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Amia Franz

Amia Franz

Amia Franz is an American Born, singer, songwriter, guitar player and she writes in the Alternative Neo-Soul, R&B, Smooth Jazz, Funk and Soft Rock Blues genres. Amia has some brand new songs she has written, will record in NYC and will release in 2015, serve up some romanitc love songs with interesting subjects that will touch your heart. Songs like, “I’m Just Across Town Boy”, dedicated to the loss of her only brother John Weston, who died tragically at the age of 17 but with a lyric story that has a fun uplifting message!

The plan for Amia is, to record a total of 10 songs with some note worthy people involved in her project. Paul Cooke, legendary producer and founder of the band Sade (he wrote some of the bands biggest hits and Sade is still going strong outselling the female artist Adele in the US), will be the executive producing all of Amia’s new songs. The co -producer /engineer is Scott Lea, owner/A&R at RadicLea Records out of NYC , Platinum Record Award RIAA, and working with many commercial artists including Sly Stone (Sly and The Family Stone). Scott played guitar with Sly on a remake of Family Affair and on a track for rapper Stevie D. “To the Maximum” , Sly played keys and co-wrote the track. Also signed up to work on the recording project are some very note worthy musicians. Amia Franz is an experienced performer and has recorded in some of the top studios both in the states and abroad.

Amia Franz is an experienced performer and has recorded in some of the top studios both in the states and abroad. Amia is critically acclaimed for her singing, songwriting and she has added playing her own guitar solos to her resume. She will be singing on all of her new songs and she will play and record solo guitar parts she has written into some of her songs. One of the highlights of her past performing experience, was being asked to sing backup, for a headlining band performing at the popular Minneapolis Minnesota club First Avenue (still owned by the artist Prince). In recent years, on May 25th 2013, when the listeners and radio staff votes were tabulated for the Starliners Radio Network Indie Best Artist Music Award she came in as runner up for the song “First Avenue” (written in 2007 and released in 2011 ). That same year, she released a song called “Deep Love” that was nominated for Best track of the year in the fall of 2013. Currently, the Starliners Radio Network has once again nominated her for Best Artist and voting starts in the fall of 2015.

With a tight economy, Amia has created a funding campaign she calls Amia Music 4 Compassion 2015. She hopes to bring in what is Amia Franz_001possible from her fans to help with the recording expenses. The reward for her and Paul Cooke will be the highest quality masters that they plan to market and this takes some bucks! That said, Amia says, “When you help me fund my recording project, you are helping me fulfill my dream to complete songs I have poured my heart into, and wish to perform live. Your donation will help Paul Cooke and myself bring amazing talent and relevance to my project. My hat comes off, for those that make the decision to help me advance in the music industry!” Amia Franz

You can pick up some freebie past releases of hers by going here http://www.amiamusic.com/
You can find out more by going to her funding profile here http://www.gofundme.com/amiamusicfunding

What people are saying after hearing just samples of Amia’s new songs that she has created a nice demo medley including her vocal coach-

“Amia possess a very unique sound, style, and approach to music that the world will definitely want to hear. This is just the beginning of her journey and your help will get her voice heard.” – Roger Burnely, Vocal Coach

“With Song Heaven in You Eyes” and “Your Love Touched Me” Amia Franz is solidly in her zone. Her performance on these tracks is both upbeat and soothing. She skillfully delivers high-energy elegance managing to stay far away from the abyss of contemporary easy listening music” – Phil Cartwright

“You are awesomely talented as a singer, songwriter and artist. Your artwork on the Divine Artistic Designs site is some of the coolest stuff I’ve seen. Very inventive. You’ve got a new fan here.” – David Jerkins

“Good Luck as you follow your dreams painting the sky with song!!! Wishing you every joy and many opportunities to share your art!!!!!” Christie Brinkley Model/Actress/Artist

Visit Amia at her Personal Website


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

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