Song Review: “Something To Believe In” Miss Freddye

The new single “Something To Believe In” gives a futuristic vibe with old school sound. The inspirational track gives you a true soulful feeling that blends the genres of blues, country, and soft rock. Miss Freddye teaches a message of how to find answers in the midst of the storm and but the solution is always love. The chorus of the track gives a gospel vibe with soulful melodies. It is a beautiful song with country flair and gospel inspirations. The electric guitar riffs create an inspirational mood. Her song sounds like a love song to a higher power within. “Something to believe in” is all about having faith in the unknown when you’re overcoming life obstacles. This song will make you feel hopeful for the future, tune in to the happiness of the now, and feel nostalgic about all the joys of the past. Listen to Miss Freddye’s “Something To Believe In” new single to uplift and inspire your mood.

Artist Spotlight: Miss Freddye

Miss Freddye is known as Pittsburgh’s award-winning “Lady of the Blues.”  Her soulful voice sends chills down the spine and after one listen, you’ll begin to fully understand why she’s internationally recognized. Her sweet angelic presence shines through as a naturally soulful vocalist. Her singing career began in 1996 when Mike Thompson, a bass player she was dating, heard the single mother serenading her younger son with “Silent Night.” She’s been captivating minds and serenading ears with her soothing voice ever since.

Listen to her music below and watch as it inspires you to believe in something bigger than you:

Artist Interview: Miss Freddye

Miss Freddye

What made you decide to jump into the music industry or music business?

Miss Freddye (MF:) It was by “accident”! I was dating a bass player, who was in a blues band. He heard me sing Silent Night to my youngest son. He said his band was looking for a singer. I was very hesitant at first, but, I agreed to audition….HERE I AM!

What do you think makes you stand out from all the other aspiring and upcoming artists in your genre of music?

MF: I believe I stand out from other artists is when people from the audience or even musicians I have worked with, tell me I connect and tune in with the audience and I have a tendency to leave people with a happy feeling. Not only from the music, but from my reaching out, without them feeling “uncomfortable”. I greet and try to talk to people. Another of times can’t do, but I try my best!

If you could collaborate with ANY artist/band… Who would you choose and why?

MF: It would be Tab Benoit. He had such energy, such flow of music that touches the spirit. You can just tell he feels, believes, and delivers the music he does. That is someone whom I would love to collaborate with!

Out of all the songs you’ve released, what do you think is your Best song and why?

MF: Well, that’s easy! LADY OF THE BLUES! It describes my character. It tells of a story of triumph thru good and bad times. All the while I’m being a Lady about it! I thank Steve Nestor for that. He wrote for me. The Year it was released he passed away.

Between creating in the studio OR performing live on stage, which is your most enjoyable one and why?

MF: I have alot of great memories thru out my music career! My most memorable is playing at our local Children’s Hospital. I love seeing not only the parents relaxed, enjoying the music, but the kids too! They dance, they sing, despite their illness and those are memories I will always cherish!!

What would you consider the most successful or proudest moment in your music career, so far?

Recording my second album and being nominated with two blues music awards thru the Blues Foundation! I was proud, excited, and so ever grateful!

What inspires you the Most about the music industry these days?

The dedication I see in the musicians. The way they handled getting thru this pandemic as it still goes on! As the saying goes……”the music must go on!” It certainly has!!

What kind of impact do you want to make with your music?

I want my music to give people something they can believe in, something that they can keep going back to. Something that each time they listen to they know it’s for them! When that happens, they will come back for more!


Song Review: “Show Down” by See Your Shadow Songwriting

In this month’s spotlight interview, we will be featuring the singer-songwriters of See Your Shadow Songwriting, a collaborative network of talented vocalists and musicians who make the songs it creates their star run by Michael Coleman. One thing for sure, their music teaches us a thing or two about the importance of connecting to your voice and your inner music muse through the power of story-telling. See Your Shadow Songwriting has some of the most awe-inspiring western, country music with a metropolitan flair. Each song tells a soulful story that the average listener can easily identify with. A fan favorite (including our own) “Showdown” is just one of the many examples of how their song-writing catalog provides extensive emotional experiences that the average listener can surely identify with. “Show Down” was written in collaboration with See Your Shadow partners, Michael Coleman and J. Richard Murray. Listen to their defining music with an old country vibe here: 

Artist Spotlight: See Your Shadow Songwriting

See Your Shadow Songwriting is a musical creation entity currently based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Run by Michael Coleman, aka The Metropolitan Cowboy, See Your Shadow is unique in the fact that it is a collaborative network of talented vocalists and musicians who make the songs it creates their star.  Michael Coleman, the artistic director of See Your Shadow Songwriting, writes and produces all the songs created and released by See Your Shadow Songwriting.  See Your Shadow was launched in Columbus, Ohio, and takes its name from Michael Coleman’s birthday being Groundhog Day.  Michael Coleman and See Your Shadow Songwriting’s lyrical writing style packs such a punch, that Michael has earned the distinction of being the only professional songwriter ever nominated for the office of Poet Laureate for the State of Ohio. You can learn more about See Your Shadow Songwriting and experience the See Your Shadow Songwriting sound at its flagship website, www.seeyourshadow.com 

Artist Interview: See Your Shadow Songwriting

Michael Coleman “The Metropolitan Cowboy”

What made you decide to jump into the music industry or music business?

See Your Shadow Songwriting (SYS:) Well, for me it just seemed to be the natural fit.  I mean to become a professional songwriter was just a merging of my natural talent as a poet and then my love of all types of music.  So, when I set out for a career in the arts, I asked myself what would make the most sense and writing songs was the answer.  Now although I create in all different types of mediums, music has always been my flagship and I always come back to music, no matter what else in the creative arts I may do.

What do you think makes you stand out from all the other aspiring and upcoming artists in your genre of music?

SYS: I think what makes See Your Shadow stand out is that we are not afraid to write about themes that people experience but are not often spoken about in songs.  We craft pieces with a level of emotion that is missing in most of the music of today and a good example of that is our award-winning song, “I Will Tell Jesus You Said Hello”.

If you could collaborate with ANY artist/band. . . who would you choose and why?

SYS: This is a tough question as there are so, so many.  I would love to write and produce a modern-day, “We Are The World” type of anthem, that way I can collaborate with all the people I admire on one project. 

Out of all the songs you’ve released, what do you think is your Best song and why?

SYS: Boy this is tough, it is like asking a parent, who is your favorite child, and I am supposed to say I love them all equally.  I do think, however, our breakout hit, the award-winning, “I Will Tell Jesus You Said Hello”  would rank right up there as one of my best songs.  It’s just the sheer power of that piece.  It still moves me. 

Between creating in the studio OR performing live on stage, which is your most enjoyable and why?

SYS: See Your Shadow is primarily a studio entity and I think that is what I like more because I can set the tone and really control what happens and there is certain energy when I get into the studio with the See Your Shadow Network of Stars, even though we are working, we just have a good time and you just never know what is going to happen, I could have a vision and then the energy in the room takes me to a totally different place.  That is how we created the first-ever country and western hip-hop recording, from an impromptu jam practicing to record another piece. 

What would you consider the most successful and proudest moment in your music career, so far?

SYS: Well definitely winning the award from The International Music Association for our breakout hit, “I Will Tell Jesus You Said Hello” was cool, and the five consecutive iTunes Number 1s, but I think getting my membership in the Country Music Association is at the top because it happened early on in the career, and it was very validating.

What inspires you most about the music industry these days?

SYS: I think the fact that there are more outlets for the independent artist.  Independents really are the wave of the future and fill a void that audiences are not getting from the major record labels.  

What kind of impact do you want to make with your music?

SYS: See Your Shadow is known for creating work that makes you feel.  That is our trademark and I think if my work can continue to do that, that will be the impact I want my music to have and that is what art is designed to do. 

New Music: Bill Abernathy – The World’s Foremost Authority on Everything

Listen to Bill Abernathy on Spotify

Bill Abernathy certainly makes a resolute statement with his new song, i.e: “The World’s Foremost Authority of Everything”. Of course, coming as it does from deeply strong southern working-class values which include patriotism, politics, and religion; Bill uses poetic lyrics to tell the unblinking truth about his life.

“The World’s Foremost Authority of Everything,” tells a story using melodic visuals from the lens of southern folk music; it feels like listening to a folk story in the Southeast or listening to cowboy music of the West. Bill makes the kind of measured statement one needs to lean in to discern.

 Bill has a handsome thick southern accent with harmonic ballads that are accompanied by beautiful acoustic strings and banjos. It sounds like a southern dance tune with a political statement.

He talks about how viral content is disguised as sage advice and in return develops a religious cult-following of subscribers. There is a message Bill wants to share – in the age of false prophets and philosophers – we must be intentional with what we view as true or facts. Patriotism should be questioned. Religious beliefs should be questioned. Science should be questioned. Political views should be questioned – especially when it comes with an agenda to build a mass following.

Bill has a mind for himself and a message to share that makes you question, “Are you following the ways of the world or are you taking authority in your own life?”

Artist Spotlight: Who Is Bill Abernathy?

Bill Abernathy is the kind of musician who sings and writes from the Soul. His creative story-telling abilities make him a pure “lyrics-first” writer. “I feel the story and lyrics talk to me and tell me what the rest of the song is supposed to sound like,” he says. 

As a teen raised in Kansas, Missouri he began writing songs that were inspired by many parts of his own life. Once he became an adult, life took over and then he stopped.

“Inspiration for my music comes from a variety of the many parts of my life,” Bill says.  “Sometimes life is good to you and gives you a second chance. In my youth, I walked away from music for a myriad of personal reasons. Now, I’ve been given a second chance to pursue this thing we love called music, and I am really enjoying the ride!” Bill mentioned.

His process of creativity consists of gathering inspiration from his own experiences, his family, his friends, and sometimes people he has never met. “I find it interesting and rewarding to let my imagination wander through the memory and spirit of life events and see where it takes me.” Bill says.

Bill Abernathy

Artist Interview

What made you decide to jump into the music industry or music business?

Bill Abernathy (BA:) Great Question! It’s all about following your passion. I have and have always had a passion for making music. Music is a platform for me to share my thoughts, emotions, and ideas. It is perfect for me. I love storytelling and using music to share those stories with my fans. It’s really all about following your passion, and music is certainly one of mine.

What do you think makes you stand out from all the other aspiring and upcoming artists in your genre of music?

BA: A lot of grey hair? Ha-ha. I’ve been around or as we all like to say, been there done that. I think the stories I tell and the lessons I have learned along the way is something a bit different than most. One of the things I am really proud of is that I’ve never written a song with the word “truck” in it, though I drive a truck, so maybe the content of my works is a bit differentiating.

If you could collaborate with ANY artist/band… Who would you choose and why?

BA: Man, there are so many, but I am currently fascinated with the latest work from Jackson Browne. He has such a way with words. He finds such interesting ways to get his message across. I think sitting down with him would be fantastic. Of course, he is also one of my idols, so there is that. lol

Out of all the songs you’ve released, what do you think is your Best song and why?

BA: My songs are a bit like my kids, I have no real favorites. If I had to choose one that I think is most relevant for these times, I would pick “More Than Meets the Eye”. It is full of interesting observations and is really fun to play and deliver. Is it my best song? That is really for the fans to decide.

Between creating in the studio OR performing live on stage, which is your most enjoyable one and why?

BA: I am really a studio guy. I love the process of writing and recording. Finding that perfect feel for a song is sometimes a bit elusive but working with all the talented folks I get to play within the studio is really a great way to discover where each song needs to land to be the most effective. That said, there is nothing better than playing live, and seeing the audience engage and really “get” what you’re saying and doing.

What would you consider your most successful or proudest moment in your music career, so far?

BA: Having a #1 song in the country is really cool, being on all the charts is cool, seeing myself in Billboard Magazine is special, driving to a show and seeing it advertised on billboards is cool as well as hearing my stuff on the radio. All of that is really cool, but the proudest moment for me is when one of my fans tells me a song of mine has touched them in a specific way. Maybe it made them laugh, cry, reflect, or just feel better about their current situation. Those are the moments that are most special to me without a doubt.

What inspires you the most about the music industry these days?

BA: The amount of music that is out there to explore. So many artists are creating some really great music. It’s really fun and educational to just spend time listening and discovering what folks are creating and putting out there.

What kind of impact do you want to make with your music?

BA: As fans continue to hear my stuff and be influenced in some way, that is really all I could ever want. These are my stories, my life experiences, and if they can touch someone and help them along their way, then what better impact could one ask for. Of course, a Grammy would be nice…lol 

New Music: Le Sonic feat Robert Lee “Any Moment”

The formal launch and the true branding of Le Sonic began on Sept. 10, with the release of their smooth jazz track, “Any Moment”, featuring Robert Lee aka Bobby Balderrama. Also performing on the record are Special Guest Artists Dennis Collins, Jim Hynes, and Frank Rodriguez.

Le Sonic will win your heart over with their latest track “Any Moment.” Any Moment is that spark of creativity in jazz improvisation that is spontaneous and naturally intersects with the highest level of spirituality. It’s always a cosmic puzzle as to how it occurs, but the hope is that the following moment can benefit all women and mankind. The engineering & production of this record were perfectly crafted with such meticulousness and excellence. The entire track from start to finish feels like bliss to the ears. The light vocals crooning in the background gives a classical jazzy, Motown music, gospel vibe. While listening to this track, you’ll feel a sense of hope for the future, knowing that at any moment, greatness is destined for you. Listen to this modern soulful track here

PREVIEW “ANY MOMENT”

The inspiration for the “Any Moment” video came from Gary’s 1st-year ear training teacher at Berklee College of Music, Les Harris. Les always said, “I wish Jazz were played outside in the daylight, instead of just in the Clubs at night, and without alcohol.”

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ANY MOMENT

Mike Rogers engineered and co-produced Deee-Lite’s Mega Hit “Groove is in the Heart.” The LP was voted album of the year by the New York Times. The list of Million sellers has continued, while working with Sinead O Connor, Graham Nash, Erasure, They Might be Giants, The Fat Boys, Arthur Baker, and Flood. In High School Mike played drums in the elite NYC jazz program Talent Unlimited, where he met jazz greats, Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter, Lenny White, Chick Correa, and Joanne Brackeen. He heard some of these Legends Jam in Joanne’s loft!

Gary Lefkowith brings a unique perspective to the creative process. With a day gig in Radio Promotion, one eye is on commercial potential and the other on maintaining an artistic vision. Gary has promoted Records by Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, Meghan Trainer, John Legend, P!NK, Fleetwood Mac and is currently on retainer with Curb Records. He ran Chubby Checker’s record label and was instrumental in securing a deal with Sony / RED. Gary was a quarter-finalist in the American Song Festival, which led to a publishing deal with TRO, known for handling Woody Guthrie’s music.

Robert “Bobby” Lee Balderrama is well known for his lead guitar work in ? and the Mysterians. He co-wrote their huge 60’s Hit, “96 Tears,” which went all the way to # 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 Chart and is on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of all time. Question Mark and the Mysterians are one of the earliest groups whose musical style is described as Punk Rock. Their music and imagery were highly influential on all the British and American Rockers of that genre, who followed in the 70’s. Bobby’s solo career as The Robert Lee Revue is credited with two albums: For the Love of Smooth Jazz, in 2010, and City of Smooth Jazz, in 2012. His 2014 single “Happy&GoLucky”, was a Top 30 Hit on The Billboard / Mediabase Smooth Jazz Chart.

New Music: Marshall Oakman “She’s No Doll, She’s a Woman”

The beautiful piano chord progression of Marshall Oakman followed by his amazing vocals, harmonic rhythms, funky guitar riffs, and body-moving drum breaks will inspire you to dance and sing along to this feel-good track. “She’s No Doll, She’s a Woman” is about recognizing, with appreciation, the indispensable significance and depth women have in our lives. This is underscored by stating they are not dolls, things, or property. Marshall’s modern soulful music will surely encourage and inspire you to appreciate and enjoy the gift of life. We’re excited to share this track and add it to our Modern Soulful Music Awards playlist:

PREVIEW SHE’S NO DOLL SHES A WOMAN HERE

Listen on Spotify Here

Following up on the success of At The Boiling Point, the first single from an upcoming new EP, “She’s No Doll, She’s A Woman” again features the work of legendary New York-based musicians, Kasim Sultan, on bass, Liberty Devitto, on drums, and Paul Pesco, on guitar.

     

At about six years of age, Marshall first fixed his eyes on a piano. Pressing down on the black and white shapes, he discovered a timbre and texture that revealed magical keys to open doors that never close. As time passed, songs were born, flowing with a life of their own. Over the years, Oakman has honed his craft, creating a vast catalogue spanning a lifetime.

His compositions showcase vibrant, iconic pop/rock shimmers with Beatlesque harmonies, blending timeless themes, thoughtfully embraced and melded to magnetic melodies. Listeners will find themselves hitting repeat and play, over and over again.

Marshall’s recorded music includes top musicians who have performed and/or recorded with Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Daryl Hall, Madonna, Hall & Oates, Steve Winwood, Jennifer Lopez, Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Richie Sambora, Indigo Girls, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, Blue Oyster Cult, Todd Rundgren, Patti Smith, Meat Loaf, The New Cars, Alicia Keys, Gary U.S. Bonds and Mitch Ryder.

From Long Island, regularly performing at many venues in the area, including, The Cabana in Long Beach, Reel in East Rockaway, Mulcahy’s in Wantagh and Kasey’s Rooftop in Rockville Centre, Marshall has energetically driven his skills as a spirited performer in regions along and beyond the East Coast such as the New York metropolitan area, upstate New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Chicago.

In line with the positive spark of his song, Nothing’s Holding Me Back, which is part of the soundtrack for the independently produced film,Townies, from Marshall’s album entitled 24/SEVEN, Marshall is hopeful his music will encourage and inspire fans to appreciate and enjoy the gift of life every day.

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Artist Spotlight: Who is “To The Moon?”

To The Moon is a Los Angeles-based female Pop duo blending in styles of R&B and EDM. Formed in the Spring of 2021, Laiken Strobush sparkles on Vocals and Keys while Mercedes Cruz drives the rhythmic dance grooves on Drums.  Both are Midwest girls bringing sunshine to the West Coast music scene. Co-writing songs about love, sex, and magic, To The Moon has collaborated with several producers to craft songs with a radio-ready, Modern Pop sound to every stage performance.  

Artist Interview

What do you think makes you stand out from all the other aspiring and upcoming artists in your genre of music?: 

To The Moon (TM:) Our music doesn’t dwell on the past or any negativity, we focus on a forward-moving sound to make people happy. Love, sex, and magic!

If you could collaborate with ANY artist/band… Who would you choose and why?: 

TM: To The Moon would love to collaborate with Dua Lipa!

What do you think is your biggest Advantage and your biggest Disadvantage about being an Indie artist?

TM: To The Moon’s biggest advantage is being a two-piece band creating a full, commercial/radio-ready vibe! To The Moon’s biggest disadvantage is booking shows around Los Angeles that seem to want X number of people and for us to buy tickets in advance.

Do you prefer the Independent route or would you rather sign to a major record label, and why?: 

TM: We are currently in the indie route, but yes we’d love to sign with a major record label, because they seem to know more about the business than we do as indie artists.

Out of all the songs you’ve released, what do you think is your Best song and why?: 

TM: Our best song is Let Love In because of the production, lyrics, and most importantly.. the message. The title itself is so important for us to live by.

Between creating in the studio OR performing live on stage, which is your most enjoyable one and why?: 

TM: Performing live on stage is THE BEST feeling!

What would you consider your most successful or proudest moment in your music career, so far?: 

TM: Our most proud moment is releasing 9 fully-produced and radio-ready music in less than 3 months.

What inspires you the Most about the music industry these days?: 

TM: What is super inspiring is seeing how others have traveled so many different avenues to get to the big stage. We want to inspire others, too.

If you wasn’t in the music business or industry, what do you think you would be doing with your life instead?: 

TM: Without the music industry, we would probably be chillin’ on the beach more!

Artist Spotlight: Who is “Sista Sensi?”

Sista Sensi began her singing career in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where she has lived for many years. A long time proponent of legalization of marijuana, Sensi was arrested for “Possession of Ganja” and nearly died after she was imprisoned for three and a half months in two of Jamaica’s worst jails, “14” in Montego Bay and “GP” (General Penitentiary in Kingston), the subject of many reggae songs from Black Uhuru’s “General Penitentiary ” to Gregory Issacs’ version and more. Sensi learned to sing reggae and chat “patwah” (the Jamaican language) under brutal conditions.These experiences are the subject of her release, “14”. Sensi says she was “privileged” to learn reggae “the hard way”, and also to live in Jamaica for so long and be around some of the greatest reggae artists and just “tek een di whole ah di music”. She has opened in the U.S and Jamaica for Burning Spear, Steel Pulse, King Yellowman (with whom she performs in Jamaica every winter) ,John Holt, Josey Wales, George Nooks, Byron Lee and The Dragonaires and a host of the best of the best in reggae. She further honed her style touring for 2 years with Yabba Griffiths and Traxx out of Chicago/Jamaica. She has developed two bands of her own, Sista Sensi and The Buds, a strictly reggae band featuring the latest new tunes Sensi brings back every year from her winters in Jamaica, where she is a regular on the stage shows there. The B Easy Band is a variety band that can play just about anything, including R.+ B.,smooth jazz, blues, country, rock and requests. Both bands feature a powerful horn section. She has 3 EP’s, “Blaze It Up!!!” and “My Jamaica” and “Fulljoy!” available on CDBaby, Amazon, Itunes, etc.along with several singles: “Born 2 B Your Woman Dancehall”, “Dub It Up!!!”, “Just My Imagination” and “Frosty The Dopeman”, both featuring the great King Yellowman, and “14” feat. Mackie Conscious. She also has a new single and video with Josey Wales, “Loving Pauper” as well as “No Jestering” with reggae great Big Youth and her newest release, “Let Her Try” featuring the legendary Cutty Ranks. Her videos can be seen on YouTube/SistaSensi. Her website is http://www.sistasensi.com and she can be reached at music@sistasensi.com. or Sista Sensi on Facebook.

Artist Spotlight Interview

What made you decide to jump into the music industry or music business?

Sister Sensi: I started singing reggae music while imprisoned in Jamaica in ’75 for possesion of ganja. It kept me alive and helped me survive what was a hellish experience.

What do you think makes you stand out from all the other aspiring and upcoming artists in your genre of music?

Sister Sensi: I am a strong woman who has lived in Jamaica and survived there for 46 years. I also have many collaborations with some of reggae’s greats. And I sing and speak Patwah fluently.

If you could collaborate with ANY artist/band… Who would you choose and why?

Sister Sensi: I am working on a song I hope to have Shaggy on because I have always loved his style.

What do you think is your biggest Advantage and your biggest Disadvantage about being an Indie artist?

Sister Sensi:: I can produce myself and am pretty good at it. As for disadvantages, I guess I’d like to tour more countries.

Do you prefer the Independent route or would you rather sign to a major record label, and why?

Sister Sensi: I would have to really trust the label. I know I can trust myself.

Out of all the songs you’ve released, what do you think is your Best song and why?

Sister Sensi: Perfidia with me and the late great URoy. Because it’s one of my strongest vocal recordings and because I loved him dearly and he was a musical genius.

Between creating in the studio OR performing live on stage, which is your most enjoyable one and why? 

Sister Sensi: I could live in the studio I love it so much but I also need to perform often.

What would you consider your most successful or proudest moment in your music career, so far?

Sister Sensi: The love and recognition I get in Jamaica as an American.

What inspires you the Most about the music industry these days?: 

Sister Sensi: I love encouraging wimen artists amd young people in music.

If you wasn’t in the music business or industry, what do you think you would be doing with your life instead?: 

Sister Sensi: Boy that’s a tough one. I’d probably be wtiting my book.