A songwriting technique that singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ava Della Pietra has applied is the art of concise storytelling. “In a song, you don’t really have that much room to say that much,” the 17-year-old tells So Booking Cool. “So, you kind of have to figure out how to make it concise while also not making it feel like it’s concise…also, little things like figuring out where to get rid of the little … Read the rest
Top 7 Gems in Michael Jackson’s Discography
13 years later, Michael Jackson’s death remains a devastation to the entertainment industry and many music fans. Usually, when celebrating the historical artist, the same batch of songs tend to get talked about and played. This isn’t to say that classics like Thriller, Bad, Billie Jean, Beat It, Smooth Criminal, Man in the Mirror, and Human Nature are overhyped (nor are the hits that … Read the rest
Interview With Teen Sensations & American Idol Alums Ammon and Liahona!
Moments before boarding the plane to New York City for fashion week, brother and sister singing/songwriting duo Ammon and Liahona chatted with SBC about their time on this past season of American Idol (the fourth season of ABC and 19th season overall for the series), the pandemic, their new single “Make Me Forget it,” (of course you know we asked if they’d ever write a book), and their artistry. … Read the rest
SBC Artist review: Olivia Rodrigo
The rollout of music’s new artist and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star, Olivia Rodrigo, is finely crafted yet still feels organic. Yes, we’re talking about the “Driver’s License” singer, who’s next hit is probably going to be her third single (and “Deja Vu” is underrated, but that’s another write-up). This talented singer/songwriter/performer has been compared most notably to Taylor Swift (and Lorde) and understandably so, but … Read the rest
Interview With Author & I WILL GRADUATE CEO & Executive Director Tõnya Lewis Taylor!
Nearly a year ago, Tonya Lewis Taylor was one of many greatly affected by the pandemic. In addition to her and her husband, and co-founders of the I WILL GRADUATE program, getting coronavirus at the time (and fortunately healing), they lost loved ones to it. They also lost 90% of their money. “But the beauty that came out of the ashes was that we started writing for grants,” the Be … Read the rest
Interview With Songstress & Radio Host Alyson Williams! (PART 2)
The relationship that R&B and jazz songstress Alyson Williams has with reading today stems from her childhood, which included vigorous academic requirements. “I don’t want to sound like it’s an excuse, I love books,” she tells So Booking Cool. “I physically love a book, the opening, the closing, the spine, the feel of a book, the smell of a book—I love books. But I find—and this is something people may … Read the rest
Interview With Songstress & Radio Host Alyson Williams! (PART 1)
Before becoming a hit songstress and newly Soul Music Hall of Famer for Best Female Artist, Alyson Williams once felt she had to hide her love for music from her school peers. “I realized at an early age the music that I was surrounded by and the music that I loved was different than the music that all my other friends were into,” the “Just Call My Name” singer recalls … Read the rest
Interview With The Black Shopping Networks.com Founder & Author Janice McLean DeLoatch! (PART 2)
Award-winning journalist, serial entrepreneur, author, and founder of The Black Shopping Networks Janice McLean DeLoatch has always been motivated to defy racial stereotypes, especially for the sake of her children. “I always wanted them to see that Black people do work hard,” she tells So Booking Cool. “And I know they’re not looking at it in terms of my color, but there’s always been in the back of some people’s … Read the rest
Interview With DJ, Record Label Exec & “Free the Music Business” Author Adam Cruz!
In his own words, DJ, producer, record label owner, radio host, and Free the Music Business: Tips and Tales from an Indie Music Nerd author, Adam Cruz, wants to write music that heals. Having recently lost several friends to the pandemic, Cruz is reminded of how short life can be. “I am talking about the feeling of people dying,” he tells So Booking Cool. “I am talking about politics. … Read the rest
Q&A Author Spotlight: Tõnya Lewis Taylor!
Recently, we caught up with Tõnya Lewis Taylor, New York-based Billboard chart-topping artist, co-founder, CEO and executive director of the award-winning Entertainers 4 Education Alliance – I WILL GRADUATE Youth Development Program, philanthropist, and author of the upcoming book, Be You, Not Her: Becoming the Woman You Were Created to Be. The former Roc-A-Fella Records executive discusses how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected her both professionally and personally, women … Read the rest