“The Year of Living Stevie” is host Daryl Bean’s biweekly podcast about life, creativity, and the music of Stevie Wonder. In each episode, musicians explore Stevie’s influence, and the affect his music has had on them.
In this episode, musician/vocalist/songwriter/producer Nadir Omowale and his band (Steve Caldwell, guitar; Phil Whitfield, keyboards; Chris Spooner, bass; Lauren Johnson, drums) talk about political activism through music, their deep well of experience in the industry, and what made Nadir want to throw his bass at a drummer (not Lauren). Plus they perform two deep Stevie tracks, “That Girl”, from Original Musiquarium, and “Let’s Get Serious” (a hit for Jermaine Jackson, but written and produced by Stevie).
We’ve had an awesome response to “Blue Lights” so far, and here’s a beautiful example. SoulTracks.com the biggest soul music site on the planet, offered Nadir’s new funk single to their audience as a First Listen. Check it out:
SoulTracks.com says: Working For the Man, J. Nadir Omowale’s 2008 polemical album dropped like a bomb into the political, military and economic upheavals taking place in that year. The urgent and powerful funk of the title track pretty much captured the feelings of every working man and woman at a time when the economy was in free fall, mainly due to the greed and incompetence of the people at the top. The rocking Detroit funk man came back in 2012 with the very good, though less overtly political The Book of Jonah, and in the year 2017, Nadir has returned.
A lot transpired – particularly in the fraught relationship between law enforcement and minority communities – between 2012 and 2017, and Nadir has something to say.
SoulTracks.com is currently the most popular soul music website in America. And from its inception in 2003, SoulTracks has been providing updates on the greatest Classic Soul artists and introducing readers to the next generation of Soul Music singers.
We are proud that they have chosen to help introducer their readers to Detroit Latin soul stirrer Caleb Gutierrez. Check out his SoulTracks.com First Listen feature HERE.
Mixing that new funk with coproducer and expert over the shoulder photog Christopher Spooner. #BlueLights featuring Amp Fiddler, The Will Sessions Horns, Caleb Gutierrez, Jeff Rebrovich of Ghost Synthesis and Simone White… COMING SOON…
DETROIT! FEBRUARY 27!! Feed your SOUL ADDICTION at Northern Lights Lounge with Nadir Omowale and Caleb Gutierrez with special guest DJ Joe G. Join us to celebrate the release of Caleb’s new single “Addicted” produced by Nadir & Christopher Spooner. 660 W. Baltimore St. in The D at 9pm.
It has been some months since the debut of Joe Jaber’s highly anticipated second recording and it’s accompanying video, both entitled “Keys to the House”, and the key to the perfect place and time to showcase and celebrate the projects had seemed frustratingly elusive….until the arrival and advice of friend, fan, seasoned performer and benefactor Ty Stone… ”Just do it,” said Stone, “Throw the damn party….Better late, than never!”
Friday, November 14 was a night full of surprises as Nadir, Christopher Spooner, DJ Ray 7, and Volcano visited the CaveRadio studios and appeared on the show Big and Bigger.
The fellas talked about Nadir’s Electric Lounge, discussed their favorite war movies, and played a few funky tunes including an unexpected and highly unorthodox rap battle between Volcano and some random dude from the bar next door. Hilarity ensues…
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Or check out a clip of the guys’ performance below.