Monday, 02 July 2018 18:40 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altMIRACLE THOMAS hails from her Lynchburg, Virginia and she began singing aged just 3 in the local gospel choir! In her early teens, she relocated to Washington DC and began to write songs and perform in local talent shows. Her uncle is Carl Anderson and he was quick with advice for young Miracle notably to take care and beware of the pitfalls of the music biz.

Ms T took that to heart but shouldered on, releasing her first single in 1993. That was followed by a number of others that all saw local DC chart action. Since then Miracle has been tutored by Patti Labelle and worked with people like R Kelly, Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, Father MC, Regina Belle, The Manhattans, The Dells, II D Extreme, Eric Roberson, Kim Waters and the late Gerald Levert.

Right now Miracle is busy promoting her own new five track EP, 'Expect A Miracle'. Outstanding track is a lush, gorgeous emotional ballad, 'You Take My Breath Away' – a hint of Anita Baker about this one. The track though that is winning all the plays is the tight beater, 'Love Me'.... a very strong modern soul groove.

Focus cut seems to be the slow 'You Say You Apologize' which comes in two mixes but we'd rather recommend 'You Take My Breath Away' and if you prefer proper foot tappers do try, 'Love Me'




Monday, 02 July 2018 18:36 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBack in February we gave a huge thumbs up to an album by ERIC "DEBONAIR" McNEIR, 'This Could Be Love'. It was a proper old school soul treat and research revealed that Texan Eric is seen by many US commentators as a smooth, sophisticated, Luther Vandross sort of singer... "Debonair" if you would.

One of the LP's highlights, 'Pay Your Love Back' has just won a remix courtesy of Taylor Pace and Norman MouseQuake Barrett. Don't know anything 'bout them (save that Mr Pace is Eric's co-writer and producer) but they do a great job on an already great modern soul tune.... a proper groove for all your summer soul parties we'd suggest!



Monday, 02 July 2018 18:32 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLILLA is a US pop star hailing from Boston. Right now her album 'The Awakening' is making big waves Stateside and one cut 'Don't Stop The Music' is getting plenty of plays. We wouldn't normally recommend this to you but you might like to know that the song has just won a remix from the mighty ERIC KUPPER... and yes, it is a bit on the poppy (even Euro pop) side of soulful house, but any Kupper remix is worth checking. He's a quality mixer... suck it and see! You never know2!

Last Updated on Monday, 02 July 2018 18:51



Sunday, 01 July 2018 19:20 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Secret Songs' is the new album from German jazz chanteuse MIRIAM AST. The ten tracker – a mix of originals and jazz standards, is a collaboration with Spanish born pianist, VICTOR GUTIERREZ.

Miriam, who cites amongst her influences Diana Krall, Sarah Vaughan and Kurt Elling, is a rising star on the European jazz circuit – the winner, indeed, in 2017 of the Bucharest International Jazz competition, while Berklee Music College music graduate, Victor has won a slew of awards and performed at prestigious venues world wide.

The pair first met during their studies at London's Royal Academy of Music and finding a personal music chemistry, they began collaborating and 'Secret Songs' is the latest fruit. The album boasts six originals and four standards.... intriguing versions of ''Round Midnight', 'Alone Together', 'Night And Day' and 'The Song is You'. Throughout the album, Ast and Gutierrez are abetted by British sax man Stan Sulzmann whom jazz fans will know from his work with people like Gil Evans and Michael Brecker.

MIRIAM AST and VICTOR GUTIERREZ; 'Secret Songs' is released on renowned German label Mons Record on July 2nd.

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 July 2018 19:25



Saturday, 30 June 2018 15:42 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEugene Pitt, leader of doo-wop and embryonic soul group, THE JIVE FIVE has died aged 80. It seems that an incarnation of the group is still active and their social media posted: "It is with a heavy heart that I announce, on behalf of the Pitt family, the passing early this morning (30 June) of the legendary lead singer of Eugene Pitt & The Jive Five, Mr. Eugene Pitt. Eugene had been ill for some time, but was in good spirits with love for his family, friends and fans. My heart breaks for his family and close friends. I ask for people to respect the family's privacy at this time. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date. The best of the best has joined the heavenly choir. Rest In Peace, my friend. Godspeed and God Bless"

Born in Brooklyn, Eugene Sampson Pitt founded the Genies in 1954. Soon they became the Jive Five. Their biggest hit was 'My True Story' – a classic doo-wop ballad. Other successes included 'What Time Is It,' 'Never Never,' 'These Golden Rings' and 'I'm a Happy Man.' 60s soul fans will have fond memories of their lovely 'Crying Like A Baby' while the pacey 'You'll Fall In Love' was a big Northern tune.

The group (with numerous personnel changes) lasted for almost 60 years and Pitt was an ever-present.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 June 2018 15:47


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