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The Year of Living Stevie: Nadir Omowale and his Band Discuss and Perform The Music of Stevie Wonder

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).

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SoulTracks.com: First Listen: Nadir funks it up with a message on “Blue Lights”

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.

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SoulTracks.com First Listen: Caleb Gutierrez – “Addicted”

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.

Caleb Gutierrez photo by Marc Nader

LISTEN to “Addicted” the Solo Debut Single By Caleb Gutierrez

“Addicted”, the solo debut single by Caleb Gutierrez
Available NOW on iTunes, Spotify, CDBaby, Bandcamp and more…

Produced, Recorded & Mixed by Christopher Spooner and Nadir Omowale

Featuring:
Caleb Gutierrez: lead & background vocals
Christopher Spooner: bass, keyboards, programming
Nadir Omowale: guitar, vocals
Amy Saari: keyboards
Raphael Merriweathers, Jr. (aka Tunnel Seven): percussion
Billy Furman: flute, sax

Photography by Marc Nader

Mastered by Jim Falzone at Venus Mastering

GET IT NOW!!!

Soul Addiction – February 27 at Northern Lights in Detroit

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.

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.

Better Late Than Never! Joe Jaber CD Release Party, Oct 17, The Park Bar in Detroit

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!”

Joe Jaber CD Release Party

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Big & Bigger on CaveRadio with Nadir, Volcano, Chris Spooner, and DJ Ray 7

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…

Click HERE to LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE SHOW ON PODCAST

Or check out a clip of the guys’ performance below.

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