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Husain Abdullah Karim professionally known as H.A.K is a man of many talents. Before he ever laid down a song the California born emcee was knocking down quarterbacks on the gridiron. Karim earned academic and athletic all-conference honors from the Atlantic-10 (University of New Hampshire) as a linebacker. Though he received several looks from NFL Scouts he decided to follow his heart and turn all his energy to his true love— music.
What if you ran across Joni Mitchell in 1967 or Roberta Flack in ‘72. How about Sheryl Crow in ‘91 or Alanis in ‘94 or Norah Jones or Alicia Keys before they’d been discovered, would you stop and listen?
Legendary producer David Z (Prince, Jody Watley, Fine Young Cannibals, Angilque Kidjo, etc.) did. When he heard Ally Way he was so impressed he immediately came on-board to produce Ally’s first release.
Meet Ally Way and this is her year. Smart songs, incredible talent, and a unique musical vision. More than just the latest trend, her songs share the same timeless quality of the great female artists of the rock era.
Look into the eyes of youthful songstress Ally Way, and an ancient serenity gazes back. Asked where she was born, she sweetly says, “I’m originally from heaven,” and you believe her. Throw in the angelic voice and an original writing talent, and Ally Way adds up to a remarkable young woman, an enthralling performer whose warm soul comes through in every note.
Brian Eno once said “It’s not the destination that matters. It’s the change of scene.” Toronto transplants The Movement Fam never had to hear the message; they live it every day. The Melbourne natives sold practically everything they owned last year and moved themselves to Toronto in search of the dream of sharing their “Soul Hop” music with the world.
For Greg Susoreny, it’s been a long time coming. His debut as a songwriter and recording artist is the fulfillment of a genuine passion carried in his heart over several years. While his arrival in music comes after starting several businesses in other industries, he is not ending something; he’s just getting started. With the sharp contemplation and adult contemporary/country sound that defines his music, time spent listening to Greg feels like talking over beers with Kenny Cheseny and Don Henley. All insight, and no hangover.
TINA is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, tabla player, writer, dancer, and actor that has been touring worldwide since the age of five. Recently featured on Style Network’s hit show “Jerseylicious”, she is about to make her mainstream breakthrough with her new single “So Good” featuring Fat Joe.
The freedom to compose and create a dynamic body of work is afforded to a special few artists of each generation, musicians who deftly coordinate the chemistry of exceptional talent and exceptional opportunity. Itaal Shur is one of these rare and free musical craftsmen, with a career that includes top-shelf status as a songwriter, producer, and a Grammy Award for Song of the Year for the multi-Platinum hit “Smooth,”, recorded by Carlos Santanna and Rob Thomas.
For Cal Payne, it truly is all about the music. Far beyond the cliché and deeper than a casual flirtation with melody and sound, Cal Payne is a player to his core. With a jazz/instrumental style that combines elements of R&B, latin, fusion jazz, and rock, his performance and presence invokes a combination of Grover Washington Jr. and Santanna. Driven by an unceasing desire to compose and perform, he is most alive when engaged in the emotional and spiritual experience of making music. Music: this is the essence of the Cal Payne Project.
Young Baltimore native John Regan has spent the past twenty-four months collaborating with musical talents Marsha Ambrosius, Joell Ortiz, Nottz, Needlz, 88-Keys and others to record his solo debut album “Sorry I’m Late”. John is looking to combine his knowledge of new media with old-school attention to quality and detail. He uses the twelve track project to discuss his often-rocky marriage, his aspirations, the close people he’s lost, and dealing with his daughter’s life-threatening seizures.
Janell McCracken p/k/a Lola Bleu is a truly unique talent. The beautiful 22-years-old songstress has been singing all of her life and it shows on her debut album Love Will Find A Way.
Released in early August on HSP Music, the album is the story of Bleu getting out of a relationship, dealing with the breakup and finally finding the person she wants to be with. Produced primarily by David Sanders II, Love covers various genres from soul to hip-hop to mid-tempo grooves with the one constant being Bleu’s smooth soulful voice.
Singer-Songwriter Savio Rego was born in Bombay, India and raised in San Jose, California. Having left behind a successful career in Banking, this Californian singer-songwriter has gone back to his first love – music. Savio started playing guitar at the age of 13. As a self-taught guitarist, his playing evolved over the years. The first song he learned was “Patience” by Guns N’ Roses.
“Everything But the Girl,” [was] released as a single last year, garnering radio airplay from nearly a dozen Quebec outlets. That remains his greatest bid for potential mainstream success, with a robust, upfront rap, retro New York freestyle production, swirling harmonies and a keen message that “A lot of things I already got—except a girl who I love, and is really hot.”
- Cortney Harding, Billboard Discoveries
International star and platinum recording artist, songwriter and producer Gregory Abbott’s roots stem from Venezuela (his mother) and the Island of Antigua (his father). Raised in New York City, he is a dual citizen of the USA and Antigua.
Confident yet vulnerable, sultry yet sweet; you can’t miss this in her music or her personality. This young Australian singer, DaniElle DeLaite, is definitely pop, but she somehow makes it different. It’s classy, it’s sexy, a bit funky, a bit cheeky. A writer of both upbeat and laid back songs DaniElle loves nothing more than performing and connecting with her audience with everyone having a good time.
The power trio that is Mama’s Dirty Lil’ Secret delivers a musical punch that can only be described as the sonic love child born of the torrid love affair between Soul and Punk. With big soulful choruses, catchy riffs, booming bass and thunder grooves, you will catch the Mama’s Dirty Lil’ Secret spirit and cut loose and rock.
Christina Segarra – known as “CeCe” in the world’s musical landscape, has burst onto the scene with a splash. The second generation Puerto Rican from the Bronx, New York moved to Miami, Florida with her family at the ripe age of 15 years old. CeCe has proven to be the epitome of a true Miami native with a “New Yorican” heart.
I’m a Performer/Entertainer from the small county of Edgecombe, North Carolina. I grew up on a farm working hard, attending church and listening to good music. I started writing songs after reading over some poems I had written in a creative writing course in school. It was a slow growth before I realized they were songs.
This is the part where Trishna spills her life story! Nah just playin, but really, it all started when she was 7, when she started singing and performing. The first song she technically ever sang was “Day-Oh (The Banana Boat Song)” by Harry Belafonte when she was 2, but no one wants to count their first step towards stardom in diapers and a plastic guitar. Since her childhood, singing songs and expressing herself on stage was Trishna’s way of “writing in a journal and telling stories and parts of myself in every song I sang”. She also started writing poems and songs at a very young age, weaving her thoughts into stories that could one day be put to melodies. She has branched out since then, performing in front of many different crowds. “From the beginning I have been inspired by a range of genres and challenged myself to learn innovative and new styles of singing.” Now Trishna sings all types of music, from hip-hop and pop to classical and modern Hindi music to rock, R&B and the list goes on. She has been trained in Western classical and Hindustani classical music. Trishna can also speak English, Spanish,Hindi, and Tulu, and she can sing in those languages, as well as German, Italian, and Irish.