Exclusive Interview: Algee Smith Discuss Debut EP “Listen” | Movie Career | & More w/ @MFWERadio

Nodding back to the versatility of classic entertainers, Algee Smith simultaneously thrives on the big and small screens, on stage, and on tape. Starring in Detroit and The New Edition Story in between releasing his 2017 EP Listen, the actor, singer, and songwriter shines in any arena. However, that became his goal a long time ago… “In my mind, I needed to be respected in both art forms—acting and music,” he exclaims. “It was all or nothing for both. I went as hard as I could to live those dreams.”

Born in Saginaw, MI before relocating to the South Side of Atlanta in middle school, the budding talent hit the road for the first time at just 12-years-old. As part of the World Changers church choir, he performed in front of a sold-out audience at Madison Square Garden. Inspired on his path by 2Pac, R. Kelly, and Michael Jackson, mom homeschooled Algee so he could focus on his art, while dad produced countless songs for him to sing over. 2011 saw him begin releasing originals on YouTube as part of a regular “Music Mondays” feature before landing roles in films such as Earth To Echo and Let It Shine. After grinding for nearly a decade, BET chose him to star in the acclaimed 2017 series The New Edition Story as lead singer Ralph Tresvant. “It was dope because we spoke to three generations: the people who grew up with New Edition, my generation the Millennials, and little kids discovering them for the first time,” he says. “For me, it was amazing to be part of something that placed black culture at the forefront.”

As the series took off, he unveiled his independent Listen EP. Driven by his powerhouse voice, he brings fresh flavor to old school R&B with a twist. Without any traditional promotion, the six-song set soared to #11 on iTunes Overall R&B chart and earned praise from BET and more. Over a nineties bounce, his falsetto takes flight on the first single “Girl,” which became a sensation straight out of the gate and racked up 275K YouTube/VEVO views in under a month. The track figures into an overarching theme.

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Exclusive Interview: Zonnique Talks “The Great Xscape Tour” | GUHHATL | New Music | & More w/ @MFWERadio

Growing up in a prominent hip hop family in the south, Zonnique Pullins has always considered what her own legacy would be. Being the daughter of an R&B female pioneer, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and the stepdaughter to the King of the South, T.I., Zonnique is adjusting her crown and awakening the girl boss within her. At 21 years of age, the singer/songwriter has already assembled quite an impressive resume after achieving success as a member of the girl group, OMG Girlz. Credited with two chart topping singles, their star power landed them on tour and television. In 2015, after much contemplation, the group decided to part ways and pursue personal passions. As a trendsetter, Zonnique continues to push an initiative the trio was behind, female empowerment. Inspired by the birth of her litter sister, Heiress Harris, Zonnique decided to pursue her desire to launch the Heiry Cosmetics line, for young girl bosses everywhere, to feel good while looking good. In continuing her musical legacy, Zonnique released her first solo single, featuring Young Thug. True to her nature as a Pisces, her new sound showcases her duality.After the success of her solo single, Nun For Free, Zonnique went on to release her EP Love JonesThe Love Jones, EP displays a mature side to Zonnique’s music and showed her growth as an artist. With a 4.5 star customer rating in the iTunes store Love Jones, proved to be a ground breaking body of work.

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Exclusive Interview: Mic Lowry Talks Debut EP “Mood” | Branding | Touring & More w/ @MFWERadio

 

From singing on the streets of their native Liverpool to touring arenas with Justin Bieber, MiC LOWRY have made it their mission to win over fans the old-fashioned way – with their voices and heavenly harmonies. Chuck in spades of Scouse charm, below-the-belt lyrics and a sound that updates the music of their youth and the result is less boy band than R&B gang. Having conquered YouTube with their captivating covers of songs as diverse as Adele’s Hello and Drake’s One Dance (racking up tens of millions of plays on the way), scored their debut hit last year with the steamy, Phil Collins-sampling Oh Lord and sold out shows from the U.K. to the States before being handpicked by Bieber to support him on tour in Europe, the MOBO award-winning quintet are poised to bring male harmony vocals back to the charts.

Mood, their second EP – and first since signing to Polydor – sees MiC LOWRY (pronounced Mike Lowry) expand their soulful sound with forays in to funk, hip hop and even garage, while their lyrics have grown ever more explicit. Co-written by the band, Mood was recorded in Liverpool, London and L.A. with an array of A-list producers – among them MNEK (Beyonce, Disclosure), Stereotypes (Bruno Mars, Bieber), Harmony Samuels (Ariana, Chris Brown) and Shift Key (Stormzy, Tinie Tempah). Led by sultry new single Don’t Tempt Me, Mood contains six tracks, plus interlude 2U, that explore a variety of sounds, tempos and, well, moods. What they have in common is a band who are tighter than brothers and whose innate understanding of each other’s talents and how their five voices best blend is practically telepathic.

In 2012, MiC LOWRY – their name stolen from the Will Smith character in the ‘90s film Bad Boys, another shared love – posted their first DIY video on YouTube, a cover of The Temptations’ My Girl. Over the next few years, with the aid of their mentor Esco Williams, their former tutor at the youth group, the band built up a huge online following with their reinterpretations of hits by everyone from Luther Vandross and Bruno Mars to Clean Bandit and Calvin Harris. Their cover of Beyonce’s Drunk In Love was the first to hit the million mark, by which time MiC LOWRY were selling out shows through word of mouth. In London’s Euston station, they were ordered to leave over the tannoy for singing – or rather, for stopping too many commuters in their tracks. In Liverpool, they caused chaos by filming out in the streets. In 2015, they won the MOBO UnSung award.

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Exclusive Interview: Maurice Moore Talks “The Amber Room” EP | Songwriting | Relationships | & More w/ @MFWERadio

The story all begins in the cold canadian capitol of Ottawa,

Born an interesting mixture of ethnicities including African American, Caucasian, Native American, and Cuban – Maurice embodies the true meaning of diversity, in his background and in his musical creations.   At only 6 years old, Maurice’s parents endured a harsh divorce, forcing him to take the role as man of the house and take care of his baby sister while mom worked multiple jobs to provide for them. Growing up in the projects didn’t hinder his tunnel vision state of mind towards his goals. He initially found solace in athletics—American football in particular, being recognized as an All-American running back and one of the top recruits of his class— but with music tugging on his heart it became increasingly hard to pursue both and Maurice decided to leave his scholarships behind to follow his passion in music.

Well before his time and all before his first day of High School, “MM” formulated a major business plan and applied for a ‘Summer Company Grant’ through Ottawa’s City Hall; a grant he was ultimately awarded. This award not only gave the growing star the opportunity to build his own music studio from scratch, but it also allowed the then 14 year-old to seriously enter the music industry as the brainchild of a production and musical engineering business.

Maurice Moore established his solo career in the summer of 2013 as a singer, songwriter, producer & engineer. A member of Kehlani’s Tsunami Mob collective, the Ottawa-native’s music can be heard on airwaves across North America, Australia and Europe, while his verses and hooks are sung by some of your favourite major artists.

The impressive noteworthy list the Black Canadian award nominee has worked with, includes the likes of: KehlaniTrey Songz, OmarionWale, R&B group Immature, 2x Grammy Nominated T-Town Productions (Chris Brown/R.Kelly, “Drown In It”) and Grammy Nominated Jerrin Howard (Miguel/Wale, “Lotus Flower Bomb”) to name a few. Moore’s viral single ‘LOL‘ was also tapped as a sample for Chris Brown’s hit single ‘Liquor.’

Barely 19, the young artist announced as “8 R&B Artists To Add To Your 2016 Playlist” by Karen Civil and predicted by MUCH alongside The Weeknd, Alessia Cara, Nicki Minaj & Beyonce for “11 Predictions For This Year’s Coveted Song Of The Summer.”  has received many offers from major labels, while being coined as “Canada’s Next R&B Star” by CBC Television.

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