Song of the Day: Linger – Fred Lessore

London-based songwriter and musician FRED LESSORE – of Anglo – French and Malagasy descent – has released his stunning record ‘Linger’.

‘Linger’ is written from the perspective of a woman facing doubt. Produced by Pete Boxsta Martin (James Arthur, Jessie J), the stirring ballad pulls on the shadows of a past love, confronting the burning question many of us have to ask ourselves: Am I ready to try again?

Speaking on the release Fred says “It took me less than 20 minutes to write and record the demo for ‘Linger’. It was easy to pull inspiration from the strong women in my family; I’ve seen each of them carry their battle scars with grace, dignity and acceptance. At the crossroads of love and loss, ‘Linger’ is a drop in the ocean of what it might take to build a strong woman, and I only hope that I’ve done them justice.”

Whilst recording new music, Fred has been emerging through London’s live circuit, including bookings at Proud Camden & Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

Have a Listen to ‘Linger’ below…

Song of the Day: No Limit – Hannah V (ft. Shystie and Pepper Rose)

Celebrating boldness and individuality, ‘No Limit’ is a 6-track testament to the fearless and their pursuit to break barriers, and with the lead single of the same name featuring UK Rap great Shystie, the power combination can’t help but set the unstoppable tone of this EP.

The lyric video is representative of the feminine strength on this record. Pastel hues delicately swirl into a watercolour backdrop as the bold, courageous lyrics stand with power on the screen

Having written, produced and played for artists including Stormzy, Rihanna, Jessie J and scoring a Top 10 album in JP Cooper’s ‘Raised Under Grey Skies’, HANNAH V is a music pioneer. Her determination and desire to always navigate to success irrespective of gender, ethnicity or class has remained her driving force and within her latest release, it is exactly that which she captures.

Rooted in friendship, the music is a by-product of teamwork, fierce resolution and the talent within her circle. Premiered by DJ Target at 1Xtra, lead single ‘No Limit’ features Shystie and Pepper Rose and is anthemic in its charm with a valiant hook and the infectious, quick firing delivery of rap. Within the other 5 records that make up the EP, Misha B, Cherri V, Ama Schreyer, Nicky Brown and Mike Ellison join HANNAH V on the journey and it’s packed to the brim with soul, depth, meaning and instrumental heaven. Think of it as a road trip, with all of your friends and different discussions happening along the way, emotions pouring out at varied pace, some getting soulful and deep whilst ten minutes later you’re all singing together with the windows down. Hannah V captures it perfectly on this EP, only on this trip, there’s ‘No Limit’ as to where the road will take you and how fast you need to go, just as long as you continue to break down barriers and keep it moving….

Check out the bold and beautiful lyric video for ‘No Limit’ below…

New Music Video: Queen – Jessie J

After months of fueling excitement and anticipation, JESSIE J unveils an epic four-part rollout for her anxiously awaited fourth full-length release R.O.S.E. [LAVA/Republic Records]. The schedule is as follows: R.O.S.E. (Realisations) out May 22, R.O.S.E (Obsessions) out May 23, R.O.S.E. ( Sex) out May 24, and R.O.S.E. (Empowerment) out May 25.

Additionally, she shares a poignant, inspiring, and powerful music video for her latest single “Queen.” On the track, her delivery practically chills, stretching from vulnerable verses into a seismic refrain befitting of its crucial message. The empowering lyrics, “I love my body, I love my skin, I am a goddess, I am a queen,” come to life on-screen in the video.

The QUEEN video celebrates a series of all women from multicultural backgrounds, including Lizzie Velásquez star of the powerful documentary A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velásquez Story and Fullscreen’s Unzipped. It’s JESSIE J’s rawest and realist statement to date.

JESSIE J first heralded R.O.S.E. with the single ‘Think About That,’ singing an honest lyric giving her heartbeats an insight into her new feel and sound. Followed by the release of ‘Not My Ex’ which has already reached seven million Spotify streams and 20 million YouTube/VEVO views. In addition to working on the anticipated release, JESSIE J also launched a sold out headline tour of intimate venues worldwide, and contributed ‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’ to the Fifty Shades Freed Original Motion Picture soundtrack.

Recently she had tremendous success in China, joining the TV show SINGER – a singing competition where she performed each week in front of a television audience of 250 million with a grand finale viewership of one billion. Not only was JESSIE J the first international artist to ever compete alongside the biggest artists in Asia, but also the first to ever win.

Check out this stunning single…

New Track: Space – Phebe Edwards (ft. Cameron Bloomfield)

PHEBE EDWARDS graces her presence on NEW LEASE MUSIC with her latest single entitled ‘Space’.

Laced with a feather-light combo of chillwave and R&B, the track showcases this London-based singer/songwriter’s well poised and soulful instrument, yearning for freedom from a trapped relationship.

This songstress is firm fixture in the music scene who has performed and toured with heavyweights including Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, James Brown, Adele, Jessie J, Donna Summer and Rita Ora, She was also featured on Craig David’s track ‘Focus’ from his latest album ‘The time is now’ which went straight to number 1 on Spotifys ‘New music friday’

As a solo act, Phebe scored some success with debut single ‘Say Suttn’ charted at number 14 in the iTunes R&B chart within hours of its release. To date her most current releases and tour support for renowned artists Gabrielle, Sam Bailey and Louisa Johnson have pushed her fan base to over 12k.

With comparisons to Mary J Blige, Fantasia Barrino and Aretha Franklin plus praises from Jessie J, Gabrielle and the legendary James Brown – hailing her ‘A beautiful lady’ – you know you’re in great company here…so don’t leave this post until you listen to ‘Space.’

If you like what you hear and you’re in the London area, why not show your support and see Phebe perform at Jazz Cafe on 8th May, where she’ll be opening for Gabrielle’s new album launch.

‘Space’ is out now all major digital download sites, including iTunesApple Music and Amazon

New Track: Swimming – Cherri V (ft. Roxxxan)

After closing out last year with two stellar stripped live visuals of her 2017 singles ‘Without You’ and ‘Leave Me Be’, an acclaimed performance at the pre-MOBO Award Show, and strong support from BBC 1Xtra, Capital Xtra, The Beat London, The 405, Clash Music and Earmilk, among others,  CHERRI V begins the new year with her brand new single ‘Swimming’, featuring Birmingham rapper RoxXxan, premiered exclusively by DJ Target on BBC 1Xtra.

With the release of ‘Swimming’, the British Soul songstress is drawing even closer to the release of her highly anticipated Brown Eyed Soul project. Alongside previously released collaborations with Harmony Samuel (Ariane Grande, Chris Brown, Fifth Harmony), and Hypertone (Snakehips, Jessie J, Alesha Dixon), fans and critics can expect new music with the likes of Da Beatfreakz (Chris Brown, Nadia Rose, Sean Paul), and Fanatix (Giggs, Chip, Fekky, Stefflon Don), among others.

Produced by XVR BLCK, who has previously worked with SNE, Bobii Lewis, Basheba, Lylo Gold and Kojey Radical, to mention a few, ‘Swimming’ sees CHERRI V pushing the envelope musically, as she adds something new to her repertoire, with this experimental R&B musical backdrop, backed by synth piano arrangements and underpinned by Cherri’s amazing vocal performance and delivery, with RoxXxan providing the perfect guest rap verse to complement the record.

Speaking about the inspiration for ‘Swimming’, CHERRI V says, “It’s about attraction, it’s about those daydreams you have about that special person. It’s about them persistently roaming around in your thoughts… way beyond your control… slightly obsessive lol. It’s about wanting to be alone, away from the noise, prying eyes and social media – just two people getting lost in each other’s company”.

Check it out…