ZURICH FILM FESTIVAL

MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL JULY 2021

HOSTING GIVES ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT WITH AUDIENCES IN THE MOST AMAZING WAYS.

Hosting Keiko Matsui show
Hosting Chante Moore show
Hosting Keiko Matsui show
Hosting Keiko Matsui show

WILL DOWNING’S SONG GARDEN

When it comes to singing and writing timeless songs, Will Downing does it like no other. His undeniably successful career has spanned decades; he knows how to keep his fans satisfied and wanting more. Will’s 24th album “The Song Garden” is set for release on January 29th. What began as a couple of song releases during the pandemic blossomed into an album. The singles were received and applauded around the world, and fans will absolutely relish “The Secret Garden.” The first single from the album is titled “Stand Up.” Not only does it speak to the current atmosphere in our country, but it inspires and reminds us to stay strong. The album is a combination of all things we know and love about Downing. As you’ll hear in our interview, we are both anticipating the return of live music. Enjoy my interview with Will.

WILL DOWNING’S SONG GARDEN

 

 

When it comes to singing and writing timeless songs, Will Downing does it like no other. His undeniably successful career has spanned decades; he knows how to keep his fans satisfied and wanting more. Will’s 24th album “The Song Garden” is set for release on January 29th. What began as a couple of song releases during the pandemic blossomed into an album. The singles were received and applauded around the world, and fans will absolutely relish “The Secret Garden.” The first single from the album is titled “Stand Up.” Not only does it speak to the current atmosphere in our country, but it inspires and reminds us to stay strong. The album is a combination of all things we know and love about Downing. As you’ll hear in our interview, we are both anticipating the return of live music. Enjoy my interview with Will.

HE IS STOKLEY

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While the world is dealing with a pandemic, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Stokley Williams is taking time to reflect and finding the silver lining in the midst of it all. His single “She,” from his upcoming album “Sankofa,” is a current favorite amongst both old and new fans. The single has earned two weeks at no.1 on the Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary Chart. While speaking to Stokely about life, I recalled our conversation three years ago and before he released his first album, “Introducing Stokley.” Furthermore, we covered the success he has had since then. On this album, Stokely reconnected with his mentors, super duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. He also collaborated with Snoop Dogg on the second single. titled “Vibrant.” Stokley’s acknowledgement of where he came from is the driving force for “Sankofa.”

Listen and enjoy my conversation with Stokley:

LINDSEY WEBSTER SHARES “A WOMAN LIKE ME”

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In the midst of a pandemic, Lindsey Webster, alongside the rest of us, is adjusting to the new normal. She released her fifth album, “A Woman Like Me,” on March 27th. Since then, “A Woman Like Me” has debuted #1 on iTunes jazz, and this week, the album is #1 on the Billboard chart. The project is doing extremely well and is bringing joy and positivity to Webster’s fans. Lindsey collaborated with artists she’d never met yet had always admired. Nathan East adds a solo to the title track, and Vinnie Colaiuta and Luis Conte can be heard on other songs. Creating and recording with new energy was an enjoyable part of the making of this album. Webster grew up in Woodstock and has always been supported and given the freedom to be her true self; it’s evident when listening to all of her music–especially, on this album. She is at the apex of her career and unapologetic about the woman she has become. Lindsey is always striving to better herself and figure out her place in the world. 

Listen to my conversation with Lindsey about her new album: 

 

 

KAYLA WATERS IS IN “FULL BLOOM”

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Urban-jazz pianist Kayla Waters has everything it takes and more to be a successful artist. She is strong, confident, grounded, focused on her gifts, and translates it all beautifully through her music. Kayla is enjoying the success of her sophomore album “Coevolve” and feeling the love with her second consecutive Billboard No.1 single “Zephyr.” This week, her latest single, “Full Bloom,” is No.2. Waters took an eight-month hiatus from social media to focus solely on her music and her connection with God. The fruits of doing so was the creation of “Coevolve.” It tells the story of two things: first is life of a plant and how it grows; second is Kayla herself and how, like the plant, she, too, is growing and blossoming. Essentially, Waters is telling her life story in every song. Additionally, she collaborated with Michael Broening on the single “Full Bloom.” She is currently working on her third album, touring, and preparing to launch her own production company. She’ll be sharing the stage with her father, saxophonist Kim Waters, on December 6th in Charlotte, NC at the Mcglohon Theater.

Listen as Kayla shares some of her story with me: 

This Friday: Urban-Jazz pianist Kayla Waters to perform Dec. 6 at the McGloghon Theater in Charlotte

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One of the most exciting and visionary urban-jazz artists to arrive in recent years, pianist Kayla Waters (www.iamkaylawaters.com) is touring in support of her sophomore album, “Coevolve,” which spawned her second consecutive Billboard No. 1 single, “Zephyr.” The creative and energizing force of substance and style plays the McGloghon Theater in Charlotte on December 6.

Waters, an award-winning musician, songwriter and producer, crafted “Coevolve” that she describes as a collection of “rich polyphonic textures, unique sounds, tones, impromptu melodic, harmonic and rhythmic nuances that justly epitomize the aeolian cycle of God, music and natural life.​” That description  alone reflects the depth of her recordings. Waters masterfully deploys alluring melodies and enveloping grooves while presenting scholarly, divine concepts that stimulate contemplation. Her earthy and organic aural palette incorporates soulful R&B, improvised modern jazz, freeform indie sensibilities and celestial inspirational music that touches hearts, minds and souls. And she has only begun to scratch the surface of her artistic gifts and vision.

“Coevolve” follows Waters’ 2017 debut disc, “Apogee,” an enchanting flight far beyond the borders of contemporary jazz powered by the Billboard No. 1 single, “I Am,” a confident introduction to a compelling and charismatic artist who is making the music genre refreshing for the stalwarts and appealing to young millennials through her recorded offerings and by her powerful presence. Both the breakthrough single and album ended the year on Billboard’s yearend charts.

The Black Women in Jazz and the Arts Foundation honored Waters with their Rising Star in Jazz award and the Washington, DC-based artist was named Best Jazz Artist at the Wammies. Waters has performed at major festivals, theaters and clubs around the globe with the upcoming tour stop part of a busy concert itinerary.