Textures of a Soul (TOAS) is a curriculum based composition album designed to engage and excite the listener/student using State & National Educational Standards. It is also an introduction to a next level collaborative artistry of my husband Andre & I. To preview a taste of “Textures of a Soul” press play below to listen & download my song “Collard Green Crown”. Cover Artwork is by Actress (Gullah Gullah Island) & Gullah Artist Natalie Daise and is apart of The Collard Series Collection at https://www.nataliedaiseart.com
Collard Green Crown was Featured on SoulTracks.com with New Single First Listen Write-Up Feb 2017. SoulTracks is currently the most popular soul music website in America. The leading online resource dedicated to classic and modern Soul Music.
In a time where so many arts and music education programs are being cut from schools and after-school programs, we aim to help fill that void by providing hands on arts integrated training for our youth. We are artists who care about the impact of our creative content and with your support we can empower more youth. Our goal is to record this 10 track album in a professional studio with an award winning engineer with professional live musicians and publish a curriculum to accompany the album.
I will spend the new few months introducing you to this project. The songs (listed below) are not only beautiful compositions but also created to be theatrical pieces. (not all are listed)
- Collard Green Crown Art, Food + Lyrics & Beats = "Collard Green Crown") Collard Greens represent heritage, history and family gatherings. They are food to the soul, because they provide nourishment and strength as families gather around the kitchen table to share and create memories. (Studies indicate that dinner conversation is a more potent vocabulary-booster than reading, and the stories told around the kitchen table help our children build resilience). The crown represents hair, the different textures not only within the African Diaspora but the people of color worldwide.
Funky Organik Soul is a tribute to the blues & funk. It is presented as our genre of music described as Southern Soul, Funk, Jazz, Blues & Hip-Hop.
Casa Del Rio (House on the River) is a love letter to South Carolina with reference to the Pee-Dee and the Low Country with its direct link between the West African and Gullah culture, customs and lifestyle. By sharing the various regions of South Carolina students will develop a greater appreciation and understanding of its multiculturalism. It is noted that the Pee-Dee region is the birthplace of the artist “Mahoganee”.
Soul Opera is written in 3 Acts where the artist, Mahoganee Amiger dreams of melodically having “songversations”** with her childhood icons.
Lowcountry Daughter is a tribute to women who have endured injustice because of their gender.