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King Announces New CD!

King Announces New CD!

Happy Thanksgiving to us. While we are grateful for many awesome blelssings our lives health strength etc, we have one more thing to be thankful for.

The Los Angeles-based trio of Anita Bias and twin sisters Paris and Amber Strothers better known as KING is set to release its debut full-length CD.

Earlier today King announced their new CD via Facebook. Needless to say fans are more than excited.
The new CD will be released on 2.5.16 on their label King Creativ. Pre-Sales for the CD begin on 12.3.15 he album features new songs Carry On, Love Song, The Greatest, Native Land, The Right One, Oh Please!, and Red Eye. Stay tuned for more.

The ladies are celebrating the release of their CD on 12.15.15 at the Lyric Theatre in Los Angeles California If You’re in LA don’t miss them. Check out the trailer below advertising the release of King’s CD. Enjoy!

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Hidden Beach Recordings To Release “Family Treasures: Greatest Hits” by Kindred The Family Soul

Hidden Beach Recordings To Release “Family Treasures: Greatest Hits” by Kindred The Family Soul

Hidden Beach Recordings will release a collection of the greatest hits from the acclaimed duo Kindred The Family Soul titled Family Treasures: Greatest Hits, available on all digital stores in the U.S. and Canada on Friday, November 13, 2015. Part of the ongoing celebration of Hidden Beach’s 15-year anniversary of presenting indelible quality musical talent, the release comprises a must-have 14-track compilation of digitally-remastered greatest hits and fan favorites that have made Kindred the Family Soul a longtime beloved staple of R&B and neo soul, garnering accolades including Soul Train Award and BET Award nominations. Family Treasures: Greatest Hits features production from Elise Perry (Raheem DeVaughn, Deborah Bond), Dre & Vidal (Jill Scott, Usher, Mary J Blige), and Adam Blackstone (Adam Levine, Janet Jackson, Rihanna).

“Kindred have been the standard bearers for R&B duos for the last decade,” stated Marilyn Batchelor, Chief Brand Officer for Hidden Beach Recordings. “Their steadfast commitment to true soul music and the emotional honesty in their lyrics have made them icons for the African-American family.”

“Kindred is like family to me,” stated writer/producer Elise Perry. “I had the pleasure of working with them from the beginning. ‘Rhythm of Life’ is the first song that took them from playing covers from our soul music forebearers to establishing their own sound and being part of soul and rhythm and blues history. I am and will always be particularly proud of playing a part in that.”

Since the beginning, with their 2003 album debut Surrender to Love, the acclaimed Philadelphia duo – comprised of husband and wife Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon – have drawn early comparisons to other creative married couples such as Ashford & Simpson, and Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee. The couple cut their teeth early on performing at The Roots’ celebrated Black Lily music series in Philadelphia, which also helped launch the early neo soul explosion from Philadelphia of artists including Jill Scott, Floetry and Musiq Soulchild.

Some of Kindred the Family Soul’s hit R&B singles over the years have included “Far Away,” “Where Would I Be (The Question)” and “Stars.”

Featured in a summer-long television and online campaign for Wal-Mart, Kindred the Family Soul are hitting the road, with upcoming performances across the country including Atlanta, GA (November 20, at Center Stage Theater); Baltimore, MD (November 28, at Baltimore Soundstage); Oakland, CA (December 4, 2 shows at Yoshi’s Jazz Club); and overseas in England and France in December.

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Bilal Speaks Of New CD

Bilal Speaks Of New CD

Bilal Sayeed Oliver (born August 23, 1979), better known mononymously as Bilal, is an American singer-songwriter, musician and producer. He is currently an independent artist residing in New York City. He is so talented that in many circles he is known as the singer’s singer. Bilal is noted for his wide vocal range, his work across multiple genres, and his live performances. He has been well received, both nationally and internationally, with an extensive list of collaborations including Common,Erykah Badu, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Guru, J Dilla, Robert Glasper, The Roots, and many more. Bilal Oliver fans everywhere will be more than happy to hear that the multi talented singer songwriter is working on his latest project, bilal said “I’m putting out a record in June with Adrian Younge on E1. [The Butterfly sessions] came while I was in the middle of finishing that. I love to work with these cats, and I’m pretty sure I’ll work with them in the future. For now, I’m just finishing up my current project.” The name of the project is In Another Life…. I’m sure he will give more details about his latest efforts in days to come until then, this bit of news will have to do…..Check out the live performance of Sirens. Enjoy!

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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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