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December 2016

Jekalyn Carr Ends 2016 Spending 30 Consecutive Weeks in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay Chart with Single “You’re Bigger”

ATLANTA, GA (Wednesday, December 28, 2016) – – Teen sensation Jekalyn Carr ends 2016 spending 30 consecutive weeks in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart with her #1 hit single “You’re Bigger”. The single debuted in the Top 5 on June 6th and landed at #1 on September 14th spending four non-consecutive weeks in that position.

Jazz Organist Joey DeFrancesco & The People to Release New Album “Project Freedom” on March 10th, 2017

Joey DeFrancesco & The People Make Mack Avenue Records Debut with First Ever Quartet Album, Project Freedom – Available March 10, 2017
Peerless Organist Reflects on Travels to Explore Differing Viewpoints and Search for Peace
From a Global Perspective
When jazz aficionados think of Joey DeFrancesco–and they often do–they ponder his matchless talents as a modern-day avatar of the Hammond B3 organ and the Philadelphia history he shares with his principle instrument. Organ-based blues and jazz started in Philly and DeFrancesco is the first to tell you so.

LISTEN TO NEW MUSIC! Jazz Artist OSARU Releases New Album “Stepping Up the B-Side”

Osaru has just released his fifth studio album titled ‘Stepping up the B-side’, available on CD baby and his website from 12/23/2016
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Dec. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Osaru, a NC-based musician and physician, releases a surprise album just in time for the holiday season. His latest jazz release features lead soprano, and tenor saxophone sounds.

L.J. Reynolds Settles Dispute with The Estate of Former Dramatics Member Ronald Dean Banks

Legendary Group Member of The Dramatics,
L.J. Reynolds Settles Dispute with
The Estate of Former Dramatics Member Ronald Dean Banks
(Detroit, MI – December 22, 2016) – In a long-term dispute over the controlling interest of R&B ‘70s soul group, the legendary Dramatics, L.J. Reynolds and Sandra Banks, wife and Estate representative of deceased group member Ronald Dean Banks mutually agree that the Estate of Ronald Dean Banks shall receive a fee from each concert performed by The Dramatics featuring L.J. Reynolds.

Vocalist Carmen Lundy to Release New Album “CODE NOIR” on Feb. 17th, 2017 | Announces New Tour 2017

Vocalist/Composer Carmen Lundy Traverses Musical Genres With The Release Of Her New CD, CODE NOIR, A Song Cycle For These Turbulent Times
CD available February 17th
Los Angeles, California. CODE NOIR, the stunning new CD from critically-lauded vocalist Carmen Lundy, is slated for release February 17th via Afrasia Productions. Never one to limit her creative journeys, Lundy explores the realms of Jazz, Blues, Brazilian Samba and Pop with a multitude of messages that reflect not only the complexities of her own mindset, but the disparity of the world at large.

Jazz Group Heads of State Returns with New Album “Four In One” on March 17th, 2017

Heads of State–Gary Bartz, Larry Willis, David Williams and
Al Foster–Four of the Most Revered and Influential Jazz Masters Unite
for Sophomore Release, Four in One
Available March 17 on Smoke Sessions Records
The country as a whole may be bitterly divided over the results of the recent presidential election, but jazz fans of any political stripe can rejoice in the return of the music’s own, Heads of State.

LISTEN TO NEW MUSIC! R&B Singer Mucho Scott to Release Single “Mary” on Jan. 13th, 2017

Mucho Scott To Release Spectra Music Group Debut Single “Mary” On January 13th, 2017.
Now available for pre-order on iTunes, reserve your copy today!
NEW YORK – Dec. 19, 2016 – PRLog — Pop/Soul artist Mucho Scott is releasing his highly anticipated debut Spectra Music Group single “Mary” on January 13th, 2017.

Jazz Piano Legend Billy Childs Returns with New Album “Rebirth” on March 24th, 2017

Billy Childs Reaffirms His Piano Mastery and Reconnects with Musical Beginnings on Rebirth
Album Assembles All-Star Ensemble Featuring Steve Wilson, Hans Glawischnig, Eric Harland, Alicia Olatuja, Claudia Acuña, Ido Meshulam, & Rogerio Boccato
Since his first recordings of the 1980s, Billy Childs has developed into one of the most distinctive and distinguished composers of our time. An accomplished symphonic writer, he has also amassed a career’s worth of jazz originals that can swing hard, dazzle with intricacy, touch you with direct simplicity, or mesmerize with crystalline lyricism.

LISTEN TO NEW MUSIC! Gospel Singer Conrad Miller Releases New Christmas Single “Mary Had A Baby”

Traditional Vocalist CONRAD MILLER Releases Christmas Single
“Mary Had A Baby”
The Distinguished Gentleman of Gospel croons his way through the holiday season with a special sacred Negro Spiritual “Mary Had A Baby“. This gentle Christmas melody is a lyrical story of the birth of our Savior set on a canvas of traditional gospel music.

WATCH NEW VIDEO! Nathan East Drops Single “Serpentine Fire” from New Album “Reverence”

Nathan East and a star-studded cast revisit one of Earth, Wind and Fire’s greatest Billboard Top 100 hits
Two years removed from his Grammy-nominated, self-titled debut release, Nathan East returns to honor some of urban music’s greatest achievements with the upcoming release in January 2017, Reverence (Yamaha Entertainment). The latest single from this multi-instrumentalist and composer, “Serpentine Fire,” pays a terrific homage to one the greatest funk/R&B ensembles, Earth, Wind & Fire.