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Wayna Grammy send off, Maya’s GET IT TOGETHER, FRIENDS WE LOVE and HESTON

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Soul heads are still raving at Sound In Color the other night at Joe’s Pub and Monica Blaire’s performance. Everywhere I turn- they keep talking about how amazing Monica was. How she blew everyone away with her dynamic and spectacular performance. Wow is the truth! She even received a standing ovation!!!!

This show was a long labour of love- passion, sweat and tears went into making this happen and Monica and I had been talking for almost 2 years trying to get her to NY and it finally happened!!! Thanks to Drake from Urban-Organic who flew in from Detroit. It was his festival in 2007 where I first discovered Monica Blaire!

This week is nuts- events back to back and workshops and then it’s off to sunshine and glamour during the fab week of Grammy’s. I can’t wait!

Shouts to Kissey Asplund, Miz Metro, & Dred Scott

OMG- please check the blog on Sound In Color...Everyone tore it up- the energy, vibe and talent was insane. Probably one of hottest intimate shows I’ve done. The Bloom Blog

I’m going to start launching monthly blog contests. I know I’ve been talking about it so it’s about putting into action…Just wait!!!l launching with Eb Did It Gift Baskets.

Winner will receive a beautiful custom made gift basket courtesy of Eb Did It. Thanks Eb and worth $150.00

I highly recommend you check out BILAL next week at SOB’s. Thursday, Jan 29th. If I don’t go to D.C for Wayna’s Grammy Nod Celebration- I will be at Bilal for sure….

Wayna…..On a roll and perfect timed for Grammy week and the Awards Feb 8th….Exciting indeed and super happy for Wayna – in that she’s unsigned and super independent- what a unique story…

This week Wayna’s in USA Today, BET.com, Billboard.com and featured on Myspace and so much more…

We’re giving her a send off-Grammy nod party- if you’re in D.C I highly encourage you come out… This Thursday, Jan 29th. It’s going to be lovely…. At Liv. 9PM Special guests also include a performance by Raheem DeVaughn. Wayna will be performing too.

So Wayna’s at Grammy’s for ‘Urban Alternative‘. I’ll be with her holding it down….

‘My Love’ just had it’s world premiere on BETJ and we’re at over 12,000 spins on YouTube and more outlets to be announced… ‘Daydream’ is added to Michael Baisden!

She’s also at SOL VILLAGE– Wednesday, Feb 18th… The Blue Note- Friday, April 3rd….

ve been hearing about this talented singer/songwriter a few years now. Anjulie is starting to garner heat and a nice buzz. Black Smith has signed her to management and it looks like Hear Music has picked her up for her debut full length sometime late Spring. Hot!

Anjulie has teamed up with Jon Levine of Philosopher Kings and he’s produced the addictive ‘Boom’ which is getting tons of plays on her myspace and elsewhere.
Grew up in Toronto- Anjulie has a very eclectic mix of sounds/styles and she’s open to even more growth in musical sensibilities. She’s showcasing in LA where she resides currently at Teddy’s in the Roosevelt Hotel this Wednesday, Jan 28th….
Show begins at 10PM To RSVP do so at Blacksmith

Maya killed it the other night as a host! She was wonderful….I can’t wait to see her hold down more hosting duties….Oh- I still want to equally see her perform but just had to acknowledge her passion and entertaining quality!!

Tomorrow is the night we’ve been waiting for to see the screen premiere of her latest video ‘ Get It Together’. It’s such a beautiful video- Please come out and support all her hustle and fruitful work/talent….

The video is directed by Seth Kushner. It’s just been confirmed that the video will air on BETJ and VH1 Soul.….Stay tuned!

So show some love! ‘Get It Together’- Maya will be happy you did!!!! Tomorrow- 7:30PM DJ Center on decks… Brought to you by the Fort Greene Film Society.

Madiba 7:30PM Fort Greene. Maya will also be doing an intimate set…

Got to love Les Nubians– they’re doing some innovative things. They just performed on a few inauguration events in D.C this past few days.
We’ve seen Les Nubian’s Echos: Nubian Voyager which performed at Joe’s Pub as part of I Kiffe NY.
Now- we have a chance to see this wonderful production from Celia. Her French Cabaret and EPK Recording. Paris at Night! Cabaret!

The show is an unconventional mélange of ingenious originals and innovative renditions of Edith Piaf, Nina Simone, Josephine Baker, Miriam Makeba, Dave Brubeck ~ an exhilarating soundtrack to her bi-lingual narrative of her love triangle with Africa, Paris and New York City.

Paris at night- Thursday, January 29th at Le Poisson Rouge. 158 Bleeker St. Doors at 7:30PM $15.00 in advance and $17.00 day of show. BlueNefertiti

Heston’s ‘Storyteller’ has a Europe release in the Spring and a Japanese release end of this month…. It continues to do well in the States online/downloads and critically…

Heston just recorded this delightful song inspired by the turn of events that’s just happened. Called ‘Change’. He recorded it over the weekend with 50 kids singing on the hook. It will be on his 2nd full length which he’s recording now.

He’s at Blue Note Late Night Series- Saturday, January 31st. Midnight… Also on the bill is Jesse Boykins III. Been hearing great things about him- can’t wait to see him live!

Vote for your best Remix- Voting closes Feb15th. Do it on APRIL HILL.

We narrowed it down to the best 3 – You will be able to see the voting process/listening session on video soon….

April just collaborated with Italian soul/jazz/funk act Live Tropical Fish. Look for their release soon and a tour in Italy!!

I’m a big fan of Art for Progress. They have some great initiatives and they’re a not for profit. If you’re not hip to them- get to know them…They’ll be your best friend…. Art for Progress is committed to celebrating the arts, cultivating emerging artists, and developing a diverse, creative community with an on-line presence.

The big event will take place in NYC in March…. The voting is now live……Please vote for your favorite!!! Art For Progress

Stay tuned for where the Big Event will be in March 2009 and you can be sure that The Bloom Effect will be highly visible and participating….

Beautiful concept, great art installation project. Have to shout out Moni and Michael Vargas for doing their thing and being creative and innovative and furthermore- a labour of love and from the heart. Friends We Love!

I remember when Moni first told me about her idea and dream- this was a short few months ago and look where they are. Moni released a Friends We Love CD in Japan that’s selling like hot cakes and they’ve had several installation viewings/screenings of several of their produced videos.

Now, they’ve taken it a step further and having a fundraiser in order to bring Friends We Love across the pond, to different Cities and looking to shoot and create content around the Globe to keep it interesting and continue their innovation.

Definitely a great cause to get down with so you definitely want to show your support. Benefit/Fundraiser at Sly Art vs. Robot City Loft on Friday, Jan 30th.

Friends We Love Art and Music Festival featuring: Waajeed, Bobbito, Jose James, Sarah White, Probe DMS and others. Going to be a splendid event. $20.00 suggested donation. 7PM start time…

So it looks like I have a date after all Feb 14th- Valentine’s Day….A date to host this fabulous event that I’ve been down with from the creation…

Purpose Records and Edclectic Entertainment hand pick some of the best up and coming world soul artists around… The talent is always creme de creme! In fact- I discovered Wayna back at this series last Summer.

Les Clarke and I usually hold it down on the mic….This time there are 2 editions for Feb so Les is doing Feb 12th at Frank’s Lounge and I’m Saturday, Feb 14th featuring Rogiers and Jon Bibbs…..Jon Bibbs is awesome! I always seem to miss his performances so now I’ll be able to see him in the mix!

Valentine’s Day is a weird celebration. Beautiful if you have your significant other and SUCKS if you don’t so this time- All of you will be my Valentine’s!!!!

So 2009 is spinning- I’m in the best frame of mind I’ve ever been in regarding my career and company and how I’m positioning myself in the social media space and mobile platforms and working on learning/absorbing as much information in those areas as I can so I can become an expert….

Now it’s time to get serious and to business and to building, creating and innovating and to connect with people and be kind to each other!!!

I swear- if it doesn’t happen in 2009– I am throwing in the towel!!! In other words- IT HAS TO!!!!!! I am at The Grammy’s…..I’ll be in warm weather at the most meaningful awards show in the entire music industry…. What can I say? I’m arriving both to LA and in LIFE!!!!!

I have so many friends in LA I can’t wait to see you all!!!

I’m working on another edition of SXSW SOUL! Look out!

Follow me on Twitter, be my Fan on Facebook and now that I have my new FLIP MINO which I adore- I’ll be building out both KYTE and YOUTUBE!!! See me online in cyber space and I’m about to get my SHORT CODE for texting!!!

It’s ON! Thanks for all your support. I would not be thriving or climbing without you….


Fiona Bloom

The Bloom Effect


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