sol image – alison crockett

sol image – alison crockett
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In This Issue review
What they’re saying…
Sugar Bar
Soloman’s Porch
Radio Airplay
Sol Image Catolog

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With titles like “Since You’ve Been Gone,” and “How Deep is Your Love,” one could be forgiven for thinking Alison Crockett’s latest CD Bare is a cover album.

In reality, Crockett wrote 10 of the record’s 12 tunes, and neither of the two songs mentioned above are remakes. One of the remakes, however, illustrates Crockett’s strength as a singer…

-Howard Dukes

What they’re saying…
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“I must have played So Sweet 20 times in a row…”
DJ Frances Jaye, Neo Soul Cafe

Bare truly embodies and revives what ‘real’ music and ‘real’ vocal skills are in a time when quality no longer seems to be the goal of the music industry. Bare is what good music was, is and should be. This gurl can SANG!!!!!”
Torri, Host of Sistaz Coloring Outside the Lines

Bare is gorjassssssss!”
Tracey Freeman, On the Verge

“As much as we loved her On Becoming A Woman album, [Bare] is even better — all with a sense of freshness that shows us that real soul music can still exist in world free from cliches, gimmicks, or heavy posturing… although we always expect a lot from Alison, this album’s really left us breathless…”


Alright New Yorkers…For all of you who say,”When are you coming to New York?!” Here I am! You’ll see me for almost a week! There will be no reason you can’t catch me on this go round. And you gotta catch each one, because, like me, each show is little different.

The record just keeps on coming, here’s what pros and just regular people are saying…

Alison produces a…melodic acoustic album with her great voice… accompanied by her piano… The highlights are the feel good piano backed ‘So Sweet’, ‘baby Smile’ and ‘Everything Is Beautiful’ with its catchy rhythm…Great listening album.
– SoulBrother Records UK

You’ll never hear this on the radio, just one of the reasons why it’s so great. A laidback, smooth and soulful sound that doesn’t rely on your run of the mill overproduced beats, instead Alsion is supported by a simple accoustic style accompaniment. A quality CD from the first track to the last track.
– Ben

This cd is great Alison. I received the cd on Saturday and I have been playing it ever since. I love it. Keep doing what you do putting out great music.
– Cherry

Click Here to purchase the record and find out what you think. Then email me back with your comments….I’d luv to hear from you!


PS Check out the latest review at Soultracks

Sugar Bar – Alison’s Playground

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8pm $10 Cover

254 West 72nd St
New York, NY

This is the first time I’ve performed at this venue, so I’m really excited. You’ll have a chance so hear a lot of musical interests of mine. Come and enjoy!

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ONUTTS Listening Party

Shrine World Music Venue
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. bet 133rd & 134th St
Monday, November 5 – 5:30-8:30 no cover

My girls have really been holding it down in NYC. They are becoming an institution in the independant movement. If you haven’t heard the record, here’s the time to hang out, take a listen, and chill with really great people, and…me.

Soloman’s Porch – Barely There Sessions…

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Wednesday, Nov. 7
9pm $10 Cover

307 Stuyvesant Ave
Brooklyn, NY

Those of you who are in brooklyn, come show your home girl some luv! This will be an accoustic show that you won’t want to miss…

Radio Airplay

We’ve started to get FM radio on our side. On Baltimore’s WEAA 88.9FMmorning show Infinite Possibilites, Raquel Razan has embraced Bare. Check her out from 10am-2pm. Make sure you take a listen in Baltimore or online.
I’ve always had internet radio on my side, but I’ve added a new friend at
Check out other internet shows where I’ve done interviews such as sistaz coloring outside the lineswhich was a GREAT interview. Also, The Remix where you can download my whole interview at
The Remix.

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Party on The Q Train- oh that was a Halloween or so ago

October 2007 – Vol 1, Issue 1

In This Issue

A couple years back my partners in crime and I did something out of the ordinary. It’s still remembered to this day. A fresh and creative party for Halloween full costume on The Q Train. That was historic! Got to shout out my partners from back then– Gabe and Toni what up!

This year- doing Halloween a little differently. Encouraging you all to come out tonight in full costume. I’m hosting this fab event at NY’s Mannahatta along with Danny Castro, Voodoo Ray, Rich Nice, Daoud, Rasu, Al, L.A., Nicole Nelch (Miss Nelch), Lyrics To Go, Yaz & Pesu (Old Soul), Events RL, Dina (Sybarite Prod.), Vanessa (5th Element), Puff, Oveous Maximus, Bam Bam (Nexx Level) & family.. Music by Tony Touch and DJ Chela. It’s at Mannahatta- 316 Bowery at Bleeker. $5.00 w/ Costume and $10.00 without for everyone on guestlist. 9:00-4:00am I wanted also to give Roxy Cottontail a shout out. Her party sounds hella fun at Room Service. I hear she’s dressing as Roxy in Wonderland!

Lots going on with Melissa Young. She’s just come back from some dates on N.E Coast. Big ups to Danny at Kemp Mill in D.C. The in-store was a success. She sold out of first order of CD’s in a couple days. Shouting out Pacifia Radio and Voice of America also. Great interviews. Melissa also did a live recorded audio session which sounds superb at Jam Now studios. Several songs and interview. I recommend any artist to try and get in there studio for a session. These guys ROCK! Melissa is also #1 in CD Sales this month at Soultracks which is awesome. She’s also featured on Music Choice’s R&BSoul station with the track ‘ Stay’. Planet Soul, BET.Com ‘Listen Up’ , Yahoo’s ‘Soul Revival’ and several other outlets.

Next up – Melissa hits Detroit for The Urban Organic Festival where she’s performing on Saturday, November 17th at MOCAD- Jam session hosted by Amp Fiddler. Several great acts on the bill. She’ll also be attending The Soultracks Reader’s Choice Awards on Friday, November 16th at Riverfront Ballroom

Shooting a video to ‘Just a Girl’ in NY end of November and a few dates in S.C and N.C for December. Look for lots of press and buzz on this S.Carolina Soulstress Melissa Young

Reverbnation is an online marketing company and social networking site that provides many great tools to artists, labels and managers in an increasingly noisy online environment. Very artist friendly and provide some of the best customized widgets in cyberspace currently. They’ve just introduced two new features. Label Profiles and a Marketing arm that specifically aids the artist in maintaining their social networking sites. Reverbnation will provide A weekly report-the most comprehensive in the business *Tracking of impressions and viral syndication *Directory of artist profile pages under management *Roster of Top Fans/Promoters *Trend analysis of plays *Clickthroughs and widget placements For more info:

Look for a special presentation and announcement of new news for Reverbnation coming soon. Also- next Billboard Nov 2nd edition story on viral street teams which features Reverbnation.

Well if you haven’t heard of Metermaids by now you are certainly missing out. An outfit of 3 comprised of Sentence, Swell and DJ Kid Caboose. Their energy is undeniable. Excitement and dynamics are of the highest degree and their musical talent and versatility is like nothing you’ve seen. You must come forth and witness.

Metermaids next show is with Brand Nubian on Saturday, November 10th at The Knitting Factory. They’re also playing with Akrobatik on November 29th at The Knitting Factory. Producer extraordinaire on the studio is Matt Stine of 27sound.

Got to pass my condolences out to Lucky Dube’s family. Heard the tragic news. He was shot to death in front of his 2 kids in S.Africa. Those not familiar with Lucky Dube. He was one of the biggest music stars in Africa… I actually had the pleasure of interviewing him years ago on WRFG in Atlanta. Very sad indeed. R.I.P

On a positive note– got this killer killer album in the mail today and I’ve already been listening to it 8 times…Can’t stop..It is absolutely fabulous and highly creative and can easily appeal to a broad audience. These are my homeboys from Holland and you’ve heard me talk about them for a few years now…C-Mon and Kypski. In fact– I did their NY Debut a couple years back at Joe’s Pub. The album is called ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ and trust me– big things are on the horizon for these boys. They dropped by our Digital Cocktail Party during CMJ last week at Ariel Publicity….

Please check out my site for further updates at The Bloom Effect and my newly launched Blog called The Bloom Blog The Bloom Blog

In closing- like to say— keep striving, aspiring and inspiring. That’s all from The Bloom Effect.Build The Buzz and creating The BLOOM

Fiona Bloom

The Bloom Effect

GLP press update 29th October 2007

Capri – Boogie Man ( album )

The Jamil Sheriff Octet – Daydreams ( album )
The Jamil Sheriff Octet

Cara Robinson-Keep’er Lit ( album )
Cara Robinson

Steve Parry – It All Starts Here ( Single )
Steve Parry

Dirty Mammoth – Call Me Up – ( single )
Dirty Mammoth

Lara Rose – Once Beloved – ( single )
Lara Rose

The Tony Faulkner Jazz Orchestra – Thad Jones and the Ellington Effect – ( album )
Tony Faulkner - Thad Jones and the Ellington Effect...

Centre Line – Centre Line – ( album )
Centre Line

Russell van den Berg – 17 West 32nd Street – ( album )
Russell van den Berg - 17 West 32nd St.

Superface – State Your Business – ( EP )

Brothers on the Slide – Try – ( Album )
Released 24th July
Brothers On the Slide - Try

GLP Jazz – Various Artists – ( Album )
Out Now
Various Artists

Capri – Earth Songs – ( EP )

Capri – Boogie Man ( single )

GLP – Groove Laboratory Productions

Leeds’ very own record label specialising in Funk, Soul, Jazz and Blues based music.

Latest Press Update; October 2007

Following their hugely successful sell out gig for the relaunch of The Wardrobe’s downstairs music club on 15th September, epic Leeds Funk band Capri are back for another of their amazing live shows on Saturday 3rd November.

Featuring a special guest appearance by GLP artist Lara Rose, who will be singing with frontman Benson Walker on the track “Putting It All Together” which is taken from the bands current album “Boogie Man”.

Saturday 3rd November – Capri –
Epic 11 piece Funk / Soul band.
Door price: £6.00 [ £5.00 Wardrobe members ]
Doors: 22:00hrs

For further details about this and other gigs at The Wardrobe please contact James Hudson on 0113 3838800 or

The Wardrobe, 6 St Peters Square, Leeds, LS9 8AH

On Tuesday 20th November GLP artist Cara Robinson will be performing some new songs with her acoustic line up at a special gig at The Wardrobe in Leeds supporting EMI artist Corinne Bailey Rae. The gig is a special fundraiser as part of the “Together for Peace festival”.

“Peace begins at home is a Leeds based collaboration for the “Together for Peace festival” to promote awareness of issues devastating the lives of women including domestic violence and sex trafficking through an event on Tuesday 20th November featuring an acoustic set from award winning singer Corinne Bailey Rae”

Tickets for this gig are priced £15.50 and are on sale now. They can be purchased in Leeds from Jumbo records, Crash records and over the bar at The Wardrobe.

If you require a press pass for these gigs please contact The Wardrobe.

[ Media contact: Chris Donnelly Email: Tel: 07884 406366
Audio clips from all the artists listed are available on the GLP website CD copies are available on request.
Alternatively GLP’s entire catalogue is now also available to the media through Adstreams DMDS system. ]

Out Now

Brothers On the Slide - Try
“Try” ( GLP 013 ) is the debut album from Soul band Brothers on the Slide.
They have been together for 4 years and are well known on the live scene for their outstanding performances. It was after an amazing set at the Cork Jazz Festival that they came to the attention of TV bosses who featured them on an ITV1 special “Leeds Uncovered” which aired last November. Watch a clip from this programme on Myspace;

J Walkers – “All We Can Do” ( GLP018 )

The brand new album “All We Can Do” from the J Walkers is a collaboration between Capris’ Benson Walker and Joe Tatton, keyboard player with The New Mastersounds, in which they explore some elements of their song writing which don’t fit with their current bands. The result is an amazing fusion of Soul, Blues, Pop, Funk, Country and Rock! Influences range from Little Feat and The Average White Band to The Beatles and Robert Palmer.

Review copies of thess albums are available now: Please email Chris Donnelly at to get a copy!

GLP now presents it’s own radio show – The GLP Session – on Jazz Syndicate radio, an internet station that has over 100,000 listeners accross the world. After only two shows ( Sept 6th and Oct 4th ) the GLP Session has proved so popular, especially with listeners in the USA, that the guys at JSR have asked us to move to a Friday night slot, 22:00 until midnight and to make it a weekly show! The GLP Session is presented by Benson Walker and Daniel Woodward from GLP and includes music and chat from GLP artists along with tracks by other artists that have influenced them. The new weekly show will start from Friday 26th October. A free downloadable Podcast of the show will be available from the GLP homepage soon.

December sees the release of the new single from Capri. The band have put together a special 3 track single of their album track “Barbarella” ( GLP006 ) featuring a brand new acoustic recording of the song along with a live instrumental version. There is a brand new music video to accompany this release which is now available on You Tube;

Just Released

GLP Jazz – Various Artists ( GLP017 )

GLP’s first compilation album features some of the finest new Jazz musicians in the United Kingdom. GLP have put together an impressive roster of new Jazz talent over the last couple of years and this album showcases some of the best new writers and performers from their current catalogue. Includes tracks from The Jamil Sheriff Octet, Steve Parry, The Tony Faulkner Jazz Orchestra, Centre Line, Russell van den Berg and Wayne Pollock.

Copies are available now from AMAZON and CD Baby.
Downloads available from iTunes and many other download stores.

Media enquiries should be made to
Chris Donnelly
Tel: 07884 406366

Caprimusic / GLP, PO Box150,
Leeds, LS19 6YH

The Official Halloween Affair

You are cordially invited to attend the funkiest Halloween affair of the year

Calling all freaks…the night is Wednesday October 31 st

The spot is Solomon’s Porch

Live music by Chris Rob, your favorite freak and piano man

Dinner and Champagne to the couple with the best costumes!

Get ready to get your grown and sexy vibe on – masquerade style


Solomon’s Porch

307 Stuyvesant
Brooklyn, NY 11233


SOLAR RADIO “WINTER SOUL BOAT PARTY” SAT 24th November on the Golden Flame Boat departing from Temple Pier & sailing between 7pm & Midnight, Join us for another fantastic Soul Boat Cruise on the Thames with your Djs Ash Selector, Ginger Tony, Tony Fernandez, Raj Selli, Tony Monson, Neville, Marc Seven, Tickets at £18.00 available @ or call Ash 07956-370363/07738-592050