Monarch Headlines Fall Music



Artist: Liz Brasher

Soul-singing, garage-rocker Liz Brasher releases Painted Image, a big-screen adaptation of the rock-influenced R&B Brasher introduced with this year’s Outcast EP. There are torch songs, amplified barroom burners, and soulful standouts fit for a James Bond soundtrack, all tied together by Brasher’s supersized pipes. She shows off the full range of that voice with “Love Feasts,” a power ballad about reflection and reconciliation. “Love Feasts is a stream of consciousness that came out of me in maybe ten minutes,” she says. “It was fast. I had been reading poetry, the book of Jude, and doing a lot of self-reflecting. In turn, it came out as a mixture of beautiful imagery wrapped in darkness.” The song reaches a climatic peak during the prechorus, with Brasher plucking a walking bass pattern on her electric guitar before belting a long, show-stopping glory note.


Artist: Carvin Winans

Carvin Winans announced the impending release of his debut solo album, In the Softest Way. This is an eleven-track collection that boasts a wellbalanced mix of ballads and mid-tempo songs ranging from R&B to inspirational. In addition, the album features guest appearances by Stevie Wonder, Kenny G, Tony Maiden, and Winans’ brother, Marvin Winans.


Artist: Emily King

To the delight of all of King’s fans who have been eagerly awaiting a new release, the wait is over! With the release of a new single, “Remind Me,” a new album, produced by long time musical cohort Jeremy Most and mixed Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Amy Winehouse, David Bowie) is right on the wings. Scenery follows the critically acclaimed album The Switch (2015) which included the hit “Distance” (more than 13 million streams).

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Artist: Mavis Staples

Live in London, a new live album recorded during a two-night engagement at Union Chapel in London. The renowned vocalist shared the single “No Time for Cryin’” from the record coming out on ANTI- Records. The material presented on Live in London focuses on the records she made since joining ANTI- in 2007. Some of the tracks were written for Staples by the likes of Jeff Tweedy, Justin Vernon, M. Ward, Benjamin Booker and Ben Harper, while others were regularly performed by The Staples Singers.

The O'Jays in an undated photo. The Canton, Ohio, group also associated with Philadelphia is well represented in this stream: from "Love Train" to "When the World's at Peace" to "Back Stabbers."


Artist: The O’Jays

The O’Jays have announced a new album. The Last Word will be the final album from the legendary R&B group. The first single “Above the Law” is a politically charged song with a video reflecting all the current events from the Black Lives Matter movement, the swearing in of Brett Kavanaugh, Colin Kaepernick, and much more. “Above the Law” was composed by soul legend Betty Wright and Angelo Morris. The Last Word is a project addressing issues in today’s surreal reality TV climate of America.