by Edward Miskie
Well this is just fun. Jarreau Williams, a DMV local artist who has just won Wammie Award for Best Soul Artist/Group (and whose previous single “The Way I Feel (Symfonikz Remix)” won the award for Best Pop Song as well as Best R&B Song), has taken a “My Love Don’t Cost A Thing” vibe and beefed it up with some late 90s, early 2000’s pop in his new single Shoulda Known Better. In fact, that whole era of music where Usher was breaking out of his child-star mold, and Timberlake was moving away from *NSYNC, and Ashanti, Aaliyah, and newly solo Beyonce were all charting can be heard in this one track.
You can almost hear the cargo shorts and tank tops, the butterfly hair-clips, and mid-drifts; all playing on your brand new iPod. It’s got moves like Bruno Mars, and nostalgic vibes for days, with buttery easy-listening vocals slathered on top of clever lyrics and references such as “…You can’t touch this. So rogue; Xmen. Gotta go. All alone in space; Hans Solo. En Vogue; never gonna get it.” Brilliant, and fun. One shouldn’t be the least bit surprised to find out that Williams won three of the EIGHT Wammie Awards he was nominated for! Or that he sang back-up for Michael Bublé.
You can hear “Shoulda Known Better (Masbeatz Remix)”; Certain to be a Wammie nomination in the future for next year.
Kaelab Riyan Folks is a singer/songwriter from Staunton, VA. Short and sweet, his genre consists of a pop-like R&B sound. He is known as a hopeless romantic, and he likes to make his music about the realistic emotional encounters he has faced. We are just beginning to learn about him, but we see a ton of potential going forward!
His newest track is called, “Save Your Love” it definitely fits into his genre range. The piano chords that are the center piece of the instrumental are simple, but has that pop-element we look for that keeps your head bopping. His vocals are impressive, as he sings, “Save Your Love” during the hook which will easily get stuck in the listener’s head. One of our favorite parts of the track are his ability to vocally harmonize in areas. Check out the track below.