The Independents Music A&R
Discovering the undiscovered
Luminary Sounds is the Independents Music A&R for discovering the undiscovered. Based in Southern California, Luminary Sounds is dedicated to help break undiscovered talent into the mainstream through music reviews, interviews, live shows, and our podcast. The platform was created by musical artist Junior LLedo, and music enthusiast, Francois The Great. With so much attention focused on top Billboard artists, the independent artist is often overlooked. Featured in Voyage LA Magazine and VC Reporter for their outstanding work, Luminary Sounds steps in as leading platform to bridge emerging artists and fans together.
The Internet's Music A&R
How Good Are We?
It's easy to find musical artists because there are so many to choose from but imagine finding multiple artist that the world also notices. Luminary Sounds listens to countless artist every week in the hopes of finding the next artist to break into the mainstream.
Luminary Sounds Publication
"Most of our submission request comes from our website but My co-host Francois The Great and I do a great job on researching the artist before we connect with them. We share their music on all our social media sites, record their live performances, give album reviews, interviews, and discuss their music on the podcasts. I’m most proud of the impact that we’ve made within a short amount of time. Most of the artists have never done interviews and we’re the first to provide that for them. We even have artist sign their autographs on a polaroid for us and just seeing the joy and watching the artist take advantage of the moment is exciting. What sets us apart from the others is our unique tandem. As a musical artist, I know the struggles and joys of being an independent artist because I’m in their shoes and I can relate. I've won music awards, my music has been published in Netflix films and Francois The Great has been a historian of music for over ten years and has met so many high profile artist. Because we can relate and understand the music history it gives us an edge over anyone who does what we do." - Junior LLedo
Independent Rising Music Podcast
Discovers the undiscovered
An independent music podcast based in Ventura County is helping undiscovered musical artists across all genres break into the mainstream music scene through reviews, interviews and recorded live performances.
Luminary Sounds was created by musical artist Odell “Junior LLedo” Davis of Oxnard and musical enthusiast Francis “Francois the Great” Ampiaw of Sherman Oaks last year. The two met 12 years ago working at a bank in Simi Valley and learned they both had a passion for music.
“Junior asked that if he started a podcast would I do it with him,” Ampiaw, 40, said. “I was already doing album reviews for mainstream and independent artists. Before [R&B artist] Ella Mai made it big, everyone would always ask me, ‘how did you know she was going to be so big? You need to take this seriously.’ ”
WE GOT IT RIGHT
WE HAVE RECEIPTS
A music review can be telling depending on who and how it's being told. We highlight what's beautiful in the artist. In our music reviews we actually listen to each song to understand the artist. Many of the artist we've reviewed have gained mainstream success. We take pleasure in watching all artist's reach another level of growth.
PINK SWEAT$ 2018
In 2018 an artist with a unique name and sound came across our radar. He went by the name of Pink Sweat$. After listening to "Honesty" it was time to do a review and tell the world why Pink Sweat$ was the next artist for fans to notice. Since 2018 the "Coke and Henney" singer has been featured on Jimmy Kimmel, The Breakfast Club, and featured on Wale's newest album.
Luminary Sounds 2018 Music Review of Danileigh wasn't by accident. Although there are a countless of new artist emerging every day the "Lil Bebe" singer stood out. As we fast forward to the end of 2019, Danileigh has been featured on The Breakfast Club, No Jumper, Hot 97, and has worked with YG, Lil Baby, YBN and Chris Brown.
SUMMER WALKER 2019
LAST DAY OF SUMMER
We first came across Summer Walker with "CPR" a song that embodied presence and confidence. It was an easy decision to feature Summer Walkers previous album "Last Day of Summer" because she's simply a star. She's the female artist that has her cake and eats it too. An artist that expresses her feelings with no hesitation. Since our feature on Summer Walker she's worked alongside Drake, 6lack, Bryson Tiller, London on da Track, Rick Ross, Usher, Raury, and dropped the #1 R&B Album of 2019, "Over It"
Hosting Music Awards
Vc Music Awards
Francois The Great & Junior LLedo host the 7th Annual Ventura County Music Awards.
Oxnard Jazz Festival
Oxnard Jazz Festival
Junior LLedo & Francois The Great host The 4th Annual Oxnard Jazz Festival.
WGA Writers Guild Awards 2020
Expressing your creativity
We're proud to have the #1 Independent Musical Podcast. It's important that your Luminary Talent be discovered.
MAYOR TIM B FLYNN
Episode 14 / Mayor Tim Flynn joined Luminary Sounds to discuss challenges, progression,homelessness,employment, financial budgets, family, and why he's running for Ventura County Supervisor.
Episode 13 / Viral sensation, Inayah sat down with Luminary Sounds and talked about not quitting her job, new docu series, new album S.O.L.A.R, going viral, growing up in Houston and the importance of family support.Save
WORK FOR IT
Episode 12 / Luminary Sounds sat down with Marilyn Ford who's an outstanding artist. She talked to us about her creative process, upcoming projects, and the challenges that up and coming artists face while moving forward in the music game.
The Musical Doc
Melanin & Honey
Episode 11 / The Musical Doc is one of the most talented artist we've came across. The Melanin & Honey artist is a fixture in the LA scene and her sound is undeniable. She discuss how she took chances on her musical career while fighting through depression.
Episode 10/ Family favorite and Musical Artist $enseii discusses living in Japan and the inspiration of making music in today's musical climate. The difficult decisions he's made as being a single father while fighting for his musicl goals.
Episode 10 / UNDRGRND Magazine Editor-Chief Andrew Mason discusses how he came up with a magazine for independent artist and the climate of the underground music scene. This was one of our favorite episodes because we found another inspiring entrepreneur who will achieve greatness.
The New Standard
The Internet's Music A&R
The Coolest Podcast OF All TIme
We know the consistent grind and drive an independent artist must face because Luminary Sounds was created by a musical artist. The moment we share an artist music they gain a boost of confidence to keep going and not give up. We are selective but we have to be. We love highlighting artist they many would never get the chance of hearing and we take pride in showing off new Indie Artist.