Crack Of Dawn Are Bringing You Sweet Beats And Great Tunes Once Again

The formidable forces that join together to make ultra talented group Crack Of Dawn.

Their recent release ‘Spotlight‘, is a culmination of brand new songs and re-recordings of some of the old classics. With leading track ‘Spotlight‘, the supporting tracks such as ‘Somebody’s Watching You’ and ‘Boobie Ruby’, this brand new release is assured to be a great instalment into the Crack Of Dawn Back Catalogue.

This will all come from the brains that managed to be the first black group to be signed by a major record label, as they were discovered by Otis Redding’s producers. Along side this, having the achievement of outselling Earth, Wind and Fire.

Guitarist Carl Harvey, Rupert Harvey, Alexis Baro; keyboardist Bela Hayman; drummer Carl Otway, bassist Charles Sinclair all mixed with the soulful voice of Michael Dunston are all set for the musical journey ahead.

Be sure to check them out.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoNzxEP5sJc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrackofDawnBand/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crackofdawnofficial/?hl=en
Website: https://www.crackofdawn.ca/

 

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Lawrence Preston has da funk!

Lawrence Preston already feels like it should be a name in the should music world that everyone knows as well as Marvin Gaye and or Curtis Mayfield.  Lawrence’s new single ‘Something For You’ has the style of a soul classic, the hook any good song needs and showcases Lawrence’s musical prowess all without having to try!

Right from the start of the track you get that ‘UMPH’, a wave of glorious funk, makes you nod your head, as if you are driving down the freeway with the roof down, wearing your ray-bans… Barry white eat your heart out. Whilst it feels like a soul Classic, the underlying electronic drum sounds also give it a fresh, modern hip-hop twist.

Its plain to see what a talent Lawrence Preston is, someone who has homed their craft with magnificent attention to detail. He deserves your time.

Watch the video for ‘Something For You’ below!

https://www.vevo.com/watch/lawrence-preston/something-for-you/TIVEV1725150

Flawless, Spiritual Soul from Musical Genie-us, Adonis

As you might expect from an artist sharing the name with that of a Greek God, Adonis is no ordinary musician.

“My Different Lover” is the first single from his eagerly awaited album, “The Genies’ Out the Bottle” and perfectly showcases Adonis’ spiritual, positive philosophy and musical skills. In an industry that increasingly relies on scandal and salaciousness, “My Different Lover” focuses on the spiritual love between two people, rather than lust.

Taking influences classic Motown and soul and r&b from both 70s and 80s, the exhilarating production is enlivened by Adonis’ bass playing and multi-layered keyboards and vocals, giving a contemporary feel whilst still openly celebrating his influences.

Pre-order on I-Tunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/my-different-lover-single/id1287236160

Listen to “My Different Lover” here: https://www.reverbnation.com/adonis83

 

Afro-pop rising star Wiyaala brings ‘Peace’ to the world and new self-titled album Wiyaala

She’s the only woman in the world singing in Sissala – and she will mesmerize you

CNN Africa

Wiyaala is a feisty young woman from northern Ghana, bursting with attitude and drive

BBC News – World – Africa

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Set to play WOMAD this year, multi-award winning Afro-pop songstress Wiyaala has come a long way since her humble background growing up in the small Ghanaian village of Funsi.

The last few years have seen Wiyaala rise from rags to riches. Now on the cusp of becoming a worldwide star, the singer hopes to inspire others by spreading her message of love and peace, whilst also raising awareness of the injustices still taking place to this day in third-world countries all over the world.

Her new self-titled album Wiyaala has already received nationwide success in Ghana. She now hopes to establish a global audience.

Stream the single ‘Peace’ from the album here on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/wiyaala/peace

The record is a selection of vibrant Afro-pop anthems sung largely in Sissala, but with a poppy catchiness inspired by Western Culture.

As the singer explains: ‘My album is the product of my environment as a young girl growing up in a West African Village at a time when the influences of Western TV and video first impacted on the African villager …You are hearing my African heritage fusing with the sounds and techniques of western production.’

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Wiyaala rose to recognition after coming first place in a 2012 Vodafone Icons reality show as part of the group Black n Peach, a year earlier emerging as the second runner-up in Ghana’s Stars of the Future talent show. She has become famous despite little radio airplay, rejecting the music industry’s ruthless commercialist side and becoming famous as a result of her live performances and what she stands for. Grace Jones, Tina Turner and Angelique Kidjo are artists that she is sometimes compared to.

Often referred to as the ‘Young Lioness of Africa’, she has become renowned for her activism, working to abolish child marriage and abuse in her home continent  as well as campaigning for women’s right to education – freedoms that we take for granted here in the Western world.

Her fierce ideals are a result of her impoverished upbringing and being a first-hand witness to social injustice. ‘At school, I have seen young teenage girls pulled out of the classroom to be married off. The next time you see them they are pregnant and selling pepper in the market… When I was small, we were often hungry. Sometimes we would catch a mouse, roast it and share it amongst 3 or 4 children.’

She is currently working on projects with The Ministry of Gender and Child Protection and UNICEF in Ghana.

Stream the single ‘Timbanayi’ from the album here on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/wiyaala/tinambanyi-here-we-come

Watch the video for ‘Leno’ from the album here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFoRw-gPH6Q

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/wiyaala

https://soundcloud.com/wiyaala

https://twitter.com/Wiyaala

http://wiyaala.com/

Shiny new soul/trap from Kaytranada and Anderson. Paak

Electronic producer Kaytranada has teamed up with soul singer/rapper Anderson. Paak resulting in this insane track. Rapping in a unique lazy flow, Paak’s chilled tone perfectly matches the trippy trap laid down by Kaytranada. This is followed by a glorious beat change at the three minute mark, Paak exchanging spitting for soulful singing over some shimmering keys. The duo are sounding deadly here.

‘Glowed Up’ is set to appear on Kaytranada’s upcoming album 99.9%.

Upbeat and inspirational new electro-pop single ‘Step by Step’ by Challan Carmichael

Up-and-coming UK singer, Challan Carmichael, delivers this new feel good single ‘Step by Step’ out June 3rd. Sporting a fantastic hook and a bubbly electropop beat, the track has all the ingredients of a catchy pop song, made all the more engaging by its positive and life-affirming lyrics. Challan Carmichael is Fresh, Original and Inspiring.

Listen to the track here: https://soundcloud.com/challancarmichael/step-by-step-challan-carmichael

I love good wholesome music and am very aware of how music can help you to motivate and uplift,’ explains the singer.  ‘In the current climate with so much negativity in the world it is very easy to be bombarded with negative images and messages continuously. Sometimes it is good to focus on the positive side and also positive messages so that we can remember it is not all doom and gloom.

A devout Christian, Challan invited 10 local children from his church to sing on the track’s chorus. Ideals of humanity and philanthropy play a major part in his lyrics, themes that are applicable not just to his own faith but to people from all walks of life.

Challan takes influence from artists such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston and Billy Ocean. As well as singing, he has long had a keen interest in dance, self-teaching himself as a child from watching Michael Jackson videos and streetdance. In 1988, he was lucky enough to get front row tickets to King of Pop’s BAD concert, a surprise gift from his au-pair.

Unafraid to challenge himself, Challan joined the Territorial army in his twenties, having a desire to push himself both physically and mentally. Around the same time he also got involved with artist tour management.

Having worked behind the scenes in the music industry for many years supporting artists such as KC Da Rookee and Ben from Phats and Smalls, Challan is now ready to carve a music career of his own.

The artist has worked with multiple producers including notable names such as Blaze Billions, Paul Nza, Lars Mellow and Klimper Boy. He is currently performing at schools across the UK as part of his Step by Step UK nationwide Schools Tour.

The Nottingham Post has described him as ‘Nottingham’s next MC Hammer’.

An album has been recorded in Germany and will be out soon.

Pre-order now: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/step-by-step-single/id1093444648?ls=1

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/challancarmichael

https://www.facebook.com/challancarmichaelmusic/

https://twitter.com/ChallanC

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCexVQanNA09bzBSj6P4T9ig

https://www.instagram.com/challancarmichael/

www.challancarmichael.co.uk