Saturday, January 23, 2016

Indie Review welcomes Jamaal Meeks !

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JAMAAL MEEKS
 
Jamaal Meeks was an A&R with SRC/ Universal Records for over 6 years (2003 - 2010). He worked on Wu-Tang Clan, Akon, Terror Squad, David Banner, Pharaoh Monch, Asher Roth, and Remy Ma's album. He’s currently a music composer and Co-Founder of Faces In The Crowd Artist Showcase (www.FacesShowcase.com). Faces recently inked a Digital distribution deal with Red Distribution (a division of Sony Music Entertainment). Faces is one of the longest running artist showcases in the country, doing artist showcases since 2003. They hold a monthly artist showcase at the Legendary SOB's venue in NYC. Jamaal is also Co-Founder of Real Well Music Group (Distributed by Empire Distribution).
 
 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Indie Review welcomes Di'TA Monique !

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Di'TA MONIQUE

Born into a family of talented singers, Di’ta has carried the torch in a way that has made her family proud.  Hailing from Rochester, New York, she is a hometown favorite. She has taken her vocal and theatrical talent to stages all across the globe. Having toured for15 years, she has performed with notables such as Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, Melba Moore, and many more. Although she would not classify herself in anyone genre, she is known most for her rich vocal tones that are a blend of jazz, gospel R&B and soul.


Friday, December 18, 2015

Indie Review welcomes Kenny Black !

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KENNY BLACK


Lending smooth vocals to an infectious fusion of R&B, gospel, pop, hip-hop, classical soul and country, Kenny Black Jr. continues to prove that there are no boundaries to his talents. Self-proclaimed as the “Music Machine”, Kenny Black’s versatility and golden ear allows his talents to cross ALL music genres. As a gifted song writer, singer, and producer, he greets the industry as a triple threat.

At the age of 3 he picked up his first set of drum sticks. By age of 15 this self-taught musician began to master drums, percussion, organ and the piano. “I wanted to make music all of my life. I used to sneak away to play with my uncle’s equipment,” he recalls. “My grandfather played the guitar and my uncle was a DJ. There’s something about making music that drives me.” The son of pastor, Apostle Kenny and Evelyn Black of Living Water Ministries, Kenny’s respect for the art of soulful music can be traced to his childhood, singing and performing in the church.
His natural, raw melodic and instrument playing skills would be honed while attending a performing arts high school. Now married to his beautiful wife Shenika Black and the father of four boys is Kenny Black “The Music Machine” is a musician at heart and building an empire. He writes his own songs, produces and arranges his own music, and will humbly state that he’s just sharing his god-given talents. And sharing he does.

His talents have graced the works of various artists including: Shyne (Bad Boy), Lil’ Wayne, Pam Long (Bad Boy recording artists TOTAL), Jaheim (2007) and “I pride myself is creating music that compliments and accompanies an artist’s, not over power it.” ”Kenny Black” founded “Delray Music Group” in honor of his cousin Shawn (DelRay) Searight and his personal vision to create great music. With Shawn’s untimely death, Black felt that the baton was passed to him to continue the pursuit of impacting the music industry. In 2014 Kenny also brokered a deal with YouTube networkers to have his own youtube channel called “Delray Tv” where he gives his fans and audience an inside look on” Kenny Black” and the “Delray Music Group” family. ”Kenny Black” was the architect behind Desiree Coleman-Jackson’s 2009 Gospel album; producing the entire project.His masterful sound also lead to the creation theme songs for Grammy Award winning, Hezekiah Walker’s ‘Afternoon Praise’ as well as Hezekiah Walker’s “Sunday Morning Celebration” and Liz Black's "Sunday Praise" .
Deep admiration for his Uncle Ron, a DJ who worked with pioneers like Grand Master Flash, and artists/producers like Joe, R.Kelly, Rodney Jerkins, Dr. Dre, The Winans, and Hezekiah Walker played a major role in shaping “Kenny” as an all-around musical talent. Kenny Black has performed at churches, various local venues, and was blessed to be selected as back-up drummer for “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” tour. 2011, his drumming skills and natural talents were again recognized while on tour with Faith Evans.

Kenny’s contribution to Marvin Sapp’s 2010 award winning album “Here I Am” labeled him as a, Stellar, BET, Dove award winning Producer and Songwriter for the songs he wrote and produced titled “Wait” and “More than a Conqueror”.
“Good music is good music. If you feel in your heart, your music should reflect it,” states Black. This is evident in his distinct blend of smooth sultry vocals and heartfelt lyrics with full bodied soulful, driven tracks. Kenny’s humbleness and praise to his gospel roots can be heard on a heartfelt, feel good song, “Do Me Like You” on Marvin Sapp’s 2014 released album, I’m Still Standing.

In 2015 Kenny became the newest artist of the Valor Drumstick family, with a full drumstick endorsement. It is because of Kenny’s unique style of drumming that stands him out from the rest. He (Kenny) couldn’t be more humbly blessed to share this endorsement platform with other celebrity drummers. 
Currently you can find Kenny Black touring with R&B legends “Total”, as the Drummer, Musical Director, and Programmer. Kenny proves that every stage that he is on, people gravitate to his likeable personality. So much so, people are screaming for him on stage just as much as they are screaming for Total.

It is endless to what “Kenny Black” aka “The Music Machine” can do. He proves it each time his name and Talents are brought to the forefront. There is nothing Kenny Black can’t do. Selfassured, yet down-to-earth, Kenny Black “The Music Machine”, singer/songwriter/producer is taking on the world with his style, skills, and passion.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Indiellectual conversation with author Raqiyah Mays


 

We caught up with the extremely busy author Raqiyah Mays to 
talk about her latest endeavor, the book "The Man Curse" out now. 
Raqiyah speaks on the writing process, how she got a book deal, following your vision,
the creative ways she is promoting the book, helping the community, and more. 
Check out the video below. 

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Indie Review welcomes Raqiyah Mays !!!

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RAQIYAH MAYS 

Author, Journalist, Radio Personality, & Activist With 2015 marking her 20th year in the media business, Raqiyah’s influence goes back to Newark, NJ. Born to a teen mother and domestic abuse survivor, Raqiyah’s climb from mastering a speech impediment to being bullied in school, led a shy, insecure, girl into becoming the confident, outspoken, success she is today. Featured in The Limited clothing store’s 2015 nationwide “New Look of Leadership” campaign, she’s been chosen and honored as a female leader for her passionate work as an author, journalist, radio personality, stepmother, and activist. 

A writer at heart, Raqiyah’s debut fiction novel, “The Man Curse,” out now  chronicles the world of Meena, a young women who spends her life trying to break The Man Curse and become the first woman in her family to marry. No stranger to the book world, Raqiyah contributed a chapter to Gil Robertson’s anthology “Where Did Our Love Go: Love & Relationships in the African American community.” She was a featured profile in Thembisa Mshaka’s book of entertainment industry professionals, “Put Your Dreams First: Handle your entertainment business” And Raqiyah was a reporter at large for Cheo Hodari Coker’s VIBE book “Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of The Notorious B.I.G,” which was turned into the critically acclaimed feature film, Notorious.

Raqiyah’s work in journalism goes back to the Quincy Jones owned days of Vibe Magazine. As an intern in the mid-90s, she became Executive Assistant to then Editor in Chief, Danyel Smith. And later, editorial coordinator assisting the managing editor. Moving on to pursue an early career as a freelance hip hop journalist, Raqiyah’s bylines graced cover stories for publications like XXL, The Source, and Billboard. Expanding her beat to report on everything from women and R&B to politics and radio, she scored covers for Black Elegance magazine, profiles, and features for The Associated Press, VIBE, Essence, and Complex. She later became a founder and executive editor of “The Ave” Magazine, dedicated to coverage combining social issues with the intellect and outlook of the hip hop world. Today she writes for Ebony, using her journalism and Hollywood interviews to humanize celebrities through open discussions on real life and the world.

In 2009, named one of VH1’s “Future Leaders of Black History,” Raqiyah was featured in their black history month TV commercial campaign. A trained actress, she performed off-Broadway for five years, touring the country and appearing on stages nationwide as a cast member with the hit play “Platanos & Collard Greens.” Her numerous TV appearances have included correspondent work on Black Enterprise’s TVOne/ABC news show “Our World,” being a regular guest co-host on Arise TV’s film review show “On Screen.” And MTV, BET, VH1, the Fuse Network, and Fox News have all had Raqiyah as a guest.

Raqiyah is a passionate activist for issues affecting women, children, and African Americans. As a child, Raqiyah was a girl scout who became president of Edison, NJ’s NAACP Youth Council. In college, she helped create the Diversity Union on Penn State University’s Altoona campus after acts of racism toward black classmates. Participating in student politics, she regularly represented the campus during Penn State’s gathering of student government officers. After moving to New York, Raqiyah organized community and youth events in Brooklyn. While spending time in Los Angeles, she coordinated fundraising events for non-profits along with training canvassers and managing outreach campaigns in both LA and NY for organizations like The Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU. Today, she continues her penchant for activism. From marching in Ferguson, MO to Baltimore and attending protests in NYC, Raqiyah’s activism spans from events to social media with regular updates on nationwide cases of injustice on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She uses her journalism and celebrity interviews to humanize the entertainment world with shared superstar views on real life, social issues, and outlooks on making change today.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Indie Review welcomes Ali Caldwell !

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ALI CALDWELL 

A dynamic and powerful virtuoso with a soothing touch, Ali Caldwell's voice is as thrilling as it is comforting. This is contemporary R&B/soul music that inspires a sense of nostalgia. With whispers that climb into full-throttle belting and back, Ali delivers emotional swings that pick you up, spin you around, plant you firmly back on your feet --- and then repeat, with ease. Jazz notes and meandering harmonies punctuate her work, and her church-gospel background fuels pop sensibilities that provide intensity, conviction, control, and polish. Singer-songwriter Ali Caldwell may be well on her way to accomplishing her dreams. Ali recently released her debut EP “Heart Of Ballads” and finished an international 3 city, 23 show tour as an independent artist (with the help of her imprint 2MaroMusicTM/ 2MaroMedia Inc., which she is also a partner in). Having felt a level of accomplishment, this entrepreneur says she is just getting started. She vows to keep innovating and share her gift with others, spearheading a movement called NoMajorZoneTM — a motivational movement catering to the independent artist. She is determined to show the world that an independent artist can achieve a major level of success through hard work, dedication and consistency...without the help of a “Major Label”. Born and raised in Woodbridge, New Jersey with roots in New Brockton, Alabama, Ali Caldwell fell in love with music through the recordings of Brandy, Tamia, Anita Baker, Beyonce, and Faith Evans. As an eclectic lover of music, she would also listen to Yolanda Adams, Pink, N’Sync, Celine Dion and Alanis Morissette. Honing a diverse musical palette, Ali was able to develop a distinct writing style, sound, and vocal ability in conjunction with a mesmerizing stage performance. Having been compared to some of today’s vocal greats such as Jill Scott, Jazmine Sullivan, Beyonce, and Brandy, it is evident in her songs “Counter Clockwise”, “Crazy” and “10 Feet” (from her debut EP) that she has a voice that will be mentioned among the greats of this generation. Ali Caldwell has definitely been making a name for herself in the Mecca of Music, conquering highly esteemed showcases BET Music Matters and Sol Village at the world-renowned SOBs (Sounds Of Brazil) and sharing the stage with an all male lineup including Adrian Marcel, Avery Wilson, Kevin Ross, and Rotimi. Ali headlined her first solo NYC show at the internationally- known Metropolitan Room and performs regularly at marquee venues Drom, Milk River, URBO & the Village Underground NYC. Her extraordinary performances along with the efforts of her executive team at 2MaroMedia Inc / 2MaromusicTM have led to various opportunities to expose her gift and brand nationally and abroad.


Friday, October 30, 2015

Indie Review welcomes Yves !!

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YVES


Yves hails from a small town in the Eastern Cape called Butterworth also known as Gcuwa. Yves found her calling in music at the tender age of 13 where she was a lead vocalist in a local band which entered the Shell Road to Fame Talent competition in 1996 and successfully made 2nd place in the regional finals Yves continued to pursue her passion and went on to study and major in music at the National School of Arts. In 2004 Yves talent was recognized by one of the finest music producers in the country Jerah Mothusi and gave her the opportunity to showcase her voice by working with her on Rude Boy Paul’s Azaniah Pulse 2 compilation which featured the late great Mama Busi Mhlongo and many more remarkable artists in South Africa. As a young artist eager to establish herself and gain recognition in the music industry, Yves entered Idols and impressively made it into the top 32 in the country. Her talent, ambition, commitment and passion have led to one of Yves major achievements where she collaborated with Molhusi again to release her debut album titled “7ven.” The album is a lyrically powerful work of art which reflects on some of Yves’ life experiences, allowing her to showcase her song writing skills. She got to co-write with artist Fiesta Black and international DJ/Producer Harrison Crump on some of the songs on the album. Yves released a single “Mfana waseMahlkeng” along with a music video playing all over radios and television. She has also been entered for the 2015 SAMA’s. Her immense talent is sure to take the international market by storm and prove that she is one of the best vocalist on the music scene.  Yves has also been featured on SABC’s Morning Live, the Daily Sun, SkyroomLive, and Hectic 99.