When I first heard this, I immediately thought of Wayne Snow who also majestically blends his African roots with soul music.

Welcoming The New York Times-featured, NYC-native singer J. Hoard who delivers an enchanting loop-driven gem that will take you to another dimension. "Devil Is A Liar" delves into the challenges encountered by artists in the music industry. Highlighting Hoard's extraordinary abilities, the song feels like an eruption of rich harmonies complemented by subtle production elements, relying primarily on his mesmerizing voice.

“This loop resulted from the many (virtual) conversations I had with a group of musicians in May 2020. We were asking: when and how do we speak up as artists in an ever-changing, ever-weirding industry? I concluded the devil is a liar. Then, and now, ‘devil’ refers to anything that harms one’s sense of place, sense of belonging, and sense of self. The main antidote is to find peace of mind – find one's center,” the singer explained.

J. Hoard has collaborated with renowned musicians across genres, including Grammy-winning albums like Black Coffee's Subconsciously and Chance the Rapper's Coloring Book, as well as jazz-experimental artists like José James, Brasstracks, and Meshell Ndegeocello (on Grammy-nominated Ventriloquism).

Definitely watch the live recording of "Devil Is A Liar":

posted by Nasko
May 2023