New York, NY — Kevin “Kwiz” Ryan, producer/engineer, composer and tour audio programmer for The Formation World Tour, will release The Black Light Chronicles – a call-to-action concept album based on past and present African American experiences in the U.S. – on Thursday, September 15, 2016.
The Black Light Chronicles is a multi-genre project that tackles issues of race relations, police brutality, gun-control, religion and several other sensitive topics that capture the challenges and coping mechanisms of Black Americans. It features a diverse group of independent artists including, TOY !!!, Pretty Lyon, Bliz Kardai, RadGalRay, Nyasha Nicole, Nia Shwavé, Neycha, A.R., J’von “Bishop” Lawrence, Kat Rodriguez, and Andria Cole. The project also features two offerings from singer/songwriter, Tiffany Moníque, best known as 1/3 of Beyoncé’s widely acclaimed background vocalists, “The Mamas.”
“When you shine a black light on some things, you seem to see what you couldn’t see with the naked eye,” says Kwiz. “I’m very proud of the outcome of this project and I believe it tied together into a comprehensive, entertaining, thought-provoking and memorable sonic experience that digs deep into the listener’s psyche.”
Kevin “Kwiz” Ryan is a musician, producer, composer, audio engineer and artist development specialist from Bronx, NY. He has worked closely with Beyoncé as audio programmer and as a recording engineer for all of her major performances and tours for the last ten years. He has also worked with dozens of A-list artists including JAY-Z, Mary J. Blige, T.I., Busta Rhymes, Jill Scott, Kanye West and many others. As a composer, he’s written musical themes for shows on ABC, HBO, and ESPN. Kwiz is currently touring with Beyoncé on her historic “The Formation World Tour” of stadiums in North America and Europe. With The Black Light Chronicles, he has stepped out of the background to compose and produce a compelling and highly emotional compilation, keenly relevant to the current social climate in America.
The Black Light Chronicless will be available for purchase on iTunes, Tidal, CDBaby and most other major digital retail outlets on September 15, 2016. For more information about The Black Light Chronicles, visit www.blacklightchronicles.net.
For more information or to schedule an interview with Kwiz, please email [email protected]