Atlanta’s Clay Harper is a man of many talents – not just a prolific song writer, he’s also a businessman, real estate magnate, story teller, and conceptual artist. He’s seen high highs and extreme lows, in the form of recovery from drug addiction, and his wife’s suffering and premature death from cancer. All this gives him motivation and fuel for his music.
‘Destitute’, by Like Machines, is a track that centres around the age-old story of the haves and the have-nots. However, instead of only discussing how bad off the have-nots, Like Machines use their lyrics to point the finger at the so-called haves: people who are more concerned with their “9 to 5” even though the world around them is evidently collapsing.
Clayt was originally from Newport News, Virginia, and developed a passion for music, which led him in 2014 to move to Atlanta, Georgia, after he’d made a name for himself in his local area. He was able to make a fresh start in one of hip hop’s hottest cities, and nowadays strives to use themes of art in his writing, sharing positive influences with the youth.
Preacher and award-winning singer songwriter Joshua Israel is also a devoted husband and proud father of seven children. He grew up surrounded by music in the church with a father who was also muscially inclined, and he started singing in the choir, and playing drums in the church band, while still a child. At the age of 19 Joshua started leading the worship ministry, and writing his own songs, with an inspirational message of hope, and to remind people they are loved.
Originally from Atlanta, R&B and hip hop artist Mika Means has been in the music industry for close to a decade, writing songs for notable gold and platinum artists such as Bando Jonez, Chris Brown, and Zomboy. Now she’s started out on her solo career, with her latest single, ‘Single Life’, a fun summer jam, ahead of the release of her debut album, ‘Sheezus Christ’.
Based in Atlanta, Long Claw comprises Will Price on bass and lead vox, Sean Briney Martin on guitars and other vocals, and Danny Long on guitars, and Detlef Von Kalben on drums and percussion. The band, signed to Pavement Entertainment, came together in 2016 have released one album, ‘Disatrophe. Their latest track, ‘Razor Blade Tears’, nods to Black Sabbath’s ‘Solitude’.
Christopher Ian Brooker, who performs as Where Are We, is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia, and has been producing and releasing music for over a decade. His latest track, ‘Not My President’, is a contemporary electronic protest song, with a unique blend of indie rock and EDM.
Born in Long Island New York, Mike Francis, aka ZanMan Trippin, now represents “da Nawfside” of Atlanta, GA, in Gwinnett County. ZanMan Trippin cites his inflences as including Future, Max B, Wiz Khalifa, as well as lots of R&B music from the 60s through 80s. ZanMan has released his first single for the year, ‘Bitcoin’, an ode to crypto-currency.
Atlanta’s Dee and Erika Rhodes recently joined forces after making music separately for years, and launched The APX after a successful private event known as “The After Party Experience”. The husband and wife duo describe their sound as “a galactic funky atmosphere, using synths, sax, and vocals”, and released their debut single ‘Capture The Moment’, in January 2016, to test the waters. The response was pleasing, and so they released their debut EP, ‘Electrik Funk’ in July 2017 on Sleepers Records and Neon Fingers Records. Their latest single, ‘Right On Time’, is an everday feel-good love song, is an Ashford and Simpson style track with powerful vocals and a strong backbeat. Special mention must also go to the use of keytars by both Dee and Erika!
From the outside, Aaron Robinson may seem like one of thousands of Hip Hop artists in the bustling and vast Atlanta, GA music scene. But if you take a closer look inside, you’re sure to find that Aaron Robinson is above all, a man with a mission to spread the word of the Lord to an underprivileged, broken-hearted, and corrupted youth. His new single, ‘365 (Confess His Name)’ promotes his original brand of Gospel-Rap, while preaching his message of enlightenment to the lives of an unguided generation.