Known for his multifaceted and distinctive style that diligently combines versatile mixes of R&B, Hip-Hop, Rap, Latin, and Soul, rising artist/producer and songwriter Lawson J has amassed an insatiably widespread buzz and industry acclaim since his inception into the market years ago. Drawing person influences from industry heavyweights including Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, and Michael Jackson, Lawson J through his ability to wear many different hats when it comes to his many roles in the musical realm has successfully proven that he is far beyond the industry standard. And we get direct proof of that with his newest single “Not Yet A Star”.
Featuring a track that has an ambient beat structure with a swagger sensibilityand accompanied by a very cleverly edited official music video Lawson J really comes out swinging with his captivating sing-songy style that truly carries the torch throughout the song’s duration. His distinctive flow is effective in today’s modern music realm, but still succeeds in integrating that classic indie 90s and mid-2000s mix that has helped shape the genre into what it is today, which we’ve come to know and love over many years. And that’s one of the biggest strengths about this single – the ability to tailor to just about any Hip Hop fan no matter what era they may support.
LJ’s melody choices on this single are comprised of clever lyrical outbursts and intellectually crafted bars, all topped with a flow that gives every listener a true visceral listening experience. “Not Yet a Star” truly encompasses this artist’s artistic merit and musicianship factors, which really delves into the content that has sustained above-average standards that demonstrate that both the production and performance value showcase equal parallels. It’s a song you need to hear to believe. The single is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. Once you give it a listen, you’ll be glad you did.
With over a decade of experience between the two musicians in Bex & Bright, the dynamic duo since their formation have put together a solidified Synth/Pop signature sound that diligently combines the nostalgic charm of the 80s and today’s more electronically-infused modern sensibility. With both artists now working as a collective, their artistic merit has manifested into something versatile and multifaceted, and we hear that in its full fruition with their newest single “Luved & Lost”.
Weaving together several musical influences over the last 40 years, Bex & Bright really come out swinging on this track with their bass-heavy foundation and ambient melody leads all topped with synth-y grooves that will easily keep the listener captivated. The female lead vocals are dreamlike and really encapsulate that sensual aura that isn’t heard very often in today’s modern music realm. The story-telling lyrics are about yearning for that person that once broke your heart, and the delivery of the vocals are more than appropriate for the emotional setting that is conveyed throughout the song’s duration. The biggest strength of the vocals however are the well-crafted harmonies. The pre-chorus and chorus encompass melodic harmonies that really bring the multi-layers of the song together, and you can clearly take in the wholesomeness of the track without feeling like the song is convoluted or overstepping production techniques. It’s a triumphant chorus that truly brings the song to life and really leaves the listener with a strong impression of the abilities that Bex & Bright bring to the table.
“Luved & Lost” is definitely a track with substantial staying power, where the song will easily stay with you even long after it’s over. It’s unquestionably unique but still fits into today’s more contemporary musical realm. But in our opinion, it’s so much better. You get the best of many worlds with this song and if you’re into any era of electronic music or EDM integrated with an effective and innovative Pop sensibility, then Bex & Bright will definitely be one of your new favorites for 2021. You can get your copy of “Luved & Lost” on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, SoundCloud and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll thank us later for doing so.
California veteran musician Buzzy Martin is unlike almost any musician you’ve ever met. He’s a multi-talented and multifaceted individual with a goal to inspire, and be inspired. A gifted artist that has been honing his craft since his childhood years in the 70s, Buzzy is living proof that following those childhood dreams can manifest into garnering rewards by applying yourself in the right direction, to pursue a music career where you can hit the ground running and still find ways to help others do the same.
Buzzy is also an advocate that helps youthful and at-risk offenders as well as adult prison inmates throughout California state regions – by bringing them positive prospects of hope, inspiration and the power of music into their lives in hopes of having them recognize their value as human beings. Buzzy is that guy that truly demonstrates how music can bring just about anyone together – no matter the circumstances. And that the power of music can help heal and bring direction into someone’s life. His book “Don’t Shoot! I’m The Guitar Man” really shines a light on this aspect and truly explores the many facets of how Buzzy implements his career and music into the lives of those who may be incarcerated or even simply just going through tough trials and tribulations in life and being in need of that window of hope and inspiration. Sometimes all it takes is just that one person to help guide you out of that abyss of darkness, and Buzzy is that guy and has had a profound impact on endless amounts of people in this way. A film about this concept and his career is also in the works currently and is also a direct reflection of the life and career surrounding Buzzy Martin and this distinctive as well as impactful concept.
With so much on the horizon as 2021 continues to manifest, we got the chance to ask Buzzy Martin some comprehensive interview questions regarding the near future for his career, as well as a glimpse into his past and how he has evolved into the musician and person he is today.
•How long have you been active under your current artist name?
My stage/artist name Buzzy Martin is what I have been using for 45 years.
•What music scene/city do you currently represent?
I perform Americana music from the Bay Area.
•The pandemic has really thrown a wrench into the live music experience and for artists altogether. How has it affected you and your career?
It has given me the time off to write a lot of new songs/music that I’m hoping to perform live soon.
•What are some of your music influences?
Some of my musical influences growing up were from artists like Elvis, Bob Seger, The Beatles, Alice Cooper & Johnny Cash.
•What kind of concepts do you tend to write about as an artist? Shine some light on that.
I write songs about real events that are happening at this time, such as social justice like inmates who are incarcerated, abused, homeless & in poverty.
•When is your next release coming out?
I have another book that I’m writing as a follow up to DON’T SHOOT I’M THE GUITAR MAN & I have a number of new songs ready to record.
•What’s in store for you in 2021? Give us the goods.
2021 & 2022 are looking up to be a great couple of years with the release of GUITAR MAN: The Movie coming out later this year in 2021 and if all goes well, 2022 with be bringing a Buzzy Martin world music tour.
•I see you have a book released that has garnered quite the impact on the musical realm of literature. Tell us a little about that.
My Penguin book, “DON’T SHOOT! I’M THE GUITAR MAN” is being read around the world and is in a number of JR colleges & high schools as required text book reading for students. I’m humbled that my message of EDUCATE-NOT-INCARCERATE is helping others understand how bad Prison incarceration in this country is out of control and a BIG money maker. My hope is to have it in ALL JR & high schools around the country.
•I also see you have an upcoming film about your story in the music world, tell us about that too, as well as when we can expect a release date.
The upcoming Prodigy movie, GUITAR MAN, is based on my book and life teaching the gift of music to the incarcerated at-risk kids inside Juvenile Hall and the inmates behind the walls of San Quentin State Prison for over 3 1/2 years. It has won over 17 awards for Indie film fests. I’m humbled and honored how it turned out, plus I have 3 of my prison-based songs in the soundtrack. All of the actors brought their acting game, as did the crew. It’s R-rated and will be coming out later this year.