The past few years I've been upset with myself for not releasing a Christmas song or two. Every year I have creative ideas in mind but I never seem to get around to making these ideas a reality.This year I finally buckled down and set aside some time to knock one more item off of my bucket list. I produced, wrote, and completed my first original Christmas song!
About three weeks ago, I went in the studio and produced a simple yet heart warming tune entitled Merry Christmas! My whole thought process behind Merry Christmas was to make a song that compliments the Jahah sound. I wanted to do something original that my loyal supporters could relate to in regards to me. Something familiar. I didn't want to go too far left or right...I simply thought it was essential that the listener feel good after hearing the song. I believe I achieved my goal!
I also believe I've crafted a song that will have a long shelf life. Merry Christmas is a classic tune that will stand the test of time. It's for family and friends around the globe who celebrate the holidays!
I hope you enjoy!
Merry Christmas will be available for free 12/15 on this site and numerous blogs on the Internet.
Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of my big brother Edison Tyrone Brown's death. There's not a week that goes by that I do not think of him and wish he was still here. His absence still seems surreal. I can't believe he's gone.
On a brighter note, I wrote a song to honor him entitled "Always Remember Edison". This record is on my latest album Nostalgia BLACK and is the final track I recorded.
It's amazing how much more the good folks over in Europe appreciate soul music. They (Europeans) get behind artists and musicians that can really sing and play instruments. They appreciate good music that comes from the soul and isn't necessarily all about money, cars, and hoes. I'm not saying that all Europeans vibe to the same beat or style of music but from what I can see and tell (from touring oversea's), a lot of people on this side of the globe have a fever for traditional black soul.
Anyhow, the above is all subjective and for all intensive purposes...my own selfish opinion. It is what it ya'll. I realize that we (the people) don't have any control over the images and sounds that ultimately become national (or global) phenomenons. Dead Prez what's proclaimed: It's Bigger Than Hip Hop! Ya' damn right! IT's bigger than us all...
It's always nice to receive a review from a reputable source that actually digs what I do musically. In this particular case, Soul Tracks is the source and they have provided me with a "First Look" on their website which is pretty cool (in my book).
I'm on Soul Tracks website quite often so it's an honor for me to take up some space on their website. I enjoy the work that they put out into the world and hope my name (and music) will be a main stay on the Soul Tracks website. The staff at Soul Tracks really supports artists and bands with great musicianship and creativity. That's rare in today's watered down music industry.
Growing up I was exposed to all kinds of music. My dad loves jazz and could care less if someone is actually singing over a bed of instrumentation. I believe it is the musicianship that he truly enjoys and I feel like my pops provided me with my musical foundation.
On the other hand my mother was (and still is) more into the Motown sound and the artists and groups of that time. To this day I can still recall her playing the Temptations and groups like The Delfonics over and over again. This was the kind of music my mother would play while cleaning the house every Saturday and ultimately it is this genre of music that inspires me in our contemporary times.
Soul music is what I truly feel and I my goal is to continue making music that is honest to me and provides the listen with real emotion. I don't ever want to create music that isn't me and doesn't not represent what I stand for. Don't get me wrong, I want to make money doing what I'm passionate about but I do not want to sell my soul for the almighty dollar. I'm about the music first!
With the above being said...today I present to you my new music video for my song "Soul Music"! This song is off of my recent release Nostalgia BLACK and can be found here on iTunes.
In this video I feature my father, my mother, and a host of friends and family that have supported me throughout my life and musical journey. I'm proud of this song and the visuals that accompany it. This creation has taken me and the director Tony Reames a long time to fulfill. However, we completed our mission and I believe our time is now!
Lastly, if you like what you see and hear...please support me and my efforts by purchasing the song via iTunes. I'd love to give everything I do away but black music has become very disposable and we as independent artists work very hard to provide the world with positive vibes and good music.
No more marginal results! I thank you in advance and wish you all a very Happy New Year!
On January 3rd, 2014 I will release a new video for my song entitled Soul Music!
Soul Music is on my latest project Nostalgia BLACK and the video will feature appearances from friends and family that I grew up with.
I'm excited for my friends and family to see this new video because they will hopefully see reflections of themselves and/or recall some of the great memories we shared. This new video is dedicated to all of the people who believed in me and have been supporting my efforts over the years! I appreciate you!
Directed By: Tony Reames and J. Berry for Memorywedge