Okay so maybe I’m on a Neo-Soul trend, but have you heard CLAY? Gabrielle Walter Clay’s music contains sung R&B/ Neo-Soul melodic lines with rap/spoken-word verses. Currently she only has two singles released. Her first single “Wildthing” consists of two parts, the first is built on a slow groove, and the second is more of a ballad, with lyrics focusing on how a relationship had taken everything from her. Her most recent single is titled “Forgotten How to Fly” which is about having confidence in oneself. In an interview for W Magazine, she brought to light how the single she released was the rough version, but this raw and authentic quality is what made the recording special. In an Instagram post about “Forgotten How to Fly” she writes, “This song is about finding and re-finding the answers within even in darkness. I sing this song to find myself, remind myself, forgive myself, and love myself, and hope that others resonate and find the same healing while listening”. CLAY’s whole persona is something that is truly inspiring and uplifting. She sings daily on Instagram so people can continually be up to date with her jazzy/ bluesy sound. Check out the lovely CLAY and all the goodness, and wellness she puts out into the world!
It has been a minute since we have been graced with talent of the likes of Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu, but not to worry everyone because we have an up and coming R&B/Neo-Soul female singer who is already making waves in the R&B scene. NYALLAH is a Los Angeles native who attends USC, and is pursuing her career in music. Her latest single “Breathe” on Soundcloud, has a beautiful vocal line that showcases her lower register. In this song, you can hear all the runs she flawlessly nails. “Your Island” is a great summer slow jam, talking about “palm trees, blowin’ /soaking up the sun, human beings glowin’”. Her lyrical writing is motivated by her personal experiences and is refreshingly vulnerable and real. Her goal with music is to bring people together and to inspire people. Currently she is performing all around LA, you can find upcoming performances in the link to her “Current Events” tab on her instagram page. I highly reccomend that make time to listen to this upcoming R&B/Neo-Soul singer go on Soundcloud and be inspired.
Recently Swedish Native, Moa Munoz, has been discovering her own voice, and it’s booming with talent. At the beginning of her music career, she was in the all girl Kiss tribute band called Priss and in the hard rock band, Dead Heroine, as the lead vocalist. Her debut song “Soldier” as a solo artist is a power anthem for people who work hard for what they want and what they believe in. “Soldier” is a personal representation of her due to her confidence in move to a different country with the goal of pursuing her dreams. After “Soldier”, she continued putting out single after single. My personal favorite is “My Name is Doubt.” The chorus is relatable to every person: “I’m lighting up insecurities, you’re never getting rid of me, My Name is Doubt.” Moa’s music has a great rock feel with elements of electronic music which brings out all the layers of her music. Her style is reminiscent of great rock artists like Evanescence and Linkin Park. If you need more powerful rock women, give Moa a listen. Moa Munoz is always releasing her next creative art piece soon after her last, so she never leaves her fans waiting.
Looking for a new rock album? Look no longer and check out Raised on TV’s debut album, Season 1. These San Fernando Valley natives are talking the rock scene by storm. Their single “Big Sur (Up The Coast)” has been featured on NewNoiseMagazine.com. They have also performed at various festivals, such as 2017 Topanga Days Festival, and at venues around Southern California. All players in the band are essential to their seemingly effortless rock fusion, Keaton Rogers is the lead vocalist and plays the guitar, keeping us singing along, Kacey Greenwood is the drummer, keeping the listener’s dancing and Ryan Weiss is the bass guitar player keeping the music grooving. Their main influences include artists from the beach and indie rock genres, emulating artists such as the Tanlines, The Orwells, and Hippocampus. One of their musical goals is to bridge Woodstock and Coachella together and, in my opinion, they are definitely accomplishing with their goal with their cool mellow rock sound. Their recent tour just ended, but with a new album out, we should be expecting some upcoming performances so stay tuned!
Vocalist Hannah Winkler and producer Brian Robert Jones have joined forces to create a soulful pop group. This duo mirrors similar artists such as Kimbra, Andra Day and other groups that bring jazz grooves to the dance floor. Their latest two songs, “Obvious” and “Wake Up In LA,” are songs that will get your day going and off to a great start. Both with syncopated rhythms and catchy melodies, WARNING these songs will get stuck in your head! Winkler has a beautiful voice that is accompanied by flowing harmonies, while Jones is bursting with innovative musical ideas. His instrumentation is carefully thought out with his bass lines driving parts of the melodies, while the high hat and bass drum keeps the beat going. These guys have a flawless musical foundation that will get their songs resonating in your head. Excuse me while I wait for their next single.
Singer songwriters of the likes of Zen Thomas, are truly a gift. Zen is currently residing in and performing all over Los Angeles. He began his live performance career in Los Angeles as a street performer on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Now he is performing in local coffee shops, bars and even hosts performances in his own home. Recently he put on a benefit concert at his house with his roommates to raise money for recent devastations that have occurred specifically in Puerto Rico and Las Vegas. If you have a chance to hear him, DON’T WASTE A MOMENT … DO IT. He seems to never hit a wrong note which is especially impressive considering the number of his vocal runs, a signature of his style. Zen’s main influences are John Mayer, Bruno Mars, Earth Wind and Fire, and Daft Punk. Knowing of his influences, you can understand how he found his excellent blues/funk/pop inspired sound. His voice possesses a shining quality and his guitar stylings perfectly complements his vocals. His video series called Superhero Sessions consist of Zen covering various artists, his rendition of Allen Stone’s “Bed I Made”, from the series, is especially fabulous! Zen’s goal is to put smiles on peoples faces and let them enjoy what they hear, which he certainly has and continues to accomplish. Truly ya’ll, you need to check this guy out.
Twenty-one year old Los Angeles native Maxwell Joseph is an alternative indie musician. His music is an outward expression of his experiences and how he has dealt with them, making his music raw and authentic. Some of his main influences include Bon Iver, Jack Johnson, Ben Howard and The Lumineers. His most recent single titled “The Future” is an apparent departure from the alternative feel, panning an electronic beat at the front of the song and re-introducing it during the chorus. Maxwell Joseph’s music has slow and melodic guitar and piano lines that accompany his vocals perfectly. He often applies reverb on his voice so it feels like it is surrounding you especially in his song “Partner and Crime.” Now we must sit and wait for his next single, and hopefully for a tour to come!
Introducing another L.A. based artist, Nieman. His style of music is rooted in R&B with flairs of ambient electronic music. In addition to composing his music, he is also the lyricist, when listening to them you can hear how deeply personal they are. His latest single is called “Why Him?” featuring his friend Moira Dela Torre and is produced by Jedi Jordan. This Chapman University graduate created a hallmark summer anthem with this single. The chorus is catchy and has a drop that would have everyone dancing at a party. Recently he was featured in The Orange Coast magazine featured as the “Personal Interest” in their September Issue. His last album, Palette, was released in 2016 and has created a current twist on the R&B slow jams of the early 2000’s. He is definitely an artist from the LA area to watch.
If you enjoy the indie-folk sounds of Bon Iver, Birdy, and Ingrid Michaelson, then Bella Porter is an artist you must make a priority to listen to. Her beautiful vocals, combined with her luscious melodic lines, gorgeously slow riffs on the electric guitar, and accompanying harmonies are sure to make your heart strings join in the music. Bella Porter is back in the Los Angeles area after recently touring in Seattle, Washington. Her song “Far Gone” is something that will pull you in and make you realize that you need much much more of her music. The album Luck of the Draw contains 15 flawless songs that was released very recently, in June, 2017. Hopefully she will begin touring again in Los Angeles soon so the entire VOVE A&R team can enjoy her new album live.