The Saga Continues… | Interlude EP by Leo Vance

Toronto Recording Artist-Leo Vance Releases Heart And Soul With Interlude EP

Interlude EP by Leo Vance - BRASH! Magazine BlogInterlude, is part of the 5 EP Series Leo will be releasing that feature different styles in the rap and hip hip genre. Vance wrote, mixed all the songs and produced two songs on the Interlude EP, “Something About You” and “Lessons”. Producers Vybe Beatz and Patrick Carmelo also make an appearance on Interlude as well. The EP captures the heart and soul of Leo Vance, each song reveals relatable timeless stories that strike a chord with conscience lyrics. Moody tracks that feature a chill, laid back vibe which can crossover into many genres, and captures anyone’s heart at any age.

Watch the Official Video for “Something About You”
Director: Mercenary Films


Interlude EP is Available Now on Apple Music, Spotify, & Tidal!

About Leo Vance
Leo Vance, 22 is a recording artist from Toronto, Canada and burst into the scene a year ago with his debut album The Legend Begins. He was nominated for The Break Through Artist Of The Year Award at the Canadian Urban Hip Hop Awards in Toronto in May 2017, and won his first industry award for the album.

A visionary, artist, writer and music producer Leo has been honing his skills since the age of 13. Coming from a musical family, Leo knew his passion for music would lead him to where he is today. A serious artist Leo leaves it all on the stage when he performs, he has performed both here and in the US in many events and festivals. Leo works hard on his craft on a daily basis, never taking anything for granted.
Twitter: @LeoVanceMusic
IG: LeoVanceMusic


Making It Last | “Notify Me” by Jared

R&B Singer/Songwriter, Jared, Releases New Single “Notify Me”

Notify Me by Jared - BRASH! Magazine Blog

In an ever-changing industry, musicians come a dime a dozen but there is always one that stands out above the rest. With his style, talent, and eagerness to share his gift with the world, Jared is the next best thing. Today Jared officially transitions from the guy behind the scenes to the star that was always destined to shine. With his first digital release of the self-penned song “Notify Me”, music lovers are sure to take notice.

Notify Me is about waiting & wanting to hear from that special someone at some point during your day. Call me, text me, send a pigeon or SOMETHING! I like to think of the song as the millennial, mobile version of ‘Get Here’ by Oleta Adams. However you need to reach me, do it. Notify me! – Jared.

“Notify Me” is Available Now on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, & Tidal!

Watch Official Music Video for “Notify Me”


RnB Recording Artsit, Jared
Twitter: @nexbestjared
IG: nexbestjared

Mic Session with Underground Hip Hop | F.Y.I.

Los Angeles Hip Hop Artist, F.Y.I. Drops His Rap Gems on Underground Hip Hop Blog’s Mic Session

FYI on Underground Hip Hop Blog - BRASH! Magazine Blog

LA Hip Hop Artist F.Y.I. Psalms is not stopping in spreading his rap talents for the culture. Recently, he stopped by the Headquarters of Underground Hip Hop Blog to perform the single “Spend Godly” for an exclusive Mic Session. The track is off his latest album AmeriBLACKKK Available Now! The performance reached of 4K views in one day, showing the validity of F.Y.I.’s rhymes and music.

Watch the Exclusive Full Mic Session feat. F.Y.I.


About Underground Hip Hop Blog
Underground Hip Hop Blog is an independent Hip Hop site featuring the freshest Indie/Underground Hip Hop music from around the world. Generating thousands of visitors per day + hundreds of submissions a day, allows you to stay on top on the latest music in the independent scene.
Twitter: @ughhblog
IG: ughhblog

About F.Y.I.
LA based Hip Hop artist, F.Y.I. is a self-described hueman, on a mission to continue to color the world with his songs, tweets, and videos by splashing it with new pictures. His latest album, AmeriBLACKK is Available Now!
Twitter: @fyipsalms
Instagram: fyipsalms

Chart Topper | Clayton Morgan

Dallas Singer-Songwriter Clayton Morgan Tops iTunes Canada Chart

Taste for Love by Clayton Morgan

The artist’s track, “Taste For Love (Deep House Remix)” hit number one on the iTunes Canada Electronic Songs chart on September 13, 2018. It’s his first #1.

It’s been quite a summer for Dallas r&b/soul/dance singer-songwriter Clayton Morgan. His critically acclaimed single, “Taste For Love” back in June 2018. The remixes and official music video dropped on July 16th. Since then, the video has been named as an Indie Best Videos Festival Selection, and the single has been racking up airplay, charting on the Airplay Today charts.

Now, one of the remixes, “Taste For Love (Deep House Remix)” has topped the iTunes Canada Electronic Songs chart. The track reached the pole position on Thursday, September 13th, ahead of releases by Thom Yorke, Major Lazer, and FatBoy Slim.

“Yes, monumental! Omg! This is great news!” said Clayton, upon hearing of his #1 status. “Thank you to all of the fans for supporting this track. What a blessing.”

“Taste For Love (Deep House Remix)” is Available Now on Spotify! 

Watch the official video for “Taste For Love” (original mix)


Clayton Morgan in the Press
“It’s been several days. It’s been several hours. It’s been a long time. I still have this song stuck in my head. ” — Gustave Carlson, Vents Magazine DALLAS , TEXAS, UNITED STATES, September 14, 2018–

“Morgan appears to be on his way to soaring to new heights” – Markus Druery, Neufutur Magazine

“It’s been several days. It’s been several hours. It’s been a long time. I still have this song stuck in my head” – Gustave Carlson, Vents Magazine

“Clayton Morgan warms up his listeners with a hot and spicy track” – Mindy McCall, NoDepression Magazine

Clayton Morgan - BRASH! Magazine BlogAbout Clayton Morgan

Based in Dallas, TX, Clayton Morgan released his critically acclaimed single, “Taste For Love” back in June. The son of Four Sonics member, Eddie Daniels, Morgan has proven to be one of the most original and talented new artists to come out of the area, this year. Music played a big role in Clayton Morgan’s upbringing, both at home and at school. Clayton was regularly part of school musicals, choir groups and drama clubs. Outside of school, he always looked up to his father as his mentor and was also heavily influenced by a wide range of singers, including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Prince, Madonna and Whitney Houston, to name a few. All of these ingredients combined, have no doubt, been the main contributing factor toward Clayton’s unique and authentic vocal style.
Twitter: @ClaytonMorganMusic
IG: ClaytonMorganMusic

Indie Music News | BMG Acquires Indie Hip-Hop Label RBC Records

BMG Acquires Independent Hip-Hop Label RBC Records, Home of Chief Keef, Flippa, Waka Flocka Flame, Big L, and The Gucci Mane Catalog

BMG, new music model - BRASH! Magazine BlogLos Angeles, CA  – BMG has announced the acquisition of Los Angeles-based independent hip-hop/rap label RBC Records (RBC). Launched in 2002, the label is home to a number of prolific and influential artists including Chief Keef, Flippa (aka Skippa Da Flippa), Waka Flocka Flame, Big L, and Gucci Mane, whose catalog sits alongside more than 500 label releases having sold millions of records worldwide.

The first acquisition of a label by BMG since it acquired Nashville powerhouse BBR Music Group (Broken Bow Records, Wheelhouse Records, Stoney Creek Records) in February 2017, RBC joins BMG’s recording operations in Los Angeles and New York, together with Rise Records in Portland, OR, and S-Curve Records in New York City.

The deal continues to amplify BMG’s position in the hip-hop market following the recent string of successes from Big K.R.I.T. (4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time), Scarface (Deeply Rooted), and releases from Commission Music artists Lil Dicky (US and UK chart-topping, 2X Platinum single ‘Freaky Friday’), MadeinTYO (Platinum single ‘Skateboard P’), and newcomer Derez De’Shon (Platinum single ‘Hardaway’).

Founded by partners Brian Shafton and Ben Grossi, RBC is an independent rap/hip-hop label and artist services company specializing in digital marketing and distribution. Offering artists and independent labels distribution, product management, sales, marketing, publicity, radio and video promotion, and creative-services consulting to artists and management, RBC is a full-service label alternative.

RBC’s existing team, who are based in Los Angeles, will remain in their positions and continue to report to Shafton, with Shafton reporting to BMG’s EVP, Recorded Music, Tom ‘Grover’ Biery.

Over the years, RBC has released hundreds of projects from artists such as Tech N9ne, E-40, Run the Jewels, Goldlink, and Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.

The first projects slated for release include new music from Chief Keef and Flippa, with more to be announced soon.

Zach Katz, President, Marketing & Repertoire, BMG US, said, “We have an incredible amount of admiration for what Brian has been able to build and achieve independently and are very excited about what we can now go on to grow together. The RBC team brings a wealth of experience, an extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit, an unrivalled network and a great track record of success. Put that together with BMG’s scale and ability to deliver and I think you have something very special.”

Said Shafton, “BMG respects our history, took notice of our immense growth over the past couple of years, and most importantly, are fully invested in our future. We love BMG’s vision, team, and infrastructure. By joining forces, RBC will gain tremendous synergies that will allow us unbridled growth. I am so excited about this partnership and know that it will propel us into the future.”

Said Grossi, “BMG understands the intrinsic value and experience RBC brings in its more than 16-year history in the hip-hop/rap game and BMG possesses a formidable machine to complement it. The depth and scale of what BMG brings to the table will allow RBC to achieve new heights.”

About BMG
BMG is the new model music company founded by Bertelsmann in 2008 as a direct response to the challenges of music’s digital revolution. Key to its innovative approach is the fact it represents the traditionally separate music publishing and recording rights off the same state-of-the-art platform internationally. BMG is already the world’s fourth biggest music publisher and the first new global player in the recordings business in decades. BMG’s pitch is unique – a relentless focus on fairness and transparency and service to its artist and songwriter clients. BMG’s 15 offices across 12 core music markets now represent over 2.5m songs and recordings, including the catalogues of Chrysalis, Bug, Virgin, Mute, Sanctuary, Primary Wave and Talpa Music, as well as literally thousands of artists and songwriters attracted by its fresh approach. BMG is owned by international media, services and education company Bertelsmann, which also includes the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the service provider Arvato, the Bertelsmann Printing Group, the Bertelsmann Education Group, and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds. With its multi-platform perspective, integrated technology platform and commitment to help artists maximize their income, BMG aims to be the best company in music to do business with.
Twitter: @BMG_US

Standing on Success | “Stand With Me” by Ginny Owens

Dynamic Entertainer Ginny Owens Celebrates First Week Success of Single “Stand With Me”

Stand With Me by Ginny Owens - BRASH! Magazine BlogNashville, TN – Dynamic entertainer and multiple award-winning artist Ginny Owens became a household name when she was named the Gospel Music Association’s “New Artist of the Year” in 2000. In a meaningful career that now encompasses nearly two decades of music – including 10 full-length recordings, three EPs, a popular Christmas album, number one radio singles, and numerous film and television placements – the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter is now celebrating the recent release of her single“Stand With Me” feat.Resound. With a total playlisting reach of over 4.5 million impressions on Spotify & Pandora, “Stand With Me” received first week adds to premiere playlists including New Music Friday (2.8 million impressions) and Top Christian (982,000 impressions).

‘Stand With Me’ is one of those songs you have the honor of writing. My co-writers and I knew it was special even as we crafted it, and I’m thankful to know so many listeners think so too. I hope this means we’ll all be working to break down the barriers between us and learn to stand together. – Ginny Owens


“Stand With Me” is Available Now on Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, Google Play, & Amazon!

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, a degenerative eye condition left Ginny completely blind by the tender age of three. As her vision diminished, her love of music and the piano expanded, and Ginny discovered songwriting as a window into her unseen world. The unique perspectives inspired by her vision impairment have resulted in inspirational lyrics paired with her diverse musicianship to afford her a space on an even more diverse set of stages, including the Sundance Film Festival, Lilith Fair and the White House, and recordings that transcend genre expectations.

About Ginny Owens
A 3-time Dove Award winner, Ginny’s songs have also been recorded by popular artists like Michael W. Smith, JJ Heller and Rachael Lampa, and the sought-after songstress was commissioned to write the song, “Fly Away,” for the 2017 film, Trafficked– a song that found itself among the song selections considered for the Academy Awards ballot for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture earlier this year. Ginny is also an author, co-authoring Transcending Mysteries, published by Harper Collins in 2015, and the multi-faceted performer also hosts a popular video blog entitled, “How I See It,” in which Owens helps viewers understand the ins-and-outs of living day-to-day life as a blind person. For more information on Ginny, or her philanthropic work with Love Be the Loudest, visit: and
Twitter: @GinnyOwens
IG: blindchickphotog

Week12 | 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

Gave it All by Linney - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Linney
Track: “Gave it All”
Piano notes, broken, brittle, fall in delicate cascades; paused on the rep, to linger in the ambient; and in resonance, slight definition given, left to right; 2nd rep, build on the reverse, a sharp intake of breath. LA based electro-nostalgic, dream-pop artist, Linney drops it, pure and simple, with graceful piano ballad, new single “Gave it All”. North Carolina born, singer songwriter Caitlin Linney, has been working the electronic-dance/pop-phonic sound hard, with a string of eight, indie-EDM-sonic, singles ; from the sweeping and sequenced, majesty of ‘w/o’, to the upbeat come melancholic, yet pop-tastic, ‘The Hurt’, right back to the pulsating, synth-rising, aspiration of ‘That Night (remixed by Michael Sinclare)’; in a stark turn, and with the samples kept very much in the background, “Gave it All” has a feeling of ‘coming home’, for the talented young Artist. In comparing her latest release, with the 2016, Anchor + Bell collaboration and piano piece, ‘Unsteady’, the development curve is as striking, as it is steep; the compelling honesty that made ‘Unsteady’ so engaging remains, but now expressed in tastefully crafted pop hooks, well finessed lyrical surges, contrasting drops and quietly anthemic, sing along chorus; Linney’s voice, ever beautiful, has matured into a carefully, composed performance, with the singer demonstrating accomplished judgement and vocal dexterity, in working the emotional and musical dynamics of the track to great effect; all of which is backed up by an intuitively, seemingly effortless piano arrangement; moving through the song, in a series of inspired musical patterns. The hands off, kept on the low down, mix and production design, further enhances and elevates the emotional experience of “Gave it All”, with stylish cinematic drops, providing depth and drama, tense reverses and well placed backing vocals, adding width and additional depth, sat deep and ambient in the reverb. With an eclectic collection of EDM features, indietronica and dance-pop releases, plus acoustic and piano pieces, Linney is taking a bold, ‘genre-counterpointed’, road to pop stardom; one that challenges the ‘search engine friendly’ convention of strict branding and sacrificing of artistic freedom, for the sake of the ‘all important’ hashtag. And yet one quality, above all others, stands out and stands tall, throughout Linney’s music; an ever present awareness and respect of, the silent and most vital, unspoken contract between artist and audience ; on which all value and creative integrity rest, honesty; that whatever else, at the very least, what the artist tells you, will be true. In Linney’s own words, ‘I gave you all, I gave you all of me’. #honesty
Twitter: @LinneyOfficial
IG: LinneyOfficial


Buried Alive by Me Not You - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Me Not You
Track: “Buried Alive”
Drawn up through the steam pipe vapor, the velvet slick of the asphalt, the clouded daze of the midnight headlight haze; New York built, self described ethereal garage pop duo come four piece, Me Not You, drop new single, “Buried Alive”. With five singles and a rapidfire 6 track, 20 minute EP, Reckoning 2 (follow up to 2017 released, Reckoning 1) and a slew of live shows to boot, the east coast outfit are grinding it out old school in 2018. Saturated vocals, delayed and reverb clung, open up the track with a perfect dose of pop-lyric calling-card; distant thunder drums land foreboding, synth sonics build ambient; the band working in shifting, overlapping layers; the track surges, six string rattles and synth pad glimmer textures; the experience, liquid, visceral; drowning in phonics, swallowed up by the East River tide. Well thought out instrumentation, encircles, reflects and enhances the accomplished pop vocal line; imagery and idea, arriving in a series of short percussive phrases; voice and word working together to create intoxicating effect. Throughout, the song compels and contrasts with an intriguing mismatch of neo synth pop elements set raw, against underground guitar blunts, trashy tasty drums and FX fused vox. Having already worked their way into the Hype Machine Top 10, with previous single, deliriously beautiful, ‘Imagine That’; and earned the favor of the Spotify Gods with places on their coveted playlists (‘Chill Vibes’, ‘Dream Pop’ and ‘Sad Indie’), Me Not You are a band on the move. And they are moving fast.
Twitter: @MeNotYouBand
IG: MeNotYouBand


Hearts and Scars by Steve Maggiora - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Steve Maggiora
Track: “Hearts & Scars”
Orange County based pro music making animal, Steve ‘the Wreck’ Maggiora takes time out from playing keys with the ever-touring, Southern Rock, groov-i-fi-cation machine, Robert Jon and the Wreck , to bring us a healthy slice soul and good old fashioned musicianship, with new album and its title track, “Hearts & Scars”. With 300 live shows and counting for 2018, the singer songwriter, session musician and solo artist, Steve Maggiora is very much the embodiment of the modern day, hard working independent musician; working long hours, playing back to back shows and juggling multiple gigs, all to pay the bills in a post-download world; the optimistic projections for streaming revenues, skant comfort for the tens of thousands of professional musicians grinding it out 7 days a week, just to stay a float. With it’s real world instruments and live room feel, “Hearts & Scars” plays very much like an album from ‘back in the day’. A rich array of highly musical songs, each comprising of a series of intuitively crafted movements, framed by well judged arrangement and presented by a ‘band in the round’, group of accomplished musicians. One part of Robert Jon and the Wreck’s glorious three part harmonies, Steve’s vocals run the emotional gambit beautifully, as his voice surges and rises on the emotion highs, and lays back into heartfelt nostalgia and melancholy; drawing the ear and compelling the heartstrings. “Hearts & Scars” is every bit an album in the classic sense; every song being equal to the other and worthy of its place, that being said, ‘Right by You’ is a stand out, strikingly graceful piece of work. With the Industry struggling to get people back into the habit of paying for music, re-establishing the inherent value of the art form, in the mind of the consumer is paramount; rather than continuing the current strategy of hyping the already hyped to the max, strikingly average collection of dancers and models, produced by loop-schooled, well branded, midi-ocrity; the marketing departments of the major label’s corporate overlords, might want to use a fraction of their not inconsiderable talent and resources, to shine a light on young, hard working musicians like Steve Maggiora; who, in contrast to their chart topping contemporaries, are without doubt, the real deal.

Support Steve via his patreon site.

Robert Jon and the Wreck will be embarking on an European Tour in October. See their website for details.
Twitter: @SteveTheWreck
IG: SteveTheWreck

Week12 Music Monster Picks

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
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.
Twitter: @MonsterThread