Natalie Jean is an award-winning singer/songwriter performer. She has been nominated over 100 times for her music and has won numerous awards. Most recently, she is nominated for her song “I Am” in the 2020 Hollywood Music and Media Awards. She is a Gold Medal Winner for her song “You Don’t Know Me” in the Global Music Awards. She won Versatile Artist of The Year in the 2019 Josie Music Awards. She writes and performs for many genres, which would include Jazz, R&B, Blues, Dance, Pop, Country, Americana, Inspirational, Rock, Rap, Heavy Metal, Americana, and Contemporary.
Rory Gardiner’s music has been heard on television starring actors like Kevin Nealon, or pro athletes like Chris Bosh and Arnold Palmer. His original tunes have been recorded by other artists, or used for podcasts, mobile apps, and commercials airing daily throughout North America. Rory Gardiner was a 2018 CCMA Nominee. He has appeared on multiple CMT nationally broadcast reality show and shared the stage with a number of great country acts, like Keith Urban.
Overall Impression: The Funktastic Players’ jazzy song “Daydreaming” wholeheartedly lives up to its’ name. From the first melody, you feel as if you are consciously floating through a dream and can’t help to sway at least a little bit. The saxophone adds an element of smokiness while the drums keep a consistent beat throughout. There are parts of the song (especially around 3:20) where the Funktastic Players take the listener on a mysterious journey, leading the audience wondering what is going to come next, and then it finishes strongly.
Strongest Point(s): Daydreaming is extremely smooth from start to finish and each instrument compliments one another well. The Funktastic Players’ talents shine brightly from start to finish.
Other areas of interest: With the slight sound of vocals counting out the beat in the background, I was waiting for a Funktastic Player to start singing. It would be interesting to hear this with a few lyrics (although not necessary), or no vocals at all.
Target Audience Appeal: Daydreaming can be perfectly paired with any dinner, midday work session, or just winding down and hanging out. For anyone looking for a relaxing track to soulfully enhance any situation, this one is for you.
Artist target suggestions: Boney James, Gerald Albright, Brian Culbertson
What makes the Funktastic Players different from other bands?
“The Funktastic Players is my brain child but I’m not a musician in the traditional sense. I started out as an MC/DJ during the Sugar Hill Gang, Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Flash era. I spent a great deal of my early years producing rap acts and like all produces from that era I sampled soul, jazz and funk records from the 70s. But, unlike other produces from that era I evolved. I wanted to re-create my own soul music not just sample it. Fast forward many years later and I found myself finally free to do the music I wanted to do the way I wanted to do it. Having worked in the industry my entire adult life for various independent record labels I came to understand this one simple truth “brand before band”! I’m trying to build a brand and a catalog of tunes that people know, respect and pay top dollar to see performed. That takes time and investment. We released our first CD, Generations, six years ago and we’re still building our brand and adding fans nationally and internationally. We thank all of you who have stumbled upon us and become fans”.
The modern era of music has given way to enigmas and artists of all shapes and forms who break the norm of what we have come to expect as far as what an artist truly is. FL Jones is one such artist that epitomizes the essence of the modern era. A multi-talented vocalist and musician originally from Beaufort South Carolina. FL Jones is an educator and entrepreneur who owns a professional development and coaching company by day, and goes by the alter ego moniker of FL Jones as a professional recording artist. FL Jones is making music that is thoughtful, conscious and driven by a desire to motivate, inspire, comfort and spread love and joy to all those that hear it.
A Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, his journey began when he landed a leading role in the Australian company of the legendary musical, “Rent.” This led to numerous performances on Australia’s largest morning television program, as well as a Rolling Stone Australia interview and photo shoot. He then returned to the US and following performances in New York at venues such as the Jazz Standard, Sullivan’s Hall, the Bitter End and the Cutting Room he eventually transitioned into recording his own music. This period of evolution led to the growth of FL Jones’s creativity and undeniable talent. He has ultimately developed a style of songwriting and performance that is transparent, daring and full of hope and reflective of his experiences, thought and ambitions, turning his pain and passion into purpose and lessons into studio sessions.
FL Jones has had a vast array of musical influences however he accredits the pivotal influences in his music to Prince, Stevie, Funkadelic, House music, Soul music, Sting, The Police, Bowie, Coltrane and World Music. This all culminates in FL Jones producing a musical experience that is enjoyable, easy going and fun but still seeks to provoke thought. FL Jones uses his music as a vehicle to express his perspectives and tell stories. His overarching ambition is to leave everyone a little happier and more inspired than they were before. FL also scored the feature film, “200 American” and served as a composer and music supervisor on the films “Whirlwind” “Raw Moves.”, and most recently “Naked As We Came In”. He also formed the band Adult Entertainment where he met his guitarist and now label partner Nahuel Franco. Together with Nahuel and Karo Moralyan, the trio formed FNK Records.
FL Jones has 2 official projects in his repertoire “Becoming Myself” (Album) and “Love Someone” EP. Both projects found success with his debut album garnering a semi-finalist nomination for “best new artist” on SoulTracks.com along with his Sophomore Project, blurring the lines between pop, rock and funk. He will be releasing his latest EP “Revival” on the 13th of February 2021. This project will showcase his lyricism in a uniquely constructed piece of musical artistry. His music exhibits not only his versatility and vocal prowess, but has surely cemented his style and paved the way for the varied expressions of his musical ideas and artistic craft. This is the music that will push the boundaries of our perception as well as inspire and drive us to introspective conversations. It’s the music that may not change the world, but can change the people in the world.
Marlo Bloxson, better known by his stage name MarloDaMartian, is an American DJ, record producer, singer, songwriter, and media personality. Marlo first gained prominence as a rapper in the early 2000s and was nominated for multiple awards.
Marlo Bloxson, known by “MarloDaMartian” or simply “Lo” was born in Cleveland, OH to a musically driven family therefore, the creative rhythm was in his blood. Since early childhood, music has played the captain of this Martian’s ship. When asked about his greatest childhood memory, Marlo tells a story of a competition held by Fisher-Price. Although he didn’t win the competition, his rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me”, earned him his first taste of recognition and praise from both the judges and the audience. Marlo fell in love with that moment and instantly became addicted to music.
Growing up listening to Al Green, The Isley Brothers, and James Brown playing from his Dad’s old record player, Marlo began his career as a singer and songwriter. His soulful beginnings transcended to R&B with the influence of Prince, Boyz II Men, and Stevie Wonder. Between Marlo’s repartee and early love of Hip-Hop, his Rapping career became inevitable. Throw in house music from his Midwest roots and some Rock & Roll and you have a concrete blueprint for an unstoppable entertainer.
Marlo’s variety of influences, experiences, and developments have given him the tools to expand and sharpen his remarkable songwriting skills which are definitively light years beyond the rest. From poetic R&B to visionary Rock, from imaginative Pop songs to stimulating Rap, MarlpDaMartian proves his ability to blend genres and write revolutionary songs.
Marlo made his youthful debut opening at a James Brown concert as well as working with Gerald Levert and several other artists. Marlo earned the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and placed in the top ten of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. MarloDaMartian is an award-winning DJ & 3x award-nominated singer, songwriter, residing in the Atlanta area. This renowned Artist can be heard and seen doing various weekly events in the Atlanta area.
Tom Raley a singer songwriter has just released his new SOLO album ” A Gentle Wind”. It is his first solo album since his retirement form the Nuclear business. He has had a lot of time to put his mood down for others to hear. Please take time to check out this amazing new collection.
Tom was born in Jefferson City, Tennessee. He was exposed to music from an early age where every Friday night was a time for all the neighbors and kin to gather at his parents house and share some good old time music. He got his first guitar when he was 5 for Christmas. He learned to play while listening to a small battery operated transistor radio, and sitting in the corner while all the musicians were playing. Tom always wanted to sing his own songs. He wrote his first song at the age of 10 and hasn’t stopped yet. Through the years he has played in several bands of all types and traveled the bluegrass circuit and the Blues circuit around Atlanta. He has done concerts, roadhouses, weddings, funerals, you name it. His favorite times are when he and his close friends get together and play their music.
Cadillac Muzik are American music producers, songwriters, and Alternative Hip Hop artists from San Antonio, Texas. The duo is composed of San Antonio-based artists Beseja “CaddyMack” Moses and Scott “DaddyDvil” Campbell. Inspired by Southern rap legends such as OutKast, 8Ball & MJG, and fellow Texans UGK — as well as scores of soul, funk, and earlier hip-hop artists — they formed Cadillac Muzik in 2010 with the intent to promote good times and celebrate individuality.
The band released their first project called Cadillac Muzik in 2012. In 2014, the duo released FunkyLand. In 2015 was their single Sky High followed by Vibration in 2016, and then Mind Play in 2017. Mind Play has charted #8 on the European Indie Top 200 Charts and number 40 on the DRT National Airplay Top 150 chart. Cadillac Muzik has also made appearances on Kens 5 (San Antonio Express-News) in April 2017, News 4 (San Antonio Express-News) in June 2017, San Antonio Current Magazine in May 2017, and Texas Public Radio in August 2017.
A pause in their release schedule ended in 2018 with Lac Gospel, which registered on Billboard’s R&B Album Sales chart. Moses and Campbell quickly followed up the next year with Groove Nation. The EP fared even better commercially than the preceding titles and hit several Billboard Magazine charts, including Heatseekers and Independent Albums. The band quickly peaked at #12 on the Billboard R&B Album Sales Charts for their project titled Lac Gospel. The following year in 2019, they ranked #10 for R&B Album Sales, #22 for Heatseekers Albums, and #45 for Independent Albums Sales for their project Groove Nation. In 2020, the band released 2 Albums/EPs titled Playa Innovators and Digital Upload. October 2020 the band quickly followed up the previous projects with another single titled Cerebral Celebration. The duo found their influences for this project from Houstonʼs UGK to alt-rappers A Tribe Called Quest,The Pharcyde, and the psychedelic funk collective Parliament-Funkadelic. Ending the year in 2020, the band released a single titled “Gamble Love” which peaked at #86 on Cashbox Top 200 Airplay Charts and #5 on Cashbox Top 150 Independent Airplay Charts.
Shedrack Anderson’s new album HAMILTON PARK focuses on the importance of self worth and inspiration in a world that lacks real heroes.
A native of Los Angeles, Shedrack was introduced to the arts by his father at 5 years old. Shedrack got his big break as a lost boy in the Steven Spielberg film “Hook”, he then starred in the NBC hit teen series Just Deal as the lovable Jermaine Green. He then became known to a world wide audience with the success of Fat Albert around the globe.Anderson attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where he was honored with the Ahmanson Scholarship and Emerging Artist of the Year Award from PBS. After high school, he attended The Juilliard School in New York, where he majored in dance and music. He was a principal dancer of Ballet Hispanico of New York and became an assistant choreographer for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. He released a highly acclaimed self produced album in 2001 and now is coming back with new work that will awe and inspire a new generation.
He decided to create an album using real instruments while fusing intoxicating hip hop and trap beats to bring a new type of sound to the soul genre. In order to make something different, he knew he needed to go back to his roots in the south. He went back to his grandparents old neighborhood, HAMILTON PARK,one of the first African American housing developments in the south. It’s a place in Dallas Texas that has been forgotten by time, and where hopes and dreams died long ago. He went there to find answers and strength to fix the issues that plague us all on a daily basis. He hopes to use music as a vehicle toward healing, compassion and mental health.The goal is for each individual to realize we can all make a positive impact on this world.