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

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New Track: Think About That – Jessie J

JESSIE J shares her new song and music video ‘Think About That.’ The song heralds the upcoming release of her fourth full-length album, R.O.S.E. , arriving in 2018.

‘Think About That’ sees the multi-platinum UK-born BRIT Award-winning songstress unearth a rarely seen and heard side of herself. The stark and minimal production from DJ Camper [Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey] gives way to intensely personal lyrics and a raw, soulful performance. “I didn’t want to write any new songs.” JESSIE J explains, “Camper said “Ok” then before he left the room, he put the beat for ‘Think About That’ on a loop. The lyric and melody just starting falling out of me, and 15 minutes later when he returned I had a song. He laughed and said “see””

JESSIE J also announced ‘R.O.S.E’.—an acronym for “Realizations, Obsessions, Sex, and Empowerment”—via a video detailing her struggles and journey to this body of work without pulling any punches. ‘R.O.S.E’. represents a bold evolution for the artist as she shares personal stories over the course of the tracklisting.

In addition, JESSIE J has revealed her upcoming tour schedule of intimate rooms, beginning in the UK on October 8 at Birmingham Institute, followed by Manchester Albert Hall on October 9 and London’s KOKO on October 11 with further dates plotted across Europe and the US through October 28 at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA. Tickets will be available to public Wednesday, September 20th at 10am local venue time. Check out the full itinerary below:

International & U.S.Tour Dates:

10/8 Birmingham, UK Birmingham Institute

10/9 Manchester, UK Manchester Albert Hall

10/11 London, UK KOKO

10/14 Cologne, GR Live Music Hall

10/16 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso

10/17 Berlin, GR Huxleys Neue Welt

10/23 Toronto, ON Mod Club

10/24 New York, NY La Poisson Rouge

10/25 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge

10/27 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour

10/28 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall.

New Track: Touch Me – Maad (ft. Ro James)

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NYC based singer-songwriter, DJ and model MAAD continues her unstoppable rise on the music scene with the release of her new track ‘Touch Me’ featuring the Grammy nominated soul artist Ro James. The track is the follow-up to ‘90s Love’ – which was released towards the end of 2016 and has amassed over 100,000 streams – and will feature on her highly anticipated debut EP, ‘Le Funk’.

Written by MAAD and Ro James and produced by her regular collaborators TheVAMP, the breathtaking and sensual cut evokes epic soul and funk slow jam classics, showcasing MAAD’s stunning vocal, versatility and outstanding songwriting talent.

Up-and-coming alternative R&B and soul singer Ro James saw his star rapidly rise in 2016. The Stuttgart born and New York raised performer is best known for his single ‘Permission’ which reached the Top 40 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, has been nominated for a Grammy for ‘Best R&B Performance’ alongside the likes of Rihanna, Solange and BJ The Chicago Kid and was praised by Rolling Stone where his debut album ‘Eldorado’ was named one of the ‘Best R&B Albums of 2016’. Also nominated for a 2017 NAACP Image Award for ‘Outstanding New Artist’, this week he starts his first headline US tour which follows his opening slot for Mary J Blige and Maxwell on their ‘King and Queen of Hearts Tour’.

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Having spent recent years modeling for top publications and brands such as ELLE, NYLON, Seventeen and Anastasia Beverley Hills, along with songwriting alongside the likes of Claude Kelly (Britney Spears, Jason Derulo), TheVamp (Ne-Yo) and Jonas Jeberg (Nicki Minaj, Demi Lovato) and collaborating with internationally renowned rap artist A$AP Ferg, MAAD has firmly set her sights on the spotlight with her blossoming solo career – and with outlets from Noisey, Earmilk and The 405 to Wonderland and MTV already tipping her for big things she is set to truly make an impact in the lane she is steadily carving for herself.

With MAAD’s debut EP ‘Lé Funk’ due for release soon and more new music and visuals to follow throughout 2017, MAAD is on a one-woman mission to bring throwback funk and soul influenced sounds back to the forefront of the music scene.

New Track! Don’t Be Shy – Kane

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As a preview to his debut album, KANE releases his silky smooth offering, Don’t Be Shy.

Oozing with soul and the makings of a sweet R&B slow jam, the British R&B singer showcases weak-at-the-knees vocal over a beat laden with classic guitar riffs and snares, with a more contemporary deep bass backline shining through that perfectly holds each aspect of the track together.

With an equally impressive video in the pipeline, KANE makes his mark with depth and quality to his work. The video, shot in his hometown of Tottenham in London, gives a sincere perspective of the singer and the song itself as the luscious, sweet vocal collides with the raw, inner-city visual surroundings. The result is that of authenticity and somehow gives a new edge to the record that you might have missed on listening.

He may only be in the early stages of his career but this upcomer already has quite a story that has propelled him to his current place in music. At the age of 17, he released his debut E.P Dreams, which resulted in him working with acclaimed songwriter Sam Hook (Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Mary J Blige) and releasing Turn It Up featuring Sneakbo. He then went on to perform at DJ Cameo’s Summer Love festival in Cyprus alongside Tinie Tempah before returning to the UK and performing with the likes of J Spades and U.S songstress, Ashanti, at the IndigO2.

Set to have a big impact on the music scene over the coming years, this cute face lays down some strong foundations for what is to come –  have a listen to Don’t Be Shy.

Interview with: Jai Love

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She poured all of her emotions through her debut offerings, L.O.V.E – and it paid off !!! The five track production is one of the most popular albums here on NEW LEASE MUSIC, earning this R&B/hip-hop songstress a place in the interview seat. I think it’s high time we get to know her…

NLM: You released your debut EP L.O.V.E (Letters Of Various Emotions) earlier this year. Describe the story behind the project?

Jai Love: My story behind my EP L.O.V.E is everything I have experience in life. From being hurt in a relationship to grinding for my family. It’s just the story of my life.

NLM: What’s the reception on the mixtape since its release?

Jai Love: Oh my gosh! Everyone loves it. I honestly did not think I would receive so much love from it but I did.

NLM: What’s your favorite track on the EP and why?

Jai Love: My favorite track would have to be Love because it’s something I am actively dealing with. For many years I have been hurt, lied to, cheated on, mislead, and used, so for those reasons I almost gave up on relationships. Holding in too many emotions really just keeps you down. I am a very private person, therefore, only speaking with close friends and family about my struggles with love but when I finally wrote that song I absolutely felt a sense of release. I understand now that it takes a lot of patience to love and because of that I’m at a peaceful place in my life, I realize that it will eventually come.

 

NLM: Let’s take a look into your early life…what did you do before getting involved in the music industry?

Jai Love: My early life was normal, I attended school while working a 40hr 9 to 5 job but I can never say I wasn’t doing music. Because even with everything I had going, I was still writing and recording it just took years for someone to recognize my talent and start acknowledging me as an artist.

NLM: At what point did you want to become a hip-hop/RnB artist?

Jai Love: The first time I stepped into a booth, which was in the early 2000s. I was always singing though, my parents were gospel singers and growing up I use to attend their programs and rehearsals. So singing was always a part of me, I just didn’t take it serious until my first studio experience. Shout out to my brother Lil Ced who also produced my song Love.

NLM: Who are your musical or non-musical influences?

Jai Love: I am blessed to have been born into a musically inclined family. My family was my first influence but as I got older I started meeting people such as DJs, producers, and other artists who all gave me advice about the industry. I mean, of course, I grew up listening to Mary J., Brandy, Monica, and Whitney Houston who motivated me as an artist but as for credit, it goes to those I actually sat down with, people who took the time to inform me on my dos and don’ts in the industry, and my number one influence, my beautiful mother.

NLM: Would you compare your sound to these musical influences?
Jai Love: Honestly, yeah to a certain degree I would and I love their music but I am my own individual so I like to be as original as I possibly can. I enjoy stepping out the box to be different.

NLM:  How would you describe your music to potential fans?

Jai Love: My music is me and life situations I have experienced. I try so hard to send positive messages while sharing my life story. I write my own music for a reason and in doing so I gain the respect from others who have been through that exact situation.

NLM: If you were to collaborate with a chart-topping artist of today, who would it be?

Jai Love: If I had the opportunity to collaborate with anyone, it would be Nicki Minaj and J Cole. Someone I have been listening to lately who isn’t chart-topping just yet would Tink. I have actually been listening to her music for years and I salute her for not giving up. Now that’s someone I would love to work with because our mind frame is very similar. We both think positive and try to give positive messages.

 

NLM: What are your plans for 2015 and beyond? Do you have any upcoming gigs? When can we expect another project (s) from you?

Jai Love: As for the remainder of 2015 I’m just finishing up projects such  as the movie “The Last Disciple0″s directed by Jurian Isabelle, Promoting my EP L.O.V.E (Letters of Various Emotions) and working on visuals. As for any gigs I don’t have any lined up right now and im working on my album but I set the release date back due to the shooting of the movie. Keep an eye on my social medias to keep up with Jai and my next moves lol!

NLM: How can potential fans reach you?
Jai Love: I can be reached on Instagram and Twitter @love_always_jai. Facebook .com/jailove0818. My EP can be downloaded at jailove.bandcamp.com. For booking contact my manager Chenequa Farrar at chenequah@gmail.com or jailovebooking@gmail.com.