Monday, April 20, 2015

Live Video of the Day: "A House Is Not A Home" (Luther Vandross)

Today would've been Luther's 64th birthday and to honor the late icon's birthday, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit my favorite televised performance of Luther's legendary career.

You can't find a bad Luther Vandross performance, it is just impossible as Luther is a vocal master with the ability and depth to continually find something new and different with each performance of his classic hits.

With that said, Luther's performance at the NAACP Image Awards of "A House Is Not A Home" is one of his most, if not most legendary performances on video as the then young crooner gives veterans and peers in the industry a singing 101 lesson. Watch his iconic performance below and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Power of Love/Love Power" (Luther Vandross)

"Power of Love/ Love Power" - Luther Vandross
  • Writers: Luther Vandross, Marcus Miller, Teddy Vann
  • Producers: Luther Vandross & Marcus Miller
  • Record Label: Epic
  • Released in 1991 from Power of Love
  • Peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 & #1 on the Hot R&B Singles

Live Audio: "Superstar" (Luther Vandross)

As we continue to celebrate and remember Luther Vandross during his born day, I thought it would be nice to revisit his sublime live vocal performance of the standard "Superstar."

With that said, you know I had to bring it back to Luther Vandross' greatest captured live audio performances on his sublime cover of "Superstar." Lifted from his 2003 live album Live at Radio City Music Hall, Luther spent almost thirteen minutes with the assistance of Nat Adderley Jr. crooning out one of the best vocal performances to ever be captured to date in my opinion.

Just don't take my opinion on the sheer aw-inspiring vocals of the late Luther Vandross, take a few minutes to check out his powerhouse performance of "Superstar" below and trust me, you won't regret it at all!

Remix: "Someone To Remember (FS Green Rework)" (Mar)

Mar released a critically acclaimed EP "Seeing Her Naked" last year and producer and DJ FS Green who worked on the set reworked one of his own joints from the set. Entitled "Someone To Remember (FS Green Rework)," FS Green's remix of "Someone To Remember" offered this already sublime joint a facelift into another sublime musical collaboration.

Take a listen below to "Someone To Remember (FS Green Rework)" and if you like what you hear, cop the free download!

Amazing Cover: "Someday We'll All Be Free" (Gregory Porter)

Lifted from Gregory Porter's performance at the LantarenVenster in Rotterdam, Netherlands from back in 2012, Gregory proves why all of the buzz and breakthrough success that he has been receiving is clearly warranted.

Therefore, watch Gregory Porter's performance of "Someday We'll All Be Free" below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Dance Tonight" (Lucy Pearl)

Released in 2000 from the supergroup's self-titled LP Lucy Pearl, "Dance Tonight" would go onto peak at #5 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and was even nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

Lucy Pearl of course for those who are unaware featured Raphael Saadiq, Dawn Robinson (En Vogue), Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest DJ and producer) and originally D'Angelo was slated to be in the group but dropped out due to other commitments and so Dawn Robinson was brought in.

With that said, take it back to 2000 with "Dance Tonight" below and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "1+1" (Beyoncé)

During Rock in Rio back in 2013, Beyoncé brought her The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour to Rio de Janeiro and performed what me and my crew all believe is her best live rendition of "1+1" that we have all come across.

Featuring similar ad-libs that she uses when performing "1+1," Beyoncé also switches it up a bit towards the end of her performance vocally and her band with her background singers really aid in knocking this one out the park.

With that said, take a listen to the live audio of her performance of "1+1" below and Enjoy!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Song of the Day: "Keep on Movin'" (Soul II Soul)

"Keep on Movin'" - Soul II Soul
  • Writer: Jazzie B
  • Producers: Jazzie B and Nellee Hoope
  • Record Label: Virgin
  • Released in 1989 from Club Classics Vol. One
  • Peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot R&B Songs

Cut: "Beautiful" (Tweet)

Back in 2002, Tweet released her debut album Southern Hummingbird via The Goldmind Inc. and Elektra Records.  While Southern Hummingbird is best known for Tweets' joints "Oops (Oh My)" and "Call Me,"there are a few cuts off the album that are some solid joints to have in one's collection.

With that said, I offer up her smooth joint "Beautiful" as one of these such joints. Take a listen below to "Beautiful" and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "A Change Is Gonna Come" (Brandy)

With Brandy set to appear in Chicago within a few weeks, I am hopefully/optimistic that Brandy's followup to Two Eleven will come to light and while we await to see what happens, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit one of the sublime vocal showings that Brandy offered during her YouTube Bathroom Series.

With that said, I think we should revisit her sublime vocal showing on the Sam Cooke classic "A Change Is Gonna Come," where Brandy proves why many consider her to be the "vocal bible" for our generation. Take a few minutes and relive her sublime performance of "A Change Is Gonna Come" below and Enjoy!

Remix: "Melt My Heart to Stone (Urban Noize Remix)" (Adele & Kanye West)

I thought it would be right to take a listen to the Urban Noize Remix to Adele's "Melt My Heart To Stone" from her debut album 19 as we await the forthcoming release of her third studio rumored to be entitled 25 and currently unknown for when it will be released thanks to the recent Sony email hacking scandal.

Therefore take a listen after the jump to "Melt My Heart to Stone (Urban Noize Remix)," which features vocals and a verse from Adele and Kanye respectively and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "How Come U Don't Call Me" (Stephanie Mills)

While it is unclear when this live audio clip of Stephanie Mills performing the Prince classic "How Come U Don't Call Me" originated, her voice, as always is still firing on all cylinders and hitting all of those notes and runs that we've come to appreciate and expect from Ms. Stephanie Mills.

Lifted from a New York performance that Stephanie Mills had some years ago though, her own powerful interpretation of "How Come U Don't Call Me" had the crowd mesmerized I bet from the first few notes and you can take a listen to her cover below!