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JM Blogger Awards: The Real Shliach

JM Blogger Awards:  The Real Shliach

Best Album: Taamu – Benny Friedman. Not even close. This album is great for a couple reasons, notably because Benny’s voice is extraordinary (have any one else singing most of these songs and they’re “nice”, but not brilliant) and the song selection is so good (have Benny sing any other songs and his star does [&hellip

JM Blogger Awards: ShmuliPhoto

JM Blogger Awards:  ShmuliPhoto

ShmuliPhoto’s faves of the year. Best Album: Taamu – Benny Friedman.   The best album goes to Benny, who for sure lived up to the hype that came along with the pre-release of his debut album. I have seen Benny sing years ago when I was in Yeshiva inTzafed, where he used to copy his uncle Avraham [&hellip

JM Blogger Awards: Life of Rubin

JM Blogger Awards:  Life of Rubin

Best Album: MBD’s Kulam Ahuvim, by a nose. Although Benny’s CD is so fresh and there are so many overall better songs, MBD is just at that level. Benny is great, but MBD is still MBD. The future is wide open for Benny.  Honorable mention: Kaufman’s Avodas Tzedakah has some real winners on it! Best [&hellip

JM Blogger Awards: Jewish Insights

JM Blogger Awards:  Jewish Insights

Best Album: Taamu –  Benny Friedman. Undisputed, the best and most original album easily in the last 5 years or so. Add to that his amazing vocals and the production, its no question that Benny will be a BIG contender in JM in the years to come. Best Song: V’hi Sheamda –  Yaakov Shwekey. This [&hellip

MBD & Yitzy Spinner Duet

MBD & Yitzy Spinner Duet

Mordechai Ben David & then Miami Boys Choir member Yitzy Spinner Sing Daddy Dear in the year 1994. (HT Gruntig)

JMR’s Mendel Tries out for A Jewish Star!

JMR’s Mendel Tries out for A Jewish Star!

A Jewish Star singing competition previews its contestants: Mendel Markel of Pittsburgh sings an old Chassidic niggun. Contender: Mendel Markel, 31, married with 4 children. Residence: Pittsburgh, PA. Occupation: Administrative Assistant for Jewish Educational Toys and journalist/writer for JewishMusicReport.com Musical Aspirations: Truthfully, while I love music and can’t imagine living without it, my primary aspirations [&hellip

JM Blogger Awards: Mendel the Sheichet

JM Blogger Awards:  Mendel the Sheichet

“Who shined in ’09?” Mendel the Sheichet’s faves of the year. Best Album: Kulam Ahuvim – Mordechai Ben David. For this category I have to go with MBD’s Kulam Ahuvim. Yeedle’s spunky, fresh style and great ear for catchy tunes along with MBD’s still amazing voice and ta’am really do it for me. Coupled with [&hellip

Tzeischem L’Sholom Party For Yosef Chaim!

Tzeischem L’Sholom Party For Yosef Chaim!

Last night, many music industry insiders got together to goodbye to Yosef Chaim Shwekey. Yosef Chaim and his family will be making the move from Lakewood to Eretz Yisroel this week. Some of the names in attendance  were, Ozer Babad, Shua Kessin, Yeedle Werdyger, Avrumi Shreiber & Mendy Hershkovitz (and the entire Freilach Orchestra), Benny [&hellip

A Jewish Star Singing Competition

A Jewish Star Singing Competition

Soul II Soul and COLlive.com – Chabad-Lubavitch Community News Service – present the Jewish Star singing competition, where contestants compete for a chance to be named a “Jewish Star” at the Soul II Soul concert 5770. The first of its kind in the Chabad music world, the competition seeks to discover the next Jewish singing [&hellip

JMR Song Of The Week 4 Results

JMR Song Of The Week 4 Results

This week’s JMR Song of the Week goes to MBD’s smash hit Omar Rabbi Akiva from Kulam Ahuvim. Second place goes to Baruch Levine’s “The Next Gadol Hador, from his English collection “Touched By a Niggun”, read JM Derech’s interview of this album, here. In place of the next couple weeks S.O.T.W. will be our [&hellip

Avraham Fried & Benny Friedman Singing at Wedding in Crown Heights

Avraham Fried & Benny Friedman Singing at Wedding in Crown Heights

Avraham Fried and Benny Friedman sang at a wedding in Crown Heights Thursday Night, December 24th. Benny and Avremel sang a duet during the Chupah. We will have more photos and video coming soon!

JMR Interview with Baruch Levine

JMR Interview with Baruch Levine

Despite his very hectic schedule, Baruch Levine took a few minutes to spend some time discussing his latest release, Touched by a Niggun, with our very own JM Derech. JMDerech: My favorite song was “The Piano”, the meaning of the song had the deepest impact on me, which song stirred up the most emotions within [&hellip

Oneg Shemesh: Shine It Forward

Oneg Shemesh: Shine It Forward

ONEG SHEMESH is an original member of the MOSHAV BAND.  He produces music with an edge, combining contemporary hip concepts with classic Jewish midrashic kabbalistic and scriptural sensibility. Among his musical mentors is the Father of modern Jewish music, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.  He grew up in Israel on Moshav Mevo Modiim founded by the late [&hellip