Soul music lovers in the nation’s capital know the name Kenny Wesley as a passionate purveyor of ballads who has opened shows for the likes of Alice Smith, Stephanie Mills, Carl Thomas and Anthony David. But he’s taking a turn for the funkier on his official launch single “The Window,” his collaboration with L.A.-based Noah Lifschey, widely respected within the industry as a prolific producer of sizzling music for TV shows such as “America’s Best Dance Crew” and the MTV Movie and Music Awards programs.
“The Window” weds a thumpin’ groove to a self-affirming message that Wesley rocks with a righteous and uplifting vengeance. The song represents a sonic revolution as part throwback and homage, part contemporary slam jam.
As the lead-off single to their contemporary soul concept album, The Real Thing, “The Window” has an intriguing point of origin. “It began as a 40-second piece of music – a partial verse and a chorus – I wrote for a contestant on ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ “The Window”, while still connected to the others – is playful; not as dirty and funky as a lot of the other tracks that are coming,” multi-instrumentalist Lifschey confesses.
“The song got a lot of great write-in feedback from viewers wanting to know what it was and where they could get it. Because I’d already been working with Kenny since June, I completed the music with live guitars, keys and custom programmed drums, then invited him to help me finish the lyrics. I’m a big fan of Seal who’s known for his lyrics being a bit vague. Generally speaking, ‘The Window’ is about being in the moment instead of allowing yourself to get caught up in a train wreck of thoughts that stifle you.” Wesley, who contributed to the lyrics and arrangement of the melody, adds, “It’s about taking an introspective look at one’s self and being honest and unpretentious with the people around you – something there isn’t enough of in the music business today.”
Fans can pick up this track from the Rock Band Music Store for Xbox 360, playable in both Rock Band 3 and Rock Band Blitz starting on December 13th!
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With an acclaimed EP, a dozen collaborations, seven compilation features, ad campaign features (2012 “Supercuts Rock The Cut Artist Ambassador” and 2012 Notion Music’s “You Are Next”), and a slew of high-profile performances under his belt, Kenny Wesley has firmly placed his stamp on the modern Soul movement. He has shared the stage with numerous artists including Alice Smith, Anthony David, Kindred, Eric Roberson, Sy Smith, Maysa, N’Dambi, Vikter Duplaix, and Leela James.
To balance life in the TV world, Noah also maintains a solid foot in the music business, with a fresh approach and style – in addition to Kenny, recently Noah has been producing and writing for/with Cherri Bomb (Hollywood Records), and Karina Hanssen. For more information about Noah, visit: http://www.stereolif.com.
ABOUT ROCK BAND BLITZ
Released in August 2012, Rock Band Blitz is a downloadable rhythm game in the Rock Band series from Harmonix Music Systems for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. Unlike previous versions of Rock Band, Blitz is not sold with any special instrument controllers. Blitz was designed to use regular console controllers to match notes in a song, using gameplay mechanics similar to Harmonix' previous titles of Frequency and Amplitude. The title is capable of using any songs the player has downloaded or exported for Rock Band 3, in addition to 25 songs that will ship with the game.
ABOUT ROCK BAND 3
Rock Band 3 is the third main music video game in the Rock Band series, developed by Harmonix Music Systems. In late October 2010, the game was published and distributed by MTV Games and Electronic Arts, respectively. On November 23, 2011, Mad Catz took over both roles and re-released the title. As with the previous titles, Rock Band 3 allows players to simulate the playing of rock music and many other subgenres using special instrument controllers mimicking lead and bass guitar, drums, and vocals. Rock Band 3 expands upon previous games by including three-part vocal harmonies—previously used in The Beatles: Rock Band and Green Day: Rock Band—and support for a keyboard instrument, a MIDI-compatible 25-key unit.
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