Category: Contemporary Soul/R&B

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 | 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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On “Level” With Stokley Williams

On “Level” With Stokley Williams

| March 17, 2017 | 1 Reply

(March 18, 2017) With’ debut solo project , Introducing, still being months away from release, the album’s newly-available single [via iTunes], “Level,” is helping to create an even-bigger buzz. With a music video on the way and live shows anticipated this summer, Williams wanted to give ST fans an exclusive glimpse into where he’s taking […]

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Charlie Wilson: From Down For The Count To “In It To Win It”

Charlie Wilson: From Down For The Count To “In It To Win It”

| March 11, 2017 | Reply

All mouth, no action.” “Talk is cheap.” “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hear me.” Quotes like these are easy to say…..until you become wounded by someone’s carelessly-spoken words. Sometimes it’s an ill-timed joke, other times a piercing verbal barb wrapped in the guise of “bless your heart.” And then […]

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