Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cut: "Hypnotic Love" (Maysa)

The song that Maysa is probably known the best for, or at least in my book, is the smooth joint "Hypnotic Love."

Lifted from her album Smooth Sailing, this is the song that introduced me to Maysa and is one of those smooth jam cuts that one shouldn't forget about. With that said, take a listen below to "Hypnotic Love" and Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Live Video of the Day: "Break Free" (Ariana Grande)

Earlier tonight, Ariana Grande stopped by NBC's American's Got Talent to perform her latest single "Break Free" in support of her just released sophomore album My Everything and the young powerhouse diva own the stage at Radio City Music Hall.

Fresh off of a successful VMAs opening act slot, the promo for My Everything has actually seemed minimal to me, at least compared to her debut album. Either way you feel, her latest album is packing a punch on the charts and offers some of Ariana's best vocals today. With that said, watch her solid performance from American's Got Talent  below and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Anna's Song" (Marvin Gaye)

"Anna's Song" - Marvin Gaye
  • Writer: Marvin Gaye
  • Producer: Marvin Gaye
  • Record Label: Tamla
  • Featured on 1978's Here, My Dear

Amazing Cover: "The Boss" (The Braxtons)

Originally released in 1979 under the tutelage of Motown Diva Ms. Diana Ross, "The Boss" was crafted by famed songwriting duo Ashford and Simpson and would go onto peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and  #12 on the Hot Soul Singles chart. Fast-forward to 1996 and The Braxtons' reinvested the thumping Motown disco joint for a new generate off of their So Many Ways LP. With that said, take a listen after the jump to their sublime remake of "The Boss" and Enjoy!

Cut: "We Gon' Fight" (Jennifer Hudson)

Was revisiting Jennifer Hudson's discography last night as I get ready for her forthcoming third album JHUD and during my relistening, I rediscovered Jennifer Hudson's "We Gon' Fight," which is lifted from her Grammy-winning self-titled debut album Jennifer Hudson.

While it didn't receive the single's treatment, "We Gon' Fight" is a dope record from Hudson that really shows off the power and emotive capability of her pipes. With that said, take a listen after the jump to Jennifer's cut "We Gon' Fight" and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "I Want You" (Erykah Badu)

Was reminiscing last night about how one of the highlights for me musically of 2013 was when I had the pleasure of seeing Erykah Badu live in Detroit and one of the most riveting moments of her set was her rousing performance of her cut "I Want You."

Lifted from her third studio album Worldwide Underground, "I Want You" was never released as a single from the album but proves to be one of the most riveting moments of a Badu show as I've seen her perform it multiple times with the same enthralling reaction from the crowd.

Crafted by Badu, Audrey Magett, James Poyser, and B. Rashad Smith, we can all (re)visit E.Badu's classic cut "I Want You" below!

Live Clip: "Like This" (Ledisi)

Selected as the second single from Ledisi's latest album The Truth, "Like This" is a sublime mid-tempo from Led and why her label hasn't officially released it as a single through pushing it to radio and releasing the music video is a mystery to me.

With that said, I was revisiting some clips from her Los Angeles tour stop, which I was at, and of course Ledisi brought the house down with the assistance of her phenomenal band and background singers. Therefore as we await the official release of "Like This," take some time and watch Ledisi's riveting performance of it below.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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

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: "You" (Raheem DeVaughn)

"You" - Raheem DeVaughn
  • Writers and Producers: DeVaughn & Hunt
  • Record Label: 1228/Jive/Zomba
  • Released in 2006 from The Love Experience
  • Peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot Adult R&B charts

New Video: "It's You" (Kem)

Kem released his latest album Promise To Love this week and to lead the set, "It's You" was selected  as the single to usher Kem back to radio after being gone for a moment.

"Although I've been signed to Motown Records since 2002, I feel "It's You"  is the first song I've crafted that truly embodies the essence of what we have to come to know as the 'Motown Sound', explained Kem. "If The Temptations were making music for today's R&B audience, this is what it might sound like. As for what it's about, the brother is in love, and he knows where home is. It's You!."

With that said, the official music video to "It's You" has hit the net to help build support for the single as well as Kem's fourth album Promise To Love. Therefore, take a few minutes and watch Kem's latest video below!

Live Clip: "Sweet Talker" (Jessie J)

Earlier this summer at Rock in Rio, Jessie J performed a rousing set and offered a new joint to the crowd entitled "Sweet Talker." While it is now known that Sweet Talker is the tile of Jessie J's forthcoming third album due October 14th via Republic Records.

With that said, take a few minutes below to get into Jessie J's sublime performance of her mid-tempo banger "Sweet Talker" below and hopefully this will become the official second single from her upcoming album as it really is a winner in my book.

Amazing Cover: "All By Myself" (Latoya London)

Am I the only one that thinks American Idol needs to do an all-star season of some of the season's top talent to help raise the profile of some of the slept on talent from the hit reality show? Well if it was to ever come to fruition, Latoya London and Tamyra Gray would be two of the singers I would want to be involved.

With that said, back in 2005, Latoya London release her debut album Love & Life and the final track on her debut project was her stirring rendition of the Eric Carmen classic "All By Myself."

 Having performed a riveting cover of "All By Myself" on the third season of American Idol, London's recorded interpretation is just as phenomenal and warrants a few listens as she knocks it out the park.

With that said, take a listen below to Latoya's sublime cover of the Eric Carmen classic joint "All By Myself" and Enjoy!