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I am Ben Hughes. I am Tall Children. In fact, we are all Tall Children. We should never lose our creativity, playfulness and fun. Being childlike is positive. But equally, many people grow older and taller, without growing up. Running rampant through the world’s resources, with increasing fear, but diminishing empathy for each other. Being childish isn’t quite so positive. TC is a reaction to the weird and wonderful, the bizarre facets of life and is a statement that can genuinely apply to us all.

Produced by Richard Turvey at Parr Street Studios (Blossoms, Cabbage), ‘Song For You’ is the 3rd single in a long list of things to come. Honing my songwriting skills over many years, a hundred tiny gigs on my lonesome, and following some recent exploratory sessions with Producer Hugh Worskett (Michael Kiwanuka, Birdie), I am finally ready to share my skirmishes with that thing some call pop.

Who were your musical inspirations growing up?
I listen to anything and everything as long as it’s good. I grew up listening to a lot of Jazz to be honest, but in tandem with that I was always a big fan of Michael Jackson, Prince, Fleetwood Mac. I think that’s why I’m so conscious of melody, harmony and structure when I’m writing.

Are You Working On Any New Projects?
Yes, we’re pushing for a 4th single at the moment. It’s produced by ‘Blossoms’ producer Richard Turvey and it’s sounding great…on it’s way shortly. Actually there’s a Polyphonica session coming soon where you’ll see a sneak peak acoustic version of it.

Do you want to say anything to the people who support your music?
Thank you so much for being a part of the journey!! I’m very much leading the charge on all this and I’m not hanging around for anyone to “accept” me. I’m just kinda running head first in to the goals I set for myself and seeing what happens. With that in mind, now the vibe train has left the station I’m extremely grateful to the ever-increasing numbers of people who are still jumping on board.

IndieNation Review!
Tall Children just released the music video to his hot new single titled, “Song For You.” One thing that is clear is that Tall Children is a star in the making. He has a universal sound that can be played on radio stations all around the world. His catchy melodies and well put together songs will having you singing and dancing along. Tall Children is most definitely an artist to watch. His progress is noticeable and his potential is endless. His music is always well produced and his videos are fun, different, and really fit his personality. So far, this is one of my favorite songs of the year.

Anthony Barksdale
IndieNation.

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Soulful singer Rayne Michael grew up listening to the music his parents listened to, and first formed an interest through the sounds of Country & 80’s music played around the house. Finding an even greater pull towards the rhythms and grooves of Top 40, R&B, Pop, Rock & Soul genres, Rayne began to discover his own talents and establish a vibrant, permanent connection to music as he started to sing.
After first approaching his new-found talents with trepidation – it would be his sister Charity that would help him make that final breakthrough he was looking for. Encouraging him to truly embrace his voice and sing with full confidence and volume, Rayne Michael began to take hold of his talent & skills, his ability to connect with people emotionally through the music and genuine passion for singing and started to pursue his dreams with everything he had.
His strong desire to entertain, sing and perform has led him to an inspiring, unique sound that brings a comforting and cohesive blend to his music. Continually challenging himself creatively, Rayne blends smooth sounds of R&B with a rock/pop edge that keeps the music fresh, soulful and exciting through his vocals. Writing songs that come from deep within and reveal the heart of a thoughtful, endearing musician who authentically expresses himself in inspiring tones & music that makes a beautifully memorable impact.

Review!
Rayne Michael just released the lyric video for his single titled, “Baby I See.” In this single Rayne Michael showcases his powerful vocals and creative storytelling ability. This well written song has a smooth beat, is well produced, and will have you signing along. Baby I See is a hit single that has serious potential. Rayne does a great job of creating an atmosphere with his music that allows you to make an emotional connection. His music is very personable. This radio ready single needs to be on your music playlist.

Anthony Barksdale
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Mandell is an American Pop/R&B singer, songwriter, and designer. Music has always been Mandell’s dream. He was born and raised in Detroit, but moved to Atlanta to pursue a career in music. Michael Jackson, Usher, Avant, Babyface, Sam Cooke, Beyoncé, and Keith Washington are some of his musical influences. The idea of love and its portrayal in music has always fascinated Mandell. He loves music that evokes a strong emotional response and aims to do that with his music. His debut single “Found Love”, which he co-wrote, is scheduled to be released January 26th 2018. The single will be available on his website, www.justmandell.com, and all digital platforms.

As a kid, Mandell earned the nickname Radio, as he used to sing almost every song that came on. Mandell has been an ambitious dreamer with an unrivalled meticulousness to his approach. After working for years as a bank manager, he knew that in order to realize his dream, a system of financial sustenance and support would be critical. Being the savvy businessman he is, Mandell used his experience managing at one of the largest financial institutions in the world, to become an entrepreneur. He started an underwear line that he himself sketches the designer for. Mandell also started a record label called New Heights Entertainment, LLC. The revenue generated from his business endeavors have played a key role in funding his music career.

Mandell is currently working on several new projects. In addition to working on new music, Mandell volunteers at Must Ministries to give back to the community. He’s also passionate about helping other artists. His label also provides a la carte services for independent artists that range from marketing, artist development, vocal training, new artist admin services, and more. When Mandell needs a break from work, karaoke, Escape the Room, new restaurants, reality TV, and 90’s music is his escape.

What inspires you to make music?
I remember growing up watching my parents and grandparents on the weekends. They always had music playing. The music they played made you feel good or wonder what it was like to be in love. I don’t hear a lot of that today. That void is what inspires me.

Tell us about this project?
All I can say at this point is that it’ll make you feel…sad, happy, in love, sexy, etc. It’ll be music for every mood.

Who were your musical inspirations growing up?
I’ll definitely say Michael Jackson was a huge inspiration for me. He was a true entertainer. So it shouldn’t surprise you that I also drew inspiration from Usher and Beyonce… talk about a show. Some other favorites were Sam Cooke, Jodeci, Keith Washington, Babyface, Freddie Jackson and Toni Braxton.

Are You Working On Any New Projects?
I’m currently working on my second single and an EP.

How long have you been creating music?
I have been singing for as long as I can remember. It’s always been a passion of mine but growing up I was extremely shy. I believe everything happens according to God’s plans. I could no longer hide behind fear. My time is now…

Do you want to say anything to the people who support your music?
To all my supporters, fans, friends, and family. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for riding with me. I can only do this with your support. Stick in there with me and I promise I won’t disappoint.

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Mollie Anderson, or more recognizably known as “Mollie Jay,” is an Urban-Pop artist capitalizing on singing, songwriting and rapping. The aspiring artist grew up in Prince George’s County, directly outside of D.C.—an environment that has inspired her fervor and drive towards the urban music scene. With heavy influence from the Hip-Hop, Street Rap and R&B/Neo-Soul communities, as well as Pop artists such as Sting, Steal, Phil Collins and Michael Jackson, Mollie Jay garnered a passion for blending seemingly opposed genres.

Her skill for writing lyrics and creating melodies traces back to when Mollie Jay was a child. Locked away in her room, whether she was composing lyrics, recording harmonies or listening to countless albums for inspiration, Mollie Jay was precocious and determined in her pursuit of music from an early age. Unfortunately, Mollie Jay’s undeveloped voice was a struggle while competing for a spot in her elementary school’s choir. Mollie Jay persisted despite the negative feedback and rejection she received from her teachers, and as her voice matured, she began receiving recognition for her talent.

Mollie Jay recalls, “I specifically remember this day while we were on vacation. I just kept singing Unbreak my Heart by Toni Braxton. My parents looked at each other in shock, asking me to sing it again and again. That was the day I knew that this is really what I want to do. I was always an artist at heart, conjuring up melodies and writing lyrics, but finding out I could really sing took it to another level. God really blessed me and shocked me there.”

With renewed confidence, Mollie Jay began performing at neighborhood block parties and local singing contests. Her audience was continually stunned to hear such a powerful, sultry voice coming from a skinny 13-year-old.
Her success in the community garnered respect and recognition from local record labels by the time she hit high school. Under her father’s advisement, Mollie Jay chose to hold off on signing with a label and form a band instead. Iff Crowd consisted solely of a guitarist, a drummer and Mollie Jay as the front woman. Mollie Jay found herself writing and creating melodies constantly, pulling from her years as a competent kid locked in her room, penning her thoughts onto a page. Mollie Jay quotes, “That was when I felt my dreams could actually come alive. That was when it all became real.”

During this time, Mollie Jay was always involved in an advanced singing ensemble at her high school. The ensemble received several accolades and awards for their performances nationwide. Mollie Jay stood as one of the strongest performers, chosen as a lead multiple times due to her flexibility in range, melodically intuitive sense and fierce work ethic toward success.

Living just out of D.C., surrounded by an ever-emerging Hip-Hop scene, Mollie Jay was becoming a self-defined “Hip-Hop head.” Mollie Jay began taking influential cues from artists like Tupac, DMX and Eminem, to name a few. What she loved most about these artists was their rawness, the anger and darkness they expressed that drew out her own passion. She began to take that passion and put it into her voice.

Mollie Jay began rapping during high school, in addition to her other musical pursuits. She took her talent in front of crowds, freestyling and challenging the stereotypes of what a rapper looks like. Not many of her audiences had seen a Caucasian teenage girl rap, which gave her clout and recognition in her community.

While Mollie Jay was still a teenager, she began partying and hanging around with the wrong crowd, leading to an onset of severe anxiety and depression. During this time, she suffered from recurring panic attacks and an overwhelming sense of dread and failure to cope with life. Mollie Jay feels she was at the end of herself. However, when she was in the midst of this dark time, one of her good friends led her to the Lord. Mollie Jay states, “It changed my life, I finally realized that there was someone who was willing to pick me up out of the mess I was in, and his name was Jesus.” Although she still battles depression and anxiety, her hope remains in God, something that is integral to the music she writes and performs.

In her senior year of high school, she was accepted into the popular music program at Palm Beach Atlantic University, with a vocal emphasis. While in college, she began her career in music. She worked with several producers and began performing at local bars and various venues. Referring to her style as “Urban-Pop,” you can hear the greatest stylistic influences of her life in her music. She was greatly inspired by Justin Timberlake’s smooth melodic style, Eminem’s passion and wordplay, as well as Lauryn Hill’s soul and power. Underlying harmonies and flowing, catchy melodies are Mollie Jay’s strongpoints. Her music often falls on the dark side, as she tends to write on real aspects of life—painful subjects of the human experience—in the same way her influences have been known to do. However, Mollie Jay claims, “My music may seem dark, but if you look close enough you will always see the light. You will always see the hope. At the end of the day, that’s what I am all about.”

She released her debut single, “Glass on the Dancefloor,” which has been featured on several major R&B and Pop music blogs. Through her inclusion on these sites, she was discovered by an independent label, Eracism, and began recording exclusively with them. However, the label ultimately went under. Mollie Jay has since been an independent artist, and released a single in 2014 called, “ Down to the Core, “ which is available on iTunes. She also filmed a music video for “Down to the Core,” in which she was able to work with a very talented entertainment company in Miami called Global Alliance. The video for this song has a very unique and suspenseful treatment.
Although Mollie typically does hip hop/Urban pop music she is certainly not limited to those genres as you can see in this most recent release. She had the opportunity to work with grammy nominated producer and remixer,”C-ROD.” Together they crafted this magical EDM record called “SHINE.” “SHINE” is accompanied by a captivating visual that communicates Jay’s edgy attitude as well as her softer side.

Mollie Jay recently moved to Los Angeles. She is now in the final stages of finishing her debut album that should be released in December. The title has not yet been revealed. Mollie’s goal in this album is to showcase her soulful singing voice as well as her skills as an emcee. She hopes this album will set her apart as an artist.

What inspires you to make music?
Life. Everything. Everything around us. Making music is how I survive.

Tell us about this project?
I have been a fan of Benjah’s for a long time, so when I got the opportunity to do a song with him I totally jumped on it! This is a fun song- It has a tropical vibe as well as an electronic vibe. Hella vibes!

Who were your musical inspirations growing up?
Lauryn Hill. Justin Timberlake. Eminem. Toni Braxton. Sting. Seal. Phil Collins.

Are You Working On Any New Projects?
I am finishing an album called “(k)now better” It is going to be an interesting collection of songs that I have done over the years. It will be more mixtape style.

How long have you been creating music?
Professionally since 18, but really always.

Do you want to say anything to the people who support your music?
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. You are my life, because you support what helps me live.

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