Vicci Martinez / Mutlu
Vicci Martinez goes against the grain musically and lyrically. She doesn't adhere to guidelines of what pop music is supposed to be. Her heartfelt songs prove she doesn't have to, either. When she hits the studio or the stage, she nods to soulful folk and classic rock with an underlying R&B groove. On her forthcoming debut album for Universal's Republic Records, VICCI, Martinez shows who she is, a spirit that courses through the fabric of every song. Whether it's a revealing autobiographical ballad or a groove-driven rocker, her music ebbs and flows with raw fire, from the energy of "Come Along" to the honesty of "Let Go."
Watch a music video for Vicci Martinez's "Come Along'' here:
Mutlu Onaral grew up steeped in Philadelphia's R&B traditions, absorbing the fundamentals of old-school soul and incorporating it into his musical persona. His local success led to a recording deal with Manhattan/EMI Records, which released his 2008 debut album Livin' It, produced by the late Tom "T-Bone" Wolk and featuring guest appearances by Daryl Hall, Amos Lee, G. Love, and Raheem DeVaughn. Mutlu brings a wealth of musical and life experience to The Dreambook, the first product of his current collaboration with the production and songwriting team of Rob Hyman, Rick Chertoff, and David Forman. The Dreambook showcases Mutlu's strengths as a sublimely soulful singer, a uniquely expressive songwriter, and a guitarist of taste and imagination.