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Imani Wj Wright "So I Thought"

Michael C Smith, August 13 2020

Imani Wright takes us on a soulful journey of preconceptions. "So I thought" is a heart wrenching cry to keep a relationship in tact as it starts to show signs of ending. Imani's retrospective look on what he thought he knew and what actually happened in a relationship is a catchy tune for anyone that has lost love. "So I thought"s, mahogany laced...

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Reviews

Gary Jay Hoffman - "Sweet Irish Cream"

Michael C Smith, August 13 2020

The only Irish Folk song on Gary Jay Hoffman's New Americana Album "Back to the Farm", "Sweet Irish Cream" represents for Ireland. A beautiful song in itself, "Sweet Irish Cream" can be the musical backdrop for any action film. The guitar on "Sweet Irish Cream" performs an intricate dance with the fiddle making a traditional genre contemporary and...

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Reviews

Joya Mooi "Hold You Tight"

Michael C Smith, August 13 2020

A few years ago I traveled through Europe and was met by a stirring genre of music I never heard before. It was R&B but not R&B. EDM but not EDM. Jazz but not Jazz. Neo Soul but not Neo Soul. It was all of that and more. If you consider this to be New Soul, a term I first heard by recording artist Cecily, Joya Mooi brings exactly that...

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Reviews

Cleo Sol - "When I'm in your Arms"

Michael C Smith, August 6 2020

If you close your eyes and listen to Cleo Sol's "When I'm In Your Arms" you may think that you're listening to the Sweet Taboo artist Sade herself but you would be wrong. Cleo brings a soul stirring, alternative R&B, jazz infused masterpiece that even those  that came before her could only wish to create.

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Reviews

Aya Ito covers Sinead Harnett's"If You Let Me"

Michael C Smith, August 6 2020

Aya Ito's "If You let me " is an example of how you can remake a hit song with just three instruments, violin, piano and the human voice. A cover of Sinead Harnett's "If You Let Me", Aya's vocals are haunting and soul penetrating.  Motivated by her own relationship issues, Aya said she decided to cover the song to get through a time where her "boyf...

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Reviews

Salaam Remi Drops the Summer Anthem You'll never hear!

Michael C Smith, August 6 2020

Grammy Nominated Producer Salaam Remi has been around for a long time working with GOATS like Nas, The Fugees, Toni Braxton and Amy Winehouse. This summer he drops the solo album Do It For The Culture 2 and his latest single EmOGs is a must hear. Produced by Salaam and Maimouna Youssef AKA Mumu Fresh the single features Mumu on vocals where she rap...

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Monetizing Music

ASCAP Payments Coming...Eventually

Michael C Smith, April 20 2020

Coronavirus has everything in chaos. Last month ASCAP sent a letter to its members stating due to the epidemic, the businesses that would normally pay to license music have been impacted. Many licensees are asking for reduced pricing or not willing to pay/buy at all. Due to this the payment schedule was pushed back three weeks from April 6th to Apr...

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Monetizing Music

How artists can profit in the COVID-19 Chaos (ethically)

Michael C Smith, March 18 2020

Photo by Spencer Imbrock During this global pandemic, there are a lot of stories about price gauging and shady actions. There is an old saying that "there is profit in chaos". People and business drop everything when there is panic. When fear and uncertainty hit those who stay grounded can find opportunity. The truth of the matter however is that...

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#meetoo

It's Not Just #METOO it's #MENTOO

Michael C Smith, January 13 2019

Hip hop journalist and TV producer Dream Hampton ripped the band aid off the wound that we call R Kelly. In doing so she revealed the puss and disease that runs rampant across the music industry. It’s inconceivable to hear that your idol can be suspected of such heinous actions, capable of demeaning another human being. Sexual assault and human tor...

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Success

Credit: The "REAL" force behind your music career.

Michael C Smith, November 20 2018

The secret to success in today's music industry is that in order to make it, an artist must be an entrepreneur. The days of performing at an open mic and waiting for an A&R in shining armor to discover you are over. Today's successful artists don't view their careers passively, they view themselves as active entrepreneurs. The artist entrepreneur...

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