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Atlanta’s Jorel ‘JFly’ Flynn signs to i2 Recordings image

JFly signs to i2 Recordings

The deep south has a rich tradition of creating musicians of inordinate talent. And growing up in a small country town called Waycross in Georgia, Jorel JFly Flynn was no exception to this rule. Music runs deep in the family bloodlines and being the youngest of eight brothers, JFly was primed to follow in their musical footsteps. All seven older brothers played in the nearby church, as well as performing in live music clubs across the county. So being steeped in church music was JFly's foundation; a blessing with all the instruments he had access to. Just like being a kid in a candy store with a lifetime credit slip to the dentists, JFly explored and created music with no boundaries. With an ...

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The Art of Strings image

The Art of Strings

Few things add more instant ‘feel good factor’ to a record than well arranged, performed and recorded strings. Great sounding strings and quality, authentic soul music go hand-in-hand, so getting that part of the production process right is quite essential. There are many variables to solve. Firstly: string players don’t simply turn-up and ‘play it by ear.’ There are good reasons for this. A solo violinist does not an orchestra make, so if anything remotely elaborate is to be attempted: an orchestration must first be written in great detail - so that the many different players (1st violin, 2nd violin, violas, cello and bass) all know what they should be doing at any given moment. Secondly: even if you have ...

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The i2 Music Group Welcomes Le Velle image

Le Velle

The i2 Music Group have signed a long-term recording agreement with Kansas based vocalist Le Velle. i2 Music Group chief Errol Michael Henry says: "Le Velle is a superbly talented singer/songwriter. He writes and produces great records and is an important addition to our rapidly growing roster of top-quality US based artist. We are honoured that he has chosen to take the next step in his career with us.” Bernard Hill (i2's A&R Executive for the USA/North American Division) adds: “I was immediately impressed with the music Le Velle sent me and once Errol heard the tunes, he was as enthused as I am about a great singer – and a really great guy too.” Le Velle is no newcomer to the music scene having ...

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Black to The Future – part 1 image

The debate about the reasons why purveyors of what is broadly (and often lazily) categorised as ‘black music’ have fared less well than creators of less ‘ethnic’ music - has raged long and hard for many a year. Some cite racism, while others claim fiscal imbalances or social divisions as the central cause. The simple truth is less complicated and is perhaps even less attractive. The real problems for black music began when people started calling it that! There are a substantial number of people who swear that Elvis Presley was the king of rock and roll – Chuck Berry might have a very different point of view. The Rolling Stones, The Beatles (Little Richard called and wants his ‘oohs’ ...

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i2 Recordings Welcomes A2MG and Phillippia image

Phillippia Williams

i2 Recordings have signed a long-term agreement with A2MG for the services of Atlanta based songstress Phillippia. Legendary UK producer and i2 Recordings label boss Errol Michael Henry says: "When Bernard (i2's A&R Executive for the USA/North American Division) first sent me a recording of Phillippia I was just blown away. I get sent demos all of the time and very few give me any reason to stop what I am already doing. When I heard Phillippia's voice I immediately called Bernard and asked him to get her on the phone. I spoke to Phillippia and her husband Mac at some length and offered them a deal right there and then. I was already well down the road with producing the new Sound ...

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