Moonchild ♡

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I had the privilege of seeing an awesome neo soul trio from Los Angeles.

They are called Moonchild.

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Moonchild started their trio as a horn section… Now they are a neo soul/jazz band. Amber Navran (the lead singer of the trio) has such a sweet soft voice which not only grabs the attention of any listener but the musicians that are supporting her  are so amazing that their combination is  the most mind blowing thing EVER!

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You could really tell how humble and sweet each and every band member was. Which was awesome!! I feel so inspired and am so excited to see where their future takes them!

I can’t wait.

You can check them out here-

with so much love,

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Oak Cliff Film Festival (Made in Japan) ♡

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Last weekend I was able to attend the Oak Cliff Film Festival. I love watching independent films. So being able to go and support an independent film was exciting for me.

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As I was looking at the list of films that were being featured during the festival the title ‘Made in Japan‘ quickly caught my attention. (Obviously because I am half Japanese and have a huge love for Japan)

Made in Japan is a documentary about a japanese country singer named Tomi Fujiyama. Yes, she is a japanese lady singing country music. Isn’t that so interesting?!

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I felt this film was really relatable because I am a half japanese girl living in Texas! Texas is a state filled with country music and I never in my life imagined that country music  would ever be tied with a japanese artist.

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Tomi Fujiyama performed at the Grand Ole Opry in 1964 alongside with Johnny Cash and many other legendary country artists. She was the only artist to receive a standing ovation that night.

Her dream was to sing at the Grand Ole Opry again. During the documentary she goes to america to try and perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Unfortunately due to the music industry being the way it is today the chances of Tomi performing at the Opry stage was almost impossible. You will definitely have to see the documentary to see if she ends up being able to perform at the Grand Ole Opry again!

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The film was so great because it really showcased Tomi’s hard work, fun energy, and beautiful spirit. It was so refreshing to see a true artist continuing her craft and being  true to what she loves.

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At the end of the film we were able to ask the writer and director questions about the film. It was very inspiring and interesting to listen to the writer discuss about the process of the film.

Made in Japan has already reached great success with interviews from Jimmy Kimmel to features in SXSW. 

Here is a video of Tomi Fujiyama performing-

I personally am not a huge fan of country music but when I listen to her sing I get a little emotional. You can sense her soul radiate from her music.

Made in Japan will be coming out sometime next year! If you get a chance to watch the film I definitely recommend it.

with so much love,

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Hiatus Kaiyote ♡

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Last week I got to see a phenomenal band from Australia perform. They are called Hiatus Kaiyote and I predict that they are going to be the next big thing… mark my words..

My phone died right before they played but a friend of mine (Amber Kiner) was kind enough to send me a few pictures that she took! Follow Amber on Instagram here- www.instagram.com/amberkiner

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I believe that my phone dying was a blessing because I was able to just watch and study them perform.  It was great to soak in every moment of their performance. The whole audience was just vibing out and dancing as I just stood there with an inspired heart. I was so blown away from their musicality and technique.

The great thing was I was able to stand really close to the stage which made everything 20 million times better.

Hiatus Kaiyote is a grammy nominated band, they were nominated for Best R&B Performance but lost out to Snarky Puppy and Lalah Hathaway’s recording “Something”.

I predict that they will win several grammy’s in the future.

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I  left feeling so inspired, refreshed, and reminded about what music really is.

Thank you Hiatus Kaiyote!!

Here is a video from there most popular song Nakamarra- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ozr4KsZBTvQ

I definitely would  recommend to check them out!

with so much love,

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Songs from Sound Project ♡

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I had the great privilege of getting to perform at MIT’s Cambridge Science Festival yesterday. The performance was called ‘Songs from Sound’ and it was collaborated with the electronic production & design and songwriting department of Berklee College of Music.  The project was about using found sounds and turning them into electronic sounds.

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I was able to perform an original song and partner up with Chris Nung who made the track for my song!

^^^ thats him ^^^

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Thats me performing!

The title of my song was ‘Lullaby’

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The Songs from Sounds project was featured by Nona Hendryx which some of you may know. She was part of a  trio  called Labelle they were the original singers of the hit song ‘Lady Marmalade’

Here is a link of their ‘Lady Marmalade’ perfomance- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4LWIP7SAjY

I was so honored to share the stage with her, she mentored me during rehearsals for the show. I learned so much from her and it was an honor to work with her!

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Unfortunately my family was unable to come  see me perform but they sent me flowers!!

Isn’t that so sweet?!

Thank you to everyone that came and supported!!

with so much love,

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Rodrigo Amarante @ The Red Room

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I had the privilege of being able to see a very talented musician named Rodrigo Amarante. He is a Brazilian singer-songwriter from Rio de Janeiro. Amarante is also a part of three different bands Los Hermanos, Little Joy, and Orquestral Imperial. He now works on his solo music and has a solo album out called “Cavalo”.  During the show he promised us that he is coming out with a new album. Rodrigo sings and writes in english, portugese, and french which brings so much diversity to his music.

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Rodrigo’s performance was so personal and genuine, he carried a  child like innocence to his demeanor. As I listened and watched Amarante perform with his band I could not help but realize that this is what music is all about. So genuine and so real, he connected with all the people in the room and made them feel something for a moment.

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I noticed that  he would look at every person in the room in the eyes and have a special moment with them. Which was  very beautiful and moving to me.

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You can check out a live performance he did on NPR here-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppDcuEyNoIU

Enjoy!

with so much love,

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Song Of The Week Feat. Kristen McFarren ♡

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A very close friend of mind named Kristen McFarren is a top notch music blogger and I thought it would be a great idea to have her featured in my blog. She is a music journalist for the Berklee Groove and also has her very own music blog called

 Passion x Purpose. She has a great way of using words to express her interests and opinions.

You can follow her personal blog here- www.passionxpurpose.weebly.com

Enjoy

with so much love,

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Song Of The Week-

Get Away (Prod. by Jahaan Sweet)- Kehlani

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https://soundcloud.com/kehlanimusic/get-away-prod-by-jahaan-sweet

 

19-year-old Kehlani has a voice beyond her years and places a fresh twist on her R&B influenced vocal style.  The artist couples current electronic instrumentation with classic, a powerhouse vocal performance in her song “Get Away” that narrates a classic “the one that got away” love story.

 

My favorite thing about this particular song is that it has a climax, at the hook, while remaining dynamic overall.  The intro definitely sets the mood of the song: sultry and soulful but also upbeat and driving.  Her mature sound complemented by the heavy percussive interludes makes for an eclectic mixture of contemporary and classic sound, which adds even more appeal to this catchy tune!


I love Kehlani’s strong vocals and how they play off of the fluidity of the track; the dialogue between her voice and the syncopated electronic beats weaves the whole thing together perfectly.  “Get Away” is definitely one of my most played songs at the moment… Happy Listening! xx

-Kristen McFarren