Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Angie Stone is one of those artists with a Midas touch. Her buttery smooth honey-toned pipes, undeniable gritty soulfulness and epic songwriting talents have been called upon by everyone from Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, D'Angelo and Lenny Kravitz to Moby, Erykah Badu, Ice Cube and Alicia Keys, to name a few. Rolling Stone Magazine once declared, "When soul music was in the lost and found, she came along to claim it." It is this belief that has made Stone the go-to woman for three different record labels when they were creating a new sound and vision. In the 70s it was Angie Stone who helped to define the sound of the now legendary Sugar Hill Records, when she was one of the first recorded female rappers/singers in the ground-breaking trio Sequence. Their hit "Funk You Up" is a classic that gets folks moving to this day! Fast forward, Clive Davis tapped Stone's iconic sound in the early 2000's, when he launched J Records. She recorded her gold-selling Mahogany Soul for the label and Stone Love. The in demand Renaissance woman moves seamlessly from the studio and stage (she's starred on Broadway) to television and silver screen without missing a beat. A legend in this tough business, Angie Stone stands in a class by herself. November 2015 Stone will release her new CD Dream on Shanachie Entertainment in collaboration with Conjunction Entertainment Inc. Music Executive/Producer Walter W. Millsap III (Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez) and TopNotch Music. The album's first single, "2 Bad Habits," is soon to ship to radio. At last Angie Stone's story will fully be told as she will be a featured artist later this month in an upcoming episode of BET/Centric TV's Being, which profiles notable artists and personalities.
"As much success as Angie Stone has had, I still feel that she is under-recognized, given all the things that she has achieved, " notes Shanachie General Manger Randall Grass. "When you put it all together, her story is amazing, from being part of the first female rap group to being one of the best, most soulful vocalists of the past couple decades to her work as a songwriter and actress. We are very excited to be working with her and look forward to truly tell 'the Angie Stone story' to its fullest!"
Thursday, July 02, 2015
Hot on the heels of the 50th anniversary of Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s founding by Joseph Shabalala, Shanachie Entertainment is pleased to announce the debut digital release of three “best of” compilations that together comprise their greatest work: Best Of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Best Of - Vol. 2, and Classic Tracks. Founded in the mid-sixties in South Africa, the revered vocal group has performed and recorded with greats such as Dolly Parton, Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan, and of course most famously, Paul Simon on the legendary Graceland album. With a joyful sound unlike anyone else, Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s beautiful harmonies and rhythms are sure to delight you as much as they delighted Paul Simon and many other of the biggest names in the world of music. All three titles will available digitally for the first time ever on 7.24.15, are available for pre-order now, and for a limited time will be on sale for $7.99 each. Check them out on iTunes:
Best Of Ladysmith Black Mambazo
The Best Of - Vol. 2
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
In the wake of the recent tragic earthquake in Nepal, UK Jazz band Incognito has released a single/EP, “Send Your Love”, to raise support for the victims of the disaster. Band leader Jean Paul “Bluey” Maunick states:
"In response to the great tragedy suffered by the people of Nepal, we felt compelled to use our talents and resources to take immediate action by coming together to make a song for Nepal. All the funds raised will be donated to UNICEF(US) to help some of the 1.7 million children who require humanitarian assistance. UNICEF is already on the ground working to provide critical aid to children and families. The result of our efforts is... Incognito “"Send Your Love””. Your support will go a long way towards helping to provide basic health care, nourishment, sanitation, shelter and funds towards the clearing and rebuilding in the aftermath of this devastating earthquake. Thank you and One Love!
“Send Your Love” is available on iTunes here.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Shanachie Entertainment roars into Spring 2015 with 4 exciting releases for the month of April!
• The Sax Pack - Power Of 3
Featuring 3 of the most revered saxophonists in the world of music, let alone Jazz, The Sax Pack is a delight to listen to. Bringing the talents of Kim Waters, Jeff Kashiwa, and Steve Cole together for a third time in the studio, Power Of 3 is sure to delight both old and new fans alike. Highlights include the sensual ballad “Shine On,” the joyous and funky “Power Of 3” plus more brilliant Sax Pack originals! Check it out on iTunes and Amazon. Also, check out their video for "Sooner Or Later" here.
• Bluey - Life Between The Notes
The masterful mind behind legendary UK Acid Jazz outfit Incognito, Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick has been writing and producing top quality music for decades. Now, in his latest endeavors, he has ventured into the realm of solo recordings (while still recording and touring actively with Incognito). His first solo effort, Leap Of Faith, was met with universal praise for its ingenuity. With Life Between The Notes, Bluey delivers the same creativity, originality, and infectious melodies and grooves he’s so well known for, all while bringing a completely fresh musical palette to the table. Highlights include the uplifting “Tomorrow Never Lies,” the hard driving “Dance To My Drums,” the soulful “Hold On,” the Latin-tinged “Columbus Avenue” and much more! Check it out on iTunes and Amazon.
• ConFunkShun - More Than Love
ConFunkShun has been one of the most respected and renowned bands in R&B History since the mid 70s, still receiving significant radio airplay on their plethora of hits from the 70s and 80s even to this day. Now, for the first time in nearly 30 years, the band has returned to the studio to put out a new album, and it is as if they’d never stopped recording. With a delightfully fresh, yet timeless collection of original songs, More Than Love is certain to woo a whole new generation of listeners while still thrilling longtime devotées of the band. Highlights include hot singles “Your Night” and “I Miss You, and much, much more! Check it out on iTunes and Amazon. Also, check out their videos for "Your Night" and "I Miss You".
• Orgone - Beyond The Sun
With a high-energy sound all their own, and an impressive resumé including working with superstars Alicia Keys and Cee Lo Green, Orgone is all at once a throwback to a bygone, golden era in music and also a revolutionary and original group in today’s music scene. Filled with exuberant grooves and melodies that practically compel the listener to break out in dance, Beyond The Sun is a must-have for all fans of funk music. Highlights range from the “in the pocket” funk of “Don't Push Your Luck” to the evocative balladry of “No Pain” to the clubby-jam of the title track and the scorching instrumental workouts on “Meat Machine” and “Sabi.” Check it out on iTunes and Amazon.
Friday, February 27, 2015
So Delicious, the seventh studio album from renowned Blues/Rock outfit Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band blew out of the gate and already is making its mark on the blues world, debuting this week at a lofty #3 spot on the Billboard blues chart. With strong support from independent retail—including release week in-stores at legendary locations like Landlocked, Indy CD & Vinyl, Culture Clash, Shake It, Grimey’s and Vintage Vinyl—So Delicious continues a string of critically and commercially acclaimed releases from The Rev and his unique musical crew. Now in the midst of a flurry of tour dates which span both the U.S. and around the globe, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band are setting themselves up for an even greater level of success and notoriety as a group that is truly keeping the blues alive and well.
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is something of a phenomenon in today’s music scene. Amidst a bevy of so-called “roots” artists, the Rev. and crew truly embody the roots of American music. Citing legends like Charlie Patton and Muddy Waters as influences, the Big Damn Band’s music exhibits a more genuine homage to the early blues greats than almost anything produced today, all delivered with a ferocious energy. In light of the authenticity of their sound and vibe, legendary Shanachie Blues imprint Yazoo Records is the perfect match for The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.
For more info on the Big Damn Band and their tour schedule, head here.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Some of Shanachie Entertainment’s most treasured material is now being featured at iTunes! Yazoo Records, an early American Blues, Country, Jazz and Roots label acquired by Shanachie in 1989, has long been a definitive source for the very best in authentic early American music. With titles from legends like Charlie Patton, Skip James, Big Bill Bronzy and Barbecue Bob, Yazoo is keeping the blues alive after all these years. Click here to see the titles being featured at iTunes, and take a step back in time as you discover and rediscover these gems of Americana.
For more info on Yazoo, head here.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
2015 is off to a roaring start for Shanachie Entertainment. With a bevy of exciting newly signed acts (including The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Teedra Moses, Jeff Bradshaw, and James Lloyd, just to name a few), Shanachie is poised to have a banner year. Kicking off strong for 2015, Phil Perry and Marion Meadows have debuted at #1 and #2 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts for the week, respectively. Perry’s A Better Man showcases his supple, emotive tenor better than ever, and Meadows’ Soul Traveler brings the sensuous, otherworldly vibes that have made him a Smooth Jazz star. Stay tuned to keep abreast of all the exciting releases coming down the pike and experience why Shanachie is hailed as one of the premiere purveyors of quality music, year after year.
Friday, December 05, 2014
Legendary chanteuse Ann Hampton Callaway, who is in the midst of a massive Coast to Coast tour in support of her lush live album From Sassy To Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project, will perform live and sign copies of her new release at the Upper East Side, Manhattan Barnes & Noble Store on Thursday December 11th @ 7:00pm. Callaway, who is hailed as one of the premier vocal performers in the world, will bring her incredible charm and stage presence to her faithful and adoring fans as she performs a few songs from the new album while interacting with guests. There will be priority seating given with the purchase of From Sassy To Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project.
The event will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm. The address for the store is:
86th & Lexington Ave
150 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028
The venue can be reached by phone at 212-369-2180. Click here to see the event page on Barnes & Noble’s site.
Monday, November 03, 2014
Ann Hampton Callaway’s lush live album, From Sassy To Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project, is available everywhere now. Check out the album on iTunes and Amazon, and click here to listen to a stream of Ann performing “Misty” from this dynamic release!
Additionally we at Shanachie Entertainment are giving Ann’s loving fans the chance to win two free tickets to see Ann perform LIVE in concert! What better way to experience why Ann is hailed as one of the premier live performers in the world! For a chance to win, simply purchase From Sassy To Divine and send in a photo with proof of purchase to firstname.lastname@example.org. Acceptable proofs of purchase:
- iTunes receipt
- Paper or email receipt from a physical retailer
- Email receipt from an online retailer such as Amazon
If you’ve already purchased the album, you still qualify to enter…simply send your receipt from the date of purchase. A winner will be randomly drawn for each of the shows listed below and will receive two free tickets to see Ann LIVE! Please note in your email entry which show you’re entering the contest for. All travel arrangements are the responsibility of the ticket winners.
All entries must be received no later than Friday, November 21, 2014. Winners will be notified prior to the show they've entered for.
Friday, September 12, 2014
2014 has seen Shanachie Entertainment release a bevy of stellar music in every style, from long time greats like Jennifer Holliday to exciting new acts like Avery*Sunshine. As the late Summer turns to early Fall, Shanachie is pleased to announce the release of albums from two legends: Jazz/Broadway chanteuse Ann Hampton Callaway, and Reggae luminary Willi Williams.
Ann Hampton Callaway’s album, From Sassy To Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project drops Tuesday, September 16. The album, a beautiful live concert recorded at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City, features Callaway’s supple voice soaring over exquisite piano arrangements of some of Vaughan’s greatest songs. There is a significant buzz on the record around the Jazz community, with Callaway’s performance being unanimously hailed as nothing less than extraordinary. In support of the record, Ann is in the midst of a busy coast to coast tour which runs all the way through Spring 2015.
Willi Williams’ album, Unification: From Channel One To King Tubby’s With Willi Williams & Yabby You drops Tuesday, September 30, and is a “lost” treasure of a recording of Williams in association with fellow roots Reggae legend Yabby You. Recorded at both the fabled Channel One and King Tubby’s studios in the late seventies, the golden age of reggae, this project is an absolute must for collectors and lovers of classic Roots Reggae music! Williams is also planning a tour in support of the release.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Shanachie Entertainment is proud to announce the signing of classic R & B/funk band ConFunkShun and will release the band’s first new studio album since their initial break up in 1986. ConFunkShun initially broke through in the "golden age" of self-contained R & B bands in the 1970's, joining such ground-breaking ensembles as Earth, Wind & Fire, War, The Meters, Kool & The Gang and many others as innovative hit-makers. ConFunkShun had 25 chart singles from 1977 – 1986, including 5 Top Ten hits and sold millions of albums. The band broke up when Michael Cooper went solo in 1986; he enjoyed a successful solo career in the ensuing decade. After playing some successful performances in the new Millennium the band reunited with key members, including lead vocalists Michael Cooper and Felton Pilate. The new album will be released in the Fall following a heavy touring schedule this Summer. This signals the true re-emergence of one of R & B's greatest bands!
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Jamaica’s Luciano, the foremost singer of roots reggae to have emerged during the past twenty years, celebrates the release of My Soul, a brand-new inspirational single, with a coast to coast U.S. tour which runs through June and into July. My Soul, released on Shanachie Entertainment June 5th, is an inspirational ballad which adds another flavor to Luciano’s already diverse palette, including a rock-style guitar solo. Produced by C & I Productions, the team who produced Luciano’s 2005 album JAH WORDS, My Soul is a conscious attempt to deliver his message in a musical setting that will be accessible to a wide variety of listeners, not just reggae fans.
"Over the years I have listened to other international icons like Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and Jim Reeves," relates Luciano. By listening to all these great brothers, I have learned to appreciate other works and see that there are no barriers in music. Although I am well known as a cultural reggae singer, I have an International message and so I cannot deliver it just to reggae fans. I have to extend it to people from all walks of life"
My Soul showcases the evocative timbre and extraordinary power of Luciano’s singing, showing that his talent and ability to touch people’s hearts transcends genre. With the ongoing controversy over the lack of substance and often negative lyrical content on recordings coming out of Jamaica today, Luciano’s consistent presence as both a touring and recording artist gives badly-needed substance to music fans hungry for uplifting music.
As great as his recordings are, Luciano truly reaches higher heights when performing live, which has enabled him to be one of the most active touring reggae artists in the world today. With the release of My Soul, Luciano demonstrates his continued commitment to artistic growth and musical quality.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Platinum-selling South African singer/model/actress Lira has already conquered South Africa and much of Europe with her irresistible blend of R & B, Jazz and African styles. Like Sade before her, she is now set to conquer America, having just released Rise Again, her US debut. The album’s first single, "Feel Good," is a slinky, jazzy re-mix of one of her major South African hits, a perfect showcase for Lira's soulful, melodious singing style. That unique style led Essence Magazine to name her as one of "Five Unique Artists To Change Music in 2012.”
"Lira has all the ingredients to be a star in the U.S.," says Shanachie General Manager Randall Grass. "She has a unique sound, a wonderful voice, model-quality looks and is already a popular artist, not only in Africa but in much of Europe as well, with a wide-ranging appeal to Jazz, R & B, World music and Pop audiences."
Rise Again is the perfect introduction to the full-spectrum of Lira’s artistry. Songs such as “With My Eyes” and “Typical” highlight her sultry vocal tone on songs that deal with the subtleties of romantic relationships. “Rise Again,” “Feel Good” and “Believer” are all upbeat, inspirational, feel good anthems that exemplify Lira’s ability to touch people of all different backgrounds. She incorporates reggae into “Valley Of Darkness” and “Call Me,” a natural move since reggae continues to be a vibrant presence on the contemporary African music scene. “Ixesha,” “Hamba” and “Phakade” are all African-language songs that bring South African musical textures to the fore.
Lira was born in Ekurhuleni, East of Johannesburg, South Africa. Having grown up listening to Stevie Wonder, Miriam Makeba, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone, she began writing songs and performing at age 16. In 2000, she was discovered by the musician producer Arthur Mafokate, who signed her to his label, releasing her debut album All My Love in 2003. The title track surpassed Beyonce's "Dangerously In Love" on a chart-topping run. She was then signed to Sony Music in South Africa and saw her debut Sony album win awards at the South African Music Awards (SAMA), the South African equivalent of the Grammy awards. In summer of 2010 she joined such artists as Alicia Keys, Shakira, K'Naan and John Legend as featured performer in the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Concert. That year she also made her cinematic debut as the support lead in the Italian feature film Consul. The Star newspaper in South Africa declared her the foremost Adult Contemporary solo artist in South Africa. The release of her high-end concert DVD, Live In Concert: A Celebration, was certified Triple-Platinum and knocked Celine Dion's Live In Las Vegas out of the #1 spot on the video sales chart. Her first two Sony albums were likewise certified Platinum. Lira has appeared on the cover of more than twenty magazines around the world and has the largest Facebook following of any South African musician with over 400,000 fans. She also received a BET Awards nomination as "Best International Artist" in 2012. With the release of Rise Again, American audiences will at last experience the magic Lira has brought to audiences in Europe and Africa.
All of the songs on Rise Again are written or co-written by Lira, except the deeply moving “Something Inside So Strong,” written by Labi Siffre. Lira performed the song for Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday celebration. Having just announced a nationwide US Summer tour, Lira is clearly poised for a major stateside breakthrough.
Check out Rise Again on iTunes.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
There's a lot of talk about the lack of substance and positive values on the urban music scene today. Where are the positive images of men and women, particularly African-Americans? Where are the songs promoting romance and lasting love? There are such songs and images but somehow they get overshadowed by superficial sexuality and material celebration. No one has done more in the last decade to deliver great, down-to-earth songs about love, relationships and family and the struggles ordinary people face than Kindred The Family Soul, the Philadelphia-based hit-making husband-and-wife duo Fatin and Aja Dantzler. On such hits as "Far Away," “Magic Happen," "Stars" and "House Of Love," Kindred The Family Soul delivers soulful, honest portraits of love and family. They not only sing about this life, they live it! They balance a committed marriage and six children with a successful career as musical artists. Their website has become a focus for many people who are dealing with the same struggles or who simply see in Kindred The Family Soul inspiration to do the same. On June 10, 2014, Shanachie Entertainment will release a new album A Couple Friends, their latest installment in their ongoing love story.
Working with such front-line producers as Vidal Davis and Andre Harris (Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius), Anthony Bell (Jaheim, Estelle), James Poyser (John Legend, The Roots) and Steve McKie (Bilal, Jazmine Sullivan), Kindred wrote or co-wrote all the songs on the album.
While their critically-acclaimed last album, Love Has No Recession, was very oriented toward social commentary, A Couple Friends focuses more on the original Kindred themes of love and the joys and challenges of a committed relationship. A special 22-minute short film featuring material from the album is in production and will be released soon. The new album is one more affirmation that Kindred The Family Soul has created a unique style and approach to music-making that is a welcome dose of substance and "real life" on an all-too-often vapid music scene.
"Touching people with genuine emotion and true-to-life lyrical content has always been our mission, " Fatin says. "We want people to know that soul music has not left the building. We are here to stay and are carrying on the tradition!"
Listen to Kindred The Family Soul's new single "Everybody's Hustling" here.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Augustus Pablo is a legendary figure in reggae music, widely acknowledged, along with King Tubby and Lee "Scratch" Perry as one of the prime architects of dub music, which has had a profound influence on hip-hop and electronica. Pablo was also a first-rate producer who launched the careers of such reggae legends as Jacob Miller and Hugh Mundell. He was also a highly-skilled multi-instrumentalist who played not only on his own recordings but as a session man on a number of great roots reggae recordings of other artists. He was an enigmatic figure who rarely performed in public, touring internationally only a handful of times in his nearly 30 years as a reggae artist. His greatness is demonstrated by the fact that two of his albums appear on most lists of the top reggae albums of all time--King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown, widely considered the greatest dub album ever recorded and East Of The River Nile, one of the greatest instrumental reggae albums ever recorded.
Recorded in 1977 and initially released in Jamaica after the atmospheric, hypnotic title track created a sensation as a single release, East Of The River Nile was released internationally in the United States in 1981 by Shanachie Entertainment, following Shanachie's release of Pablo's Rockers Meet King Tubby Ina Firehouse as Pablo's first U.S. release in 1980. The release of these two critically-acclaimed albums propelled Pablo into mainstream consciousness for the first time. These releases began a nearly 20-year relationship between Pablo and Shanachie as the main North American outlet for Pablo's music up until his death in 1999. The enduring beauty of East Of The River Nile stems from its entrancing marriage of rhythm and melody, led most often by Pablo's uncanny soloing on melodica. The release by Shanachie Entertainment of East Of The River Nile on vinyl LP is the first time it has been legally available in vinyl form since 1989.
Augustus Pablo was born Horace Swaby in St. Andrew near Kingston, Jamaica in 1953 and was a teenage prodigy. At an early age Pablo was drawn to the sound system dances and in his early teens frequently cut school to hang out in downtown Kingston record shops and recording studios, absorbing everything he heard. Proficient on keyboards, by chance he tried playing a melodica belonging to a friend's girlfriend; entranced by it, he was told by the girl that he could have it. In young Swaby's hands, the melodica—essentially a child's toy—became an evocative solo instrument. One day he was standing outside Aquarius Studio with the melodica and Aquarius proprietor/producer Herman Chin-Loy, who happened to be searching for a unique sound for a recording, spotted him and asked him to play on a track. The result was successful and soon Pablo was playing on sessions regularly for Chin-Loy, who bestowed on Swaby the nom-de-plume Augustus Pablo, which Chin-Loy had invented as a vehicle for his instrumentalists. Pablo soon teamed up with school chum Clive Chin, whose parents owned Randy's Records recording studio, and scored such classic hits as "Java" and "Pablo In Dub." Early on, Pablo established his own sound system, Rockers International, and his own labels and began producing both his own recordings and for other artists. He forged a close relationship with King Tubby, the hugely influential producer, engineer and sound system operator generally acknowledged as the inventor of dub music. Pablo's 1975 dub recording "King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown" was a huge hit and the album of the same name because a reggae classic. Throughout the 70's Pablo recorded prolifically, re-cutting classic Studio One rhythms in heavier style and creating his own original rhythm tracks. His own recordings were either instrumentals, in which lead instruments played melody throughout, or dubs, which moved snatches of melody in and out of the mix. He also produced many great recordings by established artists such as Leroy (Heptones) Sibbles, Dillinger, and Johnny Osbourne, as well as new talent which he frequently discovered, including Hugh Mundell, Jacob Miller, Tetrack, Delroy Williams, Norris Reid, Jr. Reid, Junior Delgado and Earl Sixteen. The release of the single "East Of The River Nile" and album of the same name in 1977 was another landmark. The single, which was a radical re-working of a recording Pablo had originally done for Herman Chin-Loy, was unlike any other reggae recording or, indeed, any other piece of music anywhere. Its impact was immediate. Pablo continued recording and producing both his own works and that of other artists up until his untimely death at the age of 46 in 1999 from a collapsed lung devolving from a nerve disorder - Myasthenia Gravis. His work was always informed by a strong sense of spirituality and devotion to Rastafari. Pablo's legacy is multi-faceted, encompassing a number of certified reggae classics, a body of work of great originality and substance, and an exemplary devotion to artistic and spiritual purity.