Fall Debut! | Hija De Chavez Album by Jackie Cruz

Orange is the New Black Star, Jackie Cruz, Releases Debut Album

Hija De Chavez Album by Jackie CruzJackie Cruz’s debut album, Hija De Chavez, was released in October. The stunning nine-track releases feature fusions of Latin pop, electro and soul. Thematically the album is an ode and dedication to the powerful women in Cruz’s life who helped raise her.

Actor, entrepreneur, vocalist and New Yorker of Dominican descent, Jackie Cruz, became a household name from her portrayal of “Marisol ‘Flaca’ Gonzales” on Netflix’s critically acclaimed series, The original series created by Jenji Kohan became an award-winning magnet and released its 7th and final season in 2019.

Orange Is the New Black was a launching pad for Cruz’s career. She is a three-time SAG Award winner and was named one of the “Top Latino Powerhouses under 40” by The Hollywood Reporter in 2013. Cruz was also included in Latina Magazine’s 30 Under 30 List in 2015.

An accomplished singer/songwriter best known for her fan-favorite role on Netflix’s hugely popular series, Orange Is The New Black, Cruz’ other on-screen credits include starring in the upcoming feature films A Nice Girl Like You opposite Lucy Hale, Faraway Eyes opposite Christina Ricci, and All the World is Sleeping. Cruz also recently landed a recurring role on the upcoming third season of NBC’s Good Girls, which has been a digital success for NBC and sibling Universal TV, which produce the series.

Cruz created a new diverse era in Hollywood with the release of her own production company, Unspoken Film. The company’s objective is to advocate for more representation of Latina women and create more diverse opportunities in film. Jackie believes that everyone deserves representation in media, and was inspired by the misrepresentation of the scope of her people. With her production company, it was time for everyone to see more colorful Latinx on screen, and Orange couldn’t be the only show. As an independent and accomplished music artist and songwriter, Jackie has also created her own record label, Dulce Records.

With a large social media following as well as a dedicated fan base, Jackie’s career continues to evolve.

She hopes her music and film production work will create better pathways within the entertainment industry for people of Hispanic background.

Stream Hija de Chavez Album Now on Spotify!

Twitter: @MsJackieCruz
IG: jackiecruz

Musical Journal Entries | Resist EP by Rachel Norman

Soulful Pop Singer Rachel Norman Sparkles on Impressive Debut EP, Resist

Resist EP by Rachel NormanSinger-songwriter Rachel Norman recently released her debut EP Resist, taking listeners on a soaring journey of tightly bound jazz-pop harmonies, synthy string compositions, and layered melodies, all led with soaring vocals. Drawing on a variety of influences, such as Ariana Grande and Overcoats, Norman shines on her debut release with a dynamic, powerful, and irresistible delivery.

Celebrating her college graduation this spring, Norman’s lyrics reflect on her personal life and transition to adulthood, revolving around themes of family, relationships, and the female experience. Self-described as “musical poetic journal entries”, she provides an intimate and personal reflection of emotion and truth. Finding her bearings as a young adult, as well as a musician, Norman hopes others will take inspiration and self-actualization from her work, towards their own creative and artistic pursuits.

Resist is an incredibly personal album that documents moments of tragedies as well as revelation and self-affirmation,” shared Norman. “I wrote the Intro when I was sixteen years old in the wake of my parents divorce. I wanted to include this on the album because it provides context for the duality between abandonment and consolation expressed in later songs, especially ‘Sadness’. Despite life’s hardships, there are many different kinds of love that are eternal! Romantic love is not the only kind that is capable of fulfillment, and we must resist the temptation to place our self worth in the hands of other people. It is engrained in our society for women to define themselves within the context of men, and I hope to subvert that pressure and resist it.”

Ensuring that her writing, production, and release process wouldn’t be rushed, Norman planned the release to coincide with her graduation from Muhlenberg College. Balancing devotion to both her studies and music, she gave time for musical growth, pursuing opportunities and networking through her college community and beyond. “Recording this EP has been a whirlwind, as I’ve traveled far and wide to utilize my resources across the country! Between my New York, Boston, and Washington collaborators, I’ve recorded vocals all over the place.” In a unique and non-traditional process, Norman worked with Executive Producer and Engineer Lukas Selig remotely, using technology and constant communication to share recordings, demos, and notes for development. She also worked with composer/jazz pianist Jason Leonhard, guitarist Kris Wong of the Canvas Collective, producer/engineer Michael Abiuso of Behind the Curtains Media, and producer/DJ CLOCKWORKDJ for input and collaboration across the release. “It’s been interesting to incorporate the perspectives of all of my collaborators, while also staying true to my original views and instincts,” shared Norman. “All of them have different styles and areas of expertise, so I’ve learned so much just by experimentation and stepping out of my comfort zone.” Norman performs on a regular basis at venues throughout NYC, Boston, and PA, and looks forward to expanding her reach this summer.

Resist EP is Available Now on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music!

At the start of her musical and acting career, Rachel Norman delivers a strong debut, with the exciting promise of more to come. A music video for her single “Sadness” will be released in coming weeks, and summer shows will be announced soon.

Singer/songwriter, Rachel Norman

Photo Credit: Mia Shmariahu

About Rachel Norman
Rachel Norman is a soulful pop songstress and trained actress from NYC. She is currently finishing up her last semester at Muhlenberg College to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a double minor in Women’s & Gender Studies and Italian Studies. Over the past four years, Rachel has been performing at local venues throughout NYC, Boston, and PA in promotion of her upcoming freshman EP Resist. Most recently, she made her Rockwood Music Hall debut and headlined WMUH 91.7 FM Allentown, PA’s Red Door Concert Series, Boston Summer Music Series, and the Eastchester/Tuckahoe Summer Fest. To be released April 26th, Resist will feature collaborations with a multitude of artists, including: master producer/engineer Lukas Selig, composer/jazz pianist Jason Leonhard, guitarist Kris Wong of the Canvas Collective, producer/engineer Michael Abiuso of Behind the Curtains Media, and producer/DJ CLOCKWORKDJ.

Twitter: @RachelNormannn
IG: RachelNormanMusic

Music Vids | “Not All The Way” by Kyle Dion

Funk-infused R&B singer/songwriter, Kyle Dion, Releases Sexy Music Video “Not All The Way” and Announces Debut Album SUGA Coming March 8th

Not All The Way Video by Kyle Dion

“Not All The Way” is the third single from his debut album, SUGA, coming March 8, 2019. The cinematic visual for “Not All The Way” was shot in a stormy and grey Palm Springs, a typically sunny city, where we find Suga, Brown and White on a trip both in reality and psychedelically.

Watch Official Music Video for “Not All The Way”

SUGA marks a return to form for Dion, serving as his first album release following his highly-remarked 2016 EP ‘Painting Sounds’, and showcases a sophisticated, seductive mix that is undeniably smooth & sexy – a poetic vent about the complexities of the tragic character “Suga” as he rises to fame as he also fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons. In 2018, Dion unveiled three singles from the album “Brown,” “Spend It,” and “Not All The Way.”

SUGA Album Cover by Kyle Dion

Pre-Order SUGA Album on iTunes
Pre-Save SUGA on Spotify

About Kyle Dion
Kyle Dion, possesses a soul from another era and creates a sound refreshing to any generation. Kyle’s transition from SoundCloud to stage was effortless, proving out on stages across the country on tour with the likes of PartyNextDoor, Kehlani, Ella Mai, BJ The Chicago Kid and Khalid. Kyle’s timelessness showcases his dazzling falsetto, with each single coupled with heavy influences from the‘90s and ‘00s.

Twitter: @ikyledion
IG: kyledion

Open the Pages to a Love Story | Quiet Fall Album by Ryan Gibeau

Pop/Rock Artist, Ryan Gibeau, Releases Debut Album, Quiet Fall

Quiet Fall by Ryan Gibeau Ryan Gibeau’s debut album entitled Quiet Fall is an eclectic journey through style and mood, narrating a love story from start to finish. With essences of pop and alternative rock, the use of strings brings a unique flavor to the tracks. Thematically the album is about seeing the change you need, taking care of yourself and leaving behind what isn’t right for you. Sometimes we turn life against ourselves, play victim and it stops us from inspiring others. Quiet Fall is about empowering yourself, seeing that change is necessary and getting back up. Written as an immersive and meaningful album designed to inspire others to be your best self, Gibeau reveals “The album was inspired by a relationship kept together by two people suffering from emotional addiction, what it takes to leave and how to get back on your own feet”.

Leading single “Flying Away” was written whilst flying to Los Angeles to leave behind an unhealthy on-again/off-again relationship. The act of finally and physically leaving allowed the lyrics and chords to almost fall out of Gibeau, essentially sonically journaling his experiences and emotions. “Flying Away” highlights the songwriters signature style of beautiful string arrangements, organic instrumentation and raw vocals that tug on your heart strings.

“Room Gets Hotter” features twangy guitars, smokey vocals and a throbbing bassline. Gibeau reveals, “The theme of my music centres around the concept of love. Often the music subconsciously surfaces and the songs write themselves. I love the exploration and discovery in my songwriting”.

Quiet Fall is Available Now on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon!

singer songwriter, Ryan GibeauAbout Ryan Gibeau
Ryan Gibeau, a New Hampshire native is a singer/songwriter residing in Brooklyn, New York. His stunning music is a concoction of heartfelt honest lyricism, soulful melancholy soundscapes and alternative pop/rock. Gibeau’s songwriting is an emotional and poignant documentation of a love lost. Through his use of powerful and authentic musicianship Gibeau has been resonating with listeners across the nation.

Twitter: @ryangibeau
IG: ryangibeau

Hard Rock Debut! | KOKOWERK Debut Album

Norwegian Rock ‘N Roll Band, KOKOWERK, Releases Self-Titled Debut Album

Kokowerk Album - BRASH! Magazine BlogKOKOWERK has finally released their self-titled debut album. The album has 9 hard-rockin’ tracks, including the singles “Gasoline”, “Red, White & Blue” and “Friend”, which was released earlier this year. At their slbum release concert this Wednesday, October 17th, they’re visited by their friends Vincent Flatt’s Easily Led (UK). Vincent Flatt was actually chosen and ready as new vocalist after Bon Scott in AC/DC, but could’nt because of some personal problems at the time.


Kokowerk Album is Available Now!



The Norwegian band KOKOWERK is a hard-hitting rock and roll band, considered a fresh breath in their genre. After their first single “Gasoline” in January this year, they was listed to Rock and Roll Music blog’s (UK) Best New Music 2018. Next year KOKOWERK is attending support tour with Sass Jordan (CA) as well as ready for some of the largest Classic Rock festivals in Norway.

Kokowerk logo

Twitter: @kokowerk
IG: kokowerk

Hip Hop Releases | Crown Heights Album by #lamonte

Rap Artist, Steven Lamont (#lamonte), Releases Debut Album, Crown Heights

Crown Heights Album by Steven Lamont - BRASH! Magazine Blog

On November 8th, 2015, Oxon Hill emcee/producer Steven Lamont released his self titled debut mixtape, stvnlmnt, recorded during a time of hardship and depression. Since then, he’s grown and has released a number of free projects which shows growth in his artistry as well as transparency and versatility in his subject matter & technical abilities. After 3 years of releasing soundcloud mixtapes, #lamonte has released the debut album Crown Heights.

Produced entirely by Fisherman Cap (also Steven), Crown Heights is a journey of self awareness and transparency. His godbrother, Tony Monterry, narrates throughout the album giving his own takes on what Crown Heights truly means. Featured appearances includes Nashi and Waadie of Reich 9 (DMV collective in which Steven is a part of), Allitheabstract, Pazij, and Mike Of Doom.

Sometimes we get lost in our insecurities that we get forget that our path of growth is forever constant…like the questions we ask ourselves everyday. All we can do is reassure ourselves and acknowledge the things we love and what surrounds us…

This is the journey…to Crown Heights. – lamonte

Crown Heights is Available Now on BandCamp!

Twitter: @stvnlmnt
IG: stvnlmnt

Dishing the Debut | DEFY Pt. 1 by Teraj

Former BRASH! Cover Artist, Teraj, Set to Release Debut EP, DEFY Pt.1

Teraj, music artist, DEFY Pt. 1, debut album, entertainment industry news, independent artists, indie music newsNew York, NY – Miami-born artist transplanted in NYC, a former model and TV personality, Teraj​ is ready to release his much anticipated debut EP, DEFY Pt. 1​, coming April 27th. ​With multiple tracks engineered by the team behind Calvin Harris’ song “Blame” and jointly produced by Danny Bobby, Vezzo and Teraj​ himself, the debut EP is set to show the industry that Teraj is continuing to shatter his goals.

The former resident performer at Manhattan’s trendy Iguana Lounge, Teraj, ​singer and songwriter, is the rising maverick of Pop and R&B. Teraj​ is also a Cornell graduate who wrote, arranged, and co-produced all of his own tracks for this debut EP.

Capitalizing on his previous success as a social media influencer, NYC model, personality, and real estate agent, with numerous appearances on Bravo’s hit reality show Million Dollar Listing New York, Teraj ​returned to his musical roots to pursue a full-time career. Carrying out a lifelong dream of producing a quality album, filled with uplifting songs, edgy beats, and inspiring lyrics stemmed from his own life experiences.

“So don’t believe when they say ‘you can never do that.’ Be brave and take center stage, oh yes you better do that. For generations you’ll pave the way, yes you can do that. Defy and prove them all wrong…” Teraj​ sings in the chorus of his song “DEFY”​, which was engineered by Arthur Indrikovs and Seb Berrios.

DEFY, Pt. 1​ is a fusion of Pop, R&B, and EDM that showcases Teraj​’s soulful voice, creating his own unique and refreshing sound. The EP is available for preview on his website at TerajMusic.com.

DEFY, Pt. 1​ is Available for Pre-Order Now on iTunes!

Twitter: @IAmTeraj
Instagram: Teraj08

Music Video of the Week | “About Last Night” by Austin Sexton

Singer, Austin Sexton, releases new music video for his 2nd Single, “About Last Night” from the forthcoming debut album “Goodsex”, July 10th, 2017.


You can also check out Austin Sexton in our May/June ’17 issue of BRASH! Magazine coming May 19th!!! www.BRASHMagazine.info.

Twitter: @Austin_Sexton
Instagram: IAmAustinSexton

4 The Dancefloor | “The Rise” by DJ Skyscream

Debut album release “The Rise” by DJ Skyscream


This is just the beginning…

Canadian DJ/Producer, DJ Skyscream is giving electro music lovers something different with a trap style infusion in an electronic atmosphere. The Rise also includes heavy trap kicks, snares, and amazing leads. The new album is guaranteed to keep anyone on the dance floor in any club or party. The Rise is available now on iTunes!

Listen to “The Rise” now on SoundCloud!

About DJ Skyscream
David Singh AKA DJ Skyscream is a Electronic Dance Music, Hip Hop, Soca and Reggae DJ and producer. David was born on April, 1st, 1998 he grew up in Markham, Ontario and eventually found the love for music at the age of 12. Starting out dj-ing & producing in his bedroom, Skyscream has been dj-ing around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) at wedding halls, parties, dances, corporate events and has even landed himself at Nathan Phillips Square Toronto and one of Toronto’s biggest hotspot, Cabana Pool Bar Toronto when he was 17. Skyscream is also a aspiring music artist as well, his music can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and more as “Skyscream”

Twitter: @djskyscream
Instagram: djskyscream

Courage During A Heartbreak | Leave by Charlotte Bash

“Leave” by Charlotte Bash

It all starts with a melodic pluck on a guitar string, adding in the upbeat synth production works. Charlotte enters this electro-pop track explaining her side of the story being vulnerable giving an account of a good heart being taken advantage of. As the song builds you feel the strength of a woman taking back her power and her heart. When the chorus kicks, in you feel the magnitude of a woman standing her ground demanding the negative treatment to leave mentally, physically, and emotionally. “Leave” is a message of confidence and loving yourself more than loving another who refuses to do right by you. Choosing yourself over being unhappy in love.

“Leave” is a strong lead track from Charlotte Bash’s upcoming album “Princess Game” releasing on June 30th. This song gives a taste of what’s to come from this artist on the rise!

Listen to “Leave” on SoundCloud now! And stay tuned for her upcoming debut album “Princess Game”.

Read the exclusive with Charlotte Bash in the May/June ’17 issue of BRASH! Magazine OUT NOW!

About Charlotte Bash
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Bash spent much of her youth exploring the music scene, eventually graduating from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she trained as an opera singer. Her undeniable talents have given her the chance to grace the stage alongside artists like Sara Bareilles and Aaron Carter — in both national and international venues.

Twitter: @CBashMusic
Instagram: CharlotteBash