October Next Step Artist Spotlight: Cole Williams


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Congratulations to miss Cole Williams for winning our October Next Step Artist Spotlight!

An East Flatbush native, Cole Williams blends the richness of her Jamaican and Brooklyn roots to create music mixing soul, reggae, ska, afro beat, and rock. Growing up listening to an an eclectic mix of Yolanda Adams, Mighty Sparrow, Jackson 5, and Bob Marley, one can assume correctly that this young woman is bursting with flavor. At times, she also reminds us just a little bit of Res – you know we’re not mad at that.

Her list of accolades, which include a Swedish Grammy nomination, aren’t modest either. To date, Cole has shared the stage with Lisa Lisa, Little Jackie, Imani Coppola, Big Brooklyn Red, Dana Fuchs, Honey LaRochelle, and Maya Azucena as well as recorded background vocals for Diane Birch and Joss Stone.

Might we add that she’s also performed on The Today Show and The Conan O’Brien Show, amongst others. Oh, and you can catch her as the singer in the new Cover Girl commercial with Drew Barrymore and as well as a Special K commercial that will be running at the end of the month. Fancy much.

This past September, the artist released an album named Out Of The Basement, Part 1, which you can stream in full below. Also, above you can find the gorgeous video for the instantly nostalgic “Little Me,” which we are absolutely delighted to premiere. Think late 90′s, early 00′s R&B.

Currently, you can catch Cole performing weekly at Asselna’s Sunday brunch gig at the new Gansevoort Hotel in NYC. She’s also mixing her next album!

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Video: Maya Azucena’s “Cry Love” Premiere + Special Performance

Maya Azucena releases the socially conscious video for “Cry Love” today from her recently released album of the same name.

Maya’s new video reflects her sensitivity towards the world we live in which is echoed in the chorus, “If Justice had wings, She would sing, Cry Love in everything.”

Maya will be making a special appearance at The Bronx Museum’s First Fridays series on Friday, December 2nd. The free event starts at 7PM and is open to all ages.

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NYC: Maya Azucena ‘Cry Love’ CD Release Party – Tonight


Come out and celebrate the CD release of Maya Azucena’s latest album, Cry Love, which became available yesterday! The release party will be co-hosted by Maya and the Brooklyn Bodega and take place at Southpaw tonight! You won’t want to miss out. Did we mention it’s free?

Event Details
Maya Azucena Cry Love CD Release Party
Wednesday, September 14th

Southpaw (downstairs @ Downsouth)
125 Fifth Ave. (btw. St Johns + Sterling)
Brooklyn, NY

8PM – Cry Love listening session, meet-&-greet
10PM – Maya’s performance
10:30PM – DJ set

Admission: Free
Suggested $5 donation

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Event Recap: Dego, Rich Medina, Maya Azucena & Sophia Urista at Yotel New York


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For those who had the privilege of attending last week’s Giant Step Thursdays event at YOTEL New York, you know what an amazing time it was. Beautiful people, dancing, and music from not one, but four incredible talents. Dego and Rich Medina kept the crowd live all night with their selections, while Maya Azucena and Sophia Urista tore the house down with their killer performances.

It was a special night. Sophia’s Betty Davis swagger knocked more than a few off their feet, and Maya captivated the crowd with new tunes from her recent album, Cry Love, which is currently available on iTunes.

Save the date for our upcoming installment next Thursday, August 11th. See you at YOTEL New York!

Maya Azucena’s Cry Love out Tomorrow on iTunes + NYC Release Show

Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Maya Azucena releases Cry Love tomorrow, June 24th, on iTunes. You can stream the first single, “Cry Love,” below.

Maya Azucena will play a special headline performance at New York City’s Highline Ballroom that evening with the physical album and official, physical release slated for September 13th. Attendees will be able to purchase the physical copy before it hits stores exclusively at her New York release event.

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