Hello Industry Folks:

I say that with confidence, as many of you reading this have supported Kevin Fleming’s The Urban Buzz since the days of record pools and shipping vinyl records to DJ’s… you know who you are… I’m excited to be contributing to one of the hottest and most consistent Urban Entertainment Newsletters in the industry and now… even happier that we’re online, archived, and Google-able! Kevin’s known me many years and watched the artists I’ve developed, discovered and championed, and he and everyone else has come to recognize that my finger is on the pulse, I’m forward thinking, diverse and a leader… and now I’m proud to contribute to The Urban Buzz. With that said— hope you come along for the ride and enjoy introductions to artists I love and hope you come to love them too.

Wayna single cover artIntroducing: or re-introducing… Wayna. http://www.wayna.net Wayna’s Ethiopian born, living in D.C, Grammy nominated, gorgeous, and very talented with a voice as pure as it is passionate. Steve Wonder says “She’s incredible. Brand new single dropped a couple days ago off the anticipated The Expats project is due mid-October.  The Expats is named after the diverse group of international musicians and producers who worked on the project. Let us know how you like the tune. “I Don’t Wanna Wait” https://soundcloud.com/wayna/idontwannawait-theexpats

A sonic blend of Bob Marley, Motown, and “golden-era” Hip Hop, the song is about embracing life and not living on the sidelines. “I Don’’t Wanna Wait” was produced by German beat maker Fahrot, (also known for his work with Nneka). Tour dates upcoming as well as confirms in Chicago at the Shrine on November 16th; the Apollo Music Café in Harlem on January 11th and The Speakeasy in Richmond on February 1st.

LoveJunkieart1Next up: The ladies love some Heston! http://www.hestonmusic.com. We’re about to be blown away by the artistry on his third endeavor called “Love Junkie”. And all because he has an ‘addiction’… don’t we all… You can download your “Love Junkie” debut single by heading to his website http://www.hestonmusic.com. You can also catch Heston in a city near you for ‘Love Junkie’ listening sessions. He just wrapped the video – shot in Atlanta. “A visual expression of my addiction to music, addiction to love and addiction to her”… Wooah!!  We know the video will be a scorcher! His new album is a collection of songs that cover the spectrum from Reggae, Soul, Funk, Rock and R&B… Look for it in mid-September.

SugarMapleLastly–  they call her SUCH as in SUCH a talent. SUCH  has Haitian roots… she’s mastered musicals/Broadway— grew up in Chicago and Boston and currently lives in Denver. She’s gaining traction with her hot new single “Sugar Maple” which you can download here after signing up on her mailing list: http://iamsuch.bandcamp.com/track/sugar-maple. The song is currently playing on V-103 Chicago, iHeartRadio and is Top 10 on the UK Soul Charts. See her live at DROM in NYC – August 17th @ 9 PM; Blues Alley – August 20th @ 8pm and 10 PM. For more info: http://www.iamsuch.com

And finally, check out my web series on YouTube. It’s called EFFICACY http://www.youtube.com/efficacy. Please subscribe to it. Every Tuesday I premiere new webisodes. Right now we’re featuring a sickly talented, 18 year-old up and coming Rapper/Dancer from Toronto named Devon Tracy. http://www.devontracy.com. He’s dope!

I’m looking forward to your comments/feedback and or if you just want to say hello… I love that too!