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New Music Friday — July 31, 2020

ADRIEL CRUZ | “á La Mode”

Christian, Hip hop/rap; World Renegade Music – STREAM / BUY single

Reaching Billboard breakthrough success in 2015, Adriel Cruz (formerly SKRIP) 16 years of performing, producing, songwriting and charting achievements are the tip of the iceberg—Cruz is also a national conference speaker, a music producer veteran, is the visionary leader and CEO of World Renegade Music.

 

 


THE HOPPERS | “Let It Be”

Southern Gospel; Godsey Media — STREAM / BUY single

Multi-award winning family group The Hoppers have been singing to global audiences for 60+ years with appearances ranging from presidential religious inaugural ceremonies and Carnegie Hall to singing conventions and church platforms. They have performed throughout the US as well as in Israel, Europe and Africa. Beginning in 1957, they’re known as “America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music,” and are adored on Gaither Homecoming events while frequently topping Billboard and Singing News charts. After recently re-releasing one of their fan-favorite patriotic songs, “We Are America,” via Godsey Media in July, The Hoppers return with an unexpected cover of The Beatles “Let It Be,” featuring Hoppers’ matriarch on lead vocals, Connie Hopper.

 

 


SIVION, DRE MURRAY, SOJOURN | “Better” (feat. Ryann Darling)

Hip hop/rap; Illect Recordings — STREAM / BUY single

Somehow we’ve made it to the middle of what has been a tumultuous 2020 thus far. A much needed pep talk has arrived in the form of the brand new single from Sivion, Dre Murray and Sojourn reminding us that things will get better. Over lush and smooth synthy grooves by MALEX, all three rhyme writers tell personal tales of the struggles they’ve faced yet they lace the diction with hope and optimism. Singer Ryann Darling provides the perfect pastiche for the verses with luxuriant vibes which turn the prevailing chaos into ultimate clarity. It’s the first single featuring recent addition to the Illect Recordings roster, Dre Murray. Production & engineering by MALEX (4x Platinum, GRAMMY Award-winner) and bass by Nigel Rivers (Erykah Badu).

 

 


STEPHEN MOUGIN | Ordinary Soul

Bluegrass; Dark Shadow Recording — STREAM / BUY album

A multifaceted artist and businessman, Stephen “Mojo” Mougin is the founder of Dark Shadow Recording, and best known musically as principal guitarist for Sam Bush. Dark Shadow, located in Nashville, is label home for bluegrass, folk, and country artists such as award-winning Becky Buller and up-and-comer Rick Faris.

 

 


KNALADEUS & DSTL | “Leap”

Christian, Hip hop/rap; Menace Movement — STREAM / BUY single

Hailing from Harrisburg, PA now calling Orlando home, Knaladeus brings genuine music. Conveying His lyrics from an introspective fashion, he was introduced to music by his father’s love for soul, funk/jazz, and salsa. Knaladeus strives to bring forth music of both his musical and spiritual influence and has been seen performing shows with Cesar Comanche (Justus League), Big Pooh (Little Brother) and Cunning Linguist.

 

 


JOHNNY BRITT | “Keep Workin’ It Out”

Jazz; CLG Distribution — STREAM / BUY single

Johnny Britt is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer, trumpeter, arranger and composer with an impressive list of recording and performance credits including The Temptations, Chuck Mangione, Luther Vandross, Harry Styles, Annie Lennox, Peabo Bryson, Micheal Bolton among many others. As a solo artists, Britt has earned three #1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Singles, one an original composition that remained in the top position for 8 consecutive weeks.

 

 


THA CORINTH | Signature Series: Page 1

Hip hop/rap; CLG Distribution — STREAM / BUY album