Exclusive Interview: Next Town Down Talks Upcoming Music Project + Tour | Group Success | & More with @MFWERadio

Leon, Malik, Terence, Tre’Von and Chris are the next great R&B group in the tradition of New Edition, Boyz II Men, and Migos. They met on social media and exploded ony YouTube. Their videos have co-signs from Chris Brown, Kehlani, Tank, and Normani. Their Evolution of Boybands video went viral with over 20 million views and cosigns from Steve Harvey, Ricky Bell, Donnie Wahlberg, and *NSYNC. Since then, they’ve been lucky to sing music of all genres for and with Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, 5th Harmony, Little Mix, TLC, Smokey Robinson, and The Jacksons. Signed at Sony/ATV Music Publishing and CAA, they are preparing the release of their debut album.

The Red hot R&B sensation Next Town Down will also launch its first-ever headline tour this fall! It kicks off November 26 at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco, CA and will roll through major markets across the U.S before concluding in Philadelphia, PA at Trocadero Balcony on December 10. Check out the full itinerary below & our latest  + exclusive interview with NTD!

 

Exclusive Interview: Katherine Bailess Talks “Hit The Floor” Season 4 | Mississippi / NYC to LA | Early Career Development & More with @MFWERadio

KATHERINE BAILESS
Bailess is most recently known for her lead role as the sexy, funny, comedic seductive and Southern spitfire ‘Kyle Hart’, on the TV Series ‘Hit the Floor’ which she originated for VH1 and can now be seen  on BET Network starting in 2018. She is no stranger to television or film as she has recurred on a number of TV shows including Anger Management, Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill, The Loop and Sordid Lives. She has also appeared on shows like NCIS and in feature films opposite Kelly Clarkson in “From Justin to Kelly,” “Bring It On Again” and the recently released film version of her TV project Sordid Lives, “Sordid Wedding”.
Katherine also stars in the comedy Web Series that has gone Viral through YouTube entitled, “Sh%t Southern Women Say” and is the true definition of a triple threat; accomplished actress, trained dancer, and country music recording artist.
Bailess, who currently lives in Los Angeles, California, is from Vicksburg, Mississippi and was a musical theatre and dance major at Marymount Manhattan College. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Kat now !

Exclusive Interview: Willie Jones Talks His “Road Waves” – Acoustic Mixtape | Breaking In The Industry | & More With @MFWERadio

 

Buzzing Louisiana-born country singer and songwriter, Willie Jones releases his anxiously awaited acoustic mixtape, Road Waves across all digital retailers and streaming platforms via 4 Sound / Empire. With his smoky sense of soul, gruff lyricism, and timeless Southern charm, the singer/songwriter brings raw heart to country music over the course of five emotionally-charged anthems rife with backwoods spirit and bluesy gusto. The lead single “Windows Down”offers a glimpse at his narrative style, instrumental acumen, and pure vocal power.

The EP follows the success of his debut single “Runs In Our Blood.A different kind of all-American anthem, the video immediately resonated across communities, generating over 600K views on WorldstarHipHop.comin less than one day. Of the track, The Boot claimed,Willie Jonesbreaks the country music mold on many levels as a fresh new face in the industry.” Representing another side of country music and giving the African American a voice in the genre, Willie Jonesinitially made waves at just 17-years-old on X Factor. He has quietly turned into phenomenon with 227K Instagram followers and a burgeoning fan base.


Download / Stream Willie Jones’s “Road Waves” on all digital retailers now

 

Exclusive Interview: O-Town Talks Summer 2018 Tour | Pt. 1 EP | Comeback As Group | & More w/ @MFWERadio

O-Town’s story began in 1999, when TV network, ABC, produced the very first musical reality show in major network history. “Making the Band” was produced in conjunction with Lou Pearlman, creator of both the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC. The show chronicled the creation, development, and rise to success of O-Town throughout three seasons of the series; the first two on ABC and the final season on MTV. The group became the first to be signed by Clive Davis to his label, J Records, and released two full-length albums, which included #1 singles, “Liquid Dreams” and “All or Nothing”. The latter of which was nominated for “Song of the Year” at the Radio Music Awards in 2001.

Reunited in 2014 as a four-piece, following the departure of member, Ashley Parker Angel, band members Jacob Underwood, Trevor Penick, Dan Miller and Erik-Michael Estrada, released their third studio album, “Lines & Circles”, and set out on a national tour for the first time in 10 years in support of the album. They spent the summer of 2016 on the MY2K Tour, with artists 98 Degrees, Ryan Cabrera, and Dream. They also performed alongside the likes of New Kids on The Block, Boyz ll Men and Paula Abdul for the 5th Mixtape Festival, held in July 2016 in Hershey, PA.

In October 2016, the group launched a Kickstarter campaign to do just that. The campaign was so incredibly successful that they met their initial goal of $47,500 within the first 7 hours. At the end of the 30-day campaign, they nearly doubled that goal, proving their loyal fan base will continue to support the group as they pursue new musical endeavors. O-Town is now preparing to release the second of two EP’s, with Pacific Records, which will complete their fourth studio album. They are currently on tour as part of the Pop 2000 Tour, alongside Aaron Carter, Ryan Cabrera and Tyler Hilton, hosted by *NSYNC’s Lance Bass. O-Town’s first EP, “Part 1”, is available now! Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with our friends O-Town.

Exclusive Interview: Janine The Machine Talks Debut EP ‘High Places’ | Working w/ Tricky Stewart | & More w/ @MFWERadio

Janine The Machine confidently takes control of her own destiny. The Detroit-born and Atlanta-based artist quite literally does it all, powering every facet of her trapped-out R&B pop with a signature sense of spirit, style, and soul. In fact, an independent philosophy remains encapsulated in her very name.“I’m a machine,” she  smiles. “I write my own songs, engineer my own sessions, and mix my own vocals. I do it all.” 

Born and raised in Southfield, Michigan to a military mom and dad, our heroine went from playing piano and guitar  to cooking up beats in her bedroom. Inspired by everyone from Missy Elliott,  Santigold, and  Kelis to  Grace Jones and No Doubt, Janine took the first step on her path to being a creative machine back in high school. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a double major in music and communications, she began to catch the attention of industry tastemakers.


Following an Atlanta writing session with international pop artist Raja Kumari, Janine caught the ear of Grammy award-winning super-producer, Tricky Stewart [RihannaBeyoncéFrank Ocean]. Within a few days, Janine relocated to Atlanta, partnered with Tricky and began quietly crafting the signature sound.


Now, she makes a major splash with the 2018 debut EP High Places. “’High Places’ is a mindset. It’s about operating at the frequency that greatness lives.” she explains. “Whatever your high place is, get to it! Everybody has one. I reach mine through music.”She first teased the project with the buzz track, “High Places” [feat. Raja Kumari]. It quickly racked up 250K-plus YouTube views and counting as Janine’s profile rose. She kicked off spring 2018 by unleashing the single “Mañana.” In the end, by simply being herself, Janine The Machine remains primed to make a big impact on her own terms.“When you hear my music, I want it to be a reminder of how dope you are,” she leaves off. “There’s so much negativity in the world. I want my music to give people good vibes and keep them on a higher frequency.” Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Janine The Machine.

Exclusive Interview: Jonathan McReynolds Talks “Make Room” Album | Upcoming Book Release | & More w/ @MFWERadio

Dove Award-winning and Grammy and Stellar award-nominated gospel singer-songwriter Jonathan McReynolds has announced the release of his first ever live LP, “Make Room,” his third full album and the fourth overall release for the 28-year-old musician. The guitarist and singer also holds a Masters in theology from Moody Theological Seminary and is currently an adjunct member of the Columbia College faculty. His music has been cheered on by music icons from Stevie Wonder, Nicki Minaj, and Tori Kelly to gospel giants like CeCe Winans, Yolanda Adams, and Kirk Franklin, who dubbed McReynolds “the future of gospel music.”

The highly-anticipated follow-up to Jonathan’s 2015 “Life Music: Stage Two,” (which spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard gospel chart) was recorded entirely live this past May in Chicago, IL and was released on March 9th, 2018 on Entertainment One. Ahead of the album’s release, Jonathan is sharing a music video for lead single “I’m Not Lucky, I’m Loved,” which was first released in September and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s digital gospel songs chart. The song, which is firmly rooted in gospel tradition and priority, wears its mainstream pop appeal well as Jonathan’s incredible voice performs acrobatically around his trademark guitar-gospel style. The song bubbles and shimmers through intimate and joyful dynamics, even breaking into a white-hot guitar solo near the end.   The video, coming a few months after the single’s audio release, showcases how quickly beloved the song has become by featuring homemade videos of Jonathan’s fans singing and dancing along to the new single. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Jonathan McReynolds.

Exclusive Interview: Laurieann Gibson Discuss Docu-Series”Beyond The Spotlight”, Channeling Her Talents, & More w/ @MFWERadio

LAURIEANN GIBSON is one of, if not, the most important Pop Culture Influencers in Entertainment today.  As an Emmy Nominated Director for Lady Gaga’s “The Monster Ball Tour” HBO Special, Creative Visionary/ Choreographer for the Bad Boy 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour, presently a Co-Producer for the hit television show The Four on FOX, and prominently featured in the award winning documentary CAN’T STOP WON’T STOP: A BAD BOY STORY for her integral role in bringing the tour to life.  Gibson is a 360 brand in her own right and is ready to let the entire world know.  Known as the artist to the artists, Gibson has numerous international superstars on her resume such Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Diddy, Akon, K-Pop’s Big Bang, and Nicki Minaj just to name a few; not to mention, she has also worked for and collaborated with icons Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and Beyonce.  Blending artist development and creative direction, combined with a distinct intuitive eye and an artist in her own right, Gibson is one of the most sought-after entities in the music, television and film industries today.

2018 is shaping up to be Gibson’s most powerful year yet, combined with the new FOX competition show THE FOUR judges Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Walk and host Fergie; Gibson also starred and produced her upcoming docu- series for Lifetime, “LAURIEANN GIBSON: Beyond The Spotlight”, which follows her as she builds and shapes her company into one of the most sought after brands in the entertainment industry – all while trying to maintain some semblance of a personal life.  Artists who have made guest appearances on the highly-anticipated show so far are French Montana, Omarion, Diddy and the Bad Boy Family, Fantasia and Tamar Braxton. This year will continue to showcase Gibson’s impressive talents through her work; as the choreographer for Spike Lee’s NBC Super Bowl promo commercial, as she creates a dance competition show, as the creative director for French Montana, Justin Skye and a Las Vegas show.  Also, Gibson will be Executive Producing alongside Mary J. Blige a scripted series for FOX titled 8 COUNTS that’s loosely based on her life.  8 COUNTS follows a choreographer who takes an up-and-coming singer under her wing for a shot at superstardom. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with our good friend Laurieann Gibson.

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.

Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Zonnique below

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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