In The Spotlight

Sharon Watkins – “Stranded”

Although this gifted Manchester-born British singer and songwriter spent her whole life creating songs, she’s spent 20 years in global marketing. After deciding to enter and win the UK Northern Songwriters Competition, she moved to the US to work on her sound. Now back in the UK and influenced by artists from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to Joni Mitchell, she debuted with “Proud” in 2022.

Using the metaphor of boats stuck in the mud, waiting until the tide takes them out again, her new single shines a light on the urge to let loose after hard times. Guided by a feel-good and infectious tune, her joyous, slightly husky vocals tell the uplifting tale. Dipped in a classic soul vibe and feeling cheerful and anthemic, this passionate sunlit jam is filled with summery positivity and rich vibrant fun.

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Music History

Hall & Oates – “Possession Obsession”

From their album “Big Bam Boom” (1984):

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New Music

KAMARA – “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”

A funked-up burst of soulful disco-pop energy, this is the new single by Norwegian songbird KAMARA:

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In The Spotlight

Motenko – “Better Way”

Based in Austin, Texas and formed in 2018, this groovy quartet consists of Cat Clemons III, Josh Flowers, James Gwyn and front man and primary songwriter Micah Motenko. The latter grew up with a love for the soul of Motown, later with added 70s R&B and funk. Inspired by classic artists such as The Meters and Booker T. & The MG’s, they released their debut single “On Your Level” in 2020.

Celebrating the velvety vintage soul vibes of yesteryear, their new single is a laidback auditory delight. Instantly enchanting with a mellow electric piano, soon the song fills up with a smooth rhythm and warm 60s-styled horns, which is slightly reminiscent of “Midnight Train To Georgia”. And with Micah’s honey-dipped vocals, this captivating smooth groove is as ear-stroking as it is heartwarming.

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Music History

Sheryl Crow – “Steve McQueen”

From her album “C’mon, C’mon” (2002):

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New Music

The 1975 – “Happiness”

From their upcoming album “Being Funny In A Foreign Language”, to be released on 14 October 2022:

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