Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mark your calendar for Josh Milan's album/book release party - March 30th NYC


Make sure you mark your calendars for next months album/book release party. Josh Milan will be performing with his band. Tickets go on sale as early as next week.

  • Josh Milan Live!
  • Josh Milan will be signing CD's ($20) and Books ($25) after the show

"We're in rehearsal now. This is my first album as a solo artist. I'm looking forward to this journey. Come out and celebrate it with me" - Josh Milan

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

When I heard that Louie's album was nominated, my first thought was....

When I heard that Louie's album was nominated for a Grammy, my first thought was, "where am I going to put my first grammy award?" LOL!


Wow! Everybody uses that word these days. Wow! Oddly, most people are using it to express feelings of disappointment. 
A friend called me recently and left a message that said "Yo, I can't even get a call back? I been calling and you won't return my call? Woooooooowww!!" LOL!
What I've experienced over this weekend at the Grammy awards was so amazing that the word "Wow" just doesn't quite articulate what I felt. 
Every day that led up to the Grammy's was kind of normal. Nothing crazy. No butterflies. No anxiousness. My mind has been on the projects we have going on at the studio really. I didn't get crazy till I got dressed to meet Louie and the family. 

There's so much going on and everything is moving fast. But I think the most important thing I wanna tell you all is that everybody, and I mean everybody there was human. Let that sink in for a sec. 
I'll wait... 

Every artist that was nominated wanted to win. None of the stars there had any superhuman powers. 
Speaking for myself, I can be a little starstruck. 
Yes. I'm guilty. I can be enamored with my jazz heroes and songwriting geniuses. If I met James Taylor, Pat Metheny or Sting, I may pass out. HOWEVER, these people are all normal human beings. And that's something I appreciate even more after meeting a few. 
Soooooooo..... I'm at the Grammy Awards. This is an event that most artist dream of attending. Most artist, at one time or another, practice their acceptance speech. 
I've practiced my acceptance speech since I was a child. 
I'm feeling good and extremely grateful to be here. 
Facebook friends are posting about our brother Louie's album featuring all of the wonderful artist. I'm wearing a tux. LIFE IS GOOD RIGHT NOW. 
Louie and Anane look awesome. Zuleica's suit and shoes were so dope that I threatened her.

Louie's son Nico looked very handsome and Christian wore this fancy jacket that looked like it had tails. We were all amped. 

But then reality hit. 
The Grammy's. This is Hollywood. 
I saw so many things. There was this one woman, who looked like a goddess. She wore a burgundy lace dress with absolutely nothing on underneath. Anane busted me looking at the woman. But come on... Give me a break. She was beautiful! And very naked under that lace! Somehow she did it well, and tasteful. And then there was this other woman wearing a cheaply made, neon red, lace dress. Something out of "Fredericks Of Hollywood". She was very skinny with implants that resembled softballs. They looked very hard and dry. It was like her skin was brittle. The split in her dress was so high that one could fully see her panties. Full frontal. She was unaware that one of her vaginas was hanging out. Lawd I'm scared. The panties were too skinny at the crotch!!! She needed a Labia reduction. I got nervous! I swear I did. Did she see that I saw it? Should I run or act normal? Where would I run? Wait.. Why am I thinking of running? I didn't do anything!! This is just bizarre. But this is Hollywood. And she's OD'ing on it.
Random thought... when women get implants that make their breast all round and grapefruity, what happens when they turn 80? Is that ok?
Anyway. There's people here that are working hard to make a mark on the world. They want to do music that heals, and changes lives. And then there's a more "synthetic" group of people here. Those overly concerned with their toupee, hair dye, face lifts, and Botox. People that can barely walk in their shoes. Anane and I saw a woman walking past us. Her feet were hurting so bad that she walked with her knees buckled. The synthetic crowd is always so entertaining. What would this world be without them. We, as hard working people, need a good hearty chuckle sometimes. 
I saw a guy that looked like he stole a bottle of shoe polish and painted his beard with it. Awww man. It was like poetry! I loved it. 
Seriously though, there's definitely people of all walks around. I saw these Native people perform at the premiere ceremony. I couldn't tell you what they were saying in their song, but whatever it was, it resonated deep within me. It was something very spiritual. They sang from a deep place. It wasn't just a performance. This song had meaning. The way they sang was as though they weren't concerned with the crowd. They seem to be focused on the song itself. My heart was touched. After the ceremony I met them. And they were soooooo nice. They talked to me without having an attitude. I didn't feel brushed off. It was wonderful. 
Lady Ga Ga redefined professionalism for me. That woman was amazing! She did a duet with heavy metal band Metallica. The lead singer from Metallica microphone was out. Lady Ga Ga shared her mic with him. But she did it while dancing and performing. It was seamless, unrehearsed and awesome. Sometimes, artist get soooo annoyed when something goes wrong on stage that they have to let it be known to everyone. Lady Ga Ga handled this with such a profound sense of control. She took responsibility. And handled the problem. That may have been the highlight of the performances for me. I was so glad to see Gregory Porter win a Grammy. He's a very talented dude. I admire his career so much. Robert Glasper was very kind. He went out of his way to shake my hand after I called his name. He could have just waved his hand but he made it his business to properly say hello. That was nice. Things like that will increase an artist's fan base. I'll surely buy the next album for sure. 
When it was time for Louie's name to be called, we were all tense. 
We wanted this for more reasons than having a Grammy. Louie's album would have been a win for everyone doing music under the umbrella of soulful house music, as well as independent artist everywhere in every genre. What I'm mostly impressed with is his independence. What this means is that we all can start a proper label, do an album and get nominated for a Grammy!
Independent of a Major Label. 
My humble suggestion to those with aspirations to start labels is this, have a way to get the music done. Don't start a label and have no way to get product finished. It's a waste. 
Soooo......
Let's talk about Bobby Rush!! (I can almost hear you all in my head. Bobby who?)
BOBBY RUSH!!!!!
I saw a documentary on this blues legend, Bobby Rush. And like you, I didn't know who he was either. But the documentary drew me in. He's an independent blues artist. He's walking right next to me!!! Bobby is 83!!!! So I feel all my manhood ooze out of my pores, and like a school girl, I skip over to him with my thumb in my mouth. And I say, "Mr. Rush, I'm a fan of what you do, and most of all I admire your hustle! He introduced me to his lovely wife who had to be in her 40's. He thanked me and told me he loves me for saying that to him. We took a picture, and I was on cloud 9!

He later won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues album! Wow!!!!!!!
We went to the dinner/performance thingy they had after the awards ceremony. As we're eating and just kinda chillin, Brenda Russell sits down and just chills with us!! Brenda "Piano In The Dark" Russell!!! Songwriting Royalty!! A legend! Someone who's career we all admire!!! She's sitting with us chatting away! This is heaven.

Anyway, I'm inspired. I'm grateful. I'm blessed. But I have to get back to work. The experience was unlike any other. Thanks Louie for letting me tag along. Love you bro!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Official Blackbird Music Video

THE OFFICIAL BLACKBIRD MUSIC VIDEO Directed By William Michael Barbee for Prestige Media

Friday, January 20, 2017

God Or Fate?

God or Fate? 


Most people I know believe in some sort of "higher power". My Christian friends say that this being is the one and only God. And his name is Jehovah or Yahweh. My "new agey", super deep friends say that this being lives in us and is called "Our Higher Consciousness".  Here's my question. Assuming you believe in God, where do we draw the line between fate and God's will?  I had a fortunate turn of events happen over the last two days. And my belief is that God made it happen.  But first, let's look at that word FATE. I've looked at a few dictionaries. And all of them say that fate is "That which is inevitably and unavoidably predetermined.  Hmmm...  Predetermined? OK.... But predetermined by who? Did someone predetermine what would happen to me, and how is that predetermination carried out? I got a call from an agent that I admire. He expressed interest in collaborating with me to make some opportunities happen. Great! No promises. Just interest and commitment.  I also heard from a friend of mine whom I had a disagreement with about a business venture and while on this call/text, we were able to agree and move forward with that venture. Seamless. Without ever showing any animosity, anger or disrespect toward each other. I'm writing a book that needed major help, and one of my artist was able to make that happen saving me a lot of money. And she was able to get my book published. This is not a testimony. Nor am I trying to market any music or whatever. But a question. ALL OF THIS happened within two or three days. I just so happened to say a prayer about my career before all of this happened. And BOOM! Prayers are answered.  It's 7:07am on Jan. 20th. Inauguration Day! I'm drinking coffee with some cinnamon sprinkled in it, looking at my Christmas Tree. Yes, Christmas Tree. Shut Up!! I'm feeling Uber grateful. And I want to share this story with some of you who are feeling frustrated about decisions in your life. Prayer is amazing! And I'm not at all deep neither am I super spiritual. So if prayer worked for me........ I suppose I'll start removing the decorations off of the tree today.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Honeycomb Brings R&B flavor with singer Lamone's brand new double single!




PICK UP YOUR COPY OF "I'LL WRITE A SONG FOR YOU"
b/w "MAGIC CARPET RIDE" TODAY AT:

honeycombmusic.bandcamp.com/album/ill-write-a-song-for-you-b-w-magic-carpet-ride


DESCRIPTION:

Honeycomb Music is so proud to showcase another side to its illustrious sound and style with the always fantastic Lamone. His brand new double single, "I'll Write A Song For You" b/w "Magic Carpet Ride," combines Lamone's sultry R&B sound with super producer Josh Milan's signature jazz meets house style. The result is an epic release with a strong message of love light and magic! Lamone’s falsetto vocals mixed with Milan’s live instrumentation makes this a very special release!

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT LAMONE:

Who is Lamone? Lamone, the self proclaimed "X-man" aka (Lomon Andrews), pulls in the crowd. He is a must hear, multi-talented vocalist, songwriter, producer, and must see performer with an incredible vocal range. Born and raised in Waterbury Connecticut, and being a product of "Generation X", Lamone is no stranger to going against the grain, or straying from the norm. Never a follower, always a leader, this "soulja" of music and art blazes his own trail. With his ability to channel and evoke the artistry of such legends as Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke and Donny Hathaway, Lamone has devolped a soulful yet eclectic style all his own. That ability combined with his dynamic stage presence commands audience attention at every show. Growing up, "Lomon" heard music all the time - "day in and day out."

His mom sang at home and in church and his dad always listened to all the latest music, which had a tremendous effect on Lomon growing up a 70's soulchild. Influenced by his idols: Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Patti, Chaka and Aretha, Lomon started singing at the age of 10 and hasnt stopped. When asked what singing does for him Lamone replied: "Singing is my high, it relaxes me and reduces all tension."

He recently toured America with Najee. Lomon sang "Falling in Love" on Najee's CD, entitled "My Point of View," released in August 2005. Lamone is always working on new music, videos and projects!

Ladies and Gentleman, this is one "exclusive" artist you don't wanna miss. So stay tuned! The wait is now over.

To learn more about Lamone, visit him on Facebook at: facebook.com/IamLamone

For more of this good music, get stuck on Honeycomb Music at: honeycombmusicstore.com


MUSICAL CREDITS:

Lamone - I'll Write A Song For You

Lyrics written by Al McKay, Philip Bailey and Steve Beckmeier.
Produced by Joshua Milan.
All vocals performed by Lamone Andrews.
All instruments except guitar performed by Josh Milan.
Guitar performed by Sheldon Goode.

Published by Steel Chest Music (ASCAP), EMI April Music Inc (ASCAP) and Sir and Trini Music (ASCAP).

Lamone - Magic Carpet Ride

Lyrics written by Lamone Andrews.
Music written and produced by Josh Milan.
Lead vocals performed by Lamone Andrews.
Background vocals performed by Lamone Andrews and Josh Milan.
All instruments performed by Josh Milan.

Published by Lomon Andrews (ASCAP) and Josh Milan Songs (BMI).

Recorded and mixed by Josh Milan at Honeycomb Music Studios in East Stroudsburg, PA.
Mastered by Adam Cruz at EbbnFlow Studios in Bloomfield, NJ.

Executive Produced by Josh Milan and Adam Cruz.
Cover photo by Tarik Carroll.
Cover art design by Adam Cruz.

Distributed by The Cruz Music Group, a Division of Mixtape Sessions Music, LLC.
©2016 Honeycomb Music, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Love Trumps Hate!




DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY OF "LOVE TRUMPS HATE" FREE TODAY AT:
honeycombmusic.bandcamp.com/album/love-trumps-hate


DESCRIPTION:

Honeycomb Music, in conjunction with DJ Kemit, is proud to present "Love Trumps Hate," the free release from The Lounge Lizards featuring Mike City.

This song is the brain child of super producer Mike City and supported by The Lounge Lizards. Mike City is best known for his incredible work with Bad Boy, Sunshine Anderson, Brandy, Dave Hollister, Lalah Hathaway and many notable others.

Mike City has been very vocal on social media, expressing his dislike for how the nation is at odds at a time when we need to focus on what we have in common.

America is witnessing one of the most toxic presidential campaigns and this song is an offering to erase the lines of division that have been apmlified through politics.

Honeycomb Music is dedicated to providing music to uplift and empower and with this free offering, we hope to do just that.

Download this song to sing and dance to. Share "Love Trumps Hate" with family and friends. We hope this song will serve as our soundtrack to bring back peace into our lives.

Push play and enjoy!

For more of this good music, get stuck on Honeycomb Music at: honeycombmusicstore.com


MUSICAL CREDITS:

Music written and produced by The Lounge Lizards (DJ Kemit and Luke Austin).
Lyrics written by Mike City.
All vocals performed by Mike City.
Mixed and mastered by Daz I Kue.

Cover art design by Adam Cruz.
Executive Produced by DJ Kemit, Josh Milan and Adam Cruz.

Distributed by The Cruz Music Group, a Division of Mixtape Sessions Music, LLC.
©2016 Honeycomb Music, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

The wait is over!




PICK UP YOUR COPY OF "I WILL WAIT" TODAY AT:
honeycombmusic.bandcamp.com/album/i-will-wait


DESCRIPTION:

Honeycomb Music is extremely proud to present the first single from Josh Milan's forthcoming debut solo album "6.9.69." "I Will Wait" is one of nearly three dozen tunes Josh has been putting together for this project. The LP is very jazz influenced, improvisational and timeless. "I Will Wait," Josh explains, "is a song about patience in relationships." In this beautifully arranged piece, Josh sings that time will be his friend, both day and night, as he waits for his love. Josh delivers a wonderfully soulful sound, packed with driving rhythms and an endearing message. If this is a sneak peek of what we can expect from this masterful musician, then we're in for funky good time! With "I Will Wait" already taking the world by storm with full support from Joe Claussell and Louie Vega, we're thankful that the wait for this incredible release is now over!

For more of this good music, get stuck on Honeycomb Music at: honeycombmusicstore.com


CREDITS:

Written and produced by Josh Milan.
All vocals and instruments performed by Josh Milan.
Recorded and mixed by Josh Milan at Honeycomb Music Studios in East Stroudsburg, PA.
Mastered by Adam Cruz at EbbnFlow Studios in Bloomfield, NJ.

Cover art design by Adam Cruz.
Executive Produced by Josh Milan and Adam Cruz.

©2016 Honeycomb Music, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Distributed by The Cruz Music Group, a Division of Mixtape Sessions Music, LLC.

#honeycombnation #honeycombnation #honeycombnation