ISHAN: ‘Something Beyond What We Understand Guides the Artist through this Mess that Is Life’

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Melbourne-based singer-songwriter ISHAN discovered a love for music at the age of 15 during rehabilitation for spinal fusion surgery. The emerging talent and compelling lyricist has been honing his skills ever since, marking his official entrance to the music scene in late 2022 with his debut single, “Go,” which appeals to fans of Ed Sheeran. Join contributing writer Cynthia Gross, as she sits down with ISHAN to discuss his musical influences; how his diverse Indian, Swiss, and Catalan roots inform his worldview; why Baltimore is on his bucket list of places to visit; and the reason he has learned to co-exist with fear.

Astra Via Visits Ghost of Christmas Past with ‘A Christmas Spirit’

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More to Watch On Dec. 15, D.C.-based duo Astra Via released a music video for their latest holiday single, “A Christmas Spirit.” The festive, lighthearted piano-driven track pays homage to Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” taking audiences on a journey to Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Describing “A Christmas Spirit” as “a perfect […]

Marley Pitch Journeys from Darkness to Light with New Album, ‘Nocturne’

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North Carolina-based alternative R&B artist Marley Pitch is a storyteller. Drawing from the realities of the human condition, Pitch creates candid, introspective compositions that allow audiences to bring their full selves to bear within a safe space, where darkness and light are not treated as opposing forces, but rather, a part of the continuum of life. Join contributing writer Cynthia Gross, as she connects with Marley Pitch to discuss the most important takeaway from his latest album, Nocturne, which released on Dec. 9; why honesty and transparency are vital to the healing process; and what’s on the horizon for the rising artist in the new year.

Leah Jean: ‘I Have a Tendency Towards Negativity, and I Don’t Think That’s Necessarily a Bad Thing’

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On Dec. 2, Nashville-based indie folk artist Leah Jean released her debut full-length album, Creatures In The Room, which spans a transformative journey of highs and lows, ultimately affirming the power of embracing your authentic self. Join contributing writer Cynthia Gross, as she connects with Jean to discuss the story behind the album, including the original title; how Jean learned to overcome crippling stage fright and become the confident performer that she is today; and why she believes her “tendency towards negativity” serves to strengthen her art.

Loreena McKennitt Releases Magical Live Album, ‘Under A Winter’s Moon’

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More to Watch On Nov. 18, Juno Award-winning Canadian artist Loreena McKennitt released a live holiday collection, Under A Winter’s Moon, which marks her 16th album. The magical showcase presents the best of the artist’s concert series held in Knox Church in Stratford, Ontario last year. “On a handful of winter’s nights close to the […]

Husam Says He’s ‘Gotchu’ No Matter What

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Recent Articles On November 6, D.C.-based Syrian American alternative rock artist, Husam, released his latest single, “Gotchu.” The upbeat anthem is powerful in its simplicity, marking a departure from the rising talent’s recent singles in terms of tone. In a world that can feel cold and solitary, “Gotchu” carries a timely reminder: you are not […]

Rachel Burns: ‘Live for the Day and Be in the Now Because That’s Really the Only Way We Can Expand Time’

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A conversation with D.C.-based pop/soul artist Rachel Burns oscillates between joy, laughter (lots of it), and shedding of tears similar to the continuum of life and living. Burns is a classically trained musician, wife and mother, and breast cancer survivor. Join contributing writer Cynthia Gross, as she sits down with Rachel Burns to discuss her debut solo EP, “Living My Breast Life,” why she is proud to be a DMV artist, the turning point from despair to hope in her breast cancer journey, and why she believes humor is still the best medicine.

Jeff Draco Says ‘Freezing in Hollywood: Sunrise Sessions’ is ‘As Raw as It Gets’

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More to Watch On October 27, rising dream pop artist Jeff Draco released his latest project, “Freezing in Hollywood: Sunrise Sessions.” The one-of-a-kind video production features Draco performing his 6-track EP, in its entirety, from a boat on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay while the sun rises. Audiences experience Draco’s captivating sound in a whole new light, […]

Marilyn Hucek Channels Spooky Vibes with ‘Internet Romance’

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More to Watch On October 27, American-Chilean pop goddess Marilyn Hucek released her latest single, “Internet Romance,” which chronicles the chilling tale of a close family member’s online dating scare. When something feels too good to be true, most likely, it is. Hucek’s song serves as a timely reminder of the importance of trusting your […]

The Higher Release Electrifying Comeback Album, ‘Elvis in Wonderland’

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More to Watch On October 14, Las Vegas-based pop rock band, The Higher, released Elvis in Wonderland, a comeback EP that marks their first release since 2009. The electrifying five-song collection finds the band at their most mature and assertive, with enough style and substance to appeal to existing and new fans alike. Donning high […]