Dragon and Berr release new album ‘Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises’

The rock duo known as Dragon and Berr has released their latest official album, “Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises.” The album contains 10 original Dragon and Berr tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the corporate industry on the Loose Bolt Records music label. Eclectic, creative, yet accessible to a broad swathe of music fans, “Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises” showcases Dragon and Berr as one of the most intriguing rock music projects of Q2 so far and promises that they have plenty more where that came from.

Dragon and Berr have cited as main artistic influences Hall & Oates, Styx, Fall Out Boy, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Aerosmith, The CoatHangers, The Ron Keel Band, The Beatles, Halestorm, The Soapgirls, The Monkees, Foo Fighters, and local friends Casket Robbery. While it may seem unlikely, Dragon and Berr’s own sound takes elements from each of these for a result which defies comparisons and categories.

Dragon and Berr are quick to describe themselves as “hobbyist musicians,” yet their songwriting and creative methodologies brand them as true sonic craftspersons just as quickly. They’re eager to throw traditional structures away, often blazing trails in startling directions. Songs turn on a dime both internally and away from one another. This track bears obvious jazz influences. That one sounds like Roy Orbison’s grandchild.

We break a lot of so-called rules of what is and isn’t music,” writes Dragon. “It all seems to work out in the end. Music is such fun and is so many things to so many people. What can we say? We are diverse in influences. We’re those folks from left field no one pays much mind. We write for ourselves, first. The fact that more and more people are also enjoying the music and it’s speaking to them in so many ways is a wonderful bonus to this adventure we are on.”

R&B, pop, country, blues … pretty much anything playable with guitar and drums is elementally represented. The effect recalls the avant-garde punk artists of the late 70s. Had Dragon and Berr been part of that scene, they’d likely be remembered today for “Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises.” Come for the rock, poetry and fearless songwriting, stay for the countless colorful surprises from out of nowhere.

Dragon and Berr are Edwin and Donna Millheim respectively, married 1987. Asked to describe the overall meaning of “Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises,” Dragon writes, “While it covers themes that are challenges in people’s lives, throughout the lyrics and the way it’s all presented, there is a sprinkling of hope and knowing the next day can bring anything. Everything that is presented is all based on things I’ve went through over the past year. Just like the first album had a lot of darkness in it and depression, this 2nd album sees me being dragged back from darkness by family and friends – most of all my wife … Sometimes those challenges make you feel like you can just say forget it, but there’s always that hope that makes you feel like, OK, things will be OK. If there is even that bit of hope, you have to keep going because it may not be as dark as you think.”

Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises” by Dragon and Berr on the Loose Bolt Records label is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, rock music fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises” by Dragon and Berr –


https://www.amazon.com/Pocket-Full-Switchblades-Promises-Explicit/dp/B07SS74P4C/

Official Facebook page –

https://www.facebook.com/DragonAndBerr/

Steph Simon releases new LP album ‘Born on Black Wall Street’

The songwriter and producer of hip hop known as Steph Simon has released his latest official LP album, “Born on Black Wall Street.” The LP album contains 13 original Steph Simon tracks for an approximate total listening time of 50 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate recording industry on the Skyline Star Records music label. Direct, performed deep in the groove, and often more than a little funny, “Born on Black Wall Street” showcases Steph Simon as one of the most intriguing hip-hop artists of the year so far and promises that he has plenty more where that came from.

In addition to the considerable skills of Steph Simon, “Born on Black Wall St.” also features performances from local artists J. Friday, Dial Tone, Krisheena Suarez, George Young, and Sassieon Dupris.

Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Steph Simon cites as main artistic influences the Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Nipsey Hussle, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Phife Dawg, N.E.R.D., Solange Knowles, Missy Elliot, and J. Cole. Steph Simon’s own sound takes elements from every one of these and adds his own regional, personal and intellectual flavor for a result unlike anything today’s hip-hop fans have heard before. With an emphasis on carefully crafted urban poetry, socially deliberate themes, and undeniable beats with one foot firmly in the old-school, “Born on Black Wall Street” by Steph Simon has a little something for everybody.

A deliberately sociopolitical record, “Born on Black Wall St.” is named for Tulsa’s Greenwood area. According to Wiki, this was “one of the most commercially successful and affluent majority-African American communities in the United States” until the 1921 Massacre and race riot which claimed more than 300 African American lives.

Asked to describe the overall meaning of “Born on Black Wall Street,” Steph Simon writes, “My album is the story of a black kid growing up to learn about his city’s history of Black Wall St. in Tulsa. I take the traditions that were lost in the 1921 Race Massacre and apply it to life to rebuild and recreate a new Black Wall Street.”

Throughout his new album, Simon draws parallels between the creative culture in Tulsa today and the energy that made Black Wall St. thrive in the first place. Taking a historically accurate role, Simon raps as “Diamond” Dick Rowland, a 17-year-old boy scapegoated for instigating the 1921 Massacre after an incident with a white girl in an elevator.

“I feel a connection to Rowland I can’t explain,” writes Simon, “almost like I’m carrying his spirit with me. It wasn’t right that his name was used as a catalyst for a lot of pain and destruction. I use the name Dicky Ro as a catalyst for transformation and hope.”

Born on Black Wall Street” by Steph Simon on the Skyline Star Records label is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, hip hop fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.Octiive.com

Born on Black Wall Street” by Steph Simon –

https://www.amazon.com/Born-Black-Wall-Street-Explicit/dp/B07T3C3SRR/

Official Website –

https://stephxsimon.com/

Reiki Healing Energies releases new album ‘Reiki Healing Energies – Into The Light’

This is the debut guided meditation album from Reiki Healing Energies called “Into The Light.” The album contains a sample, an introduction, and a full length guided meditation journey for an approximate total listening time of half an hour. It has been proudly published as an independent release. The album has been written and produced by Melanie Veares who also narrates on the album. With the combination of the relaxing and calming background music ‘Adrift’ and ‘Across The Sky’ by Christopher Lloyd Clark, and the soothing voice of Melanie Veares the meditation offers a safe place to truly open up and explore your inner being and promote your own natural healing abilities.

Reiki Healing Energies write that “Connecting with The Divine has inspired the release of this album to make meditation accessible to all, so that everyone can tap into their own natural healing abilities to be able to live a happy, enriched life to the full.”

When asked to describe the overall meaning of “Into The Light,” Veares writes “When you connect with higher energies during meditation, beautiful things can happen. You will feel the power of Divine love flowing through your body, giving you healing, clarity of mind and a deep sense of peace and calm.”

Melanie Veares is a qualified Reiki Master with a first degree in psychoanalytical studies. She has additional training in Indian head massage and reflexology, and is a leader of meditation groups and spiritual-awareness workshops. She has stated her vision as working “for everyone to be able to access their own healing abilities that reside within them.”

The background music of Reiki Healing Energies was composed by Christopher Lloyd Clarke of Enlightened Audio.

“Reiki Healing Energies – Into The Light” by Reiki Healing Energies is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, health and meditation fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

Into the Light” by Reiki Healing Energies –


https://www.amazon.com/Reiki-Healing-Energies-Guided-Meditation/dp/B07NMV3SQ2/

Official Website –

http://www.reikihealingenergies.co.uk/

Sherrell Mitchell releases new single ‘Hear O’ Israel’ feat. Grady Austin

The producer/songwriter of inspirational gospel music known as Sherrell “Rell” Mitchell has released his latest official single, “Hear O’ Israel.” In addition to the considerable skills of Sherrell, “Hear O’ Israel” also features performances by Grady Austin, The JLM Worshipers, and a Biblical proclamation from Rev. George Mitchell (AKA Dad). It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Uplifting, exultant, and based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, “Hear O’ Israel” is the latest reason for believers and fans of gospel music to take note of Sherrell Mitchell.

Some of “Rell’s,” artistic influences are many of the best-loved voices in modern praise: Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, John P. Kee, Hezakiah Walker, Donnie McClurkin, Take 6, Israel Houghton, Ben Tankard, Neal Jones, Grady Austin, and Cora Jackson. Informed by the styles of these contemporary favorites, Mitchell’s own sound is founded on the American gospel choir tradition, but dressed up with 21st century production values and plenty of flair.

Asked to describe the overall meaning of “Hear O’ Israel,” Sherrell writes, “This particular song shares a 2-part message: 1). that God is our All, and 2). a refocus/recommittal to our walk with Him as we give Him our all.”

Sherrell began music as a church percussionist in his youth, but learned to play the piano with training and mentorship by teachers such as Vivian Perryman, Darryl Hawk, Kay Classy and Phil Curry. He continues today to humble serve the Pacific Northwest Christian community with his love for the Lord and his musical gifts.

His 2016 albums, “The JLM Project” and “The Mass Of New Vision” continue to gain popularity, as does his January 2019 single release, “Salt Of The Earth.”

“All things are possible with God, and I’m truly grateful for the beautiful gift of music that He’s given me. Spreading the Gospel through musical expression, one song at a time for an Audience of One, as the world listens on.”

Hear O’ Israel” by Sherrell Mitchell feat. Min. Grady Austin is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now.

Hear O’ Israel” by Sherrell Mitchell –

https://www.amazon.com/Israel-Sherrell-Mitchell-feat-Austin/dp/B07RG3P735/

Gravity releases official debut album ‘Best Revenge Is Success’

The songwriter and producer of hip hop known as Gravity has released his official debut album, “Best Revenge Is Success.” The album contains eight original Gravity tracks for an approximate total listening time of half an hour. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry on the VividVision/2TFMMENT (2 The Fullest Music Movement Ent) record label. Gritty, genuine, and lyrically aggressive, “Best Revenge Is Success” showcases Gravity as one of the most intriguing rappers from the dirty south this year so far, and promises that he has plenty more where that came from.

Corpus Christi’s Gravity cites as main artistic influences Scarface, Baby Jesus, Bone Thugs ‘N’ Harmony, Kevin Gates, Eminem, NWA, Tupac Shakur, the Notorious B.I.G., and Screwed Up Click. Gravity’s own sound takes elements from each of these and adds something fresh and unique for a result unlike anything today’s music fans have heard before. With an emphasis on twisted lines, clever rhymes, and plenty of autobiographical narration, “Best Revenge Is Success” by Gravity has a little something for everybody.

Asked to describe the overall meaning of “Best Revenge Is Success,” Gravity writes, “I feel like there is a song on my album for everyone, but my direct message is: this is my story as a youth told through music.”

Gravity’s record is definitely a personal one, but it’s not just a journal of urban poetry. It’s a microcosm of growing up in a cruel, often violent setting, where criminal behavior is often seen as the most promising way out. In the end, Gravity’s tale is as much a personal one as it is a story of the disadvantaged youth both in the United States and abroad.

“I know in my heart there’s millions of people who have experienced or are going through the same things I have,” Gravity writes. “I do this for the have-nots, period.”

Gravity also shouts out his beat makers: mjNichols, Epidemic Beats, Ricky Vela, Cxdy Beats, and Jacob “Lethal” Beats.

Best Revenge Is Success” by Gravity on the VividVision/2TFMMENT label is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, hip hop fans. Watch also for quality releases from T Ress and Peezy Mayne, also available on VividVision and 2TFMMENT soon.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

Best Revenge Is Success” by Gravity –

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Revenge-Success-Explicit-Gravity/dp/B07RY6Z9V2/