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Zo! Listening Party at The Foundation Room, Dallas TX | Aug 3, 2011

by +FE on July 28, 2011 at 1:56 PM · Comments
Come out to the "...just visiting three" listening party in Dallas!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM
The Foundation Room (inside House Of Blues), 2200 N. Lamar St. Dallas, TX 75202

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Portland

by +FE on July 28, 2011 at 1:28 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Portland
Photos (courtesy of our friend Vitamin Dee) of The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour stop in Portland.

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Seattle

by +FE on July 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Seattle
Check out some great shots of The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour stop in Seattle, courtesy of our longtime friend Vitamin Dee!

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SoulTracks reviews Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange

by +FE on July 27, 2011 at 8:36 PM · Comments
With the right look, a functioning larynx and some creative engineering in place, practically anyone these days can have a 'hit'; but the litmus test of legitimacy comes from live performance, since the indelible moments that connect musicians to the masses simply cannot be faked. And while there's nothing wrong with special-effects-laden, larger-than-life stage shows, it's the rapport created by the organic synergy between the artists and audience that makes Dear Friends: An Evening With Foreign Exchange such a delight to experience.

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Sacramento

by +FE on July 26, 2011 at 4:03 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Sacramento
Some great photographs of The Foreign Exchange's first ever show in Sacramento CA.

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The Foreign Exchange pioneers long-distance music-making (via Fresno Bee)

by +FE on July 26, 2011 at 1:02 PM · Comments
The story of soul/hip-hop group The Foreign Exchange is a new-age tale about two guys who met on an Internet message board, traded musical ideas across the Atlantic Ocean and eventually became Grammy nominees.

It's made singer/rapper/songwriter Phonte and producer Nicolay -- who will play a concert at Fresno's Fulton 55 on Friday night -- unlikely music pioneers.

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Zo! Listening Party at BoConcept, Houston TX | Aug 4, 2011

by +FE on July 25, 2011 at 1:41 PM · Comments
Come out to the "...just visiting three" listening party in Houston!

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 7:00 PM
BoConcept, 4302 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77027 | (713) 877-1900

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The Mixtape Monster reviews Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange

by +FE on July 21, 2011 at 9:56 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange's (TFE) ability to interact with their fans has been an integral part of their success. From Twitter, to their own mailing list, to their first "grassroots" concerts in NC, all members of TFE recognize the importance of viral videos and word of mouth recommendations. That's why it was no surprise when I heard a while back of their plans to give a special concert for 40 friends and selected fans. Full disclosure: I mainly heard about this release ahead of time because I was one of the lucky few in attendance for the show.

Throughout their first 3 albums, especially the last 2, TFE has benefitted heavily from their fans ability to "put their friends on" their sound, music, and movement. Their fans, including myself, are known for their loyalty. We buy all the releases, download all downloads, share all the videos, and genuinely believe that TFE is one of the best groups making music now. TFE appreciates this, and it shows. They won't hesitate to retweet your tweet, or answer your questions about a release or video you direct towards them in a timely manner. They give you the digital download of the release you purchased on the release date while your order of the physical copy is in the mail so you don't miss out (perhaps the only group I know that does this!). If you are a vinyl head, they got you covered there too. It's clear that their fans are important to them, and they understand that in today's musical landscape it isn't necessarily the number of sales you make or fans you have, but the depth of the relationship that you develop with those fans. Case in point is their recent "Dear Friends: An Evening with The Foreign Exchange" DVD/CD combo that hit iTunes and their own theforeignexchangemusic.com site on June 28th.

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Did you know that...

by +FE on July 19, 2011 at 7:21 PM · Comments
Some facts about the +FE Music website
The +FE Music website is an informative and interactive portal designed to help you discover the music of The Foreign Exchange and their affiliates, and to share your experience with others.

Did you know that...

  • ...you can find dozens of FREE music downloads on our website?
    Help yourself to some FREE music... It's on us! Click here to browse our FREE music section
  • ...you can listen to all of the songs from all of our albums, as well as a selection of remixes and rare non-album tracks, on our website?
    Listen to full-length high quality streaming songs from our catalog, non-stop and completely FREE! Click here to listen to +FE Radio now.
  • ...you can watch all of our official music videos, as well as hours of live and miscellaneous videos on our website?
    Click here to browse our video section.
  • ...we have our own online store that stocks all of our CDs, vinyl, posters and T-shirts?
    We ship worldwide*. And you get a FREE MP3 download of each CD or LP album that you buy!** Click here to visit the +FE Music Store.
  • ...you can view a vast collection of high quality photo sets taken by talented photographers?
    Click here to browse our photo section.
  • ...you can share your favorites with your friends?
    We have integrated Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms and tools to help you spread the word and see what your friends like.
  • ...you can access our virtual library of articles, interviews and album and show reviews?
    Click here to visit our Publicity section.
*depending on USPS conditions; **+FE Music catalog releases only
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Fresno Bouncers: Win Tickets To See The Foreign Exchange In Concert On The Authenticity Tour! (via SoulBounce)

by Aimee Flint on July 18, 2011 at 7:16 PM · Comments
All good things must come to an end, and the West coast leg of The Foreign Exchange's 2011 Authenticity tour will do just that when it wraps in Fresno, California on Friday, July 29th. So all Fresno Bouncers need to put on your good clothes and your dancing shoes and make plans to come out to Fulton 55 to enjoy a night of music and comedy at the hands of Nicolay, Phonte, Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly, and a live band.

Click HERE to enter the SoulBounce & The Foreign Exchange Fresno Authenticity Tour Ticket Giveaway
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Zo! Listening Party at Moods Music in Atlanta GA | August 7, 2011

by Aimee Flint on July 18, 2011 at 8:31 AM · Comments
Join +FE Music recording artist Zo! and listen to his latest release, ...just visiting three.

Hosted by Jodine of Jodine's Corner

Sunday, August 7, 2011 at 7:30 PM
Moods Music, 1131 Euclid Avenue Northeast, Atlanta GA 30307-1925

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The Foreign Exchange at Hopscotch Music Festival | The Lincoln Theater, Raleigh NC | Sept 9, 2011

by +FE on July 15, 2011 at 5:13 PM · Comments
Tickets are on sale now for the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh NC featuring The Foreign Exchange and many others!
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly, Zo! and live band

Friday, September 9, 2011 at 9:00 PM
The Lincoln Theater, 126 E. Cabarrus St. Raleigh, NC 27601

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Los Angeles/Costa Mesa Bouncers: Win Tickets To See The Foreign Exchange In Concert On The Authenticity Tour! (via SoulBounce)

by Aimee Flint on July 14, 2011 at 2:10 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange's next to last show on the West coast leg of their 2011 Authenticity tour will find them in Costa Mesa, Cali. Where, you ask? Well that's less than an hour outside of Los Angeles, so this ticket giveaway is open to anyone who can get in their car and take a spin to The Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 28th. And it will be well worth the trip to see Phonte, Nicolay, Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly, and their live band in action for their only Los Angeles area gig.

Click HERE to enter the SoulBounce & The Foreign Exchange Costa Mesa Authenticity Tour Ticket Giveaway
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ThisIsRealMusic.com reviews Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange

by +FE on July 12, 2011 at 11:35 AM · Comments
Transition isn't easy. It's one of those things where you have to be willing and ready for all the nuances that comes with change. Me? I've never been good with change. It scares me. I like things the way I like it. However, every now and then, a change occurs and I'm alright with it. It doesn't have the negative impact that I thought it would. What makes it okay is its authenticity (see what I did there). The intention of the transition and it actually showing forth as it is projected helps me to see the bigger picture. The avid music head that I am notices every change, especially within my favorite groups. This brings me to The Foreign Exchange. At the release of their new album Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange, I had so many questions. However, upon listening to the project, all of my fears and inhibitions regarding the group were left behind. Rather, I don't think I've ever felt more connected with them.

If you've never been to an FE show, I invite you to host a listening session with some of your closest friends of this album. It is truly amazing. A little toned down from their normal shows, this acoustic live recording is exactly what FE needed to ease into their next phase. Having three solid and very well accepted albums, as well as host of solo projects, under their belts, FE Music group decided to share some of their best with us. I, for one, was excited. The energy of this intimate gathering is felt through the presentation of their music. The album opens with "Fight For Love" from their recent release, Authenticity. With the assistance of the beautiful Sy Smith, who currently tours with FE, and the very talented Jeanne Jolly, the mood was set and all ears and hearts were open. Now, this may be a little different for some listening to it who are used to the original group dynamic. However, I think the change in pace has only made FE's music more powerful. The album continues to showcase some of their strongest performance hits such as "Lose Your Way" from Nicolay's City Lights Vol. 2, "Take Of The Blues", and "House of Cards" from Leave It All Behind. Two extraordinary performances to highlight include "Greatest Weapon of All Time" from Zo!'s Sunstorm album and a special remake of "Something In The Way She Moves" by James Taylor. In addition to the live performances, fans receive two new studio tracks,"Steal Away" featuring Jeanne Jolly and "All The Kisses" featuring Paris and Amber Strother from the AMAZING indie experimental soul group KING.

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Zo! - ...just visiting three

by +FE on July 12, 2011 at 12:00 AM · Comments
Zo! - ...just visiting three
+FE Music proudly presents the new EP of covers from Zo!, "...just visiting three."

Enclosed in the "...just visiting three" zip file is a digital pdf booklet complete with all the album credits, information on the album's vocalists and contributors, as well as information on the originals.
"...JUST VISITING THREE" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD

Tracklisting:

01. Black Cow feat. Phonte and Sy Smith
02. Let It Go feat. Nicholas Ryan Gant
03. Driving feat. Sy Smith
04. Marzipan feat. Eric Roberson and Phonte
05. Everything She Wants feat. Phonte
06. Same Ole Love feat. Jeanne Jolly
07. Playing Your Game, Baby feat. Anthony David

Produced by Zo! and Phonte for Chapter 3hree Verse 5ive Music/The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC

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Oakland Bouncers: Win Tickets To See The Foreign Exchange In Concert On The Authenticity Tour! (via SoulBounce)

by Aimee Flint on July 11, 2011 at 6:00 PM · Comments
Oakland Bouncers, are you ready for The Foreign Exchange to bring the Authenticity tour to your city? Who am I kidding? Of course you are! Trick questions aside, the +FE family -- including Nicolay, Phonte, Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly, and a live band -- will be coming to the Bay area on Tuesday, July 26th to The New Parrish for one night only. If you're trying to be there, too, then may I suggest entering our giveaway to win a pair of tickets

Click HERE to enter the SoulBounce & The Foreign Exchange Oakland Authenticity Tour Ticket Giveaway
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Zo! Listening Party at The Tap & Parlour at Bohemian Caverns, Washington DC | July 11, 2011

by +FE on July 9, 2011 at 11:55 AM · Comments
Join +FE Music recording artist Zo! and listen to his latest release, ...just visiting three.

Sounds provided by DJ 2-Tone Jones

Monday, July 11, 2011 at 10:00 PM
The Tap & Parlour at Bohemian Caverns, 2001 11th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

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The Foreign Exchange's rockin' RØDE!

by +FE on July 8, 2011 at 6:05 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange, longtime fans of RØDE microphones, are now official "RØDE Artists."
"I've travelled the world and recorded in world class studios with very expensive mics that still can't capture the texture of my voice as good as my NTK. The NTK is proof that 'more expensive' doesn't always mean 'better'." (Phonte).

Click here to visit The Foreign Exchange's page on the RØDE website
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San Jose Bouncers: Win Tickets To See The Foreign Exchange In Concert On The Authenticity Tour! (via SoulBounce)

by Aimee Flint on July 7, 2011 at 8:35 PM · Comments
What better ticket giveaway for SoulBounce to have for our first ever for San Jose Bouncers than for a chance to win tickets to see The Foreign Exchange? Our beloved SoulBounce faves will be coming to your city on Sunday, July 24th to the San Jose Women's Club and we have a pair of tickets up for grabs that you simply have to hit the bounce to enter to win. If you want to buy your tickets (available online via Brown Paper Tickets), then that's cool too because there's no way that an +FE show should be missed. It's not often that Phonte, Nicolay, Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly, and their live band make it to the West coast, so it would behoove you to see them now or miss out until goodness knows when. Trust me, you don't want that to happen.

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City Arts Magazine interviews The Foreign Exchange

by +FE on July 6, 2011 at 4:40 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange's 2004 debut Connected surprised listeners with tight beats and sit-up-and-listen lyrical flow--even though North Carolina rapper Phonte and Dutch producer Nicolay had never met in person. (Props to the okayplayer.com message boards for initially bringing them together.) As demonstrated by last year's Authenticity, their music now extends into R&B and neo-soul while staying true to their real-life wordplay and hip-hop roots. City Arts caught up with the duo ahead of the West Coast leg of their tour.

City Arts: The Foreign Exchange sound has shifted on Authenticity, but listening to your first album you can hear that those elements of soul and R&B have always been there.

Phonte: It's really an extension of what we had already done. We want to always build on our sound every time, but we never want to repeat ourselves. So with songs like "Sincere" [from the first album], those were kind of a foreshadowing of what was to come. There's really nothing that we did on [second album] Leave It All Behind or Authenticity that you didn't hear coming on our first album Connected.

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Sacramento Bouncers: Win Tickets To See The Foreign Exchange In Concert On The Authenticity Tour! (via SoulBounce)

by Aimee Flint on July 4, 2011 at 11:04 AM · Comments
Do we have any Sacramento Bouncers in the house? I sincerely hope so because we're going to need someone to win this pair of tickets that we're giving away to see The Foreign Exchange when they grace your city with a visit on Saturday, July 23rd. The entire +FE gang -- Phonte, Nicolay, Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly, and their all-the-way-live band will appear in concert that night at The Artisan Gallery.

Click HERE to enter the SoulBounce & The Foreign Exchange Sacramento Authenticity Tour Ticket Giveaway
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Zo! Listening Party at Burn Rubber Sneaker Boutique, Royal Oak MI | July 14, 2011

by +FE on July 3, 2011 at 8:04 AM · Comments
Join us as we welcome home +FE Music recording artist Zo! for a meet & greet and listening party in celebration of his latest release, '...just visiting three'.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 6:00 PM
Burn Rubber Sneaker Boutique, 202 W. 4th St. Royal Oak, MI 48067

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+FE Music Release schedule for the second half of 2011

by +FE on July 1, 2011 at 8:46 AM · Comments
Yesterday, Phonte announced the upcoming releases on the +FE Music imprint and clearly, there is a lot to look forward to!

2011 is shaping up to be an incredible (but VERY busy) year for me and the #FEMusic team. Here are our upcoming releases:
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The @FEofficial live acoustic CD/DVD #DearFriends is out now and can be ordered from here: http://t.co/GoF0BPD.
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On 7/12 we will be releasing @zo3hree5ive's "...just visiting three," the 3rd in his series of cover EP's. #FEMusic
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Me and @9thWonderMusic have also teamed up to executive produce our longtime friend and JLeague brother Median's new LP.
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Median's (@medianJL) sophomore LP, "The Sender" drops 8/16 as a joint effort between #FEMusic and #Jamla.
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And finally, on 9/27, both me and @9thWonderMusic will drop our solo albums "Charity Starts at Home" and "The Wonder Years."
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I sincerely thank all of you for the love and support over the years. Thank you for listening.
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Portland Bouncers: Win Tickets To See The Foreign Exchange In Concert On The Authenticity Tour! (via Soulbounce)

by Aimee Flint on July 1, 2011 at 8:25 AM · Comments
Portland Bouncers, it's about that time to take off the blues and come on out to see The Foreign Exchange when they come back to your fair city on the 2011 Authenticity Tour. An +FE show is an event not to be missed -- each one is different, trust me -- so when Phonte, Nicolay, Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly, and their live band flow through the city on Friday, July 22nd at Someday Lounge you need to be there so that you don't miss a beat.

Click HERE to enter the SoulBounce & The Foreign Exchange Portland Authenticity Tour Ticket Giveaway
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Seattle Bouncers: Win Tickets To See The Foreign Exchange In Concert On The Authenticity Tour! (via SoulBounce)

by Aimee Flint on July 1, 2011 at 7:25 AM · Comments
This is a lovely week to be a fan of The Foreign Exchange. Their first live CD/DVD, Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange, hit stores on Tuesday and they are gearing up to hit the West coast on the summer leg of the 2011 Authenticity Tour, which means that we're gearing up for another round of exclusive ticket giveaways here at SBHQ. The first stop of +FE's westside caravan of love will be in Seattle on Thursday, July 21st at The Crocodile. Nicolay, Phonte, Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly, and a live band will be on hand to tear the house down as they did this spring for audiences who were left smiling and satisfied by the end of every show.

Click HERE to enter the SoulBounce & The Foreign Exchange Seattle Authenticity Tour Ticket Giveaway
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