What do you get when you come across an artist that has the sound of 70’s, 80s, and 90s R&B Soul with beautiful melodies and smooth vocals? You get an artist named Joonie with a masterpiece of a sophomore album called, “Contrast”.
Calvin “Joonie” Gary, Jr. is a singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and producer based out of Los Angeles, CA. He is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays most of the instruments on his latest album.
“Contrast” is the ultimate love album. Songs like “Wish Her The Best (Delilah, Part 2)”, “No Tears” are songs about ending a relationship, however, they are written with such love and care that you can’t help but feel good when listening to them. If someone were to leave you, you would want them to think and feel this way about you at the end of it all. Joonie is such a gifted songwriter that he places the listener right in the midst of what he is singing about. “For You”, “Far Away”, “Official” and “Life’s Better” are a few of the many standouts of the album.
The vocal arrangements, instrumentation and production on “Contrast” are tight and effortless. This album has such a lovely sound and vibe to it that you can’t help but reminisce about the songs of the old days. Songs that actually have song structure and nuances that are missing in today’s music. Joonie is a true artist along the lines of Prince in that he produces, writes and arranges his own music. You should really check this album out and spread the word! This music deserves to be heard. Check out the music below and let us know what you think!
“Contrast” is available on iTunes and on his official website here and here.
Music Video: “For You” by Joonie
“Far Away” by Joonie
While doing my usual perusing for new music, I came across this lovely artist, Live Hart. She recently debuted her new album, Honesty and it pulls you in from the first track. Based out of Orlando, Florida, Live Hart is a singer, songwriter and guitarist, who’s sound is reminiscent of Tracy Chapman, Dionne Farris, India Arie and John Mayer.
Honesty is an uplifting and pure listen about hope and love. Feel good songs like the reggae tinged, “We Can Change The World” (one of my favorites on the album) offer hope, while songs like the rocking, “Take Me” and “Release” serves as empowerment anthems. Love is always at the heart of us all and songs like, “What is Love?” (love this track), gives you that and more. This album is a wonderful introduction to Live Hart. I look forward to hearing more from her and once you hear Honesty, I’m sure you will as well. Check her out and let Live Hart know your thoughts! Support GOOD music, people. This is it!
Honesty is available now on iTunes
Live Hart Official Website
Check out “What is Love?” below:
Check out the video for the first single, “Please Don’t Say It’s Over” below:
PJ Morton is no longer in the category of Indie Music Artist, however, I just listened to his latest album “New Orleans” released on Cash Money Records last month, and I was absolutely blown away! I had to give him a mention, because every song on this album is GREAT for lack of a better word. You can ride this album out from beginning to end, and it lives up to its title. New Orleans is known for its Gumbo and Jambalaya and this album represents just that. It has every genre of music, R&B Soul, Pop, Jazz, Hip Hop and even Reggae. The featured artists on New Orleans also represent a tasty mix with artists such as Stevie Wonder (my absolute Music God), Adam Levine, Tweet (impatiently waiting for her next release), Busta Rhymes and Little Wayne. PJ Morton really “put his foot” in this release and it shows so much growth from his 2005 independent debut, “Emotions”. Please add this to your music collection. It is definitely a must have for any real music lover. “New Orleans” is a perfect mix of seasonings and spices for the ears. Enjoy!
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Video – “Only One”, featuring Stevie Wonder
Available on iTunes