YV Ministry Uses Music as a Spiritual Tool of Love and Connection

C-Aye and Kelley Nicole are the musical duo that makes up YV Ministry, born out of their musical worship work at Covenant Blessing Fellowship (CBF) in Wilmington, CA. While they’re a Christian duo, hoping to spread God’s love and feeling His spirit through music, these two accomplished artists have years of musical experience under their belts. C-Aye has worked for or shared the stage with such acclaimed producers and artists as Aaron Lindsey, Pop/R&B group All-4-One, Poo Bear, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Claude Deuce, Twinkie Clark, India.Arie, Hip-Hop and R&B hit writers Nate Dogg, Devine Evans, David “DQ” Quiñones, and more. As for Kelley Nicole, she was once a lead vocalist for the critically-acclaimed Afro-funk band, Soulfège, and has performed around the world. She’s even shared the stage with renowned artists Bobby McFerrin and El Debarge.

Their new single, “Glory and Honor,” is an R&B gospel and worship song with a message of love and spirituality. It was in a time of prayer that the song came to C-Aye. “I was thinking about the principle of keeping yourself focused on glorifying God, and if the work that you’re trying to do in life is honoring God, it keeps you on the path of that perspective. The perspective that glory & honor belong to God. The more we put effort into other stuff, the easier we split into distraction and the like,” says C-Aye. The overall message: life is simple when you stay focused on giving Glory & Honor to the one and only God.

“Glory and Honor” was a collaboration with the amazing Trey McLaughlin, a vocalist, producer, composer, and educator. He recognizes the beauty and fusing of sounds and genres to everyone a unique experience.

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C-Aye’s musical journey began around age 11, when he first got involved with the music ministry in his home town of Augusta, GA. Thrown into the fire as he often says, he was a sought after music ministry leader at a young age, having either played for or led several music ministries “Some kind of way I got fascinated by piano,” says C-Aye. “I was so young it’s tough to remember. There was a lady that came to my elementary school and she had kiddie instruments and I remember being fascinated by it and really enjoying it. I started taking lessons. And pretty much any chance I got to make music I took it. Band, competitions at school, etc.” As he got older he had different experiences with people showing him technology and as he learned more about that he fell in love with production & engineering. When he moved to LA he moved with a bunch of people that had gone to the Berklee School of Music, and he learned that he didn’t know quite as much as he thought he did! That was the beginning of what he calls his “professional awakening.”

Kelley Nicole started playing piano in 1st grade in Teanack, New Jersey, but really fell in love with music and singing around the 4th grade when she surprised even herself by taking on the lead in a school play. She realized how important an outlet singing was for her, a girl who was pretty shy and found it hard to express herself fully to others. Regardless of that love however, academics and athletics were the focus for her in high school and she eventually was admitted to Harvard University. Most folks see Harvard as a place that develops people’s career interests in the law, medicine, or business. For Kelley Nicole, her love for music was rekindled and grew even bigger during her tenure there. It was in her senior year that she decided she needed to make music her career, someway or somehow. She was able to become a lead vocalist of the Afro-funk band, Soulfège. At one point, the group had one of the top 5 music videos in the country of Ghana, joining the likes of Usher and Beyonce at the time. Soulfege had a management opportunity in Los Angeles, which brought Kelley Nicole to LA, where she met C-Aye, at Covenant Blessing, where she had to audition for him.

That meeting sparked a life-long friendship. When Kelley Nicole decided to leave Soulfège, C-Aye helped her kick-start her solo work. Now together, using music as their chosen vessel, Kelley Nicole and C-Aye’s vision is to make YV Ministry a space where anyone can surrender themselves to the presence of God, and feel comforted, confident, and empowered by His everlasting love, covering, and supernatural guidance.

You can find YV Ministry via:
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Willie Stratton Delights with New Song + Video

Willie Stratton picked up the guitar at age twelve and started writing songs soon after. A brief obsession with the banjo led to his first album, released in 2011, followed by his 2016 oddball alt country record, Della Rosa.

Stratton has now landed firmly on an old time country vibe with strong contemporary lyrics and a smooth baritone vocal, reminiscent of Roy Orbison. 

His new single, “Need Your Love,” is a rowdy, riff heavy country rock track that follows the story of two people who want to break out of the confines of their current world and experience something new and more daring.

Stratton shares:

Today I’m sharing with you “Need Your Love,” a song that captures the live vibe of my band: upbeat, rowdy, and very old school. I was inspired to make something new with that greasy, slightly satanic energy of rock and roll’s past.

My single has that rowdy, angsty mood of being young and restless as we follow two people who want to break out of the confines of their current world and experience something more daring.

Discover Willie Stratton





Many Masks Unveil Bold Single “Elevator”

Joseph Dubuc-Lavoie has that special touch. Working out of his own studio where he creates heartfelt electronic music as Many Masks, Joseph is ready to share his new album, The Elevator, with the world.

Fitting with its name, the collection of songs is something you just have to roll with. Picture an elevator with a mind of its own. The more you try to exercise control over it, the less it cooperates. The Elevator makes peace with the fact that we have no real control over the world. 

Many Masks shares:

The harder you try to control The Elevator the harder it becomes, at least in my experience. My new album out today is making peace with the fact that we have no real control over the world and the universe we reside in.

The album’s title track is about being haunted by someone from your past. 

For some reason this one person from my past has kept coming up in my dreams even though I have not talked with them in over ten years. 

I theorized that making a song about it might free me from it, but I can safely say that it did not.

She turned my heart into an elevator.

The truth is that I think my heart always was an elevator, she just made me realize it.

Thank you taking the time to listen,

The Detours Share Authentic Rock n’ Roll Video for “Tell Me”

The Detours provide an authentic spin on alternative and pop rock in Toronto’s indie circuit. Catchy narrative lyrics accompany diverse musical influences that flow through rhythmic punk-influenced riffs.

Preparing to take their sound in an exciting new direction for the return of live music, “Tell Me” is their most ambitious project yet. A reminder to push forward and keep your head up, the latest single is about battling with doubt and working towards self-discovery.

Check out the video filmed in a continuous take that brings the audience on the journey of crafting a song, from writing and rehearsing, to performing: https://youtu.be/igJ8nkkyPp0

LAMS Brings Bold New Single”Hours Of Fear”

East ­Coast­ hospitality meets knock-­your-­teeth-­out personality with Like A Motorcycle. The rockers are re­igniting the flame in the cynical hearts of seasoned punks, indoctrinating the teenage oddball children of terrified suburbanites, and inviting a morbid curiosity from everyone in between who haven’t dwelled in the grimy recesses of society… but would totally go to the afterparty.

LAM’s new single, “122 Hours Of Fear,” is a cover from 70’s LA punk band The Screamers who, despite cult-esque fame, never actually recorded/released a studio album. The song outlines the hijacking of Lufthansa flight 181 in 1977 and is sung from the point of view of a hostage.

Bazarian Unveils “Can We Pretend?”

Bazarian is the project of Armenian-Canadian artist Armen Bazarian. His rich scope of sonic endeavors, from singing in choirs to composing for TV and film, has shaped his unique sound; where the worlds of pop production and dance sensibilities sit in harmony with one another.

Can We Pretend?” his new gently nostalgic electro pop track, dissects how we can sometimes get lost in the movies we’ve made up in our heads, preferring to live in our fantasies rather than deal with reality.

Although rooted in a realist narrative, all of the characters within the fantasy that is conjured by the official video for “Can We Pretend?” share the main character’s face; a literalization of the idea of projection.

Technology has allowed us to create new possibilities. How authentic these possibilities are – and what they mean – is a question each person has to answer for themselves.