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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 the hip-hop group Little Brother on vocals, backed by producer and instrumentalist Nicolay. They met on an online forum over at Okayplayer.com in 2001-2002 where Phonte reached out to Nicolay after hearing some of the production he had posted. The rest is history. Since 2004, the group has released three studio albums and started their own music label. Their first album, Connected, was recorded while Nicolay was still living in the Netherlands, and Phonte was living in North Carolina. In fact, they have never recorded a song in the same studio at the same time since they began working with each other.

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The Foreign Exchange at ONE MusicFest at Park Tavern, Atlanta GA | Aug 27, 2011

by +FE on June 10, 2011 at 11:37 AM · Comments
Tickets are on sale now for ONE MusicFest at Park Tavern in Atlanta GA on August 27, 2011, featuring The Foreign Exchange, Anthony David and more!
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Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 12:00 PM
Park Tavern, 500 10th St. NE, Atlanta GA 30309-4272

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More of The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Philadelphia

by +FE on June 10, 2011 at 9:19 AM · Comments
More of The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Philadelphia
Yusuf Muhammad sent us his great shots of The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour stop at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

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More of The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Columbus

by +FE on June 9, 2011 at 8:05 AM · Comments
More of The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Columbus
More photos of The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour stop in Columbus OH, this time courtesy of Docuvent Photography.

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Philadelphia

by +FE on June 7, 2011 at 4:12 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Philadelphia
More photos from the Authenticity Tour, this time of the World Cafe Live show in Philadelphia. Photos courtesy of our friend Stephanie Renee of Soul-Sanctuary.net

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The Foreign Exchange - An Interview With Nicolay & Phonte (via The Loop Detroit)

by +FE on June 3, 2011 at 7:32 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange has long been a favorite of The Loop Detroit. Since the early days of when this site was Renaissance Soul Detroit, Nicolay has been a good friend and great supporter of it all. He's been a true school J. Dilla head. The Foreign Exchange machine continues to troop on with the release of last year's phenomenal album Authenticity. Recently, the band came into Detroit for a show back on May 8th at The Magic Stick, which I ended up DJing at too. It was an amazing show with a great performances and super stellar crowd. Beforehand, I got to chat with Nicolay and Phonte about the band, their childhood, when Nicolay worked with Wiz Khalifa, and all sorts of Detroit stuff.

The Loop Detroit: Talk about the live show for The Foreign Exchange
Phonte: It's really about showing people a good time. It's truly about giving a place for people to escape to. Just enjoy live music being played and the live music atmosphere of us all doing something at one time together. In the culture we live in, thats becoming less and less of the thing. Everybody's becoming more isolated.

TLD: Talk about the new album Authenticity.
Nicolay: We wanted to keep things stripped down as opposed to what we used to do in the past. We wanted to showcase and highlight the songs themselves and the performances. Keep it as simply as possible. A lot of people have really responded to the lyrics because on this album, they are really center stage.

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'Dear Friends,' The Foreign Exchange Have Something New On The Way (via SoulBounce)

by +FE on June 2, 2011 at 8:07 AM · Comments
The June new release schedule just got way more interesting. Ending the month with a bang will be The Foreign Exchange with the June 28th release of the live CD/DVD combo, Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange. Recorded this past February at SoundPure Studios in Durham, NC, Dear Friends captures +FE in all of their live glory in front of an audience of 40 handpicked fans who were the first to see and hear this new touring lineup featuring vocalists Sy Smith and Jeanne Jolly in action alongside Phonte, Nicolay, and Zo!. Fresh from their spring tour, Dear Friends is the perfect accompaniment to their concerts for everyone who wishes they could bottle up the energy on stage and take it home with them or for those who've never seen The Foreign Exchange live. This release will also feature two new studio cuts, "Steal Away" by Jolly and "All the Kisses" featuring sisters Amber and Paris Strother from the overnight sensation of 2011, KING. Excited yet? You will be after you view a clip of the DVD of Authenticity's "Laughing At Your Plans" getting the live treatment after the bounce. Dear Friends is guaranteed to be a must-own for +FE fans and lovers of good music period.
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Laughing At Your Plans (from Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange)

by +FE on June 1, 2011 at 2:10 PM · Comments
Laughing At Your Plans (from Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange)
Clip taken from the upcoming live acoustic CD/DVD "Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange", available June 28 2011 on +FE Music. Directed and edited by John Elliot Gray.
Recorded and filmed live at SoundPure Studios in Durham NC on February 20 2011

Phonte: Vocals - Nicolay: Acoustic guitar - Jeanne Jolly: Vocals - Sy Smith: vocals - Zo!: grand piano - Chris Boerner: Acoustic guitar - Kush El-Amin: Acoustic bass guitar - Tim Scott Jr.: Drums

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Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange

by +FE on June 1, 2011 at 8:18 AM · Comments
Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange
This past February at SoundPure Studios in Durham, NC, The Foreign Exchange gave a private acoustic show for 40 randomly-selected friends and supporters. The evening, captured on both audio and video, is the basis of their latest release, "Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange."

Serving as a companion piece to their latest release "Authenticity" and as a glimpse into their acclaimed live show, "Dear Friends" is a double-disc CD/DVD digipak that features the full acoustic concert performed by the band's current touring lineup of Zo!, Sy Smith, and singer/songwriter Jeanne Jolly. In addition to the live concert recordings, the release also features two new studio tracks; "Steal Away" featuring Jeanne Jolly and "All The Kisses" featuring Amber & Paris Strother of rising indie soul trio KING.

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

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Columbus

by +FE on June 1, 2011 at 7:51 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Columbus
Watch The Foreign Exchange perform at Scarlet & Grey Cafe in Columbus OH for the Authenticity Tour.

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