by David Carus
The story of singer Waiki is one that spans three continents. She was born Elik Kazadi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country devastated by civil war, disease, famine and violence. Her father fought to change things there and ultimately Waiki lost both of her parents to the African nation. Orphaned, she left the DRC for Belgium and a few years later began singing. Her music, like herself, is full of positivity, energy and hope. From a tragic beginning that would have left most people permanently broken, Waiki has managed to transform herself into an inspirational force looking to build up mankind through music and the arts.
A truly international artist, Waiki has been influenced from a diverse range of musicians such as Queens drummer Roger Taylor’s band The Cross, Aloe Blacc and Pete Seeger. Her own music covers a wide range of genres from dance to R&B and house, to folk and pop. Human Among Humans is her latest project and the four track EP seeks to unite people across the world by
focusing on universal themes of peace and love. Her song All We Need reminds us to focus on what’s positive and “go climb to the tops of the mountains of love” — a breath of fresh air. We One is another song from the Human Among Humans EP that injects a burst of positivity, encouraging people towards freedom and reminding us how much stronger we are when we’re together.
Waiki is not only a talented vocalist, she is also a passionate crusader when it comes to helping people. She is the founder of the non-profit PLUS which seeks to promote Peace, Love and Unity through music and art. In everything she does, Waiki strives to communicate a message. Her message is to remind people how much we have in common with each other and that fighting one another is really like fighting ourselves. She knows the consequences of having mankind at war with itself more than anyone and because of this she works tirelessly to pursue creating a world that cares more about love than hate and more about peace than war.
The singer recently arrived in America and is already hard at work recording new material in New York City. She regularly performs at Brooklyn Nights and her new EP Human Among Humans will soon be making its way across multiple continents. Waiki is a unique artist because she has managed to combine her love for music with her purpose of helping people. From her humanitarian work to her musical recordings and beyond, she will certainly make stronger waves as she continues to spread her message of peace, love and unity across the planet. With enough people listening to her message there is no doubt she can help transform the Democratic Republic of Congo, Belgium, America and anywhere else she chooses to send her voice out. The world is shaped by those with the courage to dream and Waiki is one courageous dreamer with some positive vibes.
For more on Waiki visit her website http://waikiofficial.com
or her ReverbNation page at http://www.reverbnation.com/Waiki
by David Carus
A new voice has emerged from Germany that is immediately emotional, intimate and honest. It resonates in a way reminiscent of some of the great rock vocalists of the 80’s and 90’s, painting pictures with angst, longing, and vulnerability. Isy Hunter hits you directly in the gut and pulls your attention right into her tumultuous universe of love gone wrong. Yet, that’s only a part of what’s going on in her music because at the heart of it all is a bravery to confront the damage done and an unyielding courage to rebuild. Exceptional lyrics coupled with a soul baring intensity leaves the listener reeling, reaching and ready for more.
Isy Hunter was born Nicole Brueckner, her musical name inspired by a young boy with a love for guitar named Ismael. When this boy was prevented from playing music, Nicole gave him a new guitar and promised to become famous using his name. As Isy Hunter, this talented singer-songwriter champions the idea that everyone has a voice no matter what the barriers that stand in their way. She grew up with the Berlin Wall, saw it eventually crumble, and understood that being an individual could be hard but always worth the price. Her songs all grasp for that individualism, yearning to connect with a better, stronger version of what we can become. What’s exciting is that she sees something greater and wants it really bad. Her longing to be better puts the audience right there with her, letting us touch greater heights with our fingertips.
The song “Somtimes” is a fantastic introduction to Isy Hunter. With its naked openness and vulnerability of emotion, you can’t help but be drawn into the feeling of having butterflies in your stomach and trying to hold onto them before they fly away. It’s a song about self-doubt and the questions we often ask ourselves while we move through life. The tender honesty of it is refreshing and we’re left to float in the wonderment of experiencing love for what it often is: scary, exhilarating and pointing its finger at who we want to be and forcing us to decide. “I Don’t Miss You” is like listening to a great Nirvana record. It’s all about carrying on despite the recognized mistakes, struggling to find oneself after losing, and a profound desire for change. It’s a mature song about knowing what you’ve done, taking responsibility for it however you can and finding a road out. One of the big themes in Isy’s music is communication and with “Hey Jay” she delivers a classic rock number that tackles it head on. Lyrics like “I love you more than I can say,” reveal so much about the conversations that need to happen in relationships. It’s liberating to hear the words “Hey Jay” sung because we’re hearing pure causative action, someone fighting for love and doing it with real communication.
The world needs the kind of truthful emotion and independent spirit that’s in Isy Hunter’s music. Her voice is an important one because it breaks through darkness like the sun coming through your window in the morning. You can hear that this incredible artist cares about people and the world. If only we were all so lucky to possess a voice like hers, capable of carrying a message of hope.
For more on Isy Hunter please visit:
by David Carus
The album RIDE by Marc Berger is more than music, it is visual storytelling at its best and also an important literary work any great American writer would be proud of. It’s easily one of the best albums you’ll hear this year or any. A truly powerful work of art, it captures the essence of the American West in a sort of immortalized, romanticized, bad-ass, freedom fighting kind of way that’ll leave you feeling like Clint Eastwood or Woody Guthrie. It even goes so far as to transcend the genres of rock, folk and country because the music operates cinematically, hitting big themes that anyone will connect with, American or not. This is an album about living life and giving it your all. It’s about getting knocked down from your horse, dusting yourself off and continuing to ride.
Marc Berger is an interesting guy to say the least. It’s not everyday you hear about someone that went to law school, started writing songs for people like Richie Havens and turned a passion for traveling into a groundbreaking musical experience. It was his love for the great classic American songs coupled with his adventurous attitude towards exploring the vast spaces of the west that inspired him, with the help of co-producer Mike Ricciardi, to construct the album RIDE. They sought to capture the energy and motion of the West they knew and loved. The result is something that accomplishes this and goes well beyond. The listener is immediately transported, whether riding on a box car with the doors open or galloping along on a steed, to an America that is vast, full of potential and ready for someone to lay claim to.
The ensemble of amazing talent Marc Berger assembled for this project is top notch. From the accordion playing of D’raz, Rob Meador on mandolin, Jack O’Hara on bass, Mike Ricciardi on drums (and also photography, taking the gorgeous photo used for the album cover) and all the rest of the guys, the ability demonstrated on this album is utterly superb. You can tell this group of musicians have been at their craft for a long time because their seemingly effortless playing can only be attributable to countless hours of performing. Marc Berger himself has played everywhere from Manhattan nightspots like CBGB and the Knitting Factory to the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas and has even opened for acts like Bob Dylan.
What Marc Berger accomplishes with his album RIDE is truly remarkable because every song is masterful, illuminating and connects. These songs were written to take you to another place, but what they do even better is take you to another viewpoint about life by demolishing all of the clutter and leaving in its wake nothing but open frontier and endless opportunity for movement. Take the journey, venture to explore the plains, search out adventure and get lost in the West like Marc Berger did. RIDE is the Great American Album.
For more on Marc Berger and to get a copy of RIDE please visit www.marcbergermusic.com
What better place to be born in than New York? It's where all of the great singer songwriters traveled to and where so many music careers were launched. Joseph Ady began life in the right place and it wasn't long before music found its newest vessel. As a kid, Ady started singing in Chorus and performed to audiences as large as 300 people. It wasn't until he was an adult that he got the idea to play guitar. Using a $30 guitar he bought from Toys R Us, Ady started to teach himself how to play. He printed scales and found information online that helped fuel his learning even more until he was soon playing with ease. He joined a band and played with them for the next four years until choosing to pursue a solo career. He played and even hosted open mic nights at coffee shops across Long Island, New York until making the move to Los Angeles. He is currently working in the classic singer songwriter format but reinventing it with a unique styling all his own. He just released a new music video on the verge of going viral titled "Forever Live and Die," with the help of a well known producer and nothing seems to be stopping the quickly rising career of Joseph Ady.
You can hear John Lennon and Beatles influences and also hear more modern voices like the Goo Goo Dolls or Rob Thomas in Ady's music, but then again you hear something that is uniquely him, a voice carrying harmonies that don't rest in one cookie cutter format. His singing travels and moves across different musical landscapes, each different, yet capturing something essential that belongs to Ady and his songs of love, longing, life and the celebration that exists for each of them. If you enjoy folk, rock, or more modern acoustic guitar driven pop music, Ady fits nicely in any of these genres and because he is harder to label and pinpoint into a particular box, it is a sure sign that he is exploring with his music and docking in some unusual and new worlds. His music is perfect if you were going to go see the world on some sort of romantic getaway where you didn't know where you were going beyond the next town. Once you arrive, there will be restaurants and shops with multi-colored lights dangling across stone paved streets leading to old ruins that no one visits because they are too engrossed in the music playing at the local tavern. Joseph Ady will be waiting for you as you take your seat, strumming his notes from across the room, singing words you take in as if your own and he makes the clocks disappear. Get ready to be transported and teleported to new places musically. Ady will sweep you away.
For more on Joseph Ady visit:
Guest Review by Dan Robinson aka EtherGun of the X-Ray Poetz
So, I like this guy, he’s onto something. The song and video is Shelter.
Lights up, we see him in a lo-tech concrete domicile unit, cement walls, dog, penning the words. It’s how it should be, what I myself was looking for when I moved to New York to be a rock musician. But Johnnie has moved from West New York to LA to do the thing.
Music whirrs in the background, as if headphones were left out on the toaster, then kicks in for real, and there we go. There’s the band, like jamming in the world’s last bomb shelter with a working outlet.
And then with a steely look Johnnie roams the world. He sees the world, meets up with the other band members on the mean streets. Nice dark look to the video, some slo-mo, red filters, some blurriness here and there make it float in time, float in location. Johnny throws a blurry frisbee. This is Anytown, this town has happened before, and now is happening again. What is this place, Anytown, all about? The video isn’t about drama or plot -- it’s having a good time with the attitude that’s the draw here. It is, refreshingly, about viewpoint. It’s mostly Anytown shots, Johnnie’s multihued Mohawk against the sun, the guys in the band, the song.
Cool song. Nice sloppy, bracing groove -- lockstep click-track playing would ruin the fun. Guitar line snakes around like a python, holding the sound together. The drums really do rock out, it all flies by in moments, stays interesting throughout.
Ferro uses his voice well, prompting thoughts of, of course, Eddie Vedder. Nothing against Vedder, but this singer just puts me in a good mood. It‘s a nice anthem, in “gold and green and red and white...”
We end with him writing on and staring at a handwritten paper on the floor. It’s now got “SHELTER” on it. Guess we’ll have to stay tuned. Meanwhile, Shelter, song and video, only get better with repeated plays.
Ferro’s new album, Cockeyed Optimism, is available on iTunes.
Johnnie Ferro--Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Bass
Kari Ashdown--Backing Vocals
A ParadymePix production. Directed by Robyn August
For more information on Johnnie Ferro please visit www.johnnieferro.com
Lane Eddington of Nashville, Tennessee started writing songs when she was a child and her music today carries with it that same innocence and wonder and spirit of play that usually only children possess. Yet there is much to say about the maturity of Eddington's work which tackles large themes and makes them accessible. Poetry runs throughout her work, most evidently in her single "Tears Of This Fire," which addresses the subject of love in a very emotionally moving way while demonstrating her poetic nature. Even the music video for "Tears Of This Fire" is a powerful example of Lane Eddington's style and aesthetics which encompass poetry tied intimately to instrumentation and offers a very important glimpse into a prevalent theme of hers: nature itself.
It is very peaceful and relaxing, yet inspirational to listen to a Lane Eddington recording. She puts you right into a place meant for the sun and the trees and distant waters. Her music combines aspects of artists such as Joni Mitchell or Richard Marx and yet expands into more modern sounds of electronic and techno. She has pursued her passion for music and poetry as a lifelong endeavor, leaving a trail of many poems and songs in her path. Besides music and poetry Eddington is also a pianist, producer, composer, and dancer. Like the butterfly which graces her website design, Lane Eddington does not fly, she gently glides into your being.
To discover more of Lane Eddington's music and poetry please visit her website: www.laneeddington.com and also her Sound Cloud page: www.soundcloud.com/badassbutterfly
Deedee O'Malley is a true renaissance woman. She is an author, songwriter, musician, music producer, actress and is a fantastic singer with one of the loveliest voices around. She is a true professional who has graced the stage with such stars as Willie Nelson and LeAnn Rimes, counts Sheryl Crow and Nancy Cartwright as fans, as had her music featured in television shows like Dawson's Creek, films and commercials, and has created a unique musical style which uplifts, inspires and leaves you breathless.
A lot of Deedee O'Malley's music reminds me of some of the great female singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell or Joan Baez. She hits you with songs packed with emotion, dealing with subjects as simple as love and as complex as the holocaust. It is obvious that her works carry a message of hope and redemption, of moving forward. She is credited with writing over 1,000 songs, many of them winning awards from some very significant sources. She has won two Lennon songwriting awards, her first album was the #1 Indie CD of the Year by Music Connection Magazine and she was the Singer-Songwriter of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards.
Deedee has a perfect love for music because she has spent so much of her life making it. Even when she was acting she acted in over 60 musicals! When she writes, it's about music too. She's written a book about Songwriting called "10 Easy Steps to Writing a Song" and her latest book "The Lemonade Maker" is accompanied by a CD of songs. There is no escaping the discovery of passion and love for music in every ounce of the artistry of Deedee O'Malley. Her career is one filled with song and fortunate for us, she has many more in her.
For more information on Deedee O'Malley you can go to her website: www.deedeemusic.com
To get Deedee O'Malley's help with your songwriting go to: www.songwritingbootcamp.com
Watch Deedee O'Malley's "Perfect Love" below:
Michelangelo once said, "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” At Artists Run This Planet we see Earth as our marble and we hold a chisel and hammer up to it every day. This beautiful canvas of a planet waits for us to paint it daily. Gone are the days of suppressing art, of pursuits less noble than creating. We have the technology available to create in any medium, and faster than ever before. As artists we are the creators of every new innovation and idea that takes shape. We are mankind’s continual hope and driving force — “Artists Run This Planet." - David Carus, Art Planet CEO & Founder