Life often presents us with tests and trials just to bring us full circle to meet our destiny. It is within these tests and trials that we form our testimony and discover our life’s purpose. 22-year-old Cameroonian-born, Atlanta-based singer/ rapper/ songwriter Lorine Chia may have taken the long and winding road to her luminous destiny. But soon the world will know her name upon the release of her eclectic and highly anticipated EP Sweet Noise, produced by Rami Beatz (Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Juicy J). Her deep, velveteen vocals have been praised by the likes of Complex, Fader, and Billboard.
Born in the West African country of Cameroon, Lorine Chia was reared in an environment that instilled the importance of survival skills early on. “Being a child there, you’re raised so much quicker,” she recalls. “Because the main focus is survival and making sure you’re independent. Every morning, you’d have to get up and walk two miles to school.” Spending her early years in Cameroon informed Lorine with a strong sense of self sufficiency and determination that would prove integral in her future. Checkout our latest interview with Lorine Chia.
Ryan Henry is the owner and creator of 9Mag, a prominent tattoo shop. He brought together his team, who are the most talented artists in the city, to help build his tattoo empire in Chicago. Ryan grew up on the streets of the south side of Chicago. Once he got into tattooing, his sister Nova helped fund his blossoming career. Not long afterwards, she and Ryan’s niece Ava were murdered by an ex-boyfriend. At that point, Ryan’s life was forever changed. Ryan put the money towards 9Mag, which stands today as a tribute to his sister.
Though a bit moody and unpredictable, underneath Ryan’s tough exterior, is a loving and extremely caring guy. Ryan’s family is everything to him and his world rotates around his son, Mason. Ryan turns to tattooing to clear his mind and to cleanse his soul. Unbeknownst to most people, Ryan is part Japanese and he searches for a deeper connection to his heritage through traditional Japanese tattooing. Checkout our latest interview with Ryan Henry of Black Ink Chicago.
Speak to this dynamic artist about his sound and he’ll label it contemporary soul. Challenge him to rattle off his list of influences and he’ll give you a spectrum ranging from Nat King Cole to Anita Baker to R. Kelly. He’ll speak of his gospel upbringing—his parents were both pastors and singers; his sister, a musician. And his instrumental prowess will show him to be fluent on the piano, saxophone and drums. Wash is truly rich in depth; both the artist and the man. While his musical expertise is astonishingly mature, the 24 year old still finds a way to hold his own among his fellow R&B crooners. Signed to AyeGirl Music/Interscope Records, his debut single, “Can’t Trust Thots” features label mate and wildly successful rapper, French Montana, while cleverly paying musical homage to artists such as TLC and BBD. His smooth vocals are gripping and the upbeat record fits seamlessly into any of today’s contemporary playlists. Checkout our latest interview with Wash.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Netta first fell in love with entertaining at a young age when her mother, despite their modest means, would find a way to take Netta and her sisters to local music shows and events. Netta, inspired by her early exposure to the performing arts, committed to being an artist as a child. Netta was determined to succeed and make her dreams as an artist when she signed to Atlantic Records in 2013. She has recently taken her career into her own hands as an independent artist with her “880” project with EMPIRE.
Checkout our latest interview Netta Brielle and download “880” available everywhere.
Since she first came onto the R&B scene in 2000, Ledisi has been wowing fans and earning critical acclaim. In 2007, she caught the attention of Verve Music Group and recorded her third album, Lost & Found. The album earned her two Grammy Award nominations, including “Best New Artist”. She continues to be acknowledged by her peers, receiving seven additional Grammy nominations to date. In 2014, Ledisi released her fifth studio album, The Truth, which spawned the singles “I Blame You”, “Rock with You”, and Grammy nominated “Like This”, among others. She headlined two national sold-out tours, appeared onstage alongside Kelly Clarkson and Jill Scott, and on nationally recognized shows like Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, HBO’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and VH1’s Divas Live. The big screen came alive in 2014 with Ledisi’s portrayal of gospel great Mahalia Jackson in the Oscar-nominated film Selma. Ledisi’s rendition of the Thomas Dorsey hymn “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” reverberates with viewers everywhere.In 2016, Ledisi will join the likes of Kerry Washington, Hill Harper, and John Legend when she receives The Advocacy Award presented by The United States Conference of Mayors. Checkout our latest interview about her album “The Truth”.
When you break it down, music should be about having a good time. New York’s alternatively minded “electro hip-pop dub-something” pair Timeflies — Rob “Rez” Resnick [producer] and Cal Shapiro [vocals].
Following indie breakout 2011’s ‘The Scotch Tape,’ their 2014 first major label offering, ‘After Hours,’ debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200, went #1 on iTunes Top Pop Albums chart, and yielded the hit “All The Way” which soared to #2 on Billboard’s Top Digital Songs chart and has earned over 35 million Spotify streams. They’ve landed high-profile syncs for films like “About Last Night” and from the MLB, NBC, Red Bull, “American Idol,” and more. Vanity Fair dubbed them “Musical Masterminds,” and the duo has hit the stage at “Good Morning America” and on “Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!” Their last national headline tour saw every single date sell out. It was on that tour where they wrote the bulk of ‘Just For Fun.’
Philadelphia – We’re excited to announce we’ve teamed up with AEG Live to give away 2 pairs of ticket to Timeflies’s show at Coda on Sunday, October 30th. Checkout the details below on how to win tickets to the show with us !
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SoMo stands out as R&B’s most successful underground superstar. Since 2013, he’s attracted a diehard, and devoted fanbase. As a result, his 2014 self-titled debut, SoMo, captured #1 on iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart. Meanwhile, the single “Ride” went double-platinum.
SoMo has big plans in store for fall 2016. He recently announced the dates for his North American Fall headline run, The Less Stress More Love Tour. Tickets and VIP packages are on-sale now HERE. He begins the tour in Atlanta, GA at Center Stage on November 1, and will hit the major markets seducing crowds across the country, including Philadelphia on November 10 at Trocadero Theatre, until he closes out in Houston, TX at the Revention Music Center December 9. SoMo will then return to Dallas, TX December 29 for a big homecoming show at Southside Music Hall. The Less Stress More Love Tour marks the end to another massive year for SoMo. This spring, he finished out his sixth headline tour, once again selling out every date. He also delivered an explosive performance at Lollapalooza.
Philadelphia – We’re excited to announce we’ve teamed up with AEG Live to give away 2 pairs of ticket to Somo’s show in Philadelphia. Somo brings The Less Stress More Love Tour to the Trocadero Theatre on Thursday, November 10th. Checkout the details below on how to win tickets to the show with us !
1) Follow @MFWERadio + @OnAirWithDavid on Twitter and simply tweet us with the hash-tag #TheLessStressMoreLoveTour
2) E-mail Info@MFWERadio.com letting us know your favorite Somo track with the subject line: ” Somo Philadelphia”.
Price’s double-platinum debut, Soul of a Woman, featured the record-breaking single, “Friend of Mine.” She returned to center stage three years later with the platinum-plus seller, Mirror, Mirror, led by her remake of the R&B classic, “As We Lay,” and followed up with the gold-selling holiday collection, One Family: A Christmas Album in 2001. Three years after releasing Priceless, she returned to her roots for This Is Whom I Am, a live gospel album recorded at her church home in Long Island. The album included the uplifting single, “Healing,” which not only reached the top of the gospel charts, but was also credited and awarded at the 2007 ASCAP Awards as one of the top five songs played across both R&B and Gospel genres during 2006. Along her journey, she’s collaborated with the likes of Mariah Carey, George Michael, Elton John, The Isley Brothers, Brian McKnight and Sean “Diddy” Combs as well as Faith Evans, Whitney Houston, Donnie McClurkin, Eric Clapton, the late James Brown, Shirley Murdock. She’s also taken her talents to the screen and stage with roles in Soul Food, the series Bringing Down the House and the stage plays Why Did I Get Married? and The Bible Experience. In 2005, she added the title of ‘self-published author’ to her resume with the release of the inspirational tome, Inscriptions of My Heart. Checkout our latest interview with Kelly Price from the Essence Music Festival.
Sure, the platinum-selling singer and songwriter is the architect behind ubiquitous smashes such as “On the Way Down”, “True”, and “Shine On” as well as albums including 2004’s Take It All Away, which hit #8 on the Billboard Top 200, You Stand Watching , and The Moon Underwater . However, you’ll get to know Ryan like never before on his forthcoming 2014 EP and fifth full-length album. Stardom aside, it’s never ever been about image, media, or pomp and circumstance for Cabrera. It’s always come down to one thing: the music. It’s where everything starts…
In 2009, he began writing songs for what would eventually become record number five. However, the inspiration didn’t quite click right off the bat. So, he continued cataloging his thoughts and emotions over the next few years. He immersed himself in other artistic pursuits such as painting—actually decking out his home with all original work enjoying his own personal renaissance. He also spent meaningful time at hospitals around the country, brightening up the day for countless sick children and young adults. Inspired from this, Cabrera also took the opportunity to launch a live music series entitled Live From Ryan’s Living Room, which airs bi-monthly. Utilizing stageit.com, he broadcasts live performances from his living room and all proceeds for “online tickets” benefit different charities. Everybody from Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw to Billy Ray Cyrus and We The Kings has joined him in the Living Room for unique live jams.
“It’s organic pop music,” Cabrera declares. “Justin and I hit it off immediately. We were in a room together, jamming on everything. We weren’t trying to be anything or fit any kind of mold. It was just music we dug. I started writing all of these fun, positive, and uplifting songs. My whole perception had changed. Every song tells its own story.” “House On Fire” shimmies from a percussive tribal intro into an incendiary refrain. He smiles, “It’s about burning everything down and being crazy while you can. You’re living in the moment and enjoying everything you do. A lot of people are afraid to let themselves go, be passionate, and express their feelings. You’ve got to burn it all down—even if just for one night. Let loose and go nutty! It feels great.” Ultimately, this is the real Ryan Cabrera. He doesn’t hold anything back, and he’s created his most uplifting and powerful music to date. “I want the music to speak for itself,” he leaves off. “My career has been about a lot of things from the outside. The focus unfortunately shifted to what my hair was like or who I was dating. That’s not why I started playing music. It’s always been about the music. That’s it. It’s not about being a pop singer. It’s about being an artist. I want people to think of the songs before they think of me. It starts now. This is going to be a fun ride.” Checkout our latest interview with Ryan Cabrera now !
Grammy-nominated singer, actress, and model V. Bozeman disrupts conventions, burns expectations, and emanates extreme energy in its purest form. Take one glance at her, and you’ll see strikingly natural beauty augmented by runway-ready features and edgy modern style. Musically, she doesn’t flip the script so much as rewrite it altogether. After one listen, you’ll hear feral intensity, focused vision, and unnervingly dynamic talent that turned musical innovators like Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds’, CeeLo Green, and Timbaland into fans, creative collaborators, and supporters. V. is best known for her recurring role on FOX’s Golden Globe nominated hit drama series “Empire,” where she had the distinction of opening the Empire series premiere (2014) with the heart-wrenching ballad “What Is Love”, captivating both viewers and listeners, and garnering the most downloaded and streamed soundtrack on the original Empire Pilot EP. The first episode was viewed in more than 20 million households. The official soundtrack, also containing the single, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and has since been officially certified Gold. V. once again stunned fans with her performance of her single “Hourglass,” written by Terrence Howard, on the season 2 series finale of “Empire” (2016). V has recently teamed up with Lincoln Motor Company (June 2016) for a commercial and release of her single “GO” off her upcoming debut album. In addition to the album you can catch V. and her incredible vocals at the 2016 BET Experience kick off concert as well as the 2016 Essence Festival later next month. In addition to her music and recurring role on “Empire” she can be seen staring in 2 international Heineken commercials and is working on several other TV projects, which are currently in development.