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Illuminate: GREEN

by ASCENDANT

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1.
Promise 03:27
PROMISE You can rise… You can be anything but you’ve got to believe Make the choice in your mind of what’s important in your life Know your soul and trust your heart See the goal then make a start Only do there is no try Touch a cloud then touch the sky You will rise… Your life is full of promise The choice you make the path U take You can rise You can be anything but you’ve got to believe Climbing to the highest heights soaring like a bird in flight Know your soul and trust your heart See the goal then make a start Only do there is no try Touch a cloud then touch the sky You will rise… © Ascendant Sounds, ASCAP
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More 05:49
MORE Verse I I see a man standing on the corner He has no home but all I can spare is a dollar Yet there is joy in his expression And I walk away with one question Chorus What more can we do Verse II I've got to be my brother's keeper When my sister is down I need to keep her Safe from all harm and aggression When you love on yourself it's a natural progression Chorus What more can we do Verse III The love that we give Shapes the way that we live We will stumble and fall as we strive for perfection When you love on yourself it's a natural progression Chorus What more can we do Break Vamp out © Ascendant Sounds, Johns Way ASCAP
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I AIN’T GOT NO TIME Verse I I used to worry about what others thought of me Wrapped up in their feelings far too long The stress of life was draining I was always complaining But it’s all on me I need to be strong Chorus I ain’t got no time – Listen to what I say I ain’t got no time – No more games to play I ain’t got no time – Happiness ain’t hard to find I ain’t got no time – I ain’t got no time Verse II I got the call 3 months ago I thought my life was over Felt like the world was going to end The news was devastating my heart was breaking But with time my broken spirits gonna mend Chorus I ain’t got no time – I’ve got my life to live I ain’t got no time – I’ll give all that I can give I ain’t got no time – Happiness ain’t hard to find I ain’t got no time – I ain’t got no time Vamp Life is short don’t hesitate The future is yours to make Get up now it’s not too late We ain’t got no time © Ascendant Sounds, ASCAP
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Gotta Get Up Chorus Gotta get up keep on moving U can do this Gotta get up keep on moving U can do this Verse I U are a treasure no words can measure So strong and bold – worth more than gold But know this life will knock u down (When U least expect it) Just get your feet on solid ground (To the source you’re connected) Chorus Gotta get up keep on moving U can do this – One step at a time Gotta get up keep on moving U can do this – Live your best life Verse II It’s time to build legacies – be all that we can be Now U will make mistakes – get out of your own way Bend if U must – but don’t you break (Embrace your fears) Just get it done no matter how long it takes Chorus Vamp © Ascendant Sounds, ASCAP
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FINALLY Verse I As the night fades into morning light I awake to your smile I must confess to you I can't believe it’s true I've been in love before and this is so much more You're proof that broken hearts can mend - my love, my best friend I'm so grateful Words cannot describe what I really feel inside Loneliness is in the past I know this joy will last Chorus Finally you came to me stepped right out from my dreams A fantasy into reality Finally I feel complete you’re the lyric to my melody The song my soul will always sing Verse II Time stands still when we're together and the outside world doesn't matter Simple and pure our love stays true - who I am has grown because of you It’s as if all the stars in space watched it all fall into place And the universe agreed you and I were meant to be Now if U ask me why I love you so Because sunshine and rainbows Seem to follow me wherever I go Let the record show I want the world to know Chorus Finally you came to me stepped right out from my dreams A fantasy into reality Finally I feel complete you’re the lyric to my melody The song my soul will always sing (repeat) Vamp You came, you came, you came my way © Ascendant Sounds, ASCAP
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Brand New Me 06:12
BRAND NEW ME I will be so brand new so brand new Verse I Woke up this morning decided that I need a change Can’t do my life no more things can’t stay the say same So I fell to my knees and I prayed a little prayer U know God answers them he’s always been right there Change And there will be no more drama much less pain And I will have peace of mind everything will be just fine Chorus I’m gonna be a brand new me – a brand new me I’m gonna be a brand new me – a brand new me Verse II Woke up this morning proclaiming I’m not yet done These scars, this pain I have I’m going to overcome Fear won’t define me, I must push through New life is waiting for me, it's waiting for you too Change And there will be no more drama much less pain And I will have peace of mind everything will be just fine Chorus Vamp Let’s get brand new, let’s get brand new Let’s get brand new, let’s get brand new © Ascendant Sounds, Peter Perfect Music, ASCAP

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"a six-track EP odyssey loaded with adventurous R&B floating on the wings of jazz, funk and gospel" - SoulTracks.com


ILLUMINATE: to enlighten, as with knowledge; to brighten with light; to make clearer

Illuminate is a concept album (e.g. Songs In the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder, Sign of the Times by Prince) done in 4 parts, spanning the band’s lives, loves, and hopes. It’s about false starts, comebacks and 2nd chances. It’s about perseverance -- having the strength to endure.
“The band went through changes while we were working on the album. We started with one set of members. That original set broke up and we began another one -- but then that set broke up, and we picked up another set. Life imitates art (and art) imitates life. We began to live what we were writing, and in the process of living it, that shaped what we were writing again.”

26 songs, 4 parts

Illuminate:
• BLUE: Wisdom
• GREEN: Rebirth
• YELLOW: Joy
• RED: Love

Illuminate: GREEN starts off with Promise featuring the group vocals of Kael Mboya, Michael Lockett and Donica Lynn. Its groove sets the mood and offers hope for what’s to come.

The 2nd track, More, takes the mood and the beat to another level with staccato horns and pulsating rhythms. It challenges us to answer: what more can we do?

I Ain’t Got No Time - Life is fragile and precious. This track, featuring Tina M. Howell, gives us a rocking anthem full of blazing guitar riffs to remind us that life’s most valuable element is time.

Gotta Get Up is another anthem about rising up to face life’s challenges. It inspires with a healthy chunk of funky rhythm guitar and a catchy groove.

Track 5 slows it down and gives us the beautiful ballad, Finally, which takes us back to the quiet storm songs of the 1980s. When you’ve longed for real love and it “finally” comes, there is… release. It features the vocal stylings of Michael Lockett and Swaylo.

When the musical journey lands at track 6, Brand New Me, there is rebirth… This inspiring melody transcends and continues to rise until it transforms itself-- and you -- with an infectious afrobeat… let’s get brand new.

ASCENDANT is a state of mind; a state of being; an uplifting movement to rise above. It is a platform to express these ideas and ideals through music. The goal is to be a light for those who may question their purpose; to reassure them that they have the power… they have the answers in themselves if they only believe...

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released October 4, 2019

ASCENDANT is:
Kael Mboya – Vocals/Keyboards/Composer/Writer/Producer
Michael Lockett – Vocals/Writer/Percussion
Curtis Kincaid – Guitars/Composer/Vocals
Kenery Kent Smith – Bass
Eric Johnson – Drums
Donica Lynn – Vocals on Promise, Gotta Get Up

Illuminate: GREEN features:
Chris Greene – Saxophone (on More)
John Moore, Jr. – Trumpet (on More)
Alfonzo Jones – Drums (on More)
Amber Whitted – Background Vocals (on More)
Tina M. Howell – Vocals on I Ain’t Got No Time
Swaylo – Vocals on Finally

Chris Greene appears courtesy of Single Malt Recordings

Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Kael Mboya for Ascendant Music Inc.
Tracks 2,3,5,6 Recorded by Dennis Tousana at Soundmine Studios
Mastered by Slavic Livins Chicago Audio Mastering
Photo by Nina Cartier for Urbanfoto

Copyright 2019 Ascendant Music Inc./ Ascendant Sounds ASCAP

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ASCENDANT Chicago, Illinois

Soulful Inspiring. Just a few words that people use to describe them & their artistry, and yet ASCENDANT is simply that, ascendant...rising above. ASCENDANT has been rising above their fears, their obstacles & creating meaningful, soul-filled music in an era when such artistic statements just aren't made but desperately needed. ASCENDANT rises... and asks us all to join them in flight ... more

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