It's My Turn - is Michael O'Hara/The Sheik first personal CD after writing for such artist as Anita Baker, Patti LaBelle, Donna Summer etc. The title sets the tone of an extraordinary collection of provocative self penned songs Funk/Rock/R&B songs from 4-time Grammy Nominee, 2-time American Music Awards Nominee Michael O'Hara/The Sheik! It will have you dancing, and crying at times with his particular brand of original material and productions. This is a must have CD for everybody! Sheik Freaks, Here's the CD you've been waiting for. Incredible songs, Pumping vibe, Great Vocals. This CD Rocks.
Michael O'Hara is a multi-faceted performer beyond compare. An accomplished songwriter with four Grammy and two-time American Music Award nominations, as well as two BMI Writer Awards, he's an equally skilled musician who plays every instrument on his albums (with the exception of guitar). O'Hara is a “total artist,” one who's as at home onstage – where his intense live performances have become the stuff of legend – as he is in the studio, in the role of producer.
His multi-decade career has seen everything from having his band open for The Rolling Stones (in 1981) to collaborations with everyone from Allen Toussaint to Judy Collins to Sting. An accomplished songwriter at the very top tier of the music world, his songs have garnered four Grammy Award nominations, two American Music Award nominations, and two BMI Awards. As a musician, he's been known to play every instrument on his albums (except guitar), and his live performances – where The Sheik comes to life – are part rock and soul revue, part R&B tent revival, and all non-stop entertainment. O'Hara recently completed a theatrical run of a one-man show in Branson, MO, where he played a half-dozen off-the-wall members of one hilarious family, and is now back in New Orleans bringing the Sheik magic to adoring fans.
Featured Artist - Serabee
Serabee Brings It Home This Year With Her Holiday Song "This Christmas"
"I was born on Saturday and singing on Sunday," as Sera so aptly puts it. "Music is in my blood, and the road I've traveled can't help but form my music."
It's true; her voice will remind you of love, pain, and laughter all at once.
The holidays have been hard for all of us for the past two years, and we all are ready to have a magical season this year. So, grab a cup of holiday cheer, light up the house with friends and family as Serabee's song "This Christmas" fills your heart on the living room stereo.
Sera's lush voice of pure joy is bringing us together once again. Reminding us to live in the moment for life is fleeting.
The song was written by Serabee and recorded in 2020 at Rabadash Studios in Covington, LA, where she and producer John Autin were working. Engineer Marc Hewitt secretly hit the record button to let the song flow as Serabee sat at the piano. It was an impulse moment that will forever be a lasting memory for the songstress.
After that initial recording, John Autin added other instruments to the sparse arrangement to produce its rich sound. Players on "This Christmas" are Dave Easley on Dobro, Nick Necaise on Organ/B3, and Lance Seymour on Guitar, and John added various sounds with Bass Guitar, strings, and bells, as well. Serabee did all the Background Vocals. The video was reshot at the studios, with Sho Hogg Productions overlapping images of Serabee roaming around the beautiful Southern Hotel in Downtown Covington.
Sera hails direct from the Kiln, Mississippi, with the wandering strains of roadhouse blues and rollicking revivals psychically embedded in her songs. Irresistible, pop, country, and R&B adorned in her soulful vocal presence and piano playing. As a singer, songwriter, and musician, the creative edge of Sera points to this soulful artist's deep roots and colorful background in the American South.
Sera began her career performing in New Orleans & Mississippi clubs, where she garnered quite a local following. The soulful songstress created two independent recordings catching the attention of veteran music industry executives. She was signed to major label Universal Republic and Sony, where she released an EP (Serabee) and had the iTunes single of the week, "Driving Me Stupid." She also became a finalist on the first season of "The Voice" as Serabee on Blake Shelton's team.
Since signing with Rabadash in 2021, Serabee is confident that this path will give her a renewed hope to carry her career forward. Sera hopes this southern, soulful direction will finally be the sound that her fans and the world will know her for.
Sit down, close your eyes and listen to the lyrics & the magic
Rabadash Records, one of the oldest independent labels in the country, celebrated its 35th anniversary year of making great music in 2019. May we enjoy another 35 years!
The label's primary focus since their very first release has been a commitment to preserving the music of New Orleans and southern Louisiana with works by legacy artists and new performers who embody the Crescent City's rich musical traditions.
Rabadash started almost by accident; it wasn't even conceived until label co-founder John Autin found himself on the outside looking in on a spoiled album deal. "We just fell into it," Autin recalls. "I started Rabadash with singer, Nora Wixtead, who was my girlfriend at the time. We had negotiated a deal for Nora's album, were ready to sign, and the label called us up at the last second and told us they were signing a different singer instead. Since we already had all the tapes, the artwork and everything, we decided to start our own damn label! We released Nora's CD and then immediately recorded legendary piano player and singer, Al Broussard. He was almost 78 at the time and had never been recorded before even though he'd been playing on Bourbon Street since the 1920's.
Those two records came out in 1984 and we were off and running. We started off doing two or three releases a year, but we had to go dark for a while due to Hurricane Katrina. We didn't do anything for a few years, but we came back about 10 years ago. Three years ago we partnered with studio builder Dirk Billie and builtRabadash Recording Studio , and now we’re able to do about six releases a year and record other non-Rabadash artists in our world class facility." Welcome to the Rabadash world of amazing music!