Poetic songstress Kehlani has given us another hit with her new single “The Way” featuring Chance the Rapper. Her smooth voice is truly enjoyable on this track as she plays with her tones and pitch to tell her story like no other. Originally from Oakland, Calif. the 20-year-old singer/songwriter is signed to Atantic Records. Kehlani released her first mixtape Cloud19 on her own in 2014 and she has been gaining momentum ever since. Kehlani has been linked to Chief Keef, The Game and Nick Cannon. She recently released a video for “The Way,” which was produced by Austin Vesely. The video was filmed in black and white with smooth choreography, and it is a must see after hearing this gem of a hit. To download “The Way” and learn more about Kehlani, visit iTunes or follow her on SoundCloud.
Baltimore native E Major has great things in store for rap music. Now based out of Los Angeles, E Major has been featured online with MTV, VH1, and Hiphopdx.com. The artist gives listeners a quick taste of his talent in his hot single “ Mystery Machine.” He describes this beat as “wasn’t made out to rap on” but still delivers a hit with one long verse. Even though “Mystery Machine” is not set up like a traditional song, E major has flow and swag that screams throughout the entire track.
To continue to hear more singles and upcoming news from this highly anticipated artist, follow him on SoundCloud.
Raleigh Ritchie is a multitalented guy just doing what he loves. Raleigh Ritchie is well known for his acting roles in Omen and as Grey Worm in Game of Thrones. The actor also has an artistry in the music industry. At 25, Raleigh Ritchie has made quite a mark in both industries. Ritchie’s new track “Never Say Die” is very laid back. The track is produced by Sounwave, who has produced for artists such as SchoolBoy Q and Kendrick Lamar. Needless to say, “Never Say Die” has a lot of creativity behind and within it.
Check out the track below.
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Musicians come from different backgrounds with different experiences. These experiences often influence the way an artist creates. Artist Tara Macri is no stranger to the world of music. Fans of her may know her for her background in musical theatre. Macri has performed in such shows as Hairspray and The First Wives Club. During these productions, she worked with a range of people, from original Hairspray stars Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur to Drew Carey and Nick Jonas.
Macri has branched out from her musical roots. From 2012 to 2013, she released a string of singles, featuring the songs “Christmas for Two” and “Cardboard Castle.” Recently, she released the new track, “Prettiest Girl in the Room.”
I had the opportunity to speak with Macri about her past work in musicals as well as her new release.
Interesting cover and video for “Prettiest Girl in the Room.” What inspired it?
The two skater girls that you see in the video were the inspiration. My director and I were sitting around throwing out ideas, and she told me about these two girls and sent me some of the footage. I was like, “these girls are so cool!” I love what they’re doing. I love the message—they’re so tough. That’s where it started. And we put them in the video. I’m glad I got to be in it with my band, but it was super cool to have them in the video.
The video looks like a lot of fun. How was shooting it?
Yeah! We’re releasing the behind-the-scenes soon. You’ll see that we laughed the whole day. The crew was so great. My band — I love Cody and punky Dylan — we play live all the time. What you see is what you get. They’re so much fun and we laugh all the time. It doesn’t feel like work.
What is the overall theme of “Prettiest Girl in the Room” as a song?
Sometimes you just don’t feel like the prettiest girl in the room and I wanted to write a song that said it’s okay to have vulnerabilities or a bad day. We all have them. You think things are going one way and then they go another. I want to say it’s okay to call that one person in your life, your best friend, mom, dad, that person who helps you be your best self. Not necessarily to solve your problems, but just having someone there to listen to you and say, “tomorrow is a new day.” It’s okay to say you need help sometimes.
There has been quite a hiatus between your last release and “Prettiest Girl in the Room.” What’s behind the wait?
A lot of exciting things! I was writing like crazy and doing shows. Not only writing my own material, but I also do Broadway shows. I’m recently did a pre-Broadway run of First Wives Club, which will be heading to New York soon. I did the voice for a Kung Fu Panda prequel animation that should be coming out soon as well. While it seems like there was a gap, I was working! It all led up to this release.
You’ve got some experience in musical theatre. In 2011, you were in the Hollywood Bowl production of Hairspray. What was it like performing with John Stamos and everyone else in Hairspray?
That was incredible. We performed every night for 18,000 people. Talk about being nervous! Those guys—Drew Carey, Jon Stamos, Nick Jonas—they were so nice and wonderful to work with. Rehearsals were so much fun with those guys. And the girls screamed every time Nick walked on stage. You’d have to hold the line until the girls were done screaming!
What sparked the interest in musical theatre?
I love to perform. I don’t think I like any one thing more than the other—writing my songs, working for TV, or performing on stage. I love all of it, singing, acting, dancing. Theatre incorporates all of it. You get to perform in front of a live audience and get their instant reactions. Plus, you’re part of a team. You do a show and it creates strong bonds between the crew and the cast. It’s a lot of fun to play together every night.
Has musical theatre influenced the way you work on your own music?
Definitely! It changes depending on the performance. Like, Frankie Vallie and the songs for Jersey Boys. Great, amazing pop songs. You hear them every night and you get ideas. So yes, definitely.
What artist—music or other—has had the biggest impact on you?
Oh, wow. I do love Michael Jackson. The other day, we were at a wedding and the wedding band was amazing. As soon as they played Michael Jackson, the people exploded on the dance floor. Everyone loves him. It doesn’t matter if you hear him or someone covering him, the songs are special.
If you could perform with anyone, who would that be?
P!nk. That would be so cool. She’s cool. Or Kanye and Eminem. Maybe I would be nervous to work with them. I can listen to Kanye’s song “Stronger” over and over. Like with the last question, the list could go on and on, but those are the first three that come to my mind.
What has been the biggest moment of your musical career thus far?
Right now in this moment. Releasing this song that I’m so proud of and excited for everyone to hear. Yeah, it’s been a really cool time to see everyone reacting to it and getting it.
Finally, playlists have become rather thematic—such as a playlist entitled “Love Songs” or “Chill Music.” What kind of playlists would you put a song like “Prettiest Girl in the Room” under?
I feel like you can work out to it. It’s got that positivity to it. It starts slow, but it’s got its energy. “Wedding Songs,” I guess. Sorry, I just came from a wedding so it’s still fresh on my mind! Workout or running. It would be cool to be doing a spin class and have that playing.
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After securing nationwide acclaim, along with a recording contract via Atlantic Records as the lead singer of Hamilton Park; Chris Voice has set out on his own. His first offering is the Play Pendergrass directed ‘I’m Just Sayin’, set in his hometown of Hobson City, Alabama. Chris Voice has carved out a name working with the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Jermaine Dupri, and more. Be on the lookout for this rising star.