Song of the Day: Hysteria – Karine Hannah

The Queen of Pop cover songs, KARINE HANNAH puts her spin on Def Leppard’s hit, ‘Hysteria’.

Karine’s cover of Def Leppard’s title track from their 1987 album ‘Hysteria’, is classic and ethereal. The instrumentals give us an out-of-world experience with a mix of floating sub-bass, a higher-pitched repetitive piano riff, and reverberative piano chords. This hypnotic feeling complements the lyrics making it true “magical mysteria”.

Karine Hannah has managed to find much success in the pop music realm. She has received many accolades throughout her music career. At the age of sixteen, her performance on a Canadian television show caught the eye of none other than Celine Dion. The world-renowned diva then went on to ask Karine to perform at her wedding.

So you’re definitely in good company here…have a listen to Karine stunning single below…

Raphael Tate Gives A Touching Tribute To His Mother With Stunning Single, ‘Lord I Need You Near’

Following on from the release of single, ‘Share My Life’, produced by Jermaine Forde (the son of Brinsley Forde from the legendary reggae group Aswad), RAPHAEL TATE makes a quick return with single, ‘Lord I Need You Near.’

Dedicated to Raphael’s mother, Patricia Ann Tate (1953-2020), ‘Lord I Need You Near’ is the first single that Raphael entirely composed and produced – from arranging the strings to performing the backing vocals. To be a conductor and composer has always been Raphael’s lifelong dream – and what better way to fulfil a dream by paying a tribute to a loved-one.

The stunning ballad features a stellar line-up who adds the final touches to the production. Award-winning jazz harpist JeffMajors, who collaborated with Raphael for 2021 single, ‘Everything Must Change’, provides the spine-tingling magic right from the beginning of the emotive piece.

Acclaimed bassist Mark A Walker adds a pleasing full-bodied tone to the heavenly arrangements. Mark has worked with the likes of Will Downing, Queen of Contemporary Gospel Music, Yolanda Adams and multi award-winning Gospel artist, Richard Smallwood who had a hit with single, ‘Total Praise.’

‘Lord I Need You Near’ was further brought to life by Ukraine’s Kaska Records Orchestra who provides breathtakingly stunning live instrumentation, a perfect platform for the UK-based singer/songwriter to showcase his powerhouse vocals, pleading for comfort from the loss of his mother. This single also serves as a soothing ode for everyone who lost a loved one, particularly during the pandemic.

Starting out as a Billboard chart-topping artist, peaking at number 25 on the American Dance Club with 2017 single, ‘ With Every Beat Of My Heart’, Raphael ventured out as an independent artist, creating his own label, Tate Love Production. His soulful vocal performance quickly earned him the title, ‘Prince Of Soul’ by his ever growing fanbase through tracks, ‘A Fool In Love’ and ‘Everyday Is Mother’s Day’, ‘Can You Feel It’ and ‘Blessed’, named Track of the Week by Premiere Gospel.

BBC London/Seani B-approved single ‘A Fool In Love’ and Reprezent FM featured single ‘Everyday Is Mother’s Day’ are also touching tributes to his late mother. ‘I Need You Near’ is the perfect tribute carry on the treasured memories of the biggest role model in his life.

Taking from the forthcoming EP Patricia Ann Tate Creations (release date to be announced) ‘Lord I Need You Near’ was released on Friday (13th May) on various music platforms. The release date marks the second anniversary of Raphael’s mother passing. Have a peep at the offcial video single below. You can also stream ‘Lord I Need You Near’ here.

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Song of the Day: Dreaming Awake – Asher Laub

One of my new year’s resolutions for 2022 is to include a more eclectic collection of music on the blog…but I’ve decided to bring that resolution forward after listening to cutting-edge violinist ASHER LAUB’s single, ‘Dreaming Awake.’

The single showcases the very reason why Asher has generated way over 1.2 million streams across various platforms. The pop/dance backdrop serves as the perfect stage for Asher to create an instantly euphoric feeling with his fleeting fiddle.

Released on October 14, this original song suggests a different way of looking at the world. It is also accompanied by a great music video now available on YouTube – https://youtu.be/voexbyDw19M

Asher Laub started his musical journey at the very young age of 2. Expert in trans-genre improvisation, his skills have led him to venues like Lincoln Center and Madison Square Garden. He has also been featured on major news sources such as NBC, WABC, and CNN.

‘Dreaming Awake’ is now available across various music platforms…Go on, have a listen!

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 Music Video: Late Bloomer – Yotam Mahler

Later Bloomer

Israeli singer & producer  YOTAM MAHLER has recently unveiled a video to his 90s soul-inspired/orchestral single, Late Bloomer, taken from his debut EP,  What Is Your Art?

The visual for his latest releases is a live performance with a string quartet and Yotam’s band- filmed in his home in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. The 19th century house near the Mediterranean Sea was originally designed for an European ambassador and later owned by a prize-winning Israeli painter. He describes his home as an inspiring place to live. Wall-to-wall paintings and high ceilings; a pastoral Middle Eastern castle in the city,“it feels like stepping into a museum”

It’s time to get those goosebumps going, listen to this stunning affair