Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Renowned R&B, Jazz and Broadway chanteuse Jennifer Holliday, who created and defined the role of Effie “Melody” White in the smash hit musical Dreamgirls, is set to release her first studio effort in 23 years! Over the years, Holliday has made waves as a singer and actress, as well as scoring Tony and Grammy Awards, performing at the White House multiple times and collaborating with a plethora of greats such as Barbra Streisand, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross and more. Now, Holliday is set to unveil her master work, The Song Is You, on January 21, 2014 on Shanachie Entertainment. The album, titled after Holliday’s rendering of a Jazz Standard made famous by Frank Sinatra, is the consummate example of passion, class, and musical excellence. Featuring Jennifer’s soaring, emotive vocals cascading over lush horns and strings, The Song Is You navigates through a tasteful selection of Jazz, Broadway and R&B standards, as well as some lesser-known but equally beautiful numbers. Having won legions of fans throughout her illustrious career, Jennifer Holliday is poised to make her indelible mark on the music world once more.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
As 2013 enters the stretch run, Shanachie Entertainment is seeing an unprecedented run of critical acclaim for its dynamic roster of soul/R&B artists with 9 nominations for the 2013 SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards—the largest such show devoted to independent soul music. In Soultrack’s own words “this year's finalists are superb and represent all that is great about Soul Music in 2013”. The finalists representing Shanachie include:
- Independent Album Of The Year - "The Man"
- Male Vocalist Of The Year
- Song Of The Year - "Jesus I Want You"
- Female Vocalist Of The Year
Maysa & Bluey
- Song Of The Year - "Good Morning Sunrise"
- Female Vocalist Of The Year
- Male Vocalist Of The Year
Sandra St. Victor
- Female Vocalist Of The Year
Musiq Soulchild & Syleena Johnson
- Duo Or Group Of The Year
Brand New Heavies
- Duo Or Group Of The Year
Swing Out Sister
- Duo Or Group Of The Year
Voting for these great awards is open to everyone! To be eligible to vote, simply go to SoulTracks.com and sign up for the Free email newsletter (signup box is located on the upper left of the Home Page). A personal ballot will be emailed to every person on SoulTracks' list on October 18. All votes must be received by October 30!
The winners will be announced at the SoulTracks international broadcast on Monday, December 9. Sign up now and vote for your favorite Shanachie Artists on the 18th!
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
R&B/Soul luminaries and longtime friends Musiq Soulchild & Syleena Johnson have partnered up to create a fresh, vibrant new sound! Having sold millions of albums, and between them worked with heavyweights such as Kanye West, The Roots, Santana, R. Kelly and many others, Syleena & Musiq have established themselves as two of the premiere vocalists in the R&B & Soul landscape, and are excited to release a record together for the first time. The project, entitled 9ine, will be released digitally on 9.9.13, followed by a wide release on 9.10. Featuring the production talents of Reggae hit maker Kemar McGregor, 9ine promises to be a musical treat! To hear the lead single from 9ine, the feel good Reggae track "Feel The Fire", head here. Syleena & Musiq are planning a tour in support of their new material.
To keep updated on the latest developments on the 9ine project, connect with Syleena & Musiq on Social media:
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Continuing the relentless schedule of diverse, high quality releases coming out on Shanachie this year, two very different yet both highly gifted women are releasing albums: Exciting new signing Chanté Moore, with Moore Is More, & Keiko Matsui with Soul Quest.
Chanté Moore - Moore Is More
Moore Is More marks Chanté's 25th year in Show Business, and is her 8th studio effort. Displaying her versatility and vocal prowess on tracks that range in style from energetic Dance/Hip Hop to sultry Jazz to soulful R&B, Moore delivers a work that is fresh yet timeless. With her first record in 5 years coming out and a role in R&B Divas: L.A. alongside Kelly Price, Dawn Robinson, Michel'le, Lil Mo & Claudette Ortiz, Chanté Moore is poised to once again make her indelible mark on the entertainment landscape. Moore Is More is available for pre-order on iTunes & Amazon.
Keiko Matsui - Soul Quest
One of the most prolific artists in the Jazz World, Keiko Matsui is known for her distinct, crisp and hauntingly beautiful sound. Soul Quest, Keiko's 32nd album, does not disappoint, delivering the qualities her devoted fans have grown to expect and love, while introducing a bevy of fresh ideas and concepts. Having concluded a whirlwind Spring Tour, she is poised to start an equally relentless run of dates, starting in August and carrying through October. Soul Quest is available for pre-order on iTunes & Amazon.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Shanachie is pleased to announce the addition of another talented and highly respected artist to the ever expanding roster: Dallas born, Holland based R&B/Soul Chanteuse Sandra St. Victor. Sandra has a rich history: she's the former lead singer of acclaimed soul/funk/rock group The Family Stand, has been a vocalist for the likes of Chaka Khan, Freddie Jackson and many other major artists, and her songs have been recorded by luminaries such as Prince & Chaka Khan. Now, for the first time in 12 years, she is releasing a solo project! Her new album, entitled Oya's Daughter will be released in September 2013, and features the producing talents of Mark de Clive-Lowe (Lauryn Hill, Jody Watley, Sy Smith, Omar) and Ty Macklin (India.Arie, Erykah Badu, N'dambi, Noel Gourdin).
To hear Sandra's new single, "I Prefer", head here.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Shanachie Entertainment is pleased to announce the newest member of the growing R&B/Soul roster, multi-talented entertainer Marques Houston. Marques broke onto the R&B landscape in the early 90's with the Hip Hop/R&B boy group Immature/IMx, and proceeded to release 6 albums with the mega boy band over the next decade. Houston then embarked on a solo career in 2003 and has since released 5 studio albums totaling over 1 million units in sales. Marques is also a well known screen actor, having been featured in seven films and two TV shows. Additionally Marques has collaborated with music industry heavyweights such as Destiny's Child, Jermaine Dupri, and 50 Cent.
Now, in 2013, Houston is putting the final touches on his 6th studio effort, entitled Famous, slated for an August 27th, 2013 release. A buzz single and video, "Speechless", have already been leaked and quickly built awareness that Marques Houston is back. The video can be seen here. In addition, Marques has rolled out a brand new single, "Give Your Love A Try". Check it out on iTunes: http://bit.ly/1awFiwZ. To see a sneak peak of the forthcoming video for "Give Your Love A Try", head here.
To connect with Marques online/via social media:
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Shanachie has long been one of the premiere contemporary Jazz labels in the business, with scores of Number 1 Hits and a stellar lineup of Contemporary Jazz greats such as Euge Groove, Kim Waters, Michael Franks and many others. In 2010, Shanachie released Transatlantic RPM, from seminal Acid Jazz group Incognito, marking a pronounced foray into the Acid Jazz world. Since that time, Shanachie has gone on to release another Incognito record, Surreal (2012). But this year, Acid Jazz has taken a front and center role in Shanachie's constantly evolving tapestry of genres.
To kick things off, Shanachie released Incognito frontman Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick's first solo album, Leap Of Faith on March 26. Famous for his collaborations with such greats as Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, George Benson and others, and of course for his legendary work with Incognito, Bluey has produced what is being hailed as some of the very finest work of his illustrious career.
Catch Bluey's video for "Got To Let My Feelings Show" here: http://bit.ly/12VCPFw
Check out the album on iTunes: http://bit.ly/14cFVdR
Next on the Horizon comes The Brand New Heavies, another of the early "Founding Fathers" of the Acid Jazz movement in the UK. BNH will release Forward, their first studio album since 2006, on May 21. Featuring the unique talents of original BNH vocalist N'Dea Davenport and Dawn Joseph, and of course their signature infectious grooves pulsating throughout, Forward is sure to please old and new fans alike.
Catch BNH's video for "Sunlight" here: http://bit.ly/11ju6mf
Check out the single on iTunes: http://bit.ly/13v4E9L
Pre-order the album: http://bit.ly/ZNvhra
Rounding out this dynamic line-up is Omar, a talent admired and sought after by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone, Estelle, and Common. Omar will release The Man, his 7th studio effort, on June 18. Dubbed "The Godfather of UK Soul", Omar has a sound and style all his own, and creative grooves and melodies that make him a rare and distinctive talent and a delight to listen to.
Catch Omar's video for "The Man" here: http://bit.ly/17M1ReG
Check out "The Man (Remixes) - EP" on iTunes...with the single and remixes by some of the world's best remixers, as well as an additional track from the upcoming album! http://bit.ly/13zw4fp
Thursday, May 02, 2013
The Flobots are back in action! After releasing the acclaimed The Circle In The Square last August, the Denver based hip-hop/rock act is back for another round of dates, with 30 shows running from May through mid-June and ranging from Coast to Coast. Joining them on this highly anticipated nationwide tour are Wheelchair Sports Camp, who like Flobots are passionate activists for a wide variety of social and humanitarian concerns, and who share Flobots' extreme popularity on the Denver music scene. For more info on the 2013 Flobots tour, as well as tour dates from the rest of our stellar lineup, head here: http://bit.ly/14WwsZ8 and be sure to check out the powerful full length release The Circle In The Square @ http://bit.ly/ZC1jpP.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The past week has been an eventful one at Shanachie, with two distinctly different yet renowned artists releasing brand new material.
Longtime Smooth Jazz star Brian Simpson released his fifth studio album, Just What You Need, on Tuesday, April 23. Featuring appearances from luminaries such as Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, and others, Just What You Need is some of Brian's very finest work, and is performing very strongly at iTunes, having held a Top 5 spot in the iTunes Jazz charts since its release! For more info on Brian's new album, head here: http://bit.ly/11nJzfP
The Brand New Heavies
Seminal Soul outfit The Brand New Heavies are set to release their first studio album in six years, the highly anticipated Forward, on May 21, 2013. To get things started, the Heavies have dropped a video for their first single, "Sunlight", and this week officially released the track on iTunes. Featuring the soulful vocals of N'Dea Davenport, "Sunlight" sports an infectious groove and a retro-cool vibe that is sure to please old and new fans alike! Die-hards should check for the creative “Sunlight” lyric video as well. Check out the single on iTunes: http://bit.ly/13v4E9L
Thursday, April 18, 2013
After a flurry of excitement and activity to start off 2013, Shanachie Entertainment is gearing up for an equally exciting second quarter, with some great new signings and upcoming releases. The latest additions to the Shanachie roster:
The "original Dreamgirl" will return with her first secular album in 19 years. A powerhouse vocalist whose "And I'm Telling You Not Going" is a classic hit, Jennifer's new recordings are done with all live musicians, including on some tracks, full orchestration. The album, entitled Love Me By Name, is a mixture of jazz, cabaret and R & B standards done in Jennifer's inimitable style.
Sandra St. Victor:
Longtime lead singer of cult favorite soul/rock band The Family Stand, Sandra St. Victor has sung with everyone from Chaka Khan to Prince to Lou Reed. Her new album—her first solo work in over a decade—is an impressive mix of R & B, neo-soul, jazz and African music (due out in September).
SECOND QUARTER RELEASE SCHEDULE:
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES: Forward
The first new album in six years from one of the originators of the acid-jazz movement. It delivers their classic mix of funky, jazzy dance music with longtime vocalist N'Dea Davenport and new vocalist Dawn Joseph.
CHIELI MINUCCI & SPECIAL EFX: Genesis
Marking the 30th anniversary of the founding of seminal smooth jazz group Special EFX, which integrated world music elements in a groove jazz context and scored numerous radio hits over the years. Guitarist Minucci brings his passionate soloing to a diverse set of contemporary jazz.
MAYSA: Blue Velvet Soul
On both her solo albums and as frequent vocalist with Incognito, Maysa has brought her uniquely beautiful vocal sound to a stellar set of recordings over the past twenty years, drawing on both R & B and jazz. Blue Velvet Soul is yet another gorgeous showcase for her soulful singing.
OMAR: The Man
Often called "The Godfather Of UK Soul", Omar (also a new Shanachie signing) possesses a unique artistry that has made fans of such artists as Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Common, Angie Stone and more, all of whom have guested on his past albums. His new album, entitled The Man, is his first release in several years and brings to bear the talents of luminaries such as Caron Wheeler of Soul II Soul and Stuart Zendor of Jamiroquai to support Omar's distinct and legendary sound.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
UK Acid Jazz outfit The Brand New Heavies is set to release Forward, their latest studio effort, on May 6 in the UK and on May 21 in the US. Forward is the first studio release from the Brand New Heavies since Get Used To It in 2006, and features the vocal talents of longtime Heavies vocalist N'Dea Davenport, as well as up and coming talent Dawn Joseph. They will be performing a run of dates in Europe this Spring in promotion of Forward, and are planning a US tour for this Summer. Widely regarded as the pioneers of the Acid Jazz movement, The Brand New Heavies carry an infectious energy and appeal that has stood the test of time and continues to make them one of the world's premier acts. Catch the video for their new single, "Sunlight", here:
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
After months of anticipation, Crystal Bowersox's sophomore studio effort, All That For This, was released Tuesday, March 26, 2013 and catapulted onto Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart, landing in the top half at #71. Additionally, All That For This debuted at #13 on Billboards Independent Album chart and continues to perform extremely well with all digital and physical retail outlets such as iTunes, Amazon.com, Wal Mart, Best Buy, FYE and others.
After her widely acclaimed stint on American Idol in 2010, Bowersox released her highly successful debut album, Farmer's Daughter, that very same year. With the poised, confident and original sound displayed throughout All That For This, fans and critics alike agree that Bowersox is coming into her stride artistically. With strong sales right out of the gate three years after her first foray into the public eye, Crystal Bowersox is proving that she can stand the test of time, and is setting the stage for a rich and exciting career ahead.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
It's been an eventful week here at Shanachie Entertainment! Tuesday, March 26th brought the release of three distinctly different and yet equally compelling albums, further cementing Shanachie's status as one of the most colorful and diverse labels in existence.
Successful American Idol alum Crystal Bowersox's sophomore album, "All That For This" has sparked a flurry of media activity as her devoted fan base has been eagerly anticipating its release over the past few months. Having garnered positive reviews from fans and critics alike, the project debuted strongly, reaching the top 10 on the iTunes Pop charts. “All That For This” promises to be a critical point in the budding career of Crystal Bowersox.
For more information on "All That For This", head here: http://bit.ly/16Vxa7h
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick has been renowned as one of the founding fathers of the "Acid Jazz" movement since its inception during the late 70s and early 80s on the UK music scene. His band, Incognito, has become synonymous with the genre, and has electrified stages worldwide with their energetic, funky grooves and stellar arrangements. Now, for the first time ever, Bluey has produced and delivered a solo project entitled "Leap Of Faith"...and it is without doubt some of his very finest work!
For more info on "Leap Of Faith", head here: http://bit.ly/16Vxa7h
With a veritable "who's who" of Smooth Jazz superstars ranging from Euge Groove to Kim Waters and many more, "Sexual Healing" is a classy, sensual musical journey that is sure to create a magical mood!
For more info on "Sexual Healing", head here: http://bit.ly/103jxii
Check back often for more exciting info on our upcoming releases!
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Brand New Heavies, who were a founding group of the "acid jazz" movement, return with a brand new album, "Forward", set for May 7th release by Shanachie Entertainment! N'Dea Davenport returns to sing vocals on the single "Sunshine" as well as other tracks on the album. The group is planning to come to the United States to tour, with some dates possible as early as June. Stay tuned, more news on this exciting project coming soon!