Get Live! | “Live Enough” Music Video by Macntaj

Hip-Hop Artist, Macntaj, Releases New Music Video for the Single, “Live Enough”, Filmed in Mumbia, India

Live Enough Music Video by Macntaj

Fresh off the release of his fire new project Trappy Gilmore, Sacramento-raised, Seattle-based hip hop artist Macntaj returns with the official music video for his single “Live Enough.” Filmed in Mumbia, India while recently on tour, Live Enough is a standout music video of 2019 based on its location alone, but producer Michaelangelo takes things even further with aggressive and hard-hitting production. With a repetitive, yet catchy, looping melody playing in the background, Macntaj absolutely spazzes on “Live Enough.” with enough energy to feel through the speakers. Venturing through the city Macntajexperiences India’s culture first hand while blessing the locals with a taste of his own art. Making waves with his recent release Trappy GilmoreMacntaj is most definitely a breakout artist to watch for in the new year from Seattle’s world-famous music scene. Directed by Connor Lorenz, Sameer Clicks, and Macntaj himself “Live Enough” will have you searching for more music from this rising star.

Watch Music Video for “Live Enough”


Stream Trappy Gilmore Now!

Trappy Gilmore Album by Macntaj

www.Macntaj .com
Twitter: @itsMacntaj
IG: Macntaj

Unsigned Only Launches Special “Video Only” Promotion

Unsigned Only Music Competition Launches Special “Video Only” Promotion
Video Entries Accepted March 20-29, 2019

Unsigned Only Music Competition Launches Special “Video Only” Promotion


The Unsigned Only Music Competition is launching a special “Video Only” promotion and will be accepting both professional and homemade music video entries from March 20-29, 2019. Original music and cover songs are eligible. Artists can enter by going to:

This is an opportunity for artists to show their creative side by putting their video making skills to the test, whether it be a professionally produced video or a homemade video that can be shot on just an iPhone or video camera. Two videos will become winners: one that is a fully produced video and one that is a homemade video. The two winners will be awarded some cool prizes, including a one-year license to Filmora9 and a GoPro camera. All “Video Only” entrants will receive a free a 30-day free trial of Filmora9, a leading video editing software program that makes future music video editing as easy as ever.

“Music videos are just as important as they have ever been,” said Candace Avery and Jim Morgan, Co-Founders of Unsigned Only. “Sites such as YouTube and Vimeo make it easy to post a video, but many of these indie videos don’t get many viewers. We want to help indie artists gain viewers and real recognition, and we are looking forward to receiving some really creative, interesting videos.”

It’s very simple to participate. Artists just need to make a music video (or choose one that has already been created) and upload it to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, or any other website or platform where Unsigned Only can go and view it. Then, upon entering online, artists will provide a streaming link to the video.

All “Video Only” entries will also be entered into the overall 2019 Unsigned Only Music Competition and be eligible for all the regular competition prizes. Unsigned Only is open to all artists who are unsigned to a major record label and awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes split among 38 winners, including a $20,000 cash prize to the overall Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize winner is also awarded one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives. This is a unique opportunity for an artist to directly network with the highest level of record company professionals and get guidance, advice, and feedback. First Place and Second Place winners will also be selected in each category and awarded prizes. Since its inception in 2012, five Grand Prize winners have been signed to record label deals.

2019 Judges include: Aimee Mann; Garth Hudson (Founding Member, The Band); Grouplove; Taj Mahal; Sanctus Real; Bow Wow; Robert Smith (The Cure); The Secret Sisters; Boney James; Gareth Emery; O.A.R.; Jack Ingram; Lionel Loueke; Simón Mejía (Bomba Estéreo); Oumou Sangaré; Janiva Magness; Fred Hersch; Francesca Battistelli; Frank Foster; Cedric Gervais; Aaron Shust; Toots Hibbert (Toots and the Metals); Ruthie Foster; Lucero; Mariza; Tinariwen; Craig Campbell; JD McPhereson; Carter Burwell; Zbigniew Preisner; Russ Landau; Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Anthony Decurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Mac Randall (Editor, JazzTimes); Marcos Juarez (Head of Latin Music, Pandora); David Sikorski (Senior Editor, EARMILK Media INC.); Jeff Zuchowski (Vice President, Artist Marketing & Industry Relations, Pandora); Lyndsey Parker (Managing Editor, Yahoo Music); Jed Gottlieb (Music & Theater Writer, Boston Herald); Kevin McNeese (President, NewReleaseToday); Art Tipaldi (Editor, Blues Music Magazine); Nigel J. Farmer (Editor-In-Chief, Jazz In Europe); John Dibiase (President, Jesus Freak Hideout); Miriam Di Nunzio (Arts Editor/Entertainment, Chicago Sun-Times); David Silbaugh (Talent Buyer, Summerfest); Angel Romero (Founder / Sr. Editor, World Music Central); Brandon Chitwood (Assistant Director, EDM Joy); Chad Jensen (Artist Manager, Jensen Artist Management); Brinson Strickland (President, Collective Music Nashville); Deborah Klein (JV Partner and Artist Manager, Primary Wave Entertainment); Chris Sampson (EVP, Programming Superfly Presents (Bonnaroo, Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival); Kristyn Ciani (Talent Buyer, C3 Presents (Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Shaky Knees); Connie Farr (Music Supervisor / Creative Director, ThinkSync Music); Evan Stein (Owner, Experience Music Group); James Kempner (Owner, JMK Connections); Jennifer Taunton (Music Supervisor, Level Two Music); Jessica Cole (Founder / President, Lyric House); Rachel Levy (SVP, Film Music at Universal Pictures); Sheryl Louis (Artist Manager, CSM Management); and more to be announced.

Categories include: AAA (Adult Album Alternative), AC (Adult Contemporary), Americana, Blues, Christian, Country, EDM, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin, Pop/Top 40, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Screen Shot (songs suitable for placement in film/TV/advertising/gaming), Teen (artists 18 years old or younger), Vocal Performance, and World Music.

Unsigned Only is sponsored by Berklee College of Music; Eventric; Hybrid Studios; Lurssen Mastering; Merch Cat; Musicians Institute; Musician Wellness; Pro Tour Nutrition; Radio Airplay; Shubb Capos; Symphonic Distribution; The Music Business Registry; and Vocal Eze.

To learn more about Unsigned Only Music Competition, visit
Twitter: @UnsignedOnly
IG: UnsignedOnly

Week37 |Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster

Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

Maiah Manser See Thru It Artist: Maiah Manser
Track: “See Thru It”
LA-based noir-pop songstress Maiah Manser delivers an inspired pop paradox of soulful voice and lyric, juxtaposed by robo-cool beat and synth, with new single, “See Thru It”.

Willfully stunted synth stab and stop/start rhythm break ‘n’ bolt the 2-minute fifty-six-second track in dysfunctionally funky grid-snapped stanzas. Phat monophonic deconstructed electro-tones swagger awesome and obnoxious, while lo-fi sonics oscillate and fizz left/right. Manser’s vocals work the percussive with great success. Her stand out voice intentionally and rudely warped by sudden heavy pitch shift and shunt.

An intelligent slice of smartly crafted post-modern pop, as abrasive as it is audacious, “See Thru It” is out now on all major platforms.
Twitter: @maiahmanser
IG: maiahmanser


Elephanz ImperfectionArtist: Elephanz
Track: “Imperfection”
French electro-pop duo Elephanz drops a super-cool dose of electronic groove and old school soul with new single, “Imperfection”.

Crafted in understated high fidelity and deceptively unassuming quality production, the three-minute twenty-second track arrives in tightly timed beat and accomplished arrangement. Deft use of instrumentation makes for rich and compelling listening experience, with individual element carefully selected for both their musical and sonic characteristic. Lyrics are delivered in a light flourish and phrase; Elephanz working seamlessly from French to English and back again.

A smartly finessed pop gem, “Imperfection” is available now across streaming media platforms.
Twitter: @elephanzmusic
IG: elephanzmusic


computer magic remixes - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Computer Magic + Futurecop!
Track: “Perfect Game” (Futurecop! Remix)
British composer Manzur Iqbal aka ‘Futurecop!’ brings a neo-synth-sonic space adventure to New York-based artist and producer Danz’s Computer Magic release, “Perfect Game”.

Framed in glorious fizzing electronics and lush 80s reverb, the 4-minute twenty-eight-second track unfolds in graceful overlapping melodies of burning electrodes and modulated sustain; contrasted by funky blunt 8-bit sequencer stabs. Gated Linndrum style beats punch/drive and exploded in bubble-pop fills. Danielle Johnson’s (Danz) vocals echo sweetly in tastefully constructed ambiance. Her voice a perfect pop blend of brittle phrasing and uber cool nonchalance.

“Perfect Game” (Futurecop! Remix)’ is available now as one of five ‘Perfect Game’ remixes, presented together in the EP, ‘ Remixes, Vol 1’.
Twitter: @zdanz
IG: danz_cm

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You can now submit / recommend new releases for our New Music Monster, every Friday via our new Reddit!

About Tobi Davis (BRASH! Magazine/Blog Writer)
​Good producing is like good plumbing. If you do your job right, no one notices. Mix, Remix + Master. Run @monsterthread w/ Singer Songwriter Jon Magnusson. Host Thursday’s @musichouruk. Music Reviews for BRASH! Magazine. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi.
Check out Tobi Sonics – Mixes + Remixes!

Twitter: @producedbytobi
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About The Monster Thread
The #MonsterThread is a community of Independent Musicians, Bands and Artists supporting each other in making and sharing Indie Music.
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Live in Hip-Hop | “Shake Those Hips” by The Urban Renewal Project

16-Piece Hip Hop Band, The Urban Renewal Project, Releases New Single, “Shake Those Hips”

Shake Those Hips by The Urban Renewal Project

The sixteen-piece collective known as The Urban Renewal Project is back and doubling down on the live-band hiphop aesthetic that has set them apart from their jazz-funk and fusion contemporaries.

“Shake Those Hips”, is from their forthcoming EP titled Love Glory Duty Death, expected later in 2019. The track is a bleacher-stomping, HoCo dance party, brimming with pep band vibes, bouncing sousaphone lines and an throwback sound reminiscent of The Pharcyde and Outkast. Rappers Slim da Reazon, Elmer Demond & Dustin Morgan are leading the squad and want you to show off your moves, so listen up and get ready to get down with The URP.

“Shake Those Hips” is Available Now on iTunes & Spotify!

Between coast-to-coast tour dates with rap legends Camp Lo and a transpacific festival appearance in Jakarta, Indonesia last year, the Los Angeles-based group has found time to record new material that explores an updated version of the Golden Era hiphop sound—infectious rap hooks, concentrated horn lines and a heavy dose of live drums—creating positive vibes just begging to be danced to.

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Long-time collaborator Elmer Demond and his laid-back flows are joined by the manic and unpredictable newcomer Slim da Reazon, as well as the band’s once-and-future bassist Dustin Morgan, a.k.a. Yung Jinja, now rocking the mic. The trio rhyme over instrumental grooves devised by bandleader R.W. Enoch and the group’s 13 instrumentalists while Alex Nester provides effortless soul, pop and funk vocals to complete the ensemble.
Twitter: @urpmusic
IG: urpmusic

Event News: THE BLUEPRINT Music Business and Faith-Based Marketing Seminar Series Comes To Las Vegas Offering MASTER SESSIONS!

The Blueprint: Las Vegas Edition “Master Sessions” With Leading Music Executives and Creatives John “Yosh” Jaszcz, Earnest Pugh, Khalif Townes, Garland “Miche” Waller, Benita Bellamy Kelley, Ananias “Markey” Montague, PJ Morgan and Tony D On The Radio

THE BLUEPRINT - Las Vegas Edition 2019

Nashville, TNThe Bellamy Group Marketing Agency in Nashville, TN launched a series of Music Business and Ministry seminars called THE BLUEPRINT in 2017. This brilliant, hands-on music education series covers topics from Songwriting and Publishing to Church Security and Worship Arts Administration and, from Digital Music Marketing to Studio Engineering and Production. THE BLUEPRINT is now headed to Las Vegas, NV on March 27-28 for a special two-day Master Sessions Edition with Gospel music’s most decorated executives and creatives taking the instructors chair.

The LAS VEGAS Edition of THE BLUEPRINT will be held from 1:00PM – 4:30PM on Wednesday, March 27 and from 9:30AM-2:00PM on Thursday, March 28 at the Elara by Hilton Grand Vacation, 80 East Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109 in “The Bellamy Group Suite”.

An exciting addition to this years session is multiple award-winning mix engineer John “Yosh” Jaszcz. John is one of music’s most decorated mix engineers (Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Tori Kelly, Andrae’ Crouch, Sonic Flood, CeCe Winans, Billy Ray Cyrus, John Michael Montgomery, Travis Green). His master session will involve a hands-on Pro Tools experience dissecting a song from the actual mix session of a popular gospel artist. This incredible studio experience will also include the producer of the song Thomas “TJ” Hardin who, alongside “Yosh” will take attendees inside the session and inside the song.

This years brilliant line-up of Master Instructors include Tony D On The Radio (Music Director at WAAW Shout 94.7), Benita Bellamy Kelley (CEO of The Bellamy Group), PJ Morgan (Stellar Nominated Musician), John “Yosh” Jaszcz (Multiple Award-Winning Mix Engineer), Ananias “Markey” Montague (Minister of Worship Arts, Salem Baptist Church), Dr. Earnest Pugh (Billboard Chart Topping Artist), Khalif Townes (Digital Strategist/Content Curator, That’s True Media), and Garland “Miche” Waller (Musician, VP of Enon Music Group).

Registration is now open via $25 per session or $100 for a 2-day All-access pass. For more info, contact:

The Blueprint: Las Vegas Edition “Master Sessions” Instructors:

Benita Bellamy Kelley is The Bellamy Group’s Founder and CEO and The Blueprint visionary. She is a Stellar Nominated Creative and multi-award winning marketer and manager who has Grammy, Dove, Stellar, Soultrain and NAACP Image Award-nominated and winning artists as clients.

Over the last year, Benita and her #TeamBellamyGroup have helped Ben Tankard, Robert E. Person and PJ Morgan land on the Top Billboard Jazz Albums and Singles charts, lead the popular Wardlaw Brothers to a #1 Billboard Gospel Album (STAND THERE) and a 2019 Stellar Award Nomination for Quartet of the Year, and has promoted and marketed the Season 3 Soundtrack from the GREENLEAF drama series airing on the OWN TV Network. The GREENLEAF SEASON 3 Soundtrack (Lionsgate Music) features Patti LaBelle and Deborah Joy Winans on the Top 30 Gospel Radio Single “Changed”, and is nominated for a 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Soundtrack and a 2019 Steeple Award for Best Collaboration Performance (“Changed”).

From his Detroit R&B roots with Bootsy Collins, Parliament/Funkadelic, George Clinton, and Zapp, John Jaszcz has used his renowned skills and unique sound to establish himself as a world-class mixing engineer. Through his early work with Gospel great Fred Hammond and the legendary Thomas Whitfield, he had the opportunity to move to Music City and work with such artists as Billy Ray Cyrus, and have multi-platinum success with John Michael Montgomery. 2019 is off to a great start with projects from Kirk Franklin, Travis Greene, Vashawn Mitchell, Deon Kipping, Isaac Carree, Jon Reddick, and the pop-country group McGuire. Yosh had three nominations at the 2019 Grammy Awards for projects with Jekalyn Carr and Tori Kelly.

Dr. Pugh has released an impressive 10 albums to date with over ten Top 30 Billboard Singles. His successful record label, acclaimed music artistry, dynamic ministry and, humanitarian efforts have earned Dr. Earnest Pugh the title of Gospel’s Leading Man.

He has received a Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from the Howard University School of Divinity, and an honorary Ph.D. in Theology from The Institute of Teaching God’s Word (Rockdale, Texas). He has served as a Worship leader for over two decades and is a veteran of the U.S. Army having served over 20 years in the military.

Khalif is a Businessman, Digital Strategist, Social Media Manager and Content Curator who specializes in online marketing and media services for both the faith-based consumer and mainstream urban entertainment audience. Townes is President/CEO of That’s True Media, LLC. (formally Urban Roundup Group, LLC.). His – the flagship website under That’s True Media, LLC is currently the no. 1 online site/entertainment blog in the faith-based/gospel music genre. The site also features uGospel Radio, a digital streaming platform nominated for a Stellar Gospel Award for Internet Radio Station of the Year.

PJ Morgan is best known as the Organist’s organist. He has appeared on almost twenty albums by artists such as Dorothy Norwood, Ben Tankard, William Becton, Desmond Pringle, Maurette Brown-Clark as a producer, songwriter, arranger, programmer, or musician. PJ is currently the band director at Reid Temple AME, one of the largest mega churches in the U.S. with over 20,000 members in Washington, DC and teaches Composition and Theory at The Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Garland Waller, better known as “Miche,” is widely known as the talented musician and producer for Pastor John P. Kee for 25 years. Miche has played, written, and produced for many award-winning artists including Enon Tabernacle Choir, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Dorothy Norwood, and the Wilmington Chester Mass Choir. He is currently the Vice President of Enon Music Group in Philadelphia, PA.

Tony D is the CEO of Christian Sounds Entertainment and is currently an on-air personality at WAAW Shout 94.7 FM in Aiken S.C. Through his “New Artist Profile” radio show, he continues to introduce his listening audience to the best independent and emerging Gospel artists. “The New Artist Profile” motto is “If Your Radio Is Not Playing The New Artist Profile, Then Your Radio Is Not Really On”.

Chicago native Ananias “Markey” Montague is a creative virtuoso who has composed over 20 original compositions as the producer for the historic Salem Baptist Church annual production “The Resurrection” (2010- 2015) and has written original songs recorded by The Gospel Music Workshop of America and The Walter and Edwin Hawkins Seminar. Markey has collaborated with Gospel’s most notables Richard Smallwood, Andrae’ Crouch, Ricky Dillard, and Ted Winn. He is also a proven leader in arts education and organizational staff training. Ananias is the founder of A WORK ON A WHEEL Summer Performing Arts Camp in Omaha, NE and he conducts worship and worship administration sessions around the country.

The Blueprint: Las Vegas Edition – “The Master Sessions”
March 27-28, 2019
Elara by Hilton Grand Vacation
“The Bellamy Group Suite”
80 East Harmon Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada
Registration: $25 per session / $100 All Access 2-day Pass
*Class Sizes Are Limited*

615-348-7944 /
Twitter: @onebenita
IG: thebellamygroup

Go Your Own Way | “Do You” by Julia Zahra

Netherlands Singer/Songwriter, Julia Zahra Releases Empowering New Single, “Do You”

“Do You” is Julia Zahra’s latest single. An empowering song about no longer trusting the other, but following your own gut feeling. With a soulful emotionally loaded vocal melody and the acoustic guitar that glues the electronic sounds together, “Do You” will find everyone’s inner warrior.

Do You by Julia Zahra

Stream “Do You” Today on Major Digital Music Platforms!

Netherlands Singer/Songwriter, Julia ZahraAbout Julia Zahra
Julia Zahra was born in 1995 in Indianapolis, US as Julia van der Toorn, and was raised in The Netherlands.

In 2013 she auditioned in the fourth season of The Voice of Holland with an accoustic guitar version of Britney Spears’ ‘Oops I Did It Again’ (over 6 million streams on Spotify). From that first moment on she was one of the favourites and gained popularity, and won the competition at only 18 years old – the youngest winner thus far. After that she released her debut album.

A year later Julia participated in ‘The Best Singers of The Netherlands’, a Dutch TV competition in which artists perform cover versions of each other’s songs, and won this show as well. In one episode she sang ‘Just an Illusion’ which ended up high in the Dutch iTunes charts in 2015. More than a year later the song was picked up in Fiji, where it still is a top ten song, and eventually all around The Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. You can hear the song also on the radio in L.A., San Francisco and even Canada, and by now it has over 4 million streams on Spotify. Zahra toured around the Pacific for 2 months, amongst other venues playing the Vodafone Arena in Fiji and a sold out Club Royals in Auckland, NZ.

In January 2018 Julia released her EP Something New, which is a raw and acoustic interpretation of her songs. Currently she is performing live in The Netherlands with her almost sold out The Remedy Tour, and is ready to overwhelm everybody with a new sound and a lot of new tunes.
Twitter: @juliazahramusic
IG: juliazahramusic

Classic Covers | “Careless Whisper” by George Michael

Taken By Trees Shares Cover of George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” w/ Billboard

Swedish dream pop act Taken By Trees just released an entrancing cover of George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” with Billboard. Produced by Dan Lissvikk (of Swedish dance-rockers Studio) with Mr Little Jeans on backing vocals, frontwoman Victoria Bergsman explains why she chose the song: “‘Careless Whisper’ came to mind around the time when George Michael passed away. I wanted to make a tribute to him, a thank you for all his amazing music his made. The whole song was really hard for me to sing, my range is not that wide…I have always felt that George Michael or Wham! would sound amazing in a Balearic production. My version is leaning into that Balearic style with an added Cumbia rhythm for a laid back groove.”

Stream “Careless Whisper” Now on Spotify!

Taken By Trees recently released their 4th full length LP Yellow To Blue, a playful and hopeful ten-track collection that explores the pop genre to its fullest, eliciting the help of Jesse Shatkins’ A-list calibre (Sia, Rihanna) and co-writers Ariel Rechtshaid (Haim, Adele), Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) and Daniel Nigro (Empress Of, Carly Rae Jepsen). Bergsman, formerly of The Concretes, has been featured on Peter, Bjorn and John’s global hit “Young Folks”, which garnered over 115 million streams on Spotify and has appeared on multiple late night TV shows such as Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien. Taken By Trees’ crisp sun-soaked driving rhythms, gritty bass, and lush hi-fi mixes have garnered over 30 million streams since 2015.

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Photo Credit: Eugene Kim
Twitter: @takenbytrees
IG: takenbytrees