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What Am I?

by June April

Refreshing sound. Inspirational Jazz vocalist. A delicate blend of Jazz, African American Spirituals and Gospel. .An Inspirational take on jazz coolness. CD101.9-New York
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Dont' Let This Harvest Pass
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2. Tick Tock
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4:27 album only
3. What Am I?
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4:58 album only
4. At the Cross
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5. Ready
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6. Christ Is All
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7. Somebody's Knockin At Your Door
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8. Fear Vs. Faith
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9. Weeping Mary
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10. Come Sunday
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11. Psalms 150
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12. Do You Love God More Than Anything?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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YOU UNDERSTAND THE VERY FIRST TIME YOU HEAR HER VOICE. Soft yet intense. At times pretty and melodic; at times raw and urging. Her vocal tone instantly captivates you, like a person you just met and five minutes into the conversation you realize you’re kindred spirits. Her musings hearken to a rich tradition while fulfilling the promise of an innovative future. This God-given voice belongs to a gifted, energetic, woman from the village of Harlem - June April.

“I remember when I was 8 years old and there was at a Harlem Jazz festival on 125th Street. It started early in the afternoon and I got there early to get up front. I was lost in the music. The harmony, melodies, improvisation and chemistry between the musicians transported me to another world. In fact, my family had gone home, without realizing I was still there. They came back and found me late in the evening (I got in trouble) still absorbed in the experience.”

Her immersion into her craft led to Classical and Jazz music studies at Syracuse University, The Manhattan School of Music and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where she received her Masters degree. Her journey continued, leading to opportunities to study or work with such Jazz luminaries as Lionel Hampton, Barry Harris, Ron Carter, Stefon Harris. She has performed at famous venues throughout the United States, Central America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

The seeds of her musical apprenticeship blossom richly on her full-length debut, “What Am I?” “I want to have a conversation about the complexities of life, and what truly satisfies the human soul.” Indeed, “What Am I?” presents brilliantly arranged hymns and vibrant, original material. While rooted in traditional Jazz, the project also draws influences from June April’s Costa Rican roots, Bluegrass, R&B and Gospel music.

“Tick, Tock” features an infectious Neo-Soul groove. “I used to teach in the NYC pubic schools and I thought about all the talent those kids have. I want them to use their time wisely so they can reach their potential.” The title track, “What Am I?” redefines the term “power ballad”. It is a soaring, deeply affecting examination of life; it’s true purpose and meaning. You will hear the question you’ve asked yourself time and time again. “Fear vs. Faith” is a joyous, musical feast filled with incredible, nourishing performances from some of the best young Jazz musicians in NYC.

“Hey, I’m not perfect and I don’t take myself so seriously. I laugh at myself sometimes when I make a mistake. It’s okay, God is still in charge.” June April’s faith, passion and optimism are evident throughout this project. The artist-turned-business executive will be working the concert stage, radio airwaves and the Internet in support of her new label. An avid vegetarian, she encourages her audience to explore the healthier slice of life on her website.

Singer, Songwriter, Poet, Producer, Activist. Her name is June April – To God be the Glory!


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Rafe Gomez - the groove boutique - CD 101.9

An Inspirational take on Jazz Coolness
-"Sassy, … and smart, with a voice as clear as a church bell: June April's vibe is heavenly. Her positive message merges easily with oh-so-hip production, and the result is an inspirational take on jazz coolness that will get your head nodding and fill your heart with promise.

My favorite track on June's CD What Am I is "Tick Tock". It offers smooveness for the grooveheads, chops for the purists, and lyrical grace for those who seek meaning in their music.

Rick Wojcik - Dusty Groove America

A nice sophisticated feel
A great debut from June April -- ….June's really got it all going on here -- the record (has) a nice sophisticated feel.
Rick Wojik, Dusty Groove America

Eugene Holley, Amazon.com - Philadelphia Weekly

June April is the real deal
-"June April is the Real Deal: her jazz fluency, urban contemporary sophistication, and deep spirit, are evident in her compelling compositions that swing and sing in a variety of moods and grooves - from bop-like scats to her deeply devotional lyrics. It doesn't matter if it's the Saturday Night Function or the Sunday Church Service ... June April has it all covered."

Eugene Holley, Jr,, Amazon.com / Philadelphia Weekly

Stan North

June April showers a flood of Jazz vocals
-"The Track is "Tick, Tock", and June April showers a flood of Jazz vocals in the style of Etta James and with the inspiration of Ecclesiastes 3:1-6."
Stan North, Gospelflava.com

Sheron

This got to be what angels sound like!!!
The clarity and transparency transported me to a wanderful place, I'm having a hard time deternining which of all the songs are my favorite Sheron Campbell

Michael Drummond

The CD is excellent.
The CD is wonderful of mix of jazz from various periods. It ranges from contemporary to "classic". If you enjoy jazz and want to have your soul ministered to, this is the CD for you!!

Sandra Thompson

More Talent than given Credit!
God has truly Blessed you June (a whole Family of gifts) Love you and I will continue to support you and your amazing talent! Keep making me proud!

Jeff Jones

June April@The House Of Jeffness.org
June April@The House Of Jeffness.org

June April’s music features an infectious neo-soul groove right out of Harlem.

Strong, yet, sensitive , April uses her vocal talent to express her wide range of intense inspiring thoughts.

Try listening to Fear Vs. Faith.

You’ll agree with me that this is a brave new voice in Jazz.
Jeff Jones
The House Of Jeffness.org



Awsome, Wonderful, very diverse and very annointed. June can definitely sing. Every song is off the hook.

young shawn

the cd is a must everyone should get this album its fire
what can I say but this cd is a must have ..from beginning to end...she going straight to the top
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