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Andy Allo

Andy Allo

Andy Allo is simply a breath of fresh air. Amongst a landslide of uninspiring and simple lyrics, amongst an industry of spiritless and senseless content, Allo serves up a refreshing and serene haven of conscious musical poetry.The Cameroonian born and raised singer-songwriter is one of the music scenes exciting new budding artists who is breaking musical boundaries and creating her own soulful path.
Allo’s formula is also simple. With only a guitar that she delicately strums, her soft sultry vocals and a dab of humor, Allo has created her own genre of music that she affectionately calls Alter.Hip.Soul- a mix of alternative, hip hop and soul.
In 2009 the independent artist debuted her first album UnFresh, a collection of 12 original songs about the whirlwind experience of being in love, loosing it and the continuous pursuit of happiness. The uninhibitedly honest and relatable album, which she wrote, co-produced and financed has already generated a word-of-mouth buzz, that has some deeming her the next big thing.
Music has always been a part of the boundlessly creative songstress who is influenced by soul mavens such as Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott. Even before she could speak those who knew her were mesmerized by the little girl with tight curls who at any given moment would throw her head back and let out her perfect baby scat. Allo’s passion for performing and love of music stayed with her. And two years ago, Allo’s roaring ambition led her to learn the guitar and take her passion to the next level. She has not put her beloved companion down since.
At the core of Allo’s appeal is her ability to infuse her real life experience, her humor and her infectious personality within her music. It is because of Allo’s desire to connect with her audience and her unceasing effort to create a body of work that is not only innovative but relevant- songs that are simply feel good music- that Allo continuously wins new fans.
Allo has already created a number of songs for her sophomore album, which she promises will be a personal rendition of her life since she wrote UnFresh- honest accounts of a young woman navigating the music world. With only her guitar and a rich subtle voice the evolving artist captivates the hearts and ears of those who appreciate music for the soul.

Buy Andy Allo’s “Unfresh” CD here:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/AndyAllo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tess Henley

Tess Henley

Seattle’s Tess Henley has been described as an emotional voice

that you can feel. Tess prefers to think of herself as a songwriter who strives to write musically rich songs (she was recently awarded Top 3 Finalist in the prestigious John Lennon 2011 Worldwide Songwriting Competition).

Recently opening for Jill Scott & Anthony Hamilton as the winner of Budweiser’s Dallas Superfest Contest, Tess went on to win the $25,000 Grand Prize as the contest’s overall winner, beating out thousands of vocalists. Now one of the top selling new artists for Tower Records in Japan, Tess’ new 7” vinyl took the #1 spot for all genres at Japan’s mega vinyl stores, JetSet.

A recent University of Washington grad, the hard-working Tess has performed 100s of shows at the area’s top venues. Her music showcases an emotional voice and rhythmic piano that got her voted Best Local Band by the listeners of the Northwest’s largest radio station. Tower Records has also become a supporter of her unique brand of music, pushing a Japanese Special Edition CD with some very large in-store displays and recommendations. “Tower has been so nice,” says Tess, “they’ve blessed the record

with marketing that some big labels don’t even get these days, Arigato! Tower”.

Now “writing more than ever” Tess has a very large backlog of new songs, some of which will be on an upcoming full-length CD in 2012. Her last few months have been “wonderfully crazy” and she looks forward to working with some very talented people in Philadelphia on that album. Like her large, Italian family celebrations, that 2012 project promises to include big helpings of stick-to-your- ribs, main course entrees. But in the meantime, you can enjoy 12 of her best tracks to date, all found on the new Deluxe Edition of Easy To Love, released in Sept. 2011.

http://www.facebook.com/tesshenleymusic

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Darien Dean

Darien Dean

pur·pose 1. doing something with willful intention, 2. the reason for which something exists or is done.

Darien Dean is an artist with a purpose.  Hailing from Mount Vernon, New York, this soul singer burst onto the scene with alluring vocals and a distinctive stage presence.   Fed a healthy diet of Hip Hop and Classic Soul, this multi-talented MC, singer, and dancer, honed his abilities as a producer, arranger and engineer to craft a more authentic approach to contemporary songwriting.

“Darien, an independent singer, songwriter and producer, has evoked the brilliance of original soul music of decades past.” -Soul Interviews

“The Next SoulMan: Darien’s debut Album,”If These Walls Could Talk”, is about to make him an artist of huge importance to Soul Fans.” – Echoes Magazine

“Through his mastery of words, he paints the most beautiful, uplifting and honest moments.” -Soulchoonz

If These Walls Could Talk,” Darien’s debut album (Righteous Music Records), has been met with much critical success receiving such accolades as SoulTracks.com 2009 “New Artist of the Year”,  JazzandSoul.eu, “Top Track of the Year” award as well as Singersroom.com “Artist to Watch in 2010.”

A natural born entertainer, Darien’s spirited musical style earned him a coveted spotlight at the 2010 Soul Beach Music Festival in Aruba, opening for Mary J. Blige.  He has captured the interest of industry executives and enamored the Capital Jazz Festival audience. He was crowned victor of the Budweiser Superfest 2010 Battle for the Crown of New York and ultimately the Grand Champion of the competition. His humble, yet star studded rise to fame has placed him amongst the honorable ranks of soul super heavyweights: Kem, Anthony Hamilton, Raheem DeVaughn, Jazmine Sullivan and others.

International recognition followed the release of his hit single “Alibi”. Darien, presently a favored contender on the global airwaves, has recorded with UK band Reel People. He is licensed under Japanese affiliate BBQ Records, gaining him popularity that knows no cultural divide.

A stateside collaboration with fellow independent artist, Angela Johnson spawned the song “All In Me” which led to a Japanese Tour.  The song is steadily gaining momentum and has charted as high as number 4 in the DC market on commercial radio WHUR amongst such artists as Usher, Alicia Keys, Sade and more. “All In Me” was recently awarded SoulTracks.com 2010 “Song of the Year.”

Darien’s avant-garde delivery of timeless music with provocative social themes demands a rooted footing in the genre of Soul Music.

“Music is my purpose and I create knowing the responsibility that commands.” -Darien

Support good music and buy Darien’s Cd Here:

http://dariendean.bandcamp.com/album/if-these-walls-could-talk

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K Raydio

K Raydio

A self-proclaimed “Daughter of the Midwest,” singer/songwriter K.Raydio (born Krysta Rayford) has released two EP’s,performed in many of the Twin Cities’ landmark concert venues (7th Street Entry, Cabooze, Varsity Theater), established a fanbase in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, and conquered stage fright – in less than a year. Who is K.Raydio? You’re about to find out. “Dare to be different.”

Download her free EP here:

http://kraydio.bandcamp.com/album/significant-other-part-ii

 

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SiairaShawn

SiairaShawn

SiairaShawn seeks to be the conduit through which you feel the past, grasp the present, and envision what the future could be.

SiairaShawn is a artist, aspiring renaissance woman, and worker of and for the community, born and raised in San Francisco, California. She started singing at the ripe old age of three and her defining music moment came in elementary school when she played Alice in Alice in Wonderland and her solo received a standing ovation. That was the moment she knew that performing would be her life. She attended San Francisco School of the Arts with a concentration in theatre. She attended Howard University and graduated in 2006 from San Francisco State University.

She performs and produces creative projects from sea to shining sea. She has shared stages with performers such as Goapele, Bilal, Bliz the Ambassador, Kindred, Dwele, Zion I, and many more. She is currently working with producers such as Keelay, Knxwledge, and collaborating with many others.

She has many influences from soul legends like Donny Hathaway to revolutionary thinkers such as Audre Lorde. SiairaShawn wants to bring a much needed light to the up and coming talent in the Bay Area and bring a level of artistry, creativity, and purpose to music that she believes the people deserve.

Her e.p. “The InBetween” is available for free download on www.siairashawn.bandcamp.com
http://www.siairashawn.com

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