JAMIE GRACE | “90’s Kids”
Christian; Good Eye Management – STREAM / BUY single
Jamie Grace is a Dove Award-winning, K-LOVE Fan Awards-winning, and 2x GRAMMY/Billboard-nominated singer, songwriter and actress based in Los Angeles, California. At just 19, she earned her first GRAMMY and Billboard Award nominations, while taking home New Artist of the Year at the annual Dove Awards in Nashville. To date she has four #1 radio singles in addition to her latest album titled ’91 reaching a Billboard #1.
AARON BURDETT | “Echoes”
Folk, Americana; Organic Records — STREAM / BUY single
Every strain of American folk music reflects the times in which it is made, and turbulent times have always inspired powerful songs from all of their best storytellers, especially in those moments that cry for comment. Now, with “Echoes” — a new song that arrives on the eve of our national independence commemoration — Aaron Burdett offers an unsparingly honest portrayal of an artist examining both his own and the country’s history.
“I started writing the song that became ‘Echoes’ in early 2019,” Burdett says, “while observing a heightening of racial tensions in the US, and what seemed like a never ending list of domestic terrorism events, shootings, and general hostility directed at American citizens simply because of the color of their skin. I wasn’t born until the mid 1970s, but this all felt like and sounded like so much of what I had heard about the civil rights movement and the general social unrest of the 1960s. And I had also been learning about and coming to terms with my own racism. Not the kind that calls names and belittles others, but the more subtle kind a person picks up involuntarily when they live in an almost totally white small town in the south. It’s the kind of racism that’s born of true ignorance, as I have never had to think about it at any depth before. And that itself is the strongest evidence: I’ve never even had to think about it. To me, that’s the definition of white privilege in this country.”
“We recorded this song during the summer of 2019, along with a few other full band songs. Right after those sessions we decided to pursue our more acoustic presentation with the trio for our next album and touring season. So all those band songs were shelved, thinking perhaps we could use them later for something. And then the raging dumpster fire that is 2020 was ignited. I thought about this song again, and began revising some of the lyrics. Kim France, who plays bass with me, called me and encouraged me to release it now, no matter what. I contacted Organic Records and they had a meeting the very next morning about it; I went in that afternoon and finished the vocal parts, and we decided to fast track it and release the song.”
Backing a soulful vocal performance with subtle touches of electric and acoustic guitars, drums, upright bass and pedal steel, “Echoes” speaks directly to Burdett’s own history, how it has shaped him both personally and as a member of an American majority, taking for granted freedoms that too many others have been denied.
“This is a song about me,” he continues. “It’s not about you unless you want it to be. It’s about my observations of the world outside, sure. But the heart of this song is in the coming to terms with my own unconscious bias, my own unknown prejudice, and the realization that I’m as much a part of the systemic racism in this country as anyone. I’m a fish swimming in the water. Now I smell something rotten in that water, though, and something in myself. I can’t change the water. But I can change myself. I can be honest with myself like I haven’t been before. And as an artist and songwriter, I can be honest with my words and my song and hope that that’s okay with the listener. It’s what artists do. We tell the truth, even when we’re telling on ourselves. It’s scary and it’s embarrassing and humbling. I don’t have any answers, only more questions. But I’ve begun the process for myself.”
SAM HART & CHRISTIN HART | “Heal Our Land” (feat. Dontae, Paul Wright, Victoria Matthews & John Shabaglian)
Christian; Aromaphone Recording Co. — STREAM / BUY album
Featuring the collaborative talents of rapper Dontae and vocalists Paul Wright and Victoria Matthews, husband-wife duo Sam & Christin Hart return with a song for the times in “Heal Our Land.” Echoing the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the song’s intro, it sets the tone for a message of hope, healing, and a call for unity.
ESS BE | “The Vibe is Real”
Hip hop, rap; Illect Recordings — STREAM / BUY single
Ess Be is a hip hop beatmaker and selector based out of Lansing, MI. Through his music you’ll hear a variety of inspirations from R&B, LoFi, Experimental, House, Soul, Funk, Future Bass, Chill, to Trap, and the list goes on. Ess Be operates by the motto “No Sound Left Behind” as it relates to how he artfully bends and blends different genres to create something unique, yet familiar.
THE HOPPERS | “We Are America”
Southern Gospel; Godsey Media — STREAM / BUY single
ANATHA DAWSON | “Pressing”
Gospel; UOTH Productions — STREAM / BUY single
JO D | “All That I Need” & “The One”
Jo D left a prospective professional baseball career behind when his mother was diagnosed w/breast cancer. This 180-shift was a major one for Jo, as growing up he was too shy to sing in front of people—but his new purpose was too strong to ignore. New singles “All That I Need” & “The One” put it all back into perspective, reminding all of us what’s truly important. Much like his move to music was a source of re-focusing, these songs are great reminders of a need for positive change in our lives.
BROTALITY | Spiral Out
Hard Rock, Christian; Rottweiler Records — STREAM / BUY EP
VARIOUS ARTISTS | I Can’t Breathe Collective
Hip hop, rap; CentreStone Media Group / Squad2911 — STREAM / BUY EP
ADRIAN DAVIS | I Can’t Breathe Collective
R&B; Divers Music — STREAM / BUY EP
RELEASED TUESDAY, JUNE 30:
JUSTIN MOSES | “Between the Lightning and the Thunder”
Bluegrass; Mountain Fever Records – STREAM / BUY single
Mountain Fever Records is releasing “Between the Lightning and the Thunder” Feat. Dan Tyminski the new single from Justin Moses from the forthcoming album Fall Like Rain, available worldwide today!
“‘Between the Lightning and the Thunder’ came to me from songwriters Thomm Jutz and Charlie Stefl. I was drawn in first by the lyrics of the song, and I think it speaks to the reality we find ourselves in these days. I wanted to have Dan Tyminski on this record since I’m such a fan of his singing. I loved getting to sing tenor with him on the road for a couple of years and on his “Wheels” record. This seemed like a good fit for his voice, and I was thrilled with how it turned out!” —Justin Moses
Justin Moses—harmony vocals, banjo, dobro, fiddle
Dan Tyminski—lead vocal, guitar
Barry Bales—acoustic bass