Faces of Change (MTS Edition)

by Javier Starks & Matthew Shell



Faces of Change (FOC), an EP from acclaimed album producer and musician on a GRAMMY winning album, Matthew Shell, and emcee, educator, and sustainability ambassador, Javier Starks blends thoughtful, introspective rhymes over a fusion of Jazz, Hip-Hop, R&B, and Rock. Previously unreleased on streaming platforms, FOC debuts to listeners who have been craving more music from Javier since performances and collaborations with artists such as Robert Glasper, Substantial, Greg Hutchinson, and more.

Faces of Change like all of Javier’s music offers an alternative to the destructive themes often associated with Rap music. Like many overlooked artists in the genre, he offers positive messages that range from his relationship with God, struggles, perseverance, and more without the use of profanity. His unique outlook, combined with the lush soundscapes Matthew produces on FOC, is refreshing.

Faces of Change features several appearances from Jazz and Hip Hop artists including Substantial, Kenny McNeil, Marcus Singleton, Bomani Armah, Trey Eley, and more. FOC is now streaming on all digital streaming platforms and also Bandcamp.


released January 26, 2024

Lyrics written by Javier Starks.* Produced, mixed, and mastered by Matthew Shell.


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