You know how when you smell bar-b-que it brings on a sense of nostalgia and summer memories? Music also ignites those feelings, and this summer, there are two soulful artists whose songs will weave there way into the memories we make for summer 2009.

First, representing the ladies, we have Diane Birch and her debut album, Bible Belt, with vocals produced by Miami’s “Queen of Soul” Betty Wright (I was your baby baby baby baby babaaaaaaay ;). Pianist, writer, vocalist, and sounds that are reminescent of Stevie Nicks and Carly Simon, Diane Birch is a young talent to watch. (You must check out the killer cover of the old club song “What Is Love?” she did.)  It was quite a treat when I was invited to her album release, last month and had a chance to hang with the songstress:

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Our fab hostess, Barbara Jones (One2One Network), my peeps, Daniel Glogower (Skyscraper Management), and fellow digital divas, Katja Presnal (Skimbaco Lifestyle), Lindsay Maines (Rock and Roll Mama), and Isabel Kallman (Alpha+Mom).

Finally, representing for the men, the music stylings of the ever so talented, king of neo-soul, Maxwell *swoooooon!* ;). It’s been a long awaited 8 years since his last album, and Maxwell’s debut single “Pretty Wings” has helped propel BLACKsummer’s Night to Billboard’s #1 spot. Keeping with the sign of the times, Maxwell serves up thought provoking yet fun and funky tunes like “Help Somebody” – check out the video excerpt:

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Need something to play your tunes at the beach? Check out my picks for stylish (and waterproof 🙂 ) “swimp3” gear from

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And don’t forget to get Diane Birch’s Bible Belt and Maxwell’s BLACKsummer’s Night downloaded to your ipod/mp3 player as you create your own personal memories for this summer.

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