Friday, July 25, 2014

Song of the Day: "On Our Own" (Bobby Brown)

"On Our Own" - Bobby Brown
  • Writers: L.A. Reid, Babyface & Daryl Simmons
  • Producers: L.A. Reid & Babyface
  • Record Label: MCA
  • Released in 1989 from Ghostbusters II soundtrack 
  • Peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Black Singles Chart

Live Audio: "Devotion" (Earth, Wind, & Fire)

In 1975 Earth, Wind, & Fire released their (mostly) live album aptly entitled Gratitude, and one of the gems from this often overlooked album is their rendition of "Devotion."

With that said, take a listen to their phenomenal live version of their classic jam "Devotion" from Gratitude below and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Love, Need and Want You" (Jaguar Wright)

Philly's own Jaguar Wright took on the Patti LaBelle classic hit "Love, Need and Want You" with her debut album Denials Delusions and Decisions back in 2002.

Raised off of the Philadelphia sound that LaBelle contributed to, Wright's cover is a solid rendition and tribute to the Phoenix of Philly and warrants a listen or two below (especially from those who have yet to hear it). With that said, listen to her phenomenal take of "Love, Need and Want You" below and Enjoy!

Set: "Live Radio City Music Hall" (Luther Vandross)

I am a certified Lutherite and I really feel with all of these musical biopics in the work that Luther Vandross deserves one on the big screen, if not on HBO or Showtime. Luther Vandross is the ultimate male vocalist to ever grace the microphone in my opinion and after listening to this live audio set, you would be foolish not to agree.

Luther has always been a singer's singer and to me his live material was always better then his recorded albums due to the fact that his live albums always let him show off his phenomenal vocal prowess. With that said, take a listen below to Luther's sublime set from his Live Radio City Music Hall album and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Breathe Again" (Toni Braxton)

Back in 1993, Toni Braxton released her self-titled debut album Toni Braxton and the second official single from the effort was the Babyface penned ballad "Breathe Again."

Eventually peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the song went on to become Braxton's most successful song from her debut album and would earn her the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, after "Another Sad Love Song," won her the same award the year before.

With that said, take a second listen below to "Breathe Again," and Enjoy!

Behind the Scenes: "Dumb" Video Shoot (Jazmine Sullivan ft. Meek Mill)

A few days ago, Jazmine Sullivan released a behind-the-scenes feature chronicling the shooting of her official video for "Dumb," which is the first single lifted from her anticipated third album Reality Show, due out later this year.

While "Dumb" has been blowing up my iPhone for the last few months, it seems like radio is a bit resistant to welcome Jazmine back with her banging Meek Mill assisted joint and hopefully the release of this behind-the-scenes feature will aid in raising the profile about on Jazmine's sublime joint.

Either way, peep the behind the scenes feature below for "Dumb" and lookout for Reality Show when it's released later this year.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Joint: "Quiet Storm" (Smokey Robinson ft. John Legend)

It's been a minute since the legendary Smokey Robinson released some new music and while the famed singer, songwriter, and producer isn't releasing new music per-say, his upcoming duets album Smokey & Friends, due August 19 via Verve Records is just as welcomed in my eyes.

Featuring collaborations with the likes of James Taylor, Sir Elton John, Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, John Mayer, Miguel, Aloe Blacc, CeeLo, Ledisi and Jessie J, the album pulls from Smokey's vast discography of hits he's written as well as performed.

With that said, the first release from Smokey & Friends is the John Legend assisted ballad "Quiet Storm," which was originally featured on Smokey's 1975 album A Quiet Storm and spawned the phenomena of quiet storm music listening.

Take a listen to "Quiet Storm" via Smokey Robinson and John Legend below and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Take Care of this House" (Jennifer Hudson)

During the middle of 2012, Jennifer Hudson took part in the opening of The Smith Center in Las Vegas with the assistance of the Las Vegas All Star Choir. Performing the Leonard Bernstein Broadway classic "Take Care of this House," Jennifer Hudson's booming voice helped usher in The Smith Center during its inaugural performance.

I don't know about you, but I love it when Jennifer covers classic ballads such as this as they really showcase off her powerhouse once-in-a-lifetime vocals. Watch her sublime performance below of "Take Care of this House" and Enjoy!

Remix: "Crusin' (Wet Remix)" (D'Angelo)

D'Angelo's take on the Smokey Robinson classic "Crusin'" was one of the best remakes of the 90s hands down in my book. With that said, a remix of D'Angelo's cover entitled "Crusin' (Wet Remix)" hit the net several years ago and is a sublime sonic mixture of live instrumentation, D'Angelo's original vocals and some electric sounds.

Therefore, take a few minutes and listen to the solidly crafted remix below and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "The Glow of Love" (Luther Vandross)

Back in 1980 a then unknown Luther Vandross continued his journey from behind the background  vocalist slot to headliner and with the assistance of Change and their debut album "The Glow of Love," Vandross helped position himself to garner a recording contract.

Helming lead vocals for the title track as well as their single "Searching," Vandross' vocal work with the group would help lay the foundation for his legendary career. With that said, on his live album, Vandross opted to close out the album and show with the upbeat number that helped launch his career.

With that said, take a listen below to his live rendition of "The Glow of Love" as we continue to honor and remember the vocal phenom that was Mr. Luther Vandross.

Second Listen: "Always" (Atlantic Starr)

Back in 1987 Atlantic Starr released their seventh studio album All in the Name of Love and the second single from their album was their #1 hit "Always."

Peaking at #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Black Singles chart, "Always"would become the group's biggest hit to date and a deep cut classic whenever it's played on the radio. With that said, take a second listen below to "Always" by Atlantic Starr and Enjoy!

TV Rewind: "R&B Divas: Los Angeles" Season 2 Ep. 2

Last night, TV One aired the second episode of season two's R&B Divas: Los Angeles and during the latest episode, Chanté give Chrisette and Leela some advice about the sound system at the Savoy here in Los Angeles, Lil Mo opens up about her divorce woes and Chanté gets back into the studio to work on her upcoming project.

In addition, Chrisette performs at the Savoy with some minor issues with the promotor and the sound, Chanté asks the ladies if they want to be involved with her ladies anthem that she is working on, and so much more. Peep the latest episode of R&B Divas: Los Angeles below and Enjoy!