Song of the Day: Sweet Maybe – D’Ambrosia

D’AMBROSIA‘s upbeat single ‘Sweet Maybe, ‘ chronicles love in limbo.

“‘Sweet Maybe’ is meant to convey the experience of a reluctance to commit, in our current culture of dating apps, casual hook-ups and on-again off-again relationships,” said vocalist Kim D’Ambrogi (she/her). “This song is from the perspective of the recipient of that ‘sweet maybe,’ with the tenuous balance between the hope and frustration of what that word represents. It can be enough to keep us holding on but not enough to feel fulfilled.”

Sporting a rocky edge with a tongue-and-cheek, yet vulnerable narrative, the single alludes to the experience of floating between a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ by that fateful little hook of a word, ‘Maybe.’ Have a listen to ‘Sweet Maybe’ below…

Song of the Day: 1NE People – Monie Love (ft. Nana Fofie)

MONIE LOVE has been a pioneer for British Hip Hop in the late eighties and nineties who uses the hip-hop platform to drive the message of love, unity and equality. She joined forces with fellow females emcees such as Queen Latifah, for pro-feminist song ‘Ladies First’, proving that women (who were mainly invisible in Hip Hop at that time) can rap just as well as men can.

After impressive guest performances on songs by De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers and Adeva, Monie was given a recording contract with Warner Bros, an impressive achievement for a British female rapper. Her debut album ‘Down to Earth’ featured two hit singles that were Grammy nominated – ‘Monie in the Middle’ and ‘It’s a Shame (My Sister)’.

With all the achievements she made over the years, there’s no dispute that Monie Love is one of the rap artists who paved the way for female rappers of today. Now almost 30 years later, she returns, still spreading the message of love, unity and equality in latest single ‘1NE People.’

Sporting a unique blend of reggae, hip-hop and R&B, ‘1NE Peope’ sees Monie Love dig deep into her West Indian roots and performs a melodic, reggae chant in Jamaican patois, inspired by the heartfelt mantra by Marcus Garvey – “Out of Many, One People”.

For this single – produced by up and coming music producer/engineer Roctimus Prime and legendary Grammy Nominated hip-hop producer, Baby Paul/BpZy (formerly of Da Beatminerz) – Monie enlists upcoming Ghanaian singer/songwriter Nana Fofie, who just recently signed to Nicki Minage’s new record label. Currently residing in Rotterdam, Nona Fofie drops an infectious verse, delivered in English and French, making it the perfect addition to Monie’s vocals offering a substantial and inspirational tone.

Monie Love recently guest appeared at the curated De la Soul career catalog launch and Plug 2 Tribute event which was held at Webster Hall in NYC. She performed an impromptu segment of the classic song ‘Ladies First’ with Queen Latifah, along with sharing her exuberant energy while on the stage with De La Soul as they ran through a few of their classic songs.

She now working on her new music project, #LoveStruck which is executively produced by Baby Paul/BpZy formerly of “Da Beatminerz” with pending collaborations from a few legends and new talent to watch out for. Look for’ Monie project, but for now, listen to ‘1NE People’, which is out now available across various music platforms

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Success as a Creative: Tips for Becoming Known in Your Niche

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Making it as an artist or creative in the modern world can seem daunting. Let’s be honest, it can feel impossible! With so many people creating and sharing their work, how can you possibly stand out? While there’s no magic formula for success, there are plenty of tried-and-true methods for getting yourself and your work discovered. Today, New Lease Music shares some of the most effective ways to build an artistic career in today’s competitive landscape!

Online Presence Matters

The Internet has revolutionised how creatives share their work. Having an online presence is crucial when it comes to getting discovered, and that includes social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter, streaming services such as SoundCloud and Spotify, and everything in between. You’ll also need to set up a website or blog that showcases your work and helps you connect with potential customers or fans.

Networking Is Key

In addition to maintaining an online presence, networking is essential for getting noticed in the creative world. Start reaching out to other creators in your field who have already achieved success, and ask them for honest advice and feedback on your work. Also, attend local events where you can network with potential collaborators or clients; you never know who might be interested in what you have to offer.

Collaborations Are Your Friend

Collaborating with other artists on projects or combining forces on larger works allows both parties involved to benefit from increased visibility and exposure. That includes people from each other’s fan base and new audiences! As a bonus, these projects often involve mutual inspiration, leading to even more creative ideas down the line!

You Need a Legal Structure

If you have a creative passion that you would like to turn into a business, you’ll need to spend some time researching the different business structures available. Each one has its own pros and cons, so you’ll need to decide which one is the best fit for your situation. You might want to get some opinions from others in your field, as well.

Contracts Are Crucial

As a creative, it’s essential to create contacts for your clients that provide protection and clarify expectations. Contracts are the foundation of any project and help to clearly define the scope of work, payment schedules, deadlines, rights, and more. There are also tools you can use to stay organised and make the process of combining PDF files much easier. Having a contract in place not only creates a professional relationship between you and your client but also provides you with legal protection should anything go wrong. It’s also a good idea to consult a lawyer before signing any documents to ensure all parties’ rights are covered.

Your Craft Is Your Greatest Asset

The quality of your work is critical to building a name for yourself. People are more likely to recommend you for jobs and other opportunities if you consistently produce top-notch, unique work.

You’ll also want to focus on creating content that resonates with your audience and makes them want to keep coming back for more. Quality content speaks volumes and helps build trust with potential clients and customers who are looking for the best of the best!


Getting discovered for your creative work isn’t easy, but anyone can accomplish it with enough dedication and hard work! Build an online presence, network with fellow creatives in your field, convert your art into a business, and ensure all your projects have contracts. Along the way, focus on improving your craft and maintaining the highest quality of work possible. You’ll start making strides toward your goals in no time!

New Lease Music is a great place for unsigned and independent musical artists to go and be heard! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us at

Song of the Day: Cold – Danelle Sandoval

Following her breakout debut version of ‘Tuesday’ with ILoveMakonnen ft. Drake, Filipino-American R&B/pop songstress DANELLE SANDOVAL circles back and shares single ‘Cold’ which is her most vulnerable to date.

She confides, “I’ve always been curious about how relationships can just flip a switch and how intimacy can be so difficult for everyone, when most of us just wanna feel close to each other. I’ve definitely been on both sides of a relationship where I was either the one being cold or my partner was. This song represents the latter.”

Cold entices with seductive soul-drenched vocals, mood enhancing R&B landscapes, and intimate reflections of love and loss.

After posting a YouTube cover of ‘Tuesday’ by ILoveMakonnen ft. Drake, the song was remixed and went on to receive platinum awards worldwide while reaching the number one spot in over 70 countries on iTunes and Shazam. The viral hit has amassed over one billion streams online. Following the global success of ‘Tuesday’ Danelle has performed on national television in Germany, has written for other artists including Paris Hilton, and has focused on releasing original music.

With more music to be released in 2023, Danelle has refined her sound to represent the places and genres that have inspired her and her creativity the most, from Toronto’s out-of-the-box production and NYC’s jazz influences to LA’s R&B/pop scene. Have a listen to ‘Cold’ below…

Layna Lae Takes Us To The Weekend With ‘Throw It All Away’.

Like with so many others championing mental wellness—music has always been therapy for DMV-based Urban Pop Artist LAYNA LAE. Her brand new single titled ‘Throw It All Away’ delivers a “mental pick me up” with big feel good energy!

If a picture could speak a thousand words—the cover art for ‘Throw It All Away’ says it all. The image is an illustration of Layna Lae sitting on the side of a water fountain with the words “pain and fear” and fearful expressions dissolving in the water behind her; and the rainbow coloured water shooting out of the fountains definitely give the vibes of a brighter tomorrow.

With anxiety disorders being one of the most common mental health concerns in the United States (approximately 19.86% adults and 7% children ages 3-17)— Layna Lae is more relatable than ever as she conveys a powerful uplifting message through her own personal experiences battling lifelong fears and painful pessimistic-induced regrets.

Since Lae’s 2019 debut of her self-titled single ‘LAYNA LAE’— Layna Lae has created a new wave of her own with her ambiguous topics on lesbian relationships and nonchalant style of delivery. On a mission to make it, Layna Lae has since been nominated for various awards and performed live for the late WPGC 95.5 radio host DJ Tony Redz, Hot 97’s DJ Drewski, & Love and Hip- Hop’s reality star/rapper Trina. From her diverse ability to sing and rap, which Lae delivered in her 2022 emotionally-drenched heartfelt tribute titled ‘1949’— released after the passing of her grandfather. She followed up with a blend of pop and hip-hop melodies with her catchy and almost animated brand new single, ‘Copycat’.

Layna Lae continues to show the world a new layer of herself that can be much desired…have a listen to her euphoric single below…