EmZ Big Sexy Music announces
the release of the new album
IN YOUR GARDEN
A symphony of sexiness.
Intimate, original and totally fierce.
IN YOUR GARDEN
is a pop-rock, electric-shock,
soul explosion of creative energy.
And it’s right on time.
Blooming like a monsoon of sonic bliss, Big Sexy Music is hot synthesize of rock/funk/jazz with a generous dash of Harlem soul. This unique sound has been described as “toe tapping, after sex smokin, cigarette cool” music. Accompanied by the Big Sexy Crew, a hip New York rat pack of musicians, EmZ (Emma Zakarevicius) and her sweet and vicious tunes are super nova hot, syncopated rhythms, from the chase to the afterglow. Intimate love confessions, EmZ explores the many facets of amorous desire, poetic and on fire in this sassy sophomore album.
Big sexy music is a force. It’s a coming together of spirits in a particular time, in a particular place – it’s destinies face manifested in the NOW. The right here and WOW! What a sound. It’s profound that the journey overseas and across continents to find a dream in Harlem could manifest in this music.
Journeying from the remote wilderness of Northern Australia to the concrete jungle of New York, EmZ has been taking Manhattan by storm. Her influences are eclectic as her music, the cool voices of Jazz, echos of Motown soul and the raucous, rebellious shout of rock and roll.
EmZ has performed all over the Big Apple – from the Lower East Side to the blues haunts of Harlem. She has featured at 54 Below, The Bitter End, The legendary Don’t Tell Mama, The Highline Ballroom, The Mercury Lounge, The Gershwin Hotel, The Sidewalk Cafe, The Parkside Lounge, The Shrine World Music Venue and the New Amsterdam Music Association to name a few…
Big Sexy Music recently appeared on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network “Rockcupy”.
What’s Eating Harlem:
“The future is a faded song, a royal rose or lavander spray or wistful regret for those who are not yet here to regret,Pressed between yellow leaves of a book that has never been opened” T.S. Elliot
“LIfe is a Garden – Dig it”
Al Craig (guitar) Born and raised in New York City, Al Craig spent most of his life residing in Queens, one of the most diverse urban areas in the United States. He was influenced by the rock music of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s especially Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Johnny Winter and Duane Allman to name a few. Al met Emma in 2013 and was at first intimidated by the jazz influences in her music. Emma was however open to extraordinary range or musical genres and between them they found a great deal of common ground. Blues is akin to jazz in its free form improvisation and its wide variety of expression. The pairing of these different influences has created a unique style different than either would have created separately.
Eugene Muhammad (Drums) has played with musical legends such as the late Tommy Turrentine, the late Jimmy Vass, the late Rashid Ali, the late Wilbur Ware and Blondie. In addition to this, he is a current member of the New York City Musicians’ Organization. Now, a regular performer as a house drummer at 449 LA Scat in New York City.
Jack Hanley on Bass (and Guitar) Jack had his first music lessons at 12 years old from fellow big sexy guitarist Al Craig. At 14 he rocked his own band playing live shows, learning from the best and practicing eight hours a day. In high school he received the all country school band award and by 17 he was working with his first indie label ” the third message” as a studio musician arranger and live musician. He went to Queens borough college to learn jazz from legend Arturo o Farrill and before finishing school was working as a guitarist in a signed act. Through that time he played at Shea stadium and studied his passion for Indian music with legend pandit Ramesh Mishra. He joined the NYC rock group ” The Deadlyz” where he got his first serious taste of life in a experienced working band – touring and getting endorsements and having singles breaking onto to radio and tv. The band headlined festivals opened for national acts, played time square and the Gramercy theater among other top spots across the us. Afterwards Jack fell in love with the New Amsterdam Music Association in Harlem and it’s rich history of jazz where he met EmZ.
Johnny Young (Keys) A life long passionate musician, Johnny sings, plays piano, acoustic and electric guitars, organ, drums, and percussion. He has joined or formed countless rock, jazz, alternative, and blues bands, and has toured the US, Canada, Europe and Japan with Mick Taylor, Kreisor, Bloodroot and Johnny Young, either headlining or opening for UFO, Spacehog, John Mayall, The Unband, Atomic Bitchwax, Agents of Good Roots, Tweak, and countless others.
Carol Johnson (Vocals) Carol Johnson was born in and remains a resident of East Harlem, NY. She has been singing Gospel and R&B, professionally for 53 years and has travelled the US and the world extensively. Carol has sang with and backed up some of the greatest performers of both genres. James Brown, Yolanda Adams, Al Green to name a few. For 10 years she sang with two groups of The Marvelettes. One being Gladys Horton’s (the original lead singer) Marvelettes and The World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir.
Z Charles Born in Brooklyn, Zandrina Stewart (Z. Charles Jewelry) aka “little sexy” is a designer, singer and song writer.Z designs and creates her own jewelry. Her designs have won the American Art Award and been featured in Magazines, Realty TVs and music videos. But her love for music called her back. Four years ago Z and her husband Mark Stewart started a band called BLU SKYYZ. Z begin singing at the age of of seven and in high school sang in the choir and the NYC city wide choir. In college she studied music. Z is the treasurer of The New Amsterdam Musical Association (NAMA), the oldest African American Musical Association in the world.NAMA was established in 1904.
“Music is and will always my life… I’m truly lost in music”