Free Download – Rhonda Thomas- Today Only November 8

CBS Radio has a FREE MP.3 program where you can go to their urban radio stations’ websites and for one day (today, Tuesday, November 8th), you can download the title-track to Rhonda Thomas’ latest CD, “Listen”. Even if you have it, please log in to the station nearest you and download it. Share the information with your friends so they can grab it, too. Finally, please call the station nearest you and request it. Please leave a comment if you can! This is HUGE! Help put Rhonda Thomas on the map!!

Here’s a list of the stations:

WJHM-FM Orlando, FL 101.9 407-919-1000
KSFM-FM Sacramento, CA 102.5 916-923-6800
WLLD-FM Tampa, FL 94.1 727-579-1925
WMBX-FM West Palm Beach, FL 102.3 561-686-9505
WZMX-FM Hartford, CT 93.7 860-677-6700
WPEG-FM Charlotte, NC 97.9 704-342-2644
WPGC-FM Washington D.C. 95.5 301 918 0955
WVEE-FM Atlanta, GA 103.3 404-898-8900
WNEW-FM West Palm Beach, FL 106.3 561-686-9505
WBAV-FM Charlotte, NC 101.9 704-342-2644

Rhonda Thomas performs at the world-famous jazz venue, The Blue Note in New York City on Saturday, November 19th. This show is part of the Late Night Groove Series and Rhonda’s performance will be unique. Her show will be live house music tribute to The Paradise Garage coupled with her own soul jazz material. That evening will see guest performances by Kimberly Nichole, Monet, and Michael Coppola. The newest New Yorker, Jodine Dorce will host that special evening. If you aren’t in New York, pass this on to your friends that are. They’ll thank you! For more information, check out

Life and Soul Mixtape 1

Life and Soul Mixtape 1 October 2009

Now available for Download – Please email me for the link or lower quality version available here –



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 –
Colie Williams
Innosphere –
Big Brooklyn Red
Heather Park
Julie Dexter
Mo Molokwu –
Darnell Kendricks
Imessiah Soul
Steve Wallace
Chris Rob
Kenny Wesley
Jeremiah (launching soon)
Nikki Wade

Thanks to all the above artists and their management teams –
Fiona Bloom – The Bloom Effect –
Hasan Brown – Puzzle Marketing –
Steve Francis – Stush Music –
Keyonne Brooks –
Mathieu Karsenti- Soulem Productions –
Mike Dawson – Ketch a Vibe Records
IcreeUPree – Joli Harris

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

Life and Soul Promotions are responsible for: –
Website –
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
Bristol – Cardiff – Atlanta – New York – Los Angeles (2010)

Some Soul Selections

BlakGerlCrazybeautifulDarcellBetter Than Before$14.99)Love 360LOVE 360 "I Wanna Be Free" RemixTruth Thru FictionExperience ColletteBirth of a MovementStorytellerLet Love InStill SearchingHigher GroundIt's A Nu DaePromiseAmazingUnbreakableVolume 1002ForewordSo Much to SayTime of My Life - Chapter 1InvasionMy SoulJourneyGhetto ChildJunkyard JewelMaya Who?!"a Woman's Touch " Vol. 1Got To Let It GoThey Don't KnowEssenceHope 4 Tha HolidaysCOME WITH THA REALLeftDC; DVD/CD Set (USA - Canada Region)Soul Congregation RisingKelli SaeHeroineJust Up The RoadMad At MyselfPiece of Minei, too, am COLORED, in black & whiteEnter My MindThe Live SessionsBe YourselfLove AffairNew VoiceBareOn Becoming a Woman...That's Where You GoLove of a LifetimeLove of a Lifetime Special EditionSomewhere In BetweenThe Official Bootleg Of Chris Rob, Vol. 1Strong EmotionFinally Got My Swagga BackLifestylz Vol.1Maximum PleasureThe Momentary NowStill...Love Rain DownJust MichauXNew LifeMy Love ,my LifeFUNKtional FamilyenvyFreeThe Ghetto SymphonyMoments Like ThisSalakidaCertified Soul Starring Gabbie McGeeThis is MeInvincibleThank YouEuphoriaRising RebelStrawberry LemonadeDon't Sleep...Just Dream(standard silver)S.ynergistic E.nergy X.changeStill SearchingBigHEADED GirlSkintalk


AWAKENING, the title of Monet’s, upcoming project due out on Purpose Records in early 2009 makes a bold revealing statement about how profoundly  life’s journey has touched her.  The thick, golden brown locs that once graced her crown – very much the signature image of her debut release ESSENCE five years ago  – are gone.  You almost don’t recognize her.  But that unmistakable voice buried deep in her chest, almost as if coming directly from her heart is ever present.   Her flute that teases and soars, bouncing in the air like a wondrously, hypnotic tribal spell – is pronounced, only finer, richer and more knowing.  This couldn’t be more evident than in her latest single “VAIN,” which was the featured track of the month in October with close to 3000 downloads.  With a scheduled digital release on December 2nd, ” VAIN” is an account of a reflective journey – Monet’s flute like a snake charmer , beautifully intricate which starts out with moments of calm, coaxing gently until it deepens to a throaty rasp, becoming more complex and intriguing.   If VAIN is any20indication of what’s to come from AWAKENING, not only will Monet’s fans be pleasingly overwhelmed but she will surely attract a legion of new interested parties into her base.
Monet’s musical repertoire is diverse with influences drawn from jazz, neo-soul, latin, classical, folk, house and funk. Fundamentally, however, her sound is purely rooted in organic soul.  The influences are a glorious amalgamation of Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, Bob Marley, Sade and Hubert Laws.  Surrounded by multiple genres of music by both parents – her mother a doo-wop singer and her father a manager of jazz and Latin artists.  Monet’s – musical roots run deep.   A little known fact is that she was accepted to the prestigious Cornell University at the tender age of 14 on scholarship due to her advanced musical proficiency in classical flute.  Monet also p lays guitar, oboe , piccolo and piano.  One would be remiss not to mention Monet’s various film cr edits including acting and directing.  This is a resume full of aesthetic discovery.
While in between projects, leading up to the actual production of AWAKENING, Monet was quite busy at work fine tuning her craft, contributing her signature flute work, songwriting and vocals to recent projects by Angela Johnson “That’s Just The Way” , Nigerian world soul artist Siji “Fantasy”  and “Ekundayo,” and singer/songwriters  Kendra Ross “Has to Be,” and La Sonya Gunther, ” How we Livin.” Monet also is involved in upcoming projects by Abby Dobson “Fly,” Maya Azucena, Steve Wallace and Mother’s Favorite Child. Monet also contributed to club hits by Melena Perez, “Confession,” and Tortured Soul, “Don’t Hold me Down,” flute and vocals respectively.
AWAKENING promises to be rich with what we expect from Monet. However some surprising alternative twists to her sou nd abound.  There is more orchestration in the arrangements, and the addition of violin, cello, trumpet and soprano sax on various cuts are welcome.  Her reggae influence is present on, “I’ll b Strong.” Then there’s the Monet that many are definitely familiar with in “Hold me Sweetly,” a quivering ode to desire that Monet admittedly calls baby making music. Other cuts from this effort seem to convey odes of promise, hope, inspiration and transformation like “Just B,” “Walk with Me,” and “It’s Your Life,” which is an anthem to one being a master of one’s own destiny.  DJ Spinna contributes to the haunting instrumental “Navajo Mood,” giving us the vintage Monet we know and love. Jeff Smith (Family Stand), violinist Tarrah Reynolds, keyboardist extraordinare Nick Rolfe, top flight percussionists Bashiri Johnson and Jeff  Haynes, vocalists Tricia Angus, Saundra Williams, Martha Redbone, Abby Dobson, and Maya Azucena are all contributors to Awakening.  The producers of the project include Steve Wallace, Angela Johnson, Dj Spinna, Wil Fulton , Prez, Jesse Fischer (Soul Cycle ) and Ethan White (Tortured Soul).
Monet is an explorer. Through her musical expression we witness her seeking the highest level of self awareness and realization which is often referred to as AWAKENING.   I n this project she freely moves through her existence fearlessly, balancing both the pain and the pleasure, the heartache and the rapture making sure we feel it too, spiritually, intellectually and physically.  Conveying this is no easy feat – and as we bear witness to Monet’s creativity as she continues to document her journey through her music. We know that we’re all the better to be an audience to such a gift.

“Simply beautiful, fluid jazzy tune that engages the body and soul upon first listen.
The cut made me play it over and over. Love the band’s crescendos and descrescendos throughout. Amazing musicianship by all instrumentalists.  “Vain” is a passion-filled journey that you really don’t want to end. Very much looking forward to the full album Awakenings.
Scott Perkins – Vibe Magazine

“Monet’s ‘
Vain’ is a gorgeous piece of work.  There is a soothing warmth combined with an intense passion flowing from the flautist.  ‘Vain’ is a beautiful breath of fresh air.”
Traci Freeman – On the Verge

”Contrary to the title, vanity is the last word that comes to mind from listening to Vain. Vain  is sonant-tranquility conducted by a Monet’s exquisite flute work.”
KUKU- Nigerian World Soul Artist

“Mellow and erotic pop instrumental, that has sunshine and flowers threaded thru from end to end that recalls a secluded spot in a crowded park on a spring day, where harmony an d silence exists for a brief moment in time.”

Monet is back with a beautiful new single "VAIN" I can't wait to hear the album 

Mon'et, just keeps getting better as she rises up the ladder of "Superstardom," "VAIN" will be on her rungs as classic Mon’et.”Gerard Editor-in-Chief of SGIB Magazine

Smooth and majestic, ''Vain" is an inspiring musical odyss
ey of classical sounds laced with a contemporary groove that moves and soars with a maturity and grace that makes this song a joy to listen to again and again."

Ashan Rachelle, NeoSoul Rhythms 

102.1 FM, Little Rock, AR
“Her flute resonates with a smooth, relaxing, sultry vibe! Monet at her best.”
“It’s just been too long since we’ve heard=2 0new music from Monet.  So her latest cut, “Vain,” came not a moment too soon. Working wit h producer Steve Wallace, Monet has fashioned another instrumental gem to whet our appetites for her upcoming Awakenings album.  We can’t wait.”

CHRIS RIZIK, Publisher –