James Gardin "Shot With You", a Bluesy and transparent new single • Word Is Bond

Bluesy and soulful. Transparent and hopeful. James Gardin & Soulseize collaborate on a new single, “Shot With You.

James shares, “Shot With You is about confronting how alcohol has been a coping mechanism for me and my family. I’ve finally decided to try new options to deal with what causes me stress.

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PREMIERE: James Gardin “Victorious” – Sphereofhiphop.com




Victorious by James Gardin

Victorious is the second single from rapper James Gardin and producer Soulseize. It’s from their Until It All Makes Sense project releasing August 24th, 2018 via Illect Recordings.

Illect recording artist James Gardin collabs with Soulseize again. This time they’re bringing an anthem to count your blessings to. James says, “sometimes we have to sit back and think about what we’ve accomplished and celebrate it for a second… or a couple minutes.”

Get an early listen of the Victorious single before it drops everywhere at midnight.

Audio: Victorious




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James Gardin drops bluesy “Shot With You”




James Gardin drops off “Shot With You”, produced by Soulseize. Bluesy and soulful. Transparent and hopeful.

James shares, “Shot With You is about confronting how alcohol has been a coping mechanism for me and my family. I’ve finally decided to try new options to deal with what causes me stress.”

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James Gardin & Terem release Groove single




James Gardin & Terem drop off the energetic summer single Groove.

James shares, “Groove is for those who feel like they’re constantly in their element and living life on a current winning streak. We hope this song will make your feet move and motivate you to celebrate how amazing you are.

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Katie Carlene x James Gardin “Methods”

Every once in a while we get a song that absolutely surprises us. “Methods” by Katie Carlene fits the bill and features a guest spot from SOHH favorite, James Gardin.

Katie Carlene shared the inspiration behind the song:

“Methods” was inspired by all the ways that God has used to reach me in life. I think that He speaks to people in the ways He knows will connect with that particular person. For me, that’s always been music and nature. I grew up in Oregon. It’s pretty easy to see God around here. I’ve been seeing Him in the ocean, and the high desert, and the mountains since I can remember. And honestly, I don’t remember being taught that when I was a kid. It was just something I had always known. It was something I could feel. I used to lay in the field behind our farmhouse, and just stare up at the hills that surrounded the town I grew up in. And I would sing. And I knew that He was there with me, listening.

It’s easy to see God in the beautiful. It’s easy to feel God in a pretty song. It’s easy to see Him in a good deed. But as I grew up, I realized that God wasn’t just in the things that were pretty to look at. He was in all of it. He was in the wildflowers behind our house, but he was also in the dirt they grew out of. Like hitting rock bottom in an addiction that nobody knew about. Like being a relationship with an emotionally abusive man. Like my family being deeply hurt by The Church. Twice. The difference between seeing God in the light, and seeing God in the darkness, is that when it’s in the light, it’s immediate. He’s just there, right in front of you, waiting for you to look at Him. But It takes a little longer with the things waiting behind the darkness. Sometimes a lot longer. Sometimes your whole life. It takes all of your patience. And hope. And faith. But the thing is that once you finally see it, when you look back and it all makes sense, it completely transforms you. It changes your heart. It changes the way you see the world. It changes the way you see God. Really, “Methods” is just about trusting that God is here with us. Even when we’re surrounded by darkness.

Audio: Methods

Originally from egotripland.com: Katie Carlene x James Gardin “Methods”

James Gardin releases Complaining video

Complaining video by James Gardin

James Gardin keeps it moving with a new video for his single “Complaining”.

The funk inspired single features production from Young Heat. “Complaining” features a dance-floor moving groove with a tight, driving style that aims to bless listeners worldwide.

Gardin says, “It’s so easy to complain about what is wrong and all we think is going against us, but if we sit back and recognize the power we have, we can take the steps to change our lives.”

The single has had a great run with a premiere on Hot97, an NPR feature, and even being the theme song for ESPN’s “First Take” the month of December.

Written by James Gardin
Produced by Young Heat
Directed, shot, and edited by: Victor Manuel, Jeff Hamlin and the DMAC Crew at LCC (Lansing Community College)

Complaining video

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James Gardin’s “Focus” aims to uplift




James Gardin is without a doubt the most encouraging rapper. Don’t believe me? Follow him on social media (links below). His new single “Focus” is more of that, a relatable song about battling habits and vices… leading to renewed focus.

Here is what the press release has to say about “Focus”:

Illect Recordings artist James Gardin collaborates with label mate Ess Be on his new single “Focus”. They attempt to address how habits and vices are not only damaging to you, but also to your purpose and your focus. James says, “A lot of times we look at bad habits solely on they hurt us, but what if they also hurt the world at large. I hope you all will be inspired by this song to reassess what holds your attention and time, and get refocused on what’s important.

Audio: James Gardin – Focus

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Ozay Moore releases “In The Wake Of O”

Ozay Moore and Illect Recordings are proud to present In The Wake Of O.

Over the last 20 years, Ozay Moore (fka Othello) has proven himself to be an exceptional storyteller time and time again. Whether as a member of the classic hip hop trio, Lightheaded, or as a solo artist, Moore’s alto flow has always moved crowds. Aided by some of the most soulful production and a deep knowledge of hip hop culture, Moore’s music is highly relatable because he blends personal experience with larger themes that cross cultural lines. Moore has been making records for quite some time so it would be understandable if he didn’t have more to say.

Thankfully, Ozay Moore is back and better than ever with In The Wake of O. Throughout his life Moore has seen a lot, done a lot, and Wake is a reflection of his journey in and outside of being an MC. Moore is no longer a young, ambitious rapper from Seattle focused solely on writing rhymes and traveling the world. Instead, he’s a family man in Lansing, MI having to strike a balance between his artistic goals and what’s best for his wife and two kids. How do you strike that balance? This is one of the central questions driving the record.

As the album unfolds, Moore grapples with the decision to drop the Othello moniker, his faith, racial politics in the U.S. and the impact of hip hop on his life. The word “wake” can mean many things, and In the Wake of O takes into account every single one. With an exceptional set of producers including Stro Elliot, Tall Black Guy, Ess Be, Freddie Joachim and Ohmega Watts, Wake is a seamless blend of boom bap crunch and soulful grooves. With guest appearances by Braille, Sareem Poems, Jahshua Smith, James Gardin and Propaganda the wordplay is as on point as it is thought provoking.

Ultimately, In The Wake of O is a reminder of why hip hop is such a powerful mode of communication. It also speaks to Ozay Moore’s deep love and respect for hip hop culture. As Wake plays from start to finish, Moore beautifully speaks on his personal journey while also making space for listeners to reflect on their own lives. There is something for everyone on this record.

-Written by Gus Navarro

Audio: In The Wake Of O

In The Wake Of O tracklist
1. Thumb Drive
2. Good
3. Where You At (feat. James Gardin & Jahshua Smith)
4. Slow Motion with Mosely
5. WSTCST (feat. Tony Ozier & Teeko)
6. Crowd React by Lightheaded (Ozay Moore, Ohmega Watts & Braille)
7. Abracadabra (feat. Cataphant)
8. Wow… (feat. Propaganda)
9. Low Tide
10. L.T.D. (feat. Sareem Poems)
11. Transparent See (feat. Ricky Valenz)

Production
1 Young Heat
2, 6 Stro Elliot
3-5 Tall Black Guy
7 Ohmega Watts
8 Daniel Steele
10 Freddie Joachim and Aso
11 Ess Be

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"Limits" is a funky, soulful new single from James Gardin and Terem • Word Is Bond

Illect recording artists James Gardin and Terem release their first collaborative effort of 2018. “Limits” is a war cry and anthem for all those who feel like society has constantly tried to hold them down, and block them from their true potential. You can break all the limits man and society places on you, because they never have to have the final say.

Limits is available at all streaming & download outlets.

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James Gardin & Terem release “Limits”




Funky. Soulful. Uplifting. This new joint from James Gardin and Terem hit all the right notes.

Illect recording artists James Gardin and Terem release their first collaborative effort of 2018. “Limits” is a war cry and anthem for all those who feel like society has constantly tried to hold them down, and block them from their true potential. You can break all the limits man and society places on you, because they never have to have the final say.

Audio: Limits

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