Staying on The Rise! | Ben Tankard

Ben Tankard’s RISE Album Takes #1 Spot On The Billboard Smooth Jazz Radio Singles Chart and Mediabase Smooth Jazz Radio Chart

Ben Tankard - Billboard Charts Nashville, TN – The Godfather of Gospel Jazz continues to climb up the charts with his newest album RISE. The album remains steady on the Billboard Top Gospel Album Sales chart and his single “Rise” takes the #1 spot this week on the Billboard Smooth Jazz National Airplay Chart.

“Rise”, featuring Marion Meadows on saxophone, is Tankard’s remake of the Herb Alpert classic hit that, after 40 years, still remains a favorite among Jazz musicians and fans. Herb Alpert received a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1979 for “Rise”.

“I am so honored to have the #1 Smoothjazz song in the world on Billboard,” Tankard shares. “It is simply my God inspired rendition. The credit for such a great melody goes to the original writers and performers (Randy Albert / Herb Albert). It was a monster hit in 1979 and now it is a #1 hit in 2019….40 years later.”

You have recorded a Beautiful version of our song Rise. I wish you much success!
– Randy Alpert

With almost 30 years of award-winning, platinum-selling, chart-topping radio hits, “Rise” marks Tankard’s first #1 Billboard Smooth Jazz Airplay ranking. “Rise” also took the #1 spot on the Mediabase Smooth Jazz Radio Chart this week. In addition, “Rise” is #1 on the Smooth Jazz Top 20 with Allen Kepler on

RISE! is available now in all digital outlets and  Walmart Stores!

NAACP Image Awards - Ben Tankard
Tankard’s first #1 on the Billboard and Mediabase Radio Chart follows his first NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Jazz Album. The 50th NAACP Image Awards will air live on TV One on Saturday, March 30. Visit for more information and local airtimes.

Twitter: @BenTankard
Instagram: BenTankard

Loving Freely | “Now and Forever” by Lorenzo

Melbourne Singer-Songwriter, LORENZO, Releases Pop Single, “Now and Forever”

Melbourne, Australia has given birth to a man with the voice of an angel, and one can’t help but ask themselves why this artist sounds so much like our late George Michael?

In so many ways, LORENZO has a charismatic, charming style with strong vocals and talent with a pen… there is no stopping this artist.

The new release, “Now and Forever” is the story of a couple who are separated. It is about surrendering to love in all its beauty -allowing the other person to live their life alongside yours, giving them the freedom to be themselves and loving them for it. It is the realization that you need to be with the one you love and you will sacrifice anything to be with them. If we can just give in and be true – regardless of time and distance we will always find our way back to our true love.

Now and Forever by Lorenzo

“Now and Forever” is Available Now on iTunes, Amazon, & CD Baby!

LORENZO recently signed a US Publishing Deal with Soda Box Music and a distribution deal with Indie label G.I.Records LLC out of Muncie, Indiana USA which will take his music, his brand, and talent worldwide. A&R and Label of G.I Records LLC owner Mr. Andrew “Drew” Knibbs said, “it was indeed a grand opportunity to be able to represent for this artist and when his Manager, Michelle Schembri-Lipscombe made initial contact with the label regarding this artist, after listening to his music, myself and my Asst. A&R Talent Scout were blown away by his voice, and the words and melody of his writing skills. He is truly an amazing artist, singer/songwriter and we just could not pass him by and not sign him. We hope by our exposure, marketing and promotion of him that any music he performs will reach the top of all the charts out there today and that it will catch the attention of worldwide music fans, major labels and music industry taste makers.”
Twitter: @Lorenzo_Aus
IG: lorenzo_australia

Holiday Heat for the Season | A Warm December EP by Tamika Patton

Powerhouse Vocalist Tamika Patton Wishes You A WARM DECEMBER

A Warm December EP by Tamika Patton - BRASH! Magazine BlogVocalist Tamika Patton has been touring across the country promoting her new Christmas EP A WARM DECEMBER. Her 5 song EP includes Gospel and Jazz renditions of some of the best-loved Christmas classics and new songs written by Tamika.

“Christmas Time Is Here” is Tamika’s original holiday song and her single from the project.  The single represents and invokes the spirit of what a joyous holiday atmosphere should sound like and feel like.

Tamika has enjoyed a busy year with her Gospel radio single “Grace & Mercy” featuring multiple Stellar Award winning artist Earl Bynum. The powerful duo impacted the top 100 Billboard Gospel Radio Chart. Tamika was also featured on Bobby Jones Presents on the Impact Network, Atlanta LIVE weekly program and on “Christmas With The Bellamy Group and Friends” also airing on Atlanta Live TV on WATC TV 57.  Tamika is finishing out her busy year with A WARM DECEMBER, which is available on all digital outlets, and sends a special wish to her fans.

“My Christmas EP was inspired by the joy and love that I experienced in my family as we celebrated the birth of our Saviour,” Tamika shares.  “With this music, I wish you and yours a warm, blessed and joyous holiday season!”

A WARM DECEMBER EP is Available Now on iTunes, Spotify, & Amazon Music!
Twitter: @TamikaPatton
IG: TamikaPattonMusic


Find Peace in the Message | “Message” by Chrohm

Teaming up with South Florida’s powerhouse label Essential Media Group and the super-talented producer Raphox, Chrohm recently released the anticipated single, “Message”

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Chrohm has the artistic allure that you’d expect to find in a talented recording artist / Singer-Songwriter. His sound is a unique combination of Urban/Future Soul with a throw back edge that sounds so good, “make you wanna slap yo momma!”

The new track is a very personal song for holiday lovers’ playlists. Regardless if it’s a make up or break up… “Message” is needed to make it through the pain and find solace.

“Message” is the perfect example of a smooth, Melodic and Experimental track that is not your typical love song… This track, just like the Anti-Hero; is an anti-love ballad that reaches into the heart of the loneliest of loves and pulls out yet another tearjerker.

“Message” is Available Now on Music Streaming Outlets!

About Chrohm
Chrohm is the newest young hip-hop/Soul and R&B crooner to grace the airwaves. Born and raised in South Florida “CHROHM” is a Latin and African American mix, vocal powerhouse dedicated to bringing that throwback passion to the R&B music scene.
Twitter: @iamchrohm
IG: iamchrohm

Welcome to HER Jungle | “Gunz N’ Black Roses” Music Video by Berry Boo

Recording Artist BERRY BOO Releases Music Video For Her Smash Single, “Gunz N’ Black Roses”

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Singer-songwriter and re-known background vocalist, Berry Boo, recently released the official music video for her new single “Gunz N’ Black Roses”. The smash hit was written by Berry Boo, Jonathan Jennings and Sophia Lauren and produced by RJ The Producer. The very in-your-face music video was directed by Jovi (A New Vision Films).

Gunz N’ Black Roses, is reflective of how intense a woman’s love can be! Too often times we hear the narrative of a man having women sprung, but the untold version is that a woman holds the power. It’s like playing with fire… be careful what you awaken, cause my love is like Gunz N’ Black Roses! – Berry Boo

Clutch EP by Berry Boo

“Gunz N’ Black Roses” is from Berry’s recently released EP, Clutch, available now on all streaming platforms.

Watch Music Video for “Gunz N’ Black Roses”

Singer-songwriter and re-known background vocalist, Berry Boo,About Berry Boo
Meet this Singer/Rapper/Swagstress from Brooklyn, NY. Berry Boo, no stranger to the stage, is also known as a re-known background vocalist for some of today’s hottest artists including Nicki Minaj, Robin Thicke and Melanie Fiona, just to name a few. She has also given supporting vocals on the Kanye West “Yeezus” and “The Life of Pablo” album. She is currently gearing up to embark on her “Clutch” promotional tour in support of her recently released EP. Stops includes; Washington, DC, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Dallas and Miami.

Berry has created a unique style of singing and rapping that has taken her from the background to the forefront. She is now a Recording Academy Member for her work on both Kanye West’s “Yeezus” and “The Life Of Pablo” albums. After releasing her debut LP ImBerryDamnit in 2013, followed by her Smash Record “FGTS” in 2014. Please stay tuned to what’s coming next.
Twitter: @ImBerryDamnit
Instagram: ImBerryDamnit

Week24 |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

Venus by TannersArtist: Tanners
Track: “Venus”
New York based, alt electro pop Artist, Tanners delivers a tight slice of nu disco groove and uber cool synth stab ‘n’ build, with new single, “Venus”. It’s been a busy year for Tanners, having released both debut single and EP; her music breezing into the over saturated dance-pop marketplace, like the bohemian kid at a packed high-school party, who simply doesn’t give a f**k; roomy drums and darkly 80s-style synth phrasing, played alongside gated beats and sing-along Indie-pop melodies; Tanners playing the genres like an instrument; crudely at times, no doubt; a little rough and ready, but with the unmistakable brazen audacity/joyful liberty of someone, who simply doesn’t see the box; and therefore, doesn’t have to make the same effort to think outside it. The first 46 seconds of latest release, “Venus” plays like a well produced piece of chart-targeted electro-pop; the production has been stepped up and tighten; Tanners working the counts well, with her vocals; lyric and beat building in smartly fashioned unison. It’s not until the 47th second that the bohemian kid struts onto the dance-floor, and slams us with a bust of synth/beat sound pressure; the track alternating and contrasting between, percussive pop on the down lo and surging, eruptions of electro-sonics and soaring melodies; resulting in a dramatic, forever off balance, listening experience that engages and keeps the track feeling new and exciting, play after play; with well judged use of frequency/register, instrument and reverb to build the song, in terms of height, width and depth; both enhancing Tanners eclectic musical voice, and framing the track ‘more playlist friendly’, without sacrificing or comprising its creative intentions. Tanners has been hard at work, practicing ‘the genre instrument’, her playing has become more accomplished and comprehensive. You better step back, that bohemian kid is about to own the dance-floor.

Read my review of Tanner’s previous release “Crazy”.
Twitter: @WhoIsTanners
IG: WhoIsTanners


No Pleasure only Pain by Tokyo Taboo - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Tokyo Taboo
Track: “No Pleasure only Pain”
Dirty vocals and gut punch drums, glorious guitar fuzz and bass line strut, shock rock nutjobs Tokyo Taboo drop 3 minutes and 28 seconds of awesome noise, new single, “No Pleasure only Pain”. London based Tokyo Taboo first hit Spotify (right in the face) in 2016, with their debut single, the electrocuting scream-fest and sonic exploding drag racer, “Make it out Alive”; following up in 2017 with second single, slammy jump-around crowd-pleaser, “Pussy Power” (gotta love that title); and their debut LP, 6th Street Psychosis, a ten track speed/demolition derby; striking, not for the obnoxious loudness (although it is impressively obnoxious in its loudness), but for the depth of songwriting and instrumentation. Tokyo Taboo kicked off 2018 (right in the balls), with 3rd single “Paper Cut” (taken from 6th Street Psychosis), a mustang on a razor-blade; precise and almost surgical in its noise, drive and aggression. “No Pleasure only Pain” works the ring, with well stepped menace; landing its punches in tight combos that snap and bite at the listener. The track sweats heavy, neo-bluesy swagger from the crotch; the verses built of stripped down bass-line; contrasted by thick, fisted guitar riffs that land left / right about your head; drums smack sporadic, sucka punching on the counter, fills splattered like shrapnel. Dolly Daggerz runs the gambit of vocal tone with great success; torturing and contorting her voice with simmering distortion; allowing it soar, like scram jet fumes, through reverb; or delivering rich, soulful melodies, often in call/response with her distorted alter-ego. The attitude, aggression and glorious, obnoxious noise remains, aided and abetted by accomplished production/arrangement; opening up the track and allowing the depth of the band’s songwriting and musicianship to better express/test itself. Tokyo Taboo began 2018, a street-fighter; a brawling rock n roll animal. In 2019, they’ll step into the ring, not a boxer; but an hardened, snarling ultimate fighter.

Watch the lyric video for “No Pleasure only Pain”.
Twitter: @TokyoTabooUK
IG: TokyoTaboo


Black Hole by Freya Alley - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Freya Alley
Track: “Black Hole”
Upon driving sub and dance pop kick, with lyric poetic, bound by percussive vocal hook, London based Lithuanian Artist and Songwriter Freya Alley’s new single, “Black Hole” is pop music with integrity. The Vilnius born Independent recording artist began her musical journey in 2016 with debut single, “Another Man”; a graceful piano ballad, with accomplished orchestration and mournful vocal melody. Though poetic and striking in it’s imagery and tone, it’s not until follow up “Swimming” (released in 2017), that Freya Alley begins to find her own brand of obscure, oddly beautiful and unique pop music. 2018 has seen the upcoming young Artist release a steady string of four singles, including the stand out, “Come Back”; a darkly melancholic, brooding tapestry of tribal drum and menacing guitar/string. Latest release “Black Hole” continues the trend alternating from melodic, singer/songwriter compositions to percussive alt-pop artist productions; “Black Hole” very much and very successfully belonging to the second, the new single representing Freya Alley’s most ‘playlist friendly’ release so far. Freya’s vocals stand tall in the arrangement, rich with idea and image; her voice rising above the instrumentation in great pulsating phrases, demonstrating her talent for both vocal and lyrical expression. A sub drone pushes the 3 minute 41 second track forward in slow burn build; weighty kick and snare/clap (in tried and true, kick/snare kick/snare pattern), punctuates the sub build in metronomic stomps and slaps. Synth-sonics fizz and sparkle in oblique sequences, creating an ambiance, stunned and punch drunk; the track opened up left/right with snaps and clicks. Solid production/mixing frame the track well, while smartly never attempting to overshadow or outdo Freya Alley’s singular style and creative identity. Very much an artist still in the early years of her musical journey, and clearly one not afraid to take chances, Freya Alley’s creative path will not be without the occasional misstep. However for every misstep, her fans will be repaid with inspiring musical moments; these moments made by possible, by the artist’s willingness to take risks and chart her own creative course.

Watch the official music video for “Black Hole”.
Twitter: @Freya_Alley
IG: Freya.Alley

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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.
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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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I Dreaming in Wild | “Wild Lyfe” Music Video by Polartropica

Wild Lyfe by PolartropicaPop/psych artist Polartropica recently released music visual for the single “Wild Lyfe”. The track features dreamesque soundscapes, playful instrumentation and ethereal vocals. The eccentric visuals narrate how we are all the same underneath our facade and that we need to treat all creatures with kindness and respect.

“Wild Lyfe” is Available Now on Spotify, & iTunes!


Watch Official Music Video for “Wild Lyfe”

About Polartropica
Polartropica is the music endeavor of Los Angeles based, whimsical space-pop artist, Ihui (eeway) Cherise Wu. Born in Taiwan yet raised in California, Wu successfully combines quirky pop melodies, futuristic synths and classical string arrangements, creating a genre of bubblegum psychedelia that you’ve never heard before.

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Polartropica derived after Wu heard a song which couldn’t be defined by a genre – ‘Polartropic’ by Mark Foster. Admiring the contrast between both ‘polar’ and ‘tropical’, Wu decided to formulate a place where things can exist where they don’t belong. Polartropica fuses elements of complete opposites together with the outcome resulting in a unique, ethereal sound that defies all sonic worlds. Using both organic and synthetic instruments, Wu conceived a visionary dream world for listeners to escape to. Wu professes, “I wanted to create a healing, inspiring and empowering space with just the right amount of disco-party!”

Integrating 90’s pop, classical arrangements and intergalactic space-pop, Polartropica is guaranteed to feed your imagination, with their eccentric and distinguished sound.
Twitter: @Polartropica
IG: Polartropica