In my opinion, the best cover of September on the site is performed by OurStage artist Panache Band‘s lead singer Johan aka Simply Johan.
They open the song with solo piano instead of two guitars like the original, allowing the listener to hear all moving parts in one place. Moreover, the method of recording used for this introduction, and the addition of dissonant notes, makes the piano sounds natural and sophisticated. They alter the brass as well, manipulating the opening horn riff just enough to make it unique from the original, a trend that develops throughout the piece; similar sounding enough to create the same energy and feeling, but imaginative enough to gloat about its own knack.
The most unattainable disparity between this rendition and the 1979 version is the singing. Obviously, Maurice White’s vocal ability is nearly impossible to replicate. Instead of trying to perfect the falsetto, Panache Band singer Johan belts the lyrics out in a lower octave. And though at first this may seem like a cop-out, it adds a raspy strength to the vocal line that’s absent in the original. Besides, the overflowing brass section adequately compensates for any lacking high frequencies.
Lastly, they lay the icing on the funk cake with quietly lurking organ riffs throughout—a perfect wildcard addition to make the song their own.”
We are so tickled pink to introduce SAMSARA XOXO our newest and youngest R&B /POP/SOUL emerging Artist!
Samsara XOXO was born Samsara Gamble with a song in her heart ! When she was just a baby she would already harmonize in her little crib and experiment with her voice just a bit more than the usual baby babbling.
Samsara enjoys performing with her school band and recently performed at the LILA PALOOZA annual event!
Samsara also sang in chorus/choir with the Shakespeare Children’s Choir on M83‘s “HurryUp, We’re Dreaming ” GRAMMY Nominated Best New Alternative album in 2012.
Her father, Simply Johan R&B singer & musician introduced her to Old-school R&B/soul & Funk music at an early age and she naturally picked up pop music in her blood.
Samsara started writing her own lyrics and songs at age 6 in French and English and has not stopped since. She loves to experiment with her voice and singing is her passion. She also enjoys making her own videos and iMovies for her YouTube friends and creating her own beats. Samsara is currently always singing, training, learning new vocal skills as well as theater, dancing, and acting and loves to perform LIVE with an album in the works.
Here she is for her very first public performance LIVE at the Bastille Day Los Angeles last year at the 11th Annual Event introduced by Johan & The Panache Band interpreting a popular French song by Joe Dassin “Aux Champs Elysées” in honour of the French National Day!
We’d like to thank Bastille Day LA ‘s gracious hosts from The French Connection Radio and Passions Productions producers of Bastille Day Los Angeles event.
A special thank you also to auntie Christelle Karen Gaspart, stylist for the cool outfit!
This year SAMSARA XOXO has been invited to celebrate her French spirit at the 12th Annual Bastille Day Los Angeles Festival on Sunday July 14, 2013! At noon, she will be singing the French National Anthem La Marseillaise acapella and interpreting some of Ben l’Oncle Soul accompanied with Simply Johan on acoustic. This is going to be a very special father & daughter performance on stage!
More to come on this young promising R&B/ SOUl/ POP soulgirl artist!
Carla Bruni is back with a new album entitled “Little French Songs” coming out April 1rst 2013! Pre-order available in the US now on Amazon!
Carla Bruni signed with Universal Music France at the Barclay Logo label in January 2013 for brand new projects launching this fourth album following her 5 year musical hiatus at the Elysées as the Frst Lady of France .
“I cannot look at myself in the mirror if I do not give 100 percent. My ambition is new each day, I have so much to learn and so much to achieve.”
“I wanted to bridge …electronic culture and urban culture, a bridge between black and white people”
“My drug is connecting to the people” David Guetta
Nothing but the Beat is David Guetta’s story, French house DJ & Producer multi-platinum selling artist in Europe, with three chart-topping albums to his name to date (Just a Little More Love 2002; Guetta Blaster, 2004; Pop Life, 2007). His signature sound is a mix of electro, house and pop. This feature documentary is the story & life of David Guetta and House Music/ Electro Pop revolutionized by one man’s vision!
Madonna’s MDNA album is now available for pre-order from iTunes: http://smarturl.it/MDNA – The 18 track Deluxe Edition includes an exclusive remix, which will be available from Friday February 3rd through Monday February 6th only. During this time period the album will be available for $9.99 and you will also receive the digital single “Give Me All Your Luvin’” immediately.
Flashback.. May 4th, 1959 the very First Annual Grammy Awards took place and awarded film composer Henry Mancini (April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994) the very first Album of the Year Award for The Music From Peter Gunn! A half century later, Mancini’s theme The Pink Panther released in 1963 is still alive and kicking and fresh as ever!
One of my ultimate favorite instrumental tracks, The Pink Panther was released as a single in 1964 by RCA Records reaching Top 10 in the Adult Contemporary Billboard and winning 3 Grammy Awards including an Academy Awards nomination for original Music Score. Mancini went on to receive an accolade record number of Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. Great inspired music is everlasting!