Gordon Sterling Speaks on Truth, Perception, and Manifesting Dreams

Gordon Sterling - Press Photo

“I had a dream one night when I was 15,” DMV-based guitarist and singer Gordon Sterling recalls, “that I should start playing music because I would be part of a movement that would remind people of a side of themselves that they had forgotten.” A young, eager Sterling got himself a guitar the very next day and started playing everything he heard, gravitating toward blues. Jump forward to today, and Gordon Sterling and the People, the musician’s band, has found its drive deep in political and philosophical thoughts about race and truth inspired by Sterling’s identity as a Black man. Learn more about Sterling’s empowering mission as a creative with contributing writer Charlie Maybee.

Chris Mallett Basks in Summer Vibes ‘Coastin’ Down the 10′

Chris Mallett - Coastin Down the 10

Recent Articles By Cynthia Gross On July 2, Los Angeles-born singer-songwriter Chris Mallett released his latest single, “Coastin’ Down the 10,” ft. Niv-Lac. The buoyant, feel-good rap track, which showcases the emerging artist’s lyrical flow, offers a perfect addition to your summer playlist. Chris Mallett began composing “Coastin’ Down the 10” on piano as a […]

The Queen of the Blues Is Back on the Road, and Heading to D.C. – Shemekia Copeland Headlines Columbia Blues Festival

Shemekia Copeland performs in Los Angeles on March 18, 2022 - Photo by Victoria Smith

Shemekia Copeland took a necessary break to give birth to and begin raising her son. However, she had no way of knowing the furlough would be exacerbated by the pandemic. Copeland is now ready to be back in front of audiences, including at the Columbia Pike Blues Festival in West Arlington on June 18. In honor of Black Music Month, join contributing writer Eric Althoff as he sits down with Copeland to discuss the show, preview her upcoming album, and delve into topics of motherhood, America’s violence problem, and more.

Joseph Michael Jones: ‘Just Because Someone Isn’t Seeing You As Something Doesn’t Mean You’re Not That’

Joseph Michael Jones

Multifaceted creative and DMV native Joseph Michael Jones is one of a kind. Blending the roles of visual artist, author, playwright, actor, musician, and industry professional, he demonstrates the freedom that comes from creating a life on your own terms. Learn more about Joseph Michael Jones’ journey with contributing writer Cynthia Gross, including his favorite DC9 Nightclub memory, how he navigates his identity as a queer Black man, and the most important lesson he has learned during his growth process.

Nathan Gray & The Iron Roses Are Feeling ‘Fired Up’

Nathan Gray "Fired Up"

More to Watch By Cynthia Gross https://youtu.be/H-PN5eGO1A0This reading of Alchemical Records content provides a multimedia experience for our audience while increasing the accessibility of our content to persons with hearing loss, low vision, dyslexia, physical or motor disabilities, or are on the autism spectrum. In anticipation of their upcoming U.S. tour dates, Elkton-Maryland-based Nathan Gray […]

LaVance Colley: ‘Continue to Grow and Evolve No Matter How Much People Try to Make You Feel Like You Don’t Matter’

LaVance Colley

Los Angeles-based artist LaVance Colley is gifted with a voice that has the power to immediately stop listeners in their tracks. His sound is best described as “the fervor of a gospel vocalist with the versatility of jazz and the heart of rhythm and blues.” Learn more with contributing writer Cynthia Gross, including Colley’s favorite celebrity moment, advice for aspiring musicians, and the special message he would like to share in honor of Black History Month.

The Jazz Man Testifies: Samuel Prather Knows Many Styles, but Jazz—and D.C.—Are Always in His Heart

Samuel Prather

Samuel Prather’s musical influences have been many, but none was as formative as the minister of music at his childhood church. Raised in the church and later schooled in jazz, Prather brings a fusion of influences to his critically acclaimed sound. In honor of Black History Month, join contributing writer Eric Althoff as he connects with Samuel Prather to discuss his roots, why he believes D.C.’s jazz scene is underrated, and Prather’s residency at new venue Twelve After Twelve.

Dante’ Pope Realizes It’s ‘All A Game’

Dante' Pope "All A Game"

More to Watch By Jaci Jedrych https://youtu.be/WDYnyKI6szU This reading of Alchemical Records content provides a multimedia experience for our audience while increasing the accessibility of our content to persons with hearing loss, low vision, dyslexia, physical or motor disabilities, or are on the autism spectrum. Blending blues, gospel, jazz, and soul, musical powerhouse Dante’ Pope […]

888moment, Gusto Mane, and Kayrxn Power Through Thoughtful Rhymes on New Single ‘Foundations’

888moment "Foundations"

Recent Articles By Charlie Maybee https://youtu.be/XxsMy9p6S4Q This reading of Alchemical Records content provides a multimedia experience for our audience while increasing the accessibility of our content to persons with hearing loss, low vision, dyslexia, physical or motor disabilities, or are on the autism spectrum. Baltimore-based rapper 888moment closed out the year with a chill, but […]

Kenny Golder Jr. is the New ‘Suburban Boi Next Door’

Kenny Golder Jr "Suburban Boi Next Door"

Recent Articles By Margaret Adams https://youtu.be/vNTIYwZgevY This reading of Alchemical Records content provides a multimedia experience for our audience while increasing the accessibility of our content to persons with hearing loss, low vision, dyslexia, physical or motor disabilities, or are on the autism spectrum. Baltimore, Maryland native and San Pedro, California-based artist Kenny Golder Jr. […]