In a dimly lit Irish pub in Chicago’s north side, a young singer leads the crowd on the chorus of David Bowie’s arena rock anthem, All the Young Dudes, while strumming the chords on his acoustic guitar. Later that night, at a funk and jazz laced open mic venue in the south side of the windy city, a young crooner takes the stage, and accompanied by the house band makes the ladies sway with a rendition of Earth, Wind, & Fire’s classic, Can’t Hide Love, rocking the crowd and invoking 70’s classic soul nostalgia. The common denominator in both these scenes is that the singer and the crooner are Jarrard Anthony.
In the endless ocean of music genres, sub-genres, categorizations, and labels, how do you label the artists inspired by a multitude of influences? Jarrard Anthony’s answer…”Its all Soul Music. Soul music is music inspired a divine source, and like a white light reflected through a diamond shows many colors, music is expressed through individuals the same way.” Good songs are truly universal, and good songs across several genres are what JA is how he is building his career .. Humility; In an industry packed with egos, humility is a word often spoken but rarely exercised. Soul Music; Music inspired by a divine source often claimed but in many cases, inaccurately categorized. My name is Jarrard Anthony, and I create soul music.
A Portland, Oregon native who found her way to Brooklyn, Shae Fiol’s artistic journey started somewhere between harmonizing on road trips when she was 4, from the backseat of the family’s VW bug, to singing and dancing countless hours in her bedroom and living room.
As a composer, arranger, guitarist, lyricist, song-writer, and vocalist, Shae’s music transcends the industry’s confines to any particular genre. For as she says, “if I were a branch from the music tree, I would be a heart/soul branch with roots in Classical, Folk, Rythm & Blues, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Latin.” I
n her element whether with her band or just her guitar, Shae has performed at popular New York City venues such as SOB’s, The Bitter End, Crash Mansion and Joe’s Pub. Her message of love’s struggle reaches the hearts and minds of any listener, reminding us all of the beauty and pain that co-exist in love and life.
Lynnette calls her self privileged. She was fortunate to be born to two loving parents that not only tolerated her free spirit, they nurtured it.
She was able to have experienced an extended childhood. They thought the “it ” was dancing, and then “it” was drawing, and then “it” became acting, and then “it” was fashion, but there was always the writing. Mrs Brunelle asked her third grade students to keep a weekly journal. This regular writing exercise grew into vital part of Lynnette’s life. She has been writing it down ever since. As she grew into herself she was introduced to Spoken word. Spoken word is an art form that combines Lynnette’s two true loves, writing and performing.
Once she discovered this form of self expression she could no longer imagine her life without it. Lynnette has a gentile style. Her voice is a combination of humor and sarcasm with wit and charm. She speaks of love and unlove, human frailty and the favor of God. Her desire is to connect. She is putting together her first book of poems and short stories, fact and fantasy titled “I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You.” You can find Lynnette reciting at various open mic’s, at weddings and church functions, in the mirror in her bedroom, in her car…. she just can not keep “it” to herself.