The Pulse of Entertainment - November 18, 2022

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The Pulse of Entertainment: Mariea Antoinette Releases the Harp Version of ‘So Amazing' Luther Vandross Cover


(November 18, 2022) - "I actually did my very first music video on this song," said Urban/Jazz Harpist Mariea Antoinette about her newest single release "So Amazing," a Luther Vandross cover song originally performed at her friends' million-dollar wedding. "A good friend of mine...said she wanted me to do her wedding. A million-dollar wedding, I could do what I wanted. I looked at catalogs...Maxwell, Kem, Luther. I liked Luther's catalog...'So Amazing' is nice. I did a demo for her...saved Luther for last. She said, ‘That's it'! Her daughter said, ‘That's the one'!"

Mariea then teamed up with music producer Allan Phillips (keyboards) to come up with a harpist's version of the hit song "So Amazing." Antoinette assembled basically an orchestra (violins, cello, trumpet, saxophonist, flute, and trombone) to accompany her harp and Allan's keyboard, Evan Marks' guitar, Nathan Brown's bass, and Tiki Pasillas' drums.

"When I was playing the song...everyone clapped. I thought I'd record it because everybody loved the song," she said when asked. "When released it reached #23 on the Smooth Jazz Chart."

Mariea Antoinette is as classy as her name and her harp playing is as sexy as she looks.

"People say to me, ‘You make the harp so sexy,'" she confirmed to me when I made the statement that she makes harp playing sexy.

When I asked her why she picked the harp, she said, "I just saw it and loved the music. I knew it was what I wanted to play. I used to play the piano and sing in a Gospel choir at church."

Antoinette went on and perfected the harp and garnered the Black Women in Jazz and the Arts Award, a Black Music Award, and a San Diego Prestige Award. Her recordings reached Billboard's Top Five Chart and her skills resulted in her performing for President Barack and Michelle Obama, for Ne-yo at the BET Awards, as the principal harpist for the Los Angeles Southeast Symphony Orchestra, at various Jazz festivals such as the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival, Capital Jazz Fest, and the Women Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards. In December Mariea will shoot her first PBS special with her band and a strong section at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills titled "An Intimate Evening with Mariea Antoinette."

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Dr. Eunice Moseley has an estimated weekly readership of over one million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations and Business Management Strategist and Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore EVENTS: "Uplifting Minds II" Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 24th year. Next events are coming to Baltimore via Zoom Saturday April 15, 2023, presented by Security Square Mall and The Baltimore Times, and Los Angeles via Zoom Saturday, November 11 2023. The ULMII event is a free entertainment conference offering a Professional Industry Panel Q&A Session, a Professional Talent Showcase and National Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $17,500 valued in prizes/product/services. Log onto for more information or to RSVP for Zoom Access email

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