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Provident Label Group/Sony Music Entertainment artist Tauren Wells has had quite a memorable year.

From touring with Lionel Richie, to releasing his debut solo full-length Hills and Valleys, and the tremendous success of the album’s self-titled debut single, Wells is wrapping up his 2017 by receiving two GRAMMY® nominations. Recognized for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (Hills and Valleys) and his single “Hills and Valleys” for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song (which he co-wrote with Chuck Butler and Jonathan Smith), Wells is no stranger to the GRAMMY Awards® as he was nominated in both 2011 and 2014 with his former band Royal Tailor.

The double GRAMMY recognition encapsulates the success of Tauren Wells’ past year, which kicked off with his song “Undefeated” (from his 2016 solo EP of the same name) getting licensed by Fox Sports and played during NBA coverage.

Wells released his debut LP, Hills and Valleys, in June, which was highly received by critics and calling it “contagious,” “energetic,” and an album that “takes listeners from quiet moments of encouragement to a strong, fast-paced, energetic celebration of Christ’s goodness and faithfulness.” Hills and Valleys also made a successful first week appearance on the SoundScan Christian/Gospel Digital Albums chart at No. 3.

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The hit single “Hills and Valleys” was one of the most streamed Christian songs of 2017, according to Spotify. Along with featuring Tauren Wells as the cover artist, Spotify also placed the song as the first track on their Top Christian Hits of 2017 playlist.

The song was also chosen as one of K-LOVE’s top performing songs of the year. The network shares that Tauren Wells is “One of the fastest rising stars in Christian music” and “’Hills and Valleys’ is a special song that showcases the singer’s range, but it’s far from his only hit.”

Additionally, the music video for “Hills and Valleys” has had an astounding 12.7 million views to date. His latest music video, for “When We Pray,” is already close to a million views and can be viewed here and below.

On the heels of his album’s release, Wells began the summer energizing large audiences across the U.S. as the opening act for Lionel Richie’s All The Hits Tour with special guest Mariah Carey. The 22-city tour hit the country’s most renowned venues, from Madison Square Garden in New York City, American Airlines Center in Dallas, and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Wells also appeared on numerous morning and afternoon TV shows in some of the biggest markets promoting his music and the tour such as Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles.

Wells also performed at two of industry’s biggest annual events this past year – the K-LOVE Fan Awards and the GMA Dove Awards – before he joined the Air1 Positive Hits Tour in the fall, which took him to more than 30 markets coast to coast.

With 2017 being such an astounding year for Wells, what does his 2018 hold? It will kick off with the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, January 28, 2018 and held live at Madison Square Garden in New York City. He will then join Chris Tomlin’s annual concert event Worship Night In America, which kicks off in April.

Be sure to visit TaurenWellsOfficial.com for the most updated tour schedule and for more information.

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[ALBUM REVIEW] Lil Nas X- EP “7”

This EP completely caught me off guard. I wasn’t for sure what genre of music Lil Nas was going for, but I didn’t expect it to so far away from country. He’s definitely a Hip-Hop artist that’s into Country, Pop, Rock, a lil’ Indie, Jazz and so on. Overall the album is FUN. It’s his first body of work so I can’t say what his sound is or isn’t but I can tell you he gives us a buffet worth of songs. A lil’ Chinese, with some crab legs, and a giant watermelon!

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This EP completely caught me off guard. I wasn’t for sure what genre of music Lil Nas was going for, but I didn’t expect it to go so far away from country. He’s definitely a Hip-Hop artist that’s into Country, Pop, Rock, a lil’ Indie, Jazz and so on. Overall the album is FUN. It’s his first body of work so I can’t say what his sound is or isn’t but I can tell you he gives us a buffet worth of songs. A lil’ Chinese, with some crab legs, and a giant watermelon!

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1.Old Town Road Remix feat. Billy Rae Cyrus

Is the longest running Billboard number 1 of all time. Catch the thousands of videos people have made singing and dancing to the original and remix. I know some of us have grown tired of listening to the hit but it has made its own history.

 

2. Panini 

The second song on the album is super catchy. It really showcases Lil Nas’s personality. Very electronic-based. The video has robots and is in the year 3000, very futuristic. LNX

 

3.F9mily (You & Me) & Travis Barker

The third track from “7” is rock-based. I was totally shocked to hear the guitar and drums in the background. Then I realized  Travis Barker is the same drummer from Blink 182. Very diverse. Would not think this was the same artist who made “Old Town Road”. Definitely a star who makes music for everyone. Lil Nas is NOT your typical Atlanta based artist.

4. Kick It

He obviously loves live instruments. The saxophone is instrumental. Song about “kick-n it” with a guy. The guy is obviously a known artist. He specifically states he replaced  the guy on billboard. That his sister loves and his uncle considers to be the G.O.A.T. Who could this be?

5. Rodeo feat. Cardi B

A mix between country and hip-hop. He definitely has a unique sound. Cardi B obviously brings the extra energy needed sense Lil Nas is speaking so monotone.

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6. Bring You Down

So far he has his sound cemented. Not afraid to have live music. The iconic choruses remind me of the bands from the 90’s. Able to create a classic rock song others would enjoy.

7. C7osure (You Like)

Diversity. He’s giving me Maroon 5 vibes. Song is different from everything on the EP. Ifi was in year 2000 this song would be exactly what I expect a song in 2019 to sound like.

8. Old Town Road

The Original of the famous song. In case you don’t care for the remix this song gives you a foundation of the one everyone knows. Obviously just a catchy as the remix and the variations are the same.

 

Let me know what you guys think of “7”.

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Written By: Triston Devon

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Lil Nas X (@lilnasx) Is Bisexual … And A Star! Get Over It!

From 2004 through 2015 gay marriage has been made legal in all fifty states. We’ve had artist from Elton John to Frank Ocean come out and ask the world to accept them. But for some odd reason in 2019, “we” have a problem accepting Lil Nas X and I want to know why.

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From 2004 through 2015 gay marriage has been made legal in all fifty states. We’ve had artist from Elton John to Frank Ocean come out and ask the world to accept them. But for some odd reason in 2019, “we” have a problem accepting Lil Nas X and I want to know why.


Montero Lamar Hill aka “Lil Nas X” is from Lithia Springs, Georgia and has completely set the world on fire in 2019. All I could remember when he first came out as an artist was that he was a black man singing country, and how everyone was so in an uproar. Then as the summer came and went I had learned how he had surpassed Mariah Carey’s longest running number one in billboard history “One Sweet Day” and he’s only 20! But instead of congratulating him we have some who believe he used his sexuality to boost his popularity. We all have our opinions but that is utterly ridiculous.

Lil Nas X – “Panini”

To think that LGBT members are some of the ones pushing that narrative is confusing. How can Rihanna use her sexuality to her advantage but we have a problem when a gay/bi person does it? It’s who we are! Instead of us making assumptions how about we just be thankful that a gay/bi  person can come out and it not stop their bag. Why is it that us gays want to be accepted but we tear down our own thinking it will validate us. We have to start supporting one another and keep the “shade” to a minimum.  Not too long ago the LGBT community wasn’t even accepted but we mad now when our brothers and sisters come out? We have to pick a side.  So what if he wears fringes, vibrant colors, or gets his nails done. Stop trying to change this man.

Lil Nas X feat. Billy Rae Cyrus – “Old Town Road”

I don’t remember anyone saying negative things about what Prince and Michael Jackson wore. We all love Miley Cyrus but she’s no stranger to nudity. We were surfboarding with Beyonce and no one seemed to care. My whole point is everyone is different and should be accepted for their work and not for anything else. Lil Nas is super talented, don’t get caught sleeping.

 

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Her Power! Busiswa (@busiswaah) is Busy w/ The Beyhive!

A lot of us are raised listening to certain artist or certain genres. We are then conditioned to compare these artist to others just to realize that they are all unique in their own way. In 2014, I booked a ticket to South Africa and while I was there I got invited to a New Years event. The venue was outside and there were thousands of South Africans anxiously waiting. The whole crew and I went through VIP where we ran into several South African artist. None more important than Busiswa Gqulu.

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A lot of us are raised listening to certain artist or certain genres. We are then conditioned to compare these artist to others just to realize that they are all unique in their own way. In 2014, I booked a ticket to South Africa and while I was there I got invited to a New Years event. The venue was outside and there were thousands of South Africans anxiously waiting. The whole crew and I went through VIP where we ran into several South African artist. None more important than Busiswa Gqulu.

Busi was born in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa. She was very well-mannered and super sweet to me. That changed suddenly when she was called to the stage to perform. When I tell y’all she ate it, she finished the whole plate! The energy she gave on stage was unlike any I had seen. Her authenticity completely shined through, backup dancers were on point, and though I couldn’t understand most of her lyrics I was thoroughly entertained.

Busiswa feat. DJ Buckz “Lahla”

The first song I ever heard from Busi was “Lahla”. Like I said before I didn’t understand most of the song initially but that did not stop me from moving my body. The song is super catchy and coming from America it has all the African flavor I need. Plus the dancing in the video is EVERYTHING. I see you Ashwin Bosman.

Prince Kaybee ft Busiswa & TNS “Banomoya”

Now I’m not gonna lie, I don’t know the English translation for any of these lyrics and honestly I don’t need them. The video and song make me feel like I’m in Black Panther 3. Busi slays again and I am completely here for my chocolate sister setting the whole mood. This track is super smooth and easy to love.

Beyonce feat Moonchild, Busiswa, Tierra Whack & Nija – My Power

If you haven’t heard Beyonce’s latest album then shame on you. But never fear I do have a track from the album called “My Power”. While listening to the song you can instantly point out Busiswa. Her swag is always felt in whatever song she’s in. Sometimes African music can be mistaken for not being modern. This is not that and not to take anything away from Bey but Busi completely delivered and set the tone for the whole track in my opinion. This is one of my favorite songs to date and my personal favorite on the album.

I am so proud of Busi! It is very hard to become mainstream in Africa and mama is making it look so damn easy. Follow her now before its too late. Long story short if you don’t know about Busiswa, you better catch up. Beyonce has.

 

Written By: Triston Devon @TheTristonDevon

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