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Eric Roberson

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Featured | Comments Off on Eric Roberson

Singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Roberson (affectionately known as “Erro” by friends and fans) continues to break boundaries in an industry predominantly influenced by major record labels, manufactured sounds, and mainstream radio. His countless achievements as an independent artist has established him as a leader in which he has been able to reach levels of great success once never imaginable by an unsigned artist. Eric has truly created a path of success of his own to follow. An outstanding storyteller, Eric’s music is relatable, allowing him to form personal connections with each of his listeners. His music is influenced by elements of music styles varying from Soul, Rhythm & Blues, House, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Rock and more, inhibiting him from being confined or limited to any one genre of music. His music is personal, poetic, positive and progressive. It is...

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Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Featured | Comments Off on Ju-Taun

South Jersey. Circa early 90s: Jake and James Evans hang out with a bevy of musicians three times their age as their dad thumps his bass guitar on stage. The boys pitch in when necessary, even operating the spotlight from time to time. Music and musicians abound and the boys couldn’t be happier. This was just the beginning of what would turn out to be a lifelong love affair. For the Evans brothers, music was never just a hobby; it was a way of life. Morning, noon and night, the Evans house was alive with the sound of music — all types of music; everything from rock, reggae, folk, Latin, jazz to funk, soul and gospel. They credit their father with exposing them to an array of genres and lighting that “spark” that today is a raging fire of...

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Elijah Bland

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Featured | Comments Off on Elijah Bland

ELIJAH BLAND brings a refreshing dimension to the modern world of soul music. Coupled with powerful lyrics and soulful grooves, his silky smooth delivery is a gift that has touched many around the world. His sound fuses elements of jazz, funk and R&B to create a unique brand of soul music. ​The multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer, and musician embodies a humble expression of soul that fits the mold of a true artist. Largely influenced by jazz and soul records from his childhood, Bland is a self-taught musician who has been tuning his uncanny ear for music since anyone can remember. ​Elijah was born and raised in Hackensack, New Jersey, a suburb of New York City, where he generally kept his artistic abilities under the shell of being a lifetime athlete. After a successful college basketball career and receiving his bachelor’s...

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Return Of The Hump Day Mixer?

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Faces | Places | Spaces | Comments Off on Return Of The Hump Day Mixer?

New Jersey’s standard setting Open-mic/Jam Sesssion (January-1998/December-2002), The Hump Day Mixer,  a showcase style representation of talent from diverse genres,  including,  but not limited to; music(instrumental, vocal,), spoken word, comedy, & dance, recently  presented a reunion set, as the precursor to the return of the Hump Day...

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Meshell Ndegeocello

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Featured | Comments Off on Meshell Ndegeocello

Following the release of 2011′s critically acclaimed Weather, Meshell Ndegeocello announces the release of her 10th studio album, Pour une âme souveraine (“For a sovereign soul”), a dedication to fellow musician Nina Simone. Joined by musicians Chris Bruce (guitar), Jebin Bruni (keys) and Deantoni Parks (drums), the singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist reworked some of the tracks made famous by the iconic musician. Guests on the album include Sinead O’Connor, Lizz Wright, Valerie June, Tracy Wannomae, Toshi Reagon and Cody ChesnuTT. To celebrate the release of the album, Meshell is sharing the iconic track “Be My Husband,” which just premiered on NPR. Flush with stomps, claps and chants, Meshell is accompanied on vocals by New York singer-songwriter Valerie June. After only ten days in the studios of guitarist Pete Min, this album was born, reflecting Meshell’s admiration for the...

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