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"Industry Review of Never Alone"




The passage of music that you use is like the old Moody Blues track, A Whiter Shade of Pale, which is based on a piece by Bach. The music works as a back-drop to your lyric/rap. Plus, you make it into a chorus with your female R&B vocalist performance. The only problem is that there is no counter balance like you would have with a different passage serving as a chorus.

Lyrics:7
Your faith has a powerful message to communicate and you testify with a lot of a feeling about your conversion. Still, there are so many situations in the world today that would serve as illustrations of how faith is tested, that you could include these as elements of your lyric so listeners could relate to how faith can make a difference in their daily lives.

Arrangement &
Production:8
Your production is lush sounding and frankly heavenly. You evoke the sound of beauty and peace in your track. The dreamy sound keeps the love of God at the forefront and the reassurance people receive from faith needs as much suport as you can give it.

Lead Vocal:8
Although neither of the voices are classic, both have power and intimacy. More like the testimony of everyday people, both the vocal performances speak to people's hopes and dreams for a better life through faith. Both voices are on time and in tune, technically.

Musicianship:9
All the playing and programming performances are on the money here. The feeling is coming through on each performance and they add up to an ensemble performance that is beautifully integrated. The only drawback is that the track get slightly repetitive without evolving individual performances.

Originality:8
You don't reinvent the wheel here, but you do a great job of making this idea your own. Putting the hip-hop into faith based music can sometimes seem a little dry, but you put enough real music into it, that the gospel sound comes through shining bright as any sun.

Marketability:8
I would think the Christian labels woud eat this up. And if you have more music that is not strictly faith based, the major labels could be interested. I think to get A&R Execs to pony up money for a record deal, you might have to go back into the studio for deeper production values. But as a demo for publishers, this track works great.

General Comments:
As beautiful as your track sounds, you could up the ante in terms of your production. There is a little too much repetition in the track; you can keep the music bed the same, but you should orchestrate the track better as it unfolds to keep the listener's interest. Check out the tracks you like most among current hits for some clues.

Average Score:8 - Curtis Lowell of Make a Star.com


"Frontliners"

Christianity is about making it real. The message is about God dwelling with thpeople, the message of hope shared in all languages and cultures. Frontliners bring it home to urban youth. Using rhythm, rhymes and syntax that agitate the imagination, they go deep with a challenging message of conversion, commitmentand the joys of living right with God. Their casual style is disarming yet there is nothing disengaged in their music or story of their faith journey. It is
quick, and it is pitched to the ears and hearts of young people looking for meaning, hope and a way to experience the abundant life; Frontliners are unequivocal: it's not drugs, it's not sex, it's not in the exercise of violent, angry power, but the way to the joys of life is the way of faith, hope and love--the greatest, of course, is love.

The concert at Stony Brook University October 7, 2004 delivered on the promise of Pentecost: everyone heard the Good News. It was a performance that exceeded my expectations.


--Rev. Clark BergeChaplain, Protestant Campus MinistryStony Brook University 275 Stony Brook Union - Rev. Clark Berge (Protestant Campus MinistryStony Brook University)


"Very Original!"

Very, Very original



Yeah man!!!!...this has hit potential for real...keep doin what youre doin

the performance was real good...the beat sounded like a sade meets enigma, and the lyrics and vocals fit the beat real well...the beat kinda set the mood

the verses were good...onpoint, and eargrabbing

you dont sound like anybody i know, except for the beat i told you about...thats not a bad thing though...this is definately hot tuff, and original...and most IMPORTANTLY, you can get people from every music genre to feel this one...outstanding job here...i'm very impressed!

--J. Bird -Central, Florida Garage Band.com 11/6/2004
- J. Bird


"Great Music"

'It's Good! Cool Beat & Lyrics right in the mix, you don't need advise, just a record deal. Peace, best, JB '
~ www.BBZrocks.com
- JB www.BBZrocks.com


"LL revisited!"


If LL wasn't still alive, I'd say you were channeling him from beyond! Let's start with the message - beautiful, positive and effectively delivered by both the emcee and the singer. The track is solid and complex without being overbearing and mastered superbly. The delivery of the emcee started out sounding like LL Cool J from "I need love", but quickly jumped into his own style, showing experience in rhythm and cadence. The singer was soft, endearing and the perfect complement to the message of the song. Overall, I think you've got a great song here. Thank you for keepin the positive vibe alive, in these gangster days


--supanamu Central Cali/Bay Area, California October 25th, 2004
- supanamu Central Cali/Bay Area


"Review of song Proper English"

Review of song Proper English


Fresh, bright, good positive rap.
Awesome, like an intelligent Eminem and his crew. Love it, you've got a fan in me. I am adding you to my playlist. Cool style. I hadn't realized Eminem's sound was so distinct. Love the positive tip and Eminem vibe carried throughout your music.-Reviewed by Jason Frost (Jason Frost & The Love Junkies) http://www.jasonfrost.com ; [also known as Jr. Boom , http://www.gilgamish.com] ;
please post any comments to his industry review of this bands music at http://lovejunkies.com/bbs/review


--jasonfrost from Rome, The Empire Never Ended, Usa: on 31Jan2004 - Jason Frost (Jason Frost & The Love Junkies)


Discography

Frontliners have a library of recorded tracks for upcoming releases.

Frontliners music have been played on Radio Stations in Europe and in the USA

*89.5 FM WPKN.ORG
*Radio Six International
*Holy Culture radio
*GOSPEL VIBRATIONS" 89.1 WFDU-F
*The Spirit Radio

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Bio

Frontliners - Christian Hip-Hop group from Queens, New York. The 2005 "MAKE A STAR.COM"Champion and "GARAGEBAND.COM" Top rated Hip-Hop/Rap group bring it home to urban youth. Using rhythm, rhymes and syntax that agitate the imagination, they go deep with a challenging message of conversion, commitment and the joys of living right with God. Their casual style is disarming yet there is nothing disengaged in their music or story of their faith journey. It is quick, and it is pitched to the ears and hearts of young people looking for meaning, hope and a way to experience the abundant life; Frontliners are unequivocal: it's not drugs, it's not sex, it's not in the exercise of violent, angry power, but the way to the joys of life is the way of faith, hope and love--the greatest, of course, is love.

Frontliners duo consists of two siblings wise beyond their age. Both of Haitian background born in Brooklyn, New York. Jean E. Exantus discovered his passion for music at a very young age. He satisfied that passion by taking piano lessons, writing and recording songs on his own and perfecting his rapping skills. While living in Japan, he performed at many local pubs captivating the crowds with his exuberance and lyrical skills. He was known throughout the Japanese community as “MC HOOK”. A year later Exantus returned to the United States, and teamed up with Mainframe (A.K.A. Massive) and Style Skillz. Shortly after, the three went separate ways; Jean decided to further his musical aspiration by attending Five Towns College, majoring in Audio Recording. And smooth vocalist Nikiya Exantus-Singer/Song writer/Actress and Pianist. They consider themselves students of life. Featuring on many Frontliners' track is Multi-talented Award winning songwriter/Producer John G. Oplinger "AKA" Sinima.