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Rica NewellPublished on Sunday, 14 June 2015 00:04
"Them Fools Have Failed"
Rica Newell releases a new single from her upcoming album!
Rica Newell is a former back up singer for Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers and currently sings backup vocals for Stephen Marley. Rica is proud to announce her first release from her upcoming album titled "Love Is The Word" due to be released later this summer. Her first solo album will be released on her independent label Rica Unit. The single is titled "Them Fools Have Failed" and is available for download on iTunes on Friday June 19th!
Listen to a preview of the song on Soundcloud. http://Soundcloud.
MaoliPublished on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 04:59
Ok its like 2 am and i'm exhausted and need a break! In fact i
wouldn't mind an island escape. I've been to Hawaii before. i have been
to the caribbean. Both seem like a viable option but i'm stuck in the grinder
of life at this present moment. On the other hand i'm gonna stay positive
because i have just discovered my vacation in a bottle.( or in a speaker)
What im talking about is this group called Maoli. Maoli means native
Hawaiian in Hawaiian. The cool thing about this group is its style is like
caribbean reggae with island rhythmic sounds and r&b vocals. Are you still
with me? Maoli has successfully blended a sound that is totally unique and
its gonna be my vacay for the nite. Maoli started in Maui with Glenn Awong
a 14 year old with a dream. With the support of some high school teachers
he began to assemble a group and write music. By the time he reached his
senior year, Glenn was ready to share his music with a greater audience. In
2005 the group won the Battle of the Bands in Maui under the name No
Boundaries. In 2008 the group changed its name to Maoli and began its
first studio album ‘Groovin’.
In 2010, Maoli did it again with their 2nd release, “Rock Easy”,
featuring another treasure trove of #1 hits “Breaking My Heart”, “Whisper”
and “Rock Easy”. Their 3rd album “Arise” took to a national and
international audience exploring Maoli’s love for various genres of music.
“Something about your love” and “Time to get over” are just some of the big
hits that this album hosts . After some success they took their first
international tour to australia. Now Maoli is focusing on a fourth album and
bringing their diverse style of music west of america. The latest album
“arise’ debuted on billboard top reggae. Maoli has a warm and cozy sound
that is easy to listen to. The blending of genres is what's on display with
Maoli having being inspired by the likes of Michael Jackson,Stevie Wonder
and Bob Marley to name a few. Its obvious that Maoli is here to stay so
come check out Maoli anytime you feel like but rite now is the best time
streetwisesd.com or live365.com HANG LOOSE!
Paint it Pink-Grammy Winning Vocalist Lisa Fisher and Grand Baton Live at Yoshi’s OaklandPublished on Sunday, 26 April 2015 08:53
Lisa Fischer takes her time with a song.
By Shelah Moody
Photo by Michael K. Ealey
One of the most accomplished vocalists of her time, the ebullient soprano will often begin the melody softly, holding onto a note and then releasing it with a bang into the universe.
It is no surprise that Fisher, backed by the eclectic trio Grand Baton, featuring French composer Jean-Christophe Maillard, (musical director, arranger, guitar, SazBass, backing vocals) Thierry Arpino (drums and percussion) and Aidan Carroll, bass, backing vocals) pulled off six sold out shows at Yoshi’s nightclub in Oakland (April 9-11).
Lisa Fisher is an unsung heroine of the music industry and perhaps one of the best known backing vocalists of all time; she has toured extensively with the Rolling Stones, Luther Vandross and others.
In 1992, Fischer won the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her stirring tale of lost and found love, “How Can I Ease the Pain,” produced by the Bay Area’s own Narada Michael Walden. This year, Fischer again earned Grammy gold for “Best Music Film” as a featured artist Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers’ documentary “20 Feet from Stardom.”
Live at Yoshi’s on closing night, Fisher was a far cry from the temptress that you see on YouTube, belting out the chorus of “Gimme Shelter” with Mick Jagger or engaging in sensual embrace with Keith Richards. Ms. Fisher had traded about five pounds of hair for a short natural, her mini-skirt for bohemian chic. The audience seemed to love every bit of her quirky, earthy, persona and laughed with her as she paused the show to re-apply lipstick (eh hem, Christian Dior Lip Baume, which the lady prefers in pale pink or coral), take a swig of water and acknowledge a devoted fan for bringing her flowers on opening night.
Side note: In 2009, I had the pleasure of meeting the divine Ms. Fisher at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, at “Let the Sunshine In,” a benefit concert for a young Oakland musician, Christopher Rodriguez, who had been hit and paralyzed by a stray bullet. In the company of artists such as Mary Wilson, Earl Klugh, and Shanice, Ms. Fisher was impressively gracious with those who approached her.
Now back to Yoshi’s: Fisher incorporated jazz, blues, gospel, rock and roll into her 90 minute set, which included Maillard’s ethereal, unplugged arrangement of “How Can I Ease the Pain,” Peggy Lee’s “Fever” and a tribute to the Rolling Stones, including “It’s Only Rock n Roll” and “Satisfaction” and Robert Palmer’s eighties hit, “Addicted to Love.” By the end of the show, it was clear that her solo version the Stone’s “Gimme Shelter” could become one of her signature tunes. Maillard provided the new age style vocals and gentle guitar riffs as Fischer caressed Jagger’s haunting refrain “Love can be a kiss away.”
For upcoming shows at Yoshi’s, visit www.yoshis.com.
For Lisa Fischer lisafischermusic.com.
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