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Chris Goma – ‘Castle in the Woods’

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Today West Coast residing artist Chris Goma delivers his new project Castle In the Woods. Diving deep into his own psyche and even the mind of the listener, Chris Goma gives fans a project they can run back for years to come. Timeless in nature and carefully designed like a castle’s architecture, this project leads fans on a mental and audible journey that will leave a lasting impression.

“Castle in the Woods represents a place in your mind where you feel free love and acceptance from your surroundings and the people in it, and so that reflects itself in your real environment,” Chris Goma said. “There’s a song I wrote that’s on this album that was the first song I wrote when I came to California and I just wrote thoughtlessly and really tried not to over think it.  The song was about me being free and that journey of finding freedom, really it’s the pursuit of happiness for myself and for the people around me.”
Dedicating the project to his fan’s spiritual and mental journey, Chris Goma says each song has a different style or genre but overall it encompasses R&B and soul sound.
“As I’ve grown as an artist I’ve learned that I like songs that are not barred by genre and I feel like the influences step from different styles of music. I love jazz, I love Hip-Hop and I love R&B. if a song needs to have country then I’m going to include that in there. I think my music is some sort of eclectic genre and so I feel like there is an R&B component to it. Chris Goma said.
But the pursuit of happiness hasn’t been an easy ride for Chris Goma who was conceived in Rwanda and born in the United States after his family escaped the genocide that became famous across the world as the Hutu slaughtered Tutsi, Twa and anyone else who resisted the massacre.
“Basically music saved me quite literally, before my mother even gave birth to me. My dad got a Fulbright Scholarship to the Berkeley School of Music a week before I was born.  His older brother was a big musician in Central Africa and his brother motivated him,” Chris Goma explained. “My dad is brilliant, he knows 6 or 7 languages, he’s an incredible musician and all that, but they fled Rwanda a week before the genocide and were lucky enough to board a cargo plane that just so happened to be going to Boston. I was born a few months after that. For me as I got older that was always in the back of my mind – music really pushed my dad and saved our family.”
From those humble beginnings in Africa to his movements in Boston, Canada and California, Chris Goma has always had a passion for music.
“I street performed for rent for the first 8 months I was living in California and I went through hell and back. I never ended up being homeless because luckily I rented from someone who was a producer and vocal coach and he took me in as a protege. But then my life changed. I lived in the Bay area and then in 2016-2017 I came across Prince’s music director who is a mentor of mine.  He ended up being like an uncle to me and showed me a lot expanding my musical preferences and styles,” Chris Goma said. “I want my fans to try to listen to the full project from beginning to end. There are little nuggets in each song and each song has a different style or genre. From songs one through nine, I think fans are really going to love the journey and all the styles within it. The last song is really crazy too so def peep that!”

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Stream: @Theuthmusic “Nikes”

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HLGNLIFE Records artist The UTh drops his love song for the brand entitled “NIKES”. Listen above.

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Drea Dominique – “Waiting” Ft InkMonstarr

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Today R&B/Pop singer Drea Dominique returns with her new love ballad, “Waiting” ft Inkmonstarr to follow up her recent  success online with posts on a range of Hip-Hop and R&B websites.

Branching away from her Bad Girls image, Drea Dominique delivers a love ballad that is sure to grab the attention of those who can relate to the struggles of being in a relationship with someone who keeps you waiting.

“Waiting pretty much is about the guy always leaving the girl waiting. The guy is on the grind busy and doesn’t have time, while the girl is waiting, getting frustrated and not going anywhere,” Drea Dominique said. “The way the song goes, it sounds like I would wait a lot longer than I really would. But it’s a very melodic and a very sexy ballad. It has that familiar sound and I could hear it in a lot of places, maybe P-Valley someday?”

While right now fans just get the single, they can look forward to Drea Dominique doing some acting in the visual and also a guest feature from Inkmonstarr, who adds some extra street hustle to the song.

“The video is done, it’s pretty much me setting up a date night and I cook for him and I’m in the lingerie and I got the roses out and I’m doing the bubble bath getting sexy for him, but he’s hustling doing a drug deal and at the end its surprise, you will see what happens” Drea Dominique joked. “It doesn’t actually show me cooking, but I’m putting salads out and I’m boiling water and setting up the wine glasses. I was gonna make him some kind of pasta dish but he showed up late.”

After filming the visual Drea Dominique empathized with women who may be in that situation explaining what it’s like to be involved with a street hustler.

“If you are messing with a guy that’s a hustler and he’s getting money then you are waiting a lot. That’s what it is, but you want to hold your man down, especially if you got a guy in the streets – he doesn’t have time to be cuddled up. The majority of girls these are after the hustlers in lots of different industries and they don’t have time so you gotta get with them when they have time, they aren’t on your schedule, they are on the dollar’s schedule.”

Often remembered for her role on Bad Girls Club Season 9Drea Dominique is not shy to the spotlight having been a model in videos for Snoop Dogg, The Dream, Baby Bash, Robin Thicke, and others.

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