Tag Archives: R&B

New Music:  Tisha Campbell-Martin, “Steel Here”

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Many of you may know Tisha Campbell-Martin as the successful and patient wife, “Gina Walters-Payne” from the hit sitcom, Martin.  Well, I’m sure we all forgot that Ms. Campbell-Martin is also a multi-talented singer and dancer.  She is a triple threat, which is hard to come by in today’s entertainment industry.  Tisha Campbell-Martin is now returning to her music chops and sharing her new single, “Steel Here” . From the sound of the music and the visuals, we are glad she is back!

Campbell-Martin’s, “Steel Here” is a song about resiliency and overcoming the many obstacles that she has experienced in her life’s journey.  The song has a powerful message that all can apply to their own lives and reflect that through it all they are still standing.

Love this song and this video!  Tisha sounds great and it’s so good to see she can still move with the best of them (i.e Janet Jackson).

Check out the video below and share your thoughts!

New Music: PJ Morton, “Claustrophobic”

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Hi Soulsters!  We wanted bring you the latest single from singer/songwriter and Maroon 5 member, PJ Morton, “Claustrophobic“. We haven’t heard much from Mr. Morton, since his wonderful 2013 release,”New Orleans“, so it is so great to hear from him again. Morton’s “Claustrophobic” is him expressing disdain for being put in a box musically. The music industry definitely has the ability to stifle any creativity an artist has and I’m sure many artists can relate to this song. What PJ Morton is singing about is one of the reasons why the music industry and radio is dead. So much of the music on the radio is uninspired and has no depth. It’s just filler with no soul to it.  This song is powerful and it gives voice to those just wanting to be creative and have it be accepted as it is.  PJ Morton has always been a gifted and soulful songwriter and “Claustrophobic”  showcases that effortlessly.

Check out “Claustrophobic” below and share your thoughts!

Joonie, “Contrast”

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What do you get when you come across an artist that has the sound of 70’s, 80s, and 90s R&B Soul with beautiful melodies and smooth vocals?  You get an artist named Joonie with a masterpiece of a sophomore album called, “Contrast”.

Calvin “Joonie” Gary, Jr. is a singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and producer based out of Los Angeles, CA. He is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays most of the instruments on his latest album.

“Contrast” is the ultimate love album.  Songs like “Wish Her The Best (Delilah, Part 2)”, “No Tears” are songs about ending a relationship, however, they are written with such love and care that you can’t help but feel good when listening to them.   If someone were to leave you, you would want them to think and feel this way about you at the end of it all.  Joonie is such a gifted songwriter that he places the listener right in the midst of what he is singing about. “For You”, “Far Away”, “Official” and “Life’s Better” are a few of the many standouts of the album.

The vocal arrangements, instrumentation and production on “Contrast” are tight and effortless. This album has such a lovely sound and vibe to it that you can’t help but reminisce about the songs of the old days. Songs that actually have song structure and nuances that are missing in today’s music. Joonie is a true artist along the lines of Prince in that he produces, writes and arranges his own music. You should really check this album out and spread the word! This music deserves to be heard. Check out the music below and let us know what you think!

“Contrast” is available on iTunes and on his official website here and here.

Music Video: “For You” by Joonie

“Far Away” by Joonie

Old School Saturday: Groove Theory, “Tell Me”

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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!

Old School Saturday: Quincy Jones and Masters at Work

Hey Soulsters!  For this week’s Old School Saturday feature, we would like to honor, producer, arranger, instrumentalist, Quincy Jones’ birthday today.  Since it’s Saturday, we thought is would be cool to remember Quincy Jones’ dance track, “Razzamatazz” featuring R&B and Jazz vocalist Patti Austin from the Grammy winning album, “The Dude” (1981).

House duo Masters at Work consisting of “Little” Louie Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez later released their House remix to this song in 2001 called, “Like a Butterfly (You Send Me)” with vocals from the great Patti Austin as well. Check it out below and get your dance on!

Award Season: Robert Glasper and Lalah Hathaway Win at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards!

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Congratulations to Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm Jamal Warner for their wonderful rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Jesus Children of America” off of the Robert Glasper Experiment album, “Black Radio 2”. Their version, “Jesus Children” won in the Grammy category for Best Traditional R&B Performance. Check it out below! Have you listened to this album yet? If not, you can check out The Robert Glasper Experiment here.  This album and it’s predecessor, “Black Radio”, are both classics and breathes new life into the Jazz genre. Both are available on iTunes. Keep on supporting this music and let the masses know! If you have listened to the Robert Glasper Experiment, what do you think of them and their effect on the Jazz world today?

Music Review: Ledisi – The Intimate Truth

intimatetruth-ep Hey Soulsters! Ledisi has just released her new acoustic EP, The Intimate Truth! This seven-song offering showcases Ledisi’s music from her album, The Truth, which was released last year.

If you have ever heard Ledisi, you know that she will never disappoint. She has one of the most dynamic voices in the game today. So when this EP was announced, I looked forward to hearing how she could blend that powerful voice in with an acoustic sound. The songs are great and she kills every note. No one can touch that voice and what she is able to do with it. Her vocal acrobatics are incredible. However, The Intimate Truth is not an acoustic album in the true sense. When you think of acoustic you think of voices blending in with the guitar, piano and percussion in a way that it is all one sound. Ledisi’s voice is so powerful that it overshadows the instruments. I would have just loved to have heard her soften her sound if she was going to do an acoustic offering, otherwise, The Truth could have just stood on its own. The songs that stand out the most to me, are “Like This”, “I Blame You”, and “Lose Control”. If you enjoyed The Truth, you will definitely enjoy this EP. Ledisi does what she does very well!

The Intimate Truth is now available on iTunes and Amazon.

Ledisi Official Website

New Music: Avery Sunshine – The Sun Room

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Happy Tuesday, Soulsters! Tuesdays are always great for music lovers, especially since this is the day that new music comes out. Singer, songwriter and pianist, Avery Sunshine has released her highly anticipated new album, The Sun Room today!

Ever since I saw her live here in Atlanta many times sharing the stage with artists like Rahsaan Patterson, Anthony David, Eric Roberson, etc. I have been drawn to Ms. Sunshine’s stage presence and exuberant personality while performing. The woman can SANG and she is so happy and it shows in her music. Sun Room is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Walmart, and locally here in Atlanta at Moods Music. Check out the video for the lead single, “Call My Name” below. Go get this album and support great music!

Check out Avery Sunshine’s website here!

New Music – Black & Sexy TV: “That Guy Mixtape Vol. 2”

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So while on hiatus I’ve been on YouTube following my favorite web series, Black and Sexy TV’s, “That Guy”. Let me tell you this series has me on the edge of my seat literally! It follows the every day ‘hood adventures of best friends, Judah (as seen through his camcorder), Deon, and Mike along with a supporting cast of colorful and real characters that round out this playful and engaging series. This is an independent production written, directed and produced by the super talented Jeanine Daniels, who also plays Deon. I have fallen in love with this show and can’t wait to tune in every week. The season finale aired last week and boy was it a doozey!

While watching this series along with many of the others (“Roomieloverfriends”, “Hello Cupid”, “Yellow“) that Black and Sexy TV offers (for free I might add), the music lover in me just couldn’t help but find myself groovin’ to the music that plays throughout each episode. I mean, the music is really off the chain and accompanies the scenes so well. If I’m not mistaken, I believe Ms. Daniels also has a hand in choosing the songs that will be in the show…if I read the credits correctly. Well she definitely knows music, what’s hot and how it can frame a scene. Many of the songs highlighted throughout the series serves as a platform for incredibly talented independent artists to have their music heard on the popular YouTube channel. Black & Sexy TV is giving these artists much needed exposure and love which I can certainly appreciate.

Now they have released free downloadable mix tapes for their series’ in the past and this current release is the second for “That Guy”; it’s also the best one so far. It has a mix of Soul, R&B as well as Hip Hop. I was so happy they decided to put out a soundtrack to this particular episode. These songs are bangin’ and I’m sure there was a high demand for the music from the fans this go round. Songs like, “Love Love” by Belvi, “Slip Away” by illCamille, “Cravings” by GTW and Befang, and “Crusin’ Down LaBrea” also by Belvi are my standout favorites on this offering. Just real chill and laid back sounds and vibes. Love it!

You can find the free downloads for the “That Guy” Mixtape, Vol. 2 here as well as free music downloads for their other shows. Good music and it’s FREE! Is that awesome or what?

Check out the Black and Sexy TV channel on Youtube here. The season finale is available here. This episode is $3, however, it’s 45 minutes long and if you are a fan of the show, it’s definitely worth that and more. Support these folks and what they are trying to do with independent film and music!

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