Collecting ingredients for a recipe is easy; making a delicious meal is the challenge. Creating music is much the same. Artists create through the lense of inspiration. Often, that is the styles of artists and genres past.
Art is deep and creative, always searching for something new, but sometimes heritage holds the answer. Emily Chambers does not shy away from this idea. Mixing the stylings of old school jazz and soul with today's R&B and pop stylings, Chambers has found a sound that is distinctly hers, but reminiscent of days past. She is a cross between Dusty Springfield and Mary J. Blige with the likes of Aretha Franklin and John Legend.
Scoppechio Advertising in Louisville, KY approached us with an interesting challenge for their client, the Utility LG&E and KU. “Produce the classic spiritual This Little Light Of Mine where the first verse begins as an indie pop song and then explodes into a full-on gospel choir.”
All music has a purpose, but not every song has a message. In David Berkeley's new Americana-Folk EP, The Faded Red and Blue, he proves just how strong and powerful the medium of music can be. Each song makes a distinct statement with all coming together to make a cohesive collection.
Being an artist is an evolution. It takes years of work and collaboration to find a sound you are half-way satisfied with. The world hears this music as perfection, but the artist is always on the lookout on how to make it bigger, better, and wider. HAUS had a chance to catch up with Bernardo and Scott on their previous work, creative process, and how their meeting was a "fortunate accident."
Eden Espinosa is taking on a new role. Many know her from her blockbuster stint as Elphaba in Wicked and later Maureen in the final cast of RENT. Although Espinosa is no stranger to the stage, there are still a few parts she wants to play. REVELATION is Espinosa's first foray into songwriting, and she proves she has a distinct talent for crafting a lyric writing eight out of the albums ten tracks.
Recording artist Tasha Taylor has always carried the torch for Soul and Blues. Now, with her dazzling third album, Honey For The Biscuit, the US singer/songwriter/musician unveils thirteen new songs that push her beloved genre into the spotlight. “I’m carrying on the next generation of rhythm, blues, and soul,” says Tasha. “Bridging the gap between one generation and another; it’s my family business – as well as my passion.” As the daughter of R&B trailblazer and Stax giant Johnnie Taylor, Tasha’s genealogy is auspicious.
Imitation may be the strongest form of flattery, but being an original takes nerve and that is exactly what Taylor Carson achieves with his new album After The Tamer Has Gone. There is a lot of music out there, yet just when you have Carson's new album figured out, he throws in a perfectly crafted wrench that will send your mind on a new adventure.
There’s a lot to complain about the Grammy’s. People love to crap all over it. Hell, I have more than a few gripes about it myself. And that’s not just coming from a member of the Recording Academy, but also a former judge in the Engineering Committee of NARAS’s New York Chapter!! But in spite of itself, I have to admit something. I think their process works.
Some albums take you back in time, while others make time irrelevant. Radio Parade by Jenna Nichols is one of those albums. Released in 2018, Radio Parade consists of seven songs. Each song has a distinct narrative, yet they are cohesive. The album's orchestrations range from ukeleles to steel guitar all mixed with jazz undertones. It takes you back in time while standing staunchly in 2019.
The Deepest Sea draws influence from Sun Kil Moon, Sigor Ros, Bon Iver and has an analogue, raw feel to the production thanks to Green Door's Samuel J Smith who mixed and mastered The Deepest Sea with haunting melancholy featured throughout this mini-album which then has anthemic bursts of fuzz, grunge and pop.