Up & comin! Check out ‘Rising Star’ @MauriceXIII

avatars-000048285798-gtfq9k-t200x200I’ve recently had the pleasure to be exposed to an exceptionally talented artist named ‘Maurice’.

I started listening to his recently released acoustic remix to Meek Mill‘s smash hit ‘Levels’, and my first reaction was “..this is good”. But when I heard his track ‘Maybe’, I realized that I was listening to a rising star!

It’s not surprising that he’s been making a name for himself over the past few months and creating a buzz around the world.  His smooth and sultry voice infused with his fluid rhymes is reminiscent of soulful ballads from the early 90’s with a twist of #modern.

He expresses his versatility with such ease and what’s crazy is…he’s only 17!  This is a case when ‘age is but a number’ as there’s maturity in his music and a voice that draws you in.

I can say first hand, I’m looking forward to hearing more from Maurice – he’s definitely one to watch out for in the very near future. You need to check him out because it sounds like he’s ready to take the industry by storm!

Count me Maurice, you have a new fan!

Get to know him: Maurice the Man 
For your listening pleasure: Maurice the Artist

#HarlemShake shakes things up!

So the Harlem Shake rocks the world.  Who knows why these different dances take off the way they do.  So many videos have surfaced with people around the world doing the “Harlem Shake”, some of them in protest.  The world as we know it has been shaken up by this new phenomenon.  Some are even being fired for ‘shaking on the job’. World Leaders in some parts of the world are speaking against this form of expression, treating it as a dance of defiance.

Well, I can tell you I was surprised to learn that the Harlem Shake has been around since 1981 when the originator, a Harlem Native who went by “Al B” was said to have introduced it to the world. Since its inception, it has appeared in many Urban areas and became popular in music videos.

This year, a group of five teenage students from Queensland Australia created this internet meme and it went viral after it was added to YouTube in early February 2013.

Who knew the effect it would have?  It’s even prompted Billboard to bring forward plans to incorporate YouTube views as one of the metrics used to calculate their Billboard 100 Hot chart.  It’s amazing how these ‘ideas’ can have such a massive impact on our society.

Here’s footage of the Miami Heat shaking things up in their locker room! 

Lost One Series – Michael Jackson

As I continue my ‘Lost Ones’ series, what more can I say about this next indvidual that hasn’t already been said? 

Michael Jackson was one of the best entertainers in the world.  Let’s separate his personal life from his career for a second as that’s what I’m focusing on in this series.

On June 25th, 2009, the music industry was a buzz with the news that Michael Jackson had died!  This man, fondly known as the ‘King of Pop‘ had managed to affect the lives of so many around the world that the speed of the internet couldn’t keep up with what people were craving for; they needed their last fix.

I’ll keep it brief, I promise.

I’m sure if you are a fan you remember it too, my heart was so heavy.  The news of his death both shocked and saddened me. Michael Jackson was more than ‘Thriller‘ and ‘Off the Wall‘.  He was more than countless grammys and awards.  The memory of MJ evoked memories of my childhood and for the days following his death, the videos and interviews took me back to my younger self and in a crazy and strange way, it felt as though a piece of my childhood was gone too.

Long story short – I would like to take a moment to remember MJ, the man, the music, the legend!  R.I.P. MJ, your legacy will live on forever!!

Check out of one of my all time favorites…this will get me up and dancing instantly!

Don’t Stop till You Get Enough!

2012 Jamaican Jazz Festival!! People are you ready?!

I’ve been a reggae fan forever.  With my father being an avid music lover we always had all types of music playing in the house. There are some songs that take me back to a time in my life.  Bob Marley always makes me think of family reunions as a few tracks from Bob Marley and the Wailers would always be played at all family functons, in addition to Calypso and Soca of course.  You’re guaranteed to hear the Mighty Sparrow if you grow up with Trini and Grenadian parents.

As I matured, I always had an attachment to reggae and in my teens I fell in love with Dancehall reggae and all it had to offer.  For years after I would attend many stage shows featuring Beenie Man, Bounty Killa, Elephant Man and the Scare Dem Crew and the list goes on.

This January, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to attend the Jamaican Jazz Festival taking place in Montego Bay, JA.  Many artists will be performing including: Jully Black, Celine Dion, Kelly Rowland, Destra Garcia and many more. I can barely contain my excitement!!

This event has inspired the following:

The Show

The stage is set. The time is now. They’re ready for the show.

In the background, the sun goes down with a sensational glow.

The sands are white, the trees are swaying and there’s something in the air.

The fans wait patiently in their seats. It’s more excitement than one can bear.

The band comes in and drops a beat, the fans are ready for the first track.

Out comes the lady they’ve all been waiting for, it’s her, it’s Ms. Jully Black!

She comes out and tears up the stage with a style like no other.

She’s not alone, Celine Dion, Kelly Rowland and Destra Garcia are all killin’ it together!

The crowd is awestruck and elated with the talent before their eyes.

All these women are beautiful souls with limits that extend well beyond the skies!

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For more information about the upcoming Jamaica JazzFestival, visit: http://jamaicajazzandblues.com/

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