This week on DC Music Rocks, Luke James Shaffer, a singer-songwriter whose easy-spirited musicality traverses alternative Americana, folk-pop, country, soul, gospel, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Dan Barry, Mannywellz, The Private Contractors, and Sydney Franklin.


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  Luke James Shaffer

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Luke James Shaffer's first single from the new EP "Volume One" is the invigorating gospel-infused pop-rock track which boasts spiritual uplift, anthemic hooks, and heaps of soul. “That song is a reminder that there is only so much we can control, and, if things don’t go the way we plan, it’s not the end of the world, it’s just life,” Luke shares. The single will be paired with an animated video that addresses bullying issues in high school in a sharply insightful and entertaining way. Pressure’s second single will be “How Sweet The Sound,” a storyteller romance that glows with vintage soul touches like a Hammond B3 and smoldering grooves.

Luke is on the precipice of fulfilling his dream of doing original music full-time. Up next, he will tour behind his EP and record its follow-up release. “There is a lot of pressure associated with this,” he acknowledges with a sly pun. “But I have a strong faith in everything we are doing. I have the attitude that when you put the hard work in, believe in yourself and your team and manifest a positive outcome for your life, things will work out.”

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  1. ***Walk Through the Fire, by Dan Barry (Indie, Folk)

  2. Tinacs, by Luke James Shaffer (Indie, Folk)

  3. ***Yeoo, by Mannywellz (Hip Hop, R&B)

  4. ***Hate to Miss, by The Private Contractors (Rock, Pop Rock)

  5. ***Forever (feat. Mac Ayres), by Sydney Franklin (R&B, Soul)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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  • Jason Masi - The Adventurer
     (Pop Single - RIYL Amos Lee, John Mayer, Ben Harper)

  • Black Masala - Midnight Bhangra
     (Gypsyn Funk With Horns Single - RIYL balkan, funk, soul, gypsy and punk music)

  • Color Palette - Chelsea
     (Electro Pop Single - Depeche Mode, The Smiths, and M83)

  • Will Eastman - Everything at Once
     (Instrumental Techno Single - RIYL David Guetta, Tiesto)




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