Songwriter and vocalist Amber Streeter (aka Ambee, Se7en, Sevyn) was the first member of TG4, a pop-R&B outfit put together by Chris Stokes (Immature, B2K). In 2002, the group released a single, “Virginity,” that reached number 88 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. An album was recorded and shelved, and the group split.
Streeter caught the attention of producer Rich Harrison (Amerie, Beyoncé), who asked her to join RichGirl, yet another group that released one minor hit (“24’s”) and recorded a shelved album. Once that group dissolved, Streeter established herself as a songwriter for Chris Brown (including “Yeah 3X,” “Wet the Bed,” and “Strip”), Kelly Rowland (“Keep It Between Us”), Estelle (“International”), Brandy (“Slower”), and Alicia Keys (“New Day” and “Limitedless”).
She signed to Atlantic as a solo artist and released her first single, “I Like It,” in October 2012. “It Won’t Stop,” featuring Chris Brown and co-production from Diplo, followed in May 2013. The song was included on the seven-track EP Call Me Crazy, But…, which was issued that December.
For Connor Evans, music arises from balance. The Coachella Valley raised, Virgin Islands based recording artist’s latest album ‘The Vibe’ takes its inspiration from Connor’s time in the Islands, including life changing experiences working with a shaman partaking in an ayahuasca ceremony, a night-long event where participants drink a hallucinatory plant/vine tea blend and connect to a higher intelligence.
“Growing up in Southern California inspired my music but it was my time in the Virgin Islands that birthed ‘The Vibe’ which I consider to be my best work to date” says Connor. “I didn’t have any anxiety or trepidation. I quit my job, moved to the Virgin Islands and holed up in a studio for four months.”
One could say Connor has been chasing his musical dreams since his formative years in So-Cal. His dad worked early in his career as a radio DJ and introduced Connor to the Soul sounds of Otis Redding while his “hippie” mom turned him on to classic Rock like King Crimson and E.L.O. As the years went by, Connor gravitated towards the powerful vocals of Lauryn Hill and the introspective lyrics and industry shaking sounds of one Kanye West.
On the song “Unique” off Connor Evans latest album ‘The Vibe’, the Virgin Islands based, Cali-bred artist delivers bars that not only challenge the definition of a white rapper, but shine a light on his growth as a person: My friend said that he’s glad I don’t act more black/Made me look at him different/We don’t chill so much now and that ain’t a coincidence/Cutting people out my life if they really ain’t fittin’ in/ The lines speak to Connor Evans being anything but your typical Rap artist. His album ‘The Vibe’ is a tour through a world of sounds creating one of the best independent album releases of 2016. Whether it’s the hard, stereo shaking, Reggae vibes of “Neva” Feat. Pressure Busspipe or the late-night, leaned out, dirty south sounds of “Decibels”, ‘The Vibe’ offers something for even the most critical musical ear. Connor’s latest project follows other critically acclaimed independent projects that have been featured by major media outlets including USA Today, Yahoo Music, VIBE, and AllHipHop, who bestowed praise on Connor and his brand of Hip-Hop crossing genre boundaries. Connor’s music examines three staples of life – faith, love and sex – and providing his own perspective.
“I was reading Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, and he describes faith, love and sex as the three most powerful emotions. Faith and love are purely spiritual functions. Sex is purely biological. That encompasses everything I write about and what drives all of us. It’s the balance between those three that makes us who we are.”
Devyn Rose returns with a brand new single titles “Mood Killah”(produced by Lexi Banks), the first single off her upcoming full length album, due out sometime next year.. Mood Killah is available now on iTunes and Google Play! Download Link: http://smarturl.it/moodkillah
Nick Van de Wall, aka Afrojack, joined Tiësto and Armin van Buuren in the line of globetrotting DJs, producers, and remixers to come out of the burgeoning Dutch dance music scene.
Born in Spijkenisse in 1988, he began playing the piano at age five, but after getting his hands on a copy of music-sequencing program Fruity Loops, he started to play around with samples and creating his own songs. After discovering the Rotterdam club scene, he began performing short DJ sets before traveling to the Mediterranean to hone his craft, playing at various clubs over a five-month period. Returning to his native Holland, he signed to the independent Digidance label and released his debut single, “Afrojack: In Your Face,” before forming his own record company, Wall Recordings, scoring club hits with “Math” and “Do My Dance.”
Following performances at dance festivals Tomorrowland and Sensation, and a collaboration on David Guetta’s One Love album (“Toyfriend”), he was invited to remix the likes of Madonna’s “Revolver” and Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro.” In 2010, he teamed up with electro-pop vocalist Eva Simons on his first U.K. Top 40 hit, “Take Over Control,” and also released a rarities album, Lost & Found, featuring nine previously unreleased tracks. In 2011, he collaborated with Miami rapper Pitbull for the hit single “Give Me Everything” and released his own hit track “The Future.”
A 2012 tour of America confirmed his growing popularity, including dates at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami and Coachella in Indio, California, plus more than 40 other venues. Soon after, he announced a worldwide deal with Universal and Island/Def Jam, resulting in global chart success with the single “As Your Friend,” featuring Chris Brown. Two more singles, “The Spark” (featuring Spree Wilson) and “Ten Feet Tall” (featuring Wrabel), preceded the release of his 2014 album Forget the World, which also included guest features from Snoop Dogg, Sting, and Wiz Khalifa. ~ Jon O’Brien, Rovi