Monthly Archives: April 2014

Ourtunez Contest: Win $500 for Guitar Center and More!

Starting May 1st, Ourtunez will host it’s first Indie Contest. 50 of our best independent artists will compete for prizes. Each artist will submit one song and the users will decide the winner. Points will be awarded for plays, likes, and favorites. The winner will be announced at the end of the month.

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Win a $500 Guitar Center gift certificate!

The winner will receive the following: a $500 gift certificate for Guitar Center; a social media promotional package which includes a blog interview, social media posts, and a featured playlist with your music. The winner will also be included in Ourtunez marketing promotions for 1 month. 

Email support@ourtunez.com with the Track Title of the song you are submitting.

Good luck!

 

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Backstage Pass: Annalise Emerick

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an independent artist from Ourtunez. This week, we chatted with Annalise Emerick about her moving music and her travels. You can check her out on our Indie Folk Station on Ourtunez.com

Annalise Emerick is living a nomadic life. Moving all over America has given her music meaning and has prepared her for a career as a touring musician. Her songs are moving and appeal to a broad spectrum of music lovers.

Annalise has lived in Seattle, Austin, Nashville, Boston and now Nashville again. “I’ve never gotten 100% comfortable in any city and I’m always looking ahead toward the next step or the next chapter,” she said. She studied music in Nashville and moved to Boston to launch her music career. The song “You Win” is a love song about her relationship with Nashville. “Nashville is a great town but you really have to be careful not to get too comfortable while you’re there, at least that’s how I feel,” she said. She was motivated to get better by the amount of talent in Nashville but found it could also be discouraging.

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Annalise Emerick: Ourtunez Featured Artist

Right before her move in 2011, she recorded Starry-Eyed, a seven track, emotionally driven EP. It tells her story of a young woman moving forward in life, falling in and out of love, starting out hopeful, getting heart-broken, and learning from experiences. Now equipped with a set of beautiful songs, she was ready for her move.

Boston was a great place for her to launch her career. “I was able to play a lot of shows and really learn how to be an independent musician while having the support of the local scene behind me,” she said. Annalise fit in well with the Boston folk scene. She enjoyed being a day’s drive from major cities like NYC, Toronto, and Philly for her tours, which she does A LOT.

Take one look at her nationwide tour schedule and you’ll see she’s absolutely booked for the next 5 months, performing about 20 shows a month. She has new material for this massive tour as well. Her new album has just been mastered and Annalise is really excited for people to hear it. “It’s a lot more americana/country/folk than Starry-Eyed. I feel like my songwriting is much stronger than it was back when we recorded Starry-Eyed so I hope people hear how I’ve matured over the past few years in life and in writing,” she said.

Annalise Emerick is another independent artist on Ourtunez that is doing it the right way. Her songs are a part of her and come from within. They transcend everything that divides us and hits right at the core of the human spirit, the heart.

-Nino Munaco (nino@ourtunez.com) Ourtunez Editor

Backstage Pass: Soul Khan

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we talked to Soul Khan and his ascendence from a viral battle rapper to an explosive artist. You can check him out on our Indie Rap Station on Ourtunez.com

Brooklyn-based MC Soul Khan is making big waves in the hip-hop community, and doing it all the right way. His music is a true reflection on his nature; staying true to his roots, never being trendy, venomous to his enemies, sometimes goofy, speaking on real life issues, and being humble.

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Soul Khan, Ourtunez Featured Artist

Noah Weston was born in the Los Angeles area and moved to up-state New York in 2003 for college. Upon graduating he moved to Brooklyn in 2007. “My West Coast roots influence me through the California artists I listened to (everybody from Ice Cube to the Pharcyde to Ras Kass) to my once very tranquil temperament, which has cracked with age and involvement in a decaying world.” His number one influence is Stevie Wonder.

Soul Khan rose to fame through being an internationally renown battle rapper. He started battling seriously in 2008. Videos of him humiliating his foes went viral, and people around the world saw his raw talent. “I was definitely shocked when my battles took off. It was a pleasant surprise but a phase I’m glad to have moved on,” Soul Khan said. When asked if he missed the battle scene, which he left in 2010 to focus on his studio career, he said, “Nah. But I’m grateful to have made an impression.”

Since leaving the battle scene, Soul Khan has released an album, Soul Like Khan, and a series of four mixtapes (all on Ourtunez) and joined the Brown Bag All Stars, a group of producers and MCs from Brooklyn. He’s played at some of the biggest music festivals in America, Bonnaroo and SXSW. He is currently working on a song with Lupe Fiasco and the Justice League and is on famed turntablist Q-Bert’s upcoming album.

Soul Khan’s style is nostalgic and modern at the same time. Hip-hop fans old and new can relate to his music. His topics include anything from politics/economics to faults of the human condition. One of his songs, “Morning Alone” tells a deep tale of a lonely widow. Such songs remind us of Pac’s “Brenda’s Got a Baby”, a poetic, soulful song that tells us the woe of an individual. In another song, “Alec Baldwin” Soul Khan displays his insane rhythm and flow he’s mastered over the years. His baritone vocals give power to his message.

2014 is going to be a big year for Soul Khan. He is dropping 2 albums this year, one free and the other for money. “The free one is more sample-driven and blisteringly vicious rappity raps to melt everybody’s flesh and bury my enemies and the paid one is a stadium boombap project that seeks to unite underground and mainstream spheres of listeners.”  We’re more than thrilled to see what 2014 has in store for this true artist.

What makes Soul Khan a special artist, outside of his music, is his humility. Independent artists like him are loyal to their fans. Although he doesn’t miss battle rapping, he is thankful for the opportunities it has given him. “Can’t be mad at the good fortune I’ve enjoyed. More talented people than I have had way fewer opportunities.” Despite being in a genre dominated by fads, cockiness, and ignorance, Soul Khan keeps it real.

-Nino Munaco (nino@ourtunez.com), Ourtunez Editor