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June 2016

WATCH NEW VIDEO! Jekalyn Carr to Release New Album “The Life Project” on Aug. 5th, 2016

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JEKALYN CARR SET TO RELEASE THIRD ALBUM, “THE LIFE PROJECT”, AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ONLINE AUGUST 5, 2016
 
LEAD SINGLE “YOU’RE BIGGER” DOMINATES MULTIPLE CHARTS
HITTING #2 ON BILLBOARD’S GOSPEL AIRPLAY CHART, BILLBOARD’S DIGITAL GENRE CHART AND MEDIABASE GOSPEL RADIO CHART
 
WEST MEMPHIS, ARKANSAS (Wednesday, June 29, 2016)- – Gospel music’s sweetheart, Jekalyn Carr, has reached the #2 spot on both the Billboard Gospel Airplay and Mediabase Gospel radio charts with her powerful and dynamic single, “You’re Bigger”. Additionally, “You’re Bigger” hits #2 on Billboard’s Digital Genre chart. The song is the first single from Jekalyn’s forthcoming third CD, entitled THE LIFE PROJECT – scheduled for release in stores and online everywhere on August 5th (Lunjeal Music Group/eOne).
 

LISTEN TO NEW MUSIC! Trombonist Efe Erdem Drops New EP “First Kiss” | Available NOW

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Trombonist Efe Erdem releases ‘First Kiss’ EP
 
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands – June 24, 2016 – PRLog — The virtuoso trombonist known internationally as Efe Erdem has released his new EP album, “First Kiss.” The album has been proudly published on the RDM Records independent music label without the direction or influence of the corporate music industry. Groovy, jazzy, and full of funk and rhythm ‘n’ blues, “First Kiss” is a startling introduction to this intuitive brass player from Turkey.
 

Kemar McGregor Debuts New Single ‘Purple Rain’ Featuring R&B Pop Artist Ayron Michael

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Platinum Producer Kemar McGregor Debuts ‘Purple Rain’ Featuring R&B Pop Artist Ayron Michael
 
KINGSTON, Jamaica – June 27, 2016 – PRLog — R&B/Pop Recording Artist, Ayron Michael, debuts the official reggae remix of “Purple Rain” produced by Platinum producer Kemar McGregor. “Purple Rain” was originally written, recorded and released by legendary music icon, Prince. The new reggae remix is set to officially make its debut on July 22,2016 globally through popular worldwide music label, FM Records.

Pianist Billy Childs Named President of Chamber Music America

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Billy Childs
Named President of Chamber Music America
 
The composer and jazz pianist begins his term July 1
 
New York, NY June 27, 2016—Chamber Music America (CMA) today announced the appointment of pianist and composer Billy Childs as president of its board of directors, effective July 1. Childs is the organization’s ninth board president, and the first jazz musician elected to the position. The CMA board of directors unanimously approved his first three-year term at its June 6th meeting.

Jennifer Hudson Signs with Epic Records | Begins Work on New Album

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JENNIFER HUDSON SIGNS WITH EPIC RECORDS AND BEGINS WORK ON NEW ALBUM, MARKING THE FIRST-EVER EXECUTIVE PRODUCER COLLABORATION OF LA REID & CLIVE DAVIS
 
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE MOVE COMES ON THE HEELS OF HER SHOWSTOPPING TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE OF PRINCE’S “PURPLE RAIN” AT THE BET AWARDS
 
(June 28, 2016 – New York, NY) – Jennifer Hudson has been signed to an exclusive contract with Epic Records, it was announced today by Epic Chairman and CEO LA Reid, following up Ms. Hudson’s historic showstopping tribute performance of Prince’s “Purple Rain” at the 16th annual BET Awards.

WATCH NEW VIDEO! Erykah Badu & Robert Glasper | “Maiysha (So Long)”

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Watch the Erykah Badu-Directed Video For “Maiysha (So Long)”
New Video From The New Album of Miles Davis Recordings Reimagined by Robert Glasper – EVERYTHING’S BEAUTIFUL
 
NEW YORK, June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Longtime friends, collaborators and Grammy-winning musicians Erykah Badu and Robert Glasper have teamed up again for the track & video for “Maiysha (So Long)”, from new album Everything’s Beautiful–the visionary exploration of Miles Davis’ music, featuring reimagined interpretations of his music produced by Glasper. The track’s lyrics were written by Badu, and were based on “Maiysha” by Davis.
 

Deon Kipping’s New Album “Something To Talk About” Debut at #1

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DEON KIPPING GARNERS #1 DEBUT
WITH NEW ALBUM
SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT
 
New York, NY (June 28, 2016) – Acclaimed singer, songwriter, and producer Deon Kipping has created a refreshing and thoughtful album with his new chart-topping release of SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT, which debuted at #1 on the Current Gospel Albums chart. Embraced by fans for the contemporary sound and worship experience, the 15 track album includes songs such as “By Myself,” “Place Called Victory,” “The Blessing Is Yours,” and more.
 

LISTEN TO NEW MUSIC! Latice Crawford’s New Single “Choose Me”

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Black Music Month Special with Latice Crawford
 
Listen to New Track “Choose Me” below!
 
In celebration of Black Music Month, Gospel recording artist Latice Crawford’s forthcoming single, “Choose Me” from her EP, Diary of a Church Girl debuted at No. 15 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart.
 

NEW VOICES! Introducing Jazz Vocalist Ashleigh Smith & New Album “Sunkissed” | Coming Aug. 19th, 2016

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ASHLEIGH SMITH – WINNER OF THE 2014 SARAH VAUGHAN INTERNATIONAL VOCAL COMPETITION – RADIATES ON SUNKISSED
 
Sunkissed, the title of Ashleigh Smith’s August 19 debut on Concord Records, describes her singing perfectly. The 27-year-old Dallas-based winner of the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocals Competition possesses an iridescent alto that radiates a spectrum of poised emotions.

Drummer Will Calhoun Drops New Album “Celebrating Elvin Jones” on Aug. 19th, 2016

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Drummer Will Calhoun Pays Tribute to a
Profound Influence on Celebrating Elvin Jones –
Available August 19 on Motéma Music
 
Although he’s best known as the hard-driving, groove-oriented drummer for the pioneering rock group Living Colour, Will Calhoun has played in a staggering variety of styles and traditions over the course of his eclectic career.