Now Accepting February Next Step Entries!

 

The second Next Step contest for the new year is now open! February 2012 marks our seventh installment and we are so ready for all your freshness.

To date, we’ve featured Tara Priya in July, Iman Williams in August, Tall Black Guy Productions in September, Cole Williams for October, Tensei for November, Awalé for December 2011, and Annabel (lee) & Richard E for January 2012! Lots of pretty sounds all around!

The winner will receive an “Artist Spotlight” feature post on the Giant Step website, and up to $1,000 in Giant Step Marketing services!

Please note that we are accepting submissions from anyone that makes music – producers, singers, instrumentalists, rappers, and bands alike are all welcome.

This month, we are accepting submissions from today until Wednesday, February 29th. That said, we are now open for February 2012 entries!

Submit your music for consideration!

Video: Nneka – “Shining Star” + Tour Dates

 

As the US release date (February 28th) for Nneka’s third album, Soul Is Heavy nears, we are finding ourselves more and more excited.

This gorgeous video for “Shining Star” is shot at La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands in Spain. The earthy video shows Nneka prancing about the forest in a simple glee, all culminating in a diagram of the planets and stars employing the local plant life.

Tour Dates
3/6: Vancouver @The Biltmore Cabaret
3/7: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
3/8: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
3/10: San Francisco, CA @ Red Devil Lounge
3/11: West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
3/13 – 3/17: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/18: Houston, TX @ House Of Blues Bronze Peacock
3/21: Chicago, IL @ Double Door
3/23: Toronto @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club “Canadian Music Week”
3/24: Montreal @ Cabaret du Mile End
3/26: Cambridge, MA @ T.T. The Bear’s
3/27: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
3/28: Philadelpha, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
3/29: Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java Music Club & Cafe
3/31: Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl

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Video: Estelle – “Wonderful Life” + Tour Dates & Ticket Contest

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The new single “Wonderful Life” off of Estelle’s new album All of Me is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a love ballad about life and how even in hard times positive thoughts can make any day a good day. The lyrics, “Hey, I’m winning today, my smile’s is ok” is a great mantra to wake up to every day of our lives. The upcoming album, All of Me, will be available everywhere on February 28th.

Enter our contest for a chance to win tickets to Estelle’s US tour!

Tour Dates
2/15 – Houston, TX – House of Blues (Peacock Room)
2/16 – Austin, TX – Antones
2/18 – Birmingham, AL – Old Car Heaven
2/20 – Atlanta, GA – CenterStage
2/22 – Washington, DC – The Birchmere
2/23 – Boston, MA – Regata Bar – 2 Shows
2/26 – Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage
2/28 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza – Album Release Show
3/3 – Nashville, TN – Indulge
3/5 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Life

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Gregory Porter Releases ‘Be Good’ + MP3 & Tour Dates

 

Grammy nominated soul savant Gregory Porter dropped his Be Good album today and after reveling in “1960 What?” these past few months, we must say that we are quite ecstatic.

Snuggle up with the nearest fine thang and prepare yourself for rich horns and soothing tones that’ll take you higher and higher.

Also, “Real Good Hands” is available for a free download as iTunes Single of the Week – grab that!

East Coast Tour Dates + More TBA
2/23 – NYC, Smoke Jazz and Supper Club
2/26 – NYC, Smoke Jazz and Supper Club
3/16 – NYC, Highline Ballroom
3/28 through 3/31 – Detroit, MI, Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe
4/3 – Pittsburgh, PA, The Cabaret at Theatre Square
4/4 through 4/7 – Detroit, MI, Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe

Enter our contest to win your own copy of Be Good

Gregory Porter – “Be Good”
 

Purchase Be Good on iTunes

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Emeli Sande To Release ‘Our Version of Events’

 

Scottish-born singer Emeli Sandé’s upcoming debut, Our Version Of Events, will be out in the US on June 5th. Already out in the UK, the work shows Emeli to be a vocal force hinting at inspiration from greats like Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, and Lauryn Hill. Recently crowned the winner of the prestigious Critics Choice Award at the 2012 Brit Awards (past winners include Adele and Florence + the Machine), Sandé is already flying high.

Looking forward to see how she develops once her album officially drops out here! Only awesomeness is to come. Watch her video for “Heaven” and you’ll get it.

Emeli’s North American live debut is going to be something to see with that potent delivery of hers. Stay tuned for news on secret U.S. showcases happening in a few weeks. Enter our contest to win a pair of passes to the secret wonderfulness to ensue in New York, LA, San Francisco, and Minneapolis.

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