In The Spotlight

Steve Obando – “Shattered Glass”

Born in Columbia, this multi-talented artist immersed himself in music from an early age. Having moved to Canada, he impressed renowned piano teachers aged 8 and at 12 he added songwriting and guitar. In 2011 he attended Berklee College Of Music, which was a musical wonderland for this artistic whiz. He released his debut single, a new version of David Gray’s “Babylon”, early 2018.

Debuting his first original song, this sumptuous ballad has a bodacious guitar riff, which is slightly reminiscent of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but he takes the melody and makes his own ariose virtuosity flourish. With a hypnotic rhythm and vulnerable, yet vigorous vocals conveying a story about a relationship breaking beyond repair, it’s both catchy and compelling, as delicate and heart-wrenching.

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Marquis Sklenar – “I’m Moving On”

Although she was born in Chicago, it wasn’t until she moved to Florida aged ten when she discovered and fell in love with songwriting. She started writing her first EP while in high school and recorded it in 2012. Taking her songwriting to the next level she attended Boston’s Berklee College Of Music in 2013. In 2017 she featured on Nelson Serieux & EchoSlim’s reggae EP “The Awakening”.

On her first release for Essential Media Group, she’s taking her ardent, soul-soaked vocals on a vintage outing with a cover of a forgotten gem by Chyvonne Scott from 1963. Blending retro-soul, a touch of reggae and a whole load of seductive intensity, it’s full of rhythmic pep and a cheeky saxophone, giving it a certain musical mischievousness, while her passionate pipes add an incandescent shimmer.

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