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A first look at the Dear Friends CD/DVD digipak

by +FE on June 29, 2011 at 5:51 PM · Comments
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Dear Friends Exclusive Photo Collection

by +FE on June 27, 2011 at 12:17 PM · Comments
Dear Friends Exclusive Photo Collection
A stunning collection of over 150 beautiful photos taken by our good friend Tobias Rose of Kompleks Creative at the acoustic concert at SoundPure Studios that was recorded and filmed for the CD/DVD "Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange".

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Connecting With The Foreign Exchange (via Stimulate Your Soul)

by +FE on June 24, 2011 at 6:26 AM · Comments
Grammy nominated duo Nicolay and Phonte make up The Foreign Exchange. With Phonte's rapping/singing and Nicolay's producing, the two found each other online and haven't looked back since. A soulful love story, their first album Connected was done all online before they even met. Between their Authenticity tour around the States, the man behind the music Nicolay took some time out to chat about why he uses live instruments when producing, his childhood dream of visiting Australia and the launch of their first intimate Dear Friends CD/DVD. Margaret Tra writes.

How's the Authenticity tour going?

It's been going really, really well. We're just having a blast; I think in general we are really excited to play some of the new tunes. Cause it kind of puts a new fresh dose of energy for our show. We have flipped things a little bit, we've changed a one or two things around. And as a result it's kind of like a brand new show to us. It's just been a lot of fun, we've been having a really good time.

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Zo! Listening Party at Lucid Jazz Lounge, Seattle WA | July 20, 2011

by +FE on June 24, 2011 at 4:50 AM · Comments
A special happy hour, meet & greet and listening party with +FE Music recording artist Zo!, celebrating the release of "...just visiting three"; the 3rd installment of his classic remake series.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 5:00 PM
Lucid Jazz Lounge, 5241 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105 | (206) 402-3042


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An On-The-Road Exclusive Tour Video with The Foreign Exchange

by +FE on June 20, 2011 at 2:49 PM · Comments
An On-The-Road Exclusive Tour Video with The Foreign Exchange
Compiled from still shots and live concert footage from their 2011 AUTHENTICITY tour, this 27-minute video provides an insider's look at one of the hardest working and most entertaining bands in modern music. Watch, laugh, dance and sing along with Phonte, Nicolay and their colorful cast of characters! Filmed in DC, Philly and Baltimore.

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Richmond VA

by +FE on June 19, 2011 at 8:46 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Richmond VA
Check out some cool shots from The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour stop in Richmond VA, courtesy of our friends at VCU SHHO!

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Pre-order for Dear Friends available now!

by +FE on June 16, 2011 at 12:54 PM · Comments
Pre-order for Dear Friends available now!
While the love for the new studio track "All The Kisses (feat. Paris & Amber Strother)" continues to pour in, we are pleased to announce that "Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange" is now available for pre-order through the +FE Music store. Pre-order this beautifully packaged CD/DVD digipak today and you'll have your physical copy in your hands before it even hits other (select) stores*! And as always, if you place your order for "Dear Friends" with the +FE Music store you'll receive a complimentary download of the album on release day.

Click here to pre-order your copy of Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange.

*Please note: This item ships on Wednesday June 29. Complimentary downloads available on Tuesday June 28. Specially-priced MP3/video bundle available on iTunes on Tuesday June 28. CD/DVD digipak available in select stores nationwide early July.

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The Foreign Exchange & Amber And Paris Strother Of KING Sound Sweet As 'Kisses' (via SoulBounce)

by +FE on June 14, 2011 at 9:25 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange are at it again. Phonte teamed up with ingenues Amber and Paris Strother of KING to give fans "All the Kisses," a song that is quite literally as sweet as a forehead kiss. With the spirit of a Leave It All Behind track, the beat contrasts just enough to create a sense of dynamism that sonically emulates the longing of romance. Yearning is attractive on a man, and it's nice to hear Phonte singing from a love-struck perspective again. He has a certain everyman quality that shows up as vulnerability in his voice, and that element is reflected here to great effect. Amber and Paris, aka "The Sirens," seductively reveal their talent throughout the song but leave you with an insatiable craving for more. It's almost as if their voices are delicate, delicious wisps of sound floating on air. Between their honeyed harmonies and Phonte's breathy vocals, you are guaranteed to feel a little worked up after hearing this jam. And don't worry, this gem from their June 28th release, Dear Friends, is available for free download, so you can add it to the mixtape you'll be making for that special someone after you hear it.
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The Foreign Exchange - All The Kisses (feat. Paris & Amber Strother of KING)

by +FE on June 14, 2011 at 12:00 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange - All The Kisses (feat. Paris & Amber Strother of KING)
+FE Music proudly presents "All The Kisses (featuring Paris & Amber Strother of KING)", a brand new studio track taken from the upcoming live CD/DVD "Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange".

"Dear Friends" drops 6/28 on +FE Music and will be available on iTunes as a specially-priced video bundle.

"ALL THE KISSES feat. PARIS & AMBER STROTHER of KING" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD

Lead vocals: Phonte
Backing vocals: Paris & Amber Strother of KING
All instruments: Nicolay

Produced by Phonte and Nicolay for The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC
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Pump Up The World - A Conversation with The Foreign Exchange (via kinetik*culture)

by +FE on June 13, 2011 at 5:40 PM · Comments
Brought together via the message boards on Okayplayer.com, rapper Phonte Coleman and producer Nicolay Rook have made some of the most progressive, evocative soul music of this decade. Their indie approach to the business and art of music has garnered them a Grammy nod, worldwide recognition, and a flock of die-hard fans. They took time to speak with me in the thick of their "Authenticity" tour, and had some interesting reflections on touring, the birth of the "Return the Mack" remake, and making magic happen.

Authenticity is a lot moodier than your last two albums, and you are definitely touching on relationships issues that people usually don't bring to light. Do you find that people want more happy material from you guys, or is your audience growing with you musically?

Phonte: I think for the most part the audience has grown with us. They have faith in us to pull through with whatever it is we're going to do, even if it's not as up as they're used to. They trust in us to execute it to the fullest. Me and Nic knew, releasing this record, that this would probably be a slower burn than our other records. 'Connected' and 'Leave it All Behind' were very much records that you 'get' from jump. 'Authenticity' was a much more subdued record, and really is something that takes a lotta listens to really understand. Truth be told, I didn't really 'get it' until two months after it was out, just because I needed the time after completing it to have some space away from it to regain perspective. One night I was up working and going through emails in the middle of the night and I let the album play from top to bottom, and I was like "damn, I get it now." Which is odd, we made it, but that was really how it was.

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After The Original reviews The Foreign Exchange at World Cafe Live

by +FE on June 12, 2011 at 8:00 AM · Comments
If you ever have the opportunity to see The Foreign Exchange perform, no matter where you are or what you're doing, cancel any other plans you have for the night and prepare for one of the best concerts you will ever see.

The first question you might be asking yourself is who is The Foreign Exchange? The Foreign Exchange is an R&B group featuring Phonte Coleman, member of th