Aloud: All about vinyl but “A Little Bit Low”

Fiery, vintage rockers Aloud,are huge fans of vinyl.  In fact, lead vocalist/guitarist Jen de la Osa almost exclusively listens to music on vinyl, and the band plans to release their forthcoming album on vinyl as well.
With a sound reminiscent of Alabama Shakes, Dr. Dog, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Black Keys, and The Love Language, Boston-based Aloud is known for their lead pair’s, “tight male/female vocals, exceptionally strong songwriting, and energy-filled live performances.” (Boston Music Live) . Henry Beguiristain (lead vocals/guitar) and  Jen de la Osa (lead vocals/guitar)  have been writing songs together since they were teenagers.  They moved from their hometown of Miami, FL to Boston, founded  Aloud, and began touring extensively in early 2008 to support their album Fan The Fury. It was during this time their constant rhythm section departed due to conflicting priorities, but in 2009, Aloud welcomed aboard Charles Murphy (bass/backing vocals). In 2010,Aloud released the folkier-edged Exile and toured the U.S. coast-to-coast to promote it, rocking major venues like  Paradise Rock Club (Boston), Mercury Lounge (NYC), The Double Door (Chicago), and Exit/In (Nashville).  Frank Hegyi (drums/percussion) joined as Aloud’s drummer in early 2012, and the four feature their refined, songwriting sensibilities on their forthcoming album It’s Got To Be Now, out 4/1/14.

The first single, “A Little Bit Low” is the perfect example of Aloud‘s signature “refined, well-crafted rock songs that still have that loose, shaggy excitement that made all of us fall in love with rock & roll to begin with.” (Elmore Magazine) It’s “catchier than a cold and equally contagious to those who listen. ” (Revolution 360)

“Raw, honest, and, in the end, a damn fine rock and roll band doing it on their terms,” (Boston Phoenix)
Aloud welcomes their energetic, guitar-driven single “A Little Bit Low” (released on Mother West Records), showcasing their, “tight male/female vocals, exceptionally strong songwriting, and energy-filled live performances.” (Boston Music Live)

R&B/Soul Singer-Songwriter LEELA JAMES Delivers Official Video For “SAY THAT”

R&B/Soul singer-songwriter Leela James premieres the official video for her new single “Say That” featuring Anthony Hamilton. The video can be seen on VEVO, and has been added to rotation at VH1 Soul and power rotation at Centric TV.


“Say That” is the first single from Leela James’ forthcoming album, which will be released in early 2014 via J&T Records/BMG/RED Distribution.  Currently #22 on the Urban AC radio chart, “Say That”has been receiving favorable reviews for showcasing James’ powerful vocals. “Say That” is available for purchase at all digital retailers including iTunes.


View: “Say That”


TV One announced this week that Leela James is the newest diva to star in season 2 of their hit reality series, R&B Divas LA. Alongside newbie Chrisette Michele, James’ joins returning cast members Chanté Moore, Lil’ Mo, Michel’le, and Claudette Ortiz. The show will follow James as she gears up to launch her forthcoming album, in addition to giving never-seen-before access to her personal life.


Leela James burst onto the scene with her 2006 debut album A Change is Gonna Come, introducing audiences to her considerable vocal chops and garnering nominations for Outstanding New Artist at the NAACP Image Awards and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist of 2008 at the Soul Train Music Awards. She has gone on to record three subsequent albums including My Soul, which reached #7 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart and #37 on the Billboard 200 chart, and earned acclaim from critics for her songwriting skills.  Nicknamed Baby Etta as a little girl, James paid homage to her idol in 2012 by recording her album Loving You More…In the Spirit of Etta James.  The acclaimed recording artist embodies the eternal qualities of an undeniable star – raw talent, musical substance and an authentic voice that’s timeless.


New Tour Dates:

Feb14 – St. Louis Music Festival – St. Louis, MO

Feb15 – Louisville Palace – Louisville, KY

Mar 09 – Arizona Jazz Festival – Phoenix, AZ


Album Discography:

2005:   A Change Is Gonna Come                          

2009:   Let’s Do It Again                                                       

2010:   My Soul                                                        

2012:   Loving You More… In The Spirit Of Etta James        


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It’s no surprise that Alaska born singer-songwriter Kate Earl was recently named’s New Indie Obsession, the singer has re-emerged with the release of her new album Stronger on November 20th via Downtown Records.

Her new video for the single “One Woman Army” is a candid look into the forthcoming album and showcases the development of a singular voice. Directed by filmmaker Matthu Placek, the video uses the element of light to illuminate a thoughtful songwriter coming into her own. Download the track for free at

“One Woman Army” is the first single from Kate’s new album Stronger, out November 20th via Downtown Records. With the help of notable collaborators Brett Dennen and former Dawes member Blake Mills, Stronger is Kate’s unforgettable story of life, love, hardship and hope. “I’ve reached such a place of honesty with this album. It’s me coming out and telling my stories. This is where I came from,” says Kate.

As part of this year’s CMJ Music Marathon, Kate Earl will be performing in NYC at the CMJ showcase at The Living Room, October 18th, 7pm.