I am Carlene QueenBrit Graham. Music is what I do.
Carlene QueenBrit Graham is one of this decade’s most innovative artists. The Singer / Songwriter / Composer / Blogger was born and bred in London, England. She grew up surrounded by musical vibes within her family. It was inevitable that she would choose her path within the music industry…
Carlene is a seasoned performer, having travelled around the world with numerous international bands such as; Spiritualized, Bugz In The Attic and The Reel People. She has also provided backing vocals for some of the world’s top recording artists including; Madonna, Shakira, Dionne Warwick, Placebo, Spiritualized, Jocelyn Brown, Alison Moyet, Mick Hucknall & Rosa López… the list goes on. As well as a host of events including singing glamour model Jordan down the isle for her wedding to Peter Andre.
She is no stranger to the business and has been the voice behind House releases which include self-penned: ‘Sunshine’ – LoveSound, ´You Got Me´ – Wipe The Needle (4th Floor Records), ´Push It´ – Sterling Ensemble (Sterling Blue Music) & ´Energize´ – Mustafa (Staff Productions). Whilst solely providing the vocals for ‘Crazy´ – Elektrik DJ (Phonetic Recordings) & ´Believe In You´ – Wil Milton (Blak Ink Music).
Carlene has recently recorded & released her self penned & composed debut album @ Villalobos recording Studios, Almeria under the supervision of Errol Ross (who received his Gold & Silver discs for producing ´The Selector´- one of Ska Music´s biggest contributions to date).
Her four releases ‘Before I Go’, ‘Vibrations’, ‘Fast Food’ & ‘No Other Choice’ have received a lot of support & positive feedback thus far.
Her versatile vocal ability enables her to compliment various musical genres. Her range encompasses Soul to House, Rock to RnB. It is with great conviction that Carlene expresses her desire to make her mark on music.
Wanna hear some House music?
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New Summertime’ – Carlene ft Wooden Souljah & John Storm – Studio
So I’m sat here listening to ‘New Summertime’ – Carlene ft Wooden Souljah & John Storm…nice groove, fresh out of the studio! Watch this space y’all!! It’s coming real soon 😉
Check out this EXCLUSIVE video of one of my artists
Kissk13 (www.kissk13.com)…this compilation highlights the best of his live work. Complimented by myself & Jakeya Sanders on vocals & Alex Urrego on drums, this is one act you HAVE to come & see live, no exceptions.
Enjoy y’all 🙂
Have been invited by this talented lady Monifah to perform at her event tonight at: Groove
125 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012-1027
Y’all remember her? Could be interesting!
So, last night @ Groove was awesome! Jakeya Sanders & I tore up our rendition of ‘Killing Me Softly’ even if the band were playing at 100 miles per hour! To tell them to slow down would have been so obvious that we tried to soldier it out….never again! We sounded like chipmunks (on crack!)…oh well, on to the next one!
Tonight’s (Sat 13th) gig….gonna be fun!
Piano’s Bar and Grill
36 Broad Street, Bloomfield,
9pm…no cover…cheap drinks…need anymore excuses to be there?
Y’all remember the film ‘Cocktail’ with Tom Cruise back in the day? My mum & I used to love it! Well tonight, there are gonna be a selection of NJ’s finest bartenders battling it out for the Piano’s Flair Bartender Competition with cash prize! I’m gonna be opening the show & hosting/performing for the after party…not to mention tasting every single cocktail that is made!
Come through & show some love y’all…the first person that comes up to me & says “Jamaica Jamaica” will get a complimentary copy of my album & their pic up on tomorrow’s blog 😉
Much love y’all…thanks for supporting my blog y’all…250 hits in 1 day….lets do this!
After having survived the latter part of the week from Wed on approx 9 hrs sleep, today is about family, giving Praise & resting. Stay Blessed 🙂 x
I’ve decided: dinner today is gonna be home fried chicken, home baked mac cheese, rice & corn-on-the-cob…mmmmmm. Did I mention that I can throw down in the kitchen, I love to cook. But then again, I did learn from the best HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MUMMY!!🙂 xxx
In the style of Missy “I Can’t Stand The Rain”
We have had torrential rain in NJ all weekend…can I tell you a secret?….I LOVE rain! My mum always told me that her mother always used to say that “rain is a Blessing”…I dunno, I guess it kinda stuck 😉
Mad love Monday….
Happy Monday y’all!! I can’t believe how fast this year is flying!
I am so happy right now…we’ve been up & running with my blog since Fri 12th & already in three days, we have generated over 550 hits…y’all are AMAZING!! Thank you so much guys. This year is gonna be mine…I’m claiming it! I can’t reach all of the people I would like to without your help, so PLEASE, tell all your peeps that Carlene Graham is about to do her thang & needs your help!
Send EVERYONE this link >>>MyBlog Carlene
Also, many thanks to those of you who have commented…don’t be shy! Express yourself & post anything you feel…I always support my friends & associates 😉 There is NO Sign-up required…which means no spam & no hassle! Just enter your name, email & type away.
I love y’all…this whole blog doo-dah is so exciting!! 🙂
Throwback of the day
So as you should all know by now, I breeeeeeathe music! As a singer, I simply cannot confine or restrict myself to any one genre…I love music period.
Starting today, I will be posting my ‘Throwback of the day’…let me know your thoughts
Today it is: ‘Dreams’ – Fleetwood Mac
Surprised? Lol…I told you, I love everything!
Check in tomorrow for my next selection.
My lil man
OMGoodness…I got so caught up in the hype that I forgot to mention our lil man Amari! He is approaching 18 months & is the TRUTH! We are so Blessed to have him in our lives. His hair is dope right!…I had acid reflux like a mofo when I was preggers!!
Such a cheeky smile! This pic was sent to me by my homegirl Milly that looks after him whilst I attend rehearsals in the evening…I’m in a few bands but all that info is coming 😉
1.21am Tues 16th…re-organizing my clothes shelf…hubby treated me to some goodies last night…Blessed xx
Taking care of my little dumplings…I have a nearly 5 yr old stepson called Delisle-he’s amazing!. They’re watching the Your Baby Can Read DVD’s…will keep you updated on their progress.
Throwback of the day
It’s Tuesday…hmmm, where should I take this?..Thinking….Ok: ‘Imagination’ – Tamia
I love this cut…I used to rinse this whole album back in the day! Love Tamia’s vox!
As y’all may have seen in my comments, I rate Pat Brown www.downtownpatbrown.com/ as one of the TOP designers in America & guess what?…she’s Jamaican by way of the UK too…whoop whoop!!
Well anyway, she’s up for a fashion award tonight & I ain’t missing it for the world.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
6:00pm – 11:00pm
507 Columbus Ave.(W.85th St.)
New York, NY
Music Video Live presents the S.T.R.O.B.E. Recognition Awards Bash for Fashion & Music.
The 2010 recipients are Downtown Pat Brown for ‘Most Imaginative Lingerie’ Fashion Line and Female Recording Artist Nenna Yvonne for ‘Most Exciting New Music Artist’.
The exclusive Akai Lounge will host this prestigious extravaganza.
International Super Model Sonassa CEO of SONASSA Designs will be our honored guest and presenter of this prestigious award.
Cocktails & Fine Asian Cuisine is available for Invited Guests. FLOSS Magazine, East Village Radio, Hype Hair and the media at large have been invited.
It’s a FREE event…all you gotta pay for is the Sushi if you’re peckish See y’all there
Last night’s award ceremony
Just wanna say braaap braap to Pat Brown who received her award last night…I was making so much damn noise that I couldn’t even tell to the EXACT recognition that she was awarded with but it basically summarized that she kicks ass in fashion !!…focus Carlene, focus!! Any way, here she is!! 🙂
The venue Akai Lounge was dope too…I’ll be back there doing a lil sumthing sumthing for a selected audience of Industry heads next Tues….watch this space!!
Throwback of the day
One of the best products from Ireland in my opinion…
‘Runaway’ – The Corrs
This is one of my firm favourites to sing when I’m doing my cabaret set….enjoy y’all!!
Back shortly with more juice!…Keep telling your peeps in the meantime, I appreciate the support 😉 Cx
A family toast
Just remembered something that my mum, dad & I always used to toast to:
“To health, wealth, love & perfect expression”
I continue to….Right, off for lunch with my husby…seafood in a cream cheese sauce, rice & sweetcorn…Peace x
Tonight’s (Wed 17th) rehearsal
So as I mentioned, I’m in a choice number of bands…all of which play with the corporate intent of gigging.
Tonight we’re recording our band demo…we like the name ‘Funktion’ but there are a couple of other bands with this name so we’re tweeking ours…will let you know final verdict 😉
The songs we’re chosen to record tonight are:
‘September’ – Earth Wind & Fire
‘Respect’ – Aretha Franklin
‘Got To Be Real’ – Cheryl Lynn
‘Let’s Stay Together’ – Al Green
‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ – Stevie Wonder
’25 or 6 to 4′ – Chicago
‘I Feel Good’ – James Brown
‘Superstition’ – Stevie Wonder
I’m looking forward to us tearing up the recording!!…Will be back with updates 🙂
Hey y’all…I’m on cloud 9, I don’t know why, but it feels good!
1.41am – Got home from the demo recording about 45mins ago…had a great night! We managed to do all of the songs except for ‘Got To Be Real’ cos Ms Graham over here was just not on point! I should have preserved my voice instead of pushing so hard on backing vox for Joseff…I ended up mashing up myself! Had to trade Cheryl Lynn for Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’…1 take, however…satisfied.
It’s technically Thurs 18th now so I’m gonna do my…
Throwback of the day
Right I’ve noticed that my three selections to date have featured female vocals, I gotta show some love to the fellas so the throwback of the day is:
‘Shorty Got Her Eyes On Me’ – Donell Jones
Maaaaaaaaaaan, I used to love this ish! This was the definition of RnB for me at the time. Smooth vocals, mellow vibes & ladies, is this man not fine! Lol (sorry husby!)
Goodnight, God Bless & THANK YOU for your support & positive feedback, these last few days have been a high for me. Truly appreciating life for the first time ever & it feels amazing!
3.45am – I’m borderline delirious I’m that tired!!
Y’all are killing me with the hits!! Thank you thank you thank you 🙂
So…when we get to 1000 hits I’m gonna post one of my tracks up for free download as a token of my appreciation to y’all. It’ll be for a limited time mind you, I have a million other reasons to keep you coming back 😉
HAVE to sleep…Nighty xx
As promised y’all, here is a free download of one of my favourite trax!
This one is: ‘Sunshine’ – Carlene Graham ft LoveSound
Loveound is an extremely talented musician & producer that I am honoured to call my friend.
Download your asses off cos it’s only gonna be up on here until midnight (EST) Sunday 😉
Loooooooooove y’all & thank you.
In the style of Flo Rida: Down load load load load load load load load!
I see you guys downloading ‘Sunshine’ to your heart’s content…I love it!
Please tell a friend to tell a friend 😉
Wait til you see what I’ve got for you when we hit 2000 hits 😉
So check this out! Was just on Twitter, advertising here & went looking for today’s ‘Throwback of the day’ artist – Donell Jones, after all he is one of my fav RnB singers…period.
I told him I was following & that I had featured him on my blog.
@CarleneGraham good looking boo 9 minutes ago via Twittelator in reply to CarleneGraham
So I asked him if he had passed through & he answered:
@CarleneGraham yeah I checked it out about 6 hours ago via Twittelator in reply to CarleneGraham
How cool is that? The man speaks!
Much love D (Ima call him D now y’all cos I got it like that! Lol)
Real talk, follow donelljones96 on Twitter….
Friday Friday Friday!!
Well it would be an understatement to say I had a good day yest. Things are developing all over the place & I have to keep taking five minutes out here & there to pray & send up my thanks 🙂
I can’t go into too much detail at this point but my life is already changing…people are watching…people are listening…it’s my time 😉
After I’m done with this post, I’ve gotta run Downtown (y’all know I live in Newark, NJ right?)…broke my thumb nail last night…need the lovely ladies at the salon to magic me another one 😉
Then I’m in the studio with Wooden Souljah (comment #40) to finish up last weeks creation ‘New Summertime’ & get through as many others as we feel inspired to…lets go!
Tonight, been invited to a selection of events…gotta play my decision strategically…wanna go the the event that benefits me the most to be there & costs the least at the same time. Don’t get it twisted, I’m just as braasic as the next man.
Braasic = UK old skool ebonics for BROKE! Lol
Throwback of the day
Yup, no doubt in my mind…Ima take it here >>> ‘Got Til It’s Gone’ – Janet Jackson
I absolutely adore this song & vid. As if Joni Mitchell’s vocal presence wasn’t enough, Janet features one of my fav rappers Q-Tip.
An amazing track off of an amazing album (Velvet Rope).
Y’all have a Blessed day…I’m about to feel me some NJ sun.
P.S. Keep downloading ‘Sunshine’ y’all…it’s FREE. If you know someone that would appreciate the track, put ’em on, don’t be stingy!! Lol
Just scroll up to the heading ‘Lets go’ & click on the track title…easy as ABC.
5mins 2 Shine
Me again y’all! This is my new daily segment where everyday I will be featuring someone that I think y’all should get to know (if you don’t already!).
I will ask my guests the same 5 questions daily, giving them the chance to express themselves & let y’all know how you can reach out to them.
You guys have made this blog so hype, so quickly that I’ve had to re-arrange the organization & presentation of things a little bit cos scrolling for miles @ only DAY 19 was becoming a mission…the Lord only knows how hectic things would have become in a month from now & I know some of y’all would find it too time consuming on a daily.
SOOOOOO….in order to see the latest ‘ish’, always click on the last ‘5mins 2 shine’ photo (below) & everything will appear before your eyes 😉 With the layout like this you can always keep up-to-date with what’s going on in my world!
Love y’all…stay with me until I make it to the top & beyond.
Thank you 🙂
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