Title - What Am I Afraid Of? [Vinyl LP]
Artist - Ken Newman
For those not in the know, San Francisco-based singer/songwriter Ken Newman has been dipping his toes in the entertainment business since the age of 12.
With forays into the world of acting, magic, and finally, music, Newman strives to make positive change with his talents.
With a background in corporate entertainment, Ken uses his experience to create change within his community, helping the less fortunate through his charity Blanket the Homeless, a Bay-Area based organization that improves the lives of people living on the streets by handing out blankets, socks, first-aid kits and other essential items.
ďI am deeply committed to using my music to effect change,Ē Ken says about Blanket The Homeless.
Ken also shares that he would absolutely love to see Blanket The Homeless expand beyond the Bay Area. Most notably, Ken can be seen intertwining his passion for music with his penchant for change in his single ďI Canít BreatheĒ which reached Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner who was deeply moved by the heartfelt track.
ďI Canít BreatheĒ was followed by a music video titled ďIt Stops TodayĒ featuring men and women of color who have lost their lives, to capture the sentiment and emotional significance of the song.
As someone who wants to be remembered for being interested than being interesting, Ken strives to produce music that helps people heal and open their minds.
Kenís upcoming album, What Am I Afraid Of? is out April 22nd, 2022 and kicks off with an invitation to overcome challenges and soar to new heights with its catchy guitar riffs, motivating lyrics, and melodic vocals.
Diving into this album, Ken expresses his true colors by exploring different types of songwriting while remaining faithful to his signature political-pop sound.
1. What Am I Afraid Of?
2. Nothing To See Here
3. Danny Donít Go Upstairs
4. Talk To You
5. I Canít Breathe
6. We Should Do This Again
This musically earnest, at all times captivating, superbly crafted, and genuinely heartfelt new album opens on the drum-led, guitar-wrangling rocker of a title track What Am I Afraid Of? and the alt-rock fervency of Nothing To See Here and then brings us the atmospherically charged electricity of Danny Donít Go Upstairs, the upbeat, social media-inspired rock-swing of Talk To You and then comes one of my own personal favorites from this new recording, Kenís rooted passion for change within the unfeigned I Canít Breathe, the side rounding out on the earthy, almost ethereally stoic tale told within We Should Do This Again.
7. Dreaming Of Guns
8. Iím Your .45
9. Away From You
10. The Fish Song
11. I Canít Breathe (Acoustic)
The second side of this beautiful, almost transparent in color vinyl LP brings us the all-out rocker Dreaming Of Guns and the mid-tempo, AOR foot-tapper Iím Your .45, which is itself followed seamlessly by the alt-í90s vibe of Away From You, the album closing out on the tantalizingly harmonious The Fish Song, and then a poignantly grounded, wholly organic acoustic version of I Canít Breathe.
On his new approach to songwriting, he states, ďI am treating songwriting much more as a job in that I commit myself to a certain amount of time to work on new material. This, as opposed to hoping for inspiration to strike.Ē
ďI want to write music that makes people want to listen over and over, that helps them deal with heartbreak, that gives them cause to celebrate, that opens their minds to possibilities.Ē
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