Song of the Day: Foreward – Sara Diamond (Brodi)

Lately, NEW LEASE MUSIC have been featuring a steady stream of Canadian artists, dominating the Song of the Day limelight.

Continuing the stream is Montreal-based singer SARA DIAMOND and her latest smooth soulful R&B offering entitled ‘Foreword’. Featuring Brodi, whose baritone instrument adds extra meat to the titillating arrangements, ‘Foreward’ is about overcoming obstacles that once appear so mighty. Sara was inspired to pen this song after bumping into an ex at the gas station after breaking up for over a year.

This one’s definitely a keeper for the collection; check it out NOW:

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Album Review: Konfidence – Kit Rice

Previously featured tracks, ‘Just A Kiss’ and ‘Always Been This Way’ have set a curious tone for KIT RICE‘s brand new album entitled ‘Konfidence’, released on Monday (25th June).

I was very privileged to be invited to Kit’s album release launch party on Monday at London’s  229 The Venue Club and I gotta say this newcomer’s – along with the backing singers – well-poised vocals has compelled me even more to the eight-track collection.

‘Konfidence’ certainly matched the full-on confidence of the live performances I witnessed, by kicking off with a boisterous sound of the UKG scene, before offering up more club filling makeovers of the original R&B/soulful offerings, ‘Always Been This Way’ and ‘Just A Kiss’, with the help of producers Operator S and DJIMON.

The combination of that UKG vibes and smooth R&B offers the perfect balance throughout the album, topped off by the 2017 Voice contestant’s soulful vocal which effortlessly flows between the two genres.

With this pretty neat set, KIT RICE firmly holds onto the title as one of the most exciting and promising artists that the UK has seen in a very long time…

Make sure you check him out below:

Must Listens: Just A Kiss, Always Been This Way (original versions)

Song of the Day: My Soulful Baby – Rachel Marie

‘My Soulful Baby’ is the latest in a series of R&B song releases produced, written and performed by DC singer Yona Marie AKA RACHEL MARIE.

The 27-year-old smooth songbird was previously featured on NEW LEASE MUSIC with tracks, ‘New Habit’, ‘King Status’ and ‘High’, which garnered over 100,000 listeners and 20,000 downloads.

This latest release is a real sultry affair; check it out below and get your copy for FREE via SoundCloud.

Song of the Day: Feel My Vibe – Mercy’s Cartel

21-year-old Bristolian MERCY’S CARTEL latest single, ‘Feel My Vibe’ discusses substance abuse, youth culture and mental health over a smooth refreshing take on soul music.

Speaking of her single, Mercy says “Music gave me a way to speak about important social issues from my own point of view and control my own narrative.”

The track is taken from her debut EP ‘Vibes Cartel’ released last Friday. Combining afrobeat, trap, hip-hop, R&B and neo-soul, the project snapshots the singer-songwriter and producer after her 2017 hospitalization and departure from university after experiencing hate crime.

Mercy is already impacting the industry, having featured on BBC Introducing with her demo ‘Nick of Time’ as well as starting her own student music agency, and being voted third in Bristol, in the Barclay’s & The Tab’s Future 100 Women to Watch 2017.

Check out her single below:

Interview with: RĀI

NEW LEASE MUSIC caught up with singer/songwriter RĀI, to discuss the inspiration behind his new album, ‘Love’s On The Way’, his plans for the rest of the year… plus other bits and bobs! Get to know this talented smooth crooner…and be sure check out the album below:

NLM: Hey, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC. How’s life treating you?

RĀI: Life is really good. I’m very excited about my new album. I’ve getting such great feedback and really happy about it. You hope people will like it but you never really know until it is released so I’m glad people are enjoying it.

NLM: You released your album, ‘Love’s Is On The Way’  What the story behind the release?

RĀI: It really is about love. Love is the central theme of the album. Love at different stages and during different moments in our lives. If you are in love there are things you think about or deal with and when you are sort of waiting for love to come, then there’s a part of you that believes it’s on the way. That’s really the story. I wanted to create something that felt good, that made people feel good and want to love.

NLM: You released you single of the same name ahead of the album. What’s the public’s reception on the production?

RĀI: People seem to really like the song. I like the song but I was pleasantly surprised to see how people have received the song.

NLM: What’s your favourite single from the album and why?

RĀI: My favorite is probably ‘How to Love’. It’s my most personal song on the album. The song is sort of a confession of not really knowing how to love, how to be successful in a relationship. You know many people get in relationships but not many would admit that they don’t always know what they are doing and even fewer would actually ask someone to teach them how to love. I wrote and arranged the vocals for that song so another reason why it’s probably my favorite.

NLM: What was your inspiration for writing the album?

RĀI: Wanting to write an album that felt very reminiscent to albums a grew up listening to. I wanted to put positive energy in the universe of course but I also wanted to try to create a piece of work that people could hit play and just let it ride to the end. So I hope I came close to that.

NLM: What are your hopes and expectations for the album?

RĀI: I hope and expect the album to do well. It was done and created with love so I hope people feel that. I hope it inspires someone. Maybe someone who’s has given up on a dream to get back at it and just jump! I hope it helps in the healing process of someone who’s been broken in a relationship. So my hope for the album is that it does exactly what it’s supposed to do. I look forward to seeing exactly what that is!

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

RĀI: I would say my sound is R&B/Soul. You may hear sound or be reminded of a few of my favorites like Maxwell, or Ne-Yo or Joe or Eric Benet. But a smooth, soul sound that’s familiar but new and fresh.

NLM: Besides the release of your EP, what are your plans for the rest of 2018?

RĀI: I’m going to continue to promote the project, do many more performances and work on new music. I recorded over 60 songs for this project so I’m gonna go back and see how many of them I still like and see if I start to feel the vibe of the next project.

NLM: If you had to collaborate with ONE mainstream artist on your album, who would it be?

RĀI: That’s easy. My only living idol- Maxwell.

NLM:  Finally, how can potential fans make contact with you?

RĀI: You can find me on Instagram @raimusicworld or Facebook @therealraimusic or Twitter @raimusicworld or my website therealrai.com