Denver’s Cory M. Wells began hitting the ground running in the music realm during his early teenage years, diligently mastering his craft in guitar, piano and violin as his weapons of choice. And soon enough, he began writing his own material and also formed his well-known rock outfit Falling Through April. But on top of his band efforts at the time, Wells in 2016 officially launched his solo career and quickly began taking the scene by storm. At age 17 he won the prestigious “Queen City Idol” competition and also began working alongside prominent producers like Rene Moore (Michael Jackson, Jay-Z) as well as performing opening slots for industry heavyweights like Third Eye Blind and many others. Now in 2021, Cory M. Wells has established a promising career for himself after several successful releases, including his track “Change Of Heart” and his most recent single “The River”, two diligently crafted tunes with distinctive flavors that showcase two very effective angles of Cory’s signature sound.
“Change Of Heart” is very atmospheric with multi layered drums, blissful acoustic guitar swells and ambient keyboard leads that tie the anchor melodies together. Cory’s mid-to-high range voice is right out in the forefront of the mix and really delivers passionate measures of melody. His performance value parallels the production value almost perfectly and really captures his biggest strengths as a songwriter and performer. This song serves up quite the visceral journey and you will be instantly impressed with it upon first listen. Which brings us to Cory’s most recent single “The River”, a piano-based anthem that captures the same musical essence as his previous track but also brings a more traditional flavor to the table. This beautiful song really shines light on Cory’s writing ability and really delves deep into his vocal melody structures. This track will easily get stuck in your head, but it isn’t some kind of pretentious Pop sensibility or one-trick method, this song delivers solid hooks that bring out every melodic measure from start to finish. It’s performed with a very natural approach, impressively embracing more traditional production methods as opposed to today’s tendency to have producers throw in overproduced studio theatrics. “The River” truly captures Cory M. Wells’ authenticity and his overall artistic merit – bound to leave a strong impression on anyone who comes into contact with this single.
Both singles are very strong releases that really deliver solid performances from Cory M. Wells’ craft. If this is your first time hearing him, then it definitely won’t be your last either. You can find both singles now on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms.
Milwaukee’s Golden Way has been drawn to the music world since she was young and eventually manifested her love for music into a rising career. After taking up piano and vocals during her high school years, she quickly began writing her own material and solidifying her own style not long after her graduation. Fast forward some years later after many trials and tribulations, and Golden Way is finally ready to take on the industry by storm and show the world exactly what she’s made of: gold. And a sample of that gold has come to fruition with the release of her debut single, “Heard It All”.
Manifesting a multifaceted signature sound that is reminiscent of industry heavyweights like Aaliyah and Brandy, Golden Way with this new single brings her style, look and swagger right to the forefront with her authentically visceral R&B sensibility. Utilizing a mid-to-high vocal range that is angelic and ambient, her blissfully breathy vocals take flight in this song to highs not normally heard in many independent artists. You can tell Golden has a natural gift within her and her musical presence on this single is made apparent from start to finish. This is one catchy tune, and she proves that sometimes it’s not what you’re singing, but how it is executed; and Golden delivers a glamorously nostalgic vibe that reminds us just how crucial R&B has been for the industry, showcasing musical elements that has made the genre what it is today – and how it came to form many years ago when it hit the market.
The chorus on this track has a sustained catchiness that serves up that rare staying power – where it stays with you even long after it’s over. For a debut track, Golden Way has set the bar high for herself and will undoubtedly follow up with another release that will prove its justice. But one of the biggest factors of this song is its authenticity, the fact that it isn’t overproduced into oblivion and really encompasses a mixing/mastering process that is simple yet very effective. Her words are crisp and clear, her melody choices are beyond sufficient and her swagger is integrated in a way that’ll draw you right to her. It’s the type of song that’ll have you diving deeper into Golden’s career and discography as she continues to hit the ground running. But at the very least, you’d be crazy for sleeping on this song, and artist altogether. You can get your copy of “Heard It All” now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms.
Every once in awhile we run into a collaboration effort that is completely innovative and next-level. This is one of those rare moments. Comprised of songwriter/producer Kel Anderson (Mr. Anderson) and rising rapper Tone Da Boss, 8-track juggernaut ‘Finally’ is a prominent collaboration and collective project that pushes the boundaries of innovation while still embracing those very crucial musical angles that made Hip Hop the evolving genre it is today. It’s a record that dares to be different, but really knows how to balance its originality and familiarity in a way that can easily appease any Hip Hop fan and even recruit some new ones who may (or may not) have been accustomed to the versatile world of the genre.
And that’s what makes ‘Finally’ the gem it really is – it diligently combines all of these crucial angles by eclectically constructing an original catalogue of tracks that effectively showcase both collaborators all while meshing together the same elements to blend it into something dynamic and wholesome. It’s the best of many worlds brought together by two evolving artists that have the same affection for passion. Mr. Anderson boastfully compiles each track from scratch with his distinctive beat structures and a multifaceted writing style that regularly conjures up many different textures as the album plays out. Opening title track “Finally” (feat. Alisabeth von Presley & Krayzie Bone) really touches on this structure and really comes out swinging on this record from start to finish. Tone Da Boss lays down some clever bars with his distinctively charismatic vocal style that brilliantly dances between subtlety and lyrical outbursts. Feature artist Alisabeth von Presley serves up very strong melody choices in the choruses and really adds a layer of atmosphere that gives this song a soulful aura. Krayzie Bone (most known from prominent 90s group Bone Thugz N Harmony) delivers a fresh flow during his verse that is well recognized among his work with Bone Thugz. His fast and driven vocal style lends an additional energy factor to the song which gives the ominously haunting and melodic beat a dynamically visceral edge. Overall, this track sets the tone for the rest of the album and will easily get every listener to invest into the rest of what’s to come.
Another notable song is “Put Me In The Ground”, which is undoubtedly one of the catchiest tracks on the record. Tone Da Boss straight up kills it on this banger and really enhances the listening experience with the chant-worthy chorus. Mr. Anderson also shines very brightly on this track, bringing forth another atmospheric beat that brilliantly parallels Tone’s vocal delivery in a way that is effective and innovative. One more song that needs a mention is “Midwest Hyphy”, a more upbeat track with Tone Da Boss utilizing several different voices and vocal projections. This track bumps and grinds with another crafty beat structure with Mr. Anderson at the helm of its fruition. These are some of the most clever measures on the album and really puts a crucial spotlight onto Tone Da Boss’s ability as a rapper. Both collaborators on this song are at the top of their game and their ability to showcase that is made very apparent. Overall, ‘Finally’ covers more ground in 8 songs than most other artists do in their entire discography. There’s no gimmicks, no sense of rushing and Mr. Anderson’s attentiveness to detail is strongly evident throughout the album’s duration while Tone Da Boss just comes out swinging with every bar and hook he conjures.
If this is your first time hearing either one of these artists, then this gem will entice you to dive deep into both of their careers. ‘Finally’ captures the authenticity and artistic merit that every artist should have at some point in their career, but Mr. Anderson and Tone Da Boss would be a ridiculously tough act to follow if you were to go against them in that regard. They also happened to obtain it in a way that is not only innovative, but next-level altogether. This is an album you would be foolish to sleep on. You can get your copy now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms.