Music: Natalie Lauren – ‘Cliff Notes EP’

Singer-Songwriter-Rapper Natalie Lauren has been steadily working to release her latest project, her songwriters EP Cliff Notes: Songs when exploring love. Lauren describes the project as “a story of pain, fear, trust, marriage and all that comes with love. It’s fact and fiction.”

Lauren continues to describe the project in her Soundcloud description saying, “I wanted to write stories on love but not the love we hear about often… Love is Hard & Hardly ever a fairytale. Love is not a one night stand or just some random cut buddy. I think we’ve forgotten exactly what love is or never really learned. All of our stories are different but love, though hard at times, it is a gift from God to be experienced and enjoyed as he has designed!”

The project includes features from John Givez and Christon Gray, with production from Big Juice, Swoope, J.R., and more.

Music: Dolapo Feat. MI Abaga – Kolafiwe

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Dolapo makes an official grand entry into the music scene with the release of her debut single “Kolafiwe” – a Yoruba word for describing something “incomparable”. The soulful classic features veteran rapper M.I, as they sing about the love of God, which can’t be compared to any other.

The song was officially premiered on Praiseworld Radio via The Praise O’Clock Show with TOLA. The singer during the interview explained the expression of God’s love by the gift of His Son Jesus Christ.

Dolapo Adekolu is a Cell Biology and Genetics graduate of University of Lagos, Nigeria and a multiple award winning gospel music minister. She started writing and singing her own songs from the age of three.

She emerged winner at the Next Gospel Star music competition in 2011.

Dolapo whose father is a Bishop, is the second child in a family of four children. Besides her highly compelling music ministry, she is also a talented makeup artist and fashion designer.

Dolapo is currently on a national tour with her friends, taking her music across the nation, and leading people in worship to God.

 

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News Update: Dove Winner Antonio Neal Releases New EP, Welcome Home, On Madison Line Records

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Multiple Dove Award recipient, as well as Grammy and Stellar Award- nominated recording artist, Antonio Neal releases his new  project, Welcome Home, today on Madison Line Records, the label where he serves as chief operating officer. Madison Line Records is the affiliated label of Visible Music College, a music and worship college in Memphis, Tenn. The project is available at all digital retailers.

Neal, formerly an EMI Gospel recording artist (now Motown Gospel), has recorded three albums during his career as a singer and songwriter. As an artist, writer and producer, he has sold more than five million albums and has worked with Stacie Orrico, Kierra “Kiki” Sheard, and Tyler Perry on his Diary of a Mad Black Woman soundtrack. Neal won two Dove Awards as a songwriter on “There Is Nothing Greater Than Grace” by Point of Grace and a Dove Award as the producer on This Is Me by Kierra “Kiki”Sheard. Welcome Home will be Neal’s first release since taking the helm in 2013 to oversee the marketing, publishing and day-to-day operations at Madison Line Records.

“How can I say ‘This is a place that is on the rise,’ if I don’t put my own music here?” Neal says. “It would be like a chef who won’t eat in his own restaurant. I believe in this label and the direction it’s headed, so I wanted to become a part of it.” Neal co-produced the seven-song EP with Kirk Kienzle of Kienzle Music, and utilized the talents of Visible Music College staff and students, among others, on many of the tracks. The music encompasses a variety of genres, from pop to calypso to gospel to what Neal calls “café Caribbean cool.”

“I have been exposed to and impacted by so many cultures,” Neal says. “It all became art to me.” Throughout the multi-genre format, the EP contains one theme at the core: reconciliation. “It’s the Prodigal Son–that’s the idea of Welcome Home, but it’s not just the parent-child relationship,” Neal says. “It encompasses many different kinds of relationships–with God, the Church, family
relationships, friendships, even romantic relationships, such as husband and wife.”

Neal says in each song– from the inspiring piano pop of “Things Will Get Better” to the jazz-infused pop of the EP’s title track–he tried to focus on telling his own story rather than projecting a heavy-handed message. “I’d rather take the same medicine and put it in something sweet,” he says. “But really, this is about my life, my experience. That’s what I’m sharing. It’s looking inward rather than pointing a finger out and saying, ‘this is about you, this is what you need to do.’”

Welcome Home will be available at all digital retailers, including Amazon, iTunes, and at madisonlinerecords.com

Video: Jackie Hill Perry – “Dead Preacher”

Not long after announcing the release date for her upcoming album The Art of Joy, Jackie Hill Perry recently dropped a new track entitled “Dead Preacher.” The song is expected to be on the album.

Pre-order The Art of Joy on iTunes (digital) or from Humble Beast (physical + digital)!