Local musician RAMONA giving to Hurricane Irma relief

RAMONA performing at Prohibition Kitchen in St. Augustine. Photo by Tim Savage

RAMONA releases new single “Not Your Mama” and will donate all sales to American Red Cross

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – RAMONA, an original jazz meets R&B eight-piece outfit, will release their brand new single “Not Your Mama” on Sep. 18 off their self-titled album, and will be donating all proceeds made during the month of September to assist victims impacted by Hurricane Irma. All proceeds from sales from their album and single made in September will go directly to the American Red Cross.

RAMONA felt the effects of their own tragedy in 2016 when Hurricane Matthew destroyed singer and lead conceptualist Jeanetta Salyer and Alberto Cebollero‘s home, losing everything.

“We were going through a lot of changes and growth as a band after Hurricane Matthew hit, and we began developing a more sophisticated, relaxed sound in part because we felt unshakable as a musical force. Creating was a sure way to bring positivity to an uncertain time of transition,” said Salyer.

The six-song album took a total of three months to record through the expertise of Lucio Rubino from Fish Tank Records (Paramore, Larry Coryell, Flock of Seagulls). Due to their loss from Hurricane Matthew, the band was in the middle of rebuilding their lives and dealing with personal tragedy, as well as sustaining their music through playing 40+ shows a month and finalizing the record.

“I’m still in awe at the amount of work our band put in to get us back to square one after those devastating months,” said Salyer.

Throughout the past year, RAMONA has since garnered national attention, winning the Delta Grammy Contest, being named the “What’s Hot” band of the year and receiving a feature on the Best of NPR. Created to lift spirits, “Not your Momma” has been described as “a lighthearted, humorous take on an ordinary occurrence, a true new school jazz standard riddled with female empowerment, playful lyrics and a musical punch.”

While often performing as a duo or trio, RAMONA also plays as a full-piece band to consist of Jeanetta Salyer (vocal/emcee), Chris Kearnes (sax), Alberto Cebollero (guitar/piano), Jim Johnston (guitar), Tommy Bridgewater (bass) and Kent McKinney (drums). Onstage, RAMONA is known to bring high-energy, pulsating sound and non-stop performance – the sound of 11 p.m. Saturday night with a tequila shot on the way.

The public may purchase the album or single “Not Your Mama” online at https://store.cdbaby.com/m/cd/ramona6. All purchases made in September will go directly to the Red Cross. For more information contact Kristin Chambers at kchambers@meerkatmediagroup.com or at 904-501-0003.



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