My New Music Video (Hot Pink)

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Late last year I started releasing my new single (Hot Pink). Instead of sending it to radio and being annoyed by responses like “we’re not quite sure what format it is” or whatevs… I decided to release it ‘face to face’. So I went around Cape Town and introsuced myself to people (mainly at offices) and played them my new song.

We had so much fun doing this. My friend (Linda) was at some of these ‘Hot Pink Serenades’ and he put together this music video. I was not joking when I said I am a D.I.Y artist :)

Album Review (Eric Johnson – Memphis)

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We took a bit of a break from reviews, while trying to figure out what the next single is. Have you listened to both choices and decided yet? Anyway… Summer 196 is me asking weird and wonderful people around the world to review the album. So far, we’ve had a review from Cape Town, Maputo and Geneva.Up next is Eric Johnson from Memphis :)

Black Porcelain has released her truly independent self finance album.  We first wrote about her in 2011 when she released a remix of Butterflies. Then in 2012 when she released the video of “Today Is the Day”. To this day I still love this song.  Which listening to “Invincible Summer”, I was very happy to hear it as the first track.  Kind of a feeling of being at home, and put me in comfortable place with this new material.

As I said the first song is “Today is the Day”.  It’s a very deceptive song. It’s the most upbeat positive “Get the Hell Out” song I have every heard.  The simple yet effective piano keeps the song very light and positive.  Most other singers in the genre would and have made this subject more dark than it should be.  That’s why for me it’s very refreshing to get her take on this type of song.  Also the horns arrangement on the song is excellent.

The next two tracks “Aching Head” and “Hot Pink” continue the strong start of the album.  With “Aching Head”, the bass guitar plays big part in establishing the tempo of the song.  Which could be taken as a drinkers anthem. lol.  In the song “Hot Pink”, her voice really stands out and takes over the song.  In doing so, you realize something.  That the first three songs are not similar at all, and Black Porcelain’s voice handles each distinctly and masterfully.  You don’t notice her voice strain, or reach areas where she is uncomfortable.

The album continues with song after song that describes her on her Journey.  Each song is a glimpse into that journey and her life, which makes this album very personal and meaningful.  This album has many reasons why I love independent artists.  I feel that each fan, album purchase and “like” helps that artist accomplish their dreams, which is repaid by more music for the fans.

– Eric Johnson (Memphis, TN, USA)

Eric

Eric is a music lover and blogger who live is Memphis and loves to travel. Did I mention that he LOVES music. I’m not joking. Check out his blog Soulified if you don’t believe me.

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Help me choose!!

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By now you know that my self financed album (Invincible Summer) is now out and also available on iTunes… Now it’s time for us to choose which single we send out to radio and shoot a new music video for. I’m having a hard time deciding. I need your help. Which song should be the ‘next single’? Aching Head or Hot Pink. Have a listen below and then let me know.

*This is my 100th post. Look how far we’ve come. Soon I will be giving this baby a facelift :)

Friday Jam (Will Young)

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This is my Friday JAM!! I love Will Young and there is something very George Michael about this song. I love it! I even like the music video. I’m always happy when people aren’t following the ‘formula’.

You KNOW I’m gonna try this with a trolley/shopping cart right? Ha ha ha. I am a FOOL.

Way Back When (Toni Braxton)

It was the late 90’s and Toni Braxton’s Secrets album was EVERYTHING!! My dad brought it home one day and I listened to it EVERY day for months. I loved her first album, so I had been looking forward to Secrets. It didn’t disappoint. Many of the songs on the album were written by Babyface. And I don’t need to tell you that the man is a songwriting GENIUS. If you don’t believe me go listen to Beyonce’s ‘Best Thing I Never Had’, he had something to do with it. Babyface is one of my favourite songwriters :)

There was a song on the album that was written and produced by R.Kelly; I Don’t Want To. I was singing this song in the car yesterday with the Manager Lady. That made me want to post in on here. Man…

Tell me that song didn’t touch you in a tender place? Ha ha ha ha ha. It touched me. It really did.

Today Is The Day

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Since I’m sharing music… Thought I might as well share some of my own. Below is the music video for my song Today Is The Day, from my upcoming album Invincible Summer. You can actually pre-order the album starting today. If you pre-order the album you could WIN a private performance by me and my band ANYWHERE in South Africa. If you’re not in the country, don’t be sad you also get a FREE limited edition t-shirt with the album.

So, if you are interested in pre-ordering the album just WhatsApp/sms ‘Invincible’ to to +2782 643 6020 or BBM ‘Invincible’ to 297A1643 for more information.