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CLAY

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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!

Moa Munoz

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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.

Zen Thomas

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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.