Singer, songwriter Carmen Rodgers has just released her new album, “Stargazer”! Dallas TX native Rodgers who is currently based out of Atlanta, GA, has been blessing us with her sound for a few years now. You may mostly be familiar with her as part of The Foreign Exchange crew or you may have heard from her last two offerings, “Free” and “The Bitter Suite”, EP.
Rodgers’ rich, full and soulful vocals stand front and center on each song of “Stargazer”. She can sing anything and she proves it on songs like “Stay” and “Love Stories”. These songs are the most beautifully arranged on the album. Her voice soars along with a 14-piece string section in those songs and it is absolute heaven. I loved that she incorporated this into her sound. It just showcases her vocals even more. Her lead single, “Heartless” is a banger and is what we have come to expect from her. Soulful, funky vocals with a bumping track. It’s very effective and has defined her sound overall. “Beyond the Stage” is a nice groovy and smooth joint that is on constant repeat here at Soulster Vibes. “Charge”, is a lovely duet featuring singer, songwriter, Anthony David. It definitely should receive airplay on contemporary R&B radio. Actually the whole album should receive airplay, but I digress.
“Stargazer” is a must-listen and such a well-rounded offering from Carmen Rodgers. Another album from an indie artist that you can listen to straight through. Support GOOD music people and go get this! Also, she is currently touring in support of this album so be sure to check her out in a city near you.
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“Stargazer” by Carmen Rodgers is now available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.
Official Carmen Rodgers Website
Carmen Rodgers and Anthony David performing, “Charge” in Atlanta, GA
Hey Soulsters! The Foreign Exchange graced Atlanta with their soulful presence on Friday at Terminal West. Of course, as a huge fan of this group, you know I couldn’t let them come through my city without catching their show. They are currently on a world tour promoting their latest release, “Love In Flying Colors“. See the album review here.
I saw FE+ for the first time last October and that show was incredible. It’s great to know that each time you see an artist live, their show is even better than before. That was certainly the case on Friday night. The FE crew consisted of Nicolay, Phonte, Zo!, and Carmen Rodgers this go round. They started with their first single off the latest album, “Call It Home“. Phonte’s vocals were definitely on point and I remember thinking, “What a great way to open the show“. I got chills when they walked out to that song. It just got better from there. “If I knew Then” featuring Carmen Rodgers (which is my joint!) was next. Another great song on the album. “Love In Flying Colors” has many great songs on it and they pretty much showcased all of them except one or two. Singer, songwriter and Decatur, GA native, Gwen Bunn made a guest appearance during Zo!‘s, “Count To Five“. This is my favorite song off Zo!‘s ManMade offering, his latest. It introduced me to the very talented Bunn and I have been a fan of her music ever since. See the video for this single here. I was so excited to see her run up on the stage! At the last Atlanta FE+show back in October, Phonte called her out to perform this song, but to my dismay she wasn’t in the building. What a pleasant surprise that Ms. Bunn was there this night and rocked it!
I loved the song choices of past FE+ music that they chose to perform. Songs like, “I Wanna Know”, “House of Cards”, “Come Around”, “Take Off The Blues” and “Nic’s Groove” had me jamming the rest of the night. It seems to me that there was more music than what I remember from the other show, which is more than welcomed!
If you haven’t already, please go and check out FE+ while they are on tour. You can find their tour dates in a city near you on their website, http://www.theforeignexchangemusic.com! You don’t want to miss this show.
Here is a snippet of “If I Knew Then” from the show below!