Monday, September 1, 2014

Amazing Cover: "I Know You Won't (Unplugged)" (Kelly Clarkson)

Kelly Clarkson's Vh1 Unplugged episode aired during her 2011 promotional tour for her latest album Stronger and during her set, Kelly opted to perform fellow American Idol winner Carrie Underwood's ballad "I Know You Won't" and transformed the country tinged ballad more into a torch blues ballad.

With that said, I've been holding out for Clarkson to release her own version for awhile now, but since this hasn't materialized yet, you'll just have to settle for re-watching Kelly's sublime cover below!

Live Audio: "Things Are Changin'" (Gary Clark Jr.)

Originally released at the end of 2010, Gary Clark Jr.'s first release on Warner Brothers was The Bright Light EP and it featured just four tracks, including two live recordings. With that said, my favorite joint from the EP has to be his live rendition of "Things Are Changin'." With that said, take a listen below to his phenomenal acoustic rendition of "Things Are Changin" and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "September" (Earth, Wind & Fire)

Since it is the start of September, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit the Earth, Wind & Fire classic 1978 hit single "September."

Written by Maurice White, Al McKay and Allee Willis and produced by Maurice White,  it was recorded during the I Am sessions and charged up the charts in 1978. Featured on the band's album The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1, "September" reached number one on the U.S. R&B chart, number eight on the Billboard Hot 100.

With that said, take a second listen after the jump to "September" and Enjoy!

Cut: "Tell Him" (Lauryn Hill)

More than sixteen years ago, Lauryn Hill released The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill which stands as one of the greatest albums of all time hands down and is truly one of those once every generation type of records.

With that said, there are so many cuts from Hill's solo debut album, and if you've worn out the record like I have, then you know that the final "bonus track" from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill can vary.

While my copy has Hill's powerful "Tell Him" as the final cut other renditions of the critically acclaimed LP have "Sweetest Thing" as the ending note.

Either way if your copy of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill ended up "Tell Him" or not, it is one of the numerous standout tracks from Hill's sublime debut LP that warrants a deeper listen.

Take a listen below to Ms. Hill's cut "Tell Him" as we continue to honor and celebrate the groundbreaking The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Live Video of the Day: "Adorn (Acoustic)" (Miguel)

While Miguel is working on his anticipated third studio album, the official followup to 2012's Kaleidoscope Dream, I thought it would be nice to revisit one of his solid live performances of his hit single "Adorn," which took his career to another level.

With that said, roughly two years ago, Miguel dropped by the studios at 102.7 KIIS-FM in Los Angeles to perform an exclusive acoustic version of the hit single "Adorn" off his sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream. Take a few minutes and check out Miguel's performance of "Adorn" below and lookout for new music from Miguel either towards the end of 2014 or top of 2015 as it's rumored the project is nearing completion.  

Song of the Day: "Keep On Keeping On" (Curtis Mayfield)

"Keep On Keeping On" - Curtis Mayfield
  • Writer: Curtis Mayfield
  • Producer: Curtis Mayfield
  • Record Label: Curtom
  • Featured on 1971's Roots

Live Audio: "Backstabbers" (Jazmine Sullivan)

Back in 2009 while promoting her debut album Fearless in London, Jazmine Sullivan performed a riveting rendition of her joint "Backstabbers." Though it didn't make the final cut for her GRAMMY-nominated debut album, Sullivan's live rendition has me wondering why it never made the final tracklisting.

With that said, take a listen below to Jazmine Sullivan's sublime live rendition of her joint "Backstabbers" and Enjoy!

Cut: "Lose Myself" (Marsha Ambrosius)

Back in 2011, Marsha Ambrosius released her debut solo album Late Nights & Early Mornings and one of the standout joints from her LP has to be her rearrangement of the Lauryn Hill penned and original "Lose Myself."

While Lauryn Hill's rendition was featured on Surf's Up (Motion Picture Soundtrack), Ambrosius'  smooth silky soulful take of "Lose Myself" is a welcomed cover from Late Nights & Early Mornings.

With that said, take a listen below to Marsha's smooth cut and cover of the Lauryn Hill original "Lose Myself" and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Sex on Fire" (Angel Taylor)

Angel Taylor made some buzz for herself two years ago by appearing on NBC's breakout reality TV hit The Voice and before her time on the show, she was actually signed to Universal Republic and was making her way as a singer/songwriter.

With that said, below you will find a solid interpretation from Angel Taylor of Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire," which is my favorite song from the group. Peep Angel Taylor's performance of "Sex on Fire" below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Never Would Have Made It" (Marvin Sapp)

Back in 2008 Marvin Sapp released one of the biggest charting gospel songs in recent history and the song was so huge that it not only peaked at #14 on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, but it also crossed over to the Hot 100 and peaked at a respectable 82.

With that said, take a first or hopefully second listen to MarvinSapp's first #1 gospel hit, "Never Would Have Made It" below and Enjoy!

New Video: "Dancing In The Dark" (Luke James)

Luke James is getting ready to release his highly anticipated self-titled debut album Luke James and days after announcing the official tracklisting for the set, Luke has unearthed the official music video to his smooth single "Dancing In The Dark."

Lifted as the latest single from Luke James, "Dancing In The Dark" is a sublime smooth sultry joint from the Grammy-nominated crooner and the revealing accompanying music video will hopefully draw more eyes and ears to James' music.

With that said, peep Luke James' latest music video for "Dancing In The Dark" below and lookout for his self-titled debut album Luke James when it's released on September 23th via NARS/Island Records.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Live Video of the Day: "Break Your Heart Right Back" (Ariana Grande ft. Childish Gambino)

Yesterday, Ariana Grande took over NBC's The Today Show with a mini concert celebratng the release of her sophomore album My Everything and towards the end of her time on The Today Show, Ariana performed her Childish Gambino assisted joint "Break Your Heart Right Back."

While it was unclear if Childish Gambino would make the early am appearance to support Ariana, he did indeed come out towards the middle of the song and he and Ari offered up a solid live performance of "Break Your Heart Right Back," which has an instantly recognizable sample of Diana Ross's "I'm Coming Out."

Peep Ariana and Childish Gambino's performance of "Break Your Heart Right Back" below and Enjoy!