For their landmark tenth studio album, The New Mastersounds trace the New Orleans side of their funky family tree back to their roots.
Made for Pleasure, due out October 2, 2015 from revered independent label, Royal Potato Family, was recorded at The Living Room, a converted wood-frame church directly across the Mississippi River from downtown New Orleans.
The deal raised awareness -- Smith was nominated for a 2008 Grammy in the shamefully short-lived Best Urban/Alternative Performance category -- but was disastrous for her career.
An album, along with other recordings, was shelved. Smith became a mother, moved from her native New York to Los Angeles, and continued to perform.
A late addition was Denver-based reggae singer Spellbinder, who added his distinctive vocals to an unexpected cover of Iggy Azalea’s hit “Fancy.” The title Made for Pleasure – which is taken from the organ-driven, Meters-influenced opening track – captures both the band’s guiding mantra and the raucously seedy underbelly of the Big Easy.
“That’s very much the ethos of the band,” Roberts explains.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, May 20, 1968, Clarence Greenwood spent parts of his childhood in Texas and Mississippi, ultimately ending up in Washington, D. Cope's uncommon chords and harmonies combine delicate dissonance with unexpected flashes of beauty..." And the Washington Post called him "the city’s most soulful export since Marvin Gaye.”Shortly afterwards, Arista Records pursued the songwriter, prompting Cope to buy his way out of his Dream Works contract.
In 2011, she worked with Aloe Blacc to create the track "Baby" for the charity album Red Hot Rio 2.
Paul Mc Cartney / The Killers / Zedd / Empire of the Sun / Spoon / The Kooks / Gary Clark Jr.
Singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in 2006 with her debut album, For Lovers, Dreamers & Me.
Many of her songs were featured on popular television shows like Entourage and The L Word. While studying history at Fordham University, she sang with Moomtez and Black Rock Coalition.