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Portia Monique’s Releases Snippet of Debut CD

Portia Monique’s Releases Snippet of Debut CD

Portia Monique was born to sing. As a three-year-old she was performing at the mirror, by seven was signing in church, and by nine was writing snappy lyrics to further hone her talent. Self taught, musical studies haven’t followed, but an increasingly impactful series of collaborations with other artists and producers has certainly provided Portia with the needed learning experiences to grow.You’d be forgiven for thinking that heavyweight musical family helped determine her path and yet Portia Monique’s sweet song was entirely from within. “My mother can sing, but she never took it any further than the home” she reflects. Born to sing indeed…

Born in Hawaii before moving to Seattle – her home today – and lived Houston, TX for 7 years, Portia traveled a lot during her formative years and with that, she carried a portable tape recorder everywhere she could, in order to capture every idea that graced her creative mind. Near the age of 16 (one year after arriving to Houston, TX), she started working with a variety of local music producers and rappers to hone her craft and build her music network. As the collaborations with the various artists were short lived, Portia continued to work solo and perfect her craft. While doing so, she successfully posted demos via key social networks like MySpace and other social media outlets. Portia then caught the attention of Seattle based and well know music producer “Illoquint”. Near the age of 23, Portia relocated back the Seattle, WA to pursue a working relationship with the Seattle base producer, and musical magic was made.

Portia’s relentless online momentum and creative music production by “Illoquint” and a few others, built upon a beautifully unique voice that blends hip-hop bite with velvety soul via dazzlingly complex harmonies, snazzy, jazzy tricks and some seriously insightful lyrical craft, brought her to the attention of kingpin US R&B producers Rodney Jerkins (Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Mary J Blige), Kyle West (LL Cool J) and Midi Mafia (Brandy, Talib Kweli, Frank Ocean), as well as, across the Pond, Reel People Music’s Oli Lazarus.

Portia met Oli Lazarus from Reel People Music in 2011, they clicked instantly and timeless music was born. The relationship has opened her up to a brand new avenue of soulful opportunity, which she has exploited to full and glorious effect. Her work with The Layabouts on Reel People Music, has garnered hit underground dance floor singles Do Better, Tell Me Now and the utterly uplifting Bring Me Joy (all of which featured on the super-stylish soul-house duo’s 2012 album Future Retro) and, right now, new outing Colours Of Love – a deep, emotive swell of 4-4 vocal perfection. The combination of expressive vocals, tight song-writing and fluid production is totally knockout.

All of which bodes well for 2014 when Portia Monique’s debut album, produced by Reel People, will finally land. “It’s a fusion of goodness,” she teases. “It’s soulful yet has a smart commercial appeal”. The record draws on many of my life experiences, and that’s what makes music real.”
She continues: “Embarrassingly I knew nothing about House music before I began working with Oli and The Layabouts. It’s a different, exciting sound but ultimately music is music, and my sound is my sound – it cuts across everything I do. That comes across on the album despite its mix of different sounds.”
Portia is also gearing up to tour, stage appearances in South Africa, and has lived and travelled South East Asia over the past 24 months, consolidating her status today as consummate all round performer and promising to make 2014 and many years to come, the defining year of her career. Check out the latest from this talented singer. Enjoy!

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The Rebirth Returns

The Rebirth Returns

The Rebirth will release their first single in nine years, “This Is Coming To?” on their own label Walk Talkin distributed through Empire. The word timeless best describes the sound of Los Angeles based band, The Rebirth. While other artists are focused on recreating the latest trends, The Rebirth uses its seven-member fusion to keep the quintessential soul band experience center stage, while evolving the genre of soul music towards the future.

The Rebirth’s forthcoming full-length release, “BEING THRU THE EYES OF A CHILD” expected for release
early 2015 is the result of several years of self-discovery, repurposing, and the reinvigoration of each
member’s desire to persevere in their chosen passion. It’s The Rebirth’s collective legacy, embodied in the
form of a musical creation that cannot be repeated, and will generate a legacy and life of its own. Go to the Indiegogo site and preorder the CD!!!
Check out the new single. Enjoy

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