Often times we meet and converse with people and the topic arises. Well, what do you do? Most times our reply is, we're independent recording artists. Then it goes like this, well what is an independent recording artist? Well we record, promote, perform and sell music but we're not affiliated with a major record label. In other words, if you are a recording artist not signed to a major that makes you Indie. Believe it or not the average music listener is not aware indie music exist. They simply hear their music on commercial radio or TV or don't hear it at all.
 
Yes, there is some good music on mainstream radio (terrestrial radio). The problem is song rotation. There are only so many slots available in one hour intervals and these slots are dominated by major record labels.
 
So if you as a listener are looking for the real nitty gritty, start checking out the indies (short for independent). There's indie radio, mostly Internet and college stations, indie brick and mortar  (industry term for actual building) radio exist as well, although these are usually smaller stations with shows airing at odd hours. It's still great listening. The vast majority of recording artists being played are indie. Indie radio playing indie music that needs to be heard. This makes sense.
 
Not only do you have indie radio and indie recording artists. There are also indie record stores both Internet and brick and mortar (Sound of Market - Market East - Philadelphia, PA). Oh yeah, and indie music magazines, blog sites, music venues, video TV channels, etc. Indie exist in every genre of music you can imagine.
 
Many indie music artists at one time or another were major label artists. Just because a recording artist is not on a major label being played on commercial radio 24 times a day doesn't mean they can't express themselves. As a indie artist you may have never been on a major recording label at all. This doesn't mean the artist is incapable of making great music.
 
We're simply saying commercial radio is limited and is not the end all to good music. Just because it's not in the top twenty rotation does not mean its not good or great music. This is why the Indie music community exist and is needed.
 
So if you think you're cool because you hip to all that's being played in that commercial rotation, think again. What's really hip is exposing yourself to the underground scene. Whatever your cup of tea, soul, r&b, jazz, hip hop, funk, rock n roll, gospel, punk, reggae, country, classical or whatever. There is more dope music out there than you can ever imagine.
 
So if this brief bit of information on indie music has sparked your curiosity, we hope you will tell others and begin to support indie music. Of course we could go on forever about the many facets of the indie music community, maybe we'll explore this more in the future.

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Yes, it was three years ago Trish was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer (GBM) and one and a half years since her transition. On May 11,2016  she lost a fierce battle with the disease. Having her by my side in so many battles I knew she was fearless, but the class, humor and bravery she displayed during her time of illness blew me away. It’s been a very difficult period for our family. Our time together in life and especially her last year and a half was so precious. There will be memories forever. You see Trish was many things to many.  She was sunshine, a comedian, always laughing and always looking up. To me she was my very best friend, my wife, business associate, the Trish in TN’T(Trish N’ Tom), my partner at tritommusic.com. Trish was a daughter, sister to her siblings, an aunt to her many nieces and nephews, a niece to her aunts and uncles, a  godmother, a daughter-in law, sister-in-law. Trish was a friend and confidant to others. She was a super talented vocalist, oh and I never knew anyone who could out dance her. She was an asset to the community we live in, faithful to God and the church she attended. The list goes on forever. Yes, Trish was a superstar as one half of TN’T(Trish N’ Tom), but she was also a superstar in life. It was a privilege and honor to have been her primary caregiver. This is truly a loss that is not easy to recover from. However, I’m so thankful to have had her in my life even if for just a season. I find comfort in knowing that her time on earth was well spent. She touched the lives of everyone she crossed paths with. Trish made all of us feel special.

We have begun to move forward, live, enjoy and love life as Trish would have wanted. No one loved life as she did. TN’T will continue to write and record great music and do so in memory of one of its founding members Patricia Marie Jackson-Chappell (aka Trish). We are currently recording new music for 2018 and have just finished shooting a new video for our song “Pray”. In addition, we are working with director Joseph H. James Jr., along with composers Gil Small, Robin Small, Randy Wilson, Martin Caba and Monet Dunham on a Broadway bound musical. Hopefully we’ll see you at some live shows in the future. We encourage you to visit us at www.tritommusic.com, though there will be changes there are plenty of memories. As always feel free to holla.

Trish has gone to heaven to be one of Gods greatest singing angels. Her spirit shall forever live. However, we’re not done, the headline reads “To Be Continued”.

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