The dark shadow to the demise of a relationship doesn't always lie between the two people dating. Many times it’s the opinions, thoughts, and manipulative ways of close friends that can take your man or females mind in other directions. Men and women often look to their closest associates or friends to vent or share their personal issues, but what if that advice is purposely misguided. When your friends should be there to guide you in the right direction they become the dark shadow that follows the relationship to its end. Let's talk about it with the lovely ladies of O.W.W.H.H.!
(dealing with them (INTERNAL), covering them up(EXTERNAL), exposing them to the world, sharing them with a loved one-significant other/family)
We all know the world is full of imperfection, and yet many people try to cover their imperfections with false confidence, surgery, medication, or other means of camouflage. No matter what any of us say or how confident we exude ourselves to be when it comes to being comfortable with our body image, personality, or otherwise there is always something we secretly want to improve. Women have this issue more so than men especially because women face criticism by means of media, society, and personally including relationships. You'll never see a man turn to another and ask, "Do I look fat in these pants?" But that doesn't mean men are invulnerable to insecurities, no matter how much they like to think so.
Women are upfront about their fears, doubts, and self-esteem. Some may think of it as compulsive gabbiness, a quirk of the fairer sex, but in fact, it is an admirable coping mechanism that can come across to some as a bit courageous. Just because men don't talk about their insecurities doesn't mean they don't have them. The most common of insecurities in men besides their physical appearance is income, material gain such as a expensive cars/homes etc., relationships, and even their (whispers) "friend down under". Both sexes young and old face challenges when it comes to overcoming insecurities, and at times it can hinder our growth as individuals personally and romantically.
Image is important to everyone, and having a natural confidence about something we find to be an "eyesore" or unattractive to others is hard to obtain. For us average individuals who can't look to a "quick fix" by means of wealth; learning to live with these issues is easier said than done, but can our insecurities cost us more than we bargain by not truly loving ourselves for who we are or even overcompensating swaggering arrogance for bravery. Either way no one can perpetrate to the world a message for people to "Hate it or Love", forever, especially without knowing the answer themselves, but at some point we all have to face the music and look ourselves in the mirror.
Gareth Daley, or known as Daley is a unique, UK singer songwriter and artist. Daley hails from Manchester. His diverse sound rooted within Neo-soul, Pop and R&B, infused with Ambient / Experimental vibes.
He first began in 2010 he featured in the Gorillaz’s smash hit “Doncamatic” taken from their re-release of Plastic Beach. The song charted at 37 in the UK and became Daley’s first song to enter the charts. Daley performed the track in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge on the 20th of November.
In 2011 Daley began to showcase his talent and was entered into the BBC Sound Of 2011 poll, to which Jessie J, also a UK recording artist took first place. In the same year Daley teamed up with the British recording artist Wretch 32 with the song “Long Way Home” which was on the album “Black and White”.
Daley then started to work on his own material and produced the mixtape “Those Who Wait”. On the mixtape featured the Grammy Nominated artist Marsha Ambrosius on the track “Alone Together”, a music video was made and released in 2012. A music video was also made for the song “Smoking Gun”. A video for the song “Spent” also taken from “Those Who Wait” is expected this year (2012).
In 2012, Daley started to tour around the UK showcasing “Those Who Wait”. He supported the new up and coming UK artist Emeli Sande on her tour titled “Our Version of Events”. His debut album is expected to be released this year.
Social Media and the Internet are no longer sleeping giants they have arrived. What are the effects of technology on our youth? The positives are the technical knowledge our kids are gaining along with the ability to truly take their education beyond the confines of a books, radio and television. Our youth have the ability to be global learners.
The negatives range from cyber bullying to sexual experimentation. With unlimited access to pornography on their smartphones, IPads, and Tablets what will all this access to information do to our youth in the future and what can we do to better reign in this technology so the effects on our youth won’t be damaging? Tune in tonight to The Live in the Vocal Booth Team as they jump in on Social Media and the effects of technology on our youth.
Twitter: @myjnichole/ Facebook/jnichole/Juliet Jones
Juliet Nichole Jones (known as artist J. Nichole) is a native of Pennsylvania, and an Inspiring Contemporary Gospel Artist who has a love of ministry and music. With her unique and anointed voice she is reaching beyond the traditional gospel sound and gospel audience. Honored by colleagues, and adored by the public this singing sensation is truly an inspiration. She is the daughter of a musician father and an evangelist/songwriting mother, and has had much support from her influential yet talented parents.
Her career began at age 7 where she began to sing in local talent shows. By age 8 she became little Miss Southern PA where she won her first trophy. By the time she was 12, she knew in her heart that singing was what she wanted to do. She accepted the Lord into her life, and one day while watching a show on TV she saw a blind girl give her testimony and sing beautifully for the Lord. J. Nichole was immediately inspired and wanted to sing with the same enthusiasm as the blind girl did. During Church service one day JNichole prayed and asked God earnestly from her heart to bless her with the same enthusiasm to sing.
Little did she know, God heard her prayer request, and years later it would manifest into a reality. While in her college years, J. Nichole enjoyed singing and touring as lead vocalist with a top 40 band in PA. She then placed law school on hold, and headed out to LA to pursue her music career. While in L.A. she had the pleasure of working with many influential artist in the music industry in the pop/ r&b markets, performing at local venues with her girl group at the time, as well as a pending deal with Sony that unfortunately fell through.
After many obstacles faced in L. A. as a single mother during that time, J. Nichole started to faithfully attend church and study the word and it was then when she quickly re - dedicated her life back to the Lord. She immediately realized God had other plans for her and her music career as a singer, writer and entrepreneur. Currently she is working on her brand new Gospel CD titled “No More Runnin”.
She released the first single from that CD titled “Do you know him” in 2012, then in 2013 she released the second single titled “Get your Spirit UP” currently in rotation on Wamo 100.1 AM/FM Gospel’s Best Sunday’s with Brother Marlon, and many more. She is also taking the internet radio by storm (KROV 97.1 FM, Magic 102.3 FM on Radio Synergy 1, Racman Radio, CJB Radio to name a few). She is lined up to appear on WLCF TV the Spotlight, Bobby Jones Presents for New Vision Productions for the Impact TV Network, and the Iowa Gospel festival in the summer of 2013.
J. Nichole has been extremely honored to be selected as a performer for the 36th Annual Festival of Black Gospel in NY on March 1, 2013 along with other amazing and anointed artist such as Jonathan McReynolds and Anita Wilson to name a few. While inspired by many artist in Gospel such as Mary Mary, Fred Hammond, Nicole C. Mullen, James Fortune and Fiya as the list can go on - J. Nichole carries a unique style all her own. When she isn’t singing or pursuing her doctorate degree JNichole enjoys spending time with her family or doing volunteer work with her local church in New Jersey.
She also enjoys working with her mother Yvonne in expanding their non-profit organization “My Spirit in Motion”, which involves many outreach programs /missionary work. The mission is to defeat the kingdom of darkness with a vision of helping others. Ultimately, J. Nichole’s prayer is that her spirit-filled singing will touch the lives of countless of millions of listeners through numerous appearances on radio, television, and concerts throughout the United States and foreign lands.
Special Guests: Valentine
"Merging the genres of dance/pop and industrial rock, Valentin sings from a typically dark and occasionally cynical perspective of that infamous, and often unpredictable, four-letter word: love. He draws influence from a wide variety of artists (Nine Inch Nails, Lady Gaga, Marilyn Manson, Savage Garden, and Robyn to name a few), but he pushes himself to stick to his true colours. His favourite colour is black."
Special Guest: Angela Spivey
Some people find their calling early in life. The Princess of Gospel, Angela Spivey, is one of them. The Chicago native joined the children’s choir at her father’s First Corinthians Missionary Baptist Church and made her singing debut at the age of four. A year later, at the ripe old age of five, she became the choir’s director.
Angela would go on to form the nine-member Voices of Victory, a young adult choir that quickly grew in membership and prominence around Chicago. Now, some 37 years later, the choir comprises 65 members and Angela remains true to her calling: To spread the word of God through music and to use her anointing to heal others.
Launching a career as a gospel recording artist wasn’t Angela’s goal. In fact, she was content to sing in the church and vehemently opposed the idea of recording. But others saw the need for her ministry on a larger scale and, eventually, so did she. “People started pushing me to record, but I never wanted to do it. We recorded ‘VictoriousPraise,’ our first CD, in 1993,” she recalls. In 1997, she was the lead vocalist for the GMWA Gospel Announcers CD’s outstanding track, “So You WouldKnow How Much I Love You.” She followed up with 1999’s “Glory, Honor and Praise.”
For someone who was reluctant to record, Angela was on a roll. In 2002, she was joined by ten members of her choir for the recording of “I’m Determined,” the CD that put her front and center in the gospel industry, netting several 2003 GMWAs, including awards for Female Vocalist of the Year, Traditional Album, Traditional Song, Traditional Best Video and the coveted Artist of the Year. She was also nominated for a 2003 Soul Train Lady of Soul Award in the gospel CD category.
But with all that she has achieved, at least one person was convinced that Angela had not gotten her just due. That person would be Pastor DeWayne Harvey, CEO of her new record label home, Innovative Records. “Angie’s been a hidden talent,” he says. “People know about her, but her success in terms of sales, outings, venues, and all the things that come along with a good gospel artist just aren’t there. That’s my goal. I know her voice is anointed and designed to reach not only people here in the United States, but all over the world.”
Angela’s forthcoming CD, her sixth, “He Keeps His Promise,” produced by Harvey, Antonio Wimberly and Etienne Porter, serves up an array of spiritually uplifting songs; notable among them is the title track, which is the CD’s debut single. Spivey’s new release is destined to be one of her greatest. Harvey and his crew of producers have not only captured the essence of what Spivey does, but have given her a new look and sound. This new sound is evident in that lead track as well as on the standout second single, “God Cares.” Spivey said that the songs stretched her out of her comfort zone; however, the results of moving out are amazing. Spivey says, “It’s new, it’s fresh, almost as if I have been reinvented.”
Additional gems on the album are the poignant “My Outcome is Victory,” penned by Spivey; “Let God Do It,” a song penned by Harvey; and “IWanna Be Ready,” which is traditional yet new.
Angela says that every song she records has to resonate with her spiritually and emotionally. It’s not just about a funky beat or a catchy hook. It’s about telling a story, dispensing wisdom and drawing on the word for healing, comfort and discernment. “I try to seek God and hear God, so that the song that He gives me will be a blessing to someone else,” she says. “I want to let people know that their outcome is victory if they trust God. I want to tell them that their joy is coming in the morning. A lot of people need to know that if they can just hold on until morning they can find joy. I want songs that will touch the hearts of men and women and help them to realize that bad situations are not that bad after all.”
As Angela prepares to follow in the footsteps of her father, she looks forward to continuing her musical ministry as well. She says that even though she has always known her calling, it’s clearer now than it has ever been, much clearer than when she was that four-year-old girl singing in her father’s church. “I’ve grown spiritually,” she lends. “When you look at my overall picture, I’ve changed. I’m not that little girl Angie anymore. I’m a woman who knows God and loves God. That’s my calling.”