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Avery*Sunshine is now Mobile

 

 The wonderfully positive artist Avery*Sunshine, is one of the first Soul artists to move her music, talent, and vision to the mobile space.  She has released her Avery*Sunshine App on the Apple AppStore and Android App Store.  It gives the fan and possible fan a free peek  into her world.  With sections for the Shows, News, Photos & Videos and of course the music.  The music is the main reason the app exists.  You can play seven of her recent songs, which you have control over the playing of each song.  I know that sounds weird, but with some apps the music streams over, and you don’t have those options.  I do see this as being a new trend for artists, to help reach their fans and extend their fan base.  Other artists are getting into the trend also.  Check out Bjork’s recent entry into the mobile space.  I’m hoping the soul artists are able to strip and embrace this idea.

 

 

 

Interview With Avery*Sunshine

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Today we have the great blessing to speak with Avery*Sunshine and understand a little bit more about her wonderful voice, talent and positivity.  With the release of her debut album last summer, she has brought an energy to the genre, that was lacking in my opinion.  You can gather that vibe from her music, watching her perform or just hearing her in a voicemail. (Which I had the pleasure to receive, I will never delete):)  Anyway, if you haven’t picked up the album please do, and give yourself a treat.  Also, if you are in the Memphis, she will be performing at The Vine this Saturday January 15th.  You know I will be there.

Soulified: With the release of your debut album last summer, how has your career changed?

Avery*Sunshine: We are definitely a lot busier!!! The album helps to increase awareness.

Soulified: What was the message that you were trying to convey to your fans with that album?

Avery*Sunshine: I wanted to encourage people to not be afraid of honesty. I hope that my honesty and “realness” (That word is not in the dictionary lol) encourages others to be honest and real. From that honesty will flow healing and from that healing will flow “SHINEABILITY”: the ability to SHINE! . (I made that word up too.) ;)

Soulified: As each song is an intimate creation of talent, heart and soul, what song had the most meaning to you on this album, if you had to narrow one down?

Avery*Sunshine: They are all very meaningful to me. If I’d have to pick,  I’d choose UGLY.  From that tune we were able to create an album. The vocals on that tune were recorded in my closet!!!!

Soulified: I really enjoyed your video “All In My Head”. What songs are next to make the transitions to a music video?  Why was that one picked to be the first?

Avery*Sunshine: Thank you! We thought that the story of ALL IN MY HEAD would visually be interesting. We hope that it was! I GOT SUNSHINE and PININ’ will be next!

Soulified: I love that you are touring, even to the smaller cities like Memphis. How has the experience been for you?

Avery*Sunshine: The touring experience is very close to my heart. I am privileged to have the opportunity to travel the world doing what I love to do. BLESSED.

Soulified: Since you gave your fans such a great album last summer, what are you plans for the next album?

Avery*Sunshine: First of all, THANK YOU. Secondly, the thought of creating another album is TERRIFYING but a feat we intend to take on nonetheless!!! We, my music partner Dana Johnson and I, plan to write from our hearts again and see what happens. Wherever God leads, we’re gonna follow!  Can’t go wrong that way. I’d like to have a few guest artists on the album too. (We’ll let you know if Prince agrees!!!) I’M KIDDING!!! well… ;)

Soulified: I can tell by your music, videos and just how you carry yourself. How do you keep your positive nature and outlook?

Avery*Sunshine: Prayer. My family. My friends. Music. Getting rest when I need it and being adamant about having personal time to “re-up”.

Soulified: With the growth of twitter and facebook as ways for artists to connect directly with the fans, what method do you prefer and what was the most surprising thing that you have noticed about the increased fan connection?

Avery*Sunshine: I am both a Twitter and Facebook junkie. When I first started, I was surprised that people were actually interested in the seemingly mundane things that I was doing!!! Now I realize that the social networks allow artists to have the necessary connection with the people who help to make the artists who they are. I was not a fan initially. Now, I’M SOLD!!!!

Soulified: So what are you plans for your music in 2011?

Avery*Sunshine: We intend to continue  our touring to further increase awareness about the project. Of course we’ll be making more music too. ;)

Soulified: Thank your for your time, and best wishes.

Avery*Sunshine: Thank you Eric for your interest!!!  I’m Honored!





Avery*Sunshine Brightens Us With EP and Album

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As a music lover, new music comes to me in various ways. This morning, I awoke to the name Avery*Sunshine.  Listened to her voice, and now I’m writing to share with you.  She is an Atlanta based singer whose voice you have heard, but didn’t know it.  She was on the soundtrack of the movie “The Fighting Temptations”, the keyboardist for Tyler Perry’s “Meet The Browns” stage play, then she was the choral director for “Dreamgirls” theatrical play.  Lastly she performed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and also at events for the Inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Besides her name ringing in  my head, her voice soothed me so.  It has a quality that mixes the purity of Soul, the sexy and sultry aspect of Jazz, and a grounded feel of Gospel.  This feeling comes across the  best with her song “Ugly”.  After listening to that song, it’s anything but ugly.  The next song that caught my ear, was “Blessin Me”.  If you want to go to church, but want to avoid the “Building Fund” offering, listen to this song a few times.

Avery*Sunshine released her first EP on February 15th, and it’s available on iTunes.  It’s only two songs, but they are a very powerful teaser to her self titled debut album that is being released May 10th.  It will only be available in the UK on that date, but you can just go to the UK store for iTunes or Amazon to pick it up.



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