This is the first of a four part series featuring women who are unsigned recording artists from the Cleveland metropolitan area. Although there will be more artists featured, the focus, as of the next three parts of this episode, is charity starting at home. In other words, I’m starting with what’s right here in my own front/back yards.
This episode features Barabara Barrett, a jazz, classical/opera, gospel and soul singer from Cleveland who has deep roots in her hometown jazz scene.
You all might have seen the hash tag (#BloomingWherePlanted) around on some of the social media sites lately and have wondered what does this mean, right?
Well it’s all about maximizing everything around you to reach your dreams. To reach your fullest pontential right where you are. It’s a philosophical idea that I think being an artist/producer/musician in the Northeast Ohio area have yet to explore. Everything starts in the mind.. even the idea of “making it” in the music business locally. I really believe that if we change our mindset on how we see Cleveland and its surronding areas, we will discover an oasis custom made for what I declare and decree “The Ohio Sound”.
There is this myth that “you gotta leave Cleveland to make it”. I will respectfully beg to differ. If you look around closely you will see that you have EVERYTHING you need to create your utopia… here in Northeast Ohio. The idea is NOT to “do what they do” in L.A., New York, London, Atlanta, etc.. but NORTHEAST OHIO! I’ve had to travel the world to find out the beauty and uniqueness of what is right in my front yard… so I figured let me take advantage of it.
While thinking of what can I do, it HIT ME like a James Brown horn section while watching a Quincy Jones interview!!!
In the interview a young man asked Quincy “what can I do to be a producer”? I thought to my self hmmm that would be the question I’d ask him. He said “just go produce”. “Get some your friends together and make some music man”.. I figured hey I got some amazingly talented friends. Let me ask them if they’d wanna get on some these tracks I have just sitting and put it out to the world. Two and a half years later, this project is almost ready to be released to the world coming this summer.
Here (hear) is a track (NOT ON THE PROJECT) of one of the artists on the project. His name is Damien Nova. He is from Cleveland and has a sound of his own. You can check him out by this link.. https://soundcloud.com/damien-nova AGAIN THIS IS JUST A SAMPLE!!!
I would love to have you all get the sneak peak of the project. By all means subscribe so I can get you all on the email list. All of these amazing artists are from the Northeast Ohio area and have projects of their own and yet they all have allowed me to add them to this epic project.