St. Louis area American Idol alumni, Evan Cole, has just released “Brand New You,” which he wrote, performed, and produced. The song and the music video are the kind of sentiment the world needs right now. “I wrote this song to spread a little peace, love, and positivity thru music because I believe in the power of love over hate,” says Cole. “Brand New You” was mixed by Justin Fisher (Lamar Harris, Jon Gillespie, Lida Una) , who produced Cole’s 2019 releases: “Good Good Night” and “Take Me Back.” For more by Evan Cole, visit evancolemusic.com
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Batalá Washington DC discuss their impact, favorite songs to perform, and how being a part of the DMV creative scene influences the collective’s approach.
Within an industry that is historically dominated by men, all-women Afro-Brazilian percussion ensemble Batalá Washington DC is here to show us what they are made of. Launched in 2007 as the newest branch of the Batalá band and the first-ever in the United States, Batalá Washington, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, brings its powerful, invigorating sounds to the nation’s capital and across the globe as a means of empowering women to be change agents in their respective communities.
Join contributing writer Cynthia Gross as she connects with Marly Perez, board president and musical conductor of Batalá Washington DC, to discuss the collective’s impact over the years,