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Tiana Dean Interview: Classy vocals and a new EP to feel rejuvenated with

We sat down with the wildly talented Tiana Dean recently to chat all about her new EP and more. Full of life and so much passion, we find out more about this dynamic musician and her current mindset in this challenging world.

Thanks so much for speaking with us today, Tiana. We love your fresh music vibe with such honest lyrics. Let’s start with this. Where do we find you today and how did you get started with music?

Tiana: I can be found at Tianadeanoffical on Instagram and Facebook and Tiana Dean on all streaming platforms and YouTube.
I’ve always been in music. I often tell myself it just runs in my veins. Singing, dancing and writing have always been something I did to past the time as a child. I grew up singing in my church choir as well as early childhood school years.
I was shaped by what I heard around me. The gospel and jazz from my mom the Michael Jackson, Jacket Jacket, and Mariah Carey from my dad. Ciara, Destiny Child, and Eminem, from my oldest sister , to Maroon Five, All American Hero’s, Arvil Laverine from my younger sister and everything rap, Luda, Wayne, Jay Z from my brother. I just always liked what I like and was drawn to certain sounds. I spent hours making up my own beats in my head and writing verses and choruses in my room.
I’ve been recording/releasing music for about 7 years now and fell in love with it the first time I ever recorded a song. It truly is a magical experience.

What core elements do you feel are needed to make the music scene better long-term?

Tiana: Making it more about the music and less about the glitz and glam and who you know. I see a lot of talent and a lot of hard working independent artist trying to make it in a world that’s designed around how desperate people are to be popular and liked. The best music comes from the heart, from emotion and feelings, passion and experiences.

Please explain all about the exciting process to complete your debut 5-track EP and who was involved?

Tiana: The process was rigorous lol. I went through so many songs and so many ideas. I had thoughts of not dropping anything this year and waiting. I was so focused on trying to make a project I thought people would want to hear I wasn’t making anything I liked. I came across a beat off YouTube during the time I called myself giving up and created my single “Lovin It Here” off the “Dear Diary” EP. After being sparked by lovin it here and being able to tell my story that way in a song I was sold on making whatever I was going to drop as a project a pop project.
I found a producer off YouTube named Vshy and literally every beat he had was perfect for the sound and vibe I was going for. I recorded the entire EP at Halfspint Productions Mixed and mastered. There are no features on the project so everything is written by me. All the songs on the Dear Diary EP were written this year within months of the release of the project. Literally my entire project scratched and recreated within months of an album release date because I was inspired by a whole new feel and vibe. Something that was more me.

To release the project and debut the EP a “Night With Tiana Dean” was presented by BlackDolla in Cincinnati Oh. I was accompanied by a live band, The Vault, as well as three amazing opening acts, Siri Imani, Jade Alexis, and Young Reese Rude. It was truly A night to remember and a great introduction into the first project dropped by Tiana Dean.

When you close your eyes and imagine being on a massive stage with fans cheering, what does it feel like?

Tiana: For me, it feels breathtaking. I often imagine how a show will go before it happens and the feeling that overcomes me is overwhelming. Almost too much to handle. I honestly can only imagine what something like that would really feel like! One day though, for sure.

Cincinnati, Ohio. How is the music scene doing and do you feel like the whole local industry is thriving again?

Tiana: I think the music scene in Cincinnati is growing. From where it was when I started to where it is now, it has grown tremendously. I see a lot of artists here getting recognition and getting outside the city. Artists are investing in themselves and working together. It’s a lot of love going around the city, from what I see. So many opportunities are around for artist to be able to express themselves and get their name out there.

Who or what inspires you most in the world?

Tiana: My parents inspire me the most. They are two of the most hardest working, selfless people I know. They were my first examples of what success looks like, what discipline is. I dedicated a lot of life just to make my parents proud and I believe they are.

Where can we find you live next at a show?

Tiana: I’m currently booking for the year 2023. You can follow me on my website and subscribe for notifications regarding upcoming events, new music releases, merch, and shows!

Listen up on Spotify. See more vibes on IG.

Interview by Llewelyn Screen

My Duty: Kev Scott and The Cherished Times are the lifeguards needed to wash those tears away on Find Your Love

Knowing that the romance is there after the harrowing seas calm down mightily, Kev Scott and The Cherished Times are ready to hold hands again with that cherished human on Find Your Love.

Kev Scott and The Cherished Times are a Blackpool, Lancashire-based Gospel-fused Americana alt-folk rock act who makes those dreamy tracks you can’t ever forget.

Tales of lockdown crisis and a world war 2 rescue are two of the themes that accompany love, loss and life set to the blend of Gospel tinged Americana/Alternative folk rock that has become the signature sound of the band.” ~ Kev Scott and The Cherished Times

Delighting us with something rather special to truly feel profoundly, Kev Scott and The Cherished Times send our hearts into a whole new level of comfort on this important new single.

Find Your Love from Blackpool, Lancashire-based Gospel-fused band Kev Scott and The Cherished Times is a soaring soundtrack which shows us that genuine care does indeed exist. Sung with care and poise, filled with superb vocals and fused together so splendidly, this is a soundtrack to play loud when you need to feel that all-important hope again.

Listen up to this new song here and see more on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Excellent Bury multi-skilled human wizard Joshua might have dropped one of the most electric tracks ever on Jane Doe

After wrestling the evil ghosts that lurked on the battlefield in May 2022 with the eerie classic Throne, Joshua is in supreme form with another exceptional track to magnify your conscious with Jane Doe.

Joshua is aka Joshua Ross is an unparalleled Bury, UK-based indie Gospel singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who stays away from the temptations of social media.

For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:2 (CSB)

Spreading the love of God and always keeping things admirably organic, Joshua wields his creative muscles to the absolute maximum and gouges a massive hole to inside our lives. With vocals that seem to echo through the window as you wonder where that lost soul went to, in this darkly lit world which has so many treacherous alleys to get disoriented inside.

Jane Doe from Bury, UK-based indie Gospel singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joshua shall surely sizzle your senses and satisfy all those I-need-to-hear-a-proper track right now mentality. With so much watered down into tasteless ear-hurters, this is a welcome slap to the face. In a good way, of course. This feels soul-healing. Thank you Joshua.

Hear this incredible single on YouTube.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

R-Scar sent ripples of soul through the UK gospel scene with ‘Centre’

South London-born and raised Christian artist, engineer and producer R-Scar has been sending ripples of pure soul through the UK gospel scene with his luxe productions since his 2018 debut.

With his most popular singles racking up over 400,000 streams on Spotify alone, R-Scar isn’t solely making a name for himself; he’s also reworking South London’s negative reputation by being a refreshing source of euphonous light with his music. Take his single, Centre, as the perfect example of his ability to build a tranquilly hypnotic escape from negativity. As the ultimate testament that romance isn’t dead, the lyrics fed through his harmonically rich vocal timbre are enough to give you butterflies against the organically warm beats and electronic synthetics.

Centre is available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Slip into the sonorous soul of Jamie Toomey’s latest single, My Love is Real, featuring Syauqi Destanika

Taken from the sophomore album, Second Sunlight, from the eclectic Irish musician Jamie Toomey, the ambient jazzy RnB single, which comes laced with loungey folky instrumentation, My Love is Real, featuring Syauqi Destanika is a mesmeric offering of sincerity.

The tenderness to the uniquely uplifting melodies amplifies the luxe Gospel-Esque vocal timbre of the Indonesian vocalist, Syauqi Destanika, to the nth degree in the stripped-back soundscape which makes minimal demands on your attention but tugs on your heartstrings all the more viscerally for it.

You can delve into My Love is Real for yourselves from September 23rd by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

I Will Win: Remilekun compels us to believe that we shall succeed on ‘Live’

Showing us how we shall always vanquish evil no matter what hindrances they place into our peacefully intentioned path, Remilekun sings with a roaring enthusiasm that will inspire your ears to perk up rather quickly on, ‘Live‘.

Remilekun is a Nigerian-born, London, UK-based Christian Gospel musician and Choir Director who performs with that vocal output that shall have you embracing each word she sings.

What was meant for evil will be turned around for good if you believe. Believe it in your heart and declare it with your mouth. Your voice is more powerful than any other voice over your life.” ~ Remilekun

After widening our minds open with her previous single from March 2021 called ‘Revelations‘, Remilekun projects that belief that is deeply intrenched in her soul that leads the light to where all that goodness was formally hidden. Her vocals are supremely spirited and with that rare decisiveness that we all need to learn from, so that we can be whoever we want to be despite those who try to cage our kindness away.

Recognised as a talented singer at a very tender age, known for singing covers from Indian blockbuster movies and hymns at daily family prayers.” ~ Remilekun

Live‘ from Nigerian-born, London, UK-based Christian Gospel musician and Choir Director Remilekun is an emotional release that guides us to that forgotten land that we all need to be a part of no matter those jagged rocks that we have to climb over. This is an artist who makes music for her faith that sets her free like a bird showing us where to fly, even if currently we are in a massive tornado.

Hear this passionate plea for kindness to resume globally on YouTube and see her next moves on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Joshua isn’t afraid of taking on the evil ghosts as he knows that the ‘Throne’ is near

Showing such courage when there is so much selfishness brewing all over the world and contaminating the innocent seas, Joshua shows us what true fearlessness sounds like with his excellent single, ‘Throne‘.

Joshua Ross aka Joshua is a Bury, UK-based indie Gospel singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who stays away from the temptations of social media.

The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.” ~ Psalms 103:19 (KJV)

Displaying a mental fortitude to overcome all devil mentalities with his fiercely loyal attitude and skills behind the mic, Joshua slays all challenges despite the odds that are stacked against him. He knows that one day his number will be called but good times will be waiting, as he has a throne that is ready for him when that moment arises.

He lives organically as possible and just wants to spread the love of GOD to the entire universe.” ~ Joshua

Throne‘ from Bury, UK-based indie Gospel singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joshua is one of those singles that takes you by surprise and has you listening over and over again. This song is short but significant as it’s not the size that is important, it’s the message that is vital.

Sung with a powerful tone that is completely emphatic at the precise time when we really needed some leadership, this is a faith-filled voice to really feel enlightened by.

Hear this new striking single on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Gospel Hip hop artist Sinseer shows sincere appreciation for his ‘Mama’ (feat. Wave)

After experiencing war firsthand after his stint in the dusty streets of Afghanistan, Sinseer sends out an India Got The Beats produced track via the incredible new single about telling her that he knows that she raised him right on ‘Mama(feat. Wave).

Jacory Thomas aka Sinseer is a Swainsboro, Georgia-raised indie Christian/Gospel Hip hop artist who loves to try out different genres to extend his music knowledge to unforeseen levels of enlightenment.

After receiving an unlawful DUI that challenged his honorable discharge, Sinseer valiantly defeated the court system. He left the armed services and settled into civilian life. However, that was the first of two run-ins with the law. The second, though baseless, led to him serving a five-month stint that encroached upon his first-semester enrollment in college. His case became the first of many that were an arbitrary act of injustice enforced by a rogue arm of law enforcement.” ~ Sinseer

Flowing with a sensational single that shows you that the good guys are still around despite all the darkness that can swamp the souls of so many, Sinseer is on top form with a track that sends your mind into a state of memories as you look back at those who looked after you when you needed it most.

Fresh off his time served, the artist poured everything into his music. He bared his soul in every track. That unwavering, passionate feel continues to be stamped on all his releases ever since.” ~ Sinseer

Mama‘ from Swainsboro, Georgia-raised indie Christian/Gospel Hip hop artist Sinseer, is an inspirational single about showing that he loves that special woman who gave him the right grounding that never knew he needed while growing up, but certainly knows now that she only wanted the best for him. Rapped with a blessing-wrapped attitude and an honest melody, this is the kind of track that might have small tears brewing from your eyes as you look above and show your gratefulness.

Listen in to this new single on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Michele Thomas lends her gospel neo-soul vocals to easy listening jazz in her single, I Know Because You Told Me So

The jazzy soulstress, Michele Thomas, has recently released her mould-breaking neo-soul single, I Know Because You Told Me So, which may be one of the most narratively-immersive jazz-fusion singles ever released.

The questioning, bold and introspective lyrics come into play once you’re suitably pacified by the mellifluous instrumental grooves. Becoming invested in the narrative that sheds a light on Thomas’ experience in the world is non-optional. Her gospel-Esque chanteuse vocals allow her vibrant and pure-hearted energy to radiate in the single that carries enough ease to fall into the easy-listening category. Yet, thanks to her vocal performance, I Know Because You Told Me So certainly isn’t without its revitalising zeal.

After finding her voice through gospel music, the Chicago-based singer-songwriter, entrepreneur and educator turned her stylistic grace to the freedom in the improvised nature of jazz. The airwaves are infinitely better for it.

I Know Because You Told Me So is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Mike Marshall reached the pinnacle of impassioned pious pop with his debut single, Jesus.

Columbus, GA singer-songwriter Mike Marshall introduced his momentously evocative vocals to the airwaves in 2020 through his debut single, Jesus. If you are yet to introduce yourselves to his impassioned pious gospel pop style, there’s no better track to acquaint yourselves with.

Sonically, the debut single, which features Darren Parrish, carries all of the hallmarks of an epic soul-pop ballad. Yet, instead of fixating on interpersonal storms, the single stands as a testament to Mike Marshall’s mission to introduce humanity to the love of and healing which comes hand in hand with faith.

Even if it doesn’t leave you inclined to run off to church, the incandescent soul in the celestially arresting soundscape is enough to lift you alone; the gorgeously layered choral vocals are enough to leave you reaching for the tissues. Based on his debut, we can’t wait to hear what his debut LP, Come On In, will deliver. Come On In was created via a crowd-funded campaign, and it will be due for release in March 2022. It scarcely comes as a surprise that his community wants to get behind his talent. Our radar is an infinitely more vibrantly soulful place with his name on it.

Jesus. Is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast