Category: Contemporary Soul/R&B

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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“In It to Win It,” Charlie Wilson CD Review/Preview

“In It to Win It,” Charlie Wilson CD Review/Preview

| February 17, 2017 | 1 Reply

…The ascent, descent, and resurgence of Uncle Charlie is the stuff of dreams: most musicians who first hit the charts decades ago are no longer breathing, much less in-demand enough to keep performing. Yet despite the crippling obstacles in his path—-poor management, subsequent poverty, substance abuse addictions and prostate cancer, to name a few—–Charles Kent […]

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A Q&A With Kem: New Goals and New Beginnings

A Q&A With Kem: New Goals and New Beginnings

| December 17, 2016 | Reply

It may have been four years since his holiday CD (What Christmas Means) and two years since his last stellar R&B set, Promise To Love, but that doesn’t mean that Kem hasn’t been mad busy. Not only is he marinating on new ideas for music in 2017, he’s in the throes of another exciting project […]

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CD Review: John Legend’s “Darkness & Light”

CD Review: John Legend’s “Darkness & Light”

| December 11, 2016 | Reply

…..If you’re expecting a continuation of the messages in John’s 2013 CD, Love in the Future, it’s not going to happen. The lush and velvety love songs from Future have been recalibrated into an unvarnished, stream-of-consciousness type of set that explores the widening dimensions of his life as a man, a citizen, and artist. Sound […]

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Concert Review: The “King & Queen of Hearts” Tour Hits Dallas’ AAC

Concert Review: The “King & Queen of Hearts” Tour Hits Dallas’ AAC

| December 4, 2016 | 1 Reply

Pain, passion and partying all the way through—- clouds and chilly rain may have loomed outdoors, but thousands of fans enjoyed the heartwarming soul of newcomer Ro James and co-headliners Maxwell and Mary J. Blige, who regaled the nearly packed-out Dallas’ American Airlines Center on Friday night. Mary J. Blige was the first up of […]

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