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D. Ward – Gone but anything but forgotten

Anyone who has live duets with Toni Braxton and Patti Labelle on their CV is someone who has clearly paid their musical dues and as the slick and soulful strains of Gone emanate from the speaker you know that you are listening to something a bit special. Yet despite being able to name drop those and many other top industry names D. Ward isn’t content to sit on his laurels and live off of past glories and this track, and the forthcoming album Journeys are proof of his this.

Soulful pop and groove-laden R&B lay down a platform for his amazing voice as he tells a tale of lost love, a reflective and wistful memory filled with a heavy heart and boundless emotion. Sometimes there is something to be said for an act which pulls familiar musical heartstrings, sometimes you might prefer the sound of an artist working at the modern edge of the genre in question. With D. Ward you get the perfect blend of both.

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A&R Factory Present: Spencer Ludwig

A trumpeter, singer, producer, and dancer who rocks alligator shoes with smoking style and panache, Spencer Ludwig brings any party to life.

Chances are, you’ve heard his lyrical lead trumpet soaring through the music of multiplatinum-selling indie pop act Capital Cities. Not only did the Los Angeles-born, half-Filipino vocalist-instrumentalist perform on their full-length debut In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, but he also crisscrossed the globe with the band, opening Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour and tearing up the stage at Coachella, Bonnaroo, and more.

Following a whirlwind two years in the group, he returned to Los Angeles in December 2014 and commenced writing solo material that showcased both his trumpet talents and dynamic, diverse vocals. On his 2016 solo debut he merges jazz virtuosity and pop style for a sound that simmers and swaggers with soul

Spencer says “Legend is one of my favorite sayings for the people who blow me away with out-of-this-world beauty and amazing talent. Legendary beauty & talent can be expressed in someone’s physicality, spirituality, approach to life, artistry and/or musicality.  This song is about seeing ‘it’ in one person and being drawn to them like a moth to the flame. Sometimes you can’t explain in words what attracts you to someone or something but you can’t deny the feeling or presence when it hits you.”

Legend will be the track used in the official promos for season 12 of NBC’s The Voice.

 

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A&R Factory Present: YEBBA

Hailing from West Memphis, Arkansas, Yebba Smith is carrying the weight of a town that brought us such musical juggernauts as Grammy Award winner Shirley Brown, Blues legend Junior Wells and of course, The Memphis Horns. Her chillingly soulful, yet soft voice gives you the impression that she has no problem flying that flag, as she commands the stage with a pain in her voice that is enough to encapsulate any audience.

You don’t have to be from west of the Mississippi to enjoy appreciate this little gem. You will believe the words she says as much as she does. Her track ‘My Mind’ is one of many that will guide your mind a yonder to ex-partners and long-ago loved ones; to that first love that you let get away. More than just a tear jerker, she has a style that is all her own and a really exciting prospect for the up and coming music scene.

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Words: James Taylor

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