Next Step July Winner: Sean Haefeli

 

Hella excited about this July Next Step winner of ours! Berlin based pianist, vocalist, lyricist, and composer Sean Haefeli mesmerized us with his vocal jazz that’s sprinkled with welcome notes of Jose James and Gil Scott-Heron.

Others have referenced Last Poets, Roberta Flack, Michael Franti, Bobby McFerrin, and Gregory Porter when speaking about his music. Looks like dude has a pretty fail proof thing going on as far as many are concerned.

Sean’s sound blends jazz, soul, hip hop, and spoken word to birth warm, honest, and intimate music perfect for cozying up to as winter approaches. RISE marks his third album, which similar to his previous two is self-produced and released. Below, you can stream the entire album and also download the title track for free!

Touring will begin in late October through November of this year. On, November 16 catch a special performance on Mijke’s Middag Live on Dutch radio station Radio 6.

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New Release: Emma Shaheen – ‘Heart Cries’ EP

UK based singer-songwriter Emma Shaheen got her start in a nu-jazz band called Today’s Mathematics and in the last few years has been cultivating her solo craft. Citing influences within the realm of Erykah Badu, The Roots, Roberta Flack, Lauryn Hill, and Jeff Buckley, Emma’s vibe is refreshingly earthy and light. Her tone and enunciation kind of reminds us of a mellower Zaki Ibrahim.

A couple weeks ago, Emma released her Heart Cries EP, a five track EP of fluttery, flowy music to pick up the mood of anyone’s day. The fifth track is actually a Tall Black Guy remix of “Sunshine,” and is the most upbeat tune on the easygoing album. We love it all, though. Watch the video for the title track after the jump and stream the entire EP below!

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Watch the “Heart Cries” video after the jump