Charles Laster II and Silvia Pratesi
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Charles Laster II and Silvia Pratesi

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Dec
11
Charles Laster II and Silvia Pratesi @ Miami Music Festival

miami, Florida, USA

miami, Florida, USA

Dec
10
Charles Laster II and Silvia Pratesi @ Miami Music Festival

miami, Florida, USA

miami, Florida, USA

Feb
17
Charles Laster II and Silvia Pratesi @ Pentecostal Temple

detoit, Michigan, USA

detoit, Michigan, USA

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Charles Laster II has been around the gospel scene for a number of years, but even before that, was crafting jingles for Ford Motors and songs for the Detroit Pistons. The other half of this act, Silvia Pratesi, cam to composing music much later – in 2007, but by the time that “Journey of Life” ends – individuals will be convinced that these two have been making music together for decades. The disc’s opening song (the title track) sets the stage for the rest of the disc in that it provides individuals with an interesting new take on gospel music. The inclusion of a classic string arrangement gives the gospel / R&B style put forth by Laster that much more energy. The unique composition present on this opening track will keep individuals focused on the following tracks, as well as to introduce listeners to Laster and Pratesi’s style.

The second track on “Journey of Life” is “I Believe”, and the song does a good job of innovating while continuing to play on many of the same influences and styles broached during the opening track. The few seconds that the track is instrumental provides listeners with evidence that all pieces of Laster and Pratesi’s collaboration, instead of just the vocals, are stellar. “I Believe” keeps a high momentum through the inclusion of brass on the instrumental side and a rap interlude on the vocal side. The eclectic sound of Laster and Pratesi during this track destroys any perceptions that listeners come to, and show the act as always changing, always trying to find the strongest possible sound.

This dedication to the perfection of their music continues during “In My Mind”, where Laster and Pratesi craft a slower, more jazz-influenced track. Laster and Pratesi even add a little bit of “New York Minute”-era Eagles to the mix, further strengthening the track. Each track on “Journey of Life” provides listeners with a different facet of Laster and Pratesi. By the time that “I Feel The Power” ends the album, individuals will have little idea where the act will go for their next album. The one thing that listeners will know is that their next album will be an impressive work that seeks to change the common perceptions of gospel and modern R&B. With such a diverse array of tracks on an album, most acts would suffer an identity crisis by the fifth or sixth track. The ability of Laster and Pratesi on “Journey of Life” is enough that each foray into the unknown makes the resulting disc that much stronger.

Top Tracks: True Love, I Believe

Rating: 7.2/10 - Neufutur Magazine


Charles Laster II and Silvia Pratesi combine elegantly in "Journey Of Life," reminiscent of the true blending of spirit and music. We notice immediately the Motown influences in the vocal harmonies and style of the soloist in the title-track "Journey Of Life". Trumpets bring to life the message in "I Believe" along with an incredibly talented rap section. Production is clear and not overdone, while the songs are written with precision and care for each word. Gentle piano forces one's ear to feel the words even stronger in our favorite "True Love.” This CD will certainly uplift and inspire listeners.
-Terri and the RadioIndy Team
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Whether you call it praise music or New Jack gospel, this genre is most often a classic case of "preaching to the choir," with song lyrics lifted artlessly from the King James bible and histrionic music calculated to "reach out and touch somebody's hand." Dear god. Luckily, Charles Laster II and Silvia Pratesi don't make this mistake on their new record Journey of Life. Their songs reference salvation, heaven, and living the Christian life but, like secular soul music, have an uplifting universality. Those of us who aren't Christian - agnostics, Muslims, those whose spirituality can't be pigeonholed - can still understand the positive spirituality that is the wellspring of Laster and Pratesi's music, and still get our groove on. Laster, who composed the excellent lyrics, and Pratesi, who created most of the music with a seamless combination of live musicians and samples, remind us how gospel and rhythm and blues gave birth to soul music in the early sixties and how a new kind of soul is still possible.

It is also possible to have, in this era of the run-on CD (dude, you really don't have to fill up every second of a 74-minute CD-R) and the random iPod mix, a record that has a theme and takes the listener on a ride. "Journey of Life" does just that in a way that reminds one of Stevie Wonder's work in the early '70s, and with a melting pot of influences that are forged into a personal style, at once familiar and quite differentThe first cuts have a rock and dance music flavor, but are rooted on old soul music. The title cut starts with sampled strings, and a drum beat by David Heddon that is all about Motown and Philly soul. The vocal melody has a perfect simplicity in tune with the song's message, sung over expansive keyboard chords: "Life is a journey filled with so many things / It can bring some pain it will be some rain / don't be afraid to explore it... just imagine far past everyday comprehension / ...have a little faith." This song is an overture for the entire record, and is comprised of snippets of the different styles Laster and Pratesi draw from. This song is a journey in itself: the vocals soar with smooth complexity one minute, then break down to a gospel stomp, with funky percussion and a nasty drum line the next. Fuzz guitars by Brett Farkas and wailing synths from Laster enter strongly then glide down into a quiet ballad-ish section, followed by a smooth chorus. The following song "I Believe" comes on with hard-hitting rock funk, featuring a fat bass line, scratchy wah-wah guitar and blaring brass. It then goes into a jazz influenced section with muscular vocals by Laster and, throwing in another left field element, a verse of speed rap. The song ends with a coda of B.B. King-style blues guitar.

This album is based on the idea of change and spiritual growth and revelation. From the opening song, the journey goes through faith ("I Believe") to questioning ("In My Mind") then the moment of revelation ("Wrong To Right"). Stylistically the music reflects the emotions of the songs, going from intense and strident rock to pensive Latin-tinged ballad to a sparse Neptunes-style electro pop grooveThis flow leads to the show stopping apex of the album "Eternal Dancing." This song describes the party that awaits in the promised land of Christian heaven where there will be dancing and joyous experience. This is sure more appealing than the vague heaven told of by dour TV preachers, where "you will sit at the table by the left hand of god" while angels play celestial trumpets, blah, blah, boooring. Now dancing in a land of eternal love with others, especially women, and celebrating oneness on the dance floor? That's a heaven you can feel: "This life is filled with history / living in rhapsody / there are even mysteries / I know that you agree / One day we'll have this dance / and it will never end / we'll step from side to side everybody will be vibing / life in paradise / I can't wait it will be nice... When we walk through heaven's doors... and see the faces of those we love / dance to the eternal groove..."

Adding to the music and enjoyment thereof is Laster's complete lack of braggadocio, insincerity, and underlying cynicism that plagues pop music and the evangelical movement in equal nasty chunks. His positivity, mad skills and music, music that is not dumbed down to appeal to and manipulate the "masses," are a thousand times more effective in spreading and celebrating the gospel than some fire and brimstone huckster ranting on TV. Journey to Life is a modern evocation of the spirit expressed in the bible passage Psalm 95:1 that states "O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation." - Music Dish by Mark Kirby


si è esibito sul palco il BRAVISSIMO
Charles Laster II (cantante Gospel), un artista dalla voce stupenda, che ha evidenziato una grande percezione del ritmo, regalando una interpretazione davvero intensa dei vari brani. - oramao.com


Discography

"Journey Of Life" ended on sept 2007 in LA.This project is dear to my heart because of its inspirations.
The lyrics were motivated from music composed by Silvia Pratesi ,
who became a music composer through what I call spiritual metamorphosis.
After Silvia’s battle with a sickness,
our God who is full of Love and Grace decided to allow Silvia to express her heart
through the gift of music. And thus we have, Journey of life.

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SILVIA PRATESI
PROFILE
Silvia Pratesi ,Born and raise in Rome Italy. Having a passion I started composing digital music in 2007. Although it seem that writing music is new I have always had an ear to hear the details of wonderful music. I decided to use this awesome gift from God on my lastest project Journey Of Life. The songs and music,sang by Charles Laster II, were written out of my life experiences.

EXPERIENCES
PERSONAL PROJECTS

“Journey of life”by Charles Laster II and Silvia Pratesi.2007

“It’s about love”by Charles Laster II.2007
single cd-collaboration

Over 170 songs composed by Silvia Pratesi.2009

MY GOALS

It is my desire to first to open my ear to hear every melodies and tune that comes from God. I dream to make music that a person soul can relate to.” I want to make every note count if I can compose a song that makes you pat your feet,claps your hands,do a dance or maybe,even become emotional “quote “My job is done”.....