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Alison Carney

Alison Carney

The last time singer/songwriter Alison Carney released a project was in 2007….wait….2007? Four years later, she is inviting us all into a new musical world which was clearly years in the making. alisonWonderland, her new project, is an introduction to the singer’s idea of HONEST music.

So, inquiring minds want to know: is it a mixtape or an LP? Call it what you will…a Mix P, an L-Tape…who cares? Just make sure you check it out, cause its amazing and its FREE! With sounds borrowed from some of the most respected producers in the industry (Diplo, Benzi, J Dilla, and Flying Lotus to name a few) and new creations by some of her favorite homegrown phenoms (j.laine, T.FOX, into the electronically delightful…only two of the DOPEST MCs in land)

Balls to the walls, japanese candy in hand….Download it. Love it. Take it in…welcome to alisonWonderland: a fantasy world created to help you find your reality.credits

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Carol Riddick

Carol Riddick

Carol Riddick is no stranger to the music industry, she has featured with R & B artists like Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Kindred Norman Brown and Jeff Bradshaw her unique vocal delivery was evident on the platinum-selling CD title track “Soul Star”, as she was having with Musiq Soulchild Carol was a background singer for Jill Scott, along with Vivian Green before going out on their own her unique vocal delivery was evident on the platinum-selling title track “Soul Star”, as she was having with Musiq Soulchild

Now, moving from background to foreground Carol has made some artistic progress with some of the best producers in the game, such as James Poyser and Anthony Bell and other heavy Hitters coming through each track

After partnering with Axis Music Group a PhilAdelphia-based record company, Carol spent most of 2005 writing material for her project on Carol creatively tip her debut album What some consider to be a huge undertaking for an artist came naturally to Carol who co-produced and co-wrote most songs on “Moments Like This “While the money her lyrics Carol drew inspiration from her loving family and an unyielding desire to live their dreams Musically it was imperative to deliver a fantastic live sound Carol’s love for the Philly International and Motown recordings she grew up to be reflected in” Moments Like This “carrying on the tradition of music that moves people album is laced with live instruments and pure soulfula song, it’s a music for the adults and sexy Highlights include a song dedicated to his daughter, entitled “All I Want to Be (Krystal)” women’s anthem “Brown Eyed Girl” and the hit single “You Better not hurt me”

” I am committed to writing, provide positive music that people can draw inspiration from, it is my hope that listeners will feel the songs as strongly as I do and make them a regular part of their listening experience I poured my heart and soul of this music and I hope it touches everyone who hears it with the same intensity ”

Carol does sound rich smooth melodies reminiscent of Gamble and Huff days from Philadelphia International Records and Motown.

www.carolriddick.net 

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Conya Doss

Conya Doss

Conya Doss has been busy burning the midnight oil composing and arranging music for this dazzling, well-crafted 2010 album that sets the tone for what lies ahead.  Her unabashedly emotional fifth studio album Blu Transition, with Blu being the name of her newborn son, is not only a collection of words set to music, it is a gift; an energy exchange that reflects the duality of love and pain.   It’s an anointed story.  It’s one of endurance, but more importantly it is about life being full of unexpected moments with both tragedies (death) and triumphs (birth).

With a refreshingly crisp and remarkable vocal range, as well as sparse yet beautiful instrumentation, Conya Doss has found success in simplicity.  Blu Transition continues in Doss’ brilliant delivery of sweet, supple and heartfelt lyrics but she plunges deep into a bluesy-jazz vibe with spiritual undertones reminiscent of a 70’s sound in both harmony and mood.  The music carries a laid-back, earthy quality that features various moments; from truly moving and haunting to a rootsy reflection of where the singer has come from with messages steeped in love, risk-taking, rejection and heartbreak.  Composing yet another intricately crafted and cohesive body of work that illuminates her unequaled musicianship.

Blu Transition stretches Doss once again to express herself to the bare bones, this time around in impressive varieties of vocal styles.  On the single “Best Thing” we find the songbird flying high in a falsetto tone while dipping low into baritone territory on “Wi Fi.”  Doss is most poignant on the records that expose her soul, acknowledging what her life has been like since her last album.  “All In You”, “Celebrate” and “Never Be The Same” are sure to overwhelmingly echo the sentiment of fans, newcomers and singers alike that will qualify them as classics.  Each note she parts her lips to sing, Doss sets free a pure tone that moves you through lifetimes, which is like a light bulb turning on in one’s head; a gentle reminder that there are other people to consider in life besides oneself.

www.conyadoss.com

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Kenny Wesley

Kenny Wesley

New York, NY (October 20, 2011) Soul music lovers in the nation’s capital know the name Kenny Wesley as a passionate purveyor of ballads who has opened shows for the likes of Stephanie Mills, Carl Thomas and Anthony David. But he’s taking a turn for the funkier on his official launch single “The Window,” a collaboration with L.A.- based Noah Lifschey, widely respected within the industry as a prolific producer of sizzling music for TV shows such as “America’s Best Dance Crew” and the MTV Movie and Music Awards programs.

“The Window” weds a thumpin’ groove to a self-affirming message that Wesley rocks with a righteous and uplifting vengeance. The song represents a sonic revolution as part throwback and homage, part contemporary slam jam. “R&B is so overproduced and pre- manufactured now,” Wesley states. “It’s missing the grit that it used to have. Noah and I are trying to bring it back yet keep it relevant.” Lifschey affirms, “I’ve always wanted to take music with the `70s funk feel of Graham Central Station, Sly & The Family Stone and Stevie Wonder but rock it with a modern feel of bigger drums and slamming vibe to keep it from just sounding retro and old.”

As the lead-off single of a yet-to-be-titled contemporary soul concept album, “The Window” has an intriguing point of origin. “It began as a 40-second piece of music – a partial verse and a chorus – I wrote for a contestant on ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’” multi-instrumentalist Lifschey confesses. “The song got a

lot of great write-in feedback from viewers wanting to know what it was and where they could get it. Because I’d already been working with Kenny since June, I completed the music with live guitars, keys and custom programmed drums, then invited him to help me finish the lyrics. I’m a big fan of Seal who’s known for his lyrics being a bit vague. Generally speaking, ‘The Window’ is about being in the moment instead of allowing yourself to get caught up in a train wreck of thoughts that stifle you.” Wesley, who contributed to the lyrics and arrangement of the melody, adds, “It’s about taking an introspective look at one’s self and being honest and unpretentious with the people around you – something there isn’t enough of in the music business today.”

For a guy whose early vocal influences were Burt Bacharach-produced Dionne Warwick and the late, great Luther Vandross, Kenny Wesley is embracing the edgier sound quite nicely. “I guess I’m going all the way back to my original vocal roots,” Wesley concludes with a chuckle. “My mom always said I came out the womb screaming!”

“The Window” is available on itunes, CD Baby, Amazon.com and many other retail outlets.

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Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson

For 17 years she’s made it look easy: marriage, motherhood, music career, and managing the enviable feat of becoming one of the most consistently sought-after producers and songwriters in independent soul. It doesn’t hurt that she’s also a knockout. For 17 years, Angela Johnson has been the real-life Superwoman of Independent Music. One of the first Indie Queens of Soul to reign, Johnson has released six albums of guilty pleasures that have caused thousands of souls to sing and feet to move around the globe. Building on the momentum established from her first two critically-acclaimed projects with Cooly’s hot-box, Johnson has become an international sensation in the UK and Japan and credibly positioned herself as a bankable brand with companies seeking fresh and innovative artists-partners. After years of sharing only the smiling siren behind the keys, with her latest Purpose Music release, It’s Personal, Johnson is now ready to reveal the truth behind the image and finally share the intimate secret to her fan’s #1 question: How does she do it?

Johnson will be the first to tell you that at least half of the reason she’s able to do it is her solid Utica, New York upbringing. A musical child prodigy, Johnson was playing piano by age four and violin by nine. The eldest of four, Johnson was supported throughout her formative years by a loving family in her most evident passion. Johnson’s Baptist church family added another layer of encouragement, giving her those crucial first opportunities to rock an audience as a choir director, organist and eventual star performer. At her spiritual and musical training ground, Johnson refined the ear arresting rhythms of her heart and the voice that echoed the notes endlessly playing in her head. Multi-hyphenated personal icons like Patrice Rushen and Angela Winbush set a path for Johnson in sound and illuminated the possible for a blue-collar girl who knew a multi-faceted musical destiny awaited her.

Born for music, Johnson enrolled in the State University of New York at Purchase (SUNY) to further study violin. At SUNY, she met her future Cooly’s hot-box bandmates and songwriting partner, Christian Urich. Together the eclectic soul and acid jazz band landed a deal with Polygram Records that ended almost before it begun. A trifecta of dance hits (“We Don’t Have To Be Alone,” “What A Surprise,”  and “Make Me Happy”) earned the band an international reputation for earnest, soulful grooves. In 2002, the group inked a new deal with Virgin Records, and released their critically acclaimed debut album, Take It. While honing her production and songwriting chops on the Cooly’s Hot Box debut album, Johnson decided it was time to express the woman she is alone and simultaneously recorded her solo debut, They Don’t Know (Purpose). Immediately distinguishing her sound from Cooly’s, Johnson’s solo debut, and its radio hit “Ordinary Things” loudly announced exactly what the industry should know: that Angela Johnson was here to stay. The industry listened. Songs from They Don’t Knowand its intimate follow-up, Got To Let It Go (Purpose), were licensed by HBO’s The Wire, UPN’s Kevin Hill, FX’s The Shield, and the WB’s Roswell. As a featured spokesperson Angela was also appearing in Japanese car commercials for Nissan. In 2004 Angela briefly reunited with Cooly’s hot-box to record  their sophomore album, Don’t Be Afraid-Get On (Purpose).  In early 2005 the band was featured in a  national TV advertising campaign for SBCglobal.net (AT&T/Cingular). That same year Johnson departed the band who’d later become Tortured Soul. As a front woman for Cooly’s hot-box, Johnson had toured the world, now it was time to conquer it as an artistic force in her own right.

More than a pretty face, Johnson began penning hits for artists like Conya Doss (“Emotions”), Seek (“Journey Into Day”), Laurnea (“No Shame”), Monét (“Wanna Kiss You”), Reel People (“Can’t Stop”), and Japanese R&B superstar Double, for whom Johnson landed a 2001 top ten, gold selling hit, “Angel.” Her achievements as a producer and songwriter earned her the respect of artists’ artists like Maysa, Frank McComb, Eric Roberson, Rahsaan Patterson, Gordon Chambers, Marlon Saunders, and Claude McKnight, among others. All of whom graciously performed on Johnson’s last project, the single producer compilation, A Woman’s Touch, yielding the radio hit “Let Me Know (featuring Eric Roberson)” and three Soul Tracks Readers’ Choice Award nominations, including “Album of the Year.”

On stages from Kyoto to Briton, Johnson’s success, powerful performances, and Madison Avenue appeal helped to cultivate the alluring image of the dynamic Superwoman who was handling life with sass and aplomb, but there was always much more to Johnson’s woman next door persona than met the eye. In addition to her strong family upbringing, the secret weapon that has allowed Johnson to keep so many balls afloat over the last 17 years is her marriage to her manager and Purpose Music co-founder Russell Johnson. The dynamic duo has demonstrated the anti-thesis of every stereotype about Black love, Black family, and the legendary horror stories surrounding female artists with managing husbands. Angela’s comic sensibilities and creative chaos are complemented by Russell’s straight man stability and orderly business savvy. The Johnson’s yin and yang work because there are no leaders, only partners in business and in love. Together raising a daughter, who’s getting her own global education, the Johnson’s take co-parenting as seriously on tour as they do in their Newark, New Jersey home. With her newest project It’s Personal, it was important to Johnson to share her family and marriage experiences on songs like “Days,” “For You” and “Only One,” once and for all smashing the lone woman persona to share all of Angela Johnson with her fans.

After delivering nearly two decades of honest music, Angela Johnson has nothing left to prove. A newly liberated Johnson returns ready to party. Culling the funky sounds of that twilight period between the end of disco and the height of the funk era, Johnson’s production on It’s Personal rediscovers the rhythmic grooves, propulsive basslines, and memorable chords that once poured from live instruments instead of technology. Club bangers like the lead single “Better” and “Hurts Like Hell” fuses warm harmonies and infectious hooks with personal lyrics that tell Angie’s uncompromising truths. Throughout, Johnson gifts her listeners with that rare music her fans can both step to and be moved by, the kind once commonplace “On The Radio.”

With lyrical revelations like “Be Myself” and “Get Myself Together,” not since Got To Let It Go’s “Got To Let It Go,” Johnson’s personal testimony about surviving her mother’s homegoing, has Johnson bared so much of her soul in song. Even on the Eric Roberson’s penned “The Indie In Me,” the only lyric not written by Johnson, Roberson’s take on the joys and trials of life on the road as an artist resonate with Johnson’s story. As does the lifeblood of her marital love on the single, “All In Me,” with up and coming crooner, Darien, serving as a stand-in for Russell on a sultry duet that’s already steaming up the airwaves.

With It’s Personal, Angela tears down the final wall between her perfected image for the stage and the real-life woman who works hard and sometimes stumbles in her effort to keep it sexy for her husband, be a shining example for her daughter, maintain the esteem of her industry, and deliver the kind of music and performances that contributes something real in the lives of her fans. No more illusion, just Angie.

For tour and updates follow Angela Johnson on FacebookTwitterMySpaceReverb Nation or on her website:http://www.angelajohnson.com/fr_home.cfm/. For bookings and inquiries: contact Russell Johnson @ The Purpose Music Group @ 973.688.8129 or purposemusicgroup@gmail.com.

www.angelajohnson.com

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