Troy Johnstone

What do you feel like has been the most pivotal part of your year so far?  Working on my releases and working on new music! What has been a big challenge so far?  Learning how to motivate myself. Where do you feel like your sound is going in your next release?  BLUES BLUES BLUES! My
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Melanie Rogers’ “Fever” is one of the year’s most evocative and emotionally provoking singles so far in 2021. It’s the most powerful artistic example yet of the full 180-degree turn Rogers has made from her years singing religious orientated or Contemporary Christian material. She has performed for thousands in such settings and her mainstream musical
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Aura Stiers and Cyrus Rhodes’ Mermaid – A Dream Made Real is an unique combination of poetry and photography that explores themes of mythology, ecological awareness, and self-examination. It is an affirmative work, universally upbeat despite recognizing life’s obstacles, and ultimately triumphant. Those components are integral to the book’s success. Some readers may quickly sweep through the
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I stand alone by circumstance / I’ve got the fight, not afraid to take a chance” announces Linda Imperial in her new blues-rock single “My Heart Rocks,” the confidence in her vocal bleeding into the instrumental harmony growing in the backdrop. In “My Heart Rocks,” Imperial isn’t shying away from the swagger of her last
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“Only Road I Know” and “Since We Left Our Dreams” are the two newest singles from superstar keyboard player and vocalist, Doug Kistner. Kistner who’s had a lengthy career working with names like John Waite, Blood Wear, and Tears, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra makes his first steps forward with his burgeoning solo career, all
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What do you think of when you hear the words gospel music? I think there’s a common misconception depending on the person that it’s slow organ pieces with harmonious if not laborious chanting about whatever religious diety you may want to insert. We’ve come a long way since then and if anything gospel has sort
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What was a childhood dream of yours?  One of them was to be a singer. Who do you turn to when you need someone most?  Family of mine. What was the first song you remember playing on repeat that made you want to get into music?  Playing a song on dulcimer, before starting primary school. Tell us
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There is perhaps nothing more important in a hip-hop single than the definition created by the vocal and the beat; but, even with this being the conventional standard, it’s not quite the case in Rico Twang’s stimulating new single “Back Ends.” “Back Ends” is a song built around the relationship between a rapper and the
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Noted American Songwriter and singer Emily Anderson continues to bring smiles to her listeners in the fantastic “Hugs”. The Fairbanks, Alaska-born songstress sounds quite a bit like her fellow Alaskan, Jewell, but differentiates herself with warmer harmonies and beautifully, dynamic music beds. “Hugs”, a follow-up to the American Songwriter and Songwriting University Song Contests, gets
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Thank you for being my friend.” Singer/Legend Martha Wash fills those words with an honest sentiment that rings true to both her closest followers, but her hopeful new fans after the release of her album we’re looking at today Love & Conflict. With a voice as powerful as when she screamed the now iconic words
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A brooding western-like guitar enters the sonic atmosphere. It feels far off, tucked away like a forgotten town. Soon enough a slick mesh of lethargic movements and softer blends rolls into the forefront. The opening of “Fading Memories”, Emily Daccarett’s the lead single from Daccarett’s album Yours Always, is seamless and bridges the listener into
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With their new single, Conceptz is doing more for the letter, L, than Jim Carrey could have ever dreamed. “Hold This L” is an incredibly catchy song, with ingenious arrangements, that are sure to make you take notice of Conceptz. That is if you are late to the party, and haven’t heard of the brother
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What are some projects that you wanted to try aside from music?  Permaculture, farming, cirque du soleil, cob building, park ranger, woofing around the world (woofing is Live and learn on organic and sustainable properties) Honestly  there’s so many curiosities we all have as individuals and as a group. Life is full of endless possibilities as
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Hi Isaac! What have you been up to so far with your music?  Do you mean during the pandemic or in general? In general, I’ve been playing in bands since I was a teenager, but the last couple of years I’ve been focusing on songwriting and releasing music as a solo artist. Learning to transition from a
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Kendra & The Bunnies are back with the unstoppable pop/folk hit “Self-Love Proclamation”. Originally from Houston and now based in Los Angeles, Kendra Muecke has continued to emphasis her natural optimism and eclectic mix of rock, Sixties flavors and folky leanings in her work. “Self-Love Proclamation” is bursting with fun and is a clear indicator
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The relationship between musicians and the American civil rights movement is undeniable and hard to ignore even in the most cursory examinations of history, and we’re reminded of this quite frequently in the new single “I’m so Black” from Emcee Monte. Built like a top-heavy rap track but given enough girth in its bass/synth assault
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At first glance, the instrumental intro to DawgGoneDavis’ new single “Clean Slate” would have us believe we’re listening to a metal track, outfitted with the loudest and heaviest guitar parts this pandemic era can muster. We’re thrashed about at the whim of the band, the general vibe leading us into a dark, angst-ridden rock n’
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By now many are aware of the humble origins of Eminem. Young man with a passion, works hard on his craft and invests in himself, comes close to stardom but not quite until he’s discovered and is now in control of his own work and his own legacy. Whereas he came from a rough childhood,
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Hazel McQuade is an interesting set of contradictions, the rise of his new hit single – It Ain’t Me – the sprinkles on top of the amalgam sundae. The song in a nutshell espouses traditional masculine narratives, such as an appropriate rowdy and inconsequential view on otherwise emotionally and situationally complex issues and agendas. You
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You know that feeling when you’re in your car listening to the radio and a random song comes on and you realize its lyrics are hitting just a little too close to home? In a nutshell that’s what Greye’s “I Don’t Mind” did for me, and I assume it’ll do for plenty of others. This
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