New Track: Pieces – The Hamiltones

Grammy-nominated viral sensation  THE HAMILTONES are set to release their ‘Watch The Ton3s’ EP next month via Rapper Big Pooh’s Common Cents Media Group /Dame Inc./EMPIRE. First up from the project, is the irresistably smooth afterhours single, ‘Pieces’,  available now on all streaming platforms.

Hailing from North Carolina, THE HAMILTONES consist of J. Vito, Tony Lelo, and 2E. The soul trio’s name was born from their work as backup vocalists for Grammy-winning R&B/Soul artist Anthony Hamilton. While on tour with Hamilton, dazzling audiences around the world, the trio of singers jokingly sang a gospel rendition of Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ during rehearsal. The recorded footage of their performance was then uploaded to Facebook and amassed over one million views in just under 24 hours. The group went on to make more renditions of popular songs, all of which became internet sensations.

Last year, their ‘What I’m Feelin’ collaboration with Anthony Hamilton earned them their first Grammy nomination. That same year, THE HAMILTONES hit the road again with Hamilton, headlined their own dates, and embarked on an international tour with legendary guitarist Ry Cooder. The guys were also featured on three Grammy nominated projects, including PJ Morton’s Gumbo (‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’); Jonathan McReynold’s ‘Make Room’, and the winner in the 2019 Best Gospel Album category, Tori Kelly’s ‘Hiding Place’.

THE HAMILTONES are now set to embolden their transition to the forefront with their debut project ‘Watch The Ton3s’, coming out 7th June….get the first taste of the EP and watch the video for ‘Pieces’ below:

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New Track: Stranger – Dani Darling

Following her debut feature on NEW LEASE MUSIC with music video for single, ‘2:22’ – which was named Music Video of the Month in February (see Instagram post here) –  DANI DARLING (aka Soul Galaxy Girl) makes a graceful return with her haunting yet angelic new single, ‘Stranger,’ the first release from her forthcoming EP, ‘Nocturne.’

Speaking of her latest effort, the Michigan lo-fi soul songbird said: ” ‘Stranger’ was initially the start of a jazzy musical I planned to write with a friend. The idea was to create a modern version of a jazz standard like Cole Porter or Gershwin; something Nat King Cole would sing. It started with exploring the concept of growing apart from someone you were once very close to and ‘Stranger’ was the first (and only) song I wrote for that project; it kind of took on a life of its own.It was the result of a live recording in one take.”

Released on Friday (26th April), ‘Stranger’ is now available on all digital platforms…this will make a nice start to your Monday; check it out below:

New Track: Left With A Broken Heart – Leah Kate

LEAH KATE‘s latest single, ‘Left With A Broken Heart’ is a self-explanatory urban(ish) pop number, taking a very pessimistic view on love. Featuring brooding melodies and melancholy instrumentation, the single evokes stunningly dark atmospheric pop.

Check it out below:

Song of the Day: Confusion – Lady Shaynah

Following on from the release of ‘Over’, LADY SHAYNAH takes the blog’s hotspot for the first time with stunning single, ‘Confusion’ – taken from her forthcoming ‘Chapter 22’ EP.

The stunningly atmospheric piece is an ode to anybody who has gone through a rough breakup and come out the other side still feeling confused and with a lot of unanswered questions.

Speaking on the release, she says “The relationship was quite perfect. Until… he woke up one day, saying he had a vision of his future wife. He said I didn’t have all the characteristics of said ‘future wife’, but ‘we could work on that’. This felt like a slap in my face. What broke my heart, even more, is that when I gave him the choice of taking me the way I am or leaving, within the blink of an eye, he chose to leave. The more I reflected upon the relationship, the more questions I had and thus ‘Confusion’ was born.”

From the age of five, LADY SHAYNAH – real name  Shanice – was taught to play the piano by her Grandmother and later claimed the title of ‘Music Matters Award Ambassador’ in Rotterdam (2014) and went on to play at the North Sea Jazz Festival (2016) before releasing her first LP ‘Dare’ in 2015.

Now a vocal, songwriting and band coach, LADY SHAYNAH teaches at the ‘Babette Labeij Music Academy’ and ZO! Gospel Choir and is set to release her next EP this year.

Have a listen to ‘Confusion’ below: