Jaz Clemente releases new single ‘Skylights’

The songwriter and producer of R&B electrogroove known as Jaz Clemente has released their latest official single, “Skylights.” The single has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Part soul, part funk, and all rhythm, “Skylights” showcases Jaz Clemente as one of the most fresh and engaging electrogroove crews of 2018. With forthcoming EPs and LPs rumored to be in the works, fans seem to have much to look forward to in Jaz Clemente.

Oakland, CA’s Jaz Clemente cites as main artistic influences Pink Floyd, Nile Rodgers, Santana, the Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and The Beatles. Jaz Clemente’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. There’s some Isaac Hayes in there, there’s some Curtis Mayfield in there, and yes, there’s a little Michael Jackson in there, too. With an emphasis on Motown-style vocals, disco-era guitar plucking and contemporary synth foundations, “Skylights” by Jaz Clemente has a little something for every avid electrogroove listener.

Commenting on the overall meaning of “Skylights,” Jaz Clemente says, “Skylights is waves of blue and possibilities, a hopeful promise to stick to what’s real and what’s should be, an open statement that it’s about others and me, not just one or the other, that ‘hope’s on our side.’”

Asked to describe their start in music, Jaz Clemente writes, “Many years of playing in gigging bands, wedding bands, bar bands in Tijuana, San Diego, and Oakland until the law of readiness kicked in, and I just had to stop singing other folks’ messages and start writing and sharing my take on what’s worth it.”

Jaz Clemente’s current official bio describes them as: “the electro-groove synthesis of sultry R&B, puppy jazz, and swanky ’70s disco together with fly-hi keys, dripping harmonies, and funkster guitars. Led by border-child Nemo C, Jaz Clemente songs express a love for oneself, reaching beyond comfort zones, and being a responsible planetarian.”

Skylights” by Jaz Clemente is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, electrogroove fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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BL Smooth releases new R&B single ‘Insecure’ ft. BigMacBZ

The songwriter and producer of hip hop and R&B known as BL Smooth has released his latest official single, “Insecure.” In addition to the considerable talents of BL Smooth, himself, the track also features a performance by BigMacBZ. The single has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry on the BigMacBz Entertainment record label.

Smooth, soulful, and chock-full of pop hooks, “Insecure” showcases BL Smooth and BigMacBZ as one of the most intriguing hip hop collaborations of the year so far and promises that they have plenty more where that came from.

Hip hop’s BigMacBz cites as main artistic influences NWA, Eazy E, Beastie Boys, E40, RBL Posse, IMP, CBO, Brother Lynch Hung, Mr Doctor, DJ Screw, PM Dawn, Michael Jackson, AL Green, Temptations, Smokey Robinson.

BL Smooth’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 groove, back beats, urban poetry and sheer attitude, “Insecure” by BL Smooth has a little something for everybody.

Asked to describe the overall meaning of “Insecure,” BigMacBz writes, “This single written by BL Smooth was handed to me as a platinum level R&B track. Both of us have gone through the Insecure phase in our relationships in the past and myself married for 18 years and with Missbz for 21 yrs it really brings the thoughts that sometimes occur in an Insecure individual’s mind. But it goes a step further with the reality of nothing even taking place while one’s in that state of mind!”

Asked to describe his start in music, BigMacBz writes, “My mom and dad always went to the flea market on weekends. There was a tape stand, and in 2nd grade, they let me pick LL Cool J as my first tape, and Eazy E’s ‘Eazy Does It!’ I went straight to my room with my mom’s brush and performed concerts every day!”

Insecure” by BL Smooth feat. BigMacBz on the BigMacBz Entertainment label is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, hip hop fans.

-S. McCauley

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R&B and nu-soul artist Ray Harry releases new single ‘Close Your Eyes to See’

The R&B and nu-soul artist known as Ray Harry has released his latest single, “Close Your Eyes to See.” It is the most recent official release from Ray Harry since his popular August 2016 single, “I Want to Give Thanks.” These and others from Ray Harry have been proudly published on the Lighthouse Music & Media independent record label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Soulful, sonorous, and bringing that unmistakable East Coast groove into the 21st century, “I Want to Give Thanks” stands as evidence that Ray Harry has a place in music collections everywhere.

Brooklyn, NYC’s Ray Harry cites as main artistic influences Earth, Wind and Fire, Roy Ayers, the Philly sound, the Motown sound, and as he puts it, “so many more.” “Close Your Eyes to See” takes elements of Roy Ayers and EWF and blends them with the panache of titans such as Al Green, Bill Withers and Isaac Hayes. Ray Harry’s raw, interpersonal style communicates to listeners with an unadorned, acoustic production making a naturally clear canvas on which his rich vocals can paint pictures.

“I like to write songs about life,” writes Harry of his lyric themes. “My songs are about love, lost and found. All the dynamics of a relationship, I write about. I also write songs about life struggles and triumphs, the highs and lows of our journey. Many of my songs are written from my experience, but I also observe the world and compose from that perspective. My ultimate message is to send positive vibes through music.”

Ray Harry’s current official bio describes him as born and raised in the East New York section of Brooklyn to immigrant parents from Belize and Honduras, Central America.

“From a very early age, the sounds of music captured his heart, and he been on a mission to bring the music from his mind into the real world ever since,” it reads.

Harry credits growing up in New York with sculpting his approach to creating music, characterizing his neighborhood as “a melting pot of cultures where the many musical styles of the community influenced” him. Also affecting his creative efforts was the hi-fi his parents kept in the living room.

“Ray heard a great mix of old school Latin music, soca, calypso, reggae, soul, pop and the traditional music of the Garifuna people, of whom his family is descended,” his bio states.

While the music of his mother and father were seminal in his artistic development, nevertheless it was not where his own career was headed.

“I must admit,” Ray Harry writes, “during the boom-box era, radio was my best friend.”

His elder brothers had extensive record collections stocked with the contemporary soul of the ’60s, ’70s and the ’80s. Ray himself purchased turntables and a mixer, then set out to develop his own vinyl collection.

“Ray’s special musical niche was culling hip-hop break beats,” states his bio, “and the early hip productions from the likes of Enjoy Records and the first releases from the legendary Def Jam Records. Ray and his friends would set up speakers on the street corner, cutting and scratching break beats and hip-hop records into the late evening for the community locals.”

Eventually Harry became the house music producer for several aspiring rap groups but never broke through into the mainstream.

Ray Harry is a graduate of Full Sail University with a Bachelor’s degree in music production and the founder/CEO of Lighthouse Music & Media.

“Close Your Eyes to See” by Ray Harry is available online worldwide from over 600 digital music stores online worldwide now.

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Roland Parker releases new album ‘Gonna Make It’

The singer and songwriter known as Roland Parker has released his latest LP record, “Gonna Make It.” The album contains 11 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 45 minutes. It features the popular Parker single, “Better Not Quit.” Both have been proudly published on the Roland Parker Records independent music label outside the creative control of the corporate music industry. Funky, groovy, full of bass, rhythm ‘n’ blues, “Gonna Make It” by Roland Parker is a soul album for the new millennium.

Chapel Hill, NC’s Roland Parker cites as main artistic influences Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Ernie Isley (the Isley Brothers) and Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush). As a result, his guitar style is steeped in the funk-infused classic rock style of the late ’60s and ’70s, particularly with regard to Hendrix and Marino, whose seminal guitar modes are most like the playing and songwriting of Roland Parker on his “Gonna Make It” record.

Upbeat, positive and even heartwarming at times, Parker’s “Gonna Make It” is a friendly, welcoming collection of soul songs with a good sense of humor and more than its fair share of groove. Sporting songs with titles such as “Luva Hata,” “Put that Funk in My Face” and “Fried Chickhen and Wallamellon,” “Gonna Make It” is an album with variety in spades. This variety is indicative of Parker’s own personality and manner of songwriting and performance.

“Don’t be afraid to play what you wanna play!” exclaims Roland Parker on being asked to describe the major theme of his new LP. “These days you must be rap or rock or pop. I play from rock and jazz to country, and whatever you hear, it is from my heart.”

A self-taught professional from the old school, Roland Parker has been performing live for more than three decades. He isn’t afraid of painting with unconventional colors, either.

“I like to take chances,” he says. “If it works, fine. If not? Oh, well. I’m an artist and I love people!”

Asked to provide a copy of his current bio, Parker is quick to reply.

“Love is my bio.”

“Gonna Make It” and its single, “Better Not Quit” by Roland Parker are available now at over 700 digital music outlets online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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