I Found You’ will find itself at home in any country music fan’s collection.”
– Eric De Fontenay, Music Dish Journal
“They blend alternative country and rootsy folk-rock into a style that has all the pop appeal of the classic Jayhawks records, but remains earthy and resolutely unpolished. It’s a win / win for me, and I’m sure they’d appeal to both No Depression readers and fans of first generation country rock”
– Leicester Bangs (UK)
“Barley Station has an addictive “twang” about their music that, honestly, I never knew I liked. In fact, I had to make a new category in the Genre section for Country just for them.”
“this group is not one to get labeled into one specific genre of music. I say kudos to them for branching out and making music they want to make.”
“it’s clear that this is a band that is going in a consistent, forward direction and show no signs of stopping. “Double Star” is brilliant in its Immaculate Conception, composition, and imagery that is evoked when listening but it is also just a small piece of the pie when you consider the capacity and the quality of music that the band has already produced and recorded.”
-CA Marshall in Starlight Music Chronicles Magazine
Los Angeles, California (October 18th, 2019) – DJ, music producer, singer, and songwriter, Tommy Kristo, officially launched his first single “Take Me Bakk”, which will be part of his album El Dorado, planned to be released in 2020 by his label Tommy Kristo Recordings.
Tommy Kristo now is building his career as a singer, looking to reach the American and international market as a new electro-pop artist. He wants to showcase all his experience and knowledge in music with a proposal full of modern and fresh electronic sounds, making it a whole sensorial experience.
Tommy was born in 1989 in La Palma, California and raised in a humble family. At an early age, he was curious about art and creativity. He developed his passion while learning to play different instruments, a hobby he used to calm stress, to find himself, and to express all the emotions of a rebel teenager.
He has always been a natural artist and a visionary. At the age of 10, he started his band with which he began producing songs expressing his feelings, connection with others, and how he saw the world around him.
During his professional career, Tommy Kristo has had the opportunity to record singers, rappers, and different bands, with whom he has shared the same enthusiasm for music at all levels and genres.
Born to an outlaw biker father and 16 year old mother, R.W. Roldan came of age in the Los Angeles of the 60’s and 70’s. His family spent a few years homeless, prompting him to join the navy at 17. His young life was full of hard circumstances and difficult environments but Roldan always seemed to soften things with his easy knack for storytelling.
Upon returning to California from his time abroad, R.W. worked all around the San Fernando Valley, immersing himself in the blues and Americana scene. He gravitated towards music and poetry, appreciating contemporary wordsmiths like Dylan and Dr. Seuss as much as American treasures such as Yates and began crafting his own indelible blend of country blues folk rock – a sound that lands somewhere between Hank Williams and Cowboy Junkies.
R.W. now splits his time between his house in the Topanga hills and a newly-purchased dwelling that once belonged to Fatty Arbuckle in Silverlake, where he’s building a studio in the basement. It was professed to be haunted for the past 12 years, but R.W. found it a suitably creative environment to craft the songs on his official solo outing, Can You Feel This, due out August 17th.
The new LP puts Roldan’s adept storytelling front and center, backed by his easy going guitar, mandolin and dobro chops. Tracks like “Big Skies” and “Falling Star” paint an authentically haunting, nostalgic panorama of Los Angeles, while laidback ballads such as “Lauryn’s Song” reveal a sweeter side to the man. It’s all melted in the sweet butter sauce of producer Max Allyn who recently signed R.W. to his AllsWell Records imprint out of Nashville. Can You Feel This is out now on all platforms. Vinyl and other merchandise is available at AllswellRecords.com