Reggae single of the week: Madi Simmons – Music heals my soul

Hailing from the United States, Madi Simmons is known to have entered the performing scene at the age of 16. He started out playing the drums, songwriting and singing. Throughout his life Madi’s key musical influences have been Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, John Bonham , Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, and that’s just to name a few……honestly, there are so many other influences, you will actually hear them in his voice. madisimmons · MUSIC HEALS MY SOUL Madi has got a wide musical range and has the ability to send your mind to a nostalgic place……with vibes that remind us of Black Uhuru and a voice that combines Gregory Issac, Peter Tosh and Dennis Brown into one , Madi Simmons is still pushing out his sweet reggae music. Mainly known for playing drums and having a strong vocal delivery, Madi learned over the years to perfect that one drop among other styles, though as you will hear, his preference is to use his voice. He has toured quite a bit in the last 20 years, performing on stages from the Pacific Northwest, California, Hawaii,and from the Midwest to the West Coast. Madi has appeared in major events such as, Cougar […]

‘Pac Marly’ produces a vibrant combination of hip-hop and reggae, drawing upon his background and Gambian roots with new single ‘Really Involved’

Pac Marly is a musician and recording artist based out of the DMV area on the east coast of the United States. Originally from Gambia, Pac moved to the DMV area at a young age. He has been involved with music since he was a kid, spending time within recording studio settings, and was majorly influenced by his father and uncle, both of whom were musicians. His work can be described as a combination of hip-hop and reggae, drawing upon his background and Gambian roots. He has a unique voice, and a styling that is unlike any other. Currently signed with StrTeam Entertainment/Spinnup, which is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group, thus far he has performed in large concerts in Gambia, Africa, as well as in showcases, clubs, and private events within the Virginia, Maryland, D.C. area as well as nation-wide, and his energetic stage presence allows him to have memorable connections no matter the setting. Pac Marly’s lyricism and voice that connect him to his audience, and through his work he continues to grow his fan base. Music is a true passion project for Pac, and is something which he views as his calling and lifetime career. Consistency, hard […]

Music Mirror UK on Manchester 7-piece band Family Ranks’ upcoming EP release

Family Ranks is a 7-piece soul, hip-hop, electronica and reggae collective creating lush expansive arrangements, deep grooves and euphoric festival anthems. To form Family Ranks in 2014, Manchester’s leading songwriters Ruby-Ann Patterson and James Gill joined session musicians in House of Lords, previously the house band for award winning live event All About Good Music, which showcases the UK’s upcoming urban talent. Through frequent live video releases and stage performances, Family Ranks has become established on the Manchester scene and is attracting the attention of promoters for major live events and venues. The Family Ranks line-up is Ruby-Ann Patterson and James Gill providing vocals with Tom Barber-Redmore on vocals and acoustic guitar, Liam Morson playing keyboard and synth, Jake Stentiford on electric guitar, Ben Whitfield on bass and Laurie Agnew on Drums. On how the band met at All About Good Music events, guitarist Jake Stentiford says: “The aim of the night was to provide a platform for soul, R&B and hip hop artists to perform a selection of their music with a live band. It ran for several years and featured a few artists who have since gone on to big things such as Daley and Shakka. Through this […]