Thursday, June 27, 2013

J'Sun: Making the Impossible Possible

Born in Brooklyn and raised in St. Vincent, the young and talented J’Sun has more to offer than just a heart-warming personality and impressive style.  He is cultured, ambitious and ready to launch a lifelong career.  From a very young age, J’Sun was a part of church choirs, different chorus groups and talent shows but it was not until high school that he decided that he wanted to be a solo artist, “…from there I went to YouTube,” he described. 

J’Sun, well aware of the fact that becoming a successful solo artist is a difficult journey said, “I just think every day is a challenge…with this career choice everything is a challenge even if you are successful.” He stresses that he must “… find that thing to make [him] different and stand out.”  This young aspiring artist surely has the heart and dedication to make a name for himself.

As a result of his mother’s young age, J’Sun was raised by his grandparents for the majority of his childhood and says that his grandmother played a key role in his motivation toward success. J’Sun has infinite respect for his grandmother saying, “… she raised me and I love how they [his grandparents] weren’t rich but they were able to raise their children and grandchildren as great kids… She kept us all together and kept us in check.”

J’Sun is constantly active and creative outside of his music J’Sun spends time biking, roller blading, cooking, furniture building, painting, and even fashion designing. “I’m a crazy individual; don’t be fooled by what you see.”

Creativity flows even more easily as he opens his ears and mind to a broad spectrum of music genres in his own listening habits.  From rock and reggae to even opera, J’Sun listens to it all however points out Lana del Rey and One Republic as some of his favorites in the moment.  Without music, J’Sun admits he wouldn’t know where he’d be and describes how his friends and family are most important to him since they are the ones that support him unconditionally. 

Finally, this year, J’Sun got a taste of what it would be like to be on national television when he was invited to audition for the fourth season of NBC’s “The Voice”.  Although he never really wanted to join in a singing competition, he flew out to Los Angeles, auditioned, and was selected by Colombian superstar Shakira, “she broke me out of my shell with her song choice,” he says and although he didn’t make it further than the battle rounds the experience was promising, helping him gain a larger fan base. 

J’Sun’s original song, “Impossible” which he holds closely is something he is surely proud of. “The song started from being at home playing the guitar….’Impossible’ was the only word that kept coming out,” J’Sun says, “I feel like anyone can relate to the song in any situation. It’s more of an inspirational song.”

What started off as a hobby has now become a way of life, “now that I take signing more serious, I make sure I’m healthy and drink tea and water before singing every song,” he says. He goes on to say, that in preparing for a performance, “It’s constant; you have to be ready to perform at all times.” 

J’Sun’s fans who he calls his Limerz, have much to look forward to in the coming months.  He has an EP in the works along with photo shoots and more music videos meaning more and more of J’Sun.  And to all of the Limerz out there he says, “thank you for sticking with me…It’s like having a team behind you working. They make me want to post more. I love them a lot…” Look out for more music from J’Sun in the coming months and check out the impressive video for his single “Impossible.”

Connect with J'Sun
Facebook: iLoveJSun
Twitter: @iLoveJSun
YouTube: MynameisJsun

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Victor Manuelle: 20 Years and Counting

With a twenty year trajectory in the genre of salsa, more than 1 million albums sold in the United States alone, and the most number one radio hits for any artist in the realm of tropical music (which includes bachata and merengue as well as salsa), it is no wonder that Victor Manuelle’s latest album is titled Me Llamare Tuyo (I’ll Call Myself Yours).  Victor has surely given himself to the public, along with his warm presence and smooth demeanor it is easy to see why he is loved by all. 

Today, with the release of Me Llamare Tuyo Victor Manuelle held a press conference in New York City where he revealed not only his excitement for the release of this album and the continuation of his Casi 20 tour, but also his words of wisdom for artists who are new to the industry.

With such a long and successful career, it is easy to become wrapped up in the fame and have it change you you but Victor remains humble through it all, saying “…se ha forjado un ser humano que no va a cambiar aunque mi carera llega a cero.” He highlights the direct connection social media allows him to have with his fans and says that through this medium he sees that he is loved and he adores his fans in return.

Throughout the years, Victor has been known to stay true to salsa and, says his purpose in doing so is to bring salsa to a younger generation.  Hay una generaciĆ³n que se comunica de una manera diferente,” he says and he has made it his responsibility to bring urban artists like Voltio, Gocho and Ken-y (just to name a few) into salsa in order to engage a younger generation.  Hay un publico joven que tengo que preocuparme de que sigan interesados en nuestro genero para que esto no sea un genero de nostalgia,” he explains.  And so, Victor’s soft, sensual way of communication mixed with the flair of new, urban artists allows for a compelling sound that resonates with young people along with a new, exciting one for those who have been salsa fans for years. 

With such an impressive record and innovative mind set, I was curious to know what his advice would be to upcoming artists like the ones that are commonly featured here on A Vocal Accord.  These were his words: “es mucho mas dificil la parte radial...pero con eso de las redes sociales tambien se esta simplificando un poco,"  he continues saying, "(hay que) perseverar y saber que esto no es una carrera uno o dos anos...que no se puede rendir...tienes que perseverar, hacer las cosas bien y tomarlo serio no tomarlo como un hobby o como algo pasajero.”

In fact, when it comes to new artists Victor is extremely supportive, allowing young new artists to open for him at many of his concerts.  He says he feels it is his duty to support new talent and help them through his own experience.  Yo creo que todos estos muchachos se merecen esa oportunidad.  Es de la manera que yo siento que le estoy dando el apoyo que necesitan.”  In fact, at his show this Saturday at Radio City Music Hall Victor will have some upcoming artists open the show for him as well.  Leading by example, Victor is sure to support upcoming talent and expand not only salsa but music at large. 

In stores today, Me Llamare Tuyo has ten tracks that are sure to keep you singing, dancing, and calling him yours.  Victor’s Casi 20 tour has stops throughout the summer in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Denver just to name a few where you can join him for an entertaining and impressive show as he always delivers.  For a full tour list visit his official website and download your copy of Me Llamare Tuyo on iTunes today!

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Congratulations Eli Jas!!!!!

Screen shot taken from Eli Jas' Official Facebook

Congratulations to Eli Jas on being signed to Top Stop Music this past weekend!!  Top Stop Music deals with artists such as Tito Nieves, Leslie Grace, Toby Love and many more within the Latin music industry.  As you all know already Eli Jas has been working hard to deliver good music to her fans, Team Eli Jas, and more good things are on the way! Stay tuned and if you haven't already check out her music at:

A Vocal Accord wishes Eli Jas the best in this new adventure in her life.  It just goes to show that with hard work and determination dreams do come true!! Looking forward to hearing new music from her in the future and watching her flourish as an artist at time goes on.  If you haven't read the original article about Eli Jas be sure to click here in order to check it out!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

J Rome: Inspired and Giving Inspiration

“They say I used to cry in tune,” laughs ABC networks Duets winner J Rome.  From the thousands of followers he has developed over the past few years to the people he holds close to him at home this young man is an inspiration for success.  At a very young age J Rome knew that entertainment was his calling, “I could make people cry, laugh and have a good time all while being myself,” he says.

Inspired by the likes of artists such as Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson it is no wonder that J Rome's voice is able to fill the room and send chills up your spine in an instant.  However, it was not until J Rome received a comment on his YouTube page from a 14 year old boy who told J Rome his voice was what prevented him from committing suicide that he decided music would lead his journey in entertainment.  “I need to do this….I want to inspire people..” he says.

However, just like many of us, J Rome has faced his own hardships.  A few years back after a tonsillectomy went wrong J was confronted with the fear of loosing not only his voice but his life.  After coughing up insane amounts of blood and praying to God to keep him alive, J Rome was able to recover in a few months time.  After that moment, J says, “I promised I would never open my mouth to sing again unless I meant what I was singing.” And today, we have a living-breathing testament of what it means to live a dream and work hard to achieve your goals.

Although he admits that “there are always times just as a person that we doubt ourselves" he knows how to keep moving forward, "...I keep pushing because of so many positive people.” It is fair to say that J Rome has a great support team.  His dad being his toughest critic who is always honest with him and never gives him the answer he wants to hear but the one that will push him toward greatness.  J's 3 year old nephew who is his biggest fan, saying he wants to be just like his uncle and his management who has struggled with him through the years, have all contributed to making his dream a reality.  
In 2012 when ABC network opened its first season of their hit singing competition Duets, J Rome was contacted to give it a shot.  The show, where each contestant would sing with a professional mentor and judge every night attracted J Rome because, “you get a chance to be on stage with the celebrity every night…it’s great because they’re on the chopping block too.”  On the stage, J Rome sang everything from Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” to “You’re the One That I Want” from the blockbuster Grease alongside his mentor Jennifer Nettles.  Humble as ever, J Rome admits he never thought he would win, “The first thing I thought was, ‘really? Me?’” he laughs and expressed sincere gratitude for all of those who supported him through the process and continue to do so. 

After so much time in the spotlight and the prize in his hands one would think that J Rome is used to the attention but he admits he is far from outgoing.  He even admits that no matter what he is always intimidated when getting on stage saying, "I don't want to mess up." However he says this fear keeps him humble, "it makes me want to keep being better and working harder, and if it does go away I pray that God always keeps me humble and grounded."

For those who are just starting out in the music industry, J Rome had much to say.  “Keep your circle small,” he advises, “people will come in and out and know who is there to ride or die.  Outside of that circle you can have as many people as you want and even another circle outside of that, but just know who to keep close to you.”  He also recalled something Jennifer Nettles told him while he was on the show, “…don’t be afraid to take a risk…because when you take a risk you run the risk of getting a big reward,” and he says he couldn’t agree with her more. Finally, he says, “keep going no matter what always keep going." 

In the future, we can expect more appearances and new music from J Rome with one being his acting debut next month at the Newark Symphony Hall in Newark, NJ.  If you want to attend you can visit his Facebook page for more.  Check out J Rome’s latest music and let him know what you think below!


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Instagram: @OfficialJRome
YouTube: kidwayne2001