On This Holiday……

Continuing on our quest to add new songs to your holiday playlists and thus reinvent the holiday (cheese)wheel, I would like to share a song that has become a classic (of  mine) If for no other reason than I recorded it so long ago.  🙂

The message is simple and warm enough that even Scrooge and the Grinch rock it on their playlists.

No coal in your stocking this year… it’s also free to download.


Holiday Love aka Subliminal ft. Az Yet & Darien Dean

You’ve hung all the mistletoe and burnt the chestnuts.  Isn’t it time for some new classics? 🙂

Here is a stocking stuffer for the romantic consumer in you.  If ever there was foreshadowing in a movie, peep the cast of this flic and look forward to many sequels in the New Year.

Big shout out to aka Sub « Zero«  for the Ice Cold verse, and Herb »Heat Miser » Middleton for bringing the consistent  fire on the tracks (and for bringing me in for some added sprinkles).  Also shouts to Az Yet, who I have not met As Yet.

The End is near……. according to Google.

I just installed Google’s new voice assistant on my phone and I was amped.  This is like the new Magic 8 Ball…… but with more than 8 responses.

So….ummm………. Google is usually on point.  Should  we be worried? 🙂

Seriously though, if these were the end days, what would you do?  Don’t be surprised if I flood the internet with close to 100 songs in various levels of completion. lol.   I need folks to be familiar with my joints in the AfterLife! 🙂

– Enjoy your weekend….. it could be your last 😛

Where the Lights Meet the Music

One Skype call and I could tell iconic producer Joey Negro and I were all vibe.   I’ve been a fan of his music over the years so I was definitely grateful to have the opportunity to work with him.   « Where the Lights Meet the Music, » is the results of that vibe. The record has been really well received and has spawned some great remixes.  Enjoy and check out the full album « Joey Negro and The Sunburst Band – The Secret Life of Us »

One of the highlights from the new Sunburst Band album is the collaboration with US nu soul singer Darien on ‘Where The Lights Meet The Music ».

-Big ups to Angela Johnson for making the connection! (BTW She has a killer cut on the album!  – « In the Thick of It« )

Pt.2 .. a « SURE » shot in the arm from Mark de Clive-Lowe

I have been blessed with a lot of success in working with my UK brothers Reel People…. positive vibes and messages from people all over the world digging our collaborations.  Their music inspires me to write, and I love how they take the time to re-imagine our previously released songs by pairing them with 5-star producers.  The latest pairing is a super remix of « Sure, » the lead single from the « Golden Lady » album, by the one and only Mark de Clive-Lowe.

Soooooo straight from Jarrard Anthony’s show at Mist, I made my way to DROM(which is quickly becoming my second home) to link up with the missing member of the « All Around the World Ensemble » – Nate Smith and to meet Mark de Clive-Lowe personally at his Church NYC 1-Year Anniversary.

For those that don’t know, Church is a monthly live Jam/DJ set/Electronic performance/special guest infused extravaganza.  You never know what or who you are gonna get, but you know it’s gonna be great.

Mark de Clive-Lowe mans a set-up of synths, drum machines, fx, and laptop, all perched around a good old fashioned acoustic piano.  It’s an impressive show of lights alone, but watching him twist and turn portions of sound to create textures and accompanying them truly has to be seen/heard to be believed.   If that weren’t enough, he is accompanied by some serious A-list musicians.


Left to Right: Mark de Clive-Lowe, Mark Kelley, Casey Benjamin, Nate Smith

It’s such a great feeling to see my peoples doing their thing.  I hadn’t seen Nate Smith play live other than in studio while recording « All Around the World, » but his name precedes him…. now I know why.  Far from the subtlety of  « All Around the World » Nate was thundering down on the drums in a dizzing array of skill… literally shaking each piece where they stood – he’s a bad boy.  The last time I saw, Mark Kelley we were in Japan at a noodle shop in Shibuya after a gig with Angela Johnson.  Now you can see him regularly on the Jimmy Fallen show throwing down on bass for the Roots.  I met Casey Benjamin (multi-instrumentalist on the Robert Glasper Experiment) really early in my career.  He was playing keys with a talkbox, and now, years later I am jamming to his version of « Smells Like Teen Spirit » on the « Black Radio » album.  Rounding out the collective, was Nia Andrews, who I hadn’t heard before but I encourage you all to check out.  It is not easy to sing amidst all that’s on offer at Church, but she maneuvered masterfully through the soundscape, cutting through and filling the hall.

-other guests included John Robinson, Amma Whatt, Tivon Pennicott, Jaleel Shaw, Marcus Strickland, Ben Williams.

Oh did I forget to mention, DJ Questlove was on the 1’s and 2’s!

As I work on my new project and prepare for my show at DROM on Dec 29th, this was just the shot in the arm I needed!

– shout out to Cori Robinson, Amma Whatt (who hit the stage and knocked it down as per normal), and Miles Anthony for pushing me to go even though I was dead tired. lol.

« All Around the World »…. and NYC Pt.1

I just had an amazing night of music.  It started with another  opportunity to rock with my Soul Brother Jarrard Anthony performing our song « All Around the World. »   It truly was a historic occasion as Jarard christened the walls of Mist Harlem with songs from his « Ready to Live » CD.  It was also special because this is the first time we’ve had the pleasure of having Onaje Allan Gumbs (keys/string arrangement) play the song live with us since the studio session.


A little back story…. Jarrard is a man of his word.  He told me he wanted to work on something after the recording of  the Damn Sista Remix (featuring an all star cast: WildMann, Jon Bibbs, Eric Roberson, Jarrard, and myself).

My phone rings and Jarrard is in NY sitting with drummer/super producer Nate Smith, and invites me to swing thru.  After some serious deep building and lessons from Onaje, we began recording what would become « All Around the World. »  The results?… well you can check them out below.

If you want to support positive people and positive music purchase Ready to Live.  It’s an incredible album that I am honored to be part of.

newL-R: Mic El, Les Cleveland, Tai Allen, Jarrard Anthony, Fiona Bloom, Amer Amen, Onaje Gumbs, George Littlejohn, Darien

– shouts to Mic El (who dropped a dope impromptu verse), Amer Amen holding down JA to the fullest (who I hope is working on her own project), Monet who is featured on the album version (flute), and the incredible band with my boy and Drummer/MD Les Cleveland.

…… and the night didn’t end there.

« Nowhere » is Everywhere!

I am very proud to have « Nowhere » from my debut album « If These Walls Could Talk, » featured in this film!

Featuring an all star cast, « The Last Fall » is an incredible film that tells a far less romantic side of  the game, wherein an NFL journeyman struggles to deal with life’s complexities after his professional career is over.   In a world where we idolize the perceived glamorous life of others, it’s important to be reminded of the harsh realities that exist for many.

– Big ups to Matthew Cherry for making this film and selecting my music.

Check « Nowhere » and other songs from the album out on iTunes.