Jessica Manning: Taking the Reins to Kick-Start her Career

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Five years ago, Swedish-born and Minneapolis-based artist Jessica Manning took the do-it-yourself approach to jumpstarting her career in entertainment by uploading videos of herself singing her favorite popular songs, covering everyone from Adele and Rihanna to Bonnie Raitt. While the most popular video received nearly 60,000 views, it was a … Continue Reading →

Review: Brian Owens & The Deacons Of Soul – Soul Of Ferguson

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If Instant Vintage or Gospeldelic are legitimate genres of music, as coined by Raphael Saadiq, then Brian Owens & The Deacons Of Soul certainly fit the bill. Returning with his third album, Soul Of Ferguson, Brian Owens continues on his mission of creating spirit-stirring and invigorating music in the glorious … Continue Reading →

Review: Amy Macdonald – Under Stars

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After an extended hiatus that had her fans salivating and chomping at the bit for new material, Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald is back in action with her newly released fourth album Under Stars. For those who have been anxiously awaiting more of Macdonald’s signature blend of guitar-driven, optimistic rock and … Continue Reading →

Review: Rag’n’Bone Man – Human

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One of the biggest breakthrough artists coming out of the UK in 2016, Rag’n’Bone Man seemed to thunder onto the scene from out of nowhere with last year’s hit single “Human”, the hugely popular track after which his just-released album is named. In reality, Rag’n’Bone Man, aka Rory Graham, has … Continue Reading →

Review: Emily Estefan – Take Whatever You Want

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It’s pretty awesome when the children of legendary artists follow in their parents’ footsteps, emerging from the shadow of a notable mom or pop to forge their own path to stardom. Of course the illustrious Estefan name precedes her, but when Emily Estefan steps onto the stage, surely there are … Continue Reading →

Review: Gordon Chambers – Surrender

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It’s hard to imagine that a storied stalwart of a songwriter like Gordon Chambers would have lost his way or questioned his own legacy. With over two decades of experience penning hits for superstar recording artists from Whitney Houston to Beyonce, not to mention his breakout success with Brownstone’s 1994 … Continue Reading →

Review: Devin Shelton – Sensation

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Unfolding as a sensational blend of R&B, indie rock, and other exciting musical elements, Devin Shelton’s sophomore solo album, Sensation, hits a great mark in this post-Emery phase of his career. More Justin Timberlake than R. Kelly, in terms of R&B designation, Devin Shelton shines in his ability to write … Continue Reading →

Review: Blitz The Ambassador – Diasporadical

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Diasporadical, fourth studio album by Blitz The Ambassador, joins the canon of African narratives by the continent’s own storytellers, creative content makers and trendsetters. Packed into three inspired acts, the collection of songs further establishes the emcee and bandleader’s trademark Afropolitan hip-hop fusion. Throughout the project you hear a now … Continue Reading →

Review: The Weeknd – Starboy

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Starboy is a roller coaster ride of dark pop emerging as the next chapter of The Weeknd’s artistic journey. This third studio album explores the universe he’s created for his alter ego, Starboy, seen as a deeper inner-self version of Toronto-born Abel Tesfaye. He credits the last four years with … Continue Reading →

Review: Alicia Keys – Here

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Fifteen years after the debut of Songs In A Minor, and a month before the release of her sixth studio album, entitled Here, Alicia Keys stood in the middle of Times Square in complete awe of the thousands of fans cheering her on. With all-star guests joining her on stage, … Continue Reading →

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