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Welcome music lover. Martin is waiting..
The one who starred in Across the Universe, the one west coast representative of the Legendary Roots Crew, the soul singer who has shared stages with Dead Prez, Cody ChesnuTT, Jill Scott, Dave Matthews and countless others..? You are correct and yes, Martin is the one. Often referred to as Martian Luther, as the brother sings with an extra terrestrial beauty, Martin is ready to release his follow up to his genre blending 2005 Rebel Soul Music release.
Love Is The Hero is a heart felt body of work that Martin has been cooking since 2008. The seasoning is right and the music is ready to be served. Martin took his band to Atlanta to record this album. He has continued to write new material and has also been busy in the studio with Zion I, Too Short, Heirogylphics Crew, Bun B, Ras Kas, Kev Choice and many others for various projects.
On Love Is The Hero, you will hear Martin’s voice daringly create grooves of innercity inspiration as he secretly imparts an uplifting groovement on songs ‘Waiting 4 You’ and ‘Somebody Superstar’ just as loudly as he seductively croons about lost love on ‘Everything Is U’. Martin truly has a gift of communication and never strays away from a broad variety of subjects and diverse musical styles. On L I T H, you can feel the polish in his use of mostly live instrumentation. ” I focused on song writing and solid song structure on this record much more than I have in the past. I don’t mind attention from the masses, I just want it for my artistry more than for my vanity.”
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Bassist for The Legendary Roots Crew.
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Ray Angry aka Mister Goldfinger aka one of the busiest gigging musicians on the scene right now (The Roots, D’Angelo, Sy Smith, Queen Latifah, Joss Stone).
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Born and raised in Oakland, California, Justin Brown started playing drums in church when he was a meager 2 years old. At the age of 10, he went on to study at UC Berkeley’s Young Musicians Summer Program and continued his studies there for 7 more years. All the while, Brown continued to play in various groups and settings, including the prestigious Grammy High School All-Star Band. In 2002, Brown was one in five applicants selected, amongst hundreds, to attend The Dave Brubeck Institute on a full scholarship. In 2004, Brown graduated, then received a full scholarship to Juilliard and made the bold move to New York City. Since then this skilled young drummer has performed, toured and recorded with the likes of Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, Gerald Clayton, Stefon Harris, Esperanza Spaulding, Terence Blanchard, Josh Roseman, Gretchen Parlato, Eldar, Yosvany Terry, Gonazalo Rubalcaba, Bilal, Ledisi, Ambrose Akinmusire , and Vijay Iyer.
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Emerging artist and singer-songwriter Shea Rose graduated Berklee College of Music in 2011 and has since been celebrated for her iconic music and style. Chosen by legendary musician and actress Queen Latifah for the CoverGirl U.N.I.T.Y. music campaign in 2010, Rose was dubbed ‘America’s next generation of female talent’ by Latifah and described by music critic Steve Morse as “that rare artist who can bridge diverse styles such as soul, funk, rock, rap and jazz — and bring her unique stamp to each.”
Following the release of her first EP, Rock ‘n Rose (2010) and her debut mixtape, Little Warrior (2011), Rose won the “2012 Pop/R&B Artist of the Year” and “2011 R&B/Soul/Urban Contemporary Artist of the Year” at the Boston Music Awards and she was named the “artist most likely to make an impact on the national stage” by the Boston Globe. In 2012, Rose was awarded a SESAC Performance Activity Award for her collaboration on Terri Lyne Carrington’s Grammy-winning jazz album, The Mosaic Project, and was honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame with the Abe Olman Scholarship Award for ‘Excellence in Songwriting’.
In addition to her music accolades, Rose was named one of the 2012 “Most Stylish Bostonians,” gracing the cover of Boston Globe magazine’s annual style issue. Rose has also appeared on the covers of Improper Bostonian, Exhale, and Performer magazines, and recently made her TV hosting debut on CNN’s international travel and lifestyle show, CNNGo. Rose has performed internationally in Athens, Greece, Naples, Italy, Santiago/Havana, Cuba and Kingston, Jamaica. Off stage, she is dedicated to music for social change, working with local communities through her social outreach initiative, My Angel Wears a Fro (www.myangelwearsafro.org), and reaching audiences around the globe with non-profit organization Music2Life.
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