Hey Soulsters! I had such a wonderful time this weekend connecting with fellow music lovers at Moods Music in Atlanta, GA in celebration of National Record Store Day. I wrote about this event last year (see here) and it has become the event that I look forward to the most. Not only do you get to hear and discover talented independent music artists, but you also get to support your local record store and give back to them what they have put into the community.
Moods Music owner, Darryl Harris is definitely loved by the community and his love of music and people permeates the walls of his store. Everyone that attended was there in high spirits and the vibe was filled with so much love. We were all there to support the store, the music and the artists. That is what it is all about, people. Can you tell I had a great time?
Here are some of the highlights from this year’s Record Store Day below:
Miranda Nicole, “Melanin Blues”
Rhonda Thomas, “When You Know You Know”
Carmen Rodgers and Anthony David, “Charge”
Anthony David, “Let Me In” and “Smoke One”
Moods Music is located at 1131 Euclid Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 653-0724 http://www.moodsmusic.net
“It’s a pity that if someone who has a really profoundly potent art to share chooses not to or doesn’t fit into this very thin slice of what’s desirable and marketable, chances are the public will never get a chance to hear what they’re doing”.
~Esperanza Spalding, Jazz bassist, Cellist and Singer
Happy Saturday Soulsters! Now this is a fabulous blast from the past. Groove Theory consisted of singer, producer, Bryce Wilson and singer/songwriter, Amel Larrieux. This album changed the game as far as hearing something different from the “new jack swing” sound that was slowing moving out at that time. So much soul and melody, this album was a welcome breath of fresh air in R&B music.
“Tell Me” was their first single and introduced us to their smooth sound and Larrieux’s lovely and soulful vocals. Larrieux went on to a successful solo career and has released five independent projects. She is considered Neo Soul royalty among her fans that have been following her since her Groove Theory days. Reminisce on this classic and check out the video below. Enjoy!
I’m not too much of a fan of the TV show, “The Voice”, but I do love a particular artist that is making her way through the rounds, the awesomely talented singer, Kimberly Nichole. I remember catching her performances here in Atlanta, GA as an underground, indie artist a few years back and enjoying the experience immensely. Kimberly Nichole is what someone would call a “beast”. Her soulful voice along with her incredible stage presence is something to behold. With just her and her band on that stage, she captivated all of the audiences that I have seen her perform in front of. She consistently just brought the house down every single time. I’m so glad that she is on “The Voice” and they have been given the opportunity to showcase this woman’s raw talent. Check her out her incredible performances on “The Voice” below.
Kimberly Nichole will give the show great ratings, so it will be in their best interests to keep her on the show (and crown her the winner). Pharrell Williams made a huge mistake letting her go last night, but Christina Aguilera snatched her up without hesitation. Aguilera is really a better fit for Nichole for obvious reasons. Williams wouldn’t know what to do with all of that talent.
It’s so good to watch someone coming from being an indie artist and watching them grow their career to the world-wide stage. She has been on the grind for many years and being on this platform is such a wonderful accomplishment for her. I now have a reason to watch “The Voice” this season and I will enjoy supporting her by voting and rooting her on! Will you?
Check out Kimberly Nicole and her music here and here!
“I hope to refine music, study it, try to find some area that I can unlock. I don’t quite know how to explain it but it’s there. These can’t be the only notes in the world, there’s got to be other notes some place, in some dimension, between the cracks on the piano keys.”
~Marvin Gaye, Singer, Songwriter, and Musician
“Music is really a spiritual thing – a connection between your inner self and the projection of that in public. This makes artists a little bit different, I think, because it’s a gift that needs to be developed. Sometimes it gets squashed when records don’t sell.”
~ Patrice Rushen, Composer, Producer, Multi-Instramentalist, Songwriter, Music Director and Vocalist
“It’s always been a gift with me, hearing music the way I do. I don’t know where it comes from, it’s just there and I don’t question it“.
~ Miles Davis, Musician, Trumpeter, Composer
“Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand”.
~ Stevie Wonder, Musician, Singer/Songwriter, Producer, Activist
Hariet by Dangerfeel Newbies is a brilliant concept album inspired by the story of Mr. Dangerfield Newby, one of five African-Americans of the John Brown party. I love music that entertains, inspires as well as teaches listeners something of value. Dangerfeel Newbies is based out of Atlanta, GA and consists of Jamal Ahmad, (DJ) Mark Angel (DJ) and Darren Wagner (DJ, Keyboardist, Musician).
Hariet’s sound encompasses so many genres such as House, Soul, Funk, Jazz and a little Hip-Hop and it all flows together effortlessly. When Hariet opens with the smooth jazz feel of“Hariet’s Theme” and goes right into the groovin’, “You Make Me Something” featuring Lamaj, you know you are about to embark on a wonderful wave of music. Songs like, “Shine” featuring Mashan Da’Lyric, and “Swinging with the New Jacks” are so melodically refreshing and uplifting. They both either make you want to dance or nod your head to the rhythms in appreciation. The world renowned vocalist and jazz artist, Julie Dexter is also featured in “I’ve Got To Live My Life”. A lovely song about making a change, her voice and the track just take you away. It’s just beautiful.
If you haven’t heard of them yet or you have and haven’t had the chance to check this album out, please just do it. You will love this album. It should serve as a collector’s item for all of the real music heads out there. By the way, take the time to research the rich history of Mr. Dangerfield Newby and his story. This is a perfect example of music entertaining us and bringing somewhat obscure information about our history to the forefront. Check out Hariet and let them know what you think!
Dangerfeel Newbies, Hariet is now available on iTunes
Dangerfeel Newbies Official Website
Dangerfeel Newbies, “Shine”
Dangerfeel Newbies, “Always With Me”
“There’s plenty of artists who are making R&B music, but because of their ethnicity, it’s considered something else”. ~Miguel, singer/songwriter