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Meagan Hickman Offers Hope and Redemption with “One Day” Premiere

Meagan Hickman has always been intentional about creating uplifting music, a trend she continues with her new song, “One Day.”  Born and raised in Chicago, the singer-songwriter was trained classically, falling in love with songwriting after discovering acts ranging...

Vespre Breathes Life into Spring on New Single “Back to Me”

For some artists, the last year of increased solitude offered an opportunity to step into their craft and be more prolific and creative than ever before. For others, it presented a debilitating pit of emotional and physical quicksand, making...

Madelyn Grant Finds Her “Purpose” on Motown-Indebted Debut EP

If you haven’t heard neo-soul artist Madelyn Grant’s name before, there’s a chance you’ve heard her voice. From being featured on tracks with huge EDM artists like Odesza and FKJ to a short stint on NBC’s The Voice back...

Tori Helene Teams Up with Natown on Latest Single “Detached”

Cincinnati-based singer/ songwriter Tori Helene has joined forces with frequent collaborator and producer Natown for her first single of the year, “Detached.” Helene says it’s one of her “most empowering” songs yet. “At the time when I was writing...

Piwa Brings the ‘Bass Down’ to Take Her Next Steps as an Artist

A week-long bootcamp for The Voice was Piwa’s window to the music industry – and its cruelty.  At age 17, the singer-songwriter, then known as Tapiwa, was in California with her mom for rounds of auditions after a successful...

Rowan Niemisto Returns with Relatable Sadboy Anthems on Once Again EP

It’s been three and a half years since Rowan Niemisto released his electro R&B masterpiece Gradient. In those three years, Niemisto says he was preoccupied with his first “big boy” job at Detroit’s NPR station, WDET, where he works...

PLAYING MELBOURNE: NOE Wants to Make You “Sweat”

Noelani Petero is on a mission to bring back early the iconic 2000s R&B sound. The Melbourne-based singer-songwriter is unabashedly old-school in her approach to hip-hop and super-smooth R&B in the vein of Janet Jackson, Lauryn Hill and Aaliyah....

Audley

PLAYING CINCY: Audley Talks ‘ROY,’ Poetry And His Colorful World

Audley’s world is colorful, honest and full of possibilities. The 27-year-old singer/rapper just released his new album ROY—a glittery yet deeply personal offering that shifts between pop, R&B and hip hop sounds and combines introspective tales of love, pain...

Sitting Pretty

PLAYING CINCY: Tori Helene Is “Sitting Pretty” In Her Vibrant New Clip

Tori Helene has dropped a vibrant new video for her latest single, “Sitting Pretty.” The Natown-produced earworm finds Helene unapolgetically feeling herself, as she weaves cocky lines with messages of self-love and independence. “Lookin’ real good but what’s the...

Freddie is Ready for Their Closeup with Melanin Monroe EP

  You know you are in for something good the moment that Oakland singer Freddie’s voice comes in on their EP opener “Oblivion.” Later in the song, their rich, evocative voice moves to deliver that ever-elusive diva wish: “I...

Detroit Artists Keep the Music Coming During Quarantine

As we move deeper into the quarantine vortex, Detroit musicians continue to use their open schedules to release new songs. While most things are still up in the air, it is a simple comfort to know that there will...

Lost with you

Bri Mari Drops “Lost With You” Video Ahead Of Debut EP

Bri Mari goes all in for her new “Lost With You” visual. The Cincinnati-bred songstress dials up her sultry verses, as she and her love interest find some alone time during a house party. Bri’s sound is dazzlingly reminiscent...

Breaks and Swells To Debut New Songs Friday at Belltown Yacht Club

Seattle-based singer Marquetta Miller met most of her fellow bandmates in blistering soul fusion band Breaks and Swells while working a cocktail bar in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. It’s in this same neighborhood, at a dive-y karaoke bar, that...

Aziza Love Set to ‘Bare Soul’ On Solo Debut

Following up her debut solo EP, Views From The Cut, Aziza Love will release her debut solo album, Bare Soul, later this month. “Over these years I’ve watched myself choose everything and everyone else first… from people I’ve worked with,...

Maryze Soft

INTERVIEW: Maryze Talks Her Gorgeous Debut Video For “Soft”

Last month, pop-tinged R&B artist Maryze released her first-ever music video – a dreamy visual for her tender single, “Soft.” The Montreal-bred singer teamed up with Paris-based director Amanda Louise Macchia for the beach-set clip. “’Soft’ is about abandoning...

PLAYING SEATTLE: SassyBlack Returns With Latest Solo LP Ancient Mahogany Gold

SassyBlack, a.k.a. Catherine Harris-White, has spent years making lunar-inflected R&B and sending Seattle audiences on a funky galactic journey—both as a member several Seattle-based groups, like rap duo THEESatisfaction, and now as a formidably innovative and prolific solo artist....

F*ck A Job / Company

PLAYING CINCY: Oski Isaiah Enlists the City’s Best to Deliver New LP

Oski Isaiah finished out a busy July with the release of his highly-anticipated new album, Fuck A Job. The 10-track LP features assists from Aziza Love on “Anytime,” Monty C. Benjamin on “Over” and Jus Clay on “Business.” Fuck...

Joness / Sheep

PLAYING CINCY: Joness Releases Intoxicating New EP Sheep

Cincinnati-based artist Joness flexes her ability to jump back and forth from bouncy bars to hard-hitting vocal ranges as she intertwines classic hip hop sound with an R&B style on her new EP, Sheep. Joness first hit the scene with...