Mixtape Song! Not Mixed or Mastered

•April 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Ray Lyric

Should’ve Seen It Coming (Not Mixed or Mastered yet) Rough Vocals

DO NOT JUDGE ME ON THE VOCALS!

It was a rough night plus I am not a singer! I am a songwriter!

I hope you all enjoy and give me some feedback!

 

UPDATE!

 

LINK DISABLED!

Want to have it? Send me your e-mail address via Twitter or Facebook and I will send you the link!

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Johnna Day BREAKFREE Album Review

•April 16, 2010 • 1 Comment

My friend, Johnna Day, recently released her debut album entitled “Breakfree”.  There are seven tracks totally on the album. So, let’s break them down

 Tracklist

1. Breakfree

2. More Than Anything

3. Something To Hold

4. I Don’t Blame You Now

5. Outside

6. Oh No

7. Live

 

“Breakfree”

A twangy soft rock/Colbie Calliat pop song about moving on from a relationship that went bad. Here, Johnna captures the emotion of the situation.  She comes off completely believable. It’s a great title track and really sets the tone for the entire album.

One of the strong lyrics in the song is the first line of the chorus where she says, “And I’ve seen the better part of me”. 

The good:  The emotion she captures in the song and the great and catchy chorus

The bad: It tends to have a lingering melodic structure that makes the song seem to go on for longer than 3 minutes, but I personally thinks it fits the theme and helps the emotion.

I would rate this song 4 out 5 stars. Like stated previous, her innocent emotion and awesome chorus really pushes this song to 5th place in my Top 5 favorites from the album.  I really enjoyed the track. Overall, worth a listen.

“More Than Anything”

A Paramore-like pop/rock song. Johnna takes complete 180 degree turn from the first track and rocks your face with a powerful ballad about a girl who’s finally laying all the cards out on the table to a guy about how she feels about him. He’s worth “more than anything” to her and she really tells the story to amazing instrumental.

The Good: I love the creepy spaceship sound opening and ending. It really adds to the whole overall sound. In my personal opinion, this is the best produced track on the album. Vocally, Johnna kills it.

The Bad: The chorus doesn’t pop as much as the previous song and the lyrics don’t stand out as much. You find yourself rocking out to the music rather than listening to what she actually has to say, even though the lyrics are quite good.

I would give this song 4 out of 5 stars. Johnna definitely proves that she’s more than just a country girl from KY. She can actually rock! It is a strand out track on the album due to the flawless production and vocals. This song takes 3rd place in my Top 5 from the album. Overall, really great track! You’ll love it.

“Something To Hold”

A pop/rock song. Johnna shows her originality on this track. She finds her own style and taps into something more spiritual than the first two tracks. She has a vulnerable tone to her voice and the vocals are ridiculously amazing. She layers a lot of the song with beautiful melodic structure and vocally underlines herself well.

The Good: This is the best song, emotionally. She seemed to really connect to this song while recording it. You can hear her really get into what she’s singing about. Vocally, my 3rd favorite song. She does a really good job. The chorus is amazingly written.

 The Bad: Lyrically, the verses are a little bland, short, and seem to be missing something.

Overall, I think Johnna captured the essence that she was going for with the way the song is sung and the powerful chorus. Even though the verses fall a little flat, the chorus is definitely one of the better ones on the entire album. I would rate this song 3.5 out of 5 stars. It doesn’t make my Top 5 favorites from the album, but I do connect with the song and I think you will too.

“I Don’t Blame You Now”

A bluesy/country pop-rock song. Johnna definitely puts in some vocal work on this track. She almost taps into a fusion flood gate of multiple genres. This definitely could be a cross-over hit.  It’s upbeat and very catchy.  Johnna gets very groovy on this track.

The Good: Lyrics are awesome! Melody and vocal layers are extremely beyond professional. Johnna has a lot of attitude in her voice on this one where you can get a feel for her feisty side. The lyrics are sarcastically clever and pack a powerful punch with all the metaphors. Lyrically, this is my favorite song on the entire LP.

The Bad: Although I enjoy the LP version of this song, it is best heard live. The production really doesn’t do this one justice for me.

Overall, I give this one 5 out of 5 stars! It is definitely one of my favorite tracks, taking 2nd place in my Top 5 from the album.  Her lyrics are the best on the entire album, if not her entire catalog. She stands out as an artist and individual on this track and you really get a feel for who she is and who she will be in the future. I recommend this song to anyone who loves music and want to hear something original and fresh.

“Outside”

A pop ballad. Johnna brings on the tears in this sad ballad about a collapsed relationship. The innocence in her voice makes you just feel really sad for her.  Johnna kind of catches an old Avril Lavigne feel with this track.

The Good: Simple lyrics that really make this song pop and stand out. Her innocence is very present throughout the entire song. Vocally, this is my 2nd favorite song on the entire album.

 The Bad: Although Johnna catches the innocence of the situation, she kinds of stays on the surface of things and misses the sad emotion for me. I didn’t feel the “vulnerableness” that this track needed from her. I wanted her to get really deep on me. It’s what the track called for.

Overall, I give this song 4 out of 5 stars for its simple lyrics and innocent undertone. Vocally, this song really pushes it to where it needs to go.  This is my 4th favorite in my Top 5. I say definitely get this one, for it really tugs at your heartstrings.

“Oh No”

Kelly Clarkson style pop song. Johnna is dealing with a guy who doesn’t know what he wants and it’s messing with her and she won’t put up with it anymore in this song. She puts that attitude back in her voice and really pushes this one right out. Live, this is a crowd favorite and it’s definitely a standout track on the album.

The Good: EVERYTHING! Lyrics! Vocals! Production! This is the best song on the album, hands down! Johnna really shut it down on this one. This is her hit!

The Bad: I have nothing negative to say about the song, honestly. I listened to it over and over and it’s almost flawless.

Overall, this is my favorite track from the album. This is the direction she needs to continue to go in with her career. She nailed this one. Of course, this song gets 5 out of 5 stars for its near perfection. Obviously, this is the #1 select for me and if you had to buy one song from her, go on iTunes, and download this track! You will listen to it every day like I do.

“Live”

A Paramore-like track. Johnna brings back the rock sound to complete the album. This is another great produced track. The lyrics are addicted and easy to remember. The melody is very catchy as well.  The song is telling a story that’s almost and could be a Part Two to “Oh No”.

The Good: Great placement on the record. A great way to end the album. It’s upbeat and makes you wanna place the entire thing over. It’s a good song vocally, but the lyrics and the music really make this song to me.

The Bad: Not a stand out track. It kind of falls flat compared to the rest of the album, but it’s a great pick me up at the end of the album. It just doesn’t hit the target, which may be due to the fact that it plays right after “Oh No”, which is arguably the best song on the album.

Overall, this track is my least favorite, although I still very much like it. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. Lyrically the song is good and it is a great way to end the album. Obviously, it doesn’t make my Top 5, but don’t count this song out. It was a hit live at her CD release party.

The album as a whole gets a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars! This was a great first album and Johnna has a huge career in front of her. Standout Track is “Oh No” without competition in my book. The Sit Down Track for me is “Live”. Buy Johnna Day’s album BREAKFREE on iTunes as soon as it’s available. If you’re still a little weary about buying the whole thing, then I would download My Top 5, which goes like this:

#1: Oh No

#2: I Don’t Blame You Now

#3: More Than Anything

#4: Outside

#5: Breakfree

DONE! (To Whom It May Concern)

•March 20, 2010 • Comments Off on DONE! (To Whom It May Concern)

Literally, I’m done. I’m done with people to the complete max. They take your kindness for weakness and stupidity. Well, I’m far from weak and I’m a million miles from stupid.  One day you’re going to wake up and find that I don’t need you. Actually, I don’t need you now. I’ve done everything for you that I can possibly think of. I’ve given you the most, but yet and still, I get nothing in return. I go up to bat for you and I would do anything for you, but it’s sad to say that I know for a fact, none of you would do the same for me. I’ve invested too much of myself, my money, and my time in certain people. There is literally only like 6 people, besides my family, that I can say is down for me no matter what happens and that number is getting smaller every single day.  When I’m gone, don’t come looking for me. I am one of the nicest people you will ever meet and you’re messing that up.

I give and I give. Never once have these people ever asked, “Hey, Raymond. What can I do for you?” or “Raymond, I know you’re going through and having a hard time, is there something you need.” No! These people that I break my back for won’t even call me on my birthday. They won’t even text me; I have to text them first. I have to call them first. The only time they even contact me is when they need something. Anything! It’s always, “Raymond, would you mind…” or “Hey Ray. You busy? I need a hand.” and even when they don’t ask, I still ask them if they need anything or want anything and I don’t even get a thank you, kiss my butt, nothing. I’m just done. I’m not tired, I’m done. I give up. I will no longer be as available when you need anymore. I won’t be putting people that really matter to me on hold just to continue to get used. I’m not getting anything out of helping you, remember that. I don’t ask for anything. No money, no meal, or nothing. I just asked that you do for me when I need you.

I’m not freaking perfect people. I have problems, too. Sometimes I need somebody to talk to, to vent with. Somebody who will listen to me scream and scream with me. Somebody who will get excited when I’m excited. Just a real friend. I feel like I don’t have any of those right now. I feel like it’s just business. It’s wearing me down and it shouldn’t be. So this is to you. The people who think Raymond will always be there when you need him, but continue to think nothing of him. The people who continue to call on me only when they need me and throw me away once their done. The people who aren’t really friends, just people who keep me around, because they can get something out of it. I’m done with you. You have been evicted from my life. Suddenly, you will notice that Raymond isn’t answering phone calls, too. You will notice that Raymond won’t respond to text. You will notice that Raymond is a person and not some stupid, weak, and use-when-need-him “groupie”.

Don’t worry; you will still be in my presence. I will acknowledge that you are there. But, just remember that I will no longer go out of my way to make sure things go smoothly for you. I will not go out of my way to make sure that you have a great day. I’m positively, absolutely, completely, undeniably, and incontrovertibly done with you!

No comments needed on this one, because the people who read this are Quita and E, which you two aren’t even included in this. I love you, Quita. You’re all I have in this world and I miss you and I can’t live without you.

Alittle Bit About Me…

•March 16, 2010 • Leave a Comment
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Name: Raymond Juan Batey Jr.
Birthday: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: Nashville, TN
Current Location: Nashville, TN
Eye Color: Medium Brown
Hair Color: Black
Height: 6’2
Right Handed or Left Handed: Right Handed
Your Heritage: Black/Native American
The Shoes You Wore Today: The ones I wear everyday
Your Weakness: Older women (mid/late 20s) and a nice laugh
Your Fears: not being successful
Your Perfect Pizza: All the meat toppings!
Goal You Would Like To Achieve This Year: Get A Job! LOL Simple, yet so hard!
Your Most Overused Phrase On an instant messenger: LOL
Thoughts First Waking Up: WHY?!?!
Your Best Physical Feature: Smile and Height (People tend to like this about me)
Your Bedtime: Come again?
Your Most Missed Memory: Fun Times With Patricia Ann! (My momma)
Pepsi or Coke: Pepsi, but I grew up a Coke Boy! LOL
MacDonalds or Burger King: Burger King!
Single or Group Dates: Single, if it’s a real date.
Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: I’m not an Ice Tea person.
Chocolate or Vanilla: Vanilla
Cappuccino or Coffee: Cappuccino
Do you Smoke: No
Do you Swear: Doesn’t everybody at some point?
Do you Sing: I can get my message/idea across very well
Do you Shower Daily: Yeah… I gotta stay fresh!
Have you Been in Love: I thought I was in love once…SIKE!
Do you want to go to College: I’m in college!
Do you want to get Married: Heck Yeah!
Do you believe in yourself:’ Yeah
Do you get Motion Sickness: Nope!
Do you think you are Attractive: Sometimes I do, Sometimes I don’t.
Are you a Health Freak: I want to be.
Do you get along with your Parents: I did when they were alive.
Do you like Thunderstorms: Yeah!
Do you play an Instrument: Nope, but I’m learning Piano
In the past month have you Drank Alcohol: Nope!
In the past month have you Smoked: Nope!
In the past month have you been on Drugs: Nope!
In the past month have you gone on a Date: Nope!
In the past month have you gone to a Mall: Yeah
In the past month have you eaten a box of Oreos: I hate Oreos
In the past month have you eaten Sushi: Yes
In the past month have you been on Stage: Yes, not performing, but helping.
In the past month have you been Dumped: Nope
In the past month have you gone Skinny Dipping: Nope, Sadly.
In the past month have you Stolen Anything: Nope
Ever been Drunk: Once when I was little (like 3 or 4) I’ve been told
Ever been called a Tease: Yeah.
Ever been Beaten up: Yeah by my sister all the time.
Ever Shoplifted: Nope
How do you want to Die: Happily, painlessly and quickly
What do you want to be when you Grow Up: Successful
What country would you most like to Visit: Paris, France
In a Girl…
Favorite Eye Color: Doesn’t really matter. Just have pretty eyes
Favorite Hair Color: Black, but again, doesn’t matter
Short or Long Hair: Long Hair
Height: 5’0 to 5’10
Weight: Not too Overweight and we’re good
Best Clothing Style: Comfort yet sexy… yeah…
Number of Drugs I have taken: 0
Number of CDs I own: Too many too count
Number of Piercings: 0
Number of Tattoos: 0
Number of things in my Past I Regret: Too many!

Official Mixtape News!

•February 26, 2010 • 1 Comment

The Writing Process is complete! Thank you guys! One Step is now done. two more to complete (production & post production) The name of the mixtape has changed, it is now officially titled “Tunnel Vision”. I’m looking for someone who is into R&B and Pop music to write me up an album review once I actually release it, later this year (is what I’m aiming for).  There are still 15 tracks, but I will really be releasing 21. 6 tracks will be bonus tracks leading up to the release date (one track a week or something). I will also be starting a new myspace music page/indabamusic page/ and facebook and twitter as well under the name Ray Lyric (new stage name! Like it? hate it?). Below is the official tracklist! (All tracks are produced by SoFoReal Productions)

Lyric Storm Productions Presents:   

Ray Lyric

Tunnel Vision

 

  1. Tunnel Vision
  2. Here To Party ( Feat. Raquel)
  3. Loss For Words
  4. Bad Boy
  5. Midas Touch
  6. Harder To Breathe
  7. Should’ve Seen it Coming
  8. Emergency (911)
  9. The Trickster
  10. Blank Canvas (Impatient)
  11. I Don’t Wanna Do This
  12. Temptation
  13. Love Me Like I Love You
  14. Skin 2 Skin
  15. No Encore

Bonus tracks

OCD leftovers & more!

  1. Name Exchange (No Need)
  2. Illusions
  3. Probably Heard me Say
  4. Bucket Of Ice
  5.  This Could Be Forever
  6. Darkside

Mixtape News!

•February 12, 2010 • 1 Comment

Hello everybody!

Few of you know that I’m in the process of working on my very first mixtape. It’s an R&B/Pop (although it’s more Pop dominated) LP with 15 tracks. It’s tentatively titled OCD (which means Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). The album will be filled with stories of love in all of its many forms (destruction and construction) and even a few fun tracks. I’ll get someone to write up a review once I actually get some things recorded.

All 15 tracks were written by me and produced by SoFoRealProductions.com. You should def go and check them out. They are a talented group of guys.

Right now, I am in the writing stages. As I complete this stage as far as copyrighting goes and things, I will slowly continue to update through this blog. I will post lyrics, pictures, etc. I want you all to be a big part of this.

It will not be available for purchase, but will be available for free download, so that’s a plus. It’s just a mixtape, so nothing too intense.  The Tracklist for the album is as follows:

 

Track 1:             I Don’t Wanna Do This

Track 2:             Loss For Words

Track 3:             Should’ve Seen It Coming

Track 4:             Harder To Breathe

Track 5:             Midas Touch

Track 6:             Illusions

Track 7:             Probably Heard Me Say

Track 8:             Bucket Of Ice

Track 9:             Emergency (911)

Track 10:         This Could Be Forever

Track 11:         Love Me Like I Love You

Track 12:         Temptation

Track 13:         Blank Canvas (Impatient)

Track 14:         Skin 2 Skin

Track 15:         No Encore

I hope once the process is complete, you all download it and enjoy it. I will try to get it all in the highest quality possible.  So, that was all the news I had for you guys. More blog post to come soon, I promise, just been a busy semester.

Love you all,

RAY

Some Blog Changes & Break!

•January 24, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Hello everybody! I am taking a short break from blogging and won’t return until further notice, but it will be a short break, I promise. I have a few things in the works now, including a few album reviews and things like that. Also, I will only be blogging once or twice a week from now on. I will post a nother blog up soon saying when the next blog will be posted! Thanks again and sorry about the break.