An exclusive license agreement has been reached between Tokyo-based SWEET SOUL RECORDS and Birmingham, Alabama-based 4E Entertainment representing R&B, folk, folk singer-songwriter Gabriel Tajeu, clearing the way for Japan distribution of his debut album “Finding My Way,” in both physical and digital formats.
Tokyo, Japan: June 14, 2013, Today SWEET SOUL RECORDS, parent company LIFESOUND, Inc., officially announced that an agreement has been reached with 4E Entertainment for nationwide distribution of the debut album “Finding My Way,” by the talented singer-songwriter Gabriel Tajeu.
Gabriel was raised listening to all types of music from Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, to Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, and then in his teenage years he began listening to R&B legends, everyone from Luther Vandross to Brian McKnight. It is R&B that has had the largest influence on his music. From the way he sings, the phrasing, and the types of chord progressions and structure that he hears are all influenced heavily by the genre. Gabriel says, “It is the music that I found late in my college years and recently that has had the most profound impact on my current musical ventures.”
“Musicians like Ben Harper, Ryan Adams, Van Hunt, Joni Mitchell, Amos Lee, and Elvis Costello have begun to creep into my consciousness. The way they write music is completely different than the R&B artists I grew up listening to… their lyrical sensibility, rock and roll affect, and sometimes unpredictable song structure is something that I am trying to incorporate into my music and aspire to as a songwriter,” continued Gabriel who describes his new music as “R&B, Folk, Rock.”
While Gabriel was recording his debut album, a collection of folk, rock and R&B tunes called “Finding My Way,” at the same time he was working on a doctorate in public health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Clearly, he’s an expert at multi-tasking, devoting himself to two demanding projects at the same time. When he’s not immersed in academia, he produces original songs and performs them at area nightclubs (such as Rogue Tavern and Bottletree) and festivals. He also fronts the cover band Bonus Round, playing at weddings, corporate events and local venues such as Marty’s and Ona’s Music Room, both hugely popular Birmingham venues.
Ask him about the origins of “Finding My Way,” and Gabriel references philosopher Cornel West, who has said, “I’m a bluesman moving through a blues-soaked America, a blues-soaked world, a planet where catastrophe and celebration — joy and pain sit side by side.”
“Finding My Way” will be released Japan-wide by SWEET SOUL RECORDS on July 14, 2013 in partnership with distributor BBQ Records, and contains 12 moving tracks plus three unplugged bonus tracks.
About SWEET SOUL RECORDS
SWEET SOUL RECORDS, parent company LIFESOUND, Inc., is based in Tokyo and our main goal is to promote soul music in Japan in all its forms. We are doing this by creating our own brand of soul music, and at the same time, promoting international artists who we feel can help increase the number of loyal Japanese followers by spreading “real music.”
About 4E ENTERTAINMENT
4E ENTERTAINMENT is a multimedia entertainment marketing and management company located in Birmingham, Alabama. 4E ENTERTAINMENT develops and implements marketing and promotional strategies for your entertainment project or event. In addition 4E ENTERTAINMENT provides management services and in house legal counsel for our select clientele. Our primary goal at 4E ENTERTAINMENT is to help our clients achieve their entertainment dreams through realistic cost effective strategies (www.4Eentertainment.com).
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