Web Exclusive: Interview with Artist Zhanè Monique

Zhane Monique Legacy of an Empress

Earlier this month we checked out the latest EP from Atlanta-based singer and songwriter Zhanè Monique. Our team caught up with the gifted young performer to find out what inspired her to release ‘Legacy of an Empress’ and what else is in store for this rising Queen. Check out our Exclusive Interview with Artist Zhanè Monique…

Artist Fun Facts

Zhane MoniqueOne thing I can’t leave home without…. One thing I can’t leave home without is my Phone.

What is on my iPod right now…. My iPhone takes the place of an iPod. It has every song that I’ve written in my Notes app

The last album I bought wasThe last Album I bought was Kehlani’s Album “You Should Be Here”

My dream collaboration would be…. My Dream collaboration would be to collab with Future. I think that would be extremely interesting and super fun. 


When did you first discover that you could sing?

I first discovered that i could really really sing around the age of 11.

Who are some of your musical inspirations?

Some of my musical inspirations are Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child, Tasha Cobbs, and of  course Beyoncè herself!

Besides some of your musical influences, what other factors have played a role in shaping  your style?  My Mother and Aunt played huge influential roles in my life. Before i started listening to any  R&B artist, it’s was gospel everything!. They were the Children’s choir leaders and directors at  church and also full time Adults Choir members. They taught me everything i know. 

You have a very distinct sound though somewhat reminiscent to Beyoncè, how would Zhané  Monique describe her music to a newbie?

I would describe my music as ambient and distinct. Sometimes the music that I like to listen to  on a daily basis does influence the sound of my music but for the most part i try to come up with  different sounds from other music genres and incorporate it into R&B.

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How did your collaboration with Titus G. Productions come about?

I met Titus G. through an old classmate. He followed me on Instagram and asked if I would  be  interested in doing projects with people in the music business. I answered yes, we met up  exchanged contact information and i started working with Titus right away. 

Using 3 words, can you describe “Legacy of an Empress”? 

Three words that describe “Legacy of an Empress” is Birthright, Ruler, and Rare.

How did you decide on the title for your EP?

I wanted my title to represent a Legacy. The EP Title had to represent talent that can be passed  on for ages! With hard thinking, Titus and I just put two and two together and came up with  “Legacy of an Empress”.

What is your track “Lambs Become Lions” about?

The Track Lambs Become Lions is about a group of people who were being mistreated and  afraid to fight back or speak out about it. They finally built up enough courage to start a war  fighting to end the mistreatment and would not stop until they succeeded. Until Lambs (babies  or their up coming generation) become Lions (honored and worthy adults who fought for their  rights). Adults fought for their upcoming generation’s freedom and that generation fought for  their upcoming generation’s freedom until they were all free with equal rights.

If there is one thing that you hope listeners will take away from their experience with  “Legacy of an Empress, what do you hope it will be?

I want my listeners to be able to relate and gravitate to the stories that ‘Legacy of an Empress’  hold. The EP is basically a book of situations that people face every single day. It’s about Love  and passion, heartache and heartbreak, being the best at what you do, and never letting  anything stop you from making your dreams come true.

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As a young woman woman pursuing music, what challenges do you anticipate encountering  in the industry and if any, how will you respond?

As a young woman pursuing music, I expect there to be lots of competition. There are tons of  other female artists fighting to hit the top charts in the music industry just as I am. I am prepared  for pretenders coming to persuade me into signing unfair contracts and rip offs in general.  There’s a lot that comes with this music industry success… a lot that we do not ask for.

Do you feel it is the responsibility of artists to be role models for younger fans?

Yes, I absolutely feel that it is an artist’s responsibility to be a role model for younger fans. 

We have checked out some of your YouTube videos and you can definitely kick out some  awesome tunes, can your fans expect more videos from you this year?

You can definitely expect more videos from me this year on YouTube because a lot has changed  over the years from when I last posted. That’s part of the reason why I didn’t post video often or  back to back. I wanted my viewers to sporadically see the change in me and my vocal ability.

ZhaneMoniqueBesides singing, what other activities or interests do you have? Before I started singing I was a Teen model. I went to school at Barbizon Atlanta and attended  IMTA New York. I occasionally did fashion shows in Atlanta on the weekends that did not  interfere with school. I also started to pursue an acting career in which I did some work with J.  Pervis Talent and later signed with a talent agent called TDH Talent where I received my first  opportunity to be in a film called the “Choir Kid”, which totally related to me even though I did not receive the starring role

What other projects can listeners expect to hear from you in the next few months?

In the next few months you can definitely expect some upcoming and up­-to-­date youtube videos  of my original songs and some favorite and requested song covers! Any words of inspiration for other young women looking to pursue music?  My words of encouragement would be to “Buckle down and do what you have to do, so that you  can do whatever it is that you want to do later in your future” that is what that my Aunt always  tells me

Any words of inspiration for other young women looking to pursue music?

My words of encouragement would be to “Buckle down and do what you have to do, so that you can do whatever it is that you want to do later in your future” that is what that my Aunt always tells me.



Dos Floris Upcoming Release ‘The Widowed Earth’, an Extraordinary Electronic Encounter dos floris 'The Widowed Earth' Album: Music with a Message


stampa_Florence1_plain_squareThe upcoming release, ‘The Widowed Earth’ by dos floris is certain to be a profound moment representing women in music. Florence Donovan, the Bologna-based singer and songwriter is a one-woman electronic music powerhouse whose bold performance demonstrates a multi-faceted experience on a personal note. ‘The Widowed Earth’ is much more than a collection of iconic tunes and marvelous musings. The album is in fact, an outstanding expression of creativity and insight, a personal testament to overcoming adversity.

Dos floris offers listeners a seamless performance that is both intuitive and intriguing. The album brings forth a unique style and distinct sophistication that will undoubtedly be embraced by a generous audience. From inspiring lyrics to moving instrumentals, ‘The Widowed Earth’ is an all-encompassing project that exudes sincerity. Stimulating the conscious while channeling the subconscious, dos floris creates a mind-bending journey for listeners who should immerse themselves inside of the album. Anticipating the debut of ‘The Widowed Earth’, we share a sneak peek into the album,  highlighting several extraordinary encounters that should not be missed.

Inside ‘The Widowed Earth’

The album opens with “From The Beginning” an eclectic prelude consisting of distinct special effects, preparing the listener for “Rivers”. “Rivers” abounds with compelling harmonies and playful melodies.  Dos floris croons softly, over the picturesque track as it delivers a slightly industrial feel. The track rises with luminescent energy as dos floris has a diverse vocal range.

“Rivers” is followed by “Silence” an ethereal production with enthralling instrumentals and hypnotic vocals. Rolling percussion advances the sound layers as dos floris performs mellow harmonies. Heavier electronic synths alter the tempo of the track as the percussion seems to march in tune with the singer’s heartfelt lyrics. Dos floris lets each note linger on, washing over the track with an effervescent wave.

One such dynamic track to absorb is “All The Kings Horses”, an upbeat song with a relevant message. Utilizing deep metaphors to tell a memorable story, dos floris plays with a series of thought-provoking lyrics, stimulating the mind with unmistakable eloquence. The track builds up and then morphs into a frenzied series of chords and electronic riffs, communicating the intensity of each verse.

“I couldn’t keep myself out of the story but came to realise how connected we are to our natural surroundings and how they can literally heal you”-Dos Floris

Fans, will experience futuristic elements on “Before You Loved Me”, a track that makes a theatrical debut with mysterious ambiance. Singing “before you loved me, there was no one to fear”, dos floris gives a chilling performance. Delicate melodies dance over the track as the vocals trail off into a sequence of calming waves. “Before You Loved Me” is wrought with emotion, drenched in pain, and remarkably genuine.

“Water” is another enchanting number that expresses heartfelt songwriting. A beautiful piano accompaniment accentuates the performance as dos floris’ vocals seem to endure until infinity. “Water” converges with “The Other Side”, a breezy production with inspirational lyrics. “The Other Side” is a mellow number with uplifting energy.

Throughout the album, fans can expect to be engrossed in relevant lyrical content that touches the soul. Dos floris’ voice only makes the messages embedded within each song even more delightful to enjoy as  her voice is most inviting.

“That Day” will draw listeners in with upbeat instrumentals and catchy percussion. Poetic lyrics over the trend-setting rhythms make this track stand out as a timely work of art with a futuristic flair. Dos floris once again uses descriptive lyrics to create an animated illustration through song.

The album turns toward the cinematic with “The Widowed Earth”, a evocative number that captures the spirit with reverberating vocals and an effortless accompaniment. The track has a slightly dark ambiance as it carries a solemn tune.

“Walking In The Night” unfolds with instrumentals that resemble a beating heart. As listeners can hear what sounds like the earth crushing beneath one’s feet, atmospheric sound elements begin to surface. Dos floris gives a soulful performance demonstrating a vast range, building a sonic landscape.

Dos takes listeners into a dreamy realm on “To The Wolves Part II”, a stylish track robust with ambient waves and soothing melodies. A prepossessing vocal performance fuses with orchestra instrumentals to create a dramatic backdrop for the song which is surely stunning, leaving fans in awe. As dos floris sings, “I feel safe in your arms”, listeners are taken to a place of much needed serenity.

The album concludes with “To The Wolves Part I”, another artistic endeavor that touches the heart and mind.  Get a glimpse into dos floris upcoming album release “The Widowed Earth” on YouTube.

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In summary, ‘The Widowed Earth’ is a sensory experience with an experimental approach. The eclectic fusion of instrumentals and vocal performance creates a rare experience that won’t soon be forgotten. Through words conveyed with passionate accord, dos floris illustrates a visually stunning work of art. The album emerges from the shadows into the light, warming listeners in a bright ray of hope.

stampa_Florence_4Musician, singer, and songwriter dos floris got an early start in music at the young age of 5, she later learned how to play the guitar as a 20-something. As a multi-instrumentalist, dos floris also played the piano and found music to be an escape from the mundane nuances of school life.  In an interview featured in Know Me Better Music, the artist cited influences such as Tina Turner and PJ Harvey. Her sound has been likened to notable artists such as Tori Amos, Sinead O’Connor, and Kate Bush but the artist describes her own sound as “avant garde, romantic dream pop”. Dos floris’ upcoming album release ‘The Widowed Earth’ has been described as an “an empowering story for young men and women, girls and boys, who may be struggling with an eating disorder.” Dos floris confronted Anorexia, turning away from music, friends and activities for a period of 5 years.

Having overcome the challenge with the help of family, friends, and nature dos floris reemerged with a new outlook and revived passion for music. The artist hopes that girls and boys struggling with an eating disorder will find the strength to overcome such challenges. Dos will also include a personal message  which will be printed inside the CD casing. Dos floris has shown herself to be a positive role model, giving hope to those who suffer in silence and also in the face of the public. After founding her first band, touring and appearing on radio and TV decided to venture out on a solo endeavor, the culmination of which is ‘The Widowed Earth’. The album is scheduled to be released on November 5th, 2015. To learn more about dos floris, follow the artist on her Official Website www.dosfloris.com and check out the links below for more music.

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Midnight Mosaic Outside The Lines Quintessential Funk Soul Party Unleashed


OutsideTheLines2-2Pop, Funk, and rock collide on the latest release from New Jersey-based band Midnight Mosaic “Outside The Lines”. The energetic track is a polished number with infectious appeal. For a brief moment, “Outside The Lines” takes you back to the punk and alternative sounds of the 90s but, upon hearing the first few chords, you will soon realize that this band of eclectic musicians is introducing a revolutionary style unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.

Midnight Mosaic emerges with a distinct, upbeat pop-melody with a flicker of old-school rhythm. Funky instrumentals cascade with rock-infused vocals. The band performs and entertaining number with intense energy reminiscent to Red Hot Chili Peppers. Lead vocalist A.t. Hunte along with Dee M. translate ingenious songwriting with an impressive showcase of dynamic range and varied tone. You cannot help but to immerse yourself in the sounds of this remarkable band.

Fast paced rhythms and beautifully layered synths give “Outside The Lines” a timely feel while powerful guitar riffs and moving percussion will get you up and moving. This memorable soundscape takes place as the band uses relevant metaphors to connect with listeners on content that highly relatable in the sense of relationships. There is no doubt that this is a song with a resounding message composed to hit very close to the core. With voice and music combined, Midnight Mosaic performs a captivating number that has absolutely no borders. It is no wonder that Midnight Mosaic is #1 in the region for Indie Rock & Soul on Reverbnation.

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Consisting of A.t. Hunte (Vocals), Jon Skylark (Bass), Ant (Guitar),AJ (Drums), Harrisyn Hartt (Keyboards/Synths), and Dee M (Backing Vocals), Midnight Mosaic is an eclectic original band that delivers a rock and soul fusion. Blending together genres of soul, funk, dance, and pop, the band has innovated a fresh cut, indie voice for today’s generation. Citing influences such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Maroon, 5, and the Foo Fighters, the band was described by Samantha Weinraub at That Music Mag as being “a mosaic of different genres of music, fused together to assemble a collective sound”.

“Outside The Lines” is the latest release from the band who hails from Asbury Park, NJ. The band worked with Grammy Award-Winning Producer David Ivory (Halestorm, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Patti LaBelle). The single was also mastered by Grammy Award-Winning Tom Coyne (Adele, Beyoncé, Pink, Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Marc Anthony, Usher, Maroon 5, Maxwell, Miguel, Arianna Grande, Martin Sloveig, Carlos Vives, Prince Roys, A Tribe Called Quest, One Direction, Backstreet Boys, and Britney Spears), who celebrated his work with Sam Smith’s 2015 Record of the Year, In The Lonely Hour and chart-topping single “Stay With Me”. Pablo Batista lent his expertise to percussion for the single. “Outside The Lines” is currently available for purchase on iTunes and Spotify. Learn more about Midnight Mosaic by visiting their official website at www.midnightmosaicband.com.

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Artist EsZ (Erron’s Attic) Brings GTA 5 Mayhem to Life on Latest Release ‘Up in The Clouds’ EsZ “Up in The Clouds” an Innovative Metaphor


ESZArtist EsZ is brining luring listeners into the mind of a fervent video gamer on his fresh-cut track release “Up in the Clouds”. While bringing the mayhem of GTA 5 to life with complex metaphors, the track seizes the ear with arresting energy. As EsZ lyrically wanders between a fictitious realm and glimpses of reality, one cannot help but be drawn into the fascinating yet perplexing adventure that is to ensue.

For video game noobs just getting their chops wet, “Up in the Clouds” would orchestrate an effective greeting with the award-winning game that continues to soar in popularity. In a rather inventive manner, EsZ enables listeners to get familiar with nuances of game, experience scenes in great detail, and meet the acquaintance of important characters from a first-person point of view. With lyrics like “this is a game but I ain’t playin”, we suspect however, after studying the artist’s earlier work, that there is more to “Up in the Clouds” than meets the eye.

EsZ, who happens to have a gift for words not often seen since the emergence of artists like Kanye West in ’96, is known for creating illustrative observations of the world around him. These observations frequently include the good, the bad and the ugly, all delivered in a gorgeous symphony of clever rhymes and tongue-twisting lyrical patterns. EsZ who says, “The song is about video game addiction and escaping reality”, makes his purpose known through various complexities interwoven throughout the track.

Surreal Adventures on EsZ Up in the Clouds Release

“Up in the Clouds” is an innovative track that builds with frantic intensity. The production mirrors the dark yet dreamy effects of the video game while contrasting imagination and reality. A catchy bass-line and ambient instrumentals haunt the score as EsZ’s performance brings the surreal adventure off-screen and into the mind.

It is no wonder that in just a short time, the track has garnered thousands of plays on streaming music sites. EsZ has a unique way of creating timely content that appeals to a contemporary audience. He does so by connecting with listeners using personal stories and relevant themes. In a time where narcissism runs on overdrive, what glitters must be gold, and when you are only as good as your best selfie, EsZ brings music fans back down to reality as an intuitive artist. Keeping nothing on reserve and giving an unapologetic performance, the New York-based artist tells a story that almost anyone can relate to.  Amidst what initially seems like an ode to shiny cars and rims, big booty strippers, and guns-a-blazin’, there is a twist. EsZ tells us “Up in the Clouds” is, “a metaphor for the rap game..fame”.

Listen to EsZ (Erron’s Attic) “Up in the Clouds”, Now Streaming on Soundcloud.

Based in Brooklyn, hip hop artist EsZ is not only an artist but a force to be reckoned with. He is a one-man creative collective that blends the worlds of art and music into a fascinating experience. The artist who in his interview with Underground Hip Hop Blog cites influences such as Jay-Z, Eminem, Naz, and many others, has a distinct style that resounds with a wide audience. Dig into more music, art, and find out what’s hot off the press for EsZ on his Official Website www.erronsattic.com.

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SmartBlackKid “Free Thought” Modern Rock Innovation SmartBlackKid Single “Free Thought” Delivers Unconventional Wisdom


SBKImage1Sure, we have all heard of one-man-bands before but, we have never heard anything that sounds like the latest single from Brooklyn musician SmartBlackKid. His latest release “Free Thought” from his album ‘The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol. 1, is a powerful blend of modern rock sounds, alternative energy, and classic rock overtones. If cookie-cutter sounds are what you fancy, then exit stage right because SmartBlackKid is delivering anything but the standard. For an invigorating adventure outside of the norm and into the unconventional, immerse yourself into the sounds SmartBlackKid on “FreeThought”, now streaming on Bandcamp.

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“Free Thought” originally made its appearance on SmartBlackKid’s debut album release ‘Change Reaction’. The artist describes the song as a “social commentary on maintaining rights to privacy and freedom in the digital age”.  The song delivers a fierce production complete with addicting instrumentals and captivating lyrics. The New York-based rocker and multi-instrumentalist seems to channel the spirit of Jimi Hendrix and the influence of Led Zeppelin as he shreds out possessing riffs and extraordinary chords. SmartBlackKid however, demonstrates his own commanding presence, giving an authoritative performance that will most certainly go unmatched.

All too often music consumers are encouraged to go with the flow, embrace sounds that conform to social constructs, whether we like them or not. And, if we don’t like them, they are played over and over again until inevitably we end up singing along to a meaningless tune with a catchy beat. SmartBlackKid shares a different experience with listeners, one that encompasses a fusion of past and present, and one that is rich with creativity and innovation.

“You are a powerplant. An energy company. An energy source. You supply power to everything in your reality…”

-Hakhi Alakhun


Based in Brooklyn, NY SmartBlackKid is a creative rock endeavor belonging to musician, singer, songwriter, and producer Hakhi Alakhun. The artist is a self-taught musician who took up the keyboard at age 9. He began writing and composing music and later performed as a backup singer during the 90s for groups such as Copasetic. As a diverse artist, Hakhi performed backup vocals for Dennis Edward and the Weather Girls 1998 track ‘Don’t Look Any Further’. He later taught himself to play the guitar after circling the underground scene as a spoken word artist. Teaming up with Sayo Ogundiran, Hakhi formed the band Synai and released the EP ‘AS IS’ which critics compared to work by Ani DiFranco and Prince.

Hakhi brings over 10 years of experience to the industry having worked in private music production and as a leading guitarist for the bands Lo Frequency and Bullyfoot Massive. His adventures took him to Beirut, Lebanon, Manama, Bahrain, San Jose, and Honduras where he participated in cultural exchanges, educating and teaching music. Before leaving the band, Hakhi played before the UN General Assembly in 2012.

“Free Thought” is the first single from SmartBlackKid’s album ‘The Best of SmatBlackKid Vol. 1’ which was released on September 13th. The compilation album is available at over 30 different music stores including iTunes and Apple Music. Through the popular music site Bandcamp, Hakhi Alakhun has released 10 different albums, releasing one album per month between April of 2012 and January 2013.

Hakhi’s latest project consists of a true to life one-man-band. The artist performs both lead and background vocals, plays every instrument, and produced the entire album himself at his very own SBK Studios. If that isn’t enough, Hakhi Alakhun has established his own imprint 4PJMusic Group through which his music is published. About his work, Hakhi says, “Im daring to sing about what’s really on my mind, the future of society and our world. I can’t be the only one who cares about that.” Learn more about SmartBlackKid by visiting the official website at www.smartblackkid.rocks

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Summer Love Pops: LA-based Singer Al-x Releases Official Music Video ALWAYS Al-x “Always” Official Music Video Release


Always_Cover_Alx_smallWe cannot think of a better way to close out the summer than with the fresh release of pop singer Al-x’s latest single “ALWAYS”. The artist has announced the official music video release for the lighthearted love song, now streaming for your listening pleasure on YouTube. If there is one thing that we can all agree on, the world can use a whole lot more love! On “ALWAYS” Al-x delivers delicate guitar-infused rhythms, glittery synths, and of course a beautiful vocal performance. If you enjoy listening to music from artists such as Taylor Swift and Colbie Calliat, you will enjoy taking in the sights and sounds of Al-x.

The music video for “ALWAYS” compiles the fabulous elements of summer into a visually stunning experience. From rolling waves that wash ashore, to sandy beaches, and breathtaking sunsets, Al-x creates the perfect backdrop as she softly croons heartfelt lyrics and strums an infectious tune. “ALWAYS’ is a song that is as carefree and memorable as Al-x’s windswept, red hair as she playfully dances throughout different frames, singing about unbreakable true love.

“ALWAYS” is an uplifting number with feel-good energy. Al-x introduces fun, dance-worthy beats fused with a gentle acoustic feel. Her youthful vocals illuminate the song as she delivers meaningful versus and a catchy chorus. Al-x describes “ALWAYS” as a “fun smile-inducing song about summer love that turns eternal, from the city of eternal summer”.


Alx_streetBased in LA, AL-x is a singer, songwriter, and musician. Her music is a unique fusion of pop, contemporary pop, and electronica. Al-x delivers a refreshing style with mass-appeal that almost anyone can relate to. Having developed a catalog of over 300 songs, the artist has garnered acclaim for her performances at numbers LA venues including the Knitting Factory, Whisky a Go Go, The Key Club, The House of Blues, and many more. With a growing international fan-base, Al-x has worked with several musicians and producers, including renowned members of icon Madonna’s own music team. No stranger to music, Al-x has released over 3 EPs and continues to expand her reach as an artist. Keep up with Al-x on her Official Website www.alexmusicsite.com. Follow the links below for more music.

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Reigning with Soul: Zhanè Monique Debuts ‘Legacy of an Empress’ EP Southern Soul Meets Trip Hop on Zhanè Monique 'Legacy of an Empress' EP Release


One may be surprised to know that a young artist of today is able to deliver a voice that is reminiscent to the distinct sounds of decades past. With the exception of a few notable performers, music today often seems to lack the substance and talent once experienced with industry pioneers. One young performer from Atlanta, Georgia however, is breaking ground with a fiercely contemporary sound that channels the vibrations of classic soul singers and the modern nuances of a millennial generation. The artist’s name is Zhanè Monique, and she is a young lady whose music seems to be well beyond her years.

We recently got an insider look into the debut EP release by Zhanè Monique titled ‘Legacy of an Empress’. The EP consists of 7 distinct tracks that demonstrate the performer’s diversity as a singer and songwriter. ‘Legacy of an Empress’ conveys itself with regal quality just as the name of the project suggests. As the the EP opens with “Young Teen” a short interlude, it swiftly becomes evident that Zhanè Monique is not your average recording artist nor your average teen. She is a gifted performer destined to leave an indelible mark on the surface of the music landscape.

As Zhanè introduces herself to listeners singing the lyrics, “I’m just a young teen trying to fulfill my dreams” it is clear that the talented artist is on a mission and taking no prisoners. At first glance, Zhanè’s head-turning sound strikes a familiar chord. Fans of Beyonce will gravitate toward Zhanè’s execution of vocals which resound in a similar fashion. She delivers passionate vocals with comparable dexterity and range. There are few artists today, especially in pop that can truly hit a wide range of notes much less sing at all; even fewer female R&B artists are exposed to audiences through the mainstream music, so ‘Legacy of an Empress’ is a refreshing glimpse into a new generation of rising artists.


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“Highs & Lows” is a flawless production that emerges with an acoustic feel as Zhanè belts out a mellow tune. The track, which morphs into an eclectic-sounding number expresses unique instrumentals against poetic lyrics.

“Drift” is a progressively modern number with a trendy feel. As Zhanè delivers bold lyrics she pays homage to the “ATL”. The track is an infectious production drenched in flavorful instrumental layers and complex elements.

Perhaps one of the most notable tracks on ‘Legacy of an Empress’ is “Lambs Became Lions” , a powerful number that tells a vivid tale. Using fascinating metaphors, Zhanè delivers a moving experience with a salient message.


Zhanè Monique continues her exquisite story-telling on “Legacy”, a slow-tempo track with distorted instrumentals and deep, soulful lyrics. The track, produced by ZM has a darker feel giving way to her purposeful delivery. The performer demonstrates a vast vocal range on the melodic “Hope”, a powerful track that touches the soul and endears the heart. Concluding the EP with an even stronger finish is “She Can Have You (A World in Chains)”, an unconventional production with captivating lyrics and inspiring instrumentals. Zhanè Monique gives an impressive performance throughout ‘Legacy of an Empress’. The EP is a remarkable blend of R&B, soul, electronic, and alternative sounds with a light hip-hop flair.

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Zhanè Monique is an Atlanta-based singer and songwriter who got an early start in music as a young child. Having performed in her church choir as a youngster, Zhanè is no stranger to the stage. ‘Legacy of an Empress’,  the artist’s debut release chronicles her personal experiences as a teenager growing up. ‘Legacy of an Empress’ is currently available for purchase in your favorite digital music stores. Catch up with Zhanè Monique Online by following the links below…

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Band We Are Doom Debut EP ‘The D’ is Intensely Modern

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We Are DoomWhen you encounter a group musicians who happen to go by the name We Are Doom, what you might expect to witness is a post-apocalyptic cataclysm of sorts. Are you scared yet? If you are a boy band you should be. Even more chilling however, is the fact that the opposite holds true for the Colorado-based band. Upon discovering We Are Doom’s latest EP release titled ‘The D’, you will quickly realize that the sounds being performed are anything but destructive. In fact, ‘The D’ is a modern collection of trendy yet, eclectic songs that seem to restore balance to current music climate.

If you find yourself reminiscing about rock music from the 90s and the early naughties, you will enjoy taking a listen to ‘The D’. Punk fan? Alternative lover? EDM much? No issues there, ‘The D’ has you covered. We Are Doom, who describes their style as indie-electronic-alternative hails from Denver, Colorado and delivers a performance that is just about as scenic as the Centennial State itself. Listeners can expect to be immersed in a myriad of genres carefully crafted and fused together to create an original sound.

While electronic music has experienced quite an upsurge in mainstream music and pop continues to reign as King, alternative fans are often left feeling abandoned as their favorite bands venture to adopt unrecognizable styles. Modern rock acts find success while holding on to the nuances of classic rock, and technology has forged the most unlikely collaborations. While Taylor Swift has been crowned a media maven, 1D bids farewell and the rest of us are wondering why the term “boy band” has yet to be retired if they still aren’t actually playing instruments.

Whatever holds true for today’s feisty music consumer, the fact is that music will continue to converge, morph, and reinvent itself. Musicians that are keenly aware of this are likely to succeed and those that are not will inevitably be lost among the “what ever happened to one-hit wonders”. Staying power requires a timeless classic that is created today and still loved tomorrow. We Are Doom seems to have this figured out; not only does this band croon out some remarkable harmonies, they play instruments as too. Performing 8 original songs for the masses, We Are Doom gives music lovers a delectable taste of what is to come.

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‘The D’ opens up with an upbeat track titled “Ignite”. The synth-driven production performs flawlessly with glossy instrumentals and dance-infused rhythms. The convergence of pop-rock vocals, rich music composition, and free-spirited electronic layers make the track an instant favorite for anyone who enjoys uplifting music.

“Ignite” is followed by “Shooting Star”, a mature mix with a distinct presence. Righteous instrumentals and lush harmonies wash over the production with the greatest of ease. We Are Doom demonstrates their vast soundscape very early in the EP as each track delivers its own energy.

Up next, the band performs “Feels Like Paradise”, a fun number with massive appeal. “Feels Like Paradise” could easily be an club hit as it delivers plenty of energy and a mainstream performance. The song’s flirty lyrics intertwine fabulously with the sultry electronic layers.

Throwback fans of bands such as Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Blink 182 will get a kick out of “Harmonixxx”, an upbeat alternative number with reverberating guitars and intense percussion. We Are Doom channels their inner Nirvana on “G.D.S.” another passionate number with punk conventions, speedy riffs, and powerful vocals.

The EP remains set to high-octane on “Sail Away”, another strong number with rock-infused instrumentals and vivid storytelling. The band then softens the edge with “We’ll Find A Way”, a melodic track with pop vocals and heartfelt lyrics. “We’ll Find A Way” is a lighthearted mix with delicate synths and colorful melodies. Concluding with a resounding production on “Spider Webs”, We Are Doom wraps up the EP with fierce instrumentals and driving rhythms that grip the spirit with youthful exuberance.

In summary, ‘The D’ is the type of release that will either have you heading to the club or diving into a mosh pit. The juxtaposition of throwback alternative elements and modern electronic instrumentals provide a fascinating interpretation of today’s young artists and their experiences in the world around them. ‘The D’ is a highly relatable EP that delivers addicting music that is performed with immaculate precision. Though the band considers themselves to be indie, their production style is anything but. Listeners can anticipate polished numbers that are cut to pure perfection, musical dope for the ear.

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We Are Doom is comprised of Jerry Vargas (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Wesley Pasillas (Drums), Tony Millan (Bass), and Julio Antillion (Guitar). Combined, the band members have almost 10 years of experience as musicians and were for the most part self-taught multi-instrumentalists. Citing influences such as The Hives, The Strokes, Bloc Party, Muse, the Rolling Stones, Queen, Led Zeppelin, and many others, the band formed and decided to develop their own unique style. We Are Doom is based in Denver, Colorado and performs at several different venues across the state. ‘The D’, the debut EP from We Are Doom was released on August 19th and is currently available for purchase at digital music stores. Learn more about We Are Doom by visiting their official website at www.we-are-doom.com.

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Conner Gilbert Lyric Video Release for “The Prospect” Now Streaming Conner Gilbert “The Prospect”, an Inspiring Performance with Modern Appeal


Conner600x600Singer and songwriter Conner Gilbert recently released the lyric video for his song “The Prospect”. The emotionally-driven performance appeared on his 2009 solo album debut titled ‘The View from Within’. If you are looking for an inspiring song with purposeful lyrics, “The Prospect” will certainly deliver. Reminiscent of early acts such as Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, Conner commands the attention of listeners with epic instrumentals and rock-infused vocals. “The Prospect” is a refreshing production with contemporary appeal. Should you need a diversion from the heavily saturated pop/hip-hop hybrid tracks that are currently soaking up the air ways, “The Prospect” will provide a delightful respite. If you are jonesing for the sounds of Chris Isaak with a contemporary pop-rock flair, you will be pleased to discover the sounds of Conner Gilbert. The young artist’s songwriting resonates with the imprint of the distinguished 1960s and 1990s styles. He has however, uniquely crafted a modernized acoustic style with a distinct vocal performance.

Conner’s lyric video release provides a thoughtful visual to accompany the poetic words which emerge slowly from the track. As the video progresses, viewers are introduced to several landmarks and sights that are gently blurred in the background. As the words appear across the screen viewers are quickly enveloped into the resounding message that Conner has decided to share with his audience. In summary, “The Prospect” is dynamic and engaging.

Energetic guitars strum as background vocals harmonize and Conner sings “You’ll never really know what you mean to me my friend”. Pianos capture the essence of the composition while carefully crafted layers express retro sounds. As the track builds intensity, Conner hits a long note and let’s it linger on as the instrumentals kick out a lighthearted melody. For a fleeting moment, the song winds down, teasing fans with some catchy riffs only to surge forward with an cinematic finish. “The Prospect” is highly-contagious and marvelously uplifting. Conner Gilbert demonstrates effortless sophistication with intricate patterns that seem to flow naturally. The song creates a panoramic journey as interpreted in the lyric video. Conner captures fans, achieving the apex of listening satisfaction with creative insight, strong vocals, and polished instrumentals. Experience the sounds of Conner Gilbert, by checking out his official lyric video, now streaming on YouTube.

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Conner600x6002Recognized as an accomplished musician, Conner Gilbert is no stranger to performing. After working with several other bands, he has embarked on his solo journey as an artist. As a young musician, Conner gains inspiration from the sounds of the 1960s and the 1990s which can be heard in his songwriting. He released his debut album ‘The View From Within’ on April 24, 2009 which was followed by the release of his single “Here’s To The Days” in January 2011. Regarding Conner’s debut album, Jim Price of the Altoona Mirror says, “Gilbert’s soaring voice and vocal harmonies provide a fresh listen from start to end.” Check out more music from Conner Gilbert and check out his full tour schedule on his Official Website www.connergilbertmusic.com.

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TheFascinated Entices with Latest Synthpop Release Running Away from Love Irresistible Rhythms Return with TheFascinated Running Away from Love Release


The_Fascinated_Running_Away_from_Love_SingleSinger and Songwriter Beki Colada has joined forces with musical composer and producer lionel Cohen to revive the fresh 80’s synthpop sounds of yesterday with a millennial spin on the latest release of their singe “Running Away from Love”. Each making up one-half of the duo known as TheFascinated, the LA-based artists are garnering quite a buzz across the indie music sphere for their refreshing and hypnotically enticing sound.

If you are missing the likes of the Cars, Eurythmics, and Depeche Mode, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that you can cure your 80s synthpop cravings with the newest release “Running Away from Love” from TheFascinated. Once considered part of the new wave that rolled ashore in the late 70s and early 80s, Synthpop has come full circle once again, emerging with more stylized sounds and even permeating itself into the mainstream with. You would be hard-pressed to ignore the infectious polyphonic rhythms and synthesized elements that can be easily heard in songs like “Running Away from Love”.

Mainstream music aficionados may have experienced brief encounters with the nuances of synthpop as performed by artists such as LaRoux and Lady Gaga who gained commercial success however, a journey back to the 80s will surely reveal a stylish symphony of timeless classic that even modern descendants of 80s babies will have stashed away in their iTunes playlist. With a slightly dark edge-contrasted with playful melodies, “Running Away from Love” is poised to inspire its own sound revolution, capturing a few hearts along the way.

Fusing together elements of rock and distinct electronic layers, TheFascinated introduce a savory mix with driving percussion, ethereal ambiance and captivating energy. Beki Colada’s vocals are a youthful blend of playful and flirty as she croons out catchy verses and chorus. Picturesque melodies intertwine with cooling vibes, and infectious syncopation as the instrumentals take listeners off into a dreamy, retro-infused realm.

TheFascinated Running Away from Love Lures The 80s Back

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Two worlds collide, creating the newest wave of sound with TheFascinated. Becki Colada, a native of Australia and lionel Cohen, a French-born New Yorker cite musical influences such as Cyndi Lauper, Missing Persons, Duran Duran and Tears for Fears as go to artists as youngsters. The pair teamed up in 2014 to form TheFascinated. Becki rose to notoriety with her chart-topping band Mavis. Having garnered many awards, the band toured with acts like Kylie Minogue and Green Day. lionel emerged from the underground of the noughties with his popular band The Plastic Fantastics. As a solo artist, lionel has snagged over 1 million plays on streaming music stop Spotify. Having produced over 150 alums, his music compositions have been featured in major film and TV productions. Keep an ear to the streets for the nostalgic sounds of TheFascinated and their latest release “Running Away from Love”, now available for purchase on iTunes.

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