New Music Sean C. Johnson “Grateful” Free Download + Review @seancjohnson

seanWho doesn’t like free stuff?  Well, gospel neo-soul singer Sean C. Johnson is giving away new music.  As a thank you to all of his supporters Sean releases a 5 track EP titled “Grateful” available for free.  You can  download “Grateful” via soundcloud or Sean’s bandcamp page.

Sean has impeccable vocal skills and it’s easy to grasp his musical influences through the diversity of sounds he incorporates into his music.  Those familiar with Sean Johnson will be comfortable to know that to Sean continues to offer listener’s biblically sound lyrics over neo-soul and hip hop inspired beats.  “Grateful” continues in that tradition.

“I Need It” and “No Never (Remix)” are so groovy.  These tracks make you feel good.  They are simple in context and lyrical form, which make it easy to relate to.  Musically you are drawn in with the familiarity of some the sounds of the popular neo-soul explosion of the late 90’s early 2000’s.  “No Never (Remix)” is my favorite track!  “Thirty” the EP’s lead single, grounds you, taking on topics such as porn addiction and corrupt pastors.  It’s a good grounding to land you on, but it’s kind of weird to be hit with something so hard, especially if you are listening to the EP in sequence.  “Shepard Me” is the reminder we all need.  This is what this faith-based, christian lifestyle is all about.  We need Christ to shepard us through this life when we are faced with all of its ills. “Silver and Gold (Neo-Soul remix)” is a dope take on a classic gospel tune.  Sean effortlessly swoons for Christ here! Really puts me in the feel of something Musiq SoulChild would have done! sean-c-johnson-01

Pick up the “Grateful”  project today and connect with Sean C. Johnson via his social media outlets: Twitter- @SeanCJohnson | Facebook- http://facebook.com/SimplyAVessel | Instagram- http://instagram.com/SeanCJohnson

 

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WATCH: Shonlock “A Night To Remember” Official Music Video @shonlock

shonlockShonlock has been in the game for a while now and he is gearing up to release his next project “A Night To Remember” on March 18th.  A visual for the title track has been released and you can check it out below.  I really like the black jacket and pants combo, I need that in my life and I love the song!! Who says Christians can’t do EDM!?! This is a great song, with high energy and a Zedd feel to it, makes me even that much more anxious for summer to be here already.  Great job Shonlock! Pre-orders for “A Night To Remember” are available now, and you can get the title track early if you pre-order.  Otherwise, hit up iTunes on March 18th to download the project.  Connect with Shonlock via his Twitter (@shonlock) and let him know what you think of “A Night To Remember”.

Christon Gray Readies “School of Roses” LP @christongray

Oh, how excited I am!  Thanks to Josh of SOHH PR, for hitting me up about the upcoming release of Christon Gray’s “School of Roses” debut LP due out on March 25th! The album is available for pre-order for $6.99 right now on iTunes! 

PrintSo, real quick a little about this handsome, young man, Christon Gray:  Age 27, musically gifted to write, sing, rap, produce and design.  His sound is a premium blend of classical, jazz, gospel, soul, pop and even rap in a sophisticated manner.  His inspirations range from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, Michael McDonald, Bill Withers, Earth Wind and Fire, to Paul McCartney, Marvin Winans, Lauryn Hill, The Roots and Alicia Keys.  In 2006, he entered the Christian Rap genre writing, rapping, singing and producing with the Christian rap group, The Elevationists.  His debut solo album, entitled, “Even With Evil With Me”, released July 2011 and is available on iTunes. Christon is a featured artist on label mate Swoope’s critically acclaimed album “Wake Up” and featured on the widely received Lecrae mix tape “Church Clothes”. Collision is excited to have him as part of the family and to see what the Lord will do through him as an ambassador through music. Christon is part of the collective WLAK (We Live As Kings) with the self titled album “WLAK (We Live As Kings)” released last year.

Christon now prepares the release of “School of Roses”  under the Collision Records label.  Of “School of Roses” it is said that, “Life tends to school all of us as it teaches us lessons that we can only learn through our own set of personal experiences. School of Roses is that set of personal experiences for Christon Gray, offering a translucent album of ups and downs in his pursuit of Jesus—no filters, no masks. Christon Gray leads us on the emotional trail that shows his heart, Jesus’ love, and hopefully, your need for him daily.”

I can’t wait!  I love Christon’s past projects and mixtapes and from the videos of the making of “School of Roses” the music is going to be so dope! You HAVE to get this in your collection on March 25th!   The blending of musical sounds that Christon uses within the gospel realm really help to set him apart from the rest.  He doesn’t box himself in.  There’s real artistry and musicality on display through Christon and his music.    Working on production along with Christon himself are notables such as B. Reith, Wit, Tragic Hero and Wes Pendleton, just that alone could make this THAT album to cop!! “School of Roses” will also feature artists, Swoope, B. Reith and JGivens on a few tracks and we are getting 14 dope tracks to take on the album’s concept:

“This is not an album written to purposely avoid Jesus in every song with the hope to get acclaim and break mainstream—who cares about that? Seriously, please do not put us in that box. The content is written in such a way that you have to get through Christon’s mess and faults—as well as yours—in order to appreciate the love of Christ that is at the end of the album. “Arena” is the culmination. We are forcing all listeners to really listen to the whole album or do not listen at all. So, just as in the Bible, the full culmination of Jesus’s message is realized at the end of the book in Revelation, at the new heaven and the new earth, not at the beginning in Genesis.  How to listen to the album: As mentioned above, this is an album to experience Christon’s temptations, struggles, and overall internal conflict that comes with growing up; the end being Jesus’s love and amazement with him, and love for mankind, despite our mess and struggles to love Him and one another.”

Check out for yourself a video of the Making of School of Roses by Christon Gray below. Connect with Christon Gray via his social media outlets : Twitter- @christongray | Facebook- Christon Gray Music

WATCH: Erica Campbell “Help” Official Video

EC_HELPCOVER_fullOkay, so just seeing the video to Erica Campbell’s latest single “Help”.  It is directed by Bille Woodruff and it’s a real simple video.  It features Erica’s daughter Krista, and even young Woozie makes an appearance at the end.  I love the song and even though I don’t care much for the visual, I don’t lose any interest in song because Erica gives a great performance.  I suppose I get the concept of the video, because the song is a simple plea to God for HELP.  Erica looks AMAZE BALLS!! She is working it!! Lecrae does his thing as usual, still has me wondering however was another artist even needed on this song.  I so wish they would have done a storyline to this song, lol.  But it’s all good.  You guys if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the “Help” video below.  The album is due out on March 25th via eOne Music.

LISTEN: Coko “At Your Feet”

cokoatyourfeetHave you guys been watching SWV’s Reunited reality show?  Well, see the ladies, Taj, Lelee and Coko are still on this kick for a comeback.  I love the show, because as a younger me, I loved the music, but didn’t really get into their personalities.  The show is funny, entertaining and I’m drawn into reliving the music and learning more about the girls.  Lead singer Coko has been on the show struggling with wanting to do an SWV comeback but also wanting to do her!  I mean, utilizing the SWV brand and reality show is very smart on her part to push her solo career.  Hence,  Coko has released her next single “At Your Feet” hopefully from her forthcoming next album. I wish I could say that I don’t like this song, because it would make it easier to lead right into how Coko is playing around with her commitments to SWV, and how she is coming off as a pre-madonna and total diva (the ones we don’t like) and really just doing the most….but I like the song!  Now I’m all for another solo shot from Coko (her previous albums Hot Coko, Grateful, Always Coko and The Winner In Me, A Coko Christmas) but she just seems to be messy with how she wants to put out this next project. Like does she really care about an SWV comeback or is all of this really just to push her solo career?!  Anyhoo, check out “At Your Feet” below and purchase it on iTunes. What do y’all think?

Karew Records Signs David Daughtry

Karew Records, headed by Bishop J. Drew Sheard and Karen Clark Sheard, have signed praise and worship leader David Daughtry.  A notable psalmist and musician, David has worked alongside greats like Aretha Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Patti Labelle and Kim Burrell.  Daughtry has also made his way to the big and little screens being featured in projects like the GRAMMY® Awards, the BET Awards, the American Bible Challenge, the Espy Awards, X-Factor, American Idol , First Sunday, Something New, and Bishop T.D. Jakes’ Woman Thou Art Loosed.

DavidDaughtryPRPhoto2Daughtry will release his debut album later this year.  Of the project Daughtry says “I am honored that God led me to a recording deal with Karew RecordsI believe there is so much more for me to do, both in ministry and my professional music career. My goal is to bridge the gap between the old and the new, transcending denominations, culture, and generations. My album is a healthy mix of contemporary and traditional praise and worship songs.

Stay tuned for more to come from David Daughtry. In the mean time you can connect with him via his OFFICIAL WEBPAGE.

Mary Mary Return For Season 3

mary-mary-reality-showWEtv’s Mary Mary returns for its third episode, February 27th.  You know I love a great reality show, and when it involves the saints, even better!  I really love Mary Mary and I have really grown to appreciate Erica and Tina Campbell.  I most like the way they present their lives.  It’s all about Jesus, music and family.  Erica and Tina don’t sugar coat anything and show that even as top gospel artists, they have their fair share of troubles just like the rest of us.

This season the high energetic drama surrounding Mary Mary goes deeper.  Health issues, family issues, Mitch, cheating and lots and lots of attitude.  Now, I rest in knowing that through it all, Mary Mary are going to work it out.  That’s the kicker with this show.  Yes, they have drama, yes, some of it will be overly played out and yes, we will be drawn in to make formulate our opinionated judgements.  But rest assured that Mary Mary will also show you a way of handling these ills in a manner that doesn’t interrupt your faith walk, integrity and character.  My hat goes off to Mary Mary for propelling gospel into the mainstream limelight without sacrificing the basis of their relationship with Christ.  You will not agree with everything they say or do, but this is just one good example of what a Christians lifestyle can look like.  I ain’t got no worries!

Check out the promo HERE and make sure to tune into Wetv Feb. 27th! It’s going to be a great season!