Category Archives: Indie

The unmistakable sound of David Powell



By Roger Moisan

Many people possess a talent,  great singing voice or a natural ability in music but are never heard. Occasionally, a few of these unsung heroes will surface after many years of quietly honing their skills and become an ‘overnight success’.

One such musician is Blues guitarist and singer David Powell. David’s voice sits somewhere between Joe Cocker and John Lee Hooker with his authentic and powerful guitar playing completing the package.

David is building a catalogue of his own songs including the moving ‘Jesus is Crying’, ‘Desecrated‘ and ‘At The Bottom‘ with this music fan’s favourite being ‘Crawling into Yesterday‘. This song caught my ear as it demonstrates David’s classical guitar technique fused with the blues feel and powerful vocals.

This amount of talent in one place cannot go unnoticed for long and as David Powell is experienced by more and more lovers of the genre, I am sure we will soon be able to enjoy David’s first commercial release. I for one would be more than happy to release a Powell debut album at FFM Records, but I imagine we will be beaten to the post by the big boys in the industry.

David Powell
David Powell and son



 

Introducing the brilliant Lisa Ballew – Why Did You Wash Me Away?



The talent for writing and crafting a song aren’t always innate, but with Lisa Ballew it was something that was instinctive. Raised on the west coast of California, she connected with a deep-rooted musical family tree and began writing her own music at the early age of 13.

At 20 she ventured to Nashville to grow her musical prowess and feed and perform in a creative community. She eventually returned to the West Coast to be near family and continued to develop her art. She has crafted hundreds of songs that are ready for an audience.

“I think there was a period where my songs were cathartic and more for me…an outlet to express how I felt and saw life during both beautiful and difficult times. I finally had a realization that I had been stowing away my songs, my gifts and talents. I felt a strong sense that it was time for me to put it all out there. I needed to move forward in my musical journey and share my songs.”

That journey lead to the creation and release of “Ready For The Ride.” It showcases a pop sensibility and Lisa’s ability and passion to create songs that are relevant and commercial. This is just a glimpse of a deep catalog of songs waiting to be heard. The ride is just beginning…… 

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Visit Lisa Here and check out the full album




Brent Smith: The New ATTITUDE of Shinedown


Introducing Luca Brassy



For the past 13 years, Luca Brassy, born and raised in Upstate NY, has been building a reputation in the Tri-State area as one of the hottest emcees in the region.  His journey really started in entertainment through professional wrestling at age 13.  By the time he turned 16, Luca was running his own professional wrestling training center (24/7 Wrestling Productions LLC) in Upstate NY.

Due to things out of his own control, 24/7 closed its doors in the summer of 2003.  From there, Brassy had a hard time finding himself again until he discovered his love for writing and music in 2004.  In October 2004, he met Jgreen Moneytalkz who has been producing his music ever since.

Luca Brassy has performed at numerous cities and states including Schenectady, Albany, Glens Falls, Syracuse, Amsterdam, Rochester, Pittsfield, Pittsburgh, Massachusetts, Buffalo, Newport Rhode Island, Brooklyn, Bronx NY, Manhattan, Staten Island, Ardmore PA, Uniontown Alabama, Birmingham, Atlanta GA, Marshall NC, and Memphis TN among others and has been building a name for himself based on his politically and socially oriented music.

Among other great accolades, he has opened for several well known emcees such as Rakim and Lil Kim.  Brassy is now moving in a new direction with his music and putting his old school lyrical mentality to use with his club vibe which has brought him a whole new fan base as well as a different kind of recognition.

Brassy’s first mixtape was released in 2006 titled “The Project: Stereotyped”, and his first full length album “The Narration: The Heart of a Champion” in 2010.  A remake of that album was released Through Tate Music Group in 2014 titled simply “The Heart of a Champion.”   Luca was recently signed to Sony RED where he released 2 singles “Like That” and “3000” (produced by Younglord).

With this, he continues to be active around his own community as well as others.  He continues to grind and make new contacts in radio, magazine, film, blogs, etc.  He most recently was signed to CNY Mode modeling agency based in Syracuse NY!  In music, his newest single “Lose Your Mind” was recorded in Los Angeles with the music video being shot in ATL.  Brassy stays on the grind and is always active in his music and all business endeavors.  Stay tuned for the latest on Luca Brassy!  POW!!!

Luca Brassy
Visit lucabreassy.com

 

Luca Brassy



Introducing Sara Strudwick – From an island bursting with talent



By Roger Moisan

Measuring just 12 miles by 5 and situated just off the coast of France, Jersey CI is absolutely bursting at the seams with musical talent. Sara Strudwick is one of the island’s most precious jewels. A singer songwriter and awesome performer, Sara, now based here in London is set to take the music scene by storm. You can see Sara performing live at the Spice of Life, Soho on 19th May.

Sara Strudwick
Sara Strudwick

 

Sara started singing at the age of 13, growing up as an artist on the island of Jersey.

She became a teacher at her music school at the age of 16, while gaining experience in live performance and in the studio. Sara began her youtube channel in 2014 using her work in Dream Box Studios with the help of the producer Jack Helm. In 2014 her live performance of her first ever original brought her to the attention of UK talent scouts.

During her time in Jersey Sara had the opportunity to support some major artists such as James Arthur, Jess Glynne, The Vamps, Tom Jones and more.

Sara moved to London at the age of 17 to study music at university, and began working with producer Tim Arnold, opening for Blake Morgan where she was introduced as The Reservations ‘Emerging artist of 2017’ in London’s Soho. Sara has since gone on to play festivals such as Burtonfest, Burton on Trent and Septemberfest at Donnington Park.

Sara most recently took to the stage at the Half Moon Putney in October of 2017 with a completely new line up before stepping down from performing to begin writing an EP.

Sara Strudwick
Sara Strudwick at the Spice of Life 19th May 2018

New York’s Blake Morgan – “Sara is already an artist who is truly original”

Managing director of  VMGSounds, Adam Corns – “Go give Sara Strudwick a follow. I was really impressed with her whole set at #BurtonFest2017 in particular Sara’s flawless vocals. Awesome band and backing vocalists to. Certainly one to watch out for.”

Songwriters news UK – 23rd October 2017

“Sara Strudwick –  Sara is gaining all kinds of accolades as her career progresses , she’s got the looks the talent and the support as she hits the stage with a full band and a massive vocal and two backing singers – check out Sara’s timeline and media – She’s played Donnington –  A seriously BIG DEAL for a rising star !! and even tho she hinted on-stage that she was new to songwriting  – we would argue differently – her material is strong , intense, upbeat and is gonna work well in any festival / live band / party venue  with some AWESOME Guitar Rifts to seal the deal !! 

Forgive Me It’s Not You  – this is an awesome song – her material is strong and engagingly listenable  and –  along with the band , had the audience hooked!”

Sara Strudwick
Contact and follow Sara at her Facebook home

Sara Strudwick

 


Introducing Maddy Carty – Not Just a Political Songwriter

By Roger Moisan

The other evening, I had the great privilege of meeting Maddy Carty and was instantly struck by her engaging and powerful message. Hailing from the same camp as Amy Winehouse, Adele and Jessie J (the Brit School) Maddy Carty is an equally phenomenal tallent. Like many of Maddy’s generation, she is able to see through the blatant lies and glaring stupidity of this current Conservative government.

With rough sleeping at a record high across the UK, millions of families relying on food banks just to survive and our public services being eroded on an industrial scale, Maddy’s songs cut through the fog of media spin and tory propaganda.

Maddy Carty
Maddy Carty

Maddy’s latest album, ‘Come And Get It’ is not just a political statement but a beautiful blend of humour, sadness and fun coupled with the West London Sound.

As a West London resident, Maddy was deeply affected by the unnecessary tragedy,  one year ago, of the Grenfell Tower fire. A year on and many families are still displaced and looking for answers as to why their lives were turned upside down on that dreadful night. Maddy highlights the issues surrounding Grenfell and the many injustices in our society in her songs.

Never before has there been greater inequality in our society with the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. It is through artists like Maddy Carty that we can see a glimmer of hope that things are about to change.

If you haven’t downloaded Maddy’s latest album, you should!

 

Visit Maddy Carty Music

Maddy Carty Music
Maddy Carty Music

Biography

South London-born singer-songwriter Maddy Carty is an ex-BRIT School student who went on to study at Leeds College of Music. After graduating, she headed back to London to form her own band, and record her debut album, Come And Get It.

Drawing her inspiration from artists such as Tracy Chapman, India.Arie and Van Morrison, Maddy writes all her own material.

She has supported Norman Jay and Madness at House of Fun Festival, played The Brooklyn Bowl with Maxi Priest and performed at venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, The Troubadour and The Scoop for More London Festivals.

Maddy’s first album, ‘Come and Get It’ has received support from Radio 1xtra, BBC6 and BBC London amongst many others. Her new feature track ‘Got No Love’ has been championed by Mistajam and DJ Target on Radio 1.

Maddy is now writing for others as well as working on her new project and the first single ‘Same Way’ is out now. 

“Fantastic, great sound. Well done girl!”
Robert Elms BBCLondon

“A strikingly sophisticated and self contained talent Maddy Carty’s commanding yet delicate vocal is serviced by original songs of depth and commitment.”
Gavin Martin, Music Journalist

“Sickeningly talented – and using her gifts to make the world seem just a little bit fairer.”
Ian McCann, Record Collector Magazine

“Love her voice, love her song!”

David Rodigan BBC1xtra



Introducing Gospel Singer – Darryn Zewalk


Darryn Zewalk is a Gospel/Pop/Soul/ Singer/Songwriter and Arranger. His music is best described as Cross over Gospel which is a style that cross musical genres.

Check out Darryn’s work on Soundcloud and Reverbnation.




How to Replace Chords with Guitar Magic



In this video I’m going over how you can start incorporating some cool stuff (aka MAGIC!) into your chord playing!!

We’ll take a regular old A minor chord and break that bad boy down into its chord tones (A-C-E) and make some licks out of that in different positions on the neck!!

Thanks so much for checking out my weekly lesson at Musicians Unite!! I hope you found this”guitar magic” lesson helpful!! Feel free to leave any questions in the comments section below!!

Make sure you check back next week for another video, and in the meantime head on over to my YouTube channel and subscribe, and connect with me on social media!!

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Your New Music Video Album Trailer?


Go to the profile of Bob Baker

Movie trailers have been around for decades — you know, those short teasers that make you yearn to see the full movie.

Video book trailers were all the rage a few years ago.

But I don’t recall seeing many trailers for new music albums — at least not from independent artists.

That’s why I’m so impressed with this new promo trailer from Ryan Marquez.

It includes live performance samples interspersed with interview clips from band members. It’s well done.

Question: Could you do something similar with your next album release?

Bob