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Kev Choice composes music to powerful new piece from NBA All-star Damian Lilliard “Blacklist”

11 Jun

Kev Choice collaborated with Oakland native and Portland Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lilliard and dropped the powerful track “Blacklist” on Tuesday under his Dame D.O.L.L.A. stage name, accompanied by music composed by Kev Choice. Choice provided the ominous score to the poem addressing historically rooted racism, police brutality, President Trump, the beauty of Black culture and athletes protesting. 

Check it out on Dame’s soundcloud.

Blacklist. By @damianlillard
Composed by @kevchoice
Mixed and Mastered by @NathanSounds
Art by @Brookfieldduece and @daniel.lint

Silver Lining video premiers!!

8 Jun

“Silver Lining”-Kev Choice feat. Mistah F.A.B., Kevin Allen, Brookfield Deuce, Mani Draper directed & edited by Salvatore Fullmore additional footage by Silence Dem All & Kev Choice From the Album Social Distancing Kev Choice is a Bay Area establishment. A prolific Oakland artist, Choice is an MC, bandleader, and multi-instrumentalist; he is also a music teacher at the Oakland School for the Arts and a governor in the Recording Academy’s San Francisco chapter. While 2020 looks as different for Choice’s best-laid plans as it has for most of us, he’s making the best of what has been made available to him. Shelving an EP release with his new band, Black London, for the time being, Choice had opted to collaborate with a collective of Bay Area rappers for an album entitled Social Distancing. Having dropped on 10 April, Choice is joined by Mistah F.A.B., Kevin Allen, Martin Luther, Jennifer Johns, Lalin St. Juste, members of Black London and more on the new LP. On “Silver Lining”, Choice collaborates with the aforementioned F.A.B. and Allen, alongside Brookfield Deuce and Mani Draper. The MCs form a quintet, each getting a step up to the mic to share a verse that reflects on their life amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each beat takes a positive spin—a refreshing twist in light of the world at this moment. The artists reflect on issues that are affecting many of us, from working at home, to self-isolation, religion, and parenting in the midst of quarantine, and more. Its music video is edited and directed by Salvatore Fullmore, with additional footage by Silence Dem All and Choice himself, offering a picturesque look at Oakland at-present. Choice reflects, “With all this going on in our nation right now, it’s important to listen to voices, especially voices of Black men, who’ve endured so much, but can still provide very introspective, positive and real perspectives on our situations dealing with the pandemic, racism, and many other issues we face. This song offers thoughts from five gifted Bay Area MCs on how to find light in the darkest situations and hope in very dire situations.” -PopMatters.com

Silver Lining Promo Video

30 Apr

Kev Choice shows a glimpse into the current reality of eerily empty streets of some of Downtown Oakland’s busiest blocks as he spits his verse from the song “Silver Lining”

 

Kev Choice Silver Lining Promo from album “Social Distancing

Silver Lining feat. Mistah F.A.B., Kevin Allen, Brookfield Deuce, Mani Draper Video

shot, directed, edited by Tony Vic

Sharp Choice Records 2020

 

 

SF Chronicle Datebook features Kev Choice and new album “Social Distancing”

29 Apr

Kev Choice and his new album “Social Distancing” was recently featured in SF Chronicle! Check out the article online and in the April 30th edition of the Chronicle.

Kev Choice shifts gears as the world does, releases ‘Social Distancing’ album

Kev Choice performs “Take Me To Your Leaders” for Tiny Desk Contest

29 Apr

Kev Choice-Take me To Your Leader

Kev Choice-Piano, Vocal

Keith Snodgrass- Acoustic Bass

 

Kev Choice and bassist Ketih Snodgrass recently did a stripped down version of “Take Me To Your Leaders” from his album “Social Distancing” as a submission to NPR’s “Tiny Desk” contest.

“This song was written to express my sentiments around how the leadership of our country has in many ways failed us during this Covid-19 crisis. .I imagined what would happen if aliens came from another planet and ask to be taken to our leaders. What would they say? I also to express many of my anxieties, thoughts, and concerns, around shelter in place and how it’s effecting my daily life.”

Kev Choice releases new album “Social Distancing”

26 Apr
“An artist role is to reflect the times-Nina Simone”’ Days after the initial calls of social distancing, and hours before the Bay Area was the first place in the US ordered to “shelter in place”, pianist/M.C./producer Kev Choice was inspired to create a project to reflect the new realities of life in a world impacted so drastically and rapidly by Covid-19. Taking equipment from his studio into his living room apartment, Kev began creating songs, reaching out to other artist, musicians, and producers similarly quarantined, and expressing the many feelings he was going through from loss of gigs, feelings of isolation, questioning of government response, and looking for glimmers of inspiration during these difficult times. In a 3-4 week span, Kev collaborated with over 15 artists including Mistah F.A.B., Martin Luther, Jennifer Johns, Kevin Allen, Lalin St. Juste of The Seshen, DJ D-Sharp, Drew Banga, Elujay, as well as Kev’s newly formed band BLACK LONDON, musicians and producers from the Bay Area to Los Angeles. An EP turned into an album as more collaborators got involved, and more changes in society began to affect daily lives. Stretching genres from hip-hop, jazz, soul, and R&B, Kev opens up allowing him and his guests to provide inspiration and give a poignant expression of life in times of the Covid-19 crisis era. Kev says “social distancing is about how we can come together and connect even more during these times, and how we need inspiration and collaboration more than ever. Music is a perfect vehicle to showcase and express that. I felt an urgency and necessity to get this music out to the people right now, as we all proceed and deal with a new way of life.”
Social Distancing Album
Listen to the album on all digital platforms!!!
Bandcamp
Spotify
Deezer
SoundCloud
CHECK OUT SOME RECENT PRESS ON THE NEW ALBUM!

Kev Choice-No Worries new video!

6 Apr

As feelings of fear and anxiety overcome our society dealing with the new normals, effects of COVID-19, and “sheltering in place”, Kev Choice processes isolation while seeking ways to overcome the stress of being quarantined, the dramatic effects on the faltering economy, and social distancing from community, family, and in relationships.

“Dedicated to those in community finding themselves struggling in various ways during this time, those who are out helping others in need, those at home taking care of there families, those feeling alone, those in the hospitals taking care of the sick, those finding new ways to love themselves and connect with loved ones, those missing their loved ones, the creators, the artist, those seeking inspiration, the businesses owners, those who’ve lost their jobs, the youth who miss school and friends, all of us. Let us find ways to connect, inspire, and know we will persevere, together, as a society. Have faith. No worries. We are guided by the angels from high up above, now we can be as close as we never was, pray to God to protect us from whatever comes. No worries.”-Kev

No Worries (Official Video)

Shot and Directed by – Lauren Richardson
Produced by- Kev Choice
feat. Nikita Jew

No Worries –
written, produced by Kev Choice
Bass- Clark Sims
Guitar- Andrew Levin
Mixed by Eugene Smith
Mastered by Michael Denten

SharpChoice Records 2020
Album “Social Distancing” coming soon

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B L A C K L O N D O N + Kev Choice + Special Guest live at New Parrish April 10th!!

5 Mar

 

Kev Choice and his new band B L A C K L O N D O N will be performing live at Oakland’s  New Parrish on 4/10! They’ll be debuting new music from their EP “BLACK MAGIC” and Kev will be performing new music form a NEW EP AS WELL! Tix available now. MORE INFO BELOW!

BLACKLONDON SQR (2)

https://www.thenewparish.com/e/b-l-a-c-k-l-o-n-d-o-n-kev-choice-95495141539/

“B L A C K L O N D O N” Is a fresh new band and collective of Bay Area musicians, artists, and band-leaders, feat. keyboardist/M.C./Producer Kev Choice, keyboardist/producer Mike Blankenship, and saxophonist/composer Howard Wiley, pushing excellence, preservation, and progression of black music and culture through performance, recordings, and collaboration. B L A C K L O N D O N is creating a sound that combines elements of hip-hop, jazz, funk, and soul in combination with all of their unique talents including Choice spitting raps and classical infused piano, Wiley’s virtuoso jazz chops, and Blankenship’s strong synth, keyboard, and arrangement skills.

Choice and Wiley met as pre-teenagers at UC Berkeley’s Young Musician’s Program, and later met Blankenship as he became an in-demand keyboard player on the Bay Area music scene. They built a special bond in 2007 as members of Ms. Lauryn Hill’s band. that Choice was musical director of, and each played an integral role in as they toured over 15 countries in a one year time span. They have collaborated on numerous projects and performances ever since.

All 3 have established themselves as band leaders in the Bay Area, Blankenship with “Spooky Fox”, Wiley with “Extra Nappy” and Choice with “Kev Choice Ensemble”. Each has also released individual projects that have solidified their careers, Choice with 4 albums including the acclaimed “Oakland Riviera” and his instrumental project “88 Steps To Eternity, Blankenship with his “Living For The Future, and Wiley with his “The Angola Project”.

Choice has toured with Michael Franti and Spearhead, Goapele, Zion I, LyricsBorn, The Coup, Too Short, and composed a Hip-Hop/Jazz/Classical piece for the Oakland Symphony. Blankenship has worked with the likes of Sheila E., Ledisi, Michael Franti and Spearhead, while Wiley has worked with The West Coast Get Down with Kamasi Washington, Miles Moseley, and Terrace Martin, as well as Doug Carne and Chester Thompson.

The group will be debuting music from their new release “BLACK MAGIC” that features music in tribute to the 20th anniversary of D’Angelo’s integral “Voodoo” album as well as brand new original material. The band features local all-stars Dame Drummer(Fantastic Negrito, Zion I, Dam-Funk) on drums, Marcus Phillips(Goapele, Jennifer Hudson), and special guest.

 

 

New Video: “Countin’ Blessings” Premiers on Jazziz.com

8 Jan

Kev Choice’s new video “Countin’ Blessings” premiered on http://www.jazziz.com on 1/6/20. The video was shoot in Los Angeles by talented videographer/photographer Slaucienega. Check it out now!

Article: https://www.jazziz.com/new-music-monday-john-mclaughlin-kev-choice-wayne-shorter-more/

“Kev Choice Trio” & “BLACK LONDON” at Yoshi’s Jan. 24th

19 Dec

Kev Choice returns to Yoshi’s Oakland January 24th for two exciting new shows!! the 8pm set will feature Kev Choice Trio and special guest performing new music Kev has been working on featuring some amazing collaborations. The 10pm set will feature an exciting new band BLACK LONDON featuring Kev Choice, Mike Blankenship, Howard Wiley doing a tribute to D’Angelo’s classic album “Voodoo” with all-star band and guest vocalist. Come see both shows for a special 2-show package or check out either show individually. Going to be an amazing night of new music!!!

2 show package- Kev Choice Trio 8pm ; Black London 10pm https://www.yoshis.com/e/kev-choice-show-package-82019270847/

Kev Choice Trio + Special Guest 8pm  https://www.yoshis.com/e/kev-choice-trio-special-guest-79821727937/

Black London 10pm https://www.yoshis.com/e/black-london-feat-kev-choice-howard-wiley-mike-blankenship-79835777961/

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