Baltimore Bound, Kate Schutt at World Cafe Live, UK’s Reel People at Nu Soul and Teedra Moses

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I’m short and sweet on this one as I’m on the way to Baltimore for Baltimore Music Conference. If you’re looking to get some education and insight and meet folks- I suggest you take a trip to B-Town. I’m moderating the Blog 101/Social Media panel. The Blogs The word these days!

I heard good things about International Soul Summit. Everyone had a great bonding experience- the vibe good- great panels and so much talent. Heard John Bibbs, Darien, Colette, Chris Rob, did their thing. Heard April Hill said her piece on the Artist Speaks! Look for big things next year in Atl! April is performing tonight at Apache Cafe– Soul Suite at Atlantic Music Conference- Midnight..

I’m going to hook up with Stevie, Kuku, Jay Stewart, Ritza, Flava, Labtekwon, Kimani, John Chambers and other folks in D.C for Black Luv Fest. Can’t wait. That’s on Sunday.

September is flying. Just decided on my NYE plans- very excited! And….Growing the blog– The Bloom Blog – announcement coming soon!

The Nu-Soul Series is one of the premiere world soul music showcases. Every month I always discover hot new talent. Edclectic Entertainment and Purpose Records produce this superb event and it’s held on Saturdays monthly at Frank’s Lounge in Fort Greene.

I have been hosting the event- so getting to witness this talent first hand. This weekend I won’t be there so Les Clarke is holding it down on the Mic…He’s great!

There’s a listening party for UK’s REEL PEOPLE. New album ‘ Seven Ways to Wonder’. The album will be for sale that night too for the first time in the U.S….So cop it early! Performing live is Allbright ft Vivian Sessoms and Shae Fiol.

Saturday- Frank’s Lounge 8PM

Singer/Songwriter/Guitar- Kate Schutt is shining with her latest album ‘Telephone Game’. She’ll be bringing her repertoire and rep to the lovely World Cafe Live for a Brunch Series they do every Sunday.

Kate performs with her trio for 4 Sundays starting with this Sunday, September 21st. Her trio consists of Orrin Evans on piano and Justin Faulkner on drums. Oct 12th. November 16th, and December 14th- make your plans now….

Kate Schutt is on ArtistShare.

We love Teedra Moses. She needs more shine and she’ll be getting it now that the 2nd album ‘The Young Lioness’ is set to come out. I had the pleasure of working with her while at TVT Records a couple years back with the critically acclaimed debut ‘ Complex Simplicity’.

SOB’s is happy to be bringing her back- Her second time at SOB’s and I know this is going to be a hot one so I suggest you get your tickets now before they SELL OUT!

The talented Russell Taylor will be opening the show. Thursday, September 25th Doors at 7PM

Can’t wait to hear the new material– I know it’s been brewing for a while and word on the street is—- HOT!

Abby Dobson’s name has been floating around the soul circuit and singer/songwriter’s circle for a few years now and she’s admired by most of these talented vocalists/writers. Abby is blessed with some amazing vocal pipes and when you see her perform you will know exactly what I’m talking about.

Ms. Dobson has gone about creatively raising money to finish her debut which has been a project over time as she’s recorded it completely in analog- not digital folks! Analog – meaning that every song went through a special process that’s long and arduous and a lot of passion and soul will be seeping through when we finally do get to hear it.

The debut called ‘Sleeping Beauty’: You are the one you’ve been waiting for. Abby wants to secure the best mixing and mastering engineers around and for that- some money needs to be raised and she’s doing that by individually selling raffles through her website and paypal and will be raffling off winners and prizes on Thursday, October 23rd at Solomon’s Porch where she’ll also be performing.

In the meantime– we must come and see her performing live at Tillman’s Lounge for the Marksmen Monday nights. Abby will be turning another year and we will be celebrating with her performing along with special friends.

Abby Dobson live for a birthday we won’t forget– 10PM Tillman’s Lounge.

You’ll be hearing more and more from April Hill. The buzz keeps growing- the momentum continues to build. She’s smart, she’s talented, she’s beautiful, she’s April. She’s performing tonight at Apache Cafe’s Soul Suite for Atlantis Music Conference- Midnight

She’s done a bunch of podcasts lately including Blogtalk Radio with Duane Simon’s Soultalk, she has a bunch of features dropping in publications coming soon and now you can hear her live on Ebony/Jet..

Her label Jazzy Peach just announced a REMIX CONTEST for her 2nd single ‘ The Search’. Producers and DJ’s – here’s a chance to be the one! There’s a cash prize of $1,000. Submissions and your chance to enter please log on to April Hill.

April will be performing in Detroit at the Soultracks Readers’ Choice Awards. October 3rd at Max Fischer Music Center. She’s up for ‘Best New Artist’- Exciting stuff happening for April Hill….

Heston– well- first must say- – an incredible songwriter- impeccable and I feel so honored to be working with him. I have to say when it comes to artistry he is exceptional!

His debut album – the much anticipated is finally available digitally world-wide. The wait is over. ‘ Storyteller’ is magnificently powerful. He’s on Michael Baisden’s show right now- 4PM

He’s a top seller on Soultracks and several other soul sites

Heston will also be performing at The Soultracks Awards in Detroit and he’s up for ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Best Male Vocalist’.

Look for lots to develop over the next few months with Heston.

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 November.

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..

Also- a listening party for the ‘Seven Ways to Wonder’ at Frank’s Lounge- Nu-Soul Series- Sept 20th…

Treat yourself to a relaxing escape with like minds- It’s the 2nd Annual OWN YOUR POWER RETREAT. 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!!! Sadly- I won’t be going down there but Simone Kelly tells me there will be an OWN YOUR POWER – NY next year!!!! So stay tuned!!!

I lied– I thought this was going to be short and sweet but that’s impossible for me it seems…. Thanks as always for reading and supporting my passion. You are really the ones who inspire me and continue to allow me to shape my journey in the most creative ways possible…

This has been a dream and I’m just getting going with The Bloom Effect and now The Bloom Blog and so much more growth on the way.

Look for a massive participation in this year’s CMJ. A lot in the works including: I Kiffe NY and the fabulous French Hip Hop at HIRO on Friday, October 24th. International Hip Hop showcase at DROM on October 23rd. Dirty Fuzz on the British night at ANNEX on 22nd October and a couple other events being fixed up as we speak…

It will be from CMJ to Spain straight after that for WOMEX and I can’t wait. I’m dropping in on Sam The Kid in Portugal too so look out!

It’s Friday! Enjoy the weekend……


Fiona Bloom

The Bloom Effect

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