Alicia Moffet is a Platinum-selling singer-songwriter from Quebec City, Canada. Not too long ago, she released a fascinating music video for her “Lullaby” single, which tells a heartfelt tale about a young woman who addresses a self-centered individual who views themselves as indispensable and exceptional. Apparently, this person told her she overthinks too much, acts too emotional, and needs to behave. However, she doesn’t believe these lies. Therefore, she tells the self-centered individual, “I know just what you’re doing. You keep walking around acting like you’re proud – when in reality, you’re about to break down.”
“This song is really like an anthem for me and I think it will be for a lot of other people. I’ve always been the type of person who didn’t want to disturb (others) by being too loud or by not saying too much of what I was thinking. Also, I have too often felt like people don’t believe in me or look down on me. And this song is a way to free me from all the negativity that these situations have brought to me – and to free me from what I imposed (on) myself by simply saying ‘F*** ittttt!’” – Alicia Moffet explained
The appealing video, filmed at Windsor Montreal Salon Versailles in Montreal, QC, was directed by Jaycee and his team at Moonstruhk. The video features a party where abundance, good looks, and superficiality are at the heart of all the interactions between the guests. Viewers follow flamboyant and clichéd characters who seize every opportunity to boast about themselves. Alicia Moffet, represented in a clean or figurative way, enters several uncomfortable situations she has experienced in the past by demonstrating her discomfort and nonchalance to all the superficiality that surrounds her.
Gemaine is a drummer and self-taught pianist turned singer-songwriter and producer from Los Angeles, California. Charlie Heat (Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert, Madonna, Kehlani) is a super-producer. Not too long ago, they released an appealing music video for their “No Questions” single, which showcases Gemaine’s soothing and rich voice with intimate lyrics reminiscent of traditional R&B ballads. The instrumentation starts with minimalistic production allowing Gemaine’s vocals to take center, before opening with scintillating keys and mellow percussion. Furthermore, “No Questions” is a taste of what’s to come from Gemaine’s and Charlie Heat’s collaborative album, entitled, “New Jack City.” The project is set to be released in spring of 2022.
“I was inspired to write ‘No Questions’ by a tweet that I saw from Issa Rae. She mentioned she was listening to Mint Condition’s ‘Breaking My Heart’ and said she wished men today would be more like the R&B singers from the past. She was bringing attention to the fact that loving a woman used to be cool. It inspired me to make a record that had similar energy but with a modern sound. I wrote this song to remind men that there’s nothing wrong with being soft-spoken and romantic with your girl.” – Gemaine explained
First introduced to music in church, Gemaine was a quick study in the charisma and famed chord progressions of modern gospel music as a kid coming up in Compton. He began singing publicly at the age of 18 when a video he recorded at a local Guitar Center – and uploaded to the TikTok predecessor, Vine – transformed him into a viral sensation.
Osasioo (Osadebamwen Igbinosun) is an up-and-coming Canada-based singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist from Lagos, Nigeria. Not too long ago, he released a spectacular R&B ballad, entitled, “Love You Right,” which tells a heartfelt tale about a young guy who appreciates the relationship he shares with his significant other. Apparently, he wants to love his partner the way she wants to be loved, not the way he thinks he should love her. His willingness to submit or surrender to their love showcases his vulnerability and desire to love his companion the right way. Later, he tells his significant other, “Just one touch and I’m losing my breath. Your embrace, it drives me wild just like the first time.
“I just want to love you right. That’s all I wanna do. I just wanna hold you tight. These feelings – they are true. And I know that I can’t help myself – in these moments they won’t last. I just wanna love you right, to love you right. How you wanna be loved, I will love you. How you wanna be held, let me hold you. And when you’re away, see, time, it moves so slow. And I, I fall more in love with each day.” – lyrics
‘Love You Right’ contains an evergreen narrative, ear-pleasing vocals, and sugar-sweet melodies that will resonate well with fans of Sam Smith, Michael Kiwanuka, and Aloe Blacc. The emotional tune possesses cinematic string and violin-laden instrumentation flavored with Adult Contemporary, Twee pop, and classic R&B elements. Furthermore, “Love You Right” serves as the first taste of what’s to come for Osasioo and signals a budding R&B star in the making. Also, the song is featured on his four-track debut EP, entitled, “Lovetales & Pancakes.”
Portable (Portable Omolalomi) is a Yoruba-born rapper, singer, and songwriter from the ancient city of Abeokuta, Nigeria. Poco Lee is one of the most popular dancers in Nigeria. Not too long ago, they released an appealing music video for their “ZaZoo Zehh” single featuring (Nigerian hip-hop artist) Olamide.
‘ZaZoo Zehh,’ or Zazu Zehh, is a Nigerian street term that means to move or hustle smartly. Because, in Nigeria, one must hustle smart in order to survive physically, mentally, and financially. Since being released in December 2021, “ZaZoo Zehh” has taken over the streets of Nigeria and West Africa, thrusting Portable into the limelight.
‘ZaZoo Zehh’ contains indigenous rap vocals that is resonating well with the fans of Nigerian rap music. Also, “ZaZoo Zehh” serves as a tasty appetizer to what listeners can expect to hear from Portable in the near future. Not too long ago, he released a gratifying indigenous tune, entitled, “Ogo Forever.”
Shontelle is a popular singer-songwriter from Barbados. Not too long ago, she released a delightful R&B tune, entitled, “Be the One,” produced by Norwegian producers, Henrik the Artist and Kim Ofstad. ‘Be the One’ tells a straightforward tale about a young woman who sees herself as “the one” and not no wannabe. Apparently, she’s here to stay and wants her significant other to rock with her for the long haul. However, she will definitely bounce if she’s not the only one in her partner’s life. Later, she tells her companion, “Forget what you heard, you know that I got you.”
“The first verse is very specific to romance. But the second verse could be interpreted as if I’m talking about the music industry to my fans. When I wrote ‘Be The One,’ I was feeling low about the music industry and just wanted to have some fun. I’m known more for ballads but I wanted to make a pop bop that could play in the club or pump while driving on the road. Have you ever wanted someone or something or someone really bad? ‘Be The One’ is about that feeling of wanting to be that special one to someone else. Sometimes in life, you need to say exactly what you want and make it clear what you will not accept. Not only when it comes to romance, but also in my case, when it comes to my career or anything that I’m passionate about in life.” – Shontelle explained
Shontelle is the voice behind the mega-hits, “Impossible” and “T-shirt.” The eldest of three sisters, Shontelle still speaks with an intoxicating West Indian lilt. In high school, she became friends with Rihanna, who also had similar dreams of making it big. Later, Shontelle’s first written song, “Roll It Gal,” made its way to Alison Hinds, another prominent singer in Barbados, where the song became a hit.
Melo V is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter and producer from Elizabeth, New Jersey. Not too long ago, he released a lovely urban R&B tune, entitled, “Godie,” along with a Jersey club remix version (produced by JIDDY). The song contains a relatable narrative, ear-pleasing vocals, and tuneful melodies. The likable tune possesses melodic instrumentation flavored with contemporary and urban R&B elements. Furthermore, “Godie” serves as a tasty appetizer to what listeners can expect to hear from Melo V in the near future.
“‘Godie’ represents connecting on higher frequencies with your significant other while still keeping it sexy.” – Melo V stated
Melo V released his debut LP, entitled, “Plan A,” in 2014. The project featured his popular single, “Killin’ Dat Thing,” featured on WorldStar HipHop and mainstream radio in New York and North Carolina. In 2016, Melo performed in front of an audience of 85,000 at the Oakland Coliseum Supercity Summer Fest, alongside EDM superstar, Skrillex, and Jersey club king, DJ Sliink. Since then, Melo V has been on a mission to dominate the R&B/hip-hop scene.
BARii is a multi-award-winning musician, producer, and singer-songwriter from New Jersey. Not too long ago, he released a dazzling contemporary R&B tune, entitled, “Bad,” which tells an intriguing tale about a young guy who finds himself falling hard for a desirable individual. Apparently, he’s willing to do some jail time for this person and doesn’t believe his new love interest can break his heart. Plus, it’s safe to say that he’s in-too-deep – way above his head. Later, he tells his love interest, “I’m stuck on you, it’s my fault, I fought hard with no parachute.”
When BARii isn’t creating magic with his vocals, you can find him producing and songwriting in the studio. To date, he has earned two accolades for excellence in songwriting: The Buddy Holly Foundation Award, and The Songwriters Hall of Fame: Curtis Mayfield Award. Also, he has achieved multiple film festival awards for Music Supervision and Sound Designing. In addition to working with major and independent labels, BARii has earned multiple television and film placements featured on BET, CBS, Netflix, and McDonald’s. Furthermore, his music has been streamed nearly four million times across all platforms, earning him continued support from Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, and Pandora editorial playlists.
Callaghan Belle is a rising singer-songwriter and producer from Los Angeles, California. Not too long ago, she released a heartfelt pop ballad, entitled, “strings,” which tells an intriguing tale about a vulnerable young woman who shares a no-strings-attached relationship with her significant other. Apparently, she willingly gave her heart to her partner, who recklessly broke it ten times into puzzle pieces. Therefore, she rants, “Who do you think you are?” Later, she adds, “I know I shouldn’t have told you (that) it’s easier to live without you.”
“When you’re let down that 100th time and finally emotionally detach from the person. When you finally realize it’s them, not you. I wrote, produced, and recorded this alone in my room. This was the first time in years that I got to create an entirely new authentic sound. It’s part of an upcoming string of releases. I plan to release a music video in February and just started a movie in Atlanta that will feature it. I’m so excited about this new chapter and hope you can feel its authenticity.” – Callaghan Belle explained
Every musical era brings forth a new generation of exceptional talents, and Callaghan Belle’s name should be mentioned in that admired class. If you haven’t heard her music yet, then you are surely in for a sweet treat. In the days ahead, keep a sharp eye on Callaghan as she positions herself in a favorable spot on the pop music landscape.
Geneviève Racette is a nationally renowned singer-songwriter from Canada. Not too long ago, she released a lovely indie-folk tune, entitled, “Someone,” featuring City and Colour’s Dallas Green.
‘Someone’ serves as a tasty appetizer to what listeners can expect to hear on Geneviève Racette’s third studio album, entitled, “Satellite.” The nine-track project contains honest stories of self-discovery and reflection through the cycle of love. Also, “Satellite” is filled with intimate vocals, lush instruments, and expressive harmonies. Plus, the album evokes moments of love, heartbreak, healing, forgiveness, and ultimately falling in love again. Like a body orbiting a star in the silence and emptiness of the universe, a satellite depends on the other to maintain its orbit—a fragile, solitary, and uncertain love. Each of us will find ourselves in this cycle of love, in this eternal period of beginnings and endings.
In the last two years, Geneviève Racette has performed as the headliner in over 100 concert venues. Some of the places she has performed at include Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the Maritimes.
The location is South-side Jamaica, a rough and tough neighborhood in Queens, New York, and home to Babita Harris, an uninsured single parent who falls ill after returning home from vacation. She is taken to a hospital, where Salome McBryant diagnoses her with having black fever disease, which has done a significant amount of damage to her liver. With a couple of months to live, Babita's only hope of survival is a costly liver transplant. But with no health insurance, the chance of surgery is slim. What she needs is a quarter of a million dollars in cash. And that's when Barnes, her only son, along with his best friends, Demus and Baker, spring into dangerous action to get the money. Though their road is paved with good intentions, the brothers in arms are in for a few surprises and a whole lot of heat in this supernatural thriller which tells two remarkable tales of crime and redemption.
Barnes, Demus, and Baker are back with another actioned-packed adventure. This time, they travel to Monomotapa, Alkebulan, where the king and queen were recently slain by Ego, a familiar nemesis whom the three Black boys thought they had destroyed in the afterlife. But they were deeply mistaken. Now, Ego has in his possession The Hotep Brother Manuscript, a sacred book filled with spiritual laws and enchanting spells, which he uses to turn the Monomotapan military into Egomaniacs. By his side is Deadra, a divine entity, and their goal is to rule Monomotapa and discontinue all shipments of gold to Planet Black, the home of the deities. Currently, the black planet is vulnerable, protected by a thin layer of gold that is quickly depleting. With the threat of an incoming meteoroid shower looming, there’s no telling what might happen to Planet Black if a large shipment of gold doesn’t arrive there soon.