Incognito’s Bluey takes a ‘Leap of Faith’ with his first solo album release on Shanachie
*“It was more like a lightening bolt,” said Bluey, founding member of the internationally known band Incognito about his solo release “Leap of Faith” on the Shanachie imprint. “I hadn’t done a solo album…I’ve thought about it. I always have great musicians and singers around me…so it’s not something that would easily come to me.”
Bluey’s pioneering UK blend of Jazz/Soul/Funk created by his band Incognito help give birth to a new genre of music called Neo-Soul. You get that feel on this album as he also offers his vocal masteries. I love the selection “Sky” for its Spanish flavor. I also liked the title track “Leap of Faith,” which included a perfect blend of spoken word courtesy The Floacist – with a very inspiring message. Another favorite is “If You Really Wanna” and then there is “Live like a Millionaire,” because I loved the electric guitar support, Bluey’s tenor style and the ending.
“I said to myself…no Incognito for a month. Just turn out some songs,” the UK native said about the process of creating his solo project. “The idea was to write a song a day. I didn’t stop and 27 days later I was finished.”
Bluey enlisted the help of Richard Bull, who is also on electric guitar on the album, to co-write/produce it.
“When I’d wake up I would have a course made, by mid-day it’s written and by the end of the day it’s finished,” he pointed out as I became fascinated with how he could complete a song in a day.
I was also impressed with his ability to hold his own vocally, so much so that I would love to hear more solo material from Bluey in the years to come.
BET is about to show ‘Anything Can Happen’ with its BET Awards ’13 and BET Experience at L.A. Live June 28 – 30, 2013
*BET Network “must have had a good year” the media crowd whispered at the recent BET Awards ’13 Nominees Announcement held at the ICON Ultra Lounge in Los Angeles. The awards show with its theme of “Anything Can Happen,” will air live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET/PT Sunday, June 30, 2013 on BET.
I felt like an Egyptian Princess with the setting, the abundance of food and the over-flowing bar of tropical looking fruit drinks as we waited for the announcements to begin. Stephen G. Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, was the host and he introduced Chris Tucker (the BET Award ’13 host), Chris Brown (nominee, performer), Charlie Wilson (nominee, Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Awards recipient), and Kendrick Lamar (nominee) and Tamar Braxton (nominee) who both announced the nominees.
Hill opened it up to the media for questions then ended the event with photo opportunities and more questions on a red carpeted exit area. While leaving I saw Chris Brown leaving in a burgundy/cherry colored convertible car. Brown is the first confirmed artist to perform on June 30th, along with R. Kelly who was announced to be closing the show.
The three days of entertainment, called the BET Experience at L.A. Live, is almost guaranteed to make history as it’s their first time taking ownership of the many events planned the weekend of their own event. Their line-up of events will include concerts, comedy shows, film festival, a fan festival and seminars from June 28-30, 2013.
First time also this year, it was announced, there will be 10 nominees in the Video of the Year Award category, double the normal. Drake led the BET Awards nominations with an outstanding 10; Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz tied with eight; A$AP Rocky with five, and Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Miguel with four.
For the full list of nominees and special award recipients to the June 30th BET Awards ’13 event log onto www.BET.com/BETAwards.
(Event: Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles “Uplifting Minds II” one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent showcase and competition) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood. Sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com and www.Praise98FM.com. Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/media & promotions consultant – www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)