Maria001_smallMaria Zubova, Media Writer, Music

Maria Zubova and “Maria’s Sound Space…” is a regular column for HorizonVU Music. Maria has a passion for music and she likes to communicate about it. Maria is herself a trained musician. She is follows photography, arts, fashion, and travel. Of course, she frequently attends different concerts and rock festivals.

Today I’ve decided to enrich your music taste by sharing my views on Markeisha Ensley last EP called “Talk to Me”. Rich, soft and simply unforgettable – the voice of this artist is combined with soulful R&B-jazz melodies. To begin with, Markeisha, who is originally from Aurora, Colorado, is a singer-songwriter, so everything she presents is comes directly from her heart and soul. She is the winner of the 2011 Abe Olman Scholarship Award for Excellence in Songwriting from the Songwriters Hall of Fame/Songwriters Guild of America. Her debut album, Ready, was very successful and Markeisha has received numerous awards and honors. Two songs from that CD, “The Strangest Thing” and “Loving You”, received an Honorable Mention in the Billboard World Songwriting Contest.

Markeisha sang in her hometown church when she was a child so gospel has become the foundation of her music taste and preferences. In addition to her church life, Markeisha benifted from her parents’ record collection which included Sam Cooke, Aretha, Marvin Gaye, Carole King and others. Later, she opened herself to the world of piano music and poetry, so today, we Markeisha joins her very strong and at the same time “honey” textured voice with great piano accompaniment, jazz interludes and gospel-flavor singing.

“Talk To Me” is a music melting pot. Five songs of this EP reflect of Markeisha’s travels to France and the Caribbean. The listener can easily feel the spirit of these wonderful places. The first track of this five-song release is called “Maybe”- a very passionate and emotional song that helps us understand the truth of the artist’s talent. Deep mid-tempo R&B melody combined with rich piano accompaniment and vocal support creates a special atmosphere holding listeners till the end. “Maybe” is followed by “Still Yours” – a very energetic, positive and openhearted pop/R&B song that brings us back to 50s. It is a great example of how Markeisha can be different and many-sided in her music.

Talking about the third track, let’s mention that it’s the EP’s namesake so we can already can feel its importance. As for me, it is one of the brightest songs. It shows artists’ nature, character, and furthermore, it is very balanced in all senses. Mild sounds, jazz spirit, passion, French lyrics, beautiful voice and an unforgettable ending that presents the height of professionalism of Markeisha as a vocalist. The title of the fourth song,“Break Free”, conveys the strong sense of character and energy. It starts with an a’capella part giving the rhythm and creating the necessary atmosphere. It is the message of a woman who is finally free from weight of old relationships. She is very persuasive and enthusiastic so the track has strong beat and chorus sound support. The fifth and the final track of “Talk to Me” album is titled “Someone to Love”- a love song that slows us down. Beautiful melody, romantic lyrics and so understandable: it is prey for some special person who can understand what it means to be the missing part of the soul – someone to love. String instruments make it very emotional as well as full of feelings.

All in all, this wonderful EP gives us so much pleasure of the pleasure and joy of R&B music, jazz interludes, beautiful melodies, soulful gospel. Strong, but uniquely mild, the voice of Markeisha makes “Talk To Me” and EP that I strongly recommend it for everyone. It can be a great beginning for those who still haven’t bought her other ecordings as it is a solid, but rather short way to understand whom she is and the depth of her music. Every song is a highlight and a self-sufficient single. Hope to listen to new albums of this talented artist rather soon. Don’t forget that improvisation and live sound makes R&B and jazz songs speak to its listeners, and knowing that, Markeisha is a great performer, I would like to see her live (at least) once.

Maria Zubova