Category: Contemporary Soul/R&B

“eLife,” Mint Condition & Bio #1; Introducing “Melody Charles”

“eLife,” Mint Condition & Bio #1; Introducing “Melody Charles”

| August 20, 2017 | Reply

From “Adoring The Unsung”……. On an early spring afternoon in 2008, I got a call from their manager that completely threw me for a loop: apparently, on the verge of releasing their 6th studio CD, they were unhappy with the bio that had been written for their press kit. According to him, the guys withdrew […]

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Out of Tune: Why We Should Today, & Forever, Delete R. Kelly

Out of Tune: Why We Should Today, & Forever, Delete R. Kelly

| July 17, 2017 | 1 Reply

……..As a parent myself and the mother of two daughters, these allegations are heartbreaking and horrific. I cannot imagine the pain their loved ones are going through, having awareness of what’s going on and desperate to get their daughters away from the self-proclaimed ‘Pied Piper of R&B.’ But I also must ask, as a woman […]

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Stokley’s “Introducing….,” CD Preview/Review Link

Stokley’s “Introducing….,” CD Preview/Review Link

| June 19, 2017 | Reply

…..Layering contemporary narratives over time-honored musicality, Introducing…..sifts through facets of the human experience, elucidating the personal, the political and every other type in-between. The smattering of a few recognizable faves (for example, production duo Carvin Haggins and Ivan Barrias, along with jazz pianist Robert Glasper) enhance the project without compromising Stokley’s uniqueness or overtaking Williams’ […]

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BrownMark: Prince, The Revolution, The Past & The Future

BrownMark: Prince, The Revolution, The Past & The Future

| June 13, 2017 | 5 Replies

Back in 1981, when 19-year-old Mark Brown was chosen as a bassist for Prince’s then-unnamed band, he didn’t know that he was stepping into musical history. But that’s what the Revolution was launched into as they collaborated with, and played alongside, the future superstar. “I had heard, before he hired me, that Prince had auditioned […]

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All About “Introducing….Stokley,” a Knowshi Q&A

All About “Introducing….Stokley,” a Knowshi Q&A

| May 17, 2017 | 1 Reply

For some, it’s a surprise; for others, it’s been a long time coming. Super group Mint Condition’s lead singer, Stokley, is stepping into the spotlight all on his own with his solo debut, Introducing…..Stokley. Slated for a June 23rd release, Introducing…..is a project that will display new dimensions, but one that’s been in the making […]

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Mary J. Blige’s “Strength of a Woman,” CD Review/Preview Link

Mary J. Blige’s “Strength of a Woman,” CD Review/Preview Link

| April 28, 2017 | Reply

…..Throughout the set’s tracks, MJB is running the emotional gauntlet –there’s betrayal, heartbreak, fury and yes, even a healthy dose of petty when she reminds listeners, and her soon-to-be ex, that she’s rocking “Queen” title for a reason. If folks thought she bared her soul with that first single, “Thick of It,” their ears will […]

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Avery Sunshine’s “Twenty Sixty Four,” CD Review/Preview Link

Avery Sunshine’s “Twenty Sixty Four,” CD Review/Preview Link

| April 24, 2017 | Reply

In the last couple of years since her acclaimed 2015 debut, The Sunroom, Avery has been reaping the whirlwind: not only has the former choir director/pianist earned nominations for Soul Train and BET Centric Awards, Sunshine has toured the globe and earned billings with some of the brightest stars in the music universe (Anthony Hamilton, […]

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Kevin Ross, “The Awakening” (CD Review/Preview Link)

Kevin Ross, “The Awakening” (CD Review/Preview Link)

| March 26, 2017 | Reply

Traditional soul, modern elements of R&B and fringes of hip-hop, wrapped in equal measures of sensuality, spiritual edges and being ‘woke’—-successfully conveying one aspect is challenging enough, but Kevin Ross has managed to implement them all. Education (Berklee College of Music) and collaborating behind the scenes (SWV, Johnny Gill) can certainly help, but it takes […]

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