Platinum selling Boney James makes #1 on Billboard Jazz Chart with ‘The Beat’ album release

Platinum selling/Grammy Award nominee Boney James release 'The Beat' on Concord imprint. (Credit: Astor)

Platinum selling/Grammy Award nominee Boney James release ‘The Beat’ on Concord imprint. (Credit: Astor)

*“I just played Nokia…I have another Jazz Festival in July. Just got off a two week tour selling out,” Sax-man Boney James said.

The multi-platinum selling three-time Grammy Award nominee recently released “The Beat” featuring The Floacist and Raheem DeVaugh. “I will be on the road June, July and August.”

Boney James shares the credit for taking sax playing to the contemporary world with his style and sound.  A cutting edge Jazz saxophonist Boney James has worked with, on his album, an impressive list of contemporary artists such as Faith Evans, Angie Stone, Anthony Hamilton, Heather Headley, Letoya Lockett, Eric Benet, and on “The Beat” The Floacist and Raheem DeVaugh.

“I wrote an Urban crossover that needed a vocalist …I knew a list of singers but I thought of Raheem DeVaugh,” Boney said about his choice of vocalist of his 14th album release, which reached #1 on Billboard’s Jazz Charts – for the 19th time. “I had just come to a show in DC, his hometown. He started me on twitter. I wrote in a direct message I have a song (for you) and he said, ‘Is this really you!”

The song Raheem is featured on is titled “Maker of Love”. The Floacist is featured on “The Midas,” one of my favorites on the project for its silky smooth feel and the ease which The Floacist’s spoken word fits right in. I also like “Mari’s Song” for taking my mind on a sailing boat; “You Can Count on Me,” “Powerhouse” for its funky feel; Acalento (Lullaby) is so sweet sounding it made me cry, and the title song “Batucada (The Beat),” for its horn support by the talented Rick Braun.

To find out about tour dates, “The Beat” release or more on Boney James log onto www.BoneyJames.com.

Gospel’s Grammy nominee Troy Sneed launches tour June 24, 2013

Grammy and Stellar Award nominee Troy Sneed launches summer tour June 24, 2013.

Grammy and Stellar Award nominee Troy Sneed launches summer tour June 24, 2013.

*Gospel music’s Troy Sneed’s latest hit single, “My Heart Says Yes,” reached #2 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs Chart. His newest album of the same name has been out for a while but still carrying momentum from its success.

“I’ve always received great radio,” Troy Sneed, a multi-Stellar nominee, pointed out to me. “I think It’s the favor of God. God has put me in a place as an independent artist.”

His “My Heart Says Yes” was released on his own label Emtro Gospel Records.

“I grew up listening to Gospel as well as other music,” he explains when asked about his style and support from radio. “Some sing complex so people can’t relate. I sing simple and clear with a clear message about what people go through today.”

Sneed was seen in the choir in the film The Preacher’s Wife and as part of the Georgia Mass Choir for films soundtrack for Whitney Houston’s song. His independent label has produced many hits that reached the Billboard Gospel Charts such as “Work It Out,” “The Struggle Is Over” (which reached #1 for 12 weeks) and “Hallelujah.”

Troy starts another tour June 24, 2013 in Gainesville, Florida and ends August 26th in Richmond, VA.

“We’re hitting secondary markets,” Sneed explained about his strategy that could have also helped him with radio support. “Some artists won’t go because it’s not a major city, but we go to the secondary markets.”

Troy said singing Gospel wasn’t actually what he dreamed of doing.

“I wanted to play football in the NFL,” he said. “I had a knee injury and (too many) surgeries. God sit me down and said I had a gift in music. I joined the Georgia Mass Choir after graduating. (Later) My wife and I started a label – I produced then (one day) I stepped to the forefront.”

With Billboard chart toppers and Grammy Award nominations we know he made the right choice.  To find out more information on Troy Sneed or for a complete list of tour dates for this summer log onto www.TroySneed.net.

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