I'm originally from Chicago, so I was FLOORED when I saw this, because it's from a performance at one of Chicago's best schools, not far from where I grew up!!! Morgan Park Academy, the love is mutual :)
When you're constantly grinding and grinding, you sometimes forget to celebrate your victories. And, I've got victories. Like a couple years ago when I was googling myself (because as an indie artist, you must!) I found this clip of my song "I Want to be Beautiful" being used in a Lifetime show!! My sister was a little miffed I'd never posted this on my site, so I'm rectifying it now :)
Tonight, 9/30/15, me and my new full band, The Experi3nce, are hitting at Sehiii Gallery space in Brooklyn. 1103 Fulton St. 8pm - $10 cover
Come thru and show love! It's me, Edson Sean and BD3 who headline, and it'll be an amazing time as we open for Oshun!
5 years after The Sound of ArinMaya,, I've pulled together some of my most recent and up-next sounds. Please check it out and spread it widely!
Available NOW on http://arinmaya.bandcamp.com <3
The Twinkle Project is a collaboration between myself and Blackdaylight. Together, we are the A.M. light, and we are SO excited to share this project with you, as we've put our own unique spin on some of our favorite children's songs. We hope you'll find yourself in some of the reimagined sounds and lyrics.
The most important things for you to know right now are these:
1 - we believe in dreams
2 - we believe in ourselves
3 - we think dreaming begins from childhood, and we made this project to re-activate the dream gene in us all.
After much working, praying, conceptualizing and trusting, I present my newest release: Swing Low.
It's more experimental, edgy, and left-field than ANYTHING I've ever put out - so it's a little scary too. But I read something on a friend's facebook page last night that said "the [person] who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet," and I believe there's something to it. It's not that I want to be feared... but the constant search for validation slows progress so much. So here's to us all being a bit more fearless.
if there's anything i learned from being part of this year's inaugural Dream On Festival, it was that no dream is too big, and no dream is too small. each and every idea is a possibility. it's just our job to believe it can happen.
these are the humbling and empowering truths.
it is a wonderful thing to be able to meet the people you admire. and this wonderful thing is one of the magical threads that makes new york what it is.
i was talking to a friend last night - another musician - who's also out here just trying to make the dream shine. and we were talking about new york. and how it's not the same as it used to be. clubs and hotels don't book artists the way they used to. it used to be a talent and drive show; now it has more to do with who you know.
but i digress.
earlier this year I had the chance to meet jason moran at the whitney museum of american art. jason did the fats waller dance party at harlem stage a couple years back with meschell n'degeocello (her name really isn't that hard to spell) and i fell in love. the music was magnetic and genuine and full and rich and i danced allll night long. if i remember correctly, it was cold enough for me to be upset i was sweating on the way home. it was an awesome event and when I met jason recently, i told him i can't wait for round 2 or 3 or infinity.
the story continued today when, listening to one of my favorite albums "indigo blue" which features dianne reeves, bobby mcferrin and terence blanchard on the SAME ALBUM, my ears perked up on one particular track that i'd heard before but had never paid attention to who was playing.
lo and behold, it was mr. moran himself, playing his heart into the music and the sound. and his love was all there and i was tickled, because you always find the folk you're looking for, cause that's what this life is all about.
that is all.
When I was putting my set list together for the Dream On Festival, I decided I wanted to sing some of my favorite songs. Songs I've always wanted to sing - songs I always sing when I'm alone, but never get to share. So I did. This is one of my favorite songs by Emily King. She's super dope. And I would like to sing with her. Backgrounds are just fine. Whatever we decide on, actually. I heart her.
I recently got a call to do a show in a new venue in Crown Heights, BK. I was flattered and honored to join the lineup (Srikala + Adam Ahuja) and this is just part of what happened (more pics in the gallery.)
i had the pleasure of doing this interview with carminelitta when i was in london at the end of 2013. hopefully i'll get all my goals done for 2014 and beyond!
During my self-ordained America-hiatus/backpacking exploration/sabbatical in Europe, I had the blessed chance to meet Akua Naru, emcee divine, now sistren-of-mine. 1st meeting on a Monday night, 1st show that Friday night. And the party don't stop.
With Team Vicious for Rick Owens' Spring/Summer line. It was the beginning of an incredible journey. This is one of the only pics where I'm smiling... watch the video and you'll see why :)