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Revive Music Presents: Freelance

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Hip Hop Culture

Harlem based collective Freelance is a band of independent leaders with an expansive sound and encyclopedic knowledge of musical genres that afford them the ability to cross-pollinate styles and manipulate melody to create an aesthetic signature uniquely their own. Influenced by the creative footprints of Mint Condition, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, and Robert Glasper, founding leaders, Tim “Smithsoneon” Smith (vocals) and Chad “Ausar the Ambassador” Selph (keyboards) penned the forthcoming full-length debut album Yes Today, thirteen-tracks distilled from Freelance’s dynamic live performances is a lush, groove-dominant clinic in the power of seizing the moment. To avoid putting life off until tomorrow, and instead, say yes today.

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Harlem based collective Freelance is a band of independent leaders with an expansive sound and encyclopedic knowledge of musical genres that afford them the ability to cross-pollinate styles and manipulate melody to create an aesthetic signature uniquely their own. Influenced by the creative footprints of Mint Condition, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Fela Kuti, Radiohead, and Robert Glasper, founding leaders, Tim “Smithsoneon” Smith (vocals) and Chad “Ausar the Ambassador” Selph (keyboards) penned the forthcoming full-length debut album Yes Today, scheduled to be released May 11th on Revive Music. The thirteen-track album distilled from Freelance’s dynamic live performances is a lush, groove-dominant clinic in the power of seizing the moment that finds the band challenging listeners to take risks and embrace their passions. To avoid putting life off until tomorrow, and instead, say yes today.

Yes Today is rounded out by the innovative musical contributions of band members Craig Hill (saxophone), Yasser Tejeda (guitar), Justin Tyson (drums), and David “DJ” Ginyard (bass); the latter two comprise a powerful rhythm section renowned for excellence in the pocket. Tyson’s credits include Esperanza Spalding’s 77-hour Facebook live recording session for the limited-release Exposure album, performances with the Robert Glasper Experiment and membership in Glasper’s R+R=NOW supergroup. Ginyard’s credits include recording and touring with Solange, Grammy Award®-winning artist Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective and Grammy®-nominated artists The Baylor Project. The highly-anticipated album from Freelance also features contributions from harpist Brandee Younger on “First of All” and “Your Love.” Organist Mitch Henry is a featured contributor on “Around.” Trumpeter and band mentor Darren Barrett contributed to “Odyssey.” Both are featured on a number of other songs on Yes Today. With the exception of “Band Plays On,” which was mixed by Grammy Award®-winning engineer Ben Kane, Yes Today was mixed by world-class producer and drummer Charles Haynes aka Chally Mikes. His acute understanding of the Freelance sound was the key ingredient necessary to propel the entire album forward.

“Freelance represents a lifestyle that I feel is trending amongst our generation more and more. It’s a lifestyle that allows you the freedom to take what you’re passionate about and create a career truly loving what you do. It’s a movement of entrepreneurs leaving the normative social influence in order to create their own possibilities around being authentic, fulfilled and empowering. So when people listen to our music we hope that they are inspired to realign themselves with their hopes and dreams and say “Yes” to them, because that’s how this album was created.”Smithsoneon

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