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Family Business
Artist: Livin' Out Loud
Interviewer: Todd Davis



Meet Livin Out Loud, a musically diverse entity, comprised of members; siblings, Reuben & Sylvia MacCalla, Lisa LaShawn, J. Martini, and Dminor...

First things first, please introduce for me the members of Livin Out Loud...

Livin Out Loud is a family business. Reuben and Sylvia, founding members, are brother and sister. Thomas, the oldest brother, is the business manager. Lisa LaShawn & J. Martini [Jason] are long time family friends, and round out performing artists of the group.

How did you all come together to form the group?

Reuben: Sylvia has known all of us for a while, though she's known me the longest. We are brother and sister. Sylvia and Lisa had worked at gigs. Sylvia had also worked with Jason at Universal Studios.

Lisa: Sylvia said to me, "You know what? We could be a group together." So, Reuben, Sylvia and Jason & I, all got together. We put it together ourselves.

J Martini: We've all known each other for years. In the beginning, we would bounce song ideas off each other, and that naturally evolved into writing songs together. It's an interesting dynamic. Sylvia and Lisa write melodies in their head, I'll sometimes put the chords to it, and Reuben produces it. Sometimes Reuben writes the melody, and comes to me for chords. Sometimes I have a melody and chords, and I'll go to Reuben for feel, or Sylvia for help with lyrics, and so on and so on.

Sylvia: We took our music to other people to produce, but no one could catch the vibe that we were trying to convey. So, my brother took it, and finally just did it himself.

Where do you all hail from? And, individually, who influenced your sound & style?

Reuben: Sylvia was born in L.A., but I was born in San Diego. J. Martini was born in Los Angeles, but Lisa is from Davenport, Iowa. In terms of musical influences, I would say that Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye influenced me.

Lisa: My mom was my first inspiration. She played Gospel music everyday, and taught me how to harmonize. Earth, Wind & Fire, and The Jackson Five -- Also, Terence Trent D'Arby.

Jason: My father is my biggest musical influence. He was a jazz singer and musician back in the day. So, I was raised listening to old jazz and R&B like; Nat King Cole, (Frank) Sinatra, Oscar Peterson, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Isley Brothers, even a little B.B. King and Buddy Guy.

Sylvia: Sarah Vaughan, Gladys Knight, Carole King, Donna Summer and Chaka Khan.

Was it always in the plans to pursue music as a profession?

Sylvia: When I started writing jingles in Japan, they asked me if I could write a whole album. I was able to do that when I wasn't sure I could. That's when I started my pursuit. After that I got into a girl group, and my interest grew from there.

Reuben: I had no idea that it would lead to this until I made the decision to come to Los Angeles to become a certified sound engineer. That's when everything changed for me.

Lisa: I've always wanted to pursue music since I was a child, but I really wanted to pursue it professionally right after high school.

Tell me how the group first made it big over in the UK? And, how has the whole transition over here to the states been for you all?

Reuben: We have been working in the UK for a while. We first hit the airwaves in 2003 with 'More Than a Fantasy,' supported by BBC1 DJ, Trevor Nelson. In 2004, we made the Music Week Club chart for nearly a month with 'Why U Gotta Lie,' followed by 'Cuz I Gotta Know,' two versions, in Blues & Soul Magazine. UK DJ, Steve Sutherland, on Galaxy radio, launched our follow on singles 'Where's The Love' and 'What About Us.' 'What About Us' made it to #4 on the DMC Urban Chart. The biggest UK success came with the track 'All That Really Matters.' 'All That Really Matters' was #1 on the UK DJ charts for most of December 2006 and January 2007. We were loved abroad, but nobody at home knew who we were. This year we felt it was time to bring our sound back to the USA. We have a distribution deal with Fontana Distribution, a Universal Music Group company. Our first single is 'Lately' which has gone to #31, and climbing in the Urban Adult Contemporary charts here in the USA. We have just been picked up by several more radio stations in Miami, Atlanta, Orlando, etcetera, and we are working on a tour of public appearances now. We're just starting to get people saying they heard of us, and we expect that to continue to grow. It feels good to be home.

Where does your moniker Livin Out Loud originate from?

Reuben: Sylvia is the one who came up with the name. She also created the name for our company, Kin Productions. We all thought the name "Livin Out Loud" expressed what we were about.

Sylvia: I felt the name spoke to how we tell stories about life in our music, as well as symbolize our journey in following our dreams as artists and individuals -- Hence Livin (without the g) Out Loud.

You titled your new album, What About Us -- Tell me why?

Sylvia: What About Us is the title of one of our singles that was released in the UK. It also speaks to our journey as independents in the music business. We are a real group, original songwriters, and performers. What About Us; why not give us a chance?

Lyrically, where do you find your inspiration?

Reuben: All of us draw our inspiration for the lyrics based upon life experiences. It might come from our own experiences or somebody we know. In all cases, the lyrics have to match the mood of the music to be expressed accurately.

Who all did you work with production-wise?

Thomas: Reuben is the creative producer for all of Livin Out Loud's work. Reuben works with all the members to create a true creative process. He uses technology, in conjunction with world-class musicians, to create a New School vibe with Old School roots. The group writes all their own materials to insure their sound is distinctive and original. To further illustrate, when the group wants to create a track with an older vibe, they get assistance from musicians who have played with some of music's greatest, including; Ray Charles and Miles Davis. Reuben continually collaborates with producers, in both New York and London, to give a broader ear, and better ensure a sound.

Reuben: We use our personal perspectives, blending, and authenticity to create our music. The music is an amalgam of live musicians, production and a combination of unique voices, to generate a signature sound. Our songs are rooted in storytelling, expressing feelings, and experiences. We choose the style of music, R 'n' B, Hip-Hop, Dance, or other, based on the feeling we want to express. All of the music stays authentic to the story and the genre.

What has been your biggest career moment to date?

Sylvia: The Wayne Brady Show was a highlight. Doing the song 'So Amazing' for the Katrina documentary was special. Also, writing 'I Wanted You to Know' was a very heartfelt and therapeutic moment for us together.

Reuben: I would also say the Wayne Brady Show was my favorite highlight. Performing in front of a live audience for TV is a different kind of rush. My other highlight was driving around all over London, going from club to club performing until 3am. That experience was not that fun, but the Jerk Chicken outside the club was the best I've ever had.

Lisa: I would have to say my highlight was performing at The Canary in Las Vegas. That was interesting because I was on stage 8 months pregnant, and singing 'Come on Baby.' I look back at that and think about how funny that was.

Success, what has been the key to yours?

Reuben: It is very important not (to) write music based on trends. Music is ever changing, and it's important to write music that is timeless. That's what makes it possible to continue to stay fresh with your sound, and sustain momentum.

Do any of you have any other outside, future aspirations?

Sylvia: Pursuing my acting career. Which is what I actually started doing in the beginning. I've talked about writing a book with my mom for a very long time. Also, I want get into writing for television or screenplays.

Reuben: I would say teaching. I enjoy teaching people, and seeing how they progress. It's exciting to see the looks on their faces when they finally get it. It's like cracking the code, and seeing them tap into their creativity.

Lisa: I love music and that's my passion, but I feel like I need balance. I've always wanted to get a business degree. I want to know how business actually works. I'm more of a creative person, and think it would really balance out my life.

How do you feel about the state of today's music?

Sylvia: I'm a fan of the music out there. I like to see trends come and go. The business part of music continues to confuse me on how you make it. There is so much good music out there that will never be heard. I'm always confused on what's acceptable, because there are so many talented people out there.

Reuben: I think music is starting to get its' identity for this decade. When you're living in the present decade, it is hard to hear what the current decade will be known for. For some reason, it always works itself out. It's amazing that you can do a track from anywhere, and make a hit song. That's the best part. You can take music wherever you go. That's true for the people who make, and the people who buy it.

Lisa: I think music is definitely evolving to a different place. It has a lot to do with the world changing. I think technology is influencing how music is created. But no matter how much things change, music always comes back to its' roots.

Tell me something that everyone won't automatically know about you all just from listening to your records?

Sylvia: Well, hopefully they get that we're real. We are just your everyday people. Our lives are just as exciting and complicated as the next person. We don't really withhold the bad parts. We wear our hearts on our sleeves. That's how I go through life, and you are meeting me when you hear our music.

Reuben: The music has a lot of continuity, but we are all so different. Some of us are laid back, and others are very outgoing. I don't think we take things too seriously, but we also enjoy a deep conversation. There are certain people in the group that we don't know what they're going to say next. I'm (not) naming anyone in particular. That's what makes us exciting, and keeps it interesting.

Lisa: I'm not sure if people realize that even though we're in a group, we're like a family. We care about each other. If someone is down or someone is going through something, there is always a member that's always there. We are all like brothers and sisters. I know it's not blood, but it's in our hearts. I'm not sure if the music tells how much of a family we are.

How do you spend your time away from music?

Reuben: We like to hang out, and do a barbecue. It's fun, and we get along so well when all have a full stomach. We also like to go to a movie, or get together and watch some reality show and talk about it. Obviously our conversation can't be too serious. It's Reality TV!

Earlier you all spoke on your biggest career moment(s), but, as individuals, what have been some other big highlights?

Sylvia: Landing the show Rent. They did a countrywide search of over 25,000 people auditioning for the show that won a Tony. 20/20 or 60 minutes did a piece on us during the audition process. It was almost like American Idol, where they went from city to city to find new people. So, it was definitely cool.

Reuben: The biggest highlight would be going #1 on the DMJ charts, in 4 different genres, on the same song; 'All That Really Matters.' It was a great accomplishment, not just for Livin Out Loud, but also for me personally.

Lisa: I would say being able to perform at the Viper Room. Everything was perfect that night. The sound was perfect, the audience was perfect, and the band was perfect. Everything when it came out was amazing. I didn't have to work hard to sing on the mic, because it was the most perfect blend of everything.

Looking ahead, where do you see Livin Out Loud?

Sylvia: Hopefully, enjoying life the way I currently am. Just being able to have the money and time to keep pursuing what I'm pursuing, (and) being more successful.

Reuben: I see myself continuing to evolve in the music industry. Absorbing everything around me and using my experiences to create more music. I also see Kin Productions continuing to grow, not only producing more music for Livin out Loud, but other artists as well.

Lisa: I think I will be a certified studio engineer/producer. I'll be able to produce my own music, and other people. Also, with my husband, I'll be working on a foundation called The Motherland Beckons. So, I'll probably be doing a lot of traveling back and forth to Africa.

What's next for you all?

Sylvia: We are pleased with how people have received our first single 'Lately.' It went to number 1 on a couple of radio stations in New Orleans and Little Rock, and it is generally building across the US. The original version is a soulful, down tempo track, that describes a woman rebuilding her life after a break-up of a serious relationship. It shows growth, self-reliance, and hope for the future. The remix version that is at the end of the album, takes it one step further; it shows triumph, dancing, and a full-life after the break-up. It is in the spirit of 'I Will Survive,' but with today's rhythms.

Reuben: The album, as a whole, shows various life experiences; from being broke 'Brokeazz,' having affairs, 'Hey Yo,' falling out of love, 'Where's The Love,' & 'What About Us,' falling in love, 'All That Really Matters,' and 'You Are My Sunshine,' to having a good time, 'Do Your Thing,' 'Make Me Move,' and 'What You Came Here For,' as well as other various stories that happen in real life.

Lisa: The style covers R 'n' B, Hip-Hop, and Dance sounds, all in concert, with the various stories being told.

Thomas: What About Us has been available online at Amazon.com, CD Baby, and the single is available on iTunes off the UK version of the album. The success of 'Lately' is appearing in stores primarily in Florida and Georgia. Stores are just beginning to put them on shelves, so it should be in a store near you soon. If it's not there, ask for it and they will order it for you.

Any plans to take the Livin Out Loud show out on the road anytime soon?

Thomas: We are putting together a tour of public performances in Florida and Georgia now. We are working on other performances for later this summer. Check out our website for details, www.Kinproductions.com.

For someone who hasn't experienced you all live, what's to be expected?

Reuben: I would expect our personalities to come out more than what you get from the record. Everything comes to life, from vocals, to musicians, to the actual songs themselves. I think we all thrive on stage. The energy is different and exciting.
Todd Davis - Sound Slam (May 1, 2011)
LIVIN' OUT LOUD ... THEY GOTTA KNOW

LIVIN' OUT LOUD are an American four piece group who are well known to the UK soul cognoscenti. What few copies of their 2006 album 'What About Us' that were available in Europe were quickly snapped up by discerning modern soul collectors. The good news is that the band will shortly be releasing their brand new set throughout Europe. Three years in the making, 'Lately' has all the classic ingredients so beloved of the modern soul crew. The first track to be leaked from the album is called 'Cuz I Gotta Know' (in a special Souled Out mix) and it's a smooth slice of steppers soul that will delight sophisticated groovers. Prior to the album's full release, more tracks will be made available so that America's best kept soul secret won't be a secret too much longer.
Livin Out Loud announces “Don’t Be A Broke Azz” Contest

Livin Out Loud, creators of the music video “BrokeAzz Radio Single”, announces The “Don’t Be A Broke Azz” contest. This contest is sponsored by The Southern Soul Radio Network, www.boogiereport.com and Livin Out Loud.

BrokeAzz !!!! Meaning: Without Money, Economically Challenged, No Loot, In Need Of Funds. In other words...something many people are today but the one thing YOU do NOT wanna be!

The contest offers the opportunity to share Tips on how Not to become a Broke Azz and a chance to win a Free Livin’ Out Loud T Shirt in the process.

People should send their ideas to: brokeazz@hotmail.com.
Each day for 5 weeks the Southern Soul Radio Network will select a winner and that winner’s Tip will be shared throughout the World Wide Southern Soul Radio Network.

BrokeAzz can happen to anyone, it is a situation. As in the lyrics of song “BrokeAzz”, “its not a permanent condition and it won’t be forever.” Hopefully the listener provided Tips will help people avoid being BrokeAzz or find tools to get out of being BrokeAzz sooner.

The music video “BrokeAzz Radio Single” is about a guy trying to stay positive even though he is broke. You can see it at www.brokeazzvideo.com.

DMC World Update

BUZZ Q&A Reuben MacCalla of Livin Out Loud

What’s The Best Night Out You’ve Ever Had?

The 2006 Emmy’s in Los Angeles. I have been to numerous movie premieres, but this event was something special. From the Aaron Spelling & Dick Clark Tributes, the father and son presentation with Charley & Martin Sheen, Kiefer & Donald Sutherland, hanging out with Scrubs cast, Seals performance at dinner not mention all the great after parties. It it was a cool night. What’s Your Favourite Record Of All-time? I have three - Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” and Stevie Wonder’s “Innervisions” and “Songs in the Key of Life” What Was The Last Record You Bought? I bought three CDs at the same time. Robin Thicke’s “Evolution of Robin Thicke”, Herbie Hancock’s “Possibilities”, and Justin Timberlake’s “Future Sex/ Love Sounds”. Name Three Of Your Biggest Influences….. Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles.

What’s Your Dream?

Dreams are an ongoing process. I want to be able to express my creativity and reach out to people. I hope that my work can positively impact people and I have the ability to continue pursue by dreams.

How Do You Escape? Driving in the car, working out at the gym and going to the movies.

If You Were An Animal, What Animal and Why? Mocking Bird. First as a bird I can fly to where ever the weather is good for that time of year. Second, as a mocking bird I can mimick many sounds and flip them into my own interpretation.

You Are Having A Party, Whom Dead Or Alive Is On The Guest List? Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Quincy would lead the pack. Alan Iverson, Michael Jordon, Johnny Depp, Bruce Willis, and Tom Hanks would follow. For the ladies would be, Halle Berry, Sanaa Lathan, Arethea Franklin, Jill Scott, Jessica Alba, and Rosario Dawson. And to round it out Common, Kanye West, Timberland and Justin.

What Is Your Favourite Possession?

My House - I love where I live.

What Record Did You Lose Your Virginity Too? What have you done for me Lately... Just kidding. I can’t remember I was kinda focused at the time.

What’s Your Favourite Club?

House of Blues - I like the sound, I don’t feel hemmed in and I like to eat. In my home town - I like to go to the Belly Up for the same reasons.

What Record Can’t You Stand?

No comment.

Who Would Play You in “Reuben MacCalla - Livin Out Loud” the Movie?

Lawrence Fishbourne only younger.

What Is Your Life Philosophy?

Everything happens for a reason, go with the flow and look for the best. Bad stuff and Good stuff its how you deal with it that matters.

All That Really Matters is available on CD with a range of Urban, Garage & Funky House mixes from M J Cole, Karl “Tuff Enough” Brown, 5AM plus Ray Paxon and Groove Professor. Out Now. Go to www.futureproofrecords.com/ts-page/lol-albumlisten2.html

- DMCWorld.com Update (Jan 7, 2010)
Biography by David Jeffries
The Los Angeles-based group Livin' Out Loud are a versatile foursome, able to blend old-school soul sounds with 21st century dance, pop, and R&B. Members Reuben MacCalla, Sylvia MacCalla, Lisa LaShawn, and Jason "Martini" Martinez are all songwriters and vocalists. With their diverse backgrounds -- Reuben was an engineer, Sylvia toured the U.S. as a cast member of the musical Hairspray, Lisa co-wrote the song "Feel Me" for Mandy Moore, while Martini was a backup singer for Paul Simon -- it wasn't a big surprise that Livin' Out Loud would be an unclassifiable act. They first made an impression in the U.K. in 2004 when their singles "Why U Gotta Lie" and "Cuz I Gotta Know" became popular among dance and urban music fans. The 2005 track "Where's the Love" did well on U.S. dancefloors, and a year later their album What About Us spawned the singles "What About Us" and "All That Really Matters," the latter of which made a big U.K. splash thanks in part to an MJ Cole remix. As their third single, "Lately," was getting U.K. radio play in the summer of 2007, the What About Us album was re-released in America.
Now here is a band some of you already might know LIVIN OUT LOAD remember there song last year ("All That Really Matters")

they have a great new song entitled I CANT STOP once you here this think its time you checked out the entire new deluxe set from the group.
Livin Out Loud

Livin Out Loud seemingly exists in series of alternate universes. In the United Kingdom, a handful of the R&B quartet's singles have been in rotation at dance clubs and urban radio, remixed by prominent DJs, for the last four years... (for more see article in Billboard Magazine).
Katie Hasty - Billboard Magazine (Oct 1, 2008)
Livin Out Loud -Featured Artist in Billboard Magazine.

The Los Angeles based group Livin Out Loud are a versatile foursome, able to blen old-school soul sounds with 21st century dance, pop, and R&B. Members Reuben MacCalla, Sylvia MacCalla, Lisa LaShawn, and Jason "Marini" Martinez are all songwriters and vocalists. With their diverse backgrounds-- Reuben was an engineer, Sylvia toured the U.S. as a cast member of the musical Hairspray, Lisa co-wrote the song "Feel Me" for Mandy Moore, w2hile Martini was a backup singer for Paul Simon-- it wasn't a big surprise that Livin' Out Loud would be an unclassifiable act. They first made an impression in the U.K. in 2004 when their singles "Why U Gotta Lie" and "Cuz I Gotta Know" became popular among dance and urban music fans. The 2005 track " Where's the Love" did well on U.S. dancefloors and a year later theri album What About Us spawnedthe singles "What About Us" and "All That Really Matters", the latter of which made a big U.K. splash thanks in part to an MJ Cole remix. As their third single, "Lately" was getting U.K. radio play in the summer of 2007, the What About Us album as re-released in America- David Jeffries, All Music Guide.
Family Business- Article on Livin Out Loud found in Sound Slam

Meet Livin Out Loud, a musically diverse entity, comprised of members; siblings, Reuben & Sylvia MacCalla, Lisa LaShawn, J. Martini, and Dminor...

First things first, please introduce for me the members of Livin Out Loud...

Livin Out Loud is a family business. Reuben and Sylvia, founding members, are brother and sister. Thomas, the oldest brother, is the business manager. Lisa LaShawn & J. Martini [Jason] are long time family friends, and round out performing artists of the group.

How did you all come together to form the group?

Reuben: Sylvia has known all of us for a while, though she's known me the longest. We are brother and sister. Sylvia and Lisa had worked at gigs. Sylvia had also worked with Jason at Universal Studios.

Lisa: Sylvia said to me, "You know what? We could be a group together." So, Reuben, Sylvia and Jason & I, all got together. We put it together ourselves.

J Martini: We've all known each other for years. In the beginning, we would bounce song ideas off each other, and that naturally evolved into writing songs together. It's an interesting dynamic. Sylvia and Lisa write melodies in their head, I'll sometimes put the chords to it, and Reuben produces it. Sometimes Reuben writes the melody, and comes to me for chords. Sometimes I have a melody and chords, and I'll go to Reuben for feel, or Sylvia for help with lyrics, and so on and so on.

Sylvia: We took our music to other people to produce, but no one could catch the vibe that we were trying to convey. So, my brother took it, and finally just did it himself.

Where do you all hail from? And, individually, who influenced your sound & style?

Reuben: Sylvia was born in L.A., but I was born in San Diego. J. Martini was born in Los Angeles, but Lisa is from Davenport, Iowa. In terms of musical influences, I would say that Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye influenced me.

Lisa: My mom was my first inspiration. She played Gospel music everyday, and taught me how to harmonize. Earth, Wind & Fire, and The Jackson Five -- Also, Terence Trent D'Arby.

Jason: My father is my biggest musical influence. He was a jazz singer and musician back in the day. So, I was raised listening to old jazz and R&B like; Nat King Cole, (Frank) Sinatra, Oscar Peterson, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Isley Brothers, even a little B.B. King and Buddy Guy.

Sylvia: Sarah Vaughan, Gladys Knight, Carole King, Donna Summer and Chaka Khan.

Was it always in the plans to pursue music as a profession?

Sylvia: When I started writing jingles in Japan, they asked me if I could write a whole album. I was able to do that when I wasn't sure I could. That's when I started my pursuit. After that I got into a girl group, and my interest grew from there.

Reuben: I had no idea that it would lead to this until I made the decision to come to Los Angeles to become a certified sound engineer. That's when everything changed for me.

Lisa: I've always wanted to pursue music since I was a child, but I really wanted to pursue it professionally right after high school.

Tell me how the group first made it big over in the UK? And, how has the whole transition over here to the states been for you all?

Reuben: We have been working in the UK for a while. We first hit the airwaves in 2003 with 'More Than a Fantasy,' supported by BBC1 DJ, Trevor Nelson. In 2004, we made the Music Week Club chart for nearly a month with 'Why U Gotta Lie,' followed by 'Cuz I Gotta Know,' two versions, in Blues & Soul Magazine. UK DJ, Steve Sutherland, on Galaxy radio, launched our follow on singles 'Where's The Love' and 'What About Us.' 'What About Us' made it to #4 on the DMC Urban Chart. The biggest UK success came with the track 'All That Really Matters.' 'All That Really Matters' was #1 on the UK DJ charts for most of December 2006 and January 2007. We were loved abroad, but nobody at home knew who we were. This year we felt it was time to bring our sound back to the USA. We have a distribution deal with Fontana Distribution, a Universal Music Group company. Our first single is 'Lately' which has gone to #31, and climbing in the Urban Adult Contemporary charts here in the USA. We have just been picked up by several more radio stations in Miami, Atlanta, Orlando, etcetera, and we are working on a tour of public appearances now. We're just starting to get people saying they heard of us, and we expect that to continue to grow. It feels good to be home.

Where does your moniker Livin Out Loud originate from?

Reuben: Sylvia is the one who came up with the name. She also created the name for our company, Kin Productions. We all thought the name "Livin Out Loud" expressed what we were about.

Sylvia: I felt the name spoke to how we tell stories about life in our music, as well as symbolize our journey in following our dreams as artists and individuals -- Hence Livin (without the g) Out Loud.

You titled your new album, What About Us -- Tell me why?

Sylvia: What About Us is the title of one of our singles that was released in the UK. It also speaks to our journey as independents in the music business. We are a real group, original songwriters, and performers. What About Us; why not give us a chance?

Lyrically, where do you find your inspiration?

Reuben: All of us draw our inspiration for the lyrics based upon life experiences. It might come from our own experiences or somebody we know. In all cases, the lyrics have to match the mood of the music to be expressed accurately.

Who all did you work with production-wise?

Thomas: Reuben is the creative producer for all of Livin Out Loud's work. Reuben works with all the members to create a true creative process. He uses technology, in conjunction with world-class musicians, to create a New School vibe with Old School roots. The group writes all their own materials to insure their sound is distinctive and original. To further illustrate, when the group wants to create a track with an older vibe, they get assistance from musicians who have played with some of music's greatest, including; Ray Charles and Miles Davis. Reuben continually collaborates with producers, in both New York and London, to give a broader ear, and better ensure a sound.

Reuben: We use our personal perspectives, blending, and authenticity to create our music. The music is an amalgam of live musicians, production and a combination of unique voices, to generate a signature sound. Our songs are rooted in storytelling, expressing feelings, and experiences. We choose the style of music, R 'n' B, Hip-Hop, Dance, or other, based on the feeling we want to express. All of the music stays authentic to the story and the genre.

What has been your biggest career moment to date?

Sylvia: The Wayne Brady Show was a highlight. Doing the song 'So Amazing' for the Katrina documentary was special. Also, writing 'I Wanted You to Know' was a very heartfelt and therapeutic moment for us together.

Reuben: I would also say the Wayne Brady Show was my favorite highlight. Performing in front of a live audience for TV is a different kind of rush. My other highlight was driving around all over London, going from club to club performing until 3am. That experience was not that fun, but the Jerk Chicken outside the club was the best I've ever had.

Lisa: I would have to say my highlight was performing at The Canary in Las Vegas. That was interesting because I was on stage 8 months pregnant, and singing 'Come on Baby.' I look back at that and think about how funny that was.

Success, what has been the key to yours?

Reuben: It is very important not (to) write music based on trends. Music is ever changing, and it's important to write music that is timeless. That's what makes it possible to continue to stay fresh with your sound, and sustain momentum.

Do any of you have any other outside, future aspirations?

Sylvia: Pursuing my acting career. Which is what I actually started doing in the beginning. I've talked about writing a book with my mom for a very long time. Also, I want get into writing for television or screenplays.

Reuben: I would say teaching. I enjoy teaching people, and seeing how they progress. It's exciting to see the looks on their faces when they finally get it. It's like cracking the code, and seeing them tap into their creativity.

Lisa: I love music and that's my passion, but I feel like I need balance. I've always wanted to get a business degree. I want to know how business actually works. I'm more of a creative person, and think it would really balance out my life.

How do you feel about the state of today's music?

Sylvia: I'm a fan of the music out there. I like to see trends come and go. The business part of music continues to confuse me on how you make it. There is so much good music out there that will never be heard. I'm always confused on what's acceptable, because there are so many talented people out there.

Reuben: I think music is starting to get its' identity for this decade. When you're living in the present decade, it is hard to hear what the current decade will be known for. For some reason, it always works itself out. It's amazing that you can do a track from anywhere, and make a hit song. That's the best part. You can take music wherever you go. That's true for the people who make, and the people who buy it.

Lisa: I think music is definitely evolving to a different place. It has a lot to do with the world changing. I think technology is influencing how music is created. But no matter how much things change, music always comes back to its' roots.

Tell me something that everyone won't automatically know about you all just from listening to your records?

Sylvia: Well, hopefully they get that we're real. We are just your everyday people. Our lives are just as exciting and complicated as the next person. We don't really withhold the bad parts. We wear our hearts on our sleeves. That's how I go through life, and you are meeting me when you hear our music.

Reuben: The music has a lot of continuity, but we are all so different. Some of us are laid back, and others are very outgoing. I don't think we take things too seriously, but we also enjoy a deep conversation. There are certain people in the group that we don't know what they're going to say next. I'm (not) naming anyone in particular. That's what makes us exciting, and keeps it interesting.

Lisa: I'm not sure if people realize that even though we're in a group, we're like a family. We care about each other. If someone is down or someone is going through something, there is always a member that's always there. We are all like brothers and sisters. I know it's not blood, but it's in our hearts. I'm not sure if the music tells how much of a family we are.

How do you spend your time away from music?

Reuben: We like to hang out, and do a barbecue. It's fun, and we get along so well when all have a full stomach. We also like to go to a movie, or get together and watch some reality show and talk about it. Obviously our conversation can't be too serious. It's Reality TV!

Earlier you all spoke on your biggest career moment(s), but, as individuals, what have been some other big highlights?

Sylvia: Landing the show Rent. They did a countrywide search of over 25,000 people auditioning for the show that won a Tony. 20/20 or 60 minutes did a piece on us during the audition process. It was almost like American Idol, where they went from city to city to find new people. So, it was definitely cool.

Reuben: The biggest highlight would be going #1 on the DMJ charts, in 4 different genres, on the same song; 'All That Really Matters.' It was a great accomplishment, not just for Livin Out Loud, but also for me personally.

Lisa: I would say being able to perform at the Viper Room. Everything was perfect that night. The sound was perfect, the audience was perfect, and the band was perfect. Everything when it came out was amazing. I didn't have to work hard to sing on the mic, because it was the most perfect blend of everything.

Looking ahead, where do you see Livin Out Loud?

Sylvia: Hopefully, enjoying life the way I currently am. Just being able to have the money and time to keep pursuing what I'm pursuing, (and) being more successful.

Reuben: I see myself continuing to evolve in the music industry. Absorbing everything around me and using my experiences to create more music. I also see Kin Productions continuing to grow, not only producing more music for Livin out Loud, but other artists as well.

Lisa: I think I will be a certified studio engineer/producer. I'll be able to produce my own music, and other people. Also, with my husband, I'll be working on a foundation called The Motherland Beckons. So, I'll probably be doing a lot of traveling back and forth to Africa.

What's next for you all?

Sylvia: We are pleased with how people have received our first single 'Lately.' It went to number 1 on a couple of radio stations in New Orleans and Little Rock, and it is generally building across the US. The original version is a soulful, down tempo track, that describes a woman rebuilding her life after a break-up of a serious relationship. It shows growth, self-reliance, and hope for the future. The remix version that is at the end of the album, takes it one step further; it shows triumph, dancing, and a full-life after the break-up. It is in the spirit of 'I Will Survive,' but with today's rhythms.

Reuben: The album, as a whole, shows various life experiences; from being broke 'Brokeazz,' having affairs, 'Hey Yo,' falling out of love, 'Where's The Love,' & 'What About Us,' falling in love, 'All That Really Matters,' and 'You Are My Sunshine,' to having a good time, 'Do Your Thing,' 'Make Me Move,' and 'What You Came Here For,' as well as other various stories that happen in real life.

Lisa: The style covers R 'n' B, Hip-Hop, and Dance sounds, all in concert, with the various stories being told.

Thomas: What About Us has been available online at Amazon.com, CD Baby, and the single is available on iTunes off the UK version of the album. The success of 'Lately' is appearing in stores primarily in Florida and Georgia. Stores are just beginning to put them on shelves, so it should be in a store near you soon. If it's not there, ask for it and they will order it for you.

Any plans to take the Livin Out Loud show out on the road anytime soon?

Thomas: We are putting together a tour of public performances in Florida and Georgia now. We are working on other performances for later this summer. Check out our website for details, www.Kinproductions.com.

For someone who hasn't experienced you all live, what's to be expected?

Reuben: I would expect our personalities to come out more than what you get from the record. Everything comes to life, from vocals, to musicians, to the actual songs themselves. I think we all thrive on stage. The energy is different and exciting.
Todd Davis - Sound Slam (Sep 30, 2008)
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“LIVIN OUT LOUD” PERFORM AS THE SPECIAL GUESTS FOR THE 34th ANNUAL JACKSON MUSIC AWARDS
Livin Out Loud is Performing Their Most Added Single, “Lately”

(Los Angeles) Monday, June 30, 2008 – British Crossover R&B Group Livin Out Loud is making a special appearance at the 34th Annual Jackson Music Awards hosted by AT&T Mercedes Benz of Jackson. Fresh from the multiple adds on Radio & Records Charts, Livin Out Loud will be spreading their love of music by performing their soothing single “Lately”. The award show is destined to be the hottest music event in Jackson, Mississippi with hundreds in attendance.

The Jackson Music Awards are being held to honor the best of southern soul and hip hop. Awards will be presented in 32 different categories featuring Livin Out Loud as the special guest. Other music artists include: The Chi-Lites, Denise Lasalle, Wilson Meadows, Mel Waiters and many more. Continuing their success in the states, Livin Out Loud will be making their presence known as an innovative R&B group and they are currently preparing to release their second single.

The event will be held on Monday, July 14th, 2008 – 6pm at the Marriott Hotel in Jackson, Mississippi. For more ticket information, please visit www.jmaainc.com. Livin Out Loud will be appearing in store at the Bebop Records on July 15 – 1pm to meet and greet their fans.

About Livin Out Loud
Livin Out Loud, which consists of Los Angeles natives Reuben MacCalla, Sylvia MacCalla, Lisa LaShawn, and J. Martini, initially made famous in the United Kingdom, has rapidly become one of the most buzzed R&B groups in the America. Livin Out Loud utilizes the best technology in conjunction with world-class musicianship to create a New School vibe with Old School roots. They write all of their materials to insure their sound is distinctive and original. Most notably, Livin Out Loud remains authentic in each genre which is dictated by their moods, hence the group’s title Livin Out Loud.
Press Release (Jul 14, 2008)
Livin Out Loud Find Success With “Lately”

British crossover R&B group, Livin Out Loud are already celebrating the success of their single “Lately,” off their album “What About Us,” which was released just over a month ago on February 18th.

“Lately” has clearly had a positive impact on audiences, being the third most added record on the Radio and Records charts – just behind Mariah Carey – in the Urban AC category.

Although originally from Los Angeles, the group is proud to have already achieved great success across the pond in the UK, and hopes to follow up with that success in the U.S.

Lead singer and producer Reuben McCallah admits, “we are exited to break in over here at home in the States, we look forward to growing our fan base and to beginning to tour around the country.”

Perhaps part of their success can be attributed to the fact that the group focuses on writing all their own material, realizing that is key to sounding distinct as well as original. In addition, they use the best technology available in conjunction with world-class musicianship, creating a final product that combines a New School vibe with Old School roots.

Collaborations with London and New York producers are common for the group, helping to ensure they’re given a broader ear that can connect with a wide audience, even across the globe.

With story telling being a big focus of their music, the group expresses their various experiences and feelings through an authentic, original sound, their voices blending beautifully to make an impact on the listener.

For more information on Livin Out Loud visit www.livinoutloud.com.
Livin' Out Loud - What About Us
- In Livin’ Out Loud’s United States debut album, What About Us, the Los Angeles-based band uses smooth vocals over popular hip-hop beats to produce a well-made album.

Livin’ Out Loud features vocalists Lisa LaShawn, Reuben MacCalla, Sylvia MacCalla, and Jason "Martini" Martinez, a diverse but talented group that easily finds a mellifluous, urban groove.

Unlike the U.K. release, the U.S. version of What About Us includes three new tracks (“Do Your Thing,” “Lately,” and “Make Me Move”) as well as some digitally remastered tracks (“Static,” “Hey Yo,” and “What You Came Here For”).

Combining rap and vocals over a pop beat in the title track, “What About Us,” Livin’ Out Loud creates a catchy, optimistic urban groove that is echoed throughout the following tracks.

Livin’ Out Loud also shows their vocal competence in two outstanding ballads on the album, “Lately,” and a romantic, relaxed cover of the American favorite, “You Are My Sunshine.”

There is no doubt that this group is talented; they create sassy, female songs that parallel more masculine, rap-oriented songs, but there is just a hint of bubble-gum pop. However, with tracks like “Brokeazz,” “Where’s the Love,” and “Static,” Livin’ Out Loud presents an album with stellar vocals, appealing to any audience, regardless of genre preference.

Reviewer: C.J. Trent
Livin' Out Loud - What About Us
- In Livin’ Out Loud’s United States debut album, What About Us, the Los Angeles-based band uses smooth vocals over popular hip-hop beats to produce a well-made album.

Livin’ Out Loud features vocalists Lisa LaShawn, Reuben MacCalla, Sylvia MacCalla, and Jason "Martini" Martinez, a diverse but talented group that easily finds a mellifluous, urban groove.

Unlike the U.K. release, the U.S. version of What About Us includes three new tracks (“Do Your Thing,” “Lately,” and “Make Me Move”) as well as some digitally remastered tracks (“Static,” “Hey Yo,” and “What You Came Here For”).

Combining rap and vocals over a pop beat in the title track, “What About Us,” Livin’ Out Loud creates a catchy, optimistic urban groove that is echoed throughout the following tracks.

Livin’ Out Loud also shows their vocal competence in two outstanding ballads on the album, “Lately,” and a romantic, relaxed cover of the American favorite, “You Are My Sunshine.”

There is no doubt that this group is talented; they create sassy, female songs that parallel more masculine, rap-oriented songs, but there is just a hint of bubble-gum pop. However, with tracks like “Brokeazz,” “Where’s the Love,” and “Static,” Livin’ Out Loud presents an album with stellar vocals, appealing to any audience, regardless of genre preference.

Reviewer: C.J. Trent
BRITISH RNB GROUP, LIVIN OUT LOUD IS CLIMBING THE CHARTS WITH 'LATELY'
LIVING OUT LOUD

British Crossover R&B group, Livin Out Loud is making their presence known by being the number three most added record behind Mariah Carey on last week’s Radio and Records charts, ... go to the website to see the entire article. http://www.gangstasparty.com/usa/rap/news2318.html
Makin’ Noise! Livin Out Loud’s “Lately” is
among the most added songs at UAC radio is
week picking up adds at WHUR, KMEZ,
KQXL, KOKY, WXST, WLXC, WWDM and
WAGH. Livin Out Loud is distributed by
Fontana Distribution.
Editorial - Urban Buzz (Feb 24, 2008)
Jive rated 4 out of 5

After hitting the top of R&B and Dance charts in the UK during July and December 2006 with the singles “What About U” and “All That Really Matters - 5am mix”, Livin Out Loud is now ready to release the album “What About US” in the USA.

Livin Out Loud includes creative, visionary producer Reuben MacCalla along with his sister vocalist/songwriter/actress Sylvia MacCalla (Hair Spray, Rent), vocalist /songwriter Lisa LaShawn (Diane Warren, Derrick Bramble, Brion James) and songwriter-singer-guitarist J. Martini (Paul Simon, Marc Anthony).
- Jive Magazine (Sep 12, 2007)
Livin’ Out Loud - What About Us
- What About Us, from Livin’ Out Loud, is a mixture of R & B, hip-hop, techno and soul, all bundled in a harmonic package. The danceable rhythms will have listeners aching to groove to the record’s infectious tone, and the band members trade vocal duties seamlessly so a beat is never missed.

On “All That Really Matters (5AM Radio Edit),” listeners can hear the band members harmonizing against the techno flow of the song. Their voices mesh over each other in a rhythmic way as they talk about what means most in their lives, with such lines as, “Anything that you give to me. Anything that you give to me. All that really matters to me that you give to me…There is a special place that I want you to stay and that it is in my heart forever and ever…You’ll always have a place in my heart.”

With the title track, rap begins the track as it is about the finale of what one person thought was a relationship, but comes to find out it was just a fun time for the other participant. The track is like a discourse between the two, with the male rapping and the female singing her thoughts on their hookup. The male begins with lines like, “I used to love ya baby, the key word is used to…I’m a man so that means I’m a dirty dog...We had a good thing, now let’s chalk it up to a good fling.” Then, the female retorts with questions on the man’s uncaring view of their relationship, with, “Can I talk to you…It’s been too long since we got along and I know things change, livin’ day by day. You don’t take the time to tell me what’s on your mind, baby. You used to love me crazy. I knew I was your lady. Now that it doesn’t feel that way. What about you? What about me? What about us?” It seems the female is asking the male what went wrong and why he suddenly discarded her from his heart, when she felt things were going so well.

On “Where's the Love (Original Urban Mix)," there is a slow, soulful vibe as the female vocalist opens the song and talks about her knowing her man is telling her lies and how she will not stand for it anymore, as she emotes lines such as, “Give me one reason I should stay…Wait a minute now. I need to talk to you. Don’t you lie to me, you better talk true…Tell me what’s up…Talk to me boy is so hard for you to show? Where’s the love? Where’s the love? Where’s the love? Why are you givin’ it up, so tell me where’s the love? I remember when you were caressin’ me, you called out a name, now tell me who is she?” It looks like the female vocalist wants to know why this man has been telling her untruths, and she also wants to know what happened to all the affection between them.

What About Us, from Livin’ Out Loud, is a techno, rhythm and blues fan's dream. The harmonizing is excellent as is the instrumentation. Both the male and female vocalists’ timbres are silky smooth, which adds to the power of their respective points. If you are a techno, R & B or soul enthusiast, go live out loud and pick up this album.

Reviewer: Sari N. Kent

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Livin' Out Loud - What About Us
Do you remember the early 90's? That sweet innocent time when rap frightened old people and flannel was a fashion statement? The R&B group Livin' Out Loud harkens us back to those simpler days with their smooth melodies and silky grooves. After a strong showing in the UK, the LA based quartet is hoping the States are ready for a flashback with their first album What About Us.
Livin' Out Loud is primarily composed of four friends who happen to be strong musicians. Reuben MacCalla is the self-titled Creative Producer and channels artists like Stevie Wonder to add some old school soul. Sylvia MacCalla is a songwriting vocalist, best known for her work in "Rent" and "Hairspray." Lisa LaShawn is another strong singer who also happens to be a songwriter. Then there is J. Martini, a singer-songwriter who manages to play the guitar and who has a recurring role on "General Hospital." The group receives assistance from the multi-talented Dminor and an occasional infusion of rap by New York Puerto Rican emcee Crisis.
Having nearly a half dozen songwriters is the group's greatest strength and its weakness. The variety of soul, jazz, hip-hop, and dance that they put together in this 56-minute album is impressive but excessive. Livin' Out Loud is obviously a talented bunch and towers above many in a genre where 12 chapters of "Trapped in the Closet" reside. The problem is there are too many chefs in the kitchen. Knowing when to stop is no easy task for such a large group of artists, and the filler diminishes the overall strength of What About Us.
The cover of "You Are My Sunshine" should be making the rounds at middle school dances across the country. Just remember hands above the belt and leave room for Jesus. "Brokeazz" is a catchy piece of hip-hop storytelling about people who aren't millionaires, and "Lately," sounding like a completely different group, comes out swinging with soul power.
The two standout tracks are the Burbree remix of "Where's the Love" and the album's namesake "What About Us." They're well produced, sincere, and have that classic R&B sound. The big question is whether clean genre-defying urban music will be given a chance. After Gnarls Barkley's breakthrough, I think they'll have a shot, and the success across the pond will hopefully give them the same buzz factor Amy Winehouse, David Craig, and Lady Sovereign were able to capitalize on.
Livin' Out Loud's What About Us is an impressive new record with old school sound. The inclusion of a few too many forgettable songs detracted from the full flavor, but it's still a strong 2 1/2 out of 4 stars. Time will tell if America agrees.
These four singers are smoother than silk and hotter than fire! Call it R&B, call it Neo-Soul or call it Dance - I call it great! Rueben and Sylvia MacCalla, Lisa LaShawn and J. Martini make up this quartet of velvety vocalist and oh man can they wail! LIVIN OUT LOUD first broke out on the British radio charts in late 2006 then took American radio by storm early 2007. Their debut U.S. release is scheduled for this summer and if you’re looking for the soundtrack to back a little livin’ and lovin’ as well as to bust your best move then get your hands on a copy of LIVIN OUT LOUD’s “What About Us?” and bop till you drop.
- HOT INDIE NEWS .com (May 5, 2007)
LIVIN OUT LOUD - "WHAT ABOUT US"
KIN PRODUCTIONS ( to be released Spring 2007)

If the question is “WHAT ABOUT US”, then the answer is… GREAT MUSIC.
This 4-Some is R&B, Soul & Dance elegance in motion. The diversity of the CD flows effortlessly across genres and back again. Reuben MacCalla, Sylvia MacCalla, Lisa LaShawn & J. Martini are the voices that blend and compliment each other throughout the 14 tracks. With the UK chart success of the track “All that really matters” in both the World R&B & URBAN charts, the group is now focused on the USA release in spring 2007. These productions stand out in a refreshing departure from some of the limelight releases of late. Rueben MacCalla, a member and the producer for all the tracks, is bringing the best from the talented group. The four group members are all singer songwriters on the CD, that deep connection with the music is very obvious.
While in London late last fall I discovered a new R&B
act that was blasting from just about every radio
station I heard. Livin Out Loud is probably one of the
most underrated, undiscovered underground acts I‘ve
come across in my travels. Their debut album, “What
About Us” is full of consistent variation (wrap your
mind around that one!). It’s Club/R&B/Neo-Soul with a
gentle dash of Hip-Hop and cool swing. What stands out
with this combo are the strong vocals and solid
songwriting.
Livin Out Loud includes visionary record
producer Reuben MacCalla along with his sister
vocalist/songwriter/actress Sylvia MacCalla (Hair
Spray, Rent...), vocalist/songwriter Lisa LaShawn
(Diane Warren, Derrick Bramble, Brion James) and
songwriter-singer-guitarist J. Martini (The
Afrodisiacs, Paul Simon, Marc Anthony). After hitting
the top of R&B and Dance charts in the UK during July
through December 2006 with the singles “What About Us”
and “All That Really Matters - 5am mix”, Livin Out
Loud is now ready to release the album “What About US”
in the USA. The record will be available through
Fontana/Universal Distribution spring of '07.
Songs such as “Lately” show the best in
contemporary R&B with old skool roots. Tracks like
“Brokeazz”, “Hey Yo”, and “What You Came Here For”
have infectious grooves complimented by the laid-back
feel of “You Are My Sunshine” and “So Amazing”. “All
That Really Matters”, “What About Us” and “Where’s The
Love” are simply great songs that give this album a
real timeless quality.
One thing about Livin Out Loud has really
puzzled me. So many of their song titles (like What
About Us) seem to be structured as questions but they
never end with question marks. So I called their
publicist at Mia Mind Music to ask why. The reply?
“When you have artists this talented, there really is
no question”!
Rap Fanatic (May 26, 2007)
Livin Out Loud
All That Really Matters
(Livin)
By Martin Madigan
5 shouts

West Coast RnB act "Livin Out Loud" come with the third UK single 'All That Really Matters' from their album What About Us? The track's radio edit features 'Hit Maker' remix team 5AM who have recently had top 5 chart succes with their mix of the Lemar single 'Not That Easy'. Other artistis they have worked with include Usher, Kelly Rowland, Mario Donell Jones and Christine Aguilera. Club wise the remixes come from M J Cole, Karl Tuff Enuff Brown, Ray Paxon & Groove Professor plus GE (Gary Esson). The track is a smooth and sultry percussive groove that features the best vocal performance to-date from front man Reuben MacCalla. Its lyric in particular, is a personal statement reflecting on his feelings for a woman he fell in love with. "She got inside my heart, mind and soul. Once that happend I could never let her go. The mmod of the song is a reflection of how she makes me feel. It 's not always peachess and cream, but I would not have it any other way. She challenges me and always makes me want to be a better person." Inspired music indeed.
Mark Madigan - DMC Update Magazine (Jan 17, 2007)
Livin Out Loud- All That Really Matters- Kin Productions

One of the most under-rated acts from the other side of the big pond comes with a strong new single. In its original version it is a strong radio cross over R&B track. But the one that matters to us is the sublime 5am Remix. This remix is and will continiue to have the same reaction as 5AM's amazing remixes of Roachford and more recently Lemar. They really have become purveyors of the quality groove. Add to this a smouldering vocal performance from the immensely talented "Livin Out Loud" and you should guess that this is track you need in your collection.
Soul Nation Magazine (Nov 15, 2006)
Livin Out Loud "What About US"-Four Stars

Livin Out Loud are a US quartet who are big out on the West Coast. Their sound is soul with a hint of rap from New York based Pureto Rican, Crisis. As is often the case, their music has been championed in this country (UK) by club DJs and this album has been given a leg up from UK mixers 2 Darc and Thomas Burbree. So what we have is a kind of hybrid album that could appeal right across the black music spectrum. However, UK modern soul people are notoriously conservative and though they'll lap up some of the cuts here, I don know that they'll also balk at some of the rap interludes. Equally the hip-hop crowd might well find the soul a tad too smooth for ther more contemporary tastes. Soul boys I know will dig the lovely and lithe "Lately" (not the Stevie song, by the way). Featuring Sylvia MacCalla on lead vocal its one of the sweetest mid tempo grooves I've heard all year. Equally the group's harmonic take on the oldie "You Are My Sunshine" is real old skool soul. However, I can't see the hip hop brigade connecting with those cuts- excellent as they are. They'll no doubt go to stuff like "What About Us" and "Where's the Love" which both appear in two incarnations with not alot to choose betwwen them... and where do I stand on all this? Well , I consider myself broadminded enough to dig all takes on black music and I also believe that our music must evolve to survive. here Livin Out Loud are offering something just a touch differnet and I urge you to investigate.
BB - Blues and Soul Magazine (Sep 8, 2006)
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