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Dallas String Quartet Share Classical Crossover Album “Love Always”

Dallas String Quartet

Today, Dallas String Quartet (DSQ) has released its new album, “Love Always.” Through their signature electrifying instrumentation, lush string arrangements, and elegant compositional nods to their classical roots, DSQ deliver a luxurious collection of their string renditions of beloved pop classics such as “10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay, Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams,” and “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran. DSQ curates a floral soundtrack perfect for the most blissful moments by weaving classical elements from composers like Bach and Rochmonanof into their pop arrangements.

“We started by playing music for, and being a part of, people’s happiest moments, so we wanted to go back to the basics and to the simplicity of that theme and feeling. I envision this album playing in the background during the most peaceful Sunday morning, warm coffee in your cup, and a lot of love in your heart.” – Ion Zanca, Dallas String Quartet.

DSQ is referred to as “Bach meets Bon Jovi,” a fusion of contemporary classical and pop music, compared to artists like Lindsey Stirling, Vitamin String Quartet, and 2Cellos. Using both traditional and electric strings, they are known for their eclectic renditions of everything from Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine” to Shawn Mendes to Camila Cabello’s “Señorita” to their recent collaboration, “You Are The Reason,” with The Piano Guys. DSQ has performed for Presidents Obama and Bush, the College Football Playoffs, NBA, and NFL organizations and was featured on the most recent season of American Idol.

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Brands like Cartier, Delta Air Lines, LinkedIn, and more seek out this one-of-a-kind quartet. Not to mention Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, who requested DSQ as the entertainment for their July 2021 wedding, gaining the attention of USA Today, People Magazine, E! News, TMZ, Entertainment Tonight, and more.

Keep up with Dallas String Quartet on Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, and Twitter.

Listen to “Love Always” on all platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, and YouTube.

Natalie is a journalism major with a focus on Entertainment and Music who aspires to become a Content Creator For Honk Magazine. Eventually, she wants to be the Publisher or Editor-in-Chief of a major Publishing House. She loves helping people find their voice and passion for writing and journalism, and she can always be found with coffee in hand, editing another article.

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Artist Spotlight

Hip-Hop Sensation: Barbie Billions Is Back To Take Over What’s Rightfully Hers.

Barbie Billions

One of the most refreshing things to hear in music is an original style. In a time when everything sounds the same, and there seems to be very little creativity and innovation in music, it stands out even more when an artist dares to be great with their own style of music that they would like to bring to the world. That type of sound is what you get from Barbie Billions.

Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Alison Richardson popularly known as Barbie Billions is a multi-talented rapper and songwriter who has gained acclaim on the music scene for some time and earned a huge fan following across various social media platforms.

At the age of 18, she met an Oklahoma City rapper named Starr Lyfe and she traveled all over the US with him helping promote shows, learning about the music industry and eventually learned how to rap.

 

She has been a big sensation in the music industry after releasing her first music video “Barbie world” which reached over 250,000 views on Facebook in just a couple days. Because of its popularity, the producer offered her a trip to Paris, France and Amsterdam, Netherlands to shoot another video for her official single “Barbie Girl” which reached over 3 million views on Facebook within a week of posting.

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Check out Barbie Billions latest release on YouTube below:

Hi there, welcome to Honk Magazine. Thank you so much for taking out time to respond to us. To kick things off, Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music? 

Barbie Billions – I’ve been a fan of music forever, especially rap music & my home state isn’t really known in the Industry for rap music, so I thought about trying it & it worked!

When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

Barbie Billions – In 2017, I tried it & my 1st video hit over a million views. That’s when I knew this was meant for me. 

Tell us what is so unique about you and your music?

Barbie Billions – It’s authentic & comes from the experience. Either what I’ve been through or what I’ve seen so far.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that? 

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Barbie Billions – OMG! my 1st performance was so scary! I was so nervous I performed with my back turned to the crowd the whole time lol. I definitely learned not to do that again lol.

Can you tell us about your latest releases and what inspired you to create them?

Barbie Billions – My latest releases were with some female artists. Kelsey Lynn, Nayborhood Barbie & Kay Kay. I wanted to start collaborating with more female artists to show our talents, especially since we’re so dominated by men in this industry.

Can you give us a brief insight about your upcoming projects?

Barbie Billions – I have a new single entitled “Push It” coming soon. The world is definitely gonna love this one.

What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?

Barbie Billions – Never stop! I wish I didn’t take that long break but it’s okay. I’m back now!

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Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Barbie Billions – Keep going because the sky’s not the limit! There are so many goals out there to accomplish and you can never get enough done.

What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

Barbie Billions – I’m a certified esthetician & beautician and I also love to paint. I do vlog as well.

Any last piece of advice for those artists who just started making music?

Barbie Billions – Promote, promote, PROMOTE! .. awareness is everything when it comes to music!

How can our readers follow you online?

Barbie Billions – For more information about my music, you can all follow me on all social media platforms below:

Instagram – @barbiebillions__

Twitter – @barbiebillions__

Tik-Tok – @barbiebillions__

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Artist Spotlight

Yeza Continues Making Headlines With The Release Of “Tek Chat”

Yeza continues to make headlines with the release of her recent trending single “Tek Chat.” It’s not a surprise that the “youth uprising” has been surging across global regions for a decade. The voice of the youth spoken, who generally have “low expectations that the government, corporations, and other institutions will prioritize them or consider their needs. The younger generation is connected to social justice and climate change; these all resonate with Yeza. 

YEZA’s latest release, “Tek Chat” (produced by Sinky Beats & Yeza Music), is a Third World/Steel Pulse-esque reincarnation exemplifying meaningful narrations of the youth crying out and effecting social change. 

In her own words and citing her inspiration for the track, “It is about time that we acknowledge that the bedrock of Jamaican culture and the fascinating assets that we put on display to sell to foreigners comes from the ‘ghetto minds.’ The ghetto birthed our precious musical genres, the reggae, the dancehall, which all have adopted.”

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In tune with her powerful introduction to the track “Keep the vibes up high, and we never gonna let you down!!! Yeza cites many impactful achievements of Jamaicans, such as those sportspersons, fashion, and creatives, amongst others, that have risen from impoverished communities to global notoriety despite their humble beginnings.

These expressions create the solid cultural threads of the island, birthing genres and new sounds of music to top athletes. Yet, these residents are decimated the most by political intervention and lack of opportunities. Yet, Yeza, through her powerful lyricism, may be perceived as calling out the government on these matters. However, it serves as a reminder that the youth, most of all, are holding their leaders accountable for their mandates, which include sustainability and social change for the next generation.

This social commentary, “Tek Chat,” amplified by classic and modern instruments reminiscent of the greats like King Jammy and the significant dub era, is out worldwide (to include the official music video) on Friday, 18th November 2022.

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Stream “Tek Chat” on Spotify

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