Video Interview: Robin & Gil Small welcome you to Groove City!

Dynamic vocalist and songwriter, Robin Small and producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Gil Small are music industry vets – accomplished, classically trained, and incredibly talented. Between the two of them they have done work and performed with artists such as Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Bobby Jones, Chris Jasper of Isley Jasper Isley, Hezekiah Walker, De La Soul, Lalah Hathaway, Freddie Jackson, Cassandra Wilson, Usher, Ronny Jordan, and Angela Johnson to name a few.

They are also husband and wife. Since meeting in college, at the prestigious Berklee College of Music – graduating and ultimately getting married – they have had continuous discussions about a “home” for the brand of music they knew they wanted to create. A “home” that would allow them to realize their full creative vision – One built on a sturdy, spiritual foundation – with integrity and plenty of soul.

As time went on and their vast experiences in the industry made them privy to the limitations and pitfalls in the “home market,” it became clear, they were going to have to “build” the musical home they desired. So that’s what they set out to do. But while in the process, they ran into other like-minded artists – talented vocalists, songwriters, producers, and musicians and just as importantly, good-hearted folks, who were looking for homes much like the one Robin and Gil, dreamed of – Artists such as brothers, Laurone and Antonio McClendon, Serina G, Issac Clemon, William Finley and Charlene Michael-Imobioh. Needless to say, the Smalls’ talent and experience enamored these artists, but they were also moved by their sincerity and strong faith. So Robin and Gil got to thinking that perhaps they needed to go one step further and not just build a home, but also build a “city” – A place for them all, where the sounds of the “streets” would ring with Gospel, R&B, Jazz, Funk and Soul. A place where your heart would not only be moved by the spiritual messages, but your body would be moved by the infectious grooves. And what to call this city? Well, Groove City, of course.

And so about three years ago, the blueprints were drawn up and the work got started. Upon completion, they did what most would do, excited about their new place – a place that took hard work, long hours, sacrifice and a great deal of faith to create – they invited folks to come and celebrate. The impressive musical “invitations” were released to all who would enjoy top-notch production, dexterous vocals, and a sound that ranged from faith-filled, uplifting joy to silky smooth seduction. And they read, WELCOME 2 GROOVE CITY, Volume 1.

Check out above on the I SPY SOUL YouTube Channel our conversation with the “King and Queen” of Groove City, Robin and Gil Small.

Filmed at La Maison d’Art in Harlem, NY- Special thanks to Stephanie Calla

Check out the first single from Welcome 2 Groove City, Vol. 1– FREE!

For more about Robin & Gil Small, Groove City and the other talented artists on Welcome 2 Groove City, Volume 1, go to groovecity7.com

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Marlon Saunders: Dancing again!

 

It’s been several years since singer/songwriter Marlon Saunders was featured here on ISPYSOUL, first as part of the soulful, eclectic clique, JAZZHOLE and upon the release of his acclaimed and successful solo debut project, Enter My Mind. As solo artist and as part of Jazzhole he was a solid contributor to the then burgeoning and vibrant independent soul movement. By that time Saunders had also already become an established session and touring vocalist with an equally impressive resume that boasted the likes of Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Sting, Barry White, and Lauryn Hill to name a few. Add to that being tabbed to be a part of the imaginative vocal ensemble Voicestra created by the phenomenal vocal genius, Bobby McFerrin and it was clear Marlon Saunders was becoming a fixture on the music scene one way or another.

So flash to present day and imagine the delight when wind and then the eventual release of a new song and video from Saunders called The People Are Ready To Dance Again emergedThe funky, soulful, joy-inducing jewel is an ironic, and timely assertion in the aftermath of one of the most contentious, volatile, pivotal and downright craziest presidential elections in our country’s history. As Saunders explains at the top of the video, the song was already inspired by the challenging times many face around the world – The recognition of the “hate, anger and fear” that lives amongst us and the need for something to “shift our thinking, shift our minds, shift our spirits and lift us up.” But Saunders himself didn’t know it would serve as an even greater clarion call to many once the results were in.

“It’s funny,” says Saunders, “because when I was going back and forth with the team about when to release The People Are Ready To Dance Again. In my mind, I wanted to release it on November 1st and Adolfus Amissah, who did the video, had to go out of town and he said ‘you know brother Marlon, I’m not going to be able to get it back to you by the 1st’ and I was mmm, I really want it on this date,” Saunders laughs. “So he said, what about the 6th and I said nah, it’s too close to the election. People aren’t going to be paying attention to something then, you know? And then I just kind of backed away and meditated on it and thought and it kind of came through and the spirit was like, the 10th, and I called up the people and I said, it’s gotta come out on the 10th because either way we’re going to need to dance! You know the spirit just had its way in the end.” Needless to say, as daunting as the future may seem to many, the song, video and Saunders’ performance in it will, if only for a few minutes, make a great case for you dancing the angst away. And by the response he’s received it’s doing just that. “I have to tell you, from the very first day, even up until now, the emails, the texts, the phone calls, the responses and the sharing of it online has blown my mind,” says Saunders. “People saying ‘I was in despair, someone shared the song with me. It lifted me up, thank you so much.’ That’s a blessing in itself.”

The release of The People Are Ready to Dance Again may seem like a return to the scene for many familiar with Marlon Saunders, but in the immortal words of hip-hop legend LL Cool J, “Don’t call it a comeback” because he has indeed been doing impressive things on the scene over the years. His voice has and continues to be heard on stage, the small and big screens as he continues to get steady session and touring calls from an array of top shelf artists and media entities. Saunders also appears in the hit Disney film, Enchanted singing opposite actress Amy Adams the Academy Award-nominated song, “That’s How You Know.”

His emergence as an experienced and successful vocal contractor and conductor no doubt bolstered by his work with Voicestra, as co-founder of soul/jazz vocal ensemble Sepia, and being a veteran vocal instructor, have lead to major looks with artists like vocalist Sam Smith and the dream opportunity for many artists, touring with the incomparable Stevie Wonder for his recent legendary, Songs In the Key of Life tour, an experience he simply and aptly calls “the icing on the cake.”

There were chance encounters with the renowned artist over the years – a time while Saunders was working with Sting and Wonder showed up at the session – and a time in passing when he was part of a tribute to Wonder some years later. But he had no idea he’d later, actually have the chance to work with him by way of a referral from a colleague and the key, preparation. “I was originally called just to contract for the New York gig,” recalls Saunders. “We got up there [in sound check] and Greg Phillinganes, the musical director was like, ‘You need us to go over the parts?’ and I said no we got em, because before we went I made sure we rehearsed and had everything together. And he [Phillinganes] goes. ‘You don’t need us to go over it?’ And I said, nope. ‘What about the lyrics, you’ve got that?’ No we’re good, I said. And so we started and the moment we started Stevie raises his hands and goes ‘Okay, that’s great.’ So then I got the call the next day and they invited me to join the tour.” Says Saunders of the opportunity, “You kind of just look up and say God, God, God, thank you. It was just a blessing. You know one of those things that just, everything works out as it’s supposed to work out. And working with him and having him trust me, was just phenomenal. Just to be able to spend time with him and to be able to reach back and help young artists that are coming in as well as some of my peers, being able to pull them into the gig and to tour and to share that time and to create a family from that. That’s a blessing. That’s really, really a blessing.” And he adds, almost needless to say, “And to watch the master at work.”

That experience as much as all the others throughout his career are the kind that have enabled him to do something he always desires, which is to not only grow at his craft, but to also mentor and share his experience with young artists coming on the scene. “If it’s space in the place that may be new, where I feel that I can learn from that opportunity that’s always a good thing,” says Saunders. “When I got the call to work with Sam Smith that was an amazing opportunity for me to contract it, but what it did was it allowed me to hire young singers that were coming into New York and allowed them to be a part of something that just kind of started from the ground up when he [Smith] came into New York and watch him take off. Then they were connected to that and from that be able to get into the music business and then move, which is a great thing to be a part of. And to be mentoring them the same way that Tawatha Agee, Fonzi Thorton, and Darryl Tookes, all of them mentored me when I came into the industry. Now it’s time for me to do the same.”

And creatively, the approach has stayed the same over the years. “When I’m working on something, particularly when it’s for me, I just have to be motivated from the things that kind of resonate with me. And for me, that sits within that soul context. That soul context for me is just kind of there. You know, I love the music, I love the references, I love being able to interweave that with some jazz influences and of course, gospel influences. Then on top of that I always want to be able to or I try to at least, give the lyrics some type of message of hope or some type of message of an experience.” He continues, “I love the idea of being an artist. And being able to celebrate that experience without any other reason except that it’s an experience that’s beautiful and wonderful and needs to be celebrated.”

When asking Saunders of a moment in his impressive career that stands out thus far he points to one that caught him quite off guard while at the same time revealing a desire had unknowingly been achieved. “A lot of times you’re putting the music out and you’re trying to hustle and your hope is it’s reaching people,” says Saunders. “I remember I was actually in New York and a girl came up to me and said, ‘You know what? I listened to “Inspiration” [from Enter My Mind] and it saved my life’ and I just thought, wow. Wow. It stopped me and made me think, like wow, people really do listen and people are paying attention and people are connecting and that was really just magical.”

Now that’s he’s got the solo artist hat back on Saunders will be following up The People are Ready To Dance Again with another song he’s planning to release in the new year that celebrates soul music and will, he hopes work toward convincing folks that “soul music and black music is not dead. Is not gone. It’s still here.” And as for this past election and the times ahead? Saunders believes it will and should awaken all people, but artists in particular. “What I’m hoping is this will be the impetus that will allow us to really, really, really create music that speaks for what we’re seeing, what we’re being a part of. This is a great time for us to really have some social meaning and bring about messages so people can have hope.” Marlon Saunders is indeed dancing again. Are you ready to join him?

Bert Caldwell

copyright ISPYSOUL 2016

For find out more about Marlon Saunders, his music and the other projects he’s a part of go to Marlon Saunders.com

Heston: Mind, Body and so much Soul

 

My first interview with Atlanta-based singer, songwriter, artist, Heston Francis, commonly known as Heston, was in 2004, around the time of his self-title EP, which made quite a splash on the independent soul/R&B scene featuring jewels such as fanheston2 favorite, “IF”, “Angel” and “Radio”, to name a few. The project was an introduction to a soul singer in the truest sense of the word – a voice infused with passion, sincerity, empathy and life experience – adeptly employed and immensely engaging. Heston himself in that interview affirmed, “My emotions are on my sleeves and nothing that I write or nothing that I sing is meaningless. Everything that I say out of my mouth and every word that I write is through expstorytellererience. It’s heartfelt. It’s my life. It’s my release.”

On every subsequent and acclaimed project since (three including his full-length debut smash Storyteller) happily really nothing has changed in that regard. It’s no doubt the reason for the success and loyal fans he’s garnered, with a healthy touring and performance schedule around the world as a by product. But even at a time now when use of the word soul often seems more like a popular promotional catch phrase than a real strand in the music or artist its employed to describe, Heston is savvy enough to embrace the recognition of the qualities without need for necessarily adopting the label, soul singer. “I’ve not really given myself that label, but yeah, if you are to take the true meaning of the word, I would have to agree,” says Heston. “Because it’s [his music] heartfelt, it’s not phony, it’s not made up, its just what it is.” He goes on to explain, “Because for me, the people that I’ve always loved are like your Otis Redding, or your Beres Hammond or Marvin Gaye and you can tell that they bleed music and I know for me, behind the scenes, behind the curtains, I bleed music. Like it’s some kind of curse and a blessing for me because I love it so much.”

Needless to say, when searching for what name to give to his new project, now days imageaway from its U.S. release, the genuineness in his music that everyone has come to love is what inspired it being aptly titled, Transparency. “When I speak to people even if its just a friend or family member, a music lover, a music writer or someone conducting an interview, I’ve just always continued to hear through the years that there’s an honesty to the music, there’s a sincerity in the music, there’s true passion, there’s honesty in your performance. If there’s a review for a live show, it’s always saying the reason why people connect is because it seems sincere, so I think it was just appropriate for me to name the album Transparency because it’s just an honest interpretation of my experiences through music.”

Indeed Transparency, which will be released in conjunction with the highly regarded Purpose Music Group/Nia Distributionis all that, with Heston’s cleverly poetic take on life and love amidst a musical backdrop that blends soul, R&B and hints of Caribbean flavor on some tracks, which is not a stretch for the native of Dominica. On the project are the ebbs and flows in relationships as with the intensely moving “Every Time I Look Around Here” and the additively, up tempo, “Contradiction” in which he ironically proclaims “You’re my contradiction/with you/ I lose/even when I’m with winning.” There’s also the impassioned romantic desire displayed on tracks like the seductively persuasive, “Stay,” one of the several tracks sure to serve as a soundtrack for intimate opportunities.

hestonbw“Mind, Body and Soul,” the official first single from the release, and another fuelled by his own personal revelation, scores a journey many of us make. “I think I’ve gotten to a stage in my life where I’m definitely able to value relationships much better than I used to some years ago” says Heston. “Same thing with “When A Man Knows” [another track from the project], it’s just that I’ve gotten to realize – you have to pick someone- you have to make a choice – that there’s a women out there [for you]. You turn around and you look and you can find someone and when you do, you have to put all of yourself into that relationship if you want to make it work.”

And then there is “Dear God,” which Heston reveals was actually released as a kind of song to test the waters and prep the fan base, but might likely speak most to the title of the project. “It probably is the most transparently honest song on the album, says Heston. He then goes on to describe a moment one might call magical or perhaps in this case and more appropriately, spiritual. After sharing some interesting background of his family’s heritage and visit back home on a reservation in his native Dominica, Heston recalls that time. “I went to sleep in a very, very small wooden house, I wouldn’t even call it a house, it’s just boarded it up with wood, floor, ceiling, no kitchen, no nothing and I must have woken up at three o’clock in the morning, pouring rain and this song just literally came right out, and the moment I was done the rain stopped. But I was just honestly; I was just crying and crying. I don’t know where it came from or what the purpose of it was, but the moment that the song was complete, the rain just completely stopped. What was even crazier, by the time I woke up the next morning the ground outside was completely dry.”

The fact is, true to Heston’s assertion and the title of the project, personal back-stories, his thoughts, desires and beliefs make up Transparency. It’s really the only way he knows how to do it. And what he hopes to accomplish each time out is still now what it was in 2004 – Make quality, entertaining music, that stands the test of time and is a true representation of himself. “For me, it’s just about making sure that the integrity of my music last and it’s consistent and so far I can honestly say that’s been the case,” he maintains. “Anything that I’ve put out, I’ve honestly been proud of. Obviously, I always want to grow as an artist. I always want to grow as a writer. I always want to grow as a singer. But the quality of the music that I leave, and you know, the story has never changed. It’s always been about the integrity of the music for me.”

I think it’s fair to say Heston’s all in with mind, body, and so much soul.

Bert Caldwell

copyright ISPYSOUL 2016

 

TRANSPARENCY is available now on iTunes! Just click here

And to learn more about Heston go to his website @hestonmusic.com

Video Interview: Guitarist/Producer Marcus Machado

Marcus Machado Armed and dangerously good!

Sure, many have come to know talented, Brooklyn-based guitarist, Marcus Machado by way of his winning Rolling Stone Magazine and D’Addario’s Next Young Gun competition in 2014, beating out scores of young players. But truth be told, he was actually and aptly stamped with the prodigy tag long before that. As a young teenager he was ripping the stage and turning heads with outstanding play that belied his age and in the years since, gaining praise and valuable opportunity from veteran performers like soul/R&B luminaries, The Family Stand, bassist extraordinaire Victor Bailey, and acclaimed MC Pharaohe Monch to name a few, along the way. Now with loads of experience and industry buzz Marcus is poised for a formal breakout. His EP 29released on the Purpose Music Group imprint, opened more eyes to his musical brew of rock, soul, jazz, blues, and funk and serves as the perfect appetizer for a full scale project planned for later this year. Check out the interview below and others on the I SPY SOUL YouTube Channel

Be sure to check out Marcus Machado’s EP 29 by clicking link.

In the midst of a super busy schedule touring, recording and performing with the likes of Pete Rock, Robert Glasper and Nas to name a few, Marcus Machado has recently produced the soulful soundtrack for the award – winning comedy film-short Blue Diamonds. Check out the first single from the soundtrack, “I Can’t Lose” by clicking here  and find out more about the hilarious Blue Diamonds in our interview with the film’s creator, Patrick House by clicking here 

Video Interview: Singer/Songwriter Eric Roberson

A look now at the talented singer/songwriter Eric Roberson in the new video feature below:

And our first look from the original monthly feature, WATCH CLOSELY 2003

ERIC ROBERSON Making music, honestly

For most aspiring music artists their earliest dreams featured them on stage or screen, front and center, whipping hordes of entranced fans into a frenzy – signing a major label deal, selling millions of records and in the process sealing their rep as a talented artist who will forever be noted in the annals of music history. For a scant few, likened to the odds of winning the lottery, that actually happens. But for the lion’s share the realities of the business usher a rude awakening and dashed hopes. However, there are those who guided by their passion to create, an undeniable gift, tenacity and faith, maneuver the harsh realities and find success by other means. Take, for example, singer/songwriter Eric Roberson.

The New Jersey native, who caught the music vapors as a kid growing up in an artistic household, has weathered the storied blows and bombshells of the industry to become one of its brightest young songwriters. In fact, Roberson’s work can be found on the successful projects of folks like Musiq Soulchild, Vivian Green, Jill Scott, Dwele, Case and Will Downing as well as on tracks from the upcoming releases of 112, Carl Thomas and Glen Lewis. Pretty good for someone who was admittedly pursuing the “artist” route, but a natural fit for someone who has always had the writing “bug.”

“Songwriting was always a craft that I was in love with and just always addicted to,” says Roberson. “I never really thought that I would have a career in songwriting. I thought I would have a career as an artist. When the artist thing didn’t work out, it was really ericwhat just kept me available.” But he quickly adds, “At one point, there was a time when I was just very jaded in the business and didn’t want to be an artist, as crazy as that sounds. I said, I just wanted to be a songwriter because I didn’t want to be bothered with the ups and downs emotionally that go with pursuing an artist deal.”

Indeed Roberson, who in addition to holding solid writing prowess owns a beautiful voice to boot, knows that seesaw ride first hand. After two years at Howard University on a scholarship reaped as grand prizewinner of a teen talent competition, Warner Bros. Records tabbed him for a recording deal that started the ball rolling with a single called “The Moon” that hit #33 on Billboard’s R&B charts. But soon after, an all to familiar changing of the guard took place that eventually pulled the “rug” right from beneath him. That experience and others like it steered the keen Roberson back to the fertile grounds of Howard U. “I went back to school and just honed my skills,” says Roberson. “I became a better person in every facet. Became a better student, a better writer, a better singer, a better everything.”

From that point to now his phone has kept ringing and his talent, opening doors. One ofimage those opened doors, a background stint with vocalist Kenny Lattimore, led to another opportunity that ultimately brought him to the now famous fold out of Philly, A Touch of Jazz. The link to the sought after production entity brewed by DJ ace Jazzy Jeff that is credited, in part, with putting the storied music town back on the map, proved to be epoch-making for Roberson. “It was the music I had in my head,” he says of his first encounter with the music of the crew. “It was the music that I felt.” Needless to say it was a match made in heaven that helped to solidify his songwriting status. However, there was still a jones that wouldn’t go away – A passion to perform and record his words for the world to hear.

imageThe boiling point resulted in an outstanding independent debut release in 2001 called The Esoteric Movement that still, although a hard found commodity (something he vows will soon be rectified), is a hotly sought after underground soul gem. In fact, the rave reviews and love trumpeted for that release demanded this year’s follow-up, Eric Roberson presents The Vault Vol.1. This splendid collection with a hybrid sound of soul and R&B features one of the most stunning voices on the scene eloquently riding vibes that move from amorous to hip and sensual to smoothed out. Add to that solid production from amongst others, Roberson, Osunlade, James Poyser, and Vidal Davis as well as on the track, “One Time”, the vocal artistry of Ms. Jill Scott. Throughout, The Vault, Roberson spews poetic prose with a golden voice and sincere delivery that’s in a word, impressive.

It’s clear after listening to his work why the fire to do the “artist” thing can’t be extinguished. As Roberson puts it, “Songwriting is my nine to five, but I put my records out because of the passion I have as an artist,” and emphatically adds, “to maintain my sanity!” A sanity he explains can be lost when dealing with all the kinks of the music business. Which is why at this point, although the songwriting gig serves him well, making music under his own moniker is becoming a renewed priority.

“I write honest music and there are times when I get tired of giving away my story and all the stuff I really, really feel in my heart and not see it being taken care of. I almost feel like driving down the street, just throwing CDs out the window saying ‘anybody want to hear this? If you can appreciate it, here!’”

Judging by the enthusiastic response to both The Esoteric Movement and The Vault Vol.1 he’s finding a burgeoning crowd of listeners who can and are quite willing to pay for it. Honest!

BertCaldwell

 

 

Come on, you know about Maya Azucena, right?

 

I met Maya Azucena years ago at what was for many the indisputable hub of recorded music in NYC for the then burgeoning independent “nu-soul” movement, Bondy’s.

UnknownYou would be hard-pressed not to notice Maya then or now – strikingly attractive, funky style, vibrant, engaging personality, and very cool. You could tell from the start that she was driven, focused and passionate about being a true and quality artist. You could tell too that she was refreshingly humble.

Needless to say, Maya has since built an incredible resume of achievements and traveled the world lending her voice to Grammy-winning recordings, acclaimed projects and perhaps most importantly to her, very worthy causes. From one day to the next you can literally see her performing at hot clubs and venues across the across the world – Gigging with Hip-Hop’s elite to sharing the stage with Jazz legends –  Puttin’ it down with the hottest Soul and R&B artists to rockin’ out with a hot alternative band.  And then rapping it all up singing at a rally against injustice.

A look now at the talented singer/songwriter Maya Azucena in the new video feature below:

 

MAYA AZUCENA: WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Maya who? It’s the response that singer/songwriter Maya Azucena (pronounced Ay-sü-say-nah) often gets when folks hear her unique name for the first time. But instead of being stressed by the seemingly routine reply, she used it, to name her funky, soul- saturated debut. Of her name a confident Azucena declares, “ultimately, once people get it, they’ll never forget it.” Indeed the talented Brooklyn, NY native has hopes that’ll hold true not only for the CD, but also for her as an artist as well.

mayaBeing recognized for her artistic gift was something Azucena has had her sights set on since childhood, but the lean then was more toward acting. Early acting classes and celluloid aspirations led her to the New York High School for Performing Arts known as inspiration for the film and T.V. series, FAME. However, the music bug was never far away. “Music was always around, but I felt [at the time] that the industry that I was going to go into and that I was very familiar with from a young age was acting.” And opportunities to audition for major films with final callbacks becoming a more frequent result seemed to be validating the chosen path. But in the midst of the pursuit Azucena pegs divine intervention for pulling music to the forefront and with it came wisdom she explains this way. “With acting your job is to bring a third dimension to someone else’s vision, but with music, as a songwriter, I fulfill my own vision. I write it. I sing what I mean and what I feel from the bottom of my heart. Then I get up there on stage and I fulfill it.” She continues, “I think feeling that I have so much that I would like to say. So much that I want to contribute to the world, so to speak, I felt with the music I would be able to do that.”

After several years of stirring audiences with her live sets and counting up a nice fan base along the way, Azucena determined a CD was now necessary for her fortunes to continue growing. The result, MAYA WHO?, is an outstanding effort that should shoot her amongst the top of everyone’s list of emerging artists to watch. With a splendid blend of Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop, Azucena sings about scenarios that’ll hit home with passion, sass, and been there authenticity while displaying a voice that’s diva strong and compelling.

The hot, ten-track set boasts a decided tilt toward contagious, body-movin’ grooves that are reminiscent of 70’s, 80’s, funk-driven R&B of the past, but buffed with the urban beat of today. However, poignant lyrics and memorable hooks driven perfectly by solid arrangements and Azucena’s potent delivery don’t get lost.  Out the box she revs it up with “Do You Really Wanna Party”, throws down on the trials of a relationship with “Right Way” and gets the fingers-poppin’ and head bouncing with “Too Much.” These are gems like many of the rest, but the piece d’resistance comes in the form of “G-hetto”, a sure hit waiting to happen. Here she flips a rendering she heard coined with obvious negative intent into a nostalgic, ultra-funky homage to the Brooklyn neighborhood she’s from. “I wanted to use it [G-hetto]”, says Azucena, “and tell a story about being from around the way. All the fun stuff you experience because you have each other – Your family. Your friends.”

While there are several things that are impressive about Maya Azucena the one that is a refreshing standout is the sincerity in which she asserts on the back of her CD cover as well as during our conversation, “I am a work in progress.” It’s something artists with half the polish she possesses wouldn’t own up to. But her stance speaks volumes for her desire to be an artist with something to say. “I think I’m really good, but I’m [still] trying to reach for my calling and my fullest potential.” She continues, “I wanna touch people and I want people to be able to respond to what I do. I hope one day to create music that is classic. That when you hear it, you get a nostalgic feeling.”  She’s definitely on the right track.

Now say it with me. Maya A–zu-ce-na. Very good.

BertCaldwell

 

For learn more about all the very busy Maya Azucena has got going on go to mayaazucena.com