StreetcredMusic: Jade Simmons, Black History Month, at Elgin Community College

In keeping with Black History Month the wonderful folks at Elgin Community College were able to get Jade Simmons, for a two day residency. Jade is a friend and Elgin is in my back yard, so, lucky me.
First a 'hats off' to ECC and the wonderful women there who made this happen and also extended their hospitality to me.

Joyce Fountain, Sociology Instructor

Toya Webb, Media
The concert, event, and Q&A that I attended was as energetic, informative and as entertaining as it could be.
For Black History Month, especially in Illinois, who better than Jade. A former Miss Chicago, Miss Illinois and then first runner up Miss America. A child who in South Carolina was taken to a KKK Rally by her dad, where she was exposed to the most disgraceful verbal attacks one could imagine.
 And in her adult life was asked by a patron at one of her concerts to show her to her seat, thinking she was an usher.
So the 'history' was vividly brought to light to the young people of ECC, in the Jobe Lounge in 2015.

Jade Simmons
 Jade took that 'history' and built on it, to be one of the most influential women in America. 
She has performed at the White House, Moscow, and, at her favorite, Rachmaninoff's house where
she was able to play his own piano.
Also known by me and all of her followers as the 'Rebel' of classical music, she mixes in all kinds of beats to her work.
I have reviews of Jade's two previous CDs, 'Revolutionary Rhythm' and 'Playing With Fire'
....just type her name in the 'search' of this blog.
Jade has boundless energy for her music and communicating. She reaches people with a straight from the shoulder approach that is based on her vast experiences in life and music.     
         She comes prepared for her audience. The almost 2 hour seminar yesterday just flew by.  

Here is a Rap/Classic that Jade closed the show with yesterday.
Wonderful time!

Jade will be in NYC:: February 27th. at a great venue~~SubCulture
get tickets here:  Jade at SubCulture, TKS
Thanks Jade Simmons and ECC!

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StreetcredMusic: New York City, Here Are Four Independent Women You Need To Know.

'Independent' women, as well as artists. Women who hold their own in a brutal business, music.
They are leaders, organizers, creators, as they manage to make ends meet in the career they have chosen, that does not provide a steady, comfortable income.

All of them have my admiration for their strength, and the class they exhibit as they go through the highs and the lows of a very unstable way of a musician.

Kayce Laine

Kayce, now from Brooklyn, originally, Virginia...studied politics in college, Yup! out every day:: Yoga!

Kayce & me at TheHiveNYC
   ....Enjoy her video:: 'The Kids'
Tessa Lena

Tessa, from Moscow, by way of Chicago, and now New York City.
     ....She fronts her band 'Tessa Makes Love' which is rated #1 Experimental Band in NYC,

Worldly wise beyond her years, an activist, outspoken against hypocrisy, and greed.
......Loves her newly acquired 'keytar'.
Tessa Lena
     ...Enjoy, Tessa, Video:: 'Baby Robots'
Yula Beeri

Tel -Aviv, now a Queen Bee in Brooklyn. Founder, creator of  TheHiveNYC, a nonprofit arts space.
  ...By FAR, the hardest working women I have ever known.

Runs the Hive, which is a 24/7 commitment. Fronts four bands, writes, acts, creates, and best of all    ...welcomes everyone who creates.

At Kiss Slash Crooked Smile CD release, 'Ethereal Dance'
 Video, watch Yula:: 'Take Over The World'

Greta Panettieri
The Diva, Greta Panettieri
 Italy, New York...New York, Italy?    The Diva:
       ...Ancient Greek::someone given a Divine voice, from the Heavens.
          ...The best I've ever heard...and she makes me laugh!
The Diva & me NYC

   When I say the best, here's why:: Video: from the CD, 'Non Gioco Piu' ..
      ... a tribute to Italian legend Mina...Video, this is 'Parole Parole'

Having fun, making 'noise' in NYC...


Tessa & me

Kayce & me.

Greta & Yula (when Yula speaks)

Greta & me... 'Under Control' NYC

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StreetcredMusic: Sonia Eden, Songstress.

A short while ago, I met Sonia Eden via twitter, checked out her music and loved it. She represents everything I want to support on my blog. A desire to created, work with great people and just get her message out. She gives of herself in her music, you can feel the vibes she creates. Please enjoy her words and then some of her great work.

Sonia Eden

 Hello Pete,
I'm a island girl at heart and by heritage...I hail from Barbados...I've always been passionate about music and after spending my days in a job I hated (hiding out in the bathroom so I could write song lyrics and hum out melody ideas in my voice recorder) I decided to pursue my dream full time. I just wanted to write, create and be a part of beautiful music and the process of creating it.
I want to work with brilliant musicians, connect with awesome people and grow as an artist.
My music is about my passion...I hope people feel something when they hear it...I hope it moves them...makes their day a little brighter.
I'm currently writing material for my second CD...a follow up to 'Truth Love and Life'.
Sonia video:: 'It's a Beautiful Day'     Sonia video:: 'I'm Not Over Love'

Sonia Eden
...Pete, Once again may thanks for this opportunity. Please also send me your links and any other information you deem relevant so that I can spread the word about your shows and all the work  you do.
 Please use the links below to follow Sonia and be ready for her next CD!!
Sonia Eden :: On Facebook      Sonia on:: TWITTER     Get the CD:: 'Truth Love and Life'
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