Sunday evening I had the opportunity to attend an event hosted by LivSuite called Autumn Soul, which I spoke briefly about last week. This event which is catered to the “music lover” showcases select artists seasonally at Twelve Lounge, and the rotation of artists are always the best of the best within the indie music scene.

A few bloggers had the opportunity to sit down with the host of the evening Shae Fiol and featured artists Levi Stephens and Deborah Bond before the show to ask a few questions and I was included in that mix.

Deborah Bond was the first artist we got to sit down with her personality was warm and inviting like sitting down with an old friend. The singer who draws influence from artists like Sade, Anita Baker, Joni Mitchell said she looks at her new cd Madam Palindrome like an art installation. She said it’s complicated and she likes it that way.

For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

  • Sophisticated
  • Soulful
  • Funky
  • Classic
  • Original

Standout Statement:

I want them to realize [with this cd] there is more to it than meets the eye. Think about the album and what the name is. There is a lot to discover. You may listen now and hear one thing and then listen a year later and hear something you missed.

Shae Fiol was cool calm and mellow when she sat down with the group. Fiol who comes from a family of musicians has lived in Oregon, California, New Mexico and Now New York. The self-described fiend for culture loves the spontaneity in music and even performs in a women’s mariachi band.

For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

  • Heart
  • Melodic
  • Soul,
  • World
  • Human

Standout Statement:

I’m writing songs that are sketches. Look forward to some visual pieces and therapy songs that I can’t keep inside.

Levi Stephens was energetic and cool when we had the chance to speak to him. The local singer said his first stage was a wooden coffee table in his living room when he was four and started writing music after reading an article in Black Enterprise on Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Stephens, who has an affinity for rock, r&b and country has written for artists like Raheem DeVaughn, says he likes to constantly reinvent himself without not being himself.

For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

  • Soulful,
  • Passionate,
  • Honest
  • Eclectic
  • Genreless

Standout Statement:

I Channel Saturday morning cartoons on stage. I like to feel like a kid and free and have that kind of energy emotion and vibe on stage. Energy wise [I want to be like] a kid in front of tv when the smurfs came on.

Here is a little snippet I put together to highlight the AMAZING concert that followed…

Please check these artists out and support their music if you can.

I had a great time at this event and am glad I had the chance to participate. Special thanks to Organic Fusion for bringing the bloggers together and being amazing hosts.

Music Monday: Autumn Soul

October 3, 2011

Happy Monday all. A lot going on but I wanted to share with you this event coming up in the DC area called LivSuite Autumn Soul.

It’s basically a seasonal event with great artists and live music, in a cool spot in DC. I mentioned the last one I attended on here and I was introduced to some phenomenal artists. So here are the details:

Tickets are available at and more info is at

LivSuite’s motto is “Exceptional Music, By Exceptional Artists, For Exceptional Music Lovers” so I hope to see you all out next Sunday.

And since it’s Monday here is a video from one of the featured artists:

music monday: feeling soulful

February 21, 2011

Yes I know Monday is almost over. But I didn’t work today since it was a holiday and was busy all day doing productive things like grocery shopping for tons of veggies (still holding strong on my vegetarian diet) and working out (I ran my fastest mile today!). I also started my day a tad late because I was out last night at an event called Winter Soul hosted by Liv Suite. The event was held in DC at a great lounge on H Street and showcased Carmen Rodgers, Kenny Wesley, and Teisha Marie and the event was hosted by Deborah Bond.

I had never heard any of these artist perform live and they were all great but I really enjoyed Carmen Rodgers so I decided that I’ll share two of her songs that I really enjoyed last night…

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