*Dove and Stellar Award winner Martha Munizzi takes Gospel to every genre of music with her new album, “Make It Loud.” Recorded live in her home town of Orlando, Florida, “Make It Loud” is certainly a bold attempt to spread the Gospel, literally, to the world. Labeled the best selling independent artist in the history of Gospel by selling 500,000 units, Martha has an incredible voice.
“It was time for another album. I started EPIC (Experience A Passionate Intimate Connection with God) Worship & Praise, a night of big worship and praise,” Martha Munizzi said about how the album concept came to be. “(It) Had amazing moments…and group of worship leaders…nine singers and five leaders.”
The result of the event is a powerful Praise & Worship project. You will find Folk, Pop, Rock, Urban R&B and of course Traditional and Contemporary Gospel tracks on the album.
“It’s more eclectic…something on it for everyone, even Folk with me, (Michael) Gungor and a guitar,” said Martha about what the album offers.
“Make It Loud” is a 12 track Praise and Worship CD. My favorites cuts include ‘Set Me Free” for its simplicity and sweet Folk feel, “My God Is A Big God” for its Urban R&B flavor and big band support, and the title track “Make It Lord,” featuring Pablo Villatoro, a Pop/R&B song that turns into Rock – I also love the electric guitar support on this one.
Aside from Gungor and Pablo, also featured on the “Make It Loud” album are William McDowell, Jeff Smith, Jonathan Stockstill, Daniel Eric Groves, Danielle Munizzi and Lori Morrison.
For more information about Martha Munizzi and “Make It Loud” log onto www.MarthaMunizzi.com.
Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, an epic conclusion to a battle between good and evil
*I was invited to a pre-screening of Warner Bros’ finale’ to the Harry Potter movie series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Since it was the first time seeing a Harry Potter movie I was really excited. I wasn’t disappointed, the movie was an epic conclusion to the series – which to me seemed like a battle between good and evil, and as in life, good always prevails.
Daniel Radcliffe carries the movie as Harry Potter with his friends in tow Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger (who finally make their feelings known to each other). Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is about “the” final war between good and evil wizards, where Harry is required to give the ultimate sacrifice – his life – in order for good to prevail.
Directed by David Yates, the blockbuster film – which also revealed the love story that brought about Harry Potter’s birth – broke box office records with the biggest international weekend for a film with $307 million. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 2, rated PG-13, is the first Harry Potter film to be released in both 3D and 2D.
West Coast Rapper AVI The Most ILL released “The Earthling Project” a CD/DVD of masterful tracks
*If ever a Hip-Hop album was ‘meant’ to be platinum “The Earthling Project” by Rapper/producer AVI The Most ILL is. Aside from his unbelievable flow- that he takes everywhere and his unbelievable singing voice, this protégé’ child turn adult phenomenon is the most skilled track master I have run across in the last 10. His label Dumpy Records recently released his CD/DVD release “The Earthling Project” along with the first single “World Wide” and its accompanying music video at a CD Release Party held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The DVD is a BIO on the life of the rapper/producer that is so real I could honestly see it as a reality show for the Hip-Hop nation – a familiar story of most Hip-Hop artists. The album is a 14 track masterpiece that has AVI The Most ILL also doing spoken word.
“People only respond to music,” Rapper/producer AVI The Most ILL said what brought about the mainstream project. “We need to get it together as human beings. We want…people…to change perspectives, to see the whole picture. It’s more like come with me on this journey.”
Journey is certainly the description of what “The Earthling Project” offers as AVI raps to a track that sounds like a symphony, sings (very well) a Sam Cooke cover and shows his Spoken Word skills.
“That’s how I work best,” pointed out AVI when I talked about how some tracks sound like he was free-styling. “There are a lot of different sides of AVI. One is the happy dude and some times the guy out of control at the club. Life can’t be the same all the time.”
With that philosophy you will find his album is not the same on every track. He goes on to make his point, “Open your ears and stop thinking one way. Listen to what you don’t like.”
Featured on the album are producer/rapper Jon Wayne, producer Josh G, singer Jumakae, and producer Spok Beatz. My favorite cuts on the album include the first single “World Wide” a universally pleasing track that speaks of world peace; “Carlo Rossi” because the track sounds like a symphony – while AVI free-styles; “What Happen to the Music” for its deep and very true meaning; “One of These Dayz” because AVI’s flow is so awesome; “Change is Gonna Come” his cover of the Sam Cooke song that finds the rapper showing his vocal skills, along with featured vocalist Jumakae, and “Spoken Word Ish” because he shows his surprising skills as a spoken word artist.
Find out more on AVI and “The Earthling Project” by logging into his website a www.AVITheMNostILL.com.
ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards, honoring Sean Combs and Mary Mary, brought out the best of the best in songwriters and producers
*“Tonight I can honestly say…I had to have 100% faith in God,” Sean “Diddy” Combs said about his success while practically in tears when accepting the ASCAP “Founders Award” from Dr. Dre at the 24th Annual ASCAP R&S Awards recently. “This room right here runs the world.”
“Hustle is what you need to do to be successful,” Dr. Dre pointed out before introducing Diddy. “Diddy is a hustler.”
The event also honored Gospel’s Mary Mary with the ASCAP “Golden Note Award;” Ludacris, Boi-1da and “40” tied for “Songwriters of the Year;” EMI Publishing received the “Publisher of the Year;” “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)” written by Krucial, Alicia Keys and “40” for “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song;” “Nothin’ On You” written by Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine and Bruno Mars for “Top Rap Song,” and “They That Wail” written by Ericka Warren for “Top Gospel Song.”
Songwriter singer Andrea Martin, Mary Mary, Miguel and Pusha T performed at the red carpeted event held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Many came to support those honored, such as Ne-Yo, Jimmy Lovine, La La Vasquez and husband Carmelo Anthony, Drake, Sylvia Rhone, LeToya Luckett, Diddy Dirty Money, Foxy Brown and TV producer Suzanne de Passe and Mike Epps.
ASCAP, the largest US performing rights organization represents a repertory of over 8.5 million musical works from 410,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.