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Unleashing the Power of Music, Culture, and Nature, Cedric McDougle’s Glamping Revolution

When one thinks of camping, images of leaky tents, bug-infested nights and minimalist outdoor survival often come to mind. But, there is a game-changer who is committed to turning these traditional perceptions upside down. Meet Cedric McDougle, a trailblazer in the world of music festivals and the mastermind behind the Summer Oasis Music Festival. His vision extends beyond the stereotypical music festival; McDougle delivers uniquely crafted musical experiences with a glamping twist, encapsulating the joys of nature, culture, and music in the idyllic setting of Idlewild, Michigan. 

Born out of a single concept, the Summer Oasis Music Festival was designed to curate experiences rather than just providing a product. Under McDougle’s inspired leadership, the festival evolved from a private tent party for family and friends into a celebrated annual event featuring A-list DJs and the tranquil atmosphere of Idlewild. His innovative approach is what sets Summer Oasis apart from other music festivals. At McDougle’s festivals, guests don’t just pay money, listen to live acts, and go home. Instead, they embark on a transformative journey that takes them beyond their paradigm, helping them fall in love with a new reality. Unleashing the Power of Music, Culture, and Nature, Cedric McDougle's Glamping Revolution

McDougle believes that the key to success is growing into your divine purpose and doing what you love. According to him, purpose provides the clarity, focus, and direction needed to navigate life’s path. His advice to those aspiring for success is to conduct themselves in a manner others would be proud to follow. For McDougle, success is not defined by material possessions but by the ability to touch someone’s life through what you do and being of service to others. 

McDougle’s commitment to his divine purpose extends to his ambitious plans for the future. He aims to continue elevating the profile of Idlewild, a historically significant Black-owned campsite on a national scale. Beyond that, he envisions producing four music festivals a year – one for each season – each held at historically Black-owned campsites and waterfronts founded by former slaves and their descendants. This bold vision is not just about hosting music festivals, but more importantly, it is about revitalizing these historic sites and bringing new ideas, energies, and financial influx. 

The upcoming Summer Oasis Music Festival, scheduled for August 18th-20th, 2023, is not just an event, but the ultimate musical glamping weekend experience. It merges music and glamping for an upscale, fun-filled experience unlike any other. Attendees will not only enjoy immersive music and luxurious camping but also contribute to supporting and revitalizing a small, close-knit town full of whimsy and charm. 

Unleashing the Power of Music, Culture, and Nature, Cedric McDougle's Glamping Revolution

It is this magic combination of music, community vibes, and glamping, fostered by McDougle’s visionary leadership, that has made the Summer Oasis Music Festival a truly unique experience. While most festivals present music as the main attraction, Summer Oasis emphasizes the experience that the audience embarks on. From creating a personal glamping site that reflects your creative side to sharing themed food and drinks with neighbors, the festival is a testament to community building and creativity. 

As the festival prepares to welcome its guests back after the lost summers of 2020 and 2021, there is an air of anticipation and excitement. McDougle encourages attendees to dig deep into their bag of tricks and bring their wow factor, as the festival promises to be a recharging, refreshing, and transformative experience. 

Those interested in experiencing this unique blend of music, nature, and culture, or wishing to learn more about McDougle’s mission, can connect with him via the Summer Oasis Music Festival website and social media channels. Through his innovative approach to music festivals, McDougle is not just changing perceptions about camping but also fostering cultural history, community growth, and a shared love for music and nature. 

Embodying his belief that success lies in touching lives through what you do and being of service to others, Cedric McDougle’s work with the Summer Oasis Music Festival does just that. It leaves a lasting impression on its attendees, touching their lives in a unique way and inspiring them to explore beyond their paradigms. McDougle’s approach to glamping and music festivals is more than just a brand; it’s a lifestyle and an experience that continues to enrich lives, one festival at a time. 

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Björk’s Fossora Remixes: Record Store Day 12” Double Single

Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk released a double A-side 12″ vinyl featuring her recent remixes by Irish-Scottish music producer Sega Bodega (featuring English rapper Shygirl) and Icelandic electronic music group sideproject for Record Store Day 2023. The vinyl has a reversible two-image sleeve with Nick Knight and Vidar Logi imagery and black metallic hot foil lettering that M/M Paris designed. The vinyl itself is also crystal-clear.

What Did the Track Emphasize?

Sega Bodega’s remix of ‘Ovule’ featuring Shygirl highlights the powerful percussion in the track. The Irish-Scottish music producer stated that creating the remix was gratifying because it brought everything full circle. The trio spent an evening listening to their favorite music at Shy’s place, which inspired them to create the remix. They also wanted to ensure the remix was fast-paced to match their musical preferences. 

What Are Björk’s Thoughts on the Collaboration?

Björk worked with the sideproject to create some beats on their album ‘fossora’. They then collaborated on a remix of ‘atopos,’ which Björk truly loved. She also praised the electronic music group for their talent and for making her excited about the future of music in Reykjavik. 

The Icelandic singer-songwriter was also honored when Shy and Sega remixed her music, the two artists who added their unique touches to the song. She felt humbled to see them perform it live in London and thanked them for their collaboration. They took the versions from her Grammy-nominated album ‘fossora’ released in September. Publications The New York Times and Pitchfork recognized it as one of the year’s top albums.  

Why Is Björk Still Famous Today?

Björk excels in music, art, fashion, and technology. The Icelandic singer-songwriter is best known for her unique approach to music, where she writes, arranges, and produces her music catalog. She collaborates with scientists, app developers, writers, inventors, musicians, and instrument makers. Her innovative and experimental nature has also redefined the traditional definition of a musician, inspiring many.

What’s Going On With Her Latest Album?

Björk has always been fascinated by the natural world, and fans can hear and see it in her music, as seen in her album Biophilia. Her latest project, Fossora, draws inspiration from the Latin word for “burrower” and explores soil, nesting, and burial themes. During the lockdown in Iceland, she worked on this project, hosting small parties featuring gabber music, a type of Dutch techno from the 90s.

What Did Record Store Day 2023 Offer for Fans?

One Little Independent Records released Bjork’s remix album from her latest release, fossora, on 12” vinyl as a Record Store Day (RSD) exclusive last April 22, 2023. It features Sega Bodega and sideproject remixes, and there were only 2,300 copies available. 

Who Is Sega Bodega?

Sega Bodega is a producer, performer, and label head famous for his otherworldly production style. He has released solo albums and worked on countless projects, including A&R and the development of artists under his NUXXE label, acclaimed production for artists like Caroline Polachek and Shygirl, and his groundbreaking solo work. Writers featured him in Dazed 100 as of the most influential artists in art and media. 

Who Is Shygirl? 

Shygirl’s debut album ‘Nymph’ explores themes of intimacy, sexual desires, and romantic frustrations over lush production with various genres. She shares a woman’s journey that people sought after and overlooked, dealing with self-love and prowess.

Who Is Sideproject? 

Sideproject is a group of three musicians specializing in electronic music who hails from Reykjavik, Iceland. Their music is known for its intricate and fast-paced beats and textured and flowing synths. They get inspiration from various sources, creating a unique blend of electronic sounds.


What are your thoughts on Björk’s latest project? Do you like the original or remixed versions better? Also, did you get your vinyl copy during Record Store Day 2023? Let us know! 

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FUREA Winning the Hearts of Thousands with His Electronic Music

We are all well aware that nothing beats live performances, especially if it is electronic dance music. The adrenaline rush you feel is out of this world. In fact, music producers and DJs all around the globe spend a significant amount of money on the production and planning of their shows. Now more than ever, artists are seen focusing their attention on electronic dance music compared to mainstream hip-hop or indie music in order to make it big in the world of music. Even though the EDM market has recently grown more congested than it was in the past, there is always room for one more artist.

Excellence in electronic dance music, however, can be rather elusive. A person who lacks vision or the willingness to explore outside the horizons of the mainstream genre often fails to thrive in it. Only exceptionally talented artists with a passion for creating music can take the EDM industry by storm and revolutionize it with their art. Such is the case with this young German artist Boran Firat, more popularly known as FUREA, whose famous hit ‘EYES’ got over 50,000 streams on Spotify!

FUREA’s electronic trance style has been capturing the hearts of countless fans. With intricate rhythmic patterns performed in such a profound yet concise manner, his soundscape is on another level. His track ‘This Can’t Be Happening,’ which was released in 2019, captivated millions of listeners around the world due to its fascinating lyrics and exceptional beats. The premise of the song is how young people are discouraged from engaging in activities they find fulfilling. They have many fears. In fact, these days, being gloomy is considered cool. FUREA encourages the younger generation to believe in themselves and confront life head-on with his peppy music. His most recent smash single, ‘Couple O’s,’ which makes real and meticulous use of the finest electronic beats, only goes to demonstrate his true mastery of the genre. The beautiful symphony created by the constant progression of the rhythmic cadence resonates with the listeners for a long time after you stop listening to it.

As far as FUREA’s passion for music is concerned, he has loved music since he was a young boy. Despite coming from a non-musical family, he was already playing the violin at the age of ten. Growing up listening to Slipknot and Metallica, he would often imagine himself as the lead singer in a band. To pursue his passion, he enrolled in a music school in Germany called Bremen, but dropped out in just three months. “I dropped out earlier due to the lack of creativity of my music production teacher,” reminisced FUREA. “All the other teachers were great, but the music theory and mixing is not enough for a producer. The sauce has to be tasty as a whole.” Oliver Sykes, a member of the band Bring me the Horizon, serves as a major source of inspiration for FUREA’s music.

Excelling in the music industry can be daunting for any new artist. FUREA himself had his fair share of hassles and struggles before he made his way into the music scene. “I would say it takes time to make an impact even over 10 people because they have to see the process of you struggling every day making new music,” FUREA shared while talking about his struggling days. According to the EDM artist, anything is attainable with the right type of meditation or mantra. For him, that mantra happens to be hard work with a little bit of ‘Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare. Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare’.

When it comes to what FUREA means, the word translates to flare in Japanese. FUREA himself further clarified, “FUREAns should be about being full of light in this world. Being conscious and loving. I always felt this way when I was next to people; I think we are alike with whoever listens to my music.” FUREA’s target audience comprises EDM lovers who also take an interest in emo rock. His beats are often created to awaken deep thoughts and feelings and are mostly inspired by recent events and experiences in his life. “A boring life can’t bring success or suffering can’t bring success. It has to arrive from the happiness within, so I try to find that place in my body,” stressed FUREA.

Despite being an underground, aspiring artist, 318 people chose FUREA to be their favorite artist of the year in 2022. With his latest single, ‘Fellow Friends, ’ out in November 2022, more and more people are exploring the charm and charisma of this German artist who happens to achieve milestone after milestone with his trance music.

Taylor Swift ‘Anti-Hero’ music video gets edited

Taylor Swift recently released a music video for “Anti-Hero,” but the criticism led to the video being edited after some fans complained.

The controversial scene

Anti-Hero is one of the songs on Midnights, Taylor Swift’s 10th studio album.

Apple Music released a music video for the song on Wednesday.

However, attentive fans were quick to point out a controversial scene.

The YouTube version initially featured a scene with the word “FAT,” albeit a brief scene.

The negative reception from fans prompted the music video editors to change the controversial scene.

The edited version is now up on YouTube.

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Taylor Swift is the writer and director of the “Anti-Hero” music video.

Anti-Hero represents her “nightmarish scenarios and intrusive thoughts.”

The controversial scene showed Swift weighing herself on a bathroom scale.

A close-up shot of the scale shows the numbers replaced by the word “FAT.”

In addition, the updated version removes the scene that body positivity supporters are calling out for being fatphobic.

Since then, debates over the scene have flooded the internet.

Furthermore, the topic reached the talk show The View, where co-host Sunny Hostin pointed out that the critics missed the point of the scene.

Taylor Swift’s struggles

The ‘Anti-Hero’ music video references her past struggles with body image and eating disorders.

In the 2020 documentary “Miss Americana,” Taylor Swift shared that sometimes unflattering photos of her and horrifying comments about her figure trigger her.

Taylor Swift said her comments would cause her to starve herself and stop eating.

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Despite the controversy, Midnights continues to be a very popular album.

Taylor Swift’s latest album was released last Friday, October 21.

The album’s popularity continues to climb at an incredible speed.

Within the first three days of its release, the album reached 1.2 album units in the United States.

Billboard uses the music data company Luminate for specific information.

In addition, Luminate data includes pre-orders in sales.

Finally, the release of the album Midnights propelled Taylor Swift to the rank of the most-streamed artist on Spotify in 24 hours.


Taylor Swift’s ‘Anti-Hero’ music video appears to have been edited amid backlash

Rihanna returns to appease fans with a song for Wakanda Forever

Rihanna is making her return to music with a new song for the upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack.

Lift Me Up

The artist recently teased his new single with a short video clip on Twitter.

Fans speculate that the song “Lift Me Up” is a musical tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman.

Boseman played the original Black Panther in several MCU movies, including Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, and two Avenger films.

Rihanna co-wrote its tune with fellow artist Tems, Oscar winner Ludwig Göransson, and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler.

“After speaking with Ryan and hearing his direction for the film and the song,” Tems revealed.

“I wanted to write something that portrays a warm embrace from all the people that I’ve lost in my life.”

“I tried to imagine what it would feel like if I could sing to them now and express how much I miss them.”

“Rihanna has been an inspiration to me, so hearing her convey this song is a great honor.”

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The release date

On Tuesday, Marvel Studios confirmed that Rihanna is one of the artists who will contribute to the soundtrack for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

“Lift Me Up” is Rihanna’s first single in over six years.

Additionally, “Lift Me Up” will be streamed on Friday, 28th October.

Marvel Studio shared the news on Twitter with a clip of a glittering Wakanda Forever logo before it morphs into Rihanna’s signature ‘R’ logo.

Rihanna fans last saw the logo in any context years ago.

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The singer’s fans quickly made the teaser trend on Twitter, with thousands of people sharing their excitement for her return.

The return of the artist/entrepreneur to music was imminent after confirming last month that she would perform in Super Bowl 2023 in Phoenix.

Rihanna’s last full-length release was the 2016 album “Anti.”

Since then, she has focused on her career as an entrepreneur by launching two brands: cosmetics brand Fenty Beauty and the Savage x Fenty lingerie line.

The artist has also vaguely hinted at two different albums for years.

She was often photographed as she walked in and out of recording studios.

Fans will see Rihanna again when she appears in the fourth installment of her Savage x Fenty show on Amazon Prime Video.


Rihanna to debut new music on ‘Wakanda Forever’ soundtrack

Rihanna returns to music with ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ original song

Sam Smith and Kim Petras prove a nonbinary and transgender artist can make it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100


Sam Smith and Kim Petras paved the way as the first nonbinary and transgender artists to lead the Billboard Hot 100.

The two artists collaborated for “Unholy,” the viral song making the rounds online.

Billboard shared their happiness for the artist’s success on Twitter, writing:

“@samsmith and @kimpetras are the first publicly non-binary and transgender artists, respectively, to earn a No. 1 song on the #Hot100, thanks to ‘Unholy.'”


The Sam Smith and Kim Petras collaboration has been teased since August, and the highly anticipated song was finally released last month.

“Unholy” is a gripping song about a relationship in which a man’s son witnesses his infidelity, withholding the secret from his wife.

A preview of the song made it one of the most used sounds on TikTok, and its popularity grew once it was released.

Since its release, the accompanying music video for “Unholy” has been viewed more than 29 million times on YouTube.

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The success of “Unholy” marks a significant milestone for Sam Smith and Kim Petras.

It’s Smith’s eighth UK number one track, following a string of hits, including the Grammy-winning song “Stay With Me.”

However, “Unholy” marks Kim Petras’ first mainstream hit and debut on the Billboard Hot 100.

Sam Smith and Kim Petras

Kim Petras is the first transgender woman to reach an important milestone in the music industry.

She posted on Instagram to share the news with over 777,000 of her followers.

“Sam, I can’t thank you enough for riding with me for years at this point,” Petras wrote.

“I’m so honored to be part of your first number one in the US which you should have 500 of at this point.”

“I love you forever angel Sam.”

Meanwhile, Sam Smith also took to Instagram to share their excitement with their fans, saying they were “speechless, overwhelmed, nauseous, and extremely happy.”

“I am so honoured [sic] to get to work with such incredibly talented musicians and humans.”

“And Kim… what magic you are. You are a treasure and an inspiration to so many. Thank you for jumping with me.”

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Sam Smith and Kim Petras collaborated on the song, one of the many tracks on Smith’s “Gloria” album.

The Grammy-winning artist will release the album in January next year.

Sam Smith’s latest album, “Love Goes,” was released in 2020, generating hits like “Dancing with a Stranger” and “Diamonds.”

Meanwhile, Kim Petras made her official debut five years ago with “I Don’t Want It at All.”

In February, she finally released her EP “Slut Pop.”

Kim Petras previously told British outlet Metro that although she is a transgender activist, she wants the world’s focus on her talent, not her gender.

“I want to be taken seriously,” said Petras.


Sam Smith and Kim Petras are first nonbinary and trans artists to reach number 1 on Billboard chart

“If and when you can’t find the motivation, be consistent.” Tony Scales’ advice for talented musicians (A.K.A Chef Tone)

Tony Scales, professionally known as Chef Tone, is an American record producer and songwriter. Born in 1983, Tony Scales spent his early life on the south side of Chicago. He had a turbulent time as a youth, spending it in and out of shelters, but that was long before he realized his true calling. Scales was always interested in music, be it the keyboard he had as a kid or remembering his father owning a saxophone. As a kid, he would sing–admittedly off-key and loudly around the house, to the annoyance of his family. Ironically it was this freestyle, at-home, when he realized he had a real skill that could be further polished. 

It was in 2007 that Scales connected to an entertainment manager and moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Within months of relocating, he was offered an exclusive producer and songwriter deal with Atlantic Records, the first from this label. As a songwriter, his first placement was with artist Plies for ‘Please Excuse My Hands,’ featuring Jamie Foxx. The number was an instant hit and made it to the top 10 position on the music charts, leading to his long-term deal to write, produce, and develop talent with the record label. From that success, there was no looking back for the songwriter and producer.  Scales went on to work with Trey Songz, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Dr. Dre, Justin Bieber, etc. When it comes to female singers, some of his favorites in the industry include Aretha Franklin. As for his favorite male artists, Scales is a Michael Jackson devotee, suggesting Jackson beats everyone because his music transcends time, age, and culture. 

Since he consistently worked hard to earn a name for himself in an extremely competitive industry, he makes sure to take out time for young and aspiring artists by visiting schools and camps to mentor them to pursue their dreams. Moreover, he is working on developing programs for kids from the inner city to help them get exposure and learn the tricks of the trade. He advises the youth to be consistent with their efforts when they can’t find motivation around them. It is difficult to always be inspired and enthusiastic about your dreams, especially when life is full of unexpected twists and turns. However, the key to success is staying persistent, working hard, and not letting failures come in the way of your hustle. Success is never instant or easy, but what makes people successful is their determination and consistent approach to making it big, irrespective of the people or circumstances surrounding them. 

One thing is sure, the process of writing is not the same for every artist. When Scales writes songs for artists, he keeps in mind their fanbase, likes and dislikes, and expectations, but beyond that, he also takes into consideration how to write songs that will bring more fans into the fold. This is not all! He taps into people who may not be interested in a particular artist, but with soulful and strong lyrics, they might start following their music. Currently, he is working with several talented artists, including Maejor, and believes some great music is in the pipeline from this combination. 

The only challenge Scales faced during the process was the lack of understanding of the business part, which is common among creatives early in their career. They are so focused on their craft that they ignore the business portion. “The companies at large have failed to educate the creative community and have found it rather to their advantage to exploit.” As he puts it, “The process of making a song isn’t hard, especially when you have spent hours and hours on mastering it. However, navigating the politics is what can get a bit tricky at times.” 

Scales has enjoyed a #1 Billboard charting song, multiple multi-platinum records, multiple Grammy nominations, and over a billion streams collectively. Some famous songs from various artists he has worked on are Ludacris’s ‘Sex Room,’ Jamie Foxx’s ‘Best Night of My Life’ and ‘Gorgeous .’Apart from that, the list includes Flo Rida’s ‘Respirator,’ Sean Paul’s ‘Entertainment’ featuring Juicy J, Nicki Minaj, and 2 Chainz, Maejor Ali’s ‘Lolly’ featuring Justin Bieber and Juicy J. A few other notable achievements include Justin Bieber’s ‘Heartbreaker,’ which topped the iTunes charts at #1 in 63 countries, peaking at #13 on the US Hot 100 chart, becoming Tony’s fastest-rising release. His collaboration with Trey Songz on ‘Invented Sex’ featuring Drake debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart and peaked at #1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop albums chart. He’s also penned down and produced singles for Trey Songz, like ‘Bottoms Up,’ ‘Love Faces,’ ‘Say Aah,’ ‘Yo Side of the Bed,’ and ‘LOL,’ which received immense popularity and love from fans across the world.

Tony Scales is indeed the kind of songwriter and producer who believes in working passionately and focusing on honing one’s skills constantly. As you keep getting better at your job, money and fame will follow on their own. 

DoubleORambo Serves as a Source of Inspiration Through His Tale of Trials and Triumphs

It has long been established how inspiration can become a breeding ground for success. As a matter of fact, it has been proven to serve as one of the bedrock of greatness, allowing dreamers to fulfill their aspirations and translate their visions into reality. A significant number of go-getters, in particular, has been fueled by the success stories of certain personalities, driving them to climb the industry’s summits and reach impressive heights. Among those personalities who have served as a source of motivation is DoubleORambo, an emerging authority across the realms of music and entertainment.

DoubleORambo is an up-and-coming talent who possesses gifts that have blossomed into channels of hope, positivity, and change, allowing aspirants to translate their purpose-driven visions into full-throttled actions. Although his accomplishments may seem like his path is made with perfection from the get-go, this power player is more than meets the eye.

Born in Oceanside, California, and later raised in Danville, Virginia, DoubleORambo has had his fair share of trials and tribulations. Growing up, he has met countless challenges along the way, watching his loved ones die and coming in and out of jail. However, despite this series of unfortunate events, DoubleORambo used these experiences and turned them into sources of motivation. With the help of his uncle Tony, who introduced him to the power of music, DoubleORambo began to create tracks that speak volumes of his passion and purpose-driven spirit. 

“My roots played a big part in molding me to who I am today,” shared the emerging artist.

Fueled by his experiences, DoubleORambo has become a must-watch force in the industry, seamlessly producing songs that have captured the hearts of hundreds of thousands of listeners across the world. As a matter of fact, he has performed on stages in Okinawa, Japan, while gathering over 100,000 views on Youtube. DoubleORambo has also released his second album, Ville Baby: Deeper than Rap 2. Currently, he is seeking to release his first collaboration EP with another up-and-coming artist, Johnny Ali.

Throughout his career, DoubleORambo has managed to begin making a mark. But underneath these achievements, this power player aims to become a source of inspiration for people to be fueled and remain hopeful. “As someone who has witnessed several shortcomings and become inspired by these misfortunes, I wish to return the favor and motivate others throughout their journeys to triumph,” he shared. As a result, DoubleORambo is not only set to lead the music industry but is also bound to become a beacon of hope for thousands of aspirants across the world.

Besides being a purpose-driven musician, DoubleORambo is also a visionary entrepreneur and founder of Ville Baby Ent TM. This brand is established to build a stronger community of like-minded individuals in the city. Serving as a source of motivation and a leading authority, he is raising the bar high among industry players across the globe.

Over the years, DoubleORambo has proven to be a vital force in the modern era. With his promising plans for the future, this go-getter is bound to make a lasting impact in the lives of many dreamers worldwide by becoming an instrument of transformation and positivity.

Up-and-Coming Millennial Artist Hylynd Produces Intimate Passion & Nostalgia In Latest Singles

The art of song-writing and music production on the level that Hylynd does it is not easily attained. He is no mere “bedroom producer”. The collection of skills this seasoned recording artist possesses has developed over the course of two decades and it’s a current you feel and hear in his work.

Born and raised in North Carolina, Hylynd is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist whose passion for music manifested early. At two years old, the musician was already playing drums, showcasing his talent and foreshadowing his later career. He would grace the stages in singing competitions by thirteen, winning at state and national levels. Hylynd would take his talent to clubs, festivals, and venues, performing and engaging with crowds. While other musicians rely solely on their talent and ability to play instruments, Hylynd has centered himself on mastering various branches of music production and is a highly sought-after vocal producer and arranger. When it comes to music directing and putting together his live shows, Hylynd has an intriguing & lively approach where you will find him moving seamlessly from the mic to piano, guitars, and synths. Hylynd truly is a Swiss army knife.

As an artist, Hylynd embodies the soul and energy of your favorite 90’s artist with a collection of sonic characteristics from pre-millennium arena pop to early 2000’s smooth r&b with a forward leaning finish. While his base isn’t inherently religious, they carry a sense of spirituality that listeners can feel within the melodies and colors of the sounds. This is especially felt in his newest single, ‘Crossfire’, where he paints the picture of loved ones & battles lost and how it feels to carry what feels like the weight of the world but refusing to give up, with a simple directive to himself and others: ”you can find me in the crossfire”.

Hylynd has worked with many talented individuals in the industry throughout his career. He has worked with Grammy-nominated and Hall of Fame vocal coach Jan Smith, who calls him, “a ridiculous talent and vocal athlete”. In the last two years, Hylynd signed non-exclusive publishing deals with Sonata, a branch of Soundscape Agency in London, 411 Music Group in Los Angeles, and Audiio Music Group in Nashville. 

Hylynd is currently collaborating and co-producing new music with Grammy-nominated King Michael Coy, who has worked with Dr. Dre, H.E.R., Anderson Paak, and more. With more than 50,000 monthly online listeners, this is an artist to watch in 2022.