Life and Soul Mixtape 1

Life and Soul Mixtape 1 October 2009

Now available for Download – Please email me for the link mike@lifeandsoulpromotions.co.uk or lower quality version available here – http://lifeandsoul.podomatic.com/

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Tracklisting

1. Back on the Block – Imessiah Soul
2. Lost without you – Soulem
3. Angel – Colie Williams
4. Take Time – Chris Rob
5. Gotta be me – Innosphere
6. Complicated – Steve Wallace
7. All an illusion – Speek Greene feat Kenny Wesley & Kev.O
8. Obsession – Jeremiah
9. So Inspired – Big Brooklyn Red
10. Let’s Run Away – Darnell Kendricks
11. Transitions – Julie Dexter
12. Right On (Club Remix) – Michaux
13. Trust You – Heather Park
14. Guilty – Mo Molokwu
15. Mad Love – Nikki Wade
16. Emotional – V-Rich
17. Billyclub (Remix) – Wayna ft Wale

Artists Websites
Soulem Productions – http://www.soulemproductions.com/
Colie Williams http://www.myspace.com/coliewilliamsfeaturingosfand
Innosphere – http://www.myspace.com/innospheremusic
Wayna http://www.wayna.net/
Big Brooklyn Red http://www.bigbrooklynred.com/
Heather Park http://www.myspace.com/heatherpark
Julie Dexter http://www.juliedexter.com/
Michaux http://www.myspace.com/michaux
Mo Molokwu –http://www.soulemproductions.com/
Darnell Kendricks http://www.darnellkendricks.com/
Imessiah Soul http://www.myspace.com/imessiahsoul
Steve Wallace http://www.stevewallacemusic.com/
Chris Rob http://www.chrisrobmusic.com/
Kenny Wesley http://www.kennywesley.com/
V-Rich http://www.vrichmusic.com/
Jeremiah http://www.jeremiahonline.com/ www.listentojeremiah.com (launching soon)
Nikki Wade http://www.divadoment.com/

Thanks to all the above artists and their management teams –
Fiona Bloom – The Bloom Effect – http://www.thebloomeffect.com/
Hasan Brown – Puzzle Marketing – http://www.myspace.com/puzzlemarketing
Steve Francis – Stush Music – http://stushmusic.com/
Keyonne Brooks – http://www.myspace.com/keyonnebrooks
Mathieu Karsenti- Soulem Productions – http://www.soulemproductions.com/
Mike Dawson – Ketch a Vibe Records
IcreeUPree – Joli Harris http://www.myspace.com/imgmuzic

Drops – Lenora Jaye, Monet, Darien, Heather Park, April Hill, Lorenda Robinson, Steve Wallace

Life and Soul Promotions are responsible for: –
Website – www.lifeandsoulpromotions.co.uk
Indie Soul Mixer Concept and Events
Soul Freedom – Radio Programming and DJ Outlet – Radio Cardiff – Rhythm and Soul Radio
Development of new Independent Soul Artists

mike@lifeandsoulpromotions.co.uk
Bristol – Cardiff – Atlanta – New York – Los Angeles (2010)

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It’s A Mixtape Riot!, Miz Metro, Project Art and Scotty Barnhart at The King Center

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Dammit I’ve run out of PG Tips again and I’m writing this while simultaneously having a discussion on Twitter with Yahoo Music about the current state of Cassie V Rhianna, Eminem and Nick Cannon amongst other issues- stuff I’m so clued in to and care so much about(not) 

I’m also getting ready for a swinging black tie SESAC event which I’m nowhere near ready for and…Let’s see- trying to raise money, working on business proposals and

Iooking to hire folks and recruit a business partner! In other words…I’m busy!

And….Friendfeed is picking up steam….Lots of heads are subscribing to my feed so appreciate that!

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I’ve added ‘She’s So Fresh’ w/ Bless Roxwell, F.C Globeblogger and ME TIME Rituals w/ Simone Kelly and other surprises coming soon!

My Bloom Blog is hot and don’t you forget it!!!

 

 

Dopest party in the City for real- fresh name, dope concept, great talent and most importantly- a great fun rewarding experience…In fact – I always see dudes and dudettes hooking up these joints!


Mixtape Riot- I can say I’ve been down from day 1…Love The Beatards- Love the party!!! Mixing, Juggling, Energy, Dopeness, Fresh and hot performances!


Launched back up recently with the website launch party and now we’re back!!!


TONIGHT 10PM-11PM Drink Specials FREE


Featuring: K-Swift and Chen Low w/ Soul Imperial, Chuck Wild and DJ O on the decks!!! Beauty Bar– 231 E. 14th…. Grab me and I’ll tweet you !!!

 

Boston-based MC Mr. Lif has been bouncing off the walls, spreading the word far and wide about his thought-provoking, pertinent new escapade I Heard It Today.


The new full-length, available now on iTunes and in stores everywhere via his own Bloodbot Tactical Enterprises imprint, sees the rhyme-schemer taking on these increasingly troubled times, turning political faux pas into prose with fierce vernacular and sharp delivery. Lif uses his platform to inform rather than gloat, to help empower and energize listeners towards meaningful civic action. His targets? A collapsed economy, a massive bailout bill, a housing crisis reaching far and wide, a troubled black community and the apathy, fear and angst that go with all of the above.


I Heard It Today confirms Mr. Lif’s latest is, in every sense of the word, relevant.


There are 2 videos off the album in the works. ‘The Sun‘ and ‘Collapse These Walls’.


The rapper speaks without hesitation on the record’s 15 tracks, which feature guest spots from the likes of Bahamadia, Metro, Scanz and more. On this, his fifth overall LP, he blends a slew of established and up and coming producers such as Edan, Headnodic, J Zone, Willie Evans Jr., Batsauce, and Therapy. And lastly, in an effort to give fans and newcomers alike a taste of the record’s political prowess, the Bostonian himself has, with the help of one Dj Statik (aka Mr. Sonny James) created a monster 34 minute mix containing a first listen of new I Heard It Today material, along with classic Lif-age and new verses spit over Madlib and Flying Lotus beats. Get it below, along with the album’s track listing and a full set of tour dates.


So go cop Mr. Lif’s ‘I Heard It Today’- I promise you will love it and btw!!! I have listened to ‘The Sun’ on repeat about 30 times already today! Call me crazy!

 

The Bloom Blog is growing. Lots of colorful content, edgy, fresh and always reporting/writing before anywhere else or nowhere else!


Shouts to the talented artists affiliated:


Bless Roxwell w/ She’s So Fresh, Miz Metro Mondayz, F.C GlobeBlogger, Me Time Rituals with Simone, Dred Scott rants, Kissey Asplund and soon to be Mixtape Riot!!!


The Bloom Blog is also affiliated with MOG. A great resource for exciting and vibrant blogs and the blog world!


If you’ve got interesting stories, feeds – send them to me and we’ll see whats up! Can’t promise I’ll publish but if it’s interesting and cool then you have a great shot!

 

Miz Metro is sizzling- heating up– you’ll be hearing her name a ton- mark my word…I’ve heard most of the tunes off her debut album ‘UNLIMITED’ and it is a STUNNER!!!


I’ve watched her evolve- started working with her developing her or mentoring her I should say since she was about 18…Now she’s 21 and finally ready!


She’s been honing her craft- working on songs, structure- her stage presence, getting really comfortable playing out with her band The Makebelieves and she’s gearing up for the big big coming out. Album Release Party- Save The Date: Wednesday, July 8th- SOB’s! It’s going to SELL OUT!


In the meantime- she’s got an exclusive music and art performance that Blu Ellis of the Round Table has curated with open bar on Thursday, May 21st at Chacala in Soho. 7PM-11PM Tickets $35.00 include Open Bar and Hors D’oeuvres Tickets at info@theroundtablenyc.com


Miz Metro is also the co-producer along with Crosby Coolest of the critically acclaimed Hip Hop Howl SXSW Takeover which is being well-received and is available for DOWNLOAD- FREE – special thanks to IMEEM for all the great support….Download it now- 28 fine tracks from some of the best in indie Hip Hop and R&B!!!


Miz Metro’s in D.C May 19th.. LA for Strictly Social– June 17th at Little Temple and in Chicago- July 31st!!!


Also- Hip Hop Howl’s mixtape SXSW Takeover is the featured playlist today on IMEEM.

 

Very excited to be working with Entity Entertainment new series Project Art. Really cool multi-media installations with music and all the elements. Project Art has partnered with Hennessy Black in this series.


It takes place at Climax Lounge featuring Lupe Fiasco’s recording artist Hey Champ on 1st and 15th Music.


The 2nd and 3rd dates take place June and July TBA featuring artists: Miz Metro, Hollywood Holt, Brittany Bosco, Million $ Mano, Shala and more!


Project Art raises awareness for the alternative art scene through Paintings, Graffiti, Photography and other mediums while all being intertwined with Live Music, Live DJ, Dance and Breakin. PA Chicago is a unique platform where artists can submit sculptures, paintings, pictures, 3-D Models, a video or modern art but make it beautiful, colorful, clever, amusing and outrageous. Innovation being KEY.


The series kicks off May 22nd at Climax Lounge and powered by Hennessy Black, with additional support from Fiji Water, Vapors Magazine. Yelp, and Fusicology.


It’s Free- 21 and Over– 9PM-2am!

 

I’m very proud and excited to be re-united with one of the very first artists I ever started working with all those years ago. Jazz Trumpeter Scotty Barnhart.


Patience and persistence finally paying off as Scotty Barnhart’s debut album ‘ Say It Plain’ is finally coming out….May 19th…It’s absolutely STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS!


Can’t say enough great words about this incredible project and I’m so proud and honored to be working and representing Scotty and this Masterpiece!


‘Say It Plain’ is released on Unity Music and distributed through Ryko Distribution. It features distinguished musicians Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Jamie Davis, Marcus Roberts, Clark Terry and others.


The song with Clark Terry called “Pay Me My Money” is an anthem and I can see it being several theme songs for stations, music players, ring backs/video- you name it!


‘Say It Plain’ is a combination of standards and originals. Musicianship is top notch high caliber and I hope for ‘Best Jazz Album’ at The Grammy’s!!! You heard it here first!


He’ll be in Atlanta for his release party at The King Center– 7PM Friday, May 29th….$20.00

 

We’re back June 20th at Frank’s Lounge! The other night with Carolyn Harding, Collette and Paul Rivers Bailey was packed and super hot! My hosting skills were off the chain!


Come see me before I land a slot on Def Comedy Jam!


Saturday, June 20th features The Jaspects from Atlanta…Very excited about introducing them….Super great group! It’s also their album release party!


Also on the bill is Kimberly Nichole and Stacie Aamon. Always somebody hot at Nu-Soul Series…. Get in if you fit in!!!

 

Follow me on Twitter if you want to hear about cool events in R.T and get the low down on interesting info and insight

Subscribe to my blog- The Bloom Blog if you know what’s good and….

And tonight!!! I dress fancy schmancy for SESAC Awards dinner! Always a fab event!!!!

Thanks for supporting…You know you Rock and you know- I LOVE YOU!!!!!

 

Sincerely,

 


Fiona Bloom

The Bloom Effect


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….

Sincerely,


Fiona Bloom

The Bloom Effect


WAYNA’s WORLD it is, Grammy build up, SOUND IN COLOR, and life in 2009!

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Where do I start? Since coming back from Miami this past weekend spending New Year’s with UK’s Firin Squad massive and my girl Sharon Carpenter– I’ve come back hit the road running and it hasn’t stopped!Oh- my holiday cheer poem was a big success so it seemed as I got tons of emails saying how enjoyable it was and glad to put a smile on all your faces! So glad in fact….I’m writing up another one in next week’s blast- yeah, yeah- I know you all can’t wait!

More and more readers on my blog- starting to leave comments- very exciting! By now- you’ve all peeped Wayna’s debut video ‘My Love’- otherwise you will now…

We’re judging a Remix Contest this Friday w/ April Hill- stay tuned….

and I locked down SOUND IN COLOR which I’m super excited about as Maya Azucena is hosting and one of my faves is debuting in NY- Monica Blaire!

I’ve been going to the library lately. It’s a wonderful thing. I’m trying to make it a goal to read 2 books a month. Wish me luck. I also have to hit the gym or some sort of regimented work out and….Got to eat better- more healthy! Oh to do to do what’s a woman to do! And I’m nearly at my Facebook Friends Quota. Get me while you can!

Addictive TV out of UK have remixed and mashed up Slumdog Millionaire trailer- It’s brilliantly wicked! Check my Bloom Blog to view.

Karsh Kale at 92Y in Tribeca on Friday- 11PM.. Q-Tip at Santos Party House- Friday Midnight.. Saturday- Tomas Doncker at Barnes&Noble Lincoln Center- 7PM
Globalfest on Sunday- Webster Hall Tamara Wellons at Alvin Ailey Dance Studio– Sunday
Mama O’s Kimchee Salsa tasting at Jeffrey’s on Saturday… 2PM-7PM Essex Market.
Shouts to Kissey Asplund, Miz Metro, & Dred Scott I’m looking for more contributors….Hit me up if interested….


I’m getting tons of traffic on the blog so thanks for spreading the love…Bookmark it. Keep coming…. The Bloom Blog.


I’m also launching a Blog Contest on The Bloom Blog- Once a month kicking off with next Monday’s contest supported by Eb Did It Gift Baskets.


Winner will receive a beautiful custom made gift basket courtesy of Eb Did It. Thanks Eb!

No stopping Wayna. She’s on a roll and the next few weeks is all about Grammy’s. She’s also performing at several inaugural balls/events in D.C Jan 17-20th…
Her debut video ‘My Love’ is garnering a lot of praise/attention… Performing at SOB’s SOL VILLAGE– Feb 18th
Wayna will be in LA during Grammy week doing promo, performances, after parties and anything else we can pursue. Hit me up if you have any ideas.. Save the date: The Blue Note- Friday, April 3rd….
So nominated for a Grammy in the Urban Alternative Performance category. This is pretty remarkable and pretty much unheard of for an indie artist…What a unique story! Go Wayna!
‘My Love’ will have a world premiere on BETJ’s Soul Session inside the TOP TEN.
And…Lots more in the works…After all, it’s Wayna’s World!

Locked down the first show of ’09 and so excited! Shouts to Adriel of Ill-Literacy and The Funky Pixel for hooking up the dope design.
I’ve been wanting to bring Detroit crooner Monica Blaire for the longest and logistically it never worked until now and thus- her NY Debut….
The night is hosted by the fabulous and lovely Maya Azucena. This will be my first time seeing her in front of the mic not performing but giving some flavour to the night and verbal entertainment rather than vocal! Can’t wait. Also on the bill all the way live from Holland- Postman and one of my faves Kameron Corvet.
The night is powered by Thisisrealmusic, ONUTSS, Fusicology and Rebel Soul.
Friday, January 23rd- Joe’s Pub– Late Night Series 11PM
Hoping to have some goodies locked in TBA and handed out all night- stay tuned!! Can’t wait to see you all at SOUND IN COLOR.

Speaking of Maya hosting Sound in Color– we’re very excited to participate at the premiere screening for Maya’s debut video off the new album called ‘ Get It Together’.
DJ Center will be on the decks and there will also be a special intimate acoustic performance.
Wednesday, Jan 28th at 7:30PM at MADIBA in Fort Greene and sponsored by Fort Greene Film Society and The Bloom Effect.
The video is directed by Seth Kushner.
So show some love! ‘Get It Together’- Maya will be happy you did!!!!

Heston’s ‘Storyteller’ has a Europe release in the Spring. It continues to do well in the States online/downloads and critically…
He’s appearing on Soultalk Radio this Thursday at 10:30PM w/ Duane Simon so tune in…
He’s at Blue Note Late Night Series- Saturday, January 31st. Midnight...

April Hill’s Remix Contest for ‘ The Search’ is well under way with over 150 submissions already from various DJ’s, producers around the world…. After extending the submissions deadline to December 31st we finally got all the tracks in and uploaded…
There’s a big cash prize! Who’s going to be that lucky winner—- Well– the judges are sitting down(yes I’m included) this Friday at 5PM and we’re videotaping the entire event….
The decision will be made soon enough!
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.
They’re gearing up for Clash of the Artists- in its 3rd Year. Now in it’s third year plans on raising the standard of artist competitions across the world! At Art For Progress, they inspire exceptional international talent to get involved and support art education while having the opportunity to win fantastic prizes geared for the career artist. Here’s your opportunity to show the art world, peers, and fans your best work. The world will decide who makes it to the finals for the BIG EVENT in New York City in March 2009.
The annual competition encompasses genres of visual art, film, fashion, live music, DJ’s, and the exciting open category, “creative”. The interactive judging process allows the on-line community to view short films, listen to music, and see the work of artists and designers from Australia to New York. Over a five-week voting period, three finalists will be chosen in each category.
Deadline for submissions is this Friday…Jan 9th… No more submissions after this date and the voting begins on the 19th….. 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….

So I’m helping this crew out from CT and MA doing shows up there- They’re looking out for me too with Sound In Color.
Saturday, Jan 24th in Springfield, MA at Holiday Inn, Penthouse Suite. 8:00PM featuring Leemy Waiters and the lovely Abby Dobson..
Organix Soul does all the Soul shows and they have radio shows too so definitely reach out to D.Moss and James!

So that’s my week so far- so much for starting out slow- I just jump right in! Can’t wait for anyone or anything….I’m on a roll and I need to stay here!!!

Follow me on Twitter if you’re not already…

I didn’t make the final nominations for the Shorty Awards which are being held in Feb in NYC but I did ok! Came in at #18 in the Ent Category- Not bad… I’m going Top 5 next year!!!

So I’ll be in LA…Can’t wait- I’m long overdue – Last time was there taking Anthony David around and now look where he is!!!

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

I’m almost maxed on friends on Facebook. There’s a 5000 limit! I was told today by a staffer at Facebook that I need to do a celebrity page! Damn! Alright then!

Sincerely,


Fiona Bloom

The Bloom Effect