International Soul Summit

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The International Soul Music Summit
September 12th & 13th 2008 in Atlanta, GA….(Save the Date)

Renaissance Downtown Atlanta
590 W Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 881-6000

ISMS Hotel Rate Special Code: imsimsa

Registration: $100

Make your money orders payable to:
GrooveNation, Inc.
2970 Peachtree Rd
Suite 404
Atlanta, GA 30305

Bring a friend and you both pay $75.00 UNTIL AUGUST 15, 2008!


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2008 International Soul Music Summit
Summit Returns for a 3rd Year with Mission to Connect
Musical Worlds While Making a Global Impact
Atlanta, GA – (June, 2008) – The International Soul Music Summit (ISMS) returns to Atlanta, Georgia, September 12th – 13th, 2008 with a new theme, more artists, networking and nightlife activities.

With the theme: State of Emergency Part II: Is Soul Music Dead? The International Soul Music Summit is ready to make a global impact. The largest music conference in the world dedicated to the soul genre; the International Soul Music Summit provides mainstream, emerging and independent soul artists, retailers, consumers and executives with information, networking opportunities, and technology on how to build noteworthy careers while continuing to make passionate, timeless music.

Components of the 2008 International Soul Music Summit, September 12th – 13th, include:
• Panels (artists, retail, radio, management, performance, consumers etc.)
• Live Performances & Concerts/Acoustic Jam Sessions
• Themed Networking Sessions/ISMS Network
• Unsigned Artists Showcase

Hotel and registration specials are now available for a limited time online @


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Hey Family!
We invite you to 2 free concerts which are both part of LA CASITA presented by LINCOLN CENTER OUT OF DOORS concert series.

Saturday August 9th @ 1-1:30pm
La Casita @ Lincoln Center Out of Doors,
South Plaza 66th & Bway, rain or shine

Monday August 11th @ 5:30 sharp
Smithsonian Nat’l Museum of the American Indian
Broadway @ Bowling Green, NYC
(if it rains, you can find us indoors in the Pavilion)
Band Line-up: Aaron Whitby-keys, Fred Cash-bass, Kevin Johnson-drums, Robin Macatangay- guitar, Keith Fluitt- vocals

About LA CASITA- A HOME FOR THE HEART is now in its 8th season. It is very popular and has brought the wonderful poetry and songs of the Caribbean, Africa, Mexico, Spain, Central America and Latin America, Middle East, Asia, and voices from Native American artists, to all kinds of people. Community gardens, casitas and improvised poetry are interconnected and are an important part of many cultural traditions. The poetry includes spoken word and sung word taking many forms, including calypso, reggae, rhapso, dub, decima, son, bomba, plena, balladeers, griots, spanglish, corridos, flamenco, storytelling and ritual chants and many more.

La Casita—A Home for the Heart presents over 20 different poets, troubadours, and bands during a two-day period. It is in one weekend of Lincoln Center Out of Doors, one of the Northeastern United States’ largest and oldest festivals of free music, dance, special events, projects, and children’s activities. Over 200,000 people visit Lincoln Center Out of Doors during this three week season in August. About l0,000 of these attend La Casita, sitting spellbound through the two days of performances. Two to three additional performances of La Casita are toured: Pregones Theater and The Pont in the Bronx, and the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhattan.

Thanks to all who came out to Carl Schurz Park Summer Sounds last month! We had an amazing crowd and were blessed with beautiful weather as we played our music in the breeze overlooking the East River. The park’s organization got lots of new memberships as well as a sponsor or two for their beautiful flower beds. If you didn’t get a chance to see us there please make it a point to visit this gorgeous cozy corner of Manhattan. You will love it! More news updates soon…

Thanks for reading and hope to see you for La Casita,
Love, Martha

DON-E, YOLANDA BROWN & ADELAIDE MACKENZIE under 1 roof for 1 night only!!

Info: Scheduled to appear at SOUL-D-OUT #4 Friday 5th September - Don-e, Yolanda Brown, Adelaide Mackenzie


Gospel and R&B singer Adelaide Mackenzie is making her name in the music world. She’s already been spotted and signed by independent label Struggs, and has been tipped by Choice Fm and New Nation as one of the hottest acts to listen out for, her 1st Single ‘He gives Me More" was nominated for a GEM Award "Best Single" 2004 & her debut album 'Daily Process' was showcased at the Jazz Café!
Many people have come to realise the uniqueness of the artist that is YolanDa Brown.

YolanDa Brown's main aim through her music is to "Make the Saxophone Her Voice..."


“Bright young saxophone talent – sounding somewhere between Stan Getz and Courtney Pine (minus the showboating chops) – Brown's music is an accessible mix of classic jazz tones with a twist of R&B and funk. Something of an unusual 'crossover' star in the making (she's not a singer for starters)”

“A name you are going to hear you are going to hear lots and tonnes and loads about in the not too distant future”
-- BBC London

“One to look out for in 2008”
-- Choice FM

Artist: don-e
Album: natural
A stunning album from one of the UK's most gifted urban music talents. A beautifully crafted collection of songs from the up-tempo party vibe (Addictive Love), to the Eighties-flavoured groove (Stay A While) and Don-e's nod to the reggae scene (Holla At Me).

Featuring duets and guest stars by the UK's leading artists (Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena, Kele Le Roc, D'Angelo).


1. Addictive Love
2. Love Shine In
3. Kool
4. Stay A While
5. Writing's On The Wall (featuring Keisha Buchanan)
6. Waiting In Vain
7. You & I
8. Get Off
9. E-scape (interlude)
10. Drive
11. Like I Like It (featuring Kele Le Roc)
12. So Cold (Azure, with D'Angelo on Rhodes)
13. Holla At Me!
14. Natural
15. The Time is Now (featuring Mutya Buena)

Albums will be available to purchase on the night

Call 07723 081832 for guestlist entry @ £10 and more info....

The Cobden Club (private members club)
170 Kensal road
London W10 5BN

Regards, d'nyce
SOUL-D-OUT (the live series)
Tel. +44 7723 081832 ( or 96.3fm - jumpoff saturday 11am-1pm)
( or 96.3fm - sould-d-out tuesday 7pm-9pm)

Tim Dillinger: Upcoming Nashville Performance!

Hello everybody–

Just a quick note to let everybody know that I will be doing a show on my 33rd birthday, Friday, September 26th here in Nashville at the French Quarter. French Quarter has an awesome menu as well, so you’ll be able to dine during the show. You can find more about their menu at

I hope that you will join me!!! I’ve already gotten word from folks that are flying in…so it’s sure to be an event!

Tickets are $15 in advance…and are limited so pick them up now!!!

I can’t wait to see you all there!!!


Click here to purchase tickets!

Cali’s Cerebral Vortex makes his NY Debut and Kissey’s last week in NY in U.S!!

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This Summer is just flying – thought it would slow down but the heat continues. I hosted the Nu-Soul Series this past weekend over at Frank’s Lounge in Brooklyn. I love to host so please keep me in mind if you need a master of ceremonies to introduce your night and add to the atmosphere.

One of the artists performing was originally from Ethiopia and lives in D.C called Wayna. I really loved her songs, presence and very powerful words. Can’t wait to see more of her. She’s going places.

This week I’m at shows/events every night. Want to shout out my bloggers– they’re great. Dred Scott, Miz Metro, Elida from Dirty Fuzz and Kissey. They’re all incredible artists and contribute to my blog for the love and added exposure.

If anyone has any ideas, or comments or is interested in contributing to The Bloom Blog– let me know…

Also, if you need tech advice or strategy online and or any help with launching a blog or getting the optimum value- hit up Tony Z from Netmix. He’s amazing!

I met Vortex at SXSW this year outside an event with British MC Sway. I had heard Cerebral’s name for a while but we’d never met in person. Or if we had- it was years prior.

We stayed in touch and the next thing you know- as the world gets smaller— he’s been working with Kissey Asplund. So I decided that he needed to get over to NY and do a show….. The particular show I had in mind actually fell through but…..Managed to find him a slot performing Monday- July 28th at REHAB.

Vortex will be performing right at 7PM- special guests include Freshest Kids, Kissey A and others. Vortex has traveled all over the world and lived in Japan, Germany, San Antonio and now the Bay Area. He’s released a number of projects and collaborations.

He was busy over the weekend shooting a full on high level multi-camera/grips video featuring Kissey A. Can’t wait to see it. So please come support indie hip hop from Cali. Let’s give Cerebral Vortex a NY Hip Hop Welcome!

This Swedish/Caribbean sensation is everywhere! Well, everywhere in NY that is. She’s had a great run here over this past month….It’s not slowing down. Last week at Studio B despite the horrible downpour, and the rooftop shutting down- her birthday was lovely!

Her debut album ‘ Plethora’ on R2 Records is receiving serious accolades and her star is shining brightly. Come see what everyone is buzzing about.

Kissey Asplund is performing here this week. Let’s give her a huge send off and show her lots of love before she goes back to Sweden.

Monday at REHAB rocking with Cerebral Vortex. Tuesday at the fabulous Raw Fusion party at APT with Amon, Simbad, OP! and Scribe and…. Sol Village- hosted by Eric Roberson. SOB’s on Wednesday, July 30th.

British DJ Jaguar Skills hit NY by storm last week with 3 hot club gigs. Looks like he’ll be back in October for CMJ.

You can hear him on BBC1XTRA on Saturday night with Trevor Nelson. Also can download all his mix CD’s for FREE at Jaguar Skills.

And— Jag has been nominated for the best HIP HOP DJ at the DJ Awards this year! VOTE FOR HIM!!!! IT WOULD BE AMAZING TO WIN!!!! So – you gotta go here; DJ AWARDS And vote!!!! Tell all ya friends and get them to vote too!!!! Go on!!!!!! Voting closes on Sunday August 17

Treat yourself to a relaxing escape with like minds- It’s the 2nd Annual OWN YOUR POWER RETREAT. Announcing NEW DATES: Sept 26-27th at Miami Botanical Gardens

This retreat promises to be an empowering weekend. You will enjoy personal development, business and natural healing workshops designed to broaden your vision and bring clarity. A total integration of Body, Mind and Spirit. Don’t miss out…. Tables/booths selling out fast!!!! REGISTER NOW!!!

I got a lot of England in my life right now and this oh so makes me happy…My roots! All the way live from London is the funky soulful dance act- Reel People. Their 2nd album will see the light Stateside- as they ready the release of ‘Seven Ways to Wonder’.

Reel People spearheaded by Oli Lazurus of Papa Records fame… Oli will come over to NY for promo and guest DJ appearances sometime in September.

There are 12 juicy tracks on the latest project and a few guests including Darien and Omar… In fact– I can’t stop listening to this album..

Will be doing something special with them for International Soul Music Summit in Atlanta 2nd week of September. So keep your eyes peeled..

We can all be Rock Stars now- thanks to this new book coming out early August by author and long time friend Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna. CHERRY BOMB- Published by Simon and Schuster- Simon Spotlight Entertainment.

Carrie has rounded up some of her famous friends, favorite rock chicks, and cool experts to dish out advice, inspiration, and know-how in CHERRY BOMB: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Better Flirt, a Tougher Chick. and a Hotter Girlfriend, and to Living Life Like a Rock Star! CHERRY BOMB is an A-to-Z reference for everything awesome a girl needs to know, including the obvious (style, beauty, dating, and sex tips) and the not-so-obvious (how to prepare absinthe, how to sneak backstage, how to hit on a celebrity).

Save The Date: NY Book Party– Tuesday, August 19th- Beauty Bar– 7PM-10PM DJ CAT NYC on the decks. Mel D. Cole on the lens. Sponsored by Urban Decay, Effen Vodka, Alternative Press, Touchd, Emergen-C, Pleasure Chest, Zildjian, Capitol Records and Burning Angel.

Atlanta jazzy soulful and pleasing to the ear April Hill is working on her craft and gearing up for a few dates on the road. Her debut ‘ Love 360’ is generating a nice buzz at radio and press. It’s getting heated. Come see why.

April just rocked to a nice warm crowd in Birmingham this past weekend. Shouts to Laurence of Hot 107.7FM. She’s at The Blue Note on Friday, August 15th and then on August 20th at Fuzz Band’s weekly event in Norfolk.

I’m speaking this week at the Dynamic Producer conference. July 30th. This 3 day event runs from July 30-August 1st. I speak at 5PM this Wednesday at The Independence Day producer’s panel.

I’ve been asked to be a judge at the Independent Music Awards. Very exciting!

I’m on the panel with artists like Peter Gabriel, Roger Daltrey, Suzanne Vega, Ice T, DJ Skribble, MC Lars, and many other incredible artists and industry folks. This is an incredibly cool program that delivers a year of live & broadcast performance opportunities, as well as radio promotion, publicity, marketing and sales premiums that reach more than 15 million consumers, industry insiders, music journalists, film & tv music supervisors, etc., etc. The deadline to enter and be heard is Friday, August 1, 2008. You’ll find more details and entry forms at: Independent Music Awards

The IMAs puts your music in front of some of the most influential artists and industry professionals who determine the winners in the programs’ 54 album, song, design, website and music video categories.

Thanks again for supporting my events, artists and checking my blog and all my social media pages….I so do appreciate it. The Bloom Effect will be 2 years old in October!

I’m celebrating early- going back to Barbados!!


Fiona Bloom

The Bloom Effect

new album project with Sly and Robbie


Amp has been selected by a committee of five leading voices in soul music to receive the Heineken Independent Achiever Award this fall in Detroit. The award recognizes individuals in the music industry who possess the virtues of hustle, drive and the power to inspire others through their work in music.
A dinner will be held in Amp’s honor on August 5th in LA, and Amp will pick up the award in Detroit on September 4th.


A new series from the Strut label, Inspiration Information brings together current artists and producers with their musical heroes for a mouth-watering one-off collaboration.
“This is monumental for me” says Amp. “I discovered Sly & Robbie through their Compass Point productions with Wally Badarou, all the Grace Jones records, ‘Boops’ too. I loved the way they experimented with a more ambient direction.”
The album was recorded at Anchor Studios in Kingston, Jamaica during Amp’s recent trip there, and will be released in October.
The result is a confident, laid back set that brings a whole new twist to Amp’s trademark vocal style: Sly builds innovative digital and live rhythms, Robbie underpins the tracks with solid bass foundations and original generation guests “Sticky” Thompson (percussion) and Dalton Browne (guitar) add plenty of colour.
Amp will be over in Europe this Autumn to promote the album, before returning to Detroit to put the finishing touches to his next solo album, set for release in early 2009.
Keep checking Amp’s website and myspace page for exclusive previews of tracks from the album in the coming weeks.

What with this upcoming album release, more touring and a solo release in the pipeline too, things are really stepping up at Amp HQ. We’ve had a fantastic response to the street team sign ups so far with a steady growing collective of people stretching from Auckland to Oslo and everywhere in between.
If you are interested in being part of this growing band of dedicated fans please drop us an email and let us know. Anything you can do to help spread Amp’s profile, from
online blog postings and event promo, helping give out stickers and flyers to your friends, holding Amp Fiddler listening parties, will all help to get Amp’s music to more ears!! In return for your help we’ll shower you with goodies; exclusive MP3s, free promos, signed posters, tickets to shows and more! You’ll also get the chance to meet and spend time with Amp and the crew next time he plays in your town.
If this interests you, please drop us an email at

including tees, beanie hats, and all his music releases, head to Amp’s official store. There are still a few copies left of the super limited edition ‘Rare and Unreleased‘ CD, featuring a host of original tracks and remixes from Amp’s catalogue that never saw the light of day. Also available are copies of Amp’s first ever release, Mr Fiddler – With Respect.
Click here for the official merchandise store

Amp also has online profiles at the following sites; pop by and say hi sometime. Click on the links below

Muthas Music Group

Representing Amp Fiddler – Stephanie Mckay – Bugz In The Attic – Morley – Drugs