Exclusive Artist Review: Randy Wilde – “Rise Up” & Whatcha Gonna Do” Singles

LA’s Randy Wilde is no ordinary artist, but more of a manifestation of both passion and musicianship alike. The bass guitar and songwriting pioneer over many years has diligently made his rounds in the industry, garnering a two-time nomination for the Best Bassist category at the LA Music Music Awards and has worked/performed alongside industry heavyweights like Chaka Khan, Louis Johnson, Boo-Ya, T.R.I.B.E. and many others. Now with his solo career off the ground, Randy has brought his masterfully crafted signature sound to the forefront and quickly began hitting the ground running after the release of his first single “Whatcha Gonna Do”, an anthemic, multi layered Alt-Rock track with a 90s sensibility that delivers both nostalgia with its aura and freshness with its innovative textures.

Released last year as his debut single, “Whatcha Gonna Do” comes out swinging with Randy’s smooth bass lines and punchy slaps, giving the rhythm section a strong foundation to really put the song into cruise control. Inspired by the many controversial events of 2020, Randy’s message in this track speaks for itself with the song’s anchor hook “whatcha gonna do when you make a change?” It’s an upbeat chorus that really has that staying power to stay with you even long after it’s over. It’s an inspiring song that could influence change. But the song is also just as strong with its many crucial musicianship factors. Randy’s distinctive mid-range vocal style diligently parallels the multi layered and well-put-together melody choices. Every lead instrument from guitars to keys plays a vital role in this song and effectively showcases several angles of Randy’s songwriting ability. It’s a next-level single that really proves just how next-level Randy is altogether

So with Randy setting the bar high for himself, he knew he would have to deliver on the goods once again, if not more so this time around to maintain the momentum and enhance it at the same time. So he did just that with his recent follow-up single “Rise Up”, another strong track with a strong message of unity, positive change and rising up to make it happen. Randy again serves up his signature crafty bass riffs and really shows an effective sense of subtlety in the verses. We again have an anthemic chorus that has several crucial layers and a vocal delivery of catchy melody choices and diligently structured measures throughout the song’s duration. It’s an exceptional follow up to Randy’s debut single that really brings out his musical authenticity and artistic merit.

Both of these singles will be on Randy Wilde’s upcoming EP, which has garnered strong anticipation since the songs hit the market. His influences include Prince, Jimi Hendrix and his love for Funk and Rock is a major presence in both songs, but is executed in a way that encompasses Randy’s authentic approach. These tracks will leave an undeniable impression on you and will definitely entice every listener to delve deep into his career and discography for many years to come. You can listen to both singles now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Heather Smith – “Took My Breath Away” Single

South Carolina’s Heather Smith began hitting the ground running in the Country Music realm in 2018 with her debut album “A Brand New Start”, a spiritual Gospel/Country record that introduces her captivatingly catchy and distinctive signature sound which garnered her an insatiable buzz upon release. That same year, she followed up with her sophomore album “The Gift Of Love”, a second anthemic record that further manifested her style and artistic merit altogether, amassing a wider fan base and a multitude of new listeners that would immediately draw into her catchy catalogue of wholesome and spiritual Country songs with the same Gospel factor that made her debut release just as effective; proving that her talent and hard work perfectly parallels her passion to make memorable and impressionable music that any fan of the Country genre could enjoy.

Now in 2021, with several successful releases under her belt, Heather Smith has put together “Took My Breath Away”, a catchy new single that encompasses her musical aura and presence in the world of Country that showcases her graceful vocal delivery, diligent songwriting ability and her distinctive recipe for vocal melody choices that truly capture her versatility. This single has top-of-the-line production value that parallels Heather’s performance on this release, brilliantly blending a classic country approach with today’s more modern sensibility. It’s a track that could easily be heard on today’s more prominent Country radio stations and could easily draw comparisons to today’s biggest Country stars.

One major factor of Heather’s new single however is the staying power – the ability to stay with you even long after it’s over. It’s a track that will easily get passed around among today’s biggest fans of the Country genre, and you could definitely see a rising artist like her on tour with some of the genre’s more successful artists in the Country music circuit. With the success of her releases and top-notch production value that accompanies them, she’s on her way to doing just that – and so much more. Heather Smith has really raised the bar with “Took My Breath Away” not just for herself, but for the genre altogether. She’s definitely not an artist to sleep on by any means, she’s making major headway with her career and now would be a good time to get to know her before she makes it to the world stage. The single is currently available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Era’nay – “Elevate” EP

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In today’s overwhelmingly convoluted music industry, not many artists can truly deliver a signature sound and aura that encapsulates the R&B and Soul atmosphere quite like Louisville’s current rising starlet Era’nay. An artist that has been hitting the ground running since her soul soothing voice began gracing the musical landscape with her natural talent, persona, and knack of writing diligently crafted songs that brilliantly balance equal parts originality and familiarity; boasting an authentic style that successfully touches on today’s more modern sensibility as well as yesterday’s nostalgic R&B/Soul eras that have helped garner the impactful genre it is today.

Drawing reminiscence to industry notables like Toni Braxton and Patti Labelle, Era’nay’s songs also preserve a classic sound that almost any avid fan of the world of R&B can resonate with, and we get a deep dive into this musical aura with her most recent EP ‘Elevate’. An anthemic collection of six tracks that truly encompass Era’nay’s authenticity, gifted songwriting/melody structures, ability as a naturally gifted vocalist, and even her vulnerability as an artist – in only the best possibly ways. Opening tracks on this record are “Waiting For” and “In My Feelings (feat. T. Real & Darrin Lee Jr.)”. Both are hypnotic and feel like the best musical back rub you’ve received in decades; and especially sets the tone for what the rest of the record brings. Era’nay’s vocal delivery especially is beautifully subtle in all the right places and really showcases her ability to construct a very powerful, integrative lead melody that is memorable, catchy and leaves you with a visceral listening experience.

Moving onto one of her anchor singles of the EP, her song “Lesson” is a little more upbeat, bluesy and explores a bit more into the facets of her vocal range and musical persona. The Rhodes keys riff on this track from the very beginning is insatiably enticing and really delves into the musicianship factors that brilliantly parallel with the above-average production value. It’s a great demonstration of hearing how Era’nay can integrate her signature style into different musical atmospheres that cover more angles of her artistic merit. This one, just like the previous tracks on this EP, really add to the diversity aspect when it comes to composing effective vocal melodies regardless how much the music can tend to change or shift over.

Lastly, her closing track “Farewell”, which was also released as a single prior to the full EP release, reiterates back to the record’s beginnings with this track’s hypnotic aura. It closes the record with the same modernly nostalgic measures that set the tone for the record in the first place. It’s a brilliant ending to the record that reconnects with the EP’s beginning where it started it all; giving the audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. Overall, Era’nay has served up a six-track hypnotic record that has so far amassed an insatiable presence and reception. It’s a true high-quality record with unquestionably above average production value which has helped create the visceral listening experience that ‘Elevate’ has brought to the table since its release date. It’s a must-hear on just about every account and will leave you with that musical feeling of warmth which has become relatively scarce in today’s modern music realm.

‘Elevate’ is available now on Spotify, Apple Music , iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be beyond happy you gave her a listen.


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