Hope Diamond – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” – Independent

Hope Diamond “Have yourself a merry little Christmas”, was recorded in both Los Angeles and London, England. As the Christmas season approaches, this song has been a favorite of Hope’s to sing during the holiday and is also on her first album released in Atlanta GA. Titled “Presence”. 2013. Part of this recording was in the LA studio but it was exciting for her to travel to London to complete the single this year 2022 with Dave Ital, guitarist for Chaka Khan and British Producer, sax player Mike Parlett who had to returned home to the UK for business and headed to the studio to meet Hope as she got off her flight to get the song and video completed in time for Christmas. “Doing this in London was both enchanting and exciting to sing and film.”

Mike Clement - Unfinished Business – Independent

Sought after for his brazen, exuberant sound and impassioned improvisations, this September, emerging talent, guitarist Mike Clement is poised to launch his debut album: Unfinished Business. Clement’s soulful, blazing bebop style is complimented by legendary New Orleans drum master Shannon Powell, and organ virtuoso Joe Ashlar. Unfinished Business reimagines the classic sound of the 60’s jazz organ trio into catchy, feel-good originals and flavorful renditions of swingin’ standards.

Joy Lapps - Girl In The Yard - Independent

Internationally lauded artist and composer Joy Lapps activates spaces for community building and creative expression. The award-winning instrumentalist of Antiguan and Barbudan descent treats the steelpan as a tool for engagement, anchoring her artistry in a profound, community-centered musical tradition. She aims to amplify women’s contributions in every facet of her work, giving nuanced attention to women of the steelband movement. At her core, Joy connects to music as participatory. The Toronto native has performed alongside Stewart Goodyear, Roberto Occhipinti, Larnell Lewis and the Toronto Mass Choir, and recorded with Gramps Morgan, whose 2022 release Positive Vibration received a GRAMMY nod, Elmer Ferrer, Jeremy Ledbetter, Johnny Reid and her musical mentor, pannist-composer Andy Narell. To date, Joy has issued five independent albums. Her repertoire teems with Afro-Caribbean- and Afro-Brazilian-inspired rhythmic and harmonic patterns, garlands of melody and plenty of space for spontaneity, and a fondness for hit song forms and reimagined choirs emerges frequently in her compositions.