Hi readers

Inspire Mysmile is breaking up for the holidays early and this is the last post for 2017. THANK YOU to every single reader that have read my posts this year. 2017 has been a very tricky year but let’s try to remain positive and be thankful for the food and time spent with family & friends and not forgetting those that have passed and will be remembered.

2018 Inspire will be spending more on shaping up the brand as whole. The ‘New Favourites’ feature will be changing and also there will be more features from T.E.A Blog.  Also a massive shout out  to Melanin Mondays https://www.melaninmondays.co.uk/ and http://musicfootballfatherhood.com/  some of the best blogs/ brands to support and look out for.





Dont forget to check out the latest playlist AFROBEAN PLAYLIST

Stay safe and keep smiling.

Vanessa Ryan




Greetings Readers

Lets not play around with this weeks new favourite track. As always please feel free to send me your feedback.

 Bruk Out Records 2nd release comes from E.Mak and Big Zeeks with their ‘Yo’ remix. They return with features from Stylo G, Frisco and TE dness to add a little spice to the track. Think we can all agree that Yo is BADASS!!


E.MAK Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emakonline/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmakOnline

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emakonline/

BIG ZEEKS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Big-Zeeks-21…

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_bigzeeks

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_bigzeeks/

BRUKOUT Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsBrukOut/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thisisbrukout/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisisbrukout/

STREAM/DOWNLOAD ‘YO’ AVAILABLE NOW https://emak.lnk.to/Emak



Iskaba is such a tune I dont know why it has taken me so long to upload to the playlist, I have been sitting on this banger for weeeeeeks. Iskaba was actually released year 24/11/16 to be exact. The highly anticpated video came out April this year.

Who is Wande Coal?

Wande Coal is the CEO of Black Records Entertainment, he  has recorded tracks with other Nigerian artists including Ikechukwu, Naeto C, Dr SID, D’Prince, Wizkid and many more. In 2012 following a fallout between record label Executives Don Jazzy and D’banj, Coal, Dr SID and D’Prince signed on to Don Jazzy’s new Record Label Mavin Records with the addition of Tiwa Savage from 323 entertainment acting as the first lady of mavin records. Coal left Mavin Records in 2013. In October 2013, he released a single called “Baby Face”.

After a long hiatus, Coal dropped his  album Wanted.


Find out more about DJ Tunez in his recent interview with The Fader http://www.thefader.com/2017/11/06/dj-tunez-interview-iskaba-beat-construction-blackout.


Follow DJ Tunez

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/dj_tunez/

Website: djtunezblackout.com

Spotify: Stream / Download ‘Iskaba’  https://open.spotify.com/artist/1fYVmAFB7sC7eDoF3mJXla


Twitter: https://twitter.com/wandecoal


Its been a while since I have uploaded music from Donaeo, however he has been the curator for bringing back UK Funky music and was asked to do the #Bringbackfunkyhousechallange. With the help of the ‘Link Up TV’ they were able to document the process. Donaeo vocalled and mixed his new funky track within 30 minutes. Donaeo announced last week that ‘Link up’ is available to download. Since putting it out, the feedback has been great. Supporters have been posting videos of them listening, creating shapes (dance) to his new track.

I am excited for Donaeo and for UK Funky to come back and I’m hoping all of the producers and Dj’s who kept it alive grave us with some new productions.

Download The Link Up for Free click the link below http://www.mediafire.com/file/m4mukym…

ALSO you can catch Donaeo’s concert Jan 28th @ Islington Assembly Hall https://www.livenation.co.uk/show/1015563/donae-o/London/2018-01-25/en


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/donaeomusic

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/donaeo/

Soundcloud: https://www.soundcloud.com/donaeo

Words BY Vanessa Ryan


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Twitter: https://twitter.com/funkynessa

Email: inspiremysmile@icloud.com



It’s no secret that Keyshia Cole has been working on new material and giving us tasters off the new album. Personally when I heard the collaboration with French Montana and Remy Ma on the ‘You’ single I was excited and thought it was a good come back as its upbeat but she still kept it real with her meaningful lyrics.

Now Keyshia is officially back and promoting her new single ‘Incapable‘. When I received the single I didn’t waste no time to listen and just as I expected. Cole  is back to making classic ballads. We can’t deny Keyshia’s talent and she is dope at using her experiences to inspire her songs and she makes them so relatable for everybody.

I’m not excited about this song however I am looking forward to hearing Keyshia’s forthcoming  seventh studio album, 11:11 Reset due October 20th (TODAY). I do truly believe that she has some great songs to share. We need Keyshia to keep RnB alive across the waters.

Reset 11:11 is available on all digital outlets

iTunes http://smarturl.it/11.11Reset/itunes

Apple Music http://smarturl.it/11.11Reset/applemusic

Spotify http://smarturl.it/IncapableKC/spotify

Google Play http://smarturl.it/11.11Reset/googleplay

Amazon Digital http://smarturl.it/11.11Reset/amazonm…


Website: http://www.keyshiacole.com/






FEKKY. feat SHAKKA ‘My Size’

Taken from Fekky’s ‘El Clasico’ debut album I think this is one of the best tracks off this album, I can not get enough of it. The production is so sick and its a great feature from Shakka. The video was shot in South Africa its a good look.


El Clasico is out now on Island Records https://IslandRecs.lnk.to/ElClasico


Website: http://fekkyofficial.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fekkyofficial/

Twitter: https://www.instagram.com/fekkyofficial/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fekkyofficial


SHAKKA ‘Heart The Weekend’

There is just  something about Shakka. Even when he performs he is such a SICK artist no matter what track, production he puts out. I think what I like the most about Shakka is that he such a diverse artist that you can see it in how he dresses and we can hear it in his music. No track sounds the same and I really like how he sings over electronic, house beats but can also switch up and go into his roots.

Heart The Weekend is his latest single and its out now

Download and Stream Shakka – ‘Heart The Weekend’: http://TrakHouse.co/HTW




Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamshakka/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/iAmShakka

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamshakka/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/iamshakka


ANGEL ‘Take You Home’

Take You Home has grown on me the more I heard it. What I really like  about Angel is how he curates  his influences into his music. For example “Take You Home” is a remake of the 80’s classic “Gotta Get You Home Tonight” by Eugene Wilde. I Really like how Angel has taken a classic and made it so modern that he almost sounds like Chris Brown and hints of Trey Songz.

In my personal opinion Angel doesn’t get the credit that he deserves. The man has been doing bits for time. This is a sick remake.



Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisisangel/

Website: http://thisisangel.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thisisangel

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angelofficial



This is this weeks New Favourites, keep updated new week for more new tunes.


Vanessa Ryan


Hi Readers,

We are well into the swing of October. This month is packed with so many events and new music releases coming out.

Let me just give you guys the update on Mabels concert. It was such a good look for her, I was surprised to see how much people actually like Mabel and knew every song word for word.  I was also so pleased to see Mahalia perform live, as you know I have been championing her music.

See the instagram page @inspiremysmile for footage.

Here are the lowdown of events coming up..






Spanning from segregated 1846 America right up to the death of Sarah Reid in the UK in 2016, Freeman features a mix of high-energy physical theatre, acappella singing, humour and powerful drama to create an extraordinarily moving and affecting experience.

Tickets from £10 (Fees may apply)

Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP
Box office 0121 236 4455





Tickets £25+


Support acts Donae’o, Andrew Roachford, Gabrielle Aplin

Website: http://raskit.co.uk/

SEE Ticket outlets for tickets


From TV presenter and co-founder of the Women: Inspiration and Enterprise Network, June Sarpong MBE, comes an intelligent and empowering polemic which argues the case for how limited we are by social division while inspiring us to make a change.

An evening with June Sarpong



FREE but you must book in advance

Waterstones Birmingham, 
24-26 High Street
Birmingham B4 7SL
Box office 0121 633 4353


To reserve a seat please call Waterstones Birmingham 0121 633 4353




More events and music will be up next week.


Keep updated with the Inspire Mysmile

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Twitter @funkynessa



Words by Vanessa Ryan








Hi Readers.

As we are coming to the end of summer.  Winter is coming upon us, this is also the season where see a lot of events such as concerts, awards & charity ceremonies and various other events. Also BLM (Black History Month) where we use the month of October to educate and celebrate Black history in the UK by expressing our creativity. Over the next coming weeks and months I will be posting various events that are taking place here in Birmingham and also in other cities in the UK.

This post is solely for events and performances that are coming up in Birmingham (UK).


Introducing Birmingham’s First Music Industry Mixer Event …
Inviting all Creatives to Promote, Network and Connect!

This is your opportunity to :

-Share, Connect and Promote your Services within the Music Industry

-Watch Live Performances


-Network and Interact with Like Minded People

-Showcase your Skills, Talents and Services on stage

-Listen to Inspirational Speakers

-Enjoy a Fantastic After Party with DJ Darny Ranx

-Win Studio Time, Radio Air Time + Many More Raffle Prizes

If you would like to showcase your skills/services on the night, please Contact Us – jclivelounge@gmail.com, this is on a first come first serve basis.

For tickets and more information about this event please click https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birminghams-first-music-industry-mixer-event-tickets-36443447332







WEDS 4th October Mabel will be performing in Birmingham @ 02 Institute2. Performing her the tracks from the ‘Bedroom EP’, including the new single “Finders Keepers”. Mabel is currently doing a mini UK Tour, supporting artist Mahalia.  Read my April post about Mabel NEW FAVOURITES

Purchase your tickets

Bedroom is out now on digital outlets https://mabel.lnk.to/BedroomWE


cadets tour

Cadet is finally doing a mini UK tour and will be in Birmingham Thursday 7th December  with special guests. Cadet is an artist that I have been excited about for ever since his letter to Krept COUSIN LOVE and his growth in the last 12+ months has been so inspiring. The freestyle, performances around the UK and recently the release of “The commitment 2” album are proof of how much hard work truly pays off.  Inspire is hoping to get an interview with Cadet ahead of his performance.  Check out his latest freestyle #forthep***ychallenge. For the bants and jokes its worth a watch and probably the best one so far that’s come from this challenge.

purchase your tickets

Commitment 2 is out now http://smarturl.it/TheCommitment2.


I will be posting more events next week so keep a look out for them.


NEW FAVOURITES will be up next week too.

Thank you for reading.



Vanessa Ryan






Greetings readers,

Its been a while since I lasted posted on the blog. I apologise for the delay but don’t worry I have been collating ideas for new features on the blog for future developments. Thank you for still checking the website daily to see if there has been updates. Lastly I want to send love to my readers in the Caribbean Islands who are going through the most traumatic events right now from hurricane Irma my sincere thoughts are with you all.

Lets get into the playlist.


Yxng bane is killing it right now.  The East London-born rapper specializes in dance hall-infused R&B, but stays true to the culture with  blending genres from across the board with the afrobeats sounds.  Yxng Bane’s most popular song is the‘Shape of You Remix’, he has featured on songs with  Kojo Funds, Yungen, AfroWave Tayá and many more. ‘Rihanna’ is receiving so much good feedback from DJs, bloggers. The song has over a million views on YouTube already. It’s currently  played in the clubs overseas and most urban radio stations such as BBC 1xtra, Captial xtra. This song is definitely in my top favourites, it’s so sick I can’t get enough of it.

‘Rihanna’ is available on all digital outlets

Stream on Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/track/5kJEUjZ…

Stream on Apple Music – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rih…

Buy on iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rih…


STEFFLON DON ‘HURTIN ME’ Feat, French Montana

Another tune that has my ears is Stefflon Don’s  new song “Hurtin Me” feat French Montana.  The into where she belts out “Breakfast in bed, I got you begging for it” is just so catchy and the way she cries out “I heard you got a new girlfriend and its hurtin me”, those lines carry so much emotion we hear the hurt in her voice. I like it because its appeals to her female audience and as a female myself I know how it feels when we see the guy with a new girlfriend because we get in our feelings. So I can really relate to the lyrics. It’s a good song, with or without French Montana, I feel like this track is so diverse she could do various remixes.

Steff has already claimed the title of a real MC, her inventive rap and dance hall inspired wordplay  has caught the attention of many grime artists, even  Drake .  Stephanie Allen was born in Birmingham (UK) before moving to the Netherlands and London with her family. Growing with both parents who speak patois her dancehall style came natrually as it is quite popular in the Netherlands. In 2015 she was turning heads with her version of Wretch 32 “Six Words” and Section Boys “Lock Arf”. Since then she’s been in high demand, appearing on tracks by the likes of Lethal Bizzle(Wobble remix) , Sneakbo (Work remix) and Angel (Hop On) .Rounding off her success last year she was named on the BBC Sound of 2017 longlist then the release of Real Ting Mixtape which has been a great success for Steff with the track such as ‘Real Ting’ where she actually embraces herself  with lyrics like “belly fat, belly marked up” and she is still bad with diamonds in her rolly (Rolex). Although I do like her previous tunes, well 16 shots is one of my favs,  Hurtin Me is a big tune and will grow on a lot of people the more it is played on the airwaves.

BUY/STREAM: Stefflon Don – Hurtin’ Me (feat. French Montana).    https://StefflonDon.lnk.to/HurtinMeID



Melisa dropped her first track ‘Played’ in January this year and was featured as BBC Introducing Track of the Week on BBC Radio 1Xtra.
Melisa followed this with the track  ‘Sweetest Cake’ in March, this time gaining attention across both sides of the Atlantic from blogs such as  Wonderland, AFROPUNK, OK-THO and Clash Magazine all featuring what they championed as a major new voice in UK soul and R&B.
Now coming with the second taster from her forthcoming debut E.P. ‘Moon & The Sky’, ‘Billin’ is outspoken and harder, which brings a whole new dimension to Melisa’s work. .It’s also an edgy, soulful banger that keeps the young star’s reputation building.

Melisa premiered ‘Billin’ on DJ Ace’s show at BBC 1xtra’s Live Lounge last month and later performed at this years Notting Hill Carnival. Billin is taken from her latest upcoming EP  Moon +The Sky’ which set to be released this month.   This is such as good tune with smooth melodies and its catchy.

Keep a look out for Melisa’s music as I feel we will hear more from this artist.



‘BILLIN’ is available on all media outlets



Follow Melisa Whiskey
Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/MelissaWhiskey/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/melisawhiskey
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melisawhiskey/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGbOzhM01vl5Z88HXUJyQQQ
Website: http://melisawhiskey.com/



OMG this is another song that I cant get enough of. The lyrical content is humoureous, the flow and production is just BAD!! Instanly it makes you bop your head. For those that may not be familiar withCASisDEAD, also known as CAS and formerly Castro, is a UK Rap/Grime MC, producer, visual director, entrepreneur from Tottenham (London). He has is own record label under the name of  imreallydead, through which he releases his own music. He began rapping in 2005 under the name Castro Saint, a moniker he kept until 2007. In his first spell in music, Castro made no music videos. He resumed a music career in 2012 under the name CASisDEAD.Since returning to music in 2012 he has worn a mask during all public appearances and videos, this has led to speculation over his true identity.

CAS has released several songs this year such as ‘Do It Again’ (Mineo ft. CASisDEAD), ‘Too Much Drugs’ (feat. Chase & Status), ‘The Grid’, ‘Danger’feat (Shola Ama x CASisDEAD), ‘The Code.’


Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CasIsDead


Website: http://imreallydead.com/



Wretch 32  is back and has teamed up with Donae’o and Kojo Funds on the track ‘Whistle’, produced by one of the Birmingham’s finest producers Rymez.  This is a strong line up  as we have Wretch highlighting how Black lives matter, Donae’o belting the hook “We got to get the money, beacuse the money is ours” and Kojo giving us the deep voice vocals. The collaboration also works because I feel its a long time over due project for Wretch and Donae’o together on a track but also ideal for Kojo to be on this track with Donaeo because I personally feel that both artists sound quite similar. Wretch has been a little quiet since the success of  the ‘Growing Over Life‘ album last year but he has also spent time in Jamaica and is currently working on his forth coming album. I think we can expect to hear to some serious music from Wretch towards the end of this year into 2018.


“Whistle” is out now: https://Wretch32.lnk.to/WhistleID








This collaboration surprised me. I didn’t see it coming at all, but it works. It’s a rare occasion to see two artists  who both equally successful from the West Midlands  linking up on projects such as this. As I typed this I was listening to Jorja on Charlie Sloth’s 1xtra show explaining how this collaboration came about, where she said that herself and Preditah paired together about 2 years ago in a session with singer-songwriter Ed Thomas.

Jorja Smith started 2016 with her career-making number “Blue Lights”, a slew of high-profile singles and collabs with the likes of Drake and Kali Uchis  I like how ‘On My Mind’ has hints of how garage sounded in 1998-2000 where producers like Arftul Dodger x Craig David, Wookie and MJ Cole who were and still are masters at putting together their productions with R&B/pop artists. The collaboration also reminds me of when Wookie linked up with Eliza Doolittle on ‘The Hype’ track. Preditah is definately one of the best producers to come from Birmingham (UK) along with Rymez and both have a catalogue of classics with probably most of the top UK grime mc’s and rappers.

Listen to ‘On My Mind’ – http://smarturl.it/JorjaSmithOnMyMind




Tayá singer-songwriter from Liverpool has teamed up with Yxng Bane on her latest song ‘When ur sober.’

“’When Ur Sober’ is probably the most personal song I’ve ever released. I think pretty much everyone can relate to going through a rocky patch in a relationship, and finding themselves needing reassurance, but not getting it. Sometimes it’s just good to hear that you’re not the only one” – Tayá


I truly agree that the lyrics are relatable and may hit home for many people.  Tayá is signed to Atlantic Records, has her 6 track self titled E.P which is available now. Tayá is also about to headline her first show on the 4th October @ Thousand Island you can purchase ticketshere


https://twitter.com/taya https://youtube.com/tayamusiconline https://soundcloud.com/taya https://instagram.com/taya



Yxng Bane https://twitter.com/yxngbane




As always please let me know which songs are your favourites, lets talk readers.


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Email inspiremysmile.wordpress.com

Vanessa Ryan





When music sounds so sweet again and I have to really say thank you to the artists who go in the studio and record their tracks and know within themselves that the track BANGS!!. I also have to say thank you to the DJs who are constantly playing new music from artists who I have to research on because that’s what keeps the blogs alive.

Right now  I have some beautiful, beautiful songs that range from R&B and Reggae.

TANKIA “Kingston 13”

It’s been a while since we have heard new music from Tanika but this tune right here so is beautiful the lyrics are meaningful and I love the inspiration she has expressed from Jamaica. I love the beat it reminds me of the old time reggae accoustic sounds.

After releasing her independent EP ‘Out Here’ last February (featuring Stormzy, Wretch 32 and Chip). Tanika is back Kingston 13 taken from her upcoming EP “Birthdays In Jamaica”. Part one of a two part release written and recorded in various parts of Jamaica. Birthdays in Jamaica sees Tanika draw for various experiences from being a young lady in Brixton, London, growing up with a Jamaican father and finding and loosing love along the way.

Kingston 13 is the lead single from the release, a song Tanika made about a love interest who since record has sadly passed away.

Birthdays In Jamaica EP will be out on iTunes/ Spotify /Apple Music on 18th August 2017.

Follow Tanika

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/iamtanika

Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamTanika

Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/iamTanika/



The Birmingham Roots, Reggae & Dancehall Singer, songwriter Claire Angel caught  my attention when I heard this track on David Rodigan’s BBC 1xtra show and I really like the melody and lyrics that enocurage us to “Never give up” no matter how life pans out. I have heard of  Claire Angel before but never really checked her out until now. Never Give Up a Ang- UK Production. Claire won Britian Got Reggae 2016

Here is a 30 secs snippet


Never Give Up is out now

AMAZON https://www.amazon.com/Never-Give-Up-Claire-An…/…/B071XHSNS1
iTUNES https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/claire-angel/id286640297

Follow Claire Angel

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClareAngelMusic



SHAGGY feat. ROMAIN VIRGO “Promises”

I am loving this song right now. I just love Romain’s smooth vocals and the way he emphasises”I don’t want to see you cry” just makes me feel like I want to cry but with happy tears.  Recently Shaggy was featured on the “Crazy Glue” riddim by DJ FRASS  which is probably one of the best riddims thats around right now. Promises was produced by a producer called Llamar “Riff Raff”Brown. Riff Raff he has produced tracks for top artists including: Damian Marley, Queen Ifrica, Busy Signal, Tarrus Riley, Morgan Heritage, Jah Cure, and the list goes on.

Follow Shaggy

iTunes: http://flyt.it/ShaggyPromisesiT
Apple Music: http://flyt.it/ShaggyPromisesAM
Spotify: http://flyt.it/ShaggyPromisesSP

Follow Romain Virgo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RomainVirgo/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/realromainvirgo
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realromainv…



I am not really a big fan of James Arthur, however James is one of those artists who makes tracks every so often  that gets a pass in “non commercial” or “urban”scene with some tracks. This track “Sun Comes Up” is a BANGER!! I can not lie. Maybe it’s because Rudimental have cooked up another banger.  I have recently heard a remix from Steel Banglez feat Mist, who has a nice intro. Now i’m not sure if the version with Mist is available to download  but I really like the idea of Rudimental, James Aruthur Steel Banglez and Mist all one track.  I am so happy that Rudimental are back with new music and on the search for new singers to vocal their productions after some great successes with Anne Marie, Elle Eyre, Will Heard and many more.



Download or stream now at: http://atlanti.cr/suncomesup

Click here to subscribe: http://bit.ly/SubscribeToRu…

Follow Rudimental



Sober is available everywhere now https://atlanti.cr/sober

I don’t know too much about Mahalia other than that she is singer- songwriter from the midlands towns Leciester  and she is what I call a refreshing artist. I absolutley love “Sober” because I resonate with the lyrics and love  love Mahalia’s vocals simply because she sounds like nobody else and has done a great job at identifying her own sound. I like how diverse her music is.

Check out the EP “Diary Of Me” http://lnk.to/DiaryOfMe

Follow Mahalia


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mahaliamusic/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mahaliamusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mahaliamusic

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mahalia_music/


This week playlist has pure bangers, I really mean top notch music. Check out the new favourites and let me know which songs you are feeling right now.


Words By Vanessa Ryan