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Interview: Ricky Rebel Is Sprinkling Confidence

Ricky Rebel Is Sprinkling Confidence

Interview: Ricky Rebel Releases New Music Video For Upcoming Album

(Los Angeles) – In “If You Were My Baby,” the first single from the upcoming album by Ricky Rebel, the glam rocker sings about how one should never be afraid to ask for what he or she wants from life.    The super fun video is out today, as well ten slick remixes of “If You Were My Baby” by some of the biggest DJ/producers on the planet.

“I’m sprinkling confidence into every club in the world,” proclaims Ricky Rebel from his Los Angeles home to About Magazine.  “Confidence is an asset. It shows leadership and draws people in.  I truly believe it is the most attractive quality a person can possess and to all my Rebel Mafia out there, I say: if you like someone, tell them and make a case as to why you are the best. You might be surprised with the results.”

“I had something to prove on “If You Were My Baby,” continues Rebel, who noticeably sings a lot more on the record than he has previously.  “Sam Harmonix, the producer on this single, works alongside Grammy award-winners and I wanted to impress him with my harmonies.  You know, prove there’s real talent behind the fierceness.”

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The “If You Were My Baby” remixes offer a wide array of different sounds.  “Godfather of EDM” Tommie Sunshine gives the track a fun, modern twist that crosses between EDM and club in his mix, while Zambianco presents a cool tribal beat that fitness buffs will enjoy working out to.   Hector Fonseca’s version is straight up club with a Brazilian vibe that sounds tailor-made for the world’s biggest Pride festivals.  The Dirty Werk mix is a pop dance hybrid best suited for straight dance floors, while the SaberZ mix is hard core EDM, perfect for large stadiums.  DJ Hayworth’s track, with its lovely tropical deep house vibe, is the most unique of the remixes while KOIL and Vito Fun’s mix has an urban club vibe that fans of Beyonce will enjoy.  Mr. Mig’s pop remix is probably the closest to Rebel’s original track.

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Ricky Rebel burst on the music scene in 1997 as the lead vocalist of the boy-band No Authority. Signed by Michael Jackson to Michael’s MJJ Music label at Sony, he toured with 98 Degrees, Destiny’s Child, Aaron Carter, and Ashlee and Jessica Simpson.   In 2000, the band moved to Madonna’s Maverick label where they toured with Britney Spears and released their Billboard Top 40 chart hit, “Can I Get Your Number.”

Ricky went solo as Ricky Rebel in 2012. Since then, he has released two albums, Manipulator featuring hit singles “Geisha Dance,” “Get It On” and “You Need a Woman” and The Blue Album featuring “Star” and “Boys and Sometimes Girls”.

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Music Bear Tony Banks Turns Up the Static

Music Bear Tony Banks Turns Up the Static

 

Music Bear Tony Banks Turns Up the Static

(HOUSTON) – “In relationships you must have the wisdom to know when enough is enough,” says Music Bear Tony Banks, who describes himself as a gay, black man with the fun of Missy Elliot, the swag of LL Cool J and the dance moves of Heavy D.  “You gotta have the courage to make change and stand up on your own two feet and press forward. Life is too short to allow someone else’s self-destruction to bring you down.”

He sings about breaking free from static relationship cling in his new funky hip-hop track, “Static.”   It’s the first single from his upcoming album, Yes, Homo.

Along with the track, Music Bear is releasing a music video that stars Catalin Constantine as his boyfriend and features animation by wikistylista.

“Who has time to watch someone they love not love themselves?”  he continues.   He knows a thing or two about the difficulties of breaking-up.  Music Bear and his ex are in the midst of a divorce,  although their separation is not due to the level of destruction Music Bear raps about in “Static.” “Our relationship may have grown stale and staticky, to the point where we had to go our own ways, but we remain friends and that’s important,” he says.  “We still support and want the best for one another.”

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Not all of the songs Music Bear writes are about his life.  “I’m often inspired by people around me, and now and then, I’ll use their lives as subjects for songs.   For me, the power of music is about writing something I know someone out there needs to hear or feel me say.”

Still, he tries to stay true to who he is as a man and an artist. You’ll rarely if ever, hear Music Bear Tony Banks rhyming about “Popping Bottles” (he barely drinks) or “Fighting Bitches” (not his style).  In his upcoming album, “Yes Homo,” he tackles issues like love, lust, partying, the state of hip-hop and police brutality.  It’s meant to be a full depiction of what it means to be a black, gay, male, hip-hop artist in 2017.

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Music Bear Tony Banks was born in Brooklyn in the early 80’s.  He grew up during the golden era of hip-hop and believes that at its core, hip-hop is love.  It’s soulful, empowering, fun, beautiful and caring.

The music industry, however, is another monster all together. “The industry turns hip-hop into a misogynistic, homophobic creature that sells its soul for the promise of money, cars, and hoes,” he says.  “It then turns the people in it into that same image. Remember, hate is a learned behavior. No one is born homophobic but when hip-hop spreads that message to millions of people, for decades, it catches on and it’s hard to break away from.”

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The LGBT community is not much better, he contends.  “As a black, gay man of size, I sometimes feel ostracized from my gay brothers and sisters.  I  used to think that if I were a different type of gay, a more stereotypical skinny boy, and fancy dresser, I would have it easier in the community.”

But Music Bear has come to learn that being different isn’t always a bad thing.

“What I hope people who listen to my music and watch my videos take from me as an artist is: Don’t be afraid.  Embrace something different every once in a while. Break from monotony.  Cut the static.  You might just enjoy it!  In fact, I know you will.”

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Music Bear Tony Banks’  new single, “Static,” is available here. Follow Music Bear on Facebook,  Instagram, and Twitter.

Nile Rodgers, Tony Moran, Kimberly Davis Join Forces For New Single

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Nile Rodgers, Tony Moran, And Kimberly Davis Join Forces For New Single For The First Time Ever!

(NEW YORK) For the first time ever, music powerhouses Nile Rodgers and Tony Moran are joining forces on an explosive new music single, “My Fire,” featuring Kimberly Davis.

It’s an empowering track, meant to remind music fans that even on the darkest of days, there is a fire inside each of us that is ready to light the path forward to the place we’re meant to be.  It merges elements from Club, Disco and Funk for a next generation fusion of electronic music meets soul.

“I hope our song makes people feel good, as though they’re in the middle of a party, letting go and having fun.”  – Kimberly Davis.

“My Fire” is the fifth single release from “Moodswings,” Tony Moran’s double-album of music featuring 17 original dance songs and 14 original pop, R&B and alternative productions sung by today’s leading dance artists including Martha Wash, Zhana Roiya, and Jason Walker. The album draws inspiration from Moran’s 30 years in dance music and includes many amazing collaborators including with former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi.

“Collaborating with talented artists like Nile and Kimberly is the fire that drives me to continue my artistry,” says Tony Moran.

“The fire that drives me is the rush I feel when connecting with an audience,” says Davis.  “It is pure exhilaration.”

“Hearing my words brought musically to life by supremely talented artists like Kimberly and masters like Nile Rodgers and Tony Moran is the fire that drives me,” adds the song’s writer, Mike Greenly.

Nile Rodgers and Tony Moran’s “My Fire” featuring Kimberly Davis is being released globally through Mr. Tan Man Music and is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon as well as all other online music retail outlets.

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Raph Solo Releases New Music Video Titled Love Lives

Artist Raph Solo Releases New Music Video Titled Love Lives

(NEW YORK) Artist Raph Solo has released a brand new music video that shows a different side to the out artist.   He dances! “It’s all very tongue-and cheek,” he laughs. “I hope fans like the choreography and chutzpah.”

In “Love Lives”, Raph Solo boldly declares that he is no less equal than any other person for who he is or who he loves.

“I have worked very hard to gain the self-respect and acceptance I enjoy today,” he explains.  “It’s been a difficult journey but I’m finally at a point where I know that I don’t need anyone’s approval to feel comfortable in my own skin.”

Just a few years ago, Raph admits he fought his feelings for men and even underwent reparative therapy in an attempt to cure himself of his homosexuality.  In the end, it was even more damaging to Solo and his self-esteem.   “It made me feel like a failure because no matter how hard I tried, I could not change my feelings.”

“Love Lives”  was written and produced by Raph.  The song is an R&B, modern pop groove; melodic with an edgy tech feel.  He says he wasn’t originally planning to release the song.  He recorded it on his birthday as a special gift to himself.  Ultimately, however, Raph felt its message was an important one and that it  reflected his current state of artistry.   “I wanted to take my sound onto the streets and into the clubs,” he says.

Born to Lebanese/Chilean parents on the Gulf of Guinea in Nigeria, West Africa, Raph Solo is a singer, songwriter and music producer.  He has released three full-length albums, including last summer’s THE ANONYMOUS ICON, featuring “Star” and “Good Morning London”.

Today, Raph is a proud gay man in a loving relationship with an English man from the East Midlands who shares his core values and beliefs.

Raph Solo’s “Love Lives” is being released globally through Angel King Musique and is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon as well all other online retail outlets. Visit his website.  Follow Raph Solo on Twitter and Facebook.