Salute to all the independents out there! We are an independent label sharing in that Holy Spirited balance of faith and hustle. Life as an independent artist, producer, engineer entreprenuer, Mom-preneur, writer, musician, student, teacher or missionary can be a lonely venture, we get you all! It can be like jumping out of a plane into the middle of the desert heading to an oasis somewhere, meandering the dunes, enduring the elements and acknowledging that the biggest enemy is ourself. Doubting the gift, the fear of getting lost, the lack of faith in the Creator, we get you. Our hope is that with everything you watch, hear and read is a chronicle of the test of our faith, the soundtrack to yours. We hope it edifies. Messa Montana’s EP just got reviewed by Carlos Newton of Reformed Bars. Watch it here.Read More
I just came back from a much needed short family break, its great to pour yourself into your others and give them you! This experience really got us thinking. With the 2019 lent season upon us we would like to do something truly unique during the same period. The ToneCrafters label believe that we are called by the Creator to create for the community, that responsibility is a big deal for us, so in today’s blog we are giving away free music. These songs are currently available on all platforms, so they are still of value, however, we are freely giving away the songs below to inspire you to give away a piece of yourself to whomever you want with no strings attached! Sound like a good idea?Read More
Messa Montana, Chans Thomas and now Speez has just released EPs from ToneCrafters. Twenty three songs, an hour and a half of music, three incredibly thought provoking and inspiring artists.
So we created a playlist of our Neo Soul and Hip Hop that we believe is a sound track to music fans who appreciate diversity in style yet maintaining a vibe of edifying music you can enjoy…so you can probably guess what i’m gonna say next…Read More
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Be Kind, Rewind Vol.1 is out now! Messa and the team at ToneCrafters want to take the earliest opportunity to thank all the friends, family and fans who have been supporting us, by turning up to our gigs, buying our singles and showing love through your activity on social media, we don’t measure success through numbers, but by the small impact we make to you. Please let us know how this blesses you all.Read More
The EP is almost here, and we already 3 songs into the Making of “Be Kind, Rewind” YouTube vlog series. Are you excited? So far we have learned about how Messa had issues with overthinking, the perils of seeking affirmation and in today’s episode we look at track number 3. Cant Serve Two.
As the title suggest Messa explores a biblical truth in Matt 6:24 where you cannot serve two masters. He searched his heart regarding music for the soul vs music for the wallet. He sought the help of two of Houston’s own creatives David Maldonado and Red Lion Poetry for a more dynamic production.Read More
The search for affirmation can be a perilous journey, that many artist struggle to find. While exploring the foundations of his musical tastes Messa camped at a Tribe Called Quest, he found his oasis. In reflection a story came out, sometimes that how songs emerged. Sometimes, you just have to jump out that plane and wait for the parachute to deploy. Thank God he did.
Houston native, Messa Montana continues his thoughts through music as he searched for affirmation, and how he found it when writing and producing track 2 "Feel It".Read More
I don’t know about you, but I love it when artists explainer videos. Sometimes its great to understand the nuances easily missed and discover the back story to a verse or hook. In this video Messa Montana talks about the first track on the album “Overthinking”. If you haven’t seen that video then you get another chance in this email,Read More
Its out now! Purchase the pre-release for “Be Kind, Rewind Vol. 1” by Messa Montana and get “Overthinking” today!
Messa Montana shares his inspiration behind the design and experience working alongside popular Houston muralist Marked By Jake. There are a lot of attention to detail that went into the artwork for his upcoming EP "Be Kind, Rewind". A must watch.
Check out the video and pre-order “Be Kind Rewind Vol 1” EP today!Read More
This incredible cover art done by Houston native, muralist Jacob. It captures everything you come to expect from Messa Montana, nostalgic 90s beats, pocket grooves, hypnotic melodies and a modern back-packer rap flow. There are no rhymes for the sake of riddling here…genuine honesty, integrity and introspective thought processes.
All beats are produced by Messa himself, whilst the vocal production, mixing and mastering was done at the new SafeHouse Recordings studio by ToneCrafters CEO and studio owner Calvin FOOD Venus.Read More