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Vana Liya – Singer/Songwriter, Ukulele, Reggae

We had an awesome chat this week with Reggae Singer Songwriter Vana Liya! Vana made a serendipitous arrival on the national music scene after she posted several ukulele covers of popular reggae songs to social media, which garnered the support of top original artists and led to a 2018 record deal with L.A.-based LAW Records. She has since been quickly earning a reputation among many of her well-established musical peers as a solid collaborator who always brings a fresh take and positive energy to the mix with her distinct yet not easily classifiable “island” vibe. We chat about how she first got noticed by Pepper, getting signed, her first gig, building a band and touring!


It Wasn't Shaggy: Remixers Tweak Reggae Singer's Hotshot

If Shaggy’s “Keep’n It Real” and “Freaky Girl” sound different in February, and you ask the pop-reggae veteran what happened, don’t be surprised if his response is “It Wasn’t Me.” He’s not kidding. For Hotshot Ultramix (February 12), Shaggy allowed remixers such as Punch, Sting International and Gordon Dukes to play doctor with those tunes as well as other Hotshot (2000) tracks including “Dance & Shout,” “Hope” and “Leave It to Me,” according to an MCA Records spokesperson. Remixers J.C. Moreno, Christopher “Longman Productions” Birch and Tony “CD” Kelly also contributed to the project. Hotshot Ultramix also contains three previously… Read more »


No Doubt Head To Jamaica To Stir Up Reggae Sound

When in Jamaica, No Doubt do as the Jamaicans do. The bandmembers are kicking it reggae style as they record their fifth album on the “Island in the Sun.” “[Bassist] Tony [Kanal] and I have been playing tons of crazy, dub-sounding keyboard tracks on all the demos,” guitarist Tom Dumont wrote in an e-mail interview Thursday. Their new duties have resulted in “a noticeable lack of guitar and bass” in the sound, he said. After laying down a handful of tracks in Los Angeles, No Doubt hopped a plane to the Caribbean to collaborate with a few of Jamaica’s renowned… Read more »


311 Release Sped Up Version of Their Hit Track “Amber”

Originally released in 2002, “Amber” by 311 is a song that has definitely stood the test of time. The track is easily a household jam. You know it, your parents know it, and we bet your grandma would know it too. The song has appeared in movies including 50 First Dates, Dear John, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and landed on charts such as Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (#3), Modern Rock Tracks (#13), and Adult Top 40 (#27). “Amber” also currently boasts over 193 million streams on Spotify. It has been one of the staple songs of summer for two decades and 311 has decided to reinvent it just in time for… Read more »


Papa Roach, Red Hot Chili Peppers, & More Win at iHeartRadio Music Awards

The 2023 iHeartRadio Music Awards certainly had no shortage of talent in attendance and hitting the stage at the iconic Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, where the ceremony was held on Monday, March 27. Hosted by rock legend Lenny Kravitz, the rock and alt nominees featured the likes of Måneskin, blink-182, Ozzy Osbourne, Papa Roach, Turnstile, twenty one pilots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more. Opening the ceremony with a tribute to the victims of the Nashville school shooting that occurred earlier Monday afternoon, Kravitz offered “healing love” and urged America to do better in regard to gun violence that… Read more »

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