Elyssa Velez

[Artist Spotlight] Thirsty? Pick Up a 2-Pack of Punk with Soda Jerks

[Artist Spotlight] Thirsty? Pick Up a 2-Pack of Punk with Soda Jerks

Bullet Music Artist Spotlight’s February artist, Soda Jerks sat down with Bullet Music to talk about DIY clothing and the challenges of being a two piece band.

[Artist Spotlight] Lanes Proves Pop can Still be Original

[Artist Spotlight] Lanes Proves Pop can Still be Original

Lanes has been hard at work proving that Atlanta is more than just a rap city, and their genre-bending, pop sound sets them apart from a world full of Matt Healy wannabes.

[Artist Spotlight] Jonboy Storey Silences the Doubt with Catchy Country Tunes

[Artist Spotlight] Jonboy Storey Silences the Doubt with Catchy Country Tunes

Jonboy Storey has been destined for country music success ever since his family started calling him “Jonboy,” but a great name doesn’t prevent adversity.

Bullet Music's 2018 Editor's Picks: Tough Love, Solid Suggestions and a 51-Song Playlist

Bullet Music's 2018 Editor's Picks: Tough Love, Solid Suggestions and a 51-Song Playlist

End of the year lists are a time-honored tradition in music journalism, but these lists are for more than just telling you that your favorite bands suck -- they give you an opportunity to atone for your sins and find better music.

[Artist Spotlight] Amelia Alleviates Atlanta's Anxiety on Her Way to Pop Stardom

[Artist Spotlight] Amelia Alleviates Atlanta's Anxiety on Her Way to Pop Stardom

Amelia’s empowering presence is going to make her a force in the music world. From the fierce determination she has shown since she was a child, to her calm, understanding view of anxiety and the pressures of modern life, Amelia has the ability to make you feel simultaneously comfortable and restless.

Death Cab For Cutie Possessed The Hearts Of A Sold Out Coca-Cola Roxy

Death Cab For Cutie Possessed The Hearts Of A Sold Out Coca-Cola Roxy

Death Cab for Cutie put on a beautiful performance at The Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta, Ga October 19, 2018 on their headlining fall tour promoting their recently released album Thank You for Today, and it meant everything to all who attended the sold-out show.

[Artist Spotlight] Chantae Cann Channels Inspiration to Keep Her Sol Empowered

Bullet Music’s Artist Spotlight Series is proudly presented by Opendoor.

It’s all about soul for Chantae Cann, the Cleveland-born jazz-soul singer who now calls Atlanta home. Chantae moved to the city in her teens after growing up in Cleveland and Chicago and quickly embraced the “Southern Hospitality,” saying, “We take our time, but we still get it done.”

In 2016, the singer’s Journey to Golden found itself on top of the iTunes Jazz charts, proving that the rest of the world loved her unique vocal timbre just as much as Atlanta. Before long, Journey to Golden the Re-WERC by Atlanta’s own WERC Crew truly cemented Chantae’s spot in Atlanta’s musical landscape – a versatile artist that is both in touch with the great jazz vocalists of old as well as the producers of today.

Moving into the latter part of 2017, Chantae’s sophomore album, Sol Empowered, featured 12 tracks that uniquely captured her musical journey. While still pushing a familiar jazz-soul sound that fills each song with a comforting, familiar warmth, elements of other genres that have crossed Chantae’s path are littered throughout. Chantae calls herself “an inspiration junkie,” and that shows as she gleans inspiration from every life event and musical collaboration.

One apparent influence on her newest album is that of the WERC Crew and other electronic artists. Atlanta’s electronic music scene permeates almost every aspect of Atlanta music, and Chantae Cann deftly weaves subtle aspects of electronic music into some of her songs to give Sol Empowered an added texture. Whether it comes from the clever breakdown in “Hey Whatcha Say” or the acapella beatboxing on “Sol Glo,” Chantae is demonstrating a side of jazz that many have never seen before.

In a live setting, these powerful songs come through in an impressive way. Chantae’s goal is for her listeners to feel “inspired, uplifted, motived, encouraged [and] empowered,” and these songs encapsulate those feelings of hope, inspiration and motivation perfectly. Whether it’s through your headphones or through the PA at Smiths Olde Bar, the stylings of Chantae Cann’s Sol Empowered will leave you feeling just that.

Chantae Cann is performing live at Smith's Olde Bar tonight from 7:30 - 9:30 PM; click here for more information or to watch the live stream of the performance here.

Watch the full video interview with Chantae Cann.

Producer + Photographer: Grace Rose Kelly

Film Editor: Tanya Wise

Designer: Elyssa Velez

Writer: Tayler Newman

Digital Media: Annabel Shettel

Executive Producer: Liz Turcotte

[Interview] Bully's Alicia Bognanno Talks Their New Album and Social Activism

[Interview] Bully's Alicia Bognanno Talks Their New Album and Social Activism

Bully, the Nashville indie punk band's frontwoman Alicia Bognanno talks about the songwriting process behind their new album Losing, her history in sound engineering and the importance of staying politically active on social media.

[Artist Spotlight] I the Victor Keeps Girl Power Positive

[Artist Spotlight] I the Victor Keeps Girl Power Positive

Rebecca Ramos, better known as I the Victor, has battled many personal demons in her life, but through her relentless pursuit of music, she has found a way to help herself and others through trying times.

[Artist Spotlight] Reverend Hylton Serenades Atlanta with Americana Songs

[Artist Spotlight] Reverend Hylton Serenades Atlanta with Americana Songs

Reverend Hylton channels his oldest influences and wildest experiences into an honest songwriting and story-telling experience. He discusses songwriting, becoming a Reverend, and wilder times ahead of his headlining show at Smith's Olde Bar as part of Bullet Music's Artist Spotlight Series.