2012!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Happy New Year!!

Hey y’all! Happy New Year to you & yours! Welcome back to my spot. I feel like in the short space of time that has passed since my last entry, so much has happened in my life. Elevation. And for this I thank God.

During this time I have been part of & have received  four generations of love, support, encouragement, wisdom (& jokes!). It has been incredible! Family has taken on a whole different meaning to me, then ever before in my life.

A few holiday moments…

Love you baby!

Love you baby!

Mummy!

Mummy!

Road trip!

Road trip!

The countdown...

The countdown...

Had to, it's apple crumble!

Had to, it's apple crumble!

The locals call him Hendrix!

The locals call him Hendrix!



LDN

Bringing sexy back!

Bringing sexy back!



I had a wicked time in LDN supporting my girl @ ‘An Evening with Natasher Carver’ @ Stratford Circus.

Here is a review of the show 😉 >>> CLICK HERE

Tash smashed it!! Love you girl xxx

CORO GOSPEL – CLASI JAZZ

Coro Gospel

Coro Gospel


So I’ve always had a secret dream of running my own music class. A chance for people who love to sing or want to learn to come together & vibe! Well I’ve been Blessed with the opportunity.

When approached by Clasi Jazz to direct their choir Coro Gospel, I jumped at the opportunity. Having performed with them last year at Teatro Cavantes, I knew it was a right choice.

On Wed 11th Jan, La Voz De Almeria did an article introducing me & our new venture. CLICK HERE to read it!

MORE HIGHLIGHTS…

Interview with Peti Delux

Interview with Peti Deluxe





The Sentinella

The Sentinella

Dec 23rd 2011

Dec 23rd 2011

Jan 13th 2012

Jan 13th 2012


IN THE MIX.

www.musictalents.biz is now approaching 61,000 hits!! Thank you.

Listening...

Listening...

Soon come! 😉

QUEENBRIT LIVE  – AVAILABLE FOR BOOKINGS

QB Official

QB Official



For all enquiries, email me at: carlene@musictalents.biz

Don’t forget to get your copy of my debut album Vibrations!! Available at all major digital outlets.

5 MINS 2 SHINE

Today’s feature is: Omar

Omar Lyefook

Omar Lyefook


Wow…where to start!
Omar was amongst the first collective of singers that I heard as a youngster that blew me away. Coming from LDN, he had a huge impact on my desire to pursue a similar path. I’ve got mad love & respect for this man.

Click HERE to listen to my interview with Omar!! 

& now for his timeless classic…


INSPIRATION FROM MUM

Blessed

Blessed



From one of her hundreds of books, this is something that mum made a note of. Today I do the same.

“Any improvement in our lives is meaningful, regardless of size…”

So every day I find myself trying harder.

Stay Blessed

QB xxx

No more play play.

It's a new day ;)

It's a new day

Hey!! It’s been a minute. A long one! December…wow!

Please excuse the hiatus…if the truth be known, I wanted to have improved within myself by the next time you heard from me.

For those of you just meeting me, welcome! In a nutshell…

My name is Carlene ‘QueenBrit’ Graham & music is my love, singing is my passion.
I’m from London…live in Spain…& my roots are in Jamaica. I have just released my debut album ‘Vibrations‘ & am now on a mission to tell as many people as I can about it! I’m about to do this, the way that God intended, once & for all! My blog? A platform for expression. Starting with family & friends, & reaching as far as y’all!

For those of you that know me, thank you for your continued support! It’s noticed & greatly appreciated. This last year has been a journey. A positive one. Although sometimes beyond my understanding of the course of events that have taken place over the last 14 months, one thing is clear, I wanna make it. No question.

MUSIC TALENTS

musictalents.biz

musictalents.biz

I have to say that Music Talents has been one of my biggest motivations over the last few months. Created by my father Errol Ross the whole concept of this site is to help artists, however possible, towards achieving their musical goal(s). Check it out.

As I sit and write this entry, Music Talents is fast approaching 50,000 hits! THANK YOU!!

Please keep supporting the movement & share the link wherever possible

>>> www.musictalents.biz <<<

For booking inquiries, email me @: carlene@musictalents.biz

On a real, I’d love to know who’s reading!! ;)…

MOVEMENTS

So, since my last entry there have been some really memorable times! A combination of family, friends & work. Here’s a brief summary in pics & thoughts…

Natasha Carver in Almeria!

Many years later!...

Many years later!...

My girl Natasha Carver decided to come over & spend some time with my family & I.

She came accompanied with her partner Adam Barker who was also celebrating his Birthday! Boy, I can’t even begin to describe the journey, that is our friendship. But the conclusion that Tash & I always come to, is: “It’s for a reason.” That’s good enough for us!

A few moments from our time together…

It felt the same

It felt the same

Grateful.

Grateful.

A moment.

A moment.

Another moment ;)

And pose!

Bday vibes!

Bday vibes!

We all spent 5 lovely days together 🙂

Which leads me to this…

'Wait For Love' single release!

'Wait For Love' single release!

If you are in LDN on Monday 19th December 2011, then you need to be at this event – @ Stratford Circus!! Call either of the numbers on the publicity for tickets…this is an evening NOT to be missed!!

An Evening with Natasha Carver – Official ‘Wait For Love’ single release!

See you there 😉

Other personal highlights…

Wow factor!

Wow factor!

From a guest!

From a guest!

FRI 4TH NOV 2011

FRI 4TH NOV 2011

An honour!

An honour!

Salute!

Salute!

Found @ the beach

Found @ the beach

1st day!

1st day!

Reflection...

Reflection...

FRI 2ND DEC 2011

FRI 2ND DEC 2011

A little everyday

A little everyday

I am grateful for every day.

HOT NEW MUSIC!

Urbanites In Flight

Urbanites In Flight

My boy Orikl is an outstanding artist, & by that, I mean across all levels of art.
I had the pleasure of meeting Orikl in Newark NJ where I was living at the time, & an even greater pleasure of his friendship. The first time I saw him perform, it was a wrap! ‘My Funny Valentine‘ was the song. Moved was the mood. I always loved THIS too!

Orikl has just released ‘Urbanites In Flight‘. In my opinion, it is incredible. Just listen!

Groove...

Groove...

Some words from Orikl…

“In every city of every known place in this world we call home, there are dark places, spaces, people and behaviors that challenge the very thing we call courage on a daily basis. Humanity, as history shows, has always been attracted to revolutions as a way to provoke change, and create awareness, shedding light on that which was once in the dark.

Since the beginning of recorded time humankind has always been split both by those who are ready to make great changes in the world…and those that don’t really understand the importance of needed change in the world.

We, the children of the city, “Urbanites” are the developers of the future of society beyond that of any political sector known to man. We are the dreamers, warriors of “Love Freedom”, Ambassadors of the streets, the “Bioluminescent Glow” in the dark…

We represent every shade of color, every idea, element, and perception of love…”Love Freedom”…

So we congregate , allowing us to harness love energy…to intermix our light with each other, creating a vibrational ray of pure Love energy that can only cast out the darkness of the city, creating an ever-flow of light that can and will re-connect humanity to love itself again throughly…to freedom.

We fly…with no destination…with no measure of time…allowing us to generate a light so bright that we can allow our light to show its “Astronomical Glow”& truly change the world.

Lets fly…”

>>> BUY ‘URBANITES IN FLIGHT’ HERE!! <<<


C IS FOR CURE

C is for Cure

C is for Cure

C is for Cure has been founded by my friend Lolly Maher.

In her own words…

“My son was diagnosed in Sep with stage 4b Lymphoma he has had Chemo and it didnt work he is now spending most of his days in and out of hospital. To be honest he is my hero as he has taken this on the chin and is staying strong even when in the deepest pain during the time. Since he was diagnosed the thing that struck me the most is that there is little or no emotional support for him or my other 3 boys.
There is the fantastic teenage cancer trust but he is too old for their services. They even have a beautiful new ward in the UCH which is a stones throw from us but it is for young people up until the age of 19. Being 21 i know he is officially an adult but to be honest he is still very much a child needing comfort and guidance and needing to believe he can still fulfill his dreams. Any support group we have been to are mostly made up of older people which in itself is not a problem and I’m glad they exist but he doesn’t relate to any of them being a young black man who is educating the doctors on street slang! Lol, yes he is giving them a lot of jokes!

I feel a bit useless in this situation as medically I can do nothing my child’s life is in the hands of strangers so I have felt compelled to do something. So i am in the very early stages of setting up C is for Cure.. I aim to raise funds to a) send my child on a world trip when he gets a break for this horrible treatment and b) raise enough so that other families from low economic back groups can get some practical and emotional support and an opportunity to have a memorable experience once treatment is done, should they find themselves in this enormously stressful situation.
I am also setting up a support group for young adults who have been effected by life changing illness/ disability and their siblings and family and finally i want to raise aware of how easily your life can me turned completely upside down in one day (the importance of loving your family today not tomorrow). I am asking who ever ( and to be honest the more the merrier) to help me to fund raise to make the above possible.

I am sorry if this is a little rambling, I am a little tired as I have spent the best part of the week between the hospital and work.

Thank you for showing concern and taking time out to show support.”

>>> C is for Cure <<<

5 MINS 2 SHINE

I am extremely excited to say that today’s feature is: CARLEEN ANDERSON!! 

(The great, late James Brown’s Goddaughter)

Carleen Anderson

Carleen Anderson

1) What do you do & how well do you do it?

I have earned my keep for the past 30 years, as a Singer/Songwriter, with chart topping audio recordings and globally popular live music performances.

2) Where do you foresee yourself 12 months from today?

Foreseeing the future is beyond my capability, but my goal is to be healthy and happy, however the tide turns. Plans are in the making for the release of another studio album, live album, and a variety of worldwide concerts, plus, I hope to complete a 1 mile swim for the Cancer Research UK charity in 2012 as well.

3) What was one of the most memorable times in your life?

The most memorable time in my life is the day my son was born.

4) Given the resources, what one change would you make in the world & why?

If I had the resources, the main change I would go for in this world is to equal the playing field, universally. If we all had the same opportunities, then wars, famine, etc., would decrease considerably. Although conflict is a part of human nature, so is peace and harmony.

5) What do you think of my daily blog?

Very progressive of you to keep this blog with the view of promoting goodwill!

Reminiscing...

Reminiscing...

Carleen, thank you! You already know what this means to me. Much love to you & your family. You are an inspiration. C xxx

Pause…


This STILL gets me every single time!! Y’all feel me?!

You can reach out to Carleen @:

Website
Facebook
Twitter 

‘VIBRATIONS’

My debut album

My debut album

One for your collection…

Available on:

iTunes
Amazon
Vibedeck

& all other major digital outlets.

Get your copy TODAY & please tell your peeps…your feedback is welcome & your musical recommendation is appreciated

Want a promo? Any track you like…

Holla! >>> carlene@musictalents.biz

Tell me your preferred genre & I’ll send you something close 😉


INSPIRATION FROM MUM

Talk time!

Talk time!

I tell you what…RESPECT mum! Respect.

So this year, listening became one of my focuses. I have been able to receive so much more knowledge.

Something that I’m feeling right about now:

“The only two times you need to keep pushing on are when you want to & when you don’t.”

Truth.

‘Push It’ – Carlene ‘QueenBrit Graham ft Sterling Ensemble >>> Track 12 <<<

I love you guys, thanks for checking in. Don’t forget to peep: musictalents.biz if you haven’t yet, & pass through from time to time if you have! Artists if you’d like to feature under our ‘New Artists’ segment, drop us a line: carlene@musictalents.biz

Stay Blessed,

C x

(>>> ‘VIBRATIONS‘ <<<)

‘VIBRATIONS’ – DEBUT ALBUM RELEASE!

Grateful

Grateful



Hey y’all!! Thanks for your continued support…it’s greatly appreciated…much love to each & every one of you from my family & I xxx

So…today marks the release of my debut album ‘Vibrations’!! 🙂 Feeling really good today!

Vibrations

Vibrations



This album from QueenBrit comes directly from a drastic turning point in her life. A time when in utter darkness, she was searching for her light…

“This album was the exact outlet of expression that I needed. It began within almost immediate effect of my arrival in Spain. ’Vibrations’ allowed me to channel every last measure of emotion that I was feeling, into my music…from the drums through to the vocals. Of course, I often experienced ‘those’ days when I was fighting self-doubt all day long…equally, I experienced days of immense joy at my accomplishment.

With songs like ‘Fast Food’ & ‘Cosmetics’ I was able to look at myself objectively & entirely embrace my flaws…whilst songs like ‘No Other Choice’, ‘When The Snow Settles’ & ‘Push It’ are songs that are intended to motivate. Kinda like when you talk to yourself!

Deep down, I’m a sucker for love, so naturally in ‘Before I Go’, ‘Vibrations’, ‘Jurzee Dayz’, ‘Sunshine’ & ‘You Got Me’ I felt free. Lastly, ‘Happy Endings’ & ‘Front page’ tell stories. Stories that may or may not have a “happily ever after…”. You decide.

The bonus of this whole journey? The fact that I got to experience the whole thing with my father Errol Ross a legend in his own right and Executive Producer of the album.

The whole recording experience was coated from start to finish with unconditional love. I thank God, my mum Angela, my dad Errol, my son Amari & not forgetting my grandma…for everything.

I would like to thank Bjorn & Pedro from Villalobos Recording Studio, Almeria for the opportunity to create & record in the most beautiful studio I have ever seen, or have had the pleasure of working in! For you to have trusted in us to that capacity based on potential alone blows my mind! I am so grateful.

Also, one more member of the team that I would like to acknowledge is Steve, who not only holds it down for us from the office but is our right hand man operating with the QueenBritLIVE crew. Thank you to you all…love you xxx

Keep your ears open & enjoy the journey…much love,

QueenBrit xxx”

Tracks 1 – 9 Written & Composed by Carlene Graham

Tracks 10 – 12 Written by Carlene Graham

All vocals by Carlene Graham

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY NOW!!

& AS A THANK YOU FROM ME TO YOU…

Once you’ve downloaded your copy of ‘Vibrations’, email me proof of your purchase to: carlene@musictalents.biz 

Once I’ve have received that, you will be automatically entered into our DRAW TO WIN $100 as a token of appreciation for supporting QueenBrit!

All entrants will be posted on the musictalents.biz FAN PAGE but the WINNER will also receive a feature here on: queenbrit.com too!!

(Make sure you have a PayPal account cos that’s how you’ll receive your prize)

Good luck!!



#Support

MOVEMENTS

A catch up in pics…

THURS 29TH SEP – GULA (Almerimar)

Publicity

Publicity

I love performing at Gula!!

Dinner set...

Dinner set...



Started night & slow, then slowly worked my audience into a Disco frenzy!

Fun on the dancefloor!

Fun on the dancefloor!



Happy guests/audience is the most important goal for at a show 🙂

SAT 1ST OCT – WEDDING @ CASA RAFAEL (Huercal)

Salute!

Salute!



Bjorn & daddy making a toast!

Gorgeous setting

Gorgeous setting



When the Spanish hold a wedding they do it in style!

All smiles!

All smiles!



Considering that literally an hour & a half beforehand I was at home chillin with a free night in the schedule, the night was a great success!! I was drafted in (very) last minute to surprise the bride, groom & their guests for their first dance & a set to get them into party mode! I loved every minute.

SUN 2ND OCT – LA MAR SALADA (Mojacar)

I love my dad

I love my dad



On the road again…heading to souncheck…

It is work...I promise!

It is work...I promise!



Destination reach.

As usual, Sunday Soul sessions at La Mar Salada…great vibes!

FRI 7TH OCT – BAR CASINO (Berja)

Bar Casino

Bar Casino



A unique setting…

Stage view

Stage view



I love a new challenge!

Soundcheck

Soundcheck



Everything good to go!

Leaving Berja

Leaving Berja



An unusual but pleasant little town!

SAT 8TH OCT (TARDES) – EL PALMER (Aguadulce)

El Palmer location

El Palmer location



So gorgeous!

Beach vibes

Beach vibes



Nice chilled vibes…

Fiesta time!

Fiesta time!



Everybody loosening up after dinner, getting ready to party!

SAT 8TH OCT (NOCHE) – PRIVATE PARTY (Rioja)

Bout to do my thang!

Bout to do my thang!



Celebrating the Birthday of Juan Antonio…his guests knew how to party!

Dad's swag!

Dad's swag!



Chillin with the ladies…particularly Anna (left) who was also celebrating her Birthday 🙂

A great night had by all!!

SUN 9TH OCT – GULA FOR PACO’S SURPRISE BIRTHDAY! (Almerimar)

Enroute to surprise!

Enroute to surprise!



Tired by this point but excited for Paco!

Waiting for the Bday boy!

Waiting for the Bday boy!



Everything looking sharp!

Friends of Paco!

Friends of Paco!



Lots of chillin, eating & drinking before the party!

Bday girl Gemma!

Bday girl Gemma!



Gemma, an Almerimar local & regular supporter of dad & I, was also celebrating her 18th Birthday on the night!

Cheese!

Cheese!



Roll on the next celebration!!

#ontothenextone

STEVE JOBS

A pioneer

A pioneer



‎”Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else… is secondary.”

Steve Jobs

#RIP

5 MINS 2 SHINE

Today’s feature is: Ni’cola Mitchell

Ni'cola Mitchell

Ni'cola Mitchell



1) What do you do & how well do you do it?

My name is Ni’cola Mitchell and I am the author of four literary works: Over and Over Again, The Appetizer, When You’re Not His Main Course, Forbidden Rain inside of the award winning anthology Between the Sheets, and Twisted. I am the co-founder of the Baltimore Urban Book Festival, and I am also the CEO of NCM Publishing and CFO of Obsessive Soul Media. I believe that I do my job very well, but as with anyone, I still have room for growth. I write in the genre of contemporary women fiction. This is just the political term of real women issue and situations. My stories touches on subjects from sex, infidelity, prostitution, single parent, gambling, and manipulation. This is why I do believe that I am an expert because I write about situations that I have been through, as well as the world around me.

2) Where do you foresee yourself 12 months from today?

Relocating from Las Vegas to Atlanta, with sixteen titles between myself and the authors that I have on the roster successfully released under my company NCM Publishing. Also I will be wrapping up my tour for He’s My Favorite Mistake with my best friend and co-writer Tamika Newhouse.

3) What was one of the most memorable times in your life?

There were two memorable times in my life. The first one was when I walked across the stage and received my bachelor’s degree in 2008. When I sat down, my daughters were texting me that they just seen me, and how proud of me they were. I could never get that feeling again in the world. The second most memorable time in my life was when I heard my name being called to come to the stage for winning Anthology of the Year for the African American Literary Award Show.

4) Given the resources, what one change would you make in the world & why?

The one thing that I would change if I had the resources would be to create more programs for teen mothers. Being a teen mother myself, I am one of the lucky ones that followed my dream and made them come true. I want to create programs that will allow teen mothers to have an opportunity to step up and live their dreams.

5) What do you think of my blog? (Message for my readers)

I think that your daily blog is a wonderful outlet for the world to find out more about independent artists! I am honored that Carlene is featuring me. World! Please don’t sleep on Carlene! She is the truth;)

Ni’cola’s song selection of the day is: 

‘Fool For You’ – Cee-Lo Green ft Melanie Fiona



You can reach out to Ni’cola @:

Website

NCM Publishing

Baltimore Urban Book Festival

Facebook

Twitter

Ni'cola Mitchell's works

Nicola, I appreciate your time & insight that you gave to my readers & I.
You are an inspiration to have achieved this much already with no intention (by the sound of it) to stop anytime soon! What I love even more is that you’e from Kingston, Jamaica…the same as my dad!! Nice up!
I will continue to follow you on Twitter & hope our paths may cross in the future. Much love to you & your girls xxx

SO THAT’S IT FOR TODAY Y’ALL, I HOPE YOU’VE ENJOYED THE READ!
IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY, DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY OF ‘VIBRATIONS’ >>> HERE <<<

Errol Ross

Errol Ross



musictalents.biz created by my father Errol Ross. Check it out.
(Corporate/Press email:  carlene@musictalents.biz for access to the VIP page)

Angela Graham

Angela Graham



Some words that inspire my mother:

“Always picture a wonderful & positive future & you will have one.”

#received

STAY BLESSED & MUCH LOVE UNTIL AGAIN 🙂

C x

 

Available for bookings(!)…

My heart.

My soldier.



Hey y’all!! Thanks for passing through 🙂

Whoa! These last 8 days have felt like a month! It felt great though. My self talk for this cycle? >>> “I have No Other Choice but to make it…so Push It. (Yes the links are to my songs & YES they are for sale!! Lol!)

I would like to thank every single one of you for your support in reading & sharing my blog. On Wednesday, my blog reached 27,000 hits! Thank you so much xxx

http://www.queenbrit.com

MOVEMENTS

Ok, so a catch up in pics…

FRI 23RD SEP – AMARI’S 3RD BIRTHDAY!!

Fresh!

Fresh!



Lil man looking fresh the night before his party 🙂

Surprise baby!

Surprise baby!



Waiting for Amari to wake up!!

Bday noize!

Bday noize!



Yes baby…celebrate!!

When it comes to food!...

When it comes to food!...



Pizza first! 🙂
Amari as he’s presented with a beautiful give from Estefania & her family!

Dad & Ricardo

Dad & Ricardo



Any excuse for a get together! 😉

Thank you Petra & Ralph!

Thank you Petra & Ralph!



Amari is now the proud owner of his first bottle of cologne! Lol! (Smells good too!)

Tha Entertainer!

Tha Entertainer!



Siempre!

Movements

Movements



Lets gooo!

Mmmm!

Mmmm!



A yummy conclusion to the party! Good times had by all 🙂

However, it was time to get into work mode…

FRI 23RD SEP – MANDALA (Mojacar)

Publicity

Publicity



As soon as I saw this, I got excited!

The settings...

The settings...



Breathtaking surroundings 🙂

Good to go...

Good to go...



Sound quality & presention. Paying attention to details.

The gear...

The gear...



…the fine details.

I would like to thank Bjorn (Villalobos Studios) & the rest of the QueenBritLIVE crew, Steve, Yanu & Victor for your dedication & hard work. It is greatly appreciated.

Love you guys! xxx

SAT 24TH SEP – WEDDING @ THE GOLF CLUB (Roquetas De Mar)

A beautiful day!

A beautiful day!



Getting my pose in just after soundcheck! 😉

Crooner! ;)

Crooner! 😉



Looking good daddy!

Settings...

Settings...



Beautifully done…

A afternoon & early evening set later, we left a wedding full of happy guests dancing away to the DJ’s delights! Next stop bed?? I would have given anything to rest at that point. But…

SAT 24TH SEP – LA BOHEMIA (Aguadulce)

Publicity

Publicity



Always slick in presentation.

Outside looking in...

Outside looking in...



At this stage, I had no voice…literally! God was 100% there for me when the time came though. Real talk.

SUNDAY 25TH SEP – LA MAR SALADA (Mojacar)

Publicity

Publicity



Straight to the point!

The drive...

The drive...



Letting go…

Essential by this point!

Essential by this point!



Arrived in Mojacar early so naturally…

Bliss

Bliss



Sunday Soul classics in the perfect location…as the weekend came to an end 🙂

#alittleprogressioneveryday

THROWBACK OF THE DAY

‘Close To You’ – Maxi Priest



Maxi Priest was a HUGE inspiration to me growing up (& still is).
I love the way that Maxi is free within himself when performing his music…it shows & makes the difference for me. His energy is incredible.

#spirit

‘5 MINS 2 SHINE’

Today’s feature is: Egypt

Egypt

Egypt


1) What do you do & how well do you do it?


I am a Singer/Songwriter/Fashion Designer.
I work very hard to make my fans happy. I write music to inspire encourage and uplift people.


2) Where do you foresee yourself 12 months from today?


In 12 months time I would like a number 1 single and album with a flourishing clothing line. Given back to my community through charity work.


3) What was one of the most memorable times in your life?


Performing at ‘UK Funky’ live at Wembley Arena and winning ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Urban Music Awards.


4) Given the resources, what one change would you make in the world & why?

To stop poverty in the world as there is more than enough money to enable everyone to live a decent life.


5) What do you think of my blog? (Message for my readers)


I think you write very well and your blog is unique. Keep it up it’s an interesting read. 🙂  


Egypt’s song selection of the day is:


‘Ex Factor’ – Lauryn Hill



You can reach out to Egypt @:

Twitter
Facebook

Also click HERE to check out Egypt’s new video ‘Stronger’…a great collaboration with DJ Pioneer!! Out now on iTunes >>> CLICK HERE TO BUY!!

Want more juice? Check out the ‘behind the scene’ video HERE!!

#Support

Sis, thank you very much for taking time out to feature in my blog…I just read that you are on your way to Nigeria as I even type this!! Get em girl!! Sheesh, I’m still not over ‘In The Morning Let Your Love Come In‘ lol!! Straight!!

I love your voice, style, delivery & presentation. You are well & truly doing it as it should be done!! Would love to work if our paths lead that way! Respect sis.

Much love,

C x

AVAILABLE FOR BOOKINGS

QueenBrit

QueenBrit



Simply that!

If you are looking for a singer for ANY EVENT…I am your voice!
QueenBritLIVE can provide tailor made entertainment in almost any configuration from Club PA’s to a six piece band (with dancers, if required)…to meet your requirements.

My biog is below…my email address below that!

Carlene ‘QueenBrit’ Graham – BIOG

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 fronting numerous international bands such as; 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.

She is no stranger to the business and has been the voice behind House releases which include self-penned: ´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 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. 

Email: carlene@musictalents.biz

TRY ME!! BOOK ME FOR ONE SHOW…QueenBritLIVE WILL DO THE REST 😉

Yours truly.

Yours truly xxx



SO HERE’S WHAT IT IS…I GOT HOME FROM MY SHOW LAST NIGHT AT AROUND 4 IN THE AM….IT IS NOW 9.40AM & I HAVE YET TO SLEEP, AS WELL AS AN 11AM MEETING TO LOOK BRIGHT FOR!!
SO ON THAT PROMISING NOTE, I’M OUT…UNTIL AGAIN!

My beautiful mum :)

My beautiful mum 🙂



A few words that my mum has read for herself, applied & passed on to me this week:

“Joy is about inner satisfaction & the conviction of knowing that you are truly aligned with the deep & unchanging principles of life.” 

#received

STAY BLESSED Y’ALL 🙂

MUCH LOVE,

C x

Think BIG…

#QueenBritLIVE

#QueenBritLIVE



Hey y’all!!
We meet again…thank you for your continued support…to all of my new readers WELCOME to my world!!

It’s been yet another week of ‘focusing on the goal’ with combined with priceless family time & support. My family unit is one that is essential to my growth process & understanding in life. We hang out at every given opportunity 🙂

Day off: lunch

Day off: lunch

Queen #1

Queen #1



It’s great seeing my parents smile 🙂

Amari feeding the fish!

Amari feeding the fish!



It’s a privilege that Amari can experience God’s beauties in this way…

A mutual appreciation...

A mutual appreciation...



Andrea & Amari chillaxin…

#memories

A CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION!!

"Mummy's got you..."

"Mummy's got you..."



So today’s entry falls only two days before my lil man’s THIRD BIRTHDAY & it’s fair to say that I am equally as hyped as he is!! I am seriously excited about his day!! 🙂
Without gushing on, Amari is an extraordinary character that has endured his fair share of challenges already in his short existence to date. Those of you that know, know. For those don’t, you can grasp a good idea from one of my earlier blog entries: Back On The Grind…March 2011 …now re-read it from from HIS perspective. Chokes me up everytime.

Today, he exudes sheer love & his sole purpose in life is to have as much fun as he can!! On a serious note, I can & continue to learn so much from him.

#bringonFriday

MOVEMENTS

So back on with the usual grind…

A thoroughly enjoyable week (in pics!)…

THURS 15TH SEP – GULA (Almerimar)

A bite before showtime!

A bite before showtime!



With a menu like there’s it HAD to be done!

Yummy!

Yummy!



Crafted with precision & enjoyed slowly by yours truly!

I promise we did a show between all of our indulging & it was yet another great night at Gula!! We look forward to returning there on Thurs 29th Sep 🙂

SAT 17TH SEP – WEDDING @ PORT OF AGUADULCE (Aguadulce)

So serene...

So serene...



As soon as we parked up for soundcheck, I couldn’t hide my excitement!

From across the water...

From across the water...



There was no mistaking where the gorgeous couple were going to be celebrating their special night 🙂

Perfect location...

Perfect location...



Simply that…

Preparing for soundcheck...

Preparing for soundcheck...



Dad & Bjorn getting all the equipment ready…

Swag!

Swag!



Dad looking & sounding the part!

Showtime!

Showtime!



All ready to for when the guests finished eating 🙂

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Carmen & Manolo for your hospitality, we had a wonderful evening!! 🙂

SUN 18TH SEP – LA MAR SALADA (Mojacar)

Inside the restuarant...

Inside the restuarant...



A different perspective…

Club vibe @ La Mar Salada

Club vibe @ La Mar Salada



That’s one thing I really like at La Mar Salada…the way it appeals to different styles of people & offers a variety of ways for them to relax.
Another enjoyable Soul Session. This is my favourite place to listen to my dad sing 🙂

A DAY OUT IN RIOJA

Village life

Village life



Village life in Rioja was reminiscent of Jamaica in many ways for my mum!

Enjoying the scenery...

Enjoying the scenery...



We had gone to visit the location of a show coming up next month…

Lil man dream building!

Lil man dream building!



He’s got a point though!

Rioja

Rioja



Somewhere I ended up appreciating.

I really enjoyed this cycle & am preparing for the next one.

#catchup

THROWBACK OF THE DAY

‘I Feel For You’ – Chaka Khan



Chaka’s vocals make me weak!!
She is a HUGE inspiration…thank you Chaka xxx

#performance

‘5mins 2 SHINE’

Today’s feature is: iJohn Storm

iJohn Storm

iJohn Storm



1) What do you do & how well do you do it?

I’m a Rap Artist that does it to my best of my ability.

2) Where do you foresee yourself 12 months from today?

In 12 months I see myself on TV shows and hearing my music everywhere.

3) What was one of the most memorable times in your life?

I remember when I was young my father and I use to play Kurtis Blow and Levert driving around the city. It starting me rapping.

4) Given the resources, what one change would you make in the world & why?

If I had the resources I will probably open up a after school center for low income families. That has variety of activities. Keep them out the streets. 

5) What do you think of my blog? (Message for my readers)

I Think QueenBrit is official. Not only is she promoting herself, but she’s promoting upcoming artists. She feels the hunger, making noise from another Side of the world. I love the Blog keep uplifting. 

iJohn Storm’s song selection of the day is:

‘All About The Benjamins’ – Puff Daddy ft The Notorious B.I.G, The LOX & Lil’ Kim



You can reach out to iJohn Storm at:

SoundCloud
Facebook
Twitter

#Support

Storm, thank you for taking the time out to let my readers into your world a little!!
You are on your grind bigtime bro…all I hear is constant flow of new music from you, & always a fresh perspective…respect.
Thank you for your contribution to ‘Jurzee Dayz’, as the only featured rapper on my album, it was exactly what was needed! Soon come!…

Much love you & the fam,

C x

GONNA WRAP IT UP THERE Y’ALL….IT’S NOW 3 IN THE AM & MY EYE LIDS ARE HEAVY!!

Radiance!

Radiance!



My mum has to be one of the most enthusiastic people I know! So loving & always filled with positive words. Here are some more words that my mum finds inspiring:

“Practice self discipline to develop true habits.” 

#received

I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO MY NEXT SHOW ON FRIDAY – 22:00 HRS – MANDALA BEACH – MOJACAR  

See you there!!

See you there!!



MY BAND QUEENBRITLIVE WILL BE PERFORMING & WE PLAN TO BRING THE HOUSE DOWN…I HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!!

I TRULY APPRECIATE THE LOVE, SUPPORT & FEEDBACK FROM YOU ALL. THANK YOU.

MUCH LOVE & STAY BLESSED,

C x

It's nearly time Wootz!!

It's nearly time Wootz!!

                                                                                                                 

Everything you choose to be…

Grateful

Grateful



Hey y’all!! I hope you’re Blessed 🙂

Ever feel like you are at the lowest & highest point of your life at the same time?
As hard as times have been, they have been equally Blessed. I can only sit here feeling eternally grateful & all smiles about the opportunities that continue to present themselves. Regardless of my flaws & (many) errors of the past, one thing that has remained consistent in my life, is that fact that I am not afraid of hard work. In fact I LOVE hard work, the challenges that occur, & of course, finding a solution. I’m still like a child with excitement at getting to stay up late & work all hours of the morning!! (The Cancer in me!)
Being back in the prescence of my parents has been essential. Through them I am re-learning values that I once used to dismiss as not being important…I am seeing the true meaning of certain things that I once used to overlook…I am motivated daily about becoming the best woman I can be, a focus that my dad had advised me within a short period of my arrival here in Spain nearly a year ago. My parents are incredible 🙂

Wedding Anniversary!

Wedding Anniversary!



Errol Ross (‘5mins 2 Shine’)

Angela Graham (‘5mins 2 Shine’)

#family



MOVEMENTS

The last 12 days…

A brief summary!



THURS 1ST SEP – GULA (Almerimar)

Festivities!

Festivities!



Dad absolutely killing his set with his Soulful tones! Everyone was going mad! 🙂

A hard day's night!

A hard day's night!



Necessary!…

FRI 2ND SEP – BAR TROPIC (Roquetas De Mar)

Preparing for a night of entertainment!

Preparing for a night of entertainment!



When the families go home at the end of Summer, you can really tell the difference, however a great night was had regardless!

SAT 3RD SEP – EL PALMAR (San Jose)

El Palmar soundcheck...

El Palmar soundcheck...



This was our first time at this gorgeous little spot in San Jose…the decor was lovely, the tapas was even nicer! You already know that dad & I went for the fish 😉

SUN 4TH SEP – LA MAR SALADA (Mojacar)

La Mar Salada (inside)

La Mar Salada (inside)



Takes the work outta loading up our sound equipment!

Approaching the stage...

Approaching the stage...



Always such a beautiful & serene conclusion to our weekends. Singing here couldn’t feel further from work…

LET THE MUSIC SPEAK…

Learning lyrics...

Learning lyrics...



An Entertainer is always aware of his/her audience’s status, whether it be: enjoying the show, bored, on the dancefloor, pleasantly listening…etc
It is our duty to make sure that we perform the right repetoire. Preferrably one that is enjoyed equally by the Entertainer & the audience!

It was time for me to refresh, review & introdroduce the new! 23 songs to learn…lets gooo!

FRI 9TH SEP – WEDDING @ LA BARBERA (Almerimar)

Last minute preparations...

Last minute preparations...



It was a privilege to have been asked by Shaun & Dawn to perform at their daughter Stacey & her (new husband) Charlie’s wedding!

Isle...

Isle...



THE red carpet!…

Light on the beach :)

Light on the beach 🙂



Something I’ve only ever seen in the movies!
The bride, groom, bridesmaids & close family chose their space in the evening to go onto the beach & reflect on their beautiful day…a magical moment! 🙂

Just married!

Just married!



The beautiful bride beaming from head to toe! 🙂

SAT 10TH SEP – ON:OFF (Almeria)

Soundcheck...

Soundcheck...



I was really excited to be back at ON:OFF! It had been a while…
GREAT night!

SUN 11TH SEP – LA MAR SALADA (Mojacar) 

A dream sequence...

A dream sequence...



As I said earlier, singing here couldn’t feel further from work…
A beautiful setting 🙂

A great 12 days…prepping for this coming weekend. I got a feelin‘…

#catchup

THROWBACK OF THE DAY 

‘Don’t You Worry Bout A Thing’ – Stevie Wonder



Lyrics…
Mr Wonder does it to me everytime!! EVERYTIME!!

FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD! 

So my struggle to lose weight continues! Lol! Thank God I have another year to do this! I’m getting there, day by day. Remaining consistent in this area is definitely a challenge! But Ima do it! (eventually!)

Something that I used to love as a kid, especially at school when the majority my peers felt the opposite, is liver! Much to the dismay of those around me, I thought it was delicious & still do!!

Mmmm!

Mmmm!


  • 1 small(ish) portion of liver, seasoned & fried with Olive oil
  • 1 packet of noodles
  • Salad: lettuce, carrots, olives, sweetcorn, tomatoes & all that good stuff!
  • Spritz with a lil olive oil & white wine vinegar…good to go!
#loadedsalad


SO, THAT’S IT FOR TODAY Y’ALL, NEXT ENTRY WILL FEATURE ANOTHER ‘5mins 2 Shine’ SEGMENT…KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR WHO IT IS!!
My beautiful mother :)
My beautiful mother 🙂


My mother is one of my inspirations. She is always focused on being the best she can be.
Full of knowledge, my mother always has a book on the go & is filled with positive energy & words of wisdom.
Today, I embrace the following from her written notes:



“Thoughts become actions, actions become habits, habits become our character & our character becomes our destiny…”

.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT Y’ALL…I WAS EXTREMELY EXCITED WHEN WE ACHIEVED 26,000 HITS LAST TUESDAY!! WHOOP WHOOP!!
MY NEXT SHOW IS ON THURSDAY, IF YOU ARE IN OR NEAR ALMERIMAR, COME & SEE ERROL ROSS & I PERFORM!!
See you Thursday @ Gula!

See you Thursday @ Gula!


MUCH LOVE Y’ALL & STAY BLESSED,


C xxx

Focused on the difference(s)…

Lets gooo!!

Lets gooo!!



Hey y’all!! Welcome to September…sheesh!!

I have had such a great time this past week, it’s been full of variety, fun & newness!! The Blessings have been abundant & I am grateful for each & every one…thankful thankful thankful 🙂

It’s taken me the best part of two weeks to get back into the flow of things after having gone to LDN for only four days!!… Something about LDN…

Nevertheless, back in the flow I am, & I’m more determined to take the next step then ever before…

If you’re new to my blog, welcome to my spot! I hope you enjoy reading about my journey…The Journey To Success.

#GodisGREAT

MOVEMENTS

So, cracking on…

WED 24TH AUG – ALMERIA FERIA (Almeria)

I was absolutely DELIGHTED to have been asked to perform at the Almeria Feria 2011!!

The venue I was asked performed in was Guarapo alongside the headliner DJ Di Martino

Guarapo

Guarapo



At the beginning of the night…

Patrick & Arabela

Patrick & Arabela



Meet my dancers!…

Arabela doing her thang!...

Arabela doing her thang!...



Beautiful robot…

What a night!

What a night!



I had such an incredible time!

FRI 26TH AUG – BAR TROPIC (Roquetas De Mar)

Mum & Elkie :)

Mum & Elkie 🙂



Radiating such energy…

There’s always fun & family festivities at Bar Tropic when we’re there! Vibes…

SUN 28TH AUG – LA MAR SALADA (Mojacar)

Sunday Soul Sessions :)

Sunday Soul Sessions 🙂



My dad Errol Ross doing his thing!
Certain tracks that dad sung on Sunday made me feel sweeet!! Lol! Songs such as ‘Mindblowing Decisions‘, ‘On Broadway‘ & ‘Sweat‘…Sunday vibes… 🙂

BBQ Runnings!!

Enroute to BBQ...

Enroute to BBQ...



Lil man panning out his social diary!…

Gorgeous setting...

Gorgeous setting...



I wasn’t even in the door & had fallen in love with the location!

Lil man chillaxin!

Lil man chillaxin!



“Aaaaahhhh…”

Hilda's & Manfred's guests!

Hilda's & Manfred's guests!



The whole day was a pleasure!! 🙂

Picture keepsake...

Picture keepsake...



With the umbrellas to represent Jamaica!!

Radio drops for DJ PETI DELUXE

Studio bound...

Studio bound...



Peti Deluxe (Bronx Radio) & yours truly, enroute to studio…

Old Skool!

Old Skool!



Can you guess the video?!?

Peti Deluxe - Vol 5

Bronx Radio - Vol 5



Download your copy HERE!!

Oooh speaking of radio…that reminds me…

BANG 103.6 FM interview with SHERRYL BLU (LDN)

Chillin with Sherryl!

Chillin with Sherryl!



In my last entry, I said the podcast from my radio interview with Sherryl Blu was on it’s way…

Click HERE to listen!! We caught joookes!! 🙂

Thank you to everybody at Bang 103.6 FM for having me 🙂

#catchup

THROWBACK OF THE DAY

‘Solid’ – Ashford & Simpson



Nick Ashford, thank you for the music…

#RIP

53…

I love you Michael

I love you Michael



Rest in peace King xxx

#yourmusicliveson…

FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD!!

Paella...mmmm!

Paella...mmmm!



Sooo, the weight loss ting! *sighs*

Well, I’m still on it but boy, I hit a bit of a brick wall to say the least! I ate & ate & ate whilst in LDN (all that good Brit stuff!) & it’s fair to say, messed up my whole exercise regime…& the rest!!

Turning it into a positive though as a result of feeling thoroughly disappointed with myself all week! I’m back on it & am giving myself a year…aiming for the pow! 😉

Those of you that know me know that I love to cook…& this new Mediterranean way of eating has definitely influenced my cooking style! Check out last night’s dinner…yum!!

Diet?

Diet?



I ain’t ever gonna survive a diet(!), so I’ve decided to make healthy eating interesting!!

  • 2 x fried dumplings
  • 2 pieces of fried Sea Bream
  • Avocado salad: Lettuce, tomato, carrots, olives, sweetcorn & avocado – with olive oil & white wine vinegar drizzled on top
  • Onion, garlic & tomato sauce (for the fish)
#itwasdelishhh 🙂




‘5mins 2 Shine’

Today’s feature is: Retro Apollo

Retro Apollo

Retro Apollo



1) What do you do & how well do you do it?

I’m A Rapper, Songwriter & a Singer, and I do it extremely well.

2) Where do you foresee yourself 12 months from today?

12 months from today i see myself coming back from my tour to Africa, my album launch & video launch, MORE RECOGNITION basically. And I’m looking to give a some of the procedings of my events to charity.

3) What was one of the most memorable times in your life?

The most memorable time in my life was definately when i lost my dad at the age of ten . I had to relocate from Nigeria to America Then to the U.K . Thats when i started to write to relieve my pain and i realised i could Rap and song write.


4) Given the resources, what one change would you make in the world & why?
If i had the resources I would make the world a better place by empowering the youth with more opportunities because I know whats its like to grow up with so much talent and not having the right channels and opportunities to channel it through.



5) What do you think of my daily blog? (Message for my readers)

I really think it has a cosy, warm feel to it. Its educativel AS WELL. It has been very user friendly.

Retro Apollo’s song selection of the day is: ‘Snapbacks Back’ – Tyga ft Chris Brown



You can reach out to Retro Apollo @:

Twitter
Facebook
Reverbnation
Soundcloud
YouTube 

#Support

Retro Apollo! Thanks for your time 🙂
Great energy…great vibe…great music!! The first time I visited your Reverbnation page, I was all smiles! I wish you success hun & thanks again 😉

Much love, C x

SO THAT’S ME FOR THIS ENTRY Y’ALL!! I’M 4 HOURS AWAY FROM TONIGHT’S SOUNDCHECK & NEED TO CHILL BEFORE WE LEAVE OUT. IF YOU’RE NEAR ALMERIMAR, COME & CHECK OUT THE SHOW!!

Tonight!

Tonight!



#QueenBritLIVE

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT MY MUSIC 😉

MUCH LOVE TO EVERYBODY & THANKS FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT 🙂 TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD >>> http://www.queenbrit.com <<< IS ALL YOU NEED TO REMEMBER!! 

STAY BLESSED,

C x

Painting by family friend: Elkie

Painting by family friend: Elkie



“What the mind can conceive & believe, it CAN ACHIEVE…”

Frequent Flyer…

One of my favourite pastimes!...

One of my favourite pastimes!...



Hey y’all!!
So I guess you can call this entry ‘The LDN Edition’ as I spent the most part of last week back home in LDN…business & a lil pleasure!

As I mentioned in my last entry, I definitely had my reservations about going back to LDN during the week directly following the riots that were in full effect.
It was definitely fair to say that the tension could be felt from boarding the plane, right through to landing & whilst in the Customs Hall at the airport…I think the shock of what had happened/was still happening across the UK was only just beginning to really sink in. Madness..

#thoughtstoliveslost

MOVEMENTS

A couple of days after my last entry, I had great show with my band at Pez Azul for the second time this Summer…great fun!

THURSDAY 11TH AUG – PEZ AZUL (San Jose)

Dad overseeing all...

Dad overseeing all...



If he’s happy, I’m happy…

QB Crew setting up...

QB Crew setting up...



My team doing their thing…

Great souncheck...good to go!

Great souncheck...good to go!



Pure anticipation from this point onwards!…

4 DAYS IN LDN!!

15 years later...my bestie Natasha Carver!

15 years later...my bestie Natasha Carver!



Couldn’t wait to see my best friend & phenomenal singer – Natasha Carver

Musical moment...

Musical moment...



An absolutely incredible moment…an original piece…
Adam Barker is a beast on the piano!! Y’all ain’t ready! UK STAND UP!! 🙂

Another lady I love...Tasita D'Mour

Another lady I love...Tasita D'Mour!



Wagamama’s & a catch up with my Soulful sister Tasita D’Mour

Chillin with Sheryl Blu from Bang 103.6 FM

Chillin with Sherryl Blu from Bang 103.6 FM



Sherryl Blu is the truth! I had a laugh & a great interview! (podcast to follow…)

The morning after the night before!...

The morning after the night before!...



Had to!…

The Great British weather eh! ;)

The Great British weather eh!



Final view of LDN!…Smh…

Tranquility...

Tranquility...



After a 2hr delay, we had finally taken to the sky…

Beyond tired...

Beyond tired...



Was feeling mash by this point!
The 2hr delay meant that I was cutting it fine for my show…STRESSED!!

THURSDAY 18TH AUG – GULA (Almerimar)

Straight to the show from the airport!...

Straight to the show from the airport!...



Had to get changed in the car…literally!!
Love it really though! All in the name of the game 😉

I need coffeee!!

I need coffeee!!



What an AMAZING show!! Had so much fun!
Thanks Gula, see you in two weeks!!

FRIDAY 19TH AUG – BAR TROPIC (Roquetas De Mar)

The divas mid flow!

The divas mid flow!



My mum & her girls (Elkie & Claudine) doing their thing on the dancefloor! 🙂

The footie crew!...

The footie crew!...



My lil man & the boys doing their thing…
Family fun…looking forward to my next show there on Fri 26th!

SAT 20TH AUG – LA BOHEMIA (Aguadulce) 

Can you see me?!?

Can you see me?!?



I must admit, here in Almeria, when the publicity is right, IT’S RIGHT!!

QueenBrit fan!

QueenBrit fan!



Whoop whoop!! Gador (who has been to no less than 10 shows) was getting into the QueenBrit spirit! 🙂

Enroute home...

Enroute home...



Gone 4 in the am & the HEAT!! Love it!! 🙂

SUN 21ST AUG – CIBELES (Almeria)

TV publicity...

TV publicity - QueenBrit on the bill!



Cibeles was party town when we arrived! With the Feria happening on the streets & from club to club, the atmosphere was ELECTRIC!!

Keeping cool in style!

Keeping cool in style!



It was NECESSARY!

All in all, I had a great week…had a laugh, caught up with friends…handled some exciting business & as a result, a few more people now know who QueenBrit is…so grateful.

#newheights

THROWBACK OF THE DAY

‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’ – Rose Royce



This one came to mind on Sunday morning whilst I was in chill out mode!…

#chilloutzone

A QUICK UPDATE…

So, those of you that read regularly know that this is usually where you find my ‘5mins 2 Shine’ segment! This is where I feature one person (occassionally two!) & promote their movement. I like to call it a platform of expression for anyone who is doing something positive.

For a complete look at all those that have been featured on my blog thus far click >>> HERE <<< (there’s some good ones!!)

If YOU would like a feature, I’d love to hear from you…drop me a line >>> carlene@musictalents.biz <<<

Thanks to all of you that have given me & my readers your time…I appreciate the insight into your world. Back next entry with another exciting read…wait til you see some of the interviews coming up! 😉 Much love xxx

MY ALBUM

…is coming!

In the next two weeks I will be releasing the final SINGLE before the album drops in it’s entirety…can’t wait!

I just tweeted yesterday: “The beauty of being a Songwriter is that you can ALWAYS hear the full story in a song… If you LISTEN…” & I believe that wholeheartedly. The full story (about ‘that’ chapter of my life) has already been written…I encourage all of my lovers & haters to just listen 😉

The four singles so far are:

'Before I Go'

'Before I Go'



“Before I go, can we make this thing alright?…”

#relationshipcrossroads

Vibrations

'Vibrations'



“Have you ever loved somebody, but just can’t say how much you really care?…”

#thatREALsomebodyforyou

Fast Food

'Fast Food'



“…but now I’m conscious of many forms of fast food…will not succumb to what my senses respond to…”

#haveyoueverbeentempted?

#ihave

'No Other Choice'

'No Other Choice'



“If it was upto you, I’d be six feet under, a restless soul confined to night…”

#darkness

“…no other choice I’m gonna make it…”

#thelight

You can find my music on ALL MAJOR ONLINE OUTLETS including:

iTunes
Amazon
Spotify

& for my fellow Brits, even Tesco!

Just enter: Carlene ‘QueenBrit’ Graham into the search for the goodies! 🙂

Also, check out my music social sites for some of my unreleased & exclusive material…you might be surprised! 😉

Myspace – for my House & Club cuts! (Approaching 47,000 plays!!)
Reverbnation – for some RnB, Broken Beat & Pop cuts!
YouTube – for behind the scene ‘Making The Album @ Villalobos’ footage & other juice 😉

#Support

Footie & a beer, nowt like it!

Footie & a beer, nowt like it!



SO THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK Y’ALL! STILL PUSHING ON!

LOOKING FORWARD TO SINGING IN FRONT OF 1,500 PEEPS AT THE ALMERIA FERIA TOMORROW, IT’S GONNA BE OUT OF THIS WORLD! THE SPANISH KNOW HOW TO PARTY & IT’S AN HONOUR TO HAVE BEEN ASKED TO PERFORM!! I ALREADY KNOW THE PICS ARE GONNA BE DOPE! 🙂

IF YOU’VE ENJOYED TODAY’S ENTRY & WANNA HELP INTRODUCE MY BLOG TO MORE PEOPLE THEN THE EASIER ADD OF >>> http://www.queenbrit.com <<< IS THE ONLY THING YOU NEED TO REMEMBER!! SHARE SHARE SHARE!!

STAY BLESSED & MUCH LOVE UNTIL NEXT TIME 🙂

C x

Cubby cub learning the basics! :)

Cubby cub learning the basics! 🙂

Milestones…

Feeling good!

Feeling good!



Hey y’all!! I hope everybody’s Blessed 🙂

So this last two weeks has been an emotional rollercoaster for real!

It’s become obvious to me that these entries are becoming further & further apart. My apologies. I am equally enthusiastic about my blog as I always have been…I’m still searching for that balance…sometimes it affects my performance but my ability & dream remain the same.
Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy today’s read…

What started out as the LDN riots & has since become the UK riots, leaves me speechless. My thoughts & prayers go out to the familes of those who have lost relatives & to those that have been rendered homeless as a result of the riots. I don’t know what to expect when I reach later on this week.

Focusing on the outcome.

#ashiftinenergy

MOVEMENTS

Pre soundcheck posing!

Pre soundcheck posing!



During this last fortnight my brain has been on overtime.
I’ve been forced to cool out, listen & take heed in the opportunities that continue to present themselves.

On the music front, I’m still pushing 🙂

My weekend in pictures…

WEDNESDAY – Band Rehearsal

Front

Front

Back

Back



I arrived at rehearsal on Wednesday morning, to be greeted with this surprise!!

THURSDAY – Gula (Almerimar)

Gula publicity

Gula publicity



I can’t front, I was looking forward to this one! Great vibes everytime we go!

Dad rockin!

Dad rockin!



Mid flow in his groove!

Paco & his beautiful wife!

Paco & his beautiful wife!



When I see the venue owners happy, I know I’ve done my job well 🙂

FRIDAY – El Palmer (Aguadulce)

El Palmer publicity

El Palmer publicity



There’s always dancing at El Palmer! These ladies know how to party & the service is slick!

The venue

The venue



Perfect chilled out Friday location, whilst the DJ played everything from sultry Neo Soul & Hip Hop cuts to Woodstock reminiscent rock & 60’s Funk cuts. Bliss 😉

SATURDAY – Wedding at the Golf Club (Roquetas De Mar)

Preparation...

Preparation...



QueenBritLIVE crew doing their thing in prep for the performance…

The outside venue

The outside venue



Weather just right for the Bride & Groom 🙂

I love weddings!

I love weddings!



Simply that!

Cocktail hour setting

Cocktail hour setting



Tones to be floating through the air as the guests arrive…

Our set up, inside

Our set up, inside



Our larger of the two systems…

Golf Club inside bar

Golf Club inside bar



I was in awe of the layout…

Everyone chillaxin!

Everyone chillaxin!



While dad serenaded the guests with his Jazz & Soul session 🙂

Magic before dinner!

Magic before dinner!



“Dinner is now served!…”

The beautiful bride!

The beautiful bride!



A wonderful day!!

SUNDAY – La Mar Salade (Mojacar)

Heading to the show!...

Heading to the show!...



The HEAT…woooiii!!

Daddy reppin!

Daddy reppin!



An honour! 🙂

SUNDAY – Business lunch (Almerimar)

Business & pleasure!

Business & pleasure!



I love the fact that my family could attend this business meeting! Spanish runnings!! 🙂

You already know!

You already know!



Fish platter all day, you already know!

Happiniess!

Happiness!



All I ever wanna see 🙂

A really positive & motivating weekend…roll on the next one!

Looking forward for my album to drop 😉 Finishing touches…

#givingthanks

THROWBACK OF THE DAY

‘Make It Happen’ – Mariah Carey



Preach Mariah…true words.

#lyrics




‘5mins 2 Shine’

Today’s feature is: Configa

Calm Before The Storm - OUT NOW!!

Calm Before The Storm - OUT NOW!!



1) What do you do & how well do you do it?

Hey there Carls and cheers for giving me the opportunity to shine hun!
Well, I’m a hip hop producer, and I like to think that I serve up what is now known as “real hip hop”, you know, music that is organic as opposed to synthetic, has soul, and remains true to the essence that was set down by the legends of the Golden Era. You won’t find me doing a dubstep track, just because it’s the latest hot thing (if this applies to you then I hope your bandwagon falls off a damn cliff haha), or you know, just generic crunk crap that comes out of the States, that sounds like it’s from the dirty South even though it may be straight out of NYC. It’s just lame, and totally without depth or feeling, that whole plinky plonky electronic vibe. People are losing their identity left, right and centre. And for all those commiting audio blasphemy, don’t dare use “Planet Rock” and Afrika Bambaataa as a valid excuse/influence for over doing it with the synths, as I could trump that and then say – ok then, let’s all steal rhymes from Grandmaster Caz and rap over the “Good Times” riff played by an actual band, like The Sugarhill Gang did hahaha.

How well do I do it? Well judging from how many people want me to produce for them – and not for free either lol, the fact I’ve been playlisted a few times on national radio even doing the style of music that I do (it doesn’t really fit in with the “suits” who run these stations), and just generally having masses of positivity from real heads prepared to buy my music/play my music on radio/collab with me/write about me/interview me on their sites/blogs etc. then I would say that I’m doing ok haha. Oh yeah, and me and my old crew, Slept On Fam, won “Best Band” at some glitzy event down in Florida a few years ago hosted by the future Hall of Fame boxer Roy Jones Jr., beating the  Academy Award winning group Three 6 Mafia into the bargain. So that wasn’t bad either lol.

2) Where do you foresee yourself 12 months from today?

To have won the lottery and to have sailed off into the distance, telling the UK’s economy to kiss my ass on my way out lol. Failing that, just to keep on doing what I’m doing, and have been doing (as an MC originally) since 2000. I hope that mindsets have changed though, and that people have started to judge music more on HOW it sounds rather than WHOSE name is on it. Too many people are caught up solely on name recognition and not actual talent/or quality of music. This mixtape I’m putting out today is 20 tracks ALL with unsigned acts ranging in levels of how known they are – a combination of dope friends – and people that I’ve been feelin’ for a while really. I want everybody on this mixtape to be recognised for the exceptional talents that they are. And you know me Carls, I like to think of myself as a hip hop preservationist so you know that I standardly come with the boom bap heat! But yeah, in 12 months, I just want to be happy, to be keeping on doing my thing and most of all still getting appreciated for doing it! If I was still a young kid I’d be saying that I’d want to make it big, I mean I WAS signed years ago to a LA based independent and thought I was on my way – but then your insight and boundaries totally shift as you get older and more realistic. Making it big happens to probably 0.001% of everybody haha. I’m just happy being happy!! My music is niche, I accept that, and I’m totally cool with it. I mean, I would rather sell waaaaay less copies and still maintain my artistic integrity, as I am, and have always done. It’s crazy as people routinely tell me that they don’t hear bumpin’ bass, catchy flipped samples and snappy snares on shit anymore, and that they only really get it from me and a select few others and nowhere else, and they have a point. I got that head nod shit baby lol! And there’s a market for that, and that’s my home turf right there.

3) What was one of the most memorable times in your life?

Haha, do I keep it music related? Humour related? Or to go off on some other different tangent entirely! Lol. But no, as this is a family “publication” I’ll keep it legit! 😉 I would have to say being awarded my Doctorate. Being called a Dr. just feels weird, to this very day, – and when I had to recently renew my passport and wasn’t a “Mr.” anymore it was just mad! And my love for hip hop didn’t even escape that; my thesis was on hip hop’s cultural influence in diverse areas of the world. Much more complicated than it sounds, so I won’t get too sociological on ya ass lol.

4) Given the resources, what one change would you make in the world & why?

Left-field question right there C lol. I would love to change 2 if I may, simply because both are as disgusting/terrible as each other. The first one would be world poverty (and no I’m not auditioning for Miss World LMAO!!), you know we moan on about spending cuts in the UK, and the same in the US, but IMAGINE having NO clean water to drink? Having NOTHING to feed your children?, and if you do scrape together something, then there’s NOTHING for you. We don’t know shit about REAL poverty. If all the global leaders all set aside a few billion a year it would eradicate it, but they don’t, and never will. They’d rather go and build some monstrosity of a building instead. The second would just be completely deleting general bigotry of all kinds, and social injustices. You know, kids aren’t born bigots – it’s a cycle of brainwashing from their parents who were in turn brainwashed by their parents. I would LOVE to break that cycle. Both colour and religion based bigotry would be high on the agenda. This news clip has always stuck in my head for whatever reason, it was from Northern Ireland and there was a group of Catholic parents and children lined up outside a Protestant school and they were throwing bricks and snarling, and you could SEE the Catholic kids just absorbing all of it – and the Protestant kids and parents being deeply scared and traumatised. And obviously it happens vice versa. All of this really is the blind leading the blind.

5) What do you think of my daily blog? (Message for my readers)

I love it! I actually read your blog before we ever spoke! One of its most redeeming features is the genuine love that you have for your family, it’s really heart-warming, plus you write with great wit, compassion and honesty. I say keep up the great work girl!

Thanks once again for the interview Carls, and I wish you nothing but success in your own career! You deserve it with all of the grind you put in!

Configa’s song selection of the day is: ‘Crooked Nigga Too’ – 2Pac (Configa Remix – Pac To The Essence Album)


You can reach out to Configa @:

Website
Facebook
Twitter 
Myspace 

You can buy Configa’s ‘Calm Before The Storm’ >>> HERE <<< Go get it y’all!! Just bought mine this morning 🙂 The release date was yesterday: Monday 8th August…be amongst the first to dowload it y’all! It’s FIYAH!

Configa

Configa



#Support

C, I am so chuffed to have had the opportunity to interview you…thanks for taking the time out! That was jam packed with info & nuff juice…thank you very much hun!!
You already know how much I respect what you do (sarcastic bits & all!!) & it’s an honour to have been considered vocally by yourself for future projects…you already know I’m down! 😉
I hope this album is a great success for you, you’ve got my full support!
Congratulations once again on receiving your Doctorate…BIG!!

Much love, C x

SO THAT’S ALL FOR NOW Y’ALL…A LIL CATCH UP THAT I HOPE YOU’VE ENJOYED. I’LL BE MAKING LOTS OF IMPROVEMENTS TO THE BLOG (AS I MENTIONED IN THE LAST ENTRY) OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS, SO DON’T FORGET TO CHECK IN FREQUENTLY 😉
ALSO THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE LEFT COMMENTS, THOUGHTS & WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT…IT’S ALL GREATLY APPRECIATED!

OFF TO LDN ON SATURDAY…AS EXCITED AS I AM, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT, COS RIGHT NOW, IT’S LOOKING & SOUNDING LIKE A NIGHTMARE. STILL, NIGHTMARES ARE DREAMS TOO…

STAY BLESSED, UNTIL AGAIN…

C x

Getting there...

Getting there...

 

Dream Build!

Spare a thought...

Spare a thought...



Hey y’all!

Wow what a weekend…talk about emotional rollercoaster…I mean really.

From Friday’s attacks & ruthless killings in Norway to the passing of Amy Winehouse on Saturday…I am deeply saddened.

I pray for each & every person affected by the happenings this weekend.

#sleeppeacefully



MOVEMENTS

Pre-show excitiement!

Pre-show excitiement!



Back on that rollercoaster again, last Thursday (a week after my Bday…that I’m somehow still celebrating!) began an extended weekend of planning & performances…I enjoyed every minute!

Cue: Thumbnails… 😉

THURSDAY – Studio runnings

Getting organized...

Getting organized...



Simply that…

Making plans...

Making plans...



Errol (dad) & Bjorn talk immediate, short term & long term goals…

Looking neat!

Looking neat!



It was all a dream…

Visual inspiration...

Visual inspiration...



Woodstock…the free-spirited way 🙂

D-D-DiGiCo babeee!

D-D-DiGiCo babeee!



Such a privilege…truly grateful!

Mic in flight...

Mic in flight...



She’s all tucked up nicely in bed 😉

THURSDAY NIGHT – La Terraza (Aguadulce)

Welcome!

Welcome!



Was looking very promising at the door!

View from the stage

View from the stage



Now if THIS isn’t motivation!…

Soundcheck...

Soundcheck...



‘I’m Outta Love’ – Anastacia for levels sake!…

Pretty in pink!

Pretty in pink!



Y’all know me by now…I LOVE PINK!!

Love & light!

Love & light!



Trigger happy with my iPhone yet again (get used to it from me y’all!)…wearing the QueenBrit colours pink & black courtesy of NJ Designer Tyrone Chablis…thanks sugs 😉 xxx

Audience perspective...

Audience perspective...



The only point of view that matters.

FRIDAY NIGHT – Newton Lounge (Roquetas De Mar)

Welcome to Newton Lounge!

Welcome to Newton Lounge!



What a welcome eh! 😉

Jazz & cocktails...

Jazz & cocktails...



Getting everybody in the mood before my performance…they were incredible!

QueenBrit...

QueenBrit...



& her disco balls!! 😉

Taking it down...

Taking it down...



Winding down at the end of the night…BANGIN’ show!

10th Anniversary CD...

10th Anniversary CD...



A gift of thanks from Management to all that supported Newton Lounge’s 10th Anniversary…a special night.

SATURDAY NIGHT – Platinum Cafe (Aguadulce)

A Platinum welcome!

A Platinum welcome!



Slick presentation…just how I like it!

She's so sexy ;)

She's so sexy 😉



She really is!!

Job done! DJ time...

Job done! DJ time...



It’s a great feeling leaving them on their feet!

SUNDAY AFTERNOON – El Mar Salade (Mojacar)

Dad setting up...

Dad setting up...



Getting ready for our Sunday afternoon chillout session! Vocals provided by my father Errol Ross & yours truly…

The view inside!

The view inside!



Niceness!!

Perfect end to an amzing weekend!

Perfect end to an amazing weekend!



Shoes off…reflection mode!

Sooo, that’s pretty my my weekend in a nutshell…step by step day by day…all relevent in achieving the ultimate goal.

Stay with me on the journey y’all 😉

#NoOtherChoice <<< which ladies & gents is available HERE lol!! A MUST HEAR!!



THROWBACK OF THE DAY

The only video that fits.

‘Rehab’ (Grammy performance) – Amy Winhouse



YOU MADE IT AMY!! 🙂

& now a video from a good friend Jermaine Ramsey of Good2GoLIVE…a compassionate insight…



“Haters will broadcast your failure but whisper your success…”

#RIP

‘5mins 2 Shine’

Today’s feature is: James Russell

James Russell

James Russell



1) What do you do & how well do you do it?

Well, I’m a hip hop artist who’s growing with every track, I used to just rap over random beats but there are so many people doing that these days I decided to try my hand at producing my own stuff, which I have done with my most recent mixtape. It’s created more of a buzz about my music and people see it as a positive thing as I’m putting more effort in than the usual every day rapper! I think that compared to when I first started out, I’m lightyears ahead, I think if you check it out every song I release is stronger than the last, I’ve been doing it just shy of a year now and not to blow my own horn, I’m pretty darn good!

2) Where do you foresee yourself 12 months from today?

I see myself having regular gigs which pay the bills at least, therefore I’m hoping to expand even more than releasing free mixtapes for everyone so I can actually live off music. I doubt I’ll still be living in Middlesbrough as the scene here is too small, unless I make one! I’m already on iTunes with a previous EP, but I’d hope to be making a living from music therefore taking it to the next level.

3) What was one of the most memorable times in your life?

When i was about 11 years old I was obsessed with the band “The Offspring” up until my brother gave me The Eminem Show album, I started to get obsessed with that because of the lyrics, I remember looking in The Offspring’s album booklet and seeing about 3 words per line, then Eminem’s had masses and masses of ingenious lyrics with amazing rhyme schemes and I was hooked for weeks, I just loved the words and how cleverly they rhymed it completely baffled me! That’s when I discovered The Slim Shady LP and the Marshall Mathers LP, which led me to start writing songs for the first time ever.

4) Given the resources, what one change would you make in the world & why?

I’d take away the concept of greed (I know it’s impossible), because there are too many people suffering in the world due to the fact that there are a small number of people who capitalise on the poor people’s welfare to make money even though they have plenty. I think too many greedy corporation bosses need to change their ideals as it is harming the world and the people in it more and more every day, and they know it. Pure evil in my eyes. But failing that I’d like to own a record label and a studio and make an album a month. Haha!

5) What do you think of my daily blog? (Message for my readers)

It’s brilliant! I’ve been checking it regularly for a while now and it is fantastic to keep up to date with not only you and what you’re up to, but with fresh new artists in this section, really is brilliant, keep it up!

James’ song selection of the day is:

‘Role Model’ – Eminem



You can reach out to James @:

Twitter

Facebook

Email

Download the latest FREE mixtape from James Russell here >>>  “Original With Juicy Bits” <<< It’s DOPE!!

#Support

James! Dude! Thank you for allowing me to interview you for my blog.
To have just randomly come across your TL on Twitter & ‘stumbled’ upon your mixtape like that was craaazy!! Was grinnin’ like a Cheshire cat, you best believe!! 🙂
Mad respect to you, your music, your grind & your goals. I hope our professional paths cross…it would be a BANGER!! 😉

Much love, C x

SO THAT’S IT Y’ALL…I HOPE YOU’VE ENJOYED TODAY’S READ!
IN MY NEXT ENTRY, EXPECT TO SEE A VERY IMPORTANT ADDITION TO THE BLOG…AN ADDITION THAT WILL ASSIST ON TAKING THIS JOURNEY TO THE NEXT LEVEL…GOD WILLING.

PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO DOWNLOAD MY CURRENT SINGLE ‘NO OTHER CHOICE’ THE REGGAE TRACK OF THE SUMMER…REAL TALK…JUST LISTEN!!

MUCH LOVE, STAY BLESSED & REMEMBER LIFE IS SHORT

C x

Teaching my son success the only way I know how...

Teaching my son success the only way I know how...