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Fly Interview: Rising Songstress Ms. Karoline Talks New EP, Musical Influences, & More

Miami songbird Ms. Karoline is gearing up for the release of her debut EP Elephant In A Song this fall. The Colombian Florida native has always had an affinity for the arts, but it wasn’t until 3 years ago that she picked up a pen and tried her hand at songwriting. Since then, the soulful singer has been honing her craft while simultaneously channeling her ups and downs into her music. SFPL sat down with the songstress to discuss her upcoming EP, some of her favorite artists, and other projects.

Hey, thank you so much for chatting with me. Your upcoming EP is titled Elephant In A Song, can you tell me more about it? 

Elephant In A Song is an 8 track EP and each song is about a different person or relationship. “Elephant In A Song” is a record about an ex while “What If” is about my relationship with my father and how things would’ve been if things had gone differently.

What’s the main message you want people to leave with after listening to your EP?

I think honesty and vulnerability. To get the vibe of going from a place of fear to being like this is who I am. I have gone through different situations in my life that I feel people can relate to; but they don’t really know how to express it, so they listen to music to find what connects with them. Mainly sincerity. I would definitely say the theme for the project is honesty.

Awesome, I like that. It’s like your own musical diary. How long have you been working in music?

With my own music I began 3 years ago when I started songwriting. I kind of just was like I want to make an EP. I want to be able to write music and see if it would connect with people. I’ve been singing since forever. I was in musical theater, and I went to school for it. So I’ve been around music for most of my life. I started taking voice lessons when I was 15 or 16.

Is singing something you were always drawn to?

Yes, since I was a little girl. I would grab a brush, stand in front of the mirror, and you couldn’t tell me I wasn’t singing to thousands of people. I just knew it was something I wanted to pursue.

Who were some of your favorite artists growing up?

Amy Winehouse, and you can kind of hear her influence in my style. When I discovered her I had just gotten home from school and I was watching MTV. Her video for “F Me Pumps” came on and I was just like who is this woman? Where did she come from? Why is her voice like that? It’s amazing. I need to know who she is. I immediately started following her. I even cried when she passed. She will always be one of my all-time favorites. Also Lauryn Hill. I actually got to meet her in person. She has such amazing sides to her and soul. I think she’s just very misunderstood. I really liked Nelly Furtado too. Another one is this French singer from the 1930’s, I had a cassette that I would listen to of Edith Piaf.

I love her.

I just really love her story, how powerful her voice was, and how minimal her performances were. It was just her, a piano, and her voice and everyone was so captivated by her. I feel like nowadays you have to give people a lot more because it’s harder to keep our attention for even 3 minutes. You have to have 3D images jumping out of the screen, and all this other stuff that’s going to stimulate our brains. When before it was just like let me hear the pain in your voice, the lyrics, and what you’re going through, and see if I can relate to it. And even if you didn’t relate you still felt that pain and the beauty in that.

Back then the focus was definitely more on the voice. They were also limited by technology but Edith Piaf is one of the greatest singers of all time. She just had a very beautiful and powerful voice.

Nina Simone is another one. Donny Hathaway, I love Donny Hathaway. Alternative music too. Bands like Radiohead. I grew up on The Beatles. My Dad loved them. He was really into The Police, Journey, and Cyndi Lauper. I remember asking him what his favorite thing of being a part of the 80’s was and he said the transition in the music was the best. You had Hip-Hop which was new, and then you had synthesizers and that was funky. He definitely felt that the 80’s was one of the best periods of music.

I can see that. Do you agree with your Dad?

Definitely I feel like the 80’s was a time when music was really changing. I love early 90’s stuff too. I love 2Pac, and Biggie. You know very lyrical rappers. I can bop my head to what’s out now and get drawn in with catchy lyrics and dope beats; but I definitely love a good lyricist. Like J. Cole, I love J. Cole. Kendrick Lamar. Those are lyrical rappers.

I love J. Cole. I’m obsessed. Are there any other artist out now besides Cole and Kendrick that you’re really in to?

There’s this British singer Joy Crookes. She has a bit of an Amy vibe going on. Lizzo. I think she’s very funky, I love her. She kind of reminds me a bit of Missy Elliot. I love all kinds of music. I love people who can do that. Play with different styles. I don’t really think that I could do that. I’m more soulful. But I definitely love to listen to something that’s going to get me going. I love to work out and so I have to listen to music that’s going to make me want to be in the gym. Kali Uchis I mean she’s who I identify the most with. She’s Colombian as well. Jorja Smith, Sabrina Claudio. Sabrina Claudio she’s also someone I really look up to. She’s from Miami too. Her music is so great. I know she had some setbacks with an incident on Twitter but I believe people make mistakes and they learn from them. Ari Lennox is another artist I really enjoy too.

Ari is great. Her last project is amazing.

Hiatus Kaiyote. I was definitely inspired by their music. They’re this band from New Zealand and the lead singer she was featured on the intro track for Drake’s More Life. They’re this jazzy kind of R&B group. They’re super soulful; but their style is really gothic so it’s kind of interesting.

Who would you say is your dream collaboration?

Kali Uchis for sure. I love her voice, and style. She is who she is and doesn’t fit into this box. Especially as an artist who is latinx you can get put in box and at times are expected to fit a mold.

So besides the EP, are you working on any other projects?

I’m actually currently working on an independent short film as well. I also enjoy acting so that’s something else I wanted to tap into. I’ve been putting together visuals for the project too and I have a pretty good idea of what the next project will be about.

That’s cool, tell me more about the short film.

It’s by a local Miami filmmaker. I connected with her through a college friend. She reached out to me and told me she wanted to tell this poetic love story about a girl who finds love in Miami. It’s actually in Spanish. I have been asked before “why don’t you sing in Spanish.” Whenever I sing it’s always been in English, that’s just been my preferred language. So, doing something in Spanish is definitely something I wanted to try. I sing in both languages; but writing wise I don’t know how strong I’d be in Spanish so I’ve been a bit hesitant. I am Colombian so I definitely have to step out of my comfort zone and embrace that part of me.

Is there a title for the film and a release date?

It’s called Corazon Cantando and not release date yet. I believe sometime in November or December of this year.

What does fly mean to you?

Fly is honesty. It is being and owning who you are 100%.

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BJ The Chicago Kid Celebrates Grammy Noms With “Uncle Marvin” [New Music]

After receiving 3 Grammy nominations recently, critically acclaimed musician BJ The Chicago Kid returns with his new track entitled “Uncle Marvin” featuring the legendary Marvin Gaye. The track features a sample from Marvin Gaye’s “Cleo’s Apartment” as BJ soulfully thanks his woman for loving him unconditionally.

“Uncle Marvin” concludes what has been a phenomenal 2016 for the R&B/Soul artist that saw the release of his debut album In My Mind, which was praised by such outlets as The New York Times, Stuff Fly People Like, Rolling Stone, VIBE, Los Angeles Times and The FADER among others. In addition to having his songs featured in shows such as HBO‘s Insecure, ABC‘s Quantico and ESPN. The recent announcement of the Grammy nominations saw BJ receive 3 nods including Best R&B Album, Best R&B Performance and Best Traditional R&B Performance.

Congrats BJ!

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Olu Bliss Releases Soulful new “Traveling Bliss” EP [New Music]

Today, Nigerian born, NYC-based artist Olu Bliss announce the release of his first EP in several years with Traveling Bliss. The new EP merges Olu’s soulful sound with his afro-beat roots, alternative rock, blues and pop on the 5-song offering.

Olu gracefully leaves the inner thoughts of the man he is growing to be all on the line in his new project “Traveling Bliss”. With most of these songs written on a trains to Florence, a red eye to Miami, or on a bus in Brazil, they explore a solo traveler’s growth and newfound consciousness that a normal life was never meant for him.

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Olu says:

“Traveling Bliss is just setting the stage. I still have so many experiences to write about, I haven’t actually told these stories yet. I want to show someone what love looks like in color, I want them to come to a show and quit their job the next day because they experienced the joy of fulfillment, I want to sit with a tibetan monk on a mountain, learn to swim in Greece then jump off a cliff in the amazon. Yes, none of this is normal… but normal itself is relative.”

Take a listen above.

LINKS TO “TRAVELING BLISS” EP BELOW:

iTunes: HERE

Spotify: HERE

Apple Music: HERE

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SFPL’s Artist Spotlight: Fantasy Soul Singer QUIÑ Delivers “I Am”

Recently, quickly rising “fantasy soul singer,” QUIÑ, has released her latest track, “I AM.” The LA Native is set to release her debut EP, GALACTICA, on October 28, which features songs such as “Over Again” featuring G-Eazy.

Take a listen to “I Am” below:

The LA native recently partnered with The FADER to premiere her bewitching introductory film – GALACTICAT – which serves as a visual and audio tasting of what to expect from her debut EP. On top of her recent releases, QUIÑ is currently gearing up to join singer-songwriter, DJ and producer g-nash on tour. She will be making stops in Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles and more for part of his U, Me & Us tour. Full tour listings can be found below.

The fantasy soul singer is quickly making a name for herself as one of the next great talents to come out of Los Angeles, CA. The West Coast native is looking to break barriers and blend genres with a new sound she has dubbed as ‘fantasy soul’, her inspirations are fueled by the likes of Erykah Badu, Sade, Brandy and more. Prepare yourselves to take flight with QUIÑ this fall.

QUIÑ OPENING DATES FOR GNASH:
OCT. 22 DENVER, CO
OCT. 23 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
OCT. 25 SEATTLE, WA
OCT. 26 PORTLAND, OR
OCT. 28 SAN FRANCISCO, CA
OCT. 29 SACRAMENTO, CA
OCT. 30 SAN DIEGO, CA
NOV. 1 LOS ANGELES, CA

For more info & purchase tickets, head to: www.quincat.com

Purchase & listen to QUIÑ’s “OVER AGAIN ft. G-Eazy” below:
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/quin_overagain_it
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/quin_overagain_sp
Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/quin_overagain_am
YouTube: http://smarturl.it/quin_overagain_yt

STAY UP-TO-DATE WITH QUIÑ:
TWITTER
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SOUNDCLOUD
www.quincat.com

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Kirk Franklin feat. Pharrell – “123 Victory” Remix Debuts at #1, Take A Listen! [New Music]

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Recently, Kirk Franklin teamed up with singer-songwriter, rapper and producer Pharrell Williams to create “123 Victory Remix”. The new single debuted this week at #1 on the Gospel Digital Sales chart and features the smooth sounds of Williams on the hip-hop infused track. The remix is available now—exclusively on Apple Music.

Kirk Franklin joined Pharrell and Scott Vener on Beat 1 Radio’s OTHERtone to discuss music, religious beliefs, collaborating on the remix and more. For the full interview, please click the videos below:


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Fly Interview: Singer Charles Perry Takes The Throne As The New Soul Superhero on SFPL TV [Video]

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There’s a new Soul, Rock and Funk Maestro in town and he goes by the name of Charles Perry! Holding down the music fork that has been passed on to him through generations, including from his Grandfather, who was a Doo-Wop legend of the The Jive Five, Charles plans to keep the tradition going, delivering what God has gifted him.

Transitioning from Gospel music, the Brooklyn native plans to represent the Forefathers of Rock & Roll: James Brown, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix — the ancestors who have paved the way for African-Americans in the various genres of music. Perry has donned himself “the representation of the new Generation of Rock Artists.”

About what separates himself from other artists: 

There are a lot of people that are gifted. There are people that are talented. And then, there are people that are anointed…i’m anointed. I created a lane for myself, so i’m not worried about my car swerving or my spaceship going into another man’s lane. My lane is different. I sing Soul, Rock, Funk.

The talented singer also talks about possibly doing a Gospel album, if asked — because of his strong love for God. He also, speaks about bouncing back and forth in between genres, and music legends like Luther Vandross that influenced his style.

Peep the FULL interview below:

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Download Charles Perry’s EP The Soul Superhero HERE.

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SFPL Music: Jovanie – “Don’t” & “Juicy” (Bryson Tiller & Notorious B.I.G. Cover)

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Brooklyn Native and Atlantic Records Recording Artist, Jovanie debuts two covers entitled “Don’t” and “Juicy”. The 14-year old up and coming talent delivers his version of Bryson Tiller‘s massive hit track, while showing love to his hometown paying homage to rap legend Notorious B.I.G..

 

 

Recently, his label home held an exclusive showcase for Jovanie, marking his very first time performing live for a selective audience of media, influencers, label execs and more — in preparation for his upcoming project What’s The Move Pt. II available October 30th. Being signed at the tender age of 11, Jovanie’s growth and development within his deal opened up a lot of eyes and ears during his performance. Walking in the same path as artists like: Chris Brown, Usher, Mario and more, it’s clear that he is definitely ready for super stardom.

Jovanie also stopped by this years’s 2015 Beauty Con, where he hit the stage to perform some of his new music.

Check out his new music covers below:

Check out more of Jovanie’s latest music videos HERE.

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Photos by Gabriel Williams (@GabrielofSFPL)

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Remember When: December 2, 1983: “Thriller”, #RIPMichaelJackson

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December 2, 1983

On this day 31 years ago, Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller” debuted on MTV! The 13-minute music video is unarguably the most influential pop music video of all time. Just in case you forgot, here is the full video!

Enjoy!

 

 

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SFPL Exclusive Interview: J. Moss Says The Gospel Genre Is In Trouble, Talks New Album, Wants to Work with Drake & Lil Wayne, Home Fire & more

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Singer/Songwriter/Producer J. Moss stopped by SFPL to speak on a few topics. Curating hits along with his PAJAM cohorts for the likes of; Boyz II Men, Kelly Price, Aaliyah, Destiny’s Child, N-Sync, The Clark Sisters, Karen Clark-Sheard, Kierra Sheard and more, J. Moss tells us about his recent house fire, the current state of gospel music, why he didn’t become a secular artist, wanting to work with Drake & Lil Wayne, and much much more.

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SFPL’s Artist Spotlight: Richard King – “I Like The Way” (Hi-Five Remake)

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In honor of “Royal R&B Classic Remake Monday,” Songbook Recording ArtistRichard King drops his melodic remake to Hi-Five‘s classic, “I Like The Way (The Kissing Game).” With his sultry tone and stacked backgrounds, fans are in for a great R&B Monday. #WELIKE! Check it out below…