Thursday, December 7, 2017

Artist Spotlight - Just Right Band

New Orleans, Spiced with soul and a dash of superstition, is the essence of the “Just Right Band”, NOLA’s premier R&B band that's preserving yesteryear's spirit with their blend of R&B, smooth jazz and Southern soul. Louisiana born and raised, all six musicians aren't merely infuenced by the city's music scene, they live it. Veterans of the community, the group is made up of lead singer Michael Veal aka Ve' Al, Ronald “Shammika” Ernest, guitar,vocals, John “Petoe” Ragas, bass guitar, vocals, Kurt Brunus, keyboards, vocals,trumpet, Warner Williams, keyboards and Brennan Williams,drums/vocals. Longtime friends, they wanted to start a project where they simply jammed together. No pressure, just a good time and a throwback to a golden era. Inspired by Brian McKnight, Will Downing, and Luther Vandross, the guy’s have been creating what they call “smile music” since 2013, and to them it's all about enjoying the collection of talent that makes their sound “just right.” That may be their secret ingredient: doing it for fun; which makes it fun for everyone else. The group's debut album “I Want More “is scheduled to be released in August 2017 through Swamp Island Records. And so far people seem to agree that Just Right Band is on to something. The title track “I Want More” was #1 for six consecutive weeks in CashBox Magazines Hip Hop, R&B charts; and the New Release "It's Gotta B Love" has been #1 for the past fve weeks. Not to mention a recent feature in Cashbox Magazine. Perhaps that's why they've become a local favorite, a band that's “just right” for practically every occasion. 

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Contact: Brennan Williams 504-784-2408 
Kurt Brunus 504-250-6354

1.) What made you want to get into the music business in the first place? Did anyone influence you to do music? If so, who? Influences? Role Models?

Love of music, Passion for Performing it's the one two punch. And once it's in your blood its what you do.

2.) Unfortunately the music industry is full of talented individuals who just don't get any recognition for their talent and/or work. What do you plan to do to make sure you stand out and get noticed?

You work, your talent is a gift, a true blessing act like it and you will be just fine.

3.) Would you rather be on a major label or would you rather stay independent? Why or why not?

To have someone else do the work would be Great because then you could focus entirely on music. But it really doesn't matter.

4.) Do you think that the traditional music industry model as we know it is dead? Why or why not?

Dead. The internet has changed that model forever.

5.) How do you think the internet and social media affected the music industry and how musicians are able to market themselves?

All the tools are now in everyone's hands.

6.) What is the most difficult thing you've had to endure in life and has that had any effect on your path to becoming a musician?

Everything happens for a reason losing hurts but it prepares you to win.

7.) Artists who try to make music for the general public and make more money are usually seen as "sell-outs." Do you see it that way and if so, what do plan to do to make sure you make music that is true to your brand and make a good living at the same time without having to "sell out"?

I don't see it that way.

8.) When you do music, what would you like your listeners to get out of your music?

Listen to the stories, it just might be yours.

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