Entertainment News | R&B Artist, Omar Wilson Nominated for NAACP Image Award

Indie R&B Artist, Omar Wilson, Nominated for NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist

NAACP Image Awards Nominees for Outstanding New ArtistOmar Wilson has been a full force in the R&B scene with his soulful music releases and performances. With his recent accomplishment, he’s displaying how hard working indie artists can win and stand beside the best of the best in mainstream music. BRASH! caught wind of the recent announcement of Wilson’s NAACP Image Award nomination of in the category, Outstanding New Artist. The BSE Recordings artist joins the likes of Toyr Lanez, Koryn Hasthorne, Ella Mai, and Jade Novah. Wilson described this nomination, via instagram, as being “Blessed and honored” to be named on one of the nominees in this category. He also thanked his team, BSE Recordings (Label), Ra-Fael Blanco (Publicist), Michelle Bonaparte (Make up Artist), Carlton Spence (Fashion Stylist/Image Consultant), and label mates, Arika Kane (Singer) & T Barz (Rap Artist).

For the 50th NAACP Image Awards, this milestone year is giving independent artists the awareness that is well overdue in the music industry. The award show will be aired on TVOne, Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 9pm EST/8pm CST. The telecast will take place from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, CA.

We salute Omar Wilson for this amazing accomplishment and send BRASH! well wishes! Be sure to check out his new single “Love Song” Available Now!

RnB Artist, Omar Wilson


Twitter: @OmarWilson
Instagram: OmarWilson1

About The NAACP Image Awards
The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishment of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature, and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The upcoming telecast, the 50th Anniversary of the NAACP Image Awards, will also spotlight the significant contributions of the NAACP and the impact the organization has had on our community and country. For more information, visit www.naacpimageawards.net.

About the NAACP
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas at NAACP.org.


Book of Broken Romances | “All This Time” by Van Bellman

Indie-Rock Talent, Van Bellman Releases Third Single “All This Time”

All This Time by Van BellmanIf Sufjan Stevens was on a Beatles kick and stumbled upon a lost track from Beck’s Sea Change, it may sound like “All This Time,” a handful of broken romances distilled into one story. Boy wants girl, but plays it cool. She feels rejected and moves on. Boy comes crawling back, and she wants nothing to do with him. Rinse and repeat. The dogged heart defies the brain, again and again. After all this time I still spend all this time on you. It’s only fitting to release this yearning love song during the week of Valentine’s Day.

“All This Time” is Available Now on iTunes & Spotify!

indie rock artist, van bellmanAbout Van Bellman
Before starting Van Bellman last year, singer/guitarist Zac Taylor was writing and producing songs with other bands and artists. “I initially wrote ‘All This Time’ for Connell Cruise, who was label mates with my other band American Authors on Island Records a couple years ago, but has since moved back to South Africa where he just won Dancing With the Stars. But I always loved this song and I didn’t want it to fall through the cracks.”

“I’m mainly a guitarist but I love writing on piano because I can come across some happy accidents. That’s where the piano riff came from: a toy piano gathering dust in the corner of Mission Sound studio with one broken key, which you can hear in the track if you listen closely. I composed the string section digitally and had my friends Marie Kim (currently playing keys for Mitski) and Andy Baldwin (acclaimed mixing engineer for Björk, Cat Power, St Lucia, yours truly) replace it with actual cello and violin, which is truly a sonic treat in today’s digital age.”

The first three Van Bellman releases are all a bit different from each other. Sirius XM’s AltNation debuted the first single “I Hate To See You This Way,” a “bluesy rock and indie pop track that hits you hard from the second it starts and never seems to lose its momentum” (Live Nation’s Ones to Watch). “Gold & Blue” is “more of a pop anthem than the darkly ambient first single” (Billboard). “All This Time” is a forlorn love song with more orchestral elements and straightforward storyline.

Van Bellman has hit the ground running since its inception less than a year ago and shows no signs of slowing down.

Twitter: @ZacVanBellman
IG: ZacVanBellman

Lovers Rock | “Valentine” Music Video by Love Stallion

Top 5 iTunes Rockers Glam It Up For “Valentine”s Day Video

Denver-based glam rock band Love Stallion have released the music video for their upcoming single, “Valentine.” The band has a Top 5 iTunes rock chart single.

Denver, CO — Denver-based glam rockers Love Stallion are definitely feeling the…love. Influenced and inspired by the biggest bands of the 70s and 80s, Love Stallion’s debut album, Unforgettable Ride has received massive critical praise. Their first two singles, “Slow Release” and “Big Rock Radio” have amassed tens of thousands of Spotify streams, while charting on national and international am/fm radio outlets. “Slow Release” hit the iTunes Canada rock charts in 2018, reaching the Top 5. The videos for both songs have received Official Selection status from film festivals around the globe. If that wasn’t enough, Love Stallion recently wrapped up opening dates with LA Guns and Steel Panther.

Aaron Hart of Love Stallion on the set of new video,

Aaron Hart of Love Stallion on the set of new video, “Valentine”

Love Stallion recently released their latest video in time for their favorite holiday, Valentine’s Day. “Valentine” was produced by Arcadian Pictures, the same team behind the “Big Rock Radio” video.

“It was an absolute pleasure working again with John Hunt of Arcadian Pictures,” said Love Stallion frontman, Aaron Hart. “Our favorite part was the filming the black light party body-painting flashback scene! We filmed this at my condo in Denver, where a pair of Sexy Disco Legs hang above a big white plush area rug in the great room, surrounded in black light. Our tour company, Full Color Productions brought in 16 additional lighting fixtures to help set the mood, completely washing the room in black light and lasers. We had a bunch of friends out that night, along with DJs spinning house music (one of which was John, aka Panamaa). It was a total blast! Unfortunately, for our guests and my rug, the “washable” body paint didn’t turn out to be washable, ha!”

Watch Official Video for “Valentine”


Album, Unforgettable Ride is Available Now!

Unforgettable Ride by Love Stallion

About Love Stallion
Inspired by the “big rock” sound of the 1970s and ’80s, rock stars like David Lee Roth and Freddie Mercury, and dynamic bands like Van Halen, Kiss, and Def Leppard, Love Stallion is charging onto the music scene with original glamorous hard rock. The band’s high energy live performances, flamboyant wardrobes of sequins, spandex and leather, and their signature “Sexy Disco Legs” have placed Love Stallion in the spotlight among Denver’s hottest tickets. Their debut album, “Unforgettable Ride” was recorded at Colorado Sound Studios with Emmy Award Winner and Certified Gold Album producer, Steve Avedis (Tony Bennett, NSYNC).

Twitter: @lovestallion
IG: lovestallionband

Gift of Good Men | “Be Mine” by Vadé x Jermaine Riley

Multi-award winning act Vadé Delivers a Special Valentines Gift through New Single, “Be Mine”

It’s coming up to that time of the year where the single ladies dream of pairing up with that special one – but quickly become cautious, fearing that all guys prefer the ‘player lifestyle’ over a meaningful, long-term relationship.

Be Mine by Vade x Jermaine Riley Well five-piece R&B/A cappella sensation Vadé’s brand new single, “Be Mine”, proves there are still good men out there who are more than willing to settle down. Written by band member Jermaine Sanderson, “Be Mine” documents a man’s burning desire make a commitment to his love interest …and makes it potently clear that he’s not into playing silly games.

The future is definitely looking very bright for Vadé as they offer a spine-tingling take on A cappella music – and with their latest offering, “Be Mine”, it goes without saying that the UK-based crooners have got what it takes to send shockwaves throughout the music scene across the globe.

“Be Mine” is Available Now on iTunes and GooglePlay!

About Vadé
Born as a brainchild of Philip Yeboah and JJ Hammerslay back in 2013, Vadé now includes three powerhouses, Jermaine Sanderson, Roy Crisp and Joseph Anti to enhance their rich soulful harmonies, armed with a jazz/R&B fusion – think Boyz II Men.

RnB Group, Vade

Their powerfully soulful sound certainly hasn’t slipped under the radar as the group was named the winner of Sky 1’s Sing: Ultimate A cappella in 2017, which led to the release of their debut album, ‘Cry Your Heart Out’ in the same year, recorded at the renowned Abbey Road Studios. Following their 2017 debut release, Vadé continues to generate recognition, scooping the 2018 A cappella Awards for Best Quintet along the way.

Twitter: @vadesings
IG: vade

Week32 |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

In the Dark by Vok Artist: Vök
Track: “In the Dark”
Icelandic dream pop trio Vök deliver a three-minute twenty-two-second dose of shimmering melody and pulsating electro beat, with new single, “In the Dark”. Formed on the fly in 2013 for Iceland’s annual ‘Músíktilraunir’ competition, by singer Margrét Rán and saxophonist Andri Már, Vök has begun 2019 in similar prolific form, with “In the Dark” their second release of the year and follow up to ‘Erase you’.

An intoxicating, easy groove shifts the track forward in open, unfolding stanzas of tastefully layered instrumentation, carefully placed across the stereo field in a spacious arrangement that is equally pleasing and compelling to the ear. A smartly worked combination of tight dance kick and assorted electro percussion give the track both a driving center and engaging width. The on/off bassline is used to successful effect to create an ever-varying sense of dynamic and weight within the core of the track. Musical element is used sparingly. The band opting for contrast in absence as much, if not more than by addition. Guitar and synth are blended together to create an uplifting pop hook. Acoustic guitar adds extra texture and sonic interest.

Lead singer Margrét Rán vocals are given comfortable breathing space at the heart of the mix; lyrics delivered in well-judged phrases of short, punchy line and counter. Clever use of reverb and delay add emphasis and additional rhythm and ear candy. The choruses arriving in gloriously hushed harmonies that glide and resonate.

“In the Dark” is available on all major streaming platforms.

Twitter: @vokmusic
IG: vokmusic

From Here by someone

Artist: Someone
Track: “From Here”
Willfully anonymous multi-discipline Artist Someone drops dreamy electro sonics, lyrics in whispers and waves of fuzzy synth awesome, with her new single, “From Here”. Preferring to create, rather than be limited by brand/image, Independent Artist Someone expresses herself across a broad canvas of medium, from music to painting to film/video art. Her latest musical offering, “From Here” is her second of the year and follow up to “Say Something”.

A sweetly syncopated rhythm shuffles and snaps the track along in engaging swings and sways. Quirky melodic lines arrive and pass by, with apparent haphazard ease. The three-minute fifty-second song unfolding and folding back up in expanding/contracting layers of funky lo-fi synthesizer, modulated and filtered in sugary bites of electro bits.

The vocals are delivered in hushed harmonies of scarcely uttered phonetic. The vocal lines acting every bit as much as a melodic element, as a lyrical device.

The tracks breaths a wonderfully nostalgic air, creating a compelling and encompassing emotional experience for the listener.

IG: someonespictures

My Love by Linney Artist: Linney
Track: “My Love”
Stand out singer-songwriter and electro-pop artist Linney drops a quietly compelling moment of tenderness, regret, and hope on the slow burn and the lo-fi, with her new single, “My Love”. With electro-pop singles ‘FamØus’ and ‘Substance’ earning 95K and 41K streams in short number of months, respectively, and the breathtakingly graceful piano ballad, ‘Gave it All’ winning the hearts of fans and named Brash Song of 2018, Linney is an artist unafraid of taking chances and undaunted by the challenge of taking a creatively rewarding, but nevertheless challenging, path to Artistic and professional recognition.

The LA-based Artist begins 2019 with yet another twist of musical presentation. Her latest release, “My Love arrives in cascading and untidy flicks and strums of percussive acoustics, panned left and right. A tumble-down drum beat smacks and snaps in syncopated shuffles from the back. Piano keys set deep and dark, punctuate the track in heavy resonance. A Doppler effect whizzes and whines from side to side, in an odd, willfully random act of ear candy.

Linney vocals and lyrics remain the one constant through her recent eclectic turns. Her voice soars with hard-earned ease, riding light across the delightfully haphazard track. Linney’s striking talent for honesty through songwriting is in great and successful evidence here. Her vocal performance providing an emotional center to the impressively original alt-pop composition.

And perhaps that is the true and abiding value of all Linney’s work. Throughout her ongoing conversation between herself and her art, through the electro-pop, the piano, and the tumble-down, her singular gift for honesty acts as a constant star. No matter how ugly, painful, or problematic, her songs remain true to her heart and, in doing so, resonate with and earn a special place in the hearts of her fans.

Twitter: @linneyofficial
IG: linneyofficial

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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
Instagram: ProducedbyTobi

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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Drinks & Reflections | “Shots” by Swill

Atlanta Rising Artist, Swill, Emerges with New Single, “Shots”, and Debut EP Release

Shots by Swill - BRASH! Magazine BlogStanding out in a generation immensely consumed with fitting in proves to be an arduous task for most but not for the lyrically gifted songwriter and artist Swill. The Cairo, GA born and Atlanta based rising star releases her hit new single “Shots.” This record marvels at her versatility, melodic genius and penned savvy. More than the average amalgamation of RnB and hip-hop but a body-swaying, head-bob inducing jam doused in modern appeal with a nostalgic vibe. The classic visual brings her written imagery around full circle amid an emotive performance from Swill.

Love, the most ageless of music topics, shows it’s perilous side of deception, infidelity and lies in “Shots.” Of the records inspiration Swill states, “What started out as a seemingly beautiful thing quickly became revolting as I learned that she was involved with someone else while attempting to build something with me. As one would imagine, things were over from there. Occasionally she would call or text me, attempting to repair our friendship, but I still held distrust and lacked confidence in her intentions.

While having a conversation with a close friend about the situation, I jokingly made the statement, ‘She wanted me to write a song about her, I will, but it’s not going to be the type of song she had in mind.’ This stuck with me as I started the penning of “Shots” later that day. The entire song was a reflection of exact text conversations we had back and forth.”

Watch Official Music Video for “Shots”

Stream “Shots” Now on iTunes, TIDAL, & Spotify!

Some artists make songs and then some artists make music. Swill composes records with lyrical depth and relatable qualities.

You don’t just hear this record – you feel it.

Her musical journey began at the tender age of 11 and has clearly evolved into a promising career having already blessed venues like the Oceans Ballroom at The Georgia Aquarium, The Main stage at One Spark Festival, The Hard Rock Hotel in Downtown Atlanta and more amid blog features from AMillion Magazine and Brash Magazine. This marks the dawn of inevitable notoriety. However, Swill on the humble tip states, “It’s not about what number you are in the race, what matters is that you finish! I’m not aiming to be the greatest; I just want to be heard,” and humility travels far.

Frank EP by Swill

Swill recently released her Debut EP Frank, Available Now (iTunes | Spotify)!

Twitter: @illswilli
IG: illswilli

When It’s Over, It’s Over | “Yesterday” by Natalie Shay

Stunning Vocal Range Highlighted in New Infection Pop Single, “Yesterday”, by Natalie Shay

Yesterday by Natalie Shay - BRASH! Magazine BlogLeading single “Yesterday” features ethereal dreamlike soundscapes, infectious lyrics and textured vocal arrangements which highlight Shay’s stunning vocal abilities. Thematically the indie pop song narrates the story of getting over a relationship that never became what you wanted it to be, falling for someone that you know never wanted anything serious. “Whole of Me” explains the same story but from a different perspective. With melancholy melodies and raw, heartfelt lyricism the single is about coming to the realization that a relationship isn’t what you thought it was, despite still having strong feelings. Co-written and recorded with Jonathan Vears (Imagine Dragons) and mixed by Pete Dowsett (The Vaccines), the music is brought to life through Shay’s distinct indie pop sensibilities and prominent vocal harmonies.

Shay has found success with her single “This Feeling” reaching an impressive number 4 in the iTunes singer/songwriter charts as well as her most recent single “Yesterday” being placed in Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist in 9 countries. The songstress recently had the privilege of performing at the world renown Royal Albert Hall, as well as being the featured artist for BBC Radio London and receiving critical acclaim from publications such as Billboard, Clash and The Line of Best Fit. With an ever-dedicated fanbase and growing media attention, Natalie Shay is set for an exciting 2019.

“Yesterday” is Available Now on iTunes/AppleMusic, Spotify, Deezer, & Amazon!

About Natalie Shay
Natalie Shay is a 20 year old multi award-winning, indie pop/rock artist from North London. Deemed as one of London’s hottest emerging talents and having already acquired an impressive array of awards, Shay is ready to launch herself into the forefront of the industry, with her highly anticipated upcoming release.

Indie pop/rock artist, Natalie Shay

As a classically trained guitarist from the age of five, Shay’s outstanding talents soon found herself accepted into the prestigious BRIT school, known for producing such prodigies as Adele, Jessie J and Katy B. Shay credits her time at the famed BRIT school for encouraging her independence, “It allows student’s to develop creatively and socially so that they are prepared for the world once they graduate”, explains Shay.

Shay’s experience at the BRIT school propelled her into a successful solo career, performing to sold-out audiences at some of London’s most iconic venues, including The Roundhouse, Ronnie Scotts and Brooklyn Bowl, O2. Her achievements to date include her long list of awards from ‘Best Undiscovered Talent’ London Music Award, Winner of The Guardian’s Music Award and two time winner of the Mayor of London Gigs. Shay has also had the privilege of sharing the stage with artists such as Soul II Soul, J P Cooper, Alex Francis and Sex Pistol, Glen Matlock.

Twitter: @natalieshay_
IG: natalieshaymusic