Serena Ryder: Diving right in and going deep

Serena Ryder is a visceral artist. Her music grabs you by the gut and shakes you around in its rhythmic maelstrom until the only thing you feel is truly alive! Her latest release in the States is a potent EP called Electric Love (Atlantic). Culled from nearly 100 songs that Serena has written over the…

Chetti’s “Home”: For the people who make you feel whole

“My favorite childhood memory? To be honest, I remember being a little girl and my mom was dancing with me to The Bodyguard soundtrack in the basement of our apartment on 15th Avenue.” With moments like that, how could Brooklyn’s Chetti not grow up to be an artist? “My mom has influenced me in such…

Amy Allen: Forging a successful career in music

The ’90s began with a cultural embracing of grunge music, a style which emphasized a raucous sound that was a drastic alternative to ’80s synth-driven pop. By the end of the decade, the antithesis had become the mainstream obsession, catalyzing the rise of pop superstars like Britney Spears. Somewhere in the middle was perfection, artists…

Frank Shiner: From a place of love

There’s something transcendent about a Frank Shiner performance, an element that goes beyond a gifted artist connecting with his audience. It’s bigger than that. Deeper. To find where this soul-driven passion comes from, we need to spin the clock backward a bit to when a younger Frank was traveling down a path that could have…

Platinum-selling Parmalee returns to iPlay America

According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2014 the city of Parmele, North Carolina had a population of 264. 130 residents were female and a 134 were male. In 2015, the median household income for families living in the 1.2 square mile patch of land located in Martin County was only slightly over $35,000….

“Dirty Dancing” has all the right moves!

The crowd was alive in the moment, cheering for the epic lines of dialogue and the iconic choreography with an impassioned zeal and unrestrained enthusiasm! Everyone was dancing and singing along to the magnificently resonant, goosebump-producing “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” An extended standing ovation peppered by shout-outs of adulation was testament that…

Madeline Lauer: Don’t let her cute face fool you

Madeline Lauer sings with a sultry heat that leaves you breathless. Her latest single, “Come Around,” sizzles with a soft R&B blaze that brings to mind the quieter, more seductive tracks from artists like Aaliyah and Prince. What makes her vocals so tantalizingly intense is what’s driving them. Madeline hasn’t created an exaggerated persona to…